The most popular most traveled treks in Nepal go via Namche Bazaar toward Everest base camp or to the Annapurna region farther west. The goal of this trek will be the remote and less frequented circle route around Manaslu, the world's eight highest peak (8 163 m). This is a fascinating and beautiful region along the border of Nepal and Tibet. It is a long trek of 18 days, with all the rewards that such a longer commitment can bring.
Manaslu has long been closed to foreigners because of its proximity to the Chinese border, since 1992 the area is open or visitors, but still a special permit is required. The trails are relatively empty of trekkers, the culture and traditions of the people are intact, the scenery magnificent. The trek follows a route that has long been craved by Himalayan buffs. Going north behind Himalchuli (7 893m), Peak 29 (7 871 m) and Manaslu (8 163 m), it explores villages where westerners are still a rare sight and the way of life unchanged for decades or maybe, even centuries.
Heading up the Buri Gandaki River valley to very near the Tibetan border we cross 5 100 m high Larkya La Pass to the headwaters of the Dudh Kosi river. Some of the best pristine rhododendron forests in Nepal- which will be in full bloom on these northern slopes on the spring trip - are found along this stretch of the Dudh Koshi. We reach the Marsyangdi Gorge and the main Annapurna Circle trail which we follow for only a couple of days until we end the trek at Besi Sahar.