Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek

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Manaslu Circuit Trekking Route, Nepal
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Duration

17 Days 16 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Nepali

About this tour

The Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek is a remarkable and adventurous journey that blends two captivating trekking routes in the remote regions of Nepal. Combining the Manaslu Circuit, which encircles Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world, with the sacred Tsum Valley, this trek offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience.

The trek begins by following the Manaslu Circuit, where trekkers are treated to awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks, pristine glaciers, and diverse landscapes. This challenging route takes you through lush forests, terraced fields, and traditional villages, providing opportunities to interact with warm-hearted locals from different ethnic backgrounds.

After completing the Manaslu Circuit, the trail leads to the hidden gem of Tsum Valley. This valley is steeped in ancient Tibetan culture, adorned with centuries-old monasteries, intricate mani walls, and sacred Buddhist artifacts. The spiritual ambiance and preserved cultural heritage of Tsum Valley make it a unique and enriching cultural experience.

The Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek is an alternative to the more crowded trekking routes, offering solitude and tranquility amidst the natural splendor of the Himalayas. With its stunning mountain vistas, cultural encounters, and remote charm, this trek promises a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for trekkers seeking an authentic and soul-stirring Himalayan journey.

Essential Tips for a Successful Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek

  • Secure the required permits, including the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit and the Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit, before starting the trek.
  • Consider hiring an experienced guide or joining a reputable trekking agency that is familiar with the route, as it involves multiple challenging sections.
  • Prepare yourself with regular physical training and endurance exercises to cope with the demanding terrain and high altitudes.
  • Plan for sufficient acclimatization days to adapt to higher altitudes and minimize the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Carry essential trekking gear, warm clothing, waterproof layers, sturdy hiking boots, a comfortable backpack, and a reliable sleeping bag.
  •  Stay well-hydrated and maintain a balanced diet with energy-rich snacks to sustain your energy levels throughout the trek.
  • Carry a fully charged mobile phone with a local SIM card and important emergency contact numbers.
  • Embrace the local culture and traditions with respect and sensitivity. Seek permission before taking photos of people or religious sites.
  • Be prepared for unpredictable weather changes in the mountains and dress accordingly.
  •  Follow the principles of “Leave No Trace” and dispose of waste responsibly. Respect the natural environment and cultural heritage by minimizing your impact on the region.
  • Carry enough Nepali currency for the entire trek, as ATMs may not be available in remote regions. Also, carry a portable power bank to charge your devices during the trek.
  • Familiarize yourself with the evacuation procedures and emergency services available along the trekking route.

Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek Safety Considerations

  • Be aware of the risks of altitude sickness and take acclimatization days to allow your body to adjust to higher altitudes gradually.
  • Considering the challenging terrain and remote nature of the trek, hiring an experienced guide is highly recommended for navigation and safety.
  • Be prepared for unpredictable weather changes in the mountains, including sudden rain or snowfall. Carry adequate rain gear and warm clothing.
  • Carry a fully charged mobile phone with a local SIM card and emergency contact numbers. Consider renting a satellite phone for areas with no mobile coverage.
  • Trek with a group or at least one trekking partner for mutual support and assistance, especially in isolated areas.
  • Ensure you are in good physical condition before starting the trek to cope with the demanding terrain and long walking days.
  • Carry a comprehensive first aid kit and know how to use it. Consider taking a basic first aid course before the trek.
  • Familiarize yourself with the evacuation procedures and emergency services available in the region.
  • Be cautious when crossing rivers, especially during monsoon season, and use established bridges or follow the guidance of experienced locals.
  • Be respectful of local customs and traditions, especially when visiting monasteries and cultural sites. Dress modestly and ask for permission before taking photos of people or religious artifacts.
  • Ensure you have appropriate trekking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, trekking poles, and a reliable backpack.
  • Stay informed about weather conditions and potential risks by checking with local guides, lodges, or authorities.
  • Follow a well-planned itinerary that includes gradual ascents and acclimatization days to reduce the risk of altitude-related problems.

Highlights

  • Spectacular vistas of Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, and other towering peaks throughout the trek.
  • Experience the tranquility of the Himalayas on a less-trodden trail away from the crowds.
  • Encounter diverse ethnic communities like the Nubri and Tsum people, known for their unique traditions, ancient monasteries, and warm hospitality.
  • Explore the sacred Tsum Valley, a hidden gem steeped in ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture and adorned with intricately decorated monasteries.
  • Cross the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,160 meters/16,929 feet), providing a thrilling adventure and stunning panoramic views.
  • Trek through lush forests, terraced fields, glacial moraines, and high mountain passes, offering a diverse range of natural beauty.
  • Visit ancient monasteries, chortens, and mani walls, witnessing the spiritual ambiance of the region.
  • Opportunity to spot various wildlife species, including the Himalayan tahr, blue sheep, and colorful birdlife.
  • Enjoy local hospitality and traditional meals in the rustic teahouses and lodges along the trail.
  • Embark on a special journey, requiring permits to access the restricted Manaslu and Tsum Valley regions, making it an exclusive and culturally rich trek.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Start your journey with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Maccha Khola.
  • Enjoy the picturesque landscapes and traditional villages along the way.
  • Overnight stay in Maccha Khola.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Begin your trek along the Budhi Gandaki River.
  • Pass through beautiful villages and cross suspension bridges.
  • Reach Jagat, a charming village with Tibetan influence.
  • Overnight stay in Jagat.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.
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  • Continue your trek, ascending through terraced fields and lush forests.
  • Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Reach Lokpa, a small settlement with a peaceful atmosphere.
  • Overnight stay in Lokpa.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume your trek, crossing the Siyar Khola on a suspension bridge.
  • Trek through rhododendron forests and charming villages.
  • Arrive at Chumling, a picturesque village with traditional houses.
  • Overnight stay in Chumling.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue your trek, passing through beautiful landscapes and monasteries.
  • Experience the local culture and traditions of the Tibetan-influenced villages.
  • Arrive at Chhokang Paro, a scenic village with panoramic views.
  • Overnight stay in Chhokang Paro.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek to the Nile, passing through the villages of Lama Gaun and Rainjam.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Ganesh Himal and other snow-capped peaks.
  • Reach Nile, a village with a peaceful and serene environment.
  • Overnight stay in Nile.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Take a day trip to Mu Gompa, a remote and sacred monastery.
  • Explore the surrounding area and enjoy the tranquility of the Himalayas.
  • Return to Nile for an overnight stay.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek back to Chhokang Paro, retracing your steps through the beautiful landscapes.
  • Overnight stay in Chhokang Paro.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek back to Chumling, passing through the charming villages and lush forests.
  • Overnight stay in Chumling.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume your trek, crossing the Deng River and climbing uphill.
  • Enjoy the stunning views of Manaslu and other surrounding peaks.
  • Reach Namrung, a village with a distinct Tibetan culture.
  • Overnight stay in Namrung.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue your trek through beautiful landscapes and quaint villages.
  • Reach Sama Gaun, a traditional Sherpa village with breathtaking views of Manaslu and other peaks.
  • Overnight stay in Sama Gaun.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Take a rest day for acclimatization and exploration.
  • Choose from options like a day trip to Manaslu Base Camp, Pungyen Gompa, or Birendra Taal for additional adventure.
  • Overnight stay in Sama Gaun.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume your trek towards Samdo, a remote village near the Tibetan border.
  • Experience the high-altitude environment and the traditional culture of the region.
  • Overnight stay in Samdo.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek to Dharmasala, the base camp for the Larkya La Pass.
  • Enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Prepare for the challenging pass crossing tomorrow.
  • Overnight stay in Dharmasala
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Begin early to cross the challenging Larkya La Pass, the highest point of the trek.
  • Take in the panoramic views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges from the pass.
  • Descend to Bimthang, a beautiful meadow surrounded by mountains.
  • Overnight stay in Bimthang.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Resume your trek, descending through rhododendron and pine forests.
  • Pass through small villages and terraced fields.
  • Reach Dharapani, a village in the Annapurna region.
  • Overnight stay in Dharapani.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Drive from Dharapani to Besisahar by sharing jeep.
  • From Besisahar, drive back to Kathmandu by private car or jeep.
  • Enjoy the scenic drive back to Kathmandu and relax at the hotel.
  • Farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of your trek.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.
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Durations

17 Days

Languages

English
Nepali

Frequently asked questions

The Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek is a challenging and culturally enriching trekking adventure that combines two unique trekking routes in the Manaslu region of Nepal. It includes the Manaslu Circuit, which circles Mount Manaslu, and the sacred Tsum Valley, known for its ancient monasteries and rich Tibetan Buddhist culture.

The duration of the trek is typically around 18 to 21 days, depending on the chosen itinerary and acclimatization days.

The best time for this trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is stable, and the views are clear.

Yes, this trek requires multiple permits, including the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, the Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit, and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

The Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek is considered a challenging trek and may not be suitable for all. If you have Prior trekking experience and good physical fitness then you can complete this trek.

While it is possible to do the trek independently, hiring an experienced guide is highly recommended for safety, navigation, and cultural insights.

Yes, the trek involves crossing high mountain passes and reaching elevations above 5,000 meters (16,400 feet), making altitude sickness a concern. Proper acclimatization and a gradual ascent are essential to minimize the risk.

Accommodation options include teahouses and lodges along the trail. The food choices are basic but include a variety of Nepali and international dishes.

ATMs are not available along the trekking route, so it is essential to carry enough Nepali currency for the entire trek.

The trek involves long and steep ascents and descents, crossing high mountain passes. Trekkers should have good physical fitness and endurance to complete the journey successfully.

There are no specific age restrictions, but participants should be in good physical health and capable of walking long distances in challenging terrain.

The highlights include breathtaking mountain views, cultural encounters with local communities, crossing the Larkya La Pass, exploring the sacred Tsum Valley, and experiencing the solitude of a less-crowded trekking route.

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Manaslu Circuit Trekking Route, Nepal

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