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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

The Hidden Gems of the Himalayas: An Exploration of the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is a Magical trip around Mount Manaslu, the world’s eighth-highest peak, passing through Larkya La Pass at 5,106m. It immerses you in traditional villages and Buddhist sites and explores the mystical Tsum Valley within the Manaslu Conservation Area. This trek offers the indigenous Tsumba community cultural richness, adding depth to the rugged adventure.



Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Overview:

The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is a thrilling journey through stunning landscapes, offered by Safe Holiday Adventure Starting from Kathmandu, we head towards Sotikhola(the Starting point of the Manaslu trek) via Arughat, marking the beginning of an epic adventure.

We begin our trek from Sotikhola, traversing through the picturesque Budi Gandaki Valley with dense pine and Rhododendron forests. Our path leads us to Lokpa, the gateway to the mystical Tsum Valley, a three-day journey from Soti Khola.

Experience the tranquility of Chumling, home to three ancient monasteries – Pango Gumba, Mani Dhungyr, and Gurwa Gumba. Then, we continue to Chhokangparo, famous for its panoramic views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal, surrounded by bamboo and Rhododendron forests.

A spiritual detour takes us to the sacred Piren Phu cave and route to the Nile Village, culminating in the heights of Mu Gompa, the highlight of the Tsum Valley Trek. Returning to Lokpa, we seamlessly transition into the Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Heading westward from Lokpa, we find solace in Deng and Namrung, villages resonating with Tibetan heritage. Sama Gaun awaits, offering a day for acclimatization amidst its serene surroundings and ancient Buddhist Gompas.

The climax of our adventure unfolds at Larkya La Pass, offering breathtaking views of Cheo Himal, Kanguru, Himlung Himal, and Annapurna II. Trekking further to Bhimtang, we’re captivated by the beauty of Gho and Tal.

As our journey concludes, we bid farewell to the mountains, reminiscing about our unforgettable experiences on the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek with us Experience the perfect blend of nature and spirituality on this incredible journey through the Himalayas.

Best Times for Manaslu Tsum Trek

The best time to go on the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is during the Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) seasons. During spring, the weather is mild, with blooming flora and clear blue skies, offering excellent visibility of the stunning landscape. Likewise, Autumn brings stable weather conditions, making trekking comfortable amidst colorful foliage and breathtaking Himalayan vistas. These seasons also coincide with the least precipitation, reducing the risk of landslides, heavy rain, and snowfall and ensuring safer trekking paths. Additionally, the moderate temperatures make it ideal for enjoying the cultural experiences and natural beauty along the route.

Why choose the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek?

It’s an adventure, offering stunning views of sky-touching mountains, lush green forests, magical landscapes, and unique Tibetan culture. You’ll trek through diverse terrain, including terraced hillsides and mysterious canyons, reaching heights of 5,106m at Larkya La Pass. The journey takes you to Mu Gompa for panoramic views of Mt. Ganesh Himal (7422m)and other peaks. Explore the hidden treasures of Manaslu and Tsum Valley, with their ancient monasteries, vibrant villages, and lively festivals.

Plan to spend an extra day in Kathmandu for the Manaslu Tsum Valley permit and a trip briefing. Transport is on public buses, but you can rent a jeep for more comfort.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Permit:

Permit requirements and regulations are stringent for the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. As it is a restricted area trek, obtaining permits is essential. Trekkers must acquire a special permit from the Nepal Tourism Board, along with a restricted area permit from the Immigration Office. Additionally, hiring a licensed guide is mandatory for this trek. These regulations are in place to ensure the safety of trekkers and preserve the fragile environment and cultural heritage of the region. While the permits may add to the logistical planning, they contribute to maintaining the sustainability and authenticity of the Manaslu Tsum Valley experience.

What attractions does the Manaslu Trek offer?

