Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trekking

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek

The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is a remarkable trek that takes travelers through some of the most remote and culturally diverse regions in Nepal. It guarantees that trekkers will have an experience that is both captivating and unforgettable. This incredible trek in the Tsum Valley, where mysterious folklore and ancient Buddhist heritage blend harmoniously, is open to trekkers who are invited to immerse themselves in the sacred depths of this journey. For those interested in exploring the wonders of a world that has not yet been explored, this trek, which takes place in the majesty of the Himalayas, is an invitation.

Trekkers who traverse the rocky contours and lush forests of the Manaslu Conservation Area are rewarded with breathtaking panoramas that perfectly capture the essence of natural beauty in the wild. The painting depicts a vivid tableau of nature's magnificence, with towering peaks piercing the sky, cascading waterfalls cascading down moss-covered cliffs, and terraced fields adorned with vibrant prayer flags coming to life! This winding trek offers a glimpse into the lively cultural celebrations and serene monastic practices that characterize life in these isolated Himalayan enclaves. Interactions with local communities along the trail provide insights into centuries-old traditions and customs, offering a glimpse into that life.

Every mile of the journey is a rich tapestry of discoveries and wonders, with peaceful moments and exhilarating victories coexisting. There is a new and exciting adventure waiting for you at every stage of the journey, from the tranquility of the valley to the exhilarating challenge of traversing high mountain passes such as Larkya La. The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek leave an indelible mark of exploration and adventure with every view and interaction that is encountered along the way. The combination of these two elements constitutes an extraordinary trek into the heart of the Himalayas.

Manaslu, known for its unparalleled beauty, has historically served as a route for Yak caravans traveling to and from Tibet for trade. Tsum Valley, one of the holy eight valleys and a haven of warm Tibetan hospitality, is one of its most remote. Trekkers seeking pristine scenery and limitless opportunities are drawn to this hidden gem, which is both mysterious and difficult to reach. The Tsum Valley is a picture of an undiscovered paradise, with its cultivated fields, quaint stone homes, pure rivers, dense forests, and towering peaks that reach heights of over 7000 meters.

The trek begins in Barpak, which offers breathtaking views of high peaks such as Buddha Himal (6672 m) and Ganesh Himal (7100 m). When departing from the typical Manaslu tour route, a hidden valley reveals itself and casts an alluring spell of mystery. Travelers who take this path through the mysterious Tsum Valley, which has been closed to tourists since 2008, embark on an incredible adventure. While traversing this timeless terrain, trekkers will come across vibrant Buddhist and Tibetan cultures, as well as verdant fields and towering peaks. The trek ends at the Mu monastery, which is near the Tibetan border and the last village before the valley closes. From there, it continues to the Larkya La pass (5135 m), where breathtaking views await, leaving a lasting impression.

Tsum Valley-Manaslu Trek Highlights & Overviews

  • Cultural Immersion: Explore the sacred depths of the Tsum Valley, where ancient Buddhist heritage and mystical folklore intertwine, offering an immersive cultural experience.
  • Scenic Beauty: Traverse the rocky contours and lush forests of the Manaslu Conservation Area, encountering breathtaking panoramas of towering peaks, cascading waterfalls, and vibrant prayer flags.
  • Local Encounters: Engage with local communities along the trail, gaining insights into centuries-old traditions and customs and experiencing the tranquil monastic practices and vibrant cultural celebrations of remote Himalayan enclaves.
  • Adventure and Triumph: Experience a rich tapestry of wonder and exploration, blending moments of reflection with adrenaline-fueled triumphs as you journey from the serene tranquility of the valley to conquering high mountain passes like Larkya La.
  • Unspoiled Landscapes: Discover the unspoiled paradise of the Tsum Valley, characterized by cultivated fields, charming stone homes, clean rivers, thick forests, and towering peaks exceeding 7,000 meters.
  • Exclusive Destination: Delve into the exclusivity of this remote corner of the world, with high mountain landscapes, hidden valleys nestled within massifs, traditional villages, and an air of mystery that adds to the allure of the journey.
  • Historical Significance: Learn about the historical significance of the Manaslu region, which has served as a passage for Yak caravans engaged in trade with Tibet throughout history.
  • Memorable Views: Capture unforgettable memories as you witness breathtaking views of Ganesh Himal (7,100 m), Buddha Himal (6672 m), and other towering peaks along the journey.
  • Culminating Experience: Conclude your adventure at the Mu monastery, near the Tibetan border, and the final village before the valley's closure, before ascending towards the awe-inspiring Larkya La pass (5135 m), where panoramic vistas await.


