Manaslu Tsum valley Trek is perfect combination of unique Tsum valley one of the remote trekking destination open for travelers only 2008. Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek can be done as a tea house without Camping arrangements staying at Lodges and tea house.Untouched Buddhist monasteries, unique local villages and trek Circuit of the mount Manaslu trek over the Larke La Pass is one on the most beautiful trekking holidays in Nepal.
Manaslu Tsum Valley trek highlight.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is a combination of Tsum Valley Trek and Manaslu Circuit Trek that offers a superb blend of cultural and natural diversity. Being a combination of two treks, this trek totally explores all the majestic nook and corner around Manaslu (8156 meters), the eighth highest mountain in the world. Because of a very insignificant number of tourist on the trail, the trek provides a sense of being in actual wilderness and mesmerizes with views of some of the tallest peaks of the country. Interestingly, Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek also follows the ancient salt trade route to Tibet used by villagers of higher valleys of Manaslu.
Like most of the treks in Nepal, Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek starts through terraced villages and gradually climbs on to alpine meadows and pastures. Following Budhi Gandaki River, Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek passes Aarughat, Soti Khola, Machha Khola, Jagat and Phillim and goes on to enter the higher lands inhabited by people from Tibetan origin. After Phillim, increasing numbers of mane walls and small chortens mark the trek's entry into the Tibetan Buddhist villages of Manaslu Region. Tsum Valley offshoots from the main trail after Phillim and extends all the way up to Tibetan border. The valley is enclosed by Ganesh Himal Range, Boudha Himal and Shringi Himal and offers a stunning mountain panorama.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking route.
Manaslu Tsum Valley trek start from Sotikhola, 7 to 8 hours drive from Kathmandu and end at Dharapani en route to Popular Annapurna Circuit Trek. The main trail after Phillim, passes through pine forests, pastures and villages of Deng, Namrung, Lho, Sama Gaon and finally reaches Samdu, the last settlement of the valley. Sama Gaon is the biggest settlement among the villages, and from Sama Gaon, side trips to Pung Gyen Gompa and Manaslu Base Camp can be done. Larkya La Pass (5135 meters) is at the end of valley, separating the busy Annapurna Region and serene Manaslu Region. From Larkya La Pass, dramatic views of Cheo Himal (6621 meters), Himlung Himal (7126 meters), Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna Massif can be seen. Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek ends at Dharapani, only a day and half away from Larkya La Pass.
Accommodation availability in Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek.
Trekking to Manaslu combing with Tsum valley is possible to trek as a tea house, staying at local tea house or home stay in Tsum valley is unique and it is absolutely great idea to see local lifestyle. After the devastating earthquake Tea House and lodges are well constructed along the route of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking. So now you can trek in Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit staying in Tea house, lodge without doing Camping; however we organizes Camping base trip as well upon client’s request. please contact us for the trip details.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking Permits & Youtube Video.
Manaslu and Tsum valley both destinations is located in restricted area, you will required Manaslu restricted area entry permits and Tsum valley restricted area entry permits for trekking to Manaslu and Tsum valley.
Manaslu restricted area entry permits cost $100 for 7 days valid from September to November and after 7 days $15 per day. From December to August $75 for 7 days and after 7 days $10 per day per person.
Tsum Valley Restricted area entry permits cost $40 per person for 7 days valid in September to November and after 7 days per day per person $7. And December to August $30 per person for 7 days and after 7 days $7 per day per person.
Other than those special permits you will require Manaslu Conservation entry permits and Annapurna Conservation entry permits as well.
Best time to Trek Manaslu and Tsum valley.
Most of the trekking season begins in Nepal from Mid September to early December in autumn season and from early March to May in spring season. October November and March to May is pick season so it is always busy most of the popular trekking route. Similarly October November and December in autumn season just before hit winter and Marc, April and May is best time just before hit monsoon Trekking to Manaslu Tsum valley trek.
