Larke Peak Climbing - 22 Days

Larke Peak Climbing

Larke Peak; also spelled Larkya Peak climbing expedition starts from Arughat after a 7-8 hours bus or 4WD jeep ride from Kathmandu. Larke Peak is one the newly opened popular trekking peaks in Mansiri Himalayan Range of Manaslu area. We follow Manaslu Circuit Trekking trail along the Budhi Gandaki River from Arughat. Our journey goes through the mixed Hindu and Buddhist communities, people of different ethnic groups, lush green terraced rice-fields and peaceful and tranquil forests. We will see mix cultural and religious diversity in the lower elevation of this Larke Peak Climbing Trek. After entering Jagat, we will trek through Tibetan Buddhist dominant communities and villages as we can see Buddhist monasteries, manis, chorten and kanis in every villages.

As Manaslu region has remained restricted area and due to licensed guide and special trekking permit mandatory to trek there from its opening time to the outsiders, only few numbers of trekkers has accessed the region so region has been able to preserve its uniqueness. This trip offers naturally astonishing scenery, Himalayan culture, View of Mt. Manaslu (8163m) that every trekker can have the maximum satisfaction of nature's paradise. Brahman, Gurung and Tibetan like people of higher elevation of diverse culture and tradition make the journey fascinating and ever memorable.

From Larke Peak top you can see amazing view of Himalayan Giants and tremendous feeling of happiness that can't be described in words. Regarding the difficulties Larkya Peak Climbing is moderate and requires full equipment techniques with professional climbing guide. This interesting and exotic Larke Peak with Manaslu Circuit Trek has been open for travelers since 1991 and it provides spectacular beauties along the border of Nepal and Tibet and organized trekking in groups and special permits are required to get entry into this region. So it has still its own natural extraordinary virgin area belonging to cultural diversities and natural sceneries with high altitude's attractive glacier lakes and fascinating flora and fauna, are all the valuable natural assets of this region.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Meet & greet at Kathmandu (TIA) airport, transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Get permits, preparation and visit ancient old Hindu Buddhist temples (optional).
Day 03: Drive to Arughat (608m), 7-8 hours by local bus. 7 hours by 4WD
Day 04: Trek to Lapubesi (884m), 6-7 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 05: Trek to Tatopani (1070m), 6-7 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 06: Trek to Philim (1570m), 5-6 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 07: Trek to Ghap (2300m). 6-7 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 08: Trek to Lho Gaun (3180), 6-7 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 09: Trek to Samagaun (520m), 5-6 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 10: Rest and acclimatization day, visit to Manaslu BC or Pungyen Gompa.
Day 11: Trek to Samdo Village (3875m), 3-4 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 12: Hike to Samdo peak or Rui La (Nepal – Tibet boarder). Overnight in Lodge
Day 13: Trek to Dharmasala (4460m), about 4 hours hike. Overnight in Camp.
Day 14: Trek to Larke Peak Base Camp (5135m), 4-5 hours leisure walk.
Day 15 – 16: Larkya Peak climbing period, nights in tent.
Day 17: Trek down to Bimtang (3800m), 5-6 hours walk down. Overnight in lodge.
Day 18: Trek to Dharapani (1963m), 7-8 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 19: Trek to Syange (1100m), 6-7 hours walk. Overnight in lodge.
Day 20: Take bus to Besi sahar - Kathmandu
Day 21: Rest or spare day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing/Shopping
Day 22: Fly back to home.

"Our paramount concern is your safety" while traveling with Wilderness Excursion. Please note that your leader has the authority to modify or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is supposed necessary due to safety concerns. Our every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary as it is; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous areas, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters etc. can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required. The trip price Wilderness Excursion have offered is cost on double occupancy basis. Original pattern itinerary provided here is just for guidelines so we can customize this trip as per tour interest. Please, kindly provide your detail for tailor-made plan. International Tour Leaders are encouraged to get special discount and best complimentary.

