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Mount Manaslu: World Eight Highest Mountain

Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters above sea level. Most people have to drive or fly to Everest Base Camp, but the trek to mount Manaslu starts in Pokhara. The first thing that strikes you is how close everything is. Before you even get out of the bus, you can see three- and four-story buildings with wooden balconies offering sweeping views of the valley. Generally Manaslu is considered as difficult climb compared to Lobuche and Island Peak Climb.

Mount Manaslu has a reputation as one of Nepal’s finest tourist attractions, and it’s easy to see why: it offers some of the best views in Nepal, including a panoramic view of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre mountains—two of the world’s largest mountains by volume. It also has its fair share of challenges—it’s often windy up top, snow is common during the winter months, and there are few shelters for climbers (most of them prefer tents). But for trekkers who are willing to put up with these challenges, Manaslu rewards with glorious mountain vistas for over 24 hours a day. In west central part of Nepal, Mansiri Himal is where Manaslu is located.

Here’s a fact: Manaslu is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayans, in the west-central part of Nepal. It lies about forty miles east of Annapurna, the tenth highest mountain.

The world’s eighth highest mountain, Manaslu, is located at the western end of the Himalayas in Nepal. Manaslu means “mountain of the spirit”, and it is thought that this mountain offers different kinds of meditation according to where you stand on its slopes. The north side of the peak faces northeast, meaning that it offers blessings for material prosperity. If you stand on its south face, which faces southeast and encourages people to be honest with themselves and with others, then it is known as a sacred mountain. The east face offers a peaceful state of mind due to its serene setting at nearly 7000 feet above sea level. However, if you climb its west side (which faces northwest) and find yourself right before the precipice, then it signifies being overcome by fear amidst physical danger or loss.

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