Recently our clients did another 29 days trip to Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek and continue to Nar Phu valley (hidden valley Nar and Phoo) over Thorong La Pass to Jomsom. More details of the trip Manaslu, Tsum Valley, Nar-Phu, and Annapurna. Please follow the link to read Burno's trek blog.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek short Itinerary;
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. (1338 meters)
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Sotikhola (530 meters)
Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola. (930 meters)
Day 05: Trek to Jagat. (1120 meters)
Day 06: Trek to Lokpa. (2240 meters)
Day 07: Trek to Chumling. (2368 meters)
Day 08: Trek to Chhokangparo. (3010 meters)
Day 09: Trek to Mu Gompa. (3700 meters)
Day 10: Trek to Chhokangparo. (3010 meters)
Day 11: Trek to Gomba Lungdang. (3200 meters)
Day 12: Trek to Lokpa. (2240 meters)
Day 13: Trek to Deng. (1860 meters)
Day 14: Trek to Namrung. (2630 meters)
Day 15: Trek to Lho. (3180 meters)
Day 16: Trek to Sama Gaon. (3525 meters)
Day 17: Acclimatization day at Sama Gaon.
Day 18: Trek to Samdo. (3860 meters)
Day 19: Trek to Dharmasala. (4460 meters)
Day 20: Cross Larke La (5106 meters) and trek to Bhimthang. (3610 meters)
Day 21: Trek to Tilche. (2300 meters)
Day 22: Trek to Dharapani (1960 meters) and drive to Besisahar (730 meters).
Day 23: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 24: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 25: Departure.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel.
A Full day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided.
We leave early in the morning for Sotikhola via Arughat. We stay on a highway in the morning but most part of the driving is done on the dusty newly built roads. We camp at Sotikhola.(8 to 9 hours drive)
The trek heads north and follows the Budhi Gandaki River for the whole day. The trek stays close and follows the Budhi Gandaki River all way up to the base of the Larkya pass, and crosses and re-crosses the river several times through suspension bridges. The trail undulates through Lapu Beshi, then continues on the sandy banks of the river, and finally reaches Machha Khola. (6-7 hours)
The trail stays relatively easy in the morning and goes through Khorlabesi. A brief stop at Tatopani, to check out the hot spring is followed by a steep climb through Dobhan. The trail drops down into the banks of the Yaru Khola at Yaru Beshi, campsite for the day and is followed by couple of good climbs until Jagat, a small village by the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. (5-6 hours)
The trail once again enters the sandy banks for a brief period. The path gets steep near Sirdibas and after crossing a dramatic suspension bridge, another good climb leads to a beautiful village of Phillim, the biggest village until the pass. The trail steadily loses height and enters Tsum valley. A relatively comfortable path follows and a final brief climb ends at Lhokpa. Ganesh Himal (7422 meters) and Shringi Himal (7161 meters) appears on opposite directions at Lhokpa. (5-6 hours)
After three suspension bridges in the morning, a steep ascent follows for the rest of the day. At the end of the day, the ascent starts to turn into a gradual nice walk and reaches Chumling. It is a short day as the trek enters into higher elevations. (4 hours)
The day’s trek is relatively on an easy terrain as the trek heads higher into Tsum Valley. The trail follows one of the tributaries of the Budhi Gandaki River and follows it for most part of the day. After passing a small monastery, the trail crosses another tributary and slowly starts to ascent. The climb ends at Chhokangparo, the biggest settlement of Tsum Valley. Several mountains can be viewed from this village. (6 hours)
An easy trek leads through several small villages of Leru, Ngakyu and finally Lamagaun. After a brief visit to the Milarepa Cave, the trail continues on the riverbed and passes villages of Lar, Phurbe, Pangdun and reaches the twin village of Chule and Nile. Still staying with the river, the trail now starts to slowly climb through a narrow valley. A final brief steep climb leads out of the valley and ends the day at Mu Gompa.(6-7 hours)
The trek retraces back on the same route until the village of Lar and then takes a different route back to Chhokangparo via Rachen Gompa. However, the terrain is similar to the one taken the day before. (5-6 hours)
The trail now descends down to the village of Dumje and a long steep climb in a different valley follows. The terrain slowly turns easier but still continues to climb and only ends at Gomba Lungdang. Ganesh Himal (7422 meters) stands tall and close to the monastery adding an edge to the already serene environment.(5 hours)
