The Manaslu Region is restricted and the most delightful destination to explore the numerous sparking peaks with diverse unique cultures. If you’re planning for Manaslu Treks in 2023/24 find the compulsory trekking gears too. However What types of gear are required for the Manaslu Treks? A complete Manaslu Region Treks packing list for 2023 is provided with full information and details. Before packing and departing for Nepal one should know the rules, with the latest updated information and requirement for the Manaslu region region. Moreover, the Manaslu region is an isolated area with highly mandatory special permits, MCAP Permits, and ACAP permits.
The Manaslu Region Trekking is the Upper area of the Manaslu region from the village of Jagat. Trekkers must be aware and be informed that Upper Manaslu Valley is still in Dharapani village in the Manang district. Falls within Restricted Areas of Nepal, once which was a forbidden country for foreign travelers.
Then it was opened for outside visitors from the year 1992 onwards. At the same time, the Manaslu region was designated as the Manaslu Conservation Area Project known as MCAP for short. The MCAP was established in 1998 to conserve and protect its pristine environment and endangered wildlife.
Around Upper Manaslu Valley, where solo or individual travelers (FIT) are not allowed must be accompanied by a licensed guide. Recommended and Authorized by the Nepal Government Tourism Department, as well as by Registered local trekking agents.
All travelers must join with the Regisrated local Travel Company to obtain the special permits as well. It also requires a minimum of 2 people in a group and single travelers are not allowed to obtain a permit from the Manaslu Conservation Area of Nepal. Besides the trek to the Upper Manaslu Region where special permits are required to complete the trip. Unlike other normal trekking destinations, but Manaslu Region is worth visiting as an adventure of a lifetime experience too.
In the early days when it was first opened for trekkers, all group was accompanied by a Government Liaison Officer. For the past few decades, it was not required, as the cost was higher paying all the expenses for a Liaison Officer. The only extra cost apart from trek packages is special permits, as well as MCAP and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project).
ACAP after crossing Larke-La passes towards the Manang region, which is under the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. The trek ends at Dharapani village, which is one of the popular Annapurna Circuit routes.
For the Manaslu Region trekkers depend upon the season wise. What to pack and not need to carry unnecessary items as per the season. The local agent when booked for Manaslu Circuit trekking must have provided the list of gear required for the trekking.
Besides main items to pack as per the weight allowance limit on an international flight of an average of 20 kg per person. If it’s too much to carry from home countries and the hassle of limited weight allowance. Trekkers can easily buy or hire some gear in Kathmandu at general departmental stores, as well as in trekking shops. Like Sleeping Bags, Down / Duvet Jackets, Rain or windproof suits, warm socks, trekking trousers, fleece jackets, and much more.
The first thing to carry before packing your gear is travel documents and a legal passport not exceeding the expiry dates. Which should be 6 months from the date of issue and should be travel insurance as well.
The Travel Insurance in case of bad unfavorable weather conditions, where the trekking route might be diverted to other safe destinations. As well as if the trek is disturbed by political strikes and road conditions. Which can happen in any part of the world of a sudden change of government rules. In this type of situation, the local companies will be beyond their control and have to accept, whatever circumstance arises. These types of situations if happen can claim through your travel insurance for some reimbursement.
Similarly Medical Insurance in cases of sudden illness like from altitude sickness or personal side of illness. You might need immediate evacuation to the nearest hospital like in Kathmandu by the fastest transportation like an emergency Helicopter Service. This is when your Medical Insurance comes in, to cover your extra expenses incurred. After the above important information come to the actual packing list from home for the wonderful Manaslu Tsum Valley with Larkya La Trekking.
Important and necessary to carry a small medical kit for your personal use, as recommended and prescribed by your doctors. As well as mentioning your medical history. The first important item is that you buy and carry a good pair of trekking boots, sports shoes, and personal underclothing. Warm and light trousers for day walks as well for the evening cold nights’s rest of the gear is as follows.
Comfortable boots and trainers /sports shoes and clothing for strong hot sun on lower foothills. As well for freezing temperatures at night in the higher region, Shorts, skirts or lightweight trousers (for ladies). Includes T-shirt, long-sleeved cotton shirts, and sun hat.
During the evening and the higher altitudes, warm clothing will be needed.
Shorts or Skirts (for ladies): Light Cotton Trousers.
Breeches / Tracksuit Bottoms / Ultra Fleece Trousers.
Duvet / Down Jackets: (Down feathers or synthetic (required in autumn/winter
and early springtime)
Wool Balaclava, Wool Mitts: (required in autumn/winter and early springtime)
Waterproof: Jacket and trousers
Scarf: Silk/Nylon, useful for keeping the sun off the back of your neck.
Sunglasses / Goggles: Essential to get a pair that cuts out 100% UV rays
Sunscreen Cream: High protection factor 20 or high altitude glacier cream due to thin air the U/V is stronger in the sun.
Lip Slave/ Labisan: Protection for the lips with a sunscreen
Water Bottle: A liter metal bottle to keep warm while at night time.
Head Torches: Pretzel (recommended) -spare batteries and bulbs
Small Knife: Swiss army style – has many uses
Small Padlock: Useful for locking your kit/duffel bag
Thermarest: Or similar self-inflating mattress, gives a decadent luxury
Walking Poles: Useful for crossing rivers and in snow and ice areas.
Most of the items can be bought or hired in Kathmandu on a daily basis at a reasonable price, saving from the flight weight allowance. The packing also depends upon the season as well the length of the journey as itinerary days-wise.
Lastly, Remember, the Manaslu Region Treks is a challenging moderate adventure, and it’s crucial to be well-prepared, physically fit, and mentally prepared for the journey. If you’re a beginner trekker, you may want to consider starting with shorter and less strenuous treks in Nepal before attempting the Manaslu Circuit Trek. However, the Nepal High Trek & Expedition team is a highly sophisticated local team that leads your journey safely and memorably too.