Manaslu: An untouched, yet fascinating paradise

Thaneswar Guragai

March 23, 2019


Manaslu: An untouched, yet fascinating paradise

Manaslu Base Camp, 4800m, trek has always been a fascinating route for trekkers and climbers. Also dubbed as an untouched paradise, it has been one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal.

Officially opened in 1992, the base camp route is considered as an adventure trek for travelers.

In fact, Manaslu trek offers an absolute view of the mountain peaks, rich cultural heritage, breathtaking panorama as well as rural civilization. To add more, it has an incomparable beauty blended with the natural assortment.

The majestic Mt. Manaslu, 8163m, which is one of the eight tallest mountains in the world, stands tall with its name “The Spirit-Mountain” in the local language.

The sunrise view of Mt. Manaslu Main 8163m (L) and East pinnacle 7992m (L), seen from the renowned village Samagoan (3520m) of Gorkha.

Trek to the Manaslu Base Camp can be a blend of an unforgettable experience and wonderful adventure.

Trek to the Manaslu Base Camp begins from Sotikhola Bazar to Budhi Gandaki passing through steep yet picturesque valleys.

Magnificent view of Birendra Tal seen on the way to the Manalsu Base Camp.

The Manaslu base camp trek begins from Kathmandu to Arughat in Gorkha district. The 18-day trek will lead a traveler through the banks of the Budi Gandaki River passing through scenic valleys, green hills, ridges, jungles, prayer flags, Buddhist monasteries, typical villages, and what not!

The best time of Manaslu trekking begins from September, October and November or March, April and May. Trekkers are usually not recommended to go for trekking from June to August, which is a monsoon season.

A man with a mule heading toward Manaslu basecamp (4800m). Donkey and mule are the major transportation means in the Manaslu Region.
Two local women carrying loads to the Manaslu Base Camp.
Tents at the Manaslu Base Camp (background is the Panpoche Peak 6620m). Climbers stay at the basecamp using tents for more than 30 days during the entire expedition. Each year more than 500 climbers climb the peak.
Man carry water from the source of melting ice at the basecamp.
Lit up tents seen at the basecamp of Manaslu (4800m)
Man Marshaling helicopter at the basecamp. Some of the climbers chose to return to Kathmandu by helicopter after the climb. Helicopters are also used for rescue operations.
A chopper is seen at the Manaslu Base Camp.
Helicopter and crows at the basecamp.
Sherpas preparing to go to the higher camp.
Climbers hiking towards Camp I from the base camp.
Climbers on the way to Camp 1.