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LARKE PEAK CLIMBING

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destination Manaslu
duration 21 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Manaslu
max altitude 6,249M
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 Hrs
accommodation Lodge + Camping
season Autumn/Spring

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 2,400
2 Pax USD 2,200
3 Pax USD 2,100
4 - 6 Pax USD 1,900
7 - 12 Pax USD 1,800
13 - 18 Pax USD 1,700
19 - 24 Pax USD 1,500
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LARKE PEAK CLIMBING

Can there be any greater feeling than standing at the top of a mountain?

This climb will test your endurance and determination and give you a true sense of achievement. The rewards are numerous. Firstly, a sigh of relief as you stand and stare at some of the most magical scenery on earth. Secondly, you will feel euphoric and be better equipped to face challenges in your life. Finally, you can shout out, “I did it.”

Larke Peak (6219m) is in the Manaslu region of Nepal and has only recently been opened to climbers, that will ensure you have a less crowded and peaceful time while wandering through this amazing natural wonderland. 

Larke Peak Climbing (6219m) is home to Tamang and Sherpa, Tibetan Buddhists, and some of the calmest and peaceful people on earth. These are the Dalai Lama’s people.  The Manaslu region is also home to the endangered snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan Black Bear, grey wolf, monkeys, musk deer, blue sheep, and of course the ever-present Yaks that roam the grazing lands at high altitudes. This is also where Nepal’s beautiful rhododendron tree grows and blossoms in spring in white, pink, and red flowers. The rhododendron is Nepal’s native emblem and stands out in stark contrast to the juniper, cedar and bamboo forests. There are believed to be 33 species of mammals, 110 species, three species of reptiles, and between 1500-2000 species of flowering plants.

The trek begins at Soti Khola and gradually heads higher, initially to Larke La Pass (5135m) and then on to your goal – Larke Peak (6219m). At nearly every stage of this trek, you will be stunned by the soaring snow-capped peaks and by the tranquil Tibetan villages as you head closer and closer to the Tibetan border. 

Sherpa Expedition & Trekking are not new to the trekking and climbing business, having been around for more than 40 years, during which time their reputation has made them one of the most reliable and reputable companies in Nepal. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking put your safety first and manage every aspect of your journey – from airport pickup to departure.

Larke Peak Climbing Highlights

  • Drive to Soti Khola from Kathmandu taking in the sights.
  • Views of the 8th tallest mountain in the world - Manaslu (8156m). Also known as “Spirit Mountain”. It was first climbed in 1956.
  • A rich history and home to Manang and Sherpa castes. 
  • Home of the fabled and elusive snow leopard and red pandas as well as the hardy ever-present Yak.
  • The extensive views of surrounding snow-covered peaks along the trail.
  • Forests of pine, oak, spruce and the spectacular rhododendron forests in pink flower (springtime).
  • Understanding of Tibetan Buddhism and its peaceful, compassionate and loving traditions.
  • High altitude trek and climb to the summit of Larke Peak (6219m) via Larke La Pass (5135m).

