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Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek

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What does the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek look like?

You will start the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will spend a day preparing. The next day, take a fantastic scenic ride to Machha Khola. It is the starting point of the trek. From here, you will begin walking through lush forests and villages. 

Cross suspension bridges on the way and enjoy wonderful waterfalls and terraced field scenery. Once you reach Lokpa, you will leave the Manaslu Circuit route and trek to Tsum Valley. The trail will be isolated and include many steep ascends. The mental and physical pressure will be high. 

However, the tranquility of the Tsum Valley and its beautiful landscapes will keep you pushing forward. Explore the valley and possibly hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Visit ancient monasteries like Mu Gompa and Racchen Gompa. Get to see the lifestyle and culture of Tsumbas, the indigenous habitat of Tsum Valley. 

After you cross the trail, descend to Bhimtang. You will then descend for 1-2 days to reach Dharapani, where the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek ends, and drive back to Kathmandu. Now, all that is left is partying and celebration in Kathmandu. 

Highlight

  • Reach the base camp of the eighth-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu
  • Explore the hidden corners of the Manaslu region, including the Tsum Valley
  • A challenging trekking program in the Himalayas for trekkers who want to push their limits
  • An adventurous trek with the offbeat route, steep sections, dense forests, glaciers, and moraines
  • Spend nights in beautiful isolated villages and meet with communities like Nubri and Tsumbas
  • Cross suspension bridges on the way and witness pretty waterfalls
  • Navigate landslide debris and come across stunning alpine lakes
  • Witness breathtaking mountain views and diverse landscapes 
  • Explore many ancient monasteries and hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp
  • Cross the strenuous Larkya La pass

Why join the Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley trek in Nepal?

The Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley trek is unlike any other trekking route in Nepal. In 1992, the Manaslu Circuit was opened for trekkers, and Tsum Valley was opened in 2008. The Nepal government has kept this area closed to foreigners for a very long time. It has kept the region untouched and unspoiled. 

Today, the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley fall under a restricted area in Nepal. So, solo travelers are not allowed to enter the region on their own. Special rules must be followed by the trekkers and require expensive permits. All these keep a crowd of trekkers away from the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley route. 

Participants get to enjoy solitude. Mountains like Ganesh Himal (7,422 m/24,350 ft), Manaslu (8,163 m/ 26,781 ft), Shringi Himal (7,155 m/23,474 ft), Simnang Himal (6,251 m/20,508 ft), Kang Guru (6,981 m/22,903 ft), Naike Peak (6,211 m/20,377 ft), and many others dominate the skyline. 

The Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek is a pure bliss in the Himalayas. It is a voyage full of adventure and experience. If you are well-fitted for this trek, it will change your life for sure. Join us on our Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek 2024/2-25 departures and get to see some of the tallest mountains in the world up close. 

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek preparation

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek requires a great deal of physical and mental strength and endurance. First thing, we recommend this trek to trekkers who have previous high-altitude experience. It allows you to handle the challenges well. 

If you have not trekked before but have good fitness, you may join the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek. However, proper knowledge and understanding of the Himalayan trail is very important for a satisfying experience. 

To prepare for this trek, you have to train your mind and body. Improve your core strength and stamina. Build your endurance and get ahead with your packing. You can buy or rent all trekking clothes and gear in Kathmandu. Our team will help you with that. 

Buy trekking boots early if you are planning to get one new pair and break into them. Go on regular walks and hikes. During the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek, you have to walk 6 hours a day at least. Better build the habit before the trip starts. 

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek cost

The Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek cost may vary because of factors like itinerary, services, time of the year, and group size. We, Nepal Treskscape, are offering the best Manaslu Tsum Valley trek cost in the market. Our price is very competitive and offers high-quality service. 

Choose us as your Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trekking partner in Nepal

We make exploring offbeat regions like Manaslu very accessible, especially for female travelers, with our trained and professional fleet of female guides. We also have male guides in our team. You can trek freely with our team. They will arrange all the logistics and permits required for the trek. 

Likewise, it is also easy to customize the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek itinerary with us. Just let us know your requirements, and our team will help you plan a custom trip for you. Whatever your needs are shared with us & we will make it come true. We are one of the very trusted and old trekking companies in Nepal. 

Useful Information

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek permits

For the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek, you will need three permits. All the permit fees are covered in our package cost. Our team will help you obtain the permits. For the restricted area permit, you may have to be present at the Nepal Tourism Board to obtain it. 

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit cost: USD 30 per person

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit cost: USD 30 per person

Special Restricted Area permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)

  • September to November: USD 100 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 15 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.
  • December to August: USD 75 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.

Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trek route difficulty

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek difficulty is strenuous. It is one of the most demanding treks in the Himalayas and is only recommended to individuals who have trekked before. You will travel to a very remote section of the Himalayas on this trek. The terrain is rugged and steep.

