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Manaslu Circuit Trek FAQs

Nepal has offered several adventurous trekking destinations all over the world’s travelers. Manaslu circuit trek is one of the off-beaten trekking routes in Nepal has to offer. It is an epic walk around the foothills of Manaslu (8163m), the eighth highest mountain in the world. This is a newly open trekking region in Nepal from 1991AD for the foreigner. The trekking region is still untouched by the modernity and it is undercover the restricted trekking trail in Nepal. Are you worried about Manaslu Circuit Trek, Manaslu circuit trek FAQS will help you to understand the trekking trail and region.

Manaslu region trek allows you to explore the remote wilderness of the trek. The trek offers you to experience the amazing beauty of nature with snow-capped mountain along the trek. Plus, you will get the amazing beauty of tradition and culture of the different ethnic group along the Manaslu region trek.

If you are planning to the Manaslu circuit trek. You might be a thing about trekking trail weather condition and the best time to opt for the trek or not? Through the article, you help to clear some of the Manaslu circuit trek FAQS.



Is Manaslu circuit trek is doable?

Which is the best season in Manaslu circuit trek?

What is Special at Manaslu? How is it Different from Everest and Annapurna?

Can I trek solo?

How to prepare the Manaslu circuit trek?

Where is the Starting and Ending Point of the Trek?

Do I Need Permits to Trek to Manaslu?

Do I need a guide or a porter?

How much does the Manaslu Trek Costs?

It is difficult?

What type of accommodation during Manaslu circuit trek?

Why tea houses trek is better than camping?

What food do we eat on the Course?

How is Drinking Water in Manaslu Region?

What Should My Insurance Policy Cover on Manaslu Circuit Trek?

What is the required equipment?

Telecommunication and Wi-Fi Facilities in Manaslu Region



Is Manaslu circuit trek is doable?

Manaslu circuit trek is the moderately strenuous level of the trek. If you have some experience of trekking you can easily accomplish Manaslu region trek.

With proper arrangements of trekking gears and equipment as per the trekking season with physical and mental preparedness during the trek is absolutely doable.

On the trek, you have to walk 5-6 hours a day at high altitude with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is more difficult than lower elevation trek.

The itinerary of Manaslu circuit trek designed with the proper acclimatization. However, physical and mental preparation is very important for such a high altitude trek. Also, you can read Manaslu circuit trek difficulty to know more about the trip.


Which is the best season in Manaslu circuit trek?

Manaslu region trek can be possible throughout the year. The best season for the Manalsu circuit trek is autumn (September-November) and spring season (March-May) in Nepal. During these season offers the clear blue skies and stable weather condition. So you can enjoy the outstanding beauty of nature and snowcapped mountain peaks.

If you are trekking in spring season you will enjoy the colorful different colour blooming Rhododendron with wildflower along the trek. It offers an exciting trip to the Himalayan region in Nepal. There were fewer chances of perception.

Winter (December-February) and summer (June-August) season is the less preferred time to trek in High altitude trek. During winter season Larkye La pass (5106m) is dangerous because of the heavy snowfall. As well as summer season will disturb by the heavy rainfall during the trek and difficult to trek slippery and muddy trekking trail.


What is Special at Manaslu?

How is it Different from Everest and Annapurna?

Manaslu circuit trek includes the Larkya La pass 5106m altitude from the sea level. Along the pass, you will enjoy the excellent views of Mt Manaslu, Annapurna range, Kangaru, Choe Himal and many more mountains peaks.

You can get the stunning views of the landscape. Plus, you can experience Tibetan influenced Buddhist culture and lifestyle.

This is the off beaten and less crowed trekking trail in Nepal difference than other trekking regions like Annapurna and Everest.

However, you don’t need to flow the same trail during the Manaslu circuit trek. So you can be seeing different things, meeting new peoples and explore difference new places along the way.


Can I trek solo?

No, Manaslu circuit trek is not possible to solo trek. Because of the restricted trekking trail, you should have at least two people with a government-affiliated trekking agency. Also, you need have licensed holder trekking guide to begin the Manaslu circuit trek.

