Manaslu Larke Pass region officially opened in 1991 for trekking. Moreover, very few trekkers have visited this pristine region yet. Manaslu Larke Pass Trek covers the places of significant historical highlights of the country as ancestral seat of the Royal Shah dynasty. In 2005 by the people’s war and mass revolution Nepal abolished Shah dynasty that comes from Gorkha 240 years ago. Similarly, the region is home to world’s bravest warriors namely Gurkhas. The Gorkha is famous for the home to many brave Gurkha who win Victoria cross medals. Likewise, Manakamana temple, Gorakhkali temple and the Himalayan peaks are other highlights.
Manaslu region, located in the west central part of Nepal is equipped with Mt. Manaslu ( 8,156 m / 26,759 ft) which means “ Mountain of Spirit”. This region is under semi-restriction for foreigners to visit and trek due to the political reason. Thus, the government issues limited permits each year to visit this region. The region has two parts as Nubri valley and Tsum Valley. So, two different ethnic groups called Nubri and Tshumba inhabit the region. We walk through the Manaslu Conservation area Project during the trek. The conservation area is equipped with about 200 species of plants, 33 mammals, 110 birds, 3 reptiles, 11 butterflies.
During the trekking you see the majestic mountain peaks such as Mt. Manaslu ( 8,156 m . / 26,759 ft.) , Himlung Himal ( 7,126 m. / 23,379 ft.), Peak 29 now changed its name to Dr. Harka Gurung Ngadi Chuli ( 7,841 m. / 25,725 ft.) to honour a famous geologist from Lamjung. Similarly, Ganesh Himal mountains range including Ganesh I ( 7,422 m / 24,350 ft), Ganesh II ( 7,118 m / 23,353 ft), Ganesh III and IV all over 7000m are other peaks. Larkya Peak ( 6,249 m / 20,502 ft ) is one popular climbing peak in this region.
The trekking in this region is unique for the steep rise of elevation starting from 1000 meters to the high Himalayan pass at 5,200 meters from the sea level. Eight highest mountains of the world encircle the Manaslu region. The trekking will give you firsthand experience of nomadic, monastic, Tibetan culture mixed with Nepalese Himalayas one hand and the pristine environment on the other. This trek is in the most of Manaslu conservation project area that works for the conservation and protection of biodiversity.
The trek begins with a drive to Arughat a major business town of Gorkha. The town is the gateway to the entire northern Gorkha. From Arughat we continue the walking through beautiful landscape along the river Budhi Gandaki . The trek passes some beautiful villages and towns such as Sotikhola, Bihi, Prok, Samagaon, Samdo etc. The trek can be combined with Rupinala Pass in Gorkha, Tsum Valley in Gorkha, Annapurna circuit Trek in Annapurna region.
Day 01 & 02: Arrive Kathmandu ( 1, 350 m. / 4429 ft )- Transfer to your Hotel
Depart your sweet home for lifetime adventure in the Himalayas and Nepal.
Arrive to Kathmandu international airport – the only international airport in Nepal. You may proceed for visa if you have not obtained in your home country.
Requirements for Visa: Two passport sized photographs and USD 40 for one month visa.
Upon completion of immigration formality, you will proceed to claim your baggage and then to arrival terminal. There is only one arrival terminal at the airport.
Once you reach the meeting and reception area, meet with our representative and then drive to your hotel.
It is about 20 -30 minutes drive to your Hotel. You will be amazed with hustle and bustle of the city management at first !
Based on your arrival time either participate in short tour of the Kathmandu City and Basantapur Durbar Square ( 18th century palace complex square) or stroll around the Hotel, do final shopping and relax before your great trek begins .
Overnight stay in the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour – Preparation of Trek
8.00 am: Breakfast in the Hotel.
