Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is a demanding trek and a high level of fitness is required to fully enjoy the adventure. This long and adventurous trek takes you to the peaceful and unspoiled Manaslu region which is a new place to explore with little impact from tourism. It adds the charms with its traditional Buddhist cum Tibetan culture and lifestyle untouched by modernity. The route is still fewer trekkers visiting off-the-beaten paths.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is an astonishing journey that takes you through the beautiful mountain Mt Manaslu 8163 meters from sea level. You will enjoy the best that remote tea house trekking has to offer during the time of trekking. The region is comparatively less explored meaning the natural magnificence is still preserved along with the rich culture and traditions which are highly influenced by Buddhism practice. This is the most hidden trek in the Himalayan region which offers a lifetime trekking experience. The region is untamed and less explored in comparison to other trekking regions with less trodden paths.
Most of the tea-house have running water facilities and the lack of firewood in most villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal. You will be staying at Basic Mountain lodge where you will have a nice clean room. Some tea-house now also has electricity for charging and all the tea-house have boiled water for trekkers. And there a new lodge and tea-house and you don’t need to bring food and camping gear from Kathmandu. During the time of trekking, the menus for everyday foods get slimmer with a significant rise in altitude. We will find plenty of freshwater streams and drinking water taps available throughout most of the trail.
You will get enough nutritious food in the trek region where you will have limited choices and you can find a tea house in all the villages to stay overnight. All these tea-houses offer basic facilities for food and room. They also provide WIFI service and phones for communication. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture and you can find a wide range of foods even at the higher altitude.
Tsum Valley trekking permit is cheaper than other restricted areas and even cheaper than the Manaslu trekking trail. In the restricted area, you are not allowed to enter the trekking area. Of 15 restricted areas of Nepal, one of them is the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek where you have to show a permit card before entering this wonderful valley. You need three trekking permits for trekking on this route, one is a special trekking permit and another one is for the Manaslu conservation area.
In the conservation area, there are so many rare animals, mountain flowers, and precious herbs to balance the ecosystem. The cost of the permit is different according to the season. From September to November the cost of the permit is USD40 per person and from December to august the cost is USD30 per person. If you did not complete your trekking within a certain period of time then you have to pay USD7 per person in a day. A solo trekker will not get a trekking permit. That is why you have to come with the group if you want to trek this route.
The secret Buddhist land is located in the heart of the eight highest peaks in the world. Where you will get to see the traditional and cultural Tsum Valley trek is different from the other region trek in Nepal. The mountain men and women wear woolen clothes called Baku and Pangden which are warm in cold temperatures.
The trek is a complete package offering you peace of mind with the majestic view of nature and knowing different cultures and traditions. You will get to explore the mountain, gompas, mani walls, and Chortens. Those trekking trails are with flags and stupas that indicate the great significance of Buddhist culture in this region. It is quite familiar with the modern information and communication technology, culture, and tradition of the western world. Where you can stroll around the Buddhist cultural villages which is they witness unique culture and traditions. This trek will be one of the amazing treks for the trekkers and will be a life experience. Trekking on this route offers you peace of mind with the views of nature and knowing different cultures and traditions.
Local transportation is not a problem in Nepal. Because there are different modes of transportation are available according to your budget and preference. You can find various modes of transportation while trekking in Nepal. In some of the Himalayan regions, you have to take a Private Jeep or Local bus to start your trekking. It is just because in that region if you take the roadway then it takes a long time. While trekking in Manaslu Tsum Valley, you will take the roadway means taking the bus to reach the starting point which is 136km from Kathmandu valley.
On reaching Kathmandu international airport via various respective airlines, our Nepal Base Camp Treks guide or staff will receive you with warm welcome and then a short drive to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.
After checking in your hotel rooms and getting refreshed join at the hotel lobby for group briefing and orientation program where our guide informs you regarding hotels, Kathmandu, Nepali culture including Manaslu Tsum Valley of Happiness Trekking with welcome dinner in a pleasant authentic Nepalese restaurant with culture program.
In Kathmandu morning after breakfast and at given time our city guide will pick you up for sightseeing tour around places of interest around Kathmandu old part of the city, Kathmandu is famous for world heritage sites with tour of Pashupatinath a holy temple, Bouddhanath Stupa a Buddhist pilgrimage spot or tour of Kathmandu old Durbar (palace) Square and ancient 2,500 years old Swayambhunath, afternoon free for Manaslu Tsum Valley of Happiness Trekking preparation.
Manaslu Tsum Valley of Happiness trekking begins with an exciting drive towards Nepal’s Mid West around Gorkha and Dhading region as the ride leads towards high hills of with views of fabulous Ganesh II at 7,118 m and Ganesh IV 7,104 m and rolling green hills, passing through many farm villages and towns to reach at Arughat village and then taking another vehicle for short drive to Soti Khola following the raging Buri Gandaki River to reach our first overnight stop at Soti-Khola a small farm village.