🠞Explore vibrant Tibetan culture,

🠞Witness stunning waterfalls along the trek,

🠞 Visit Buddhist sacred caves and monasteries,

🠞 Discover the picturesque village of Chumling,

🠞 Start trek from Kathmandu to Machha Khola,

🠞Experience the challenging Manaslu Circuit,

🠞 Walk historical trading routes to Tibet,

🠞 Traverse unique Tibetan-like landscapes,

🠞 Explore the mystical Tsum Valley,

🠞 Conquer Larkya La Pass for breathtaking views.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (elevation: 1400 meters / 4593 feet)


We begin our day in Kathmandu as the sun rises, filling the city with warmth and light. After having a hearty breakfast, we gather our belongings and set off on our journey to Soti Khola. The road winds through the lush valleys and terraced fields, offering glimpses of rural life. We pass through charming villages and cross over rivers, the landscape changing with every turn.

Throughout the day, we stop to stretch our legs, take in the scenery, and enjoy some snacks. As we near Soti Khola, the air becomes cooler, and the mountains loom larger. Finally, at sunset, we arrive at our destination and check into the ABC Hotel. After settling into our rooms, we gather for a delicious dinner, sharing stories of our journey. The evening ends with a sense of anticipation for the adventures that lie ahead.

Day 2: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (elevation: 900 meters / 2953 feet)

Machha Khola(Stream)
Machha Khola(Stream)
Gho Village- Manaslu Trekking
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We wake up early to the sound of birds chirping and the rush of the river nearby. After a satisfying breakfast, we lace up our hiking boots and trek to Machha Khola. The trail takes us through dense forests alive with the chatter of wildlife and the rustle of leaves in the breeze.
Next, we take breaks to admire the scenery and snap photos of the breathtaking landscapes around us. We pass by small streams and waterfalls, their crystal-clear waters sparkling in the sunlight. Along the way, we encounter friendly locals going about their daily activities, adding to the rich tapestry of our experience.

By late afternoon, we reach Machha Khola and check into the Lodge. After freshening up, we gather for a well-deserved dinner, swapping stories of our day’s adventures. As night falls, we retire to our rooms, lulled to sleep by the soothing sounds of the river outside.

Day 3: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (elevation: 1350 meters / 4429 feet)

Women - Manaslu trekking
Typical women gathered firewood for cooking during the Manaslu Trek.
Typical women gathered firewood for cooking during the Manaslu Trek.

Today’s journey takes us further along the trail to Jagat, a village nestled amidst towering mountains and lush greenery. We set out early, eager to explore the wonders that await us along the way.

The path winds through picturesque landscapes, with each step revealing new delights. We traverse wooden bridges spanning rushing rivers and ascend rocky trails that offer panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. Along the way, we encounter local villagers going about their daily routines, warm smiles, and hospitality adding to the charm of our journey.

As we approach Jagat in the late afternoon, the village comes into view, its traditional architecture and bustling streets welcoming us with open arms. We check into a cozy lodge and take some time to rest and rejuvenate after our day’s hike. evening, we gather for a communal meal, sharing laughter and camaraderie as we reflect on the day’s adventures.

Day 4: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa (elevation: 1860 meters / 6102 feet)

Way to Lokpa Village
Way to Lokpa Village
Explanation:

Today, we embark on a scenic trek from Jagat to Lokpa, the gateway to the Tsum Valley. The trail leads us through verdant forests and along rivers, offering plenty of opportunities to soak in the natural beauty.

As we walk, we are treated to breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and cascading waterfalls, each more stunning than the last. We pass by terraced fields where farmers tend to their crops and quaint villages where children play in the streets.

By mid-afternoon, we reach Lokpa, our destination for the day. We settle into our accommodations and take some time to rest and recharge before dinner. In the evening, we gather around a crackling fire, swapping stories and sharing laughs as we bask in the warmth of newfound friendships.

