Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek
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Overview

Trekking the foothills of the highest mountains in the world is on every trekker's wishlist. While the mainstream treks in the Everest and Annapurna region are pretty famous, the off-the-beaten tours have a charm of their own. The Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking package from Nepal Eco Adventure is a spectacular trekking adventure.

Manaslu Tsum Valley, located in the lap of mother nature, is incredibly beautiful. The region's stunning landscapes will enchant travelers taking this remote trek. The region is also known as "Beyul Kyimolung," which means the valley of happiness in the local language. This beautiful trekking package takes you to the heavenly landscapes of the remote region.

The trails for Tsum valley were only opened for trekking in 2007 AD. Since this region is not well-traversed, it retains its mystery which adds to the appeal of this trek. The trekkers will get a complete cultural experience of centuries-old heritage and traditions. The scenic and diverse wilderness of this trek is a highlight of this trek. From various viewpoints along this trail, you will get magnificent views of the snowy mountains.

The Manaslu Himal remains a towing presence at 8m as the 8th highest in the world. Himal Chuli, Buddha Himal, Shringi Himal, and Ganesh Himal look pretty spectacular too. The thrilling adventure will take you to Larke La Pass (5213m), the highest point of this trek. Trekkers will cross other natural landscapes that require proper fitness and stamina.

The Gurungs are a significant ethnic community in the region, followed by Bhotias and Sherpas. Tibetan Buddhism is a major religion, and there are many ancient Gompas, Chortens, and other religious landmarks. According to local beliefs, Milarepa and Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) visited and meditated in the Tsum Valley caves.

Prayer flags and stones with drawings of religious deities, symbols, and prayers are common along these trails. Tibetan Buddhism highly inspires the region's lifestyles and traditions. Nepal Eco Adventure provides you with a great Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek package. Contact us to learn about the best time, difficulty, itinerary, tips, and other details. Happy traveling!

Highlights of the Trip

  • The majestic views of Annapurna II, Himlung Himal, Gyaji Kang, Nemjung, Mt. Manaslu, Kang Guru, and others
  • Crossing the highest mountain pass of Larkya La Pass (5,213 m)
  • Exploration of the untraversed landscapes of Tsum Valley
  • Opportunity to observe Himalayan sunrise and sunset
  • The cultural exploration of the religious and other landmarks
  • Spotting the diverse wildlife like snow leopards, Himalayan Tahr, Agali Blue Sheep, Pika, and others
  • Pilgrimage of various religious heritage including gompas, monasteries, chortens, and others
  • Relaxing in Tatopani, the natural hot water spring

Trekking Route

We start our Manaslu Tsum valley trek with a scenic drive from the capital Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m). This trip passes through various incredible hilly regions providing you with the best views of the region. From Sotokhoila, we will start our trek to Machhakhola (870m). The tour gradually increases in altitude as you will pass through settlements of Jagat (1340m), Lokpa (2,240m), and Dumje (2,460m) on consecutive days.

The trek then reaches remote terrains as you will trek to Nile-Chule (3,361m) from Dumje and then Mu Gompa (3,710m). The Mu Gompa premises is where we rest and acclimatize for the day. There are many great exploration sites in the region that provide travelers with unparalleled cultural insights.

From Mu Gompa, we will trek to Rachen Gompa (3,240m), Chumling (2385m), and Deng (1860m). You will trek deep through remote terrains of Namrung (2630m), Lho (3180m), and Samagaun (3500m) on consecutive days. Finally, we will acclimatize for the second time at Samagaon. From Samagaon, we will continue our trek passing through Samdo (3860m) and Dharamsala (4480m).

From Dharamsala, we will continue our trek through the Larke pass (5213m) to arrive at Bimtang (3720m). We will then descend from Bimtang to Tilije (2300m), and Dharapani which marks the end of our trek. We will finally drive to Besisahar (760m) from Dharapani. From Besisahar, we conclude our tour with a scenic drive back to Kathmandu.

Altitude Chart
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek altitude chart

Itinerary

Day 1
Drive Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m)
SotiKhola Altitude: 710m

Drive duration: 6-7 hrs

We will begin our Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek with a scenic drive from the capital of Kathmandu to Sotikhola. Sotikhola is also the beginning point of this trek, from where we will begin our trekking journey.

