This is one of the most spectacular treks in the Himalayas, comparable to the Annapurna Circuit. However, the trek around Manaslu touches unspoilt regions as it was off limits until recently. Now open to organised trekking parties only, the area offers a good mix of cultural diversity and fantastic mountain scenery. Starting at the Burhi Gandak, the trek goes through the narrow gorge between the Manaslu and Ganesh Himal ranges, with steep almost perpendicular sides. Passing through the Nupri Valley, where the inhabitants are Tibetan in look, speech and customs, the trail continues parallel to the Tibetan border, with sensational views of Manalsu North, Ngadi and Himalchuli peaks. Crossing the (5,200m) Larkey La pass, the trek descends to the Marsyangdi Valley with fantastic views of Himlung Himal, Annapurna range and other peaks.