Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley

Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley
At a Glance
  • Trip Duration25 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Grade Moderate
Highlights
  • An ultimate combination of a wilderness adventure and an immersive cultural experience that will leave you spellbound
  • Trek to the heart of the Manaslu region, where you will witness the majestic views of Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world
  • Trek through bamboo and rhododendron forests in the lower regions to higher alpine meadows and rugged mountain desert
  • Witness magnificent mountain vistas, dramatic landscapes, and mysterious gorges
  • Unspoiled and uncrowded off-the-beaten trekking route
  • Explore the hidden Tsum Valley and get to see the lifestyle of its locals known as Tsumbas
  • Visit ancient monasteries and the famous Milarepa's Cave
  • Cross the challenging Larkya La Pass
  • Come across a wide range of flora and fauna along the trail, including the Lophophorus, the national bird of Nepal
  • Go on a side hike to Manaslu Base Camp, Birendra Lake, or Pungyen Gompa

"Manaslu Tsum valley trek is the ultimate combination of a wilderness adventure and an immersive cultural experience that will leave you spellbound. With the towering Mount Manaslu as your constant companion, you will traverse the hidden valley of Tsum, encounter Buddhist monks and nuns, spin prayer wheels, cross long suspension bridges, and explore ancient monasteries and nunneries. This 25-day tea house trek will take you far off the beaten track, through cascading waterfalls, rocky trails, and serene meadows."

Embark on a thrilling 25-day tea house trek, taking you to the heart of the Manaslu region, where you will witness the majestic views of Mount Manaslu (8,163 m/26,781 ft), the eighth-highest mountain in the world. Witness magnificent mountain vistas, dramatic landscapes, and mysterious gorges, all while immersing yourself in the unique Tibetan culture that dominates the region.

Since the Manaslu region only opened in the early 1990s, it still feels like an untouched area waiting to be explored. However, this trek demands a high level of fitness as the average day lengths are around 7 hours.

As you trek along the Budhi Gandaki river, you'll explore its upstream areas and venture as far as Mu Gompa (3,700 m/11,026 ft), where you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the awe-inspiring Ganesh Himal (7,422 m/24,350 ft), Singri Himal (7,817 m/25,646 ft), and Boudha Himal(6,672 m/21,889 ft).

The highlight of the Manaslu circuit Tsum valley trek comes when you cross the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,106 m/16,929 ft), the highest point of the trek. The Manaslu circuit and Tsum valley is a hidden gem that has remained untouched by the outside world for centuries, and as a result, the cultural practices and beliefs of the locals have been preserved in their most authentic form.

The Manaslu Tsum valley trek 25 days is a true Himalayan treasure, offering a unique blend of culture and wilderness that is unmatched by any other trek in Nepal!

Tsum Valley

The Tsum valley is a remote and restricted part of the Manaslu region, with a distinctive culture and landscape that is closely tied to Tibet. This hidden valley has only recently opened to trekkers, providing an opportunity to experience a part of the Himalayas that still has off the beaten track.

During the Manaslu Tsum valley trek, trekkers will get the chance to get up close and personal with the local people and their culture. The people of Tsum Valley share many similarities with the Tibetans, and their unique way of life and traditions have been preserved over centuries.

The trek will take you near the Tibetan border, where you will have the opportunity to meet Buddhist monks and nuns and visit Milarepa's Cave. This cave is said to have been used by the famous Tibetan Buddhist yogi and poet Milarepa during his meditation retreats. It is also considered a sacred site.

The Tsum valley is also home to a variety of beautiful mountain birds, including the Lophophorus, which is the national bird of Nepal. As you make your way through this hidden valley, keep an eye out for these stunning birds, and take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty of this incredible region.

