Are you thinking about the off the beaten trekking in Nepal, then Manaslu Circuit Trek might be your good choice. Manaslu Circuit Trek is really famous for its virgin beauty with perfect blend of nature, culture and one of best sacred valley on Nepal with local ethnic people originated from Tibet.
- Mount Manaslu is eighth highest mountain of the world, which was closed until 1992 and still nowadays it is under controlled Nepal Government’s Tourism policy under protected region for Trekking in Nepal. There are two summit of Manaslu nearby along with other surrounding ridges peak of Ngadi Chuli, Himalchuli and Bouddha Himal.
- Manaslu Circuit Trek is famous for its natural high Himalayas as well as ethnic local culture, traditional monastery and local people with unique housing style. No doubt Manaslu is jewels of Middle West of Nepal where teahouse trekking is possible around its incomparable beauty and diversity.
- Manaslu Circuit Trek which is located in the western part of Nepal has lot more to offer as renowned temple of Gorkha temple, Manakamana Temple (Goddess of wishes), epicenter of Nepal Earthquake 2015, land of non-slaughter animals in Numbri and Tsum Valley, old Royal palace of Modern Nepal King Prithivi Narayan Shah.
- Manaslu Circuit Trek encounter with countable visitor in compare to other famous trekking trail like Annapurna Circuit Trek, Everest Trek, Langtang Trek etc, which makes entire Manaslu Trek area unspoiled and more exclusive. Still Tsum is untouched by modernization, as people are more remote so are the housing and available facility in entire Tsum area where Gumba Lundang is the most remote and most to explore monastery. Experience unspoiled Bonpo reglion, Brahmin lifestyle in the lower part of Manaslu region, Gurung community lifestyle in the middle parts and Tibetan lifestyle in the upper part of Manaslu region.
- Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu as a part of Japanese expedition team first climbed Mount Manaslu on 9th May 1956, after which also number of Japanese Team has concurred the summit of Manaslu so it is often known as Japanese Mountain with most of Japanese climber hitting the summit of Mount Manaslu instead of other mountains. It is also known as Killer Mountain because of its frequent icefall swapping numerous climbers.
- Himalayan people had declared mountain region from Manaslu to Dolpo as a Nubri State where people looks almost same, so is their culture which directly resemble with people from Tibet. Not only culture their language is same who worship “ His Holiness Dalai Lama” as a god and had his poster on their worship section on any corner of house where they offer butter lamp and stuffs to their god.
- Comparatively Thorong La Pass and Cho-la Pass, Larkye la Pass is lower elevation pass, it is more difficult because of its long walk of same level elevation instead of ascending and immediate descending. Apart from that descending section toward Bhimtang is more technical and almost impassable in heavy winter.
- Manaslu Circuit Trek might be considered as a test of personal endurance as one will encounter with high alpine terrain, not cozy accommodation in higher area, long walk on flat terrain on higher elevated Larkye la Pass, technical downhill slope right after pass, long side trip to Tibetan border from Samdo, dangerous base camp trail to Manaslu Base Camp from Samagaon with uncalculated risk of avalanche.
- Why Is It Called Manaslu Circuit Trek?
For Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp treks, the ending points of the treks are the base camps, and then from there, you return to your jump off points. For Manaslu, it is different. As a matter of fact, Manaslu Base Camp trek is more well-known by the name Manaslu Circuit Trek. In this trek, Manaslu Base Camp is not the destination, but is instead only a side trip. For the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you are making a loop in your trek so you start in Sotikhola or Barpakm the epicenter of Nepal Earthquake 2015, reach the Tsum Valley, stop by Manaslu Base Camp, cross Larkye la pass and then end up your trek in Besisahar in the Annapurna region.