Manang District is one of Nepal's seventy-seven districts and is located in Gandaki Province. The district, which has Chame as its district capital, has 6,538 people and spans 2,246 km2 (867 sq mi).
Famous trekking paths, mountains, secret caverns, spiritual gumbas, and colourful cultures abound in Manang Valley.
Introduction to Manang District
Thorung La, at 5415 meters above sea level, connects the area to Mustang District via connecting the cities of Manang and Muktinath. Because it located to the north of the Himalayas, which prevents monsoon air, Manang district receives the least quantity of rainfall among Nepalese communities.
Due to its abundant natural flora and wildlife, the Manang Valley, close to the Nepal-Tibet border, provides a beautiful opportunity. From here, you may choose between three different routes. The first is a four-day trip to Lhasa via Thorangla, Muktinath, and Mustang; the second is a five-day journey to Lhasa via Naur Khola and Naurgaon; and the third is a four-day trip to Lhasa through Larkiya Bazar, which is the most widely utilized by the people of Central Nepal.
The Manangies, together with the Marwaris, who have moved in huge numbers from India to Nepal, are Nepal's most well-known traders. The King has granted them special permission to trade in Southeast Asia and travel abroad with rare stones, metals, musk, plants, and other commodities.
They import ready-to-wear clothing, watches, and electronics. Many Manangies are gone for up to six months at a time, only returning in the summers. Many of them live in Kathmandu and send their children to English-medium schools. The parents' lack of English language skills is unimportant because it has no bearing on their trade abilities.
Many people have converted from traditional agriculture to hoteleering since the area was exposed to foreigners in the late 1970s.
Locals have been using the path from Manang to Muktinath for hundreds of years to carry large herds of sheep and yak in and out of Manang. It is a vital route for the residents in the area.
The northern sections of the Manang Valley are arid, dark, and lonely, in stark contrast to Sikkim's dense forests and lush green slopes.
Places to Visit in Manang District
The path to Manang is narrow, with steep gorges and towering cliffs, so trekking there is not for the faint of heart. To get to Chame, we took a risky jeep ride on the way to Manang. Manang's scenery is distinctive in that it is devoid of trees. Upper Manang and Lower Manang are the two portions of the Manang district.
The Tibetan plateau influences upper Manang culture and attire, whereas Lamjung influences lower Manang culture and clothing. If you want to see everything Manang has to offer, a single visit will not enough. The following is a list of the best Manang Districts tourist attractions.
- Annapurna Cicuit Trek
- Nar Phu Valley Trek
- Tilicho Trek
- Milarepa Cave
- Gangapurna Lake
- Braga Village
Annapurna Cicuit Trek
With an elevation of 5,416 meters, Thorong La Pass is the highest point on this route. Between Manang and Mustang is this pass. This climb was one of Nepal's most popular hiking routes when it originally opened in 1977. The entire duration of this walk varies between 160 and 230 kilometres, depending on where you utilize transpiration and where you finish.
This hiking is well-known among both local and foreign visitors, according to authorities. The Annapurna Circuit hike winds its way around the Annapurna peak, passing through two river basins. As you approach the pass, the mountains surround you, providing a breathtaking backdrop to your trip.
Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machapuchhre, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak are all visible throughout the Annapurna Circuit hike.
Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar and Phu are two separate high-altitude communities in the Nar River Valley. The Nar Phu trek is a newer trail with a less congested setting. The hike to Nar Phu will take you through spectacular terrain and a historic community.
This solo trip leads you to old gompas, ancient stone dwellings, and the local people's culture and customs. As soon as you come near the town, you feel as if you've been transported to a world where time has stopped. Tibetan is the primary language spoken in both settlements.
At 4919 meters above sea level, this lovely alpine lake may be found. Tilicho Lake is a side trek or extension to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Khangsar is the starting point for the Tilicho Lake hike.
The Annapurna range, Manalsu, and Gangapurna all greet you as you make your way to Tilicho Lake. The trek to Tilicho Lake is both daring and challenging, but it is also gratifying.
Milarepa Cave is a side trip on the Annapurna Circuit Treks that many guests are unaware of. At the height of 4,250 meters above sea level, this cave may be found.
The views and geography along the journey are breathtaking, yet the cave is utterly secluded. The trek from Baraka village takes around two hours. The cave is approximately 10 feet in depth.
Gangapurna is a stunning glacial lake in the Manang region of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. At the height of 3.540 meters, this lake may be found. Melting from Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Gangapurna, as well as Glacier Dome, creates this glacier lake.
Braga Village is a small yet picturesque town located 45 minutes from Manang. Braga hamlet is home to several of the region's oldest monasteries. There are hundreds of antique sculptures within this monastery, and the view from the monastery is breathtaking.
If you want to become a monk, October is not the right time for you. The key will be with tourists since monks will be visiting Kathmandu to educate. As a result, locating the monastery's key takes many hours.