The trek once again retraces back on the previously travelled route back to Chumling via Dumje. Still continuing on the same route the day’s trek finally ends at Lhokpa. (6 hours)
After a brief drop back into the narrow valleys, the trek exits the Tsum Valley and again joins the Budhi Gandaki River. After crossing the river, the path gets steeper for a while and then steadies near Pewa. After Pewa, another uphill walk continues for the rest of the day and ends at Deng. The change in culture can be experienced at Deng. The people, culture and the houses in the villages from Deng are heavily influenced by Tibetans and completely differ with the people and their culture from the people lower in the valley. (5 hours)
A quick drop down to the river is followed by a steep climb until the village of Rana. The trail yet again drops and gradually ascends to Bihi Phedi and then undulates into the valley and finally reaches Ghap. The trek continues gradually gaining more height through the forest following the now much smaller Budhi Gandaki River. A steep climb through the forest until the village of Namrung ends the day. (7-8 hours)
From Namrung onwards, the trek now enters into the higher altitude. After a brief walk on an easy terrain, the trail starts to go uphill until the village of Shyo. View of Manaslu (8156 meters) appears towards west as the path drops into a river and yet again gets uphill until it reaches Lho. (4-5 hours)
The trail once again drops into a river and yet again, is followed by a climb. The climb ends at Shyala and the valley starts to open up with the trail turning into an easy walk through the pasture lands. (4-5 hours)
The options at Sama Gaon are a short hike to the nearby beautiful lake named Birendra Taal or a full day hike (6 hours) to the Pungyen Gomba and back.
The trail gradually climbs through the valley and continue to follow the river. The path then gets steeper at the end of the day and reaches the village of Samdu, with Samdu Peak (6335 meters) towering on the east direction. (3 hours)
The trail gradually descends briefly and then starts to ascend afterwards towards the Larkya Glacier. The path becomes easier and ends at the start of the next day’s climb at Dharmasala. (3 hours)
An early start and a gradual ascend into the Larkya Glacier only ends at the top of the pass. The top rewards with the views of Himlung (7126 meters), Annapurna II (7937 meters), Kang guru (6981 meters) and several other pinnacles standing above 6000 meters. A steep drop starts on the snow and later on, the glacial moraine continues for the rest of the day. The descent finally ends with the view of Bhimthang located on a huge flat ground. (7-8 hours)
The trail quickly drops in and out of a glacier and then starts to drop towards the lower valley through the forest. The path once again follows the river by its banks and finally passes through Surki Khola and Goa while consistently losing more altitude. The path continues to get downhill and finally ends at Tilche. (6-7 hours)
The path still continues to go down and joins a newly constructed road near before reaching the busy settlement of Dharapani. The trail here joins with the famed Annapurna Circuit and also the newly constructed road as well. This is also the end of the trek and we drive to Besisahar and stay overnight in the town. (2 hours and 5-6 hours drive)
We drive back to Kathmandu and enjoy the afternoon with the luxuries of the cities. (7-8 hours drive)
A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Chitwan, Lumbini etc.
A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future.
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The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.
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Great trekking!!! Manaslu Circuit combining with Tsum Valley trek.
Himal arranged everything perfectly, from a pick up at Airport during a festival late at night, to transport to trek and our departure. He matched us up with a great guide Alia and porter Megh Nath (not sure of spelling). We found the trek challenging but rewarding. They really put in a lot of effort to try to get us a nice room when possible. Our guide was knowledgeable about flora and fauna, and took time to cater to the things we were interested in, monasteries etc. November -2019
Manaslu and Tsum valley trek
My son and myself did the Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek with Visit Himalaya Treks during the first half of May. The Manaslu trek was attractive to us because it is less crowded than some of the other treks and the Tsum Valley in particular has a lot of Tibetan culture.
