Your trip day starts today when you arrive to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our representative at the airport. He will be carrying a signboard with our company’s name on it. Then you will be transferred to the tour hotel and checked in. A trip briefing will follow later today and the time will be notified to you by the representative who picks you up from the airport. We will come to meet and brief you about the trip at the fixed time. Until then just relax or explore a bit of surrounding.
We take you for a day tour of cultural heritage monuments in Kathmandu valley after breakfast. The tour will give you a mixed insight into the history, culture, art, architecture and spirituality of Kathmandu valley. The sites include; Swoyambhunath aka Monkey Temple: The oldest of all sites in Kathmandu valley, Swoyambhunath is an important Buddhist spiritual site having a history of over two thousand years old. This site has gained a popular name as a monkey temple as this small forested hill is a good habitat for hundreds of monkeys. The visit there will heighten your spiritual and cultural experience. Patan City including Patan Durbar Square: A tour of the medieval city of Patan gives you a great insight into ethnic Newari culture, Buddhist spirituality, religious harmony, art and architecture while you stroll around the charismatic alleys taking you to magnificent local community squares known as Bahal and eventually leading you to an incredible medieval palace square. The monuments and skills of the local artisans displayed on those monuments in the square will stun you with their unbelievable charm. Pashupatinath- This temple is located at Gausala Devpatan. Pashupati is one of the revered and holiest pilgrimages for the world’s Hindus. In the holy Bagmati River Ghat Hindu Crematorium, watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the unique way of Hindu tradition in the world as well as you will observe typical Hindu Holy Men known as Sadhus. Boudhanath Stupa: The largest of its kind in the world, this magnificent stupa is a very important centre of faith for the people following Tibetan Buddhism. This place is a nice Circular Square with a stunning stupa in the middle of it which spreads a lot of spiritual vibrations around the atmosphere. After the tour finishes in Kathmandu overnight Hotel in Kathmandu.
We leave Kathmandu today to start the first day of trekking adventure. We will drive to Kurintar, 100 kilometers from Kathmandu, for about three hours. The day is a mixture of drive, cable car ride and trek. We will need to take a cable car ride to Manakamana temple on top of the hill. Manakamana temple is an important spiritual and historic center. Our walking journey for the day starts from here towards Ghairung as the destination for today. We will trek past Bakyaswori Mahadev temple and Sidhha Lakhan Cave along the way. We reach Pipalchhap village in Ghairung to stay overnight. The village will provide us a nice homestay experience.
We will take a full day today at Gorkha to explore the historic places in the town. The exploration will show us the Gorkha palace, Gorkha museum and Gorakhnath cave. Gorkha is the place from where the unification campaign of smaller kingdoms in medieval time had started. Exploring the places of historic importance will give us a nice time and experience at Gorkha Bazar today. We can also explore the town to find its daily rituals.
The journey today is more drive and short trek. We will drive to the village of Bhachek to start the trek for day. The drive is pretty long one of about 7 hours. Although it is a long day drive, it will bring us beautiful scenic views along as we drive towards Bhachek. The walk from Bhacheck to Sirandanda is of only about one hour. Sirandanda is an awesome place to stay overnight on top of the hill. We will experience another nice homestay experience at the village. The place is also a perfect viewpoint to enjoy the view of Manaslu range and the surroundings.
We will trek to Barpak village as our destination for the day. The trail takes us along beautiful places and surroundings. We will trek past wonderful cultural villages of Mathar and Ghyachok. Barpak village is an ethnic Gurung village on the ridge of a hill. A densely settled village, Barpak is one of the biggest villages in the region. We can explore the rich Gurung culture, their lifestyle and history in the village. Barpak village was the epicenter of the devastating earthquake in 2015 which completely shattered the village. The life there has come back to normalcy and the reconstruction work has been going on. We will see and experience the community strength in the time of difficult moments.
The walk today continues to another cultural village of Laprak. About six hours of walk today will take us to this amazing Gurung village. This village is an example of community strength. Like Barpak village, Laprak also has a dense settlement. In fact, Laprak village is an entire formerly village development committee and now single ward unit. Apart from being a cultural village, Laprak also provides amazing views of the surroundings.
The walk today will take us to Nambai Kharka to stay overnight. This is a grassy pastureland where people from Laprak village take temporary shelter when they go down for farming. It will be an easy walking day of about 4 hours to the destination. We will have a nice time wandering around the place once we reach there.
It is an early morning day today. We will hike to Dharche Danda for a spectacular sunrise. Dharche Danda that stands at the elevation of 3,220 meters above sea level is a wonderful viewpoint to see mountains. We will enjoy the view of beautiful mountain peaks in the Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal ranges of the Himalaya. It will be a wonderful morning here. Later, we will walk down to Tallo Thotneri to experience beautiful cultural riches of another Gurung village.
It’s the final day of trekking adventure in the Lower Manaslu region. We will trek to Ghyampesal village. The last day of the trek will bring us across beautiful middle hills locations and surroundings. This is a walking day full of nature and culture. We will also walk across a cave called Sita Cave which is a sacred spiritual place for the people living in the area. We stay at Ghyampesal tonight.
We will drive back to Kathmandu today via Gorkha Bazar. About 9 hours of bus journey will take us back to Kathmandu. Once we are in Kathmandu, we will have easy time relaxing and wearing off the tiredness of walking and driving. Yet, the memory of peaceful walking adventure remains deeply attached to our mind and heart. We will go for a farewell dinner in the evening.
We have come the final day of the big Lower Manaslu Trek and we hope that you enjoyed the adventure. Now, it’s the time to say a departing goodbye for this time with the hope to see you soon for next adventure. We will drive you to airport 3 hours before your flight schedule.