Trip Facts

  • Duration:18 Days
  • Trip Grade: Difficult
  • Trip Profile:Manaslu Trek with Larke-La Pass
  • Geography:Mountain/Hills/Forests
  • Location:Gorkha
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Tea house/Lodge
  • Meals:All meals included during the trekking
  • Religious:Hindu/Buddhist
  • Ethnic People:Tibetan/Nubri
  • Transportation:Tourist bus/Private vehicle
  • Group Size:02-10 Pax

Highlight

  • Cross the Larke-La Pass (5160m), one of the highest passes in the region
  • Trek through the Manaslu Conservation Area 
  • Views of the Manaslu (8163m), the Annapurna, and Mansiri Himal Range among many others
  • Witness the culture and traditions of the Nubri and Tibetan communities
     

Overview

The Manaslu Trek with Larke-La Pass also spelled as Larkya La Pass (5160 m) is a beautiful trekking adventure that takes trekkers to the hidden Manaslu Valley in the renowned Gorkha district of Nepal. With a rich cultural and religious history, the Manaslu Valley in Gorkha can be termed as the birthplace of modern Nepal itself. Along with unique natural biodiversity, the Manaslu with Larke-La Pass trek by the Himalaya Land Treks offers trekkers a chance to enjoy an isolated trekking adventure that is ornamented magnificently by the towering Manaslu (8163m), Annapurna (8091m), and Shringi (7161m) peaks. The colossal Mount Manaslu (8163m) - the eighth highest mountain in the world shadows the Manaslu valley with its alluring presence, giving trekkers an event that is filled with breath-taking views of the peak contrasting wonderfully with the verdant valley terrain.
Getting its name from Sanskrit origins which means "the mountain of spirits", Mount Manaslu and the Manaslu Valley trekking are one of the off-beaten-path adventures, with trekking being opened in the valley only recently in 1991. Located east of the Annapurna massif, the Manaslu Valley is flanked by the Himalayas long ridges, surrounding the valley in an act that looks like an embrace. Moreover, the Manaslu Trek with Larke La Pass has trails that traverse along the old salt-trade route alongside the beautiful Budhi Gandaki River. The Larke La Pass (5160m) is the highest altitude on the trekking journey.       
Likewise, the Manaslu Trek with Larke-La Pass also includes trekking through the Manaslu Conservation Area. The adventure has a lot to offer trekkers, from beautiful Himalayan scenery and high-altitude glaciers and Himalayan lakes to a multicultural ambiance mixed with biodiversity and unique wildlife. As such, trekkers commence the journey from Kathmandu, trekking to destinations like the Soti Khola and Dovan along the way. The Gorkhalis people of the region, with ethnic groups like the Limbu and the Chhetri, also present a unique experience in terms of culture to the trekkers as they have respite in the settlements. It is truly an unforgettable journey that presents the best attributes of Manaslu Peak and the valley it shadows.
While making sure every one of us enjoys the journey thoroughly, it is also necessary to make sure we do it safely which needs a planned itinerary and well-trained personnel. We, here at Himalaya Land Treks, have been doing so for over a decade and we assure you a lovely adventure through the Himalayas. 

Itinerary of Manaslu Trek with Larke-La Pass

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft)

Overnight at 3 star Hotel

You may arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a Himalaya Land Treks’ representative. He/she will help you get transferred to your Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation

Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today, you will have a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's four major UNESCO World Heritage Sites- the Pashupatinath Temple, the Boudhanath Stupa, the Swayambhunath Temple and the Kathmandu Durbar square. These sites are the representation of the ancient culture and traditions of medieval Kathmandu Valley. After the sightseeing tour, you will be dropped back at the Hotel. After arriving, be prepared for exciting journey towards Manaslu. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu – Arughat (670m/2,198 ft) – Soti Khola (710m/2,330ft): 135km, 8-9 hrs drive

8-9 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

The journey for Manaslu with larke la pass trek begins with you driving to Arughat from Kathmandu. The bus to Arughat leaves early in the morning. From Arughat, you will then be driving to Soti Khola. Although the bus journey is long, it is encompassed with beautiful views of the terrain and the landscape. It will give you the chance to experience the countryside life of Nepal in fleeting glimpses. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Soti Khola.

