Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the challenging treks in the Himalayas that offers off beaten trekking along with intimate encounters with locals and spectacular sceneries.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is famous for its unspoiled sceneries, adventurous terrain, isolation, and serene environment. Surrounded by Mt. Annapurna in the west and Ganesh Himal in the east, Mt. Manaslu stands 8,156 meters above sea level. Trekking through the Manaslu Conservation Area & end with Annapurna Conservation Area, the trail gradually ascends toward the base of the 8th highest mountain, Mt. Manaslu. It is one of those long treks that lets you explore the deep corners of the Manaslu region and give you more than enough time in the Himalayas to unwind & relax.
Manaslu Circuit Trek does not see the crowd as Annapurna Base Camp Trek or other famous trails. Moreover, it is said to be the evolved version of Annapurna Circuit Trek decades ago. Even though the region is remote, you can find teahouses in every village that makes the trek attainable. Still, the trekker has to be in good physical fitness with some previous trekking experience to go Manaslu Circuit Trekking.
Beginning from the lowlands, the trail goes through sub-tropical forests to the terraces of millet & rice and continues to the alpine zone. On the way, you will pass by beautiful waterfalls and cross thrilling suspension bridges. From the start to the end of the trek, trekking in the Manaslu region is a visual feast for your eyes. You can visit the stunning Birendra Lake (3,450 m) while acclimatizing at Sama Gaon.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is the ideal package for wild adventure seekers. The trail is off-beaten and crosses challenging Larkya La Pass (5,160 m). Every new village unfolds a distinct view and presents a unique experience. During the Manaslu Circuit Trek 18 Days, you will learn many things and witness the unbelievable wonders of nature.
Major Attractions of Manaslu Circuit Trek
Guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The guided tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites involves a visit to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa. The tour will be guided by a professional tour guide who knows so many things about the monuments and their history.
A long and scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar
The drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar follows a well-made route that further gets a little bumpy. On the way, you can see views of green hills, rivers, terraced fields, waterfalls, and villages, along with snow-capped mountains.
Off beaten and adventurous trail
The Manaslu Circuit Trekking trail goes through dense forests and villages like Soti Khola, Machha Khola, Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Sama Gaun, Samdo, Larkya La Phedi, Bimthang, Dharapani, Bhulbhule, etc. There are many ascends and descends along steep & rocky paths throughout the trek.
Get to see the lifestyle and rich cultural heritage of locals
Manaslu region is resided by people from different communities. The people here live a simple life. As the region is not developed, the lifestyle of the locals is the same as centuries ago. Thanks to the remoteness of the region, the cultural heritage, and traditions of the villagers are well preserved. On the way, you can see chortens, stupas, monasteries, and prayer flags.
Go on an excursion during the acclimatization day in Sama Gaun
While spending acclimatization day in Sama Gaun, you will have two options, either to go for Manaslu Base Camp (5,106 m) or Birendra Lake (3,450 m). Both of these places offer breath-taking views and have a scenic route. Along the trail, there are many other short trips that you can go on.
Cross the Larkya La Pass
Standing at 5,160 meters, Larkya La Pass is no doubt one of the challengings passes in the Himalayas to cross. From the Larkya Phedi, the trail ascends on rough and exposed terrain. This pass carries its dangers and difficulties. As you will reach the top of the pass, you can see high mountains touching the sky from left to right. The view is immaculate.
Witness jaw - dropping landscapes and panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains
During the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will be relishing the stunning views of Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Saula Himal (6,220 m), Dwijen Himal (6,169 m), Himlung Himal (7,140 m), Nagadi Chuli (7,871 m), and many others. Likewise, along the way, you will come across lovely waterfalls and glistening lakes. The trail is full of excellent sceneries as well.