Tsum valley and Manaslu Trek 21 Days

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Trip Facts

  • Duration 21 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation Private Vehicle, Public Jeep/ Van and Bus
  • Activity Cultural City Tour, Trekking/hiking
  • Best Season March- May and Sept- Dec
  • Group Size Mini 2, Max 16 People
  • Trip Start/End Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude 5160m/16, 924 ft

Highlights

  • A long and scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
  • Budi Gandaki River valley and magnificent gorge
  • Sub-tropical forest of saal and pine trees
  • Sacred Tsum valley and dramatic landscape
  • Magnificent Himalayan views- Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal
  • Ancient monasteries such as Mu Gompa
  • Tibetan Buddhist culture and the border region
  • Round Manaslu Route and diversity of Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Typical and remarkable villages such as Sama Gaon
  • Ethnic and indigenous hospitality
  • Jaw dropping Himalayan pass of Larke La (5160 meters)
  • Majestic view of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himalayas, and Annapurna
  • The scenery of Marshyangdi River valley touches the Annapurna Circuit Trail

Tsum valley and Manaslu Trek Overview

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek- 21 Days is an exciting journey with a great combination of two restricted regions of the Tsum valley and Manaslu Circuit Trail. The three weeks journey requires special trekking permits. Beginning the trek from the lower part of the Manaslu region takes you to the hidden gem of Tsum valley, which is a sacred and typical valley. You get an opportunity to witness the nomadic lifestyles and Tibetan Buddhist cultural sites near the Tibetan border. Connecting to the Manaslu trail, it leads you through the pleasant alpine landscape of the Manaslu Conservation Area Project. The most challenging section of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is the Larke-La Pass (5160 meters), which connects the Budi Gandaki River valley to the Marshyangdi River valley. The Larke La pass consists of the glacial moraines and offers the gigantic Himalayan peak of Mt. Manaslu (8156 meters), Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal, and Annapurna peaks.

ground transportation is used for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Treks, which can be bus/jeep according to the group size and includes about 8 hours drive in starting and after the trek ends. Three different permits are required for Tsum Valley, Manaslu, and Annapurna region, and the former two permits are for the restricted area trekking. As the trek is physically demanding in the alpine region, acclimatization is an essential part of the Tsum Valley and the Manaslu Journey. Basic lodge accommodations are available on the route, which also offers hygienic meals.

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trip is an adventurous and remarkable journey in the northwest region of Nepal. The trek mainly covers two distinct regions- the Tsum valley and the Manaslu region. Both lie in the restricted zone, which opened in 1991 A.D for the trekking activities limiting the crowd. Both of the trekking destinations are magnificent that offer brilliant sceneries of the antique Tibetan Buddhist settlements and the breathtaking Himalayas.

Driving about 8-9 hours north mid-west from the Kathmandu valley, you reach Soti Khola, which navigates the excellent trail through the Manaslu region. After Walking for a few days, the trek leads towards Tsum valley via Philim. The path is pretty much rugged and goes through the rocky gorges, in the beginning, but The Upper Tsum valley is almost flat, which is exceptional with the brilliant landscape. Tsum valley is known as a sacred region where people don't sacrifice animals. Some of the houses do adopt a polyandry system. The ancient monasteries such as Mu Gompa resemble the entire terrain and follow a mesmerizing spiritual lifestyle.

Connecting the Tsum Valley trek with the Manaslu Trail again, the trail follows the Budi Gandaki River bed with a frequent up and downhill trek. It passes through charming villages like Jagat, Deng, Namrung, Samdo, and Sama Gaun. The typical lifestyles of the local people still follow the animal husbandry profession. The tree line eventually turns out into alpine meadows and a glacial zone. As you walk higher, there lack of oxygen level, which requires a steady walk and proper acclimatization.

Crossing the challenging Himalayan pass of Larke-La is jaw-dropping. The journey to cross the Larke Pass in Manaslu route begins early in the morning through the slope and continues ascending the route to the pass at 5160 meters. It is not only thrilling but also a highly rewarding pass with admirable summits, including Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Annapurna chain, Gangapurna, Lamjung Himalayas, and Cheo Himal. The steep descent takes you to Bhimthand and gradually the trail connects the Annapurna Circuit Trekking route.

