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Manasalu Circuit trekking route

Manasalu Circuit trekking route.

Where Mt. Manaslu located?

Before getting idea about the Manaslu circuit trekking route we should know that where the Mt. Manaslu is Located ? Mt. Manaslu is located in Northern east part  part of Nepal Himalaya, Mt. Manaslu is the 8th highest peak  of the world is 8163 Meters from the sea level which is  located in District and 60 KM from East of Annapurna Himalaya.

How to start Trekking in Manaslu trekking route?

Manasalu Circuit trekking route.
Manasalu Circuit trekking route.

Trekkers must need to join a government registered trekking company to do the trek into Manaslu Circuit trekking route.

The Manaslu circuit trekking route is remote area trekking but basic tea houses and foods are available during the trek, Trekkers need to issue special permit for this route as well as need to purchase MCAP ( Manaslu conservation area project ) as well as ACAP (Annapurna Conservation area project ).

Manaslu Circuit trekking route start from Arughat of Gorkha District , cross the Manaslu conservation are and end to Annapurna Conservation area in Jagat from where you can also start your Annapurna Circuit trek so that both conservation area permit need to be issue to trek Manaslu trekking circuit route.

Minimum two size of group is necessary to issue the permit of Manaslu trekking, Single, individual trekkers are not authorizing to trek into the Manaslu circuit trekking route. A guide or a porter from reputed local trekking company from Nepal is necessary to trek in this route as well as insurance of guide and porter is also necessary.

Manaslu Circuit trekking route  Strat from Arughat from Gorkha Distric inearlier but trekkers can take a local bus or private jeep until Soti Khola whih is more than one hour driving up however most of the trekkers start Manaslu trekking from Arughat due to the dusty and bumpy road from Arughat to Soti Khola.

What Manaslu Circuit trekking route offer?

Manaslu region offers a diversity of trekking options The general Manaslu trekking route is  around 177 kilometers and  takes around 14 to 16 days normally. Trekkers have also option to trek inside the Nar Phu valley, Tsum Valley which are also famous remote trekking option inside the Manaslu region.

Manaslu Circuit trekking trekking route follows the pine-forested Syala village, which has the scenery of many horseshoe-shaped peaks, Samagoan is an old village has  Buddhist monastery  where monks and religiously live. Village Samdo is the highest in the Budhi Gandaki valley commands a view of  Pang Phuchi village with a scenery of the Tibetan border. This route leads laterally a major secondary valley to the Larkha La. During the trek Great view of Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal and Kang Guru are seen including occasional views of the Annapurna range. From Bimthang  Manaslu is clearly visible. Manaslu the circuit passes through Dudh Khola and Marsyangdi River.

Manaslu Circuit trekking trekking route offer ten peaks of over 6,500 meters (21,300 ft) in height are visible, including peaks of over 7,000 meters (23,000 ft) elevation. People add Tsum Valley and the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.

 Manaslu Circuit trekking trekking route offers  to the trekkers to  discover the magnificent height and excellent views of wonderful Mt. Manaslu. The  ranges of elevations offerings diverse of flora and fauna, wide cultural range  includes strong effects from Tibet mixing with typical and varied Nepalese culture and civilization. Crossing Larkya-la 5213 meters is a life time experience as well as great achievement for the adventure lovers.

Best season to trek into Manaslu Circuit trekking route.

 December to February.

During this period this period is Winter in Nepal so it must be very cold and some of the lodges during the trek are close specially in Dharmasala which is before the pass. So from Middle of December to middle of February is not recommend to do this trek.

 March to May

This month especially Rhododendrons starts to bloom, crystal clear lakes are melt. Villagers and owner of the lodges will return, There may be the occasional snowfall in up hill or in high altitude , by mid May it is getting warm at the  starting and ending points of the trek, this season is recommended for the Manaslu circuit trekking route.

