Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world. It is a beautiful summit located in north west of Nepal near the Tibetan border, with two main peaks of 8163m and 7992m.
Around Manaslu is a challenging and strenuous trek that passes through many villages, with the added advantage that this high altitude trek offers spectacular views of the mountain.
The shortest circuit starts at Gorkha or Arughat and takes the most direct path to Samdo, the last village before the Larkya pass at 5160m the highest point of the trek.
An alternative longer route from Gorkha, is to leave the path after Barpak in order to go to the Rupina pass (4720m) returning to the main track after Philim. This alternative route is very wild and challenging involving several days without seeing habitation and crossing a glacier with many crevasses not to mention traversing a wide and turbulent river on a tree trunk!
Another possible route explores the Tsum Valley where the cultural heritage has been preserved as it has only been accessible for trekking since 2008. Many chorten and Mani Walls with the Ganesh massif in the background can be seen and several gompas can be visited.