Adventure Club Trek operates Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trekking tours with professional guides, porters, and accommodation. We manage the required permits and TIMS cards. Enjoy the journey through the delighting and less crowded route of Tsum valley and the Manaslu region, which is challenging enough that quenches your adventure thirst.

Itinerary

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Welcome to Nepal. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will receive you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After going through your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be driven to your respective hotel on Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle. After you take a rest for some time at the hotel suite, you will be called for an orientation session with your trekking guide over a welcome dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

After breakfast, our city guide will take you to the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Swayambhunath stupa, the famous Buddhist monkey temple is located on the hill from where you can get a picture of Kathmandu valley from a bird’s view. Pashupathinath temple, one of the most important pilgrimages for Hindus, is located in the eastern part of the city. Likewise, Buddhanath is the largest spherical stupas in Asia. You will also visit the Kathmandu Durbar Squire, a centuries-old royal palace, now turned into national museums, temples, and other buildings, with the finest architecture, fine cuts, and wood carvings. In the afternoon, we get our equipment checked by our Trekking leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast.
  • Max. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

We start our journey through the Highway quite early as we have a long drive to take after breakfast at the hotel. The highway is pretty much winding, but the views look dramatic. Weather permitting, the Ganesh Himal and Langtang range can be seen initially. We leave the Prithvi Highway after about 2.5 hours of driving and follow a countryside road. Some of the sections are even bumpy reaching Aarughat. We drive further to Soti Khola, where the trek usually begins. However, as the road has been extended to Machha Khola, we drive there and get off. Wow, we are at the gateway of our trekking. Overnight in Machha Khola.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude700m/2952ft

A yummy breakfast offers a good impression of the first day of trekking. Stretching our tired legs, we leave Machha Khola heading along the river, and crossing the bridge at Khorlabesi. Crossing a landslide terrain, we reach Tatopani. It's a place where you can get a natural hot spring, which is regarded as a natural medication for skin diseases. Then we walk all the way to Dovan and stop for the lunch. The delighting view of the waterfalls stuns us. The journey further is through the wide valley of Yaruphant and in about three hours, we reach Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1340m/4395ft

Heading from Jagat after having breakfast, we cross various bridges and enjoy cascading waterfalls. First, we pass Salleri and then Sirdibas. Heading further, we cross the suspension bridge and reach Philim, which is a Gurung village. Having lunch, we can enjoy the view of Sringi Himal and explore the Chhyoling Sandu Gumba. Crossing the checkpoint of MCAP, we walk through the fields and forest and reach Eklai Bhatti. A short walk from here, we reach Chisopani. Overnight in Chasopani.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1660m/5,445ft

We begin the hike today having breakfast at Chisopani, we leave the main Manaslu Circuit trail and reach Lokpa. We move steadily and cross a stream that escorts us to the Sarto gorge. Yet, we have a continual uphill climb through the rock-falling zone all the way to Chumling. We can already feel the chilling mountain fresh air coming from the Himalayas. Overnight in Chumling.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,386m/7,827ft

We have breakfast at Chumling and proceed ahead through the picturesque Domje valley. We visit a monastery on the way and have lunch at Domje. The spectacular view of Himalchuli and Buddha Himal entices us. Then we have one of the most challenging sections of this trek, which is physically demanding. The final ascent through the landslide zone through the narrow path is something jaw-dropping and we reach Chhokang Paro. We are in the upper part of the Upper Tsum Valley. One of the hidden facts in this region is, that some of the families still do have a polyandry system. Reaching a bit early, we can explore Galdang Gumba. Overnight in Chokhangparo.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,010m/9,903ft

The trial is relatively easier than the previous day, which was pretty much demanding. Having breakfast at Chhokaang Paro, we commence through the fields and also the village with a set of about a 10 km trail. During the hike, we explore the Milarepa cave, aka Phiren Phu, built into the rock face. It exhibits several Buddhist shrines and rich paintings. On the way from the cave to the Nile, we can see the fluttering Buddhist prayer flags and the crown of the Himalayas adjoin along the trek. Overnight in the Nile.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,361m/11,058ft

