Manaslu Circuit Trek in April and May; Best time to do Manaslu trekking
Manaslu Circuit Trek in April and May; Best time to do Manaslu trekking
Modified on Feb 8, 2023
Autumn brings a buzz of a new trekking season in the Himalayas. It is one of the most popular times of the year to trek in Nepal. Trekkers from all around the world hit the trail to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Manaslu region. The winding route, lush forests, colorful fall leaves, crisp air, and the heart-warming hospitality of the locals make the journey pleasant.
Ascending to 5,520 meters, Larkya La Pass is no joke. Above all, the weather has to be by your side to make the venture smooth and safe. The Himalayas have very unpredictable climatic conditions most of the time. However, autumn (October to November) carries stable weather and moderate climate, which makes it the best time of the year to trek.
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Manaslu Circuit Trek in Autumn
The clear sky and refreshing surroundings after the end of the monsoon make the Manaslu Circuit Trekking fantastic. The views are at their best, and snow-capped mountains throughout the trek enhance the journey. Manaslu Circuit Trek in autumn is no doubt a journey of a lifetime.
Before we go deep down into breaking all the aspects of Manaslu Circuit trekking in the autumn season, we want to tell you about our Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary. Even though you are trekking in the peak season, your itinerary should include rest days and maintain a constant increase in altitude during the trek. It is crucial to keep you safe from altitude sickness.
We offer an 18 days regular itinerary for Manaslu Circuit Trek that our guests usually prefer. We can also customize the trip as per your request to a shorter or longer Manaslu trek.
Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m) Day 2: Sightseeing and trek preparation Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710 m); 8-9 hrs, 140 km Day 4: Soti Khola - Maccha Khola (900 m); 6-7 hrs, 14.2 km Day 5: Maccha Khola -Jagat (1,410 m); 6-7 hrs, 22.2 km Day 6: Jagat - Deng (1,804 m); 6-7 hrs, 20 km Day 7: Deng- Namrung (2,630 m); 6-7 hrs, 19.4 km Day 8: Namrung to Lho Gaun (3,180 m); 6-7 hrs, 10.5 km Day 9: Lho Gaun to Samagaun (3,500 m); 6-7 hrs, 8.1 km Day 10: Samagaon - Samdo (3,690 m); 5-6 hrs, 8.1 km Day 11: Rest Day in Samdo Day 12: Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. (4,450 m); 4-5 hrs, 6.6 km Day 13: Dharamsala - Larkya La (5,220 m) - Bhimphedi (3,590m); 8-9 hrs, 24.5 km Day 14: Bhimphedi - Tilije (2,300 m); 5-6 hrs, 26 km Day 15: Tilije - Chamje (1,410 m) : 6-7 hours 19.4 km Day 16: Chamje - Syange (1,080 m); 6-7 hrs, 7.5 km Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu; 8-9 hrs, 200 km Day 18: Final departure | Transfer you to Kathmandu Airport or extend the trip
The below map will show you the pictorial representation of our 18 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek route. You can notice all the main villages where we will spend the night during the trek. Likewise, the major ascents and descents are also marked on the map.
Trekking in Autumn in Nepal
Nepal has six seasons, and each lasts for two months, summer being the longest (rainy and pre-winter are usually considered summer because of hot daytime in the Terai region). Autumn has mild temperature, a stable climate, low precipitation, and gentle wind. All these factors make Manaslu trekking in autumn wonderful.
Manaslu Circuit Trek in September
After the mid of September or usually around the end of the last week of September, autumn begins in Nepal. This month has a very mixed temperature. In the first two weeks, the temperature is hot and humid with frequent rain. The next two weeks also see a handful of rainfall, but the climate begins to cool. Terai region remains more on the warmer side.
The temperature ranges from 12 to 21 degrees Celsius. The trekking trails are also not too wet or slippery towards the end of the month. The days are long, warm, and the nights are cool. You can embark on the Manaslu trek in September.
Manaslu Circuit Trek in October
The first choice of trekkers for Manaslu Circuit Trek is in October. Trekking in October lets you enjoy bright, pleasant days and a mild climate. The temperature ranges between 12 to 19 degrees Celsius. The elevation above 2,000 meters sees the temperature drop to 5 degrees Celsius. The weather remains stable with astounding visibility.
The trail lets you enjoy its transition colors of forests and floras from beautiful shades of green to yellow and orange. Likewise, the different shades of rust, ember, and amethyst colors of leaves enhance the beauty of the Manaslu region. Meet trekkers from various countries and make great travel buddies.
Manaslu Circuit Trek in November
November has excellent weather conditions. Even though the climate begins to get a lot chillier, the fresh air and temperature range of 7 to 18 degrees celsius make the journey fun and intimate. You will get to see breathtaking panoramas. As the month progresses towards the end, the day begins to get smaller and nights longer.
