Trekking Lower Manaslu? Discover the Top Facts of Barpak Nepal 

Lower Manaslu trekking- where does it take you to? 

The Lower Manaslu Trek starts from Piplechhap, near the famous Manakamana Temple. Throughout the scenic journey, you chase the views of Manaslu and pass through Gorkha Bazaar, Sirandanda, Barpak, Laprak, Nambai Kharka, and Dharchye Danda. And it does not end here. 

Today we will discuss Barpak Gorkha Nepal, one of the key highlights in Lower Manaslu trekking. 

How to reach Barpak Nepal? 

Barpak Nepal is the starting point for adventurous treks like  Rupina La, Tsum Valley, and Manaslu. To reach the historic Gorkha place (once lost in reconstruction) in Barpak Sulikot rural municipality, the best route one can take is, 

  • The driving distance between Kathmandu and Barpak is about 175 km, with pitch-black and bumpy roads. 
  • Take a bus from Kathmandu ( Thankot) to Gorkha Bazaar ( which is about 120 km by road). 
  • From Gorkha Bazaar, it takes you about  48 km to Barpak via the Daraundi Link Road. 
  • One can go to Barpak by taxi or car too, but the cheapest ride from Gorkha to Barpak is a bus ride of about 1.4 hours. 

Barpak Gorkha Nepal is where the late veteran Gaje Ghale was born, the Gurkha recipient of the Victoria Cross in the Second World War. With a population of around 15,000, mainly comprising the Ghale and Gurung tribes, it is a village of vitality, charm, and resilience. 

Trek from Gorkha Bazaar to Barpak

If you are skipping a bus ride and instead prefer Lower Manaslu trekking on foot, we have you. Your trail starts with the green hills and great views of the Shringi Himalayas, while you can have an overnight stop at Thotnery in your Rupina La Pass trek. So, here is the itinerary of the  5 days to reach Barpak. 

Day 01: Kathmandu-Gorkha to Gyampesal (1300 m)

Day 02: Gyampesal-Deurali to Thotnery (1650 m)

Day 03: Thotnery-Crossing Darche Danda (3220 m) to Nambai Kharka (2915 m)

Day 04: Nambai Kharka-Bosu Kang to Barpak (1915 m)

Day 05: Rest Day in Barpak

Gyampesal is the first night of our Barpak trekking. Then, you trek to Deurali and finally reach Thotnery after 5-6 hours of trekking at an altitude of 1650 m. 

After visiting local destinations around Thotnery, you’ll trek to Darche Danda, one of the finest viewpoints in the Manaslu region. It’s a scenic vantage point with views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Sringi Himal, Himalchuli, Buddha Himal, and the entire Ganesh Himal range on a clear day. 

Continuing from Darche Danda, you’ll descend to the beautiful village of Nambai Kharka for an overnight stay. You reach the hilltop settlement area Barpak on Day 4, and despite being the epicenter of an earthquake in 2015, it has recovered well, and its local lifestyle and historic Gorkha bravery make it popular. 

Rupina La Pass Tsum Valley trek from Barpak 

If you continue the exciting adventure into the Rupina La Pass Tsum Valley trek for 2024-2025, then the detailed itinerary extends with, 

Day 06: Barpak-Jongong to Gai Kharka, 2900 m

Day 07: Gai Kharka-Campsite to Sanrung Kharka/Rupina La Phedi, 3800 m

Day 08: Sanrung Kharka-Rupina La Pass (4720 m) to Boudha Himal Base Camp Camp (3600 m)

Day 09: Boudha Himal Base Camp-Jarang to Jhon Kharka (2960 m)

Day 10: Jhon Kharka-Gomna to Nyak Village (2340 m)

Day 11: Nyak Village-Nyak Phedi to Lokpa (2240 m)

Day 12: Lokpa-Chumling to Rainjam (2450 m)

Day 13: Rainjam-Chhekampar to Rechen Gumpa (3240 m)

Day 14: Rechen Gumpa-Chuele to Mu Gompa (3700 m)

Day 15: Mu Gompa back-Lamagaon to Chhekampar (3031 m)

Day 16: Chhekampar-Gho to Lokpa (2240 m)

Day 17: Lokpa-Philim to Jagat (1340 m)

Day 18: Jagat-Dovan-Tatopani to Machhakhola (869 m)

Day 19: Machhakhola to Soti Khola (700 m)

Day 20: Soti Khola-Dhading/Gorkha to Kathmandu

Barpak is an acclimatization and rest spot for your Rupina La Pass Tsum Valley Trek. After exploring Barpak and witnessing the heritage home hospitality herein, you now take uphill to Gai Kharka, passing through the villages of Tumsiak village, Jongong, and crossing the Daraudi Khola of Gorkha. 

You can camp at Gai Kharka and enjoy the views of the Himalayas. After breakfast (an English one, if you prefer that), you can now take lunch at Sanrung Khola. It is day 8 on the trek, starting from Kathmandu, when you cross the challenging Rupina La Pass (4,720 m). 

The steep and small terrain takes you to the Boudha Himal Base Camo, where you will be planning a tent night, at an altitude of 3600 m. And with this, the journey of switchbacks in trekking and adventure in the Manaslu region continues. 

What are the highlights of Barpak Nepal? 

Barpak is not just the essential stop; it’s a hub for education, health, and local markets, catering to neighborhood villages. Once ruled by the Ghale kings and unified under Prithivi Narayan Shah, Barpak has a history we must know about. 

Historical Significance:

  • Birthplace of late VC Capt. Gaje Ghale, recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War II in Burma
  • Ghale and Gurung tribes have inhabited the village for generations
  • Sunuwar, Pariyar, and other ethnic groups are also living in Barpak
  • Connection to the Unification of Nepal by Prithivi Narayan Shah

Cultural Heritage:

  • Celebrations of festivals like Dashain, Tihar, and Maghe Sankranti
  • Glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the Gurkha people
  • Curious eyes celebrate the lifestyle, pattern, and unique attire of the Gurkha people.
  • celebrate Losar or Tibetan New Year, and the Dhachyang, or Horse Festival  

Trekking and Hiking:

  • Scenic routes offer views of Manaslu, Sringi, Lamjung, Buddha, and Manapathi peaks
  • Gai Kharka, Lapu Hill, and other attractive hiking spots in the region
  • Kot Danda (Barpak Kot, Gadi or fort) was a once-power trading and business hub for the ancient Gorkha
  • Kot Fort hike from Barpak takes you to the historic security place with a 2016-built Hindu temple. 

Earthquake Recovery:

  • The epicenter of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, but the village has recovered well
  • Reconstructed stone-patched houses with modern facilities
  • Under-construction Gompa and Memorial Park for earthquake victims
  • tourism-friendly activities are constructed in the Tour des Rupina La Pass. 

Natural Attractions:

  • Mumche Hill offers stunning sunset views along the Daraundi River.
  • There are freshwater streams and waterfalls due to the melting of the Ghhulung glacier. 
  • Potential snowfall in the nearby Laprak village makes it a winter stop. 

Connectivity and Facilities:

  • Ncell 4G connectivity is available.
  • Buddha Park is nearby.
  • Hotels and affordable accommodations in Barpak.

Nearby attractions to have as a side trip 

  • Rangrung View Tower is located on Via Bhimad in the neighboring district of Tanahu. 
  • Landscapes plus picturesque big 5 6 rocks with greater heights, with a preserved park.
  • Visit the waterfall of Rangrung and have a relaxing stay here at the amazing viewpoints.
  • Marshyangdi River flows across the district, separating it from Tanahu. 
  • Hike up to Nyauli waterfall in the Manaslu Circuit area with a few days of extra adventure. 
  • Trek to Narad Pokhara, at an altitude of 4200 m for the Janai Purnima festival. 

Mountain views from Barpak Kot Danda ( viewpoint) 

One of the most popular among the 36 Kots in the ancient Gorkha kingdom, this is the major attraction of Barpak. You can see the Himalayan mountain peaks with sunrise and sunsets like, 

  • Manaslu (8,156m)
  • Himalchuli (7,893m)
  • Shringi Himal (7,187 m)
  • Buddha Himal (6,672 m)
  • Ganesh Himal (7,422 m)
  • Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m)
  • Ganesh VI (6,980 m)

Among all these fascinating peaks, Shringi Himal is the mountain whose impressive presence and views grace the horizon around the historic Barpak village. Indeed, this village holds a history that no other can replicate, as it has seen tears and the bravery of the Gurkhas since ancient times. 

Conclusion 

Last minute reminder: before you pack your items for Barpak, book your trekking with the Manaslu guide, who takes you to a hassle-free trekking experience, and reminds you of gear and items of equipment for the Rupina La and Tsum Valley treks. If you are taking the ultimate Manaslu trek from the Barpak region, we can surely help.

Dharapani to Chame: Witnessing Manaslu on the Annapurna Circuit

If you are looking for an adventure that screams wow, Annapurna Circuit Trek 2024-2025 can be that one for you. But how familiar are you with the trekking route and conditions in Nepal? Let’s take you to Dharapani to Chame trek today.

Well, in this blog, we highlight the trekking distance between Dharapani and Chame. Also, we take you to the unheard tale of the mystical place, Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district of Nepal. 

