Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • 7 reviews
  • 25 Days
Price per personUS$1299
We Offer Group Price
No. of peoplePrice P.P
1 - 1 US$ 1599
2 - 2 US$ 1499
3 - 5 US$ 1455
6 - 10 US$ 1399
11 - 16 US$ 1299
$1599 x 1 guests:
$1599

Total
$1599
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  • Trip Duration25 Days
  • Difficulty LevelModerate - Strenuous
  • Best SeasonFall & Spring
  • Max Altitude5167 m

Overview

Starts: Soti Khola                Ends at: Besisar

Accom. : Tea house          Trip Grade: Challenging

Transport: By Bus               Region: Manaslu

 

Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights 

  • Scenic drive to Sotikhola from Kathmandu
  • Magnificent mountains views, waterfalls, and landscape
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing
  • Explore the ancient monasteries and Gompa in Narphu and Manaslu valley
  • Larke- La passes (5160 M)
  • Spectacular mountain views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Annapurna range.
  • Beautiful typical local villages, traditional and hospitality

 

 

 

Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit trek is one of the most popular off-the-beaten- treks in Nepal. This trek is considered to be the finest tea house trek with limited trekkers and the area is known as a less-crowded trekkers destination in the Himalayas of Nepal.


If you’re a seasoned trekker, accustomed to roughing it, and seek isolation on the trail, the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is the choice for you. 

Though it’s a bit more challenging, longer, and has less luxurious accommodations than the more popular treks, the sights will exceed your expectations. 

On this high-altitude Tsum valley Manaslu trek, the locals will treat you extremely well, welcoming you with some of the best hospitality on the planet. As they are ethnically Tibetan, locals practice Tibetan Buddhism, and their culture has remained relatively unchanged for centuries.

 

What is the trail like?

A map of the trail shows that we circumnavigate Mount Manaslu (8163), and through Tsum Valley, also known as the Hidden Valley. Just opened to foreigners in 1995, the Manaslu region has few trekkers, giving it a peaceful vibe.

Even more interesting, Tsum Valley was just opened in 2008.  Very few visitors to Nepal have even heard of this mysterious, magical place.

It is a mix of lush, green flat land and dry grazing pasture, encompassed by massive, godly mountains. 

You find yourself staring up at the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal Ranges, all unique and amazing in their own way. 

In the initial days of the trek, we trek through the Budhi Gandaki Valley comprised of dense forests, terraced fields, and pleasant villages. As we leave the main Manaslu Trail to Tsum Valley, we realize we are entering a truly hidden valley.

Throughout the journey, we pass alpine landscapes, glacial rivers, and enjoy the kind hospitality of the village residents. We can also visit the ancient Buddhist Gombas of the region including the Milarepa's Cave, Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa among others.

It is said that the Buddhist saint Milarepa used to meditate in the caves of these mountains.

This 25-day long Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek is a piece of cake for those who would love to experience miscellaneous landscapes and cultures over the portion of one trip.

However, the trekkers should have a good amount of Stamina as it required completing the trek successfully.

Every step of our trek into the valley is rewarded by striking views of snow-capped mountains and an epic experience that will remain for the long-lasting.

Best Time to Trek

The best time to do the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek is between the months of October and December, as they provide the clearest skies. 

The next best is from March to May.  It is possible to do the trek in other months, but ask us and we’ll give you advice and information regarding those times.

 

Benefits WITH ART

  • Free Airport transportation on arrival and departure days (We will pick you up and drop you off) 
  • Trekking equipment such as the Sleeping bag, Down jacket, and walking poles (rental is included if needed)
  • Duffle bag if required  (Optional) 
  • Souvenir: Trekking route map/browser and printed ART's hiking T-shirt
  • An Oximeter to measure your Oxygen and Pulse at a high altitude to find out the accurate health condition while you are trekking in the mountain.
  • WOKI TOKI - for communication during the trek 

Itinerary

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      • Trekking Lodge
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        Trip map

        Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek map

        Trip inclusion

        • International Airport- Hotel- Airport pick up and drop off by private car/Jeep/ Hiace.
        • Meals on a full-board basis (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner/ the main course) during the trek in the mountain.
        • Alpine Ramble’s experienced, government licensed, English-speaking trekking guide.
        • All salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance for the guide.
        • All necessary papers including Manaslu conservation area permit and TIMS card (Trekking Information Management System) fee.
        • special Manaslu perits 
        • Trekking equipment such as the Sleeping bag, and down jacket on request (optional)
        • Trekking lodges (Tea House) throughout the trek 
        • Assistant guide for the group 8 or above
        • Kathmandu- Soti Khola- Kathmandu by bus/ jeep
        • Supplementary snacks: energy bar, crackers, and cookies, etc.
        • Seasonal fresh fruits dessert every evening after dinner.
        • Appreciation of certificate after the successful trek.
        • Farewell Dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with traditional music and dance
        • Alpine Ramble’s complimentary free T-shirt/  route map and a duffel bag (if required)
        • Oximeter to measure your oxygen and Pulse level during the trek in the mountain, it’s very useful for all the trekkers to be aware of the high altitude sickness.
        • Compressive first aid box (Guide will carry it throughout the trek).
        • Emergency rescue operation assistance in arranging in case of complex health conditions (funded by your Travel Insurance)
        • All government, Local taxes/ vat and official Expenses

