The Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of Nepal's best trekking routes. This trek takes you around the Manaslu Conservation Area, deep into the Himalayas, where you may marvel at the stunning vista of Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest mountain at 8163 meters. Manaslu is one of the most graceful of the 8000-meter giants, flanked to the west by the Annapurnas and to the east by the Ganesh Himal.
The name Manaslu comes from the Sanskrit word "Manasa," which means "Intellect" or "Soul." More so, the circuit trek in the Manaslu region maintains a sense of solitude and isolation from the rest of the world. Despite its success in attracting attention and curiosity, it remains unaffected and untouched by the number of travelers visiting the area.
This journey, which was only open to a maximum of 400 trekkers in 1992, retains the sense of a pioneering expedition. The circuit trek to Manaslu is a visual feast from start to end if you want to see what trekking was like in the 1980s, but you'll need to be in decent form. The Manaslu circut trek is rich in its beauty due to the inclusion of lonely and off-beaten trails, as just a few people elect to complete the trek every year. The fact that there are fewer people on the trail adds to its exclusivity.
This Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 Days can be a wonderful alternative to the Annapurna Circuit if you've already completed the Annapurna. Unlike other popular treks, such as the Everest Base Camp, which attracts trekkers from all over the world, the Manaslu region attracts way fewer people! It is remote and physically challenging but also culturally enriching and scenically pleasing.
Outfitter Nepal has meticulously planned your 14 Days circuit trek to the Manaslu region! Join us on one of your departure dates for this exciting adventure and receive the best service possible. We guarantee that you will enjoy every minute of your journey with us. In addition, our knowledgeable guides will give you an overview of each location and its significance, as well as the sights and sounds you'll encounter on the circuit trek. Doesn't that sound great?
It is quite challenging to convey everything there is to know about the Manaslu region and its beauty in a single package. However, we have tried our best in this regard. Here are some reasons why you should join us on our 14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek.
What makes the Manaslu Circuit Trek different?
The Manaslu circuit stands out among all the other treks accessible in the country because of the entire natural symphony, cultural values, and wild discoveries that provide the best opportunity to gather a once-in-a-lifetime experience of this immaculate trek. This remote trail circuits its way through Manaslu's tiny cliffs. The trails wind through a lush forest that provides spectacular photographic opportunities for subtropical, alpine, temperate deciduous, and moderate coniferous forest types.
The trek circuits the sweltering lowlands with their rice and millet terraces to the majestic Budi Gandaki gorges with their turquoise streams and stunning waterfalls. The Manaslu region's suspension bridges are unparalleled in length and height, and the yearly monsoon frequently washes out minor bridges, forcing trekkers to rely on semi-submerged rocks.
People here, unlike in the city, still wear traditional Nepalese attire and engage in agriculture, animal husbandry, and tourism. The trek allows you to explore the region's quiet villages. The circuit trek across the Himalayan foothills is sure to transport you back in time. You can immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of a variety of ethnic groups and communities in these distant settlements.
How is the 14 Days Itinerary of Manaslu Circuit Trek designed?
The circuit trek offers spectacular mountain sceneries and a fascinating cultural experience. It begins in Sotikhola and continues through Arughat. Arughat is a small town between the Gorkha and Dhading districts of Nepal. The trail begins along the Budhi Gandaki River and winds its way around and up to the Nupri area. The Tibetan impact on customs and traditions becomes more pronounced as we progress upward. Many endangered wild creatures, such as the Snow Leopard and Musk Deer, can be found in this region. Pungyen Gumba (4,400m) is a significant landmark of the trek.
Slowly, you make your way north to the Larke La Pass, which is snowbound and close to the Tibetan border. The "Larke La Pass," which stands at 5,106 meters, is regarded as one of the most difficult routes traversing the Himalayas and is also the highest point on this trek. The altitude is a challenge here, but the breathtaking vistas of Manaslu make it virtually unnoticeable. On the descent, micro crampons are frequently utilized. The trek to the pass must begin at 3 a.m. to reach the highest point before the winds arrive, which generally arrive around mid-morning.
While Annapurna II rises ahead, a magnificent wall formed by Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, and Kang Guru throws a stream of glaciers. The view alone is reason enough to make the Manaslu Circuit Trekking a reality. Looking back, the way you trekked from the pass provides a clear perspective, but the most incredible vista occurs after you leave the pass and continue along a corridor to the west.
Which mountains can be seen from Manaslu Circuit Trek?
The Manaslu region is Nepal's most scenic trekking trail, with breathtaking views of the Himalayas, dense, luscious forests, pristine waterfalls, gushing rivers, small hilly and Himalayan settlements, and agricultural lands. The landscape is especially fascinating because of the mountains you pass through and the peaks you observe from the trail. The valley is steep and narrow until you reach Lho, and you can't see the mountain very well, but once you reach Samagaun, the valley opens up and gets calmer. When you're at Samagaun, you can glimpse the mountains in all their glory.
The Manaslu region houses numerous mountain peaks, and you'll be trekking through the bottom or base of those high mountain peaks. Tsum Valley and Manaslu circuit Trekking are the two sections of the Manaslu Region trek. Mountains like Siring Himal (7,165 m), Himal Chuli (7,893 m), Buddha Himal (6692 m), Cheo Himal, Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m), Manaslu (8,153 m), Samdo Peak, Manaslu North, Larke Peak, Himlung Himal, and many other summits can be witnessed during the 14 days Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Why is Manaslu Circuit Trek a cultural experience and not just natural?
