Annapurna Circuit Vs Manaslu Circuit

  • Jun 9, 2023
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

Nepal is a famous country and one of the best Trekking Destinations in the world. Trekking in Nepal is one of the most popular travel activities in Nepal. Choosing from numerous beautiful trekking routes, such as adventure and non-adventure, should be challenging for trekkers who plan to Trek in Nepal for the first time.

The Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Treks are great options as a Trekking adventure option. Both Trekking Routes have Different Beauties and individualities; thus, there are some similarities too. Both of them can provide various experiences and memory to the trekkers.

Annapurna Circuit Trek
Throng La Pass 5,416m)

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The Manaslu Circuit is a restricted Trekking area with tea houses, and the Annapurna Circuit is a typical tea house Trek developed earlier than Manaslu. These two Trekking trails can give different experiences as Trekking in a particular area with less traffic and Trekking in a specific area with more traffic. So before planning a Trek, they can decide which one suits them.

Annapurna Circuit is a popular, regular, more accessible, and less challenging trail. There are thousands of trekkers every year. With these factors, the Annapurna circuit invites vast numbers of trekkers from all around the world who would like to have experienced thefantastic Annapurna Region. Annapurna is a developed trekking route.

In the interim, Manaslu Circuit is less famous and a new Trekking trail in Nepal. But it is not mean that it is not pleasant to visit. This Trek is popular among those who want a remote experience of Nepal untouched by high civilization, not Trek with the crowd. So this trek is perfect for an adventure experience with a typical lifestyle.

The things to remember about the Manaslu Circuit versus the Annapurna Circuit are high passes (Thorong La and Larke La), excellent Trekking trails, and the scenic Himalayas. Annapurna Circuit can be made without a partner so that individual trekkers can do it. Still, the Manaslu Circuit must have a guide and at least two people having a special Trekking authorization permit. This restriction is to protect the natural environment and culture of the area.

Manaslu Circuit trek
Larke pass

Difference Between Manaslu Circuit and Annapurna Circuit

NameAnnapurna CircuitManaslu Circuit
Trek Duration12-17 Days12-16 Days
Trip GradeModerateStrenuous
Best Time to TrekSeptember-November and March-MaySeptember-November and March-May
Trek TypeLodge to LodgeLodge to Lodge
Starting PointBesisaharArughat
End PointPokharaBesisahar
Maximum Altitude5,416m5,160m
Total Distance160km-230km177km
Mode of TransportationPublic Bus/Private Jeep/FlightPublic Bus/Private Jeep
PermitsAnnapurna Conservation Area Permit and TIMS cardAnnapurna Conservation Area permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit, Special Restricted Area permit
Individual AllowedYesNo

Annapurna Circuit and Manaslu Circuit in Autumn 

Autumn is the primary season for the Annapurna Circuit. It is a highly recommended Trekking season for Nepal. There are a lot of trekkers during this season, so the trails and places will have crowded. The temperature is perfect until October and starts cold in November. There are fewer chances of rainfall, so the view is apparent most days.

The temperature is perfect, and the sky is lovely and blue, so this season is very nice to see snow-capped mountains and other variations of attractions. View of massive Annapurna III, IV, II, and many other peaks before the pass and Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and other mountains after the pass is incredible with clear visibility.

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Trekking in autumn to the Manaslu Circuit is an ideal season. The price for the restricted permit goes up because there are many visitors during this season. Like doing a Trek to the Annapurna, the weather, temperature, and visibilities are the same here too. But the numbers of trekkers are fewer than in Annapurna on this Trekking trail. Package detail...

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Mt. Manaslu

Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit in Winter

The winter season is Nepal's coldest, starting in December and staying until February. Adventure Treks to the high altitude and visiting the base camps are not recommended during this season, but there are some short and easy Trekking Routes for this season in Nepal. The temperature in the higher lands falls to minus degrees during the night and morning. The Throng la pass may be blocked with heavy snowfall during this season, so it is usually impossible to do this trek during winter.

The Manaslu Circuit is also an Adventure Trek with a high pass (Larke), so the same things happen on this Trekking trail as on Annapurna. Trekking in this season to the Manaslu is even more difficult and dangerous because the pass is even more difficult than Throng la. With heavy snowfall, the trail is covered, which makes it risky. The lodges in this region are very regular and petite, so most of the places and lodges are close, so it is not a brilliant idea to choose this season to do a trek to the Manaslu Circuit.

Spring Season for Manaslu Circuit and Annapurna Circuit

Spring is the second most popular Trekking season in Nepal. This is the primary season for the expedition to the high mountains. The temperature is warmer, and the weather is clearer during this season. This season offers clear visibility of the white mountains, hills, and landscapes, but visibility from a far distance is not the same as in autumn. This is the dry season and lowers in the valleys will be hazy.

While Trekking to the Annapurna Circuit this season supplies a great view of the mountains and much more attractions with affordable temperatures. It is remarkable because of the colorful blooming rhododendron and the sounds of spring birds on the Trekking trail. The trip begins here...

