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!

3,400 personnel to guard Pashupati area, devotees

Nepal Police will deploy 3,400 personnel in the Pashupati area on Tuesday as devotees throng the holy site during the Shivaratri, one of the biggest Hindu festivals. Police have established a post to command 12 temporary posts headed by Inspectors at North Gate, Bishworupa, Bankali Parking, four Shivalayas, Pingalastan, Ram Mandir, Uma Kunda, Kailash Hill, temple area, Tilganga and Siphal Ground. The main command will be handled by a Superintendent of Police while 512 personnel have been deputed in the area since Monday morning until Tuesday night. Similarly, 951 personnel will be deployed in other areas in a shift while 579 policewomen will be on guard. Besides 52 personnel from the National Investigation Department and 300 scouts, 2,500 Armed Police personnel will assist Nepal Police in securing devotees and the temple premises. Senior Superintendent of Police Narayan Singh Khadka, spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Office, said they will cordon 31 areas by halting the traffic and ease VVIP and VIP entourages. Bankali, Ramghat, Aryaghat, Ratopul, Purano Baneshwor, Pashupati Old Age Home and Jay Bageshwori are other areas under watch in view of untoward incidents.
Around 1 million people are expected to visit Pashupatinath for the festival on Tuesday. “We are focussing more on surveillance through Close Circuit Television cameras. There are 32 CCTV units watching the temple premises and the movement of people from Tilganga and Gaushala areas,” said SSP Khadka. Bomb disposal squads and sniffer dogs will remain stand-by while reinforcements will be available. The Prime Minister’s Office has directed the Home Ministry, Nepal Police and the APF to maintain high level of vigilance and curb drugs and criminal activities. PMO Secretary Santa Raj Subedi said in a statement that security bodies have been directed to manage the flow of devotees.


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