Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum valley and Manaslu Trek
  • Duration 20 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max. Altitude 5,106 metres (16,752 ft),
  • Trip Start Kathmandu
  • Trip End Kathmandu
  • Trip Area Manaslu and Tsum Valley
  • Nature of Trip Eco Friendly
  • Major Activities Crossing Larkya la Pass, Day Trip to Manaslu Base Camp,
  • Best Season Autumn (September-November) and Spring (March-May)

Highlights

  • Samagaun a picturesque village surrounded by mountains with an ancient monastery. 

  • Mu Gompa is a monastery perched on a hilltop with sweeping valley views. 

  • Larke Pass, the highest point at 5,106 meters, with breathtaking vistas in all directions

  • The adventure begins from Kathmandu to Machha Khola through the beautiful landscape.

  • Enjoy exploring the vignettes, avalanches, Budhi Gandaki Valley, and other beautiful natural sceneries.

  • Experience the excitement of trekking across several suspension bridges running over critical Rivers in Nepal.

  • Explore the culture of Tsum living among Buddhists who are well-versed in Tibetan traditions.

  • Visit religious places, such as monasteries, stupas, and numerous other sacred places.

  • You will be awed by the stunning panoramas of tall peaks like Ganesh, Baudha, Manaslu, Hinchuli, and others.

  • Explore Tibetan borders rarely visited by others in Nepal and discover hidden treasures.

Major highlights of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek 20 Days include:

Mount Manaslu

Towering at 8,163m, Mount Manaslu dominates the landscape. Catch sunrise and sunset glows on its snow-capped summit from your guesthouse. The valley is also home to Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal, and Shringi Himal, surrounding you with a 360-degree panorama of peaks. 

Ancient Buddhist Heritage 

Discover ancient Buddhist gompas, chortens, and mani walls. Tsum Valley was once part of the Tibetan Kingdom, and remnants of its Buddhist culture remain. Visit Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in the region, housing 300 monks. Or hike to Piren Phu Cave, a historic pilgrimage site where Guru Rinpoche meditated. 

Picturesque Villages 

Trek through charming villages like Chhokangparo, Chhule, and Chumling, with traditional stone and wood houses. Smiling locals, known for their hospitality, will welcome you into their homes for a cup of Tongba, a millet-based alcoholic drink.

Rare Wildlife Sightings 

You may spot Himalayan tahr, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, and the elusive snow leopard in their natural habitat. Over 200 bird species inhabit the valley, including the striking Himalayan monal. 

Trekkers who are into adventure and have been lured to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas for decades might feel Manaslu Tsum Valley is their dream destination. Located in the remote corner of Mid-Western Nepal, it is one of the untouched treasures on the earth.

Prayer flags are seen flying away under the sun, yaks feed on grassy plains, and monks sing in old temples, which brings value to this region.

You are in for a treat when you start the journey through the Tsum Valley! Snow-capped peaks pierce the blue sky, whereas dense forests of fir and rhododendrons enrich forested hillsides.

You will listen only to the whizzing of the streams, the chirping of the birds, and the trampling of feet on crooked pathways. Spend nights at teahouses and homestays, enjoying dal bhat within the community while people teach you about Nepalese culture.

The Tsum Valley trails were opened for traverse in 2007 AD; therefore, the mystic nature of this trail makes it appealing. Trekkers will benefit from this by being entirely submerged in antiquity's culture, history, and tradition. This trail boasts the jewel of scenic and variety of wilderness. The trail will give you breathtaking views of the snow-covered mountains from different angles.

However, the Manaslu Himal towers above 8000m, the world's eighth-highest peak. Himal Chuli, Buddha Himal, Shringi Himal, and Ganesh Himal also seem pretty magnificent. Your exciting journey shall lead you to 5213 meters Larke La Pass, the summit of this trek. Trekkers must also be well-prepared for crossing other natural terrain.

The Bhotia and Sherpa have few followers, while the Gurungs constitute a great part of the ethnic group. Tibetan Buddhism is one of the most important religions, with ancient religious monuments such as Gompas, Choetens, etc. Local belief holds that Milarepa and Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche) once lived and meditated in the Tsum Valley caves.

