Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you to one of the most serene trekking routes of Nepal. This new trekking trail is not that famous among travelers but is full of natural and cultural beauty typical to the Himalayan region of Nepal. Manaslu Circuit trek takes about 15 days to complete with Dharmashala at an elevation of 4470 meters being the highest place you will stay at. Compared to Everest Base Camp and other popular treks, the trail to Manaslu Circuit trek is more rustic, villages are more isolated and services at tea houses are mostly basic. During the trek, you will also get to Manaslu Base Camp and cross Larkya La Pass at the height of 5165 meters.
This trek is perfect for those who want fewer distractions and witness the wilderness of nature isolated from the rest of the world. This also means that you have to carry with you anything that you may want till the trek completes. If you miss something, there is very little chance that you will get to buy it once you have started the trek.
Though some days are shorter and may require you to walk just 4 hours a day, you may even have to walk for 8 hours a day during long days. So, you also have to be careful that you keep the weight of your luggage optimized. A porter shared among two people will carry up to 15 kgs for each person. Any weight except that has to be carried by yourself.
Read the blog below to know what to pack for your Manaslu Circuit trek.
Manaslu trekking is a strenuous trek and taking you to high altitudes. So, you should be prepared to fight some low temperatures. Though the lower villages are warm and even high altitude trekking is bearable during the day. But, you have to pack warm clothing for late evening and early morning cold especially during winter. Even if you trekking doesn’t fall in the official winter season, late autumn and early spring are still cold.
You can pack comfortable and light shirts and trousers. During the daytime, it will be hot and may cause sweating, so you may want to pack quick-drying shirts. You should pack layered clothes so that you can wear additional warm clothes when you feel cold.
Manaslu Circuit trekking lasts for 15 days which means you will need multiple clothes as there will be no laundry service during the trek. These are some must-pack clothes:
- Trekking shirts
- Trekking trousers/shorts
- Thermal insulation
- Fleece, windproof and waterproof jacket
- A down jacket
Walking on rough, off the beaten track takes so much time and energy though you might really enjoy it. So, comfortable footwear matters the most. If your boots are causing problems, the whole trek is going to be full of problems.
Also, make sure you wear the boots/shoes while you are at your home for few times before packing it for the trek. The boots should fit you perfectly with the trekking socks on.
You need a couple of pairs of footwear to wear during different situations. A pair of hiking boots will be used during the trek. A pair of trekking shoes is used while you go exploring the village after reaching the daily destination or while acclimatizing. A pair of slippers can be used while staying at the tea house while visiting the restroom or bathing, etc.
- Hiking boots
- Trekking boots
- Trekking socks (minimum 3 pairs)
3. Other Essentials
Some things that may not seem like important can cause hindrance in your day-to-day activities. These are the things that you may not want to forget to pack for you Manaslu Circuit trekking.
- Hats, beanie, gloves, scarves, neck gaiter
- Sports bras (for female), inner-wear (minimum 7)
- Quick-dry towels
- Trekking poles, torch, oximeters
- Polarized sunglasses with UV protection, raincoat (in monsoon), water bottle, etc.
If you are a cleanliness freak, you may also want to take an extra sheet or a sleeping bag. It also becomes useful during cold nights.
Zip locks, maps, backup batteries, headphones, Kindle, etc. are few optional things that may come handy during the trek.
To carry with you everything you need for 15 days, you need a durable and comfortable bag. A backpack (40-90 liters) is perfect for carrying your own stuff and a duffel ( about 90 liters) should be chosen for your porter to carry.
If your bags are waterproof or have a bag cover, your important documents and belongings will be safe from water.
On some days, you may want to go out to explore the villages after you reach the tea house. You may also want to do that during acclimatization. A daypack will come handy in such situations. A small daypack enough to carry a water bottle, some snacks, and a camera should be fine.
- A backpack or a duffel
- A daypack
You will not find marts and shops to buy cosmetics and toiletries while trekking in a rural area. Even if you find basic things like soaps and toothpaste, you may not find your regular brands. Don’t let these small things ruin your trekking and pack every essential thing like:
- SPF sunscreen lotion, moisturizers for the body and face ( Himalayan environment is pretty harsh),
- Tampons/sanitary napkins (for female trekkers)
- Toothbrush/paste, shampoo, body wash
- Toilet paper, sanitizer
- Deodorants, talcum powder, lip moisturizer
While it's necessary to take your important items, always avoid expensive products and items with fragile and weak packages. Some products need to be kept away from sunlight and moisture. So, pack them accordingly.
You should carry any regular medicines that you are taking as you won’t find them during the Manaslu Circuit trek. Though we acclimatize at Samagaon at 3530 meters, you should look out for any signs of altitude sickness. Manaslu Circuit trek takes you to an altitude higher than 5000 meters and you should carry Diamox tablets with you. Also, consult your doctor and know if it reacts with other medicines that you are taking. Make sure that you pack these items:
- Water purifying tablets
- Blister plasters
- Diarrhea tablets, paracetamol, antacids, Strepsils
- Painkillers and muscle rubs
- Diamox tablet
- Isotonic powder (for electrolyte loss or dehydration)
3 meals a day are provided to you by the company. Snacks can be eaten during the trek when you’re tired of walking and there are no tea houses round. Pack nutrient-rich, light and nicely packaged snacks that don’t spill or spoil easily. On higher villages, the food gets really expensive due to tough transportation, you can also save some money with the snacks that you take. Some ideal snacks to pack are:
- Coffee mixes
- Cereal Mixes
- Energy drink powders
- Energy bars
Your documents should be with you all the time. You will need two extra documents for Manaslu Circuit trekking, Manaslu Conservation Area entry permit and TIMS card. The company will help you get these documents for you.
You may need to withdraw some money and exchange it into Nepalese currency because there will be no ATMs and other services as the trekking begins.
Travel Insurance is highly recommended which covers medical and rescue costs as well as theft of valuable items. Pack the following things with you for the Manaslu Circuit trek.
- 2/3 passport-sized photos
- TIMS card
- Manaslu Conservation Area permit
- Insurance documents