Manaslu Around with Larkya La Pass

Trip Highlights

  1. Crossing the Larkya –La.
  2.  Tibetan culture and religion.
  3. Around the 8th highest mountain, Manaslu.
  4. Diverse culture and geography.
Manaslu Around with Larkya La Pass
Photo Prayer flag fluttering at the Larkya La Pass
Trip Duration: 19 days(s) / Trek Duration: 13 days(s)
Max Altitude: Larkya pass (5,135 m)
Trip Grade: 4
Lodging: Hotels / Camping / Teahouse
Transportation: Flight / Private Vehicle
Communication: Yes
Group Size: Any
Best Season: Autumn- Spring

Trip Overview

Adventure Mission Nepal Treks & Expeditions Manaslu Around with Larkya –La is a new yet most fascinating trekking in Nepal. Manaslu Circuit trekking in Nepal is a fascinating trekking that offers the best possible insight into the natural and cultural diversity of Nepal.  This trek begins from the subtropical region and goes around the 8th highest mountain in the world.  This is a great trekking experience as it involves high passes, mountain settlements, remote mountain valleys and the most exciting view of the Manaslu and its neighboiuring peaks.

The Manaslu circuit trek starts from Arughat and goes past the villages of Jagat, Eklebhatti, Sama Gaon, Samdu and Dharapani and many more. This 15 day trek is full of great Mountain View and the Tibetan settlements on the way will add to your experience. Since this trekking involves a 5200 m high pass, this trek is ideal for people who are adventurous and are very much physically fit.

Outline

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour.
Day 03: Drive to Soti-khola 860m via Arughat & Gorkha 1,143m 07 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Machha-khola 890m 05 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,350m  06 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Nyak or Eklebhati 1,775m, 06 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Ghap 2,156m via Bih. 07 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Lho  3,150m, 06 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Sama Gompa 3,500m 05 hours.
Day 10:  Rest day at Sama Gompa.
Day 11: Trek to Samdu 3,780m 05 hours.
Day 12: Trek to Larkya phedi near Guest House 4,450m, 4 hours.
Day 13: Cross Larkya pass at 5,135m and to Bhimtang 08 hours.
Day 14: Trek and camp in the middle of forest. 05 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Dharapani village 1,943m. 05 hours.
Day 16: Trek to Chamje 1,410m. 05 hrs.
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu via Beshishar.
Day 18: Free day in Kathmandu for individual activities.
Day 19: Transfer to airport for international departure.

Service includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfers as per the Itinerary.
  • Standard Accommodation in the cities and tea houses in the trek.
  • Full day guided tour of Kathmandu.
  •  3 meals a day during the trek.
  • Guide, porters and other support staff as per your requirement and out agreed price.
  • Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
  • Necessary equipments during the trek.
  • All taxes and fees required for the program.

Service does not include

  • Meals in the cities.
  • Personal expenses (Laundry, bar bills, water etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Essential).
  • Personal trekking gears not mentioned in the contract.
  • Tips for staffs.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.
Representative of Adventure Mission Nepal will receive you in the Tribhuvan International Airport. They will be in possession of your name plate or the companies name as per your correspondence with us. You will be transfer to the hotel and the trek guide will meet you in the evening for a dinner. During the meal you can discuss your queries (if any). He/she will brief you about some cultural issues and some necessary things to keep in consideration during the trek.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and half day free for final preparation of the trek.
Early in the morning the staff from AMN will meet you to collect your passport copy and photographs (if not sent via email) for the preparation of Trekking permit and TIM’s card. After breakfast you will be taken for a half day sightseeing of the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath temple, also refer as the Monkey temple. Both are UNESCO world heritage sites. In the afternoon you can have some free time with the guide around Thamel to do some last minute shopping of things you might need for the trek.

Day 03: Drive to Soti-khola 860m via Arughat & Gorkha 1,143m 7 hrs.
We have a 7 hours drive to Soti Khola today, starting after the breakfast.  We will follow the Prithvi highway until Abu Khairini and then head left towards Soti Khola.

Day 04:  Trek to Machha-khola 890m 05 hours.
We will head towards the Machha Khola, the first camp of this Around Manaslu trekking. We   will walk gradually up until the Lapbesi village and then walk down to the Camp site at Machha Khola. The trail passes through thin forest and small settlements before reaching the Machha Khola.

Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,350m 06 hrs.
As we head up after breakfast the first village we will see is Kholabensi with some hot water springs. We will further walk ahead to Doban and they cross the river to reach Lauri where will stop for lunch. Jagat is another one and half hours from the lunch place. Jagat is one of the biggest settlements you will see in the Manaslu circuit or around Manaslu trekking.

Day 06:  Trek to Nyak or Eklebhatti 1,775m, 05 hours.
We will descend down to Saguleri village, which has a scenic view of the mountains on the northern side. Another one hour of walk leads us to Ghata-khola from where we will climb up to the settlement at Philim. After lunch we will walk past the settlements of Aga and Lokwa before reaching Nyak or at Eklebhatti near Shiar khola with great views looking over the valley towards Pangsing.

