The Manaslu area is the new trekking area for the foreign visitors. It got open for foreigners only since 1991 with a requirement of a special permit. Since then, the Manaslu trek is getting more and more popular because of some of its best features like countable visitors, serene scenery with almost virgin landscape and century old culture with the beautiful villages and monasteries. Actually, the trek takes place in the remote areas of Nepal located between the extreme northern Himalayan border of Nepal and Tibet.
The most interesting fact is that Tibetan culture in Tibet has undergone a drastic modernization by the Chinese occupancy over it. The real Tibetan culture is still found in the border area between Nepal and Tibet in a combination of the Bon Po religion originated from Mongolia and the Buddhism evolved by the Guru Padmasambhava from India. For example; Manaslu area with Tsum Valley, Upper Dolpa and Upper Mustang are such areas where, these days, more and more people have been undertaking trekking in search of the real Tibet. This is why, with a view to conserving the original Tibetan culture and heritage, these areas Manaslu, Dolpa and Mustang lie under the restricted area where the visitors are required to pay surcharge.
The Mt Manaslu, being the 8th highest peak in the world with a height of 8,163 m, its peripheral area offers a pristine trekking environment with not only a rich bio-diversity, but also with the rich cultural diversity mesmerized by the stunning natural scenery with the awe-inspiring mighty Himalayan ranges, challenging high altitude glaciers, turquoise color lakes, divine valleys ornamented by the unique flora and fauna. All these special features attribute to the making of the Manaslu area as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal.
It is interesting to know that the Manaslu trekking trail mildly goes upward following the spectacular river belt of the Budhi Gandaki River right from Arughat to its source point located near the Larkya La (pass of 5,215 m), the highest point of the trek. Although, trekkers take the crossing of Larkya La as a big challenge, it is the major highlight of the trek among all.
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