FAQ About Manaslu

If you are planning to do trekking in the Manaslu region of Nepal, you will have many questions and even more doubts. What will be some of the requirements on your trek? What would be the essentials you should check on before you go ahead and confirm with your tour operator for your dream trek in the Himalaya? This section is a pointer to what facilities an ideal agency should be offering you on your trek and answers to some of the Frequently Asked Questions before starting the trek.

DO I NEED TREKKING PERMIT FOR MANASLU TREK? 
Any foreigners Trekkers or visitors who are interested to do trekking, peak climbing, expedition and other adventurous activities Trekking permit almost necessary in the Manaslu region. You require special permit of Manaslu which you can get it from the Department of Immigration, Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation Area project from National Trust for Nature Conservation through any authorized and registered Trekking companies of Nepal. As well, if you are planning to do Peak climbing and expedition, you require the climbing permit either from Nepal Mountaineering Association (for trekking peak) and Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation under Tourism Industry Division.

Special permit of Manaslu Fee

USD 70.00 per week then after USD 10.00 per day extra from September to November and USD 50.00 per week then after USD 7.00 per day extra from December to August.

Special permit of Tsum valley Fee

USD 35.00 for first 8 days from September to November and USD 25.00 for first 8 days from December to August.

MCAP Fee

Rs 2,000.00 approximately € 20 or USD 30.

ACAP Fee

Rs 2,000.00 approximately € 20 or USD 30.

Notes: MCAP means Manaslu Conservation Area Project and ACAP means Annapurna Conservation Area Project

WHEN TO TREK?
Manaslu Trek takes you from 500m to 5,106m Larkya la pass. You can do Manaslu trek throughout the year. During monsoon and winter, you can do lower manaslu region trekking.

January - February Cold and icy. But clear sky Very cold in the mountain. Heavy snowfall
March – April Good weather Pleasant weather with wonderful Rhododendron forest
May – June Hot and hazy with rains Rhododendrons blooming and monsoon begins
July – September Monsoon Rainfall with muddy and leaches.
October – November Fabulous and magnificent Busy month with good weather.
December Getting colder Winter start.

CAN I TREK MANASLU TREK ALONE / INDEPENDENTLY?
You can trek alone or independently in the lower Manaslu region as you do not need any special permit. But to do trekking in the upper Manaslu region, you cannot go alone or independently. According to the trekking act of Nepal, you must trek in a group at least two and be accompanied by a registered trekking guide through any authorized trekking company of Nepal.


HOW DIFFICULT IS THE TREKS? 
Manaslu Circuit trek is not difficult trekking trails. The trails are now wide and good. But this trekking requires physical demanding. The pace at which you hike is up to you. We have friendly and dependable porters to assist you with your personal gear.


ARE THE TRAILS CROWDED?
Comparatively to Annapurna and Everest region, Manaslu is less crowdy. But the demand of trekking to Manaslu is increasing year by year.


WHAT ABOUT OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN MANASLU? 
Accommodations in Manaslu are in lodges. You can find lodges in every places. But in the Tsum valley, still there are poor lodges. Accommodations in the lower Manaslu especially to Rupina la pass need to do camping trek.


HOW LONG A TREK GOES?
Generally the trek duration depends on your interest and places that you want to do trekking. You can accommodate day hikes, cultural visits to local villages, and relaxing rest days on your trek. The trekking is depending upon your holiday in this beautiful country.


WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY ? 
Ethic Himalaya Treks and Expedition P. Ltd is pride itself on being prepared for any emergency situation. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a trek. We advise to valuable clients to have full insurance against Medical, evacuation, trip cancellation, lost or damage baggage, air delays and helicopter evacuation before coming to Nepal. For our Trekking staffs, our company does have an insurance against accidental and medical insurance.


HOW ABOUT INSURANCE?
To protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances, we strongly recommend you take out a ‘Trip cancellation and medical insurance policy’ from your home country. The medical policy should include coverage of transportation costs in the event of emergency helicopter or surface evacuation being required. We regret that such insurance policies are not available for places like Nepal and Tibet. If you fall ill it can be extremely expensive to get the treatment you need i.e. mountain rescue by helicopter and air ambulance


WHAT'S THE CLIMATE OF MANASLU?
Manaslu region is best described as Sub-Tropical Monsoon general predictable and pleasant. The monsoon is approximately from the end of June to the third week of September. 80 percent of rainfall is by this durations and remaining of the year is dry. Spring and autumn are the best seasons for the trekking, peak climbing, expedition and others. It has been classified into between four and six seasons, which are as follows:


PLANNING & PREPARATION 
If you are planning for the trek to Manaslu region for trekking and Expedition, you should be aware that it is rigorous and challenging trip where we have to spend all the time at high altitudes. So, at least 2 months regular practice is recommended either 2 hours daily running, swimming or joining on a health club may help to complete the trek and expedition successfully. Reduce drinking alcoholic beverage & smoking habits. Consult your doctor to assess the state of your health to function safely within your own limitations. In addition to the personal prescriptions by your physician, a First Aid Kit is essential for the travel.

Documents 
You are advised to own a small waist pouch or document bag to manage the following documents properly:

  • Passport with Photostat copies Photographs, Identity card Diary for addresses, contact, small notes etc
  • Ball pens with spare refills Maps/Charts/ Books etc
  • Travel Cheques, Credit cards & currency
  • Airline / Railway Tickets / Vouchers
  • Any other documents for personal purposes.