Where is Manaslu region?
Manaslu region is the ultimate trekking adventure in the Himalaya of Nepal which is situated in between two major popular trekking trails (Langtang and Annapurna) in Nepal.
When is the best time to plan Manaslu Circuit trek?
Autumn (September – November) is the claimed to be the ideal season to do the ABC trek. Following autumn, spring (March – May) stands as the second ideal season. Trek can be done in monsoon too as this region receives little amount rainfall.
How is Manaslu trek different in comparison to Everest and Annapurna trekking?
The first specialty of Manaslu Circuit trek is the less crowded trails and off-the-beaten-path which makes this trek different from other treks. Here you will get excellent views of the beautiful mountains like Mt. Manaslu, massif Annapurna range and various other snow-capped peaks from Larke pass (5213m). You will also witness the stunning views of landscapes. Also, you will get to explore Tibetan influenced Buddhist cultures and traditions which can’t be seen in other trekking regions.
What is the cost of your Manaslu Circuit trek?
Our 17 days Manaslu Circuit trek costs USD 1250 if you’re a group of 2 – 6 people. The trek, however, can cost low or high depending on various factors like no. of trekking days, trekkers, season, etc.
How hard is Manaslu Circuit trek?
Trekking in Manaslu region will be challenging if you are not physically fit enough. You need to be physically fit enough to enjoy this trek because the route has several steep descents and ascents. Otherwise, it isn’t as difficult as it seems.
What is the maximum altitude that I can reach while doing this trek?
Larke Pass (5213m) is the major challenge for the adventure seekers and the highest elevation one can get to during Manaslu Circuit trek.
Do I need any permit to do the Manaslu Circuit trek?
Manaslu trail falls is in a remote and restricted area which remains under the protection of Manaslu Conservation Plan which is why you need a special permission to trek in Manaslu.
Following permits are required to trek in Manaslu region:
- Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permits
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permits
- Restricted Area permit
Is Travel insurance needed for Manaslu Circuit trekking?
A big yes! Annapurna Foothills strongly recommends you have sufficient insurance coverage to you go into this remote area. Travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability, and medical treatment is recommended. The insurance must cover all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Where is the starting and ending Point of trek?
The Manaslu Circuit trek starts from Soti Khola and ends at Besisahar. You can drive from and to Kathmandu on a local bus or private jeep which takes around 8 to 9 hours drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. And while returning it takes 6 to 7 hours from Besisahar to Kathmandu. A private jeep to soti khola is a better option than the bus as you can keep your luggage within you and is much more comfy than a public bus.
Why Annapurna Foothills for Manaslu Circuit trekking?
Not just because we’re a local tour operator but our trekking guides are professionals for sure and they have done this trek several times. Also, our great safety record allows us to operate with full liability insurance. All client funds are deposited in a regulated trust account. We spend more providing the best amenities, logistics and safety measures and things that many lower-cost programs don’t facilitates with.
What is the policy on Leave No Trace?
We value and operate eco friendly trips and are highly committed to Leave No Trace. Our guides and staffs are well aware of their responsibility toward environment.
How much will I be spending on trail per day?
You won’t be spending much on trail as accommodation and 3 meals a day are included in your trip price while booking with Annapurna Foothills. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000 - 3000) per day per person will be enough since you have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, charging electronic devices, Wi-Fi, hot showers etc.
What happens in case of emergency or if I need to leave the trek beforehand?
Well, it depends upon the kinds of emergency you’re going through. If you have to leave the trip due to ill health or severe injury, we will arrange an emergency air rescue immediately which will fly you out of the mountains to Kathmandu for medical attention. Make sure your insurance covers high altitude mountain search and rescue.
Even if you leave the trip beforehand, we are committed to pay the porters and guides for the duration of the trip for which they are hired. So, refunds for the unused days for your trip will not be given. We can provide something complementary depending upon the cases.
Do you also offer tailor - made departures?
Yes we do offer tailor made or private departures. If our listed departure dates are not fitting your travel plans then we can organize a private or tailor made departures for you and your loved ones.
Can I hire only Guide and a Porter from you?
Yes, you can hire Trekking and Climbing Guide and Porter services from us. We can offer customizable services of Guides, Porters, Domestic Flights and Documentation.
What sort of food can I expect on Manaslu Circuit trek?