ITINERARY

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Welcome to Kathmandu, a city full of vibrant markets, bustling streets, colorful temples and grand pagodas. Our guide will meet you at the airport and take you to our hotel. The remainder of the day you will have an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the shopping areas closest to your hotel and catch up on shopping for equipment. In the evening, our tour guide will give you a brief introduction and provide valuable information about the trek. In the evening you will meet the rest of the group at a welcome dinner at a local Nepali restaurant.
Today, we will spend the day sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley with our guide. We will visit Pashupatinath, which is regarded as the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal and where pilgrims worship Lord Shiva (situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River), Bouddhanath, a Buddhist temple known as ‘Little Tibet’ and then on to Swayambhunath known as the Monkey Temple. From Swayambhunath we drive to Kathmandu’s famous Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site and located in front of the old royal palace. Upon arriving back at your hotel you may have time to do some last minute shopping around Thamel – the tourist hub of Kathmandu.
We will take a public bus on this seven to eight hour road trip, stopping along the way for a lunch break. Tonight we will stay at Soti Khola near the river. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Our trek today traverses a mule track and ascends on a breathtaking path cut into the face of the cliff, then descends to Lapubesi (880m). Caution is required here! We then continue to Nauli Khola, crossing a suspension bridge on the way and then take the trail beside the Budi Gandaki River before reaching Machha Khola (900m). This so happens to be where many trekkers were stranded after the earthquake in 2015 and had to be rescued, Depending on current conditions, there is an alternative overnight stop in Kashi Gaun located on the east side of the river. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Our route today follows the river to Khorlabesi and the tepid spring at Tatopani (meaning hot water) (930m), and then continues on the eastern bank of the Budi Gandaki River to Doban, Thulo Dunga and Yara Bagar (1370m). The trail zigzags across the river with several suspension bridges to cross before reaching the entrance gate to Manaslu Conservation Area and Jagat (1410m), with its unique flagstone village square. Permits are checked by authorities. Sherpa Expedition & Trekking will check that the route is passable, and may suggest we take an alternative route taking a much higher path on the east side of the river before descending to the old trail near Doban. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Above Jagat, the trail climbs to Salleri and Sirdibas before reaching Philim. The landscape becomes increasingly barren as the trail winds past several waterfalls until reaching a junction at Ekle Bhatti where the trail leads to Lokpa a village on the trail to the Tsum Valley. We then climb above the junction of the Buri Gandaki and Shar Khola Rivers and then head to Pewa and finally Deng (1860m). Many villages in this area suffered extensive damage in the 2015 earthquake. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today we climb beyond the Tom (tum) Khola to Longa Chuta and then come into a captivating fir and rhododendron forest filled with birds and Langur monkeys located on the north side of the Buri Gandaki River. We then cross back to the other side of the river before reaching Namrung (2660m), an earlier customs post in the days when this was a route for transporting salt from Tibet. Namrung also suffered extensive damage from the 2015 earthquake, but today it has been restored to its previous charm. .Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
The trail today leads to Shyaula (5320m) where a substantial number of buildings were damaged in the 2015 earhtquake, including the Gompa (Buddhist temple).. We continue on passing through a number of valleys and trails before arriving at the more remote village of Gompas and continue to Sama Gaun(3530) - also known as Samagaun. The town boasts of several fascinating monasteries in the village. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
At these higher altitudes it is necessary to get acclimatized, for at least one day, before attempting climbs to higher altitudes. Health specialists suggest that you move about and don’t sit idly. A good way to stay active is to explore the Gompa at Pugyen(4070m), a one day hike that leaves the trail between Syaula and Sama. If time permits, it is possible for you to carry on up this valley to the rugged rocks and terrain of the Pugin glacier. Another option is a trip to the lake at Birendra Tal (3450m) or a more demanding ascent to Manaslu Base Camp (4900m). It is believed that north of Birendra Tal is Milarepa's Cave (famous Buddha) claimed to have been used as a meditation retreat by the Buddhist saint. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Today the trail descends and heads back to the Buri Gandaki River passing the junction of Birendra Tal and Manaslu Base Camp. The valley expands before reaching Kermo Khadka and then continuing to the white Kani Gateway signaling the entrance to Samdo (3860m). If time permits we may trek to the peak above the village for impressive views of Mount Manaslu. If it is necessary to further acclimatize, there is a 6 to 7-hour trek climbing 640m to the moraine of the Fukang Glacier, where you will be rewarded with far-reaching views towards several passes used by locals to cross over into Tibet. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Again it is advisable to stay active to better prepare you for the higher altitudes. You may wander around the village of the venture to the nearby hills to take in the views.
A relatively short day sees us descending through fields prior to starting our climb towards the Larkya-La Pass, a trek offering dazzling views of Manaslu and the Syacha Glacier, and a likelihood of spotting Himalayan blue sheep on your trek to Dharamsala (4480m). This is as high as we go today without risking altitude sickness. This is the last safe haven before reaching the pass. This sector of the trek is often subject to snowfall and from mid-December to mid-March, when snow blocks the Larkya-La Pass, the Samdo Lodge is typically closed. Your guide will know in advance if the lodge is closed. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today we have a short four to five-hour walk to Larke Peak Base Camp where we will stay overnight. It is this progressive climbing in small increments that helps you to overcome altitude sickness.
Before the actual climb your guide will prepare you by going over safety procedures and the use of roping techniques. The prevailing weather conditions will greatly influence the climb to the peak. However, it is in your best interests that you are prepared for any eventuality. Your day on the peak will be the highlight of this trek. The physical exertion on getting to the peak will be rewarded by some of the most jaw-dropping views of the surrounding peaks. These memories will stay with you for a lifetime.
It might happen that we may not reach the summit as we planned due to bad or unfavorable weather conditions. Our main target is to successfully lead you to the summit of Larke Peak. Thus, we will spare a reserve day in case of bad weather or other unwanted situations. However, if everything goes smoothly, we can use this day to trek back on leisure.
Today we descend to Bimtang, a well known trading post along the Tibetan salt route. An appealing detour leads to a trail above Bimtang to the translucent glacial lake of Pungkar Tal (4100m). We will stay overnight at Bimtang. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
Today we descend to Dudh Khola and Soti Khola(2700m) also known as Khare, following a trail directly below the enormous Phunki Peak(6258m). We then take a trail across the ridge heading downhill to the river before reaching Gho village. At this lower altitude it is noticeable greener as we descend through cultivated fields and forests and take the trail on the north bank of the Dudh Khola before reaching Tilche (2300m) the largest village since leaving Samdo. The village is well known for its flagstone paved streets and the home of Gurung. After passing Tilche through the Kani (gateway arches) we, then cross the stream before reaching Thonje. The trail to Dharapani (1920m) requires crossing a suspension-bridge over the Marsyangdi river. We are soon at the junction of the Annapurna Circuit trek where the going gets easier before descending to Bensi Sahar and ultimately Kathmandu. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.
We will today continue heading downhill until reaching tonight’s destination, Syange, where we will stay overnight.
We have a short drive to Besisahar and then a road trip back to Kathmandu. On arrival, you will be taken to your hotel.
You will leave Nepal, but will never forget this great adventure and the laughs you shared on this journey to some of the world’s most spectacular peaks. A Sherpa Expedition and Trekking representative will drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

