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Lower Manaslu Trek – 14 days

General Overview

Gorkha is one of the most important historic districts which is very potential for its tourism prospects. The district locates between latitudes of 27°15' and 28°45' north and longitudes of 84°27' and 84°45' east. And also extends between the altitudes 228 m. to 8163 m above sea level. It covers an area of 3610 sq km and borders with Dhading and Chitwan in the east, Tanahu, Lamjung, and Manang in the west.  Manang and Tibet in the north and Chitwan and Tanahu in the south (National Planning Commission, Gorkha Jillako Bastugat Bibaran-2062: 1).

The total population of Gorkha district is 2, 88,134 of which male and female population are 134407 and 153727 respectively. Seventy-Two ethnic groups of people live in Gorkha with the Gurungs, the Brahmins, the Chhetris and also the Magars in the majority. These castes occupy 22.29%, 17.93%, 12.08% and 11.35% of the total population of the district.

Similarly, the total number of household is 58923. (CBS: census 2001 AD).  The average lifespan was 54.0 years, per capita income was Rs. 6985.00 and human development index 0.308 in 1996 (National Planning Commission, Gorkha Jillako Bastugat Bibaran-2062: 1)

The Lower Manaslu trek is newly explored trekking route in Nepal. We can explore the long mountain ranges as well as the cultural, historical and pilgrimage site on this trek. The pilgrimage and cultural sites are Manakamana temple, Gorkha Kalika temple, and the Sita cave. Historical sites are Gorkha palace from where the King Prithvi Narayan Shah starts to unite Nepal and the first martyr Lakhan Thapa's village.

The highest elevation on this trek will be about 3295 m from sea level at Darche danda. Which is also the viewpoint for long mountain ranges Annapurna, Manaslu and many more.

The settlement at Barpak and Laprak is very significant for its homogeneity in Gurung culture, otherwise also known as Barpaki and Lapraki culture. The most remarkable feature of Barpak and Laprak is homogeneity in culture and uniformity in architecture. (before the devastating earthquake in Nepal on 25th April 2015) The epicenter of earthquake 25 April 2015 was Barpak village of this area.


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Day 01: Welcome at Kathmandu airport and drive to the hotel, short briefing about the programs and overnight at hotel on B/B
Day 02: Preparation for Trekking,
after breakfast meet the tour guide and visit some heritage sites in Kathmandu and meet trekking guide and staffs in the evening, overnight at hotel on B/B
Day 03: Kathmandu to Ghairung (1090m), 3 hours drive,

10 minute by cable car and 5 hours trek. 3 hours drive from Kathmandu to Kuringhatar Manakamana cable car station then take 10 minutes long Nepal’s first cable experience to the Manakamana Devi temple at a hilltop.
Temple lies 12 km south of historic town Gorkha and located on a prominent ridge at the elevation of 1302 m. above sea level at Manakamana Village. From Temple can overlook the river valleys of Trisuli in the south and Marsyangdi to the west. The unique location of the place is dramatized during winter when the ridge appears as an island above the sea of morning mist.
Manakamana Devi is believed to be the wish-fulfilling goddess. Thousands of devotees visit Manakamana temple every year in search of solace and peace. The devotees lay their wearied heads on the feet of a loving mother to fulfill their wish. After lunch at Manakamana bazaar trails goes to Bakyaswori Mahadeva temple situated 2 km. north from Manakamana. The temple is situated at the elevation of 1450m above sea level. People believe that Sati’s tongue was fallen here at Bakyaswori Mahadeva shrine.   For the reason that Mahasati's tongue was fallen the shrine has spiritual power to provide speech to speechless. According to the priest of the temple, many dumb children have gained speech after worshiping the shrine. Trek continues to the top a hill to Siddha Lakhan Cave via a fine walking trail through beautiful green lush forest. From the top can see a magnificent view of Manaslu Himalayan ranges. The trek includes walking on the Razor Edge at the top of the Hill at 1700 elevation for 1.30 hours to Tinmane Bhanjyang for the tea break. After tea trek to Pipalchap village located at Ghairung VDC for overnight stay. This village does not have lodge facility but trekkers can stay in local’s family house, families willing to prepared Dal Bhat (Nepali food) and provide cozy shelter for trekkers have to be self-sufficient camps.
The most important attraction of the village is an archaeological temple named Himalaya Devi which is visited by thousands of devotees from different parts of western Hilly region of Nepal. The temple bears a big bell dating 1949 BS (1886 AD). It has been urgent to safeguard the 120 years old antique bell. Concerned authorities should preserve the archaeological temple before it will be too late.

