Living to eat and make money is outdated, eat and make money to enjoy the trekking life. Going to trekking destination, especially Manaslu Trek is what makes you feel your goal achieved. Mt. Manaslu, meaning mountain of Spirit is the eighth highest peak in the globe. The mountain is located 64 km eastward of Annapurna and is gaining popularity every day, every hour.
Manaslu trek offers excellent views of snow-capped mountain ranges including Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Ganesh, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli, and Ngadi Chuli. The thrilling, breathtaking part of the Manaslu trek is crossing the Larky La pass. From the path, you can observe outstanding landscapes of snow-capped mountain ranges. Capturing moments at Suspension bridge would bring next level of happiness within you.
The villages on the trail are evergreen, full of Sherpas, Gurung with two ethnic groups: Nubri and Tsum reside in the area. The history of Manaslu is poor. Many people lost their lives while climbing the peak. In 2011, an Indian Mountaineer Arjun Vajpai became the youngest one to climb Mt. Manaslu climbing at the age of 18. People celebrate their own festivals namely Lhosar, and Buddha Jayanti wearing their own customs.
The Manaslu trekking trail follows the ancient trading route of Budhi Gandaki river.
Highlights of Manaslu Trek
- Adds great achievement climbing Samdo Himal, Larkya, Nirekha, and Saula.
- Enjoy with the natural hot spring: Tatopani
- Get in-depth about culture, tradition, lifestyle, the occupation of the people residing around the area
- Rich in flora and fauna, wild lives, rhododendron, forest, and conservation area
- Eye-catching view of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri
- Manaslu glacier and dazzling Manaslu Base Camp Views
Manaslu Trek Itinerary:
Day 01: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m,8 hours)
Day 02: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m,5 hours)
Day 03: Machha Khola to Jagat (2095m,6-7 hours)
Day 04: Jagat to Deng (1340m,6-7 hours)
Day 05: Deng to Namrung (2900m,6-7 hours)
Day 06: Namrung to Samagaon (3500m,6-7 hours)
Day 07: Acclimatization day at Samagaon (3500m,)
Day 08: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m,4 hours)
Day 09: Samdo to Dharamshala (4450m,4 hours)
Day 10: Dharamshala to Bimthang (3720m,8 hours)
Day 11: Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m,7-8 hours)
Day 12: Dharapani to Kathmandu (1440m,7-8 hours)
Fitness required for 12 days Manaslu Trek
Willing to enjoy trekking in Nepal especially Manaslu trekking, fitness plays an important role. Many travelers used to do physical exercise for several months before going for the trek. This helps you to get fresh as well as prepares you fully for the trekking in Nepal. Listen to your heart, probably it would be saying, ‘I need to achieve victory going for high altitude trekking.’ Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour is here to guide you in details regarding the fitness condition.
The total Manaslu trekking duration is approximately 120 kilometers and the trail is ascending until you reach Samdo. Generally, trekkers suffer from headache, nausea, vomiting, altitude sickness ongoing for Manaslu trek. Never worry, exercise from today, get yourself fit and fine for the trek.
Stamina and endurance play a key role. One having good stamina can easily cover up the daily trekking distance whereas other can’t. Following exercises can be carried out before the trek:
Jugging keeps your body fresh, free of mental pressure and brings a smile on your face. So, why not to start jugging from today? Take your breakfast and go for a long walk, possibly make some gaps else don’t keep gaps, keep on walking and jugging for around 3-4 hours every day. This makes your body healthy and fully prepares you for the trek.
Cycling is a passion as well as exercise for trekkers. Doing so, will help to stress your muscles and makes you active, healthy whole day. It prepares your feet, ankles, and knees for all kinds of stress that you face during the Manaslu trek.
Strength and Endurance training
The training builds up strength on your back, arms, shoulders and abdominal muscles. At home, you can do push-ups and sit-ups. Do up and down of your house using stairs. Simply, perform yoga which makes your body fresh and removes anger, stress. Perform pull-up and chin-up which may be difficult earlier but later can be done easily.
After walking for a few hours, stretch your hands, legs, head, shoulders, and arms for around 10-15 minutes.
Seasonal Changes and best seasons for Manaslu trek
Manaslu region experiences 4 types of seasons: Winter, Summer, Spring, and autumn. Autumn (September, October, November) and Spring (March, April, and May) are considered as the best seasons for trekking in Manaslu region. Keep in mind, the weather is unpredictable at Manaslu region. It may rain, snowfall at any time. Prepare for it before going for the trek. It’s found that most of the trekker choose peak seasons while others prefer non-crowded season.
Manaslu Trek in Spring Season
The cherry blossom season spring is popular for climbing mountain ranges. The temperature, crystal clear sky, glooming environment makes the perfect timing for trekking to Manaslu in this season. The season comes after winter. So, the lodges, tea houses may remain closed on the earlier days of March. Explore the rhododendron forest, the national flower of Nepal during this pleasant trekking.
The temperature varies ongoing higher elevation. Above 3000 m, a cool wind blows, the days remain warmer and longer and the temperature becomes 6℃. May, being a peak month may get hot in the lower regions and the landscapes of mountain ranges may be blurry.
Spring season is considered second best and is less crowded than Autumn season. Planning for trekking to Manaslu region is best.
