Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Duration: 27 Days   |   Based on 2 Reviews

Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is a journey of exploring the unexplored and the unseen. A restricted area until 2008, Tsum valley also known as the Hidden Valley is a land filled and graced by great hamlets and exquisite monasteries. Situated in the mountain regions of Nepal, the Tsum valley, however, is still less exposed in comparison to other northernmost parts of the Manaslu, it lies on the Nepal Tibet border and hence, it is highly influenced by the exquisite Tibetan traditions.

Traditionally, the Tsum valley was an entirely different entity from both Nepal and Tibet. Unlike several tourist areas, with the relatively virgin and less visited areas. The people from the Tsum valley have their own way of family life, which may be quite surprising for trekkers, visitors, and foreigners. Do not be taken aback if a female that you meet has more than half a dozen spouses. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, a practice that is called polyandry. Compared with other areas, the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is imploding with full of imminent mountains, sky-high passes, deep gorges, stunning hamlets, and Buddhist Stupas, Chorten and Mani walls.

Guide for Manaslu Tsum Valley trek

Be prepared to be mesmerized as you are surrounded by the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Boudha Himalayan ranges. As we begin the trek, we explore the Budi Gandaki valley which is a beautiful mix of dense forests, picturesque farm terraced and villages residing on hills. As we move further away from the trails of Manaslu towards the Tsum valley, we are suddenly overcome by a feeling of euphoria of entering into the true Hidden valley. Gracing the trails of our trek are the stunning alpine forests, glacial rivers and the warm hospitality of the ethnic people. If we are at the Tsum valley, it is mandatory for us to be stunned by the beauty of the medieval Buddhist stupas of the region including the Milarepa's Cave, Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa among others. 

Highlights

  • Hike on the less trekked trails, experience the primitive lifestyle of the indigenous people and Tsum valley
  • Explore the beautiful mountain views, hidden valley, and untouched culture/lifestyle of Tibetans
  • Enjoy the 8th highest mountain, sky-high passes, deep gorges, stunning hamlets, and Buddhist Stupas, Chorten and Mani walls.

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Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrive at Kathmandu Airport (1,350m):
  • Day 02Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and trek preparation:
  • Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Barpak (2,000m), 6 hours:
  • Day 04Barpark to Laprak (2,200m): 6-7 hrs:
  • Day 05Laprak to Khorlabeshi (875m): 7-8 hrs:
  • Day 06Khorlabeshi to Jagat (1,410m): 6 hrs:
  • Day 07Jagat to Philim (1,590m): 3hrs:
  • Day 08Philim to Chumling (2,363m), 6-7 hours:
  • Day 09Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m/9903ft): 5/6 hours:
  • Day 10Chokhangparo to Nile (3,360m), via Milarepa cave: 6-7 hours:
  • Day 11Nile to Bhajyo (Chhekya) (4,030m): 4 hours:
  • Day 12Rest day at Bhajyo (Cheekya):
  • Day 13Bhajyo to Rachen Gompa: (3,240m): 6 hrs:
  • Day 14Rachen Gompa to Chumje (3,230m): 5-6hrs:
  • Day 15Chumje for Bihi (3,130m): 4-5hrs:
  • Day 16Bihi to Namrung (2,540m): 6 hrs:
  • Day 17Trek from Namrung to Lho (3,180m): 4 hrs:
  • Day 18Trek from Lho to Samagaon (3,530m): 5-6 hrs:
  • Day 19Trek from Sama to Samdo (3,860m): 4-5 hrs:
  • Day 20Samdo - High Camp (Ekle Bhatti) (4,460m): 5hrs:
  • Day 21High Camp – Bimthang (3,590m), 7-8 hrs:
  • Day 22Rest day at Bimthang:
  • Day 23Trek Bimthang to Dharapani(1,860m): 6-7 hrs:
  • Day 24Dharapani - Ghermu (1,100m): 6-7 hrs:
  • Day 25Ghermu - Besisahar (800m): 4 hrs:
  • Day 26Drive Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by bus 6-7 hrs:
  • Day 27Final transfer:
Detail Itinerary

