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Nepal offers one of the most extreme landscapes in the world. With its vast mountains, astonishing views, harsh weather and friendly local community Nepal are perfect for trekking and mountaineering and you can expect an experience like no other when visiting this part of the world. With a rich history, diverse culture and array of festivals and celebrations throughout the year, Nepal is a fantastic place to visit for once in a lifetime experiences. You'll stay in tent-camps during one of our expeditions to enjoy the nature and adventure of this beautiful location. Explore the lark la pass with Nepal Mountain Trekkers on this peak climbing expedition.
One of the most extreme regions in Nepal, the Manaslu Tsum Valley is a beautiful location for mountaineering and tent-camps. Discover authentic Nepal and the amazing landscape on an adventure in this amazing region. Many have compared it to images of the Garden of Eden with its exquisite views and otherworldly topography. Far from just another mountain, this is a region that all explorers will want to discover.
The Manaslu Tsum Valley passes sections of the Nile and has steep climbs and trails. There is a wide range of local wildlife and the local people who are friendly and welcoming to visitors.
The local topography includes the astonishing Manaslu mountain, which translates to Mountain of the Spirit. It is the highest peak in the Gorkha district, standing at 8,163m and it's unique shape and ridges allows the mountain to be approached from all directions.
With its snowy peaks, it is an astonishing site, standing like a wall of snow and ice cutting through this breathtaking landscape. This diverse mountain has six climatic zones: the tropical and sub-tropical zone with an elevation varying between 1,000–2,000 metres. There is then the temperate zone, which sits in an elevation range of 2,000–3,000 metres. Next is the sub-alpine zone which has an elevation range of 3,000–4,000 metres. The alpine zone with a range of 4,000–5,000 metres. Finally, the Arctic zone which lies above 4,500 metres and is the least accessible and hospitable section of this beautiful mountain.
The Manaslu region has a famous conservation area. The region is home to thirty-three species of mammal, including musk deer, snow leopards and Himalayan Tahr. With over 110 species of birds and 1500 to 2000 species of flowering plants, this is an area of extreme natural beauty.
In this area of scientific importance, it is important to pay attention to local advice and instruction to care for the local wildlife and flora and fauna. Important work is carried out here throughout the year and it is important visitors respect this and pay attention to the conservation area. A special permit is required for both Manaslu and Tsum Valley at an additional cost to try and ensure the care of the conservation area.
The valley has amazing sights such as Milarepa’s cave and the monastery at Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa which has nuns of the Ngak-pa sect. On an evening, visitors are welcomed into the various monasteries where there are fantastic views over the landscape. Here, the people have their own language and culture meaning as you explore you will gain real insight into this varied nation and its amazing cultural diversity.
The best time of year to visit is either between March and May or September to December to avoid the most extreme weather.
While you are on Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, you can get access to electricity or solar energy for charging your electronic devices at lodges and tea-houses but you can only get access to the two-pin adapter so you should bring conversion plug or another converter if your device is not suitable with two-pin plug. And while you stay overnight in tent-camps, it is recommended to have your own power supply if possible.
Yes, you can certainly get access to WiFi in lodges and also mobile data during Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek for the Internet and to communicate with your friends and family.
The trail is not quite busy at all since it is still not discovered by many people. Hardly few people have knowledge about this trek so it is perfect for the trekking seeking for peaceful and virgin trekking routes.
Well, the tip for guide and other trekking staffs like porters and drivers is not mandatory but since they contribute their time apart from family to make you enjoy the best of your trip ensuring your safety and satisfaction, we recommend you to contribute some amount of tip for them. In Nepal, it is practised that 10% of the total amount you pay for your trek and tour is contributed as a tip.
ATMs and credit cards are accessible only on the major cities of Nepal, so during your Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, you can use ATMs and credit cards only while you are in Kathmandu.
There is a possibility of getting altitude sickness during Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek but with proper acclimatization and health care as well as the guidance from trekking staffs, you shouldn’t face the trouble of altitude sickness.
The herbs and vegetations preserved at Annapurna Conservation Area and Manaslu Conservation Area are Silver firs, Birch, Rhododendron, Pine and Juniper trees whereas the wildlife inhabitant at there are Musk Deer, Himalayan Tahr, Ghoral, Serow, Wolf, and even the Himalayan Black Bear, Snow Leopard, Red Panda, two varieties of dazzling Pheasants – the Crimson-horned and the Impeyan Pheasants(national bird of Nepal), Marmots, Pikas, Raven, Chough, Himalayan Marmots and Deer etc.
The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking region lies to the east of the Annapurna region, the culture, traditions and lifestyle of local inhabitants are particularly Tamangs, Gurungs and people of Tibetan origin at higher elevations.
