MANASLU CIRCUIT AND TSUM VALLEY TREK - Alpinist Club

MANASLU CIRCUIT AND TSUM VALLEY

Group Size

5-15 people

meal

Breakfast, Lunch, DInner

accomodation

Hotel, Lodge, Tent

arrival on

Kathmandu

departure from

Katmandu

trip level

moderate

max. altitude

5,163 m

Best season

Autumn, Spring

trip highlights

  • A variation of the classic tour starting in Barpak.
  • The uncrowded Ganesh Himal part
  • The discovery of an authentic and preserved region, the Tsum Valley.
  • The passage of the pass of Larkya La (5135 m).
  • An extremely varied itinerary: different ethnic groups, forests, glaciers, high peaks Ganesh Himal, Manaslu 

trip introduction

Manaslu circuit and tsum valley trek is the Neighbor of the Annapurna circuit trek. The Manaslu is a massif of graceful without comparison to other regions. Its secret valleys have always seen yak caravans trading with Tibet. In this region Landscapes of high mountains and high valleys are sinking in the heart of glaciers.  And, the gigantic walls of the Himal Chuli, Mt. Manaslu, and traditional villages are the ingredients of this beautiful trekking route.

Tsum Valley is more easily accessible than the Manaslu without any technical difficulty. This trek takes you into the heart of a mysterious valley, which is almost unexplores and open to tourism since only 2007. The Tsum valley explores and admires Buddhist and Tibetan culture, with rich agricultural lands. Additionally, at the foot of the impressive Mu monastery peaks of more than 7000m, the last inhabited village of the valley.

Manaslu and tsum valley trek includes a side trip to barpak, laprak, mugumpa, and pungyen monastery. After, climbing up and over the high point of Larkya La at 5160m. Moreover, you will award with excellent panoramic views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II). Mostly, Larkya La Pass (5160m) is widely believed the most dramatic pass crossing the Himalayas.

Permit for Manaslu and tsum valley

The Manaslu and Tsum valley trek is within a restricted region of Nepal. Additionally, to access this route you’ll need a special trekking permit from the trekking agency, which is registered under the Nepal government. Solo trekkers are also not allowed, where a minimum group size of two people is required. To know the cost of the permit click here trekking permit 

Manaslu and tsum valley route and itinerary

This exceptional route starts from  Barpak and laprak village the epicenter of the earthquake that rocks in 2015, and offers from the first steps views of the high peaks, Boudha Himal (6672 m), Ganesh Himal (7100 m). before joining the classic route of the Manaslu circuit trek. Then, the trek follows an ancient salt trading trail, with Tibetan through the Budhi Gandaki river and this trading system is still continuing. The most amazing thing about Manaslu and tsum valley trekking is day-to-day views are changes differently. The landscape, mountain, jungle, and people’s culture, language, and mountain make you feel like you are in the paradise of heaven.

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. you are greeted at the airport by our team and then transferred to our hotel. Evening briefing from your guide

approximately 15 hours of driving to the hotel from the airport
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals:  dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reserve this day for sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and to prepare for trekking. After having a warm breakfast, we will leave the hotel in a private vehicle with an experienced tour guide. We will visit several UNESCO-listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and the famous sacred Hindu temple, the Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa, and Boudhanath stupa. These places are famous to have inherited ancient religious practices, architecture, and culture.

Tour: full-day tour
Final altitude: approximately 13,50 m
Meals: breakfast 
Accommodation: night in the hotel

We reach Gorkha by minibus by a road along the river Trisuli with beautiful views of the Himalayan range. Then we continue in Daroundi Khola from Baluwa village to barpak village.

approximately 8 hours of driving 
Final altitude: approximately 1,900  
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Early in we will ascent to the crest of Pusahu (3000 m) and first views of the summits, the Himal Buddha (6672 m), and the various peaks of Ganesh Himal (7100 m). The descent through a thick rhododendron forest to Laprak, a village inhabited by Gurungs, famous elite soldiers, and main recruits of the Gorkhas regiments and mountaineer.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,200 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Small descent to cross the Jerphu Khola (1800 m) on a suspension bridge and ascent to Singla village (2300 m). On the mountainside and in the middle of cultivated areas, the path leads quietly to the village of Khorlabesi.

