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Lower Manaslu Trekking

Trip description:

Gorkha, place from where unification of Nepal was started by King Prithvi Narayan Shah, is the first capital of Nepal. There are several places of historical and archaeological importance in the district. Blessed by nature splendor and land marked by plethora of historic, religious, ecological and cultural importance it has every potential to be featured as one of the favored touristic destinations of the country. However, number of tourists coming to this region is limited. Besides the Manaslu circuit trek, Lower Manaslu route offers moderate trekking, historical tour, pilgrimage tour, agro tourism and community based home stay. The locals are also committed towards development and promotion of tourism in the district. Gorkha district (27'15'- 28'45' N latitude and 84'27'- 84'58' E longitude) is extended between the altitudes 228m to 8163m asl. It covers an area of 3610 sq km and is bordered by Dhading in the east, Lamjung in the west, Tibet (China) in the north and Tanahu and Chitwan in the south (CBS 2001). According to CBS 2001, the total population of Gorkha district is 2,88,134.

 

Highlights of the trip:

Picturesque villages, Bakyaswori Mahadeva temple (1515m) situated 2 km north of Manakamana temple, Manakamana Devi is believed to be the wish fulfilling goddess and every year millions of devotees from Nepal and abroad pay visit to this temple and Gorkha Shah Dynesty, Bungkot- historic birth place of Lakhan Thapa, the first martyr of Nepal, beautiful architecture Gorkhanath Cave, Famous Brapak and Laprak villages, Annapurna, 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 among many others.

 

Trip grading:

This trekking is suitable for any walker looking for something a little challenging and energetic. It does not require any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and super-strong to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.

 

Best season:

February, March, April, May, June, September, October , November and early December.

Lower Manaslu Trekking itinerary

  • Day 01: Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel
  • Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites(1348m)
  • Day 03: Kathmandu to Ghairung (1090m) - 3 hours drive, 10 minutes cable car and 5 hours trek
  • Day 04: Trek to Gorkha Bazaar via Bungkot, Kaule Bhangar (First Martyr Lakhan Thapa Village) (900m) - 5 hrs
  • Day 05: Gorkha village and Bazzar excursion day
  • Day 06: Drive and Trek from Gorkha Bazaar – Sirandada (1900m)
  • Day 07: Trek to Barpak village (1920m) - 7 hours walk
  • Day 08: Trek to Laprak Village (2100m) - 6 hours walk
  • Day 09: Trek to Nambai Kharka (2700m) - 4 hours walk
  • Day 10: Wake up early and hike to Dharche Danda - (3220m) for sunrise view and majestic sightings of Manaslu Himalayan ranges, then trek to Tallo Thotneri (1560m) - 7 hours walk
  • Day 11: Trek to Gyampesal via Sita Cave 6 hours walk
  • Day 12: Drive from Gyampesal to Kathmandu
  • Day 13: Final departure for your onward destination

Note of the above itinerary

O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.



Important note

Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.


short description mode of packages

In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and Pokhara Tourist Standard hotel level on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows

Lower Manaslu trekking detail itinerary

Day 01
Meet at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to hotel(1350m),

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu / Bhaktapur within BB Plan. After time to get refreshed, and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02
Sightseeing of World Heritage sites(1348m)

All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Syambhunath Stupa. And transfer to hotel.

Day 03
Kathmandu to Ghairung (1090m) - 3 hours drive, 10 minutes cable car and 5 hours trek

Drive from Kathamndu to Manakamana cable car station at Kurintar is 3 hours where a 10 minute long Nepal’s only cable car leads to the Manakamana Devi temple at the hill top (1315m asl). The temple dates back to 17th century. Manakamana Devi is believed to be the wish fulfilling goddess and every year millions of devotees from Nepal and abroad pay visit to this temple. Legend has it that a King of Gorkha was blessed by the goddess to get victory over small kingdoms in pursuit of making a big Gorkha. After lunch session at Manakamana bazaar, begins the first leg of the trek to Bakyaswori Mahadeva temple (1515m) situated 2 km north of Manakamana temple. It is believed that goddess Sati’s tongue fell at Bakyaswori Mahadeva, and the shrine has spiritual power to provide speech to speechless. According to the priest, many mute children have gained speech after offering prayers to the shrine. 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. After this, the trek descends to Tinmane Bhanjyang, a brief stop for tea break. The village also offers a home stay facility. Trek for day one concludes at Pipalchap village at Ghairung VDC. No commercial lodging is available; however the village has a home stay service with genuine local food and rooms. Main attraction of the village is a temple dedicated to Himalaya Devi which is visited by thousands of devotees from different parts of Gorkha. The temple bears a big bell dating back to 1949 BS (1886 AD).

