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Manasalu- Larke La Pass Trekking

Round Manaslu Trekking offers you a very unique opportunity to experience relatively "untouched" region of Nepal and provides spectacular beauty along the border of Nepal and China. Mt. Manaslu (8156m.) stands like a timeless sentry between Tibet and Nepal, This epic trip circumnavigates the entire massif. As we walk the gentle Somrie-Khola River valley, with its Tamang and Chhetri villages, we see Sal trees and pine forests. This area with rich in natural and cultural heritage was opened for the trekkers very recently. The trek begins from Gorkha circling the entire Mt. Manaslu range.

Manaslu Larke-La Pass Trekking is one of the remote and high-pass adventures in Nepal. Trekking around Manaslu, known as “three peaks”, offers a unique opportunity to experience relatively "untouched" region of Nepal. It provides spectacular beauty along the border of Nepal and China and is now a controlled trekking route, which allows organized trekking groups with special permits to venture round its spectacular circuit. The trek offers insight of primitive Tibetan influenced culture and tradition as well as magnificent mountain views and spectacular beauty along the border of Nepal and China.

Gorkha, the ancient historic town, is the traditional starting point for Manaslu trek that goes up to the Budhi Gandaki valley through rough gorges slicing between Himchuli (7890m) and Ganesh Himal (7429m) northwards and passes beautiful alpine meadows including small typical Tibetan villages with rows of the prayer wheels and Mani stones beneath sweeping North Face of Manaslu. The trek takes you to one of the most dramatic Himalayan high-altitude pass called Larke La from where you are rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Manaslu & the Annapurna peaks, with the peaks of Ganesh Himal to the east.

Fact of Manasalu- Larke La Pass Trekking

MakaluManaslu / Larke-La Pass Trekking Title: Manaslu / Larke-La Pass Trekking
Category: Highly Adventurous
Grade: Strenuous & Difficult
Total Days: 20 Days
Group Size: 2 to 16 Pax
Departure Date: Everyday During the Season
Maximum Elevation: 5350m. (17,120ft.)
Transportation: Drive Only
Accommodation: Tent (Camping) Trekking
Trekking Hours: Approximately 5 to 7 hrs. Each Day.
Best Season: Sep. to Nov. / March to May
Trip cost: Price on request

Day to Day Outline Itinerary

Day 01. Arrive at Kathmandu, Traditional Nepali Dinner
Day 02. City Tour and freelancing.
Day 03. Drive to Arughat
Day 04. Trek to Soti - Khola
Day 05. Trek to Machha - Khola
Day 06. Trek to Jagat
Day 07. Trek to Ngyak
Day 08. Trek to Ghap
Day 09. Trek to Lho
Day 10. Trek to Sama Gaon
Day 11. Trek to Samdo
Day 12. Rest day
Day 13. Trek to Bimtang
Day 14. Trek to Tilije
Day 15. Trek to Chamje
Day 16. Trek to Bhahundanda
Day 17. Trek to Besisahar
Day 18. Drive back to Kathmandu / leisure
Day 19. Free day in Kathmandu, Traditional Nepali Dinner
Day 20. Departure

Day to Day Detail Itinerary

Day 01. ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU: Pick up from the airport, transfer to hotel. While in Kathmandu fascinating Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions are highlighted on our guided tour. There's time to explore the city's scores of charms on your own too. In the evening delicious traditional Nepali welcome dinner will be awaiting you.
Day 02.

KATHMANDU CITY TOUR: Which is the oldest of the three major cities in Kathmandu Valley - famous for its Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples, and you can catch the traditional artisans working with wood, stones and metals.

Pashupatinath: It is one of the most known holy places for Hindu pilgrims in Kathmandu valley. The whole vicinity of Pashupatinath is densed with ages old pagoda model temples with golden plated roofs and the gorgeous woodcarvings on the doors and windows. To the south of the temple, the holy Bagmati river flows down sweeping the burnt dust of dead bodies produced from the cremation on its side. A small green holy wood forest breeze maintains the site cool all the time.

Kathmandu Durbar Square: Around the square there are some temples stood upright piercing the sky canopy and through the thousands of pigeon they spread the message of peace. Kumari temple is one of the most important parts of the square site where the ‘Living Goddess’ resides. Apart from those temples, a museum will be waiting for its visitors with an opportunity to unravel the treasures unabashedly. To visit this site is to know the historical facts of Nepal.

Soyambhunath: It is also known as ‘Monkey Temple’. The wide area of Soyambhunath is a hillock surrounded by small forest with some golden temples of Lord Buddha at the western gate and a main temple at the top of the hill. The most interesting thing with Soyambhunath is the nice view of Kathmandu valley to be seen from the top of the hill. Various kinds and sizes of monkeys are seen guarding the hillock. A lot of monasteries with big prayer wheels are the main attraction for the visitors.

