Annapurna Three Pass Trek Including Manaslu, Nar Phu, Thorong La

Trip Overview
  • Duration 25 Days
  • Difficulty Level Very Strenuous or Grade D (****)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu to Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrekking
  • Major AttractionManaslu, Nar Phu, Thorong La Pass
  • Maximum Altitude5,416 / 17, 700
  • Best TimeMarch, April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov


  • Monasteries and palaces in the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Nepal's diverse landscape, from lush lowlands to alpine highlands.
  • Manaslu is the world's eighth-highest mountain.
  • Hike Larkya La pass at 16,700 ft.
  • Remote Nar and Phu valleys.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) is home to magnificent creatures like snow leopards, musk deer, and Himalayan Thars.
  • The charm of Nar and Phu Valley's ancient villages is untouched by modernization.
  • Tibetan influence in the local culture and traditions as you visit ancient monasteries and vibrant shortens. 
  • Customs of spinning prayer flags, walking past Mani walls and observing colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.
  • Bon culture, predating Buddhism, adds a unique dimension to your journey.
  • Inaccessible mountain villages in the Nar Phu Valley until 2002, preserving their traditional way of life.
  • View of Manaslu, one of the world's highest mountains, from Sama Gaon.

Manaslu, Nar Phu, and Thorong La Trek will take you on an epic journey through remote villages like Nar and Phu in the Manaslu region and around the Annapurna Conservation Area.

Uncover the untouched beauty of the Nar Phu Valley, immerse yourself in the captivating landscapes of the Manaslu region, and traverse the ancient trails leading to the majestic Thorong La Pass, standing tall at an elevation of 5,416m as the highest point on the Annapurna Circuit. This extraordinary trek combines three renowned treks—the Manaslu Trek, the Nar Phu Valley Trek, and the Annapurna Circuit Trek—offering you a perfect fusion of diverse experiences.

Indulge in unforgettable moments as you explore the ancient monasteries of Phu village and Sama Gaon, conquer challenging mountain passes such as Larkya La, Kang La, and Thorong La, and witness awe-inspiring vistas of the magnificent peaks of Manaslu, the Annapurna Massif, Lamjung Himal, and Dhaulagiri.

Seize the opportunity to venture across the world's deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki Gorge, and soak in the breathtaking beauty of the alpine sceneries surrounding you.

The Ultimate Manaslu Trek offers a unique adventure through the Manaslu massif, Nar Phu Valley, and the renowned Annapurna Circuit. It is a part of the magnificent Great Himalaya Trail, providing trekkers with diverse and captivating experiences that showcase Nepal's distinctiveness. Starting from tropical terraced paddy fields inhabited by Hindus at an altitude of fewer than 600m/2,000 ft., the trek gradually ascends to high alpine valleys populated by the ethnically Tibetan community.

The Ultimate Manaslu Trek combines the Manaslu Circuit and the Nar-Phu treks, spanning 29 days and 28 nights. Alternatively, you can participate in the Manaslu Circuit Trek or the Nar-Phu Trek. For a detailed itinerary or further information, please inquire.

This journey takes you through the remote circuit encompassing Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest peak at 8,163m / 26,750ft. Located on the Nepal-Tibet border, the Manaslu region is a captivating blend of beauty and fascination. Trekking in this area was only permitted from 1991 onwards. Upon crossing the Larkya La pass, you continue westward towards Nar Phu. The Nar and Phu valleys were inaccessible to trekkers until 2002, resulting in very few visitors. Crossing the Kang La pass, you rejoin the Annapurna Circuit Trail above Upper Pisang and Ngawal.

The Manaslu and Nar-Phu regions on the Nepal-Tibet border offer breathtaking geography and captivating cultural experiences. In the lower Buri Gandaki region, the residents include Hindus (Brahmin/Chhetris) and Gurungs (Bonpos and Buddhists). In contrast, the upper areas of the Buri Gandaki River are home to Buddhists who are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants who arrived in the early 1600s.

Nar, Phu, and Manang villages offer irresistible antique Tibetan Buddhist attractions. These villages also provide breathtaking views of the Himalayan range, including majestic peaks like Mt. Annapurna, Manaslu, Chulu East, and Chulu Far East. Immerse yourself in the boundless beauty of the Himalayas while discovering the rich cultural heritage associated with Tibetan Buddhism.

As you descend towards Muktinath, a renowned Hindu and Buddhist site, you'll have the opportunity to explore the sacred Muktinath temple. Located in the Mustang region, this area is known for its unique rain shadow characteristics.

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Today we take on an exciting journey to the breathtaking Manaslu and Manang regions, opting for a private car, a comfortable tourist-standard bus, or a coach. Depending on the group size, you will embark on a long drive to transport you from the bustling Kathmandu valley to the picturesque Gorkha district.

Nestled in the heart of Nepal's Mid-West, within the enchanting Gandaki Zone, this region boasts sprawling low and mid-hills adorned with lush cultivated farms. Initially, your route will follow Nepal's bustling main highway for several hours before veering northward toward Arughat.

Arughat is a charming town amidst fertile farmlands near the mighty Buri Gandaki River. From here, you will continue your journey for a few more hours along a rustic country road, eventually reaching Machha Khola, where you will spend the night. 

  • Driving Hours- 8 hrs by Jeep
  • Distance- 204 Km
  • Overnight- Guesthouse or Teahouses of Machha Khola
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 8 Hours
  • 869 Meters

Starting from Machha Khola, after a delightful overnight stay, the journey on the second day progresses towards cooler hills. Once we leave the densely cultivated low subtropical regions behind, the path meanders through gentle inclines and declines. Traverse a stretch of the forest until reaching Tatopani, a serene location blessed with a natural hot spring, where you can indulge in refreshing baths if time allows.