Day 04
Trek to Gorkha Bazaar via Bungkot, Kaule Bhangar (First Martyr Lakhan Thapa Village) (900m) - 5 hrs

Bungkot is a historic birth place of Lakhan Thapa, the first martyr of Nepal. Lakhan Thapa (1891-1933 BS) was hanged to death with friend Jaising Chumi Magar at his own home on Falgun 2, 1933 BS for opposing the tyrant Rana regime. Many people visit Kaule Bhangar to pay tribute to the first martyr of the nation. Apart from its historical significance, other attraction is Lakhan Thapa memorial park built in the commemoration of the first martyr where a bust of the martyr has been stalled. Interestingly, locals have stepped up efforts in preserving these artifacts without any external assistance. Majority of the population in the village is from Magar community. Bungkot offers a home stay facility and a delicious delicacy made with fresh and locally grown produce. From here, Gorkha Bazaar is 1.5 hours of walk, the district headquarter of Gorkha. There are several options for accommodation - 3 star to budget hotels - in Gorkha Bazaar.

Day 05
Gorkha village and Bazzar excursion day

Gorkha Palace - The historical Gorkha palace from where King Prithvi Narayan Shah initiated unification of modern Nepal is perched one thousand feet above Gorkha Bazaar; the palace dominates the surroundings and is visible from all surrounding area. It is regarded as a holy shrine. It also offers visitors with fantastic views of green valleys and the Himalayan panorama. The palace also boasts beautiful architecture Gorkhanath Cave. The cave of, Gorakhnath is situated about 10 m below the palace. The cave is believed to be the shelter of Gorakhanath Baba (great sage) after whom the district obtained its name. The sage was the guide of Shah Dynasty who blessed and provided his precious guidance to the dynasty for the unification of nation. 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 detail). Apart from these collections it has also wide range of objects such as art, sculptures, coins and several other articles on display.

Day 06
Drive and Trek from Gorkha Bazaar – Sirandada (1900m)

Bhachek is about 6-7 hours of bus/jeep drive from Gorkha Bazaar. Driving through curvaceous mountain roads overlooking Daraudi River is a thrilling experience. Sirandanda, the final leg of day four, is arrived after a short hike of one hour from Bhachek. A Hyolmo village, it is situated at the hill top from where its name has been derived to Sirandada. Major attractions of Sirandanda are: Nagepokhari, Dudhpokhari, Bhot dodar, Chima, Dharadi and tea garden. It also offers a magnificent view of sunrise and a stunning Manaslu range. The village has a rich diversity of medicinal herbs like nirmasi, jedamasi, jatamasi, rato unyu, yarsagumba, satuwa etc. Home stay facility is available in the village. It is one of the few villages in Gorkha District to produce its own tea (not a commercial production). Sirandanda is struggling to find its place in the tourist map despite the overwhelming scenic beauty of its landscape.

Day 07
Trek to Barpak village (1920m) - 7 hours walk

After a walk of about 1.5 hours towards Northeast is Mathar village which is at an elevation of 1790 m asl. Further at a distance of 1.5 km lies Ghyachowk, a stopover for lunch where one can ask local to prepare lunch. The destination for the fifth day i.e. Barpak village is at a walking of about 4.5 hours from Ghyachowk. En route to Barpak are Dewalsara, Sum River, Daraudi River, Goje and Alagang. Barpak, mostly inhabited by exarmymen, is also known as the ,village of late Capt. Gage Ghale who was honored with Victoria Cross Medal. Gurung and Ghale community comprises the major population of this village. It has all the basic amenities such as 24-hour electricity, internet facility, medical service, and hotels. It has road access and buses from Kathmandu commutes on a daily basis (except monsoon season). The unique sloppy shape with clustered stone tile-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 – nominated as a unique destination for Nepal Tourism Year 2011; provided their warm hospitality to many noted personals, among them is German Chancellor Dr Roman Herzog.

Day 08
Trek to Laprak Village (2100m) - 6 hours walk

While on way to Laprak, one will come across Basukang (a junction that also leads to Rupinala Pass – famous destination among Manaslu trekkers). Laprak village (28.29 N and 84.78 E) located at Laprak VDC is a landslide vulnerable zone (Gurung, et al. 2011). The rain triggered landslide in 1999 swept away houses and about 12 hectares mof cultivated land. Since then, the villagers are living in constant fear (usually during the summer monsoon). More damages were reported in 2002, 2006, and 2007 due to landslides (Gurung, et al. 2011). Unlike other villages of Nepal, all 9 wards of the VDC are clustered together. The temperature is warm and cool from April to October and cold and snowfall from November to March. The most notable character of Laprak is the wooden roofed houses which bears a uniform look in the entire VDC. Laprak, a typical Gurung village, is also a pit stop for the Manaslu trekkers. There are 2 hotels available for accommodation. Laprak is also accessible from Tatopani in the East and Gumda village in the South. The village is home to late Iman Singh Gurung, 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.

