Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek

22 Days

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  • Day tour of cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu valley
  • Breathtaking views of Cheo Himal, Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Siringi Himal, Buddha Himal and many more
  • The classic and traditional village of Tsum Valley
  • Crossing Larkya La pass which is the highest point of the trail
  • Lush vegetation, culture, a tradition of the Manaslu region
Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek is a long trekking journey in the Manaslu region of Nepal. Manaslu region of Nepal is one of the best trekking routes for remote area trekking. Likewise, Tsum valley is a beautiful village which is also a part of the Manaslu Region of Nepal.

Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain of the world is one of the hidden gems of Nepal. It has been few years’ people have started trekking in this region and has absolutely loved what this region has to produce. Similarly, it has only been a few decades since the doors to the Tsum valley has been opened. With authentic culture, lush vegetation, magnificent Himalayas and stunning landscape of Tsum valley
and Manaslu region will steal your heart.

Even though the trail has been opened for a few years, it has gained the love of many travelers but with difficult terrain and geographical structure, it is quite difficult to reach the place. Tsum Valley Manaslu is a visually pleasing journey but with very less development you can expect to see the pure beauty of the place. The journey is delightful, as trail trek entails walking along the Nepal-Tibet border enjoying the traditional charming settlements and artistic monasteries built in those serene and quaint environment.

As much as culturally and scenically beautiful the Manaslu region is, it is at the same time very rich in natural vegetation too. The dense forest shelters animals like Blue Sheep, Himalayan tahr and many more. Also, while your trails take you along the Machha Khola, Soti Khola and Budi Gandaki River, you will all the time accompanied by the amazing view of mountains like Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Huinchuli, Budhha Himal and Sringi Himal.

Also, the major highlight of the trek is crossing the Larkya La pass, which is the highest point of the trek. From the top of the Larkya La Pass, you will get an awesome view of Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, Himlung, Annapurna Massif and many more.

High Venture Plus designed Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek where you can explore the lifestyle and the tradition at the same time discover the unique landscapes with a stunning mountain view on the backdrop.

