Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek are probably some of the most adventurous treks in the Himalayas that offer a lifetime trekking experience. If you are an adventure fanatic, who seeks challenges and less crowded trails yet loves to be down to Earth and escape in nature, then Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek is the best option for you. Trekking in the Manaslu region opened in 1991, whereas Tsum Valley was opened in 2008 for foreign travelers. Closed for decades, these two regions have well-preserved and protected the unspoiled vegetation, ancient Buddhist culture, and exotic wildlife.
Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trekking follow a spectacular terrain that gradually ascends towards the hidden Tsum Valley to a place called Nup Ri. The locals here are the descendants of Tibetans and are believed to settle in the 16th century. Their language, culture, dress, and customs resemble Tibetans. The mountain scenery from Nup Ri is nothing less than heaven that you will not find anywhere else in the world. It's ironic how trekking in Tsum Valley makes you feel very close to home that never existed yet located far away from the modern world in the middle of nowhere.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek explores the 8th highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu. You will be exploring beautiful remote villages like Chhekampar, Nile, Dumje, Lokpa, Lho, Sama Gaun, Tilje, and many others. Along the trail, you will come across Piren Phu Cave, Mu Gompa (1895 AD), Dephyudonma Gumba, Rachen Gumba, Dzongkha Dzong, Pungyen Gompa, and many other ancient monasteries. The trail leads you to Manaslu Base Camp and crosses the challenging Larkya La Pass (5,160 m).
Not many people have done Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek because of the extreme isolation of the region, strenuous route, and bare minimum facilities. Get to explore the unspoiled beauty of the region, pass by gorgeous waterfalls, and green meadows, and witness panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains like Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Himlung Himal (7,140 m), Mt. Kang Guru (6,981 m), Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), etc. To know more about the Manaslu Circuit via Tsum Valley Trek package or Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek costs, get in touch with us anytime. Mt. Manaslu (8,163m) is included in the list of the Top 10 Highest Mountains in the World secured as the 8th highest position on the earth, the Japanese Team had successfully climbed first time in 1956.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary:
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary takes off with a long drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat Bazar. The trail from Soti Khola ascends to Rumchet through Kashi Gaun. Following a downhill trail, reach Tatopani, where you will take a small break to enjoy a natural hot spring and move towards Dobhan. The trail then gradually ascends through lush forests, ravines, and villages like Philim and Chumling before taking you to Chhe Kampar.
On the way from here comes the famous Milarepa Piren Phu cave. You will reach Chule-Nile and trek towards Mu Gumba, the biggest monastery in Tsum Valley established in 1895 AD. You will also get to visit Dephyudonma Gumba before leaving for Rachen Gompa. Further, the trail goes through the scattered settlement of Dumje and continues to Lokpa crossing Ripchet. Slowly walk by Deng, Ghap, and Lho villages to reach Sama Gaon, where you will take a rest day for acclimatization. You can hike to Manaslu Base Camp.
Enjoy breath-taking mountain sceneries, the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary towards Samdo, and eventually reach Larkya Phedi. From here, the trail follows a steep and rugged uphill route to the top of the Larkya La Pass and descends to Bimtang. Following a stream, trek through a dense bamboo forest to reach Tilje and drop down to Dharapani, from where you will drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar.
Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek Difficulty:
Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trekking is a strenuous trek. This trek is not for beginner trekkers as the terrain is extremely steep and rugged. There are numerous ascends and descends throughout the route with the crossing of ravines, dense forests, sloped paths, and a pass. You got to be strong physically and mentally to join this trek. Mentally, the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking Itinerary explores a very remote part of the western Himalayas where only a handful of travelers visit every year.
The route is not developed with tourist infrastructure, and the services are limited. Before the beginning of the trek, you have to prepare, and that's by exercising and going on short hikes. It is very important to have constant stamina and endurance to survive the journey. With our support team and expertise, you will be able to smoothly complete this adventurous trek without any problem.
Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek Best Time:
The best time to do Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trekking is from March to April (spring) and October to November (autumn). The temperature reaches up to 24 °C in the daytime and -4 °C during the night in spring. The views are clear and stunning, with blooming trails. In autumn, the temperature varies from 25 °C to -6 °C. Again, the weather is stable, and the climate is moderate as well in autumn too. The days begin to see a hint of coldness in the air. You can be part of the biggest festivals if you trek in autumn. It's a festive season in Nepal.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Permit:
First thing, the Manaslu region is a restricted area, which means you have to get special permission from the government of Nepal to trek in this part of the country. Along with that, there are certain rules that trekkers must have to follow to trek. As a foreign trekker, you have to trek with a local travel agency with at least two trekkers in the group (not including the guide/porters). Likewise, you cannot get your Nepal Trekking Permits through an independent guide.
Manaslu Circuit Trek Permits:
September to November: USD 100 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 15 per person per day from the eighth day onwards
December to August: USD 75 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards
Tsum Valley Trek Permits:
- September to November: USD 40 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 7 per person per day from the eighth day onwards
- December to August: USD 30 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 7 per person per day from the eighth day onwards
Besides that, you also have to take out the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit. All of these permits can be obtained in Kathmandu, which is done by your trekking agency.
- Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit for foreigners – NRP 3,000
- Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) permit for SAARC countries – NRP 1,000
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit for foreigners – NRP 3,000
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit for SAARC countries – NRP 1,000
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Accommodation:
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is a teahouse trek. You can find teahouses in all the villages to stay overnight. Teahouse here is basic, good enough to spend the night. Single rooms are usually not available and can get costly in comparison to twin-shared rooms. The washroom is mostly common. You might get a private washroom in the lower elevation. Camping is another great option to enjoy Manaslu Circuit via Tsum Valley Trek to its fullest. We offer full support, including trained crew members if you wish to do a camping trek. All of our gear and tents are high-quality and tested.