If you want to experience remote and beautiful trekking in the Himalayas, Manaslu Trek in Nepal is the one for you. It is also famous as Manaslu Circuit Trek. Popular trekking areas around the world are too crowded with trekkers flocking there every year.
Although the popular areas are famous for their immensely beautiful scenery, the number of trekkers in the regions is so high that never leaves you alone to soak in the charm of the mountains. But Manaslu Trek in the Himalayas is one such adventure where you will have plenty of time to yourself. You will enjoy most of the beauty of this wonderful region.
Manaslu Trek: Know where it is
This trek goes in the region of Mt. Manaslu (8,156m), the eighth-highest mountain in the world. This mountain lies in the Mansiri Himal range of the Himalayas in Nepal. Although the mountain itself was successfully ascended in 1956, only 3 years after the successful ascension of Mt. Everest, trekking in the region opened much later.
Trekking in the Manaslu region is one of the newest trekking routes in the mountains of Nepal that opened up for trekking only in 1992 AD. The area has attracted many trekkers and climbers to enjoy the beauty of trekking in the wilderness. The region falls in between the Annapurna and Langtang ranges of the Himalayas in Nepal.
Things to see on the trek
As a matter of fact, the Manaslu region also has, like other mountain regions, the awesomeness of mountain charm. The trek brings you the opportunity to trek from the lower-elevation river valley to high elevation mountains. You will also get time to witness the cultural wonders of the lower river valley and high mountains as you trek along the trail. Cultures in the Budhi Gandaki River valley in the lower region and Nubri valley in the higher elevation show you some amazing cultural and lifestyle differences. The timeless villages in the higher elevation will give you awesome examples of the mountain lifestyle.
You will also enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains. As you trek along the region, you will get to see the view of Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, Simnang Himal, Ngadi Chuli, etc. In addition to the view of mountain peaks, you will also enjoy the view of Manaslu glacier, Manaslu icefall, and Birendra Tal if you hike to Manaslu Base Camp on the acclimatization day at Samagaun. A high mountain pass challenge, Larke Pass (5,106m/Wikipedia), is another thrilling charm to face while trekking in the region.
Reasons to trek in Manaslu
As the Manaslu region is a restricted area, as defined by the government of Nepal, it gets fewer trekkers. While initially, it was all a camping trek, you can find teahouses along the route nowadays. But still, the charm of a camping trek in the region is unparalleled. With the fewer number of trekkers in the region, trekking there is certainly a peaceful adventure. Your love for longer days and peaceful trek comes true in this adventure.
The real wilderness of the mountains and remote villages in Nepal has remained intact in the region. Since the region gets fewer trekkers, there is less influence of modernity as you trek to the higher elevation. You will find nature in the most pristine form possible and villages uniquely wonderful. Of all, the smartest answer is that you will be able to enjoy the trek in the most peaceful environment possible while you explore the mountain wilderness unlike in the popular regions.
Ways to reach there
Trekking in Manaslu goes to the central-west region of Nepal and the Himalayas. As the Manaslu region is on the restricted area list, taking a guide service while you trek there is a mandatory obligation. You will have to obtain a special permit to be able to trek in the region which your trekking agency will get for you.
After obtaining the permit and other necessary stuff, you will drive to Soti Khola, which is the starting point of the trek nowadays. You will finish trekking in Dharapani or further down towards Besi Sahar in the Annapurna Circuit Trekking route. You can also do the trek following the reverse route – starting at Besi Sahar onwards and finishing at Soti Khola. But following the first route is the best idea to acclimatize well in the mountains.
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