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Manaslu Tsum valley trek - 25 days Days

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Location: Manaslu Region

25 days Days

Trip Facts

Group Size

2+

Trip Grade

challanging

Accommodation

Basic Accommodations as well as medium level accommodation on same part of trek

Max Altitude

5213 meters

Meals

Mostly All kinds of western food as well as Local food from Menu.

Transportation

By BUs, Jeep, Car

Trip Highlights

  • A fantastic trek to the hidden valleys and restricted areas of Manaslu region
  • Near the Tibetan border explore the traditional villages of Tsum valley
  • A mesmerizing view of the Mansri Range with Mt. Manaslu and other glorious peaks
  • Old and antique monasteries, mani walls, Chhortens and Gompas visit throughout the trek
  • Lesser-traveled high valley trail with some challenging and gifted trail segments for thrill-seekers
  • A diverse and beautiful ecosystem with opportunities to see some rare wildlife and vegetation
  • A paradise for Photography enthusiasts, with amazing landscape iconic Monasteries/Gompas and centuries-old settlements
  • The authentic taste of culture and lifestyle with community lodges and teahouse stays
  • Local cuisine and drinks, a closer look at the art of farming in the Himalayas
  • Larkey La pass (5,160), among the best trekking pass in the Nepalese mountains

Manaslu Tsum valley trek is among the best-restricted area trekking trails in the Himalayas. It is a complete experience of the mountains as well as the local lifestyle here. Fantastic as well as balanced routes leading to the hidden gem of Tsum, It is a world of its own. Magnificent monasteries, vibrant attire, homely environment, as well as breathtaking sceneries define this trek. Flowing with the breeze over the hills and mountains is a sublime feeling to witness and relish. With every challenging section and climb comes a fantastic treat of views to make it all worth it.

From the lush jungles to the alpine and rugged, soak in the bliss of nature walking the trail. The warm hospitality, as well as friendly smiles, welcome you at each destination here. From the high passes and natural viewpoint, discover the snow-covered paradise in the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. Starting from the rural villages and hills of Gurkha, every new day takes you to the bosom of Manaslu. Crossing small and big streams and resting with ever-beautiful landscape views you will be in Tsum in no time. Hidden beside the massive peaks is this gem of the valley, with unique feel and encounters. Small villages and Himalayan farmlands each here hold the best bits of traditional Tibetan Buddhism. Exploring the streets and Gompas, you can taste the local cuisine and lifestyle.

After Tsum valley joins back to the Manaslu circuit where adventure awaits in every next turn. Gaining elevation and to the rural Himalayas, Manaslu showcases the glorious display of the peaks and ranges clearer than ever. Over the pass and back, new stories are there with new places and people every day. Upon completion trek we will fulfill your desires of the mountains, surprising you with unique delights and lifelong memories.

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Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: Exploration and trek preparation

Day 03: Kathmandu to Sothi Khola drive (9-10 hrs)

Day 04: Soti Khola to Machhakhola (6 hrs)

Day 05: Macchakhola to Jagat (6 hrs)

Day 06: Jagat to Lokpa (6 hrs)

Day 07: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (5-6 hrs)

Day 08: Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) (5-6 hrs)

Day 09: Chhokangparo to Mu Gompa via Milarepa Piren Phu Cave (4hrs)

Day 10: Extra day for Excursion Chhoyseng Lake 4200m

Day 11: Trek to Chumling (5-6 hrs)

Day 12: Trek to Lokpa (6 hrs)

Day 13: Trek to Deng (6 hrs-1800m)

Day 14: Trek to Ghap (6 hrs-2660m)

Day 15: Trek to Lho (6 hrs-3180m)

Day 16: Trek to Samagaon (3 hrs-3530m) Hike to Manaslu Base camp

Day 17: Trek to Samdo (5hrs-3860m)

Day 18: Trek to Dharamshala (6hrs-4460m)