Himal from Visit Himalaya Treks was very helpful and it was very easy to arrange the trek over email. We arrived a day earlier than planned due to the airline cancelling our original flight but it was no problem to leave a day early on the trek as well. The guide Hari and the porter Hom were great. They are very helpful along the trail and in the tea houses, very safety conscious, and walked at our pace rather than their own. In fact they even went back and rather amazingly "rescued" a walking pole I had dropped down a very steep rockfall.
The trail is spectacular, both in Tsum Valley and on the Manaslu trail. There are some climbs into Tsum Valley but once there, it levels off you are effectively in Tibet; Buddhist flags and mani walls everywhere and just about everyone wears the traditional dress. On the Manaslu trail there are high mountains all around (start walking early to get the best views during this time of year). The trail gradually rises over several days and an extra day to acclimatise made sure we had no problems with the altitude; the intinary works very well. Crossing the pass is not that easy if you are out of shape like me but spectacular.
All in all we were very happy with Visit Himalaya Treks and we highly recommend them; we will certainly book with them again when we go to Nepal. May 2019
Unforgettable Experience!!!Manaslu with tsum Valley Trek.
Just finished a amazing 14 day exploring the Manaslu Circuit with 3.5 days through Tsum Valley and back in late May early June with Tek our guide who was very fun genuine fella who was extremely competent and easy to communicate with, We are Both 21 and 24 from Australia.
Prior to Manslu we did the Annapurna Circuit having 6 weeks in Nepal which was Amazing as well, but being late season an unforgettable 2 weeks seeing only 4 other tourist hikers from start to finish and get feel the remoteness and solitude of where you are, with Tek who made the whole adventure a never forgettable journey with his 10 year knowledge and experience in the area being 28 himself and very easy going and extremely fit. We had to change our itinerary to shorten it by a day at the start which Tek made very easy by walking a few bigger days and then ended up doing a big day over Larke La pass from Samdo to Bhimtang which shortened for another day but was amazing leaving at 3am walking the trail past yaks in the dark and seeing the mountains light up, crossing the pass not seeing another soul and down to Bhimtang straight into a big feed of dhal Bhat.
A massive thank you to Visit Himalaya Treks, Himal and Raj who organized all permits and costs ect and our guide Tek.We will definitely be back and would recommend to anybody wanting adventurous journey!! June 2019. Gus and Annie.
Skilful and safe hands trekking Tsum & Manaslu
I highly recommend Visit Himalaya Treks. We heard about them through a recommendation and both in the planning/ emailing the company and in the trekking itself the team were prompt in their responses, and readily provided answers to all our questions and more. Himal Tamang, company founder, ensured that arrangements were smooth and went without a hitch and everyone we met from the team were warm and engaged.
Krishna Bohora was our excellent guide and for our small group of 3 who hadn't trekked in Nepal before (or for 25 years). Krishna is a very experienced guide and was able to answer many of our questions about many things and his advice and quiet leadership quickly built trust with us. Krishna was great at listening to our concerns and working with us to review and amend our itinerary at a couple of points yet still experiencing so much. Along with the trust and respect formed early we were particularly impressed with the way we were prepared and acclimatized. None of us experienced altitude sickness crossing the 5106m pass while we observed a disturbingly high number of other trekkers impacted by altitude sickness. In speaking with others, we put it down to the advice and guidance of our Visit Himalaya Treks team to optimise our experience of the pass and the 23 days of trekking. We are advised that all their guides are of a similar quality and met another group who also spoke highly of their experience with their company. April – 2018.
Midwinter family adventure around Manaslu and the Tsum Valley
For our third family trekking holiday to Nepal we decided to venture into a remoter region of the country. The Manaslu Circuit had beckoned since we walked the Annapurna Base Camp trek in 2014, our introduction to trekking in Nepal, which has since become something of a benign addiction, so deeply rewarding is the experience. On this occasion our family of four (mum, dad and two teenage boys) was joined by my sister and her 12-year-old son. We sought something more adventurous, so we added to our itinerary the almost-mythical Tsum Valley, a rugged region bordering on Tibet, where a traditional Tibetan culture and spirituality survives.
