Blossom Expeditions

Manaslu Larke Pass Trek

The Manaslu Larke Pass trek provides the ultimate Himalayan hiking experience. It features quiet trails and unique villages, together with amazing scenery and remarkably rich biological diversity.

The Manaslu region is located about 100 kilometers north-west of Kathmandu, and has only been open to foreigners since 1992. The area is still restricted and visitors require a special trekking permit to enter.

On your trek you will have magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eighth tallest mountain in the world. Both sides of the Larkya pass offer great mountain and valley views. Indeed, the pass is considered to be one of the most dramatic high crossings in the Himalayas.

The trek starts from the town of Arughat after a 6-7 hour jeep drive from Kathmandu. From Arughat we trek through the impressive gorge of the Budhi Gandaki, passing villages perched on steep valley sides. Beyond the village of Ghap the valley starts to open out, offering panoramic views of snow-capped mountains. You will have the feeling you are entering a secret Buddhist world. There are old monasteries, mani walls, stupas and prayer flags.

As we go higher the scenery becomes even more impressive. Approaching Larkya Pass (5160m), snowy peaks are all around us. On the western side of Larkya La the trail descends into the heavily forested valley of the Marsyangdi River whose course we follow in the shadows of the giant mountains of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges until we meet the road. 

 

Trip Facts

Trip Grade:
Moderate to Strenuous
Max. Elevation:
5100m.
Starts Point:
Arughat
Ends Point:
Besisahar
Trip Duration:
18 days
Trek Duration:
13
Max. Group Size:
10 person
Min. Group Size:
2
Season:
Late Sep to Early Dec & Late March to May
Accommodation:
Camping/Tea house
Trip Deadline:
15-February-2018

Fixed Departure Dates

Starting Date Trip Duration Single Suplementary Cost Per Person Trip Deposit Availability
2018-04-16 18 days $ 100 each $1965 each $400 Book Now
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Days Program
01 16th April, 2018  Arrival at Kathmandu International Airportand transfer you to your hotel. (1300 m)
02 17th April, 2018 Kathmandu sightseeing (Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple and Patan Durbar Square) Time 6-7 hours
03 18th April, 2018 Drive to Soti Khola (775 m). Time 5-6 hours
04 19th April, 2018 Trek to Machha Khola (900 m) Time 5-6 hours
05 20th April, 2018 Trek to Jagat (1340 m)Time 6-7 hours
06 21st April, 2018 Trek to Deng (1860 m) Time 7-8 hours
07 22nd April, 2018 Trek to Namrung (2630 m) Time 6-7 hours
08 23rd April, 2018 Trek to Lho (3180 m) Time 4-5 hours
09 24th April, 2018 Trek to Sama Gaon (3520 m) Time 3-4 hours
10 25th April, 2018 Rest and exploration day for acclimatize.
11 26th April, 2018 Trek to Samdo (3850 m) Time 3-4 hours  
12 27th April, 2018 Trek to Dharamsala (4460 m) Time: 3-4 hours
13 28th April, 2018 Trek to Bhimthang (3800 m) Via Larke Pass (5170 m) Time: 6-7 hours
14 29th April, 2018 Rest day or Explore the glacier and Panker Lake 
15 30th April, 2018 Trek to Tilije (2300m) Time: 6-7 hours
16 1st May, 2018 Trek to Dharapani and Drive to Besisahar (760 m). Time: 6-7 hours
17 2nd May, 2018 Drive to Kathmandu. Time 5-6 hours
18 3rd May, 2018 Departure to Home

Cost Includes

  • 3 night Accommodations in Kathmandu at three star standard hotel including Breakfast
  • Three time food (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with Tea or Coffee during the Trekking
  • Accommodation during the trip on sharing basis
  • Guide, assistant guide and porter’s wages, food, accommodation and insurance on Trekking.
  • Transfer  by reserved four wheel drive KTM/Arughat, Local Jeep from Shyange to Besisahar and Reserved Car, Van, Jeep or Bus to Kathmandu
  • Conservation  and TIMS cards Fee
  • Manaslu restricted area permit
  • Airport Transfer
  • Guide and transfer for city sightseeing


