Manaslu Circuit vs Annapurna Circuit- Which trek to choose?

These two circuit treks have "prima facie" a lot in common. But, they also have some differences too. So, which to choose? The Annapurna Circuit Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek? Both classic Himalayan treks, both "circuits", both challenging, both spectacular, both involve crossing a 5,000+m pass

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Yarsagumba on the Manaslu Circuit Trek with Lonely Planet’s Stuart Butler

His mission was to find out more about the mysterious Yarsagumba, half caterpillar, half fungus it's worth more than its weight than gold! Author of Lonely Planet Trekking in Nepal and Rough Guides Nepal Stuart Butler recently travelled to Nepal with Snow Cat Travel. Stuart undertook the amazing Manaslu Circuit Trek, which offers a dramatic circular trail with dramatic views in varied landscapes and to get a close-up view of one of the most strange and valuable natural products on earth.

Manaslu Circuit Trek- A journey in images

A superb and much quieter circuit trek of an 8000m peak, the Manaslu Circuit has always been the more discerning choice to the Annapurna Circuit. It's a very challenging trek with some very long walking days and at high altitudes.  In many ways the Manaslu Circuit feels more 'remote' and wilder than the Annapurna Circuit.