Nepal has so much to offer, from cultural tours to UNESCO sites, wildlife jungle safaris, sunrise viewpoints, and many trekking destinations. If we were to refine our search based on popularity and less crowded, Manaslu Circuit Trek tops the search list. Manaslu Circuit Trek is a unique destination where you can hike and enjoy the views of the surroundings and mountains. The trail is inclined to a quieter surrounding, with mules, kids, and local villagers.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek lies in the Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA), a protected area in Nepal. The area spreads over 1,663 sq. km and is home to many plants, mammals, and endangered animals. To number a few, there are about 2,000 species of plants, 201 types of birds, and 11 types of butterflies. On your way, you might come across some wild animals like Musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan serow, golden eagle, snow partridge, and many others.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek (15 days) is an excellent choice. If you are someone who wants to experience the true beauty of Nepal and learn about the Buddhist culture and traditions, Manaslu Circuit Trek will be the best option for you.
Highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek
- Enjoy the spectacular vistas of the Manaslu, a Himalayan giant from different trek points, and a high-altitude pass of Larkya La (5106 meters).
- Awe-inspiring views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II.
- Explore the villages of Namrung and Samagaon, serving as excellent vantage points.
- High suspension bridges and prayer flags along the way.
- Walk on the off-beaten trails across the banks of Soti Khola and Machha Khola.
- Immerse your spiritual self in the region’s most well-known monastery, Ribung Gompa. Located in the trailside village of Lho Gaun. You’ll discover a colorful collection of religious artwork.
- One of the lesser explored trails on the Tibetan side explores Western Nepal’s beauty in Gorkha and the prevalent Tibetan culture, lifestyle, and way of living.
- A part of the Great Himalayan Trail in Nepal, the trek offers everything that presents you with challenges and fun and rewards you in its way.
Is the Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficult?
We consider the Manaslu Circuit Trek one of the more strenuous packages the Nepal Hiking Team offers. This is due to the fact that the maximum elevation of this trek is 5,106 meters. At this elevated ground, the air becomes thinner, eventually affecting the physical exertion while hiking. Altitude sickness is of serious concern and should not be neglected.
Safe precautions should be followed while trekking in this region. Some of the ways are,
- Monitoring blood oxygen level
- Staying Hydrated
- Sleeping well at night
- Maintaining a healthy balanced diet.
Our trekking guides are licensed and trained properly for the treks. For safety procedures, they’ll check your blood oxygen level every day and keep it monitored. If your body shows any symptoms, you’ll be immediately given medicines or guided to a lower elevated area. In extreme cases, an emergency helicopter will evacuate you to a proper medical facility.
We recommend you to exercise regularly and train your body to withstand the difficult pressure of this trek. You can add HIIT, running, walking, jogging, and rock climbing to your everyday routine to help you keep fit.
Best Time of Year for the Manaslu Circuit Trek
The best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek would be from March-May and September- November. Most travelers prefer trekking during these months due to the favorable weather.
The first option is to trek during the spring, which runs from March to May. You’ll benefit from pleasant hiking weather and good views; Manaslu itself is especially impressive at this time of year, still cloaked in the snows of winter. Springtime also brings rhododendron blooms to the forested hillsides, transforming the trek into a photographer’s delight. A second option is to undertake the Manaslu Trek between September and November during autumn.
Is this Trek Right for Me?
The Manaslu Circuit Trek begins at the town of Machha Khola, which is only accessible by road. This means you won’t have to worry about costly internal flights and get a unique glimpse of Nepal’s countryside during the drive from Kathmandu. Once you get started, you’ll quickly discover that this trek is also very much off the beaten path: the region was first opened to tourism as recently as 1991. While you’re sure to see at least a few other trekkers, there’s a real sense of exploring the Himalayas as they have existed since immemorial.
We’ve carefully developed here at Nepal Hiking Team that your route on the Manaslu Trek is not a loop. This makes you feel new and exciting every day because you’re never obliged to retrace your steps. This is a truly grand adventure, following an old trading route through the remote Himalayas alongside the winding watercourse of the Budhi Gandaki River. If this sounds like your cup of tea, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today!