Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking
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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek details - 18 Days

Overview

  • Duration18 Days
  • Trip GradeStrenuous
  • Trip TypePrivate
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • Best TimeSeptember to December & March to June
  • Max Altitude 3,700m/12,139ft

Highlights

 

  • The amazing scenic ride from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via bus.
  • Ancient Mu & Lungdang Gompas in Tsum valley
  • Holy Milarepa Piren Phu Cave (pigeon cave), the most divine cave in the Tsum valley.
  • The ancient Dephyudonma and Rachen monastery, the oldest monasteries in the Tsum valley
  • Hiking around Mt Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest mountain peak.
  • Side trip around the lovely turquoise Biren Lake, one of the popular lakes.
  • Walk passing fascinating views of glaciers, Lakes, rock and mountains of Mt. Manasalu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh, and many more on Nepal- Tibet border from high crossing Larkya la pass
  • The cultural blend of Tibetan Nupri and Gurung inhabitants of the region.
  • Ancient Buddhist stupas, monasteries, and Tibetan lifestyle.
  • Witness incredibly diverse scenery of rhododendron forests, rich in wildlife.
  • An antiquated dealing route to Tibet

Extending its horizon in the beautiful Manaslu region, Tsum Valley is the boon for those aesthetically pleased travel enthusiasts. The Manaslu Valley Trek is more isolated and magnificent than many, with rough steep tracks and relatively economic accommodation with limited luxury. It is culturally fascinating with strong continuing links to Tibet in the upper Budi Gandaki and the Tsum Valley and even has the Larkya La Pass as a difficult trial. The panoramic views of Mt Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, it is spectacular and astounding.

Tsum Valley Manaslu  Trek is an outrageous trek in steep trails. Uncluttered and untouched by modernism, Tsum Valley and the Manaslu region showcase the ancient Buddhist and Tibetan culture as well as beautiful scenic nature in raw form. So if you're a travel enthusiast who finds tranquility in a silent and remote environment, then this place is highly suggested to you to embrace the beauty of the Manaslu Region. Tsum is a Tibetan name. “tsombo" means “vivid” and Guru Rimpoche described this place as “the holy hidden valley of happiness.”

We'll begin the trek by driving by bus from Kathmandu to Arughat. The trail passes through the furious Budhi Gandaki River for four days staying in tea houses in the villages of Soti Khola, Maccha, Jagat, and Ekle Bhatti. From Ekle Bhatti, the road heads northeast into the magnificent Tsum Valley, trekking through the village of MuGompa. Here, we’ll take a turnaround as the route goes descending back down to the Tsum Valley in order to re-join the Manaslu Circuit Trek at the beautiful village of Deng. You will spend 5-6 days in this beautiful hidden valley of happiness.

Manaslu Tsum valley circuit trek is rising in fame as this area has been an alternate trekking route for the enthusiast who seeks vivid topography. From semi-tropical to alpine vegetations, rhododendron forests to waterfalls alongside the trail, the Manaslu circuit offers the beauty of nature in raw form. The rural mountain lifestyle, yak and mules transportation, the wildlife in the region offer serenity to eyes during the trek. Ganesh Himal and Siringi Himal offer panoramic views of themselves from Lopka. The highlands, the jungles, the Snowy Mountains, and Buddhist monasteries add every missing element to complete the nature here. Manaslu circuit trek purely offers one of Nepal's most amazing experiences.

The journey is similar to Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal and follows the glacial Budigandaki River originated from Mount Manaslu itself. As denoted in Sanskrit the “Manaslu” refers to Manas the Holy Spirit the journey in itself is mythical. Eon Milarepa caves and valley offers a great understanding of Tibetan culture.  Tsum Valley Trek is the tranquil region, a favored Himalayan antiquated valley in the northern locale of the Gorkha region of Nepal. It is such an excursion in remote Nepal that ought not to be missed at all. This is one of the totally highlighted trips with solid, benevolent, friendly individuals, living Buddhist culture and untamed life which is conceivable in views of Buddhist denials on chasing. The way of life of individuals living here is conventional and genuine. The remarkable culture of the Tsum Valley has stayed in place. The tenants of this range are immediate relatives of Tibetan who are foreigners and they settled here amid the sixteenth century. Hence, their discourse, method of dressing, and traditions are precisely like Tibetans in the North of Nepal. Tsum Valley is the home of special notable religious communities which incorporate Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa, Mani, and prayer walls. The tribes here observe Buddhist celebrations; perform rituals by burning the juniper sense to purify the air, put petition banners for the satisfaction of all the aware living creatures. These are the most astonishing things that you can witness nowhere else in the world.