Manaslu Tsum valley trek itinerary

The Manaslu Tsum valley trek promises an adventure of a lifetime. Starting from Sotikhola, the trail leads you on a journey through a diverse landscape of pine and rhododendron forests. You will climb over a ridge to reach Lokpa, the entrance to Tsum Valley. However, it will take two days of trekking to reach Lokpa, with overnight stops at Machha Khola, Jagat, and finally, Lokpa.

From Lokpa, you will hike to Chumling, known for its three monasteries. After a night at Chumling, you will continue to Chhokangparo, where you will enjoy stunning views of the Himalayas. The next leg of the trek will take you through bamboo and exotic rhododendron forests in the lower regions to higher alpine meadows and rugged mountain desert.

During your Tsum valley trek, you will visit Piren Phu cave, the most sacred cave in the region, on your way to Nile from Chhokangparo. From Nile, you will ascend further to Mu Gompa, the highest point of the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek. You will then descend back to Lokpa and continue on the Manaslu Circuit trail.

From Lokpa, you will trek westward and reach Deng for an overnight stay. You will pass through Ghap, Rana, and Bhimphedi villages on the way. Namrung village, inhabited by Tibetan descendants, is your next destination. From Namrung, you will head to Sama Gaun, where you will stop for a day for acclimatization. During this day, you can choose to visit Manaslu Base Camp, Birendra Lake, or Pungyen Gompa.

Larkya La Pass, located not far from Sama Gaon, offers stunning views of the Himalayan mountains, including Mt. Kang Guru (6,981 m/22,903 ft), Himlung Himal (7,126 m/23,379 ft), and Annapurna II (7,937 m/26,040 ft). After a day's trek from Dharmasala to Bhimtang, you will be close to the end of your adventure. You will hike to Gho and then Tal, where you will catch a bus or jeep to Besisahar and then travel to Kathmandu.

Alternative trekking packages

First of all, if you are bound by time, you can do Tsum Valley short trek with us or customize our 25 days Manaslu circuit and Tsum valley trek itinerary as per your requirements. We have the best Manaslu Tsum valley trek package with comprehensive service and genuine cost. Manaslu Tsum valley trek 2023/2024 booking is open.

Some of our other challenging treks in the Himalayas are the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek, Nar Phu Valley trek, Makalu Base Camp trek, and Upper Dolpo trek.

Likewise, these are our famous trekking packages in Nepal- Everest base camp trek, Annapurna base camp trek, Annapurna circuit trek, Mardi Himal trek, Langtang valley trek, and Upper Mustang trek.

Itinerary
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On the day of your arrival, our airport team will be there to greet you with a warm welcome to Nepal. They will be waiting for you at the terminal gate, holding a nameplate with your name on it. Once you meet them, they will take care of dropping you off at your hotel. Take some time to rest and unpack upon arriving at your hotel.

Later in the evening, we will personally meet you over a welcome dinner. It will be an opportunity for us to introduce ourselves and get to know you better. Afterward, you are free to explore the vibrant Thamel streets and experience its night-time buzz.

  • Accommodation:Hotel

To ensure that you get the most out of your trip, we have arranged a guided sightseeing tour for you in Kathmandu before embarking on the trek. Our friendly guide, along with a driver & car, will pick you up from your hotel lobby at the designated time.

During the tour, you will visit some of the most important historical sites in Kathmandu, such as the Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Boudhnath Stupa. These iconic monuments are sure to leave you amazed and provide a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Nepal.

After the sightseeing tour, we will meet you at our office for the trek briefing. Our experienced mountain guide will introduce themselves and walk you through the program. We will also take the time to pack the duffle bags and double-check all the trekking gear to ensure that you have everything you need for the upcoming adventure.

  • Accommodation:Hotel

We will start our journey early in the morning from Kathmandu, traveling along the scenic Prithivi Highway. As we make our way, we will be greeted by the breathtaking beauty of the Trishuli river, surrounded by lush green hills, cascading waterfalls, and terraced fields.

