Manaslu circuit trekking is the best trek to experience the beauty of the Manaslu region, Nepal. Only a few visitors have made it to this trek due to which it’s less crowded and the raw beauty of the region is still preserved.
Manaslu trek is becoming one of the to-do-list for the trekkers who actually love wilderness and authentic village experience. Generally, the trekking period is two weeks and is filled with full of breathtaking view with diverse culture. With no doubt, this trek will allow you to experience everything about Manaslu more closely.
However, before you visit the Manaslu circuit trek there are few things that you should know in order to be prepared and enjoy the trek to if fullest.
Best Time To Visit Manaslu
The first thing you need to know is, when is the best time to visit Manaslu trekking? The quick answer to this question will be March-May and September-November. During this time there won’t be any monsoon rain or extreme winter which makes the trekking easy.
If you are thinking to visit Manaslu in other months, there are huge chances to face some difficulties. The view of mountains will be amazing during winter but it will be very challenging to trek due to freezing wind and snow. Moreover, it’s very rare to see the trekker during the off-season, you might not see even a single trekker.
Be Aware Of The Rocks
Some areas of the Manaslu circuit are prone to rockfall and landslide due to which single trekkers don’t get permission to trek. You need extra attention during this trek. As you trek through Khorlabesi to Tatopani there are the chances of rockfall/landslide on the way whereas the high chances of rockfall is on the stretch from Doban to Yaru.
And if you decide to take a route to the serene Serang Gompa, you should be alert to the landslides. Finally, as you cross the Larke Pass watch you steps from Samdo to Dharamshala. Mind all these rockfalls during your trek.
Equipment’s For Trek
Some trekking companies provide the equipment that is needed during trekking but some don’t. In such case you can find trekking gear shops in Kathmandu, most of them offer trekking equipment like a sleeping bag, down jacket in rent which will be relatively cheaper.
Here is the list of some equipment that is needed for the Manaslu circuit trek.
- Sleeping bag
- Down Jacket
- Hiking Boots and Socks
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Fleece jacket and pullover
- Trekking Pants and trousers
- Informal shirt and T-shirts
- Thermal gloves
- Water bottles to fill water
- Headlamp and batteries
- Sun Hat/Warm Hat and Sunglasses
- Antibacterial hand wash and towel
- Trekking poles
- Sun protection
Lodges And Foods
As this place is not that crowded and the number of lodges/guesthouses are also less in number. But as the number of trekkers is increasing yearly so new lodges are being built up accordingly. Most of the lodges are relatively basic with shared laundry and bathroom facilities.
Regarding foods, you will have options like rice, vegetables, soup, noodles, potatoes, while some places also offer pasta, pizza, and French fries. Snacks like chocolate, biscuits and soft drinks are also available.
The price of the foods depends on the place and season. In lower villages, the cheapest and filling food is dal bhaat but as you trek to the upper part, the price of food gets expensive.
Book Before You Leave
As mention above due to fewer visits of trekkers, there are not many lodges so, during the season it can be difficult to find a good lodge. So, it is better to book a lodge before reaching the place. You can get proper sleep without any trouble of finding to spend a night.
Another most important thing regarding lodging is before reaching the Larke pass, you will need to stay at a place called Dharmashala. And there is only one lodge there with about eight rooms available for pre-booking. If you don’t get the rooms you will need to spend the night in tents. The service of the lodge is less than ordinary but the charges are expensive. It’s up to you, whether you want to spend the night in a lodge or tent.
About The Author
Aksharika is an avid traveler who loves to travel and explore new places. Since 2000, she has been working as a trekking guide for Green Society Adventure, a reputed travel agency in Nepal and has trekked with many nationals along the plains, hills, and Himalayas of Nepal. Get in touch with her to talk about travels at aksharika[@]greensocietyadventure.com