Days: 10 / Difficulty: 2 of 5 (Moderate)
Barpak village is situated upon the hill top about 1900 meter high from sea level, lies in the northern part of the Gorkha District, one of the beautiful historical places in Nepal. There are more than 1300 houses in this village. Barpak has its unique historic significance despite its isolation from mainstream politics and bustling cities. Its breadth taking natural beauty has melted so many hearts and drawn so many people from around the world. The unique sloppy shape of the village with clustered stone tile-roofed houses believe to be the reason behind main attractions to the people wishing to visit Barpak once they have seen pictures of Barpak. Barpak is one of the stopover village routes of trekking around Manaslu. Barpak has attracted countless tourists with its genuine hospitality of and unspoilt natural beauty. People can go to Narad Pokhari from Barpak which believe to be one of the pilgrimages of Hindus. It is believed that if you worship after taking bath here at Shrawan Shrangti, your wish would come true. But there is a myth that you must go there once you said you want to go; nevertheless journey is believed to be very harsh through the challenging mountain path. There are so many possibilities of developing eco tourism in Barpak as it has so much to offer to the guests. Its rich culture, warm and friendly people breadth taking scenes of Himalaya watching Barpak, overlooking valleys of Darauti river and Treks to Dharkey Danda, Narad Pokhari or just a chill out tour around the village and many interesting festivals. Ghale Language is spoken practically in Barpak and surrounding which has different dialects eg. KHORLA, UIYA, JAGAT, PHILIM, NYAK. Ghale language is spoken by almost 25 thousand populations around Barpak Uiya Pukri to Gumda area. Barpak is believed to be very old settlement historically in the sense that people still practice Bona religion. They seemed to have adapted Buddhism and Hinduism over the centuries and now there is small minority of Christianity. It has one monastery and one temple and one church. But in practice; Barpakies go to Dhami Dorong (cemetery) on Baishak Purnima (on Buddha’s Birthday) to worship and get blessing from their ancestors. They gather especially brothers of same clan believed to be extended family from same forefather this day to remember their ancestors and get blessing from them offering food and wine following ritual puja from kul Jhakri(chosen Seamen). Barpakies celebrate maghey sangranti, push pandra dashain tihar chaitey dashain besides Biashak Purnima. In fact they celebrate Dashain more gracefully then anywhere else when most of the families gather at their homes in this festival. The head of the village would keep Jamara and start Dashain on Ghatashthapana. Every body especially children have to put on new cloth in Dashain and every home most sacrifice a sheep or goat to celebrate Dashain. Dashain ends with putting away fulpati and Chelo competition but it is still unclear as how long Barpakies have been celebrating Dashain.
“LAPRAK ’’ village is the most wonderful, heavenly and exciting, remote area of the Gorkha district. It’s a thick houses inhabited by Gurung’s .The Laprak village is 125 km northwest of Kathmandu and 65 km northwest of Gorkha headquarters. The Gurung village is situated in the hills at an altitude of 2,300 m above the sea level. The Laprak Gurung village is own their Gurung languages and culture, traditional and the houses is made by whole stone and the roof tops is covered by wood. The villagers are mainly source of independent with their agriculture and farming the land field. There are all locally produced many food items such as grain, vegetable, potato, milk, maize, barley, wheat, millet, bean others things also in this village. The social life is replete, completely with interesting risible of life cycle, birth wedding, death etc. There is to live inhabit and existence only Gurung peoples and Kamis in Laprak. They are celebrates many festival like Buddha Jayanti, Ghatu dance ,Lhosar, tihar, Dashain, Maghesakkranti, Chewarar, Ahaun, Rodhi etc as the whole Gurung castes are all Buddhist religious. The visitors to Lapraki Gurung village are welcomed and respectful with offering of garlands and Tika (Rice and Yogurt mixing with color) while music and dance are performed and traditional farewell songs for the guests. The people of Laprakies keep goats and sheep and use wool from these animals to make attractive products .The make cloths and bags from nettle fiber and scarf, towels and shawls from the wool of angora Rabbits and to make of different products from the bamboo. The Laprak Gurung village is major tourist area of the Manaslu Region. There is surrounding, satellite by green forest and National flower, blossom of a plant like rhododendron and other ever green shrub also…
An easy walk above the village is a view point at “Gurung Hill” pusudanda at 3000m this is the highest point south of he Gorkha .We can see many view and Panorama, magic, mysterious and spectacular, sunrise in the morning and many Himalayan range like as Manaslu (8163m), Bouddha Himal (6672m), Himalchuli (7893m), Rupina-la pass (4643m), Shringi Himal (7187m), Ganesh Himal (7429m) and Langtang Himalayan range, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna Himalayan range etc. And many visitors are to go from this Laprak village way around the Manaslu, high altitude Larkye La pass (5213m). So this is a must wonderful and majestic, exciting the picturesque hill town place of western part of Nepal. It’s a really Spiritualism dreamland and Snow land, heavenly of Laprak Gurung village and most important Rural Tourism Sector of this Manaslu Region.
