Manaslu Conservation Area
Among the six conservation area, Manaslu Conservation area is one of the protected areas established in 1998 A.D. in Nepal. It covers a total of 1663 sq.Km part of Nepal. The elevation of this area starts from 1400m to 8156m above sea level. It is located at Gorkha district. Manaslu Conservation Area preserves diverse natural resources and is rich in the cultural environment. The main attraction of this place is Mt. Manaslu (8156m), 8th highest mountain in the World. It is also known as the mountain of the spirit. This area preserves a large variety of flora and fauna. It has about 2000 species of plants, about 39 species of mammals, about 200 species of birds, about three species of reptiles and about 11 species of butterflies. Some of the animals preserved here are snow leopard, lynx, musk deer, red fox, jackal, brown bear, blue sheep, Himalayan tahr, Himalayan serow, woolly hare, Himalayan marmot, etc. And some beautiful birds that can be spotted here are snow partridge, Tibetan snowcock, chukor partridge, Himalayan griffon, golden eagle. The trails are covered with forests, hills, rivers, waterfalls, and the mountain ranges surround the trails magnificently. Manaslu Conservation area is divided into three parts low hill, Middle Mountain and High Mountain. As diverse in natural resources, it is distinct in cultures and traditions too. People of different ethnicity reside here. They are the origin of Tibet and follow ancient Tibetan Buddhists tradition. They still follow their old customs and traditions. They have different languages, costumes, ornaments, etc. according to their ethnic group. The local people are very kind-hearted and welcome you with all the gratitude. Monasteries, chhorten, mani walls and prayer flags surrounding the trails show how the cultures and religious values are preserved and respected there. The area is located in an isolated part of the country. This area is unspoiled and very far from modernization. Manaslu Conservation Area provides various trekking trails. The trekking routes are tough and adventurous and will be successful in giving you thrills and excitement. They are usually medium to long trek. It is a popular trekking destination among tourists. The one who is seeking for adventurous trek chooses Manaslu. That is why tourists are found in lesser amount. Teahouses are available for the foods. You can find homestay as an accommodation. You can breathe fresh air far from the crowded city area. The environment is very peaceful and filled with loving people. You get to explore a lot more things about nature, wildlife and the ethnicity of people living there. Where else would you get to experience all these at a time? Getting away from your busy life and spending some days of your life in this area will be a life-changing experience. If you are planning a nice long trip to Nepal and you are an adventurous trekker, then Manaslu Conservation Area is the best destination only for you
Trekking Routes in Manaslu Conservation Area
Manaslu circuit trek lies between Nepal and Tibet border of Nepal. It lies in the west-central region of Nepal. It is a remote area and still restricted trek. It requires a permit and experienced trekkers. The trek was opened in 1992 A.D. It is still not as popular to the trek like Everest and Annapurna trek.
Tsum Valley trek was opened in 2008 A.D. This newly opened trek is full of adventures, beauty and takes you to the hidden valley, Tsum valley. It is a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage valley. It lies in Northern Gorkha of Nepal. It is rich in art, culture and religion. People are mostly of Tibetan origin with their unique dialect.
Manaslu Tsum valley trek is a combined trek of Manaslu and Tsum valley. The trail goes to Tsum valley via Manaslu region. It is a remote area trek and less explored area. Only a few trekkers are found. But it is one of the best treks in Nepal.