Manaslu Region is one of the most spectacular treks in the Himalaya, comparable to the Annuparna circuit. However the trek around Manaslu touches unspoiled regions since it was off limits until recently. Now open to organized trekking parties only, the area offers a good mix of cultural diversity and fantastic mountain scenery. Starting at the Budhi Gandaki, the trek goes through the narrow gorge between the Manaslu and Ganesh Himal ranges, with sleep almost perpendicular sides.
Passing through the Nupri valley, where the inhabitants appear Tibetan in look, speech and customs, the trail continues parallel to the Tibetan border, with sensational views of Manalsu North, Ngadi and Himalchuli peaks. Crossing the (5200 m) Larkey La pass, the trek descends to the Marsyangdi Valley with fantastic views of Himlung Himal, Annapurna range and other peaks.
This extended and strenuous trek, circling the Manaslu range was opened to trekking in 1992 along with Mustang. Going north, up the river valley of the Budi Gandaki and then behind Mt. Himalchuli (7893 m.), Peak 29 (7839 m.) and Mt. Manaslu (8118 m.) to cross the Larkya La Pass at 5213 m., this fascinating trek explores areas and the way of life unchanged for decades and maybe, even centuries. Region with a brilliant mountain vistas of the Ganesh and Manaslu Himal ranges and insights into the cultures of a cross-section of ethnic Nepalese tribes and people. The trail passes through the villages of Khani Gaon, Setibas, Nyak, Namru and Samagaon to cross the Larkya La (5213 m.) and then joins the river valley of the Dudh Khola. From here, the trail heads south to the Dudh Khola's confluence with the Marsyangdi River at the village of Thonje and continues through the villages of Chamje and Nayagaon to Besisahar where you end your trek. This is a trek that offers much more than mountains. The main journey here is around Manaslu, reaching north of the Himalayas and circling the great Manaslu-Himalchuli-Baudha massif. Since Manaslu is a special area for trekkers and was only officially opened from 1991 onwards for trekking, it needs special permits. Three-week complete treks will give you an exciting, adventurous and once in a lifetime experience.