Route Map

Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek Route Map

Itinerary

  • You will arrive at the TIA where you will meet our office representative and transfer to your respective Hotel.
  • Today, after breakfast, you will take a day tour of UNESCO listed world heritage sites of Kathmandu valley.
  • Today, after breakfast, you will drive to Machha Khola from Kathmandu. The drive till Dhading is paved road and after that you will drive on the uneven off the beaten path to Machha Khola.
  • Today, after breakfast, you will cross Machha Khola and Khorlabesi. Then we will pass through Tatopani which literally means hot water, a natural hot spring. You have a choice to stop by and enjoy an hour or half hour to take a tip in the hot spring or you can continue your journey. The trail will take you along the forested area until you cross Dovan Khola and from there continue the hike to Budi Gandaki valley. While walking you will get witness drastic change in the views as the elevation increases. Eventually we reach Jagat. Overnight at Jagat in a teahouse.
  • Today after breakfast, you will continue your journey towards Chisapani. Journey today is short. In jagat, you will check your permit card. In the beginning of today’s journey you will hike up over a rocky ridge to Salleri and hike down to Sirdibas. The valley will broadens as the trail lingers up to Ghatta Khola. Then you will cross suspension bridge and ascend up to Philim. Philim is a beautiful village which is mostly inhabited by Gurung. You will leave behind Philim and walk through forest and finally reach Chisapani. Overnight at Chisapani in a tea house.
  • Today after breakfast, we will leave Chisapani behind and continue our journey to Chumling. In the beginning, you will cross a massive gorge and after a little walk you will come across an amazing waterfall. You will walk through pine and rhododendron forest and the trail leads to Tsum Valley. After walking furthermore, you will reach a small beautiful village Lokpa and from the village descend down for about half an hour upto Lungwa Khola and then climb on a crisscross trail. Eventually, we reach Gumlung and cross Siyar Khola and we finally reach Chumling. Chumling is the lower tsum valley. Overnight at Chumling in a teahouse.
  • Today after breakfast, you will continue your journey to Chokhangparo. The trail is scenic as you will come across breathtaking view of Ganesh Himal, wlak through fields of maize and potato. After walking through landslip areas, you will reach perched village of Ripchet and pass through Rainjam and cross Serpu Khola and finally we come close to upper Tsum. At the end of the day, you will reach Chokhangparo with stone houses with a few iron roofs nestled under cliffs. It consist of two settlement, Chokhang and Paro. Overnight at Chokhangparo in a teahouse.
  • Today after breakfast, you will continue your journey to Nile. While ascending from Chokhangparo, you might get symptoms of altitude sickness. Listen to the guide, drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Continuing the journey you will pass through many local schools and villages with amazing view of the mountains and in the company of calm nature. We climb over a ridge of Chortens, we walk pass Lama gaon through flat fields looking over the widespread courtyard of Rachen Gompa/Nunnery Gompa. If lucky you might get a chance to see Himalayan Tahr. We also pass through Shiyar Khola, pass through villages of Phurbe and Pangdun. We pass through Chule where you will historic stupa of Budhha. While walking through upstream to cross the bridge and climb to Nile. Overnight at Nile in a teahouse.
  • Today after breakfast, we head towards Mu Gompa. We will walk through west bank of the valley through Tibetan landscape. We ascend up to Mu Gompa which is the largest monastery in the region. Overnight at Mu Gompa in a teahouse.
  • Today after breakfast, we follow the same trail back to Chumling. Overnight at Chumling in a teahouse.
  • Today after breakfast, we will leave Chumling behind and head towards Deng. After Nile, we completely left the Tsum valley part and enter Deng in the Manaslu region. Overnight at Deng in a teahouse.
  • Today after breakfast, you will head towards Namrung. We ascend up to steep hill and descend down to cross the river. On the trail, you will pass through some of the small settlements and come across stunning valley. Further walking, you will see many Mani stones carved onto rocks, prayer flags, chorten and gumbas. After walking few more hours along Tibetan border, you will make few ups and downs and finally reach Namrung. Overnight at Namrung in a teahouse.
  • Today after breakfast, you will head towards Lho gaon. We will walk through alpine forest where you will get to see Manaslu North and Manaslu. Overnight at Lho Gaon in a teahouse.
  • Today after breakfast, we will head towards Sama Gaon. On the trail, we pass through Mani stones wall with a stunning view of peak 29. You can also get clear and closer view of Mount Mansalu with a side trip to Pungen. The trail will take you through lateral moraine of Pungen towards Sama. Overnight in Sama Gompa.
  • Today is rest day. Or in other word acclimatization day to get your body used to the altitude. This is an important day therefore no one should skip this day. For little exercise, you may walk up to Manaslu Base Camp or walk across Birendra Tal. Both the place are stunningly beautiful. Overnight at Sama Gompa.
  • Today after breakfast, you will head towards Samdo. This is a short walk. Samdo is a beautiful valley which comes after crossing pastures and with a gradual ascend. Along the journey you will wtness magnificent view of Manaslu. Oday you will come across a Tibetan refugee village as well. By afternoon you will Samdo and explore the surrounding areas. Overnight at Samdo in a teahouse.
  • Today after breakfast, we will head towards Dharmashala. The journey today is short as well. You will couple of streams and reach Larkya Bazar. You will take a gradual ascend and reach Dharmashala. Overnight at Dharmashala in a teahouse.
  • Today after breakfast you will continue your journey towards Bhimpedi. Prepare yourself for a long walk.  You will hike up to Cho Chanda and then slowly towards a pass mostly covered in a snow. From the top of the pass you will get panoramic view of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyagi Kung, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. Then you will walk through moraines and finally reach Bhimpedi. Overnight at Bhimpedi in a teahouse.
  • Todaay after breakfast, you will leave Bhimpedi and head towards Tilje. The journey includes wlaking through paddy fields. After some time you will reach a small Karcha La pass. The trail then onwards descend to fig trees and rhododendron forest and finally reach Tilje. Overnight at Tilje in a teahouse.
  • Today after breakfast you will hike down to Dharapani. The walk to Dharapani is short. In Dharapani, you will take a bus to Kathmandu or take a private jeep to Dhading and then take a bus to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Today, you will be driven to Airport for your flight back to home.

What's Included?

  • For accommodation in Kathmandu, the Hotel will be a 3 star Hotel and the room will be on twin sharing basis which includes breakfast. The package for Kathmandu’s hotel is for 2 nights.
  • Similarly, for accommodation in Pokhara, the Hotel will be a 3 star Hotel where the room will be on twin sharing basis, 2 nights.
  • Permit to Conservation Area / national park
  • Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) card.
  • We further make arrangements of the best teahouses or lodge as far as possible in twin sharing basis throughout the trek journey.
  • Regarding the guide, we provide you with a professional very helpful and friendly trekking guide who can speak fluently in English.
  • The other assistant will also be provided if you are going in a group of two or more where the package will include their food, dally payment, transportation, and accommodation, along with covering up their insurance.
  • A down jacket, duffle bag and a sleeping bag will also be provided during the trek.
  • For transportation, we have roadways where we arrange tourist bus for solo travellers and private vehicle for group.
  • A T-shirt, trekking map and a certificate of achievement after completion of the trek will also be provided.
  • We also provide you with first aid kit.
  • The package also includes all the official and governmental charges.

What's not Included?

