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Manaslu Trek Permit and Their Cost

Manaslu Trek Permit and Their Cost

Manaslu Trek has been attracting thousands of tourists from the global world every year. Nestled in the lap of Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world, this trek offers you one of the most exciting and once-in-a-lifetime moments with its natural, cultural, and homely environment. Talking about the trek, the snow-capped peaks from Mansiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri Mountain Range will blow your mind.

Similarly, the natural beauty of the Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation Area will give you insights of the flora and fauna around the region. In addition, the remote and unbeaten trails will test your strength, which will be thrilling as well as adventurous. While we talk about the remote trails, preparation is one of the topmost things that comes in our mind.

Preparation is a key for the Manaslu Trek and it covers all the stratas of preparation, including the physical, mental, gears, logistics, and accommodation. Permit is one of them; trekkers must be acknowledged with the idea of essential trekking permits for the Manaslu Trek and its cost. If you are not aware of those, this blog is for you. We have compiled a comprehensive blog regarding which permits you need and how much budget should you allocate for purchasing them.

Let’s explore them in detail:

Required Permits For Manaslu Trek

Required Permits For Manaslu Trek

Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)

It is the first mandatory permit required to embark on the Manaslu Trek. The Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (RAP) allows trekkers to travel from Jagat to Samagaon without legal issues or barriers. This means trekkers must compulsorily purchase this permit for the Manaslu Trek, especially when trekkers traverse Jagat to Samagaon.

The Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (RAP) usually has a validity of 7 days. But trekkers need this license for at least 10 days until they reach Samagaon. So, the permit’s validity must be added after seven days by paying extra cost to the related authorities.

How Much Does Restricted Area Permit For Manaslu (RAP) Cost?

A Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (RAP) costs anywhere between USD 75 and USD 100 per person. Its cost is highly influenced by the number of days in your itinerary and the time of year you embark on the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

If you travel during the Autumn Season from September to November, the Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu costs around USD 100 per person. Similarly, the cost of RAP during the peak season of Spring from March to May is around USD 75 per person.

As mentioned above, the Special Restricted Area Permit is valid for only seven days. During the Autumn Season, trekkers must pay the additional cost of USD 15 per person per day after the validation of this permit expires. Similarly, the additional cost is USD 10 per person per day during the Spring Season. So, trekkers are recommended to prepare their budget accordingly.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)

Another permit required for the Manaslu Trek is the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit). As we all know, the Manaslu Trek is basically based within the protected land of the Manaslu Conservation Area; we must acquire this permit to embark on the trek.

Manaslu Conservation Area was established in 1998 and covers a land area of 1,663 square kilometers in the Mansiri Mountain Range of the Himalayas. The main motive of this conservation area is to protect and conserve flora, fauna, and the region’s natural vegetation. So, while trekkers embark on the Manaslu Trek, this permit tracks the records of their activities. Also, it mainly focuses on mitigating any human activities that have been hampering the ecosystem of this region.

The Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit) is required for 5 to 7 days. And the best thing about it is the infinite validation of this permit. Trekkers can use this permit until their trek is complete and should not worry about expiring the license and paying additional costs for more validation.

How Much Does the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit) Cost?

The Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit) costs NPR. 3000 Per person for foreign trekkers. Similarly, the price fluctuates depending on which country you are from. If you are from the SAARC Nations, you must pay NPR. 1000 per person for the permit, while the Nepalese trekkers can get this permit at just NPR. 100 per person.

Since the MCAP Permit has no expiry date, trekkers can use this permit at a constant cost all over the seasons. Whether it is a long trekking itinerary or a short one, the price is all the same throughout the year.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)

As mentioned above, areas like National Parks and Conservation Areas have their license for tracking mechanics. So, trekkers should acquire these licenses before entering these regions’ premises. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit) also falls under the same category.

Annapurna Conservation Area was established in 1992, and it has an area of 7,629 square kilometers scattered in the Annapurna Mountain Range of the Nepalese Himalayas.

The best thing about the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit) is that no factors like the time of the year, trekkers’ group size, or itinerary will impact the cost of this permit. Whether you are traveling during the peak seasons like Spring and Autumn or the off-trek seasons like monsoon and winter, the cost will all be the same.

Talking about pricing, the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit) costs NPR. 3000 per person (for foreign trekkers). Just like the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit), the cost for SAARC Nationals and Nepalese Trekkers are all the same. The SAARC Nationals must pay NPR. 1000 per person for the permit while the Nepalese trekkers have the privilege of low price, i.e., NPR. 100 per person.

Do I Need TIMS Card for Manalsu Trek?

Do I Need TIMS Card for Manalsu Trek

Trekkers who are looking forward to embarking on the Manaslu Trek, does not have to worry about TIMS Card. Instead, the above listed three permits will cover your all the legal formalities to enter the Manaslu Region to cherish this beautiful trek.

TIMS Card (Trekkers’ Information Management System) is one of the most required thing to grab for any trekking within the country of Nepal. However, for the Manaslu Trek, trekkers must not worry about it. Unless you are diverting your mind and get forward with taking on the Annapurna Base Camp or Circuit Trek from the Manaslu Region, you don’t need to get this permit.

