Trekking in Nepal

Lower Manaslu Trek

Lower Manaslu Trek
  • Total Duration

    13 days
  • Trek Grade

    Easy to Moderate
  • Trek Duration

    05 days
  • Max Elevation

    2800m at Darche Danda
  • Mode of Trek

    Homes Stay/Camping
  • Trek Starts

    Chanaute
  • Trek Ends

    Ghyampesal
“Explore The Virgin Land Of Original Kingdom Of Nepal”

Overview

You better call it off-the-beaten trail as this trail is less treaded by foreign tourist. This so far is the reason that you will be able to observe the needy village in the sense that they are educationally backward, people here face difficulty in having safe drinking water supply, the people don't know much about the importance of having safe kitchen, clean toilet etc. To talk about the modern sign of civilization like internet, email, computer is just beyond their reach.

The itinerary as attached below is formed with the help of the local active member who is trying their best to promote the area for tourism so that the local people can get the benefits directly out of it by making their village home-stay destination. As of now the region as in the itinerary is not so remote and you see no tourist at all. During your trek you will not be going above average 3000m and hence there is very less chance of getting altitude sickness if you are trekking for the first time.

The visit to model village of Sirubari before the trek is to show how and what an ideal village look like. You can see how well it is developed itself into an ideal village that has all the means of communication, the people know more about the sanitation, drainage, education and boasts of well stocked health post. It's like every individual in the village is well aware of the importance of keeping their culture and tradition intact in the course of their search to turn their village well maintained and developed in every aspects of village life. You will have chance to home stay here in any of the welcoming host villager. In fact you can be treated like the family members by eating together with them if you have time you can walk together in their field and other daily chores to make you understand how daily village life goes on.

All the villages that are incorporated in this itinerary are accessible and we know the locals in the area and therefore we can get good co-operation in the operation of the whole project. Few villages in the itinerary like Barpak are well developed one and you can have home-stay there. But other villages during trekking do not have the facility to welcome home-stay perhaps due to congested room and therefore you will be having our own camping staff with tents and cooking crews. Wherever there is possible you will home-stay but in other places you will set up your tent.

In the whole trek you walk past the villages inhabited by the mixed communities of Brahmin, Chhettri, Newar, Tamang, Sherpa, Ghale and Gurung at the lower part and as you trek further you will find Tamang villages with monastery and also Sherpa people living together with them in harmony. And you walk past villages that are completely inhabited by Gurung and some other are inhabited by Ghale community only which means you will have chance to see the different culture of the different communities that come across during the trek.

In terms of trek grade it's easy to moderate having to walk up and down and on the ridge slope at the higher point with good views of Himalayas. Some section of the trail are rudimentarily made, one section passes through the landslide area where there is copper mining and in such areas close attention should be made while walking on the trail. The places like Sirandada, Barpak and Gorkha, old capital will be the highlights of our trek.


