One of the trending remote trekking of Nepal Himalaya, Manaslu circuit trekking can be in ideal national parks trek in Nepal. If you are looking for a remote destination into the Nepal Himalaya, Manaslu circuit trekking can fulfill the experience of mountains, tracking, nature, jungle, wildlife, harps, wildflowers, culture, tradition and the beautiful landscape close to Tibetan border.
In comparison to many other destinations of Nepal Himalaya Manaslu trek is liked by many trekkers because of two major reasons. Firstly, this is a circuit trek and takes you over the high pass of Larkey La. Secondly, it is a remote destination and restricted region of Nepal Himalaya. Saying that you need to buy a special trekking permit for Manaslu circuit.
Manaslu circuit trekking starts as low as on the Annapurna circuit trek. At some point of the trek you will meet famous Annapurna circuit trail at Dharapani.
Starting trek at the low altitude and trekking over 5,160 M above the sea level gives you stunning landscape and vivid geographical identity of Nepal Himalaya. If you are an adventurer, you will be able to climb many peaks around the reason. The famous peak climbing of manaslu is larky peak. However manaslu expedition itself is very famous thing to do in this reason. Samdo peak is also another famous climbing peak in the region. You can also climb Nikey peak.
There are numerous villages along the Manaslu trail. trekkers has to pass through many villages and small urban settlement, suburbs with small shops, restaurant and lodges. Among all the settlements we will pass along the route the village of samagaun. Samagaun village is one of the famous destination. Samagaun is a famous destination because it is close to mount Manaslu.
For expedition to the top of mount manaslu, people start from Sama village. From this village of samagaun, you have access to go to three different sightseeing points. Trekkers can go to a famous monastery, to a local Yak grazing field, to Manaslu base camp. Also, from this village you can hike to a famous glacial lake.
Birendra lake is one of the famous side hike destination for anyone who are in the trekking of monastery circuit. Most of the Manaslu circuit trekking itinerary has one day acclimatization hike to birendra lake or Manaslu base camp. Manaslu base camp hike also includes Birendra lake hike.
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How to prepare for Manaslu circuit trekking ?
To prepare for Manaslu circuit trekking, you can start walking, running, gym, dance, cycling, climbing or any sorts of cardio exercise. Yoga can be alternative of all the cardio exercises. Yoga helps for the preparation of Manaslu circuit trekking However all of above mentioned ideas will help for any of the trekking in Nepal.
For the gears, you can prepare yourself for temperature around 2 degrees Celsius. In the places close to the high passes you have to sleep very close to the mountain across the glacier. Because of this exposure close to the snow in the mountains, we need to be prepared for the cold temperature. However, walking during the day from one destination to another destination will not be as cold as in the guest house. But if you are trekking in the winter even the day temperature might not be above 0° Celsius.
You can ask to your trekking company in Nepal for any kind of information on the trekking preparation. Because, what time of the year you are traveling; will govern the difference in the temperature and the gears you have to bring with you. Your trekking company in Nepal will be able to give any of the information you might need before planning for Manaslu circuit trekking in Nepal. Manaslu circuit trekking very similar to Annapurna circuit trekking from many prospect. Except the motorable road.
What is the accommodation like during Manaslu circuit trekking?
During the trekking you’ll be staying inside the tea house. It will be inside the house for all the time. There is no more tent accommodation. But if you are trekking in the high season which are September, October, march and April; you might have to sleep in the tent or you might prefer to sleep in the tent in one of the destination which is close to glacier, as explained above. That’s at Dharmashala.
However, in the lower altitude of Manaslu circuit trekking, you will be staying in the warm accommodation and moderately comfortable beds. But one thing is for sure there will be no indoor heating in any of the hotels you will be staying. However it will be as warm as above 15 to 25° C inside the room. The outside temperature governs the inside temperature. So it’s always smart to check what time of the year you are traveling and talk with your trekking company in Nepal.
Comparing Manaslu circuit trek with other few treks in Nepal
If you compare Manaslu circuit trek with round Annapurna trek, both of them are very similar from the landscape perspective and as well as temperature, difficulty. The difference in between around Annapurna trek and Manaslu circuit trek is the development of road network. The number of vehicles you can see along the Annapurna circuit trekking route is not same as in Manaslu circuit trek.