Experience and professional guide will provide proper information and navigation trekking route. Plus, they are very helpful in a challenging and difficult situation during a trek in higher elevation. And they are providing proper information about the trekking region and trail.

You can also hire a porter who can carry your heavy load. You will enjoy the trip without burden and more time to explore the beauty of nature.


How to prepare the Manaslu circuit trek?

While starting Manaslu circuit trek you have to physically prepare. You have to work on stamina. You have to walk around 5-6 hours a day through the rough terrains, uphill and downhill.

You can develop physical stamina and strength with cardiovascular exercise like cycling, or swimming. Also, you can go for a short and long hike or running.

If you are well prepared than fewer chances of altitude sickness and other illness.

Without any problem, you can enjoy more and trekking experience is worthwhile.


Where is the Starting and Ending Point of the Trek?

Manaslu circuit trek starts from Arugaht Bazar or Soti Khola and ends with Besisaher.  You can drive from Kathmandu by local bus, tourist bus or private jeep.

It takes around 8-9 hour drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. And returning from Besishar to Kathmandu it takes around 6-7 hours.

A private jeep is far better and comfortable than the local bus. It will be more safety and faster than the local bus. The local bus takes time to reach your destination.


Do I Need Permits to Trek to Manaslu?

Manaslu region trek is the restricted areas and protected by the Manaslu conservation areas. Thus you need special permits for the Manaslu region trek.

Autumn and spring season are the peak season and the cost of permits is higher than the off-season trek. The cost of another month is less. The permits you will need are:

Restricted Area permit: $100 first week + $15/d thereafter- The checkpoint in is in Jagat and checkpoint out at Dharapani.

September – November

USD 100 per person / week

USD 15 per person / day (beyond 1 week)


December – August

USD 75 per person / week

USD 10 per person / day (beyond 1 week)


Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit: $30 per person

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit: $30 per person

No TIM’s card required


Do I need a guide or a porter?

During Manaslu circuit trek you ought to have a trekking guide. The trekking trail is not well marked. Without a guide, you are not permitted in restricted trekking rail. The guide will help you to the proper information in an emergency situation and navigate the trekking trail. The porter will carry your luggage. You can enjoy the trip without heavy burden during a trek.


How much does the Manaslu Trek Costs?

This is most frequent question while staring a trip regarding Manaslu circuit trek cost. Here you gives some general ideals of costing the Manaslu circuit trek.

Transportation cost

Local bus from Kathmandu to Soti Khola- USD 10 per person

Private jeep from Kathmandu to Soti Khola – USD 150 to 200 each way. (The cost can be less if you are joining with the group of people). On return from Besisahar to Kathmandu – USD 10 for tourists and USD 6 to 7 for locals

Permits cost

Restricted Area permit: USD 100 per person for the first week and extra USD 15 per person per day thereon for September to November. And USD 75 per person for the first week and extra USD 10 per person per day for December to August.

MCAP: USD 30 for foreign nationals.

ACAP: USD 30 for foreign nationals.

Cost of Guides: USD 20 to 30 (This includes guides accommodation, food, and insurance)

Cost of Porters: USD 15 to 20 (This includes porter’s accommodation, food, and insurance)

Cost of Accommodation: USD 6 to 8 for one twin sharing room.

Cost of Food: USD 5 per meal which is USD 15 to 20 daily.

Miscellaneous cost: it can include your expense, hot shower, charging your gadgets as well as tipping your trekking guide and porter.

The estimate, the Manaslu circuit trek package for 18 days would range approx. USD 1250 to 1720 per person.

It is difficult?

Manaslu circuit trek is the moderate trekking trail. High altitude trek is quite challenging and difficult during the trek. If you are not physically fit enough then your trek will be challenging. Otherwise, it isn’t as difficult as it seems. With proper acclimatization and walk your own pace can be able to cope up with new environments. If you are physically fit and strong with mental preparation is enough to enjoy the trip while across the several descents and ascents hills.

What type of accommodation during trek?

Manaslu circuit trek has offered basic facilities accommodation service. The basic facilities include twin sharing rooms, meals and shared bathroom, etc.

The tea houses provide clean accommodation with blankets and pillows. However, you have to carry a sleeping bag with you to give your body warmer for the higher altitude trek.