Bumpy road ahead? Prepare well and good for a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar in a deluxe bus. Now, the time has come to leave Besisahar (Lamjung) and take a Jeep drive from there to the next district, Manang, which is a must-visit destination in the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. 

Jeep Ride from Besisahar to Dharapani 

Take a jeep ride from Besisahar to Dharapani on a bumpy road, through the scenic greenery, and listen to the soothing Nepali song the driver plays in the background. It’s a nice way to vibe with the Nepali culture and have a great ride of around 40 km, so it’s a 4 to 5-hour driveway. Eat light, as the dances you take on jeep rides (due to dips) and rocks on gravel roads can’t digest it all. 

  • Travelers take an extremely exhausting jeep ride on the not-so-pitch black, 
  • It’s around a 40-km motor road from Besisahar to Dharapani through Annapurna villages and jungles. 
  • Expect to sightsee a waterfall draining on the roadway. 
  • See the trekking sections of villages like Syange, Jagat, and Chamje along the Marsyangdi River. 

You choose to skip the trekking path on the barter to the jeep ride from Dharapani to Chame. Probably because you are in the press of time on the Annapurna Circuit trekking adventure. 

If you take a jeep ride, you miss out on the hike to Ngadi and Chamje. Some trekkers ironically explain cheaters as those who actually miss out on the fun aspects of trekking from Chame directly. 

Dharapani to Chame Trek Distance in Annapurna 

The most awaited beginning of the Annapurna Circuit trekking trail is finally here. The Dharapani to Chame trek distance is roughly 15 km, with narrow trekking trails, and sometimes a road through the pine and oak trees. 

In the 10 miles between Dharapani and Chame, you pass through several small villages, including Bagarchhap, Danakyu, Timang, Thanchok, and Koto. These are ideal places where you can stop for refreshments and interact with the locals. 

An enthusiastic trekker from anywhere in the world can cover it all within 6 hours of walking at a natural pace. The trek unveils the scenic pathways, waterfalls, and crossings of suspension bridges over the Marshyangdi River, as well as the Manang villages like Koto, Chame, and many others you encounter. 

You chase the views of Manaslu, paving the primary steps on the Manaslu and Annapurna circuit treks. But is it only about the distance all the time, as sometimes the memories we make along a journey are more pivotal in shaping our experience? And catching up to the views of the eighth-highest mountain in the world, Manaslu at 8,163 meters, is definitely one to consider. 

The geo-mechanical characteristics of Dharapani to Chame Road

The geo-mechanical characteristics of Chame Road section Manang is the talk of the table today. Here you get to understand the elevation changes, geological formations, terrain variations, scenic landscapes, and weathering and erosion on the Dharapani to Chame roads. 

  • Motor road tourism in Annapurna Circuit, on the banks of the Marshyandgi River
  • If you reach the eastern horizon of Manang, start for the challenging ascent to Timang. 
  • Lower areas dripping towards the northeast lack facilities so pack all your trekking gear and energy bars. 

The route takes you from Dharapani (1,860 m) to Timang (2,750 m), then to Koto (2,600 m), and finally to Chame (2,670 m). The ascent to Timang is the most challenging part of the day, but the views from the village are well worth the effort. 

The Dharapani to Chame trail is a steep climb with an elevation gain of around 900 m, covered within 6 hours. From Dharapani (1,860 meters) to Chame (2,670 meters), you get magnificent views of the Manaslu and Annapurna mountain ranges along the way. 

Dharapani (1860 m), Timang (2750 m), Koto (2600 m), and finally reaching Chame (2,670 m), Are you excited for that? 

Dharapani to Timang 

Dharapani to Timang is a remote trekking trail of about 7 km from an altitude of 1860 m to 2750 m. In Tour des Annapurna, you walk through big pine trees for around 2 hours, up until you reach Timang. 

Dharpani, where you make all last-moment preparations to start trekking after a jeep ride, is one of the off-road ones. You can find Citizens Bank Limited, Shine Resunga Development Bank, and Prabhu Bank ATMs to withdraw cash for your trek. 

The distance between Dharapani and Timang is approximately 7 kilometers. Get officially in the rain forest; your heart pounds a thousand times when you take a stairway to reach the next destination. The loud, booming river with spectacular scenery, the apple orchard in Dharapani, a long village, and greeting the local’s Namaste—everything recalls. 

As you start from Dharapani, you take a steep climb to reach Timang (2750 m), for an elevation gain of around 900 m. It’s 1.5 hours of walking, to reach the village of Danaque. From that 1500-foot steep climb, take you to Timang, a motorable road, at Danaque, which is prone to landslides and also has the crossing of streams. And a steep footpath to reach Timang. 

You walk through a narrow forest path and find yourself walking barefoot on the river path, “Boom-boom” waterfall, as the trekkers name it for fun on the way, spotted 2 hours on your journey from Dharapani. That’s truly mesmerizing.  

Timang to Koto 

The trek from Timang to Koto is a relatively easy and scenic section of the Annapurna Circuit, covering a distance of around 3 to 4 km. This means a comfortable hiking session of approximately 1 hour takes you to Koto, where lies the check-in point for the ACAP office.

Timang is a popular stop for food, rest, and exploration of the Manaslu range on a clear day. You can take a banana smoothie, scrambled eggs, lentil soup, or Dal Bhat, and explore the regions. 

Buy your dinner and breakfast in the villages and support the local community. You get to see some flat area walks and uphill walks in dense forests, exploring the amazing views of Annapurna and the Mansiri Himalayan range. 

Lunges on the gym cannot solely guarantee a long walk in the Annapurna Circuit trek, as it is exclusively steep and painful at times. That’s why those aspiring to trek in Nepal need regular practices to walk with their heavy backpacks. 

Among all that is relaxing is the crossing of suspension bridges over the Marshyangdi River. It can be one of the favorite parts of your hike, plus the backdrop of the mountains looks incredibly good and makes you scream out as an epic peak. You see horses walking on the narrow street in Koto. 

Don’t break your ankle, don’t rush, take a steep climb, and don’t miss out on the amazing view of the terraced field. As you are just here in Chame, the journey to Pisang and the ultimate Annapurna is still on the list. 

Koto to Chame 

Upon reaching Koto, you will need to sign in to the police check post, register your details, and show your ACAP permit before continuing to Chame. As trekkers are exclusively detailed, the scenery is reminiscent of the Swiss alp, with old wooden houses contrasting with the deep blue views of the Himalayas and the dark green forest background. 

It is 2 km from Koto before reaching Chame, the business center of Manang, at a height of 2670 m above sea level. Just a 25- to 30-minute hike and you reach the destination of the day, Chame, where you get a luxury stay on a budget with quite good food. But check once; you may need to take squatty potty ( at squat toilets) at some hotels in Chame. 

Conclusion 

Stay tuned to the Manaslu Guide for more information on the Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Trek. We help you navigate the landscapes and remote villages in the Manaslu and Annapurna trekking regions. Inquire today to make your most-awaited adventure on trekking trails in Nepal. Drop comments, if you like the map route from Dharapani to Chame, we intended to pass through this well-articulated blog.

Soti Khola: Your Manaslu Trekking Adventure Starts Here—Know Everything! 

The Nepal tour to Soti Khola—it’s where your 14 days of trekking in Manaslu begin. Are you excited to travel with us to where your Soti Khola destination arrives? Grab your refreshing drink and wait for a while to catch up, because the upcoming journey is a bit tiresome and will take a toll on you in the Manaslu trekking region. 

If you have a knack for exploring the most remote villages in Manaslu, which are now commercializing due to an increase in trekking, sure, you are welcome! And Soti Khola is the landmark of the beginning of the wild adventure gaze while chasing the Mansiri Himalayan range. 

Why Soti Khola? 

Soti Khola is the starting point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, located around 145 km away from Kathmandu. The secret getaway and the attractions are all behind you when you take an exhilarating jeep or bus ride to Arughat and continue the drive to the most exciting beginning, Soti Khola. 

Let me tell you, the adventure is daring, taking you to exotic scenery following a bumpy ride from Kathmandu to Sotikhola. Some driving routes are still remote and are prone to landslides. 

The reason is very clear, it rests in natural landscapes with hills and trees, and commercialization is not properly executed in terms of infrastructure. 

But the good part is that the remoteness of Soti Khola, its traditional charm, and the endless beauty beckon of Manaslu continue to sing their way out on the pine and oak forests of the Manaslu trekking route. Start your trekking in Manaslu at the terraced field in Sotikhola with a friendly trekking guide, who can ground you to the core of the adventure itself.   

Soti Khola: The Journey to trekking routes in Manaslu starts here

Soti Khola, the starting point for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, can be reached via an 8-hour jeep ride from Kathmandu. While the road distance is only 87 miles (around 145 km) from Kathmandu, the bumpy roads can be a little challenging and serve as a fitting start to a great adventure that awaits in the Mansiri Himalayan range. 

Choose a reputed trekking company that will book all your transfers, arrange the necessary facilities, and help you have a better trekking experience on the Manaslu Circuit trek. If you are looking for an affordable option, booking online bus tickets for local buses from Kathmandu to SotiKhola with basic facilities can minimize extra expenses on your part.  