From the start to the end of the journey, you will traverse different climatic zones and terrain. Every day requires approximately 15 kilometers of walking. Trekking through lush forests, you will ascend to glaciers and moraines. The altitude increases every day as well, adding environmental pressure on you. 

Likewise, the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek route lacks the facilities for trekkers. You get tea houses to spend nights, but amenities like charging, WiFi, hot showers, etc, are limited and cost additional money. Similarly, the food menu is somewhat lacking than other famous trekking regions. 

The above factors demand endurance and adapting ability from the trekkers. Larkya La pass is the apex of the Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley trek. Crossing this 5,000m above mountain pass is very challenging and tricky. In short, trekkers have to be physically and mentally strong to complete this adventurous trek in Nepal. 

Altitude sickness and how to handle it?

You will start the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trekking from Machha Khola (850 m/2,789 ft). From here, the trail ascends to Larkya La pass (5,106 m/16,752 ft). It is the highest altitude you will touch on this trek. Likewise, in Tsum Valley, you will touch two high points, Mu Gompa (3,700 m/12,139 ft) and Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4,200 m/13,779 ft). Finally, throughout the trek, you will be above 2,500 meters for many days. 

Altitude sickness risk increases above 2,500 meters usually. It is because the air begins to thin out from here onwards as you go up and the oxygen level lowers. This is the cause of altitude sickness. Trekkers need to rest and acclimatize as they trek. Rushing will only increase the altitude sickness risk. You have to take your time, enjoy the trip, and gradually get used to the environment. 

Our Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek itinerary has multiple rest days, which will give you ample time to acclimatize. You may get tired as you gain elevation. Your body will respond differently to the change in altitude. Listen to your body and provide it proper rest. Keep yourself hydrated and have lots of food to maintain your energy. 

Travel Insurance

Things can go beyond our control during the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trekking. For instance, we cannot 100% predict weather in the Himalayas. It can change at times and may require us to hold the trek or return. Likewise, you may get sick or injured, there can be natural calamities, etc. 

These events are beyond our control, so we ask our guests to get well-covered travel insurance for the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek. It allows you to quickly receive resources. Helicopter evacuation and medical bills must be included in your travel insurance coverage. Make sure it is workable in the Himalayas. 

Best time to explore Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley 

Late September to November and March to early May are the best time of the year to explore Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley. These are the prime months to witness the incredible beauty of the Himalayan mountains and valleys. The trails are bloomed with rhododendrons and many other vegetation. Trekkers get to enjoy a delightful environment, clear sky, and moderate climate. 

From December to January, the harsh cold conditions and snowfall make trekking more difficult. In places like Larkya Phedi, the tea houses may close as the locals move to lower elevations to spend the winter. Likewise, the risk of avalanches in the area also rises. Between June to August, the Manaslu region sees heavy rainfall, which raises the risks of landslides and makes the trails slippery and full of leeches. 

Accommodation and meals during the trek

The accommodations on the Manaslu circuit and Tsum Valley trek route are tea houses. Tea houses offer simple rooms and food service to the trekkers in the Manaslu region. Twin shared rooms are common. If you need a single room, you may have to pay extra. Squat toilets are common. Water is usually cold. You can pay a few bucks to get hot water for a shower. 

We highly recommend you pack deodorant and wet tissues for the trek because taking a shower daily is not a viable option. Once you are above 2,500 meters, the climate remains cold in the morning and night, so you may not feel like taking a shower every day. The dining area is common, where trekkers have food and mingle with locals and other travelers. 

Clean drinking water is available in tea houses along the trail. You do not have to buy plastic water bottles. Use a reusable water bottle. For meals, you get dishes like thukpa, Tibetan bread, dal bhat, dhido, thenduk, chapati, stew, curries, fried rice, soups, porridge, toast, eggs, mashed potatoes, pancakes, French fries, etc. 

  • English/Nepali
  • Provided
  • Arranged by guides
  • Moderate to high
  • Provided on trek
  • Guided trek

Overview

Mount Manaslu is the eighth-highest mountain in the world, an incredible eight-thousander that every aspiring mountaineer wishes to conquer. But unfortunately, the mountain remains untouchable for many reasons. However, it doesn’t stop you from reaching its base camp. This Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek package precisely takes you to the Manaslu Base Camp and allows you to explore the hidden corners of this beautiful region. 

 

Manaslu Circuit is one of the famous trekking programs in Nepal for travelers who want to pursue a challenging trek in the Himalayas. Combining the lesser-known Tsum Valley, a highly protected area in Nepal, makes this trek an excellent expedition. Unlike the famous trekking routes, you will go completely offbeat and a little off-grid on the Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley trek. 