As we near the end of our drive, we will catch the first glimpse of the majestic Himalayan mountains, including Manaslu, Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Himal. Once we reach Arughat, the road ahead becomes a bit bumpy as we make our way to Soti Khola and continue to Machha Khola.

  • Max. Altitude:890 m/2,965 ft
  • Trip Duration:10 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

After leaving Machha Khola, we embark on a twisting trail that runs parallel to the banks of the Budi Gandaki river. We'll trek through lush forests, crossing suspension bridges. As we continue along the trail, we reach Khorla Besi and begin our ascent toward Tatopani. Here, we can take a short break and soothe our muscles in the natural hot springs, a perfect way to rejuvenate for the rest of the trek.

The trail then leads us across two suspension bridges over the Budhi Gandaki river. You'll reach Dovan and continue trekking past a landslide area to the village of Yaruphant. Crossing a wooden bridge, we trek towards Jagat, where we will stop for the night stay.

  • Max. Altitude:1,410 m/4,625 ft
  • Trip Duration:6/7 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

The trail ascends to Salleri and goes along the riverbanks. We'll eventually cross the Budhi Gandaki river on a long suspension bridge and trek further as the valley gradually widens, leading us to Philim. It is here at Ekle Bhatti where the trail divides into two, one heading towards Tsum and the other towards Manaslu.

We trek to Lokpa, crossing several picturesque villages along the way. The rivers begin to narrow, and we can witness the confluence of the Syar rivers from the Tsum valley. The trail goes along the right side of the Tsum valley until we finally arrive at Lokpa village, the first village in Tsum valley that offers clear and stunning views of the magnificent Manaslu range.

  • Max. Altitude:2,040 m/4,493 ft
  • Trip Duration:6-7 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

After a delicious breakfast, we begin our trek from Lokpa Village to Chumling. As we set off, we are treated to breathtaking views of Baudha Himal and Ganesh Himal VI. The trail first descends to the Lungwa river valley and then climbs up through a subtropical forest of dense rhododendron and pine trees.

During this part of the trek, we will not come across any villages until we reach Chumling. Just before reaching Chumling, we will cross the Syar Khola. The view of Ganesh Himal is fantastic from this village.

  • Max. Altitude:2,386 m/6,692 ft
  • Trip Duration:5 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

The trail from Chumling to Chhokangparo gradually ascends, following a rugged and steep route. The village of Chhokangparo has two settlements: Chhokang and Paro. We will explore both villages today. Chhokang is the older settlement.

We can visit the ancient Gompa (monastery) and the traditional stone houses built in a typical Tibetan style. Paro is relatively new and has modern houses made of wood and tin. From Paro, we can get a panoramic view of the Shringi Himal.

  • Max. Altitude:3,010 m/9,875 ft
  • Trip Duration:5-6 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

Today's trek takes us to some of the most sacred and culturally significant sites in the Tsum Valley. After a short walk from the Nile village, we reach the Milarepa Piren Phu Cave, where the footprint of the famous Tibetan saint Milarepa is said to be preserved in rock. This sacred cave is home to two Gumbas and is adorned with richly painted Buddhist murals, artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags, and significant Buddhist paper scripts.

We'll then cross the suspension bridge over a river and pass through several remote villages to arrive at the Nile (3,361m / 11,026ft). From here, we embark on a short walk along the west bank of the valley, close to the Tibetan border, to reach Mu Gompa. The hike up through yak pastures and typical dry and arid trans-Himalayan terrain offers stunning views of the mountains.

  • Max. Altitude:3,700 m/11,026 ft
  • Trip Duration:8 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

Today, we will spend a rest day in Mu Gompa. In the morning, we will hike to stunning and rarely visited Chhoyseng Lake at 4,200 meters. We also have the option to hike to Kalung Kharka. After the hike, return back to Mu Gompa and spend the remaining day resting and enjoying the serenity of the region.

