Nepali Times is reporting that the entire Manaslu Circuit can now be done without a tent:
… The Manaslu Circuit Trek, which actually circumnavigates Manaslu (8,163m), is fast gaining popularity as an alternative to the beaten trails of Everest and Annapurna. It is touted to be the new jewel in the crown of Himalayan trekking and for good reason too.
For one, we thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of terrain that we traversed. After a bumpy jeep ride on mud and rock-laden tracks from Dhadingbesi to the start of the trail at Arughat, we hiked valleys with the roaring Budhi Gandaki as a constant companion, through primeval rainforests, before emerging into the barren sub-alpine terrain on the approach to Larke La (5,135m), while in the shadow of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu. …
Internet has come to Manaslu. Reports are that it’s now working.
That’s good and bad, of course. But I did enjoy being able to keep in touch while trekking the Everest region.
I could be in Nepal in November, prime trekking season.
As I understand it, a Restricted Area Permit: US$ 50 per week through a registered trekking agent is required. Minimum 2 people. With 1 guide.
• Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit: NRs. 2,000 (approx 20 Euro or US$30)
• Annapurna Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit: NRs. 2,000 (approx 20 Euro or US$30)
I’ll check all that on the ground in Nepal. I’d prefer an independent trek.