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Manaslu Region

Manaslu region is untouched and newly famous trekking region of Nepal. It is located in the west-central part of Nepal.

The Manaslu region, which was officially opened to foreign tourists only in 1991. A pristine trekking allows you to circle around Mt. Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest peak. Trek along the less travelled trails through rural Nepal. With epic views that have to be seen in all their glory. Manaslu region offers a very different experience from treks in the Everest and Annapurna regions.

Manaslu region is pleasant off the beaten trails in the Gorkha district of Nepal. The month of December serves as an opportunity for the adventurers to trek this peaceful trail. You can enjoy the breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains of the Annapurna-Manaslu range in all its glory.

This virgin trail is less crowded than the other popular treks like the Everest Base Camp trek and Annapurna Circuit trek. Mt. Manaslu is the world’s eighth highest mountain at 8163m and we trek along the foothills of this magnificent mountain.

The Manaslu region offers a variety of trekking options. Building of tea-houses means the trek can be completed using local accommodation. The trek requires a Restricted Area Permit of $70 per week. It depends on season and that trekkers travel in a group of at least two persons with a registered guide. The trek lies on the newly developed Great Himalaya Trail.

Manaslu Region Highlights

  • Jaw-dropping natural beauty of the forests, rivers, and flora in the Manaslu region.
  • Friendly people, rich culture of the region which includes both Nepalese and Tibetan ethnic groups.
  • Larky La Pass (5167 meters), the highest point on the trek.
  • Stunning view of some of the highest peaks in the world- Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II.
  • Abundant wildlife including Tahr (Mountain Goat), Agali (Blue Sheep), Pika (Highest living Mammal), Himalayan Marmots and, if you are lucky Snow Leopard.
  • Experiencing the warm hospitality of the Nepalese people

Flora and Fauna of Manaslu Region

The Manaslu region is home to 33 species of mammals including snow leopard, musk deer and Himalayan tahr. There are over 110 species of birds and three species of reptiles and over 1500-2000 species of flowering plants. Manaslu is the home of some of the highly endangered animals including snow leopard and red pandas. Some of the wildlife that can be found includes grey wolf, Asian black bear, lynx, Himalayan goral, woolly hare, Himalayan mouse hare, and black-lipped pika.

Best time To go Manaslu Region

The Manaslu Circuit trek is possible throughout the year. Every season has its own perks and variety of adventures. However, Spring and Autumn are the best time to trek Manaslu because of the moderate weather and stable climate the season offers.

The region experiences four distinct seasons. Each month of the season like every season has its own unique appeal and drawbacks. Manaslu Circuit region like the rest of Nepal experiences four different seasons. These are Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Each of these lasts around 3 months.

Each of the different months of the year offers a unique perspective of the Manaslu region to the traveler/trekker. Depending on what you prefer and expect, you can take the decision of when you do your Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Permits of Manaslu Region

The permit cost for Manaslu Trek depends on the month and number of days you will spend in this region. To trek to Manaslu region, you will need three kinds of permits issued by the Government of Nepal.

Manaslu Restricted Permit

  • September to November: USD 100 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 15 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.
  • December to August: USD 75 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)

  • Entry fee for SAARC Nationals is Nepali Currency 200 per person and for other Nationals is Nepali Currency 2,000 per person.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

  • Entry fee for SAARC Nationals is Nepali Currency 200 per person and for other Nationals is Nepali Currency 2,000 per person.

Tsum Valley Restricted Permit (Optional: if you want to go to the Tsum Valley)

  • If you choose the Tsum Valley trek, it costs USD 35 for each person per week.

Where to get the permit for Manaslu Region:

Permits and TIMS cards can be purchased with a trekking agency they will arrange.

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Kulendra Baral

Kulendra Baral is a travel and tourism specialist in Nepal. In 2004, Nepal Visitors was established and promoting the Nepal Tourism. Nepal Visitors is a travel information provider side where Nepalese travel related agencies are affiliated

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