  1.  By private transfer of 6+ hours, you reach Arughat, from which the distance is just a few kilometers. 
  2. One can take locally operated jeeps or small vans from Arughat if opting for a public bus, (around 2 hours to reach). Off-road and the cheapest mode of travel, along with the silent noise of the running water current. 
  3. If you have a group, you can hire private vehicles like the Totoyo Hilux Jeep to take you to Soti Khola. 
  4. crossing of wooden suspension bridges, the local buses, and friendly locals help you know about the ideal road conditions for the trek. 

You can ride on a local bus from Kathmandu to Sotikhola for a more safe and comfortable option. By slightly moving over the budget, your destination can be planned based on your comfort with the Manaslu Guide team. We arrange your porter and top guide for you and give you an anthem of your own with a first-hand encounter with the promising landscapes of Manaslu.  

Briefly describe the drive from Kathmandu to Soti khola 

It’s exciting to be a part of the journey from Kathmandu to the entry point of the Manaslu trekking region. A drive to Soti khola starts as you follow the Prithivi Highway, a road that connects Kathmandu and Pokhara. The drive is speculated to take between 8 and 10 hours, again subject to traffic conditions. 

During festivity time, Dashain-Tihar, the traffic is real, especially, in October and November. The road starts to be well-maintained up until Dhading, and some progressively deteriorating road conditions are seen in the rural and remote part when you come close to Gorkha district. The bumpy roads give you the ancient tale of how people used to struggle for infrastructure in the Manaslu region and still do. 

But what is explored best with feet in SotiKhola and the Manaslu villages, like Jagat, Samdo, and Samagaun, is not possible with a ride. The Nubri Valley, the heart of Manaslu, is popular for its ethnic villages, Ribum monastery, and stress-buster accommodation stops for trekkers who come to chase Manaslu, Naike Peak, and Himalchuli on the left. These views make up for the lack of comfort on the driving route from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, where you approach a more remote part. 

Soti khola to Machha Khola trek distance & altitude

Whether you are on a Mustang or Manaslu adventure, you are through this essential beginning trekking point, Soti Khola. It takes about 200 meters of elevation gain and 14.1 km/8.7 miles to reach the uphills of Machha Khola, crossing the Budhi Gandaki River. 

Manaslu adventure is a ticked-off bucket list once you follow Soti Khola up to the Manaslu base camp, sightseeing the remote Narphu Valley, Samagaun, and the lesser-known Manaslu village. The blue river with its views is worth starting as you continue your journey to the eighth highest peak, Manaslu, and discover its unusual magic in the villages in the base area. 

The trek following Soti Khola passes through rough and steep mule tracks; it also includes crossing of several long metal suspension bridges, oak and rhododendron forests, ethnic villages, green hills, glaciers, and the dramatic trekking route of Manaslu, concurrently passing the high glacial saddles and the Larkya La pass (5100m).

Accommodation options in Soti Khola Nepal

The overall experience of staying in Soti Khola Nepal is good, with some pluses and minuses. Let’s list some of the accommodation options in Soti Khola which I prefer, 

  1. Satkar Guest House
  2. Tsum Valley Guest House
  3. Hotel Fulbari Lodge and Restaurants
  4. Green Valley Guest House
  5. ABC Guest House

The homestays, lodges, and hotels in SotiKhola are over a dozen, operated by locals, and even commercialized in partnership with the best trekking companies in Nepal. You are served hot soups on cold days; savor delicacies of Magar and Gurung cuisines like Tarul (yam) with spices, sekuwa, raksi, batuk roti, and Nepali thali with the fusions of western cuisines. 

Final words on Soti Khola and Manaslu Trek (Nepal)

The government of Nepal requires a special permit to visit the Manaslu trekking area, i.e., a Manaslu Restricted Area permit. There is other necessary paperwork, like a TIMS card and a Manaslu Conservation Area Permit, which the trekking guide helps you arrange. 

Contact the Manaslu guide team for ground transportation for the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek and circuit trek updates for 2024–2025. The next thing we talk more about is other famous stops at the Manaslu trekking route: Larke Bazaar, Lokpa, Nepal, Bumthang, Nyak, Chumling, Mu Gompa, Samdo, Samagaun , Lho, and Machhakhola. 

Don’t let the Rain ruin your fun: Best Places to Visit in Monsoon in Nepal 

The monsoon in Nepal brings colors and greenery and paints the landscapes with green, grey, and yellow hues, with the iconic sun and rainbow after the water just stops. The pleasing smell of wet mud, enchanting rivers, luscious landscapes, and incredible waterfalls offer a unique experience.

Though the path can be slippery, the demand for monsoon adventure in nature strolling is beyond explanation. Love blossoms in the monsoon and when you can have a cozy night with lush greenery on the balcony of your favorite resort, that’s a vacation time to stay with your beau in mild rain during the monsoon. With cocktails and our favorite wine, fine dining can also be couples’ best experience in the monsoon in Nepal. 

What are the best places to visit in the monsoon in Nepal? 

If you are looking for the monsoon rain to set off, here are some top visit-worthy places. Even though leeches could be present, by simply avoiding them, you can make the most of the greenery in the nearby hill station, like Nagarkot, located 32 km east of Nagarkot. 

We have prepared a list of top Monsoon-friendly tour places in Nepal. Let’s see why the after-rain time makes these the best places to visit in the monsoon in Nepal. 

1. Nagarkot 

Nagarkot is the nearby hill station from Kathmandu, which offers panoramic views of mountains like Mount Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, and Mount Everest. Visitors can relax in the ambiance of a cozy resort, such as Hotel Mystic Himalaya or Club Himalaya Nagarkot Resort, and make the most of their visit during the monsoon in Nepal. 

With its closer proximity to Kathmandu, just 32 km from the heart of the city, you can enjoy hiking, short treks, and outdoor adventures in a serene environment after rain with slight precipitation in Nagarkot. Chisapani Nagarkot hiking takes you to the traditional villages, ancient temples, and beautiful sunrise and sunset destinations in Nepal. 

What will be alluring is the earthy scent of damp soil and vibrant green life. It is an interesting combination of raindrops on the blades of grass that just helps you celebrate the aftermath of the rain. Nagarkot Geodetic Survey Tower is the highest point where you can sightsee the whole Kathmandu valley.

The winter season can bring snow to Nagarkot and people come here to see the snow and spectacular sunrise over the Himalayas. The top choice for Nagarkot is its beautiful location, making it suitable to trek, explore the waterfalls, and take you to the greener side of city life, with views of Langtang, Rolwaling, Everest, Numbur, and Jugal Himalayas. 

2. Ilam 

Ilam is located in the Mahabharata hilly range in the eastern region of Nepal. This hill district lies at an altitude of 1,000 meters (3,281 feet) to 3,636 meters (11,929 feet) above sea level. Ilam was one of the ten self-ruling states of Limbuwan before Nepal’s reunification. The tea cultivation in Ilam was initiated in 1863 as the Ilam Tea Estate. 

It was only in 1982 that the five districts of Ilam, Jhapa, Dhankuta, Panchthar, and Terhathum were combined, known as the tea zones of Nepal. Ilam is best known for its sightseeing and attractions like Mai Pokhari Lake, sites like Gajur Mukhi ( Bhagwati temple), and Antu Danda, an outstanding vantage point in Ilam. 

From the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, the regular bus also operates to Ilam. You can also hire a private vehicle, while an air ticket can take you to the nearest airport to Ilam, Bhadrapur Airport, which is 92 kilometers away from Kanyam, Ilam Tea Garden. 

Take a day tour of the tea garden and enjoy the rain while reading a book at your hotel on a rainy evening—a perfect monsoon activity served with a hot cup of tea. It’s up to you to make your day fruitful when the weather forecast shows minimalistic rain predictions in the monsoon in Nepal.

3. Pokhara 

The monsoon rain does pose a challenge to outdoor activities in Pokhara but one can find a peaceful retreat in a less-crowded season in Pokhara. Visitors can savor traditional Nepali dishes, explore the Pokhara Regional Museum and Gurkha Memorial Park, and enjoy the backdrop of greenery in Pokhara. The Seti River George is one of the city’s natural beauties. It is among the best places to visit in the monsoon when the temples have risen in water level with extra green and extra magic in this lakeside city. 

Mountain Glory Forest Resort and Spa, Waterfront Resort, Temple Tree Resort, and Pokhara Lodge are some of the top places to visit during the monsoon in Pokhara, Nepal. You can choose to stay at a lakeside location with a terrace, lounge, room service, and even a spa on the hotel premises when the outside is running. 

These resorts are suitable for families with children and dining options also include multinational cuisines, still inspired by Nepali taste buds. The prices in high-rated resorts can range from  $105 per night. But you can also have a deal at mid-range stay places in Monsoon in Nepal, starting at $10 (Nepali rupees 1300 to 1500) per night. 

4. Suburb area in Monsoon 

If you are still confused about the monsoon attractions in Nepal, the Lumbini, Upper Mustang, and Annapurna circuit regions can bring the colors you knew never existed. Farmers are more than happy to welcome monsoon rain in Nepal. Planning a trip to the monsoon means being prepared for mild to huge rainfall in Nepal during this season. 

The visitors can be part of the harvest season of the year and watch the traditional methods of ploughing, farming, and rice planting on their trip. Wander around the suburbs region where the wet streets have an earthy scent for you to lose your senses( obviously in a good way) as you feel this smell dear and “home”! Olfactophilia is when you love the smell of something that your emotions arouse. 

Why monsoon can be a unique time to explore Nepal? 

