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Larke Peak Climbing

Expedition to Larke Peak in Manaslu region provides you its own beautiful natural and historical sites. Larke Peak Climbing provides you beautiful moments exploring marvelous views of many stunning Himalayas like: Langtang (7246m\23772ft.), Himchuli (6441\21131ft.), and Annapurna (8000m\26246ft.) etc. along with settlements of famous Sherpa culture people, following their own different traditions, norms, rituals and beliefs and living style in their own way. Being one of the technical and more challenging peaks, climbing or expedition to Larke Peak requires previous experience along with good health physical and much essential climbing equipment like snow bar, rope ice crow etc.

Larke Peak 6249 m (20502 fit) is in the mid northern Tibetan boarder of Nepal’s Gorkha district this peak is close to mount Manaslu 8163 m (26781 fit). You get amazing insights of Tamang & Sherpa communities with their diversified culture and tradition along the trek. Not to forget that, the trail is full of stunning views of Himalayan views and natural aspects which makes sure you carry wonderful memory to cherish later in your homeland.

Moreover, successfully summit this peak, good physical fitness & previous experience or training on rock climbing is required. We make use of professional climbing gears and climb with the guidance of licensed & experienced climbing guide. From our side, we pack climbing equipment after the successful approval of licensed climbing guide because we strongly believe in the safety to our all client.

Our climbing starts from Kathmandu followed by drive to Arughat. We trek to Lapubesi from here and reach Khorlabesi. Our trek proceeds to Jagat from Khorlabesi while reaching Deng the other day. From Deng it is all the way up to Namrung and then to Samagaon to Manaslu Base Camp (440om) for hike but later we return back to Samagaon. We trek to Samdo and then to Dharamsala – from Dharamsala we trek to Larkya-La which takes us to High Camp (5600m) the next day. Remember, when we come up to High Camp, you will want to stay here forever because of the amazing nature surrounding us and breathtaking views of mountains like never seen before. As we wait for next day to summit Larke Peak climb, we take rest or learn basics of climbing from our professional climbing guides.  After the successful summit of Larke Peak, we head all the way to the civilization of Kathmandu. Upon the arrival, we arrange small gathering with Sherpa’s, climbing guides and other staffs to celebrate the successful summit of Larke Peak.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)

Welcome to Kathmandu! Our airport representative picks you up from airport and transfers you directly to reserved hotel. A small meeting will be held in the evening to introduce with climbing guides and other staffs. Also, we discuss about the upcoming adventure depending upon your arrival time.

Day 2
Kathmandu Sightseeing & trek Preparation

For the day time, you explore historically important monuments and heritages of Nepal while we prepare necessary equipments and gears for your smooth climb. Climbing equipment is inspected by licensed climbing guide and then only after his/her approval we finalize the gears to be equipped. Late in the evening, depending upon the situation, you take basic training of peak climbing.

Day 3
Drive to Arughat (608m) 7-8 hrs by local bus

From Kathmandu, we take drive to Arughat. Through the Dhadingbesi and dirt road followed up by beautiful green scenery, we reach Arughat, our trek starting point. Arughat is a town and divided in two parts with river known as Budhi Gandaki. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge.

Day 4
Trek to Lapubesi (884m) 6-7 hrs

We trek through the village of Gurung and Magar ethnicity and on the left bank of Buru Gandaki River. Along the trail, we can see rice, maize, millets and sometimes monkeys in the forest. We then reach the lodge at Arkhet (760m) to climb stairs at the valley which becomes wilder, prettier and narrower as we descend to Soti Khola (710m). We trek though shady Sal forest and then climb some ups and downs before dropping down to the village of Gurung community – Lapubesi. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 5
Trek to Khorlabesi (970m) 5-6 hrs

We leave Lapubesi and continue up-river trek to Machha Khola (930m). From there, we continue to Buri Gandaki and after some ups and down we reach sandy river flats. As we reach lower Khorlabesi, we see a botanic garden and a nice lodge built by the survivor of huge rock slip 22 years ago. We drink organic coffee here. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 6
Trek to Jagat (1340m) 5-6 hrs

