Mount Manaslu is the world’s eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters above sea level. It is located at the west central part of Nepal. Manaslu is a dominant feature when viewed from afar. This region has a lot of destinations to offer to the adventurers for trekking.
The highest point you will reach along the route during Manaslu Larke Pass Trekking is the Larkya La at an elevation of 5,106 metres (16,752 ft).
Unquestionably, Manaslu trekking is one of the greatest Himalayan treks that takes you to the base of Mt. Manaslu. As this trekking region lies in the remote area, it offers you the less crowded, virgin, and untarnished trails in Manaslu. Not only that, but you will also have a chance to witness the basic Buddhist lifestyles of good-hearted locals influenced by the Tibetan.
The main attraction of Manaslu trekking is the Larkya La Pass, which is also the longest pass in Nepal. It is a difficult ascent to reach the pinnacle of the pass, but the majestic views of the snow-capped high Himalayas are worth every step.
The feeling of actually being in the Manaslu region and exploring the surrounding feels surreal. The views along the way will reward you with gigantic Annapurna Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Mt. Manaslu.
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Manaslu Circuit Trek is a recently opened popular official trek for nature lovers. It is less traversed by the commercial trekkers as the journey is challenging. The trek serves as a brilliant blend of the natural elegance as well as the cultural mishmash of Nepal.
The route of Manaslu circuit trek is getting more popular due to the adventure walk through the mountain vista, a unique combination of culture, biological diversity, and walk with an altitude from 600 to 5500 meters.
- Enjoy the stunning mountain sights of Mt. Manaslu, Himalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, Ganesh Himal, and Larke Himal and the diverse landscapes ranging from subtropical forests to the high Himalayan passes.
- Relatively remote and off the beaten trekking destination in the Himalayas of Nepal.
- Crossing over Larkya La Pass (5,135m), the highest elevation point on the trek.
- Discover the timeless culture and lifestyle of the Manaslu region.
Best Isolated Trek of Nepal
Manaslu Larke Pass falls under one of the best isolated treks of Nepal. The trekking trails in this region are off-the-beaten-path and remote. You will witness astounding attractions during this trek. The pristine lifestyle, rare animals, plants, and everything you will see around here is extraordinary. You will see everything in their natural form that have not been spoiled by modernism.
The trek route rewards the trekkers with stunning sights of astounding Himalayas including Himalchuli (7,893m), Manaslu (8163m), Shringi(7,187m), Ganesh Himal, Ngadi Chuli (7,879m), Himlung Himal (7,125m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Kang Guru (6,981m) and Annapurna II (7,939m), Larkya Peak (6250m) and Manaslu (8163m).
Manaslu Larke Pass trek is also famous for it lies in the Manaslu Conservation Area. It is a home for more than 33 species of mammals, 211 species of butterflies and 110 species of birds. Besides those, the conservation area also has protected 2000 species of flowering plants and 11 types of forests which are the awesome assortment in a short view from the Manaslu.
The peaceful trails are lovely. You can have a good bonding with nature while trekking alone on the empty and wild trails of Manaslu.
Manaslu Trek is less popular than the Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Due to this, the trekking trails are occupied by only few numbers of trekkers on the route. This has made Manaslu region trek perfect for those of the explorers who are seeking tranquil trails and want to be far from the busy, crowded and hustle and bustling life of the city.
You can explore the perfect nature while trekking through the rugged and remote trekking trails. Being a remote trek, life at the small settlements on the trek is basic. The houses are basic, there are no proper roads for transportation. People engage themselves in agriculture and trade. You can see the typical life at remote villages of Nepal during this trek.
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The fooding and lodging during the Manaslu Larke Pass Trek is cheaper in comparison to the other treks of Nepal. Previously, there were only a few lodges and tea houses established in this region for providing services to the trekkers. The region was basically famous for camping treks.
In recent years, with the establishment of new tea houses providing services, accommodation and fooding has become comparatively easier. As the trekking region lies in the remote area, the lodges are unable to provide huge facilities. They offer limited services and fulfill basic requirements.
After the destruction of many tea houses in Manaslu Trekking area during the 2015 earthquake, the village now has slowly been reconstructed. The new tea houses provide you meals with locally grown foods and vegetables with reasonable price. The food might be costlier than the accommodation cost.
