Lho Village

Lho is a little village enclosed in the Nubri Valley in Gorkha district of Nepal, which is renowned for the sightseeing of Mount Manaslu, the highest mountain in the world at 26,781 ft., the 8th peak from the top. This village accommodates trekkers between Namrung village and Samagaun village in Manaslu area is also a favorite rest place for the circuit trek route.

Lho village is located at a great height between the sea level up to the height of 10,433 feet above sea level. However, at the moment, there are plenty of tea houses and restaurants of local flavor being run in Larkya La Pass (16,752 ft.) for those who are traveling.

The best time to visit Lho Village

For the most enjoyable experience, plan your visit to Lho Gaun during Nepal’s peak trekking seasons: Autumn (March to May) and spring (September to November) are considered to be their main seasons. In the boon of this season, we get a nice climate and we can even enjoy all the mountain ranges stretched straight which are beyond the pollution.

I mentioned in the beginning that the climate is temperate providing the students more than the average time to enjoy outdoor activities such as community exploration and hiking. Notably, in local dialect is said that Lho has one of the most breathtaking views of Mt. Manalsu. Also, this period is the best time to trek to Manaslu Region.

The major attractions in and around Manaslu’s Lho Village

Ribum Monastery

Go for a delightful short hike and find the Ribum Monastery within 30 minutes of the village. Behold the celebrated sunset site at Lho, and the breathtaking Mt. Manalsu. The monastery’s peaceful environment helps to concentrate and relax which, in turn, add the depth of trekking. Furthermore, this temple is used as educational center where teachings and practices of Buddhism is lodged.

Local Life: Nubri Ethos

Try to soak your very being in the beauty, as well as the simplicity and all-encompassing joyfulness of the life of the people who live in Lho. Communication with Nubri people who are descendants of Khampa army is essential since it preserves agricultural traditions. Marvel at the quiet satisfaction that they possess despite their lack of modern facilities, and relish the freshness and realness of their lifestyle.

Spiritual Oasis: Gompas and  Monasteries

While strolling through Lho village find yourself surrounded by fantastic and intricate tapestry of gompas and monasteries which do not transcend of Tibetan Buddhism. These places of solace become the setting for chants, purushar-hams, and cultural exchanges. Harmonize with the sacred energy carrying the legacy of hundreds of years old traditions with which you will connect in these very places.

Vibrant Festivals

Be part of the festive atmosphere in Lho Village, which with its vibrant colors and smells will enchant you. Attend events such as Lhosar and Saga Dawa, where there are plenty of acting displays, customs performances, songs and music. Do not miss out on the conditioned inertia of these festivities which has been preserved for generation after generation.

Services can be expected from Lho Village

Just like Shamaagun, Lho also occupies a great spot that gives the perfect amenities to trekkers pacing the Manisalu route. The village is a host to a group of lodges and teahouse welcoming guests into a sense of community. Deciding to lodge at this standard may overlook you to enjoy a variety of cultural events.

While most don’t go above the primal necessities, the majority of them still give the basic needs and more. Places like the Lho village situated in the isolated mountainous regions are not the places where one can expect the kind of luxury one has by residing in a city like Kathmandu.

In contrast, only a handful of tearooms have rooms with beds set up for two people. Fresh linen and blankets are provided for a cozy night sweet sleep. The availability of the furniture in the dormitory is low such that your items will be spread out and bed will be the only centerpiece of the room. Basically, you will get communal seating areas where you will be able to dine and spend your time next to the fire and at the same time you may opt for dinner.

Toilet and Shower

Be it you who can’t even imagine of a day without a shower, Lho village will be ready to receive you with warm water to a wash. The most large-scale of the tea houses in this place are fitted with hot shower. One of the things that need to be mentioned is that these types of showers are normally built with gas or solar heating methods that allows only some places to access them. Noting this, however, the usage of such amenities might as a result be determined by how much one can afford to pay in a form of nominal charges.

