Manaslu Trek Via Tsum Valley - 21 days

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Price starting from $1,850
USD $ 1,750 per person
Duration
21 days
Max. Elevation
5106m
Group size
2-10
Level
MODERATE
Transportation
 private vehicle.
Best Season
March - May-September-November
Accomodation
 3*** Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals
 All the meal During the Manaslu and Tsum Valley  Trek 
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Jagat- Rachen gompa -Mu Gompa Namrung-Samagaon

Highlights

    • Explore the unique culture and tradition of Tibet origin people.
    •  Visit ancient monasteries.
    •  Dig into the pristine ecosystem.
    •  Amazing view of Mt Manaslu, Ganesh, Himchuli, and others.
    •  Wilderness hike to the vivid valley.
    •  Explore ancient form of Buddhist dialect, art, culture, and religion

Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek  With great pleasure, the Nepal Adventure pilgrimage offers you the Tsum Valley Trek, which is opened recently to foreigners in 2007. The most significant attribute of this trek is the high altitude, the Tibetan culture where locals still follow polyandry system and Bon religion. The Tsum Valley is enclosed by the Ganesh Himal to the south, Buddha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, and Sringi Himal to the North. It is believed that great Buddhist Guru Milarepa had once meditated in the mountain caves of this valley, so it is also known to be one of the eight sacred valleys (called Beyuls) in the inner Himalayas and home to a pilgrimage. Tsum is derived from the Tibetan word “Tsombo”, meaning vivid. As the name implies, its natural scenic views and richness in Tibetan culture, art and religion makes it a remarkable and vivid haven.


Only a few numbers of travelers have made it into this astounding valley, which used to be an important trade link with Tibet. As it is a remote destination, this divine valley has been untouched by mainstream peoples for generations which have resulted in the unique culture of this valley to be intact. The region once being part of Tibet looks totally different from what you will find elsewhere.  The general population of Tsum Valley or the Tsumbas belongs to Tibetan origin with their own antiquated type of lingo, society, art and religion.  On the way of this trip, you can have the traditional Tibetan tea (butter tea) and local meal. The Buddhist monks accompany the groups of trekkers.


Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek  has a long history of Buddhism and its path is covered with artistic Chortens and lined with Mani walls made of large number of stone slabs carved with deities and prayers. It consists of less steep climbing and more hiking. Overall Tsum Valley Trek is adventurous, it is not so difficult to pass and one can have the views of glorious mountain ranges. Walking beside Budi Gandaki River, the path follows beautiful forest, hilly villages and terraced fields. Additionally, you can experience glacial rivers, alpine forests and hospitable peoples on this trek. As you hike, you will pass these beautiful neighborhoods namely Jagat, Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa,   Philim and some other beautiful places where you can enjoy its serenity. Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek  is suitable for all kinds of trekkers. You can trek around March to May and August to November as it is considered the best season of the year for this trek.


Accommodation during Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek 

In the Manaslu trekking, every night the trekkers will stay in the local teahouse. Most of the teahouse is basic but comfortable. In the teahouse, you can find the common area for the relaxing, meals and others. You eat healthy and tasty food on the trekking tour. The trekkers stay warm and secure at overall the night.

Most of the people are choosing the Manaslu trekking tour for their vacation due to some reason such as less crowded, avoid the need for the domestic flights, trekking is remote and others. Manaslu is the eighth tallest peak across the world. It is located more than 8160 meters above sea level. In the trekking tour, you can see the wildlife, forest, small villages, river, and others. You no need to bring the food, tents and other to the trekking tour. The Manaslu trekking tour is affordable than the other trekking tour in Nepal.


Difficulty

The trekking in the Manaslu Region is fairly strenuous. The trekker's physical condition determines the difficulty of trekking in the Manaslu Region. Make sure you have some physical exercises before starting the trek! Increase your core strength by cardio workouts or jogging or maybe dancing too! The Manaslu Trek, which takes you through remote Himalayan communities, is one of Nepal's most difficult walks. It is an off-the-beaten-path trek in Nepal.



Can you do trekking in the  Manaslu Trek via Tsum Valley region  solo?

The Manaslu Circuit is not accessible to anyone who prefers to travel alone. You may have to save your Alexander Supertramp enthusiasm for another journey. A solo trekker has been limited by the authorities. A minimum of two people must be in a group with a guide. If you want to go the opposite way, you'll need a 'ghost' trekker permit (which will still require a foreign passport) and a guide (obviously). Restricted Area Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit are the other permissions you'll require



Required permit for Manaslu  and Tsum valley Trek 

Yes, you need a special permit to trek in the Manaslu and Tsum Valley region of Nepal. These permits are issued by the Nepali government and are required for all foreign trekkers.
In addition to the restricted area permit, trekkers are also required to obtain a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card, which costs USD $20 per person. The TIMS card is a registration card that helps to ensure the safety and security of trekkers in Nepal.
For the Tsum Valley Trek, you need to obtain a separate permit, called the Tsum Valley Special Permit, which costs USD $40 per person for the first week and USD $7 per day for each additional day. This permit is required for all trekkers entering the Tsum Valley Conservation Area.