First of all, we'll have a delicious and sufficient breakfast, as we have a long day ahead. We will then continue our journey on a private vehicle to our destination. Our team will pick you up and other trekkers from the hotel in Kathmandu. You will then pass through the beautiful Himalayan landscapes of the country.

We will then arrive at Dhading Besi on a relatively less challenging road. We will enjoy the magical views of the beautiful green hills with terrace farms and other natural diversities, including waterfalls and rivers. The trail then takes you to Arughat, passing through some of the relatively challenging roads.

From Arughat, we will drive for another 2-3 hours to arrive at our final destination of Soti Khola. We will finally rest in Soti Khola lodge for the evening and prepare for our trek starting the next day.
Day 2
Trek from Soti Khola to Machhakhola(870m)
Machha Khola Altitude: 870m

Walking duration: 6-7 hrs

We will begin our trekking journey on this day as we trek from Soti Khola to Macha Khola. This trek takes around 6-7 hours to complete passing through some of the challenging terrains of the region. There is a beautiful suspension bridge that you need to cross before you arrive at the Sal forests of the area.

After passing through these forests, we will climb a challenging ridge above the Budhi Gandaki River. After arriving at Khursane, the gradual trail turns difficult as there are many rocky cliffs and waterfalls. There are beautiful rice fields that you can find along these trails before arriving at Labubesi village.

We reach the rocky ridge from where the valley gradually opens up. Trekkers will pass through rivers and rocky cliffs before descending back to the river bed. We will finally arrive at Machcha Khola village, where we rest and prepare for our trek the next day.
Day 3
Trek from Macha Khola to Jagat(1340m)
Jagat Altitude: 1340m

Walking duration: 5-6 hrs

The following day, we will continue our trek from Macha Khola to Jagat. We will then continue trekking, passing through narrow trails there to pass through Tharo Khola. After hiking for some hours, we will pass through the village settlement of Khola Besi, and then we will arrive at Tatopani. Tatopani is a famous hot water spring where you can dip around and experience the relaxing atmosphere.

We will then explore the beautiful region and experience the natural beauty of the trails. There are hot springs in the region that will take out the fatigues you have in your trekking journey. After that, we trek through the region's beautiful landscapes that include a ridge.

We will then cross the Budhi Gandaki river through a suspension bridge. We climb uphill on a stony path and cross a landslide area and a ridge to reach Doban. After crossing a suspension bridge, we will further climb down and take the road near the river before climbing back to the Thado Bharyang.

Then we will travel through the Budhi Gandaki west bank. Then, we will climb over the ridge to arrive at the village of Jagat and rest at a lodge or teahouse.
Day 4
Trek from Jagat to Lokpa (2,240m)
Lokpa Altitude: 2240m

Walking duration: 5-6 hrs

We will continue our trek from Jagat on this day as we cross challenging terrains to arrive at the village settlement of Lokpa. We will climb the trails that pass through rugged landscapes and ravines. The majestic views of the awe-inspiring Sringeri Himal and other snow-capped mountains will enchant you along these trails. We will finally reach Lokpa at 2249m after trekking for around 6-7 hours and spend the night at lodges.
Day 5
Trek from Lokpa to Dumje (2,460m)
Dumje Altitude: 2,460m

Walking duration: 5-6 hrs

The trail today takes you from Lokpa to Dumje. We will trek ahead from the village of Lokpal and climb up over a beautiful ridge that leads you to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. The majestic view of the entire Himalayas is quite an enchanting experience.

You will then trek to Chumling from the base camp and get the best views of the Shangri Himal, just above the village settlement. The trail then continues to the various territories of the region to arrive at Dumje. We will stay at a Dumje lodge overnight and rest for the evening.
Day 6
Trek from Dumje to Nile- Chule (3,361m)
Nile- Chule Altitude: 3,361m

Walking duration: 6 hrs

After breakfast, we will trek to Chule for 7 hours. The trek will then take you to the beautiful Upper Tsum Valley as we pass through these villages. The Shiar Khola remains located on the east side of Nile village and is only an hour away from Chile.

The trail then leads you to Tsum, from where you can observe Piren Phu cave. The village settlement remains near the Burj Village, located at the foot of a rocky cliff. The best views of other natural and cultural landscapes like Shiar Khola, Rachen Gompa will enthrall travelers. There are extensive farmlands terraced in the hills as well. We will rest after arriving at our Nile Chule and then prepare for our next journey along the trail.
Day 7
Trek from Nile- Chule to Mu Gompa (3,710m)
Mu Gompa Altitude: 3,710m

Walking duration: 4-5 hrs

The trek today starts from the village settlement of Nile Chule as we trek to Mu Gompa. The uphill hike takes you to the largest gompa of the region, located at the highest point of the Tsum Valley.

