Manaslu ‘Larkya La’

  • Mt. Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world, is located at an altitude of 8,156 m (26,759 ft) above sea level in the Mansiri Himal range east of the Annapurna Massif in the western part of Nepal. Manaslu means "mountain of the spirit," which comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, which means "intellect" or "soul."

    Manaslu Conservation Area, established in 1998, is 1663 km2.

    Manaslu Conservation Area, established in 1998, covers 1,663 km2 in the Mansiri Himal range of the Himalayas in the Gorkha District. The area comprises mountains, glaciers, and watercourses. Manaslu is the eighth-highest mountain in the world at 8,163 m. The name Manaslu means "mountain of the spirit" and is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning "intellect" or soul."

    Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA) is the second conservation area under the National Trust for Nature Conservation to improve the capacity of the local communities in the Manaslu area to benefit from tourism while preserving biodiversity and culture. Manaslu, a mountainous region in the northern part of the Gorkha District, has a fragile but diverse natural resource base and a rich cultural environment. Manaslu Conservation Area is broadly categorised into three geographical areas based on its natural setting and ethnicity. The northwestern part of the MCA, covering Samagaun, Lho, and Prok wards, is called Nubri Valley, and the middle area of Bihi is Kutang. The northeastern area covers two wards, Chumchet and Chhekampar, and is known as Tsum Valley. About 9,000 inhabitants live in MCA, with over 2,000 species of plants, 39 mammals, 201 birds, 3 reptiles, and 11 butterflies.

    In Manaslu Conservation Area, 11 types of forest have been reported. The Manaslu region from Arughat to Larkhe La (Pass) has six climatic zones: tropical, subtropical, temperate, subalpine, alpine, and arctic. The extreme climatic variations within the 100 km of trails between Arughat and Samdo are associated with tremendous differences in elevation, topography, and precipitation. The tropical climate zone lies in the low river basins of the Budhi Gandaki, Marsyangdi, and other rivers, lowland valleys, and lower hills below the elevation of 1000 m. A subtropical climatic zone exists between 1000m and 2000m; a temperate climatic zone lies at higher mountains above 2000 m and below 3000m; and a subalpine climatic zone lies between 3000 m and 4000 m, where snowfall occurs for about four to six months. The alpine zone between 4000 and 5000 m is mostly open meadows. The arctic climatic zone lies at elevations above 4500m. The snow line is at about 5000 m. In general, the southern part of the region remains cloudier and wetter than the upper subalpine and alpine areas. This variation of altitude has made Manaslu an area with beautiful scenic Himalayas and glacier lakes, rich biological and cultural diversity, and a diverse range of habitats with much rare flora and fauna, such as snow leopards, lynx, musk deer, red fox, jackals, brown bears, and their prey species, such as blue sheep, Himalayan tahr, Himalayan serow, woolly hare, and Himalayan marmot. Manaslu Conservation Area is also home to birds like snow partridge, Tibetan snowcock, Chukor partridge, Himalayan griffon, and golden eagle, among others, as well as diverse plant communities.

    The culture of the people in the region is equally unique, with most people of Tibetan origin following Buddhism. Economically, the people rely on agriculture and the animal husbandry system and are very dependent on natural resources for firewood, timber, and medicinal plants. They are also engaged in trade and tourism-related enterprises. Agricultural production is very limited due to limited agricultural land, a lack of irrigation, low temperatures for long periods, and low rainfall. The rich cultural heritage is evident in the several large Buddhist monasteries like Shringi Gompa in Bihi as well as Mu and Rachen Gompas in Chhekampar. Local examples of the harmony between religion and environmental conservation can be seen throughout the region, as Lamas (religious leaders) from the monasteries prohibit any kind of violence against wildlife.

    Manaslu is a food-deficit region, and its high dependency on natural resources was constantly straining the capacity of the ecosystem. Due to the semi-restricted status of the region that adjoins the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, MCA doesn't attract as many tourists in comparison to its neighbouring Annapurna Region.

