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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek 16 Days

Price Start
USD 1250  Per Person
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Activity Level

Trekking (Tea House Trek) ?

Group Size
2+20
Trip Code:
NLTT-MCTV-16
Accommodation:
Tea Hous/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
8,163 M
Season:
January - May and Sept - Dec
Meals:
Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner And Accommodation.
Destination:
Kathmandu/ Manaslu/ Tsum Valley
Duration:
16
Grade:
Moderate
Transportation:
Tourist Bus /Publice Transportation
Trip Attraction:

Mt. Manaslu

No of People Price
1-2 1350 USD
3-4 1250 USD
5 above 1125 USD

Trip Highlights

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek 16 Days

 

Nestled in the heart of the majestic Himalayas, the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek stands as a testament to the raw beauty and cultural richness that define Nepal. This epic 16-day journey takes trekkers on a captivating exploration, weaving through the revered landscapes of the Manaslu region and the sacred Tsum Valley.

In this, we delve deep into the intricacies of the trek, exploring the breathtaking vistas, cultural tapestry, and the unique challenges that make the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek 16 Days a must for avid adventurers.

Unveiling the Himalayan Gem: Manaslu Circuit Trek

The journey begins in the lowlands of Arughat, a quaint starting point that marks the beginning of an extraordinary adventure. The Manaslu Circuit Trek introduces trekkers to the region’s diverse topography, gradually ascending towards the remote reaches of Tsum.

Gorkha district, positioned on the northwest side of Kathmandu, acts as the gateway to this Himalayan gem. The trek challenges physical endurance and offers an immersive cultural experience, providing insights into the heart of Buddhist traditions.

Larkya La Pass: Gateway to Panoramic Splendor

One of the highlights of the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is the ascent to Larkya La Pass. At an elevation that commands respect, this pass opens up to a spectacle of panoramic views, with the grandeur of Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m) dominating the horizon. The challenging climb is rewarded with an ethereal experience, a moment frozen in time as trekkers find themselves surrounded by the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayan range.

Tsum Valley

Tsum Valley, translating to “vivid” in Tibetan, is not merely a geographical marvel but a sacred pilgrimage site steeped in culture and tradition. Populated predominantly by Tibetan people, the valley offers a unique blend of ancient residues, diverse ecosystems, and stunning views of Chuli, Sring Himal, Ganesh Himal, and Baudha Himal. This section of the trek is a cultural immersion, where trekkers witness the convergence of nature’s grandeur and the rich heritage of Tsum Valley.

Cultural Diversity Along the Trail

As trekkers traverse through Tsum Valley, they encounter a unique lifestyle, language, and traditions rooted in Tibetan heritage. With their warm hospitality, the locals welcome trekkers into their world, sharing stories of ancient art, religion, and customs. Buddhism reigns supreme in this region, and festivals like Lhosar, Dhacyhang, Saka Dawa, and Fanning add vibrant hues to the cultural tapestry, creating an unforgettable experience.

Enchanting Trail Through Nature’s Bounty

The trek unfolds like a tapestry of nature’s bounty, with each step revealing dense forests, cascading waterfalls, and picturesque hill villages. The Budhi Gandaki Valley guides trekkers through terraced fields and lush greenery, with Ganesh Himal providing a majestic backdrop. The trail, adorned with suspension bridges and meandering streams, is not just a physical journey; it’s a spiritual connection with the surrounding pristine environment.

Challenges and Rewards

Beyond the awe-inspiring landscapes and cultural revelations, the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek presents challenges that test the mettle of trekkers. The high altitude terrain, unpredictable weather, and the demanding ascent to Larkya La Pass demand physical resilience and mental fortitude. However, the rewards far outweigh the challenges, as trekkers find themselves amid unparalleled natural beauty and cultural richness.

Unique Festivals and Celebrations

Immersing in the local culture goes beyond encountering daily routines; it extends to participating in unique festivals and celebrations. Trekkers fortunate enough to coincide their journey with festivals like Lhosar, Dhacyhang, Saka Dawa, and Fanning witness the vibrant traditions and rituals passed down through generations, adding a layer of authenticity to the trekking experience.

Conservation Efforts and Responsible Trekking

As the popularity of the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek grows, so does the need for responsible trekking. The article delves into the ongoing conservation efforts in the region, highlighting the importance of sustainable tourism to preserve the pristine environment and protect the cultural heritage of the local communities.

