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Larkya Peak is considered to be one of the greatest peaks for climbing. The peak is a newly opened climbing peak, situated in the Gorkha district of the Manaslu region. The peak climbing offers beautiful views of the mighty panoramas found in the infamous Everest and Annapurna regions that include Mt. Manaslu (8,163m/26,781ft), Ganesh Himal (7,422m/24,350ft), Himlung Himal (7,126m/23,378ft), Ratna Chuli (6,689m/21,945ft) and other neighboring peaks. This trail is great for acclimating before tackling higher Himalayan peaks. There is often confusion as there are two summits: Subsidiary Peak also known as Sano Larkya with an elevation of 5,807 meters/19,051 feet and Larkya Peak with an elevation of 6,249 meters/20,501 feet.


Larkya Peak Climbing is a unique and rewarding journey to the Himalayas of Nepal that offers an opportunity to dwell in the mountainous experience with ancient culture supported by natural richness and beauty. The majestic Himalayan ranges in this area belong to cultural diversities and natural scenery with high-altitude glacier lakes and fascinating flora and fauna are all valuable ornaments of this region. Larkya Peak is a technical climb that requires physical and mental endurance at high altitudes. Larkya Peak Climbing is an excellent choice for climbers seeking a challenging climb. The trip takes you through ethnic villages, providing insight into their history and heritage. 


The Larkya Peak climbing trail goes northward passing through many Tibetan-origin villages reimbursing an opportunity to discover their customs and cultures, monasteries, prayer flags, mani walls, and prayer wheels. The region surrounds elegant and pure natural beauty but remained isolated for many years. Although a few climbers climb the peak of Larkya, the magnificent views of the Annapurna ranges, Ganesh Himal, and other neighboring mountain ranges, there is no doubt that peak climbing is exciting and adventurous for striking natural wonders.


Major Highlights

  • Breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayas including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Langtang Himal range, Himal Chuli, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu, and other towering peaks.
  • Trekking through Larkya La Pass (5,106/16,751ft) and adventurous climbing to Larkya Peak (6,249m/20,501ft)
  • Pristine scenery of the Budi Gandaki and MArsyangdi River
  • A vibrant environment with the scenery of lush green forests, Valleys, and Rivers.
  • Less crowded, thrilling, and extremely rewarding trail
  • Cultural experience and traditional Himalayan villages
  • Best Climbing experience for the mountaineering beginners

The Larkya Peak Climbing trail follows the Soti Khola and passes through many small villages like Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Samagaon, and Samdo on the way. The route passes through many lush green forests and traditional villages that provide opportunities to explore their culture and customs, monasteries, prayer flags, the prayer wheel, and prayer walls. From the Summit of Larkya Peak (6,249m), the magnificent views of the high mountains render making the journey to be fascinating and unforgettable. The peak climbing journey takes you through villages with massive Buddhist faith and Tibetan-influenced culture to the top of a magnificent peak in the Manaslu region along with the rich bio-diversity in the route.  


Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola

Day 2: Trek to Machha Khola

Day 3: Trek to Jagat

Day 4: Trek to Deng

Day 5: Trek to Namrung

Day 6: Trek to Lho Gaon

Day 7: Trek to Sama Gaon

Day 8: Rest day at Sama Gaon

Day 9: Trek to Samdo

Day 10: Trek to Dharmasala

Day 11: Trek to Larkya Base Camp

Day 12: Base Camp to High Camp

Day 13: Summit Larkya Peak and back to Base Camp

Day 14: Reserve a day for climbing in case of bad weather

Day 15: Downhill trek to Bimthang

Day 16: Downhill trek to Dharapani

Day 17: Downhill trek to Jagat

Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu


Larkya Peak Climbing routes

The journey starts with a scenic drive covering a distance of around 142.2 kilometers/88.35 miles from Kathmandu to SotiKhola, Arughat. The Soti Khola is the starting point of the Larkya Peak Climbing journey and also a gateway to the popular Manaslu Circuit trekking. The walk starts from Soti Khola enjoying the lush green forest with views of high mountains on the way to Sama Gaon. Crossing many small villages like Jagat, Deng, and Namrung to reach Sama Gaon by exploring culture and customs, monasteries, prayer flags, prayer wheels, and the prayer walls. 


