Lower Manaslu Trek
Lower Manaslu trek is newly open trekking route at Gorkha district, from where the unification of modern Nepal was started by King Prithvi Narayan Shah, was the first capital of Nepal. There are several places of historical and archaeological importance in the district. Blessed by nature’s splendor this land of historic, religious, ecological and cultural significance has every potential to be featured as one of the favored touristic destinations of the new Himalayan republic. Gorkha district is famous for three different types of trekking routes such a Manaslu circuit via Larkya pass, Manaslu Rupinala pass and Manaslu Tsum valley treks. This trek begins from Ghairung near the famous Manakamana Temple and progress through Gorkha Bazaar, Sirandanda, Barpak, Laprak, Lambai Kharka and Dharche Danda before concluding at Gyampesal. Accommodation is mostly on home stay or camping as commercial lodging is available in only a few places.
- Famous Manakamana Temple
- Historical Gorkha Durbar
- Siddha Lakhan Cave
- A beautiful, rarely visited environment with outstanding mountain views
- A beautiful, rarely visited environment with outstanding mountain views
- Magnificent views of Lamjung Himal, Mt. Manaslu 8156m, Buddha Himal, Harka Chuli and others
|Trip Grade||Moderate trail|
|Trip Duration||11 nights/12 days|
|Trip Start/Ends||Manakamana/Ghyampesal, Kathmandu|
|Maximum Altitude||Dharche Danda (3220m)|
|Trip Cost||USD 1275 passenger|
|Group Size||Minimum 2 upto 16 passengers|
|Accessibillity||3-hrs drive to Kurintar and start the trek according to the itinerary then from Ghyampesal drive back to Kathmandu|
|The Route||Maximum altitude Dharche Danda (3220m) about 5/7-hrs easy walking per day, moderate trail.|
|Season||Sept–Nov and March- April|
|Trip Valid||This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.|
|Trip Facilities||Tourist standard hotel in city and best available teahouse/lodge and camping on mountain.|
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre trip meeting and briefing will held all together with you at hotel about the daily program activities by company representative and your trip Leader/Guide where you can discuss your final questions all together.
The journey begins with a drive to Cable Car Station at Kurintar that can be reached after a drive of three hours from Kathmandu. A 10-mintue cable car ride will take us to the historic Manakamana Temple (1315m) which was built in the 17th century. The temple draws pilgrims as well as tourists from Nepal and countries from across the world. The trek begins after lunch at Manakamana Bazaar. About 2 km north of Manakamana Temple lies the temple of Bakyaswori Mahadeva. The shrine is believed to have spiritual power as people believe dumb children start speaking after worshipping at the temple. About 500m further uphill is a Siddha Lakhan Thapa (founder of the Manakamana temple) sacred cave which also offers a magnificent view of Manaslu Himalayan ranges. Right next to the cave is a 250 years old temple built during the reign of King Prithvi Narayan Shah. From here, the trek descends to Tinmane Bhanjyang. The village also offers home stay facility. The day’s trek concludes at Pipalchap village in Ghairung VDC. As no lodging is available in the area, the village offers home stay facility for visitors.
From Ghairung, the trek progresses toward the historic place called Bungkot – the birthplace of Nepal’s first martyr Lakhan Thapa. Apart from the historical attraction, another attraction in the village is the Lakhan Thapa Memorial Park. The park houses a bust of martyr Lakhan Thapa. It also has historical artifacts like swords of Lakhan Thapa and a stone spout. Locals are preserving these historical attractions on their own without expected external assistance. Magars are the dominant population in this village. Bungkot offers home stay facility and serve good food using locally grown organic products. An easy walk of about 1.5 hrs from Bungkot, takes us to Gorkha Bazaar – the district headquarters of Gorkha district. Here, visitors have several options for accommodation, ranging from star to budget hotels.
The day is spent by visiting interesting places in and around Gorkha Bazaar.
Gorkha Palace - The historical Gorkha palace from where King Prithvi Narayan Shah started unification of modern Nepal lies about 1,000 ft above Gorkha Bazaar. The palace dominates the surroundings and is visible from all surrounding areas. It also offers visitors with fantastic views of green valleys and the Himalayan panorama. The palace also rich in terms of medieval architecture.