Day 19: Trek to Bhimthang via Larke pass -5213m (9 hrs- 2560m)

Day 20: Trek to Goa (Gho) (2515 m)

Day 21: Trek to Tal (1700 m)

Day 22: Trek to Jagat (1300 m)

Day 23: Trek to Bulbule or Besisahar (5-6 hrs)

Day 24: Drive to Kathmandu

Day 25: Departure

Itinerary

01

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Magic Himalaya treks and expeditions will arrange you to pick you up from the airport. You will be transferred to a hotel in Thamel. You can either visit magic Himalaya treks in Thamel or take rest at your hotel room during the late afternoon. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be served to you in a traditional Nepali restaurant where you will be able to enjoy Nepali food and Nepali cultural programs. Overnight in Kathmandu, Included meal: Dinner (D)

02

Today is the Trek preparations day. Our representatives will do the permits as well as required arrangements. We will also explore few places for sightseeing as well as have enough time to walk around the markets.

03

We set off early today for Sotikhola, during the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with mountain scenery. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, the district headquarter of Dhading (1050 m) but the drive from Dhading Bensi to Arughat will be on the rough road. After reaching Arughat we will drive further to Soti Khola. Overnight stay in Soti Khola (B, L, D)

04

Today we will trek on a beautiful sal forest and some villages and climb above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. we then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves it's up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubensi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village. Overnight in Machha Khola (B, L, D)

05

The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small hot spring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. at this juncture, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this junction, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. After you will reach Jagat we will stay in Jagat. (B, L, D)

06

Before heading the Lokpa, we will check our Manaslu Tsum valley trek permits on the check post entrance. We will walk along the river bank crossing the Budhi Gandaki River via long and wide suspension bridge. We will pass Philim and Eklai bhatti. Eklai Bhatti is the trail separate between Tsum and Manaslu. This is the first village in Tsum are with the wonderful view of Manaslu Range. We will spend night in this village. (B, L, D)

07

Today trek begins with a trek from Lokpa village. It is an entry point to a wild route to Tsum Valley. If we will have a wonderful weather we can see the amazing view of Boudhi Mountain which is on an elevation of 6,672 meters. We will descend down to the Lungwa River. We will reach Lokpa village to stay night. This village has the telephone as well as Health post. (B, L, D)

08

Today our destinations are Chhokang Paro. We begin our trek early in the morning after breakfast. The upper Tsum valley opens from Chhokang Paro which is a village situated on flat land. This is made of two settlements, they are Chhokang and Paro. We will able to see Ganesh Himal as well as few others on the way. On reaching the Chhokanparo, we will be welcomed by hospitable locals. They mostly welcome with Butter tea and local meals. During the clear weather, we will able to see the stunning view of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal. (B, L, D)

09

After breakfast we will head out to MU Gompa which is the largest monastery in this region. This is the highest as well as farthest point in the Tsum Valley which establish in 1895 AD. The route today takes us through yak pastures through typical dry and arid Trans Himalayan Terrain. The monastery has rows of Chortens and beautiful mountain views and houses. It is one of the oldest monasteries in Tsum Valley. (B, L, D)

10

Today is the rest day of the trek. Instead of staying ideal we will hike around the villages as well as Chhoyseng Lake. We will have enough time to relax and enjoy the view. We will say night on same place. (B, L, D)

11

After having the exploration in Mu Gompa we will walk down today. We will trek down the valley through Chule. We will continue down until reaching Phurbe. We will reach lower Tsum or Chumling passing many beautiful villages behinds. Chumling is the larges as well as beautiful village of this area. We will stay our night in Chumling. (B, L, D)

12

Today we will go to Lokpa from Chumling. We will have a wonderful walk down from Chumling to Lokpa village. We will stay the night in that village. (B, L, D)

13

From Lokpa we will follow the exposed track until Philim and then cross Budi Gandaki. We will cross Budi Gandaki by bridge. We will enter a narrow gorge with Ups and downs then cross another suspension bridge. We need to walk through bamboo forests to reach Deng. Stay night in Deng. (B, L, D)