We designed this Laprak culture trek for those peoples, which is not have enough time to go there in Himalaya Nepal, who have a certain time but wants to do a lots of things in that certain times, which is want to get to closely into the real Nepalese lifestyle and culture of ethnic groups of the Himalayas in the certain period and who want to exploration in the villages and alpine vegetation with flora & Fauna. Not frequented by many tourists and it situated in central Nepal, northwest of Kathmandu. The terraced hillsides seem to climb to sky. Many interesting ethnic groups a mixed of lifestyle offer you a glimpse into real Nepali life and this gives you an opportunity to observe the rich Nepalese cultural traditional from the closest quarter and intermingle with locals, hence giving you a sense of satisfaction.
Fact of the Trip
Trip Region: Manaslu
Types of Trip: Trekking
Duration: 10 Days
Highest Elevation: 2100m
Mode of Trip: Home-Stay/Camping
Average Walking: 5-6 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and normal home-stay/camping during the trek
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by: Private Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Gurung who is very popular for Gorkha Army
Major Himalayan Sights: Himal Chuli 7893m, Boudha Himal 6672m, Ganesh Himal 7118m, Manaslu 8163m
Highlights of the Trip: Experiencing with local Gurung people and their story of Gorkha Army, panoramic views of high mountains, walking through the cultivated fields of rice, mize and wheat, visiting of ancient King Palace in Gorkha who united the all kingdom of Nepal, walking through the subtropical forest of Rhododendrone flowers.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport and meet with our airport representative at the airport and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and refreshment, relax. Stay Overnight in Hotel.
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Gorkha 1060m/5hours, stay overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 3: Trek from Gorkha to Arukul 570m/6hours, stay overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 4: Trek from Arukul to Kalibote 750m/6hours, stay overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 5: Trek from Kalibote to Barpak Village 1950m/6hours, stay overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 6: Trek from Barpak Village to Laprak Village 2100m/5hours, stay overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 7: Trek from Laprak Village to Khorlabesi 970m/7hours, stay overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 8: Trek from Khorlabesi to Sotikhola 700m/5hours, stay overnight at Tented Camp.
Day 9: Drive from Sotikhola to Kathmandu 7hours by Land cruiser and transfer to Hotel.
Day 10: After breakfast depending on your schedule transfer to International Airport.
Note: Depending on the ages of children, they get discount in trek cost and domestic flight ticket cost accordingly. Also Horse renting in Manaslu Region is USD 75 per day per horse including horse man, his food, accommodation, salary and insurance.
Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 2 nights accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot /cold filterwater during the camping trek.
* Camping/Tented accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, 1 cook and 1 helper, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* Trekking camping equipments (Tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, kitchen utensils etc.)
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Trek PackageCost doesn't include;
* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note; In case of emergency during the trips, Helicopter will be arranged by SWISS FAMILY TREKS & EXPEDITION GmbH. The charge must be paid by client themselves.