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Larkya La Pass 5106m Manaslu Trek

6 Mar 2024 Himalaya Trip

Manaslu Trek Overview

Manaslu Trek in the remote Manaslu region is an exciting journey that takes you through pristine nature. It passes through Tibetan-style Buddhist villages where diverse ethnic groups reside. Immerse in the culture and lifestyle of Gurung, and Nubri ethnicities during this trek. Witness the phenomenal views of Manaslu (8163m), Larkya Peak, Annapurna II, Ganesh Himal, and more from the top of the Larkya La Pass. It is challenging to traverse the highest point of the trek Larkya Pass at an elevation of 5,106m but with proper planning and strong determination, it is doable. Walk past the Manaslu Conservation Area adoring the diverse flora and if lucky witnessing soma wildlife. Cross through huge suspension bridges and pass through farm terraces and scenic waterfalls. Spring and Autumn are the ‘Best Time for Manaslu Trek’ due to favorable weather and temperature, clear skies, blooming flowers on the trail during Spring, and less crowded due to its remoteness. It is possible to trek in the Monsoon and Winter seasons too but with systematic planning and proper preparations.

Highlights of the trek

  • The highest Larkya La Pass at an elevation of 5106m
  • Diverse cultures, festivals, and lifestyles of Gurung, Nubri, and other ethnic group
  • Varied protected flora and fauna in the vicinity of Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Navigate through beautiful Tibetan-style Buddhist villages of Sotikhola, Namrung, Lho, Samagaon, Samdo
  • Cross huge suspension bridges, and pass through farm terraces
  • Trek through beautiful waterfalls for scenic stops
  • Trails covered with blooming seasonal flowers in Spring
  • Natural plush greenery in Rainy/Monsoon
  • Clear skies and awesome mountain views in Autumn
  • Snow-covered mountain views and heavy snowfall trail in Winter
  • Magnificent  mountain views of Manaslu (8163m), Larkya Peak (6249m), Annapurna II, Ganesh Himal, and more

Trekking Season in Nepal

Spring, Autumn, Summer/Monsoon, and Winter are the main four seasons in Nepal. All these four seasons are trekking seasons in Nepal that offer distinct scenery and a unique trekking experience to travelers. Among these four seasons, Spring (Mar-May) and Autumn (Sep-Nov) are the peak and preferred seasons as they treat travelers with phenomenal views and the weather and temperature are favorable. Winter (Dec-Feb) and Monsoon (Jun-Aug) are off-seasons and considered not suitable for trekking in the remote and higher elevated regions. But, still, some experienced and adventurous trekkers dare to trek in these seasons with proper planning and preparation.

Average Day and Night Temperatures

SeasonsAverage Day and Night Temperature
SpringDay: 7°C to 18°C Night: 6°C to (-6) °C
AutumnDay: 8°C to 20°C Night: 0°C to (-3) °C
MonsoonDay: 12°C to 25°C Night: 8°C to (-5°) C
WinterDay: 4°C to 12°C Night: 0°C to (-10) °C
Average Day and Night Temperature

All Seasons Monthly Temperature Chart

SeasonsMonths (Day and Night Temperature)
Spring  March: 10°C to -6°C April: 4°C to 15°C May: 4°C to 18°C Sunshine Hour Daily: 7-8 hours  
Autumn  September: 7°C to 21°C October: 20°C to (-2°C) November: 12°C to (-3°C) Sunshine Hour Daily: 7 hours  
Summer/Monsoon  June: 10°C to 25°C July: 8°C to 22°C August: 10°C to 20°C Sunshine Hour Daily: 5-6 hours  
Winter  December: 4°C to 12°C January: (-5°C) to (-10°C) February: 8°C to 15°C Sunshine Hour Daily: 6-7 hours  
All monthly temperature chart

Which season is best for Manaslu Trek?

Spring (March to May):

  • Mild weather and a comfortable environment for trekking
  • Slightly windy and cold temperature during the night.
  • Beautiful landscapes with trails of blooming seasonal Rhododendron flowers and others
  • The trails are in excellent condition
  • Clear skies, awesome views of the surroundings
  • Less crowded due to its remoteness so a peaceful trekking experience
  • Immerse themselves fully in the serene surroundings
  • Availability of teahouses or lodges
  • Best time for trekking

Autumn (September to November):

  • Moderate temperature with warm weather
  • Welcoming locals and their unique culture and lifestyle
  • Clear skies with fantastic views of snowy mountains
  • Picturesque landscapes
  • Season of festivals so observe vibrant festivals
  • Abundant availability of teahouses
  • Less crowded and the second-best season for the Manaslu Trek

