Manaslu Trek with Larkya la Pass

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Manaslu Circuit Trek with Larkya La pass, or Around Manaslu Trek- all these names direct you nowhere else, but towards a very genuine adventure around the world’s eighth highest mountain Manaslu (8,163m). A genuine adventure, because following the ancient salt-trade-route of Tibet along the Budhi Gandaki River, the trail passes through the subtropical jungle at lower elevation and the Himalayan foothills to the high, freezing, and demanding Larkya La Pass above 5000m; offering everything that classic treks in Nepal have to offer.

The deep gorges with spectacular trails connected by bridges, snow-covered pass, a rich Ecotone diversity, and nineteen different types of forests provide shelter to 2000 species of plants, 33 mammals, 110 species of birds, 3 reptiles, and 11 butterflies; beautiful scenery of majestic Himalayan ranges and high altitude glacier lakes are just to name a few.

The Samdo village, the highest village in the Budhi Gandaki valley inhibited by Bhotias, has stunning views of  Cheo Himal, Himlung  Himal, and Kung Guru, and the biological and cultural diversity are simply very much worth the effort.  

The Manaslu Trekking trail encompasses the Annapurna and Manaslu conservation areas, Budhi Gandaki and Marsyangdi valley, Indo-Aryan and Tibetan-influenced habitations, and Annapurna and Manaslu circuit trails, making it one of the most fulfilling remote treks in Nepal.

This trekking route receives a less number of trekkers compared to the other trekking in Nepal; thus, making it the best trekking route for trekkers looking to avoid the traffic that is normally found on the Everest and Annapurna route. Moreover, the popularity is rapidly increasing with the growing number of tea houses at an everyday stop.  

Amigo Treks and Expedition’s 15 days Manaslu Trek with Larkya La Pass is a standard teahouse trekking package that offers the benefits of the full board (meal and accommodation) during the trek and bed and breakfast in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu; all ground transportation; required permits, and knowledgeable, licensed and experienced English speaking guide.

The package is fully customizable; therefore, can be changed as per your requirements and need. We guarantee departure on all customized packages.  The company also offers a special discount if you bring a group along with you.

This trek can be planned any time of the year; however, spring and autumn are more supportive in terms of weather, visibility, and trail. Nevertheless, if you are looking for some other remote trekking routes in Nepal the Upper Mustang Trek, the Nar Phu Valley Trek, and the Tsum Valley Trek are highly recommended. 


Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola (930m/3,051ft)

Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1,410m/4,625ft)

Day 05: Trek to Deng (1,800m/5,905ft)

Day 06: Trek to Ghap (2,160m/7,086ft)

Day 07: Trek to Lho (2630m/8626ft)

Day 08: Trek to Samagaon (3,530m/11,581ft)

Day 09: Acclimatize day

Day 10: Trek to Samdo (3,690m/12,106ft)

Day 11: Trek to Larkya Rest House (4,470m/14,665ft)

Day 12: Trek to Bimtang (3,720m/12,204ft)

Day 13: Trek to Dharapani (1,860m/6,102ft)

Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 15: Departure day


Package Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • 3 nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at 3star standard hotel with breakfast
  • One full-day guided city tour by private vehicle
  • Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurants with traditional ethnic music and dance
  • All accommodation during the trek (lodge/tea house)
  • Annapurna (ACAP) Trekking permits and Tims (Trekkers Security Card) permits
  • Lower Manaslu Trekking permit and Upper Manaslu special permit
  • Private transportation (Jeep) to Machha Khola, Dharapani to Besisahar by sharing Jeep   and return from Besisahar to Kathmandu by private car
  • All breakfast and 2 special dinners in Kathmandu
  • All meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) during the trek
  • Seasonal fresh fruits during the trek (served after every dinner)
  • Purified drinking water 
  • Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
  • A porter (One porter for every 2 members) and his entire expenses
  • Insurance of Guide and Porter
  • All required local tax and Gov tax
  • Down jackets and sleeping bags
  • Duffel bag (One each)
  • First Aid Service (Basic)
  • Oximeter - To determine your normal oxygen range
  • Adventure Certificate after completion the trek

Trip Excludes

  • Nepal arrival visa (USD30 for 15 days and USD50  for 30 days) 
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and above mentioned special dinner
  • Monument entrance fees while on a city tour of Kathmandu (Approx USD26 per person
  • Your personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke, and entire beverage, etc
  • Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
  • Tips (as an appreciation) and any other extending trips and extra accommodation.

Day 1: Arrival day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal. Today is your first day with Amigo Treks & Expedition. Therefore, we send one of our company representatives to receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), who will further escort you to a tourist standard hotel booked for you in Kathmandu.

