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Manaslu

Manaslu

Manaslu (Nepali: मनास्लु, also known as Kutang) is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres (26,781 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means "mountain of the spirit", comes from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul". Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition. It is said that "just as the British consider Everest their mountain, Manaslu has always been a Japanese mountain".

Manaslu at 8,156 metres (26,759 ft) above mean sea level (m.s.l) is the highest peak in the Lamjung District and is located about forty miles east of Annapurna. The mountain's long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and culminate in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape, and is a dominant feature when viewed from afar.

The Manaslu region offers a variety of trekking options. The popular Manaslu trekking route of 177 kilometres (110 mi), skirts the Manaslu massif over the pass down to Annapurna. The Nepalese Government only permitted trekking of this circuit in 1991. The trekking trail follows an ancient salt-trading route along the Budhi Gandaki river. En route, 10 peaks over 6,500 metres (21,300 ft) are visible, including a few over 7,000 metres (23,000 ft). The highest point reached along the trek route is the Larkya La at an elevation of 5,106 metres (16,752 ft). As of May 2008, the mountain has been climbed 297 times with 53 fatalities.

Manaslu Conservation Area has been established with the primary objective of achieving conservation and sustainable management of the delimited area, which includes Manaslu.

(source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manaslu)

Available Itineraries for Manaslu

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking

This 18-day trek takes you through the most unique and remote villages in the Tsum Valley of Nepal. True to its meaning Tsum valley holds a distinct geographical identity and resources with clear streams, lush vegetation, high mountains, waterfalls, perfect hot springs and ancient relics. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin with traditional mountain village lifestyle. The genuine hospitality of the villagers will create a truly unforgettable experience. This trek is especially suitable for those who want to get off the beaten track. The trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with Mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The Buddhist saint, Milarepa, is believed to be meditated in one of the caves in the Tsum valley. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries. As a result, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact.

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Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Manaslu Circuit Trekking

 Manaslu circuit is a remote area trek in the west of Nepal. It is known for its breathtaking mountain views, challenging terrain and encounter Gurung and Tibetan villages. The living Buddhist culture is virtually untouched because of remote location.

Our trip to Manaslu circuit begins with a 7-8 hour drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar. Then, next day we hike through the lush rice terraces and thatched huts to the north along with sprawling Gurung villages perched on high, terraced hilltops. Here the ethnically Tibetan inhabitants speak their own dialect, partly Tibetan and partly Gurung, and live in a Tibetan lifestyle. Spectacular mountain panoramas, dominated by Mt. Manaslu itself, the scenic beauty, perennial sources of water from glaciers, waterfalls and exotic cultural values are main highlights of the trek of this region. The valley above Samdo near the border of Tibet is beautiful. After crossing the snow-covered Larkya La pass (5106m) we will descend to Bhimthang and Tilje through tropical areas, bursting with ferns, bamboo, pine trees and finally we reach sanje .From here we catch a vehicle that takes us to Kathmandu.

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