Nepal trekking to the Manaslu region in Western Nepal was opened to trekkers only in 1991 although many mountaineering expedition teams had access to the area long before then. In 1950 a group headed by H.W. Tilman trekked this area for the first time and ever since this area has been quite popular among serious trekkers. Manaslu the highest mountain in this region (8156m) and the 8th highest in the world was attempted by Japanese climbers from 1952 till 1956 when the first accent was finally made. Manaslu trekking is still restricted to a limited number of groups and only trekkers organised in groups can trek in this area. The area is very remote and rescue is difficult in this wilderness area home to the snow leopard. This is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating trekking in Nepal. Many of the people residing in this area especially in the upper Buri Gandaki (river) Valley are Tibetan and one of the villages in this valley Nubri (meaning Western Mountain in Tibetan) is a famous trading center.