Day 07: Trek to Ghap 2,156m via Bih. 07 hours.
This is one of the longest walking days in the Around Manaslu trekking. We will walk past small villages and settlements before reaching the camp site at Ghap. We will stop for lunch at Bih. The trail is mostly isolated and only few settlements with a thin population will be encountered on the way. Most of the trail goes gradually up with occasional climbing.

Day 08: Trek to Lho 3,150 m 06 hours.
We will leave the campsite at Ghap in the morning and start the steep climb up.  We can see many smaller peaks in the periphery of the Manaslu and Simang Himal range throughout the trail.  We will reach the Sho village after 5 hours of walking up.  We will also witness the 8th highest peak Manaslu for the first time on this trekking in Nepal. Another hour of gradual walk takes us to the campsite at the village of Lho. 

Day 09:  Trek to Sama Gompa 3,500m 05 hours.
The first settlement after the walk starts is the village of Shala. Another 2 hours of gradual climb with occasional steep trail takes us to Samagaon. Depending on the season we can see different kinds of crops on both sides of the trail as we approach the village of Samagaon. The population here is mostly Tibetan and the culture and the lifestyle of the people here is pretty interesting. We will also see the Mount Manaslu in front from the village. After lunch we will walk another 1 hour up to reach the Sama Monastery or Gompa.

Day 10:  Rest day at Sama Gompa.
This day will be spent resting or doing short hikes nearby.

Day 11:  Trek to Samdu 3,780 m 05 hours.
Samdu is the destination for today and it is the last settlement we have before reaching the other side of the Larkya la. It is a steep walk on a narrow trail for almost 5 hours.

Day 12:  Trek to Larkya Phedi near Guest House 4,450 m 04 hours.
We have a steep climb ahead of us after breakfast. The trek goes ahead to Larkya Phedi, the base of the Larkya pass. We will walk past the settlements at Larkya bazaar and Duwang after crossing the Gyala River. It takes us about 4 hours from the camp at Samdu to Larkya Phedi. Most of the trail is

Day 13: Cross Larkya pass at 5,135m to Bimthang 08 hours.
Today is the longest and the most exciting day of the trek as we ill cross the Larkya la pass, the highest point of the Around Manaslu trekking. We will start early in the morning as it is a long day walking of 8 hours. We will reach the top through the winding trail in 2 and half hours. We will spend some time enjoying the view from the top of the highest pass in the Manaslu region and start the steep descend. After reaching the base on the other side we will walk past Tambuche and Bimthang before reaching our overnight camp.

Day 14:  Trek and camp in the middle of forest  05 hours.
After a long hard day walk to Bhimthang, trek from here to Dharapani will be pleasant through forest of pines, rhododendron and summer pastures with occasional view of snow peaks. From Bhimthang crossing high pasture, descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the base camp of the west side of Manaslu. From a ridge an excellent views of Manaslu to the south east and Annapurna II to the south west. Beyond a bridge over headwaters of Dudh Khola,  descend and follow a trail through narrow valley and into serene forest and camp on the meadows amidst the forest surrounding in perfect tranquility after 05 hours of good walk near or after Karche 2,785m.

Day 15: Trek to Dharapani village 1,943m.  05 hours.
We will start the day after a warm breakfast at we will start heading towards Goh.  We will further walk up to Karche La and descend down to the trail along the Marshayngdi and follow the trail towards the village of Tilje.  We will reach Dharapani by mid afternoon.

Day 16: Trek to Chamje 1,410m. 05 hrs.
Our journey heads towards south, following the main trail downhill to Marshyangdi river, after crossing the wooden bridge over the torrent river coming to a gradual climb for a short while, which leads to cross the same river on the other suspension bridge after half an hour walk. After this second bridge the trail follows downhill all the way for an hour or more coming to the bottom near the river again, after crossing the River Marshyangdi by a wooden bridge a pleasant walk of an hour brings us to the village at Tal for lunch. From Tal, an easy walk for a while then descend and follow the winding gradual trail above the river with great views of the waterfalls and the surrounding landscapes, after an hour or two hours of good walk a short downhill walk brings us near the torrent, wild Marshyangdi river. Chamje village is just few minutes across the bridge, before the bridge on the bank of the river there is a good camping ground with marijuana plants bushes around with grand view of the waterfall on the other side of the river, at Chamje with time to visit the village.

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu via Beshisahar 07 hrs.
We will drive back to Kathmandu, which is 7 hours drive from Beshisahar.

Day 18: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
You can use this day for doing some sightseeing or just resting at your hotel. We recommend you to take some tours in places like Khokana Bungmati, Patan Durbar Square or Bhaktapur. Strolling around won’t be a bad idea for last minute shopping.

