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ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT VS MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK

Annapurna and manaslu circuit trek

ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT VS MANASLU CIRCUIT TREK

  • September 09, 2022

Annapurna circuit trek vs Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Region and Manaslu region are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. There are many trekking Parts in this region. Especially Annapurna circuit is the most popular in the Annapurna Region and Manaslu circuit in Manaslu Region. Short treks, long treks, easy or more difficult, trekking lovers are spoiled for choice here in both regions. Both regions, Located between the subtropical zone and the polar zone, this region characterized in particular by the variety of their landscapes and the diversity of the populations that inhabit them.

If you considering, which is the best trek between the Annapurna circuit trek and the Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal?  Sometimes you might choose the Manaslu circuit trek or the Annapurna circuit trek. While both the Annapurna circuit trek and the Manaslu circuit trek are excellent and stunning treks in Nepal, which trek would be better suited for you? In this blog of the Annapurna circuit trek VS the Manaslu circuit trek, we compare for you the essentials and differences of both treks such as; Himalayan views, itineraries, differences in altitude, permits, culture, location, the best time to trek, and highlights of the treks. You can also check the trekking packages for the Annapurna Region and Manaslu Region.

The Annapurna circuit trek and the Manaslu circuit Camp trek are one of the most asked questions when it comes to the best trekking routes in Nepal! Both treks are popular and booked every year by thousands of trekkers from different countries. So which one is the best trek between the Annapurna circuit trek and the Manaslu circuit trek? Well in our view both of them are beautiful, and should be done at least once a life!

ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

Annapurna-circuit-trek

The Annapurna circuit trek is one of the most beautiful treks in the world. The Annapurna circuit trek did not become famous by chance, there are Objective reasons, such as the exceptional variety of landscapes come across and have greatly contributed to its fame. This great classic of Himalayan circuit treks owes its success to the variety of ethnic groups encountered. The beauty of the landscapes allows many people to make this trek in the best possible conditions During, this circuit discovery our steps led us in a few days bananas to the eternal snow line. After crossing rice fields, pine forests or rhododendrons, and deserts of rock and sand. From 900 to 5400 meters, a world of varied cultures unfolds before our eyes marveled. Gurung villages or thakalis are scattered in terraced fields, small Tibetan villages close around their monastery.

How Long is the Annapurna circuit trek?

 

The Annapurna circuit trek is its 135km long trekking route that circles the Annapurna massif over that pass on to Mustang valley. however, The distance can, differ from itinerary to itinerary. Some trekking companies and trekkers like to start in Beshishar- bhulbhule whereas others Trekker start from Jagat or Dharapani. The Annapurna Circuit trek usually takes about 12–16 days leaving from Kathmandu end Dharapani before returning to Kathmandu. Now, Most of the trekkers hire the jeep up to Tatopani from Muktinath and again they hike to Ghorepani poon hill also some other trekkers trek up to Annapurna Bas camp. which is going to be a bit long trek. The trail is moderate to fairly challenging and makes numerous river crossings over steel and wooden suspension bridges. Tea houses and lodges along the circuit are available for meals and accommodations.

Annapurna-circuit-trek
@manang valley

Outline itinerary of Annapurna circuit trek

 

This itinerary can be modified to shorter or longer by combining it with other treks such as the Mardi Himal trek, Khopra Ridge Trek, and also Annapurna base camp. Average trekking hours per day are between 5 to 6 hrs. Annapurna circuit trek itinerary in two weeks, a dream cherished by many enthusiasts. Progress with count steps to the famous Thorung La pass (5416 m), rough descent to Jomsom, the door of the nearby Mustang, Bon village of Lupra then continue to the foot of Dhaulagiri’s (8167 m) and Annapurnas (8091 m). This region offers us quite an astonishing variety. The progression in altitude is very slow and the acclimatization is thus excellent, to be able to cross the pass of Thorung (5,416 m) in good conditions. These ten days of walking are enhanced by the grace and kindness of the Nepalese, always warm. The trip ends in Jomsom, at the top of the gorges of Kali Gandaki.

Day ItineraryAltitude Accommodation Meals
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu 1350mHotelBreakfast
Day 2explore Kathmandu and prepare for trek1,350mHotelBreakfast
Day 3Drive -Beshishar-Jagat1,310mLodge, Tea HouseBreakfast-Lunch-dinner
Day 4Trekking from Jagat to dharpani1,900mLodge, Tea HouseBreakfast-Lunch-dinner
Day 5Trekking from dharapani to chame2,500mLodge, Tea HouseBreakfast-Lunch-dinner
Day 6Trekking from chame to upper pisang 3,500mLodge, Tea HouseBreakfast-Lunch-dinner
Day 7Trekking from upper pisang to Manang 3,500mLodge, Tea HouseBreakfast-Lunch-dinner
Day 8Acclimitization day 3,500mLodge, Tea HouseBreakfast-Lunch-dinner
Day 9Trekking from Manang to chulu leder4,200mLodge, Tea HouseBreakfast-Lunch-dinner
Day 10Trekking from chulu leder to Thorong high camp4,900mLodge, Tea HouseBreakfast-Lunch-dinner
Day 11Trekking from High camp- Thorong la pass (5420m)- mukthinath3,760mLodge, Tea HouseBreakfast-Lunch-dinner
Day 12Trekking from Mukthinath-lupra village to Jomsom2,800mLodge, Tea HouseBreakfast-Lunch-dinner
Day 13Fly to pokhara800mHotelBreakfast
Day 14Drive back to kathmandu/ flight is opt.1,350mhotelBreakfast
Day 15Final departure to international airport1,350m

 

Weather and climate in Annapurna circuit trek


While much of the Himalayas cannot trek in the wet season, much of the Annapurna circuit sits within a rain shadow. This means that it is possible to trek most parts of the circuit all year round, including the monsoon period. Trekking in the wet season is often encouraged as hikers avoid the crowds that plague the summer months. However, the days are often damp and many of the views are obscured by clouds. 

