Manaslu Circuit Trek Weather and Temperature

  • August 12, 2019
  • Ram Khadka
  • 253

Manaslu Circuit Trek Weather and Temperature 

Manaslu circuit trek is a pristine exploration of the rich culture and stunning landscapes in the Manaslu region of Nepal. It is an unforgettable journey and for most of the travel enthusiast and backpackers alike. Therefore, a lot of curious travelers have queries regarding the Manaslu Circuit Trek Weather. 

Travelers gather necessary information about the weather before they commence their exceptional and endearing Manaslu Circuit trek. It is because your trekking experience will largely depend on the time of the year you trek. 

The Manaslu Circuit weather condition is unpredictable and varies throughout the year. Therefore, you must prepare yourself for the changing weather conditions to enhance your trekking experience. 

You will hike to altitudes over 5,123 meters, so you will experience unpredictable weather changes on the high altitude trek. The weather at Manaslu quickly interchanges between sunny moments, rain, humidity, and strong winds throughout the trek. 

The temperature slightly rises during the summer in the monsoon season at Manaslu region. So, you will experience sunny weather conditions during the day and cold rainy weather during the night. On the other hand, the temperature may fall below 0°C during the months of December to February.

Nonetheless, you will enjoy the magnificent landscapes and striking mountains throughout the year. You can spectate the majestic peaks like Ngadi Chuli 7,871 m, Mount Manaslu 8,156m, Himal Chuli 7,893m, Ganesh Himal 7,422m, and throughout the Manaslu circuit trek. 

 

Facts about the Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • The name Manaslu translates to “ Spirit of the Mountain in Nepali”
  • Mount Manaslu (8,156 m) is the 8th highest mountain in the world.
  • There are 19 types of forest in the Manaslu region. 
  • The Manaslu Conservation Area is home to endangered species like snow pandas and red pandas. 
  • Ethnic communities inhabit the Manaslu region, and some of them date back to the 8th century.
  • The Manaslu region lies 64 km east of Annapurna. 
  • The spectacular Manaslu trek passes through Larkya La Pass, Budhi Gandaki Valley, and beautiful Buddhist monasteries.

 

Manaslu Circuit Weather and Seasons

You will trek through six climatic zones in the various landscapes and elevation within the Manaslu circuit trek. You will experience tropical, subtropical, sub-alpine, temperate, alpine, and arctic, climatic condition. 

The various Climatic weather conditions range from 1000 to over 5000 meters in the Manaslu Circuit trek. 

You will hike along the tropical and Subtropical zone at an altitude of over 710 meters. On the other hand, you will feel the consistent arctic climate at altitudes over 5,000 meters.

 Therefore, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a perfect blend of various weather conditions.  

The Manaslu region experience 4 seasons throughout the year. The season like Spring, Autumn, Summer, and Spring graces Manaslu region with their own individual charm. 

Furthermore, the following detailed information about the season will help you better understand the Manaslu Circuit Weather condition.

 

Manaslu circuit weather Spring

The Season of Spring is the best time to commence the Manaslu Circuit trek. It is a great time to experience the peace and tranquility of the Manaslu region. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery of the surrounding mountains and hills along the trail. 

The month from March to May falls under the Season of Spring in Manaslu region. The early month of March graces the magical pathway with blooming flowers and crisp exquisite weather conditions. 

The tea houses remain closed during the winter season. So, spring season embarks the opening of all the tea houses and lodges in the Manaslu region. The tea houses reopen to serve and cater to the needs of trekkers and mountaineers. 

 

Manaslu Weather and Temperature in  March

March marks the beginning of the Spring season on Nepal. The month of March falls just right behind winter season. So, you will experience comparatively cold weather conditions in March. 

The temperature  The temperature ranges from -6 °C to 10°C during your Manaslu Circuit trek. 

Therefore, you will experience neither too cold nor too hot down temperature on your trek expedition. 

Besides, the flora and vegetation bloom during the early season of Spring. So, you will be hiking along beautiful Rhododendron forest for most of the part of your Manaslu Circuit trek.  

 

Manaslu Weather and Temperature in April

The temperature rises gradually in the month of April. It usually ranges from 4°C to 15°C so trek in the Manaslu region is favorable during this time around.

Moreover, you will experience a more vibrant color and lively vegetation on your trek.

The month of April is considered as the best month for Manaslu circuit trek among the other month of Spring season. 

The exotic flowers blooming on the trails certainly gives the routes a heavenly ambiance. 

 

Manaslu Weather and Temperature in May

May is the last month among the three seasons so it marks the end of Spring Season in Nepal. Besides, May is also the comparatively of the warmest month among the other trio. 

