Nepal is home to eight of the highest mountains in the world, including the tallest mountain on earth, Mt. Everest (8,848 m). Among them, Manaslu is the eighth-highest mountain on the planet, at an elevation of 8,163 m, part of the Mansiri Himal ranges in the west-central part of Nepal, whose name is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Manasa’, translating to 'soul' or ‘intellect’. Therefore, the highest peak in the Gorkha district, lying about 64 km east of Annapurna and accessible from all four directions by six different routes due to its widely spread long ridges and valley glaciers, is also known as the 'mountain of the spirit'.
Although expeditions in the Manaslu region were permitted only in 1991, they gained massive popularity over time after the successful summit of Mt. Manaslu by Toshi Imansishi and Gyalzen Norbu, the members of the Japanese expedition group, on May 9, 1956. So, it is also affiliated with the Japanese mountain. Every year, many adventurers set out for the Manaslu region. Some to test and enhance their endurance level before officially beginning the summit of Everest and K2, and some to trek off-the-beaten-route in the Himalayas, which lets trekkers explore the hidden and unexplored parts of Nepal such as Nubri and Tsum, inhabited largely by the ethnic Gurungs.
Simultaneously, the upper Manaslu, the trans-Himalayan region nearby Tibet, is dominated by the Bhutias in the remoteness abundant in ancient art and architecture demonstrated by Buddhist monasteries, stupas, paintings, and murals. Therefore, a trek in the Masalu region is an incredible journey that provides you with a series of opportunities to upgrade your mountaineering skills, venture into the serene trans-Himalayan zone, and immerse yourself in the culture of the locals of the Himalayas of Nepal, all in the almighty presence of Manaslu and other soaring peaks.