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Everything you should know about Manaslu circuit trek 2020/2021

Everything you should know about Manaslu circuit trek

Rising in popularity by the year and nicknamed ‘The New Annapurna’ in terms of its overall attraction, the remote Manaslu Circuit trek remains true to its credibility as an exceptional wilderness experience, even as teahouses along the trail have made it easier to walk in recent years from the point of view of basic food and shelter needs along the way.

Manaslu trek is still far less populated than some of the best-known routes through the Himalayas, providing all the main base of a great trek, from cascading rivers and steep trails, breathtaking views and subtropical forests, attractive mountain vistas and a rapid ascent to a stupendous high pass, and a host of side trips and add-ons that have the potential to turn the experience into an epic journey.

This is your privilege to encounter a culture that is special. Mount Manaslu, 8,156m  high, is the tallest mountain in this region and the eighth tallest in the world. Whether you want to go from one tea house to another or prefer camping stay, Manaslu is for everyone.

How long does it take to complete The Manaslu Circuit?

  • The Manaslu Circuit offers for a longer trek than some other treks in Nepal.
  • The Manaslu can be tackled in 13 to 17 days as it allows for adequate acclimatization and comfort.
  • The total distance of the Manaslu Circuit is 177 kilometers (110 miles).
  • The distance can, however, differ from itinerary to itinerary.
  • Some trekking itinerary start in Arughat Bazar where others only start at Soti Khola.

What Makes The Manaslu Circuit Trekking Unique?

  • The Manaslu Circuit is absolute special.
  • The trek follows an ancient salt–trading route along the steep-sided Budhi Gandaki river.
  • Ten peaks of more than 6,500 meters (21,300 ft) in height are visible while trekking through the Manaslu region, including peaks of more than 7,000 meters (23,000 ft) high.
  • There are a lot less people on the Manaslu Circuit and this sets the trek apart from its busier brother the Annapurna Circuit.
  • This region is primarily populated by two ethnic groups; Nubri and Tsum.
  • Nubri was repeatedly visited following Nepal’s 1950 tourism opening, Tsum still retains much of its traditional culture, art, and tradition.
  • Gurungs is the largest cultural group in the central hills of the region.If you are traveling alone and you want to do the Manaslu Circuit, you better find a friend to join you.
  • As the Manaslu Circuit is a restricted area, you need at least two people to get a permit and a start date.

What is the best time to Trek in Manaslu Circuit Trek?

  • Manaslu and the entire Annapurna Region, along with the rest of Nepal has 4 distinct seasons.
  • Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.
  • The months from March to May and from October or November are the most popular for trekking in Nepal.
  • What has to be said is that each trekking season promises travelers its own thrill and experience

Permit for Manaslu Trekking (Special Permit/MCAP/ACAP)

  • Manaslu is in a restricted area and requires an appropriate permit, a government registered trekking agency, and a licensed guide to accompany each group.
  • A minimum of two people are required in order to obtain the trekking permit through the area.
  • The special permit costs $100 from September to November for the first seven days plus $15 for each additional day, and $75 from December to August for the first seven days plus $10 per additional day.
  • The costs are per person.
  • Trekkers are also required to have an Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation area permits from the Nepal Tourism Board at a cost of 3000 Nepali Rupees per person including 13% vat of each different region.

Why the Manaslu Circuit can be choice and not the Annapurna Circuit?

  • The Annapurna Circuit is extraordinary.
  • It gives you everything you are looking for when trekking in the Annapurna Sanctuary of Nepal.
  • However, a lot of people know the Annapurna Circuit Trek is great and you will definitely not be the only one on the trails.
  • The Manaslu Circuit is everything the Annapurna Circuit is, but it allows for a more genuine trekking experience.
  • Villages on the Annapurna Circuit always had poor access and modern times require modern infrastructure.
  • As a result, some of the Annapurna Circuit is tarred and this is very uplifting for the local communities.
  • Trekkers, of course, are always looking for the most remote trails and although there are still some on the Annapurna Circuit, you are sure to find them on the Manaslu Circuit.
  • The Manaslu Circuit is not as quiet anymore as it used to be.
  • Where in the past camping was basically the only prospect to spend the night in this remote part of the world, these days you can find teahouses spotted along the trail.

How difficult is Manaslu Circuit Trek?

  • The first few days on the trail becomes difficult as the Budhi Gandaki Gorge is harrowing steep.
  • You will walk through breezy trails and cross suspension bridges above the Budhi Gandaki River.
  • Crossing the Larkya La Pass at altitude 5,213 m is a challenge.
  • Also, trekking through the uneven terrain and rocky trail demands endurance and strength.
  • The weather plays a huge role in determining the Manaslu trek difficulty.
  • The Manaslu trail leads you through six climatic zones- the tropical and subtropical zone, the temperate zone, the subalpine zone, the alpine zone, and the arctic zone.
  • During the winter, due to heavy snowfall, the Larkya La Pass and many tea houses remain closed.
  • Summer season and monsoon experiences heavy rainfall. Due to the heavy downpour, the trail is slippery, muddy, and full of leeches.
  • Spring season is the best time for trekking, the clear weather and finest views of snow-capped mountains are just mesmerizing during this time.
  • Another favorable season for trekking is autumn.

How to Prevents from Acute Mountain Sickness in Manaslu Circuit?

  • The trek starts from a lower altitude of Soti Khola at 700m and reaches a higher altitude of 5213m at the Larkya La Pass.
  • Everyone is at a risk of altitude sickness so being well informed about altitude sickness can lower the risk of it.
  • Climb slowly,Your body needs two to three days of slowly going higher in order to adjust to the changes.
  • When you are at a higher altitude, your body requires more calories.
  • So, pack plenty of healthy snacks containing carbohydrates.
  • Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and medications like sleeping pills which can make altitude sickness worse.
  • Staying hydrated is very important in preventing altitude sickness.So, drink plenty of water during your trek.
  • If you have a headache or feel sick, stop and rest where you are and take appropriate medications and inform the guide immediately.

How to Train yourself before the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

  • It is best to train your body a couple of months before any trek.
  • This reduces the risks of any health related issues or will train you in increasing your stamina.
  • This will make your treks a lot more comfortable.
  • determining your fitness level for trekking.
  • For Manaslu Circuit Trek you need to have a healthy cardiovascular fitness.
  • It boosts the ability of your heart and lungs to supply oxygen-rich blood to the muscles during the trek.
  • As the altitude increases, the air pressure decreases which means less oxygen to breathe.So to cope with less oxygen, you need to build your cardiovascular fitness.
  • Cycling, swimming, running, jogging, and walking are some great exercises to develop your cardiovascular fitness.
  • You can only imagine how the trek is until you actually start the trek.
  • So to get the feel of how your body reacts to long hours of walking, you should complete a few one-day treks.
  • Another important factor to take into consideration is your diet.
  • While training, you should drink plenty of water and eat foods rich in carbohydrates, protein, and fibers.

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