Proceed to Khola Besi and then to Dovan, a charming farming village, where you can take a brief and rejuvenating break before resuming the ascent. By the end of the day, arrive at Jagat, a picturesque village nestled on a moderate-sized hill, where you can spend the night.

While at Jagat, take a leisurely stroll to immerse yourself in the local cultures, which beautifully blend Hinduism and Buddhism, and observe the cultural nuances of the area.

  • Trekking Hours- 7 hours
  • Distance- 17 Km
  • Total Ascend-  1340m
  • Overnight- Tea Houses at Jagat 
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7 Hours
  • 1340 Meters

Today, our trek begins in the morning from Jagat, and we will proceed by traversing a well-maintained village. As we ascend towards Sirdabas village, we will be treated to a magnificent panorama of the majestic Shringi mountain. Continuing along the trail, we will be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring scenery encompassing breathtaking waterfalls, rivers, and mountains. Our path will lead us through Philim and Ekle Bhatti, culminating in our arrival at Deng. Covering a distance of 20 kilometers, this leg of the journey typically requires 7 to 8 hours to complete.

  • Trekking Hours- 6/7 hours
  • Distance- 20Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 1980m
  • Overnight- Teahouses at Deng  
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7 Hours
  • 1980 Meters

The journey begins in the quaint village of Deng, where a path winds up a forested ridge adorned with majestic rhododendron, pine, and fir trees. As you ascend, the scenery unfolds, offering breathtaking at every turn.

Descending leisurely, the trail leads you to Bhi Bazaar, nestled by the riverside. Take a delightful break here before continuing your walk. As you venture forward, the landscape transitions into fertile farmlands adorned with terraces of millets and barley. Eventually, you'll arrive at Namrung, surrounded by captivating mani walls and intricately crafted stones, which provide glimpses into the rich Tibetan culture and the warmth of its people. This leg of the journey spans approximately 19 kilometers, culminating in the enchanting village of Namrung.

Once you've settled into the finest available lodge, immerse yourself in the splendorous panorama of the North Face of Mt. Manaslu, accompanied by an impressive array of neighboring peaks.

  • Trekking Hours- 6/7 hours
  • Distance- 17Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 2630m
  • Overnight- Teahouses at Namrung 
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7 Hours
  • 2630 Meters

Today we hike toward the breathtaking Manaslu Valley, where we encounter the charming village of Lo Gaon. After savoring a delightful breakfast, we hike again toward Lo-Gaon, relishing the scenic trek ahead. The path gradually ascends, offering a refreshing ambiance enveloped by the cool shade of pine and rhododendron trees.

Ascending higher along the Buri Gandaki River, we meander past a few summer settlements inhabited by cattle herders. Eventually, our pleasant day's walk concludes as we reach the charming and spacious village of Lo-Gaon.

Lo-Gaon, nestled beneath the towering presence of the majestic Mt. Manaslu, enchants with its juxtaposition of lush green forests and glistening snow-capped peaks. 

  • Trekking Hours- 5/6 hours
  • Distance- 10Km
  • The highest Elevation Reached- 3180m
  • Overnight- Tea Houses at Lho Gaun
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6 Hours
  • 3180 Meters

Immerse yourself in the captivating morning scenery, with breathtaking landscapes and snow-capped peaks, while hiking on a westward journey.

Today's adventurous trek along a gently ascending trail, meandering through Upper Manaslu, passing by numerous farming villages and camps of Yak herders. 

Experience the thrill of exploring the elevated Manaslu valley, encompassed by towering rocky cliffs and majestic snow peaks.

You will be treated to a constant view of the magnificent Mt. Manaslu and Sringi Himal for several hours until your walk culminates upon reaching Sama-Gaon.

Sama-Gaon, the primary village in the elevated Manaslu Valley, represents one of the highlights of this extraordinary adventure. Upon arriving, settle into a comfortable lodge and take the opportunity to explore the village, immersing yourself in the fascinating local Buddhist culture.

  • Trekking Hours- 3 hours
  • Distance- 8Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 3500m
  • Overnight- Teahouses at Samagaun 
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 3 Hours
  • 3500 Meters

For those seeking acclimatization, there is the added benefit of a free day, providing an opportunity to adjust to the altitude. At an ideal elevation of 3,550 meters, this location offers a perfect starting point for a local short hike. Enthusiastic trekkers and adventurers will find numerous captivating destinations, including a day hike to Manaslu Base Camp.

Another remarkable expedition, requiring a substantial day-long trek of over 6 hours in each direction, leads to Bhirendra Tal. Situated along the path to Manaslu Base Camp, this glacial pond treats hikers to breathtaking vistas of Mt. Manaslu as they ascend uphill for a few hours.

On a day dedicated to rest and relaxation, one can savor a stroll through the village, exploring its charms and visiting the ancient Pungyen Gompa too.

  • Manaslu Base Camp- (4750 m)
  • Trekking Hours- 7/8 hours
  • Pungyen Gompa- 4700 m
  • Overnight- Teahouses at Samagaun
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 8 Hours
  • 4750 Meters

The thrill of adventure strengthens as you enter the breathtaking Manaslu Valley. The journey from Sama-Gaon becomes increasingly captivating.

As the trek progresses, the valley gradually narrows, revealing magnificent vistas of awe-inspiring landscapes. Take your time due to the increasing altitude as you embark on a half-day walk to Samdo.

After a pleasant few hours of trekking, a short but steep climb leads you to Samdo, where you can enjoy lunch and spend the night. Samdo, the final village before crossing Larke-La Pass into the Manang region, consists of over forty houses showcasing traditional Tibetan architecture and is home to more than two hundred residents.

In the afternoon, take the opportunity to explore Samdo, a charming village situated along the Larke-La Pass route near the Tibet border.

