- Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek
- Max Elevation
- Larkya La Pass (5,160m)
- Trip Duration
- 21 Days
- Trip Grade
- Eco Lodges
- Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
- Private Vehicle
- Group Size
- Minimum 2
- Best Season
- Spring and Autumn
- Per Day Walk
- Approx 5 -6 Hours
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is an adventurous trekking journey in the splendid landscapes of remote Nepal. The scenic trails of this trek take you through the incredible natural diversities of the region. Moreover, the immense exploration opportunities will keep you enthralled during the trek.
The trek itinerary from Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions is a wonderful journey to the Himalayan foothills. These blissful natural and cultural trails that you will traverse make this trip worthwhile. While not as famous as the Everest and Annapurna region treks, this spectacular journey is equally rewarding, if not more.
It is quite an adventure traveling in the beautiful terrains of the Manaslu Valley. In the local language, the region is known as “Beyul Kyimolung.” This translates as the valley of happiness. Moreover, the Tsum valley region is a restricted area recently opened for trekking around 2007 AD. The mystical valley is quite famous for its remote tribal settlements.
It is also excellent for a cultural exploration of the ancient heritage and landmarks. Moreover, there are stunning views of the Himalayas and the natural vista along the trail. This untouched wilderness of the area makes the trip enchanting. Larke La Pass (5213m) is another stunning challenge of this journey. Therefore, good stamina and fitness are essential to easily complete this trek.
The Manaslu Himal towering above us during the trek is the 8th highest peak globally. There are other mountain peaks that you can observe, including Ganesh Himal, Himal Chuli, Shringi Himal, Buddha Himal, etc. The snow-clad peaks and their serene aesthetics are a highlight of the trek. This outstanding trek will take you through the region’s natural landscapes.
The Gurungs, Bhotias, and Sherpas are the major ethnic groups in the area. People in the area follow Tibetan Buddhism, followed by other forms of Buddhism and Hinduism. The region has many Buddhist heritage sites, such as gompas, chortens, main walls, and prayer flags. You can find caves in the Tsum Valley where Milarepa and Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) meditated.
The trekking route of this Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek starts as you take the scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. There are various beautiful settlements along the trail that you will cross before arriving at the attractive destination. The course of this trek will provide you with the best views of the entire hilly region.
There are scenic landscapes in the region that will make the trek quite an adventure. The trekking journey in the area will finally take you to the settlements of Macha Khola. From this place, you will travel to the beautiful village of Jagat. The remote trail then takes you to Lokpa and to Chhumling the next day.
From Chhumling, you will travel to Chhekampar the following day. The beautiful trail will finally lead you to the settlements of Mu Gompa, where you have immense cultural exploration. There are various heritage points in the region that you will explore on acclimatization and exploration day.
We will then trek our way to Rachen Gompa, where we will explore for the day. Chumling will pass through incredible settlements to arrive at Lungdang Gompa. From there, you will arrive at the earlier destination of Lokpa. We will cross various challenging landscapes to reach Bihi Phedi from Lokpa.
You will arrive from this settlement at Namrung, another famous settlement along the route. The trail will then lead you to Lo-Gaon and Sama-Gaon where you will acclimatize. We will stay in the region, acclimatizing and exploring the region for the day. You will then travel to the beautiful Samdo, and later you will move to Dharamsala. The trail leads you to Larkya La pass, which we will cross to arrive at Bimthang.
The trail will take you through the settlements of Dharapani. Finally, after trekking for days, you will travel to Kathmandu on a scenic drive via Besisahar. You can also take a drive to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu the next day. Our trip ends in Kathmandu, from where you can move to your next destination.
You will have a great time on the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. Read this comprehensive article for more knowledge on the trek. You can get more information about the ideal season, difficulty, itinerary, tips, and other trip factors. Contact us at Nepal Guide Treks and Expeditions for bookings and further queries. Happy Traveling!
