This trek was officially opened to tourist in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have had long access to the area. In 1950, a party led by HW. Tilman trekked from Thonje to Bimtang and Col. Jimmy Roberts crossed Larkya La looking for an interesting mountain to climb. Manaslu (8156m) was attempted by Japanese Expeditions every year from 1952 until 1956, when the first ascent was made. Having become to be known as "Japanese Mountain", much of the information about the area was available in Japanese. The Japanese continued to dominate the climbing scene of Manaslu until 1971. A few trekkers, including peripatetic Hugh Swift, managed to obtain the trekking permit for the region, but otherwise this trek always has been the domain of the mountaineering expeditions. The journey around these legendary mountains is enjoyable and tough. Beginning from Gorkha Buri Gandaki valley river, over Larkya La pass, and descend to the Marsyangdi River, you will trek down to Besi Shar, from where we will drive back to Kathmandu.
MANASLU TO TILICHO LAKE
A fantastic trek which links the circuits of Manaslu and Annapurna
From the Hindu middle hills culture to the Tibetan high-country dwellers, the Manaslu Circuit trek in the heart of the Nepal Himalaya is a cultural trek par excellence, without a doubt one of the best treks in Nepal. Manaslu, 'The mountain of the spirit', is the eight highest peak in the world, and from upper Nubri must be one of the most beautiful ones; the spectacular mountain scenery has to be seen to be believed. We trek the classic high trek around Manaslu from the historic town of Gorhka, with its wonderful 'durbar', or palace, to Kutang in lower Manaslu and on to upper Nubri, where trade with Tibet continues as it has for hundreds of years. We experience incredible mountain panoramas after the first few days, and add extra days at the most beautiful villages before the Larkya La (pass).
Starting in the middle hills of Nepal, passing though magnificent gorges, pristine forests and long, wooded valleys, stopping at Tibetan gompas in remote villages and finishing with a high pass crossing to the Annapurna Circuit, this trek really has it all! We start the trek from ancient Gorkha, visiting the old 'durbar' or palace, before setting off on the spectacular high route to Korlebesi. From here, we begin following the trade route along the Buri Gandaki, en route passing through a unique region known as Nupri, where Tibetans settled centuries ago and continue to live in their traditional dwellings. The mountainous border of Tibet is just a few hours trek away, and we can climb up to a pass looking out into Tibet, passing Tibetan traders traveling along more ancient trade routes. We have our trademark extra time for acclimatisation in these wonderful high altitude villages. To finish the Manaslu Circuit, we must cross the Larkya La (pass) at 5100m, one of the most beautiful passes in Nepal, crossing from Nupri into the Manang district, and then enter the Annapurna Circuit at Dharapani. Three or four more days of comfortable tea-house trekking, and we reach our transport back to Kathmandu.
The diverse Tibetan culture, spectacular scenery and snow peaks of the Manaslu Himal Circuit make it one of the most interesting, as well as one of the most challenging, treks in Nepal. Don't miss it ... and if you have time, add the Nar Phu extension for a real journey into the lost worlds of Tibet.