Trekking in Nepal | Manaslu Trek | Manaslu Larke Pass Trek
Manaslu Larke Pass Trek is one of the most challenging treks in the Nepal Himalayas as it walks through rough terrain and remote places of Manaslu region. Larke La Pass (5161) is one of the longest passes in Nepal; hence Manaslu Larke Pass trek is a strenuous trek through icy moraines and steep trails. The trek circumvents around the eighth highest mountain of the world--Manaslu (8156m), so be ready for high altitude trek which can fun as well as challenging too. Although the prior climbing experience is not required for this trek, physical fitness is a must.
The trek encompasses different climate zones as it commences from Soti Khola (710 m) to cross Larkya La Pass (5161m). You will be trekking along Budi Gandaki, the river which you will be following for some time until you reach the higher grounds. As you progress through different stages of the trek you will witness alpine forests, deep gorges, prayers flags, and age-old gompas like Pung Gyen Gompa, which are the hallmarks of the trek. You will also get to see the villages with different ethnic groups of Nepal like the Gurung in the mid hilly regions and as you climb higher and reach the fringes of Tibetan border you will come across people having languages and tradition more related to the Tibetan culture. The trek passes through in numerous stone steps and rugged stone houses as you pass various villages like Sama Gaon, Samdo, Tal, Tilije, and Jagat among others. Following the moraines of Larkya Glacier, you cross Larke La Pass to enjoy a stunning view of Manaslu (8156m) and the surrounding peaks. Manaslu Larke Pass trek is an opportunity to explore remote Nepal and enjoy the vista of the mountains on the backdrop.
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|Manaslu Circuit Trek 2018/19|
|Duration||18 days||Max Elevation||Larkya Pass (5,213m/17,103ft)|
|Difficulty||Moderate to Strenuous|
|The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a new trekking route in the restrictive Manaslu Conservation Area, opened to foreign trekkers and mountain climbers only since 1992. This trek offers you a fantastic combination of old Tibetan culture heritage, unbeaten Himalayan charm and a variety of biological mountainous diversity.|
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264ft]
Upon landing in Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be picked up from the airport and driven to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Kathmandu has numerous historic sites like Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath which are designated World Heritage sites and sightseeing will be arranged to these places. In the evening, your guide will brief you about the trek and assist you in the preparation. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola [710m/2,328ft] 8-9 Hrs
Drive along Prithvi Highway which runs alongside the beautiful Trishuli River towards Soti Khola. You will pass through dense forests, in numerous hills, and various old and new settlements. After reaching Arughat, the road turns dirty and bumpy along with the landscape of traditional settlements until you reach Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola.
Day 4: Soti Khola - Maccha Khola [900m/2,952ft]: 6-7 Hrs
Head on to Machha Khola crossing places like Armala, Apubesi, Liding, and Khani Besi. The trail passes through terraced farms to Sal forests and crosses many waterfalls leading to short walk on the sandy banks of the roaring Budhi Gandaki River. Then, continue walking on a rocky terrain to arrive in Machha Khola. Overnight in Machha Khola.
Day 5: Machha Khola - Jagat [1,410m/4,625ft]: 6-7 Hrs
The trail from Machha Khola to Jagat goes through the places like Tatopani, Duman, Dovan, and Thado Bhanjyang. The trail can be a little challenging as it passes through a landslide area beside Budhi Gandaki River. This route allows you to have a panoramic view of Ganesh Himal (7422m). Keep ascending on stone steps and further through the countryside to arrive in Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
Day 6: Jagat - Deng [1,804m/5,917ft]: 6-7 Hrs
Walk past the villages of Salleri and Sirdibas following the upward route of Budhi Gandaki River. Cross suspension bridge, and continue walking through the terraced farms of the villages of Philim, Ekle Bhatti, and Thangurmu. After crossing few suspension bridges, bamboo forests, and the village of Nyak, you arrive at the Gurung village of Deng. Here, you will have a spectacular view of Shringi Himal (7161m). Overnight in Deng.
Day 7: Deng - Namrung [2,630m/8,626ft]: 6-7 Hrs
Climb up the Mani walls in Deng, and continue the route following Budhi Gandaki River upward. The trail passes through several suspension bridges, waterfalls, rhododendron forests, and the villages of Rana, Bihi, and Ghap to arrive in Namrung. A panoramic view of Shringi Himal (7161m) and Ganesh Himal (7422m) can be observed from Namrung. Namrung is also a checkpoint, so remember to keep your permits with you. Overnight in Namrung.
Day 8: Namrung – Samagaon [3,530m/11,578ft]: 6-7 Hrs
Leaving behind Namrung, ascend to the village of Lihi, and then to Sho and Lho. The trail passes through a landslide area, so it is important to maintain a steady pace. You pass through many Chortens and Gompa to reach Sama Gaon which offers a stunning vista of Manaslu (8156m), Larke (6249m), and Naike (6211m) peaks. Overnight in Sama Gaon.
