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Best Time for The Manaslu Circuit Trek

The best times for the Manaslu Circuit Trek are Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November). However, this may not apply to all, hop into the details to find out which time of the year would be best for your visit.

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The best times for the Manaslu Circuit Trek are Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn (September, October, November). However, this may not apply to all, hop into the details to find out which time of the year would be best for your visit.

Planning for the Manaslu Circuit and wondering what would be the best time for the Trek?

Choosing a perfect time is essential for a beautiful trekking journey, in this article, we have explained the Manaslu Circuit Trek in all four seasons including the months, so that you can choose what time of the year will be suitable for you.

Manaslu Circuit is one of the best off-the-beaten treks in Nepal which covers most of the best trekking places in the Manaslu region. This trek is gaining more popularity these days as the tea houses and proper facilities are readily being established on the trail.

Similar to Everest and Annapurna, the Manaslu trek is a high-altitude trek, and the weather can be highly unpredictable even in the best seasons. So, it would help if you were prepared for the possible outcomes.

 

When is the best time to trek Manaslu?

The best time to trek the Manaslu Circuit is spring (March, April, May) and autumn (September, October, and November). Every year these six months are considered to be the best months for trekking. However, you still can trek in the off seasons (monsoon and winter). Trekking in the off-season brings its specific advantages so some may prefer trekking the Manaslu Circuit in Monsoon and Winter as well.

 

Manaslu Circuit Trek in Spring (March to May)

Spring is a season of renewal and transformation in the Manaslu region. During this period (March, April, May) the trekking trails of Manaslu come alive with vibrant colors as rhododendron flowers bloom, creating a picturesque landscape. It is the first tourist season of the year in Nepal.

Just after the winter ends spring starts resulting in gradually increasing temperatures, however, you still feel cold in the Manaslu circuit. The weather is mild and enjoyable, with daytime temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit).

Pros:

  • Blooming Landscapes: Spring is a feast for the eyes with clear skies, and various flowers in full bloom, adding a surreal touch to the trek.
  • Moderate Temperatures: The weather is comfortable for trekking, making it an ideal time for those who prefer milder temperatures.
  • Ideal Trekking Conditions: The trails are relatively dry, providing excellent trekking conditions.

 

Cons:

  • Crowded Trails: Spring is a popular time for trekking, resulting in more fellow trekkers on the trails.
  • Teahouse Availability: Due to high demand, teahouses might be crowded, and advance reservations are advisable.

 

Manaslu Trek in March

The spring season begins in March. The environment starts to look greener and will be covered with lush forests. The days start to get warmer making it ideal for hiking. The clear skies provide a very beautiful view of the mountains.

The daytime temperature in this month ranges from 3°C to 12°C and gets colder at the higher elevations. Since the weather is just starting to get warmer you may still feel a little cold, especially in the shadow regions, so, a good quality jacket and trousers is a must. It’s quite cold during the morning and night-time.

You also see fewer crowds compared to April and May, which provides a more intimate experience with nature and locals.

 

Day and Night Time Temperatures in March

Lower Regions:

  • Daytime: 5°C to 12°C / 41°F to 54°F
  • Nighttime: 5°C to 10°C / 41°F to 50°F

Upper Regions:

  • Daytime: 2°C to 8°C / 36°F to 46°F
  • Nighttime: -7°C to -3°C / 19°F to 27°F

 

Manaslu Trek in April

April is the best month for trekking the Manaslu Circuit in the Spring season. The temperature ranges from 4°C to 15°C, which is perfect for trekking. Even the morning and night times are not that cold. The days are longer providing you more time to enjoy the Trek. With clear skies and mountain views no doubt that April is the best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek.

As it is the perfect time for trekking you should expect a lot of trekkers on the trail. However, it will be worth your time.

 

Day and Night Time Temperatures in April

Lower Regions:

  • Daytime: 6°C to 15°C / 43°F to 59°F
  • Nighttime: 8°C to 12°C / 46°F to 54°F

Upper Regions:

  • Daytime: 5°C to 12°C / 41°F to 54°F
  • Nighttime: -5°C to 0°C / 23°F to 32°F

 

Manaslu Trek in May

As the end of the season gets nearer the temperature rises gradually which results in a less cold environment. You will get plenty of sunshine with temperatures between 8°C to 29°C. You will see greenery everywhere with clear blue skies. It is also the driest month of the season, however, due to unpredictable weather conditions and the month is very near to monsoon season there may occur some pre-monsoon rain at the end of May.