The Manaslu Trek requires a restricted area permit, also known as a Manaslu Trek Permit, which costs USD $100 per person for the first week and USD $15 per day for each additional day. This permit is required for all trekkers entering the Manaslu Conservation Area.


It is important to note that both permits must be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal, and a licensed guide is also required for both treks.

Best Time for Manaslu and tsum Valley Trek

The best time to do the Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather is generally dry and stable, making for comfortable trekking conditions and good visibility of the stunning mountain scenery. In the spring season, the weather is generally warmer, and the rhododendron forests along the trail are in full bloom, making for a beautiful and colorful trekking experience. However, the trail can be quite crowded during this season, as it is a popular time for trekking in Nepal. In the autumn season, the weather is cooler, and the skies are generally clear, offering some of the best views of the Manaslu range and surrounding peaks. The trail is also less crowded during this time, making for a quieter and more peaceful trekking experience. It is possible to trek in the Manaslu and Tsum Valley region during the winter and monsoon seasons, but the weather can be unpredictable, and the trails may be more challenging to navigate.

Important Note


Trip Itinerary

Accommodation:3 Stars Hotel in Kathmandu 

Meals: Null

When you arrive at the Tribhuvan international airport terminal, our airport team will be there waiting to greet you. They'll assist you with your luggage and take you to your hotel. Once you've had some time to rest, we'll schedule a meeting with the core team members at our Nepal Adventure Pilgrimage office. Here, we'll introduce you to your trek leader and go over any final preparations needed for your upcoming journey. With the evening free, feel free to explore the lively streets of Thamel and pick up any last-minute items you may need.

Today, we start our sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley which includes the cultural heritage experiences including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Enjoy the artistic palace, culture, paintings, sculptures and a brief history of Nepal. Overnight at the hotel breakfast included.

Your Trekking guides will pick you up at 8:00 am. Then, we will start our 8 hours’ drive to Arughat. The first four hours to Dhading Besi, the district headquarters of Dhading (1050m), is on paved roads, but for the section to Arughat, we will be driving on a rougher surface. From Arughat we drive another 1.5 hrs to Soti Khola by public jeep. We will stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

After crossing the Machha River and Khrolabesi, we will pass through the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail follows a forested area until we cross Dovan Khola. We then make our way to Budhi Gandaki Valley. As the elevation increases, the scenery undergoes a complete transformation, with white sandy areas along the riverside. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

in Jagat, we have to complete the ACAP procedure. In the early part of our trek, we ascend over a rocky ridge to Salleri and descend to Sirdibas through the flat-level path. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge and climb up to Philim.  Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurungs. Philim valley is well known for its Japanese-made school and police station. Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley. We reach Chisopani.

Leaving Chisopani, we cross the gorge and walk for about half an hour, which offers a big and beautiful waterfall view. This day is challenging as it is an ascending path that stretches almost the entire route. Entering through the pine and rhododendron tree forest, we descend to the trail which leads us to Tsum Valley. En route, you can see the panoramic views of the Mountains. Continuing our walk, we pass through a small beautiful village called Lokpa. It is along the old trail route.


From Lokpa, we have to descend for half an hour up to Lungwa Khola and then climb on a zigzag trail for a further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons until we reach Gumlung. After crossing the Siyar Khola, we finally arrive at Chumling. It is the lower Tsum valley. Chumling is located on the south face of the Shingri Himal, from where we can see an eye-catching view of Shringi Himal. You can also visit the old Chumling Gompa and the stone streets of the village.

After breakfast at Chumling, we carry out our walk towards Chokhangparo by crossing the suspension bridge on the river’s opposite bank. The scenic views of the valley and views of Ganesh Himal amply compensate for today’s walk. Then we traverse through the rich farming land of maize and potatoes. The houses are classic Tibetan with barricades of firewood on the roof but without flat roofs, as it rains and snows here. Cross a huge slip where rocks and flood cleared the area even up onto the opposite bank, killing five in 1999, but is now covered with a forest of new trees.


Up the valley to the east are superb views of several of the 7000-7400m Ganesh Himal, of long suspension bridges on the opposite bank, and far above the perched village of Ripchet (2468m). Passing through Rainjam and crossing Serpu Khola, we climb for over two hours on well-graded but exposed track to upper Tsum and the join villages of Chokhangparo, stone houses with a few iron roofs nestled under cliffs. Chokhangparo is situated on flat land and consists of 2 settlements, Chokhang and Paro. If the weather permits, enjoy the views of Himalchuli (7893m) and Ganesh Himal (7140m). Some households practice polyandry down here. This area is prominent for its Tibetan Buddhist heritage.

