Round Manaslu Larke La Trekking

manaslu-circuit-trekkingBUNA Around Manaslu trekking adventure begins from the famed ancient Gorkha Kingdom in the mid-western Nepal. This wonderful adventure begins following Buri-Gandaki River upstream from the sub-tropical forest to the dry Tibetan zone, offering outstanding views of world’s 8th highest peak Mt.Manaslu 8,156m, along with the panorama of the surrounding magnificent peaks that straddle the border with Tibet. Around Manaslu trekking is one of the most amazing region where few trekking companies seldom visits, but with BUNA we would like to encourage the travelers and adventurer for this unique area where one would be in the midst of the high soaring peaks with local culture untouched by modern civilizations as it was for centuries, the native of Tibetan origin migrated 100 years back, the Larkya near the pass was a busy market exchanging selling and buying goods from Tibet and Nepal more than 50 years ago, before China took over.

Around Manaslu trekking continues over the highest point of our journey at Larkay la.From the top of the pass, it is almost down-hill through the serene alpine forests and meadows till we come to the main trail of the Annapurna circuit, after being on the main track for a few days our journey continues towards Pokhara via another secret route seldom used by trekkers offering stunning views of the Manaslu and Annapurna range including the magnificent majestic Mt.Machhapuchare (Fish Tail) with the traditional mid hills villages.

an inspiring journey amidst the snow capped peaks and alpine forest, virgin rain-alpine forest, on the off-beaten trail, constant views of the majestic snow peaks, high pass of Larkay-la, traditional villages and buddhist culture, warm friendly locals with exceptionally views of the great surrounding landscapes and high mountain range’.

Trip Profile:

Trek Grade: moderate to adventurous
Trek / Camp: 18 / 19 days
Trip duration: 21 / 22 days.
Mode of Trekking: Camping.
Maximum altitude gain: 5,213 m at Larkya-La.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu.

Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with half day tour.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Gorkha 1,143m 5 hours drives.

Day 04: Trek to Khanchowk 956m- 5 hours walk.

Day 05: Trek to Arughat 750m. 4-5 hours trek.

Day 06: Trek to Soti-khola 860m 5 hours trek.

Day 07: Trek to Machha-khola 890m 4-5 hours walk

Day 08: Trek to Jagat 1,350m 6-7 hours walk.

Day 09: Trek to Nyak or Eklebhati 1,775m, approx 5 hours trek.

Day 10: Trek to Ghap 2,156m via Bih. Approx: 6-7 hours trek.

Day 11: Trek to Lho (3,150m) approx: 6 hours trek.

Day 12: Trek to Sama Gompa (3,500m) approx: 5 hours trek

Day 13: Rest day at Sama Gompa.

Day 14: Trek to Samdu (3,780m) approx: 5 hours trek.

Day 15: Trek to Larkya phedi near to Guest House (4,450m) 4 hours trek

Day 16: Cross Larkya pass at 5,135m and to Bhimtang 7-8 hours.

Day 17: From Bhimtang trek and camp in the middle of forest. 5 hours walk.

Day 18: From the forest camp trek to Dharapani village 1,943m. 5-6 hours.

Day 19: Trek to Chamje 1,410m. 5 hrs.

Day 21: Trek to Beshishar and drive to Kathmandu.

Day 22: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu1,300m.
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by BUNA staff and transfer you to the Hotel, where BUNA guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking and Camping, do’s and don’ts and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

Day 02: A day in Kathmandu
. After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if its late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice rest before you go out in our interesting tour.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Gorkha 1,143m 5 hours drives.
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 wothwhile walking up the stairs for the view. Early breakfast, then travel by Coach to Gorkha on the Kathmandu-Pokhara scenic highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. An interesting 5-6 hours drive from Kathmandu, the drive passes through many rural villages and town, with occasional view of the peaks of Langtang, Ganesh, and Manaslu and as far to Annapurna. Our route diverts from the Pokhara highway from the village of Abu Khaireni, from here the road climbs all the way to our destination at Gorkha. Camp at Gorkha for the overnight with time to visit the town.

Day 04: Trek to Khanchowk 956m- 5 hours walk.
After breakfast, we begin our first day walk with on the pleasant trail to Khanchowk, the trek leads through close to the magnificent palace fort of Gorkha the seat of the many Kings of Shah dynasty. The trek then leads to numerous farm villages and paddy fields with occasional view of the snowy peaks of Manaslu and Himalchuli. After five hours of good walk with a gradual descent to the village of Khanchowk on the ridge top for the overnight camp. Camp is made in and around this small farm village.