As the off seasons get nearer, you can expect a lot of trekkers on the trail just as much as in April if not more.

 

Day and Night Time Temperatures in May

Lower Regions:

  • Daytime: 12°C to 31°C / 54°F to 88°F
  • Nighttime: 10°C to 15°C / 50°F to 59°F

Upper Regions:

  • Daytime: 10°C to 18°C / 50°F to 64°F
  • Nighttime: -3°C to -1°C / 26°F to 34°F

 

Manaslu Circuit Trek in Monsoon (June to August)

The monsoon in the Manaslu region brings a different kind of beauty. While the rainfall transforms the landscape into lush greenery, it also introduces challenges for trekkers. Monsoon typically sees daytime temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit).  The weather is hot and you don’t see many trekkers on the trail.

Although you can do the Manaslu Circuit Trek in the Monsoon season, it's strongly advised to avoid this trek during the monsoon season (June, July, and August) due to safety risks, challenging trail conditions, and limited visibility of the stunning landscapes.

If you are really interested in trekking in Nepal at this time then you can go for some other treks in Nepal such as Upper Mustang Trek, Dolpo Trek, Jomsom Muktinath Trek, and Nar Phu Valley.

Pros:

  • Lush Vegetation: The monsoon season turns the region into a green paradise with abundant vegetation.
  • Quieter Trails: The trails are less crowded, providing a more serene trekking experience.
  • Unique Atmosphere: Trekking during the monsoon offers a different perspective with misty landscapes and waterfalls.

Cons:

  • Heavy Rainfall: Monsoon brings heavy rainfall, leading to muddy trails and potential landslides.
  • Trail Conditions: The paths can be slippery and challenging, requiring extra caution.
  • Limited Mountain Views: Cloud cover may obstruct panoramic mountain views.

 

Manaslu Trek in June

June welcomes the monsoon season in Nepal. You can expect heavy rainfall in the Manaslu Circuit. Due to the heavy rainfall, the trail gets slippery and can be dangerous. Sometimes some sections of the trail may even become impassable and trekkers need to wait until the trail gets fixed.

The continuous rain may limit the visibility of mountain vistas, including Manaslu. The daytime temperatures can range from 10°C to 28°C (50°F to 82°F) in the lower regions and the temperature gradually decreases as you go up to the higher elevations.

Most of the teahouses will be closed and facilities will be limited. Although you can do the Manaslu Circuit Trek in June, we don’t recommend this time of the month for the trek.

 

Day and Night Time Temperatures in June

Lower Regions:

  • Daytime: 23°C to 28°C (73°F to 82°F)
  • Nighttime: 10°C to 18°C (50°F to 64°F)

Upper Regions:

  • Daytime: 13°C to 23°C (55°F to 73°F)
  • Nighttime: 0°C to 5°C (32°F to 41°F)

 

Manaslu Trek in July

June month is not any different as you’ll face a lot of continuous rain. The visibility of mountains is limited, and the trails are slippery with an increased risk of landslides.

Daytime temperatures range from 10°C to 30°C (50°F to 86°F) in the lower regions and get even cooler at the higher altitudes. You should expect Leeches and huge flowing rivers.

 

Day and Night Time Temperatures in July

Lower Regions:

  • Daytime: 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F)
  • Nighttime: 11°C to 20°C (52°F to 68°F)

Upper Regions:

  • Daytime: 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F)
  • Nighttime: 3°C to 6°C (37°F to 43°F)

 

Manaslu Trek in August

The rain continues to pour in the month of August as well. It is comparatively colder than other months in the monsoon season.

Daytime temperatures range from 10°C to 28°C (50°F to 82°F) in the lower regions and decrease even more as you go higher. Teahouses may be open but could be less comfortable due to damp conditions.

 

Day and Night Time Temperatures in August

Lower Regions:

  • Daytime: 24°C to 28°C (75°F to 82°F)
  • Nighttime: 10°C to 19°C (50°F to 66°F)

Upper Regions:

  • Daytime: 14°C to 24°C (57°F to 75°F)
  • Nighttime: 2°C to 6°C (36°F to 43°F)

 

Manaslu Circuit Trek in Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is widely considered the best time for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is the peak season for tourism in Nepal. This season showcases clear skies, offering unobstructed views of the majestic Himalayan peaks. Daytime temperatures range from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit). The weather is suitable for traveling all around Nepal. There’s very little chance of having rainfall during the whole season.

