Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres above sea level. It is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means “mountain of the spirit”, comes from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning “intellect” or “soul”.
Manaslu Trek is one of the strenuous treks in the Himalayan region. The objective of the trek is to approach in the vicinity of Mt. Manaslu (8156m), the eighth highest mountain in the world.The trek starts at Arughat, the gateway to Buri Gandaki Valley. There are very few tea houses along the trail which are of basic standards. You will be passing through Manaslu Conservation Area which is home to 11 types of forest. This is a prime habitat for snow leopard, Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep. At Samagaon, you can go on an excursion to Manaslu Base Camp. The challenging section of this trek comes up while crossing Larkya La Pass at 5160m. The pass offers spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna, Himalchuli etc. Along the trail you will have plenty of opportunities to interact with local people who are called Nupris who have culture and lifestyles akin to Tibetans. Take time out to visit Shringi Gompa, Mu and Rachen Gompas, some of the most popular and ancient Buddhist shrines. The trail joins the Annapurna circuit at Dharapani and drops down to Besisahar. If anyone would like to continue trekking to Annapurna region, it is also possible.Manaslu Trek can be done in different duration and at different times of year. Spring (Mar-May) and Autumn (Sep-Nov) are two best seasons for trekking in this region. Trekking here is a mix of camp and tea-house. Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition have successfully led many trekking trips to Manaslu. We have a team of highly experienced, well equipped, well insured and friendly local trekking guides and porters who will accompany you throughout your journey.
When you go to manaslu, take the below things with you;
- A good quality sleeping bag is a must for trekking not only in Manaslu but anywhere
- Warm thick socks with padding around the toes and heels are advisable.
- You need a pair of comfortable trainers or trekking sandals.
- You need to keep yourself hydrated so you don’t get altitude sickness. So, you need to bring a water bottle with yourself.
- The microspikes have small spikes which can help you walk on moderate ice or snow. They are very light in nature and is perfect for light packers.
- The Manaslu trail is pretty isolated, so you might want to bring along a first aid kit for emergencies. As you might not find a chemist shop or a hospital nearby. Carry this kit in your backpack for easy access.
- While carrying electronics like camera, mobile phone etc. you will need to charge it. It might be troublesome to find a charging point in your room or could have to wait for charging your phone. So, get a good portable charger.
It is not an easy task to pack the right things for the Manaslu circuit trek. Take the necessary things with you to have a wonderful journey.