Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

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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. Local vehicle from Arughat Bazaar takes us to Soti River from where Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking route initiates. We will cross 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 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 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.
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