Manaslu Circuit Trekking Insight for Trek Enthusiasts

  • Mandipa Itani
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Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the off-beaten and adventurous classic treks to the remote and untouched region of Nepal. The gorgeous views of the mountain scenery beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, glacier lakes and the forest it offers. The trekkers who have already been here considering the Manaslu trek among the best treks in Nepal. Through it is quite underrated compared to the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp; it offers similar alluring views as this trek gives you.

Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you through the remote and the off-beaten paths compared to the other teahouses treks in Nepal. Walking around the Mt Manaslu-the world eighth highest mountain is the major highlights of the trek.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking route is the old trekking route as it was just introduced and opened for the visitors in 1992, but in very short periods of time, it gains popularity due to its natural scenery, remoteness views, age-old culture, art and tradition, it's untouched and unseen beauty, and its exclusiveness.

The trek revolves along the border of the Nepal and Tibet; it means you will experience the high-influence Tibetan and the Buddhist culture and lifestyles. The paths take you through the beautiful blooms rhododendrons covered forest of alpine woods, birch and oak.

The beautiful 16 days Manaslu Circuit Trekking takes you the 8th highest peaks in the world, offer you all views you are seeking in the trek like both Hindus and busiest culture, wildlife views, fast-flowing rivers, suspension bridges, alluring mountain scenery, unseen Himalayan flora and fauna, walking through the rich natural beauty, diverse topography, the trek also offers you a bit up and down walk experience.

Around the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will walk through the less-crowded trial of The Nepalese Himalayas around the world iconic snow-capped peaks, ethic cultural villages mixed with the different community’s people, who will heartily welcome you.

Starting with the adventure drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola or Arughat in Gorkha District- one of the historically significant districts of Nepal, walking through the many suspension bridges collecting the beautiful memories, crossing the larky La Pass- the vantage and the attractive viewpoint of the trek which offers the breathtaking views of the surrounding snowy peaks of Manaslu region, Ganesh region and Langtang Region, give you the lasting memory of nature, culture and adventure at the same times. While walking through the Manaslu Conservation Area ,which protects the largest varieties of wildlife and the vegetation of the Himalayan conservation area of Nepal.

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Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Major Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trekking

•                  Adventurous drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola

•                  Alluring views of the high snowy peaks of the world including Mt Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Mt Annapurna Ii and many more.

•                  Walking through the Budhi Gandaki River gorge.

•                  Attracting natural scenery and diverse topography views

•                  Breathtaking Himalayan flora and fauna

•                  Unique Hindus and Buddhists culture

Trek facts

•                  Trekking destination: Nepal

•                  Treks:  Manaslu Circuit Trekking

•                  Trekking region: Manaslu region

•                  Trek difficulty: Challenging

•                  Accommodation: hotel/ lodge/ Teahouse during the trek

•                  Total distance covered: 177km

•                  Starting and ending point: Kathmandu

•                  Trek duration: 16 days

•                  Maximum Elevation: Larkya La Pass (5160 meters)

•                  Meal included: all three times meal (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek

•                  Best season: Spring season (March, April, May) and Autumn Season (September, October, November)

•                  Walking per day: Approx. 4-6 hours


Outline itinerary of Manaslu Circuit Trekking

•                  Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu.

•                  Day 02: free day to explore around and shop on your own.

•                  Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola

•                  Day 04: Hike to Machhakhola

•                  Day 05: Machhakhola to Jagat

•                  Day 06: Trek to Deng

•                  Day 07: Deng to Namrung

•                  Day 08: Hike to Samagaon.

•                  Day 09: Rest and acclimatization day.

•                  Day 10: Trek to Samdo.

•                  Day 11: Hike to Dharamsala/Larke Base Camp.

•                  Day 14: Trek to Larkya Pass (5,160m) and to Bimthang.

•                  Day 13:  Trek to Dharapani

•                  Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu.

•                  Day 15: Kathmandu leisure day/farewell dinner.

•                  Day 16: Departure.