Most of the major festivals in Nepal lie in this season, so it’ll be a huge plus for people visiting at this time of the year. Nepal boasts a wide variety of cultures and traditions, The main Hindu festivals Dashain and Tihar (festival of Lights) are celebrated in this season.

The trails of the Manaslu Circuit will be dry, and the weather will be warm during the daytime. However, you need some warm clothes for the night and morning.

Pros:

  • Clear Skies: Autumn provides excellent visibility, allowing trekkers to enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • Peak Trekking Season: It's the most popular time for the trek, creating a vibrant atmosphere on the trails.
  • Cultural Festivities: Autumn often coincides with local festivals, providing cultural insights.

Cons:

  • Busy Trails: The popularity of autumn results in busier trails, and teahouse reservations are essential.
  • Cooler Temperatures: As the season progresses, temperatures can drop, especially at higher altitudes.

 

Manaslu Trek in September

The September month welcomes the trekking season in Nepal. The monsoon season begins to subside in and the weather starts to clear up. However, there might still be some rainfall early in the month. The temperatures are moderate, with daytime temperatures ranging from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) in the lower regions.

Since the season is just beginning there won’t be many people on the trails and you can have some private time with nature.

 

Day and Night Time Temperatures in September

Lower Regions:

  • Daytime: 10°C to 18°C (50°F to 64°F)
  • Nighttime: 0°C to 10°C (32°F to 50°F)

Upper Regions:

  • Daytime: 5°C to 12°C (41°F to 54°F)
  • Nighttime: -5°C to 5°C (23°F to 41°F)

 

Manaslu Trek in October

Not only in the Autumn season but also in the whole year, October is considered as the best month for trekking in Nepal. The weather is generally stable, with clear skies and comfortable temperatures during the day.

The temperature ranges from 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F) in the higher elevations. You may feel cold at night with the temperature dropping up to -3 degrees.

You can expect a lot of trekkers along the route and teahouses are mostly full. So, make sure you book your trip beforehand.

 

Day and Night Time Temperatures in October

Lower Regions:

  • Daytime: 10°C to 15°C (50°F to 59°F)
  • Nighttime: 0°C to 5°C (32°F to 41°F)

Upper Regions:

  • Daytime: 0°C to 10°C (32°F to 50°F)
  • Nighttime: -6°C to 0°C (21°F to 32°F)

 

Manaslu trek in November

November is the last month of the season as it welcomes winter at the end of the month. Although the temperature is starting to drop, the weather remains dry and stable.

The days are still very good for trekking. Although the temperature remains warmer in the lower part of the trail, the temperatures begin to drop, especially at higher altitudes. Daytime temperatures range from 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F) in the upper regions. You need to pack warm clothes for the nighttime and the morning.

 

Day and Night Time Temperatures in November

Lower Regions:

  • Daytime: 5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F)
  • Nighttime: -5°C to 5°C (23°F to 41°F)

Upper Regions:

  • Daytime: -2°C to 5°C (28°F to 41°F)
  • Nighttime: -8°C to -5°C (18°F to 23°F)

 

 

Manaslu Circuit Trek in Winter (December to February)

Winter transforms the Manaslu region into a serene winter wonderland. The landscape is blanketed in snow, creating a magical atmosphere. Daytime temperatures can range from 0°C to 15°C (32 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit) and nighttime drop below freezing points, so having proper gear is a must. As this is an off-season, you don’t see many people on the trail and teahouses will be limited.

If you are looking for some extra adventure in your journey then you should consider trekking the Manaslu Circuit during the winter season.

Check our detailed packing list for the Manaslu Trek

Pros:

  • Snow-Covered Landscapes: Winter offers a unique and picturesque trekking experience with snow-covered trails and landscapes.
  • Fewer Trekkers: The trek is quieter, allowing for a more peaceful and intimate experience.
  • Serene Surroundings: The tranquility of the snow-covered terrain adds to the overall beauty.

Cons:

  • Cold Temperatures: Winter brings cold temperatures, especially at higher elevations, requiring proper gear and preparation.
  • Challenging Trail Conditions: Snow and ice can make trekking more challenging, requiring careful navigation.

 

Manaslu Trek in December

December marks the beginning of the winter season. You should expect cold temperatures, especially at higher elevations. Although it’s cold you can get a clear view of snow-capped mountains.

The daytime temperatures can range from 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F) in the lower regions. The higher part of the Manaslu trail gets even colder, almost close to freezing conditions. The trails are covered with snow, so you need to carry proper gear such as crampons, proper trekking boots, minus-rated sleeping bags, etc.

