Manaslu Trek Permit Cost

Manaslu region is considered as one of Nepal’s finest trekking destinations. The Manaslu Circuit was opened in 1991 A.D. for trekking.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remote trekking destination with steep terrain and tea houses accommodation. And the Manaslu Trek Permit cost depends on the seasons that you’re planning to trek.

The Manaslu region is a restricted trekking area. Its main goal is to preserve its natural and cultural heritage. Over the past few years, trekking tour in this isolated area has become more popular.

Manaslu Trek Permit

The Manaslu Trek is a popular trekking route in Nepal that requires a special trekking permit. The permit is necessary because the trail passes through a restricted area that is protected by the government to preserve the local culture and natural environment.

To obtain a Manaslu Trek Permit, you need to meet the following requirements:

  1. You must be accompanied by a licensed trekking guide.
  2. You must have a minimum of two trekkers in your group.
  3. You must have a valid passport with at least six months validity.
  4. You must provide a recent passport-sized photo.
  5. You must pay the permit fee in US dollars.

The permit fee for the Manaslu Trek varies depending on the season:

  • September to November: US$100 per person per week, and US$15 for each additional day.
  • December to August: US$75 per person per week, and US$10 for each additional day.

Manaslu Trek Permit – Terms & Conditions

This permit for entry is only valid for individual trekkers. It is not refundable and it is non-transferable. The holder of the permit can only enter the selected sites within the Conservation Area.

A person entering the Conservation Area must agree with National Park and Wildlife Conservation Act, 2029 B.S. regulations. (1973) This entry permit must be carried throughout the entire trip and should be shown to the Conservation Area staff concerned if it is to be checked

Entry permits will not be issued on all trekking routes from any check posts. In special circumstances, however, entry permits can be issued with an additional charge of 100% from the check posts. So, before entering the Conservation Areas, you must take the necessary entry permits. Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA) and Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) entry permits will only be issued from the following entry permit counters listed below.

Kathmandu: Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu (for Annapurna & Manaslu).
Opening hours: Sunday to Saturday except on public holidays in Kathmandu: 9am to 5pm

Pokhara: Nepal Tourism Board, (for Annapurna only) Pardi Damside.
Opening hours: Sunday to Saturday except on public holidays in Pokhara: 10 am to 5 pm

Besisahar/Lamjung: ACAP Entry Permit Center, Besisahar, Lamjung (for Annapurna only)
Opening hours: Sunday to Saturday except on public holidays in Lamjung: 10 am to 5 pm

Government policies in Nepal require special entry permits for open-border trekking areas. Some of the trekking routes including Tsum Valley, Larke La Pass, and Manaslu Base Camp shares its borders with Tibet.

General Manaslu Trek Permit FAQs

Where can I get the permits?

An individual trekking permit for Manaslu cannot be issued. Your agency will handle the paperwork and have your permit issued for you.

Do I need a TIMS card to trek to Manaslu?

No, you do not require a TIMS Card. But, if you continue on to the Annapurna Circuit from Dharapani, you will need a TIMS card, but you can use the same ACAP Permit for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Why Annapurna Conservation Area Permit required for the Manaslu Trek?

As part of the regular Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will trek to Beshisahar from Dharapani (within ACAP). Even though you will be trekking in the Annapurna Conservation Area for only two days, you still have to obtain a permit.

How many photographs do I need for the permits?

Two printed passport-sized photographs and one scanned photograph are required. Printed photographs will be used for ACAP and MCAP, while scanned photographs will be uploaded to the Manaslu RAP online application form.

How long does it take to get the permit?

Normally, it takes at least 2 hours to issue the permit. When the online system fails, everything must be done manually, which can take several hours.

Final Say

Manaslu Trek requires special restricted areas’ permits. Hence, the permit costs are quite expensive compared to ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) and EBC (Everest Base Camp) but still cheaper than other treks like Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo Trek.

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