Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek is an exciting and challenging trek into remote regions of Nepal where few travelers have reached. North of the Manaslu Circuit Trail is the magnificent Tsum Valley where time seems to have stood still for centuries. The eighth century Guru Rimpoche called it 'Beyul Kyimolung', meaning, ‘the holy hidden valley of happiness’.
The Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek, starts at Arughat Bazaar, the same as for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The Manaslu Circuit Trek passes through small Hindu villages surrounded by green terraced fields. The trail follows the Budhi Gandaki River to its glacial head waters, high in the Himalayas. There are stunning views of Mt. Manaslu. While on the Manaslu Circuit Trail there are cozy tea-houses for accommodation.
The trail to TsumValley branches off the Manaslu Circuit toward the north. As you follow the rugged, steep narrow trails through pine and rhododendron forests, deep gorges, clear glacial rivers, waterfalls and hot springs you will be convinced that it is indeed the 'holy hidden valley of happiness'.
The geographically isolated Tsum Valley stretches up to the border of Tibet. This isolated valley is a sanctuary for ancient Tibetan Buddhism which in turn prohibits hunting, making this area a natural wildlife sanctuary. Development projects have not touched this area, but the upside of this is that the inhabitants though very poor, have a rich culture that has been preserved for centuries. This fascinating land has a wealth of centuries-old monasteries, gompas, chortens, and mani walls. Some of the ancient Buddhist Gombas of the region include the Milarepa's Cave, Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa. Another highlight of the trek is the long grueling ascent on rough, exposed terrain to Larkya La, 5215 m, known as 'victory hill'. The view from the top of Larkya La is stunning; you are surrounded by snowy giants of the Himalayas.
There are no guest-houses in the Tsum Valley, as few trekkers have ever reached there, but the friendly villagers open their homes for home-stay, which is the perfect way to get in inside look at their way of life and their ancient Tibetan-Buddhist traditions. You will be welcomed with Tibetan hospitality and served Tibetan butter tea and simple local food.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu
Day 3 : Drive to Arughat, 640m: 8 hrs
Day 4 : Trek to Soti Khola, 775m: 6 hr
Day 5 : Trek to Machha Khola, 900m: 6-7 hrs
Day 6 : Trek to Jagat, 1340m
Day 7 : Trek to Lhokpa in Tsum Valley, 2240m
Day 8 : Trek to Chumling in Tsum Valley 2386m
Day 9 : Trek to Chhokang Paro in Tsum Valley 3030m
Day 10 : Trek to Nile in Tsum Valley 3360m
Day 11 : Trek to Mu Gompa in Tsum Valley 3700m
Day 12 : Trek to Rachen in Tsum Valley, 3240m
Day 13 : Trek to Chumling in Tsum Valley, 2386m
Day 14 : Trek to Deng, 1860m
Day 15 : Trek to Namrung, 2540m
Day 16 : Trek to Lho, 3200m,7-8 hrs
Day 17 : Trek to Sama Gaon, 3541m, 5-6
Day 18 : Trek to Samdo, 3872m, 4-5 hrs
Day 19 : Acclimatisation day at Samdo
Day 20 : Trek to Larke Phedi, 4500m, 4-5 hrs
Day 21 : Cross Larkya La Pass, 5215m, and decend to Bhimphedi, 3590m, 8-9 Hours
Day 22 : Trek to Tilje, 3900m, 5-6 hrs
Day 23 : Trek to Jagat, 1300m, 5-6 hrs
Day 24 : Trek to Bhulbule, 1314m, 6hrs
Day 25 : Drive to Kathmandu, 1300m, 7-8 hrs
Day 26 : Depart Kathmandu
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|10 May, 2018||04 June, 2018||USD 2000 per person||Available||Book Now|
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|04 October, 2018||29 October, 2018||USD 2000 per person||Available||Book Now|
|12 October, 2018||06 November, 2018||USD 2000 per person||Available||Book Now|
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The Tsum Valley, located east of Philim near the Tibetan border is as isolated and untouched as any in Nepal, first opened to foreign trekkers in 2008, home to a small indigenous group known as Tsumbas, and surrounded by mountains that include Himalchuli to the west and the Ganesh Himal to the south.
Why do the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley with Annapurna Foothills Treks?
When trekking into extremely remote regions, it is important to have trek with an experienced company. Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.
The Best Time of Year for the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley
The best seasons for Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trekking are Spring (February to late April) and Autumn (late September to late November).
Temperatures on the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley
The temperatures at night will drop to around 5 C, and during the day will climb to around 25 C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 C to 20 C. You should be prepared with proper protection from the sun as well as layers of clothing that can be added or taken off easily.
Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Accommodation
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions. Accommodation is included in the cost of your package and Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
On the Manaslu Circuit there are simple but cozy tea houses. Although it some companies run camping trips, the guesthouses are appreciative of your business, and their warm welcome will certainly be a special part of you trip. The Tsum Valley does not recieve enough visitors to warrant guest houses, but 'home stays' are available, and again, a great way to experience the rich culture of the Tsumba's.
Drinking Water on the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley
You will be provided with boiled water during the trek. While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. As additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.
Fitness/Health on the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley
The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. Please read Altitude Advice.
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority;your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives.Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.
Destination : Nepal
Duration : 26 Days
Price : US $2000 p/p
Trip Grade : Challenging
Group Size:2-12 persons
Starting / Ending:Kathmandu
Hotel in Kathmandu:3 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)
Accommodation during trek:local lodges 22 nights (22 breakfasts, 22 lunches, 22 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included
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Our 14 day Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp trek, guided by Tashi was an outstanding experience. We enjoyed his local knowledge while making the trip a joy. From the trip's booking to departure from Nepal, all aspects of the trip were carefully organized and well executed-something we appreciated very…Kathy