AROUND MANASLU AND TSUM VALLEY TREK

21 Days | Round-Trip from Kathmandu

LEVEL: Hard

TYPE: Trekking

HIGHEST ELEVATION: 5,106m/16,75ft

Around Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek is approximately 3 week long walking around the world’s eight highest mountain, it offers spectacular views of towering snow-capped peaks, passing through gigantic stepladder along the Budhi Gandaki valley, leading to unspoiled and hugely varied countryside to the Tibetan villages in hidden Tsum Valley where both Milarepa and Guru Rinpoche are said to have visited.

The Buri Gandaki river flows from its origin in the Himalayan glaciers at the border with Tibet traverses southward seperating the Manaslu Himal from the Ganesh Himal to the east, creating deep light-excluding gorge, making the trek around Manaslu is harder than most in Nepal. The trek requires constantly climbs up to cross ridges and down on rough and steep trails, in a couple of places clinging to cliff faces. Tsum Valley section of the trek lies at altitudes above 3,000m used to be a restricted area until 2008, this place is a truly hidden gem of this region where century old Tibetan traditions prevail, the valley has an important Buddhist pilgrimage sites - the Milarepa’s cave, here the mountain views of the Ganesh Himal is spectacular. The higher section head north-weast towards Larkya La (5,125m) bring close-up view of the world’s eight highest peak - Manaslu Himal, the steeply climbs often through snow and ice toward to the top is described at one of the most dramatic pass crossings in the Himalaya. This trek brings both extremely trekking experience and culturally fascinating and referred to many as the best trekking route in Nepal.

Traditionally, most have started this long journey from the village of Arughat, however with roads are being built it is possible to cut the trail shorter by starting at Soti Khola as described in the itinerary below. The trek going through Manaslu Conservation area was badly affected by the 2015 earthquake, today trails are reopened but you’ll probably still come across some signs of the quake’s destruction. Trail snake around Manaslu Himal which ends in Dharapani where it connects with the Annapurna circuit trek. Few more days added to the itinerary is recommended as strikes can stop the transport or snowstorm in Larkya La means tracing the same route back to Soti Khola.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

➡ Follow the footsteps of salt trader to Tibet through unspoiled trail and huge varied countryside

➡ Witnessing sunrise over Mt Manaslu - eight highest peak in the world

➡ Discover the secret Tibetan villages in Tsum Valley where Milarepa and Guru Rinpoche are said to have visited

➡ Experience one of the most dramatic high pass crossing of the Larkya La 5,106m/16,75ft)

➡ Trails through differences landscape from rice terraces fields to lush forest with spectacular views of Manaslu Himal, Ganesh Himal and other snow-capped peaks.

+ See Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 2: sight seeing the living cultural museum of Kathmandu - Trip preparation, (B)

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft), 10 hours, (B)

Day 4: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m/3,051ft), 6 hours, (B/L/D)

Day 5: Trek From Machha Khola to Jagat (1,340m/4,396ft),7 hours (B/L/D)

Day 6: Trek From Jagat to Lokpa (2,240m/7,349ft), 5-6 hours (B/L/D)

Day 7: Trek Form Lokpa to Chumling (2,386m/7,828ft), 6-7 hours (B/L/D)

Day 8: Trek From Chumling to Chekampar (3,031m/9,944ft), 5 - 6 hours (B/L/D)

Day 8: Trek From Chekampar to Nile (3,361m/11,026ft), 5 - 6 hours (B/L/D)

Day 10: Day Trip to Mu Gompa (3,761m/12,339ft), 5 - 6 hours (B/L/D)

Day 11: Trek From Nile to Chekampar (3,031m/9,944ft), 6 hr (B/L/D)

Day 12: Trek From Chekampar to Chumling (2,386m/7,828ft), 6 - 7 hours (B/L/D)

Day 13: Trek From Chumling to Deng (1,860m/6,102ft), 7 hours (B/L/D)

Day 14: Trek From Deng to Namrung(2,630m/8,628ft) 8 - 9 hours (B/L/D)

Day 15: Trek From Namrung to Lho (3,157m/10,357ft) 4 hours (B/L/D)

Day 16: Trek From Lho to Samagauon (3,530m/11,581ft), 4 hours (B/L/D)

Day 17: Acclimatization Day in Samagauon (3,530m/11,581ft) (B/L/D)

Day 18: Trek From Sama Gaun to Samdo (3,865m/12,680ft) 4 hours (B/L/D)

Day 19: Samdo to Dharmasala (4,460m/14,632ft)4 hours (B/L/D)

Day 20: Trek From Dharmasala to Bimthang (3,590m/11,778ft), via larkya la (5,160m/16,929ft), 9 - 10 hours (B/L/D)

Day 21: Trek From Bimthang to Tilije (2,300m/7,545ft), 6 hours (B/L/D)

Day 22: Trek from Tilije to Dharapani (1,860m/6,102ft), 4 hours, then drive to Besishar 3 hours (760m/2,493ft), 4 hours (B/L/D)

Day 23: Drive to Kathmandu, 9 hours, (B)

Day 24: Reserve day

Day 25: Kathmandu Departure

Note:B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

 

Map

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Feauture Moment

On the way to Manaslu Base Camp

On the way to Manaslu Base Camp

Goat caravan passing suspension bridge in Manaslu Conservation Area

Goat caravan passing suspension bridge in Manaslu Conservation Area

Thick snow in Samdo (3,865m) - Manaslu Conservation Area

Thick snow in Samdo (3,865m) - Manaslu Conservation Area

Manaslu Himal eight highest peak in the world seen from Samagaeon

Manaslu Himal eight highest peak in the world seen from Samagaeon

Trekking Essentials

 

FAQS


+ What is included in the tour package?

