Manaslu Circuit Trek Overview
"Trek in the Manaslu region in Nepal's Himalayas. Follow an off-beat, less crowded trekking route in one of the isolated regions and witness tempting mountain panoramas."
Manaslu Circuit Trek is the most famous and loved trek in the Himalayas. This trek is known for its less crowded trekking route compared to the Annapurna Circuit and sensational mountain views. The Manaslu Circuit Trekking begins at 700 meters from Soti Khola and leads above 5,160 meters to Larkya La pass.
The Manaslu Circuit Trekking route ascends through beautiful villages along the bank of Budhi Gandaki and passes by terraced fields, dense forests, and lush pastures. The journey is incredible and takes you across the Tibetan inhabitants of the region, who have their unique dialect and practices. If you are in quest of a remote and adventurous trek in the Himalayas that has the perfect balance of challenges & wilderness, then Manaslu Circuit Trek 15 days is the ideal package for you.
The trekking route is pleasant and full of waterfalls, streams, and suspension bridges. You walk from a sub-tropical forest alongside towering foothills, crossing one picturesque valley after another. In the upper part of the Manaslu Circuit Trek route, you will walk by moraines, gorges, and glaciers. Trekking in the spring season especially lets you see the gleaming flora and fauna of the Manaslu region.
Likewise, mountain views during the Manaslu Circuit Trek are breathtaking too. During our acclimatization day at Sama Gaun, we hike to either Manaslu Base Camp (4,800 m) or Birendra Lake (3,691 m). Both places offer heavenly views. We also visit the Pungyen gompa (3,980 m). It is a significant holy point in the Manaslu region.
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Manaslu Circuit trek Major Attractions
Some of the reasons that make Manaslu Circuit Trek very special and must do trek in the Himalayas are mentioned below. We hope this information will help you decide whether this trek is for you or not.
Less-crowded trekking route and full of wilderness
Manaslu Circuit Trek boasts a less crowded trekking route. Even though the trek is seeing a huge spike in popularity, ten times fewer trekkers traverse to Manaslu than to EBC and ABC.
Similarly, the trail ascends through forests of rhododendron, fir, pine, oak, etc. You may come across wildlife while trekking. During the trek, you explore different climatic zones and various kinds of forests.
Off-the-beaten trekking experience and cross challenging Larkya La pass
One of the main highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek is the off-beat terrain. Offbeat trekking is for experienced trekkers who are ready to unlock a higher level of difficulty in the Himalayas. The trail has many obstacles and involves steep climbing.
Larkya La pass is the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit Trekking. It is located between Dharmasala and Bhimtang. Crossing this pass is challenging and involves a glacier walk. The top of the pass offers jaw-dropping scenery.
Adventurous trail with sensational mountain views
The trekking route of Manaslu Circuit includes a walk over Larkya Glacier. We pass by moraine and gorges, crossing thrilling suspension bridges on the way. The tranquility of the area lets you unwind. Likewise, the adventure makes Manaslu Circuit Trekking once in a lifetime trip.
The landscape changes at every new turn. You can see snow-capped giants like Manaslu (8,163 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Gyaji Kang (7,038 m), Kang Guru (6,981 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m), Simnang Himal (6,251 m), Naike Peak (6,211 m), Himlung Himal (7,126 m), etc while trekking.
Rich Tibetan Buddhist cultural heritage and friendly locals
Manaslu region is closely located to the Tibet border and has ancient trading routes. Apart from the big cities and modernization, the region is thriving with its ancient traditions and practices. You'll get to see the authentic lifestyle and culture of the locals.
Talk about locals, they are very welcoming and kind. They love tourists and are always up to help them. Locals here have a simple lifestyle, very different from what you are used to in the city. If you know the Tibetan culture, then you may see a lot of similarities.
Spend nights in Sama Gaun for acclimatization
We spend an acclimatization day in Sama Gaun. Nearby this village is located the Manaslu Base Camp at 4,800 m and Birendra Lake. It is a stunning freshwater lake in Manaslu Glacier situated at 3,691 m. Likewise, one also gets to visit the ancient Pungyen Gompa, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery situated around the Birendra Lake.