Mount Manaslu gets its name from Sanskrit origins which means "the mountain of spirits.” Mount Manaslu and the Manaslu Valley trekking are some of the off-beaten-path adventures. Trekking to the Manaslu was first commenced 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 have trails that traverse along with the old salt-trade route alongside the beautiful Budhi Gandaki River. The Larke La Pass (5160m) is the highest altitude on the trekking journey. The Manaslu Trek with Larke-La Pass also spelt 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. It presents trekkers with an event that is filled with breath-taking views of the peak contrasting wonderfully with the verdant valley terrain. The adventure has a lot to offer trekkers, from beautiful Himalayan scenery and high-altitude glaciers and Himalayan lakes to a multicultural ambience mixed with biodiversity and unique wildlife.
Mount Manaslu is the 8th highest mountain in the world and has an elevation of 8163m. It is also known as ‘The Killer Mountain’. It stands wide, throwing its shadow over the stunning Manaslu valley. This beautiful snowcapped mountain is quite famous among the trekkers for its mysterious property. It is called the killer mountain because a lot of climbers have lost their life while climbing the summit. Leaving beside the hardest path through the way to the summit, Manaslu is still the choice for a lot of trekkers. The alluring Manaslu valley turns your journey into a lifetime memory. In Manaslu Larke La pass trekking, Manaslu valley and Mount Manaslu is the major centre of attraction.
Manaslu Conservation area was established in 1997 A.D. It covers an area of 1663Km2. A diverged species of vegetation sums up the conservation area. This area is an important habitat for the animals like snow leopard, grey wolf, Himalayan Thar, musk deer, blue sheep and birds like Tibetan snow cocks, Himalayan griffon, koklass pheasants, Eurasian griffon, golden eagle and the crimson horned pheasant.
Manaslu conservation area is home to highly endangered species such as snow leopards, red panda grey wolf, dhole, Himalayan musk deer, lynx, Asian black bear, Himalayan goral, woolly hare, horseshoe bat, black-lipped pika, blue sheep, mainland serow and Himalayan mouse-hare.
Larke La pass is the highest point in the Manaslu trek. It is situated at an elevation of 5106 m. Larke La pass is also known as the longest pass in the Himalayas of Nepal. It is a beautiful trekking adventure that takes trekkers to the hidden Manaslu Valley in the renowned Gorkha district of Nepal. Crossing the Larke pass is a huge challenge in itself. The strenuous route to be followed on crossing the Larke La pass adds to the whole adventure at once.
A huge cultural ethnicity can be viewed in the entire trek. Beautiful ancient villages decorate the trek. People living there shows up with a huge smile to welcome you on your journey. 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.
All the ethnic community has their kind of culture, own kind of tradition, own kind of celebration, own kind of showing respect. And whoever lies to whatever ethnic group something common is seen clearly and that is their way of being kind by preserving their culture.
A month from spring (February- May) and autumn (September – December) is the best time to do Manaslu Larke La pass trekking. Winter is cold and the weather seems to be unfavourable to trek whereas Monsoon is not good for crossing the trial route as the hilly slopes do not support well for trekkers. Hence, it is always suggested to proceed for the trek during autumn and spring.
Apart from Manaslu circuit trek, if you want to explore other remote areas of Nepal, check into some of our other remote trekking packages with the following link, Upper Mustang Trek, Rara Lake Trek, Shey Phoksundo Lake Trek and Upper Dolpo Trek. To check all the available remote treks in Nepal then go through Remote Treks.
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 of a lovely adventure through the Himalayas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped off at the airport for your final departure.
We will easily organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date