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Round Manaslu is an adventurous and challenging trek, off the main tourist routes in the Manaslu region. The region gives an insight into some of the most beautiful mountain vista, combined with centuries-old Himalayan culture and traditions. The trail has very less traffic as compared to Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit trekking. Although most trekkers have not heard about Round Manaslu trekking, each year trekkers in the Manaslu region have been increasing leaps and bounds. Most parts of the Manaslu region are economically and socially backward and unexplored. These days trekkers can spend nights in teahouses, some of them are basic and not as good as those we find in the Everest and Annapurna regions This is why some trekkers say Round Manaslu is the best teahouse trek but not up to the mark.
The trek begins in lower elevation area from Arughat or Soti village and trekkers have more opportunity to interact with local villagers. As an option, there is another route opened for trekkers who can begin from Gorkha Bazaar instead of Arughat passing through some of the most beautiful and large settlements of Larpak and Barpak and eventually merge nearby Soti Khola side. Descending from Larke Pass could be a bit technical and challenging.
In the dry season, vehicles ply over from Kathmandu to Soti Khola which is considered the starting point of the trek, and ends the trek at Jagat and then drive to Besi Sahar to Kathmandu. Local buses or jeeps ply over the off-road to Besi Sahar during the dry season especially spring, autumn, and winter. In the rainy season, vehicles cannot run on the road.
It requires a special permit for trekking into the Manaslu region as the world’s eighth highest mountain, Mount Manaslu, shares the border with China (Tibet). It is the policy of the department of immigration of Nepal government to control illegal entry into Tibet from Nepal and to preserve the trans-Himalayan culture, religion, and tradition.
Many trekkers opt for round Manaslu just to experience isolation from hurly-burly of urban life and to achieve something different. Anyone can do round Manaslu trekking although who has not got enough trekking experience in high-elevation.