Manaslu Circuit Trek in October

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Manaslu Circuit Trek, perhaps, is one of the most exciting off-beat trekking experiences in the Himalayas that takes you to the secluded part of the region. Distinctive from the mainstream trekking adventures in Nepal, this circumnavigating journey of the pristine eighth-tallest snow-clad wonder of the world, Mt. Manaslu (8,163 meters), takes you on a journey to experience the pure-untamed wilderness of the mystical Himalayas and relish its true tranquility.

If you are planning the Manaslu Circuit Trek in October, then you have decided on the ideal period to explore the raw beauty of this west-central part of the Himalayas. The autumn season [September, October, and November] is the number one recommended season for the Himalayan trekking adventures in Nepal. October is the peak point of even the autumn season and is farther from the post-monsoon climate and pre-winter cold, making it a perfect timeframe to immerse in the mystical ambiance of the Himalayas.

The climate during this most favorable period in the autumn season is mild, the trekking trails are dry and comfortable, and the clear-unobstructed views of the Himalayas are just surreal. Besides the natural allurements, October is also high time for the cultural celebration in this charming country, and you will have the opportunity to soak in the colorful cultural vibrance during your trip.

Trek Overview- Manaslu Circuit Trek in October

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During this peak month of the autumn season, your exciting trek on the Manaslu Circuit begins with an exhilarating drive on the Trishuli Bank from Kathmandu (1,400 meters) to Soti Khola (710 meters). Then, starting your exploration on foot the next day, you will make your war toward Machha Khola (900 meters) from Soti Khola alongside the ridge of Budhi Gandaki River.

Moving further in your ascending trail, you will trek across the popular highlights of the Manaslu Circuit, like Jagat (1,410 meters), Deng (1,865 meters), Namrung (2,630 meters), and Samagaon (3,530 meters). Samagaon will be an acclimatization destination in your circuit trek, and you will do a short hike to Pungyen Gompa (3,530 meters) on this day.

Then, on your Himalayan journey up ahead, you will traverse high altitude points of this trek like Samdo (3,860 meters), your second acclimatization destination, and Dharamsala/Larkya Base Camp (4,450 meters). You will have to traverse across one of the fascinating high Himalayan passes, Larke La Pass (5,160 meters), from here to descend to Bimthang (3,590 meters).

Completing the circumnavigating journey of Mt. Manaslu on this exciting trail, you will then further descend down to Tilije (2,300 meters) and Dharapani (1,860 meters). A comfortable drive from Dharapani in this descending route will then lead you to Besisahar (760 meters), from where you will drive back to Kathmandu. Your drive back to Kathmandu and hotel transfer upon arrival will officially pull the curtain to your exciting 14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek.

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What Are Highlights of the Manaslu Circuit Trek in October?

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Perfect Climatic Conditions

Manaslu Circuit Tek in October will introduce you to the most perfect climatic conditions of the entire autumn season. October is the peak period in the seasons, which is generally considered the number one season for trek and mountain expeditions of the Himalayas. This month is farther from both the post-monsoon climate which lingers till the early part of Septemeber, and the pre-winter weather, which gradually starts to strengthen its roots by the late-November.

So, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that October is the crown jewel of this peak season. You will be able to enjoy a remarkable trekking experience on the dry trail and under the clear blue sky during this month. The temperatures of the Manaslu region usually hover around 13°C to 25°C in October. However, as you ascend to high altitudes, the night temperatures can drop to minus degrees.

Less Crowd

Although autumn is one of the peak seasons for trekking adventures in the Nepali Himalayas, the Manaslu Circuit Trek receives fewer trekking enthusiasts compared to the mainstream regions. In comparison to the spring season, which is much warmer and offers a visually appeasing experience, the autumn season receives less volume of trekkers.

As most of the trekkers of the autumn season have their eyes set on the mainstream routes like Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, and Langtang Valley Trek, the remote Manaslu Trek receives even less traffic. It means the Manaslu Circuit Trek in October will guarantee a serene experience to immerse in the true grandeur of the Himalayan wilderness in a much rather peaceful manner.

Breathtaking Himalayan Paranoma

It is now new news that the incredible views of the Himalayan vistas that the autumn season offers are simply breathtaking. Due to low precipitation, the clear weather conditions reward the trekkers with crisp views of the pristine Himalayan vistas till the end of the horizon.

Manaslu Circuit Trek gives the trekkers the opportunity to immerse in the magnificent tranquility of Himalayan gems like Manaslu, Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Naike Peak, Himalchuli, Ngadi Chili, Shringi Himal and serval others during the trek. So, during your exploration, you will be able to enjoy the most fascinating and stunning views of these incredible Himalayan peaks without any obstructions.