  • Visa arrangements and charges to Nepal (Obtain airport 15 days $25 – 30 days $ 40 -90 days $ 100 )
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and seasonal fruit will be provided during the trekking. ( About 250- 300 $ entire trekking )
  • All kinds of soft and hard drinks.
  • National and International plane fares.
  • Luggage charges (especially if they go excessive)
  • Travel insurance ( 30 $)
  • For extra accommodation in Kathmandu (if it exceeds more days than mentioned in the itinerary) whatever the cause might be early arrival, late departure or early return from the trek.
  • Along with accommodation, the same condition applies for food as well. You need to pay on your own for Breakfast, lunch and dinner for extra days even if it will be after returning back from the trek earlier than the mentioned date.
  • Personal expenses like phone recharge, laundry, hot shower, bottled water, extra porters, extra snacks, etc.Tips for guides and porters are also excluded as it is not a compulsion but it is expected that you tip them.

Trek Info

Here are some of the Trekking accessories that you require for the easy and convenient journey-

In general you will need four sleeping bags (we could provide you one for the trek), a duffel or a trekking bag of 70-80 liters (we can provide one), down jacket (this too we can provide one if needed for the trek) and a normal travel bag of 25-30 liters.

For clothing, you will require the following-

Upper body- For this-shirts, waterproof jacket, fleece jacket or pullover, water proof jacketare needed. Wind proof jacket are optional but preferred. For T-shirts, baggy cotton T-shirts are the best especially for warm days in lower altitudes. Moreover, we recommend synthetic T-shirts as they quickly absorb the moisture. Then, for the waterproof jacket, we recommend you to have nylon which is light.

Lower body- For this, you need hiking shorts, trekking pants, soft shell and hard shell pants, cotton pants or jeans. For hiking shorts, buy the fabric which dries quickly. For trekking pants, go for the ones which have zipper in the middle of the knees so that you can take off the bottom part when necessary. Forsoft shell pants, buy a synthetic fiber. Then, for hard shell, buy a waterproof one. Full zipper from top to bottom is preferred for both soft and hard shell pants. For extra wearable, have a pair of jeans or cotton pants.

Inner wears- Regarding inner wears, you need lightweight underwear which is preferably made up of synthetic. For women, own synthetic sports bras. You could also have swimsuit if you would like to.

Footwear- For this, you need a trekking boot, gaiters and sandals. For Trekking boots, get a hard sole lug-cleated boots for good performance for every kind of landscape. We then recommend you to have a pair as it helps keep your feet dry quickly and keeping dust, rocks and snow out of your shoes. We also suggest you to have a pair of sandals as it helps while you are in the lodge. Then, for socks, you require 4 pairs of synthetic and 3 pairs of woolen socks.

Hand wears- The hand essentials are gloves, mittens and hand warmers. For warm weather, buy synthetic or thin woolen gloves. For cold weather, buy a woolen or fleece gloves. While for mittens, Gore-Tex mittens are the best. Regarding hand warmers, it’s completely your choice whether you want to have or not.

Face protection- For protecting the face against the snowfalls, heavy wind, direct sun, etc. we recommend you to have a cap or a hat, a synthetic woolen hat, a lightweightedbalaclava, glacier glasses having 100% UV protected lens with side shields and hard-sided storage, headlamp, ear muffs, neck warmer, etc. Ear muffs and neck warmers are not necessary but are up to your choice.

First Aid Kit- Though the trekking guides will be carrying a first aid kit box, we suggest you to have one as well. So, for this, you will need to have basic emergency equipment. You can discuss with us regarding what all to take along with you.

Personal care- The personal care products that you will require while trekking are tooth brush, tooth paste (biodegradable is preferred), towel, soap, hand wash, sanitizers, wet wipes, deodorants, crèmes, etc. along with your other needs.

Miscellaneous but important- These include valid passport, passport size photos, airline ticket (and its copy), luggage locks, thick garbage bags, water bottle, small bag for travel documents, passport, wallet/purse, etc., pocket knife, sunscreen lotion (SPF 40 recommended) and lip balm of at least SPF 20.

Extras- The extras include trekking poles, snacks, books, games, chargers, binoculars, batteries, camera, guide book, extra glasses (if you wear), notebook/pen, sleeping bag liner, hydration bladder with drinking tube, pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women, thermos, etc.

Note- Tight fitting clothes especially made out of fabrics like lycra, especially to women can be offensive to the local villagers. So, make sure that you pack something to wear on top of them if you want to pack them.

