Complete Guideline to Manaslu Circuit trekking
Located in the west-central part of Nepal, Manaslu is untouched and newly famous trekking destination of Nepal. This region is named after the mountain Manaslu. With the elevation of 8,163 m (26,781 ft), Mt. Manaslu is the eight highest mountains in the world. The word Manaslu came from the Sanskrit term Manasa. Manasa means intellect or soul, so its name means ‘mountain of the spirit’. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer workable approaches from all direction Manaslu Trek is one of the most amazing treks in the Himalayas. Moreover, it offers the off- beaten trail experience in the Himalayan region.
Round Manaslu trek is a recently opened trek for travelers. This region has been creating a hum among travel enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Moreover, the Manaslu area is the restricted trek and demanding treks in the Himalayan region. So, it is the perfect choice for adventure lovers. Though Manaslu trek is popular, it is still unscathed and unharmed. Besides that, Manaslu trekking is rich in its beauty with the inclusion of isolated and off-beaten trail.
Similarly, the entire trekking route is adorned with the perfect views of the snow-clad mountains. Especially, Manaslu (8163 m/26774 ft), Annapurna I (8091 m/26545 ft), and Hiunchuli (6,441 m/21,132 ft) are astounding during this trek. Besides that, you will have an amazing view of other mountains like Annapurna south (7,219 m/23,684 ft). Ganesh Himal (7,422 m/24,350 ft), Gangapurna (7,455m/24,456 ft), Annapurna III (7,555 m/24,786 ft), and so on.
Doing Manasu circuit trek
The Manaslu circuit trek is an amazing and beautiful trek. It is due to the complete natural symphony, cultural belongings, and wilderness exploration. Besides that, you will have plenty of opportunities to interact with local people who are Nupris who have culture and lifestyles like Tibetans. Also, the Manaslu trail nowadays has tea houses. Manaslu Trail has everything that the region has to offer. So, with the perfect blend of everything, the Manaslu region trek is the perfect trek for every traveler around the world.
Manaslu trek truly offers the best occasion to gather the lifetime experience. This restricted area trekking takes you from lush tropical lower lands to the scattered alpine up the altitude. So, you get to cherish everything that the biodiversity of the region has to offer. Also, while trekking, you will be passing by the Manaslu Conservation Area which is home to 11 types of forest. So, you will experience a wide variety of flora and fauna during this trek. Observing the protected wildlife is a wonderful experience. Moreover, you can also do Manaslu Trek with Tsum Valley. Tsum valley is a shelter for many endangered animals, so you can observe more different endangered species. Also known as the hidden valley, Tsum takes you to its own world.
Additionally, this less crowded classic trek is a true remote adventure. This trekking area is controlled and you need special permission from Manaslu trek. Moreover, you will need all together three permits for the Manaslu Circuit trek. Also, the trekking trail passes through traditional Tamang & Sherpa settlements. So, you also get to experience their unique cultures and tradition. Also, Mani Walls, prayer wheels, monasteries, Chortens, etc makes the trail more beautiful. The unique combination of rich cultural heritage and adventure admits vantage points with incomparable beauty & rare bio-diversity.
Last say, Manaslu Circuit Trek is the most beautiful trekking journey in rural Nepal. Also, it is one of the quietest trekking destinations in Nepal. It gives you a great experience with the ethnic culture of the region. Presenting trekkers with the astounding sight and mountain scenery. This trekking adventure truly sticks in the minds for years passing through verdant woodlands. Emerald pasture decorated with terrace farms and rustic settlements, you will be living the most beautiful journey of your life.
1. What are the Highlights of the Manaslu Trekking?
- Trekking to the restricted rural region of Nepal, Manaslu region
- Astounding view Manaslu (8163 m/26774 ft), Annapurna I (8091 m/26545 ft), and Hiunchuli (6,441 m/21,132 ft), Annapurna south (7,219 m/23,684 ft), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m/24,350 ft), Gangapurna (7,455m/24,456 ft), Annapurna III (7,555 m/24,786 ft), and so on.
