A challenging trekking holiday around Manaslu in the Nepal Himalaya. Manaslu at 8163 metres (26783 feet) is the eighth tallest mountain in the World. Situated close to the border with Tibet, some 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Kathmandu, the valleys to the north and east of Manaslu were a restricted area until the early nineties.
This area has always seen relatively few trekkers when compared to the more popular regions of the Annapurna and the Khumbu region partly because of the greater logistics required.
The quiet trails and simple villages, together with the stunning scenery around Manaslu make this one of the classic yet unspool trekking advenutres in the Himalaya. Travelling via Gorkha on the south of Manaslu,
we start from the town of Arughat and ascend the impressive gorge of the Budi Gandaki for seven days, passing through tiny villages perched on the steep valley sides, to reach the Tibetan world beyond the village of Ghap.
Here, the valley starts to open out, and there are remarkable panoramas of the peaks on the Nepal-Tibet border, as well as those of the Manaslu group. We have the feeling of entering a secret Buddhist world of monasteries, mani walls and prayer flags. The scenery becomes even more impressive as we climb up into the alpine environment on the approach to the Larkya La (5135m), with big peaks on all sides.
Along the trail the first part of our trek are Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal. Beyond the Larkya La, we go down to the forested valley of the Marsyangdi River.