Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek

Manaslu is eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,156m, concealed deep within the Mansiri Himal which is part of the North-Western Himalayan range in Nepal. The name is derived from Sanskrit which is translated as Mountain of the Spirit; its structure seems to form and elongated, serrated blade, jutting up from ground in a great mass of snow and ice, frozen in spatial harmony. The mountain falls away steadily into the foothills below which are sparsely populated with few agricultural ventures. Rough steep trails wind throughout Manaslu providing incredible mountain vistas of many great giants such as Ngadi Chuli, Himalchuli and Baudha, although the breathtaking beauty is wrought with some hardship as Manaslu is prone to get hit by heavy rains during monsoon season sometimes rendering landslides and rock falls which can in turn cover up pathways calling upon our guides to take the lead and show the way through.

The Manaslu Conservation Area has been declared as such since 1998, leaving it mostly untouched and unknown by the torrents of trekkers sweeping through Nepal every year, comprising sub-tropical Himalayan foothills to arid trans-Himalayan high pastures on the border with Tibet, the area covers a total of six climactic zones. Accommodation is not so luxurious as one could expect on the more frequented routes, but none the less warmth of hospitality and spirit is never lacking. These areas are very culturally intriguing maintaining strong ties to the ancient Tibetan traditions throughout the mountains and Tsum Valley.

Tsum valley is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting places to be explored in all of Nepal. It was a restricted area until 2008, its population consisting of mostly Tibetan origin peoples. Within the valley there is an ancient tradition of polyandry which still thrives today; this is the practice of all the brothers of one family marrying the same wife. Perhaps the most attractive element of the valley is the fact that hunting and fishing are not permitted due to Buddhist prohibitions which in turn make the wildlife population here thrive as if it were a Garden of Eden. In local folklore the valley is said to be a beyul; one of the sacred valleys Padmasambhava Buddha blessed as a great refuge, only to be discovered when society can no longer sustain its people and the world becomes too corrupt for spirituality.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 :Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m)

Day 2 :Kathmandu valley sightseeing & Trek Preparation (1,300m)

Day 3 :Kathmandu -Sotikhola (700m) 9-10 hrs Drive

Day 4 :Sotikhola-Machhakhola (869m) 5 hrs leisurely trekking

Day 5 :Machhakhola-Jagat (1340m) 4-5 hrs trekking;

Day 6 :Thulo Dhungga-Philim (1570m) 6 hrs trekking (checkpoint & 1st night in Tsum valley)

Day 7 :Philim-Chumling (Tsum valley) (2386m) 8 hrs trekking

Day 8 :Chumling-Chhokang Paro (3031m ) (Tsum valley) 6 hrs trekking

Day 9 :Chhokang Paro-Mu Gompa (3700 m) (Tsum Valley) 6-7 hrs

Day 10 :Mu Gompa-Lar (3245m) (Tsum valley 3 to 4 hrs trekking

Day 11 :Lar-Chumling (2386 m) (Tsum valley 9 hrs trekking, lunch & site-seeing;

Day 12 :Chumling-Pewa ( 2000 m) (left Tsum valley & start Manaslu) 5 to 6 hrs trekking

Day 13 :Pewa-Ghap (2500m) 5 to 6 hrs

Day 14 :Ghap-Lho (3180 m) 5 to 6 hrs

Day 15 :Lho-Sama (Ryo)(3520m) 3 to 4 hrs. (300m net gain)

Day 16 :Sama (Ryo)-Samdo (3850m) 3 hrs trek

Day 17 :Rest day in Samdo-climb towards Lajyung Pass (5120m) on Tibet border

Day 18 :Samdo-Dharamsala (4460m) 3 hours trek (stop to acclimate) scout Larkya La

Day 19 :Dharamsala-Larkya La (5160m) Bimthang ( 3720m) 7 to 9 hours.

Day 20 :Bimthang-Dharapani (1860m) on Annapurna Circuit) 7 to 8 hrs

Day 21 :Dharapani-Besisahar by Jeep (1430m) 4 to 5 hrs

Day 22 :Besisahar-Kathmandu 6 -7 hrs Driving and we go for a farewell dinner in the evening

Day 23 :Transfer to airport for your on ward flight sweet home

What is Included

  • Private pick up and transfer between airport/ hotel, on arrival and departure.
  • Three  nights accommodation in Kathmandu a 2-3 star. hotel , with breakfast.
  • Full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle, as per the above itinerary.
  • Full-board teahouse/ lodge accommodation during the trek with breakfast, lunch, dinner, teas and coffees.
  • At least 1 experienced, fully trained, government licensed and English-speaking trekking guide for the duration of the trek.
  • Assistant guides to offer support for the trek duration, as per the group size. (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide).
  • Sherpa porters to carry your luggage for the trek duration, as per the group size. (2 trekkers : 1 porter).
  • Coverage of all expenses for the guide(s) and porters, i.e. food, accommodation, salary, equipment and transportation, plus insurance for all staff (as per state law).
  • Special Trekking Permit, 75 USD per person  9 days from Jagat to Tilje 35$ for Tsum valley. If you wish to stay longer than 9 days in the restricted area, you will be subject to an additional charge of 10 USD per person, per day.
  • Manaslu and Annapurna conservation area permit fee.
  • All ground transportation between Kathmandu and Arughat and back to Kathmandu , by private vehicle.
  • 1 warm down jacket and sleeping bag per person (to be returned after trip completion).
  • Coordination of emergency rescue, if required. (Helicopter Evacuation available at clients’ expense).
  • Access to comprehensive first aid medical kit for the trip duration. (Clients are advised to bring their own personal medical supplies as well).
  • 1 Asia Adventure Nepal T-shirt, per person.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu at typical Nepali restaurant.
  • All applicable government taxes.

What is Not Included

  • Entry Visa fees – 25USD for 15 day visa, 40USD for 30 day visa and 100USD for 3 month visa on entry into Nepal (correct at time of writing)
  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast (and in the case of early return from the mountain other than scheduled).
  • All entrance fee of temple and monastery in Kathmandu.
  • All entrance fee of temple and monastery in Kathmandu.
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks and laundry.
  • Personal medical and travel insurance and medical bills.
  • International air fares/ flights. (Fares and flights can be arranged upon request).
  • Hot shower during the trek.
  • Personal trekking equipment and clothing.
  • Insurance to cover emergency helicopter evacuation.
  • Tips for guide, porters and drivers. (Tipping is expected, but not mandatory).
Start Date End Date Cost Status
05 March 2015 24 February 2015 1400 Available Book
21 March 2015 10 February 2015 1400 Available Book
03 April 2015 23 March 2015 Available Book

Trip Facts

Duration: 23 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Trip Cost: On request

Destination: Nepal

Advantages: Few Tourists Undying culture Rough Trekking

Trek Duration : 18 Day Arughat to Dharapani

Highest Elevation : Larkya La 5160m

Trekking Style : Lodge & Home Stay

Group Size : 02 to 14 People

Transportation: Jeep and Local Bus

Best Season : Spring and Autumn

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