Lower Manaslu Eco Trek



      • A thrilling ride on the cable car to the holiest Manakamana temple
      • Witness historical palace and museum
      • Visit ancient caves
      • Amazing panoramic views of more than 20 peaks
      • Witness the wild range of medical herbs

      Lower Manaslu Eco Trek is not only a trek but it is a complete package of exploring many villages, medicinal herbs, ancient caves, museums, different lifestyles, views of many mountains and palaces with an extremely thrilling cable car ride at the beginning of the journey. Manaslu Eco Trek takes you to the most important historical places of Nepal. Gorkha is the land of Graeat King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who unified Nepal as one nation. You can witness his Palace which is 1000ft above Gorkha Bazaar. Manaslu Eco trek offers a Historical tour, Pilgrimage tour, Agro tour and more.

      Gorkha has many things to offer. Lower Manaslu eco trekking is a perfect match for people who wants to know more facts about Nepal including great Himalayan views and diverse biodiversity. Manaslu Eco Trek offers the best Panoramic views of more than 20 peaks including Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Machapuchare (Fishtail), Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Himalchuli, etc. The amzing trek to Lower Manaslu also lets you visit the most important Pilgrimage sites of Nepal. Gorkha is blessed by natural splendor and landmark of historical, religious, ecological and cultural importance. The culture of the different ethnic groups is worth to visit. The first cable car of Nepal is also located in this trail.

      Our very first day begins with a small drive from Kathmandu to Kurintaar. We can experience a Cable car ride from Kurintar to reach Manakamana Temple. Manakamana Temple is located on the hilltop. Our trek begins from here. Moving forward we pass through many villages with historical lifestyles. You can witness the small kingdoms of Nepal which have turned into small villages now. One of the most beautiful destinations of this trek is Sirandada. The main attraction of Sirandada is Nagepokhari, Dudhpokhari, Bhoteodar and tea garden. Sirananda is very rich for medicinal herbs as well. One of the important medicinal herbs found in this area is Yarshagumba. The next day we move forward to Ghyachowk via Mathar village. Moving forward we reach Barpak village. Barpak village was badly affected during the earthquake of 2015. Now almost everything is rebuilt again. An inhabitant of this village is mostly Gurung people. They are very popular for the Gurkha Army. This Barpak village is full of Gurung culture, custom, tradition, language and its lifestyle.

      After Barpak our Lower Manaslu eco trek leads to another similar village Laprak. Here we can observe many houses of the same local design. All the houses are with stone thatched roofs and stone slates spread all over the yard and the trail around the village is so unique which gives surreal experience to the explorers. After Laprak our trek goes to the next village called Nambai Kharka. We end our trek at Gyampesal. You can witness the ancient cave over there. It is believed that Goddess Mother Sita herself has spent some time in this cave.

      Lower Manaslu Eco Trek Outline Itinerary

      Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Kurintaar 3 hrs and trek to Ghairung (1090 m), BLD, Homestay

      Day 02: Trek to Gorkha Bazaar (900 m) 6hrs, BLD, Homestay

      Day 03: Excursion at Gorkha to visit Gorkha Palace, Gorkhanath Cave and Gorkha Museum, BLD, Homestay

      Day 04: Drive from Gorkha to Bachek 6hrs and trek to Sirandanda [1900 m], BLD, Homestay

      Day 05: Trek from Sirandanda to Barpak village (1920 m) 6hrs, BLD, Homestay

      Day 06: Trek from Barpak to Laprak village [2100 m] 6hrs, BLD, Homestay

      Day 07: Trek from Laprak to Nambai Kharka [2700 m] 5hrs, BLD, Homestay

      Day 08: Morning Hike to Dharche Danda (3220 m) and trek to Tallo Thotneri (2440 m) 8hrs, BLD, Homestay

      Day 09: Trek from Tallo Thotneri to Gyampesal via Sita Cave (1165 m) 6hrs, BLD, Homestay

      Day 10: Drive from Gyampesal back to Kathmandu 7hrs, BL.

      Lower Manaslu Eco Trek Detailed itinerary
      BLD denotes Breakfast Lunch Dinner

      Day 01:Drive from Kathmandu to Kurintaar 3 hrs and trek to Ghairung (1090 m), BLD, Homestay

      We start our trip with a short drive from Kathmandu towards Kurintaar. This may take us about 3 hours. After a short drive, you can experience the Cable car ride. You can witness the beautiful views from the cable car. Later we reach the Manakamana Temple which is located at the top of hills. We start to trek north towards the village of Ghairung. It takes about 4 hours of a walk to reach Ghairung.

