Around Manaslu - Larkay La

* 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

Adventure begins from the famed ancient Gorkha Kingdom and then driving towards the town village of Arughat in the mid-west of Nepal. The trek follows upstream of the Buri-Gandaki river from the sub-tropical forest to the dry Tibetan zone, offering outstanding views of Mt. Manaslu 8,156m, the eighth highest peak in the world along with the panorama of the surrounding magnificent peaks that straddle the border with Tibet. 

The trek continues over the highest point of this journey at Larkay la, from  the top of the pass, it is almost down-hill through the serene alpine forests and meadows till the walk reaches to the main trail of the Annapurna circuit at Dharapani village, journey continues towards with the last day walk at Chamje village, from here a scenic drive leads back to Kathmandu with stunning views of the Manaslu and Annapurna range including the magnificent majestic Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish Tail) with the traditional mid hills villages. 

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to respective Hotels.
Day 02: A day in Kathmandu with Half day tour.
Day 03: Drive to Arughat 750m 6-7 hours journey.
Day 04: Trek to Soti-khola 860m 5 hours trek.
Day 05: Trek to Machha-khola 890m 4-5 hours walk
Day 06: Trek to Jagat 1,350m 6-7 hours walk.
Day 07: Trek to Nyak or Eklebhati 1,775m, approx 5 hours trek.
Day 08: Trek to Ghap 2,156m via Bih. Approx: 6-7 hours trek.
Day 09: Trek to Lho (3,150m) approx: 6 hours trek.
Day 10: Trek to Sama Gompa (3,500m) approx: 5 hours trek
Day 11: Rest day at Sama Gompa.
Day 12: Trek to Samdu (3,780m) approx: 5 hours trek.
Day 13: Trek to Larkya phedi near to Guest House (4,450m) 4 hours trek
Day 14: Cross Larkya pass at 5,135m and to Bhimtang 7-8 hours.
Day 15: From Bhimtang trek and camp in the middle of forest. 5 hours walk.
Day 16: From the forest camp trek to Dharapani village 1,943m. 5-6 hours.
Day 17: From Dharapani trek to Chamje 1,410m. 5 hrs.
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu 6-7 hrs.
Day 19: Free day in Kathmandu for individual activities.
Day 20: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Departure Dates Availability
15 Apr-06 May
06 May-27 May
14 Oct-04 Nov
04 Nov-25 Nov Available
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu.1, 300m.
  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and will escort you to the Hotel, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trek/Camping, do's and don't 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.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Arughat 750m 6-7 hours drives.
  Early breakfast, then travel by Coach to Arughat on the Kathmandu-Pokhara scenic highway and divert to newly opened road to Arughat via Dhading. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. An interesting 5 hours drive from Kathmandu, the drive passes through many rural villages and town, with occasional view of the peaks of Langtang, Ganesh, Manaslu and as far to Annapurna.
After 6-7 hours of good driving journey reaches the warmer sub-tropical area, coming to the large village of Arughat, clustered on both sides of the River Buri-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, route from here leads north, overnight camp near the village.
Day 04:  Trek to Soti-Khola 860m 5 hours walks.
  From here onwards the walk follows 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 05:  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 Buri 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 06: Trek to Jagat 1,350m 6-7 hours walk.
  The trail from here leads to more interesting farm villages and fields as the vegetation changes slowly, beginning the morning walk crossing the stream that gives its name Machha Khola (Fish stream) and heading upstream to the tiny village of Khorlabensi 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, and 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 07:  Trek to Nyak or Eklebhati 1,775m, approx 5 hours.
  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 08: Trek to Ghap 2,156m via Bih. Approx: 6-7 hours trek.
  An hour walk 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 09: Trek to Lho 3,150m approx: 6 hours.
  From here onwards the trekking is pleasantly cool as the walk begins 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 the walk pass through farm villages of Sho-Namru, Beng-sam 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, scenery of Manaslu north and then of Manaslu 8,163m ahead, an hour walk brings to Lho for the overnight camp, Lho, a large village with a lovely little monastery and numerous chortens and Mani walls. Ganesh I is visible, on looking back.
Day 10:  Trek to Sama Gompa 3,500m approx: 5 hours walk
  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 hour 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 11:  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 12:  Trek to Samdu 3,780m approx:  5 hours.
  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 13:  Trek to Larkya Phedi near to Guest House 4,450m. 4 hours.
  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 14: 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 15:  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 16:  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 17: From Dharapani 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 18: Drive back to Kathmandu.
  After a pleasant morning with the sound of the raging river, from here the scenic driving journey follows the winding trail descending through the patch of rain forest, farm terraces and then coming to a village at Jagat, journey continues on. The drive from here offers a spectacular view of the waterfall on the other side of the cliff wall, and the Marsyangdri River down below, the trail winds on the gradual descend with few short up and downs following the river Marsyangdri downstream reaching at Khudi village, from this village the drive on the main road towards Beshsishar, a large town of Beshishar from here another 5 hrs drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 19:

In Kathmandu.

  Free day at leisure for independent activities, please inform our office staff for short tour in and around Kathmandu at places of interest.
Day 20: Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
Price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin at Hotel in Kathmandu for 4 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
 3.  Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Transportation Kathmandu / Arughat & Chamje / Beshisahar / Kathmandu by private Non AC Vehicle.
 5.  Trekking & camping arrangement backed by Sherpa crew on full board basis.
 6.  Applicable Trekking Permit & Conservation Fees.
 7.  Insurance for Nepalese crew.
Our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2.  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.  Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Rescue evacuation in case of emergency.
 6.  Personal clothing and personal trekking gear including sleeping bag & down jacket.
 7.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 8.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 9.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : Around Manaslu - Larkay La
  • Trip Duration : 20 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate/Adventurous
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Trek and Walks
  • Highest Altitude : at Larkya-La, 5,135 m
  • Month : Apr-May, Oct-Nov