Manaslu Circuit Trek FAQs
Manaslu Circuit Trek is between Nepal’s most popular trekking regions: the Annapurna and Langtang regions. Compared to other trekking destinations, Manaslu Circuit Trek is Nepal’s newly opened and less explored trekking destination.
Nepal is home to spectacular trekking trails that draw thousands of travelers worldwide. Manaslu Circuit Trekking is one of Nepal’s great trekking routes.
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 offer a breathtaking view of mountains and their landscapes. Along with natural beauty, you can experience the unique lifestyle of the different ethnic communities and their culture and tradition.
Peregrine Treks and Expedition is a local trekking agency specializing in Manaslu in Kathmandu. If you plan to trek to Manaslu, you may have specific 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 F.A.Q.s are prepared for four-season and specific Manaslu regions. And we hope that these answers will clear your doubts and help you plan the trip better. If you have further questions or queries, please get in touch with us.
Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 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 the trek start and endpoint, your walking pace if you want any side trips, the 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 and Manaslu trekking, you may take around 18 to 21 days to complete the trek.
Is it difficult?
If you lack physical and mental fitness, the trek can be arduous. But it won’t be that difficult if you are physically fit and adequately prepared for the trek. You can quickly complete the trek with proper acclimatization and a few rest days.
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 impossible. You must have a licensed trekking guide with you. You will also 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 during 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 R.A.P.)
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (A.C.A.P.)
Furthermore, if you plan to do Tsum valley along with the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will need a Tsum Valley restricted area permit. Please feel free to visit our Manaslu Trek permits and costs blog for more detail about the trekking permits and costs.
FOR THE MANASLU TREK, do I need to carry a tent, mattress, etc.?
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 route. However, the service they provide is pretty basic.
Furthermore, we recommend you pack a sleeping bag to help you get through those chilly nights.
Is there electricity in tea houses to charge my gadgets?
Except at Gumpa Lungdang and Dharmasala, every other village on the trail have electricity which 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) daily. But when you are above 3000 m, 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 do throughout the year, the best season for Manaslu Circuit Trek is 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 can still trek some other month as well. Please read our blog on “Best time for Manaslu Trekking” for further detail.
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, and you will have to pay twice for the special permit.
What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?
Altitude Sickness is a significant difficulty factor for most trekkers during this trek. Since this is high-altitude trekking in Nepal, there is a high chance of altitude sickness. The common symptoms of altitude sickness are vomiting, fever, headache, nausea, dizziness, losing appetite, weakness, waking up, hard breathing, feeling too cold, diarrhea, etc.
However, with proper acclimatization and rest days, 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 must 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 more accessible. Train your body by walking for a few hours with a backpack to build your shoulder and arm strength before the hike. Regular, cardiovascular fitness-based exercises such as cycling, running, jogging, swimming, etc.