  • Trekking Hours- 4/5 hours
  • Distance- 8 Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 3860m
  • Overnight- Tea Houses at Samdo
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 Hours
  • 3860 Meters

Today's path leads to the ending point of Manaslu Valley, reaching the final stretch in the Gorkha district at Dharmasala. This region houses a cluster of huts, serving as lodges and guesthouses, at the Larke-La pass base from the valley's Manaslu side.

During the peak trekking season, this location teems with trekkers, some of whom must rely on tented camps provided by the lodge owners. Earlier, it was referred to as Larke Bazaar. In this bustling marketplace, traders and merchants from various regions, including Tibet and Manang, would gather to sell and exchange goods.

Upon reaching Dharmasala around lunchtime, it becomes a resting place for the night. The afternoon can be spent relaxing and preparing for the thrilling ascent to the Larke-La Pass.

  • Trekking Hours- 4/5 hours
  • Distance- 7 Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 4460m
  • Overnight- Tea Houses at Dharamsala
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 Hours
  • 4460 Meters

Climbing along winding and steep uphill trails, the difficult trek finally reached the summit of Larke-La Pass. Decorated with prayer flags and a signpost displaying its name and elevation, the top offered a breathtaking view of the majestic peaks of Manaslu and Annapurna, including Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and even Ganesh Himal in the far east.

After a challenging climb, a lengthy descent awaited on the other side, leading to Phedi at Bhimthang, where the weary travelers would find respite for the night. The journey continued, descending through moraines and the Larcia glacier, until reaching Tambuche, the base of Larke-La Pass on the Manang side.

From there, they would walk to Bhimthang, their destination for the night, nestled amidst the serene green forests, a peaceful retreat after a long and demanding day.

  • Trekking Hours- 7/8 hours
  • Distance- 16Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 5,106 m 
  • Overnight- Tea Houses at Bimthang 
  • Tea House
  • Brekfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 8 Hours
  • 5106 Meters

Today, we will trek down the trekking route until we reach Tilje. As we bid farewell to Bhimthang, the landscape transforms, and the day grows warmer. The enchanting upper temperate forest makes a comeback, accompanied by the majestic presence of rhododendrons and alpine pine trees, which outshine the surrounding vegetation. As we pass through Kharche, we witness terraced crop fields that add to the scenic beauty. We climb steeply up the ridge and descend alongside the Marshyangdi River, eventually arriving at our destination, Tilje.

  • Trekking Hours- 6/8 hours
  • Distance- 16Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 3, 700 m
  • Overnight- Tea Houses at Tilje 
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 8 Hours
  • 3700 Meters

Hike for approximately 5 to 6 hours from Tilje to Koto. The trail is part of the renowned Annapurna Circuit, providing breathtaking vistas of Annapurna II and Manaslu Peak. Along the way, you can experience the daily life of the villagers in Thanchowk. As we continue our journey, we cross the Marsyangdi River and pass through Bagarchap Village. Moving through a pine forest, we reach Timang at 2510m before finally arriving at Koto. You can enjoy awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna, Lamjung, and Manaslu mountain ranges from Koto.

  • Trekking Hours- 6/7 hours
  • Distance-  17Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 2, 600 m
  • Overnight- Tea Houses at Koto 
  • Tea House
  • Brekfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7 Hours
  • 2600 Meters

After breakfast, we'll trek towards Phu village. Our destination for today is the restricted area of Nar Phu Valley. We'll traverse the adventurous trail alongside Nar Khola and Greenland forest, encountering rocky terrain and enduring a long walk to Meta. The path becomes steep and narrow as we navigate through the dense forest. After crossing the river, we'll trek through a picturesque pine forest adorned with a magnificent waterfall before reaching Meta Village. Along the way, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of mountains such as Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.

  • Trekking Hours- 6/7 hours
  • Distance-  15 Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 3500m
  • Overnight- Tea Houses at Meta
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7 Hours
  • 3500 Meters

Today we will head north to Phu-Gaon, a remote village beyond Manang Valley. The landscape resembles Tibetan terrain, arid and dry. Explore the surroundings, where you may be fortunate to glimpse wildlife like Blue Sheep, Musk Deer, or even the elusive snow leopard. 

Rest for the night in Kyang, a village adorned with Tibetan-style houses that offer lodging and restaurants, immersing you in the enchanting Buddhist culture.

Continue the adventure from Kyang, following the upstream Phu River and descending into a river gorge. As you ascend further, you'll enter a wide glacial valley, where Phu village awaits. Immerse yourself in the rich Tibetan influence and cultural traditions deeply rooted in Buddhist practices.

  • Trekking Hours- 6/7 hours
  • Distance-  17Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 4,250 m 
  • Overnight- Tea Houses at Phoo 
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7 Hours
  • 4250 Meters

Indulge in a day of relaxation at Phu Village, an ideal destination for both acclimatization and exploration. Immerse yourself in the charm of this remarkable village as you visit the ancient Tashi-Khang and Samdu Choling Monastery, offering breathtaking views of the magnificent Kyuchi waterfalls. Phu Village, home to approximately 100 to 150 local inhabitants, boasts around 30 traditional houses, creating a truly authentic and captivating experience.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Free Day
  • 4250 Meters

Descend along the same path towards Meta, but we can take a short detour towards Nar Phedi monastery, where you'll spend the night. Interestingly, the monastery is the only establishment in Nar Phedi. The accommodation offers tidy rooms, and the friendly nuns warmly greet you. Engage in the kitchen and observe as they prepare dinner over a humble fireplace. You can witness their puja (blessing) ceremony in the evening if you wish. If you'd like to support the upkeep of this delightful and hospitable location, a donation box is available in the monastery.

