Manaslu Larkey Peak

Manaslu Larkey Peak

Manaslu Larkey Peak

Hard
17 Days 16 Nights
  • Destination:
    Nepal
  • Region:
    Manaslu
  • Type:
    Peak Trek
  • Max. Altitude:
    6249m
  • Activity:
    Trekking Peaks
  • Group size:
    4-12 people
  • Accomodation:
    Hotel, Lodge, Camp
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  • Larke Peak at the elevation of 6249M lies in the Manaslu region and combines with the Manaslu circuit that has been opened post the massive earthquake in 2014. Since there are not many visitors in the region, the natural beauty along with the diverse culture and tradition in the region is still untouched. This 20 days trek to Larke Peak starts from Arughat Bazaar and takes us through the Larke Pass (5420M) which is also a route to the popular Manaslu circuit trek. Larke Peak itself is the technical mountain that requires fixed rope and jumers for steep climbing.

    Trip Highlights

    • Trek through the rich biodiversity and less visited region of Manasalu passing through Larke Pass at 5420m.
    • Amazing Himalayan range with the cultural diversity and nature with interesting glacier lakes along with flora and fauna.
    • Summit Larke Peak (6249m)

    What is included

    • Airport/Hotel/Airport Transfer
    • 3 Nights hotel Kathmandu in Mulberry  on BB Twin Room
    • 3 days camping Services with food & Tent
    • 10 nights food & accommodation in Local Lodge on FB Twin Room
    • Transportation: Ktm- Machha Khola 
    • Dharapani to Besi Sahar - Ktm for member & staffs
    • Larkey Peak Permit Fee
    • National Park & TIMS Permit Fee
    • Climbing equipment; Rope/Ice crew/snow bar/ carabiners
    • High Camp Food & Camping equipment
    • 04/06 Pax 1 Climbing Sherpa Sirdar + 1 Climbing Sherpa
    • 07/09 Pax 1 Climbing Sherpa Sirdar + 2 Climbing Sherpa
    • 11/12 Pax 1 Climbing Sherpa Sirdar+  3 Climbing Sherpa
    • 1 porter-every two members
    • All staffs insurance & daily wages food and equipment
    • Farewell Dinner in KTM

    What is not included

    • Personal Equipment & Insurance
    • Nepal Visa fee US$ 40 per person
    • Alcoholic Beverages, Telephone & Laundry
    • Any personal nature expenses.
    • Emergency Evacuation if required
    • Tips for Staffs
  • Detailed Itinerary

    • Day 1

      Arrival in Kathmandu

      Meals: B
      Depending on your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel.
      Meals: B
    • Day 2

      Drive to Machakhola and Trek to Dovan

      Meals: BLD
      An early morning breakfast and we head towards Arughat through the paved road from Kathmandu until Dhanding Besi. We take a right crossing the road through a bridge and head towards Arughat that is a major trade center for Gorkha. We drive further to Macha Khola from where we trek upto Dovan today.
      We will walk along the Budi Gandaki river until our final destination of the day, Dobhan. As we cross through several steep section open to the river while passing through herds of mules, it is important to remain on the wall side to avoid being pushed away by the mules carrying the loads. We arrive at Tatopani, a small hot spring from where we cross the Budi Gandaki River through a suspension bridge. From here, we continue towards Dobhan.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 3

      Trek to Philim (1570m) – 7 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      Today, we cross several suspension bridge along with the bridge like structure which is attached to the wall of the rock before we reach the village of Jagat. As we arrive at Jagat, we will notice the large cliff on both sides. A gate painted with "Welcome to Manaslu Conservation Area" welcomes stand visibly. After our guide takes care of the permits at the first checkpoint in Jagat, we continue our trek through the rocky ridge and several bridges. As we cross the bridge after Sirdibas village, we take a straight uphill all the way to Philim. The village has a beautiful school built by Japanese which you can visit on your leisure time.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 4