In the Annapurna region, the permanent snow line lies above 5000 m/ 16000 ft altitude. The area has precipitation due to snowfall and rainfall. The temperature varies according to the climatic zone

  • On an average scale, it rains about 1900 mm annually during the monsoon season.
  • In the subtropical area, the temperature ranges from 30 to 34 ℃in summer and 9 to 14 ℃ in winter.
  • the temperature range from 22 to 25 ℃ /72- 77 ℉ in summer and –2 to -5 ℃ in winter. From this point, you can experience snow and frost.
  • In the sub-alpine area, the annual temperature ranges from 6 to 10 ℃. There is snowfall from December to May in this zone. The arctic area falls in the permanent snowline zone, so the temperature is always below the freezing point.

What is the Best time to do the Annapurna circuit   Trek?

 

Annapurn-circuit-trek
  Tanki manang

What’s so special season for the Annapurna circuit trek? is, that it can be done the whole year round. Of course, there are those seasons when the Annapurna circuit trek is best in terms of weather, and views! The best season to do the Annapurna circuit trek is either in the spring season (March to May) ) or in the fall/autumn season (September to December). During these two seasons, the weather is quite comfortable and you’ll get to see those clear blue skies and white-capped Himalayan Mountains during the whole trek to and from the Annapurna circuit trek! Do keep in mind that during the fall/autumn season the weather will be colder at night and you’ll have to organize your trekking clothes accordingly.

SUMMER  In June and July, the humid air masses of the Bay of Bengal collide and rise on the Himalayas. Moisture in the air cools and falls as rain — the monsoon. Its effects are uneven across Nepal, and some regions are less affected. The monsoon loses its intensity as it moves from the southeast to the northwest; north of the Annapurna in the areas of Manang, Naar, Phu, Dolpo, and Mustang the effect of the monsoon is minor. Elsewhere, the paths can be slippery with mud and are often infested with leeches.

WINTER Heavy snowfall sometimes makes high-altitude passes impassable. Trekking is still possible, but preferably at altitudes below 4000m because of the cold. The weather is very clear and the mountain visibility is excellent. Annapurna circuit trek can also be done but there are no guarantees that you’ll see the best views possible. So in short, to get the best experience of the Annapurna circuit trek you’ll want to either book it during the spring season (March to May) or during the fall/autumn season (September to December)!

Popular Mountain views during the Annapurna Circuit Trek


Annapurna Trekking, especially in the Himalayas is mostly to be able to see some of those incredible high mountains and peaks up close. During the Annapurna circuit trek, you’ll get your fair share of some of the highest mountains in the world! To make it easier for you we have made a shortlist of the most popular mountains that you can see during the Annapurna circuit trek.

S.NMOUNTAINHEIGHTRegion
1Buddha Himal 6600mManaslu
2Himal chuli7,893mManaslu
3Ngadi chuli (Dr: harka gurung peak7,871mManaslu
4Manaslu Himal (8160m)8,160mManaslu
5Lamjung Himal 6983m6.983mAnnapurna
6Annapurna II7,972mAnnapurna
7Annapurna III7,555mAnnapurna
8Annapurna IV7,525mAnnapurna
9Annapurna 18Annapurna
10Gangapurna7,454mAnnapurna
11Tare Kang (Glacier dome7,069mAnnapurna
12Khangser kang7,485mAnnapurna
13Tilicho Peak 7,134mAnnapurna
14Pisang Peak 6,091mAnnapurna
15Chulu far east 6,100mAnnapurna
16Chulu West6.419mAnnapurna
17Chulu central 6,584mAnnapurna
18Genjang Himal6.111mAnnapurna
19Purbung Himal6,500mAnnapurna
20purkang Himal 6,165mAnnapurna
21Yakwakang Himal 6,484mAnnapurna
22Thorong peak 6,144mAnnapurna
23Khatunkang 6,484mAnnapurna
24phalkang 6,180mAnnapurna
25Tukche Himal 6,920mDhaulagiri
26Dhaulagiri Himal 8,167m Dhaulagiri
27Machhapucher 6,997mAnnapurna

 

The Most  climbing  peak in the Annapurna circuit trek

 

  • Chulu far east
  • Chulu west
  • Chulu east
  • Pisang peak
  • Thorong peak

 

The most popular Monastary and lakes you cross on a trail

 

Annapurna circuit trek, circuit trek rounding Annapurna means you will have not only many incredible high mountains, peaks, but also villages, Gumpas, lake animal flora, and fauna, etc! To make it easier for you we have made a shortlist of the most popular Monastery, lakes, and villages that you can see during the Annapurna circuit trek. 

