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Chapter 10: Manaslu Circuit Trek Guides and Porters

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Trekking in the pristine landscapes of the region is an incredible experience. The breathtaking beauty of the majestic Himalayas, serene rivers, glacial lakes, and lush forests will spellbind you. But do you need guides and porters for the trek? Well, the answer is yes, you do.

The Nepal Government has declared this Manaslu region a restricted area to ensure the conservation of nature and wildlife in the region. Hence, without Manaslu circuit trek guides, trekking on this site is not possible. For this, a professional guide will help you immensely with finding the routes along the trek.

Guides should be licensed, experienced, and have a vast knowledge of culture and traditions. Such qualified guides also know very well about possible side trips.

Similarly, porters help you carry your backpacks and luggage. You need to trek with a licensed guide and must trek in a group of at least two members excluding the guide.

There are a lot of benefits to hiring a local guide rather than going for a solo Manaslu trek (not permitted). It gives you a local experience and straightforwardly gets into any side trip destination.

Local experienced and well-known trekking guide has more knowledge about the route, local culture, and costumes, as well as a lot of stories of the villages and what’s on the next corner plus the seasonal trekking route.

These guides provide you with proper navigation facilities along the route. Besides, you can also hire a porter or a porter guide for this incredible trek. Traveling with a guide will enhance your trekking significantly. Hence, a licensed trekking guide is an essential part of this trek.

Manaslu Trek Guide Cost

A licensed Manalsu trek guide costs around USD 20 – USD 25 per day, which includes food, accommodation, and insurance costs.

Guides help you navigate the trails during the trek. They also help you with food and accommodation facilities along the trail. A licensed guide is well trained in handling any emergencies.

Porter for Manaslu Circuit Trek and Their Cost

Porters cost around USD 15 – USD 20 per day, which includes food, accommodation, and insurance costs. They will carry around 25 kgs of your luggage which may consist of clothing or other equipment.

Furthermore, a porter-guide is a more economical option that saves you from extra expenses. This way, you don’t have to hire a porter and a guide separately. They cost around USD 18 – USD 22 per day, which includes food, accommodation, and insurance costs.

However, this is a rough estimation, and these guides and porter services may vary to some extent. The skill and experience of the guide and porter also play a role in determining trek guide cost.

The Manaslu trek itinerary is also an important factor in determining cost. A skilled, honest, credible, and enthusiastic guide and porter is immense help during the trek.


Where to find guides and porters to trek Manaslu?

Ans: You can find guides and porters through trekking agencies in Kathmandu.

How much does it cost in a day to hire a guide and a porter while trekking to Manaslu?

Ans: You can hire licensed guides for around $25-30 per day and porters for around $20-30 per day while trekking to Manaslu.

How much do you tip a porter?

Ans: You can tip a few dollars ranging from $1- $5.

Do you always need a guide and a porter to trek Manaslu?

Ans: Trek in Manaslu is not allowed to do if you do not have a licensed guide or porter.

If you are looking information regarding routes of Manaslu trek read Routes and Maps of the Trek chapterBest Manaslu Trek Time   chapter explain in detail about the best time to trek in Manaslu region. If you are wondering how to choose the best trek operator, find detail information from this How to Choose the best Manaslu Trek Operator chapter.

The cost chapter Cost of Manaslu Trek explains all types of cost and fees of Manaslu trek. If you need information regarding visa and permit of Manaslu trek read Visa and Permit for Manaslu Trek chapter. The packing list chapter explains the main items to Packing for Manaslu trekking.  Learn in detail about the food and lodging during trekking Manaslu in the Accommodation and Food chapter.

If you want information about Manaslu trek ground transportation read the chapter Ground Transportation during. In other chapters of this Manaslu Trekking guide, we have explained in detail of  Internet and Telephone Facility in the Manaslu region and how much dangerous and safe is Manaslu Trek.