approximately 7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 970 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We walk along the Bhuri Gandaki. An hour later we arrive at Tatopani where a suspension bridge allows us to change banks. Past Dobhan, we continue along a nice plateau until Shiauli Bhoti. The steep climb to Yaruphant. Crossing the Yaru Khola then crossing on the right bank of the Bhuri Gandaki. The trail then joins Jagat (the wall), a real entry point into the Manaslu Conservation Area. Beautiful paved path and first chorten.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 14,10 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We climb a rocky ridge in Salleri, then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a little while the trail continues until Ghatta Khola. We continue upstream to a long, simple suspension bridge and climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village. We reached Chisopani, a nice place to have lunch. We then enter the Tsum Valley and continue to Lokpa.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,240 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

From Lokpa, we enjoy the views of the Himalchuli Mountains (789 3m) and Boudha Himal. We descend half an hour to Lungwa Khola then we have about two hours of walking through the pines and rhododendrons to reach Gumlung. We cross the Siyar Khola to reach Chumling from where we can see the Shringi Himal. We take this opportunity to visit the old gompa Chumling and the stone streets of the village. Night in Chumling.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,386 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

After breakfast, you start your hike by crossing a suspension bridge and continue through the rich corn and potato farmlands. We continue to climb from gho village into the valley with a splendid view of the eastern Ganesh Himal and several other peaks over 7000m above sea level until the chhokunparo. The valley then opens onto fields of buckwheat, potatoes, barley, and corn.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,010 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The trek begins with a climb up along magnificent mani walls. Also called mentran, this set of flat stones engraved sutras (Buddhist prayers) is circumvented by the left. The trail then passes through villages and vast cultivated fields surrounded by dry stones. At this altitude, you can see small juniper trees of the Himalayas, a type of conifer with pendulous branches endemic to Nepal and Burma. In the afternoon, we visit the monastery of Milarepa cave. On our way back, we cross the narrow valley of Shiar Khola and continue our climb in a dry environment through the villages of NILE and CHULE. Once the village of Chule passed, we cross the river to reach the Nile and continue.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,700 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Trek back by Lama Gaun, Nile and chule, on the eastern shore of Shiar Khola. Then we arrive at the village of Burgi. We continue down to Chhekung Paro. Overnight at Chhekung Paro.

approximately 5 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,240 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,240 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The hike begins across a rocky ridge and the pass a bridges Budi Gandaki. After a few ascents and descents by the stairs, we arrive a nyak Phedi. We leave the valley of Tsum not without regret after these few days out of time. We resume the route of the Manaslu valley and continue to Dyang. Next objective, the pass of Larkya La

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,860 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The “Tibetan” villages follow one another with their “manis” (wall of engraved stones) and the prayer wheels, signs of cultural change. The trail is sometimes tricky (landslides). At  Bhijam we  Crossing the suspension bridge and climb the pine forest, where we can see some monkeys (without any aggressiveness). We climb Steep before reaching the village of prok. Pork is a Beautiful typical village, with its stove built in the middle of the main street and its women working on their looms. Prok is the first village with substantial farming land.  it’s worth a visit.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 2,540 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Descent from beautiful prok village to ghap surrounded by a  mani wall, here the open valley with beautiful terraces field. At Suksam you can admire a beautiful giant a widespread coniferous tree. The valley tightens again before a last steep climb to reach Namrung, a particularly typical village. After the superb cultivated plateau that crosses the hamlets of, banjam,  Lihi, and shyo, we walk in the background, the immaculate Manaslu, contrasting with the color of the fields. The route soon arrives at Shyo, offering us beautiful views of the Ganesh and the Himal Chuli. We pass a beautiful series of chortens and mani walls. Arrived at Lho, we visit the village, the school, and its small monastery, then we settle at the lodge for the night.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,200 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Today our Acclimatization Day. we will start the morning at the Pung Gyen Monastery, located at 3870 m in a magical place a few steps away from the gigantic glaciers. This monastery is built on a large meadow right at the foot of the majestic Manaslu massif. Our morning effort is largely rewarded by the breathtaking 360 ° view of the high peaks. we will descent to Sama village valley.