Major Gumba in Annapurna circuit trek

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  Braka Monastery

1: Lophelling monastery

Lophelling Monastery lies near Ngawal village 3600m. This sacred Gumpa is one of the most famous monasteries in the Annapurna circuit trek.   This Monastery itself accommodates several monks who dedicate their life to Buddhism and this place is best for long-term retreats and meditational practice. Even further this monastery runs a Lophelling Primary School for underprivileged kids from the villages.

2: Braka gumpa

This braka monastery is 600-year-old Braga Gompa hidden away in the Annapurna mountains. , this gumpa lies just 3 km from Manang. The ancient monastery resting against a unique rocky backdrop is part of the Kagyu lineage. Though locals lamas worship at the monastery every day, the congregation is especially overwhelming during the Dashain puja in October and Nyung Ne Fasting in April. The Monastery is filled with interesting attractions such as clay statues of different Buddhas and Lamas, as well as complete sets of Kangyur and Tengyur wrote on Tibetan and Nepali paper in gold.

3: Milarepa cave

A cave (4100m) associated with Milarepa in Nepal on the Annapurna Circuit trek just outside Manang. It is attributed to have been the residence of the famous Tibetan Buddhist Siddha Milarepa during his stay in the 11th century in what is now modern-day northern Nepal. This site also includes a holy spring and a gumpa. The cave is located beyond the gumpa, with locals praying from the edge of a glacial moraine.

Major lakes in Annapurna circuit Trek

 

1:  Ice lak

Ice lake is located in the Annapurna region, at 4600m altitude. ice Lake is one of the most popular side hikes of the Annapurna Circuit trek. The hike takes an additional 1 day from Barka or Manang village. The trail climbs gradually in a series of long switchbacks around 4-5 hours. At this lake their a small stupa and a small shelter to protect from the wind. Ice lake at 4600m you can sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor. A beautiful lake (which may or may not be frozen) with the incredible backdrop of Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Kangsar Kang.

2: Gangapurna tal

Ganagapurna lake is located just near manang village. it is a glacial lake formed by glaciers from Mt Gangapurna (7,454m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Khangsar Kang, and Glacier Dom. you can sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor. A beautiful lake (which may or may not be frozen) with the incredible backdrop of Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Kangsar Kang.

3:Tilicho lake

Tilicho Lake is a lake located in the Manang of Annapurna circuit trek. It is situated at  4,919 meters (16,138 ft) in the Annapurna Tilicho Lake and is one of the most popular side hikes of the Annapurna Circuit trek. it takes additional 3–4 days to hike. No camping is required, as new lodges have been built between Manang and the lake. The final approach to the lake is done in a day hike from the  Tilicho Base Camp lodge.

Where does the Annapurna circuit trek is lies?


Annapurna-circuit-trk

Located in Gandaki state just raise from northeast to northwest of the Annapurna Himalayas the Annapurna circuit trek, the trek starts from the lower elevation variety of landscapes passing from the rice field and banana plantations to the sublime deserts and peaks of altitude without forgetting the diversity of the lifestyles of the inhabitants. Gurung peasants, Thakalis, Tibetan people, and villages with traditional houses built of stones and colored. The Annapurnas just about 210 km west of Kathmandu remain the favorite terrain of hikers and a trekking destination. It is in this region that we find the most mythical treks in the world..and make their way in a northwards direction to Annapurna Base Camp. The Annapurna region of Nepal lies in a northwestern direction from the capital Kathmandu and requires you to travel to Pokhara to end the trek. Pokhara is an amazing city located on the banks of Phewa Lake and surrounded by hills with Mt Machhapuchhare (the famous Fishtail Mountain) looking over the lakeside city. From Pokhara, it’s a short drive to Ghandruk via Nayapul from where the trek to ABC officially starts

 

What is Max elevation during the Annapurna Circuit Trek?

Thorong-la-pass

When comparing the Annapurna circuit trek Vs the Manaslu circuit trek, the maximum elevation during the trek places a big role. The Annapurna circuit trek has its max elevation of 5420 meters or 13,545 feet at thorong la pass. itself. This maximum elevation is high than the Manaslu circuit 5,160 meters or 18,192 feet at larkye la pass. Nevertheless, the max elevation of the Annapurna circuit trek is still high and worth it! While there is almost no chance to get AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) during the Annapurna circuit trek due to its high elevations, we take care to not increase in elevation too fast.

 

Are Permits required for the Annapurna Circuit trek?


Yes, a trekker requires two different types of trekking permits g to do the Annapurna Circuit trek. Annapurna circuit lies inside The Annapurna conservation area, established by the government of Nepal in 1992 and is the largest protected area in Nepal. With the mission to avoid overcrowding and make sure there are funds to maintain and further develop the trekking regions in Nepal.

         1: ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area enter Permit).

ACAP is managed by the National Trust for Nature Conservation. Some portion of the cost for the ANCAP goes to the trust for the conservation of this beautiful region. This Annapurna Conservation area is located across the Lamjung, Manang, Lamjung, Mustang, and Myagdi districts of Nepal. It was established to create sustainable economic and social development to benefit the local people of the region.

       2:TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System Permit)

Trekkers Information Management System is a must for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. This is a basic permit implemented jointly by the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN)  and NTB Nepal Tourism Board to ensure the safety and security of every trekker.