Gorkhanath Cave - The cave of Gorakhnath is situated about 10 meters below the palace. The cave is believed to be the shelter of Gorakhanath Baba (a great sage) after whom the district gets its name. The sage is believed to have been the guide of Shah dynasty. It is because of his guidance and blessing that the Shah dynasty could unify small principalities into modern Nepal.
Gorkha Museum - Gorkha Museum is situated at Gorkha bazaar. It has a wide range of artifacts and personal belongings of King Prithvi Narayan Shah along with his 52 feet long chino (birth details). Apart from these collections, it has also on display ancient art, sculptures, coins and several other articles of historical significance.
A drive of about 6-7 hours from Gorkha Bazaar takes us to a village called Bhachek. The drive is a unique experience in itself as it passes through narrow and curvy mountain roads overlooking the Daraundi River. An easy hike of about an hour from Ghachek takes us to Sirandanda. Situated at an altitude of 1900 meters, Siran Danda (which means hilltop in Nepal) is true to its name as it sits on top of a small hill. It is inhabited by Hyolmo people. Major attractions in Sirandanda are: Nagepokhari, Dudhpokhari, Bhot dodar, Chima, Dharadi and a tea garden. It also offers a magnificent view of sunrise and the Manaslu range. The village has a rich diversity of medicinal herbs like nirmasi, jedamasi, jatamasi, rato unyu, yarsagumba and satuwa among others. Home stay facility is available in the village. Agriculture produce of the village is organic potato and unprocessed tea leaves. Despite having tremendous potential, Sirandanda is struggling to find its place in the country’s tourism map.
A walk of about 1.5 hrs toward northeast from Sirandanda takes us to Mathar village (1790m). An easy walk for about 1.5 km from Matha takes us to Ghyachowk for our lunch. Though no hotels are available in the area, we can cask locals to prepare lunch. After a trek of around 4.5 hrs after lunch through Dewalsara, Sum River, Daraudi River, Goje and Alagang, takes us to the Barpak village (1920m).
Barpak, mostly inhabited by ex-army men, is also popular as the village of Late Capt. Gaje Ghale – the recipient of the famous Victoria Cross medal. Gurung and Ghale people are the dominant population here. The village has all basic amenities like round the clock electricity, Internet facility, medical service and a few hotels. Regular bus service to Kathmandu is available from the village except during monsoon. Clustered stone-roofed houses, stone built narrow alleys and panoramic view of Buddha Himal are the major attractions of Barpak. For accommodation, the village offers well organized home stay facility along with standard hotels. Barpak has gained many national and international acclaims. The village was nominated as a unique destination in Nepal for Nepal Tourism Year 2011. It has hosted a number of prominent personalities like former chancellor of Germany Dr Roman Herzog.
A walk from about six hours from Barpak via Basukang – a junction that also leads to Rupina La Pass, which is popular among Manaslu trekkers -- takes us to the beautiful Laprak village (2100m). The village lies in a landslide vulnerable zone. The landslide in 1999 had swept away houses and about 12 hectares of cultivable land. Since then, the villagers have been living in constant fear, especially during monsoon.
Unlike other villages in Nepal, this single village forms the entire Laprak Village Development Committee (VDC). All nine wards of Laprak VDC are clustered tougher in this village. Temperature in the village is warm and cool from April to October. The weather becomes cold from November to March. Massive snowfalls occur in the village during this time of year. This typical Gurung village is also a popular stopover for the Manaslu trekkers. There are 2 hotels in the village, which is accessible from Tatopani in the east and Gumda village in the south. The village is the birthplace of late Iman Singh Gurung – the first person from the Gurung community from western Nepal to summit Mt Everest. Most of the villagers are engaged in tourism business and few of them have also earned international recognition.
A moderate walk of around four hours takes us to Lambai Kharka (2700m). As the name suggests, Lambai Kharka (kharka means pastureland in local dialect) is an open pasture land with a few temporary houses of Laprakis (people of Laprak) which provide them shelter during plantation and potato harvest season. Trekkers need to be self-sufficient for food and lodging. There is no toilet facility as well. In Nambai Kharka, trekkers are advised to stick with vegetarian diet as locals believe that trekkers will take ill if they slaughter animals.