Festive Atmosphere

Autumn is an epicenter for some of the major festivals in the Nepal, and the month of October is the hub for all those grand celebrations. Yes, you heard it right, the autumn season, which is popular for its colorful and incredible festival celebrations, houses October as the center for the most significant celebrations.

The major festivals in the country, like Dashain ( 15 days), Tihar ( 5 days), Mani Rimdu, and Pachali Bhairab, are celebrated in this month. So, besides navigating the exhilarating trails around the eighth-highest mountain in the world, your Manaslu Circuit Trek in October will also provide you the opportunity to relish the incredible cultural prospects of this culturally diversified Himalayan country.

Enchanting Landscapes

Both spring and autumn season are the high seasons for Himalayan adventures and are known for their stunning landscapes. Similarly, during your Manaslu Circuit Trek in October, you will be welcomed by the lush landscape nourished by the monsoon rain, and the cascading rivers and waterfalls are in their post-monsoon prime.

During your circuit trek, you will traverse across diverse landscapes, from golden terraced fields of the harvest season to dense forests and the alpine meadows slowly melding with the hues of the fall season. Furthermore, the diverse shades of grey that define the cycle of nature will make your day-to-day trek a visually spectacular journey.

Difficulty Consideration for Manaslu Circuit Trek in October

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Doing the Himalayan trekking adventures in Nepal during the peak season means that you will be able to significantly reduce the overall difficulty of the trip that would have otherwise been elevated due to the unfavorable climate. Challenging weather conditions can affect the trail and make your day-to-day exploration more complex.

Similarly, during the colder seasons, acclimatizing to high altitudes and crossing the Himalayan passes can be more challenging. Your Manaslu Circuit Trek in October will ensure a comfortable journey on this moderately difficult route.

You will trek under pleasant weather, and the trekking route is dry for the most part, making it easy for you to navigate across the difficult landscape of the Himalayas. However, there are still a few things that you have to consider while taking part in this exciting Himalayan excursion in October.

One of the major hurdles in the Manaslu Trek in Nepal is the altitude gain. You will begin your trekking adventure at Soti Khola (710 meters) and traverse across the major elevation jump points enroute like Samagaon (3,530 meters), Samdo (3,860 meters), Dharamsala (4,450 meters) and the highest being, Larke La Pass (5,160 meters).

Thus, you need to take it easy and acclimatize properly along the trekking route. As the altitude gain is quite significant, you also need to pay attention to the symptoms related to altitude sickness. Similarly, in your 14-day journey, you will trek about 180 km to 200 km (111 miles to 124 miles).

That means you will need to cover a walking distance of about 6 to 7 hours on average during each trekking day. Walking for long hours on the rugged landscape of the Himalayas and gradually ascending the route can be challenging if you haven’t prepared adequately for the trip.

Is This Right for Me?

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Manaslu Circuit Trek is a moderate-grade Himalayan trekking adventure that takes you to remote and isolated parts of the region. So, if you want a journey that gives you an opportunity to soak in the tranquility of the mystical Himalayas away from the bustling mainstream crowd, Manaslu Circuit is the ideal trekking package for you.

If you are worried about its overall difficulty level, you will be able to easily overcome the difficulty factors of this trip with enough preparation. The Manaslu Circuit Trek has a success rate of 98% to 100%, so, by this, you can understand the hurdles of this trek are not significant and strenuous.

There are also no age restrictions for this trip if you have basic fitness, good health, and are motivated to do this Himalayan excursion; that is more than enough to conquer this remote Himalayan trail. You will not have to deal with any technical, challenging, or physically strenuous section during this trip.

You will also get enough acclimatization period while navigating the high-altitude part of this journey. So, taking on the high Himalayan Larke La Pass also won’t be much of a big deal. Furthermore, our 14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek is a fully guided venture where we will take care of all your itinerary plans, including your safety and comfort. So, you can just relax and enjoy the incredible Himalayan excursion with us without worrying about anything.

How to Prepare Efficiently for the Manaslu Trek?

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For your Manaslu Circuit Trek in October, you should make an adequate amount of preparation before the trek start date. The normal recommended training period for high-altitude Himalayan treks ranges between 3 to 8 weeks, but you can adjust the period considering your fitness level and the workout schedule.

You don’t need to put in a lot of hours each day; scheduling a few hours for a properly planned workout regime will be the most fruitful. You can consult a trekking guide or a professional trainer to design an effective and well-managed workout routine. For the most part, you will have to work on your endurance, core strength, and stamina level, as you will be trekking for long hours on steep sections carrying your backpack.

Doing practice hikes is also one of the most efficient ways to understand the actual demand of the rugged trail, and you will also understand what physical aspects you will need to work on. Moreover, practice hikes also provide you the opportunity to check the comfortability of your trekking boots and gear.