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Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m).

Upon your arrival at the airport, our company representative will warmly greet you and ensure your smooth transfer to the hotel. At the hotel, you will have the opportunity to meet our team. We will organize a pre-trek briefing in the evening, between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. This gathering is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the other members of your group before we all proceed to enjoy a delicious dinner. The welcome dinner will feature authentic Nepalese cuisine and captivating cultural dance performances, immersing you in Nepal's rich cultural traditions.

Transfer: 30-45 min | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Full day Guided Tour in Kathmandu valley with City Tour Guide

Today, you will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu with our experienced city tour guide. Our itinerary includes several remarkable sites:

  • SWOYAMBHUNATH, also known as the Monkey Temple, is perched atop a hill and can be reached by climbing a long set of steps. From there, you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Kathmandu.
  • BOUDHANATH STUPA is adorned with traditional Gompas adorned with vibrant prayer flags. It serves as a focal point for Sherpas and Tibetans who partake in the spiritual practice of circumambulating the stupa (koras).
  • PASHUPATINATH, a sacred Hindu temple, is situated on the banks of the Bagmati River and features ghats where cremation ceremonies take place, offering a unique glimpse into Hindu rituals.
  • KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE, one of the ancient capitals of the Kathmandu Valley, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vibrant square showcases a harmonious fusion of Hindu and Buddhist temples, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.

With our knowledgeable guide, you will learn about the historical, religious, and architectural significance of these iconic landmarks. Prepare to be captivated by Kathmandu's unique charm and spiritual ambiance.

Sightseeing: 7-8 Hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meal: Breakfast

Day 03: By Private Transportation: Kathmandu - Gorkha (1,135m)

After a delicious breakfast, we begin our journey with a scenic 5-hour drive to Gorkha Bazar. Prepare to be enchanted by the stunning scenery as we cross sparkling streams and follow the winding banks of the Darundi Khola. As the evening approaches, we embark on an enlightening tour of the historic Gorkha Durbar, perched majestically on a hill. From this unique vantage point, take in breathtaking mountain vistas and the radiant glow of an unforgettable sunset. It will undoubtedly be a journey of breathtaking scenery and soul-stirring encounters.

Transfer: 140km, 5-6 Hours |  Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 04: By Jeep: Gorkha - Laprak (2,200m)

After breakfast, we will drive from Gorkha to Laprak. After 12 kilometers, the highway turns towards Baluwa on its way to Gorkha. Barpak, a large village, is home to a close-knit community of Gurung, Ghale (of royal ancestry), and Bisokarma inhabitants. Notably, Barpak is historically significant as the epicenter of the Nepal earthquake on April 25, 2015. The off-road drive following Barpak is bumpy yet scenic, with Bouddha Himal in the background. Within an hour, we'll arrive at Momche Dada (2,950m), a pass between Laprak and Barpak that offers stunning panoramic mountain views, grazing sheep, and green hillsides. In the spring, bright rhododendrons blossom, adding attractiveness to photographs of the snowcapped summits. Descend steeply for another hour or two till you reach the Gurung village of Laprak. Spend your afternoon visiting the village and appreciating the meaningful mud-brick murals on the dwellings.

