Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit [Complete Guide]

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Manaslu Circuit Trek requires that you obtain three trekking permits. These permits can be obtained with the assistance of a Nepali trekking agency. Manaslu Trek, an off-beaten trekking route, was designated a restricted area in 1992. It has remained that way ever since. Solo and independent trekking are not permitted in Manaslu. To this end, all interested trekkers will be issued a Restricted Area Permit.

The Annapurna Conservation Area Project and Manaslu Conservation Area Project permits can both be applied for by trekkers and collected at offices in Kathmandu Pokhara and Besisahar. The Restricted Area Permit can only be issued by a licensed trekking agency in Nepal.

A trekking agency can help you apply for these permits and handle the documentation.

We have also provided all details about the permits, costs, and questions that can be asked to obtain the Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit.

Required Permit for Manaslu Circuit Trek, and its cost

1. Manaslu Restricted Area Permit

The Manaslu Region is located between Jagat and Dharapani. Trekkers will need a Restricted Area Permit to enter this area. Because it is close to the Tibetan border, the government of Nepal has designated it as a restricted area. This permits the control of tourism and other activities within the region. This permit would be required at Jagat's entry point. The last checkpoint is in Sama Gaun.

Only a government-registered, licensed local trekking agency can apply and collect this permit on your behalf. This permit costs depending on how many days you spend in restricted areas.

Restricted Area Permit cost

September through November (Autumn season): USD 100 for the week, then USD 15 for every additional day spent within the restricted area.

December through August (Winter, Summer, and Spring Seasons): USD 75 for the initial week, USD 10 for every additional day in the restricted zone.

2. Manaslu Conservation Area Project

The Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit (MCAP), is designed to support the protection and development of the Manaslu conservation areas, which covers an area of 1,663 square. km. The permit must be presented from Philim where the conservation area begins.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project Cost

  • Fees for SAARC nationals are NPR 1000 per head (approx. US$ 10).
  • Fee for foreign nationals is NPR 3000/person (approx. US$ 30).

 

3. Annapurna Conservation Area Project

This trek requires an Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit (ACAP), as you will be crossing the Annapurna conservation zone from Dharapani towards Besi Sahar. Proceeds from the permit are used to protect flora, fauna and develop trails in the Annapurna area. At the Dharapani entrance check point, you will need to present the ACAP permit.

ACAP Permit Cost

The fee for SAARC nationals are NRs. 1000 per person (USD 10 approx.)

Other nationals pay NRs. 3000 per person (USD 30 approx.)

Required Documents for Manaslu Trekking Permit

You will need to submit certain documents in order to obtain a Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit. Below are the documents:

  • 2 passport-sized photos (for MCAP and ACAP permits).
  • One scanned photo (to be uploaded to Manaslu RAP’s online form).
  • Photocopy of valid passport
  • Travel insurance papers (includes helicopter evacuation)
  • Nepal tourist visa

Do not worry, your trekking agency will make sure that you have all required documentation when you apply for permits

Terms and conditions for Manaslu Trekking Permits

Below are the terms and conditions of Manaslu Trekking Permits.

  • A child below ten years old is eligible for the permit at no cost.
  • The permit cannot be refunded, transferred, or exchanged. It is valid only for one entry and for individual trekkers.
  • No check points along the trekking trail issue entry permits. Only designated offices in Kathmandu or Pokhara can issue entry permits.
  •  Tourists who visit Conservation Areas should adhere to the National Park and Wildlife Conservation Act (2029 B.S. (1973)
  • You must carry your entry permit with you throughout the trek. If required, show it to the officials at the checkpoint.

 All permit costs include Value Added Tax (VAT), and other taxes.

  • Only permit holders are allowed to enter the designated areas within the conservation area.

Frequently Asked Questions about Manaslu Trekking Permit

Where can I get Manaslu trekking permits

These permits can only be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara, and not at check points along the trekking trail. To apply for and receive your trekking permits, you can choose from any one of these locations:

Kathmandu: Nepal Tourism Board Pradarsani Marg (for ACAP or MCAP), open Saturday through Sunday, except on public holidays, 9 am to 5pm.

 

In Pokhara Lamjung: The Nepal Tourism Board, Lakeside (for ACAP) is open Saturday through Sunday, except on public holidays, from 10 am to 5pm.

Besisahar Lamjung: ACAP Entry Permit Counter (for ACAP only), Besisahar is open Saturday through Sunday, except on public holidays, from 10 am to 5pm.

Your trekking agency is the only one authorized to apply for and collect the Manaslu restricted areas permit (RAP).

The trekking agency will help you with this process.

2. How do you apply for a Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit?

It is easy to apply for Manaslu Circuit Trek. However, you will need the assistance of a trekking agency. You can apply for the MCAP or ACAP permits by going to the office and submitting the application with all the documents.

You cannot apply for and obtain the RAP permit by yourself, as required by the Government of Nepal. This must be done by a licensed trekking agency in Nepal.

You will need to use the services of a trekking agency in order to apply for and obtain permits.

3. What is the time it takes to obtain permits for Manaslu Circuit trekking?

The permit should be issued within an hour after you have applied for them. It will also take less time if the trekking agency handles all this for you as they are familiar with the process.

4. Are permits available in advance?

The permits for Manaslu Circuit trekking are not usually issued in advance. This is because the Department of Immigration must verify the original passport details and visa details. It is possible to obtain it before landing in Nepal.

You will need a scanned copy your passport and tickets for your flight to Nepal as well as the visa number you have already received. You will also need to send a consent note to the Immigration Chief stating your reasons for applying in advance. Also, a letter from the trekking agency confirming that you have received all required documents upon arrival.

This is why it is best to let a professional trekking agency organize your trek and collect permits.

5. Is it necessary to have a TIMS card in order to trek this route?

A TIMS card is not required for the Manaslu circuit trek. Trekkers Information Management System card (TIMS) is not required if you combine Annapurna Circuit Trek and Manaslu Circuit Trek from Dharapani.

6. Are you looking for a guide to the Manaslu circuit hike?

Manaslu circuit is located in a restricted area. Therefore, one licensed professional guide must be used. It is mandatory because it makes it safer and easier for trekkers to follow the trail, communicate with locals, gain valuable insights into the region's geography, and protect the conservation area.

7. Can you do a solo Manaslu circuit trek?

 

The Manaslu circuit trek takes you to this restricted area. You cannot trek the entire route by yourself. This trek requires at least two trekkers, including one guide.

For safety reasons, it is advisable to join a group on the trek.

8. Is it difficult to trek the Manaslu Circuit Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek's difficulty rating is moderate to difficult. This means that you will have to be able and willing to tackle uneven terrains and high altitudes. You will need to walk for at least 13 days, 5-6 hours per day on a standard itinerary. This is due to the terrain being difficult. The challenge is in climbing to the top of Larkya La pass, at 5160m above sea level, via an icy path.

To complete the trek, you will need to have some trekking experience, be able to walk at altitudes of up to 2,000 feet, and good guidance.

Conclusion

A trusted professional trekking agency in Nepal can help you obtain a Manaslu Circuit Trek permit. To arrange this unforgettable trip, get in touch with us. We will help you quickly obtain all three permits. As our team handles the permits, you can relax and embark on this journey.

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