      Trek to Deng (1804m) – 6 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      After our guide takes care of the permits at the checkpoint, we continue our trek through the rocky ridge and several bridges. We see a beautiful village Philim right next to the Budi Gandaki. Crossing the suspension bridge, we take a straight uphill all the way to Philim where we stop over for lunch. The village has a school built by Japanese that you can see while the lunch is being prepared. After lunch, we continue through the trails that pass through the village of Ekle Bhatti. After crossing the narrow ridge and narrow trail we arrive at Deng that has few hotels. We will spend an overnight here.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 5

      Trek to Namrung (2630m) – 6 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      The trail today passes through the forest and Mani after heading west from Budi Gandaki. Crossing Budi Gandaki several times we encounter several monasteries along the way. As we enter the epic section of Manaslu. Crossing few other settlements we arrive at Namrung that is located next to the Budi Gandaki River. You can take a walk around the village to visit the monastery.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 6

      Trek to Lho Gaon (3530m) – 6/7 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      The early morning greets you with the sunrise over Siring and Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli in the south. Considered as one of the best parts of this trip because of the local people here and the view of Manaslu from Lho. We continue uphill through the forest and cross the Buri Gandaki river. As we ascend we leave the treeline with more visibility of the mountain views. We continue our walk towards Lho, a small village that is complimented by the prayer flags.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 7

      Trek to Sama Gompa via Pungen Gompba

      Meals: BLD
      We till trek to Sama Gompa today passing through the stone gate and Mani walls as we cross Lho as we are greeted with a full view of Ngadi Chuli ahead of us making a side trip to the Pungen Gompa. We walk for another 20 minutes after we reach Sama Gaun to reach Sama Gompa where we spend our overnight.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 8

      Rest Day. Explore Manasalu Base Camp

      Meals: BLD
      We will be staying one more overnight in Samagoan today. For those who wish to visit Manaslu Base Camp, it is better to start early. We trek through the steep section to Manaslu Base Camp. Another option can be to visit the Pugyen Monastery which is about two and half hour hike with the trail passing through a school that we had passed yesterday. At the monastery, the monks will offer us some tea. We walk back to our lodge for the overnight.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 9

      Trek to Samdo (3860m) – 5 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      Today is relatively a short walk passing through Birendra Lake and heading northwest of the valley as we encounter the chortens and mani walls along the way. We arrive at Samdo in about 4 hours after which you have the rest of the day to yourself.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 10

      Trek to Dharamsala (4460m) – 5 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      A short walk from to Dharamsala from Samdo takes about 5 hours. We cross a wooden bridge as we start ascending from here. Along the way, we can witness the Larkya Glacier. We continue climbing as we arrive at a guest house in Dharamsala which is also known locally as Larkya Phedi, there are some isolated tea houses.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 11

      Trek to High Camp (5600m)

      Meals: BLD
      We move towards the high camp today early and set up the camp at high camp for the final summit push the next day.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 12

      Summit Larke Peak (6249m) and Descend Back to Base Camp – 10/11 Hrs

      Meals: BLD
      A very early start today for our final summit push to Larke Peak at 6249M. The view of the Manaslu range will be a reward from the summit along Manaslu North (7157M). We will descend back to the base camp after the summit.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 13

      Trek to Bimthang (3720m) via Larke La Pass (5160m) – 8 Hrs Trek

      Meals: BLD
      Today can be regarded as one of the most challenging days of the whole trek. After climb for a short while, we get spectacular views of Larkya Peak and Cho Danda. As we ascend towards the trails becomes steeper. We are greeted with amazing views of HImlung, Cheo and Annapurna II from the pass. We continue our towards Bimthang from here with the view of Manaslu.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 14

      Trek to Tilje (1860m) – 7 Hrs Trek

      Meals: FB
      As the hard part of the trek is over, we head towards Dharapani where the trail passes through the dense forest and fields slowly coming into sight. Arriving in the Manang district, we are in the restricted part of the Manang after Nar Phu. We continue our trek further down to Tilje.
      Meals: FB
    • Day 15

