In 1998, the Manaslu region was declared as a Manaslu Conservation Area by the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation under the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act of Nepal. This conservation area is spread into 1,663 sq. km. and is the third conservation area in Nepal. Manaslu Conservation Area borders with Annapurna Conservation Areas in the west, Tibetan Plateau in north & east. The region houses the eighth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m).
Manaslu Conservation Area is a habitat of numerous species of flora and fauna including the rare ones. As per the data, there are 33 species of mammals, 110 species of birds, 11 species of butterflies, and 3 species of reptiles. Likewise, the region also boasts diverse vegetation and ecosystem. There are 2000 species of plants, 11 types of forests that ranged from subtropical to alpine, and over 50 species of herbal plants. The conservation area is divided into three terrains; Low Hill, Middle Mountain, and High Mountain. Each of these terrains offers unique forests and related species.
Likewise, people from different communities reside in the area. All of the ethnic groups are distinctive from one another and offers a range of culture, norms, values, ethics, language, delicacies, and major festivals. Similarly, there are many monasteries, chortens, mani walls, and prayer flags throughout the trail that shows the rich cultural heritage in the region. Despite being different from each other, the people here live in harmony and are super kind.
Talking about trekking and traveling, the Manalsu region falls under an unspoiled, tough, and exotic trekking destination, where the only handful of travelers gets to visit. The region is far away from modernization and counted in one of the most isolated parts of Nepal. Traveling to this place is a lifetime opportunity that offers an amazing experience and breath-taking views.
Things to do in Manaslu Conservation Area
- Manaslu Trekking
- Tsum Valley Trek