Manaslu Trek Highlights

Manaslu lies in the west of Nepal's Gorkha district.  It is the highest in the region of 8,163m above sea level so this is not a minor mountain in Nepal. Manaslu is much closer to the Tibetan side, so the culture you will see here is more Tibetan. Up to this day, it remains a remote and virgin trail, less crowded than any other treks in Nepal.  It is also one of the least explored trails in Nepal because of the especial trekking permit imposed by the government. That alone is enough to poke the interest of anyone looking for an off-the-beaten trekking experience in Nepal.  

During the recent year, Manaslu Trek is one in the list of the increasing number of tourists.  The trail becomes popular since tea houses were built here in 2010. Previous to that, the trekkers had to camp. Commercially, the trail was opened for tourist in 1995. During those years when the government officially announced, open for hiking the region only received 344 tourists. Due to the ongoing civil war in the country, this region hardly survived between 1995 to 2006.  

The local tea houses were started to spring up in 2010. Since then, the number of tourist in Manaslu went rocket high. When a massive earthquake hit Nepal in 2015 Manaslu hiking trail was only 20 km from the first epic centre Barpak Nepal.  In the year 2015, when the area was damaged by the earthquake, this region only welcomed 2,288 tourists according to ACAP.  Manaslu Conservation Area witnessed the arrival of 7,203 tourists, in 2017 the highest since the area was opened to tourists in 1995.

The Year 2017/18 is the largest number in the climber history of Manaslu. According to the recent report from ACAP. Just between January 2017 to until July 2018 a total 241 climber has scaled Mount Manaslu successfully. By far this is the largest number in the climbing history of Mount Manaslu.  In this article, I have gathered all the highlights you might be interested to know about Manaslu Trek.

1. Scenic Trail in Nepal 

Manaslu circuit is probably the most scenic hike in Nepal.  It is surrounded by snowcap mountains towering at above 8,000m.  Not to mention the above 5,000m pass crossing!  Very few places on this earth will have these combinations!

2. Off-The-Beaten-Path

Manaslu region is the only a remote and off-the-beaten-path compared to the other well-known teahouse treks in Nepal and it is the closest from the capital city of Kathmandu Nepal in terms of distance. Manaslu trek gained popularity since tea houses were built here in 2010. Prior to that, you had to camp. 

3. Less Tourist 

 It is less crowded compear to the other popular trails in Nepal. Little less than 8,000 tourist visits Manaslu every year unlike Everest Base Camp Trek has over 30,000 visitors every year. 

4. Budget trek 

Manaslu Trek is relatively cheaper than Everest Base Camp. Manaslu Trekkers don't have to spend more than $320 alone on a flight ticket, unlike EBC trek you have no choice but to pay the expensive flight ticket. Manaslu Trek cost comes in the budget due to it is connected via land and local bus service is only USD 8-10 per person to reach the trailhead. 

5. Cultural Trail 

The trail is so rich in culture.  The Tibetan origin Nepalese live in the area called Tsum Valley.  They practice their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture and religion. 

6. Best Side Trip 

Manaslu trek offers a lot more side-trips than any other base camps. You can spend more than 3 weeks and venture into different places such as Tsum Valley, Manaslu Base Camp, Pungeen Gomba, Kal Lake, Tibetian border, Birendra lake etc. 

7. Circuit Trails 

A major highlight of this trail is,  it follows a circuit trail.. so unlike other base camps, every day is a new route as you make a loop in this trek. 

8. Safe For Hikers 

Manaslu Trek starts from the elevation of 710m to the high pass of 5,150m. It takes at least 9-10 days to reach the highest point. That makes Manaslu generally safe in terms of the altitude sickness.  SO you could say Manaslu Trek difficulty is fairly moderate compear to any other treks in Nepal. There is a lower chance of altitude sickness due to the long days of reaching high elevation. 

9. Part of The Great Himalayan Trail

Manaslu trek is one of the major parts of the Great Himalayan Trail. Hikers who know about GHT (Great Himalayan Trail) The fell lucky to be even a small part as Manaslu is one of the major parts of "The Great Himalaya Trail' - a single long-distance trekking trail from the east end to the west end of Nepal, includes a total of roughly 1,700 km long path.

10. Trek To The Base Of Killer Mountain 

Expedition As of 2018, the peak has seen only 240 successful ascents and 52 fatalities, making it the 4th most dangerous 8000m peak, behind Annapurna, Nanga Parbat, and K2.


Manaslu Trek has a lot to offer, which I can't express everything in the world. 100 per cent of my customer, who experienced Manaslu has nothing but high rated positive response. I would like to invite you to explore this untouched nature of the secret land and find out yourself. I really hope you enjoyed reading this article. If you have any questions, you can leave me a comment below. Or any help you may need you can contact us. It would inspire me to write more about Nepal's Himalayas If you please leave me a rating as appropriate as you think on the right corner of pooping box. 

About Rajendra Khanal (Raj)

Rajendra Khanal (Raj) Born and raised in Gorkha, Nepal, I am proud to call the Manaslu region my home! I have been in the travel business for over a decade from being assistance guide to being a guide/leader to being a manager and finally a founder of NEST Adventure. So you could say, I know my way well enough in the Himalayas especially in some of the off-the-beaten trails in Nepal like Manaslu, Kanchenjunga or Mustang

I am passionate about travelling and I strongly believe that seeing the world shouldn't break the bank (at least not too much!).  I have backpacked to over 15 countries in Asia, Central Americas USA and Canada, one-third of Europe, Caribbean Island and  Latin America.

I studied in the UK and moved to the United States. During that period, I had an opportunity working with multinational companies which taught me, how to deliver quality customer service in the business? As a world travelling backpacker myself, and travel expert of Nepal Himalayas, I started writing about my own country.  Incase, If you required free information about Nepal, please do not hesitate to visit my office in Thamel. We are located in the centre of Kathmandu Thamel. I am happy to share a cup of Nepali tea and free information.  Our team at NEST has earned 5/5 star ratings on TripAdvisor from about 200 satisfied customers. Don't forget to visit our customer feedback page on TripAdvisor.
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