14 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 days Around Manaslu Trek is for those who want to finish it earlier than the previous 16 days one.
In recent few years, Around Manaslu circuit trekking is widely popular as less crowded adventure trekking in Nepal. Trekker’s, few years back, had to carry all the required stuffs by themselves since there were no any tea-houses on the trail. But, these days, local people have built several guesthouse 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 will have an opportunity to experience remoteness, wilderness, deep gorges, valleys, picturesque landscapes, holy caves and monasteries. Similarly, we will be beating the virgin trails bordering to Tibet. On the borderland, we also explore astonishing dialects, trade link, religion, culture and civilization of the ethnic people.
We begin 14 days Around Manaslu Trekking from Sotikhola or Machhakhola. In order to get Machhakhola or Sotikhola, we take a drive for 7-8 hours from Kathmandu. The condition of road has been improved recently. So, the drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via Arughat is convenient these days. We have two options to get Sotikhola: jeep drive or local bus drive.
From Sotikhola, we ascend via awe-inspiring rural setting, terraced fields, and traditional settlements talking to friendly ethnic groups and exploring their life style. 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 begin to loom in front of us and we enjoy the breathtaking sceneries. It will be exciting to explore the historical and holy caves at higher elevation. In the same way, capturing mountain peaks on Tibetan side will be a new experience to the trekkers.
The highest elevation in Manaslu Trek is Larkya La Pass(5125m) which is an adventurous pass in the world. The natural thrills while crossing Larka La Pass will be the moment of your life. The trail then, descends again with same rural landscapes and settlements till we get Dharapani, Besisahar. We take a drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu to end our Manaslu Trek.
Expect to use very ordinary accommodation during your trekking to Manaslu. The local lodges will provide us accommodation and food. The beds are neat and clean. The bathrooms are outside and needs to be shared. Certain items of food are mentioned on the menu and you will make the choice out of them. The common items of food on the trail are bread items, noodles, Dal Bhat, curries, soups, dumpling 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 best time for around Manaslu trekking for clear views. Wild flowers are in bloom with fantastic views of mountains at that time. This season has a pleasant day with cooler morning and night time.
October to November is yet another best trekking season for this Manaslu trek due to clear views of peaks. With a short sunlight days, it can be freezing cold in the morning and night time, depending upon the altitude and overnight stop.