Day 5: Lokpa to Chumling (elevation: 2386 meters / 7828 feet)


Beautiful trail on the way to Chumling Manaslu

Today we’re trekking from Lokpa to Chumling, a lovely village surrounded by hills and tall mountains. We started early because we were excited to see all the amazing things the Tsum Valley has for us to discover.

The trail winds through lush forests and pastures dotted with grazing yaks, offering plenty of opportunities to connect with nature. Along the way, we pass by ancient monasteries adorned with colorful prayer flags, their tranquil beauty a testament to the spiritual heritage of the region.

As we approach Chumling in the late afternoon, the village comes into view, its whitewashed buildings and terraced fields bathed in the golden light of the setting sun. We check into a cozy lodge and take some time to relax and unwind after our day’s hike. In the evening, we gather for a hearty meal, savoring the flavors of local cuisine as we recount the day’s adventures.

Day 6: Chumling to Chhokangparo (elevation: 3031 meters / 9944 feet)

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Stone made Mani wall along the Way to Chhekampar

Our Journey Today, we continue our trek from Chumling to Chhokangparo, a picturesque village nestled high in the mountains of the Tsum Valley. The trail meanders through lush forests and alpine meadows, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and crystal-clear streams.

As we hike, we pass by traditional Tibetan settlements and ancient monasteries, each steeped in centuries of history and culture. Along the way, we encounter friendly locals tending to their fields and herding their livestock, their warm smiles and welcoming greetings brightening our journey.

By late afternoon, we reach Chhokangparo and settle into our accommodations for the night. We take some time to rest and recharge before dinner, enjoying the tranquility of our mountain surroundings. In the evening, we gather for a communal meal, sharing stories and laughter as we reflect on the day’s adventures and anticipate the journey ahead.

Day 7: Chhokangparo to the Nile via Milarepa Piren Phu Cave (elevation: 3361 meters / 11030 feet)

Way to Mu Gompa( Monastery)
Way to Mu Gompa( Monastery)

Today’s trek takes us from Chhokangparo to the Nile, a sacred destination with historical significance. We set out early, ready to explore the wonders of the Tsum Valley and its rich cultural heritage.

Our journey begins with a gradual ascent through lush forests and meandering trails. Along the way, we visit the Milarepa Piren Phu Cave, a place of deep spiritual significance adorned with ancient Buddhist murals and scripts. Here, we take a moment to pay homage to the revered sage Milarepa and soak in the tranquility of the surroundings.

Continuing onwards, we traverse rugged terrain and picturesque villages, each step bringing us closer to the heart of the Tsum Valley. Nile Village, the landscapes are breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks and alpine meadows.

By late afternoon, we arrive in the Nile and settle into our accommodations for the night. We take some time to rest and reflect on the day’s journey, grateful for the opportunity to explore this sacred land and connect with its timeless wisdom. In the evening, we gather for a communal meal, sharing stories and laughter as we bask in the warmth of newfound friendships.

Day 8: Nile to Mu Gompa (elevation: 3700 meters / 12139 feet)

Suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki River while walking to Mu Gompa
Suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki River while walking to Mu Gompa

Today, we continue our trek from the Nile to Mu Gompa, the highest point of our journey. We set out early, eager to reach the monastery nestled amidst the towering peaks of the Tsum Valley.

The path goes up slowly and shows wide views of mountains covered in snow and beautiful meadows. We walk past old villages and fields shaped like stairs, each full of the area’s special culture.

As we approach Mu Gompa, the air grows thin, and the temperature drops, reminding us of the high altitude we have reached. Finally, after hours of trekking, we arrive at the monastery, its ancient walls echoing with the prayers of generations past.

We get comfortable in The Tea house/Lodge, enjoying the Peaceful atmosphere. At night time, we sit together near a warm fire, telling stories and laughing under the stars.