Conclusion

In a nutshell, the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek transcends the conventional trekking experience. It’s not just a journey through breathtaking landscapes. It’s an odyssey that connects trekkers with the soul-stirring beauty of the Himalayas and the rich tapestry of culture that defines the region. For those seeking the adventure of a lifetime, the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is an unrivalled choice, promising memories that linger long after the trek.

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Itinerary

On the first day of your trip, you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport. We will receive you from Tribhuwan International Airport. From here, we will drop you at your comfy hotel, where you can get refreshed. You can also explore the nightlights of the city. 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,310m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early morning we will start our drive to Arughat. After we enter the shading district, our journey will begin on the most challenging roads.  On reaching Arughat, we will see a pleasing market along the budhi Gandaki river. We will spend our night in one of the beautiful hotels and have a delicious dinner.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
570m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On the way to Labubesi, we will pass through Gurung and Magar villages. We will encounter beautiful forests and farmland filled with rice, maize, and millet crops. We will descend to Seti Khola and eventually reach Gurung Labubesi. We will spend our overnight in a hotel.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
880m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day, we will climb up, pass through the Machha Khola, and continue our path through Budhi Gandaki. We will encounter a large Gurung village, meet with the people of that village, and know their culture and tradition. We will spend our night in Khorlabesi.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
970m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will be climbing up to reach Tatopani. Tatopani is a famous pilgrimage site; we may enjoy baths in that pond. After that, we will pass through the narrow valley Doban and cross the bridge of Yaru Khola. There will be ups and down in the journey to reach Jagat. Jagat is a flat village of Gurung people. Jagat is a charming village; we will spend our night there.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,440m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will start our morning trek to salleri and then climb down sirdibas. We will continue our path via Ghatta khola . Climb up to hanging bridge. Climb to gurung village Philim . we walk past this vaillage , pass the forest to reach Lokpa . We will spend our night in Lokpa

We will start our morning trek to salleri and then climb down sirdibas. We will continue our path via Ghatta khola . Climb up to hanging bridge. Climb to gurung village Philim . we walk past this vaillage , pass the forest to reach Lokpa . We will spend our night in Lokpa

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,040m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Lokpa, the trail descends half an hour towards Lungwa Khola, and climbing the challenging zig-zag route further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons, we reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, we finally arrive at Chumling, lower Tsum, from where we can view Shringi Himal. Visit the old Chumling gompa and the stone streets of the village. Stay overnight in Lokpa. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
2,361m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day, we will, Cross the suspension bridge and get a fantastic view of Ganesh Himal. Pass through Rainjam to Serpu Khola and again cross a bridge, and we will reach Gho Village. After 2 hours of trek, it will take us to the Chhokangparo. We will enjoy the fantastic views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal from this site. We will spend our night in Chokhangparo.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,100m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will trek to Ngakyu vaillage . After that, We will have a  visit to a cave. People believe that saint Milarepa used to meditate in this cave. This cave is also known as “Pigeon cave.” We will continue our trek to villages like   Burji, Phurba, and Pangdun. You will see a splendid giant Buddhist Stupa en route to Chhule and Nile. We are staying overnight on the Nile.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,360m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this day, we will walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. And then Climb up to the Mu Gompa. Mu Gompa is a very famous and largest monastery in the region. This Gompa is situated in the highest and most isolated part of the Tsum Valley. After that, we will have a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa. After exploring the Mu Gompa area, we will spend our overnight in the Nile.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,700m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is the easy walk to Chhekamparo. We will pass through Lar Village and then visit the Rachen Gompa; this gompa is also known as Nunnery Gompa; we will be crossing over a suspension bridge and finally reach  Chhekamparo. We will spend our overnight in Chhekamparo.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
3,100m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, after breakfast, we will trek back to  Jagat. The track passes through the rhododendron and pine forest and eventually joins the main Manaslu path. We will continue our walk through Philim, Eklai Bhatti, crossing Buddhi Gandaki before reaching Jagat and spending overnight in a hotel in  Jagat.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,140m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Jagat, our path descends to  Bagar. After 15 minutes of walking, we will cross the suspension bridge and continue our walk through the cantilever bridge again. Continue the journey through Dovan, Tatopani, and Khorlabesi and finally reach Lapubesi. We will spend our night in Lapubesi.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
880m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is the last day of our trekking in Tsum Valley. We walk to Arughat from Lapu Besi. 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
570m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

End of our journey, we will be driving back to Kathmandu. We will encounter gorgeous mountains, rivers, and landscapes on the way.

