Manang is one the most beautiful hidden valley of South Asia- which can be conquered in a Manang Trek. It is a Nepalese village which is approximately 250 km from the national capital Kathmandu.
It is far from the capital but no one can feel that it is in far remote distance. This is because the available facilities can match the one of Shangri-La. Manang (3540m) is one of the largest villages in Manang district and one of the last trekking stops for trekkers walking the famous Annapurna Circuit trek.
From Manang the route continues to Thorung La (pass) at 5415 meters above the sea level which connects Manang district to Mustang District by providing a route between the town of Manang and the village Muktinath. This part of trail of Manang trek to Muktinath has been used by the locals for hundreds of years to transport huge herds of sheep and yak in and out of Manang.
The northern part of town is more preserved in its old style; in the southern part you will find many hotels, shops and even a cybercafe, with satellite internet connection.
Manangies are well-known traders and many of them are relatively rich having property in both Manang and Kathmandu and their children study in good schools or even abroad.
Many trekkers spend one acclimatization day in Manang or surroundings although the surroundings are interesting enough to stay for several days.
Interesting places to visit while Manang Trek are the glacier lake at the foot of the ice-fall at the slopes of the Gangapurna Mountain, the village of Braga, Bhojo gompa, a Milarepa Cave and a two or three day side trip to Tilicho Lake which is highest located Lake of the world.