Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek
- Walking via paths following the bank of the calming river of Budhi Gandaki
- Supernatural views of the Himalayans, which includes glorious snow-capped peaks such as Annapurna II, Ganesh Himal, Mt Manaslu, etc
- Crossing longest passes in the Himalayas of Nepal, i.e., Larkya La Pass (5,106m), which is also the most elevated place in this trek
- Featuring a wild and remote nature, this trek offers an exploration of rich flora and fauna, possibly encountering endangered species such as snow leopard, and likewise
- Explore the unique living style and rich culture of people living in the Himalayas of Nepal
- Overall, the Manaslu circuit trek is a more peaceful trek than other treks around the region, with an equally pleasing experience
Hotel and teahouses on the trail
Manaslu Circuit Trek Overview
The isolated Mt. Manaslu Circuit trek lives up to its reputation as a remarkable open-air adventure. It provides all of the standard elements of a beautiful trek, including rushing rivers and steep routes, breathtaking views and subtropical forests, scenic mountain scenery, and a steady rise to a spectacular high pass.
The trekking route covers much of the circuit of Mt. Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest peak, reigning at an altitude of 8,163m. It is one of the most magnificent 8000m mountains, bounded on the west by the Annapurna Himalaya (8,091m) and the east by the Ganesh Himal (7,422 m).
The Manaslu Circuit Trek commences at Soti Khola, an astonishing village by the Budhi-Gandaki River at 700 meters above sea level. Culturally enlightening, the trek offers exciting perspectives of the different cultural practices of the Gurung, Tamang, and Tibetan people.
The trek includes making our way through dense forest routes and along the Budhi-Gandaki river’s banks, rarely traveling far from the river’s waves and the soothing sound. Interestingly, suspension bridges on the trek are unrivaled in terms of length and height. The journey then heads towards the northern route, which leads to Larkya La Pass at an altitude of 5,167m, the highest position of the Manaslu circuit trek.
The elevation of this point is high and can be a concern, but the view that the snowbound height offers will make the efforts worthwhile. Including a challengingly steep walk to an elevation of 5,167m, this trek demands top-tier physical fitness and is suitable for highly dedicated adventurers.
Moreover, our carefully designed Manaslu circuit trekking itinerary prioritizes proper acclimatization to make it more conveniently achievable.
While the nearly located Annapurna circuit is one of the most popular trek routes with trekkers pouring from all around the world, the Manaslu circuit trekking route provides you with a calmer and undisturbed trek. It is both culturally enlightening and scenically inspiring, despite its remoteness and physical demands.
Difficulty Level of Manaslu Circuit Trek
The Manaslu circuit trek is regarded as one of the challenging treks in Nepal. With the most elevated altitude being 5,106m at Larkya La Pass, the trekker should be open to the possibility of altitude sickness.
The trekking route brings us through ups and downs and steep routes, and sometimes, hills that feel never-ending. This trek could be more difficult for first-timers. However, since no mountaineering or technical skills are required, people with average fitness levels and determination can achieve this trek.
Moreover, experienced trekkers have carefully designed the itinerary, considering proper acclimatization. About 5 to 7 hours of walks are expected at lower altitudes and about 3 to 4 hours per day. Considering that, the trekkers are required to train for the trek about a month beforehand by walking, exercising, and staying fit.
In general, the Manaslu circuit trek is physically challenging but can be achieved with proper practice, strength, planning, and determination.
Accommodation in the Manaslu Trek
The package includes accommodation for 16 nights. We try our best to provide you with peaceful rest and sleep every night with the best possible facilities.
For Kathmandu accommodation, we will provide a 3-star hotel in the center area of Kathmandu, with an attached bathroom, a TV, electricity, and hot water.
The mentioned luxury cannot be promised in remote areas. We provide rooms with attached bathrooms for places in lower elevation wherever possible. But for spending the nights in places as remote as Deng, Samdo, Dharamsala, and so on; only standard rooms are available. This implies that standard rooms will be provided for nights in remote areas with higher elevations. Services like hot showers and Wi-Fi can be enjoyed with extra charges in possible areas.
Meals during the Manaslu Circuit Trek
Since we’ll be lodging in rural regions of the country at high elevations, the food there will be sufficient to keep us going for the entire journey. This implies that luxury meals will not be available during the trek. On the other hand, every meal will be promised to deliver you with adequate nutrition and be prepared hygienically.
Mostly anywhere on the menu, you can get a mix of traditional local, Asian, and western food, but the menu will be limited as we get further. We highly recommend you drink more fluids at high altitudes such as soup, teas, and likewise. Our package covers a total of 16 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 13 dinners.
Best season for the Manaslu Trekking
First and foremost, before planning your trek, you need to be mindful of the seasons suitable and unsuitable for trekking in that particular region. Climate plays a huge role in succeeding rate and risk associated with trekking and thus should not be neglected.
As for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, the winter and rainy seasons are the highly opposed time of the year for trekking in the region. Winter lasts from December to February in Nepal, where the Manaslu region is swamped with heavy snowfall and the lodges at higher elevations are shut. The rainy season lasts from June to August. Due to the type of trails we need to follow during the trek, excessive steepness during the rainy season poses a huge risk to trek in that season.
The best seasons for the Manaslu trek are Spring and Autumn season.
The spring season lasts from March to May in Nepal. The weather during this season favors successful trekking. This season welcomes you with clear blue skies, breathtaking views, and vibrant rhododendrons, making your journey colorful. Even though the temperature stays warm during the daytime, the temperature at night might drop to a maximum of -4°C. All in all, trekking the Manaslu circuit during Spring offers the best of experience.
The autumn season lasts from September to November in Nepal. This peak season for trekking, the Manaslu circuit offers you with stable temperature as high as 20°C during the daytime. Along with clear skies and magical views, the autumn season also welcomes visitors to the country during the major festival of Dashain and Tihar. Thereafter, the start of December welcomes light snowfalls and off-season for trekking.