      Day 02:Trek to Gorkha Bazaar (900 m) 6hrs, BLD, Homestay

      Today we start our walking after having early breakfast. Walking the trail which leads through Bungkot. Bungkot is a historical place of Nepal where the first Martyr of our country Lakhan Thapa was born. You can witness a beautiful park built in his name which has a collection of his belongings. We continue to walk until we reach the Gorkha bazaar.

      Day 03:Excursion at Gorkha to visit Gorkha Palace, Gorkhanath Cave and Gorkha Museum, BLD, Homestay

      Since Gorkha is one of the most beautiful historical places where there are many things to be explored. Today we will spend our day exploring nearby places and the palace. We will witness Gorkha Palace situated at thousand feet above Gorkha Bazaar. You can witness fabulous views including mountain views from the top of the Palace. Walking forward you can also visit Gorkhanath Cave. We can also witness the Gorkha museum where many belongings of King Prithivi has been kept.

      Day 04:Drive from Gorkha to Bachek 6hrs and trek to Sirandanda [1900 m], BLD, Homestay

      Today we will start our day with a drive to Bachek. This may take us around 6 hours. We can overlook Daraudi River which offers a thrilling experience. Once we get to Bachek we will trek short distance towards Sirandanda. Sirandanda has a wide range of medicinal herbs including Yarsagumba. The sunrise and sunset view from here looks magnificent and breathtaking.

      Day 05:Trek from Sirandanda to Barpak village (1920 m) 6hrs, BLD, Homestay

      We will start our trek walking northeast through the village of Mathar and Ghyachowk. Once we reach to Ghyachowk, we continue our walk following the trail that goes through Dewalsara, Goje, and Alagang. Now we finally arrive at Barpak Village.

      Day 06:Trek from Barpak to Laprak village [2100 m] 6hrs, BLD, Homestay

      We start our day following the trail that is gentle leveled path for a few hours. Moving forward we will cross through Basukang, which is a junction leading to Rupina La pass. Our trek continues gaining altitude at the village of Laprak. Laprak village is inhabited by Gurung and Tamang people.

      Day 07:Trek from Laprak to Nambai Kharka [2700 m] 5hrsBLD, Homestay

      We will continue to follow the trail that is moderate to walk. As we ascend, we come across Nambai Kharka. Nambai Kharka is an open field land that has very few houses. Killing animals is prohibited around this area. Natural vegetation is worth photographing around this area.

      Day 08:Morning Hike to Dharche Danda (3220 m) and trek to Tallo Thotneri (2440 m) 8hrs, BLD, Homestay

      Today we start a little early and hike to Dharche Danda. We can witness magnificent Panoramic views of more Than 20 highest  peaks including Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Machapuchare, Ganesh I, Ganesh II and Himalchuli. These views can be remarkable memory for your lifetime. Dharche Danda also holds huge religious significance among the Gurung tribe. After spending enough time at Dharche Danda we descend towards Tallo Thotneri.

      Day 09:Trek from Tallo Thotneri to Gyampesal via Sita Cave (1165 m) 6hrs, BLD, Homestay

      Today is the last day of our trek. We will trek downhill towards the famous Sita cave. Sita cave holds a strong religious significance among Hindu people and is surrounded by dense forest. After exploring the cave area we continue our trek until we arrive at Gyampesal.

      Day 10:Drive from Gyampesal back to Kathmandu 7hrs, BL.

      Today early morning after having breakfast we drive from Gyampesal towards Kathmandu. End of journey.

      • Cost for 1 PAX: $990 /-

        Cost for 2 or more PAX: $700 per person

        Note: Trip cost varies with the group sizes.

        Lower Manaslu Eco Trek Cost Breakdown

        Cost Include

        • Home-stays during trek with all meals
        • An experienced guide, required assistant guides
        • Manakamana cable car ride
        • Complimentary company t-shirt, route map
        • Certificate of appreciation
        • All necessary permits
        • Local entrance fees druing trek
        • Local government taxes and VAT

        Cost Exclude

        • Personal expenses of any sorts
        • Porter service
        • Extra meals and accommodations behind schedule
        • Gratuities to the field staffs (highly expected)

      Lower Manaslu Eco Trek Useful Information

      Customized Trips and Trip departure

      Lower Manaslu Eco Trek departs from Kathmandu as per our fixed departure dates. You can join any available fixed departure groups if you are a solo or small group travelers if you wish to, when the trips cannot be customized.

      But if you are in a private group, fixed departure dates are not suitable for you and so you need to choose your own dates and packages, when you can customize the trek as per your travel needs. For further information, please kindly contact your own friendly neighbor, Nature Lovers Treks and Tours.

      Accommodations in Kathmandu and during trek

      You will be staying in the homestays during the trek.