About eight kilometers distance from the Nile to Mu Gompa takes about three hours walk. The refreshing breeze of the mountain in the morning adjoins the trip as we begin the trek from the Nile after having breakfast. We pass the Mani walls on the way and walk continuously to Mu Gompa, which is located at 3700 meters altitude. It is also the border region to Tibet. Reaching early, we take a day trip around the beautiful monasteries such as Rikang Gumba, Dhephu Doma, and Nunnery Gumba. Accommodation is available at Mu Gompa. Overnight in Mu Gompa.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3,700m/12,174ft

We have breakfast at Mu Gompa with a cultural vibe and begin to hike downhill to the Nile. It continues through the steep downhill route to Rachen Gompa, Chhokang Paro. We stop for the lunch at Chhokang Paro. Then we walk steadily to Chumling. It's pretty much a long and tiresome along with a thrilling trek. We are on the way to reconnecting the Manaslu Circuit Trekking trail. Overnight in Chumling.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2,386m/7,827ft

First, we trek down through the rock-falling area and the gorge all the way to Lokpa. We have lunch at Lokpa nearby the bridge. Then we cross the new bridge and reconnect the Manaslu Circuit trail and reach Nyak. We follow the trail continuously to Pewa and to Deng. It is a Gurung village with Mani walls. You can enjoy the beautiful views of Sringi Himal and the surroundings. Overnight in Deng.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,860m/6100ft

After breakfast in Deng, we cross the bridge over the Budi Gandaki River and head towards the Rana village. Then we head through the forested land via Bihi Phedi. With an option on the route, we follow the alternative trail via Prok, which offers an impressive view of Sringi Himal. Then we climb to Ghap. Then the stone arch route goes through the dense forest and narrow gorge and eventually takes a last steep climb to the village of Namrung after heading about 20 km distance. Overnight in Narmung.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2900m/9512ft

Having a yummy breakfast at Namrung, we prepare to leave packing our stuff. The surroundings of the initial hike offer a scenario of the Nubri settlements. Local people are heavily influenced by the traditional way of Tibetan Buddhism. On the way, we pass the Mani walls and eventually enter the rhododendron forest. We gradually walk into the alpine zone and more impressive landscapes start to welcome us. We pass some of the settlements such as Lihi and Sho before reaching Lho. An outstanding view of the 7th tallest peak of the world- Mt. Manaslu heartily greets us. Overnight in Lho.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3180m/10430ft

We walk along the icy river towards the Shyala village exploring the enchanting Manaslu massif. We get an opportunity to visit the Robung monastery on the way. We do not have any rush today on the hike, so a gradual walk leads us to Sama Gaun, which is an impressive and historical place for the indigenous people living nearby with some impressive and antique monasteries. We take a rest and stroll around the locality. Overnight in Samagaon.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3500m/11480ft

Here the day came to acclimatize. The low level of oxygen in the air might affect the continuous walk in the Himalayas, for which acclimatization is a natural medication. Samagaun is a perfect destination to spend an exploration day. First, we hike to the Pungyen Gompa after having breakfast. It is an excellent monastery with cultural vibes and offers great scenery of the glacier. On the hike, we get an enticing view of Mt. Manaslu, Larke Peak, and Neike Peak. Exploration around Sama Gaun is equally impressive of the Tibetan Buddhist lifestyles, traditional garments, ritual books, and mani walls.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3500m/11480ft

Having breakfast at Samagaun, we embark on the hike venturing the Birendra Tal (if you hike to the Manaslu base camp the previous day, we skip it), which is dominated by the icy blue water. The jaw-dropping view of Mt. Manaslu (8156 meters) looks so dramatic. As we trek higher, the landscape of the surroundings changes from the tree line to the meadows. The chilling breeze from the Himalayas gets away once we enter the warm dining hall at Samdo. We are getting close to our most awaited day of crossing Larke La Pass. Overnight in Samdo.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3690m/12103ft

A beautiful at Samdo welcomes a yummy breakfast. Then we pack the stuff and commence our excursion. We have almost 8.5 km to climb up, which tentatively takes about 3 hours. However, we give enough time for adaptation to the thin air region that we can feel while climbing up. The path becomes slippery too during the snowfall time. The scenery of the pastureland around looks breathtaking. The technicality depends on the season you are trekking. Reaching early, we spend the rest of the day exploring around and acclimatizing. Overnight in Dharamshala.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude4450m/14596ft

