Manaslu Trek Permit Cost

Manaslu Trek Permit Cost

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best trekking experiences in the remote wilderness. This trek takes you to the untouched and raw landscapes of the Himalayas. The Manaslu region has an untampered history, architecture, culture, terrains, vegetation, etc. Manaslu Circuit Trek is the ultimate gateway to explore the magnificence of the region. The awesomely adventurous trekking trail encircling the Manaslu massif (8,163 meters/26,781 feet), the eighth-highest mountain peak in the world, provides an unbeatable experience of a remarkable high-altitude journey.

While preparing for the trek, getting the required permits for the destinated journey is essential. Manaslu Trek permits are vital to trek on the off-beaten trails of the pristine Manaslu region. The region has been open for trekkers as a restricted area since the year, 1992. Ever since, the Manaslu region has maintained its restricted status. It is a restricted area by the government of Nepal to keep the region raw and pure as much as possible. Independent/solo trekking is prohibited in the Manaslu region, and you need a Restricted Area Permit to access the region.

Although permits such as the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) can be issued individually by the trekkers, the Restricted Area Permit (RAP) can only be issued by a valid licensed trekking agency. This is so because of the same reason, the restricted status of the region. In spite of obtaining the permits separately, it is better and easier to get your permits through a trekking agency. A licensed trekking agency is dependable in managing the documentation and permit applications. Once you provide them with the required details, they handle all the paperwork on your behalf to get the permits.

Required Permits for Manaslu Trek

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Manaslu Trek requires you to obtain three main essential permits, which are:

Restricted Area Permit (RAP)

The government of Nepal has designated the areas between Jagat to Dharapani as a restricted zone of the Manaslu region. Beginning from Jagat, the restricted zone continues to the passing of charming villages like Sama Gaun, Samdo, and Bhimtang until exiting Dharapani. These areas come under Chumnubri Rural Municipality of wards no. 1 to 4. The RAP permit is required to show at the entry point, Jagat, and at the last checkpoint, Dharapani.

The region has restricted access due to its border with Tibet, and this restriction controls the tourism flow in the region to preserve its heritage and biodiversity. The restricted status has contributed to the perseverance of the natural and cultural magnificence of the Manaslu region. A licensed trekking agency processes and obtains the Restricted Area Permit, which is required for trekkers to trek and pass through the controlled areas. You cannot get the Manaslu trekking permits from the freelance guides. Only a government-registered trekking agency arranges the RAP permit on your behalf.

Note: According to the Nepalese government rules, you must be in a group of a minimum of two trekkers to get RAP. And, you need to have a licensed local guide to accompany you while trekking in the restricted Manaslu region.

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)

The Manaslu Conservation Area is a protected region with a diverse ecosystem, landscapes, and cultural significance. The prices generated from issuing the MCAP permit help for sustainable development of the region and contribute to conservation efforts within the area. By registering the trekkers, authorities can also assist trekkers in case of need and emergencies. They keep an eye out on not letting tourism activities impact the natural environment of the conservation area. You can get the MCAP permit at the entrance of the conservation area or in Kathmandu at the Nepal Tourism Board Office.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

The main trekking route of the Manaslu Trek doesn’t pass through the Annapurna Conservation Area. However, the trek connects with the Annapurna region at Dharapani. So, the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit is required during this section of the trek. The Annapurna Conservation Area is also a protected region and its permit fee serves a similar purpose as of MCAP. You can obtain the ACAP permit at the same places which issue the MCAP.

What About a TIMS card?

TIMS Card

Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS Card)

The TIMS card is a permit that intends to provide security and safety to trekkers. It records the details of each trekker in the Himalayan trekking journey. TIMS can be obtained at the Nepal Tourism Board office or the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN). However, a TIMS card is not a required permit for the Manaslu Trek. You can trek in the Manaslu region after getting ACAP, MCAP, and RAP.

While on a Manaslu trek, you cross paths with the Annapurna region and may like to continue on the same trail forward. If you want to add the Annapurna Circuit Trek to the Manaslu Trek, you will need a TIMS Card. The cost of a TIMS card for SAARC (South Asian countries) citizens is NPR 1,000 per person. The TIMS card prices NPR 2,000 for trekkers beyond these countries.

Note: Since the Manaslu Trek excludes a TIMS Card, you do not need to require one. But if you are thinking of doing the Manaslu Trek along with Annapurna Circuit, you need to obtain it.

Cost of the Manaslu Trek Permits

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MCAP

  • The MCAP permit cost for SAARC nationals (Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Srilanka, and Pakistan) is NPR 1,000/7.49 US$ per person
  • The fee of an MCAP permit for foreign nationals is NPR 3,000/22.46 US$ per person

The total cost of the MCAP permit remains same, as there is no change in the fee even using the permits for longer days. The cost is as mentioned throughout the year, with no time validity and cost differences depending on the seasons. The MCAP permit supports the conservation and sustainable development of the region.

ACAP

Manaslu Circuit Trek passes across Beshi Sahar from Dharapani, which falls in the Annapurna Conservation Area. ACAP permit is necessary for the Manaslu Trek, although the trekking in the Annapurna region is only for around two days. The Annapurna Conservation Area permit cost is the same as the Manaslu Conservation Area. The fee is NPR 3,000 for foreign nationals and NPR 1,000 for SAARC national trekkers.

The cost of an ACAP permit is not affected by the time or the trekker’s group size. Even if you trek during the peak seasons (Spring and Autumn) or off-seasons (Winter and Summer), the fee is the same. Likewise, it has unlimited validity applicable for a one-time trek. You can trek for any number of days with the same permit and no additional payment for the extended period of the trekking journey.

