This is yet another conservation area in the mountain region. Declared on 28 December 1998, Manaslu Conservation Area is the third and the newest conservation area in Nepal. Bordering the Annapurna Conservation Area to the west and Tibetan Plateau on the north and the east. The Manasalu region lies in Gorkha District to the west of Kathmandu. Basically a trekking area, the regions altitude rises from a mere 600 m to 8163 m, the summit of Mt. Manasalu – the eighth highest peak in the world.
Trekking to the Manasalu region generally starts from Arughat, between Gorkha and Dhading. Visitors here will have the opportunity to experience both nature and culture. That would have otherwise disappeared had there been no conservation efforts. The region is full of pristine nature beckoning trekkers to explore more of it. The trekking route in the region follows the Budi Gandaki River. Before reaching the Larke Pass (5106 m) and crossing over into the Manang District of the Annapurna Conservation Area. As trekkers trudge through the rugged terrain, they can see the towering snow covered mountains to the north. There are over 20 species of birds and three species of reptiles. What provides cover to these fauna is over 200 species of plants, 11 types of forests, and over 50 species of useful plants.
From the beautiful scenery of the splendid Himalayan ranges and high altitude glacier lakes to rich biological and cultural resources, the area has a lot to offer to the trekkers. Most of the people here follow Buddhist religion and as a result, there are many cultural heritages like, largely the Buddhist monasteries like Shringi Gompain Bihi, Mu and Rachen Gompas in Chhekampur, etc. Also, the lamas from the monasteries have prohibited the locals to hunt the mild animals here which have helped to save and prosper the wildlife, including those that are near to extinct.cluding those that are near to extinct.
How to get there?
Arughat is easily accessible by road way from famous cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara of Nepal. You can easily find public as well as private vehicles to Arughat. It’s better to travel via private vehicles. As the newly constructed road, private off road jeep to sotikhola is easily available. The trek starts from sotikhola. Manaslu Conservation area is famous for Manaslu circuit trek and Manaslu mountain climbing. This area is also a famous ancient trade route to Tibet.
Where to stay?
As trekking is only the means to enter in Manaslu Conservation area you can easily find mountain lodge, home-stay or if you are camping then you can stay in tent.
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