INCLUDING:

  • Airport pickup/drop off and transportation described in itinerary
  • Doulbe/Twin Deluxe Room at 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Basic Twin Room at Mountain Lodge during trekking
  • Meals Described in Itinerary, 2 Cup of hot drinks per person Per day on trekking
  • Trekking permits: ACAP/MCAP and restricted area of Manaslu and Tsum Valley
  • Local English speaking guide who have many years experience with good trails knowledge can answer your questions during the trip. Basic first aid knowledge first aid kit provided.
  • Porters carrying a maximum of 20kg (Two guests share a porter). Guests who want extra kilograms we would like to collect $3/kg/day and money give directly to the porter.
  • Insurance for all employees
  • Top1Trekking support Before / During / After tour completion
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter Service (Urgent Case)

EXCLUDING

  • Personal expenses: City meals not included in the schedule, Mountain water heating fees, Electronic equipment charge, Telephone / Laundry / Water.
  • Tips for Feld staff (Referral Fee $ 7/1 day depending on level of satisfaction)
  • Horseback riding (if needed) - Rates range from $ 50 to $ 100 per day, depending on the hour.
  • VISA Entry visa to Nepal ($25/40/100) for (15 days/1 month/3 months)
  • Travel insurance covers medical evacuation costs in the event of an emergency

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+ When is the best time to do Manaslu And Tsum Valley Trek

Manaslu And Tsum Valley Trek is Basic tea house trekking which can be done in Spring time (Mar-May) when rhododendron blooming in many places give this trip an extra appeal, in Autumn (Sep-Dec) sky are generally clear with outstanding views.

+ How much physically fit should you be for Manaslu And Tsum Valley Trek

You should be fit as the trail is harder than most of other trek in Nepal, we will be hiking 4–10 hours per day and some day ascents/descents on steep mountainous terrain at elevations ranging from 1,070m/3,510ft to a maximum of 5,160m/16,929ft at Larkya la Some days will be rest days with optional hikes to properly acclimatize.

+ Am I likely to get Altitude Sickness?

YES, The trek reach to the height above 5,000m so almost you can feel slightly symptoms. Altitude Sickness is the effect of altitude on those who ascent too rapidly to elevations above 3,000 meters and it does not related to fitness level or age. The basic early symptoms of altitude sickness are headache, loss of appetite and sleeplessness and you should not ignore any symptoms. GO SLOWLY, listen to your body, be aware of any symptoms and listen to your guide.

+ Do I need a travel insurance?

Yes, Travel insurance is highly recommended which should cover emergency flights, medical expenses, pricing between 50$ to 75$ for two weeks period and more for longer period, "dangerous activities" should also be mentioned in document. Send the insurance paper to us before the trip so we can assist you in case of emergency.

+ What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

Trekking in the mountain for long time may have small accidents so we prepare our First-Aid set and our guide pass first-aid level I trainning.

+ Is it safe to drink water?

No, it is not safe to drink water directly from the source draining from the mountain, buying mineral water from lodges or bring your water purification tools or tablets to help saving conserve our environment. We will offer free water tablets during the trek

+ How to pack for the trek?

High in Himalayas mountain, the weather changes very quick sometimes it is extremely hot under the sun and other time it changes to cold and windy so the more layers the better. Clothes are easy to get out or wear is a good choice. See DETAIL

+ Do I need to carry sleeping bag?

Yes, it is better to bring sleeping bag as tea house room does not keep warm enough when the temprature drop down. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day.

+ Does crampons is required for the trek?

Crampons are not necessary. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.

+ Will we be using tents and mattresses for the trek?

No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

+ How about Accommodation?

Basic Tea Houses (Lodges) trail are established in this region with private room, some are in certain level of comfort while others maybe dirty, remember to bring your own sleeping bag for a good night sleep. The dining room is downstairs and often have fire during cold weather, toilet facilities will be separate, sometimes outside.

+ Where can I leave my stuff before the trek?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

+ What kind of food can I expect?

Most Tea House in Manaslu Trek offer a good range of dish: Pasta, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season). But In area Of Tsum Valley is All Local Food Hot drinks like chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks.

+ Who will be my guide?

On local guide can speak English who have been to the relevant areas numerous times, are experienced, knowledgeable who can explain about trails, cultural and any sight that catches your eye. They are all authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

+ Do I need porters for the trek?

Depending on your personal interest. Hiring porters allow enjoying your trek without carrying a heavy bag and improving the income of the local community. Help us to keep an eye on your porters just as he will keep an eye on you.

+ How much can a porter carry?

On average a porter can carry 20kg of your gear and equipments and 5kg of their own backpacks. Every extra kg we will charge 3$/kg/day and the money should give directly to porter.

+ Are Guides/Porters are well-taken care?

Yes, our guides/porters have insurance covered, have proper waterproof clothing and shoes.

+ What is your suggestion of customized itinerary?

After we arrived at Besishar, we can drive to Pokhara in 5 hours Pokhara, a scenic city with beautiful lake side views is a good destination to relax your legs after the long trek, there are plenty activities here to keep you busy.

Kathmandu is rich in cultural therefore if you fond of visiting religious sight you can extend few more days to visit some of UNESCO heritage within the valley such as the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath Nepal's largest buddhist stupa

 

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