So, you will most certainly break a lot of sweat during your Manaslu Circuit trek.

However, you will still feel cold weather conditions at higher altitudes. The temperature falls to a maximum of 4 °C  and rises to a maximum of 18°C. 

May offers a stable climate and weather condition for trekking enthusiasts. Besides, the number of trekkers decreases during the late season of Spring. 

Hence, Spring has to be one of the best seasons to plan the Manaslu Circuit trek. 

 

Manaslu Circuit in Summer

The month of June, July and August fall under the season of Summer. The Summer season is also commonly known as Monsoon in Nepal.  You will experience a lot of rainfall and constant temperature decline on your trek. 

You will have to face some difficulties due to heavy rainfall on the Manaslu Circuit trek. Most of the trails are muddy and slippery during most of the trekking days. The constant rainfall might lead to mishaps like landslides and floods on the trekking route. 

Therefore, the season of summer is certainly an unpopular trekking option for most of the travelers. However, the rainfall clears the dust and pollutants from the surrounding and unleashes crisp views of the surrounding mountains. 
 

Manaslu Weather and Temperature in June

June is the start of the summer season in Nepal. The summer heat gradually starts to kick in after the month of June. 

So, casual rainfall will start to grace the lands of the Manaslu region. Despite the rain, you can still appreciate the beauty of Manaslu Circuit trail. 

The temperature slightly rises to about 25°C in the tropical zone. Whereas, the temperature declines to 10°C at an altitude of over 4000 meters. 

Besides, due to the rainfall, the humidity keeps on increases during the month of June. However, you will experience less rainfall as you ascend to a higher elevation on the Manaslu circuit trek.

 

Manaslu Weather and Temperature in July

There is a high chance of heavy rainfall during the month of July. The rain falls almost on a basis this time of the year. The amount of rain is comparatively less so the land dries out after the sun comes out. 

Besides, the trails are blooming with colorful flowers and lush green vegetation. You will also glance upon the majestic mountains and impressive rainbows. 

Furthermore, the weather conditions are unpredictable at a higher elevation. In addition, at a higher elevation, you will experience almost the same weather patterns every season of the year. 

You will experience temperatures ranging from 8°C to 22°C on your Manaslu circuit trek in July. Despite the monsoon rain, you will enjoy the fresh air and blooming flowers on the trail. 

 

Manaslu Weather and Temperature in August

August resembles the end of the Summer/Monsoon season in Nepal. You will come across roaring streams and throttling rivers during you Manaslu Circuit trek in August.

You can enjoy the rainfall along the trail as it rewards you with the aesthetic of the lush green vegetation surrounding you. 

It is a challenging time of the year but you can experience the adventure in every aspect of it. However, you should prepare yourself with proper gadgets to enjoy your Manaslu circuit trek in the month of August.  


 

Manaslu Circuit in Autumn

Autumn is the best season for a trekking expedition in any region of Nepal and the Manaslu region is no exception either. The season graces the land of Manaslu with a pleasant aura of theatrical beauty. 

The surrounding atmosphere is clear of all the pollution after the heavy rainfall in Monsoon season. The temperature is stable as it ranges from 8°C to 20°C for most of the part of the trek. 

So, you will neither experience too hot nor too cold during your Manaslu Circuit expedition. Besides, you will hike along numerous streams and waterfalls admiring their beauty.

The season of Autumn ends with cold and dry weather conditions in the month of November. However, the scenery of natural beauty during the months of November is no less compared to October and November.

 

Manaslu Weather and Temperature in September

September marks the start of the beautiful Autumn Season. You will experience slight monsoon rainfall in the middle of September. 

So, the surrounding remains lush and green full of life throughout the trek. In addition, the weather condition is also stable crisp offering the most splendid mountain views. 

Therefore, a lot of trekkers plan their trek at the beginning of the Autumn season. So, the trail of the Manaslu Circuit trek is mostly busy this time around. 

The temperature remains constant at 7°C at an altitude of 3860 meters and rises to about 21°C at lower region area like bagat 1,290m. 

 

Manaslu Weather and Temperature in October

The weather patterns are comfortable for a decent hike in the month of October. So, you will enjoy the magnificent views of the mountains on most of the part of the trek. 

Furthermore, you will be surrounded by breathtaking views of the snowy mountains at a higher elevation.

As the winter season is close, the temperature falls below -2°C at places above 4,00 meters. Whereas, places at lower elevation experiences temperature rising to an average of 20°C. 

