Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek encapsulates a wide scope of offerings for travelers. Bestowed with the enigmatic beauty of the natural wonders, this trek is fulfilling and challenging at the same time. It circles around the towering massif of Mt.Manaslu (8163m)- the eighth-highest peak in the world traversing through the famous Larkya La Pass (5106 m). Manaslu Tsum valley Trek is a perfect combination of the unique Tsum valley one of the remote trekking destinations open for travelers only in 2008. Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek can be done as a tea house without Camping arrangements staying at Lodges and tea houses. Untouched Buddhist monasteries, unique local villages, and the trek Circuit of the mount Manaslu trek over the Larke La Pass are one of the most beautiful trekking holidays in Nepal.
Our trek starts from Barpak where you will be driven by a vehicle. The trail follows the river basin of Buddi Gandaki River through the small villages of Jagat, Lokpa, Chokhangparo, Nile, and finally Mu Gompa which reveals the astonishing views of the neighboring mountains of the east: Himalchuli, Ganesh, Singri, and others. A whole new mystical world of the deserted valley appears before you upon reaching Mu Gompa.
Old Buddhist Monastery Mu Gumpa is Located in Tsum Valley.
Considered a hidden gem of Nepal, Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum valley then follows a series of gorges, lush forest, pine, and rhododendron forest until you reach a steep ridge that leads to Lokpa, which is the gateway to Tsum Valley. As we cross Lokpa, we hike up to Chumling which is popular for its 3 sacred monasteries: Pango Gumba, Mani Dhungyr, and Gurwa Gumba. All of these monasteries are architecturally astounding and portray centuries-old Buddhist artistic magnificence all over.
You may opt to observe the prayer procession of the monasteries the following morning as you will be spending the night in Chumling. The following day shines upon us with an early departure for our next destination Chokkangparo, which is popular for its panoramic views of Mt.Ganesh and Mt.Himalchuli. Chokkangparo is a tranquil village and is considered the largest in Tsum Valley. You will witness variations in the lifestyle of the people as you ascend during the trek. The inhabitants of the region have traditions and lifestyle that is quite similar to Tibetan natives.
The next stretch of the trek follows through the inner Himalayan valley towards the Nile. The topography and spatial distribution of the region now shift, and lush forests turn to rugged high mountain deserts. You will observe rocky mountains with semi-arid vegetation in place of sub-tropical landscapes. On the way to the Nile lies Piren Phu Cave which is a religiously incanted cave in the valley. The trail then ascends uphill through narrow gorges finally reaching Mu Gompa which is the highest point of the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek.
The journey doesn't end here as the second section of the trek: Manaslu Circuit is still remaining on your adventure package. We descend down from Mu Gompa following the same trail that we ascend on. We descend to Lokpa and continue the journey northbound to Sama Gaon. The first stop after Lokpa is Deng where you will be spending a night. The following villages of Namrung will leave you spellbound as you ascend toward Mt.Manaslu.
Once you reach Sama Gaun, you have multiple alternatives to doing day hikes to have a picturesque view of the Manaslu vista. You may either opt to hike to Birendra Glacier Lake, Samdo village, Nepal-Tibet Border, Winter shed of Yaks, Pungen monastery, and Manaslu basecamp. All of these destinations are within a day’s reach and will provide an alternative for you instead of staying at the teahouse for your acclimatization at Sama Gaun. Being a protected area, there have been numerous sightings of mammal species like Leopard and Musk Deer in the higher section of this trail. It has been discovered that this region alone holds over a hundred species of birds and reptiles too. Sightings of golden eagles are common during Autumn and Spring. You might want to pack your filming equipment along on your journey, however, take note that special charges apply for drone filming in the regions. Check our Drone permit requirements in the Nepal section for the subject matter.
The next and the toughest stretch of the trek begins from Sama Gaon. You will pass via Larkya La Pass (5106 m) and begin your descent from there on. You will reach Dharmashala after a day’s trek from Sama Gaon. On your ascent to the pass, you will be blessed with various mountain vistas of Cheo Himal, Kanguru, Himlung Himal, and Annapurna II. Larkya La Pass is considered one of the longest pass in the Himalayan belt. As you descend you will traverse through the small Nepalese villages of Bhimathang, Gho, and Dharapani where you will connect the popular Annapurna Circuit Trail. At Dharapani we will meet our transport to Kathmandu.
Local Village in Tsum valley with Himalayan Views.
The standard duration of the Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum valley is 24 days (arriving in Nepal to departure from Nepal. Trek itself (real walking days) is 20 days plus 2 days of drive-in and drive-out. Within these 22 days, you will be driven to the starting point of the trek, Barpak, and will be received from the endpoint, Dharapani. Please note that the number of days to finish the trek varies from person to person. If you’re limited by the time this same trek can be shortened. Our team of experts at Visit Himalaya Treks is ready to hear you out and tailor make your itinerary to fit Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley.
