“An untouched beauty allows an opportunity to explore the absolute nature and mountains”
Manaslu Circuit Larkya La Pass Trek is a very popular trek that presents a stunning view of the 8th highest mountain, Manasalu 8,163 meters (26,781ft). Trekking in this region has become an exhilarating trip as only a handful of trekkers visit this region every year, which makes the region exotic. With diverse biological diversity, fascinating Tibetan Buddhist culture, challenging Larkya La Pass 5,106 meters (16,752 ft) and raw natural beauty, this region has got everything to make a lifetime trip in the Himalayas.
This unspoiled trail was opened in early 1991 for foreign trekkers before it was prohibited by the Nepal government. Moreover, the permit itself is not affordable for every foreigner trekkers, mountaineers, and hikers. Trekkers have to take three different entry permits to go on the Manaslu Circuit Larkya La Pass Trek.
Manaslu is located in western Nepal, between Annapurna Himalayan Range 8,091 meters (26,545ft), Ganesh Himalaya [7,422 meters/24,350ft], and Tibet border. Back in days, this is used to be a salt trading route. The Manaslu trek is great to see stunning vistas and also known for its captivating trail. The trip starts in Gorkha, Arughat nearby Soti Khola and crosses Larkya La Pass situated at 5,106 meters (16,752ft), and further, joins the classic Annapurna circuit trail.
Manaslu trail offers, lots of side trips, such as Punggen Gompa, above Gunggen glacier, which is grazing land for yaks, cows, and horses in summer. One can also visit Manaslu Base Camp, Samdo village comes on the way to Tibet border or, hike to Pana hill for substantial views of Larkya glacier, Punkar Lake, and Mt. Manaslu.
During the trek, we will cross many cultivated farmlands, well-made suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and it is subsidiary River, forest, fascinating Buddhist people settled lands, monasteries, mani walls, fluttering prayer flags, many promoting lodges with magnificent Mountains views such as Himal Chuli [7,893 meters/25,895ft], Peak 29 [7,871 meters/25,823ft], Ganesh Himal [7,422 meters/24,350ft], and glacier moraines.
Introduction of the Trail:
The trip starts from Kathmandu with a bus journey (8- 9 hours/141 km) driving along the Prithvi Highway. From Dhading Beshi our route separates to Gorkha, and we reach Arughat – Soti Khola. Normally, the trip used to begin from Arughat Bazar and end at Besisahar in the past, but, later after the new construction of the road, it does not have fix point to start and end.
The second day our journey begins following Budhi Gandaki River along the recently constructed gravel road to Manasalu – Larkye Sama Gaun. The trail ascends following Budhi Gandaki River along the off-road and mixed rugged trail and passes by the phenomenal isolated Buddhist region with a magnificent mounts view. From Dang hamlet, we will only see Tibetan inhabited villages. Most of the locals and their culture, customs and language are influenced by Tibet. We will pass by several mani walls, prayer stone walls, gompa, fluttering prayer flags, beautiful farmlands, lodges, and bridges. This trial will reward us with the beauty of nature and culture and present a rejuvenating experience.
After 5 days of fabulous trekking, we will reach Sama village underneath the Pinnacle Mount Manaslu. It is one of the most touristic places in this remote area. It has wonderful side trips around here, such as Manaslu Base Camp, Punggen Gompa, Birendra Lake, and sightseeing of the village and monastery.
We will cross adventurous and challenging Larkya La Pass [5,106 meters/16,752 ft], through moraine and glacier and descend to the Marsyangdi river valley on Annapurna trail, and ultimately, dive back to Besisahar and then to Kathmandu.
Manaslu round trip with Larkya La Pass [5,106m/16,751ft], in 16 days, is a lifetime experience. Join us for a comprehensive service, we are available 24 hours for our distinguished clients.
Approximately 180km long distances, 14 days biological trek through Buddhist lands with spectacular landscape.
Scenic and off-the-Beaten-Path, Less Tourist and Cultural Trail.