  • Accommodation:Teahouse

We begin descending from Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa, passing through the lush forests and picturesque landscapes. Rachen Gompa is situated on the border between Nepal and Tibet. It offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding majestic mountains. From Rachen Gompa, we will continue our descent to Chhule and then reach Phurbe.

From Phurbe, we trek through a forested area to Chhokangparo. The further descent from Chhokangparo continues via the village of Gho, where we cross a suspension bridge and continue trekking towards Rainjam Village. Leaving Rainjam village, we make our final descent to Chumling.

  • Max. Altitude:2,386 m /7,827 ft
  • Trip Duration:5-6 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

The trail further descends to Lokpa village. Following the bank of Shiar Khola, we trek enjoying the beautiful views of the valley and mountains. The trail passes through several small villages before finally arriving at Lokpa village, where we started our Tsum Valley trek. It's a bittersweet moment to reach the end of our trek, but the memories of the stunning landscapes, unique culture, and warm hospitality of the Tsum Valley people will stay with us forever.

  • Max. Altitude:2,040 m/4,493 ft
  • Trip Duration:6 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

After leaving Lokpa village, we begin descending towards the Budi Gandaki river, which we cross over a sturdy bridge. As we continue on our journey, we'll enter a narrow gorge and start a series of ascents and descents gradually up the valley. The route takes us over a suspension bridge to Nupri. We pass through dense bamboo forests before arriving at the Gurung village of Deng.

  • Max. Altitude:1,804 m/5,917 ft
  • Trip Duration:6/7 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

The trail goes through dense forests of fir and rhododendron towards the north. Climb up to a ridge and descend to cross the Budhi Gandaki river. We'll then climb steeply up the opposite side and follow the river upstream to reach Ghap. Ghap is a small village surrounded by lush green forests and snow-capped mountains. From here, we can see the beautiful views of Mt. Himalchuli and other peaks in the region.

  • Max. Altitude:2,160 m/7,087 ft
  • Trip Duration:4-5 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

From Ghap, the trail takes us to Namrung, which offers fantastic views of the mountains, like Siring Himal, Himal Chuli, and Ganesh Himal. We will stop here for lunch and continue trekking toward Lho. There is also a monastery in Namrung that is worth visiting.

It is believed to be around 500 years old. From Namrung, we continue on our trek to reach Lho, where we will spend the night. Along the way, we will pass through villages and cross over a few suspension bridges.

  • Max. Altitude:3,180 m/10,433 ft
  • Trip Duration:5-6 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

We will leave the Lho village after a delicious breakfast. Enjoying the stunning mountain panorama, we will trek to Samagaon today. The trail is short but steep and rocky. Upon reaching Samagaon, we will leave our heavy bags and go on a short excursion to the Manasalu base camp, following a rugged and glacial path.

From here, we will also visit the stunning Birendra lake, surrounded by rocky hills and snow-capped mountains. After the hike, return to Samagaon to spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude:3,520 m/11,548 ft
  • Trip Duration:3 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

Today's trek promises to be full of pleasant surprises and exciting experiences. As we depart from Samagaun, we will cross a lush pasture and ascend above the valley, passing through dense juniper and birch forests along the way. Then, we'll descend to the Budhi Gandaki riverbed and make our way across a sturdy wooden bridge. Once we've crossed the river, we'll follow a steep path that will take us to the village of Samdo.

  • Max. Altitude:3,875 m/12,713 ft
  • Trip Duration:3/4 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

The trail meanders along the edge of rolling hills and lush fields. Along the way, we will pass by ancient mani walls and cross the Budhi Gandaki river via a rustic wooden bridge. We'll continue our trek as we navigate the Athahra Saya river.

The trail will soon take us through the magnificent Larkya Glacier, where we'll be astounded by the stunning vistas that unfold before us. As we continue trekking, we'll traverse the Salkha Khola valley, eventually ascending to a height of 4,480 meters to Larkya Phedi.

