Manaslu trek is such an incredible trekking experience that allows you to see the beautiful double peak Himalaya, Mount Manaslu.
Mount Manaslu is one of the most beautiful Himalayas of Nepal which is the 8th highest mountain in the world with the elevation of 8163 meters.
The Mount Manaslu is located in the Gorkha District of Nepal and 40 miles away in the eastern region from Annapurna Massif.
Manaslu Trek is an exhilarating trekking trail of 110 miles encompassing the Manaslu Himalaya following an ancient salt trading route that follows the Budhi Gandaki River.
Also, the trekking trail is ruled by great angle views of 10 Himalayas above 6500 meters along with few other Himalayas above 7000 meters.
The highest altitude of the trekking trail is Larkya La Pass which is 5106 meters and has good angle views of Manaslu Himalaya.
This is such an incredible trekking route experience with untouched landscapes. Along the way, you will pass through lots of local villages, waterfalls, beautiful pine forests, Buddhist monuments, and monasteries.
The whole Manaslu trek is filled with spectacular natural views.
Moreover, the trail itself keeps on changing from narrow trails to broad walking paths in the middle of pine forests, to dry river banks.
The best months to trek here are March, April, May and the last week in September to mid-December. And the busiest season is October.
To make this trek possible, you will certainly need to invest and buy yourself necessary items.
Below described are the necessary costs that you’ll be incurred with during this trek.
1. Cost of Guide and Porter
It is known that Nepal has some trekking trails where trekkers can trek even without a guide, but it doesn’t apply the same to Manaslu.
No matter what other international travel companies might inform you, hiring a professional guide is actually not at all expensive for the Manaslu region.
The fee, on average, is about USD 20 to 25 per day and this definitely includes the guide’s food, accommodation, and insurance.
The cost of hiring a porter is not that much different to hiring a guide given the cost of food and insurance.
Roughly, USD 15 to 20 a day, again the inclusion of food, accommodation, and insurance would be the cost of hiring a porter for this particular trek.
It is recommended that you go with a professional guide for your own safety reasons.
2. Cost of Permits
Manaslu restricted permit is necessary as you are entering one of the most special regions in Nepal.
You are required by the government to get this to preserve the area and probably carve down the tourists.
The cost of the permit differs depending on the month you will be in the region and the number of days you will be staying in the area.
From the months of September to November, the cost will be about USD 70 for the first week per person plus USD 10 per day per person afterward.
If you are travelling in between December and August, then the cost is slightly cheaper i.e USD 50 for the first week per person, and USD 7 per day per person afterward.
Note: you are required to buy MCAP and ACAP costing USD 20 per person.
3. Cost of Transportation
It comes as no surprise that Manaslu trek hasn’t connected yet with any public tourist bus services.
And because of this, it still remains a less travelled trekking trail among other trekking trails of Nepal.
The only way to reach the starting point for the trek is to take an off-road local bus to Arughat or Sotikhola or hire a private jeep if you’re someone who doesn’t like public vehicles.
A local bus to Sotikhola will cost you less than USD 10 per person. However, if you choose the private jeep, it will cost you about USD 150 to 200 each way.
The same as above applies at the end of the trek from Tal or Besisahar to Kathmandu, and the costs are also roughly the same.
In between Tal and Besisahar, there is also a local jeep running every other hour which will cost you roughly Rs. 1000 for Tourist and Rs. 600 for Nepalese.
4. Cost of Food
Considering Manaslu is still in a remote area of Nepal, the cost of food is quite more expensive than in Kathmandu because of limited menu choices.
And it’s no surprise that the rule of ‘the cost of food increases as the elevation increases’ is obviously applied here too.
The reason why this rule is applied is because it’s very difficult to send any form of transportation up there especially because of the remoteness of the area.
And from Sotikhola all the way up to Larke pass, the supplies are being transported by hard working men and mule, so you could imagine how much effort goes into each soup you will eat in the region.
You may want to predict the cost roughly of USD 5 per meal so maybe USD 15 to 20 on a daily basis. But this would vary how much appetite you might have in each meal and your beverages.
Also, the breakfast is generally cheaper than lunch and dinner which is different in the Annapurna region.
You need to know that the Manaslu region does not have a well-established tourist infrastructure like they have in the Annapurna or Everest region. So be prepared.
Thus, a variety of foods will not be available. People mainly eat Tibetan bread, dal bhat, tsampa porridge and other simple local foods.
5. Cost of Drinks
The cost of tea and coffee are relatively the same as in other treks but slightly cheaper than in the Everest Base Camp. This is because this trek is not considered a very high-altitude trek compared to others.
A cup of tea – USD 1.5- 4
A cup of coffee – USD 2 – 4
A bottle of beer – USD 2 – 5
A bottle of water / soda – USD 0.5 – 4
6. Cost of Accommodation
Given that the place isn’t well infrastructured but accommodation will not be an issue in Manaslu as tea houses have started to be established.
It is known that the recent earthquake in Manaslu trek has affected the trail and most of the local houses were damaged, and even the tea houses.
Since the damage, along with the rest of the nation, the area has recovered while the trail and tea houses have been rebuilt.
All tea houses are back in business and trekkers can be accommodated at any time without any issue.
The cost for one twin sharing room is roughly USD 6 to USD 9 a night.
If you are renting one room with two twin beds so you could sleep on your own, then it’s obvious that you must pay for the total cost of the room.
7. Other Necessary Costs
If you’re here for any type trek, the following are the additional costs you may want to consider while preparing your budget.
Charging your electronic gadgets, such as Camera, iPod, mobile phone or anything would definitely cost you a few dollars at a time.
The extra cost needs to be paid due to the high investment for the small local hydropower station.
Being in the mountain region for quite long, you might as well invest in a portable solar battery charger or a portable power bank.
Extra batteries for your camera will help you in the long run.
Bucket shower heated by gas, firewood might cost you quite a few dollars at a time.
In the mountain, you will not have your full bath or shower every day. It is just not practical and very economical.
It can get quite smelly because of lack of shower. Instead of a bucket water, you can also bring some wipes with you and use that.
If you visit any monasteries, gumba or stupa, although it is not mandatory, they do expect some small donations. Costs here could vary.
Tips are not entirely compulsory in Nepal, but after each trek, your guide and porter also expect some tips from you. Of course, this usually reflects your experience during the trek.
If you are planning for Manaslu trek you shouldn’t miss research a bit before you make the decision.
For first time travellers, you would normally go with the international agencies because of their branding and you could be sure of your safety.
However, the local agencies in Nepal could deliver a perfect Manaslu trek itinerary and the same level of quality only at a fraction of the price offered by the international agencies.
It actually doesn’t matter whether you go with the more expensive or the cheaper one, as everyone sleeps in the same category of tea houses.
There is no such thing as a 5-star tea house in the mountain region.
In addition, you are also assured that you will be served the same quality of the meal.
We wish you luck for your amazing endeavor.
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