Manaslu circuit trekking is one of the most renowned trekking destinations in Nepal. It is more popular in 2022 while comparing to other trekking zones in Nepal.
What Makes the Manaslu Circuit Trekking Special?
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Things that play a role to make the Manaslu circuit trek more special:
Authentic Mountain Views
The word “Mt. Manaslu” is itself unique and special because this word refers to the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is located 8163 m above sea level. The epic scenery of Mt. Manaslu is the foremost attraction of the Manaslu circuit trek. During the trekking, it offers lots of other mountain vistas above 6500 meters like Ganesh Himal, Himlung, Kang Guru, Cheo Himal, and others. The changing views of the snow-capped mountain from place to place look incredible. It also shows the Annapurna II because this trek ended at Dharapani (the Annapurna circuit trek starting point). Larke La is the highest pass of the entire trekking trail. It is situated at 5160m above sea level. From the top of Larke La Pass, the views seem absolutely mesmerizing. This ideal trek takes you through the beautiful lake and icy masses of the Manaslu region.
Diverse Cultural features
Manaslu region is topped with a typical blend of Nepalese and Tibetan cultural belongings. Gurung is the largest ethnic caste, mainly populated in the central hills in the lowland of the Manaslu region. Their hospitality is praise-worthy. On the other hand, Nubri and Tsum are the main inhabitants in the higher elevation of this region. The Chhikur River separates these two different racial territories. Both of them are popular in their caste and culture. Tsums are still pure and untouched by city activities. They are highly influenced by the Tibetan culture. They follow the Buddhist culture. Bon religion followers can also be found there. So, most tourists go to the Manaslu region especially for observing Tsum residents, their art, and culture. These ethnic people look very beautiful in their own traditional dresses. During walking, you can see the monasteries in every village. The chortens, Mani walls, and prayer wheels can also be found on the way. Ribung and Pungyen Gompas are the popular gompas of the Manaslu region that you can explore in Lho and Samagaun respectively. They are unique and beautiful themselves.
Unspoiled Nature and the trails
The Manaslu circuit trek follows the traditional salt-trading trail through the diverse landscapes of the remote villages of Nepal and reaches the border between Nepal and Tibet. Walking along these scattered and isolated ethnic villages below the foothills of the Manaslu ranges takes you back to the ancient period. The suspension bridge made up of wood or iron is one example of primitive time. It goes along the exotic Budi Gandaki River. As the trail goes up towards the higher elevation, you can see the diverse floras and faunas, protected by the Manaslu Conservation Area. It is the home of common mountain animals like Blue sheep, Himalayan Thar, pika, and Snow leopard. It is a restricted area, so every foreign trekker must buy a special permit from the Nepal government for entering the Manaslu region.
Manaslu trekking in the tranquil environment is the best destination while comparing to Everest base camp and Annapurna base camp treks. It is a pure and less-explored region. If you wish, you can go for tent-based camping too along the off-the-beaten trail. But, lots of teahouses are available there nowadays so, the Manaslu teahouse trek is always possible.