Transfer: 70km, 4-5 Hours |  Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 05: Laprak - Khorla Benshi (975m)

Traversing through the enchanting maze of Laprak's village paths, we reach the Jyabru Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge, we embark on a steep ascent, passing by terraced fields adorned with pink sorghum. The trail, at times concealed, winds skillfully around hillsides until we arrive at a small Chorten below Singla village. As we continue our journey, the hike becomes gentler, treating us to captivating views of Kutang and Sringi Himal to the north. Our path leads us through more terraced fields, accompanied by the presence of papaya trees and the charming Gurung village of Khorla, before finally descending to Khorlebeshi, nestled on the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River. As we approach the long suspension bridge to Khorlabeshi, we must tread carefully on the rocky steps, all while admiring the skilled local women weaving straw mats in the village. As evening descends, the village's cultural ambassadors may grace us with their presence, offering us a chance to partake in another captivating performance, adding to the richness of our memorable journey.

Walking duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +400 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,550 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 06: Khorlabenshi - Jagat (1,370m)

Today's five-hour trek promises a delightful journey. Starting along the river, we'll pass through tobacco and buckwheat fields, admiring the river-smoothed rocks. Our path leads to Tatopani, a terraced village with inviting hot springs, perfect for relaxation and even a refreshing swim in the nearby icy river. After drying off on a riverside beach, we'll continue through the woods, graced by a magnificent waterfall. Crossing an old wooden suspension bridge, we'll reach Dovan, where the Budhi Gandaki River showcases steep rapids. Our trail will take us high above the river, descending to calmer waters. Crossing a new suspension bridge, we'll climb stone steps to camp below Jagat, the entrance to Manaslu Conservation National Park. Before resting, take a moment to explore the paved village of Jagat and witness the villagers' pride in their contributions to its beauty.

Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +700 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -260 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 07: Jagat - Lokpa (2,240m).

Descending from Jagat to the river, we ascend beautiful stone steps along a terraced hillside, reaching the small hamlet of Salleri. There, we enjoy an impressive view of the towering Sringi Himal at 7,187 meters. Passing through the charming village of Sirdibas, we cross the river again at Ghata Khola, using a long, high-suspension bridge. The path diverges, with the right branch leading to Ganesh Himal. Continuing upstream, we face a steep climb to Philim. Crossing the river at a narrow gorge section via a new suspension bridge, we then ascend gradually through an open forest along a wide hillside. In the next two hours, we cross the river twice more, using smaller bridges. Notably, the first bridge marks the intersection of Tsum Valley, a remote valley connecting to Tibet.

Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1,200 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -400 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 08: Lokpa - Chumling (2,386m)

Descend through a beautiful forest, crossing three streams via bridges. Follow the riverbank and ascend steeply on exposed stairs. After 30 minutes, head north through pine trees and rhododendrons, facing challenging inclines. Reach the captivating hidden valley of Tsum. Descend to the isolated Ghumlong (2,130m) on the river. The path to Ripchet (2,470m) climbs steeply, while the path to Chumling (2,360m) crosses the Shiar Khola on a wooden bridge. Near Chumling, take a level route to the right (east) for 15 minutes to reach the final hotel in Tsum. In the evening, explore the old monastery, traditional houses, orchards, clinics, and stone streets. This agricultural area practices Buddhism, with conical haystacks amid prayer flags. The trails feature decorative chortens and mani walls adorned with stone slabs engraved with deities and prayers.

Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +640 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -150 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 09: Chumling to Chhokangparo (3,031m)

Today's journey is less challenging compared to yesterday. We'll start by crossing the suspension bridge to the east and traversing through fertile farming land, cultivating maize and potatoes. We'll encounter a significant landslide area where rocks and floods have cleared the landscape, even reaching the opposite bank, now covered with a forest of new trees, offering breathtaking views of Mt. Ganesh Himal. After crossing the Serpu Khola, we'll embark on a 2.5-hour climb on a well-graded but exposed track to upper Tsum and the large village of Chhokangparo. The village's stone houses are nestled under cliffs, showcasing traditional architecture without a single iron roof. Here, the valley opens up, revealing expansive fields of barley, maize, buckwheat, and potatoes. Keep an eye out for herds of Thar grazing on the wild cliffs to the north, sometimes venturing down to the fields, providing an impressive view of Mt. Himalchuli (7893m) in the valley below.

Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +650 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -150 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 10: Chhokangparo to Nile (3,361m)

Starting by heading east through small villages and past a local school, the route leads over a ridge of chortens and past Lamagaon (3,202m). Then, one can see the Rachen Gompa (3,240m) with its extensive crops and river. The next destination is Milarepa's Cave (Piren Phu), a place where the Buddhist founder of Tibet is said to have meditated. The cave is currently under extensive restoration. Continuing the journey, one crosses the Shiar Khola and passes through the hamlets of Phurbe (3,251m) and Pangdun (3,258m), observing an unusual round stupa on the way. The next stop is the larger village of Chhule (3,347m), where the children wear traditional Tibetan dressing gowns called chubas, and yaks are common. Heading upstream and crossing a bridge, the route leads to the village of Nile (3,361m). Both Nile and Chhule villages have traditional-style houses with livestock compounds included and sheltered verandahs for drying crops.

Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +400 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -30 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 11: Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m)

The trail from the Nile leads to Mu Gumba, the largest monastery in the Tsum Valley. Established in 1895 AD, Mu Gumba is situated at an altitude of 3700m, making it the highest and farthest point in the valley. The monastery houses religious texts like Kangyur, as well as a life-sized statue of Avalokiteshwara and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara. Another ancient monastery in the region is Dephyudonma Gumba, located in the rugged mountains, a 2-hour walk from Chhule and Nile villages. This monastery's history is closely tied to the emergence of Buddhism in the valley. Lama Serap from the Kangin sect, associated with Nile Ladrang, manages the monastery. Additionally, there are a few campsites and drinking water facilities available along the trail.

Walking duration: 3-4 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +350 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -0 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 12: Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3,240m)

The trail from Mu Gumba leads to Rachen Gumba, a significant nunnery in the Tsum Valley. Located in the Shiar Khola Valley, nestled in the foothills of the mountains on the Nepal-Tibet border, Rachen Gumba was established in 1905 AD. It stands as one of the largest nunneries in the region. The nunnery is home to nuns who follow the Ngak-pa sect, which strictly prohibits animal slaughter. Inside Rachen Gumba, you can find remarkable features such as one thousand clay statues of Avalokiteshwara, a beautifully crafted and colorful throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. The interior of the nunnery is adorned with vibrant murals that depict the history and teachings of Buddhism.

Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +300 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -970 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 13: Rachen Gompa to Gumba Lungdang (3,200m)

Descend along a narrow trail that runs alongside the Shiar Khola. Cross a bridge to reach Dhumje at an elevation of 2,440m. Dhumje is home to a Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and school. From there, the track ascends steeply behind the clinic, following an unclear path through a dense forest of pines and rhododendrons. As you continue, the track leads to a mani wall adorned with prayer flags, traversing a narrow and exposed section. Afterward, the trail takes you through a pine forest, where you'll encounter an uphill path. Ascend through the towering silver pines, making a steep zigzag climb until you reach Gumba Lungdang at an altitude of 3,200m. Perched on a ridge, Gumba Lungdang offers small cells for the residing nuns and is surrounded by beautiful rhododendrons. This small gompa accommodates 40 nuns and hosts an intense and captivating worship session from 6:00-7:30 pm every night. The breathtaking mountain views in all directions make this place the ultimate highlight of our nine trips to Nepal.

Walking duration: 6-7 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +600 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -300 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 14: Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4,200m)

Cross the Lundang Khola on a rickety wooden bridge and begin a steep ascent through pristine pine and rhododendron forests. About halfway up, you'll come across a hut in a kharka. The trail continues behind the hut, leading you up a dry creek bed lined with birch trees. Eventually, you'll emerge onto grassy flats behind the lateral moraine of the Toro Gompa glacier. Continue climbing past seasonal yak huts until you find a trail along the moraine wall. The views of the mountain cirque are superb. The campsite is located in this area. It takes about 4 hours to reach Ganesh Himal Base Camp. We retrace our steps back to Gumba Lungdang in time for the evening puja. The altitude can make this day difficult for some, but the intact forest wilderness and views make it an outstanding trip.