9.00 am: Set out for a tour around the cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu valley. We visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath stupa, Boudhanath stupa and Pashupatinath temple. Without touring around these places, your visit of Kathmandu and Nepal is meaningless. So, explore this magic, mystic and majestic cultural heritage city of Kathmandu.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is our first destination which used to be a royal palace complex square of Nepal’s Malla and Shah King’s. They rule in Kathmandu from the palace from 14th Century till 18th Century. The palace complex is completely decorated with artistic temples, shrines , statues etc. Whole palace square reflects the opulence of Malla era and little from Shah dynasty. Most popular in the square is 9 storey royal palace complex built by King Prithvi Narayan Shah in mid 18th century. King Prithvi Narayan Shah was the king of Gorkha and triumphed over Kathmandu kingdom after many attempts in 1768 A.D. Living Goddess “ KUMARI “ and beautifully crafted and decorated palace where she lives during her tenure is another attraction. Kumari is young girl ( prepubescent ) worshipped in Kathmandu valley as manifestation of goddess Durga ( a divine female energy) . You can have a glance of Goddess Kumari while she appears in the window of her palace upon request. Huge black Bhairab statue of 6th century, mask of white Bhairava, Shiva temple, Vishnu temple, Taleju temple, various courtyards are others to see and explore in the square.
Pashupatinath Temple is our next destination, which is the most prominent Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva ( God of destruction according to Hindu philosophy) . It is taken as one of the holy abode of Shiva among 275 on the continent. The present temple was erected in 17th century, though the history of site goes back to many centuries. Cremation in the bank of river Bagmati amazes you along with various shrines, temples, stories related to Hinduism.
We then visit Boudhanath Stupa, the most famous and the holiest stupa in Nepal and biggest in terms of its expansion and height. Present sky high stupa was erected and renovated in 18th century. It is located in ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet. With influx of Tibetan refugees in 1959, the area is home to many Gompas ( monasteries ) which follows tibetan Buddhism.
We then return back to our hotel. Meet and discuss with our Sherpa and guide regarding equipments, preparations, plans of the trip. You can quickly take part in last minute shopping what you think important for the trip. Kathmandu can offer world class equipment and gears for climbing and trekking if you want to buy them here.
By this time, we finalize all preparation and documentations / permits required for the trek.
Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Day 04: Kathmandu drive to Arughat ( 570 m / 1,870 ft)
In the morning your guide and staff come to the hotel lobby to meet and transfer to the bus station for a drive to Arughat bazaar. Arughat is long drive from Kathmandu which takes about 7-9 hours depending upon the traffic condition in a narrow and windy road of the midhill landscape. The drive yet is very thrilling and beautiful with landscape, rivers, streams, waterfalls, villages, towns etc.
We either drive through Dhading or Gorkha bazaar based on the road condition. We stop in Gorkha Bazar or Dhading Besi for lunch. In Gorkha, famous Gorakhkali temple and ancient palace of Shah King who conquered Kathmandu in 1768 AD and ruled for about 240 years in Nepal as the longest serving dynasty is situated. The Shah dynasty and monarchy was overthrown in 2008 after people’s decades long war and revolt. Some part of the road to Arughat is not concrete and bumpy.
Arrive Arughat and overnight stay in normal lodge / teahouse. The facility here is very basic.
Day 05: Hike to Soti khola ( 750 m. / 2,462 ft )
We enjoy our breakfast in Arughat which is beautifully situated in the bank of Budi Gandaki river. After breakfast, we walk towards north from Arughat along the Budhi Gandaki river valley. The trail today is leveled and paved with stone or even in a motorable road. We do not climb much today. Along the walking we can enjoy beautiful farming field with various seasonal crops. We pass many towns such as Arutar, Mangaltar, Alkatar, Arkhet Bazaar, Keurepani etc and arrive Soti Khola.
Once we cross suspension bridge over Arkhet khola, the trail is fairly steep for a while and then descend to the Soti Khola. Overnight stay in the lodge in Soti Khola.