Best Side trips, Circuit Trail. Part of The Great Himalayan Trail.
Trek to world’s eight tallest mountain Manaslu Base Camp for stunning spectacular backdrop views.
Kathmandu city tour the world heritage sites, Patan and Bhaktapur.
Scenic drive Kathmandu / Arughat – Machhi Khola with mountain terrain views.
Exploring Budhi Gandaki River valley and some highland Buddhist remote villages.
Crossing Larkya-La pass over 5,106 meters through long moraine with fascinating Mount Views.
Walking through the tropical green forest, the farmer’s cultivated lands and plain to highland.
We serve you 3 times meals in a day with drinks like tea, coffee, and juice. We have an open Menu, which means the client can choose any dish as they like from the menu cards or the client can ask a guide for particular hygienic meals.
In the breakfast hour:
We serve our distinguished clients or new guest as per their choice. You can get plain toast/ French toast/ Chapati bread/ Tibetan bread/ Vegetable omelet/ Cheese omelets/ Scrambled egg/ Fry eggs/ Boiled Eggs/ Vegetable fried potato/ Veg fry Potatoes cheese top/ jam, honey & butter with any Breads/ Rice pudding/ Rice porridge/ Oat porridge with fruits/ Uuesli porridge with hot drinks
In the lunch hour:
We serve you fresh vegetable items or meat items such as Egg fried Rice/ Vegetables, Egg, and Cheese fry Rice/ Meat fry Rice/ Egg, Vegetable fry Noodle/ Meat fry Noodle/ Noodle soup with Meat/ Veg Noodle soup/ Vegetable curry Rice/ Meat curry Rice/ Vegetables, Egg fry Potatoes/ Vegetable fry Potatoes with cheese top/ Spaghetti with vegetable cheese/ Pasta with Vegetables, Egg Cheese top/ Finger chips, roasted Potatoes with hot sauce/ Vegetable spring rolls/ Sandwiches/ pizza/ Burger/ MoMo/ Fry Vegetable/ Dal Bhat set/ Meat curry Rice/ Chicken curry Rice/ Mutton curry Rice/ Soup items/ Fresh fruits with hot drinks.
In the dinner hour:
Soup items with snacks/ Dal Bhat set vegetarian/ Dal Bhat set non-vegetarian/ Chicken curry rice/ Mutton curry rice/ Yak curry rice/ Vegetable curry rice/ Yak steak/ Paper steak/ Yak burgers/ Sandwiches/ Pizza/ MoMoitems/ Fry Vegetables/ Fresh fruits with hot drinks.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport [1,350m/4,429ft], transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Arughat Gorkha and Machhi khola [930m/ 3,051 ft] 1 hrs
Day 03: Trek to Jagat [1,340 meters/4,396ft], walk 7 to 8 hours.
Day 04: Easy trek to Philim [1,570 meters/5,151ft] walk 3 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Bihi Phedi [1,990 meters/6,529ft], walk 7 hours.
Day 06: Trek to Namrung [2,630 meters/8,628ft], walk 7 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Syala gau [3,500 meters/11,483ft], walk 7 to 8 hours.
Day 08: Hike to Pung Gyen gompa [4,000m/13,123ft], trek to Sama gau [3,520m/11,546ft].
Day 09: Trek to Samdo [3,875 meters/12,713ft], walk 3 to 4 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Dharmasala [4,460 meters/14,632ft], walk 4 hours.
Day 11: Trek to Larkya Pass [5,106m/16,752ft], [Vimthang [3,590m/11,778ft], 8/9hrs.
Day 12: Trek down to Dharapani [1,963 meters/6,440ft], walk 9 hours.
Day 13: Drive back to Besisahar [820 m/2,690ft] and Kathmandu [1,350m/4,429ft], 10 hours.
Day 14: Full day Sightseeing of UNESCO world heritage sites [1,350m/4,429ft].
