Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Destination
Nepal
Activity
Trekking
Accomodation
Lodge to Lodge
Region
Manaslu Region
Distance
177 kilometers
Start / End Point
Maccha Khola/Dharapani
Duration
10 Night 11 Days
Max. Altitude
Larkya La Pass (5106 m|16752 ft)
Meals Included
Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
Group Size
2-30
Nature of Trek
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season
Spring and Autumn
Trip Code
MCT-11
Activity Per Day
Walking 5 - 6 hrs per day
Transporation
All ground transportation during the trek
Grade
Moderate

Overview

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a charming adventure that circles its way around the World's eighth-highest mountain, Mount Manaslu. It offers a unique and less-traveled experience than other crowded treks in the Nepalese Himalayas.

The lesser-known Manaslu Circuit Trek is slowly becoming an alternative to the popular Annapurna Circuit Trek. The boon in the flow of tourism for many years will surely make this isolated trek overcrowded. So, if you want the truly pristine Manaslu trekking experience, you need to book the trip for your next vacation. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights:
    • Isolated trek in the Himalayas of Nepal
    • A chance to visit the base camp of Mt Manaslu (8163m), the 8th tallest peak in the World
    • Enjoy the panoramic views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna II, Manaslu, and many more unnamed peaks.
    • Conquer the Larky la Pass, situated at an altitude of 5,167 meters (16,952 feet).
    • Visit Nubri and Pungyen Monastery and Birendra Lake during acclimatization.
    • Witness various wildlife like Tahr, Himalayan Marmots, snow leopards, and many more.
    • Spend your days interacting with the local people influenced by Hindu and Buddhist religions and culture. 
    • Trek along Nepal's two popular trekking regions: Annapurna and Manaslu region.
    • Enjoy the views of Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m), Ganesh VI, Tobsar Peak, Manaslu (8,163 m), Himalchuli (7,895 m), Shringi Himal (7,177 m), Buddha Himal (6,674 m), and Ganesh Himal (7,422 m) from different points during the trek.

Where is Manaslu Circuit Trek Located?

    Manaslu Circuit Trek is located in the Manaslu region in the Gorkha District of Nepal. Starting from Kathmandu, the Manaslu trekking region lies west of Kathmandu and northwest of Pokhara. Manaslu trekking lies in the restricted area of the Manaslu region, which was opened to trekkers/visitors only after 1990.  
    The region shares its western border with the Annapurna Conservation Area and the north and east border to Tibet so that you can experience Hindu and Buddhist culture in a single trek. As the name suggests, the Manaslu Circuit trek takes you around the Manaslu region, starting with a drive from Pokhara/Kathmandu to Arughat, Soti Khola, or Maccha Khola and ending at Dharapani and driving to Pokhara/Kathmandu. 

Manaslu Circuit Trek Overview:

The trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Maccha Khola. The journey takes us through picturesque landscapes, diverse communities, and terraced fields, offering a glimpse into the cultural richness of Nepal.

From the second day of the trek, we'll follow the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River, passing through traditional villages and dense forests. We pass Tatopani (hot water springs), suspension bridges, and a checkpoint at Jagat that marks the entrance to the restricted Manaslu Region. On the third day, the trail leads to Philim, a Tibetan-influenced Gurung village, through rhododendrons and pine forests. The route then diverges, with one path leading to Tsum Valley. We trek further and reach Dyang, known for its lush greenery and agricultural landscapes.

From the fourth day, we can see the mesmerizing views of Manaslu as we ascend to Bhim Phedi. Passing through Ghap and landslide zones, the journey takes us through dense forests, offering glimpses of wildlife. Namrung, a Buddhist village with monasteries, becomes an overnight stop. On day five, a short hike reveals stunning views of Gorkha Himal and other peaks. Passing through picturesque villages like Sho, Lho Gaun, and Shyala, we'll witness Tibetan culture, Mani walls, and the traditional lifestyles of people. Samagaun welcomes us with its traditional charm and essential amenities.

The sixth day is a rest day in Samagaun allows for acclimatization. Side trips to Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Base Camp, or Birendra Lake offer breathtaking views. Samagaun, with its gompa, health post, and heli landing port, shows it is the prominent point of the trek. It also provides a glimpse into Nubri culture. The trek to Samdo takes us through extended yak pastures, Lela Kharka, and Khermo Kharka. The trail ascends, providing panoramic views. Samdo, a desert-like settlement, becomes a rest stop.

