Manaslu “The Hidden Treasure for Trekkers”

Nepal offers a wide array of activities that can be undertaken during your visit. For the adventure seekers, trekking in the mountains of Nepal is a dream come true as you get to witness the breathtaking Himalayan views, beautiful valleys nestled by the different ethnic tribes respective of their areas over the stunning challenging mountain passes. Manaslu region has been the hidden treasure for the trekkers. Manaslu is the eight highest mountain in the world at an elevation of 8163 meters above the sea level. Manaslu area is located in the Central region which as officially opened for the travelers all around the world in 1991. The area has been declared a Conservation area with an objective of preservation and to work on the principle of sustainability. Manaslu region is diverse in terms of the natural resource as well as the rich cultural environment. Covering a total area of 1,663 sq. km. its houses about 9,000 inhabitants and 2,000 species of plants, 33 mammals, 110 birds, 3 reptiles and 11 butterflies. After a long drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (around) 8-9 hours under normal road condition, one can reach to Manaslu region. The journey is awesome as the trail heads up the valley of the Budi Gandaki River through wild and unexplored country inhabited mainly by members of the Gurung ethnic groups.

In comparison to the other trekking routes of Nepal, less numbers of tourists show up in the Manaslu Conservation Area. The area has been severely affected since the 2015 earthquake, the flow of the visitors dropped significantly. However, in the year 2016 a drastic recovery was made possible as the locals along with the authorized personnel together worked hard for the restoration of the trekking trails and the lodges. Manaslu has a lot to offer to the trekkers, from the beautiful scenery of the majestic Himalayan ranges and high altitude glacier lakes to rich biological and cultural diversity. The culture is equally attractive and most of the inhabitants follow Buddhism. The rich cultural heritage is evident in the several large Buddhist monasteries like Shringi Gompa in Bihi, as well as Mu and Rachen Gompas in Chhekampar. One can enjoy the arts and architectures displayed in the local houses, monasteries along with the paintings, chortens and great stone carvings along the trekking trails. The Ganesh range and Shringi Himal dominates the scenery with their massive size. From Lho the best and the most stunning view of Mount Manaslu can be viewed. Local examples of the harmony between religion and environmental conservation can be seen throughout the region, as Lamas (religious leaders) from monasteries have prohibited the locals to hunt wildlife. This has helped the wildlife to prosper and increase in Manaslu Conservation Areas and is a prime habitat for the elusive snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep and the Himalayan Thar. The Manaslu region trek is an ideal combination of the culture and nature.

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