Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek

Duration: 26 Days   |   Trip Map
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Lodge to lodge
  • Max Elevation: 5210m
  • Group Size: Min 2 pax

If you are looking forward to a marvellous trek in the less crowded region far from the hustle and bustle of city life, then Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek could be exactly what you are asking for. This long and adventurous trek takes you to the peaceful and unspoiled Manaslu region to the north-west of Kathmandu valley. Along with the amazing landscapes, stunning mountains and deep gorges, the highly enriched cultural attraction of this region makes this trek extra special.

Manaslu region was opened for trekking in 1991 and used to be the restricted region before the early 90s. The serene beauty and awe-inspiring majesty of this region was then well enough to grow its stature into a famous trekking destination.  As this region is maintained and preserved by Manaslu Conservation Area, you can see various endangered animals including snow leopard, pandas, musk deer and Himalayan tahr. During the trek, 10 peaks above 6500m can be seen along with some peaks of more than 7000m and not to mention Mt. Manaslu, the 8th tallest mountain of the world.

Similarly, the Tsum valley lying on the northern part of Manaslu on the Nepal-Tibet border is popular among the trekking enthusiasts after being officially opened for trekking in 2008. Also known as the hidden valley, this region is comparatively less explored meaning the natural magnificence is still preserved along with the rich culture and traditions. This mysterious valley is highly influenced by Buddhism practices and it is clearly reflected in the culture of Tsum people, monasteries, maniwalls and chortens. Tsum Valley trek takes you into the splendid backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges.

A brief visit to Kargyu Chholing Monastery and Pungyen Nunnery at Samagaon are the other notable highlights of this trek. Exploring Milarepa's Cave, the ancient cave where Tibetan yogi named Milrepa meditated to achieve enlightenment, is also the exciting prospect of the trek. A trek into the region of natural beauty, cultural splendour, rich biodiversity, breathtaking mountains, gorges and ancient monasteries, what more could you ask for.

Other treks in Manaslu region you may like: Manaslu Circuit Trek

Marvel Adventure organises Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek with the carefully designed itinerary and professional guides. So, come and explore with us to make sure that you have one of the most memorable trek in the nation of Himalayas. Feel free to contact us if you have any queries regarding this trek.

Highlights

  • Sightseeing of heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • Stunning views of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal ranges
  • Highly enriched culture and traditions
  • Exploring the mysterious Tsum valley
  • Natural hotspring at Tatopani
  • Crossing Larkyla La Pass

Day to Day Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu Airport
  • Day 02Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing
  • Day 03Drive to Soti Khola (710m)
  • Day 04Trek To Machha Khola (870m)
  • Day 05Trek to Jagat (1340m)
  • Day 06Trek to Lokpa (2240m)
  • Day 07Trek to Dumje (2460m)
  • Day 08Trek to Nile Chule (3360m)
  • Day 09Trek to Mu Gompa (3710m)
  • Day 10Explore around Mu Gompa
  • Day 11Trek to Rachen Gompa (3240m)
  • Day 12Trek down to Chumling (2385m)
  • Day 13Trek to Deng (1860m)
  • Day 14Trek to Namrung (2630m)
  • Day 15Trek to Lho (3180m)
  • Day 16Trek to Samagaun (3500m)
  • Day 17Acclimatization Day at Samagaun
  • Day 18Trek to Samdo (3860m)
  • Day 19Trek to Dharamasala (4480m)
  • Day 20Cross the Larke La pass (5213m) and Trek down to Bimtang (3720m)
  • Day 21Trek down to Tilije (2300m)
  • Day 22Trek to Dharapani
  • Day 23Drive back to Kathmandu from Dharapani
Detail Itinerary

What to Expect

  • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Three night standard Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Guided Kathmandu sightseeing tour
  • Standard meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Government license holder guide 
  • Strong and helpful porter with proper equipments (1 porter for 2 people)
  • Salary,food,accommodation and insurance for guide and porters 
  • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek
  • All land transportation as per itinerary
  • TIMS (Trekking information Management System) card
  • ACAP and MCAP entry permits
  • Special permits for Manaslu region and Tsum valley
  • Comprehensive first aid kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • International Airfare and taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fee in the heritage sites during city tour.
  • All the expenses of personal nature
  • Any kind of drinks and desserts during the trek
  • Tips to guide and porter (Tipping is expected)

Useful Information

1. Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory for all clients undertaking any trip. It should provide adequate security for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue and loss of luggage. Make sure that your insurance policy covers up to 2500-5000 meters of altitude.

2. Packing List

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun-Cream and Lip Balm with high SPF
  • Hat/Cap
  • T-shirt, Vests and Shirt
  • Fleece/Sweater
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Down Jacket
  • Waterproof Jacket and Trousers
  • Warm Gloves
  • Hiking Boots
  • 3-4 pairs of socks
  • Day pack (30-40 liters)
  • Torch light
  • Water bottle (Minimum 2 liters)
  • Small Hand Towel
  • Sleeping Bag for up to -15 Degree Celsius

3. Guide and Porter

We provide experienced, knowledgeable and honest guide with good communication skills in English language to make your trip wonderful. The guide will provide all the information about the mountains, different histories, cultures, traditions and many more. We will provide 1 porter for 2 people. The porters are helpful as well as strong and will carry a maximum of 25 kgs combined. After giving the best services along with the hard works up in the mountains, guides and porters expect some tips from your side. Tipping culture is very common in tourism sector.

4. Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 3000 meters. It presents as a collection of nonspecific symptoms, acquired at high altitude or in low air pressure, resembling a case of "flu, carbon monoxide poisoning, or a hangover". However, most people can ascend to 3000 meters without difficulty.

Primary Symptoms of Altitude Sickness:

  • Lack of appetite, nausea, or vomiting
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Swelling of hands, feet, and face
  • Insomnia
  • Shortness of breath upon exertion
  • Nosebleed
  • Persistent rapid pulse
  • Drowsiness
  • General malaise

Prevention:

Ascending slowly is the best way to avoid altitude sickness. Avoiding strenuous activity such as skiing, hiking, etc. in the first 24 hours at high altitude reduces the symptoms of AMS. Alcohol and sleeping pills are respiratory depressants, and thus slow down the acclimatization process and should be avoided. Alcohol also tends to cause dehydration and exacerbates AMS. Thus, Marvel Adventure strictly suggests avoiding alcohol consumption in the first 24–48 hours at a higher altitude.

Guides and porters from Marvel Adventure are very much familiar with this problem due to their experience. All of them are trained with basic medical trainings and hence they definitely can help you.

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