Why is Manaslu Circuit Trek restricted?
Basically, there are two reasons for which a particular trekking region is declared as a restricted area. They are: the first is the border security issue and environmental and ecological concerns. Manaslu Circuit Trekking trail is located at the border between Nepal and Tibet and both countries want that there will be no such illegal activities that are threats to them. And secondly, in order to maintain a complete environmental balance, a large number of trekkers are not permitted to enter the Manaslu region. For these reasons, Manaslu Circuit Trek is a restricted trek in Nepal.
Do we need a porter and guide for the trek?
Taking a guide is compulsory but porter is optional for Manaslu Circuit Trek. It is a restricted area trekking for which a guide is a must otherwise trekkers are not allowed to enter the Manaslu area. Every individual traveler has to obtain a special area trekking permit and hire a guide before one ventures onto the trail. But hiring a porter depends on you. If you think you can carry the necessary stuff for yourself during the trek, you can avoid hiring the porter. But unlike that, if you just want to carry your daypack and let the porter carry your other stuff for you, then, definitely, you require taking the porter. Not only the guide but also the porter will make a considerable contribution to making your trek more memorable and convenient.
How difficult is Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Manaslu Circuit Trek is always considered a strenuous trek in Nepal. It is taken as a challenging adventure as one has to cross Larkya La Pass (5,106 m / 16,752 ft which is one of the highest passes in the world. In fact, this trek commences from Kathmandu (1400m) with a drive to Arughat (941m) and further to Sotikhola or Machhakhola (930m) and takes us to the highest elevation of this trek Larkya La Pass (5,106 m). And another reason which makes this trek challenging is: that trekkers are undertaking their adventure into a wild and remote area of Nepal where weather extremes can occur anytime and sometimes, it’s hard to find the accommodation you really wish to enjoy.
Can I apply for Manaslu Circuit Trek permit individually?
No solo or individual traveler can apply for Manaslu Circuit Trek Permit. It requires at least two people to apply for it. If anyone is planning to travel solo or alone in Manaslu Region, then, you must find someone to join you to obtain a permit and do the trek. You should also consider that no solo traveler is permitted to travel in Manaslu region without a guide. So, you must hire a guide and obtain a special area permit beforehand.
How should I apply for the permit?
Actually, it’s hard to obtain a restricted area trekking permit. But it doesn’t mean that you cannot apply online. Yes, you can do it but it is more convenient to ask a local travel partner to arrange it for you. At the same time, you can also ask them to provide you with a guide for your Manaslu Circuit Trek. Set a team of at least two people and apply for the permit.
How can I prevent altitude sickness?
Simply, if follow the following measures, you can avoid altitude sickness. These are: get to the higher elevation with proper acclimatization, address your health issues if you have any, carry general medicines with you, follow your guide’s instructions all the time, consume plenty of warm/hot liquids, avoid raw and stale food items, smoke and drink less and avoid drinking water from local taps and river/streams.
What if I get altitude sickness?
Do not panic much even if you get altitude sickness. Tell your guide if you get it and follow his/her instructions. You can walk down to the place which is located at a lower elevation, keep yourself warm by having hot water and soups, and use the medicine if it is required to prevent fever, diarrhea, headache, and cold if you have and if the problem gets more severe, then, ask your guide to evacuate you to the nearest city for further treatment.
Can I trek solo?
No, you cannot do it since Manaslu Circuit Trek is a restricted area trekking in Nepal. You have two options for this, you either have to join with another group or take a guide. Actually, no solo traveler can undertake a trekking trip without a guide. It means, that hiring a porter is optional but guide is must.
Which is the best season for this trek?
It is Autumn( Sep-Nov). The beautiful months of the year, September, October, and November are the most favorable time for Manaslu Circuit Trek. You will find the weather condition completely favoring you at every pace making your entire trip more incredible. The blue sky, the moderate temperature, no rainfall and snowfall, beautiful nature, and the festive mood of the local people will cast the spotlight on your trip. Alternatively, trekkers can also undertake this trek in Fall (Mar-May) which will delight you equally with fully-furnished rhododendron-covered hills and the breathtaking mountain panorama.
Is it mandatory to give tips to guides and porters?
In fact, giving tips is not in the grip of the people; it is demanded by the time. When the time that makes you really delighted and your happiness has no bounds, then, definitely, you will be ready to give something extra to the team you hired for a particular purpose. Exactly the same happens to a trekking trip