  • Trekking Hours- 6/7 hours
  • Distance-  18Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 4,250 m
  • Overnight- Tea Houses at Nar Phedi 
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7 Hours
  • 4250 Meters

Today offers gentle trekking trails from Nar Phedi to Nar, passing beautifully painted chortens along the way. Despite its proximity to the Annapurna trail, Nar is a rarely visited yet incredibly picturesque village. It has a vibrant atmosphere, where women gather in the village square, weaving wool fabric on back-strap looms and engaging in lively conversations. You can stay in one of the comfortable lodges with an extensive menu, as a few new teahouses have been established on the outskirts of Nar.

  • Trekking Hours- 6/7 hours
  • Distance-   8/10 Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 4,110 m
  • Overnight- Tea Houses at Nar 
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-DInner
  • 7 Hours
  • 4110 Meters

Today, we begin our early ascent of Kang-la Pass, passing by yak herder camps. As we climb towards the summit adorned with prayer flags, we'll be treated to magnificent views of Annapurna III and IV, Machhapuchhre, Tilicho Peak, and the entire Manang valley. Descending from the pass, we'll arrive at the charming village of Ngawal, known for its Buddhist school, prayer wheels, and stunning architecture.

  • Trekking Hours- 8/10 hours
  • Distance-  15Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 5,322 m
  • Overnight- Tea Houses at Ngawal 
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 10 Hours
  • 5222 Meters

From Ngawal, we trek down through flat fields along the Marsyangdi River, passing Mugji and the ancient village of Braga. Our trek continues until we reach Manang, a picturesque valley between magnificent snow-capped peaks. Standing on a ridge, you'll be treated to panoramic vistas of the valley, Hongdre village with its airstrip, and the majestic mountains of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilicho, Chuli, and Pisang.

  • Trekking Hours- 5/6 hours
  • Distance-   9Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 3,560 m
  • Overnight- Tea Houses at Manang 
  • Tea Hours
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6 Hours
  • 3560 Meters

Take advantage of an extra day to rejuvenate and recharge. Use this time to either embark on a scenic hike to Ice Lake or visit the sacred Milarepa cave, where the revered Tibetan Buddhist saint is said to have meditated. This day can be optional if you're short on time and have already acclimatized during the Manaslu and Nar Phu section of the trek.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Free Day
  • 3560 Meters

Today after an early breakfast, we again hike for around 6-7 hours until we reach the village of Yak Kharka. We rest here, have lunch and snacks, and then trek toward Leddar again. The views from Manang to Leddar are stunning, with all the incredible mountain views. We here see less and less veneration and settlements as we hike higher beyond the tree line break.

  • Trekking Hours- 6/7 hours
  • Distance-  17Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 4200 m
  • Overnight- Tea Houses at Leddar 
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7 Hours
  • 4200 Meters

Prepare for a challenging trek today, so we'll set off early in the morning. The following day, you'll trek to Thorong Phedi village (4,500m) and then ascend to "High Camp" (4,800m), where you'll spend your final night before crossing Thorong-La pass. This section is one of the most challenging parts of the Annapurna trek, even more, demanding than crossing the pass itself due to the onset of altitude symptoms. Taking several rests and catching your breath before continuing while staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water is crucial. Adequate rest and hot beverages like lemon and honey or mint tea are recommended to cope with these symptoms.

  • Trekking Hours- 6/7 hours
  • Distance-  9 Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 4,441 m
  • Overnight- Tea Houses at Thorong Phedi
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7 Hours
  • 4441 Meters

Start to cross the challenging Thorong La pass early, avoiding strong winds after midday. Ascend steeply towards a watercourse, then through a large gully formed by Thorong Peak's melt. Continue climbing over the undulating moraine to reach the top of Thorong Pass (the last pass of our trek). Enjoy breathtaking views of Annapurna, Damodar, Bhrikuti, and Dhaulagiri from there. Descend steeply to grassy meadows and the important pilgrimage site of Muktinath—the longest trekking day, lasting 8-10 hours.

  • Trekking Hours- 8/9 hours
  • Distance-  17Km
  • Highest Elevation Reached- 5410 m
  • Overnight- Tea Houses at Muktinath 
  • Tea House
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 9 Hours
  • 5410 Meters

Muktinath temple, a sacred destination for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims, beckons travelers. The temple houses mystical waterspouts, where freshwater cascades from the streams above. 

Having absorbed the spiritual ambiance, we embark on our journey to Kagbeni, where a hearty lunch awaits. Kagbeni, a village adorned with memorial stupas and a quaint monastery, offers a serene atmosphere. 

Following our rejuvenating break, we continue onwards to Jomsom Airport. The trail from Kagbeni to Jomsom traverses gusty stretches in the scenic Kali Gandaki Valley. Jomsom, Mustang's vibrant hub and administrative center, awaits our arrival. 

Jomsom Airport is the vital lifeline connecting Mustang to the rest of Nepal. However, it's important to note that flights from Jomsom to Pokhara are only available until 11 AM. The short but scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara typically takes 20-30 minutes.

  • Driving Hours- 3/4 hours
  • Distance-  18Km
  • Overnight- Hotels of Pokhara
  • Flight duration- 30-40 minutes
  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 4 Hours
  • 860 Meters

Wake up and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Head to the airport for a quick flight to Kathmandu (flight duration: 25 minutes). Our representative will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel upon arrival. Check-in and take your time to unwind and indulge in leisure activities.

Following your adventurous trek, you can explore Kathmandu's ancient charm, shop for souvenirs, or pamper yourself with a rejuvenating spa experience in Thamel. In the evening, join us for a memorable Nepali dinner featuring Thakali Cuisine, accompanied by lively folk song performances, serving as a delightful farewell. 

  • Distance- 210Km
  • Overnight- Hotels of Kathmandu
  • Flight duration- 30-40 minutes
  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 40 Minutes
  • 1400 Meters

We are pleased to offer the flexibility of tailoring your journey to your desired duration and places, whether extended or shortened, as our proficient team of locals-cum-guides, porters, and accompanying staff have an in-depth understanding of every location traveled.

