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Important Tips to Manaslu Trek Nepal.

 January 25, 2020      By Madan Neupane
Important Tips  to Manaslu Trek Nepal.

Being a Manaslu Trek organizer as well as a local Guide from Manaslu area  I hope this few tips help trekkers  who planning Manaslu/Tsum-valley and Narphu Trek in Coming days.
Manaslu one of the best trekking regions in Nepal will surely reward its adventurers with marvelous alpine, remarkable ethnic sub-cultures and breathtaking Himalaya views. See some of the world’s highest mountains such as; Mt. Ganesh Himal, Mt. Himalchuli and of course Mt. Manaslu itself. Opened in 1992, the Manaslu Conservations area is one of the major attractions as there are still untouched trails to be found here. Trekkers can encounter various rare and endanger flora and fauna during their trek,  where some find harmony and others get an amazing outdoor adventure. Meaning literally “Spirit of the Mountain” Manaslu is one of the most beautiful trekking regions of Nepal. We at Touch the Himalaya take pride in organizing various treks in the Manaslu Region.  We do advise to trek during March to May or September to mid-December, as those are the best months to trek in the Manaslu region of Nepal.

What to expect

Located in the Gorkha district of Nepal, Mt Manaslu the eight highest mountain in the world resides. Locally known as Kutang this incredible mountain is what true mountaineers dream of! Being one of the most fabulous regions to go for a trek in Nepal. The Manalsu region offers you with elevations from 600 meter to 5,200 meter, incredible landscape views, the beauty of Mother Nature and the Larkya La Pass at 5,125 meter. Not only that but also trekking through incredible valleys such as the Bhudi Gandaki Valley filled with peaceful settlements and green fields. As this region is still hold many of the beaten paths and unexplored trails, trekking in Manaslu is an adventure in itself. For any tailor-made treks in this region don’t hesitate and contact our team of experts so that we may organize the best trek suiting to your budget, physique and time. Manaslu Trekking is the perfect composition of adventure, travel, sightseeing and exploring the cultural values of the local ethnic communities. The region is blessed with the magnificent views of the Himalayas and so every year thousands of trekkers explore this naturally blessed land which is too far from the modernization and offers you the glorious sensations of nature itself.

Local communities

As Manaslu is located next to the Tibetan border, many communities are from Tibetan descend. Trekkers can discover the mystic traditions and culture of ethnic groups, such as the Gurung or Tamang. Our Touch the Himalaya trekking team will be with you every step to give insight and information about the various cultures that we may encounter during the Manaslu trekking.

Plan your trek :

The first thing to consider, Manaslu is an unexplored trekking region of Nepal (was  restricted  until 1992), So, organize your trek through local Trekking agencies and take a government Licence trekking Guide is mandatory.  The  agencies  arrange guide, porters, domestic transfer, all trekking permits (Manaslu Special, ACAP, MCAP,  Tsum-Valley special,  Narphu Special etc required regionally), Package (all meal and Accommodations)  if required.  If you want to go cheap, then carry your own gear and get a map. Trekking maps are abundant in Kathmandu and cost from $3-5 (not so easy to find there in your country). Most treks take standard routes. Several websites that offer trekking services outline the trekking routes and you can easily follow their suggested routes. The routes are designed so that you don’t go up more than about 400 m elevation per day as you acclimate. Some of the days are short (3 hr hiking) but if you’re not acclimated it is wise not to go up too fast. If you get altitude sickness, your trip is over. Also, there’s no reason to hurry. Slow down and enjoy the scenery. Arrange a  Government Licensed  guide from agency,  (Cost 25 to 30 USD per day, that includes  his meal, salary and insurance ) The villages along the way all have teahouses that offer sleeping and eating accommodations. Villages that are part of the standard trekking route and stop are well equipped with several tea houses other villages may only have 1 or 2. During the peak season (Oct – Nov.), a room costs about 300-400 rupees per person per night and 200 rupees/night in the off-season (exchange rate are more or less ~105:1 ). Most rooms are doubles, some triples. The teahouses can fill up during peak season and for the same price you can sleep on the floor in the dining room. Guides,  they have connections and can call ahead and get a room (if there is cell phone service). It is pretty quiet in September to December and March to May of the years. Several groups hiking in around Christmas time Lots of places close up after December.
You are expected to eat at the teahouse where you stay. Most teahouses offer the same menu so it doesn’t really matter. Breakfast can be eggs with bread (Tibetan bread, chapatti or really dry white toast), oatmeal, and yogurt with fruit. Breakfast will typically cost you about 500-600 rupees. Prices go up the further you are from valley to as everything is carried in by porters and donkeys. Lunch and dinner is the same menu. High in carbohydrates (rice, spaghetti, noodles, French fries) with a little meat and veggies. Meat has been not allowed by the local government in Tsum Valley and Manaslu Area because most of the religious  people are Buddhist. Dinners will cost about 700- 1000 rupees.
If you decide to arrange package with guide and  porters, Better ! there are over 2000 trekking agencies in Kathmandu as well as several international agencies and some individuals, It is highly competitive and you can barter over the price or you can randomly walked into a couple agencies. Touch The Himalaya Treks and Expedition is one among them, which is located in the center of town more easy location. The agency should give you two options: (1) you pay in advance for food, lodging, guide and porters, all permits and transportation,  is called package trip. Option (2) you pay in advance for the guide, porters, permits and transportation and pay for your own food and lodging (is called only service or hiring trip). The guides and porters have a set salary that includes their food and lodging. It’s not polite  to expose what the guide and porters actually get paid, they have several rules of trekking agencies but the agency will quote you a price that includes their profit – this is a negotiating point.
You also need to pay the transportation for the guide and porters from Kathmandu to Sotikhola towards trekking beginning  point and  way back from Trekking ending point to Kathmandu if choose private transfer (jeep/Bus)  Guide/porters travel by same one,  The agency will arrange for your travel to wherever.
You need to bring enough rupees with you to cover all your basic expenses while trekking. The advantage of paying for the entire trip in advance is that the guide will responsible for paying for everything (except for extra drinks, snacks).  All you have to  do was hike and your guide take care of everything else – pick out the tea house where you would stay, got your rooms, paid the bill at the end of your stay, etc. The downside to this option is that for some reason you cut your trip short (bad weather, health issues), you will not be reimbursed.

Other things to consider:

Boiled and bottled water is expensive, especially in the higher elevation villages (250 rs/liter). Bring a water filter or  purifying things.

Permits required for this trek:

Manaslu Special permits:
 From September to November USD 70 for one week and USD 10 per additional days.
From December to August USD 50 for one week and USD7 per additional days.
Manaslu Conservation Area (MCAP):
 Foreign nationals:  Nepali Rupees 2655+13% Vat =NPR 3000
SAARC Nationals: Nepali Rupees 885+13% Vat =NPR 1000

Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP):

 Foreign nationals:  Nepali Rupees 2655+13% Vat =NPR 3000
SAARC Nationals: Nepali Rupees 885+13% Vat =NPR 1000

Tsum Valley Special permits:

From September to November USD 35 for one week and USD 5 per additional days.
From December to August USD 25 for one week and USD 5 per additional days.

You also need all  above mentioned  Park and conservation area permit agency will  arrange  this for you. if need more information contact:  tthimalaya@gmail.com

                                                            Happy Trekking !!


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