Morning walk leads to slow descent towards river banks with number of small tea shops and coming across mule trains on its way to Machhakhola and beyond, our journey continues using the Nepalese traditional stone paved staircase, then crossing over Nauli Khola (stream) with a view of cascading waterfalls and reaching at Khanigaon. From this small farm village with few hours of walk leads to a bridge over Machha khola after crossing the suspension bridge a short ascent to reach our overnight stop at Machha Khola village, a small settlement with stream for fishing smaller fishes, as this village is named after macha meaning fish river or stream.
From Macha Khola our morning journey leads along the Buri Gandaki river upstream reaching another small village at Khorla Beshi and then walking on the gradual winding path reaching a place called Tato pani with natural hot spring water near the forested area, after a break here walk leads past Dovan and Yaruphant villages, following the Buri Gandaki River and then crossing a short suspension bridge to Jagat village for overnight stop, a reasonable size village with shops and small guest house and lodge.
From Jagat, morning walk leads to higher areas passing scattered farm villages with short climb and downhill to cross over a bridge to reach at Nagjet and Philim, a large village with spread-out farm houses. After Philim walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Lakuwa on leaving the main trail of Manaslu trekking route.
After Lakuwa village and leaving the Burigandkai River for a week, our walk heads towards Manaslu Tsum Valley into the valley of happiness, as our route enters narrow gorge then with short descend and uphill climb into rhododendron and pine tree forest walking past small farm villages then climbing above Lungwa Khola to reach at Chumling village for first overnight in Tsum Valley.
From here altitude slowly gains with the mountain views of Ganesh Himal peaks, as the villages and landscapes looks similar to Tibetan windswept plateau. Morning walks with downhill to cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola, with views of Ganesh Himal also known as Yangra at 7,422 m high, walk slowly leads at Chokhan-paro village for overnight stop.
After Chokan-paro heading closer at upper Tsum area to Nele (Ne-lay) starting with a climb onto open valley and windswept country with few small trees that survives around this arid terrain.
Walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal, after a pleasant walk reach at Nele on the way with visit to an old cave of 11th Centaury Saint Milereppa famous and popular among Buddhist as poet, singer, tantric guru his folk-tales and songs are still remembered by Tibetans and Buddhist alike.
Morning walk starts on reaching the highest point at Mu Gompa and main destination of this adventure, as the walk continues to climb on high arid terrain offering views of high peaks on the way to Mu Gompa for overnight stop.
Rest with free day at Mu Gompa to visit villages and interesting old Mu Gompa with ancient antique scrolls, statue and relics this is one of the most important monastery of Tsum and Manaslu area.
After an interesting and wonderful time at Mu Gompa return journey visiting another impressive monastery of Rachen Gompa, walk leads on nice path with few short climbs and downhill passing few small villages of cattle herders to reach at Rachen Gompa for overnight stop, afternoon visit Rachen monastery.
Today our last day at Tsum valley, as the morning walk leads to a long descend to Chumling village passing farm areas and then back into tree lines, after a long downhill walk of 6 hours reaching at Chumling village for last overnight stop around Tsum.
From Chumling village, morning walk downhill following river downstream with views of waterfalls then reaching villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till our walk ends at Philim village for overnight stop.
This is a nice farm village with school supported by Japanese (as Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is a favorite among Japanese)
From here onwards on warmer area with paddy fields, after a breakfast walk leads to Tatopani following Buri Gandaki River through several small villages of Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar and Jagat. Walk further descends at Yaruphant, then to lower area with dramatic change in vegetation, finally ending six hours walk to our overnight stop at Tatopani a small farm village with hot spring as Tatopani in Nepali means ‘hot water’, afternoon enjoy the hot springs and relax. The local believes that the spring water have a natural power to cure various disease and wounds.
After a nice time at Tatopani and hot spring, morning walk leads to Soti Khola walking along the Budhi Gandaki River downstream, after hours of good walk reaching at Gurung village of Labubesi, from here walk further through terraced fields and waterfalls to reach our last overnight stop at Soti-khola.
Catching morning views of snow clad peaks, overland drive leads to a long winding downhill through interesting towns and villages, heading to warmer area and back into rural farm country and villages to reach around farm country of Gorkha and Dhading districts.
After Dhadingbesi area our drive concludes at Kathmandu, then transfer to your hotels around Thamel area, with free afternoon for individual activities.
Last day in amazing Nepal with wonderful and enjoyable time around Manaslu Tsum Valley of Happiness Trekking, our staff will transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your final flight back homeward bound or to respective countries.