Manaslu Tsum Valley will satisfy the search for excitement you provided. Put on your pack, strap in your shoes, and explore one of the final unspoiled pockets of the Himalayas landscape. You could look for majestic beauty and human warmth when venturing into this Buddhist region in Nepal.

Overview of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek 20 Days

The Manaslu Tsum Valley trek offers stunning scenery and an authentic cultural experience. This secluded region of Nepal opened to tourism only recently, so it retains an untouched feel. 

The Manaslu-Tsum Valley trek starts by admiring a beautiful drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. The trail is breathtaking as it goes through enchanting hill scenery, offering a panorama of what's beyond. We then embark on a journey starting at Sotikhola and taking us through Machhakhola. Along our way, the elevation increases, passing through Jagat, Chumling, and Chekampar day by day.

The trek moves farther into the more remote regions by heading Nile-Chule at 3361 meters. Later, we go up to Mu Gompa, 3710 meters above sea level. Our day's rest area is in Mu Gompa, with many investigation grounds revealing rich cultural knowledge.

Next, we head to Chekampar, Chumling, and Deng from Mu Gompa. We explore Namrung(2630m), Lho 3180m and Samagaun(3500m) on consecutive days. Our next destination is Samagaon, after which we go through Samdo at 3,860 meters and Dharamsala at 4,480 meters.

We move from Dharamsala into the arduous Larke Pass, reaching it at 5213m. Then we arrive at Bimtang, which is at 3720m. Then we descend to Bimtang, and Dharapani, where our trip ends. 

The people of Tsum Valley follow Tibetan Buddhism, and you'll encounter many stupas, chortens, and mani walls during the trek. The secluded villages offer a glimpse into a traditional way of life rarely seen elsewhere.

While challenging, the rewards of this trek are immense. The stunning scenery, cultural insights, and chance to experience an untouched Himalayan valley make this a journey you'll never forget. With basic teahouse lodging and meals along the way, you can focus on soaking in this majestic place's solitude and natural splendor.

Is Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Right For You? 

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is an exciting journey for moderately physically fit people who want to explore new places. This trek does not require specialized skills, nor is one compelled to have vast trekking experiences as required in some climbing or hard mountain expeditions.

Most anybody with a basic fitness level can undertake this Himalayan trek, provided they are prepared well in advance. Although there is no specific age limit, it would be advisable for children under ten and those older than 70 about this hike being high up in the air.

Adventure Altitude Treks offers unparalleled support throughout this trek. The guides and crew ensure your comfort and safety, and you can easily communicate with them in case of any problems. The trek has different levels, which allows for a pace within the appropriate time frames relative to one's fitness level.

Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek is attractive because of its different scenery. The backdrop comprises majestic mountain vistas, calm rivers, and beautiful green hills. This will enable trekkers to witness the beauty of the Silver Mountains at dawn and catch a glimpse of the captivating sunsets behind the hills, all providing photo opportunities.

The trek is also adventurous, offering difficult trails, mountain passes, and suspension bridges across glacier rivers. It is a great journey through the Himalayas, less traveled.

The trek is steeped with cultural flavor. The local settlements, monasteries, and cultural landmarks reflect the region's unique heritage. It is interesting to involve the local community together, following experienced trekking guides, so that the experience gains a deeper meaning. 

Trekkers plunge into the spiritual realm of the Himalayas as they pass through paths filled with prayer Prayer wheels, chortens, and other cultural aspects. Hiking timed with the autumn peak season gives you a real taste of the village life, complete with farming and livestock keeping. 

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek 20 Days Cost 

A local trekking company, Adventure Altitude Treks, offers the Tsum Valley trek at a price starting from US$900 up to US $1195. The Tum Valley trek cost depends on the group you travel to and the services you want.

The mentioned package fee includes transport, a guide, a porter, hotels, food accommodation, and hiking permit facilities. However, the cost excludes personal expenses, travel insurance, Tips for guide and porter. 

Itinerary
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  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time930 m / 3,051 ft

Location: Maccha Khola 

Machha Khola Altitude: 930 m / 3,051 ft

Duration: 9 hrs

On the first day of your adventure on the Manaslu Trek with Tsum Valley, you'll start from Kathmandu Valley and go to Machha Khola, 930 meters above sea level.