      Trek to Dharapani. Drive to Besisahar and to Kathmandu

      Meals: BLD
      The last day of the trip, we start up early following the trail to Dharapani. The Marshyangdi valley can be seen with the terraced fields and villages as the trails descends through the forest of pine and rhododendron that ultimately leads us to Syangje.
      Once we arrive in Dharapani, our vehicle will take us to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar which takes about 8 hours drive to Kathmandu. We will check into our comfortable rooms and enjoy the hot showers and freshen up.
      Meals: BLD
    • Day 16

      Free Day in Kathmandu

      Meals: B
      We deserve a free day where we can relax in our hotel garden with some chilled beers or go for a full day sightseeing that can be arranged upon request.
      Meals: B
    • Day 17

      International Departure

      Meals: B
      Depending on your flight time, our airport check in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12PM. In case our flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.

      Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.
      Meals: B
  • Visa

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US $25 for 15 days, US $40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

    Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

    Vaccinations

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

    Eating & Drinking

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

    Although meat is available in the tea houses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

    If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

    Drinking Water

    Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

    We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

    All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

    SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

    If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the tea houses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

    While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

    Weather

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

    Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

    Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

    Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

    Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

    Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

    More Info

    This is a Tough+ trek. It is activity level 9 with 16 days walking and full porterage throughout. The maximum altitude is 6,189m (or 5,545m without Island Peak) and the average is 3,680m. There are some steep ascents and descents and some narrow trails. As this trek also ascends to very high altitudes participants should be confident of their physical fitness and must have previous experience of trekking at altitude and in snow.

    Although it is not compulsory to participate in the climb (the summit attempt is optional), anyone who does must have previous ice axe and crampon experience and know how to use a jumar and abseil device. There will be equipment checks and practice sessions for rope use, ice axe, crampon and harness use, abseiling and crevasse rescue. For safety reasons it is compulsory to participate in these sessions. If you do not take part the leader and climbing Sherpas will not allow you to take part in the climb.

    Though technically harder than Mera Peak, for those with the necessary experience this expedition is within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit. The climb requires strong lungs and a great deal of will power - it is graded alpine PD+ and starts with some rocky scrambling to a glacier. We cross the glacier roped up (there is one ladder to cross), and then come to a 200m steep 40-45 degree headwall, which leads to a 20m summit ridge. We will rope up to cross the glacier and you will be walking with an ice axe, crampons and plastic boots. There are fixed ropes up the headwall (approximately 200m) and along the summit ridge. On the ascent you will need to use a jumar and on the descent you will need to use an abseil device.

    Please be aware that altitude can have a significant affect on your physical state. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. The leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of AMS symptoms and will keep a close eye on the group. We ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes.

    The climb itself is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo and the main trail itself crosses three modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys - all of these have mesh sides but some are quite long and high.

    Equipment Checklist

    Body Wear

    • Down Suit- Recommended Absolute Zero Oversuit by Mountain Hardwear, or Ulvetanna Suit by Berghaus, or The Himalayan Suit by The North Face, or the Expedition Suit by Rab.
    • Waterproof Jacket and Over trousers that goes over your alpine boot
    • Balaclava- Recommended The North Face A3543 Unisex Wool Balaclava or similar covering nose and face
    • Fleece or woolen hat
    • Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Buff Scarf / thin face mask
    • Long sleeve Thermal shirt and Trousers- Recommended anti-sweat
    • Anti-sweat T-shirt
    • Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore Tex pant, Patagonia, or The North Face, or Mountain Hardwear
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie
    • Hiking pant
    • Ultra-Soft Running/Hiking Socks (2 pair - new)
    • Smartwool Mountaineering Socks (2 pair - new)
    • Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
    • Alpine bootRecommended La Sportiva Men's Nepal EVO GTX Boot or similar
    • Mountaineering bootRecommended La Sportiva Olympus Mons Evo or Millet Everest GTX
    • Trekking boots
    • Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper

    Hand wear

    • Liner gloves- thin and warm
    • Down mitts- Recommended The North Face, or Marmot Expedition mitt, or Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Mittand.
    • Mountain Gloves- Recommended water & wind proof
    • Fleece or woolen thin gloves for trekking