Even where tap water may be sufficient for that most basic of needs that of washing hands and feet, it becomes all the more necessary to be cautious during cold spells chiefly because water from the tap is likely to apparently freeze. When I think back I’m reminded to be cautious. Unfortunately, laundry service is also not present over here at Lho.

Foods and Drinks

Lho village is a food heaven because it is renowned for its local cuisine which perfectly replicates the traditional cooking followed by the inhabitants who successfully bring into practice the Nepalese dishes.

The Daal Bhat, puffed rice cooked with lentils, cranberries and yogurt along with boiled rice is a most- sought dish in the village. Our typical meal is daal (lentil soup), seasonal vegetable curries, and the pickle of bisera( a sauce made with tomatoes, potatoes or green mango). Through this selection, subtle tastes are brought forth to have a careful balance with rice that makes a complete and well-adjusted ensemble.

It may be added that the Dhido and Gundruk make another distinguished food option in Manaslu. Dhido consumes well when paired with gundruk, a green leaf vegetable that is fermented- very harmonized.

The variety gundruk depicted here is not only deliciously tasting but can also be used as a soup, tarkari (side dish) or can even be preserved as a pickle. However, it’s an exquisite ride for your palate that introduces you to unique flavors and somewhere new every day.

These foods have sumptuous flavors and fragrances and you can indeed now imagine how it will be to eat such a food when you are in Lho; thus, beckoning this field. Of course, the traditional dish sukuti, a dried jerky, very popular among the Tharus, is part of all locals palates.

While brumal zones are the consideration and hot drinks in priority. Lho Gaun has both black tea and butter tea. Black tea is known as a pleasant drink that is rich in nutrients and enlivens the senses, while butter tea provides a contrasting experience that is considered warming, comforting, and invigorating.

To sum up, Oshun’s community allows the main character Jack to consume Raksi, which is the name for alcoholic drink in the village. Homemade from millet (Kodo) or rice it also may have inside mulberry, Raski becomes the main one factor in almost every social and spiritual gatherings in the local community.

Drinking Water Options

But the most important is the fluid replacement. That being no more than 3 to 4 liters of water every day. Lho Gaun gives you the opportunity to constantly renew your reusable drinking water by buying it regularly boiled from a teahouse for a small fee only. Provide this option for sure and you will get best results at the lowest possible cost.

However, there is a store selling mineral water and even some teahouses are having them. Nevertheless, it is absolutely not practical and extremely costly to purchase 3-4 bottles for a day’s trail because the price goes up at the higher elevation of Manaslu trails.

Phone and Communication

During the trek, you can use two network SIM cards in Nepal: The National Telecommunication Centre (NTC) shall further extend its services to NCELL. Lho is NCELL where signals are poor connecting to NTC network is good. Regarding your question, the scope of phone includes the function of calling someone. Moreover, quite many teahouses also have satellite phone services for customers who need to make an urgent call during the trek. You will be on more wireless at a teahouse for a small fee as well.

Electricity

Normally, hardly do the Lho village have electricity at home. However, solar panels installed in the teahouses supply power for the community. Although there will be times of cuts into power production due to the cloudy days, it will be significantly lower than fossil fuel or other renewables would produce. It is also possible that some hotels may be energy-efficient and shut off power during the day and on later at night.

It is possible to get a discount on charging your electronic devices by paying the mentioned amount. In the off-season, high-traffic days becoming less and some who run the teahouses might start charging the power for free.

At Last

Lho Village is a small settlement that can be found at the height of Manaslu. Yet, this little settlement is amazing. What makes Dhusen unique from other parts of the Manaslu trek is the fact that it has a romantic natural scenery, a dramatic culture, and a warm welcome of the natives of Nubri.

Take the opportunity to objectively observe the unsurpassed Mount Manaslu from the Lho settlement – a great milestone to the total span of your round Manaslu trek.


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