Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek
is one of the most popular off the beaten trekking routes. The remote valley of Tsum is located north east of Manaslu. Tsum is the Tibetan term for vivid. This is also known as the Shangrila of Nepal. Trekking in Tsum Valley was first opened for outsiders to trek in 2008. Locals living in Tsum Valley are known as Tsumbas who have their origin in Tibet. Culture and ways of these Tsumbas are close to the neighboring Tibetans. Explore the antique arts. The locals adopt animism which is one of the oldest surviving religions in the world. The implacable mountain views add other highlights to Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking.
Leaving Kathmandu, we will follow the swirling road to Arughat Bazaar. A local vehicle from Arughat Bazaar takes us to Soti River from where Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking route initiates. We will cross the wooden bridge and reach Philim village. Heading east, we will descend to Upper Tsum Valley. Barley, buckwheat, and potatoes are the chiefly produced crops in the region. We can encounter with the Himalayan beast like Tahrs and blue sheep which are locally called as Bharals. If we are lucky, we can also witness snow leopard. We will reach Chhekampar which is the twin village. Milarepa cave is located above Chhekampar village. We will also visit Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa monasteries. Rachen Gompa is a nunnery which provides accommodation to nuns of Ngak-pa sect. We can also visit Gumba Lungdang which is also a nunnery. Gumba Lungdang allows 360-degree views of mountains. Base Camp of Ganesh Mountain is located close to Gumba Lungdang. Our path meets with Manaslu Circuit route at Lokpa. We will cross Nupri valley and arrive at Samagaon. Close to Samagaon is Manaslu Base Camp. We will cross Larkya La pass and descend through Marsyangdi Valley to Dharapani from where trekking ends. We will drive back to Kathmandu from Dharapani. February to March and September to December are the best season
for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek.
Manaslu Tsum Valley trek covers the remote part of Manaslu region that serves the spectacular beauty of nature, adventurous trails, and rich cultural diversity. Go to Tsum valley and you shall experience the untouched wildlife and lifestyle of Buddhist inhabitants. As you trek, you might be familiar with scattered settlements and various repeated culture to some extent, but as you reach the Tsum valley, a different beauty enraptures your heart.
Route and Map
Your trek begins as you leave Kathmandu for Arughat (670 m) from where you shall trek towards Soti Khola (710 m). Through Macchakhola (890 m), Thulo Dhunga, Philim (1,590 m), Chumling (2,360 m), Chhokang Paro (3,031 m), Mu Gompa (3,700 m), Lar (3,245 m), you shall return back to Chumling (2, 360 m). Via Pewa (2000 m), Ghap (2,500 m), Lho (3,180 m), Sama (3,520 m), Samdo (3,850 m), Dharamsala (4,460 m), Larkya La (5,260 m), Bimthang (3,720 m), Dharapani (1,860 m), Chamje (1,430 m), Bhulbhule (840 m), Besisahar (760 m), you will return to Kathmandu (1,320 m).
How difficult is the trek?
Manaslu Tsum Valley trek can be quite problematic while crossing the Larke La Pass at an altitude of 5,260 m. Despite it, most of the trail goes through village routes. If you are a trekking enthusiast and can endure frequent ups and downs, and long trek of 6 hours on an average, you will not find this trek difficult.Some medical advicesLet your body acclimatize with the altitude as you ascend significant climb. Go slow throughout the trek; don't let the fever of excitement cause problem. Drink plenty of clean water, eat hygienic food. Stay warm. Above all, consult your doctor before heading off to this trek.
Weather and Season - When to go?
March through to May, and late September through to November are the ideal times for this trek. June through to mid-September is the season of monsoon. The Samdo village empties after mid-December. January is the month of unstable weather. Despite the beauty of blooming rhododendron, key lodges remain closed in February.
What is the weather like?
During the March, as you go high the weather isn't much cold, and down below, the weather isn't too warm either. Throughout Deng to Shyala, you will be amazed by beautiful rhododendron throughout May. During September, though the monsoon clears off, some rains and haze is still possible. Weather slowly cools down in November.