    Manaslu-LLarkya La Pass Trek

    Duration: 18 days

    Max Elevation: 5,106 m (Larkya La Pass)

    Difficulty: Medium-Hard

    Season: Oct-May

    Trekking Style: Tea House

    Start: Arughat (570 m)

    Finish: Dharapani (1920 m)


  • Mt. Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world, is located at an altitude of 8,156 m (26,759 ft) above sea level in the Mansiri Himal range east of the Annapurna Massif in the western part of Nepal. Manaslu means "mountain of the spirit," which comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, which means "intellect" or "soul."

    Manaslu is surrounded by peaks, including Ngadi Chuli, Himalchuli, and Baudha. 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 encompasses the sub-tropical foothills of the Himalayas and the arid Trans-Himalayan high pastures bordering Tibet. In the Tibetan language, Manaslu is known as Kutang, where "tang" means "a flat place."

    Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by Toshio Imanishi from Japan and Gyalzen Norbu of Nepal (members of a Japanese expedition) on May 9, 1956. Manaslu is known as a Japanese mountain since the large number of climbers who have successfully reached the summit are Japanese.

    This area also offers a combination of rich cultural heritage, unrivaled beauty, and biological diversity. The people in this area, especially in the Upper Budhi Gandaki (river) Valley, are of Tibetan origin, and we can also see the culture, tradition, and way of life of the Gurung ethnic group. This place is mainly inhabited by two ethnic domains: Nubri and Tsum. The river's fork at Chhikur separates these two ethnic domains.A place called Nupri (meaning Western Mountain in Tibetan) is a trading center among Tibetans and Nepalese.

    Whereas the Tsum Valley, "Tsum," which means "vivid," is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley also known as the "Beyul Kyimolung, the Holy Hidden Valley of Happiness," first described by Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) in the 8th century, which boasts Buddha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south, and Sringi Himal to the north.

    The Manaslu region is one of Nepal's most fascinating tourist destinations.This trek was officially opened to tourists in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have long had access to the area. On May 9, 1956, Manaslu was first climbed by Toshio Imanishi from Japan and Gyalzen Norbu of Nepal (members of a Japanese expedition). Manaslu is known as a Japanese mountain because many Japanese climbers have successfully reached the summit. This region is still restricted to a limited number of groups, and only organized trekkers in groups can trek in this area. In 1998 A.D., for the conservation and sustainable management of the area, Manaslu Conservation Area was established.

    Manaslu via Larkya La (5100m) is an 18-day trek starting from Arughat (570m) and ending in Dharapani/Syange. This trek will show you the fascinating and mesmerizing beauty of Nepal and allow you to experience the art and culture of different ethnic groups.

  • Day 1: Arrival day in Kathmandu, pick up assistance and transfer to hotel.

    Day 2: Preparation for trek /around KTM valley

    Day 3: Drive to Arughat (570m) 

    Day 4: Arughat to Lapu Besi (880m.

    Day 5: Lapu Besi to Tatopani(990m.)

    Day 6: Tatopani to Philim(1650m.)

    Day 7: Trek from Philim to Ghap (2500m).

    Day 8: Trek from Ghap to Lho Gau (3180m). 

    Day 9: Trek from Lho  Gauto Sama Gaun (3530m). 

    Day 10: Rest in Sama Gaun

    Day 11: Trek from Sama to Samdo (3860m). 

    Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4480m). 

    Day 13: Dharmasala to Larke La Pass( 5163m.) to Bhimtang (3720m). 

    Day 14:  Rest dayat Bhimtang

    Day 15:Trek from Bhimtang to Dharapani (1920m). 

    Day 16: Drive back to KTM 

    Day17:Free day around Kathmandu

    Day 18:Departure. Flyback home or onwards your journey.

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    • Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
    • Twin/Double sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 3 stars hotels with breakfast
    • Standard accommodation during trek
    • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during trekking
    • Tea/coffee with breakfast during trek
    • Basic first aid kit
    • Trained & Government licensed guide and porter 
    • Wages, equipment, insurance to staffs
    • Trekking map for group
    • Manaslu conservation area speical permit and Annapurna conservation Permit
    • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment & Insurance of trekking staffs
    • Travel & Rescue arrangement
    • All government taxes
    • Farewell dinner


    • Alcohol, hot and cold drinks, laundry.
    • Personal Trekking Equipment.
    • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
    • Any extra cost due to natural and political causes such as landslides, earthquakes, unrest, snow, strikes, etc.
    • Other Entrance fees not mentioned in cost includes
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