Day 9: Mu Gompa to Chhokangparo (elevation: 3031 meters / 9944 feet)

Donkeys are way back to Chhekampar Village- Manaslu Tsum Valley
Donkeys are way back to Chhekampar Village- Manaslu Tsum Valley

With hearts full of gratitude, we bid farewell to Mu Gompa and begin our descent towards Chhokangparo. The trail winds downwards, offering stunning views of the mountains and valleys below.

As we descend, we pass by ancient forests and terraced fields, each step bringing us closer to the village of Chhokangparo. Along the way, we pause to savor the beautiful landscape and the serenity of the mountain wilderness.

By late afternoon, we arrive in Chhokangparo and settle into our accommodations for the night. We take some time to rest and reflect on the journey that has brought us here, grateful for the memories and the connections we have forged along the way.

As the sun sets behind the mountains, casting a warm glow upon the valley, we gather together to share a final meal, celebrating the bonds of friendship that will endure long after our adventure.

Day 10: Chhokangparo to Chumling (elevation: 2386 meters / 7828 feet)

Chumling Village
Chumling Village

As the sun rises over the Himalayas, we say goodbye to Chhokangparo and down towards Chumling. We follow the same path back through the rough Tsum Valley landscape. The trail goes downhill, giving us views of the mountains and valleys below.

Throughout the day, we pass through quaint villages and terraced fields, where locals go about their daily routines amidst the stunning backdrop of the Himalayas. We take our time to soak in the sights and sounds of the valley, pausing occasionally to rest and take photographs.

By late afternoon, we reach Chumling and settle into our accommodations for the night. We take some time to relax and reflect on the journey thus far, grateful for the experiences and the friendships we’ve formed along the way.

In the evening, we gather for a delicious dinner, sharing stories and laughter as we recount the highlights of our trek. As night falls, we retire to our rooms, lulled to sleep by the peaceful ambiance of the mountains.

Day 11: Chumling to Deng (elevation: 1804 meters / 5912 feet)

Way to Deng Village in Manaslu trek
Way to Deng Village in Manaslu trek

Today, we bid farewell to Chumling and continue our journey toward Deng, our next stop along the trail. The path leads us through lush forests and terraced fields, with the sound of rushing rivers accompanying us along the way.

As we hike, we encounter breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, each turn revealing new wonders to behold. We pass by traditional villages and encounter friendly locals, who welcome us with warm smiles and hospitality.

By mid-afternoon, we arrive in Deng and settle into our accommodations for the night. We take some time to rest and recharge, enjoying the tranquility of the mountains before dinner. Evening, we gather for a hearty meal, sharing stories of our day’s adventures as we prepare for the journey ahead.

Day 12: Deng to Namrung (elevation: 2630 meters / 8629 feet)

Near Namrung Village in Manaslu Trek
Near Namrung Village in Manaslu Trek

With the first light of dawn, we bid farewell to Deng and continued our trek towards Namrung, a picturesque village nestled amidst the towering peaks of the Manaslu region. The trail winds through dense forests and alpine meadows, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Today, we encounter traditional villages and ancient monasteries, each steeped in centuries of history and culture. We take our time to explore these cultural landmarks, pausing to admire the intricate architecture and colorful prayer flags.

By late afternoon, we arrive in Namrung and settle into our accommodations for the night. We take some time to rest and reflect on the journey so far, grateful for our experiences and the memories we’ve made along the way.

In the evening, we gather for a delicious dinner, sharing stories and laughter as we look forward to the adventures that await us in the days ahead.

Day 13: Namrung to Sama Gaon (elevation: 3530 meters / 11581 feet)

Samagaun Village in Manaslu Trek
Samagaun Village in Manaslu Trek

As the sun rises over the majestic peaks, we bid farewell to Namrung and set out on our trek to Sama Gaon. The trail leads us through rugged terrain and alpine meadows, with the towering mountains casting shadows upon us.

Along the way, we pass by ancient Buddhist stupas and prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze, offering prayers for safe travels. We pause to admire the breathtaking scenery and snap photos of the snow-capped peaks that loom overhead.

