Manaslu Larke Pass Trek
Mt Manaslu (8163m) is the 8th highest peak of the world. Manaslu Larkya pass trek is a fascinating trek that takes you all the way to the highlands of Manaslu region. This trekking destination is a trek to the untouched region of Manaslu that offer you with fascinating view of mighty Manaslu and other majestic peaks, lush green forest with variety of flora and faunas, adventurous trekking trails, delighted natural and cultural beauty. The trek is geographically spectacular, culturally fascinating and traverse a strong living Tibetan cultural environment and spectacular wilderness. Moreover, Larke La (5100 m) is certainly an unforgettable pass crossing in Nepal Himalayan.
Manaslu Larkya pass trek starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and then trekking through rough trail of Manaslu region all the way to the destination. Commencing this fascinating trek requires good physics, desire to trek the Himalayas and proper trekking practice. The fascinating trek to Manaslu amuse you with the finest view of mountain panorama, cultural variety and the hospitality of the inhabitants. Explore the higher Nepal and experience the natural and cultural touch of Nepal.
Our journey starts from Arughat, reaches its highest point in Larke Pass at the elevation of 5106m (16,324 ft.). The route goes following mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Siringi Himal, Himalchuli Himal, Manaslu (8163m; the 8th tallest mountain in the world), Naike Peak, Larke Peak, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal and Annapurna range passing through beautiful village of Bimthang among high mountains. The amazing journey also goes through holy sites, most remarkably the oldest ancient Buddhist monasteries, prayer wall, stupas and chortens in the region. This trekking route connects to Annapurna and Ganesh Himal sections of The Great Himalaya Trail, The eastern portion of the trek follows the Budhi Gandaki River upstream, to its source near the village of Samdo. To get there several days of up-hill hiking are required. Then the route goes over the pass, a grueling day of hiking, and back down the other side, where it meets up with the Marsyangdi River. After the pass, at the end of the trek, several options are available: following Marsyangdi river further trek to the proper road and catching a jeep at comfortable tourist bus at Besisahar,
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Today, upon your arrival Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives from Nepal Hike On Trek will welcome you and transfer to the hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
With the help of our experienced tour guide, you will spend this whole day for Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing. The main places will be: Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Bauddhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square among others.
Day 03: Drive to Arughat (Gorkha) (700m)
Today, after the breakfast, we drive to Arughat (570m) from Kathmandu, which will take approx. 8-9 hours via private vehicle or local bus. We will be travelling via the Prithvi Highway before Malekhu we turn north taking the single track road for Dhading Besi and beyond to Arughat. We will stay there at guesthouse overnight.
Day 04: Arughat to Sati Khola (815m)
We today, will start trekking from Arughat. Our today’s destination will be Soti Khola (730m), which will take approx. 5-6 hours. A well-defined path through verdant paddy fields climbs past Gurung villages. At Shanti Bazaar, you will have the first view of Shringi Himal. From here Budhi Gandaki will be our uphill companion. After crossing the suspension bridge of Soti Khola, we then reach into the village which is famous for famed Honey Hunters.
Day 05: Sati Khola to Labu Besi (900m)
Today, we start trekking in the morning. And after crossing the bridge, the trek climbs up onto a ridge above the huge rapids of Budhi Gandaki and reaches to Khorsaani. Then, the trail, gets a bit precarious as it passes over a big rock and crosses a stream. The rocky trail then goes up and down through large stand of nettles, passes tropical waterfalls and again backs down to the bank of Budhi Gandaki. The trek goes up again on a steep rocky trail and down then up around to the Gurung village of Labu Besi and rests overnight.
Day 06: Labu Besi to Jagat (1250m)
From Labu Besi, we move onwards today. And we follow the trail gradually uphill to Jagat. We reach at Jagat via Doban. We stay at Jagat overnight.
Day 07: Jagat to Ngyak (1950m)
The day begins by following the river bank again for the first hour up to Ghata Khola. We then cross to the eastern bank before ascending to Philim, one of the few large settlements on this route and home to the Manaslu Conservation Area Project office. From here you can view Mt. Lapuchun (5,950m). Overnight, we will stay at Guest House.