The beautiful 18th-century monastery boasts a collection of religious texts. This includes Kangyur, a life-size statue of Tara, Avalokiteshwara, and Guru Padmasambhava. The trek takes some time to complete before arriving at the gompa, where you will spend the night at a teahouse.
Day 8
Exploration and Acclimatization at Mu Gompa
This day remains separated for acclimatization and exploration. Hence, you will traverse the beautiful landscapes of Mu Gompa. The beautiful region will make you fall in love with the place. Various small chortens and main walls, and other Buddhist landmarks around the area will make this trip worthwhile.

Trekkers can also go on a small hike around the beautiful small cliffs of the region. We can also hike to the base of the Pika Himal. From this viewpoint, we can observe the enchanting views of the snow-capped mountains and other landscapes, including the Tibetan region across the border. The Ganesh Himal looks incredibly stunning from this viewpoint. We will then return to Mu gompa after exploring and acclimatizing around the region. We will stay for the night in Mu Gompa.
Day 9
Trek from Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3,240m)
Rachen Gompa Altitude: 3,240m
Walking duration: 5-6 hrs

The trail today takes you to Rachen Gompa from My Gomoa. The trail passes through beautiful trails to arrive at the nunnery located in the Shiar Khola Valley. It remains discovered in the foothills of the Himalayas located on the border between Nepal and Tibet.

This large village settlement in Tsum valley is home to nuns of the Ngak-Pa sect. Trekkers can find 1000 Avalokiteshvara statues on the premises, which makes the trip more enchanting. After arriving at our destination of Rachen Gompa, we will rest for the day and prepare for the next day's trek.
Day 10
Trek from Rachen Gompa to Chumling (2385m)
Chumling Altitude: 2385m

Walking duration: 7-8 hrs

The trek from Rachen Gompa to Chumling is another vital segment of this trek. This trek section is incredibly challenging as you will have to trek for a long duration of around 7-8 hours. This trek takes you through high altitudes and downhill. You will arrive at the large settlement area of Chumling after a tour of some time. You will rest overnight at a Local Lodge.
Day 11
Trek from Chumling to Deng (1860m)
Deng Altitude: 1860m
Walking duration: 4-5 hrs

We will start our trek from Chumling to Deng on this day, passing through various terrains. The trail provides you with majestic views of the Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu, and other snow-capped mountains of the region. There are different gorges in the area that you need to climb across before stopping over for lunch. You will then continue your trek as you will trek through descending trails that pass through slopes and cross the Budhi Gandaki river.

There are various bridges you need to cross from the west to the east bank of the Budhi Gandaki river. The trails pass through the dense forest of the region to arrive at the Deng Khola. We will cross the river and then rejoin the path to arrive at Deng. We will stay in the Deng teahouse.
Day 12
Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m)
Namrung Altitude: 2630m

Walking duration: 6-7 hrs

We start our trekking journey on this day from Deng to Namrung. We will continue our trek climbing uphill on a cliff before taking a short descent to arrive at the river of Budhi Gandaki, which we will cross on a suspension bridge. We will climb ahead for some time in the west to Budhi Gandaki valley.

The forested trail will provide you with a tremendous natural exploration opportunity. Many Mani stones and other Buddhist landmarks on this trail make this trek ideal for cultural exploration. There are different sections of this trek that you need to cross to arrive at Ghap. Then, we will pass through the Prok village, where you can observe the best views of the Siring Himal.

We cross the river several times before passing through forested trails and other Gompas. The path gets flatter after crossing the river, and you will take a final climb to arrive at the village of Namrung. We will spend and rest for the night in the village Namrung. The viewpoint from Namrung provides you with incredible views of Ganesh Himal, Siring, and Mt. Himal Chuli, etc.
Day 13
Trek from Namrung to Lho (3180m)
Lho Altitude: 3180m
Walking duration: 6-7 hrs

We will start our trek from Namrung to Lho on this day. This trek passes through challenging terrains and requires you to climb a steep ridge that takes you through a forested trail before arriving at the destination of Lihi. There are various Buddhist landmarks in the region, including chortens and prayer flags and main walls.