Yes, since you would be passing by Annapurna Conservation Area and because the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking trail comes under two restricted areas i.e. Manaslu and Tsum Valley, you would be requiring Manaslu Conservation Area fees, Manasalu Special Permit (seven days only), Tsum Valley Special Permit (Eight Days Only), Annapurna Conservation Permit and Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS) card.
The trek could be extremely adventurous and exciting for solo trekkers and since you will be walking through off-the-beaten paths, it is somehow risky for the solo trekker and solo female trekkers. You need to be aware and capable of handling several situations in order to prevent from obligations and challenges during the trek. So, at least a highly experienced and certified trekking guide is needed for this trek even for solo trekkers. As well as, the restricted area is not allowed to trek solo without a certified person with you so it is not possible to go for solo trekking in Manaslu region.
Yes, of course, with Nepal Mountain Trekkers you can customize/personalize the trek itinerary and services to be provided according to your requirements.
Well, it is not compulsory to be insured but as we already know “Prevention is better than cure”. If you are insured then you can have a relaxed trip without worries and enjoy with a free mind.
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Suncreams(40+) and Lip Balms
Cotton t-shirts and thermals
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable hiking boots
Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
Trekking bag (Rucksack)
Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
Water bottle or camel bag
Toiletries and Tissue Papers
Personal Regular Medicines
Since the trail of this trekking is mostly rural, the drinking water available during this trek would be tap water, well water or hand pumps and should be purified prior to drinking them. Hence, you should buy bottled waters or should have water purifying pills or any other equipment to ensure drinking safe water.
It is necessary to take a highly experienced and licensed guide to instruct you and help you explore the best of this trek as well as to take care of you during the trek. If you go trekking without a guide then you won't get to know the things you ought to explore as well as there might arise several problems on the trail. On the other hand, to enhance the comfort of trekking, you might need porters to carry your loads.
Nepal Mountain Trekkers is a travel agency formed with the involvement of highly experienced and professional trekkers with an experience of more than 2 decades in trekking in the Himalayas. Moreover, we do have staffs from all the special parts of the country to provide you with the proper and adequate information and make you enjoy the best of your trip. In our years of experience, none of our clients had any complaint or dissatisfaction from our company and till now all our previous clients highly recommend our team to their friends and family which is the reason behind our dedication and diligence. Once you trek with our team, you will surely think of visiting Nepal time and again with Nepal Mountain Trekkers only.
During Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, you would be staying overnight at tea-houses or lodges as well as tent-camps and you will be served with traditional Nepali dishes like Dal-Bhat.
In the case of emergency, our highly experienced and determined trekking staffs and guides who are the inhabitants of this region and are professional in these fields would guide you with the best instruction according to the situation. They are well aware of every kind of risks and the solutions and they would be in touch with the company along with your trekking session, so there is no reason to worry about, just enjoy the trek.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is suitable to go for any time around the year but to escape the risk of blockades from snowfall and extreme cold, it is not recommended to go for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek during winter. Instead, autumn and spring would be the best seasons to go for this trek since with the clear weather and perfect sceneries; you can also enjoy the blossoms of Rhododendron flowers of various species along with other vegetations.
Of course, it is safe to go for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek because the impacts of Earthquake don’t exist anymore in the trails of this trek after the recovery and reconstructions. Well, the locals are still having some trouble to rise again after the devastation but for the trek, it is safe and fine now.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is somehow physically demanding due to high altitude walks and off-the-beaten trail. You ought to walk 6-7 hours every day and you must be physically fit as well as well prepared before you embark on this trek.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek provides us with wonderful opportunity to escape ourselves through daily routine and completely immerse in the natural beauty around 8th highest Manaslu Himalayas with cultural exploration at the hidden valley of Tsum. With less than a decade of its opening to outsiders, Tsum valley has been successfully able to enchant the visitors with its diversity in topography and richness in Tibetan influenced cultures and traditions.
