Lower Manaslu Trek
Lower Manaslu Trek is new promoted trail connected from Manakamana Temple to Gorkha royal palace.
Blessed by natural splendor and historically landmarked, religious, ecological, and cultural importance it has every potential to be featured as one of the favored touristic destinations of the country.
Furthermore, the number of tourists coming to this region is limited. Lower Manaslu trek is commonly known as the historical tour, pilgrimage tour, agro-tourism, and community-based homestay trek under the foothill of Mount Manaslu. Gorkha district is extended between the altitudes 228m to 8163m.
Gorkha, the place from where the unification of Nepal was started by King Prithvi Narayan Shah, is the first capital of Nepal. There are several places of historical and archaeological importance in the district. Besides that, the locals are also committed to the development and promotion of tourism in the district. Lower Manaslu trek can be done any time throughout the year.
Why people choose the Lower Manaslu trek?
Lower Manaslu trek or Lower Manaslu trekking is an easy to moderate based trail combine with the great scenery of Tallest Manaslu family, beautiful landscapes, cultural and Natural heritages starting from 800 m. Lower Manaslu trek offers comfortable homestay based accommodation along the trek run by local inhabitants.
Lower Manaslu trek begins from Ghairung and it includes all meals, road-head transport, services of English speaking local trekking guide and porters to carry the luggage. You will only need to carry a day-pack and you can walk at your own pace.
Lower Manaslu trek highlights and Himalayan Sights
Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft) including Manaslu north, Manaslu south, Manaslu central above sea level. It is located in the Mansiri Himal, Himchuli 6441m, Shringi Himal, Himlung Himal, Samdo peak, Lamjung Himal 6931m, Walking up to the borders of Nepal and Tibet, explore the old monasteries, an Ethnic group with unique culture, Explore the Tibetan Buddhism and tradition, Mystical flora and faunas.
Lower Manaslu trek or Manaslu panorama trekking grades
Hike to Lower Manaslu or Manaslu panorama trekking is an is easy to moderate based trail, appropriate for any trekkers who are looking for an easy trek experience in Nepalese Himalayas. As it is an easy to moderate trek destination of Nepal, you do not need any mountaineering experience.
If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can do it. However, it would be more good to do daily jogging or walking exercise is useful before you depart from your country. Our program has been prepared including the rest day and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On the trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Lower Manaslu trek covers
Manakamana cable car station at Kurintar – Gorkha Royal Palaces – Brapak village – Arughat.
Best season to explore Lower Manaslu trek
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December & January.
Lower Manaslu trek outline itinerary
01 Day: Arrival in Kathmandu
02 Day: Drive to Ghairung, 3 hrs & Trek about 5 hours.
03 Day: Trek from Ghairung to Gorkha Durbar Square, 5 hrs.
04 Day: Excursion around Gorkha Bazaar !.
05 Day: Gorkha Bazaar to Sirandanda trek (1900m), 6-7 hrs.
06 Day: Sirandanda to Barpak village trek (1,920m), 7 hrs.
07 Day: Barpak to Laprak trekking (2,100m), 6 hrs.
08 Day: Nambai Kharka trekking (2,700m). 4 hrs.
09 Day: Tallo Thotneri via Darche Danda trekking (3,220m), 7 hrs.
10 Day: Trek to Gyampesal via Sita Cave(1,165m), 6 hrs.
11 Day: Drive out to Kathmandu city
12 Day: Departure to Kathmandu (TIA AIRPORT)
Lower Manaslu Trek detail itinerary
Lower Manaslu Trek is a newly published trek with 9 days itinerary compared to most walks in this region. The particular route is designed to world travelers who wish to hike in lower Manaslu in a relaxed manner than try this special itinerary. However, if this itinerary doesn’t suit you then email us for a tailor-made itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu valley
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we will receive you with private vehicle and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast plan. Our representative will give you information about lower Manaslu trek programs.
Day 02: Drive out from Kathmandu to Ghairung, 3 hrs & Trek about 5 hours.
The journey begins with a drive to Cable Car Station at Kurintar that can be reached after a drive of three hours from Kathmandu. A 10-minute cable car ride will take us to the historic Manakamana Temple (1315m) which was built in the 17th century. The temple draws pilgrims as well as tourists from Nepal and countries from across the world.