- Explore Himalayan region valleys
- Visit Manaslu conservation area, visit the monastery
- Less tourist and budget trek famous for a cultural trail
- Explore and enjoy with Sherpa people and their cultures, Tibetan lifestyle
- Trek Larke la pass high pass
- Amazing sunrise and sunset view of the great Himalayas of Manaslu range
2. When is the best time to do Manaslu trekking?
Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn (September, October November) is the best time to do Manaslu trek. Spring and Autumn seasons are also known as the best trekking season in Nepal.
Temperature is hot in low in the Terai part of Nepal and moderates in higher altitudes. Weather is crystal clear in this season where you can see the great Himalayas. Everything is changing in natural with everywhere greenery, the blossom of flowers. So spring is a season of natural beauty blossom of rhododendrons flowers around all trekking part. Similarly, the autumn season offers nice weather with Ariel mountain views. Nepal major festival Dashain, Tihar Teej falls in this season.
However, another season like Winter and Monsoon are also suitable for this trekking. These seasons are for those who want to enjoy their trekking journey by themselves; avoiding the crowd. Also, the Monsoon season adds more difficulty as it rains most of the time. You just need to prepare yourself for more adventure.
3. How is the weather for the Manaslu circuit trek?
There are mainly four seasons in Nepal; Spring, Autumn, Winter and Monsoon/Summer. And the season of the Manaslu region is like other mountain regions in Nepal. There is a difference in the weather in different seasons. And the weather of the Manaslu region trekking route differs according to a season. So, the weather condition of the Manaslu region in different season is mentioned below:
Spring season – Ranges around 14- 24 degree Celsius 62 – 74 degree Fahrenheit
Spring season is in the month of March, April, and May. This season is the best season for trekking in Nepal. You can observe the colorful blooms of the local flowers. Besides that, this season is the safest of all seasons for the trekking expedition. The temperature of the Manaslu region ranges from -6 degrees Celsius in the starting month to the highest 24 degree Celsius till the end of Spring seasons. With clear skies, you can enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes. Starting with cold to mild weather, Spring season weather offers perfect weather for Manaslu Circuit trek.
Monsoon/Summer Season – Ranges around 16 – 28 degree Celsius /74 – 79 degree Fahrenheit
Monsoon season is the hottest and the wettest seasons of the year in Nepal. Starting from June this season continues till August. Most of the time rainfall happens in Monsoon season. Moreover, there are also chances of snowfall above 4,500m altitude if it continues raining for long. Rainfall makes the trail lush, dense and vibrant green. There might be excessive rain sometimes. On rainy days you will have a mild temperature. And sometimes days might be hottest. And the temperature range from 16 to 28 degree Celsius in the day time of mid-monsoon.
Autumn Season- Ranges around 12- 25 degree Celsius/ 62 – 76 degree Fahrenheit
Autumn Season, another best season for trekking in Manaslu falls in September, October, and November. As the Autumn season starts after Monsoon, the weather of Autumn is clean and fresh. You can enjoy the best views of the marvelous snowcapped mountains. Besides that, the Autumn season sees the most stable weather in the high altitudes including Manaslu. You will have the best Manaslu trekking experience in this season.
Winter season – Ranges around 6- 18 degree Celsius 44 – 58 degree Fahrenheit
Winter in Manaslu starts from December and ends after February. The weather in the winter season is cloudy and in the higher altitude. The temperature during this season drops below freezing points on the trails. The average day temperature winter season range 6-18 degree Celsius. You also get the occasional snowfall during this season. You have to do proper packing to complete the Manaslu trek in Winter.
4. What about the time and distance of the Manaslu round trek?
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a restricted area for trekking destination. Manaslu Circuit Trek begins from Soti Khola and the ending point of the trek is Besisahar. So, the total distance cover during the trek is 160 km. Before, trekking started from Arughat of the Gorkha district which covered 177 km. Besides that, it is around 2 weeks trekking time taken for Manaslu Circuit Trek. You will cover around 15 to 20 km of trekking distance every day. Further, you have to walk around 6 to 7 daily during this trek.
