Manaslu Trekking Region, also called Manaslu Conservation Area, lies on the border of the Annapurna Conservation Area to the west and the Tibetan Plateau to the north and east. The literal meaning of Manaslu is the Spirit-Mountain, considering the local jargon as the mighty deity. Manaslu region has been famous for trekking in Nepal Since trekkers in this region were effectively closed to foreign tourists till 1991. After allowing to trek in the Manaslu region, everyone got the chance to view this region's pristine natural and cultural conditions. This Manaslu trek region also offers a fantastic biological variety. Trekking to this unspoiled region is comparatively more expensive than trekking to other regions as the Manaslu Trek Permits Cost is a little higher.
1. Short Manaslu Circuit Trekking- The Most Popular Manaslu Trekking Route 10 Days or 12 Days
2. Manaslu Trekking in Nepal with Tsum Valley - 24 Days
3. Classical Manaslu Larkya-La Pass Trekking - 17 Days
From 1951 to 1991, Manaslu Trekking Region was closed to foreigners which hindered the development in this region. Mostly Manaslu area is occupied by the Tibetan refugees who fled to this unexplored region of Nepal and have been the residents for generations. The houses in these Buddhist villages are stone-roofed. The fantastic beautiful hamlets are Namrung, Samagaun, Sambdo, Lho, situated at the laps of the magnificent giant mountains of Manaslu, the Himal Chuli massif, and Dhaulagiri peaks, and the extreme beauty of the glaciers and lakes, surrounded by the Rhododendron forests and the pine forests. The alpine climate of this Manaslu region is very intoxicating.
Things you must know about Manaslu Trekking
The Manaslu Circuit Trek, also known as the Manaslu Trek, is a challenging and remote trek in the western region of Nepal. Here are a few things you should know before embarking on the trek:
Permits: To get the Permits, you just need to go with a Local Legitimate Trekking Company. Without it, you will not able to get the Permits. However, to obtain a special permit to trek in the Manaslu region, you need to be in a group of two or more people, with a Guide.
However, after joining Trekking Trail Nepal, you don’t need to worries about this process and permits. It’s all our responsibility and we care for this.
Difficulty: The Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered in between Moderate to Difficult trek, with steep inclines, rocky terrain, and high passes. It's recommended to have prior trekking experience and a good level of physical fitness.
Altitude: The trek reaches an altitude of 5,106 meters (16,758 ft) at the Larkya La Pass, which can cause altitude sickness. It's important to properly acclimatize before attempting to cross the pass.
Remoteness: The trek takes you through remote and isolated regions of Nepal, and you should be prepared for long stretches without access to modern amenities.
Weather: The trek can be affected by unpredictable weather, with snow, rain, and strong winds possible, even during the best months, so it's important to be prepared for all types of weather.
Accommodation: Accommodation on the Manaslu Circuit Trek is mostly in teahouses, lodges and camping. The facilities in the teahouses and lodges may be basic, but they provide a bed and a roof over your head.
Cultural Experience: The trek takes you through traditional Gurung and Tibetan villages, where you can experience the unique culture and lifestyle of the locals.
Guides and Porter: It is mandatory to have a guide, but you are free to choose a porter for the trek or not. They will assist you with the trek, provide valuable information about the trail, and help you to acclimatize to the altitude.
It's important to be well-informed and prepared for the trek and to have a good guide and proper equipment. The trek offers a unique and rewarding experience, but it's not for the faint-hearted.
The trekking to the Manaslu region commences from Kathmandu valley to the Aru Ghat, covering the distance via a full-day direct drive onto a bus or any privately hired jeeps. The next day, we will begin our trek after having the early morning breakfast. We will walk following the trail of the Budhi Gandaki river. For the first few days of the hike, we might face the difficulty level of the trekking, such as the steep Budhi Gandaki Gorge, the highest point of Manaslu Trek Larkya La Pass, etc. The trekking trail has more accessible pathways somewhere and is still complex in some parts of the trekking. Gradually, we ascend and descend the trek leading to the Manaslu Conservation Area just before the Jagat. Here we can feel the tremendous cultural shift from Nepalese Hinduism to Tibetan Buddhism. The lifestyle of the local Tibetan residents is a unique experience for you too.