Top 10 reasons to do Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the surreal journey which offers the great Himalayan vistas, living culture and heritage, ancient monastery and sacred caves, deep gorge, rocky canyon and the great highlight is the unspoiled culture and heritage that the people have kept unchanged for centuries.

The Manaslu region is located in the northern part of central Nepal in Gorkha district which is separated by Budhigandaki in the east and Marsyangdhi in the west and the Himalayas separates this region in the north from Tibet. The region stretches within the area of 1663 Sq Km where most of its area is wild nature as well as the high Himalaya. This conservation area is home for 2000 species of plant, 33 kinds of mammals, 115 kinds of birds, 3 reptile, 15 butterflies and 11 different kinds of forests which ranges from the tropical zone to the alpine.

The region is very rich in its diverse culture and religion that several different ethnic group people live in this area. Gurung, Magar, Chhetri, Brahmin people live in the southern province whereas northern province is inhabited by Lamas who has rich culture and history which made this region antique.


After discussing the general background of this region and the people now we are heading towards why we should do Manaslu Circuit Trek? Now let’s discuss on top 10 reasons to do Manaslu Circuit trek.

1. Offbeat and less commercialize: The region is virgin and pure and the trail is offbeat yet that its one of the less visited areas by tourist whereas in terms of modernization and commercialization Everest and Annapurna are way far than this. So if you like to explore the place which is less touristic and less commercial for sure this journey is for you.

2. Virgin and unspoiled nature: Most areas in the province are wood and mountain and its less explored region so here nature, people and culture are still unspoiled. This is the best place for you if you are seeking less explored region this is for you.

3. People and culture: The people living in this area and their culture are the points of interest. Tibetan Buddhism is the main religion here, the settlement is built with the local material that most houses are built of stone and wood. We can see hundreds of monasteries in the region and lot of Stupas and Chorten can be seen during the journey.

4. Monastery and Sacred caves: The region is enriched with several monasteries where we can still see the monks learning holy education and also there are a bunch of sacred caves where the big master Milarepa, Guru Rinpoche had meditated.

5. Mt Manaslu base camp: The journey to Mt Manaslu 8163m base camp which is located at the altitude of 4800m is another highlight of the journey. The walk to base camp is very beautiful and adventurous that we can see the birds-eye view of Birendra Lake and Samagaun.

6. Support the local economy: The region was badly damaged in the earthquake of 2015 and still, it’s in the process of a rebuild. Thousands of houses had damaged, many became homeless thus your journey will support the local economy.

7. Samagaun: Samagaun is the largest village in the northern province of this region whereas 300 houses are in the village and around 1500 people live here. The Samagaun village looks very unique and beautiful with its stone wall and timber roof. This village is located at the altitude of the 3500m and probably most populated village in this province at this altitude.

8. High altitude freshwater lake: The region is enriched with a bunch of freshwater lakes above the altitude of 3500m where we can see alpine migratory duck which is one of the rare species found in this region. The famous lakes are Birendra Taal, Phunkar lake which we can see during the journey.

9. Larkya Pass: Larkya La pass is the main challenge of this journey. We have to traverse through the altitude of 5160m to cross this pass. We can see the spectacular view of Himalaya and glacier towards the western side from the top of the Larky La Pass.

10. Manaslu Conservation area: The government of Nepal started to protect this sanctuary with this name Manaslu Conservation area which is home to several birds and wildlife. The conservation campaign started as project thus the institution looking after the conservation of this region is called Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP).

Island Peak

Island peak is located in the Imja valley only few kilometers away from top of the world, Mt. Everest. The elevation of peak is 6189m/20300ft appears as an island in a sea of ice; hence the name of this idol mountain was established. Island peak is also known as Imja Tse by local Sherpas. The peak is famous for optional climbing trails during the Everest base camp trek, which requires equipments and proper guidelines. Island peak is climbed by anyone even if its beginners, at the same time you overcome with strength to climb any 20000 feats in Himalaya. Incidentally, Island peak gives opportunity to figure out how to climb challenging glaciers into piece of cake. So are you ready for the tremendous climb?
Island peak climbing 6199m

Island peak will leave you remarkable combination of trekking and climbing activities. You would definitely want to experience most popular base camp of Nepal. Whereas, Island peak serves you thrills and adventure, as well as close up view of Mt. Everest. The journey starts from Kathmandu to Lukla with exciting mountain flight. The trekking will lead you to the Sherpa villages; Namche Bazaar, Pangboche, Dingboche which has several teahouses and monasteries. Also you will find Rhododendron and other flower species creating beautiful trekking pathway. The higher you go, the nearer you’ll observe epic sightings of mountains. Meanwhile, you may want your clothing warm as possible. After reaching the Everest Base Camp, you’ll climb the Kala Pattar (5545m) for panoramic view of Mt. Everest. But that’s just the short trailer for your next climb to Island peaks. On the next day, guide will provide you mountain gears followed by basic tutorials. Such materials like ice axe, harness, screw gate, crampons, plastic mountaineering boot and descended abseil device are equipped. Climbing starts from 5100m facing mixed scrambling, rocky scree, detached glaciers and so on. You need to focus physically and mentally in order to attempt your climb gentle. And finally, there you will be stepping on 6189m, the highest point ever on your trip!