The trek begins after lunch at Manakamana Bazaar. About 2 km north of Manakamana Temple lies the temple of Bakyaswori Mahadeva. The shrine is believed to have spiritual power as people believe dumb children start speaking after worshipping at the temple. About 500m further uphill is a Siddha Lakhan Thapa (founder of the Manakamana temple) sacred cave which also offers a magnificent view of Manaslu Himalayan ranges.
Right next to the cave is a 250 years old temple built during the reign of King Prithvi Narayan Shah. From here, the trek descends to Tinman Bhanjyang. The village also offers a homestay facility. The day’s trek concludes at Pipalchap village in Ghairung VDC. As no lodging is available in the area, the village offers a home stay facility for visitors.
Day 03: Trek from Ghairung to Gorkha Durbar Square, 5 hrs
From Ghairung, the trek progresses toward the historic place called Bungkot – the birthplace of Nepal’s first martyr Lakhan Thapa. Apart from the historical attraction, another attraction in the village is the Lakhan Thapa Memorial Park. The park houses a bust of martyr Lakhan Thapa. It also has historical artifacts like swords of Lakhan Thapa and a stone spout. Locals are preserving these historical attractions on their own without expected external assistance.
Magars are the dominant population in this village. Bungkot offers homestay facilities and serves good food using locally grown organic products. An easy walk of about 1.5 hrs from Bungkot, takes us to Gorkha Bazaar – the district headquarters of the Gorkha district. Here, visitors have several options for accommodation, ranging from star to budget hotels.
Day 04: Excursion around Gorkha Bazaar !
The day is spent by visiting interesting places in and around Gorkha Bazaar and royal palaces as written below.
a) Gorkha Palace
The historical Gorkha palace from where King Prithvi Narayan Shah started the unification of modern Nepal lies about 1,000 ft above Gorkha Bazaar. The palace dominates the surroundings and is visible from all surrounding areas. It also offers visitors fantastic views of green valleys and the Himalayan panorama. The palace also rich in terms of medieval architecture.
b) Gorkhanath Cave
The cave of Gorakhnath is situated about 10 meters below the palace. The cave is believed to be the shelter of Gorakhanath Baba (a great sage) after whom the district gets its name. The sage is believed to have been the guide of the Shah dynasty. It is because of his guidance and blessing that the Shah dynasty could unify small principalities into modern Nepal.
c) Gorkha Museum
Gorkha Museum is situated at Gorkha bazaar. It has a wide range of artifacts and personal belongings of King Prithvi Narayan Shah along with his 52 feet long chino (birth details). Apart from these collections, it was also on display ancient art, sculptures, coins and several other articles of historical significance.
Day 05: Trek from Gorkha Bazaar to Sirandanda (1900m), 6-7 hrs
A drive of about 6-7 hours from Gorkha Bazaar takes us to a village called Bhachek. The drive is a unique experience in itself as it passes through narrow and curvy mountain roads overlooking the Daraundi River. An easy hike of about an hour from Ghachek takes us to Sirandanda. Siran Danda (which means hilltop in Nepal) is true to its name as it sits on top of a small hill. It is inhabited by Hyolmo people.
Major attractions in Sirandanda are Nagepokhari, Dudhpokhari, Bhot dodar, Chima, Dharadi and a tea garden. It also offers a magnificent view of sunrise and the Manaslu range. The village has a rich diversity of medicinal herbs like nirmasi, jedamasi, jatamasi, rato unyu, yarsagumba, and satuwa among others. A homestay facility is available in the village. Agriculture produce of the village is organic potato and unprocessed tea leaves. Despite having tremendous potential, Sirandanda is struggling to find its place in the country’s tourism map.
Day 06: Trek from Sirandanda to Barpak village (1,920m), 7 hrs
A walk of about 1.5 hrs toward northeast from Sirandanda takes us to Mathar village (1790m). After a trek of around 4.5 hrs after Dewalsara, Sum River, Daraudi River, Goje, and Alagang, takes us to the Barpak village. Barpak, mostly inhabited by ex-army men, is also popular as the village of Late Capt. Gaje Ghale – the recipient of the famous Victoria Cross medal. Gurung and Ghale people are the dominant population here.
