Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek
Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek Overview
Manaslu circuit trek with the hidden valley of Tsum is a long yet beautiful trek. It is a thrilling and adventurous journey that begins by following the banks of Budhi Gandaki and takes us through the trail of Mount Manaslu. “Mountain Of Soul” also known as mount Manaslu lies at the height of 8163m. Mount Manaslu is the 8th highest mountain peak in the world and is really an adventurous spot. It lies in the mid-western part of Nepal, in between the Ganesh Himal and Annapurna Himalayan ranges. Mount Manaslu basically lies between Nepal and Tibet. Japanese mountaineer Tosio Lmanishi along with Nepalese Gyalzen Norbu was the first person to climb Mount Manaslu.
The trekking route of Manaslu base camp was publicly opened in 1992. And the Tsum valley much later, since then people have been great discovering this place. The base camp of Manaslu lies at 4800m, giving us the scenic view and insights of rudimental rural civilization that typically represents the Tibetan lifestyle. Tsum valley itself has the people, culture, and lifestyle that is very closely related to that of Tibet. On the trekking part of Tsum valley, the routes are over the height of 3000m including the high pass, Larkya La at 5160m. Crossing the Larkya La is very challenging since it’s a frozen pass and often requires ropes and ice axes. Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek provides the best view of Mount Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Ganesh Himal, Larke peak, and Annapurna. This trek allows us to experience the Tibetan lifestyle very closely, along with many Buddhist and monks.
This route takes around 24/25 days with proper rest and few days off. It cost around 2000$ for this trek including transportation, food, accommodation, clothing, insurance etc.
Highlights of Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek
- Amazing view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Larke peak, etc.
- Cross one of the highest and challenging passes, Larkya la.
- Witness the diverse flora and fauna of the Manaslu Conservation Area.
- Get to see the Tibetan culture very closely and know about their lifestyle.
- Explore many monasteries, stupas, Gompas, and prayer walls.
- Day 1: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (7-8 hours)
- Day 2: Soti Khola to Machhekhola ,( 5 hours walk)
- Day 3: Machhakhola to Jagat (7 hours walk)
- Day 4: Jagat to Lokpa (6-7 hours walk)
- Day 5: Lokpa to Chumling (5 hours walk)
- Day 6: Chumling to Chhokangparo (4-5 hours walk)
- Day 7: Chhokangparo to Mu Gumpa ( 6 hours walk)
- Day 8: Mu Gumpa to Chhokangparo (5 hours walk)
- Day 9: Chhokangparo to Gumpa Lungdang (7 hours walk)
- Day 10: Gumpa Lungdang to Ganesh Himal Base Camp 4900m then back to Gumpa Lungdang (8-9 hours walk)
- Day 11: Gumpa Lungdang to Ripchet (4 hours walk)
- Day 12: Ripchet to Deng (6 hours walk)
- Day 13: Deng to Namrung (7 hours walk)
- Day 14: Namrung to Sama (7 hours walk)
- Day 15: Sama to Samdo (3 hours walk)
- Day 16: Samdo to Dharmasala (5 hours)
- Day 17: Dharmasala to Larke La, then descend to Bhimthang (8 hours walk)
- Day 18: Bhimthang to Dharapani (8 hours walk)
- Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu/Pokhara (9/10 hours drive)
Difficulties and safety
Manaslu with Tsum valley is a sort of remote area, trekking to this place can be slightly challenging. This is a moderately difficult trek. However, the level of difficulty entirely depends on your physical and mental fitness. But you can build your muscle strength, make your body flexible by practicing some light exercise, running, and jogging. The trek to the Manaslu circuit with Tsum valley is all about walking 5-6 hours per day for at least 25 days. This reason solely is enough to make this trek challenging. The trails are rugged, steep, may be snowy in off-seasons. The maximum height in this trek is Larkya La (5160m) with other high passes on the way. There is a high risk of mountain sickness. You need proper acclimatization and itinerary for this trek.
Symptoms of Mountain sickness
- Loss of appetite
- Shortness of breath
- Fast heartbeats
Preventing mountain sickness
- Walk slow
- Stay hydrated
- Have nutritional food
- Have enough rest
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
Medicines for mountain sickness
- Ibuprofen, paracetamol (for headache)
- Promethazine (for nausea)
Clothing and equipment
|Trekking shocks||Torch lights|
|Water proof pants||sunglasses|
|Water proof jackets||Beanies and gloves|
|Warm shirts and t shirts||medicines|
|Thermal tops and bottoms||toiletries|
|Fleece jacket||Safety kit|
|Down jacket||Hand sanitizers|
|Trekking pole||Water bottles and water purifier|
|Raincoats||Trashbag and tissue papers|
|Duffel bags||Power banks|
Travel insurance- Trekking to high altitudes can always be risky. Travel Insurance is something you might want to do before trekking anywhere. Sometimes in emergency cases, people need to be evacuated through a helicopter and get medical service. So, in such cases, your travel insurance will be bearing the cost for you.
Seeing all these benefits, the government of Nepal has made travel insurance mandatory thing before trekking. However, it is very important to mention the heights and all the places you will be reaching during your trek. Your insurance entirely depends on the details you have provided earlier. Travel insurance costs you around 150$ which is good for 1 month.
Visas/passports- If you are not a Nepalese or Indian citizen, then a visa and a passport are mandatory. You can get your Nepalese Visa at Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu. The passport must hold a visa of a minimum of 6 months.