Trek to Barpak and Laprak Village in Manaslu Camping Trek
Lying halfway between Kathmandu and Pokhara is the incredibly beautiful district of Gorkha. It is a land of mighty rivers and great mountains with hidden valleys and snowcapped peaks. Mt. Manaslu, the 8th highest peak in the world, lies in the northern part of this district. The region features several interesting villages just south of Mt Manaslu with some wonderful views of snowcapped peaks as well as an opportunity to experience the unique Gurung and Ghale cultures.
Barpak is a very large village situated on a hillock with a great view of the mountains to the north. The village is home to over 1300 homes and has a population of around 10,000. It is also the birthplace of the first Gurkha soldier in the British Army to earn the Victoria Cross for bravery.
The village of Barpak is home to three faiths: Buddhist, Hindu and Christian. The Gurung community is so large that it is split between the Ghale caste as well as other Gurung castes, creating a strong sense of ethnic pride.
Laprak Village is located northeast of Barpak and is also a Gurung village situated at an altitude of 2300 meters. Their traditional homes, built on the side of a cliff, are made of stone with wooden roofs. This village was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake, but is being rebuilt with determination by its residents who have lived here for centuries.
This trek is also referred to as the Manaslu Cultural Trek, and is a delightful experience. There are great views of the mountains, including Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Bouddha Himal (6,672 m), Himalchuli (7,893 m), Rupina-La Pass (4,643 m), Shringli Himal (7,187 m) and Ganesh Himal (7,429 m) All snowcapped peaks that rise magnificently into the cobalt blue skies.
There are fast flowing rivers, many waterfalls, wildflowers and much more to see. The trail is an easy trail, and definitely enjoyable as you pass through beautiful mountain villages. This trip is a showcase of the rich Gurung culture.
We at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition are very pleased to be able to offer this wonderful experience into one of the most beautiful areas of Nepal within the shadow of Mt. Manaslu.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
DAY 2 – Drive to Gorkha City – 5 hours
DAY 3 – Trek to Arukul – 6 hours
DAY 4 – Trek to Kalibote – 6 hours
DAY 5 – Trek to Barpak Village – 6 hours
DAY 6 – Trek to Laprak Village – 6 hours
DAY 7 – Trek to Khorlabesi – 7 hours
DAY 8 – Trek to Soti Khola – 5 hours
DAY 9 – Drive to Kathmandu, 7 hours
DAY 10 – Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be greeted by your representative of Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition and taken by private vehicle to your Three Star Hotel.
DAY 2 – Drive to Gorkha City (elev. 1060 m): We will drive today to the district city of Gorkha, the ancestral home of the kings of Nepal. We will take a private vehicle to this city, situated on the side of a hill. The old palace sits at the apex of the hill which has on clear days incredible views of the mountains to the north. We cross the pass out of the Kathmandu Valley and follow the Trisuli River as it cuts a major canyon in the valley. We will spend the night at our tented camp.
DAY 3 – Trek to Arukul (elev. 570 m): We begin our trek following the Daudanda River northward. We pass through rice fields and farms with the mountains looming to the north. The Daudanda River is the major waterway that drains the upper Manaslu region. We will camp at Arukul for the night. Trekking time is 6 hours.
DAY 4 – Trek to Kalibote (elev. 750 m): We continue to trek up the Daudanda River Valley as we pass an important battlefield where the king of the Ghale people was defeated in an act of subterfuge. He was invited to dine with another regional king and in the process, his local wine was poisoned. Once the Ghale king was dead, the other soldiers attacked the Ghales on the Daudanda River to win a major victory. To this day, the Ghale people will not drink water from the river at this point. We continue to follow the river upstream, camping at Kalibote. Trekking time is 6 hours.
DAY 5 – Trek to Barpak (elev. 1950 m): Today the journey now goes uphill as we make our way to the village of Barpak. There are incredible waterfalls along the way, suspension bridges to cross and great views of Bouddha Himal's snowcapped peak. We finally arrive at the very picturesque village of Barpak which sits at top of the hill with great views of the mountains. We will camp here overnight. Trekking time is 6 hours.
