Good to Know
Manaslu Circuit Trek route
Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with a scenic drive to Soti Khola. From here, you will begin trekking through dense forests and villages like Machha Khola, Yaru Phat, Philim, Deng, Namrung, and Lho to reach Sama Gaun. On the way, you will cross Budhi Gandaki River numerous times and get to see stunning views of snow-capped mountains. For acclimatization, you will spend the day hiking to Manaslu Base Camp and exploring Pungyen Gompa.
Further, passing by Samdo village, you will ascend to Larkya Phedi and continue climbing towards Larkya La Pass. The trail to the top of the pass will be challenging. From the pass, you will drop down to Bimtang and then to Gho. Trek through Tal and reach Dharapani, where the trek ends. From here, you will drive to Kathmandu via Beesishar.
Manaslu Circuit Trek difficulty
Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the off-the-beaten treks in Nepal. The trail follows a very remote part of the Himalayas, where there is no such thing as modern facilities. The route is packed with numerous ascends and descends along steep, rocky, and sloped paths. You will be trekking on very different terrain than other trekking regions of Nepal. Basically, the best way to say the difficulty level for Manaslu Circuit Trekking is the fitness level of the trekker. If you are an experienced trekker, then this trek will not be so tough for you. Manaslu Circuit Trek is not recommended for new trekkers.
Likewise, the trail takes you above 4,000 meters, which means chances of acute mountain sickness or altitude sickness. You have to acclimatize properly along the trek and consume as much as a liquid to avoid altitude sickness. Go through our Manaslu Circuit Trek map to get a better understanding of the route.
Best time to go on Manaslu Circuit Trek
The best time to go on Manaslu Circuit Trek is from March to May and October to November. These months come under spring and autumn in Nepal. To have a smooth and successful trek in the Himalayas, there should be a stable climate at least. And, these months have the best weather, moderate climate & clear views. Likewise, you can see many species of flora along the trail in spring, whereas in autumn, you might get to be part of the biggest festivals in Nepal.
Accommodation & Food
Manaslu Circuit Trek 20 days is a teahouse trek. As it is one of the least visited trekking trails, the facilities here are very basic. Teahouse offers twin-sharing rooms with a shared washroom. The rooms are usually small. Similarly, you will spend nights in a tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
The meals during the trek are served as per the menu of the teahouse. The menu usually varies from day to day. You can get dishes like rice, veggies, egg, curries, meat, sandwich, toast, milk, porridge, noodles, etc. Drinking water is also available in all the teahouses. Carry a reusable water bottle with you and refill it every time it gets empty.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Packing List
Before buying the gears, please know that you can buy everything in Kathmandu as well. We advise you to keep your luggage light and do heavy shopping in Nepal. This will also help local shops and contribute to the economy.
- Inner Layer
- Down Jacket
- Trekking shirt
- Trekking pants
- Thermal wears
- Breathable underwear
- Warm socks & gloves
- Strong Trekking Shoes
- Trekking Socks
- Sun Hat and Fleece Hat
- Scarf or Buff
- A comfortable backpack with a cover
- A good quality Sleeping bag
- Trekking Poles
- First aid kits
- Sunscreen Lotion
- Water purification tablets
- Toiletries (Hand Sanitizer, tissue paper, towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, small mirror, toilet paper, etc)
- Miscellaneous (Journal, pen, books, games, camera, extra battery, snacks & bars, etc)