The hidden gem of Nepalese Himalayas, Manaslu circuit Trek is filled with breathtaking mountain views, diverse people and culture. Manaslu (8163m) being the eight highest mountain in the world alongside mountains like alongside Himalchuri (7893 m), Nadhichuri (7871 m), Shringi (7178 m), and a number of other snow giants. Most of the trail is dominated by the sub-range of Mansiri himal, and compared to other popular trekking routes in Nepal, such as the Annapurna Base Camp trek and the Everest Base Camp trek, this trail is less crowded. The trail offers something special for people who seek quieter path.

Starting and finishing in Aarughat (600 m), the trek ascends to 4,800 m on the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This tea house trekking is moderate level of trekking but the day of Larkya La pass (5106m) will be long and challenging day of your entire trek. Located 5,106 meters above sea level, Larkya La is one of Nepal’s longest passes in the Himalaya. It is the highest point on the Manaslu Circuit Trek and is situated between Dharmashala and Bimthang.

In general, there are two main trekking seasons in Nepal. Spring and autumn are considered to be the best seasons because rhododendron blooms from March to May in the spring. The best time to visit is said to be in the fall, which runs from September to November, due to the stunning scenery and clear skies. However the trails are bit crowded at this time of year. Having a few extra days will come in handy in the event of weather delays or altitude sickness. Extra days are quite helpful, for example, if it snows on the pass day and you are unable to finish the pass.

Starting in Kathmandu, Nepal’s air gateway, you will immerse yourself in the bustling city and its vibrant market, as well as the tourist capital Thamel. You will begin your journey to Maccha Khola by jeep, which will take eight hours along a scenic road. You can begin your trek from Maccha Khola or take another bumpy jeep ride to a place called Jagat. Starting in Jagat, you will hike through small villages, crossing a few suspension bridges, and enjoying the beautiful scenery that unfolds before you. Hiking alongside the Budi Gandaki River, you’ll come across nomadic shepherds with their goat and donkey caravans. The trails are rocky and rugged, but not particularly steep. The highest point is Larkya La pass (5106m), one of the longest passes in Nepal’s Himalaya. The roads are not particularly difficult, but completing the trek requires a strong mentality and commitment. To avoid altitude sickness, make sure you have enough acclimatization days and walk the trails slowly. The summit of Larkya La provides breathtaking panoramic views of Manaslu, Himalchuli, and other mountains. The hike on terrain necessitates normal attention and caution.

The day you spend climbing from Manaslu Base Camp to Samagaun will be difficult, but the rewards will be in the breathtaking mountain views, the welcoming locals, and the adventure climbers, the camaraderie of other trekkers and their spirits, and the humbling experience. One of the most breathtaking views you will have during your trek will be the expansive vista overlooking Birendra Lake, which serves as evidence of the Himalayas’ untamed, pristine beauty. The panoramic views of mountains such as Himalchuri (7893m), Nadhichuri (7871m), Shringi (7178m), Manaslu (8,163m/26,781ft.) and many more can be seen after ascending Larkya La Pass. Hiking on uneven terrain calls for common sense caution and attention. The fact that there are numerous mountains in Nepal but that no one bothers to name those that are lower than 6000 meters is an oddly fascinating fact.

High altitude trekking requires acclimatization in order to avoid altitude sickness. It lessens your chance of headaches, nausea, and exhaustion by enabling your body to adapt to decreased oxygen levels. Acclimatization properly allows you to enjoy the adventure to the fullest by enhancing performance, guaranteeing safety, and improving the trekking experience overall. Altitude sickness symptoms include headaches, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion, and trouble falling asleep. Early detection of these indicators is essential for efficient treatment and the avoidance of major health hazards when hiking at high altitudes.

You will be needing few permits in order to trek in the Manaslu region. You will be needing permits like Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP), Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS). However restricted area permits are issued only by locally registered travel companies. International Travel Company and individuals are not issued with restricted area permits by the government of Nepal.

Finally Manaslu circuit trekking is true gem of the Himalayas and will makes you captivated from day 1. The memories of this journey will be forever in your hearts as the irresistible allure of nature will solidify you spirit of exploration furthermore. May the echoes of the mountains vibrate forever in your hearts inviting you to return and discover more of the limitless wonders of Nepalese Himalayas.

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