Lower Manaslu Trek - 10 Days

DESTINATION
Nepal
REGION
MANASLU REGION TREK
DURATION
10 Days
NATURE OF TREK
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
MAX ALTITUDE
5,160m at Larkya la pass
GROUP SIZE
2 - 14 People
START/END POINT
Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
ACTIVITY
Manaslu Trek
SEASON
Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec.
MEAL
Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
ACCOMMODATION
Selected hotel in Kathmandu and home stay during the trek
TRANSPORTATION
Private vehicle

About the Trip

Lower Manaslu Trek is an adventurous classic trek to the untouched region of Nepal, offers an immense opportunity to experience the mountain scenery, beautiful landscapes, river falls and forests. Experts consider the Manaslu Circuit Trek among the best treks in Nepal. Despite its recent rise in popularity, the Manaslu Trek remains remote and off-the-beaten-path compared to the better-known teahouse treks in Nepal. The trek takes you around Manaslu, the world's eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft).

  Highlights

  • Explore historical Gorkha Palace, home of the king Prithvi Narayan Shah, Gorkha museum, Gorakkhali temple.
  • Visit religious significance Manakaman Temple, a wish-fulfilling goddess.
  • Experience local culture, art and craftsmanship.
  • Observe spectacular panoramic Himalayan ranges and production of organic agriculture product.

Benefits

  • Private transport to and from our hotel in Kathmandu to Kathmandu’s international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
  • Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude.    It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.

 Overview

Hiking through an excellent serene and full of natural grandeur around the lower Manaslu trek that gives insights into the unique experience of a great ancient historical, religious, cultural, ecological, and archaeological significance place in Gorkha district. It is also famous for a historical tour, pilgrimage tour and agro-tourism and community-based homestay trek. Manakamana temple, Gorkha Durbar, Sita cave, traditional art and craftsmanship, and wonderful views of snow-capped mountains are the proximate spot of attraction.

Historically, Gorkha, home of Gorkhas was the first capital city of Nepal, from where unification hub of unified modern Nepal was initiated by late king Prithvi Narayan Shah. Similarly, the Gorkhas army is also worldwide recognized as the name of legendary brave warier after their crucial contributions to the British during the Second World War.

10 day Lower Manaslu trek itinerary is newly introduced moderate grade trekking in the heart of central Nepal, one of the closest trekking regions from the capital city of Kathmandu, reachable by bus ride along the Prithivi highway from Kathmandu to Kurintar at the cable car station. Whereas trek initially starts from Manakamana temple, a major religious tourist destination, trek routes from Manakamana to Gyamshal, whilst the historical Gorkha palace, the birthplace and home of Prithvi Narayan Shah at the top of small hillock along with Gorkahkali temple - goddess of Kali and Gorkha museum, a collection of artefacts and personal belongings of King Prithivi Narayan Shah can be observed. On the whole, Manakaman temple and Gorkha Durbar making of magnificence pagoda architectural design are certainly charismatic for those travellers who wish to explore ancient history and architecture. In addition, these places are also a vantage point to offer a delightful scene of green valleys and the views of Himalayan ranges.

More than 20 Himalaya panoramic view of Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Sringi Himal, Ganesh Himal and several other prominent peaks from Darche Danda-the highest point of the trek is breathtaking as well as extremely popular to have the perfect view of sunrise.

The most isolated Gurung village Barpak, the village of army men and also renowned as the village of the late Capt. Gaje Ghale who was honoured with Victoria Cross Medal of Great Britain.  Wooden roofed houses, awesome landscape, and Gurung culture are a notable feature of a very beautiful Laprak Village.  Memorial park at very charming Magar village Bunkot is the historic birthplace of Lakhan Thapa, the first martyr of Nepal, Sirandada village is a  rich diversity of medicinal herbs and organic tea production, caving experience in site cave surrounded by the forest on the way to GYampesal is thrilling and adventurous.  

Trekking to lower Manaslu is one of the best destinations to explore enriching and unparallel historical, religious, cultural, ecological, and archaeological importance place. This trek is a fully supported homestay to perceive more in-depth about locals and remarkable information of Nepal countryside people of Lower Manaslu.  Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal organize a trek to lower Manaslu at the reasonable cost with flexible holiday program.

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal would like to recommend all our trekkers that they should add an extra day at Kathmandu at weekdays (Not in the weekend) before we start our Lower Manaslu Trekking next day after for Manaslu special permit process where we need your original Passport with Nepali visa at Immigrant Office Nepal and also for official Briefing as proper mental guidance and necessary information just to have a recheck of equipment and goods for the journey to make sure you haven't forgotten anything and if forgotten, then make sure that you are provided with those things ASAP on that very day at our office. On our way, we'll be travelling in public buses but if you want a bit comfortable ride as the road is not that good we can provide you jeep at some extra cost as simple cars can't go there.

  Day To Day Itinerary

Days 1 -Drive and trek to Ghairung.


Days 2 -Trek to Gorkha Bazaar.


Days 3 -Excursion day in Gorkha.


Days 4 -Trek to Sirandanda.


Days 5 -Trek to Barpak.


Days 6 -Trek to Laprak.


Days 7 -Trek to Lambai Kharka.


Days 8 -Trek to Tallo Thotneri.


Days 9 -Trek to Ghyampeshaal.