The monsoon season can be a unique time when vibrant colors paint the landscapes with coats of green. You can see the waterfall and rivers dancing out and coming alive, making it a cleaner and more refreshing time of the year. 

There are fewer crowds, spectacular sunrises, and rainbows in the clouds, with the play of light and colors in the surroundings. Temples, shrines, and historic monuments remain open and are even safer to visit during the monsoon in Nepal. So, the best places to visit in the monsoon in Nepal are the Hindu God/Goddess temple, parks, Patan Durbar Square, Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square. 

Tips to consider when visiting places in Monsoon 

When visiting the shortlisted places during monsoon season in Nepal, you need to be cautious about them to have a hassle-free experience. The first thing is to check the weather forecast, as heavy rain conditions are not ideal for you to plan a destination trip in Nepal. Choosing a four-wheeler is better than taking your bike, as potential risks arise during the monsoon season. 

Pack light and include rain gear. Even have insect repellent, and medications against fever, flu, and indigestion during this season. Monsoon can bring waterborne disease so be mindful about what you eat and drink to prevent food poisoning and check hygienic local restaurants to stay safe. Avoid drinking water from unreliable sources and carry water purification tablets to mitigate the risk that monsoons invite. 

Conclusion 

Monsoon travel can be confusing; you want to sit in bed and even have soothing views of greenery far away from you. That’s when a resort serves a purpose. You can also have budget travel with your better half and family, with pre-planning, and make the most of the offers during less-crowded monsoon season (getting wet and wild). 

Embrace spontaneity, prepare to be safe, and even participate in vibrant celebrations of the local community during the monsoon. There are prospects that this will become a more popular time to connect with nature ( with ounces of love oozing from the sky), except for the part where the unprecedented rain might trigger safety concerns. Inquire with Manaslu guide for more such interesting adventures, treks, and tourism throughout the season in Nepal. 

Get Wet & Wild Adventure: Top 5 Natural Swimming Pools in Nepal

Summer is approaching. On this hot, warm day, do you also want to swim in a cold swimming pool, but something natural suits your taste? Well, here is what we have come across, the best natural swimming pools in Nepal.

In the true sense, the below-mentioned swimming spots (natural ones) can just be the pipelined summer adventure for all Nepalese. Even foreigners coming to experience the remote beauty and local lifestyle of Nepal want something cool, like a pool in the middle of the jungle with no polluted crowd that disturbs their peace.

There is a yin and yan side to the swimming pool in Nepal. The natural pool is exploited due to a lack of commercialization and conservation efforts, while these are the ones to cherish in their natural setting, the green water.

1. Kogate Sisneri Natural Swimming Pool in Nepal

The Sisneri Natural Swimming Pool in Nepal (Kogate, Makwanpur) is a real natural pool located about 35 km from Kathmandu. It’s hard to be unhappy when you have a sight of the green and natural surroundings in Sisneri, which is the best natural swimming spot near Kathmandu.

People describe it as a perfect place to spend a day away from Kathmandu Valley and Hetauda, with its natural pool, where memories and laughter echo. The crystal-clear flowing water in Sisneri has a sufficient depth for swimming. Noteworthy to mention, the sound of the natural swimming pool is healing, and it rests near a huge rock with an adventure, with beautiful landscapes and off-road rides.

An entrance fee of NPR 50 is charged at the natural pool. Here you get facilities like life jackets, vendor shops for snacks, and changing rooms that have been set up. 

While commercialization has its benefits, visitors need to be mindful of their impact and consume natural resources responsibly, without contributing to the degradation of the environment. The visitors may also face issues getting a safe parking space. 

If you want to go there, grab a Sisneri Route Map so you do not get lost ( well, you eventually get lost in the beauty! ) 

2. Bhootmul natural swimming pool in Nepal (Lele)

Bhootmul Natural Swimming Pool is located about 17 km from Gwarko, Lalitpur, following the Satdobato-Tikabhairab road. It’s briefly a 2.5-kilometer drive and about 45 minutes of hiking from the Lele Bus stop to reach there. This TikTok viral swimming pool in its natural location got hype on social media, on the banks of the Nakkhu River. 

On the tarmac hot weather, the shadow of trees is reflected by the pond, the natural spring, which gives untouched beauty to the natural world. Bhootmul is a natural swimming pool with a height of 10–12 feet, and one can dive from the top of the 8-meter tree for an amazing swimming experience. 

The chilled water can be dangerous, as one person has died here previously, and it is not suitable for beginners without a life jacket. In addition, the current state can be a concern, as this cleanest and coolest water source near Kathmandu has started to pollute over the years. 

Greenery is exploited early, but you can still visit here for a one-time experience. This small open pond can attract tourists if the concerned authority draws attention to its preservation, or else it will be a tale of extinct beauty. 

3. Pangdure Kurintar Natural Swimming Pool in Nepal

Pangdure Kurintar is a natural water slide and river spring associated with the waterfall. It’s a beautiful hiking spot near Kurintar, other than worshipping at Manakamana Temple. It takes you to Barsinghe Chitwan, where you hike to Pangdure Khola. You can have a picnic lunch in Kurintar, a small village located on the sandy banks of the Trisuli River, and visit the Manakamana temple. 

4. Dhodeni Chitwan Nawalparasi 

Dhodeni is a dam that is more sea green in color. It is a natural swimming pool located on the border of Chitwan and Nawalparasi. This natural swimming pool is located about 6 km away from the Maula Kalika Mandir of Gaindakot, Chitwan, via the Kalika Mandir Trail and the way to Dhodeni. The Dhodeni Natural Swimming Pool has limited hype and is untouched by urban eyes, but it is worth it to have a relaxing day out around Chitwan. 

5. Furse khola in Pokhara

Furse Khola to Chisapani Gaun—that is yet another adventure. On the tributary of the Seti Gandaki River, you find the best place to hang out and chill. This is a tributary of the Seti Gandaki River suitable for friends getting together and swimming dun. The best part is that it is a real natural pool. 

Furse Khola Natural Swimming in Kaski is a great place to bathe and swim when you navigate it with the locals. It is 5.6 km from Lakeside Pokhara to Furse Khola via the Siddhartha highway. The natural swimming pool is also known by its alternative bank name, Dovilla. It is about 11.6 kilometers from Phewa Taal Pokhara, accessible via Bagmara Road. You can take Panchase Marga and Baidam Rd./Lakeside Rd. to Thado Pasal Path and continue to Pardi Bazaar to reach Dovilla Pokhara. Dovilla Pokhara is one of the best natural swimming pool in Nepal (Pokhara).  

Besides swimming, you can enjoy activities like rock climbing, natural views of the scenery, and a refreshing dip at the pool, all surrounded by authentic beauty. Some boulders might interest you for wilder and wetter adventures in Nepal’s beautiful landscapes. 

You can also have staycations at Hotel Himalayan Inn, Sunshine Resort Pokhara, and a day excursion at Dovilla Khola, the natural swimming spot. Additionally, Ghatichhina- Harpan Khola and Madiwang Khola are other popular refreshing natural swimming spots in Pokhara, Nepal. 

Final words to protect Natural Swimming Pool in Nepal 

The best perk about swimming in a natural swimming pool in Nepal is that it is cooler than a chlorinated pool. These ponds help you relax, unlike the crowded pools. You can sunbathe for natural tanning on the banks of this swimming pool and have a rare glimpse at the protected beauty of this pool, located in tranquility on the urban side. 

The increasing number of visitors has raised some concerns about the preservation of natural swimming pools in Nepal. Moreover, there is a risk of the place being littered with waste, and during peak seasons like summer, it can get overcrowded, making it difficult to find parking. It’s an appeal for visitors to take responsibility for disposing of their waste properly and respecting the natural beauty of the place.

Conclusion 

Manaslu Guide is one of the best trekking companies and tour guides In Nepal. Do catch up for more such interesting blogs on waterfall day trips, best place for trekking shopping, and relaxing nature getaways. We cover food blogs, and travel, and also guide you to the best trekking experience in Nepal. For more such inquiries and requests, contact the Manaslu guide. 

Nepal’s Trails Without the Baggage: Where to Rent Trekking Gear in Kathmandu

Renting trekking gear in Kathmandu? We help you find a shopping facility with friendly staff and proper sports essentials at reasonable prices. From a Google search, we have jotted down some of the useful renting options and how you can get there. 

Trekking, shopping, and renting in the busy streets of Kathmandu can be a daunting task if you are new. You might not be aware of the renting culture and norms of this bustling street in Thamel. When it comes to shopping, choosing a reliable partner and researching in advance can save you time in Kathmandu and help you make a budget-friendly purchase. 

Where can I rent trekking gear in Kathmandu? 

Today in this blog, we discuss how trekking gear can be rented in Nepal, especially Kathmandu. We consider different outlets to be some of the best places to rent trekking gear—some of Kathmandu’s top-rated trekking gear rental stations.  

1. Himalayan Trekking Gear

Himalayan trekking gear located at Mandala Street, Kathmandu, is rated 4.7 stars and this is reviewed as one of the most noteworthy in terms of friendly staff. You can get similar ranges of trekking gear at outlets in Nepal, and the Himalayan trekking gear is relevantly affordable. 

You can rent sleeping bags suitable for different temperatures, from normal quality bags for -5°C to -10°C weather to high-quality, waterproof bags with fur lining for -10°C to -15°C conditions.