Besides that, there are different barley farms as well. Trekkers will then pass through Simnang valley and then pass through Sho to arrive at the village settlement of Lho. We will then spend our time exploring the beautiful architecture of the local monastery. We will finally rest for the evening in a local teahouse.
Day 14
Trek from Lho to Samagaun (3500m)
Samagaun Altitude: 3500m
Walking duration: 5-6 hrs

The trail from Lho to Samagaon takes you through the village of Shyala. We will pass through the courses that provide incredible views of Mount Manaslu and other mountain views. Besides that, you will also get to observe the cultural landscapes of the region.

After arriving at the village of Sama Gaon, we will continue our exploration of Ribung Gompa. The awe-inspiring views of the high glacial mountains will make the travelers enchanted. We will stay in the Sama Gaon teahouse for the night and prepare for this trek.
Day 15
Acclimatization at Samagaun
On this day, we will acclimatize at the village of SamaGaon. There are various ways to acclimatize to the fast-changing high altitude conditions. We explore the beautiful landscapes of the Samagaon region, including the Birendra Lake and Ani Gompa.

Moreover, The Pungyen Gompa is a significant part of this trekking adventure. There are various other natural vistas of the region, including icy glaciers. We will hike for some time around the area; however, only fit hikers should walk for long on these acclimatization days.

This viewpoint remains located at the top of the Samagaon village. The hike then leads you to the gompa, named after the Manaslu mountain. One interesting story of this region is that the gompa was significantly destroyed when the Japanese summiters tried to climb the summit. This led the locals to believe that the attempt to climb the mountain might have angered the Gods. We will return to Samagaon and rest for the evening.
Day 16
Trek from Samagaon to Samdo(3860m)
Samdo Altitude: 3860m
Walking duration: 4-5 hrs

We will continue our trekking journey passing through the majestic Budhi Gandaki River. There are various suspension bridges that you will need to cross the stream. This will lead you to Larkya La pass, one of the most challenging mountain passes in the high-altitude region.

The trails get relatively easy as you pass through the prayer flags covered forested trails of birch and juniper trees. We will then pass through the Budhi Gandaki river and then cross ridges to arrive at Samdo, where we will finally rest for the evening.
Day 17
Trek from Samagaon to Dharamsala (4480m)
Dharamsala Altitude: 4480m
Walking duration: 4-5 hrs

We will continue our trek from Samdo to Dharamsala. We will then continue passing through Budhi Gandaki River through suspension bridges and begin a hike upwards. After crossing some water streams, we will pass through the Larkya glacier. Trekkers will then go through the valley before arriving at Dharamshala. We will explore around the Larke Phedi and rest for the evening.
Day 18
Cross the Larke pass (5213m) trek down to Bimtang (3720m)
Larke pass Altitude: 5213m

Walking duration: 7-8 hrs

Today, the trail takes you on a short ascending trek to Larkya glacier's north side, from where you get the majestic views of Larkya peak. We will then finally ascend the glacier that moves steeply across the pass. From the top of the mountain pass, you can enjoy the best views of Kanggru, Himlung, Annapurna, and Cheo.

This part of the trek is quite challenging as it will take quite a few hours to complete. There are various low pastures that you need to cross before you arrive at your destination. You will finally arrive at Bhimatang and get the best views of Mount Manaslu.
Day 19
Trek from Bintang to Tilije (2300m)
Bimtang Altitude: 3720m

Walking duration: 4-5 hrs

The rugged terrain needs to get crossed before arriving at Tilije from Bimtang. We will start our trek climbing up a ridge from where you can observe the spectacular mountain views, and then we will make our way to pastureland and cross the Dudh Khola through a suspension bridge.

The trail then passes through the rhododendron forests and extensive farmlands to arrive at the river bank. The trail then leads you to Gho village. From there, we will take a scenic walk to Tilije, where we will spend the night at a teahouse.
Day 20
Trek from Tilje to Dharapani and drive to Besisahar(760m)
Tilije altitude: 2300m

Walking duration: 3-4 hrs

Drive duration: 2 hrs

The trail on this day takes you to the various natural landscapes of the region. Different stone-paved paths in this region will pass through multiple region settlements and then cross the Dudh Khola river. We will then climb an arch that takes you through the village of Thonje that remains covered in main walls.