Day 4: Trek from Soti Khola – Machha Khola (890m/2,920ft): 14km, 6-7 hrs

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

From Soti Khola, you will then hike to Machha Khola; the road is rather narrow and bumpy, but the landscape and the natural scenery are quite amazing. Along the way, you will be trekking through thick Sal forests and crossing multiple streams and waterfalls as you reach the settlements of Ghale. Following the river trail, you will be climbing up several ascents and descents as you traverse on the rough mule-road. Eventually, you will reach Machha Khola. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 5: Trek from Machha Khola – Dobhan (1,000m/3,280ft): 11km, 6-7 hrs

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Walking along the banks of the Budi Gandaki River, you will be trekking under thick canopies of pine and cedar trees towards the Gurung Village of Khorlabensi. Further, from the village, the trail leads you to Tatopani- a natural hot spring where you can rest and spend some time in the hot spring to relax. After a short hike from the hot spring, you will reach Dobhan. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 6: Trek from Dobhan – Philim (1,590m/5,216ft): 10km, 6-7 hrs

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

From Dobhan, the trail branches out towards Yaruphant, a small settlement that is situated on the banks of the Budi Gandaki River. Crossing the wooden bridge over the swiftly flowing river of Gandaki, you will be trekking to Yaru where you will cross a long cantilever bridge to reach the village of Jagat. Further on from Jagat, the trail takes you through the woods towards Salleri. From here, you will then move towards Philim. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 7: Trek from Philim – Lokpa (2,240m/7,350ft) – Chumling (2,360m/7,750ft): 10km, 6-7 hrs

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Continuing along the western bank of the Gandaki River, you will make your way from Philim towards the Siyar Khola Bridge, passing through amazing Himalayan Blue Pinewoods and huge cliffs. Crossing the bridge, you will reach a junction that separates the Tsum valley and Manaslu. Finally, you will reach Pewa and further from here is the Chumling village. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 8: Trek from Deng – Namrung (2,660m/8,725ft): 12km, 6-7 hrs

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Ascending the winding trails, you will pass through bamboo forests to reach Deng. Crossing a suspension bridge, you will climb upwards along the trail towards the Rana and Bihi Phedi settlements. The trail then proceeds towards Ghap, passing by a landslide area. Crossing Ghap, you will finally reach Namrung. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 9: Trek from Namrung – Lho (3,180m/10,430ft): 4km, 3-4hrs

3-4 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Passing by many Mani stone walls carved with prayers, you will leave Namrung and trek along with terrace farms towards Banjam. From here, the trail enters rhododendron woods and leads to the settlements of Lihi and Sho. The trail is also laden with gate arches that are decorated with paintings. Walking along the hillside, you will finally reach Lho. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 10: Trek from Lho – Sama Gaon (3,530m/11,578ft): 8km, 5-6 hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

You will start your trek rather slow as you have gained altitude and rushing the trek can be dangerous. Along the way, the view of the Manaslu Peak keeps you company. Following the trail, you will reach Shyala, from where, you will then follow the trail towards Sama Gaon, where you can witness wide-open pastures that have yaks and cattle grazing. Sama Gaon is one of the main villages of the Nubri people. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 11: Sama: Rest and exploration day: Birendra Tal / Pung Gyen Gompa / Manaslu Base Camp

Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today, you will be exploring the Sama Gaon and its many attractions. You will visit Birendra Tal and the Pung Gyen Gompa situated to the east of the Nubri valley. Crossing the river, you will hike atop a hill for enticing views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m). Likewise, if you wish, you can also hike to the Manaslu Base Camp, situated to the north of Sama Gaon. You can reach the base camp by following the trail past Birendra Tal and taking a left.