You’ll enjoy the sights of terrace fields, mountains, and rivers as you travel 9 hours from Kathmandu to Machha Khola. This scenic drive will take you through places like Dhading Besi and Arughat.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time1340 m /4396 ft 

Location: Jagat

Jagat Altitude: 1340 m /4396 ft 

Trek Time: 6 hrs

Today, we will trek to Jagat, located at 1400 meters. The route is beautiful, with breathtaking views and landscapes. A short walk will take us to Kholabesi before a journey to Tato Pani—a natural hot spring. After that, we will cross a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River, go through Dobhan village, and cross a bridge over Yaru Khola until we get to Jagat. This trek takes around 6 hours to reach Jagat from Machha Khola.

Upon reaching Jagat, we will be accommodated at a tea house overnight.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time2240 m / 7349 ft 

Location: Lokpa

Lokpa Altitude: 2240 m / 7349 ft 

Trek Time: 5 hrs

On the third day of our Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, we will start our trek from Jagat to Lokpa Village at (2240 m / 7349 ft) above sea level. Jagat is a place from where you begin your journey. Some of the major landmarks we need to pass through are a long suspension bridge above the Buddha Gandakhi and walking to Philim.

Following a short climbing period, we are now in Ekle Bhatti before establishing ourselves in Lokpa Village. The route on the right-hand side heads towards the Tsum Valley, with spectacular views on the way to Lokpa Village.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time2386 m / 7828 ft 

Location: Chumling 

Chumling Altitude: 2386 m / 7828 ft 

Trek Time: 5 hrs

Today, we will be reaching Chumling at 2,386 meters above sea level from Lokpa Village. Our day starts with breakfast early in the morning and a journey that takes around 4 to 5 hours to reach Chumling.

The journey from Lhokpa also showcases stunning views of Baudha Himal and Ganesh Himal VI. Along the way, you'll traverse Syar Khola and a Rhododendron forest before reaching Chumling, where you'll spend the night.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time3031 m / 9944 ft

Location: Chekampar

Chekampar Altitude: 3031 m / 9944 ft

Trek Time: 6 hrs

Today, we will hike to Chekampar from Chumling, one of the parts of the Tsum Valley. After leaving Chumling, we shall ascend a zigzag uphill trail, passing through landscapes of pine and rhododendrons and descending through some wild forest trails along the stream crossings and even using a suspended bridge leading us to Chekampar. As we continue, you’ll gaze at views of the Ganesh and Baudha Himal ranges in Dumje.

As we descend in altitude, we will arrive at Rainjam along with Sarphuchulha, an affluent of Shringi Himal. From Gho to the upper Tsom valleys, the trail becomes steeper for two and a half hours.e The rest of the day will be spent in Chhekampar and Chekamparo. This region is marked with interesting slate chortens of unique dwellings, stone apartments under the cliffside, and large corn, potato, buckwheat, barley, and maize areas.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time3361 m / 11026 ft

Location: Nile

Nile Altitude: 3361 m / 11026 ft

Trek Time: 6 hrs

The sixth day of our Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek will take us through Shikhar Khola, Ngakyu Leru, and Lama Gaun. Lamagon is another starting point, this time to the nearby Pigeon Cave of St. Milarepa Piren Phu Cave. Finally, you will encounter a suspension bridge across the Shiar River and the Nile.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time3700 m | 12,139 ft

Location: Nile

Nile Altitude: 3700 m | 12,139 ft

Today, we will head towards a nearby attraction, Mu Gompa, in the Nile. After a warm breakfast early in the morning, we will start walking through the highlands via the Tibetan border trail (the climax of Tsum Valley). The remote trail features some difficult way through mountainous pasturelands of wild yaks.

Mu Gompa monastery is located after a short trek where Chortens and mani walls surround it. Upon reaching Mu Gompa, we can cherish the beauty of Buddhism and visit Dhephu Doma Gompa nearby.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time3031 m / 9944 ft

Location: Chekampar

Chekampar Altitude: 3031 m / 9944 ft

Trek Time: 5 hrs

Today, we will hike towards Chekampar village, where we previously have been. Standing 3031 meters above sea level, Chekampar village attracts numerous tourists with its open view of the Himalayas.