Here comes the most crowded, busiest and king of all seasons, Autumn season makes the happy trail. The trail is much more crowded than Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. Earlier 2 weeks of September may rain and the night temperature may go to a minus degree. Not sure, but light clouds may cover the sky. Sometimes, lightening may occur. From the third week to the last of November, you can observe the clear sky, glorious mountain views, and surrounding. The day and night temperature on average is 8℃. You can experience Nepal’s biggest festival, Dashain and Tihar traveling in these months.
The Manaslu area is muddy with wet trail because of rainfall. The average temperature is 10℃. Mosquitoes attack in the city area. Trekking may be challenging and difficult during this season. However, you can still witness clear skies, wonderful views of mountain ranges in this season too.
Generally, fewer travelers are found in this season for Manaslu trek. Mostly, physical fit and mentally fine trekkers prefer trekking in any types of season.
The season is cold, dry with minus degree temperature. The temperature falls below -8℃. Trekking higher decreases the temperature and may fall down to -16℃. However, you can capture perfect views of mountains and the breathtaking scenario. We suggest not to option for this season trekking if you’re first time trekker in Nepal.
Manaslu Trek Difficulties
Trekkers face different sorts of difficulties while going for Manaslu trek. They may face health related diseases like nausea, vomiting, altitude sickness, headache. Here, is the list of most common trekking difficulties:
Manaslu Trekking Elevation
Higher the elevation you go, higher the chance of altitude sickness. The Manaslu circuit trek takes you to the Larkya La Pass at an elevation of 5,106 m but Manaslu trek 12 days takes you only up to 3600 m. And, you know it’s not that much difficult to trek up to 3600 m.
Manaslu Trek Weather
Weather in Nepal is always a scary thing. Even the altitude above 3000 m can be difficult sometimes. Make sure to carry all the gearing and clothing items so that you can trek easily any time of the year.
Manaslu Trek Altitude Sickness
Many travelers are victimized by this thread. This happens when people trek above 2000 m. The Symptoms of Altitude sickness are nausea, vomiting, headache, and many others. People may get a headache, fever while going to a higher elevation. These all are the symptoms of altitude sickness.
Symptoms of Altitude Sickness:
- Severe Cough
- Blood observed Saliva
- Lips, tongue, and nails turning blue
Headache Preventive Measures:
- Don’t trek to higher elevation If you feel the symptoms
- Take rest If possible trek lower elevation
- Drink water
- Make gaps for a regular break
- If possible, visit the nearest medical
Packing List for Manaslu trek 12 day
Following are the details packing list required for trekking to Manaslu region:
- Trekking shirts
- Breathable underwear
- Trekking trousers and shirts
- Insulated Jackets
- Sun Protection hat
- Inner and outer gloves
- Hiking Boots
- Trekking Shoes
- Hiking Socks
Travel insurance for 12 days Manaslu trek
If you’re trekking to a higher elevation, never forget to do travel insurance. You may face altitude sickness, illness and accident. Travel insurance will help you in such situation.
In case of emergency, there’re some hospitals in the Himalayan regions. Also, a chartered helicopter service will be provided. If you don’t have travel insurance, probably it will cost you a lot. The price for chartered service is 4000$ but no worries when you have travel insurance which cost $200.
Hiring Guides Porter for Manaslu trek 12 days
It’s compulsory hiring a local guide for Manaslu trekking because the Manaslu trekking is a restricted permit area. it’s not allowed trekking solo in this region. Some of the trekking trails are very tricky. In such a case, your guides will handle the condition and take you from the easiest possible trail. They will explain to you in depth about Manaslu region, culture, religion, and tradition.
Manaslu 12 days Trek FAQS
What’s the busiest time for Manaslu trek?
Usually, its found that the autumn season is the busiest one. The crowd of trekkers increases and you mayn’t be able to find lodges. So, if you’re planning for trekking in the busiest season then you must book the lodges earlier.
Is customization of 12 days Manaslu trek possible?
Yes, sure. Indeed, we respect your customization and try our best to go for it. Have a look at Manaslu Circuit trek or Manaslu Base Camp trek and customize accordingly.
How busy is the trail compared to Annapurna trekking?
Annapurna trekking holds 30,000 trekkers each year. On the other hand, Manaslu trekking holds 10,000 trekkers each year.
The Manaslu trek 12 days is the best trekking trail in Nepal. The glorious village areas, landscapes of mountain amaze you. Overall, you can experience a happy trail. You may face difficulties during the trek. So, making proper planning is essential. After completion of the trek, you will feel a certain kind of achievement in your life.
- Kathmandu to Soti Khola Private Jeep or Bus drop
- Manaslu Restricted Area Permit
- Lower Manaslu Permit
- Annapurna Conservation permits
- An Experienced, Government license Holder Guide and Needed Porter ( 2 Trekkers:1 Porter) during your trek with their all payments
- Your all meals (Breakfasts/Lunches/Dinners) during the trek
- Emergency Co-operation service
- First Aid Medical kid box service
- Company charges and Tax
What's not included?
- Kathmandu Accommodations
- Any type of Bar and Beverage bills
- Alcoholic drinks
- Tips for Guide and porters