What are the Permits Required for the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal? 

If you are planning to trek around the Manaslu Circuit in Nepal there are a few things you need to do before you go. 

Firstly, and most importantly, you need to know you cannot head off on this trek alone.  Being that this is a restricted area, with the idea of controlling the number of trekkers and preserving the landscape, independent trekkers are not allowed.  Secondly, with a minimum number of two in your trekking group (excluding the guide), you need to obtain special permits which can only be organised through a registered trekking agency.   

If you are still keen on entering this beautiful region which takes in the Manaslu Conservation Area, with amazing views of Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world, and many other stunning peaks, unique Himalayan wildlife, and a rich culture of Nepalese and Tibetan people, don’t worry about the logistics!  

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Here I am going to explain what permits you need for this trek and how much these cost.  

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit 

All protected areas in Nepal require entry permits.  Stands to reason really if you want them to still be pristine and thriving in the future. 

Since the trekker, that is you, cannot obtain the permit themselves, relax and let the agency take the tension.   

All you need to do is provide the agency with photographs and money!   

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit  

As this trek also goes through the Annapurna Conservation Area, you require an entry permit for this area too. 

Cost for Both Conservation Areas  

The MCAP and the ACAP permits cost USD 30 each, per person.  That is USD 60 per person in total. 

Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP) 

Special restricted area permits are only required for certain areas in Nepal, Manaslu being one of them.  If you are entering a restricted area you can guarantee this is a trek that does not see as many hikers over the year, so the trails will not be busy.  

Cost wise,  here it where it becomes more tricky.  Be thankful the agency is doing the work for you! 

The cost of the permit varies depending on the time of year you go, as follows: 

September to November: USD 100 per person for seven days and an additional USD 15 per person per day from the eighth day onwards. 

December to August: USD 75 per person for seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards. 

Don’t worry, most reputable agencies will have added the cost of the permits into the overall cost of the trek.  So, you don’t need to do any calculations at all!  

As a side, other costs in the total amount when you are looking online at this trek, include for the basic 13 days trek, 12 nights  accommodation in teahouses on the trails, 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 12 dinner on the trails, the cost of local transport, and the cost of your guide.  The overall price is beginning to look most reasonable when you consider the location, the scenery, the mountains, and the whole experience!  

TIMS No Longer Required  

You may have heard of, or been issued with in the past, a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card. These are no longer issued, so that is one less thing to think about.  

Get Packing 

So, sign up, get packing, hand over two printed passport sized photos along with a scanned photo.  The scanned photo will be uploaded for the Restricted Area Permit while the other two will be attached, respectively to the Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation Permits.  

Job done! Enjoy your trek!  


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