Manaslu is the eighth highest peak in the world and is located in the Mansiri Himalayas in the west central part ofNepal. It is at 8,156 m (26,759 ft) above mean sea level. Manaslu region is one of the best selections for trekkers which provide variety of trekking options. The popular Manaslu trekking route of 177 kilometers (110 miles), skirts theManaslu Mountain over the pass down to Annapurna. Trekkers are not allowed for trekking of this circuit until 1991.
Usually the trek of Manaslu circuit starts from Gorkha, Aarughat Bazaar and ends after two to three weeks later in Lamjung Besisahar, the starting point of Annapurna trek circuit. To travel in a group of two with a registered guide, the trekkers must pay $50 per week for Restricted Area Permit.
The pine forested village Syala is followed by the route reaches the village of Samagaon at foot of Manaslu where trekkers can see existence of monk and nuns in a Buddhist monastery. Then trekkers can experience the beauty of Samod village situated in Budhi Gandaki valley after half day walk. Major secondary valley of Larkha La is leaded further. Trekkers can enjoy the scene of mountains like Cheo, Himlung and Kang Guru along the route. The meadowland of Bimtang at altitude 1,500m (4,900 ft) is reached then, from where Manaslu is clearly seen. Before returning to Gorkha the circuit passes through Dudh Khola, Marsyangdi River, Chepe Khola and Dorodi Khola.