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Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek

Key Information

Trip Duration:

21 Days

Maximum Altitude:

5140m

Difficulty Level:

Moderate/Adventure

Suitable Season:

Autumn / Spring

Accommodation:

Teahouse & Hotel / Lodges

Start/Finish:

, Kathmandu - Nepal

Location:

Manaslu Region

Group Size:

10+

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Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek Overview

The Manaslu Circuit Trek and Tsum Valley offer a captivating trekking experience in Nepal, combining adventure, culture, and natural beauty. Manaslu (मनास्लु), the eighth-highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet), is known as the "mountain of the spirit." First climbed in 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, this peak holds a special place in Japanese climbing history.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit is a 177-kilometer (110-mile) trekking route that encircles the Manaslu massif, crossing the Larkya La pass at 5,106 meters (16,752 feet). The trek, opened to the public in 1991, follows an ancient salt-trading route along the Budhi Gandaki River. Trekkers enjoy views of ten peaks over 6,500 meters (21,325 feet), including several over 7,000 meters (22,966 feet).

Manaslu Conservation Area

Established in 1997, the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) covers 1,663 square kilometers (642 square miles) and aims to conserve natural resources and cultural heritage while promoting ecotourism. The region features diverse ecosystems, ranging from tropical forests to arid highlands.

Tsum Valley: The Hidden Gem

Tsum Valley, located north of the Manaslu Circuit, is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley known for its unique culture and ancient traditions. Recently opened to tourism, the valley retains much of its pristine culture, supported by the Tsum Welfare Committee's efforts in promoting responsible tourism.

Ecosystem and Biodiversity

The region is a sanctuary for diverse wildlife, including endangered species like snow leopards and red pandas. The flora includes 19 types of forests, featuring rhododendron and Himalayan blue pine, and is rich in medicinal herbs and aromatic plants.

Ethnic Groups and Culture

The Manaslu region is home to the Nubri and Tsum ethnic groups. The Gurungs dominate the central hills, while the Bhutias, akin to the Sherpa group, reside closer to Tibet. The area is rich in Buddhist heritage, with numerous monasteries, mani walls, and chortens.

Permits and Best Seasons

Trekkers need a Manaslu Restricted Area Permit and a Manaslu Conservation Area Permit. The best seasons for trekking are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), offering stable weather and clear skies.

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Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek Highlights

Breathtaking Landscapes

  • Lush Forests and Snow-Capped Peaks: Traverse through verdant forests, vibrant rhododendron groves, and alpine meadows, all while witnessing the breathtaking snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The varied landscapes provide a stunning backdrop to your trekking adventure.

Cultural Immersion

  • Rich Traditions of Tsum Valley: Immerse yourself in the ancient culture of Tsum Valley, where you will find centuries-old monasteries, mani walls, and chortens. Interact with the friendly locals, experience their traditional way of life, and learn about their unique customs and festivals.

Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventure

  • Quieter Trekking Route: Escape the crowded trails and enjoy a quieter, more serene trekking experience. The Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek offers a sense of solitude and peace, allowing you to connect deeply with nature.

Manaslu Majesty

  • Eighth Highest Peak: Get up close to Manaslu, the eighth-highest peak in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet). The awe-inspiring views of this majestic mountain are a highlight of the trek, providing unforgettable photo opportunities and moments of wonder.

Hidden Gems

  • Unique and Lesser-Known Attractions: Discover hidden gems along the route, including the ancient Pungyen Monastery, stunning viewpoints, and secluded villages. These lesser-known spots offer a glimpse into the untouched beauty and culture of the region.

Tranquil Escape

  • Serenity and Authentic Cultural Experiences: Enjoy the tranquility of a Himalayan trek, away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The trek offers authentic cultural experiences, from staying in traditional tea houses to participating in local rituals.

Additional Attractions

  • Larkya La Pass: Cross the challenging Larkya La Pass at 5,106 meters (16,752 feet), one of the highest points on the trek. The panoramic views from the pass are spectacular, with vistas of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II.

  • Samagaon and Samdo Villages: Explore the picturesque villages of Samagaon and Samdo. Samagaon is situated at the foot of Manaslu and is known for its stunning landscapes and Buddhist monasteries. Samdo, the highest village in the Budhi Gandaki valley, offers insights into Tibetan culture and traditions.

  • Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa: Visit the remote Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa in Tsum Valley. These ancient monasteries are centers of Buddhist learning and practice, offering a tranquil environment for meditation and reflection.

  • Ganesh Himal Base Camp: Add a side trip to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp, which provides a closer view of the Ganesh Himal range. This less-trodden path offers a rewarding experience with pristine natural beauty.

Enriching Journey

  • Authentic Himalayan Experience: Book your adventure for an authentic and unforgettable Himalayan experience. The Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek promises an enriching journey, combining natural beauty, cultural immersion, and a sense of adventure.

Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt. Ltd.

Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt. Ltd. specializes in providing exceptional trekking experiences in the Manaslu region and beyond. With a commitment to sustainable adventures and creating priceless memories, the company offers expertly guided treks that ensure safety, cultural immersion, and unforgettable journeys. Whether you're an experienced trekker or a cultural enthusiast, Sole Encounters Trekking Pvt. Ltd. promises a journey of a lifetime, connecting you with the spirit of the mountains and the soul of its people.