To reach Chekampar from the Nile, we must traverse a suspension bridge that leads us to the Pigeon Cave of St. Milarepa Piren Phu. After crossing the remote landscapes, we will finally reach Chekampar, where we will stay overnight at a tea house.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time2386 m / 7828 ft 

Location: Chumling 

Chumling Altitude: 2386 m / 7828 ft 

Trek Time: 5 hrs

On the ninth day of the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek, we will start our journey from Chekampar. Walking through the remote trail of rocky terrains, we will first reach Domje and Ripchet. The trek is around 5 hours, and the trail is remote and downhill. It is recommended to have a pair of sturdy hiking boots for your comfort.

To reach Chumling, we will traverse a dense forest of oak and rhododendron trees alongside the landscapes touched by wilderness. Upon reaching Chumling, we will stay at a local tea house overnight.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time1860 m / 6102 ft

Location: Deng 

Deng Altitude: 1860 m / 6102 ft

Trek Time: 6 hrs

We have already completed the ninth day of our Manaslu trekking through Tsum Valley. On the tenth day, we will start hiking from Chumling to Deng, which takes around six to seven hours. First, we will head towards Lokpa village, following the trail on Shair Khola bank. 

Afterward, we will hike from the Budi Gandaki suspension bridge, cut an extremely narrow ravine where it is still possible to go along with it downwardly through a hollow valley, cross another suspension bridge leading right to Nupri, walk through a bamboo forest and end up arriving to Dèng.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time2630 m / 8628 ft

Location: Namrung 

Namrung Altitude: 2630 m / 8628 ft

Trek Time: 6 hrs

On the eleventh day of the Manalsu Trek with Tsum Valley, we head for Namrung from Deng Village. The first point in our daily route is to climb to the village of Rana Village and walk up to Bhimphedi at an altitude of 2130 meters. Then, we will proceed towards Serong Khola to Ghap. The scenery from here is undeniable as it offers picture-perfect views of the snow-covered mountains and traditional village with hospitality.

We will then go down a steep valley of bamboo and Rhododendron until we reach Namrung Village, where we will stay overnight at a local tea house.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time2957 m / 9701 ft

Location: Lho 

Lho Altitude: 2957 m / 9701 ft

Trek Time: 4 hrs

Today, our main motive is to reach Lho Village, which takes around 4 hrs from Namrung. We will follow the trail aside from the Budi Gandaki River. First, we will reach a settlement called Lihi, around one hour from Namrung.

We follow the green terraced fields and forests rich in natural vegetation as we hike uphill through the Buddhist settlement. After a few walks, we will reach Lihi and Sho Village, where we can find a series of chortens, mani walls, and prayer flags.

From Lho, it only takes around an hour-long walk to reach Lho Village, where we will be staying at a tea house.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time3530 m / 11581 ft 

Location: Sama Gaun

Sama Gaun Altitude: 3530 m / 11581 ft 

Trek Time: 4 hrs

From Lho Village, we push ourselves towards Sama Gaun on the thirteenth day of the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. We will start our journey from the right side of the river bank and reach Shyala Village in a short hour.

As we hike uphill, we will be welcomed by the stunning mountains of Phungi, Himal Chuli, and Manaslu. The region is very rich in Buddhist culture. One of the major landmarks is Sama Gaon Monastery, which carries an ancient Buddhist significance.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time4800m and 4050m

Manaslu Base Camp Altitude: 4800m

Pungyen Gompa Altitude: 4050m

We will focus on resting and acclimatizing in Sama Gaun on the fourteenth day. Since we are already 3530 meters above sea level, we must ensure that our body adjusts properly at such altitudes. 

Acclimatization becomes vital for replenishing physical energy and stamina after a lengthy trek from Lho to Sama Gaun. Here are some tips to acclimatize yourself in Sama Gaun:

  • Gradual ascent: Hike high, sleep low.

  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water.

  • Maintain a balanced diet: Eat nutritious food.

  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.

  • Ensure adequate rest and sleep.

  • Consider medication like Diamox for altitude sickness prevention.