Due to the busy trails, it is a good idea to pre-book the accommodation for your Manaslu trek in the month of September.

 

Manaslu Weather and Temperature in November

November is comparatively the coldest month in the Autumn season. Besides, the precipitation observed is really low during this month.

So, as you can spectate the splendid views of the surrounding mountains of the Manaslu region. 

The temperature starts to decrease to 12°C at places like Arughat 3,087m, the starting point of your trek. On the other hand, the minimum temperature is as lows as -3°C at places like Samagaon 3,530m and Samdo 3,690m.

 

Manaslu Circuit in Winter

It is an adventurous trek in the cold and dry weather conditions of the winter season. You can tackle the difficulties during the winter with the right set of gears and equipment. 

So, despite the freezing temperature, you can still enjoy the magnificent snowy peaks and pristine views of the surrounding landscapes. 

The season of winter lasts from December through January and February. You will hike under a clear blue sky for most of the days during this month. 

The temperature remains warm at 15°C at the lower elevation of the Manaslu Circuit trek. However, the cold piercing air will certainly challenge you as you ascend to a higher elevation on the trek.   

 

Manaslu Weather and Temperature in December

December offers pleasant weather conditions for travelers who don’t mind cold to some extent. Besides, the weather patterns are quite similar to November until it starts to get colder. 

The temperature ranges from around 4°C to 12°C during the months of December. Despite the cold, you can spectate the magnificent views of the snow-capped mountains further on your trek. 

On the other hand, you can also enjoy a peaceful and quiet trek in December. Likewise, you won’t have to worry about busy tea houses either. 

 

Manaslu Weather and Temperature in January

January is the colder month a month the other two months of Winter season. Therefore, few numbers of trekkers plan their Manaslu Circuit trek around this time of the year. 

Hence, you will have a great opportunity to experience the serenity of the Manaslu region along the trek. 

Besides, the temperature might be a problem as it usually ranges from -5°C to -10°C at higher altitude region of the trek. 

Therefore, we recommend you to pack extra blankets and sleeping baths with you for the trek ahead.

 

Manaslu Weather and Temperature in February

You won’t find any vast difference between the months of February and January regarding the weather conditions. 

However, you can experience a noticeable increase in temperature in the lower regions. The average temperature ranges from a minimum of 8°C to a maximum of 15°C this time of the year. 

So, you will witness a lot of flowers blooming and trees awakening from their winter slumber. In addition, the frozen lakes and streams start melting. 

The sight of the thawing of snow along the trail will leave you speechless. In addition, the month of February resembles the farewell of the winter season. 

So, the fogs and the mist won’t bother yours from observing the majestic mountains anymore.

 

Some Extra Tips for Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • We highly recommend you to travel during the month of Autumn and Spring as you won’t have to face many difficulties. 
  • It is mandatory for you to pack Crampons to help you with your visibility during you Manaslu Circuit trek in the winter.
  • You should add a tent,  sleeping bag, and other equipment on your packing list for shelter for your Manaslu circuit trek during off-seasons, particularly winter. 
  • You should pre-plan the choices for the clothing and equipment according to the season you are traveling in
  • You should start training and focus on the cardio exercises prior to your ultimate Manaslu Circuit Trek expedition.
  • During the Manaslu Circuit Trek, it is strictly prohibited to smoke and drink as it can worsen altitude sickness.
  • You should always hydrate yourself on the trek and carry an extra bit of snacks like energy bars, and dry food with you.

 

Conclusion 

Despite the extreme cold, winter offers a good opportunity for splendid photography of striking views of mountains and landscapes. So, you can still enjoy the exquisite Manaslu circuit trek in winter with the help of proper guidance.

Likewise, the season of summer also has its traits with beautiful lush vegetation and beautiful landscapes. In addition, you can witness a variety of endemic flora and fauna along the Manaslu circuit trek. 

Therefore, you absolutely cannot deny the possibility of a magnificent experience from any of these four seasons. Each of them has their own traits and you should prepare yourself to play by them. 

Therefore, you can soak in the magic and beauty of this amazing trekking region throughout the year. 

 

Ram Khadka

Ram Khadka

Hi There! I'm Ram Khadka, Founder of Sublime Trails Ltd. My main focus is to help travellers plan a perfect holiday in Nepal through trekking in sacred regions of Himalayas and tours in radiant cities with various historical and cultural sites. Besides, I am passionate about helping solo and guided travellers in Nepal find out about the best time, weather conditions and many more. Blogs I write are mainly about tips, facts and suggestions about trekking in the Himalayas to help you make your trip a perfect one!

Send an enquiry

Answer It: 4 + 6