Walking duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1,100 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,100 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 15: Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa

This can be a challenging day, so it's best to start early. Descend from Gumba Lungdang on the upward track. Cross the Laudang Khola and stay on the south bank of the Shiar Khola (contrary to the map). Climb over some very deep gorges and shaky cantilever bridges to the picturesque village of Ripchet (2470m). Take some time to explore this perched valley, which is fertile and full of barley and buckwheat. Pine forests and chortens line the fields' borders. Descend on steep stairs to the lone local lodge of Ghumlong (2130m), which you passed through seven days ago. Climb again through the pristine temperate forest to Lokpa (2240m), where you can enjoy a comfortable bed in the lodge.

Walking duration: 7-8 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +600 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,100 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 16: Lokpa to Bihi Phedi (2,055m)

As we leave the captivating Tsum Valley and pass back under the arch marking our exit, we begin our journey along the trail that encircles Manaslu. We cross the deep gorges of the Bhuri Gandaki River on an iron bridge, surrounded by towering mountains with steep walls. The path takes us through dense forests and rugged terrain, with a changing landscape and vegetation. We pass through quaint villages and wooden bridges, eventually reaching the village of Dyang (Deng), where Tibetan culture is evident in the architecture, locals, and prayer mills. The valley opens up to stunning views of the Lapuchang and Chhachung peaks, which reach nearly 6000 meters along the Tibetan border. After briefly descending to cross the river, we ascend a steep path to a picturesque balcony trail. Despite the growing number of tourists, we still encounter villagers and mule caravans along the way.

Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +725 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -640 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 17: Bihi Phedi to Namrung (2,680m)

Continuing along the Bhuri Gandaki River on this side will take us a bit further to the village of Ghap, passing through small, cultivated plateaus. In the afternoon, we will ascend a lovely path with stairs, winding through a lush forest with magnificent giant spruce trees, especially at Suksam. Upon reaching Namrung, a picturesque and tourist-friendly village, there are pastry stalls and lodges for visitors, making it an important stop on the Manaslu trek.

Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +990 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -360 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 18: Namrung to Shyala (3,510m)

We follow a beautiful cultivated plateau that winds through the villages of Baksan, Lihi, and Wangsang, with the stunning backdrop of Manaslu in the distance. The scenery changes dramatically as we move higher, with the vibrant fields below giving way to a more rugged landscape. Along the way, we are treated to breathtaking views of Ganesh and Himal Chuli from the village of Shyo, passing by traditional chortens and mani walls. After stopping for lunch in Lho Gaon, we continue our journey, descending towards the river before climbing steeply through a lush coniferous forest to reach Shyala.

Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +1,130 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -300 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 19: Shyala - Pung Gyen Monastery (4050 m) - Sama Gaon (3,520m).

We start our journey this morning with an acclimatization hike to the Pung Gyen monastery, pausing before our ascent to higher altitudes. It is going to be one of the most amazing days of our trip. The journey is simple; it leads us gradually away from the rough, dark mountains and onto a tranquil plateau with golden grass and a ring of glistening white snow and ice surrounding it. At an altitude of 3870 meters, the deserted Tibetan monastery is tucked away in this pristine landscape, with the majestic Manaslu towering in the distance. We are enamored with a view that will live forever in our memories as we eat lunch here, amidst distant avalanches and the sound of breaking ice. We retrace our steps, not wanting to lose the breathtaking view, and head toward Sama Gaon, a traditional Tibetan village that is just waiting for us to find it.

Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +900 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -600 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 20: Sama Gaon - Lake Birendra (3560 m) - Samdo (3690 m).

