When is the ideal time to trek the Manaslu Circuit?
Trekking in Manaslu Region is reasonably the most ideal way to acknowledge the magnificence of Himalayas. Manaslu region is yet unspoiled and unexplored part of Nepal. However, the number of trekkers are increasing in recent years.
Due to its remarkable Himalaya view and the culture of the local, this Manaslu Trekking is one of the best trekking destinations in Nepal and a great alternative to Annapurna Circuit trekking.
Manaslu Circuit trek is can be done at any time of the year. Every season offers a different perspective of the Manaslu Region. However, Spring and Autumn are the best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek, since these seasons offer moderate weather and a stable climate.
In addition to that, Manaslu trekking can also be done during winter and monsoon but the trek will be far more challenging. However, with proper preparation, you can avoid the Manaslu Trek Difficulty during these seasons.
As the best experience comes from the best time, we should need to permit them to make the best trekking at the best time for the best understanding.
So, for those who want to know the best time to trek Manaslu Circuit or to know if you can trek during unusual months of January or July, read the following. It is a piece of detailed information on the condition of the Manaslu Circuit trek in different seasons.
Manaslu Trek in Spring Months: Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Trek in March
March is one of the best times to trek the Manaslu Circuit as it is the beginning of the spring season. You can enjoy the colorful blooms of rhododendron in the lower Manaslu regions.
The weather and temperature condition during this time is just perfect for the trekking. The temperature is usually calm at a range of 2 to 8 degrees Celsius. It is neither too cold nor too hot. Days are stunning and warm with clear blue skies and offer picturesque mountain views. Hence, this is one of the best seasons to do the Manaslu Circuit trek.
- Stable weather conditions.
- Cool temperatures, warm and bright days
- Blossoms of colorful rhododendrons.
- Peak season, hence large crowds.
- Pre-booking is highly recommended.
Manaslu Trek in April
During April, blooms of the rhododendron are at their colorful best.
Due to its stable weather conditions, You can see actual and inspiring mountain climbers in action during this month.
April is one of the peak times to trek in the Manaslu Region. Hence, the trail and teahouses are mostly crowded with climbers, trekkers, and travelers in the region.
- Colorful blossoms of rhododendrons
- Stable weather conditions
- Crowded trails
Manaslu Trek in May
May is the ending of the spring season. With May, you can experience the last blooms of the flowers on the hill.
May is still a peak season but it gets hotter in the lower regions. The temperature can get up to 20 degrees Celsius in the lower regions. However, weather and temperature at higher altitudes are very good. It’s the best time to plan your trip to the destination which is elevated at higher altitudes such as Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base camp trek, and so on.
During May, the days are bright and long. It may be quite tough to trek during the afternoon as it can get very hot. However, if you don’t mind the warm weather, you can enjoy the trail with beautiful views of the mountain.
The trails are also less crowded during May in comparison to March and April.
- Peaceful trails
- Last blooms of the rhododendron
- Hot and sweaty days
- The trails in the lower regions are a bit dusty.
Manaslu Trek in Monsoon or Summer Months: Off-Season
Manaslu Trek in June
June is the start of the summer monsoon season in Nepal. The temperature starts to rise due to the rainfall which makes a great clear walk in the morning.
However, most people avoid trekking in the summer (monsoon) season due to the wet and slippery conditions of the trails. You can also find leeches and mosquitoes on the trails and in your tea houses.
Although June is not the best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek, it can be a great month. As it is the beginning of the monsoon season, it doesn’t see as much rain. The rainfall is short and far between. You can also catch beautiful rainbows in the hills.
You will sometime get clear blue skies and long, bright days. The trails are not that pack and teahouse are less crowded during this season. This gives an intimate experience with the locals which is not possible during the peak seasons.
- Clear and long days during the non-rainfall days
- The fewer crowd giving you an intimate experience with the locals
- Short bursts of rainfall
- Unpredictable cloudy and rainy days
- Wet and slippery trails
- An infestation of leeches, mosquitoes.
Manaslu Trek in July
The monsoon set comfortably during July and nature comes back to life. You can enjoy the lush and dense green forests, landscapes, and experience the forming of streams, rivulets, waterfalls during this month.
However, you can face some difficulties if you are trekking in July such as landslides, unexpected road blockages, and flight delays. Some of the lodges and tea houses also remain closed due to bad weather and a few numbers of trekkers.
- Lush green forests, hillsides and terrace farms
- Opportunity to spot some wildlife of the region
- Chances of landslides, mudslides and flight delays
- Constant pouring of rain
Manaslu Trek in August
During August, the monsoon is in full swing. You have limited choices for accommodation in the higher regions of the trek. Most of the tea houses are not open.
In the lower regions of the trek, due to the constant rainfall, vegetables thrive. You are in for a treat during meal times with a variety of freshly cut, seasonal vegetables.
