Manaslu Trek 2023/2024
Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal is strenuous physically, enriching culturally, and beautiful scenically.
Around Manaslu trekking is the most renowned teahouse trekking in the off-the-beaten trail in Nepal compared to other destinations. It is a classic trek that presents the world’s eighth-highest mountain panorama along with ethnic culture, Buddhist architecture, and beautiful epic sceneries including wildlife.
The word Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa, meaning meaning "intellect" or "soul". Also, it is known by the name "mountain of the spirit". Trekking to Manaslu in Nepal remained restricted for a long time and opened recently in 1992 to non-natives. It lies in the border region between Nepal and Tibet. It's a less-traded Himalayan trekking zone and is listed as one of the most stylish trekking packages in Nepal trekking.
Manaslu is a protected region. It has been declared the Conservation Area in 1998 by the Nepal government. It preserves the entire Manaslu region. Manaslu conservation area is home to different species and floras. It covers 1,663 square kilometers in the Mansiri Himal range of the Himalayas. It is located in the Gorkha district of Nepal.
However, Mt. Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal is gaining popularity day by day due to its charming and untouched naturally beautiful spirit. Most of the trekking agencies are also promoting this destination nowadays as it is the less-explored trekking sector in Nepal. It offers great mountain sceneries and ultimate adventure knowledge. Mount. Manaslu, Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Ganesh Himal, Kang Guru, and other glaciers are the major attractions of the Manaslu circuit in Nepal.
Manaslu round trek is a kind of adventure trekking in the Himalayan region of Nepal. It offers beautiful views of Mt. Manaslu and other peaks. The ethnic culture and tradition are awesome.
Walking along the lush sub-tropical forest up to the highest Himalayan zone in the Manaslu region, you can see the splendid forests of rhododendron, juniper, and pine. Along with the jaw-dropping mountain scenery, different flowering plants in different altitudes places are grown up there. On the other hand, colorful wild creatures similar as snow Leopard, Paika, Himalayan Black Bear, Deer, and numerous other creatures are set up in this Manaslu Conservation Area.
Crossing the precarious suspension bridges in many places is another distinctive experience. These are wooden bridges used for crossing rivers in the ancient period.
Likewise, the beautiful cascades on the way also make your touring trail fascinating. You get the opportunity to click the photos of captivating flora and fauna against the backdrop of natural scenery.
Besides, the few settlements located in the far distance are another special feature of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Nature allows you to walk with it in peace and calm.
Manaslu circuit trek 2023/2024 is graded under the challenging trekking in Nepal. So, the previous trekking or hiking experience may benefit novice trekkers.
The Manaslu circuit trek of Nepal begins after a scenic drive from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal to the Manaslu region. A trek goes through the Budhi Gandaki River at the beginning and the Marshyangdi River at the end.
The vistas of Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, Manaslu, Annapurna, Himlung Himal, and further mountain fascination are stirring.
Similarly, heading through the Deng, Namrung, Sama Gaun, Samdo, and colorful towns lets, you cross the loftiest pass of the trekking- Larke La Pass. It is situated at an elevation of 5,160 meters above sea level.
In the same way, ethnical communities are rich in culture and traditions. Their customs are remarkable. You get astounded to visit those isolated villages and explore the conditioning of the original people.
After descending from Larkya La Pass, the journey encounters the Annapurna Circuit trek route. It is Tilije, the final destination of your trekking where you can see the nearer views of Manaslu as well as other mountains and glaciers. Then, your journey leads you to go back.
Although, our Manaslu trek itinerary is formally long. We can make it a bit longer and more audacious by joining this trip with the Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail. For further details, you can go through the Manaslu Annapurna trek route.
Adding a Tsum Valley trek within the same itinerary would be more beneficial. You can learn more about Tsum inhabitants of the Manaslu region through the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trek. Or we can cut off some days and customize the short Manaslu circuit trek as per your requirements.
Likewise, a day hike to Pungyen Gompa on acclimatization day is a rare experience that offers awful views of the surroundings. Although you see the beautiful scripts of the Himalayan ranges from the utmost of the places during this Manaslu circuit trek of 14 days.
Rising Adventure Pvt. Ltd. is a platoon of educated Himalayan leaders. We organize the Manaslu circuit treks in Nepal with our expert team and excellent services. Please, communicate with us for further details.
Note: As you know, the Manaslu region is considered a restricted area in Nepal. So, we need to present your original passport in order to get an MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Permit). So, one day must be reserved for getting Permit cards before your trip starting day. Once you provide your passport, our office will manage everything.