Cost Excludes

  • Cold and hard drink and water
  • Food in KTM 
  • Travel insurance emergency evacuation and personal medical expenses.
  • Any donation along the trail and anything that not mentioned above
  • Entrance fee for city sight seeing

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  1. Food: The Tea houses are run by family most of the trekking areas. But in Manaslu-Larke Pass trail is not as popular as other major trekking areas and they are not good enough to prepare the entire food offer on the menu. Anyway lodges offer the menu with diverse of western and local foods like Dal Bhat, MOMO, Spring Rolls, Spaghettis and many Potato based Items. Our staffs look after and help your food preparation and make sure they are doing alright. They use fresh vegetables, whenever they can bring from the Nearest Market or locally available as well as pre-packed products. The milk along the trail is powder milk (added with water), always asks hot milk and avoids any raw food or vegetable, fresh salad or fresh fruit salad; unless they have been soaked in iodine water or your hand is clean enough.
  2. Water: you can fill directly from tap and use Iodine tablet or any other water purification tablets. You can buy the boiled water from tea house in the evening, morning or afternoon and no need to use any purification tablet. That will not cost you much comparing bottle water. These days Steri Pen is getting popular and handy for use. It is very safe to use. Please don't drink water directly from Tap or from Jar and stream, which may cause your stomach problem. Please remember; before you buying bottled water don't forget to see expire date.
  3. Accommodations: on the trail, usually you will have double room with separate bed. Usually rooms are small. But plenty of space for you to move around and form matters with clean bed sit. But Manaslu area Lodges are not developed as other popular trekking areas. So some time we have to sleep at dormitory. We always try our best to fine the room for you. Some places have warm dining with centrally heated chimney at the lodge to keep you warm in the evening. Lodge owner always gives door luck. Don't leave the room without luck.
  4. First Aid Kit and Medical Facility: Each of you should have own first aid kit with some general medicine that you know or prescribed by your doctor. Please don't forget to take your medication for whole trip. If you stop taking your medication or if you will not have full course medication, that you are taking, it may create trouble for you on the trek. Our guide has First Aid Kit with general medicine for emergency and share with everyone including porters.
    The nearest hospital in the area is in Arughat; although villages like Philim, Samagaon and Dharapani have Health post for the villagers provides very basic information and health care
  5. Preparations: You don't have to be a mountaineer or athletic to come to Nepal. As long as you are in good physical shape or reasonably fit, you do not require big hiking experience for short treks. The time you put into physical training before you come to this trip definitely be rewarded. Every day at least an hour jugging and climb the stairs will help you a lot.
  6. Weather: Weather in spring is Haze and Clouds build up from afternoon and afternoon rain is common in spring. But usually in the morning sky is clear and provides magnificent view of the mountain. During the day temperature will be warm and you may feel sweaty mid day in lower section of trek. But when we cross above 3000m temperature drops a lot especially at night. Around above 3500m will be -5 to 10C˚ outside room and during the day time will be warm in sunny day.
  7. Communication: Now in Manaslu area, most places have landline telephone service with national and International call service and your cell phone will receive network signal some places, if the weather is stable.
  8. Transport: There is daily local bus service between KTM and Arughat/Besisahar and KTM. The highway is good in our standard from Kathmandu to Dhadingbasi and Besisahar to Kathmandu. But from Dhadingbesi to Arughat is dirt road and bit bumpy. We always concern about your comfort. So we provide reserved Bus or 4 wheel Jeep both way.
  9. Money & Payments: Throughout the trek, there is no foreign Money exchange facility. So you please change your money in KTM or Pokhara before us heading for the trek and if possible make smaller bills. Please do deposit U.S. $300 two months in advance. Your final payment is in KTM. We accept U.S dollar, Euro, Australian dollar, Singapore Dollar and Visa or Credit card.
  10. Travel Insurance Policy: You most do travel insurance and that should cover Helicopter evacuation too. Comparatively the evacuation cost is very expensive and recently Helicopter fare is increased. According to new rate per hour U.S. $2500 and one time evacuation from Manaslu region will cost minimum U.S. $10000. We need to deposit the money before take off the helicopter from KTM. Usually local trekking company pays the deposit to Helicopter Company and rescue Victim. You can pay immediately for trekking company once you arrived in KTM or Trekking agency clams from your insurance company. Please do not forget to give me your insurance policy copy before heading to trek.