The village has all basic amenities like round the clock electricity, Internet facility, medical service, and a few hotels. Clustered stone-roofed houses, stone-built narrow alleys and panoramic view of Buddha Himal are the major attractions of Barpak. Barpak has gained many national and international acclaims. The village was nominated as a unique destination in Nepal for Nepal Tourism Year 2011. It has hosted a number of prominent personalities like the former chancellor of Germany Dr Roman Herzog.
Day 07: Trek from Barpak to Laprak(2,100m), 6 hrs
A walk from about six hours from Barpak via Basukang – a junction that also leads to Rupina La Pass, which is popular among Manaslu trekkers — takes us to the beautiful Laprak village. The village lies in a landslide vulnerable zone. The landslide in 1999 had swept away houses and about 12 hectares of cultivable land. Since then, the villagers have been living in constant fear, especially during monsoon.
This typical Gurung village is also a popular stopover for the Manaslu trekkers. There are 2 hotels in the village, which is accessible from Tatopani in the east and Gumda village in the south. The village is the birthplace of late Iman Singh Gurung – the first person from the Gurung community from western Nepal to summit Mt Everest. Most of the villagers are engaged in tourism business and few of them have also earned international recognition.
Day 08: Trek from Laprak to Nambai Kharka(2,700m). 4 hrs
A moderate walk of around four hours takes us to Lambai Kharka (2700m). As the name suggests, Lambai Kharka (kharka means pastureland in the local dialect) is open pasture land with a few temporary houses of Laprakis (people of Laprak) which provide them shelter during plantation and potato harvest season. Trekkers need to be self-sufficient for food and lodging. There is no toilet facility as well. In Nambai Kharka, trekkers are advised to stick with the vegetarian diet as locals believe that trekkers will take ill if they slaughter animals.
Day 09: Trek from Nambai Kharka to Tallo Thotneri via Darche Danda(3,220m), – 7 hrs
On this day, we woke up early and climb to the top of Darche Danda. It is the highest point of the Lower Manaslu Trek, offers an excellent sunrise view and a breathtaking 180-degree panoramic view of more than 20 Himalayan peaks like Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Bharatsikhar, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Lamtang, Himalchuli, Buddha Himal, Sarang Peak, Malkunti Peak, Babu Himal, Sringi Himal, Ganesh I, Ganesh II and Ganesh III.
Dharche Danda holds great religious significance among Gurung people. They offer prayer to the hill deity to avoid natural calamities. Also, no felling of trees is allowed in the area. 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 a trek.
After enjoying sunrise and mountain views, we descend toward another Gurung village called Tallo Thotneri. The journey takes about seven hours in total. Though no commercial lodging facility is available here, there is an excellent home stay facility in the village. Villagers also showcase their traditional dances and offer local delicacies. Sita Cave and Olajung Danda are the other attractions in and around Tallo Thotneri.
Day 10: Trek from Tallo Thotneri to Gyampesal via Sita Cave(1,165m), 6 hrs
The trek on the ninth day progresses toward Sita Cave that lies about 1.8 km from Tallo Thotneri. The cave is in the middle of thick forest, holds a religious significance among Hindus and it is one of the major tourist attractions in the area. On Ram Navami, we celebrate on the ninth day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Chaitra (March/April), thousands of devotees gather to pay homage to Lord Ram.
Goddess Sita, a wife of Lord Ram, is believed to have stayed in the cave. The caving experience is thrilling and adventurous. Visiting the cave, we trek to Gyampesal. The trek takes about a few hours from Sita Cave.
Day 11: Drive out to Kathmandu city
Daily bus service to Gorkha Bazaar is available from Gyampesal. The drive takes around 2.5 hrs. From Gorkha Bazaar, buses leave for Kathmandu on a regular interval. The journey takes about six hours.
Day 12: Final departure day
Drop you in Kathmandu International Airport onward your final destination and our trip ends. Wish you your wonderful journey.
How much does the Lower Manaslu trek cost?