  • Familiarize yourself with altitude sickness symptoms.

  • Stay warm.

  • Monitor oxygen levels.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time3865 m / 12680 ft 

Location: Samdo 

Samdo Altitude: 3865 m / 12680 ft 

Trek Time: 3 hrs

Today is one of the shortest hikes in the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. The average duration of today’s hike is around 3 hours from Sama Gaun to Samdo.

We will start our journey early in the morning and head towards Samdo through the rocky terrain. Nearby is a Kongma Kharka, one of the high-altitude pasturelands. 

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner

On day 16, we will acclimatize for the second time during our Manaslu Tsum Valley trek. To thrive at high altitudes, ensure you're physically fit. On the third day, take a full day to acclimatize in Samdo; feel free to explore nearby. Stay well-hydrated, eat adequately, and rest at a tea house for the day.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time4460 m / 14632 ft 

Location: Dharamsala 

Dharamsala Altitude: 4460 m / 14632 ft 

Trek Time: 4 hrs

From Samdo, we must traverse rocky terrain to reach Dharmasala on Day 17. First, we reach Larkya Bazaar from Samdo, which takes around an hour. From there, we push ourselves towards Dharmasala.

This section might be technical in the winter since the snowfall makes the trail very slippery and challenging. But during other times, it is easier to traverse this section. It takes around 4 hours to reach Dharmasala from Samdo. We will stay at a tea house after reaching the spot.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time3590 m / 11778 ft, 5,106 m / 16,752 ft) 

Location: Bimthang 

Bimthang Altitude: 3590 m / 11778 ft

Larkya La Pass: 5,106 m / 16,752 ft) 

Trek Time: 10 hrs

On the eighteenth day, we head towards Larkya La Phedi and Larkya La Pass. Later, we will descend toward Bimthang. First, we reach Larkya Phedi, from where we start climbing one of the high-altitude passes in Nepal, Larkya La Pass, at 5,106 meters above sea level. After that, we set back towards Larkya Phedi again.

We will proceed on a difficult trail to Bhimtang (3720 m) after spending some time at Larkya La Phedi.

This section covers four crossed lakes, followed by an ascend of steep pass. However, amidst this hardship, their beauty will be a calming and curative experience. After that, you will pass on a grassy moraine and a small hamlet to Bhimtang.

  • AccommodationTea Houses
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time1970 m / 6463 ft 

Location: Dharapani 

Dharapani Altitude: 1970 m / 6463 ft 

Trek Time: 7 hrs

Bimthang to Dharapani is a long journey of 7 hours and passes through several settlements. Starting our journey from Bimthang, we will catch a remote trail that descends towards Yak Kharka. We will traverse Hampuk village before reaching Yak Kharka and then walk towards Kharche.

From Kharche, we must embark on a short hike towards Gho and Tilije before reaching Dharapani. Though the hike is physically challenging, the beautiful vistas of Himlung Himal, Manaslu, and others will soothe our journey.

  • AccommodationHotels
  • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Altitude/Time1300 m / 4265 ft 

Location: Kathmandu

Kathmandu Altitude: 1300 m / 4265 ft 

Drive Time: 10 hrs

It’s the last day of our Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. We will catch a jeep from Dharapani to Kathmandu on the twentieth day. The total drive duration is 10 hours, so be ready with your essentials on the jeep. 

After reaching Kathmandu, you will be escorted to your respective hotels for an overnight stay.

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Cost Details
What's Included
  • Private vehicle airport pickup and drop.
  • ACAP, MCAP, Manaslu, and Tsum Valley Special Permit.
  • Duffel bag for trekking gear, sleeping bag, and down jacket(to be returned after the trek).
  • Government Liscened Trekking Guides (English Speaking)
  • Medical kit bag 
  • Guides with eco training and first aid).
  • Facilities for Guides (Food, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation, etc.)
  • Trekking Accommodations and Meals
  • Three-time meals like in the morning (Breakfast), afternoon (Lunch), and evening (Dinner) during in the trekking period.
  • Drive to Machha Khola from Kathmandu.
  • Tourist service charge, VAT
  • Farewell dinner
What's Excluded
  • International airfare and Nepal visa
  • Travel insurance (Recommended)
  • Farewell dinner may be excluded, but lunch and dinner would be included in Kathmandu.
  • If you prefer having a porter, Porter will carry your luggage during the Trek and charge US$ 360 per porter (Two trekkers should take one porter because one porter can carry a maximum weight of 25 kilograms).
  • Expenses for personal purposes such as all types of drinks, beverages, hot showers, gifts, shops, and many others.
  • Tips for Guides porters (expected toward the end of the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek)
Dates & Price
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Useful Info