June to September

clean Air and trees, Green mountain, This season is raining season in Nepal so thie time of the year is also not very perfect to do this trek. Slippery trails due to the rain, land slides, small streams will be flooding with huge water and can be difficult to pass, So this time if the year is also not recommended to the Manaslu trek

October and November until mid December,

This time of the year is the best time to do the trekking in Manaslu circuit trekking route. It is neither hot or nor cold, The sky during the trek is blue and clear almost all  the time. Views of the snow caped mountains are perfectly clear and stunning.  Green and clean trails will make the trekkers to enjoy each moment, All the tea houses and lodges are open. We recommend this time of the year for trek to Manaslu trekking route.

Equipment and packing list for trek into Manaslu circuit trekking route.

Manasalu Circuit trekking route.
Manasalu Circuit trekking route.

Recommended Packing list for Manaslu circuit trekking route.

Clothing.

  • 2 quick drying long base layer shirts.
  • 2 trekking shirts short sleeve
  • 2 Thermal underwear – base layer.
  • 2 liner socks
  • 3 pair woolen blend trekking socks.
  • 2 pair trekking pants with zip off bottoms
  • 2 fleece sweaters – one lightweight, one heavier
  • Sandals.

Outer layers.

  • 1 wind/rain proof over layer- jacket and pants
  • 1 down jacket. ( -20 D.C )
  • 1 down vest
  • 1 warm winter hat
  • 1 lightweight thermal layer hat
  • 1 peak hat
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 Pair trekking boots.
  • 1, Head lamp with extra batteries,
  • 1 sleeping bag heavy ( -20 D.C)
  • 1 watch with alarm
  • 1 Sun glasses ( UV protection )
  • 1 camera with, extra batteries.
  • 2-3 portable chargers.

First Aid

  • Diamox – for altitude
  • Advil
  • Aleve
  • Vicks vapor rub
  • Sunscreen
  • chapstick
  • anti nauseant – you tend to feel just a bit nauseaus a lot at altitude.
  • immodium – diarrhea is common at altitued.
  • bandaids
  • blister bandaids or moleskin
  • eye drops
  • advil cold and dinus
  • nasal moisturizer – altitude causes nasal cavities to be very dry, nasal moisturizer was very helpful.
  • Q-tips
  • tweezers
  • tiger balm.

Toiletries

  • Foot powder (for Deb’s stinky feet)
  • Toilet paper
  • shampoo
  • soap
  • micro fibre towel
  • Gold Bond – this just feels good all the time.

Please also read Manaslu Circuit trekking route  cost

A rough itinerary for the Manaslu Circuit trekking route.

Manaslu Circuit trekking route has few option for the trekkers either with Tshum vally or with Nar phu valley including  or can do the normal Manaslu circuit trekking roiute.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710)

Day 02: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m)

Day 03: Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m)

Day 04: Jagat to Deng (1920m)

Day 05: Deng to Namrung (2700m)

Day 06: Namrung to Lho (3180m)

Day 07: Lho to Sama Gaun (3530m)

Day 08: Acclimatization day at Sama Gaun, hike to Manasulu Base Camp and return.

Day 09: Sama Gaon to Samdo (3780m)

Day 10: Samdo to Dharamsala (4480m)

Day 11: Dharmasala to Bhimthang (3700m) via Larkya La Pass (5100m)

Day 12: Bhimthang to Tilje (2300m)

Day 13: Tilje to Jagat or Syange (1100m)

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu

Conclusion of Manaslu circuit trekking route.

The Manaslu circuit trekking route is not very crowded as Annapurna circuit trekking and Everest Base camp trekking however this route offers not less enjoyable than other Nepal trekking routes.

This route is getting famous every year. Since few years back Manaslu circuit trekking route was not very famous and tea house was not built so the trekkers have to arrange camping trek for this route.

Since the past 7 / 8 years the route is becoming famous because of its stunning scenery as well as massif Himalayan ranges with challenging hi pass larkya-la, the tea house has been built which makes an easy for the adventure lovers.

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