Day 09
Trek to Nambai Kharka (2700m) - 4 hours walk

The Kharka (pasture or cowshed) is arrived after a moderate walk of 4 hours from Laprak. The Kharka is an open pasture land with few temporary houses of Laprakis (people of Laprak) which provides them shelter during plantation and harvest period of potatoes. Trekkers need to be selfsufficient for food and lodging. During the stay in Nambai Kharka, it is advised that one should stick with vegetarian diet as locals believe that slaughtering of animals will bring ill to the trekkers.

Day 10
Wake up early and hike to Dharche Danda - (3220m) for sunrise view and majestic sightings of Manaslu Himalayan ranges, then trek to Tallo Thotneri (1560m) - 7 hours walk

Dharche, the highest point of the lower Manaslu trekking route, offers a breathtaking 180 degree panoramic view of more than 20 Himalayan peaks. Among Gurung community, Dharche Danda (hill) holds a religious significance. They offer prayer to the hill deity to avoid natural calamities. 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. Some of the prominent peaks that can be viewed from the top of Dharche are: Annapurna, 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 among many others. The eight day of the journey ends at Tallo Thotnery, a village enriched with Gurung culture. No commercial lodging facility is available but tourists have an option for home stay where they will share local highlights (Gurung dance and local delicacies). The place also offers major attractions such as: Sita Cave situated in the southwest and Olajung Danda.

Day 11
Trek to Gyampesal via Sita Cave 6 hours walk

The famous cave is reached after walking down1.8 km from Tallo Thotneri. The cave is situated at 1165 m asl. Sita Cave, surrounded by dense forest, holds a religious significance among Hindus and it is one of the major tourist attractions. Every year during Ram Nawami which is celebrated on the ninth day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Chaitra (March and April) thousands of Hindu devotees gather to pay Bus departs at 8 am (daily) to Gorkha Bazaar which is 2.5 hrs of drive from Ghyampesal. It is believed that goddess Sita, wife of Lord Ram, spent some time and stayed here. The caving experience in Sita Cave is thrilling and adventurous. After touring the cave we end the day in Gyampesal, the final destination of the trek, which is few hours walk from for the Sita Cave for overnight stay on camp or home stay.

Day 12
Drive from Gyampesal to Kathmandu

Bus departs at 8 am (daily) to Gorkha Bazaar which is 2.5 hrs of drive from Ghyampesal. Bus services are available on a regular interval from Gorkha to Kathmandu which is 6 hrs of drive.

Day 13
Final departure

We will take you to the Kathmandu Airport to catch your flight home. We wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of Nepal and hope to see you serve again !

Cost includes

  • Kathmandu international airport transfer
  • 2 Night Hotels in Kathamndu / or in Bhaktapur with in B B Plan
  • All land transfer as per given itinerary
  • Manaslu Conservation entry permits and fees.
  • TIMS ( Trekker 's Information Management System ) permit
  • Tented accommodation during the trekking days
  • 3 meals in each day ( Bf, Lunch Dinner ) serve with hot drinks while on trekking days
  • Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local mountain trekking Guide, professional cook, sherpa & required porter as upon the group size.
  • All kitchen and cooking equipment during the trekking tours
  • All program according to itineraries on full board.
  • Trekking equipment and other facilities to Nepali trekking staffs.
  • Insurances for all Nepali trekking crew
  • A special gift: through the Company " Gokyo Treks & Expedition (P) Ltd.

Cost excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
  • Personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
  • Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills
  • Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
  • Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
  • Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
  • Any other things not mentioned.

Acclimatization


We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.


Travel Insurance


To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.


Climate and Weather


The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.


Group Size


We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.


Responsible travel


Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.

Trekking equipments


The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.


Head
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
Upper Body
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
Hands
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Lower Body
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
  • Underwear (4)
  • Hiking shorts (2)
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
Feet
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters (Optional)
Accessories
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Toiletries
  • Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Optional items
  • Binoculars
  • Books (Highly Recommended)
  • Compass
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
  • Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit

In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.

  • Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
  • Climbing helmet
  • Alpine climbing harness
  • 2 x tape slings
  • 2 x screwgate karabiners
  • Descender/abseil device
  • Ascender
  • Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
  • Fleece trousers or silhouette
  • Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing




Responsible trekking

Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.


Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.


Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!


After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.

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