14

Today we will leave h the Gurung village Deng with the view of Siringi Himal and move ahead past the Bihi Phedi and Bihi to reach Ghap. We will stay a night in Ghap after we reach there. (B, L, D)

15

Today is another beautiful day with walking in dense as well as beautiful villages. We will pass the forest of Rhododendrons, fir, Bamboo, and oaks. We will stay in Lho village which is a beautiful and culturally rich village. We will have a good time in this village. (B, L, D)

16

Hikes to Manaslu Base camp Today we will walk to Samagaon village. Namrung village is a good viewpoint for siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village; one can also see Mt.himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many Chortens and barley terraces. After reaching Samagaon we will go hiking Manaslu base camp and hike back Samagaon for night Stay. (B, L, D)

17

Today we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River that has turned north and follows it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu base camp. the Larkya la Trail passes several mini walls as the valley begins to widen.it is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From the stone arch, we can view a large white Kani. Finally passing through the Kani we find Samdo. Overnight in Samdo (B, L, D)

18

Even today we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharamshala (B, L, D)

19

After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of Larkya glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho danda and Larkya peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From, the pass, there is an outstanding view of Humlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual than Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience. Overnight in Bimthang (B, L, D)

20

From a ridge at Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheao Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendrons forests and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. the trail comes off the ridge in a big sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580 m. a short distance beyond is the village of Gho. Due to yesterday's tiredness might take an overnight rest at Gho but better lodges are available at Tilije, so we stay at Tiliji. Overnight in Tiliji village (B, L, D)

21

We climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone-paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Koshi and climb up through a Chorten- shaped arch, pass a Mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and walk straight to Jagat. You will pass Tal and Chamcha on the way to Jagat. Stay Overnight in Jagat. (B, L, D)

22

From Jagat we will Trek to Besisahar village passing different villages on the way. We will see some local people on the fields. We will try to avoid road to reach Bhulbhula. (B, L, D)

23

Today we will catch bus from Bhulbhula. We will have lunch on the way. We will drive around 7 hours to reach Kathmandu. We will stay in Thamel. (B, L and Accommodation Provide

24

Today we will walk around some markets and some places around Thamel. We will do some shopping. In the evening visit the magic Himalaya treks office. In the evening we will be enjoying the farewell dinner together. (B)

25

This is the time to say bye from the mountainous country and is the end day of your trip to the Himalayas. About the three hours before your flight you will be taking off you will be taken to the airport for final departure. On the way back home you will have plenty of time to think about your trip to Manaslu trekking with Magic Himalaya Treks and expeditions.


What's included?

  • Annapurna conservation permits & TIMs card
  • Manaslu Tsum valley trekking map
  • Full board plan (breakfast lunch, dinner) provided during the trekking.
  • Hotel on bed and breakfast plan during Kathmandu stay and Pokhara stays.
  • An experienced license holder guide and required porters. (1 porter for two trekkers and there will be 1 assistant guide for more than six trekkers.)
  • International and domestic pick up/drop
  • Medical kit box and required medicine for the trek.
  • Jeep to Kathmandu Arughat- Soti Khola and Jagat to Kathmandu.
  • Trekking equipment like a down jacket, Duffels bag will be provided
  • Special permits for Manaslu Area
  • All the necessary transportation during sightseeing.
  • Food, drinks, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation, accommodations and local tax for guides and porters.
  • All government tax and vat
  • Welcome and farewell dinner with us
  • Tsum Valley restricted area permit (100$ for first 10 days, 15$ per additional day)

What's not included?

  • Your travel insurance
  • Your international flights and departure tax
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Any kinds of bar bills (alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.)
  • Rescue operation in case of an emergency

Departure dates

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

Start Date End Date Price Availability Booking

Private trips are available on any date of your choice at any time of the year. Let us know about your preferred travel dates and we shall organize it as per your convenience. Get in touch with us via bellow contact us form.

