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Manaslu Circuit Trek
Trekking an under the radar route in Nepal.
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Today, we’re heading to Machhakola, Nepal to…
Hike the Manaslu Circuit, a two-week-long route that leads you up and around the base of Mount Manaslu.
This trek is a great option for those who are looking to avoid the crowds of Annapurna Circuit and the Everest Base Camp Trek.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek has everything you'd want from a classic trek in Nepal, epic scenery, authentic moments with local people, and a 17,000-foot (5,100 m) Himalayan pass crossing.
The trek is wild and remote, yet there are teahouses at every stage, so trekkers don’t need to bring tents and food, making it more accessible and affordable than similar treks.
Another plus is that the trailhead is reached over land, avoiding the need for domestic flights.
The first part of the trail follows the Buri Gandaki, a deep, long river gorge, with many suspension bridge crossings.
The trek takes you through Tibetan-influenced villages, where you can visit monasteries and experience Tibetan culture.
Staying in mountain lodges called tea houses, not only lights the load of your pack but gives you a taste for life in the mountains.
The scenery gradually changes as you move from lush green rice fields and the subtropical jungle to the Himalayan foothills with snowy mountain views.
As you make your way up the valley expect to see lots of yaks grazing across the hills and steep mountain sides.
For the last few days, the trail transitions to snow and you will be surrounded by white-capped mountains.
A huge milestone on this route is reaching the Larkya La, a pass above 17,000 feet (5,100 meters).
It’s a cold and challenging crossing but once you take your final steps to the top of the prayflag-covered pass, the views and sense of accomplishment make it worth it.
After the pass, it’s all downhill as you walk your way out of the alpine zone, into the forest, and then make it to Dharapani village.
If you would like to learn more, here are some links you can check out to get more information about hiking the Manaslu Circuit.
How to Hike the Manaslu Circuit
Hiking the Manaslu Circuit Trek does require a guide. The tour company manages all the permits, logistics, and accommodation.
Most tours start from Kathmandu and offer transfers to the trailhead.
Spring (March, April, or May) before the monsoon arrives is considered the best time to hike the Manaslu Circuit. This time of the year offers dry trails, stable weather, good visibility, and long trekking days.
Late autumn (September, October, and November) is also considered a good time to hike in this part of the world.
We hope your travels take you in this direction very soon.
Until then - keep exploring!
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