Around Manaslu budget trek or around Manaslu lodge trek cost will vary according to group size. For the deluxe and luxury Tent style trekking tour plan, 3-stars category hotel deluxe air-conditioned room in Kathmandu (BB PLAN) with attached bathroom while on trekking on possible places. AND WE ARE OPEN TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR AND PACKAGES PRICE AS PER YOUR REQUIREMENTS. International tour leaders are highly encouraged to get discount and attractive complimentary.
- Kathmandu international airport transfer by private vehicles.
- 2 nights Twin sharing Tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu within Breakfast
- Meals on full board: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner each day during the trek days
- Fully escorted trek with fluent English speaking license holder local guide and each 2 guest 1 Porter basis.
- Guest hose basis accommodation while you are on trekking days
- Manaslu conservation permits and their fees.
- Bus transfer from Kathmandu to trek starting point
- Bus transfer from Gyampesal to Kathmandu on your return.
- All land transportation as per written on above itinerary.
- Food and accommodation and salary of Nepali trekking staffs.
- Insurance of guide and porters.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
- A special gift from our company.
Cost Exclude :
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipment and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but highly expected)
- Any other things which are not mentioned above
We can organize private Lower Manaslu trek starting at any date that works for you. Please contact us for more information.
Freequently Asked Questions
Question: Is pick up service available on my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Answer: Yes sure. Provide us your flight details. Our representative will come to pick up you at Kathmandu international airport.
Question: Do I need the experience to do Around Manaslu standard trek?
Answer: Actually for Lower Manaslu trek is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 4 or 5 hours in a day, with a lightweight daypack. For this trekking, if you have about the little experience would be better.
Question: What kind of accommodation can I expect on Lower Manaslu budget trekking?
Answer: We provide you tourist standard accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking routes. the rooms along the routes are clean with a cozy bed with a nice mattress and blankets. However we recommend you take your own sleeping bags if you have one with you otherwise, you may rent it while you are in Kathmandu.
Question: What kind of food can I expect in Lower Manaslu trek?
Answer: All the guest houses/lodges in Manaslu trekking, they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to the next place where you are going.
Question: What opportunities will I have for a shower along Lower Manaslu trek?
Answer: Guest house trekking all the lodges they have a shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying however if you are in camping trekking – we provide you hot water bucket then you will take a bucket shower.
Question: How do I get drinking water on express Lower Manaslu trek?
Answer: During the Lower Manaslu trek route there are all places hotel and shops where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you with boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in campsite/along the way.
Question: Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
Answer: During the Gorkha village lodge trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery. We recommend you bring an extra pair for in case. Remember to bring your own adapters!
Question: Is there any communication facilities on Lower Manaslu trek?
Answer: In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Question: Can I use credit cards in Lower Manaslu trek?
Answer: No! So, for the trekking routes, you need to have cash Nepali rupees because credit cards work only in the bigger city areas.
Question: When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Answer: Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid any kind of misunderstanding. We will, of course, make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
And regarding the deposit, we prefer a 20% advance deposit of the total price of the trip in order to confirm your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And the rest of the payment can be made after your arrival in Nepal.
Question: Who will carry my luggage on lower Manaslu lodge trekking?
Answer: We provide porters to transfer your luggage. As we are a responsible trekking tour operator agency, each of our porters carry a maximum 25 kilo of your backpack which means 2 guests (12.5 kg luggage of each guest): 1 porter basis.
Question: How much distance do I walk each day?
Answer: When walking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to a gradient, terrain, and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however, you have to be prepared to walk roughly about 5 hours each day.
Question: Do I need walking polls ?
Walking pools are recommended but not compulsory.
Question: How much additional money do I need per day?
Answer: You can allocate US$ 08 – 10 for lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and it depends on your spending habits. US$ 7 to 10 US$ each day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee, and some drinks while you are on trek.
Lower Manaslu trek note:
The above itineraries are subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. This is a Guideline showing tentative camp night stops. Physical, technical and natural condition may change this above itineraries.
“What makes Lower Manaslu trek trip special ?”
Opportunities for challenging trekking or hiking and pleasant strolls are scattered all over this planet; you just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.