Day 08: Ngyak to Ghap (2050m)
The trek takes us through a heavily forested area in a narrow valley until we reach the little settlement of Dang. We then cross the Budhi Gandaki River where the valley opens and we begin our ascent to Rana. The trail now takes us high above the river giving us views of the Manaslu Massif before descending to Ghap. We will stay overnight at Guest House in Ghap.
Day 09: Ghap to Lho (3148m)
Today we trek from Ghap to lho village (3020m). It is the distance of about 6 to 7 hours normal walk. Slowly and gradually we would be gaining altitude and with the increase in altitude, we enter into alpine territory and accordingly we would have increasing mountain views. On the way to Manrung, we would find more number of Mani walls and three more crossing of the Budi Gandaki. Finally we will reach at Lho where we will stay overnight.
Day 10: Lho to Samagaon (3517m)
Today, we will be resuming the trek with a steep descent and a crossing of yet another rock-strewn torrent called Thusang Khola. You will realize that Manaslu and Himalchuli dominate the entire landscape. Then on, across the glacier-fed Numla Khola, the valley drops away to a moraine while we follow the ancient trans-Himalayan trail now a just very few kilometers from Tibet. We then reach at Samagaon. Samagaon (3390m) is one of the classic Lama settlements in the region with monatery and mani walls and all things totally Tibetan.
Day 11: Samagaon to Samdo (3738m)
Today will be a rest and acclimatization day in Samagaon. You can have an optional hike to Punggyen Gompa or the day can be spent immersing oneself in the daily life of Sama Gompa.
Day 12: Samdo to Dharmashala (4480m)
Today’s walk starts easily enough. We cross Budhi Gandaki for a final time and pause at the old stone wall of mani inscriptions bidding us well for progress over the pass. The trail gradually rises through juniper and tundra with a viewpoint overlooking the Larkya La Glacier. Further climb will bring us to memorably Spartan Larkya Rest House. We now reach at Dharmashala (4460m) for our overnight stay.
Day 13: Acclimatization day
Today, we will have full-day acclimatization at Dharmashala. We can explore the surrounding areas of Dharmashala today and stay here tonight.
Day 14: Dharmasala to Bhimtang (3890m) the day of Larky La Pass (5113m)
An early morning start is needed for what is to be a particularly tough and extended day. We start at approx. 4 am to avoid gale force wind which usually gains in strength after mid-day at the pass. After a long gradual climb alongside a moraine, we make a short descent to a glacial lake and reach the head of the moraine (4700m) which we cross to climb to the ridge top. Four frozen lakes lie below and then it is up to the crest of the Larkya La (5100m). The reward for these difficult trekking conditions is brilliant westerly views of Himlung Himal, Kangurru and Annapurna II as well as the looming omnipresence of Manaslu. Well, the descent is hardly any easier; we drop around 650m in less than an hour. Our trail then levels off onto yak pastures before finally reaching Bimtang (3590m), a collection of typical summer kharkas.
Day 15: Bhimtang to Tilje (3010m)
Now, the toughest days on the trail are behind us. We descend through meadows and through pine and rhododendron forest to reach Hampuk and then after dropping further following the course of the Dudh Khola we arrive at Karche and then onto the village of Gho. Keeping the west bank of the river, the afternoon is one of the gradual descents to the Gurung Settlement of Tilije which has a certain notoriety for apply brandy. We stay overnight in Tilije (2300m) at local lodge.
Day 16: Tilje to Tal (1725m)
Trek goes along the Dudh Khola, a tributary of the Marsyangdi River, before arriving at the confluence in Dharapani. From here, we will continue on to Tal where the river appears as a lake. We will stay at Tal tonight.
Day 17: Tal to Syange (1175m)
Today the trail runs gently downstream of the river passing the village of Syange where we stay overnight.
Day 18: Syange to Besisahar (825m)
Today, we follow the trail downstream to Besisahar. We pass through the picturesque villages, forests and mountain views. We will stay at Besisahar tonight.
Day 19: Besisahar to Kathmandu by road service.
After completing this wonderful Manaslu Trek, we today drive back to Kathmandu. After arriving at Kathmandu, in the evening, we will enjoy our farewell dinner party.
Day 20: Final Departure
Today, after having breakfast, we will accompany you to the airport for the returning flight. We bid you farewell at the airport hoping to see you again!
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