The 11 days long Manaslu Circuit Trek is a less visited trekking trail in Nepal. This trek starts from the village of Machhakhola in the Gorkha District and reaches an altitude of 5,106 meters (16,751 feet) at Larke La Pass.
To begin the trek, some permits, and a guide are required, and the area has some formalities due to its restricted status. Along the trail, trekkers can enjoy views of the mountains such as Manaslu 8,163 meters| 26,781 Feet, Annapurna 8,901 meters| 26,540 feet, Ganesh 7,429 meters| 24,370 feet, and Lamjung 6,983 meters| 22,907 feet.
The general walk is considered moderately difficult and typically takes around 9 to 17 days to complete. This covers an average distance of 15-20 km per day with a hiking time of around 6-8 hrs. The region is known for its stunning mountain views, diverse landscapes, and unique cultural experiences. Considering the experience this journey cost is also reasonable.
Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek
The best time for the 11-day Manaslu Circuit Trek is during autumn (September to December) and spring (March to June). These seasons offer the most favorable weather conditions for trekking, with clear skies, stable weather, and comfortable temperatures.
- The skies are clear, providing breathtaking views of the mountains in the Manaslu region.
- The weather is stable, with comfortable daytime temperatures and chilly nights.
- Ideal time to cross the challenging Larke La Pass (5,106 meters) with lesser snowfall.
- Mild temperatures, blooming rhododendron forests, and vibrant landscapes.
- Optimal trekking conditions, make it the best time to embark on the trek.
Both seasons provide a unique and enriching trekking experience, with clear skies, stable weather, and comfortable temperatures. Choosing the hiking trail before it becomes too crowded, like the Everest Base Camp is recommended.
Manaslu Circuit Trek 11-day: Is It right for me?
To perform the 11 days of the Manaslu trek, you need to have the physical capability to walk for long hours and cover distances of approximately 12 to 18 kilometers each day.
Assessing your fitness level and consulting with a healthcare professional before attempting this hike is important. The trek is considered moderately difficult and requires a good level of physical fitness. You should be able to hike for several hours each day, carry a light daypack, and be able to handle steep and rocky terrain.
It is recommended to start preparing for the trek 2-3 weeks before the commencement of the journey, with strength endurance training, elevation training, and aerobic conditioning. Mental preparation is also important, as travelers need to be prepared for long days of trekking, changing weather conditions, and unexpected situations.
The short Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remote and demanding adventure, and it is recommended to have a medical kit, including basic medicines and a few prescribed ones. The trek is well-documented, and there are several different Manaslu Circuit itineraries. Licensed guides and porters are compulsory, and it is important to make sure your body can handle all the challenges that lie ahead on the trail.
Permits and Guides Requirements for Manaslu Circuit Trek
The Manaslu Circuit Trek was opened to international travelers in 1991 and is still considered a restricted area. However, foreigners can obtain permits to explore this area and witness the stunning Manaslu throughout the trail.
The Manaslu Trek requires several permits for trekking in the region. Here are the details for each permit:
I. Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP):
- This permit costs $100 for the first 7 days and $15 per day for additional days from September to November.
- It cannot be issued for solo travelers.
- The Hiker must be associated with a trekking agency and its guide.
- This trip requires a minimum of 2 individuals.
II. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP):
- The cost of this permit is $30 per person.
- This can be easily obtained once you arrive in Nepal with a passport copy.
III. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP):
- The permit costs $30 per person and is similar to the MCAP.
Please note that the permit fees include Value Added Tax (VAT) and other government taxes. The permits can only be obtained in Kathmandu, and not at checkpoints along the hiking trail.
Manaslu Circuit Trek 11-days: Cost Breakdown
The Manaslu Circuit Trek 11-day cost usually ranges from $850-$1150 per person. The budget range is calculated depending on the number of travelers, days of stay, food, and accommodation.
This hike is a premium price because, in the Manaslu region, a single person will never be able to get a permit. So, to find another fellow traveler for a permit is a must which needs extra charges.
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