Where is Mount Manaslu Located?

Manaslu (8163m) is a stunning Himalayan peak in the central-west region of Nepal. This towering mountain peak is the eighth highest mountain in the world. Many avid mountaineers have this eight-thousander on their bucket list. But where is Mount Manaslu located? You might wonder. This incredible mountain peak remains located around 64 km east of Mt Annapurna I in the Gorkha district of Gandaki Province.

Part of the Mandiri Himal Range, this peak lies near the border of Nepal and Tibet. There are other snow-capped peaks of Ganesh Himal (7422m) on the east, along with Budhi Gandaki River Gorge. Annapurna range of mountains and Marysangdi Khola lies in the west. In the south, there is the Gorkha district and its many cultural settlements.

Mt Manaslu remains covered in the Manaslu Conservation Area. It is a protected site spread over 1,663 square kilometers with many rare and endangered wildlife species. There are lush alpine forests and other natural landmarks in the conservation area.

Geography of  Mount Manaslu

Manaslu Region has a diverse topography ranging from Trans Himalayan pastures to Subtropical forests. The region can find green hills, deep mountain valleys, and glaciers. Hence, the Manaslu region is completely diverse in terms of topography.

Arughat (941m) is the lowest point of the Manaslu region, whereas the highest altitude point is Mt Manaslu summit (8156m). Manaslu Region has climatic zones ranging from subtropical (1000m to 2000m) to the Arctic (above 4500m).

There are long moraines, mountain passes, glaciers, and others. Trekkers generally pass through the Larkya La Pass (5106m) during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The Manaslu mountain peak remains surrounded by other Himalayan peaks, including Himalchuli (7893m), Shringi (7187m), Ngadi Chuli (7871m), Saula (6235m), Langpo (6668m), etc.

The climate of  Mount Manaslu

The Manaslu region is known for its varied climatic zones. The beautiful region has varied climatic zones ranging from tropical and subtropical to arctic zones. Summer temperatures average around 31°C to 34°C, whereas winter temperatures range from around 8 to 13°C. This is in the subtropical climatic zones in the lower regions.

The temperatures in the temperate climate range from 22°C to 25°C in the summers and in the winter season range from -2°C to -6°C. The temperatures will drop below 0°C in the winters with heavy snow. There is heavy rainfall in the region in the subalpine zone. The arctic area remains in the permanent snow line with freezing-level temperatures.

Trekking and Expedition in Manaslu Region

The beautiful Manaslu region has incredible serene natural landscapes ideal for trekking and peak climbing adventures. This remote region also has many diverse natural beauties, which allow you to explore them. Multiple trekking routes in the area pass through the region’s remote landscapes.

You can also go on a peak climbing adventure on the various peaks in the region. The incredible expedition of Mt Manaslu is also possible in the area. The Manaslu circuit trek and Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek are the region’s two most popular trekking routes. These trekking journeys provide you with an outstanding adventure in the area.

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Overview

Manaslu Circuit Trek is an incredible trekking route in the remote terrains of the region. There are beautiful trails that you will pass through to arrive at your destination. The Manaslu Conservation Area’s beautiful landscapes are the most outstanding part of the region.

The trekking trails pass through the hilly terrain, mountain passes, icy glaciers, rivers, lakes, and other landmarks of the region. Trekkers will also pass through the cultural landscapes of the area, including the ethnic settlements of the Manaslu Region.

The area has various cultural landmarks, including Buddhist heritage sites like monasteries, gompas, and others. The trail of this trek starts from Sotilhola, and you will pass through the various settlements. The highest point of the trek is the Larkya La pass. This stunning Manaslu Circuit Trek provides you with the best adventure in the region.

