Manaslu Region Climbing

Climbing in Nepal

Manaslu Region Highlights

  • Trek to one of the relatively unexplored regions of the Himalayas.
  • Climb mountain peaks like Manaslu (8,164 m) and Larkya Peak (6,249 m).
  • Experience full climatic range – from tropical to arctic – in a single trek.
  • Spot rare wild animals like Snow Leopard, Red Panda and Himalayan Musk Deer.
  • Walk the ancient salt trading route between Nepal and Tibet.
  • Trek to the wonderful Ruby and Tsum Valley.

Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,164 m. Manaslu region is located in the northern part of the Gorkha district of Nepal. The district of Dhading lies in the eastern part of the Manaslu Conservation Area. The Annapurna Conservation Area is located on it’s western part.

Locals of the region consider Manaslu as the ‘Spirit Mountain’. Its literal name comes from a Sanskrit word ‘Manasa’ meaning intellect. Manaslu region was opened for commercial trekking in 1991. The region, along with its rare flora and fauna, has been protected as Manaslu Conservation Area since 1998. Manaslu peak itself was first climbed by a Japanese Expedition in 1956.

Climbing packages on offer for Manaslu Region by Nepal Guide Trek includes expedition to Manaslu Peak and Larkya Peak (6,249 m). You will need professional experience and necessary permits to climb Manaslu. Larkya Peak climbing is a moderate level expedition requiring basic peak climbing experience.

Manaslu region is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal. The region has unique climatic conditions too. Six different climate zones are found in the region. The lower part of the Manaslu Conservation area has a mixture of tropical and subtropical climate whereas the upper part has alpine, tundra and arctic climate.

Some of the highest mountains in the world like Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, Shringi and Himlung are also located in the Manaslu region. The Annapurna massif and its array of mountains are also visible from the Manaslu region.

Manaslu region was considered as one of the hardest treks in Nepal up until very recently. The main reason for it was lack of lodging and fooding facilities for trekkers on the way. Trekkers had to carry a large group of porters with them to Manaslu region and set up camps at night. There was no provision for emergency supplies too as settlements were often far flung from each other and most of them did not have any shops.

However, things have changed significantly in recent years. Numerous teahouses and lodges are located in the trekking trails. Moreover, the increasing number of trekkers has also prompted the locals to open shops for emergency supplies.

The Manaslu region is primarily covered in dense green forests of Rhododendron and Bamboo. Animals like Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Asian Black Bear, Himalayan Musk, Tahr, Wolf and varieties of deer roam the forest. The conservation area is also home to more than 110 species of birds.

We start our tour to Manaslu region with an eight hour drive to Arughat Bazar from Kathmandu. Aru Ghat is situated in the border of Dhading and Gorkha district. The Budhi Gandaki River separates the two districts. In fact, we will be following the Budhi Gandaki river during the entire trek up to the Manaslu Base Camp. We will also meet Dudh Khola, a tributary of Marsyangdi river, on our way to the upper stretches of Manaslu. The trek part of the trip commences from Aru Ghat. We can also start our trek from Gorkha Bazaar instead of Arughat.

The locals of the region are very warm and hospitable. The Manaslu region is settled primarily by the Gurung People in the lower belt and the Bhutias in the Northern belt. During the return part of the trek we can choose an alternative western way and venture into the Annapurna region via ThoRong La Pass.