By noon, we reach Sama Gaon, a lovely village surrounded by the Himalayas. We settle into our lodging and spend time relaxing and getting used to the high altitude. Later in the afternoon, we wander around the village, visit nearby monasteries, and chat with the welcoming locals.

As evening falls, we gather for a hearty meal, savoring the flavors of traditional Himalayan cuisine. We spend the rest of the evening relaxing and enjoying the tranquility of our mountain surroundings, grateful for the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Himalayas.

Day 14: Rest day in Sama Gaon

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Manaslu Mountain View and Pungyen Gompa

Today is a well-deserved rest day in Sama Gaon, allowing us to acclimatize to the high altitude and soak in the beauty of our surroundings. We begin the day with a leisurely breakfast and a gentle stroll around the village.

For those feeling adventurous, optional excursions are available to explore the nearby glacial moraine or visit the sacred Birendra Lake and Pungyen Gompa. Alternatively, we can relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the village, soaking in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

In the afternoon, we have the option to participate in a traditional Himalayan cooking class or join a guided meditation session led by a local monk. Whatever we choose to do, the day is spent in relaxation and rejuvenation, preparing us for the Trek.

Day 15: Sama Gaon to Larkya La Phedi (elevation: 4460 meters / 14632 feet)

Walking towards Monastry in Manaslu trek
Walking towards Monastry in Manaslu trek

With the dawn lighting up the valley, we said goodbye to Sama Gaon and started climbing towards Larkya La Phedi. The path steadily goes uphill, bringing us closer with each step to the high mountain pass(Larke La the highlight of our trek.

As we climb, the air gets thinner and colder, reminding us of the challenges of trekking at high altitudes. We try to catch our breath and mountains around us.

We reach Larkya La Phedi by midday, where we’ll rest before crossing the pass. We check into our rooms, take some time to relax, and get ready for the tough day ahead. In the afternoon, we join a yoga session led by a guide to help loosen our muscles and clear our minds.

As night falls, we gather for an early dinner, enjoying a hearty meal to give us energy for tomorrow’s journey. The rest of the evening is spent resting and mentally preparing ourselves for the adventure that awaits.

Day 16: Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Bhimtang via Larkya La Pass (elevation: Larkya La Pass – 5160 meters / 16929 feet, Bhimtang – 3720 meters / 12204 feet)

Classic Manaslu trek in nepal in October
Classic Manaslu trek in nepal in October

Today marks one of the most challenging yet exhilarating legs as we conquer the formidable Larkya La Pass and trek onwards to Bhimtang. We rise before dawn, bracing ourselves for the demanding ascent ahead.

The trail begins with a steep climb, each step a test of our endurance as we navigate rocky terrain and shifting scree. As we ascend, the air grows thin, and the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks become increasingly awe-inspiring.

Finally, after hours of strenuous effort, we reach the pinnacle of Larkya La Pass, marked by fluttering prayer flags and a sense of triumph. From this vantage point, we are rewarded with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding Himalayan peaks stretching as far as the eye can see.

With the hardest part behind us, we begin our descent towards Bhimtang, our destination for the day. The trail winds its way through alpine meadows and lush forests, offering respite from the rugged terrain of the past. Along the way,

By late afternoon, we reach Bhimtang Village, our weary bodies filled with accomplishment. We settle into our accommodations for the night, relishing the tranquility of our surroundings and the warmth of newfound friendships. As night falls, we gather around a crackling fire, sharing stories and laughter beneath the starlit sky, grateful for the indomitable spirit that has carried us through this epic journey.

Day 17: Trek from Bhimtang to Gho (elevation: 2560 meters / 8399 feet)


Gho Village- Manaslu Trekking

As the first light of dawn bathes the mountains in a soft golden glow, we bid farewell to Bhimtang and continue our descent toward Gho. The trail leads us through dense forests and alpine meadows, with the sound of rushing rivers accompanying us along the way.

