One of the popular trekking destination Manaslu Trekking Trip is nowadays being popular as a great tea-house trek. The trek is on the Great Himalaya Trail and offers the magnificent scenic views of white snowcapped mountains on one of the controlled and preserved areas of Nepal. The trip has always been an adventurous trek and is blessed with the natural glory combined with a thriving Himalayan culture. Last few years, the trek has developed at a high speed and now it is capable to accept thousands of visitors to its trails. The trekking route is still safe after the devastating damage done by 2015 mega earthquake.
Some trekkers take Manaslu Trekking
Trip as an alternative destination to Annapurna Base Camp because of the same range of natural beauty with wild flora and fauna available here. Unless you move to the beaten track, camping is not necessary as there are numerous tea houses/Dharamsala and local guest houses to provide you food and accommodation services. The trek takes you far away from the crowd and cities areas to one of the culturally influenced controlled areas of Nepal and for sure, the journey would be a lifetime unforgettable experience. Here we will provide you some of the essential information about Manaslu Trekking Trip before you carry it out.
What are the Major Highlights of Manaslu Trekking Trip?
Manaslu Trekking Trip which is popularly called as Manaslu Circuit Trek is the composition of adventure, natural beauty, and diversified ethnic communities rich in cultural aspects. During the trek, you will experience the beauty of Himalayas, waterfalls, wild flora and faunas along with scenic view of landscapes. Some of the major highlights of the trips are mentioned below:
Explore and stand face-to-face against the world 4th dangerous mountain to climb, Mount Manaslu (8156m).
Culturally rich trek including ancient Gompas.
100% authentic trekking experiences with mesmerizing scenic beauty.
Discover wild flora and fauna including rhododendrons and other protected wildlife.
Breathtaking waterfalls and raging rivers with precarious bridges
Tea houses for food and accommodation.
Fully adventurous trip with strenuous grade difficulty level.
Passing the Larkya La Pass
Core Trek Pvt. Ltd. is a leading travel agency of Nepal who is continuously conducting tours to several destinations of the country including Manaslu Trekking Trip. You need to arrange several documents including permits to make your journey to this controlled area of the country. Further, you are not allowed to trek individually and hence it is compulsory to hire at least one guide or porter who is authorized by the National Trekking Agency (NTA).
Regarding the environmental condition and favorability of the climate, the Manaslu region is best for trekking during the month of March, April, May, September, October, November and also up to the mid of December. During these months, the skies are clear and the weather is bearable. The temperature is moderate and chances of rainfall are very low. Hurry up to explore and experience the stunning glory of the great Himalayan trail, waterfalls, ancient Gompas along with wild flora and fauna available there.
As we have informed you that the Manaslu region is one of the controlled areas of Nepal and hence you must issue various permits to make your journey in this heavenly land of Nepal. These permits include Manaslu Restricted Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Tsum Valley Restricted Permit. The Tsum Valley Restricted Permit is optional if you want travel Tsum Valley) whereas other permits need compulsorily to be issued.
You can get these permits issued in Kathmandu, the capital city of the country. For this purpose, you have to submit several official documents including original Passport with visa and arrival stamp, photos (passport sized), Insurance with the provision of emergency flight up to 6000m, etc. Please kindly contact us so that we could assist you in the arrangement of the documents and allocating budget for the permits.
Difficulty Level: Is the Trek Possible for Beginners?
Normally, Manaslu Trekking Trip is best for the experienced trekkers as the region’s trekking difficulty is categorized as a strenuous grade. But, this doesn’t mean that beginners should stay far from the region because they can also accomplish the journey if they are physically fit and mentally well-prepared for the trekking experience here in the Manaslu.
The region is little costlier in comparison to average destinations of the country as the territory lacks the proper transportation facilities and is far beyond the commercial areas. You have to make your wallet available for issuing permits, food and accommodation cost, transportation cost, fees for porter and guides, and other miscellaneous charges that occur during the trek. On an average, be ready to spend USD 1300 to USD 2000 per person for the period of 18/20 days to trek in Manaslu region. The scenic beauty under the shadow of great Himalayas will give you a mesmerizing trekking experience whose value can never be computed in terms of monetary values.
