Best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Ram Khadka
  • Feb 5, 2023

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Autumn months, starting from September till late November, and Spring months, from March to the end of May, are the two best times for Manaslu Circuit Trek. The weather conditions become stable with rain-free days, mild temperatures, and unobstructed visibility, all absolute conditions for high-altitude trekking.

The vibrant colors of Autumn leave decorating the entire Manaslu region till tree lines equal the aesthetic rhododendron bloom and lively greenery of Spring. The greetings of snow-occupied Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and other mountains along the hike on one of the world's highest Himalaya Pass, Larke Pass, ensure your wholesome Manaslu Trek experience.

In this blog, we'll guide you through the best time to trek the Manaslu Circuit and what weather and temperature you can expect here at different times of the year.

Manaslu Circuit Trek in Autumn

Autumn brings trekkers back to Manaslu Circuit after the long hectic, and risk-associated monsoon rain. The rain clears the outlook and washes away the clouds, making the entire landscape visible.

The sky becomes blue with the scintillating Manaslu in front. You'll enjoy the mild temperature throughout the hike with the best glimpses of the panorama. On the other hand, even if you wish to hike Manaslu Circuit Trek in Autumn with a small group, you'll still encounter many trekkers en route. The best time of September till mid-December lures the highest numbers of trekkers in Manaslu.

The temperature starts dropping as Autumn progresses. On average, the temperature in September averages 21 degrees at lower places and seven at high altitude places. Likewise, in October, the temperature drops to 15 degrees in lower altitudes and freezes at high altitudes. The last month favorable for Manaslu Trek is November, and in this month, the temperature drops to -10 degrees.

Manaslu Circuit Trek in Spring

If you're planning Manaslu Circuit Trek, Spring can be your best time. The lively greenery, terrace farmings, and the snow-occupied Manaslu and Larke-La Pass make the Manaslu Trek in Spring the best.

Manaslu Circuit Trek route in Spring can be the best time to cross Larke Pass. Furthermore, you'll also get the ideal weather window to view Manaslu, Nagdi Chuli, Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal range, Langpo, and Shringi, all spectacular mountains of the region.

The ideal temperature is the best part of trekking Manaslu in Spring, from March to May. As Spring progresses, the temperature here starts getting warmer. In Spring, the daytime temperature averages around 17 degrees, and the nighttime temperature averages around the freezing point. Also, the rain-free days with utmost visibility make your trek experience sublime.

Manaslu Circuit Trek in Summer

In Summer, especially in late May, the monsoon rain starts in Nepal. Due to this, the risk of floods, landslides, and avalanches increases drastically. Manaslu Circuit Trek in Summer can be doable with extra caution, proper trek gears, and expert navigation, but still, it's a highly non-recommended time to trek. But extra caution is a must if you're planning for this trek in Summer.

The rain brings leeches and bugs, which bother trekkers throughout the hike days. Furthermore, the Manaslu region's landslides damage the trekking route and can be troublesome.

Besides these, June, July, and August bring liveliness to the landscapes with greenery and clear sky. The rainfall also prompts the snowfall at high altitudes, making it further exciting. Also, the warmer temperature averaging 18 degrees and longer days in Summer can be ideal for hiking all day.

Manaslu Circuit Trek in Winter

If it snows in early Winter, especially in November, Manaslu Circuit Trek can be a headache for you due to the extreme cold. But your Manaslu Trek can be wholesome if the weather remains dry till mid-Winter. And if you're fit enough, you can participate in the Manaslu Trail Race every November.

For the snow-capped mountains and even landscapes past 3,000 meters, snowfall garnishes the terrain mesmerizingly. The total visibility of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and other peaks around Manaslu Base Camp is worth your hike in Winter. Also, crossing Larke Pass with crampons and fixed lines can be exciting.

The few drawbacks of Manaslu Trek in Winter is accommodation, as many tea houses remain closed from December to late January. Also, you have to hike on the high-altitude terrain of Larke Pass and hike to Bimthang for nearly 13 hours.

The temperature can go down to -15 degrees and reach as high as 5 degrees in the daytime. You can complete Manaslu Trek in Winter with decent trekking gear and warm clothes. But still, if you can't bear the cold, it's not a recommended time for you.

Ram Khadka

Ram Khadka

15 years of experience in Nepal Himalaya and worked as a trekking guide for 10 years. Managing Director at Sublime Trails Pvt. Ltd.