Mountains that can be seen during the Manaslu circuit trek
Nepal is home to 8 out of the 14 highest peaks in the world. One of the key offerings of traveling to Nepal is to take in the stunning sights of these Himalayan giants. There are numerous reasons to visit Nepal, including its friendly people, obviously spectacular peaks, its cultural heritage sites, and its world-class treks. The biggest offerings of all are perhaps the incredible sights of Himalayan giants such as Mount Everest, Manaslu, Lhotse, Annapurna, Ama Dablam, and Machhapuchhre. Among all of these attractions, today we will be talking about the Manaslu circuit trek.
13 days Manaslu circuit trek treks take you to the world’s eighth highest mountain, beginning in the busy market town of Soti Khola, going up and back along a different path, and ending in Syange. The beautiful and less crowded compared to peers Annapurna Circuit or Everest Base Camp offers wild and wilderness experiences with authentic local culture and people. Not only that during the trails you will able to enjoy the spectacular sights of mountains. Here are some mountains that can be seen from the Manaslu circuit trek;
Mount Manaslu is the eighth-highest mountain in the world. It is obvious that during the trail you will see a giant big peak which is at an altitude of 8,163 meters. The Manaslu name is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa which refers to the mountain of the Spirit. Each year thousands of people come here just to see the spectacular sights of the snow-capped mountain.
Another spectacular mountain that you will witness and have to climb during the Manaslu circuit trek is Larkey Peak. The peak is considered to be a challenging peak in Nepal. It is located at the Manaslu Himalayan ranges at a height of 6219 meters or 20398 feet.
While climbing the peak, you will be able to explore the rich culture of the local community of the Manaslu area and the spectacular geography near the Tibetan village. During the Larkey peak climb, you will also have to cross an attractive mountain pass i.e. Larkya la at an elevation of 5200m. The pass is famous as the world’s longest trekking pass which can be done without the use of any climbing gear.
Himlung Himal is another mountain that you will witness during the Manaslu circuit trek. 7126 m tall peak is located in Nepal's western region just above the ancient Tibetan village of Phu in the Naar-Phu region in the northeast of Annapurna and northwest of Manaslu. The peak is considered to be one of the safest and most rewarding peaks in Nepal. The climb of Himlung Himal through the typical course represents no specialized issues. The trail leads through day snow and ice with no stone climbing sections. The climbing season is in the fall and spring.
During the Manaslu circuit trek, you will witness the spectacular sights of Cheo Himal. The beautiful Himal is situated at 6,820m above sea level, in the Peri Himal range in Manang district west Nepal. Cheo is about 3 km far from Himlung. The mountain was climbed by the Japanese Shigeki Imoto, Nepalese Ful Bahadur Rai, Tshering Sherpa, and Dambar Bahadur Gurung in 1992 from the southeast ridge.
Gyaji Kang is one of the most notable peaks during the Manaslu circuit trek. It is at an altitude of 7,038 meters and situated nearby to the localities Nemjung Goth and Himlung. The trek takes you through the remote Tibetan setting villages of Nar and Phu on the Tibet border in the most northern part of Manang, Nepal. This will help you to learn more about the culture, tradition and so on. This area was very lately explored so it is known to limited climbers only. Therefore very few teams have climbed this peak.
Nemjung is located approximately 150 kilometers northwest of the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and about 25 km northwest of the eight-thousander, Manaslu. The summit of the Nemjung is at an elevation of 7,140 meters above sea level. The peak was first climbed on October 27, 1983, via the east edge by a joint expedition from the Hirosaki University Alpine Club and Nepal led by Junji Kurotaki.
Kang Guru is another gorgeous mountain that is located in the Manang region of Gandaki Province. The summit of the Kang Guru is at an elevation of 6981m above sea level. The peak is one of the highest peaks of the Larkya sub-range of the Nepalese Himalayas. Furthermore, the Larkya range lies northwest of Mansiri Himal and northeast of the Annapurnas. Thus, while on the Manaslu circuit trek, make sure to ask your guide which one is Kang Guru.
Annapurna II is another giant peak that you will witness during Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is a part of the Annapurna mountain range located in Nepal and is the eastern anchor of the range. Moreover, it is the 16th tallest highest mountain in the world and the second-highest peak of the Annapurna mountain range. The peak was first ascended by a British/Indian/Nepalese team led by J. O. M. Roberts via the West Ridge, reached by hiking the North face of Annapurna IV in 1960. The summit of the Annapurna II is at an elevation of 7937m above sea level.
During the Manaslu circuit trek, one can observe the rich culture of the local people with the majestic views of the mountain. You will be able to see the shiny snow-covered mountain of Hiunchuli. It is situated in the Annapurna massif of the Gandaki Province in north-central Nepal. Furthermore, Hiunchuli is the extension mountain of the Annapurna South. There is a narrow section of the Modi Khola valley between the Hiunchuli and Machapuchhare. The valley is also an access point to the Annapurna Sanctuary. The peak was first climbed by the U.S. Peace Corps volunteer Craig Anderson in 1971.