Day 9: Sama Gaon - Pungyen Gompa - Samagaon: 6-7 Hrs exploration
Sama Gaon is an idyllic village with a stone gate and Mani stone wall, and you will use this day to explore outskirts of the village. For acclimatization, you hike through yak pastures and large grasslands to Pung Gyen Gompa which is a beautiful Buddhist monastery sitting in the lap of the Himalayas. You can visit the nearby Chorten, and spend some time soaking in the breathtaking beauty of Manaslu (8156m) and other peaks of the region. Hike back to Sama Gaon for the overnight stay.
Day 10: Samagaon - Samdo [3,860m/12,660ft]: 4-5 Hrs
Continue following Budhi Gandaki River upstream. The trail is wide and easier than other days, so you have an easy walk through the alpine vegetation of the region. Pass through large Mani walls encrypted with prayers and decorated with prayer flags as you walk your way up to the village of Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.
Day 11: Rest Day in Samdo
You will get a chance to hang your trekking boots today as you will not go for any walk rather use this opportunity to acclimatize for your final climb to Larkya La Pass. Meanwhile, you can go for a short hike to Gya La which is a trading pass between Nepal and Tibet. Overnight in Samdo.
Day 12: Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. [4,460m/14,628ft]: 4-5 Hrs
Climb down the river before ascending to Larkya Bazar. The trail passes through several Mani walls and stone huts, and also walks on the gorge of Syacha Glacier to arrive at Dharamsala, also known as Larkya Phedi. Larkya Phedi provides an excellent view of Larkya peak (6249m) and Naike peak (6211m). There is only one lodge in Larkya Phedi called Larkya Rest House, where you will be staying for the night.
Day 13: Dharamsala - Larkya la [5,160m/16,924ft] - Bimthang [3,720m/12,201ft]: 8-9 Hrs
You start the trek early in the morning as you have a challenging day ahead. The trail walks through the moraines of Larkya Glacier making the climb difficult. Continue climbing up the steep and icy trail until you reach Larkya La Pass. From atop, you will have a panoramic view of Manaslu (8156m), Annapurna II (7937m), Himlung (7126m), Kang Guru (6981m), Larkya peak (6249m), and Ratna Chuli (7035m) among others. You will descend down from Larkya La walking on a grassy moraine and rock fall area to the village of Bimthang. Overnight in Bimthang.
Day 14: Bimthang - Tilije [2,300m/7,544ft]: 5-6 Hrs
From Bimthang, you descend down to Tilije leaving behind the spectacle of the Himalayas. Climb down Yak Kharka and pass through rhododendron forests to reach Kharche. Cross the fields and sub-tropical forests as you pass the Gurung village of Gho, en route to Tilije. Enjoy the view of Manaslu and Annapurna ranges along the way. Overnight in Tilije.
Day 15: Tilije - Tal [1,700m/5,576ft]: 5-6 Hrs
The trail to Tal takes you through several Gurung villages as you descend down to Dharapani, Karte, Kyodo, and other villages. The route also walks through landslide prone area and passes Mani walls to reach the small settlement of Tal. Overnight in Tal.
Day 16: Tal - Syange [1,080m/3,542ft]: 6-7 Hrs
Climb down through the steep stone trail to Chamje, which is the starting village of Marshyang Valley. You will pass several suspension bridges along the way as you climb down the steep trail alongside Marsayangdi River. Pass Jagat and climb down to Syange. Syange is also a resting place for Annapurna Circuit so the place has some lodges catering to trekkers of both circuits. Overnight in Syange.
Day 17: Syange - Kathmandu: 8-9 Hrs
From Syange, you will drive to Kathmandu enjoying the countryside view that comprises of various roadside settlements, markets, rivers, bridges, hills, and many more. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, feel free to explore the local market near your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 18: Final Departure
You will be dropped at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu for your final departure.
Trekking Equipiment Checklist
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Lightweight thermal gloves
- Underwear (4)
- Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
- Shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long trousers/pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Sun hat or scarf
- Warm fleece hat or light balaclava
- T-shirts (2)
- Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4)
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
- Head lamp (eg Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries
- Small padlock to lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see First Aid Medicine below)
- Plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
- Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
- Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad
- Water bottles (2)
- Small wash towel
- Footwear appropriate to the trip
- Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)
- Airport / Hotel pick up and drop off by private car.
- Three nights 3 stars hotel in Kathmandu on Bed &Breakfast plan.
- Meals on Full Board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) in whole trekking
- Trekking Map.
- An experienced and English – speaking Government licensed holder guide.
- Trekking porter /Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking.
- Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
- Ground transportation by bus from Kathmandu to Arughat and back to Kathmandu.
- Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- All necessary paper works and national park entry permits. E.g. Conservation permit, TRC permit
- Travel & Rescue arrangement.
- TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).
- All government taxes and tourist service charge.
- Meals in Kathmandu before and after trekking, allowing US$ 15 – US$ 20 per day.
- Your travel insurance (Rescue)
- Nepal entry visa fee.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver.
- All drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic).
- Personal shopping and laundry etc.
- Personal trekking equipments.
Trekking refers to an adventurous tour. It comprises of multi-day and lengthy walks and peaks climbs across park trails and on villages. Terrain in case of trekking is of steep type and many times, individuals encounter snow at very high altitudes even about 5,500 meters.