Physical Fitness Required
For having a lifetime unforgettable trekking experience in Manaslu region, you must be physically sound and active as it is not an easy trek. It is suggested to be well prepared before few weeks earlier attending the trip. Further, we suggest you to carry essential equipment/gears so that you won’t be in trouble during the journey. If you are willing to grab a soft and easy trek then Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek would be the best alternative for you.
Essential Equipment/Gears for Manaslu Trekking
Without the proper availability of essential equipment, your journey would turn worst. So, make a proper arrangement of the gears and we suggest you purchase them in Kathmandu where there are a large number of suppliers offering verities of brands and prices that suit you. Some major gears include navigation tools, extra clothing, emergency shelters, medicines and first-aid kit box, extra foods and so on.
If you are eager to know more details about the Manaslu Trekking Trip then please feel free to contact us (Core Trek Pvt. Ltd.) as we are one of the leading trekking agency of Nepal
. Your satisfaction is the determinant of our company’s success.
Manaslu Expedition 2017 update
Mount Manaslu with its peak at 8163 meters is the eight highest summits of the world and mountaineers are often found collecting information about Manaslu Expedition updates. As you must know that Nepal has to bear a huge loss because of the devastating earthquake of April 2015 but still the good news is that Manaslu Trekking
has survived the disaster and is safe to move on. The teahouses and local guest houses are safe but because of misunderstanding and lack of effective communication, the routes didn’t expect much visitors during that year. As of 2017, Manaslu Expedition is safe from the disasters and its consequences.
Today, Manaslu Expedition has become one of the popular trekking routes although it is said to be arduous mountaineering destination. Surveys proved it to be the 4th most dangerous 8000m peak after Annapurna of Nepal, Nanga Parbat of India and Mount K2 of Pakistan. This magnificent mountain can be reached from several tracks among them Mountaineers tries to attempt to climb through Samagaon near to the Budhigandaki valley. Originally the mountain was locally called as Kutang which means a flat place but today it is worldwide popular as “Manaslu” which is derived from the Sanskrit word “Manasa” which means the mountain of spirit.
Talking about the history of Manaslu Expedition, it was first climbed by mountaineers T. Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu in 1956. Because of its difficulty, nobody was successful to reach its summit until 1971 where a Japanese team made the second ascent. Charlie Mace was the first American to reach the summit of this dangerous mountain. Since then, numerous group and climbers have made their way and till date, there are more than half-dozen developed routes to approach the mountain. As of 2017, the southern route is considered as the toughest and riskier route for Manaslu expeditions.
Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek Permit, Fee and Rules You Must Follow
Manaslu Trek Circuit is one of the preserved destination in Nepal and hence without permit and permission of authorities you are not allowed to carry the journey over here. The Department of Immigration located at Kalikasthan, Kathmandu is responsible to issue the permit in control areas of Nepal for the foreign tourists who seek to trek in such preserved areas. Permits are issued in a group and is compulsory to issue the trekking permit to trek in the controlled areas in Nepal.
Altogether, you need to issue the following permit:
• Manaslu Restricted Permit
• Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)
• Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
• Tsum Valley Restricted Permit (Only if you want to travel Tsum Valley)
Here we have mentioned the fee charges payable for issuing permits in Manaslu Restricted Permit as of August 2017:
September to November- $70 per week per person and after first week $10 per day per person.
December to August- $50 per week per person and after first week $7 per day per person.
For Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP and Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), you have to spend $20 per person per day. If you want to explore more during the journey and wish to go Tsum valley and you need to issue Tsum Valley Restricted Permit which costs $35 per person per week. There are certain rules and regulation to be followed during your trek.
Considering the permit cost, it seems to be higher than that of Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp but it is worthwhile to visit the region as the money can’t measure the glory and adventures of this preserved and controlled region. The permit cost is quite confusing, so we suggest you contact us freely as we happily welcome all your trekking and travel inquiries.
For having the permit issued in your name, you must submit a few documents so that you will be eligible to enter this controlled area. These required documents are mentioned below:
• Original Passport with visa and arrival stamp
• 4 Passport size photos (3 printed P.P size & 1 JPG photo , to upload special permit form)
• Insurance that covers emergency flight up to 6000m.
Is Manaslu Trek dangerous?
