Manaslu Trek is the ultimate trek with a perfect blend of sceneries, culture, adventure, wildlife, and what makes it extra special is the isolated touch to it! During this trek, you will circuit World’s eighth highest mountain ‘Manaslu’ (8163m), experience the local culture through the remote villages, cross the high Larke pass (5100 m), walk across crazy suspension bridges along Buri Gandaki river and countless waterfalls, enjoy scenic mountain views and encounter diverse range of flora and fauna all along. Certainly a great alternative to Annapurna Circuit trek, with so much similarity and less commercialization.
Best time to go: : Anytime except Jan-Feb and May-Aug.
Getting to the start point: Your entry point is the Newar town of Arughat. You can get to this place either by jeep (6 hours) or bus (8 hours). This is the best place where you can sort your last minute problems like banks/ ATM for cash, equipment’s (batteries), stationeries, toilet papers and other tidbits that you have missed out. You can also catch a bus from the far end of the town to Soti khola to save a day. This is the next town which is a day hike away. Buses will be available from early morning up to 2 in the afternoon.
The exit point for Manaslu Trek is Dharapani (the roads from Annapurna Circuit merges here)/ But you can choose to walk up to Besi Sahar (3 more days) and end it there as well. Jeep service is also available from this point on which can take you to Besi Sahar in about 3 hours.
1.Restricted Area Permit: US$ 70 per week (was $50 in 2011) + $10 per day extra. First check is at Jagat and last check Dharapani. You’ll probably need more than 7 days to get from place to place.
2.Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit: NRs. 2,000 (approx 20 Euro or US$30)
3.Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) per: US$10mit: NRs. 2,000 (approx 20 Euro or US$30)
You cannot do this trek alone. The rule suggests a minimum of 2 people and a guide/porter. If you need help with selecting experienced guides, see our guide listing: https://honeyguideapps.com/guides
Accommodation: The trek is completely a tea house trek now, with an exception that you might have to sleep in a tent in Dharamshala (which is managed b the tea house there itself). The lodges are run by local communities and the rooms are pretty basic with a decent toilet. Please do not seek for luxury lodges as you will not find one. Lodges have hot shower facilities available but you will be charged some extra bucks for it.
Network Information: If you are wondering which network kicks off well in the Manaslu trek, CDMA networks are preferred over NTC and NCell. Most locals use CDMA phones. One thing you should know is that CDMA networks cannot be accessed through all mobile phones. If this is the case for you, then you will have to buy a phone in Kathmandu itself as it comes very cheap.
Other things to be careful about:
Also, Read this blog about 8 things to know before going to Manaslu Trek for more information: https://honeyguideapps.com/blog/8-things-to-know-before-going-to-manaslu-circuit-trek
Best Side Trips:
If the time permits, here’s a list of amazing side trips that you can do during Manaslu Trek for a better experience.
1. Tsum Valley
2. Manaslu Base Camp (4848 m)
3. Serang Gompa (3100 m)
4. Hinang Gumba (3100 m)
5. Birendra lake (3620)
6. Kalmachum Lake (3800 m)
Read this blog o Best Side trips of Manaslu Circuit Trek to know more about these side trips: https://honeyguideapps.com/blog/best-side-trips-of-manaslu-circuit-trek
Notes: If you wish to go on this trek, please fill the inquiry form and we will help you plan your trek according to your preference: https://honeyguideapps.com/onboarding-form