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Twice a year Purna, founder of Garden in the Himalayas and the owner of Mahakaruna, organises trips to collect seeds, cuttings and seedlings for Garden in the Himalayas as well as study the montane habitat of the abundant Himalayan flora. It's a perfect trip for nature lovers and botanists who appreciate treks off the beaten track.

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AUGUST 2019 PLANT EXPLORING EXPEDITION IN MANASLU REGION

An exciting 14-day Plant Hunting Expedition to the beautiful mighty Manaslu region. Some call it the best all-round trek in Nepal and it’s on the Great Himalaya Trail. Manaslu (Nepali: मनास्लु, also known as (Kutang) is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres (26,781 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Mansiri Himal, part of the Nepalese Himalayas, in the west-central part of Nepal. Its name, which means "Mountain of the Spirit", comes from the Sanskrit word manasa, meaning "intellect" or "soul".

The Manaslu region is regarded by some to be a ‘beyul’- in Tibetan Buddhism- a sacred valley. Some believe that meditation and prayers are multiplied a hundred fold there.

Our maximum altitude will be 5125m (Larkya pass) and you will enjoy amazing views of the high mountains, including Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. We will be collecting plants and seeds for Garden in the Himalayas and studying the montane habitat. The expedition promises to be the adventure of a lifetime.

Trek starts between 8th and 11th August. Do get in touch to find out more.

FEBRUARY CULTURAL TRIP AND PLANT EXPLORING EXPEDITION

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In February 2020 there will be a fantastic 10-day plant-hunting and cultural trek in the remote Lamjung and Kaski regions of western Nepal. The maximum altitude will be 3,400m with views of the high mountains, including Annapurna and Manaslu. 

We will spend three or four days at a time trekking and camping in the pine and rhododendron forests, and then take a rest day at a mountain village, helping the villagers with whatever seasonal tasks they are undertaking and joining in with local life. The local culture is both hospitable and fascinating - we’ll be experiencing it from the inside rather than as a tourist. The trek starts from Pokhara on February 12th.

Please call or email for full details and a dossier.