Manaslu by Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons
My first visit to Nepal was in 1977 – we lived in dirty, dark and damp houses – filled with smoke – eating dhal-bhat by the light of the open kitchen fire. 36 years and 33 visits later, yes, everything has changed – for better and for worse. The Everest and Annapurna areas with their 5-star lodges, hot showers, pizza restaurants and coffee-shops, discos and cinemas are the other end of the scale.
The Manaslu region is in-between the ‘then and now’ – roads have not penetrated, you eat in friendly, family-run lodges, awake to the cockerel and witness the rhythm of country life. From the lush green terraces of the mainly-Hindu lowlands to the bleak beauty of the Buddhist high altitude desert, with the towering snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya far above, this trek has it all.
Sian and Bob’s recent guide to the region is up-to-date and packed with relevant factual information, allowing you to plan and complete the Manaslu Circuit with relative ease. It has the bonus of being well written, richly sprinkled with both folk and trekkers tales – and a guide to the region’s holy places.
A must-buy for those wishing to get away from the maddening crowds – and taste the real Nepal.
David Durkan; Author of Penguins on Everest
Buy the guidebook here: http://manaslutrekkingguidebook.webs.com/