Classic Larke Pass Trek
Classic Larke Pass Trek makes one of the most adventurous treks in Nepal. The scenic trail encircles the foothills of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eighth highest mountain peak in the world. Enjoy journeying up and down through the rugged terrains, rhododendron forests, snow-laded path, and culturally rich Tibetan villages. Enjoy the enchanting sceneries as you cross the highest mountain pass of Larke La (5160m) during this trek.
Larke La Pass is part of the Manaslu Circuit, which opened for tourists recently in 1992. Since then, thousands of trekkers have traversed throughout the region. The close distance to Tibet in the north has influenced the local lifestyle, architecture, culture, and cuisine of the Manaslu region. A visit to the Tibetan-styled villages en route to Larke La Pass is one of the highlights of this trek. The adventurous trek materializes once you reach the high pass of Larke La -that remains frozen almost throughout the year.
Classic Larke Pass Trek begins with your arrival in Kathmandu City. Followed by a scenic sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, you will embark on a road journey along the Budi Gandaki River towards Soti Khola. You’ll begin trekking through terrace farmlands, rhododendron and alpine forests, beautiful Buddhist monasteries, and deep gorges towards Larke La Pass.
The magnificent sight of Manaslu Himal will be visible almost throughout the trail. Along the way, you will stay inside the traditional Tibetan-styled villages enjoying the local hospitality. The most challenging part of the trek is an arduous walk from Larke Base Camp to Larke La Pass. From the top of the snow-covered pass, you can witness the beautiful panorama of snow-capped peaks such as Ganesh Himal (7429m), Himalchuli (7893m), Himlung Himal (7126m), and Cheo Himal (6812 m). The tricky part of the trek soon comes to an end when you begin retracing your path and trek through Bimthang, Goa, and Dharapani to Bahun Danda (1310m). The trek concedes at Besisahar. You’ll bid farewell to the beautiful valley and drive back to Kathmandu.
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Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Duration of Trek: 22 days
Max Altitude: 5160m
Ethnic People: Multi-ethnic
Accommodation: Lodges, Camping
Transportation: Private Vehicle
Minimum Pax: 02
Enjoy trekking along the foothills of Mt. Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain on Earth, and traverse into the restricted region.
Explore the traditional lifestyle, culture, cuisine, and architecture of the discreet Himalayan inhabitants.
Enjoy the beautiful mountainous panorama of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Himlung, and Cheo Himal.
Visit the old salt-trading route that begins at Budi Gandaki river in Nepal and ends at Tibet in the north
Climb one of the highest mountain passes in the region, Larke La Pass (5160m)
Day01: Arrival Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! We hope you had a good flight. Upon your arrival, the representative from Narba Treks will receive you and drive you to the hotel. Catch the beautiful sight of bustling Kathmandu City as you make your way to the hotel. We’ll schedule a meeting in our office where you will meet your trek guide and other staff. We’ll discuss the trip in detail. Afterward, you can choose to spend the evening as you wish. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day02: Sightseeing: Boudhanath-Pashupatinath-Swayambhunath/permit preparation day
After a delicious breakfast, you’ll embark on a sightseeing tour of the city. In the meantime, your guide will visit the Government office to procure restricted area permits. A tour guide will take you on a journey to a few of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath.
The tour begins with a visit to Boudhanath Stupa, the largest spherical stupa in the world. The ancient stupa remains one of the most popular tourist’s destinations. Afterward, you’ll drive towards Pashupatinath. The largest Hindu temple in the country, Pashupatinath, receives thousands of pilgrims and tourists every day. You can witness the ancient Shiva temple along with other historical sites before heading to the final destination, Swayambhunath. A Buddhist stupa located atop the hill, Swayambhunath, is one of the most revered Buddhist sites in the country. You can enjoy the majestic 360-degree panorama of the city from the top — overnight in Kathmandu.
Day03: Drive to Soti Khola by public bus or private jeep
A scenic 8hr road journey will take you to the village of Soti Khola. After breakfast, you’ll embark on a vehicle and begin driving alongside the Budi Gandaki River towards Arughat village. Arughat in Gorkha District lies almost 125km northwest of Kathmandu. After a brief layover, you’ll continue the road journey and drive 18km uphill to arrive at Soti Khola village. The last section of the drive may encounter a rugged and rocky trail, which can prove to be a difficult journey. Overnight in Soti Khola.
Day04: Trek to Lapubesi
The first day of the trek will take you into the sandy riverbed alongside the Budi Gandaki River. The trail goes past Gurung and Magar villages alongside the river. You will witness the fertile fields of maize and millet and then head into the forest. You will begin climbing through the Sal forests and the exposed ridges until you arrive at the Gurung village of Lapubesi. Overnight in Lapubesi.
Day05: Trek to Khorlabeshi
Leaving Lapubesi, you’ll begin walking alongside the Budi Gandaki River and follow the stream to arrive at Machha Khola. The trail rises uphill and climbs the stream to enter the forested path. You may encounter many Langur (macaque) and monkeys inside the forest. You’ll continue trekking through the forest to arrive at Khorlabesi village. Overnight in Khorlabesi.