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Cost Details


  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private vehicle.
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea House hotel accommodation during the trek.
  • One Potter for two trekkers (max 20 KG)
  • A highly experienced, helpful, and friendly Government license holder Guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine.
  • Flight fare (Jomsom - Pokhara)
  • Kathmandu & domestic airport taxes for groups and crews in Kathmandu and Jomsom airport.
  • National Park permits.
  • TIMS (Trekker's Information Management System)
  • All ground transportation.
  • All our government taxes.
  • Official expanse.


  • Your travel insurance. (Compulsory)
  • No meals and accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Items of a personal nature include alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, and laundry.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Tips for guide and potter etc.

Dates & Price

Upcoming Departure

Few Seats AvailableStarts: MondayAug 26, 2024
Ends: ThursdaySep 19, 2024
Status: AvailableUS$2500
Few Seats AvailableStarts: SaturdayAug 31, 2024
Ends: TuesdaySep 24, 2024
Status: AvailableUS$2500

Essential Info

How Difficult is Three Pass Trek?

Similar to other challenging journeys through the Himalayas, navigating the narrow paths and forested trails of Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes requires considerable effort. Each day on the trail demands an average of 7 hours of walking and substantial stamina to endure. Initially, the experience on the tracks is enjoyable for the first few days, but the difficulty level increases significantly as one progresses.

The trails wind through steep hills and pass, making them even more challenging to conquer. The distances to these destinations are vast, and the altitudes are extreme, often causing climbers to exhaust their energy and abandon their quest.

Additionally, most high-altitude treks are characterized by dusty trails and loose rocks. These all add to the strenuousness of the hike. Navigating through the forest is equally challenging, especially during the monsoon season when the path becomes muddy. For inexperienced trekkers, the route beyond Dharamsala can be difficult, requiring extra caution as they traverse the trail between multiple passes, as the glaciers in this region tend to slide faster.

Coping with the altitude while maintaining a steady travel pace can be challenging. Therefore, most trekkers start slowly and gradually increase their speed after covering a considerable distance to minimize the risk of acute mountain sickness. 

Reaching the summit is challenging, as hikers must persist through the rugged terrain. The three passes trek's main difficulty lies in the unpredictable weather, which worsens during winter and monsoon seasons. Heavy snowfall renders the trail highly slippery in January while temperatures plummet below freezing, even reaching sub-zero levels. Consequently, avid trekkers generally avoid this region during winter due to the harsh conditions.

What Things Measure Difficulty in Annapurna Three Passes Trek?

Having Known three high passes trek difficulty, it is imperative to delve into the obstacles mountaineers must overcome on their journey. As one embarks on the climb from Dharamsala, the trail becomes increasingly challenging, with steep inclines and the traversal of lofty ridges. The path meanders in a zigzag fashion, alternating between uphill and downhill stretches, posing a formidable endurance test.

The three-high pass trek is significantly more demanding and draining than the Annapurna Base Camp. Therefore, individuals lacking a clear understanding of the route exercise prudence by enlisting the assistance of a knowledgeable local tour guide.

These experts can navigate you to the highest vantage point and guide you as you retrace your steps. Apart from the route itself, several other factors contribute to the arduousness of the three passes trek, which are listed below.

Altitude Sickness

The Three Passes trek, which involves reaching altitudes above 17,000 ft, poses a challenge due to the risk of altitude sickness. Every trekker must face this issue unless they take necessary precautions before hiking. Moving too quickly at high altitudes often leads to altitude sickness, causing mild headaches and discomfort. Failure to address these symptoms promptly can result in more severe complications, such as hyperventilation and alkalosis, especially after reaching 2,400 meters.

Preventing acute mountain sickness requires adequate rest and hydration. For this, drink plenty of fluids, aiming for a minimum of 5 liters daily throughout the trek. Additionally, limit trekking distances and maintain a slow pace above 2,400 meters. Consuming alcohol and smoking should be avoided, as they can exacerbate health issues even under normal circumstances, let alone while trekking.

Altitude acclimatization is the most effective remedy for acute mountain sickness, so taking frequent breaks and allowing the body to adjust is essential. If symptoms persist or worsen despite these measures and any medication taken, it is advisable to descend the trail and allow additional recovery time.

Trekking the Three Passes entails facing altitude sickness due to the high altitudes. Prevention measures such as proper rest, hydration, and avoiding alcohol and smoking are crucial. If symptoms persist or worsen, descending the trail becomes necessary for recovery.

Extreme Weather and Temperature

The difficulty of trekking in the Three Passes region is greatly influenced by weather and temperature. Hikers must choose the right time to trek on this adventure and make necessary preparations accordingly. The best time to undertake this trek is during the post-monsoon season.

Traveling to the region in either spring or autumn is highly recommended for optimal weather conditions. These seasons offer pleasant weather with cool nights and sunny days. The refreshing gusts of mountain wind contribute to a more enjoyable hiking experience.

However, the climate becomes harsher as you ascend to higher altitudes, even during the prime trekking seasons. 

During the monsoon season, avoid flying from Jomsom due to the heavy rainfall and slippery trails. 

Similarly, winter is not a good season for trekking in this region. Therefore, refrain from visiting the Annapurna Three Passes trail from December to February.

Selecting the right time for the Three Passes trek is crucial, and the post-monsoon season is ideal. Spring and autumn offer the best weather conditions, while monsoons and winter should be avoided due to unfavorable conditions. 

Long and Steep Hike

Trek in the Himalayas is never easy, mainly if it’s gigantic like Manaslu Annapurna Three Passes. The hike is among the toughest and most exhausting, with steep inclines and foothills. Walking the trail takes a little over 25 days, with a trek duration of 6-7 hours daily.