 

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary Expand All Close All

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu (elevation 1,400 meters), you'll be warmly welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Thamel, the vibrant tourist hub of Kathmandu. This historic city, once known as the Kantipur, has been the cultural and political heart of Nepal for centuries. Rich in temples, palaces, and courtyards dating back to the 12th century, Kathmandu offers a unique blend of ancient traditions and modern life.

In the evening, attend a pre-departure meeting to meet your guide and fellow trekkers, receive a detailed briefing about the upcoming Manaslu trek, and enjoy a traditional Nepali welcome dinner. Thamel offers numerous ATMs and money exchange centers, but note that using ATMs incurs a bank service charge of about 3-4%.

Food
Breakfast / Welcome Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

While waiting for your trek permits to be processed by your travel company (just provide your guide with a copy of your passport and passport-sized photos), you have a free day to explore Kathmandu.

Suggested Activities:

  1. Exploring Thamel: Stroll through the bustling streets filled with shops, restaurants, and trekking gear stores.
  2. Sightseeing in Kathmandu: Arrange a guided tour through your tour company for an additional cost. Recommended sites include:
    • Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple): A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ancient stupa offers panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley.
    • Kathmandu Durbar Square: Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcasing traditional architecture, palaces, and temples.
    • Pashupatinath Temple: One of the holiest Hindu temples, located on the banks of the Bagmati River.
  3. Cultural Experiences: Attend traditional dance or music performances, or visit local art galleries and museums.
  4. Rest and Preparation: Use this day to rest and ensure you have all the necessary documents, permits, and gear ready for the trek, with your guide assisting you in checking these items.

If you need any storage in Kathmandu, just ask at the hotel reception; they usually provide free storage. By the end of this optional day, your trek permits should be ready, ensuring you are well-prepared for the Manaslu trek. Be ready with your packed bag for the next day's exciting journey to Machhakhola. Namaste!

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

The journey from Kathmandu to Machhakhola (elevation 869 meters / 2,851 feet) is an exciting drive of 8-10 hours, covering a distance of approximately 160 kilometers. The road winds through scenic landscapes, including lush hills, terraced fields, and glimpses of the Himalayan range.

During the drive, you'll stop for lunch at a local place, offering a taste of regional cuisine. As you traverse the rugged Himalayan roads, the journey offers breathtaking views and an immersive experience of Nepal's countryside.

Upon reaching Machhakhola, you'll check into a teahouse, ready to start your trek the next day.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
869

Start your trek after breakfast, embracing the day's fresh energy. Follow riverside trails, enjoy mesmerizing scenery, and visit local villages. Cross natural bridges and appreciate panoramic views. Have lunch amidst the Himalayan wilderness. Gradually ascend, trekking for about 7-8 hours and covering 22 kilometers to reach Jagat at 1,370 meters. Explore Jagat's rich history, settle into your accommodation, and enjoy evening village strolls. Embrace the tranquility of the night sky before a well-deserved rest. Your guide will inform you of the day's preparations once you reach Machhakhola. Tomorrow promises new landscapes and cultural discoveries.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
1370

Today's 16-kilometer trek from Jagat to Lokpa takes about 6-7 hours. The trail features striking suspension bridges and numerous waterfalls. We pass through the picturesque Gurung village of Philim, where we’ll stop for lunch. After Philim, the trail climbs and branches into Tsum Valley, offering stunning views of Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal. We’ll take a tea break along the way, enjoying the serene landscape before reaching Lokpa to end our day's trek.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
2240

Today's trek from Lokpa to Chumling covers about 11-12 kilometers and takes 6 -7 hours.The trail features lush jungle and three suspension bridges, leading us into the mystical Buddhist valley. After an initial sharp climb, the hike becomes more leisurely, allowing us to enjoy the valley's beauty. We will stop for lunch at a scenic spot in Gumlung (elevation 2,200m/7,218ft) before continuing to Chumling. Chumling, a village with rich Buddhist history, offers stunning views and a peaceful atmosphere, making it a perfect end to the day's trek.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
2386

The trek from Chumling to Rachen Gompa via Chokhangparo in the Upper Tsum Valley (3,031m/9,944ft) is a 7-hour journey covering approximately 12-14 kilometers. The trail includes a mix of ascents, descents, and flat sections, offering varied terrain and moderate difficulty. Starting with a climb from Chumling, the path leads to Chokhangparo for stunning views of mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal before descending slightly and then ascending to Rachen Gompa. Established in the early 20th century, Rachen Gompa is a significant nunnery reflecting the rich Tibetan Buddhist culture of the area. The local lifestyle is traditional, with villagers engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry, preserving ancient customs and practices.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3010

The trek from Rachen Gompa to Mu Gompa (3,610m/11,844ft) is a 5-hour hike covering approximately 8-10 kilometers. The trail features gradual ascents, traversing through forests and hills, offering tea breaks at local settlements. As you climb, you'll enjoy views of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal.

Mu Gompa is an important Buddhist monastery with historical significance, attracting visitors for its spiritual ambiance and cultural insights. The local people, deeply rooted in Tibetan Buddhist traditions, traditionally lived by farming, animal husbandry, and trading goods with Tibet before tourism began.