FAQs

The ideal time to trek in Nepal whether it is either in Autumn- from September to November or in Spring- from March to May. These two seasons are considered to be the best time due to good weather and moderate temperate suitable for trekking.
In regard to the difficulty of trekking in Nepal, it depends upon the mountain range. Not all the trekking routes are that difficult to climb but there are places where you can find trekking most challenging as well.
In order to be fit for trekking, you need to start walking more and possibly go for hiking or even short distance trekking before you trek for long distance like this. You can go for hiking in your own place nearby before coming to Nepal as well.
The documents that you will require for trekking in Nepal will be your passport which should be valid at least till next 6 months, a copy of your insurance, 2 or more passport sized photographs, flight tickets of course along with emergency contact number in case of any emergency.
Yes, travel insurance is necessary and while getting the insurance, make sure that the company covers the altitude that you are trekking at. And the other thing, it is even better if you get the insurance from your own country.
For altitude sickness, as it is quite common problems in higher altitude, we provide you with some of the guideline regarding what you can do at your own level if it is not much. But if the sickness continues to get worse then you should immediately get down to lower region. In case of emergency, our guides will take care of it as they are well trained with using first aid and have basic knowledge of physical injuries or some other problems. But if the injury, altitude sickness or any other problem arises then the rescue team will be contacted. For this reason, you insurance helps a lot.
Yes, you need to have a trekking guide if you are a new trekker as you may not know about so many things like mountaineering or altitude sickness or even about the topography, weather, etc. And most importantly you will be able to know about the place that you are travelling; the exact location and can also have a company. But if you have travelled and especially trekked a lot of places in Nepal trekked earlier as well for many times and think you don’t need a guide then you may proceed. But for this also, make sure that you have the permission from the local and government authorities as trekking guide is mostly compulsory in many parts of the Himalayan region.
This however is not a compulsion in many of the trekking routes but it is better if you take a porter along with you as you can enjoy your travelling experience without having to carry a lot of loads- your backpack. And the other reason the local people will get a work to earn for their daily requirements and as the people in High Himalayas don’t have riches and live a simple normal life, it will perhaps be a great help.
The permits that you need for the trek will be done by our company and need not worry about it. But however, for your information, you will need to have a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card- this is a basic permit for trekking in Nepal along with the necessary permits of where exactly you are trekking if needed. You can also have FIT (Free Individual Trekker) if you are a solo trekker. But this is not valid for the restricted areas where you cannot go forward for solo trekking. The other necessities will be Valid passport with at least six month remaining before it expire, a valid Nepal visa, e-copy of passport sized photo. The other necessities will be done by the company itself.
Yes, you can solo trek or travel in Nepal. However, for trekking in higher altitudes where the regions are known as Restricted Areas, there you are not allowed to go alone as you will have to buy at least two permits. But the interesting thing is that in most of the areas you also need to carry a guide along with you. So, if you can manage to trek with your guide paying for his permit and being with him throughout the trek, then you possibly might be able to trek in that way. Otherwise, you can get along with someone who also wants to trek solo and go together instead.
The foods are usually served in the teahouses which will be plain but good and hygienic as they cook the vegetables nicely. They even soak iodine in water before cooking the vegetables so that you can get good and healthy food. Whereas if you are camping then you can get local foods that you can cook it. Since in higher altitudes, you won’t find refrigerators and frequent power cut; you will have to be vegetarian during the trek even if you are not. Then, regarding water facilities, bottled water is available up to the most of the Base Camp itself which will cost around US$1-4. But however, you should not drink water from the tap or streams.
For souvenirs, you can get good hand knitted woolen goods, hats, cashmere shawls, pashminas, Buddhist memorabilia, carved masks, puppets, wood carvings, jewelry, etc. as these are the things which are frequently bought by the tourists. You can get the souvenirs mostly at Thamel area when you are in Kathmandu. So, for all of the extra expenses including souvenirs, food and drinks other than what the Hotel/ Teahouse provides you, or perhaps some clothing or equipment for yourself then we recommend you to have around US$200-350 along with you. Besides that, you can withdraw money from ATMs while in Kathmandu as well.
Yes, you can buy trekking equipment in Kathmandu and it may even cost a little less amount but the quality of the product can’t be guaranteed. So, for this reason, we recommend you to bring the very necessary equipment like the trekking shoes along with you. But for other additional needs, you can buy it in Kathmandu itself.
You need to carry warm as well as cool clothing as there might be hotter in some of the places along the way or even in Kathmandu during summer season. Then, you have to have a sleeping bag as you might need it at times if the teahouses are unavailable or so in some places. The other things we recommend are small portion of snacks like chocolate bars, water proof wearable, cap, lotion, sunglasses, hand sanitizers, water bottle, first aid kit, etc. along with your daily necessities.
We don’t think you will need Ice axe or Crampons during trekking even in the Himalayas as the trails are marked nicely until and unless you go to trekking in the winter. Then, you will need them as there will be much more snowfall and will also be easy for you while trekking. In other season, instead of Crampons, we recommend you to have Micro spikes as they are not heavy and you can carry it easily. Plus, Micro spikes are comparatively less expensive as well. And regarding the Ice axe, we will provide you with one if it is really necessary though it’s not that necessary, as we will know more about the size and shape along with light weighted one.

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