An alternative to the Annapurna Circuit Trek, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best trekking routes in Nepal and takes you to some of the most pristine locations and wilderness of Nepal. It was a restricted area till it was opened up to tourists in 1992. It takes you to the border between Nepal and Tibet. This trek offers a fair amount of challenges, bur guarnatees stunning views of Mount Mansaslu, astonishing scenery, cascading waterfalls and tranquil lakes combined with a taste of well preserved local culture. The variation in elevation from the lowlands to traversing glaciers and moraines is amazing.
From Kathmandu, a bus or a jeep will drive you to Arughat. This drive alternates between a smooth journey to a bumpy one at times. After a 4 hour ride you will reach Dhading Besi. An additional 4 hour drive will finally take you to Arughat. After an overnight stay there, you will commence your trek the next morning.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek or any other variation of this trek is a relatively new route opned up to outsiders and is also an alternative to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is therefore, a less trekked area and one encounters fewer other trekkers; so the tanquility and essence of wilderness is intact. In addiition, it offers you somuch in terms of Himalayan panorama, culture and bio-diversity.