Manaslu Circuit Via Larkya Pass Trek

Manaslu Circuit Via Larkya Pass Trek 20 Days

Accommodation  : We will be staying at Standard Hotel in Kathmandu and Guest/tea houses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-shared basis.
Meal                         : During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common
International cuisine Breakfast and dinner will be served from the tea house.
Duration                 :  20 Days
Arrival                     :  In Kathmandu
Departure              :   From Kathmandu
Best Time to          :   Dec, Jan & Feb
Max. Altitude        :   5,160 m
Group Size             :   3-15 people
Transportation    :   Domestic Flight/Tourist Bus

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Description

Our Manaslu Circuit via Larkya Pass treks starts with an overland drive. Our trekking  start from  Arughat or  Soti-khola depends on vehicle available and condition of road. Then walk follows  mountain villages of  Gorkha District . We visit Jagat, Dyang, Samagaon and Samduwith grand views of Mt. Manaslu, Bouddha Himal,  and Ganesh Himal in the east and Annapurna Himalaya towards west, reaching at Larkya-la pass at 5,214 m the highest spot of the adventure.

Manaslu treks is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. The inhabitants of the upper Buri Gandaki also known as Nupri (‘the western mountains’) are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants. Their speech, dress and customs are almost exclusively Tibetan. Manaslu is the eight tallest mountain in the world which capture the local heritage of the Himalaya region. There is still continuous trade between Nupri and Tibet; Chinese cigarettes, for example, are found more frequently than Nepali cigarettes. The mountain views in Nupri are sensational and the crossing of the Larkya La is one of the most dramatic of any pass in the Himalaya. Because much of this trek is in a region of strong Tibetan influence, most places have Tibetan names in addition to their better know Nepali monikers. Manaslu Treks suits for those who challenges for trekking in the mountain regions & we can find there lots of tea houses where you can spend the good time.

 

Outline Itinerary

Outline itinerary

Day-01- Arrival to Kathmandu. (1300 m)

Day-02- Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570 m).-6/7hrs (BLD)

Day-03- Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (530m.)-6hrs(BLD)

Day-04-  Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m.)-6/7hrs (BLD)

Day-05-  Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m.)-6hrs(BLD)

Day-06- Trek from Jagat to Philim (1700m.)-3/4hrs (BLD)

Day-07-  Trek Philim to Deng (2095m.)-6/7hrs(BLD)

Day-08– Trek Deng to Namrung (2900m.)-5hrs (BLD)

Day-09-  Trek Namrung to Lhogaon (3100m.)-4/5hrs (BLD)

Day-10- Trek Lhogaon to Samagaon (3390m.)-4hrs(BLD)

Day-11– Rest day (BLD)

Day-12-  Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3690m.)-4hrs (BLD)

Day-13- Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m.)-3hrs (BLD)

Day-14- Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La (Pass) (5135m.) to Bimthang (3590 m.)-7/8hrs (BLD)

Day-15-  Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860 m.)-4hrs (BLD)

Day-16- Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1800m)-6hrs (BLD)

Day-17- Trek from Jagat to Nagdi (850m.)-4hrs (BLD)

Day-18–  Trek from Nagdi to Besishahar (823m.) -4hrs (BLD)

Day-19- Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu – 7hrs (BL)

Day-20- Back to Final destination. (B)

 

 

Briefing Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

Day-1- Arrival to Kathmandu. (1300m)

Our representative guide will meet you at the airport after that you will be taken to the hotel where you prefer to stay. Some hours will give you for the rest and then in the hotel our representative guide will briefing about the activities and the equipment. Overnight in Guest House.

Day-2- Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m).-6/7hrs

You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day; you turn towards the hill bazaar of Gorkha. After Gorkha the road gets a bit rough but you will reach your destination Arughat Bazaar in approximately seven hours from Kathmandu.

Day-3- Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (530m.)-6hrs

You trek over flat leveled path along the bank of Budhi Gandaki river through mostly terraces, numerous villages, green hills, some pretty waterfalls and you are quite surrounded by green forest. This day you take lunch at Arket Bazaar which lies middle way to Soti Khola. This is the best place to relax and can enjoy swimming to ease your tiredness of walking. To reach Soti Khola, the trail is ups and downs through forest of Sal, Chilaune and other local vegetation. Soti Khola is a village at the bank of Budhi Gandaki. The

Day-4-  Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m.)-6/7hrs

The zigzag path passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valley until you reach Lapu Besi. This is a village mainly covered by Mongolian. Now you again proceed the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola. There is a small market with few shops, lodges and donkeys are kept there.

Day-5-  Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m.)-6hrs

You cross the Machha Khola – Fish Stream – and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The valley sides are steeping until they are impassable and the route then switches to the left bank by way of a suspension bridge. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path you reach the single teahouse at Doban. Above Doban, the Buri Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, you re cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where you camp.

Day-6- Trek from Jagat to Philim (1700m.)-3/4hrs

The early part of trek moves gentle uphill and then somewhere through flat leveled path. You cross suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before you enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by Gurung. There are small monasteries, chortens, prayer flags fluttering in the sky, graves and typical houses.

Day-7-  Trek Philim to Deng (2095m.)-6/7hrs

You trek over flat leveled path mostly through forest of pine, rhododendron and others. While walking, you cross few bridges and can see villages at far distance. There are few houses at Deng. From here, you can enjoy a pretty waterfall lying at some distance. Deng is famous for its potatoes, buck wheat, barley, wheat, cabbage, spinach as people are mostly involved in agriculture.

