Manaslu Circuit trek is a high-altitude mountainous trek on the foothills of Mt. Manaslu. The Manaslu trek takes you from 700 m to 5160m. For a comfortable trekking experience, details on Manaslu trek temperature and weather condition is important.
Weather conditions and temperatures affect trekking and climbing activities.
And above 4000maltitude, the weather is quite unpredictable. Hence, you must always prepare for sudden changes in weather conditions.
Having information on the Manaslu region also helps you in making some crucial decisions about your trek. This may include choosing the right time to trek, safety precautions and packing essentials for the trek.
Like the rest of Nepal, this beautiful region experiences 4 distinct seasons. These are Spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Each season lasts around 3 months. To give you a better idea, listed below are the weather condition and temperatures you may face during each month of the year.
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Spring (March, April, May)
In Nepal, the spring season is in the months of March, April and May. You can witness the colorful blooms of the local flowers like rhododendron in the lower regions of the trek during this season. To witness the blooms at their best, do this trek in early April up until mid-May.
This season is also the safest of all seasons for a trekking expedition. This season has the lowest risks of avalanches, landslides, and other climatic hazards.
March is the official beginning of spring season in Nepal. It brings you cool temperatures and welcomes you to explore the Manaslu region.
Early March is still cold with the winter saying its final farewell. The average temperatures can drop to -6 degrees Celsius in the higher regions of the trek. By the second week of March, the average temperatures start to rise bringing warm weather and temperatures.
In the lower regions of the trails, you can enjoy the stunning flora and fauna. You can enjoy colorful blooms of the rhododendron forest, green fields, and farms in the laps of white snow-capped mountains.
The villages in the higher regions also come alive with the return of its residents. The lodges and tea houses start opening up for the season.
April is the best month to do treks in the spring season. You get all the perks of spring season making for a magnificent trekking experience. The cool temperatures between 6-12 degrees Celsius are perfect for treks during the day. The nights are also not as cold so you can enjoy your sleep.
The blooms of the local flowers are at their best. The farmers of the region start their annual plantation of different crops giving you a glimpse of the local lifestyle.
This month also sees some of the most stable weather condition in the high altitudes. You can meet potential and actual mountain climbers attempting to climb some of the surrounding peaks during this month.
Hence, the tea houses and trails have magnetic and magical energy and aura to them during this month.
Unlike most of the popular trails of Annapurna and Everest region, the Manaslu trails see less crowd. This way you can still enjoy the authentic feel of the trek and the region with the best weather conditions.
May sees the slow but gradual rise in temperature. Till mid-May, you can enjoy the late blooms of the local flora. The skies are clear and you can enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes.
After mid-May, you can feel the rise of temperatures with the hot and bright sun during the daytime. You can enjoy your treks for longer with the longer day time. During these weeks, the average temperatures do not drop below zero even in the high altitude villages of the trek.
This part of May also sees a strange haze in the lower regions. Once in the higher altitudes, it clears up making for great visibility of the mountains and surroundings.
Summer (June, July, August)
Summer is the hottest season of Nepal. Yet, most parts of Nepal enjoy a wet summer. Hence, it is also the wettest season of the year.
Monsoon is another name for summer in most of Nepal. The season sees its peak in June/July. The season continues till August.
There are also chances of snowfall above 4500 m altitude if it continues raining for long.
You will enjoy the clearest and most pristine views of landscapes and mountain during this season.
Monsoon also makes the trail lush, dense and vibrant green. You can also notice the presence of various bugs and leeches throughout these months on the trails. Along with these, the trail is also quite slippery and muddy. Make sure to have a great pair of trekking shoes to overcome this.
This season also gifts you with the occasional yet fabulous rainbows. As you trek higher up, the amount of rainfall decreases.
If the rain doesn’t bother you or you actually love the rain, then this season can be rewarding in every way.
This season is perfect for the adventurers and nature lovers. It is also perfect for those who want multiple trekking experiences up their sleeve.
In the lower regions, you can trek in shorts and t-shirts during the bright, dry days. The average temperatures are a warm 25 degrees Celsius. Yet most days have an overshadow of rain and clouds.
Early June, is the safest time to do Manaslu treks from the monsoon months.
You will come across a few trekkers during early June.
As you go higher, the temperature does drop a little. You may enjoy your treks in the higher altitudes with an average temperature of 10 degrees Celsius.
June sees an average of 460 mm of rainfall around the altitude of 1400 meters and 30 mm at an altitude of 4000 meters. If you trek higher than this, the chances of rainfall are even slimmer.
July is the hottest and one of the wettest of the summer months. Nature comes alive with lush green valleys, fields, forests and full rivers, waterfalls. It rains almost every other day in the lower regions. Yet, it hardly ever rains the whole day and night.
Generally, it rains during the evening and the night time. Mornings are usually clear. Make sure you have a flexible schedule for treks during this month.
On some days, you may not be able to trek due to excessive rain, landslides, mudslides or other weather conditions. Take those days as your rest days or village exploration days.
The temperature in August is like that of June. Yet, August is the wettest of all the months. August is the last month of summer/monsoon season. Make sure to pack your rain gears for all the 3 summer months.
The constant rain helps the vegetation and forest to thrive beautifully. This provides amazing freshness, taste, and quality to your meals and trekking experience. Hence, you’re in a treat for every meal that you have during the trek.
You will also get views of full, fat waterfalls, streams and throttling rivers in August.
Autumn (September, October, November)
After the monsoon months, autumn sees clean and fresh air. The rain would have carried all dirt away and the sky remains clear until late November. You can enjoy the best views of stunning snow-clad mountains with amazing clarity.
Autumn season sees the most stable weather in the high altitudes of Nepal including Manaslu. This season is the best for beginners and novice to get a taste of high altitude treks in Nepal.
