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Lower Manaslu Trek

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  • 13 Days
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Destination : Nepal
  • Max Altitude : 3220m
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Best Season : Spring & Autumn

Highlights

  • Moderate trekking trail embedded in the Himalayas with some beautiful sections with adventure.
  • Exploration of the historical town of Nepal.
  • Majestic view of Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and more.
  • Experience local culture, craft, and craftsmanship.
  • Wildlife and vegetation showcasing the Lower Mountain and sub-tropical climatic regions.
  • Authentic trek experience in the lesser-traveled trails exploring hill villages, culture, and terraced farmlands of the Manaslu region.

Overview of Lower Manaslu Trek

Hiking through serene mountain scenery, undiluted Himalayan culture, and insights into the unique experience of a great ancient historical, religious, cultural, ecological, and archaeological significance place in Gorkha district, Lower Manaslu Trek is a uniquely popular trek. It is also famous for historical tours, pilgrimage tours, agro-tourism, and community-based homestay treks. Manakamana temple, Gorkha Durbar, Sita cave, traditional art and craftsmanship, and wonderful views of snow-capped mountains are the main attractions of the tour.

Lower Manaslu Trekking starts after driving 3 hours to the Cable car station at Kurintar and 10 minutes from Nepal’s first cable car to Manakamana Temple. Manakamana Temple is known as a wish-fulfilling and Royal Goddess of the King of Gorkha. Lower Manaslu Trekking is a recently introduced trekking trail. The trek region lies in the lower valley of the Manaslu area of the Gorkha District. Trekking around lower Manaslu offers the trekkers unique experiences of the historic, religious, ecological, and cultural significance of the Gorkha district.

Gorkha district is the earliest capital and origin of modern Nepal, The late King Prithivi Narayan Shah started the unification of today’s modern Nepal from here. Similarly, the Gorkhas army is also worldwide recognized as the name of legendary brave warriors after their crucial contributions to the British during the Second World War.

Besides the Manaslu Circuit Trek, Lower Manaslu Trek offers the experience of Moderate trekking, Historical tour, Pilgrimage tour, Agro tourism, and community-based homestay. This lower Manaslu trekking is an ideal substitute for the Manaslu circuit trail which is considered pretty challenging in most sections—lasting fewer days and with an authentic experience of the region’s delights.

Lower Manaslu Trek is compatible with all. This trail is less packed with tourists so you can enjoy everyday life in Lower Manaslu. So, the lower Manaslu trek also gives us options to live the everyday life of locals and enjoy homemade meals.

The Lower Manaslu Trek commences from Ghairung near the religious Manakamana Temple and the trail progresses through Gorkha Bazaar, Sirandanda, Barpak, Laprak, Lambai Kharka, and Dharche Danda before trail ends at Gyampesal.

Trekking to Lower Manaslu is one of the best destinations to explore enriching and unparalleled historical, religious, cultural, ecological, and archaeologically essential places. This trek is a fully supported homestay to perceive more in-depth about locals and remarkable information about Nepal countryside people of Lower Manaslu.

Lower Manaslu Trek Difficulties

While the Lower Manaslu Trek will take trekkers into the off-the-beaten path and closer to serene nature, they also have to be prepared for the trail’s difficulties. The facilities of the region are basic as it lies in a remote area. Similarly, access to modern amenities is also limited. The weather at the higher elevations can be unpredictable. It can create difficulties for the trekkers.

The trail consists of some challenging and steep sections. The terrain can get uneven and rocky. So, one has to ascend and descend on tough trails. Likewise, trekkers may have to cross rivers using suspension bridges. The daily trek takes around 5 to 6 hours on average. Each day, trekkers have to be ready to trek 15 to 20 km. Therefore, it can be physically demanding and can also be mentally challenging. The trekkers should undertake training to increase their physical endurance and stamina.

Another difficult part of the Lower Manaslu Trek is the elevation. The highest elevation during the trek is at 3,220 meters. Although it is lower in comparison to many other trekking routes in Nepal, there is a risk of altitude sickness. Beginner trekkers are more susceptible to getting the sickness than seasonal ones. When trekkers move too fast without proper acclimatization, it can also cause trekkers to suffer at high elevations.
So trekkers need to prepare physically and mentally. Proper equipment and gear are also necessary to tackle uncertain weather conditions. To avoid altitude sickness, ascend gradually and acclimatize properly.

Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu Arrival

Welcome to Nepal. After you land at the only international airport here in Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to the hotel. After freshening up, meet you in the lobby to get briefings about your upcoming trekking tour. Based on available time, the company guide will suggest to you the things you can do during your free time.

Day 2Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trip preparation Day

Today we prepare for the trek and check the last-minute checklist for trekking gears and if needed shopping around Thamel. After lunch visit Kathmandu UNESCO world heritage sites, Kathmandu Durbar Squire, Pashupatinath Temple, and Bouddhanath Stupa. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3Kathmandu to Ghairung – (1090mm) 3 hrs Drive & 5 hrs Trek

Today is the start of our journey. We have a 3 hrs drive from Kathmandu to Manakamana; Kurintar. We have a 10 mins cable car ride to reach the Manakamana temple; the historic temple at 1302m, built in the 17th century. Our actual trek begins at Manakamana when we walk along the paths of the Bakyaswori Mahadev. This is a renowned spiritual temple with many who believed in divine powers. Further, we move uphill towards Siddha Lakhan Thapa cave. It offers a clear and magnificent view of the Manaslu ranges. The place also has a 250 years old cave, built during the reign of King Prithvi Narayan Shah. You will then descend towards Tinmane Bhanjyang. Then we conclude your trek at Pipalchap village in Ghairung.

Day 4Trek to Gorkha

Today we head towards another historic place called Bungkot. Bungkot is a Magar-dominant village and also the birthplace of Nepal’s first martyr, Lakhan Thapa. We also visit the nearby Lakhan Thapa, Memorial Park. The park has different fascinating wonders with great historical importance like Thapa’s sword, stone spout, and many more. Bungkot also has the facility of homestay and other local organic markets. Gorkha Bazaar is the district headquarters of Gorkha. You will have more options for accommodation, food, and other.

Day 5Gorkha Bazaar excursion

Gorkha has great historical and cultural importance in the history of Nepal. It was the point where the unification of our modern Nepal was started by King Prithvi Narayan Shah. So, there are a lot of places that we explore in Gorkha. We tour places like Gorkha Palace, Gorakhnath Cave, and Gorkha Museum. Gorkha palace illustrates Gurkha’s history very artfully. The palace is about 300m above Gorkha Bazaar.

Made in the 16th century, the Gorkha Durbar is also a medieval fort and a temple. It is at such an elevation that you will have superb views. Along with this, we get beautiful panoramas of the Annapurna, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal. Nearby the palace, you will also see the burial of Guru Gorakhnath, the spiritual guide of young Prithvi Narayan Shah.

Day 6Drive and trek to Sirandanda

Today we reached Bhacheck village after about 6 hrs drive. From Bhacheck, an easy hike of 1-2 hours’ take us to Sirandanda. Sirananda is a settlement at an altitude of 1900 meters. In Nepali, Sirandada means ‘hilltop’. As the name suggests it lies on the top of a hill. There are many attractions here like Dudhpokhari, Nagpokhari, Bhot Dodar, Chima Dharadi, and a tea garden. Alongside, we get a fascinating view of the Manaslu range.

Also, the view of sunrise and sunset is breathtaking. Moreover, the village is a rich diversity of medicinal herbs like Nirmasi, Jatamasi, rato Unyu, Yarsagumba, and Satuwa. We see big farmlands of organic potatoes and tea leaves. This village will actually give the real taste of ethnicity.

Day 7Trek to Barpak Village

Leaving Sirandada, today we walk in the northeast direction. The first stop was at Mathar village, 1,790m we reach Ghyachowk within a few hours. Dewalsara, Sum Khola, Daraudi Khola, Goje, and Alagang are some of the attractions of many interesting places here. Then we reached Barpak village. It is a settlement of Gurung, Tamang, Ghale, Sunars, Pariyars, and others.

Barpak is the home village of the Late Capt. Gaje Ghale is an ex-army and the recipient of the famous Victoria Cross medal. This village has all the basic infrastructures like electricity, internet, medical service, and transportation.