Annapurna circuit trek
Annapurna I

Doing the Manaslu Circuit in spring is perfect. The warm temperature and clear weather make the journey worthwhile during this season. It is not very cold, but the starting for a few days may be hot because starting areas are sub-tropical lands. As Annapurna Circuit, there are blooming rhododendrons and other colorful flowers that make the trail beautiful. Encountering wild animals like blue sheep, marmot, and others provide more energy to walk the trekkers. Book your trip...

Visiting in Monsoon to Annapurna And Manaslu Circuit

The monsoon is not a good season for Trekking in Nepal. It rains almost every day and has high humidity. The rain makes wet floors slippery and dangerous on some of the trails. The rivers along the way will be significant and have the chance of landslides. The clouds may cover the mountains, but other views are still good. But some days, for a while, the mountains can be seen. If people don't like Trekking, having significant traffic of trekkers, and enjoying green nature, this season can be choose able for them. The lodges are open everywhere on the way to Annapurna.

The monsoon in Nepal is typically three months, from June to August, but it may still rain till the first week of September in some years. Like Annapurna, the Manaslu Circuit is also not recommended in this season with a similar problem. This time, the problem of leeches and mosquitoes has to face along the Trek.

Lodge and Food in Annapurna Circuit and Manaslu Circuit Trek

Facilities of the lodges are well managed in the Annapurna Circuit Trek so that trekkers may have a private room everywhere. Hot showers are available everywhere and have attached bathrooms in some areas. This is like backpacking Trekking trails with so many backpackers. The accommodation cost is a little cheaper than Manaslu in Annapurna.

The foods are cocked by primarily trained cooks in most places, and they may choose from the menu everywhere. Bakery items in Manang are lovely to try. There are safe drinking water stations to buy water that is refilled and bottled mineral water.

The Manaslu Circuit route is new to Annapurna, so the lodges' facilities everywhere are of lesser quality than Annapurna. This is a unique Trekking region, so no backpackers are on this trail. There is no chance of bargaining for the room cost, so they are fixed and competitively more expensive than Annapurna. Fewer places have proper hot showers, so most sites provide a hot bucket for a hot bath. The higher area lacks quilts, so having a good quality sleeping bag is highly recommended.

Also, the food menus are available in this Trekking and are cocked by basically trained persons. People sell bottled and boiled water in the lodges or can use regular water using purification tablets or drops.



  1. Annapurna Circuit Trek
  2. Manaslu Circuit Trek


Altitude Sickness during the Treks

Altitude Sickness can kill people. This is a common problem at higher elevations in the Nepalese Himalayas. But it rarely happens only to some people. Both treks start from a lower elevation and gradual ascent to a higher area so that trekkers may be well acclimatized. But people may feel an altitude above 3000 meters because of high atmospheric pressure and low oxygen. Especially during the high passes, Throng La and Larke La are difficult with this problem. Drinking more water, strolling, and keeping warm prevent the problem; one must descend if a problem is found.

Cost Difference Between Annapurna and Manaslu Circuits

The cost of the Trek depends on the service type. Hiring a guide and porter may cost cheaper than an entire board, but in the end, only hiring a guide and porter becomes more expensive than a complete board booking through a company. Typically group trek costs less than a private small group or individual. It costs 600$-1200$ for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Somehow, the cost for the Manaslu Circuit is a bit more expensive than Annapurna because of the special Trekking authorization permit and conservation permits. But other services cost the same as Annapurna. In some cases, it may be cheaper because of the shorter itinerary and at least need to be two people for the Trek, so the salary of the guide and porter may share between two persons. It costs 700$-1100$ for the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Trek Permit for Annapurna and Manaslu Circuits

Annapurna Circuit TrekManaslu Circuit Trek
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit: 3000 NPR
  • Trekkers Information Management System Card (TIMS): 1000 NPR with a company and 2000 NPR for Free Individual Trekkers
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit: 3000 NPR
  •  Annapurna Conservation Area Permit: 3000 NPR.
  • Manaslu Special trekking permit 100$ for a week, then 15$ additional per day during the autumn (September-November) season, and 75$ for a week, then 10$ per day for other rest of the month.

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The Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit Treks are adventure treks with high passes. These are pretty popular Trekking routes for trekking adventure lovers. With the above information, trekkers may determine the suitable and demanding.

Both treks are beautiful and demanding, having their verities. While Annapurna is regular, famous, and older than Manaslu but trekking with less traffic, Manaslu is one of the best options.

Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, a Nepal travel blogger who provides Nepal travel tips to travellers who are planning to visit Nepal and know about Nepal.

I am a tourism service provider in Nepal So far, I have been to the Nepalese Himalayan base camps as a tour leader and collected lots of information about the Nepalese Himalayas. You can find my experiences in my travel blogs, so it may make it a lot easier for you to travel to Nepal.

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