Manaslu and the recently opened Tsum Valley are situated in the Gorkha District of mid western Nepal. The south is peopled by Hindu Newars and Buddhist Gurungs; the north by Gurungs and two Tibetan Buddhist communities: speaking three independent dialects. Numerous important monasteries and nunneries dot the upper regions.
This Annapurna Base Camp Trek, 2nd best trekking in Nepal package, offers a superb introduction to rural Nepal and the High Himalaya. Spend a day exploring intoxicating Kathmandu (which still has much to offer, despite the ravages of the recent earthquake) before driving west, through forest and agricultural landscapes to Pokhara. Explore this lakeside city.
A trek to the Gokyo Lakes is an easier, less crowded alternative to an Everest Base Camp trek. The scenery is magnificent and, from a high point above Gokyo, includes: Cho Oyu, a dramatic view of the northwest face of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Makalu: five 8 000m peaks at the turn of a head! Below is an extensive view of the kilometre wide Ngozumpa Glacier as well as the ice fields from which it flows.