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    Facts of Manaslu Region

    Balaram Thapa
    Balaram ThapaUpdated: Jan 27th 2023  |  AdventureTrekking/Hiking

    Manaslu Region Trek, a popular trekking destination, has held a unique natural and cultural heritage in recent years. Introduced as one of the best trekking destinations globally, the Manaslu region presents countless trekking routes like the Manaslu circuit, Tsum valley, and more.

    Previously Manaslu trekking was famous as a camping trekking since trekkers used to carry food, and several porters were necessary for moving, making the trekking expensive. Thankfully, several tea-houses and lodges have opened in the trekking trails that have made trekking easier and relatively cheaper.

    Manaslu region’s trekking trails, which have been untouched and less trodden, are diverse and isolated, making the trekking experience adventurous. The eighth highest mountain in the world, Mt Manaslu (8156m), becomes visible as you trek to the region. Local call Mount Manaslu as ‘Spirit – Mountain’ and consider it holy, believing it to have spiritual deities.

    The paths of the Manaslu region hold enthralling landscapes, panoramic vistas of grand mountains, and nineteen wooded areas bearing rhododendron and bamboo trees. They are home to diverse floras and faunas.

    Highlights of Manaslu region

    Magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu, Mount Himalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, Ganesh Himal mountains range, Shringi, Langpo, and Saula.

    Larkya Pass

    Tsum Valley

    Meeting multi-ethnic groups

    Specifically, Tsum valley is located in northern Gorkha; Tsum valley is a holy Himalayan pilgrimage. This Himalayan valley loaded with antique art and culture is a veiled treasure of grandiose Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, Himalchuli, and Buddha Himal. The local inhabitants are of Tibetan origin and speak their dialect. It would help if you had a Restricted Area Permit which costs $50 per week, and trekkers must travel in a group of two with a licensed guide who requires a special permit for trekking. Only some people are permitted to trek in the area to protect its natural exquisiteness.

    The inhabitants follow Tibetan Buddhist non-violent culture, and hunting or killing wild animals is prohibited. This culture has been preserving the hectic lives of the region. Tsum valley, therefore, is well-off in wildlife, in particular the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep. The countryside of this valley is adorned with Mani walls, Omanis (entry chortens), and chortens. This Tibetan-styled settlement presents the local culture, beautiful mountains, picturesque Himalayan scenery, and historical yet extraordinary monasteries from ancient times.

    To pass through higher passes, sets like Tsum Valley and the Ganesh Himal Base Camp are used as an acclimatization point.

    Larkya La Pass

    Larkya La pass, lying 5220 m high, is the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Walking on the spectacular pass decorated with the Buddhist prayer flags on top is a delightful experience. Also, you will be rewarded with eye-catching mountain views like Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II.

    Exploration of Multi-ethnic community

    Manaslu region is occupied by a range of ethnic groups speckled around. There are different settlements occupied by ethnic groups of Chhetri, Brahmin, Tamang, Tibetan, Magar, and Gurung. The villages are adorned with prayer flags, unique Buddhist art, and monasteries. Walking from side to side with the trails of the Manaslu region is a beautiful way of understanding the different ethnic groups of Nepal.

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