Lower Manaslu Eco trek

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. 

Lower Manaslu Eco trek is the short trek and less touristic area trekking that passes through the Gorkha district of Nepal. Gorkha is very popular district in Nepal in the sense of unification of it. Gorkha, place from where unification of Nepal was started by late King Prithvi Narayan Shah, is the first capital of Nepal. There are several places of historical and archaeological importance in the district. See more.

Blessed by natural splendor and land mark of historical, religious, ecological and cultural importance it has every potential to be featured as one of the favored touristic destinations of the country. The spectacular view of Mountain Manaslu is the main attraction in this trekking. 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. The culture of the different ethnic group is worth to visit. The first cable car of Nepal also located in this trail.

The Lower Manaslu Eco 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.

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Trip Fact: 13 Days

  • Group size:1-12 people
  • Max-Altitude:3220m
  • Destination:Manakamana Temple, Barpak, Larpak
  • Fitness level:Moderate
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure from:Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and full-board meal during the trek
  • Best time:September, October, November, December, February, March, April
  • Accommodation:Twin sharing in 2 star to 5 star hotel in city and tea house, lodge, camp and home-stay during trek

 

Trip Highlights

  • Historical town Gorkha.
  • World Heritages sites visit in Kathmandu.
  • Scenic drive, Rope way ride in Nepal.
  • Exploring below the Manaslu Circuit Trek.
  • Cultures, Lifestyle, Food, People.
  • Amazing Mountains and Landscapes.

Trip Map

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport - (1360m.)

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Kurintar (3 hours) & trek to Ghairung (1170m)/5-6 hrs

Day 4: Trek from Ghairung to Gorkha Bazaar (1060m) 5-6 hrs

Day 5: Gorkha Bazaar Excursion

Day 6: Trek from Gorkha Bazaar to Sirandanda (1990m) 6-7 hrs

Day 7: Trek from Sirandanda to Barpak(1915m)/ 6-7 hrs

Day 8: Trek from Barpak to Laprak 2100m/ 5-6 hrs

Day 9: Trek from Laprak to Nambai Kharka 2700m/ 4 hrs

Day 10: Trek from Nambai Kharka to Tallo Thotneri 1685m/ 7 hrs

Day 11: Trek from Tallo Thotneri to Gyampesal 1000m/ 6 hrs

Day 12: Drive from Gyampesal to Kathmandu

Day 13: Final Departure

 

