Manaslu Trek In September

  • Raj Kumar Khadka
  • Last Updated on May 26, 2024

Manaslu Trek in september

The first thing that comes to mind when you hear ‘Trekking in Nepal’ is the most popular trekking adventures in the country, like Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek. These are the top-ranking mainstream trekking options in the country; however, if you are up for an incredible off-beaten trekking experience, Manaslu Trek is one of the most fascinating prospects in the Himalayas. This remote exploration of the west-central region of the country is generally popular for the uncharted wilderness, but if you are doing the Manaslu Trek in September, it will add even more tranquility to your adventure.

September is the transition month point between the peak trekking season, autumn (September to November), and the low season, monsoon (June to August) and autumn (September to November). Although the dry trekking trails, clear weather, pleasant temperatures, and spectacular vistas are the strong suit of the autumn season, the experience of the Manaslu Circuit Trek in September is quite distinctive from the core period of the fall season. As the effect of the monsoon season lingers almost until the half-part of September, the off-beaten trails of this wilderness exploration are covered with lush emerald landscape.

The temperature at higher altitudes is chill, and the fresh aroma of the wet terrain makes the experience even more exhilarating. Furthermore, the foggy and cloudy atmosphere as you ascend higher will make it feel like you are walking over the clouds. So, the Manaslu Circuit Trek in September is a blended experience that lets you enjoy the highlights of both the monsoon and autumn seasons.

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Overview of Trek- Manaslu Trek in September With Green Society Adventure

Top 10 Reason to Choose Manaslu Circuit Trek

Our 14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek is the most standard trekking package in this off-beaten route. This exciting Himalayan journey starts the next day after your arrival in Kathmandu, and you can spend your time in the country as you wish after the end of the trek. While trekking with us, you will also get enough rest time and acclimatization period so you don’t exhaust yourself or put yourself at risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). After your international landing, you will be transferred to the hotel while we make the necessary preparations for the trek.

Starting this iconic classical Himalayan adventure, you will head toward the trekking trails with the Kathmandu (1,400 meters) to Machha Khola (870 meters) drive. Then, gradually moving along the winding trail, you will cross the charming traditional settlements of Jagat (1,440 meters), Deng (1,845 meters), Namrung (2,560 meters), Lho Village (3,180 meters) and Sama Gaon (3,515 meters). You will enjoy a rest and acclimatization day at Sama Gaon before heading further on the trekking route. The next phase of your trek will take you across the major elevated settlements of the Manaslu Region, like Samdo (3,800 meters) and Dharamsala (4,460 meters).

You will then cross the thrilling Himalayan pass, Larke La (5,160 meters), to reach Bimthang (3,590 meters). Then, continuing with the descending route, you will make your descent to Chamje (1,430 meters) across Gho Village (2,515 meters). After that, the drive back to Kathmandu will mark the closure of this exciting wilderness exploration. If you want to explore another major highlight of the Manaslu region, Tsum Valley, which is popular as the ‘Valley of Peace’, we handle an exciting 13 Days Tsum Valley Trek.

Note: If you have enough time, both 14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek and 13 Days Tsum Valley Trek can be combined as well. You will first explore the circuit trek route of Manaslu and then proceed toward the sacred valley, Kimolung Beyul.

Larke La pass with guest

Doing the Manaslu Trek in September means that you will experience the climatic conditions of the transition period between monsoon (summer season) and gradually closing in the autumn season. So, taking part in wilderness exploration during this exciting month has both pros and cons.

Pros of Manaslu Trek in September

Post Monsoon Landscapes

The month of September is blessed with post monsoon landscape that is nourished by continuous rainfall. So, the diverse shades of the emerald that you will get to witness along the trail will be a unique and magical experience. The bright and colorful flowers nourished by the rain adorn the trekking trail which adds the spring vibe in this fall season. You will see greenery wherever you turn and crops that are gradually maturing as the harvest season closes in.

Epic Mountain Views

Both autumn and spring seasons are popular for the most spectacular views of the Himalayan vistas. However, what makes the views different during the Manaslu Circuit Trek in September is the crispness and freshness in the air. The post-monsoon breezy and chill climate in the higher regions magnifies the beauty of the pristine peaks. On top of that, as the foggy landscape of monsoon lingers during the early part of the month, it will feel like you are walking on the clouds. The view of the sparkling peaks above the foggy-cloudy landscape is something of a magical experience.

Less Crowd

When monsoon season extends, it mostly affects the climatic conditions of the early part of September. So, trekkers who are looking for ultimate trekking conditions tend to avoid Manaslu Trek in September. Such circumstances will create a perfect opportunity to relish the magnificence of the Himalayan wilderness in solitude. You will be able to forge an intimate bond with nature and understand its true essence. Furthermore, you will also be able to create a more meaningful relationship with the natives of the region and can take your time with interaction without worrying about the traffic.