  • Max. Altitude:4,480 m/14,698 ft
  • Trip Duration:5-6 hours
  • Accommodation:Teahouse

Starting from Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi), we'll hike through a moraine and descend to a small lake early in the morning. The trail gets rough and unclear as we cross the steep grassy slope. Trekking along the moraine, we reach the edge that is marked with two landmarks. From here, we drop down to four frozen lakes, and a final ascent takes us to the top of Larkya La pass.

The panoramic views of Himlung Himal, Annapurna II, Mt. Kang Guru, and Cheo Himal from the top of the pass are simply breathtaking. After relishing the views from the top, we begin the descent from the pass. The trail takes us to the top of a moraine and heads west, descending steeply as we cross another moraine.

Gradually, we'll descend to a grassy moraine and keep trekking on a downhill trail until we reach a small meadow. From here onwards, the valley opens up to a large meadow. We trek via small houses and mani walls until we reach Bhimthang, where we'll rest for the night.

    Starting from Bhimtang, the trail leads us across the rugged terrain of the moraine before descending to the headwaters of the Dudh Khola. We'll cross a rustic wooden bridge and trek through a lush forest filled with towering pine and vibrant rhododendron trees. On the way, we can see stunning views of Phungi, Manaslu, Manaslu North Peak, Cheo Himal, and Himlung Himal.

    Descending through the forest for about 30 minutes, we'll arrive at the picturesque Sangore Kharka meadow. After crossing a landslide area, we'll trek on a steep route to reach a ridge adorned with colorful prayer flags. From here, the trail eventually leads us to Gho village.

    • Max. Altitude:2,550 m/8,367 ft
    • Trip Duration:6/7 hours
    • Accommodation:Teahouse

    The trail from Gho villages goes through verdant fields and thickly wooded forests. On the way, we will come across dense clusters of rhododendron and oak trees. The trail will take us to Tilije, from where we will cross the Dudh Khola and descend through the scrub forest.

    As we continue along the trail, the towering walls of the Marsyangdi Valley start to loom larger & eventually, we'll reach Dharapani via Thonje village. The trail further continues along the sandy banks of the Marsyangdi River until we reach the lovely village of Tal.

    • Max. Altitude:1,700 m/5,577 ft
    • Trip Duration:4-5 hours
    • Accommodation:Teahouse

    After a warm breakfast, we will drive to Kaulepani homestay. The drive is long but scenic. We will get to see breathtaking mountain views with lush green hills, rivers, and terraced fields as we descend. The homestay at Kaulepani will let us experience the village lifestyle.

    • Max. Altitude:1,300 m/4,265 ft
    • Trip Duration:6/7 hours
    • Accommodation:Teahouse

    Today, we will descend to Besisahar after a big breakfast. We will trek past small settlements and lush forests. From Besisahar, we will hop on a local jeep and drive to Pokhara. The drive will be short and scenic. Once we reach Pokhara, we will check in at the hotel and spend the remaining day enjoying the gorgeous view of Phewa Lake and resting.

    • Trip Duration:1-hour trek & 4 hours drive
    • Accommodation:Hotel

    We’ll have a leisurely morning today. So, we will drive to Sarangkot in the morning. A hilltop that offers a fantastic aerial view of Pokhara along with mountains like Fishtail, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. We will then visit a few tourist sites like the International Mountain Museum, Davis Falls, and Mahendra Cave. Later in the day, we will fly back to Kathmandu. The guide will drop you at the hotel. The remaining day is free.

    • Trip Duration:25 minutes
    • Accommodation:Hotel

    Today is the last full day of yours in Kathmandu. We highly suggest you visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. Explore local markets and do shopping. In the late evening, we will gather in a hotel for the farewell dinner.

    • Accommodation:Hotel

    As our journey together comes to an end, we will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport as per your flight departure time. We hope that you've had a memorable time exploring the beauty of the Manaslu region with us.