Day 04: Trek to Gorkha Bazaar via Bungkot, Kaule Bhangar (First Martyr Lakhan Thapa Village). (900m).5 hours trek
Bungkot is a great historic for the birth 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) for his protest against tyrant Rana regime. It is a great pride of the place and inspiration for the freedom fighters. Many people visit Kaule Bhangar to pay tribute to the first martyr of the nation.   Major attraction of the village is the Lakhan Thapa memorial park recently built in the commemoration of the first martyr. The memorial park also has small collection of Lakhan Thapa's belongings like a sword, some stone objects etc. Another importance here is simple village life and hospitable culture. Tourists are highly valued and respected here. Villagers offer folk songs and dances and welcome with organic cuisine. The houses in the village are very clean with facility of enough water where home stay is possible for tourists. After lunch trek continue to Gorkha bazaar for overnight stay in a nice hotel.

Day 05: Gorkha excursion:

a) 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
b) 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 the nation.
c) Gorkha Museum
Gorkha museum is situated at Gorkha bazaar. It has a wide range of collection weapons and ammunition used by Prithvi Narayan Shah. It also houses personal belongings of Prithvi Narayan Shah including 52 feet long his chino (birth detail). Apart from these collections it has also units of measurement; coins and dresses objects are displayed in the collection of the museum.

Day 06: Drive and Trek from Gorkha Bazaar to Sirandada (1900m):
Drive on rough road along side of Daraudi River view by bus/Jeep to Bhachek (drive about 6/7 hours) then short trek to Sirandana (1 hour trek). Sirandanda is situated 1990 m above sea level. It is a beautiful hill from where one can observe beautiful Himalayan ranges. However, major attractions of Sirandanda places like: Nagepokhari, Dudhpokhari, Bhot dodar, Chima, Dharadi, private tea garden, local Buddhist culture and offers enticing view of beautiful Himalayan ranges are other attractions. It is also very rich in wide variety of medicinal herbs like nirmasi, jedamasi, jatamasi, rato unyu, yarsagumba, satuwa etc. This village does not have commercial lodging facility but Mother group and Youth club are willing to provide lodge at family home (house are very beautiful and clean) and prepared organic local food such as Dal Bhat. They produce organic potato and tea here.

Day 07: Trek to unique village Barpack (1920m): 7 hours trek:
After beautiful sunrise view moderate walk of 1.45 hours to Mathar village. The village is situated at the elevation of 1790 m above the sea level, continue 1.50 km trek to Ghyachok for the lunch. You can order locals home to prepared lunch or prepare lunch yourself.  After lunch descending 1.7 km trek Sumkhola then acceding hiking to 1.8km to Barpak village

Barpak is very significant for its homogeneity in Gurung culture, otherwise also known as Barpaki culture. The most remarkable feature of Barpak is homogeneity in culture and uniformity in architecture. Stone roofed houses in a clustered settlement are really enchanting for every tourist.    Climate is moderate and environment is clean and green. People are hospitable and the destination is safe and secured. Major attractions of Barpak are: well organized home stay tourism, scenic beauty of the village, panoramic view Himalayas including Buddha Himal, Barpaki cultural shows including those of Maruni, Kaura, Ghantu, Chutka etc. Standard Hotels accommodation is also available in the village.

Day 08:  Trek to Laprak Village (2100m). 6 hours trek
Paths for Rubinala Banjyang, Laprak and Barpak disperse at Basukang . Beautiful mountain ranges are seen so amazing from here. Laprak village is located at Laprak VDC of Gorkha district.  Interestingly all 9 wards of the VDC are located closely together.  The village is situated at the elevation of 2100m above the sea level. Laprak is around 6 hrs’ walk from Barpak. Trekkers should pass 900 m ups and downs and again another 800 m downhill to arrive Laprak. Laprak is also accessible from Tatopani in the East and Gumda village in the South.The most notable character of Laprak is the wooden roofed houses in uniformity in architecture and design all over the VDC. The village is seen very attractive from nearby hills.  The village is very rich traditional Gurung culture where more than 90% population is Gurung. Here are only 2 lodges available, which have clean private room and kitchen.

Day 09: Trek to Sambe 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. The Laprakis come and stay in those houses during plantation and harvest of their crop. Trekkers need to be self-sufficient for lodging and food.