 

The Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek is all about exploring the beautiful valleys, Tibetan refugee villages, glaciers, ancient monasteries, and vast meadows. This trek is a perfect blend of nature, culture, adventure, and challenges. Trekkers get to experience everything the Himalayas has to offer, which includes kind mountain people, surreal mountain landscapes, and the Himalayan serenity.

Itinerary

Arrive Kathmandu, our staff will pick you up from the airport and check into your accommodation. Explore the bustling city and various cafes and bars during the day time. Buy all the stuff for the trekking.

First day: a lengthy trip through lush scenery and rivers to Machhakhola. After passing through a few of the larger cities, like Gorkha and Aarughat bazaars, we proceed to travel to Machhakhola, which is located next to the Budi Gandaki River.

Following the first mountain breakfast, the hike begins. Our journey starts with a stroll across the suspension bridge, which leads to Tatopani, the location of a natural hot spring. You are able to bathe. After that, go along a route that leads to Dovan, where we'll pause for lunch. Proceed uphill until Yarubagar, then cross the cantilever bridge to reach Jagat and the suspension bridge over Yaru Khola. Enjoy a restful night

We are going to continue our trip after the authorities examined our trekking permission when we entered the Manaslu conservation area today. We pause for lunch after crossing the suspension bridge, walking progressively upward to Philim, and then walking to Eklebhatti. Continue trekking to Lokpa after lunch. Remain the evening relaxing.

We cross the Cantilever Bridge after breakfast and begin our upward trek. After crossing the Siyar Khola Bridge, we'll stroll through the forest before climbing up to the Chumling. The mountains that are in front of us, such Ganesh Himal I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, Ganesh IV, Ganesh V, and so on, are visible to us like a mirror. Stay a restful night.

We begin our trek with a gentle ascent and descent, then carry on to Kowo and finally reach Chhokangparo. Stay a restful night.

The Nile was our destination for the day, so we left after breakfast. The route today is straightforward, bringing us nearer to the mountain vista and gradually ascending towards the Nile. Stay a restful night.

We are starting our Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek acclimatization today. Following the alpine breakfast, we hike to Mu Gumpa and pay a visit. We'll spend the night at Nile and retrace our route.

We will walk to Chhokamparo for lunch today after hiking to Rachen Gumpa and visiting it. From there, we will trek to the Chumling. Stay a restful night.

We took the same route back to Lokpa after breakfast, over the suspension bridge over the Budigandaki River, reached the Nyakphedi, and had lunch there. We then hike to Deng, the Siringi Himal viewpoint, after that. Stay a restful night.

Hike uphill to Rana, then downhill to Bihi Phedi, and then some more uphill to the suspension bridge across the Budi Gandaki River. We shall then carry on walking to the Ghap through the landslide. After lunch at Ghap, we'll continue straight on to Ghapsya and then go uphill through the forest to Namrung. Stay a restful night.

Following breakfast, we have to proceed to the police station to check our permits. From there, we go on a gradually inclining road and ascend to Lihi, where we can see Naike Peak, Nadi Chuli, and other mountain ranges. From there, it's a straight, uphill hike to Lho. It is Mt. Manaslu's first viewpoint, and have lunch there. We will stroll to Shyla and visit the Ridung Gompa after lunch. Stay a restful night.

After breakfast, we can see the sunrise atop Mount Manaslu as we wake up. Step upward next to the glacier to reach Pungen Gompa. We visit Gompa for a while before returning to Samagaon. We will visit Birendra Lake in the afternoon and then head back to the Samagaon hotel. Stay a restful night.

It's a quick and simple walk to Samdo today. One of the longest mani walls in the region is visible as we begin our hike from Samagaon and make our way progressively closer to the Samdo. Stay a restful night.

We will hike to the Ruila Pass, the Tibet border, today to acclimate, then return to the Samdo and remain there.

We may now cross the Samdo tree line and walk to Larke Bazaar, which is where the trail to Dharmashala leads. We will travel over difficult terrain to arrive at Dharmashala, also known as Larke Phedi. Stay a restful night.

We have to wake up early, eat breakfast, and then begin the 5106-meter walk across the Larke Pass. Following the pass, there is a breathtaking view of Himlung Himal (7126 m), Cheo Himal 6812 m, Larke Peak 6249 m, and Annapurna II 7937 m. After that, there is Kal Tal before the descent to Bhimtang. Stay a restful night.

Today we go downwards to the Milky River (Dudh Khola) bridge, stroll through the pine forest to Yak Kharka, walk down to the 2700 m Surki Khola (karche), and halt for lunch. We will carry on walking from Goa to Tilche after lunch. We will walk for a while before crossing the Milky River suspension bridge and continuing on the route to Thonche, from where we must cross the Marshyangdi River bridge. We reached Dharapani.

We can eat an early breakfast today and then travel through Besisahar in a jeep to Kathmandu. It will be late afternoon when we get to Kathmandu.

