Exploring around one of the world’s top 10 highest mountain peaks, Mt. Manaslu 8163m, with the thrill of an adventure is what it feels like on the trails of Manaslu Circuit Trek. The spectacular vistas of snowcapped mountain peaks, dramatic landscapes, wild ranges of flora and fauna, the fusion of Nepali and Tibetan culture in the alpine region of Nepal, raging river streams, the best waterfalls in the world and scary suspensions bridges above the Budi Kali Gandaki River are the best facts of this trek.
Mt. Manaslu is located in the eastern part of the Annapurna Himalayan range. The perfect combination of natural, cultural, and religious parts makes this trek one of the best trekking trails in Nepal.
Every year the number of trekkers in the Manaslu region is increased. Yet, if we compare the statistics of the Manaslu region with the Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions, this region is less visited by trekkers. This is due to the expensive permit costs and other factors. Though there are fewer visitors in the Manaslu region, the accommodation facilities are quite satisfying. Also, this trek is quite longer than other treks and we visit remote areas for trekking as well. So it can be safely said that this trek is perfect for someone who wants to spend time within nature, without any disturbance of the outer world.
This trek has all the features of other trekking trails of Nepal. This makes this trek the best alternative trek in Nepal for other trekking trails. If you are thinking of an alternative for Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang for a real trekking experience in the Himalayas of Nepal, Manaslu is unarguably the best option for you.
The view of majestic mountain peaks during this trek makes you speechless. When you reach in Shayla, you can witness the view of these mountains including the world’s 8th highest peak, Mt. Manaslu, and other associate mountain peaks. After Shayla village till Larke Pass, you will enjoy the views of the best mountain and landscapes ever that you can come across in your lifetime.
For this trek, you will drive from Kathmandu (1350m) to Soti Khola (750m) and you will get to the highest point, Larke Pass (5106m). In this way, the altitude during this trek slowly increases which is very best for the trek in the Himalayas. It’s the same reason why this trek is the best trek in Nepal. You won’t have to worry about the safety of your health as you also have better chances of successfully completing this trek.
Nepal is the land where all the different religions are dwelling under one roof. Although, the main impactful religion in Nepal is Hinduism and Buddhism. In the Manaslu Conservation Area, lower parts have more people belonging to the Hindu religion and upper part, Buddhist religion. This means that in the lower parts, you will be able to see pagoda style temples and other Hindu monuments. On the other hand, the upper part is full of Buddhist stupas among other things. You can find Stupas, Monasteries, Mani Walls, Prayer wheels, Prayer flags, etc.
There are 19 different types of forests in the Manaslu Trekking Circuit with a variety of flora but Himalaya blue pine and Rhododendron can be found in the majority. We can also find plants with their specific medicinal uses. Not to forget that Manaslu Conservation Area is home for some of the most endangered species like Snow Leopard and Red Pandas.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Drive to Sutikhola (710m/2328ft)
Sutikhola to Khorlabesi (900m/2952ft)
Khorlabesi to Jagat (1340m/4395ft)
Jagat to Philm (1700m/5576ft)
Philim to Deng (2095m/6871ft)
Deng to Namrung (2900m/9512ft)
Namrung to Lho Gaun. (3180m/10435ft)
Lho Ghau to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft)
Acclimatization day at Samagaon
Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft)
Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft)
Dharmashala to Bhimathang (3590m/11775ft) via Cross Larkya La pass (5106m/16752ft)
Bhimthang to Tilje (2300m/7544ft)
Tilje to Chamje (1410m/4625ft)
Chamje to Besishahar and Kathmandu
Rest day in Kathmandu
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