After an acclimatization day and exploration around Sama Gaon to adjust the body at a higher altitude, the journey to Base Camp of Larkya Peak with a mesmerizing view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Ganesh Himal, and Mt. Manaslu passing Samdo and Dharmasala. At the base camp, basic training for climbing techniques and using the climbing gear which includes: ropes, ice axes, harnesses, and crampons will be given by the guide. The next day is the special day as you are conquering the summit of Larkya Peak. The climbing began at the high camp to the summit of Larkya Peak, the feeling is incredible and unforgettable after conquering the summit of Larkya Peak. 


On the same day, the downhill trekking continues after capturing the memory of conquering the summit and the view of the mighty Himalayas to the base camp. The downhill trek follows the route of Bimthang village to Dharapani and then to Jagat. The journey ends with a scenic drive from Jagat - the ending point to the Kathmandu Valley.


Reasons to do Larkya Peak Climbing

  • The newly opened climbing peak and less explored peak.
  • Easy and safe to achieve the goal of reaching the summit of the Himalayas peak
  • Standing on the summit of Larkya, provide the feeling of standing above the sky.
  • The astonishing view of the gigantic mountains like Sano Larkya, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna ranges, Mt. Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal.
  • Exploration of religions, cultures, and diverse flora and fauna within the Manaslu region.
  • The perfect peak for warm-ups and collecting a mountaineering experience.
  • Greatest walk in the Himalayan mountains including the fascinating Larkya Pass (5,106m/16,751ft) and exhilarating Larkya Peak (6,249m/20,501ft)





  

Itinerary

On the first day of our tour to Larkya Peak Climbing. We will start our tour by having a drive From Kathmandu to Soti Khola. We will gather all of us at Thamel and start our journey.


It is a beautiful picturesque journey passing through the green hills, flowing streams, farming terraces, villages, small markets, and most of all mountains at a far distance. Soti Khola follows the Prithivi highway that leads to Pokhara till Dhading, after turning off the road and taking the road which is decreasing in width and comfort. The trail passes through the beautiful valley of Gorkha, Aruyghat bazaar. We will enjoy the beautiful sight of typical Nepalese houses, the Buri Gandaki River, valleys, and so on the trail. After Arughat we will also pass through Arkhet Bazaar and Khyorpani.


However, after passing all those beautiful places we will finally reach Soti Khola. It will take around 7-8 hrs of driving to reach here. We will enjoy the evening view of the town and stay overnight in a hotel/lodge.

We will wake up early in the morning to have a breathtaking view of the hills and long-range mountains. Today we will start our journey by hiking. We will hike from Soti Khola to Machha Khola. The trail passes through forests, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls, and a green valley until you reach Lapu Besi. The village is very beautiful. We can get a chance to see the inhabitants of the Bhotia people. We continue our hiking to Nauli Khol to cross the suspension bridge. From there we follow the Buri Gandaki and reach Machha Khola.


After 6-7 hrs of the trek in the peaceful environment of the forest, we will finally reach Machha Khola. We will stay overnight in the hotel/lodge of Machha Khola

In the morning we will wake up early so that we can have a beautiful view of the sunrise. The rising sun from between the mountain is the grad thing you can see. We will start our joinery after having lunch. We follow the guide and original route which goes through the river to Khorlabesi and the warm spring at Tatopani. From here we follow the route led from the eastern bank of Buri Gandaki to Doban, Thulo Dunga, and Yara Bagar. The Trail is quiet and challenging in places.


The trail leads back and forth across the river and reaches a suspension bridge. The trail through the riverside is very enjoyable and challenging. After a hike of 5-6 hrs, we will finally enter the gateway to the Manaslu Conservation Area at Jagat. We can stay overnight at Jagat and continue our journey tomorrow.

