Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost: Everything You Should Know
Manaslu Circuit trek cost

Nepal is the most favorite destination for intrepid trekkers globally, combining the highest Himalayas with thrilling walking trails. You will need some essential factors in the Manaslu circuit trek cost.

These are crucial components such as transportation, guides (and probably porters), permits, food, and accommodation, which complete the Manaslu Circuit trek price.

The country is rich in bio-diversities and culture, and Nepal has the 8th world’s highest mountains out of the 14th most famous mountains. It spreads from 150 meters to 8848 meters from the sea level. You may find a unique climate from the sub-tropical to tundra in this charming country, with the heavenly paradise of natural resources.

These natural resources crafted many thrilling trekking trails across Nepal. Among them, the Manaslu Circuit trek is famous for its magnificent peaks, natural beauty, and daring itinerary. Many trekkers may choose to explore the serene, less crowded atmosphere with beautiful nature and Nepalese-Tibetan culture.

Manaslu view from Lho Gaon
An Arial view of Manaslu

When it comes to reality, once you’ve decided to commence this delightful and magnificent trip, you may be worried about how it will impact your budget for your holiday. So, here’s a comprehensive overview of the Manaslu Circuit Trek cost.

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Transportation

Transportation is the main feature of any activity and is also crucial for this trip, as the Manaslu region is isolated and not adequately connected to the modern world yet. There are only undulating roads to reach the trek’s starting point, either a local bus or a private jeep.

The local bus fare is around $10 per person, and it takes time to get there because of waiting for passengers. If you prefer comfortable travel along the off-road, it is advised to take a private jeep, and an approximate cost is $180 to $200.

The return transportation fees will be variable according to the ending point of the journey. Otherwise, the same price applies if your trip ends at Dharapani or Taal while returning to Kathmandu.

Travel to local bus
Thrilling Experience when you’re traveling to the local bus

Transport plays a vital role in the Manaslu Circuit Trek cost. Trekking packages are not going to be cheap because of transportation.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost For Permits

The Manaslu region is a restricted area due to its proximity to Tibet. It was opened in 1992 for group trekkers. So, you will need to take three different permits, which are:

  • MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project)
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) MRAP (Manaslu Restricted Area Permit)
  • If you want to go to Tsum Valley Trek, you must have a Tsum Valley Trek Restricted Area Permit.

First, let’s talk about the special permit for the Manaslu region issued by the Department of Immigration. Manaslu permit fees vary depending on the season and the number of days within the trek. The permit fee structures are given below.

  • $100 per week, and an additional $15 per day beyond a week for the autumn season (From September to November)
  • $75 per week, and an extra $10 per day beyond a week for winter, spring, and summer (From December to August)

You will likely need the special permits for 8 or 9 days if your trek duration is 14 days. If trekking is more than 14 days, you should have ten days of restricted area permits.

  • MCAP and ACAP costs are around $30 each, but there is no limitation on days.

Following the permit fee structure will apply if you expand your trip to The Tsum Valley trek.

  • For the autumn season (September- November), $40 per person per week and $10 per day beyond a week.
  • The Tsum Valley Permit fee for the winter, spring, and summer seasons (December – August) is $30 per person/week and $7 per person/day (beyond a week)

The revised visa and the trekking permit fees will be effective from 17th July 2019.

Note: for the Tsum Valley Trek and Manaslu circuit, the TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) is unnecessary as you already have special trekking permits.

You will need a TIMS card if you prefer to connect a trip to the Annapurna Circuit or a further trek to Jomsom and end up at Pokhara.

The Manaslu Circuit trek cost is pretty high because of the special permits compared to Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp, but it is still cheaper than Upper Dolpo Trek and Upper Mustang Trek.

Guide and porters’ cost

The Manaslu region is a controlled area, so you should go together with a guide. Hence, you cannot trek to Manaslu solo without a guide. The guide price ranges from $25 to $45, depending on their proficiency and Experience.  

A guide who is an expert on destinations and has variable languages will have a higher price. You will ensure no language barrier to communication and meet whatever you expect during the trek.

Therefore, based on your decision, you’ll principally need an authorized guide or porter. However, we highly recommend you go with a qualified tour guide for safety and sophistication purposes.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Itinerary
The Manaslu Guide

Accommodation, i.e., lodges/tea houses

Due to its unique geographical combination, natural high Himalayas, and ethnic local culture, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is growing. It is good news! There are also built-up lodges after the earthquake. Nowadays, Manaslu Trek does not require any camping unless you go for Manaslu Expedition or off the beaten track.

The lodges or tea houses offer a bed based on twin sharing. If you ask them, you will find a single occupancy room in rare cases, but a supplementary cost will apply.

Please note that the accommodation fees include a Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost based on two people. Generally, the twin-sharing room price is approximately $5 to $10, according to the elevation.

If you want to change your trekking, our organization will offer you. For the latest information and camping trekking prices, you may also contact us or email us.

The cost of meals and drinks

Because of its remoteness, as we all know about the transport condition in the region, the men or mules are used as transportation for all the essential supplies. There might be variable prices for both meals and drinks despite the difficulty of transferring goods as per elevation.

Thus, you may have to manage a budget of at least $5 to $10 per meal, i.e., $20 to $25 per day. Of course, the meal price may vary depending on your appetite, the number of dishes, and the types of beverages you order.  

The prices of beverages on this tour are almost similar to the other regions. The prices for a cup of tea and coffee range from $1.5 to $2 and $3.5 to $5, respectively. Similarly, a bottle of beer costs $3.5 to $7, whereas a bottle of mineral water ranges from $0.5 to $3, according to the elevation.

Other miscellaneous costs

There will be any additional costs that might be needed during the journey. So, preparing for those things in your budget would be best. The miscellaneous price is no other than your expectation. It may cost you a few dollars to charge your gadgets (mobile phone, tablets, and camera) or maybe for a shower; it can be a bucket shower heated by gas or firewood. The mountain is a tourist area, so you may not expect it to be cheap.

Likewise, you may add some dollars as an entrance fee while visiting monasteries, gompas, and temples; they might expect a few donations to maintain trails. Finally, your guide and porters also expect some tips as a sign of your gratitude. Tipping towards the crew is compulsory, reflecting your willingness and Experience during the trip.

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Conclusion

Now, you may figure out the approximate ideas for the Manaslu Circuit Trek cost and beyond. It usually depends on the services you choose. Many companies offer this trek at different rates, so it makes you a bit confused to decide which is the best and most reliable.

If you go through the international operators, they offer more than $2000 for this trek. As a local operator, we offer you the Manaslu Circuit Trek, which costs only $1350, including the services on the trek description for 20 days. However, the group size is a minimum of two to 14 people.

I hope you enjoy this article regarding the pricing ideas for the Manaslu Circuit Trek. If you are considering a trip to Nepal, you are now in the right place to book your holiday.

So, come and trek with Himalayan Exploration Treks, a fast-growing trekking company registered with the Nepal Government under the tourism department.

Our concern on sustainability, you may enjoy every moment with our expert team of professionals with an unforgettable travel experience.

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Kumar Lama
Kumar Lama is a founder of Himalayan Exploration Treks Pvt. Ltd. He is leading a team of travel professional offering tailor made travel services across Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.

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