The Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal is a fairly new trail that started to get popular from 2010. That was the year teahouses began to mushroom around the trail. As the name suggests, Manaslu Trek goes around the 8th highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu.
Why go to Manaslu Nepal and Trek
Many seasoned trekkers and hikers consider Manaslu Circuit Trek to be one of the best in Nepal. As a considerably new trek, Manaslu Nepal trek is more peaceful and less crowded compared to the other popular treks (Everest Base Camp & Annapurna).
Although relatively new and remote, the teahouses are spread sufficiently across every section. It’s both accessible and convenient as you don’t have to stock up too much food and supplies throughout the trek.
During your Manaslu Trek Nepal, you will experience majestic mountain scenery, traditional villages, Buddhist monasteries, exciting mountain passes, suspension bridges crossings and subtropical jungle. Although considered challenging and long by many, it’s also one of the most satisfying and complete treks in Nepal.
Where to stay in Manaslu Nepal
During your trek, you will stay in local teahouses all the way. Like most teahouses in Nepal, they provide basic room amenities and shared facilities such as eating space, kitchen and washrooms. Each bedroom usually consists of 2 single beds and a small table.
Where to start Manaslu Trek Nepal
The starting point of Manaslu Trek Nepal is much closer to Kathmandu than many of the major treks in Nepal. This is actually an advantage as you don’t have to take a domestic flight to get started. You’d only need to go for the 120km drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. It should take around 6 hours by a private vehicle or 8 hours by public bus, subject to road and weather conditions.
Duration of Manaslu Circuit Trek Nepal
The actual trekking throughout the Manaslu Circuit trail is between 13-14 days. Considering your arrival, the transportation from and to Kathmandu, as well as some sightseeing and overnight stay in the capital, you’d need to add another 4-5 days.
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What permit to get for Manaslu Trek Nepal
There are 3 different permits you need to get for your Manaslu Trek Nepal:
- Manaslu Restricted Area Permit – varies in cost depending on the season. Peak season is September to November and Off-Peak Season is December to August.
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit
- Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit
Unlike other Nepal treks, you don’t need a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card/permit as you’d already have your Manaslu Restricted Area Permit.
For the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, you can get it from Nepal immigration office in Maitighar, Kathmandu. As for the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit and Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit, you can get them from Nepal Tourism Board and TAAN.
Please note the following when you are applying for your own Manaslu Trekking Permit:
- You must be accompanied by an authorised guide / porter from a local trekking agency in Nepal
- There must be 2 persons in your party (you and one other person), excluding the guide / porter
- Submit your Manaslu trekking permit through an authorized Nepal trekking agency
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