On this day, we woke up early and climb to the top of Dharche Danda (3220m). Dharche Danda – the highest point of the Lower Manaslu Trek -- offers excellent sunrise views and a breathtaking 180 degree panoramic view of more than 20 Himalayan peaks like Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Bharatsikhar, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Lamtang, Himalchuli, Buddha Himal, Sarang Peak, Malkunti Peak, Babu Himal, Sringi Himal, Ganesh I, Ganesh II and Ganesh III.
Dharche Danda holds great religious significance among Gurung people. They offer prayer to the hill deity to avoid natural calamities. Also no felling of trees is allowed in the area. It is also believed that if tourists offer prayer to the hill deity, they will be blessed with clear visibility and will ward off misfortune while on trek.
After enjoying sunrise and mountain views, we descend toward another Gurung village called Tallo Thotneri. The journey takes about seven hours in total. Though no commercial lodging facility is available here, there is excellent home stay facility in the village. Villagers also showcase their traditional dances and offer local delicacies. Sita Cave and Olajung Danda are the other attractions in and around Tallo Thotneri.
The trek on the ninth day progresses toward Sita Cave (1165m) that lies about 1.8 km from Tallo Thotneri. The cave, which lies in the middle of a dense forest, holds a religious significance among Hindus and it is one of the major tourist attractions in the area. On the day of Ram Nawami, which is celebrated on the ninth day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Chaitra (March/April), thousands of devotees gather to pay homage to Lord Ram. Goddess Sita, wife of Lord Ram, is believed to have stayed in the cave. The caving experience is thrilling and adventurous.
After touring the cave, we trek toward Gyampesal -- the final destination of the trek. The trek takes about a few hours from Sita Cave.
Daily bus service to Gorkha Bazaar is available from Gyampesal. The drive takes around 2.5 hrs. From Gorkha Bazaar, buses leave for Kathmandu on regular interval. The journey takes about six hours.
After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure.
- Fee: Lower Manaslu region permit, Manaslu Conservation entrance permitActivities: Hiking, trekking trip as per the itinerary
- Equipment: All necessary camping equipments, and kitchen utilize.
- Accommodation: 2 nights hotel in Kathmandu, on twin sharing bedroom and 9 nights at tented/teahouse on twin or multi shared bedroom on mountain
- Food: Full board on camping (Brieakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and 2 breakfast in city
- Staffs:Leader/Guide and supporters and their daily wage, food, and accommodation
- Transportation: Airport arrival/departure transfer, Kathmandu to Kurintar and Ghyampesal to Kathmandu return transportation.
- Company and Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes and official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation
- International and domestic airfare
- Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
- Personal travel and trekking equipments
- Lunch and dinner while in city
- Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
- Tips/Gratuities for your trekking crews
- Optional activities
- And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by company
Arrival Information: We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +9779851050327 as emergency contact. Our airport representative will be waiting with your Name or Nepal Adventure Point sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival gate and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes , we recommend that you make your own way to the hotel and we will pay you back taxi cost if this occurs.
Pre-meeting & trip briefing: Trekker’s are extremely important to attend on Lower Manaslu Trekking trip Briefing. On this trek, we give a short brief about Lower Manaslu Trekking trip at hotel on the same day of your arrival and introduce by your group leader and team members. At the mean time, we will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your trip. Pre-meeting & trip briefing covered the information regarding the personal equipment, acclimatization among others. We believe that pre-meeting & trip briefing is very important in order to better preparation of the trip.
Important Stuffs: Permit, national park entrance permit and TIMS card required for Lower Manaslu Trekking trip so we suggest you to post us 4 passport-size photos copies of passport & visa (If you already taken the visa from your homeland), insurance policy. You should also have contact numbers of next to kin, Bank and insurance company and your travel agent/ flight booking office.
Accommodation: On Lower Manaslu Trekking trip, you will be sleeping and eating on tents. Camping trek team includes a team of leader/guide, cook, Sherpa, kitchen staffs and porters. We provide standard hotels in Kathmandu like hotel Manang/Marshyangdi or similar category with breakfast.