    Other Equipments

    • 55-65 Litre Rucksack- Recommended POD Black Ice, Crux AK47 (extendable) and Crux AK57
    • 30 Litre Rucksack with cover
    • Base Camp Duffel with padlock for climbing equipment’s - XXL
    • Duffel Bag for trekking with padlock for clothing - L
    • 5 season sleeping bag with compression bag- Recommended North Face and Mountain Hardwear
    • Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15 ºC)
    • 2 X 5 season foam sleeping mat- Recommended 72 x 20 inches (20 x 5 x 5.5 inches folded) and weigh around 14 ounces
    • Swiss Army Knife with multi tools system or leather men
    • 1 liter stainless steel thermos - that works in extreme weather condition
    • Water bottles 1 Litre X 2
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

    Climbing Equipments

    • Climbing helmet- Recommended Black Diamond
    • Ski Googleswith UV protection and anti-fog system
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Snow Googleswith 100% UV protection and anti-fog system
    • Headlamp- Recommended Black Diamond & Petzl
    • Spare batteries- Recommended Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries
    • Classical Alpine ice-axe- Recommended (70-90 cm) Petzl, or Grivel Air Tech, or Black Diamond
    • Crampons that fits Mountaineering and Alpine boots- Recommended Grivel G-12 New-Matic Crampons

    Washing Kit & Toiletries

    • Waterproof washing kit bag
    • Towel - medium size
    • Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, tooth brush etc.
    • Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Hand wash & sanitizer
    • Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
    • Wet tissue

    Harness Set

    • Light weight Harness- Recommended DMM Super Couloir, or Black Diamond Couloir Harness, or Mammut Ophira 3 Side climbing harness
    • Ascender (Jummer)- Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
    • Abseiling device- Recommended Black Diamond ATC Guide Bley Device, or Petzl GRIGRI 2 Grey Belay, or Descent Device D14BG
    • Screw gate Carabiners (2 large, 2 small size)- Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
    • Bent Gate Carabiners (2 medium size)- Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
    • 6 mm rope- Recommended 2 meters UIAA tested
    • 6 mm rope- Recommended 5 meters UIAA tested
    • 1 X tape sling- Recommended 120 cm UIAA tested
    • Dynamic 8.9 mm rope (single rope) - Recommended 2 m UIAA tested

    Optional Items

    • Trekking poles
    • Pulley device
    • Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
    • Shorts
    • Base layer leggings
    • Snow Gaiter
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Pillowcase
    • Travel clothes
    • Camera
    • Repair kit – (egg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Accommodation

    This tour spends three nights in a hotel in Kathmandu and ten nights on the trek in lodges (tea houses) and tented camp while on base camp and high camp of Larke.

    In Kathmandu, we normally use a 3-star hotel located within walking distance of the Thamel.

    On the trek, we will stay in teahouses for the most part. The tea houses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains.

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  • Overview

    Larke Peak at the elevation of 6249M lies in the Manaslu region and combines with the Manaslu circuit that has been opened post the massive earthquake in 2014. Since there are not many visitors in the region, the natural beauty along with the diverse culture and tradition in the region is still untouched. This 20 days trek to Larke Peak starts from Arughat Bazaar and takes us through the Larke Pass (5420M) which is also a route to the popular Manaslu circuit trek. Larke Peak itself is the technical mountain that requires fixed rope and jumers for steep climbing.