Some ups and downs, we reach Tatonipani (930m). We take bathe in Tatopani and then continue our trek over a ridge and cross Buri Gandaki with the help of suspension bridge. We gradually pass Dovan and reach Shaule Bhatti with large rock and amazing Himalayan views. We pace along by crossing river flat at yaru (1140) and then reach Jagat after some ups and downs. Jagat is famous for potato, maize and climbing beans and we have to check our MCAP permit checked. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 7
Trek to Deng (1860m)5-6 hrs

After breakfast we leave Jagat and follow the trail that leads to Setibas as we trek through beautifully painted Mani walls. Our trek continues as we head further up to the stone houses of Ghatta Khola, and continue towards Philim. Our trail from there descends through grassy slopes. We will cross the Budi Gandaki River and continue trekking through bamboo forests to reach the small village of Deng. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 8
Trek to Namrung (2630m) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast we leave Jagat and follow the trail that leads to Setibas as we trek through beautifully painted Mani walls. Our trek continues as we head further up to the stone houses of Ghatta Khola, and continue towards Philim. Our trail from there descends through grassy slopes. We will cross the Budi Gandaki River and continue trekking through bamboo forests to reach the small village of Deng. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 9
Trek to Samagaun (3520m) 6-7 hrs

We leave Namrung and follow an easy trail that passes along a big waterfall on the left side before reaching the scattered village of Barchham. Our trail climbs towards the village of Lihi. From there we will descend to cross Hinan (Khola) river and gradually ascend to arrive at Sho village. Splendid views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli dominates the skyline. We will gently descend and then follow the flat trail that leads to the extensive pastures and fields of Samagaon. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 10
Acclimatization day, visit to Manaslu BC or Pungyen Gompa.

Acclimatization is very important to adjust our body in new environment, especially altitude. So, we take a day off to acclimatize ourselves. We do not stay idle as experts advise us to remain active, so we either visit Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gumpa. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 11
Trek to Samdo Village (3875m) 3-4 hrs

From Samagaon our trail heads north and parallel to Budi Gandaki River. We trek through the summer herding area of Khormo Kharka, from where we can enjoy magnificent view of Manaslu from the mani wall. Our trek continues as we climb uphill for about an hour before descending down to a bridge over the river. A short ascent will leads us to Samdo for the overnight stay. Samdo is basically a Tibetan refugee settlement of about 40 homes. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 12
Trek to Dharmasala (4460m) about 4 hrs

Taking our time and descending across the Buri Gandaki, we pass another trail to Tibet to the right side and climb left after a mani wall. We traverse through the juniper forest and pass some of the stone shelters. We camp on Dharmasala from where we can view marvelous landscape of mountains. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 13
Trek to Larke La (5160m) 5-6 hrs

We climb straight over the ridge behind Dharamsala. The climb is easy with long and rocky terrain and we descend past four frozen lakes and make final climb to the left up to Larkya-La (5100m). The trail can be very cold and windy with risk of exposure if you don’t equip yourself properly. Mountains like Himlung (71260m), Kang Guru (6981m) & Annapurna II (7937m) can be seen. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 14
Trek to High Camp (5600m) about 5 hrs

Day 15
Summit Larke Peak (6249m) & back to High Camp

Day 16
Reserve day

Reservation day is necessary part of trip because sometimes the weather betrays us and we have to take a day off. Also, some team members may get serious illness and we make use of reserve day to get him/her well. If the trip goes smoothly, we do not need reserve day. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 17
Trek down to Bimtang (3800m) 5-6 hrs

Today we start early as we have a rather long day of trekking ahead of us. Our trail climbs up over the ridge and heads to reach top of the moraine at 4,690 meters. From there our climb steeps as we head for the crossing of Larkya La Pass at 5,135 meters. From the top of the pass we will get stunning views of Himlung and Cheo Himals, Menjung, Gyagi Kang, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. Our trail from the top descends steeply through snow covered trail. An easy gradient will leads us to Bimtang. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 18
Trek to Dharapani (1963m) 7-8 hrs

