Experts consider the Manaslu Circuit Trek among the best treks in Nepal. Despite its recent rise in popularity, the Manaslu Trek remains remote and off-the-beaten-path compared to the better-known teahouse treks in Nepal. The trek takes you around Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft).
Manaslu Trekking is a 17 days long trek which explores the off-beat trails in the Manaslu region. It is a difficult trek which heads to the foothills of the Mt. Manaslu. Likewise, the trek covers a large portion of the Manaslu Conservation Area and offers an amazing display of flora and fauna. Along with the views of the Mt. Manaslu (8163 m), the trek is also an introduction to the culture of the Nubri and Tsum ethnic groups.
The Manaslu trek is within a restricted region of Nepal, meaning you’ll need a trekking permit to access this route. Solo trekkers are also not allowed, where a minimum group size of two people is required.
Opened only in 1993, Manaslu Circuit Trek has gained so much in popularity that it is possible to do teahouse based trek and its not mandatory to setup tents any more to enjoy Manaslu Circuit Trek. Best seasons to trek in Nepal is Spring and Autumn. It is not impossible to trek Manaslu during winter or monsoon but it is going to be far more challenging. However, with enough preparation, you can easily choose to do this trek in different season. Keep on reading and if below information can’t help you decide, please get in touch with us to help you plan to do it during monsoon and winter.
- It is far less crowded than its more well-known peers Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit. The word is getting out about Manaslu, but there are still about 10 times fewer trekkers on the Manaslu Trail
- The trek is wild and remote, yet there are teahouses at everyday stage, so trekkers don’t need to bring tents and food, making it more accessible and affordable than similar treks.
- The trailhead is reached over land, avoiding the need for domestic flights.
- The first part of the trail follows the Buri Gandaki, a deep, long river gorge, with many suspension bridge crossings
- The scenery provides all Nepal has to offer: you’ll trek from the subtropical jungle at lower elevations, through the Himalayan foothills to the high, cold and challenging crossing of the Larkya La above 5,100 meters / 17,000 feet.