Frequently Asked Questions of Manaslu Circuit Trek; Manaslu Trek FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions of Manaslu Circuit Trek; Manaslu Trek FAQs
Modified on Jan 25, 2022
Manaslu Trek is a very adventurous and challenging yet rewarding venture in the Himalayas, Nepal. Not being as famous as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Langtang Valley Trek, trekkers usually have lots of questions regarding the Manaslu Circuit Trek package.
We keep hearing some questions frequently regarding Manaslu Circuit Trek from our guests and in general. Therefore, with this Manaslu Circuit Trek blog, we aim to answer all of your frequently asked questions regarding Manaslu Circuit Trekking.
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a strenuous trek advised to experienced trekkers only. The trekking route is challenging and explores a remote area where everything is limited. The trail has uncountable ascents and descents along steep, rocky, and forested paths. Similarly, the trekkers have to survive in bare minimum services and confront high altitudes.
How long is Manaslu Trek?
We offer 18 days of adventurous Manaslu Trek. Our Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary also has arrival and departure dates. You can customize the itinerary as per your requirements.
How high is Manaslu?
Mt. Manaslu is 8,163 meters high from sea level. At the same time, the highest point during the Manaslu Circuit Trek is Larkya La (pass) at 5,106 meters.
Is Manaslu Circuit Trek doable?
Yes, Manaslu Circuit Trek is doable with a strong crew (guide and porters). As the terrain is challenging and the region is very remote, previous trekking experience, fitness, and endurance matter a lot. Pack properly and design itinerary including ample rest days to make the trip smooth and safe.
When to plan Manaslu Trek?
If you are planning to explore the Manaslu region, then the best time will be March to April and October to November. The spring and autumn are the peak seasons to do Manaslu Circuit Trek. These seasons have the most beautiful views, weather, and climatic conditions. Check out our Manaslu Circuit Trek in Autumn blog.
What is special about Manaslu? How is it different from Everest and Annapurna?
Manaslu Circuit Trekking offers an off-beat challenging venture in the Himalayas, which distinguishes it from other famous treks in Nepal. The trekking trails are less crowded, and the mountain views are surreal. You will get to experience rich Tibetan Buddhist culture and diverse vegetation.
Similarly, begin a restricted area in Nepal, not anyone can travel in the region as per their wish. Trekkers have to follow the mandatory regulations and pay an expensive permit fee. Trekking in the Manaslu region is more on the exclusive side, which makes it different from the popular Everest Base Camp trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Can I do Manaslu trek Solo?
No, you can't do Manaslu Circuit Trek solo. Neither an independent guide can help you get the restricted area permit. As per the rules, there have to be two trekkers in a group with a guide and porter. You have to trek with a Nepali-registered trekking company, and they can only help you get the necessary trekking permits.
Will I need oxygen on the trek?
No, usually trekkers do not need supplemental oxygen during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Moreover, our Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary is created, adding enough acclimatization days that allow trekkers to get used to the elevation as it rises.
What is the average group size of Manaslu Circuit Trek?
The average group size of Manaslu Trek is around 4 to 12. As it is a restricted area and the trail is quite difficult, not many people travel here. Our groups are small and allow us to equally provide attention to each of our guests.
How to prepare for Manaslu Circuit Trek?
To prepare for Manaslu Circuit Trekking, you have to work on building your stamina and walking long hours (6-7 hours minimum per day). Manaslu trek is recommended for experienced trekkers who are known to the Himalayan trails and can bear the challenges.
Cardiovascular exercises like cycling, running, or swimming are a great way to strengthen your core body and increase stamina. You can also go to the gym and create a routine that will help you get ready for the journey. Similarly, go on regular hikes and get practice walking for long hours.
You can learn in detail about Manaslu trek preparation in this blog.
Where is the starting and ending point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
We offer a well-designed 18 days Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary. As per our itinerary, the starting point of the trek is Soti Khola at 710 meters. From Kathmandu, it takes 8 to 9 hours of scenic drive to reach this place.
Likewise, the ending point of our trek is Syange at 1,080 meters. From here, it takes another 8 to 9 hours of scenic drive to reach Kathmandu. While driving, we will be using a comfortable private jeep.
Do I need permits to trek to Manaslu?
Yes, you need permits to trek to Manalsu. Moreover, the Manaslu region is a restricted area in Nepal, therefore the trekkers have to take a special Restricted Area Permit (RAP) from the government of Nepal to trek in this region. Likewise, you will also need Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit.
How much does the Manaslu Circuit Trek cost?
Manaslu Circuit Trek costs depend on the itinerary you are following and the trekking company you are traveling with. We offer a genuine and affordable Manaslu Circuit Trek price that goes around USD 1300 to USD 1400.
Our Manaslu Circuit Trek package cost includes all the permits, accommodation & meals during the trek, expenses of guide & porter, and ground transportation and accommodation in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
Likewise, travel insurance, tips, international flight fares, personal expenses, etc, are not covered by the package cost.
What type of accommodation to expect during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Manaslu Trekking offers basic tea house accommodation. The rooms are small with double beds and a common washroom at most of the places. Even though you will get a blanket in the teahouses, do carry a good-quality sleeping bag with you while trekking to keep yourself warm. Camping trek is also a good alternative for Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Why is tea house trekking better than camping?