Recommended Strength and Endurance Exercises: Squat, Deadlift, Push Up, Glute Bridge, Plank, Lunge, Weightlifting, Bicep Curl, Pull Up, Plank, Leg Extension, Step Up, Bench Press, Hammer Curl, etc

Recommended Cardiovascular and Stamina Exercises: Mountain Climber, Cycling, Jumping Rope, Swimming, Rowing, Cardio, Stair Climbing, High Knees, Dancing, Jogging, etc

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Permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek in October

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For your trekking in Manaslu Circuit during October, you will need to get four permits. Your journey will take you across some of the major protected areas in the Himalayas; thus, these permits are absolutely mandatory for your trip.

Required Permits:

  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit
  • Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (RAPM)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) Card

Cost for both MCAP and ACAP is standard throughout the year, and you can get both permits by paying US$ 30 for each. Similarly, the TIMS Card also has a universal value throughout the year and costs about US$ 17 per trekker.

On the other hand, the RAP Permit’s cost can vary depending on the season of your visit. During the autumn season (i.e., Septemeber, October, and November), you will have to pay US$ 100 per trekker to get this permit. As for the rest of the season (i.e., spring, monsoon, and winter), you can get this Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (RAPM) at just US$ 75 per person.

**Note: For a seamless adventure experience, Great Adventure Treks will collect all the required permits for you. You will just have to provide us with the necessary documents like a copy of a valid passport, a copy of insurance, contact details, passport-size photographs, etc.**

Packing Checklist for Trek in October

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October is situated in the peak period of the autumn season that houses your everyday trek with moderate temperatures. You won’t have to carry heavy layers to deal with freezing climatic conditions like in the winter season, nor will you need the right gears to navigate challenging trails like the monsoon season.

You will be able to enjoy a light and comfortable trekking experience during your Himalayan excursion in October. Still, you should be careful about packing the right layer and gear to traverse across a diverse climatic condition during your trip.

Great Adventure Treks will also provide a strong porter to every two of the trekkers in the group. The porter will carry upto 15 kg worth of luggage for each trekker (max weight limit of 30kg for two trekkers), which will certainly make your trip even more light and enjoyable.

Recommended Packlist for Manaslu Circuit in October

For Head and Body

  • Sunblock hat, sports hat
  • Woolen hat, beanie
  • Neck scarf or gaiter
  • Moisture-wicking vest or Sandow
  • Warm base layer
  • T-shirt and shirt (different thickness)
  • Sweater and sweatshirt
  • Breathable jacket or fleece jacket
  • Down jacket for alpine altitudes
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Warm insulated leggings
  • Hiking shorts and comfortable pant
  • Comfortable breathable trousers
  • Heavy woolen and windproof/waterproof trousers
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Insulated, waterproof, and windproof gloves

For Feet

  • Sturdy trekking boots
  • Trainer shoes or sports shoes
  • Camp shoes; sandals or crocks
  • Waterproof gaiter
  • Lightweight socks
  • Heavy woolen or insulated socks

For Personal Care

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Bio-degradable soap
  • Shampoo and hair conditioners
  • Sunscreen cream and body lotion
  • Travel towel (quick-dry)
  • Small mirror, comb, and nail clipper
  • Tissue paper, face wipes
  • Toiler paper
  • Perfume or body deodorants
  • Foot powder
  • Bug repellent
  • Hand sanitizer or handwash
  • Water purifier
  • Shaving cream, razor
  • Female hygiene products
  • First aid kit
  • Personal medications

Gear/Equipment

  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag/ sleeping pad
  • Duffle bag
  • Rain covers
  • Headlamp and extra pair of batteries
  • General map, guidebook, and GPS device
  • Solar charger and power bank
  • Universal charging cord
  • Camera and binoculars
  • Thermos flask
  • Journals and pens
  • Books, magazines
  • Board and card games

**Note: You should convert enough cash to Nepal currency for snacking and shopping along the route. There are no reliable ATM services available in this remote route, and the exchange rate can be high, so you should convert enough cash to local currency in city areas**

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Some Helpful Tips for Your Manaslu Circuit Trek in October

  • Trek slowly and don’t rush the adventure, especially when ascending to higher altitudes
  • Don’t forget to pack your favorite snacks and energy bars to enjoy during short breaks en route
  • Eat a nutritious meal and drink enough fluid throughout the day
  • Strictly stick to suggestions and instructions of guides and porters
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking completely during the trek; they hinder the acclimatization process
  • Listen to your body and keep an eye out for symptoms of altitude sickness
  • Respect local culture and norms
  • Research your destination, take tips from experienced travelers and trekkers, or join travel forums

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