The Manaslu Circut Trail Run program circles the Manaslu massif – Manaslu is the world’s seventh highest mountain at 8,156m. This route offers a spectacular and comprehensive Nepal experience. The journey begins in lush sub-tropical forests and deep canyons slowly ascending to remote mountain villages with jaw-dropping vistas of snow capped peaks. Located along the border of Nepal and Tibet, this region is both beautiful and fascinating. Consequently, the rewards are well worth the commitment.
This region is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. Hindus (Brahmin/Chhetris) and Gurungs (Bonpos and Buddhists) inhabit the lower Buri Gandaki region. And the upper parts of the Buri Gandaki river are inhabited by Buddhists who are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants. The Tibetan migrants settled here in the early 1600’s. Once over the Larkya la pass, you will descend to the sub-tropical regions inhabited by the Hindus (Brahmin/Chhetris) and Gurungs (Bonpos and Buddhists). The crux of the Manaslu Circuit Trail run is the high pass of Larkya La (16,700ft) which is one of the most dramatic pass-crossing in the Himalaya.
What to Expect:
On this Manaslu Circuit run trip, you will only be required to carry a small running pack. The pack will contain provisions you will need during the day. Your main gear should be packed into a duffel bag (not weighing more than 25lbs) which will be carried by our porters. The porters will leave early every morning taking the bulk of your duffels to the next destination. You may run at your own pace. Additionally, besides porters, we will have several running guides at a guide to client ratio of 1:3.
Our Manaslu trail running guides are mostly female graduates from the Mira Rai Initiative (MRI). These runners either aspire to race competitively (both domestic and international races) or have retired from competitive racing.
- Total Distance: approximately 89 miles
- Highest Elevation: 16,950ft
- Total Elevation gain: 21,800 ft.
- Daily running time: 3 to 5 hours (with one longer day of around 6 to 7 hours)
Also check out other trail running program to the Ultimate Everest Trail Run
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
The Manaslu Circuit Trail Run is a lodge trek. Consequently you will sleep and eat meals in local lodges along the trail. The quality of the lodges in the Manaslu region are not comparable to those on the Everest trek but are getting better every year. Additionally, meals are also quite varied with many options including rice with veggies, noodles, local breads etc. Read our article about food options on treks in Nepal.
Like most treks in Nepal, the best seasons for the Trail running in the Manaslu region are Spring (March-May) and Autumn (October-November). It is NOT recommended to do this trek in Winter months of December, January and February. But you could come in late monsoon in September.
The Manaslu Circuit Trail Run is rated “STRENUOUS”. It is rated 4 on a rating scale from 1 (easy) to 5 (challenging). The highest altitude reached is at the Larkya La pass (16,700 ft) and the highest overnight elevation is at Dharamsala (14,700 feet). There are two acclimatization days and a couple short days to allow for proper acclimatization. And average daily hiking times is 5 to 6 hours with one long day of around 8-9 hours. Regardless of the rating, it is important to prepare for any trek in Nepal. Read our advice on training for treks.
WHY TRAVEL WITH US?
All our Manaslu Circuit Trail Run programs are private journeys for a minimum of two participants for a date of your choosing. We do NOT nickel-and-dime on services – all inclusions and exclusions are clearly listed in cost details. Some companies will advertise trips for very low prices but they have a lot of exclusions that is usually not clear. Most of our trekkers are either repeat clients or referrals. We have been in business for over 30 years and we employ only the most professional and friendly staff.
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