Last Updated on January 21, 2023 by Faiza Murtaza
Mount Manaslu is a beautiful mountain peak in the Mansiri sub-Himalayan range. There are various trekking and climbing adventures that you can perform in the Manaslu Himal. These adventures include the Manaslu Base Camp Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, and the Manaslu Expedition.
Moreover, the trekking adventures need to get completed before arriving at the mountain base. We have listed some essential facts about Mount Manaslu. These facts will help you to know more about the mountains that are essential before your adventure.
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8th Tallest Mountain in the World
Manaslu (8,163 m) is the world’s 8th tallest mountain peak. The stunning mountain opened for climbing in 1992 A.D. This incredible peak is also considered the perfect training ground to conquer Mt. Everest.
Mount Manaslu First Climb
The first ascent of Mount Manaslu was on 9 May 1956. Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu were the first ones to conquer this mountain. There was a previous unsuccessful attempt by H.W. Tilman and other European climbers. Some of the significant attempts were made in 1952 when the Japanese team climbed up to 5275 meters.
In the subsequent year, 15 climbers led by Y.Mita climbed 7750 meters. Mount Manaslu is a favorite among Japanese mountaineers. It is also known as “Killer Mountain,” as there have been numerous fatalities in the mountain due to icefall.
Ethnicity and Religion
Manaslu region shares a lot of the culture and heritage with the other side of the border in Tibet. The two ethnicities in the majority are Gurung, Tsum, and Nubri. There are other different ethnic groups like Tibetan, Bhutias, and Sherpa as well.
The lovely heritage of the region is unique. There are stone roof houses, and the locals generally remain busy in agriculture and animal farming. However, many homes in the area destroyed in the April 2015 earthquake are still under construction.
The majority of the people in the region follow different forms of Buddhism followed by Buddhism. Local people also run tea houses and lodges along the trails. The languages spoken in the region are predominantly Tibetan, Gurung, and Nepali.
Diverse Geographical Landmarks
The Manaslu region has a diverse landscape. There is also the stunning Manaslu Conservation Area in the region. The beautiful region includes trans-Himalaya landscapes with high pastures and subtropical forests.
There is also the Larkya La Pass in the region, a spectacular mountain pass. The region’s point above 5000 m remains almost always covered in snow. The high altitude region has a thin year with minimal oxygen and low air pressure.
Rich Biodiversity and wildlife
Manaslu region is famous for its rich wildlife. There are incredible flora and fauna in the area. This wildlife includes snow leopard, Himalayan tahrs, black bears, red pandas. Other animals include musk deer, blue sheep, monkeys, etc.
Overall, the total number of species includes 110 birds and 33 mammals. Hunting remains banned in the region for the conservation of wildlife. The rhododendron and pine forests of the area are its major attractions. The rich ecology and diversity are another highlight of the region.
Manaslu Circuit trek is a wonderful off-the-beaten trek in the Himalayan terrains. The serene trails lead through the restricted area of the region. Manaslu trek requires special area permits along with other trekking permits. The beautiful trekking trails also offer incredible snow-clad mountains, including Nagdi Himal, Boudha Himal, and Himalchuli.
Manaslu trails pass through the ancient old salt-trading route. There is the Budhi Gandaki river on the journey and other natural diversities. Besides, the starting point of the trek is Arughat, and the tour ends in Besisahar, from where you travel to Kathmandu.