         

         

        • Nepal entry visa fees (you can easily issue the visa on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15 days Visa.
        • Extra accommodation and meals behind schedule (Foods and accommodations before or after the trek) 
        • Extra drinks as alcoholic & non-alcoholic such as Fanta, Coca-cola, sprite, water, beer, etc.
        • Additional cost by out of management control due to the landscape, weather condition, illness, change of government policies, strikes, and physical condition, etc.
        • Personal expenses such as snacks, laundry, telephone, WIFI, hot shower, etc at tea houses on a trek.
        • Travel insurance has to cover emergency rescue evacuation from the high-altitude 
        • Personal trekking equipment for this trek 
        • Tips for guide and staff (Tipping is expected)
        • Extra porter if required $380
        • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Include section of this trek.

        Dates & Price

        Check our available trip departure dates and costs for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. However, the set start dates listed are particularly quoted for the group joining opportunity if the listed are not suitable for you and want to customize this trip, please feel free to contact us for your customized departure date. Meanwhile, The Private trips are available on any date of your selection that suits you at any time of the year at your convenience. Get in touch for your private trip and date as you preferred.

         

         

        Start DateEnd DateStatusPrice 
        29 Jun, 202223 Jul, 2022AvailableUS$1299

        Trip Info

         

         

        Foods for Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek

        Food on the Trek has a pretty wide selection of the food items on the tea houses/ trekking lodges menus which are originated and prepared by the local community, the most common meals of the region are as given below.

        Common Breakfast options - Tibetan Breads (a fried bread in oil, it’s also named by Gurung bread in Annapurna area), Chapati with Cheese (dry bread- a local wheat bread), Oatmeal, French toast with jam, honey and peanut butter, Corn Flakes, Hashed brown, fried, Scrambles and boiled eggs, pancakes, porridge with milk, Muesli, Vegetable items and any kind of hot drinks are available except espresso, Americano

        Common Lunch options – different variety of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Momos ( dumplings), Tibetan / chapati bread, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a variety of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, burgers and Pizza, yak steak and desserts items.

        Common Dinner options- Momos (dumplings) different variety of Thukpa (noodle soup), Dahl and Bhat (Nepalese local meal), Tibetan / chapati bread, Macaroni, Spaghetti, Sherpa Stew, a variety of soups, steaks, potatoes items, Sandwiches, Pizza, rice with curry, spring rolls, Raman soups, burgers and Pizza, yak steak, desserts items, hot and cold drinks are available on the menus on tea house, the menu’s selected meals are fresh and healthy with hygienic specialists by the mountain for the mountain trekkers.

        On the tea houses, the menu has plenty of non-veg items mentioned but officially any of the meats are not on our list of recommendations because the meat in the mountain such as high areas is not sanitary and healthy. However, we would like to persuade you to avoid taking meat, Alcoholic drinks, and smoking.

        Deseret and Snacks options- Rice Pudding, Apple pie, fruits snicker/ mars bar, popcorns, cake, and pastries, etc.

        Hot Drink options – Varieties of hot drinks like black/milk coffees, black/mint/ginger/Green/ lemon honey teas, hot chocolates, hot mango juice, hot oranges juice, hot pineapple juice, etc.)

        Open this link for Trekking equipment lists for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

         

        Passport and Visa

        If you are traveling to Nepal you need to have a visa to enter Nepal. However, the arrival visa is available at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu's where you can simply get an ``On Arrival Visa” and you must enter Nepal within six months from the visa issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter Nepal.

        You will be charged $40 USD as visa application fees for 30 days tourist visa to the forefingers except for Chinese and India. For those tourists who have Indian and Chinese passports then you do not need a visa (Free Visa)!

         

        Extra personal expenses

        During the trek, all your foods are included in the package (Lunch, Breakfast, and Dinner with hot drinks), the foods will be served as per the package program and besides that, any personal and Barbier bills would be extra.

        Click here for the Travel Insurance to Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek

         

        Responsible tourism

        Our experienced field staff/team strongly believes that we all are equally responsible to act in favor of the local culture and environment. We would like to follow the important role of following the rules.

