Manaslu is one of the great challenges, towering to a height of 8,156m and dominates this wonderful, remote trek.
The Manaslu region is refreshingly authentic and one of Nepal’s best kept secrets, due not only to it’s protected area status but because agriculture and construction have been naturally limited by its geography and terrain. In contrast to the rightly-popular Khumbu Valley and Annapurna regions, the trail is still used more by traders than tourists.
The trail follows the increasingly plunging gorges of the Buri Gandaki river as we find ourselves reaching the banks, then climbing the gorge sides to cross steep ridges before joining the Shringi Khola Valley and thence into the Nupri Region, with its strong Tibetan influences. Our highest point of the trek is the Larkya La at 5,213m before we join a small portion of the Annapurna Circuit to complete our trek. Our views along the way are varied and stunning, the walk itself challenging but extremely satisfying.
We also allow some days to enjoy the wonder bustle, smells and sights of Kathmandu. It is a vibrant city, alive with a blend of different religions, cultures and commerce.