A challenging trek takes us to Larkya La Bazar and Larkya La Phedi, a crucial rest stop before the pass. At 4,460 m, this settlement prepares trekkers for the next day's ascent.

The longest day involves an early start to cross Larkya La Pass. The challenging climb rewards with breathtaking views of Manaslu and surrounding peaks. The descent to Bhimtang unveils icefalls and stunning scenery. The final trek day descends through lush forests and pasture lands to the valley of Dudh Khola. Passing through Gurung Gaun and Tilije, known for its apple gardens, we'll reach Dharapani for an overnight stay.

A scenic drive through off-road trails along the Marsyangdi River takes us from Dharapani to Besisahar. The journey concludes with a drive to Kathmandu or Pokhara, offering a blend of adventure and stunning landscapes.

How is Manaslu Circuit Trek Food and Accommodation?

Food:
The food in the Manaslu Circuit Trek varies completely throughout the trek. The lower regions like Maccha Khola and Jagat offer food items for both vegetarians and meat lovers; however, after Deng, the food options are reduced to vegan items only. 
The menus in the lower regions include Nepalese, Tibetan, Indian, and Continental dishes. Breakfast includes eggs, Tibetan bread, oats, chapati, and most things you can find in Pokhara/Kathmandu. Drinks like tea and coffee are also available to suit your taste and needs. 
Lunch and Dinner options are similar, which include noodles, pasta, pizza, spaghetti, momo, and Nepali Dhal Bhat. 

In the higher altitudes, the staple meal of Nepal Dal Bhat with lentil soup, pickles, and salads is offered for every trekker. As for snacks, we suggest you bring the Chocobar

directly from Kathmandu or Pokhara. Salty snacks along with Electrolytes are recommended for their calorie content and aid in recovering salt levels after sweating. 
Smoking and drinking alcohol are not banned in the Manaslu Region but are not recommended during the trek. Both smoking and drinking pose risks of dehydration and impaired breathing, which ultimately leads to altitude sickness, especially at higher altitudes. 

Accommodations:
Even though the Manaslu Circuit Trek is isolated and restricted, it offers teahouses as the primary option for accommodation. The amenities offered vary from teahouse to teahouse and depend on the altitude you are staying in. In the lower region of the Manaslu Circuit trek, you can find some guest houses with attached bathrooms; however, it may not be possible in the upper regions. 
The tea houses are also known as guest houses or mountain lodges, and they are located at every major stop per our itinerary, so camping is optional. Moreover, the stops like Jagat, Lho, Shyala, Samagaun, and Samdo offer excellent facilities, while others only provide more basic lodging. Regardless of quality, every tea house provides essential accommodation amenities such as beds, blankets, toilets, bathrooms, and dining areas, which is also a chance to immerse in local culture and hospitality. 

Starting from Maccha Khola, the teahouses there provide basic yet good facilities. After your long drive from Pokhara/Kathmandu to Maccha Khola, you can rest carefree. After Maccha Khola, your next stop will be at Jagat, where you can find more luxury. There are rooms with attached bathrooms and quality amenities compared to Maccha Khola. Moving on to Deng, a small village that marks the beginning of the restricted trekking area, offers a chance to experience a rural lifestyle with basic guest houses. 

After Deng, our next stop is at Namrung. Namrung offers a more luxurious option with hotels as well as basic teahouses. Now comes Sama Gaun, the largest town during the Manaslu trekking, and it offers a huge variety of luxurious and basic guest houses. As we spend two nights here(with acclimatization), choose your accommodation to your liking and within your budget.
Now, we hike towards the Larkya la pass, and our next stop will be Samdo. The Samdo offers basic teahouses and amenities. From Samdo, we trek towards the Larkya La Phedi or Dharmasala. Dharmasala offers basic accommodations, and it acts as a perfect rest point trek as we have to prepare for the pass tomorrow. 

After crossing the Larkya La Pass, Bhimtang offers luxurious hotels and basic teahouses. The final stop at Dharapani also offers hotels in the medium to luxurious range.

While camping isn't necessary for the Manaslu Circuit, it is possible if you want to do the camping trek. Yes, camping on the Manaslu Circuit offers a wilderness adventure. However, the costs exponentially increase as you hire a porter to carry essential equipment like tents, cooking supplies, etc.  You can reach us at [email protected] if you plan on making the Manaslu circuit trek a camping trip. 

Where is the Manaslu Circuit Trek Starting point?