To prevent altitude sickness, it is crucial to go slowly and acclimatize properly. The trail is well-defined, with some steep sections and beautiful landscapes. This trek provides a unique opportunity to experience the serene beauty and rich cultural heritage of the Tsum Valley.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3610

The trek from Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,139ft) to Chumling (3,360m/11,023ft) is a 6-7 hour journey covering approximately 14-16 kilometers. The trail descends gradually with a few steep sections, offering breathtaking views of Ganesh Himal and the surrounding landscape. This route provides a mix of forested areas and open terrain, ensuring a scenic and enjoyable hike back to Chumling.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
2385

The trek from Chumling to Deng involves a 7-8 hour walk covering approximately 20 kilometers. Chumling is at an elevation of 2,386m (7,828ft), while Deng is at 1,860m (6,102ft). The trail descends and then ascends through hills, forests, and potential wildlife sightings. Deng is a key stop on the Manaslu Circuit Trek, known for its rich history and traditional Tibetan culture. The village offers beautiful landscapes and a glimpse into the local lifestyle.

Teahouses in Deng are very limited and can be busy during peak season. Accommodations are basic, with rooms sometimes needing to be shared. Toilets are often outside the building, and showers are available at an extra cost. Despite these basic facilities, the food served is good.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
1860

The trek from Deng to Namrung takes about 6-7 hours, covering a distance of roughly 19 kilometers. Namrung is at an elevation of 2,630m (8,628ft). The trail involves ascents, descents, and crossing several suspension bridges, offering stunning views of the mountains and rivers. Namrung is a historic village on the Manaslu Circuit, known for its traditional Tibetan culture and warm hospitality. The local lifestyle is centered around farming and animal husbandry. The area is rich in wildlife, flora, and fauna, providing trekkers with opportunities to see diverse plant species and animals.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
2630

The trek from Namrung to Lho or Syala village takes about 6-7 hours, covering approximately 10 kilometers. Lho sits at 3,180m (10,433ft), and Syala at 3,500m (11,483ft). The trail includes ascents and descents, crossing several suspension bridges, and offering magnificent views of the Himalayas, including Manaslu, Himalchuli, and Ganesh Himal.

Lho and Syala villages have a rich history rooted in Tibetan culture, with traditional lifestyles centered around farming and herding. They grow crops such as barley, potatoes, and vegetables. Tourism has brought benefits such as improved infrastructure, better access to education and healthcare, and increased income from lodging and food services for trekkers. These villages now blend traditional practices with modern amenities to cater to visitors, enhancing their cultural and economic landscape.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3180

The trek from Lho to Samagaun takes about 4-5 hours, covering roughly 8 kilometers. Samagaun is at an elevation of 3,520m (11,546ft). The trail offers spectacular mountain views, including Manaslu and Himalchuli.

Samagaun is a significant cultural and religious center with ancient monasteries, including the Pungyen Gompa. Spending two nights here helps with acclimatization to prevent altitude sickness. The local culture is deeply rooted in Tibetan Buddhism, with traditional practices and festivals.

Popular activities for the next day include a hike to Manaslu Base Camp or a visit to Birendra Lake. Discussing these options with your guide upon arrival ensures the best experience based on weather and individual fitness levels.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3540

On your rest day in Samagaun (3,520m/11,546ft), you can choose between two hikes for acclimatization: Manaslu Base Camp or Birendra Lake. The hike to Manaslu Base Camp (4,800m/15,748ft) takes about 6-7 hours round trip, covering approximately 15 kilometers and reaching up to 4,500m (14,764ft). This trail is challenging, with steep ascents and potential snow, requiring caution and carrying a packed lunch, water, and necessary gear. Alternatively, the hike to Birendra Lake is a safer and more relaxing option, taking 2-3 hours round trip over 4 kilometers and reaching an elevation of 3,691m (12,109ft). This trail offers scenic views of the lake and surrounding glaciers. Both hikes provide stunning views of the Himalayas, including Manaslu and its glaciers. After returning from either hike, rest in Samagaun to help your body adjust to the altitude.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Local Tea House
Elevation
3540

The trek from Samagaun to Samdo Village (3,875m/12,713ft) takes about 3-4 hours, covering approximately 8 kilometers. The trail involves gentle ascents with stunning views of Manaslu, Himalchuli, and Ngadi Chuli mountains, along with occasional yak pastures.

Samdo, located close to the Tibetan border, has a rich history of trade between Nepal and Tibet. An optional hike to the Tibetan border, about 6 kilometers one way from Samdo, takes approximately 5-6 hours round trip. This trail offers panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayas and a glimpse into the cultural exchanges between the two regions.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3874

The trek from Samdo to Dharamshala (Larkya Rest Home) takes about 4-5 hours, covering approximately 7 kilometers, with Dharamshala situated at an elevation of 4,460m (14,632ft). The trail ascends gradually, offering scenic views of the surrounding mountains. Accommodation in Dharamshala is limited, often requiring trekkers to share dormitories with up to 4 people or stay in tents. Facilities are very basic, with no electricity, simple toilets, and no large dining hall, so everything must be shared.