Inclusion

  • All airport-hotel transfers by a private vehicle.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  • Accommodation in a standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Guest house or local lodges accommodation during trekking in the mountains.
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during trekking.
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles.
  • All necessary staff with experienced guide and porters (one porter for two trekkers basis) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging.
  • All necessary paper works; special trekking permits for Tsum valley and Manalsu and M CAP fees.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking Map (Down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).
  • Travel and rescue arrangements.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Exclusive Medical Kit bag.
  • Our service charge and all government taxes.
     
  • Personal nature expenses.
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
  • Rescue & Evacuation.
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff.
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Useful Information

Manaslu Tsum Valley trek can be organized in both ways like basic teahouse trek or full camping trek. We have experienced guides and kitchen staff. All of our staff are well equipped and insured. The Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha district of Nepal. 
This trek is a piece of cake for those adventure lovers keen to explore the ever so unique and strange culture along with the primitive lifestyle of the indigenous people who have been inhabiting this region since the beginning of time.

When is the best time for the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek?

As most treks in Nepal, there is always that perfect season to go for a trek, and as per our experience, we find that the best time for the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is either the spring season (March to May) or the fall season (September to December). These times the weather will be warm, the views will be clear and most importantly the high altitude mountain pass called the Larkya La 5106m will be accessible. These two seasons each have their own unique charms, and your experience will depend on which season you choose for the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek. During the spring season, the whole valley is in bloom and the locals are busy with sowing seeds and setting up their fields for the year. Furthermore, with the weather warmer it’s quite enjoyable trekking through forest and higher up rocky trails. The fall season on the other hand shows you a golden valley filled with barley and wheat fields glittering in the sun, absolutely picturesque. The local farmers harvest their bounties and prepare local delicacies to celebrate a successful harvest. With the weather a bit cooler the trek itself is pleasant and just seeing those blue skies and snowcapped mountain tops refs you up day after day. While the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek can be done whole year round except during the winter we do recommend for the best experience either spring or fall to trek the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek.

Difficulty rating of the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

The official difficulty rating of the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is rated as strenuous. This is due to the high mountain pass crossing of Larkya La at a height of 5106m, and the total length of the trip. Although no technical climbing skills are required, it is necessary to be fit and in shape to fully enjoy this amazing trek in Nepal.  AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness is a risk during the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek, but can easily be overcome by trekking slowly, sufficient hydrating, and of course, avoiding alcoholic drinks. For those who like to trek during the snowfall, the trails higher up can become more difficult to pass, bring good watertight and warm protective gear to avoid frostbite and sunglasses to avoid snow blindness. With Alpine Eco Trek’s expert guiding team we are sure to guide you safely through the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek.

Safe drinking water during the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

At the lower elevation safe drinking water can be bought during the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek, but the further we go it will not be possible to buy bottled water. We like to trek green and clean, so we do advise all our trekkers to refrain from buying many bottles as they just end up destroying or harming our environment. At the higher altitudes boiled water can be prepared for small fees and by bringing water purification tablets you are safe to hydrate. Bring a good water canteen, and make sure to consult with your trekking guide about the next day so you can calculate how much drinking water to bring day by day.

Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items during the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek

With Nepal developing year after year, it is now also possible to recharge your batteries of electronic items during the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek. Teahouses and lodges make use of either hydroelectricity or solar power sources to recharge items such as batteries, cameras, phones, tablets, etc. A small fee per hour will be charged so it’s best to bring some adapters to make the charging process easier and faster. Plugs will be limited and use a round or flat top socket with 3 pins with 220-240 volt. To be sure you can always advise at your Alpine Eco Trek travel office to see if your chargers will fit the sockets and if not you can always buy adapters in Kathmandu. 

