Things to do in Manang during Annapurna Circuit trek

By Glorious Himalaya on July 16, 2023 in Travel Tips, Trekking

Manang District lies in the beautiful Annapurna region. It is the primary stop during the Annapurna Circuit Trek. There are many things to do in Manang alone, making it a popular tourist destination. Manang is the district with the most minor population in Nepal. It is the perfect place for acclimatization for the trekkers who are trekking towards Annapurna Circuit for a few days. Manang lies in the lap of the Himalayas, so when you reach it, you will see some of the best views of the mountains in Nepal.

Manang’s elevation is 3540m, making it unique because it is not only a place to rest but also has many things to do and places to visit, which we will discuss in this guide. As we set on the renowned Annapurna Circuit trek, our journey invariably guides us to the captivating Manang District. Here, we are greeted by a sweeping vista of snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, and verdant valleys.

Furthermore, Manang is also a place to learn new cultures, meet new people, and enjoy new rituals. The population of Manang is mostly of Tibetan heritage, and the people have long protected the culture and passed their culture, norms, and beliefs on to their children.

In this blog, Glorious Himalayan will provide you with the best things you can do in Manang during the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Things to do in Manang during Annapurna Circuit trek

Acclimatize

Manang village

Manang is an important place you will reach during your Annapurna Circuit trek. At an altitude of 3540, Manang is an ideal place for acclimatization. This is mainly because you will wander across several remote settlements on this trek. Still, Manang is more reasonably developed than other villages where you will get services like hospitals, hotels, clean drinking water, internet, etc. Furthermore, Manang is surrounded by plenty of places of attraction which you can’t explore if you decide to move from there on the same day. Hence, it’s essential to acclimatize during your intense trek, pause, and relax in the beautiful Manang district.

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Visit Praken Gompa

One of the significant places to visit during your Manang visit is the famous Praken Gompa (3945m). Praken Gompa is a fantastic ancient monastery at the top of the ridge, where breathtaking views of Manang and its magnificent mountains, such as the Annapurna, Tarke Gang, and Gangapurna, are visible.

Step inside, and you will be transported to a realm of serenity. Praken Gompa’s interior is adorned with magnificent murals depicting Buddhist legends and teachings. Each stroke of the brush tells a story, captivating your imagination and deepening your understanding of the region’s spiritual heritage.

Visiting Praken Gompa is an architectural delight and a spiritual journey. Amidst the serene mountain environment, you can find peace, meditate, and connect with your inner self. The monastery’s tranquil surroundings offer a refuge from the bustling world, allowing you to immerse yourself in calm and introspection.

Khangsar Village

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Khangsar village is a short village from Manang. It lies in isolation but is extremely beautiful. This village is like a hidden gem you will explore during your trek to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. This village’s views of mountain peaks like Idam Phra Rock and Tilicho Peak are crystal clear. You can also visit Tahrap Monastery, where you will experience a serene environment.

But that’s not all. Khangsar also grants you a glimpse into the authentic lifestyle of the local Gurung community, making it a truly remarkable experience. Wandering through the narrow lanes of Khangsar, you’ll discover traditional houses adorned with intricate woodwork, showcasing the craftsmanship and architectural style unique to the region.

The authenticity of the local culture and way of life comes alive in Khangsar. From witnessing traditional rituals and festivals to savoring local cuisine, every moment spent in this village offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of the Gurung community. Let yourself be captivated by the simplicity and beauty permeating every corner of Khangsar.

Hike to Ice Lake(Kicho Tal) in Manang

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Another fantastic place to trek from Manang is Ice Lake. Also known as Kilcho Tal, the lake lies at 4620m, providing a magnificent view of the Manang Valley and snowy surrounding areas. It takes about 7-10 hours to reach Ice Lake, and one popular option for trekkers is camping around it, singing, and enjoying lunch.

Setting up a tent amidst the pristine environment allows visitors to immerse themselves in the serenity and solitude of the high mountains. The evenings at Ice Lake are particularly memorable as the setting sun bathes the peaks in a golden hue, creating a spectacle of nature that words can hardly capture.

Aside from the natural beauty, Ice Lake is also known for its significance in the spiritual and cultural traditions of the local communities. The lake holds religious importance for Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims, who visit the area to perform rituals and seek blessings. The pristine nature and tranquil atmosphere make it an ideal place for meditation.

Visit Gangapurna Lake

Gangapurna_Lake_Manang

Manang is a place of lakes. Apart from Kilcho, Gangapurna Lake is also a short distance from Manang Valley. Gangapurna Lake is the base of the majestic Gangapurna Peak, which lies at an elevation of 7455m. One of the magnificent views of the lake is the peak’s reflection on the lake, which makes the surrounding area look pristine.

The serenity of Gangapurna Lake makes it an ideal spot for relaxation and reflection. Visitors can find a peaceful spot along the lakeshore, immerse their feet in the cool water, and soak in the tranquility of the surroundings. Gangapurna Lake also holds religious significance for the local communities. It is considered a sacred lake, and pilgrims often visit to perform rituals and seek blessings. The spiritual energy of the lake adds to its allure and provides a sense of tranquility and harmony.

Milarepa Cave

Milarepa Cave Manang

From Manang, you can trek a short distance to Milarepa Cave. Milarepa Cave lies at the trails heading towards Upper Pisang and is an excellent place for Buddhist monks and gurus to meditate. Visitors to Manang can experience a sense of calm and spiritual connection by meditating in the Milarepa Cave. This sacred space offers peace and serenity to those seeking it, providing a unique opportunity to connect with the area’s spiritual side.

Braga Gompa

Milerapa Cave in Manang 1

Braga Gompa is a famous Buddhist monastery located near Manang village. It is culturally and religiously significant. Walking up the stone-paved path, you’ll see prayer flags swaying in the mountain breeze. The monastery has ancient architecture and a peaceful environment, ideal for spiritual seekers and curious travelers.

Inside Braga Gompa, you’ll discover stunning murals, intricate statues, and an atmosphere of deep spirituality. The resident monks warmly welcome visitors and are often happy to share insights into their spiritual practices and beliefs. Take a moment to soak in the peaceful ambiance, participate in a meditation session, or enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and snow-capped peaks. Braga Gompa invites contemplation and provides a sense of tranquility amidst the majestic Himalayan landscape.

Shopping in the famous Chame

Chame Manang

When you start your journey on the Annapurna Circuit, you will reach Chame village, famous for its vibrant markets and charming shops. Chame is the principal office of the Manang district, and it’s an excellent spot to obtain necessary supplies, buy souvenirs, or get a taste of local traditions.

The market in Chame offers a range of goods, including traditional handicrafts, warm woolen garments, and trekking equipment. You’ll find colorful Tibetan prayer flags, intricately carved wooden crafts, and beautifully woven rugs that showcase the skill and craftsmanship of the local artisans. Don’t forget to try the locally produced apples and dried fruits, which are a specialty of the region.

Final Say,

Hence, there are many things to do and places to visit in Manang during your trek to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. First, do not take days of acclimatization for granted, and rest in Manang. However, Manang is ideal if you want to explore nearby areas, visit museums, shop in the market, etc.

Manang is also ideal for clicking beautiful photos, engaging in local rituals, and spending time in local pubs, hotels, lodges, etc. Meeting new people and learning new cultures is also a bonus when you visit Manang during your trek.

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