Day 05: Trek to Arughat 750m. 4-5 hours trek.
Our second day trek, is on the gradual winding path which leads to few short ups with more or less downhill walk, passing through more smaller farm villages and cultivated fields till we reach to more warmer sub-tropical area, coming to the large village of Arughat, clustered on both sides of the River Burhi-Gandaki linked by a suspension bridge, this is the largest settlement in the valley and it is also a junction to various important places. The path from here across the River leads to Dhading & Trisuli Bazaar, the other west trail leads towards Pokhara, our route from here leads north. As today’s walk is quite short of 4 to 5 hours, we will have time for a visit to the village or for the cool splash in the Bhuri Gandaki River. Overnight camp near the village.

Day 06: Trek to Soti-khola 860m 5 hours trek.
From here onwards we follow the Buri-Gandaki river upstream, the trail from Arughat are much narrow passing through more rural farm villages and terraced fields with numerous streams to cross in between, the path follows the right bank of Burhi Gandaki, passing through cultivated land, with many scattered farmhouses and hamlets reaching the village of Mordar, Simre and then to Arket. This low trail, which sometimes takes to the river bed is not possible during the monsoon season. After climbing briefly to Kyoropani, then descending once again to the river for the overnight camp at the confluence with the tributary Soti Khola, with time to for a wash in the nearby fresh water stream.

Day 07: Trek to Machha-khola 890m 4-5 hours walk From Soti-khola,
the path from here at times cuts into the steep valley, which is densely forested, passing through a number of small villages tucked into the hillside, till we reach a widening of the valley, opposite the point where a large tributary stream enters the Burhi Gandaki river. The terraced cultivated fields belong to the upper village of Lapbesi. From here our 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, which has a number of teashops.

Day 08: Trek to Jagat 1,350m 6-7 hours walk.
The trail from from here leads to more interesting farm villages and fields as the vegetation changes slowly, beginning our morning walk crossing the stream that gives its name Machha Khola (Fish stream) and heading upstream to the tiny village of Kholabensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. From here the valley sides becomes steeper, until the path becomes impassable the route 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 we cross the River on a suspension bridge from here leading to a climb on a high path, then descending into open valley at place known as Yara Khola. Here, there many good camping spots depending upon the hours of walk and the condition of the trail. Our journey continues on (if not camping here) for another hour to the village of Jagat. Jagat is quite a big village after Arughat; the people around here are of mixed race Magar, Chettris, Brahaman, Bhotias (Tibetan looking tribes) and some 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.

Day 09: Trek to Nyak or Eklebhati 1,775m, approx 5 hours trek.
The trail from Jagat descends to a long series of stone steps to the river, from here the path climbs a terraced hillside to Saguleri, overlooking distance view of Sringi Himal 7,187m from this spot, the walk follows ups and down trail as we reach to the bridge over Buri-Gandaki, after crossing the bridge from Ghata-khola, the path winds up towards Philim village. From here the trails climbs slowly along the hillside passing through small settlements of Aga, Lokwa. After Lokwa it’s a downhill to camp at a small place Nyak or at Eklaibhati near Shiar khola with great views looking over the valley towards Pangsing.

Day 10: Trek to Ghap 2,156m via Bih. Approx: 6-7 hours trek.
An hour walk after Nyaki, crossing to the east side of the river. The path follows up and down in some section the trail is cut into the sheer cliff walls, after this dramatic portion the track 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, beside this since trekking became popular around this area, spinach, carrots and cabbages are also grown. After 3-4 hours of walk brings you at Bih, our journey continues for another two hours on this steep sided and impressive valley, coming across mani prayer stone and finally at Ghap village for the overnight camp which straddles the river across a short wooden bridge. There is a strong Tibetan influence at this village.

Day 11: Trek to Lho 3,150m approx: 6 hours trek.
From here onwards the trekking is pleasantly cool as we begin to gain height and enter the alpine forest. The walk 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 magnificent view of the 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 southern lies the Manaslu Himal and Simang Himal range with its array of over 7000m peaks. The walk is pleasant; with gradual uphill the altitude gains slowly as you pass through farm villages 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 India. Just above the village of Sho we get the first views of Manaslu north and then of Manaslu (8,163m) ahead, an hour walk brings us to Lho for the overnight camp. Lho, a large village with a lovely little monastery and nuemrous chortens and mani walls. Ganesh I is visible, on looking back the way we came.

Day 12: Trek to Sama Gompa 3,500m approx: 5 hours trek On leaving the Lho village,
trek continues following the river on the right bank, with view of Peak 29 ahead, Two hours of climbing through the forest leads to the village of Shala which offers excellent view of Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli. A couple of hours further leads us to Samagaon village, with superb view of Mt.Manaslu. Samagaon, one of 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 like their ancestors descended from Tibet as early as 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 2 or 3 days to 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 is just half hour walk up to our camp at Sama gompa just above the village of Samagaon. On reaching the camp near Sama-Gompa, we will have time to visit the Monastery one of the major Nyligpa (red hat sect) Monastery of this region.

Day 13: Rest day at Sama Gompa.
Today a rest day, free from packing; a day hike is worthwhile can be done towards Manaslu glacier or near to its base camp.

