Inhabitant of two ethnicities mainly in Nubri and Tsum Valley of Manaslu trekking the beautiful gentle rivers at Chhikur divides these two ethnic domains. Manaslu (8156 meters) also known as Kutang in local language means "Mountain of the spirit "stands with its own uniqueness which was permitted since 1991 for foreign trekkers in Nepal. Considered as Japanese Mountain - Manasa ("intellect" or "soul".) was first climbed by Toshio Imanishi from Japan with the grand help of Nepalese expert Mr. GyalzenNorbu in the year 1956. A 177 Kilometers long trekking journey can be commenced from Gorkha in a few hours road Journey through Prithivi Highway from Kathmandu. The mountain's lengthy ridges and valley glaciers offer reasonable approaches from all directions, and conclude in a peak that towers abruptly above its surrounding countryside, and is a dominant feature when viewed from in the distance. While the trekking trial follows the ancient salt – trading route along the BudhiGandaki River, en route different ethnic groups such as Gurungs, the main ethnic groups who join the Gurkha army in the large numbers, closer to Tibet, the Bhutias ( bhotes), akin Sherpa group villages can be seen from their flat roofed houses, and they are distinctly Buddhists. The amazing dotted region with austere monasteries, maniwalls, chortens and few other Hindu religious landmarks from the first week are unquestionably more attraction of the trekking.
Min of 2 - 3 weeks Manaslu circuit trekking also has new lodges now usually starts in ArughatBazzar – Gorkha district which follows the pine - forested Syala village & valley consists largely of trekking through cultivated land but the George becomes steadily more rugged and narrow until it closer right in above Jagat . Requires fully camping support but the building of tea houses means the trek can be completed using local accommodation which offers very basic facilities. The trek requires a special permit of US$ 50 a week however depending on the season and you need min of 2 passports to apply for special permit through a registered agency like Splendid Holidays Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. While trekking through the Manaslu ten peaks of over 6500 meters in height including peaks of over 7000 meters elevation & village called Samagaun ( Same) are dotted .Samdo the highest village in the BudhiGandaki Valley and is inhabited by Bhotias, further trekking leads along a major secondary to the Larkha La with a backdrop of the Tibetan border. Along this route, CheoHimal, HimlungHimal and Kang Guru are visible, along with the occasional views of the Annapurna great Himalayan ranges. To see Manaslu clearly, Bimtang(Bimdakhoti) situated at 1500 meters is also a right place. Larkya pass is one of the easier of the high passes in Nepal but heavy snow can make the route difficult especially on the western side where deep snow drifts are possible to be found.
Since there are two popular routes, one can trek through DhudhKhola(a tributary of Marshyangdi river – source is Tilicho Lake), cris-crosses Marshyangdi River before reaching Bhulbhule, TarukhaGhat, cross the ChepeKhola and DorandiKhola before returning to Gorkha or alternatively, one is the Annapurna Circuit trail join at Dharapani from where you can trek down or drive back to Kathmandu via Besishar (once a starting point of Annapurna circuit) or to Pokhara. Continue Annapurna Circuit or crossing via the highest lake Tilicho to Jomsom and fly out to Pokhara are an ideal extension. Tsum valley and surroundings which was once restricted for foreigners for a long time, is now the key center of attraction for intrepid trekkers which is possible to travel in a group in order to retain its pristine culture and sustain its delicate ecosystem, the Tsum valley Welfare Committee has been involved directly in the development of responsible tourism in the area. Let us trek to contribute Arughat Village, Lapubeshi, Tatopani, Jagat, Ekle Bhatti, BihiPhedi, Namrung, Lho, Samagaon, Samdo, Dharamshala (LarkyaPhedi), Bhimtang, Gowa areas through Conservation Area Project or directly to achieve conservation and sustainable management of the surrounded area, which keeps Manaslu ever emerald and smiling.