How much does it cost to trek the Manaslu Circuit?
Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best off-the-beaten-trail treks in Nepal. It is an ultimate paradise for those travel fanatics who are looking for an adventurous journey in the Himalayas.
This magical journey takes you to the foothill of Mt. Manaslu, the world’s 8th highest mountain. Located in the Gorkha District, the Manaslu Region is situated between the Annapurna mountains and the Langtang Valley. The trek is filled with varied landscapes, rich biodiversity, flora, and fauna, along with a diverse culture.
If you are browsing through Manaslu Circuit Trek cost, then you are definitely planning to do this Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Along with proper training and physical and mental fitness of the body, the financial aspect is a major concern for every trekker. Thus, planning your basic cost estimate highly helps you to outline your trip well.
You can explore the Manalsu Region in two ways: the classical Manalsu Circuit Trek and Manaslu Circuit Trek via Tsum Valley. Hence, your Manaslu Circuit Trek cost depends on various factors such as how you want to trek when you want to trek, and the number of days you want to spend on the trail.
Now let us go through the cost detail of Manaslu Circuit trek which shows where you will spend your money:
Major expenses for Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Trek Permit Cost
Manaslu region is classified as a restricted area by the Nepal Government since some of the villages share borders with China (Tibet).
Hence, trekkers are required to obtain the special restricted permit to trek inside the Manaslu region. The Manaslu Trek Permit cost varies according to the trekking season and duration of the trek.
September, October, and November are the best seasons for Manaslu trekking. Hence, the costs of the permit are more expensive during these months in comparison to off-seasons.
You will need a total of 3 permits for the Manaslu Circuit trek. They are:
- Restricted Area permit
- Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit
Manaslu Restricted Area Permit Cost
- September to November: USD 100 per week (Additional USD 15 per day beyond a week).
- December to August: USD 75 per week (Additional USD 10 per day beyond a week)
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit cost is USD 23 per person.
Manaslu Conservation Area Permit
- Manaslu Conservation Area Permit cost is USD 23 per person.
Tsum Valley Restricted Permit (if Tsum Valley is included in your list)
If you are planning to trek the Manaslu Circuit via Tsum Valley, then you require an additional Tsum Valley Permit.
- Tsum Valley Restricted Permit is USD 35 per week per person.
Note: This may seem quite confusing, hence it is better to consult this with your local travel agency or simply you can contact us.
Transportation Cost for Manalsu Circuit Trek
The Manaslu trek begins from Arughat or Sotikhola and ends at either Tal or Besisahar. You have to drive through to the off-beat roads either by taking a local bus or hire a private jeep. The cost of transportation depends on which medium you choose. Here is the detail regarding the transportation cost:
Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat
- Distance: 141 km
- Duration: 7-9 hours by bus or jeep
If you decide to travel on a local bus to Soti Kholo then, you need to make a transit at Arughat and change the vehicle to get to Soti Khola. (Since there is no direct public transportation to Soti Khola from Kathmandu.)
Traveling on a local bus will cost you around USD 10 – USD 15 to reach Soti Khola from Kathmandu.
Private Jeeps are an easier and more convenient way of traveling to Soti Khola.
Private jeeps are much expensive than the local buses and will charge you USD 200 – USD 250. If you are traveling in a group, then the cost can be divided among the travelers thereby reducing your cost.
Dharapani to Kathmandu via Beshi Sahar
- Distance: 190 km
- Duration: 7-8 hours
From Dharapani, there are no direct bus or jeep to Kathmandu but you can find local jeeps that will take you to Besisahar. So, first of all, you will have to make a transit to Beshi Sahar and get into a different vehicle to Kathmandu.
The local jeeps from Dharapani to Besisahar will cost you around USD 20 – USD 25 per person or you can hire a private jeep which costs around USD 200 – USD 250.
From Besisahar, you can take a local jeep to Kathmandu for USD 10 – USD 15 per person or take a local bus for USD 7 per person.
Manaslu Trek is a famous tea house trek and hence you will find many tea houses for accommodation along the trail. You will be staying in these teahouses with very basic service throughout the entire trek.
Tea Houses charge about USD 6 – USD 10 for a night. The rooms are quite basic: twin sharing basis with a shared bathroom. But if you want a room all for yourself, they will charge you twice the price.
