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MANASLU FAQ

 

What is the Manaslu circuit trek?

Manaslu Circuit Trek, the world's 8th highest mountain, is a spectacular journey within the gigantic mountain range. It is the off-the-bitten trip to the untouched northern Himalayan range, in the west-central region of Gorkha district, Nepal.
 

What is Manaslu Tsum Valley trek?

Manaslu Tsum Valley trek at the elevation of 1905 meters is a wonderful blend of a hike within the massive mountain range ranging over 8000 meters and excursion and exploration of Hidden Tsum valley and monasteries, Tibetan Buddhist culture and traditions.

 
What is Tsum valley trek?

Tsum Valley also called "the valley of vivid" is a trek to explore the long history of Buddhist Saint Milarepa. Tsum Valley is the region bounded by high passes-the Ngula Fhoj Hyang (5093 meters to the west and Yamcho Pass (5326 meters) to the North. It's a remote area journey to meet the Typical and unique culture of Tibetan and Buddhist lifestyle, settlements and get to know distinct natural resources of the valley.

How difficult is Manaslu circuit, Manaslu Tsum Valley trek, and Tsum valley trek? Is it doable? 

The Manaslu circuit, Manaslu Tsum Valley and Tsum Valley trek is a moderately difficult trek. Not to forget, the physical condition of a traveler has a high influence on this circuit and trek.
 

Importance

What are the main significance/ highlights of the Manaslu circuit trek?

The main significance/ highlights of the Manaslu circuit trek are:
  • Deep intuitive understanding of Tibetan and Nepalese people.
  • Magnificent view of Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Ganesh, and Mt. Himchuli and others.
  • Scenic and off-the-beaten trek to pristine nature, rare and endangered wildlife, and culture
  • Set foot on world highest pass Larkya La Pass, 5106 meters.
  • Peaks ranging over 6500 meters are visible
  • Birendra Lake and blue lake observation.What are the main highlights/significance of Manaslu Tsum Valley trek?

The highlights/ significance of the Manaslu Tsum valley trek are: 
  • Close range view of gigantic vistas like Mt. Ganesh, Mt. Himchuli, and others.
  • Scenic and off-the-beaten trek to pristine nature, rare and endangered wildlife, and culture.
  • Deep intuitive understanding of Tibetan and Nepalese people.
  • Peaks ranging over 6500 meters are visible.
  • Birendra Lake and blue lake observation.
  • Camping at Manaslu Base Camp at the elevation of 4800 meters.
 

What is the main significance of the Tsum valley trek?

Close range view of gigantic vistas like Mt. Ganesh, Mt. Himchuli, and others.
Scenic and off-the-beaten trek to pristine nature, rare and endangered wildlife, and culture.
Deep intuitive understanding of Tibetan and Nepalese people.
Birendra Lake and blue lake observation.
 

How is Manaslu special and different from Everest, Annapurna, and other destinations? 

First of all, lets us be clear that Everest lies in Mahalangur Himal to the northeast of central Nepal, Annapurna to the Northcentral and Manaslu to the northern Himalaya range.
Manaslu trek, an expedition from the Larkya Pass, the highest pass in the world 5170 meters gives view of the Everest and Annapurna Base Camp.

Compared to the trail of Annapurna and Everest trekking region, Manaslu trek has access to the centuries of Old Monasteries.

Manaslu region is less crowded and isolated distinguished to Everest and Annapurna region.
Everest trekking starts from the elevation of drive-in 2000 meters and fly in Lukla 2800 meters, Annapurna 2710 meters whereas Manaslu begins from Soti Khola 700 meters.

Peoples in the Manaslu trekking region are comparably more primitive and culturally and traditionally decorated.
 

Season and trekking trail/route

How is the climate of Manaslu? 

Manaslu has climatic conditions like tropical, subtropical, sub-alpine, temperate, alpine, and arctic. 
When is the best season/time to plan Manaslu trek? 
Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best seasons from Manaslu Trek.

Spring offers appealing rhododendron bloom and high mountains full of snow.
The autumn season offers beautiful festivals.
 

Where is the starting and ending point of the Manaslu Circuit?

The starting and ending point of the Manaslu circuit is Soti Khola (700 meters) and Besisahar (760 meters) respectively.


Where is the starting and ending point of the Manaslu Tsum Valley?

The starting and ending point of the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is Machhakhola (930 meters) and Dharapani (1860 meters) respectively.

Where is the starting and ending point of the Tsum valley trek?

The starting and ending point of Tsum Valley trek is Soti Khola (700 meters).


How long does the Manaslu circuit trek goes or last? 
Or
What is the total duration of the Manaslu circuit trek? 