If possible, we also schedule a meeting at our office for the briefing regarding the trek, which is followed by an introduction session with other team members (especially Sherpas and guides). Today, we also arrange a welcome dinner in one of the most popular local restaurants, where you can enjoy the ethnic dance and cultural music along with great Nepali food. If your flight arrives late, both the meeting and dinner can be scheduled for the following day.

Meals include: Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Nepali food, Cultural music, and Ethnic dance)

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

The capital, Kathmandu valley itself, is a big storehouse of exclusive natural, cultural and historical sites. Therefore, today, we take you on a few-hour tour of the major attractions of Kathmandu valley. After spending a few hours observing these wonderful sites, we again meet for a few hours to finalize your clothing and trekking gear (down jacket, trekking boots, sleeping bags, etc.) required during the trek. The night will be spent at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast

(Highlights of the day: World Heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square (a historical structure offering architectural wonders), the Pashupatinath temple (a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva- lord possessing the power of destruction), Swyambhunath and Boudhanath – (a Buddhist shrine dedicated to Lord Buddha- Light of Asia).

Optional site: Another World Heritage site ‘Patan Durbar Square’ along with other historical masterpieces like Mahabouddha Temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple, and Kumbeshwor Temple.)

Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola (930m/3,051ft)

Our destination set for today is Machha Khola, which is about an 8-10 hour drive from Kathmandu. Therefore, early in the morning, after having breakfast, you will be escorted to the bus park to catch a bus to Machha Khola. Leaving Kathmandu, the bus heads towards the western part of the valley, following the Prithvi Highway. The bus follows the highway for about 150 kilometers from Kathmandu, which then leaves the highway, crosses the Trisuli River, and heads towards the Dhading Besi. We stop here for lunch. From Dhading Besi, the bus heads towards Arughat. After about 4-5 hours of ride on a bumpy road, we reach Machha Khola (which is the starting point of the trek. The night will be spent at a lodge in Arughat.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Experience of winding Highway, blacktopped road as well as bumpy road accompanied by the breathtaking view of waterfalls, rivers, jungles, green hills, hamlets higher up on the hills, terraced fields flaunting seasonal crops, a variety of vegetation and the curious faces of people running motels, restaurants, and lodges with the experience of Newari community away from the Kathmandu valley – all in a single day.)

Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1,410m/4,625ft)

Jagat is the destination set for the day. Leaving Machhakhola Gaon, we continue through the narrow trail along the Budhi Gandaki River. After a few ups and downs, we cross a bridge to reach Khorlabesi which offers one of the best views of the Ganesh Himal. A few additional ups and downs from here will take us to Tatopani. Climbing the ridge over Tatopani, we cross a bridge across the Budhi Gandaki River, and now walking on the east bank of the river on wide steps, we cross the landslide and walk up to Dobhan to cross the suspension bridge across the Dobhan River.

On crossing the river, the walk continues on a rocky trail, crossing another landslide, towards a 93m long suspension bridge over the Yaru River. We cross this bridge, pass the landslide on the stone steps and then drop down to cross one more bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. Then, following the west bank of the river, we continue through the stone steps until we reach the village of Jagat. The night will be spent at a lodge in Jagat.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Best view of Ganesh Himal from Khorlabesi and Shringi Himal from Jagat, the experience of rocky trail, stone steps, landslide and rockfall areas, view of the organic coffee garden at Khorlabesi, numerous suspension bridges over the different river, including the roaring Budhi Gandaki River, view of waterfalls and a number of Chortens and Mani walls en route.)

Day 05: Trek to Deng (1,800m/5,905ft)

Deng is the destination set for the day. After the necessary formalities (fulfilled by the team leader) at the office of MCAP in Jagat, we walk up the river bed and hike over a rocky ridge to Salleri. Following the river, we further hike up to Sirdibas and then continue towards the suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. We cross the bridge and climb to a Gurung village named Philim. The walk further continues towards Chisopani crossing the forest.

With Budhi Gandaki River on our left, we traverse Ekle Bhatti and then the gorge to reach a large waterfall, before entering the pine forest. The trail then drops down to a trail junction of Ghap and the Tsum Valley. Leaving the Tsum Valley trail, we cross the bridge and head northeast, trekking along the west bank for a while. We then cross to the east bank and back to the west bank again. We pass through the bamboo forest before reaching Deng. The night will be spent at a lodge in Deng.

Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Potato, maize and climbing bean’s fields, various signs of Buddhist culture, Chortens, and the prosperous Philim village of Gurung people surrounded by the fields of maize, potato, and millet. The village also flaunts Chhyoling Sandu Gompa, School made by the Japanese, a police station, and a large campsite offering the view of Shringi Himal. The experience of walking through pine, rhododendron, and bamboo forest, enjoying the pleasant view of the waterfall, Himalchuli, and Shringi Himal, and the settlement, lifestyle, and culture of people in Lokpa, Nayk, and a Gurung village called Deng.)

