Where is Manaslu Mountain?
Manaslu Mountain (8,156 m, world's eight highest mountain) is located on the north-west of Kathmandu near Annapurna Range. Therefore, you can also enter in Annapurna region from Manaslu by crossing Thorong La Pass via Dharapani.
Do I need permits for Manaslu Trek?
Yes, unless you are a Nepali citizen, you have to get permits to trek on Manaslu. Along with Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit, you will also need to get special Restricted Area Permit to do trekking in Manaslu.
Where can I get Manaslu Trek to permit? Can I get it on my own?
You can get Manaslu Trek to permit from Nepal Tourism Board Office in Kathmandu. Yes, you can get permission on your own but remember you cannot go alone in restricted areas of Manaslu. So, it is recommended to go with a government registered trekking agency that will handle all of the necessary permits for you. Also, for entering in restricted areas, trekking must be organized by government registered trekking agency.
Can I go for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek alone?
No, you cannot go alone to trek in Manaslu Tsum Valley. According to the recent change in government policy, it has become mandatory that you have to lead by government register guide and there should be at least two people.
Is Manaslu trekking difficult?
In old days, there was no proper trail for Manaslu trekking and the tented camp was the only form of accommodation. Since 2010, Manaslu begins to have significant numbers of tourist that has brought a lot of changes from then. Now teahouse trekking is available in Manaslu and if you have a high level of stamina and will to explore ancient rich culture, this trek is not impossible for you. You can calculate the difficulty of any trek based on average walking hour, maximum elevation, remoteness of the area, and the trail that you pass through.
The average walking hours can be around 6 to 8 and can reach to 10 to 12 hours to cross Larkya La Pass (5,168 m, it is the highest altitude in Manaslu). The number of days depends on the route you choose to go with. The trail will be mixed with easy to tough rocky sections. Some part of the trail can be covered completely with snow.
Which are the best seasons for Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek?
The best seasons for Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). You can meet with many trekkers in your way during these months.
Manaslu Trek in September
This is the starting month of festivals in Nepal. Weather is clear with fresh atmosphere and beautiful blooming flowers.
Manaslu Trek in October
Monsoon has just ended and the trail is decorated with ripen oranges trees. October is the most important month for trekking in Manaslu, and most of the trekkers visit Manaslu in this month.
Manaslu trek in November
November is also busiest month for trekking in Manaslu. You can pass Larkya La Pass until the end of November, and after that, you have to go through another trial called Arughat. Even locals from Samdo and Samagaon also prefer to use trail that goes from Arughat.
Do I need insurance for Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek?
Yes, you need to have insurance for Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek. Make sure that your insurance company covers medical evacuation in case you need emergency rescue. It is recommended that you should read their terms and conditions carefully, and know the highest elevation limit that is covered by insurance.
What kind of lodging and food will be in Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek?
Many teahouses and lodges have been opened with the increase of tourist in Manaslu and Tsum Valley. Teahouses are available if you will follow the standard trail or you can also stay in camps. The cost of lodging and food in this region varies from one teahouse to other. There is no fixed cost for anything and food also changes according to weather. With the increase in altitude, you will find an increase in costs also.
Is there internet facility in Manaslu Trek?
Up to Arughat Bazaar and Samagaon, you will get a reliable internet connection. You can get satellite Wi-Fi in Samdo. NCELL and NTC only work in few places only. In case you need to communicate, you can manage with a V-SAT landline phone which your guide make it available.