Boudhanath: It is one of the nice places to visit in Kathmandu valley, which has the biggest stupa. When someone enters the gate the holy prayer to sense peace is heard all around. All the Buddhists want to visit Boudhanath to feel the real sense of Buddhism. Boudhanath Stupa - one of biggest stupas in the valley, has been built on 17th Century.

Day 03. KATHMANDU – ARUGHAT (640m): Early in the morning you will be driven to Arughat which is approximately an 8-hour drive from Kathmandu. Arughat is a bazaar area situated at the bank of Budhigandaki River. Catching sight of very beautiful landscape you will come to have rest at your camp at this land of marvel.
Day 04. ARUGHAT – SOTI KHOLA (775m): Chasing the Budhi Gandaki River toward its point of origin and passing the village of Morder and Simre across Arket River will make you stand at Arket village having wide paddy fields. The path now will go along the Budhi Gandaki all the way to its headwaters and then through forests populated by monkeys. From here the trail undulates to reach Soti khola where you discover a good swimming hole and a small waterfall near by. Today’s trail is of 5 hours.
Day 05. SOTI KHOLA – MACCHA KHOLA (900m): Your trail now descends to many forested mountains, tiny villages and the riverbeds with sandy and precipitous stones along the bank of Budhi Gandaki. Eventually you will come to Machha Khola to install your camp for overnight stay.
Day 06. MACCHA KHOLA – JAGAT (1340m): After crossing Machha Khola cut though a gravel path and walk along the river’s edge. The cultivated fields end when you walk ahead, no doubt due to the precipitous valley walls. There is a hot spring called "Tatopani". After this the trail follows forested area towards Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budhi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. From here, traverse the slope that has paddies fields; further ahead the valley will become a wider. This is a 6- hour-long trek.
Day 07. JAGAT – NGYAK (2310m): After ascending to a terraced hill of Saguleri and view of Sringi Himal (7177 meters) we continue toward Sirish Gaon. On crossing the suspension bridge and passing the forested area the Gandaki valley narrows from herewith soaring precipitous walls. Following the path looks like it is carved in the rock to reach Doban. Soon after crossing villages and suspension bridge in Doban khola trail repeating ascents and descents will come to Ngyak. Today’s trek concludes in 6hrs.
Day 08. NGYAK – GHAP (2100m): Follow the trail upstream of Deng River - a tiny village of 4 houses. We walk through a newly built rock tunnel from here, thus avoiding the traditional steep climb. At Ghap, the Tibetan culture begins with Mani stones and Chortens all around. Climbing over a rocky ridge of Salleri, there are good views of Sringi Himal. Today’s trek wraps up in 7 hrs.
Day 09. GHAP – LHO (3200m) After crossing the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki we follow the path lined with houses that are interspersed with cultivated fields. Moving on to the forest and crossing a few times wooden bridge over in Budhi Gandaki the path will becomes steeper till Namru village. Following Namru, across the Hinan river originating from Linda Glacier and continue on to Sho. Naike peak, Manaslu north (7774 meters) and Manaslu (8150 meters) are visible from here. Tonight we camp near a spring at Lho Gaon - a small village. Lho has wide farm fields on the gentle mountain flank the view of which is excellent. It takes 6 hours to complete today’s trek.
Day 10. LHO – SAMAGAON (3500m): You will pass the stone gate and long Mani stonewall of the village after Lho with full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier from here to get a very close up view of Manaslu. Follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Sama. Soon after you will cross the stream using the wooden bridge and zigzag up the forested area to reach to Honsanho Gompa. After crossing Pungen glacier the valley will become wider. Move on from one Chorten to another to reach Sama Gaon, which is surrounded by a large number of Mani stones and Chortens. The Gompa on the top of the hill is very fine and worth visiting. It takes 6hrs to complete this part of the Journey.
Day 11. SAMAGAON – SAMDO (4500m): Today we climb a terraced hill on the opposite bank of Budhi Gandaki River from here towards a very remote permanent settlement - Samdo. The life of the villagers out here is hard nut to crack. This day you will collect the experience of having Camp at Stone Hut. It takes 5hrs to conclude this part of the trek.
Day 12. REST DAY: You will spend a day here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning of the air and also for local excursion.
Day 13. SAMDO – LARKE LA (5215m) – BHIMPHEDI (3590m): We first climb towards Cho Danda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed-up pass. From the top can be had a magnificent panoramic views of Himlung Himal (7126meter), Cheo Himal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981meters) and the Annapurna II (7937meters). The descent is steep, through moraines, towards Bhimphedi. Keep ascending on the gentle slope towards to Cho Danda and to the pass. Glacier Lake can be seen when you reach to the top of Larke-La; colorful prayer flags are flapping in the wind. The view to the west is wide open. After crossing the pass trail descend all the way to Bhimthan. Today’s trek completes after 8hrs walk.
Day 14. BHIMPHEDI – TELJE (3100m): The route gets easier as we start with a gentle walk through paddy fields towards the small Karcha La pass and descend through fig trees and rhododendron forests to Tilje. Today’s trek is of 5hrs.
Day 15. TELJE – CHAMJE (1430m): The gorge becomes narrower as you cross a cantilever bridge followed by a suspension bridge. You pass a few small settlements along the route and Dharapani, the destination for the day, is one of them. Having traveled downstream, we observe many changes in the people, architecture and vegetation. Houses are now built of rocks; the vegetation is less tropical and the culture more Tibetan-like.
Day 16. CHAMJE – BAHUNDANDA (1310m): The route follows the Marsyangdi River downstream, crossing a long suspension bridge and passing a beautiful thin waterfall with a fine bathing pool. You ascend to the town of Bhahundanda, which means cast of Brahman reserving the Hill. There are good views to the north and a little-known hot spring as well.
Day 17. BAHUNDANDA – BESISAHAR (760m): Today you will walk along the paddy fields following the Marsyangdi River ascending to the town of Besisahar which is a big city by countryside and the starting point for the Annapurna Circuit.
Day 18. BESISAHAR – KATHMANDU: After breakfast, you will be driven to Kathmandu. A 6-hour marvelous journey having opportunity to experience one of the most sceneries of villages, streams, rivers and paddy fields!
Day 19. FREE DAY INKATHMANDU: After breakfast, you will be free so that you can go for shopping and picking up some last minute souvenirs. In the evening, Traditional Nepali Dinner will be awaiting you.
Day 20. DEPARTURE: After the breakfast you will be transferred to the international airport for your final destination.

