Manaslu Larke Pass Trek provides an authentic experience with ancient art, culture, Himalayan valleys, and breathtaking mountain landscapes. Manaslu Larke Pass Trek contains high mountains surrounding the trail, Manaslu Larke Pass Trek rewards you with amazing Himalayan scenery. Trekking in the Manaslu Region has been considered one of Nepal’s finest adventures. Hiking in the Manaslu Region needs a very well-planned itinerary and preparation. Manaslu Larke Pass Trek leads into a virgin territory, where only a few trekkers dare to venture. The extreme isolation of the region and trodden trail make the 16-day Manaslu Larke Pass Trek a strenuous journey. Located in the western part of Nepal, trekking in the Manaslu region opened only in 1992 AD, and Manaslu still remains a restricted region. One requires a special restricted area permit from the Immigration of Nepal and at least 2 trekkers, excluding a trekking guide, to trek in the Manaslu region. This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for adventurous trekkers.
Manaslu trekking is different from other treks in Nepal. The trail here is not like any other trekking trail. It is a tougher, rugged, and steep side. You have to trek to the trodden trail and pass through the Manaslu Conservation Area. It is home to 110 species of birds, 211 species of butterflies, 33 species of mammals, 2,000 species of flowering plants, and 11 types of forests. You travel the region trekking through this wilderness.
Because of the magnificent views of the mountains, the Manaslu Larke Pass Trek is Nepal’s most picturesque trekking trek. There are numerous peaks, and you will travel through the base of some of those high mountain peaks. The Siringi Himal, Himal Chuli, Buddha Himal, Cheo Himal, Ngadi Chuli, Manaslu, Samdo Peak, Manaslu North, Larke Peak, Himlung Himal, and many other geological features that make up the landscape are likewise spectacular.
Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Tour and Trekking Nepal who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit HTour and Trekking Nepal’s office. We may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Tour and Trekking Nepal. For dinner, you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s authentic food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We start a guided tour of several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and the Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world are listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There will be a brief pre-trip group discussion followed by trek preparation in the late afternoon at Tour and Trekking Nepal’s office in Thamel around noon. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Your trek to Manaslu Larke Pass begins from Soti Khola. To start, we’ll take a direct local bus to Sotikhola via Arughat Bazaar. It takes around 8-10 hours by local bus. The bus leaves from Gongabu bus park, Kathmandu, in the morning at 6 am and 8 am. The road is fine till Dhading Besi, but after onward, the road is bumpy and dusty, but you will enjoy the landscapes, rivers, and villages. You’ll rest in a lodge at Soti Khola for the night
We set out for Machha Khola from Soti Khola, which takes 6-7 hours of hiking. You travel through the countryside today, passing paddy fields, waterfalls, and remote communities with houses with brown slate roofs. You will cross several streams and pass by waterfalls and reach Lapu Besi. Then, after crossing a suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki River, you’ll continue on a rocky zigzag trail to Machha Khola, where you’ll stay the night.
The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, then reaches Khorlabesi. After a few more ups and downs there is a small trailside hotspring, from where we reach to Tatopani. From the Hot spring we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Dobhan Khola, the trail climbs on a rugged trail to Duman. Ascending up again to the Budhi Gandaki, we reach at Yaru Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Cross to the west bank of the Buddhi Gandaki, climb over a ridge, and trek along the river then climb towards the village of Jagat.
we start the 7-hour hike from Jagat to Deng. Today you will traverse through the villages of Salleri, Sirdibas, and Ghatta Khola, decorated with Buddhist prayer flags, and cross the suspension bridges several times. After passing the river at Eklee Bhatti, the trail proceeds through a tangle of bamboo trees until it reaches Deng Khola. After crossing the river, we arrive in Deng, where we will spend the night in a teahouse. The dining room’s fireplace is a great location to warm yourself and chat with other trekkers. Enjoy some time before you go to sleep.
You will cross Budi Gandaki multiple times today as you travel to Namrung. Along the route, you’ll see ancient gompas and a stunning mountain view. You’ll eventually get to a suspension bridge where you can see the Budhi Gandaki flowing under a completely natural stone arch. The trail is a little dangerous because it crosses landslide zones. After lunch, we resumed the hike to Namrung from Ghap. After a rocky walk and a steady climb up a magnificent stone staircase, we reach Namrung, a Buddhist village. The entire hike takes eight hours. Treat yourself to some delectable food and Wi-Fi at Namrung’s top mountain lodges, tea shops, and eateries.
the trail ascends through a lush, green forest to Lihi village. Before reaching Samagaon, you must go through the remote towns of Sho, Lho, and Shyala. The eighth-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu, will be the first thing you see when you get to Lho.
