This route of trekking was forbidden to the tourists till 1991 when the Japanese Expedition team ascended the Mt. Manaslu (8,163m.), it became popular as “Japanese Mountain”. This trek begins from Gorkha, Trishuli Bazaar or Dhading from one of them.
The route: The trail is rough steep and often hangs on a bluff high above the river. Though the Larke La is not a difficult pass, the trek is harder. This area is still offers solitary but pure natural vegetation with beautiful flora and fauna. The trek is remote and no rescue facilities or opportunities to bail out if tired.
This trek is culturally and geographically spectacular and fascinating to all the trekkers. TheTibetans of the upper Budhigandaki, the region known as Nupri (The Western Mountain) are direct descendants of Tibetans immigrants. Their speech, dress and customs are exclusively Tibetan. There is still continuous the trade between Nupri and Tibet.
The mountain views at Nupri are sensational, and the Larke-La is one to the most dramatic Himalayan pass. This trek is in a region of strong Tibetan influence; most places have Tibetan names instead of Nepalese.
(A liaison officer from the government is needed to trek in this region.)
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu then transfer to Hotel.
Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing & Free.
Day 3 Preparation for Manaslu.
Day 4 Kathmandu – Gorkha Bazaar by bus & overnight at Camp.
Day 5 Gorkha Bazaar – Khanchowk. 6/7hrs.
Day 6 Khanchowk – Aarughat Bazaar (Side of Budhigandaki River). 5hrs.
Day 7 Aarughat Bazaar – Satikhola (Khorsani). 6hrs,
Day 8 Satikhola – Machha Khola. 6hrs.
Day 9 Machha Khola – Dovan or, Jagat Village. 6/7hrs.
Day 10 Jagat – Ukawa.
Enter Restricted Area
Day 11 Ukawa – Nyak 5/6hrs.
Day 12 Nyak – Namrung 5/6hrs.
Day 13 Namrung – Shyala Village./6hrs.
Day 14 Shyala Village – Sama Gompa 2hrs.
Day 15 Sama Gompa, hiking to Mt. Manaslu Base Camp & back to Camp.
Day 16 Sama Gompa – Samdo – Larke-La Base Camp 5hrs.
Day 17 Larke-La Base Camp – Larke-La Pass 5420m. – Another side of Larke- La B. C.
Day 18 Larke- La B. C. – Thonje. 6/7hrs.
Day 19 Thonje – Dharapani. 6hrs.
Exit Restricted Area
Day 20 Dharapani – Jagat.
Day 21 Jagat – Ngadi Village.
Day 22 Ngadi Village – Besi Shahar (Lamjung).
Day 23 Besi Shahar – Kathmandu by bus then transfer at Hotel. Trek End.
Day 24 Kathmandu shopping.
Day 25 Transfer to Airport for onward journey.
Actual Trek: 20 Days.
Lower Area: 12 days.
Restricted Area: 9 days.
The above itineraries are subject to change due to condition beyond our control. This is guideline showing tea house or tentative camp night stops. Physical, Technical and Natural condition may change this above itineraries.