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Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek - 22 Days

Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek
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Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek Highlights

  • You will explore the less explored and hidden valleys of the Manaslu region.
  • This trek will take you to the Tibetan border on the northern side of the Manaslu region.
  • The trek introduces you to the antique monasteries, chortens, and gompas in the region.
  • You will witness the wide-angle display of Mt. Manaslu, Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Ganesh Himal, and Larkye Peak.
  • You will navigate the novel trek routes to the typical Tsum Valley.

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.

Days Itinerary Altitude Time
Day 1 Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive) 700 m 10 hr
Day 2 Soti Khola to Maccha Khola 930 m 6 hr
Day 3 Maccha Khola to Jagat 1340 m 7 hr
Day 4 Jagat to Lokpa 2240 m 5 - 6 hr
Day 5 Lokpa to Chumling 2386 m 6 hr
Day 6 Chumling to Chekampar 3031 m 5 - 6 hr
Day 7 Chekampar to Nile 3361 m 5 - 6 hr
Day 8 Day Trip to Mu Gompa 3361 m 5 - 6 hr
Day 9 Nile to Chekampar 3031 m 6 hr
Day 10 Chekampar to Chumling 2386 m 6 - 7 hr
Day 11 Chumling to Deng 1860 m 7 hr
Day 12 Deng to Namrung 2630 m 8 - 9 hr
Day 13 Namrung to Lho 3157 m 4 hr
Day 14 Lho to Sama Gaun 3530 m 4 hr
Day 15 Acclimatization Day in Sama Gaun 3530 m 7 hr
Day 16 Sama Gaun to Samdo 3865 m 4 hr
Day 17 Acclimatization Day in Samdo 3865 m 4 hr
Day 18 Samdo to Dharmasala 4460 m 4 hr
Day 19 Dharmasala to Bimthang 3590 m 9 - 10 hr
Day 20 Bimthang to Tilije 2300 m 6 hr
Day 21 Tilije to Tal 1669 m 4 hr
Day 22 Tal to Kathmandu (Drive) 760 m 9 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.

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Trip Facts

  • 5167 m
  • Arughat/Beshi Sahar
  • Demanding

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