5. How difficult is Manaslu trekking?
Manaslu Trek is one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. It takes you through the remote villages of the Himalayan region. Further, you will be trekking on one of the off-beaten treks in Nepal. Yet, it makes the Manaslu Circuit Trek more adventurous and exciting. Manaslu Circuit trek might happen to be somewhat more difficult than other trekking destinations in Nepal. It is due to high, altitude, cold weather and slippery routes. Besides that, the first few days of the trekking become a little difficult if you are a beginner. As the tedious long walk is challenging, you might have difficulties while trekking too. Further, the highest point of trek tends to be Larkya La Pass which is also one of the dramatic passes in the Himalayas of Nepal. All these factors make Manaslu Circuit trek moderate or difficult trek.
6. What are the trekking routes of Manaslu trekking?
There are different trekking routes for the Manaslu region trekking. Some of them are listed below:
4. Manaslu with Annapurna Round Trek
7. How is the altitude sickness of the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a high altitude trek. The highest altitude of this trek is 5,106 m/16,752 ft, Larkya la pass. Besides that, it is one of the longest passes in the Nepal Himalaya. Crossing this altitude is the biggest challenge. And when you trek to such high altitude, you might also experience altitude sickness. As altitude sickness is common while trekking high altitude, you just need to be careful about your health while trekking. Similarly, there is a risk of altitude sickness in Manaslu Circuit Trek too. You just need to step slowly and enjoy the enchanting environment of the remote Himalayan region.
8. What types of food and drinks available on Manaslu Circut Trek?
As Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remote region trekking destination, you will not find hotels and lodges. Yet, Manaslu Circuit Trek ungraded itself from a camping trek to a tea house trek. So, the teahouse has a menu with a limited variety of food. The most famous and favorite dish is the local cuisine, Dal Bhat. It is a meal consisting of steamed rice, vegetable curry and a bowl of lentil soup. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian are available during this route. But, you can have healthy and organic food and drinks. Besides that, both you can have both hot and cold drinks during this trek.
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9. What is the packing list of the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a high Himalayan trekking destination. So, you must consider about the packing list to ease your journey. You have to walk around 6 to 7 hours each day. But, with proper packing, you can succeed in the different difficulties that might come along the trek. However, while packing you should make sure that you are including all items and gears need while trekking. Also, packing unnecessary items add extra weight in the luggage is needed to be understood by the trekkers. Besides that, you should pack your clothes depending on the season you are trekking in. For further information about the packing list of Manaslu Circuit trek, you can check the Sunrise Adventure Trek site.
10. How much Manaslu Trek package cost?
Whenever you are planning for any trip budget is very important. It can make you very good or bad. Generally, the package cost includes all the bus/flight ticket, permit, lodge accommodation, meals, guide and porter cost. So, the package cost for Manaslu trek depends on the types of service you choose. However, the package cost of Manaslu trek varies from $1200 to $2,000 for an average 2-week trek. You can choose any package according to your budget and interest. Moreover, the Manaslu Circuit Trek cost is similar to the Everest Base Camp Trek Cost.
11. What types of accommodations available on Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Manaslu Circuit Trek is regarded as the tea house trek. Further, during Manaslu trek, trekkers will find various accommodations in a varied location of the area. You will not find a luxurious 4-5 star hotel. But you can stay at luxurious 4-5 star hotels in Kathmandu. The tea houses of Manaslu Trek offer you basic facilities for food and rooms. Moreover, with an increase in the remoteness and altitudes, you may not find wifi and hot shower facilities. Though the rooms are very basic with one or two beds and very little or no extra furniture at all, you don’t have to spend the night at camp while trekking to Manaslu nowadays. However, you had to spend a night at camps before in Manaslu Circuit trek.