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      Last-minute booking

      If you're interested in booking a Manaslu Tsum valley trek with us, we highly recommend making arrangements in advance. However, we do understand that sometimes plans can change or new opportunities arise at the last minute.

      At our company, we offer a special provision for last-minute bookings. If you do need to book a trip with us at short notice, please note that you will be required to make full payment for the trip at least 24 hours before the departure date.

      While we will do our best to operate the trek as scheduled, please understand that there may be unforeseen circumstances beyond our control that could cause delays or changes to the itinerary.

      If you have any questions or would like to make a booking, please don't hesitate to contact us. You can reach us by phone, Viber, or WhatsApp at +977 9801048210 or by email at info@a1excursion.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

      Manaslu Tsum valley trek difficulty

      The Manaslu Tsum valley trek distance is around 177 kilometers, with various terrains ranging from lush forests to rocky terrain. The trek is considered to be challenging, with a maximum elevation of 5,160 meters at the Larkya La Pass.

      The trek starts from the village of Machha Khola and takes trekkers through various terrains ranging from lush forests, steep cliffs, and rocky terrain. The trail is mostly off the beaten path, and trekkers can expect to walk for 6-7 hours a day.

      Altitude sickness is a potential risk during the Manaslu Tsum valley trekking due to the high altitude. However, our Manaslu Tsum valley trek itinerary ascends gradually, allowing trekkers to acclimatize to the altitude. Trekking in this region requires a good level of preparation and prior experience of high altitude trekking.

      Manaslu circuit Tsum valley trek preparation

      You have to prepare yourself physically before embarking on the Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking. While the terrain is rugged and uneven, with numerous landslide areas, you will gradually build muscle and adapt to the terrain. During the first few days, you may encounter difficulties, but the gradual elevation gain from the starting point Machha Khola (930 m) will aid in acclimatization.

      Over the course of more than three weeks, you'll be walking six to seven hours per day on uneven trails and crossing elevations up to 5,160 meters. This can be challenging for anyone, which is why we recommend engaging in regular physical activities like trekking, hiking, jogging, gym workouts, cardio, and other exercises before the start of the trek.

      Best time to do Manaslu Circuit and Tsum valley trekking

      The best time to do the Manaslu circuit Tsum Valley trek is from March to May and September to November, i.e. spring and autumn seasons. Winter (December to February) and summer/monsoon (June to August) are off time for this trek as the trail condition is not good enough for trekking.

      Manaslu Tsum valley trek in spring (March to May)

      The spring season from March to May is an ideal time for Tsum Valley with the Manaslu Circuit trek. During this period, you can enjoy stunning views of Mt. Manaslu and the surrounding glaciers, with clear skies providing an unobstructed view of the snow peaks.

      As the temperatures begin to rise from mid-March, the snow starts to melt, and the route to cross Larkya La Pass opens up. Along the trails, you will witness rhododendron flowers blooming in a variety of colors, making for a beautiful sight.

      The daytime temperature in lower lands (from Sotikhola to Ghap) can reach up to 24°C, while in the upper mountains (from Lho to Bhimtang), it can be around 18°C. However, as the sun sets, the temperature in the highlands drops to -4°C, so it's essential to pack warm clothing to keep yourself comfortable at night.

      Manaslu Tsum valley trek in spring (September to November)

      Autumn is characterized by mild weather conditions, clear skies, and vibrant foliage, making it an ideal time for trekking in the Manaslu region. The Tsum Valley and the Manaslu Circuit trek are especially popular during this season, with tourists flocking to the area to take advantage of the favorable conditions.

      As the monsoon season ends by the end of August to mid of September, the weather becomes more predictable, and the skies clear up. This allows for breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

      Likewise, several Nepali festivals, such as Dashain, Tihar, and Chhat, are celebrated in the autumn season. These festivals offer visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture and witness traditional customs and celebrations.

