More often than it is a common question I receive from my readers, “When is the best time to trek Manaslu Circuit?”. Hiking in the high altitude is not something you can consider any time of the year. Commonly, You must know the weather, temperature, snow falling season, and wind speed of the elevation above 4,000m. While on the other side, you should also consider the time that avoids landslide, convenient transportation available to the trailhead, monsoon, and the humidity in lower elevation below 2,000m.

Greetings to my readers. My name is Raj, a local guy born and raised on the lap of Mount Manaslu. I have been writing about Nepal Himalayas for a long time, and here I am keen to share some ideas that everything you should know about Manaslu trek. Especially when is the best time for this trek? For this article, I’m sharing a logic by month to month. By the end of this article, If you find this post helpful, please send us a rating as appropriate as you consider. 

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Mount Manaslu at the 8th Highest mountain in the world on the background during golden hour. Pictures from Loh

Manaslu Circuit Trek in January 

Generally, January has the coldest climate. The temperature is too low that it might tumble to – 15 degrees. It is difficult to anticipate the heat as the winter storms visit this area from time to time in this month of the year. The cold and frosty climate in Manaslu makes January one of the less crowded month for trekking. Even though the temperature is cold and frigid, the sky appears nice and bright throughout the day. The perspective of snowcapped mountains solidified cascades, waterfalls, lakes, and the stream is pristine in January. 

January is not the best, due to it is freezing in the high pass and likely snowbound. Before mid-January, However, it is common to see some hikers in Manaslu. If you are one of them, planning to Trek Manaslu in winter here is what you should consider.

  1. Bring enough layer and other necessary equipment 
  2. Microspike is a life savvier don’t forget to include them in your packing list. 
  3. Choose a local company that has established experience in the region. 

Likely, Dharmasala and Bhimtang (A camp before and after the high pass) might be closed. If that happens, there are some alternatives. Each company has their style on how they organize. The most company organized a primitive camp in Dharmasala and Bhimtang. But in our case, we contact the tea house owner in advance to have an extra key. Open the tea house as we go and close it after we use it. I know it sounds fancy, but because of our legacy in this area as one of the largest trek operator for the region. We have been doing this for a couple of years now. If we believe so, please let us know. We are more than happy to help you out. Alternative Route For Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Trek in February 

 In the past few years, February remains a falling snow month. But the most dramatic, which is very dangerous sometimes if the snowfall is heavy. The initial days of February are cold and frigid while the end is fresh spring. From mid-February, the winter starts to vanish. The temperature ascends just as snow begins liquefying. Likewise, Rhododendron and other blossoms in the forests begin to sprout. From mid-February, a hiker starts exploring the Himalayas. But last Spring 2019, including Manaslu and other classical trails such as Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp were close because of the heavy snowfall. Please make sure you will contact your agency before making a plan. 

Consideration

  1. Manaslu is slippery and wet in this month because of the melting of snow. There can be a dubious climate. 
  2. Ensure that you gather your sacks appropriately with winter garments and types of gear because the climate is not predictable. 
  3. An extra layer, microspike, hot and cold thermos bottle, gaiters, Pancho, are essential.

Manaslu Trek During Winter December and January

Manaslu Circuit Trek in March 

 March is once of the best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek, as this is when spring begins. It is likewise the peak month in Nepal for trekking. The temperature appears to be calm. The days are splendid and warm with the forest where distinctive colorful flower blooms. Similarly, the temperature rises from 2 to 8 degrees, which makes the area friendly while walking. 

 Additionally, the climate in Manaslu in March is neither too cold nor excessively hot. The skies and snow-capped mountains are visible nice and clear. However, it is the start of peak season, so the trail start to be crowded, as well as tea houses, are occupied. 

 Overall, March is perhaps the most fabulous month for Manaslu trekking because of the ideal temperature. Before going to Manaslu, make sure to book the tea house earlier as the limited tea houses will start to overbooked. Tsum Valley Trek in Nepal

Manaslu Circuit Trek in April 

 April is the month hikers considers as one of the best time to trek Manaslu. When the temperature is all around adjusted. It is additionally the peak month like March for trekking in Nepal. Similarly, numerous climbers and experts with their client trek to Manaslu in this month. Likewise, the flower in the forest with Rhododendron of various colors can be seen. The climate is flawless if anybody wants to trek in April. Indeed, even one can discover other trekkers from multiple nations and make new friends. 

 However, because of the peak season, the trail is crowdie. The tea houses are mostly occupied. It is recommended to book the tea houses in advance if you are trekking Manaslu in April.  

Manaslu Circuit Trek in May 

 The month of May is once of the less crude but splendid weather in Manaslu. May is the end of spring when the temperature rises to 20 degrees. The days turn out to be longer and splendid. Manasu is off the beaten path as there are not as many as hikers compear to the other classical trail in Nepal. It ends up hard walking in the day time for individuals. 

 Also, the way, particularly in the lower spots, appears to be dustily followed by hot and sweat-soaked days for the individuals who can walk and appreciate the warm temperature. 

 Manaslu Circuit Trek in June 

June is the initial month of summer pursued by the monsoon in Nepal. However, the monsoon doesn’t start until the last week of June. It is still the perfect time for Manaslu until the end of June. The temperature begins getting hot, and the possible rainfalls. Toward the beginning of the day, the temperature cools and makes the environment ideal for walking.  