The Manaslu region can be accessed from both Kathmandu and Pokhara. The total driving distance from Kathmandu is about 150 kilometers, and from Pokhara is 165 kilometers; however, due to the bumpy and off-road, the drive takes about 8-9 hours from Pokhara as well as Kathmandu by bus. Choosing a private Jeep is more comfortable and faster, but it is costlier; it takes about 6 - 7 hours to drive from Kathmandu/Pokhara. 
The previous starting point of the Manaslu trek was Arughat, and later, the road development up to Soti Khola changed the starting point to Soti Khola. However, nowadays, you can drive up to Maccha Khola, so Manaslu trekking starts from Maccha Khola. 
While driving up to Maccha Khola during peak trekking seasons is possible, the same can't be said about the rainy summer season. You can drive up to Soti Khola during the summer season and then trek from here. 
If you want to explore the classical Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can start your trek from Arughat or Soti Khola. We are pretty flexible regarding the client's preferences.

Where is the Manaslu Circuit Trek Ending Point?

The Manaslu Circuit trekking ends at Dharapani, in the Annapurna region, Manang. After Dharapani, we take a Jeep to Besisahar. You can stay overnight in Besisahar and drive to Pokhara/Kathmandu by tourist bus, or you can directly drive from Dharapani to Pokhara/Kathmandu, to shorten a day depending on your itinerary. 

While some other agencies make itineraries with the endpoint of Syange, we suggest you drive from Dharapani to Besisahar. The trail from Dharapani to Syange is all through the motor roads, so it will be less enjoyable. Instead of adding days for trekking on the motor roads, we can explore the base camp of Mt. Manaslu and trek to Pungen Gompa and add days for acclimatization in Sama Gaun.

What is Manaslu Circuit Trek Duration?

While the duration of Manaslu trekking is about 12 - 14 days, it also depends on your acclimatization days, optional exploration of Birendra Lake, Manaslu Base Camp, and extra days at Samagaun or Larkya La Pedi/ Dharamsala. Even with these optional explorations, the Manaslu trek can be completed in about 14 to 16 days. However, if you add the Tsum Valley exploration, the Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley takes about 22 days.
It also depends on your starting point and ending point of the trek, so you can follow the standard itinerary of starting from Maccha Khola and ending at Dharapani.

What is the highest altitude during Manaslu Trekking?

The highest altitude during the Manaslu circuit trek is the Larkya La Pass. Larkya La Pass is situated at an altitude of 5,106 m | 16,752 ft, and it is also the longest pass in the Himalayas of Nepal.
Moreover, the optional trek to the Manaslu Base Camp at an altitude of 4800 m |15748 ft can take you to the second-highest altitude of the trek. However, if you prefer to avoid exploring the base camp during your acclimatization day, the second highest point in your trek is Larkya La Phedi, Dharamsala. 

What is the Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty Level?

The Manaslu Circuit trek is high-altitude, with Larkya La Pass being the highest point. However, altitude-related challenges can be easily negated with proper acclimatization and preparation. Manaslu trekking is physically demanding, making it difficult for first-time trekkers. 
Moreover, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is about two weeks long, and you can extend the trek depending on the itinerary you choose. During the Manaslu circuit trek, the average walking hours is about 6 - 7 hours each day. 
Furthermore, the trail in the Manaslu region is rugged, with steep ascents and descents, filled with rocky paths. The region is relatively remote and isolated, so you can't expect facilities similar to those of other popular treks. 
If you have the will and are moderately fit, we suggest you trek the Manaslu Circuit Trek with confidence in your capabilities. Just recently, in 2023, two men more than 60 years old completed the Manaslu Circuit Trek with us. Yes, they completed the trek completely safely and were in their best condition before and after the trek.

Two men clicking photo while holding banner of North Nepal Trek at Larke La Pass with guide Jeewan.
Photo: Chris and Hans

We are here if you want to trek the Manaslu Circuit but have doubts about your abilities. Just reach out to us at [email protected], and we will make the perfect itinerary just for you and your  
Note: Trekking in the Manaslu Region, especially the Manaslu Circuit and the Tsum Valley Trek, can be quite a challenge for those who crave meat in their meals, as this region is sacred and follows the non-violence tradition known as the SHAYAGYA TRADITION.

What is the best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek best time?