      During this season, the daytime temperature in the lowlands, from Sotikhola to Ghap, can reach up to 25°C, while in the high mountains, from Lho to Bhimtang, it hovers around 15°C. However, as the night falls, the temperature drops significantly, with the high regions experiencing temperatures as low as -6°C.

      Accommodation & Meals

      When it comes to lodging during the Manaslu circuit and Tsum Valley trek, travelers should not expect the same level of luxury as in more popular trekking areas like Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang. Despite the relative isolation and lesser-known status of the Manaslu region, tea house accommodations are available along the trekking route. These tea houses typically offer basic amenities, with shared toilets and bathrooms and rooms equipped with two beds. However, do not expect luxurious furnishings or modern conveniences.

      During your stay at a tea house, you may have the opportunity to purchase a hot shower for around 3/4 of a dollar, depending on the location. The experience of staying in a tea house is an integral part of the trekking adventure, offering a glimpse into the local culture and way of life in rural Nepal. The meals are also basic, with options like dal bhat, dhido, momo, thukpa, thenduk, Tibetan bread, soups, chow-mein, etc.

      Manaslu Tsum valley trek tips

      • Airport Pick-up & Drop-off: We offer a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Our team will help you with airport transfers and luggage as per our itinerary. You can also request additional airport services by paying the cost involved.
      • Travel Insurance: The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit trek is a challenging trek & comes with inherent risks associated with high-altitude trekking, including altitude sickness, landslides, and other unforeseen events. Therefore, travel insurance is mandatory for all trekkers participating in this trek. All trekking members must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate before embarking on the trek. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation, including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses, up to the highest trek altitudes (up to 6,000 m).
      • Passport & Visa: Foreigners, excluding Indian nationals, must have a valid visa to enter Nepal. On-arrival visas are available at Tribhuvan International Airport and entry and exit points along the Nepal border. To apply for a visa, you need a passport with six months' validity, a passport-size photo, and visa fees (US$50 for 30 days). Visas for children under ten are free, while citizens of China and SAARC countries receive free visas. However, citizens of certain countries, including Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, and others, may not receive on-arrival visas. If you're a citizen of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.
      • Luggage: The luggage weight limit for each trekker is 10 kg. One porter will carry luggage for two trekkers, not exceeding 20 kg. You can store extra luggage in your hotel's locker room free of cost while trekking. Trekkers can carry a light day pack to keep essentials with them during the trek.
      • ATM & Money Exchange: In Kathmandu and Thamel, you can exchange most foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges. The ongoing exchange rates are prominently displayed. There is no ATM on the Manaslu trek route, so your last chance to withdraw money is in Kathmandu.
      • Charging: Most tea houses along the route have either electricity or solar power, making it easier to charge devices and stay connected with loved ones back home. Do note that tea houses typically charge a small fee for device charging, and a fully charged device can cost roughly 2/3 of a dollar in local currency. To avoid overpaying for charging services, you can carry a power bank or a solar charger during the trek.
      • Internet: When trekking through the remote and rugged terrain of the Manaslu circuit and Tsum Valley, access to communication and internet services can be a challenge. However, certain villages and tea houses along the way, such as Philim, Chumling, Namrung, Lho, Samagaon, Samdo, Bhimthang, and Dharapani, offer internet connectivity to travelers. Keep in mind that internet access may not always be reliable due to weather conditions and other factors.
      • Personal Expenses: We take care of most of the expenses related to the Manaslu Tsum valley trek, such as transportation, meals, and accommodations. However, things like a travel insurance policy, international flights, visa processing fees, snacks, hot and cold drinks, tips for the trekking crew members, souvenirs, etc, are not covered in our package cost. So, make sure to have an additional budget for these expenses.
      • Tips: At the end of the trek, it's customary to give tips to the guide and porter as a gesture of appreciation for their hard work and dedication. As our Manaslu Tsum valley trek package does not cover the tip for guides and porters, you are free to tip them as you wish.