We have almost 22 kilometers of distance to cover through the Himalayan pass today. Thus, we begin the trek with an early morning breakfast as we can anticipate the upcoming route. We will gain an elevation of 760 meters on reaching the top. We need to walk steadily to stay safe while walking in the thin air region with easy breathing. The rocky path and slippery terrain make the trek quite challenging, but with continual effort, we reach the rocky hill with prayer flags. It's the Larke-La Pass at 5160 meters altitude. The giant Himalayan peaks of Manaslu and Cheo Himal are seen at a closer point along with the Lamjung Himalayan range. We still need to make a long descent. The downhill route includes a massive slippery and rock-falling area. Wearing crampons gives a huge relief though. However, breathing becomes easy while descending. We make it all the way to Bumthang after a challenging High pass with the feel of real adventure. Overnight in Bhimtang.

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude3590m/11775ft

After a great achievement of crossing the technical Himalayan pass of Larke-La, the tired muscles prefer to take a rest till late in the morning. But we continue the downhill excursion after breakfast at Bumthang. The beautiful sunrise and the warmth it offers to shine the eye-catching vistas of the Himalayas, including Lamjung Himal, Mt. Manaslu, Himlung, and Cheo Himal. We move further descending through the forest, then meadows and the gorges. Steadily, we make our way to Tilje and take a rest. However, if we want to shorten our journey tomorrow, we extend the trek up to Dharapani, which is 2 hours more walk. Overnight in Tilje .

  • AccommodationGuesthouse/Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude2300m/7544ft

We begin our trek today early in the morning after having breakfast at Tilje. After a while, we pass Thonje and connect to the Annapurna Circuit Trekking trail from Dharapani. We need to show the permit. Oh, the walking is over now. We just get ready for a long drive hereafter- first the jaw-dropping off-road and find the pitch road through the Marshyangdi River valley. Later, we drive through the Prithvi Highway and follow the Trishuli River valley. We keep busy for about 12 hours, including 2 hours trek before we reach the hotel in Kathmandu. Later on, we celebrate the trip success at a restaurant with the team. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch and farewell Dinner.
  • Max. Altitude1,300m/4,264ft

Our Tsum Valley with Manaslu Trek ends here. A representative from the Adventure Club Trek will accompany you and see you off at Tribhuvan International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight to your home.

Note: If you still have a few days after the trekking schedule, you might be interested to experience other adventurous activities like jungle safariRafting,   Bungee jumping, and paragliding. You may contact the Adventure Club Trek for the arrangement.

  • MealsBreakfast.

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Trip Map

Tsum valley and Manaslu Trek 21 Days map

Cost Details

Price Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle. 
  • Standard twin sharing hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per the Itinerary 
  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse /guesthouse accommodation during the trek
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu including temples’ / monuments’ entrance fees and private vehicle
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Surface transfer to and from Kathmandu (Kathmandu – Sotikhola by Jeep, Tal – Kathmandu by jeep).
  • Government licensed, English speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Assistant trekking guides walk with the group to support as necessary.
  • Staff costs including their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff, including porters as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Manaslu and Tsum valley special trekking permits as well as Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fee.
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, and Manaslu Region Trekking map
  • Duffle bag for trekking 
  •  Exclusive Medical Kit Bag (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement.
  • All Government and Local taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days and US$125 for 90 days)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • International airfares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guides, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Date & Prices

     
Start DateStart: SaturdaySeptember 17, 2022End DateEnd: FridayOctober 07, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1599
Start DateStart: TuesdaySeptember 20, 2022End DateEnd: MondayOctober 10, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1599
Start DateStart: FridaySeptember 23, 2022End DateEnd: ThursdayOctober 13, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1599
Start DateStart: MondaySeptember 26, 2022End DateEnd: SundayOctober 16, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1599
Start DateStart: ThursdaySeptember 29, 2022End DateEnd: WednesdayOctober 19, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS $1599

The Published dates are guaranteed departures. If the scheduled dates are not suitable for you, we will be happy to create our trips to suit your needs. Let us know what kind of trip you are looking for, and our travel experts will help customize your dream destination.