Comparing with famous Everest base camp Trek, Manaslu circuit trek makes loop over the high pass and the destination you will be traveling will not repeat. In case of Everest base camp trek, you have to repeat at least 4 destinations and 6 days of hiking. Because even if you do a circuit treks like three high passes trek or gokyo Ri trek or chola pass trekking; you have to repeat the destination. However, you will be making a circuit trail from Namche to Namche.
Comparing with Kanchenjunga trek in Nepal. Manaslu circuit trekking is moderately easier and accommodation, food, root, other facilities is better in Manaslu circuit trek than in Kanchenjunga circuit trek. From the trail perspective both of these treks are circuit trails and you don’t have to repeat the destination. However, Kanchenjunga trekking is a longer trekking than Manaslu circuit trekking. Manaslu circuit trekking can be it’s shortest as12 days.
Langtang valley trek can be another comparison with Manaslu circuit trekking. There are at least four different types of trekking routes in Langtang valley region trekking. But here I can give a comparison to one of the Langtang valley trek which is similar to Manaslu circuit trekking in the number of days. That is langtang valley gosainkunda pass trek along the route over Suryakunda pass. This is also called Langtang helambu trekking. Langtang valley trek – 7 days easy trek of Langtang. On that basis; Langtang circuit trekking is not as demanding as challenging is Manaslu circuit trekking. At the same time Manaslu trek is hard and it is also beautiful and nicer than Langtang circuit trek. I would recommend to choose my Manaslu circuit trekking over Langtang valley helambu trek.
It is very hard to differentiate between Manaslu circuit trek and Everest Gokyo ri trek. It is because Everest Gokyo ri trek is one of the beautiful destination in Nepal, with no doubt. So far my personal preference is concerned I prefer Everest Gokyo ri trek in Everest basecamp region versus manaslu trek. However, on the basis of discussion above; Everest Gokyo ri trek is not a complete circuit trip like Manaslu circuit trek. The major difference here is- in Everest Gokyo ri trek, you will be able to see mount Everest and the lakes og Gokyo. Lakes are unreal and which are really beautiful. But manaslu trek, surely, does not give the view of mount Everest. From the perspective of difficulty comparison, both of the trekking destinations are close to each other.
However Comparing with everest three high passes trek. EBC 3 high pass trek will be harder than manaslu circuit trek. Just to make sure that you are getting the right idea here, Everest three high passes trek is very different from manaslu circuit trek. I’m saying this is because, Everest three high pass trek is more about mountaineering, climbing, getting the view of the snow caped Himalayas of Nepal and walking over the high passes around Mt Everest. There will be less of the cultural and traditional excursion during Everest three high passes trek. Where as in manaslu circuit trek you will be able to get the view of the mountains along with the cultural and traditional aspect of life of people and the nature in the manaslu region.
How hard is manaslu circuit trek?
The difficulty of the Manaslu Circuit Trek can vary based on several factors, including your level of fitness, previous trekking experience, and the time of year you undertake the trek. Generally, the Manaslu Circuit is considered a medium challenging trek, and it is often categorized as a strenuous and remote trek in comparison to some of the more popular trekking routes in Nepal.
Key factors contributing to the difficulty include:
Altitude: The trek takes you to high altitudes, with the highest point being the Larkya La Pass at an elevation of around 5,160 meters (16,930 feet). Altitude-related issues such as altitude sickness can pose challenges.
Isolation: The Manaslu Circuit is less crowded than some other treks in the Annapurna or Everest regions, and facilities along the route may be more basic. The remote nature of the trek means that you may need to be self-sufficient in some areas.
Terrain: The trail includes steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, and challenging terrain. It requires a good level of physical fitness and endurance.
Weather: Weather conditions can vary, and the trek passes through different climatic zones. Harsh weather, especially during the winter months, can add to the difficulty.
Permit requirements: Special permits are required for the Manaslu Circuit, and trekking through restricted areas adds an extra layer of logistics and preparation.
It’s crucial to be well-prepared both physically and mentally before attempting the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Acclimatization, proper gear, and a good level of fitness are essential. It’s advisable to undertake this trek with a reputable trekking agency in Nepal that can provide experienced guides and support staff to enhance safety and enjoyment. Always check the latest information about the trail conditions and permits before planning your trek.
