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 area with steep terrain and simple accommodations. And Manaslu Trek Permit cost depends on the seasons that you’re planning to hike.
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.
Mount Manaslu is situated in the east of the Himalayan Range of Annapurna. It is one of the restricted areas for trekking. Thus, within the Manaslu Circuit, the Government of Nepal controls all trekking activities. Please note, you cannot issue an individual trekking permit for Manaslu, minimum 2 trekkers are required to obtain the restricted area trek permits.
Therefore, to organize your trek in this region, you will need prior permission.
Manaslu Trek Permit Cost
Manaslu trek permit cost depends on the month and number of days you are going to spend in this area. You will need three types of permits issued by the Government of Nepal to hike to Manaslu area.
Manaslu Restricted Permit: Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)
- Manaslu trek permit costs USD 100 for the first 7 days and USD 15 for each additional day between September and November
- Manaslu trek permit costs USD 75 for the first 7 days and USD 10 for each additional day between December and August.
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
Nepali Currency 200 per person is the entry fee for SAARC nationals and Nepali Currency 3390 per person for other nationals.
Tsum Valley Restricted Permit (Optional: if you want to go to the Tsum Valley)
If you choose the Tsum Valley trek it will cost USD 40 per person per week from September to November, USD 7 per day after week. Tsum Valley trekking permit costs USD 30 for the first 7 days and USD 7 each day between December and August.
Note: Entrance (permit) is not required for children under 10 years.
For visiting Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) and Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA), trekkers must carry individual entry permits.
4 Passport size photographs are required for the entry permit application.
TIMS card is not needed for the Manaslu Trekking (Trekking Information Management System), as you already have special permits for trekking, but you will need a TIMS card if you want to start your journey to Annapurna Circuit or Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal Trek or Jomsom, Muktinath and end at Pokhara.
Manaslu Trek Permit Cost: 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: 9 am to 5 pm
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
The 8th highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu shares its border with China (Tibet). Government policies in Nepal require special entry permits for open-border trekking areas. Some of the other trekking routes including Tsum Valley, Larke La Pass, and Manaslu Base Camp also share with Tibet their borders.
Manaslu Trek requires special restricted area’s permits. Hence, the permit costs are therefore quite high compared to ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) and EBC (Everest Base Camp) but are still cheaper than other treks like Upper Mustang, for example. You may become confused about the cost of the entry permit and the procedures for obtaining an entry permit. It is therefore best to consult with a licensed local trekking company or you can contact us.