Where is Mt. Manaslu, and how to reach the Base Camp?
Why is it called Manaslu Circuit Trek instead of Manaslu Base Camp?
For Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp treks, the ending point of the trek is the base camp, and then from there, you return to your jump-off point. For Manaslu, it is different. Manaslu Base Camp trek is more well-known by the name Manaslu Circuit Trek. In this trek, Manaslu Base Camp is not the destination but is instead only a side trip.
For the Manaslu Circuit Trek, you are making a loop in your trek where you so you start in Sotikhola or Arughat, reach the Tsum Valley, stop by Manaslu Base Camp, cross Larke pass and then end up your trek in Besi Sahar in the Annapurna region. In Base Camps treks, these usually are your main destination, and then you typically return to where you started. For a Circuit trek, the starting point and endpoint are always different.
Famous base camp treks include Everest Base Camp, Kanchenjunga Base Camp, and Annapurna Base Camp. Annapurna Circuit is a popular circuit trek in Nepal.
What is the typical Manaslu Base Camp Trek itinerary?
Depending on the rest day season and side trips, the Manaslu trek itinerary may range between 14 to 22 days. If the trek happens sometime from June to early September, which is the monsoon season or during the monsoon season, the minimum is the 17 days Manaslu trek itinerary. The number of days also depends on the side trips you wish to take.
For example, some of the possible side trips during the trek are Manaslu Base Camp, Birendra Lake, and the Tibetan border. There is also the Tsum Valley side trip during the Manaslu trek, which is highly recommended by many trekkers. Note that if you want to include Tsum Valley in your itinerary, then be prepared to spend 22 days from Kathmandu and back. The best time of the year to go to Manaslu is in October, November, March, and April when the 14 days Manaslu trek is good enough as the road condition can push your itinerary a few days ahead.
How much has the Manaslu Base Camp Trek Permit cost?
Anyone who wants to travel to Manaslu should also know about the Manaslu trekking permit rule by the Nepali Government. Due to the open border with Tibet in this region and to control unnecessary border exit by any foreign citizen during the trek, no one is allowed in the Manaslu without a special permit issued by the government. An authorized local Nepali trekking member should also accompany it. To avoid this trouble in the mountain, please be aware of the requirement of permits for any trek. Also, compared with other treks such as EBC or ABC, the Manaslu trek cost is higher, and this is mainly due to the special permit mentioned above.