Manaslu-Tsum Valley trek

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  • duration 21 days
  • tour type Private
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 5+ years old
  • max group size 10
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Spectacular views of Ganesh and Mt Manaslu, the world's eight highest mountain
  • Refreshing bath in a natural hot spring.
  • Local life and Culture, 1905m in Lhokpa to over 5093m at Ngula Dhojhyang pass.
  • The day of crossing the Larke pass with its 5100 meters
The trek around Manaslu-Tsum Valley was officially opened to tourists in 1991. This region of Nepal sees few trekkers, which makes a visit here more exclusive and well-preserved. The Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking region offers pristine nature and great trekking trails and is therefore an ideal trekking destination in Nepal if you have 25 days available. We kindly refer to the itinerary tab for a day-to-day itinerary for this trek.

The trek will start in Kathmandu early morning at 06:30 am where we will take a 6 hours bus drive to Arughat where the trekking will start. Arughat lies at an altitude of 700 meters.

The highest and hardest day of the trek is the day of crossing the Larke pass at 5100 meters. The fact that the trek has such a high variation in altitude also means that you will be passing through a great deal of varying landscapes and climatic zones.

The ‘Abominable Snowman‘ or ‘Yeti’ has reportedly been seen in this remote land, the Tsum Valley is also home to a pilgrimage route as it is believed that the great Buddhist Guru Milarepa once meditated in a mountain cave of this valley. On this trek you will also get to see the natural hot springs in Tatopani. It is believed that the hot water of this spring cure any kind of skin infection.

During this trek you will get spectacular views of Ganesh Himal and Mt. Manaslu, the world's 8th highest mountain. The word 'Tsum' stems from the Tibetan word 'Tsombo', which means vivid. The remote and vivid Tsum Valley is an attraction in itself. In comparison to all trips to Nepal this is the absolute highlight, with strong, friendly, hospitable people, a living Buddhist culture and untouched wildlife because of Buddhist prohibitions on hunting.

Tsum Valley is a very sacred place for Buddhists, and Tsum valley holds important old monasteries. For centuries, people here have been dependent on subsistence agriculture, grazing herds of yak, and small trade too.

As an added feature to this trek you will be visiting Buddhist Lama who will teach us about the basics of Buddhism and help coordinate a special blessing ceremony at one of the area monasteries. Buddhist Lama is also willing to lead optional brief meditation sessions for interested clients. The altitude of Tsum Valley Trekking varies from 1905m in Lhokpa to over 5093m at Ngula Dhojhyang pass on the Tibetan border.

The Manaslu -Tsum trek is a restricted trekking area and can only be done by 2 people or more.

If you have any questions to this trek, please do not hesitate to contact us via the chat.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
5 - Excellent
Based on 3 reviews
  • Harry Ingleby
  • From Canada
  • On Apr 23 2017
5 - Excellent
Fantastic experience
“Wonderful trek experience, my favorite part was the Tsum Valley extension - walking through the pine forest, with rhododendrons in bloom and surrounded by birdsong, was lovely, particularly with the reduced levels of donkey traffic relative to the main route! Crossing the Larkya La in perfect weather made for a stunning climax to the trip.”
  • Brook
  • From USA
  • On Jan 04 2017
5 - Excellent
Manaslu circuit trek
“The Manaslu Trek is a fantastic trip. The scenery is breathtaking and experiencing the people and culture was amazing. It was a trip of a lifetime and I am so grateful for my wonderful guide, Bijay Karkhi. He was so attentive and communicated well what to expect each day.”
  • Rama Geeves
  • From New Zealand
  • On Jul 05 2016
5 - Excellent
“Fantastic company, fantastic trip!”
“Hiking the Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley with Nepal Eco Adventures worked out so so well. Our guides provided plenty of valuable knowledge about the areas we were travelling through and would always happily play translator when we wanted to talk to local villagers. Our porters were such a happy crew and always hunting for the next laugh. I had never previously done a guided trip like this and coming from NZ I am used to carrying my own pack so the idea felt strange. The reality though was great! Our guides and porters added so much invaluable character and insight to our experience that I couldn't recommend them enough. Thank you Chhatra, Keshab & the rest of the team. Best of luck for the future.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Drive from KTM to Arughat (640m) & trek to Soti Khola
  • Day 2: Trek from Soti Khola (710m) to Khorlabesi (970m)
  • Day 3: Trek from Khorlabesi to Jagat (1,350m)
  • Day 4: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa (2,240m)
  • Day 5: Trek from Jagat to Chumling (2,385m)
  • Day 6: Trek from Chumling to Chhokangparo (3,031m)
  • Day 7: Trek from Chhokangparo to Nile - Chhule (3,361m)
  • Day 8: Trek to Nile - Chhule to Mu Gompa (3,710m)
  • Day 9: Exploration day in Mu Gompa
  • Day 10: Trek down to Chhokam Paro (2,460m)
  • Day 11: Trek to Lokpa (2,240m)
  • Day 12: Trek from Lokpa to Bihi phedi (2,130m)
  • Day 13: Trek from Bihi phedi to Namrung (2,630m)
  • Day 14: Trek from Namrung to Lho (3,180m)
  • Day 15: Trek from Lho to Samagaun (3,500m)
  • Day 16: Trek from Samagaun to Samdo (3,860m)
  • Day 17: Trek from Samdo to Dharamasala (4,480m)
  • Day 18: Cross the Larke pass (5,100m) and trek down to Bimtang
  • Day 19: Trek from Bimtang (3,270m) to Tilije (2,300m)
  • Day 20: Trek to Dharapani and drive to Besishar (760m)
  • Day 21: Drive from Besishar and back to Kathmandu
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea house (Lodge) accommodation during the trek.
  • 1 mountain guide.
  • ACAP, MCAPand Manaslu and Tusm valley restricted area permit.
  • Bus to Arughat bazar and again back to Kathmandu from Besisharr.
  • First aid kit.
  • Use of Sleeping bag, down jacket, Duffel bag and walking poles (if you don't have your own, To be return after trip completed))
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Worst case, arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service, if needed (paid by your Travel insurance).
  • Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and cap.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms).
  • Assistant guide group size above 4+ person.
  • Manaslu- Tusm valley trekking map.
OPTIONAL ADDONS (Available during check-out)
  • Porter
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Nepal visa fees.
  • Meal and accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Your Travel and medical insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Drinks and beverages
  • All desserts, sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How much money do I need to bring with me?

    Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.

  • Is quarantine in Nepal in effect for arriving visitors?

    In response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. Please check the government travel pages and advisories of your home country and the official website of the Nepal Tourism board here.

  • What happens if someone gets altitude sickness, does the rest of the group continue on?

    It depends on the situation. Sometimes, altitude sickness can be treated and the trekker may wish to continue. If not, the rest of the group can continue on if they want and the sick person can descend.

  • How does it work with a porter?

    Generally, the porter will pick up the baggage in the morning and drop it at the hotel in the evening. You will not always be walking with your porter or have access to your bag during the day, while trekking. 

  • Is a visa on arrival available?

    Typically, yes. However, in response to the current Covid situation, rules for arriving visitors may change frequently and sometimes without notice. It may be necessary to obtain a tourist visa in your own country before travel. For updated information on visas, please check the Nepal Tourism Board and the Government of Nepal Immigration websites.

     

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