      Nature Lovers Treks and Tours has the best accommodation arrangement for you from the beginning to the end. We believe after the tough walking day, everyone deserves the proper rest and the right ambience to relax and chill. Therefore, our choice of accommodation is the best when it comes to the trekking days. The rooms will be clean and comfy. Our entire accommodations will be on twin-sharing basis as you can see, so you have to let us know if others; let’s say if you want triple or quadruple sharing or if you want a double bed, etc. There will be extra charge for the single supplement.

      Route Map and Company T-shirt

      Nature Lovers Treks and Tours offers you a complimentary trekking map and the company t-shirts.

      Safe Drinking Water during Lower Manaslu Eco Trek

      Hydrating yourself is the most important thing to do during the trek. You should drink at least 3 liters of water every day or more. The main reason is to avoid the altitude sickness and to avoid other health issues. Nature Lovers Treks and Tours provides you water purification tablets or liquids to purify the water in the mountains. You can even buy mineral water or boiled water on extra cost.

      Your trekking guides and porters

      Nature Lovers Treks and Tours has the best guides and porters in the whole tourism industry. We can guarantee you on that. Ask yourselves a question. What do you look for in a guide and a porter? Are they fully insured and are they paid well? Well, they are the staffs of Nature Lovers Treks and Tours so they are hundred percent happy with their treatment by the company. They are experienced, licensed and knowledgeable in the field. They are well paid and fully insured for their journey as well as for the medicals.

      Now, let’s talk about our backbones. The leader or a guide should have a significant knowledge in the climbing and trekking so that he can wonderfully and safely lead you, clearing any obstacles on the way. We, Nature Lovers Treks and Tours can proudly say that our guides (climbing, assistant, trekking guide) are highly qualified for the role. They are fully trained, experienced and licensed. They have undergone through a whole lot of training to make themselves useful in various situations and to make your journey a smooth and pleasant one.

      Our guide knows the local areas, the cultures, the traditions and the lifestyles much more than anyone do. Some of the things he tells you, might even be hard to find in the travel guide books. Depending upon the situations and weather conditions, the daily plans might change slightly which when happens, he will inform you beforehand. You should always be flexibly ready to accommodate to your guides’ instructions. Let him know if you have any health problems as well since he will act accordingly to the situation. Depending upon the group size, we will also provide you assistant guides and extra Sherpas if needed.

      Our porters are always fully equipped with the gears they need and as per the company policy, they are always insured and completely looked after. They are our backbone. We allow maximum weight of 25/30 kg to be carried by one porter. They are the strongest in our group with less communication skills. We also closely work with IPPG {International Porter Protection Group} and follow their ethics and guidelines.

      Your safety

      Nature Lovers Treks and Tours puts your safety as the top priority. We provide you our own comprehensive first aid medical kit bag along with the professional team of guides and porters. We are always in communication with our field team members to keep track of your safety and concerns. Your entire journey will be monitored by us and we make sure you enjoy your journey in full scale. We are available 24/7 for your health and safety checks during Lower Manaslu Eco Trek.

      Lower Manaslu Eco Trek Frequently Asked Questions

      How much does the Lower Manaslu Eco Trek cost?

      The cost of the Lower Manaslu Eco Trek varies depending upon the number of days you choose to trek. The longer the trek, more expensive it will become. Similarly, the price will differ with the group sizes also. Normally, Nature Lovers Treks and Tours offers a comprehensive package which is inclusive of all the cost and expenses for the entire journey. However, you could also choose to buy only service-based package from us when we will be providing you only the supporting field staffs plus trekking permits and you have to arrange the rest by yourselves.

      How is the Accommodation during the Lower Manaslu Eco Trek?

      In Lower Manaslu Eco Trek, we will provide you the homestay accommodations only. A homestay is typically a local house with addition of some extra beds and minor facilities to welcome the guest. Homestay is where you can stay and experience the local lifestyles and cultures. Most of the homestays have Asian style of toilets and no attached bathrooms while few have European toilets. Hot water and hot showers are available on added cost. Sleeping blankets are usually provided but we recommend you to carry your own sleeping bags for the hygienic purpose {can be arranged on request}. At the same time, it’s better to carry your own toiletries including the towels.

      What are the permits that I need for Lower Manaslu Eco Trek?

      For Lower Manaslu Eco Trek, you will need to make only one permit: TIMS Card (Trekkers’ Information Management System).

      How does this tipping system in Nepal work and do I have to tip?

      Tipping is not compulsory for Lower Manaslu Eco Trek however tipping is all about showing your gratitude and appreciation. We care about our staffs in the fields so we expect you to look after them in return for them looking after you throughout your journey. They are your closest friend in the remotest parts and also your protector whenever anything seems to happen to you. So tipping is highly expected and we’ve made it mandatory too. The amount of gratuities can be determined by yourselves. Normally, a guide and also a porter expects around $10 or more per day.

