Tsum Valley with Manaslu Trek is a beautiful off-beat trek in Nepal. The journey offers the typical remote natural and cultural beauty of Nepal. The trip goes through the small villages of the Manaslu conservation area for over 21 days and flaunts the beauty surrounding the world’s eighth highest mountain- Mt. Manaslu (8163 meters). This trek entails walking over mule tracks, watching panoramic views of mountains, and interacting with beautiful locals making it a beautiful cultural hiking trail. Life on this trail is different from other places; thus, trekkers can experience a rural and unique lifestyle.
The trek begins from Macha Khola, a bustling remote town from where the official hike starts. The walk then leads over notable villages such as Jagat, Mu Gompa, Samagaun, and many more exciting villages. The trek follows through deep gorges and extensive larch forests, and rugged landscape. Also, along the historic routes, the journey equally offers a rich cultural and natural experience. Likewise, the hiking trails follow medieval mule tracks, making a safe trading route over the sloppy hills. Similarly, the journey during most times requires walking along the Budhi Gandaki River, Machha Khola, and Soti Khola. Apart from that, the hike promises a great experience with the mountains like Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and Hiunchuli, which are constant throughout the journey.
Aside from thrilling trails, all through the journey, it allows a chance to peek into a religiously influenced life and surroundings. People living in this region follow Buddhism, and their culture is more similar to Tibetan culture. Get some insights into their Tibetan Buddhist aspect by visiting significant holy sites such as Mu Gompa, the Rachen Gompa, and Nunnery Gompa. The flags of worship, the chortens, and the Mani walls, which are part of their lifestyle, are noticeable all along the trek. Moreover, the lifestyles of the people who live in the valley are distinct and traditional. The people of the region have so far been able to maintain their individuality without any external influence. Thus, as said earlier, life here is unconventional and different from other trekking regions.
The hike also climbs Larkya La pass (5220m), the highest mountain pass in this trekking journey. Crossing this gives a sense of achievement because it is not an easy part of the journey. From here, you may enjoy an excellent perspective of the Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, Himlung Himal, and the rarity of the Annapurna mountain range. The Tsum valley with Manaslu trek links two distinctly different trekking destinations. With an intent to allow trekkers to see and taste the delights of both remote towns at once, this trek is an attractive option. In general, it is a lovely journey, bringing travelers to steep slopes of mountains, waterfalls, crystalline rock, aquamarine lakes, picturesque alps, and lonely hamlets.
Highlights of Tsum Valley with Manaslu Trek
- A distant, secluded Tsum valley with an unspoiled environment and culture
- This lovely walk crosses the banks of the river, and pathways gradually cut through the rocks.
- Traverse the remote villages of many ethnic groups in Nepal
- Exploring the unique flora and animals in the conservation area of Manaslu
- Superb view of the Himal of Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Budhha Himal, and many more
Best time for Tsum Valley with Manaslu Trek
The best time for Tsum valley with Manaslu Trek is the spring and autumn season. From September through November, it is the autumn season in Nepal. It is a post-monsoon season; thus, there’s a slight risk of rainfall. Nevertheless, always note that the weather is unpredictable even when you receive rain. Altogether, this time of year, the skies are bright, and the views on the snow-plowing mountains are spectacular.
The spring season is a good time for Manaslu Tsum Valley. Nepal experiences the spring season from March to May, and it is pre-monsoon season. Rainfall is low, and the weather in this fantastic location is ideal for walking. Moreover, the lush green woodlands and the blossoms of pink and red rhododendrons are delightful to watch. Along with the pleasing ambiance, because of clear skies, the mountain scenery during spring is phenomenal.
However, in the Monsoon/Summer season, Tsum valley with the Manaslu trek is not advisable. Due to severe rainfalls and potential landslides, there is a possibility of obstacles. It is possible to go hiking during the winter, but we only advise experienced trekkers. If you choose to go around this region in winter, be ready with waterproof hiking clothes, crampons, and other necessary trekking gear.
Tsum Valley with Manaslu Trek Difficulty
Tsum Valley with Manaslu Trek is a moderate trekking journey. Starting at 900 meters above sea level, Machha Khola, this trek steadily increases elevation gain. Larkya La Pass at 5220 meters is the highest point you reach in the journey. It is one of the most challenging days because hikers will walk for roughly nine hours. Prior preparation is therefore essential for Tsum Valley with Manaslu Trek. Start the training at least 2-3 months in advance so that you can finish the trek smoothly.
The region of Manaslu is a lovely hiking area with many unique and fascinating hiking paths. If our 21 days of Tsum valley with Manaslu trek don’t appeal to you, take part in our 17 days Manaslu Circuit Trek and do a round tour around the area of Manaslu. Or experience the 18 days Tsum Valley trip, which is pristine and restricted.