Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking -20 Days

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Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking
Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking
Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking
At a Glance
Duration20 Days
Trip GradeStrenuous
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CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude5106m/16751.97ft
Group Size1-10 pax
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleTrekking
Best TimeAugust to November and March to May

Trip Overview

Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking also known as Tsum Valley Manaslu Round Trek offers a delightful 20-day expedition through the Manaslu conservation area, encompassing both the Manaslu Circuit Trekand the Tsum Valley Trek. This unique Tsum Valley Manaslu Round Trek package allows travelers to immerse themselves in the breathtaking landscapes of the Tsum Valley, a region deeply rooted in Tibetan Buddhism. It also provides an opportunity to discover the hidden treasures of the Himalayas and behold the magnificent panorama of the Nubri Valley. Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure through the breathtaking valleys of Nepal? If you possess the determination and endurance to explore paradise-like landscapes, then join us for the Tsum Valley Manaslu circuit trekking experience. The Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek will take you to Tsum Valley, a mythical valley surrounded by pristine woodlands and captivating scenery in the Manaslu Region, before heading to the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Considered a comprehensive trek, it has gained popularity among travel enthusiasts. However, due to its challenging terrain and basic accommodations, only a few backpackers dare venture into this highly admired region.

Highlights:

  • Discover the secluded valley of Tsum, home to numerous Buddhist pilgrimage sites such as Mu Gompa, Milarepa Cave, Nunnery Gompa, and Rachen Gompa.
  • Journey alongside the rushing Budhi Gandaki River, surrounded by lush woodlands and occasional breathtaking waterfalls.
  •  Marvel at the awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan ranges, including the majestic Manaslu (the world's 8th highest summit), Ganesh Himal, Budha Himal, Gorkha Himal, and many other peaks.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the ethnic villages and gain a firsthand experience of their way of life.
  • Challenge yourself by crossing the renowned Larkya La Pass (5106m), one of the most coveted high passes in the world.
  • Indulge in the serenity of Pungen Gompa (4000m), a perfect vantage point to witness the grandeur of Mt. Manaslu.
  • Experience the spiritual ambiance of the valley, which is surrounded by sacred sites and ancient monasteries.
  • Encounter the warm hospitality of the local communities and learn about their traditions and customs.
  • Capture stunning photographs of the picturesque landscapes and unique architectural wonders.
  • Embark on a memorable adventure, exploring the hidden gems of Tsum Valley and creating lifelong memories.

Commence our Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking, or Tsum Valley Manaslu Round Trek, a captivating journey through a picturesque and captivating area inhabited by ethnically Tibetan locals who have preserved their rich heritage from Tibet. This trek offers trekkers a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the traditional lifestyle, culture, and traditions of the indigenous people. Marvel at the majestic beauty of Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Hiunchuli as you traverse through dense forests and verdant meadows, all while encountering the diverse wildlife of the Himalayas.

The biggest accomplishment is a successful ascent across Larkya La Pass, positioned at an elevation of 5,106m, which is the highest point of the whole trek. Moreover, spend some time at Mu Gompa and Milarepa’s Cave to learn about and understand authentic Tibetan Buddhist culture. We’ll encounter prayer flags, Chortens, and mani walls, all of which reflect the beliefs as well as the values of Tibetan Buddhism. Aside from these, Tsum Valley flaunts tranquility together with the soul-stirring outlook of Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, Ganesh Himal, and Himlung Himal. After the Tsum Valley exploration, we will go for the Manaslu circuit through Dang, Namrung, Lho, Sayla, Samagaru, Samdo, and Larkey La and circle Mt. Manaslu. From the Pass, if the weather is clear enough, you can even catch a few glimpses of Annapurna Massif and Manaslu from Bhimthang.

After crossing the pass, you will gain access to the Annapurna Conservation Area from Bhimthang, which requires additional permits for the Annapurna Conservation Area. The exceptional preservation of the Manaslu Region and Tsum Valley is unmatched and incomparable to any other region on Earth. So, why delay experiencing this extraordinary blend of nature and culture? Join us today and let your travel aspirations take flight!

The flora and fauna of the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek:

Manaslu Conservation Area is a sanctuary for some of the world's most endangered and stunning animals. The main attractions in terms of wildlife in the Manaslu and Tsum Valley regions are undoubtedly the nearly extinct Red Panda and Snow Leopards. Other magnificent creatures include the grey wolf, Asian black bear, blue sheep, Himalayan musk deer, and tahr. Additionally, there are mainland serow, woolly hare, horseshoe bat, Himalayan goral, black-lipped pika, and Himalayan mouse-hare. The area is also home to over 110 different species of birds, 33 species of mammals, three reptiles, and 11 species of butterflies. The conservation of this majestic wildlife in Manaslu has been a top priority in recent years, leading to the declaration of the Manaslu Conservation Area. Thanks to these efforts, the populations of snow leopards, grey wolves, Himalayan thar, blue sheep, and musk deer have thrived.

