If we have a look at the Great Himalayan Trail there is a different section of trails like Kanchenjunga Section, Makalu Section, Everest Section, Langtang Section, Manaslu Section, and Dolpo Section. Each section is a separate region and offers different experiences, different cultures, and aspects. We might not know that Manaslu Circuit Trekking belongs to the Upper Route of Great Himalayan Trail. A single section of Manaslu itself comprises of different culture and experience. On the basis of elevation and Manaslu trek itinerary, we can divide the entire Manaslu Trek into six different groups where trekkers always had something different to see and experience. After the Massive number of trekker’s crowd in Annapurna and Everest, Manaslu trek becomes a more popular Annapurna circuit trek often compears verses Manaslu circuit trek as well. However, each trek has won significant value on the trekker’s eyes. Today, in this article we are going to share our experience with Manaslu Trekking Trail With different Village.
Arughat to Jagat
This is the lower elevation of Manaslu Trek on the start phase where the mostly trail passes through a gentle flat trail with minor up and down terrain. Mostly trail passes through the local settlement that resembles with Aryan Ethnic as seen on another hilly region of Nepal. From Maccha Khola and onward there is a mix of Gurung and village of Uhiya above Tatopani is a complete big settlement of Ghale People. On the basis of landscape and terrain, Jagat is probably the most beautiful area of this section. Before arriving Jagat it is a wide river valley with lush green pastureland and brown rocky gorge. It is the entrance of the restricted trekking region in Nepal and the Manaslu Conservation Area also starts from Jagat.
Jagat to Deng
Philim is a major settlement in between Jagat and Deng. From Philim housing structure change totally as the village is made up of stone houses. School builds by the Japanese can be viewed distinctly from far as it is a little bit different than local houses there, mainly because of its round roof. The village is full of local Gurung people here. On the next northwest on a settlement, we can see the historic settlement of Pangsing that looks very remote and historic with its housing and prayer flags. Houses are very small and made of mud and wood that are mostly with the black roof because of smoke and little brown wall. Deng and Ghap are the commercial areas with few teahouses and almost the absence of a big village.
Deng to Samdo
Once we move ahead from Deng now we are in an area that we had seen in the village of Pangsing from Philim. The housing of local people is very basic. Chorten made up of mud now start appearing on the trail. The sudden change is an ethnic group as people here are closely resemble with Tibetan in every aspect, as they speak a similar language as Tibetan, their dress is the same as Tibetan and their housing too. Village of Shyala, Lho, and Lhi before arriving Sama Gaon are mesmerizing. There is a very small hut almost made up of wood only with some stone and mud. No doubt this is the most beautiful section of the entire Manaslu Trail. The best view of Manaslu Massif can be seen from Lho and Lhi. Village of Prok is located on the alternative long trail toward Sama Gaon otherwise there is a very beautiful lake on a surrounding ridge of Prok. Manaslu Base Camp, Birendra Lake and the side trip to Tibetan Border are major highlights of this section on Sama Gaon and Samdo. There is a monastery in each village and the big Lama School at Lho.
Samdo to Bimthang
Larke Pass is in between the settlement of Samdo and Bimthang. There is a temporary settlement at Dharmsala with one single teahouse before the Larke Pass. This is the silent section on Manaslu Circuit Trek. As there is no settlement in between Dharmasala and Bimthang. It is the most awaited section, as the prime objective of Manaslu Trek is to traverse Larke Pass. The area might be bit technical, especially during winter and snowfall periods. Moraine glacial walk experience can be gain in this section. Apart from this, it gives close access to the nearby mountain ridge and Larke Peak. Climber used to set a camp at the pass and scale the summit of Larke Peak within two days.
Bimthang to Dharapani
Now it is complete on the Manang part where the world’s famous Thorong Pass Bridge in between Manang and Mustang. The area is almost all accompanied by the Ghale Ethnic of Manang. It is now a lush green area all the way down up to Dharapani. Restricted region of Manaslu Terminates on Dharapani. Housing looks almost back to normal as the first part of the trekking section from Arughat to Jagat. Most of the time we will pass through jungle area passing through the settlement of Gho and Tilije. Upon reaching on Dharapani highly commercial area starts out as we will encounter will thousands of trekkers onward from Dharapani to Beshi Sahar Section.
Dharapani to Besi Sahar
The final section of the Manaslu Circuit is always busy throughout the year no matter what. There is rapid development in this section especially in terms of the road. There is an option on the hike down all the way to Beshi Sahar or directly grab a local four-wheel drive. Each year more than hundreds of thousands of trekkers trek on this road. Well-developed teahouses and trail are the symbols of excellence. Normally people don’t trek totally on this section as from Bimthang they descend to Tilije in one day. From Tilije they merge at Dharapani and trek down to Taal or up where it is feasible and next day directly drive back to Beshi and further to major cities either Pokhara or Kathmandu or Chitwan.