Day 01: Join Kathmandu (1350m)
As you arrive in Kathmandu International Airport, Wilderness Excursion representative will pick you and transfer to your hotel. In evening your leader give brief about your trip and after brief you will have welcome dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu Huest House.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.
After breakfast, we can enjoy a free day on our own or participate in a sightseeing program. The sightseeing program is focused to introduce some of the highlights and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu such as Durbar square, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. After some hours' sightseeing, we get to the office and get our equipments checked by the climbing leader, prepare things as per need, introduce with fellow participants, and Wilderness Excursion briefs you about the trip, we get chance to ask questions we might have regarding the trip. Overnight at hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu Guest House.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Arughat (608m), 7-8 hours by local bus. 7 hours by 4WD
Early morning after breakfast we drive to Arughat by local bus or 4WD via Dhading. It takes 7-8 hours, 4WD is comfortable, safer and faster. People also take local bus to experience the south Asia under develop country. Arughat is main trade local down, our trip starting point. Overnight in lodge.

Day 04: Arughat – Lapubesi (884m). 5-6 hours walk.
Today is the starting day of walking. After breakfast we start our journey. First 3 hours trail to Soti Khola is pleasing walk, we walk on unsealed road. Passing some ascend and descend we finally reach a beautiful Gurung and Ghale village of Lapubesi. (6-7 hours walk approximately. Overnight in lodge.

Day 05: Lapubesi – Tatopani (1070m), 6-7 hours walk.
After breakfast we resume our trek. We hike through several villages including Khani Besi, Khorla Besi and continue our trek passing several landslides. One the way to Doban we can view northern east view of Ganesh Himal. After 6-7 hour's foot work ultimately reach our today's destination Tatopani, where we can enjoy the natural hot spa after a long day walk. Overnight in lodge.

Day 06: Tatopani – Philim (1570m), 5-6 hours walk.
Sweet and short breakfast then we continue our trek passing through several landslides we reach Jagat a view point for Sringi Himal and which is also MCAP office and custom office. The stone paved trails continues to Philim crossing Salleri and Sirdibas. After 6-7 hours walk we finally get to our today's destination. Overnight in lodge.

Day 07: Philim – Ghap (2300m). 6-7 hours walk.
Another day of walking after breakfast we restart our trek passing through Ekle Bhatti, Have lunch at Deng then we continue our trail to Ghap. With up and down ascend and descend the trail takes us forward to our destination. 6-7 hours walk finally the trail take us to Ghap. Overnight night in lodge.

Day 08: Ghap – Lho Gaun (3180), 6-7 hours walk.
Our journey goes passing several beautiful villages on the way and experiencing greenery of Nepali hills finally we reach a beautiful village called Lho. We can have a stroll after getthing there. The hotel has WiFi service to connect back to family by internet and that it is also the first view point of mighty Mt. Manaslu with Sringi Himal and Naike Peak etc. Overnight in lodge.

Day 09: Lho Gaun – Samagaun (520m), 5-6 hours walk.
After breakfast we pack our bags and start walking for another day's destination. Today we are moving from Lho to another beautiful village Samagaon. Passing several wonderful villages and view point of Manaslu, Shyala ultimately we find our today's rest place Sama Gaun. Overnight in lodge.

Day 10: Rest and acclimatization day
As it is very important to get acclimatized to adopted your body with high altitude so this day is acclimatization day. Visit local community, interact with local peoples and enjoy viewing panoramic views of Manaslu, Hike to Birendra Lake. Refresh yourself. Overnight in lodge.

Day 11: Samagaun – Samdo Village (3875m), 3-4 hours walk.
After a whole day rest get ready for your job, early breakfast and start walk for Samdo. Crossing Homang Khola and following the trail we reach to our destination of Samdo. In Samdo we can visit Taka Choeling Gumba and also view Naike and Pangouche Peak. Overnight in lodge.

Day 12: Rest and acclimatization day at Samdo
It is an another rest and acclimatization day in samdo. We hike to Samro Peak or either Rui La (Nepal - Tibet boarder) that makes more acclimatized for Larke Peak climbing. Overnight in lodge. Overnight in lodge.