With these two permits, you can freely enter and explore the Annapurna Conservation Area. There will be a check-post along the route to Annapurna Base Camp that will check these permits, and if you do not have them, you will be refused entry!


Culture during the Annapurna Circuit Trek

 

The biological diversity of the Annapurna circuit trek is equally rivaled by its cultural diversity. the cultural aspect of the Annapurna circuit trek is unique in its way. While the area is populated by different ethnical groups, Gurung and Magar are the dominant groups in the south, whereas Thakali, Mananges, and Loba are dominant in the north. Each of these groups speaks its dialect and has unique cultures and traditions. Besides, there are also Brahmin, Chhetri, and other occupational castes although in comparatively smaller numbers. Hindu, Buddhist, and pre-Buddhist religions along with a mixture of all these are prevalent across the region. Depending on which season you’ll trek in Nepal you might be there during a festival. which will make your cultural experience of the Annapurna circuit trek even more exciting! The most popular festivals in this region are the Dashain (October), Tihar (October-November), and Tamu Loshar (beginning of the New Year) festivals and Traditionally Yartung festival horses riding (manang and mustang valley). As the dates always change every year, it’s best to check with our Alpinist club adventures team if you are planning a trek during a festival season!

Highlights of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek


Annapurna circuit is one of the best trekking destinations in the world. Annapurna circuit Trek “Land of Himalayas,” is blessed with diverse landscapes, natural beauties, and rich biodiversity. Nepal is rich in natural beauty and consists of diverse cultures, traditions, and ethnicity. Among the many treks in Nepal, Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most famous treks in Nepal. This Nepal Annapurna Circuit trek offers a lifetime experience with its stunning natural beauties, rich biodiversity, diverse culture, and breathtaking views of the Annapurna Range.

    1: The Annapurna Mountain Peaks

One of the major highlights of the Nepal Annapurna Circuit Trek is the stunning Himalayan views of the Annapurna himal range and its neighboring peaks. The trek embraces an adventurous journey through the foothills of the world’s 7th Dhaulagiri, 8th highest peak Manaslu 8160m, and 10th highest peak Annapurna (8,091 m). This Annapurna Trek rewards the trekkers with towering views and panoramic sights of mountains, including Annapurna I, II, and II, the Machhapuchhre Peak, the Nilgiri Himal, Mount Gangapurna, the Lamjung Peak, chulu Himalayas range, Dhaulagiri range and many more, throughout the trek.

    2: Crossing the Thorong La Pass 5420m:           

One of the Highest Mountain Pass Located at an altitude of 5,416 meters. It is situated between the Khatung Kang and the Yakawa Kang Hima and connects the valley of Manang to Mustang.  the Thorong La Pass is another major highlight of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. This trek’s most challenging part is crossing one of the highest mountain passe. . This is the highest point of this Annapurna Trek that offers beautiful views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain Peaks.

     3: Manang village:

Manang is the biggest Gurung settlement and is situated in the broad valley of the Marshyangdi River to the north of the Annapurna mountain range and Annapurna himal. . To the west the Thorong La pass (5420m) leads to Muktinath s and the valley of the kali Gandaki River. To the north, there is the Chulu East peak of 6,584 m (21,601 ft). Most groups trekking around the Annapurna range will take Acclimatize days in Manang to the high altitude, before taking on Thorong La pass. The village is situated on the northern slope, which gets the most sunlight and the least snow cover in the winter. Now, There are motorable roads as well as trails where goods are transported on jeep or mule trains or carried by porters.

     4: Unique fauna and flora:

 Annapurna circuit trek takes you through lush hilly jungles filled with pine and rhododendron trees. During the spring season, orchids and marigold flowers are in bloom turning the Annapurna Valley into a colorful picture. Annapurna region Himalayan vegetation varies according to both altitude and climatic conditions. They range from the tropical deciduous forests in the foothills to temperate forests in the middle altitudes. Higher up, coniferous, sub-alpine, and alpine forests spring up.

Wildlife is also not scary in the Annapurna region, from the common pheasant to the snow leopards and red pandas. Other mammals include Asian black bear, grey wolf, dhole, Assam macaque, Himalayan musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan tahr, mainland serow, Himalayan goral, woolly hare, horseshoe bat, Himalayan mouse-hare, and black-lipped pika. Although very rare on a lucky day you might even see a glimpse of a leopard during the Annapurna circuit trek

     5: 3 of the top 14 Highest Mountains in the World:

During the Annapurna circuit trek, you get to see incredible high mountains and peaks, whereof three of them are listed in the top ten highest mountains of the world! They are Mt. Manaslu (8160m), ranked 8th height peal, Mt Dhaulagiri  ranked the 7th highest mountain in the world, and Mt Annapurna I  ranked the 10th highest mountain in the world

 

                       MANASLU REGION


Manaslu-circuit-trek

Manaslu is the eighth highest peak on the earth and one of the most spectacular regions. The Manaslu region offers a combination of cultural diversity and fantastic mountain scenery. This unspoiled and wild region was forbidden until recently (1992). It is one of the lesser-known Himalayan regions offering time travel in Nepal. The high mountain is inhabited by Lamas, devout Buddhists, and lower down, we find mostly Gurungs. The Tsum valley opened to trekkers very recently and has kept intact all its culture and authenticity. It is characterized by its monasteries and Gompas settle on the side of the wall or in the pine forests. This authentic Tibetan valley will amaze you with the variety of its landscapes and richness in flora and fauna.

