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Manaslu & Tsum Valley Trekking

Overview

Manaslu & Tsum Valley Trekking is a unique, secluded, and breathtaking adventure journey that takes place in the Manaslu conservation area. The off-beaten path to Manaslu and Tsum Valley is an exciting adventure that leads along the Budhighandaki River and passes through a number of ethnic settlements. This trek offers hikers a true sense of wilderness and puts them in close proximity to the natural world. As you ascend, the route travels through a variety of topography, including alpine pasture regions, steep, uphill, and rugged hills, high pass Larke La 5116m. It also crosses several suspension bridges. With breathtaking sweeping views of the Himalayas and an opportunity to learn about traditional Tibetan culture, customs, and monasteries, this trek offers you a truly unique trekking experience.

The 19-days trek through Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek takes you to areas that are off-limits to foreigners. Because of unique trekking permission requirements, only a select number of trekkers are able to visit these areas. After driving from Kathmandu to Machha Khola, trekking begins in the region through a number of villages. You can experience authentic Tibetan Buddhism and architecture in Tsum Valley, which offers a unique adventure. Similar to this, you can visit the Monastery at Lho, Sama Gaun after traveling through the Tsum Valley and on to Manaslu, where you can engage with the locals to gain insight into their way of life. During this trek, you will get to explore some of the most beautiful settlements of Nepal as you pass by various indigenous settlements, mostly populated by Gurung, Lama, and Tibetan ethnics. You will also be able to see the stunning Pongkar Lake and expansive views of the stunning Mt. Manasalu (8156 m), while descending to Bimthang from Larke La (5106 m). After a long hours walk additionally, the Bimthang area offers stunning landscapes and a peaceful atmosphere for trekkers to enjoy. Overall, Manasalu and Tsum valley trek from beginning to end is a truly memorable, breathtaking experience.

Highlights

Discover the lesser-known area of Manasalu

Explore, enjoy and boasts outstanding scenery from beginning to end

Trek through charming villages in the Gurung, and Tibetan regions that are rich in cultural diversity

Appropriate adaptation and days of rest prior to traversing the Larkya La 5106m

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport Kathmandu. Pick up by Sherpa Brothers treks representative, transfer to hotel check in and welcome drink from receptionist. Rest and briefing about trip, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast

Day 2 : Trek preparation and shopping for the trip. In the evening welcome dinner offer from Sherpa Brothers treks at typical Nepalese cultural restaurant, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast

Day 3 : Pick up from hotel and drive to Machhakhola [900m/ 2952ft] for 6 hrs drive, O/N in tea house

Day 4 : Trek to Jagat [1340m / 4625 4395ft], O/N in tea house: Approx 6 - 7 hours

Day 5 : Trek to Lokpa (2,040m / 4,493ft ), O/N in tea house: Approx 6-7 hrs

Day 6 : Trek to Chumling (2,386m / 6,692ft), O/N in tea house: Approx 4-5 hrs

Day 7 : Trek to Chhokangparo (3,010m / 9,875ft), O/N in tea house: Approx 5 hrs

Day 8 : Trek to Nile (3,361m / 11,026ft), O/N in tea house: Approx 5 hrs

Day 9 : Day trip to Mu Gompa 3700m and back to Chhokang Paro (3031m / 9943ft), O/N in tea house: Approx 6-7 hrs

Day 10 : Trek to Chumling (2,386m / 7,827ft), O/N in tea house: Approx 5-6 hrs

Day 11 : Trek to Deng (1860m / 6,101ft), O/N in tea house: Approx 6-7 hrs

Day 12 : Trek to Namrung [2630m / 8630ft], O/N in tea house: Approx 4 hours

Day 13 : Trek to Lho [3180m / 10,434ft], O/N in tea house: Approx 7 hours

Day 14 : Trek to Samagaon [3520m / 11,550ft], O/N in tea house: Approx 4 hours

Day 15 : Rest, hiking day at Samagaon, O/N in tea house: Approx 4 hours

Day 16 : Trek to Samdo [3,875m / 12,713 ft], O/N in tea house: Approx 4 - 5 hours