Single supplement: All accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, you must pay a single supplement fee, which is listed to the trip itinerary. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender for the duration of the trip.
Food and Drink: On this trek all meals are included. You only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages), snacks, tips, souvenirs. Mostly the buffet style breakfast will be provided in the hotel in city. We provide plenty of hygienic, tasty and nutritious meals three times a day which could be in form of a variety of local and western dishes. Breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a plain dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided with all meals. Nepal Adventure Point always encourages using locally produced grains and vegetables to make sure they are fresh enough. Our experienced staffs always make sure to feed you with hygienic and well cooked food of remarkably high standards as they know good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. The vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate/iodine and you are always served with boiled water. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing.
Trip Supporter: On Lower Manaslu Trekking are accompanied by one of our local group leaders, assistant guide will provide above 7 trekkers. This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group fall sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Besides your leader and assistant guide the trek will be accompanied by cook, kitchen staffs, tent builder Sherpa and porters/pack animal to your trekking gear. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry is 10kgs/22Ibs per trekkers in tea-house and 30kgs/66Ibs weight during the camping treks. It is because of human being respect, their rights and against any exploitation on its operation. You can be left the rest of your luggage at the hotel where you were staying before the start of the trek, or at our local agent's office.
Daily feature of Camping Trek: Normally you will be woken at around 6AM with a cup up hot tea and followed by a small bowl of hot water to wash your face brought to your tent. Before breakfast you pack your gear into your kit bag which is then taken by the porters and will not usually be available to you until camp that afternoon. We are usually on the trail between 7.00AM - 7.30AM. Following a good morning's walk around 3-hrs lunches will service en-route each day at a picturesque sport at around 12/01 PM usually an hour lunch break to allow for the trekker's. After lunch, our tents builder Sherpa will go ahead and set up the camp. The afternoon walk is generally a little shorter and camp is usually reached by around 3PM to 4PM. When you reached at the camp, everything will be ready and afternoon tea will be served. Until dinner there is time to rest, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with the crew and local people. The dinner is usually served around 7:00 PM to 7:30PM. In the evening afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is talking, playing cards, chatting with the crew or joining in some singing and dancing with your trekking crews or with the local people, it’s always a special time till around 9PM then the time to sleep.
Acclimatization: Keep in mind that you will be passing above 5000m and reaching at goal destination during the journey to the desired trekking. Walking fast at such elevation could lead to medical complications (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be serious. There is less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places. The higher, altitude will be the less oxygen in air. Your body needs a days to acclimatize to this environment, which is why we will stop a day rest in trails-head destination. Although we provide information regarding AMS insurance, the only option for treatment is descending (evacuation). We advise that clients with known heart, lung or blood diseases, or clients over the age of 60 to discuss with their doctor before traveling with us. Symptoms of AMS include mild to severe headaches, dizziness, fever, loss of appetite or stomach pain; it is important to alert our staff if you are feeling poorly to ensure that illness does not progress.
Safety and Security on Trek: Safety and security of our clients is the foremost important things for us. All our guides are licensed by Nepal Government. They are absolutely honest who you can trust your life with; they will ensure that you do not have any feeling of insecurity throughout your trip. On Lower Manaslu Trekking you will be sleeping in Tent nearby village. Please do not leave your bags unattended at any time for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the Tent once they reach campsite. At night, put all bags and belongings in the middle of the Tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn-wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night.
Crime against tourists is very low indeed. However, anything of value should be either locked up or kept secure on your personal. Such things as passports, airline tickets, credit cards, travellers' cheques or cash are safe with us.
Health & Medical Advice: Traveller must have the good level of fitness for mountain trekking, at least walking 7-8 hours each day at high elevation, climbing and high expedition you are requested to have the complete medical improvement from your travel doctor to attend the trip. You should consult with your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before you are travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements although our leader is carrying enough. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. NAP reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.
Medical Supplies: The supplies listed here are recommended for any trek. Since some of them are prescription drugs, you should visit your doctor and discuss the trip with them and obtain prescriptions. If your doctor makes recommendations contrary to the suggestions here, follow your doctor's advice, and obtain substitutes for these items. It is not necessary to burden yourself with a lot of medicines for the trek, though you should carry enough to take care of minor problems. The ones listed here are sufficient for most situations. You should be sure to provide your supply of own aspirin, band aids, etc.