Day 8Trek to Larpak

Leaving Barpak we head towards the beautiful village; Laprak. Laprak is the popular destination for Manaslu trekkers. Larpak is a typical Gurung village. There are beautifully settled villages with welcoming locals. Laprak signifies the diversity in the typical Gurung lifestyle and cultural community. The view of various snow-capped mountains is always the major highlight. The mountain view is fully panoramic. This typical Gurung village is also a popular stopover for the Manaslu Circuit trekkers. There is a homestay for accommodation at Laprak.

Day 9Trek to Nambai Kharka

We continue our journey and head toward Nambai Kharka. It will take up to 4-5 hrs of moderate walking to reach our destination for today; Nambai Kharka. In the local language, ‘Kharka’ means pastureland and Nambai Kharka is open pasture land with a thin settlement. There are temporary houses of Laprakis (local residents of Laprak).

Day 10Trek to Tallo Thotneri

On this day, we start our walk early to climb to the top of Darche Danda (hill). This is the highest point of the Lower Manaslu Trek. The view from Dharche Danda is majestic and 180 degrees panoramic. The scenic beauty of more than 20 Himalayan peaks can be seen from here. The famous peaks include Annapurna I, II, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Langtang, Himalchuli, Ganesh (I, II, III), and more. The viewpoint is at 3220 meters altitude (similar to Poon Hill).

Compared to akin places, Darche Danda has the best mountain view. Also, the view of sunrise and sunset is fascinating. Darche Danda even has a religious significance amongst local Gurungs. Locals believe that ‘praying to the Hill-God will avoid all natural calamities’. Even tourists pray here hoping for clear visibility and no trek misfortune.

After the lovely mountain views, we move towards another Gurung village; Tallo Thotneri. The descent will take up to 6-7 hours. Thallo Thotneri is another village with an average commercial facility. But the homestay has excellent service. We enjoy the local’s traditional dance and their typical delicacies. Then we can also visit Sita Gufa and Olajung Danda there.

Day 11Trek to Ghyampeshaal

On this day of your journey, we move ahead through the path of Sita Cave. We walk along the middle dense forest here. Sita cave holds a major Hindu virtue and is also a tourist attraction. There is a big ‘Mela’ in Ram Navami here. As Lord Ram and Goddess Sita are believed to stay in this cave, devotees worship their resemblance. After the chilling experience of the cave, we head towards Ghyampeshaal. Ghyampeshal is the final stop of your journey. This is another descent that will take a few hours. We have the option of a homestay or tent here at Gyampesal.

Day 12Drive back to Kathmandu

Today, we drive back to Kathmandu with a heart full of memories and experiences.

Day 13Final Departure

A representative from Adventure Walkway will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport. You will then follow your immigration.

Price Includes

  • Pick-up & Drop from the airport on the day of your arrival & Departure
  • 3 Night Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu
  • The Government Register's English-Speaking Guide
  • If the group size exceeds 6 people, an assistance guide will be provided.
  • One porter for two clients
  • In trekking trails, accommodation is on a twin-sharing basis
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included.
  • Trekking map
  • Trekking Permit & TIMS Card
  • Restricted Area Permit
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Staff salaries, insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
  • Arrangements for emergency rescue services (Please make sure you have medical insurance from your country)
  • The agency service charge and the government tax/VAT
  • The certificate of achievement towards the Trip

Price Excludes

  • The cost of international airfare
  • Visa fees for Nepal
  • All drinks During the Trip (Tea, Coffee, Cola, Beer, Mineral Water)
  • Personal Costs
  • Smoke
  • Insurance for travel
  • If more than the 3-night hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu meals
  • Hot shower during the trekking
  • Batteries and cameras that are chargeable during the trek
  • Natural or political disturbances beyond our control result in additional costs.
  • The Extra cost of any case early return from the trip.
  • Tips for Trekking Staff

Departure Date

Mar 27, 2024

Booking Available (13 Days)
$1080

Sep 23, 2024

Booking Available (13 Days)
$1080

Additional Information

Best Time To Visit Lower Manaslu
Documents Required

The best time for the Lower Manaslu Trek is from September to November and March to May. It falls in the spring and autumn season respectively. These two seasons are the peak season for trekking in Nepal. The weather and climate are perfect for trekking. Similarly, the temperature is also moderately warm and favorable. The sky is clear and there is a minimum chance of rainfall or snowfall in higher elevations.