Today the trek starts with ascending to Sirdibas and continuing to Philim. The trail to the Deng leads through the forest of pine, rhododendron, and many other trees. While hiking, we cross a few bridges and can have a view of villages at a far distance. As we continue the trail forward, the trail takes us to Lokpa on the hike to Tsum Valley and climb above the confluence of the Buri Gandaki and Shar Khola to Pewa, and a further short walk brings us to Deng.


Reaching Deng, after 6-7hrs of the hike. We can enjoy a pretty waterfall nearby. Deng is famous for its potatoes, buckwheat, barley, wheat, cabbage, and spinach as people are mostly involved in agriculture in this area. From here we enjoy unique geographical formation. We can stay overnight at the hotel/lodges.

We will hike to Namrung village on this day. We can have a beautiful morning view of the hills and snow Cap Mountains. From Deng we follow a side trail of the stone carving village of Bhi, we continue the Buri Gandaki until we reach the Bhajan. The trail continues uphill all the way to Namrung through the forest. We can enjoy mountain views of Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Lajing Peak, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, and many other snow-capped mountains on the trail. We can encounter many beautiful migratory birds in this stretch of the Manaslu circuit trek. You will cross the gorge from a wooden bridge and reach Namrung village. We can stay for a night at the hotel/lodge in Namrung.

We can have a great view of the sunrise from here. We can see the golden red color of the sunrise at the peak of the mountain. The trek to the Lho Gaon moves through the inner Himalayan range. From here we follow the trail beyond the Namrung and climb up to the Upper Nupri where the dialect changes to a form of Tibetan and most people dressed in Chu base, the Tibetan-style wraparound cloak. We can have an eye-catching view of Rupinala Pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing Peak, and many other snow-capped mountains and peaks on the trail.


After 3-4 hours of hiking, we will reach Lho Gaon. We will stop our hike and stay overnight in the lodge/Hotel and continue our journey from tomorrow.

Today our journey will be from Lho Gaon to Sama Goan. Our hiking trails follow the right bank of the river. While we were hiking on the river bank we can see the beautiful views of the mountains. We see the different cultures of people over here. Tibetan and most people dressed in Chu base, the Tibetan-style wraparound cloak over here. From the viewpoints in the sites lying on the path, we can also have mesmerizing panoramic views of Manaslu and surrounding ranges. The trails pass through the village of Barsam, Lhi, and then turn off route to the series of monasteries and the base camp of Ascend Himalchuli. As we continue on the main trail you soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3500m. It will take us around 4-5 hours to reach Sama Goan. We can have a beautiful view of the sunset between the hills in the evening. We will stay overnight at the hotel/lodge in Sama Goan.

This day is considered a rest day. We will take full rest and make preparation for the height. If you are not tired. We can hike to Manaslu Base Camp (4400m). From there we can have an excellent view of Manaslu Mountain and the Samdo (Pang Phuchuli); Nagdi Chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and you can see Birendra Kunda an ice lake nearby the Manaslu Base Camp. We will enjoy the Himalayan sunset and rest for the day here.

Today we will start our journey after having breakfast. We are going to hike in Samdo village. The trail section is harder than other hiking trails we have done to this day. From Samdo the Tibetan border is just 4km away. This is an excellent viewpoint for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi Chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall, and several other majestic peaks. In the middle of the trail, we can see the adjacent ridge to the Lajyang La pass (5098 m). We will walk through the pasture and Yak grazing plains and to the Mani walls leading to the Samdo village. We can stay overnight over in a hotel/lodge.

The hike from Samdo to Dharamsala will be a very enjoyable hike. It is a preparational walk with much time to spare for your ascend to the Larkye La pass. Trek offers us a stunning view of Manaslu and the Search Glacier and a chance of spotting blue sheep. We will walk past the chortens and Mani walls down to the Budi Gandaki River. We cross the wooden bridge and reached the legendary Larkye Bazaar. The trail to Lajyang and Gyala leading to Tibet separates from Larkye bazaar. We will walk further up, and Mani walls lead our way to Dharamsala. Dharamsala is the last station before reaching the Larkya peak zone. We will stay overnight at the hotel/lodge of Dharamsala.