You can enjoy the full flow of waterfalls, streams, rivers, and lakes. If rain doesn’t bother you, then August can be rewarding for you in many ways.
- Very few trekkers/travelers on the trails
- Fresh, seasonal and different vegetable during mealtimes
- Extra challenging and adventurous
- Constant rainfall making for wet and slippery trails
Manaslu Trek in Autumn Months: Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Trek in September
September commences the autumn season in Nepal. It is the shoulder month between the off-season of Monsoon and the best season of Autumn.
You can have a different trekking experience depending upon which time of the September are you trekking in.
Since September is the ending of monsoon and the start of autumn, you may experience occasional rainfalls during this time. The monsoon officially ends in mid-September, so you can enjoy cool temperatures along with bright and clear days.
The Manaslu trail begins to dry up with more stable weather conditions. Trekker can embrace the treks with clear views of the varied landscape and temperate climate.
- Two seasons in one
- Less crowd
- You may face some rainfall if you are trekking in early September.
Manaslu Trek in October
October is the best time for Manaslu Trekking which is also the starting of the Autumn season. It is the best season to trek in the entire Nepal.
The weather condition is just perfect in the Upper regions of the trek. The temperatures range from 12 to 18 degrees Celsius.
The climate becomes more stable, it is neither too warm nor too cold. The day is bright and clear that offers crystal clear views of the mountains and its surrounding landscape.
That is why trekkers from all around the world flood into the Manaslu Trekking during this time of the year.
- Perfect temperatures.
- Amazing views of beautiful mountains and landscapes.
- A large number of crowds
- You need to pre-book everything in advance.
Manaslu Trek in November
November is another excellent month to do treks in Nepal. November marks the end of the autumn season. Hence, the temperature during this time drops significantly. The temperatures start to cool and are the driest month of the year. It will be much easier to trek in the dry trail.
At higher altitude, the temperature drops down the freezing point during morning and night. I recommend you pack some warm gear if you are trekking the Manaslu Circuit during November.
If you are an athlete and into marathon them, cheer up! The annual Manaslu Trail Race/Marathon takes place during November.
- Cool temperatures for a trek
- Clear skies and bright days.
- Opportunity to take part in the annual Manaslu Trail Race/Manaslu
- Cold mornings and nights
- Large crowds during the first half of November
Manaslu Trek in Winter Months: Off-Season
Manaslu Trek in December
December lies in the winter months in Nepal. It really starts getting cold during December. In the lower region, the average temperatures are 8 degrees Celsius and can get up to -8 degrees Celsius at higher altitudes.
In December, the days are cool and bright. The weather offers clear weather with beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the mountains.
You can enjoy some of the breathtaking views of the pristine mountain.
The climate gets too cold during mid-December. So, the locals of Samdo village usually move downwards to Pokhara to avoid the cold. Hence, most of the teahouses and lodge are closed during this time.
However, if you want to experience the extreme adventure in the Manaslu trek with the majestic Himalayan views, prepare yourself with proper training and camping equipment. You will also see some villagers staying behind to look after the household, animals.
- Best views of the mountain peaks, sunrises, sunsets
- Cool and bright days
- Cold temperatures in the morning and night
- Few operational tea houses, lodges by mid-December
Manaslu Trek in January
January is the coldest month of the year in Nepal. The temperature is very cold but the skies are mostly clear. The trails are mostly covered with snow and you may need crampons to cross the pass during January.
During this time, the trekkers may need to face lots of challenges such as winter storms, heavy snowfall, freezing temperatures, and so on. The temperature can go down to -16 Degrees Celsius in the higher regions.
Although cold and chilly, you can still enjoy the trek under clear skies with enticing mountain views. You can also witness frozen waterfalls, streams, lakes, and rivers. With very few trekkers during this month, you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the trails and the region.
Many of the teahouses are closed so it is mandatory to bring a tent and sleeping bags.
- Clear views of snow-capped mountains
- Fewer crowds
- Witness the frozen waterfalls and rivers
- Most tea houses close in the upper regions, so camping is the only viable option
- Heavy snow
- Wet, slippery trails
Manaslu Trek in February
There is not much difference between the temperature in the month of January and February.
February is the ending of the winter months. During the Mid-February, the temperature gradually rises along with melting snow. Likewise, Rhododendron and other blossoms in the forests begin to grow and most teahouse reopens for the visitors.
The higher regions may experience unpredictable weather. So, pack cold winter clothes and winter equipment like crampons for a safe and comfortable trekking experience.
- Cool temperatures from mid-February
- Beginning blooms of the local flora like rhododendron
- Wet and slippery trails due to the melting of snow.
- Uncertainty of weather and availability of tea houses.
The Manaslu Trek is a beautiful and wonderful off-the-beaten-trail trek in Nepal which rewards the trekkers with its majestic views of mountains and landscapes and its rich cultural diversity regardless of the month you trek in.
You can do this trek any time of the year with the right gear, equipment, and preparation.