Day 14: Trek to Samdu 3,780m approx: 5 hours trek.
After an easy day at Sama Gompa, today’s trek climbs slowly towards Samdu and beyond. Actually the walk to Samdu is not too far can be done within 3-4 hours but due to the increase in altitude and the dry air makes the walk a little slower than previous days, we need to gain the height slowly taking time and enjoying the view around as we come to the village of Samdu. From the campsite we cross a high plateau and skirt around the ridge of lateral moraine heading towards Karmo Kharka and Kermo Mamam, as the trek advance near to Samdu village we then climb a terraced hillside on the opposite bank of Budhi Gandaki reaching one of the most remote permanent settlements in Nepal, at Samdu. It is quite a sizable village of some 40 houses with 200 villagers who live in these most severe conditions. This is the last village before Larkya-la. Camp is made near the village. In the earlier days, Larkya Bazaar near west of Samdu, where the Tibetans merchants and people from this region and as far to Gorkha and from the other side of the Larkya-la, use to trade and barter.

Day 15: Trek to Larkya phedi near to Guest House (4,450m) 4 hours trek From Samdu the track leads to more barren areas,
walk begins on the wild mountain path crossing the Gyala Khola, then ascending to the ridge where there is a ruins of a village known as Larkya Bazaar. Presumably this village once thrived on trade with Tibet over the nearby Gya La, a trade which at present has diminished. Our walk 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 camp is just around this place on the clearing.

Day 16: Cross Larkya pass at 5,135m and to Bhimtang 7-8 hours.
The walk from Larkya phedi (bottom) towards the top of Larkya-la at 5,135m is gradual winding climb. We make an early morning start to prepare for the crossing of the highest pass on this trek, a short climb above the lodge, we reach the ablation valley on the north side of the Larkya Glacier with magnificent 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 in the last section to the top of the pass. From the pass, outstanding views of Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II can be seen. After a wonderful moment on the highest spot, 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 lovely place on a broad and level valley with a number of mani walls and deserted house. We will surely arrive tired in camp after a long, hard satisfying day.

Day 17: From Bhimtang trek and camp in the middle of forest. 5 hours walk.
After the long days walk to Bhimthang, the walk from here to Dharapani will be pleasant through the forest of pines, rhododendron and summer pastures with occasional view of the nearby snow peaks. From Bhimthang after crossing this high pasture, we descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the base camp of the west side of Manaslu. From a ridge we 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, we 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 4-5 hours of easy walk to near or after Karche 2,785m.

Day 18: From the forest camp trek to Dharapani village 1,943m. 5-6 hours.
From here the track leads downhill through the forest passing through a small summer settlement at Goh and then after an hour or more of gradual walk, we climb through terraced fields to the Karche La, and can see ahead a green and heavily forested valley, dropping down to the distant Marsyangdi River, after few hours of walk coming to the village of Tilje following the Dudh (milky) river downstream. We pass a number of villages, including Thonje. From the Tilje, 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. Overnight camp at Dharapani.

Day 19: Trek to Chamje 1,410m. 5 hrs.
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. 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, overnight camp before the bridge or after with enough time to visit the village nearby.

Day 20: Trek to Ngadi 920m 6 hrs.
After a pleasant morning with the sound of the raging river, our walks follows the winding trail descending through the patch of rain forest, farm terraces and then coming to a village at Jagat after an hour and half of good walk, with a brief stop here our journey continues on. The trek from here offers a spectacular view of the waterfall on the other side of the cliff wall, and the Marsyangdri River down below. An hour gradual downhill walk brings us to the village at Syange, after Syange we cross the long suspension bridge, from the bridge the trail leads to a climb leaving the river way down and then reaching the ridge on the farm fields with few houses around, the walk from here leads to a long winding path, passing through some farm villages and terraced fields, after an hour or more on this gradual section the trail winds up steeper for half an hour or more to Bahun danda village. Reaching the big pipal and barr tree (ficus religiosa & ficus bengalenis) the centre place of this village. After a good break here our route descends for a while passing through the farm fields and then coming back to the river to cross the suspension bridge once more before the overnight camp at Ngadi. From the bridge a short easy walk brings us at Ngadi with time for a splash in the river.

Day 21: Trek to Beshishar and drive back to Kathmandu.
Our trek today follows the main trail for a while passing through the village of Bulbule, at Bulbule, crossing the suspension bridge leading us to other side of the village with teahouses and lodge after leaving the village, the trail winds on the gradual descend with few short up and downs following the river Marsyangdri downstream for hour and a half reaching at Khudi village, from this village after crossing a bamboo bridge the walk is on the main road towards Beshsishar, our walk leads to a short climb leaving the Marsyangdri river ultimately towards the large town of Beshishar from here board on the Bus for the 5-6 hrs drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 22: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. BUNA staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal. Note: The above itinerary should be taken only as a guide line; sometime it could change due to weather, availability of clean water and campsite, trail or any other unforeseen conditions.

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