Trekking in Manaslu - Less Trodden & Restricted Region Trip

Encompassing a majestic stretch of land in the shadows of the Mansiri Himal range, the Manaslu region is an under-rated trekking destination in Nepal. Home to the eighth highest mountain in the world- Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Manaslu trekking offers an otherworldly mix of natural beauty and ancient cultural heritage. Manaslu region is still restricted part situated east of Annapurna region boarding with Tibet on north offers the great mountain vista and Tibetan Buddhism with large monasteries in action in route. The Manaslu region treks are still unspoiled and less trodden, where only a handful of trekkers are trekking on these trails. Due to its wonderful Himalayan vista and fewer crowds than other regions, Trekking in Manaslu is becoming famous every year. There are newly build tea houses on all the places to stay which use to be a fully camping trek a few years back only. The tea houses which got damaged by the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal have been renovated and fully on its operation. 

Flora, Fauna, and Peaks in the region

Manaslu Conservation Area covers the majority of the Manaslu region and offers an insane abundance of wildlife and natural vegetation. As such, the region is home to over 33 species of mammals and 110 species of birds along with a staggering 1500-2000 species of flowering plants. Apart from this, the region is also prosperous in terms of ethnic groups and their culture. While Magar and Chhetri inhabit the lower altitude regions, the northern parts are dominated by Tsumba and Nubri communities.

Finally, the Himalayas are the major attraction of the region. Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), Himalchuli (7863 m), Shringi Himal (7161 m), Peak 29 (7871 m), Rani Peak (6693 m), Larkya Peak (6249 m), Cheo (6812 m), and Himlung (7126 m) are some of the notable Himalayas one can notice on Manaslu region treks. 

Manaslu Region Treks

As a starting point for one of the popular expeditions in the country, Manaslu Base Camp is an equally popular trekking destination. Thus, the Around Manaslu Trek is a glorious adventure that reaches the heart of the Manaslu region itself with Larke L pass over 5100 meters, one of the highest passes in the Manaslu region. Rupina La Pass Trek is a lesser-known trekking trail that explores the trekking trails to the southern section of the Manaslu region. This trek crosses the Rupina La Pass (4720 m) and enjoys a lavish display of Himalayan vistas in the Manaslu and Buddha Himal ranges. Manaslu region houses a secluded valley that requires a Restricted Area Permit to trek and explores. This valley is known as the Tsum Valley and is known to house ancient Tibetan culture and traditions. The monasteries like Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa are the flag-bearers of the preserved culture and lifestyle in the Tsum Valley.

Best Time?

Like most of the trekking regions in Nepal, the Manaslu region's majesty also favors the spring and autumn seasons the most. The spring from March to May offers the finest display of biodiversity, whereas the autumn from September to November is perfect for staring at the gorgeous Himalayas. The winter and summer/monsoon seasons pose a significant threat of adverse weather conditions and can even hamper the trekking experience.