The world’s 8th highest mountain “Manaslu” is literally known as a human God or God of the human feeling. This trip takes place in the Gorkha district mid-western part of Nepal. Our Manaslu and Nar Phu Trek reward the adventurous trekker in the Himalayas with a supreme alpine experience. It is rich in biological diversity and natural beauty. Tillman and his team were the first to explore the Manaslu region in 1950. Japanese expeditions were the first concurred team on the top of the Manaslu in 1956. It was officially opened in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have long had access to the area. This trek is a combination of the recently open Tsum Valley, Manaslu Circuit (Larkya La Pass 4,930m), and Nar Phu Valley with Kang La Pass 5,300m in the remote Himalayas.
The trip offers spectacular mountain scenery along the Nepal and China border, a diverse range of ecosystems, and a rich blend culture of Tibetan. You will realize what inspired Eric Valli to create his world-famous documentary, "Honey Hunters of Nepal.” It is one of the best treks in Nepal - breathtaking views of Mt, Himalchuli, Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Mt. Ganesh Himal, and other mountains. Besides the majestic backdrop of the snowcapped Himalayan ranges, this tranquil Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. People here are still following the polyandry marriage system and they have unique cultures, traditions, and dialects. The highland people celebrate unique festivals like Lhosar, Dhacyhang, Saka Dawa, Fanning, and others. The residents here report that they have seen or found the signs of Mehti, commonly referred to as the 'Yeti' or 'Abominable Snowman'. Thus there are a lot fewer trekkers on these routes compared to the Annapurna Circuit route at the end of the trek. All these regions (Manaslu, Tsum, and Nar Phu) are restricted areas and require special permits through an authorized trekking agency. Gorkha is the main entrance of the trip but is also possible to start from the Arughat Bazaar border of Dhading and Gorkha districts. The journey begins middle hills, the historic Gorkha, and then goes through the Budhi Gandaki River (Yashodhara Nadi) bank passing a huge valley of lush rice terraces with animal husbandry and thatched huts and nearby Narsingh Dham at Salyantar. Its pristine culture and traditions are similar to the former Tibetans at Tsum and Nar Phu Valley.
Besides this, you can take an alternate route to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp and Gumbalungdan, after Tsum Valley. The trail rejoins at the Manaslu Circuit main trail at Dang and continues to Lho Gaun, Samagaun, Samdo, Dharmashala, and finally crosses the Larkya La Pass. We catch the Annapurna Circuit main trail at Dharapani and follow it until Koto nearby Chame, and then continue to the un-trodden Nar-Phu Valley. Exploring a few days in Nar Phu Valley, you will get to Ngawal near Manang via Kang La Pass. It is a day hike from Ngawal to Chame then drive back to Beshisahar –Kathmandu on your destination. For optional, you can fly from either Humde Airport to Kathmandu or Pokhara or keep on your trek to the Thorang La Pass or Mesokantola Pass from Tilicho Lake and get in Mustang, “the forbidden kingdom of the Himalayas.” Then end your trip to Pokhara by bus or plane from Jomsom.
This trip is also possible in just 34 days or longer as you wish. Trekking in Manaslu used to operate mostly on a camping/tent camp basis but nowadays it is possible a Teahouse Trek (stay in lodges) or homestay basic. Off the beaten trail, our Manaslu Trek with Nar Phu Valley offers you the ultimate experience of your lifetime. Nepal Mother House is glad to organize your trip to Manaslu and Nar Phu Valley virgin trail any time throughout the year, except during snowy seasons. But the best time is September, October, November, March, April, and May. We’ll make your trip the best with our highly experienced local guide and staff and match your requirements and holiday schedule. This is recommended only for highly qualified and adventurous people who love to test adventure travel and adopt a real rural lifestyle.