Day 12: Trek from Sama – Samdo (3,860m/12,660ft): 8km, 3-4 hrs

3-4 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today, you will be trekking to Samdo, steadily gaining altitude. The pasturelands spread up the trail and there are many Mani Walls laden with prayer flags scattered throughout the journey. Leaving the tree line, you will then climb to a ridge across the wooden bridge to reach Kani. Once you reach Samdo, you can explore the village or even hike up the Samdo peak from where you can see the Larkya La Pass above the valley. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 13: Trek from Samdo – Larkya Phedi/Dharamsala (4,460m/14,628ft): 7km, 3-5 hrs

3-5 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

From Samdo, you will trek along the picturesque trail towards Larkya Phedi, also known as Dharamsala- a small beautiful village that is one of the best places along the journey to relax. The entire trek follows the Marshyangdi River to Dharamsala. The views of the Manaslu (8163m) from here are quite marvelous. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 14: Trek from Dharamsala – Larke La Pass (5,160m/16,930ft) – Bimthang (3,720m/12,201ft): 12km, 7-9 hrs

7-9 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

This is one of the most anticipated days of the trek as you will be crossing the highest point on the trekking journey- the Larke La Pass (5160m). Waking up early, you will steadily make your way to the top of the mountain pass. The journey can be strenuous, but the effort is worth it because the view of the entire valley flanked by the Manaslu (8163m) is simply breath-taking. From the top, you can see marvelous views of peaks like the Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6812m), Annapurna II (7937m), and other Annapurna Ranges. From the top, you will then make your way down the pass towards the village of Bimthang. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 15: Trek from Bimthang – Gho (2,515m/8,250ft): 12km, 5-6 hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Climbing downhill, you will trek towards the village of Gho, passing by lush woodlands of rhododendrons. Cross the Dudh Khola, you will follow the trail to the village of Kharche. As this area is prone to glacial floods, the trekking trail can be quite rough. Further on, the trail then drops to Goa, one of the more prominently populated Gurung villages. From here on, the trail winds up alongside the Tilije River to finally reach Gho. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

Day 16: Trek from Gho – Dharapani (1,920m/6,300ft): 8km, 3-4 hrs

3-4 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

From Gho, the trail is pleasant. You will be trekking along the valley ridge over the river to finally reach Dharapani. The journey is filled with beautiful rolling rice and barley fields and the atmosphere is peaceful. The trek follows the Marshyangdi River for the entirety of the trail and even enters the Annapurna Conservation Area as well. Overnight stay at Dharapani.

Day 17: Trek from Dharapani- Besisahar (760m/2,495ft) – Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft): 190km 7- 8hrs | Farewell Dinner

7-8 hrs
Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast/Farewell Dinner

From Dharapani, you will trek towards one of the final destinations of the Manaslu Trek- Besisahar, a small town that is populated by the ethnic Gurung and Limbu people. Upon reaching Besisahar, you will catch a bus back to Kathmandu, bidding the mountains goodbye. At the end of the day, you will participate in a farewell dinner hosted by the Himalaya Land Treks to celebrate the success of the trek. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 18: Final departure

Breakfast

Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped off at the airport for your final departure.

Inclusion

  • Airport pick up and drop off, upon arrival and departure.
  • Pre trek meeting.
  • 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights.
  • Transport from Kathmandu to Arughat by a private vehicle.
  • Full day city tour in Kathmandu by a private vehicle.
  • All necessary paperwork, Permit (Manaslu region special trekking permit, MCAP, and ACAP)  
  • Trekking equipment: down-filled sleeping bag, walking poles and duffel bag
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging
  • Private transport from Besisahar to Kathmandu. 
  • Transport From Dharapani to Besisahar
  • Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on your choice. 
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bar and cookies.   
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after dinner.
  • Unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water. 
  • Oxi-meter: To check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation. 
  • All mountain accommodation (Soft, comfort, private room with shared toilet). 
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit.
  • All government and local taxes. 
  • Souvenir: Himalaya Land treks t-shirt and Trekking Route map. 
  • Farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.

Exclusion

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days).
  • Your international flight to and from Nepal.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • The cost incurred during the tour around the city
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Hot showers, Wi-Fi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed whilst on trekking).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet/e-mail, etc.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Tip for guide, porter, and drivers.

Check List

  • Health Requirement arranged 
  • Money:  Cash/Credit Card 
  • Down Sleeping bag provided by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu 
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea.
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Warm Hat, Sunhat/bandana,  Scarf, Sunglass, Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore-tex
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided to each trekker for trekking by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu)
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months
  • T-Shirts 3 or 4
  • Shirt - Long Sleeved
  • Reading/ writing materials
  • Thermals Upper and lower  
  • Extra warm clothing during winter ( December to March) 
     

Fixed Departure Dates

We will easily organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date

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