Manaslu Larke Pass trek
Manaslu Larke Pass via Manaslu Round Trekking is one of the most challenging trekking trails in the western part of Nepal that started in 1991 for foreigners. Trekking in Manaslu Region is generally blessed with trekking track providing perfect mountain scenery, the unique culture around the Mount Manaslu.
Mount Manaslu is ranked as the eighth highest peaks in the world. Here, you can experience a wide variety of landscape, vegetation and traditions. In this Manaslu trek, you will also cross a number of rivers like Budi Gandaki, Machha Khola, Tharo Khola, Deng Khola and Ghatta Khola. You can also enjoy the splendid views of many mountain peaks like Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Ganesh Himal Range and other Mountains of Himalayan Range.
The major attractions of this trek are Gurung and Tibetan culture, waterfalls, old Buddhist monasteries and stupas, beautiful ethnic villages and lush forests of rhododendron, blue pine and bamboo etc. In addition, the region also contains varieties of flora and fauna including deer, pika, Himalayan marmots, pheasant, raven, etc. Trekking trail in the Manaslu region is through various enjoyable local villages inhabited by various ethnic people. Gurung and Tamang are the populations of this region.
Manaslu Trekking lies next to the fringe of Nepal and Tibet, so the special permit is needed to enter in Manaslu region and roam it’s amazing circuit trek which is well provided by the Government registered trekking company of Nepal. The popular Himalayans mountain is comprised of cultural diversities, beautiful scenery of high altitude glacier lakes and fascinating flora and fauna.
Larke Pass (5231m)
The major attraction of the Manaslu Larke pass trekking is Larke pass (5213 m). The pass is one of the most challenging trekking passes. Here, you can see the views of Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Annapurna II, and Kangguru Himal. Manaslu region also provides you with a variety of trekking option like Manaslu Circuit Trek, Manaslu Base camp Trekking, Manaslu Larke pass Trek, Tsum Valley Trek etc. If you are wondering to trek here and waiting for the best time then, September to May is considered to be a suitable time for trekking here.
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1) Best time to visit
Manaslu Larke Pass trek also varies widely according to the climatic zone. So knowing about Manaslu Larke Pass trek temperature and its climate provide you with a comfortable trekking experience. It is because the climatic conditions affect the climbing and trekking activities.
Spring (March, April and May)
The beginning of new chapters, the area seems as if it’s come back to life. The frozen lakes start to defrost, streams begin to fill up, new buds are seen sprouting, and villagers gradually begin to return.
Spring is the safest season for the Manaslu Larke Pass trek due to its low risk of landslides, avalanches, and other weather hazards. The weather condition is mild to cold.
Autum (September, October and November)
Autum is the festive season in Nepal when one of Dashain and Tihar’s major celebrated around the country. The season start with fresh and pleasant air as monsoon rain has washed away all the pollution. The temperature is also stable with mild weather conditions.
The warm climate and clear skies make it the best time to visit Manaslu Larke Pass trek for active trekkers.
Winter (December, January and February)
These are the months of snowfall, so crossing Larke Pass will be a challenging for trekkers. Winter is the icy-cold season of the year, but the lower region trek is entirely enjoyable at this time.
Monsoon (June, July and August)
The luscious and dense forest becomes vibrant green due to the monsoon rain. Due to continuous rain showers, the paths are slippery, muddy, and bring the presence of several leeches and bugs. Trekking during this month is for adventure seekers and nature lovers.
2) People and Culture
The Manaslu region is a home to a diverse group of people. The shah dynasty originated here. However, now it is mainly inhabited by the gurung people. Two ethnicities Nubri and Tsum also inhabit the region. Mohi chop is one of their classic food items of Tsum ethnic group. It is a chili, garlic, salt, and Mohi or Skimmed milk blend. They also enjoy Sukuti, which is dried meat, mainly from buffalo.
In the Manaslu region, the main religions are Tibetan Buddhism and Bon po with animism. As a historic region rich in culture, many festivals are celebrated here have religious significance and filled with deeply religious people. Tsum Shagya Centennial Festival celebrated the 100th anniversary of Tsum valley’s unique custom of non-violence.