Life at Manaslu Circuit Trek

The top attraction of Manaslu Circuit Trekking is:

One of the off-beaten path trekking

Trekking to the remote and the off-beaten less crowded trekking trail is the major attraction of the Manaslu Circuit Trekking. The one who want to be far from the hustling and bustle life of the city for the few days then this adventurous journey is for them after Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base camp Trekking. Adding the cultured flavor by the Tsum valley and another traditional valley of the Manaslu region, the region is mainly covered by the Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition. Walking through the untouched by modern technology and unseen paths you have many more to share with your friends and relatives. You will collect the different experience than that of the Everest region, Annapurna and Langtang region for it peaceful trekking routes, beautiful natural scenery, naïve peoples. If you are camping lover then this is the best hiking and trekking destination for you in Nepal.

Manaslu Conservation Area

Walking through the Manaslu Conservation area is the attraction of the trek, which gives the trekkers a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy the rare plants and animals found in this conservation area. Manaslu Conservation Area has been established to protect the rare species of the wildlife and the vegetation to help to balance the environments. The beautiful views of the flora and fauna found in the Himalayan conservation area are the breathtaking experience you will collect during the trek. It preserved 33 species of mammals, 110 species of birds, 3 species of reptiles, around 2000 species of the flowering plants and much wilder flora and fauna. If you are lucky you will also get to see some rare animal of the region like Snow-leopard, Mush deer, Red Panda and Himalayan that.

This region also protects 19 different types of forest occupied by the many blooms flowing plants. Himalayan pine and the rhododendrons including the many herbal plants are also found here. To enjoy every natural beauty of this region, then Manaslu circuit trek during the spring season is best for you to enjoy the colorful flowers of different species of plants.

Beautiful culture and religious trek

Manaslu Circuit trekking routes makes its way through the many beautiful settlements areas like Arughat, Jagat, Bimthang, Dharamsala, Tsum and many more other scattered villages on the hills, these places are truly exceptional, and you will definitely going to fall for the unique culture and with the locals. The warm heartily welcomed by the people, their warm hospitality. 

 You will see the many Gurung community people are engaged in foreign employment due to lack of good employment and infrastructure facilities but after the government gave the trekking permits in the Manaslu region, many visitors find it attractive. You will see many trekkers and porter are naïve from the region.

Some people here are completely unknown about the outside places like Bhotias, they are the permanent dwellers of the Tsum Valley who are completely distant from the modern world. Here you will know many more about the Age-old occupation, culture, dressing and many more. The Gurung and the Sherpa people of the region are also highly influenced by the Tibetan Buddhist culture and religions. Exploring the villages houses chores, Mani walls, ancient Buddhist monasteries which reflect the original Tibetan and Buddhist culture and tradition, you will also get to see the major monasteries of the region including Rachen Nunnery, Mu Monasteries and a few others.  Exploring the sacred Buddhist shrines Pirren Phu add color to your experience.

Adventurous trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an adventurous trip to the Base camp of the world eighth-highest mountains Mt Manaslu. Not only to the base camp but also you can reach to its summits by managing the required process with the concerned authority. Around1100 people have already reached to its summit. Hiking to the final destination Manaslu base camp at the height of 4800 meters, you will see the alluring vies of the Manaslu valley and the snow-capped mountains including Himlung Himal, Kanguru Siringi, Himchuli, Ngadi, Gnash Himal, Annapurna II and other surrounding snowy-peaks with the incredible beauty in the sparkling sun rays. Birendra Lake is also the major attraction of the region which is extended in an area around three-square kilometres at the Mnaalus Glacier; offer you the free scenery of nature. Hiking to the Pungyen Gompa to enjoy the gorgeous mountain views, the Manaslu circuit Trek is really worthy to trek.

Safe trekking journey

The safe trekking trail is another major attraction of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. through the trek is less crowded but you will be trekking to the off-beaten and one of the remote corner of the country but nothing to worry about this, you just need to be physically and mentally fit and fine. While crossing through the Larkya La Pass- the attractive as well as the challenging pass in the high Himalayan which requires great care and the safety to cross through during the winter season. Altitude sickness is common while trekking in the high altitude so you just need to take precautions on food items, walking spend and hours in a day for your doctor; don't forget to carry your own first aid kids. Manaslu Circuit trekking is the tea house trekking, so you don't need to worry about overnight resting, you don't need to carry the capping trekking gear as you don't need to spend the nights in the tented camp at the high altitude because it's quite challenging theirs. There are no or fewer chances of the natural disaster like avalanche, blizzard or the glacier slides during the Manaslu Circuit Trek.


