Lower Manaslu is a newly opened moderate trekking that lies in the lap of Mt. Manaslu (8156m) of the Manaslu region. This beautiful and attractive journey offers you to experience the history, culture, tradition; pilgrimage sites and community-based home stay of this region. Due to newly introduced off the beaten trekking route number of tourist is relatively lesser than other routes, which is a great thing for people who look for personal attention and enjoy the less crowded route. Local people are enthusiastic to promote their place and offer their welcoming hearts and culture to the world.
The trekking commences through the drive from the Kathmandu to Manakamana. Manakamana is a Hindu temple of the goddess of Royal Gorkha. ‘Manakamana’ in Nepali means the heart’s desire, it’s believed that worshipping in this temple fulfills your all desires. Other attractions of this area are the Barpak village which is known as the village of the army as this village is of Late Caption Gaje Ghale, who has honored with Victoria Cross Medal of Great Britain and Laprak Village as this village is a village where you can see the Gurung settlement in their own traditional way. This trip provides you to views the several mountain peaks such as Annapurna, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Barashikar, Gangapurna, Machapuchhre, Langtang, Himal Chuli, Buddha Himal, Sringi Himal, Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III and many other peaks.
2 - 14
3220 m/ 10564.3ft
Lies in the lap of Mt. Manaslu.
Archeological and Historical diversities of this place are the major attractions.
Explore of culture, the tradition of Gurung people in Larpak village and visit of Village of Army, Barpak village.
Views of several mountains views in this trip.
Why this Trip
This newly opened trek is for those people, who want to experience the history, culture, tradition, pilgrimage sites, and community-based home stay of Manaslu region.
•We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
•What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
•A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.
A sightseeing tour will take place of the fascinating Bouddhanath Stupa, Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath), Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. But these sites can be altered according to your preference and time.
Today after the breakfast, we drive towards the Ghairung which is our first destination. 3 hours’ drive from Kathmandu we reach Kurintar from there we will ride on the cable car to reach the Manakamana temple which is the historical place. It was built in the 17th century and believed that worshipping in this temple will fulfill your all desires. Then from here, crossing through the Bakyaswori Mahadev, Siddha Lakhan Thapa sacred cave and enjoying the amazing views of mountains we reach our today’s destination at a Pipalchap village in Ghairung VDC.
Early in the morning, we start our trek towards Gorkha passing through the Bungkot which is the birthplace of Nepal’s first martyr Lakhan Thapa. In the village, we can also see the Lakhan Thapa memorial park, which is the attraction park of this village. We can also see the historical things in this village which are preserved by the local people. From there again we walk to the Gorkha Bazzar, which will take around 2 hours to reach there. Gorkha Bazaar is the headquarters of Gorkha.
Today we are going to explore the Gorkha district in a whole day. First, we go to visit the Gorkha Palace. Gorkha Palace is the place where King Prithivi Narayan Shah started unification of modern Nepal. From this place, we can view the valley, villages and panoramic views of mountains. Then we visit Gorakhanath Cave, which is named after the Gorakhanath Baba just like Gorkha district is also named after him. Today our last destination is to travel in the Gorkha museum. It is situated at Gorkha Bazaar and contains many historical memories.
Today from Gorkha Bazaar we drive towards the Bhachhek. It will take around 6 to 7 hours to reach there. From there we hike about an hour towards the Sirandanda. This place is one of the best places to stay as it contains many attraction places, including Nagepokhari, Dudhpokhari, Bhot Dodar, Chima, Dharadi and a tea garden. Sirandanda village contains a large number of medicinal herbs like Nirmasi, Jedamasi, Jatamasi, Rato unyu, Yarsaghumba and Satuwa.
Our today's destination is Barpak Village, which is also known as the village of Army as this village was home to Late Captain Gaje Ghale who was honored with Victoria Cross Medal of Great Britain. Barpak village is the biggest settlement of Gurung people in Gorkha district. Passing through the Dewalsara, Sum River, Daraudi River, Goje and Alagang we reach our destination after 7 hours trek.
We will move towards another destination, Laprak village. Passing the Basukang (Junction that leads to Rupina La Pass and , among Manaslu trekkers) we reach a Laprak village after 6 hours trek from the Barpak.This village is mainly inhabited by Gurung committee so we can observe their own traditional culture and lifestyle in this village and enjoy the night in this beautiful village.
Today we reach out for Nambai Kharka. Nambai Kharka is meant as open pasture land with a few temporary houses of Laprakis. In this place, we cannot get toilet facilities also and meals will be vegetarian as it is believed that trekkers will be ill if they take non-vegetarian meals.
Today after breakfast we will climb up towards the highest point of this trek that is Dharche Danda at the altitude of 3220m. From the hilltop, we can observe the amazing views of mountains including Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Bharasikhar, Gangapurna, Machapuchhre, Lamtang, Himal Chuli, Buddha Himal, Sarang Peak, Malkunti Peak, Babu Himal, Sringi Himal, Ganesh I, Ganesh II and Ganesh III. After observing this beautiful place we come down to Tallo Thotneri. This village is also inhabited by the Gurung committee. 6 to 7 hours trek from the Dharche Danda we reach Tallo Thotneri where we can also observe the Sita Cave and Olajung Danda.
From strangers to lifelong friends who knows what we can be and therefore goodbyes are always heartbreaking. To soothe the heart we will have a friendly lunch or even a cup of coffee, just an excuse to show the gratitude. We will then escort you to the airport.
For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
Lower Manaslu is a newly opened moderate trekking that lies in the lap of Mt. Manaslu (8156m) of Manaslu region. This newly opened trek is for those people who want to experience the history, culture, tradition, pilgrimage sites and community-based home stay of Manaslu region.
Yes, Nepal can proudly boast as one of the safest countries in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful especially towards women. Locals are very respectful and welcoming toward women and tourist in general and our guides will make sure you are comfortable and safe while trekking in remote areas.
We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
Lower Manaslu Trek is trekking region and mostly we spend our night at Home stay. In home stay, you can get pasta, noodles, bread, soup etc. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek. As you trek higher, it’s better to avoid meat because non-vegetarian is heavy meals which may cause food poisoning so we avoid it.
There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
We use private transportation for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and we use cable car ride to Manakamana Temple. We also pick up and drop from the starting to end point of trek on private car or Jeep depending on the number of travellers.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange helicopter for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
Trekking in Lower Manaslu is a little bit hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear t to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village, try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
We contact the lodge/home stay owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the home stay owner after paying the price directly. Our guide is also provided with a mobile phone, In case of emergency, you can call from his mobile and make a call.
If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide’s schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there is an emergency cases. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.