Essential Information

About Manaslu Region

Manaslu region lies between the Annapurna CA and Langtang NP in the central Himalayas of Nepal. Most of Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is in the Manaslu Conservation Area with some of the lower parts being in the Annapurna. Alongside the eight highest peaks in the world Manaslu, there are several prominent and beautiful peaks to notice here. Himalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, Nike Peak are a few that you will come close to during the trek.

Manaslu region is located closer to the Annapurna. Unlike the latter, Manaslu is lesser crowded with equally delightful trails to walk on. With the same budget planning required Manaslu is a better option for adventure lovers. In the community lodges and homestays, trekkers can get a closer look at the local lifestyle and culture. As the Manaslu region was opened for trekkers just recently, one can have an undisturbed and authentic cultural experience of rural Nepal.


About Tsum Valley

The Tsum valley is a restricted area in the Manaslu region of northern Gorkha opened for trekking just from the last decade (2008). The Tsum refers to a wide valley near the Tibetan border, often considered as a pilgrimage. It falls in the rain shadow of Ganesh, Siringi, and Boudha mountains. Literally meaning 'vivid', Tsum valley is a land of monasteries, Chorten, and legends surrounding them. Mu Gompa and Ranchen Nunnery are the centers of Tibetan Buddhism here.

The local people of the valley are mostly of Tibetan origins namely the Bhotia and Tsumbas. With the unique dialect and culture, the valley is a destination for an authentic lifestyle taste in the Himalayas. For a complete cultural experience, one can visit here during the festivals. Lhosar, Dhacyhang, Faning, and Saka Dawa being the main ones.

Food, Drinking water And Accommodation

Manaslu region and most importantly the places in the circuit have seen a lot of teahouses and lodges in recent years. Accommodation is now available from the start to completion preventing the trekkers of heavy packing. Most of these provide all your basic necessities like food, water, bed, and bathroom. Prepare to get used to the Squat toilets which are the most common ones in the area. Rooms are smaller and most have two or more beds for the trekkers to stay.

Although the lodge/teahouse/guest house provides quilts and quite thick too, it's wise to take one sleeping-bag with you. You might have to share the room as options get thin in higher elevation. One thing that is guaranteed is the mesmerizing vires of the mountains from your window each day.

Food around Manaslu is a combination of local and Nepali cuisine. In some places, you can find bakery as well as lodges offering an extended menu. Most ingredients for them are local and organic. Trekking requires burning calories and there is no food better than the basic Nepali Staple of Dal Bhat. Eating a balanced diet is important, but apart from a few sacks and energy bars, you shouldn't worry much about the food.

Similarly, for drinking water, there are taps at regular intervals. You can also ask the teahouse owners to boil your water to carry. If you want to be extra cautious carry some purification pills with you. You can refill from the streams and natural water fountains and purify them by the SODIS method. It is a way of disinfecting your water with solar energy.


​How to reach the Manaslu region

Almost all the trails leading to the Manaslu region start from Soti Khola in the Gorkha district. You have to travel by road to reach there. The roadway is a combination of hill highway, gravel, and off-roading segment. You can hire a private jeep/vehicle or go local to reach there. A private jeep might cost you a few hundred dollars extra but you can enjoy the view and travel comfortably. For a local and authentic experience, you can travel in a public vehicle to Soti Khola. It will be a unique experience in the hills with a lunch stop midway. Either way, you can expect a wonderful start of this fantastic trek from the drive.


​Wifi and Telephone Facilities

Wifi in the Manaslu region is available in most of the major villages and settlements. It totally depends on the lodges/teahouses you will be staying at. Most of these have some sign representing its availability. However, you might have to pay a few additional dollars to use it there.