The vegetation is also lush and green during these seasons. The rhododendron forests along the trail blooms during the spring season. It is the best time to enjoy the scenery of Lower Manaslu Trek. During these seasons, trekkers can witness the diverse biodiversity of the region. They can also get a panoramic view of Mount Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal mountain ranges.

The summer falls in the monsoon season. The trail is muddy and slippery. There are risks of landslides. So it is not safe for Lower Manaslu Trek in summer. During winter, the higher elevation experiences heavy snowfall. So, check with the travel agency before embarking on the journey during the summer and winter seasons.

The documents required for the Lower Manaslu Trek include:

Visa

International trekkers need to get visas to travel across Nepal. It allows them to travel freely and participate in activities including trekking. They can get a visa from the Nepal Embassy in their respective countries. They can also get the visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.

The visa cost for SAARC country residents is free. For non-SAARC residents, the visa costs:

  • USD 30 for 15 day multiple-entry visa
  • USD 50 for 30 day multiple-entry visa
  • USD 125 for 90 day multiple-entry visa

Permit

Trekkers need to take four permits for the Lower Manaslu Trek. They will need a TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System), Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit. Manaslu region is classified as a restricted area by the government of Nepal.

Hence, trekkers need a restricted area permit. Similarly, the trek route also goes through the Manaslu Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area. So, trekkers also have to get a permit for both conservation areas.

The cost for a TIMS Card is USD 20 per person for an unlimited number of days.
The cost for a Manaslu Restricted Area Permit differs as per the season.

From September to November, it costs USD 100 per person for the first seven days. Then onwards, it will cost an additional USD 15 per person per day. From December to August, it costs USD 75 per person for the first seven days. From the eighth day onwards, it is an additional USD 10 per person per day.

The Manaslu Conservation Area Permit costs USD 30 per person. Likewise, the cost for the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit is USD 30. The cost remains the same throughout the year for both conservation areas.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance ensures the safety and security of the trekkers. The insurance helps to cover medical emergencies. The rough terrain can sometimes lead to injuries. Similarly, the high elevation can cause altitude sickness and need immediate rescue. At such times, travel insurance helps to cover medical expenses. The travel insurance can also cover baggage loss, trip postponement, and trip cancellation. Make sure to check the policy of the insurance before getting one. Also, consult with the insurance provider and trekking agency.

FAQs

Can beginners do the Lower Manaslu Trek?

Yes, beginners with good fitness levels can do the Lower Manaslu Trek. It is classified as a moderately challenging trek. The highest elevation point of the trek is 3,220 meters which is comparatively lower than other treks. So there is a minimum risk of altitude-related sickness.

How is the trail condition of the Lower Manaslu Trek?

The trail condition of the Lower Manaslu Trek is well-defined and well-maintained. The route has clear paths. There are gentle slopes and stone steps. Trekkers have to occasionally climb uphill and downhill on varied terrain. Similarly, they may also have to cross rivers on suspension bridges.

What accommodations are available along the route?

The accommodations available along the Lower Manaslu Trek are tea houses and lodges. They are basic lodges that provide basic facilities like beds, blankets, pillows, and clean bedsheets. The bathrooms are usually shared and have communal shared dining spaces. Although the accommodations are basic they are cozy and comfortable.

Do I need to hire a porter for Lower Manaslu Trek?

The Lower Manaslu Trek is moderate trekking so physically fit trekkers may be able to carry their backpacks. However, hiring a porter is comfortable and you can trek baggage-free. It is less physically strenuous when you trek with less weight. Similarly, it also helps to avoid any risk of injuries on narrow and challenging trails.

How long does it take to complete the Lower Manaslu Trek?

The duration to complete the Lower Manaslu Trek can vary. It depends on the itinerary, acclimatization days, and the trekker’s pace. The trek can be completed in 6 to 8 days if the trekkers opt for the shorter itinerary. The standard trek takes approximately 10 to 13 days. Likewise, if you wish to take side trips, the itinerary can be extended for more than 13 days.

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