Tea house trekking is an affordable option compared to camping. Run by the locals, the tea house trekking also allows you to directly contribute to the community and make the trip somewhat easy.
Camping trek to Manaslu is a great option, but it comes with a great price too. As you have to carry every little essential, you will need to hire porters, which can get expensive. If your pocket allows, then camping trek offers a very raw and satisfying trekking experience.
What are the meal options during Manaslu Circuit Trek?
During the Manaslu Circuit Trekking, you will get mainly Nepali and Tibetan dishes. Dal bhat, porridge, momo, soups, thukpa, thenduk, Tibetan bread, etc are some common dishes. Likewise, the menu also includes veggies, curry (veg/non-veg), sandwiches, chapati, toast, pasta, etc.
If you are ordering a meat item, then make sure to ask if it is fresh or not. Likewise, boiled drinking water is available in every village throughout the trek. Carry water purification tablets for extra safety.
How are telecommunication and wifi facilities in Manaslu Region?
Manaslu region is very far away from modern communication facilities. Only 40% of the Manaslu Circuit Trekking route has cell phone signals. If you want to use cellular data, then get a Nepali sim with a data package to use while trekking.
In some villages like Samagaun and Samdo, you may get to use WiFi service. The service provider may ask you a few extra bucks. While trekking with us, our guide carries a satellite phone that will keep you connected with us during the trip.
What should my insurance policy cover on Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Firstly, travel insurance is important to join Manaslu Circuit Trek. Your travel insurance must cover emergency air evacuation (up to 6000 meters) and medical bills. There are a few health posts to zero hospitals in the region.
If any accidents happen during the trek, your travel insurance is the only way to provide you with quick medical assistance. You can also include flight cancellation, baggage loss, theft of personal items, etc in the travel insurance.
What to pack for Manaslu Trek?
Before the beginning of the trek, our team will assist you with the packing list. You have to be well-packed to make the trip successful and pleasant. This blog offers an in-depth packing guide for a two-week trek in the Himalayas.
Generally, the packing list is comprised of base layer breathable clothing, down jacket, windproof/waterproof clothing pieces, hat/beanies, gloves, socks, trekking shoes, leisure shoes/slippers, trekking pole, sleeping bag, headlamp, toiletries (sunscreen, lip balm, moisturizer, toilet paper, toothpaste & toothbrush, comb, soap, tissue paper, etc), first-aid kit, snacks, etc.
Is it possible to customize the trip?
Yes, you can customize Manaslu Circuit Trek with us. We offer a tailor-made Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary option. We will help you create your dream trek within your budget and convenience. Contact us anytime for further queries.
Can I apply for a Manaslu trek permit individually?
No, you cannot apply for Manaslu Circuit Trek individually. Neither an independent trekking guide can help you get one.
Is there electricity in tea houses to charge my camera and cell phone?
You will get electricity in most of the villages to charge your camera and cell phone. Some places may ask you for a few extra bucks to let you use their charging stations.
At Gumpa Lungdang and Dharmasala, you will not get to charge your device. Do carry extra batteries for your convenience. You can also buy a solar charger.
How long do I need to walk per day?
You will need to walk 6 to 7 hours on a daily basis during the Manaslu Circuit Trek. On average the distance will be 10 to 12 kilometers. The path will be rugged and steep.
How busy is the Manaslu Circuit trek compared to the Annapurna Circuit trek?
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most famous treks in the Himalayas and sees more than 10,000+ trekkers from all around the year each season. Manaslu Circuit Trek sees a handful of trekkers (around 2000) every year. The above numbers are only seen during the peak trekking seasons.
Is my trip a guaranteed departure?
Yes, we offer guaranteed Manaslu Circuit Trek departure. In case if any trekker leaves the group or cancels his/her trip, then it will not affect you. You will be embarking on the journey on the fixed date.
*Note: If things happen out of our control, like political disturbance, unseen climatic emergencies, epidemics, etc, then we may postpone the trip.
Will I get altitude sickness on the trek?
Even with our best efforts, we cannot guarantee that you will not get altitude sickness during the Manaslu Trekking. Everybody is different and reacts differently to the change in altitude.
What we assure is that the chances of you getting altitude sickness following our Manaslu Circuit Trek itinerary will be quite low. For instance, if you get altitude sickness, then our professional crew will take care of you and make sure to help you get over it.
How do I prevent altitude sickness during the Manaslu Circuit Trek?
To prevent altitude sickness during the Manaslu Circuit Trekking, you can take the following measure:
Drop to the lower altitude and spend the night.
Closely monitor the symptoms and only proceed further if the symptoms go away.
Carry prescribed altitude sickness medicine.
Drink plenty of water and other fluids to keep yourself hydrated.
Do not drink alcohol or smoke as it will dehydrate your body and result in altitude sickness.
Eat nutritious food and get enough sleep.
Prepare your body and mind to cope with the difficulties and high elevation.
I, Dipendra is an Adventure Specialist and founder of Scenic Nepal Treks and working in Mountain Travel and Tourism for more than a decade.
I have been leading different Hiking groups from all around the World to the Himalayas including Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, and many more. Follow me for my adventure on Facebook and Instagram