 Besides, if you are planning to trek to Manaslu in June, make sure to carry high ankle boots. Likewise, bring insect repellant to spare yourself, which is handy for a humid and lowe alpine area. 

 Manaslu Circuit Trek in July 

 July is the month of monsoon. The widely varied vegetation with thick forests appears to be extremely pleasant in this month. Primarily, waterfalls, brooks, streams, cascades come to life because of rainfall. They become extremely dramatic with the numerous waterfall, green vegetation, and the hide and seeks between the mountain and clouds. 

 In numerous ways, landslide and blockage of the street can be seen, which makes the circumstance extreme. In like manner, the flight gets postponed or dropped because of unforeseen rainfall and clouds. 

 If you intend to trek to Manaslu in July, then you have to set yourself up with appropriate types of gear. Likewise, you have to acknowledge the difficulties and blockage on the way. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek in August 

 Only the rain shadow part of the Himalayas, such as Upper Mustang, Annapurna Circuit, Nar Phu Valley Upper Dolpo, are the ideal for a hike during this time of the year. August is the primary monsoon season in Nepal, with more rainfall compared to July. The rain causes the vegetation to develop well while it additionally expands the challenge on the way. The heavy rain might create some landslide; in some cases, it might turn out to be increasingly troublesome.

Manaslu Circuit Trek in September

The internet says the month of September is the best time to hike in Nepal. But in the past couple of years, the monsoon doesn’t stops until the last week of September. Especially for Manaslu, transportation is no longer the issue, since there is a permanent road connection to the trailhead. September is the end of the monsoon, but still, some rain is possible. From the third week of the month, monsoon finishes and autumn begins. In this month, one can encounter both the seasons relying upon which time of September you are trekking. 

Further, the temperature cools with days. The course to Manaslu dries slowly and becomes ideal for trekking. Additionally, the climate causes you to enjoy the environment with delightful all-encompassing perspectives. 

 In any case, if you are planning to trek to Manaslu in September, you should be set up as it might rain at the start of the month. Nevertheless, the crowd will be less, and you can trek in a peaceful environment getting a charge out of every single moment of the trek. 

 Manaslu Circuit Trek in October 

 October is the best time to trek in Manaslu, also a starting season of autumn. It is likewise the best season in Nepal for Trekking. The climate is by all accounts high during this month. Temperature between 12-18 degrees this month makes it ideal for trekking. 

  Similarly, the brilliant and cool day makes the visibility of the astounding perspective clear. The climate becomes stable, with neither too cold nor excessively hot. In like manner, mountain, forests, waterfalls, streams, cascades, birds flying, can be an excellent experience for those who love nature.

 However, the trail might be busy with trekker as October is the peak season. So before going for Manaslu trek, pre-book your tea houses and lodges earlier. 

 Manaslu Circuit Trek in November 

 November is probably the best month to trek Manaslu. It falls under the great month of trekking as the temperature is cool, and it is the driest month of the year. It will be easy to walk for the trekkers in the dry path. Also, the sky turns out to be clear with the visibility of various beautiful scenes and mountain ranges. If you want to avoid the crude but still the best time, November is the ultimate time to trek in Nepal. 

The first week to till the third week of November, “the annual Manaslu trail race is in Manaslu could be observed. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek in December 

 Although not a lot of information available online, which says December is the best time but in fact it is. Weather change is real, and the season has been pushed. For instance, the monsoon was supposed to stop by the 23rd of September, but it doesn’t end until the first week of October. The same way December remains a very clear sky. Also, the crude in the Himalayas is way less compear to October. However, In December, the temperature is slightly colder. It ends up coldest, particularly toward the beginning of the day and night time. As you go higher elevation, the temperature falls from 8 degrees and makes it cold for the trek. 

 Despite the cold, nature seems immaculate. The days and evenings are cold this month. You can appreciate the perspective of hills and mountains. 

Conclusion 

Spring and autumn is the best time to trek in the Manaslu circuit. Ideally, between mid-October to until mid-December for the autumn window. While mid-March until the first week of June is the perfect time for spring. If you are willing to consider a little bit, Manaslu trek is also possible during the winter. It’s just a matter of cold, but the clarity in the sky is the best in December until mid-January. Used to be a challenging task to get to the trailhead during monsoon, but a newly build road construction between Kathmandu and Arughat might also help to get easy access for Manaslu Circuit Trek in the future. It is true more and more trekkers are visiting Manaslu compear to the number a few years back. And they said the charm of Manaslu might be gone in a few years since there is new road construction. 

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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, leader, to being a manager. And finally today I am the 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 and 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 America, USA, Canada, one-third of Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and Latin America.

I studied in the UK and moved to the United States. During that period, I had the opportunity of 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 for the Nepalese Himalayas, I started writing about my own country. Which I would love to share with you. In case you required free information about Nepal or join a group with our existing departure, (particularly If you are a solo hiker for the restricted area) please do not hesitate to visit my office in Thamel. We are located in the centre of Kathmandu called Thamel. I am happy to share a cup of Nepali tea and free information.

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