Manaslu circuit trekking is one of the typical treks in Nepal. The trek to Manaslu starts from Arughat Bazaar; about six hours drive from Kathmandu. Then the trek trail goes through Buri Gandaki valley, green forests and local villages of Gurung community. The trail further goes through beautiful local villages of Samagaon and Samdo, and cross Larkya la passes which makes the trip memorable. During the time of crossing to Larkya La, the views would be breathtaking. Here are some things to know before doing on Manaslu Circuit Trek
All mountain walking presents hazards, in manaslu circuit the biggest danger comes from dehydrating high altitude, serve cold and bitter winds. The real problem of the altitude sickness occurs at evaluation above 3000 meter, especially if you climb quickly. If in doubt, be sure to admit any problems and don’t be pressured by your fellow trekkers. Altitude sickness can kill. It is very important to be aware about the symptoms and ways to prevent them which is mostly by ascending slowly to let the body acclimatize.
This Manaslu Circuit trekking should be organized by government registered trekking agency of Nepal and minimum 2 travelers require doing this trekking because this is restricted area trek. The trekking permits issued for one week plus number of days in total. Permit cost for one week is US $ 70 per person (from Sept to Nov) or US $ 50 per person (rest months), and additional charge US$ 10 per day per person. You should take additional 2 permits (entry permit) of Annapurna Conservation Area Project and Manaslu Conservation Area Project, and the cost for the entry permit is US $ 20 or 2000 Nepali rupees for both.
Best time to visit Manaslu
In Nepal Monsoon starts from June and Ends in August. And Mid December to February is winter season in Nepal. So, from March to May and September to December are the best time for this short Manaslu circuit trek. The busiest season for the trek is October. Similarly, mountain views will be amazing in the winter season but it will be challenging for trekking due to freezing wind and snow.
What to Take
Some below listed equipments are recommended for the Manaslu circuit trek.
- Hiking Boots and Socks
- Trekking Pants and trousers
- Informal shirt and T-shirts
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Fleece jacket and pullover
- Thermal gloves
- Sun Hat/Warm Hat and Sunglasses
- Headlamp and batteries
- Sun protection
- Water bottles to fill water 1 Ltr Recommend
- Antibacterial hand wash and towel
- Trekking poles
- Sleeping bag– 20 degree, Down Jacket
Now, some professional trekking companies provide sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bag and walking poles. But other doesn’t. Similarly, most of the trekking gear shops in Kathmandu offer equipments like sleeping bag, down jacket in renting which will be relatively cheaper.
Lodges and Foods
Lodges in the trails of Around Manaslu are relatively basic. Every year new guesthouses/lodges are being added up in the Manaslu circuit trek route. Most of the guesthouses are very basic with shared laundry and bathroom facilities. Most tea houses don’t allow single accommodations as well.
Foods during the trek can be chosen from Menu. Price for the foods depends on the evaluation, places and seasons as well. In the upper part, food cost is more expensive than lower part.
On the trail you can get the foods like rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes, pizza, pasta, French fries and soup. There will even be many snacks out there like biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you’ll realize recent fruit in season.
Health and Fitness
Manaslu circuit trek needs a significant level of fitness, therefore you should check with your doctor concerning your health and fitness before you travel in Nepal. You should be capable of walking 4 to 6 hours a day. If you have normal physical fitness you can finish this trek without any doubt.