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Manaslu Larkya La – Pass Camping Trek

17 Days
An adventure around Manaslu with exciting climb on top of Larke Peak

Highlights of Manaslu Larkya-La Pass

  • Experience harmonious Tibetan culture of Manaslu region
  • Rich vegetation, pristine ecosystem, and rhododendron forests
  • Spectacular mountain views including Himalchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Ngadi Chuli
  • Endangered wild animals like Snow Leopard and Musk Deer
  • The Larkya-La Pass (5,106m)
  • On top Larke-La Pass at 5,106 m / 16, 752 feet
  • Moderate to Adventurous walks
  • TD (Technical Difficule) as per French and Swiss Alpine Climbing Classification System
  • Nepal Far North Mid-West around Gorkha district to Manang area
  • Hotels in Kathmandu and in local lodges on treks with tented camp on climb

Short Outline Itinerary

Manaslu is a relatively new trekking region in Nepal. Among different regional routes, Larkya La Pass Trekking is a rare opportunity to explore the spectacular views along the Nepal and China border. In the west of Kathmandu in the Manaslu region, Larkya La Pass is situated at an elevation of 5135m (16844ft).

Nepal’s Manaslu Larkya-La Pass Camping Trek starts from Shotikhola via Arughat, a small town bordering the Gorkha and Dhading districts. The drive to Arughat from Kathmandu is around 8 hours. The trail ascends through the vast geography and wilderness of the region.

Numerous waterfalls, swift rivers, suspension bridges, gorges, wildlife, and forests lead you to multiethnic villages, gompas, and monasteries. The trails are a bit challenging but people of all ages have done it. However, one needs to be in a moderate physical condition.

As you gain altitude, you will be presented with gorgeous views of the snowcapped Himalayas such as Himalchulit (7,893m), Manaslu (8,163m), Ganesh Himal (7,450m), Ngadi Chuli (7,879), and beautiful landscapes. The rich vegetation of Manaslu is refreshing and spreads an aura of joy. At high altitudes, we will be required to sleep in tents and prepare food for ourselves. But, you need not worry since we will provide you with our professional cook for the trek.

Alternative of Camping

The Manaslu Circuit via Larkya-La Pass

The MCT team will equip you with all the information and tools required to complete the trek. A professional guide is a must. So, you will be accompanied by some highly experienced and best tour guides. MCT provides the most competitive cost of Manaslu Larkya-La Pass Trek in Nepal and high-quality and reliable trekking services. Book your trip now to Larkya-La Pass and experience the wonders of the Himalayas in Nepal.

Detailed Itinerary

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Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu)
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Trekking preparation and gear check.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayabhunath Stupa.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Altitude: 700 m/ 2,296 ft (Soti Khola)
Drive approx.: 7 hours by private vehicle.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight at Tented camp.

Altitude: 930 m/ 3,050 ft (Machha Khola)
Walk approx. 6 hours.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight at Tented camp.

Altitude: 1,340 m/ 4,395 ft (Jagat)
Walk approx. 6 hours.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight at Tented camp.

Altitude: 1,625 m/ 5,330 ft (Pewa)
Walk approx. 6 hours.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight at Tented camp.

Altitude: 2,630 m/ 8,626 ft (Namrung)
Walk approx. 6 hours.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight at Tented camp.

Altitude: 2,957 m/ 9,698 ft (Lho)
Walk approx. 4 hours.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight at Tented camp.

Altitude: 3,530 m/ 34,233 ft (Sama Gaun)
Walk approx. 3 hours.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight at Tented camp.

Altitude: 3,530 m/ 34,233 ft (Sama Gaun)
Day hike to either Manaslu Basecamp, Birendra Tal, or Pungyen Gompa.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight at Tented camp.

Altitude: 3,865 m/ 12,677 ft (Samdo)
Walk approx. 3 hours.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight at Tented camp.

Altitude: 4,460 m/ 14,628 ft (Dharmasala)
Walk approx. 4 hours.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight at Tented camp.

Altitude: 5,160 m/ 16,924 ft (Larkya la) 3,700 m/ 12,201 ft (Bimthang)
Walk approx. 8 hours.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight at Tented camp.

Altitude: 2,300 m/ 7,544 ft (Tilje)
Walk approx. 7 hours.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight at Tented camp.

Altitude: 1,700 m/ 5,576 ft (Tal)
Walk approx. 5 hours.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Overnight at Tented camp.

Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft (Kathmandu)
Drive approx. 8 hours by private vehicle.
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 17 :
Departure

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Cost Inclusion

Included

  • Standard twin- sharing accommodation in a three starts hotel in Kathmandubreakfast included. (3 Nights).
  • Twin sharing Tented Camp during trek. (13 Nights).
  • Kathmandu – Soti Khola & Dharapani– Kathmandu by 4X4 Jeep.
  • Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek. Cooked by our trekking expert Cooker.
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System & Manalsu Conservation area permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos).
  • Special permit for Manaslu region.
  • Highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, Sherpa & Porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary and equipment. Accident insurance for all staff.
  • Boiled drinking water & Hot shower.
  • Farewell dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with cultural performances.
  • Personal care & attention.
  • Local and government taxes.