Things You Can Experience in the Trip
- Passing through incredible landscapes of the Manaslu Tsum Valley
- The scenic views of the silver mountains, including Annapurna II, Mt. Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Nemjung, Kang Guru, Gyaji Kang, etc
- Crossing the majestic Larkya La Pass (5,213 m)
- Passing through the remote and unique landscapes of the Tsum Valley
- Gorgeous views of the golden sunrise and sunset from the Himalayas
- Passing through the beautiful natural wildlife habitat, which includes Himalayan Tahr, snow leopards, Agali Blue Sheep, Pika, etc
- Spiritual experience along the trail in the Buddhist gompas, monasteries, temples, and others
- The incredible and warm hospitality of the people in the region
Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek Outline Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 2 – Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (700m)
Day 3 – Trek from Soti Khola to Machhakhola (870m)
Day 4 – Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m)
Day 5 – Trek from Jagat to Lokpa (2250m)
Day 6 – Trek from Lokpa to Chhumling (2386m)
Day 7 – Trek from Chhumling to Chhekampar (3011m)
Day 8 – Trek from Chhekampar to Mu Gompa (3700m)
Day 9 – Trek from Mu Gompa to Chhekampar via Rachen Gumba
Day 10 – Trek from Chhekampar to Lungdang Gumba (3400m)
Day 11 – Trek from Lungdang Gompa to Lokpa (2250m)
Day 12 – Trek from Lokpa to Bihi Phedi (2000m)
Day 13 – Trek from Bihi Phedi to Namrung (2630m)
Day 14 – Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaun (3520m)
Day 15 – Acclimatization and exploration in Sama Gaon
Day 16 – Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3860m)
Day 17 – Trek from Samdo to Dharamshala (4460m)
Day 18 – Drive from Dharamsala to Bimthang (3590m) via Larkya La Pass (5160m)
Day 19 – Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1950m)
Day 20 – Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu (1320m) or Pokhara (820m)
Day 21 – Departure
Want to skip the Tsum Valley and just do the Manaslu Circuit? Check our Manaslu Circuit Trek package.
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1320m)
Kathmandu altitude: 1400m
Our staff and Nepal Guides Treks and Expeditions representative will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will then get transferred to your hotel in the city.
You will get greeted by the hotel staff and briefed about the tour in the hotel. Later, you will explore the beautiful world heritage sites in the city. You can return to the hotel in the evening for an overnight stay.
- Day 02: Drive to Sotikhola (700m), 6 – 7 hours by Private Jeep (7 seaters)
Sotikhola altitude: 700m
Drive duration: 6-7 hrs
Overnight: Soti Khola
We will continue our journey on this trekking day, as you will take a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola. You will traverse through the spectacular landscapes of the hilly region to arrive at your destination, which takes around 6-7 hours.
There you can observe the beautiful natural diversities. The trail takes you through the various settlements of the region, including Dhading Beshi, Arughat, and others, to arrive at the destination. The journey of this scenic drive also passes through the green terrace-farmed hills, serene waterfalls, and rivers.
The trail also provides sweeping views of the snow-clad mountains, including Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Langtang, and others. You will pass through some rugged roadways to the Budhi Gandaki Valley. You will rest overnight in the SotiKhola teahouse.
- Day 03: Trek to Machhakhola (870m), 5-6 hours
Macha Khola altitude: 870m
Drive duration: 5-6 hrs
Overnight: Macha Khola
We will have a sumptuous breakfast in the teahouse before continuing our journey on this day. After observing the silver mountains of the region from the viewpoint, you will start your trek for the day. You will trek through the beautiful terrains of Soti Khola. The trails of this section of the walk pass through the beautiful forested areas with rhododendron and pine trees.
The trek trail will then lead you through the beautiful, diverse terrains. You will pass through the beautiful hilly side with many rivers, waterfalls, streams, etc. You will have to climb other ridges before reaching the top. You can also observe the beautiful white water rivers, including the Budhi Gandaki River.
After traversing through the settlement, you arrive at Khursane, passing through rocky terrain. Other various landscapes in the region provide you with the best adventure. You can also get the sweeping vista of the silver mountains and find beautiful waterfalls in the area.
There are incredible paddy fields and farmlands in the region as well. The trek trail also takes you through the beautiful Syabrubesi, a small Gurung settlement. The trail then leads you to the beautiful ridge from where you will arrive at the Machha Khola village settlement. You can rest, explore and spend the night in local accommodation.
- Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1350m), 6-7 hours
Jagat altitude: 1350m
Trek duration: 6-7 hrs
On this trek section, you will pass through the scenic settlements of the region from Machha Khola to Jagat. The trail climbs uphill and downhill in the hilly area to arrive at Tharo Khola or Khorlabesi, we will finally reach Tatopani, a hot water spring. You can rest and relax there before continuing your trek. Then, you can take an uphill climb to the beautiful terrains of the region.
Before climbing another ridge to arrive at the Budhi Gandaki River, you can rest for a while. The trail then leads you to Dobhan. The course also includes a suspension bridge trekkers must cross above the Yaru Khola. From there, we will climb the Tharo Bharyang. Trekkers will cross the Budhi Gandaki river’s west bank to reach Jagat. Finally, after arriving at Jagat, you will spend the night and rest in a local stay.
- Day 05: Trek to Lokpa (2250m), 6-7 hours
Lokpa altitude: 2250m
Walk duration: 6-7 hrs
The trail in this trek section will take you through the beautiful terrains. You will trek through the gorgeous landscapes passing through the mountain ridges. Then, you continue your journey by observing the sweeping views of the entire landscape.
After traversing for a few hours, arrive at Salleri before dropping at Sardibas. The trek will take you through the serene landscapes of the region to arrive at Philim. You will pass through the settlements of Chisapani.
The dense forests along the trail will provide you with an outstanding adventure. The course will take around 5-6 hours before arriving at Lokpa. Trekkers can observe the beautiful Himalchuli and Buddha Himal from various viewpoints. You can rest and explore the settlements of Lokpal in the evening.
- Day 06: Trek to Chhumling (2386m), 6-7 hours
Chumling altitude: 2386m
Walk duration: 6-7 hrs
The Lokpa to Chumling section of the trek is quite adventurous. This section of the trail will provide you with the best Himalayan vista. You will wake up early to have breakfast and continue your journey along the route. There are descending trails that will provide you with the best view of the entire region.
You will continue trek through the challenging terrains before arriving at the beautiful Lungwa Khola. The region’s stunning landscapes will pass through the densely forested trails of the area. There are Rhododendron, Birch, and Pine trees in these areas.
The trails then lead you to the beautiful Shiar River before reaching the territory of Chumling. An incredible heritage includes the old Chumling Gompa and the region’s settlements. You will spend the night at the teahouses in the area.
- Day 07: Trek to Chhekampar (3011m), 5-6 hours
Chhekampar altitude: 3011m
Walk duration: 6-7 hrs
The journey on this trek section will take you through the beautiful settlement of Chhekarmpar. Our journey starts as you observe the scenic Himalayan sunrise from a stunning viewpoint in the region. The uphill trail leads you to the suspension bridge, crossing to arrive at the river’s opposite bank.
The scenic views of the snow-clad mountains are highlights of the trek. Trekkers will observe the snow-clad mountains, including Ganesh Himal. The beautiful trail leads you to the region’s settlements before arriving at Serpu Khola. Then, we will cross the river on a suspension bridge to reach Gho Village.
From there, you can explore the village settlement of Gho and the stone houses around the region. After continuous trekking for a few hours, you will arrive at the village of Chhokangpar. You can observe the Himalchuli (7,893m), Ganesh Himal (7,140m), and other snow-clad mountains. After arriving in the area, you will spend the night at the teahouse.
- Day 08: Trek to Mu Gumba (3700m), 6-7 hours
Mu Gompa altitude: 3700m
Walk duration: 6-7 hrs
Overnight: Mu Gompa
After an excellent breakfast, we will hike to the famous Mu Gompa. Mu Gompa is a famous religious place in this region. We will return to the Tibetan Border during this trek section. We will walk along the west bank of the valley and climb up the famous Mu Gompa.
We will visit the monastery and experience the incredible religious heritage. We can also visit the Dhepu Doma Gompa. After a few continuous hours of trekking, you will arrive at your destination. You can also rest overnight at the teahouse.