Today our trek starts from Dharamsala and ends at Larkya Base Camp. We trek slowly and steadily through the lateral moraines of Larke Glaciers. Larkya Base Camp is an attractive place with an amazing view of Larkya Peak. The Base camp is at an elevation of 5135m from sea level. Trek offers us a stunning view of Manaslu and the Search Glacier, and a chance of spotting blue sheep, as we climb to reach Dharmasala which is the only shelter before the Larkya La. We reach the base camp after 5-6 hours of the hike. We can enjoy the surrounding of the snow. We can have a beautiful view of the sunset and stay overnight over the base camp.

We wake up in the morning to have a great view of sunrise from the base. We can see snow all over the place in the base camp in the snowing season. On this day we will learn and practice the basics knowledge of mountaineering with our trek guide. Without any basic knowledge, we can’t climb the peak. We can also explore the areas nearby the camp to acclimatize ourselves to the climate.


We will take our important entrustment for climbing the peak and start our journey. Climbing the peak will be very adventurous and dangerous. The trail crosses narrow rocky channels and some slippery areas too which are very risky. We can get windy weather nearing High Camp so; careful and gradual advancement is the safest way to the High Camp. After 5-6 hrs of climbing, we will set our camp in the High Camp. We will enjoy the high camp by having a beautiful cloudy view. We will stay overnight at the tent in High Camp.

Today is the day we have all been waiting for. Today we will climb to the top of the peak. We will start our journey early in the morning because early morning time will be the best time to climb and get back. We need to go through some technical climbing stuff while attempting the summit. Once we reach the top we spend some time to enjoy incomparable views of the mountains. From here we can view the great Himalayan range to the horizon, and the majestic view of Manaslu and Annapurna is pristine as well. We will take some time to enjoy the panoramic views and capture them on our camera and we will return back to the Base Camp. We will stay overnight in the Base Camp.

The weather is unpredictable in the mountain. We must not take unnecessary risks while climbing and ascending to the summit. This day is reserved as an extra day for climbing the peak in the case of the bad weather

We trek back to the Bimthang from the base camp. After exploring the base camp for the last time. We hike to the Bimthang. Follow your guide for a safe and secure passage to Bimtang from Larkye La pass. Slippery and steep sections are the most difficult ones as we will walk near the top. We enjoy the downhill trails. The trail leads us to the beautiful agricultural village. This stretch is mostly smooth, and the trail will drop over 1400 meters to Bimthang village. The people of this place Enjoy the beautiful sunset from the ridge near and rest for the day. It will take up to around 4-5 hours of a downhill hike to reach here. We can stay overnight over here and stop our journey for today.

On this day we stay up early and follow the trails to the Dharapani. The trails pass through the dense forest and fields. We continue the trail and arrive at the Manang District; we are in the restricted part of the Manang after Nar Phu. We continue the trail and after passing the Tilije, it is just 2 hours of hike to reach Dharapani. We continue our trek further down to Dharapani. We stay at Dharapani’s hotel/lodge overnight.

Today we will have an interesting downhill trekking trail. The trail from Dharapani to Jagat is very interesting. We can have a beautiful trail of grassy area. We can see many different birds on the trail. We hike along to the riverside. We stop our enjoyable hike at Jagat and stay overnight.

On this day we will drive from Jagat to Kathmandu. It will use around 7-8 hrs of drive. We will explore around the Jagat before our drivel of drive. We can see the agricultural farms and beautiful views of hills and mountains on the trail. After reaching Kathmandu we will have a small farewell program with dinner and we will end our hike over here.

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Best Season for Larkya Peak Climbing

There are two distinct seasons for climbing the peak in Nepal: Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and November). It is not recommended to travel during Monsoon (June, July, and August) and Winter (December, January, and February) due to heavy rainfall and snowfall respectively. These seasons can make the route challenging and sometimes even invite natural hazards such as landslides, avalanches, and cold temperatures.