    Trip Highlights

    • Trek through the rich biodiversity and less visited region of Manasalu passing through Larke Pass at 5420m.
    • Amazing Himalayan range with the cultural diversity and nature with interesting glacier lakes along with flora and fauna.
    • Summit Larke Peak (6249m)

    What is included

    • Airport/Hotel/Airport Transfer
    • 3 Nights hotel Kathmandu in Mulberry  on BB Twin Room
    • 3 days camping Services with food & Tent
    • 10 nights food & accommodation in Local Lodge on FB Twin Room
    • Transportation: Ktm- Machha Khola 
    • Dharapani to Besi Sahar - Ktm for member & staffs
    • Larkey Peak Permit Fee
    • National Park & TIMS Permit Fee
    • Climbing equipment; Rope/Ice crew/snow bar/ carabiners
    • High Camp Food & Camping equipment
    • 04/06 Pax 1 Climbing Sherpa Sirdar + 1 Climbing Sherpa
    • 07/09 Pax 1 Climbing Sherpa Sirdar + 2 Climbing Sherpa
    • 11/12 Pax 1 Climbing Sherpa Sirdar+  3 Climbing Sherpa
    • 1 porter-every two members
    • All staffs insurance & daily wages food and equipment
    • Farewell Dinner in KTM

    What is not included

    • Personal Equipment & Insurance
    • Nepal Visa fee US$ 40 per person
    • Alcoholic Beverages, Telephone & Laundry
    • Any personal nature expenses.
    • Emergency Evacuation if required
    • Tips for Staffs
  • Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

    Depending on your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel.
    Meals: B

    Day 2 : Drive to Machakhola and Trek to Dovan

    An early morning breakfast and we head towards Arughat through the paved road from Kathmandu until Dhanding Besi. We take a right crossing the road through a bridge and head towards Arughat that is a major trade center for Gorkha. We drive further to Macha Khola from where we trek upto Dovan today.
    We will walk along the Budi Gandaki river until our final destination of the day, Dobhan. As we cross through several steep section open to the river while passing through herds of mules, it is important to remain on the wall side to avoid being pushed away by the mules carrying the loads. We arrive at Tatopani, a small hot spring from where we cross the Budi Gandaki River through a suspension bridge. From here, we continue towards Dobhan.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 3 : Trek to Philim (1570m) – 7 Hrs Trek

    Today, we cross several suspension bridge along with the bridge like structure which is attached to the wall of the rock before we reach the village of Jagat. As we arrive at Jagat, we will notice the large cliff on both sides. A gate painted with "Welcome to Manaslu Conservation Area" welcomes stand visibly. After our guide takes care of the permits at the first checkpoint in Jagat, we continue our trek through the rocky ridge and several bridges. As we cross the bridge after Sirdibas village, we take a straight uphill all the way to Philim. The village has a beautiful school built by Japanese which you can visit on your leisure time.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 4 : Trek to Deng (1804m) – 6 Hrs Trek

    After our guide takes care of the permits at the checkpoint, we continue our trek through the rocky ridge and several bridges. We see a beautiful village Philim right next to the Budi Gandaki. Crossing the suspension bridge, we take a straight uphill all the way to Philim where we stop over for lunch. The village has a school built by Japanese that you can see while the lunch is being prepared. After lunch, we continue through the trails that pass through the village of Ekle Bhatti. After crossing the narrow ridge and narrow trail we arrive at Deng that has few hotels. We will spend an overnight here.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 5 : Trek to Namrung (2630m) – 6 Hrs Trek

    The trail today passes through the forest and Mani after heading west from Budi Gandaki. Crossing Budi Gandaki several times we encounter several monasteries along the way. As we enter the epic section of Manaslu. Crossing few other settlements we arrive at Namrung that is located next to the Budi Gandaki River. You can take a walk around the village to visit the monastery.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 6 : Trek to Lho Gaon (3530m) – 6/7 Hrs Trek

    The early morning greets you with the sunrise over Siring and Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli in the south. Considered as one of the best parts of this trip because of the local people here and the view of Manaslu from Lho. We continue uphill through the forest and cross the Buri Gandaki river. As we ascend we leave the treeline with more visibility of the mountain views. We continue our walk towards Lho, a small village that is complimented by the prayer flags.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 7 : Trek to Sama Gompa via Pungen Gompba

    We till trek to Sama Gompa today passing through the stone gate and Mani walls as we cross Lho as we are greeted with a full view of Ngadi Chuli ahead of us making a side trip to the Pungen Gompa. We walk for another 20 minutes after we reach Sama Gaun to reach Sama Gompa where we spend our overnight.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 8 : Rest Day. Explore Manasalu Base Camp