- Day 09: Trek to Chhekampar via Rachen Gumba, 6-7 hours
Chhekampar altitude: 2250m
Walk duration: 6-7 hrs
On this trek section, you will traverse to Chhekampur via Rachen Gumba. The trail then passes through the beautiful landscapes after we have our breakfast. After exploring the Mu Gompa, we will return to Chhekampar.
We will pass through the settlements and explore the Rachen Gompa. From Rachen Gompa, you can explore the heritage sites in the region, including a Buddhist nunnery. Finally, you will arrive at a settlement in Chhekampar. There you will spend the night in a teahouse.
- Day 10: Trek to Lungdang Gumba (3400m), 7-8 hours
Lungdang gompa altitude: 3400m
Walk duration: 6-7 hrs
Overnight: Lungdang gompa
We will have our breakfast in the teahouse and continue your trekking journey to Lungdang Gumba. There are beautiful terrains that you will traverse while trekking to your destination.
The beautiful trail will lead you to the bridge you will traverse to arrive at Dhumje. The forested trail will pass through the rhododendron and pine forest of the region. The course then becomes narrower with many various Mani walls and prayer flags.
You can find various uphill zigzag trails that pass through pine forests. Gompa provides you with the region’s diverse religious and cultural heritage sites. The beautiful area includes a Gompa and a small nunnery. Besides that, you can spend the night at a teahouse around the Gompa.
- Day 11: Trek to Lokpa (2250m), 5-7 hours
Lokpa altitude: 2250m
Walk duration: 6-7 hrs
On this trail, we will proceed toward the settlement of Lokpa. We continue the uphill terrain to arrive at Chumling. The alternative route will then take you through the beautiful settlement of Rachen.
However, we will trek through the village settlement of Chumling. The forested trail will take you through incredible terrains to arrive at your destination. The deep gorge and cantilever bridge are scenic attractions in the region.
- Day 12: Trek to Bihi Phedi, (2000m), 5-6 hours
Bihi Phedi altitude: 2000m
Walk duration: 6-7 hrs
Overnight: Bihi Phedi
This trekking route from Lokpa to Bihi Phedi is quite adventurous. The trail first descends to the settlements of Lokpa before crossing the serene Budhi Gandaki River. The trail gradually climbs through and passes along a gorge. As you move up, you will encounter an uphill path requiring you to cross the river multiple times.
Finally, after trekking through the beautiful forest areas, you will arrive at Deng (1800m), a Gurung settlement. You can find various entrance routes to other region settlements, including Kutung and Nupri.
We will rest for some time, have lunch, and then continue our journey to the destination. We then cross the various water streams and rivers and take a downhill trek to reach Bihi Phedi. There we will spend the night in the teahouse of the region.
- Day 13: Trek to Namrung (2630m), 6-7 hours
Namrung altitude: 2630m
Walk duration: 6-7 hrs
The diverse terrains of this trek will lead to the famous settlement of Namrung. The trail gradually takes an uphill turn, rising off to a cliff where you can observe the region’s scenic views. You will descend along the path to arrive at Serang Khola on your journey.
We will continue to trek into the region, passing through the Basalt walls. There are various small water streams and waterfalls on the trail before arriving at the settlement of Ghap (2250m). The trekkers will climb steep terrain to arrive at another forest with many beautiful rhododendrons, pine, and birch trees.
Finally, after crossing small rivers, we will arrive at the settlement of Namrung. In the village of Namrung, you can find the checkpoint where you will need to show your trekking permits. You will find your accommodation for the night in a teahouse of the region.
- Day 14: Trek to Sama Gaun (3520m), 3 -4 hours
Sama Gaon altitude: 3520m
Walk duration: 3-4 hrs
Overnight: Sama Gaon
This trekking trail in the Manaslu region will take you from Namrung to Sama Gaon. You will trek on the beautiful terrains, including the settlements of Sha, Lho, Shyala, and others. There are many Tibetan Refugee settlements in the area. You can observe the incredible cultural heritage during your tour.
From a nearby viewpoint, you can also observe the silver mountains, including Manaslu and Himal Chuli. The region has various attractions, including a terrace farmed hills and multiple crops. After arriving at the beautiful village settlement of Sama Gaon, we will rest overnight at the tea house.