Not only Manaslu, Annapurna, you will able to witness Mount Ganesh which is a sub-range of the Himalayas located mostly in north-central Nepal, but some peaks lie on the border with Tibet. The summit of the Ganesh is at an elevation of 7422m. The highest peak in Ganesh Himal is Mount Ganesh I i.e. Yangra.
Manaslu Conservation Area
Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA) was established in October 1998 by the Nepal government. It encompasses 1663 square kilometers area. It aims to preserve natural resources and rich cultural heritage. It also promotes ecotourism to improve the livelihood of the local people of the Manaslu region.
MCA is home to different rare inhabits and floras. It preserves 33 species of mammals, 11 species of butterflies, 3 different sorts of reptiles, and 201 kinds of birds. There are 11 kinds of forests, more than 50 kinds of useful plants like herbs and shrubs, as well as almost 2000 species of plants.
Apart from them, Manaslu Conservation Area covers the villages like Sirdibas, Chhekampar, Chumchet, Bihi, Prok, Lho, and Samagaun. MCA is divided into three different geographical regions on the basis of ethnicity and nature. They are Nubri Valley, Tsum Valley, and the Kutang. The altitude goes up from almost 600 meters to the top of Mt. Manaslu at an elevation of 8,163 meters above sea level. As a result, the climate changes from place to place.
The Samagaun, Prok, and Lho come under the Nubri Valley lies in the northwestern part of the Manaslu Conservation Area. On the other hand, Chumchet and Chhekampar are included in the Tsum Valley, which lies in the northeastern part and the Bihi is only one village that comes under Kutang. Among these valleys, the Nubri and Tsum have their own distinctive features and are mainly popular valleys of the Manaslu region. The former is typically famous for Buddhist education where many monks and nuns live there. You can explore the historic Buddhist Monasteries. But the latter is popular for the Tibetan Buddhist culture which is situated nearby the border between Nepal and Tibet.
Before 2001, no any tourist got permission to enroll in the Manaslu region. Then the Nepal government handed over the responsibility of MCA management to the NTNC for 10 years and later extended the time again for 10 years. It means 20 years in total aiming to upgrade tourism in the Manaslu sector and improve the lifestyle of the local communities.
Before, the Manaslu area was deprived of basic services including safe drinking water, electricity, schools, and hospitals. As well as the development of infrastructure was also neglected. So, they depended on animal husbandry, natural resources exploitation, and non-technical agriculture. Therefore, NTNC started to work out the program named as Manaslu Ecotourism Development Project. NTNC worked in cooperation with the Nepal Government and the Asian Development Bank under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation's Second Tourism Infrastructure Development Project.
Many field programs were held and implemented to motivate and increase the locals' capacity and enhance their leadership for managing the natural heritages. Now, the MCA is being managed by the Integrated Conservation and Development Program (ICDP) approach which emphasizes on the management of natural resource sustainability.
However, the prime objectives behind the establishment of the Manaslu Conservation Area are listed below;
- To manage and preserve the natural resources and the cultural heritage of the Manaslu region
- To upgrade the eco-tourism in order to improve the lifestyle of local inhabitants
Things to do in Manaslu Conservation Area
- Bird Watching
- Red Panda Tracking
- Snow Leopard Tracking
- Himalayan Thar, etc
Some places to visit in Manaslu Conservation Area
- Larke La Pass
- Tsum Valley
- Pungyen Monastery
- Birendra Lake, etc
Some names of Protected Mammals
- Red Panda
- Musk Deer
- Snow Leopard
- Gray Wolf
- Protected Mammals
- Leopard Cat
- Tibetan Brown Bear
- Himalayan Bear
- Assamese Monkey, etc
Some names of Protected Birds
- Impeyan Pheasant
- Crimson Horned Pheasant, etc
Please, step gently into the fragile Himalayan land of the Manaslu region and follow some rules for maintaining the natural and cultural heritage. They are;
- Do not disturb the wildlife and their habitats
- Do not damage or remove any plants
- Do not purchase animal parts and antiques
- So not light open fires
- Support the local economy in a possible way
- Use and encourage alternative energy sources for firewood
- Make sure that you and your trekking support crews do not burn firewood for heating
- Dispose of rubbish things properly at the proper sites
- See that your trekking support staff does the same
- Carry out all other non-biodegradable and toxic rubbish
- Use a water purifier instead of plastic mineral water bottles
- Ask permission to Photograph people
- Do not give anything to the beggers
- Avoid wearing revealing clothes and avoid outward displays of physical affection