Manaslu Circuit Trek an off-the-beaten-track trek in Nepal. It lies in the western part of the country. Despite not being as popular Annapurna Base Camp or Poon Hill trek, Manaslu offers some of the most spectacular views of the mountains of the Himalayas.
Manaslu is the eighth highest peak in the world. It stands at an altitude of 8163 meters. It is often referred to as the “mountain of spirit” as the Sanskrit translation of the word means “soul’ or ‘intellect’.
Manaslu Circuit was opened for trekkers only in 1991. It also is one of the restricted treks in Ne[al. So it is not visited by tourists as much as other treks around this reason. This is one of the reasons why Manaslu Circuit Trek has been able to retain its natural beauty and authentic village lifestyle.
Manaslu Circuit Trek only sees around 1000 trekkers per year due to governmental restrictions. Most of the trek takes place inside the premises of Manaslu Conservation Area. The region has a beautiful landscape, wonderful weather, and local culture that have been preserved for a long period of time.
The route of the Manaslu Trek starts after a ride from Pokhara to Soti Khola. From there, you will head out to various villages like Philim, Namrung, Samagaon, and Samdo. The highest point along the trek is Larkya La Pass, which is located at an altitude of 5213 meters.
During the trek, you are likely to encounter various plants and animals of this region while walking through dense forests of Manaslu Conservation Area. It is home to various animals like snow leopards, red pandas, musk deer amongst others.
Manaslu trek is a difficult trek to undertake. No trek that is higher than 5000 meters is easy. So you should prepare extremely well physically to complete this trek.
Like most other trekking routes in Nepal, the best season to trek in the Manaslu region is in Autumn - the months of September, October, and November. Spring (March, April, and May) is the second most popular season for trekkers in the Manaslu region.
Manaslu trek lasts 17 days in total. You will be able to experience glorious views of Himalayas in the central-western part of Nepal like Himlung (7126m), Cheo Himal (6812m), Larkye Peak (6249m), Annapurna II (7937m), and Manaslu (8156m) during the Manaslu trek.
To trek in the Manaslu region, you will need to have a partner because a single trekker is not permitted to trek in the Manaslu region. You will also need to arrange a guide for your trek as a guide is mandatory for trekking in Manaslu region.
If you are looking for enjoying a trek in the remoteness and solitude the Himalayas of Nepal and want to experience a rich culture that has been preserved over time, Manaslu Circuit trek is a fantastic choice.