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Highlights of the Trip
The Lower Manaslu Trekking Trail exploration tour recently explored various tourism destinations and attractions in the Lower Manaslu region of Gorkha district, central Nepal. Gorkha, the ancient capital of Nepal, is the place from where unification of Nepal was started by King Prithvi Naryan Shah. There are several places of historical and archeological importance in the district. Blessed by natural splendor and land marked by plethora and land marked by plethora of historic, religious, ecological and cultural importance it has every potential to be featured as one of the favored tourist destinations of the country. However, number of tourists coming to this region is limited. Besides the Manaslu circuit trek, Lower Manaslu Trekking Trail offers experience of moderate trekking, historical tour, pilgrimage tour, agro tourism and community based home stay.
range of Gorkha and Lamjung districts of Nepal. Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese mountaineer Toshio imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu on May 9, 1956. Though the Manaslu region offeres a variety of trekking route, the newest lower Manaslu trekking trail from Gorkha Bazar to Deurali is expected to be popular amoung the trekkers in the years to come.
Day 1 :
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport. Welcome by our representative and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2 :
Drive to Gorkha overnight stay in Gorkha. The most important place to visit during the excursion in the historical Gorkha Durbar (palace). The palace carries the great history of King Prithvi Narayan Shah's initiation for the unification of modern Nepal. It lies at an altitude which is a thousand feet above Gorkha Bazaar. The place dominates the surroundings and is visible from all surrounding areas. The site is regarded as a holy shire. It also offers visitors with fantastic views of green valleys and the range of beautiful snow clad mountains in the north. The place also boats beautiful architecture and is build in pagoda style.
Day 3 :
After visiting the place, head towards Gorkah Bazaar where Gorkha museum is located. The museum consists of wide range of artifacts and personal belongings of King Prithi Narayan Shah along with his 52 feet long cheena (birth detail). Apart from range of objects such as art, sculptures, coins and several other articles on display. After visiting the museum, visit the main market area and rest over the night in hotels and lodges.
Third day of the trek begins with bus/jeep drive to Bhachhek which is at distance of about 6-7 hours from Gorkha Bazaar. The road to Bhachhek passes through curvaceous mountain roads overlooking Daraudi River, which can be a thrilling experience.
Day 4 :
After reaching Bhachhek, the final stop for the drive, proceed towards Sirandanda which can be reached after a short hike of about an hour. Sirandanda is a Hyolmo village and is situated at the hill top. Major attractions of Sirandanda are Nagepokhari, Dudhpokhari, Bhot dodar, Chima, Dharadi and tea garden. It also offers a magnificent view of sunrise and a stunning Manaslu range. The village has a rich diversity of medicinal herbs like nirmasi, jedamasi, jatamasi, rato unyu, yarsagumba and satuwa among others. Home stay facility is available in the village. Agricultural product of the village is organic potato and unprocessed tea leaves. It is one of the few villages in Gorkha district to produce its own tea. Sirandanda is struggling to find its place in the tourist map despite overwhelming scenic beauty of its landscape.
Day 5 :
On the fourth day, proceed the trek towards Mathar village located at an altitude of 1790m. The village can be reached after a hike of about 1.5 hours towards northeast. From Mathar, head towards Ghyachowk which lies at distance 1.5km. Lunch can be aken in Ghyachowk ater asking locals to prepare.
After the lunch, the trek then proceeds towards Barpak village, the final destination for the third day. A trek of four and half hours from Ghyachowk takes to Barpak, En route to Barpak are Dewalsara, Sum River, Daraudi River, Goje and Lagang.
Barpak village is mostly inhabited by ex-army men and it is also known as the village of late Capt. Gaje Ghale who was honored with Victoria Cross Medal. Gurung and Ghale community comprises the major population of the village. It also provides the basic amenities like electricity, internet facility, medical service, and hotels. For accommodation, the village offers well organized home stay facility along with standard hotels. Barpak has gained many national and international acclaims and was also nominated as a unique destination for Nepal Tourism Year 20111.