What is the best season for trekking?
October is the busiest month in the year. During January, you will need crampons to descend from the Larkya La Pass. You will find most of the lodges closed during January and February. You shall not find any trekkers during June. March throughout to May is best to witness the blossoms of rhododendrons. You can either go during September-November, or March-May.
What are the essential Equipment/Gears for trekking?
Take light trekking boots, rubber sandals, shoes, a watch, first aid kit, water bottles, dry bag, water purification drops or tablets, dry towel, windbreaker, rain jacket, inner garments, long trekking shirts, trekking pants, t-shirts, socks, hat, sunglass, gloves, items for personal hygiene, some bars, chocolates, etc.
Where to buy equipment?
You can buy all of the items at Kathmandu. Trekking gears can be found, but not limited, at Thamel area in Kathmandu. You can bring boots from your home, as some of you might face difficulty getting the right model and size of the boot.
What to carry including medical items?
If you aren't going for a research, do not take iPads or laptops. Do not take pans, pots, gas stoves, and similar kitchen utensils with you. Ensure that you have weather appropriate clothes. Take a sunscreen, map, water purification, antiseptic cream, thermal underware; and make sure that you bag do not weigh more than 15 kg. Take some basic medicines, amoxicillin, aspirin, duct tape, anti-flu powder, Cipro, rehydration packets etc.
Food and accommodation
What food do you need to carry?
You don't need to take much dry foods. Snacks and nuts constitute high minerals, proteins, and vitamins. They can act as an instant supply for your weakening strength. Say "No" to junk foods. To keep you energized, pack some chocolates. Water is the most important thing that you shouldn't forget. Drink plenty of water. If you love the taste of your tea/coffee and do not want to taste anything else, you might want to take some tea or coffee bags along with you. Take few cans of energy drinks, too. Don't overload with snacks or drinks. Water should always be at your prime importance.
Where can you buy foods on the way?
Junks, no matter where they are available, are very expensive. The best way to manage food is have the popular local dishes, such as Dhal Bhat, potatoes, etc. and munch chocolates and bars you packed. You can have local foods in the tea houses. Some of the lodges only offer you room provided you agree to dine at the hotel it recommends! There are some local restaurants that serve to locals only; but, you might have difficulty to get them, since most of the restaurants are targeted to the trekkers.
Hotels, restaurants and lodges, Arughat Bazar, Lapubesi, Khorlabesi, Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Samagaon, Samdo, have sufficeitn lodges. Samagaon, located at the foot of Manaslu, has four lodges. Bimtang has quite a few lodges, some are under construction. Get your room reserved before reaching to Dharmasal; you may not enjoy camping outside, otherwise. This place doesn't have settlement nearby. Never forget to carry a tent and sleeping bag. You might not face any problem finding your accommodation in Dharapani, Syange, and Besi Sahar. We will have pre-booked accommodation of next rest-spot. Some places have very limited options and number of hotels and lodges.
Should i hire a Guide or can I go alone?
The Government of Nepal prohibits solo trekking in Manaslu region. You must be accompanied by a guide and must be trekking in a group of at least two. The guide must be registered. Jagat to Bimthang region is restricted by the government. The trek that do not cover this area can be done solo. For that you shall require conservation area permits and TIMS card.
What is the cost for guide?
A guide might cost USD $25.00 per day. If you want to take a porter too, a porter might charge you USD $10-25 per day. Most of the guides aren't charged for the food they consume and room they spend the night at; as they are considered the source of the clients for lodges, restaurants, and hotels. A better English speaking guide might charge you up to USD $30 per day. A porter manages to carry the gears of two trekkers. In addition to guide and porters, you might incur USD $20-30 per day on food and accommodation. The major factors that affect the cost are the quality, personality and experience of the guide.
Where and how to get Trekking permit?
