Lower Manaslu Trek

Duration: 11 Days

About Lower Manaslu Trek

The Lower Manaslu Trek is a short and easy trek that mostly falls under the culturally rich and naturally beautiful Dharche Rural Municipality. Recently, this route is starting to get popular but are mostly those who want to avoid the dusty road of Sotikhola to Machhakhola while doing the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek. Except for this, very few trekkers visit this region even though the numbers are rising each year.

This Lower Manaslu Trek route was once starting to get popular but due to the decade-long Maoist insurgency that started in 1996, it was left behind. Because of the dominance of the Maoists in this region, this region was viewed as unsafe. After the end of the Maoist insurgency, this region is growing slowly as a trekking route. This region is hugely dominated by Gurung communities that follow the rarest religion, 'Bon religion' mixed with Shamanism and Nature worshipping. During the trek, one can experience the culture and lifestyle of the Gurung communities by spending the night in local homes while passing through the beautiful villages and beautiful terraced fields. The spectacular views of different Himalayan ranges can be seen during the trek. Taking a tour of the historically important Gorkha Durbar(Palace) and Gorkha Museum from where the unification of Nepal started around 250 years ago will enrich you with the history of Nepal.

The trek starts from Barpak and ends at Sotikhola. The Lower Manaslu Trek Itinerary can be changed and modified as per the customer's request.

Highlights

  • A short and easy trek around the beautiful and less touristic region of Dharche Rural Municipality
  • Experience and explore unique tradition like the practice of  Bon religion mixed with Shamanism and Nature worshipping
  • Stunning view of Manaslu Ranges, Annapurna Ranges, Ganesh Himal Ranges, and Boudha Himal ranges from Mamche Dada(2800 M) and Gupsi Dada(2937 M)
  • Learn and experience the local culture and lifestyle by staying and eating in local homes
  • Tour of Gorkha Durbar(Palace) from where the unification of Nepal started
  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu-Barpak and Sotikhola-Kathmandu

 

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 M) and transfer to hotel

One of the members of our company will welcome you at the international airport terminal gate and take you to the hotel. You will have a few hours to rest. Later, in the evening, you will meet with the guide in your hotel lobby. He will brief you on further programs.

  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

We will go on a guided sightseeing tour to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We will visit one of the holiest temples of Hindus, Pashupatinath temple. Nearby this temple is located the largest of Nepal, Boudhanath stupa. After visiting these places, we will head to Swayambhunath and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, if you would like, you can explore the vibrant streets of Thamel and prepare for the trek.

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

After breakfast, we will scenic drive of 7 hours to Ranlung via Gorkha Bazar. We will drive through the Prithvi Highway alongside the Trishuli River with the beautiful sceneries of green hills, majestic rivers, beautiful villages, etc. we will short visit the Gorkha Museum and Historical place, have lunch at Gorkha, and drive back to Khaireni and continue towards Ranlung via Baluwa. Ranlung is a small village situated on a small hill just above the Daraundi River. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Ranlung
  • 650 M
  • 7 hours

After breakfast, we will start our trek to Barpak. We will have to walk on a vehicle road at some places. By crossing a bridge, we will gradually climb through the forest till Mandele. We will have our lunch at Mandele Dada. After lunch, we will again continue ascending to Barpak via the small forest and terraced fields. Barpak is a big beautiful village inhabited dominantly by the Gurungs and Ghales situated on a top of a hill. The beautiful view of the Boudha Himal can be seen from here.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Barpak
  • 1915 M
  • 5 hours

So, we will start the trek today. After a steep uphill climb of 3 and a half hours, we will reach Mamche Hill (2700 M) where we will have our lunch. From the top, you can enjoy superb views of Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Bouddha Himal, Langtang ranges and Annapurna ranges. We will continue walking on a straight trail until Gupsidanda, a new settlement built by NRN Australia for the people of Laprak after the earthquake. From there we will descent all the way down to Laprak.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Laprak
  • 2100 M
  • 5 hours

Today the trek will be short and easy as well. We will cross a suspension bridge at the end of the village. Then we will be passing through terraced farmland and quite beautiful forests. We will again cross a suspension bridge in the middle of a forest. After some time, we will continue walking through the terraced farmlands until reaching the beautiful village of Gumda inhabited by the Gurung community. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Gumda
  • 2000 M
  • 3 hours

Today will be our rest day. We will hike around the village observing daily lifestyles and activities of the Gurung community. We can hike to the school or surrounding hills above the village from where we can get beautiful views of the Boudha Himal and Ganesh Himal ranges.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Gumda
  • 2000 M

Leaving Gumda behind, we will take a slow ascent to Baira Dada through the terraced farms, the cemetery of the village, and the dense forest. From there, we will descend to Nauli Khola. On this trail, we will be likely to encounter wild animals like Deer and  White Monkeys. Then taking short ascent and descent along the forested trail, we will reach Lapu Village.  

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Lapu
  • 1770 M
  • 4 hours

Today our trail will pass through steep cliffs, waterfalls, a couple of villages presenting us with beautiful sceneries. We will descend down all the way to Armala via the rocky cliff trail mixed with forests and waterfalls. From there, we will join a rugged vehicle road and continue to Sotikhola, a small village on the edge of Budhi Gandaki River. 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Soti Khola
  • 700 M
  • 4 hours

After having breakfast, we will drive to Kathmandu passing by Arkhet and Arughat and cross Arkhet Khola. Then after leaving Arughat Bazar behind, we will leave Budhi Gandaki Valley and head to Malekhu via Dhading Besi. Finally, we will join the Prithvi Highway continuing to Kathmandu. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • B,L&D
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • 8-9 hours

After having breakfast, one of the members of the company will escort you to the airport for your flight back to your home.

  • B&B

What’s Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop.
  • 3 night’s accommodation in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis(A single supplement room will be served on request with an additional cost).
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, hot drinks) during the trek.
  • Trekking Lodge/ Tea House accommodations with twin sharing basis during the trek.
  • All staff’s salary, meals, accommodation, and their insurance.
  • English speaking guide (below 4 persons extra charge for frence guide if needed).
  • One porter for two people (maximum weight: 12 kg per client) and assistant guide for group size above 4 people.
  • All the necessary permits and paperwork needed for the trek. 
  • Government taxes, service charges, and official expenses.
  • Kathmandu valley tour with a tour guide in a private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu-Barpak and Sotikhola-Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Meal while you are in Kathmandu, Lunch, and Dinner.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Your Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • International airfare. Your personal expenses.
  • Extra night in Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees.
  • Tips for the guide, assistant guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Laundry, telephone, personal trekking equipment, hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
  • Medical evacuation (In case of emergency).