Manaslu circuit trek

Manaslu circuit trek is the Neighbor of the Annapurna circuit trek. The Manaslu is a massif graceful without comparison to other regions. Its secret valleys have always seen yak caravans trading with Tibet. In this region Landscapes of high mountains and high valleys are sinking into the heart of glaciers.  And, the gigantic walls of the Himal Chuli, Mt. Manaslu, and traditional villages are the ingredients of this beautiful trekking route. The Manaslu circuit trek is within a restricted region of Nepal. Additionally, to access this route you’ll need a special trekking permit from the trekking agency, which is registered by the Nepal government. Solo trekkers are also not allowed, where a minimum group size of two people is required. To know the cost of the permit click here trekking permit

How Long is the Manaslu circuit trek?

The most popular Manaslu trek is its 177 km long trekking route that circles the Manaslu massif over that pass on to the Annapurna circuit trek. however, The distance can, differ from itinerary to itinerary. Some trekking companies and trekkers like to start in Arughat Bazar whereas others only start atSoti. Khola. or some companies start from Barpak, laprak to cross a push hill (3200m) for good acclimatization and more beautiful views of the region.

The Manaslu  Circuit trek usually takes about 14–16 days leaving from Kathmandu end Dharapani or beshishar before returning to Kathmandu. The trail is moderate to fairly challenging and makes numerous river crossings over steel and wooden suspension bridges. Tea houses and lodges along the circuit are available for meals and accommodations. Some groups may opt for tents but these are typically only used for side trips away from lodges such as climbing a peak.

Mt: Manaslu from shyala village

Outline itinerary Manaslu circuit trek

This itinerary can be modified to shorter or longer by combining it with other treks such as the Tsum valley trek, Rupina la pass Trek, and also via barpak laprak village. Average trekking hours per day are between 5 to 6 hrs. Manaslu circuit trek itinerary in two weeks, a dream cherished by many enthusiasts. Progress with count steps to the famous Larkya la pass (516o m), rough descent to Bhimthang and dharapani, the door of the nearby Annapurna circuit trek, gurung village nache then continue to tal village and drive to beshishar to Kathmandu. This region offers us quite an astonishing variety. The progression in altitude is very slow and the acclimatization is thus excellent, to be able to cross the pass larkya la pass (5,160 m) in good conditions. These 2 weeks of walking are enhanced by the grace and kindness of the Nepalese, always warm. The trip ends in dharapani – beshishar, at the top of the gorges of Marshyandi River.

DAYROUTEALTITUDEACCOMODATION MEALS
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu 1,350mHotelBreakfast
Day 2Prepare for trek and explore kathmandu valley1,350mHotelBreakfast
Day 3Drive to Barpak village 1,900mTea House, Lodge Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 4Trekking from Barpak-momchee to Laprak village 2,200mTea House, Lodge Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 5Trekking form Laprak to Khorla beshi950mTea House, Lodge Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 6Trekking form Khorla beshi to salleri1,440mTea House, Lodge Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 7Trekking from salleri to pewa 1,840mTea House, Lodge Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 8Trekking from pewa to prok village 2,500mTea House, Lodge Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 9Hike to kala tal (side trip/acclimatize) 3,600mTea House, Lodge Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 10Trekking from prok to Lho 3,200mTea House, Lodge Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 11Trek from Lho to sama village 3,500mTea House, Lodge Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 12Acclimatization day3,500mTea House, Lodge Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 13Trekking from sama to samdo village3,800mTea House, Lodge Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 14Trekking from samdo to Dharmosala4,440mTea House, Lodge Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 15Trekking - larkya la pass (5160m)- Bhimthang valley3,700mTea House, Lodge Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 16Trekking from Bhimthang to surki khola2,500mTea House, Lodge Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 17Trekking from Surki khola to Nachhe village 2,000mTea House, Lodge Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
Day 18Drive- besishari- Kathmandu 1,350mHotelBreakfast-Lunch
Day 19Final Departure to international Airport

Weather and climate in Manaslu trek

Knowing about the Manaslu Trek weather and climate helps provide you with a comfortable trekking experience. It is because the climatic conditions affect trekking and expedition activities. in the mountain, The weather and temperature are unpredictable when traveling above the 2500 m altitude. So, you must be prepared before going on adventures. the weather in the Manaslu Circuit trail as you can imagine is quite unpredictable. Quickly changing weather, clouds interchange with sunny moments, humidity, rain, and strong winds, and weather varies throughout the year from sunny to cold and dry to wet. Hence, you must be prepared for anything; in wet, dry, cold, or even warm conditions. It will make your trekking experience more enjoyable if you look out in advance about Manaslu Circuit Trek.

In the Manaslu region, the permanent snow line lies above 5000 m/ 16000 ft altitude. The area has precipitation due to snowfall and rainfall. The temperature varies according to the climatic zone

  1. On an average scale, it rains about 1900 mm annually during the monsoon season.
  2. In the subtropical area, the temperature ranges from 30 to 34 ℃in summer and 9 to 14 ℃ in winter.
  3. the temperature range from 22 to 25 ℃ /72- 77 ℉ in summer and –2 to -5 ℃ in winter. From this point, you can experience snow and frost.
  4. In the sub-alpine area, the annual temperature ranges from 6 to 10 ℃. There is snowfall from December to May in this zone. The arctic area falls in the permanent snowline zone, so the temperature is always below the freezing point.