Relative to other major treks in Nepal, Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is challenging. It becomes arduous for travelers as they ascend to an altitude above 4000 meters i.e: above the Nile and Sama Gaon. As trekkers elevate beyond these regions, the oxygen level in the air gets thinner and your pace slows down. You will trek through a semi-arid landscape high in the Himalayas and traverse through one of the most challenging passes in Nepal, Larkya La Pass (5106m) this trek is strenuous and arduous for those with limited or no prior high-altitude trekking. An optimum level of fitness and endurance is required for choosing this trek.
Manaslu region is amongst one of the remotest regions of Nepal. The roads that lead to Tsum Valley and Larkya La pass are narrow, rugged, uneven, and rocky making it harder to walk on. With all, this is a teahouse trek that provides very basic accommodation with limited food options: usually Nepali and Tibetan dishes. Owing to the remoteness of the region, cellular network disruption is common in the villages of the trail.
That being said, our team of professionals is willing to take all these risks into consideration and ensure a safe trek for our clients. We have set aside 2 days for acclimatization so that you can adapt well to the high altitude and travel comfortably. Our guides are professionally trained and provide pre-eminent service.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Cost is relative to the hotel you choose for your stay in Kathmandu. The trekking trails have similar kinds of accommodation and are basic. We Offer 25 day Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Cost $1900 per person minimum group size 2 travelers basis for a 25 days package arriving in Nepal to departure from Nepal.
When is the best time for Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley Trek?
Nepal has moderate climatic conditions except for a few months that are muggy and highly humid. Nepal experiences four major weather patterns during the year, namely:
Spring season (March, April, May);
Summer season (Monsoon(June, July and August);
Autumn season (September, October, and November);
Winter season (December, January, and February).
The best time to trek to Manaslu Tsum Valley is during Autumn and Spring when the sky is clear and it is warm. Spring is characterized by the blooming of flora across the Nepalese belt making it lush and filled with colors all across the trekking trails. The Autumn season in Nepal is scheduled right after the harsh monsoon which brings heavy rain. During autumn the temperature in the highlands of Nepal is moderate and the places at higher altitudes are relatively warmer during those times.
What accommodation options are available in Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley?
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek traverses through small quaint villages of the Manaslu region. There are permanent settlements of people all across the trail till your final ascending stop of Samagaon. All these villages have tea houses available for your accommodation services. Please note that the tea houses that are available on the trek are very basic with few modern amenities. You will barely find a room with an attached bathroom as you ascend higher from Lokpa. In the higher elevated regions, you will have a common bathroom in the teahouse which will have to be shared with other guests too.
These teahouses along the trail are equipped with basic facilities. Each room in the tea house is provided with at least 2 twin beds. These beds have foam pads, pillows, and blankets. You can always ask for an extra pillow or blanket for your guide if the provided one is not warm or comfortable enough. We advise renting a sleeping bag while in Kathmandu nor bring your own in case it gets colder during the night.
Every teahouse is set up with Bukhara Stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted) which is lit every night to keep the teahouse warm. It is usually put up in the dining room of the teahouse. Most teahouses will have power outlets which will be powered by a solar panel which may be used for charging your electrical appliances ( Camera, Cellphones)
Food availability along the Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley:-
During the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek, since you’ll be staying in a teahouse, the food options provided will be limited. These regions in higher elevations don't have road access and every single thing that is used will be carried on the back of a mule or flown by helicopter. There are very limited food options to choose from during your trek. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes, and soup. Some Nepali versions of western food such as pie, pasta, and French fries are also available but depends on the tea house you’re staying at. Soft drinks, snacks, and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trailside restaurants. And of course, Nepali milk tea is served everywhere.
Do you need a guide for Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley?
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek passes through various sections of the Manaslu Conservation Area (Jagat to Bhimathang) which has been declared as a restricted area by the Government of Nepal. A government-registered guide is mandatory for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. We Visit Himalaya treks Provide an experience, friendly to the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek.
Mount Manaslu and Buddhist Monastery view Trek to Manaslu Tsum Valley.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek short Itinerary;
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters).
Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Barpak village (1915 meters).
Day 04: Trek to Laprak (2100 meters).
Day 05: Trek to Khorla Besi (970 meters).
Day 06: Trek to Jagat. (1120 meters)
Day 07: Trek to Lokpa. (2240 meters)
Day 08: Trek to Chumling. (2368 meters)
Day 09: Trek to Chhokangparo. (3010 meters)
Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa. (3700 meters)
Day 11: Trek to Chhokangparo. (3010 meters)
Day 12: Trek to Gomba Lungdang. (3200 meters)
Day 13: Trek to Lokpa. (2240 meters)
Day 14: Trek to Deng. (1860 meters)
Day 15: Trek to Namrung. (2630 meters)
Day 16: Trek to Lho. (3180 meters)
Day 17: Trek to Sama Gaon. (3525 meters)
Day 18: Acclimatization Day at Sama Gaon.
Day 19: Trek to Samdo. (3860 meters)
Day 20: Acclimatization Day at Samdo.
Day 21: Trek to Dharmasala. (4460 meters)
Day 22: Cross Larke La (5106 meters) and trek to Bhimthang. (3610 meters)
Day 23: Trek to Dharapani (1960 meters)
Day 24: Drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar.