Upon arrival, it's crucial to discuss the weather and prepare for the next day’s exciting and challenging trek over Larkya Pass. It's important to go slowly for safety, especially if there's significant snowfall, as plans might need to change, and you may have to return the same way. Dharamshala serves as a basic logistical stop with limited facilities. In Nepali, "Dharamshala" means a rest house or shelter for travelers.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
4460

The trek from Dharamshala (4,460m/14,632ft) to Bhimtang (3,790m/11,778ft) via Larkya Pass (5,106m/16,752ft) is a challenging 8-10 hour journey covering 24 kilometers. The trail ascends steadily and can be snow-covered, making an early start essential. Go slowly and stay with your guide, discussing any needs or difficulties. Carry water, snacks, and necessary gear. Reaching Larkya Pass is an exhilarating moment with views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II. The descent to Bhimtang offers beautiful landscapes and better facilities. Prioritize safety by being prepared for changing weather and potential difficulties.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
3790

The trek from Bhimtang (3,590m/11,778ft) to Goa takes about 6-7 hours, covering approximately 12 kilometers. Goa is at an elevation of 2,515m (8,251ft) and is located in the Manaslu region. The trail descends through lush forests, crossing several suspension bridges, with views of the Manaslu and Annapurna ranges. Goa is a charming village with a traditional lifestyle centered around farming and animal husbandry. The vegetation includes dense rhododendron and pine forests, adding to the scenic beauty of the trek.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
2520

The trek from Goa to Dharapani takes about 4-5 hours, covering roughly 9 kilometers. Dharapani, at an elevation of 1,860m (6,102ft), offers beautiful views and passes through several charming villages. Here, the trail connects with the Annapurna Circuit. After lunch in Dharapani, a 4-hour off-road drive takes you to Beshisahar (760m/2,493ft) for your last night in the Himalayas. Beshisahar, with its rich history as a trade center, offers a chance to celebrate with the crew, tipping them, and enjoying a farewell dinner and drinks. The next day, you'll return to Kathmandu, marking the end of your adventure.

Food
Breakfast / Lunch/ Dinner
Accomodation
Teahouse
Elevation
780

The drive back to Kathmandu from Beshisahar covers a distance of approximately 175 kilometers and takes about 7 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions, with scenic views along the way. Kathmandu is at an elevation of 1,400m (4,593ft). After reaching Kathmandu, enjoy a farewell, shopping, and drinks for your last night in Nepal. If you plan to stay extra and need assistance with activities at an additional cost, just let us know. Thank you!

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

On your final departure day, enjoy a relaxed morning in Kathmandu. Be ready in the hotel lobby at least 3 hours before your flight. Our driver will drop you at the airport for your flight home. If you need any last-minute assistance or activities, let us know. Thank you for joining us, and we hope to see you again for more adventures! Safe travels!

Food
Breakfast

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek Cost Includes

  • All pick-up and drop transportation
  • 3 nights hotel stay in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Trekking permits restricted Area of manaslu 
  • Normal Permits Annapurna & Manaslu 
  • English-speaking guide with certification and a porter for every 2 clients
  • Basic teahouse accommodation during the trek (twin share)
  • Free information for emergency cases
  • Duffle bag for the trek
  • Achievement certificate
  • Welcome and farewell dinner

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek Cost Excludes

  • International flight ticket
  • Travel insurance with medical cover
  • Nepal visa fee ($40)
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Personal expenses
  • Electronic devices/Wi-Fi/Hot shower on the trek
  • Tipping for crews
  • Optional activities and early arrival/return room for any reason.

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek Altitude Profile

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek Route Map

FAQs

What is the Mt. Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek?

The Mt. Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek is a captivating Himalayan adventure that combines the iconic Manaslu Circuit with the cultural richness of Tsum Valley.

It offers a unique trekking experience, providing a close encounter with the eighth-highest peak in the world, Mount Manaslu, and immersing trekkers in the ancient traditions of Tsum Valley.

How Difficult is the Trek?

The trek is considered challenging, suitable for experienced trekkers. The high altitude, rugged terrain, and varying weather conditions demand physical fitness and acclimatization.

However, with proper preparation and guidance, trekkers of moderate fitness levels can also embark on this adventure.

What Permits are Required for the Trek?

Trekkers need a Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, a Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit, and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

Additionally, a special permit is required for the Tsum Valley, making it essential to have all permits in order before starting the trek.

When is the Best Time to Trek the Mt. Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley?

The ideal trekking seasons are during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).

These months offer stable weather, clear skies, and comfortable temperatures, providing optimal conditions for a safe and enjoyable trek.

What is the Maximum Altitude Reached During the Trek?

The highest point of the trek is the Larkya La Pass, standing at an elevation of 5,160 meters (16,929 feet). Proper acclimatization is crucial to tackle the challenges posed by high altitudes.

How Many Days Does the Trek Take?

The trek typically takes around 21 to 23 days, allowing for acclimatization, exploration of Tsum Valley, and a gradual ascent to Larkya La Pass. The itinerary can be customized based on trekker preferences and time constraints.

Is Tsum Valley a Culturally Rich Destination?

Absolutely! Tsum Valley is renowned for its ancient monasteries, chortens, and traditional Tibetan-influenced villages.