Day 06: Trek to Ghap (2,160m/7,086ft)

Ghap is the destination set for today. We cross the suspension bridge, leaving Deng and climbing Rana. The walk continues northwest, following the bank of the Budhi Gandaki River towards Bihi and then west, up the Budhi Gandaki Valley. From Bihi, the trail splits into two trails that again meet at Ghap. One follows the northern bank of the Budhi Gandaki River, while the other (alternate route) follows the southern bank of the river.  The walk continues in and out of unbroken wild canyons and then a steep climb will finally take us to Ghap. If time permits, we also take you for a side-trip up to Prok village and an excursion to Kal Tal. We again return to Ghap, where the night will be spent at a lodge.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: An experience of the lifestyle of Gurung people who practice Buddhism in the village of Deng, the experience of the beautiful stone-carving village of Bihi, walk through the wild canyons, the village of Ghap that flaunts intricate quality carvings of various meditating Buddha in the hard local stone, the village of Prok that features the best viewpoint of Shringi Himal, micro-hydro, eco-lodges, and the nearby Kal Chhokang Gompa and a beautiful Kalchhuman Lake (Kal Tal) located at the altitude of 3,574m.)

Day 07: Trek to Lho (2630m/8626ft)

Lho is the destination set for today. The trail first passes through the beautiful forest of fir and rhododendron on the south bank of the river. Then we cross a wooden bridge that will take us to the north bank of the river and after walking for some time, we again cross a bridge to get to the south bank. The trail then makes you climb well-made stairs. However, if you are looking for a shortcut, you can follow the trail along the bank of the river, through the forest of pine.  

Both the trails take us to the village of Namrung. We then pass Mani walls, fields, and houses through Banjam, entering the rhododendron, fir, and oak forest, before reaching Lihi. From Lihi, the trail moves towards Sho, crossing the bridge over Hinang River, and then from Sho, a leisurely walk will finally take us to Lho. The night will be spent at a lodge in Lho.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Experience of fir, rhododendron forest accompanied by chirping birds, Namrung village featuring Gompas, hotels, campsites and the beautiful viewpoint of Ganesh and Shringi Himal and Mt. Himal Chuli in the south, Lihi village flaunting Chortens, barley terraces and Sherpa culture, Sho village offering the best views of Manaslu, Manaslu North & Naike Peak and the Lho Village that features Mani walls, the Ribung Gompa, Kandjur Scripts Monastery and the view of Manaslu massif.)

Day 08: Trek to Samagaon (3,530m/11,581ft)

The destination is set for today in Samagaon. From Lho, we first hike up to Shyala village up a pine and rhododendron forest, passing the big curtain, and enjoying the crystal clear stream. The Shyala village is surrounded by mountains and glaciers. We cross the glacier-fed Numla Khola and hike up to the village of Sama, which is a pure Lama settlement following Tibetan culture. The night will be spent at a lodge in Sama Gaon.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Magnificent view of peaks like Manaslu, Himal Chuli and Nadi Chuli, Ganesh Himal and Punggen Glacier from the village of Shyala, and the introduction of Lama and Tibetan culture practiced in the village of Sama.)

Day 09: Acclimatize day

Today is both rest and acclimatization day. It is always good to acclimatize before ascending the height. We spend our day enjoying the Lama settlement of Sama village. We also visit  Sama Gompa and hike up to the ridge to view the mountain and village. Or, we can also hike up to visit the Pung Gyen Gompa, which aids a lot in the acclimatization process.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day:  An insight into the lifestyle, tradition, and culture of people living in Sama village. Sama Gompa, view of Puggen Glacier from Pung Gyen Gompa, and the view of Nadi Chuli, Manaslu, Larke, and the  Naike peak from the ridge.)

Day 10: Trek to Samdo (3,690m/12,106ft)

Samdo is the destination set for today. After the previous day’s acclimatization, you are ready to hike further. Following the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki River, we proceed toward the destination of the day. After a short walk, we come across the trail that leads to the Manaslu Base Camp trail; however, passing the trail, we now enter the forest filled with birch, juniper, and rhododendron, moss, and lichen.

Then enjoying the stone huts and long Mani walls of Kyonggma Kharka we cross a bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River and enter the village of Samdo, which is very close to Tibet. The night will be spent at a lodge in Samdo.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: View of Manaslu glacier, walk through the thick forest of birch, juniper, and rhododendron, a number of Mani walls and stone huts, and the village of Samdo featuring Taka Choeling Gompa, Sonam Glacier, big Mani wall, and a Tibetan refugee community. You can also enjoy a splendid view of the Naike and Pangbuche peaks.)