3) Foods and Lodging
In the lower altitudes, the teahouses provide you with single rooms with attached bathrooms. But as you trek higher the facilities get limited. Mostly, you will find a twin-sharing room and common washroom. In a room, you will find two beds with mattresses, pillows, and warm blankets.
Manaslu region has a wide variety of food and it is easy to serve to your needs. We can order typical Nepali food, continental, Italian, Tibetan and Indian at teahouses. All the food will be cooked by the local cook by using local vegetables so the taste would be very local.
4) Guide and porter
According to Nepal tourism board, all the trekkers are required to obtain services of licensed trekking guide and to obtain TIMS card through authorized trekking agencies registered with the government of Nepal. So, it’s always recommended to trek with experienced trekking licensed guide to ensure safety and utilize your valuable time in a best way. We will provide you experienced licensed guide with their insurance and excellence in safety performance.
5) Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend you to get travel insurance before going on a Manaslu Larke Pass trek. Make sure that, your insurance covers accidents abroad and high in the mountains.
We do our best to take care of you, but sometimes we have to face unavoidable accident that is out of our control. So in case of a medical emergency, leading to a helicopter evacuation, it is best to have insurance.
6) Altitude sickness
While ascending quickly you may feel symptoms like nausea, headache, difficulty in breathing, increased heart rate, and uneasiness. And, if the symptoms persist for a longer duration then know that your body could not resist the altitude variation. So, if you feel these symptoms, please let your guide and your group know. Your guide will provide you with immediate first aid.
To minimize the risk of altitude sickness here are some guidelines:
Stop and rest where you are
Do not go any higher for at least 24 to 48 hours
Make sure you are drinking enough water
Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or exercise
Eating foods and drinking fluids that contain carbs such as bread, pasta, fruits, milk, rice, and so on.
7) Permits for Manaslu Larke Pass trek
You will need to obtain two permits to trek in the Manaslu region.
1 Manaslu Restricted Area permit
2 Annapurna Conservation Area permit
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On arrival at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines, where you will be received by our office staff or representative with a warm greeting and then you will be transferred to your hotels in the city. Checking into your rooms and getting refreshed. If you have time you could visit around the town, dinner and stay overnight in Kathmandu.
On the day second you will have a short sightseeing in Thamel areas. Later in the afternoon, the whole group is briefed about the trekking. We are checking all the equipment for the trek. If something it’s not appropriate enough we can provide, rent or help to buy it here. Once all the equipment is checked and we are sure you go up there well dressed, we have the well come dinner with the whole group.
In the Morning, an interesting overland journey heading Nepal Mid-West on the country and the main highway as the journey continues heading into low warm areas past farm villages and towns with views of snowcapped peaks. As the journey continues with few refreshing stops heading west to reach Dhading and towards Gorkha district unto Arughat town by the raging Buri-Gandaki River, from here drive continues on newly built dirt along Buri-Gandaki River past farm villages reach our first overnight stop at Soti Khola, a small farm village.
Forth day walk begins from Soti-Khola, where the route leads into a steep valley, within densely forested areas and into a number of villages to reach farm cultivated field villages and then the path descends towards wide, sandy river banks following a trail that meanders below along the valley side. After a good walk of the day with last short climb on the trail to Machha Khola for an overnight stop, with a number of teashops with the small lodge, the word Maccha Khola means Fish Stream.
On the fifth day, long daily walks to reach Jagat village, as our route leads following winding uphill path leaving the river for sometimes then reaching past Tato-pani ‘hot spring’ time permitting enjoy the refreshing bathe on hot-spring. As the journey continues heading cooler areas into forested areas then finally our day walks end at nice village in Jagat, which is a moderate size village of mixed hill-tribe that makes this place more interesting.
After a pleasant overnight stop at Jagat village. On the sixth day, a morning walk leads to cooler areas as walk leads uphill into farm villages with well-tended fields of rich crops of barley, wheat as per the season around the nice village of Philm. After Philm walk leads to neat farm terraces of golden fields of wheat and barley, then a climb towards rocky ridge within the bamboo groves area to our overnight stop at Dying village.