In the morning, we will visit a monastery and then have the chance to hike up to Birendra Kund, a glacial lake located at the base of the Manaslu glacier. Our journey will start with an easy walk to Kermo Manan, where there is a very long mani wall. As we continue through the alpine-style valley, we will gradually ascend towards a typical Tibetan village. After crossing a small bridge, we will encounter a short but steep climb that will lead us to the main attraction of our trip: Samdo, a village with about 200 residents. The influence of Tibet is noticeable in Lajing Banjyang. The people of Samdo, who are of Tibetan descent, have regular trade connections with families and elders in Tibet. We will have the opportunity to explore this charming and welcoming village before taking a rest.

Walking duration: 3-4 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +450 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -150 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 21: Samdo - Dharamshala (4,460m)

Leaving Samdo behind, we embark on the ancient trade route towards Tibet. Crossing a bridge, we ascend through the remains of Larkya Bazaar, once a bustling market. As we climb for about three hours, passing glaciers, the panoramic views become increasingly awe-inspiring. Our destination is Dharamsala, the high camp for the Larkya La pass. Here, we pause for a lunch break, relishing the breathtaking vistas surrounding us. Given the altitude and cold, it is advisable to take it easy in the afternoon, prioritizing warmth and rest. An early dinner awaits us as we prepare ourselves for the journey across the Larkya Pass tomorrow.

Walking duration: 4-5 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +635 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -100 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 22: Cross Larkya La Pass (5,106m). Trek to Bhimtang (3,720m)

From Dharamshala, we ascend to the ablation valley on the north side of the Larkya Glacier, offering views of Cho Danda and Larkya-La. Traversing the glacier's moraines, sometimes through snow, we gradually climb towards the pass, with the steepness increasing closer to the summit. The ascent typically takes around four hours. At the top, we're greeted with a breathtaking panorama, showcasing Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru, and the majestic Annapurna II. Both sides of the pass offer equally stunning vistas. After adorning the area with Tibetan prayer flags, we embark on a steep and occasionally slippery descent, following a trail along the glacier's moraines. We take a lunch break on smooth rocks below the pass before continuing the descent, which lasts approximately three hours until we reach our campsite. The rocky descent leads us to Bhimtang, an enchanting destination that makes the journey truly worthwhile.

Walking duration: 8-9 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +770 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,595 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 23: Bhimtang - Gowa (2,515m)

The trek from Bhimtang to Gowa is an exhilarating journey through the stunning landscapes of the Himalayas. Leaving the charming village of Bhimtang, surrounded by lush greenery and towering peaks, you'll follow a memorable trail towards Gowa. The route winds through dense rhododendron forests with colorful blooms, and you'll cross gurgling streams on sturdy bridges, passing quaint mountain communities that welcome you with warm hospitality. As you ascend, the view transforms into a breathtaking display of snow-capped peaks. Finally, in the serene settlement of Gowa, you can unwind and embrace the tranquility of nature. This trek is a true communion with nature, leaving you with cherished memories for a lifetime.

Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +100 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -1,000 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 24: Gowa - Tal (1,700m)

Today signifies the culmination of our trek. Following a 1.5-hour trek, we reached Tilije, a sizable settlement home to the brave Gurung community. The Gurung people have gained recognition for their valor and contribution to distinguished units of the British and Indian armies. Despite their military heritage, they maintain a peaceful way of life and are known for cultivating delectable apples. Subsequently, we continued our descent for another 1.5 hours, tracing the Dudh Khola River until it merged with the Marsyangdi River in Dharapani. This scenic journey led us to the delightful village of Tal after an additional 2 hours of trekking. Here, we shall spend the night, immersed in the charm and tranquility of this picturesque locale.