Throughout the day, we are treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, each turn revealing new wonders to behold. We pass by traditional villages and encounter friendly locals, who welcome us with warm smiles and hospitality.

By mid-afternoon, we arrive in Gho, a charming village nestled amidst the Himalayas. We check into our accommodations and take some time to rest and recharge, enjoying the tranquility of our mountain surroundings. In the evening, we gather for a delicious dinner, sharing stories of our day’s adventures as we prepare for the final leg of our journey.

Day 18: Trek from Gho to Tal (elevation: 1700 meters / 5577 feet)

Manaslu trek in Taal village
Way to Taal Village in Manaslu Trekking

Today, we bid farewell to Gho and continue our journey towards Tal, our final destination along the trek. The trail leads us through rolling hills and terraced fields, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

As we hike, we encounter traditional villages and bustling markets, where locals go about their daily lives amidst the beauty of the Himalayas. We take our time to soak in the sights and sounds of the valley, pausing occasionally to rest and take photographs.

By late afternoon, we arrive in Tal, a vibrant village nestled along the banks of the Marsyangdi River. We settle into our accommodations for the night, relishing the comfort of a hot shower and a soft bed after days of trekking. In the evening, we gather for a final meal together, celebrating the bonds of friendship forged during our time in the mountains. As the stars twinkle overhead, we reflect on the challenges we’ve overcome and the memories we’ve made, grateful for the opportunity to experience the majesty of the Himalayas.

Day 19: Drive from Tal to Besisahar then Kathmandu

Besisahar- a popular gateway of Annapurna circuit Trek
Besisahar- a popular gateway of Annapurna circuit Trek With the first light of dawn painting the sky in hues of pink and orange, we bid farewell to Tal and begin our journey back to civilization. Boarding a local Jeep or bus, we embark on a scenic drive towards Besisahar, retracing the winding mountain roads that brought us to this remote corner of the Himalayas.

As we descend from the high mountains, we are treated to breathtaking views of lush valleys and cascading waterfalls, the rugged beauty of the high Himalayas. Along the way, we pass through traditional villages and terraced fields, where locals tend to their crops and livestock amidst the serenity of mountain life.

By midday, we arrive in Besisahar, where we pause to stretch our legs and enjoy a leisurely lunch. As we reflect on the journey that has brought us to this point, we are grateful for the experiences and the friendships we’ve formed along the way.

In the afternoon, we board our final bus or jeep for the journey back to Kathmandu, where our adventure began. we are reminded of the vibrant culture and rich history that defines this ancient land. Arriving in Kathmandu, we bid farewell to our fellow trekkers and guides, grateful for the memories we’ve made and the bonds we’ve shared. As we head home, our hearts are full of the knowledge that we have embarked on a journey of a lifetime, one that will stay with us forever.

What is included
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (trek start) and back to Kathmandu via local bus.
  • All meals during the trek( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner( 1 time 1 meal)
  • Accommodations in twin sharing rooms at tea houses/lodges for 18 days.
  • English-speaking trek leader/guide and porter for luggage (1 porter for every 2 trekkers, max 10 kg per trekker).
  • Permits for Manaslu & Tsum Valley, Conservation Area Permits, and ACAP fees.
  • Water purification tablets.
  • Daily snacks (cookies) and fresh fruits.
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Rescue operation arrangements for health emergencies.
What is not included
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Nepal entry visa. You can get a visa easily when you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. The visa fees are:

➤ $30 for 15 days
➤ $50 for 30 days
➤ $ for 90 days

  • International flight costs.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Accommodations and meals in Kathmandu.
  • Extra nights in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, drinks, etc.).
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Travel insurance for high-altitude emergencies.
  • Additional costs due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
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Dmitry (Дмитрий)

My name is Dmitry (Дмитрий). I am from Russia. I was in Nepal a few months ago and I completed the Tsum Valley trek in the Manaslu region. It lasted almost 17 days. I trekked with a guide named Ramesh, who was very caring, and all of us felt safe. The weather was incredible as we ascended higher. The people were so friendly. Thank you so much, Mr. Gauli, for your excellent management. We did not expect the trip to be this wonderful, but we completed it without any pressure. Thank you, Safe Holiday Adventure Pvt. Ltd., and your team, for your outstanding hospitality.

