Manaslu Region

Trekking, Hiking, Sightseeing, Visit National Park, Cultural Insight, Mountaineering, Expedition, High Passes, Food and Culinary, Festival Celebrations, and many more

Introduction and History about Manaslu
Measuring 8,163 meters in height, Manaslu (meaning “mountain of the spirit”) is the eighth tallest mountain in the world, located in the Mansiri Himal in the central-west part of Nepal. H.W. Tilman was the first adventurist from Europe to have led an excursion to the mighty Annapurna Range along with a group of five fellow countrymen in 1950. Tilman, along with Major J. O. M. Roberts, hiked to Larkya La pass and saw the Manaslu Mountain from there.

Between 1950 and 1955, four expeditions led by a team of Japanese climbers prospected climbing the mountain from the north and east sides. Many mountaineers have attempted to climb the Manaslu, but it was Arjun Vajpai who summited it on 5th October 2011, becoming the world's youngest climber at the age of eighteen.

Since 1991, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a trekkers’ paradise in Nepal. It continues to remain off-the-beaten-path and remote compared to the better-known Nepalese treks. The eighteen-day trek provides a wonderful opportunity to explore the place’s cultural insights and the rugged trails that lead you to spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayas.

Also known as the Manaslu Conservation Area, the region is made up of sub-tropical Himalayan foothills to desiccated Trans-Himalayan meadows surrounding Tibet. Emerging from Arughat and sprawling all the way to Larkhe La Pass, this region has six climatic zones, namely the tropical and subtropical, temperate, sub-alpine, alpine, and arctic zones. On hiking 5,000 meters and above, you reach the permanent snow line. You should consider the spring and autumn seasons for going on the Manaslu Circuit trek. Both seasons will offer clear views of the Himalayas.

Spring is the perfect season for witnessing the magical phenomenon of all rhododendron forests turning into beautiful gardens. Not to forget, visiting Manaslu in autumn provides a chance to attend the vibrant festivals of Nepal.

Nature, culture, things to do
Going on a trek to the Manaslu region opens the door to a whole new world of natural wonders. You will be mesmerized by the huge expanse of green draped in snow. The region is also home to hundreds of faunal species like the Eurasian Griffon, golden eagle, koklass pheasants, and Himalayan and Tibetan snow cocks. About 1,500 to 2,000 plant species are estimated to grow in this rich natural conservation area.

Talking about culture, Nepal has a lot to offer. But steals the light in Manaslu is the blend of two ethnicities, namely Tsum and Nubri, both of which boasts their own traditional culture and art. The Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you over the high pass of Larkya-la, through the isolated tribal villages, home to the Magar, Gurung, and Bhotias, and dotted by tea houses set amidst the alpine landscape.

Enjoy the grand views of Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, and Annapurna III, and immerse yourself in a surrealistically beautiful bounty of nature while you trek up this majestic mountain.

Tips to follow

  • Carry only the valuable things because the weight limit for the trek is 15 kilograms.
  • Carry important documents like passports, airline tickets, insurance papers, and money cards.
  • For headwear, do carry a head torch, warm caps, and sunglasses. Thermals and jackets are a must for protecting your upper body from the cold. Invest in trekking poles, sleeping bags, hiking trousers, and trekking boots—all of which are essential for having a comfortable and convenient experience.
  • Cold pills, stomach antibiotics, and painkillers are medicines that you must carry with you in your toiletry bag.

Why go on this trek?

Here’s why you should go on the Manaslu Circuit Trek once in your lifetime:

  • The region is far less crowded compared to Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp.
  • The trekking trails are tranquil, remote, and wild—providing an idyllic setting to relax.
  • You get an enriching cultural experience along the way.
  • It’s affordable, safe, and moderately strenuous.

You can get more information on the Manaslu Circuit Trek here.