For the completion of the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek, you will require: Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) Permit, and Restricted Area Permit (RAP). You should contact the registered agent for the RAP. Nepal Tourism Board office, located at Kathmandu, offers you the MCAP and ACAP. The benefit of having RAP is that you will not have to bear the burden of getting TIMS card.
What is the cost of the Trekking permit?
The cost of ACAP is around USD$ 10. Getting MCAP might cost you USD $ 30. RAP costs USD $ 70 per week, and in case if you happened to spend more time than a week, you will have to pay $10 extra for every such extra day. Moreover, the cost of RAP varies when you go. If you go to trek during September to November, the above mentioned costs are charged. But if you go during December to August, it costs US$50 per week per person up to 7 days, then UD$ 7 additional for each additional day for each person.
How much will it cost for the Manaslu trek?
The cost of all the permits can be US$110. A guide might charge you USD$25 per day. A porter might charge you US$15 per day. Every day food and accommodation can be managed around US$25 per day. The cost of transportation is cheap if you opt for buses. The round trip cost of transportation in bus can be approximately US$30-40. But all these cost vary from season to season, and they are mere estimation out of previous experiences. For full information regarding the cost of the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek, do not hesitate to contact us.
Manalsu tsum valley trekking reviews from the past trekkers
The trekkers we served are happy to have chosen us as their trekking agent. Our guides and porters take good care of the trekkers and ensures that they are safe and the mission is completed within the scheduled time throughout the trek. During the time of cyclone and snowfalls, our proactive guides can reschedule the routes. Our guide ensures that our trekkers are getting hygienic food and getting comfortable accommodation. If you are in dilemma regarding which agency to choose, choose a package with us, you shall not give you any reason to be disappointed.
Day 1:Arrival at Kathmandu
Altitude: Kathmandu: 1,320 m
Our representative shall welcome you at the Tribhuvan International Airport, and take you to your hotel. After you rest, you can go for shopping the things required in your trek starting from the next day. We shall host a Welcome Dinner at a popular restaurant of the town in the evening. Stay overnight at the hotel at Kathmandu.
Day 2:Journey to Aarughat
Altitude: Aarughat: 670 m
Travelling to Aarughat takes about 8 hours. The first four hour drive to Dhading Besi is fine, as the roads are good. But the drive from the Dhading Besi to Aarughat goes through rough road. You shall be overlooking the Trishuli River throughout the first part of the journey. Aarughat is mostly inhabited by Newar tribe, is small in area, and located near the Budhi Gandaki River. Stay overnight at Aarughat.
Day 3:Trek to Soti Khola
Altitude: Soti Khola: 710 m
Trekking to Soti Khola from Aarughat takes about 6 hours. You will pass through small villages inhabited by Magar, Brahmin-Chhetri, and Gurung inhabitants, the middle hilly region. Be careful about the heat stroke, as you shall walk through hot regions. You might see traffic jam of Donkeys at the bridge near Soti Khola, which is often during the peak season. Stay overnight at Soti Khola.
Day 4:Trek to Machha Khola
Altitude: Machha Khola: 900 m
With frequent gentle ups and downs, this is the last day of low-altitude trekking. You will be walking through forest and bank of Budhi Gandaki River. You will descend at the riverbed of Budhi Gandaki, and trek through twisting mountain route witnessing the river. Stay overnight at Machha Khola.
Day 5:Trek to Thulo Dhungga
Altitude: Thulo Dhungga
Today's trek starts through Korlebesi Village. You shall walk along the river for about an hour. You will walk witnessing the fields with buckwheat and tobacco, and ascend the stone steps leading you to the hot springs of Tatopani Village. You shall ascend through forest, pass some sculptures, and waterfalls, and cross the Budhi Gandaki River over the suspension bridge. Through thick forest, you shall reach Thulo Dhunga. Stay overnight at Thulo Dhunga.
Day 6:Trek to Philim
Altitude: Philim: 1,590 m
You shall descend from Jagat Village through stone staircase to the river. Ascending slap steps you shall reach to Saguleri Village. Above the river, you shall continue your ups and downs, pass through Sirdibas Village, the local water-mill, and cross the Gata Khola by suspension bridge. You will then ascend through wheat fields and reach Philim. Stay overnight at Philim.
