|Starts at: Maccha Khola||Ends at: Dharapani|
|Trek Region: Manaslu||Transport: Public Bus|
|Duration: 20 Days||Trip Grade: Challenging|
|Max Altitude: 5167 m / 16752 ft (Larkya Pass)||Accommodation: Teahouse / Homestay|
Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek Highlights
- Explore the less explored and hidden valleys of the Manaslu region
- Walk to the Tibetan border on the northern side of the Manaslu region
- Visit the antique monasteries, chortens, and gompas in the region
- Witness the wide-angle display of Mt. Manaslu, Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal, & Larkye Peak
- Navigate the novel trek routes to the typical Tsum Valley
The Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek is a 20-day tea house trek taking hikers up close to the eighth highest mountain in the world – Mount Manaslu at 8,163m, and through the hidden valley of Tsum.
Having only opened in the early 1990’s (and the Tsum Valley section much later) this has the feel of an exploratory trek, far off the beaten trail and far from crowds of trekkers.
With average day lengths of 7 hours, it is a demanding trek and a high level of fitness is required to fully enjoy the adventure.
On the Tsum Valley section of the trek, altitudes are over 3,000m and trekkers do have to cross the Larkya La at 5,160m, often through snow and ice, and sometimes fixed ropes may be necessary.
The trek itself takes in thundering waterfalls and rivers; challenging rocky trails clinging to cliff faces; Gurung villages with rice and millet terraces; long and mentally challenging suspension bridges; mani walls, chortens, and other Buddhist shrines, particularly on the Tsum Valley section.
Known as a hidden valley, the people, culture and landscape of the Tsum Valley is closely related to that of Tibet.
In fact the trek goes very close to the Tibetan border. On this part of the trek, there is an opportunity to meet Buddhist monks and nuns and visit Milarepa’s Cave.
And do look out for the beautiful mountain birds such as the Lophophorus, which is the national bird of Nepal.
As far as mountain views go, there are stunning views of Mount Manaslu, and the Himalayan ranges of Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Ganesh Himal, and Larkye Peak.
From Larkya La there are spectacular views of icefalls and frozen lakes, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru, and the massive Annapurna II.
This is a trek for those who would love to experience changing landscapes and different cultures over the course of one trip. Stamina is required, but this is rewarded by stunning views of snow-capped mountains and a unique experience.
Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Kathmandu to Macha Khola (Drive)
Maccha Khola – 930 m / 3,051 ft -19 hrs
Day 2: Maccha Khola to Jagat
Jagat – 1340 m /4396 ft – 6 hrs
Day 3: Jagat to Lokpa
Lokpa – 2240 m / 7349 ft – 5 hrs
Day 4: Lokpa to Chumling
Chumling – 2386 m / 7828 ft – 5 hrs
Day 5: Chumling to Chekampar
Chekampar – 3031 m / 9944 ft – 6 hrs
Day 6: Chekampar to Nile
Nile – 3361 m / 11026 ft – 6 hrs
Day 7: Day Trip to Mu Gompa
Nile – 3700 m / 12139 ft – 6 hrs
Day 8: Nile to Chekampar
Chekampar – 3031 m / 9944 ft – 5 hrs
Day 9: Chekampar to Chumling
Chumling – 2386 m / 7828 ft – 5 hrs
Day 10: Chumling to Deng
Deng – 1860 m / 6102 ft – 6 hrs
Day 11: Deng to Namrung
Namrung – 2630 m / 8628 ft – 6 hrs
Day 12: Namrung to Lho
Lho – 2957 m / 9701 ft – 4 hrs
Day 13: Lho to Sama Gaun
Sama Gaun – 3530 m / 11581 ft – 4 hrs
Day 14: Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa)
Sama Gaun – 4400m / 14435 ft – 7 hrs
Day 15: Sama Gaun to Samdo
Samdo – 3865 m / 12680 ft – 3 hrs
Day 16: Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Tibet Border)
Samdo – 5000 m / 16404 ft – 8 hrs
Day 17: Samdo to Dharmasala
Dharmasala – 4460 m / 14632 ft – 4 hrs
Day 18: Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya Pass
Bimthang – 3590 m / 11778 ft – 10 hrs
Day 19: Bimthang to Dharapani
Dharapani – 1970 m / 6463 ft – 7 hrs
Day 20: Dharapani to Kathmandu (Drive)
Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 10 hrs
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- 20 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
- Guide for 20 days
- Kathmandu Soti Khola, Dharapani Kathmandu local bus
- Manaslu and Annapurna conservation area permit
- Restricted area permits
- 20 x breakfast, 20 x lunch and 19 x dinner while on the trek
- One Porter for 21 days USD 483 (Optional)
- Private Jeep USD 440 (Optional)
The checklist gives you an idea of trekking equipment and clothing needed for the Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek.
Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek Map
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