We will finally make our way to Dharapani after entering the Annapurna circuit trail. Our trek ends in Dharapani as we take a jeep or bus from Dharapani to Besisahar. It takes around 4-5 hours, after which we will rest overnight at a teahouse.
Day 21
Drive back to Kathmandu from Besisahar
Besisahar Altitude: 2300m

Drive duration: 6-7 hrs

We will finally drive back to the banks of Trishuli and Marsyangdi River. The treks will take you through the beautiful scenario of rivers, valleys, rice farms, and other natural beauty. After driving for a few hours, we will arrive in Kathmandu.

What is Included

  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after the dinner.
  • Trekking lodge (Tea House) accommodations during the trek.
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful porters with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
  • All necessary permits for the trek.
  • Bus from Kathmandu to Sotikhola and Bus back to Kathmandu from Besishar.
  • Shared Jeep from Dharapani- Besishar.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance company.
  • Use of Sleeping bags, Down Jacket, Duffel bag and Walking Poles will be provided (if you needed, to be returned after the trip)
  • Nepal Eco Adventure branded t-shirt and cap.
  • Government taxes, service charge and official expenses.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 6 + person.

What is Excluded

  • Accommodation and meals whilst you are in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (You can easily issue visa on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu). $40 USD for 30 days visa.
  • Your Trekking and medical insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Laundry, telephone and personal trekking equipment.
  • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.

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How tall is Mount Manalsu?

Mt. Manaslu has an elevation of 8163m. and is the eighth highest mountain peak in the world.

What is the duration of the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek?

The Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek itinerary is 21 days long. However, this itinerary is flexible, and you can either shorten it if you have less time on your schedule or extend it if you need more time to acclimatize during this trek.

What does the Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trekking cost?

The Manaslu and Tsum Valley trekking cost is approximately around US$ 1700. This trek package includes various headings like food, accommodation, permits, and other logistical costs. Besides that, it will also have a guide, porter, and transportation fares.

Is Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek solo ideal?

No, the Tsum Valley and Manaslu trek is not ideal for solo trekking as there are various challenging trails. This incredible trek has chances of trekkers getting lost or injured along these trails. Manaslu Tsum Valley is a remote region of Nepal. Therefore, this restricted trek requires a licensed guide along with a group of at least two trekkers.

When should you take this trek?

Spring and Autumn are generally considered the ideal time for trekking in this region. Besides that, you can trek in the off-seasons.

How challenging is this Manaslu circuit and Tsum Valley trek?

This Manaslu circuit and Tsum Valley trek is relatively complicated in the Himalayan region. Various other challenges include rugged and remote trails, altitude sickness, mountain passes, and others. Hence, proper preparation and training are a must for this trek.

How essential are guides and porters for this trek?

Guides are another essential part of this trekking adventure or any other trekking adventure in the region. They help you navigate along trails with the help of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek map and protect you during your trek.

They will also help you culturally explore the region and gain insights into the place. Porters will help you carry your luggage on the trek.

Is Travel insurance essential for this trek?

Yes, trekkers should get travel insurance that covers up to 4000 m and above. This high-altitude Himalayan trek takes you through the rugged and remote terrains that move up and down a lot to complete this trek. This travel insurance should cover all medical injuries, altitude sickness, accidents, thefts, loss of property, and others.

What are the meal facilities during the trek?

The meal facilities in this trek include staple Nepali meals, including "Dal Bhat. "This incredible dish is a staple dish that gets served twice a day in almost every household in the country. This outstanding trek serves other dishes like tea, soup, coffee, noodles, and other hot beverages.

What are accommodation facilities like in this trek?

Accommodation in this trek includes tea houses, guesthouses, lodges, etc. There are basic rooms with beds, mattresses, sheets, pillows, and blankets.

What are the drinking water facilities in this trek?

Water is available at tea houses but costs extra and tap water is not suitable for drinking. Hence, you can carry water purification tablets to purify water in this trek. Besides, you can also have bottled water during this trek.

What are the trekking permits needed?

Manaslu Conservation Area Project, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, and Restricted Area Permit are the three permits you need to do this trek. You can apply for these permits from Kathmandu's Nepal Tourism Office by yourself or a trekking agency.

Are the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking trails crowded?

The Manaslu circuit and Tsum Valley trek is off-the-beaten as compared to the Annapurna and Everest Base Camp Trek. So there are fewer crowds on these trails.

