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Manaslu Circuit Trek Permits - A Comprehensive Guide

The Manaslu region in Nepal, located near the Tibetan border, has been designated as a restricted zone to prevent illegal activities and protect the integrity of the Tibetan border.  

Trekking in this stunning region requires obtaining specific permits, and in this article, we'll provide you with a detailed guide on Manaslu Circuit Trek permits, including the required documents and fees. 

Why Manaslu is a Restricted Zone?

The proximity to the Tibetan border has led the Nepalese government to declare the Manaslu region a restricted zone. This decision aims to prevent illegal activities and maintain security in the area. While this is a presumed reason, it has led to the implementation of stringent permit requirements. 

Permits and Conditions for Manaslu Circuit Trek

To trek in the Manaslu region, trekkers must adhere to specific conditions and obtain three different permits: 

Restricted Area Special Permit

  • A must for all trekkers in Manaslu. 
  • The cost of the Restricted Area Special Permit varies depending on the number of days spent inside the restricted area. 
  • Cost for September to November: $100 USD for one week, with an additional $15 per day after the first week. 
  • Cost for December to August: $75 USD for one week, with an additional $10 per day after the first week. 
  • A scanned copy of a photograph is needed to obtain this permit. 

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)

  • The fee for MCAP is $30 USD for foreigners, and this fee remains the same throughout the year. 
  • Trekkers should bring a printed copy of their photograph to obtain MCAP. 

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

  • ACAP is required when you travel from Besisahar to Dharapani. 
  • Besisahar is both the exit point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek and the entry point for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. 
  • The cost for ACAP is $30 USD per person, and it applies year-round. 
  • A copy of your photograph is also necessary for obtaining ACAP. 

Price List

Gorkha Manaslu Area

September – November 

USD 100 per person / week 

USD 15 per person / day (Beyond 1 week) 

December – August 

USD 75 per person / week 

USD 10 per person / day (Beyond 1 week) 

Gorkha Tsum Valley Area

September – November  

USD 40 per person / week 

USD 7 per person / day (Beyond 1 week) 

December – August  

USD 30 per person / week 

USD 7 per person / day (Beyond 1 week) 

To explore the pristine beauty of the Manaslu region in Nepal, trekkers must navigate the intricacies of acquiring the necessary permits.  

The Manaslu Circuit Trek permits, including the Restricted Area Special Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP), are essential for a memorable trekking experience. Ensure you have the required documents, follow the regulations, and respect the natural beauty of this region as you embark on your adventure. 

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