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Classic Larke Pass Trekking

Manaslu Region
Trip Grade
Hard
Trip Type
Adventurous Trekking
Maximum Elevation
5160M
Accomodation
Local Teshouse
Destination
Manaslu Region
Best Time
Sep-Nov/March-May
Trip Start
Soitkhola
Trip Ends
Bahun Danda/Besisahar

Overview

Classic Larke Pass Trekking

Classic Larke Pass Trekking is one of the most exhilarating treks in Nepal which circles the Manaslu range. Opened to foreigners in 1992, this trek offers outstanding views of the 8th highest peak in the world, Mt Manaslu (8163 m). The trek takes you across the dramatic pass of Larkya La (5160m), which is frozen almost all year. During this trek, you walk through authentic ethnic villages and explore the geographical and cultural variations of the Tibetan style villages situated on the foothills of the gorgeous Manaslu range.

Classic Larke Pass Trekking starts with your arrival in Kathmandu. From Kathmandu, you take a scenic drive to Soti Khola and then start trekking. You go north up the valley of Budhi Gandaki River accompanied by the views of Manaslu Himal Range to cross the ice and snow covered Larkya La (5160 m), which is the highest point during this Larke Pass Trekking. The trail goes through the fertile farmlands, beautiful rhododendron forests, scattered villages, ancient monasteries, deep gorges, and rocky ridges. Along with the cultural heritage, you also get to witness a combination of picturesque Landscapes in Manaslu Trekking Region and biodiversity. The Classic Manaslu Trekking package not only provides an opportunity to view the fabulous snow capped mountains like Ganesh Himal (7429 m), Himalchuli (7893 m), Himlung Himal (7126 m), Cheo Himal (6812 m), and so on, but also allows to observe the Tibetan culture and way of life. Some parts of this Classic Manaslu Trekking Route are really challenging and difficult and that is why you need to have a good physical fitness to take on this trek. The best seasons for this trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to mid-December).

We’ll try to provide to our clients the finest trekking experience by taking care of entire transportation, accommodation, permits, and other necessities for all trips booked with us. We have expert trek guides who speak local languages and well trained to handle the difficult situation. So, for a safe and pleasurable travel into the Himalayas, remember us.

Classic Larke Pass Trekking Permit

Classic Larke Pass Trekking Permit and Conservation Permits:

For those seeking to embark on the breathtaking Classic Larke Pass Trekking adventure, several permits are essential to ensure the preservation of the region’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Manaslu Region Special Trekking Permit

The journey begins with obtaining the Manaslu Region Special Trekking Permit, a mandatory permit for exploring the Manaslu Circuit, including the iconic Larke Pass. This permit plays a pivotal role in regulating and safeguarding the environmental and cultural treasures of the region.

Manaslu Region Special Trekking Permit Cost Variations According to Seasons:

Peak Season (September to November):

  • USD 100 per person for the first week
  • USD 15 per person per day for each additional day beyond the first week

Off-Peak Season (December to August):

  • USD 70 per person for the first week
  • USD 10 per person per day for each additional day beyond the first week

Nationals of SAARC Countries:

  • USD 10 per person for the first week during both peak and off-peak seasons
  • USD 1 per person per day for each additional day beyond the first week

Manaslu Conservation Permit

The Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit is also imperative, as it grants access to the Manaslu Conservation Area. This area is a haven of diverse ecosystems, housing rare flora and fauna. The proceeds from this permit contribute directly to vital conservation initiatives and community development.

Permit Cost:

  • USD 30 per person
Annapurna Conservation Permit
  • USD 30 per person

As the Classic Larke Pass Trekking route passes through the Annapurna Conservation Area, the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit is essential. This permit aids in the preservation of the area’s natural and cultural heritage.

Important Points to Note:

Only Glacier Family Treks & Expedition P. LTD. or legally registered Local Trekking Companies are authorized to issue the Manaslu or Classic Larke Pass Trekking Permits.
A licensed and trained trekking guide is mandatory for this trekking.
Obtaining the Manaslu Special Trekking Permit or Classic Larke Pass Trekking Permit through an agency is not sufficient; the number of trekkers should be more than one person. Single trekkers cannot obtain the permit of Manaslu Region Trekking.
These permits are not just formalities; they are a commitment to the conservation, sustainability, and cultural integrity of these stunning trekking regions. Trekking enthusiasts are encouraged to respect and follow these regulations to ensure a responsible and enjoyable journey through the captivating landscapes of the Classic Larke Pass Trekking route.