What are the communication facilities in this Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek?

Manaslu Tsum valley trek is a remote region trek. Hence, the facilities of communication and internet are available in only some places. The wifi facilities are poor in these regions. However, local sim cards from NTC and NCELL provide you with proper mobile connection and mobile data connection facilities.

What is the highest altitude gain during Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek?

The Larkya la pass (5213m) is the highest point of this trek.

How common is altitude sickness, and how to avoid mountain sickness during the trek?

Altitude sickness is quite common in this region in the high altitude region. To avoid altitude sickness along these trails, you need to follow various safety guidelines. You can acclimatize, drink water and trek gradually to prevent altitude sickness along these trails.

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Best Time for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

The best time for any trekking-related activity in the country is Spring and Autumn. This outstanding Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek is ideal in these peak seasons as there is stable and comfortable weather. The climate remains favorable for trekking and mountain climbing in the region. These peak seasons experience less precipitation.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek in Autumn

Autumn has clear blue skies as it comes after monsoon seasons. There is less precipitation, and thus you can trek freely without any worry of rain along your trekking journey. Besides that, there are moderate temperatures in the daytime, and it remains chilly in the nighttime.

This makes it ideal for trekkers taking this Manaslu Tsum Valley trek this season. Another significant aspect of trekking this season is that you will have a tremendous cultural exploration. Many festivals fall this season and turn the entire region into a festive atmosphere. Hence, you will have a great trekking experience this season.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek in Spring

Spring is a beautiful time for the Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek as there is good weather with a tranquil environment all around. Trekkers will get to hike in these incredible Himalayan landscapes without any challenges like heavy rainfall, snowfall, slippery trails, landslides, etc.

Besides that, there are no other challenges like landslides and avalanches in these trails. Flowers are blooming all over these trails, which allows you to go on a natural exploration in these regions. Spring also includes no overcast conditions with bright sunny days.

Off-season Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

There are opportunities for trekkers to go on off-season treks as well. However, they will face various challenging conditions in these off-season treks in these Himalayan regions. These challenges include extreme cold climate, freezing temperatures, heavy snowfall, heavy rainfall, avalanches, landslides, leech-infested trails, etc.

Hence, you should trek Manaslu Tsum Valley in peak seasons as far as possible. However, if you love to challenge yourself with an offseason trek, you should undergo advanced training and preparation.

Difficulty Level of Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek

This incredible Manaslu Tsum Valley trek has moderate to challenging difficulty level. These high-altitude regions are generally full of adventures, but these tracks are pretty challenging to complete as well. There are various challenges, including rugged trails that take you through uphill and downhill terrains.

Besides that, these trails pass through remote landscapes that do not have much settlement around them. It takes approximately 6-7 hours of continuous walking to complete this trek. There are various risks of trekkers getting injured. Hence, you need to trek carefully as even minor injuries may require evacuation along these trails.

Altitude sickness is another common problem in these trails that pass through high altitudes above 5000m. Since you will gain massive height in a short amount of time, you will have an increased risk of acute mountain sickness. One of the significant ways to reduce this difficulty is to acclimatize well.

Acclimatization points need to get set in this trekking itinerary with the help of your trekking guide. One remarkable aspect of acclimatization is that it will help you adapt to higher regions trails. There are other methods as well, such as hydrating regularly and avoiding alcoholic beverages. While trekking, make sure that you do not trek for more than 500m in altitude and rest well after arriving at your destination.

Accommodation in the trekking journey is not that fancy, and you will have to manage in these trails. Trekkers will stay in tea houses or lodges with a room with a bed, pillow, and blanket. There are essential Nepalese dishes of "dal bhaat" in these teahouses. Hence, trekkers need to tackle these various challenges to complete this trek with ease.

Why Trek the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek?

The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek journey takes you to the beautiful landscapes of the region. There are various aspects of this trek that makes this trek quite appealing. They are as follows:

Scenic Mountain vista

There are various mountain vista that you can observe during the Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek. The morning sun rising over silver mountains and sunsets falling upon these green hills is a thing of beauty.

There are the various Himalayas that you can observe in a clear sky. Trekkers can take incredible pictures of these natural beauties along these trails. Besides that, you can also observe other natural landscapes ranging from vast green hills, glacial rivers, and waterfalls.

