Manaslu and Larkey La pass

Trip Code: Around Manaslu
Trip Route: Manaslu and Larkey La pass Trek in Nepal
Max Altitude: 5,160 m at Larkya-La
Trip Duration: 19 days
Trip Grade: 3
Lodging: Camping or Lodge
Meals: Full board on Trek & BB Plan in cities
Transportation: private vehicle
Communication: available on most of the places
Group Size: Min 2 PAX
Best Season: Spring and Autumn
Per Day Walk: 4-7 Hour

Trip Highlights

  • A magnificent journey with an adventure to Manaslu and Larkey La pass.
  • Wilderness within world’s 8th highest peak Mt. Manaslu.
  • Traditional Tibetan villages with rich culture.
  • Verdant forest and on off-beaten path.
  • Grand panorama views of majestic towering mountains.
  • Friendly locals with fabulous scenery of landscapes and high mountain range.
  • Manaslu Trekkiing with Nepal Dream Path Treks

    Manaslu Trekkiing with Nepal Dream Path Treks

  • Cow taking sun bath after sunshine

    Cow taking sun bath after sunshine

  • Manaslu Trekking with Nepal Dream Path Treks

    Manaslu Trekking with Nepal Dream Path Treks

  • Manaslu Trekking with Nepal Dream Path Treks

    Manaslu Trekking with Nepal Dream Path Treks

  • Manaslu Trekking with Nepal Dream Path Treks

    Manaslu Trekking with Nepal Dream Path Treks

  • Gorkha Himal

    Gorkha Himal

  • Animal husbandry

    Animal husbandry

  • this is biggest water fall on the manaslu trek

    this is biggest water fall on the manaslu trek

Around Manaslu with Larkey La Pass with Nepal Dream Path Treks leads towards the famous ancient Gorkha Kingdom in the mid west Himalayan range of Nepal.  The unique trail of Manaslu and Larkey La pass follows upstream of Budi-Gandaki River leading from the sub-tropical forest to the dry arctic zone and high Tibetan climatic zone with magnificent views of worlds 8th highest Mt. Manaslu at 8,163m, including spectacular views of the other closest peaks that straddles the border with Tibet. This beautiful trekking route was first opened on 1991 and still the route is restricted for individual travelers and without special immigration permit issued by Nepal Immigration. Trek slowly gains altitude over the highest point of this great trip. After the top of Larkey La downhill path leads through beautiful forest of pines, rhododendrons, oaks and magnolia trees and meets the Annapurna Circuits Trail after reaching Dharapani then journey continues towards Beshishar offering stunning views of Mt.Manaslu and Annapurna range including the magnificent view of  Mt. Lamjung with the traditional Tibetan villages. This trek is getting famous day by day as an optional trek of Annapurna region in the western part of Nepal.
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Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1,300m] & transfer to respective hotels
Day 02: Sightseeing around world heritage sites in Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Soti-khola 860m via Arughat [1,143m] [7 hrs drive]
Day 04: Trek to Machha-khola [890m] [5 hrs walk]
Day 05: Trek to Jagat [1,350m] [6 hrs walk]
Day 06: Trek to Deng [1,775m] [7-8 hrs walk]
Day 07: Trek to Ghap [2,156m] via Bih [7 hrs walk]
Day 08: Trek to Lho [3,150m] [6 hrs walk] 
Day 09: Trek to Sama Gaun [3,500m] [5 hrs walk]
Day 10: Rest day at Sama Gompa.
Day 11: Trek to Samdu [3,780m] [5 hrs walk]
Day 12: Trek to Dharma Sala/ Larkey Fedi [4,450m] [4 hrs walk]
Day 13: Cross Larkey la pass [5,160m] and trek to Bhimtang [8 hrs walk]
Day 14: Trek to Kharche [2,700m] [4 hrs walk]
Day 15: Trek to Dharapani village [1,943m] [5 hrs walk]
Day 16: Trek to Syange [1,410m] [5 hrs walk]
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu via Beshishar. 
Day 18:  Free day in Kathmandu guided tour on request.
Day 19: Transfer to airport for international Departure.

Note: The itinerary can be changed or customized according to your duration of holidays &  as per your requirements. The trip price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size so please kindly provide us your details for tailor made program.
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Service includes

  • All transportation and Arrival, Departure transfers as per the Itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation with BB plan in city and Tea house or Camping in Trekking as per itinerary.
  • Full day guided tour of Kathmandu including private vehicle, Entry permits, and well experienced city guide.
  • All meals includes during trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee).
  • Guide, porters and other support staff as per your requirement and out agreed price.
  • National Park Fees and all required Trekking permits.
  • General First-Aid Kits for all.
  • 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.
  • Personal first aid Kid.
A detailed Itinerary for Manaslu and Larkey La pass Trek in Nepal designed by Nepal Dream Path Treks and Expedition [p] ltd. 

