Around Manaslu trekking is also known as Larkya La Pass trekking cuts behind the Manaslu Massif is one of the areas recently opened to trekking, offers some of the finest trekking in the Himalaya wilderness. Starting a scenic drive to Gorkha Royal Palace (old capital of Shah Dynasty) or direct drive to Aurughat then you trek up the wild Buri Gandaki River, through rough gorges slicing between Himalchuli (7890m) and Ganesh himal (7429m). The trails are steep but your first of the classic peak of Manaslu (8156m) dissolves the fatigue and the Buddhist prayer flags and Chortens seem to offer spiritual support as you climb towards your goal-Larkya La Pass (5130m). The views of Manaslu and the neighboring peaks are worth the effort, and time is spent on the pass taking photos or just preserving the scene in your mind’s eye. A steep descent into the Marsyangdi valley is rewarded with a delightful walk back along the river through small villages and across Crystal Rivers to Besisahar. You might also continue your trekking tour to Pokhara city via Ghalegaon an optional.
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Day 1Arrival day Kathmandu
Receive you in Kathmandu international airport. Then transfer to hotel by private car. If you have time, just couple of hrs time sightseeing around downtown Thamel.
Day 2 Drive to Arughat (700m), roughly 8 hrs drive.
After breakfast at Hotel in Kathmandu, we will drive to Arughat Bazaar for 8/9 hours. Arughat Bazaar is one the beautiful small town of Gorkha District which is also famous for the trade center of upper part of Gorkha District and Dhading District.
Day 3 Trek to Soti Khola (1000m), 5 hrs
Trek head north, following the Bhudi Gandaki in the low country path surrounded by rice paddies and picturesque hamlets. After climbing briefly to Kyoropani, path descends once again to the river and our campsite at the confluence with the tributary of Soti Khola. It is not a long day, and perhaps we have time for a refreshing swim sometime during the day for it is hot in the low country.
Day 4 Trek to Machha Khola (1300m), 6 hrs
The country changes, the broad valley narrows and at times the trail are cut into the steep valley side, which is densely forested. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Bhudi Gandaki. The terraced farmland here belongs to the village of Laphu Beshi. Once again descends to the wide, sandy river bed and follow a path, which runs below the steep, craggy valley side. At length, we have to climb up once again on a trail to Machha Khaola. Stay overnight in lodge.
Day 5 Trek to Jagat (1340m), 6 hours.
After crossing Machha River and Khorla Bensi, there is a hot spring called “Tatopani”. The trail follows forested area after this toward Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. At Jagat, there is a police check-post where your trekking permit will be checked. Overnight at Lodge
Day 6 Trek to Philim and Deng (2160m) village, 7 hrs.
After descending a long series of stone steps to the river, trek climbs a terraced hill to Saguleri, from where we can see the impressive Sringi Himal, 7187m. We Cross the river again at Ghata Khola, the path splits, with the right–hand branch heading off towards the Mustang. Our route continues upstream, through a gorge section with towering walls. We cross the river three more times in the next two hours to avoid difficult valley sides and then climb up over a further steep spur to reach the village of Deng, where we camp.
Day 7 Trek to Lho (3180m) village, 8 hours.
After Gap, we ascend for an hour through a dense, cool forest, crossing the Bhudi Gandaki River once on a wooden bridge, climb on smooth, stone steps and eventually arrive at Namrung (2540m) village. Namrung village is the start of Nubri, the region of purely Tibetan inhabitants speaking a dialect of western Tibet. A few hours later, we reach the village of Lihi at 2840m, a substantial altitude gain. Lihi houses an old Gompa, and is spread along the trail with its billowing fields of barley, guarded by ‘bear watches’. We are climb gently now; soon we cross a large stream flowing down from the Lidanda Glaciers and reach the picturesque Tibetan village of Sho (3000m), where we stop for lunch. After an hour we reach at Lho, where we are treated to breath-taking views of Manaslu itself. We set up camp in Lho, Sunset and sunrise from the campsite are wonderful, and the small Gompa.
Day 8 Trek to Samagaon (3360m), 4 hrs walking.
Walking through the upper reaches of Lho, with the snowy peaks of Manaslu ahead of us in the distance, we pass the new Gompa and then ascend through light forests next to a small river to reach the Tibetan settlement of Shyla, where the villagers are often out in the fields. Another few hours of trekking through classic alpine scenery leads us past Tibet grazing settlements, the train to Pung Gyan Gompa, and then Sama Gaon, or Ro, as the locals calls it. Sama Gaon sits in a bowl at the foot of the pastures leading to the high peaks, with Mani walls, a small Gompa and tightly packed rows of houses at the lower reaches of village, and the large Gompa at the upper reaches. The people settled here from Tibet over 500 years ago, and the two gompas date from this time, both having unique architecture and built via wood. If the weather is good, you will see the village women weaving wool (baal) from Tibet into gowns – which are then traded back to Tibet.