Basic first aid supplies
* Suntan lotion or sun blocking cream * Lip salve (Chapstick, Blistex, or Glacier Cream)
* Foot powder * Bandaids (plasters) and tape
* Moleskin or other blister pads * Elastic (Ace) bandage
* Antiseptic cream * Aspirin
* Throat lozenges or cough drops * Decongestant tablets
* Small bottle for water purification * Toilet paper & matches or a cigarette lighter to burn used TP
* Bactrim, Norbactin or other diarrhoea remedy
Mountain Rescue/Emergency Evacuation: Sometimes trekkers might suffer from ailments like altitude sickness, heart problems, dysentery or fracture during a trek. While there are clinics at some places for minor ailments, major hospitals are days away from most of the trekking trails. So, a client’s life could be at risk if he/she is not rescued immediately in the case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we believe, will not happen; you shall be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back in Kathmandu. You can contact us directly or through one of our crew members with information on the kind of ailment, your location and your insurance details.Do not leave the place although you are getting better once you have ordered Helicopter.
The cost of rescue depends on your location. However helicopter operators charge about USD 2500.00 per hour for all services. The prices are subject to change.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on Lower Manaslu Trekking. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance should provide us up on arrival. The minimum cover required is USD 30,000 such a medical, hospital, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
Travel Equipments Checklist for Nepal
Kitbag: Preferably no more than the airline’s allocated 20 kilos (plus hand baggage). The best container is either a backpack or a duffle bag. A 10-15 litre daypack will also be very useful.
Equipment Hire: If you’ve got good wilderness clothing, bring it. Otherwise you might prefer to hire gear on arrival at Kathmandu but you are advised to bring your own walking boots or shoes.
Checklist for Lower Manaslu Trekking
|~1 Pair strong mountain/hiking boots
~1 Medium rucksack/backpack (carried by porters)
~1 Small day pack (10-15 litres)
~1 Four-season sleeping bag (comfortable to -10c)
~1 Down jacket/all weather anorak
~1 Lightweight water and windproof jacket
2 Pairs lightweight trousers
1 Pair shorts
1 Fleece/warm sweater
1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
2 Long sleeve cotton (or polypropylene) shirts
Warm waterproof gloves (3,000m+)
3 Pairs heavy wool socks and 2 pairs light
~ Water bottles
Note: Items marked with (~) can be buy/hired cheaply in Kathmandu. Items marked with (?) are optional. (3,000m+) means necessary for high altitude treks of Nepal.
A Tailor-made itinerary: It is possible to customize your suggested trip itinerary. Perhaps you would like to treat yourself to different hotel or add a few extra days to the itinerary? You can also request a transfer to another destination if you like. Just let us know what you want when you complete the quote request form or call or email us for more help. We will help design the tour to suit your specific requirements and dates.
Fellow Travellers: As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and are likely to be of a variety of ages too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.
Respect Local Dress: In Nepal the standard dress is more conservative than it is backing home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlet’s/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.
Additional trip and hotel: In addition to Lower Manaslu Trekking trip, we can arrange trip extensions both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. You may want to try River rafting or go on a Safari tours in the deep jungles of Chitwan National Park or take a historical, cultural tours or you may take a trip to Tibet, Bhutan or India, whichever appeals more to you.
If you also wish to add extending trips or extra nights hotel accommodation before or after your Lower Manaslu Trekking trip then sent us details via e-mail or fill in our online booking form.
Tipping: Nepal has recently introduced a 10% ‘service charge’ on hotel & restaurant accounts however; a modest, friendly tip is more or less expected by drivers. For Lower Manaslu Trekking staffs, who have been so involved in your welfare over several days; for them tipping has as much to do with a sense of recognition as it do with actual money. Some people want to be particularly generous but, because clients often ask, a rough guideline is US$ 3-4 per group member per day for guide and US$ 2-4 per group member per day for a porter, however if you wish to tip more that is always welcome.
Note: We recommend that you don’t do any tipping, or give gifts, clothes etc until full completion of service.
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We are looking forward to hearing from you and we stay at your entire disposal for further requests.