Manaslu Circuit trek begins with the magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eighth tallest mountain in the world, associated with a chance to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the region. The highest point of this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ (5160m) which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic passes crossing the Mountains.
It is one of the most restricted trekking regions in Nepal. In which, you need a special permit including Manaslu Restricted Permit, MCAP, and ACAP. This permit can only be made from a government authorized trekking company which has trekking license, a certificate from the central bank of Nepal, Travel Insurance, and others.
Manaslu Circuit Trek: Permit Costs
Permit costs for Manaslu Trek depend on the season. Following are the details:
- During September to November: USD 70 for first seven days and USD 10 for each additional days
- During December to August: USD 50 for first seven days and USD 7 for each additional days
- MCAP Entry Fee for SAARC: NPR 226 per person (Including Govt. Tax)
- MCAP Entry Fee for other nationals: NPR 2260 per person (Including Govt. Tax)
- ACAP Entry Fee for SAARC: NPR 226 per person (Including Govt. Tax)
- ACAP Entry Fee for other nationals: NPR 2260 per person (Including Govt. Tax)
4. Tsum Valley Permit (Optional)
- USD 35 for per person (1 week)
Manaslu Circuit Trek: 10 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. Can I trek the Manaslu Circuit Trek independently?
A. No, you can’t trek the Manaslu Circuit Trek independently or alone. According to Nepal Government, minimum of two trekkers are compulsorily required to make Manaslu Circuit trek permit. You can’t trek alone due to safety and restricted region.
Q. Why Manaslu Circuit Trek is restricted?
A. You are not the alone to ask the question about why Manaslu Circuit Trek is restricted. One major reason behind this restricted region is that Nepal Government especially Nepal Tourism Board and other concerned governing bodies where they jointly aim to preserve this place for making it attractive to trekkers from all around the world. Another reason is to ensure security to trekkers while passing open border point – Larkya La Pass, Rui La Pass and Tsum Valley which shares the border with Tibet. Hence, Manaslu Circuit Treks is termed as a restricted region in Nepal.
Q. How difficult is Manaslu Circuit Trek?
A. To answer this question, you should know your physical fitness level. You should also be able to walk 6-7 hours a day. There is one special day, where you have to walk before sunrise to avoid storm at Larkya La. Because guide has a strict deadline to pass the Larkya La before noon which should be operated according to the itinerary. Similarly, at some point like Larkya La Pass (5160m), there is a step down which makes a little harder to pass due to the icy path. In that case, you can use crampon on boots to pass the icy path to reach Bimthang. Larkya La Pass is the highest point as well as the longest day in Manaslu Circuit Trek. If you complete this day, then another path is quite easy to trek down around Annapurna Region.
If you have a willing power or dedication to complete the Manaslu Circuit trek. Then, it’s not that much difficult. In between the trekking, the guide will suggest you take a different level of walking pace depending on your destination. This will make your trekking a lot more physical friendly.
Q. If I am alone. Can I join with other trekkers for a permit?
A. Yes, you can join with other trekkers for a special trekking permit. For that, you must be flexible in terms of duration. In peak season, you will easily find another trekker for a permit. Whereas in low season, it’s quite difficult or time-consuming to find other trekkers who are heading to Manaslu for that particular month. If you inform us a month before arriving in Nepal. Then, we may find you another trekker for a permit. Contact us.
Q. How is the transportation from Kathmandu to Soti Khola start point?
A. From Kathmandu to Solti Khola start point, you will be traveling to hill-side via Prithvi Highway until Malekhu. After that, you will follow the narrow off-road till to Soti Khola. It’s quite a long off-road journey of about 7-8 hours. You have two options to get Soti Khola start point. The first option is to take four wheels private jeep, which can accommodate 7 people. Another option is to take a morning local bus from New Buspark, Kathmandu. Expect some crowd, local gossips, too many stops and opportunity to make new local friends as well as an adventure while traveling from the local bus.
Q. Do we need a Travel Insurance?
A. Yes, you need a travel insurance to overcome the unforeseen circumstances such as; Bad weather (Snow, Storm, Landslides and other natural disasters), Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), food poison and physical accident.
Q. What sort of trekking clothing and equipment do we need for Manaslu Circuit Trek?
A. We have listed the trekking clothing and equipment you need for Manaslu Circuit Trek. Find here!
Q. What kind of food and accommodations can be found in Manaslu Trek?
A. Around Manaslu Trek, there are new as well as old teahouses which were built after the earthquake. So, don’t expect to get luxurious accommodations. You will get a room with comfortable bed and shared a bathroom with a hot shower facility (private expenses). Nowadays, you can also get connected to wifi from teahouses (private expenses).
Talking about the food types, you can find the fresh local meal which will be made after your order. Expect to get some healthy foods as well as organic vegetables such as; Nepali Dhal Bhat, MoMo, Macaroni, Noodles, Pizza, and others. Don’t forget to take caution before drinking a water. You can refill the safe drinking water (private expenses) from every teahouse situated around Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Q. Which is the best season for Manaslu Circuit Trek?
A. The best seasons for Manaslu Circuit Trek are March, April, May and the last week in September to mid-December. Peak season is in October. Low season is the monsoon (June to September) due to rain and haze weather. In December to late February to early March, there is a probable chance of winter snow and lodge will be closed mainly in Laryka Phedi, Bimtang.
Q. What happens If I or my friends get sick while trekking Manaslu Circuit?
A. If you get sick while trekking, you can ask the guide for normal precautions. If that doesn’t help, try to go to a lower altitude for treating altitude sickness. And, the situation get worse such as; some sort of physical accident then our guide will help you to evacuate from trekking via rescue flight.