Day 13: Samdo – Dharmasala aka Larke Phedi(4460m), about 4 hours hike
Dharmasala /Larke Phedi is the preset destination for today. After breakfast we start our foot work and follow the trail to Larke Phedi passing a fair seasonal Tibetan market Larkya Bazar. The trail forwards through stone huts advancing us fantastic views of Larke Peak, Naike Peak and lead us to Larke Phedi-stop point for today. Overnight night in lodge.

Day 14: Samdo – Larke Peak Base Camp (5135m), 4-5 hours leisure walk.
Today we set off to the Larke Peak Base Camp. We will stay here in tented camp near Larke La Pass. After setting the camp there, some briefing about climbing techniques is held. Overnight in tent.

Day 15-16: Climbing period
Exciting and hard days of your trip, what it will be? It is definitely the peak climbing period of trip. These two days are most challenging and tough. Start your climbing, proceed your climbing, and get to your dream. These days are for staying in camp inside the tent. Nights in tent.

Day 17: Larke Peak Base Camp – Bimtang (3800m), 5-6 hours walk down
Touched your desire and completed your dream, today is the starting day to comeback. Following Larkya Glacier and Larke La (5135m) passing Salpudanda glacier a descent trail leads us to Bhimtang a nice view point for Lamjung, Cheo Himal, Himlung and Manaslu Himal and much more. Overnight in tent.

Day 18: Bimthang – Dharapani (1963m), 7-8 hours walk.
Take breakfast and get ready for walk. Today, the trail leads us to place called Dharapani into the Annapurna Circuit Part one. Walking through Yak Kharka, Kharche, Goa and a wonderful Gurung Tilije you reach your rest place Dharapani. Overnight in tent.

Day 19: Dharapani - Syange(1100m), 6-7 hours walk.
The final day of walking of your trip. After early breakfast we resume our walk. The trail leads us to several beautiful villages and many landslides. With hilly greenery of Himalayan country. After six to seven hours walk the trail placed us to Syange. Overnight in lodge

Day 20: Syange – Besisahar - Kathmandu
After breakfast we drive to Besisahar by bus. From Besisahar we take our bus to Kathmandu. Evening will be for farewell dinner with Wilderness Excursion Nepal. Transfer to Kathmandu Guest House.

Day 21: Rest and spare day in Kathmandu
It is rest and spare day in Kathmandu. You can utilize it by visiting UnESCO listed World Heritage sites and shopping for dear ones and family back home. Overnight in Kathmandu Guest House.

Day 22: Fly back to home.
Final day of trip in Nepal. Take a lifetime memory with you and say bye to Wilderness Excursion team. We will drop you off to airport for home destination, Namaste!

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport-hotel-airport pick and drop by private car or van depending on group size.
  • 4 Nights deluxe room in 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing basis with breakfast. 
  • 1 Well experienced, government registered, and friendly local guide.
  • 1 or 2 Climbing Sherpa for Larke Peak Climbing as group size.
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trekking and peak climbing.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trek & climbing.
  • All ground transportation, group first aid kit and water purifier.
  • Lodge or accommodation during the trek on twin shring basis.
  • Camping gear and all meals, drinks during the camping and climbing pereid.
  • Food, accommodation salary of the guide and porters.
  • Manaslu special Trekking permit
  • Larke Peak Climbing Permits, MCAP and ACAP Prmits.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porter.
  • Office service charge, government tax and vat etc. 
  • Manaslu Larke Pass complimentary trekking Map
  • Farewell dinner in one of the finest Nepali restaurant. 

