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How to prepare for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek?

Published 1st Jan, 1970

How to prepare for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek?

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a picturesque and undoubtedly off-beaten journey in Nepal. Epic scenery, intimate encounters with local people and their ancient culture. Despite its recent rise in popularity, the Manaslu trek remains remote and off-the-beaten path compared to the better known tea house treks in Nepal. Apart from climbing Manaslu, trekking is popular in this mountain region, as part of the Manaslu Circuit, a notable path for trekkers in Nepal. Manaslu trekking between towering mountains and deep ravines, full of contrasts Himalayan hamlets dotted Gompas, chortens area, and the sacred stones of Mani, all of the hand of a great team. Unmatched trekking, landscapes, village’s people. Being a difficult trek, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is meant for experienced trekkers only.

It's challenging! But not really. if you're in good shape and can walk for a couple of hours without feeling utterly exhausted, you can do the trek. The trek is challenging and requires a good level of fitness and preparation. Manaslu Circuit trek covers a span of 177 km (110 m) approximately in a circular route. This trek is generally considered safe. The trek is unquestionably unsafe during monsoon season due to heavy rain and mudslides. The trail becomes treacherous due to the increased risk of landslides. So, it is advised to plan the trek during avalanche-prone seasons. You may consider consulting with Nepal Holidays Treks and Tours

The solo trek is deterred for the Manaslu circuit trek. So, you need a guide is mandatory. The Manaslu trekking makes a loop from Arughat to Besisahar. You can explore varieties of flora and fauna in Manaslu trekking route. Narrow river valley to widest river valley, deepest George, peaky mountains, lush green forest, varieties of wild life and white water in those rivers provides unbelievably refreshing experience. Trekking to Manaslu is a great combination adventure from semi-topic temperature to alpine forested area to remorseless ice-fields and glaciers of arctic terrain at larkya-la. On this trek explore varied range of culture of Hindu religion, and 17000-feet (5100m) Himalayan pass crossing. in the low and mid hills to Tibetan culture interwoven of Buddhism religion on higher areas of Manaslu. You will see wide variations in topography and vegetation inside the conservation area. The interesting thing is even the pines and junipers are small in heights. Manaslu Circuit Trek offers many side treks. Some of the most popular side trip journeys are a trek a Birendra lake and Pungeen Gompa near Samagaun.

However, the breathtaking scenery and the adventure make it all worth it.

Restricted Area Permit

There are numerous restricted areas along the trail that you will pass through during the trek. Therefore, a Manaslu Restricted Area Permit.

Cost of the Special Restricted Area Permit

The cost of the permit varies based on the number of days you intend to stay between Jagat and Dharapani.

- For the autumn season (September to November):

  • $ 100 for the week in the restricted area
  • $ 15 for additional day spends in the restricted area

- For Spring (March to May), winter (December to February) and monsoon (June to Aug) seasons:

  •  $ 75 for the week in the restricted area
  •  $ 10 for additional day spend in the restricted area

The permit cost is priced per person. We will assess your itinerary and trek duration to determine the total permit cost for your group.

Cost of Tsum valley trek permit

For spring (March to May), winter (December to February) and monsoon (June to Aug) seasons:

$ 30 for the week, additional day- $5

-For the autumn season (September to November)

$ 40 for the week, additional day- $7


Manaslu Conservation Area Permit Project (MCAP) Permit Fee)

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit covers a wider range of areas which include whole restricted areas of the Manaslu region as well. There are various beautiful landscapes that you can observe along the trail from Philim. The MCA Permit cost does not depend upon the length of the stay.

Cost of the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit

The permit fee for the Manaslu Trek varies depending on the season:

  • Fee for SAARC nationals is NPR 1000 per person during the trek
  • Fee for other nationals is NPR 3000 per person during the trek

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit Project (ACAP)

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit gets required for this trek in the Manaslu region. However, you will only pass through in Annapurna Circuit region for a small section. Therefore, you will need to show this trek permit in Dharapani. The trekkers can get the ACAP permit.

Cost of the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit

The permit cost remains the same throughout the year and doesn't change according to the season.

Fee for SAARC nationals is NPR 1000 per person during the trek

Fee for other nationals is NPR 3000 per person during the trek

Required Documents for Manaslu Trek Permits

However, the permits required for the Manaslu Circuit Trek Circuit documents are: -

• Two passport-sized photos

• A license issued by Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) supporting exchanging of foreign currencies.

• Valid Visa

• Travel insurance paper

Manaslu Trek Permit frequently asked questions: -

 What types of permits need if I go to Manaslu Tsumvalley Trekking?

Tsum Valley special permit, Manaslu special permit, Annapurna Conservation Area permit, Manaslu Conservation Area permit are types of permits need if I go to Manaslu Tsumvalley Trekking.       

Can I apply for the permits before I arrive in Nepal?

In general, Manaslu Circuit permits are not issued in advance. The Department of Immigration needs to verify your personal details. They will ask for original passport and visa details.

Where can I get the permits?

An individual trekking permit for Manaslu cannot be issued. Your agency will handle the paperwork and have you permitted issued for you.

How long does it take to issue the Manaslu trekking permit?

About an hour and a half, depending upon the stability of the online system. However, it could take a few hours if done manually.

Why is the Annapurna Conservation Area project (ACAP) Permit required for the Manaslu Circuit?

The trail passes through the various settlements under the Annapurna Circuit trek. The includes the section from Beshisahar to Dharapani. Even though the trek selection is small, you must get Annapurna Conservation Area to Permit.

Do I need a TIMS card for Manaslu region treks?

No, you don't. TIMS Card is not necessary for trekkers who have obtained a special restricted area permit.

Do I need a separate permit for the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek?

This permit can only be acquired by a Government registered, licensed local trekking agency. Before entering the area, you should show this permit at the entry point Jagat. Which agency's has a registered with Nepal Rastra Bank, this agency can make a special permit through immigration.

 Is it necessary to hire a guide and porter for the Manaslu and tsum valley Trek?

Since the Manaslu region is a restricted area, it is mandatory to have at least one licensed professional guide or porter accompany any group trek. Having an experienced local guides or porter makes it much easier and safer for trekkers to navigate the route without getting lost.

The guide can also communicate with locals on behalf of the group. Additionally, a knowledgeable guide or porter provides valuable insights into the geography, culture and community of the Manaslu region. Under the through of immigration that's compulsory need to guide in this region.

 How challenging is Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Manaslu Trek is a moderate trek, which means the tour is not for beginners. The trek tests the strength and cardio of trekkers as it involves strenuous walking. Additionally, the walk guides you to Larkya La Pass (5106m), which certainly is not a low elevation. Therefore, Manaslu Circuit Trek is a moderate trek.

You must be in good shape, energy, and mindset to complete this trek.

If I go alone how to I process Tsum valley Manaslu trek?

if I go alone I have to buy double special permit and have self-guide through agency.


Even though getting permission was initially difficult, the experiences you have on your expedition will last a lifetime. It is genuinely remarkable experience because of the spectacular scenery of the Manaslu region and the difficulties overcome along the way. Although the laws and paperwork may seem onerous, they ultimately represent a small price to pay for the priceless moments that will be remembered forever. Prepare to go on a once in a lifetime trip where every step you take contributes to maintaining Manaslu beauty for future generations.

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