Samagoan is the last village before you head higher up towards base camp. The Tibetan influences are still there with ancient chortens and an old monastery that you can visit. The inhabitants are Tibetan, Gurung, Magar, Chhetri and Tamang, a diversity which offers one of the most exciting cultural discovery.
During the monsoon period, you'll experience heavy rainfall and down pours are also quite frequent during the main trekking season, it's good to carry an umbrella in your backpack.
Reaching base camp is a long trip through the forest and the open land. The rain and a freezing mist can catch you on the way but a good windshell is perfect to tackle the light winds that come from the glaciers above as you reach the camp.
If you're a climber and you have ticked Manaslu as a training peak for Everest, this mountain is the perfect spot to train, enjoy superb sceneries and make great cultural encounters. I went to Cho Oyu a few years ago and 'total isolation' is the impression that you get from this place. Manaslu offers a more diverse experience and greater panoramas. And if you're lucky, you can spot some deers, monkeys and even the elusive snow leopard.
The main trekking season is from early September to late October.