Departures

SPRING - AUTUMN

10 March to 22 March
15 October to 27 October

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and Transfer to Hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus. Overnight in Hotel
Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of the Kumari, the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka, and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure. Overnight in Hotel
Day 03: Drive to Sirubari (1700m) 07 Hrs
Early morning today you will be picked up for your day's drive through the beautiful countryside villages towards the famous Gurung village of Sirubari. Sirubari village is a totally unspoiled Gurung settlement set in the hills at an altitude of 1700 metres above sea level. The climate is ideal at any time during the September to June season with warm days and cool nights. The village is a short drive and walk from Pokhara, the major tourist centre for the Annapurna region. It is reached from the road to Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. You will be welcomed into the community and invited to stay in the home of one of the village families. The accommodation is simple but comfortable with good bedding and clean toilet facilities. The food is delicious and you will be eating as one of the family. Each night there will be entertainment provided by the community. This will be in the form of traditional Gurung and Nepali dancing and singing, you can join in if you like. As the locals are all Buddhist, the village gompa, a simple but beautiful temple, will be a feature of your stay. There will be the chance to get a blessing from the resident lama before you leave. Just because you are not trekking it doesn't mean that you won't see the mountains. An easy walk above the village is a viewpoint at Thumro. At 2300 metres this is the highest point south of Pokhara and the views on a clear day are spectacular. Spread before you are rolling foothills dotted with isolated farming communities and crowned by an array of snow peaks that will leave you breathless. From Langtang in the east, through Machhapuchare and the Annapurnas and around to Dhaulagiri the Himalayan giants all line up for your camera to capture. Overnight stay at local home/tented camp
Day 04: Full day in Sirubari
During your stay you will be able to feel what it is like to live the life of a Nepali villager. Walk with your host family while they go about their daily chores, tending animals, tilling the fields, going to school with the children, or just sitting in the sun talking to neighbors. Feel free to wander, safely, by yourself and look at all of the developments that the community have supported and funded; the primary health centre with its doctor, the agricultural service centre, the veterinary hospital, the plant nursery and forest plantation. The list goes on and on. And, at the end of your stay, you will be overwhelmed by the farewell that your new family will give you. If you never come this way again the village and its people will remain in your heart forever. Overnight stay at local home/tented camp
Day 05: Drive to Chanaute (700m) 07 Hrs
Today we take a day's drive to Chanaute which is a small village having 30-40 households situated at the confluence of rivers Dharaundi and Chanaute. The place is inhabited by Magar, Gurung, Tamang, Chetteri, Brahmins and Newar communities. Being situated at the confluence of the rivers the surrounding lands are so fertile that they can grow paddy, corns, millet, barley and green vegetables year round. Overnight stay at local home/tented camp
Day 06: Trek to Sirandanda (2200m) 06 Hrs
After our breakfast here we begin our walk uphill through the forest of sal, katus, chilaune upto a bigger settlement of Magar, Gurung, Chhetri, Brahmins etc. We can find seasonal fruits like orange, banana, pineapple and crops like millet, corn, mustard etc. We can also have good view of Boudha Peak, Hinuchili, Darshey Danda from here. After a bit of rest at Muchuk we continue walking up to another village of Bachak market from where we can have good views of Fishtail, Annapurna range, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Boudha peak. This is also well known for the fabulous sunrise and sunset views. Then we walk past Tamang village of Namkhyu from where the gradual uphill walk will bring us at Sirandanda. Sirandanda is inhabited by Sherpa and Tamang ethnic groups and they have maintained their own Monastery. This is one of the places in the lower region that we can have chance to see the thriving Tibetan Buddhism Culture. Potato is the only staple vegetable that can be grown here. The right altitude and the good weather here offer Sirandanda as the best place in the locality for growing tea, coffee and cardamom which is the only cash crops for the villagers here. Overnight stay at local home/tented camp
Day 07: Trek to Baluwa (800m) 06 Hrs
After our breakfast and good views of the mountain we walk down a bit and then follow the level trails up to Gyachok VDC from where you will walk down steeply to Dharaundi River (A holy River) and continue walking through the bank of Daraundi River and farmland towards Baluwa. Overnight stay at local home/tented camp
Day 08: Trek to Barpak (2600m) 06 Hrs
Today after our breakfast here you will walk following the Daraundi River for about an hour then continue walking up until you reach the famous village of Barpak, the most populated and the dense settlement of Gurung and Ghale communities and is well known as an ideal village having all the modern facilities like communication, sanitation, schools, health post, schools etc. Overnight stay at local home/tented camp
Day 09: Trek to Darche Danda (2700m) 06 Hrs
After the wonderful time in Barpak you will climb up past the Buddhist monastery up to Momje Danda. From here you will continue walking on the ridge up to Natur Danda and then the further walk brings you at Darche Danda which is being promoted by the local communities as the herbal heritage because of the facts that the area abounds with different types of herbal plants and also wild animals. From here you can also have fabulous views of Ganesh Himal in the East, Boudha Peak, Hiunchuli and Shringi Peak in the North and Fishtail and Annapurna II Mountains in the West. If you climb up a bit to the hill top for about 20 minutes you can have good view of even Manaslu Himal. Overnight stay at local home/tented camp
Day 10: Trek to Ghyampesal (850m) via Swanra Bhanjyang and Thala 07 Hrs
From here you will walk steep downhill through thick Rhododendron forest till you reach the Tamang village of Thala with about 20-25 households. Again you’ll continue walking to Thotneri Gaun, then Kharchok Bhanjyang in Swanra VDC. From here you will climb up gradually to Sulikot from where you can have good views of Dharaundi River flowing down, Salyantar of Dhading district, Arukot, Tandrang Kot (Kot signifies one of the smaller states during the reign of Prithvi Narayan Shah), Bachchek Bazar. From here you will walk down for about an hour up to Gyazi Copper Mine where you have to be careful crossing the landslide area until you reach another Gurung village of Mulabari. From here you will continue passing through the several villages like Deurali village, Gairiichhap Gaon, Lama Gaon and Pahare and then to Gyampesal. Overnight stay at local home/tented camp
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu 07 Hrs
Today you’ll take a morning drive to Kathmandu. The journey continues passing several farm villages and towns till it reaches the main Kathmandu / Pokhara highway at Aambu Khaireni. From here the drive is smooth on the busy winding road to Kathmandu taking almost 07 hours drive. Overnight in Hotel
Day 12: Free day in Kathmandu
Today is a free day in Kathmandu. Please let our staff or tour officer know if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for our extension trip white water rafting-Jungle Safari, paragliding or Bungee Jump. Overnight in Hotel
Day 13: Transfer to airport for final departure
Keep the departure time of international flight in mind, and make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and passport handy! Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from beautiful Nepal.

