These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.
The Lower Manaslu Trek is an extraordinary journey for those seeking to explore the more secluded corners of the Lower Manaslu region while immersing themselves in the rich tapestry of Nepalese local life. In just six days, this trek offers a unique window into the ancient history and majestic landscapes of this storied mountainous terrain.
Your adventure begins with a journey from Kathmandu to the enchanting Barpak Village (1920m) in Gorkha, accessible by a scenic bus ride. Barpak is renowned as the hometown of the late Capt. Gaje Ghale, a hero awarded the prestigious Victoria Cross of Great Britain. This quaint village also serves as the gateway to the Rupina la Pass Trekking. In the dry season, Barpak comes alive with 24-hour electricity, internet connectivity, comfortable lodges, and convenient bus services to Kathmandu. The village offers a breathtaking Himalayan panorama, framed by its distinctive sloping stone-roofed houses. During your stay, you can experience the warmth of local hospitality by opting for a homestay. It’s important to note that accommodations in Lower Manaslu are more basic compared to the more developed Upper Manaslu Circuit trek.
The recently introduced Lower Manaslu Trekking trail meanders through the southern valley of Manaslu in the Gorkha District of Nepal. This trek unveils a treasure trove of experiences, delving into the region’s historical, religious, ecological, and cultural significance. It was in Gorkha that King Prithivi Narayan Shah laid the foundation for modern Nepal, marking it as the country’s first capital and the birthplace of unification. For history and architecture enthusiasts, the historical Gorkha Durbar and its magnificent backdrop are bound to captivate.
While Lower Manaslu boasts stunning mountain vistas, it’s the prominent Gurung culture that truly defines this region. The settlements along the route are infused with the rich tapestry of Gurung traditions and heritage. Notable cultural destinations include Darche Danda, Sirandanda, Laprak, Nambai Kharka, and Barpak. Waking up to pristine sunrises, breathing in the fresh mountain air, and witnessing the vibrant local culture will rejuvenate your spirit. Lower Manaslu Trek is an immersion in nature’s embrace and an enriching journey of exploration.
Dharche Danda offers an unrivaled panoramic view, presenting over 20 Himalayan peaks in all their glory. Locals regard this hill as sacred, believing that offering prayers here bestows blessings and protection from misfortune. The vistas are nothing short of spectacular, with prominent peaks such as Annapurna, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Barashikhar, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Langtang, and more adorning the horizon. You’ll also catch glimpses of Ganesh I and II, Buddha Himal, Sringi Himal, Jaina Mata, Himal Chuli, and Ganesh III. The local culture comes alive through captivating dances and delectable cuisine. An overnight stay in a homestay adds an authentic touch to your Lower Manaslu experience.
The best time to embark on the Lower Manaslu trek is between March and June, and the window from September to early December is also quite suitable. During these periods, the lower reaches of the region offer a pleasant climate with neither extreme heat nor biting cold. The skies are clear, affording unobstructed views of the snow-capped mountains.
Nepal Wilderness Trekking takes great pride in leading the Lower Manaslu circuit trekking package with competitive pricing and a well-designed itinerary. Our expert guides and porters hail from the very region you’ll be exploring, making them masters of the terrain. Their deep-rooted knowledge and local insights ensure that you receive the most authentic and enriching Lower Manaslu trek experience possible.
In conclusion, the Lower Manaslu Trek is your gateway to a hidden gem within Nepal’s majestic landscapes. It’s a journey that offers not just natural beauty but a genuine connection with local culture and history. With Nepal Wilderness Trekking as your guide, each step will lead you deeper into the heart of this enchanting region, creating memories that will last a lifetime. So, gear up for the adventure, immerse yourself in the culture, and savor the tranquility of Lower Manaslu.