Most of the trails of Annapurna region is covered by road. On the other hand, though Manaslu isn’t covered by road much, it is still a remote trek. You might not have too many varieties of food to eat, and much choices for accommodation. But, despite most of the road is under construction in the Annapurna region, you can do the trek with an alternative route to avoid the unnecessary noise and dust. Manaslu region doesn’t become too busy with trekkers and isn’t much influenced by tourists. However, solo trekking in Manaslu region is prohibited, you must be traveling in a group of two members, with guide or porter. It must be said that both the Manaslu trek and the Annapurna Circuit trek has their own things to offer. However, both treks are great opportunities to expand your cultural knowledge, and experience of staggering mountains and beautiful landscapes.
Annapurna Circuit trekking starts from Beshisahar and ends at Beni. The highest point you shall make in this trek is Thorong La Pass with an altitude of 5,416 m. If time permits, you shall also expand your trek to the Upper Mustang Trek, Nar Phu Valley Trek, Tilicho Lake, and Ghorepani Poonhill Trek. TIMS card and Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit are the permits you are required in this trek. It lets you make through the world’s widest pass with plenty of time for acclimatization, and cultural exploration. For some years, the ideal itinerary of 21 days for Annapurna Circuit was one of the most desired treks in the world. Trekkers trekking in the Annapurna region nowadays complain the busy trail, dust, and noise due to road construction.
Previously famous for camping, Manaslu boats its originality, remoteness, and ‘untouched’ area. The Manaslu Circuit Trekking route meets the route of Annapurna Circuit at Dharapani. From Dharapani, you can either continue to trek in the Annapurna region or return back to the capital city—Kathmandu. Tsum Valley is the most staggering attraction of Manaslu region. Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Manaslu Tsum Valley Combined Trek, Rupina La Manaslu Trek etc. are some of the most popular trekking packages in the Manaslu region. Starting from the Arughat, this trek ends at Beshisahar. The highest point you shall be making, in this trek is Larkya La Pass situated at an altitude of 5,169 m. You shall require Manaslu trekking permit, Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit. If you have the Restricted Area Permit, you are not required to pay for TIMS card.
No matter how ‘untouched’ Manaslu region is, it cannot be beaten in any adventure, cultural, spiritual and natural attraction it possesses in comparison to Annapurna. Both of these places have their own extra attractions. The bottom-line is—Yes, Manaslu is as good as Annapurna. But the justification of this claim lies on the ground for making a comparison. Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is the leading trekking agency in Nepal that has been taking trekkers from across the world to their destinations since years.