Manaslu Circuit is one of the most popular and adventurous trekking trails in Nepal.
Manaslu Circuit trekking trails offer the opportunity to observe rich cultural heritage, biodiversity, stunning beauty awe-inspiring peaks, and incredible looking green landscape views of the Manaslu region, also preserved as Manaslu Preservation Zone.
Established in 1998, Manaslu Preservation Zone covers an area of 1663 sq. km and lies in the northern part of the Gorkha district whereas the altitude variation is from 600 m to 8156 m.
The view of beautiful peaks like Ngadi, Chuli and Buddha Himal can be seen to and fro the Manaslu circuit trek trail. Additionally, the scenic view of the spectacular landscapes aids in adding the beauty of this region.
Wildflowers and rhododendron forests are the main vegetation found here. The region is blessed with beautiful sceneries, majestic Himalayan ranges with ten mountains above 6500 m, high elevation glacier lakes, and rich biological and cultural diversity.
Several ancient Buddhist monasteries like Shringi, Mu and Rachen gompas are in this region which thus getting most of the Tibetan Buddhist followers.
As of now, many teahouses are built on the trails for the convenience of travelers. The popular valley Nupri has been providing trekkers with teahouse facilities in recent days. Apart from teahouses, one can also experience camping here in the peaceful surrounding.
You can also combine a popular valley - Tsum valley which gives you more adventure on one single trip saving time and budget.
You can even have an amazing and memorable experience of Homestay tours in this region. Far from commercialization and modernization, this region is often less traveled & the direct influence of Tibetan culture can be experienced here in terms of lifestyle, language, food, habit, and tradition.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights
- The main attraction is the magnificent views of Mount Manaslu (8063 meters)
- Is among Nepal's most extensive treks, but peaceful and relaxed in comparison to some of the country's busier trekking trails.
- Navigate the off-beaten and tranquil trekking trails of the trek.
- Explore the Manaslu region's lesser-known and secret valleys.
- Explore the Tibetan border on the northern side of the Manaslu region.
- Breathtaking views from Larkya La Pass (5135 meters), countless cascades, and tumbling water of the Budhi Gandaki.
- Captivating views of Himal ranges and Annapurna mountains including Mt. Manaslu, Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Ganesh Himal, and Larkye Peak.
- The astounding Buddhist culture of the Manaslu region, which also introduces you to several monasteries, nunneries, chortens, and unique Buddhist traditions.
- Frozen lakes and thundering waterfalls.
- Mu Gompa (3700 meters) and Rachen Gompa (3240 meters)
- Numerous side trips are available, including trips to Gumpa Langtang, Ganesh Himal Base Camp, Kal Tal, the Tibetan border, Pungen Gumpa, and Manaslu Base Camp.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Route
We will drive from Kathmandu to reach Arughat - a road trip and our actual trekking start from Arughat. Next, we will head towards Sundi Khola and then trek to Maccha Khola (river) enjoying the beauty of nature, walking along the riverside to reach Jagat and then Deng.
In Deng, we get the amazing views of Sringi Himal and continue hiking towards the way of Ganesh Himal crossing the river at Gata Khola. At Dhap, our trial could be a bit of change due to climate.
Next, we head towards the Lho village, then Sama Gaun, then Larkya Lodge from there you will feel surrounded by the magical mountains. You can get some amazing views of Mount Manaslu from here. Next, we continue towards Tanbuche from where we can see the beautiful Larkya Glaciers with the amazing views of Cho Danda, Larkya Peak, and many others.
Next, we will walk downhill to Karche, Bagarchhap, Chame, and then to Pisang, where you can see the magical sunrise view over the Lamjung Himal.
Then we will walk towards the Manang Village. It is one of the most beautiful villages in Nepal with the view of Tilicho peak then we trek to Thorung Phedi, Muktinath, and Jomsom and fly to Pokhara then fly to Kathmandu.
Best Season for Manaslu Circuit
You can do the Manaslu Circuit trek all the seasons of the year. However, many trekkers and travelers mostly prefer the Autumn and spring season for trekking in Himalayan areas because the weather in these two seasons is very pleasant and nature also blooms with their beauty.
But if you are a snow lover then Winter is the perfect season to do trekking in the Himalayan as it offers the glorious views of mountains covered with white shining snow and the beautiful trails covered with snow.
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Manslu Circuit Trek Difficulty
Manaslu circuit trek is a perfect trekking destination for adventure and pure nature view. This trek is a moderately difficult trek to do. This is also known as one of the challenging trekking destinations of Nepal. Although its difficulty level differs depending on numerous factors such as your age, trekking routines, physical fitness, the itinerary you select, and the weather of the season you are trekking in.
These factors determine whether the trek will be easier or challenging hence, you are required to have a certain level of physical fitness because it plays a major role to complete this journey.
Manaslu circuit trek will take you through the amazing remote villages of the Himalayan area with some unique off-beaten trekking trails. This trekking offers you an amazing view of Mt. Manaslu the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8163m.
Manaslu region is one of the restricted areas of Nepal, which means you definitely need permits to explore this Himalayan region.
Manaslu Restricted Permit
The Manaslu restricted permit cost USD 70.00 for the first seven days and for an additional USD 10.00 per day for other days.
Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)
The Entry fee for SAARC Nationals is NPR 200 per person and NPR 2,000 per person for the other Nationals.
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
You will be entering the Annapurna Conversation Area, so you will need ACAP permit as well. Nrs.3000 per person for Foreign national and Nrs. 1500 per person for SAARC countries.
Trekking in the Himalayan area requires all the necessary preparations because high mountain areas are not the place where we can visit casually as many serious sicknesses can happen unexpectedly.
And travel insurance is also a major part of your adventure trip before started. Travel insurance with helicopter evacuation is essential for all trekkers. Mountain trekking insurance has now become accessible from different travel insurance agencies all over the world.
Please make sure your travel policy covers potential hazards before heading to the Himalayan area. Before embarking on a mountain walk, notify your insurance provider and the embassy of your home country.
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