Dimitry

Chai Hang Theng

Our trek with Safe Holiday Adventure to Manaslu Tsum Valley was simply amazing! Mr. Santosh and his team made sure everything was just right from start to finish. The price was fair, and they gave us an experienced guide named Ramjee and a helpful porter named Prem.

The trek itself was incredible. We got to see ancient monasteries, beautiful villages, and stunning trails with colorful mani walls. Ramjee told us lots of interesting things about the area, and Prem always had a smile on his face.

What’s great about Safe Holiday Adventure is how they care about our safety. Even though trekking can be tough, we always felt safe and supported.

Overall, our trek with Safe Holiday Adventure was unforgettable. If you want to explore Nepal with a team that’s friendly, safe, and affordable, definitely go with them. Thanks to Mr. Santosh, Ramjee, Prem, and everyone else for making our trip so special!

Chai from Thailand

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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Location:

The trek is located in the Manaslu region of Nepal, with a significant portion passing through the Tsum Valley, a hidden gem known for its ancient monasteries, Tibetan Buddhist culture, and pristine natural beauty.

Trek Duration:

The duration of the trek typically ranges from 14 to 21 days, depending on the specific itinerary and pace.

Accommodation and Food:

  • Lodging: Accommodation options along the trekking route include tea houses, guesthouses, and basic lodges. These accommodations offer basic facilities such as beds, blankets, and shared bathrooms. It’s essential to be prepared for simple and sometimes rustic lodging conditions.
  • Food: Meals are usually provided at the teahouses. The menu primarily consists of local Nepali dishes like dal bhat (rice with lentil soup), noodles, soups, and occasionally western options. It’s advisable to carry some snacks and energy bars for additional sustenance during the trek.

Weather in Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek:

  • Spring (March to May): Spring is one of the best times for trekking in the Manaslu region. The weather is generally stable with clear skies, blooming rhododendrons, and moderate temperatures. Daytime temperatures can range from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) at lower altitudes.
  • Autumn (September to November): Another popular season for trekking, autumn offers clear skies, excellent visibility, and comfortable temperatures. Daytime temperatures in autumn can vary from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F) at lower elevations.

Trek Starting and Ending Point:

  • Starting Point: The trek usually begins from Soti Khola or Arughat, depending on the chosen itinerary. These are accessible by road from Kathmandu.
  • Ending Point: The trek typically concludes at Besisahar or Dharapani, where transportation is available for the return journey to Kathmandu.

Guides and Porters:

  • Guide: It’s highly recommended to hire an experienced guide for the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, especially for those who are less experienced in high-altitude trekking or unfamiliar with the region. A guide can provide valuable insights into the local culture, navigate the trail, and ensure safety.
  • Porters: Porters can be hired to carry heavy loads, including trekking gear and supplies. This allows trekkers to focus on enjoying the journey without being weighed down by excessive baggage.

Required Permits for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek:

Restricted Area Permit: The Manaslu region is a restricted area, and trekkers are required to obtain a special permit through a registered trekking agency in Nepal. Additionally, a Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit is required for those visiting the Tsum Valley.
Preparation:
Physical Fitness: The trek involves challenging terrain and high altitudes, so we have to be in good physical condition. Regular cardiovascular exercise and strength training can help prepare for the demands of the trek.

Altitude Acclimatization: Adequate acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude sickness. It’s recommended to ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and listen to your body’s signals.