- Day 15: Acclimatization Day
After breakfast, we will acclimate to Sama Gaon’s settlement on this day. Acclimatization is essential for the trek, so we will take our time to explore the region. There we can observe the scenery of the Himalayas from a viewpoint.
There is also a beautiful view of the glaciers. The cultural side of the region is quite enchanting, from where we can experience the Sherpa culture. There are other beautiful landmarks in the area, including Pungyen Gompa, where you can explore. We will return to the teahouse and then rest for the night.
- Day 16: Trek to Samdo (3860m), 3 hours
Samdo altitude: 3860m
Walk duration: 3-4 hrs
The journey in this itinerary from Sama Gaon to Samdo is exciting and adventurous. We will continue on this spectacular journey to the village settlements of the region before finally arriving at the junction. You can either take the Manaslu Base Camp route or the way to the Larke La Pass.
The region has various forest trails, including Juniper and Birch forests. You will cross the beautiful Budhi Gandaki River on the various suspension bridges in the area. From there, you will climb the trail to arrive at Samdo Village. Tibetan Refugees have settled in the region from across the border. We spent the night at the local Samdo tea house.
- Day 17: Trek to Dharmashala (4460m), 4 hours
Dharamsala altitude: 4460m
Walk duration: 4-5 hrs
Finally, from the settlement of Samdo, we will continue our journey to Dharamshala. The trail first arrives at a river that you would cross through the wooden bridge. After crossing the Budhi Gandaki River, we will continue our climb to two bushy areas of Juniper trees.
From there, you can observe the Larkya La Glacier. After trekking for some time, you will finally arrive at the destination of Dharamshala. There you will stay in a local teahouse and explore the area.
- Day 18: Drive to Bhimthang (3590) via Larkya La Pass (5160m), 7-8 hours
Larkya la Pass altitude: 5150m
Walk duration: 7-8 hrs
In this trek section, we will cross the famous Larkya la pass. We will start our trek only to arrive at the destination before noon. This is done to avoid the winds that blow in the region at the top of the pass.
From the summit, you can observe the frozen lakes of the region. You can also get views of the silver Himalayas and the Larke glaciers on the side. The challenging journey requires trekkers to be physically fit and motivated.
You can also observe the snow-clad mountains, including Kanguru, Annapurna II, and Mt. Manaslu in the west. We will take incredible pictures of the entire region in a camera and then trek downhill towards Bimthang. After arriving at a Bimthang village settlement, we will rest overnight.
- Day 19: Trek to Dharapani (1950m), 7-8 hours
Dharapani altitude: 1950m
Walk duration: 7-8 hrs
The trekkers will start the trek early in the morning from Dharapani. You will continue your journey passing through the forested areas. We will cross the glacier stream, the “Dudh Khola river.” You can also pass through the region’s settlements, including Gho and Tilije.
Finally, you will arrive at the Dharapani (1,963m) after trekking for some hours. This settlement is also famous for the junction of two rivers, Dudh Khola and Marshyangdi Khola. The serene terrains will take you to the beautiful destination of Dharapani after trekking for a few hours. There we will rest and spend the night.
- Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu (1320m) or Pokhara (820m)
Kathmandu altitude: 1320m
Pokhara altitude: 820m
Drive duration: 6-7 hrs (Kathmandu)
On this day, we will take a scenic drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu or Pokhara. The route to Kathmandu passes through the settlements of Besisahar in Lamjung. Driving through the beautiful hilly region highways is quite adventurous.
We can also continue our drive down towards Pokhara. There you can observe the beautiful landmarks and relax. You can celebrate the completion of the tour in the Lakeside, on the bank of Phewa Lake.
We will rest for the evening and then continue our stay at the hotel. If we travel to Kathmandu directly, we will explore the beautiful landmarks of great cultural and religious significance and rest overnight in Kathmandu. If you stay in Pokhara for the night, you will take an early morning flight to Kathmandu the next day.
- Day 21: Departure
Finally, our incredible 21 days long trekking journey ends in Kathmandu. We will transfer you to the airport from where you can travel to your desired destination.
