Tsum Valley Trek
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is a complete trek highlighting the cultural and natural aspects of the rural Himalayas. This hidden gem in the shades of mighty Mount Manaslu is pristine. Only opened to visitors outside in the last decade, trekkers can witness the untouched and undiluted array of art, culture, and lifestyle in the Tsum Valley. Passing by monasteries and Chortens beside the Buddhist prayer flags, each day comes here with a sensation of delight. One can capture the true side of Tsumbas with the vivid twist of the journey through the ample villages of Tsum. Waking every day with majestic sunrise overseeing the piece of Shangri-la itself here is sublime. The journey, the people, their ever-alive traditions, the majestic culture, and the bliss of the Himalayas define the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek.
Commencing at the iconic land of Gorkha, this trek leads to the restricted regions of Tsum Valley. Walking in the fantastic trails of the Manaslu Conservation Area, the beauty mingled with the trek is unrivaled. Often considered the quieter brother of the Annapurna region, Manaslu has a gift of its own to share. Passing by the wonderful settlements and staying in local lodges, homestays, and teahouses get an authentic slice of trekking in the Himalayas. The alpine vegetation, rugged terrain, and the art of living in the mountains make the locals here unhinged by modernization. The views of snowcapped peaks from Manaslu, Ganesh, Siringi, and Boudha ranges dominate the skyline throughout the trek. Feel the thrill and adventure of attaining the best and unknown in the Tsum Valley Trek by Himalayan Sanctuary.
Day 01: Drive to Soti Khola (700mt)
Day 02: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (870m/2854Ft)4-5hr
Day 03: Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m/4395)
Day 04: Trek to Lokpa (2240m), 5-7 hours walk.
Day 05: Trek to Chhumling(2386m/7769ft)
Day 06: Trek to Chhekampar (3030m/9940Ft), 5-6 hours walk.
Day 07: Trek to Nile (3360m/1120Ft)),4- 6 hours walk.
Day 08: Trek to Mu Gompa (3700/12136Ft))
Day 09: Trek to Chhekamparo(3030m/9938ft) via Rachen Goma, 6-7 hours walk.
Day 10: Trek from Chhokang Paro to Gumba Lungdang(3200m/10496Ft) 5-7hr .
Day 11: Visit Ganesh Himal Base Camp(400m/13120Ft) back to Gumba Lungdang(3200m/10496Ft), 6-7 hours walk.
Day 12: Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa(2240m/7750Ft) via Ripchet(2470/8100Ft)7-9hr)
Day 13: Trek from Lokpa to Yaru Phat(1170m/3837Ft), 7-9 hours walk.
Day 14: Yaru Phat to Lapu Besi(6-8hr)
Day 15: Drive from Lapubeshi to Kathmandu(7-9hr)140km
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel
After you landed, one of the representatives from Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure receives you at the airport. After a brief introduction, you are transferred to the hotel in Thamel. Take a short break and then come to our office where we will introduce you to our team of experienced staff and guides who will accompany you on the Manaslu Trek. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 02: Explore Kathmandu Valley
Today first you explore numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. These include the Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and many other places. A mesmerizing moment here in Kathmandu to witness the beauty of nature, and different cultures with different temples, architecture, and monuments. End of the day you prepare for the Manaslu trip with the required stuff needed during the trip.
Day 03: Drive to Arughat (6 hrs.) then trek to Soti Khola (2-3 hrs.)
Kathmandu to Arughat’s journey takes about 7 hours. Our journey begins early in the morning after breakfast. You drive along the Highway to Arughat on a tourist bus. We start walking through beautiful paddy fields, and lovely villages following the Budi Gandaki River. Then climb over and down Kyoropani to the Budi Gandaki junction and the Soti Khola. You can enjoy a view of a refreshing swim spot near here. Overnight at a lodge/teahouse in Soti Khola.
Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m):
The next morning after enjoying the delicious breakfast, you start your trek through the rocky, small, and narrow path from Soti Khola to Machha Khola. Although the path is rough, you witness the stunning scenery of the countryside view that is more engaging. You should be careful on the rocky path as well. It takes 6 hours to reach Machha Khola. Overnight at a lodge in Maccha Khola.
Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m):
We resume our journey from Machha Khola following Tharo Khola through the narrow path and finally to Khorlabesi. After a few times, we reach the most popular hot spring Tatopani. We can relieve our stress and tiredness by taking a hot bath in Tatopani. Then we cross the suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki River to reach Thado Bharayag. Walking along the river we reach Jagat village. Overnight at a lodge/teahouse in Jagat.
Day 06: Trek toward Deng (1860m)
Resuming our trek, initially, we climb a rocky cliff towards Siribas. Then continue towards Ghatte Khola. Crossing the suspension bridge we reach Philim village, a settlement of the Gurung community. We have lunch here and continue our journey from grassy slopes and some cliffs to cross over Budi Gandaki to reach a small village called Deng. We rest for the day here and stay overnight.
Day 07: Deng Village to Namrung (2630m)
We begin our trip by crossing over the Budi Gandaki Bridge to climb a bit far to join the trail from Bhi. Passing through several landscapes and forests we reach Ghap. It is vital to follow your guide’s instructions and be extra cautious while trekking along the challenging trail. Eventually, we reach Namrung Village, where we can soak in the stunning sunset view and spend the night.
Day 08: Namrung to Samagaun (3530m)
We commence our trek passing Banjam, Lihi, Sho, Lho, and Sayla settlements. Adore the sight of Naike Peak, Himchuli, Manaslu, Siring Himal, and Ganesh Peak on the way. Arrive at Samagaun. Overnight at a lodge/teahouse in Samagaon.
Day 09: Samagaun to Pungyen gompa
Today you explore the Samagaun Village where you know about the traditional and cultural Monasteries as well as the geographical cultivation such as potatoes and barley flourish. Most people prefer to wear woolen clothes made of sheep’s wool and involve in the manufacture of blankets and rugs for trade. Monasteries have impressive designs and carvings which reflect the history of Tibetan settlers. There exist 8 different monasteries and among them, Pemba Chholing Gompa is the largest. You can witness the wonderful view of Manaslu, as well as the beautiful lake that lies, ascend of monasteries. After trekking for 5-6 hours, we arrive at Manaslu Base Camp. You can also visit Pungyen Nunnery (3870m) lies above the Pungyen glacier. Stay Overnight.
Day 10: Samagaun to Samdo (3860):
Resuming today’s trek descends towards Budi Gandaki. The journey is relatively easy and it lies above the self above the Gandaki River. You get to see the stone arch and plane granny land before you enter the village. Attractive place, get to see yaks and goats around the fields and the stunning view of Samdo Peak (6335m). In about 4-5 hours, we reach Samdo village.
Day 11: Samdo to Dharmashala (4460m):
We start our day trek by traversing over the Budi Gandaki River. After some ascend hike you see a glimpse of the Larkya glacier. Visit the valley and way upward again to reach Dharmashala. Overnight at a lodge/teahouse in Dharmashala.
Day 12: Dharmashala to Bimtang via Larkya La (5135m):
New day toward a new destination, after breakfast we headed toward Larkya glacier in the north direction offering a clear view of Larkey Peak and Cho Danda. From here we start the trek to reach Larkey La Pass which is the highest point of our whole trek. The climb is challenging and in some steep sections, you should follow the instructions of the guide properly. One can have a panoramic view from the Pass. After some time here, we start our long descent to Bimthang. Rest for the day after reaching Bimthang village. Overnight at a lodge/teahouse in Bimthang.
Day 13: Bimtang to Dharapani:
Today, we descend to Dhud Khola. We traverse through the forest abundant with Rhododendron and pine to reach Dharapani. As the last walking day of the Manaslu Circuit, enjoy the plenty of scenery throughout the trail. Overnight at a teahouse/lodge in Dharapani.
Day 14: Back to Kathmandu from Dharapani:
We take a bus from Dharapani to Besisahar. Again we drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu. After the successful trek, we transfer you to your hotel. Rest for a while and join us for a farewell dinner. Share some stories and feedback as well for the team. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Departure Day
We pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to TIA before your departure. The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek remains with you forever alongside the lifelong memories and experiences from the trek with the Himalayan Sanctuary.