Eine kompetente Trekkingagentur, auf die man sich in jedem Fall verlassen kann! Der Besitzer, Ramesh Dakal, war lange selber Porter und anschließend Guide (speziell für hohe und anspruchsvolle Routen), sodass er die nötige Erfahrung besitzt, um auch außergewöhnliche Expeditionen zu ermöglichen. Er ist ein wirklich liebenswürdiger Mensch, der nicht nur seinem Interesse, sondern auch dem seiner Mitarbeiter und seines Landes folgt. Auch sein Team (Porter und Guides) ist ausgezeichnet. Auf meinem Trekk um den Manaslu hatte ich einen wirklich tollen Guide an meiner Seite, der gutes Englisch sprach, und mir von sich aus viel über Land und Leute erzählt hat, sodass ich in ihm nicht nur einen verlässlichen Führer, sondern auch einen Freund gefunden habe. Mir wurde genug Spielraum gelassen, um den Trekk auf meine Bedürfnisse anzupassen und Ramesh und seine Guides geben sich generell große Mühe auf die individuellen Wünsche einzugehen. Das, die große Expertise aller Mitarbeiter und die familiär/freundschaftliche Umgangsweise zeichnen Nepal Mountain Trekkers aus. So unterscheidet sich das Unternehmen deutlich von anderen Agenturen, die in Kathmandu wie Pilze aus dem Boden schießen und von denen viele sehr unzuverlässlich sind. Wer für die Zeit in Kathmandu noch eine Unterkunft sucht, dem sei Ramesh's Hotel "Horizon" wärmstens ans Herz gelegt. Es ist eine kleine Oase im hektischen Kathmandu und die Mitarbeiter sind auch hier alle äußerst herzlich. Ramesh's Büro ist gleich um die Ecke, sodass man mit ihm in einer freien Minute bei einem Tee äußerst lohnend plaudern kann.
This is a near perfect trek. It is a stunningly beautiful area where you have a grandstand view of the big mountains yet they are intimate, and there is much that is culturally fascinating. Magnificent sunrises and sunsets on big white peaks - we can’t get wait to go back!
Ramesh of Nepal Mountain Trekkers had organised everything really well, and our guide Min, and porters, DB and Bikash were excellent and were fantastic companions.
We very much recommend our itinerary as below.
We drove from Kathmandu to Gorkha, then to Barpak to start the trek. This is a big prosperous village, which was the epicentre of the earthquake in April 2015. We walked from there to Larprak over a ridge, Mamche, at 2,700 metres. There are great views of Ganesh Himal from Mamche.
Larprak was also badly damaged and there is a huge reconstruction effort to rebuild it in a safer site, New Larprak.
We walked from there to join the main Manaslu circuit at Khorlabeshi, by the thundering Bhudhi Gandaki. We followed the river, to Jagat, and then headed into the amazing Tsum Valley.
We passed through Lokpa to Chumling, which is a delightful village. There are beautiful terraced fields and mature Bhutan pine forests. We visited the newly constructed health post, built to be earthquake resilient and using local material as well as traditional building methods.
After Chumling, we walked to Gumba Lungdang. That’s a lovely walk through pine, hemlock and birch forest, with views of Ganesh 1 and 2, and Lumbo Himal as well as more distant views of Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli. The monastery was nearly completely destroyed and if you want to stay there, it is best to have your own tent. The nuns do have 3 tents but they are not in good condition. They do feed you well though from their vegetable garden. There are awesome views of Ganesh Himal if it is clear.
We walked from there to Chhokang Paro, another delightful village, with lots of mani walls and chortens. Look out for the Tsum Valley Café run by Pema – he had been a barista at Himalayan Java in Kathmandu, and makes fantastic espresso, cappuccino, macchiato etc. What a delightful and surprising treat!
From Chhokang Paro, it is an easy walk to Nile through beautiful fertile large flat fields, the amazing and valuable productive land of the upper Tsum Valley, and lots of chortens, mani walls and gompas leave you in no doubt that you are in Buddhist land. Beyond the fields, the near vertical walls of the valley become the snow capped 6,000 metre+ peaks of Cherke Himal, Kipu Himal and Langju Himal.
Mu Gompa is fascinating and from there you can see sunset and sunrise on Ganesh 2 to the south.
We went from there to Bhajyo at 4,030 metres. It is a beautiful spot, though you need tents to stay here - a wonderful place to relax, with Langju Himal and Tabsar towering over you. We walked from there to another pasture, Thongbu, 4,500 metres, to get a clear view of the pass and chorten on the border with Tibet.
From there, we retraced our steps back to Mu Gompa, then to Nile, where we stayed in delightful Mingma’s Homestay. We went from there back to Chumling, Lokpa, then re-joined the main Manaslu circuit trail and on to Deng,
From Deng, it is worth visiting Bihi village, above the main trail at Bihi Phedi. Bihi is a lovely traditional village, which hardly sees trekkers, and there is a newly reconstructed school, built of wood, again with earthquake resilience principles and very aesthically pleasing with traditional styles. We walked to Namrung, which is charming.
The next day we walked to Lho and up to the impressive Ribung monastery.
From a viewpoint close to the monastery, we saw sunrise on Manaslu – absolutely awesome.
The walk from Lho to Samagaon is spectacular, we passed through the sleepy village of Shyala, where there is a magnificent amphitheatre of mountains - Himalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, Manaslu, Naike Peak, Larkye peak, Samdo Peak, Saula Himal. It is truly heart stopping.