The Manaslu circuit trek goes for around 14 days where the travelers and climbers have a walk for 10 days with 6 hours a day on average.

How long does Manaslu Tsum Valley trek goes or last?
Or
What is the total duration of the Manaslu Tsum valley trek? 

The Manaslu Tsum valley trek goes or lasts around 21 days where the travelers have to walk for 16 days with 6 hours a day is average.

How long does Tsum valley trek go?
Or
What is the total duration of Tsum valley trek? 

The Tsum valley trek goes or lasts around for 14 days where travelers have to walk for 12 days with 6 hours a day on average.

Are the trails crowded? 

No, the trail is rather isolated and only a few trekkers have visited this trek. 


What is the lowest and highest elevation of the Manaslu circuit trek?

The lowest elevation of Manaslu Tsum valley trek is 700 meters, Soti Khola and the highest elevation is 5106 meters, Larkya La Pass above sea level.

What is the lowest and highest elevation of Manaslu Tsum Valley trek?

This trek starts from Soti Khola at the elevation of 700 meters and the highest elevation at the Chisapani is 5445 meters above sea level.


What is the lowest and highest elevation of Tsum valley trek?

The lowest elevation start from Soti Khola at the elevation of 7000 meters and the highest elevation at Mu Gompa is 3700 meter above sea level.


Do I get altitude sickness during trekking? 

The treks initiate from Soti Khola at an altitude of 700 meters and reach at Larkya La pass at the higher elevation of 5106 meters. Therefore, the probability of getting altitude sickness is high. In addition, Altitude sickness not only depends on high altitude buts also on ones' physical and mental condition.


Why does altitude sickness happen?

Altitude sickness occurs when the barometric pressure drops with the increment in altitude and less availability of oxygen. Barometric pressure is the pressure of air that surrounds you.


What are the sign and symptoms of Altitude sickness? 

The sign and symptoms of altitude sickness generally show within 12 to 14 hours of marking a higher elevation. The normal/acute sign and symptoms of altitude sickness also called as "mountain sickness" are: 
 
Acute sign and symptoms
 
Severe Sign and symptoms
 
Headache
 
Loss of coordination and trouble walking
 
Dizziness, Nausea, vomiting
 
Persistent coughing with pint sputum 
 
Shortness of breath
 
Persistent headache, no response to painkillers
 
Loss of appetite and fatigue
 
Losing consciousness 
 
Loss of energy
 
Pale or blue color change in skin
 











 



How can I prevent myself from altitude sickness?

You can do the following this to prevent yourself from altitude sickness.
  • First of all, good physical fitness and strong mental determination help a lot in altitude sickness. Besides that, we have listed a five very effective and best ways of preventing altitude sickness: 
  • Your body does extra work as you reach a high altitude where there is less oxygen. All you have to do is to prevent your body from dehydration drinking a minimum of five liters of water per day.
  • Don't trek or hike more than 1000 feet after reaching 10000 feet elevation.
  • Give your bodies a proper rest, better to sleep at low altitude and slow down your high altitude trek to adjust climatic changes.
  • Foremost avoid alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco and other medication pills like sleeping tabs. Instead, take proper medication prescribed by the doctor.
  • Pack your bags with healthy snacks that have carbohydrates, as your body requires more calories at higher altitudes.


Cost and permit 2020 updates 


Do I need a permit for Manaslu trekking? What is the condition?

Yes, you need to have a permit to trek the Manaslu circuit. However, children below 10 years of age do not need to worry about the permit. 
Conditions
  • Trekkers need to apply individually for a permit for MCAP and ACAP trek.
  • The permit fee is non-refundable and non- transferable and gives validity for single entry only.
  • The National Park and Wildlife Conservation Act, 2029 B.S. regulates the person entering the conservation circuit.
  • The permit is issued only by the Kathmandu and Pokhara tourism board office.
  • A person must carry entry permit documents during the entire trek.

How much fee do I have to pay for Manaslu Conservation Area Permit in 2020?

If you are a SAARC citizen then you must pay NRs. 1000 per person and for other international citizens, they charge NRs. 3000 per person.

How much fee do I have to pay for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit in 2020?

If you are a SAARC citizen then you must pay NRs. 1000 per person and for other international citizens, they charge NRs. 3000 per person. In addition, if you are visiting Tsum Valley as a side trip then you must add USD 35 per person for one week.

How much do I have to pay for Manaslu Restricted Permit Fee in 2020?

September to November during autumn, travelers must pay USD 70 for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 for each extended day.
December to August during winter, spring and summer, a traveler must pay USD 50 for the first seven days and an additional USD 7 for each extended day.


Is it possible to apply for the Manaslu trek permit individually? 