Day 15: Finally, the Departure Day.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu international airport [1,350m/4,429ft], transfer to Hotel included BB:
Welcome to the land of glowing mountains. Before your landing in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our representatives will already reach there to welcome you. After landing your aircraft, we will pick you up with our welcome greetings. Collecting your luggage, we drop you off to the Hotel. You will have welcome dinner with Nepali cultural dance, and your guides will also brief you about the day program tomorrow. The hotel service includes beds and breakfast.
Day 02: A scenic bus journey to Arughat Bazar Gorkha and Machhi Khola [930m/ 3,051 ft], 10 hrs in local deluxe Bus. Overnight in the lodge:
Our staff will come to your hotel around 07:00 am to pick up you for Arughat, Soti Khola drive. We will have long approximately 11 hours scenic bus journey today to Soti Khola, [700 meters/2,296f]. The company has already booked your lodge in Soti Khola, where you will spend overnight at the lodge (included dinner and breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee). The route will include fascinating ground landscape and mountain terrain views, of major peaks, Manaslu [8,163 meters/26,781ft], Ngadi Chuli [7,871 meters/25,823ft], Himal Chuli [7,893 meters/25,895ft], Rani Peak, Baudha Himal [6,692 meters/21,955ft] and Ganesh Himal [7,422 meters/24,350ft]. Overnight at lodge.
Day 03:Trek to Jagat [1,340 meters/4,396ft], walk 7 to 8 hours, following Budhi Gandaki up River. Stay in the lodge:
From Khola Besi, we trek into the giant gorge. The trail goes through Tatopani (hot spring) crossing the Budhi Gandaki River twice and other side rivers of Budhi Gandaki. Finally, we reach Jagat after ascending 7 to 8 hours on the rugged trail and passing many scattered hamlets, bridges and the farmer’s farmlands with beautiful scenery. We stay at a lodge (service includes dinner and breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee).
Day 04: Easy trek to Philim [1,570 meters/5,151ft], walk 3 hours, following Budhi Gandaki up. Overnight in Lodge:
Today, the trail will be short and easy. The trail gradually ascents up following the Budhi Gandaki River. Further, crossing the side rivers of Budhi Gandaki with a captivating view of Sringi Himal, several Gurung settlements and cultivated the farmlands. Finally, we cross a well-made suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River, then ascend to Philim village where the trek ends for the day. We spend overnight in a lodge (service includes dinner and lunch with a cup of tea or coffee).
Day 05: Trek to Bihi Phedi [1,990 meters/6,529ft], walk 7 hours up way, into the big gorge. Overnight at T-house:
After breakfast, our trek begins towards Bihi Phedi. The trail moves towards a new bridge and then to the Dang village. After crossing the bridge over Budhi Gandaki River, we trek into the huge Gorge and further, ascend gradually through a dense bamboo forest. Finally, we cross Budhi Gandaki River along the bridge one more time and trail from here rises up steeply. Further, we will trek on a relatively easy path to reach Bihi Phedi. We will stay overnight at a tea house (service includes dinner and breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee).
Day 06: Trek to Namrung [2,630 meters/8,628ft], walk 7 hours, through Buddhist cultivating farmlands. Overnight at the lodge:
Leaving towards Namrung, the trail ascends gently up to the Prok and Gap villages through Tibetan Sherpa farmlands. Crossing the rivers over well-made suspension bridges, we will trek through a cliff canyon way. Further, around two hours of ascends through a lush green forest will lead us to Namrung village where we will stay for the night. Today, we can have a WIFI service and a better lodge than the last night. We spend overnight in a lodge (service includes dinner and breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee).