Things to Remember 

Best Time to Go To Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Spring (March to May)

The stable months from March to May are the most popular trekking season in the Manaslu Tsum Valley. During these months, you can expect stable weather with no chance of snowfall and rainfall, allowing you to enjoy the scenic views fully. 

Temperatures start to moderate, making it more comfortable for trekkers to embark on the journey. The spring season falls between March and May, so be prepared for stunning views of the snow-capped mountains and surroundings.

The spring season also brings the rhododendrons and wildflowers into full bloom. It comes just before the monsoons, offering clear skies and crisp weather.

Autumn (September to November) 

For a more adventurous experience, consider trekking in the Autumn from September to November. You can expect moderate temperatures and fewer chances of rainfall and snowfall. The trails will be crisp and dry, making it easier to navigate.

Accommodations and facilities along the way are unlimited. Similarly, the magnificent views of snow-capped peaks provide a stunning platform for those who are photography geeks.

The Manaslu Tsum Valley trek can be done year-round, but the best times are from March to May and September to November when the weather is pleasant, wildflowers are in bloom, and crowds are smaller. Wherever you go, be prepared for a variety of conditions. 

Pack proper gear, check on the latest weather and trail conditions, and follow an experienced guide. The rewards of venturing into this majestic region will make any challenges faced along the way worthwhile. 

How Difficult Is the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek? 

The Manaslu Tsum Valley trek can be challenging, but the rewards of stunning scenery and cultural encounters make the effort worthwhile. As with any high-altitude trek, the thinning air and steep ascents and descents require a good fitness level. However, the trail is non-technical, so no special skills or equipment are needed.

The trek reaches a maximum altitude of 5,106 m (16,752 ft) at Larkya La pass, so altitude sickness is a risk. Go slowly, stay hydrated, and be alert for symptoms. The trail sometimes follows narrow cliff edges, but no ropes or ladders are used. Trekking poles will help with balance and reduce knee strain. 

This trek is considered "moderate to strenuous" in difficulty. You can handle the challenges if you exercise regularly and are comfortable hiking 6-8 hours a day. But don't underestimate the effects of altitude. Take time to acclimatize, with an extra rest day built into your itinerary. 

Things To Consider 

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Permits

Having permits to trek in the Manaslu Conservation Area would be best. It's best to arrange these through a trekking agency in Kathmandu before you set out. Three permits are required for this trek. They are:

  • Manaslu Restricted Area Permit
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)

You must obtain these permits to ensure smooth travel through the captivating Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley. The Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (MRAP) costs $70 per person but an additional $10 every week after the one-week duration (September to November). It is for fifty dollars per person from December through August at seven more additional dollars weekly after that time.

Similarly, the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit costs around NRs. 3000 per person. The cost of an Annapurna Area Permit is also NPR 3,000, which translates to approximately USD 22. Besides that, you can buy yourself a TIMS card at the Kathmandu Tourism Board, costing NPR 2000. Make the journey hassle-free through the acquisition of necessary licenses.

To obtain these required permits for Manaslu Tsum Valley, you need to provide an application that includes a photocopy of the trekker's passport, a valid visa, a guarantee of tax clearance certificate by the trekking agency, a list of the trekker's name, insurance documents on the guide and staff, among others of tax. You can get it from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu.

Guides and Porters

Having guides and porters for the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is important for a better and safer trip. After cases of missing and maimed trekkers in remote areas in Nepal, the government implemented a new law effective from 1st April 2023 to hire a guide compulsorily. This effort seeks to enhance trekker's safety in new landscapes. 

Before embarking on this trek, one must have a certified guide who will act as the navigator. Guides have more local knowledge than anyone and can offer knowledgeable insights regarding local people, traditions, cultural traits, and the history of the Manaslu region. Depending on professionalism and added services, they usually charge between $25-$35 a day.

