Which is the best Manaslu or Annapurna Circuits Treks, and worth trekking around these beautiful areas of the Mid-West Himalayan range. Both Manaslu and Annapurna Circuits are spectacular in their ways, depending upon the choice of trekkers and adventurers.

The only difference is the length of journey and gain of altitude on walks around Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit trekking. For trekkers with different aspects and as per their budget of traveling around these high scenic mountain destinations.

Manaslu Circuit, compared to Annapurna Circuit trekking is quite expensive as Manaslu falls within a Restricted Area of Nepal.

Where all trekkers need to obtain a special permit as well conservation fees for both areas. Likewise MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project), as the Manaslu trekking ends at the Manang area.

Which is on the popular route of Annapurna Circuit trekking, after crossing the high Larke-La Pass. The high pass of Larke-La forms the boundary of the Gorkha district and Manang Valley with the district of Manang.

Both scenic countries of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayas are located at a mere distance of a few miles away. In between lies the Lamjung Himal that separates Manaslu and Annapurna Himalaya range, as you can witness on both treks.

The walk is almost the same around Manaslu and Annapurna Circuits or any other Himalayan destinations. This leads to steep ups and downs with few gradual winding paths, as well as includes similar landscapes. Including vegetation of lovely forest covered in tall rhododendron, oaks, pines, and fir trees, as well as the villages. Adorned with impressive monuments and prayer walls with monasteries of the same sect of Buddhism religions, and culture.

The only difference is the standard of lodges and facilities as well as trail conditions and altitude on these both treks.

Manaslu Circuit:

Describing first of Manaslu Circuit, located around Nepal North Mid-West Himalaya within the district of Gorkha. A trek of fewer than two weeks or a little more, depending upon the start of trekking is the standard itinerary provided.

manaslu tsum valley
manaslu tsum valley

Manaslu Circuit, a newly introduced Himalayan region of Nepal from 1992 onwards falls within the Restricted Area of the country. As it requires special permits where numbers of trekkers are minimum than in other areas of trekking destinations. Due to a small group of visitors that often venture to Manaslu Circuit.

The facilities in and around village lodges are quite minimum, simple and basic, but walking-wise. The country provides great bio-diversity from low sub-tropical climates to cooler hills and arctic cold temperatures. As well as changes in landscapes and vegetation from the beginning to the end of trekking.

The trek starts in the Gorkha district and finishes around the Manang areas, where the climb leads to the highest point. On top of Larke-La Pass at the height of 5,106 m / 16, 752 feet high.

 The pass also marks the boundary of two different districts Gorkha and Manang, and then finally completing the trek. Reaching around Manang area, after a traverse from Manang valley to the main trail of Annapurna Circuit at Dharapani village.

Manaslu Circuit is an adventure trekking around the world’s 8th highest Mt. Manaslu and its range of peaks. The main Mt. Manaslu is at 8,163 m and 26,781 feet, located close to the Annapurna Himalaya range. Where trekkers can extend and continue trek joining the Annapurna Circuit to Manang and Mustang region crossing high Thorang-La Pass.

Combining both adventure Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit, then trekkers will find and notice the difference. As both areas offer spectacular views of snow peaks and variations of landscapes as well as immersing in local culture.

Annapurna Circuit:

Annapurna Circuit trekking is an adventure that leads you around the whole massive range of Annapurna Himalayas. Walking from east of Annapurna from Lamjung district towards the north at Manang district and then towards west. Then finally ending around the south of Annapurna Himalayan green hills at Pokhara city, after crossing high Thorang-La Pass.

Top of Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit trekking is listed as the world’s Top Ten Adventure Destination due to its vast range and great diversity. From landscapes, climate, vegetation, and cultures along with scenic views from different areas of the location.

The charm and beauty of Annapurna Circuit, besides incredible scenery of snow-capped mountain range on daily walks. Where trekkers can have various options either completing the whole circuit within two weeks or making it shorter. 

The other interesting about Annapurna Circuit there are several routes that one can add to the trek. Like visit beautiful Tilicho Lake, and continue trek to Annapurna Base Camp on reaching Ghorepani and Poon Hill. 

Annapurna Circuit trekking also offers the best accommodation and food variation on the route from the beginning to the end of trekking. Although Mt. Annapurna-I stands as the world’s 10th highest at 8, 091 m and 26,545 feet high. It was the first 8,000 m peak conquered in the history of mountaineering adventure, climbed by the French Expedition in 1950. Three years ahead that Mt. Everest was summited in 1953 by Tenzing & Hillary. 

Annapurna Circuit trekking is not only a scenic adventure destination, the local culture around the villages on the route is equally interesting.

Where the trail of Annapurna Circuit takes you to the highest point on top Thorang-La at
5,416 m / 17,700 feet. During the whole journey, one will enjoy the constant views of snow peaks throughout the trek. Which makes Annapurna Circuit one of the most desirable and fascinating to visit, leading you from Manang to Mustang areas.

As well as following the scenic trail to the world’s deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River, sandwiched between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya range. Enjoy the refreshing bathe and a dip in a natural hot spring at Tatopani village, before completing the trek in Pokhara.

Manaslu & Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Both are enjoyable and scenic adventures, depending upon one choice and duration of holidays in Nepal. Where Manaslu Circuit leads you to close on the route of the classic trail of Trans Himalaya Salt Trade of Nepal and Tibet.

Exploring traditional villages interwoven to strong Buddhism religion and culture facing scenic views of an array of a snow mountain range.

With time at Sama-Gaon, one can hike to Birendra Tal / lake and as far as Mt. Manaslu base camp. As well visit the old Pangong monastery of great cultural and religious interest before heading towards Larke-La Pass. 

On Annapurna Circuit, with many places to explore besides following the main scenic trail with various options. Where one can enjoy on-route trekking visit the high Ice Lake and hike close to the Gangapurna Himal glacier. After an enjoyable moment heading towards high Thorang-La pass towards Mustang district at the holy site of Muktinath.

The trek includes glorious sunrise views from famous Poon Hill, before reaching beautiful Pokhara to complete the trekking adventure.

The difference between both wonderful adventure, where in Annapurna Circuit one can trek as individual or solo. But Manaslu Circuit one needs to join with group as well with reliable trekking agencies. 

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