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About the Manaslu Circuit trek overview with your local guide for 2022-23
Manasu and Tsum Valley trek is one of the restricted trekking routes in Nepal that is opened for trekkers recently and become a popular trekking destination due to its incredible beauty of nature and cultural variations.
Since this route has been declared a restricted area then trekkers cannot trek by themselves. You need to be part of the group or at least 2 people in a group for trekking in the Manaslu region along with the local guide, having a local trekking guide for this trek or any other trek can make something special and hassle-free with depth knowledge and local experience.
Taking a local expert means learning more and enjoying the trek and what it has to offer by knowing everything in depthwise, it’s always a good idea to see if your trekking crew has a local person on board. It’s not the same as speaking the language and asking for directions.
It is more about knowing the place, history, knowing what and who is around the next corner, what happens where and the stories a place has to tell, and also what are the things that we might not do and what to do while trekking through the local villages and following their community aspect to respect.
Hiring a local guide might impact the community positively it helps the community directly by employing them, so it is advantageous to hire a local guide to support the people, and it's a community!
Wondering how much should I expect to pay for hiring a local guide for the Manaslu trek. See the best offer that has been verified by the Nepal government,
- A lienholder trekking guide with decades of experienced costs USD 35 per day
- A porter cum guide (who has a guiding license) costs USD 30 per day
- A porter to help your backpack is USD 28 per day
Note: Above the prices include all the meals, accommodations, insurance, and necessary trekking equipment for the guide or porter.
When to Travel
Manaslu is an amazing trekking destination as it offers a wide range of sensational mountain scenery, waterfalls, ancient monasteries with wheeled prayer flags, Alpine lakes, spectacular local villages, wilderness, and flora and fauna at any time of the year, trekking in March, April, May during the Spring and September, October and November during the Autumn are the best time of the year.
Winter can be a bit chilled and a very high chance of snowfall and weather leads to extremely cold at high elevations, trekking in Monsoon is likely to rain almost every day and most of the time shower with clouds that bothers the views, but you can still enjoy at this time but not as comfortable weather as Autumn and Spring.
Spring and Autumn are the peak season for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal likewise, Monsson and winter slow down and a very less number of travelers visit Nepal for trekking and climbing the high mountain.
Required Trekking Permits
The Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek is within a restricted region of Nepal that requires special trekking permits to access this route for all travelers except Locals. The required trekking permits can buy through the trekking agencies in Kathmandu since individuals are not allowed to access them. See the lists following trekking lists and fees as given below,
Manaslu Restricted Permit
Tsum Valley Area in Autumn season Tsum Valley area trek permit cost USD 40 per person per week and USD 7 per person per day if you are extended more than a week These are applicable during the Autumn season belongs to Sep- November.
Tsum Valley Area in spring season: The permit costs USD 3- per week and an additional $7 per day per person if the trek is extended to a week. The autumn belongs to March-May
In autumn: The special trekking permit costs USD 100 per person in the month of September, October, and November, the additionalcosts USD 15 per person per day if the dates are extended.
In the spring season: The special trekking permit costs USD 75 per person per week and USD 10 per day in the month of March, April, and May!
Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)
- Manaslu conservation area permit cost: USD 20 / P and USD / person for SAARC countries!
- Trekking Information Management of System (TIMS): $10 / Person
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
- Annapurna conservation area permit cost: USD 35 / person
- Manaslu Circuit conversation permit cost: USD 35/ Person
- Trekking Information Management of System (TIMS): $20 / Person
Note: The permit cost is changeable according to the seasons of the months and the number of days you will be spent in this region.