    We will be staying one more overnight in Samagoan today. For those who wish to visit Manaslu Base Camp, it is better to start early. We trek through the steep section to Manaslu Base Camp. Another option can be to visit the Pugyen Monastery which is about two and half hour hike with the trail passing through a school that we had passed yesterday. At the monastery, the monks will offer us some tea. We walk back to our lodge for the overnight.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 9 : Trek to Samdo (3860m) – 5 Hrs Trek

    Today is relatively a short walk passing through Birendra Lake and heading northwest of the valley as we encounter the chortens and mani walls along the way. We arrive at Samdo in about 4 hours after which you have the rest of the day to yourself.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 10 : Trek to Dharamsala (4460m) – 5 Hrs Trek

    A short walk from to Dharamsala from Samdo takes about 5 hours. We cross a wooden bridge as we start ascending from here. Along the way, we can witness the Larkya Glacier. We continue climbing as we arrive at a guest house in Dharamsala which is also known locally as Larkya Phedi, there are some isolated tea houses.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 11 : Trek to High Camp (5600m)

    We move towards the high camp today early and set up the camp at high camp for the final summit push the next day.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 12 : Summit Larke Peak (6249m) and Descend Back to Base Camp – 10/11 Hrs

    A very early start today for our final summit push to Larke Peak at 6249M. The view of the Manaslu range will be a reward from the summit along Manaslu North (7157M). We will descend back to the base camp after the summit.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 13 : Trek to Bimthang (3720m) via Larke La Pass (5160m) – 8 Hrs Trek

    Today can be regarded as one of the most challenging days of the whole trek. After climb for a short while, we get spectacular views of Larkya Peak and Cho Danda. As we ascend towards the trails becomes steeper. We are greeted with amazing views of HImlung, Cheo and Annapurna II from the pass. We continue our towards Bimthang from here with the view of Manaslu.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 14 : Trek to Tilje (1860m) – 7 Hrs Trek

    As the hard part of the trek is over, we head towards Dharapani where the trail passes through the dense forest and fields slowly coming into sight. Arriving in the Manang district, we are in the restricted part of the Manang after Nar Phu. We continue our trek further down to Tilje.
    Meals: FB

    Day 15 : Trek to Dharapani. Drive to Besisahar and to Kathmandu

    The last day of the trip, we start up early following the trail to Dharapani. The Marshyangdi valley can be seen with the terraced fields and villages as the trails descends through the forest of pine and rhododendron that ultimately leads us to Syangje.
    Once we arrive in Dharapani, our vehicle will take us to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar which takes about 8 hours drive to Kathmandu. We will check into our comfortable rooms and enjoy the hot showers and freshen up.
    Meals: BLD

    Day 16 : Free Day in Kathmandu

    We deserve a free day where we can relax in our hotel garden with some chilled beers or go for a full day sightseeing that can be arranged upon request.
    Meals: B

    Day 17 : International Departure

    Depending on your flight time, our airport check in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is 12PM. In case our flight is late evening please let us know if you require half day use of the hotel.

    Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.
    Meals: B
  • Essential Info

    Visa

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US $25 for 15 days, US $40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

    Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

    Vaccinations

    There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is present in certain regions only (such as Chitwan); you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the TRIP NOTES for complete advice on AMS.

    Eating & Drinking

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping (all breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners).

    Breakfast is included throughout the trip and all meals are provided while camping. On trek the breakfast will be a set menu usually consisting of porridge and toast. Any additional items that are not included in the set menu should be ordered and paid for separately. We do not include lunch and dinner in the tea-houses, allowing you to choose what you want to eat and when. Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dal bhat to pizza and apple pie.

    Although meat is available in the tea houses, we advise against eating it on trek. The meat has often been carried in the heat from lower altitudes for several days before reaching the lodges, and can cause stomach upsets or illness. Germs can also be spread by handling dirty money - we recommend using hand sanitiser.