- All land transportation ( Trekking starting and ending point)
- Tea house/Lodge Accommodation including Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during Trekking.
- Trekkers’ Information Management System “TIMS” (Trekking permit).
- Manaslu and Tsum Valley Special Permits
- National Park fees and Conservation fees – permits, fees.
- A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder professional English Speaking guide.
- Porter ( 1 for each 2 Trekker ) while on trek (Maximum weight for a porter is 25 Kg)
- Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure Duffel Bag
- Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of H S A staffs
- All government taxes.
- Farewell dinner at the end
- Nepalese visa
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Accommodation in Kathmandu
- Sightseeing, entrance fees and Tour Guide
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls,hot and cold drinks, Tea, Coffee,WiFi, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters,etc)
- Services not mentioned in the ‘What Is Included’ section
- Tips for guides and porters
- Extra night accommodation if required
This equipment list is only a guideline. You need to bring the listed items, however, you can choose from your preferred brands using your expertise. you can also shop the below equipment and clothing at a reasonable price at stores in Thamel, Kathmandu. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas
- Sleeping bag
- Rucksack bag
- Down Jacket
- For Head and Neck
- Hat to keep the heat of the sun off from your ears and neck
- Lightweight Balaclava
- UV protection Glacier glasses
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- A neck warmer
- 1 pair of liner gloves
- 1 pair warm gloves (preferably woolen)
- 1 pair of shell gloves
- Light thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Waterproof shell jacket
- 2 women sports bras (Synthetic)
- 2 pairs of nylon hiking shorts
- 4 Underwear
- 2 pairs of lightweight long underwear
- 1 pair softshell pants
- 2 pairs trekking pants
- 1 pair of cotton pants
- 4 pairs of liner socks
- 3 pairs of heavy weight socks
- 1 pair of lightweight socks
- 1 pair of waterproof trekking boots
- 1 pair of light trekking shoes
- Medicines and First Aid Kits
- Excedrin for headaches
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
- Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for diarrhea
- Diamox 125 mg for altitude sickness
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
- Airline ticket
- Lip balm
- Pocket knife
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kit
- Toilet paper
- Hand wipes
- Liquid hand sanitizer
1. Can I trek the Manaslu Trek independently?
No, you can’t trek the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek independently or alone. According to the Nepal Government, a minimum of two trekkers are compulsorily required to make a Manaslu trek permit. You can’t trek alone due to safety and restricted region.
2. Why Manaslu Trek is restricted?
You are not alone to ask the question about why Manaslu Trek is restricted. One major reason behind this restricted region is that Nepal Government especially Nepal Tourism Board and other concerned governing bodies where jointly aim to preserve this place for making it attractive to trekkers from all around the world. Another reason is to ensure security for trekkers while passing open border points – Larkya La Pass, Rui La Pass, and Tsum Valley which shares the border with Tibet. Hence, Manaslu Treks is termed a restricted region in Nepal.
3. How difficult is Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek?
To answer this question, you should know your physical fitness level. You should also be able to walk 6 – 7 hours a day. There is one special day when you have to walk before sunrise to avoid a storm at Larkya La. Because the guide has a strict deadline to pass the Larkya La before noon which should be operated according to the itinerary. Similarly, at some point like Larkya La Pass (5160m), there is a step down which makes it a little harder to pass due to the icy path. In that case, you can use crampons on boots to pass the icy path to reach Bimthang. Larkya La Pass is the highest point as well as the longest day in Manaslu Circuit Trek. If you complete this day, then another path is quite easy to trek down around the Annapurna Region. If you have a willing power or dedication to complete the Manaslu trek. Then, it’s not that much difficult. In between the trekking, the guide will suggest you take a different level of walking pace depending on your destination. This will make your trekking a lot more physically friendly.