Walking duration: 5-6 Hours    |    Altitude Gain: +300 meters    |    Altitude Loss: -600 meters | Accommodation: Lodge l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Day 25: By Jeep: Tal - Kathmandu

Today, we are embarking on a scenic jeep ride from Tal to Kathmandu, covering an approximate distance of 214 kilometers. This journey will lead us through some of Nepal's most rugged and remote terrain, providing a remarkable opportunity to witness the country's diverse landscapes and cultures from a unique perspective. As we traverse through picturesque valleys, winding roads, and mountain passes, we will be treated to awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks and pristine rivers. Along the way, we will make occasional stops to stretch our legs and capture photographs of the breathtaking vistas that surround us. Once we arrive in Kathmandu, we will have ample time to unwind and explore the vibrant city at our leisure. Whether we choose to engage in souvenir shopping or partake in other activities, this promises to be an exciting and adventurous day, brimming with unforgettable moments and cherished memories that will endure a lifetime.

Transfer duration: 194km, 7-8 Hours    |    Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast/Lunch

Day 26: Free day in Kathmandu for self shopping an other activities

Today, we have a free day to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu on our own. You may want to spend the day indulging in some souvenir shopping, wandering around the colorful streets and bazaars, or enjoying the local cuisine. You could also visit some of the popular tourist attractions in the city, such as Bhaktapur or Patan, which showcase Nepal's rich cultural and historical heritage. Alternatively, you could engage in other activities like hiking, biking, or adventure sports, or simply relax and rejuvenate in one of the city's many spas and wellness centers. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to soak up the unique sights, sounds, and flavors of this wonderful city.

Accommodation: Hotel l Meal: Breakfast

Day 27: Transfer to Kathmandu International airport for departure

Today, we will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for our departure. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at the hotel, we will gather our belongings and make our way to the airport. We will ensure that we reach the airport well in time to complete all the necessary formalities and board our flight. Before we bid farewell to this enchanting country, take one last look at the breathtaking views of the Himalayas and take a moment to appreciate the warm hospitality and kindness of the Nepalese people. This marks the end of our tour, and we hope you had a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal.

Transfer: 25-30 min l Meal: Breakfast

Cost & Dates

The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek 2024 cost on the website applies to groups of 6–12 people. However, private trips for groups of two or more can be organized upon request. A group booking of 12 or more people can offer a maximum discount with one free trip. Clients' travel date preferences can be accommodated, but the trek cost depends on group size, duration, accommodation type, and additional activities or services.

  • Group Size: The cost of the trip will depend on the size of the group.
  • Hotel Accommodation Category and Client's Budget: The cost may also vary based on the accommodation category and budget preference of the client.
  • Itinerary Modification: Our trekking itinerary can be modified according to your time and requirements, and the cost will be adjusted accordingly.
  • Additional Services: If you require additional services, the cost will be adjusted accordingly based on mutual understanding.
  • Trekking Staff: The cost is also affected by the number of Trekking Guides, Assistant Guides, and extra porters required for the trip.

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Cost Includes:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services in private transportation before and after the trek.
  • Hotel Accommodation: 4 nights in Kathmandu at a twin sharing room on the BB plan.
  • City Cultural Tour in Kathmandu with the City Tour Guide and all the entrance and monument fees.
  • Transportation: Kathmandu—Laprak and Tal—Kathmandu with a Guide.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek.
  • Best available lodges and guesthouses at a twin-sharing room for accommodation during the trek.
  • Trekking Staffs: Experienced English-speaking Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide for a group of over six people and porters (2:1), including their daily allowance, meal, and accommodation.
  • Accidental and medical insurance for Nepalese team.
  • Trekking Permit: Special permit for Tsum Valley and Manaslu, Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit Fee.
  • All government-applicable taxes
  • Travel agency service charge.

Trip FAQ

1. Why the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek?
The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is an exciting adventure in Nepal's remote Himalayas. It highlights the fascinating Tibetan Buddhist traditions as well as the mystical Tsum Valley location. Mount Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world, serves as the focal point of the trek, which offers breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks and towering peaks. The best time to visit is in the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the skies are clear, the temperatures are pleasant, and the wildflowers are stunning. This trek offers a distinctive viewpoint of Nepal's remote Himalayas and provides an opportunity to explore historic monasteries and prayer wheels that reverberate mantras in the mountain breeze.