- Airport Arrival and departure transfer
- 4 nights stay in Kathmandu with BB Plan
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with City Guide, Private Vehicle .
- All land transportation by private vehicle as per mentioned in the itinerary
- All meals [B/F, Lunch & Dinner] During Trekking period
- Tea House Lodges accommodation during Trekking
- Special Permit for Manaslu region and Annapurna Conservation Area permits
- Highly experienced Trekking guide for the entire trek
- Required Number of Porters
- Staffs food, clothing salary & Insurance.
- General First aid Kids
- All tax, vats and necessary paper works
- Personal nature expenses
- Bar bill and all kind of drinks
- Rescue & Evacuation
- Gratitude (tip) for staff
The given rates are per person with guaranteed departure schedules. If the given dates are not appropriate for you, please feel free to contact us for requesting a new dates, we will gladly personalize the itinerary and schedule of the trip that fits for you.
Check our assured departure schedules given below:
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When is the Perfect Time for Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek?
Trekking in the remote landscapes of the Himalayan nations is ideal in Spring and Autumn.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek in Spring season
The Spring season brings pleasant weather to the country. There are incredible environments around the region during this season. This makes the trek even more beautiful for all the trekkers. The temperatures remain in the range of 20 to 25 degrees Celsius during this season. This is generally considered moderate.
You can trek the remote Manaslu region’s incredible landscapes without discomfort. Another interesting aspect of this trek is that it provides trekkers with an opportunity to go on side trips. As the weather conditions remain stable and clear, you can plan your trips well ahead of the trek. There are no delays and cancellations this season.
The beautiful routes of this trek get even more stunning during the season as wildflowers bloom. This makes the green hills colorful in the hues of pink and red. The sky remains clear with spellbinding views of the mountains.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek in Autumn
Autumn is an incredible time for trekking the remote landscapes of the Manaslu region. Clear skies are offering you 360-degree views of the silver mountains. Trekkers will not get bothered by heavy rainfall as it is a post-monsoon season.
There are fewer chances of weather-related delays or cancellations in the region. Another exciting aspect of this trek in the beautiful area is the opportunity for cultural exploration. During the autumn season in the country, people celebrate various festivals, including Dashain and Tihar.
This means along the trails, you can find local people busy in their preparation for the festivities. The local settlements of the region remain festive. Overall, you will have a great time during the autumn season in the magical foothills of the Himalayas.
Off-season Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek
You can also take the beautiful off-season treks in the Manaslu Tsum Valley. The walk will provide you with calm conditions and immense backpacking opportunities. The offseason is ideal for budget travelers and backpackers. However, there are some challenges that you need to take into consideration before you undertake this journey.
The weather remains challenging, with extreme frigid winter conditions and heavy monsoon in the summer. You will have to prepare well with proper trekking gear and equipment if you have decided to trek in the off-season. The temperatures can go well beyond negative degrees in the winters with heavy snowfall. Some weather-related challenges like avalanches, landslides, and snowstorms also threaten the trekkers.
Difficulty Level of Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek
The difficulty level of this Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is moderate to challenging. First-time trekkers will find this trek quite tricky. At the same time, trekkers who have trekked in the country will find this journey moderately difficult.
However, trekking at a higher altitude is always challenging in some way or the other. Many challenges include altitude sickness, injuries, accommodations, weather conditions, trekking route, and others.
Rugged and remote terrains
The first significant challenging aspect of this trek is its remote location. Non-mainstream pathways of this trek are pretty different from the Everest and Annapurna region treks. The uphill and downhill terrain make this journey challenging for all trekkers.
You will need to arrive at the required destination for the day. Trekkers will need to cover a lot of ground during your 5 to 6 hours trekking journey. You can spread out the itinerary if you cannot trek for a long duration in a single trekking day.
Trekkers are prone to get injured on this challenging trail. Since you will be traveling through rough terrain, you must be careful of even minor injuries. A slight cramp might lead you to abandon your trek and return or get evacuated during this high-altitude journey.
