12 days Lower Manaslu Trekking
- Moderate trekking trail embedded in the Himalayas with some beautiful sections with adventure.
- Fantastic view of the Manaslu and surrounding Mountain ranges.
- Wildlife and vegetation showcasing of the Lower Mountain and sub-tropical climatic regions.
- Beautiful and historically significant pilgrims and shrines with amazing architecture.
- Opportunities of encountering rare vegetation, wildlife and herbs in the Lower Manaslu area.
- Magical sunrise and sunset views of the scenic landscape of the Himalayas.
- Lower Himalayan and hill cuisine with Yak and Chauri dairy products.
- Authentic trek experience in the lesser traveled trails exploring hill villages, culture, and, terraced farmlands of Manaslu region.
Lower Manaslu Trekking is the perfect trek vacation in the Manaslu package. It is an amazing mountain scenery, undiluted Himalayan culture, and historical places of great significance in Nepal. This trek covers the major delights of the Manaslu region within a lower altitude threshold for safe and effective trekking. Because of the major Gurung culture of the settlements here pairs up with the warm hospitality to give you a homely experience. You will have an opportunity to get more than the amazing mountain views on this trek. Darche Danda, Sirandanda, Laprak, Nambai Kharka, and Barpak are some of the culturally significant destinations. Waking up with a pristine sunrise, the fresh breeze and views will rinse your soul and prepare you for the next walk. Lower Manaslu trekking means knowing your life better in the lap of Nature enriched with the joy of traveling.
This lower Manaslu trekking is an ideal substitute for the Manaslu circuit trail which is considered pretty challenging in most sections. Lasting lesser days and with an authentic experience of the delights of the region. Lower Manaslu trek is compatible for all. This trail is less packed with tourists so you can enjoy everyday life in Lower Manaslu. So, the lower Manaslu trek also gives us options to live the everyday life of locals and enjoy the homemade meals. With the aid of the Manaslu guide in Nepal, one can truly explore and enjoy their journey to the fullest. We can do the trek all over the year, however, for bonus delights. So, you can overlap your trek with festive seasons here.
30 Min drive Hotel
After landing in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), our representative will approach you. After a brief introduction, take a lovely drive to your hotel. We will also have a short trek orientation session of lower Manaslu. Take an evening walk around markets in Thamel. Try a traditional Nepali cuisine for your dinner and rest for the day. Overnight at a hotel in Thamel.
After breakfast, our day will be divided into cultural tour and trek preparation today. Meet your guides for the trek and prepare the gears and items of equipment for Lower Manaslu. Drive to the heritage and religious sites near the hotel and explore them. Return to your hotel and rest for the day here. Overnight at a hotel in Thamel.
3 hrs drive & 5 hrs walk Homestay
You will drive out of the Kathmandu valley early and to Kurintar bazaar. The scenic highway drive offers you a great view of green hills and Trishuli river below. A 10-minute ride of a cable car with a great view will take you to Manakamana temple. Manakamana is one of the most significant Hindu shrines in the country and devotees visit here all around the year. This temple is a great place to learn about Hindu culture and rites in Nepal. After some time here, have your lunch and visit the places in the trail to Pipalchap. Temple of Bakyaswor Mahadev and Lakhan-Thapa caves are two of the best sites of Gorkha. The stretch from here to Tinmane Bhanjyang provides you the best views of Himalayan ranges. Overnight at a homestay in Pipalchap village.
4-5 hrs Hotel
After your breakfast today, we will walk to the village of Bungkot. Bungkot is a historically significant village as the birthplace of Nepal's first martyr Lakhan Thapa. Spend some time in the park here dedicated to late Lakhan Thapa. The village is a great way to hear the legends and stories of the hero and others. The local Magar people always welcome visitors with smiles and hospitality. In the homestays here, try some of the organic products grown in the village farmlands here. You will continue your walk to Gorkha Bazaar which will take about two hours from here. Stroll around your hotel in the spare time here. Overnight at a hotel in Gorkha Bazaar.
Today will be a rest and exploration day of the Gorkha bazaar. The city is one of the most important commercial centers of lower Manaslu. The Gorkha Palace of P.N. Shah, Gorakhanath Cave, and Gorkha Museum will be the main attractions here.
Gorkha was the commencing point of the Unification of Nepal from small states by King Prithvi Narayan Shah, and it all started in this very palace. This Palace provides us a fantastic view of the Gorkha Bazaar as situated at the top of a high hill. The palace is also a showcase of the lifestyle of the Shah kings before the unification. About 1000 ft. above Gorkha Bazaar, this palace is a living history of medieval Nepal. The Panoramic view of Annapurna, Manaslu, and Ganesh ranges in the north is also pristine from here.
The Gorakhnath cave is believed to be the meditating site of the great Guru (Sage) Gorakhnath. Gorkha is named after the very Sage according to the legends. The sage guided young king P.N. Shah to unify the small states and make it as now. The cave is only about 10 meters from the southern face of the Palace.
Located at the Gorkha Bazaar, Gorkha Museum is a repository holding many artifacts reflecting the culture, tradition, history, and others of the Gorkha and ancient Nepal. The 52 feet long script, hundreds of old coins, and royal materials of the previous ruling kings Gorkha are among many attractions here.