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1,300m] & transfer to respective hotels
On arrival at Kathmandu Airport our Nepal Dream Path Treks staff for transportation to respective hotels, Nepal Dream Path Treks guide brief of hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don’ts and other related information that you might require while in Nepal with Nepal Dream Path Treks 
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort [as per your requirement and agreed price]
Meals: BB Plan [Generally we offer Bed and Breakfast plan in cities] 

Day 02: Sightseeing around world heritage sites in Kathmandu
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest; Kathmandu is full of world heritage sites. 


Accommodation: Hotel/Resort [as per your requirement and agreed price]
Meals: BB Plan [Generally we offer Bed and Breakfast plan in cities] 
 
Day 03: Drive to Soti-khola 860m via Arughat & Gorkha [1,143m] [7 hrs drive]
Morning drive to Gorkha and continue to Soti Khola an interesting drive through foothills of high Himalaya, journey passes rural villages and towns, with occasional view of Mt. Ganesh, Manaslu and as far to Annapurna. Route diverts from the Pokhara highway from the village of Abu Khaireni, from here the road climbs all the way to Gorkha. (a hill bazaar and the ancestral home of the Shah dynasty which ruled Nepal to this day. It is from here that King Prithvi Narayan Shah started his conquest of the country's various tiny kingdoms and unified them into a single nation, Nepal. Perched one thousand feet above Gorkha Bazaar, the palace dominates the surroundings and is visible from all around the area. The palace also boasts beautiful architecture. Al though only Hindus are allowed to enter the palace premises, it is worthwhile walking up the stairs for the view)
From Gorkha drive continues to warmer region of Arughat from here journey follows the Buri Gandkai River upstream on the dirt road to Soti khola a small farm village for the overnight stop.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee]

Day 04: Trek to Machha-khola [890m] [5 hrs walk]
First day walks cuts into the steep valley, which is densely forested through several farm villages tucked in the hillside, then reaching the valley, opposite point where a large tributary stream enters the Burhi Gandaki River. The terraced cultivated fields belong to the upper village of Lapbesi. From here path descends to the wide, sandy riverbed which follows a trail meandering below the steep, craggy valley side.  At length leading to a climb up once again on a track to Machha Khola for the overnight stop outside the village, where we can get a number of teashops.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee]

Day 05: Trek to Jagat [1,350m] [6-7 hrs walk]
The trek leads to interesting villages and farm fields the vegetation changes gradually; morning walk crosses Machha Khola (Fish stream) and heading upstream to the tiny Kholabensi village with hot springs at Tatopani. From here the valley sides becomes steeper, path then switches to the left bank of the river by way of suspension bridge after a short section of forest path coming to some teahouses at Doban. Above Dobhan the Burigandaki River flows down in an impressive torrent rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river becomes calmer, meandering across a broad gravel bed. On reaching Lauri cross the river leading to a climb on high path, then descending into an open valley at Yara Khola.
Journey continues for another hour to Jagat, a large village after Arughat; the people around here are of mixed tribe of Magar, Chettris, Brahaman, Bhotias (Tibetan looking tribes) and few Newars merchant and shopkeepers. Before joining the main trail of Annapurna, this is the only last big village where most of the merchandize is available from soaps, candy to flashlights batteries etc. Camp is made near village of Jagat after a good walk of 6-7 hours.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee]

Day 06: Trek to Deng [1,775m] [7-8 hrs walk]
Morning walk from Jagat descends to a portion of stone steps to the river, from here the path leads up a terraced hillside to Saguleri, with distance view of Sringi Himal 7,187m from this spot, walk follows ups and down trail to the bridge over Buri-Gandaki, after crossing the bridge from Ghata-khola, path winds up to Philim village. From here the trails climbs slowly along the hillside through small settlements of Aga, Lokwa. Finally reach to Deng for overnight stay. 
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee]

Day 07: Trek to Ghap [2,156m] via Bih [7 hrs walk]
An hour walk from Nyak, crossing the east side of the river, then path follows up and down into the sheer cliff walls, after this dramatic portion the path finally improves as the walk leads to Deng village, the houses and terrains completely changes into more Tibetan like from here onwards. The people here are of Tibetan origin along with their ancient culture.
Villagers of this areas cultivates buck wheat, wheat, barley and potatoes as staple crops, since trekking became popular around this area, spinach, carrots and cabbages are also grown. After 04 hours of walk brings at Bih, journey continues for another two hours on the steep sided impressive valley, coming across mani prayer stone and finally at Ghap village for the overnight stop.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee]
 
