Experience the beauty of the Manaslu Circuit Trek: off-the-beaten-path adventure, diverse cultures, breathtaking scenery, and the challenging Larkya La Pass. Immerse yourself in the untouched lifestyle of the Bhotia people and witness stunning Himalayan views.

Following are the reasons why the Manaslu Circuit Trek is so beautiful:

Off-the-beaten-path trek:

If you’re up for the challenge of trekking in secluded areas of Nepal, the Manaslu trek is perfect. You’ll have the trails to yourselves most of the time. However, be prepared to encounter many mule trains, as they’re the only way to transport goods in this remote area. The rugged terrain further intensifies the feeling of trekking in a faraway land.

Narrow and Rugged Paths

Diverse culture and lifestyle:

During a trek to Manaslu, you’ll experience diverse cultures as you walk from the lowlands to higher altitudes. In the lower regions, you’ll encounter Hindu culture, with villages mainly inhabited by Gurungs, Ghales, Sunars, Damais, and others. Exploring local culture is fascinating, and on your acclimatization day, you can explore Sama Gaon. Hike to observe thousands of Mani stones inscribed or painted with Buddhist texts. Visiting an old gompa called Pungyen Gompa is perfect for immersing yourself in the local culture while enjoying an amazing view of the glaciers.

Lifestyle of Bhotias

Lifestyle of Bhotias untouched by modernization:

While trekking on the Manaslu off-the-beaten path, you’ll reach villages inhabited by Bhotias, similar to Tibetan Buddhists. Manaslu’s Nubri Valley is one of the most remote areas of Nepal and remains untouched by modernization. The way of life here is not much different from ancient times.

  • The locals of the Nubri Valley are primarily engaged in animal farming and agriculture, cultivating potatoes, barley, maize, apples, and more.
  • You’ll find a unique culture and tradition in this mountain valley. People in the Nubri Valley wear traditional clothing and speak their language. Instead of “Namaste,” you’ll hear locals say “Tashi Delek.” Tibetan Buddhism is prominent in this area.

Breathtaking scenery:

You’ll be trekking in the foothills of the world’s 8th-highest mountain, Manaslu, which stands at 8,163 meters. This trek, recently gaining popularity as an off-the-beaten-path option, will reward you with stunning views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal, and many others. Take a thrilling walk past large boulders and rocky cliffs, ultimately leading to a valley with steep mountainsides.

Way to Manaslu Base Camp
Enroute to Pungyen Monastery | Photo Courtesy: Breakshackles
  • Tread past terraced farmland and lush green forests with rhododendrons, pines, conifers, and juniper trees. Witness one of the most beautiful sunsets over Manaslu, Himalchuli, and other neighboring mountains from the popular vantage point in Lho village.
  • The valley opens up from Sama Gaon, offering close-up views of Manaslu. Standing amidst the amphitheater of mountains with peaks like Nadi Chuli and Hiumchuli will be an unforgettable memory. A pristine and blue Birendra Tal, filled by the Manaslu glacier, is one of the trek’s highlights. A side excursion to Birendra Tal on your acclimatization day in Sama Gaon will further enrich your experience.

Challenging Larkya La Pass:

Lonely Planet describes Larkya La Pass, also known as Larke Pass, as one of the most dramatic mountain passes. Wake up before dawn to prepare and begin your ascent to the challenging Larkya La, a high mountain pass at 5,165 meters. It’s one of the longest passes in Nepal, with moraines from Larkya Glaciers and steep trails adding to the difficulty. You might need crampons to walk on some sections of the trail covered with ice around the pass.

Manaslu Circuit & Larke la

Walk steadily and keep pushing yourself, motivated by the stunning views that await you. After crossing the challenging pass, you can savor the breathtaking views of converging glaciers. Larke Pass also overlooks the panoramic beauty of snow-capped mountains like Manaslu, Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, and others.

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