Day 9 Trek to Samdo (3780m) village, 3 hrs
Today, we walk through the long Mani walls at Kermo Kharka, after which we spot the entrance chorten of Samdo high on a bluff. We descend back to the Bhudi Gandaki and cross a small bridge before another short climb to the ‘Kane’ entrance of Samdo; look back down valley for great views. The villagers of Samdo came across the border from the village of Riu after 1959 and built their new village here, at their old herding settlement. Samdo village is a collection of houses and lodges at 3850 m, and most trekkers miss the heat of a week ago as we huddle around the stove and a wind from Tibet batters the windowpanes. Get out and take a walk around the village, where the inhabitants live an essentially Tibetan lifestyle, herding their yaks, sheep and goats, training their horses and planting barley. A old Gompa is located in the middle of the village which we visit, a Puja ceremony being held by several of the reincarnated lamas living in the Samdo.
Day 10 Trek Dharamshala (4390m), 4 hrs roughly.
The once large Bhudi Gandaki is now merely a stream as we continue to follow its course ever upwards. Everywhere you look are mountains, as spectacular as they get and Manaslu is particularly impressive. After crossing the river, we cross the stream which runs down the Gya La (pass), the pass to Tibet, and there are the ruins of another village here known as Larkya Bazaar. Presumably this village thrived on trade with Tibet over the nearby Gya La, a trade which is now much diminished. Nearing the Larkya Glacier, we reach a lodge at 4450m which has been built to serve the travelers crossing the Larkya La.
Day 11 Trek to Larkya Pass (5130m). Descend to Bhimthang (3660m), 7 hrs
After a short climb above the lodge, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers. There are views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From Larke la pass, you will have an outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kanguru and the huge Annapurna II. Initially, there is a steep descent over snow and then screed, to reach the ablation valley trail to Larkya Kharka. A further hour on a moraine ridge path leads to Tanbuche 3900m in pleasant forest.
Day 12 Trek to Dharapani (1860m), 8 hrs trek.
After Bhimtang, we cross a boulder-strewn river and head down through open forests of brilliantly blooming rhododendron, past the Kharka below Bhimtang. We’ll lunch at a small tea-house, and then continue along the rocky river-bed and sliding hill-sides to several small, green villages, a sign that we’ve reached lower altitudes. Eventually, after a somewhat long but very scenic day, we reach the large village of Tilje village which are a mix of Manangis (of Tibetan descent) and Chhetris (Hindus), so have a unique architecture and culture, and eat mix foods. Overnight in Dharapani.
Day 13 Trek to Jagat (1300m), 6 hours
It takes about six hours. You trek all the way over a descended path along the bank of Dudh Khola (river) and Marsyangdi River. On the way, you walk through pleasant villages such as Taal which is an attractive village with a pretty waterfall and you can enjoy the sight of lush green hills. Eventually, you come across Jagat which is a stone village situated on a shelf, that juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley.
Day 14 Trek to Bhulbhule (860m), 7 hours
As you cross Marsyangdi River at Syange, than you walk through Ghermu Path. Ghermu village walk is pleasant through a flat leveled path with views of green valleys and villages at some distance. Past this Ghermu field and a village, your trail goes uphill for nearly half an hour to reach Bahundanda. Bahundanda village is mainly populated by Brahmins, Chhetris and few other ethnic communities. At this point, you descend all the way to Nagdi and you walk for an hour and half flat lever of path to reach Bhulbhule Bazzar.
Day 15 Trek to Besisahar (820m), 3 hours. Return Kathmandu, 6 hours.
It takes about seven hours. It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of road. Transfer to hotel.
Day 16 Departure day or request to extend your holidays.
After breakfast, we drop you to the international airport for your return flight however if you have some days time, you might request us to extend your holidays.
The following listed equipment is suggested and essential for Tea house trekking and camping trekking in the Nepal Himalaya. Make sure that below list as a guideline proposal. Some of the Trekking equipment can be hired or bought in the many adventure shops in Kathmandu.
The following basic equipment check lists should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more than 33 pounds or 15 kg.
The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is a Guide line showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
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