After Dharamsala, every trek route is miles long, skirting a steep climb with many twists and turns. They move through high swaying hills, glaciers, and over rocks to reach the Bimthang and Larkya La Pass, which is indeed difficult. Likewise, the trek to Ngawal (3,675m) via the Kang La Pass (5,240m) and Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La (5416m) is challenging too. 

Trekking too fast at high altitudes triggers dyspnea, making breathing hard. Chances of rockfalls are also high on the trail running from Thangnank to Cho La Pass. Hence, trekkers have to be cautious while rambling through passes.

Meanwhile, the slippery track of winter is another Three Passes trek difficulty. The glacial terrains and snow-wrapped trails need crampons to walk; otherwise, you won’t get a grip and will keep sliding.

Lack of Accommodation

The accommodations along the route to Annapurna Three Passes, leading to the Manang region, near Phu and Thorong La Pass, are of excellent quality. The various lodging options, from tea houses to lodges and hotels in the lower plains, are well-appointed and comfortable. However, there may be limited accommodation options s your climb higher. 

Trekking lodges and tea houses are top-rated in the less frequented trekking areas.

These establishments offer single and double bedrooms at affordable prices, especially during the off-season. However, during the peak trekking season, trekkers' lodgings are often fully occupied.

Due to the high demand, many mid-range guest houses are frequently fully booked, and even if they manage to accommodate you, the rooms may have only basic amenities.

Moreover, cheaper accommodations are generally of lower quality, so it is advisable to be willing to spend a bit extra money to secure a better and more pleasant stay. It is unrealistic to expect to find a high-standard dwelling at the last minute while trekking.

Book approximately a week in advance to ensure a comfortable stay, especially when traveling during the peak season. Additionally, please be aware that homestays and tea houses often remain closed during the winter due to heavy rainfall. Therefore, pre-arrangements should be made if you prefer not to spend the night outdoors.

Physical Exhaustion

The Trek offers an undeniable dose of adventure but comes with the downside of a long and exhausting journey. The trails seem endless, characterized by rugged topography and an extreme landscape, making the Trek a thrilling and challenging endeavor.

Each day on the trail presents new obstacles for hikers, and while some manage to overcome them, most find themselves struggling. Walking through these demanding terrains requires immense physical strength, prompting trekkers to undergo rigorous training to endure at least six hours of trekking.

The trek routes are far from the stroll, demanding trekkers to push themselves physically and mentally to conquer the difficulties. Engaging in cardio workouts and adhering to a strict fitness regimen becomes crucial for maintaining a fit and energetic body.

The trails from Dharamsala reveal shockingly rough paths, encompassing intricate granite and sedimentary rocks. These demanding conditions drain the body's energy and often push hikers to the brink of giving up.

To overcome these challenges, climbers must diligently follow physically intense workouts and prioritize keeping their bodies in optimal shape. Incorporating activities like jogging and regular hikes on uneven nearby trails becomes essential to prepare for the Trek.

Porter and Guide

The role of porters and guides in a trek cannot be underestimated. They are essential for the successful completion of the trek and contribute to the overall enjoyment of the journey, allowing travelers to appreciate the breathtaking scenery fully. 

While it is technically possible to complete the trek with their assistance, the experience would always be different.

For novice trekkers, attempting the journey without the expertise of a knowledgeable guide is simply unthinkable.

The challenge lies in finding a competent local guide familiar with the route. This aspect alone adds significant difficulty to the Manaslu Annapurna Three Pass Trek that takes you to Manaslu, Thorong La, and Nar Phu Valley.

If you are fortunate enough to have the support of a trekking company, there is no need to worry about finding a guide or porter. The company will handle all the arrangements for you. However, hiring a local tour guide is highly recommended if you travel alone and need more familiarity with the routes.

These guides possess invaluable knowledge and can assist you like no one else, making the expedition significantly easier and more enjoyable. The local guest houses can arrange both porters and guides for climbers. Depending on the season, hiring a porter per day can range from $15 to $20, while the fee for a guide typically falls between $30 and $40 USD.

To ensure effective communication throughout the journey, choose a guide who is fluent in English. When choosing, prioritize individuals who can speak the language fluently and proficiently.

Prepare Physically and Mentally to Overcome Difficulties

Trekking on this Annapurna three Passes route is undoubtedly arduous, requiring significant physical stamina. Your entire body will be overwhelmed with fatigue, making thorough preparation imperative. 

Undertaking such treks necessitates unwavering self-motivation, as completion is unattainable without it. Mental resilience is crucial, as many individuals succumb to the challenges and abandon their pursuit, retracing their steps.

The pinnacle of importance while embarking on a trek lies in mental fortitude. The Annapurna region in Nepal is renowned for its remoteness, offering no indulgence in luxuries. 

Comfortable slumber in a warm bed and rejuvenating hot showers will be sorely missed. Furthermore, the culinary experience will be absent, leaving you longing for familiar flavors.

The fear of isolation and being trapped often resides within the hearts and minds of many individuals. It can evoke a sense of loneliness and apprehension, accompanied by thoughts of worst-case scenarios and one's ability to overcome challenges in remote locations.

Additionally, mental exhaustion is a significant hurdle when trekking through difficult terrain. Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts, we encourage you to embrace the joys of your journey. 

Trekking can be an exhilarating experience when approached with a carefree mindset. By fostering a mutual love and appreciation for nature, you can revel in the breathtaking views, savor every step of your adventure, and continuously motivate yourself.

Cost of Three Pass Trek

The Three Passes Trek in Nepal stands out as an exceptional trekking experience. This trek is more affordable than the highly popular Everest Base Camp Trek. Depending on various factors such as the chosen route, level of service, and trek operator, the prices for the Annapurna Three Passes Trek (Manaslu, Nar Phu, and Thorong La Pass) can range from US$ 100 to US$ 2500.