 

What is the Best time to do the Manaslu circuit Trek?

birendra lake manaslu-trek
Birendra lake and Mt; manaslu

What’s so special season for the Manaslu circuit trek? is, that it can be done the whole year round? Of course, there are those seasons when the Manaslu circuit trek is best in terms of weather, and views! The best season to do the Manaslu is either in the spring season (March to May) ) or in the fall/autumn season (September to December). During these two seasons, the weather is quite comfortable and you’ll get to see those clear blue skies and white-capped Himalayan Mountains

Summer In June and July, the humid air masses of the Bay of Bengal collide and rise on the Himalayas. Moisture in the air cools and falls as rain — the monsoon. Its effects are uneven across Nepal, and some regions are less affected. The monsoon loses its intensity as it moves from the southeast to the northwest; Elsewhere, the paths can be slippery with mud and are often infested with leeches. Manaslu circuit trek can also be done but there are no guarantees that you’ll see the best views possible.

Winter season (December and January) Heavy snowfall sometimes makes high-altitude passes impassable. Trekking is still possible, but preferably at altitudes below 4000m because of the cold. The weather is very clear and the mountain visibility is excellent. Manaslu circuit trek can also be done but there are no guarantees that you’ll cross larkya la pass because of snow but the best views possible. So in short, to get the best experience of the Manaslu circuit trek you’ll want to either book it during the spring season (March to May) or during the fall/autumn season (September to December)!

Major Mountain views during the Manaslu Circuit Trek


Trekking, especially in the Himalayas is mostly to be able to see some of those incredible high mountains and peaks up close. During the Manaslu circuit trek, you’ll get your fair share of some of the highest mountains in the world! we have made a shortlist of the most popular mountains To make it easier for you that you can see them during the Manaslu circuit trek.

S.NMOUNTAINHEIGHTREGION
1BUDDHA HIMAL6.990MLOWER MANASLU
2CHARACHURI HIMAL5,700MLOWER MANASLU
3NISARANG HIMAL5,800LOWER MANASLU
4GANESH HIMAL II7,118MLOWER MANASLU
5GANESH HIMAL III7,043MLOWER MANASLU
6GANESH HIMAL IV (PABIL HIMAL)7,104MLOWER MANASLU
7 LANGTANG HIMAL7,234MLANGTANG
8CHAMAR HIMA7,165MTSUM VALLEY
9SHIRINGI HIMAL7,083MMANASLU
10BHI PEAK5,900mMANASLU
11HIMAL CHULI7,893MMANASLU
12NGADI HIMAL7,873MMANASLU
13PUNGYEN HIMALMANASLU
14MANASLU HIMAL8,160MMANASLU
15NORTH MANASLU7,000mMANASLU
16LARKYA PEAK6,249MANASLU
17NORTH LARKYA6,000MMANASLU
18PANGPOCHE6,620MANASLU
19CHEO HIMAL6,820MMANASLU
20PUMORI HIMAL7,161MANNAPURNA
21KANG GURU HIMAL6,367MANNPAURNA
22ANNAPURNA II7,973MANNAPURNA
23LAMJUNG HIMAL6,983MANNAPURNA

The most popular Monastary and lakes you cross on a trail


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@lho monastery  Manaslu

Manaslu circuit trek, circuit trek around Manaslu means you will have not only many incredible high mountains, and peaks, but also villages, Gumpas, lake animal flora, and fauna, etc. During the Manaslu circuit trek, you’ll get your fair share of some of the highest mountains in the world! To make it easier for you we have made a shortlist of the most popular mountains and villages that you can see during the Manaslu circuit trek.

Major gumpa  in Manaslu circuit trek

 

           1:  Lho  gumba

This sacred place houses lho Gompa, one of the most famous monasteries in Manaslu also there are some meditations. Lho Monastery itself accommodates the number of monks who dedicate their life to Buddhism and this place is best for long-term retreat and meditational practice. Even further this monastery runs a Lho Primary School for underprivileged kids from the villages.

       2: Serange gumba

Sarang Gumba(4200m) delights clients with much time encountering wild animals in front of Sringi Himalaya. Moreover, It preserves old art inside a cave and the tradition of Buddism and Hinduism on high land. serange  Beyul, Kyimolung – the Hidden Valley of Happiness, is referred in ancient Buddhist texts prophesied by Guru Padma Sambhva in the 8th century. Kyimolung means “Happy Valley” or “Valley of Peace”. This is a sacred pilgrimage site with religious significance located in Manaslu.

         3: Hinang Gumba

Hinang Gumba of Manaslu Circuit Trek is Located in the village of Hinang village. without any doubt, Hinang gompa is one of the most beautiful gompas in Manaslu Circuit Trek.  It sits with a backdrop of Mt. Himalchuli, ngadi himal, and rhododendron and pine forest in the background. The road to this gompa separates from the  Lihi village after walking 15 minutes.  even you can visit the Hinang glacier further up from the hinang gumba. it is the nynimapa gumba and the main idol in the gumba is Gautam buddha on the right side is Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), and on the left is Guru Karmapa. It is also a Buddhist school. during winter, students studying here go to Namobuddha Gumba in Kathmandu.