Trekkers can immerse themselves in the unique culture and hospitality of the Tsumba people, gaining insights into their way of life.

What Accommodation Options are Available During the Trek?

Accommodations include teahouses and lodges along the trail. While basic, these establishments provide a cozy and welcoming environment. In larger villages, there are more extensive facilities, ensuring trekkers have a comfortable stay.

Are There Communication Facilities on the Trail?

Communication facilities are limited in remote areas, but some teahouses offer Wi-Fi and satellite phones for a fee. Trekkers are advised to carry a local SIM card for emergency communication.

What Safety Measures Should Trekkers Take?

Trekkers should prioritize safety by acclimatizing properly, staying hydrated, and adhering to the guidance of experienced guides.

Carrying essential trekking gear, including a first aid kit, is crucial. It's recommended to travel with a reputable trekking agency for a safer and well-organized experience.

Embark on Your Adventure:

 

The Mt. Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek is an unparalleled adventure that blends natural beauty with cultural richness.

Prepare adequately, respect the environment, and embark on a journey that promises a lifetime of memories.

Traveller Useful Information

Altitude and Acclimatization: The Mt. Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek involves significant altitude changes.

Adequate acclimatization is essential to prevent altitude sickness. The itinerary is carefully designed to allow gradual ascent and proper rest days for acclimatization.

Physical Fitness Requirements: Trekkers should possess good physical fitness to undertake this challenging trek.

Regular cardiovascular exercises and strength training in the months leading up to the trek are advisable.

Trekking Permits and Regulations: Ensure you have obtained all necessary permits, including the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). These permits are strictly regulated, and trekking without them is not allowed.

Guides and Porters: Hiring a qualified guide is highly recommended. Guides are familiar with the terrain, culture, and provide valuable assistance.

Porters can be hired to carry heavy loads, allowing trekkers to enjoy the journey without the burden of a heavy backpack.

Teahouse Accommodations: Accommodations along the trail are in teahouses and lodges. These are basic but comfortable, providing a warm bed and meals.

It's advisable to carry a sleeping bag and, if preferred, a sleeping pad for added comfort.

Weather and Best Seasons: The trek is best undertaken during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons.

These months offer stable weather conditions with clear skies and moderate temperatures, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable trek.

Packing Essentials: Pack according to the weather conditions, with layers that can be added or removed.

Essential items include trekking boots, a good-quality backpack, warm clothing, rain gear, a first aid kit, and a refillable water bottle. A detailed packing list can be provided by your trekking agency.

Local Customs and Respect: Respect local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, especially when entering religious sites.

Seek permission before taking photographs of locals, and always greet people with a 'Namaste' to show cultural respect.

Waste Management: Practice responsible trekking by disposing of waste properly. Carry a reusable water bottle and consider using a water purifier to minimize the use of plastic bottles. Follow the 'Leave No Trace' principles to preserve the pristine environment.

Emergency Evacuation Plan: Be aware of the emergency evacuation plan in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation is mandatory, and trekkers should carry a copy of their insurance details.

Communication Facilities: While communication facilities are limited in remote areas, some teahouses offer Wi-Fi and satellite phones for a fee.

Trekkers can purchase a local SIM card in Kathmandu for emergency communication.

Trekking Agency Recommendations: Choose a reputable trekking agency with experience in organizing treks in the Manaslu region.

Verify their credentials, read reviews, and communicate openly about your expectations and concerns.

Cultural Interaction and Learning: Embrace the opportunity to interact with local communities and learn about their way of life.

Participate in cultural exchanges respectfully and contribute positively to the communities you encounter.

Leave an Itinerary with a Contact Person: Before starting the trek, leave a detailed itinerary with a contact person in your home country.

This ensures that someone is aware of your plans and can assist in case of emergencies.

Embark on a Journey of a Lifetime: The Mt. Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek is an extraordinary adventure that combines breathtaking landscapes with rich cultural experiences.

With thorough preparation and adherence to guidelines, trekkers can embark on a journey that promises not just a physical challenge but a profound connection with the heart of the Himalayas.

Tsum Valley's Enigmatic Monasteries: Discover the mystical Tsum Valley, home to ancient monasteries such as Mu Gompa and Rachen Nunnery. These sacred sites hold centuries-old artifacts, intricate murals, and provide a glimpse into the spiritual traditions of the Tsumba people.

Rural Hospitality in Lokpa: Experience unparalleled hospitality in Lokpa, a charming village in Tsum Valley. The locals welcome trekkers with open arms, offering insights into their daily lives and allowing you to immerse yourself in the warmth of traditional Nepali culture.

Chhokang Paro's Architectural Splendor: Marvel at the architectural marvels of Chhokang Paro. This hidden gem boasts traditional stone houses adorned with intricate woodwork, creating a picturesque setting against the backdrop of the Himalayan peaks.

Nile's Tranquil Solitude: Escape to the tranquility of Nile, a serene village surrounded by lush landscapes. This hidden gem provides a peaceful retreat, allowing trekkers to connect with nature and rejuvenate amidst the pristine beauty of the Manaslu region.

Mu Gompa's Spiritual Aura: Absorb the spiritual aura of Mu Gompa, a remote monastery perched at a high altitude. The journey to Mu Gompa unveils stunning panoramas, and the monastery itself resonates with the chants of monks, creating an otherworldly experience.

