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Manaslu & Larke La Pass Trek


Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres (26,781 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means "mountain of the spirit", comes from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul". Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition.
Manaslu at 8,156 metres (26,759 ft) above mean sea level, is the highest peak in the Lamjung District and is located about forty miles east of Annapurna. The mountain's long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and culminate in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape, and is a dominant feature when viewed from afar.
The Manaslu region offers a variety of trekking options. The popular Manaslu trekking route of 177 kilometres (110 mi), skirts the Manaslu massif over the pass down to Annapurna. The Nepalese Government only permitted trekking of this circuit in 1991. The trekking trail follows an ancient salt-trading route along the Budhi Gandaki river. En route, 10 peaks over 6,500 metres (21,300 ft) are visible, including a few over 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). The highest point reached along the trek route is the Larkya La at an elevation of 5,106 metres (16,752 ft). 
Manaslu Conservation Area has been established with the primary objective of achieving conservation and sustainable management of the delimited area, which includes Manaslu. 
Trip Highlights:
1. A remarkable journey to complete wildernesses with natural environment
2. Trekking around world’s eighth highest Mt. Manaslu and crossing of Larke-la on the off beaten path through rich Buddhist religion and culture
3. Visiting traditional villages of Tibetan origin and its friendly people
4. Sensational panoramic range of snow capped mountains views walking through pristine alpine forest of rhododendron and pines.



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Day 01:
Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02:
In Kathmandu sightseeing tour.

Day 03:
Drive to Arughat Bazaar 570 m/06-08 hrs journey.

Day 04:
Trek to Soti Khola 730 m/05 hrs

Day 05:
Trek to Machha khola 930 m/06 hrs

Day 06:
Trek to Jagat 1,410 m/06 hrs

Day 07:
Trek to Philim 1,640 m/03 hrs

Day 08:
Trek to Dyang 1,860 m/06 hrs

Day 09:
Trek to Namrung Village 2,900 m/07 hrs

Day 10:
Trek to Lho village 3,180 m/06 hrs

Day 11:
Trek to Samagaon 3,530 m/05 hrs

Day 12:
In Samagaon rest and acclimatization day

Day 13:
Trek to Samdo 3,860 m/05 hrs

Day 14:
Trek to Dharamsala /Larkya phedi 4,460 m/14,628 ft/04 hrs

Day 15:
Cross Larke la 5,200 m/17,060 ft trek to Bhimthang 3,720 m/08 hrs.

Day 16:
Trek to Gho 2,560 m/05 hrs

Day 17:
Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m/04 hrs.

Day 18:
Trek to Jagat village 1,290 m/05 hrs.

Day 19:
Drive back to Kathmandu via Beshisahar.

Day 20:
International departure for homeward bound.

Service includes
• Airport pick up & drop off by private vehicles
• KTM to Arughat Bazaar by public transport
• 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on 3 star category B/B plan
• A day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by private vehicle & professional tour guide
• TIMS & National park entry permit fee
• Basic accommodation during the trek
• Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during trek
• English speaking guide & porter during trek
• Food and salary for staff and porter
• Trekking gears for the local trekking staffs (shoes, jacket & trouser)
• Insurance for local trekking staffs
• First Aid Kit box/bag

Service does not include

• Nepal entry visa fee, Photographs & international flights fare
• Meals in Kathmandu (lunch & dinner)
• Personal nature expanses: telephone calls, cyber bills, bar bills, laundry service, battery recharge bills, hot shower (On trek),washing water, pots of hot drinks, bottle/boiled water, alcoholic and soft drinks
• Essential trekking gears
• Travel & health insurance
• Tipping for all trekking staffs (guide & porter/s)
• An emergencies or rescue evacuation cost/charge (helicopter), if required
 

Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airports, our Experience Treks staff will receive and transfer you to respective hotel. At the hotel, our guide will brief with orientation programs of the hotel, Kathmandu, trekking, do's and don’ts and other related information while you are in Nepal.

Day 02:
In Kathmandu with a full day sightseeing tour.
Morning our city guide will take you on a cultural city sightseeing tour of and around Kathmandu, at places of interest. Kathmandu valley is full of World Heritage Sites, temples, monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard. A full day sightseeing will be interesting and a memorable tour of setting for the mountains with Experience Treks.

Day 03:
Drive to Arughat Bazaar 570 m/07-08 hrs journey.
Morning begins with an interesting drive to Arughat with superb views of snowcapped mountains over high green hills. The drive follows the main highway till it reaches at Malekhu from here our route diverts from the main road, south to Dhading Besi, from here on the dirt road reaching at Arughat village and a bazaar for the first overnight stop of this great journey.

