The government of Nepal has declared the Manaslu region as a restricted area to promote the hidden gem of the remote tourism sector in Nepal. As a result, Solo travelers are not allowed to visit the Manaslu region. As per rule, there should be a minimum of two trekkers with a professional guide. Additionally, you can get permits through a trekking agency.
There are mainly three permits needed for the Manaslu circuit trek. Manaslu Trek Permit is the main thing to explore the Manaslu region. In case if you caught without permits then you will be charged on the spot and given punishment according to the law of the Nepal Government. Here is the list of Permits that you need during your trek:
- Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)
- Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)
Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)
Until you reach Sama Gaun from Jagat, you need to show your permits to concerned authorities. In addition, after a walk from Sama Gaun again you need to show another permit ACAP). The price of Manaslu Restricted Area Permits (RAP) depends upon how many day you will stay between Jagat and Dharapani. Sama Gaun is the last check post for checking of RAP. Manaslu Trek permits can be compulsorily carried by Trekker.
Cost for Special Permit
September to November: For a first week you need to pay $100 per person and after the eighth day onwards you will pay $15 per person.
December to August: For a first week, you need to pay $75 per person and after the eighth day onwards you will pay $10 per person.
You should not provide a printed photo for RAP permits, it will be uploaded online and printed on the permits.
Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)
This Manaslu trek permit is needed from Philim. After reaching Phidim, you will walk through the Manaslu Conservation Area. There is no increasing and decreasing of costs throughout the year: $30 per person. In addition, you should not pay extra charges with a change in the number of days.
For this trek, you need to have a printed copy of the Photo.
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)
Manaslu trek permit is required until you reach to Beshi Sahar from Dharapani. There is no increasing and decreasing of costs throughout the year: $30 per person. In addition, you should not pay extra charges with a change in the number of days.
For permit photos, it is just similar to MCAP. You need to provide a copy of the Photograph.
After getting RAP, MCAP, and ACAP, it is not necessary to get a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System). But if you start to hike in Annapurna Circuit from Dharapani then TIMS is needed. However, during your trek at least take a porter with you. It will be easy for you during your trekking session.
Helpful FAQ about Manaslu Trek Permit
- Where can I obtain the necessary permits?
Solo Traveler is not allowed in this region. You need to be more than two people for having this trek. Your agency will handle this all about the permits and necessary documents.
- Do I need a TIMS Card for Manaslu?
Absolutely not, you don’t need to carry TIMS for Manaslu. But if you want to extend your trek to Annapurna Circuit Trek from Dharapani then you need to have TIMS. The same amount of money for ACAP can be used in Annapurna Circuit Trek.
- Why do I need an Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit for the Manaslu Trek?
After trekking from Beshi Sahar to Dharapani through Manaslu Conservation Area, you need to walk two days in Annapurna Conservation Area so that you need to obtain your permits.
- How much does the permit for Manaslu cost?
Both the Annapurna and Manaslu conservation area costs the same amount of money. You need to pay $ per person. But in case of restricted area permit, you need to pay according to how long will you stay in Jagat and Sama Gaun.
- How many photographs do I need?
Basically, you need to have two printed passport-sized photocopy for Annapurna Conservation Area permit and Manaslu area permit whereas scanned photographs will be printed online.
- How long does it take to issue the permit?
Normally, it will take one and a half hours to get ready for your permits. But in case of the online system goes down then it may take a couple of hours.
- Can permits be issued in advance before we arrive in Nepal?
Yes, it can be issued advance before you arrive in Nepal. Department of Immigration should verify the details of your visa details and original passport. You need to send a copy of the main copy passport along with a passport-sized printed photo, visa number, and a copy of flight tickets for Nepal travel.
- Can you issue a permit for a single trekker?
Obviously no, it is not possible to manage a permits for single trekker. This area is a restricted area so that single trekkers are not allowed in this region.
- Do I need a separate permit for the Tsum Valley?
Yes, you need to have a separate permit for Tsum Valley. From December to August, you will charge $ per person for a week and $ for additional. And from September to November, you will charge $ per person for a week and $ for additional.
- Can a permit be issued on a Saturday and any other public holiday?
No, it is not possible to issue permits on public holidays and Saturday. Department of Immigration remains close during holidays. Therefore, we need to issue the permits in advance in case of a longer holiday coming soon.