Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek in Nepal is something truly amazing. It is Like stepping into a dream world where you will be greeted by stunning nature, meet local people with unique traditions, and feel a sense of accomplishment like never before.
Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is a 25-day adventure where you can get up close to the eighth-highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu. It stands at a towering 8,163 meters. You will also explore the hidden beauty of Tsum Valley.
This trek is like a journey of discovery because it hasn’t been popular for very long – it only opened up in the early 1990s, and the Tsum Valley part even later. That means it’s not crowded with lots of other trekkers, and it feels like you’re exploring something new.
During the Tsum Valley part of the trek, you will be at higher altitudes, sometimes over 3,000 meters, and there is a big mountain pass called Larkya La at 5,160 meters.
As you hike, you will see amazing waterfalls, cross rocky trails on cliffs, and pass by villages where the Gurung people live. They have these cool rice and millet terraces.
You will also come across some pretty long and scary suspension bridges. Additionally, there are interesting things called mani walls, chortens, and other Buddhist shrines, especially in the Tsum Valley.
During this Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek, you will encounter a wide range of experiences, from peaceful walks through dense forests and visits to Tibetan villages to heart-pounding moments as you cross high-altitude passes.
But it is not just about the scenery. Your adventure will also lead you through the culturally rich Tsum Valley, a hidden treasure nestled within the Manaslu Conservation Area. The ancient monasteries, and traditional chortens, all will give you a different feeling altogether.
Throughout the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek, you will feel a profound sense of peace. The melodious chants of monks will soothe your soul. Each day brings new discoveries – whether it’s a dramatic vista, a sacred shrine, or the heartwarming hospitality of the people you meet along the way.
Everything is amazing here!
Completing the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is a monumental achievement. It actually is a big deal! It is also about discovering yourself and the beauty of nature together.
After this adventure, you will love nature even more, feel super accomplished, like you have conquered the Himalayas, and have amazing memories for life.
If you want the best experience on the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek, plan your trip for the period after the monsoon, from late September to November. Why? Well, the weather will be on your side, with clear skies and breathtaking mountain views. Trekking during this time of the year will be easy.
And if you are into vibrant greenery and blooming rhododendron forests, spring (March to May) is perfect. Just keep in mind, that a little rain might surprise you during springtime.
Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is a bit of a challenge, but don’t be discouraged. You don’t need to be a pro trekker either. But it surely helps to be in decent shape and have a little trekking experience under your belt.
What makes it tough? Well, there are some steep ups and downs on the trail, and you will reach some pretty high spots. Additionally, you will be in remote areas where the accommodations are quite basic.
One thing to watch out for is altitude sickness. To avoid that, take it slow and give your body time to adjust as you climb higher. It is very crucial to acclimate properly.
But do not worry. Himalayan Trekking is at your service! We will keep you safe throughtout your Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek, which is our main priority throughout the trek in Nepal.
So, if you are up for an adventure and willing to put in a bit of effort, the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek can be an incredible journey.
Just take your time, enjoy the scenery, and embrace the challenge – you won’t regret it, we promise!
Exploring the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is truly a unique experience. It is like going on a special journey deep into the Himalayas of Nepal. You will find incredible nature and rich culture coming together.
As you take each step, you not only push your own boundaries but also get to know the stunning landscapes of Nepal and the amazing people who call it home.
This trek isn’t just an adventure; it’s a life-changing trip waiting for you to discover.
After your trip to Kathmandu, We will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. On the way you could have your first impress about Nepalese culture. Change of sceneries guaranteed. Sounds, smell, rickshaws, colours, streets…
It is a long way through Nepal on roads both tarred and earth-surfaced, but you won’t be disappointed. You will discover the beautiful countryside of Nepal. Lush greeneries, villages, farms, rivers, lifestyle of local people in the streets and the panoramic view on the Himalaya range.
This first trekking day will be on a flat rough road to SotiKhola. It will be a good training before to start the trail, which is going up to 5,215 meters of altitude.
The trail goes through the Sal Forest, leads several suspension bridges and goes near two tropical waterfalls before to reach a hillside rocky path, which goes through few rice terraces. During this day, the wooden landscape will radically change to leave sheer cliffs.
The trail follows the river, with minor ups and downs to Khorlabesi: where coffee, buckwheat and tobacco are grown. The trail is going toward the Langtang and Everest regions.
We will walk through lush narrow gorge that constricts the river’s progress and pass by the triple hot spring spouts in Tatopani and we will have to cross the BudhiGandaki on a suspension bridge.
After having followed the trail along the riverbank and crossed it, we will have a view on the ShringiHimal (7,187 m) and the first signs of Buddhism culture will appear. Philim is a prosperous village inhabits by Gurung and provides and in the middle of a maize and millet’s grassland there is a Gompa (Buddhism Temple) named «ChholingSandu»
The trail will bring us through lush grasses and scrub up the exquisite narrowing valley to the village of Chisopani and then the millet fields of EkleBhatti. The trail then gradually descends, beneath a spectacular waterfall, into the gorge. Afterward the track rises up through blue pines and rhododendrons, to Lokpa and the narrow Lower Tsum Valley.
Descend through forest, crossing streams, before tackling a long and steep climb up the south side of the SiyarKhola gorge that drains the Tsum Valley. The high point is marked by flags and offers a view across the ShringiHimal above colourful grain, potato and bean fields. The houses of the village are built with sloping roofs to cope with the abundant rain and snow.
