Although it is gaining popularity in recent years, this incredible trek still offers a much more authentic experience and is more challenging than the more famous routes, going through spectacular terrain with its own culture. You will find yourself on paths that are a little rough in some places, rivers and waterfalls, valleys of all kinds, the Larkya-La pass at 5106 metres and the presence of the beautiful Manaslu.
16 days / 15 nights full trip in Nepal (minimum recommended)
13 days’ trek
Medium-hard. With no technical difficulties
Highest altitude 5106m
Highest altitude overnight 4460m
Local mountain guide English speaking
Meals and overnight in lodges during the trek
Accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu
Transfers in private vehicle and collective jeep
The Manaslu trek goes rounding by the east and north to this 8163m high mountain, which is the eighth highest in the world and crossing the Larkya-La pass at an altitude of 5106 metres. It is an impressive trek, hard, with some hard uphill and some trails that go along almost vertical walls over the river, in a wild environment. Its route starts at deep valleys at low altitude, where there is much more humidity and the days are usually warmer, to the tundra and arid steppes areas to finally reach the Larkya-La where it is easy to find snow. The Manaslu route does not run through the comfortable paths of other treks, narrow steps where you have to pay attention and often landslides give a more realistic dimension about to walk in Nepal beyond the most frequented places. The Manaslu, one of the most beautiful eight thousand summit, will watch over us during part of the tour.
The Manaslu area is under special protection and is considered a restricted area, so the entrance permit fees are higher and only groups of at least two people with a guide are allowed to hike. It was opened to trekking in 1991, but only a few years ago it is possible to make this entire tour in more or less comfortable lodges. Although it was a very rarely visited destination, the saturation of the Everest area in high season and the construction of the road in the neighbouring Circuit of Annapurna, its popularity has grown in recent years, but of course, no reaching large numbers of trekkers, in part because it is still harder than the other ones and the Manaslu Permit fee is more expensive. It is supposed to be a limited number of hikers, but one is never quite sure that these guidelines will ever be followed.
The main communities are Magars and Gurungs, while in the upper area of Burhi Gandaki (river) above Namrung they are called Nupris being fully Tibetan culturally and of origin.
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