An extreme terrain drive on one of the most challenging roads in the Himalayas
A 6 day extreme terrain drive on arguably one of the most dangerous roads in the world, Manang Overland is a delight for the avid drivers, jeep lovers and mountain seekers. Located in the
northern part of central Nepal, Manang is situated in the broad valley of the Marshyandi river to the north of the Annapurna mountain range. At an altitude of 3519 metres, it is separated from Muktinath by the Throng la pass. The extreme overland drive starts from Pokhara; post orientation and a day’s 4×4 Training on the jeeps to be used for the drive, we drive out towards Besishahar, the last town on the route. Ahead of Besishahar, the road gets rough and is mostly gravel and dirt track. Passing through Dharapani, the route finally reaches the village of Manang. The section between Dharapani and Manang is considered an extreme terrain driver’s delight – offering cliffy hillside, sharp turns and ambitious ascents.
Once in the village of Manang, one can either soak up the gorgeous mountain views, or walk around the village to get a feel of life in the mountains or peep into the Gompa or monastery or most of all – just rest and recoup. The drive back from Manang to Pokhara will be covered in two days with a nights stop at an eco tourism resort.