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport  (1360m)
After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing
The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western cultures influences. Paten and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur cities. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Bouddhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Swyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur. An orientation session for the trek, which commences the following day, will be organized in the evening.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Kurintar (3 hours) & trek to Ghairung (1170m)/5-6 hrs
Starting off with short drive we reach Kurintar, place of our first journey to Manakamana Temple (1315m) which was built in the 17th century with a short 10 minute ride of a cable car.The temple draws pilgrims as well as tourists from Nepal and countries from across the world. Along north side of Manakamana Temple lays 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. Uphill, there is a sacred cave which also offers a magnificent view of Manaslu Himalayan ranges. The trek descends today’s trek destination at Ghairung.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Trek from Ghairung to Gorkha Bazaar (1060m) 5-6 hrs
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. It 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. Magar’s are the dominant population in this village. Bungkot offers home stay facility and serve good food using locally grown organic products. An easy walk from Bungkot, takes us to Gorkha Bazaar.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Gorkha Bazaar Excursion
The day is spent by visiting interesting places in and around Gorkha Bazaar. Where we focus in Gorkha Palace from where King Prithvi Narayan Shah started unification of modern Nepal, with tremendous view of surroundings and Himalayan panorama. The Next Place will be Gorkhanath Cave which is just below palace belivied to be the shelter of Gorakhnath Baba and shah family believed him after whom the district gets its name. the very next would be Gorkha Museum which shows about Prithvi Narayan Shah, 52 feet long chino (birth charts). Apart from these collections, it has also on display ancient art, sculptures, coins and several other articles of historical significance
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Trek from Gorkha Bazaar to Sirandanda (1990m) 6-7 hrs
Our Journey of eco trek starts with a ride from Gorkha Bazaa. The drive itself a unique experience in itself as it passes through narrow and curvy mountain roads overlooking the Daraundi River takes us to a village called Bhachek. An easy hike from Bhachek takes us to Sirandanda(Hilltop). As its name is it sits on a top of a hill inhabited by Hyolmo people with many attraction like lakes, rivers and tea garden. It also offers a magnificent view of the Manaslu range and megnificient sun rise view. The village has a rich diversity of medicinal herbs and organic agricultural product. Despite having tremendous potential, Sirandanda is struggling to find its place in the country’s tourism map.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Trek from Sirandanda to Barpak(1915m)  6-7 hrs
Our trail starts from the Sirandanda along with passages abd leagus of Dewalsara, Sum River, Daraudi River, Goje and Alagang, takes us to the Barpak village(1920m) the main center of earthquake in 2015 AD. 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. Population of Gurung and Ghale cast inhabitates with all basic amenities like round the clock electricity, Internet facility, medical service and a few hotels and regular bus service exceptin moonsoon due to its muddy road and landscapes. Clustered stone-roofed houses, stone built narrow alleys and panoramic view of Buddha Himal are the major attractions of Barpak. 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.Barpak has gained many national and international acclaims.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Trek from Barpak to Laprak (2100m) 5-6 hrs
A hike about six hours from Barpak via Basukang, junction that leads to Rupina La Pass, which is popular among Manaslu trekkers which leads us to the beautiful Laprak village (2100m). This typical Gurung village is also a popular stopover for the Manaslu trekke which is accessible from Tatopani in the east and Gumda village in the south. Most of the villagers are engaged in tourism business and few of them have also have earned international recognition.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Trek from Laprak to Nambai Kharka (2700m) 4 hrs
A moderate trek takes us to Lambai Kharka (2700m), an open pasture land with a few temporary houses of people of Laprak during plantation and potato harvest season. Trekkers need to be self-sufficient for food and lodging. In Nambai Kharka locals believe that trekkers will take ill if they slaughter animals. trekkers are advised to stick with vegetarian diet.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Nambai Kharka to Tallo Thotneri (1685m)  7 hrs
Early trek to Dharche Danda (3220m), the highest point of the Lower Manaslu eco Trek which offers excellent sunrise views and a panoramic view of Himalayas like Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Bharatsikhar, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Lamtang,and others. Dharche Danda holds great religious significance among Gurung people. They offer prayer to the hill divinity to avoid natural calamities. It is also believed that if tourists offer prayer to the hill will be blessed with clear visibility and will avoid any misfortune during their trek. After enjoying sunrise and mountain views, we descend toward the Tallo Thotneri.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Trek from Tallo Thotneri to Gyampesal 1000m/ 6 hrs
Our trail starts from Tallo Thotneri toward Sita Cave 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,thousands of devotees gather to pay homage to Lord Ram. Goddess Sita, wife of Lord Ram, is believed to have stayed in the cave. After touring the cave, we trek toward Gyampesal, the final destination of the trek.
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Drive from Gyampesal to Kathmandu
Today we drive back to Kathmandu which takes around 7 hours and transfer to Hotel.Included meals: Breakfast

Day 13: Final Departure

 

 

Cost Includes

  • Welcome in Airport by garland
  • Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2 star to 5 star hotel with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee
  • Two-way ticket in domestic fixed wings Air craft or local bus or private jeep which ever is necessary
  • Accommodation in tea house during trek, lodge and Home-stay
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking
  • 4 seasonal sleeping bags
  • trekking map for group
  • All necessary paper work & Permits
  • All cost for a staff (A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and one Porter between each two clients while on trek )
  • Salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
  • National Park Fee
  • TIMS
  • First aids kit
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner

Cost Does not Include:

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Client's insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual

Fixed Departure Dates

 

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