12. Is there any age limit for Manaslu Trek?
Basically, there is no age limit for Manaslu trekking. Any physically and mentally fit trekker can join Manaslu trekking. As the trekking routes of Annapurna region are easier with more or less flat lands, any trekkers can enjoy this trekking. However, trekkers only above 10 and 70 years are recommended for trekking in the Himalayan region of Nepal. As below 10-year children and above 70 years are not considered to be physically and mentally fit. So, doing a Manaslu trek depends on people’s interests and physical & mental fitness.
13. Are there ATM and money exchange available on Manaslu trek?
Having a national currency is really important for international tourists in Nepal. Likewise, while you are trekking to remote destinations of Nepal like Manaslu you will need Nepalese currency to exchange goods and services. Yet, there are no ATMs and money exchange found in the Manaslu Circuit trekking route. So, it is clear that you have to draw enough cash from Kathmandu before trekking starts. There are many ATMs and money exchange in these cities. Also, we recommend you to take Nepali rupee while trekking as everything you do is in Nepali rupees. So, carrying enough Nepali currency before you set off for the trek is best for you.
14. Is drinking water and beverage available during Manaslu trek?
If you are worried about the availability of drinking water and beverage during Manaslu Circuit Trek, then you don’t need to worry. Both drinking water and beverage are available during Manaslu Circuit Trek routes. You can buy a drinking water bottle on the way or use tap water with purification tablets. Moreover, you can ask for boiled water in the tea houses. The cost of water bottles and boiled are a little similar in the trekking routes. Further, compared to city areas, you will find cleaned and drinkable water in the mountain areas of Nepal. Yet, taking a water purification tablet or drop ensures clean drinking water.
Similarly, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available in the tea house of Manaslu Circuit trekking routes. The cost of a beverage depends on the tea house. But, even during your trek to the lower altitude of Manaslu, you get bottled water in ever tea house which will cost around NRS 200 and in higher it will cost NRS 300 to 400.
15. How about tips to guide and porters during the Manaslu circuit trail?
Tipping is not so common in Nepal. Yet, when it comes to guides and porter, travelers prefer giving it for their hard work. Manaslu circuit trail with the guide and porter is a most enjoyable and comfortable way of trekking. So, giving tips to guide and porter is taken as a token of love as a gesture of pleasure from travelers as per their service. Basically, on the basis of happiness and service while trekking tipping of guide and porters are decided. So, tips are not mandatory and nobody can force you to tip. But, we normally recommend you tip guide and porter about 10% of your tour cost. Or, you can tip around $10 per day per person.
16. How are guides and porters on Manaslu Round Trek?
Every traveler knows that guides and porters are the keys to success while trekking in Nepal. Also, Manaslu being a restricted area, you need to have a guide with you to trek to the Manaslu region. You cannot trek to this region without a guide. Moreover, your guide cannot be anyone; s/he should be a trekking guide with a license. Yet, the guide and porter are managed by your trekking guide. Sunrise Adventure trek provides all well trained and experienced with friendly and helpful nature guides and porters.
17. What about travel insurance for Manaslu trek?
A traveler seeking adventures in the Himalayas in Nepal? You will experience the best adventure and thrilling while trekking in Nepal. But, whether you are an adventure seekers traveler or not you need travel insurance. We recommend you to get travel insurance before starting your trip. Travel insurance not only saves your life from danger but it also saves your bank account. Mostly, trekking agencies ensure their all guide and porter. Yet, your travel insurance is taken care of by yourself- you can either fly with travel insurance from your home town or you can buy insurance in Kathmandu. Similarly, all the team guides and porter from Sunrise Adventure Trek have their good travel insurance and make your trip awesome. And the travel insurance of clients is managed by themselves.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most adventurous trekking in the remote Himalayan region of Nepal. Offering the most precious and memorable moments, Manaslu trekking can be the best journey of your life. Exploring the epic scenery and striking Himalayan pass is the highlight of the trek. Similarly, trekking through remote and off-beaten trail encountering with folk people and their ancient culture is a wonderful experience. Offering organic delicious food and drinks. Basic tea house facilities with wonderful snowcapped mountains, this trek gives way more beautiful experience than you have ever thought.
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