Manaslu Trekking is a remote off-the-beaten-track into one of Nepal’s most beautiful areas. Manaslu [8163m] is the eight highest peaks in the world, was officially opened for the trekking purpose to tourists only in 1992. However, it was first climbed in 1956 by a Japanese mountaineering expedition and as it is regarded as one of the most dangerous 8000m peaks it has only been climbed by a handful of westerners that time.
Manaslu is located near the border of Nepal and Tibet. The name Manaslu means “The spirit-mountain”, the local dialects refer it to be the benevolent and strong deity that dwells within. The complete circuit of this mountain over the Larkya Pass is one of Nepal’s best-kept secrets, following remote trails which see very few trekkers. The scenery is as diverse as it can be; from the sub tropical foothills of the Himalaya to the arid Trans Himalayan high pastures bordering Tibet. This area has always seen relatively few trekkers, and the quieter trails, picturesque villages and stunning mountain views make it one of the classic yet unspoilt treks left in Nepal.
Now a day, Manaslu Trek draws a mixture of trekkers and mountaineers. It is not busy trek by any means, but it is becoming famous trek for its range of scenery, culture variety and it fledging lodges. As the Annapurna Circuits becomes increasingly affected by road construction, you are expected the Manaslu region to rise as a challenging alternative trek.
Manaslu Trek, we begin our trek from Arughat Bazaar and follow the impressive Buri Gandaki River north to the village of Deng. Although firstly it is a quite wide, the river valley soon narrows and we find ourselves walking high above the river on spectacular paths. As we trek northwards the valley opens up again to reveal delightful alpine meadows and small Tibetan style villages, which cluster below Manaslu’s dramatic north face. We trek through these villages, with rows of prayer wheels and mani stones. Eventually we reach Samagaon, the largest and most important village in the region. From here we head west across the Larkya La (5213m), a classic route linking the Buri Gandaki and the Marsyangdi. The descent takes us through the beautiful alpine meadows at Bimthang before we join the main Annapurna Circuit route, back to the trailhead at Besisahar.
By Anil Blon
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