Useful Info

Required Permits for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Government of Nepal has declared the Manaslu Region (between Jagat and Dharapani) a restricted area to control tourism in the region. That is to say, independent trekkers are not allowed in Manaslu and trekkers are subject to obtaining a special entry permit. It is mandatory to form a group of at least two trekkers accompanied by a local guide. Additionally, your permit must be processed through a registered agency. Freelance guides cannot issue the necessary permits for the Manaslu Circuit. Three different permits are required for the Manaslu trek, and an additional one for Tsum Valley, if your trekking package covers the valley as mentioned below

1. Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)

2. Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)

3. Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)

Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)

Manaslu trek permit is issued by the Department of Immigration. You need to get the permit in advance before you set off on the journey. This Manaslu trek permit is required from Jagat till you reach the village called Samagaun. The last checkpoint for RAP is in Sama Gaun. Once you cross the village you need another entry permit (ACAP). The price for the Manaslu RAP depends on the number of days you spend between Jagat and Dharapani. On Manaslu Circuit Trek you will be staying for six nights or seven days from Jagat to Samagaun.

Price: September to November: USD 70 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards.

December to August: USD 50 per person for the first seven days and an additional USD 10 per person per day from the eighth day onwards. You do not need a printed photograph for the Manaslu RAP, as it will be uploaded online and will be printed on the permit itself.

Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)

The MCAP permit is required from Philim, where the Manaslu Conversation Area begins.

Price:

The price is the same throughout the year: USD 30 per person. Also, there is no restriction or change in price with a change in the number of days you spend inside MCAP. For an MCP permit, you will require a printed photograph.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)

ACAP permit is required from Dharapani where until you exit ACAP in Beshisahar.

Price:

The price is the same throughout the year: USD 30 per person. Also, there is no restriction or change in price with a change in the number of days you spend inside ACAP. A printed photograph is required for the ACAP permit.

After obtaining these entry permits — Manaslu RAP, MCAP, and ACAP — there is no need to obtain a TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card.

Food on Tsum valley and Manaslu Trek

All meals — breakfast, lunch, and dinner — will be provided during the trek, and breakfast will only be provided in Kathmandu. We host welcome and farewell dinners for our guests. During the trek, we have breakfast and dinner at tea-houses or lodges where we spend nights while there will be lunch at tea-houses on the way. You have the option to choose from Nepali, continental, Tibetan, and Indian cuisines. As we take care of our guests, we ensure that you are getting healthy food. We prioritize locally produced organic food and also provide you with seasonable fruits.

Note: If you are a vegetarian, let us know in advance so that we could make proper arrangements for food as per your wish during the trek

Drinking Water on Tsum valley and Manaslu Trekking

Adventure Club provides all the meals on the trek but doesn't provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or use a steripen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and, you can also get along the trail but, you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks, you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around USD 1 but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

Accommodations on Tsum valley and Manaslu Trip

You will be accommodated in a three-star standard hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses/guesthouses during the trek. Note that the Manaslu region is a newly developed trekking destination therefore the facilities in the teahouses will be pretty basic. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement is available and will cost an additional.

Electricity, WIFI, and  Battery  Recharge on the Manaslu Circuit Route

Electricity is available in all teahouses where you will be spending the night. You can recharge your phones, laptop, or other electronic gadgets from solar panels or community hydroelectricity by paying a nominal charge. We strongly recommend you bring extra batteries or rechargeable power banks for backup. Regarding Wi-Fi, there are no free hotspots along the trekking trail and the cellphone coverage is very poor, so we do not encourage carrying your laptop. Some teahouses do offer paid Wi-Fi services on an hourly basis but don’t expect high-speed connectivity on the remote trails.

Getting there and away

In the morning we drive to Machha Khola from Kathmandu. The highway meanders together with the Trishuli River as we pass by the countryside Dhading Besi Bazaar and further cross Arughat to reach Machha Khola. The trek starts from Gorkha, home of the legendary Gorkha soldiers, and follows the meandering Budhigandaki river or the Darundi river before reaching Larkya La Pass (5,106 m.) and crossing over into the Manang district of Annapurna Conservation Area.