Day 07: A fascinating trip to Syala gau [3,500 meters/ 11,483ft], walk 7 to 8 hours gradually up way. Overnight in the lodge:
Today, we trek to Syala Gaun through Tibetan Buddhist villages, mani walls, monasteries, the farmer’s cultivated lands, and lodges along with the amazing views of Mt. Manaslu. We will get to experience the unique culture and typical lifestyle of the locals. After ascending for around 6 to 7 hours along the forested trail, we will reach Syala valley where we will spend the night. Moreover, this place presents the most captivating view of Mt. Manaslu. We spend overnight in a lodge (service includes dinner and breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee).
Day 08: Hike to Pung Gyan gompa [4,000 meters/13,123ft] and trek to Samagau [3,520 meters/11,546 ft]. Walk 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at the lodge:
Pung Gyan Gompa Valley is a fabulous option for a side trip and acclimatization in Manaslu Circuit Larkya La Pass Trek. The Pung Gyan Gompa is above Pung Gyen glacier and lap of Mt. Manaslu and Mt Ngadi Chuli. In summer, it is grazing land for yaks and horses with a small monastery. The monastery is devoted to lord Milarepa. After spending some wonderful moments in this paradise, we will trek back to Sama Gaun. Sama Gaun is another popular tourist destination in this remote valley with captivating views of Mt. Manasalu. We stay in a lodge (service includes dinner and breakfast with hot drink service).
Day 09: Trek to Samdo [3,875 meters/12,713ft], walk 3 to 4 hours gradually up the trail, following Budhi Gandaki valley. Overnight in the lodge:
Trek to Samdo [3,875 meters/12,713ft], the trail gently ascents up with unusual landscape following upstream of the Budhi Gandaki River. After crossing side Rivers of Budhi Gandaki, the trail goes through juniper, rhododendron, & blue pine forests and a yaks pastureland. Finally, we cross the Budhi Gandaki River and climb up to reach Samdo village. Samdo gau is splendid with a stunning mount view. We will spend overnight in a lodge (service includes dinner and breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee).
Day 10: Trek to Dharmasala [4,460 meters/14,632ft], walk 4 hours, gently up the trail. Overnight at tented T-house:
Today, we are going to trek towards Dharamsala. We will cross side River of Budhi Gandaki. The trail then gently ascends up to Larkya La Pass – Dharmasala, separating the way of Tibet border. Further, the trail passes through a wild section, old mani walls, Chortens, and huge yak grazing land along with the magnificent view of Samdo Peak backward of us. If we are lucky, we might get to witness rare blue sheep on the way up today. After ascending for around 4 hours, we reach Dharama sala our last destination for the day. We spend a night at a tented tea house (service includes dinner and breakfast with a cup of tea).
Day 11: Trek to Larkya Pass [5,106 meters/16,752ft], and Vim thang [3,590 meters/11,778ft], walk 8 to 9. Stay in the tiny lodge:
Today, we wake up early in the morning around 3:30 am for tea and breakfast. We will then begin ascending towards the pass, and after walking for a few hours, we reach a glacier and moraine. It’s going to be difficult to ascend to the pass with chilled wind and massive stones. However, the gorgeous views will motivate us to walk further throughout our ascend. From the top of the pass, we will see the mesmerizing view of Mt. Himlung, Mt. Cheo, Gyajungkhang, and Mt. Kangaru. Further, the trail steeply drops to Vimthang making a long walk. After walking for around 8 to 9 hours, we reach Vimthang village where we will stop for the night. We spent a night at the lodge (includes dinner and breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee).
Day 12: Trek down to Dharapani [1,963 meters/6,440ft], walk 9 hours walk through the pine and rhododendron forest. Overnight in the lodge:
Leaving Vimthang village behind, the trail further includes several descends and takes you to ethnic villages like Gho and Tilche. During April and May, the nearby forests of the village get bloomed with beautiful pink, red, white and yellow colored rhododendron and pine. The trek then passes through forested trail, tributaries and Buddhist farmlands, following downstream of Dudh Khola. Finally, we cross Marsyangdi River over a well-made suspension bridge and reach the Dharapani lodge. We spend overnight at the lodge (service includes dinner and breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee).
