Manaslu Conservation Area
Manaslu conservation area was established as a conservation area in the year 2055 BS (1998 AD). Up until 1991, this area was not accessible to the tourists. Only after the year 1991, this area was made open for tourists. Lately, the Nepalese government has handed over the responsibility of managing this area for 20 years to NTNC (National Trust for Nature Conservation).
Covering the area of 1663 sq. km., this conservation area is located in the Gorkha district. It shares a border with Tibet towards the north and the Annapurna Conservation area towards the west.
Manaslu conservation area ranges from the elevation of 600m. to the top of the 8th highest Mt. Manaslu at 8163m. This area comprises of mountains, glaciers, and watercourses. The climatic zone ranges from subtropical to temperate. The temperature in this area varies with the climatic zone. However, the summer temperature is up to 34 degrees Celsius in the subtropical zone. In the temperate zone, the temperature can fall up to -6 degrees Celsius in the winter.
To reach this beautiful conservation area, we have to start from the headquarters of province-4. From Gorkha, through the banks of the Budhigandaki River and crossing Larke Bhanjyang (5106 m.), around 10 days of trekking takes us to the beautiful conservation area of Manaslu.
Wildlife and Vegetation
Home to the Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, and Red Panda; there are about 110 species of birds and 3 species of snakes in the area. Covered by more than 200 species of flora, this area protects the Impeyan Pheasant and Crimson Horned Pheasant species of birds.
Local Population at the buffer zone
In this area with a blend of nature and culture, about 7000 people from the Gurung community reside. Sharing the international border with Tibet, the people there have a lifestyle quite similar to the Tibetan people. They are dependent on livestock farming and agricultural occupation to suffice their living. However, in the winter season, the people migrate towards the lower areas in search of work.
Things to do
- Bird Watching
- Red Panda Tracking
- Snow Leopard Tracking
- Himalayan Thar,
Places to Visit
- Samagaun, a very old Tibetan village with numbers of Monasteries and Chortens
- Birendra Lake
- Pungen Monastery
- Larkya La Pass, highest point of Manaslu circuit trek
- Tsum Valley, also known as hidden valley
|1||Red Panda||Ailurus Fulgens|
|2||Musk Deer||Moschus Cyrysogaster|
|3||Snow Leopard||Panthera Uncia|
|5||Leopard Cat||Prionailurus Bengalensis|
|6||Great Tibetan Brown Bear||Ovis Ammon|
|7||Himalayan Brown Bear||Ursus Arctos|
|8||Assamese Monkey||Macaca Assamensis|
|9||Gray Wolf||Canis Lupus|
|1||Impeyan Pheasant||Lophophorus Impejanus|
|2||Crimson Horned Pheasant||Tragopan Satyra|
Itinerary based on Manaslu Circuit Trek
|Day 01||Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive) 700m|
|Day 02||Soti Khola to Maccha Khola 930m|
|Day 03||Maccha Khola to Jagat 1340 m|
|Day 04||Jagat to Pewa 1600 m|
|Day 05||Deng to Namrung 2630m|
|Day 06||Namrung to Lho 2957m|
|Day 07||Lho to Sama Gaun 3530 m|
|Day 08||Acclimatization Day – Side Trip to Either Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Basecamp or Birendra Tal 4400 m|
|Day 09||Sama Gaun to Samdo 3865 m|
|Day 10||Acclimatization Day – Side Trip to Tibetan Border 5100 m|
|Day 11||Samdo to Dharmasala 4460 m|
|Day 12||Dharamasala – Larkye La Pass – Bimthang 3590m|
|Day 13||Bimthang to Tal 1700m|
|Day 14||Tal to Kathmandu 1300 m|
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