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu exept farewell dinner
  • All bar bills and beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water and laundry service.
  • Hot shower and hot water, internet and phone calls, toiletries and personal nature expenses.
  • Personal travel insurance, Rescue operation charge in case of emergency (we arrange rescue on request).
  • Garbage deposit (U$ 500 among group), refunadle after the trip
  • Advance deposit transfer fee to book your trip.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver. 
# Start Date End Date Status
1 22 Sep, 2017 15 Oct, 2017 Available book know
2 02 Oct, 2017 24 Oct, 2017 Available book know
3 30 Mar, 2018 20 Apr, 2018 Available book know

Packing List and Equipment for Langtang Gosainkunda Trek

Footwear

  • A waterproof trekking boot with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek,
  • Trail shoes or trainer or casual shoes, for walking or strolling around(optional)
  • 2-3 Pairs of warm socks for colder areas depending on trekking duration.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
  • Sandal or flip flop to take shower and walk around,
  • 2-3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene Liner socks to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

Leg wears

  • Trekking/hiking casual trousers and short, Thermal leggings for colder areas
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers and Waterproof trousers.

Body

  • Selection of hiking/trekking T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Thermal and warm shirts, possibly fleece shirt for colder areas.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Hard shell jacket with hood and hard shell pants if trekking in colder months/winter.
  • Windbreaker or waterproof jacket for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights and mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)

Head/Hands

  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Warm gloves
  • Buff and higher and colder place, not very important for ABC Trek.
  • Large handkerchief/bandana for neck
  • Head lamp/torch with spare batteries
  • Personal Trekking Equipment
  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries., rain cover for yourself and luggage, multi-purpose hiking pocket knife.

Optional items

  • Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS.
  • Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.

For water

  • Two water bottles one liter each is fine or preferably camel bag water bottle. Water treatment tablets: Iodine, Dioxide tablets, Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste if necessary. Vacuum flask and a cup preferably is doing teahouse.

Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.

Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade,

Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.

Necessary Gear for Peak Climbing

  • Mountaineering boots, gaiters, Fleece trousers
  • Additional mitts and gloves suitable for climbing
  • Sleeping bags suitable for peak climbing expedition.
  • Down suits (dangri), Summit shoe, Crampon
  • Summit Glove (Mitten), Summit Snow goggles
  • Glacier glasses, Down filled Mattress, Summit socks, Climbing bag
  • Down jacke, Down Trouser, Climbing bag,
  • hardshell and soft shell jackets
  • water bottle, Screw Gate Karabiner
  • Harness: A good climbing harness should be light and simple in design, easy to put on and take off with gloves on, with positively foolproof locking features.
  • Crampons: Crampons must fit boots perfectly; steel crampons with anti-balling and ability to toe point positively and safely into ice. The lighter the better – extra weight on your feet is much more strenuous than anywhere else on your body.
  • Ice axe: Ice axe should be versatile and light. A general purpose technical ice axe (T rated) but not too aggressive.
  • Ascender: Ascender or Jamar, a mechanical device used for ascending on a rope; must be suitable to be used with gloves or mittens. Practice using it with thick gloves on again and again.
  • Head Lamp: Multi-LED Head Lamp and spare batteries are essential; we do not recommend single bulb lights due to lower reliability.
  • Karabiners: Minimum 2 locking carabineers, 1 large and 1 small and 4 regular.
  • Rappel device: Figure 8, ACT or similar; be familiar with Munter Hitch as it may save your life if you lose your rappel device (which happens a lot).
  • Trekking poles: Very handy for the approach; adjustable types are the best (preferably with a simple outside locking mechanism).
  • Slings: One 3m(10ft) and three 2m(6ft).
  • Prusik loops: Never hurts to carry a few (e.g. 0.6m and 1.2m), they come in handy in many situations, Masks, hoses, and regulators: Good quality for your safety.
  • Altimeter: ABC watches or more advanced GPS watches will do the trick. Watch for battery life.
  • Climbing helmet: Climbing helmet is essential safety gear for crossing areas under rocks and ice cliffs; light weight is essential.

Again, this is not an exhaustive list but we hope it provides a loose guideline for your preparations. Do as much background research as possible – it never hurts to come over-prepared. And, of course, we are always happy to help so just give us a shout if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Happy preparations!

 

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Trip Facts

  • Max Altitude: 6249m
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 Pax
  • Expedition Duration: 17 Days
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Accommodation: Lodge and Camping

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