Manaslu Region

Manaslu Region

Mount Manaslu - 8163 meters/26775 feet; is the 8th highest peak in the world and is located near to the border of Nepal and Tibet. Manaslu  is the eighth highest mountain in the world.  Its name, which means "Mountain of the Spirit", comes from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul". Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition. The Manaslu region offers a variety of trekking options. The Nepalese Government only permitted trekking of this circuit in 1991. The trekking trail follows an ancient salt-trading route along the Budhi Gandaki river.  The highest point reached along the trek route is the Larkya La at an elevation of 5,106 metres (16,752 ft). 

Manaslu Himal, as it is popularly known among trekkers, provides views of the snow-covered mountains of the Himalayas and allows close interaction with the different ethnic groups who live in hill villages scattered along the trek route.  A glacial saddle known as Larkya La, with an elevation of 5,106 metres (16,752 ft), lies north of Manaslu.  There are six established trek routes to the peak, and on the mountain the south face is reportedly the most difficult for climbing.Major peaks of Mansiri Himal range (left to right): Manaslu, Ngadi Chuli, Himalchuli. There are other major peaks in the region, namely Himalchuli (7,893 m.a.s.l), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m.a.s.l), Shringi (7,187 m.a.s.l), Langpo (6,668 m.a.s.l) and Saula (6,235 m.a.s.l)

The place is a sanctuary to many highly endangered animals, including Snow leopards and Pandas. Other mammals include Lynx, Himalayan Black Bear, Grey Wolf, Dhole, Assamese Monkey, Himalayan Musk Deer, Blue Sheep, Himalayan tahr, Mainland Serow, Himalayan Goral, Wooly Hare, Horseshoe Bat, Himalayan House Hare, Black Lipped Pika.[14] Over 110 species of birds, 33 mammals, 11 butterflies and 3 reptiles have been recorded.The area is now an important habitat for the snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep and the Himalayan Tahr.
A total of 110 species of birds have been identified in the area, including golden eagle, Eurasian griffon, Himalayan griffon, blood, impeyan, kalij and koklass pheasants, Himalayan and Tibetan snow cocks and the crimson horned pheasant.
 
 

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