Acclimatization, and High-altitude sickness

The acclimatization planned during the trip helps trekkers adapt to the environment with less oxygen. Our body needs time to adjust to the higher altitudes. Rushing to the higher elevation without acclimatization may result in acute mountain sickness (AMS) which could be fatal. The trekkers may suffer from AMS above 2,400m/7,875ft as the amount of oxygen becomes less and less with the increase in elevation.

We can categorize AMS into three categories with its symptoms. The trekker suffering from normal AMS feels giddy, gets headache, Nausea, and is out of breath, and is suggested not to worry as it disappears after the body gets used to less amount of oxygen. Likewise, trekkers suffering from mild AMS show symptoms of dizziness, muscular pain, insomnia, headache, vomit, loss of appetite, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Mild AMS can be treated with anti-headache medicines.

A person suffering from serious AMS shows heightened symptoms including shortness of breath even while taking rest. The trekker with serious symptoms can barely walk and fluids may start building up in the lungs. The trekker having serious AMS has to be taken to the lower altitude immediately.

Advanced cases of AMS

If AMS is not treated in time, it can be life-threatening and lead to edema, a condition in which fluid is accumulated in the tissues of the body. Following are the two serious altitude sicknesses caused at high altitudes.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

In HACE, the brain gets swollen which can lead to coma and even death. Its symptoms are paralysis on one side of the body, bladder dysfunction, fatigue, bowel dysfunction, loss of coordination, and confusion. Descend to a lower altitude as soon as possible to prevent the worsening of the condition.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

Fluid is accumulated in the lungs which also increases the capillary pressure. Its symptoms include severe shortness of breath at rest, dry cough that later leads to producing pink frothy sputum, and fatigue.

Important Note: Severe cases of AMS are pretty rare. All our guides at the Adventure Club Trek, are aware of the symptoms of AMS and can handle it with care.

We prioritize acclimatization, talk about the use of Diamox beforehand and counsel all our trekkers on the risk and preventive factors before and during the trip. Your safety is our main concern.

Equipment And Packing List

We recommend that you bring the items to the list below. If your trek is longer or shorter than that, appropriate adjustments can be made, reflect the specific requirements, season, and length of the trip. The items marked with an asterisk (*) will be provided by Adventure Club Trek at no additional cost. You are welcome to use your such articles if you already have them and prefer your own. Many of the trekking items can be bought cheaply in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu; quality will vary, with the items imported from China often being of higher quality. There are also several high-end shops in Kathmandu which carry well-known brands. Since your pack will be carried by our porters, please remember the weight limitation is 15kg (33 lbs since there is nothing there but some prayer flags. Also, please note that you did not send me any list of gear.

* The Adventure Club Trek will lend each trekker a set of down Jackets, sleeping bags,s and duffle bags.

* Our main guide, trained in wilderness first aid, will carry a comprehensive medical kit.

Important Documents and Items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets.
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepali visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, and snacks, and for purchasing your drinks and gifts.
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc

 HEAD

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

UPPER BODY

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

LOWER BODY

  •  Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

FEET

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

HANDS

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

TOILETRIES

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

SLEEPING

  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)

MEDICAL

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylpolyamine
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are respiratory depressants.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  •  Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
  • Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat peg

Visa And Entry Procedures

Everyone needs a visa to enter Nepal except Indian nationals. Citizens of the SAARC nations like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Bhutan do not require visas for a period of 30 days. Fortunately, getting a Nepal visa is an easy process. Tourist visas are issued on arrival at the international airport and official overland entry points. However, travelers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia are not issued visa on arrival. After you arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will find electronic kiosks that will assist your visa processing. Taking the completed form and paying the visa fee, you need to stay in the long immigration queue for your visa on arrival.

Visitors can now apply for online visa within15 days of their arrival date in Nepal. For this, you will need your Nepal hotel address and a digital passport-sized photo that needs to be uploaded to the online application. After submitting the form online, you need to print out the confirmation page which has to be furnished at the immigration section in Kathmandu airport along with your passport and the required visa fee. You can apply for your online Nepal visa here.

Tourists can also apply for a Nepali visa at the local Nepali Embassy or Consulate located in their respective countries. Or, they can even mail their visa application to the visa office near their location, but well ahead of time to allow sufficient processing time. Nepal visa information for all categories of travelers and their correspondence cost can be very handy, so for more information and contact details of the Nepali Embassies and Consulate around the world, you may CLICK HERE.

Whichever way you enter Nepal, you will be given a 15/30/90 day visa as per your requirement. The general Nepal tourist visa fee on arrival for multiple entries is:

15 days – US$30, 30 days – US$50, and 90days – US$125

Tourist visas can be extended for a maximum of 150 days in a year and these extensions are granted only at the department of immigration offices at Pokhara and Kathmandu. For more information on Nepal visa, visit our visa information page.

Our Trekking Guides/Leaders 

Here at Adventure Club, our staff is like family. We only use locals to support their communities and we train our staff rigorously to be the best they can be – for you! 

  •  Full first aid training
  • Guide Training (trekking)
  • English and other common languages (as requested) 
  • Village and land Conservation 
  • Mountaineering (for specialty expedition or climbing treks)

All our guides are carefully trained for leadership as good leadership is vital for your trek to be enjoyable, safe, and successful. Most of our guides grew up in Sherpa country or other mountainous parts of Nepal. Their pride in their region shows itself in the way they lead treks and interface with you. 

Porters Care

Courtesy and respect are fundamental for an enjoyable and worthwhile experience on any team. Our porters are an essential, integral part of each trekking team, and as such, they are well-treated and well-paid. After your trek, we believe you will find that they have fully earned your gratitude and respect. We do expect all trekkers to keep the weight of their baggage under 22kgs/40lbs. Adventure Club Trek maintains a full commitment to the rights of our porters, providing them with appropriate clothing, gear, and lodging. In case of serious accident or sickness, they receive the same care as anyone else employed on the trekking team, even including evacuation by helicopter at our expense if appropriate. We fully support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group), which strives to maintain and improve our porter's working conditions.

Experience Requirement

The total distance between the Tsum valley and Manaslu Trek is roughly 177km/110mi. and on a 17 to 18-day trek itinerary, you will be walking for 11 to 13 days, which means walking an average distance of 15 to 20km (9 to 12mi.) each day. The first few days on the trail become difficult due to the harrowing steep Budi Gandaki Gorge and lots of uphill and downhill walks. Crossing the Larkya La Pass at 5,106m (16,752ft.) is the most challenging part of this trek with a long day-hike on trails filled with snow and ice. With great variations in terms of altitude, one major difficulty you could face during the trek is altitude sickness and your ability to adjust to the high altitudes. You do not require any special hanging or rope-climbing and mountaineering skills unless you attempt to do it during the winters. However, you need to be in great shape and physically fit even if you are a beginner. We recommend strength and endurance training, as well as cardiovascular fitness training to maintain your fitness level at least 3 months prior to starting the trek.

Travel insurance

To be adequately protected in terms of insurance, you will need specialist travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, injury, death, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment, and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. If you are injured and unable to travel, you can ask for a rescue helicopter from a remote area only if you have definite proof you can pay for it. Adventure Club Trek has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. They pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Be sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism or you may have a difficult time settling a claim.

Electricity, WIFI, and  Battery  Recharge

Electricity is available in all teahouses where you will be spending the night. You can recharge your phones, laptop, or other electronic gadgets from solar panels or community hydroelectricity by paying a nominal charge. We strongly recommend you bring extra batteries or rechargeable power banks for backup. Regarding Wi-Fi, there are no free hotspots along the trekking trail and the cellphone coverage is very poor, so we do not encourage carrying your laptop. Some teahouses do offer paid Wi-Fi services on an hourly basis but don’t expect high-speed connectivity on the remote trails.

Best season to do this trek

The Manaslu trek is best done in pre-monsoon season i.e., from March to May, and post-monsoon season i.e., from late September to December. In general, any time during October, November, April, and May are considered the best months. Other recommended months for this trek are September, December, and March. We do not recommend doing this trek during the rest of the months. Due to heavy snowfall in January and February, it becomes very risky to cross the Larkya La Pass. Likewise, heavy rainfall causing floods and landslides can be experienced during June, July, and August, so it is better to avoid these months.