Adventurous off the beaten trails

There are opportunities for trekkers to go on a challenging adventure that will refresh you to the core. There are mountain passes to cross during this Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. Serene rivers are flowing from Himalayan glaciers that you need to travel through various suspension bridges. These trials will provide you with everything you need to in a high-altitude trekking adventure.

Cultural exploration

These incredible trails in the region will enchant travelers. There are settlements of the local community. The trekking guides along these trails will help you interact with these local communities. They will also provide you with context regarding these trials. There are various other cultural landmarks in the region, including Buddhist heritages like monasteries and gompas.

The paths of this trek remain covered in prayer flags, main walls, prayer wheels, chortens, and others. If you trek in the peak season in Autumn, you will also get to celebrate these festivities with locals. The rural community people remain busy in their lifestyle, including farming and animal rearing.

Accommodation and Meals During the Trek

Accommodation is a crucial aspect in this trek. While these trails do not have fancy accommodation, you will get basic facilities for your stay. There are tea houses and lodges in the trails which will serve as your accommodation. There are various facilities, including a basic room with a warm blanket and clean sheet pillows and a bed.

You should carry sleeping bags as they might get needed for high-altitude regions. Besides that, you will get basic meals of Nepali cuisine, consisting of rice, vegetables, lentil soup, pulses, spinach, etc. This meal is commonly known as Dal Bhaat and is a favourite among the people. There are various cuisines you can get in these teahouses, but they get limited as you trek above 4000m.

There are multiple dishes offered during breakfast, including bread, tea, coffee, and other beverages. Hot drinks are pretty standard in the region, with mint tea, rhododendron tea, garlic soup, noodle soup, etc. These snacks like protein bars, chocolate bars, and other energy drinks get you charged for the hike.

Things to consider for the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

There are various things to consider during this Tsum Valley and Manaslu trek. The major ones are as follows:

Acclimatization

Acclimatization is an essential part of any trekking adventure. This outstanding trek takes you through some of the most high-altitude regions. Hence, travelers must adapt to the changing conditions as fast as possible to tackle altitude sickness along the trails. This acclimatization process includes testing most of the time and then gradually hiking some distance.

Another essential part of acclimatization is hydrating regularly since dehydration is the primary cause of altitude sickness along these trails. There are things to avoid like alcoholic beverages. These products cause altitude sickness. Hence, acclimatization is essential when it comes to altitude sickness along these trails.

Trekking gear and equipment

Trekking gear and equipment are essential for these trails. These trekking gear include waterproof trekking pants, shirts, jackets, and boots. Besides that, you should also carry various trekking gear like poles, crampons, first aid items, toiletries, and others. You can get these on rent as well.

Trekking permits

These trekking permits are essential to complete any trekking journey in the country. There are various national park permits, conservation area permits, and other local area permits that you also need to get. The licenses you need for this trek are Manaslu Special Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.

Travel insurance

This is another must-have item in your list. Travel insurance will cover many headings like medical injuries, accidents, delays, cancellations, loss, theft, and others. One thing to consider is that most travel insurance coverage only covers up to 4000 m.

Since you will be trekking above 4000m at all times during this trek, you should get the proper scope. This coverage is also essential for evacuation from the trails, as even a minor injury can lead to evacuation in challenging high-altitude courses.

Professional Guides and porters

Guides are your companion and friend along these trails as they will help you immensely in this trek. They will help you navigate these confusing trails with the help of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek map. Besides that, you will also get various logistical solutions for these guides. They will help you with meals and accommodations along these trails as they have contact in advance.

They will translate the local language and help you understand these local communities' context, taboo, and other information. On the other hand, Porter comes in quite handy as they will help you trek with ease by carrying all your luggage. You can travel freely without any worry if you hike these porters along these trails. Some trails also have porter guides who will work as both porter and guides. They will save you costs in comparison.

Training Routine

A Training regime is essential for this high-altitude trek in the Himalayan region. These rugged terrains will challenge even the most experienced trekkers. Hence, you must tackle these terrains through proper training and preparation. Some of the various training activities that you can do for this trek are as follows:

Physical strength-building exercises

Physical strength-building exercises are essential for trekking and climbing in these Himalayan foothills. There are various rugged terrains trekkers need to tackle in this trek. The trails of this trek pass through rough hilly trails, rivers, mountain valleys, and high-altitude mountain passes. Hence, all these trekkers must have an outstanding level of physical strength.