Useful Information

Tea House Trekking

On the more popular treks in Nepal, particularly in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges, similar to European style alpine lodges offering simple but comfortable accommodation and food. We offer a selection of single/twin sharing rooms in the best available lodges run to a high level of service. We also supply a four season sleeping bag and cotton liner free of charge on our teahouse treks. Hire of other key items if needed can be arranged in advance. During the trek you’ll have 3 meals a day, with a mixture of European and Asian style dishes and large portions. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals,to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools,lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses and all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nights. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Small Group Travel

Most of our trips, treks and tours are organized on a small group basis, usually with a maximum of 16 persons in a group. On family holidays the maximum number is 20 to allow a number of families to join a group. By keeping numbers small we are able to offer a friendly, personal and high quality service.

Tailor Made Private Charter Adventures

We offer a very competitive complete tailor made service and are happy to design private charter programs for individuals and for groups as well as to tailor any of our packages to more closely meet your requirements. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges, fundraising programs,student programs to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We don’t charge a fortune to tailor make a trip for you and we have plenty of ideas, suggestions and experience we’re happy to share. We’ll work closely with you to design your adventure. Our advertised brochure prices will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay but we’ll provide individual quotes based upon your itinerary, requirements,budget and number of people traveling. Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your flights, accommodation,guides,transport,permits,peak fees,equipment requirements,food and all ground handling service for treks, expeditions or tours, using our local knowledge, expertise and contacts. And you can get on with enjoying yourself.

Group and Club Organizers

If you are organizing a trip for a group or a club we will offer one free* additional place for every 10 bookings made. You can use this for your own travel, use it to reduce the overall cost of the trip for everyone or perhaps offer it as a fantastic prize for your group members or for a charity. Contact us for more details and for conditions (*permit fees, national park entry fees, airfares and departure taxes not included).

Grading System

In Nepal, the trails often zigzag with plenty of ascents and descents and it is better to think in terms of hours spent walking rather than miles covered. A typical day’s walking is from five to seven hours with a number of ascents and descents. This includes a one hour lunch stop, a comfortable pace of walking and time to enjoy your surroundings. We use four grades for our treks, intended to give you a general sense of what to expect and to help you choose which adventure will suit you best. Factors such as weather conditions, altitude, fitness level, experience, interests and how you feel on a particular day all contribute to how easy or strenuous you find a trip. If you’re unsure of whether a trek is suitable for you just contact us before making your booking.

Equipment Checklist

A pair of light hiking boots
A pair of sandals
2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
1 medium poly pro shirt
1 pile jacket
1 down jacket
1 woolen hat
A pair of sunglasses
A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (opt.)
A pair of woolen gloves
One Trekking pack 3000 cubic inches capacity
One Sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and One Sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30
Two Reading books (Optional)
One Walkman (Opt) and Music tapes (Opt) iPods Digi Camera and its Charger
A one liter water bottle
A pair of trekking poles
One flash light with 4 sets of batteries one -5 to -20 sleeping bag
Two T-shirts and one long sleeve T/city shirt
Two Trekking baggy pants

Toiletry Items

Towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc.

Miscellaneous Items

Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries, reading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items.

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