Located almost at 150 km/93 mi from Nairobi City, Mt. Kenya is located just south of the equator, offering three climbing routes, namely Naro-Moru, Sirimon and Chogoria. Mt. Kenya has magnificent cliffs and glaciers that protect the highest peaks. Highest peaks here are Batian at 5199 m/17057 ft, Nelion at 5188 m/17021 ft and Point Lenana at 4985 m/16355 ft.
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Backpacking / Trekking in Manaslu, Mansiri Himal, Nepal
Since 1991, when the Manaslu Conservation Area has opened, Manaslu Circuit became the top trekking route among the trekkers community due to its untouchable and pristine landscape, its challenging trails and its intact character. Following the construction of the highway which connects Nepal and Tibet through the Annapurna circuit and the contamination springing from this, Manaslu circuit trail has been upgraded by the trekkers as the best trek area of Nepal.
The expeditions reach the north side of Himalayas moving across the immense massif of Manaslu-Baudha-Himalchuli. The trail moves alongside the Bhundi Gandaki River. There are few alternative entering points such as Arughat, Gorkha Bazaar (Barpak) and some others, a little bit higher. The circuit ends at Besisahar, the capital city of Lamgung District. Larkya La Pass at 5235 m/17175 ft is the highest point of the circuit. After this point, the arctic climate zone begins and the ground becomes more steep and rocky. The risk is considered to be high due to the presence of land falls and landslides. The fatality in Manaslu is quite high, making its ascent the forth most dangerous spot following Annapurna, Nanga Parbat and K2.
The pre-monsoon period, between April and May and the rainfalls are significantly less while in the hilly and mountain regions the temperature is cool without excessive cold. The trekking in Manaslu conservation area requires special permits by Nepali authorities. For first time n 2013, the Manaslu Mountain Trail Race took place. This year the appointment has been fixed from 8 to 21 November 2014. The Manaslu high-altitude trek requires excellent fitness and health status, flawless preparation and great determination.
Manaslu circuit trek can be one of the few truly lifetime experience on this planet!