Larke la Pass Trekking

This trek was officially opened to tourists in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have long had access to the area. IN 1959 a party led by HW TIlman trekked from Thonje to Bimtang and Colonel Jimmy Robets croosed the Larkya La looking for an interesting mountain to climb. Manaslu(8156m) was attempted by Japanese expeditions every year from 1952 until 1956, when the first ascent was made. It this became know as a 'Japanese Mountain', and much of the information about the area was available only in Japanese. The Japanese continued to dominate the climbing scene on Manaslu until 1971.

A few trekkers, including the peripatetic Hugh Swift, managed to obtain trekking permits for the region, but otherwise this trek has always bee the domain of the mountaineering expedition. The book 'Honey Hunters of Nepal', by Eric Valli & Dianne Summers, was so popular and makes good background reading of this region.Though the Larkya La is not a difficult pass, the trek around Manaslu is harder that most in Nepal. In many places the walls of the Budhi Gandaki Valley are perpendicular, so you cannot walk along the bottom of the valley. There is a huge amount of wasted climbing involved during the first part of the trek as you climb up and down over ridges or onto shelves to bypass cliffs. The trail is rough and steep and it often literally hangs on a bluff high above the slightest tendency towards acrophobia. The trek is remote and has no rescue facilities or opportunities to bail out if you are tired. There is only one facility that might conceivably be called a trekkers' hotel, and there are few English signboards between Arughat and Tilje.

No wonder, the trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. The inhabitants of the upper Budhi Gandaki, a region known as Nupri ('the western mountains') are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants. Their speech, dress and customs are almost exclusively Tibetan. There is still continuous trade between Nupri and Tibet; Chinese cigarettes for example, are found more frequently that Nepali cigarettes. The mountain views in Nupri are sensational, and crossing of the Larkya La is one of the most drammatic of any pass in the Himalaya.

Facts of This Trip

  • Duration: 22 Days
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Region: Manaslu
  • Grade: Hard
  • Group size:Min. 1- Max.12
  • Season: Aug-Dec / Mar- June
  • Max. Altitude: 5212m
  • Transport: Drive in -Drive Out

Larke La Pass Trekking Itinerary

DAY 01 Arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to hotel & well come Diner.

DAY 02 Full day Kathmandu Sightseeing, hotel.
Sightseeing at Kathmandu valley, overnight at hotel. Visit world heritage site in Kathmandu including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath (temple of Shiva), Boudhnath and Swoyambhunath.

DAY 03 : Katmandu - Gorkha (bus).
Visit of the Gorkha royal palace and the Kali temple. An historic city, origin of the Sha dynasty that has provided most of the Nepalese kings since 1767.

Day 04: Gorkha - Kanchok in 5h.
Nice views of the Gorkha Himal

Day 05: Kanchok - Arughat (670m) in 5h.
A pretty route through cultivated, terraced hillsides and villages. The trail goes up and down towards the Buri Gandaki river. We will follow this river for the next ten days.

Day 06: Arughat - Labu Besi (880m) in 6h30
The trail traverses forests populated by monkeys. As we go, we get great vistas of the Shringi Himal. In this region, the Gurung women often wear elegant clothes and possess impressive sets of jewelry, bangles and saris.

Day 07: Labu Besi - Khola Besi (950m) in 4h.
The trail goes along the river, with some steep legs

Day 08: Khola Besi - Jagat (1410m) in 5h.
We head upstream along the steep side of the Buri Gandaki towards Tatopani -- literally " hot springs ". The trail then goes up and down along the length of the river, with some parts overhanging huge rapids

Day 09: Jagat - Ngyak (1530m) in 6h.

Day 10: Ngyak - Ghap (2040m) in 5h.
Ngyak - Ghap (2040m) in 5h. The path goes through dense jungle up the narrow western gorge of the Buri Gandaki heading towards Manaslu. At times the path is high above the river which we will cross and re-cross on an incredible variety of bridges. In Ghap, we will admire some fine sculptures, mostly representing meditating Buddhas.

Day 11: Ghap - Lho (3100m) in 5h.
We continue westwards through bamboo and rhododendron forests. Horse and yak caravans are numerous here, as the commerce with the upper Buri Gandaki valley and Tibet is prosperous.

Day 12: Lho - Sama Gompa (3500m) in 5h
We head straight towards Peak 29, ahead of us, then follow the lateral moraine of the Pungen Glacier towards Sama. Breathtaking views of the Manaslu, Northern Manaslu (7145m) and the Naike

Day 13: Sama Gompa - Samdo (3860m) in 3h.
We cross a high plateau and skirt around the ridge of the lateral moraine. We then climb a terraced hillside to reach one of the most remote permanent settlements in Nepal. Samdo is only a day’s walk from Tibet by the Lajyang La pass (5098m)

Day 14: Samdo – Larkya refuge (4500m) in 5h.
The path becomes steeper. Crossing the tundra, it winds its way to the foot of the immense Larkya glacier which pours out of the Manaslu.

Day 15: Larkya refuge - Larkya La (5212m) - Bimtang (3850m) in 7h
We first head towards Cho Chanda, then slowly climb the steep slope towards the pass. From the top the panorama is magnificent: Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981m) and the Annapurna II (7937m). Steep descent through moraines towards Bimtang

Day 16: Bimtang - Tilije (2400m) in 5h30.
The route gets easier. We start with a gentle climb through paddy fields towards the small Karcha La pass and descend through fir tree and rhododendron forests to Tillije

Day 17: Tilije – Dharapani (2713m) in 6h
We descend to Dharapani and join the Annapurna Circuit. From here we follow the Marsyangdi river upstream through large areas of blue pines, spruces and oak.

Day 18: Dharapani - Bahundanda in 6 h

Day 19: Bahundanda - Khudi - 5h
Day 20: Khudi to Besi Sahar, drive toKathmandu, hotel
Day 21: Kathmandu free day, hotel. farewell dinner.
Day 22: Final departure, transfer to airport.

Service Includes

  • Air port pick up and drop by car.
  • Meals (breakfast + lunch+ dinner) during trekking
  • Accommodation (Teahouse / Hotel / Lodge or Camping ) while on the trek.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter. Note: 2 guest = 1 porter.
  • Food, drinks, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  • All Ground transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and walking stick, if necessary.
  • All necessary paper works and conservation entry permits.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
  • All government taxes.

Service Excludes

  • Meals while in Kathmandu or Pokhara
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare
  • All kinds of drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected).


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