This restricted area trekking is opened to trekkers since 1991. In 1950, Jimmy Roberts looking for a suitable mountain to climb. She crossed the Larkya La pass through Thinje and Bintang and arrived off at the Manaslu. Contradictory is that the mountain interstate in 1952 and 1956 was mainly visited and climbed by Japanese expeditions. The first successful attempt was a Japanese expedition in 1956. The Manaslu was also known as the “Japanese Mountain” and almost all information was available only in Japanese … Until 1971 were mainly Japanese expeditions went to the Manaslu apart from Hugh Swift, who received a special permission to organize a trekking in the area.
The trek to Manaslu is more difficult than many other trekking in Nepal. The Buri Gandaki Valley does not allow you simply walk through the valley. You have to climb and descend back, and then AGAIN climb and descend back, because there is simply no other option.
From Kathmandu, we drive to Soti Khola. Here you follow the route to the Buri Gandaki. These are the lowest parts of Nepal, green and very warm. As you continue moving to the north, climb higher and the landscape is much wilder. Waterfalls appear and numerous suspension bridges over the Buri Gandaki and branches are crossed. The heat decreases, Tibetan Buddhism does change its appearance and houses. Eventually, you leave the inhabited world behind you and pull you up to the glacier area of the Lharkya La (5120m).
On the mighty glaciers and vast snowfields of this pass you descend to the approach route of the classic Annapurna Circuit. Snow and ice are exchanged against ancient forests and the Buddhist spheres make the lace for the gay and colorful Hinduism. The heat returns and the last day you can enjoy the luxury that is present in the Marsyangdi valley. A not too difficult journey through a varied and very authentic left field!
This trek leads through several climatic zones, including hot and humid regions along the Buhri Gandaki and the Marsyangdi Khola in the Annapurna region where the ground may be muddy and slippery, through small villages and jagged ravines with very steep cliffs. The trek also leads across grassy slopes, scree and snow, and ice near the Lharkya La (5135m). The slopes in this trek are occasionally quite steep. In the vicinity of the La Lharkya can drop a lot of snow. Daily will have to be increased and/or descended: approximately 300m to 1000m. The daily period ranges from 2 to 10 hours.
Trekking Region: Manaslu, Annapurna
Culture: Majority of the population is Gurung
Trek starts from: Gorkha
Trek ends: Bensi Sahar
Total duration : 15 daysDifficulty: ** (*)
Highest point: Larkya La ( 5120m )
Best season: October – November, and March – April
Himalayas highlights: Manaslu, Annapurna range
Note: (B) breakfast + (L) lunch + (D) dinner
Map of Route
Arrival and pick up from the international airport in Kathmandu, after some refreshment we will invite you for a traditional Nepali dinner.
After breakfast sightseeing Kathmandu: first we visit Soyambhunath, which is a beautiful Buddhist monastery, also known as the monkey temple, perched at the top of a hill –an excellent viewpoint to see Kathmandu. Next, we drive to Pashupatinath Temple (the National Hindu temple) & Buddha Natha (the biggest Buddhist monastery). These places are of interest because they were built in the 5th century, rich in their architecture and religious meanings. After visiting these historical heritages of great importance, we leave the rest of the day at your leisure. At your interest, you can wander around the small, lively streets in Thamel and shop along full with hundreds of colorful shops.
Drive from Kathmandu into the western mountains take us to Gorkha, the Capital of Medieval Nepal. A further drive on a dirt road and we reach Arughat, our trek start point, The dirt road from Gorkha to Arughat may not be drivable during the monsoon season. In that case, we may have to begin our trek right from Gorkha and reach Arughat in the evening. Arughat is a major town in the region and is divided into two parts with the Buri Gandaki River flowing between them and further to Soti Khola
Cross the bridge and trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane. The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way
down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. Climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Drop to the sandy river bed and walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village.
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 & downs there is a small trailside hot spring, 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 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 Budhi Gandaki, climb over a ridge, and trek along the river then climb towards the village of Jagat.
The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long suspension bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village. The trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays fairly in level as it traverses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. Beyond Ekle Bhatti the route enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. Descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we keep walking the valley widens through bamboo forests to the Deng Khola.
After a short distance beyond Deng we recross the Budhi Gandaki on to the north bank and then climb to Rana at 1980m. From the bridge, we climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi, then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. Crossing various streams and rivers we drop into the Sringi Valley. Making ups and downs in forests, we pass mani walls and then turn to a corner and contours to Ghap, You can make a side-trip to Prok. Visit the Tibetan Gompas at Prok. There is also an MCAP office in Prok village.
The path follows the river upstream through dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb, we reach Namru. To the south rises a huge peak, Himal Chuli. Climbing steadily in the shade of a forest takes us to Lihi, a fine village with many chortles and many barley terraces. We still have quite some way to go to Lho. Ganesh Himal rises high into the sky when we turn around. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal. A Chorten with detailed paintings announces Sho, another nice village with fine views up the open valley. One final steep slope needs to be climbed and then we reach the houses that are lined up on a ridge.
The Buri Gandaki is far down but we follow a small tributary instead. Walking in the shady fir forest is very enjoyable, a short climb to a plateau and the village Shyala. Huge mountains surround us, Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, other snow summits to the right, at the far end of the valley we have just come from stands Ganesh Himal. From a large chorten we look down into a little dip where two rows of houses form the main part of Sama. At the far end of the village, overlooking the valley stands the well-known monastery of Sama.
We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Ponder at the thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures. Meet the village women in Samagaon who wear a nice silver spoon as jewelry. On a little hill near Samagaon is an old Gompa. Take a side trip to Pungyen Gompa, a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu; Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year they met so much resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They finally summited the mountain in 1959.
Descend to the Budhi Gandaki, that has turned north, and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can see a large white Kani, finally passing through the Kani we find Samdo.
We continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Buri Gandaki and begin walking upward. Cross two streams and witness the Larkya Glacier. Go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again and come to the stone guest house (4450 m) which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larkya Phedi. We spend overnight here today and have a rest to prepare for tomorrows crossing of the famous and most awaited Larkya Pass. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon.
After a short climb, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers. There are views of Cho Danda, Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. Savor the spectacular views from the top of the pass. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in and Manaslu; it’s an experience not to be missed.
Cross the high pasture, descend the valley of the Burdin Khola. From a ridge at 4150 meters, you 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, descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karcher, 2785 meters. From here we cross a slide, then go across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho.
Continue through the fields, over a clear stream, passing through the houses and fields interspersed with rhododendron and oak forests. Staying on the north bank we trek into Tilje. Climb over a small ridge to the stone-paved village and wind among the closely spaced houses of this large Village. Leaving the village, cross the Dudh Khola and trek along the river embankment. Cross a wooden bridge back to the northern side of the Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch and past a mani wall to Thonje. At the village of Thonje, we go through a police checkpoint, and then continue to Dharapani.
Today we drive back to Kathmandu and bring you to your hotel.
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