Trek to Manaslu Circuit in October

  • Aug 26, 2022
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

If you are looking for a great experience of the Manaslu circuit trek, plan to trek to the Manaslu circuit in October. October is a month with cosy weather and a busy autumn trekking season in Nepal and the Manaslu region. Most trekkers love to visit the Manaslu region in October because of the clear weather, bright mountain views, attractive forests and stunning landscapes under the blue skies.

Autumn brings the big trekking season and invites lots of trekkers from all over the world to the Nepalese Himalayas. You can share your personal experiences with others and learn about others during the Manaslu circuit trek in September.


Mt. Manaslu from Samagaun

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Why Manaslu Circuit Trek in October

The Manaslu circuit trek is possible most of the time during the whole year, but winter is almost impossible. It also will be difficult at the beginning of spring. However, trekking in October has its own rewards, that you can see below:

Perfect Climate to Trek Manaslu Circuit in October

The best thing about the Manaslu circuit trek in October is the pleasant and stable weather conditions. You get an opportunity to walk under the clear blue sky during the day along the Manaslu circuit trail. The nights in October won’t be like in winter, so it will be bearable temperatures during the Manaslu trek. So far, you do not need to wear thick clothes most of the time and do not need to use rain gears. Although, it is better to have them because the weather in the mountain is hard to predict.

October is a perfect month to go to the mountains, so there won’t be chances of rain and snowfalls. So, you do not need to worry about the difficulty of crossing Larke La, slippery trails and un tolerable temperatures during the trek.

Time of Festivals

Dashain and Tihar (Diwali) are two major Hindu festivals in Nepal, which are held in October. It is a primal time to meet families and friends, who are staying in different cities for their work and study. They get together the festival to celebrate the festival and have lots of fun. Trekking to the Manaslu circuit at this time involves you celebrating these Dashain and Tihar festivals in Nepal. You can also get some special foods, which are specially prepared for the festivals.

Amazing Views

You come to the Manaslu region to see stunning views of the Manaslu Himalayas. And October is the month with bright and clear views of the beautiful Manaslu Himalayas.

October is a month of autumn, so autumn comes right after the monsoon season. The monsoon rain clears the hazy environment and brings a clear sky and atmosphere. And, charming views of mountains and surroundings with less humidity make your trip very much meaningful. So, you will defiantly enjoy excellent views of high snow-capped mountains, landscapes and surroundings during the Manaslu circuit trek in October.

In the lower region, there are lots of rice fields, so you can see the farmers harvesting rice and lots on the field too at this time.

Share Experience and Culture with Others

October is a pic trekking season, so there are lots of adventure trekkers from different countries on the Manaslu circuit trekking trail at this time. You can share your experience and culture with them and learn about their culture. You can also get to know about the culture, lifestyle and daily activities of the locals from the Manaslu region.

Clear Path on Larke La pass

There snows a lot on the Larke pass trail during the winter and remains until the beginning of the spring season. Autumn does not snow and there won’t be old snow, so the trail will be clear and easy to walk. The most difficult part of the trek is to cross the Larke, but you won’t feel that difficult to walk if there is no snow.

Weather and Temperature on Manaslu Circuit Trail in October


Larke La pass

The main region why the trekkers choose October to trek to the Manaslu circuit is because of the stable weather conditions. Although, the weather in the mountains changes so fast and is hard to predict. The weather in the Manaslu region remains quite stable with clear visibility in October with fewer clouds in the sky.

October is the least humid month of the year. It will be fewer chances of clouds covering the hills and mountains, so you will have more chances of seeing beautiful views during the Manaslu circuit trek. You also, do not need to worry about the rain and snowfalls in October because it is the month with minimal chance of rain drops and snowfalls.

It will be a very tolerable temperature in the Manaslu region in October. You feel warm in the lower region for a few days, but the nights will be a bit chilly. As you go to the higher areas, the temperature starts decreasing, but the days are still warm during the walk and you will sweat on the trail. The nights and mornings before sunrise will be cold. The average temperature in the Manaslu region lies between 13°c-25°c in October. The average temperature in the higher region stays 15°c or 16°c during the day and it falls to -1°c at night time below 4,000m above sea level. But, it may drop to -2°c after 4,000m of elevation in October during the Manaslu circuit trek.

Food, Drinks and Accommodation in Manaslu Circuit Trek in October

You can find plenty of lodges and guesthouses along the Manaslu circuit trail, but some places have limited lodges with limited rooms. There are no luxurious lodges and very less guesthouses have attached bathrooms, but you will get private accommodations in most of the places during the Manaslu circuit trek in October. There are two separate beds in each room, and they are clean and comfortable. You will get a pillow and blanket on the beds, but you need to have your sleeping bag for the night.

Every guesthouse has a food menu, so you can order the foods from the menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner on the Manaslu trek. You might see the same food course most of the time, but you have several options to choose from the menu. The foods are prepared by as basic trained cooks, but they are hygienic.

You can buy bottled water in every place during the Manaslu trek in October. Bottled water is expensive in the higher region as you go high altitude, the price also goes high. You can also drink tap water, but you need to use purification methods before drinking it.

It means you do not need to bring a tent and food for the Manaslu circuit trek in October.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulties in October

Long Trekking Camps

You start the trek from a sub-tropical climate region, so you will have a few long trekking camps in the lower areas. It can be warm during the day and you might sweat a lot. The trail has lots of up and down hills and stones, so they might make you tired. You also might be dehydrated because of losing sweat.