Altitude Considerations:

  • High Passes: The trek includes crossing high mountain passes such as Larkya La Pass (5,106 meters/16,752 feet). Trekkers should be prepared for altitude-related challenges such as decreased oxygen levels, cold temperatures, and potential altitude sickness. It’s crucial to ascend slowly, allowing time for proper acclimatization.
  • Altitude Sickness: Symptoms of altitude sickness can include headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. Trekkers should be aware of these symptoms and be prepared to descend if they experience severe discomfort. Adequate hydration, rest, and medication (under medical supervision) can help manage altitude-related issues.

Cultural Immersion:

Tsum Valley Exploration: The Tsum Valley is renowned for its rich Tibetan Buddhist culture and ancient monasteries. Trekkers have the opportunity to visit traditional villages, interact with local communities, and witness religious ceremonies. Respect for local customs, traditions, and religious sites is essential during the trek.

Equipment and Gear:

  • Trekking Gear: Essential trekking gear includes sturdy hiking boots, waterproof clothing, insulated layers, a backpack, trekking poles, a sleeping bag, and a headlamp. It’s advisable to pack according to the season and expected weather conditions, with additional gear for high-altitude trekking.
  • First Aid Kit: A well-equipped first aid kit, including medications for altitude sickness, gastrointestinal issues, and minor injuries, is essential for the trek. It’s also advisable to carry water purification tablets or a water filtration system for safe drinking water along the trail.

Communication and Emergency Preparedness:

  • Communication Devices: While mobile phone coverage may be limited in remote areas, carrying a satellite phone or personal locator beacon (PLB) can provide a means of communication in case of emergencies.
  • Emergency Evacuation: Trekkers should have travel insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation and treatment. Familiarize yourself with emergency procedures and evacuation routes before starting the trek.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek FAQs:

Q: Can I do the Manaslu Trek independently, or is it necessary to join a guided tour?

A: While it’s possible to do the Manaslu Trek independently, joining a guided tour is highly recommended for safety and cultural insights. Guides provide valuable navigation assistance and insights into the local culture.

Q: Are there any specific permits required for photography or videography during the Manaslu Trek?

A: No, there aren’t any specific permits required for photography or videography. However, it’s essential to be respectful of local customs and privacy when taking photos or videos of people and religious sites.

Q: Are there any restrictions on camping along the Manaslu Trek route?

A: Camping along the Manaslu Trek route is generally not permitted due to conservation efforts and the availability of tea houses and lodges along the trail. Trekkers are encouraged to stay in designated accommodations.

Q: What are the risks of encountering wildlife during the Manaslu Trek, and how should they be managed?

A: While encounters with wildlife are rare, trekkers may occasionally encounter species such as Himalayan marmots and blue sheep. It’s essential to maintain a safe distance and avoid disturbing or provoking wildlife.

Q: Are there any recommended side trips or extensions to the Manaslu Trek itinerary?

A: Yes, there are several side trips and extensions available for those looking to explore additional areas. Popular options include the Tsum Valley Extension, Pungyen Gompa Excursion, and Manaslu Base Camp Trek.

Q: What communication facilities are available along the Manaslu Trek route?

A: Mobile phone coverage may be limited in remote areas, especially at higher altitudes. Some tea houses and lodges may offer limited internet access or satellite phone facilities for communication.

Q: What currency should I bring for the Manaslu Trek, and are there ATM facilities along the route?

A: It’s recommended to bring Nepalese Rupees (NPR) for the trek, as credit card acceptance and ATM facilities are limited along the route. It’s advisable to carry enough cash for the duration of the trek.

Q: Are there any medical facilities or clinics available along the Manaslu Trek route?

A: Medical facilities and clinics are limited along the Manaslu Trek route, especially in remote areas. Trekkers should carry a well-equipped first aid kit and be prepared to manage minor injuries and illnesses. In case of emergencies, evacuation to a nearby town or city with medical facilities may be necessary.

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