      Manaslu Circuit Tsum valley trek packing list

      Follow the below packing list for Manaslu Tsum valley trekking:

      1. Clothing: Warm and waterproof trekking pants, Thermal underwear, Fleece jacket or down jacket, Waterproof and windproof jacket, Trekking shirts (long and short-sleeved), Warm hat and gloves, Sun hat and sunglasses, Hiking socks, and warm socks
      2. Footwear: Comfortable and sturdy trekking boots with ankle support, Sneakers or sandals for camp or tea house
      3. Trekking Gear: Waterproof backpack with a capacity of at least 40 liters, Sleeping bag (rated to at least -10°C), Sleeping pad, Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries, Trekking poles
      4. First Aid & Toiletries: Water purification tablets or filter, Sunscreen (SPF 50+), Insect repellent, Lip balm with SPF, Basic first aid kit (bandages, antiseptic, painkillers), Altitude sickness medication (consult with a doctor before taking), Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes), Hand sanitizer
      5. Miscellaneous: Camera or phone with extra batteries and memory card, Cash (Nepali Rupees) for tips and purchases along the trek, Documents (travel insurance, passport, visa, permits), Solar charger or power bank, Journal pen, etc

      WHAT TO BRING

      Trekking/Hiking Gears (Equipments)

      • Duffel or Rucksack bag (If do not have then Duffel Bag Provided Returnable)
      • Down Sleeping Bag (Provided Returnable)
      • Inner Liner (Provided Returnable)
      • Down Jacket (Provided Returnable)
      • Daypack
      • Hiking pants
      • Water & wind proof  jacket
      • Full – sleeves shirt
      • Jumper or Fleece jacket
      • Pair of T – Shirts
      • Trekking boots (waterproof is better)
      • Sandal, Toilet paper,
      • COTTON THICK SOCKS(2 PAIRS)+Polypropylene/woolsocks (1PAIRS)
      • Light cotton socks for under wool socks
      • Woolen socks to wear with boots
      • Sun hat
      • Gloves
      • Scarf
      • Sun block (lotion) and lip Guard
      • Moisture Cream
      • Goggles or Sunglasses
      • Thermal Long underwear Sets
      • Insulated pants
      • Trekking poles
      • A pair of Crampon
      • wind Breaker pants
      • Water bottle
      • Medical & first aid kit (Provided)
      • Any personal special medicine
      • Flash light or head lamp
      • Batteries and bulbs
      • Swiss army knife
      • Mobile or Camara  charging cable with Adaptor
      • Personal Dry towel
      • Personal toiletries and medication which should be labeled.
      FAQs
      • The trek typically takes around 21 to 25 days to complete. It is one of the longest and toughest treks in Nepal.

      • The Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley is considered to be challenging and requires a high level of fitness and endurance. This trek is not for beginner trekkers.

      • The highest point of the trek is the Larkya La Pass, which is at an altitude of 5,160 meters.

      • Yes, a special permit is required to trek in this region, which can be only obtained through a registered trekking agency.

      • The best time to trek is from September to November and March to May when the weather is clear and stable. You will get to enjoy the best views of snow-capped mountains in these two seasons.

      • Yes, Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley is a safe journey. You will be guided by our best native guides who will assure your safety during the trek.

      • The Manaslu Tsum Valley trek cost can vary depending on various factors like the duration of the trek, the level of services, and the size of the group, among others. Usually, it cost around USD 2500 to USD 3500 per person.

      • There are basic teahouses and lodges available along the Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking route, offering basic amenities and meals.

      • You'll need to carry appropriate trekking gear like trekking boots, warm clothes, a backpack, a sleeping bag, and other essentials for this trek.

      • Yes, it's possible to customize the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek itinerary with us. You can change the duration and departure date as per your preference.

      • We use private jeeps or buses for transportation during the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trekking as per our itinerary.

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