4. If I am alone. Can I join with other trekkers for a permit?
Yes, you can join with other trekkers for a special trekking permit. For that, you must be flexible in terms of duration. In peak season, you will easily find another trekker for a permit. Whereas in low season, it’s quite difficult or time-consuming to find other trekkers who are heading to Manaslu for that particular month.
5. How is transportation from Kathmandu to Soti Khola’s start point?
From Kathmandu to Solti Khola’s start point, you will be traveling to the hillside via Prithvi Highway until Malekhu. After that, you will follow the narrow off-road till to Soti Khola. It’s quite a long off-road journey of about 7 – 8 hours. You have two options to get Soti Khola’s start point. Take a morning local bus from New Buspark, Kathmandu. Expect some crowd, local gossip, too many stops, and an opportunity to make new local friends as well as an adventure while traveling from the local bus.
6. Do we need Travel Insurance?
Yes, you need travel insurance to overcome unforeseen circumstances such as; Bad weather (Snow, Storm, Landslides, and other natural disasters), Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), food poisoning, and physical accidents.
7. What sort of trekking clothing and equipment do we need for Manaslu Trek?
We have listed the trekking clothing and equipment you need for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek.
8. What kind of food and accommodations can be found in Manaslu Trek?
Around Manaslu Trek, there are new as well as old teahouses that were built after the earthquake. So, don’t expect to get luxurious accommodations. You will get a room with a comfortable bed and shared a bathroom with a hot shower facility (private expenses). Nowadays, you can also get connected to wifi from teahouses (private expenses). Don’t forget to take caution before drinking water. You can refill the safe drinking water (private expenses) from every teahouse situated around Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek.
9. Which is the best season for Manaslu Circuit Trek?
The best seasons for Manaslu Trek are March, April, May, and the last week in September to mid-December. Peak season is in October. The low season is the monsoon (June to September) due to rain and hazed weather. In December to late February to early March, there is a probable chance of winter snow and the lodge will be closed mainly in Laryka Phedi, Bhimthang.
10. What happens If I or my friends or get sick while trekking Manaslu Circuit?
If you get sick while trekking, you can ask the guide for normal precautions. If that doesn’t help, try to go to a lower altitude for treating altitude sickness. And, If the situation gets worse such as; some sort of physical accident then our guide will help you to evacuate from trekking via a rescue flight.
11. What will be lodging and food like in Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek?
With the increase in popularity of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, many new teahouses and lodges have been opened on the trail. So, accommodation is available in tea houses if you follow the standard trail. Although, if you like, we can arrange for accommodation in camps. Lodging and food cost in Manaslu and Tsum Valley is never constant. The rate differs from one tea house to the other and the price is also different according to season. Also, you will find the price of food to be higher with an increase in altitude. It is because mules and yaks are the only means of transport available in these high-altitude areas. The staple food- Dal Bhat is the cheapest in lower altitude areas while potatoes and tsampa (a local food) are cheapest in high altitude areas. It is because rice is not locally grown in these high-altitude areas.
12. Is there an internet facility in Manaslu Trek?
You will get a better experience of internet browsing at Arughat Bazaar while you can also get internet facility at Samagaon. You can also find satellite wifi in Samdo. However, cell phones from Ncell GSM Network and Nepal Telecom will work only as far as Arkhet which is near Soti Khola.
13. Do I need insurance for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek?
Yes, you need insurance for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. Your insurance should cover medical evacuation in case you need an emergency rescue. You should read their terms and conditions carefully and know about the highest elevation limit for coverage by insurance.
14. Is Manaslu trekking difficult?
Manaslu received a significant number of tourists only since 2010. Previously, there was no proper trail and camping was the only possible form of accommodation. However, there have been lots of changes since then. These days, tea house trekking is possible in Manaslu. If you have a high level of stamina and will to explore the rich cultural aspects of the highland, Manaslu, Trek is not an impossible activity for you. The difficulty of any trek can be calculated based on the average walking hour per day, maximum altitude that you will reach, the terrain that you will pass through, and the remoteness of the area.
15. Can I go to Manaslu Trek with the Kids?
You can go to Manaslu Trek with kids if your kids are fond of traveling, rejoice in an outdoor experience, and has previous trekking experience.
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