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Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek - 22 Days

The Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek is a 22 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 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.

DaysItineraryAltitudeTime
Day 1Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive)700 m10 hr
Day 2Soti Khola to Maccha Khola930 m6 hr
Day 3Maccha Khola to Jagat1340 m7 hr
Day 4Jagat to Lokpa2240 m5 - 6 hr
Day 5Lokpa to Chumling2386 m6 hr
Day 6Chumling to Chekampar3031 m5 - 6 hr
Day 7Chekampar to Nile3361 m5 - 6 hr
Day 8Day Trip to Mu Gompa3361 m5 - 6 hr
Day 9Nile to Chekampar3031 m6 hr
Day 10Chekampar to Chumling2386 m6 - 7 hr
Day 11Chumling to Deng1860 m7 hr
Day 12Deng to Namrung2630 m8 - 9 hr
Day 13Namrung to Lho3157 m4 hr
Day 14Lho to Sama Gaun3530 m4 hr
Day 15Acclimatization Day in Sama Gaun3530 m7 hr
Day 16Sama Gaun to Samdo3865 m4 hr
Day 17Acclimatization Day in Samdo3865 m4 hr
Day 18Samdo to Dharmasala4460 m4 hr
Day 19Dharmasala to Bimthang3590 m9 - 10 hr
Day 20Bimthang to Tilije2300 m6 hr
Day 21Tilije to Tal1669 m4 hr
Day 22Tal to Kathmandu (Drive)760 m9 hr

Included

  • Local transfers for your international flight x 2 (arrival/ departure)
  • Manaslu & Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and Restricted Area Permits
  • Kathmandu to Soti Khola (starting point of the trek) by private jeep
  • Tal (ending point of the trek) to Kathmandu by private jeep
  • Guide for 22 days
  • Porter for 22 days
  • 3 nights accommodation in a Kathmandu hotel (Hotel Holy Himalaya or similar)
  • 21 night accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • 22 x breakfast, 22 x lunch and 21 x dinner while on trek
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Staff insurance and necessary ground transport for support staff

Excluded

  • International flight ticket and Nepal Entry Visa
  • Personal travel insurance (Which should include coverage for trekking)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, except the farewell dinner
  • Personal gear for trekking (Including any you may wish to hire in Kathmandu), any personal expenses (i.e. soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks etc.)
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FAQs

Is it safe to drink the water in Manaslu?

No. You cannot drink the water from the tap or streams in Manaslu. Mineral water is available on the trail. It is expensive to buy (perhaps 10 times more than in Kathmandu). You can also use a water purifier or SteriPen.

Am I likely to get altitude sickness on my trek?

Be aware. Elevation on this trek will exceed 3,500m. The possibilities of getting altitude sickness generally start at this elevation. But in order to avoid this, as much as possible, we have designed the itinerary in such a way that it will give you enough time to acclimatize.

Am I at risk and how can I avoid altitude sickness?

There is no knowing who will suffer from altitude sickness. It does not follow that the younger and fitter people will not get altitude sickness where the older and less fit will. It is not related to (general) fitness or age. Talk to your doctor at home. There are prescription medications which help avoid the onset of altitude sickness. But above all, go slowly, listen to your body, be aware of any changes, and listen to your guide if he feels you are showing symptoms (which you might not notice).

What happens if there is need for emergency evacuation while I am trekking?

We will collect your travel insurance policies and details before the trek so that in case of an emergency we can coordinate with your insurance company and the helicopter providers for evacuation.

What about simple medical treatment on the trek?

First aid. On every trek we will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Here is a checklist recommended by Karen Anderson of things you should bring. Vaccinations are not compulsory in Nepal but to be on the safe side we recommend you comply, where possible, with this list provided by again by Karen Anderson (medical doctor in New Zealand and friend and client of Magical Nepal).

Do I need to buy travel insurance before I come to Nepal?

Yes. Magical Nepal only provides insurance for our own staff. We recommend you buy insurance in your country. Note: Insurance should cover you for the altitudes you are trekking at (not all do). We recommend World Nomads.

Will I need to bring my own sleeping bag or not?

Yes, bring your own or you can rent it or buy it in Kathmandu. Renting a sleeping bag in Kathmandu will cost you $1 or $2 per day. To buy a new sleeping bag in Kathmandu expect to pay around $150 to $200 for one of medium quality.

Will I need to use crampons on this trek?

No. The trails are well marked. Unless you go in mid-winter you will not need crampons. Instead of crampons, carry micro spikes which are not technical, lightweight to carry, cheaper and fit any shoe size.

What happens if I forget to bring something with me from home?

If you forget something it might be extremely hard to find here. Please check here for an exhaustive packing list for (general) trekking in Nepal. If you are not a frequent hiker, you can rent most of the trekking gear in Nepal when you arrive.

Will we be using tents and mattresses on the trek?

No. There are teahouses along the trek. We will not need tents or mattresses.

Where can I leave stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

Anything you don’t want to take on the trek with you can be stored at your hotel or in our office. We suggest you ensure your bag is lockable.

Who will be my guide?

We use local guides. On each trek our guides have been to the relevant areas numerous times. All are experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and authorized licensed guides with the Government of Nepal.

Will I need a porter for my trek?

Preferable. If you use a porter it has double benefit: you can fully enjoy your trek without carrying a heavy bag, and its improves the income of the local community.

How much can a porter carry?

20kg. On average a porter can carry 20kg including their own backpack. So, they can carry up to 16kg of your gear and equipment. We provide backpacks for porters.

Are your staff insured in case of accidents etc.?

Yes. At Magical Nepal we make sure all our staff are well insured.

I hear incidents when porters do not have proper shoes etc. Is this true?

At Magical Nepal we ensure all our guides and porters have proper gear, are well equipped and protected. This is for their own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our clients.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

You can send your inquiry via the form below.

Trip Facts

  • 5167 m
  • Arughat/Beshi Sahar
  • Demanding