Food and Drink Costs
Since you are trekking in the remotest part of the country, transportation is a big problem in the region. All the food supplies are transported by porters and mules. Hence, the food and other basic needs are on the pricer side. And as you go on the higher altitude, the cost of food becomes more expensive.
It will cost you roughly around USD 5 for a meal i.e. USD 15 – USD 20 on a daily basis.
Normally, dal-bhat, a typical Nepali meal, is the most common meal in any treks around Nepal. It includes rice, lentil soup, vegetable curry, and some pickles. This food is filling, healthy and good for mountains.
Speaking of drinks, tea and coffee could cost you USD 1.5 – USD 4 and USD 2 – USD 4 respectively. Similarly, A bottle of beer will cost you about USD 2 – USD 5, and A bottle of water or soda will cost you around USD 0.5 – USD 4.
However, I highly recommend you to avoid any kind of alcoholic drinks as it develops the risk of Altitude sickness.
Cost of guides and porters
As mentioned earlier, Manaslu Circuit Trek falls under the restricted area. Hence, nobody is allowed to do Manaslu Trek without a guide. There must be at least a group of two trekkers accompanied by a registered trekking guide.
Nowadays, you can easily find a single person that does the job of both porter and guide. He will guide you along a trail as well as carry your load. Here is the cost for hiring a professional guide, porters and porter cum guide:
- Professional guides: USD 25 – USD 30 per day including food and accommodations.
- Cost of porters: USD 20 – USD 25, including food and accommodations.
- Cost of porter-guide: USD 22 – USD25, including food and accommodations.
If you wish to lower your Manaslu Trek cost then, hiring a porter-guide is cheaper in comparison to hiring an individual guide and a porter.
Cost of travel insurance
Travel insurance is mandatory if you are planning to trek in Nepal. Having travel insurance covers all the extra expenses that may arise due to injuries or accidents during the trek. Additionally, it will also include the cost of an ambulance, helicopter rescue, doctor’s fees, treatment cost, hospital charges, the repatriation cost, the cost of theft and liability, cancellation, and misplaced luggage.
Hence, if any of these events occur, then you won’t have to worry about the expenses.
A 30-day travel insurance policy costs you around USD 150 – USD 200.
Furthermore, make sure that the policy that you are choosing, covers up to the height of 6,000 meters.
Cost of clothes and trekking gears
Manaslu Circuit Trek is a high altitude trek as we all know. So, the weather and temperature vary according to the altitude. Hence, you will require proper clothes and trekking gear to make the trek easier.
Talking about the cost of clothes and trekking gears, it depends on how much you already own, and how much are you willing to buy. Tentatively speaking, the clothes and the trekking gears will cost you roughly around USD 1500- USD 2000.
However, if you are not a regular trekker then I recommend you rent the gear and equipment to further lower your Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost. You can easily rent the gears from Thamel.
Other Miscellaneous Costs
Apart from all these expenses, there are a few extra costs that you will bear during the trek which are as follows:
Charging Your Electronic Gadgets
Charging your electronic gadgets such as a camera, mobile phone, etc may cost you a few dollars.
Since there are no plugs points in the room, you have to charge your device is a commonplace i.e in the reception area.
The owner will charge you about USD 3 – USD 5 for an hour of charging.
Hot Water Bath
Hot showers are treated as a luxury in the Himalayas. Only a few teahouses provide a hot water bath service. They will provide you a bucket of hot water and it will cost you USD 0.5 – USD 1 for a bucket of hot water.
Tips for The Staff
Tipping is always expected from the guides and the porter. Hence, to show your companions of the trek your gratitude, you can give your porters and guide some tips after the trek is over. Since there is not a fixed tipping rate, you can give as much as you want.
Note: This is not mandatory.
Some Tips to Reduce the Manaslu Circuit Trek Cost
- Buy the snacks while you are in Kathmandu as it cost higher if you buy during the trek.
- Bring your own water bottle and water purification tablets.
- Try eating Dal-Bhat while on the trail since it is cheap and also very healthy.
- It is not possible to take a bath every day while trekking so it is a good idea to bring along some wet wipes to wipe your body with.
- Bring along a solar battery charger or a portable power bank and extra batteries for your camera.
- Travel using the local transportation.
- Trek in Off-season.
Trekking in Nepal is much more affordable than any other part of the world. So is the cost of Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Depending on your trekking itineraries and how you choose to trek, the Manaslu Circuit trek cost varies. If you have any questions or queries regarding this trek or any other treks in the Manaslu region, contact us.