NEW Trip – Kyrgyzstan & the Tian Shan MountainsJoin 19 August 2024 Departure

31 Days$6690USD

  • 23 day trek
  • 3 nights hotel
  • 27 nights wilderness camping
  • 28 Dinners
  • 28 Lunches
  • 30 Breakfasts
Entry level Mountaineering or Exploratory Treks
Technical Grading: Basic

Trip highlights

  • Venture through the deep valley gorge along the Marsyangdi River
  • Trek with the first (and only) ascensionist of the great south wall of Annapurna II
  • Enjoy spectacular views amazing views of Machapuchare, Lamjung and the Manaslu, Himal-Chuli massifs
  • Meet the Gurung & Manangi people of the regions
  • Adventure away from the known on a trek beyond the confines of the usual, with legendary mountaineer Tim Macartney-Snape
  • Visit Kapuche lake, fed by enormous ice avalanches that plunge 3000 metres down from Lamjung- Annapurna II

The two deepest Himalayan gorges flank the Annapurna Massif in central Nepal. The around Annapurna Trail was once one of the premier walks in Nepal because it gave the trekker a complete experience of the mountains and foothills, from the steamy lower valleys with their terraced slopes to the high valleys surrounded by the icy giants. You went from villages with Hindu temples to villages with Buddhist monasteries, from water buffalo wallowing in ponds to Yaks chewing their cuds in alpine meadows. However, much needed development in the form of roads has inexorably marched up into the mountains. The Around Annapurna trek has almost been subsumed by roads that have been blasted up the two great gorges. But the flanks and upper side valleys of those gorges have remained largely untouched. The wildest of the two is the the valley of the Marsyandi river which carves its gorge between the Manaslu - Himal Chuli massif and the Annapurnas. The slopes of the eastern Annapurna range offer exciting trekking with wonderful ‘on top of the world' views. And behind the front range of the eastern Annapurnas on the other side of the gorge are an extensive tangle of peaks of the Larkya Himal that rise to 7000m, it is these two areas that our exploratory trek will venture into. Having undertaken several exploratory treks and completing the first (and only) ascent of the great south wall of Annapurna II in the early 1980s, Tim is excited to be returning to the region to further explore this spectacular area.

Meals included
in the price
Valued at USD$1300
Trip Code: RAM

You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag, down/fibrefill jacket and climbing pack.

Meals:  Nil

This morning a group meeting with gear check will be held and at this time any necessary items will be hired or purchased. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Kathmandu’s bustling streets and significant landmarks. You may wish to start by exploring the city’s two most important World Heritage Listed spiritual sites: Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple and an important cremation site; and Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist shrine outside of Tibet. Alternatively you could wander through the markets and shops of the busy Thamel precinct or explore some more of the city’s significant sites such as Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) or the World Heritage Listed plazas of Patan, Bhaktapur or Durbar Square.

Meals:  B

This morning we fly to Pokhara and drive a further 2 hours to the village of Siklis. If the weather conditions are not favourable to fly on our scheduled day, we will drive west from Kathmandu to ensure we maximise our time on trek.

Meals:  B,L,D

We commence our trek up the Mahdi Khola Gorge through thick temperate rainforest, stunningly contrasted by the icy ramparts soaring just beyond. Camp is on a small apron of land surrounded by forest used for summer crops by local people. We will spend two nights at our campsite here.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we’ll take a day hike up to visit Kapuche lake, formed by melt water from the spindle glacier which is fed by enormous ice avalanches that plunge 3000 metres down from the Lamjung- Annapurna II ice neve. We will return to our camp to overnight.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our route, though somewhat planned, is exploratory in nature. Heading east we then begin climbing out of the gorge, the forest ever changing from broad leaf evergreens to deciduous species, rhododendrons and conifers and finally on up past the tree line, traversing grassland on Kori ridge with amazing views down onto the foothills, across to Machapuchare to the west, Lamjung to the North and the Manaslu, Himal Chuli massifs to the east. After four days we reach 4500 metres where we will establish a ‘base camp’ to rest, acclimatise and explore some glaciated peaks on the east ridge of Lamjung Himal and hopefully climb up to the 5500m ridgeline to gain views down into the upper Marsyandi valley and across into Tibet. Our route then takes us over the 4900 m Namun pass, an ancient trading route used by the Gurung people of the high foothills to the south and the Manangi traders of the upper Marsyandi. After resupplying down in the valley and a brief encounter with the road that has been forced up this amazing trans-Himalayan gorge, we again head for the higher ground. Exactly where will depend on conditions, more precisely if rare autumn snow has fallen up higher or not. There are several options. One will be to do a more in depth exploration of the valleys, untracked passes and high pastures towards the base of the almost 7000m Kang Guru then return down to the road head in the Marsyandi gorge. The other will be to explore some of the country to the north of Larkya la, the high point of the Manaslu circuit before descending down to the road head in the Buri Gandaki on the other side.

Meals:  B,L,D

We plan to end our trek in Phillim, with our magnificent traverse taking us on a journey through some of the most remote and untrodden trails in the Nepal Himalaya. From here we will commence our journey by road back to Kathmandu.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today after breakfast we travel by jeep to Khorlabesi. Overnight camp Drive: approx. 6-7 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Today after breakfast we travel by road to the village of Liding. Overnight camp Drive: approx. 6-7 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Our final day of driving sees us return to Kathmandu. On arrival to Kathmandu, we transfer to the Radisson Hotel for overnight accommodation. Drive: approx. 8-9 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

The trip concludes in Kathmandu after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.

Meals:  B


  • 30 breakfasts, 28 lunches and 27 dinners, including all meals on trek valued at US$1300
  • 4 star Radisson hotel in Kathmandu
  • accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites
  • led by Tim Macartney-Snape, supported by an experienced local crew
  • airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and departing on Day 31 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions
  • flight Kathmandu-Pokhara valued at US$170
  • private transportation
  • the use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
  • porters to carry all personal and group equipment
  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • the use of a climbing pack including ice axe, crampons & harness (if required)
  • safety equipment including portable altitude chamber, group medical kit, satellite phone and oxygen cylinder for emergency use
  • all park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • restricted area permits
  • site entry fees
  • insurance, protective clothing, food and shelter for porters
  • sightseeing in Kathmandu

  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips
  • International flights
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance

About Your Leader

Tim Macartney-Snape&#160;-&#160;<i>Photo:&#160;Lachlan Gardiner</i>

Tim is Australia's best-known mountaineer and an inspiring World Expeditions leader. He is a pioneer, climbing Everest twice, via a new route on the North Face (North Face to Norton Couloir) and then as the only person ever to climb Mount Everest’s entire 8,848 metres from sea to summit. His climbing CV includes many other peaks in the Himalaya including the first ascent of the east spur of the north ridge on Ama Dablam, Dunagiri, the first ascent of northwest ridge of Gasherbrum 4 and the first (and only) ascent of the great south wall of Annapurna II. Tim's mountaineering success stems from his tenacity, strength and strong will, combined with his passion and talent for exploration. He combines this with his deep interest and knowledge of the natural history of the Himalaya and its people, to give participants on his treks the ultimate mountain travel experience.

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Your trip price includes:

  • Meals valued at USD$1300
  • Internal flight valued at USD$170
  • Park Fees valued at USD$250
Options & Supplements*
  • Hotel Only Single SupplementUSD$140
  • Tent Only Single SupplementUSD$490
  • Single SupplementUSD$630
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Remote Annapurna and Manaslu Exploratory with Tim Macartney-Snape trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.

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