Day 04:
Trek to Sotikhola 720 m/05 hrs.
First the day begins following Budhigandaki River upstream and then walking through thick Sal forest (Sorea robust), marveling majestic view of Ganesh II at 7,118 m and Ganesh IV 7,104 m. A walk continues along the riverbank passing Arkhet Bazaar, then with a climb uphill to reach the overnight halt at small settlement of Sotikhola.

Day 05:
Trek to Machhakhola 930 m/06 hrs.
As the journey progress morning walk leads with a downhill along the river bank with several tea shops, coming across caravan of donkey and mules laden with supplies. Then walking on stone steps mountain trails, crossing Nauli Khola via a suspension bridge with a view of small waterfalls to Khanigaon with few nice stops heading again to cross another suspension bridge over Machhakhola, from here leading to a short climb at Machhakhola for overnight stop.

Day 06:
Trek to Jagat 1,410 m/07 hrs.
Morning walk begins following the path upstream to a small hamlets of Khorlabesi and then reaching at Tatopani with a natural hot spring, time permitting to enjoy a wash in the hot spring, from here trek through a village of Dovan and Yaruphant, continue following Budhigandaki River then crossing a small suspension bridge to reach Jagat village for overnight stop. This is a moderate size village with shops/stores & lodges with mixed tribes of Hindu and Buddhist people.

Day 07:
Trek to Philim village 1,640 m/03 hrs
After a good breakfast heading to Philim by following the river and continue walk through several small scattered farm villages of Salleri Sidibas & Ghattekhola, from here cross Suspension bridge over the Burigandaki, then heading to Philim village; a nice farm Gurung & other tribes village with health post, schools, MCAP check post, Police check post, many shops & lodges. The only secondary school in the area sponsored by Japanese, (Mt. Manaslu was first visited and climbed by Japanese expeditions in 06th May 1956 ever since, Japanese are interested in this area) walk through terrace field of wheat, barley and up on a rocky ridge.

Day 08:
Trek to Dyang 1,860 m/06 hrs.
The beginning of the trek is easy & quite the flat for an hour walk then leaving the main Tsum valley trail on right hand sides, our route diverts North West of a narrow gorge leading to an uphill towards Lubri valley. Walk passes through bamboo forests and then climb uphill to Dyang village for overnight stops.

Day 09:
Trek to Namrung village 2,900 m/07 hrs.
Morning walk leads to descend into the riverbank to cross a suspension bridge over the Budhigangadi river to reach via Rana village Bihi phedi, from this area onwards it’s close to Tibetan border as you can observe strong Tibetan culture influence on the upper Gorkha region which is known as Lubri valley, then walking for few hours to Ghap village for the lunch break. After having good lunch,the trek are gradually ascending to the dense rhododendron forest till reaches Namrung village which is pretty big villages with many lodges & police check post.

Day 10:
Trek to Lho 3,180 m/06 hrs
Today,walk to lead to cross the Budhigandaki River and then through settlements and terraced fields passing Numrung village, a huge Tibetan like Gurung and Thakali tribes, with awesome views of Mt. Manaslu North face and other adjoining peaks. Walk passes small villages of Banjham, Lhi and to Sho; a small settlement, trek for couple of hours through Shrip to Lho village for overnight stop.This village has a wonderful hilltop Bhuddhist monastery and school, from where splendid view of Manaslu I, the best view in the region!

Day 11:
Trek to Samagaon 3,530 m/06 hrs.
Early in the morning an opportunity for sunrise view of the captivating Mt. Manaslu with ample time to capture this mind blowing scenery and then heads to Samagaon through rhododendron forest by passing Shyala village with wonderful panoramic view of the beautiful mountains, from here onwards on high altitude notice then change in vegetation and landscapes, trekking for few hours to reach a big of village of Sama for overnight stop.

Day 12:
In Samagaon with rest day for acclimatization.
A perfect place for rest days for acclimatization and optional excursion to Manaslu base camp or hiking to Pungyan Gomba, explore the surrounding village and its beautiful area

Day 13:
Trek to Samdo 3,860 m/05 hrs
After a wonderful time of Samagaon, head for Samdo through Manaslu Glacier river and view of Birendra Lake also known as Samagaon Lake on the way to Samdo. On the walk today might encounter traders coming from Tibet and yaks carrying Chinese and Tibetan goods. The journey continues following the stream to reach the small settlement of Samdo for overnight stop.

Day 14:
Trek to Dharmashala/Larke phedi 4,460 m/14,628 ft/04 hrs.
Today,a half day with short walks of three to four hours following the river and crossing a stream at Gya La, from here the trail turns right which leads to Tibet but our journey turns left walking straight to reach a small settlement of Larkya Bazaar. Then with few hours uphill leading to Dharmashala at the bottom of Larke for lunch and overnight stop with free afternoon preparation for the next day hard and long trek.