Comfortable Temperatures

Despite being the core period of the summer, monsoon still has a fair share of fresh and chill days. Similarly, in this transition month, which has a high probability of light rainfall during the earlier part of the month, you can expect comfortable temperatures. The autumn season is popular for its stable weather and pleasant temperatures that are neither too humid nor freezing. You can expect a similar setting during your Manaslu Circuit Trek in September. The temperature of the Manaslu is approximately around 7°C to 21°C during the day, and at nighttime, it can drop up to 0°C to -2°C.

Majestic Waterfalls and Rivers

Monsoon is the prime season to witness the prime of the rivers and waterfalls of this Himalayan country. However, due to the risk of flooding, the high-flowing rivers also bring calamities that can affect the trekking experience. But, during the Manaslu Trek in September, when the water level has simmered down, you will still be able to witness the magnificent forms of the rivers and waterfalls that are on full throttle. Their soaring sound as you move along your trekking trail will make it feel like you have entered a hidden part of the Himalayas.

Less Dust

As autumn is the driest period of the year and has the most stable climate, the trekking trails are generally dry and dusty. However, during the Manaslu Circuit Trek in September, the transition month between monsoon and autumn, the trails are still moist as the light rainfall lingers till the early part of the month. Thus, you will be able to enjoy a dust-free and clear exploration, relishing the freshness of the terrains. Less dust also means the clearest and most spectacular views of the surroundings and the pristine massifs.

Cultural Experience

Everybody knows that the autumn season is the core period of cultural celebrations in Nepal. During this fall season, you will be able to immerse in some of the spectacular celebrations of this culturally diverse country. This transition month, which is the initial phase of the autumn season, doesn’t hold back when it comes to vibrant celebrations. During the Manaslu Circuit Trek in September, you will get the opportunity to witness exciting festivals like Teej, Indra Jatra, Pachali Bhairab, etc.

Cons of Manaslu Trek in September

Unpredictable Weather

As September is the transitioning period between the autumn and monsoon seasons, the climate during the early part of the month is not stable at all. You may have to encounter occasional bad weather conditions as you move along your trekking trail. That is why if you are planning to do Manaslu Trek in September, you need to be adequately prepared for whatever weather conditions you may have to face during the trek. Also, humidity is high in the lower regions, and the warmer climate of the post-summer season can make you feel a little uncomfortable during the long hours of trek.

Trail Challenges

The rainfall persists till the first half of September, so the trekking trails are a bit challenging, although they are not on par with the unfavorable conditions of the monsoon season. Especially in the lower regions, the trails are moist and slippery; thus, you will need to bring reliable footwear with traction and other helpful gear to overcome the challenging trails.

Risk of Landslides and Flood

Even though the risk of landslides and floods is not at an all-time high like the monsoon season, there are some potential risks of these natural disasters during the Manaslu Trek in September. There are several landslide-prone sections in the Manaslu region that you will need to be mindful about the trek. As for flooding, even continuous rainfall may trigger it; there are safe passages and bridges, so overcoming this aspect won’t be much of a problem.

Bugs and Leeches

Due to the presence of wet conditions, the presence of leeches is high in the lower regions during the rainy seasons. They can be a nuisance for trekkers who don’t know how to handle them properly, as they are very persistent. Besides the leeches, other bugs, including mosquitoes, are more prevalent in regions where humidity is high. So, during the Manaslu Circuit Trek in September, it is important to carry the bug repellent spray or cream to keep those minor nuisances at bay.

Why Do You Need Us?

Green Society Adventure has been leading iconic Himalayan treks in Nepal for over a decade since our establishment in 2013. Adhering to our core module ‘customer satisfaction’ and ‘long lasting bonds’, we strive to keep upgrading ourselves to enhance the experience of our esteemed guests. During your Manaslu Circuit Trek in September, we guarantee a remarkable experience and fond memories that you will treasure for your lifetime. Our 14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek is a fully immersive journey where you will manage all your itinerary plans.

During this wilderness exploration, you will be led by our exceptional government-licensed trekking guide. We only assign guides to the groups who have expertise in the particular region; all our guides are also adept in first aid response and have received high altitude training. Green Society Adventure will also take care of all the logistic details for you, arrange permits, and do the necessary paperwork to enter the restricted area. While trekking with us, you don’t have to worry about a single thing, you can just take your time to immerse in the experience and make memories.

As your safety and comfort are our top priority, even in this remote exploration, we make sure that the services are on standard. You will also get enough period to rest and acclimatize so you don’t have to exhaust yourself during your trek. Our exceptional guides will also monitor your physical condition during each day of the trek to see how well you are doing on this high-altitude journey. Besides those, we will also provide free trekking gear to our guests who need it; we provide duffel bags, sleeping bags, down jackets, etc., to trekkers who need it (should be returned after completing the trek).