    If you buy imported food and drink whilst on trek you will spend more than the suggested amount.

    Drinking Water

    Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 litres per person per day.

    We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.

    All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge, if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).

    SteriPENs are widely stocked on Amazon, outdoor shops and other online retailers; look for the latest models but avoid USB charging ones. Better still, a SteriPEN will pay for itself over the course of the trek and you won’t leave behind a single plastic bottle – you will end up spending the same or even less than you would on bottled water, plus you can keep it for future trips.

    If you prefer not to invest in a SteriPEN, the tea houses also sell boiled water for approx. Rs150-300 per litre (the price increases the higher you trek) which should not require treating. This is also perfect for a bedtime refill as it can double up as a hot water bottle.

    While camping boiled water is supplied for drinking.

    Weather

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 35ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go.

    Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking.

    Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November. This is the main trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are usually clear and days on trek are sunny and mild with clear mountain views. At the highest altitudes although the days can be nice and sunny the temperatures can drop to 10ºC and much lower. Nights will be colder with temperatures dropping as low as minus 10ºC and lower at the highest altitudes.

    Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May. Both day and night temperatures will be warmer in general but haze will often build up in the afternoons. It is very hot in the lowlands and temperatures rise to 35ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this season and this is one of the reasons people chose to trek in spring.

    Snow can be expected on any departure, usually at the higher altitudes. Summit day will be a very early start (usually about 2am) and will be extremely cold. Although mostly it is calm and clear on summit day the mountain does occasionally get high winds. You need to be equipped for temperatures as low as minus 25ºC plus wind chill on summit day.

    Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above.

    More Info

    This is a Tough+ trek. It is activity level 9 with 16 days walking and full porterage throughout. The maximum altitude is 6,189m (or 5,545m without Island Peak) and the average is 3,680m. There are some steep ascents and descents and some narrow trails. As this trek also ascends to very high altitudes participants should be confident of their physical fitness and must have previous experience of trekking at altitude and in snow.

    Although it is not compulsory to participate in the climb (the summit attempt is optional), anyone who does must have previous ice axe and crampon experience and know how to use a jumar and abseil device. There will be equipment checks and practice sessions for rope use, ice axe, crampon and harness use, abseiling and crevasse rescue. For safety reasons it is compulsory to participate in these sessions. If you do not take part the leader and climbing Sherpas will not allow you to take part in the climb.

    Though technically harder than Mera Peak, for those with the necessary experience this expedition is within the reach of those seeking their first Himalayan summit. The climb requires strong lungs and a great deal of will power - it is graded alpine PD+ and starts with some rocky scrambling to a glacier. We cross the glacier roped up (there is one ladder to cross), and then come to a 200m steep 40-45 degree headwall, which leads to a 20m summit ridge. We will rope up to cross the glacier and you will be walking with an ice axe, crampons and plastic boots. There are fixed ropes up the headwall (approximately 200m) and along the summit ridge. On the ascent you will need to use a jumar and on the descent you will need to use an abseil device.

    Please be aware that altitude can have a significant affect on your physical state. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. The leaders are trained in first aid and are well aware of AMS symptoms and will keep a close eye on the group. We ask you to refer to the altitude warning within the Trip Notes.

    The climb itself is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or vertigo and the main trail itself crosses three modern suspension bridges over rivers and valleys - all of these have mesh sides but some are quite long and high.