Gear yourself up to walk on the trail of the enchanting Tsum Valley Trek with the highly trained team of Scenic Nepal Treks. We assure you to make this trek the best of all trekking experiences you have ever had. Besides this, you may look at other different trekking in Nepal such as Everest Base Camp Trek,  Annapurna Base Camp Trek, and Langtang Valley Trek

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements:

Trekking to Manaslu Tsum Valley is a beautiful trek with a very less number of hikers along the trail. This amazing trek is considered as one of strenuous trekking in Nepal which is different than our usual trek in terms of every day longer ( 6-8 hours each day) walking distance and very basic accommodation. You have to be physically fit as well as mentally well prepared.  We suggest you do some pre-hiker before you come to Nepal. With proper trekking equipment including  Good hiking Boots and Paints, you will be exploring this beautiful trek. 

Itinerary

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After arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, our staff will be there to receive you and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. 

By this evening, we will give you a program briefing together with your Guide. 

Overnight at Hotel. 

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsMeals
  • Maximum Altitude(1,300m/4,264 ft)

Today you have a free day in Kathmandu.  Sametime, our team will make special trekking permits for you. Today we need your Valid original passport. 

Optionally you may explore Kathmandu City. On your request with additional cost for Card and Guide, we can arrange a day tour for you.  

Kathmandu is a historic city and has a lot to offer its visitors. The valley was once divided and ruled by three kingdoms which have made the valley rich in art, culture, architecture, and history. There are many UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in the valley which have both religious and architectural importance.

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude(1,300m/4,264 ft)

After your Breakfast, we will take a Taxi to the Local Bus Park to catch  Bus/Jeep to Soti khola from where we begin our hike.

 Our drive takes us through the paved highways offering beautiful highway terraces alongside the hilly roads. The views of the hills, hilly settlements, agricultural terraces, and forests lure you on the journey. The drive is a bit jerky, due to the road conditions after crossing the Trishuli river. we’ll reach Arughat in three hours and drive towards Soti Khola from there.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(730m/2,896ft)

After finishing our breakfast, we will trek along the suspension bridge in Soti Khola. The trail goes through a sal forest; we’ll reach Moraine from where we can see the furious Budi Gandaki River. Walking further, we’ll reach Khursane. Heading our way through Rocky trails, passing through various waterfalls, cliffs, and land terraces we’ll descend to Machhe Khola where we will stay overnight.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(890m/2,965ft)

Today, we’ll trek to reach Jagat. we will walk through narrow trails towards Tharo Khola from Machhe Khola. We can enjoy a panoramic view of the Ganesh Himal from Khorlabesi, which falls on the trail path. Crossing two suspension bridges over the Budi Gandaki River leads us to a Rocky trail, following this trail we’ll reach Jagat.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(1,400m/4,593ft)

Today, we will enter Tsum valley. We need to submit our Special permits for trekking here at the Check post. We’ll walk through the rocky trail with the spectacular panoramic view of Shiringi Himal. We’ll find lodges for our lunch in Philim. We’ll head towards Lokpa where we’ll spend our night

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(2,040m/6,692ft)

We’ll have our breakfast and hike uphill to reach the ridge which offers Panoramic views of Ganesh Himal. We’ll walk further to reach the base camp of Ganesh Himal and further to reach Chumling. Also known as, Lower Tsum, it is a beautiful village located south of Shangri Himal. We’ll stay overnight at Chimlung.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(2,040m/6,692ft)

