Manaslu Circuit Trek is fresh, heavenly and pristine. Located in the central north region of Nepal, this region is considered one of the most satisfying trekking destinations. It takes you close to Mount Manaslu (8155m) where you can experience the Himalayan tranquility.
Manaslu circuit often gets overshadowed by other trekking routes but is now being considered as an underrated trekking route of Nepal and the number of people trekking the region is increasing each season. Unlike Annapurna and Everest, Manaslu is lesser known and is ideal to avoid crowded trails.
The stunning landscapes, the colorful forests and fierce rivers make the trek more adventurous. Although Manaslu trek is remote but it so fulfilling that you’ll probably feel like extending your stay in some of the stops as you start the trek, and if you not you might very well regret not doing it.
Total Walking Distance: ~140 Kilometers
Permits Required: Restricted Area Permit, ACAP, MCAP
Best Season: March – April | Sept – Dec
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Why you should go to Manaslu?
- Exceptional landscape
- A diverse community
- Wildlife Experience
- Less crowdy compared to other trekking trails
- Remote cultural villages, and of course
Avoid two things.
- Heavy Snow (Dec-Feb) and
- Heavy Rainfall (May-Aug).
Any other time of the year is good to go.
If you are starting from Kathmandu, it will take you around 7 hours of drive to get to Arughat, which is the starting point of the trek. This is probably the last point where you can get facilities like ATMs, basic trekking gear shops (poles, gloves, hats, batteries).
Make sure if you want to take another bumpy ride to Soti Khola which will take around 45 minutes. You can also hike to Soti Khola after which the real trek begins.
Last Minute Tips?
- Consider booking rooms at lodges, you cannot be sure to get rooms if you don’t book it early.
- Carry water purifier for drinking water.
- Headlamps can come in handy because if it gets late to reach a certain destination you’ll have to navigate which can get tricky.
- Start your trek as early as possible in the morning. Normally people should hit the trail around 5 in the morning below 4000m.
- Above 4000m, please consult a guide or locals and check for wind. Several hilltops and walkthrough ridges get strong winds which can be dangerous.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary
|1||Soti Khola (Drive From Kathmandu)||700m||8 Hrs|
|2||Machha Khola||800m||7 Hrs|
|7||Rest Day in Samagaon||Spend entire day in Samagaon|
|10||Lyarka la > Bhimtang||3710||7 Hrs|
|13||Kathmandu via Beshisahar (Drive)||8 Hrs|
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