 

Itinerary

The trip begins with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), we will welcome you at the airport and then you will be transferred to the hotel for your overnight stay.

Breakfast included and Twin-sharing Bed.

You meet our tour guide at the hotel premises and head out to explore Kathmandu: Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Swayambhunath, all of which are listed as the UNESCO world heritage sites. O/N in hotel.

Today, we leave Kathmandu and drive to Soti Khola by bus or jeep through Dhading Besi as the road is black-topped. You drive through dense forests, green hills, and traditional villages before reaching Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola.

After breakfast, drive to river after Machhakhola on sharing basis then, start walking to Jagat. We cross some of wooden bridges over the small streams and the road pass through the cliff on the bank of Kali Gandaki River. O/N at Jagat.

From Jagat, the Manaslu Conservation Area and Manaslu Special Area start so, every trekking group or trourist-guide should reveal their all kinds of trekking permits at the check post of Jagat. License holder trekking guide is mandatory to show his trekking guide license.

After a permit check-in Jagat, you climb over a rocky ridge to reach Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas  by crossing some of suspension bridges. You follow the trail to Ghatta Khola. After climbing to the Gurung village of Philim, you head north across a forest and reach Chisapani or locally called Eklobhatti, where you stay for the night.

You continue to follow the upstream trail of Budhi Gandaki River and pass through small villages and waterfalls while enjoying the views of Ganesh Himal range and Himalchuli (7893m) all along the way to reach Nyak. A steep ascends from Nyak takes you to the village of Deng, situated on the foothill of Shringi Himal (7161m). Overnight in Deng after having a short trekking day as like half day rest to be acclimatized.

After having the breakfast at Deng, you cross Budhi Gandaki River and continue to ascend to Rana village. You trek west towards a beautiful waterfall and then walk inside the rhododendron forests. Ascend ahead and you arrive at the Namrung village. You can see the views of Ganesh Himal (7429m) and Himalchuli (7893m) from here. Overnight in Namrung.

Today is going to be a short day of trekking. We trek pass through Lihi village, cross Hinang River, and climb to Sho. After that, you gradually head up to the large village of Lho which has a little monastery and numerous Chortens and Mani walls. Enjoy an amazing panorama of Manaslu Himal (8163m) and Himalchuli range. Overnight in Lho.

Following right bank of Budhi Gandaki River with the views of Peak 29 (7871m), we take a road towards Samagaon in time. Samagoan is the best host of breathtaking views of the Manaslu Himal range. Overnight in Samagaon. One of the most beautiful view of Mt Manaslu.

To get adjusted to the high altitude conditions, you do not trek further and take this day for resting. During your stay in Samagaon, you can visit the Birendra Tal or you can hike up to Manaslu Base Camp for amazing mountain panoramas. You can also visit the ancient Pema Chyoling Monastery, situated in the lap of Manaslu Himal (8163m). You can also spend the day interacting with the locals and getting a taste of their culture. Overnight in Sama Gaon.

The trail crosses a high plateau and skirt around the ridge of lateral moraine heading towards Karmo Kharka and Kermo Mamam. Climbing a terraced hillside opposite the bank of Budhi Gandaki River, you make your way to Samdo village. If you trek above Samdu and cross a stream, you arrive at the ruins village known as Larkya Bazaar. Overnight in Samdo.

You ascend on the wide trail from Samdo and pass many fields to a large Mani wall. The trail is rocky and zigzag all the way to Dharmashala. After crossing the east bank of Budhi Gandaki River, you reach Larkya Bazaar, which is the last settlement before crossing Larkya La (5160m). Following the high trail that rises above Larke Khola, you make your way to Dharmashala, also known as Larke Pass Base Camp. Overnight in Dharmashala.

Today’s trek begins with a slopy  ascending walk until Larkya La (5160m) through the rocky and windy trail. From the top of the frozen pass, amazing views of Manaslu Himal range and few peaks of the Annapurna range. After the Larke Pass (5160m), we quite The Manaslu Region Trekking area and enter in the Annapurna Trekking Region Area. After crossing the pass, you hike downhill through ice and rock. Encountering many icy lakes, you arrive in Bimthang, which is a beautiful wide valley with full of surrounded by giant mountains. From here, you can get the views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6812m), and Manaslu North (7157m). Overnight in Bimthang.

