Why You Should Not Go Manaslu Trek Without Guide

  • Apr 10, 2022
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world is one of the adventurous trekking destinations in Nepal. Recently discovered Manaslu Trekking trail is the less crowded, rustic, remote and high altitude of Larkya La Pass, which will provide you with an experience of classic trekking with the sensational mountain’s vistas. It is the perfect destination for those who are enthusiasts to explore the isolated and wild region of Nepal. Manaslu trek is filled with stunning snow-covered mountains, endangered and rare species like Red Pandas, Snow Leopards, mammals like horseshoe bat, Asian black bear, Tibetan snow cocks, and crimson horned pheasants, and many more, varied ethnic villages, their unique cultures, and traditions.

Manaslu circuit trek
Mt. Manaslu

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Manaslu Trek in Nepal is one of the off-beaten trekking routes of Nepal, which is protected under the Manaslu Conservation Area Project. To trek in the Manaslu region, trekkers need special permits with experience and a professional trekking guide. Without a trekking guide, the government of Nepal will not allow you to trek Manaslu Trek in Nepal. The trekking trail of Manaslu is full of adventure, so trekkers should trek through the mountain passes, glaciers, lush jungles, rivers, and streams with several ups and downs.

The government of Nepal has declared some of the areas in the Manaslu region as a restricted region where trekkers required essential trekking permits that include Restricted Area Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, and Tsum Valley Permit (Optional if you plan to explore Tsum valley). During trekking to the Manaslu region, you should have at least 2 members of the group registered as guides. Every guide should have an ID card and a trekking license.

The reason to have a trekking Guide

Manaslu circuit trek
Larke pass

Manaslu Trek is a restricted area in Nepal, so every trekker needs a guide to trek to Manaslu trek.  A guide will help you to show the right trekking trail and look after it throughout the whole trek. The trekking trail will be quite tough and dangerous too, where the guide will be there to help you during some safety issues and while taking trekking permits. The trekking guide is well trained on safety precautions. Not only that the guide will also help you to encounter the local peoples and learn their unique cultures and lifestyles. They will act as a mediator between you and local ethnic communities. During your trek you may feel under weather (altitude sickness), in such a case there will be a guide to look after you and inform you about the weather conditions too. There will not be any kind of mental burden for accommodation and food, a guide will already make a booking for you.    


  1. Manaslu circuit trek
  2. Tsum valley trek

Cost of Guide and Porter for Manaslu Trek

Trekking in the Manaslu trek without a guide is impossible, the adventurous attitude of the region makes trekking quite tough for a guide. The cost of a trekking guide and Porter's cost is varied according to the itinerary and destination. The cost of a guide may cost around US$25-30 per day while the cost of a Porter is US$ 18-22 per day including meals, accommodation, insurance, equipment, and essential things.

Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, a Nepal travel blogger who provides Nepal travel tips to travellers who are planning to visit Nepal and know about Nepal.

I am a tourism service provider in Nepal So far, I have been to the Nepalese Himalayan base camps as a tour leader and collected lots of information about the Nepalese Himalayas. You can find my experiences in my travel blogs, so it may make it a lot easier for you to travel to Nepal.

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