Day 11: Trek to Larkya Rest House (4,470m/14,665ft)

Larkya Rest House is the destination set for the day. From Samdo, the trail descends to the bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. Crossing the last bridge across the Budhi Gandaki River, we progress towards the Larkya Rest House through juniper and tundra.

The trail passes through the Mani wall and Stone huts before reaching Larke Phedi also known as Dharmasala. It is a seasonal village that provides rooms and tents for trekkers. The evening will be spent exploring the hills for the purpose of acclimatization. The night will be spent at the Larkya Rest House.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Mani walls with inscriptions of good wishes for progress over the pass, small stone huts, a view of Syacha Glacier, and the pleasant view of Larkya Peak and Naike Peak from Larkya Phedi.)

Day 12: Trek to Bimtang (3,720m/12,204ft)

Today conquering the ultimate altitude of this trek - Larkya La (5,160m) - we trek to Bimthang. You can expect the day to be long and extended as the day requires 8-9 hours of walking. Therefore, we start early in the morning in order to skip the afternoon gale. The trail passes through the north side of the Larkya Glacier.

We walk across the moraine of the glacier, cross four frozen lakes, and then a steep way up will take us to Larkya La greets trekkers with prayer flags and the magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks. After a steep descent from the pass, we now trek west on a high moraine ridge of Salpudanda Glacier on our right. The trail now descends on long scree, towards the grassy moraine of Dangboche Kharka. The track now following the east bank of the large lateral moraine, descends to the beautiful village of Bimthang. The night will be spent at a lodge in Bimthang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: 4 frozen lakes, Larkya La Pass that greets trekkers with flapping prayer flags, and the heavenly view of Himlung Himal, Kangguru, Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Larke peak, Namjung Himal, Ratan Chuli, thrilling trail accompanied by Larkya Glacier, Bimthang and Salpudanda Glacier, rocky and grassy moraine and scree, icefall and mountains, glacial lake –Pongkar Taal in between the Pongkar and Salpudanda Glacier, and the magnificent view of Lamjung, Manaslu (NE), Phungi (S-Face) Himlung (NW) and Cheo Himal from Bimthang.)

Day 13: Trek to Dharapani (1,860m/6,102ft)

Dharapani is the destination set for today. Initially, the trail follows the Bimthang glacier and heads south. Then, leaving the Bimthang Glacier and Bimthang village behind, the trail enters the forest of rhododendron and pine, passes Sangure Kharka, and continues to the cultivated land of Kharche. The trail, now following the west bank of the Dudh Khola, heads towards Tilije crossing the viewpoint of Manaslu, Gho – a Gurung village, and Kilpu fall. On reaching Tilije, we cross the bridge over the Dudh Khola and walk south for about an hour to reach Dharapani. The evening can be utilized strolling around the village. The night will be spent at a lodge in Dharapani.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Unforgettable view of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal, trail accompanied by a beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine, cave, high pasture, and cultivated land, Goa or Gho – a beautiful settlement of Gurung people flaunting Gurung lifestyle, the viewpoint of Manaslu and monastery, lodges and Kilpu waterfall, Tilije – another Gurung village on the trail that allows trekkers to enjoy monasteries like Tilije, mobile network, lodges and teahouses, and the village of Dharapani, where trekkers can enjoy time visiting Sangey Cholign Gompa  and one of the best viewpoint of Manaslu.) 

Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

After completing the trek, we now come back to Kathmandu.  Early in the morning, we catch a bus to Kathmandu. The bus heads south till Dumre, which then follows the Prithvi Highway until it reaches Kathmandu. We stop twice, once for breakfast and once for lunch. After about a 7-8 hour ride, you will reach Kathmandu. Once you reach Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your hotel, where you can freshen up and rest for some time. Around the evening, the company representatives conduct a short meeting to discuss the trip, your experience, and your feedback. The night will be spent at a 3-star standard hotel in Kathmandu.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

(Highlights of the day: Comfortable bus, the windy highway along the Trisuli River, breathtaking view of a waterfall, river, jungle, hamlets higher up on the hills, terraced fields with seasonal crops, different vegetations, and the curious faces of people running motels, restaurants and lodges.)

Day 15: Departure day

This day is the last day of your trip to Nepal with Amigo Treks and Expedition. If your flight is scheduled for early morning, then one of our company representatives will escort you to the airport as per your flight departure time. But, if the flight is scheduled for later in the evening, you can go shopping and collect a few mementos or simply hang around shopping areas in Kathmandu. However, if you are planning to spend some extra days in Nepal, Amigo Treks and Expedition can also make the arrangements for some other top adventurous activities that you can attend while you are in Nepal.

Meals include: Breakfast

 

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