In much of the lower regions of the Manaslu circuit, you can use cellular service for the telephone. NTC and Ncell are the two main SIM card providers. You can buy the cellular internet packages and top-up in bulk while at Kathmandu for this purpose. Carrying a power bank or two is always wise but the lodges are well equipped with electricity for most cases.


​Permits required for the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

  • You will need the following permits for the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek: -
  1. Tsum Valley restricted area permit (100$ for first 10 days, 15$ per additional day)
  2. Manaslu Conservation Area Project- MCAP permit (30 $ per person)
  3. Annapurna CA permit (30$ per person)
  4. TIMS card for trekking (20$)

​Best time for the trek to Manaslu Tsum valley

The Tsum valley is visitable all year long being in the rain shadow and below the 4000 meters mark. However, harsh winter is best to omit for the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek as high passes can be dangerous during this period. Having said that, the best time for the Manaslu Tsum valley trek would be the autumn (from September to November) and spring (March to May). The trail is best suitable for trekking with clear skies and a fantastic view of the snow-capped mountains. Adventure lovers can do the trek in the other times with good weather for different experiences. Consult our professional team for information about trekking conditions in the Manaslu-Tsum region before visiting.


​Fitness, training, and experience required for the Trek

Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is a moderately difficult trek in the Himalayas. As far as fitness goes proper planning is the key for anyone to be able to complete the trek. Anyone with average fitness can complete the trek with proper guidance and experienced team to accompany them. It's better to do a couple of day hiking tours in Kathmandu to warm up for the trek. Apart from that, you can also follow some standard exercises a few weeks prior, for a well-prepared trek.


FAQ

Answer: No we do not need any kind of special training for doing the Manaslu Trekking. If you do some training then that will be beneficial and you feel easy dug the trek. It is worth to have some training before you doing Manaslu trek

Answer: Manaslu mountain is northwest from the capital city Kathmandu. This is near to the Annapurna Himalayan ranges. People can visit the Annapurna region from Manaslu and vice versa. The Manaslu Mountain is on an elevation of 8156 meters above sea level. Manaslu is the world's highest mountain in the world.

Answer: Yes people need to have permits for doing Manaslu trekking if you ae citizenship outside Nepal. People travelling with Nepali identity as well as citizenship can entry without permits as well as TIMs. Those travelers outside the country need to carry ACAP permits and MCAP permits. People need to have special restricted area permits for manaslu Tsum Valley trek. If you have Special permits you don’t need to have TIMs card.

Answer: The manslsu tsum valley trek cost is different for different permits. Tsum valley restricted area permits cost USD 100 for first 10 days and 15 USD per day for Additional days.Manaslu conservation area project (MCAP) permit cost USD 30 per person. We also need Annapurna conservation area permit (ACAP) which cost 30 per person.

Answer: People can get Manaslu Tsum Valley trek permits form the government registered agency in Kathmandu. People also need the registered guide or a porter to enter the area. For issuing the permits minimum two people is needed.

Answer: There is not any fixed price for Manasly Tsum valley Trek. If you choose the local travel company then it might cost you USD 1800 to USD 3000 per person costing all inclusive options. Some trek company also run on lower price options with less service includes. If you plan to travel through the international travel operator then the price will be double or more.

Answer: No there is no discount for Indian travelers to Manaslu Tsum valley. The cost for the restricted area permits is the same as other national people. There is some discount for ACAP and MCAP permits

Answer: No it is not possible to do Manaslu Tsum valley alone. Nepal government has made the mandatory policy that at least two people for getting permits. The registered guide is also needed to lead the trek. We don’t need to pay for TIMs if you choose trekking in the restricted areas including Manaslu Tsum Valley trek.

Answer: If you are alone you can ask another group to join them. Different trekking company has group departure as well as fixed departure you can ask them to join them. Consult with the trekking company they will definitively find the way for you

Answer: Rest day is not a rest day. Rest day is usually the Acclimatization day in which we will trek the higher elevations and trek down low for overnight stay. In this day we will walk around the place to acclimatize the body with surroundings.

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