2. Himal Outdoor

Himal Outdoors Private Limited is located at two outlets. One is Thamel JP Road, and the other is Patan, Lalitpur, with the best facilities, which offers to rent trekking gear in Nepal. It has various sportswear and trekking essentials at convenient pricing and is rated 4.9 in terms of customers.

You can also find high-end North Face jackets, which can be provided for rental options. Renting trekking poles for support on the trekking trails is just the perfect way.

3. Kalapatthar Trekking Store

Kalapatthar Trekking Store is located at Satghumti Marga, Thamel, where you can get a range of trekking equipment on rent based on your needs.

They offer you high-quality sleeping bags, with minimum prices starting from $1 to $3 per day. It is best rated for down jackets, trekking poles, and hiking boots (almost all sizes available), catering to the needs of our trekking (from a few days to a longer trek).

If you are not a frequent trekker, then this can just be a savior for you to trust a reliable shop to get properly cleaned rental gear at a bargain price. While you can buy it back home too. 

4. Weather Trekking Gears

Weather Trekking Gear is one of the highest-rated trekking gear brands (5 stars with 57 reviews) in Nepal. It is a cloth and fabric manufacturer, allowing both buying, selling, and renting trekking gear options. Located in Chhusya Galli, Kathmandu, you can inquire with them about the rental policies, deposit amount, and return policies, while they also accept bargains respectfully.

5. Guide Himalaya Trekking gear

Guide Himalaya Trekking Gear is yet another trekking shop that sells and rents trekking gear for climbing expeditions, peak climbing, ice and rock climbing, and a desired adventure of your choice. From protective gear to technical equipment, you can find the gear in the vicinity of Kathmandu.

What is the cost of renting trekking gear in Kathmandu? 

If you want to rent trekking gear in Kathmandu, the higher the ratings and positive reviews, the better the reliability and quality of service. Have a closer look and list all the essential trekking items crucial for comfortable and safe treks in the higher altitudes of Nepal. Regarding the cost and budgeting part of trekking essentials, these are, 

Trekking items on rental Approximate Rental Cost (NRs) per Day
Jackets and Clothing300 – 1000
Trekking accessories (Hat, Buff) 50-150 
Trekking Poles100 – 200
Backpack 200- 300 
Trekking shoes 200- 300 (but not recommended due to hygiene and fit concerns) 
Sleeping Bag 200 – 500 
Down jacket ( for mountain expeditions and high-altitude treks) 400 – 800

Top suggestions for renting trekking gear in Kathmandu

Renting trekking gear allows you to explore what’s on the Kathmandu market without having to pay the excess price for something you do not like to take back home. So, here are some key suggestions when you are on rental.

1. Explore a wide range of options before renting the final one

Visiting popular rental stores can be highly beneficial for tourists looking to rent trekking gear in Kathmandu, Nepal. These allow you to explore a wide range of trekking gear and also find something specific that could be necessary on the trek. 

2. Flexibility to choose rental items from reputed trekking stores

Reasons for visiting reputed stores are that rental items are usually well-maintained, cleaned, and high-quality ( also with premium rentals) at such outlets. This means you can conveniently find the ready rental gear and have an enjoyable experience, with the flexibility to choose a specific item of your preference on the trek without having to carry it from home.

3. Minimize out-of-pocket expenses

Renting trekking gear is no doubt a cost-effective option for budget travelers. You can also use expensive equipment on a rental basis; this will give you a smooth trekking experience without having to worry about out-of-pocket expenses. 

4. Space for Extra Trekking essentials

There are several other trekking essentials you might need, such as personal accessories, battery backup, sunscreen, toilet paper, a first aid kit, and permit documents, all of which you can manage by yourself when you have no hassle in trekking shopping. Just try and rent without worrying, if you are investing much in trekking gear, which you might or might not preserve for another travel adventure in life, in case you have doubts. 

What are the benefits of renting trekking gear in Kathmandu?

Renting trekking gear offers numerous benefits for those who are short on space and budget. But again, the decision ultimately varies based on trekking frequency, personal preferences, and personal comfort with the gear. 

  • Renting trekking gear is more reasonable, especially for gear needed for a specific trip or one-time purpose. 
  • Kathmandu has outdoor gear shops that offer rental services with well-maintained, cleaned, and even some premium trekking options. 
  • If you are planning a multi-day trek with limited luggage options, renting can be a good way. 
  • Reputable rental shops inspect the quality of the trekking gear with post-trek cleaning and maintenance, making it the best.
  • Renting allows you to use trekking gear that you might not use frequently. 

Most importantly, renting gear allows you to test out higher-end gear to see if it is worth investing in in the future. You can get a more convenient way out where you do not need to check bulky gear on international flights; simply rent what you need for trekking in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Also, you can return it with rental charges once the trek is over, simply without the baggage. 

Conclusion 

Manaslu Guide helps you stay updated about real-time updates on trekking, brings out good deals on trekking packages, and does the research on your behalf. Likewise, today we explored renting gear essentials, budget, and the average rental price per day per item on trekking gear.

Manaslu Guide makes sure you get opportunities to see Nepal from different perspectives as you tune in to our blogs. We are here for you to arrange the most-awaited trekking in Nepal in terms of exceptional navigation services, the best-planned itinerary on Manaslu Circuit, and the most-awaited outdoor adventure. Inquire with us today for additional queries. 

Exploring Mustang like never before: Dhumba Taal, Chhairo, Chhema Lake, and More

Mustang Nepal, by god Grace, is a beautiful kingdom where history, culture, and natural grandeur speak like no other. Visitors, both domestic and international, come to visit here, but no word of mouth can ever explain what the divine beauty of Mustang looks like. 

1. Dhumba Lake in Mustang Nepal

Dhumba Lake is a serene and sacred lake located in the Thini Village of the Mustang district of Nepal. It rises as high as around 2,900 meters (9,500 feet) above sea level, making it an endeavoring high-altitude glacial lake. This unique “Heart-Shaped Lake,” Dhumba Taal, rests at the base of Mount Nilgiri.

The local Tibetan Buddhist community considers the lake a holy site. Even the locals shared a story about how the lake’s water once turned red for a long time. It was only after the Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies they conducted that it returned to its original color.

It will be unique on its own to explore and there are various legends and stories surrounding its origins and significance. Mustang Nepal has beautiful apple orchards and traditional mud houses in Thini village, and you can explore Leopard Cave, Jomsom View Tower, and the Mustang Eco Museum on the journey that awaits in Mustang.

Visitors can also visit the Kuchup Terenga Gompa, a monastery located about 15 minutes uphill from the lake. If you are someone who would not want to miss out on a beautiful 360-degree view of the area, this is a must-do.

2. Chhairo Gompa (Monastery) in Mustang 

Visit the Chhairo Gompa, a 16th-century monastery with beautiful murals, wooden carvings, and a serene ambiance. This monastery is steeped in history and offers insights into the spiritual practices of the region

The Chhairo region was once a crucial part of the salt trading route between Tibet and southern Nepal. Chhairo region, starting from nearby towns like Marpha or Tukuche, to explore the rugged terrain, hidden caves, and ancient monasteries that dot the landscape. If you are here, the must-try dish is the Yak burger, which gives you an amazing taste.

Chhairo Gompa is located at 2680 meters, about a 20-minute walk south of Marpha town in Mustang Nepal. It lies on the left bank of the Kali Gandaki River. You encounter this on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, and the holy monastery has been here since the 16th century, with the statues of Shakyamuni Buddha, his disciples Ananda and Sariputra, and the founder, Kusyo Chhiwang Thielen. 

Chhairo Monastery reflects the culture of Upper Mustang, with a traditional flat roof architecture that has a two-story gallery as the devotees and believers like it to have. The main shrine room, adjacent Padmasambhava chapel (Sanga Choling), and natural lighting in the gompa make it a suitable place to meditate. 

3. Chhema Lake

Chhema Lake rests serenely at 3,690 meters above sea level, a shimmering azure mirror reflecting the snow-covered Mount Nilgiri and Tilicho peaks. Formed with glacial meltwater, this crystalline lake water gives a good contrast to the deserted scenery of Mustang in Nepal. 

With the eternal glow of the lake and the secrets of each breeze, the picture comes out quite vibrant. It is surrounded by oak and pine forests with evergreen hues, adding to the epic composition of these natural landscapes. From here, the one trek to Shinta Mani Mustang is a must-trip in the 2024–2025 session.

4. Less explored trekking in Upper Mustang

Trekking in Mustang takes you to Upper Mustang and Lower Mustang treks. The key highlights of Upper Mustang take you from Jomsom to Muktinath, crossing the Gyu La Pass or taking an alternative trekking path from Kagbeni to Chungsi Cave. There are several places worth admiring the beauty of in the Mustang region, which includes Syanbochen. 

Ghiuling, Ghami, Drakmar, Ghar Gumba, Tsarang, and finally reaching the forbidden kingdom of Lho- Manathang at an altitude of 3840 m above sea level. The exciting part is that you get closer to Choser Cave, near the Tibetan border, if you take a different return route. There is Luri Gumba, Yara Ghara, Tange, Tetanbg, and another major stop point at the villages in Mustang that one cannot miss out on for the ultimate fun.