School holidays in Australia dictated that our trek take place in midwinter, a time of year renowned for stable weather in the mountains but presenting significant logistical challenges due to off-season teahouse closures and freezing temperatures. Visit Himalaya Treks came to our notice via intrepid Nepal trekkers Howard and Sue Dengate, whose Manaslu-Tsum Valley trail notes we'd found online. Reviews we'd read about VHT and owner Himal Tamang and staff inspired confidence that we'd be in good hands for our ambitious undertaking, as they specialise in remote-area expeditions, including camping treks. Himal himself was reliable and helpful in his pre-trek communication, and showed us exceptional courtesy and hospitality in meeting us before and after the trek. He appreciated that our family group would benefit from the support of a strong team, and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have had the services of guide Ishwar, assistant guide Sambhu, and Sambhu's brothers Ramesh and Subash and their friend Deepak, who carried our gear. Ishwar speaks excellent English and is an experienced and conscientious guide, alert to the wellbeing of all members of the party and a thoroughly nice person to boot. He showed commendable organisational skills in challenging circumstances, calling ahead to arrange opening of teahouses for our party, including the coup of persuading locals to open Dharamsala, a key staging post in our successful climb over 5100-metre Larke La pass.
Sambhu, an aspiring guide and qualified chef, was always a pleasure to be around too. He provided us with delicious meals, including more than a few unexpected dessert treats, which was a real asset as the few teahouses open were operating on a skeleton staff. There was never any sense of skimping on service or hot food and drinks, the latter much appreciated in the winter cold, especially by ravenous teenagers. The porters were all delightful young men, carrying our gear and assisting at teahouses with never-failing cheerfulness and warmth. We have the gods to thank for three weeks of blue skies, brilliant sunshine and uninterrupted views of spectacular mountains ranges - our reward for forbearance with the winter cold. As we'd previously experienced in Nepal, the cultural dimension of the trek was at least as rewarding as the spectacular natural environment. Passing through villages we were warmly greeted by local people, and there were glimpses of everyday life to surprise and delight around every turn in the trail, despite the evident hardships. Thank you VHT for ensuring that our family adventure was a safe and genuinely unforgettable experience. We do hope to come back and embark on a new adventure with you before too long! January – 2018.
We always try to be flexible to design the trip itinerary for our client’s needs. However, if you are not convinced as our suggested itinerary then off-course you are always welcome to customize or change the trip itinerary.
Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.
An average physical fitness should be maintained prior to booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you maximum time to acclimatize and pace-setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience. If you are having regular medication then tell us before the trip started which would be better for us to give you the physical feedback.
Our main concern is your safety. We never compromised on your safety during the Trekking and all our guides are properly trained and well equipped to take care of our client's safety even in remote areas as well.
There would be always back support in case of an emergency situation like severe high-altitude sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be sent to the nearest hospital, if possible, otherwise rescued by a helicopter and sent you to the hospital as soon as possible. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers both- medical and emergency evacuation costs.
It is not a problem at all because in a mountain most of the tea houses/lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide will take care at the time of cooking and on a camping trek, our cook and staffs will care all about the food section.
Most of the lodges in the mountains are basic like a guest house or tea house style. In a few major settlements Lodges are upgraded, where are the possibilities we provide you with the best accommodation! Also, it depends upon the service packages.
Lately, most of the teahouses have electricity supply even with solar panels. So, charging your gadgets is not a problem at all. But charging your battery you should have to pay an additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx. per hour.), in order to get your gadgets to be charged.
Now a day’s most of the major village has a cell phone network connection. However, in a remote area where cell phone does not work, and even if there is not any other communication access then we send satellite phone along with our guide so you can easily be in touch with your family.
Yes, either you can store the same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
The luggage must not exceed up to 20 kilograms. A trekking helper (porter) carries the baggage of fewer than 20 kilograms. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend a minimum of 10% of your total trip cost for tipping the entire local staff.