Manaslu trek is one of the most challenging treks in Nepalese Himalayas. Manaslu trekking route was opened for foreign trekkers in 1992, which rewards the adventurous with unparalleled alpine experiences and offers a rich Himalayan cultural experience. To trek in this region, you need a good trekking experience and a good physical condition. The trek ascends through Buri Gandaki river to Larkya La Pass 5213m with attractive views of Himalchuli, Manaslu 8118m, Ganesh Himal and other mountains beautiful landscape and various flora and fauna. Recently opened to tourists Manaslu’s unsurpassed beauty and rich blend of Tibetan and Nepalese culture offer a true adventure for visitors to Nepal. You will find the mountains and valleys covered with diverse and pristine ecosystems, fantastic mountain views, rich culture and genuine adventure, which will make your Manaslu trek amazing and unforgettable.
Our trip to Manaslu trek starts at Arughat between Gorkha and Dhading district. Arughat can be reached by bus in about five to seven hours from Kathmandu. Another entrance is at Daraundi in Gorkha from where the normal route can be reached hiking via Sirdiwas. It does not require any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and doesn’t mean to be young and super strong. You just need to be healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily. The Manaslu trek has many routes to choose from one option passes through Dudh Pokhari a milky lake that is a common pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists. While the most popular option is to trek over the Larke La pass to arrive in Marsyangdi valley in Annapurna region. A few trekkers including peri pate tic huge swift, managed to obtain the trekking permit for the region, otherwise this trek has been the domain of mountaineering expeditions. The descent once off the snow takes us through alpine then tropical areas bursting with ferns, bamboo, pine trees, waterfalls and aqua blue green lakes laced with cotton white beaches. Finally as we descend to Besisahar Manaslu will disappear from where we drive back to Kathmandu.
This Manaslu trekking is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. The places covered by Manaslu trek are Arughat, Ghap, Samdo, Lho, Dharmashala, Lyarka La pass and Besisahar. The best season for you to explore here will be February to June and September to early December. You can further trek to Upper Dolpo, Kanchanjunga, Makalu, Tsum valley trek as per your convenient time and desire.