approximately 7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,500 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

The morning after the visit to the monastery and the possibility to climb towards the glacial lake of Birendra Kund, located at the foot of the Manaslu glacier. Easy walk to  (very long wall to mani), the alpine-style valley climbs gently towards the typically Tibetan village. we will be Crossing a small bridge, then a short and steep climb to reach the beautiful village of the tour: Samdo (200 inhabitants). Tibet is close to Lajing Banjyang. The people of Samdo, of Tibetan origin, still trade regularly with families and grandparents living in Tibet. Discover this beautiful village and welcome rest.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,800 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

We continue to climb regularly in a landscape of mountain pastures where yaks graze; on the left, we enjoy majestic landscapes on the snowy faces and the glaciers of the Manaslu massif. It is important to leave early because of the many intermittent torrents, which get bigger as the sun goes up! Meal at camp, afternoon rest, or ride in one of the combes upstream of the camp, in pursuit of blue sheep. The camp is equipped with beds in several tents, toilet tents, and a mess tent with tables and chairs, as at the lodge.

approximately 6 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 4,460 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Early departure. Following a moraine, the trail leads to a large glacial lake and then arrives on a large plateau. Beautiful views of huge glaciers and the north face of Manaslu. Arrival at Larkya Pass in about 4 hours. Unique views of the Himalung Himal, the Kang Guru, and further the Annapurna II.  From there, and all along the descent of an immense moraine, fantastic panorama on the circus of Peri Himal. Arrive on the green plateau of Bimtang, located in a circus surrounded by peaks with sparkling ice. 

approximately 8 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 3,700 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

For a few hours, we don’t know where to look: the Peri Himal massif, the immense western circus of Manaslu. Breathtaking! The magical atmosphere in the forest: rhododendrons, huge trees, branch lichens, and glaciers in the background. We progress along the Dudh Khola, a rushing torrent. The long descent to reach Dharapani, junction with the Annapurnas tour. Last evening with the porters.

approximately 7 hours of walking
Final altitude: approximately 1,900 m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the lodge

Early in the morning, departure by vehicle to reach Besisahar. After three to four hours of driving, we find the main road in Dumre. Bus to reach Kathmandu.

approximately 4hours offroad to BesiSahar and 6hour to Kathmandu
Final altitude: approximately 1350m
Meals: breakfast – lunch – dinner
Accommodation: night in the hotel

free time depending on the departure time of your flight and our representative will drop you at the airport, ending your journey in Nepal. We hope to be of service to you again. Thank you and safe travels.

approximately 15 minutes  of driving to the airport 
Final altitude: approximately 13,50m
Meals: breakfast 

Best Time to Visit

AUTUMN
During the months of October and November, the sky is normally a deep blue, the sun often bright, and the view of the mountains mostly crystalline, the temperature during the day is rather pleasant. It is an excellent time for tourism and trekking, although temperatures can be cold, especially at night in the Everest region.

WINTER
Heavy snowfall sometimes makes several high altitudes passes impassable. Trekking is still possible, but at altitudes below 4000m because of the cold. The weather is very clear and the visibility of the mountains is excellent.

SPRING
From March to May, the days are sunny and the temperatures increasingly mild. The view of the mountains gets worse and worse as the monsoon approaches, but it is also the flowering period of the rhododendrons, absolutely magnificent, especially in the Annapurna region.