Day 08: Trek to Lho  [3,150m] [6 hrs walk] 
From Ghap onwards a pleasant walk gaining height and entering alpine forest, trek continues steeper up as the valley opens out with quite extensive pastures with more steady climb then crossing a large stream flowing down from the Lidana Glacier, with fantastic view of snow peaks on the north Kutang Himal range with Pang Phuchin 6,335m, and Saula Himal 6,235m and other unnamed peaks of over 6000m. On the south lies Manaslu Himal and Simang Himal range with its array of over 7000m peaks. The walk is on the gradual uphill path altitude gains slowly through ShoNamru, Bengsam till the village of Sho is reached. The people from here onwards are engaged in farming during the summer, the young folks in winter travels to trade in big cities Nepal, and in India. Just above the village of Sho the first views of Manaslu north and then of main peak of Manaslu 8,163m an hour walk brings to Lho for overnight stop. Lho, a large village with a wonderful little monastery and nuemrous chortens and mani walls. Ganesh I is visible, on looking back.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee]

Day 09: Trek to Sama Gompa [3,500m] [5 hrs walk]
On leaving Lho village, walk continues following the river with views of Peak 29 ahead, 02 hours of climb through the forest leading to Shala village offers excellent view of Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli. A couple of hours further leads to Samagaon village, with magnificient view of Mt.Manaslu. Samagaon, the biggest village of this region, the people are mostly farmers growing what they could in this harsh terrains and cold climate, like buck wheat, barley are the main crops, potatoes and few varieties of vegetables grow in this soil. The people here descended from Tibet in early 300 years back, the culture and their living style is very much like they predecessor. The people of this area still trade with Tibet taking 02 days to a week. The border to Tibet is a day walk for the locals. It is one of the old salt trade route from Nepal to Tibet.
From here half hour walk to Sama gompa just above the village of Samagaon. On reaching the overnight stop near Sama-Gompa, with time for Monastery visit one of the major Nyligpa (red hat sect) Monastery of this region.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee]

Day 10: Rest day at Sama Gompa.
Today a rest day, free from packing; a day hike can be done towards Manaslu glacier or near to its base camp.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee]
  
Day 11: Trek to Samdu [3,780m] [5 hrs walk]
After an easy day at Sama Gompa, morning trek climbs slowly towards Samdu and beyond. Walk to Samdu is not too far can be done within 03 hours but due to altitude and the dry air makes the walk a little slower, need to gain the height slowly taking time and enjoying the view around to the village of Samdu. Trek crosses a high plateau and skirting the ridge of lateral moraine heading towards Karmo Kharka and Kermo Mamam, the trek leads to Samdu village on the terraced hillside opposite bank of Budhi Gandaki reaching one of the most remote permanent settlements in Nepal, at Samdu. It is quite a moderate village of some 40 houses with 200 people. This is the last village before Larkya-la. In the earlier days, Larkya Bazaar near west of Samdu, where the Tibetans merchants and people of this region and as far to Gorkha and from the other side of Larkya-la, use to trade and barter.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee]

Day 12: Trek to Dharma Sala/ Larkey Fedi [4,450m] [4 hrs walk]
From Samdu trek leads to barren areas, walk on the wildest mountain path crossing Gyala Khola, then ascend to the ridge where there is some ruins of the village known as Larkya Bazaar. Presumably this village once thrived on trade with Tibet over nearby Gya La, a trade which at present has diminished.
Then nearing the Larkya Glacier reaching Duwang, where there is a lodge, built to serve travelers crossing the Larkya -La which lies now just ahead. Overnight stop  just around this place.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee]
 
Day 13: Cross Larkey la pass [5,160m] and trek to Bhimtang [8 hrs walk]
The walk from Larkya phedi (bottom) towards top of Larkya-la at 5,135m a slow winding climb. Making an early start to cross the highest point of this trip, a short climb above the lodge to reach the ablation valley on the north side of the Larkya Glacier with magnificent views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Finally, walking across moraines of glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper in the last section to the pass. From the pass an outstanding views of Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II can be seen. After a wonderful moment on this highest point, a long descend follows over snow and scree, to reach the valley trail to Larcia. A further hour on a moraine ridge path leads to Tambuche at 3,900m and with a short distance walk from here to camp at Bhimthang a wonderful valley with a number of mani walls and deserted house.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee] 