Considering the length of this trip, porters are also crucial. A porter is essential in carrying all the needed gear as it could be a problem for one person to undertake this exercise. Trekkers would be able to appreciate the scenery of the Manaslu region, engage culturally, and socialize with local residents. They have porters that cost around twenty to thirty dollars a day, depending on how knowledgeable they can carry the weighty items.

Altitude Sickness

Be worried about altitude sickness, as you are going to an overpass of 5000 meters at sea level. Altitude sickness is a normal phenomenon in the Manaslu trek. However, they can be prevented with various measures.

First of all, make sure that you are aware of the signs of altitude sickness.   Note that it may be normal or critical. This involves symptoms such as headache, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, tiredness, dizziness, and many more. If, for example, your case is critical, then you need to be rescued.

The following are some remedies that help to avoid altitude sickness.

  • Always take heavy meals.
  • Staying constantly hydrated.
  • Avoid alcohol at higher elevations.
  • Climb slowly at your pace.
  • Relax, take it easy, and prepare for the toughness mentally.

Accommodations and Foods

Manaslu Tsum Valley is a tea house trek. Although this is a rural location, the accommodation services on the routes are of the standard variety.

The accommodation matters greatly because lodges are not fancy along this trek. However, this place has basic facilities for fulfilling the necessary needs. You will find tea houses and lodges along the trails, where you'll spend your nights during the trek.

These accommodations have different amenities. The simple room has a warm blanket, clean pillows, and a bed.

It's good to carry along a sleeping bag in high-altitude places. Another essential part of Nepalese cuisine comes into play, offering standard meals consisting of rice, vegetables, lentil soup, pulses, and spinach.

Dal Bhaat is one of the traditional foods that are usually consumed here. The choice might be wider during a break in the teahouse when you are below four thousand meters but less as you move upward.

There are different food options for breakfast, including bread, tea, coffee, and others. Similarly, you can get hot beverages such as mint tea, herbal tea, garlic soup, or noodle soup.

During the journey, you can also carry some snacks, such as protein bars and chocolate bars, since they enhance the energy levels required for this journey.

Wifi and Network Connectivity

You may be surprised that some parts of Manaslu have wifi/network connections. Nowadays, it is possible to connect with your friend while going through the Himalayas. Regarding the wifi, only Lokpa has access, which is also the starting point of Tsum Valley. Besides, Lokpa, you won't see the Internet world anymore but have peace with nature inside.

Nevertheless, wireless internet (Wifi) is accessible all over the Circuit area except for some areas such as Dharmasala. You'd be surprised by how nice wifi is down here until you reach Lho.

However, beyond Lho, satellite wifi covers only daytime between 7 am—7 pm. It may also fail in times when the weather is worse. You will also find wifi after crossing Larke La. Mobile networks in the Manaslu region became possible thanks to Nepal Telecom.

They finished this project at the beginning of January 2022. Today, you remain linked up while using Cellular Data as well.

Packing lists

When going for the Manaslu Circuit with the Tsum Valley trek, you must pack your essentials accordingly because this is quite a lengthy trip. Let's make it short: we have made a list of gear and equipment for your convenient trek:

Clothing

  • Neck buff or bandana
  • A brimmed hat or cap
  • Down jacket
  • Windcheater
  • Warm hat
  • Rain jacket or raincoat
  • Inner thermal wear
  • Gloves (inner and outer)
  • Sports bra (for women)
  • T-shirts
  • Sports bra (for women)
  • Hiking pants, Hiking boots, Hiking Socks
  • Gaiters
  • Undergarments

Travel Equipment and Accessories

  • Trekking poles
  • Sunglasses or Goggles
  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlamps
  • Crampons or Microspikes
  • Backpack (30l-50l)
  • Water bottles
  • Miscellaneous Items
  • Portable charger/ Powerbank
  • Water filter
  • Multi-tool
  • USB type C adapter
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Camera
  • Snacks/Dry fruits/Chocolate
  • First-Aid kit
  • Medications

Toiletries

  • Toilet paper
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Detergent
  • Soap and shampoo
  • Moisturizer cream
  • Women's tampons and sanitary pads (Tampons).
  • Lightweight towel
  • Sunblock cream
  • Nail Clippers

Tips to Consider

Do your research

It is important to learn as much as possible about the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek to know how to be prepared. Browse through guidebooks, blogs, and videos of other hikers. There is limited information about the Tsum Valley as it was only recently open to tourism. Therefore, there may not be a wealth of data available. Expect basic infrastructure at the guesthouse.