Besides these physical exercises will help you gain a basic level of fitness. Trekkers will get the endurance level required for this trek. Other than that, you will also gain muscles in various parts of your body. Physical exercises can get done with weights or without them. However, if you decide to train with weights, you should hire a trainer. Overall, these physical exercises should get done before you go on the trek in advance.

Cardiovascular (Aerobic) exercises

Another set of exercises that you need to perform in preparing for this high altitude trek is the cardiovascular (Aerobic) exercises. These exercises are responsible for keeping you flexible along these trails. Trekkers will also have a better breathing ability in these terrains through this trek.

Since the high altitude region has lesser oxygen levels and air pressure, these exercises become essential before the hike. Some of the forms of these exercises include hiking, swimming, cycling, yoga, and others. These exercises will give you an edge over others in trekking, and thus you need to perform in advance.

Mental exercises

Mental preparation is a must if you want to succeed in this trek. These trials are challenging and provide trekkers with challenging tasks. Having good mental stability and a positive attitude along the trails is necessary to complete this trek in the Himalayan region.

Trekkers can prepare for the walk by doing some practice hikes or looking for advice from veteran trekkers or on the internet. These mental preparations that you will undergo will help you eventually in these terrains. You can also trek in a group or with a guide who will help you push along these trails by motivating you.

A good and healthy diet

Along with these exercises that build your fitness and mental stability, you also need to maintain a healthy diet. Trekkers must have a high carbohydrate and protein-rich diet along with a regular water intake of at least 4-5 liters of water a day.

Since the high altitude region experiences extreme cold weather, you should increase your food intake as the food gets burned faster in your body. Besides that, you will trek for long hours of almost 6-7 hours, so you will need to have a proper diet in this trek.

Trekking Permits Required for the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

The trekking permits required for this trek include Gorkha Tsum Valley Area permit. This permit covers Sirdibas, Lokpa, Chumling, Chekampar, Nile, and Chile. It costs around USD 40 per person per week and USD 7 per person per day after one week from September to November. Besides that, the cost is USD 30 per person per week and then USD 7 per person per day after week one from December to August. It also covers all areas of ward nos: 3, 6, and 7 of Chumnubri Rural Municipality.

The Gorkha Manaslu Area permits to cover all areas of ward nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4 in Chumnubri Rural Municipality. September to November's permit cost is USD 100 per person per week and USD 15 per person per day after one week. December to August permit cost is USD 75 per person per week and then USD 10 per person per day after week one.

Manaslu Conservation Area permit is NRs. 3,000 per person per entry for foreign nationals, NRs. 1,000 per person per entry for SAARC nationals and NRs. 100 per person per entry for Nepali nationals. It is free for children below 10 yrs of age.

Annapurna Conservation Area permits are NRs. 100 per person per entry for Nepali nationals, NRs. 1000 per person per entry for SAARC nationals and NRs. 3,000 per person per entry for foreign nationals, and it is free for children below 10 yrs. The Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card permit is not required if you have special restricted area trekking permits.

Tips for the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

  • Trekking is a challenging adventure. Hence, you should train well and prepare in advance.
  • Trekkers should make their journey early so that they can arrive at their destination in time.
  • Carry water purification tablets to purify water along these trails
  • Carry necessary snacks like protein bars and energy drinks to feel instant energy and energized during trekking journey
  • Carry first aid box along with you
  • Acclimatize well so that you can complete your trek with ease
  • Advance book all your meals and accommodation along these trails
  • Get proper travel insurance that covers above 4000m for this high altitude trek

Packing List - Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Clothing

  • Trekking shirts
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Trekking pants
  • Fleece jackets
  • Down jacket
  • Thermal wears
  • Woolen trekking socks
  • Trekking boots
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Windproof jacket
  • Woolen gloves
  • Raincoat

First Aid and Toiletries

  • Water purifying tablets
  • Anti-nauseant medication
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Sanitizer
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Quick-dry towel

Others

  • Phone
  • Power Banks
  • Solar Charges
  • Extra Batteries
  • Local SIM card
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Map
  • Camera

Important documents

  • Passport
  • Travel insurance
  • Trekking Permits

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  • 21 days Manaslu – Tsum Valley Trek
  • Strenuous
  • Minimum 02 persons
  • March-July September-December
  • 5200m
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