Update as of 01 October 2016
For those trekking in Manaslu region in the next month or so, we gathered the latest update in the region and we are happy to report that the usual Manaslu Circuit trail is possible and any blockage due to the recent landslide has been cleared.
Many of you may have heard about a recent a huge landslide that occurred near a bridge connecting Uiya-Kerauja. This is along the Manaslu trekking route and is usually 2 days trek from Arughat. Sadly, the landslide killed 3 Nepalese staff and 1 Spanish trekker. It also injured more than a dozen other trekkers and locals.
One of our group (Mr. Jae, his guide and porter) just recently passed the said affected area and according to the latest update we gathered from them, the usual Manaslu Circuit trail is clear and doable. They did not have any issues passing through the affected area and are now safely trekking near Samagaun. We are trying to gather more details about the area and as soon as we receive further news, we will post the updates here.
What progress has been done to repair any damages to the area?
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Update: 11.04.2016 Following the devastating earthquake last year, the Manaslu trail and conservation area were badly affected. To check on the trail conditions and availability of teahouses, we sent our guide Nabaraj and Deepak for a “test trek” and we posted our findings. After almost a year, the Manaslu trail is now back to normal and open to tourists and trekkers. We are pleased to report that there are no more landslides, bridges have now been fixed, and teahouses are now open to business. Our senior team leader, Kanchen Pokharel (also a local resident from Manaslu region) explored the trail with a group of trekkers recently and gave some further updates about Manaslu and Kanchen Pokhara on top of the Larke Pass with trekkers.
How is the flow of tourists in Manaslu a year after the earthquake?
How is the condition of the trail after the landslide?
How is the teahouse condition in Manaslu?
Is it safe enough to trek around Manaslu?
It was a shame that so many trekkers stayed away from the area after the earthquake (even after it was already rebuilt) and missed this part of Nepal that is not well-known, but equally (if not more) stunning than the more famous Everest Base Camp Trek or Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
What is the next event in Manaslu?
Not many people are aware that Manaslu also hosts trail races/marathon. For this year, the trail race is around 197km and lasts for 7 days from Jaget to Darapani. Participants competing in the marathon are from all over the world and also include local Nepalese in the area. This exciting event is expected to happen from 5th to 17th of November. View this report of the Manaslu trail race from last year.
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The article below was published on 7 October 2015. Following the recent earthquake in Nepal, many trekking trails were destroyed and teahouses were damaged. However, the government and local tourism unions have rebuilt several of the trails and accommodation. In order to secure the safety of our trekkers, NEST Adventure decided to conduct field research before sending a number of tourists in the Manaslu region.
Read below about our journey. We have designed as a Q&A based on several inquiries we received from fellow trekkers.
How is the condition of the teahouse after the earthquake?
There is also one village, Uhiya (before Jagat), where the only homestay is available. An alternative route has been created by locals (to avoid landslides) which would require all trekkers to pass through this village.
Are there any landslides in the Manaslu region after the earthquake?
To be honest with you, there are still a number of landslides across the region. Before Jagat, there were 3 major landslides, which have blocked the old trails, and rocks are still falling in this area. However, there are alternative new routes made by locals to allow tourists to pass. The government is also rebuilding the old trail.
Is it safe to do Manaslu trek from October to November 2015?
Certainly, it is! This is actually the best time to do the trek both weather-wise and safety concerns. The main issue before was the landslides during the monsoon season. However, since we have now passed the monsoon season, there are fewer landslides than a few months ago.
What is the weather in Manaslu between October and November?
Has the itinerary been affected because of the earthquake and landslide?
Basically, Manaslu trek Itinerary depends on how many days trek you wish to complete. General Itinerary can be, a minimum of 14 days trek to a maximum of 22 days with Tsum Valley. However, standards recommended itinerary is 17 days Manaslu trek. Yes. Between Tatopani and Jagat, this used to be a 1.5-hour trek. However, due to landslides, as mentioned above, all trekkers are required now to climb up 700m up to a town called Uhiya for about 3 hours, and then trek down again for another 2 hours. Depending on how quickly you are able to cross this section, this could mean an additional day for you in your itinerary. Image source from Michelle Marie, she just returned from Manaslu trek. You can also find her experiences about the landslide in Manaslu trek.
If you reach Uhiya late in the day, you may also need to stay in the village. One thing to note is that there are no teahouses in this area and the only option is a homestay. But the villagers are nice and another chance for you to spend a day with a local family. They have already prepared to welcome tourists should this be needed and rest assured that you will be welcomed with open arms!
Would I need a tent during the trek?
This would really depend on you and what you prefer. As mentioned above, basic accommodation, such as teahouses and homestays, are available in the region. However, if you prefer to camp out, that is fine too! Just make sure you bring a sleeping bag and a down jacket with you as it gets cold at night in the mountains.
Am I allowed to trek by myself in the Manaslu region?
I am afraid the answer is No. Unlike other trails in Nepal, the Manaslu trek requires a restricted permit from the government to commence the trek. To issue a restricted permit, the law requires to have a minimum of two trekkers in one group and in addition be accompanied by a professional local guide or a guide affiliated with a registered trekking agency in Nepal.
The permit is also generally more expensive so you will want to share the cost with someone else if you would like to save. Also, since the trail has changed since the earthquake, and some areas could be very narrow, we would strongly advise, in addition to a local guide, to also consider hiring a porter to help you cross several of these technical routes.
Manaslu Trek Recent Itinerary What I Followed
Day 01: Kathmandu to Arughat and drive to Soti Khola
Day 02: Soti Khola to Mache Khola
Day 03: Machha Khola to Uhiya (Last Updates This Morning October 01, 2015 )
Day 04: Uhiya to Jagat
Day 05: Jagat to Deng
Day 06: Deng to Namrung
Day 07: Namrung to Sama Gaun
Day 08: Rest Sama Gaun
Day 10: Sama Gaun to Samdo
Day 11: Samdo to Dharmasala
Day 12: Dharmasala to Bhimtang
Day 13: Bhimtang to Dharapani
Day 14: Dhara pani to Besi Shar by Local jeep to Kathmandu. Or
Day 15: Overnight stay in Besishar and next following back to Kathmandu or Pokhara
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