 

Day and Night Time Temperatures in December

Lower Regions:

  • Daytime: 5°C to 13°C (41°F to 55°F)
  • Nighttime: -5°C to 5°C (23°F to 41°F)

Upper Regions:

  • Daytime: -3°C to 10°C (26°F to 50°F)
  • Nighttime: -10°C to 0°C (14°F to 32°F)

 

 

Manaslu Trek in January

January is the coldest month in the Manaslu Trek. Daytime temperatures can range from 0°C to 10°C (32°F to 50°F) in the lower regions. You should expect below 0 degrees at higher elevations, especially at nighttime.

 Besides the cold weather, you get clear skies and stunning views of the mountains. Trails are likely to be snowy and icy, so you must carry appropriate winter trekking gear. There won’t be many trekkers on the route so if you prefer such conditions then you may consider trekking the Manaslu Circuit in January.

 

Day and Night Time Temperatures in January

Lower Regions:

  • Daytime: 0°C to 10°C (32°F to 50°F)
  • Nighttime: -10°C to 0°C (14°F to 32°F)

Upper Regions:

  • Daytime: -5°C to 5°C (23°F to 41°F)
  • Nighttime: -13°C to -5°C (9°F to 23°F)

 

Manaslu Terk in February

As February approaches the weather starts to get warmer compared to January. It’s still very cold on the Manalsu circuit. The daytime temperatures can range from 5°C to 15°C (41°F to 59°F) in the lower regions and the temperature dips even more in the upper sections.

You must pack the proper gear as the trails will be covered with snow. The tea houses on the route remain open but you need to carry a good quality sleeping bag for the night as the blankets provided by teahouses may not be enough.

 

Day and Night Time Temperatures in February

Lower Regions:

  • Daytime: 6°C to 15°C (43°F to 59°F)
  • Nighttime: -5°C to 5°C (23°F to 41°F)

Upper Regions:

  • Daytime: 0°C to 10°C (32°F to 50°F)
  • Nighttime: -8°C to 0°C (18°F to 32°F)

 

Day and Night Time Temperatures In the Manaslu Circuit

 

SeasonMonthLower RegionUpper Region
DayNightDayNIght
SpringMarch

5°C to 12°C 

5°C to 10°C

2°C to 8°C

-7°C to -3°C

April

6°C to 15°C 

8°C to 12°C

5°C to 12°C 

-5°C to 0°C

May

12°C to 31°C 

10°C to 15°C

10°C to 18°C

 -3°C to 1°C

Season Change
MonsoonJune

23°C to 28°C 

10°C to 18°C

13°C to 23°C 

0°C to 5°C

July

25°C to 30°C

 11°C to 20°C

15°C to 25°C 

3°C to 6°C

August

24°C to 28°C 

10°C to 19°C

14°C to 24°C

2°C to 6°C

Season Change
AutumnSeptember

10°C to 18°C 

0°C to 10°C

5°C to 12°C 

-5°C to 5°C

October

10°C to 15°C 

0°C to 5°C

0°C to 10°C

-6°C to 0°C

November

5°C to 10°C 

-5°C to 5°C

-2°C to 5°C 

-8°C to -5°C

Season Change
WinterDecember

5°C to 13°C

 -5°C to 5°C

-3°C to 10°C 

-10°C to 0°C

January

0°C to 10°C 

-10°C to 0°C

-5°C to 5°C / 

-13°C to -5°C

February

6°C to 15°C 

-5°C to 5°C

0°C to 10°C 

-8°C to 0°C

A table showing the day and night time temperature in the upper and lower parts of the Manaslu Circuit for every month of the four seasons.

 

Note: Please keep in mind that these temperature ranges are just average data based on surveys taken by Hkingbees and can vary based on specific locations along the trail and current weather conditions.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, If you want to trek to the Manaslu Circuit then please try to visit Nepal in the months between (March-May) or (September-November) these are the best times for the Manaslu Circuit Trek ie. Spring and Autumn. However, this doesn’t apply to everybody and the best time depends on individual preferences and priorities. Whether you prefer the vibrant blooms of spring, the lush greenery of monsoon, the clear skies of autumn, or the less crowded trek and tranquil beauty of winter, each season offers a unique and rewarding trekking experience. Plan wisely, considering both the advantages and challenges of each season and head on a journey that will leave you with lifelong memories.

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