Manaslu Trekking Region falls in Gorkha district and is home to Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eighth highest mountain in the world. Manaslu in local Bhotia language is called Kutang.
The Manaslu trekking area was first explored by a Japanese group led by Tsohio Imanishi in 1956 during their successful expedition on Mt.Manaslu. Though a road has recently been built through some parts of the region, Manaslu remains one of the remote and wild trekking areas in Nepal. Since Manaslu region is categorized as a restricted area, special permit is required by trekkers to trek on this region.
The trekkers will see a wide range of flora and fauna from trees of pine and rhododendron to such wild species as barking deer, pika and Himalayan marmots. Birds such as pheasant, raven and chough are a common sighting. Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) was recently formed to overlook the conservation and preservation efforts at local level. The ethnic people who inhabit this region are Gurungs and Bhotias who share close cultural and ancestral affinity with Tibetans. You will be able to taste the Buddhist culture and tradition that have been practiced for thousands of years. Bordered by river Budhi Gandaki to the east and Marshyangdi to the west, Gorkha was once the seat of Shah Kings.
The highest point of the trek is when while crossing Larkya La Pass at 5135m, one of the highest Himalaya passes. The pass offers a splendid views of Manaslu ranges including Manaslu as well as some parts of Annapurna ranges.
The best time for Manaslu trekking is Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November). The trekking experience here is a mix of tea houses (lodge) and camping.