Manaslu (8163m), located to the east of the popular Annapurna Circuit is the eighth highest mountain in the world. The Manaslu region is still relatively unfrequented and the circuit follows an ancient salt-trading route along the Budhi Gandaki River passing through traditional villages and terraced fields interspersed with spectacular gorges and wild forests.
At higher levels, 6-7000+m peaks on the shared border between Nepal and Tibet border are gradually revealed. A final rocky clamber over glacial moraine close to the source of the Budhi Gandaki River leads to the highest point of the trek - the Larkya La (5,120m) before the trail descends sharply to the forested Dudh Khola to eventually join the Annapurna Circuit at Dharapani.
A final two nights in Pokhara round off the trip, its lakeside location and mountain backdrop providing a peaceful finale.