Rachen Nunnery's Cultural Tapestry: Uncover the cultural tapestry of Rachen Nunnery, where the vibrant traditions of Tibetan Buddhism come to life. The nunnery's peaceful surroundings and the devotion of its inhabitants add a unique dimension to your trekking experience.

Chumling's Traditional Festivals: Time your visit to Chumling with traditional festivals. Witness the lively celebrations, colorful processions, and cultural performances that showcase the rich heritage of the region, providing an immersive cultural experience.

Chokhang Paro's Artistic Heritage: Explore Chokhang Paro, a village adorned with artistic expressions of the local heritage. From intricately carved mani walls to prayer flags fluttering in the wind, every corner of Chokhang Paro tells a story of cultural richness.

Nile's Gateway to Hidden Valleys: Recognize Nile as the gateway to hidden valleys. From here, the trek leads to Mu Gompa, Rachen Nunnery, and beyond, offering intrepid trekkers the chance to explore lesser-known corners of the Himalayas.

Deng's Riverside Serenity: Embrace the riverside serenity of Deng, a picturesque village surrounded by lush greenery. The sound of the river serves as a soothing backdrop, creating a perfect setting for reflection and relaxation.

Namrung's Panoramic Perspectives: Ascend to Namrung for panoramic perspectives of the Himalayas. This vantage point offers breathtaking views of Manaslu and neighboring peaks, providing trekkers with an awe-inspiring visual feast.

Samdo's Alpine Marvels: Discover Samdo, an alpine village nestled against the backdrop of towering peaks. The village's remote location adds to its charm, and trekkers can explore the surrounding landscapes for a true Himalayan adventure.

Bimthang's Alpine Meadows: Traverse through Bimthang's alpine meadows, where the landscape transforms into a painter's canvas. The lush greenery, snow-capped peaks, and clear mountain air create a scene of natural beauty that's hard to forget.

Dharapani's Gateway to Annapurna: Conclude your trek in Dharapani, the gateway to the Annapurna region. Reflect on the journey while enjoying the picturesque setting, knowing that you've uncovered the hidden gems of the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek.

Unveil the Secrets, Create Memories: The Mt. Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek not only challenges your physical limits but also reveals the hidden treasures of the Himalayas. Each hidden gem adds a layer of richness to your journey, creating memories that transcend the ordinary.

The number of hotels and teahouses along the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek route can vary, and it's essential to note that the availability of accommodations may change over time due to new constructions or closures. As of my last knowledge update in January 2022, here is a general overview:

1. Kathmandu and Arughat: In Kathmandu and Arughat, you'll find a range of hotels catering to various budgets and preferences.

2. Soti Khola and Macha Khola: These villages typically have teahouses and lodges for trekkers. The number may vary, and basic accommodations are available.

3. Jagat: Jagat is a larger village, and you can find teahouses and lodges offering basic facilities for trekkers.

4. Lokpa (in Tsum Valley): Being a less-frequented area, the number of accommodations in Lokpa may be limited. Basic teahouses may be available for trekkers.

5. Chumling, Chhokang Paro, Nile, and Mu Gompa (in Tsum Valley): These villages offer teahouses that cater to trekkers. The number of accommodations may vary, and facilities are basic.

6. Rachen Nunnery: As a unique stop on the trek, Rachen Nunnery may have basic accommodations for trekkers. It's advisable to check ahead due to its remote location.

7. Chumling to Deng: Teahouses are generally available along this stretch, providing trekkers with places to rest and dine.

8. Namrung to Samagaon: These larger villages have a relatively higher number of teahouses and lodges. Trekkers may have more choices in terms of accommodations.

9. Samdo and Samdo to Larkya La: Samdo is a significant village with teahouses. As you ascend towards Larkya La, the number of accommodations may be limited due to the higher altitude.

10. Bimthang: Bimthang has teahouses where trekkers can find shelter. The availability may depend on the season and weather conditions.

11. Dharapani: Dharapani is a larger village with a reasonable number of teahouses and lodges.

12. Jagat (on the return journey): Trekkers returning to Jagat can find accommodations for the night before continuing their journey.

13. Besisahar:Besisahar is often the starting or ending point of the trek, and it has various hotels and guesthouses.

Keep in mind that these details are based on the information available as of January 2022, and the trekking infrastructure in the region may have evolved since then.

It's advisable to check with a local trekking agency for the latest information and to make necessary reservations, especially during peak trekking seasons.

Rhododendron Forests at Lower Altitudes: Begin your trek through lush rhododendron forests at lower altitudes. During the spring season, these vibrant blooms paint the landscape in hues of red, pink, and white, creating a picturesque and enchanting setting.

Alpine Meadows of Bimthang: Ascend to Bimthang, where alpine meadows come to life with a carpet of wildflowers. The diverse array of flora, including gentians, primroses, and edelweiss, transforms Bimthang into a botanical paradise.

High-Altitude Vegetation in Samdo: Explore Samdo, surrounded by high-altitude vegetation adapted to the rugged terrain. Look for hardy plants like saxifrages and cushion plants, showcasing nature's resilience in the face of challenging conditions.