Acute mountain sickness
Altitude sickness is one of the most talked-about aspects of trekking in the Himalayas. The trekkers need to be extremely careful of how they trek at higher elevations as they are prone to altitude sickness. Acclimatization is a significant aspect of tackling this problem.
Resting well with a good night’s sleep every day after the trek is ideal for avoiding altitude sickness along the trail. Some tips for tackling altitude sickness include sleeping at a lower altitude. Trekking gradually at a slow pace, not gaining more than 500 to 600 meters, and entering plenty of water during trekking is essential.
Why Trek the Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek?
The beautiful Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is ideal for all travelers who want to take a trip in beautiful landscapes in a peaceful atmosphere. There are major reasons for taking this trek, and some of them are below:
Greatest Himalayan views
These outstanding views of the entire region are significant reasons you should take this trek. You can see the whole landscape of the region in all its glory. During your trek, you can also observe the glorious Himalayan sunrise rising from the silver mountains.
The magnificent Himalayan landscapes also allow you to watch the region’s natural beauties. You can also look at other natural landscapes during this trek, including waterfalls, lakes, and rivers.
Incredible rugged and remote region
There are various reasons you should take this trek; among them, the incredible venture ranks the topmost. This beautiful trek is also quite adventurous as you will pass through natural diversities.
This outstanding trek will provide you with a complete adventure as you pass through mountain passes. The Manaslu trek also has many rivers and water streams where you will pass through suspension bridges. Hence, you should trek this stunning region for the incredible remote terrains.
These incredible trails also allow you to go on a cultural exploration of the region. The scenic trails pass through the ancient settlements of the local people. The rural area and the heritage will enchant travelers during this tour.
With the help of your local professional guide, you will get to interact with the locals and gain insights about the place. The beautiful region is also known for its immense cultural heritage, especially Buddhist landmarks like monasteries and gompas. You can find many Buddist prayer flags, mani walls, and chortens along the trail.
Traveling during the festivities, you can celebrate the local festivals like Dashain and Tihar with the locals. You can have a unique cultural experience during your trek, adding value to the high-altitude trekking adventure.
Accommodation and Meals During the Trek
The trekkers taking this trek will stay in the teahouses in the region. These teahouses are small local stay facilities run by the locals. You will get the facilities of basic stay and meals but nothing fancy.
Some tea houses offer high-end facilities like hot showers, electronic charging, internet Wifi, etc., but at an added cost. They will provide you with a room to stay in with a warm blanket and bed. These tea houses also give clean sheets of sleeping bags if necessary. You can also carry your own.
In terms of food, you will get an important meal of “Dal Bhat,” which is quite common among locals. This meal contains rice, Dhido, and vegetables. There are side dishes like lentil soup, Gundruk, pickles, etc. Besides that, there are some other cuisines but of a limited variety. These include momo, charming, noodle soup, etc.
Hot beverages are famous in the region, with tea, coffee, garlic soup, and others most common. Mint tea, lemon tea, coffee, and garlic soup, are also quite common. You can carry snacks like chocolates, protein bars, etc. These energy-boosting snacks are ideal after a taxing trekking session.
Essential Factors for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek
Before you proceed on this Tsum Valley and Manaslu trek, there are numerous things to consider. They are:
It is one of the most significant aspects of any high-altitude trekking adventure. Acclimatization is essential to tackle altitude sickness in the low Oxygen and low air pressure conditions of the Himalayas. The trekkers must also drink around 3 to 4 liters of water every day.
The acclimatization process generally includes exploring the region without gaining much altitude. They will be separate days for acclimatization between the itinerary. This gets done so that you adapt to the changing conditions as quickly as possible. Avoid is alcohol and anything that can cause dehydration which is the primary cause of altitude sickness.
Trekking gear and equipment
The trekking gears and equipment are a significant aspect of this Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking adventure. These trekking gear will protect you and keep you safe along the trail. Some essential trekking gear includes waterproof pants, shirts, crampons, and boots.
You should also carry other things, including trekking poles, first aid items, toiletries, etc. This trekking gear is also available for hire in shops around Kathmandu.
There are various trekking permits required for the trek. These trekking permits include Restricted Area Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit. They are a must before you start your trekking journey in the region.