Trekking on a winding path, you pass through the inner Himalayan range. On the way, you witness mountain views of Rupinala Pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing Peak, and many others. With the increase in altitude, the vegetation begins to decrease. You finish your day’s adventure (7-hour hike) when you get to Sama Gaon.
We spent a day acclimatizing at Sama Gaon in order to adjust successfully to the rising altitude and falling oxygen content of the air. Even if you haven’t yet displayed any altitude sickness symptoms, please take the acclimatization carefully. A rest day does not, however, entail spending the entire day in bed. You must move your body. Thus, a brief day hike is advised.
Explore the village and its nearby areas. You can hike to the east of Nubri Valley, near Pungyen Gumba, with a packed lunch. Alternatively, if you’re feeling daring, you can hike to the Manaslu Base Camp and back. Manaslu Base Camp offers excellent views of Samdo, Nagdi Chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall, and Birendra Kunda, an ice lake near the Manaslu Base Camp.
We set out on the journey across the yak farms. We’ll come across a few more mani walls as the valley opens. You’ll be in awe of the breathtaking mountain scenery as you go. Before ascending to the site where the Budhi Gandaki splits into two forks, we continue to descend and cross a wooden bridge across the river. We’ll keep going through the deserted path and windy valley till we get to Samdo village, which we’ll do after going under a stone archway. We eat lunch in Samdo, where we also spend the night. After the 4-hour journey to Samdo, the rest of the day is yours to spend however you like.
The Tibetan border is just four kilometres away from Samdo, but visitors are not allowed to pass the border. This place is an excellent viewpoint for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo, Nagdi Chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall, and several other peaks.
We start our hike with a tour of the Larke Bazaar, a temporary Tibetan market, after enjoying a great Tibetan breakfast in Samdo. Seasonal fairs are held for the local folks at Larke Bazaar, and people bring goods from Tibet to sell them here. Beginning your journey, you pass a wooden bridge and two streams while catching a glimpse of the Larkye Glacier. After completing the Salka Khola Valley section of the trek, you will arrive in Dharamshala, also known as the Larkya La Phedi (base of Larkya La Pass).
Along the way, there are a few historic monasteries that you pass. Larkye La Phedi is reached after a four-hour journey, where you enjoy lunch, unwind in the evening, and spend the night amidst stunning mountain vistas and blue sheep grazing on bare hillsides.
It is going to be a tough trekking day as you will cross Larkya La Pass at 5106 meters. You begin trekking early in the morning. The trail ascends through the rocky and winding path and takes you to the top of the pass. From the top, you will enjoy gorgeous sunrise along with views of Larkya Peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Cheo Himal, and many other snow-capped mountains. From here, you descend through a rock and icy path and reach Bimthang.
It takes eight hours to ascend and return down the opposite side, which is both taxing and rewarding. After having lunch in Phedi, we continued on to Bimthang for the night.
the Manaslu Trek takes you out of Bhimthang and across a high grassland before you descend the Burdin Khola valley. You descend into a rhododendron forest after crossing the Dudh Khola’s headwaters on a bridge. From there, you continue on the trail through a little valley until you reach Karche, the highest cultivated area in this valley at 2,785 meters. You reach Tilje after navigating a waterway. The journey to Dharapani from there is uphill for an hour. 7 hours pass from the time you check out of your hotel in the morning until you arrive at Dharapani on today’s hike.
On your last hiking day of this Manaslu Larke La Pass 16 Days Trekking journey, you follow the classic Annapurna Circuit trail backwards; you descend along the bank of Dudh Khola and Marshyangdi River. Annapurna region begins where the Manaslu region ends, so you get to see and hike the first stretch of the Annapurna Circuit as well while on your Manaslu trek. Further, trekking through lovely villages and terraced fields, you reach Jagat.
The trekking trip to Manaslu Larke La Pass is now complete. After having breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu. We board a local bus to Kathmandu after travelling by local vehicle from Jagat to Beshishar. You’ll have to make a lengthy, exhausting drive of about nine hours to get back to Kathmandu’s crowded streets. To make it bearable for you, the drive will be scenic and goes along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces, and colorful villages on both sides of the road.
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! A Tour and Trekking Nepal representative will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way to home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Note: The above-mentioned program itinerary is a sample. The period and cost of tour, trekking, volunteering or internship can be changed or extended as per travellers or volunteers' availability of duration.