No, you need a minimum of two-person to apply for the permit.
Do I need a guide and porter for Manaslu circuit trek, Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek and Tsum Valley trek?
Manaslu lies in the restricted area. As per the Nepalese government and concerned authorities, you must compulsory have one licensed holder professional guide. However, taking a porter depends on yourself.
 

Legal documentation and insurance

 

Where is the benefit of travel insurance? 

  • Traveling isn't an easy job to do. There are lots of things to worry about while you travel. Some of the less burden and benefits of travel insurance are as follows: 
  • Emergency Medical and hospital expenses benefits.
  • Trip cancellation.
  • Luggage and gear protection
  • Emergency repatriation
  • 24-hour service assistance
  • Accidental dismemberment
  • Covers legal liabilities 
  • Personal accident
  • Accommodation back up

Where and how can I get my visa? 

You can get your tourist visa on arrival at the Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport. Visa that is attained on Arrival at the Entry and Exit point are called Tourist Visas. The only entry visa to Nepal is tourist Visa 'On Arrival. 


How long can I stay in Nepal on a Tourist Visa?  

Normally, a tourist visa in Nepal is available for 15, 30 and 90 days.

How much cost do I have to pay for a visa? 

  • Visa cost varies according to the visa duration and validity.
  • Visa duration: 15 days, Cost: 30 USD
  • Visa duration: 30 days, Cost: 50 USD
  • Visa duration: 90 days, Cost: 125 USD


How can I extend my visa? How much does it cost for visa extension? 

You can extend your visa via the immigration office. The cost for visa extension for a minimum of 15 days is USD 45 and on the per-day basis USD 3 for additional days.


Accommodation


What kind of accommodation available during the trek?

In the major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, hotel with 3-star to the 5-star standard are available. Whereas, in the typical village region accommodation like teahouse/ lodge/camping are available.

What types of food and meal do we get on the course?

The Manaslu region does not have a well-established infrastructure. Therefore, food and meal here simple and local like Tibetan bread, dal bhat, Tsampa porridge, etc.


How is drinking water in the Manaslu region?

Normally, the cost per bottle of water in lower elevation is USD 2(NRS 200) and USD 4 (NRS 4) in the higher elevation. 


Which one is better, Teahouse or Camping?

Camping is expensive compared to the teahouse. Camping foods and meals go by the reference of traveler whereas teahouse foods and meals depending on the available stock.
 

What is it like to stay in a trekking lodge or teahouse in the Manaslu region?

Staying in trekking lodge or teahouse helps to experience the local lifestyle of people with local food and taste.


How to prepare for the trek?

The following significance helps to prepare for the trek:
  • Be engage in hiking
  • Stay mentally strong and determined
  • Prepare the right gear
  • Acquire restricted area permit
  • Carry first aid kit

Can we customize the trek? 

Yes, you can customize the trek with early information.
 

 What is my lodging on this trek?

A simple tea-house is a local style, sharing a bathroom with a squat toilet. It is possible that you will need to sleep in a dining hall, in Dharamsala only. There is one tea-house, and if there are many trekkers the dining hall becomes the bedroom.

What food is available on this trek?

The most common food item is a highly nutritional dahl-baht (lentil soup and rice). Additionally, there will be vegetable curry and pickle, amounts are unlimited. In some places, you may be able to get noodles, momo and additional foods that are local to that village.

How challenging is Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek?

Superior physical and mental health is essential. No exceptions. The high altitudes are extremely taxing on your cardiovascular system but can be safely accomplished with a professional guide or porter, or both. You will be acclimatized slowly. They have been trained to know how to take care of you.

Can I trek alone?

The Nepal government legally requires you to do this trek with a minimum of 2 persons and a guide or porter, or both.

What is the electrical situation for charging electronic batteries?

Villages have either solar-power or local hydro-power but you will be charged a small fee for this service.

Must I pack a sleeping bag?

Yes. A sleeping bag is a must. You can bring your own or you can rent from HIGH VENTURE PLUS, to be returned to us. Our bags are good too -20c.

How do I pay for things on the trek?

Villagers accept only Nepalese rupees, they cannot handle foreign currency. You will need a large number of small denomination bills.

Do I need insurance?

We strongly suggest you have insurance that covers medical expenses as well as emergency evacuation via helicopter. You must make sure your insurance company covers expenses above the 5000m altitude range.

Do I require mountaineering equipment?

We are trekking, not mountain climbing, therefore no technical equipment is required.

What phone service is available?

Cell phone coverage in the higher altitudes is almost non-existent. However, V-SAT is a dish network with land-line phone service available in most villages so communication with the outside world is possible.