Departure from Kathmandu involves checking out of your accommodation, heading to Tribhuvan International Airport, and boarding an international flight. Our staff will be available to drop you off at the airport.

Includes/Excludes

Includes

  • • Airport Pick up and drop services
  • • Accommodation in teahouse during trek
  • • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) single items each day during trek
  • • Trekking Permits and paper works for trekking
  • • Experienced guide and porters
  • • Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and Syabrubesi to KathmanduTransport
  • • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • • Seasonal fruits

Excludes

  • • Any personal expenses
  • • Extra meals and drinks during the trek/road journey/hotel
  • accommodation
  • • Travel Insurance and Rescue in case of emergency
  • • International Air fare
  • • Visa Charges
  • • Donation and monuments fee
  • • Battery charge, hot shower, Wifi service in trekking
  • • Trekking Gears
  • • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • • Services not mentioned by the company
How difficult is the Manaslu Circuit with the Tsum Valley trek?

The Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek difficulty is considered strenuous. It means this is one of the most challenging treks in Nepal. The Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is offbeat and steep. The trekking region is very remote and untouched. 

 

Likewise, the trekkers have to face high altitudes, limited services, and cross a 5,000m above mountain pass. All these factors make the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek very demanding.

How long is the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek?

The Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek is usually 18 to 22 days long. You can customize the length of the trek as per your requirements with us.

Is Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley worth it?

Yes, the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek is worth it. It is a very adventurous trek with stunning mountain views, beautiful nature, and lovely remote villages. The trek presents rugged terrain, lush forests, ancient monasteries, and isolated glaciers. The trekking route is not crowded, and the trekkers get to enjoy serene nature.

How high is the Tsum Valley?

The Tsum Valley starts from Lokpa (2,240 m) onwards and ascends to Mu Gompa (3,700 m). Likewise, some trekkers also go on side excursions to Ganesh Himal Base Camp, situated at 4,200 meters. The trail to the base camp separates from Domje at 2,460 meters.

Is the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek harder than the Everest Base Camp trek?

Yes, the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek is way harder than the Everest Base Camp. The Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is tough in every aspect, whether it be high altitude, terrain, tourist infrastructures, or weather challenges. The Manaslu trek is only suitable for trekkers who have previous trekking experience, but beginner trekkers may do the EBC trek.

Is Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek safe?

Yes, the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek is safe because you will travel with a professional guide and a porter. The guide will help you navigate the region safely. He will take care of your well-being in the mountains. Our guides have many years of expertise in the mountains, and they are trained for remote survival and first aid.

Can I do the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek without a guide?

No, you cannot do the Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley trek without a guide because of restricted area regulations in Nepal. Foreigners can only enter the Manaslu region with a 

 

Nepali-registered guide in a group of at least two trekkers. Not only that but the trek must be organized by a licensed Nepali trekking company like us. You cannot hire an independent guide and do Manaslu Circuit.

Why is Manaslu a restricted area in Nepal?

Manaslu and Tsum Valley are restricted areas in Nepal for foreigners because of the region’s proximity to the Nepal-Tibet border. Likewise, the Manaslu region also houses a fragile ecosystem, rare wildlife, and the ancient heritage of the Tsumba and Nubri communities. To protect and preserve them, the region has been made a restricted area.

Is this trek suitable for beginner trekkers?

No, Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek is not suitable for beginner trekkers. This trek is very demanding and involves offbeat walking. The terrain is rugged and steep. Trekkers have to traverse landslide debris, glaciers, and a high mountain pass. 

 

Likewise, the services of trekkers are not as good as famous trekking regions like Annapurna, Langtang, and Everest. So, we only recommend the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek to individuals with strong fitness, high-altitude experience, and an understanding of the Himalayan trail.

Which mountains are seen during the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek?

During the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek, you will get to see an array of mountains like Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Shringi Himal (7,155 m), Simnang Himal (6,251 m), Naike Peak (6,211 m), Kang Guru Himal (6,981 m), Samdo Peak (5,117 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), etc.  

 

How is the network along the Manaslu trails? Is WiFi available?

The network connection is not available throughout the Manaslu Circuit with the Tsum Valley trek route. Decent cellular networks and WiFi are available in villages at the lower elevations. As you gain elevation, the network will get weak. Some sections of the trail do not get network at all. 

 

Do you need to carry extra money during the Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley trek?

Yes, you have to carry extra money during the Manaslu Circuit with the Tsum Valley trek. Services like WiFi, charging, and hot showers cost a few bucks. These expenses are not covered in the package cost, so trekkers need to have money on them. Carry Nepali currency in small notes. 

Do we help in getting a Nepali travel visa for the trek?

We can provide you with a trip confirmation letter/mail that you can show to the authorities to obtain a Nepali travel visa. Other than that, we cannot help you. Getting a Nepali travel visa is the responsibility of trekkers.

 

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