The Best Time for Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek in the Manaslu Trekking Region offers a well-planned itinerary that covers the entire Manaslu Conservation Area. The trek starts from Machekhola at a low elevation and takes you up to Larkey La, reaching an altitude of 5106m. It's important to note that trekking at high altitudes during the winter season can be challenging due to heavy snowfall and storms. Similarly, trekking at low elevations during the rainy season is not advisable due to heavy rainfall, landslides, and floods. The best seasons for Tsum Valley trekking are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) in Nepal because of the stable weather, pleasant temperature, clear skies, and wonderful scenery. The Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is highly recommended as it provides an opportunity for acclimatization in the sacred Tibetan culture-influenced village of Tsum Valley before embarking on the Manaslu High Pass trek. If you wish to undertake this iconic trek during August, December, or February, it is possible, but favorable weather conditions are crucial for a wonderful experience and clear views of the snow-capped mountains. However, it is not recommended to trek during the rainy and winter seasons.

Tsum Valley Manaslu Trekking Itinerary

The Tsum Valley Manaslu Round Trek is a 20-day adventure itinerary that takes you through the entire Manaslu region in the Manaslu Trekking Area. This meticulously planned itinerary offers a comprehensive package for those who want to explore the Tsum Valley and Manaslu area. Starting from Kathmandu Airport and ending with your departure, this trek begins with a scenic drive to Machhe Khala. From there, you will embark on a journey through various villages such as Jagat (1340m), Lokpa (2240m), Chumling (2386m), Chhokang Paro (3031m), Mu Gompa (3700m), Deng (1860m), Namrung (2630m), Shyala (3500m), Samagaun (3550m), Samdo (3690m), Dharmasala (4450m), and finally reaching the highest point of the trek at Larkya La (5106m). After crossing the pass, you will enter the Annapurna Region and continue trekking through Bhimthang before concluding the trek in Dharapani. Along the way, you will be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring views of the mountains, diverse nature, climate, and cultural experiences. The total distance covered in the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek is approximately 200km, starting from Machhe Khola and ending in Dharapani. This includes a hiking trip to Pungen Gompa (4200m) and Manaslu Base Camp (4800m).

Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek Requires Permits, Cost, and Documents:

Before undertaking the Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek, it is crucial to obtain five distinct permits. The package already encompasses the expenses for these permits, but you must provide a copy of your passport, a passport-sized photograph, and a valid visa. The required permits are as follows. However, the comprehensive package covers the entire cost of the permit.

  • TIMS: The Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) is implemented for safety purposes, and the fee for obtaining a TIMS permit is Rs. 2000 per individual.
  • Tsum Valley Special Permits: The fees for obtaining a special permit to visit Tsum Valley are structured as follows: From September to November, the cost is set at USD 40 per person for a week, and any additional days beyond that will incur a charge of USD 7 per person per day. From December to August, the fee is reduced to USD 30 per person for a week, while the daily rate remains the same at USD 7 per person.
  • MCAP: To access the Manaslu region, it is mandatory to obtain the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), which costs Rs. 3000 per person.
  • RAP: The Manaslu Trek falls within a highly preserved area, and therefore, a special permit known as the Restricted Areas Permit (RAP) is required from Jagat to Larkey La. The cost for this permit is USD 75 per person for a week from December to August, with an additional USD 10 per day. From September to November, the RAP fee increases to USD 100 per person for a week, along with an additional USD 15 per day. A minimum of 2 trekkers is needed per group; otherwise, the permit must be shared with other travelers.
  • ACAP: Once you cross Larkey La, you will enter the Annapurna Conservation Area, where the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is mandatory. The cost of this permit is Rs. 3000 per person.

Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek cost for 2024-2025

The price of the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking can vary based on the group size and services offered. Himalayan Trekking Path for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek offers competitive rates ranging from USD1200 to USD1600. Our all-inclusive package for the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit includes a guide, porter, airport transfers, lodging, meals, permits, and more. Additional services may incur extra charges. Nevertheless, we provide special discounts for repeat customers and group discounts for parties of 10 or more individuals. Please refer to the detailed information below for the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek.

  • Solo travelers can enjoy the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek for a cost of USD 1600.
  • Traveling with a group of 2–6 people? The cost for the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek is USD 1400 per person.
  • For groups of 7–10 people, the cost for the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek is USD 1200 per person.