The biggest highlight of the autumn season is the vibrant festivals celebrated by the Nepalese. These festivals offer a glimpse of Nepali culture and traditions. Festivals like Indra Jatra, Dashain, Tihar, Chhat, and many others are celebrated in autumn.
Do know that, in Nepal, people follow the lunar calendar, so the dates may vary. The locals worship many gods and goddesses, sing, dance, decorate their houses, and cook many kinds of delicacies.
Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek Trek in Autumn
Get to see numerous wildlife. The rivers, waterfalls, streams, and lakes are remarkably gorgeous in September, thanks to the monsoon that has just passed.
The trail thrives of lush green forests of pine, rhododendron, and bamboo in the lower elevation.
Clear visibility makes the surrounding views phenomenal.
Meet fellow trekkers from all around the world.
Have a glimpse of locals celebrating their most significant festivals.
Opportunity to explore the Tibetan Buddhist culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the people residing in the Manaslu region.
Stunning mountain views and landscapes.
The later time of autumn gradually transitions into dry and cool weather with a very distinct yet breathtaking perspective.
You might get to enjoy the snowfall during the last days of November.
Why Choose Manaslu Circuit Trek in Autumn?
Stable Weather and mild-climate
The weather conditions and climate are blissful in the autumn season, which makes the trek exceptionally marvelous. The days are warm and bright with fantastic views. The journey is somewhat comfortable even though it involves several ascents and descents along rugged, steep, and rocky paths.
Meet people from all around the world
As autumn is the peak trekking season, you can see trekkers from many countries on the trail living their Himalayan dream. Mingle with them, catch up with friends, and probably make new friends.
The sky is less cloudy, and as we have mentioned so many times, the views are just perfect. The stunning panorama of Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), Mt. Kang Guru (6,981 m), Himlung Himal (7,126 m), Singri Himal (7,817 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), and many others glorify the trail with their mighty presence. Likewise, the views of green hills, valleys, and mountain villages are breathtaking too.
The color of autumn
The Manaslu Trekking route gets covered with colorful fallen leaves. You will trek through lush forests blooming with autumn vegetation. The atmosphere is soothing, and you will get many opportunities to indulge in the tranquility of the region.
The biggest festivals of Nepalese people are Dashain, Tihar, and Chhat. And they celebrate these festivals in the autumn season. If you are right on time, you can become part of the celebration. It is a vibrant time of the year, and the air carries this heavenly aroma of divinity in it.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost in Autumn
Manaslu Circuit Trek cost in autumn may differ from one trekking agency to another and the Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary you are following during the trek. We offer a comprehensive Manaslu Trek cost that covers all your accommodation, meals, permits, and overnight stays in Kathmandu/Pokhara and during the trek.
For more information, you can also check our cost includes and excludes a section of Manaslu Circuit Trek 18 Days.
Extra tips for your Manaslu Circuit Trek in autumn
Manaslu Circuit Trek Nepal is one of the challenging treks. This trek is designed for travelers who have previous trekking experience and can endure all the difficulties.
There are many routes to explore the Manaslu region. Choose the one that best suits you.
You cannot do Manaslu Circuit Trek solo. Manaslu is a restricted area in Nepal, and travelers only get a permit if they are ready to trek with a government-registered trekking company in a group of two trekkers and a guide & porter.
Even in the peak season, the weather can change, so better be prepared and carry some warm clothing pieces.
Autumn is a peak trekking season in the Himalayas, therefore book accommodation in advance to ensure you will get rooms of your choice.
If you are trekking in September, then do prepare to walk on muddy and slippery trails.
Make sure you are not over-packed or under-packed. Get in touch with us anytime. Our representative will help you with packing.
Maintain your trekking pace and do not rush. Always walk on the cliffside and be careful on the trail.
Stay hydrated and avoid alcoholic drinks/smoking to stay away from altitude sickness. Regardless of the season and physical fitness of the trek, altitude sickness can happen to anyone.
Carry your favorite snacks and bars. Goods on the trail are usually way expensive. Use a reusable water bottle.
Stay updated with the weather.
Nepal is The trekking destination. There are trekking trails for every season, including monsoon. You can choose the season as per your availability and trekking destination.
We offer a wide range of treks apart from the Manaslu Circuit Trek in the Himalayas. Check out our other trekking packages in Nepal here.
Among all the trekking seasons, autumn is, for sure, the most ideal one to do the 18 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek. Whether we talk about visibility, climate, weather conditions, or views, everything is on point in autumn.
Contact usanytime to ask your queries, about the Manaslu Circuit trek package or any other trek/tour packages.
I, Dipendra is an Adventure Specialist and founder of Scenic Nepal Treks and working in Mountain Travel and Tourism for more than a decade.
I have been leading different Hiking groups from all around the World to the Himalayas including Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, and many more. Follow me for my adventure on Facebook and Instagram