Day 14: Trek to Kharche [2,700m] [4 hrs walk]
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 surrounding in perfect tranquility.  Overnight stay at Karche 2,785m.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee]

Day 15: Trek to Dharapani village [1,943m] [5 hrs walk]
From here trek leads downhill through forest passing small summer settlement at Goh and then after an hour or more of gradual walk, climb through terraced fields to the Karche La, dropping down to the distant Marsyangdi River, after few hours of walk coming to the village of Tilje following the Dudh (milky) river downstream. Passing number of villages, including Thonje, from here an hour climb to cross the bridge and then coming to where the main trail of Annapurna circuit joins at Dharapani village. After being in absolute wilderness for a while Dharapani will be like a civilisation where you can celebrate with a beer and buy hot shower from the lodge around Dharpani village.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee]

Day 16: Trek to Syange [1,410m] [5 hrs walk]
Our journey heads towards south, following the main trail downhill to Marsyangdri 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 Marsyangdri 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 Marsyangdi river. Syange 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 Syange with time to visit the village.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee]

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu via Beshishar. 
After a great trekking with Nepal Dream Path Treks at Chamje board on the vechile for a scenic drive to Kathmandu passing farm villages and towns of Beshishar in Lamjung area following the Marsyangdi River, then coming across the Pokhara-Kathmandu highway at Dumre town from here another 04 hours of interesting drive leads to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu check into respective Hotels.
Accommodation: Hotel/Resort [as per your requirement and agreed price]
Meals: BB Plan [Generally we offer Bed and Breakfast plan in cities] 

Day 18:  Free day in Kathmandu guided tour on request.
Free day at leisure for independent activities, please inform Nepal Dream Path Treks staff for short tour in and around Kathmandu at places of interest.

Day 19: Transfer to airport for international Departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and passport handy. Nepal Dream Path Treks staff will transfer you to airport for your final departure from this most amazing wonderful country, Nepal with grand memories of this remarkable adventure with Nepal Dream Path Treks.

  • Trek around Manaslu Switzerland Email: switzerland Caroline and Lucie from Switzerland
    Our 13-days trek around the Manaslu was one of the most extraordinary experience had did in our life! It was not the trek we had chosen to do when we were preparing our journey but the region of the Tamang Heritage Trail had been very affected by last April’s earthquake.
    So Damodar has wisely suggested the Manaslu Circuit and we didn’t regret it! It was absolutely what we were looking for: varied landscapes, nice little villages and few tourists.
    The only thing we didn’t really anticipate was the much lower temperature than in the Langtang national park. But despite the cold for 3-4 days we enjoyed seeing and walking in the snow and we had a lot of funny playing with our guide and our porter in the snow!
    The sunrise over the mountains and the view from the Larke Pass (5160m) are memories forever etched in our memories as much as the evenings around the stove, singing and dancing with the Nepalese guides and porters!
    Nepal is a country of great generosity; it has given us majestic landscapes and warm welcome of its inhabitants, despite the terrible damages caused by the earthquake and their difficult living conditions.
    The popular trekking agency Nepal Dream Path treks and Expedition brought us very good advices in connection with our desires and expectations while having a warm and personal contact.
    We are looking forward to come back!
  • Amazing trip to Manaslu & Volunteering We are two girls Karo and Lucie from Switzerland went to Nepal for some volunteering work after earthquake hits. The volunteering work arranged by DP from Nepal Dream Path Treks. After complete volunteering work, we got a chance to have wonderful “Manaslu Larkya La pass Trek” with Nepal Dream Path Team. The trip was memorable, we enjoyed a lot and the arrangement was really good. Our guide Raj was young and funny. We will definitely visit again, such a wonderful country. 
  • Manaslu and Larkey La Pass United States Email: Katherine Hahn I am so glad to know DP. He is a very capable and joyful guide, gets along with everyone he meets, and is cool under any pressure that comes about on his treks. He was, quite literally, a life saver on our Manaslu trek 7 years ago. I will always remember him. Highly recommended. Chat Conversation End
  • Great Manaslutrekj Netherlands, The Email: Aad en Marjoke Great Manaslutrekj Wat een geweldige ervaring. Nepal op zich is dat al. Kathmandu, de mensen, het landschap, de snelweg, het binnenland, de bergen, Manaslu zelf, de Larkepas. Teveel om op te noemen. Maar naast dat alles is Damodar een geweldige gids geweest. Van harte aanbevolen. Wat een fijn mens is hij ook. Hij had alles perfect georganiseerd en verzorgde ons als zijn gast. "We are family in the mountains" was zijn motto. Dank je wel Nepal Dream Path (Damodar)
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