AROUND MANASLU & LARKYA-LA PASS
“an enjoyable and exciting walk with an adventure over high and scenic Larkya-la pass”
Manaslu Trekking (Around Manaslu & Larkya La Pass), an adventure on Nepal’s north mid – west Himalaya where the route of the journey takes you to fascinating country within world’s 8th highest Mt. Manaslu and it’s range of peaks and close to Ganesh Himal and Manang region where this wonderful adventurous walks ends. Manaslu Trekking (Around Manaslu & Larkya La Pass) is slowly getting popular among interested trekkers where you can travel in complete tranquil in the harmony of mountains and Manaslu people interesting cultures of Buddhism religion similar to Tibetans where the border to Tibet is at close distance from upper Manaslu valley and mountains.
Starting our marvelous Manaslu Trekking (Around Manaslu & Larkya La Pass Trekking) with an interesting overland drive to reach the mid hills of Gorkha district at Arughat and Soti-Khola by the raging Buri-Gandaki River, walk follows upstream near to its glacial source at Samgaon and beyond. Trek leads uphill through lovely farm villages of Philm-Jagat-Logaon and at Samagaon large village of the area, from here onward on windswept and arctic terrain leading towards Larkya-la pass on the highest point of this adventure at 5,106 m high with stunning panorama of high snow-capped peaks. After a tough climb downhill towards Manang area and back into enchanting forest of tall rhododendron and pines tree lines to reach at Dharapani where popular and famous Annapurna Circuit trail joins.
Manaslu Trekking (Around Manaslu & Larkya-la trekking) final concludes with a drive back to Kathmandu after a marvelous and memorable adventure around Manaslu and Larkya-la pass trekking (Manaslu Trekking).
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparations.
Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola 730 m – 05hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m – 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Ghap 2,160 m – 04 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Gaon 3,180 m – 06 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Sama-Gaon 3,530 m – 05 hrs.
Day 10: Rest day at Sama-Gaon for acclimatization.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo 3,860 m – 05 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Dharamsala / Larkya phedi 4,470 m – 04 hrs.
Day 13: Cross Larkya-la 5,106 m and to Bimthang 3,720 m – 08 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Gho 2,560 m – 05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m – 06 hrs.
Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 17: International departure homeward bound.
On arrival in Kathmandu received by our guide with short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where you will join with other members of Around Manaslu & Larkya-La Pass Trekking, our guide will brief with information regarding trekking – hotels-culture with do’s and don’ts, includes welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with culture programs.
Day 02: In Kathmandu guided tour and trek preparations.
In Kathmandu free day for individual activities and shopping souvenirs or join in our interesting tour of Kathmandu-Patan and Bhaktapur, full of world heritage site of historical-culture and religious importance, afternoon preparation for Around Manaslu & Larkya La Pass trekking.
Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola 730 m via Dhadingbesi and Arughat - 07hrs.
Around Manaslu & Larkya-la Pass Trekking begins with an overland drive on busy highway for few hours, and then our route diverts from the main road to reach at Dhading Bhesi a large town. From Dhading heading towards Gorkha areas at Arughat town by the River Burigandaki, from here taking another vehicle with interesting ride towards mid hills following Bhuri-Gandaki River and farm villages to reach at Soti-Khola village.
Day 04: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m - 06 hrs.
From this village, starting our walk following Buri Gandaki River upstream through many farm villages, crossing over Nuali khola with views of waterfalls and then cross a stream to Machha Khola for overnight stop. The village name as Machha Khola means “Fish stream”.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs.
After pleasant overnight at Macha-Khola, morning walk follows Buri-Gandaki River upstream, to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding path to reach at Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,” an opportunity for hot bathe as time allows. After a nice rest walk carries on passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages to reach at Jagat for overnight stops, Jagat a moderate size farm villages with shops and stores.
Day 06: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m - 06 hrs.
From Jagat, morning walk leads to higher areas passing scattered farm villages with short climb and downhill to cross over a bridge to reach at Nagjet and Philim, a large village with spread-out farm houses. After Philim walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Dyang village.
Day 07: Trek to Ghap 2,160 m - 04 hrs
Morning walk from Dyang leads to cooler area where you can feel slow rise in altitude, on entering Himalayan alpine region, walk downhill to a river side to reach at Bihi Bazaar a small village near a river side.
From here onwards encountering more villages of strong Tibetan culture, walk leads on gentle trail with few short ups and downs till Ghap village is reached for overnight stop.