Autumn Season

Autumn is considered the peak season to climb Larkya Peak since it comes with a dry and clear environment. The skies are relatively clear, and weather and temperature are stable providing clear visibility to the surroundings, with a lesser possibility of snowfall and rainfall. The wind and air precipitation are comparatively low and the dry environment makes the trail easy to navigate.


Spring Season

The spring season features stable temperatures and weather conditions allowing the climbers to embark for an enjoyable climb. Similarly, the chances of rainfall or snowfall are very low, and the dry routes make climbers easy to navigate. Likewise, the full-blooming forests around the Larkya La region will blow the climber's mind with the perfect scenery of a colorful environment that matches the mystic mountain ranges. 


Preparations

Before beginning the journey of climbing the summit of Larkya Peak, it is a better idea to be fully prepared as the succession of the journey depends on how you have prepared for the mountaineering. The Larkya Peak climbing is graded as having moderate difficulty which requires a good level of physical fitness and strength. Focus on building stamina, a positive attitude, and setting the body and mind for climbing. Prepare physically and mentally by involving in long hiking, cycling, and long-distance running for around 3 to 4 months before beginning the journey. 


To make the trip successful, be prepared well with the packing gears and equipment required for mountaineering and take training to use mountaineering gears such as crampons, ice axe, ascenders, jumars, and ropes. Make sure you are prepared with all the essential documents including travel insurance before starting your Larkya Peak Climbing journey.



Packing List 

Clothing

Sunat, scarf, and sunglasses

T-shirt

Fleece jacket or sweater

Windproof or waterproof Jacket

Hiking shorts or trekking trousers

Underwear

Thick, warm, and woolen socks

Hiking boots and camp shoes


Gears and Accessories

Sleeping bag

Tent and necessary equipment for camping

Duffel bags

Trekking poles

Water bottles


Toiletries

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

small wash towel


Miscellaneous items

Binoculars

Camera and extra batteries

Head torch

Playing cards


Equipment

Climbing boots

Crampons

Ice Axe

Rope

Snow Gaiter

Jumer Ascender

Harness


Drinking Water

Drinking water is the most essential need that every trekker and mountaineer must be concerned about while doing trekking or climbing expeditions. Trekkers or climbers must drink 3 to 4 liters of water per day to save energy and stay hydrated throughout the journey. While trekking, teahouses offer boiled water, mineral water, or bottled water which is safe for drinking however you have to pay some additional charges. Drinking water in this region can be available from the water sources like taps or springs, but it is recommended to use a water purifier or carbon filters before drinking.


Other Facilities

Electricity and Internet

The electricity and internal facilities, along the trail are available in the teahouses and lodges. Charging the electrical appliances may require some additional charges as well as internet access through WiFi also comes with some additional payment. You will also find access to mobile networks from Nepali sim Ntc and Ncell. 


Note: Electricity and internet facilities on the day at the base camp are not available. Therefore, it is advised to charge fully all the electronics and carry a personal power bank.


ATM and Money Exchange

As the climbing expedition takes place in the remote Manaslu region in the Himalayas, there are no ATM or money exchange facilities available at the trail. During your stay in city areas before trekking, it is recommended to withdraw enough money and change into Nepali rupees. Make sure you are carrying enough Nepali rupees before embarking on the trail of Larkya Peak Climbing.


Food and Accommodation

Along the trail, there are numerous teahouses and lodges that offer basic accommodation facilities such as twin-sharing rooms with attached bathrooms, beds, pillows, blankets, bed sheets, and mattresses. The teahouses offer a shared dining table for all the trekkers staying there for enjoying the local cuisine together. The teahouses offer local Dal, Bhat, and Curry as well as noodles and momos (dumplings) as cuisines.


On the day at the base camp of Larkya Peak, accommodation is at camp, and for food, anything cooked by the cook hired from the company.


Travel Insurance

According to the rule of government, having travel insurance is mandatory before taking part in a climbing expedition in Nepal. Larkya Peak is a peak in the Himalayas with an altitude of 6,249 meters. Sometimes, some sudden incidents such as snowfall, injury, or acute mountain sickness might occur. Hence, concerning the safety of mountaineers travel insurance should be made that covers all the medicinal expenses and helicopter evacuation facilities.


