Top 10 facts about Manaslu Trekking Nepal with Tsum Valley

Are you thinking for some off the beaten trail in Nepal, and then Manaslu might be your good choice with easy access and more remoteness within it. Manaslu Trekking is really famous for its virgin beauty with perfect blend of nature and culture as Manaslu Trek leads you to the heart of Nubri Himalayan Region and merge finally with certain section of Annapurna Circuit at Dharapani from where on can retrace back to Kathmandu terminating the Manaslu Circuit Trek or continue toward Annapurna Circuit or Tilicho Lake. If you are looking for Manaslu Circuit Trek then another famous Tsum Valley Trek will be an exceptional side trip apart from solo Manaslu Trek as it one of best sacred valley on Nepal with local ethnic people originated from Tibet. For more information about general itinerary, and other details like costing, pack list for both Manaslu and Tsum you can browse our each section of Manaslu Circuit Trekking and Tsum Valley Trek. Here are 10 facts about Manaslu Trek, which make trekking in Manaslu more interesting.
# 1 Mount Manaslu is eighth highest mountain across the globe, which was closed until 1992 and still nowadays it is under controlled tourism policy under restricted region on Nepal for trekking. There are two summit of Manaslu near by along with other surrounding ridges peak of Ngadi Chuli, Himalchuli and Bouddha Himal.

Kids on manaslu trek engaged on daily life activities, collecting water
Fig - Local kids on Manaslu Trekking Trail, collecting water from tap

# 2 Trekking in Manaslu is famous for its natural high Himalayas as well as ethnic local culture, traditional monastery and local people with unique housing style. No doubt Manaslu is jewels of middle west of Nepal where teahouse trekking is possible around its incomparable beauty and diversity.

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Fig - Chorten on entrance of village, which are quite common duirng Manaslu Circuit Trekking

# 3 Mount Manaslu, which is located on Gorkha District of Nepal has lot more to offer as renowned temple of Manakamana, Lower Manaslu Trek, Tsum Valley Trek, Nubri Trek with famous palace of King Prithivi Narayan Shah. Not only this Manaslu Trek start from Arughat Gorkha and end at Dharapani, Beshi Sahar that is starting point of Thorong La Pass Trek.

Fig - Mane, Rotating prayers wheel which should be passed by making on right hand side

# 4 Manaslu Region encounter with countable visitor in compare to other famous trekking trail like Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Everest Base Camp Trekking, which makes entire Manaslu Trek area unspoiled and more exclusive. Still Tsum is untouched by modernization, as people are more remote so are the housing and available facility in entire Tsum area where Gumba Lundang is the most remote and most to explore monastery.

Fig - Local kids from Manaslu Region, Tsum Valley Region

# 5 Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu as a part of Japanese expedition team first climbed Mount Manaslu on 9th May 1956, after which also number of Japanese Team has concurred the summit of Manaslu so it is often known as Japanese Mountain with most of Japanese climber hitting the summit of Mount Manaslu instead of other mountains. It is also known as Killer Mountain because of its frequent icefall swapping numerous climbers.

Fig - Larke Pass, most difficult day while doing entire Manaslu Circuit Trek

# 6 Himalayan people had declared mountain region from Manaslu to Upper Dolpo as a Nubri State where people looks almost same, so is their culture which directly resemble with people from Tibet. Not only culture their language is same who worship “ His Holiness Dalai Lama” as a god and had his poster on their worship section on any corner of house where they offer butter lamp and stuffs to their god.

Fig - Young lady on they way to collect some grass for yak and wood for kitchen, with her tradiational basket

# 7 Although Larke Pass is in lower elevation than other trekking pass like Thorong La Pass, Chola Pass it is more difficult because of its long walk of same higher elevation instead of ascending and immediate descending. Apart from that descending section toward Bimthang is more technical and almost impassable in heavy winter.

Fig - Stone memorials and prayer flag are quite common with belief of wind spreadung prayers far and far

# 8 Trekking to Manaslu might be considered as a test of personal endurance as one will encounter with high alpine terrain, not cozy accommodation in higher area, long walk on flat terrain on higher elevated Larke Pass, technical downhill slope right after pass, long side trip to Tibetan border from Samdo, dangerous base camp trail to Manaslu Base Camp from Sama Gaon with uncalculated risk of avalanche.

Fig - Supporting ridge of Manaslu, series of Baudha Himal and other with blanket of cloud 

# 9 Ganesh Himal Base Camp can be trek from Gumba Lundang that is east end of Tsum Valley, side trip from Manaslu Trek. One-day trip from Gumba Lundang to Ganesh Himal Base Camp and back to Gumba Lundang is probably the least explored area in Nepal where no extra permits are needed than Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trekking permit with conservation area entry permits.

Fig - Mount Manaslu as seen on the way to Samagau with its twin summit

# 10 It someone is interested on climbing some small peaks in Manaslu then Larke Peak can be a best option by setting base camp on summit of Larke Pass before scaling summit of Larke where permits issued by NMA is mandatory and extra day should be added than regular Manaslu Permit cause couple of days will be extended on climbing periods.

Fig - Baby yak looking for some sun, piercing cloudy days 

No doubt in near future Manaslu Trek will replace Annapurna Circuit Trek because Annapurna is almost destroyed by motor roads on both side of Thorong Pass. Now days Manaslu can be trek completely as a teahouses trek with establishment of huts on Dharmasala. See more details about necessary permits details for Manaslu Circuit Trekking on our previous blog restricted permit details in Nepal.


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