Larkye Peak Climbing in Nepal
Larkya Peak is located in the Manaslu Himal range within the Manaslu Conservation area, to the north of Manaslu north and northeast of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Standing at an elevation of 6,249m, this peak is a challenging and attractive climb that offers panoramic views of the surrounding lofty mountain tops, including Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna, Buddha Himal, and Himalchuli. Despite its allure, Larkya Peak is rarely climbed as a trekking peak in Nepal. There is often confusion regarding its identity, as groups sometimes ascend a steep line to a subsidiary peak known as Sano Larkya (5,807m). Sano Larkya Peak can be climbed in a day from the base camp, but a high camp is necessary to ascend Thulo Larkya (6,249m).
There are three different caravans that can be taken to climb this peak, namely Gorkha, Barpak-Laprak, or Dharache Dada and Arughat. The Barpak-Laprak and Dharache Dada caravans are better options for good acclimatization and panoramic views of the Annapurna, Langtang Himal ranges, Himalchuli, Boudha Himal, Sringi Himal, and many more mountains. The route also offers an opportunity to experience the rich cultural and traditional diversity of the region, passing through numerous villages of Tibetan origin as the trail continues northward.
Highlight overviews of Larkya Peak Climbing
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Manaslu Tours who will transfer you to your hotel. To start your journey on a high note, we will be hosted for a welcome dinner in the evening, featuring authentic Nepalese cuisine and a warm welcome drink.
After an early departure by private bus to reach Barpak, we follow the Daraudi Khola River, also passing through terraced rice fields. A long climb on a track leads us to Barpak, the main village of the Gurung ethnic group, located on a small plateau overlooking the valley. In front of us stands the snowy face of the Buddha Himal (6672m).
First day of trekking: steep climb through a beautiful forest of rhododendrons and pines with stunning views of Barpak and Boudha Himal. Lunch break at Momche dada (2880m) with panoramic views of Himal Chuli, Boudha Himal, Shringgi Himal, and the Ganesh mountain range. Descend towards the surprising "new" village of Laprak, built by the government after the earthquake, consisting of identical uninhabited houses. The original village of Laprak is located lower amidst wheat, barley, and quinoa fields. Laprak is the second largest village of the Gurung ethnic group and spans over 100m of altitude difference.
We traverse Laprak's maze of village paths and reach the Jyabru Khola. After crossing a suspension bridge, we ascend steeply and passing terraced fields of pink sorghum. The narrow trail, often obscured, winds around hillsides and leads us to a small chorten below the village of Singla. From here, the hike becomes easier and we are treated to views of the Kutang and Sringi Himal to the north. Our path continues through more terraced fields and papaya trees, through the Gurung village of Khorla, before winding down to Khorlebeshi on the Budhi Gandaki River. Take caution on the rocky steps before the long suspension bridge to Khorlabeshi. Be mindful of local women weaving straw mats in the village. In the evening, we may receive a visit from the village's cultural ambassadors and experience another performance.
Today, we have a five-hour trek ahead of us. We'll start by walking along the river, surrounded by tobacco and buckwheat fields, and admiring rocks smoothed by the river's flow. Our journey will involve climbing stone steps to reach the hot springs in the terraced village of Tatopani. Here, we can take some time to soak our weary bodies in the hot water and even go for a swim in the nearby icy river. After drying off on the lovely riverside beach, we'll embark on a gentle hike through the woods with a spectacular waterfall. We'll cross an old wooden suspension bridge and continue through a short section of forest path to reach Dovan. Above Dovan, the Budhi Gandaki River presents steep rapids. Our trail will take us high above the river and down through calmer waters. We'll cross the river on a long, new suspension bridge and then climb stone steps to reach our camp below Jagat, the Manaslu Conservation National Park entrance. Before heading to camp, take a moment to wander around the beautiful, paved village of Jagat and admire the pride of the villagers who have recorded their contributions to the paving projects.
