This is not your average Himalayan trek. Nestled between the famous Langtang National Park and the world-renowned Annapurna Conservation Area, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is often overlooked. However, the trek is nothing short of amazing. Some consider it the best all-around trek in Nepal, and is compared to the Annapurna Base Camp Trek without the loads of trekkers. It is a most adventurous trek and the fact that it is not heavily trafficked adds to the allure. The Manaslu Circuit Trek, a somewhat strenuous trail, circumnavigates the 8th tallest mountain in the world – the magnificent Manaslu (8156m).
We begin the Manaslu Circuit trek by weaving through ethnically Gurung villages. As we climb higher into the hills, the residents of the villages are ethnically Tibetan. The generous villagers, through the trek, offer great hospitality. As is the case with most treks in Nepal, half of the beauty is found in the glorious views, while the other half is in the caring, compassionate people we meet in the villages. The kindness of those in the mountains and hills in this area goes above and beyond our expectations.
After our scenic drive from Kathmandu, surrounded by cascading waterfalls and picturesque terraced hillsides, we begin our journey in Soti Khola (700m). We walk north along the banks of the majestic Budhigandaki River. We’re surrounded by agricultural fields, rugged mountains, and fresh air. The area is known for its rich biodiversity, so keep your eyes peeled for the musk deer, lynx, Asian black bear, various monkey species, the Himalayan goral, and countless other species in the area.
We continue our gradual ascent, to acclimatize properly. If you have interest, we can stop at the hot springs in Tatopani to let our bodies heal and rejuvenate. As we gain altitude, we must take our time. It’s a must in order to prevent sickness, especially as we cross the Larkya La Pass (5135m/16,847ft). After a few more days of trekking, we’ve found ourselves at the pass. Feeling like we’ve reached the top of the world, we are filled with joy. We jagged mountain peaks surrounding us, we feel like we’re in a different universe than the city we left just a few days ago. Manaslu and the surrounding awe-inspiring peaks reach high above the clouds. Adding a bit of adventure to the experience, the pass is usually covered in snow. The unforgettable alpine views, rich biodiversity, thick forests and exceptional hospitality of villagers make this trek one of the best. Eventually, after a peaceful and relaxed descent from the pass, we arrive in Dharapani and take a two-hour drive to Besisahar, where we stay for the night. The following day we regrettably depart from the mountain and return to Kathmandu. Please note that this trek can be combined with the Tsum Valley Trek.
Obviously you will be in higher elevation while trekking in Nepal. The weather will be different in every region but also have to pack the proper trekking equipment. Day Tours Nepal is selling Nepal’s Top Best selling treks and all are Tea-house Trekking so you don’t need to think of Camping gears.
While buying clothing please pick warm clothing especially during the winter season (Dec-Feb) in Nepal. We also suggest you to get the proper light backpack and have enough space to pack your stuff. If you are confused to buy the Trekking gears than no worries you can buy the Trekking equipment in Nepal too.
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