Side arrangement-Manaslu Circuit

Frequently asked a question about the Manaslu Circuit trek!

Can I trek Manaslu Circuit Trekking solo?

 Well to be the straight forward for this question, no, you cannot trek Manaslu Circuit trek alone. According to the government here, you should be at least two to trek in this region. The region is quite remote and off-beaten, so you also need the licensed guide to embark the Manaslu Circuit trek.

An experienced guide will help you to show the right direction, so no chance of getting lost; they are also very helpful during the emergencies. The 16 days Manaslu Circuit is quite long if you are the first time trekkers, so hiring a porter can help you a lot to carry the baggage for you. You can enjoy the long walk without worrying about your heavy burden.

How can I Prepare for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Trekking Manaslu Circuit means you are trekking to the remote and the off-beaten corner of the country so you should first prepare physically, working on your stamina. You need to world around 6-8 hours per day through up and down, rough terrains. You can increase your stamina by walking around 1 month up hills and down hills for 4 hours per day, by doing other cardiovascular exercises like cycling, swimming, going for the short hikes, you can even exercise by climbing your stairs.

If you practice these then there are fewer chances of getting the altitude sickness and other problems and you can enjoy more without worry which will be very worthwhile.

Where are the starting and the Ending point of the Trek?

The Manaslu circuit trek starts with a drive around 8 to 9 hours from Kathmandu to Soti Khola or Arughat and ends with a drive around 6 to 7 hours to Kathmandu from Beshishar on a local bus or a private jeep.

To enjoy a safe and comfortable journey, a private jeep is the better option than the bus, as the local bus here takes longer times.

Do I need a permit to trek to Manaslu?

Yes, you need the special permission to trek in the Manaslu as the Manaslu Circuit Trekking route is in a remote and the restricted area that remains protected under the Manaslu conservation plan.

The permits you need to trek Manaslu Circuit Trek are:

•                  Restricted Area permit

•                  Manaslu Conservation Area project Permit (MCAP)

•                  Annapurna Conservation Area Project permits (ACAP)

 In the peak season like March, April, May, September, October, and November the cost of the permits is higher during this times compared to the other season, so if you want to avoid the high cost you can trek it another season.

 Since you get the permit you don't need to get the TIMS card to trek Manaslu Circuit trek.

What should I need to pack for the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

It is one of the tricky questions that cross to every mind of the trekkers, what to carry and they always get confused about the stuff they need to pack. So before backing the things you need to be clear about some things, like when you are trekking? It means which season you chose to trek, how long you are going to trek? Check the weather condition to trek and pack accordingly.

 Don't carry the things that are not necessary while trekking like Laptop and other fancy clothes, cause something carries too less or too more can give you the had time and bad experience during the trek.

Remember to check your things twice while packing; you can also arrange all the trekking gears and equipment after you are arrival at Kathmandu.

Remember the weight of your luggage should just range between 15 to 20 kg, for both you and your porter.

Is it possible to customize your trek?

Of course yes, we will arrange your Manaslu circuit trek as per your needs and requirements. You will help you to plan your trips that fit your budget and vacation, from the cost to numbers and the days so don't worry about this.

Things to know more about the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Book before going

No booking in some peak season you might end up cold. It does not matter where you book your room in the other offseason like summer and winter cause the trail is less crowded so you can easily get the room and other facilities, but during the peak season the trail is pretty much crowded and finding a good lodge can pose to be a big problem, so smart move of booking the room early can make your trip comfortable and beautiful. You can talk with the owner of the play you want to stay a day earlier or you can also ask your agency help in this cause they have well knowledge about this.

In the high altitude, there is a lack of the lodges so if you don't book your room here early you have to spend overnight in the tents.

Not a solo trek

These trekking regions of Nepal doesn't allow to trek solo, as this region is the restricted region so the government of Nepal had said at least two people should be in a group. In another hand, there are not many trekkers and have the few less crowded routes so it is advised to take someone along to help and guide you.

Taking a professional guide with you to help you in a lot like guiding the direction, give you information about the villages and the mountains are seen from the place.

Trekking the Manaslu circuit trek is really worthy for the adventure and culture lover, everything around gives you the different memories and experience. Do more inquiries about the region here:





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