Outline itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 3 – Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola

Day 4 – Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola

Day 5 – Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat

Day 6 – Trek from Jagat to Deng

Day 7 – Trek from Deng to Namrung

Day 8 – Trek from Namrung to Shya

Day 9 – Trek from Shya to Samagaon

Day 10 – Acclimatization Day at Samagaon

Day 11 – Trek from Samagaon to Samdo

Day 12 – Acclimatization Day at Samdo

Day 13 – Trek from Samdo to Larkya Phedi

Day 14 – Trek from Larkya Phedi to Bimtang via Larkya La Pass

Day 15 – Trek to Bintang to Dharapani

Day 16 – Trek from Dharapani to Syange

Day 17 – Drive Back to Kathmandu

Day 18 – Free Day at Kathmandu

Day 19 – Departure from Kathmandu

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek

Overview

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek is another exciting trek in the Mount Manaslu region. This beautiful trek provides you with the best adventure in the area. You will pass through the region’s natural landmarks, including hills, rivers, valleys, glaciers, waterfalls, etc. Numerous terrains in the region will provide you with the best time in the Himalayas.

These incredible trails lead you to the remote settlements of the Tsum Valley region. This astonishing trek takes you to the beautiful landscapes of the area. You will need to traverse beautiful terrains, including alpine forests with rhododendron, pine, and fir trees.

There are various cultural landscapes of the region that you will pass through the terrains. Moreover, you will pass through the region’s beautiful monasteries, gompas, mani walls, prayer walls, and other Buddhist heritages. There are beautiful terrains where you can find rare and endangered wildlife along the trail. Trekkers will have a great time trekking through these beautiful terrains of the region.

suspension bridge manaslu circuit trek

Outline itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 – Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola

Day 3 – Trek from Soti Khola to Machhakhola

Day 4 – Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat

Day 5 – Trek from Jagat to Lokpa

Day 6 – Trek from Lokpa to Chhumling

Day 7 – Trek from Chhumling to Chhekampar

Day 8 – Trek from Chhekampar to Mu Gompa

Day 9 – Trek from Mu Gompa to Chhekampar via Rachen Gumba

Day 10 – Trek from Chhekampar to Lungdang Gumba

Day 11 – Trek from Lungdang Gompa to Lokpa

Day 12 – Trek from Lokpa to Bihi Phedi

Day 13 – Trek from Bihi Phedi to Namrung

Day 14 – Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaun

Day 16 – Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo

Day 17 – Trek from Samdo to Dharamshala

Day 18 – Drive from Dharamsala to Bimthang via Larkya La Pass

Day 19 – Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani

Day 20 – Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu or Pokhara

Manaslu Expedition

Overview of Mount Manaslu Expedition

Mount Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit word “Manasa”, which means soul. The eighth highest mountain in the world has an altitude of 8163 m/ 26781 ft. The Japanese expedition team’s first expedition to the spectacular mountain was on May 9, 1956. Since then, many climbers have achieved the feat by arriving at the top of Mt. Manaslu. There were 297 successful climbs with 53 fatalities by May 2008.

The mountain is ideal for climbing from all sides as there are long ridge and valley glaciers. The Japanese team’s first expedition increased the peak’s popularity among the Japanese, hence it is also popularly known as the Japanese mountain. The peak is known to be quite technically challenging.

Mt Manaslu is graded as 4E Alpine in the alpine grading system. This means that the mountain is technical. The Manaslu Expedition will make the climbers trained enough to achieve other mountain peaks, including Mt Everest. It takes around 44 days to complete the whole itinerary.

A trekking journey takes you to the Manaslu Base Camp, which takes around ten days to complete. From day 11-35, you will go on the climbing journey where you will acclimatize, train, and finally summit the Manaslu peak. Finally, you will descend to the base camp and reach Kathmandu through various settlements.

Manaslu Expedition For Climbers

Mount Manaslu Outline itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and climbing preparations

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola

Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola

Day 05: Trek Macha Khola to Jagat

Day 06: Trek Jagat to Deng

Day 07: Trek Deng to Namrung

Day 08: Trek Namrung to Samagaun

Day 09: Acclimatization at Samagaun

Day 10: Trek from Samagao to Manaslu Base Camp

Day 11-35: Climbing period of Mount Manaslu

Day 36: Trek from Manaslu base camp to Samagaon

Day 37: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo

Day 38: Trek from Samdo to Larkya Phedi

Day 39: Trek from Larkya Phedi to Bintang via Larkya La Pass

Day 40: Trek Bimtang to Dharapani

Day 41: Trek Dharapani to Syange

Day 42: Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 43: Leisure day in Kathmandu

Day 44: Final Departure

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