Larke La Pass
The ultimate destination of Manaslu Larke Pass is the Larke La Pass. Manaslu Circuit Trek serves the trekkers with the most attractive and beautiful vantage point at the Larke La Pass. The Pass provides stunning views of the snow-capped mountains like Mt Manaslu, Annapurna ranges, Mt Himalchuli.
Larke La Pass is considered to be the highest and challenging pass and also most chosen trekking destination in the Manaslu region which. The place offers rich cultural heritage, beautiful Himalayan flora and fauna and incredible views of Mt Manaslu, Annapurna range and few more.
Flourishing Cultural practice
Manaslu region is comprised of peaceful and quiet villages that are well decorated in traditional styles. The stupas, monasteries, chortens, prayer wheels, and prayer flags you see en route displays the practice of Buddhism. You will also see the colorful prayer flags flapping in the strong cold wind at the top of Larke La pass.
One of the major highlights of this trek is also that you will get to visit the Tsum Valley Trekking, which is regarded as one of the hidden valleys. You will get the opportunity to witness purity and original culture of the inhabitants influenced by the Tibetans.
The region offers a unique environment, enriched with biological diversity, the beautiful combination of cultural heritage, breathtaking views of Himalayan Flora and fauna which makes Manaslu region one of the legendary and best trekking destination in Nepal.
Freshwater lakes at higher altitude
Another major attraction of Manaslu Larke trek is the freshwater lakes that are situated at higher altitudes in the region. The trek is not only about Himalayas, rivers, wildlife, and forests. The lakes are above 3500 meters. In fact, there are numbers of high altitude freshwater lakes in Manaslu.
Birendra Tal and Phunkar Taal are the most popular lakes among many others. On the acclimatization day, trekkers go for a short hike to Birendra Lake at Samagaun, Manaslu Base Camp. This lake lies in Manaslu Glacier closer to Punhyen Glacier. If you are lucky, there are chances that you will see rare alpine migratory ducks at the lakes.
Manaslu Base Camp
One of the major highlights of this trek is the Manaslu Base Camp. The experience of trekking to the lap of the eight highest peaks in the world is unbelievable.
Samagaun is the base camp of Mt. Manaslu (8163 m) that lies at 3530 meters. Explore around a tiny village with old Tibetan inhabitants while you’re in Samagaun. Visit around the place and you will see beautiful monastery, the way of life and the fascinating culture of the beautiful land.
Safe and sound
Despite being located in a remote area, Manaslu Circuit trekking is an absolutely safe and sound trek. Safe in a sense doesn’t mean you can reach the pass and return easily. As the Pass is at a laid-back place, requiring 9-10 days to reach the top, you will have enough time to rest and acclimatize.
In order to commence this trek, you need to be moderately fit and have a strong heart and a determined mindset. Make sure to take account of your health issues. There is a risk of altitude sickness, injuries, knee pain, upset stomach, cold, and many others. You are advised to consult your medical doctor before you set off on the trekking trails of Manaslu.
The proper arrangement of the trek with adequate gears and going with good preparations makes it absolutely safe. Also make sure you take care of your own safety by following the instructions of the guide. Avoid trekking alone at any places, especially at night.
Manaslu Larke Pass trek as a whole is not a hard trip though it includes some tough sections on the trail. For an average trekker, it can be moderately exhausting. Having some previous trekking experience at high altitudes and high mountain passes will make this trek less difficult for you.
As the trek to Manaslu belongs to the off-beaten trail of the country, the trek requires moderate fitness. The beginners looking forward to begin this trek are advised to exercise and train themselves starting a month or few before going on the trek. Boosting your endurance and stamina level will help you avoid difficulty along the rugged and tough trails.
Easy Side Trips
Manaslu Circuit Trek offers many amazing side treks. These treks are basically hiking destinations, only a couple of hours away from the circuit. Some of the most popular side trip journeys are a trek to Birendra lake and Pungeen Gompa near Samagaun.
There are no availability of lodges or tea houses in the hiking sides. Also, these are not overnight spots, thus you can’t stay here. You can visit these places during your extra hours and come back.
The best time to undertake Manaslu Larke Pass trek is during September to November and March to May. These months are generally considered the best seasons to trek in the Manaslu Region.