Extra Advice for the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

During the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek you get to encounter different villages and small communities, most live in their own unique way. Our extra advice for the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is about the many wandering children you are sure to meet. As many trekkers feel the need to hand out balloons, chocolates, pens, or even money to these children out of compassion we do ask to refrain from that as it encourages them to beg as soon as they see trekkers. If you would like to make any type of donations such as school materials or even family support it is better to go through the proper channels and NGOs. Theft is rare in these small villages but can occur so always keep your valuables safe, always lock your room, and don’t leave any clothes hanging during the night. Be sure to bring a good attitude and this Manaslu Tsum Valley trek might be the trek of a lifetime.

Garbage Disposal

Not all areas have dustbins available and littering becomes a bad habit that slowly destroys the environment, to prevent this Alpine Eco Trek has some rules for garbage disposal. We request all our trekkers to bring with them an eco-friendly garbage bag to stack any types of garbage until we can reach a village that has the proper garbage disposal means. Always use dustbins and never throw anything in the fire as it will damage our precious ozone layer. 

How much money should you spend per day?

With not knowing your exact spending habits during a holiday, we can give you an estimate of how much money you should spend per day approx. Please as a reference check also the include section of Alpine Eco Trek’s Manaslu Tsum Valley trek. In Kathmandu per meal, you can spend an average of 9 to 12 dollars per meal, and during the trek, 10 to 15 dollars is ok for some snacks or extras during the trek. Note that during the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek ATM facilities are not available so bring the necessary in cash to be sure.  

Travel Insurance for the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

It is absolutely necessary to have travel insurance for the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek. Always be sure that your insurance policy covers at least emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries, and medical treatment. With a proper insurance package, you are safe to undergo this adventurous trek in Nepal and Alpine Eco Trek can provide quick action to offer you based on that policy and insurance the best medical response in case of emergency. 

Washing and Toilet facilities during the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

All guest houses or tea houses offer hot water for washing and water for toilet facilities during the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek. This luxury decreases over time as we head to more remote villages and while some come with a shower, others come by the bucket. Hot water is made by firewood or solar charge, as so it is limited during the peak seasons and requested to use sparingly. With at every lodge a washing facility available you are required to bring your own bathroom products such as soap, toothpaste, etc. Toilets are mostly commodes or Asian squat style with poor flushing so don’t flush toilet paper but use the dustbin available in the commode.

Tea Houses during the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek

With Alpine Eco Trek’s carefully planned itinerary all villages will have tea houses during the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek. These are charming buildings build by the locals to comfort trekkers during this incredible trip to Nepal. All have simple and comfortable rooms with two narrow beds and a shared or private bathroom available. At these rest stops during the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek food and beverages are available for all. A great way also to discover the unique cultures and lifestyles of the local villagers.

Prevention for Altitude Sickness during the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek

Prevention for Altitude sickness or also known as AMS Acute Mountain Sickness is best done by keeping an eye on the symptoms and making sure to inform your guide on time so that rest stops can be organized or in high-risk cases a descent.  Usually happening above 3300m or 10,000ft where oxygen is less the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek can trigger this affliction if you are not careful. Alpine Eco Trek a master in the field for over two decades has specially trained trekking guides who know how to prevent altitude sickness so be sure to inform them if the following symptoms start to show;

  • Frequent headaches/dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Tiredness or unusual fatigue
  • Insomnia 
  • Loss of appetite

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek safety

Your safety during the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek is of main priority to Alpine Eco Trek. As so all of our trekking guides are trained in extensive first aid and will make the right decisions on time to prevent or aid with any type of emergency. In case of suggestion to descent the final choice is always yours if you would like to continue or not, with your insurance policy in check, a rescue helicopter can always pick you up from higher elevation or during an emergency. Prevention is better than cure that’s why Alpine Eco Trek has guidelines towards safety during a trek in Nepal, such as always stay with your group and don’t wander off alone.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Permit Cost