Manaslu & Tsum valley trekking

Mt Manaslu seen from Lho

Manaslu and Tsum valley trek is an amazing pristine trekking journey which follows Budhigandaki valley in the east which goes through the lap of Mt Manaslu 8161M and crosses the challenging Larkya-La pass 5106M and reaches the Marsyangdhi valley in Annapurna region. There is another place like the real paradise in the lap of Ganesh Himal and Shringi himal which is called Tsum Valley. A journey to Manaslu and Tsum valley is the best unspoiled wilderness trek.

The journey starts in the tropical valley of Arughat at the elevation of 500m where we can see lot of Gurung and Ghale people who are famous for their unique culture, language, custom and way of living. The trail goes through the bank of river Budhigandaki all the way to higher valley towards Mt Manaslu and Himalchuli. Trekker who goes to Tsum valley the trail splits at the place called Nyak phedi from where the trekker have to follow the amazing Shyar khola valley which leads the trail all the way to Mu Gumpa the last point of Tsum valley trek.

This journey takes around three weeks if you are doing Manaslu trek with Tsum valley. In Nepal there are bunch of restricted area this is one of them. Having unique culture, custom and tradition and way of living made this region so special and the interesting fact about this province is the people are quiet similar to Tibetans. The towering Himalayan peaks will catch your breath all time and the journey through the bottom of subtropical gorge is quiet amazing. The people are so nice here that your will never forget those beautiful smile in your whole life.

Top 10 food you must try in Nepal

Nepal is located between India and China in the Himalayas. This beautiful country is blessed with huge diversity of Landscape, people, mountain, language, culture, custom, tradition & food. People are living in the remote terrain of Himalyas, midland and southern foothill where the land is flat. Most of Nepal is hilly region it occupies nearly 65% of total area whereas the Terai southern flat is 20% and 15% is mountain. Not only the geographic diversity it has big diversity for food and cuisines. Here in this blog we are talking about top 10 food you must try in Nepal. Well we have many varieties of food and drink in Nepal some are really famous and some are not. Below we are talking about some Nepali cusines.

Everest highest elevation on earth to the lowest elevation Kechanakal just above 60m above the sea level is a big diversity for this small country. Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga, Ganesh himal, Everest region and western Nepal like Dolpo region and Upper Mustang region are amazing with landscape, food, People & culture. Its really amazing that we can find so much diversity inside this small country. Major river when they reach low land there are national parks and forest reserve such as Koshi river low land valley consists of Koshitappu wild life reserve, Gandaki river flows through the banks of Chitwan national park which is famous for One horned rhinoceros and royal bengal tiger and one of tributary river which is the lifeline of western Nepal Karnali comes through Mt Kailash in the Tibet and when it reaches low land at Karnali Chisapani then it keep descend towards sea whereas Bardia National park is located in the lowland of Karnali river.

Geographically Nepal is divided into three different region they are Terai region (Low Land), Hilly region (Mid Land) & Mountain region (High Land). Today we going to talk about various food which are very famous in Nepal and is widely famous all over. As we have discussed above food culture are determined by geographical condition and influence from Neighboring territory.

01) Dal bhat: is a major dish widely consumed by Nepali. Dal bhat is a set of few dishes which comes with Dal (Lentil soup), Bhat (Rice), Tarkari (Curry), Chutney (Pickle), Mashu (Meat), Papad (Thatched Chickpea) and garnished with some seasonal salad with peeled lemon slice. This is the perfect dish which can fill you up. Dal bhat is the last resort for many Nepali when super hungry. Dal bhat is available every where in Nepal but the taste could be different from place to place depending upon the recepie.

Poonhill Trek in the Rhododendron blooming season

Poonhill Trek in the Rhododendron blooming season

Poonhill Trek in the Rhododendron blooming season

Poonhill Ghorepani trek is regarded as one of the most visited short treks in Nepal. Being in a closer distance from Porkara, excellent hospatility, Magar & Gurung culture exploration, beautiful scenery and panoramic mountain view from Poonhill and Ghorepani are the highlights of trek. In-spite of above mention highlights there are few more things that makes this trek so especial.

In this blog we going to talk about rhododendron around Ghorepani Poonhill area. Ghorepani region is not only rich with beautiful scenery and above mention points it is also rich for flora and fauna find in this territory. If you already have been to Ghorepani Poonhill trek you might have noted that most of the trees above (1700m/5576ft) are rhododendron. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal but all rhododendron are not Nepali national flower. The rhododendron with crimson red colour are the national flower of Nepal. As we can find 32 different species of rhododendron in Nepal.

The blooming time of rhododendron these days is from the mid of February to the mid of March during this time the region looks so beautiful with bloomed red rhododendron and one can feel like hiking in the piece of heaven or if you walking uphill towards Ghorepani you feel like you climbing stair way to heaven.


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