Some places to visit in Manang
Manang district is a part of Gandaki Pradesh with Chame as its district headquarter. It is one of the most beautiful hidden valleys of South Asia. It is approximately 250km from the capital city Kathmandu. It is situated about 50km north of Pokhara across the Annapurna range. The majority of people living here belong to Gurung, Sherpa, Nepali, Magar, Newar and Limbu ethnic communities. This mountain village provides fantastic views of the mountains and the Himalayas. The mountains can be seen in different moods with the interplay of light. And also, the fact that the mountains seem to transform in their shapes and personality when viewed from different directions which makes Manang a perfect place from viewing mountain. Manang is also one of the popular destinations for trekking in Nepal. Trekking along the long course of Marshyangdi River allows to witness the various stages in the journey of a Himalayan river. Manang standing at the height at 3505m, boasts a beautiful authentic traditional villages like Braga, Pisang, Ngawal, Ghyaru, Tanki, Nyeshang and Khagsar. The villages which deserves at least one visit.
Tilicho lake is known for the world’s highest lake located in Manang district at an elevation of 4919m in the Annapurna range. Tilicho Lake collects the glacial melt of the full northern slopes of Annapurna and Thorang Peak. Since it is a holy spot mentioned in the Ramayan- a holy book of Hindus. Tilicho lake is also famous for its religious point of view and many Hindu pilgrims from around the world visit this lake. The trek is undoubtedly providing some majestic panoramic view, great variety of culture and diversity, finest deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna mountain. This place is rich with the wide range of people and terrain, sub-tropical to high, dry landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau.
The trekking starts from Besisahar to famous Annapurna circuit route, which goes along the Marshyangdi River valley with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. Everyday the different landscapes can be seen as the trail starts from subtropical climate and ends at the snow line. It leads to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups offering amazing and splendid views of the white Himalayas. After reaching the lake the trail goes to Yak Kharka and joins the normal route crossing the Thorong La Pass (5416m).
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal which is quite easy and shorter trek than other high-altitude treks in Nepal. This trek incorporates diverse terrain, culture and wildlife, along with the most spectacular and close up view of mountain range. Such as Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli and Dhaulagiri. The Annapurna Base Camp trek takes 7 to 12 days, depending on one’s itinerary and length of walking days. In spring many beautiful flowers including the national flower of Nepal- Rhododendron can be observed. The ABC trekking is possible to do in all seasons, however in the winter the Base camp can sometimes be closed due to the snow level.
Seven Pass Trail
The Annapurna Seven Passes trek is a 20 days trek that takes a trekker through seven high passes among which four are above 5000meters. With the Annapurna Seven Passes Trek, one can enjoy the butter tea with yak herders, pick yarsagumba with the locals, and earn some serious bragging rights. The perfect seasons for trekking in Annapurna High Passes are Autumn (November to October) and Spring (April to May) which will make the trek more fascinating and interesting in these seasons.
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