Today, we’ll enter the upper valley. The trail passes along the Syar River down to Domje and ascends to Tsum valley. Gho, a lovely village in the valley has Gomba. We’ll hike uphill to reach Chhokangparo. Majestic views of Hiuchuli and Ganesh Himal could be seen during clear days. We’ll spend the night in Chhokangparo.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(2,040m/6,692ft)

Today, we’ll trek to reach the Nile. Walking through the trails, we’ll reach a village, Lamagaun. We’ll descend to the river and climb a very culturally and traditionally significant monastery of this place called Rachen Gompa. There are many traders with their mules in Lar, going/ coming back from Tibet for trade. We’ll continuously walk the trail pass Phurbe, Pangdun villages and reach our terminus Nile to stay overnight.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3,361m/11,026ft)

Today, we’ll hike to Mu Gompa, a very important place locally. It was established in 1895 at an altitude of 3510 m. we’ll walk through a wooden bridge over Shiar khola and ascend uphill enjoying the views of the sounds of Flora and Fauna. Mu Gompa is the last inhabited place in Tsum valley. after Mu Gompa, we’ll walk to visit Dhephyodoma Gompa.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3,700m/12,139ft)

The trails pass through the foothills of the cliffs of Shiar Khola valley to reach Rachen gumba. We’ll head the same trail to reach Chokkangparo, where we will stay for the night.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3,245m/10,644ft)

As we trek downhill the vegetation keeps on becoming green and illustrious. Enjoy this grand nature and we continue walking via Gho Village and Sarpu Khola. This is the lower Tsum area. We will finally reach Chumling after a delightful exploration of lower Tsum. 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(2,386/7,827ft)

We head to Lokpa after breakfast and stop near Samba waterfall for the lunch. After 6 hours of walking, we will finally reach Philim. This village is on the way to Ganesh Himal Base Camp as well. 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(1,570m/5,103ft)

We will walk through Jagat and Tatopani on this day’s trekking. If you want then you can plunge yourself into natural hot water springs as well. This would help in getting rid of tiredness and some skin diseases. From this place onwards more hilly scent appears rather than a Himalayan atmosphere.

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(970m/3,182ft:

We will cross Thado Khola and Machha Khola village. From Gurung village of Lapubeshi, we descend down to Soti Khola on the banks of Budi Gandaki River. 

  • Accommodation Tea House Lodge
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(700m/2,296ft)

We will take our Local Jeep/Bus from Soti Khola to Kathmandu. The journey can be captivating with so many picturesque stops on the way. Aarughat, Taaribeshi, Golabhanjyang, Dhadingbeshi, and Malekhu are famous highway towns that have their own distinct significance. 

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch
  • Maximum Altitude(1,300m/4,264 ft)

You have a free day in Kathmandu, meaning you can spend the day as you wish. i.e. shopping, exploring, food hunting, sightseeing, etc. This day in Kathmandu will allow you to understand the blend of various aspects of Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu, same hotel.

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude(1,300m/4,264 ft)

We express our gratitude for your visit and pray for your safe return back home. We’ll leave the hotel 3 hours prior to the departure time towards the International airport. Finishing our out-migration and luggage might take a little time here. We wish you a happy journey.

  • Accommodation None
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude(1,300m/4,264 ft)
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What’s Included

Included

  • 4 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast 
  • Your International Arrival and Departure by Car 
  • Transfer by local bus from Kathmandu to Trekking Starting point and from Ending point to Kathmandu 
  • Every day Three meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek as per the menu
  • Basic Tea House Lodge during the trek ( Twin sharing Room unless you are solo hiker)
  • An Experienced Sherpa Guide with all his expenses. 
  • All necessary documents and Special permits for trekking
  • Conservation Fees of Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation 
  • Insurance for our Staffs 
  • Sleeping bags/ Duffel Bag by Company  ( Need to return at the end.)
  • Basic First Aid Kits ( Medicine are recommended to have your own)
  •  Trekking Maps and Adventure Certificate by Scenic Nepal Treks