SERVICES

Cost Included in your package

  • Arrival and departure transfer services to and from both domestic and international flights as per itinerary.
  • Kathmandu to Soti Khola and Beshisahar to Kathmandu transportation By Bus.
  • 3 Night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  •  Tea House + Camping combined accommodation during the trek – as per itinerary Tea House + Camping combined accommodation during the trek – as per itinerary
  • Experienced and government licensed high altitude trekking guide during the trekking and climbing period
  • 3 meals a day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee available in the tea house/hotel/lodge during the trek.
  • 3 fresh & hygienic meals a day: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served at base camp.
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Trekking permit (Manaslu Conservation area (MCAP & ACAP)
  • TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Larke Peak Climbing Permit
  • First aid medical kits for the group and the staff.
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
  • Helicopter rescue insurance for high altitude staff.
  • Trekking and climbing map of Island peak. 
  • Our service charge and government taxes levied in Nepal.
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with a domestic culture show in Kathmandu.
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking T-shirt
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and Dinner during your stay in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner).
  • Any packed food/snacks, aerated drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, health bars.
  • Items of personal nature - laundry expenses, tips.
  • Rescues, repatriation, medicines, medical tests, and hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.
  • Travel insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • Airfare of international flights.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (easy to obtain the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15-day visa.
  • Personal climbing gear.
  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.
  • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)

EQUIPMENTS

EQUIPMENT required

You will be carrying all of your gear and share some of the cluster gear. Keeping your pack light is important, so choose light-weight clothing and equipment. Be sure to have a range of clothing suitable for all conditions. Sudden change of weather may require layering of clothing. Three layers will meet your needs. Avoid cotton or fabrics that do not maintain heat when cold. Comfortable durable wool (or proven fabrics) that breathe and expel sweat lends itself to an additional pleasant experience!'

We will offer complimentary water and a windproof duffle that you'll use on the trek -  carried by porters. The duffle is yours to keep once at the end of the trek. You can safely leave your bag, together with your non-trekking requirements, at our office in Katmandu and collect them upon your return.

All equipment, such as base camp tents, room accessories, climbing rope, ice screws, snow bar and ice hammer is provided by Sherpa Expedition & Trekking.