Day 15:
Cross Larke la 5,135 m/17,060 ft) and trek to Bhimthang 3,720 m/12, 201 ft/08-10 hrs of strenuous climb and descend.
Early morning before dawn, a steep climb towards frozen lakes and continue to the top of Larkya La Pass at 5,200 m. The high elevation and in snow condition on this pass can create a small problem sometimes crossing the glacier moraines. The walk to this pass is moderate and adventurous except for high altitude; walk offer panoramic scenery of Larke peak 6,249 m, Manaslu North 7,157 m & Salpudanda Glacier and finally on the steep downhill walk leads to Bhimthang for overnight stop after a hard day walk, Bhimthang located in a beautiful valley with grassy meadow lined up with coniferous pine and rhododendron forest.

Day 16:
Trek to Gho/Goah 2,560 m/05 hrs.
After a hard day trek of previous days, today’s walk will be a piece of cake following the trail and crossing stream and then climbs over the side of the moraine and immediately descending on easier path through meadows and pine and rhododendron forest to Karche. From here, few hours the walk on the south direction reaches overnight stop at Gho situated in the middle of enchanting forest with beautiful Mountain View.

Day 17:
Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m/04 hrs
From today an easy and moderate walk losing altitude on the way to Dharapani village on the main trail of Annapurna circuit area; the walk follows passing Tiliche village, this region is rich in old traditions and culture. From Tiliche, less than an hour of the mule track of dense forest of firs, pine, oak and maple to reach the overnight stop at Dharapani village.

Day 18:
Trek to Jagat 1,350 m/05 hours.
Today, the last day walk of this remarkable journey continues through several villages of Karte, Tal & Tal Besi and reach Settale then descend and cross the river Marshyangdi by suspension bridge with superb views of towering Annapurna mountain ranges to the west, walk through lush green forest along the river bank of Marshyangdi River and a gentle descend to reach Jagat via Chamje village, another village with the same name for the overnight stop and for the drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 19:
Drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar 830 m/06 hrs journey.
After this remarkable adventure drive lead to Kathmandu following the narrow rough road to Marshyangdi River by passing Syange, Bhulbhule, Khudi villages and Beshishar a large town, headquarter of Lamjung district, from here another hour reaches Dumre bazaar where the main Pokhara-Kathmandu highway meets, after an interesting drive reaching at Kathmandu concluding this fantastic journey with Experience Treks.

Day 20:
Transfer to airport for international departure.
Last the day in this magic awesome Himalaya and with grand memorable time in the mountains with Experience Treks, as per your flight time our staff will transfer you to airport for your final departure for homeward bound.

USD 1345 Per Person of the group is of 1 Pax, USD 1095 Per person if the group is of 2 Pax, USD 1085 Per Person if the group is of 3 Pax or more USD 2125 Per Person if the group is of 1 Pax, USD 1825 Per person if the group is of 2 Pax, USD 1805 Per Person if the group is of 3 Pax or more


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Health Requirements
You are preparing for a trek in the higher altitudes of remote Himalayan region. Hence during this treks, the physically, emotionally & mentally demanding mountain trek & you may face Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), if you trek/hike quickly/ascended too fast as well as other health related problems. In this regard, Experience Treks strongly recommends for those travelers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lungs and blood pressure/diseases make know to us before booking this trip.

Experience Requirements
The remote mountain trekking requires 4 – 6 hours walking in per day a basis and at times it even exceeds to 7 – 8 hours depending on your walking pace, age groups, weather condition & seasons. Despite this fact, we do not suggest you for mandatory hiking or technical climbing experiences. Yet, it will be better if you have a regular jogging habit of few weeks before booking this trip.

Travel Insurance
Experience Treks does not sell or arranges any kind of insurance plan/packages for foreigners except local staff/s. Yet, it will be mandatory to join our trips that you should be insured for comprehensive expenses that may arise from the trip for your own safety. Your Insurance plan must be covering medical/travel issues as well as unforeseen accidents that may occur to the trips. In such a case, you may to take the facility like an air ambulance, helicopter rescue, Clinical attention and so on.

Acclimatization
Trekking in higher altitudes may even cost the life of travelers! The more you go higher elevation/height, the lesser will be availability of Oxygen pressure in the air. Therefore, your body requires a few days too many days to adopt the newer situation/climate in an environment with less oxygen. The higher you climb the more will be the possibility of undergoing through Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) problems. Hence, Experience Treks`s itineraries are extremely concern on this problem/issue. With our expert team, you can easily cops with altitude sickness problems. The AMS will attract you after 3,000 m. The Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), non-profitable medical institution recommends to all trekkers/hikers to ascend slowly after 3,000 m (either ascends 300 m each day or every 600 m spend an extra night, the same altitude). The rule is slowly ascents to go higher elevation to be safe!

