Lower Manaslu Trek

This trek offers an opportunity to discover the lower Manaslu region in Gorkha district, the ancient royal state of king Prithvi Narayan Shah who unified this modern Nepal. At the beginning of this trek, you will enjoy with the Nepal's only one cable car station to visit the very famous Manakamana Hindu temple. Then, you will visit the Gorkha Palace and it's ancient historical monuments. This lower parts of Manaslu region are less touristic than classic Manaslu route where you will explore the isolated ethnic villages with typical stone roof houses, original culture, warm traditional hospitality, their local agriculture etc. Though, there are many other ethnic groups, we can find the majority of ethnic Gurung people in this region who are very famous as Gurkha army in 1st world war and 2nd world war.

This trek starts from Ghairung near the famous Manakamana Temple and continues  through Gorkha Bazaar, Sirandanda, Barpak, Laprak, Lambai Kharka and Dharche Danda before ending  at Gyampesal. The highest altitude  point of this trek is Dharche Danda (3220m) from where we can observe the excellent  panoramic view of more than 20 Himalayan peaks such as  Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Bharatsikhar, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Lantang, Buddha Himal, Sarang Peak, Malkunti Peak, Babu Himal, Sringi Himal, Ganesh I, Ganesh II and Ganesh III.

Trip summery in facts:
Trip Title: Lower Manaslu  Trek
Maximum Elevation:3200m.
Walking Level: 5-7 hours per day.
Trip Duration: 12 Days
Mode of Operation: Home stay or Camping.
Best Season: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May & Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.
Trip Grade: Moderate
Group size: Minimum: 2 people to Maximum: 18 people

Outline Itinerary: Lower Manaslu Trek
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, welcome by ART member and transfer to hotel 2 star bed and breakfast.
Day 02: Kathmandu-Ghairung 3 hours  drive by bus, 5 hours  trek. Overnight camping
Day 03: Ghairung-Gorkha Bazaar 5 hours. Overnight camping
Day 04: Gorkha Bazaar Excursion: Gorkha Palace, Gorkhanath Cave, Gorkha Museum etc. Overnight camping
Day 05: Gorkha Bazaar to Sirandanda 6-7 hours. Overnight camping
Day 06: Sirandanda to Barpak 7 hours. Overnight camping
Day 07: Barpak to Laprak 6 hours. Overnight camping
Day 08: Laprak to Nambai Kharka 4 hours. Overnight camping
Day 09: Nambai Kharka to Tallo Thotneri 7 hours. Overnight camping
Day 10: Tallo Thotneri to Gyampesal  6 hours. Overnight camping
Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu by bus 6 hours  and  transfer to hotel 2 star at Thamel touristic city.Bed and breakfast included.
Day 12: International departure.

COST INCLUDES:
-Airport-hotel transfers by private car or tourist mini bus according to group size.
-2 nights 2 star level Hotel in Kathmandu at Thamel touristic city with breakfast except lunch and dinner.
-Trekking permits of Manaslu Conservation Area Project and TIMS cards.
-Accommodation in home stay or camping  twin basis.
-Food (breakfast, lunch & dinner) with hot drinks during the trek.
-Salary, insurance, transport, food and accommodation for guide and porters.
-Kathmandu to Ghairung  by local  bus  and  Gyambesal to Kathmandu  by local  bus.
-13 % VAT compulsory tax of Nepal Government and other local taxes.
-Experienced & professional English speaking trekking guide, assistant guide, cook  and porters.

COST EXCLUDES:
-Nepal visa fee 40 $  for a month. Nepal visa can be obtained upon arrival.
-International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
-Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
-Travel, trekking and helicopter rescue insurance.
-Cold and alcoholic drinks
-Personal high altitude medicines, first aid kits, equipment, gears, cloths, -20 degree sleeping bag etc.
-Personal expenses: phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge of camera or mobile and gas shower in mountain.
-Tips for guide, cook  and porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.

Clothing & Equipment Check List:
Important documents and items
Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
Sunglasses with UV protection
Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket *
Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
Lower Body
Non-cotton underwear briefs
1 pair of Hiking shorts
1 pair of Hiking trousers
1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
Cotton socks (optional)
Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
1 sleeping bag (- 15 degrees C)*
Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carry on)
1 large duffel bag *
A small day bag/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
1 compass or GPS(optional)
1 alarm clock/watch
1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
large Zip lucks
2 water bottles (1 liter each)
1 small folding knife
Binoculars (optional)
4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
1 medium-sized quick drying towel
Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
Deodorants
Nail clippers
Face and body moisturizer
Female hygiene products
Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
Wet wipes (baby wipes)
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
Reading book
Trail map/guide book
Journal and pen
iPod
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at tea houses and/or camps)
1 modest swim suit
Binoculars (optional)
Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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