Day 25: Departure.
What permits are required for Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley?
Beyond everything, please take note that you require 4 different permits planning to go there) before embarking on Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. The stretch between Jagat and Dharapani in the trek has been secluded as a restricted area by the Nepal Government where you will require Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP) for access. Owing to this, independent trekkers are not allowed in the Manaslu region. The government further mandates that there need to be at least two trekkers in a group accompanied by a local guide. The Manaslu RAP is only issued if it has been applied through a registered agency.
Manaslu Restricted Area Permit Information.
For your stretch in between Jagat and Bhimtang (the Ascent section of the trek), the Manaslu Restricted Area permit is paramount. Once you pass through Bhimtang, an ACAP permit is required for access to the Larkya La Pass and the following villages up until Dharapani. The cost of Manaslu RAP is on a week + day basis implies that, the longer your stay between this section, the more you’ll have to pay for the permit. The final checkpoint of MRAP is in Samagaun.
Cost for Manaslu Restricted Area Permit:
November to September:
For the first 7 days: USD 100 per person.
From the 8th day onward: USD 15 per person per day.
December to August:
For the first 7 days: USD 75 per person
From the 8th day onward: USD 10 per person per day
Note: Physical Copy of your photograph is necessary for Manaslu RAP. Your permit will be applied for online through Visit Himalaya treks. We will need your original passport to collect your Restricted area entry permits from the department of Immigration of Nepal.
Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit
Since the trek pierces through the Conservation area of Manaslu from the village of Jagat, you are required to pay a standard one-time permit fee of USD 30 for access. However, it required you to have a copy of your passport and photograph for the MCAP Permit.
During your descent from Larkya La Pass, you will enter another conservation area: Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Analogous to the MCAP permit, access to ACAP requires you to pay a one-time permit charge of USD 30 and a copy of your passport and photograph.
A separate permit needs to be acquired to visit Tsum valley prior to your departure. It costs :
September to November:
For the first 7 days: USD 40 per person
From the 8th day onward: USD 7 per person
December to August:
For the first 7 days: USD 30 per person
From the 8th day onward: USD 7 per person
On a side note, TIMS (Trekkers Management Information System) card is not required if you already have your MRAP, ACAP, and MCAP permit and are willing to return from Dharapani. However, if you wish to extend your trek and head for Annapurna Circuit Trek, it is paramount to get a TIMS card.
List of gears required for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek
How to Communicate during the Trek?
Most of the teahouses in the lower stretch of Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley will be well equipped with uninterrupted internet service and cellular networks. You can ask for the password of wifi if be available at your lunch stop or your overnight stop. Our team at visit Himalaya will always be in connection with your guide in order to confirm everything is in place.
Owing to the remoteness of the region, there are several disruptions in the cellular network and power connection in the Manaslu region. While some teahouses may have satellite networks, they are relatively expensive and are out of service most of the time. You can always ask your guide for assistance if there is anything that needs to be communicated and he/she will arrange for the rest.
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.
After breakfast we start our drive journey to Barpak village in Gorkha district. Leaving the KTM city behind We will drive through the rural settlements along the Prithvi high way, crossing the Marsyangdi river, we enter to Gorkha district. Just before Gorkha Bazaar, from Barah Kilo we follow the newly constructed road to Barpak village that will lead to us lovely and biggest Gurung village in Gorkha district of Nepal. This hillside area is the epic point of the deadly earthquake that shocked Nepal on 25th April 2015. Reaching at Barpak village, we will stay at Local tea house, Lodge that will helps to local revive the local economy. (About 7 - 8 hours’ drive)
After breakfast we trek to Laprak village, day start with moderately climbing up hill through the forest. Ascending to Bhosu Kang hill 2800 meters provide a super view of Ganesh Himal, and Boudha Himal views. From here, downhill trail lead us to Laprak village via Gupsi Danda. We will stay overnight at Newly constructed local house; homestay stay overnight at Laprak village. 4 -5 hours trek.
After breakfast we trek to Khorla Besi, gently downhill trail lead us to Singla village, now from Singla village uphill trail lead to Khorla village. Now we connected with Buddi Gandaki valley which we will follow our 3 weeks journey up to Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit over Larkya La Pass. Arriving at Khorla Besi we stop here for a night stay overnight at Tea house about 7 hours trek.
After breakfast we will trek along the Budhi Gandaki via 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, Punggen Glacier, punggen lake, or Mount Manaslu Base Camp.
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 best option from Samdo is to hike towards the valley into the northeast of Samdo. This hike also provides spectacular view of a towering Samdu Ri (6335 meters).
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 at Tilche. Now Short climbing hill up lead us to Dharapani we connected popular Annapurna Circuit trail stay overnight at Dharapani. 8-9 hours.
After Breakfast we will drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar with our private Jeep along the Marshyangdi river valley. Following the Prithivi high way toward to Kathmandu about 9 hours’ drive brought to Kathmandu stay overnight at Kathmandu.
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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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.
|1 - 2 People||$1900|
|3 - 5 People||$1850|
|6 - 9 People||$1780|
|10 - 12 People||$1600|