RAP

The cost of a Restricted Area Permit is different depending on the time or trekking season. Likewise, the cost also depends on the number of trekking days in the restricted area. The costs from September to November in the Autumn season are US$ 100. This cost is applicable only for the first week, and after seven days, US$ 15 is charged per person for each extra day in the restricted area. Similarly, the cost of a RAP from December to August, which covers the remaining three seasons, Winter, Spring, and Summer, is US$ 75. This fee also has validity for only seven days, and from the eighth day, US$ 10 per person for each additional day spent is added.

The fee for the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit is comparatively higher in the autumn season than at other times of the year, as it is a peak trekking season with a perfect climate. The Autumn season is characterized by stable weather conditions and mild temperatures, which creates a favorable environment for the exploration of mountainous regions. However, the rest of the seasons are less favored, considering it as a low time for the Manaslu Trek. Therefore, there are low charges on the permits issued during the shoulder season and off-season. You can also consider doing the Manaslu trek during this period if you wish to cut the permit costs and avoid crowds usually occuring during the peak trekking seasons.

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Where and How to Get the Manaslu Trek Permits?

Where and How to Get the Manaslu Trek Permits?

The trekking permits can be obtained either in Kathmandu or Pokhara. But, the trekking itinerary may not always follow the Pokhara route, so it is better to get these permits while in Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you can get the ACAP and MCAP permits from the Nepal Tourism Board office at Pradarsani Marg. The check posts along the trekking routes do not provide trekking permits; however, you can get the ACAP entry permit in Besi Sahar through the respective counter, which is open from Sunday to Saturday. The counter is open from 9 A.M to 5 P.M and remains closed on public holidays.

You need to visit the Nepal Tourism Board to apply for the MCAP and ACAP permits. You can collect these permits individually by handing out the application with the necessary documents. However, the process will be quick and easy if you let us go to the office, arrange documents, and pay the permit fee in local currency. Once we submit your printed online application form with all the provided required documents, they will print a permit. They sign the form by placing your printed photograph, and get the job done. Like this, the Manaslu Circuit Trek permits are obtained within 1 to 2 hours.

The government of Nepal has made it mandatory for trekking agencies to apply for and collect the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit. So, you cannot get the RAP permit on your own. To get the RAP permit, we need to visit the Department of Immigration office and complete the following procedures:

  • Submission of the required US dollars to the bank and collect the deposit voucher.
  • Verification of official documents like the updated guide insurance, tax clearance, etc.
  • Once the first officer verifies trekker details, then forwards printing a new slip to the second officer.
  • The details are re-varified and forwarded to the Immigration Head.
  • The Director General of Immigration verifies and signs the file.
  • The file returns to the first officer. He/she prints the permits and puts them on the stickers.
  • The stickers are filled with details, which the second officer signs.
  • Once the first officer puts the final stamp to the sticker, the Manaslu RAP gets ready

Note: Since the restricted area permit has to be obtained on your behalf by a licensed trekking agency, it is better not to hassle with the documentation and permit collection. You can let us assist you in applying for all three permits.

What Are the Required Documents?

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To get the Manaslu Trek permits, several documents have to be arranged for the application process, which are mentioned below.

  • Two passport-sized photos, recently taken (for MCAP and ACAP permits)
  • A scanned photograph (to upload for RAP)
  • A valid passport photocopy
  • Nepal visa
  • Travel Insurance.

It is essential to submit these documents along with the necessary fees to the concerned department to get the permit. It is better to let the trekking agency handle the documents and get the permits on your behalf. Although two passport-size photographs for the ACAP and MCAP permits and a scanned photograph for a Manaslu Restricted Area Permit are enough, carrying extra pp-size photos on the trek is advisable.

The trekking permits can be issued in advance in certain circumstances. The Immigration Department requires your visa details and original passport to verify the information. If you provide your trekking agency with necessary documents like a scanned copy of your passport, two passport-size photographs, flight ticket copies to Nepal, and a visa number, they will arrange your permits before your arrival in Nepal.

Terms and Conditions for Manaslu Trek Permit

Manaslu Trek Permit Cost

  • The non-refundable and untransferable permits are only valid for a one-time entry. Likewise, multiple trekkers cannot trek with a single permit.
  • You cannot get the permits from check posts along the way. Only the designated offices like the Nepal Tourism Board or TAAN issue these permits.
  • The Manaslu Trek Permit is not required for children under 10 years of age. So, there are no permit expenses for this age group.
  • Trekking through the conservation areas, you must abide by the rules and regulations of the National Park and Wildlife Conservation Act, 2029 B.S (1973 A.D)
  • The concerned officials examine the permits at checkpoints. So, carry all the required permits to show wherever demanded during the journey.
  • The Manaslu Trek permit cost is inclusive of necessary government taxes, including 13% VAT (Value Added Tax)
  • You can get the RAP permit only by trekking with a registered trekking agency. A valid agency handles the permit arrangements and gets a permit on your behalf.
  • In the restricted areas, you are not allowed to trek independently. To get the RAP permit, there is a minimum group requirement of at least two people.
  • A licensed guide should accompany you on the trekking journey. The guide should be local and region-familiar, which helps to uplift the local economy and ensure safe navigation of the mountainous trails.
  • The Manaslu RAP permit is issued for a specific time frame. So, planning the trek within the permitted duration is essential. The permit validity also depends upon the number of trekking days you will spend in the restricted region.
  • A TIMS card is not required for the Manaslu Trek; however, if you continue towards the Annapurna Circuit from Dharapani, you need to acquire one.
  • Follow responsible trekking practices to minimize the impact on local biodiversity and respect local customs, and culture.

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