Trekking Season for Manasalu- Larke La Pass Trekking

September to November & March to May is the best seasons for attempting Manaslu Larke – La Pass Trekking and December, Jan & Feb are consider as a good Trekking months. The weather is sunny and warm, although the nights are cold and temperatures can fall to freezing. Weather can change rapidly and be unpredictable. Please note that when climbing to Manaslu Larke – La Pass, you will be moving from warmer climates at low levels to conditions of well below freezing. Be prepared for all eventualities! Summer (June, July & August) is finest temperature and trekking can be done without any problem.

Equipments Check List for Manasalu- Larke La Pass Trekking

The following basic equipments checklist should help you with your packing before you traveling. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipments to a minimum while you are in the Trekking. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh not more then 20 kg.

01. Sunglasses with UV protection
02. Sun hat / scarf
03. Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
04. T-shirts
05. Light and expedition weight thermal tops
06. Fleece jacket or pullover
07. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
08. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
09. Down jacket
10. Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
11. Small wash towel
12. Underwear’s
13. Hiking shorts
14. Lightweight cotton long pants
15. Fleece or wool pants
16. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
17. Thin, lightweight inner socks
18. Thick, warm wool hiking socks
19. Hiking boots with spare laces
20. Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
21. Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
22. Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
23. Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
24. Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
25. Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
26. Water bottle
27. Toiletries

Trip Cost Includes

  • English Speaking Tour / Trekking guide (First Aid and Eco trained)
  • All Local Transport, Airport pickup and drop
  • Hotel and Breakfast During the Tour
  • Deluxe Hotels Kathmandu with B/B plan
  • Conservation Park fee and Trekking Permit
  • Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley, Each Place with all Entrance Fees
  • Necessary Sherpa Porter, Mule, Yak during the trekking
  • Each Sherpa (Asst. Guide) for Each Group
  • Travel & Rescue arrangements
  • Insurance for Trekking Crews
  • Special Trekking permit for Non-Tourist Areas
  • All government and local taxes if necessary
  • All Camping Gear and kitchen Crews
  • Trekking food 3 Times a Day as Expedition Style
  • Welcome & farewell dinner

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Your Personnel Equipments / Travel & Rescue Insurance
  • Your Visa Fee for Nepal / International Airfare To / From Home City
  • Lunch and Dinner in The City Stay
  • Emergency rescue evacuation
  • Cost arising from outside the control of Clan TreksL
  • Your Personal Expenses, Telephone, Laundry, Bar Bills & Extra Porters
  • Tips for the trekking Crews

Pre - Meeting Before Trip

Prior to all our expeditions and treks, we host a Pre-Trip meeting here in Kathmandu on the 2nd day of your itinerary starts in the morning during the breakfast and introduced your trek Leader mean time and it will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the your trek and to introduce you to other team members.