The temperature in Mustang varies; the Upper Mustang, located at high altitudes, has a relatively cold temperature compared to the Lower Mustang. Meanwhile, the temperature can drop to as low as -25°C in the winter in Mustang. The average daytime temperature can range from about  8 to 10 °C; if it’s a hot, sunny day, the temperature can get to a maximum of 20 °C unless global warming shows its extra weather conditions.

5. Jharkot Village in Mustang Nepal

Trek to Jharkot; visit Red Gompa (3,519 m); all these are involved in the Lower Mustang Trek. Far away from the city of chaos, you reach the peaceful villages of Mustang, but the Jomsom area could be crowded due to people who want to visit Muktinath temple. 

Jharkot (झारकोट) is one of the most-explored villages in Mustang district, at an elevation of 3519m between Kagbeni. It is quite popular because it has the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage site of Muktinath, meaning the temple of Moksha. A soul gets blessings and freedom from the eternal life cycle after taking a bath at the 108 taps of this temple. 

Interacting with the local session includes culturally Tibetan (Bhotias), Gurung, and Thakuri ethnic groups living in this region. The traditional form of agro-pastoralism is seen where one cultivates seasonal vegetables, buckwheat, and barley and keeps livestock like goats, sheep, and horses. 

The semi-arid Mustang Valley can only sustain itself for 6 months with its local production, as the farming system depends on meltwater from snow and ice-covered peaks for irrigation. Seasonal migration, tourism, and apple orchards are major livelihoods for the people of Mustang, as these are more flexible than less fruitful agricultural production in this deserted landscape.

6. Lubra, the Hidden Bon Village of Lower Mustang Nepal

There is a secret village called Lubra in the Lower Mustang region of Nepal. It’s like the name itself suggests the dramatic cliffs that look great when frozen like a snake coiled around the valley. Pretty interesting, ain’t it?

Lubra is one of nineteen villages in the Baragaon area, underneath the Lo Manathang. It rests above the Thak Khola valley, and there is more to Lubra. Yungdung Phuntsok Ling Monastery, the Masked Dancing Festival, and meditation caves and temples can all be explored when you sign up for the trekking route in the Mustang region. 

The Mustang region is experiencing a rise in tourism, all thanks to a special project called the Mustang Bon Homestay Village, where the whole community works together to show visitors their unique culture and traditions, all while keeping tourism sustainable.

More interesting facts on Lubra village in Mustang Nepal

One can take a short hike along the Panda Khola River to the hidden Tibetan Khampa army camp used by rebels in the 1960s. It needs the crossing of Lubra Pass, about 2 hours north of Lubra village. It’s interesting as the valley in itself has this huge Thorong La Pass and some less challenging local passes that differentiate the villages. 

That’s not just it Lubra village has a secret connecting path to the stunning Tilicho Lake, a little dangerous but perfect for those who seek more magic and adventure on the unexplored trekking routes. Let’s not spoil but obviously in a group for safety concerns. 

There is a small Bon temple in the periphery of the Lubra village, known as Gon Phuk, which is also known by its other name, “winter cave.” The name is more popular than the original one; there is surely a mystery, which we will unveil later in further interactions with the locals in the Mustang region. However, it’s such a retro theme that we cannot afford to miss it.

Conclusion 

Today we discussed some unheard, unseen, and lesser-known places in the Mustang region. It is just beautiful and Kagbeni and Muktinath temples are its ultimate jewels, but we tried to include some interesting extended side trips that you want to explore beyond the mundane, which is what all visitors strive for. 

Mustang is not just a one-time thing; it unveils beauty in its every facet, so try to uncover an exciting and lesser-known Mustang adventure with the Manaslu guide in Nepal. Inquire with us; as we have the most amazing blogs and packages, that might just be the one for you.

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Difficulty: What to Expect in the Himalayas of Nepal? 

The Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek can be a perfect adventure for those chasing Nepal’s less crowded trekking trail. It takes you to the unmatched beauty of the third-tallest mountain, Mt. Kanchenjunga, at 8,586 m (28,169 feet) above sea level. 

Taking you to the Kanchenjunga mountain range in the west, from the Tamur River, you can have a circuit around the Yalung Khang and several remote villages for this reason. Until 1852, it was considered the highest mountain in the world, but later, it was officially announced to be the third-highest mountain in 1856 after the Trigonometrical Survey.

Kanchenjunga is situated at the border of Phaktanglung and Sirijanga rural municipalities in the Taplejung district, Nepal, and India, so you get to explore the remote beauty of this area. Some notable high pass challenges during the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek are Sele Le Pass (4,290m), Sinion La Pass (4,440m), and Mirgin La Pass (4,480 m).

The Kanchenjunga region is also believed to be the habitat of the mythical Yeti, adding to the allure of the trek in the Himalayan mountains, including peaks like Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, and Mt. Lhotse, along with the stunning Yalung Glacier, at an altitude of 4,580 meters (15,026 feet) in the eastern part of Nepal. 

Kangchenjunga Massif: Why is it so popular? 

The Kangchenjunga massif is the name given to the cross-shaped mountain range of the Kanchenjunga Himal. The mountain is believed to be sacred and has numerous pronunciations and spellings like Kanchenjunga, Kangchenjunga, etc.

This giant mountain range around Nepal’s second-tallest mountain forms a ridge from north-northeast to south-southwest. There are several mountain giants between 6,000-8,586 meters whose glaciers melt into major rivers in Nepal like Teesta, Arun, and Koshi, and part of the Brahmaputra basin in India. 

The Kanchenjunga massif is a beautiful one, with over 120 glaciers, most prominently the Yalung glacier, and these glaciated masses cover over 300 km2 in total. Though the rising global temperature raises concern over their long-term sustenance, this massif is ranked  29th in topographic prominence. 

If a daring heart desires a secluded adventure, Kangchenjunga ranks as the 4th most prominent peak in the Himalayas after Everest, Nanga Parbat, and Namcha Barwa in terms of beauty and exclusivity at high altitudes. 

Climbing route of the Kanchenjunga Mountain: Nepal and India 

There are four main climbing routes to the summit of the Kanchenjung mountain. Three of the prominent climbing routes from Nepal are in the southwest, northwest, and northeast. 

Unfortunately, the fourth one from India’s northeast in Sikkim has been permanently banned since 2000. The route was used three times from India before becoming banned in 2000 AD. The major summits of the Kanchenjunga massif, as listed by Wikipedia, are: 

S. No. Summits of the Kanchenjunga Height 
1. Kangchenjunga Main8,586 m 
2. Kangchenjunga West (Yalung Kang)8,505 m
3. Kangchenjunga Central8,482 m
4. Kangchenjunga South8,494 m
5. Kangbachen 7,903 m

Kanchenjunga circuit trek itinerary

Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek takes you to the amazing views of Khumbhakarna View Point / Jannu View Point. The trekking trail gradually ascends and descends to the Lelep, the headquarters for the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Project (KCAP). Let’s understand the detailed route and trekking trails of the Kanchenjunga circuit trek to the South Base Camp. 

  1. Fly to Bhadrapur, drive to Ilam (Day 1)
  2. Drive to Taplejung (Day 2)
  3. Trek Taplejung to Lali Kharka to Khesewa to Phumbe Danda (Days 3-5)
  4. Trek to Yamphudin, Tortong, and Tseram (Days 6-8)
  5. Tseram to Ramche (South Base Camp) and back (Days 9-10)
  6. Return trek: Tortong, Yamphudin, Khebang, and Khamdembe (Days 11-13)
  7. Drive to Bhadrapur, then fly to Kathmandu (Days 14-15)

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek (North to South) takes you to the Gunsa viewpoints, and you also have as short a trek as 7 days to 25 days, customizable for the best views of the Himalayas. 

  1. Arrive in Kathmandu; preparation (Days 1-2)
  2. Fly to Bhadrapur, drive Ilam, Taplejung, and trek to Chiruwa (Days 3-4)
  3. Trek to Gunsa over 3 days (Days 5-8)
  4. Rest/acclimatize at Gunsa (Day 9)
  5. Trek Khangpachen, Lhonak, and Pangpema (Days 10-13)
  6. Return Gunsa, Sele-Le, Tseram, and Ramche (Days 14-17)
  7. Back to Tseram, Tortong, Yamphudin, Khebang, and Sinam (Days 18-22)
  8. Drive Ilam, Kathmandu (Days 23-24)
  9. Leisure days in Kathmandu (Days 25–26)

The combined north-south route covers more ground so here are two different multi-week routes for the Kanchenjunga trek. You get to interact with the Kirati people and immerse yourself in the Himalayan glaciers and viewpoints. 

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek: Best time 

The best time of the year when you can explore the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek is during the spring and autumn seasons. The ideal month for trekking the Kanchenjunga Trek is March to mid-May when the weather is stable, dry, and pleasant. 

Months Average temperature (daytime  °C) Precipitation (mm)Weather conditions 
March-May (Spring)10 to 18 (daytime)30 to 50Mild, clear skies, occasional rain showers at higher altitudes
June–August (Summer Monsoon)15 to 20 (daytime)150 to 300Hot, humid, heavy rainfall, possible landslides and muddy trails
September–November (Autumn)7 to 15 (daytime)20 to 40Dry, clear skies, stunning mountain views, and pleasant temperatures
December–February (Winter)-5 to 5 (daytime)Less than 10
In very cold, snowy conditions at higher altitudes, trails may be impassable

What should I pack for the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek? 