 

Major lakes in the Manaslu circuit trek

 

          1: Kalo tal  / Kalmachum Lake

kalo Lake is also known as  Kalmachum Lake. A lake located in the Manaslu region, at 3600m altitude. It is situated at an altitude of 3600 meters (16,138 ft) in the mansiri himal range of the Himalayas. kalo Lake is the destination of one of the most popular side hikes of the Manaslu Circuit trek. The hike takes an additional 1 day from prok village. and it is the biggest lake in the Manaslu region. the trail is completely forested with pine and rhododendron, fir, and langurs. . from the prok it is a total ascent uphill trail for the first 3-4 hours. and you arrive at Pari Gompa.  You can see the beautiful village of Prok from here and the village on the far away cliff and shirinki himal and Manaslu.

      2: Birendra  tal

Birendra Lake is a freshwater lake located in Manaslu Glacier in Gorkha District in northern-central Nepal Birendra Taal is nearby Punhyen Glacier and Gompa in Samagaun.is the destination of one of the most popular side hikes of the Manaslu Circuit trek. The hike takes additional 1hours from sama village.

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sunrise in Manaslu view from Kalo lake

 

Where does the Manaslu circuit trek is lies?

 

Located in Gandaki state just raise from northeast to northwest of the Gorkha and mansiri Himalayas the Manaslu circuit trek, trek starting from the lower elevation variety of landscapes passing from the rice field and banana plantations to the snowlines and peaks of altitude without forgetting the diversity of the lifestyles of the inhabitants. There are two ethnicities mainly inhabiting high regions Nubri and Tsum. Manaslu has been frequently visited since Nepal opened itself for tourism in 1950,  In the central hills of the region, Gurungs are the main ethnic group who have joined the Brigade of Gurkhas in large numbers. Closer to Tibet, the Bhutias (also spelled Bhotias), akin to the Sherpa group, of Tibetan ethnicity dominate the scene as can be discerned from their flat-roofed houses, and they are distinctly Buddhists. The region is dotted with austere monasteries, mani walls, chortens, and other Buddhist religious landmarks.

 

What is Max elevation during the Manaslu circuit Trek?

 

When comparing the Annapurna circuit trek Vs the Manaslu circuit trek, the maximum elevation during the trek places a big role. The Manaslu circuit trek has its max elevation of 5160 meters at Larkya la pass.  This maximum elevation is less than the Annapurna circuit Throng la pass (5420m). Nevertheless, the max elevation of the Annapurna circuit trek is still high and worth it! While there is almost no chance to get AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) during the Manaslu circuit trek due to its high elevations, we take care to no increase elevation too fast.

Are Permits required for the Manaslu Circuit trek?

 

Yes, a trekker requires Three different types of trekking permits  to do the Manaslu Circuit trek. Manaslu circuit lies inside The Manaslu conservation area and Touch with Annapurna Conservation.

permit you needed

  1. MACAP
  2. ACAP
  3. SPECIAL PERMIT

           1: MCAP (Manaslu conservation area project)

The Manaslu Conservation Area was declared as such in December 1998 under the National Parks and Wild Life Conservation Act. The conservation area covered is 1,663 square kilometers (642 sq mi) and is managed by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) of Nepal. The status of “conservation area” applied to the Manaslu area or region was with the basic objective “To conserve and sustainable management of the natural resources and rich cultural heritage and to promote ecotourism to improve the livelihood of the local people in the MCA region

             2: ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area enter Permit).

ACAP is managed by the National Trust for Nature Conservation. Some portion of the cost for the ANCAP goes to the trust for the conservation of this beautiful region. This Annapurna Conservation area is located across the Lamjung, Manang, Lamjung, Mustang, and Myagdi districts of Nepal. It was established to create sustainable economic and social development to benefit the local people of the region.

             3: Special permit or restricted Area Permit

Trekkers in Nepal are allowed to trek as Free Individual Trekkers or in a group of various sizes. However, there are certain trekking regions known as ‘Restricted Areas’ that are highly regulated by the Government of Nepal, and hence FITs are strictly forbidden. Trekking in these areas is allowed only upon acquiring a permit from the Department of Immigration. Trekkers should contact the authorized trekking agencies who then can apply for permits (on behalf of trekkers) at the Department of Immigration fulfilling all the necessary formalities. Trekkers should be trekking in a group (of a minimum of two persons) accompanied by a licensed trekking guide. Individual trekkers cannot apply for a permit.

With these Three permits, you can freely enter and explore the Annapurna Conservation Area. There will be a check-post along the route to Annapurna Base Camp that will check these permits, and if you do not have them, you will be refused entry!

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Kani gate before getting into sama village

 

Highlights of the Manaslu circuit Trek


Manaslu circuit is one of the best trekking destinations in the world. Manaslu circuit trek “Land of bayul,” is blessed with diverse landscapes, natural beauties, and rich biodiversity. Nepal is rich in natural beauty and consists of diverse cultures, traditions, and ethnicity. Among the many treks in Nepal, Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the most famous treks in Nepal. This Nepal Manaslu Circuit trek offers a lifetime experience with its stunning natural beauties, rich biodiversity, diverse culture, and breathtaking views of the Annapurna Range.