Day 7:Trek to Chumling
Altitude: Chumling: 2,360 m
Passing through Ekle Bhatti, after making through millet and corn fields, you shall trek through narrow gorge, passing by some waterfalls. Crossing the metal bridge, you will enter a steeply gorge. You shall make a gentle climb of an hour, through dense forest, and reach Lokpa. Climbing steep uphill, you shall descend down to Ghumlung, then, ascending gently, you shall reach Chumling Village. Overnight at Chumling.
Day 8:Trek to Chhokang Paro
Altitude: Chhokang Paro: 3,031 m
Crossing the suspension bridge, you shall gently descend, pass through small settlements, Dhampa Gompa, passing through the Rainjam Village, crossing suspension bridge again, you will climb to Gho. Then comes a gentle and comfortable walk of about an hour to reach to Chhokang Paro. The villagers in this village are friendly and children are curious to play with a stranger. Stay overnight at Chhokang Paro.
Day 9:Trek to Mu Gompa
Altitude: Miu Gompa: 3,700 m
You shall walk through lengthy Mani Walls, passing Nyakyu Village, Lamagaon, Phurbe, Pangdum, Chhule Village, and cross the bridge to arrive at Nile Village. The villages you will be visiting today are the last villages in the Tsum Valley. The remaining two hours trek is quite difficult. Passing through extra Mani Walls, Chortens, glacial stream, you shall climb a steep uphill to arrive at Mu Gompa. Stay overnight at Mu Gompa.
Day 10:Trek to Lar
Altitude: Lar: 3,245 m
This is mostly a downhill trek, as we retrace our steps to Lar, passing which we had reached to Mu Gompa. You will be awarded with breathtaking views of landscape as you descend downhill. It shall take approximately 4 hours to reach Lar. Crossing Khugyu Khola, you will arrive at a school at Lar. Another attraction of Lar is the Ranchen Gomp. Stay overnight at Lar.
Day 11:Trek to Chumling
Altitude: Chumling: 2,360 m
Today's trek is a long trek. You will be walking for 9 hours to reach Chumling. Enjoying the views of natural vistas, you shall descend and ascend all the way to your destination. Chumling was the destination of our trek on 7th day. We shall retrace our step back to Chumling for our remaining journey ahead. As it is quite a long walk, ensure that you are properly hydrated. Overnight at Chumling.
Day 12:Trek to Pewa
Altitude: Pewa: 2,000 m
Crossing the Budhi Gandaki River, you shall penetrate towards the area of Tibetian border. Through open forest full of pines, you shall ascend, and cross the river twice. You will be welcomed by dense forest rich with wild flowers, rhododendrons and bamboo. After couple of hours of ascend, you shall arrive at Pewa.
Day 13:Trek to Ghap
Altitude: Ghap: 2,500 m
Through narrow gorge, Dyang Khola, Deng, Rana village, you shall ascend through the pine forest and cross the reaver to reach Bihi Phedi. You shall cross the river tributaries for some more times, make several ascends and descends, and walk through hot gorge. Crossing the Kane Chorten, you shall cross another bridge over Budhi Gandaki to arrive at Ghap. Stay overnight at Ghap.
Day 14:Trek to Lho
Altitude: Lho: 3,180 m
Ascending through forest, crossing the river, through stone steps, you shall reach Namrung. You shall arrive at Lihi Village after 2 hours of walk. You shall then descend to Hinang Khola, and ascend to Kane Chorten. Passing Shyo, you will be thrilled with the view of Mt. Manaslu in your trail to Lho. After descending from Shyo, you shall pass through teahouses and stream, and ascend to Lho.