Terraced Fields in Jagat and Dharapani: Descend through terraced fields in Jagat and Dharapani, showcasing the agricultural landscape of the lower Himalayan foothills. These terraces, often cultivated with barley and buckwheat, reflect the harmony between nature and human settlement.

Himalayan Blue Sheep (Bharal): Keep an eye out for the Himalayan blue sheep, known as Bharal, as you traverse through higher altitudes. These agile mountain dwellers are often spotted on rocky slopes, blending seamlessly with the rugged terrain.

Pikas in Rocky Landscapes: Encounter pikas in the rocky landscapes. These small, herbivorous mammals are known for their distinctive calls and are adapted to life in high-altitude regions.

Snow Leopards in Remote Valleys: Though elusive, the Manaslu region is known to be home to the snow leopard. Trekkers may not often see these majestic big cats, but their presence adds a sense of mystery to the remote valleys.

Himalayan Tahr in Steep Slopes: Spot Himalayan Tahr grazing on steep slopes. With their distinctive curved horns, these sure-footed herbivores navigate the challenging terrain with ease.

Birdwatching Opportunities: Enjoy birdwatching opportunities throughout the trek. Look for Himalayan griffon vultures, lammergeiers, snow partridges, and various species of finches and robins, adding a dynamic element to the trekking experience.

Fir and Pine Forests in Tsum Valley: Immerse yourself in fir and pine forests while exploring Tsum Valley. The scent of these evergreen trees, combined with the tranquil surroundings, creates a soothing and serene atmosphere.

Juniper Shrubs Along Larkya La Pass: As you ascend towards Larkya La Pass, encounter juniper shrubs clinging to the rocky landscape. These hardy plants thrive in the challenging conditions of high-altitude mountain passes.

Traditional Medicinal Plants: Learn about traditional medicinal plants used by local communities. The region is rich in biodiversity, and many plants have been traditionally employed for their healing properties.

Golden Eagles Soaring in the Sky: Look up to the sky for golden eagles soaring above. These majestic birds of prey are often seen gliding on thermals, providing a magnificent aerial display.

Yaks and Mules in Alpine Pastures: Witness yaks and mules grazing in alpine pastures. These sturdy animals play a crucial role in transporting goods in the mountainous terrain and contribute to the livelihood of local communities.

Preserving the Wilderness: The Mt. Manaslu with Tsum Valley trek not only unveils the diverse flora and fauna of the Himalayas but also underscores the importance of preserving these ecosystems. Respect for nature and responsible trekking practices contribute to the conservation of this awe-inspiring environment.

Natural Water Sources: The trek through Mt. Manaslu Circuit is blessed with numerous natural water sources. Crystal-clear mountain streams and rivers provide pristine water, sourced directly from the glaciers and snowmelt of the Himalayas.

Teahouses and Lodges: Along the trail, teahouses and lodges offer trekkers access to clean and safe drinking water. These accommodations typically provide boiled or filtered water for guests, ensuring a reliable source of hydration during the trek.

Water Purification Tablets: Carrying water purification tablets is a prudent measure. Trekkers can use these tablets to treat water from local sources, providing an additional layer of safety. Be sure to follow the recommended guidelines for using purification tablets.

Water Filters and Purifiers: Some trekkers opt to carry personal water filters or purifiers. These devices allow for on-the-go water purification, providing independence in sourcing and treating water during the trek.

Boiling Water: In teahouses and lodges, boiling water is a common practice for making it safe for consumption. Trekkers can request hot water and allow it to cool before drinking or use it to prepare beverages.

Local Springs and Taps: Local communities often have springs or communal taps where trekkers can refill their water bottles. Always check with locals or your guide to ensure the water is safe for drinking.

Carrying Sufficient Water: It's crucial to carry a sufficient amount of water, especially during strenuous segments of the trek. Adequate hydration is key to acclimatization and overall well-being at higher altitudes.

Reusable Water Bottles: Carry a reusable water bottle to minimize plastic waste. Many teahouses and lodges are supportive of eco-friendly practices and encourage the use of reusable containers.

Local Beverages: Embrace local beverages like herbal teas and warm lemon water available at teahouses. These not only offer hydration but also provide a comforting respite during the trek.

Water Stations in Larger Villages: In larger villages like Samagaon and Samdo, there may be designated water stations where trekkers can fill their bottles. These are set up to accommodate the needs of both locals and visitors.

Communication with Guides: Maintain open communication with your trekking guide regarding water sources. They are familiar with the trail and can guide you to reliable places for refilling water.

Monitoring Water Intake: Stay mindful of your water intake, especially in higher altitudes where dehydration can occur more rapidly. Balance the need for hydration with the availability of water sources along the trail.

Trekking Responsibly: By utilizing refined water facilities and adopting responsible trekking practices, you not only ensure your own well-being but also contribute to the sustainable and eco-friendly exploration of the spectacular Mt. Manaslu Circuit.

1. Sustainable Trekking Practices: Implement and promote Leave No Trace principles. Minimize your impact on the environment by packing out all waste, staying on designated trails, and respecting local flora and fauna.

2. Eco-Friendly Accommodations: Choose teahouses and lodges that prioritize eco-friendly practices. These establishments often use solar power, practice waste recycling, and employ energy-efficient technologies.