1: The  Ganesh himal range and Gorkha himal mansiri himal range

One of the major highlights of the Manaslu circuit trek Ganesh himal range extends from chilime Khola in the east to the upper basin budhi Gandaki river in the west. the group culminates in Ganesh himal 197406m) and Gorkha himal stretches from the darudi rive and budhi Gandaki in the east to the marshyandi river in the west. the mani peak are buddha himal (6742m), himal chuli (7892m) and Manaslu Himal (8160m)

2: Culture and tradition during the Manaslu  circuit Trek

The biological diversity of the Manaslu circuit trek is equally rivaled by its cultural diversity. the cultural aspect of the Manaslu circuit trek is unique in its way. While the area is populated by different ethnical groups, Gurung and lamas Nubri are the dominant groups in the north. Each of these groups speaks their own dialect and has unique cultures and traditions. Besides, there are also Brahmin, Chhetri, and other occupational castes although in comparatively smaller numbers. Hindu, Buddhist, and Bon Po religions along with a mixture of all these are prevalent across the region.

Depending on which season you’ll trek in Manaslu (nubri valley) you might be there during a festival. Which will make your cultural experience of the Manaslu circuit trek even more exciting! The most popular festivals in this region are the  Tamu Loshar and Sonam loshar (beginning of the New Year) festivals and Traditionally Yartung festival  horses riding (manang and mustang valley).As the dates always change every year, it’s best to check with our Alpinist club adventures team if you are planning a trek during a festival season!

3: Mt. Manaslu 8th highest peak in the world

Manaslu is a popular and most climbing mountain in Nepal. Manaslu is also known as Kutang is the eighth-highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters above sea level. It is in the Mansiri Himal or Gorkha himal in the west-central part of Nepal. The name Manaslu means “mountain of the spirit” and is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning “intellect” or “soul”. Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956, by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition.

4: Manaslu Base Camp (4848m)

Manaslu Base camp is possibly the most exciting side trip of Manaslu Circuit Trek. The whole trip will take about 1 day for the average trekker. To catch this trail to base camp,  first, you go to Birendra Lake and then walk to the right corner of the lake. From there you can see a Trail going up that joins with the Manaslu Base Camp trail.  The trail encompasses forests, barren lands, and sharp climbs so brace yourself. At the top is a small chorten with a lot of prayer flags that mark Manaslu Base Camp.

5: Crossing the larkya La Pass 5160m:         

One of the Highest Mountain Pass Located at an altitude of 5,160 meters. It is situated between the Larkya peak and the himlung Himal range and connects the valley of bhimthang.  the larkya La Pass is another major highlight of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This trek’s most challenging part is crossing one of the highest mountain passe.

6:  shyala , sama gau  and samdo village village:

Sama village is only one village in the world which lies on the foot of 8ooom peak . there is no village lying on the foot of 8000m. Sama gau is the biggest nubri people settlement and is situated in the broad valley of the Budi Gandaki River at the foot of Manaslu himal. To the west, the larkye La pass (5160m) leads to bhimthang and passes on the door of the Annapurna circuit of the Marshyandi River. To the north there is a samdo village, last village in Manaslu circuit trek, some trekker they do acclimation here.. Most groups trekking around Manaslu circuit trek will take Acclimatize days in sama village to the high altitude, before taking on larkya peak La pass. The village is situated on the northern slope, which gets the most sunlight. Now, There are still no motorable roads like in manang village or Annapurna circuit trek. As well as trails where goods are transported on yaks or mules trains or carried by porters.

7:  Unique fauna and flora in Manaslu circuit trek:

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jagat on the way to manaslu

 this Nubri valley is a sanctuary for many highly endangered animals, including snow leopards and red pandas. Other mammals include the Asian black bear, grey wolf, dhole, Assam macaque, Himalayan musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan tahr, mainland serow, Himalayan goral, woolly hare, horseshoe bat, Himalayan mouse-hare, and black-lipped pika. Over 110 species of birds, 33 mammals, 11 butterflies, and 3 reptiles have been recorded. The area important habitat for the snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, blue sheep, and the Himalayan tahr. Some 110 species of birds have been identified in the area, including the golden eagle, Eurasian griffon, Himalayan griffon, blood, impeyan, kalij and koklass pheasants, Himalayan and Tibetan snow cocks, and the crimson horned pheasant. Conservation of wildlife in the area has been achieved by monks of the monasteries in the area by putting a hunting ban in the Manaslu region

In the Manaslu region, three main categories of vegetation have been identified. These are categorized based on the altitude as low hill, middle mountain, and high mountain types with their exclusive types of dominant forests and other associated species. The valley basin has a rich diversity and includes nineteen different types of forests, most prominently rhododendron, and also Himalayan blue pine, which is flanked by Ganesh Himal and the Sringi ranges. Medicinal herbs and aromatic plants have also been recorded in different forest types and adjoining vegetation. Overall, the presence of 19 types of forests and other forms of dominant vegetation have been recorded from the area. An estimated 1,500–2,000 plant species grow here.

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pungyen himal near pungyen gumpa

 

 

 

 

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