Day 17 : Trek to Dharamsala [4,460m / 14, 635ft], O/N in tea house: Approx 4-5 hours

Day 18 : Trek to Bimthang [3590m / 11,780ft], via Larkya la [5,106m] pass day, O/N in tea house: Approx 9 hours

Day 19 : Trek to Goa [2515m / 8252ft], O/N in tea house: Approx 5 hrs

Day 20 : Trek to Dharapaani [1400m / 4,593ft], and drive to Besi Sahar (760m / 2493ft). Same day drive back to Kathmandu O/N in Hotel: Approx 10 hours

Day 21 : Final departure; as per flight time, pick up from hotel and drop 3 hour earlier to international airport for home departure

Services Includes

    • Accommodation and 3 times meal during 15 days Manasalu trekking period
    • Professional and experience license holder trekking guide salary, insurance
    • Porter salary, equipment’s and insurance
    • Transportation to Machhakhola and and back to Kathmandu from Beshishahar
    • Transportation from Dharapaani to Besishahar
    • Standard hotel with deluxe BB in Kathmandu
    • ACAP+ MCAP permit
    • Manasalu & Tsum valley restricted area special permit
    • Private transport for airport receive and departure in Kathmandu
    • Trip route map
    • Duffel bag for packing daily trek gears
    • Warm sleeping bag
    • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu

Services Excludes

    • Personal nature expense such as WIFI internet, data pack, telephone calls, bar and beverage bills bottled drinks including (cold drinks and mineral water/boiled water, laundry)
    • Personal insurance
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Unforeseen accidental rescue cost
    • Days beyond the itinerary
    • Gratitude to staff

Map

Additional Information

Manasalu and Tsum valley trekking route follows through majestic Manasalu conservation area. From beginning to end majority part of the trail are well for walking, from lower Machhakhola 900m, Jagat 1310, Tsum valley area to high pass of Larkey La 5106m, you should be prepared to walk for approximately 7-8 hours each day. On average, you can expect to cover a distance of around 10 kilometers per day. The route involves multiple times walk over the suspension bridge, forward walk, steep ascend and descend through dense pine trees, meadow and rough pebble, icy terrain. As you make your walk higher up, you walk slow and take rest to have enjoyable trekking experience and ensuring safety. Acclimatization is crucial in the increasing altitude, in order to adapt to the high altitude and prevent altitude sickness. It allows your body to adjust to the decreasing oxygen levels and reduces the risk of any health complications during the trek. Additionally, there will be rest day in Samagaun will also give you the opportunity to explore the local culture and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains including Mt Manasalu 8163m. Our team of professionals is dedicated to ensuring your safety and comfort throughout the journey. With their expertise and assistance, you can focus on creating unforgettable memories and achieving your travel goals. The important thing is to have a willingness to challenge yourself and push your limits. Whether you’re just starting out or have been hiking for years, there will always be opportunities for growth and improvement. Hiking and walking since couple of month of this trek is a great way to improve your physical health and build endurance over time.

It is important that participants with pre-existing health check problems or conditions should make these known to us at the time of booking. This information is crucial for us to ensure the safety and well-being of all participants during the event. So that, we can make necessary arrangements and provide appropriate support if needed.

Accommodation and Food

In Kathmandu: 3 stars Deluxe hotel with bed and breakfast on twin sharing.

On trek: 17 days twin sharing in a mountain tea house with 3 meals, (Break fast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks Tea/ Coffee) each day. The tea houses along the trekking route provide basic but comfortable accommodations, with twin sharing rooms available. These tea houses also offer a variety of delicious home cooked meals to keep you energized throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Additionally, you can enjoy hot drinks such as tea or coffee to warm up after a long day of trekking.