Samagaon is a delightful village and what a location. One could easily spend days there. We made a day hike to Manaslu Base Camp - fantastic views of the huge shimmering glaciers and of Manaslu, Manaslu North and Naike peak. We got nice cups of tea at base camp - they were on a lull, the October climbers had gone and the November ones had not arrived yet.
We tore ourselves away from Samagaon, to Samdo, which is high and fascinating. It is a Tibetan village that moved over the border to its current location when the Chinese entered Tibet in the 1950s. It was very icy and white when we were there. We had hoped to walk to the border with Tibet, but the snowy conditions made this difficult.
From Samdo, it is an easy walk to Dharamsala at 4,460 metres. It was perfectly clear and the views of Samdo Peak, Naike Peak, Larkye Peak, Cheo Himal, Manaslu and Manaslu North were wonderful.
Dharamsala accommodation is not great, but the location is staggering. We were extremely lucky and had a perfect crossing of Larkye La, seeing sunrise on Larkye peak; and as we headed down, the most amazing views of Cheo Himal, Himlung, Pongkar peak, Kang Guru, then Lamjung Himal and peeping over it, Annapurna 2. We passed by large glaciers, the Salpudanda glacier and walked down to Bhimtang.
Bhimtang has the most wonderful sunsets and sunrise and is surrounded by a myriad of high peaks.
From Bhimtang, it is a very fine walk to Gho, through an ancient and magnificent forest, with regular views back onto a cirque of white fluted peaks and glaciers.
Gho is a proper village, with fields of buckwheat and millet, and flower gardens and we stayed at a lodge with a warm solar shower…
After Gho, we drop down to Dharapani to join the Annapurna circuit. We stayed in gorgeous Tal with its waterfalls, pretty gardens and delicious food.
From Tal the first part of the walk to Syange is beautiful with the thundering Marsyangdi river in a deep gorge. After that we hit the road, and from Syange, we took a jeep to Besisahar. - and from there, by car, back to Kathmandu.
We had arranged with Ramesh from Nepal Mountain Trekkers to do the Manaslu/Tsum trek as a part camping/part tea house trek. We had had Min (Sanjeev) as our guide before and specifically asked for him to guide us again. The team was very considerate of our needs and our comfort and we were well looked after. There were problems, which were out of their control - the weather was not settled and for the first part of the trek we did not have clear views of the peaks; there had been several landslips which made part of the trek difficult; and the main trail into Tsum valley was destroyed so that it was very difficult to go there. Despite these substantial difficulties, we had a great trek around Manaslu, and found the villages of great interest. They are culturally fascinating and we enjoyed conversations with people we met on trek, specifically Nyima from Gyap and Nyima from Samdo who are involved with development projects in their villages. Look out for solar showers in 2017 in Samdo, which are for the local people but also for trekkers and should raise some money for the community. It is inspiring to see again the resilience of the local people as they re-construct after the earthquake as this area was one of the epicentres of the 2015 earthquake. Crossing the Larkye La was not easy, but stunning and we have to mention Syam, our cook, who popped up unexpectedly at different parts of this walk to hand us drinks and snacks. That lifted our spirits no end! As we had extra time, because we had not been able to go into Tsum valley, we did part of the Annapurna circuit, went to Tilicho Lake, Moon Lake and Ice Lake. Here the weather was kinder and we got perfect views of peaks and blue lakes. As we came down again, we spent a night at Temang and saw the most fantastic sunset on Manaslu from there. Apart from the cook Syam, we wish to comment on Min who again was an excellent guide. When there are difficulties, he told us clearly what these were and involved us with making decisions about what to do. We would ask for him as our guide for a future trek. We also had DB (Dhan Bahadur) as our porter/guide for the Annapurna part and could not ask for a better companion. He is very helpful, and sociable, and very helpful when we found parts of the trails difficult. What could have been done differently? The main thing is that it would have been helpful to find out before the trek that it was difficult to get into Tsum and we could have adjusted plans in Kathmandu and got different permits, for example to Nar Phu instead. The Department of Immigration, who issue the permit for Tsum, should have known that the trail into Tsum was closed and stopped issuing permits - their colleagues based in the villages near the beginning of the Tsum Valley trek had certainly known for a number of days before we were approaching that part of the trek. Also on the Annapurna circuit the ‘road’ is having a significant impact. There is a real need for alternative walking trails to be made, maintained and clearly signposted. The ‘road’ has made it possible for the well acclimatized to visit amazing spots like Tilicho Lake in five rather than fourteen days. This means that the hotels and lodges in Manang and above are becoming overcrowded. Overall, we are very happy with the experience. We'll just have to plan to go back to Tsum Valley another time, and would like to re-visit the high villages of Manaslu, and for a next trek, would plan to incorporate side treks, like walks to the border with Tibet. Thank you to all at Nepal Mountain Trekkers for an excellent trek.
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