Day 15:Trek to Sama
Altitude: Sama: 3,520 m
Descending from Lho, through Shayla Village, alpine environment, you have to trek further to reach Sama. You shall cross a couple of glacial streams, passing settlements arranged for grazing, Pung Gyan Gompa, Kharkas (Dokasas), leaving a school, and checkered potato and barley fields, you shall reach all the way to Sama. You might love to hike to Ro. Overnight at Sama.
Day 16:Trek to Samdo
Altitude: Samdo: 3,850 m
You shall cross a bridge after half an hour from Sama, and pass through grazing wall, and head towards the Manaslu Base Camp, walking by lateral moraine. After passing the Mani Walls of Kermo Kharka, you shall descend down to Budhi Gandaki, cross a suspension bridge before reaching Samdo. People in this village live Tibetan life, rearing yaks, goats, and sheep. Overnight at Samdo.
Day 17:Trek to Dharmasala
Altitude: Dharmasala: 4,460 m
Today's trek is short. You shall cross bridge, and ascend overlooking the Larkya Bazar. You shall ascending over the land used for grazing, witnessing the dwarf rhododendrons, you will enjoy the glimpse of Syancha Glacier. You have to pre-book your room at Dharmasala. There is no any human settlement near to this place. You will have to camp outside if you have no room. Overnight at Dharmasala.
Day 18:Trek to Larkya La Pass/Bhimthang
Altitude: Larkya La Pass: 5,260 m; Bimthang: 3,720 m
Today's trek can be quite troublesome to you. Early in the morning you shall ascend the ancient moraine to reach at the Larkya La Pass. Passing through glacial lake, several ascends, passing coasts you arrive at the Larkya La Pass. You shall then descend to the other side along glacial moraine, to reach Bhimthang. Stay overnight at Bhimthang.
Day 19:Trek to Dharapani
Altitude: Dharapani: 1,860 m
This trek requires walking lot of distance. Early in the morning, after the breakfast, witnessing the view of Mt. Manaslu for the last time overlooking you from the South East, and Mt. Annapurna from the South West, you shall pass by the Tilje Village before reaching Dharapani. Stay overnight at Dharapani.
Day 20:Trek to Chamje
Altitude: Chamje: 1,430 m
Crossing the long suspension bridge over the Marsyandi River, you shall reach Karte Village. Through twisting trail, and passing some teahouses of Korte, back down through the steep route, crossing the river again, you shall continue to trek at the left side of the river. You have to ascend to Tal, descending from there you pass through teahouses in Sattale. Descending further down through forest, you cross the river and arrive at Chamje. Overnight at Chamje.
Day 21:Trek to Bhul Bula
Altitude: Bhul Bula: 840 m
From Jagat, trekking to Bhul Bula takes about five hours. You shall walk along the bank of Marshyangdi River, passing through Ghermu Village, Bahun Danda Village, you shall reach Bhul Bula. The whole trek offers you beautiful views of landscapes and breathtaking experience. Stay overnight at Bhul Bula.
Day 22:Trek to Besi Sahar
Altitude: Besi Sahar: 760 m
Today's trek is short. You will trek for about 3 to 4 hours to reach Besi Sahar from Bhul Bula. Take a well-deserved rest; you have a long drive back to Kathmandu tomorrow. Though local jeeps are available to reach Besi Sahar, we shall trek this day. Stay overnight at Besi Sahar.
Day 23:Journey to Kathmandu
Altitude: Kathmandu: 1,320 m
It takes about 8 hours to reach Kathmandu from Besi Sahar. Once you reach the capital city, we shall drop you at your hotel. You might want to take a long rest. You might lament the day you were here before heading off to this trek. Stay overnight at your hotel at Kathmandu.
Day 24:At Kathmandu
Altitude: Kathmandu: 1,320 m
Visit some of the world heritage sites such as Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath, Bouddhanath,Basantapur Durbar Square, etc. Do some departure shopping for you journey tomorrow. We shall host a Farewell Dinner in the evening. Stay overnight at Kathmandu.
We shall drop you at the airport ahead of your departure flight. We shall bade our goodbyes. Have a safe journey back to your homeland.
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