Excluded

  • All kind of beverage including mineral water, Phone calls, laundry,during Trek
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tipping to crew.
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended.
  • Do not mention the services apart from the services mentioned in "Cost Included services"

Major Information

Best Seasons:

The best seasons for Manaslu Circuit Trekking & Larke Peak Climb, is in spring and autumn, spring begins from March to May. Autumn starts from September to November, the spring season with longer days due to much sunlight hours.

Days are mostly bright with sunshine for clear views and pleasant walking can get cloudy in the late afternoon. Chances of light rains and snowfall around higher elevations sometimes, the temperature drops in the early morning and night times.

During springtime, the hills are bright with wild flowers in bloom especially the rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal.

The next best season is autumn from September to November, days are much clear for views and walks. But days are much short due to sunlight hours, pleasant and peak times for trekking around the Himalayas.

Much colder morning and late afternoon till night time, chances of snowfall on higher elevation sometimes.

Culture, Religion & History:

The lower warm areas of the Gorkha district where Manaslu high valley is located, are of mixed tribes of hill people. Gurung, Magar, Hindu Bharamins, Chettries, and Newars with some Bhot migrated from high Manaslu and Tsum areas.

The culture and religions are mixed with Hinduism and Buddhism around low land to mid-hills till Jagat and Philim villages.

But from Jagat village onwards the native of higher Manaslu valley till Dharapani in Manang are interwoven to strong Buddhism religion. Follows the ancient heritage and culture similar to its Tibetan predecessor, as the border to Tibet is at a mere distance.

The people of higher Manaslu are known as the Bhotia people, which means descendent from Tibet. Most villages around higher Manaslu from Namrung onwards have a monastery, with many rows of prayer walls and spinning wheels.

The Manaslu region, where the ancient Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route passed to and from Nepal / Tibet. Yaks and pack animals laden with goods from the good side of the country.

The base of Larke-La pass at present known as Dharmasala or Phedi in the early days was called Larke Bazaar. Where traders, merchants from Tibet, Gorkha, and Manaslu as far from Manang use to visit on the market day.

The Manaslu comes from the Sanskrit word meaning Soul or mind of the god or holy spirits. For Manaslu natives calls Kutang means land that has been blessed, to raise livestock and a good farm field.

Mt. Manaslu stands as the world’s 8th highest peak at 8,163 m and 26, 781 feet, the first ascent by Japanese Expeditions. Which was conquered on May 9th, 1956 with the support of Nepalese guide Gyalzen Norbu Sherpa.

Since then it remained closed for outside visitors and flung its door open from 1991 onwards. Trekkers can enter and enjoy the walk around Manaslu, on obtaining a special permit, as Manaslu is a restricted region.

Due to its close border with Tibet / China, as well as to control the main flow of trekkers. As well to retain and preserve the country’s pristine environment, the area is under the protection of the Manaslu Conservation Area Project.

Major Attractions of the Manaslu Larke Pass Trek

The Manaslu Larke Pass Trek is a mesmerizing trekking route in Nepal that offers a blend of cultural richness, diverse landscapes, and stunning mountain vistas. Here are some of the major attractions of the Manaslu Larke Pass Trek:

  1. Larke Pass (Larke La):

    The highlight of the trek, Larke Pass stands at an elevation of 5,160 meters (16,924 feet). The panoramic views from the pass include the Manaslu range, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, and the Annapurna range.

  2. Manaslu Conservation Area:

    The trek takes you through the Manaslu Conservation Area, a region rich in biodiversity. You may encounter various flora and fauna, including the elusive snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan tahr, and diverse bird species.

  3. Unique Culture and Villages:

    The trek passes through several traditional Tibetan-influenced villages with unique cultural practices. Villages like Samagaun and Samdo provide an opportunity to interact with the friendly local people, witness their traditional lifestyle, and explore ancient monasteries.

  4. Budhi Gandaki River Valley:

    The trail follows the Budhi Gandaki River, offering breathtaking views of the river gorge, waterfalls, and terraced fields. The landscapes change dramatically from lush green valleys to high-altitude barren terrains.

  5. Manaslu Base Camp:

    Although not the primary destination, a side trip to Manaslu Base Camp is often included for those who want to explore further. The base camp provides stunning views of the Manaslu massif.

  6. Birendra Tal (Birendra Lake):

    A serene glacial lake located at an altitude of around 3,450 meters, Birendra Tal offers a picturesque setting surrounded by snow-capped peaks. It’s a perfect spot for reflection and relaxation.

  7. Pungyen Gompa:

    Situated at an altitude of approximately 4,000 meters, Pungyen Gompa is a Buddhist monastery with historical significance. The monastery provides insight into the local culture and offers spectacular mountain views.

