Manaslu trek offers the off-beaten trail experience in the Himalayan Region. Manaslu is famous for small teahouses along the Manaslu trek.
The Manaslu trek exists at 40 miles away from Kathmandu to the east of Annapurna region. The name ‘Manaslu’ means ‘the mountains of spirit.’
The word ‘Manaslu’ came from the Sanskrit word ‘Manasa’ which means intellectual or soul.
Manaslu trek offers the spectacular beauty of perfect blend of nature, the lifestyle of local people and stunning views of breath-taking mountain ranges in Manaslu region.
Every year many foreigners accomplish Manaslu Circuit trek. Manaslu trek leads you to Nubri and Tsum valley which is the hidden treasure of Manaslu.
Eighth Highest Mountain in the World
Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain on the earth at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft) and opened in 1992 A.D. It is located in Mansiri Himal, part of Nepalese Himalaya region, in the west-central of Nepal.
Now, Manaslu Trek is under controlled by tourism board and under restricted trekking trail of Nepal. Before planning to Manaslu trek, trekkers need to take permit of Manaslu region.
It has the eye-catching views of long ridge mountain range near Manaslu including Nagdi Himal, Himalchuli, and Boudha Himal.
Manaslu is the highest peak of Gorkha district. Manaslu offers much trekking in the Annapurna region. The trekking follows the trail ancient salt-trading route along with Budri Gandaki river.
The trail starts from Arughat, the small town bazaar and ends in Besisahar.
Manaslu is Famous for small teahouses
Manaslu is also known for teahouses. The teahouses are built and managed by the local people. Local people make money by selling foods and providing a night stay for trekkers with charges or fees.
The small tea- houses make this trekking more famous.
Trekkers can take rest and have a cup of tea there. Also, tourists love to stay there and get opportunities to know closely about their lifestyle. Dal Bhat is the most famous food all around Nepal as well as in the Himalayan region.
First climbed Mount Manaslu
Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu were first to climb Mount Manaslu on 9 May 1956.
Before them in 1950, H.W. Tilman was the first European who made his attempt after he unsuccessful trek to Annapurna IV.
In 1952, Japanese reconnaissance party reached around 5275 meters after monsoon season on the east side of mountains.
In 1953, the Japanese team of 15 climbers led by Y.Mita via the northeast face K. Kato, J. Yamada and S Ishizaka made a summit around 7750 meters before turning back.
After them; many Japanese teams have climbed the summit of Manaslu but got failed. Mount Manaslu called Japanese Mountain and also known as Killer Mountain because of its frequent icefall, and high altitude trekker gets sick or kill.
Mount Manaslu, which is located in Gorkha district, has lots of historical places including the Manakamana Temple and Gorkha Durbar.
It is a beautiful and adventurous trek with stunning views of Manaslu and passing through many Hindu and Tibetan villages.
The trek also passes through the beautiful green forest, ancient architecture, and Buddhist Monastery where many children studied to be a monk.
Ethnicity and religion
Manaslu shares much of the culture and history with its neighboring territory, Tibet. Manaslu has two ethnicities mainly inhabitant this region: Tsum and Nubri.
Gurung is the main ethnic groups who have joined the Brigade of Gurkhas with huge numbers. Close to Tibet, The Bhutias and akin to Sherpa groups follow Tibetan ethnicity.
Rich in tradition and culture. The local people live a with traditional lifestyle and with unique houses, that has walls built with stones and roofs with stone slabs. Due to the earthquake, many houses have been destroyed and are still under construction.
Their main occupation is agriculture and animal husbandry such as barley, maize as crop and oats and nuts as fruits. Local people also make income from the lodge and small tea-houses. Local people are mostly of Tibet and speak there own languages.
Manaslu trekking is geographically spectacular and fabulous. Manaslu region which is also termed the Manaslu Conservation Area comprises sub-tropical Himalaya foothills to arid trans-Himalaya high pastures border in Tibet. Starting from Arughat and extending into Larkya La Pass.
The area covers six climates zones; the tropical and sub-tropical zone varies in elevation with different altitudes. Elevation varies starts from 1000-2000 meters, the temperature zone(2000-3000 meters), the sub-alpine zone (3000-4000 meters), the alpine zone(4000-5000 meters) meadows and the arctic zone of ranges lying above 4,500 meters.
The temperature of Manaslu also varies widely according to the climatic zones. The snow always cover above 5000 meters of elevation, and as the level increase, the air pressure becomes low.
The trekking route is through mountains prone to the consequences of monsoon rainfall, landslides, and landfalls.
Rich in Bio-diversity
Manaslu region is highly habitat with various flora and Fauna including endangered animals such as snow leopard and Red Pandas.
Other animals such as grey wolf, Himalayan musk deer, blue sheep, Asian Black Bear, Langur monkey and over 110 species of birds, 33 mammals and some reptiles are also found.
These species make the region more beautiful and melt humans hearts too.
Conservation of wildlife in the area has been done monks of the monasteries in that area by banning hunting.
The elevation categorizes the hills. For example, as Low Hill, Medium mountain, and High mountains with exclusive forests and variety of species.
There is not much vegetation of variety. The valley basin has a rich ecotone diversity including nineteen types of forest and mostly rhododendron and Himalayan blue pine which is flanked by Ganesh Himal and Sringi ranges.
Tsum Valley and Nubri Valley
Manaslu region has mainly two inhabitants valley: Tsum Valley and Nubri Valley.
Tsum Valley is one of the remote areas of Nepal. Tsum has a long history of Buddhism. Tsum is also known as ‘Tsum Tso Chuksum’ which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. Still, the ancient Tsum Kingdom remains, and the village has the unique traditional culture.
Tsum Valley Trek in the Manaslu region has beautiful views of four 7,000 meters peaks of the Ganesh massif, and also visitors can experience the distinct Tibetan culture of Tsumba people.
Nubri Valley is the next remote place of the region. Nubri valley has virgin beauty and is still untouched by modernization.
The local people follow their tradition, culture, and art. The local people wear the traditional clothes and speak their language. The ancient trail along with mixed culture especially the Tibetan and great hospitality.
Small teahouses and lodges are available in this area. The ancient old Buddhist monastery is established which gives a glimpse of Buddhist culture.
Larkya La Pass
Larkya La pass, also known as Larke Pass is at the maximum altitude of 5,106 meters where trekkers get jaw-dropping views of the Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and other mountain ranges.
Although Larke Pass is at a lower elevation than other Passes like Thorong La Pass, Chola Pass, it is more difficult because of its long walk and the higher elevation.
Besides, descending from Bimtang is more technical and climbing.
Difficult but adventurous trek
Manaslu the most difficult trek in comparison to Annapurna Circuit Trek. Manaslu region has few trekkers that make the visit more exclusive and unspoiled and presents the virgin beauty of Manaslu.
But the difficult trail to Manaslu is paid off as trekkers see the spectacular view of snow-capped Himalayas ranges, the traditional villages, local people with unique custom and culture, and yaks in upper hills.