The best and highly recommended time for the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. However, everyone has their preferences; what works best for me may not work for you. So, carefully read the details provided below and choose the season that suits you the best: 

Spring (March-May):
Like other popular trekking routes in Nepal, the Manaslu circuit also comes alive with captivating flora and fauna during Spring. The rhododendron blooms and lush green landscapes make the trek even more memorable, and the chances to witness the exquisite fauna increase. Needless to say, the breathtaking mountain vistas also come alive during the playful spring season. 
The spring trekking season provides bright days, and the refreshing mountain breezes make the trek easier. Moreover, April is the perfect month for the Manaslu circuit trekking, as the temperatures range from 2°C to 12°C, which is perfect for trekking. This weather will last until mid-May. Spring attracts many trekkers even in the more secluded trails of the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Summer/Monsoon (June-August):
The summer season in Nepal is accompanied by winds and continuous rainfall, making June, July, and August the rainiest seasons. The path is filled with leeches, and the risk of natural disasters like landslides and floods increases during this season. The terrain also becomes more wet and slippery, so you need to be extra careful. 
While the days are filled with rainfall, you will witness the most mesmerizing views of snow-capped mountains under the clearest skies when the weather settles down. 
Your itinerary also needs expanding, as driving up to Maccha Khola isn't possible during Summer. 
Note that, rescues in case of misfortune situations can also be delayed during the Summer due to frequent rainfall and bad weather conditions. So, we don't recommend the Manaslu trek to complete beginners in the summer season. 
As adventure and risks go hand in hand, you can witness nature and mountains at their purest form with minimal crowds in the summer season. Finally, if you plan to trek the Manaslu Circuit in the Summer, we suggest you bring top-notch gear and a very experienced mountain guide to minimize potential risks.

Autumn (September - November):
October is considered the best month for every trek in the Himalayas, and Manaslu Circuit Trek is no exception. The temperature ranges from 15°C to -2°C in higher altitudes. The mountain views are exclusive with stunning clarity, and paths are cleared by summer rainfall. 
The mountain scenery, the weather, and the natural beauty all peak during the Summer. However, as Manaslu trekking is getting popular, it will be a bit crowded compared to other seasons. 
Moreover, the Autumn is perfect for beginners if they want to trek the Manaslu, and it is also the most recommended season. Even in unforeseen circumstances, rescue operations via helicopter can be easily done as weather conditions are mostly favorable during Autumn. 

Winter (December-February):
Lastly, the winter season is considered the off-season for trekking. While the lower Manaslu regions offer pleasantly cool winds, the higher altitudes are filled with snow and need extra caution.  
While many choose to trek the Manaslu Circuit in the early winter, fewer trekkers trek during the peak winter seasons. Even the residents of the upper regions descend to the lower regions during peak Winter. 
Moreover, the Larky La Pass will be filled with snow during the winter, so you must take your time in the Larky Phedi and choose the perfect day for crossing the pass. 
Manaslu trekking in the winter wonderland offers the best view with fully white mountains. The trails will be isolated, truly offering you the essence of isolated trekking. Trekking the Manasalu during winter is not highly recommended, but it is possible. You must make the packing list carefully with every situation in mind. 
Furthermore, rescue operations are also challenging during winter due to heavy snowfall and bad weather conditions at higher altitudes.

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Photo

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Kathmandu/ Pokhara to Maccha Khola:

  2. day 2

    Maccha Khola to Jagat

  3. day 3

    Jagat to Dyang

  4. day 4

    Dyang to Namrung

  5. day 5

    Namrung to Samagaun

  6. day 6

    Acclimatization in Sama Gaun:

  7. day 7

    Sama Gaun to Samdo

  8. day 8

    Samdo to Larkya La Phedi/Dharmasala

  9. day 9

    Larkya La Phedi to Bhimtang via Larkya La Pass:

  10. day 10

    Bhimtang to Dharapani:

  11. day 11

    Drive from Dharapani to Besisahar, and Besisahar to Kathmandu/Pokhara

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Map and Altitude Graph

everest base camp trek map

What's Included in this Manaslu circuit trek package?