Camping trek is another option for the Manaslu circuit trek. Our company staff will arrange your accommodation and meal during a trek.


Why tea houses trek is better than camping?

Tea house trekking is better for you as well as the local economy. You don’t need to carry all the things for accommodation, meal and trekking gears during the trek. Doing tea house trek will help your local economy by brings jobs in local areas. There is more interaction with local people.

However, camping trek is more very little work with local than the porters.

The tea houses trekking few porters (2 trekkers-1 Porter for tea house trekking) and (1 trekker-2 porter for camping). But tea houses trek is more price for the accommodation and meal during a trek.

Tea houses trek is more hygienic. Camping trek is mess up whereas tea houses trekking is responsible to clean by the people of the local areas of landlords.

However, it is your choice for the tea house trekking or camping as you want.


What food do we eat on the Course?

All the way to Manaslu region trek tea houses provide a menu and you can choose continental food as your choice.

Every tea house offers local food with local product vegetable. This is good for health to have hygienic food.

The basic food items like Dal Bhat soups, porridge, noodles, etc. are some of the best meal during a trip. You can get a limited variety of national and international cushion along the trek.

If you are non-veg you have to check with guide fresh meat or not. Because of the altitude storing meat is quite challenging. The best way to avoided meat items during higher elevation trek. Because good health should walk in higher altitude.

Also, you always won’t get tea houses along the trekking trail. So you have to bring some energy snacks and fruits to quick boost of energy for the walk.


How is Drinking Water in Manaslu Region?

You can get a bottle of water in every tea houses along the trek. But it will be quite expensive for you while getting towards in higher altitude trek. The bottle of water costs roughly NRS 200 which is USD 2 in the lower elevation. And NRS 400 i.e. USD 4 in the higher elevation.

Thus you can take water purification purifier, tablet or drop to save the money.

The water sources easily available during the trek, where you can refill water. But you don’t try without purification tablets or drops.

However, the mountain areas water is cleaner than the city areas and drink usually.  You can see guide and porter drink water without any issue.

Drinking water is very important to stay hydrated your body in higher altitude trek.  Hence, drink as much as you can. It will help to reduce the problem of altitude sickness.


What Should My Insurance Policy Cover on Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Your travel insurance covers the emergency evacuation along the trek. It is useful for helicopter rescue and medical emergencies.

You travel insurance must be cover above 5,000m altitude. It will better to bring from your own country.

The trekking guide very experiences about the altitude trek. They will able to the right decision on time. In case if you are suffering from altitude sickness, you have to first take in lower altitude.

However, your travel insurance should cover all medical expense with a helicopter rescue.


What is the required equipment?

Manaslu circuit trek requires various trekking gears and equipment as per the trekking season. The wise packing will help you best experience trekking in Higher altitude trek in Nepal. However, you can arrange trekking gears while arriving at Kathmandu or your own country. If you want to save money you can hire some equipment in Nepal.

You have to thinks about comfortable and durable clothes for the easy trek in higher elevation. You will find national and international brand clothes in Nepal too. For more information, you can email us.


Telecommunication and Wi-Fi Facilities in Manaslu Region

Manaslu circuit trek is the remote village trek where most of the place you didn’t get a good cell phone signal. However, most of the camp you can get a satellite phone for the emergency. Nowadays you can get Wi-Fi service along the trek, but you have to pay extra more.

If you want to bring 4G mobile service, we recommend having NCELL.

Most of the city areas you can get WIFI service. But you can less than USD 10 internet packages in Kathmandu.   Make sure you have one of them before departure.



The Manaslu circuit trek is the best exiting journey to explore the witness of untouched and unexplored beauty of the Manaslu region.  However, the trekking trail is quite strenuous but it is totally worthwhile to take part in this trek.

The trekking trail offers the outstanding beauty of nature and peaceful trekking experience during the trek.

It is more remote than other trekking trails in Nepal, you have to prepare yourself to make a comfortable and enjoyable trek in Nepal.

Do you have any questions about the Manaslu circuit trek? Please feel free and contact or email us.

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Namaste from the lap of Himalayan country Nepal!!!

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