Day 06: Walk to Machakhola Gaon ( 930 m. / 3,051 ft )
After breakfast in a hotel in Soti Khola our day start towards north along the Budhi Gandaki river again. We walk in a sal forest ( Shorea Robusta ) passing various waterfalls, villages. We have to walk in rocky cliff, sandy and rock felled river bed of Budhi Gandaki, fairly many ups and downs. Budhi Gandaki in this section flows rapidly. Arrive Machhakholagaon and overnight stay in the lodge.
Day 07: Walk to Jagat ( 1,410 m. / 4, 625 ft. )
We walk further north after breakfast towards Jagat today with many ups and downs. The trail today is in a narrow gorge. We walk on the western side of the Budhi Gandaki river till we cross the river in Labuchet. We pass Tatopani ( literally means hot spring pool) on the way and many other villages such as Khorlabesi, Lisyapu, Dovan, Indur,Yuku Khorla etc.
We cross few suspension bridge over the streams, walk in a river bed and then reach Jagat. Overnight stay in Jagat. From Jagat we entered into Manaslu Conservation Area.
Day 08: Walk to Deng ( 1,804 m. / 5,917 ft.)
From Jagat we trek to Deng after breakfast. First we climb over the rocky ridge to Salleri then walk in the western side of Budhi Gandaki river, we cross the river and then walk steep up to Philim – a big Gurung village. The river valley is now wider than previous days. From Ekle Bhatti we continue in a narrower gorge, cross Deng Khola and arrive Deng for overnight stay.
Day 09: Walk to Ghap ( 2,165 m / 7,103 ft )
After breakfast, we start our day with a short walk north to cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki. After we walk some steep uphill we reach Ranagaon ( 1,910 m). We are gaining height slowly in every hour and day . Many small streams to cross today and walk in the Shringi valley. From Bihi Phedi ( 1,980 m ) we walk steep up to Bihi village ( 2,130 m ). Cross the river and then walk west ward to reach Ghap. We can make a side trip to Prok village where MCAP ( Manasalu Conservation Area Project ) office is also situated. Overnight stay in Ghap.
Day 10: Walk Ghap to Lhogaon ( 3,180 m / 10,430 ft)
After breakfast, start walking along the river upstream towards west in the forest. We climb steep up to reach Namrug ( 2,660 m ). We will be crossing Budhi Gandaki river quite often for the whole day. Enjoy the beautiful view of Himalchuli to the south from Ligaon and Ganesh Himal on the north from Namrung. Near Ligaon or called Lihi, the trail from forks where southern fork leads towards Himal Chuli Base Camp. We take the northern one, cross Himang Khola and reach Syogaon from where we can enjoy the view of Manasalu, Manasalu North, Naike Peak. Reach Lho gaon with steep climb as the last climb of the day. Overnight stay in Lho.
Day 11:Walk to Samagaon ( 3,530 m / 11,578 ft)
We are already in higher altitude i.e. over 3,000 m from sea level which is the height with a chance to be affected by altitude sickness. So, must be careful and attentive to altitude sickness. Drink lots of water, walk very slow, enjoy the beauty of nature as much as you can and make yourself warm enough.
We leave Budhi Gandaki far away down in north and we follow a small tributary along in the south towards west. We walk today in a beautiful setup of nature with majestic view of Himalayan peaks including Himalchuli, Peak 29 on the left, Manasalu straight ahead and Ganesh Himal on the right. Arrive Sama and overnight stay. We can enjoy view of Naike Peak, Larke Peak, Manaslu from Samagaon.
Day 12: Day trip and Acclimatization in Samagaon
In Samagaon we spend extra day exploring and acclimatizing. We take a day trip to Pyungen Gompa or to Birendra Tal ( Manaslu Base Camp ). Experts of medical suggests not to stay ideal in higher altitude, to climb higher and sleep lower so body can adapt new and changed level oxygen better.
Overnight stay in Samagaon.
Day 13: Walk Samagaon to Samdo ( 3,860 m. / 12,660 ft.)
Today we descend down to meet Budhi Gandaki river again which was left far away down from around Samagaon. From Kermo Kharka, the trails towards west leads to Manaslu Base Camp and Birendra Tal ( 3,450 m ). We continue completely northward today along the river Budhi Gandaki. We walk in the western bank of the river. We walk and pass many mani walls which are carved stone wall with Buddhist Mantras, chortens etc. We walk in the fir and birch forest today, cross the river to eastern side and arrive Samdo. Samdo is located in the base of Samdo Himal ( 6,335 m / 20,784 ft ) and near Sonam ( Samdo ) glacier. Samdo is in the traditional trade route between Tibet and Nepal. From Samdo the trade route is towards north east. The Pass to Tibet is called Lajyung Bhanjyang ( 5,098 m )e Overnight stay in Samdo.
Day 14: Walk to Dharma shala / Larkya Base Camp ( 4,460 m / 14,628 ft)
We walk down to the river again to cross the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki to reach Larke Bazaar ( 4,090 m ) a seasonal Tibetan market. We cross other two streams and reach to the place where you can see beautiful Larkya Glacier. The bigger stream to the south of our trail now called Larke Khola originates from Larke glacier. We walk in a nice valley and reach Dharamshala. View of Larke Peak, Naike Peak is stunning from here. We enjoy rest of the day and prepare for the next day’s awaited walk over Larkya La.
Day 15: Walk Larkya Pass ( 5,106 m / 16,752 ft )- Bimtang ( 3,720 m / 12,205 ft )
We start the day in a pre dawn to walk over the awaited Larke La pass. The trail gradually leads uphill towards west from Dharamshala in a cairns, moraine of Larke Glacier. It is long gradual climb in the moraines of the Larkya Glacier at the beginning and steep climb the last section. From the top of the Larkya pass you can enjoy an outstanding view of Himlung Himal , Che Himal, Kangguru, Annapurna II.
From the top of the pass after we enjoy the view, we descend steep downhill in a snow scree, grassy moraine along Salpudanda Glacier, Bimthang Glacier to reach Bimtang. When we arrive to the lowland pasture everything is beautiful in a different perspective. Arrive Bimtang and relax the rest time in comfortable hotel.
Day 16: Walk to Gho ( 2,560 m / 8,399 ft )
We walk all the way south in the eastern bank of the Bimtang glacier and cross the glacier to reach Hampuk ( 3,440 m ) where a rock cave shelter is located. etc. We continue southward passing various kharkas ( pasture lands ) such as Yak Kharka, Phuktu Kharka in lower altitudes. We cross over another smaller pass of 2,715 m ( Karche Pass) before we reach Gho located in the western bank of Dudh Khola. We still can enjoy the view of Manaslu in the south east and Annapurna II in the south west side. Arrive Gho and overnight stay in the lodge.
Day 17: Walk to Dharapani ( 1,920 m / 6,299 ft)
We walk south west along the Dudh Khola to Dharapani. We cross the Dudh Khola in Tilche and walk along the river from the eastern bank till Thoche where we cross the river and come to western bank. Again we have to cross the Marshyangdi river in Dharapani and we stay overnight in Dharapani. We can stay in the hotel before we cross the river Marshyangdi as well. Dharapani is a small town in the Annapurna Circuit trek. From here we join the trail to Annapurna circuit trail and walk towards Thorong La.
Day 18: Drive Dharapani – Beshi Sahar – Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu via Beshisahar. The first part is the rough road along the river Marshyangdi. From Beshi Sahar the road is comfortable and beautiful. The drive is long as well. The drive from Beshisahar is picturesque and beautiful along the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, midhill green mountains, farming terraces and villages.
Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.
Day 19: Kathmandu Free and Easy for Shopping | Contingency day
Day at leisure and free to explore the beautiful Kathmandu valley on your own and collect great shopping experiences of woodcrafts, metalcrafts, thanka paintings, handmade carpets, various cheap garment wear and others in the lanes of Thamel and elsewhere.
Day 20 & 21: Departure transfer – Arrival your home
Transfer to the airport for the flight to your home country with the sweet memories of great Himalayan passes, people living in the high Himalaya and the culture of the remote settlements.
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