Manaslu Trek Permit Cost
Per Nepal’s government policies, Manaslu Trekking is classified as a restricted area of Nepal. Since some villages in the Manaslu region share a border with Tibet, the Nepal government has declared the Manaslu Region (between Jagat and Dharapani) restricted to control tourism in the region. Thus, you need a special permit called a restricted area permit to trek around Manaslu Circuit.
In addition to that, solo trekkers are not allowed to trek in the Manaslu Region without a guide. Nepal Government states that a licensed trekking guide in this region must accompany a group of two trekkers. It would help if you processed your Manaslu Trek permit through a registered trekking agency. Peregrine Treks and Expedition can help you acquire the trekking permits and a guide for your Manaslu Trek.)
You will require two other Manaslu Circuit Trek permits and restricted area permits. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ANCAP). Since the Manaslu Trekking trails fall under these two conservation areas, you must also get these Manaslu Trek permits.
Manaslu Trek Permit Cost
1. Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)
Some villages in the Manaslu region share an open border with Tibet. These regions are the restricted area for the trekker to trek alone. Thus, you will require a special restricted area permit to trek in those areas. This Manaslu trek permit is needed from Jagat until you cross Sama Gaun. Upon crossing Sama Gaun, you need another entry permit (ANCAP).
The cost for the Manaslu RAP depends on when you are traveling and the number of days you spend between Jagat and Dharapani. The last checkpoint for RAP is in Sama Gaun.
Manaslu Restricted Area Permit Cost:
- September to November: 100 U.S. dollars per week (an Additional 15 U.S. Dollars per day beyond a week).
- December to August: 75 U.S. Dollars per week (an Additional 10 U.S. Dollars per day beyond a week)
You do not need a printed photograph for the Manaslu RAP, as it will be uploaded online and printed on the permit itself.
2. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)
The Manaslu Circuit Trekking trail takes you through Manaslu Conservation Area. Thus, you will need the MCAP permit to enter Philim, where Manaslu Conservation Area starts.
The cost of this Manaslu Trek permit remains constant throughout the year. It will cost you USD 30 per person. And there is no time limitation or additional costs, unlike Manaslu Restricted Area Permit.
3. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
This Manaslu trek permit is required from Dharapani until you exit ACAP in Beshi Sahar. The price is the same throughout the year and is the same as MCAP, USD 30 per person. Also, there is no restriction or change in price with a change in the number of days you spend inside ACAP.
Important Notes Regarding Manaslu Trek Permits
- If you plan to trek in the Manaslu Region, you need MCAP and ACAP permits. Each trekker must have an MCAP, ACAP, and Restricted Area Permit.
- Manaslu RAP does not require your printed photograph, as you have to upload the photograph online and will print it on the permit itself.
- It would help if you carried the Manaslu Trek permits throughout your trek, as there are many checkpoints where you must show your trekking permits.
- Once you get the Manaslu RAP, you do not need the TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) card. However, a TIMS card is required if you plan to trek the Annapurna Circuit or Annapurna Base Camp.
- You must follow the conservation areas’ rules and regulations once you enter.
- All Manaslu Trek permit costs for trekking with a child under 10 are free. However, you must undergo the same process to obtain the trekking permit.
Documents Required To Apply for Manaslu Trek Permits
To issue the Manaslu Trek Permit, you need to submit the following documents to the trekking agency:
- Original passport with a stamp of Nepal, arrival stamp, and an entry visa
- Four passport-size photos
- Travel Insurance (it must cover emergency evacuation up to 6000m)
- Permit fees
Where Can I Get My Permits for Manaslu Circuit Trekking?
As I mentioned, you cannot apply for the Manaslu Trekking permit. A registered trekking agency must issue it. A local trekking agency will apply for the permits.
If you plan to do Manaslu Circuit Trek, submit all your necessary documents and permit fees to us, and we will help you get all your Manaslu trekking permits.
You can issue the entry permits for the Manaslu Conservation Area and Annapurna conservation area at the following counters:
- Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu
- Nepal Tourism Board Office in Pokhara
- Tourist Service Center, Pardi Damside Pokhara (Here you can get the permit for Annapurna Conservation Area only)
- ACAP Entry Permit Center at Besisahar, Lamjung (They issue permits for Annapurna Conservation Area only)
These counters remain open throughout the week except on public holidays. The opening hours are from 10 am to 5 pm every day.
Are you planning to go trekking in the Manaslu region? If yes, contact us, and we will arrange all the necessary trekking permits for you. We can also arrange for your guides and porters. Furthermore, please check our blog on “Manaslu Circuit Trek FAQs.”