Accommodation in Kathmandu and Trekking

Accommodations are included in the trip cost and Clan Treks has chosen accommodation options based on the following criteria; standard of hygiene, standard of service, location, food standards and cost. There are two styles of accommodation and this depends on the itinerary you choose. During the Manaslu Larke – La Pass Trekking you will spend four nights at 3-star in Kathmandu and Fifteen nights at the locally best available Tent Camp in your trekking route. All accommodation is based on twin share, and will provide you single supplement if there is different sex; or Group Leader.

Meals during Manasalu- Larke La Pass Trekking

All Meal will be provided during the spent on trekking. There are (Nepali, Sherpa, Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian cusion) a day will be provided from our own kitchen. Your cook-man offering various different items in a day and will be different each single day menu. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same Camp, you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

Trekking Staff:

The Guide is in overall charge of your trip and of looking after you. This is the person you should go to with all problems, concerns and questions. All our guides are highly trained in all aspects of trekking, conservation, and high altitude medicine, first aid and emergency procedures. They are professionals selected for their knowledge and passion for Nepal and its peoples. Remember the trekking guides are local citizens and their English may be basic and limited to trek related topics while the city guide have the excellent English with the broad knowledge of the destination involved. Porters transport your luggage – one porter between every two trekkers.

Clan Treks currently train all their Guides in the following courses and your trek leader will be one of the fully train Trek Leader.

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
  • Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Government's Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management & Tourism Training Centre of Nepal.
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association Of Nepal)
  • English Language
  • Conservation & Biodiversity
  • Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering (optional) Nepal Mountaineering Association

Acceptance of risk:

The Client acknowledges that the nature of the tour is adventurous and may involve a significant amount of personal risk. The Client hereby assumes all such risk and does hereby release the Company from all claims and causes of action arising from any damages of injuries or death resulting from these inherent risks.

INSURANCE:

It is mandatory that all Clients obtain travel insurance with a minimum coverage of US$ 50,000 while travelling with the Company and this insurance must cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and emergency evacuation expenses. It is strongly recommended the coverage be extended to include cancellation, curtailment, loss of belongings and all other expenses, which might arise as a result of loss, damage, injury, delay or inconvenience occurring to the Client. The Company shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects

Climate:

Nepal has a generally temperate climate, however altitude makes distinct variations.

The monsoon sweeps up from India each summer, making mid June to mid September humid and wet. The three other distinct seasons are all suitable for trekking and each has its own advantages. Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate making mountain weather notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.

Autumn (September – November): This season offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views.

Winter (December – February): This season is noted for occasional snowfall only at higher elevation. Hence it is ideal for trekking at lower elevations, generally below 3000 meters.

Spring (March – May): Different varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons make the hillside above 5000 meters a haunting paradise during this season. It is mildly warm at lower elevations and at higher elevation over 4000 meters the mountain views are excellent and temperature is quite moderate.

Summer (June – August): Summer months, continues up to mid September making travel wet and warm. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. It is recommended to carry insect repellent when trekking during summer months.

Health:

There are no specific health requirements for entry into Nepal. Nevertheless, preventive measures such as a thorough medical check up can save you from unexpected hazards. Nepal does not require any particular inoculation but Cholera, Meningitis, Tetanus and Diphtheria, Typhoid and Gamma Globulin are some of the vaccinations that should be considered for your trip. Since the remote places of Nepal are not supplied with necessities that are essential for modern medical facilities, it is imperative to make a comprehensive First Aid Box consisting of basic drugs and accessories as part of the paraphernalia for your trip. Modern dentistry is unknown in the hills of Nepal, so it is advised to have a checkup before departure from home. Tooth fillings sometimes loosen in cold temperature and at high altitudes, so it is recommended having them checked

Altitude Sickness:

Altitude sickness often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is particularly an important medical consideration while trekking in Nepal. Altitude sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevation above 3000 meters. The initial symptoms of AMS are as follows:

  • Nausea, Vomiting
  • Lose of appetite
  • Insomnia/Sleeplessness
  • Persistent Headache
  • Dizziness, Light headiness, Confusion
  • isorientation
  • Weakness, Fatigue, Lassitude, Heavy legs
  • Slight swelling of hand and face
  • Breathlessness and breathing irregularity
  • Reduced urine output

These symptoms are to be taken very seriously. In case of appearance of any of the above symptoms, immediately contact your travel guide.

Client Details:

In order for the Company to confirm and guarantee the Client’s travel arrangements the Client must provide all Client details with their final payment as per the dates specified. Client details include passport number; passport expiry date and medical form (where applicable), full name as it appears in the passport you are travelling with, date of birth and nationality.