Day-8- Trek Deng to Namrung (2900m.)-5hrs

In the beginning, you trek almost flat leveled path and then the trail moves uphill all the way to Namrung through forest. From here, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu, rock hills, green valley and ridges. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries, water turbine, hydro electricity power house, mani walls, chortens and prayer flags can be seen fluttering in the sky. The typical houses remind you of Tibetan architecture.

Day-9-  Trek Namrung to Lhogaon (3100m.)-4/5hrs

You trek over winding path which moves through inner Himalayn range. On the way, you can enjoy mountain views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. As you go up the vegetation get decreased. In the afternoon, this part becomes quite windy. While walking, you come across mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries. Before you reach Lho Gaon, you pass a Tibetan village and Lihi Gaon. There is a monastery named as Chon at a ridge and there is a Buddhist school at Lho Gaon run by Buddhist monks. People mainly grow oat, barley, buck wheat, potatoes and vegetables. You can catch panoramic view of Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak with others from Lho Gaon.

 Day-10- Trek Lhogaon to Samagaon (3390m.)-4hrs

Leaving the village, you follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As you continue on the main trail, you soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3500m. You camp at Sama Gompa, 20 minutes beyond the village, or Samdo, near the Tibetan border.

Day-11- Rest day

Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, you take a rest day to acclimatize and relax at Samagaon. You can hike to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and you can see Birendra Kunda which is an ice lake nearby Manaslu Base Camp.

Day-12-  Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3690m.)-4hrs

Our trek gentle uphill all the way to Samdo through desert path and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometers away from Samdo. But visitors are not allowed to pass the border. There is a Tibetan refugee village at Samdo. This is an excellent view point for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and many more.

Day-13- Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m.)-3hrs

The trail is rocky and zigzag all the way to destination. Before you reach Larka La Phedi, there is a market Larkya Bazaar (market) where is held seasonal Tibet fair/market. People bring goods from Tibet to sell it here. There is a Dharmasala at Larkya La Phedi.

Day-14- Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La (Pass) (5135m.) to Bimthang (3590 m.)-7/8hrs

Early in the morning you begin to trek steep ascent path until Larkya La through rocky and windy path. This day you carry packed lunch. From the top, you can enjoy the views of Larkya peak, sunrise, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Crossing this pass, you move steep downhill path through rock and ice. On the way, you can see many icy lakes. Bimthang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses.

Day-15-  Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860 m.)-4hrs

Crossing this high pasture, you descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, you have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, you descend into a rhododendron forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. Walking down you cross a stream to reach Tilje. There is an apple orchard and it is quite famous for local wine. Leaving Tilje, you trek uphill for nearly 45 minutes and reach Dharapani crossing a bridge over Marshyangdi river.

Day-16- Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1800m)-6hrs

You trek all the way over descent path along the bank of Dudh Khola (river) and Marshyangdi river. On the way, you walk through pleasant villages such as Taal which is an attractive village with pretty waterfall and you can enjoy green hills. Eventually Jagat is a stone village situated on a shelf, which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. You stay overnight at tea house (lodge).

Day-17- Trek from Jagat to Nagdi (850m.)-4hrs

A steep trail descends from Jagat through Marshyangdi valley. You cross Marshyangdi river at Syange and walk through Ghermu Path (Ghermu field). This part of trek is pleasant through flat leveled path with views of green valley and villages at some distance. Past this Ghermu field and a village, your trail goes uphill for nearly half an hour to reach Bahundanda. This village is mainly populated by Brahmin, Chhetri and few others. Now, you descend all the way to Nagdi. Nagdi is a Gurung village and the local lodges are run by people who had migrated from Manang and other places.

Day-18-  Trek from Nagdi to Besishahar (823m.) -4hrs

You trek over flat leveled path all the way to Besishahar through villages such as Bulbule, Khudi and others, terraces, ridges and sometimes you cross small streams. Beshishahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung district. All the local government offices are situated here. From here, you can see some of mountain peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of local people. This headquarter is the centre from where the daily usable commodities are supplied to the different villages and numerous towns.

Day-19- Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu – 7hrs

It is a picturesque to get back to Kathmandu along the bank of Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages at both sides of road.

Day-20- Back to Final destination.

Finally today you will back to your destination. Our Global treks representative  will drop you to the airport .

 

Included Cost

  • Airport / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • 2 N Kathmandu Hotel accommodation sharing bases with B/B( Bed & Breakfast)
  • All your standard mentions Meals during the trek (B-Breakfasts, L-Lunches, D- Dinners).
  • Lodges/Guesthouses accommodation during the 7 Days trek
  • Local GLOBAL TREKS English speaking guide
  • National Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Private transportation entire this trek. ( Kathmandu-Arughat-Kathmandu)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance and medicine for all staff.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
  • Official expenses.

 

Excluded Cost

  • Lunch /Dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

 

Equipment Description

Equipment

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items as your individual interest, and choice. In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, camera, sun cream, water bottle, rain gear, and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the mountain range.

(Note : We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek)

Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

Shade hat or baseball cap – of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it in place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears.
Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses. This is to protect your eyes from the rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness.
A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it .
Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc.
Balaclava – lightweight, thinner variety
Some people like ear-muffs; these are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people .

Hand

1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone a days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.
Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

T-shirts (2/3
Light and expedition w)eight thermal tops.
Fleece jacket or pullover.
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
Underwear, stay away from cotton .(4/5)
1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
2 pairs trekking pants, the knees so they double as shorts.
1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
2 pairs lightweight long underwear – capilene or other synthetic.
All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

4/5 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
3/4 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the treks.
1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note WT guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
Buprofen for general aches and pains.
Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Most Necessary Documents/Materials

Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
2 bandanas.

Optional

1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
Binoculars (Optional).
Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight) (Optional).
Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Above This list is only a guide lines. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Please Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

 

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