You may have already guessed the beauties of the Manaslu region have largely allured the trekkers. It is a land of diversity, surrounded by the spectacular peaks, including Mt. Manaslu (8156m), which is the eighth highest peak in the world. This region is located at the Gorkha district, bounded up by the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), which was established in 1998.
The altitude of Manaslu rise from sub-tropical to the alpine altitude. The highest place we reach at the trekking is the Larkay La (5160m), which is the most challenging day during the Manaslu circuit trekking. This region was opened for trek in 1991 as a restricted area trek. Geographically, the Manaslu region can be divided into two parts: the upper Manaslu (Manaslu circuit route) and the lower Manaslu (Barpak and Larpak trail). But, both parts are spectacular.
Yes. The more you go higher through the Manaslu circuit trail; you reach closer to the Tibet. It can be seen by the people following the religious lifestyles, language and cultural heritages. Ancient monasteries, Chhortens and Mani walls are found there. It is around the villages like Samdo, Sama Gaon and others. Due to the trade exchange and similar altitude, the local villages have Tibetan influence.
Trekking and mountaineering
The glorious Himalayas are superb attractions of the Manaslu region. It has got Mt. Manaslu (8156m), Himalchuli (7893m), Ngadi Chuli (7871m), Shringi (7187m), Langpo (6668m) and Saula (6235m). Due to the diverse scenery, Trekking and Mountaineering are highly popular in this region. Mt. Manaslu was first ascended by the Japanese expedition team in 1956. After that there have been multiple climbing teams. From 1991, trekking began in this region. The lower part trek is famous to explore the ethnic communities as Gurung, Magar and other mixed communities. The green hills and gorges are awesome. The manaslu circuit trek is popular to explore the Tibetan Buddhist communities, enjoy the Himalayan beauties from closer distance, glaciers and alpine settlements.
Flora and Fauna
Manaslu region is rich in flora and fauna. It is a home of some endangered animal species as snow leopards and pandas. Himalayan black bear, grey wolf, Himalayan musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan tahr, Himalayan ghoral, woolly, horseshoe bat and others are found in Manaslu. 110 types of bird species, 33 mammals, 11 types of butterflies and 3 reptile species have been recorded. 110 types of bird species are recorded including Himalayan griffon, blood, impeyan, kalij and koklass pheasants.
There are different types of flora preserved by the MCAP. They differ according to the altitude, because there is a great variation of the sub-tropical part and the alpine section. Rhododendron is the most dominated forest along with Himalayan blue pine. According to the record, there are 19 types of forest. Manaslu region is also rich in herbal plants.
So, in the recent context, Manaslu region has become a charming region to explore. Thousands of trekkers go for trekking, both the lower circuit and Upper circuit. Crossing the Larkay Pass is a world class adventurous excursion that connects the Manaslu region with Annapurna region after trekking down from the Larke pass. To explore more ancient villages with traditional lifestyle, go to the valley of Tsumbas. They still follow the polyandry system.