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    Equipment Checklist

    Body Wear

    • Down Suit- Recommended Absolute Zero Oversuit by Mountain Hardwear, or Ulvetanna Suit by Berghaus, or The Himalayan Suit by The North Face, or the Expedition Suit by Rab.
    • Waterproof Jacket and Over trousers that goes over your alpine boot
    • Balaclava- Recommended The North Face A3543 Unisex Wool Balaclava or similar covering nose and face
    • Fleece or woolen hat
    • Earmuffs/Ear warmers (optional)
    • Buff Scarf / thin face mask
    • Long sleeve Thermal shirt and Trousers- Recommended anti-sweat
    • Anti-sweat T-shirt
    • Fleece trouser and jacket or warm jumper - Recommended not thick but warm enough that fits inside the Gore Tex pant, Patagonia, or The North Face, or Mountain Hardwear
    • Thermal inner trouser
    • Down jacket with hoodie
    • Hiking pant
    • Ultra-Soft Running/Hiking Socks (2 pair - new)
    • Smartwool Mountaineering Socks (2 pair - new)
    • Trekking socks (4-5 pair)
    • Alpine bootRecommended La Sportiva Men's Nepal EVO GTX Boot or similar
    • Mountaineering bootRecommended La Sportiva Olympus Mons Evo or Millet Everest GTX
    • Trekking boots
    • Hollow Out Outdoor Slipper

    Hand wear

    • Liner gloves- thin and warm
    • Down mitts- Recommended The North Face, or Marmot Expedition mitt, or Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Mittand.
    • Mountain Gloves- Recommended water & wind proof
    • Fleece or woolen thin gloves for trekking

    Other Equipments

    • 55-65 Litre Rucksack- Recommended POD Black Ice, Crux AK47 (extendable) and Crux AK57
    • 30 Litre Rucksack with cover
    • Base Camp Duffel with padlock for climbing equipment’s - XXL
    • Duffel Bag for trekking with padlock for clothing - L
    • 5 season sleeping bag with compression bag- Recommended North Face and Mountain Hardwear
    • Sleeping bag (comfort rated - 15 ºC)
    • 2 X 5 season foam sleeping mat- Recommended 72 x 20 inches (20 x 5 x 5.5 inches folded) and weigh around 14 ounces
    • Swiss Army Knife with multi tools system or leather men
    • 1 liter stainless steel thermos - that works in extreme weather condition
    • Water bottles 1 Litre X 2
    • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are also a good idea.

    Climbing Equipments

    • Climbing helmet- Recommended Black Diamond
    • Ski Googleswith UV protection and anti-fog system
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Snow Googleswith 100% UV protection and anti-fog system
    • Headlamp- Recommended Black Diamond & Petzl
    • Spare batteries- Recommended Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries
    • Classical Alpine ice-axe- Recommended (70-90 cm) Petzl, or Grivel Air Tech, or Black Diamond
    • Crampons that fits Mountaineering and Alpine boots- Recommended Grivel G-12 New-Matic Crampons

    Washing Kit & Toiletries

    • Waterproof washing kit bag
    • Towel - medium size
    • Washing soap, towel, tooth pest, tooth brush etc.
    • Sun Lotion Enough +30SPF (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
    • Hand wash & sanitizer
    • Toilet paper (you can buy this in the lodges)
    • Wet tissue

    Harness Set

    • Light weight Harness- Recommended DMM Super Couloir, or Black Diamond Couloir Harness, or Mammut Ophira 3 Side climbing harness
    • Ascender (Jummer)- Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
    • Abseiling device- Recommended Black Diamond ATC Guide Bley Device, or Petzl GRIGRI 2 Grey Belay, or Descent Device D14BG
    • Screw gate Carabiners (2 large, 2 small size)- Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
    • Bent Gate Carabiners (2 medium size)- Recommended Petzl or Black Diamond
    • 6 mm rope- Recommended 2 meters UIAA tested
    • 6 mm rope- Recommended 5 meters UIAA tested
    • 1 X tape sling- Recommended 120 cm UIAA tested
    • Dynamic 8.9 mm rope (single rope) - Recommended 2 m UIAA tested

    Optional Items

    • Trekking poles
    • Pulley device
    • Trainers or similar for use in the lodges
    • Shorts
    • Base layer leggings
    • Snow Gaiter
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • Pillowcase
    • Travel clothes
    • Camera
    • Repair kit – (egg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    This tour spends three nights in a hotel in Kathmandu and ten nights on the trek in lodges (tea houses) and tented camp while on base camp and high camp of Larke.

    In Kathmandu, we normally use a 3-star hotel located within walking distance of the Thamel.

    On the trek, we will stay in teahouses for the most part. The tea houses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains.


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