Manaslu mules! Seriously guys, take care!
Look, a mule just eating some grass and another (and another behind it). There’s someone trekking, and sensibly they are just waiting with their back to the cliff. This is just after Jagat, on the cliffs above the Budhi Gandaki. It’s a long drop. There are some similar areas on the original trail between Lapu Besi and Machha Khola. You have to take care! Why?
Many of these mules are carrying something – food to feed Manaslu Trekkers and residents, gas, building supplies even. The mules are not aware of their extra width. As they walk, they will not move an extra 50cm to the side so they don’t hit you. They will knock you! Plus, as one mule stops, the one behind starts to want to pass.
If you are on the mountain side of the trail, if you get pushed by a mule, there is nowhere to go, and you can push back. If you are near the cliff edge, well, you could be pushed off. What a way for things to end!
The risk of this is real. More than one guide has told of grabbing the arm of a Manaslu Trekker just before it was too late.