Yes, according to us, trekking suits for every individual, who has good physical fitness and passionate towards outdoor tours.
Most of your journey, you have to travel through remote areas, wilderness and high elevations. Hence, trekking with guide is helpful for you, as it would not only provide you adequate safety, but also give you enjoyment.
Eligibility Criteria for Trekking
According to us, there is no specific limit on adventures of people, until and unless our participants have willingness to enjoy adventure tours and stay healthy. As of now, we had many families (trekkers) with very small kids of about 7 to 8 years, while our eldest trekker is approximately of 70 years.
Difficulty mainly depends on a particular trek and individual preferences of people towards such treks. Positively, we offer each forms of treks, including easy, moderate and difficult treks.
According to theory, trekking experience is not mandatory for trekkers. Instead, any person, who has robust cardiovascular ability and adequate stamina, is able to deal with high elevations and low density of oxygen. However, hiking or trekking experience anywhere lets a person to avail of maximum possible enjoyment during his or her adventure in Himalayan region.
Luggage/Baggage for Trekking
We provide you with a luggage/baggage packing list in downloadable format to prepare you for Everest base camp trek.
We recommend our tourists, trekkers and hikers to visit Nepal for adventurous tours in between February and May, while in between September and December. Excluding Upper Mustang trek, you will not be able to enjoy your trek during monsoon months.
Permission for trekking in Nepal’s region depends on specific trek. Few trekking areas require special permission for trekking activities, while others demand permissions for only entering the national parks and conservation areas.
Details of the Trek
Our treks mostly last for minimum 2 weeks to maximum 4 weeks.
Trekkers mostly have to walk for about five hours in one day, which equals to about 10 to 15 kilometers based on specific trail and weather conditions.
Our treks include guesthouse or lodge accommodations, until and unless tourists sign up for any specific camping trip. In addition, we provide tent facilities for sleeping and rest in few of the minority-based trekking areas.
What do you mean by teahouse trekking?
Teahouse trekking refers to special type of accommodation facility associated with mountain treks, where meals and lodging facilities set up at various local lodges or teahouses on full boards.
Camping trekking implies sleeping in tents. Here, professional trek cooks will prepare meals for trekkers in a special mobile camp that remains equipped with good supporting staffs and a kitchen.
We provide you with bottled water in almost every place on our established trail and trek routes, while many villages and local areas on the way provide you with purified water.
Our frequently travelled circuits and treks in Himalayan region feature guesthouses and lodges. Here, travelers will get soups and rice or noodles dishes, while remote areas offer traditional items, like curry, dal bhat and instant noodles.
Health and Safety
Good physical fitness, healthy and flexibility will make sure about comfortable and safe trek. However, people with chronic or acute health conditions influence their range of body motion, stamina balance and coordination will have difficulties in completion of the trek. Hence, in case of any doubt, you should consult with your doctor and assure about your fitness prior to booking of your trip.
Individuals at high altitudes face cardiac problems and pulmonary systems because of low oxygen density. Hence, human bodies should adjust to elevation of mountains gradually; otherwise, we will fall sick. Physical symptoms in this case include general breathing problems to critical mountain sickness or bends. For avoiding such maladies in high altitudes, we pace our trek journey accurately by considering about acclimatization days during the complete itinerary.
Our skin is more likely to cause damage on mountain ranges than across the beach. Intensity of the sub increases drastically, as we move ahead in high altitudes, while fresh snow reflects UV rays in exponential way as compared to the sand. Thus, you have to protect the skin via sun block and specific clothes, particularly while trekking over the mountains. In addition, prescription eyeglass users should arrange for prescription sunglasses before scheduling for the trek tour in Nepal.
Our team takes each possible precaution to make sure wellness and safety of our trekkers, while our experienced guides have expertise to deal with emergencies. Each guide has training in providing first aid solutions. In case of complications, your hired guide will call up a rescue team and a helicopter to let you to move to the safe place in either Pokhara or Kathmandu for further treatments.
Why book with us?
Great Value for Your Money
My Everest Trip offers competitive pricing for world class experiences. We’re able to do so given our deep connections with and commitment to hiring local porters, guides, and operators – significantly reducing our rates without compromising quality. We also operate through an extensive network of partners, who handle various aspects of our logistics – enabling affordable, reliable end-to-end services.
Fixed and Customized Group and Individual Adventure
Whether you’re travelling solo or with a group, we offer adventures for all sizes. Our team will work with you to customize from scratch or modify one of our existing packages, as desired. We provide full-service equipment rentals, as needed, so you can rest assured you’ll have the gear you need for trip you want.
Excellent Customer Service
Ahead of your trip our team will work with you through your channel of choice (email, phone, Skype) to arrange your details. We’ll ensure you have the appropriate read-ahead guidance, checklists, and we’ll triple check with you to ensure you’re prepared to fully enjoy the experience. If you’re trekking, we’ll monitor progress with your guides with staff available 24/7 to ensure your logistic, health, and safety needs are fully supported.