Day 08: Trek to Lo-Gaon 3,180 m - 06 hrs.
From Ghap village with nice good walk following Burhi Gandaki River, then crossing this river through small farm villages and cultivated farm fields of barley, wheat and millets to reach at Numrung village with first close views of Mt. Manaslu North Face and adjoining peaks. Walk continues passing few villages of Banjham, Lhi and Sho, then as altitude gains with an hour up to Lo-Gaon for overnight stop in a nice cozy lodge.
Day 09: Trek to Sama-Gaon 3,530 m - 05 hrs
After Lo-Gaon vegetations disappears for few short juniper bushes and some willow trees, walk leads on nice path with views of peaks and finally the day ends at Sama-Gaon for overnight stop, this is a large mountain village located on route Manaslu base camp, Larkya-la pass and to Tibet border.
Day 10: Rest day in Sama-Gaon for acclimatization.
A important and necessary to have rest day for acclimatization before heading over Larkya-la pass, at Samagaon explore around this interesting village of Tibetan culture.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo 3,860 m - 05 hrs
Today walk leads to last village of Manaslu area at Samdo which lies close on route Tibet border, the villagers of this area have long history of trading with Tibet, the trade still continues as you can find many Chinese goods around the village shops and stores.
Day 12: Trek to Dharamsala / Larkya phedi 4,470 m - 04 hrs
A short day walk to Larkya phedi or Dharmasala, after a nice overnight at Samdo village, morning walk leads towards more dry and barren country. As the altitude gains slowly with few short ups and downs then completing the morning walk at Larke phedi, means base of the hill or pass with afternoon free to relax or short walks.
Day 13: Cross Larkya-la 5,135m and to Bimthang 3,720 m - 08 hrs.
The highlight of the adventure today, starting early to reach the top of Larke-la pass at 5,135 m, a long climb with views of surrounding mountains Mt. Manaslu, Larke peak, Bouddha Himal, Himal-Chuli and Peak 29. After a strenuous climb reaching the pass, our highest point of the trip marked with Buddhist prayer flags, offering super views of surrounding great giant peaks, after a short rest enjoying the views a long descend leads to Bimthang for overnight stop a beautiful place surrounded with forest of tall rhododendron and pines trees.
Day 14: Trek to Gho 2,560 m - 05 hrs
After a tough walk of day 13, today an easy trek with downhill path most of the way to Gho, located in the midst of a lovely forested area, as our walk lead through woodlands of rhododendron, pines and oaks tree lines passing several farm shades to reach at Gho for overnight stop.
Day 15: Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m - 06 hrs.
From Gho with pristine surrounding of lovely forest, our last day walk leads downhill most of the way to Tilje village by the Marysangdi River, after Tilje an hour climb to reach at Dharapani. A large village with many fine lodges located in Manang district and popular Annapurna Circuit trekking trail.
Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
After an enjoyable time on high hills and mountains around Nepal North Mid West on Around Manaslu & Larkya-La Pass trekking with grand views, morning depart for Kathmandu with an interesting overland drive to Kathmandu after a grand time around Manaslu circuit trekking, on reaching Kathmandu afternoon free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
Day 17: International departure for home ward bound.
As per your flight time our guide and staff transfers you at the airport after an enjoyable and great time on Around Manaslu & Larkya-La Pass Trekking in amazing Nepal Himalaya.
What are included ?
- Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
- Government license holder Trekking Guide.
- Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
- Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion & if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
- Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary.
- Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
- Government Tax.
- Airport drop.
What are not included ?
- Nepal Visa fee & Entrancee fees during kathmandu Tour.
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
- Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
- Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Tips for guides and porters.
- Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.
Important documents and items
- Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
- Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
- Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
- Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
- Duffel or Rucksack bag & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
- Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).
Upper Body – Head / Eyes / Ears
- Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Glacier glasses, Headlamp
- Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- Down vest and/or jacket*.
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
- Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
- T-shirts (2).
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
- Long shirts (2)
Lower Body – Feet
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
- 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
- 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
- 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
- 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
- Cotton socks (optional).
- Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)
- Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
- Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
- 1 skin-blister repair kit
- Anti-diarrhea pills
- Anti-headache pills
- Cough and/or cold medicine
- Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
- Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
- Water purification tablets or water filter
- 1 set of earplugs
- Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.
- Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- Reading book
- Trail map/guide book
- Journal and pen
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
- 1 modest swim suit
- Binoculars (optional)
- Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
- Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
- Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow