The Manaslu Circuit is a little-known, developing but genuine adventure that provides perfect views of the incomparable beauty of the high mountains, combined with a rich cultural heritage. Manaslu (8163m) is the eighth highest peak in the world and was opened for trekking only in 1992. It is located near the border of Nepal and Tibet. The name Manaslu means ‘the spirit or soul mountain’ and local dialects refer to it as the benevolent and strong deity that dwells within. This is one of the most challenging, so far untouched trekking destinations requested by the tourists who trek with Yatra Himalaya. The Manaslu Trek provides its visitors with pristine mountain views, a rich culture and a destination that is sure to become as popular as the Annapurna Circuit, especially with new lodges being built.
Our Manaslu trek takes us into the region below the Kutang Himal that borders Tibet. Being in a controlled region, the trek requires special permits from the government. There is no doubt that the Manaslu region is one of the most delightful adventures. If you would like to experience all the extremes of trekking in Nepal, you will enjoy the superb mountain vistas of Himalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, Kutang Himal, Phungi and many other lesser-known peaks.
The trek begins at Arughat in the deep Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail is sometimes cut from sheer cliffs while at other times it meanders through enchanting forests. At Lho there is a fabulous view of Manaslu. Later you will meet the Tibetan communities of Nubri to the north of Manaslu, above Samagaon at the head of the Budhi Gandaki, the main artery of the trek. Its deep canyons and sheer-sided chasms are enthralling. The trek crosses the Larkya La pass (5200m), a high and wild route, where the panorama includes the mountains of the Nar-Phu eastern area as well as Lamjung and Annapurna II. This is one of the most spectacular treks in the Himalaya. The area offers a good mix of cultural diversity (Hindu and Buddhist) and pure adrenalin-producing fantastic mountain scenery.