Spirit Mountain – a photographer walks the Manaslu Trek and reports in Nepali Times
Nice article and images in the Nepali Times today.
Going on trek at the tail end of monsoon season is a double-edged proposition. On one hand, visitors can be assured of the fecundity that follows the weather: lush greenery, thundering waterfalls, and life at its most pristine. On the other hand, there are the landslides and cloudbursts to contend with. And yes, leeches too.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek, which actually circumnavigates Manaslu (8,163m), is fast gaining popularity as an alternative to the beaten trails of Everest and Annapurna. It is touted to be the new jewel in the crown of Himalayan trekking and for good reason too.
For one, we thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of terrain that we traversed. After a bumpy jeep ride on mud and rock-laden tracks from Dhadingbesi to the start of the trail at Arughat, we hiked valleys with the roaring Budhi Gandaki as a constant companion, through primeval rainforests, before emerging into the barren sub-alpine terrain on the approach to Larke La (5,135m), while in the shadow of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu.