Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek 21 Days

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destination Manaslu
duration 21 Days
grade Moderate
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Manaslu
max altitude 5106m
group size 2-10
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 hours
accommodation Hotel/Teahouse
season All season

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,960
Pax 2 USD 1,920
Pax 3 USD 1,890
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,860
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,820
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,790
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,760
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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek 21 Days

This epic adventure explores the iconic Mt. Manaslu region and the immense Tsum Valley (Hidden Valley).

This trek circumnavigates Mt. Manaslu (8th highest mountain in the world at 8156m)  and through the far-reaching region of Tsum Valley located at an altitude of 1905 to 5093 meters that is rich in Tibetan culture, traditions, and ancient art. This region has remained mostly untouched by modern civilization. 

This region is mostly home to Tibetan Buddhist villagers who perform their unique daily rituals and live a lifestyle reflecting their faith.

Tsum Valley is bordered by Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli in the west, Ganesh Himal in the south and Siringi Himal (7187m) in the north. The trail takes us through two significant villages in the region, Chumling (Lower Tsum) and Chhaikampar (Upper Tsum). The valley is rich in Tibetan culture with numerous Mani walls, chortens and prayer flags adorn the trail and is home to many of the holiest Tibetan monasteries and is where the famous sages Guru Rinpoche and the Tibetan philosopher Milarepa once worshipped and meditated in nearby caves. It is a place where the trekker can discover oneself and realize peace through meditation. 

We first drive from Kathmandu to Arughat where our trek begins.  The trail takes us past cultivated fields and through small villages as we pass through the Budhi Gandaki Valley until we reach Lapubesi Village. The trail takes us to the therapeutic hot springs of Tatopani passing through forests along the trail. It is not long before you can see the huge mountain ranges, such as Sringi Himal on the way to Philim. We pass Chumling Village and then follow the trail to Gumba Lungdang Pass while walking through pine and rhododendron forests before we have to cross Siyar Khola (river).  We then follow the trail to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp and on to Lokpa. The trail then heads to Lokpa, Ghap to Lho as we pass Gurung and Thakali villages. At Samagaun we spend the day acclimatizing before heading to higher altitudes. From Samagaun we ascend to Samdo, Dharamsala and then cross the Larke La Pass (5200m) and continue on to Chamje where the trek ends. 

ITINERARY

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A representative from Sherpa Expedition and Trekking will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. If time permits we will guide you around Thamel and help you buy some necessary equipment you may require on your trek. There will be a short briefing about our trek, with ample opportunity to answer any questions you may have.

We will either take a public bus or car, stopping along the way for a lunch break. Tonight we will stay at Soti Khola near the river.. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Our trek today traverses a mule track and ascends on a breathtaking path cut into the face of the cliff, then descends to Lapubesi (880m). Caution is required here! We then continue to Nauli Khola, crossing a suspension bridge on the way and then take the trail beside the Budi Gandaki River before reaching Machha Khola (900m). This so happens to be where many trekkers were stranded after the earthquake in 2015 and had to be rescued, Depending on current conditions, there is an alternative overnight stop in Kashi Gaun located on the east side of the river. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Our route today follows the river to Khorlabesi and the tepid spring at Tatopani (meaning hot water) (930m), and then continues on the eastern bank of the Budi Gandaki River to Doban, Thulo Dunga and Yara Bagar (1370m). The trail zigzags across the river with several suspension bridges to cross before reaching the entrance gate to Manaslu Conservation Area and Jagat (1410m), with its unique flagstone village square. Permits are checked by authorities. Sherpa Expedition & Trekking will check that the route is passable, and may suggest we take an alternative route taking a much higher path on the east side of the river before descending to the old trail near Doban. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Today we head off on a 6-hour trek, first reaching Salleri where we have magnificent views of Mount Sringi before descending to Sirdibas, a traditional Buddhist village. The trail continues until we reach Lokpa Village, just north of Philim and then go through Ekle Bhatti and climb to a ridge along a trail through a pine forest. We come to a junction where we take the trail heading to Tsum Valley. We stay the night at Lokpa.

Today we have a 5-hour trek ahead of us to Tsum Valley. The first sights of Tsum Valley appear as we head down to along with mountain Chumling Village. We then climb up to Ripchet and a short time later reach the authentic Buddhist village of Chumling, well known for its ancient monastery, traditional Tibetan style houses, prayer flags, mani walls, and its stone-paved streets. We stay here overnight.

Today we start our 5-hour trek by crossing a suspension bridge where we have amazing views of the Ganesh Himal. The trail continues and takes us past Rainjam and across Seru Khola before arriving at Gho Village. After a total of 5 to 6 hours trekking, we reach Chokhangparo Village from where we have views of Himalchuli (7893m) and Ganesh Himal (7140m). We stay here tonight. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Today’s trek of 6 to 7 hours follows the trail to Rachen Gompa and to the Shir Khola (river). After leaving the river we pass by Phurbe and Pangdun villages before arriving at Nile where we stay the night. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region and the highest point in the Tsum Valley. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Our short trek of 4 hours today leads downhill to Chhule and then to Phurbe where it is possible to find Sherpa homestays. We follow the trail along the banks of the Siyar River until reaching a nunnery at Rachen Gompa (3240m). Tonight we stay at Rachen Gompa.

Today we cross a river then pass by the village of Chhokang Paro at which point we descend to Chumling. Prior to reaching here we come to a white monastery and head down to the Siyar Khola (river), a good place to rest and refresh. We stay at Chumling for the night.

Today we have a 6 to 7-hour trek ahead of us as we descend from Chumling to Lokpa after first crossing a suspension bridge. The trail follows a rocky ridge where we have a great view of Sringi Himal. We then pass through Ghatta Khola passing by farms growing maize, millet, potatoes, and vegetables. As we continue we follow the trail along the bank of the Budhi Gandaki passing through a bamboo forest before coming to the Deng River. Tonight we stay at Deng next to the river.

Today we climb beyond the Tom Khola to Longa Chuta and then come into a captivating fir and rhododendron forest filled with birds and Langur monkeys located on the north side of the Buri Gandaki River. We then cross back to the other side of the river before reaching Namrung (2660m), an earlier customs post in the days when this was a route for transporting salt from Tibet. Namrung also suffered extensive damage from the 2015 earthquake, but today it has been restored to its previous charm.

Our trek today is about 5 hours and along the way, we have spectacular views of Sringi and Ganesh Himal. The village of Namrung is where from here on you will see mostly Tibetan villages and their religious symbols and monasteries. As the trail continues we will pass through forests and farmlands where barley is grown on the terraced hillsides. The trail starts to expose the giant peak of Manaslu right up to Lho Gham Village where we stay the night. In the morning we have a great opportunity of capturing the mountain views from our lodge or the Gompa.

Today the trail passes through several Tibetan villages and past Gompas. After a 4 hour trek we reach Samagaun where we will stop and relax and get used to the higher altitudes. While here we can explore the village and enjoy the welcoming smiling faces of the people. The architecture here is distinctly Tibetan and their costumes reflect their Tibetan origins. We can also take a short hike up to a Gompa above the town or wander the streets and chit-chat with the locals – a very heartwarming experience. Tonight we stay at Samagaun.

At these higher altitudes it is necessary to get acclimatized, for at least one day, before attempting climbs to higher altitudes. Health specialists suggest that you move about and don’t sit idly. A good way to stay active is to explore the Gompa at Pugyen (4070m), a one day hike that leaves the trail between Syaula and Sama. If time permits, it is possible for you to carry on up this valley to the rugged rocks and terrain of the Pugin glacier. Another option is a trip to the lake at Birendra Tal (3450m) and a demanding ascent to Manaslu Base Camp (4900m). It is believed that north of Birendra Tal is Milarepa's Cave (famous Buddha) claimed to have been used as a meditation retreat by the Buddhist saint. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Today the trail descends and heads back to the Buri Gandaki River passing the junction of Birendra Tal and Manaslu Base Camp. The valley the expands before reaching Kermo Khadka and then continuing to the white Kani Gateway signaling the entrance to Samdo (3860m). If time permits we may trek to the peak above the village for impressive views of Mount Manaslu. If it is necessary to further acclimatize, there is a 6 t0 7 hour trek climbing 640m to the moraine of the Fukang Glacier, where you will be rewarded with far-reaching views towards several passes used by locals to cross over into Tibet. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

The trail today crosses ridges and across wooden bridges over the Budi Gandaki River. After crossing two rivers we come to Larkya Glacier and then climb to Larke Phedi (4450m) meters. Tonight we stay at Dharamsala.

Today’s trek is about 8 to 9 hours but first starts with a short climb to the north side of Larkya Glacier. From this vantage point, we have excellent views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. The climb to the Larkya La (5100m) pass initially is quite a gradual ascent but gradually becomes steeper as we reach the pass. After arriving at the top of the pass we are blessed with incredible panorama views of various mountain ranges. The descent from the pass is equally physically demanding. We soon arrive at Bhimthang where we stay the night in a teahouse.

Today we descend from high pasture land and then cross the Dudh Khola (river) on a suspension bridge. Along the trail we head through rhododendron (flowering in spring) and oak forests. After trekking for 6 to 7 hours we come to Dharapani in the Annapurna region. This is also a common gateway to the Annapurna circuit trek. If you are thinking of extending your trek, then we can head along the Annapurna trail. Tonight we stay at a guesthouse in Dharapani.

This is our final day on the trail of our Manaslu Circuit trek. Across the river, we will take a local jeep to Besisahar and then a bus back to Kathmandu where you will be taken back to your hotels.

You will leave Nepal, but will never forget this great adventure and the laughs you shared on this journey to some of the world’s most spectacular peaks. A Sherpa Expedition and Trekking representative will drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Breakfast included.

SERVICES

Costs Included In Your Package

  • Airport picks up and transports by private Car/Jeep.
  • Two Night's hotel accommodation In Kathmandu with breakfast (3 star Hotel)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Machhakhola and from Besisahar to Kathmandu via public bus.
  • Transportation from Dharapani to Besisahar by Sharing Jeep
  • All standard meals (lunch, dinners & breakfast) during the trek.
  • Best possible teahouses, lodge accommodation (generally twin share rooms)- during the trek
  • Government licensed holder English speaking trek leader (10 or more trekkers an assistant guide) and porter to help carry your luggage. 
  • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
  • Guides and porters provided by Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions, including their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Manaslu special permit to travel within  the Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Assistance in arranging rescue operations in case of complicated health conditions such as altitude sickness (funded by travel insurance)
  • Souvenir -  Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions t-shirt 
  • Tsum Valley trek special Permit
  • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after the trip is completed).
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking’s certificate of appreciation & completion after the successful trek
  • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.

Costs Exclude

  • International airfares
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Extra night’s accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure or early return from the trek.
  • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic, soup, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cocoa, mineral water, extra food, cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
  • All desserts & sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters (recommended in our culture – and well deserved too!)
  • Additional costs or delays caused by events beyond our control, for example, landslides, severe weather conditions, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies & strikes.
  • All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "costs include" will be counted as exclusions.

EQUIPMENTS

The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.

  • Sleeping Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Duffel Bag (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof windbreaker or windcheater
  • Thermal underclothes
  • Rain poncho
  • Down jacket (Sherpa Teams will provide but need to return after completing the trip)
  • Fleece or wool trousers
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Trekking pants (two pairs)
  • Mittens or woolen gloves
  • Hiking socks (several pairs)
  • Moisture-wicking shirts, including t-shirts
  • Trekking shoes or boots with spare laces
  • Flip-flops or sandals for relaxing in the evenings
  • Underwear (several pairs)
  • Swimsuit or swimming costume
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp or flashlight/torch
  • Sleeping bag (Sherpa Teams can provide this for you)
  • Trekking poles (if desired)
  • Hiking backpack with a capacity of at least 40 liters
  • Small lock for your backpack
  • Reusable water bottles (at least two liters)
  • Water purification tablets or filtration device
  • Wash towel
  • Basic first aid kit

Toiletries (tissues, toilet paper, moisturizer, lip balm, sunscreen, sanitary pads, hand sanitizer, nail clippers, a small mirror, toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, contacts, etc.)

GOOD TO KNOW

Accommodation

You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfortable and better quality teahouses at lower altitudes. It should be noted that at higher elevations the quality of accommodation may not be as good, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.

Meals during the trek

In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food in the mountainous regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.

Physical fitness

Some days can be challenging where you often have to walk 6-8 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.

Best season to travel

 The Manaslu Circuit Trek is usually done in autumn (Sept. to November) and spring (March to May)  when you are much more likely to get to have crystal clear views of the mountains and can also enjoy the lush vegetation in the lower regions of the trail - particularly during spring..