Earlier the Manaslu trek was considered to be one of the dangerous and riskier trekking routes of the country. But as of now, with the development of trekking routes and trails, its difficulty level has decreased to strenuous grade. The success rate is higher nowadays by analyzing the past records of trekking success. You may face difficulty while crossing the pass like Larke La Pass. During the trek, you may have to reach above 5000 meters elevation.
There are rumors about the 2015 earthquake consequences making the region more dangerous to travel, which is totally false. There is no serious damage on the trekking routes and you can safely accomplish your journey in an easier way. There is the arrangement of rescue teams and another backup in case of emergency. Overall, we can suggest the normal trekkers move Manaslu Trekking
which difficulty level is Strenuous Grade. Looking at the feedback and response of past trekkers, the region has got a positive review and most of the trekkers are found recommending their friends and close ones.
Manaslu Trekking Route and Map
The popular trekking package of Nepal i.e Manaslu Trekking
is hosted and conducted by Core Trek Pvt. Ltd mainly designed to be accomplished within 19 days which can be customized as per our client’s need.
The trek begins from Kathmandu, the city of temples where we will go for sightseeing and prepare for the trek. We will drive you to Arughat (600m) from Kathmandu which needs 5-6 hours to reach there in the west. You will be taken to Soti Khola (730m) from Arughat. You will get the real experience of trekking as you pass through the trekking trails to Machha Khola (930m). Your next destination would be towards north to Jagat (1,410m) followed by Deng (1,800m), Ghap (2,160m), Lho (4,295m) and Samagaon (3,530m). After exploring the stunning magnificent views from Samagaon, we will move ahead to Samdo (3,690m) and Larkya Rest House (4,470m). Passing through Larkya La Pass you will make your way to Bimtang (3,720m) followed by Dharapani (1,860m), Bahundanda (1,310m) and Besisahar (760m). After reaching down at Besisahar, you will return back to the Kathmandu.
Manaslu Trek Cost
Various costs incurred during Manaslu Trek which may be in total between $1300 to $ 1400 per person for the period of 18/20 days. We have categorized the cost headings that can make you easier to allocate your budget as follows:
• Transportation Cost:
begins from Arughat and hence you need to reach there by hiring a private vehicle or through a local bus which is often packed with the passenger. Your transport expense will reduce to $12 per person if carried the journey through the local bus. Or you can get a private vehicle by sharing with a group (7 people in one jeep) which may cost $ 30- 35 per person. While returning to Kathmandu, you have to travel from Besisahar which cost the same price as reaching to Arughat from Kathmandu.
• Trekking Permits Cost:
You need to issue Manaslu Restricted Permit, MCAP, ACAP and optionally sum Valley Restricted Permit (If you wish to travel the Tsum valley). We have already discussed above in depth about the permits cost and issuer details.
• Hiring a Guide or Porter:
You are not allowed to travel individually on this route as the rules and regulations are strict in this area because of its specialty. As per the rule, you must carry at least one authorized person from Trekking Agences Association of Nepal (TAAN). Hence, it is like compulsory to hire an authorized guide which may cost $20 to 25 which includes his fees, insurance, food and accommodation services. It is suggested to hire a professional and experienced guide who can help you in overcoming the problems that arise in your ways.
• Food and Accommodation Cost:
Normally, you need to pay $6-10 for one twin sharing room per night for your accommodation. The region is lacking proper transportation facilities; hence the cost of food is high as it is difficult to transport the food items. It is normal in hilly areas that the more altitude more will be the cost. In an overall, you need to spend $ 5-7 per meal and that makes you pay $20-25 per day. Talking about the drinks cost, it is quite similar to other trekking destinations. In this region, a cup of tea, coffee and a bottle of water/drinks cost around $1-3, $2-4 and $0.4-3 respectively.
• Other Miscellaneous Expenses
You must allocate some extra dollars as you may have to incur several miscellaneous expenses. Such expenses may be charging of electronic gadgets like camera, cell phones, taking hot showers, visiting monasteries, gumbas or stupas, giving a donation or offering some extra tips to the local guides or porters.