  8. Diverse Landscapes:

    The trek takes you through a variety of landscapes, including subtropical forests, terraced fields, alpine meadows, and high mountain deserts. The ever-changing scenery adds to the trek’s allure.

  9. Remote and Less Crowded:

    Compared to some of the more popular trekking routes in Nepal, the Manaslu Larke Pass Trek is relatively less crowded, providing a more authentic and tranquil trekking experience.

  10. Warm Hospitality:

    The locals along the trail are known for their warm hospitality. Teahouses and guesthouses offer a cozy place to rest, delicious local cuisine, and a chance to interact with the local communities.

The Manaslu Larke Pass Trek is a challenging yet rewarding adventure that appeals to trekkers seeking both natural beauty and cultural immersion.

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What is the duration of the Manaslu Larke Pass Trek?

Our standard Manaslu Larke Pass Trek itinerary spans 17 days, encompassing overnight stays in various villages. This comprehensive plan covers your arrival and departure, includes preparation days in Kathmandu, and incorporates rest days amidst the trek. While this is our established itinerary, we remain flexible to craft personalized Manaslu Treks. If you have specific preferences such as the number of days, particular overnight locations, or specific activities, kindly share them with us. We are committed to tailoring a perfect package to meet your individual needs. Additionally, we offer alternative options like the 14-day Manaslu Circuit Trek and the Manaslu 13-Day Trekking Itinerary.

How can I prevent myself from getting altitude sickness?

Preventing altitude sickness is crucial for individuals trekking at higher elevations. Here are some tips to help minimize the risk of altitude sickness:

  1. Gradual Acclimatization:

    Ascend gradually to higher altitudes, allowing your body time to acclimatize. Avoid rapid gains in elevation and include acclimatization days in your itinerary.

  2. Stay Hydrated:

    Drink plenty of fluids, at least 3-4 liters of water per day, to combat dehydration at higher altitudes. Hydration aids in acclimatization and helps alleviate symptoms.

  3. Balanced Diet:

    Maintain a nutritious diet rich in carbohydrates, and proteins, and low in fat. Include foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins to provide essential energy.

  4. Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine:

    Limit or avoid alcohol and caffeine consumption, as they can contribute to dehydration. Opt for herbal teas and water instead.

  5. Adequate Rest:

    Ensure you get enough sleep each night. Proper rest is essential for acclimatization and overall well-being.

  6. Medication:

    Consult with a healthcare professional about medications that may help prevent altitude sickness. Acetazolamide is commonly prescribed for its diuretic effects, aiding in acclimatization.

  7. Identify Symptoms Early:

    Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, including headaches, dizziness, nausea, and shortness of breath. If you experience mild symptoms, rest and descend to a lower altitude.

  8. Emergency Plan:

    Have an emergency plan in place. If symptoms persist or worsen, descend immediately to a lower altitude. In severe cases, emergency evacuation may be necessary.

  9. Proper Clothing:

    Dress in layers to adjust to changing temperatures. Protect yourself from the cold to avoid adding stress to your body.

  10. Avoid Overexertion:

    Pace yourself and avoid overexertion. Listen to your body, and take breaks when needed during the trek.

  11. Altitude Chamber Training (Pre-acclimatization):

    Consider altitude chamber training before the trek to help your body acclimatize in a controlled environment.

  12. Insurance:

    Ensure you have travel insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation. This can be crucial in case of severe altitude sickness.

Remember that everyone responds differently to altitude, and it’s essential to prioritize your health during high-altitude treks. If in doubt or if symptoms persist, seek medical attention promptly.

Is there a safe drinking water facility on the Manaslu trail?

On the Manaslu trail, there isn’t a processed drinking water supply like in urban areas. However, there are options for obtaining water along the trek:

  1. Natural Water Sources:

    • The trail is dotted with natural water sources such as rivers and streams. Locals often use water from these sources for drinking. While this water is usually safe for them, it is recommended for trekkers to treat or purify the water before consumption.
  2. Teahouses and Lodges:

    • Teahouses and lodges along the trail provide water to trekkers. It’s advisable to bring a reusable water bottle and fill it with hot water at these establishments instead of purchasing single-use plastic bottled water. The hot water is generally safe for drinking.
  3. Water Purification:

    • Trekkers can bring water bottles with built-in filtering systems or portable water purifiers to ensure the water’s safety. This allows you to purify water from natural sources if needed.
  4. Water-Purifying Tablets:

    • Carrying water-purifying tablets is another option. These tablets can be added to water to eliminate harmful microorganisms, providing a convenient and lightweight solution for water purification.
  5. Boiling Water:

    • Another effective method is to boil water before consumption. Teahouses and lodges usually provide boiled water upon request.

While these options are available, it’s essential to be cautious about the quality of the water and take appropriate measures to avoid waterborne illnesses. Staying hydrated is crucial, so ensuring a safe water supply during the trek is a priority. Additionally, being environmentally conscious by minimizing the use of single-use plastic bottles is encouraged.

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