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Manaslu and Tsum Valley

Manaslu and Tsum Valley

10 Fact about Trekking in Mt. Manaslu Region !

Would you like to go for trekking in the Manaslu region in the Himalayas for your upcoming adventure? The name Manaslu is derived from the Sanskrit word Manasa and is translated as “Mountain of the Spirit”. Set in the northern Himalayan range in the Gorkha District of Nepal, Manaslu is a serrated “wall of snow and ice hanging in the sky”. If you would like to experience both extremes of the trekking in Nepal and willing to see the most breath-taking scenery of mountain on earth, then make a mind to trek in the Manaslu region. Manaslu offers a unique opportunity to experience a reasonably “untouched” region of Nepal. Here are listed 10 facts about trekking in the Manaslu region.

1.       Mt. Manaslu (8,156m), the eight highest mountains in the world, has been opened for travelers in 1992. It is about forty miles east of Annapurna. The mountain’s long ridges and valley glaciers offer feasible approaches from all directions, and it culminates in a peak that towers steeply above its surrounding landscape, and is a dominant feature when seen from afar. Important peaks surrounding Manaslu include Ngadi Chuli, Himalchuli and Baudha.

2.       Manaslu trekking is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. The trekking in the region is well-known and well-loved as it offer the perfect views of mountains, combination of rich cultural heritage, genuine adventure, incomparable beauty and biological diversity.

3.       With Mt. Manaslu, the Manaslu Circuit trek, the Tsum Valley, Nubri trek and the Manakamana Temple, Manaslu region has a lot to offer. The Manaslu trek begins either in the town of Arughat Bazaar or Gorkha Bazaar and ends in Besisahar, which is also the starting point for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

4.       Manaslu Region sees few trekkers, which makes a visit here more exclusive and unspoiled. The Manaslu Circuit has recently become a teahouse trek, opening up the misty wood-shingled villages of the Nupri Valley. But hikers are free to explore the many other trails being forged now. Part of the trek falls beyond the Himalayan range, in a valley called Tsum.

5.       It will be a beautiful trek, with spectacular views of the Manaslu and going through authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style villages. It will be a walking through green countryside, and passing small Hindu villages. Heading northwards, the valley opens up to reveal delightful alpine meadows and small Tibetan-style villages which cluster beneath Manaslu’s sweeping North Face.

6.       Trekking in the Manaslu Region further includes a culturally enchanting homestay experience with the Tamangs, the original horse traders of Nepal. The adventurous can venture higher for a ‘walk in the clouds’ above Tiru Danda, from where gorgeous views stretch from the Annapurnas to Ganesh Himal.

7.       Manaslu was first climbed on May 9, 1956 by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition. It is said that “just as the British consider Everest their mountain, Manaslu has always been a Japanese mountain”.

8.       The trekking route is through mountains prone to the consequences of monsoon rainfall, landslides and land falls. Encounters with passing yaks, and hypothermia and altitude sickness, are common. Trekking to Manaslu is thus a test of endurance.

9.       The Tsum Valley Trek in the region has beautiful views of the four 7000m peaks of the Ganesh massif, and visitors can experience the distinct Tibetan-influenced culture of the Tsumba people.

10.    The Tibetans of the upper Budi Gandaki, a region known as Nupri, are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants. Their speech, dress and customs are almost exclusively Tibetan. The mountain views in Nupri are sensational and the Larke pass (5,213m) is a dramatic Himalayan pass to cross.



Tsum Valley Trek

 Tsum Valley Trek takes the visitors to the hidden valley of Tsum meaning “vivid” home to the direct descendant Tibetan people known as Tsumbas, the Tsum Valley is located to the east of Manaslu, on the border with Tibet. This isolated hidden Shangri-La is just opened to trekkers in 2008. It remains relatively untouched, with ancient villages and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries waiting to be explored. Each day you will walk between 5–8 hours, with the high point of the trek being 4,000m above the largest of the monasteries in the valley, Mu Gompa. You will be accommodated in lodges and traditional ‘home stays’ on this trek, rather than in tents. As the Tsum Valley is much undeveloped but with its unique culture and most hospitable people offers us friendly welcome in traditional way to their home can be somewhat rudimentary and you can expect to eat similar food to the locals (Dal Bhat, Chapatis, noodle soup). If you are not prepared to ´rough it´ a little bit, then this trek is probably not the one for you!

Tsum Valley Trekking Permit is rock bottom cheap comparatively to other restricted areas and even cheaper than its sister trekking trail Manaslu Trekking trail. Our ‘Tsum Valley Trekking Itinerary’ is provided only as guideline so we can personalize this program as per your needs that suits your time frame. This trip can be combined with Round Manaslu Trek.


Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Meet and greet at Kathmandu airport (TIA), transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Get permits, preparation or sightseeing in ancient old temples.

Day 03: Drive to Arughat from Kathmandu and stay there overnight.

Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (710m), approximately 4 hrs walk.

Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola (887m), approximately 6 hrs walk.

Day 06: Trek to Jagat (1345m) and approximately 6 hrs walk.

Day 07: Trek to Lakpa (2240m) and approximately 6 hrs walk.

Day 08: Trek to Chumling (2386m); approximately 4-5 hrs walk.

Day 09: Trek to Chhokangparo (3031m) and about 5 hrs walk.

Day 10: Trek to Nile (3347m) via Milarepa (Piren Phu Cave), 4-6 hours walk.

Day 11: Hike to Mu Gompa (3700 m), Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m).

Day 12: Trek to Chhekamparo via Rachen Gompa, (Nyigma-pa Buddhist sect.

Day 13: Trek to Gumpa Lungdang (3200m) approximately 6 hrs walk.

Day 14: Trek to Lokpa, approximately 6-7 hrs. walk via Ripchet.

Day 15: Trek to Jagat, approximately 6-7 hrs walk.

Day 16: Trek to Lapubesi, approximately 5-6 hrs walk.

Day 17: Trek to Arughat, approximately 6-7 hrs walk.

Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu/Pokhara  from Arughat, 7-8 hrs drive.

Day 19-20:  Visit Lumbini/Chitwan National Park or Bandipur-Kathmandu

Day21: Departure from Kathmandu to home country.

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Round trip:   20 nights 21 days  with out Tsum Valley Trek and Rupinala Pass ?


Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel:

Day 02: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley:

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar:

Day 04: Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola:

Day 05: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola:

Day 06: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat:

Day 07: Trek from Jagat to Deng:

Day 08: Trek Deng to Namrung:

Day 09: Trek Namrung to Sama gaon:

Day 10: Rest at Sama Gaon for Acclimatization:

Day 11: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo:

Day 12: Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi:

Day 13: Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La (Pass) to Bimthang:

Day 14: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani:

Day 15: Trek from Dharapani to Jagat:

Day 16: Trek from Jagat to Bhulbhule:

Day 17: Drive from Bhulbhule to Kathmandu/Pokhara

Day18: Free and rest day in Pokhara/Kathmandu

Day 19 and 20: visit Lumbini/Chitwan eitehr Gorkha or Bandipur-Kathmandu

Day 21: Final departure

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Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu /Pokhara  and transfer back to the hotel.

Day 19-20: Visit  Lumbini/Chitwan National park or   Bandipur  Over night halt and back to Kathmandu

Day 21:  Final Departure

Trip Note:

This trip can be personalized as per your requirements that meet your time frame. The trip price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size so please kindly provide us your details for tailor made program.


Trekking permit  fees rates

Tsum Valley 

September-November USD 35.00 per person for the first 8 days.

December-August USD 25.00 per person for the first 8 days

Manaslu Trek

from september to November per person per week $70 usd after 7 days per person per day $10 usd, from dec
ember to August per person per week $50 usd.
This permit of the manaslu only issuded by the government register trekking agency in nepal.

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The following basic checklist should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing and equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trekking bag, should weigh no more than 15 kilograms (33 pounds.) Please remember this is just a checklist and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.

  1. Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  2. Fleece jacket or pullover
  3. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  4. Waterproof shell jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
  5. Lightweight thermal gloves
  6. Underwear (4)
  7. Shorts (2)
  8. Lightweight cotton long trouser/pants
  9. Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  10. Sun hat or scarf
  11. Warm fleece hat or light balaclava
  12. T-shirts (2)
  13. Thin, lightweight (inner socks) (4)  
  14. Sunglasses with UV protection
  15. Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees (3/4 season)
  16. Head lamp (eg  Petzl) spare bulbs & batteries
  17. Small padlock to lock trek bag
  18. Basic First Aid Kit (see First Aid Medicine below)
  19. Plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  20. Daypack (35-40 litres/2500-3000 cubic inches)
  21. Camping mattress, eg  thermarest pad
  22. Water bottles (2)
  23. Toiletries
  24. Small wash towel
  25. Footwear appropriate to the trip
  26. Waterproof shell trousers/pants (preferably breathable fabric)


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Trip Facts

Country: Nepal

Highest Peak in the region:

Manaslu (8,156 m) 

Pass:  Larkya La (5,153 m)

Duration:  14-21 days

Grade: Easy-Adventurous

Best Time: Sep Nov and march-May

Group Size: 2+

 Accommodation: Camping /Lodge

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