2. How difficult is the trek?
The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is a challenging yet rewarding journey through the Himalayas. To be successful, trekkers must be mentally and physically prepared for the challenges they will face. The trek includes steep ascents and descents, difficult terrain, and high altitudes. All trekkers are expected to be physically fit, with regular strength training and cardiovascular exercise, as well as prior experience trekking in high-altitude areas. Because of the significant elevation gain, altitude sickness is a risk, and adequate acclimatization is required before beginning the trek. This includes gradual ascent, regular breaks, monitoring of body signals, and hydration. Despite the breathtaking Himalayan landscape and abundant cultural heritage, the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek offer an unforgettable experience; however, one must be physically and mentally prepared before embarking on this journey.

3. When is the best time to go on this trek?
The best time to go on the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these times, the weather is clear, and the views of the mountains are breathtaking. On the other hand, if adequate preparation is made, it is also possible to go trekking during the monsoon season.

4. Do I need permits for this trek?
Manaslu and Tsum Valley are two places that require you to have restricted area permits, so the answer is yes to both of those questions. Depending on the time of year, the price can change completely. You will also be required to have a permit to enter the Manaslu Conservation Area (MCAP) as well as an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). It is possible to acquire these permits by contacting Nepalese trekking agencies that have been registered with the country's government.

5. What is the accommodation like during the trek?
On the trekking route, there are a variety of accommodations available, ranging from simple tea houses to more luxurious lodges in certain villages. Tea houses offer affordable meals and rooms that are designed in the style of dormitories, with shared bathrooms. The lodges that are located in larger villages may provide private rooms that are connected to bathrooms.

6. Is altitude sickness a concern on this trek?
The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Treks, both of which will take you to heights that are greater than 5,000 meters, present a significant risk of altitude sickness due to the high altitude at which they are conducted. Trekkers should make every effort to avoid rushing up the ascent, take frequent breaks, and ascend slowly to lessen the likelihood of developing illnesses that are associated with high altitude. It is also helpful to avoid caffeine and alcohol, as well as to maintain proper hydration levels. It is essential to seek medical attention at an early stage to identify the symptoms of altitude sickness, which include headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. It is highly recommended that you hire a knowledgeable guide to accompany you on a trek. This will allow you to receive guidance on how to acclimatize to the environment, how to monitor symptoms, and how to handle emergencies. Trekkers need to ensure that they are adequately prepared, and acclimatized and that they have experienced guides to safely navigate high-altitude terrain and take in the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayas.

7. Are there ATMs or places to withdraw money along the trek?
There are no automated teller machines or other locations where you can withdraw money once you begin the trek. It is critical to have enough Nepalese rupees in cash to cover your expenses for the duration of the trek.

8. Is it possible to do the trek independently?
Since the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Treks in Nepal are in protected areas, trekkers must be with a licensed guide and a group of at least two people. The natural and cultural heritage of the region is protected, as are the well-being and safety of its inhabitants. Trekkers must go through a trekking company that is registered with the Nepal government. This company is responsible for organizing guided treks, providing permits, and providing logistical support. Because they provide valuable insights into local culture, customs, and environment, facilitate interactions with communities, and assist in navigating the terrain, it is highly recommended to hire a licensed guide and porter, particularly in remote areas with limited assistance. This is especially true in areas where there is limited assistance.

9. What cultural highlights can I expect along the trek?
The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is a cultural journey that takes travelers through the Himalayan landscape and highlights the spiritual heritage of the region along the way. As it travels through Buddhist monasteries, chortens, and prayer wheels, the trail provides visitors with an opportunity to observe and learn about various religious practices and beliefs. Additionally, it offers the chance to visit traditional Tibetan-style villages home to ethnic groups like the Tsumbas and Gurungs and learn about their way of life in the harsh mountain environment. Trekkers will be able to forge meaningful connections and create memories that will last a lifetime thanks to the warmth and hospitality of the locals, which is sure to leave an impression that will last a lifetime.

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