Manaslu circuit trek is one of the most exciting and adventurous journey you can embark upon with mountain vistas to accompany through-out. The landscape varies from as low as 600 meters to 5160 meters with lush forests in the sub-topical region to arid rocky planes in the higher part. Covering a total area of 1663 sq. km, Manaslu region also hosts the 8th highest mountain of the world Mt. Manaslu (5160 m) along with many other tall peaks.
Along with the varied landscape, Manaslu region also hosts a rich and rare biodiversity. Manaslu Conservation Area, which lies in this region, has a variety of wildlife which includes Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bear, Serow, Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, Barking Deer and Wild Boar. Also Danphe, the national bird of Nepal is found in the lower altitude of the region. Along with some rare species found in the region, Manaslu circuit trek is a favorite among nature lovers.
A biodiverse region along with varied landscape makes Manaslu very beautiful and popular among many trekkers. Not only this but the people of this region are equally, if not more, beautiful and welcoming. They show us proper way to treat our guests which leaves a good impact upon us. Their culture is quite intriguing and watching their traditions too makes us fascinate about their way of life.
With all these many beautiful things to offer, Manaslu circuit trek is a once in a lifetime journey. Amazing mountains, rich wildlife and the ever welcoming people of the region are sure to win our heart. While it’s not possible to include all things in a single article, we have listed 10 major points that make Manaslu Circuit trek one of the best trek in the country. Go through them to know more about the trek and how we can help you explore some of the best regions in the country.
- Astounding View of the Mountains
The journey of Manaslu circuit trek is best enjoyed due to the tall and beautiful mountains all around the circuit. You get a chill from trekking along these majestic mountains and fall in love with its beauty. Also, the clouds touching the snow-capped mountains is a view to die for and exactly what you get in this journey. Mt Manaslu (8163m), Himal Chuli (7,893m), Shringi (7,187 m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m) and Ganesh Himal (7422m) are among the few that greet us along the way. Also, the amazing view of the Annapurna range is sure to leave us speechless.
- Challenging Pass
Manaslu circuit trek is one of most adventurous trek you can embark upon, in Nepal. The climb of Larkya La Pass is one of the major highlights and also the most difficult part of the whole trek. Crossing the pass at a height of 5,106 meters is surely very exhausting but the drive and beautiful scenery make it very rewarding. The amazing Larkya Glacier and four frozen lakes make our journey even more beautiful. Also, the view of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak accompanies us along the way. Crossing the Larkya La pass is not too difficult but having a good stamina definitely goes a long way.
- Diverse and Exciting Trail
The path of Manaslu Circuit trek is a diverse and exciting trail leading through a wide range of altitude. Starting from 600 meters in altitude, the trail takes you as high as 5,160 meters. This difference in altitude definitely takes a toll on the traveler but in return makes the trail even more exciting. We begin the trek from lush subtropical forest at lower elevations which includes trees of Rhododendron, Oak, Pine and Juniper. We continue trekking by passing rushing rivers, rice paddies and cascading waterfalls. The trail ahead gives rise to higher altitude and with it a rougher terrain. We encounter rocky and arid path with tall mountains beside us. Finally leading to Larkya La pass, this trail will have taken us through varied landscapes and vegetation.
- Remote Lifestyle and its People
As the journey takes us through some of the most untouched and untampered region of the country, we encounter a very remote location and its people. People of this region have a Tibetan Buddhist culture and live a very remote lifestyle. Their houses are built with local materials which consists of stone and wood. Also, the region consists of hundreds of old monasteries and stupas. This change in the lifestyle during our trekking days really makes us wonder about our privileges and in turn makes us more, humble.
- Rich in Biodiversity
Manaslu circuit trek not only provides a scenic landscape but also a rich and diverse species of animals and plants. Manaslu region inhabits a variety of rare animals and plants. This gives us a very good chance to encounter some of rare species only found in some parts of the country. This includes animals such as Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Himalayan Black Bear, Serow, Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, Barking Deer and Wild Boar. Also, Danphe the national bird of Nepal can be found in the lower altitudes. This gives Manaslu circuit trek a huge popularity among the nature lovers.
- Cultural Richness
A regular traveler visiting Nepal knows about the type of places and the people, their culture and lifestyle. Manaslu circuit trek is no different and you encounter friendly and warm-hearted people all around the circuit. You are welcomed and treated well by these people which makes you want go there again. Also, their culture and traditions are sure to intrigue you. Sitting on the border with Tibet, Manaslu region’s people have culture that resembles Tibetan Buddhism. Lived on through generations, the culture is rather ancient and interesting one. Hundreds of monasteries, stupas and Mani walls can be found all around. Prayer wheels and prayer flags along with the scenic beauty of the mountains make this place a region lost in time.
- Less Expensive Trek
To think that the amazing experience of this magnificent trek is cheap and affordable, is very intriguing. The combination of thrilling trekking routes and highest mountains makes Manaslu circuit trek one of the favorite destination among adventure junkies. Also, many nature lovers come to experience the rich biodiversity and beautiful landscapes of the region. Adding icing on the cake, Manaslu circuit trek is very affordable. Even the decent accommodation and good food don’t add much to the expense of this trek. The trekking cost is relatively cheaper than most other treks in Nepal.
- Manaslu Conservation Area
One of the major highlights of the Manaslu circuit trek is the Manaslu Conservation Area which stretches from 1,400 meters to 8,156 meters at Manaslu. The protection of this sanctuary started as a project named as Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) which is the sole body responsible for the conservation of this area and its inhabitants. Manaslu Conservation Area is home to various species of birds, animals and vegetation. This gives the trekkers an excellent chance to have an up-close view of nature and its inhabitants.
- High Altitude Freshwater Lake
Trekking the Manaslu circuit comes with its high altitude freshwater lakes. Those beautiful freshwater lakes lie above the elevation of 3,500 meters and are home to the rare species of alpine migratory duck. The famous lakes include Birendra tal and Phunkar lake which we can see along the way. These lakes can be explored with the guidance of trekking experts and are sure to give a sense of calmness and tranquility.
- Fewer Travelers along the way
Manaslu circuit trek is relatively less popular than Everest Base Camp trek or Annapurna Base Camp trek. This may be due to more popular mountain ranges in other circuit treks. Thus, a fewer number of travelers trek the Manaslu circuit trek. This makes the ones who do more in touch with nature with full calmness and tranquility. Villages the trekkers pass through during the trek are small and isolated letting a peaceful and serene vibe flow all around. This makes the journey even more fulfilling.
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