If you have not taken the Manaslu Trek, you owe it to yourself to make the journey! Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres above sea level. It is in the Mansiri Himal, in the west-central part of Nepal.
The Manaslu Trek
gives the avid trekker splendorous views of glacial lakes and, like most of Nepal, wonderous natural scenery. From a mere 700 metres, the trek winds you through trails, up and down hills to a height of just over 5000 metres, so there is a wide variance in temperatures, so trekkers must dress appropriately for temperature extremes. Dressing for lower elevations must be light but be sure to layer clothing for the upper regions.
In the autumn (September), the Manaslu Trek is generally comfortable as far as the weather is concerned. The trekker may encounter light to moderate rain from time to time, which often clears up in the afternoon leaving for clear skies and crystal-clear views of the snow-capped mountains.
Of the many treks available in the Himalayas, the Manaslu circuit trek is one of the best known for its natural beauty as the region is in government protected reserves and parks. It is one of the more lightly traveled treks in the Himalayas, so the trekker will experience a more peaceful trek and a better chance to enjoy the natural beauty. Throughout the trek, there are traditional Sherpa and Tamang settlements with unique cultures which can be visited and is a highlight of your trip.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek tour starts from Kathmandu where a visit to the UNESCO world heritage sites and then to Arughat where the actual trekking begins. The route is adorned with the perfect views of the snow-clad mountains. Mt. Manaslu pierces the surrounding scenery at 8156 metres and is the highest peak in the area which is also the eighth highest peak in the world.
The standard circuit trek begins at Arughat and requires a trekking permit to travel all the way through the Manaslu area. The total duration of the Manaslu Circuit Trek can range from 18-22 days with trekking and hiking as the main activity. The trek is of a moderate level and be prepared to trek to an elevation of 5100 metres. There are two good seasons, from March to May and September to December, the latter during the winter.
Whenever you decide to take the Manaslu Circuit trek
, you will experience views and memories that will last a lifetime.