About Manaslu Circuit Trek
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is an exotic off-the-beaten-path adventure that explores the pristine region of Nepal. The route is in a barely visited region in Nepal so it is ideal for those who want to enjoy the mighty mountains in solitude. This around Manaslu Trek is no less beautiful than the more famous trekking trails. The trail offers you everything from gorgeous landscapes, snow-capped mountains, glaciers, deep valleys, lush forests and a diverse, but isolated culture.
The Manaslu Circuit trail starts from Arughat and takes you into the heart of the Manaslu region. The highest destination of the Larke La Pass gives you the most scenic views of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Hiunchuli, Buddha Peak and countless other peaks. Apart from the mountains, this region offers views of cascading rivers, glaciers, moraine valleys, and freshwater lakes as well. The Manaslu Conservation Area is home to the diverse flora and fauna. So, this region is perfect for wildlife exploration as well. Experiencing the culture found within the scattered settlements of the Nuri people along the Tibetan border is one of the major highlights during the trek. Tibetan Buddhism inspired culture and fascinating festivals are one of the most unforgettable things to experience in the Manaslu region.
The cost of The Manaslu Circuit Trek is relatively low compared to other trekking packages. For this reason, the Manaslu Circuit Trekking package should be at the top of your list for your next outdoor adventure in Nepal. Since the trail has just recently opened up to foreigners, few people know about and even fewer take on the journey. 15 days of hiking on the Manaslu Circuit is the best way to explore the diverse cultures, landscapes, and nature all at one go.
Manaslu Circuit Trek starts from Arukhat after a bus ride from Kathmandu. From Sotikhola, you will trek to Machhi Khola, Jagat, Deng, and Namrung. The next day you will reach Samagaon after passing Loh Monasteries. You will spend an extra day at Samagaon as a part of acclimatization. You can trek to Manaslu Base Camp as well. Next day, you will resume your trek to Samado, Dharamsala, and Bhimthang. Along the way to Bhimthang, you will cross Larkya La Pass, the highest elevation point of the trek. You will then trek to Dharapani and finally drive to Besisahar. From Besisahar, we take another bus to Kathmandu.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty
Manaslu Circuit Trek falls in strenuous grade. You have to trek for 6-7 hours a day for 12 days in the high altitude region. The trail varies from practically flat terrain to high, difficult mountain passes. As you will walk for days in areas with elevation more than 3000 meters, the weather conditions are harsh and there is a risk of altitude sickness. You should be physically and mentally fit to pursue this trek.
- Cardio exercises including running, cycling, jogging, push-ups, and pull-ups for about 4-5 days a week for 3 months before your trip
- You should also be involved in developing core strength and muscle endurance in weight training
- Hiking in the hills in different weather conditions will be a good preparation for this trip
- If you have access, kayaking will also be a very good way to develop strength and endurance
Weather and Best Time to Trek
The trekking region varies from subtropical to alpine, and the weather conditions in the region vary accordingly. The weather conditions can be categorized according to the four seasons. Generally, autumn and spring are considered to be the best seasons to trek in the Manaslu region as the weather is calm and clear most of the time. The temperature is bearable even in high altitude regions and days are mostly sunny. The colorful forests in winter and the blooming of wildflowers in winter make trekking in these seasons more beautiful.
Unbearably low temperatures and unpredictable weather conditions of winter make it difficult to do this trek. It is fun to trek in the lower Manaslu region, but due to heavy snowfall and blizzards, it becomes almost impossible to trek in the higher region.
Generally, there occurs heavy rainfall in summer days. The views get obscured and the trail might become slippery. So, it is difficult to trek in this region in summer. However, with proper planning and preparation, it is not impossible. In fact, you will get to witness the blooming of colorful alpine flowers. It is also the best season to explore the wildlife and forest.
Food and Accommodation During Malasu Circuit Trek
During the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will stay in the tea houses run by local Sherpas and other ethnic groups. Tea houses are not luxurious but will provide you with all the basic services and warm hospitality. You can expect to have all the common food items such as soup, noodles, pasta, potatoes, vegetables, dal bhat, fried rice, eggs, etc. You can also try some traditional dishes in local communities. You might also encounter a cheese factory or two along the way. While in Kathmandu, you will stay in a 3-star hotel with breakfast included. For meals other than breakfast, you may explore various cafes and restaurants around. Traditional Nepali and international dishes are available in Thamel and elsewhere.
People and Culture Around Manaslu Region
Manaslu Circuit Trek will take you through settlements rich in culture and tradition. The lifestyle of the people who reside in this area is highly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. You can learn about their remote lifestyle, cultural programs and festivals while trekking in this region. You will be delighted to spend time in the picturesque villages that rest in the lap of Himalayas. They are serene places to spend your days. During the trip, you will encounter many gompas/monasteries, and prayer flags along the way. You will learn in-depth about these indigenous communities and their culture during the journey.