Manaslu Trek Guide: All You Should Know Before Embarking On This Challenging Feat


Manaslu Trek Guide: All You Should Know Before Embarking On This Challenging Feat

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The Manaslu Trek is an ode to the world’s eighth highest mountain, the ‘Manaslu’. The trek circumnavigates the mighty mountain standing tall at a height of 8, 163 meters . Trekkers reach the highest point at Larkya Pass (over 5,100 meters) to get unparalleled views of this mountain peak, one of the best sights in the Himalayas. The Manaslu trek offers trekkers a wonderful experience with incredible scenery and takes through different vegetation including the subtropical forests, river gorges, alpine forests, and eventually the bleak and striking snowscapes.

Comparable to other Nepal treks like the Annapurna Base camp trek and Everest Base camp trek, the Manaslu trek offers a similar experience. The trek is challenging yet there is a raw and wild beauty to it. The trail has recently been populated with tea houses and is among the least crowded trekking routes in Nepal.

If you enjoy trekking for the joy of getting away from the crowds and have the mountains all to yourself, then the Manaslu trek is for you!

Why You Should Go On The Manaslu Trek

Why You Should Go On The Manaslu Trek

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Summit the challenging height of 5,106 metres/ 16, 752 feet at Larkya La Pass

Less crowded trekking route, only 2,000 trekkers undertake this trek annually

Experience of thrilling suspension bridges, rhododendron forests, and excellent views of the Manaslu and Himalayas

Typical tea house with the comforts of hot meals and warm accommodation

Authentic experience of Nepalese culture without excessive commercialisation like the ABC and EBC treks

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Most Manaslu trek itineraries are created between 14 days to 17 days long. There are many locations on the Manaslu Circuit Trek which have tea houses and trekkers decide to stay depending on the altitude achieved.

An ideal Manaslu trek itinerary is over 15 days with two acclimatization days included in between. You will find most itineraries include many of these rest stops on the Manaslu trek map –

Trekkers also choose to explore other treks to take advantage of acclimatization on the trek. They continue to explore the Tsum Valley or even join the Annapurna Circuit Trek from Dharapani to Jomsom.

This is a sample itinerary that can be followed for the trek –

Day 1: Reach the basecamp at Soti Khola via Arughat

Day 2 & 3: Trek through the Buri Gandaki Valley via the suspension bridges, tiny hamlets, terraced fields, and waterfalls.

Day 4 & 5: Get the first view of the mountains as you gain altitude. The air starts to get thinner and you will cross more bridges and cross the entrance of the Tsum Valley.

Day 6 & 7: Go through the Tibetan territory and the ‘mani stones’ (stones stacked on top of each other). Get your first sight of the Manaslu!

Day 8 & 9: Climb higher and eventually take a rest day surrounded by the snowy mountains.

Day 10, 11 & 12: Though the climb gets more challenging, it offers extraordinary views of the mountains. Take a rest day in between to acclimatize.

Day 13: This is the most important day on the trek and culmination of your hard work as you reach the Larkya La Pass. You will cross glaciers and undertake the steep climb to stunning enjoy views!

Day 14 & 15: Descend to the villages at the lower altitudes that will offer warm apple pies and hot showers, a must after the challenge you just undertook!

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