Monsoon (June to August):

  • Lush greenery and nature at its best during the trek
  • Trails are muddy and slippery due to heavy rainfall
  • Challenging and cold weather
  • Cold temperature during the night
  • Difficult to navigate through trails
  • Mostly cloudy, hides the scenery
  • Most teahouses remain closed in higher regions
  • Limited availability of teahouses or lodges
  • Chances of landslides due to continuous rain and biting from leeches
  • Carry a rain poncho or umbrella
  • Plan wisely considering the weather and trail conditions

Winter (December to February):

  • Unpredictable weather, frequent snowfall, and harsh temperatures
  • Clear skies offer breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains
  • Shorter daylight hours
  • Heightened avalanche risk and snow landslides
  • Limited availability of teahouses or lodges
  • Needs to exercise caution, be well-prepared, and be responsible for trekking during this season
  • Suitable for experienced and adventure-seeking trekkers
  • Crampons are recommended for this trek

Tips for the Best Manaslu Trek

  • Be ready for unpredictable weather changes.
  • Daily up-to-date weather forecasts.
  • Pack the appropriate gear according to the trek seasons.
  • Make sure to pack a rain poncho and umbrella during the Monsoon.
  • Get Manaslu Trek’s comprehensive packing list from tour operators.
  • Only pack essential clothes and gear to minimize backpack capacity and a comfortable trekking experience.
  • Get brief ideas and tips from a tour operator regarding the Manaslu trek.
  • Don’t forget to carry a water purification kit to prevent waterborne diseases, and medicines to use for altitude sickness.
  • Make sure shoes are strong and comfortable to trek for long hours.

Manaslu Trek Packing List

Manaslu is a remote region which means the availability of resources is limited. The elevation gain is higher and weather and temperature are unpredictable. We suggest packing warm but light seasonal clothes and only packing essentials to minimize backpack capacity. You can take a comprehensive packing list from the tour operator for ease. Manaslu Trek packing list is mentioned below:

Essential Gear:

  • Trekking boots (break them in to prevent blisters) with spare laces.
  • Warm hat, scarf, and gloves.
  • Wool-blend socks, liner socks, and thermal underwear (three pairs).
  • Fleece jacket and down jacket/vest.
  • T-shirts (2-3) and a long-sleeved, collared shirt for sun protection.
  • Warm trousers for higher altitudes, plus shorts and regular trousers/skirt.
  • Running shoes/sandals for camp.
  • Sunhat, polarizing sunglasses, and sunscreen (SPF 20+).
  • Water purification method (iodine, tablets, or filter).
  • Pocket knife, insect repellent (for lower elevations), and emergency kit.
  • Earplugs, backpack, and duffle bag.
  • Sleeping bag with silk liner, water bottle, torch with spare batteries.
  • Gaiters, trekking poles, quick-drying camp towels, and daypack.
  • Plastic bags (for clothes separation) and personal medical supplies.
  • Rain Poncho and Umbrella (Monsoon season)
  • Spikes in Spring season

Optional Gear:

  • Camera, memory card, and charger
  • Altimeter, GPS unit, binoculars
  • Books/magazines, small duffle bag for Kathmandu
  • Backpack cover (waterproof), small pillow/headrest (optional)
  • Notebook, pen, pencil, personal entertainment items
  • Thermarest inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, passport photos

Manaslu Trek FAQs

How long does the Manaslu trek take?

It takes 12 days for the Manaslu trek with a standard itinerary and travelers can extend the trips if they wish to.

How difficult is Manaslu Trek?                             

Manaslu Trek is a moderately difficult trek and its challenges are high altitudes, rocky terrain, altitude sickness, and remoteness.

Is the Manaslu Circuit harder than the Annapurna Circuit?

Both Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Treks have maximum elevation gain above 5,000 m, so both treks are hard. But, the Annapurna Circuit trek is slightly more developed than the Manaslu trek. Thus, the Manaslu trek can be considered harder than the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

How to go to Manaslu Trek?

Manaslu is a remote region and roadways are the only accessible means to go to Manaslu Trek. From Kathmandu, take a vehicle ride to Machha Khola and trek onward from there.

Why is Manaslu so popular?

Manaslu is popular because of the remoteness and the real unspoiled nature that attracts every traveler.

Is the Manaslu Circuit trek safe?

Manaslu is among 14 prominent trekking routes that are categorized under the Nepal Tourism Board for trekking. Hence, the Manaslu Circuit trek is safe as this trek requires a professional trek guide.

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