The Kanchenjunga Circuit trek demands a quality backpack to carry the essentials for a multi-week adventure. You should pack your trekking accessories, like trekking poles, gaiters, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal essentials, and a first aid kit. What’s better than to trek in a good trekking boot, pants, hats, gloves, and warm socks? 

You need to cover a total of 200 km of round trip in the circuit trekking around Kanchenjunga mountain. This breaks down into 15 to 20 km of walking each day, with a few acclimatization days at an altitude that elevates over 5000 m above sea level.  As the Circuit trek has its challenges, have gear for your safety against any uncertainties in the trekking region. 

What is the cost of trekking Kanchenjunga Circuit? 

Nothing can beat the challenging Himalayan ascent when you have an adventurous spirit. The typical trekking cost in the region is between $1700 and $2500 for the 22-day trekking itinerary of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. The costs here are inclusive of various 

  • Guide and porter fees
  • Transportation within Nepal only 
  • Meals during the trek
  • Accommodation during the trek (e.g. teahouses or tents in remote regions)
  • Permits and fees (trekking permit, conservation area permit, restricted area entry pass, etc.)

Whenever choosing a trekking package for a significant adventure in Nepal, make sure you make a decision based on the level of accommodation and services desired. Your desired level of comfort, personal expenses, tips for staff, additional flights not included within the packages, and the cost of buying souvenirs for your loved ones may alter your budget

Challenging sections of the Kanchenjunga circuit trek

Despite being moderately difficult, the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek has some of the most challenging aspects. The northern trekking route to the Northern Kanchenjunga Base Camp is comparatively more difficult than the southern trekking route.

As you ascend from the Kambachen village, you feel a sight change in the air, as you surpass the climatic zone of 4000 m, which can be the first time for some of us, and that’s a challenging fact. You acclimatize for a day and explore the Jannu View Point area, which is quite a few kilometers east of the region, with an elevation gain of 400 m. Challenges yet a beautiful surprise that opens up with the sunrise views from the Jannu Viewpoint (4400 m). 

The remote villages of Lhonak (4780 m) and Pangpema (5143m ) can be challenging as you face network issues and comparatively fewer services due to high altitude challenges. But it is worth it as you chase the ultimate mountain views of Kanchenjunga and even see views of Mera Peak (6364 m), Dabgo Peak (6250 m), and Drhoma Peak (6855 m) on your mountain adventure

Finally, individuals with longer adventure goals can sign up for the 17-day Mt. Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek. This can take you to Yalung Base Camp or the Jannu Base Camps to explore two sides of one mountain. 

And if the adventure is too pressing for you, we also have alternative trekking in Manaslu, the most preferred one for adventure seekers. You can also look through a map of the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek on the two sides of the mountain for additional details. 

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek Permits

Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek permits are inclusive of a Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and a Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Permit (KCAP).

Permits required Cost for Nepalese (per person)Cost for SAARC citizens (per person)Cost for Foreign Nationals (per person) 
RAPUSD 10 per week USD 10 per week USD 10 per week 
KCAP *Rs 100Rs 500 Nrs 2,000 

The cost may vary based on SAARC nationality, Nepali citizenship, and foreign nationality for the permits, but there is no time limitation on KCAP fees at a time. Your trekking guide and porter may pay less than you do because of the territory you belong to. 

Kanchenjunga Trek RAP and KCAP can be processed in the municipality, VDC, and through a valid trekking agency registered in Nepal. A minimum of two trekkers, including the guide, is required for you to obtain the Kanchenjunga permit. It’s advisable to stay up-to-date about the current entry fees with your trekking guide. Additionally, the documents required for attaining the necessary trekking permits are, 

  • valid passport with at least six months remaining validity 
  • You need to have a valid Nepal visa extension that is longer than the expiration date of your RAP.
  • One shall pose an agency-printed itinerary, insurance details of you, and your guide
  • online submission ID for application if you have processed any. 
  • Details of payments (slip) 
  • E-copy of passport-sized photo

Food and accommodation on the Kanchenjunga circuit trek

In recent years, trekking has become much more comfortable in the Kanchenjunga region. While it remains the less-explored region in Nepal, the remote region has much to offer trekkers, from food to its Kirati culture. Travelers in those days had to bring everything, from food to tents.

Kanchenjunga is a teahouse trek in northeast Nepal, as many household-operated lodges and basic hut accommodations have grown recently. The ethnic settlements in the villages of the Kanchenjunga region include Limbu, Bhotia, Sherpa, Tibetan, Lepchas, Tamang, Rai, Jirel, Thakali, Magar, and Gurung. 

You can easily get a hot shower and a hot cup of tea and enjoy mountain vistas from the terrace of your stay. Foods like Daal Bhat, thukpa, chowmein, instant noodles, macaroni, and pasta are available in the tea houses. There is a facility for an English breakfast and traditional Kirati food, which you can savor. 

You might find it difficult to find toiletries and comfortable bathrooms in tea houses in Lhonak, Sele Le, and Ramche. Hence, you need to be prepared accordingly.

Why the Manaslu (Himalaya) Guide? 

Manaslu Guide can be your trusted partner for trekking challenges in Nepal. We provide extensive guidance on trekking and navigation in various regions of Nepal. From the rugged trails of Manaslu to finding nature’s paradise in the local trekking trails, we make the routes more accessible and make you have fun. 

Here, we employ professionally trained guides to ensure a safe and exciting adventure on the local trekking routes in Nepal. You can easily inquire about the trek and pre-book both seasonal and off-seasonal treks. 

Pokhara from Above: Take an Ultralight flight and Witness Himalayan Grandeur

The Himalayas from above are as beautiful as you could dream of. Getting a chance to take an ultralight flight in Pokhara is just magical, Initially, it can feel a bit nerve-wracking and painful, but once you adapt to the flight as a first-timer, you enjoy an open-air cockpit seat with a fellow licensed pilot who helps you see the Lake City of Pokhara from above. 

Ultralight flight experience in Pokhara: how does it feel?

The small, lightweight aircraft gives you a chance to have 360-degree panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayan range, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre Himalayan giants. Depending on the flight scheme you choose, the route and timing may vary, so get a chance to soar above the cloud for 15 minutes to 1.5 hours, based on your preference, and fly over rivers, forests, and surrounding villages from Pokhara. 

You get open-air, unlike in a plane’s cabin, which makes the views clearer and gives you a unique view, as this short-duration flight can give you the most amazing mountain scenery of your life. 

The ultralight flight operates with safety gear, and pilots are trained so you can give it a complete first-time try to see the Himalayas from a fresh perspective. It is one of the bucket list adventures that you can do in Pokhara, the capital city of tourism in Nepal, an experience that helps you fly like a bird among the world’s highest peaks.

Can you take the Ultralight fight in Pokhara without prior experience? 

Yes, you can take an ultralight flight to Pokhara without prior experience as you take a passenger seat. It feels like a two-seater riding experience as your pilot gives you an exclusive on-hand experience, and it’s more about you and your moment in the higher air, just above the clouds, and the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. 

It gives you euphoria as you take a flight in Pokhara, above the top of the Himalayas, since fear hits you at some point, but there is no risk of falling. It is a must-do adventure for everyone, at least once in life, to take a closer look at the beauty of Nepal. 

Cost details for the Pokhara Ultralight Flight (for foreign citizens) 

The price of an ultralight flight in Pokhara starts at Rs 17,600 and there can be a special discount for Indian and Nepalese citizens; they get to take a half-hour ultralight flight in Pokhara for 30 minutes for NPR 25,600. 

Flight Duration  Flying RouteCost of flight (updated 2024) 
15 minutesPokhara City TourNPR 17,600
30 minutesClose to Mt. FishtailNPR 25,600
60 minutesMountain Flight (Mt. Fish Tail & Annapurna Range)NPR 38,400
90 minutesMountain Flight (Mt. Fish Tail, Annapurna Range & Kapuche Lake)NPR 53,120
Note: Ultralight photos/videos cost you an extra thousands and dollars

What locations does the Pokhara Ultralight Flight Trip cover?

Pokhara Ultralight flight It’s an open aircraft that operates above Pokhara City. Within the first 15 minutes of the trip, you get to soar above the World Peace Pagoda, Lakeside, Seti River, Phewa Lake, and the other attractions of Pokhara. 

In the next 30 minutes, you explore the Sarangkot region, Annapurna Himalayan range, and Fishtail Mountain, and have an extended time over the cloud. In the 90-minute ultralight flight, you soar over Yeti House, Kapuche Lake Glaciers, Lamjung district, and Dhaulagiri mountain, and have a slow, no-rush flight over Pokhara and its surrounding beauty. 

Are there any restrictions on age and weight to take an ultralight flight in Pokhara? 

Yes, there are minimum age requirements; a child has to be over 12 years old to participate in this ultralight flight in Pokhara. Anyone under 18 is allowed for ultralight, but only when their parents sign a consent form under the risk of the adventure. 

In addition to this, there is a weight limit to be eligible for flying experience over Pokhara. If you are over 100 kg, sadly, you are not allowed to participate in this activity.  

Many ultralight flight specialist teams, like Rugged Trails Nepal and Avia Club Nepal, have made these sightseeing tours on flights around Pokhara. Feel a life, when you do something different and exciting in Pokhara. 

