Continuing on, after our quick stop in Kathmandu, we headed up to the starting point for the Manaslu trek. After a 6 hour bus ride on Nepali dancing roads (aka roads so rough that the bus would shake so hard back and forth that it would look like everyone inside was dancing) we arrived at our starting point, Arughat. Over the next 14 days we would go from an elevation of 550 meters (1804 feet) to 5,235 metres (17,175 ft) when we would cross over the Larkya La pass.
We surprised us the most on the trip was the amount of diversity in the landscape. We went from rice terraces to wheat fields, then to temperate forests up to alpine scenes and on to glaciers.
We trekked up a beautiful valley for the first seven days, barely seeing any mountains.
We were extremely excited when we reached Samagoan, as we would finally be able to see Manaslu from here. We ended up staying three nights in order to take two side trips, one to Manaslu base camp, and the other to get probably the best view of Manaslu. I highly recommend taking both side trips if you have the time.
I was lucky enough to witness a sunset that made the clouds on Manaslu look like fire.
After Samagoan we continued up to Samdo. The views just kept getting better and better. We would cross the pass in two days time and then start our journey down. Eventually we would meet up with the Annapurna Circuit, and from what I saw there I am so glad we decided to trek the Manaslu Circuit. However, there is a lot of construction going on so I highly recommend heading to Manaslu before it turns into the next Annapurna!