Manaslu Region Trekking
- Grade: Moderate
- Duration: 16 to 20 days
- Destination: Nepal
- Activities: Trekking, Off The Beaten Path
- Best Seasons: March to July, and September to December
- Highest Altitude: 5358m
Located near the border of Nepal and Tibet, Manaslu is the eighth highest peak in the world. This 8,163 meters high beauty also goes by the name ‘The Spirit Mountain,’ which refers to a strong deity dwelling by this peak according to the local dialect. The path to Manaslu region lies in the Great Himalaya trail and is considered as a better alternative to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. There are several routes that can be opted for trekking to Manaslu region, among which Larkya La (5,213 meters) pass trek and Tsum Valley trek are more popular among the trekkers and mountaineers.
Manaslu region is surrounded by Ganesh Himal and Buri Gandaki River on the east side, Marsyangdi Khola with Annapurna ranges on the west side and the town of Gorkha on the south. This actually has given birth to a popular saying, “Manaslu is a ragged wall of snow and ice hanging in the sky.” This is why the area is popular for the admixture of cultural heritage and biological diversity it provides along the trekking route.
This trekking usually starts with a drive to Arughat (700 meters), the most popular starting point, leads through the path along Seti Khola and descends at Besishar. 33 different species of mammals inhabit in this area, among which the sight of snow leopard, musk deer and Himalayan Thar is common along the trail. Likewise, 110 species of birds, 3 species of reptiles, and over 200 species of plants can be witnessed en route. The trekking trail also provides touches of unspoiled valleys as this region was not open until 1991. You will come across numerous bamboo bridges, scenic view of the Tibet with an insight into the way of Tibetans’ daily life, various monasteries, experience ankle deep snow trekking, and get a chance to climb Shyala, which provides a panoramic view of the Himachuli. The classical mix of the breathtaking view of the mountains, the unspoiled valleys and cultures of the inhabitant and the beautiful biological diversity makes this trek a must for a once in a life time experience.
The environment around this region itself is welcoming and the hospitality provided by the residents of this area adds icing to the cake. Trekking in this region is a delightful way to gain adventurous experience with a heart-warming eye feast.