After your visit to these places return to your hotel and rest for the day. Overnight at your hotel in Gorkha Bazaar.
1 hr Trek & 5 hrs Drive Homestay
After your breakfast in the Bazaar, take a jeep ride to Bhachek village. The drive is a thrilling one with multiple tight turns and corners constituting the road. Driving beside the Darundi river with amazing scenery and mountain views, you will reach the lively village of Bhachhek via Chanute. Rest for a while here and start your hike to Sirandanda. Sirandanda is a complete package of destination on its own. Nagepokhari, Dudhpokhari, tea garden, Chima, and Dharani are the major attractions here in Sirandanda. Beautiful wildflowers and herbs are also the specialties here. One can spot Jatamashi, Yarsagumba, Rato Unyu, Satuwa and many other amazing herbs in this hike and tour section. Overnight at a village homestay in Sirandanda.
6-7 hrs Homestay
We will start our trek to the Ghyachock village through Mathar. We will have a simple and locally traveled trail to here. Gyachock is a popular option for enjoying organic Nepali lunch with fresh vegetables. From here we have a 4 hour of walk to reach the village of Barpak. We will cross the settlements of Dewalsara, Sum River, Daraudi River, Goje and Alagang before reaching Barpak in the late afternoon. Barpak is an amazing place to view the sunset over the Himalayas. Overnight at a hotel/lodge in the Gurung settlement of Barpak.
5-6 hrs Homestay
After breakfast, we will head for a brief tour of Barpak village. As the epicenter of the massive earthquake of 2015 BS, this village is on the verge of completion of the restoration. Starting the first section of the walk, we will reach Basukang. From here our trail separates in two ways. One leads to the famous Rupina La Pass (Manaslu trekking) and the other continuing to our destination for today, Laprak. The unity and hospitality of the local people here will be a great experience for you. A single village constitutes the VDC of Laprak which is a fantastic symbol of unity here. Rest for the day in Laprak. Overnight at a homestay in Laprak.
4 hrs Lodge
This trek section offers us bliss of hill farming and husbandry experience. Our final site for today, Nambe Kharka translates as the rich pastureland so, one can imagine the setting here. The walk is short and scenic with some steep sections as well. Myas Bhanjyang will be our break site providing us a great view of Nature. We will take our own lunch pack in this short stretch and continue all the way to Nambe kharka. Try some vegetarian delights here and rest for the day. Overnight at a homestay in Nambe Kharka.
6-7 hrs Homestay
We will take an early breakfast and hike to the top of Darche Danda today. This will be the highest point of our whole Lower Manaslu trek and is worth every step too. The majestic view of sunrise over the green hills and the Himalayas will be a sight to relive. Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Bharasikhar, Gangapurna, Sringi Himal, Lamtang, Himalchuli, Buddha Himal, and the whole Ganesh Himal range is visible on a clear day from the top. We will continue our trek from here to another beautiful Gurung village of Tall Thotnery. We will visit the local attractions like Sita cave and Olajung Danda here. Overnight at a homestay here with cultural programs.
5-6 hrs Homestay
After breakfast, we will visit the religious Sita Cave from Tallo Thotnery. We will have a walk of about 90 minutes in the tropical forest to reach there. Hindu devotees visit the cave with offerings on many occasions. If you overlap your trek to the Ram Navami festival here, you will witness the local culture and Hindu traditions in Lower Manaslu. After some spiritual time here continue your trek to Gyaji. We will walk further down to the Gyampesal village which is the terminating point of our Lower Manaslu trek. Overnight at a tent or a village homestay in Gyampesal.
8-9 hrs Drive Hotel
We will take the morning bus leaving early from Gyampesal to the Gorkha Bazaar. A local bus ride of about 2.5 hours will take you to the Gorkha Bazaar. From here you can either hire a private jeep/car or a local bus to Kathmandu. The highway ride passing beautiful, historical, and commercial settlements will take you to Kathmandu. Drive to your hotel and head out for some souvenir shopping here. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
- International Airport Pick Up and Drop Service.
- 2 Nights Hotels in Kathmandu (before trek).
- Full day Kathmandu valley sightseeing with tour guide and private car.
- Sightseeing entrance fees.
- Bus Ticket to Kurintar by tourist bus.
- Transportation along the trek.
- Local Bus or Private Car back to Kathmandu.
- Drop to Hotel in Kathmandu.
- Three meals a Day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner along the trek with Tea or Coffee).
- Lodge accommodation on the way (home stay).
- An Experience Guide and Helper (carry luggage 2 trekkers 1 helper and including their salary, equipment, insurance, lodging and fooding)
- Equipment; Down Jacket, Sleeping Bags, Rain Coat (after trek return).
- Required Legal Documents.
- Some Dry Fruits.
- Farewell Dinner.
What's not included?
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
- Travel insurance.
- Cold drinks such as; Coke, Mineral Water, Beer etc.
- Personal expenses (laundry, bar bill, telephone, extra helper, battery charge shower and boiled water).
- Tips for Guide and Helpers.
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