Nestled in the northern Himalayan range of Gorkha District, Manaslu is huge jagged wall of snow and hanging ice in the sky. Despite of its increasing in popularity, Manaslu region still sees few flock of trekkers compared to other classical treks of Annapurna region. Manaslu region is an stunning trek that offers exceptional view of snow-clad mountains and allows close connection with different ethnic tribe residing in remote hill villages scattered all along the trekking route. You will encounter an interesting blend of authentic Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist village throughout the trail. Unlike other region, Manaslu region is a sanctuary of many endangered animals including rare snow leopards, pandas, blue sheep, grey wolf, Himalayan tahr, Himalayan goral and more. Moreover, this region is shelter to over 110 species of birds and 33 species of mammals. The conservation act banned the hunting of wildlife in the area which helped them to prosper.
The Manaslu region trail follows the spectacular Budhi Gandaki River starting from Arughat to Larkya Pass at 5,125m. As you start from low at 700m, you will encounter a huge contrast of landscapes ranging from verdant mid hill scenery to highland panorama exhibiting huge glaciers. The crossing of Larkya Pass is tough but the landscapes and incredible view of 10 mountains over 6,500m worth it. You can choose to trek a loop of Manaslu joining the trail of Annapurna at Jomsom or trek the cultural village Tsum. There are basic teahouses all along the trail so you can opt to camp or stay at teahouse. Encounters of Yak, rugged terrain and altitude related sickness are common during Manaslu region expedition. So this trek is often known as endurance test.