Climbing Gear

  • Alpine climbing harness -  (instrumentality square measured) essential for the climb with leg loops that match other clothing and equipment.
  • 2 protection karabiners - the large, pear-shaped ring is best, screw gate sort counseled
  • 3 regular carabiners. Lightweight; BD Hotwire square measure counseled.
  • Ice ax w/leash. Light-weight (Grivel Air school, diamond Raven, or Charlet  Moser Snow.
  • Walker/pole – adjustable - below 5’7” use 60cm; 5’7”- 6’2” use 65cm; over 6’2” use 70cm.
  • Plastic mountain boots (Koflach Degree, Lowa Civetta, or Scarpa Alpha), or animal skin double mount boots (La Sportiva Olympic Mons, Boreal GI or equivalent; should be mountaineering/crampon compatible)
  • Crampons - should be appropriate plastic boots (new-style sort recommended). A straightforward repair kit (Grivel G12, diamond Contact, or Charlet Moser Super 12)
  • Belay/rappel device (Figure eight preferred)

Upper Body

  • 2 cotton jerseys.
  • 1 polypropylene jersey.
  • 2 long sleeve polypropene shirts. light-weight, pastel for sunny days.
  • 2 girls sports bras - synthetic, no cotton!
  • 1 softshell - Gnawing Animal Dri-clime Wind Shirt, geographic region Stretch Zephyr or Krushell Jacket (R2 slipover acceptable).
  • Down/synthetic sweater or vest. geographic region Puffball jacket or sweater preferred; R4 Jacket acceptable
  • Hard Monkey jacket with hood  waterproof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best, convenient enough to use over multiple layers.
  • 1 expedition down windcheater with hood. This is often, in all probability, your most vital piece of clothing!  It is important that your jacket is 700+ fill down, baffle construction (not seamed) and contains a thickly insulated hood.
  • Hand Wear
  • You will need 2 systems: one glove system for lower on the mountain and mittens over mitt system for the cold temperatures encountered on summit day.
  • 2 pairs of liner gloves. skinny wool or polypropene -1 pair of heat gloves fleece or wool and 1 pair of expedition shell gloves.
  • 1 pair of standard expedition shell mitts or professional mitts. If they are doing not have articulatio radiocarpea straps take into account stitching one on in order that you'll be able to either attach it to your jacket or cinch the strap to your articulatio radiocarpea in order that you are doing not lose your mittens in high winds.

 Head Gear

  • Warm hat - wool or artificial that covers your ears.
  • Balaclava
  • Face mask.
  • Shade hat or jockey cap.
  • Glacier glasses. 100 percent UV protection with aspect shields and a hard-sided storage case (e.g. Julbo or Cebe)
  • 1 extra pair of further dark glasses (also with UV protection just in case your other pair breaks).
  • 1 ski spectacles with UV protection
  • If you need prescription ice mass glasses, have your lenses changed according to your prescription.

Lower Body

  • 4 pairs of liner socks. plastic or Capilene & 3 pairs of light-weight trekking socks.
  • 2 pairs of medium-heavy wool socks – hiking boots with liner and wool socks.
  • 1 pair of nylon shorts.
  • 1 pair of nylon pants for trekking and around camp.
  • 2 light-weight pairs of underwear
  • 1 pair of fleece pants with facet zipper or “puff-ball pants”
  • 1 pair of the soft-shell pant (e.g. geographical region Guide pants or Granite Pants. Schoeller fabrics).
  • 1 pair of quality shell pants, waterproof/breathable with full facet zips, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best.
  • 1 pair of gaiters. Confirm they're going to work over plastic boots (OR Crocodiles or equivalent).
  • 1 pair of down booties (optional).
  • 1 pair of trekking shoes for the hike to base camp and use at camp
  • 1 pair of sandals or gym shoes for Katmandu and in camp
  • All luggage and packs need to be waterproof or plastic luggage.

