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Larkya Peak Climbing

Abhishek Subedi June 23, 2020

Larkya Peak Climbing is one of the rarely climbed peaks in Nepal. This peak was officially opened for climbers in the year 2002 AD. Larkya Peak Climbing is a very enjoyable peak to climb in combination with the Manaslu Circuit Trek.  It offers trouble-free climbing with the beautiful views of Manaslu, Annapurna massif, Ganesh Himal and beyond. Besides the mountain views. Larkya Peak climbing provides a unique mixture of rich cultural heritage, unmatched natural beauty, and biological diversity. Moreover, Larkya Peak Climbing is an opportunity to ascend both peaks in a single excursion. At the same time, a peak approaches after a steep climb up to a supplementary summit known as Sano (Small) Larkya at an altitude of 5,807 meters. Although, it requires generating a high camp close to Larkya-La (5,218m). But, Sano Larkya can reach in a single day from base camp which allows excellent acclimatization for true Larkya. 

Larkya Peak Climbing

On the other hand, to climb Thulo(Big), Larkya requires a long walk but consider a leisurely walk on snow rather than Sano Larkya. Thulo Larkya peak is challenging with encounters of higher level ice and glacier climb therefore needed a middle base camp to be set up above base camp and Sano Larkya offers medium climbing effort and can be accomplished in one day. Base Camp is close to Larkya La pass (5,135m), one of challenging high passes in Nepal. Larkya Peak climbing combines numerous stupas and monasteries along the trail although it represents Himalayan Buddhism. It represents the Lower Manaslu Circuit Trail along the Budhi Gandaki River up to the Larkya La. Larkya Peak Climbing provides that spectacular Himalayan Scenic, admirable and lifetime experience. 

Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat

Your journey starts with the beautiful ride from the Kathmandu valley to Arughat. It is the drive through the countryside of Nepal where you will enjoy the scenic views of mountains, forests, beautiful landscapes and villages.

Day 2 Arughat to Labubensi

It is your very first day of trekking. You will be walking through the newly constructed rough road to Sotikhola. Then you will cross a bridge and trek through the forests along the Budi Gandaki. You will pass by the river, several villages, rice fields and waterfalls to get to Labubensi.

Day 3 Labubensi to Khorlabensi

After breakfast in the morning you will head to Khorla Bensi passing by rocky trai and descend to Budi Gandaki river bank. Then you will have to walk along the sand, climb aside and down to cross a suspension bridge to reach Machhakhola and some up and down get Khorla bensi.

Day 4 Khorlabensi to Jagat

The trail goes along the Budi Gandaki River Bank and a few more ascends and descends to a small Hot spring in Tatopani. After crossing a suspension bridge, you will have to take over another ridge and get Dovan and Yaru Phant. You will cross a suspension bridge of Yaru Khola then climb up the well-managed stone stairs. Finally, you will get to Jagat in the lap of the river. 

Larkya Peak Climbing

Day 5 Jagat to Deng

After checking the entry permit, the trail goes to Deng traversing several villages, settlements, waterfalls and crossing suspension bridges along the trail.

Day 6 Deng to Namrung

Today you will head towards the Namrung. After a short walk you will cross a suspension bridge in Deng crossing over small settlements Rana and Bihi and a pleasant walk to Ghap. You will further cross Budi Gandaki River several times. The travelers can witness many monasteries on the trail. Finally, cross over a bridge a little walk to climb up to get Namrung. 

Day 7 Namrung to Samagaon

You will leave for Samagaon early in the morning. It is an important viewpoint for Ganesh Himal and Siringi Himal in Nupra valley. The trail leads to Samagaon passing by several Tibetan villages with their primitive culture and peoples, Chhortens, monasteries as well as massive views of Manaslu en route. 

Day 8 Acclimatization at Samagaon

Samagoan is an ancient Tibetan village, where you will spend a day for rest and acclimatization. The village is enriched in culture and typical settlements. It is considered the first base camp for the Manaslu expedition. This day you will be exploring Birendra Lake, Pungen monastery, and village. 

Day 9 Samagaon to Samdo

Today, you will walk along the Budi Gandaki River in Tibetan plateau passing by several main walls en route. Finally, you will get to Samdo. 

Day 10 Samdo to Dharmasala

Exploring the wilderness of Tibet border, you will continue to walk to Larkya Base Camp and known as Dharamshala also. Today is a short day trek to Dharmashala enough time for acclimatization. There is the house made up of stone,not a lodge but kind of shelter called Dharmashala. 

Day 11 Dharmasala to Larkya Base Camp

After a  short climb, you will enter a valley on the north side of Larkya glacier. It is required to set up a base camp to make a summit near the Larkya-La. Day trip to Sano Larkya-peak allowing proper acclimatization which performs in a single day.

Day 12 Summit Larkya Peak and Trek Back to Base Camp

A very early start today for your final summit push to Larke Peak at 6249M. The view of the Manaslu range will be a reward from the summit along Manaslu North (7157M). You will descend back to the base camp after the summit. 

Day 13 Larkya Base Camp to Bhimthang via Larke La pass

The day can be regarded as one of the most challenging days of the whole trek. After climbing for a short while, you will get spectacular views of Larkya Peak and Cho Danda. As you ascend towards the trails becomes steeper. You are greeted with amazing views of HImlung, Cheo and Annapurna II from the pass. You will continue your trek towards Bimthang from here with the view of Manaslu.

Day 14 Bhimthang to Tilije

As usual as other days, you will start your trek in the early morning. Once, enjoy the great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, and Himlung Himal. You will descend towards Tilije by passing through a high pasture, rivers, and rhododendron forests. Finally get in Tilije.

Larkya Peak Climbing

Day 15 Tilije to Taal

After exploring the upper Manang villages that lead you to join the Annapurna Circuit Treks part at Dharapani passing by beautiful villages, stones paved trail, mani walls and Chhortens then take a trail along Marsyangdi River to Taal. 

Day 16 Taal to Syange

After crossing a suspension bridge came across Chamje. And the trail goes along the Marsyangdi River valley which opens beautiful landscapes, villages and dense forest of pines to Shyange. 

Day 17 Syange to Kathmandu Valley

The last day of the trip that leads you to arrive in Kathmandu by bus. It is an opportunity to enjoy landscapes along the route. Alternating you have a chance to walk till Besi Shahar then take a bus to Kathmandu by the following day. 

This is one of the adventurous trips in Nepal where you can enjoy the scenic views of the tall and beautiful mountains. It is the perfect opportunity to witness the culture and tradition of people.

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