After descending a series of stone steps from Jagat to the river, we climb up terraced hillsides to the hamlet of Saguleri where we can admire the stunning view of the 7,187 meter high Sringi Himal. We traverse through the picturesque village of Sirdibas and cross the river again on a long suspension bridge at Ghata Khola. The path splits with the right branch leading to the Ganesh Himal. We continue upstream, making a steep climb to reach Philim. We cross the river at a narrow section on a new suspension bridge, and then gradually ascend a wide hillside through an open forest, crossing the river twice more on poorly maintained bridges in the next two hours. The first bridge is at the intersection to the remote Tsum valley leading to Tibet. After trekking through dense woods for over an hour, we pass the chilly campsite of Pewa on the river, and after another hour, we leave the gorge and climb briefly to the village of Deng. Deng is the starting point of the lower Nubri region, Kutang, where the people are ethnically Tibetan but speak a different dialect from the pure Tibetans of upper Nubri. We have views of the Lumbo Himal, Lapuchen, and Dwijen Himals. It's worth visiting the upper floor of a local house for a glass of "chang" (Tibetan beer) and a chat by the hearth.
We switchback steeply to the small and impoverished village of Lana, where the women often have their looms set up. After trekking through beautiful pine woods and crossing a small bridge, we reach Bihi Phedi with its good shop and views of the Kutang Himal. We start to see "mani stones" (prayer inscriptions on rocks) which indicate that we are entering one of the small Tibetan communities that dot the high Himalayas. We have three to four hours of trekking ahead of us, crossing the Bhudi Gandaki River twice and smaller tributary streams twice. We will remain mostly high, with many ascents and descents as we move through the gorge, enjoying the spectacular views along the way. Finally, we reach Ghap and set up camp for the night at the house of some friendly villagers.
Today's trek is a magnificent adventure. We depart from Ghap and ascend for an hour through a dense, cool forest, crossing the Bhudi Gandaki River via a wooden bridge and climbing smooth stone steps until we reach Namrung, located at an altitude of 2540 meters. As we continue to climb, we enter alpine terrain and are rewarded with sweeping mountain views. Namrung village marks the beginning of Nubri, an area inhabited by Tibetans who speak a western Tibetan dialect. A few hours later, we arrive at Lihi, a village located at 2840 meters above sea level, which houses an ancient gompa and is surrounded by fields of barley guarded by "bear watches". Our trek continues at a gentle pace and we soon cross a large stream flowing from the Lidanda Glaciers to reach the picturesque Tibetan village of Sho, located at 3000 meters, where we stop for lunch. After an hour, we reach Lho, where we are greeted with stunning views of Manaslu.
As we walk through the upper reaches of Lho, with the majestic peaks of Manaslu in the distance, we come across the new gompa and then ascend through a light forest next to a small river to reach the idyllic Tibetan settlement of Shayla, where the villagers are often working in the fields. A few more hours of trekking through classic alpine scenery takes us past Tibetan grazing settlements, with the trail to Pung Gyan Gompa branching off to the left. We eventually reach Sama Gaon, passing through checkered fields of barley and potato. The people of Sama Gaon are descendants of Tibetans who settled here over 500 years ago. The Tibetan villages in this region of Manaslu are characterized by their distinctive entrance gates (manes) and they maintain active trade with their Tibetan co-religionists over several nearby high passes. On a clear weather day, you may see village women weaving wool from Tibet into gowns, which are then traded back to Tibet. Spend the afternoon exploring the old gompa settlement above the town and wandering the streets of the intriguing Samagaon village.
A day dedicated to acclimatization! We trek up to the Ramanan Kharka cirque (4000m) and get close to the glaciers in the stunning Pugyen Valley. On a clear day, it is an unforgettable experience surrounded by gigantic and majestic peaks like Peak 29, Manaslu, and Himal Chuli. We are in the heart of the Great Himalayas, surrounded by towering mountains that humans rarely venture into. The trail continues as a beautiful balcony towards the Sama plateau, where we settle in a lodge in the heart of the Tibetan village of Samagaon.
A morning visit to the monastery offers the opportunity to hike towards Birendra Kund glacial lake, located at the foot of the Manaslu glacier. The easy walk to Kermo Manan, with its very long mani wall, leads to an alpine-style valley that gently rises towards a typical Tibetan village. After crossing a small bridge, a short but steep climb brings you to the most beautiful village on the tour: Samdo, with its population of 200 inhabitants. Tibet is easily accessible via Lajing Banjyang, and the people of Samdo, who are of Tibetan origin, still regularly engage in trade with families and grandparents living in Tibet. This superb and welcoming village is an ideal place to discover and rest..