Pack

  • 1 light-weight internal frame pack (approx 65-liter cube-shaped ).
  • 1 daypack optional for the approach hike and for potential use on summit day If you propose to use it for your summit pack it should be large enough for your down jacket, misc. clothes, food, and water. The Lowe Alpine lepton or carbonado Speed twenty-eight is great, light-weight (16 oz.) choices.
  • 1 large (122 liters approx.) duffel for gear and should be sturdy to be used on pack animals
  • Small padlock for a duffel.
  • 1 small duffel for bags stored in Katmandu. We will provide a complimentary duffel/kit bag for the items you purchase in Katmandu.

Sleeping Gear

  • 1 down sleeping bag rated to -10 F (Gore Dry loft or similar cloth helps defend down and dark colors speed drying time)
  • Sleeping Pad. Full length closed cell foam (mandatory) and/or Therma-Rest for additional heat and luxury.

Miscellaneous

  • 1 kit with non - steroidal anti-inflammatory pills and other medications suggested by your doctor.
  • Lip balm - a minimum of SPF twenty, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is useful to hold around your neck
  • Sunscreen - a minimum of SPF40
  • Headlamp. Petzl Myobelt Three or another suitable type.
  • 3 Water bottles – 10 centimeter wide-mouth Nalgene (1 may be a pee bottle).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube for lower mountain (optional)
  • Packets of electrolyte powder for rehydration.
  • Plastic mug w/snap-on lid, 16 oz. or larger.
  • Bowl and spoon. Plastic, tiny Tupperware works well. Lexan spoons are best.
  • Pocket knife - tiny Swiss-army kind.
  • Water purification. Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals
  • Toiletry kit. Take care to incorporate bathroom tissue hold on in the bag.
  • 3-4 massive plastic bags for keeping miscellaneous gear dry.
  • Nylon stuff sacks For food and equipment storage. Massive Ziplocs are also useful.
  • Towel.
  • Earplugs.
  • Hand wipes.
  • 1 tiny chrome steel vacuum bottle (optional).
  • Favorite snack foods (not too heavy).
  • Paperback books, cards, ipod, etc.
  • Binoculars (optional for viewing the route from the lower camps).
  • Camera - one light-weight to take shots while on the mountain One SLR camera is optional for the trek..
  • Fanny pack or notecase for travel documents, cash & passport.
  • Passport and passport photos

Airline departure details. Please leave your airline ticket at our office in the event you need to alter your departure date.
"While you're needed to bring everything on this list, there are suitable variations that are also suitable. Many of these items can be purchased in Kathmandu from stores that cater to mountain trekking.

GOOD TO KNOW

Insurance

It is obligatory to possess smart travel insurance or emergency evacuation insurance that covers evacuation from high altitudes. It is advisable that you have cancellation insurance - just in case of an accident or for some reason, due to unforeseen circumstances, the trip is canceled.

Fitness and Experiences

For your personal safety and success, we recommend physical activities like running, swimming and some smaller climbs to lower peaks which incorporate climbs that involve the use of crampons. Be prepared for extreme exposure and steep drop-offs and be capable of carrying around 30lbs/15 kilos. If possible, get some experience in technical rock and mountaineering climbing to prepare for your trek and climb to Island Peak. Be familiar with using other climbing equipment, such as jumar ascenders, crampons, and ropes.

Food

Trekking at altitude requires a lot of energy. We recommend you bring your own healthy snack foods to snack on along the trek.

Accommodation

In Kathmandu, you will stay at deluxe hotels and while on the trek your accommodation is in native lodges/guesthouses. At base camp your accommodation is in tented camps. All accommodation is based on a twin share basis. 
Emergency Rescue
In case of any high hypoxia problems, it is recommended as a primary precaution to return to a lower altitude. If the problem persists you will need to be evacuated if necessary by helicopter rescue and jeep.

Weather Forecast

During the climb, your guide will have access to current weather conditions.
Any questions can be directed to Sherpa Expedition & Trekking. We are here to ensure you are well-equipped and prepared for this fantastic adventure.

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Departures

Trip Date Price Duration Seats Left

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 2,400
2 Pax USD 2,200
3 Pax USD 2,100
4 - 6 Pax USD 1,900
7 - 12 Pax USD 1,800
13 - 18 Pax USD 1,700
19 - 24 Pax USD 1,500
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Hassle-Free Booking
  • Team of highly experienced Experts

All Inclusive Cost

USD 2,400

Per Person

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