The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek follows the ancient salt trade route through Nepal to Tibet.This 24-day itinerary offers the best of two worlds: the Tsum Valley trek plus the Manaslu Circuit. Remote, spectacular, uncrowded and dotted with interesting cultural sites—there’s a good reason why this is often considered one of the best treks in Nepal.
Mount Manaslu, at 8156m, is the eighth highest mountain in the world. Very few tourists visit this area–around a tenth of the number of Nepal’s most popular treks! Therefore, this is a wonderful place to head for a wilderness trek amid some of the tallest peaks in the world.
The Tsum Valley branches of the main Manaslu Circuit Trek. It has only been open to trekkers for a handful of years. This gives you an idea of how uncrowded and untouched the area is.
The Manaslu/Tsum areas are of religious significance, too. As you trek higher in altitude, you’ll increasingly come across symbols of Tibetan Buddhism, such as carved mani stone walls (inscribed with mantras) and chortens/stupas. A legendary Buddhist sage, Yogi ChyuchinMilarapa, is believed to have meditated in one of the caves in this area. You can even find his footprint in a monastery in the Tsum Valley.
Another plus of the ManasluTsum Valley Trek is that the trailhead is much closer to Kathmandu than other major treks in Nepal (such as Everest Base Camp or the Annapurna Circuit/Base Camp treks). This means less time traveling, more time enjoying nature.
Like most treks in Nepal, the ManasluTsum Valley Trek starts by passing through terraced villages and subtropical jungle gradually climbs up to alpine meadows and pastures and culminates in a 5000-meter-plus mountain pass.
The trail follows the deep Budi Gandaki River gorge, with its many exciting suspension bridge crossings—a classic Nepal trekking experience! It then passes Aarughat, SotiKhola, MachhaKhola, Jagat, and Phillim. Next, it enters the higher lands inhabited by people of Tibetan origin.
The Tsum Valley branches off from the main trail after Phillim, and extends all the way up to the Tibetan border. The valley is enclosed by the Ganesh Himal Range, BoudhaHimal and ShringiHimal, so offers a stunning mountain panorama. There are a number of beautiful and important monasteries in the Tsum Valley to visit.
The main trail after Phillim passes through pine forests, pastures and the villages of Deng, Namrung, Lho, and Sama Goan. It finally reaches Samdu, the last settlement of the valley. SamaGaon is the biggest settlement, from which side trips can be made to PungGyenGompa and Manaslu Base Camp.
The Larkya Pass is at the end of the valley and separates the Annapurna and Manaslu regions. Although a challenging hike to this altitude, there are dramatic views from the pass of Cheo Himal (6621m), HimlungHimal (7126m), Kang Guru (6981m), as well as the Annapurna Massif.
The pass is a great way to end the trek, as the ManasluTsum Valley Trek ends at Dharapani, only a day and half away from Larkya Pass.
Traditionally, this has been a camping trek. Since 2010, basic tea-houses and lodges have also appeared along the route of the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. We can arrange a camping or tea-house trek, as to your preference.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek short itineraries:
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1338 meters).
Day 2: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
Day 3: Drive to Sotikhola (530 meters).
Day 4: Trek to Machha Khola (930 meters).
Day 5: Trek to Jagat. (1120 meters)
Day 6: Trek to Lokpa (2240 meters).
Day 7: Trek to Chumling (2368 meters).
Day 8: Trek to Chhokangparo. (3010 meters)
Day 9: Trek to Mu Gompa. (3700 meters)
Day 10: Trek to Chhokangparo. (3010 meters)
Day 11: Trek to Gomba Lungdang. (3200 meters)
Day 12: Trek to Lokpa. (2240 meters)
Day 13: Trek to Deng. (1860 meters)
Day 14: Trek to Namrung. (2630 meters)
Day 15: Trek to Lho. (3180 meters)
Day 16: Trek to Sama Gaon. (3525 meters)
Day 17: Acclimatization day at Sama Gaon.
Day 18: Trek to Samdo. (3860 meters)
Day 19: Trek to Dharmasala. (4460 meters)
Day 20: Cross Larke La (5106 meters) and trek to Bhimthang. (3610 meters)
Day 21: Trek to Tilche. (2300 meters)
Day 22: Trek to Dharapani and drive back to Kathmandu via Besisahar. (760 meters)
Day 23: Free day at Kathmandu.
Day 24: Departure.
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|Visit Himalaya Treks has always been keen on safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG. You must bring the following items:|
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