Day06: Trek to Jagat (special permit region starts)
After a delicious breakfast at the teahouse, you’ll embark on an adventurous part of the trek. Leaving Khorlabesi, you’ll begin trekking towards Jagat village. The trail starts to climb towards a ridge that offers a panoramic view of the valley. Then, you’ll start traveling downhill to reach Tatopani village. From Tatopani, you’ll approach the Budi Gandaki River and cross the suspension bridge. Begin climbing the stone-steps leading towards Dovan. A short trail is comprising of many up and downhill hike as you head towards Thado Bhanjyang. A short uphill walk will bring you to Jagat village, where you will get your special permit checked. Overnight in Jagat.
Day07: Trek to Chisapani
You’ll begin trekking in the Manaslu Conservation Area. The entire trail goes through the Manaslu Circuit. Leaving Jagat, you’ll start climbing uphill and cross a few rocky ridges to arrive at Salleri village. You will encounter lush rhododendron forests en route Salleri. From here, the trail drops towards Sirdibas. Continue along the easy path to Ghatta Khola and cross a suspension bridge to trek towards Philim village. Philim is a small village inhabited by the indigenous Gurung tribe. Overnight in Chisapani.
Day08: Trek to Deng
As you begin climbing up, the vegetation will start becoming sparse. It invites more of the rugged and rocky surfaces. Leaving Chisapani, you’ll start following the upstream trail of Budi Gandaki River. The scenic trail goes along the lush forests and small settlements. Beautiful waterfalls surround the path. Continue trekking towards Nyak village. After lunch, you’ll leave Nyak and continue hiking uphill through a steep path to arrive at Deng village. Catch the majestic sights of Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and Himalchuli peak as you make your way towards Deng. Overnight in Deng.
Day09: Trek to Namrung
Cross the Budi Gandaki River and continue uphill towards Rana village (1910m). Indulge in an easy hike alongside the beautiful waterfall. The trail heads into the lush rhododendron forests. After a brief stop at Prok village, you’ll continue hiking uphill and cross beautiful Chorten towards Namrung village. Spend the evening overlooking the beautiful Sringi Himal in the distance. Overnight in Namrung.
Day10: Trek to Lho Village
Wake up to the beautiful view of Ganesh Himal. After breakfast, you’ll begin trekking through the easy trail towards Lihi village. Cross the Hinang River, and then continue climbing towards Sho. Catch the beautiful sights of Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Himalchuli towards the Buddhist village of Lho. The village is home to many beautiful small Chortens. You can consider visiting the Lho monastery before resting for the night. Enjoy the beautiful sight of the Manaslu Himal and Himalchuli range in the evening.
Day11: Trek to Samagaon
Leaving Lho, the trail begins to climb further up and follows the Budi Gandaki River. Catch the fantastic sight of Peak 29 (7871m) along the trail. A short detour will take you towards Hongsanbu Gompa (Monastery) located beside Punggen Glacier. You’ll continue trekking along the major pathway that goes towards Samagaon. Once at Samagaon, you will get to witness the breathtaking view of the Manaslu Himal. Overnight in Samagaon.
Day12: Acclimatize day (Some activities)
Before trekking ahead, you’ll take a day off and spend the day acclimatizing at Samagaon. Indulge in an easy hike through the beautiful village and visit the nearby Birendra Tal (Lake). As an option, you can choose to indulge in an adventurous hike towards Manaslu Base Camp (4800m). The base camp offers a majestic panorama of the nearby mountains. Along the way, you can visit the age-old Pema Chhyoling Monastery. Overnight in Samagaon.
Day13: Trek to Samdo village/Larkya Bazaar
Leaving Samagaon, the trail begins to rise towards the rocky path leading towards Samdo village. The trail goes alongside Budhi Gandaki River and advances towards the Manaslu Base Camp (4800m). An off-beat detour takes you along the Larkya La trail and passes through Mani walls covered with Buddhist prayer flags. You will receive a brief break at Kermo Kharka and have your lunch before continuing further towards Samdo village. Spend the night at Larkya Bazaar.
Day14: Trek to Dharmashala/Larke Pass Base Camp
Leaving Larkya Bazaar, the trek continues along the Larkya La trail. You will cross Budi Gandaki River and small streams towards Salka Khola. Catch the beautiful sight of Larkya Glacier as you continue trekking uphill towards Dharmashala. The day will end at Larke Pass Base Camp, also known as Larke Phedi. You will spend the rest of the day acclimatizing before approaching the Larke Pass.
Day15: Trek to Bimthang
You will encounter the toughest part of the trek as you leave Larke Phedi and begin trekking towards Larke La Pass. The trek begins through rocky terrain and continues uphill towards the snow-laded path to reach the top. Catch the beautiful sight of Larke Glacier en route. Larke La nests at the sheer height of 5160 meters. You can catch the beautiful views of Cho Danda, Larkya Peak, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, and Annapurna II from the top of the pass. From here, you’ll begin trekking downhill and head towards Bimthang village.