Travel insurance
Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt/ Ltd. take every care to make our treks safe and enjoyable. All our routes are scouted to ensure the trails are safe and the facilities along route are of an acceptable standard. In addition, we have vast experience of trekking at altitude and are trained to deal with Acute Altitude Sickness. However, due to terrain, weather and altitude, risk is not always predictable in the Himalaya. To ensure you have a worry free time with us, personal travel insurance is essential to cover the cost of unforeseen accident, illness or rescue. The costs involved can be large and personally overwhelming in the unlikely event of accident or injury.
All Nepalese staff, guides and porters employed by Sherpa Brothers Pvt. Ltd. are insured locally but we regret that we cannot offer insurance for our clients.

When is the best time to do Manasalu and Tsum Valley Trek in General ?

While Nepal can be visited all year, the best times to go walking and trekking to Manasalu and Tsum Valley trekking are in the spring (late February – May) and autumn (late September-Mid December).

Autumn; The best time of year to do Manasalu & Tsum Valley Trek is supposedly in the autumn. With dry weather and crisp, clear skies, the mountain views are at their best. Since the summer monsoon, the countryside has been lush and green.
Spring; As the weather warms up in late February and May wide variety of trekking options become available. The gorgeous magnolia and rhododendron will be in bloom, even though the skies may be cloudier than in the fall. If you want to trek in Nepal in the both fall and spring time, the trails can get crowded during this time and tea house accommodation fill up fast. During this time of year, Manasalu & Tsum Valley Trek delivers the best alternative trekking options that will get you off the beaten track and away from the crowds

Winter; Generally, winter brings bright, dry days, though the evenings are bitterly cold at altitude and snow can block certain path. Winter can be an excellent time to visit Nepal and to do this trek because there are fewer tourists, even though incase of blizzard weather heavy snow trekking to Manasalu and Tsum Valley might not be feasible during this season due to snow the high passes such as Larke la 5106m can be blocked and tea house are closed.

How many permits will I need for Manaslu & Tsum Valley Trek ?

If you’re planning to trek to the Manaslu and Tsum Valley region, you require the Manaslu and Tsum Valley restricted area permit separately / which is also called special trekking permit, Manaslu conservation area permit MCAP and the Annapurna conservation area permit ACAP entrance Permit. These permits are mandatory to enter conservation areas along the trekking route in order to protect trekkers’ data and for their safety. The permits also help fund conservation efforts and support local communities.

Required gears check list

Having the right gear ensures that you are prepared for adventure and all challenges or emergencies that may arise during your mountain adventures. From proper clothing and footwear to essential tools and safety equipment, your gear provides the necessary support and protection needed to navigate through rugged terrains and unpredictable weather conditions.
Below we present you a basic complete packing list suitable for trek,

Hiking gears for Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek

Day bag 1 – A porter will carry your primary gear in duffel bag (up to 12kg per trekker). You’ll need to bring your own daypack. 30–35L is adequate.

Dry Bag 1 – This protects your bag and clothing from potential moisture, wet object and rain.

Walking pole 1 – ( if necessary) Trekking poles can decrease the impact on your joints by up to 20%. They are excellent for knees while going down. We recommend adjustable Black Diamond trekking poles.

Water bottle or camel bag 1 – Capacity to carry 3 litre of water. Options: 2 x 1.5 litre wide mouth nalgene bottles or 2 litre platypus + 1 litre water bottle.

Head light 1 – You will need a headlamp with a good light output for any late-night restroom trips, as well as importantly for Larke pass day. Petzl make renowned and affordable headlamps.

Knife / Multi tools – 1

Cloth and body wear

Down jacket 1 – You’ll need this for the Annapurna base camp night as well as in the evenings at lodge camp when you’re tired, you feel the cold a lot more.

Sleeping bag 1 – rated 0°F, -20°F.

Light or medium wight warm hiking trouser 2 – an option of convertible trousers.