Talking about the cost of TIMS Card, it costs NPR. 2000 per person. Like MCAP and ACAP Permits, the cost is different for the citizens of different countries. This price tag is for foreign trekkers.

Trekkers from SAARC Nations and Nepal must pay NPR. 1000 and NPR. 100 per person for purchasing TIMS Card. But remember, TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management) Card is not required for the Manaslu Trek.

What Are The Required Documents For Acquiring the Manaslu Trek Permits?

What Are The Required Documents For Acquiring the Manaslu Trek Permits

Manaslu Trek cannot be set on without the required permits. But these permits come with several requirements, and documents are the integral part of it. Trekkers must submit several documents to get the designated permits or to be eligible of getting the permits.

So, what are the required documents to acquire all these MCAP, ACAP, and Restricted Area Permits? Let’s explore them in detail:

  1. At least 2 copies of Passport-Sized photographs required for MCAP and ACAP Permits.
  2. At least 1 Scanned Photograph for online application form. (Not required if you are filling physical form).
  3. Copies of your Nepal Visa and Passport
  4. Travel Insurance and its documents.
  5. Documents of your trek itinerary from your travel agency.
  6. Document of your clearance from your travel agency.

How Do I Apply For The Manaslu Trek Permits?

How Do I Apply For The Manaslu Trek Permits?

Now you know that trekkers need trekking permits for the Manaslu Trek. But how can they get these permits and what are the process required for applying to get them in hand. Here, we will take you through the step-by-step process about applying for these permits and purchasing them.

Step-by-step process of applying & purchasing permits for the Manaslu Trek:

Step 1:

  1. First, fill out the online application form for the trekking permit, including Restricted Area Permits.
  2. Fill out the separate online form form the Manaslu Conservation Area Project and Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Since they are listed as ‘Conservation Areas,’ you must fill the separate forms.
  3. After filling out all the requirements in the form, seal it and send it to the Director General of the Department of Immigration of Nepal in Kathmandu.
  4. Attach the documents of itinerary of the Manaslu Trek in a printed form. Remember to mention the dates and time frames of the trek.
  5. Next, attach the photocopies of your passport (main page and visa page) for identification purpose.
  6. Now, comes the payment part! You must arrange American Dollars and note down the serial number and denomination on the agent’s letterhead.

Step 2: Department of Immigration Visit

  1. Visit Anamnagar’s Department of Immigration.
  2. Submit American dollars with serial-numbered letterhead to Global IME Bank (located at the Immigration Department) and collect the deposit slip.
  3. Verify official documents: guide insurance, tax clearance, and a valid authority certificate from the central bank.
  4. The first officer verifies online trekker details against passports and prints a new slip.
  5. The second officer reviews and forwards the file to the Head of Immigration.
  6. The Head (Director General of Immigration) verifies and signs.
  7. Return to the first officer for printing individual permits and affixing stickers.
  8. Details are filled on the stickers, and the Second Officer signs them.
  9. The first officer applies the final stamp, and your Manaslu RAP is complete!
  10. Note: Permits for ACAP and MCAP still need to be issued.

Step 3: Nepal Tourism Board Visit for MCAP and ACAP Permits

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions manaslu circuit trek

What permits do I need for the Manaslu Trek?

Trekkers need to acquire three major permits for the Manaslu Trek. They are: Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

Why Do I need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) for the Manaslu Trek?

You will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) since the trail of Manaslu Trek will pass through the Annapurna Conservation Area. For your notice, the trail from Beshi Sahar to Dharapani remains within the Annapurna Conservation Area.

Can I obtain these permits in Kathmandu or Pokhara?

Yes, you can obtain these permits in both Kathmandu and Pokhara. You can get it through the Department of Immigration or the Nepal Tourism Board office. Sometimes, your trekking agency will also provide you the logistic services, including trekking permits.

Are there any age restrictions for obtaining trekking permits for Manaslu?

There are generally no age restrictions for obtaining permits. But other factors like health, preparation level, and previous trekking experience comes in the frontline for this trek due to the challenging terrain and altitude of the Manaslu region.

Can I extend my permits if my trek takes longer than initially planned?

Yes, you can extend your permits if your trek takes longer than initially planned. You can contact your travel agency or the Immigration Office in Kathmandu or Pokhara. But remember, there might be a provision to add additional fees for extending the validity of the permits.

How long does it take to acquire permit after application?

It usually takes around an hour or a couple of hours to acquire the permit. You must fill out the application manually online or offline, provide essential documents and fees for purchasing the permits.

Can a solo trekker gain permits for the Manaslu Trek?

No, solo trekkers cannot get permits for the Manaslu Trek because solo trekking has been banned in Nepal from April 1, 2023.

Can a permit be issued on a Saturday and any other public holiday?

No, permits for the Manaslu Trek cannot be issued on a Saturday or other public holidays. The government offices are closed during Saturday and public holidays, so trekkers must process the documents on other days excluding these time frames.

Can I trek the Manaslu Circuit independently, or do I need a guide and porter?

No, you cannot trek to Manaslu Circuit independently. For safety and conservation reasons, the Nepal Government has made it mandatory to hire a professional guide for any treks within the country. So you must hire a guide for the Manaslu Trek.

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