• Raj Kumar Basnet
  • Last Updated on Dec 31, 2023

Trekking in the Manaslu region of Nepal has slowly started gaining traction from trekking enthusiasts worldwide. And, rightly so! The area is located on the secluded northern Himalayan trail and is blessed with untapped natural beauty. Thus, many people consider trekking in the Manaslu region to feed their love of the Himalayas. Circuiting the Manaslu region is the most admirable in October, with the area's best features.

While circuiting the Manaslu region, you can dive deep into the simplistic trails, often untouched by modernity. The people in the villages in Manaslu have the most simplistic lifestyles with their unique culture and traditions. Similarly, their occupation is also primarily dependent on agriculture and animal husbandry. Their way of life will mesmerize you, entice you and invigorate you! Lodged deep in the Himalayas, the landscape thoroughly relishes the natural setting in the region. You can gaze at the higher Himalayas above, with smaller hills as if standing in a long line. Then comes a vast cultivated landscape with millet, buckwheat, auburn, and golden crops.

The Circuit Trek to Manaslu is not only famous for its off-the-beaten-path and simplistic lifestyle of the local people. Its untouched natural beauty also remains unparalleled. The trail is a relatively new destination; thus, you can explore the true Himalayan lifestyle without depending on commercialized routes with western-themed accommodations. You get to explore the natural feeling of the Nepalese Himalayas.

And the perfect time to explore the heavenly paradise of the Manaslu circuit is in October. October is when the flowers bloom in the most vivid colors decorating the entire trail like a beautiful garden. As you stretch your eyes, the snow-clad Himalayas compete with the adjacent rhododendron-covered hills to catch your attention. There's nothing but positive vibes everywhere when you circuit trek to Manaslu in October. You will also see like-minded trekkers smiling and waving at you on the route. The feeling in itself is surreal, and no doubt, you will have the best experience in October!

You must have figured out what the theme for this blog is! Well, we really do believe you will have a wonderful time circuiting the Manaslu region in October and that if you have a plan for a possible future trek in Nepal, you can consider circuiting the Manaslu region.

First, let's explore a bit about autumn. Autumn in Nepal also hosts October, and understanding autumn will give you a clearer picture of trekking during the most popular season of Nepal.

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Autumn and Manaslu Region

Autumn is a coveted trekking season in Nepal in its own right. Autumn seasons are infamous for the best atmosphere, ambiance, and serene vibes. It hardly ever rains in autumn, making the entire trek in the Manaslu region the most comfortable experience for you! Autumn is also the season when you can see the colorful wildflowers beautifying the Manaslu region with their freshness and charm. Circuiting the Manaslu region is a genuinely magical feat! It is also the time of festivals in Nepal. So, you will get to taste the flavor of Nepali culture. Likewise, the winds are the gentlest during autumn, and you do not have to worry about getting stuck in a snowstorm. It's all positive aura in autumn. And, the October trek in autumn will undoubtedly fill your experience to the fullest!

Highlights of Circuiting the Manaslu Region in October

Weather and Temperature

October has a serene vibe to it in autumn. The month is revered as one of the best trekking months in Nepal. Similarly, the weather is perfect in October to circuit the region. The sky is clear, without any clouds. Likewise, the sun shines brightly up above the sky. Even though you will be trekking in the Himalayas, you will not feel as cold as you are supposed to!

The sunny atmosphere will help you stay warm with the most comfortable weather to go on a circuit trek to Manaslu. Likewise, you do not even have to worry about rain. It usually does not even rain in October, making your entire journey as comfortable as possible. Additionally, you need not be concerned about slippery trails on the off-the-beaten tracks, as it does not rain, and the routes do not get wet! One of the concerns of trekking the Himalayas is the breeze. And the current is the calmest in October.

The weather can get pretty unpredictable in the Himalayas, considering it's one of the world's harshest places. But, based on the decades of climate data of the Manaslu region, we have deduced the area's average temperature in October. The temperature in the Manaslu region can range from 13 degrees Celsius to about 25 degrees Celsius. The temperature is also dependent on the altitude at which you trek. So, the lower sections in the regions can incline towards higher temperatures compared to the higher altitude sections. Likewise, the daytime experiences at least 5 to 7 sunshine hours in October, with the average temperature varying between 15 degrees Celsius and 16 degrees Celsius. But, as you go to a higher altitude, the temperature can drop to -1 degrees Celsius. Therefore, you must pack some layers and protect yourself from the cold.