Is manaslu harder than everest base camp trek?
Comparing the difficulty of the Manaslu Circuit Trek with that of Mount Everest, manaslu circuit trek is challenging because manaslu is high pass and entirely different undertakings. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a long-distance trek over the high pass of Larkey pass in the remote Manaslu region of Nepal, while Mount Everest is the world’s highest peak and it has much developed infrastructure. Also Mt everest base camp trek does not have high pass. FYI, neither of them requires a highly challenging and technical climb.
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Here are some key points to consider :
Altitude: Although Mount Everest is significantly higher than any point on the Manaslu Circuit. You will stay in that altitude for just an hour or as your wish. You read climbing Everest involves acclimatization to extreme altitudes, and altitude-related challenges are much more pronounced on Everest. But climbing Everest base camp is completely different story.
Technical Difficulty: manaslu circuit trek is demanding endeavor, requiring more than 10 hours of trekking up and over the glacier of Larkey la pass. manaslu circuit trek is hard to navigate and other hazards. The Everest base camp trek, while challenging, does not involve the same level of difficulty. As a famous destination in the earth – ebc trail is wide and easily navigated in comparison to manaslu circuit trek.
Duration and Isolation: Both of them are lengthy expedition that typically takes several weeks, involves endurance. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a trekking adventure that generally takes about 14 to 17 days to complete. EBC trek is 12 days trek.
Crowds: While Everest Base Camp can get crowded during the climbing season, the Manaslu Circuit is less traveled, offering a more remote and isolated trekking experience.
In summary, Everest base camp & Manaslu Circuit Trek are completely different types of trek. Please scroll above, I have compared manaslu circuit trek with 3 high pass and chola pass trek in Everest.
How much does Manaslu Circuit trek cost?
The cost of the Manaslu Circuit Trek can vary based on several factors, including the duration of the trek, the trekking season, the services included in the package, and whether you choose to go with a local trekking company in Nepal or international trekking company or trek in budget.
Permits and Fees: The Manaslu region requires special permits, and the cost varies for different seasons. The cost of the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit was around USD 200 per trip. Additionally, an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is required, which costs around USD 30.
Guide and Porter Fees: If you decide to hire a guide and/or porter, their fees will contribute to the overall cost. Guide fees can vary, but Nepalgram offer package a best deals that include guide services. We have 3 different types of packages. You must have a trekking guide for manaslu circuit trek.
Nepalgram offered all inclusive (luxury and service) packages covers transportation, accommodation, meals, and a guide. The cost of these packages can range from USD 1,000 to USD 2,500 or more, depending on the services included and the duration of the trek.
Accommodation and Meals: If you choose to trek in service [package, you’ll need to budget for accommodation and meals along the trail. Teahouse prices can vary, but budgeting around USD 40 to USD 60 per day for accommodation and meals is a rough estimate.
Transportation: The cost of transportation to and from the trailhead, typically starting in the town of Sotikhola, should be factored into your budget. Bus from Kathmandu to Sotikhola is as cheap as 20 dollors. But the local bus are not the best travel in Nepal. If you hire a jeep from Kathmandu to trekking start point of manaslu circuit trek; it will be around 500 USD. This cost fluctuates with season. You have to take jeep on the Annapurna side of the trail. From Dharapani to Besisahar. You need to take bus or car from besi sahar to Kathmandu. If you wish to go to Pokhara from Besishar, Nepalgram will offer that service of pokhara drop from Besisahar without any extra cost.
It’s important to note that these are rough estimates, and actual costs may vary. It’s advisable to check with reliable trekking agencies in Nepal for the best deal. We believe, Nepalgram has the best deal. Keep in mind that the cost may also vary depending on whether you choose a standard package or opt for more luxurious services.
How many days is Manaslu circuit trek?
The duration of the Manaslu Circuit Trek can vary depending on the specific itinerary chosen, trekking pace, acclimatization needs, and whether any side trips or rest days are included. However, a standard Manaslu Circuit Trek typically takes around 12 to 17 days to complete.
