The remoteness of the Manaslu region in the Himalayas makes a trekking adventure an experience of a lifetime. But there are certain things you need to know about the region before you plan a trip to Manaslu. This blog covers information about the Manaslu Circuit Trek permit and other frequently asked questions.
Based on the questions that we get from people around the world, we have prepared this blog. Although we have constructed this article with questions that people ask about Manaslu Circuit Trek, this includes only general questions. From trekking permits to weather conditions, you will get some insights into the adventure.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit
When it comes to trekking in Manaslu, the Manaslu circuit trek permit is one of the many questions that people ask. As the Manaslu region is a restricted area in the mountains, you will need to obtain a special permit to trek. The Manaslu trekking permit costs a bit more expensive than popular area trekking adventures in the Himalayas.
You need to obtain a special permit in addition to the regular trekking permit to go on a trekking trip in Manaslu. Special permit cost for the Manaslu trek is based on the seasons. The special permit costs $70 for the first seven days and $10 per day for the extra days you spend in the region in the autumn season. It costs $50 for the first seven days and $7 per day for the extra days in the spring season.
In addition, you also need to buy a normal trekking permit, which costs $10. After getting all these trekking permits, you will be able to trek in the Manaslu region.
Manaslu Trek Frequently Asked Questions
We have selected a few general questions that people ask specifically about the Manaslu circuit trek and trekking in the region. Let’s take a look at those frequently asked questions about trekking in Manaslu.
Manaslu Trek Difficulty
One of the many questions that people ask about the Manaslu circuit trek is its difficulty. People are concerned if they will be able to do it and ask how difficult the trek is. As a high-altitude trekking adventure, the trek has a strenuous difficulty level.
You need to have the strong physical fitness to complete the trek. It entails you to cross a mountain pass that takes you above 5,000 meters from sea level. The increasing altitudes, daily altitude changes, rough mountainous terrain, and winding trail up and down the mountains make the adventure a challenging one.
Weather Condition in Manaslu
Another question that we frequently get about Manaslu trekking is about the weather condition. Apart from asking about the Manaslu circuit trek permit, people also ask about the weather. While you are on a trek in the region, you will experience different kinds of weather conditions. You will trek through the warmer lower altitude river valley to an alpine climatic condition in the mountains.
As you trek to the higher altitudes, you will experience the extreme and cold weather directly from the snow-capped mountains. While you are at a higher altitude, you will be in close proximity to the mountains.
Accommodation and Food
People are also concerned about the places where they will stay overnight and the foods they can eat during the trek. They keep asking us about the type of accommodation and food in the Manaslu region.
Until a few years ago, it would be pretty difficult to get decent accommodation in the region. But, with the flow of more people, trekkers can get good basic teahouse facilities to stay overnight in the region.
Like most of the mountain regions in Nepal, Manaslu also serves limited food items mostly dominated by Dal Bhat. You will have limited options to choose, from the menu. But the food you get during your trek will be quite good to keep you going in the mountains.
Solo or Group Trek
The most important of all questions that people ask us is if it is possible for them to trek by themselves in Manaslu.
Manaslu circuit trek permit is a special permit that means you are going to be in a restricted region. And the regions that require a special permit to trek need people to travel in groups. So, a solo trek in Manaslu is not possible. You need to be accompanied by a guide and porter if you want to enjoy the adventure in the region.
Individual trekking is not allowed not only in Manaslu but also in other restricted areas. Whether you trek to Tsum Valley or around the circuit or combine Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit at a go, you will have to trek in a group.
The types of questions above cover a basic idea of the Manaslu trek. Most people ask similar questions when it comes to planning a trek in Manaslu. People also have individual questions but we have chosen to not discuss them here since they are varying in nature.
Feel free to reach out to us if you want to know more about trekking in Manaslu.