Excluded

  • Early Arrival or Late departure Accommodations in Kathmandu and Mountain due to Flight delayed or cancellation
  • Personal Travel/Trekking insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa. You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US$ 40 or equivalent in foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US$ 100. Please bring 2 passport-size photos.
  • Soft drinks including water, Your Tea & Coffee during the Trek 
  • Snacks and other personal expenses
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Wi-Fi internet and phone call unless it’s free.
  • Porter to Carry your Bags ( US$ 390 for a Porter- 1 porter can be shared by Two Person)
  • Single room in the mountain
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Useful Info

Accommodation during the trip:

  • You will be accommodated at Tea Houses Lodge which offers you Twin sharing bedrooms unless you are a solo hiker.
  • You will be sharing your bathroom with another hiker 
  • Please bring your Towel and toiletries 
  • There will be Good Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast 
  • While on the trek, you will be provided Three meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) each day by menu. You will get Western, Nepalese, and Indian dishes such as Sandwich, Noddles Fried, Fried Rice, Dumpling, etc. 
  • We suggest you do bring some Dried Food from Kathmandu. You may get bored with mountain food all the time. 

Insurance for your trek:

  • Insurance is very mandatory to do this hike. Please make sure you have got good Insurance that may cover any Emergency Evacuation and medical expenses. 

Guide and Porter:

  •  Your Safety is our main concern. You will be lead by one of our Experienced Guide who speaks English. The number of Guides will be based on the number of people in your Group. If the number of People in your Group goes up to 6, we will take another Assistant Guide.
  • Porter during the trek is available with an extra cost of US$ 390 for a porter. A porter can be shared by 2 people. One Porter will carry only 25 kg in total. 

Best time to do this hike:

  • Normally, to do this Tsum Valley trek, from September to December and March to June are the best time of the year to do this hike. If you like to see the snow during the trip, please consider between March to June. 

Equipment & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also, understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg.  

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.

  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (Scenic Nepal Treks will provide you)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag  ( Scenic Nepal Treks will Provide you) 

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash
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FAQs

Q1. What kind of Fitness level do I need to have to this Hike?

Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the strenuous Trek in Nepal. You need to have strong mental preparedness as well as Physically fit. Get ready yourself to hike 7 to 8 hours each day. 

We suggest you do some hiking before you come to Nepal. With Good Packing List and physical fitness, you can do this hike. 

The best time to do this hike is Summer and Spring. 

The main purpose to do this Manaslu Circuit Trek is to avoid the busy trekking Trails of Nepal, explore the beauty of less touristic Tibetan Buddhist villages and breathtaking Himalayas Views. 

We can not do any comparison between this Manaslu Circuit Trek and Everest Base Camp Trek. Both of them have their own specialty and beauty. But compare to EBC and any other trek, Manaslu Trek has still hikers and You need to have special Trekking Permits. 

During your trek, you will be staying at Tea House Lodge. Lodges have basic Twin sharing Beds with Sharing bathroom outside of your Room. At some places, while you will be in higher areas, you may have to share your rooms with a few other tourists as well. They do have very limited rooms.

Scenic Nepal Treks will provide you sleeping Bags.  

Yes but only at some places. You need to purchase from Lodge which costs you around US$ 2- $3 unlimited. Alternatively, We also suggest you buy a Local Sim Card with internet Data packges. It does not work at every place but we can say it better than using Wi-fi. 

Yes, most of the Lodge offers you Hot Bucket Shower with a certain amount between US$2-US$3, depending on places where you are. When you go higher, the price will go higher too. 

Your safety is our main concern while doing Hike with Scenic Nepal Treks. Every day we will be in touch with your Guide. In case of emergency, depending on your condition we take decisions. If you are too serious, we need to evacuate you to the city. We will contact your Insurance Company for rescue. So please make sure you have made good Insurance that covers Emergency rescue and medical before you come to Nepal. We need your Insurance copies while our Briefing hour at Kathmandu on your arrival day. 

Every day you will be provided 3 Meals ( Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) by menu. You can have Western, Indian, and Nepalese Dishes. Fried Rice, Noodles, Rice and Curries, Spaghetti are the popular course.

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