The trek offers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, diverse landscapes, and encounters with the local culture. Keep in mind that altitude acclimatization is crucial, so it’s common for trekking itineraries to include rest days at higher elevations to help minimize the risk of altitude sickness. Trekkers are advised to choose an itinerary that allows for gradual acclimatization and to be flexible with their plans in case of unexpected challenges like adverse weather conditions.
How to prepare for manaslu circuit trekking in Nepal?
Preparing for the Manaslu Circuit Trek requires a combination of physical fitness, mental readiness, and proper logistical planning. Here are some key aspects to consider when preparing for the trek:
Cardiovascular Exercise: Engage in regular cardiovascular exercises such as hiking, walking, running, or cycling to build endurance.
Strength Training: Include strength training exercises, especially for your legs and core, to handle the varied terrain and long hours of trekking.
Altitude Training: If possible, consider training at higher altitudes to help your body acclimate to reduced oxygen levels. Or use mask while walking and hiking or running and cycling.
Invest in high-quality trekking gear, including comfortable and sturdy hiking boots, a reliable backpack, layered clothing suitable for various weather conditions, a good sleeping bag, and a durable trekking pole. Or you can buy all of these stuff for a cheap deal in Nepal. If you do not care about the quality and brand – you might as well want to buy all of those gear in Nepal. If you are planning for one time use – certainly – buy in Nepal. For example, you can buy a warm feather jacket for 50 USD in Nepal.
Plan your trek itinerary to allow for gradual acclimatization to higher altitudes. Include rest days at higher elevations to reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and understand how to respond if you or your trekking companions experience them.
Permits and Logistics:
Obtain the necessary permits, including the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit. Neplagram will do everything for you in case of package trip with us.
Arrange transportation to the trailhead (usually Soti Khola or Machhakhola) and return from the endpoint.
Health and Vaccinations:
Consult with a healthcare professional to ensure you are in good health for high-altitude trekking.
Stay updated on required vaccinations and discuss any specific health concerns related to the trek with your healthcare provider.
Familiarize yourself with the local culture and customs of the Manaslu region. Respect local traditions and be considerate of the communities you encounter. Listen to your guide and ask him if you have any concerns.
If possible, undertake shorter training treks or hikes in your local area to simulate trekking conditions and test your gear. For the shoes, if it is new pair, wear them while you are staying home. Make sure you will not have bruise with shoes during the trek. It will ruin the manaslu circuit trek experience.
Prepare mentally for the physical challenges and potential uncertainties of trekking in a remote region.
Develop a positive mindset and flexibility in adapting to changing circumstances. For the package trip with Nepalgram – our guides will help you on that.
Pack essential items such as water purification tablets, a first aid kit, a headlamp, snacks, and a map or GPS device.
Be prepared for a range of weather conditions, including rain, snow, and fluctuating temperatures. Check the weather forecast with your trekking company in Nepal.
Is manaslu circuit trek safe?
The safety of the Manaslu Circuit Trek depends on various factors, including individual preparedness, weather conditions, and adherence to safety guidelines. Here are some considerations to keep in mind:
Avoid Altitude Sickness: The trek reaches high elevations, and altitude sickness is a potential risk. It’s crucial to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of symptoms. If symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, nausea, or dizziness, occur, it’s essential to descend to lower altitudes.
Stay warm in all Weather Conditions: Weather in the Himalayan region can be unpredictable, and conditions can change rapidly. Be prepared for a range of weather, including rain, snow, and cold temperatures. Checking weather forecasts and adjusting plans accordingly is important.
Get Guides and Local Support: Hiring a local guide or trekking with a reputable agency can enhance safety. Experienced guides are familiar with the terrain, weather patterns, and can provide support in case of emergencies.
Communication: Remote areas may have limited or no connectivity. Can consider carrying a satellite phone or a communication device in case of emergencies. Inform someone about your itinerary and expected return date.
Respect local Culture and Customs: Respect local customs and traditions. Engage with local communities in a culturally sensitive manner. Not respecting them and their value might be bad idea.
Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities at high altitudes and includes evacuation coverage in case of emergencies.
While the Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered safe, it’s essential for trekkers to be well-prepared, stay informed, and exercise caution throughout the journey. Consulting with experienced trekkers, trekking agencies, and being aware of current conditions can contribute to a safer and more enjoyable trekking experience.
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