    • Transportation for the trek, including shared rides from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Arughat, then to Soti Khola, and from Dharapani back to Kathmandu or Pokhara. Options for private jeep travel at an additional cost.
    • Set breakfast menu during the trek featuring a variety of dishes such as cereal, porridge, rice pudding, egg dishes with bread and toast, Tibetan bread with jam and honey, and pancakes, accompanied by tea or coffee.
    • Accommodations in basic lodges with twin-shared beds and communal bathrooms and room with private bathroom wherever available. 
    • A licensed, experienced local guide with English proficiency, provided according to group size (1 guide for up to 5 trekkers, an additional assistant guide for 6-9 trekkers, and 3 guides for groups of 12+). This includes the guide's salary, meals, lodging, transportation, medical/evacuation insurance, and equipment.
    • Complete trekking arrangements with all necessary TIMS and permits, including the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP), Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), and TIMS card.
    • All government taxes, local charges, and entry fees.
    • Provision of water purification tablets for safe drinking water and seasonal fruits.
    • Arrangements for immediate evacuation in case of emergencies, covered by travel insurance.
    • A "North Nepal Trek" achievement certificate on successful completion of the trek.
    • A farewell dinner at the end of the trek.

What's Excluded in this Manaslu circuit trek package?

  • Visa fees for Nepal, charges for overweight luggage, and international flight tickets.
  • Accommodation and meals prior to the trek, additional stays due to early arrival, late departure, or unforeseen early return from the trekking trip.
  • Personal expenditures before and during the trek, including equipment rentals (like sleeping bags), purchasing trekking gear, discretionary spending on shopping, enhanced beverage options (extra tea, coffee, soft drinks, alcohol), hot showers, communication charges (telephone, internet), and battery charging fees.
  • Travel insurance covering emergency high-altitude helicopter rescue and medical expenses.
  • Gratuity for trekking staff such as guides and porters.
  • Services of porters not included in the base price, available at an extra charge.
  • Meals excluded from the package, specifically lunch and dinner.
  • Additional charges due to unforeseen delays like adverse weather, landslides, or itinerary adjustments for safety reasons, health issues, etc.
  • Any other expenses not specified in the "What's Included?" section of the trekking package.

Manaslu circuit trekking FAQS

  • What is the cost of the Manaslu trek?

The cost of the Manaslu trek typically ranges from 1200 to 2500 USD depending on trekking days. This cost covers various factors such as accommodation, meals, permits, guide services, porter services, transportation, and other services inclusions depending on the trekking agency. If you want to trek without porters then the cost comes down to 1200 including every other above mentioned services. 

  • What about the Manaslu circuit trek itinerary?

The cost and itinerary for the Manaslu circuit trek can vary among trekking agencies.  However, we at North Nepal Trek provide the best itinerary there is and we also offer custom itineraries as per clients for every trek in Nepal.

  • What is the difficulty level of the Manaslu circuit trek?

The Manaslu circuit trek is Moderately challenging due to its high altitudes and remote terrain. Trekkers should be in good physical condition and prepared for long days. The Larkya La Pass is also longer compared to other passes so you need to be in perfect condition while trekking this pass.

  • How long does the Manaslu circuit trek take?

The Manaslu circuit trek typically takes 11 to 14 days from Kathmandu. This duration includes acclimatization days, trekking, exploring popular destinations during side trips, and rest days to adapt to the high altitudes.

  • What is the best time for the Manaslu circuit trek?

The best times for the Manaslu circuit trek are generally during the spring months (March to May) and the autumn months (September to November). During these periods, the weather is stable, and the views are clear.
However, you can refer to our detailed breakdown of the months above and choose the month that fits your preferences.

  • What is the distance covered in the Manaslu circuit trek?

The total distance covered during the Manaslu circuit trek is approximately 177 kilometers, leading trekkers through diverse landscapes and picturesque villages, crossing the Larkya la pass, and trekking to Dharapani.

  • Is it possible to trek the Manaslu circuit without a guide?

No, trekking alone in the Manaslu region is illegal. You need to hire a guide as it was made mandatory from April 2023. Moreover, you need guides and trekking agencies to make the Manaslu restricted area permit.

  • How difficult is the Manaslu Circuit trek compared to the Annapurna Circuit trek?

Both treks are moderately challenging, but some consider the Manaslu Circuit trek more remote and less crowded than the Annapurna Circuit trek. The Manaslu circuit is more challenging than the Annapurna circuit as there are fewer teahouses throughout to trek.
Also, the Larkya La Pass is longer than the Thorung La Pass, as it is also known as the longest trekking pass in Nepal. 

  • Is there a specific trekking cost for Indians on the Manaslu circuit?

Trekking costs for Indians on the Manaslu circuit are slightly cheaper. The only difference is while making the permits the MCAP and ACAP only. Every other cost is similar. The discount on permits is not limited to Indians only, it is also available for every trekker from SAARC country. You can refer to the permits section below for more information.

  • Is there a map available for the Manaslu circuit trek?

