Manaslu region is a well-known and much-loved trekking region in Nepal. It has become the first choice for those trekking enthusiastic searching for ‘Wilderness and authentic Culture’ experiences. It offers the magnificent view of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m); eight tallest mountain in the world and adjoining peaks of this amazing landscapes, beautiful cascading water fall, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic diversity specially fusion of Nepalese Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist culture, hills and valleys with lovely alpine forest full of rhododendron, pines, hemlock, and oaks tree lines and habitat of mammals like snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep and the Himalayan Thar and 110 species of bird’s including Golden Eagle, Eurasian Griffon, Himalayan Griffon, Blood, Impeyan, Kalij and Koklass Pheasants, Himalayan and Tibetan Snow Cocks and the Crimson Horned Pheasant.
Manaslu region is the perfect combination of diverse nature, culture and adventure. It provides spectacular natural and cultural beauty along the border of Nepal and Tibet. Manaslu Region is restricted area to protect its fragile natural resources and cultural heritage and to promote ecotourism to improve livelihood of the local people in the Manaslu Conservation Area. Manaslu region is an isolated and long been undamaged by modernity. This was opened in 1992 for trekking purpose only. It is one of the remote and high-pass adventures in Nepal and requires special permits to trek on this amazing region. This region is geographically spectacular, culturally fascinating and traverse a strong living Tibetan cultural environment and spectacular wilderness. Moreover, The high pass in this region is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ (5,100m), is widely believed to be tough but one of the most dramatic pass crossing the Himalayas. From Larkya La pass, stunning view of Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal and Kang Guru along with occasional view of the Annapurna massif can be observed. The stunning landscape with the mighty Himalayas towering straight and the spectacular glaciers make it worthy more than the effort.
Manaslu region is also becoming the best alternative of classic Annapurna circuit trek in Annapurna region due to the road construction in the some sections of Annapurna region. It has two types of most adventurous trekking trails 1. Annapurna circuit trekking 2. Tsum valley trekking. Lots of people residing in this area especially in the upper Budhi Gandaki (river)Valley are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants (Tibetan). Their language, costumes and culture are almost exclusively Tibetan. A place Nupri (meaning Western Mountain in Tibetan) is a trading center among Tibetans and Tibetans residing in this area. There is still continuous trade between Nupri and Tibet.
So, the mesmerizing panoramic view of majestic Himalayas vista, scenic grandeur in combination with rich biodiversity and cultural diversity with Eco-friendly environment have made it most of the well loved places of Nepal.
Some of the Major villages in Manaslu region:
Samdo Village: The attractive village which lies in the highest point of Budhi Gandaki valley and is inhabited by Bhotias. From this village spectacular view of the valley and Pang Phuchi village with a backdrop of the Tibetan border can be seen.
Sama gaun: This is on the lap of Mount Manaslu and surrounded with mountains, green forest, ancient Buddhist Monasteries, countless Mani Walls (stone tablets engraved with mantras), chorten or stupas and Kanis along the path (round religious structures in Tibetan Buddhism often housing relics and surrounded by prayer mills.) attracts everyone with hiking and exploring enthusiasm
Bimtang: An amazing valley is inhabited by ethnic Gurung community. Bimtang literally means ‘plain of sand’ was used to be main salt trade center in former time between Nepalese and Tibetan people which has best tea houses on the route.