Fourteen Days Around Manaslu Trekking is one of the popular customized itineraries for Manaslu Trek. There is yet another itinerary, like 16 days Manaslu Circuit Trek. But this 14-day Around Manaslu Trek is for those who want to finish it earlier than the previous 16 days.
In recent years, Around Manaslu circuit trekking has been widely popular as less crowded adventure trekking in Nepal. Since no houses were on the trail, Trekkers had to carry all the required stuff by themselves a few years back. But, these days, local people have built several guesthouses and lodges to provide the service of food and accommodation to the trekkers who choose Manaslu Trek.
Trekkers may wonder what they will see during their Around Manaslu Trekking. First, they will witness mighty mountain peaks, including Manaslu ( 8156m), one of the eighth tallest mountains in the world. Secondly, we can experience remoteness, wilderness, deep gorges, valleys, picturesque landscapes, holy caves, and monasteries. Similarly, we will be beating the pristine trails bordering Tibet. On the borderland, we also explore astonishing dialects, trade links, religion, culture, and civilization of the ethnic people.
We begin 14 days Around Manaslu, Trekking from Sotikhola or Machhakhola. To get to Machhakhola or Sotikhola, we drive 7-8 hours from Kathmandu. The condition of the road has been improved recently. So, the drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via Arughat is convenient these days. We have two options to get to Sotikhola: jeep drive or local bus drive.
From Sotikhola, we ascend via awe-inspiring rural settings, terraced fields, and traditional settlements, talking to friendly ethnic groups and exploring their lifestyle. The lush forest and some species of wildlife and birds make our Around Manaslu Trekking more fascinating.
As we go to the higher elevation, the alluring mountain peaks loom, and we enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Exploring the historical and holy caves at higher elevations will be exciting. In the same way, capturing mountain peaks on the Tibetan side will be a new experience for the trekkers.
The highest elevation in Manaslu Trek is Larkya La Pass(5125m), an adventurous pass in the world. The genuine thrills while crossing Larka La Pass will be the moment of your life. The trail then descends again with the same rural landscapes and settlements until we reach Dharapani, Besisahar. We take a drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu to end our Manaslu Trek.
Expect to use very ordinary accommodations during your trek to Manaslu. The local lodges will provide us with accommodation and food. The beds are neat and clean. The bathrooms are outside and need to be shared. Certain food items are mentioned on the menu, and you will choose from them. The common food items on the trail are bread, noodles, Dal Bhat, curries, soups, dumplings, etc.
Autumn is the best time for Around Manaslu Trekking. The temperature is mild, and the atmosphere is perfect. The mountain views are breathtaking. There is no snowfall in the mountain. It will be very convenient to make our Manaslu Trek during Autumn.
Best Seasons for Around Manaslu Trek:
March to May is the best time around Manaslu trekking for clear views. Wildflowers are in bloom with fantastic views of mountains at that time. This season has a pleasant day with cooler mornings and nighttime.
October to November is yet another best trekking season for this Manaslu trek due to the clear views of the peaks. Short sunlight days can be cold in the morning and night, depending upon the altitude and overnight stop.