Manasulu/Gorkha Region Trek
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Manasulu/Gorkha Trek falls in Gandaki Zone. the big mountain scenery of Manasulu is astonishing. There's tow horned massif of Manasulu(8156), the circumnavigation of which is a mediationa on the wonders of Himalayan geology. There's Himchuli(7893m), which rises an incredible 7000m. from the Marsyangdi River. Nested in between thse Himalayan gaints are the villages drawn from Hindu and Buddhist influences. Add a sprinkling of butterflies amidst forests from Sal to Pine, and you'll be convinced you'll catch a light of the shy red panda, Manasulu has long been overshadowed by the established trekking regions to either side. But the 'spirit mountain' is so spectacular and so easily accessible by road, it's a mistery why it's taken so long for guides and trekkers to discover them.
Manasulu lies north of the historic fortess town of Gorkah, from where the last kings of Nepal ventured forth to conquer the rest of the country in 18th Century. The Manasulu Circuit has recently become a teahouse trek, opening up the misty wood-shingled villages of Nupri valley. But hikers are free to explore the many other trails being forged right now. Another surprise of this region is the 'Tsum Valley'. The Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalyan pilgrimage valley situated in Gorkha. Literally 'Tsum' means vivid. Against themajestic backdrip of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Boudha ranges, the serene Hmalayan Valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawing of deities and inscribed with prayers. This 'Tsum valley' was totally restricted until it was opened for trekking in 2008. Then after the sangrila of this master provience came in the acknowlegement of the world. Therefore, this valley is also known as the hidden valley. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibilty, this sacred valley and its culture of this valley has remained intact. The valley is drained by the Shear Khola, which originates fromt he western glacier of Genesh Himal and east and southern glaciers of Sringi Himal and meets the Budhi Gandaki at Nyak. This valley is uniquely rich in wildlife, specially the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep wich congregates i herds of 50 to 200. Hunting and fishing is not permitted in the Tsum valley. The valley also boasts some unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, which lie on a pretty plateau nestled in the lap of the valley, and Gumab Lungdang, situated at thebase of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal.