There are two routes to Manang from Pisang. From Upper Pisang, the longer route with mountain views and better acclimatization. Or from Lower Pisang, a shorter and slightly easier route takes you through the last forest of Manang as once you climb higher, the fauna becomes more barren. The lower trail, along the southern side of the Marsyangdi river, takes you over a ridge into the next valley and passes through the village of Hongde where there is a small airstrip and some shops. Once you cross to the north side of the river, you join the other route at Mungli. The upper route, on the north side of the river is about two hours longer and a more challenging route but offers tremendous views and takes you much higher past Ghyaru and Ngawal (3660m). Ascending the extra height before coming down again, is better for your altitude acclimatization. From Mungli (3500m), the trail is joined by the southern route to the traditional Tibetan village and gompa at Bragha. Manang is just a little further down the trail.