Day 13: Drive back to Besisahar [820 meters/2690ft], and Kathmandu [1,350 meters/4,429ft], 10 hours transfer to Hotel included breakfast service:
After the successful Manaslu Circuit Larkya La Pass Trek, today we will drive back to Kathmandu. It takes normally 10 to 11 hours from Dharapani to Kathmandu in Jeep and tourist bus. Overnight in tourist standard Hotel included breakfast service.
Day 14: Full day Sightseeing of UNESCO world heritage sites [1,350 meters/4,429ft], with a proficient tour guide, private vehicle service:
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal. This city includes several UNESCO world heritage sites and is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers, and adventure seekers. The city presents a wonderful mixture of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western influence. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring towns, which hold immense historical, cultural, and religious significance. There will be a half-day guided tour to the famous & biggest Hindu shrine Pashupatinath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in town Boudhanath, the 15th-century palace of 55 windows Bhaktapur and Swayambhunath stupa. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner.
Day 15: Finally, the Departure Day:
We will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport terminal room with our last farewell to take your flight back to your home.
Note:- The conditions stated in the itinerary are especially for the trekker who prefers full package service. At the same time, we also customize the itinerary based on your choice and time. The selection of itineraries and the staff depends on your needs and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement and financial condition.
What are you looking for when you decide to embark on a week-long hiking journey across the world in a tiny, remote country such as Nepal? I would assume separation from society and picturesque views- for personal memories and perhaps social media- are two of the top reasons. Well, the adventure only starts there with Himalayan Diamond Adventure. When I first started looking at adventures in Nepal, hiring a guide service was one of the first decisions we came across. The Nepalese government requires visitors to hire a guide service to the region we decided to hike in – Mt. Manaslu. With some traveling under my belt and being a natural planner, figuring out large unknown cities or USA National Parks come easy to me. However, trekking a continuous loop through a country that speaks little English in the countryside, requires one to traverse terrain at high altitudes for multiple weeks in a row, and has overnight stops in villages that don’t appear on google maps all made it very clear we should put some effort into picking the right guide service. You will find hundreds of companies either online or in the capital to choose from. However, my travel companions and I are beyond lucky, and I’d even call it blessed, to stumble upon Chandra and his company, Himalayan Diamond Adventure. I immediately knew within one email response from Chandra that we were onto something special. First, he responded while preparing on his way up to Mt. Everest! Many trekking companies are led by guides without a deep knowledge of the mountains. Having a mountaineer outline and guide your trip gave us immediate comfort and accelerated our excitement. He also mentioned that he wanted to customize our entire trip! When doing research with other companies, there often was a no flexibility policy when customizing trips or else you would incur a huge surcharge. This worked well because our group was interested in a heavily modified/customized trip compared to what you would find online. During the months leading up to the hike, we had so many questions. There are lots of resources to help plan small hiking trips back home in the United States with detailed routes, gear, food, and weather expectations, but there isn’t clear direction on all these topics available online for trekking in Nepal. By the time we arrived in Nepal, we had bought 95% of the correct gear for our trip through Himalayan’s prompt and helpful replies. We picked up the last couple of items with them before the hike. They even had all our government permits ready. While the main intent of the trip was hiking, our first few days exploring the capital city and experiencing culture were incredible. We arrived during a 5 day long religious holiday called Tihar. We were immediately immersed in the experience when Chandra and his sons, one of which was also a certified guide, greeted us with Marigold necklaces and smiling faces. The city was buzzing with activity and celebrations at night! The most special though was the last day called Bhai Tika. Chandra’s entire immediate family invited us to spend the celebration of honoring their brothers and sisters with them in their homes. Celebrating this sacred holiday through participating in the ceremony, sharing their food, and wearing the traditional dress