We can also make a small visit and then cross the Shiyar Khola, pass through hamlets of Phurbe (3251m) and Pangdun (3258m) and pass an unusual round stupa before reaching the larger village of Chhule (3347m) through an impressive entrance gate. Then we continue walking through the well-managed villages Lar (micro hydropower), Phurbe, and Pangdun.

We leave the old historic Stupa of Buddha in a way crossing the village of Chhule. The children here all wear the Tibetan dressing gown called chubas, and there are many yaks. Heading upstream to cross the bridge and climb to Nile (pronounced Nee-lay). The Nile is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum valley. This area is massively deforested.

This village is situated on the banks of the Shiar Khola, and it consists of a large number of households. Both villages are in traditional style, including livestock compounds into the houses and sheltered verandahs for drying crops.

We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. This Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley.

Ah, I understand now. Trekking from Mu Gompa to Chumling is a popular hiking route in the remote Tsum Valley region of Nepal. Here's some information that might be helpful for planning your trek:

Distance: The distance from Mu Gompa to Chumling is approximately 14 kilometers (8.7 miles).

Trek duration: The trek can take anywhere from 5-8 hours depending on your pace and physical fitness level.

Difficulty: The trail is moderate to difficult, with steep ascents and descents, and some sections can be slippery and rocky.

Permits: You'll need to obtain a special trekking permit to enter the Tsum Valley region. You can get the permit from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or from a local trekking agency.

Accommodation: There are guesthouses and lodges available along the trekking route where you can stay overnight. However, it's recommended to carry a tent in case of overcrowding during peak season.

Best time to go: The best time to go trekking in the Tsum Valley region is from March to May and from October to November when the weather is dry and stable.

Highlights: The trek offers stunning views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, lush forests, and traditional Tibetan villages. Along the way, you'll also get to visit ancient monasteries and immerse yourself in the local culture.

I hope this information helps you plan your trek from Mu Gompa to Chumling. Enjoy your adventure!

The trek from Chumling to Deng is a popular route in the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal. It usually takes around 6-7 hours to complete and covers a distance of approximately 15 kilometers.

The trek starts in Chumling, which is located at an altitude of 2,386 meters above sea level. From here, the trail goes through a dense forest and follows the course of the Siyar Khola River. You will pass through several small villages, including Gho and Namrung, where you can stop for lunch or to take a break.

As you continue along the trail, you will gradually gain altitude, and the scenery will become more spectacular. You will cross several suspension bridges over the river, and the trail will become steeper as you climb higher. Finally, you will reach the village of Deng, which is situated at an altitude of 1,804 meters.

Deng is a small but charming village, surrounded by beautiful mountains and lush green forests. There are several teahouses in Deng where you can stay overnight, and it is a good place to rest and acclimatize before continuing on the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Today we will scramble steeply up onto a spectacular trail before descending to cross the river. We pass through some small settlements and then climb to an impressive valley. There we will encounter Mani stones (prayer stones) carved into wayside rocks – a sign that we are entering Tibetan territory. In the afternoon, we take a side excursion to the small settlement of Prok – a two hour round trip. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

We’ll pass the stone gate and the long Mani stone wall of the village of Lho, with an astounding view of Peak 29 ahead. You can take a side excursion to Pungen Glacier in order to get a very close up view of Manaslu from here. The trial follows a lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier towards Sama. It takes a further 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa for our night halt. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

This day has been set aside for acclimatization and you can opt for a full or half day walk. The full day walk is towards Manaslu Base Camp (approximately 6-7 hour round trip). Alternatively, there are half day walks either to the glacier across the valley or to Birendra Ta. Stay overnight at the guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

The Manaslu Circuit Trek now crosses grazing areas and gradually ascends the valley. Fantastic views of the mountains especially Manaslu are ahead of us as we reach Samdo (3860m), a Tibetan refugee village. This remote village is only a day’s walk from the Tibetan border. In the afternoon we will explore the village and surrounding hills. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

After crossing a couple of streams, we’ll reach the Larkya Bazaar. This is a village which thrived from trade with Tibet years ago. After a steady climb we will arrive at our lodge at 4450m. It is the last overnight before the pass. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

We will climb Cho Chanda and then slowly head uphill towards the steep snow covered pass. The panorama from the top is truly magnificent. You will see Himlung Himal (7126meter), Cheo Himal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981meters) and Annapurna II (7937meters). The descent is steep as we pass through moraines to Bhimphedi. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

With a gentle climb through paddy fields, we will head towards the small Karcha La pass. The trial descends through fig trees and rhododendron forests to Tilje. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).