What is the best month to take ultralight flights in Pokhara? 

The best months to enjoy ultralight flights in Pokhara are from September to May. The ultraflights are operated from sunrise (6.30 a.m. to 11 a.m.) and from 3 p.m. to sunset. So, if you are willing to sign up for it, book in advance, and look for availability of the space for this activity, you can do a day stay at Pokhara. 

If possible, book a morning flight, as the views are more rejuvenating and fresh. You get to see clear views that are mind-catching, including lakeside beauty and Himalayan panorama views. 

Key facts of ultralight flights in Pokhara, Nepal

  1. The fascinating history of ultralight aircraft in Nepal, at Pokhara, began in 1996, as the first one in Southeast Asia. 
  2. Surprisingly, it can cover approximately 50–130 km/hr, which is good for having amazing views over the surrounding periphery. 
  3. An ultralight aircraft requires open space, as it can take off/land on fields or dirt roads without worries. 
  4. Pokhara is an ideal destination for ultralight flights with its amazing scenery, and beautiful mountain views, and the euphoria is incomparable. 
  5. Only one passenger seat is available, as the next seat is designated for a pilot who ensures a safe and enjoyable riding experience. 
  6. The ultraflight operations allow us to fly and have an open bird’s-eye view of the beauty of Pokhara.

The ultralight flight in Pokhara is operated with the added safety precautions of helmets and goggles (visors) that help you protect from air pressure, debris, and the inherent risk you encounter when flying. You wear a high visibility jacket, have a good quality flight suit for your backup, and you also need to wear gloves to protect your hands in the open light aircraft, which gives you a complete sense of freedom up above the clouds in Pokhara. 

For extra protection, you wear sturdy boots and have a first-aid kit ready for minor injuries, and the flight also has parachute options, which are required by law to help you tackle the risks if the flight fails under catastrophic circumstances. Here in Nepal, the government ensures safe flying practices, regularly monitors tourism and safety risks, and has a tough licensing process to regulate and run tight aircraft services for public welfare. 

Final Words 

If you also want a unique aerial sightseeing experience of Pokhara Valley, Seti River, and nature’s wonders from the Himalayas of Nepal, book with us. We help you provide a better trekking experience and a relaxing stay at Pokhara, with incredibly top things to do, without hassle, as we aim to help visitors have a proper adventure in Nepal. 

A Night to Remember: Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Kathmandu for Couples

Love feels at home, but will a restaurant be able to provide that feeling? Couples seek romantic restaurants in Kathmandu with first-class service, cozy ambiance, and tasty food. So, here we make it easy by shortlisting some of the top-rated and reviewed cafeterias and restaurants within Kathmandu, and surprisingly, most of them are near the vibrant streets of Thamel. 

1. Fire and Ice Pizzeria

Hungry for love? The food ain’t just quenching your thirst alone when the cozy ambiance of the Fire and Ice pizzeria does it for you. It is just the perfect getaway, and the wow factor is the deliciously served pizzas, melting with Italian flavors, with over 30 years of pizza-making, branches in Nepal and India. 

Fire and Ice Pizzeria is open from 11:00 am to 10:00 p.m. in two major locations, Thamel and Sanepa, to serve you a love-filled, oozing pizza with authentic Italian ingredients. Besides pizza, another famous dish that couples can share is Piccata di Pollo, the marinated chicken breast, and lasagna (among the top-ordered dishes). 

The story of good pizza begins here with the world’s best pizzeria, which opened in Nepal in 1995 and launched its second branch in Kathmandu in 2023. World-class dining with your beauty by your side can be a pretty on-time experience for couples in Kathmandu. 

2. Jasper’s restaurant 

Jasper’s restaurant, located on Tabahi Road in Thamel, has exquisite flavors of love you will highly enjoy. With delicious food, including pizza, pasta, sandwiches, burgers, and endless vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, you can dine at your convenience. 

Nepali Thakali sets can be just as tasty as they should be with exceptional customer service. Your visit to Jasper Restaurant can make you crave some extra moments with your loved ones. One gets an overall positive impression at the restaurant, where you get the finest ingredients, and even try sushi. This, no doubt, is a romantic restaurant in Kathmandu that visitors must look out for. 

3. MarcoPolo Restaurant

MarcoPolo Restaurant is one of the best fine dining spots for couples, located on the first floor of Chhaya Center in Thamel Kathmandu. It’s one of the best for couples who love pizza. Bubbly cheese and tangy sauce and unlimited desert options for the heart that craves love—all of it is that exciting for the promise you hold to keep in the aromatic restaurant ambiance. 

Amazing mint lemonade that sips of love, with a hospitable environment that’s pretty good to handle. A sense of privacy for your intimate dining experience with your partner at Marcopolo with top-class service, hospitality, and a romantic environment. 

4. Namanta Kitchen

Namanta Kitchen is yet another cozy place for couples to have a great intimate experience with hot and spicy chilly paneer momo. From Italian flavors to barbecue items of your choice, you can choose a platter where food is hygienic, fresh, and clean. Many couples have shared positive reviews of relaxing experiences in the Namanta kitchen, which is located on Lazimpat Road. It’s a minute’s walk from the World Link Internet center. 

5. Nepalaya Rooftop Restaurant

The Nepalaya Rooftop Restaurant serves a range of flavors from European to Asian cuisines, and sitting in the star-studded skies in a cozy evening with your loved one is what’s called a night to remember. 

There is an extensive beverage selection here for drinking your favorite wine with your beauty and an inspired cocktail menu that could just pour all the moments and memories of togetherness. Even if it’s your first date at Nepalaya, this would indicate a good match at the ambiance, and food wants some more appreciation. 

This Nepalaya rooftop restaurant is located Inside  Hotel Nepalaya, Thamel, Kwabahal-17, Kathmandu Visit. Many couples find Nepalaya rooftop restaurants worth visiting, with special chicken butter masala, mixed chowmein, and hot sour soup on the chill nights, whatever you prefer. Feel good every time you want a night to remember with your loved one in a hospitable environment. 

6. Rosemary Kitchen & Coffee Shop

Rosemary Kitchen and Coffee Shop are located in a prime location in Thamel, Kathmandu, near Chhetrapati, with ample seating space. The lovely restaurant has one more alluring aspect, and that is its internal courtyard. 

Even couples have shared that they love every aspect, from fine dining to personally calm and cozy food experiences. Likewise, the freshly brewed coffee will warm up your heart with so much love that your heart feels like wow. The several cuisine options make it a spot-on location for couples out there seeking fine dining or coffee within the Kathmandu Valley.  

7. Tahina Terrace

Tahina terrace has comfortable lounges for couples and options of Mediterranean dishes, that one cannot resist. Tahina Terrace has an inviting venue Under-roof dining option, allowing you to make the most of the star-studded sky in the moonlight at your date 101. 

The perfectly classy place with excellent staff service is just what you need to plan for the date night. A special mention goes to the comfortable chairs, extensive menu, and terrace, everything makes the date night one to remember. 

Chicken Shish Kebab is one of the highly recommended dishes from the Tahina Terrace. You can expect that this fine dining can cost an average of Rs 2500 for your special night, and can spike up with a sip of gins, cocktails, and your favorite beverages. 

8. The Chimney Restaurant

The Chimney Restaurant is a trendy restaurant for couples, with bright fairy lights located in a nearby place from Garden of Dreams. This amazing fine dining restaurant is located in the Rana Era Palace in the Yak and Yeti Hotel, a 5-star luxury hotel in Kathmandu. 

You can also dine here and have a comfortable stay in suites and rooms in the Yak and Yeti hotels. It is one of the aesthetic restaurants in Kathmandu, while others like Cabana by Sky High, Lantern Bar by Karma, and Trisara, are some of the other Instagram-perfect restaurant places. It’s where you and your partner can flaunt some reels on one of the most important nights to remember. 

9. The Old House restaurant 

The Old House restaurant is a good place where you can meet your loved ones, with a calm green setting. For short meetings and even longer night dinners, you can just come here for a mix of Nepali and French cuisine. 

The food here is just wow, with the well-maintained indoor setting, where you can try, pesto chicken salad, ostrich, momos, and desserts. Moreover, the Old House restaurant is quite premium when it comes to the menu, as the ambiance and food fusion are worth it. The romantic evening you planned in Kathmandu can be achieved here at Durbar Marg. 

10. Yala Cafe

Yala Cafe is a highly recommended romantic restaurant in Kathmandu. It is an amazing, quiet spot for someone who loves gardening. The Supreme aroma and endless options for meals and drinks offered here at Yala Cafe make it a top competitor for a top romantic spot for dining. 

It’s a Trip Advisor 5-star rated restaurant, suited for a couple who loves to share their heartwarming story with a garden view. You can find healthy Middle Eastern and Nepali cuisine at this restaurant located in Thamel-17 Kawabahal St, Kathmandu. The cozy cafeteria also serves vegetarian-friendly, vegan, and gluten-free options for visitors who have dietary restrictions of any kind. 

Conclusion 

Share your love-filled moments by whispering your words of love and dining at fine restaurants in Kathmandu. We have helped you know about our critically picked restaurants, and there could be no other place more beautiful than where your heart meets. So make sure to add some personal touch to your date night to make it worthwhile.