Cost of Manaslu Circuit Trek in September

The general cost margin for the Manaslu Circuit Trek, which has a duration of 13 days to 16 days, is approximately US$ 850 to US$ 1,200. Several factors like the length of the Manaslu Circuit itinerary, route, side detours around the region, quality of services and standard of package will determine overall trek cost. Green Society Adventure is offering our exciting 14 Days Manaslu Circuit Trek at just US$ 919. This is a full-fledged itinerary plan that will take care of your activities from the day of your arrival to the end of the trek.

Your trek package will include the cost of a guide, land transport, food and accommodation, permits, a comprehensive medical kit, government expenses, our service charge, etc. As for the package exclusion, Manaslu Circuit Trek cost will not cover personal nature expenses like snacks, dessert, drinks, laundry, shower, internet, etc. You can check the package to understand more about cost inclusion and exclusion. We also offer a further discount on the Manaslu Trek cost for the group booking; for any inquiries and quotations, get in touch with our sales and marketing via our Contact Page.

Physical Strength Required for Manaslu Trek in September

Manaslu Trek is considered one of the moderate levels of Himalayan trekking adventure. Due to the involvement of the Himalayan pass in this circuit route, it's physical demand is pretty much similar to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. So, to overcome the moderate difficulty level of this trek and ensure a pleasant experience, you need to make a sufficient amount of physical preparation. Depending on your physical fitness level, you should consider making preparations at least 3 to 6 weeks prior to the trek.

To train most efficiently, you will need to understand the actual physical demand of the Manaslu Circuit Trek in September. The foremost factor you have to be on the lookout for is the total trekking distance of this trek. Manaslu Trek has a total distance of roughly 180 km (111 miles). You will need to walk for approximately around 6 to 7 hours during every trekking day of your exploration. As the trekking trails during the Manaslu Trek in September can be slightly slippery in the lower regions, the trekking hours can extend even longer.

Similarly, the overall altitude gain of this trek from the starting point, Machha Khola (870 meters), to the highest point, Larke La Pass (5,106 meters), is around 4,236 meters (13,897 feet). Thus, the altitude gain is quite significant in this trek, and traversing across high-altitude points with low oxygen saturation levels is physically exhausting, as well as the potential risk of altitude sickness. So, to overcome these demanding aspects of the trek, you should focus on improving your strength, endurance, and stamina level. Improving these physical aspects will help you easily overcome the long hours of trek and make it easier for you to acclimatize to new altitudes.

Permits for Trek

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The permit requirement for the Manaslu Circuit Trek in September is pretty much similar to the other points throughout the year. However, the only variable factor in the permit list for Manaslu Trek is the cost of the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, which can vary depending on the season of visit. Here is a list of the permits that you will have to collect for this wilderness exploration in September.

Permits for Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP)
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

The cost for both MCAP and ACAP is US$ 30 per person, regardless of the season of visit. As for the cost of MRAP, it is around US$ 100 per person for the Manaslu Trek in September. For other seasons, like winter (December to February), spring (March to May), and monsoon (June to August), the cost of this permit is around US$ 75 per person.

Note: TIMS Card, which is a mandatory requirement for the high altitude trek, is not necessary for the Manaslu Trek as you will already have the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP).

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Some Helpful Tips for Manaslu Circuit Trek in September

  • While packing for the Manaslu Trek in September, make sure to prioritize the rainproof layers and gear; also, don’t forget footwear with good traction
  • Watch your steps carefully and follow the lead of your guide
  • Keep tabs on the weather updates and natural calamities alerts during your Himalayan journey
  • Although the weather is not as disruptive as the monsoon season, it will be wise to have a few contingency days as a backup
  • Be mindful of the leeches and bugs in the lower trekking trails
  • Even if the weather is chill during the rainy days, don’t forget to meet the hydration quota of the day
  • Trek slowly and stick with the guidelines and suggestions of guides and porters
  • Know your limits and pay attention to any symptoms that may be linked with altitude sickness
  • Respect local culture and traditions, leave no traces, and enjoy your exhilarating exploration
Raj Kumar Khadka

Raj Kumar Khadka

Raj Kumar was born and raised in the mountain town of Gorkha. He is an enthusiastic traveler who enjoys discovering new places. His passion for exploration knows no bounds, driving him to seek out new trails and experiences. He has successfully traveled and explored most of the trekking routes in Nepal, mastering their intricacies. 

Raj Kumar started his career as a guide at the end of the year 2006. His dedication to this field has been unwavering, surpassing 17 years and counting. He established his own company, Green Society Adventure, in 2013, fueled by his expertise and entrepreneurial spirit. He has a vision to share the beauty of Nepal’s landscapes and cultures to the world. As both a guide and a leader, he inspires people to explore the world with curiosity and respect.

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