This will be the last day on the trails. After waking up at Tilje, we head to Dharapani. The route descends so the trek should be easy. You will be trekking through many fields and pastures and arrive at Tilje - a large Gurung settlement. This village is famous for brandy. However, we continue forward passing several Mani walls to reach Thonje village and then enter Dharapani village. 




Today, we will be our last day on the road. After early morning breakfast, we leave Dharapani to Besishar on a local bus, which will approximately take about six to seven hours. The drive will be scenic as we will pass many villages, Marsyangdi River, Bhulbhule town, and Khudi. We should be reaching Besisahar before 3 pm to catch the last bus to Kathmandu. If we are late, we will have to extend a day in the itinerary. 

After catching a bus that takes us back to Kathmandu, on our way, we will see the Marsyagdi River meeting the Trishuli River, as we head east on the Prithivi Highway. The drive allows you to appreciate beautiful and natural scenery  over Night at Kathmandu.

Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Adventure Pilgrimage, will take you to the airport and bid you farewell. You will take with you wonderful memories of a truly outstanding experience

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Includes

    • Airport Pick up & Drop
    • Twin sharing deluxe accommodation at Kathmandu with breakfast
    • Welcome dinner with culture show.
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with Guide
    • Transportation/Private Vehicle
    • TUSM valley Permit 
    • Kathmandu to Soti Khola By Jeep 
    • Accommodation in tea house during trek
    • Trekking map Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking
    • All necessary paper work and special Permit.
    • A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide
    • (One Porter between each two clients while on trek)
    • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
    • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
    • All government taxes.

Doesn't Include

    • International AirfareNepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
    • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Entrance fee in KathmanduMedical evacuation in case of emergency.
    • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)Tips, any expenses of personal nature, clients insurance
    • Soft/hard drinks
    • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual
    • Anything not specified in cost include section

Complimentary

    • Welcome and Farewell Dinner at Nepalese Style Cultural Restaurant
    • Shopping assistance around Thamel
    • Any kinds of secretarial and clerical works

Incredible experience manaslu and tsum valley trek

We did the Mmanaslu and tsum valley trekin March 2023 and it was one of the best experiences we've ever had. The Trek itself is absolutely stunning. We found Nepal Adventure Pilgrimage Treks to be extremely well organized with great communication .The guides and porters used were of the highest quality with each having proper equipment and were all extremely attentive.I appreciated having a high level of fitness level and a lot of walking experience on this trek.Thanks to Anil and Nepal Adventure Pilgrimage Treks and Expedition for making our trip memorable.Great holiday operator. Highly recommend Nepal Adventure Pilgrimage Treks and Expedition.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You need More or less 2 weeks for Manaslu via Tsum Valley Trek  from Kathmandu to Kathmandu. But you can combine Manaslu Tsum valley Trek  within 3 week

Since Manaslu region is restricted trekking route, trekkers should have government registered guide and agency to obtain Manaslu region permits and trek.

If you are trekking only Manaslu circuit then you need Manaslu conservation area, Annapurna conservation area and Manaslu special permits. But if you prefer combining Tsum valley then you should have Tsum valley special permit as well. 

Yes, you can do tea house trek and you do not need to carry tents and mattress.

Apart from Gumpa Lungdang and Dharmasala you will have power all the places where you can charge your battery too. It will cost you more or less couple of dollar for full charge.

You can have Wi Fi few places such as Namrung, Lho, Samagaun, Bhimthang, Dharapni etc.

You have to walk 6/7 hrs (more or less 15 km) per day. But when you are above 3000 m then the distance will be shorter (more or less 10/12 km.)

You will have English speaking professional, experience, first aid trained and government registered certified local guide. They are mostly from all ethnic group of Nepal and picked from root of Himalaya region. We also offer language specific guides if needed such as French, Spanish, Italian etc.

March, April, May and September, October and November are the best time of the year. But you still can trek some other month as well. For further detail please contact us.

Trekkers can trek solo with a guide only after paying twice for special permit.

Yes, you can store with us and it will be safe.

Altitude symptoms are vomiting, fever, headache, nausea, dizzy, losing appetite, weakness, often waking, hard to breath, feeling too cold, diarrhea etc.

You do not need special course for Manaslu trek but if you have some hiking experience before visit Nepal, it will put you better position. Because the terrain of Nepal is quite rugged and challenging.


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Packing List

This Trek requires preparations and checklists of gears & equipment needed for the journey. It is always best to carry the essential clothing and accessories for the entire trek. We understand that you have your own preference for clothing but we recommend you to consult us before packing.

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (take an extra pair of thick light socks)
  • Essential gear
  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take a porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in high altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
  • Personal accessories
  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

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