Trying to further develop the region there is a Manaslu Tsum Valley trek permit cost. These will help protect the fragile ecosystem, culture, and help maintain the amazing trails of this trek in Nepal. Depending on in which season you travel the costs can change these permits but usually be included in your trip package. A daily or weekly permit, your TIMS card (Trekking information System Card), an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit), and the MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit) are required for the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek. Here are the details:

  • September to November – USD 120 per person/week and USD 10 per day/person for each additional day
  • December to August – USD 90 per person/ week and USD 7 per day/ person for each additional day
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit) USD 30 or NPR3000
  • MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit) USD 30 or NPR 3000
  • Tims Card (Trekking information System Card) USD 20 or NPR 2000

How to obtain a Manaslu Trek Permit?

In order to obtain a valid Manaslu trek permit, you need to hire a government licensed trekking agency that can through the proper channels apply for your necessary permits during the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek. These are and should also be included in your per person trip rates, always recheck your include sections before booking.  Some of the criteria to meet in order to obtain a Manaslu trek permit(s) are:

  • Hire at least one government licensed guide from the local trekking agency 
  • Be at least with two people in one group (not including the guide or porter) 
  • Process the permits through a government authorized trekking agency such as Alpine Eco Trek

What is the cost for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Permit for Children?

The cost for the Manalsu Tsum Valley trek permit for children depends on the age. Below ten years the cost is free and from or above the cost will be the same as per adult. While booking with Alpine Eco Trek you are required to mention any type of children and age during your booking as this can affect your total trip cost. This way we can also make the necessary preparations so that you can travel without worry.
In order to make your trip more comfortable and memorable we also suggest you bring:

  • A guidebook
  • The Manaslu Tsum Valley Map
  • A good sleeping bag
  • A warm down jacket
  • Sunglasses (UV protected) and hat (wide-brimmed)
  • A head torch (as electricity is not available in high mountains)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Medial kit (must include – medicine for cut, injury, diarrhea, altitude sickness, and headache)
  • Good camera with back up battery and memory card
  • Favorite snacks as it is not available in the mountains

What makes the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek special?

Entering hidden valleys filled with ancient cultures and traditions, crossing high altitude mountain passes, and facing the spirit of the mountain Manaslu is what makes the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek special. Alpine Eco Trek takes great pride in excellent service with highly trained trekking guides. As so they are sure to inform you about everything and given that level of insight so you become one with the Himalayas. Believing in sustainable tourism we try to promote as much local as we can, this gives you a better insight into the traditions and culture of the local people. 

Booking and payment process

Your booking and payment process for the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is never been easier. You can book online via mail or our website any trip that you’d like. For the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, we require a booking payment of 10% advance of the total trip cost that can be easily made by either bank transfer, Western Union, or even online payment via PayPal or Xoom. Payment details will be shared via mail at your convenience. The rest of the payable amount can be paid upon arrival in cash or via bank transfer/online payment. Do make sure to send your required documents such as passport copies, passport size photos for your permits, and a copy of your travel insurance policy. Your flight details such as arrival dates and departure dates we request at least two weeks prior to your departure to Nepal. Alpine Eco Trek is a reliable and trustworthy company, guiding trekkers through Nepal for over two decades and being well established in the tourism industry for its excellent service our office is sure to give you the trip of a lifetime. Authorized by the government as licensed and registered trekking and tour operator in Nepal with number: 1907/071, Alpine Eco Trek is also affiliated with the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

Trip Extension

After an adventurous trek in the Himalayas, you might want to enjoy more of Nepal, in that case Alpine Eco Trek can arrange a trip extension. Besides trekking Nepal has a lot more to offer. Go wild in the jungles of Chitwan and meet up with incredible wildlife on a jungle safari, relax and enjoy the lakeside city of Pokhara, home to Fewa Lake, the World Peace Stupa and the overlooking Fishtail Mountain Mt. Machhapuchhare. Activities such as lake boating, cultural tours, paragliding, wild water rafting, bungee jumping, etc. can be enjoyed. Inquire with Alpine Eco Trek easily online for more information about our combo packages and availabilities. 

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