Travel insurance is essential as it covers you from various aspects of the trek, including injuries, accidents, cancellations, loss, damage, theft, and others. The trekking journey will take you above significant heights. This trip will require you to hike through rugged terrain and uphill battles to test you to the core.
This increases the altitude sickness and injuries during the trial. Therefore, travel insurance is a must when it comes to these treks. These travel insurance will also cover evacuation in case of any damages, altitude sickness, or external factors.
Professional Guides and porters
Another outstanding aspect of this trek is hiring professional guides and porters for the tour. These guys will help you navigate this confusing and non-mainstream route of this region. They will keep you motivated in the most challenging terrains.
You will also get help with local translations and provide you with local nuance to avoid any taboo subjects. You can get the best facilities for meals and accommodations as they have a wide range of networks.
Porters are also necessary for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek as they carry your luggage in the high altitude area. This way, you can get the burden off your back to trek without discomfort. Some guides also worked as porters, which means you will get both facilities from a single guide. But they will not carry as much as porters.
Trekkers taking this incredible trek in the higher altitude region must train well. The trekking journey requires you to pass through some of the most challenging uphill and downhill walks.
To tackle these challenges, you will need proper physical and mental fitness. There are several exercises that you need to perform, which are as follows:
Trekkers must have proper physical fitness and stamina to take on the remote terrains of the region. Hence, physical exercises are essential to keep your body in shape. These exercises will put you in a complete body physical fitness state, allowing you to tackle any conditions easily.
Exercises in this include various strength and endurance-building activities. You will also gain muscle power in your arms, shoulders, and legs. These come in handy when you travel to show the uphill stone steps in the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek. Hence, you should aim for proper physical fitness before starting this trek.
Cardiovascular (Aerobic) exercises
Before starting this trek, you must perform cardiovascular or aerobic exercise. These exercises will help you with various aspects, including flexibility. A flexible body is essential to travel through rough and rugged terrains. There you will have to pass through some challenging landscapes.
These exercises will also help you in the low Oxygen and air pressure conditions. They provide you with enhanced breathing capability in these conditions. There are various forms of these exercises that you can perform by yourself, including cycling, hiking, jogging, and swimming. These exercises are essential in giving you an advantage in this journey.
One other important factor that often gets overlooked is mental stability. Mental stability is essential to tackle these terrains as it keeps you motivated and gives you willpower. Challenging trains require you to have a positive attitude in the right frame of mind. You must remain prepared for trek maintenance by various means. This includes researching the trip on the internet or getting knowledge from veteran trekkers.
A nutritious diet is essential to remain fit and healthy. Therefore, you should get yourself a high protein and carbohydrates diet. Regular water consumption of at least 3-4 liters on single trekking is necessary.
You will also burn more calories during the taxing trekking journey. Besides, calories get burned faster in your body in cold weather conditions. Therefore, a rich and heavy diet becomes essential.
Essential Tips Required for the Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek
- Train well ahead of the trek with both physical and mental exercises
- Start your tour early so that you will reach your destination in time
- Carry snacks along the trail, including chocolates and protein bars
- Carry water purification tablets and solutions to purify water along the trail
- Drink at least 3-4 of water while trekking
- Get yourself proper travel insurance for the trek
- Carry first aid medical box during the trek
- Acclimatize at various intervals and rest accordingly
- Book all your accommodations in advance
- Hire professional trekking guides and porters
- Contribute to the local economy
- Practice eco-friendly tourism
- Learn to bargain along the trails
Packing List – Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek
- Trekking shirts
- Waterproof jacket
- Trekking pants
- Fleece jackets
- Down jacket
- Thermal wears
- Woolen trekking socks
- Trekking boots
- Warm woolen cap
- Windproof jacket
- Woolen gloves
First Aid and Toiletries
- Water purifying tablets
- Anti-nauseant medication
- Toilet paper
- Insect repellent
- Quick-dry towel
- Power Banks
- Solar Charges
- Extra Batteries
- Local SIM card
- Reusable water bottles
- Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Map
- Travel insurance
- Trekking Permits
Mt. Manaslu is an above 8000m mountain with an elevation of 8163 m above sea level.