Manaslu Trekking Altitude
Trekking in Nepal often takes you at the higher altitude and so does Manaslu Trekking
. You start the trek from Kathmandu which is the attitude of 1300m. During the trek, you have to reach at the maximum elevation of 5213m at elevation Larkya La Pass. As per the review, passing the Larkya La Pass is the difficulty mode of the journey. People having the problem with higher altitude are not suggested to carry the journey to Manaslu region.
Food and Accommodation During Manaslu Trek
Your trekking experience turns worst when you lack the proper facilities of food and accommodation. Often, trekkers get tired after a long walk and if there is not the availability of proper food and accommodation services, you experience will make you feel extremely bad. There are several tea houses, guesthouses and hotels offering verities of services with ranges at price. The cost of accommodation is similar to other trekking destinations of the country whereas the cost of food is slightly higher due to lack of good transportation facilities. Please refer the above headings where we have mentioned the cost of food, drinks and accommodation services in the Manaslu region. During the Manaslu Trekking
, we Core Trek Pvt. Ltd. will look after the best arrangements of your food, accommodation and other hospitality services.
Manaslu Trekking Local Guide Cost
Because of being a controlled and preserved area, no trekkers are allowed to go for trekking individually in this region. Hence it is like compulsory to hire a license guide who is authorized by Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN). If you hire a professional guide you need to spend $20 to $25 per day which includes the cost of his fees, food and accommodation and insurance charges as well. If you want to hire a porter only then you may reduce some few dollars but the cost of food and accommodation remains the same. We suggest you be careful in choosing and hiring a guide or porter because your trekking expectations depend upon his experiences and abilities.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Without Local Guide
Are you thinking of having Manaslu Circuit Trek without a local guide? It is somehow possible if you hire an authorized porter from Nepal Trekking Agency because you are not allowed to trek individually in this controlled area because of the rule. This provision is made because of safety reasons and also from the economic aspect of the region. By hiring a porter or a guide, you are not only making your trek easy, but you will be aiding in the economic development of the local region by promoting employment opportunities.
Best Time and Season to Visit Manaslu
As per the reviews and opinions of an experienced trekker, guides and local people, the best time to visit Manaslu region are from March to May and September to Mid-December. During these seasons, the weather is favorable and bearable and the skies are mostly clear. The region is not suggested during the monsoon and winter season during which the weather is unbearable and unfavorable. During winter the temperature is too cold whereas during monsoon there is high risk of landslide. The month of October receives a huge number of trekkers and the trekking trails are often the crowd. After October, March and November are the prior choices of trekkers.
Physical Fitness Required for Manaslu Trekking
Yes, you must be physically fit to accomplish the Manaslu trekking
as its difficulty level is strenuous grade. It is suggested to be well prepared for a few weeks earlier and being in a regular workout. Beginner trekker can go for Ghorepani Poonhill Trek as an alternative to Manaslu Circuit Trek. But if you are habited in trekking and is physically sound, you can go for Manaslu. Looking at the difficulty grade, it is too difficult for children and old people as the trek goes continues nearly 20 days.
Equipment Required for Manaslu Trek
A soldier would definitely suffer without carrying his safety measures and weapons while moving to the war zone and the same case is applied in case of trekking where trekkers have to suffer in case they lack necessary equipment or gears. Some of the equipment is compulsory whereas some are optional depending upon your comfort level and desires.
You can buy the essential trekking equipment in Thamel area of Kathmandu where there are numerous sellers and brands offering you the verities of gears. For your convenience, we have mentioned few trekking equipment that is required for Manaslu Trek below:
• Navigation Tools (Compass and Maps)
• Sleeping Bags
• Emergency shelters
• Extra clothing (windproof trouser, cheater, boots, shoes, thin socks, ear covering cap, gloves, towels, rain jackets, Long and short hiking pants, walking poles, etc.)
• Extra Food Items (Water bottle, water purifier, chocolates, etc.)
• Body protector (Lip guard, Sun block cream, Glacier glasses, etc.)
• Cleanliness (Toiletry kits: hand wipes, soap, liquid hand sanitizers, tooth brush and toothpaste, bandage, Dettol, etc.)
• Medicines (Headache, diarrhea and Fever tablets, ibuprofen, Burnt cream
• First Aid Kit Box
• Miscellaneous (Durable wallet, camera, cell phones, charger, binoculars, pocket knife, etc.)