We set out from Samdo and follow the old trade route toward Tibet. After crossing a bridge, we ascend through the remnants of Larkya Bazaar, a once-thriving trade market. As we climb for three hours past glaciers, the panoramic views become increasingly stunning. Our destination is the campsite at Dharamsala, the high camp for the Larkya La pass. Here, we take a lunch break and savor the breathtaking vistas. The altitude and cold can be intense, so we suggest taking it easy in the afternoon and staying warm. We will have an early dinner to prepare for our journey over the Larkya pass tomorrow.
On this chilly but beautiful morning, the sun hits the peaks around us long before we reach the campsite. Leaving the grazing fields of Bhimtang, we cross a boulder-strewn river and head down through open forests of brilliantly blooming rhododendron, past the Kharka below Bhimtang. We'll stop for lunch at a small tea house before continuing along the rocky riverbed and sliding hillsides to several small, green villages - a sign that we've reached lower altitudes. After a long but scenic day, we eventually reach the large village of Tilje, which has a mix of Manangis (of Tibetan descent) and Chettris (Hindus), resulting in unique architecture and culture, and a diverse cuisine including Dal Bhat, buckwheat dhiro, tsampa, and Tibetan salt-tea.
A long day awaits us, we will have to get up early!!! We will change our mode of transportation and board jeeps that will take us down the Marsyangdi gorges to the bustling town of Besisahar. From there, we will take a bus that will bring us directly to Kathmandu, crossing beautiful landscapes of terraced rice fields, with the snowy peaks of the Annapurnas and Manaslu in the background. We will arrive at the hotel in the evening and have our final group dinner.
The cost mentioned on our website for Larkya Peak Climbing 2023 is based on group bookings of 6 to 10 people. However, we can also organize a private trip for a minimum of two people, depending on the group size and your request. For a group booking of 12 or more people, we offer a maximum discount with the availability of a free trip for one person. We understand that many of our clients have specific date preferences and we are happy to accommodate these.
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|Oct 5 - 30 Oct 2023||USD USD 2,850.00 Per Person||Available||Inquiry|
|Nov 5 - 30 Nov 2023||USD USD 2,850.00 Per Person||Available||Inquiry|
Q: Where is Larkya peak located?
A: Larkya peak is located in the Manaslu region of Nepal.
Q: What is the altitude of the Larkya peak?
A: The altitude of Larkya peak is 6,249 meters (20,499 feet).
Q: What is the best time to climb Larkya peak?
A: The best time to climb Larkya peak is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons.
Q: Do I need a permit to climb Larkya peak?
A: Yes, a climbing permit is required to climb Larkya peak, which can be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.
Q: What is the difficulty level of climbing Larkya peak?
A: Climbing Larkya peak is considered a challenging climb, requiring technical skills and experience in high-altitude mountaineering.
Q: Is it possible to combine a trek to Manaslu with a climb to Larkya peak?
A: Yes, it is possible to combine a trek to the Manaslu region with a climb to Larkya peak, which is a popular itinerary for adventurous trekkers and climbers.
Q: What is the typical duration of a Larkya peak climbing expedition?
A: The typical duration of a Larkya peak climbing expedition is around 18-20 days, including the trek to and from the base camp.
Q: What kind of gear and equipment do I need for Larkya peak climbing?
A: You will need standard mountaineering gear such as crampons, ice axe, harnesses, helmets, ropes, and climbing boots, as well as warm clothing, a sleeping bag, and personal items.
Q: Is it necessary to hire a guide for Larkya peak climbing?
A: It is highly recommended to hire an experienced guide for Larkya peak climbing, as the climb is technically challenging and requires mountaineering skills and experience.
Q: What is the altitude sickness risk during Larkya peak climbing?
A: Altitude sickness is a common risk during Larkya peak climbing due to the high altitude, and climbers are advised to take proper acclimatization breaks and follow a gradual ascent to minimize the risk.
Q: Are there any alternative routes to climb Larkya peak?
A: Yes, there are multiple alternative routes to climb Larkya peak, including the Northern route and the West Face route, which are less crowded and offer a different perspective of the peak.
Q: What is the maximum number of climbers allowed on Larkya peak at a time?
A: The maximum number of climbers allowed on Larkya peak at a time is limited to 15 climbers per expedition.