This trek takes you around the enormous Mt. Manaslu (8th highest mountain in the world at 8156m) and through the extensive reaches of Tsum Valley located at an altitude of 1905 to 5093 meters, rich in Tibetan culture, traditions, and ancient art and mostly untouched by modern civilization.
On this trek, you will be exposed to the ancient traditions of Tibetan Buddhism while admiring their unique daily rituals and lifestyle in these far-off and relatively untouched regions of Nepal.
Tsum Valley is bounded by Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli in the west, Ganesh Himal in the south and Siring Himal (7187m) in the north. The trail passes through two significant villages in the region, Chumling (Lower Tsum) and Chhaikampar (Upper Tsum). The valley is rich in Tibetan culture with numerous mani walls, chortens and prayer flags adorning the trail and is home to some of the holiest of Tibetan monasteries where the famous sages Guru Rinpoche and the Tibetan philosopher Milarepa once worshipped in nearby caves. It is a place where the trekker can discover oneself and discover peace through meditation.
We initially drive from Kathmandu to Arughat where our trek begins. The trail takes us past the ever-present cultivated fields and through small villages as we traverse the Budhi Gandaki Valley next to the river until we reach Lapubesi Village. The trail takes us to the therapeutic hot springs of Tatopani passing through forests. It is not long before you can see the vast mountain ranges, such as Sringi Himal on the way to Philim. We pass Chumling Village and then follow the trail to Gumba Lungdang Pass while walking through pine and rhododendron forests before we have to cross Siyar Khola (river). We then head to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp and on to Lokpa. The trail then takes us to Lokpa, Ghap to Lho as we pass Gurung and Thakali villages. At Samagaun we stop for the day to better acclimatize before heading to higher altitudes. Leaving Samagaun we ascend to Samdo, Dharamsala and cross the Larke La Pass (5106m) and on to Chame where the trek ends.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfortable and better quality teahouses at lower altitudes. It should be noted that at higher elevations the quality of accommodation may not be as good, with more basic rooms with the bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food in the mountainous regions is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We take the bus from Besisahar to Kathmandu. In the past Arughat used to be the starting point of the trek but nowadays, due to better road conditions we can travel by bus direct to the Soti Khola. We will travel along secondary (rough) roads all the way to Soti Khola by local bus and from Dharapani to Besisahar we will be traveling by private jeep
We provide you trained & certified trekking guides and porters who will take care of all logistics and a porter for every two trekkers who will each carry about 20 kg (10 kg for each trekker). An experienced guide and porter will be the difference between success and failure. They will also save you from taking unnecessary risks during poor weather conditions.
Some days can be challenging where you often have to walk 6-8 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes, and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is usually done in autumn (Sept. to November) and spring (March to May) when you are much more likely to get to have crystal clear views of the mountains and can also enjoy the lush vegetation in the lower regions of the trail - particularly during spring..
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The Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit trek was full of fun with the fantastic view of the Himalayas and exceptional landscape which were as beautiful as heaven. The people were so nice and friendly. Your country is really a gift from God which is so natural and untouched and feels like you came to heaven. Thanks to Mr. Ram and his team who made our trip successful and meaningful. I strongly recommend Sherpa Expedition and Trekking Nepal if you are thinking or planning of going to naturally Nepal.
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