Trek to Manaslu Circuit in September

  • Aug 19, 2022
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

The month of September begins the autumn season by leaving behind the summer monsoon. Autumn is the main trekking fall in Nepal, so it is a perfect time to trek to the Manaslu circuit. It can be some rainy days during the first two weeks of September in the lower region, but it does not regularly rain.

Unduly rainfall during monsoon clears air pollution. So the days in September stay bright, and the vegetation looks dark green up in the Manaslu region. You can see attractive waterfalls, rivers, valleys, bright mountains, beautiful lakes, wildlife and more during the Manaslu circuit trek in September.

It will be a smooth temperature in the Manaslu region in September, although it will be a warm sub-temperate climate in the lower areas at the beginning of the trek. There won’t be snow and ice on the Larke pass trail in September, so it will be easy to cross this high pass.

Great views of the Manaslu Himalayas such as mount. Manaslu, Nadi Chuli, Himal Chuli and more can be seen during the Manaslu circuit trek in September. Wil animals like the blue ship, marmot, deer and many other animals during the trekking offer an extra experience from the Manaslu trek in September. Let’s check here why September is one of the best times to trek to the Manaslu circuit in this post.


Mt. Manaslu from Samagaun

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Manaslu Trek Weather and Temperature in September

Manaslu trek in September is a refreshingly cool temperature. Higher areas of the Manaslu region can be colder, but it is an adorable temperature. The first two or 3 days will be warm in sub-tropical areas. It will chill up to Namrung, then will start colder from Namrung until the pass. The temperature might decrease 7-8 degrees celsius in the higher region of the Manaslu region in September.

September is the first month of the autumn season. Autumn is one of the busiest trekking seasons for the Manaslu circuit trek. But, it can be some rainy days until mid-September. The weather changes to crystal clear in late September. You see so many snow-capped high mountains during the Manaslu circuit trek in September because of cristal weather conditions.

Manaslu Circuit Trek in September Highlights

  • Trekking experience inside the restricted region
  • Experiencing sub-tropical climate in the lower region
  • Hindu and Buddhist culture, religion, temples, monasteries and other monuments
  • Meet different tribes of local people
  • Lifestyle and daily activities of lowlanders and highlanders
  • Walking through beautiful valleys
  • Rivers, streams and waterfalls
  • Stunning views of Manaslu, Nadi Chuli, Himal Chuli and more
  • Crossing an adventure high pass Larke La (5,106m)
  • Beautiful Glacial lake
  • Wildlife and vegetation

Rewards of Manaslu Trek in September


Trekkers walking towards Samdo from Samagaun

Fewer Trekkers

Manaslu region is a restricted area, so trekkers need to have three different trekking permits and must hire a guide, so there are fewer trekkers compared to the other commercial trekking routes. September is the beginning of autumn, so there are obviously few visitors than in October and November on the Manaslu circuit trek.

Two Different Weather Conditions

You can feel two different weather conditions during the September Manaslu circuit trek. The first two weeks of this month feel like monsoon weather with a few rainfalls and the last two weeks offer nice and clear autumn weather.

Unreal Views

Usually, the days will be bright in September, so you can see mesmerizing views of the high mountains, green hills and more this month. You can see beautiful mountains all the time after the Lho Gaun for a few days in the September Manaslu circuit trek.

Greenery Everywhere

Monsoon rains during the summer season from June to August provide lots of water for the vegetation. The trees and herbs changed to dark green from summer and still look beautiful in September. Cider, needlewood, and other trees in the lower region and pine, oak, juniper and other trees with dense shrubs look beautiful in the Manaslu region in September.

Easy to Cross Larke La

There won’t be snowfall and ice on the Larke pass in September, so the trail will be clear. It will be easy to cross this high pass without any difficulties this month. Also, it won’t be freezing on the pass in September.

Festival Celebration

September also welcomes lots of festivals in Nepal. You can see Teej (women's festival), Indra Jatra, and other festivals during the Manaslu circuit trek in September. The festival in September provides an extra memorable experience for you.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Preparation in September

September is the beginning of autumn, which is the busiest trekking season in Nepal and also for the Manaslu circuit. You are going to the high Himalayan region, so you need to prepare well to succeed in this adventure trip.

You need to be physically and mentally prepared to trek in such a highly elevated region. Mental preparation means reading well about difficulties and what to do for a successful trip. And Physical preparation is all about stamina and exercise.

Mental Preparation

Manaslu circuit trek is an adventure trek with a high pass Larke La (5,106m). It might not be an easy trip in the Nepalese Himalayas, so you need to be mentally prepared before planning to trek on this route. You better need to find out the difficulties, that you will face on the trek and be ready to tackle them.

Strong mind make-up provides you more confidence to short out every challenge on the trek. Self encourages and a concerned mind support the successful trip by leaving all the doubt far behind, so think that yes, I can do it.

Physical Preparation

Besides the mental preparation, an important part of the trek to the Manaslu circuit in September is the physical preparation. The Manaslu trek is an adventure trek, so being physically fit plays a vital role in this trip. You can do some physical exercise in the club and do some hikes to be physically prepared for this Larke pass trek. Some short treks above 3,000m anywhere in the Himalayas keeps you physically fit for this adventure trek.

Manaslu Trek Difficulties in September


Larke pass (5,106m)

Face Late Monsoon Weather

You might feel late monsoon weather until mid-September. You might have some rainy days during the trek until the half of September, but it won’t rain continuously like in a monsoon. The rivers, waterfalls and streams stay bigger and look attractive. The second half of September brings autumn, so the weather will be nice and clear.

