• Last Updated on Oct 25, 2021

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Generally, when people think about trekking in the Himalayan region of Nepal, most of the people would prefer to trek to Base Camps. The facts reveal that there are 326 base camp treks in Nepal which offers fabulous mountaineering experience to the trekkers. Two of the most famous Base camp trek in Nepal is Everest Base camp trek (EBC) and Annapurna Base camp (ABC) trek but, Manaslu Base Camp trek which is the 8th highest peak in the world is gaining its popularity as much as EBC and ABC. Mansalu Base Camp trek offers magnificent unspoiled natural paradise rural valley, jaw-dropping views of panoramic peaks, the mixture of rich cultural heritages, candid adventure,    incomparable scenic beauty, and biological varieties. As this peak is located near to the Tibetan border, people of the Manaslu region are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak their own vernacular. During the trek along the Tibetan settlement, it is an ample opportunity to get to know about the lifestyle and the culture of the local people.

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Where does Mt. Manaslu located and what is possible access to reach the Base Camp?

Mt. Manaslu stand tall as the 8th highest peak of the world, located at the northern Himalayan range in Gorkha District. Though this Mt. Manaslu not as popular as other base camp trek it is gaining its publicity among the trekkers who have a desire to explore the isolated region of Nepal. As the region is very isolated and remote, the possible access to reach the trailhead (Aarughat or Sotikhola) is either by private 4*4 Jeep or Local buses. There is a vast difference comparing to other famous treks like Everest Basecamp, as there is easy access to flight up to Lukla.

What is the classic itinerary of Manaslu Base camp Trek?

Normally, the number of days that requires for Manaslu trek ranges between 14-22 days including rest days and side tours. Depending upon the season Customized Manaslu Trek Itinerary are arranged for the trekkers. During the months of monsoon seasons (June to September), 17 days Manaslu Trek Itinerary are arranged whereas, if trekkers want to include some side trips like Tsum Valley Side Trip during the Manaslu trek, then the itinerary is organized up to 22 days. The trailhead of this trek is either Arughat or Sotikhola. The best period of time to enjoy the Manaslu Trek is during the months of March-April and October-November. The itinerary is organized in that way which makes trekkers to enjoy every bit of this trek.

How much it costs to get Manaslu Base Camp Trek Permit cards?

Manaslu Trekking Permit is one of the most important things you have to take with. Because of open border linked with Tibet, in order to control excessive border exit by the foreigner, the government has issued a special permit. The permit should be issued by the government of Nepal and should be authorized by local Nepali trekking number. Trekkers without permit card may get in trouble, so to avoid such kind of confusion trekkers must take permit cards with them. Manaslu Trek cost is a bit costlier than other famous EBC or ABC trek, it is because of the special permits. Normally it costs USD 50 for the first 7 days then after it only costs USD 10 for each following days.

Why is it called Manaslu Circuit Trek instead of Manaslu Base Camp?

Generally, most of the base camp trek ends in base camp but in the case of Manaslu Base Camp trek, it is diverse. Manaslu Base Camp is also called Manaslu Circuit trek because base camp is not a particular spot in this trek but during the trek in Manaslu, base camp visited as a side trip. During Manaslu Circuit Trek, the trailhead is either Sotikhola or Arughat then after trail takes you to Base Camp via Tsum Valley, continues toward Larkey La pass or trek ends in Besi Sahar. In fact, in Base Camp trek, the starting point and ending point of the trek is the same but in circuit trek, it is totally different. Among another circuit trek in Nepal, Annapurna circuit trek in popular all over the world.

Dipak Sapkota


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