This area was closed of a long time for foreigners, because of its approximate to the Chinese border. It has recently been for trekking; never the less trekking in the region around Manaslu is a lifetime's experience. The trails are relatively empty of tourists, the culture and traditions of the people are intact, and the scenery is magnificent.
This trek follows a route that has long been covered by Himalayan buffs, going north behind Himalchuli (7,893 m), Peak 29 (7,835 m) and Mt. Manaslu (8,118 m). It explores villages where westerners are still a rare sight and the way of life unchanged for decades, even centuries.
Starting from Gorkha (the ancestral home of the Nepalese monarchy and of the famous Nepalese Infantrymen, the trail passes through primitive villages where the people are shy, often running away from the camera wielding trekkers. From Nyak the trails continue westward towards Namru via the Village of Ghap. There is a marked change in the culture being people and Buddhism becomes the pro-dominant religion. The trails are lined with Mani stones engraved with the eternal prayers "Om Mane Padme Hum", meaning, "Himal to the jewel in the lotus."
This is a fascinating trail with Ganesh Himal, offering a stunning backdrop with others Himalayan peaks surrounding you. On the way to Somdu, the most remote permanent settlement in these parts, you will enjoy magnificient views of Mt. Manaslu. Larke La usually snow covered, to Pangal and on to Tanbuche. After Tanbuche the trail enters a wide level valley following the expedition route to Manaslu Base camp. Crossing the Dudh Khola you will descend through rhododendron forests crossing Karche La wich leads into the upper Marshyangdi River Valley. Trekking back towards Gorkha along this valley you will again experience of the extreme demographic changes as you enter the middle and lower hills of Nepal. At Gorkha a vehicle will be awaiting you for drive back to Kathmandu.