Day 10: Wake up early morning about 4 am and hike to Dharche Danda- (3295m) for great sunrise view and majestic view of Manaslu Himalayan ranges, then trek to Tallo Thotneri 1560m. 7 hours walk
Dharche is the highest point of the lower Manaslu trekking route. Red, pink and white colored rhododendron species easily entice every nature lover. Its most important significance is its height from where one can see tantalizing view of more than 100 Himalayan peaks. Some of very prominent peaks that can be observed from the top of Dharche are: Annapurna, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Bahrasikhar, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Langtang, Himalchuli, Buddha Himal, Sarang Peak, Malkunti Peak, Babu Himal, Sringi Himal, Ganesh I, Ganesh II,  Ganesh I and many more.
Tallo Thotnery is a suitable place for camping place and home stay in tourism. Their major attractions are: Sita Gufa famous cave lying in the southwest, Dharche hill in the north and Ulajung Danda for a hiking etc. Gurung culture and hospitable attitude of the village can also attract tourists in the village. Here is no commercial lodging facility but there local tourist development committee awaiting tourist to welcome the village and willing to shelter at family home and serve family cooked food such as Dal Bhat.
Day 11: Trek to Ghyampesal via Sita cave. 6 hours walk
The famous cave is approached after walking down 1.8km km from Tallo Thotneri. The cave is situated at 1165 m above the sea level. Sita Gufa itself is the most important attraction for Hindu religious and of course for all type of tourist. The site has tremendous significance. When once, we enter inside the cave, one is awestruck by the faith and devotion. The cave is really amazing natural gift. After cave gentle trek through rice field, forest, villages and Small Rivers to Ghyampesal for overnight stay on camp or local house.
Day 12: Drive from Ghyampesal to Kathmandu:
Here can find local bus departure 8 am reach to Gorkha Bazaar around 10.30 change regular bus to Kathmandu.
Day 13: Free and easy day in Kathmandu, overnight hotel with breakfast
Day 14: Final Departure to Kathmandu airport or further planning according to flight schedule

Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design tailor-made travel plans based on your interest and timing.

"Nepal, the synonym of "Nature, Culture, and Adventure"
once is not enough"

Trips Facts

Country: Nepal
Activities: Tour and Trekking
Start/End: Kathmandu
Destination: Lower Manaslu Trek
Trip Price: US $ 675 per person
Single Supplementary: US $ 20 per person per day
Duration: 14 Days
Max Elevation: 3295 m from sea level
Group Size: Minimum 2
Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December, January
Trip grade: Moderate
Walking hours: 5 - 6 hours per day (at an average pace of walking)

"Nepal, the synonym of "Nature, Culture, and Adventure"
once is not enough"


The cost includes:

•  All arrival and departure transport
•  Kathmandu city tour with guide and car
•  4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
•  10 days complete package trekking with guide and porter
•   All land transport on buses
•   1 guide and porters (2:1 basis) insured, registered, experience, salary food  and accommodation paid
•  Manaslu Conservation area entry permit and trekking permits
•  Three meals a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
•  9 nights accommodation at tea-house and local private house on twin sharing basis
Equipment (Sleeping bag and Down jacket) if needed
•  All land transportation

The price will not include:

•  Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
•  Nature of personnel expenses
•  Nepal visa
•  Bar and beverage bills and all kind of drinks
•  Personnel clothing
•  Travel insurance and
•  Tips (tips are expected)

"Nepal, the synonym of "Nature, Culture, and Adventure"
once is not enough"

Departure Dates

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09 - Apr - 23 22 - Apr - 23 Available
15 - Apr - 23 28 - Apr - 23 Available
19 - Apr - 23 01 - May - 23 Available
22 - Apr - 23 04 - May - 23 Available
26 - Apr - 23 08 - May - 23 Available
29 - Apr - 23 11 - May - 23 Available
02 - May - 23 15 - May - 23 Available
05 - May - 23 18 - May - 23 Available
09 - May - 23 22 - May - 23 Available
14 - May - 23 27 - May - 23 Available
18 - May - 23 31 - May - 23 Available
21 - May - 23 03 - Jun - 23 Available
25 - May - 23 07 - Jun - 23 Available
30 - May - 23 12 - Jun - 23 Available
02 - Jun - 23 15 - Jun - 23 Available
08 - Jun - 23 21 - Jun - 23 Available

Note: If the above dates do not meet your needs, we can design tailor-made travel plans based on your interest and timing.

"Nepal, the synonym of "Nature, Culture, and Adventure"
once is not enough"


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US $ 675 per person
Above mention rate is per person and required minimum 2 person. Less then or more then 2 person rate will be different.