Manaslu Circuit and Larkya La Trek - 20 Days Trip

Trip Code: MCL
Trip Duration: 20 Days Trip
Max Altitude: 5135m/16847ft
Group Size: Min. 4- Max. 16
Best Time for Visit: Mar to May,   Sep to Dec
Activity: Walking and Trekking
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Trip Overview

The Himalaya presents us with some of the most dramatic and demanding trekking landscapes anywhere on earth, such as our Round Manaslu and Larkya La trek, an off-the-beaten-track alternative to the neighbouring Annapurna Circuit, in the Mansiri Himal region of west-central Nepal, which was opened for tourism only relatively recently and is declared a restricted area.

Round Manaslu and Larkya La is a challenging trek, circuiting the unspoilt massif of Manaslu (8163m), the world's 8th highest mountain, with its name deriving from the Sanskrit word, Manasa, meaning ‘intellect’ or ‘soul’. Many believe that this trail, which follows old Himalayan trade routes, will one day become as popular as the far more famous Annapurna Circuit. In addition to the breathtaking backdrop of towering Himalayan peaks including Baudha, Rupina La and Ganesh, the high point of the trek is crossing the impressive Larkya La (5134m), for which our route provides adequate acclimatization.

There is strong cultural interest throughout the trek, which starts in the lower hills populated by Gurung Buddhists and ascends to traditional Tibetan villages. Days are spent walking in the shadow of some of the world's most spectacular mountain scenery, where Buddhist gompas and fluttering prayer flags mark a journey of astonishing natural and cultural diversity.

The valley is a sanctuary to many highly endangered animals, providing a safe and important habitat for the elusive snow leopard, as well as the grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep, marmot and the Himalayan Thar. Over a hundred bird species, eleven butterfly species and three reptile species have been recorded here. Conservation of wild life in the area has been achieved by monks of local monasteries putting in place a hunting ban, which benevolent action has helped the wildlife to prosper.

The Ganesh range and Shringi Himal dominate the scenery with their size, though the Buddhist villages with their great stone carvings, chortens and paintings are equally beautiful. During the tough traverse back to the main trail, after circuiting Manaslu, the mountain scenery becomes even more impressive. The gorge slowly changes into an open valley and settlements become larger and more numerous.

The trek begins north of Gorkha and follows the Budhi Gandaki river upstream, along lush rice fields and passing through small Gurung villages. Rice terraces and yellow rapeseed fields cover the hillsides and wide valleys, while dense forests grow in the deep gorge along the river. After crossing Larkya La the trail drops down to the Marshyangdi Valley and joins the main Annapurna Circuit at Dharapani, following the Marshyangdi valley on to Bulbhule where make our final camp. Following morning we will say goodbye to our trekking team and drive to Kathmandu.

Map & Elevation

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Altitude (Meter)


Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel and welcome briefing.
Day 02 Half day sightseeing, probably Kathmandu and Patan.
Day 03 Early morning, drive to Soti Khola (730m.)

Altitude: 730m/2395ft

Day 04 Trek to Machha Khola (930m.),

Altitude: 930m/3051ft

Day 05 Trek to Jagat (1410m.).

Altitude: 1410m/4625ft

Day 06 Trek to Pewa (1620m.) or Dyang (1865m).

Altitude: 1865m/6118ft

Day 07 Trek to Ghap (2160m.).

Altitude: 2160m/7086ft

Day 08 Trek to Lho (3150m.).

Altitude: 3150m/10334ft

Day 09 Trek to Samagaon/Sama Gompa (3530 m.).

Altitude: 3530m/11581ft

Day 10 Trek to Samdo (3690m.).

Altitude: 3690m/12106ft

Day 11 Acclimatisation Day at Samdo and day for an excursion/ rest.
Day 12 Trek to Dharmashala [Larkya Phedi] (4,470m).

Altitude: 4470m/14665ft

Day 13 Cross the Larkya La (5135m.)

Altitude: 5135m/16847ft

Day 14 Trek to Gho (2560m.),

Altitude: 2560m/8398ft

Day 15 Trek to Tal (1700m) via Daharapani (1860 m.).

Altitude: 1860m/6102ft

Day 16 Trek to Syanga (1100 m.)

Altitude: 1100m/3608ft

Day 17 Early morning drive to Kathmandu.
Day 18 Everest Mountain flight/Shopping/leisure time in Kathmandu.
Day 19 Transfer to airport for international departure [B].

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Private Group

This style of trip is organized for specific groups of people (families, friends,school and college students, colleagues, business associates etc.), and is closed to outsiders. If you are interested in this particular trip departure date then please get in touch with us.

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This trip departure is open to all. However, if you are interested in this particular trip departure date but want your own private group, then please get in touch with us.

Lodge Based Trip/Trek

This trip/trek is lodge (teahouse) based. All accommodation, including food, is provided in local lodges. Occasionally however, where a large group is concerned we may choose to send our own cook along, as well, to take care of your food hygiene and to cook some special additional items.We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s) and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.

Camping Based Trip/Trek

This trip/trek is camping (tent) based. We will provide one 3-man tent for every two people, also single tents, where requested, on payment of supplementary costs. All food and drinks are provided by our experienced cook and his kitchen team. We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s), cook, kitchen crew, food and drink, and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.

Guide, Accommodation & Porter only

In this trip neither food nor transportation is included. Clients are responsible for food and local transportation, and our responsibility is to provide insured guide, insured porter, and all necessary permits. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Clients pay for their own accommodation. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, We can arrange hotels and international airport transfer, on request.

Self Guided Budget Trip

This trip is specially designed for low-budget travellers who prefer fairly basic facilities with reduced services. It is a pre-requisite that a porter is hired for any self-guided trip, which is an ideal set-up for those who enjoy independent travel with minimum cost. We have added support to minimise the hard work of planning and costing, and we will be available to help in the unlikely event of an emergency. We will arrange all documentation (including permits), before you arrive in Nepal, so that you are free to get on with your adventure, relying only on your porter to help you on your way. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Hotel accommodation, local transportation and international airport transfers may be arranged, on request.

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