Starting morning walk from Dying on the seventh day leads to the cooler area with the slow rise in elevation, as the walk enters within Himalayan high areas, where first – day walk leads downhill to the riverside to reach Bihi Bazaar a small village by the river. From here on where you will soak into more Tibetan culture of the Buddhist religion, as our walk continues on a gradual path with few short ups and downs to reach at Ghap village for an overnight stop.
On the eighth day from Ghap village walking along Budhi Gandaki River after a short walk across the river towards small farm villages at Numrung village with closest views of Mt. Manaslu North Face includes its range of peaks. Our journey continues past villages of Banjham, Lhi, and Sho, as altitude gains to reach with an hour up to Lo-Gaon for an overnight stop.
On the 9th day’s walk leads to the main large village of upper Manaslu at Sama-Gaon where tree lines disappear for short juniper bushes with some willow trees, morning walk follows a nice trail with views of Manaslu peaks, as walk proceeds to end the day at Sama-Gaon for an overnight stop, one of the largest villages of upper Gorkha district which lies route Manaslu base camp.
On the 10th day is an important rest day at this high altitude for acclimatization before reaching higher terrain unto Larke-la pass, here with enough time to explore around the village of great interest adorned with Tibetan Buddhist religion and culture. On this leisure, day enjoys walking up to Sama Gompa just above the village one of the major Nyligpa (red hat sect) Monastery of the region.
Today walk leads to remote and last village of Manaslu area of Upper Gorkha region, where Samdo lies close on route to Tibet border, the native of the area has long history trading with Tibet, the trade continues till present. As walk leads with slow up with fabulous views of peaks and then reaching Samdo village, a moderate size village with shops and stores selling many Chinese goods.
From Samdo enjoy a half-day walk to Larke Phedi means the bottom of the hill or pass also called Dharmasala, after overnight at Samdo village, morning walk heading into the dry and barren country. As altitude gains walking on a trail that leads to a few short ups and downs then completing the day walk on reaching at Larke Phedi, with afternoon free at leisure and preparation for the next day early climb over the highest point of the adventure Larke-La at 5,106 m high.
One of the longest and big days of the adventure, start with early breakfast and then heading to a slow climb to reach on top Larke-la pass, as walk progress encountering a steep path rewarded with fabulous views of Mt. Manaslu, Larke peak, Bouddha Himal, Himal-Chuli and Peak 29. After a strenuous climb on reaching the pass, the top marked with Buddhist prayer flags and cairns of stones, enjoy the superb views of great giant peaks, after a refreshing break, a long descend to reach at Bimthang for an overnight stop. Bimthang located on a beautiful green valley surrounded by tall rhododendron and pines trees enjoys the afternoon with rest after the longest walk of the adventure.
After a tough long walk of the previous day, from here on an easy trek with much descend into forested areas all the way to Gho, located in the middle of the forest.
On the 15th day from this small settlement in the middle of the woods at Gho, morning walk leads downhill all the way to reach at Telje village located by the Masrsyangdi River, after a rest at Tilje, continue our last day walk of the adventure with last final climb to reach at Dharapani for an overnight stop in a nice lodge. Dharapani a large village with many fine lodges located in Manang district and on popular Annapurna Circuit trekking trail.
Ending our adventurous and scenic Manaslu Circuit Trekking at Dharapani, morning drive leads into several farm villages following Marysangdi River downstream reaching low and warmer areas, past Tal, Chamje and another Jagat village, as drive leads continues on a good road to large town at Besisahar, headquarter of Lamjung district. From Besisahar with time for rest and possible lunch stop, continue to drive back to Kathmandu on a good road, on reaching Kathmandu check into your hotels with the rest of the evening free at leisure with last day in Nepal.
On the 17th day will be your last day in amazing Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time back home or to respective connecting destinations. Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing memory and a great time on Manaslu Circuit Trekking.
Duffle bag or backpack
Waterproof day pack
Small waterproof bags
Warm down jacket
Trekking trousers and shirts
Woolen hat and scarf
Trekking boots and socks
Raincoat and rain trousers
Wash bag and toiletries
Antibacterial hand wash
Tooth brush and tooth paste
Camera and batteries
Flash or torch light