Leaving the beautiful views of the Himalayas behind, you get up and start trekking once again. The trail descends and passes through the rhododendron forests and takes you to Karache, which is one of the highest cultivated villages of Nepal. Trekking ahead from Karache, you arrive in Goa, where you spend the night.

Walking down from Goa, you cross a steam and reach Tilije. From Tilije, you cross the high pasture and descend the valley of Burdin Khola. You trek all the way over the descended path along the bank of Dudh Khola and cross a bridge to reach Dharapani, where Dudh Khola meets Marsyangdi River. Overnight in Dharapani.

You can either choose to end the trek today and take a jeep ride to Besisahar or continue the trek and move ahead to Jagat. If you choose the second option, then you follow the trail downstream of Marsyangdi River and pass through the villages of Tal and Chamje to reach Jagat.

If you end up in Besisahar today, then a tourist bus will take you back to Kathmandu. If you are in Jagat, then today you trek to Bahun Danda. On your way to the village of Bahun Danda, you see the beautiful sceneries of the small waterfall as you pass through the farm villages and terraced fields.

On this day, you drive to Besisahar from Bahun Danda and then take another drive to Kathmandu. You will spend most of the day on the road. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you can relax at your hotel or go out for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, you join the group for a farewell dinner hosted by the company. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

The trip comes to an end today. After a fulfilling breakfast at the hotel, our representative will drop you at the airport for your scheduled flight back home.

What's Include in Cost

    • Airport pick up and drive according to program.
    • Hotel in Kathmandu on B/B plan with twin sharing room according to contract.
    • Special Permits of Manaslu region Trekking.
    • Manaslu Conservation Entrance Permits.
    • Annapurna Conservation Area entrance Permits.
    • TIMS cards: Trekking Information Management System.
    • Food and accommodation during the trip: B/L/D as per program.
    • Hot drinks- Teak, Coffee, etc during the trek (In cup System)
    • Trained & Licensed Holder English speaking trekking guide.
    • Porters and guide with their wages, transportation, accommodation, food.
    • Insurance for guide and porters.
    • All land transportation according to program and Itinerary for the clients.
    • Applicable Nepal government tax and service of documentation.

What's Excluded in Cost

    • Nepal entry visa- USD 40.00 for one month.
    • International flights and airport tax.
    • Travel insurance.
    • Personal drinks: Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Beer, RUM, Vodka etc.
    • Personal expenses, Hot water and Mineral water during the trekking.
    • Hot shower and Laundry service.
    • Chocolate , Cake, Fanta, Juice and Bar Bills.
    • Extra drinks, Fancy Coffee, Extra Room, Refilling individual water bottle.
    • WiFi and Battery charge.
    • Emergency evacuation and Tipping to your crews.

Fixed Departure

SNo.0 Date From To
1 03/03/2024 Kathmandu Dharapani Enquiry This
2 21/02/2024 Kathmandu Dharapani Enquiry This
3 03/10/2024 Kathmandu Bahundanda Enquiry This
4 18/02/2024 Kathmandu Bahundanda Enquiry This

Equipment

  • Trekking boots: Lightweight and durable.
  • Individual Medicine kit.
  •  Moisture-wicking base layers (tops and bottoms)
  • Insulating layers (fleece or down jacket)
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and pants
  • Trekking pants (convertible to shorts)
  • T-shirts and long-sleeved shirts
  • Waterproof gloves and liners
  • Warm hat and sun hat
  • Backpack (40-50 liters)
  • Sleeping bag suitable for sub-zero temperatures
  • Trekking poles for better stability
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Water bottles or hydration system
  • Duffel bag for porters (if hiring)
  • Waterproof cover for your backpack
  • Sunscreen (high SPF 50 plus is recomended)
  • Lip balm with sunblock
  • Quick-drying towel
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Wet wipes and hand sanitizer
  • First aid kit (including basic medicines, blister treatment, and any personal prescription medications)
  • Trekking permits and identification (A copy of your passport)
  • Hiking socks (moisture-wicking and comfortable)
  • Camp shoes or sandals for resting your feet at teahouses
  • Snacks and energy bars (Candy Bars, Choco-Bars, Cereal Bars 0r some dry fruits)
  • Books to read or Journals

Advisory

Inportant Things Required

FAQ

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

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