This trek allows for customization, enabling travelers to personalize their itinerary and even add luxurious options such as a Heli ride. However, it's important to note that these additional features will increase costs. Therefore, the overall expense of the Three Passes Trek depends on the individual preferences of the travelers.

One of the greatest advantages we offer as a local operator is our team of experienced local guides. We take pride in our guides possessing over a decade of expertise, with some boasting an impressive two decades of experience. 

These seasoned individuals have trekked around the Annapurna region more than 100 times, making them exceptionally knowledgeable about every aspect of the journey. Their wealth of experience ensures they can tailor the trek to meet each traveler's unique needs, including yours.

Having a knowledgeable guide by your side guarantees your safety and peace of mind. Rest assured that you won't need to fret over any concerns. The prices we offer for Three Passes Trek (Manaslu, Nar Phu, Thorong La) are as follows.

1-1       Pax              $3000

2-4       Pax              $2800

5-10    Pax               $2500

Transportation Cost

To reach the Annapurna region from Kathmandu, the common mode of transportation is to book a private vehicle to Maccha Khola. This drive offers splendid views of snow-capped mountains, lush green vegetation, and quaint villages.

For your three-pass journey, you will begin or start with a drive from Kathmandu to Maccha Khola. The cost of a private vehicle for this route ranges from $100 to $300. Macchakhola lies 160 kilometers from Kathmandu and can be reached in approximately 8 hours via a Jeep Drive.

A private jeep from Kathmandu to Machhakhola is one way to access the trailhead for the three-pass trek (Manaslu, Nar Phu, and Thorong La Pass). Alternatively, you can choose a public bus ride from Kathmandu for a more budget-friendly option.

The road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi is well-maintained and made of concrete, providing a smooth journey. It typically takes 3-4 hours to travel from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi. 

Similarly, it takes another 3-4 hours to reach Sotikhola from Dhading Bensi. However, remember that heavy traffic can occasionally cause delays, so depart from Kathmandu earlier to account for potentially extended travel time.

Upon completing your trek on the 24th day, you will board a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. Opting for a flight between Pokhara and Jomsom is the most convenient option as the travel time is under 30 minutes.

The small aircraft takes you through the breathtaking Kali Gandaki Gorge (the world's deepest gorge), eventually landing at Pokhara airport. The flight cost from Jomsom to Pokhara typically falls within the range of $120 to $200.

Food, Accommodations, and Drink Costs

After spending a day or two in Kathmandu Valley, you will head towards the Annapurna region, where the teahouses are the only ones you can choose from through the trek. The facilities get limited as you hike to higher elevations. So do not expect a more luxurious experience in the upper region. 

The accommodations available at higher altitudes are pretty basic. You will get a room with bed, table, pillow, blanket, and squat or Western-style outdoor toilets separate from the sleeping rooms. Therefore, do not expect more luxury facilities besides thee at higher elevations. 

Surprisingly, as you trek along the lower part of the trail, you'll come across tea houses with surprisingly good amenities. These may include hot showers, flush toilets, and even Wi-Fi. However, the facilities become more rudimentary as you trek to higher elevations. Therefore you may need to pay extra for basic services.

Given their affordable prices, teahouses offer a comfortable environment and are considered more than adequate. You'll find a communal dining room heated by a yak dung burner, where trekkers gather around the fire to enjoy meals and socialize.

In the Annapurna lower region, tea houses now offer an extensive menu with various food and beverage options. These can range from cheese and pizza to spring rolls, pancakes, noodle soups, and momo (dumplings). On average, expect to pay around US$20 to US$30 daily, including accommodation and cost. 

Moreover, the prices for rooms and dal bhat (a traditional Nepali dish of lentils and rice) may vary depending on the location. At lower sections of the trail, dal bhat could cost around US$4, while it might be around US$6 in more remote areas. Choosing vegetarian dishes can help you save a few extra pennies.

You can enjoy a variety of hot beverages and drinks during your trek, including tea, coffee, and garlic soup, among others. However, the prices for these drinks and meals tend to increase gradually as you ascend along the trail. 

The higher prices in the high-altitude areas are primarily due to the transportation costs. Donkeys, yaks, and porters are crucial in carrying food and ingredients to these higher elevations, which adds to the overall expenses.

Permit Costs

It is necessary to acquire five trek permits for a Three-pass trek (Manaslu, Nar Phu, and Thorong La). The Annapurna and Manaslu treks present a unique opportunity for adventure seekers, as these trails were opened as restricted areas in 1992 and have since maintained their exclusive status. 

Additionally, independent and solo trekking is not permitted now, so you must be accompanied by a licensed guide. To facilitate exploration in these restricted zones, all trekkers must obtain a Restricted Area Permit, ensuring compliance with the regulations.

Among the five permits, the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), and Tims can be applied for by the trekkers on their own and collected from offices in Kathmandu. On the other hand, the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for both Manaslu and Nr Phu must be issued by a licensed trekking agency in Nepal due as they have been declared as restricted areas. 

ACAP Permit

For this trek, obtaining an ACAP permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) is necessary as you will cross through the Annapurna conservation area. 

The cost of the ACAP permit varies depending on your nationality. SAARC nationals are required to pay NRs. 1000 per person, which is approximately USD 10. For nationals of other countries, the fee is NRs. 3000 per person, equivalent to around USD 30.

RAP for Nar Phu Valley

Due to its closeness to the Tibetan border, the government has designated the Nar Phu Valley in Nepal as a restricted area. This restricted status serves several purposes, including enhancing border security, regulating tourism activities, and preserving the area's ancient culture and heritage.