Group size and Team Composition

We always try to form a small group of like-minded people to give them a wonderful and perceptive travel experience. It provides opportunities to interact and share with each other in a fun-filled environment when out in the wilderness. Generally, our travel group comprises a maximum of 14 members. We need at least two participants to run our fixed departure dates. For private trips, the number of group members do not apply. We always strive to form a team ensuring that the members are comfortable with one another.

Need to know about Manaslu Trekking Permit 

Where to obtain the necessary permits?

Authority does not issue an individual trekking permit for Manaslu. The Adventure Club Trek will carry out the procedures and have your permit issued for you.

Do I need a TIMS Card for Manaslu?

No, you don’t need a TIMS Card. However, if you continue towards the Annapurna Circuit from Dharapani then you will need a TIMS, but the same ACAP Permit can be used for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Why do I need an Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit for the Manaslu Trek?

A part of the regular Manaslu Circuit Trek route from Dharapani to Beshisahar comes under (ACAP). Although you will trek only two days in the Annapurna Conservation Area, you still need to obtain a permit.

How much does the permit for Manaslu cost?

Permits for both Manaslu and the Annapurna Conservation Area cost USD 33 per person for each area unless you are a member of SAARC country. However, for the restricted area permit (Manaslu RAP), the price varies depending on the number of days you spend between Jagat and Samagaun.

How many photographs do I need?

You need two printed passport-sized photographs and a scanned photograph. Printed photographs will be used for ACAP and MCAP, whereas the scanned photograph will be uploaded on the online application form for the Manaslu RAP.

How long does it take to obtain the permit?

It may take an hour to obtain the permit. Sometimes the online system goes down and everything needs to be done manually, which might take a little more than an hour.

Can permits be obtained in advance before we arrive in Nepal?

The permits cannot be obtained in advance, as the Department of Immigration needs to verify the details with the original passport and required visa details. However, in certain circumstances, it can be issued in advance. For that, Adventure Club Trek will require a scanned copy of your passport’s main page, an e-copy of flight tickets to Nepal, and visa number if you have already obtained one in your home country.

Do I need a separate permit for the Tsum Valley?

Yes, a separate permit is required for the Tsum Valley. This will cost USD 40 per person per week and an additional USD 7 per person per day from September to November and USD 30 per person per week and an additional USD 7 per person per day from December to August.

Can a permit be issued on a Saturday and any other public holiday?

No, the Department of Immigration remains closed on public holidays. Thus, we need to issue the permit in advance if there is a long public holiday coming up.

Tipping 

Tipping is not mandatory in Nepal as most services include a service charge. However, if you want to express your gratitude, you are free to offer a tip to drivers, and hotel staff among others. People usually welcome such generosity. When it comes to tipping your porters or trekking leaders, use your discretion as per the quality of the services. Tip money does not form a part of our employees’ wages. However, you can use tipping as a way of showing appreciation for excellent service at the end of the trip.

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    travelwbenefitsAustraliaDate: January 04, 2015

    Tsum Valley & Manaslu trek

    We organized the trek of 20 days with Birendra before we left Australia. The planning with Birendra was faultless and he met us at the airport. The guides and porters were reliable, honest, and very helpful. The trek was suburb - we had trekked a year earlier to EBC / Three passes also organized with Birendra, and the fact that we used him again is probably the best indication of how we trusted the company. The trek started on 1 December, which is the start of winter. We did have a heavy fall of snow (60-90cm in a day) which prevented us from going over the pass and we needed to trek back the way we came - whilst a little disappointing, the trek was far prettier and more interesting than EBC. The trek is predominantly in areas with farming villages and is not as "touristy" as the Everest valley. There is also a better mix of forest, waterfalls, mountains, wildlife, and local culture as it has a bigger range of altitude.
    Surprisingly, the accommodation/teahouses was superior to the Everest valley as well, and the day-to-day snacks and drinks were better priced as well. We had a case of altitude sickness, and the support provided by Birendra, and his guides in managing the issue, getting them to lower ground, and shuffling the itinerary was without any trouble and what could have been a major problem was just a part of the adventure.The weather temperatures were much more comfortable than we expected given the time of year - other than for the two snowing days, the daytime temperatures were comfortable in T-Shirt. At night it would not have been colder than -10C.
    Eight of us traveled, ranging in age from 14 to 50. The trek was very doable for all.

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