      Can I charge my phones, batteries or other electronic devices in Lower Manaslu Eco Trek?

      You can normally charge your electronic devices during Lower Manaslu Eco Trek but by paying small amount or fees for charging. Don’t forget to buy a plug adapter or socket fittings before you leave Kathmandu.

      Is there WiFi and mobile signal on the Lower Manaslu Eco Trek?

      Lower Manaslu Eco Trek route has good mobile network coverage most of the days so you can buy one of the Nepali Sim cards from any local phone shops in Kathmandu and use the mobile data during the trek whenever available.

      WiFi is sometimes available in Lower Manaslu Eco Trek route on extra cost. When it does, the signal varies from place to place and please don’t expect to receive the fast data coverage in the trek.

      When is the best time to trek to Lower Manaslu region?

      Lower Manaslu Eco Trek can be done throughout the year. However in average, Spring {March, April and May} and Autumn {September, October and November} are the best times or seasons to trek to Lower Manaslu. Spring and Autumn are known as the Peak season or Busy season in Nepal. It’s because the temperature is moderate during these seasons and the best panoramic mountain views are guaranteed while during other Summer {June, July and August} and Winter {December, January and February} season, the clear weather is not guaranteed. But if you are an explorer, a photographer and a peace lover, less busy season can also be the right time to do Lower Manaslu Eco Trek.

      Do I have to worry about the altitude sickness in Lower Manaslu Eco Trek?

      The itinerary of our Lower Manaslu Eco Trek is perfectly designed by Nature Lovers Treks and Tours and has separated enough time in the places to let the body acclimatize well in high altitudes. As long as you follow the guide, you should be fine. Altitude sickness in fact can affect anyone regardless of the age or the fitness level, so it is very important to walk slowly and gradually as you go higher. Learn more in details about Altitude Sickness to prepare yourselves for the upcoming Lower Manaslu Eco Trek.

      Do I need to be healthy and physically fit for Lower Manaslu Eco Trek?

      When it comes to trekking in the mountains, health and fitness of a person plays a vital role. If you are a healthy person without any serious medical problems, Lower Manaslu Eco Trek is for you but if you have any sorts of medical issues, please consult to your doctor before coming to Nepal for the trek. We will be gaining the high altitude of 3220 m above the sea level which is not a joke. People normally start to have breathing problems above 3000 meters from the sea level, if they have pre-existing health conditions.

      Now when it comes to the fitness level required, Lower Manaslu Eco Trek requires moderate physical fitness. The trekking includes daily walks of about 4-8 hours and involves some ascents and descents which means you need at least some practices before you start the trekking journey. If you do not have the previous trekking experience, that’s fine but obviously if you have previous experiences, it will be lot easier. For those not having previous trekking experiences, please exercise regularly for at least few weeks prior to your trekking departure. Go for the morning walks, do some jogging as you get time, participate in some cycling activities, etc. This way, you will be good to go for trekking to Lower Manaslu region.

      What kind of food items or meals can I eat on Lower Manaslu Eco Trek?

      Full meals are included during the trek. Tea and coffee will also be provided during the entire trip. During the trek, you will have your breakfast and dinner in the same homestay where you spend the night while the lunch will be served en route towards the next destination of the day. There are limited choices to choose from; Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian, Continental, etc.

      The most common and the highly recommended food during the Lower Manaslu Eco Trek is typical Nepali Dal Bhat {rice and lentil}; even better without meat, means Nepali Vegetarian Dal Bhat. You can also eat other food items such as seasonal vegetables, noodles and spaghetti, pastas, pizzas and French fries, soups, etc. depending upon the availability. For the beverage, you can either choose warm, hot or cold beverages; soft drinks, beer and hard drinks. For the breakfast, you can order cereals, breads, noodle soups, egg dishes, etc.

      Do I need a travel insurance for Lower Manaslu Eco Trek?

      Travel insurance is a must when you trek to Manaslu region. Therefore before you come to Nepal, please make sure you have your insurance documents with you since our insurance companies cannot insure foreign nationals. Because of the reason that they cover all the expenses, if you face some unfortunate happenings and you have to be rescued or medically assisted during the trip or if your belongings are lost or stolen. We strongly advise you to take out an insurance which covers any medical risks up to 3200 meter as well as the medical evacuation from the mountains.

      What gears and equipment do I need to pack for Lower Manaslu Eco Trek?

      Choosing the right gear and equipment is important as well for the successful trek to Lower Manaslu region. Pack the right gears and equipment but remember, packing as light as possible is the best way to go. You should read this What to take for travel to get all the details on what you need to pack or carry to get to Lower Manaslu Eco Trek and back.

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