3. Responsible Waste Management: Carry a reusable water bottle and refuse single-use plastics. Dispose of waste responsibly by using designated bins or carrying it back to larger villages for proper disposal.

4. Community Engagement: Engage with local communities in a sustainable manner. Respect local customs, support local businesses, and consider participating in community-led initiatives that contribute to the well-being of the area.

5. Environmental Education: Trekking agencies can play a role in educating trekkers about the local environment. This includes information about the flora, fauna, and the importance of preserving the delicate balance of the ecosystem.

6. Conservation Contributions: Consider making voluntary contributions to local conservation projects. These funds can support initiatives aimed at preserving the natural beauty of the Mt. Manaslu area and ensuring the well-being of its inhabitants.

7. Opting for Local Guides and Porters: Employ local guides and porters who are familiar with the region. This not only supports the local economy but also ensures a more authentic and enriching trekking experience.

8. Reforestation Initiatives: Support or participate in reforestation projects in the region. Trees play a crucial role in maintaining the ecological balance and preventing soil erosion in the mountainous terrain.

9. Sustainable Transportation: Choose eco-friendly transportation options, such as shared vehicles or public buses, to reduce the carbon footprint of your journey to and from the trekking area.

10. Respect for Wildlife: Observe wildlife from a distance and avoid disturbing their natural behavior. The Mt. Manaslu area is home to diverse species, and responsible trekking ensures their habitat remains undisturbed.

11. Eco-Friendly Gear: Invest in eco-friendly trekking gear, such as clothing made from sustainable materials. Choose products that have minimal environmental impact throughout their lifecycle.

12. Water Conservation: Conserve water by using it judiciously in teahouses and lodges. Report any leakages or wastage to encourage responsible water usage in these establishments.

13. Trekking in Small Groups: Opt for smaller trekking groups to minimize the impact on the trails and local resources. Smaller groups allow for a more intimate experience while reducing the overall ecological footprint.

14. Renewable Energy Sources: Encourage the use of renewable energy sources in teahouses and lodges, such as solar or hydroelectric power. Supporting businesses that prioritize sustainable energy contributes to the overall eco-friendly initiative.

Preserving the Himalayan Legacy: By embracing eco-friendly tourism concepts in the Mt. Manaslu area, trekkers become stewards of the Himalayan legacy. A commitment to sustainable practices ensures that future generations can continue to marvel at the pristine beauty of this extraordinary region.

1. Trail Conditions: Trails in the Mt. Manaslu area vary from well-defined paths to rocky terrains. Be prepared for diverse trail conditions, including steep ascents, descents, and occasional sections with loose gravel.

2. Teahouse and Lodge Accommodations: Teahouses and lodges along the trail provide basic but comfortable accommodations. Expect shared rooms with twin beds, communal dining areas, and common washroom facilities. Bring a sleeping bag for added comfort.

3. Village Hospitality: Villagers along the trekking route are known for their warm hospitality. Engage with locals respectfully, and you may be welcomed into homes for traditional meals or cultural exchanges.

4. Remote Villages: Some villages in the Mt. Manaslu area are remote and less frequented by trekkers. Expect a serene environment with fewer facilities but a richer cultural experience.

5. Communication: While English may not be widely spoken, villagers are welcoming and appreciative of attempts to communicate in basic Nepali phrases. Trekking guides often serve as valuable interpreters.

6. Cultural Sensitivity: Respect local customs and traditions. In conservative areas, it's advisable to dress modestly, particularly when entering religious sites or interacting with villagers.

7. Sustainable Tourism Practices: Villagers in the Mt. Manaslu area actively engage in sustainable tourism practices. Many are involved in community-based projects that aim to preserve the environment and promote responsible tourism.

8. Availability of Supplies: Larger villages like Samagaon and Samdo have small shops where basic supplies can be purchased. However, it's advisable to carry essentials, as the variety of goods may be limited in remote areas.

9. Water Sources: Natural water sources are abundant along the trails. Villagers often have communal taps or springs where trekkers can refill water bottles. Carry a water purifier or purification tablets for additional safety.

10. Health Facilities: - Basic health facilities are available in larger villages, but medical facilities are limited in remote areas. Carry a basic first aid kit and any necessary medications. In case of serious health issues, evacuation may be required.

11. Weather and Seasons: - Weather conditions can vary, especially in higher altitudes. Be prepared for changing weather patterns, and check seasonal considerations for the best trekking experience.

12. Trail Maintenance: - Local communities and trekking agencies contribute to trail maintenance. However, weather-induced changes may occur, requiring adaptation to evolving trail conditions.

13. Yak and Mule Traffic: - Yaks and mules are common on the trails, especially in higher altitudes. Give them the right of way, and be cautious when crossing paths, particularly on narrow sections.

14. Guided Trekking: - Consider hiring a local guide for a more enriching experience. Guides are familiar with the terrain, assist in communication with villagers, and provide insights into the local culture.

Embarking on a Cultural Odyssey: The trails and villages in the Mt. Manaslu area offer a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. By embracing the local conditions and engaging with the communities, trekkers can embark on a truly transformative journey through this Himalayan gem.

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