Manaslu Region trek is a mountain range located in Nepal's Mid-West Himalaya close to Ganesh Himal massif in the east. With Lamjung Himal and Annapurna group of peaks towards the west, within the district of Gorkha. On the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route to Tibet, where trade still exists in smaller ways than it was centuries ago.
Manaslu Region's upper valley starts from beyond the village of Jagat, where walks take you after a few days of trekking. After a six-hour drive from Kathmandu to reach the starting point at Soti-Khola, and then onwards towards Manaslu higher region. Mt. Manaslu is listed as the world's 8th highest peak at 8, 163 m, and 26, 781 feet high.
The first ascent to the summit of Mt. Manaslu was conquered by the Japanese Expedition on May 9th, 1956. With the guidance and support of Nepalese Sherpa guide GyalzenNorbu Sherpa, since then the upper Manaslu region remained forbidden as a restricted area.
Its close border with Tibet, as well to limit the flow of trekkers to protect its pristine nature. Including its vast scenic wilderness, where trekkers need to pay special fees to obtain permits to enter the higher Manaslu Region.
Since it was opened in 1991, gaining much popularity among interested trekkers in choosing the less crowded route in Nepal Himalaya. Manaslu region in the protection of MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project), where trekkers require entry tickets for MCAP. Established in 1997 onward to achieve and conserve sustainable management and take care of its fragile environment.
The word Manaslu comes from the ancient Sanskrit word Manas means the mind/soul of a god or Mountain holy spirit. Similar to the name of Lake Manasarover near Mt. Kailash in South West Tibet. While the local name is Kutang means Mountain of the Spirits of Tibetan origin language.
Around the Manaslu Region, trekkers can enjoy its beautiful scenery, walk starts from low warm and heavily farmed areas. As the trek progress further, climate changes as you reach higher hills covered in cool forest of pines and rhododendron trees. Soon the tree lines disappear for short high altitude shrubs and bushes on reaching high scenic Manaslu valley.
Where you can explore lovely villages and witness lively local culture interwoven with Tibetan Buddhism's ancient heritage of farm life. The magnificent scenery of snow-capped peaks of Mt. Manaslu and its mountain range continues as you cross high Larke-La. A scenic Pass at 5,106 m and 16,752 feet facing breathtaking views of surrounding high peaks.
From the Larke-La pass, the Manaslu region ends up reaching the other side of the Manang areas to conclude a wonderful adventure around Manaslu Region.
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