Choose a trekking agency.

Local agencies will be very useful in hiring because of the place's remoteness and basic facilities. They will handle permits, guides, porters, accommodation, and transport. Look at reviews to identify a service provider committed to sustainable tourism whereby employees are treated fairly.

Pack essential gear

Get standard trekking gear like hiking boots, layers, sleeping bags, etc. There are quite low quantities of goods available in the valley; hence, bring some extras. Essentials include:

• For steep and rocky terrain.

• Potable water is scarce, so use water filters and/or purification tablets.

• Electricity is very limited, so chargers and portable chargers will be used.

• Some basic medicines and a first aid kit for any emergency.

• Examples include nuts, granola bars, and all types of dried fruit.

• Provides a map of the area for when there is no phone or GPS services.

Get permits in Advance.

For a hike in the Tsum Valley, you will require several permits. You will find these by working together with your agency, although you should also expect to supply them copies of the passport and photos. 

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FAQs
  • The Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is one of the most amazing treks into the Manaslu region of Nepal, involving the Manaslu circuit trek and the culturally rich Tsum Valley trek. On average, it usually takes about 20 days.

  • The trek has a reputation for being quite difficult, mainly because of its immense elevation range and isolated areas. Trekkers should have a good health condition and acclimate well to avoid altitude sickness.

  • It has its top at Larkya La Pass (5,160 meters). It is important for acclimatization, and there are resting days at particular points where you can get used to the height.

  • One can also find accommodation ranging from basic teahouses to lodges. Typically, these rooms have beds and a communal eating space. For added comfort, one is suggested to pack their own sleeping bag.

  • Tea houses and lodges offer meals during the walk. The food is basic, with locally cooked meals like dal bhat, noodles, and maize. Individuals should bring some snacks on trekki

  • No, trekkers can’t find any ATM there. Take adequate Nepalese money for the whole walk; don’t expect to use your credit card.

  • Some essential things one needs are a good pair of trekking boots, warm clothes, a down jacket, a sleeping bag, a backpack with some trekking poles, and a water purification system.

  • One should have inclusive travel insurance that considers traveling a long distance to a high altitude for trekking. Ensure that it has a medical cover and emergency evacuation.

  • Trek usually starts at Maccha Khola, which is reached by bus or jeep from Kathmandu. It will take about 6-10 hours, depending on road conditions.

  • Teahouses can be found in many places, and they may even offer free charging of gadgets, but one pays for these services on an extra cost basis. Carry a portable charger and spare batteries in case you require more power. 

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    Perry PetersDjiboutiOctober 10, 2023
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    Manaslu Tsum Valley: 20 Days of Himalayan Bliss

    At age 57, I experienced an amazing environment while trekking in Manaslu Tsum Valley for 20 days. Although the adventure was challenging because of its altitude, it would have been impossible without the committed crew of Adventure Altitude Treks, especially the guides. I found their knowledge and assistance helpful while facing challenges, making my journey more enjoyable. Regardless of the difficulties, it enabled me to explore the unmatched beauty of Manaslu and Tsum Valley.  The team’s work has been of great help as they turned possible difficulties into learning occasions and enjoyment.

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    Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek: A 20-Day Himalayan Adventure

    We had a thrilling 20-day trip through Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trekking adventure that surpassed all imagination. It was indeed a one-time adventure trip that offered beautiful natural sceneries, diverse cultural experiences, great challenges, and rewarding trails. The journey proceeded smoothly due to our porter's and guide's services. In addition, their detailed knowledge of the terrain, friendliness, and sincere concern for our safety made this a more personalized experience. As a couple, this trek became our bonding occasion, whereby we had problems, laughed at them, and enjoyed the final step of finishing the daily trekking.

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