Yes, you can check the Manaslu Circuit Trek Map and Altitude Graph on our website above, and plan you overnight stop accordingly.

  • Where can one find a guide for the Manaslu Circuit trek?

During the Manaslu Circuit Trek guides play a very crucial role. Moreover, as the Manaslu region is less accessible compared to other regions, there aren’t as many experienced guides. You need to check company reviews, and guide profiles and make sure they are experienced with the Manaslu Region. 
North Nepal Trek provides the best guides for Manaslu circuit trekking as we continuously send clients to the Manaslu region every year. You can also check our reviews on Google and TripAdvisor before contacting us. 

  • How hard is the trek to Manaslu base camp?

The trek to Manaslu base camp is challenging, as you need to walk 7 - 8 hrs for this side trek. There are no teahouses, so we need to pack our lunch. The route is not well maintained and it can be especially difficult for first time trekkers.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit:

The Manaslu Circuit trek cost mostly depends on the number of days you want to spend at the Restricted Manaslu Region. We need three different permits for the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP):

The Manaslu Restricted Area permit cost varies with season. During the Autumn Season, from September to November, the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP) costs USD 100 for seven days and USD 15 for each additional day you spend at Manaslu Restricted Area. 

However, during the Winter, Spring, and Summer seasons, from December to August, the MRAP costs USD 75 for seven days and 10 USD for each additional day. 

As the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit is expensive, we suggest you make the permit for the days you will be inside the restricted area. Moreover, the checkpost for the MRAP starts from Jagat, and from here, it takes eight days for you to conquer the Larkya La Pass and then trek to Bhimtang. So, by planning the days, you will save your budget during Manaslu trekking. 

Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card: 

A Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card is required for all trekkers in Nepal, including those in the Manaslu region. TIMS card contains details of trekkers, signature of authorized trekking agency, and date of starting and finishing the trek. TIMS Card costs around 15 USD per person. 

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit: 

The MCAP is required for trekkers entering the Manaslu Conservation Area. The MCAP permit costs only USD 20 for people from SAARC countries and USD 25 for people from other countries. The entry checkpost is at Jagat, and the exit checkpost is at Bhimtang. 
A single MCAP permit is enough for you throughout your trek. 

 Anapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit:

The ACAP permit is required during the Manaslu Circuit Trek while exiting Dharapani. The ACAP permit costs USD 20 for trekkers from SAARC countries and USD 25 for trekkers from other countries. 
The ACAP is valid for ten days only and can be extended for another ten days for an additional USD 15. 

Moreover, if you choose to trek the Tsum Valley with Manaslu, making it the 19 Days Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley, you need to add one more permit – the Tsum Valley permit. It will cost USD 35 per person for one week.

 

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Permit Cost:

Here is a detailed breakdown of the total costs for the Manaslu Circuit Trek:

For foreign trekkers:
For SAARC countries trekkers:
During Autumn Season
During other Seasons:
During Autumn Season
During other Seasons:
Restricted permit:
7 Days = 100 USD
Additional days = 15 USD
Restricted permit:
7 Days = 75 USD
Additional days = 10 USD
Restricted permit:
7 Days = 100 USD
Additional days: 15 USD
Restricted permit:
7 Days = 75 USD
Additional days:10 USD
MCAP: 25 USD
MCAP: 25 USD
MCAP: 1000 NRS
MCAP: 1000 NRS
TIMS Card: 15 USD
TIMS Card: 15 USD
TIMS Card: 1000 NRS
TIMS Card: 1000 NRS
ACAP: 25 USD
ACAP: 25 USD
ACAP: 1000 NRS
ACAP: 1000 NRS
Total Cost: 165 USD
Total Cost: 140 USD
Total Cost: 100 USD + 3000 NRS
Total Cost: 75 USD + 3000 NRS

Manaslu Circuit Trekking Company Reviews

2023-12-13

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Just came back from Manaslu circuit excellent arranged by Mohan at North Nepal Treks. Two weeks in heaven together with and old friend and a new one - our guide Zeewan - superman on the planet - and a caring mountain man. We chose North Nepal treks advised from my daugther and her fiance who went on the same trip 6 months earlier after scanning the market of agiencies together with recommendations from her friends. Was our jubilee trip after our Annapurna circuit trip 40 years ago. Meaning we are 64 years old, but still relatively fit and running marathons though. Everything went smooth and easy. We want to go again but only with this company. Seriously
Hi from Hans and Chris from Denmark.

Christian T

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