Unlike its spring counterparts, October is a dry autumnal month. So, there is no risk of rain or snow in October. Likewise, the surroundings do not get fogged up that quickly (except in some extreme cases), so you experience the best weather with a crystal clear view of the mountains. As it is a considerably warm month, you do not need to hassle with bulky clothing and extra rain apparel. It is all chill in October!

Crystal Clear Views and Amazing Clarity

The visibility while circuiting the Manaslu region is amazingly clear. You can gaze as far and wide as your eyes can glare. The Himalayas, although at a distance, will feel quite nearer to you. We mean, the clarity is dauntingly crystal, with no specks of dust in the air. The feel in itself is pretty surreal. Likewise, when you take in the crisp air, you will be satisfied with the freshness in the ambiance. The crystal clear views during the entirety of the trek make up for the hard work you have to endure during the trek. We cannot stress it enough, but the views are among the best features of circuiting the Manaslu region!

Rich Biodiversity and Enriched Experience

October is also a perfect time to explore the rich biodiversity in the Manaslu region. Most of the wildlife is more active in October, and you can even spot some of the endangered animals during your circuit trek!

The trekking route follows the trails toward the Manaslu Conservation Area, home to some of the endangered animals of Nepal. So, it is a convenient time for a nature-lover enthusiastic about spotting wildlife in Nepal. If you are lucky, you can spot animals such as Himalayan musk deer, blue sheep, and even snow leopards! Likewise, you can even identify the unique plant life endemic to Manaslu in October. You get the best of both worlds!

The Circuit Journey to Manaslu

The Manaslu journey is one of the best features of circuiting the trek in October. You will get to explore different culturally rich villages such as Samagaon. The trekking trail takes you to the biodiversity-enriched Manaslu conservation area at its best in October, with blooming flowers and greenery everywhere. Even the challenging Larke La Pass at more than 5000 meters altitude has a calming sense.

Crossing the pass during other seasons may be painstakingly tricky, with specks of sharp wind piercing into your body. But in October, you will encounter the calmest of the winds! Additionally, crystal clear panoramic views of the Himalayas will refresh you with each glimpse. Thus, the journey feels like a traverse to a part of the Himalayan paradise.

October Festivals

Nepal hosts more than 123 ethnic groups with their unique culture and traditions. October is a fantastic exploration month if you want to experience the most out of the Nepalese festivals. The Nepalese Hindus celebrate two of their significant festivals in October. They are Dashain and Tihar. These festivals help you understand Nepal from a cultural standpoint and enrich your journey further. You can schedule your itinerary around October if you want a deeper understanding of the Nepali culture!

Bustling Trails

Although the Manaslu region is not as famous as the commercialized trekking zones such as the Annapurna and the Everest region, you will still encounter many people in October. This is because October is a popular trekking season in Nepal! Thus, you can meet many like-minded people on the trail and in the teahouses during your trek. October is a perfect month for someone who loves to meet new people and understand new perspectives. There's a saying in Nepal, "You experience more joy when it is shared". It is valid for the circuit trek.

Some Tips for you Circuit Trek to Manaslu

  • It is always important to be prepared physically and mentally for the trek.
  • Trekking in the Manaslu region is categorized as a restricted trek, thus is mandatory to hire a guide. There should be at least two people in your group besides the guide.
  • Make sure to trek from a trustworthy and reputable trekking company.
  • Cross-check all your essential gear.

Finally, we hope you have better understood October and the Circuit Trek to Manaslu with the information provided in the blog. We cannot stress enough the importance of researching the trek before you plan for it. Also, we hope you get the best ever experience while trekking the region. Happy Trekking!

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Raj Kumar Basnet

Raj Kumar Basnet

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Raj Kumar Basnet holds more than two decades of travelling experience in different regions of Nepal. He has trekked in both popular and off-the-beaten-path Nepali trekking trails which have allowed him to gain expertise in tourism. With years of field experience under his belt, he is now concentrating on sharing as much of his tourism knowledge as possible. Now, the co-owner of Outfitter Nepal, he hopes that the knowledge he’s gained over the years would deem helpful for the travellers visiting Nepal!

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