The word Manaslu comes from the Sanskrit word manas, which means a person's soul, and Mount Manaslu can be reflected as exactly that - the mountain of the soul. Despite all the chaotic craze around mountain trekking that Nepal experiences every season, Manaslu has surprisingly held on to its pristine, untarnished beauty. Rising from a rugged terrain of ridges and frozen valleys, the double peaks of Manaslu heads up into the brilliant blue sky like a proud guardian looking over the Gorkha district.
Mount Manaslu, at its 8,163 metres (21,781 feet) is the eighth highest peak of the world, making it one of the prestigious 8000m climbs for the Mountaineers. However, the Tibetan name of the mountain, which pronounces as 'Kutang' and means flat place, is an indicator of the surrounding glacial valleys and long ridges, which offer a comparative flatter climb to a certain extent. However, that does not mean it is an easy task. Manaslu has Ganesh Himal and the gorge of Burhi Gandaki on the east, the Annapurna massif on the west along with fissures of Marysyangdi Khola and the Gorkha Town in the south at the foot. The south face is said to be the toughest to conquer for even the best climbers.
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