Remember – The better prepared – the more enjoyable your trek!

Transportation

We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We take the bus from Bensisahar to Kathmandu. In the past Aarughat used to be the starting point of the trek but nowadays, due to better road conditions we can travel by bus direct to the Soti Khola. We will travel along secondary (rough) roads all the way to Soti Khola by local bus and from Dharapani to Besishahar we will be traveling by private jeep

Guide and Porter on the trek

We provide you trained & certified trekking guides and porters who will take care of all logistics and a porter for every two trekkers who will each carry about 20 kg ( 10 kg for each trekker). An experienced guide and porter will be the difference between success and failure. They will also save you from taking unnecessary risks during poor weather conditions.

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The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek typically takes around 15-21 days to complete. This includes the exploration of both the Manaslu Circuit and the Tsum Valley.

Yes, a special restricted area permit is required for the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. This permit can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. In addition to the restricted area permit, a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card is also required.

The best time to do the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather is generally clear and stable, offering the best views of the mountains and comfortable trekking conditions.

The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is considered to be a moderate to challenging trek. It involves long walking days, high altitude, and steep ascents and descents. Previous trekking experience and good physical fitness are recommended for this trek.

The highest point on the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is the Larkya La Pass, which stands at an altitude of 5,160 meters (16,929 feet). Acclimatization days are included in the itinerary to help trekkers adapt to the high altitude.

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges available along the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek route. These provide basic accommodation and meals for trekkers. However, it is recommended to carry some extra food and snacks in case of limited options in certain areas.

While it is not mandatory to hire a guide and porter for the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, it is highly recommended. A guide can provide valuable information about the route, culture, and history, while a porter can carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to trek with ease and enjoy the experience.

The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek offers a combination of stunning mountain views, diverse landscapes, and unique cultural experiences. Some of the highlights include exploring the remote Tsum Valley with its ancient monasteries and Tibetan Buddhist culture, crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass, and enjoying breathtaking views of Mt. Manaslu and other surrounding peaks.

While it is possible to do the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek independently, it is recommended to have prior trekking experience and be well-prepared. The restricted area permit and TIMS card are still required, and hiring a guide and porter is advisable for safety and a more enriching experience.

We Offer Group Discount

No. Of People Price Per Person
Pax 1 USD 1,960
Pax 2 USD 1,920
Pax 3 USD 1,890
Pax 4 to 6 USD 1,860
Pax 7 to 12 USD 1,820
Pax 13 to 18 USD 1,790
Pax 19 to 24 USD 1,760
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Team of highly experienced Experts
  • Your Happiness Guaranteed
  • 24/7 Customer Support

All Inclusive Cost

USD 1,860

Per Person

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Obiz Ibooiboo

Germany

December 20, 2023

A Dream Come True

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The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek was a dream come true for me. The landscapes surpassed all my expectations, with towering peaks and lush green valleys that seemed straight out of a painting. The remoteness of the villages added to the charm, and the locals were incredibly friendly and welcoming. The challenging terrain tested my limits, but the feeling of accomplishment I experienced after conquering each mountain pass was indescribable. This trek is an absolute must for any adventure seeker.

Eleonora Topornicka

United States

November 9, 2023

A Trek of a Lifetime

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I recently completed the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, and it was an experience that exceeded all my expectations. The landscapes were absolutely breathtaking, from the towering peaks to the lush green valleys. It felt like I was walking through a dream. The remoteness of the villages added to the charm, and the locals were incredibly friendly and welcoming. The challenging terrain pushed me to my limits, but the feeling of accomplishment after conquering each mountain pass was indescribable. This trek is a must-do for any adventure seeker.

Dierdre Debell

Australia

October 31, 2023

A Trek to Reconnect with Yourself

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The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is a trek that allows you to disconnect from the world and reconnect with yourself. The landscapes were simply breathtaking, with towering peaks that instilled a sense of awe and lush green valleys that were a sight to behold. The remoteness of the villages added to the allure, and the locals embraced us with open arms. The challenging terrain pushed me to my limits, but the feeling of accomplishment after conquering each mountain pass was indescribable. This trek is a must-do for anyone seeking a transformative journey of self-discovery.

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