Visa Process to Enter Nepal

Every foreign citizen except the citizen of India and China will require a visa to enter Nepal. If you are interested to be a participant in the climbing expedition in Larkya Peak then you will have to go through the following process to acquire a tourist visa to Nepal.

  • Your original passport valid for at least six months 

  • One recent passport-size picture of yourself

  • The completed and signed Nepal Tourist Visa Application form

  • Valid return flight or travel ticket and proof of sufficient financial means.

  • Proof of having paid the Nepal Visa fee

Guide and Porters

Hiring a guide and porters for Larkya Peak climbing is essential since the trip is physically challenging and technical. We Bold Himalaya provides experienced and licensed holder mountaineering guides for your climbing journey in the Larkya Peak. Guides and Porters are the helping hands to reach the top of mountains and help to navigate the terrain of the mountain. 


Guides are there to provide assistance and support in climbing as they are responsible for setting ropes and making mountaineers easy navigation using axes and crampons. Similarly, porters carry a maximum weight of up to 15 to 20 kg of luggage which contains the essential items and gear for climbing, and backpacks of climbers, allowing them more concentration in climbing.











Accommodation

While in Kathmandu, you will be accommodated in 3-star hotels. Even though 3-star category hotels are similar to the average hotels in Europe, you will be served with comfortable beds, warm blankets, luxurious rooms, and luxurious services. 


While trekking, you will be accommodated in teahouses that offer a comfortable and eco-friendly atmosphere. The teahouses provide comfortable twin-sharing rooms with attached toilets and bathrooms. Each room includes a bed, blanket, mattress, pillows, and bedsheets.


During your stay at the base camp of Larkya Peak, you will be accommodated in tents.  

About Meal

During your stay in Kathmandu, you will be served a variety of delicious meals according to your choices. In the Hotel and Lodge, an abundance of food items is available so you will be tasting the dishes according to your preferences.


While trekking, even though the options for food items may be limited in the teahouses however you will be served three types of meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.


For Breakfast, the menu includes pancakes, baked bread, fried or boiled eggs, porridge, muesli, Tibetan bread, and a cup of tea, coffee, and hot chocolates for beverages.


For Lunch, the menu includes a traditional Dal, Bhat, and Curry (rice, lentils, and vegetables), flavorful pasta, MoMo (dumplings), sandwiches, fried rice or crispy fried noodles, and fresh fruits and salads for dessert.


For Dinner, local cuisine is Dal, Bhat, and Curry (rice, lentils, and vegetables), curries chicken, as well as vegetables, pizza, fried rice, Chapati, spaghetti, Thukpa, Pizza, Macaroni, and steamed bread, are served. The options for hard drinks are also available but it is not recommended for trekkers.


During your stay at tents in the Base Camp of Larkya Peak, a cook offers you delicious food items such as pasta, noodles, and traditional Dal, Bhat, and Curry as well. It is recommended to bring your own food or some snacks during the ascent of Larkya Peak as there are no teahouses or lodges available.




Larkya La Peak is located in the Gorkha district, mid-western Nepal, in the Manaslu region. It is situated between the two highest points in the Manaslu region, Dharmasala, and Bimthang.

The elevation of Larkya Peak is 6,249 meters/20,501 feet.

Larkya La Peak climbing is graded as having moderate-level difficulty in terms of climbing expedition that demands good physical fitness and strength. Climbers must have prior climbing experience and should be familiar with technical climbing skills, so Peak climbing is not suitable for beginners.

The best time to do the Larkya Peak Climbing is Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October, and December) seasons. The weather conditions and temperatures in these seasons are stable and favorable offering the views of the stunning Himalayas clear. 

The duration to complete Larkya Peak might be varied to various factors such as acclimatization schedule, fitness level, and weather conditions. As per the planned itinerary, it will require 18 days to complete including an acclimatization day and a reserve day for weather.

Guides and Porters are crucial for Larkya Peak climbing as you will be attaining technical climbing skills through the help of guides. Professional guides are there to help you with easy navigation and porters to carry backpacks and luggage.