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  • Trip Name : Manaslu High Trek & Larkya Peak Expedition
  • Difficulty : Moderate to Strenous
  • Trip Duration : 23 Days
  • Activity : Expedition

Manaslu High Trek & Larkya Peak Expedition

Due to its proximity to Tibet the remote and fascination region north of Manaslu has until recently been off limits to trekking groups. The glacier hung east and north faces contrast dramatically with the sheer golden wall of rock that forms the west wall.

  • Manaslu High Trek & Larkya Peak
  • Manaslu High Trek & Larkya Peak

However, it is the inaccessibility of the region that sets it apart from other trekking routes. As we follow the Buri Gandaki Gorge northwards, the people, villages and landscapes become increasingly Tibetan in character. It is a privilege to witness first hand this rare culture and civilization. In particular the sacred Buddhist near Sama and Samdo offer a fascinating insight into Tibetan Buddhist practices. The Nepal Government strictly regulates the trekking to Manaslu and are trying to preserve the social and physical character of the area. Trekking is allowed only if accompanied by a liaison officer. All food and cooking fuel has to be carried in and all rubbish carried out.




Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.


Free Day


Hans and Katherina Arrival. An early start and drive from Kathmandu to Gorkha and if road condition is feasible continue drive to Arughat. Over night at a lodge


The route takes us northeast to the busy market town of Arughat Bazaar; following the river northwards towards snow-covered peaks in the distant to Arket We continue up the Buri Gandaki River while the valley gradually narrows to a dramatic gorge, with rock cliffs on both sides and numerous waterfalls. Trekking through forests of oak we finally come to a side, flat clearing where stay over night at tea house or camp overnight. Altitude 2300ft.


The river valley widens as we press on northwards through the small town of Labubesi, and then a section of undulating trail takes us to we cross the Macha Khola, a tributary of the Buri Gandaki river, across a large suspension bridge and later a footbridge over the Namyung Khola to our campsite for the night. Altitude 3200ft.


The route undulates gently to Tatopani, where there is a hot water spring and then moves once again into a narrow rocky gorge. We cross a bridge from the west bank of the Buri Gandaki to the east, and from here the trail becomes very spectacular, climbing staircases up the cliff sides past waterfalls and rapids. We come to dramatic section where the Buri Gandaki crashes down some 400ft beyond which the river widens and meanders to its Junction with the Yara Khola. A short day, but our campsite at the confluence of the two rivers is truly spectacular. Altitude 4200ft.


We follow the western bank of the river past the police check post at Jagat, and then re-cross to the east before climbing to advantage point offering good views of the Ganesh Himal range. Buddhism becomes increasingly evident as we head further north with "chortens" on the trail as well as prayer flags and "Mani" walls. The people here are of either Tibetan or Tamang descent, the latter distinctive for their very large gold-disk earrings. We stay at a tea house or camp on a fields near the village of Pangsing. Altitude 5200ft.


A longer day with some difficult terrain. A path cuts through the gorge cliffs with dramatic views of the raging Buri Gandaki winding up to the confluence with the Shiar Khola. Beyond here the vegetation becomes more alpine with pine trees replacing the subtropical forest. A new trail has been dynamited through the gorge north of Ngyak, creating an exciting (and at times difficult) route up to Deng, where we camp near the river. Altitude 6200ft.


Today the trail cuts abruptly to the west, still following the Buri Gandaki, but on a gently wind undulating route above the gorge. We cross the river at Ghap and walk through beautiful conifer forests before re-crossing to the northern bank to make our camp for the night. The river in this area has cut out fantastic designs in the cliffs. Altitude 7000ft.


The morning, again through some lovely conifer forests, brings us to the town of Narnru, at 9500ft, and finally to Lhogaun, where we camp with superb views of the northeast face of Manaslu. The people of its area are all either Tibetan or Gurung, and have closer ties with Lhasa than Kathmandu. Very little Nepali is spoken and traditional Tibetan dress is common. Altitude 10,400ft.


A half day's walk to the monastery at Ramanan Kharka, south of the main trail and at the base of Pungen Glacier. From there the view of Manaslu massif are spectacular- the northeast face seems to rise vertically above us. From here we trek northwest to the town of same (13200ft), which gives superb views out across the Manaslu Glacier. The Gompa in the area is worth a visit, either in the afternoon or early next morning. Altitude 11400ft.


A pleasant and easy walk across wide-open meadows. Yaks and horses can be seen grazing before re-crossing the Buri Gandaki and climbing a short distance up to Samdu. In this area you are likely to see Himalayan Mussa, a type groundhog. An alternative route follows a high ridge to the west with views over Manaslu's glacier lake. Over night at tea house in Samdo


We trek to Larkya Bazaar, formerly a busy trading town, but reduced by the closure of the Tibetan frontier to little more than a "Kharka" for grazing animals. Here we leave the Buri Gandaki, and head west towards the Larkya La Pass with just one lone house. Once again the views are magnificent, particularly of Manaslu's north face. Altitude 14500ft.


An early start for the crossing of Larkhaya La Pass. Approximately five hours of ascent, at first gradual but later quite steep brings us to the top of the pass, at 17100ft. We have stunning views of Himlun Himal and Cheo Himal on the Tibetan border to the west. The descent from the pass is steeper and there is a fair chance of snow on the ground. We recommend gaiters and a walking stick for this section. Camp at Larkey Peak Base Camp.


Establish High Camp, afternoon rest and make preparation for the summit


Ascent of Larkey Peak(6010m)


An Extra day attempt for summit incase bad weather or could not make the summit on day 16.


We descent and gradually becomes less severe as we reach Tanbuche at 1350ft. Finally we come to Bimtang, where we camp overnight. Views of Phungi Himlun Himal, Cheo Himal and Manaslu's northwest face can be seen. Altitude 12000ft.


Trekking southwards with more wonderful panoramas of the surrounding mountains, we cross the Dudh Khola (milk river) and enter a beautiful forested area. Manaslu's sheer, golden west face is in more of less continual view in stark contrast to the snow and glacier covered east and north faces. We will have lunch break between, and then continue to the large Gurung village of Tilje. Altitude 7400ft.


We continue south through a landscape that gradually opens up into wide, green valleys, very different from the sheer cliffs walls of the Buri Gandaki. At Dharapani we merge with the Annapurna Cirucit trail and follow it southeast to Jagat, over night at a lodge


We descend to Bahundanda and then continue down the Marsyangdi valley to Ngadi. We have a chance to swim in the Nagdi Khola, we continue down to the Marsyangdi Valley with a fairly level stretch of walking to BulBhulle, over night a lodge


Drive back to Kathmandu


Transfer to airport to board onward journey to Europe.