Day 6 :
The fifth day of the trek passes thorugh Basukang before reaching Laprak VDC. Basukang is a junction that also leads to Rupnala Pass- famous destination among Manaslu trekkers. After a trek of around six hours, one can reach Laprak village, Laprak is a landslide vulnerable zone and the rain triggered landslide in 1999 swept away houses and about 12 hectares of cultivated land. Laprak, a typical Gurung village is also a pit stop for the Manaslu trekkers. Hotels are available for accommodation. Laprak is also 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 earned international recognition.
Day 06 The sixth day of the trek heads towards Nambai Kharka. The Kharka (pasture or cowshed) is arrived after a moderate walk 4 hours from Laprak. The Kharka is an open pasture land with few temporary houses of Laprakis (people of Laprak) which provides them shelter during planation and harvest period of potatoes. Trekkers need to be self sufficient for food and lodging. During their stay in Nambai Kharka, it is advised that one should stick with vegetarian diet as locals believe that slaughtering of animals will bring illness to the trekkers.
Day 7 :
On the seventh day, after walking up early in the morning, hike to Dharchhe Danda, the highest point of the lower Manaslu trekking route. Dharche Danda, which is located at an altitude of 3220m, offers a breathtaking 180 degree panoramic view of more than 20 Himalayan peaks and a beautiful view of sunrise. Some of the peaks that can be viewed from the top of Dharche are Annapurna, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Bharatsikhar, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Lantang, Himalchuli, Buddha Himal, Sarang Peak, Malkunti Peak, Babu Himal, Sringi Himal, GaneshI, Ganesh II and Ganesh III among others. Among Gourung community, Dharche Danda (hill) holds a religious significance. They offer prayer to the hill deity to avoid natural calamities. It is also believed that if tourists offer prayer to the hill deity, they will be blessed with clear visibility and will ward off misfortune while on trek. The day's trek ends at Thala Thotnery, village enriched with Gurung culture. Commercial lodging facilites are not available in the village but tourists have an option for home stay where they will be showcased local Gurung culture and delicacies. Sita Cave situated in the southwest and Olajung Danda is other attraction oif the place.
Day 8 :
On the eighth day, trek down to Sita cave which is located at a distance of 1.8km from Thala Thotneri. The cave is situated at an altitude of 1165m. The cave is surrounded by dense forest and holds a religious significance among Hindus and is one of the major tourist attraction. Every year during Ram Nawami, which is celebrated on the seventh day of the bright fornight of the Hindu month of Chaitra (March and April), thousands of Hindu devotees gather to pay homage to Lord Ram. It is believed that goddess Sita, wife of Lord Ram, has spent time and stayed here. The caving experience in Sita Cave can be thrilling and adventurous. After tour of the cave, the day ends with a trek to Deurali, the final destination of the day which is few hours walk from for the Sita Cave Accommodation for the night can be done in the home stay. Deurali village nice place.
Day 9 :
On the ninth day final day of the trek begins with a bus drive from Deurali to Gorkha Bazar, The bus departs at 8 am to Gorkha Bazaar which can be reached after a drive of about two hours. After reaching Gorkha Bazaar, bus and vans can be found to go to Kathmandu. Bus services are available an a regular interval and a drive of about six hours will end the journey at Kathmandu.
Day 10 :
Transfer to Airport for your onward journey.
Services Include :
Pick up and transfer by private car as per the programme
2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu (twin sharing room, Bed and breakfast only)
Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek
9 nights twin sharing accommodation at Guest houses during the trek
1 highly experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter between 2 trekkers), their food, accommodation, salary, equipments, insurance (We have insured our staffs by Neco Insurance Company Nepal)
National Park and TIMS permit.
Office service charge
Services Exclude :
Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast
Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist for the trekkers who are age of under 65). For further details regarding insurance policy, please contact us
International airfare to and from Nepal (please email at reservation to get a quote)
Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu
Items of a personal nature
Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
Tips for guide, porters, driver...