Trekking Crew Arrangement
To facilitate the best trekking experience in the Himalayas, Experience Treks has arranged most hospitable as it is possible, more professional and long-terms experienced crew members. Your local trip member/s will have most extensive knowledge about mountain trails, mountain names & its height/elevation, people & their cultures, religions, socio-cultural aspects, eco-system, flora & fauna, geography of the respective treks/trips and history of the local regions. Besides, our crew members are fully undergone through Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Mountaineering, Intensive wilderness First Aid knowledge, Trekking guides, Eco trekking, knowledge about Responsible tourism business, Sustainable development, English language, Conservation & preservation basic knowledge and Bio-diversity trainings.

Meals Facilities
During the trek in the mountains, you will be served 3 times meals a day with typical Nepali food/meal along with Tibetan, Chinese, Indian, Continental & Italian dishes, depending on your choices. You will have an access to have hot chocolate, tea and other hot drinks as well, breads and snack as well in the camping/tented treks. The early morning breakfast and dinner will be served at the same tea houses or at the local lodges where you spend the night. At times, you too have to enjoy the breakfast and the lunch at the camping overnights sites. Unlike this, you will take your lunch on the way in the mountain trails in the side trips/day excursion. The lunch will be prepared for your team member of the camping/tented treks & in teahouse/lodges treks at local lodge/guest houses. At the climax of the trip, you will enjoy a trip celebration dinner in Kathmandu.

Accommodations Arrangements
During your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan & other cities, you will enjoy the budget accommodation to best class hotel /resorts accommodation depending on your budget, interest & hobbies where as on the other hand in the mountain trail, you will have to adjust at twin sharing, double bed & single bed rooms basis accommodations at the standard lodges or tea houses, mostly common sharing bathroom & toilet/rest rooms. However, you have to consider the remoteness of travelled places where single room may not be feasible at all the times & need to be the share with someone else in the peak season. Most of the teahouses/lodges are either double bed rooms or twin sharing rooms. Some of the majors trekking destinations, there are deluxe comfortable hotels & Resorts is also available.

Porter Care
We are tremendously concern over the rights of the porters who facilitate traveler`s adventure dreams in the Himalayas. Without porters hard working, your dream to go to mountains will not be certain/guaranteed. It is our serious concern that the porters should be well paid, make sure their warm clothing, well equipped and treated equally even in the harsh situation in the remote Himalayas. In case of emergency situations, we give equal to rescue facilities as other team members get in the adverse situation in the higher altitude including rescue services by Helicopter. Besides this, we too are concern about International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) which works in the field of trekking porter/s by protecting the rights of porter, basic language training to express their problems, make sure for enough warm clothing & other equipment, compulsory Insurance facility. In doing so, we recommend all our trekkers in the Himalayas just to keep their luggage under 30 kg so that it can be handled by porters smoothly in the higher mountains. If possible, try to make about 25 Kg. over 4,000 m & high passes.

Environmental Concerns
Being human beings, it is our responsibility to protect natural & cultural order, to conserve environment and to love nature. Himalayan region is ecologically very much fragile and hence we try to practice “to leave just footprints and take photos” so that future generation will to have chances to experience the beauty of Himalayan region. Respecting natural balance and being sensible towards local environment yields into protecting local cultures as well. Hence, our trip operations tremendously focus on environmental issues in the Himalayas and thereby eco-tourism.

Trekking Group Arrangement
Experience Treks generally provides one trek guide/trekking leaders for the trip operation and porter/s for luggage carrying. It means if there are 4 trekkers, there will be one trek guide & two porters. In the case of porter/s arrangements, there will be one porter for each two paying trekker. This arrangements helps to carry out the trip smoothly even in the adverse situation. Our trips generally accommodate the group of 10 people at a time. Despite this arrangement, we can adjust or run the trips over than 10 people at a time as well as.

Best Seasons
The best seasons of travelling/trekking in the Himalayas are autumn season (September-November) and spring season (March-May). Apart from these two seasons, there is a possibility of trekking in the Himalayas even in the winter and summer seasons which is called off-seasons. In the winter season, cold, snowing & flight delay or cancellation slightly affects the trips & high passes could be closed. But, travelling/trekking in the summer season comes with tremendous rewards for a passionate botanist despite of rainy days, flooding, landslides, flight delay or cancellation like winter season. It will be great in the least rain fall regions & high passes, where are lots of wild orchid blooming.

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If you are in need of more information on any kinds of trips, please contact us at Tel: +977 14429204, +977 9841969631, +977 9803810253 | Email : info@experiencenepaltreks.com.np
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