SUMMER
In June and July, the humid air masses of the Bay of Bengal collide with the Himalayan range. As they rise, they cool and condense to fall in the form of rain: it is the monsoon. Its effects are very uneven across the country. It gradually loses its intensity as it moves from the south-east to the north-west. Some regions are therefore less affected by the monsoon: the north of the Annapurna area (Manang, Naar, Phu), Dolpo, and Mustang. where else, the paths are sometimes slippery and often infested with leeches …

inclusion

what's included

  • Pick up from the airport and Final drop to the airport by private vehicle
  • Road transportation during the trek.
  • Accommodation as described in the paragraph “On-site organization”.
  • Meals as indicated in the “Day to day” program.
  • Dinner on the last evening in Kathmandu (except for drinks).
  • Supervision by an English-speaking Nepalese guide throughout the trip.
  • The assistance of a local team during the trekking (sirdar, porters, cooks).
  • The special permit for this region of Nepal.
  • All Government tax

what's not included

The price does not include

  • Cancellation/interruption of stay/loss of luggage insurance and assistance.
  • All that is not indicated in the section “The price includes”.

Your expenses on site

  • Visa fees on arrival.
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
  • Any additional luggage on domestic flights.
  • The drinks.

TIPS

Tips are an integral part of the country’s culture. This gesture of thanks, which varies according to the itinerary and the duration, has become an obligation. A prize pool is created, given at the end of the trip to the members of the team.

However, it is important that the tip remains a gratuity, as our teams are also very well paid. We invite you to distribute tips only if the service has met your expectations and to reduce this sum if the services were not sufficient, explaining why in order to consolidate our educational work.

 

 

Accomodation & meal

ACCOMMODATION

In a standard category hotel (base: double room) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, during the rest of the trip in a tent (3-person tents for 2 people) or in a lodge depending on the trip. The lodges in Nepal are very comfortable random. In general, conditions are quite good around the Annapurnas and the Everest region. On the other hand, in Mustang, in the Manaslu,  Tsum valley, and in the region of Kangchanjung or Makalu, they can be very rudimentary to the point of being a dormitory sometimes even a kitchen. lodges can look like a refuge or sometimes a bed and breakfast from home. Most of the time it is a family house with double, triple, or dormitory rooms. Toilets and showers are always separate.

MEAL

In the cities, many restaurants allow us to discover the typical local cuisine. Meat is scarce in the high mountain, the Nepalese are generally vegetarians. The basic ingredients are rice, pasta, lentils, potatoes, vegetables. Snacks are included during the trek (cereal bars, dried fruits, etc.).

For camping trek accommodation: during the trek, breakfasts and evening meals are prepared by the kitchen team. They are taken under the mess tent. Depending on the profile of the stages (length of the day’s walk and/or presence of water), midday snacks will be served hot or cold in the form of picnics.

For tea house trek accommodation: meals are prepared by the cooks of the lodge and are taken in the dining room. Here is a typical one-day menu:

  • breakfast: eggs, toast or chapati, or Tibetan bread or pancakes, or pancakes, butter/jam, tea or coffee
  • lunch: the main course, tea or coffee.
  • dinner: soup, main course, fruit (fresh or canned), tea or coffee

NB: Hindus and Buddhists are most often vegetarians. We, therefore, eat very little meat or fish. The dishes are pasta, rice, potatoes, lentils, etc.

DRINKS: during the trek, tea is served with meals (two cups of tea per meal). Additional cups of tea and other beverages, including mineral water, are the responsibility of the participants. You can fill your gourds with water in the lodges, but it is essential to treat them with purifying tablets. Avoid buying plastic bottles.

reviews

There are no reviews yet. Be the first one to write one.

  • duration :

    22 days
  • difficulty level :

    moderate

price from

2355$per person

view all inclusions

200$

tripadvisor image

quick enquiry

* Your personal information is always secured with us

    we are here to help

    Contact Us
    want to customize your holiday trip
    expert help

    Trip Reviews & Rating


    related packages

    Travel Nepal Holidays brings you the best tours in the himalayas.With respect and trust earnes over the years,our tours give you the value for money and local knowledge from our experienced guides.

    manslu circut trek and tsum valley trek

    ramdung-peak-climbingA

    sherpani-col-and-ambhu-lapche