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Manaslu: The Mountain of the Spirit

The world No. eight Mountain is located in the Mansiri Himal which is a part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. This is called Manaslu which is a Sanskrit word and it means “Mountain of the Spirit”. The first climb of the Manaslu peak goes in the credit of a Japanese expedition on May 9, 1956 comprising of the members namely, Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu. This is why this mountain is also known as a Japanese Mountain.

Manaslu: The Mountain of the Spirit

The total elevation is 8,156 meters (26,759 ft) and its famous trekking route is of 177 kilometers which borders the Manaslu massif over the pass down to Annapurna. The most attractive feature associated with Manaslu peak is Manaslu Conservation Area which is developed for the improvement and preservation of this particular area. The fauna of this conservation park is also the habitat of highly endangered animals, including Snow Leopards and Pandas, almost of 110 species of birds, 33 mammals, 11 butterflies and 3 reptiles. The other prominent species of this area include grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep and the Himalayan Thar. Similarly Rhododendron, Himalayan blue pineGanesh Himal and Sringi are the note worthy plants from the flora of this area.

A panoramic view of Manaslu Conservation Park

Manaslu , the Mountain of the Spirit is also known with another name “Kutang” and like other eight thousanders the  avalanches and sheer exhaustion are the main hurdles which come across during its trekking.

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