Manaslu, the “Mountain of the Spirit,” is located in the Nepalese Himalaya. The eighth highest mountain in the world at 26,781 feet, Manaslu sees far fewer hikers than its popular neighbor, Annapurna, but affords the same startling mountain views, rhododendrons, rice fields, and rich culture en route. “Trekking Manaslu is a journey through time, where you will have the chance to get to know the real Nepal,” says Edurne Pasaban.
The 110-mile path follows an ancient salt-trading route along the Budhi Gandaki River and tops out on the 17,103-foot Larkya La Pass, which overlooks four snow-capped peaks higher than 22,000 feet. “People here live in some of the toughest conditions imaginable, but if you head toward any one of their little houses or shops, you will be immediately offered a cup of Tibetan tea,” says Pasaban.
After a 2010 summit of Shishapangma (Xixabangma) in the Tibet Autonomous Region in southwestern China, Spaniard Edurne Pasaban became the first woman to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks, expedition-style. Despite having lost parts of her toes to frostbite, she continues to pursue big mountains, including returning to Everest—her first 8,000-meter peak—to climb it without supplemental oxygen. Read her Adventurers of the Year profile.
Edurne Pasaban's Gear Pick: Gore-Tex Jacket
“I never leave home without my Gore-Tex PacLite jacket—it’s waterproof and windproof and works for pretty much any sport.”