Today we will walk into new forest growing over a recent landslide and a lush forest, inhabited by white-faced langurs. We will pass by the DampheGompa with hundreds of small ceramic statues of Chenresig (Buddha of Compassion). Afterward you will enjoy the view on the Ganesh Himal and Baudha Peak. We are entering in the Tsum Valley. Once upon arrival at the village, you could enjoy the view of Himalchuli (7,893 m).
Because it is a short trekking day, we will have a time to visit that the trail provides on the way. Firstly we will join a local school (depending of the activity, you could visit it and share a short time with kids). Also, we could visit two chapels and two caves, renowned for an impression of Milarepa’s footprint and a rock in the shape of an elephant. To keep enjoying the Tibetan culture, we will visit the retreat monastery Chi Phu, clings to the slopes higher up the LangjuHimal. Further, there is the Rachen Nunnery, established in 1905, is enclosed within spacious walls that form the outer residential cells for the nuns. The original small monastery is decorated with murals depicting the history of Buddhism. Moreover a large and imposing new temple has been built within the grounds: spacious, light and decorated with acrylic paintings and bright hangings. The inner wall houses numerous deities in tall glass fronted cases. After enjoying other stupas on the way, we will reach a 700 year old two storeyed Gonhgye Monastery, with superb views in a background.
We will start the day with a short walk to Mu Gompa, which is 77 years old. A steep climb allows you to reach the 856 year oldDephyuDoma Nunnery (place of the birth of light) which is superbly situated at 4,000 m on a small promontory, which provides a very serene ambiance and boasts beautiful and high himalayas in the surrounding. Mu is the highest permanent settlement in the Tsum Valley.
Depending to our physical condition (sickness altitude or fatigue muscles) and to our wishes, you will have the chose to have a rest in Mu Gompa and explore the surrounding area or to climb with the guide to the border sight between Nepal and Tibet via Nguladhojyang pass with the elevated 5093m. If you visit this top then you will see beautiful landscape of Tibet plateau around Kerung, which is the boarder of Nepal & Tibet along the SyabruBenshi (it takes about 8/9 hours).
Today we will climb further up to Bhajyo. We will be quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the Tibetan peaks as well as the Ganesh Himal range. Bhajyo is a remote area there is not any local houses. Only we can see some yak farm house.
The trail will be easier as it is going down to RachenGumba. Established in 1905 AD, the RachenGumba is a nunnery in the ShiarKhola Valley. The nunnery is one of largest in the region and has a splendidly painted interior with Buddhist mural paintings.
Trek from Rachen Gompa to Deng, It takes about 7hours walk.
Today, We scramble steeply up onto a spectacular trail and descend to cross the river. We pass through some small settlements and ascend to an impressive valley where we encounter various Mani stones (prayer stones) carved into wayside rocks, a sign that we are entering a Tibetan territory. In the afternoon, we make an excursion to the small settlement of Prok. It is a two hour round trip.
We steadily climb up into the alpine where we see the first glimpse of Manaslu North and Manaslu. The stunning view of Manaslu is awe inspiring.
We pass the stone gate and a long Mani stone wall of the village, with full view of Peak 29 ahead. We can also make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier to get a close up view of Manaslu. The trial follows a lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier towards Sama. After another 20 minutes walk, we reach Sama Gompa where we stop for a night halt. Overnight at the Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Today we will climb a terraced hill on the opposite bank of BudhiGandaki River and pass through a small village of forty houses check-by-jowl. A permanent settlement, where 200 villagers lives all year long, isolated and far from everything. We keep walking to Stone Hut.
We are over 4000 meters of altitude,we need to have a rest day to acclimate our bodies to the reduction of the air. We will stay in the Stone Hut village to explore the area, relax, meet local people and share time with them to understand their lifestyle.
We will first climb towards Cho Chanda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed-up pass. From the summit the panorama on the others highermountains is beautiful: HimlungHimal (7,126 m), CheoHimal (6,820m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6,981m) and the Annapurna II (7,937m). The descent is steep to Bhimphedi.
Today is a nice walk, which gradually climb to Karcha La Pass through paddy fields. Afterward the track descendsthrough fig tree and rhododendrons forest. The colourful of the wild flora is mixing perfectly with the natural mountain environment around us.
Approaching the end of the trek and being near to the valley we will meet lot of villagers on the trail, who come from the city with «doko» on their heads full of supplies. Men as women carry those woven bamboo baskets to their villages. We will cross the Marsyangdikhola River on a suspension bridge and follow it to Tal.
For this last trekking day, we will firstly go up to the mountain pass, which closes the Manaslu circuit and follow a path carved in the cliff. As on the first way, we will spend the night on Jagat Village.
After more of a trekking week in the mountain it will be time to go back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the beauty of the countryside, green hills and thundering rivers. The bus will drop you to your hotel and it will be a free time if you want to visit the surrounding area or have a rest.
We will transfer you to the airport and hoping you spent a beautiful time with us.
Yes, you will need both a Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit and a Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit (RAP) to undertake this trek.
A detailed packing list includes warm clothing, trekking boots, a sleeping bag, personal hygiene items, and essentials like a first-aid kit.
A comprehensive list will be provided by us.
There are teahouses and basic lodges along the Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek route, so camping is generally not required. However, accommodations can be basic, so it’s best to be prepared for rustic conditions.
Yes, the trek is generally safe when proper precautions are taken. Hiring a guide, acclimatizing properly, and following safety guidelines significantly reduce risks. It’s essential to stay updated on weather conditions and be prepared for sudden changes in the Himalayan climate.
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