After breakfast we leave Bimtang and follow the trail that descends through pine and rhododendron filled forests towards Hompuk. We continue to descend down to reach the river bed of Dudh Khola. From there our trail can be quite challenging as we trek across some large landslide affected areas to reach Kharche. From there we descend towards the large Gurung village of Tilije. After crossing a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi river, we reach Dharapani for our overnight stay. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 19
Trek to Syange (1100m) 6-7 hrs

The last day of our trek heads from Dharapani and climbs up and away from the Marsyangdi river to arrive at a broad flat valley. Our trek passes through the village of Tal which lies at the foot of a large waterfall. Soon our trail heads towards Chyamje as we will cross the river once again. A gradual descend through forests of rhododendron and pine will bring us to Syange where our trek ends. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in trekking lodge or tented camp.

Day 20
Take bus to Besi sahar – Kathmandu 7 hrs

We pack our stuff and then load them in the bus to drive back to Kathmandu. We pass beautiful landscapes and picturesque villages with spectacular views of mountains and drive across the land of Himalaya. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee and finally an overnight stay in hotel.

Day 21
Kathmandu Sightseeing/Rest Day

We visit UNESCO world heritages sites of Nepal for the day and in the evening we organize small get-together with Sherpa’s, climbing guides and other staffs to celebrate our successful climb. Attend the evening dinner and cultural program provided by the company.

Day 22
Fly back to home.

The journey to the mountains of Nepal comes to an end. You can visit another mountain next time. For now, have a safe journey to your home. Our airport representative will drop you to the airport approximately 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.

Cost included

  • Arrival & Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • Accommodation at 3 star hotels in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals on tented camping & Lodge expedition
  • Accommodation on tented camp
  • Half day guided city tour as listed in itinerary
  • Peak Climbing Permit Royalty and other government tax
  • Group Climbing gear including climbing rope, ice axe, zoomer, harness, figure of eight, carabineer etc.
  • All camping equipment - 2-person member tent, dinning tent, kitchen tent, staff & porter tent, toilet tent with commode, dining table with backrest chair etc.
  • Free use of quality trekking gear - sleeping bag, fleece inner liner, insulated mat, down jacket, duffel bag etc during the trip
  • Well-experienced Climbing guide with all his allowance and expenses
  • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment
  • Insurance of all staff including porters
  • Adventure Treks T-shirts / other seasonal gifts as perks
  • 10 % VAT and 13% TSC Taxes.
  • High altitudes chamber bags (PAC) for very high altitudes

Cost excluded

  • Nepal entry Visa fees, your travel insurance of any kind (emergency evacuation insurance is recommended as this is an adventurous trip and evacuation by Helicopter may be necessary)
  • International Airfare
  • Lunch and Dinner except mentioned itinerary
  • All Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips items for trekking crew members personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, Telephone, laundry, beverage drinks etc.
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Useful information

Trekking Group Size

We organize trekking in Kanchenjunga region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.

Experience and Health Requirements

Kanchenjunga trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 5 – 7 hours a day. Obviously hiking in the high altitude will not be so easy rather physically more demanding, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities for more than two weeks which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Kanchenjunga No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.

Travel Insurance

Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.

Meals

Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Kanchenjunga trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food, Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.

Acclimatization

Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.

Equipment and Packing List

A variety of clothing is necessary for the Kanchenjunga trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.

Clothing

- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal). Foot Wear - Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks Accessories - Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments Toiletries and Personal Hygiene - Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash

Trek Leader(s) and Staff

All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Kanchenjunga region for more than eight years. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.

Porter Care

We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.

Season

Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Kanchenjunga region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.

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Trip Facts

  • Trekking, Sightseeing, Himalayan views, culure
  • Nepal
  • 6249 meter
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Moderate to Strenuous
  • 5 to 7 hours
  • March to May and September to December
  • Private vehicle, Tourist bus or flight
  • Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • 22 Days
  • 1-18 Pax