Day16: Rest day
Instead of heading downhill, you’ll spend the day making a short hike around the valley. Take a detour and begin climbing towards the pass to catch the beautiful sight of Manaslu Himal and few other snowcapped peaks. You’ll begin hiking down the pass and cross icy lakes to make your way back to Bimthang. Enjoy the beautiful sights of Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6812m), and Manaslu North (7157m) en route. Overnight in Bimthang.
Day17: Trek to Goa
Leave Bimthang and continue trekking downhill through Rhododendron forests towards Karche village. The sights of the mountains will become sparse as you begin heading down. Once you have crossed Karche, you’ll begin encountering beautiful terraced fields and lush vegetation. After enjoying your lunch, you’ll begin trekking downhill and head towards Goa village.
Day18: Trek to Dharapani
Leaving Goa village, you’ll begin walking downhill and cross a small stream to reach Tilije. From Tilije village, the trail goes past the high pastures and drops towards Burdin Khola Valley. After a brief rest, you’ll begin trekking downhill and walk alongside Dudh Khola to arrive at Dharapani. Dharapani remains the confluence of Dudh Khola and Marsayangdi River. Overnight in Dharapani.
Day19: Drive by jeep to Besisahar/ Trek to Jagat
Leaving Dharapani, you can choose from two available options. You can either choose to drive back to Besisahar and end the trek or take the trail towards Jagat village. If you continue down to Besisahar, you’ll take a jeep and drive through the rugged path back to Besisahar. The route to Jagat goes alongside Marsayangdi River and goes past Tal and Chamje village en route to Jagat.
Day20: Drive Kathmandu/ Trek to Bahun Danda
From Besisahar, you’ll embark on a private jeep and head back to Kathmandu. You’ll drive alongside Budi Gandaki River en route to Kathmandu. If you have taken a different path, you’ll leave Jagat and continue trekking towards Bahun Danda, a local landmark outside Jagat. Catch the beautiful sights of the waterfall as you head towards Bahun Danda.
Day21: Drive to Besisahar – Kathmandu
Leaving Bahun Danda, you’ll begin trekking downhill for a while. You will embark on a local ride to head back to Besisahar. Once at Besisahar, you’ll embark on a private jeep and drive back to Kathmandu. If you’re already in Kathmandu, you can choose to relax at the hotel or enjoy a shopping spree at Thamel. In the evening, we’ll take you for a lavish farewell dinner in one of the finest diners in the city. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day22: Final departure
On the last day in Kathmandu, we’ll drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport in the time of your flight. You can share your trip experience or your next adventure with us on the way.
Manaslu Circuit lies inside the protected region of the Manaslu Conservation Area. You must get the conservation area permits for Manaslu Conservation and Annapurna Conservation Area beforehand. You aren’t required to carry a TIMS Card.
Your guide will assess your health daily. If you’re fit to travel and show zero signs of altitude sickness or severe fatigue, you will get to continue with the journey. You can take Diamox before approaching the altitude of 3,000 meters.
You will get one room per person for your stay within Kathmandu. During the trek, the accommodation is on a sharing basis. A few sections of the trail may require you to spend the night inside a comfortable tent.
The trip covers the permits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. If it isn’t mentioned in your contract, you will have to pay the entry fees by yourself.
You will be trekking inside the landslide-prone areas and off-beat wilderness trail; hence, you must follow the guidelines provided by your trek guide to keep yourself safe.
What is the best time to indulge in Classic Larke Pass Trek?
You can consider undertaking Classic Larke Pass Trek during spring and autumn. Spring begins in March and lasts until June, and autumn begins in September and lasts until the mid of November. You can choose to trek during the monsoon and winter season as well. However, monsoon attracts heavy rainfall and landslide in the region, whereas winter may see the enormous amount of snowfall in the higher altitude.
Is Larke La the landslide-prone area?
Yes, few sections of the Manaslu Region encounter frequent landslides; but you can avoid this by trekking in the region only during spring and autumn. Landslides are frequent only during monsoon. The landslide-prone areas are generally pointed out in the trek map. You can also consult with your guide about it and choose a safer route.
Does this trek go over 5000 meters?
Yes, Larke La Pass at 5160 meters remains the highest point of this trek, which remains frozen almost throughout the year. The average altitude in this trek remains between 2,500-3,000 meters. You will often cross the permanent snowline during this trek.
What are the memorable moments of this trek?
You will be trekking along the foothills of Mt. Manaslu, one of the highest peaks in the world. You will also get to witness some of the most pristine mountains, such as Ganesh Himal (7429m), Himalchuli (7893m), Himlung Himal (7126m), and Cheo Himal (6812 m). Few sections of the trail pass through lush Rhododendron forests. Visiting traditional Gurung, Magar, and Tibetan villages are other highlights of the trek.