Trekking Agency to issue Manaslu Trek Permit, Guide, Porter, Jeep Hire
OVERVIEW OF MANASLU TREK
Mount Manaslu is the 8th tallest mountain in the world. Manaslu Trek is the circuit touring of Mount Manaslu. Manaslu Trek route was officially opened for tourists in 1991 by Nepal Government. The word Manaslu defines ‘The Mountain with Spirit’. Local people believe that the holy being who is strong and benevolent resides within this mountain.
Manaslu trek is amazing in nature and fascinating in culture. It put forward incredible mountain scenery and a diverse range of eco-systems of the area from 620 meters to 5160 meters above the sea level. The trail of this trekking is challenging along Budhi Gandaki. It passes a number of waterfalls and lakes and interesting Buddhist Monasteries at medieval looks villages in Nupri.
Manaslu trekking is being more popular day-by-day as the route is full of diversity, less explore and out of the crowd. The Larke La Pass (5160 meters) in this trekking is one of the high mountain passes of the Himalayan region. It grants eye-catching views of Mount Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Ganesh Himal and other peaks of 6000 meters height.
Manaslu trek begins from Arughat, a small town 126 km west of Kathmandu. The route follows the Budhi Gandaki River all the way from Arughat to its source just below the Larkya Pass. It’s a little bit hard walking for the first few days via green countryside and lush forests. Later the trail gradually enters some scenic and culturally interesting Nupri zone. Here it meets some exotic Buddhist villages like Samagaon, Sirdibas, and Samdo. The speech, dress, and customs of villagers are almost like Tibetan.
Subsequently, the route climbs up the high pass of Larke La. It can be a little tough to the crossing of the Larke La Pass (5125 m) when there is snow, however, the views of the towering Himalayas and the spectacular glaciers make it more than worth the effort. The pass links the Budhi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley. After reaching the top of it, the trail descends through beautiful alpine meadows before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route and heading to the trailhead of Syange followed by Beshisahar where the trekking ends.
REQUIREMENTS TO TREK IN MANASLU
According to Nepal Government policies, Manaslu trek requires three different kinds of a permit. They are Manaslu Restricted Permit, MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit). Trekkers are subject to obtaining a Manaslu restricted permit only through a registered and authorized local trekking company. Further, there must be a minimum of two trekkers in a group, accompanied by either a local mountain guide or porter. The group number guide or porter does not count.
THE COST OF THE PERMIT
Manaslu Restricted Permit: This permit cost is different in two different seasons, and also the cost depends on how many days Manaslu trekking itinerary you have planned.
To trek from September to November: USD 100 per person per week. Additional USD 15 per day per person in case of more than 7 days.
To trek from December to August: USD 75 per person per week. Additional USD 10 per day per person in case of more than 7 days.
MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit): NPR 3000 or Around USD 30 per person
ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit): NPR 3000 or Around USD 30 per person
Note: If you are going to trek in Tsum Valley as a side-trip during Manaslu trek then it requires 1 week’s additional restricted permit. It cost is USD 40 per person for the first week and an additional USD 7 per day in case of more than 7 days from September to November. While trekking from December to August. It cost is USD 30 per person for the first week and an additional USD 7 per day in case of more than 7 days.
WHAT NEEDS TO ISSUE A MANASLU TREKKING PERMIT FOR TREKKING AGENCY?
Local Trekking Agency requires the following things to apply for your Manaslu Restricted Permit:
. Original passport with your Nepal entry visa with the arrival stamp.
. Passport Size Photo
. Travel Insurance that covers emergency evacuation up to 6000m. (Not mandatory only recommended)
For MCAP and ACAP, it requires only passport size photo and passport copy.
Note: It requires to apply for Manaslu Restricted Permit at the immigration office based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The office only opens from Sunday to Friday between 9 am to 5 pm. It is also close every Saturday and other public holidays. So, you advised consulting with us or any trekking agency before fixing your arrival date in Kathmandu. If everything is on track and all requirements are complete, the Manaslu Trek special permit should be ready within a 2 to 3 hours timeframe.
Excellent Himalaya Trek and Expedition assist to arrange you Manaslu Restricted Permit and other permits (MCAP & ACAP). Besides permits, we also arrange experienced trekking guides and porters, transport (private jeep and public transport ticket) to go from Kathmandu to trek starting point called Arughat/ Soti Khola.
Trekking Guide Fee: USD 30 Per Day. It includes his food, accommodation, allowance, travel insurance. Be noted that our trekking guide will have many years of experience in Manaslu trek, holding a guide license issued by the Nepal government.
Porter Fee: USD 25 Per Day. It includes his food, accommodation, allowance, travel insurance. According to the rule, one porter carries the baggage of two trekking up to a maximum weight limit of 25 kg.
Public Bus Ticket Fare from Kathmandu to Arughat: USD 10 per person. If it needs to go Soti Khola an additional USD 5 per person.
Private Jeep Hire cost: USD 200 from Kathmandu to Arughat. If it needs to go Soti Khola an additional USD 20. One private jeep can accommodate 7 people.
IS TIMS CARD REQUIRED FOR MANASLU TREK?
TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) is not necessary for a Manaslu trek as you hold a restricted trekking permit. But if you have a connecting trip after Manaslu, such as Annapurna Base Camp, then TIMS card is compulsory. Further, after Manaslu, if you still want to continue your journey to Annapurna Circuit then you must require to have a TIMS card. But the good news is you don’t have to buy again ACAP permit.