Manaslu Circuit Trek FAQs
Manaslu Circuit Trek is located just in between two of the most popular trekking regions in Nepal: Annapurna and Langtang region. In comparison to other trekking destinations, Manaslu Circuit Trek is a newly opened and less explored trekking destination in Nepal.
Nepal is home to some of the spectacular trekking trails that draw thousands of travelers from all around the world. Manaslu Circuit Trekking is one of the amazing trekking routes Nepal has to offer.
This 15 Days Manaslu Trekking takes you on the magical journey to the foothill of the world’s 8th highest mountain. The Manaslu Circuit Trails offers a breathtaking view of mountains and its surrounding landscapes. Along with natural beauty, you can experience the unique lifestyle of the different ethnic communities along with their culture and tradition.
Peregrine Treks and Expedition is a local trekking agency based in Kathmandu that specialized in Manaslu trekking. If you are planning to trek to Manaslu, then you may have certain questions regarding the trek. So to clear your doubt, we have come up with the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Manaslu Trek. These Manaslu Circuit Trek FAQs are prepared for four-season and specific Manaslu region. And we hope that these answers will clear your doubts and help you plan the trip better. If you have further questions or query please feel free to contact us.
Most Frequently Asked Questions About Manaslu Circuit Trek
How many days do I need for Manaslu Circuit Trek?
The duration of the Manaslu trek depends on various factors such as where is the starting and endpoint of the trek, your walking pace, if you want to any side trips, trek itinerary, and so on. But, generally, the Manaslu Circuit trek takes about 10 to 15 days. And if you want to take a side trip to Tsum Valley along with Manaslu trekking then, you may take around 18 to 21 days to complete the trek.
Is it difficult?
If you lack the physical and mental fitness, then the trek can be very difficult. But if you are physically fit and you have done a proper preparation for the trek then it won’t be that difficult. With proper acclimatization and few rest days, you can easily complete the trek.
Furthermore, if you want to know more about the difficulty factors, please check our blog on “Manaslu Trek Difficulty”
Do I need a guide to trek the Manaslu region?
As you may already know that the Manaslu region comes under the restricted areas of Nepal, Trekking in Manaslu Circuit without a guide is not possible. You must have a licensed trekking guide with you. Along with that, you will need a licensed guide or trekking agency to obtain the Manaslu Trek permits.
Similarly, the Manaslu trek trails are not well marked. Thus, having a guide will help you through navigation, during emergencies, and for negotiations.
What shorts of trekking permits do I need?
To trek in the Manaslu Region you will require three permits which are as follows:
- Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit
- Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
Furthermore, if you are planning to do Tsum valley along with the Manaslu Circuit Trek then you will need an additional permit: Tsum Valley restricted area permit. For more detail about the trekking permits and their cost, please feel free to visit our Manaslu Trek permits and costs blog.
Do I need to carry a tent, mattress, etc for the Manaslu trek?
No, you don’t. Since Manaslu Trek is a famous tea house trek in Nepal, there won’t be any problem regarding the food and accommodation along the trail. There are many teahouses along the trail. However, the service they provide is pretty basic.
Furthermore, we recommend you pack a sleeping bag, as it will be a great help to get through those chilly nights.
Is there electricity in tea houses to charge my gadgets?
Except at Gumpa Lungdang and Dharmasala, every other village in the trail have electricity that means you can charge your camera, mobile phones, and other electronic gadgets in the teahouse. However, they will charge you a couple of dollars for a full charge.
Is there WiFi during the trek?
You will have WiFi services in a few places such as Namrung, Lho, Samagaun, Bhimthang, Dharapani, etc.
How long do I need to walk per day?
The total distance of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is around 177 KM. That means you will have to walk 6 to 7 hrs (more or less 15 km) per day. But when you are above 3000 m then the distance will be shorter (more or less 10/12 km.)
What is the best time to trek the Manaslu Region?
Although Manaslu Trek can be done throughout the year, the best season for Manaslu Circuit Trek is during Spring (March, April, and May) and autumn (September, October, and November). During this time, the weather and temperature are just perfect for trekking. The days are bright and sunny with clear skies. And there is very little chance of rainfall during these seasons. But you still can trek some other month as well. For further detail, please read our blog on “Best time for Manaslu Trekking“.
Can I trek solo with a guide?
As Manaslu Region falls under the restricted area of Nepal, trekking solo in the Manaslu region is forbidden. You will at least require a licensed trekking guide with you and you will have to pay twice for the special permit.
What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?
Altitude Sickness is a major difficulty factor for most of the trekkers during this trek. Since this is a high altitude trekking in Nepal, there is a high chance of altitude sickness. The common symptoms of altitude sickness are vomiting, fever, headache, nausea, dizzy, losing appetite, weakness, often waking, hard to breathe, feeling too cold, diarrhea, etc.
However, with proper acclimatization and rest day, you can adjust to the altitude and avoid altitude sickness. Furthermore, always keep yourself hydrated and walk slow and steady( DON’T RUSH).
Do I need special training for exploring the Manaslu region?
Yes, you will need to prepare for the trek. But that doesn’t mean you have to be a professional athlete or experienced hiker to do the trek.
However, training is the best measure to keep you fit physically and mentally and prepare for a challenging trek. Proper training can make your trek much easier. Train your body by walking for a few hours with a backpack to build your shoulder and arm strength before the trek. Along with that do regular, cardiovascular fitness based exercises such as cycling, running, jogging, swimming, etc.