In the Manaslu region, you will get a unique cultural experience because you will pass through villages with unique cultural identities. Buddhists and Hindus coexist here. You will learn about Hinduism at the trekking start point in lower altitudes; then, you will continue the trek to the upper regions, where you'll explore Buddhist culture as you progress higher.
The chorten at every village entry, as well as the numerous Mani walls, will astound you! You'll see that the locales are fairly traditional in their attire. During the circuit trek, you can witness large monasteries in the Manaslu region where monks study Buddhism. You can learn more about the culture there! Interacting with the local inhabitants who're descendent of Tibet and who honor their Tibetan Buddhist Traditions to this day can be eye-opening.
Among the several monasteries you can visit during the adventurous trek to the Manaslu region, the largest of which is Mu Gompa, where you can appreciate the warm hospitality of the local people and also explore the cluster of hallowed caves where the great master Milarepa meditated.
Best Features of the Manaslu Circuit Trek
- Off-the-beaten restricted trekking trail experience
- Spectacular vistas of the Himalayan Mountains, lush woods, tranquil rivers, and other natural wonders
- The magnificent backdrop of Mt. Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal Mountain Range
- Learning about the Himalayan people's unique culture, heritage, and way of life
- Crossing Larke La Pass, one of Nepal's most challenging passes
- Chance to witness Manaslu region's rich flora and endangered animals, such as the Himalayan tahr, snow leopard, and others
- The incredible hospitality of the local people
Major Attractions of the Manaslu Circuit Trek
Off-the-beaten trekking trail
The Manaslu region is an off-the-beaten-path excursion, opened not long ago for foreign visitors, which explains why there are fewer people here. Another reason there are fewer trekkers on this trekking path is that the government has designated it as a restricted territory for the preservation of the nature and culture of the region.
The trek is also remote, and it is not as well-equipped as the Annapurna base camp or Annapurna circuit trek. This is what makes the trekking route space unique from other trekking counterparts. It is still a teahouse trek, and the folks are fairly traditional, so everything tastes authentic. As a result, it is considered one of the most remote and off-the-beaten-path walking pathways.
The challenging Larke La Pass
The Larke La Pass is becoming increasingly popular among trekkers. The "Larke La pass," at a height of 5,160 meters, is the highest point of the Manaslu circuit trek and is considered one of the most grueling crossings traversing the Himalayas. The Manaslu circuit trekking allows you to have some of the most thrilling Himalayan experiences of your life. The path that leads to the top of the pass is difficult, and it may test your strength and passion several times. But the view you get to see and the feeling of accomplishment you get to feel once you've reached the top cannot be explained in words. You have to see that for yourself.
Low foot traffic for solitude lovers
Manaslu receives fewer tourists than other trekking trails in Nepal, such as the Everest base camp trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna circuit trek, and poon hill trek. This is due to government restrictions and low popularity. Only opened to 400 foreign tourists in 1992, this trekking route is yet to gain the popularity it deserves, but its tranquil atmosphere is something to be grateful for because it helps you connect to the environment better.
Getting around a lot of people can feel a bit frustrating when all you want is a peaceful vacation! The circuit trek is perfect for trekkers who prefer to be calm and explore the untamed outdoors in a peaceful manner, enjoying their solitude. You will also get a lot of opportunities to interact with the locals, so your social battery is still on!
Best kind of local hospitality
We treat visitors or guests as gods in Nepal, which is why Nepalese people strive to provide the best hospitality to visitors. All Nepalese are extremely welcoming, and the people of the Manaslu region are just as nice, if not more. The folks on the trekking trails are quite pleasant and cheery. As soon as they see you, they greet you with a sweet smile on their faces. Some may even say "Tashi Delek," which means "joyful to meet you." All these qualities make trekking in Nepal an adventurous as well as humbling experience.
Another reason people enjoy the Manaslu circuit trek is that many enjoy walking on snow in Nepal's High Himalayas and crossing glaciers while in Nepal. It feels like a piece of paradise, as they say. On this circuit trek, you will very certainly have to make the journey through moving glaciers and walk through the snow. The Larke La Pass is covered with snow for the majority of the year. Thus, circuit trekking in Manaslu is an excellent choice for your journey toward tranquillity.
Why is Outfitter Nepal a perfect choice for you?
At Outfitter Nepal, we offer the most affordable prices for fully inclusive trips with no hidden costs. We promise your safety, happiness, and lasting memories of your adventure. We take great pride in being an eco-friendly trekking company. We make sure that the trekkers taking our package to the Manaslu circuit region do not litter around the trekking trail. We also try to minimize our carbon footprint and go as local as possible to reduce our carbon footprint.
Outfitter Nepal has extensive experience leading hikes in Nepal's Himalayas. With our 14 days Manaslu Circuit Trek package for trekking in the Manaslu region, you'll be able to embark on the most exciting experience of your life. We go to great lengths to ensure that all of your trekking fantasies are accomplished. We look forward to aiding you in creating lifelong memories throughout your vacation, which can be tailored to your specific requirements.
Join us on one of our trek departure dates, or get in touch with us to tailor a Manaslu Circuit trek tailored to your specific needs. Enjoy this breathtaking adventure knowing that our qualified, experienced guides and porters will be there to assist you at every stage.