For the colder parts of the trek you’ll need good winter hiking pants – just make sure they are breathable.

Warm liner 1 – For extra warmth in sleeping bag.

Warm and sun hats 1 – lot of heat is lost through your head, so be sure to get a warm thermal hat as well as one that protects your neck from the harsh rays of the sun.

Fleece / jacket and pants 1 – Modern technical fleeces (such as Polartec) make excellent insulation layers.

Windproof jacket and Pants 1 – pants with full-length zips make getting them on and off quick and easy.

Long and half sleeve hiking shirt 3 – As per you body size lightweight, moisture wicking long and short sleeved shirts.

Buff for (neck and head) – 1

Walking boot 1 – We recommend light- to mid-weight waterproof boots with good ankle support. You don’t need to go full-mountaineering boot.

Gloves / mittens 2 – For the cold nights through the trek and for the Annapurna base camp day, we recommend heavyweight, insulated, preferably water resistant gloves.

Warm hiking socks (wool / synthetic) 3-4, pairs of outer socks and 2-3 pairs of liner socks. We also recommend bringing 1 x thick thermal socks for larke day.

Gaiter 1 – Help keep your trousers clean in dusty, wet and muddy trail conditions

Flip flap/ Sandal 1 – To wear around after a day’s trek we recommend bringing a pair of sandals

Sun protection, health hygiene and water

Sun cream 1 – SPF 40+ Sunscreen is very important as the sun’s rays are much stronger at altitude.

Sun glass 2 – (incase of one broke) choose high UV protection glasses of any brand as sun intensity after 3500 is very high.

Sun hat 1 – if possible go for a hat that is wide-brimmed for protection, and has a neck cover if you aren’t going to be wearing a neck gaiter

Lip guard 1 – To keep your lip moisturized in dry air and the stronger sun ray

Tooth brush – 1

Face wash soap – 1

Sanitizer wipes – 2/2

Towel – 1

Electrolyte/Sports drink powdered formula for adding to your water Water can get pretty boring, so it’s a good idea to bring along an electrolyte formula that’s flavored to your liking.

Snacks Energy bars of your preference – plan for 2-4 per day Snacks such as energy bars, trail mix, and candy can help give you a quick energy boost while on the trail. Just avoid anything with caffeine in it.

Ear plugs – For light sleepers. Snoring travels in quiet high altitude lodges

Prescription medicine

Water purifier tablet / lightweight pen filter

Toilet paper – Bring two rolls of toilet paper, one to keep in your daypack for use on the trail, and one in your duffel for use at tea house camp. Taking the cardboard center out makes it easier to transport.

Menstrual product for her

Diamox (if using)

Blister plasters – different shapes and sizes

Antibiotic cream or ointment

Hairbrush/comb

Foot powder

Nail cutter

Personal belonging items

Passport

Cash Visa / credit card

Cell phone

Power bank backup and charger – The standard voltage of electricity in Nepal is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric or electronic appliances in Nepal without a voltage converter.

Camera / Gopro

Reservation cancellations policy

There will be no fees associated with cancellations made more than 45 days prior to departure.
A penalty of 30% of the total trip cost will apply for cancellations made between 30 and 44 days prior to departure.
60% of the total trip cost will be lost for cancellations made between 15 and 29 days prior to departure.
If a cancellation is made 14 days prior to departure, there will be no reimbursement.

Additional specifications
When making your reservation, please let us know about any special needs you may have so that we can make responsible efforts to accommodate your requests and special requirements, as long as the locations and resources allow.

Tour Cost & Schedule

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Trip Facts

  • GradeTrip Grade :   High Altitude
  • Duration Trip Durations :  18 Days From Kathmandu
  • Point Highest Point :  Larke La 5106 / 16750ft
  • Season Best Season :  Late-Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec - Mar to June
  • Meal Plan Meal Plan : Breakfast in Kathamandu and Full board on Trek

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