Days 10 -Drive to Kathmandu


  Includes:

  • Transport from Kathmandu to Kurintar by local bus.
  • Tea House/lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • All Standard Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the Trek.
  • Official KTAN (Government registered and licensed) Expert Guide, 1 Assitant Guide for 12 Or Above Trekkers, with accompanying porters (generally, 1 porter per 2 trekkers) to assist with carrying gear during the trek. (We cover the porters’meals, lodging, salary, transport, insurance, equipment, and other essentials.)
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • Transport from Gyampesal to Kathmandu by local bus.
  • All Government and local taxes.
  • Assistance in arranging emergency rescue (funded by travel insurance).
  • Appreciation Certificate of Completion.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu the eve of your international departure.

  Excludes:

  • International Flight.
  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and Accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • Personal Expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, bar bills, beverages, snacks.
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Extra shower fees at lodges along the trail, battery re-charge fees, and incidental expenses along the trail.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters.
  • Any additional costs or delays caused by events beyond our control. e.g. landslides necessitating trail diversions, weather delays, political unrest, illness, etc.

  Equipments Checklists:

Equipment lists for Lower Manaslu Trek

It is recommended to carry the basic clothing and accessories needed for the trek. The followings are suggestions that should be brought, although we understand that our clients have their own preference for clothing. Porters will be carrying the main luggage which should not exceed more than 20kg. Equipment can be hired in Kathmandu as well.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high-altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra Items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

 Trip Information

Safety

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal guarantee for the clients: safety, security and satisfaction. The team members of Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment and first aid kits and they have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick on high altitude, the leader will decide whether to continue the trek. In case of emergency, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal have rescue helicopter to bring you back from the higher elevation. Moreover, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal also provides oximeter to monitor oxygen level at high altitude and offers regular health check-up facilities.

How difficult is the trail?

No, basically you do not need any ropes or ice picks. Moreover, there is no vertical climbing. No matter who you are, as long as you are reasonably fit, can walk for 5-6 hours a day and trek/hike few uphills, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will guide you to reach Lower Manaslu trek.

Best Season

Spring (March to May) and Fall (October to November) are the best seasons to trek Manaslu Circuit trek to explore a clear view of Himalayas. The temperature is cold between December and February but the visibility is still good. Trekkers choose this season because there are few tourists on the trails. Admittedly, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal can make it happen in any season you want with all the safeties and fun.

How to avoid altitude sickness?

  • Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic and smoking items. 
  • Drink at least 4 litres of water a day. 
  • Trek slow.
  • Don't skip the acclimatization days.
  • Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms show up). 
  • Drink Garlic Soup.

A typical day on Trek

The hiking will be 5-7 hours a day depending upon the landscape and destination.

Permits

You need Manaslu special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees, Karma trek and Adventure Nepal will help you with all the necessary paperwork and let you enjoy your holidays to the fullest.

Travel Insurance

You need travel insurance prior to booking the trek which must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for trekking members. You should provide it to us before you start your trekking.

Luggage

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 18 kgs of luggage (maximum 9 kg for each trekker). Please be sure your porters are not overloaded because they do not carry only your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination.

Necessary Documents

You need to submit the following documents after the advance payment deposit and all the documents should be sent via email.

  • A copy of passport
  • Passport size photos
  • Flight details
  • Copy of travel insurance (it has to cover Heli rescue and medical evacuation)

Accommodation

For the Manaslu Circuit trek, you will be staying at teahouses/lodges, generally offering twin sharing room and healthy local foods. The toilets are outside the room or the house in a squat form. Hot showers/running water are available at extra cost in most of the places.

The Meals

The meal on this trek is very convenient but not as in cities. Along with Western meals, chapati, rice, local tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, various soups like Sherpa stew steaks, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles and thukpa are amazing Himalayan cuisines for the trekkers. Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will arrange a meal in special areas for its clients.

We won’t recommend non-veg items because the meat in such places may not hygienic and healthy. Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal also encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume them during the trek. So, our packages are suitable for both vegan and vegetarians.

Liquid to Drink at high altitude

Garlic soup is must while trekking. Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal recommend trekkers to drink green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon and ginger tea. However, it is better to avoid alcohol and alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items and hot-chocolates at high altitude.

Drinking-Water

Bottled water is easily available at low cost. But you can not use plastic bottles in the Manaslu region. So, they do not sell plastic bottled mineral water. You need to drink mineral water or boiled or filtered water in those areas. It is better to use water purification drops and tablets which you can either bring from your own country or buy in Kathmandu. Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal also provide water purifier pills.

Medicines

If you are allergic to specific medicines, it is better to consult your doctor and bring your own. Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal regard its clients as its family. So, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will facilitate you with medical kits and other safety concern to avoid altitude sickness and other probable sicknesses.

Don't worry, we'll pick you!

You will see a personal representative of Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal welcoming you outside the arrival lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport with your name pamphlets on her/his hand. S/he will take you to your selected hotel on private transportation conveniently.

Booking and Payment Process

You need to pay 10% in advance and the rest of the amount can be paid after your arrival in Nepal. We accept Credit Card, however, you will be charged an extra amount of 4 per cent as a service fee by the bank. So, Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal recommend you to pay in cash to enjoy the benefit of the discount. Any currency is accepted.

Tipping

Your porters are a big reason why you got a chance to feel something very few can have. Apart from guiding and carrying your necessities and being mindful of your safety, they want to see you happily succeeded more than anyone like family and help you successfully complete the trek safely. So, your tips reflect gratitude towards them. So, tipping is a recommended culture for porters and guide in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.

Gear

Karma Trek and Adventure Nepal will introduce to dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. You can also barter those gears at the knock-off places but be sure you keep the receipt safely. Moreover, you can rent the needed gears if you do not want to buy them.

Wi-Fi and Internet

Yes, most guesthouses offer Wi-Fi, for an extra cost.

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