Long Trekking Camps

The trekking camps are long for a few days in lower areas. There are lots of up and down hills trails, so it can make a tiring walk. You need to cross several streams on temporary wooden bridges at other times. They might not available because of floods and then need to take a longer route through permanent bridges sometimes.

Dehydration

You might suffer from dehydration during the Manaslu circuit trek in September. The lower region will be warm and sweat a lot because of lots of uphill trails. Because of losing sweat, you might be dehydrated.

Altitude Sickness

It will be fewer chances of altitude sickness because you start the trek from a low elevation, and then ascends gradually to a higher elevation. Although, you might feel the altitude effect after 3,000m of elevation. You will mainly feel altitude when you go for the Larke La pass rather than the other days during the Manaslu circuit trek in September.

Tiredness

You might be tired due to the long camps and altitude effects during the trek. You need to walk 7-8 hours per day in the lower regions, so long camps with lots of up and down hills make you tired. Besides the long trekking days, altitude also can be a cause of tiredness on the trek.

Difficulty of Accommodation

You will get accommodation easily in most of the places, but places like in Deng, Namrung, Lo Gaun, Samdo and Darmasala might be difficult to get enough space. Do not expect luxury accommodations and a room with an attached bath during the trek. But, you can get private accommodation everywhere.

Slippery trails

Due to some rain drops, the trekking trails can be slippery sometimes during the Manaslu trek in September. Although, it should not be slippery on the whole trip except for some spots. Actually, there will be less rain in the higher areas compared to the lower areas.

September Manaslu Trek Tips

Safety and a successful trip are the primal motos of every traveller. Here, I have tried to provide you with some helpful tips for the Manaslu trek in September.

  • Take rain gear in your daypack
  • Drink plenty of clean water and fluid
  • Walk carefully on the slippery surfaces
  • Start walking earlier in the morning
  • Walk slowly and comfortably
  • Eat and sleep well (do not try taking sleeping medicine if you can’t sleep well)
  • Keep warm yourself in the higher region
  • There are no ATMs and money changers, so take enough NPR from Kathmandu
  • Book your accommodation in advance, at least the day before you reach
  • Do not walk alone with keeping a long distance with friends or guide
  • Don’t hesitate to tell the guide if you face any problems or difficulties in the mountain
  • If you have altitude symptoms, take an extra rest day at the same place or descend to the lower altitude

Equipment for September Manaslu Trek


Main bag for trekking equipment

You need to pack mixed types of trekking gear for the Manaslu trek in September for the monsoon and the cold temperature. It will be a warm temperature in the more parts of the trek, so you need to wear half shirts and pants during the walk. Check a list of equipment for the trek below:

  • Duffel bag or Ruksack
  • Daypack
  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Buff
  • Thermal layer
  • Fleece jacket
  • Long and short sleeves trekking shirts
  • Gloves
  • Down jacket
  • Sleeping bag
  • Half and full trekking pants
  • Rain cover
  • Bag covers
  • Few pairs of trekking socks
  • Good quality trekking boots
  • Head torch
  • Sun lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Moisturizer cream
  • Trekking poles
  • Wet napkins
  • Snacks and energy bars
  • Quick drier towel
  • Hand sanitisers
  • First-Aid kit
  • Multi-use power socket
  • Extra camera battery
  • Powerbank for battery charging
  • Water bottle or camelback
  • Toiletries

Manaslu and Tsum Valley Combined Trek in September

Tsum valley is a Himalayan hidden valley in the Manaslu region. It is a Buddhist region, where you might see sky burials for cremation after the people die sometimes. The Tsum valley trail splits after about an hour of walk from Philim village.

If you have 5-6 days more with the Manaslu circuit trek itinerary, you can do a combined trek between the Tsum and Larke pass. This long Manaslu trek offers a beautiful experience of restricted area experience.

Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Combined Trek in September


Throng La pass (5,416m)

Annapurna and Manaslu circuit treks are adventurous trekking packages in Nepal. Both of them have different high passes like Larke La (5,106m) and Throng La (5,416m). Annapurna circuit trail begins from Dharapani after you finish the Manasu circuit here.

If you have 7-8 days more with the Manaslu circuit and are interested to try the Annapurna adventure, you can do a combined trek of the Manaslu and Annapurna circuit at the same time.

Other Activities in Nepal with Manaslu Circuit Trek in September

You can do one-day activity in Kathmandu before the Manaslu circuit trek in September. You will have one spare day before the trek for permit preparation for the restricted area, so you can do the city tours like Kathmandu sightseen tour, Bhaktapur and Patan tour or other heritage tours on that free day.

Besides the heritage tour, you can go for a day hike around the Kathmandu valley. Champadevi hike, Nagarkot Changunarayan hike and other beautiful nature hiking routes are available around the valley, that you can try. A hiking trip can be very helpful for a long mountain trip for you.

You might be interested to see the Everest Himalayas at the same time when you are for the Manaslu circuit trek in September. You can fly to the Everest base camp directly on a helicopter or can try the Everest scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu.

Besides the above-mentioned trips from Kathmandu, you can go to Pokhara and do some activities like the Pokhara tour, Sarangkot sunrise tour, Paragliding, Ultra light flight or bungee in this beautiful city.

Chitwan jungle safari tour after the Manaslu trek in September can be the other refreshment trip for you. You can go to this warm place after a few days of suffering from the cold temperature.

Conclusion

September is a perfect month for the Manaslu circuit trek, so you can confidently plan the trip. Except for a few rain drops in the beginning weeks of this month, it offers clear weather and bright views. The waterfalls look attractive with green nature all around the trekking trail in September. September is the month with a very much tolerable temperature, so there will be neither hot nor freezing. It is one of the best times if you do not like to trek with crowded trekkers.

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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