THE MANASLU & LARKE-LA PASS TREKKING TRAILS :
The motorable road has now reached Macha-Khola beyond Arughat town and Soti-Khola village. Manaslu & Larke-La pass, where one can choose several options to start and end the trekking.
Making a day shorter than usual treks of two weeks, one can extend a day further from Dharapani village, covering a distance of 44 k.m. from Machha-Khola to Dharapani village and crossing Larke-La passes 5,106 m / 16, 752 feet high.
Whatever the option is, the trek begins from Machha-Khola, a low, warm sub-tropical farmed area of the Gorkha district—after an exciting drive of nearly 7-8 hours, reaches the starting point of Mt. Manaslu and Larke-La pass trek.
From Machha-Khola at 900 m, the walk leads to high, more incredible hills following the raging glacial Budi Gandaki River. We are reaching a lovely moderate Jagat village, the entrance to Restricted Areas towards Upper Manaslu & Larke-La pass.
Spending overnights in the comfortable lodge, the walk leads to higher terrain from the Philim village. The trail follows higher terrain, walking amidst a beautiful forest of Rhododendron and pine trees past Namrung to lovely Lo-Gaon.
Lo-Gaon, a large village of flourishing settlements, stands beneath majestic Mt. Manaslu with an old monastery adorned with age-old culture.
The adventure continues entering a vast and scenic Manaslu Valley, facing tremendous views of snow-clad peaks and reaching the large and main village Sama-Gaon, the gateway to Mt. Manaslu base camp and towards Larke-La pass.
Sama-Gaon is an ideal spot for acclimatization at 3,500 m /11,480 feet, and trekkers can spend a leisurely day. Hike to Birendra Tal, on route Manaslu base camp, and explore and experience the immense local cultures.
After an enjoyable rest day in Sama-Gaon, the adventure continues towards our leading destination to cross the high Larke-La Pass.
Walking on barren windswept rewards with exciting glorious views of surrounding beautiful landscapes, enclosed by an array of snow peaks.
The walk takes you to the last village of Samdo, another large settlement located on route Nepal & Tibet border. From Samdo village, the route leads to the base of Larke-La at Dharmasala, a small place with few lodges. The word Dharmasala means shelter for travelers. In earlier days, traders traveled from far and wide
to reach Phedi. By then, it was known as Larke Bazaar. A big market is held once a week where thousands of locals from Manang, Gorkha, and Tibet, used to assemble on the market for trade and bartering.
Since Tibet was annexed by mainland China, the Larke Bazaar was closed. At present, the place is known as Dharmasala. A refuge and shelter for trekkers and locals moving from Gorkha to Manang and vice-versa, crossing the high Larke-La pass.
From Phedi or Dharmasala, a steep climb takes you to the top of Larke-La pass at
5,106 m / 16, 752 feet. For every hard effort, blessed with a spectacular panorama of amazing snow-clad mountain views overlooking Larke Peak near the distance.
Enjoying the incredible moment on the highest point of the adventuring Larke-La pass, long slow descent to Bumthang. Located a few hours further from the western base of Larke-La, after crossing the key, enter the Manang district.
Bumthang is a small settlement amidst beautiful rhododendron, hemlock, pine, and fir trees surroundings, having excellent lovely lodges for weary trekkers.
We are spending a pleasant overnight at Bhimthang, from here on a gradual path to the end of the walk at Dharapani village. After walking through Tilje village with the last steep up to Dharapani to complete the Mt. Manaslu & Larke-La Pass Adventure.
Dharapani at 1,820 m for the last overnight, from an exciting overland journey to Kathmandu via Besisahar town.
Interested people having more time in Nepal can continue the trek heading towards Nar-Phu Valley and Upper Mustang Trek. As well as walking to Manang village and towards the high Thorang-La Pass to Jomsom town, one can visit Tilicho Lake also.
THE BEST SEASONS FOR MT. MANASLU & LARKE-LA PASS ADVENTURE:
The best time for Manaslu circuit trekking is in spring and autumn/fall, the most favorable seasons among trekkers.
Spring starts from March to May, when wildflowers are in seasonal bloom, especially the rhododendron arboreum and other species.
Most days are pleasant with full of sunshine. However, it can get overcast in the late afternoon. You can expect snowfall around higher altitudes sometimes with cold morning and night time.
The next best season is autumn/fall begins from the post-monsoon time of September to November. An enjoyable time for trekking around the Himalayas. Most days are full of sunshine, but the shorter day due to sunlight hours from 7 a.m. till 5 p.m. Cold morning and night time. Expect snowfall sometimes around the high-altitude areas. But with a clear, bright starry night sky, an enjoyable season from mid-November. The native of the high Manaslu valley migrates to lower warm regions to escape the freezing winter cold months.
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