MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK
The Manaslu Circut Trek circles the Manaslu massif. Mt. Manaslu is the eight highest mountain at 8,156m. For many years the Annapurna Circuit trek enjoyed the status of the world’s best trek. But the allure of the Annapurna Circuit trek diminished when a jeep track was built connecting Besi-Sahar to Manang. Furthermore, now with better lodging facilities, trekking around Manaslu has taken over as the best trek in the Himalayas and perhaps the world. Trekking in the Manaslu region is fairly long but the rewards are well worth the commitment.
The Manaslu region is beautiful, remote and culturally fascinating. Brahmin, Chhetris and Gurungs inhabit the sub-tropical lower Buri Gandaki region. And the Nubriba’s inhabit the sub-alpine and alpine parts. The Nubriba’s are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants who settled here in the early 1,600’s. The crux of the Manaslu Circuit trek is the high pass of Larkya La (16,700ft). This is one of the most dramatic pass-crossing in the Himalaya. Since Manaslu is a restricted area, trekking in the Manaslu region requires both a conservation area permit and a restricted area permit.
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
The Manaslu Circuit Trek 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 trekking 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.
Read about the effects of the post-monsoon rains on treks in early October.
The Manaslu Circuit trek 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 TREK WITH US?
All our Manaslu Circuit Treks are private treks for a minimum of two participants. We do NOT nickel-and-dime on services. And all inclusions and exclusions are clearly listed in the 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. Moreover, with over 30 years of experience, we employ the most professional and friendly staff.
We are also proud to give back to our community through 3 Summits For Nepal managed by Crystal Mountain Treks staff. Contact us to learn more…