For a Nar Phu Valley trek permit, you must get the service of a government-registered and licensed Nepali trekking agency. They will help you with the necessary permit for exploring the Nar Phu Valley. The cost of the Nar Phu Valley Restricted Area Permit (RAP) is determined based on your travel season and the duration of your stay in the restricted areas. 

Compared to other restricted areas, the Nar Phu Valley permit is relatively more expensive, which may impact overall cost too. 

Permit costs vary as follows:

Autumn Season (September to November)

US$ 100 for the initial 7 days

An additional charge of US$ 15 for each extra day

Winter, Spring, and Summer Seasons (December to August)

US$ 75 for the first 7 days

An additional charge of US$ 15 for each extra day


Obtaining a TIMS card becomes essential if you plan to embark on a trek in Nepal. The TIMS card serves as a trekking registration system, ensuring constant monitoring of individuals on the trails. It is primarily implemented as a safety precaution. To acquire a TIMS card, each trekker is required to pay NRP 2000 as the designated fee.

Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu

The government of Nepal has designated specific trails within the Manasu region as restricted areas, necessitating the possession of a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for trekkers. To enter these restricted areas, you must present the RAP at the Jagat entry point, with the last checkpoint in Sama Gaun. 

However, only a local trekking agency registered and licensed by the government can apply for and obtain this permit on your behalf.

The cost of the RAP varies depending on the duration of your stay within the restricted area trail. For the Autumn season (September to November), the initial week incurs a fee of USD 100, with an additional charge of USD 15 for each subsequent day spent in the restricted area. On the other hand, for the Winter, Spring, and Summer seasons (December to August), the initial week is priced at USD 75, followed by USD 10 for each extra day within the restricted area.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project

The purpose of the MCAP permit is to aid in the growth and preservation of the Manaslu conservation area, which spans over 1,663 sq. km. 

The Costs of the Manaslu Conservation Area Project in different seasons are:

For individuals from SAARC nations, the fee is NPR 1000 per person (approximately US$ 10).

For individuals from other countries, the fee is NPR 3000 per person (approximately US$ 30).

Travel Insurance Cost Is Not Included

Travel insurance proves beneficial during your high-altitude trekking adventures; however, it is not included in the package. Given the potential risks and medical injuries associated with such journeys, arranging and bearing the cost of travel insurance yourself is crucial. 

The trails during the trek at the Annapurna and Manaslu passes can be rugged and remote, reaching altitudes above 5000 meters. Therefore, obtain travel insurance packages that offer coverage for altitudes of 4000m and above.

Travel insurance covers various factors, including helicopter evacuation. The cost of such insurance typically starts at USD 120 per person. Travel insurance costs in high-altitude conditions depend on the duration and the insurance company's policies.

If you do not have travel insurance coverage, we offer helicopter services. You can book whenever and wherever you need them at a reasonable price range. 

Gear and Equipment Costs Is Not Included

The cost of gears and equipment that you will need while trekking must be managed on your own. 

Proper trekking gear and equipment are vital in undertaking the challenging treks of Manaslu, Nar Phu, and Thorong La passes. Items such as clothing, boots, and backpacks are necessary for trekking. 

Two options are available to acquire these necessary gear: purchase or rent them, which can help save money. Several shops in Thamel offer trekking gear rental services, typically charging around USD 1 to 20 per day. This allows trekkers to obtain the required equipment without a significant upfront investment.

Which is The Best Time For Three Passes Trek (Manaslu, Nar Phu, and Thorong La)

The most preferred time for Three Passes Trek (Manaslu, Nar Phu, and Thorong La) is the same as Everest and Annapurna Base Camp in the fall (September to November). Moreover, spring (March to May) is the best time after the fall season. These seasons are the best months to embark on any trek in Nepal, including the Everest Summit expedition and Three Passes Trek. 

The summer months in Nepal coincide with the monsoon season. Unless you have a strong passion for trekking amidst rainfall and restricted views, it would be advisable to steer clear of this period. 

However, you might be fortunate with the weather if you don't mind sacrificing scenic vistas for tranquillity. On the other hand, winter in Nepal offers favorable conditions and fewer crowds. But the temperature in winter months can be pretty chilly during this season. 


  • Q1. Where is Machermo Peak Located?

    Machermo Peak is a snow-capped mountain located in the Everest region of Nepal. It stands at an elevation of 6237 meters (20,456 feet).

  • Climbing Machermo Peak is considered a challenging peak climbing expedition. Therefore, the climb requires prior mountaineering experience, enough preparation, and a good fitness level. It involves technical sections, steep slopes, and potential hazards like crevasses and avalanches.

  • The expedition lasts around 18  days, including enough acclimatization and rest days. This time frame allows climbers to adapt to the high altitude and ensures safety.

  • You will need climbing permits from the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and ACAP permits. Moreover, a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card is also required.

  • The best time to attempt the climb is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These periods generally offer stable weather conditions and clear visibility with the possibility of less rainfall/snowfall.

  • Hiring a local guide or Sherpa with regional experience is highly recommended and mandatory in Nepal. They can provide valuable guidance, handle logistics, and ensure safety during the climb.

  • Proper mountaineering equipment is essential for the expedition. This includes crampons, an ice axe, a harness, a helmet, ropes, sturdy boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, and other necessary technical gear. Your expedition organizer will provide a detailed gear list.

  • Accommodation during the expedition typically involves staying in a teahouse and camping in designated areas. Teahouses provide basic lodging and meals, while camping offers a more remote and immersive experience.

  • Climbing Machermo Peak requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance. Regular cardiovascular and strength training exercises are recommended to prepare for the rigors of high-altitude mountaineering.

  • The risks of climbing Machermo Peak include altitude sickness, falls, crevasse crossings, avalanches, and adverse weather conditions. Acclimatization, proper training, using safety equipment, and following the guidance of experienced climbers and guides can minimize these risks.

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