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,310m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will drive you to the Tribhuwan International Airport according to your scheduled flight. You will return home safely with good memories and even better souvenirs. We appreciate your presence and are glad to guide you through the journey to Tsum Valley. 

Accommodation:
Hotel/Lodge
Maximum Altitude:
1,310m
Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price & Dates

What's Included

  • Airport transfers: pick-up and drop-off (in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation from Kathmandu - Soti Khola - Dharapani - Kathmandu
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance for your guide during the trip
  • Licensed English/ Chinese/ Korean/ Hindi speaking along with Nepali speaking trekking guide
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (in case if you don't have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First aid medical kit (carried by the guide)
  • All the required permits and government paperwork
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant
  • A nation-wide operated Mobile SIM Card and a map of the trekking region

Optional Addons

  • Porter
  • Private Jeep

What's Not Included

  • International airfare and visa fees
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, etc
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on charted helicopter
  • Tips for guides and porters

Did You Know?

Mount Manaslu is the eighth-highest peak in the world.

The first people to climb Mt. Manaslu were Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu.

Manaslu region consists of Nepalese-Tibetan culture.

Larkya-La Pass is a relatively tricky trekking pass due to its long walk and high elevation.

 

Permits and their costs for Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trekking this circuit of Manaslu, you will be requiring three permits namely Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, and Manaslu Conservation Area Permit. Moreover, if you also desire to trek all the way to Tsume Valley, you will be requiring an additional permit of Tsum Valley Permit.

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit( MCAP)

For SAARC countries: 10 USD per person

For Non-SAARC Nationals: 30 USD per person

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(ACAP)

For SAARC countries: 10 USD per person

For Non-SAARC Nationals: 30 USD per person

Tsum Valley Permit(TVP)

It will cost you around 40 USD per person for first week. After a week a charge of 7 USD per day.

 Manaslu Restricted Area Permit

It will cost you 100 USD per person for the first week. After a week a charge of 17USD per day will be charged.

Why Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Manaslu Circuit Trek is a kind of underrated trek in today’s time. As most people go for name and fame, this region offers equal fun, adrenaline, and views for trekkers. Plus being an underrated trek, even in the peak season, you will experience less crowd and a peaceful environment. Plus, you get to experience remote and unspoiled trekking trails with less pollution. 

The unique culture you get to experience here is really fun and interesting. Moreover, you will also reach Manaslu Base Camp, the camp of the world’s 8th highest peak. This region is filled with freshwater lakes and marvelous views. 

In conclusion, this region offers much more than its name speaks. When compared with other famous destinations, this stop really comes in neck and neck. Thus a must-try trek.

How long is the Manaslu Circuit Trek?

This trek can be extended as much as you like. But talking professionally, the standard time for a Manaslu Trek is around 14 days. This may differ by 1-2 days but at least 14 days is required to get the most out of this trek. Starting your trek all the way from Kathmandu, you will get to Soti Khola with a drive. From there the trek starts, you will be going along the path and ending the trek at Syange

Cost of Manaslu Circuit Trek

Costs are such things that may alternate/ differ highly on what one wants. When speaking on average you may be able to trek Manaslu Circuit for around 1200+ USD. These above mentioned costs include your cost of guides, permits, and accommodation. 

But again you may get a little flexible on your budget, compromising on many things. Also if you want a greater service and the vibes of a greater comfort and luxury trip. It is still possible with higher costs. 

In conclusion, the cost totally depends on you and what you want.

How challenging is Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Manaslu Trek is considered a moderate trek. Although Manaslu peak is named the killer mountain, you need to worry the least while trekking this site. Unless peak climbing is up to your sleeve. But the Circuit trek’s highest point is at an elevation of about 5160m, which is certainly above average. 

At such altitude problems such as altitude sickness are certain. Thus, to conquer this marvelous piece of land, you must be physically and mentally prepared. Trekkers need to pass through great taxing terrains to conquer this region. The rugged and remote landscape really is a challenging piece of nature.

Why Is It Called Manaslu Circuit Trek?

For popular treks such as Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Treks, the ending point are the basecamp, and from there you tend to return back the same path you came. But for Manaslu, the story is different. We go all the way to the Manaslu Base Camp, but it is not the finishing point of this trek. Here we tend to loop around the region. 

For Base Camp Treks, these treks usually have the same starting point and an ending point. But when it comes to circuit treks, you start and end at totally different parts. Thus, it signifies the name Makalu Circuit Trek.

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