DAY 6 – Trek to Laprak Village (elev. 2100 m): We leave Barpak and trek over the pass to our destination of Laprak where we see closer views of the mountains. To the north is the trail to Rupina-La Pass that leads to the upper Manaslu trails. Our journey won't take us there, but there are fields of wildflowers as we climb higher and higher until we reach the village of Laprak, which is on the side of a steep cliff. We will camp here for the night. Trekking time is 5 hours.
DAY 7 – Trek to Khorlabesi (970 m): The day begins early as we make our way downhill toward the village of Khorlabesi where we plan to camp for the night. The trail can be steep at times, but the views of the river valley below are awesome. We will make our way to the Budhi Gandaki River, which drains the upper Manaslu regions, forming a major river in Nepal. We will spend the night in Khorlabesi. Trekking time is 7 hours.
DAY 8 – Trek to Soti Khola (elev. 700 m): We follow along the Budhi Gandaki River today, heading downstream to wonderful little village of Soti Khola. Along the way, we see wonderful waterfalls as well as great rapids as the Budhi Gandaki swirls and cuts its way southward. This is our last day of trekking, camping for the last night at Soti Khola. Trekking time is 5 hours.
DAY 9 – Return to Kathmandu: The trek has come to an end, and we now take a private vehicle It is a great trip through some forested areas until we finally come to the main highway back to Kathmandu. We will spend the night in our Three Star Hotel in the city. There will be a farewell dinner with cultural show in the evening.
DAY 10 – Final Departure: All good things must come to an end, and your trip to Nepal is no exception. Before leaving, why not talk to your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition about returning to Nepal for your next holiday. The vast majority of people make a return trip to Nepal because they are impressed by not only the beauty, but also the local people. Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition offers trips into neighboring Tibet, Bhutan and India. Be sure to discuss your interests and plans with them today.
While traveling with Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition, your all-around safety and satisfaction is of our paramount concern. Please not that the Trip Leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of this itinerary if it is considered necessary due to any safety concern. We leave no stones unturned to keep the itinerary mentioned above, but as this adventure includes traveling to remote areas of the Himalayas, we can't guarantee that we will not be forced to make last minute changes in our plans. Factors enter into these decisions include extreme weather conditions, unexpected natural disaster, health concerns of any of our group members, etc., can all contribute to the necessity of make unexpected changes. Your SNFT trip leader will try to insure that the trip runs as planned, but we kindly request that you please be accommodating if such changes do occur.
THE TREKKING GROUP:
For this trip, there will be a Trek Leader and Sherpa Porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. However, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking can run this trek for the group of any size. Generally, the maximum number of trekkers that the company has found optimum is 12.
All accommodations for the Gorkha Cultural Camping Trek are on twin-sharing basis with inclusive costs and are chosen based on standard hygiene and standard of food, services, locations, etc. There will be two styles of accommodations during this trek. We will spend two nights at a Three-Star Hotel in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will spend seven nights in comfortable two men camping tent. To sleep in tent, 4 season sleeping bag and foam mattress will be provided. We maintain standard comfort in every matter based on the enforceable conditions such as weather calamities. All hotel and camping accommodation is on twin sharing basis. Solo travelers may share a room or tent, or if requested, you may indicate your preference and get single room/tent on request by paying additional fee. We will do our best to try and make the appropriate arrangements.
During Gorkha Cultural Camping trek, we can enjoy freshly cooked, hygienic and delicious the typical Nepali meals on full board basis prepared by our experienced and trained cook during the trek with different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). We can even enjoy hot chocolates, a variety of breads, drinks and snacks. Lunch will be served on the way to our destination and usually along the trail. Note that at the camping trek, the food is good, although the menus will be limited. During your stay in Kathmandu, a farewell dinner along with breakfasts will be served.