September is the shoulder month between Summer (monsoon) and cool autumn. You can enjoy the perks of trekking in autumn after mid-September without the crowds. Yet early September sees the occasional rainfall.
During September, Manaslu trek is absolutely possible. It allows trekkers to get the best views of the lush green forests and farms. You can also enjoy the full and glorious rivers, streams and waterfalls after the heavy monsoon.
The temperatures in the trails are also perfect, it is neither too hot nor too cold. Even in the higher altitudes, the average temperatures are a cool 7 degrees Celsius. In the lower regions, it is warmer at 21 degrees.
The best month of the year for treks to Nepal including the Manaslu Trek is October. It has the perfect weather conditions and temperatures for treks. Nature is at its best during October. This month is also the host to two of the biggest Hindu festivals of the country, Dashain and Tihar.
You can enjoy your treks in moderate temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius. It is not as hot nor as cold for day walks. At higher altitudes, you will experience a slight chill with temperatures dropping to -2 degrees Celsius.
This month also sees amazing clarity. You can enjoy the best and crystal clear views of the surrounding mountain peaks and landscapes.
You can enjoy the best conditions similar to October with a slight drop of temperatures. The average temperature drops to 13 degrees Celsius in the lower regions. At higher regions like Samagaun and Samdo, the average temperatures are lower at -3 to -6 degrees Celsius.
Yet, being the driest of the autumn months with precipitation levels of only 3mm, you get incredible, clear views.
The annual Manaslu Trail race also takes place during this month. Trekking enthusiasts and participants from all over the world come to participate and witness the event.
Winter (December, January, February)
The days may be cloudy and cold in the higher altitudes. You will enjoy your trek in the lower altitudes even in winter. The lower altitudes enjoy cold weather yet nothing like the chilly, ice cold weather of the higher regions.
December to February is winter season. Crossing Larke Pass, the highest point of Manaslu trek can be difficult between December-early January. The Manaslu region also gets the occasional and sudden winter storm during January and February.
Most of the tea houses in the higher altitudes of Manaslu Trek closes during winter. Make sure to bring your camping equipment for treks during winter. Else, you can call ahead to ensure the tea houses you book are open for the season.
Early December offers all the trekking conditions of November with a drop in temperatures.
The average temperatures in the villages of Samdo and Samagaun are -8 degrees Celsius. The lower regions are slightly warmer at 8-12 degrees Celsius.
By mid-December, the villagers of the higher regions migrate to lower regions to avoid the cold winter weather. This means you need to come ready with your camping equipment or alternatives for accommodation and meals.
If you intend to do tea house treks during this month, confirm that your tea house remains open during this month before setting off.
Yet you have great reasons to do treks during early December. There is very less chance of overcast days. The low temperatures along with clear skies offer magnificent mountain viewing opportunities.
The temperatures are usually below freezing on the trails. It is the coldest month of the year at average temperatures of only 6-8 degrees Celsius in the lower regions. In the higher altitudes, the average temperatures remain between -10 to – 6 degrees Celsius.
You also get the occasional snowfall during this month. Yet, you can enjoy magnificent views of snow capped mountains during this month as the skies remain mostly clear.
The crossing of Larkya La pass will be more adventurous than usual with snow blanketing most of the trails. Make sure you explore the trails of Manaslu with the right winter equipment including snow boots, crampons.
You may also have difficulty finding accommodation and meals. Most of the tea houses remain closed during this month due to the weather conditions. You can prepare for this by packing food, snacks for the duration of the trek in the higher altitudes. Else, take your camping equipment and have a great camping trek in the Manaslu region.
February is another beautiful shoulder month between Winter and spring. Early February sees winter-like conditions with occasional snowfalls, wet and slippery trails with the melting of snow.
Yet by mid-February, you can enjoy cool weather, clear skies and the early blooms of the flowers in the lower regions. You can catch the beginning of flower blooms of rhododendron.
This is the perfect month to capture the beginning of melting of snow from the trees, unfreezing of waterfalls, streams. The beautiful nature and the villages come alive during this month.
Highlights of Manaslu Trek
- Mount Manaslu (8,163 m), the 8th highest mountain in the world is clearly visible on this trek.
- More than 10 other high mountain peaks are visible on this trek.
- The Manaslu region is home to many highly endangered animals like snow leopards and red pandas.
- It is also home to more than 100 species of birds.
- Diverse ethnic groups having their own unique norms and lifestyle.
- Budhi Gandaki Valley, the Larkya La Pass, natural hot springs
Some Points to Remember during Manaslu Trek
- In altitudes above 4000m, the weather of the region is cold throughout the year. In such high altitude regions, the weather can change abruptly.
- You can enjoy a total of six climatic zones in this single trek. This includes a range from tropical to the Arctic. Hence, the weather in different seasons is different in the different regions.
- For beginners and novice trekkers, spring and autumn are the favorable months for treks.
- Winter and Summer months are for the adventure seekers and professionals looking to trek in all weather conditions.
- Winter is great for photography with the best view of the mountain and landscapes. Yet, due to heavy snowfall, the high pass might close for the season.
- The weather conditions you trek in also determines your trekking essentials or packing list. Make sure you pack right for a comfortable trek.
Manaslu trek offers you the opportunity to enjoy your trek through off-the-beaten-path. It gives you an authentic and wild trekking experience.
The Manaslu trek takes you through the remote parts of Nepal. These include the lush green forest, valleys, several traditional villages.
Always come prepared for all kinds of weather conditions. The weather and temperatures in the high altitude regions are unpredictable and can change within hours.
For any further queries or questions regarding your Manaslu trek or any other trek in Nepal, feel free to contact us.