Lower Manaslu Trek Itinerary
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.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation
You will go on a guided sightseeing tour to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will visit one of the holiest temples of Hindus, the Pashupatinath temple. Nearby this temple is located the largest in Nepal, Boudhanath stupa. After visiting these places, you 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.
Day 03: Drive to Ranlung (650 M) via a short visit to Gorkha Bazar (1060 M)
After breakfast, you will take a scenic drive of 7 hours to Ranlung via Gorkha Bazar through the Prithvi Highway alongside the Trishuli River with the beautiful sceneries of green hills, and majestic rivers, beautiful villages, etc. You will take a short visit to 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.
Day 04: Trek to Barpak (1915 M)
After breakfast, you will start trekking to Barpak. You will have to walk on a vehicle road at some places. By crossing a bridge, you will gradually climb through the forest till Mandele. You will have lunch at Mandele Dada. After lunch, you will 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.
Day 05: Trek to Laprak (2100 M) via Gupsi Dada (2937 M)
Today's trek will be a steep uphill climb of 3 and a half hours till Mamche Hill (2800 M) where you will have lunch. From the top, you can enjoy superb views of Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal, Bouddha Himal, Langtang ranges, and Annapurna ranges. You 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 you will descend to Laprak.
Day 06: Trek to Gumda (2000 M)
Today the trek will be short and easy as well. You will cross a suspension bridge at the end of the village. Then you will be passing through terraced farmland and quite beautiful forests. You will again cross a suspension bridge in the middle of a forest. After some time, you will continue walking through the terraced farmlands until reaching the beautiful village of Gumda inhabited by the Gurung community.
Day 07: Rest day at Gumda
Today will be your rest day. You will hike around the village observing daily lifestyles and activities of the Gurung community. You can take a short hike to the school or surrounding hills above the village from where you can get beautiful views of the Boudha Himal and Ganesh Himal ranges.
Day 08: Trek to Lapu (1770 M)
Leaving Gumda behind, you will take a slow ascent to Baira Dada through the terraced farms, the cemetery of the village, and the dense forest. From there, you will descend to Nauli Khola. On this trail, you will be likely to encounter wild animals like Deer and White Monkeys. Then taking short ascent and descent along the forested trail, you will reach Lapu Village.
Day 09: Trek to Soti Khola (700 M)
Today's trail will pass through steep cliffs, waterfalls, and a couple of villages presenting us with beautiful sceneries. You will descend all the way to Armala via the rocky cliff trail mixed with forests and waterfalls. From there, you will join a rugged vehicle road and continue to Sotikhola, a small village on the edge of the Budhi Gandaki River.
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu (1350 M)
After having breakfast, you will drive to Kathmandu passing by Arkhet and Arughat and cross Arkhet Khola. Then after leaving Arughat Bazar behind, you will leave Budhi Gandaki Valley and head to Malekhu via Dhading Besi. Finally, you will join the Prithvi Highway continuing to Kathmandu. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.
Day 11: Final departure
After having breakfast, one of the members of the company will escort you to the airport for your flight back to your home.