made this trip into something more than we could have ever asked for – and the hiking didn’t even begin yet! Our group was able to completely immerse ourselves in the next 2.5 weeks of hiking focusing on the world around us rather than worry about logistics. After 10 hours of hiking at 12,000 feet, the last thing you want to do is worry about securing a room in a village that speaks no English. It was comforting knowing that Chandra’s team, consisting of two of his sons (one guide and one aspiring guide), another certified guide, and two porters, had our backs every step of the way. Porters were an extremely important part of the trip. We had two of the smallest porters that I came across in Nepal, but they carried more gear than any porter or hiker I encountered! Chandra has a strong relationship with the seasoned villagers that live in the mountainsides of Nepal to help porter rather than city folk that other companies commonly draw from. A couple of us fell ill and they were able to carry our packs and Chandra’s experienced team suggested ways to feel better quickly. They advised us on how to avoid altitude sickness, stay hydrated, pick which foods to eat, suggest how to interact with villagers in a respectful manner, and approach the abundant wildlife. We learned about the beautiful landscape and history of the villages around us. They even knew one of us had a birthday 2 weeks into the trip and had carried supplies the whole time to bake a cake at over 12,000’!!! Your adventurous spirit comes alive in Nepal through its warm-hearted people, culture stretching back millennia and rugged mountains. But it was Chandra and his company that magically intertwined these pieces into one beautiful experience- one that I have a hard time doing justice expressing through words. We met hikers from around the world – Germany, Poland, Italy, France, Canada, Australia, and many others. They all would come up and ask me the same question... “How were we so lucky to find our guide group?” My soul yearns for the day that it can one day explore another piece of this radiant world with Chandra and his family.
Chandra was our guide for the Manaslu Circuit trek, and we had an incredible time. He is a very skilled and experienced mountaineer, and his expertise served us very well when navigating the trail. He took us on beautiful side trips and chose the best weather for making our high pass. His English is very good, and his friendliness, humor and consideration made him a great companion on the trek. We highly recommend Chandra for your next Nepal adventure!
Himalayan Diamond Adventure is stand-by for all times, the best quality services for our regular clients as well as new guests. We are quite thoughtful with our distinguish trekkers or hikers or Mountaineers joy, fun, and safe trip through our company. We are very aware that only our clients and guests can make a pleasant trip with company’s extensive service and a local professional guide and faithful, and helpful cook and porters. We accompany you with local experienced, faithful, helpful and intelligent good English-speaking guides and porters, informative in all sectors including weather forecast and caring personals.
Guide/ Porter service:
We have a different category of guides, such Porter guides, Trekking guides, Support Climbing guides, Mountain guides, French-speaking guides, German-speaking guide, Chinese speaking guides, Culture tour leaders, as your requirement.
Equipments/ Gears service:
We provide you (-25*C) down-filled sleeping bag and (-20*C) down-filled jacket (Pay extra $2 each item each day). For mountaineers if you do not have own climbing gears we will provide you climbing gears on hire at a reasonable price particularly for your convenience, such Union of International Alpinist Association (UIAA) tested gears. Like a Black Diamond, Helmet, Harness, Crampon, Jumar ATC guide or Figure of 8, Ice axe, Carabiners, and La Sportiva alpine boot.
We provide you with sufficient and hygienic meals and dessert with hot drinks as your choice and book clean and comfortable rooms (hotel) on a mountain in advance of your trip in mountain lodges.
Packaging trips service:
There are more than 300 different trekking routes and 326 peaks open for climbing including 20 royalty-free peaks. Climbing peaks have been divided in 3 categories: A, B and C. in Nepal, we will help you to organize the trip according to your time, budget and choice. We organize trip for especial solitary (alone) personal as well as packaged trip for big group.
Our Extra services:
We also help you to get permits, hiring trekking equipments and other related services i.e. bus reservation, airplane ticketing, and hotel booking in Kathmandu and in Mountain.
The conditions stated in the itinerary are especially for the trekker who prefer full package service. At the same time, we also customize itinerary based on your choice and time. The selection of itineraries and the staffs depends on your need and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement and financial condition.