Tsum Valley with Manaslu Trek

Tsum Valley with Manaslu Trek
Activity
Trekking
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Strenuous 
  • Max Altitude
    5220 m
  • Group Size
    Min. 2 People 
  • Meals
    B.L.D 
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Guesthouse 
  • Best Time
    March - May & Sept - Nov 
Featured Trip
All Inclusive Price: $1,850USD

Trip Overview

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.

Alternative Treks

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.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Day 03: Drive From Kathmandu - Machha Khola (900m/2952ft) Duration: 8-9 Hours

Day 04: Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m/4395ft) Walking Distance: 22.2 Kilometers/13.8 Miles, Duration: 5-6 Hours

Day 05: Trek Jagat to Chisopani (1660m/5,445ft) – Approx. 4/5 Hours Walk

Day 06: Trek Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft) – Approx. 6/7 Hours Walk

Day 07: Trek Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m/9,903ft) – Approx. 4/5 Hours Walk

Day 08: Trek Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft) – Approx. 5/6 Hours Walk

Day 09: Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft) Day Hike, 6-7 Hours

Day 10: Trek Back To Chumling

Day 11: Trek to Deng (1,860m/6100ft) Duration: 7 to 8 Hours

Day 12: Trek to Namrung (2900m/9512ft) Duration: 5 Hours

Day 13: Namrung to Lho Gham (3180m/10430ft) Duration: 3-4 Hours

Day 14: Trek to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft) Duration: 6 Hours

Day 15: Acclimatization Day at Samagaon

Day 16: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft) Duration: 3 Hours

Day 17: Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft) Duration: 4 Hours

Day 18: Trek to Bhimphedi (3590m/11775ft) via Cross Larkya La Pass (5220m/17121ft) Duration: 8 Hours

Day 19: Bhimphedi to Tilje (2300m/7544ft) Duration: 5 Hours

Day 20: Trek to Dharapani then Drive to Kathmandu, 2 Hours Hike and 8-9 Hours’ Drive

Day 21: Departure/Adventure Ends

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation by private vehicle, including airport transfers
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
  • Manaslu and Tsum valley special trekking permits as well as Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking
  • Duffle bag for trekking
  • Nepal Hiking Team T-shirt, trekking map, and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary.’
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 50 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying the US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • Cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, snacks, and other personal expenses
  • Hot shower during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers

Cost & Dates

  • Small Group Journey
  • Private Journey

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Reviews

Jayadatta Narasipura, USA Dear Ganga and the entire team, We, Narasipura family would like to thank you and your team for making once in a lifetime experience possible. All three of us loved every minute we spent in the Himalayas and Nepal. After my EBC trek, I wanted to experience Himalayas again with my family. Your team made it possible. Every day, we knew what to expect because Paban explained us on previous evening and in the morning. In seven days, we trekked in the lush green forest, saw numerous waterfalls, were inside the clouds, refreshed ourselves in the river and stream water, took multiple breaks with tea, coffee. Even though it was very hard, especially from 3rd to 5th day, we managed to get over the fatigue to continue because of Paban, Gokul and Ganesh’s help and encouragement. They used to tell us to take it easy (Aaramse jayenke) then we can do it, no need to rush. Paban modified the plan/itinerary based on the time of the day and our physical condition. We always ended the day before 5pm. Paban was flexible and booked the best teahouses, he made our trek very enjoyable. On fourth day, we were scheduled to trek to Upper Sinuwa. He changed it, we stayed at Lower Sinuwa. Because of 4th day’s change of plan, he modified fifth day trek too. Every day, as soon as we woke up, we started off with a hot cup of coffee or tea, they served to us without fail. Enjoying first few minutes of the day looking the sunrise in the mountains with a hot drink was so peaceful and relaxing. At the end of every day, we had fun, talking, playing cards, and having delicious dinner with fresh fruits as dessert. It was a beautiful experience. Paban, Gokul and Ganesh treated us royally and with respect, we are grateful to them. Spending last two days of our trek in the Machapuchare and Annapurna basecamps were a bliss, surrounded by the Annapurna mountain range was just amazing, and unbelievable. On the last day of the trip, we loved the cultural tour of the three cities, we were mesmerized by the artwork. Hope we can come back and enjoy Nepal again. We appreciate everything you did for us to accomplish our dream trek. Datta Trip done between 9th to 18th May 2022
Richard, UK "After extensive research regarding which trekking company to entrust with helping me with my dream holiday I chose The Nepal Hiking Team. This was for a number of reasons.
  1. Ganga and his team were super flexible, quick to respond, and allowed me to build a bespoke holiday that suited my schedule.
  2. When things went wrong at my end, they were quick to come up with solutions to help me out
  3. They understood this was a once in a lifetime experience for me, and answered my many and varied questions.
Once I arrived in Nepal it was immediately clear I had made the right decision. I was picked up from the airport, and driven to the hotel where I met Ganga and my guide Dinesh. Dinesh checked that the equipment I had brought with me was suitable, and NHT provided me a down jacket. The next day we flew out of Kathmandu, to EBC and Island Peak. Dinesh looked after me for the next 12 days in the mountains. He is an expert on the local area. Point at any mountain, and he can tell you how high it is and what its name is. He has travelled extensively over the area for more than 8 years, and he uses this knowledge to enrich your holiday experience. Every hotel you stay in, he knows the owners, and ensures you get a comfortable room. Need your washing done, or a hot shower? He will recommend where (and where not!) to get it done. When you are walking the trails he can tell you how much further you have to go, what bits will be difficult, and which easier. If you are looking to book with Nepal Hiking, and are lucky enough to have Dinesh as a guide then you are going to have a fabulous trip"
Walt Risley, USA When searching for a trekking company I wanted to go with a local group. All the reviews for Nepal Hiking Team were excellent so I choose them. From start to finish they had their act together. Initial correspondence and any email questions were answered by Ganga, the man in charge, by the next day. They kept me up to date with everything I needed as far as entry into Nepal. Picked me up from the airport and got me to my hotel without an issue. I joined a couple from Canada for the trek. Our guide Prakash never left our side from breakfast to dinner. He expedited the flight to and from Lukla which would have been a hectic process without him. Since all of us were in our 50s he established early that we would be in no rush. Whether we got to our next location at 2pm or 4pm didn’t matter. I would rather be outside enjoying the trek than in early playing cards. I felt safe and looked after with him. This trek is tough. It’s much steeper than I anticipated and the altitude change from place to place does not reflect the ascents and descents which on some days doubles the heights you actually do. They ascents into Tengbouche and at Dugla pass are particularly tough but at a slow steady pace they are doable by any who are reasonably fit. Once at the guest house the service didn’t end there. Prakash took care of all our needs. Making sure we had enough to eat and enough water. He wouldn’t leave our side until we turned in for the night which was often quite early. His personality was very soothing. We could not have accomplished what we did without him or our 2 porters. While English was not their strength, they would carry our gear ahead of us to the next location and often double back to see if we needed help and were more than happy to help with our day packs. They also accompanied us on some of the acclimation hikes in case some or one of us wanted to climb higher, splitting us up. After the trek everything was taken care of. I needed a PCR COVID test for a tour in Abu Dahbi the day after I left Kathmandu and Ganga arranged for a nurse to administer it to me in the hotel. Seamless. It’s a long review but I really can’t say enough about these guys, especially for the price. For all the service we got it was amazingly reasonable. Would definitely use this company on any return trip to Nepal and highly recommend!     You can also read this review on trip advisor.
Nicola Ross, Australia The Annapurna circuit trek was one of the best treks I’ve ever experienced. I completed it with my sister (we are both in our early sixties) on a private tour in April 2022. It was very well organized by Nepal Hiking Team, a very professional organization. Nina provided wonderful advice on the trip initially. Our guide, Hari was experienced, attentive, capable, and kind. He made the trip a success for us, along with Nomoratz, our porter, who carried our gear with such good humour. The Himalayas are the most majestic mountain range in the world. The trek was very strenuous and challenging, (more for me than my sister) but was such a wonderful experience. We have learned so much about Hinduism and Buddhism and have developed a great affection and respect for the Nepalese people. They are wonderful hosts with a rich culture we have enjoyed learning about. I highly recommend this company, our guide, and porter if you are considering trekking in Nepal. This country offers real adventure, beauty, and cultural experiences to those who venture here. See this review on TripAdvisor (click here)
Beste Gokkilic Yazar, Turkey We did eight days Mardi Himal trek and it was a very pleasant experience. The whole team arranged everything with great professionalism and they were equally precise when something unexpected or out of the plan happened. They took great care for us both during our accommodation in Kathmandu and the trekking period as well. Our guide Dinesh was also extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I would absolutely recommend him, he was always there with his stunning hospitality when we needed. He is also a great teacher, taught me some of the basics of Nepalese language too :D. I would definitely recommend Nepal Hiking Team if you have any plans to travel to Nepal for trekking purposes.