Day 19: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
The trek has come to an end and we hope you enjoyed it. You can extend your trip to some destinations within Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan. Transfer to the airport on time. See you again in Nepal!

Trip FAQs

How fit do I have to be?
The Manaslu Circuit trekking is a moderate to challenging trekking. Some part of the trek is very difficult with steep inclines. Even though you don’t need any special skills for the trek we recommend you to do this if you are active in your daily life. You should be in proper health conditions so a check up with your doctor is advised before starting the trek. We advise you to do some light exercise for some time before undertaking this trip. You should be fit enough to walk 4-7 hours a day. But there will be plenty of rest and we can customize the trip as per your speed and requirement so that you can enjoy it much more.

How are the hotels in the cities and during the trek in Nepal?
In the cities especially in Kathmandu there are hotels of all kinds ranging from Back packer’s accommodation with basic facilities to luxury five star accommodations. You can choose from the various types available. Even the budget hotels have Wi-Fi, neat and clean rooms and attached bathrooms. The hotels that are star categorized have special amenities but the standard of hotels in western world can’t be compared with Nepalese standards. We would say a 5 star in Nepal would have the same kind of services like a 3 star or a 4 star hotel in North America/Europe.

Is enough drinking water available? How many liters of water shall we carry in our day pack?
We advise our guests to bring water bottles with them so that they can refill the bottles at the tea house rather than buying everyday as water prices go proportionately higher with the altitude in the Himalayan region. Carrying purification tablets is also recommended. We advise you to drink atleast 4-5 liters of water every day during the trek to avoid dehydration. Trekking in Nepal is fun but only if you are careful about your health.

Where can I keep my extra luggage during trekking in Nepal?
While you are in the trek you can store the extra luggage at our office or at the hotel without paying anything extra in Kathmandu.

Do I need to take walking sticks?
It depends on you but it is advised to carry them as they help you to balance in the small trails while walking in the mountains. They observe the pressure on your legs (quad muscles) while going up and down. Since they are not heavy you can easily tie them in your day pack and walk while you don’t use them.

Can I buy/rent any equipment in Kathmandu before the start of the trip?
Kathmandu, especially Thamel has lots of places to buy and rent equipments for trekking.  If you want to buy things at home it might be expensive compared to home. The things you buy or rent here will be cheaper but the quality is not the same. Things such as trekking shoes, jackets etc you can buy from home but petty things such as sun glasses, walking sticks, sleeping bags can be bought here.

Is there electricity to charge iPod, batteries, cameras etc… while on the mountain?
Yes you can charge the electronic stuffs at the tea houses during the trek but some tea houses charge you for that. The cost would be around 1 USD for a single device. You can charge them in your rooms in the cities.

Can we take showers during the trek?
It depends a lot I where you are. Usually below 3000m there are common bathrooms in the tea houses where you can take a shower and after you go high you might not want to shower often because of the cold weather. Some tea houses charge you for the hot water they provide in the buckets for Shower.

How much money per day do you think I will need? What currency should I take?
Local currency in Nepal is rupees. We recommend you bring US dollars with you to Nepal and exchange them here as this is easily done and is a widely accepted currency. Although you may get a lesser rate on traveler’s cheques, we suggest you carry a mixture of both depending on your needs. The amount of money you will need on a daily basis depends on your spending habits. A guide would be $10 per day for extra drinks and bar bill during your trek and $20 per day to cover lunch/dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

What do I have to carry with me on trek?
Try not to make the day pack very heavy but don’t miss essential things such as personal items, water, camera, snacks, sunscreen, hat, a fleece jacket and gloves for higher altitudes. You will have a porter helping you will most of the things besides the day pack when you are trekking in Nepal. The porters carry maximum 15 Kgs (can be little more or less depending upon the nature of trekking).

What if I get sick while on trek?
It depends on the seriousness of the health issue. If you have problem with altitude or cramp or something small we will take time and provide basic first aid in the place in case of emergency we will arrange for a helicopter or a horse to bring you to the nearest possible hospital.

Do I need to buy compulsory travel insurance for trekking in Nepal? Where do I buy?
Insurance is a must while going for a trek in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. You can get an insurance that covers health issue, rescue and evacuation and cancellations due to bad weather. We advise you to buy insurance at your home country before coming for trekking in Nepal, Tibet or Bhutan as buying insurance here will be twice as expensive.

Is there any compulsory tipping for Guide/Porters/Drivers etc?
Tipping is completely your personal choice. In Nepal there is no any hard and fast rule for tipping but usually the staff working in tourism gets tips from the guest. You can consult with us regarding the tipping. If you are happy with the services you are most welcome for the tipping.

Are there any communication facilities during this trip?
Most of Nepal is nowadays well connected with cell phone networks. There are cyber café or Wi-Fi in all cities and during the trek even the tea houses have internet services below 3000m but places like Manang, Jomsom, Muktinath etc are exceptions with internet facilities.

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