Meals in the Himalaya mainly consist of a diet rich in carbohydrates because our bodies do not process fat and protein efficiently at higher elevations. Each teahouse offers continental food, which you can choose from the menu. Food will be typical but fresh, warm, tasty and eye appealing. Normally every vegetable served in the tea houses are locally produced. This is usually organic which is good for your health. For those who prefer non-veg, make sure to check with the guide if the meat is fresh before you place the order. Basically, you will have dinner and breakfast at the lodge where you stay overnight and lunch will be on the way.
How do you deal with drinking water standard on Manaslu Circuit trekking?
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring water purification tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
How big will be the group size?
We mainly focus on small groups. We take up to 12 trekkers in a group so that we can provide personal care to each of our members. If you have group of more than 12, please contact us for amazing group discounts and customized services.
Is it safe to travel as a single women or girl?
Yes, it is safe to travel to Nepal and to do solo trekking as a single women or girl. We are more responsible for this matter and we ensure all security and safety for solo women traveler. Upon request we can also arrange for a Female trekking guide as well.
What about simple medication on the trek?
On the trek, our guide will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. There are bush medical centers in the larger towns like Sama Gong but no doctors. Almost all modern medications are available in Kathmandu for a fraction of the price you will pay in the west. Just get your doctor to make out a list and get them here before you go.
Do I really need a guide for Manaslu Circuit trek?
A big yes! To trek in Manaslu region, you must have a guide. Usually, few trekkers can be seen along the trail and the trails are not well marked. Without a guide, in some situation as in harsh weather or in a medical emergency, you will be on your own if you’re doing this on your own. The porter will carry your baggage for you so that you can enjoy long walks without having to carry heavy burdens. So, we strongly suggest our clients to do the climb with professionals and we believe our guides are highly experienced and for sure professionals making your safety their foremost priority.
Are there any ATMs en route to Manaslu Circuit?
En route to Manaslu circuit, as far as Kathmandu ATM and credit card will work but we encourage you to carry cash with you as with increasing altitude, you will not find such services. Keep in mind that the expenses go on increasing the higher you get.
Is there Wi-Fi, hot shower, battery charger available during the trek?
Most of the tea Houses will offer Wi-Fi, hot shower, battery charger with a small amount of money. The WI-FI service may not be very fast but can check emergency message or important updated for your work.
Do I need to join a group or can I do the trek solo?
To do the Manaslu Circuit, there should at least two trekkers as the region is restricted area and needs special permit. However, if you’re alone but still want to do the trek, you can contact us as we may have other trekkers interested in doing the same trip.
We always try to be flexible with our trips for our client’s convenience. We are open to make changes on the trips. We can assign a local professional guide, porters etc whom you could trust with your life as they are highly experienced and gives first priority to your safety.
How long do I have to walk on an average per day on trek?
On average, a day on a trek would be 5-6 hours long. The longest day can be up to 9 hours and 4 hours is the shortest day. It all depends on the region that your are trekking.
How long does it take?
Well, depending upon your interest and holidays limitation, we can customize your trip to Manaslu region. Normally, it can be done in a time frame between 12-16 days.
Where am I supposed to leave the unwanted stuffs in Kathmandu when I’m on trek?
You can store the unwanted stuffs in the locker room at the hotel where you’ll be staying in Kathmandu. They’ll provide you a baggage tag which you’ve to keep it with you safely or you can hand over it to our guide. And after your return from trek to hotel, you can collect those stuffs by giving them the same baggage tag that they’d gave you previously.
Can I bring my medication with me?
Yes you can. But be sure to bring the prescription and its original container so that you don’t have to face any sort of hassle from custom inspection. We suggest basic First Aid Kit as well.
What is your cancellation policy?
Regarding cancellation, if a client voluntarily or involuntarily terminates/cancels the trip once the trip has started, no refund will be given for missed or unused services of the trip regardless of the reason i.e. sickness, or any other unfortunate events.
In case if any guests wish to cancel their trip prior to their departure for any reasons then a written application should be sent by the guests to us, 2 Weeks prior to the Trip starting date. If the cancellation is made beyond the time limit then USD 200 per person will be charged. As per our company policy, deposit amount is non- refundable and can be utilized with the timeframe of one year from the trip confirmation date.
What is the luggage limit for porters?
Annapurna Foothills will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry approx 25 kg of luggage (maximum 12 kg for each trekker). Porter are those staffs who not carry only your luggage but also lift your spirit to reach new heights and your affection and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination.
Count me in for the trip. How do I book?
We’ll be happy to welcome you soon in Nepal and provide you our expert team to do the off the beaten path of Manaslu Circuit trek in Himalaya of Nepal.
Please get in touch for further details.