Gaining its popularity as the off-beaten trekking route, the Manalsu Circuit Trek is a surreal journey that offers magnificent views of the Himalayan Vista, aged old heritage, culture, ancient monasteries, deep gorges, caves, and many more.
Walking in the less crowded route with the stunning views of the Himalayan vista, the unspoiled culture, and the heritage of the region is the major point of attraction.
The journey is in the northern part of the Gorkha district. For trekking in this region, you need to have a restricted area permit. Solo trekking isn't allowed, you need to be at least two including a Nepalese guide or porter.
Walking through the dense forest covered with the blooms rhododendrons, crossing the small and scattered villages of Gurung, Magar, and Tharu communities, collecting some thrilling experiences, hiking Larkye la pass for the dramatic views of the surrounding, walking on the steep slope of the mountains in the altitude, enjoy the breathtaking views of Mt Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, and Annapurna II.
The region is both culturally as well as naturally rich, with the diverse culture and religion that several different ethnic group people live in this area, offer magnificent views of the snowy mountains. During the journey, you will also trek in the Manaslu Conservation area which protects Himalayan flora and fauna, including snow-leopard, Musk deer, red panda, brown bear, and so on.
The area is untouched by modernization and their daily lives are much more similar to their old days. Manaslu trekking gives you many more things to learn. Manaslu region shows respect to the local culture and tradition via the presence of monasteries and spinning prayer wheels.
After discussing the region and the people now we are heading towards the main reason why you should do Manaslu Circuit trek? now, let's discuss the top 7 reasons to do the Manaslu circuit trek:
Top 7 reasons to Trek Manaslu Circuit Trekking
Back until the year of 1991, the Manalsu region was not opened to unfamiliar guests for trekking and exploring. Presently, the area has a separate path as known as a restricted trekking zone which means no one can enter the Manaslu District without special trekking permits. To trek in the Manalsu region, it is compulsory to have a special restricted permit. Solo trekking in this region is prohibited, you need to be two or more than that, where a Nepalese guide and/or a porter should be included. Though it's quite remote, the experience you collect, the view you explore, and the rejoicing are incomparable to any other trekking journeys, the aged old un-spoiled culture, norms, and beliefs, knowing more about the locals are flawless.
Breathtaking mountains views
During the journey to the Manaslu region, one can see the panoramic views of Himalchuli, Mt Manaslu, Annapurna Region, and many other surrounding snowy-peaks, unique and beautiful landscapes, beautiful Himalayan flora and fauna with the unique ethnic culture of the locals, with high influence of Tibetan and Buddhist, make your walk memorable.
The region is also known as the home of the world's 8th highest mountain Mt Manaslu, besides this the stunning views of the gigantic mountains including Cheo Himal, Himlung Hilam, Nanjing, Kang guru.
You will also cross the attractive as well as a challenging pass of the region known as Larky La Pass- famous for the panoramic views of the surrounding.
Larky La Pass-the most attractive as well as the challenging pass of the trek and also it is one of the highest mountain passes in the country. Hiking this pass is hardcore, but after completing the tiring walk, the views from the top blow all your tiredness and take it into the view in front of your eyes. From the top, you can see the magnificent views of Mt Manaslu, beautiful views of the Tibetan border as well as incredible views of Annapurna ranges.
Numerious gompas and monastreis
During the journey, you will see the presence of the several monasteries and Gompas, exploring here gives you a different level of peace, the chanting of the monks makes your day beautiful, you will also see several stupas.
They are aged old, rough, and reflect the spiritual aspects of the Manaslu region so exploring these places helps you to know more about the region, their history, and many more.
Less busy route
Manaslu circuit trek is one of the less traveled and less popular trekking routes compared to the Everest and Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This trekking destination is much more suitable for those who want to be far from the hustling and bustling life of the city and seeking an adventurous and peaceful journey in the countryside. The isolated village gives you a glimpse of unique culture and tradition, less number of travelers throughout the years, however, October is the busiest season for the adventure trekker, you will encounter gorgeous views of the snow-capped mountains, pleasant weather, charming Himalayan villages. This region offers both challenging and the beautiful journey, so it is best for those who want to experience an adventurous journey
During the Manalsu Circuit Journey, a side trip to Tsum Valley can as well be included. The journey passing through the semi-tropical region to the white snow-capped mountains. Walking through the dense forest covered with the blooms rhododendrons, through the desertification landscapes, you will reach the remote and isolated valley–Tsum valley. Exploring this valley gives you more knowledge about the local people, their lifestyle, culture, and tradition, and also the chance to encounter the prayer wall, monasteries, gompas and offer breathtaking views of the surrounding snowy peaks. The journey to the Tsum valley is very rewarding and insightful.
High altitude lakes
Manaslu Circuit Trek is naturally rich with freshwater lakes at a high altitude (3500 meters). Birendra Tal is one of these lakes, which is also the major attraction of the Manaslu trek, located in the Manaslu Glacier. Here you can see some rare birds and aquatic animals like the migratory duck which is the very rare species found in this region. The other famous and attractive lake of the Manaslu circuit is Phunkar, Kalmachum, and few others.
How difficult is Manaslu Circuit Trek?
In terms of Trekking difficulty, the Manalsu Circuit trek ranges from moderate to Strenuous trek, with some previous trekking experience one can easily complete Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Doing some exercise before trekking can help you a lot to succeed in your trek. With proper packing, including the necessary gears per the varying season.
Journey to the remote region of the country, you should be comfortable walking 6-8 hours per day at a high altitude with a comfortable daypack. Remember walking at a higher altitude is more challenging and difficult than walking in the lower elevation.
When to Trek Manaslu Circuit?
The best time for Manalsu Circuit Trekking is during Spring (March to May) and the Autumn season from (September to November). During this time, the weather is very pleasant, offers clear views of the snowy peaks with fewer chances of rainfall. The Spring season offers beautiful floras covering the dense forest, offer a magical trekking experience. Less chance of natural disaster and favorable.
Winter (December to February) and summer season (June to July) are less preferred times for the Manalsu Circuit Trek. Because the path in the high altitude is blocked by the snow level. Larkya La Pass is also dangerous to hike.
Can I Trek solo?
Well, you cannot trek Manaslu Circuit trek solo. According to the Nepal government, there should be at least two trekkers to trek in this region, including a guide or a porter.
Manalsu region is closed to the visitor till 1992 and after that, the region was opened but you should have a restricted permit to trek. taking a professional guide with you will trekking in Manaslu Circuit trek will help you in finding the route, they are very helpful during emergencies.
You can also hire a porter, they will help you to carry the luggage for you. Taking porter with you will help you to enjoy the long walk without a heavy burden.
Can I customize my trip?
Yes, definitely! The Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary can be customized per your needs and requirements. From the costs to the number of days to sightseeing, we can help you plan your trips that fit your budget and convenience.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek is for adventure seekers who want to wander the quiet area that's less heard and less explored. Trekking to the unexplored and untouched beauty of the Manaslu region is best for those who want to enjoy the peaceful trekking experience.
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