Difficulties of Accommodation

October is a very busy month for Nepal trekking and lots of trekkers go on a trek to the Manaslu circuit. Because of the bigger numbers of trekkers, it can be difficult to get accommodation easily in some places like Deng, Namrung, Samdo and Dharmashala. But, you can get easily the accommodations in the other places because of plenty of guesthouses.

Altitude Sickness


High altitude rescue

Altitude sickness can be the biggest problem in the mountain. It may disrupt the successful trip. Altitude mainly affects the brain and lungs. Altitude sickness is caused by low oxygen in the air with high atmospheric pressure in the High Himalayan region. It also can be a problem of dehydration and weakness. Although it will be the least chance of getting altitude sickness in the Manaslu region because you begin the trek from a low altitude and ascend slowly to the higher.

Tips For Manaslu Trek in October

Of course! trekking in the mountain region is not an easy activity, and the Manaslu circuit is even more difficult because of the high pass Larke La. You need to be careful during the trek, so you can see some useful trekking tips about the Manaslu trek here for a successful trip.

  • Start walking earlier in the morning
  • Book accommodations in advance at least one day earlier before you reach the place
  • Walk slowly in the higher region
  • Drink plenty of clean water and fluid
  • Take enough altitude practice rest days
  • Keep warm, Yourself, eat well and sleep well
  • Respect the local religion, culture and beliefs
  • Pack enough essential equipment and medicine
  • Do not keep a long distance with friends and guide during the walk
  • Take rain gear, a light jacket and a pair of changing clothes during the day in a daypack

Equipment for October Manaslu Circuit Trek

You must have good quality trekking equipment for the Manaslu circuit trek in October because it is an adventure trek with a high pass Throng La (5,106m). Enough and quality trek gear plays a vital role in a successful adventure mountain trip. Here, you can see an essential list of hiking gear for the Manaslu trek in October.

  • Duffel bag or rucksack to pack all trekking gear
  • Daypack for day cloth, light jacket, day snack, valuables and rain gear
  • Sun hat and warm hat
  • Buff or scarf for neck and nose to protect from cold and dust
  • 3-4 long and half sleeves trekking shirts
  • Fleece high-neck shirt
  • Light fleece jacket or wind stopper
  • Down jacket for the morning and evening
  • Light gloves and windproof gloves
  • Thermal layers
  • 3-4 Trekking trousers (Zip off suggested)
  • Good quality trekking boot (Perfect size for your feet)
  • Gaiters
  • 5-6 pairs of Trekking socks
  • Sports shoes and water sandals
  • Windproof trouser
  • Down booties
  • Rain gear
  • Few plastic bags for dirty and wet clothes
  • Sunglasses
  • Head torch
  • Trekking poles
  • Sun lotion and lip balm (above SPF 30)
  • Moisturizers cream
  • Baby wipers
  • Tissues
  • Quick drier towel
  • Extra camera battery
  • Multi-use power socket
  • Power bank for battery charging
  • First-Aid kit and toiletries

Other Treks with Manaslu Circuit in October


Throng La pass

You can do the T-sum valley and Manaslu circuit trek together in October if you have about 4-5 days more with the regular Manaslu trek itinerary. The T-sum valley is a beautiful Himalayan hidden valley in the Manaslu region. You can see beautiful monasteries and attractive valleys over there.

The T-sum valley trail goes through the same itinerary with the Manaslu circuit until the Eklebhatti, then split to the right. You can visit the T-sum first and then go for Larke pass in October.

Besides The T-sum valley, you can also combine the Manaslu circuit trek in October with the Annapurna circuit. The Manaslu trek ends in Dharapani after crossing the Larke, then you join the Annapurna circuit trek trail. You Trek to Chame, Manang and cross Throng La (5,416m), and then reach Muktinath. You can drive from here to Pokhara directly or trek down a few days more if you have a few days.

Short and Luxury Tours with Manaslu Trek in October

You will have a spare day in Kathmandu before starting the Manaslu trek in October to arrange the trekking permits. You can use that free day for a day tour in the Kathmandu valley. Kathmandu city tour, Bhaktapur and Patan day tour, and other heritage sites tours, that you can do during the permit-making day in Kathmandu.

Besides the day tours, you can either do a day hike around the Kathmandu valley. There are several beautiful nature and cultural hiking trails near Kathmandu. Champadevi hike, Nagarkot Changunarayan hike, Shivapuri hike and other beautiful hiking trails are in Kathmandu. The hike might be good practice for a long adventure trek for you.

The activities mentioned above are for before starting the Manaslu trek in October. You can go for a Chitwan jungle safari tour after the trek. This jungle tour offers you a relaxed feel with a warm temperature after you spend many days in cold mountain temperatures.

Conclusion

October is one of the best months for the Manaslu circuit trek. That is why lots of adventure trekkers from all over the world chose this month to trek. Stable weather conditions and tolerable temperatures are the key facts of the October Manaslu trek. You will have outstanding views of big snow-capped mountains, landscapes, green hills and lots of other natural beauties. It will be fewer chances of snowfalls and rainfalls during the Manaslu circuit trek in October.

Hope you get to know about the Manaslu trek in October in this post. If you think that there is missing some information, that you have heard from the people who have already done a trek in October, You can ask us by contacting us on our contact us page. We surely try to solve your queries regarding the October Manaslu trek.

If you have not booked your trip yet, You can book your trek now. We are happy to organize your Manaslu adventure for October.

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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