        • please respect the local people and their laws, custom, and their beliefs
        • Please always ask your guides for permission before doing something in the local community.
        • please support the keep environment clean, wherever you would travel and dispose of rubbish
        • Please help the local community to encourage the positive sides of tourism as long as possible.
        • We Alpine Ramble Treks are involved in the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organize eco-friendly trips that teach to make the sustainable positive environmentally sensitive of both travelers and communities.

        For safety Trek in Nepal

        FAQs

        Yes, travel insurance is mandatory for trekking to the Everest region. -your travel insurance must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for individual trekking members, please kindly provide us your insurance to us at the time of booking your trip or later - before your trip get started. Alpine Ramble will help and assist you to buy travel insurance for potential unforeseen events or altitude sickness during the trek.

        • Ascend Slowly
        • Avoid Alcohol, Cigarettes & Tobacco
        • Proper Acclimatization Rest and walk slowly
        • Drink plenty of water - at least 3 liters of a day
        • Eat Well and Plenty- mostly soups items like garlic, ginger, etc
        • Use the Diamox as per Doctor's instructors if AMS symptoms grew 

        Yes, you could choose to own your departure dates according to your time and schedule if the published Departure dates are not suitable for your travel plans, we will help you to customize the trip Itinerary on your own time and preferences. 

        Yes, The trekkers should have to have registered trekking permits of Special, Manaslu conservation area, and TIMS (Trekker's Management Systems), they are all helped and provided by Alpine Ramble Trekks- it's all are included on our package program.

        Of course, yes, you can!  This trekking tour can be done by anyone from 8 years young to 75 years old with a reasonably fit by physical and mental. However, this trekking tour will be guided by a highly experienced and knowledgeable guide who helps you to accomplish the trek with great help and support thoroughly.

        Yes, Our Guide and Porters are all insured and they have trekking climbing insurances for trekking to any mountain in Nepal.

         

        The highest point of this trek is Larke -La (5,106 meters) 

        Yes, on upon arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, you’ll be received and welcomed by one of our Alpine Ramble crews and transfer to the respective hotel

        Yes, almost every teahouse has Wifi offer with a little charge 

        Yes, we will help you to exchange your current very easily 

        The best season of the year for this trek is Autumn ( Spe- Dec) and Spring ( March-May) with the clear sky and great views- the temperatures are moderate, you can also do the trek in other months as well with less crowded. 

        The travelers need to be paid 10% of the full trip cost in advance and remaining of the funds for trekking can be made on arrival in Kathmandu. For the booking of your trip please go through the section of "BOOK YOUR TRIP" and click there to make your reservation, it's instant booking confirmation. 

        Yes, Three meals of a day including breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided during the trek in the mountain and foods you will be eating as per menu- offers a wide verity of meals including local and western continentals. 

        • Ascend Slowly
        • Avoid Alcohol, Cigarettes & Tobacco
        • Proper Acclimatization Rest and walk slowly
        • Drink plenty of water - at least 3 liters of a day
        • Eat Well and Plenty- mostly soups items like garlic, ginger, etc
        • Use the Diamox as per Doctor's instructors if AMS symptoms grew 

        Yes, We have a safe and sound place to store where you can be easily stored your luggage at our Hotel or office. 

        Reviews

        • VIvian Read - May 20, 2018

          We heard this walk was not for the faint-hearted and it isn't but we enjoyed immensely the 21-day trek through spectacular valleys with dramatic mountain views crossing high- energy raging rivers staying in remote local villages, some shared with yaks due substantially to the high-level skills and experience of the Alpine Ramble team.
          I have walked twice before with Dil. As previously, his skills in arranging the walk were exceptional. And as always, he was a pleasure to work with.
          Krishna was an outstanding guide with many years of experience. He also proved a good cook. He was compassionate and thoughtful, providing strong leadership when required.
          Sujal was cheerful and patient in his assisting guide roles. Sumir and Annil were heroic in heavy-lifting the effort then happily pitching in with other trekking roles. They were all great company - we walked as a family.

          I highly recommend the Alpine Ramble team for any serious remote treks in Nepal.

           

        • Claire Na - May 11, 2018

          From the outset our experience with Alpine Ramble was excellent: before we had even departed our home countries, Dil Gurung was a communication superstar: he responded promptly to emails and took great care in trying to assist us and plan the perfect Manaslu and Tsum Valley 21 day Itinerary. 

          Though we had never before met, I was warmly greeted at the airport by Dil and our guide with a Nepalese flower garland (mala I think it is called).

          Dil went over and above what I expected from a tour co-ordinator - he helped me at the hotel, changing money and finding bits and pieces I needed prior to the trek. He took time helping our group organize gear hire and explaining the itinerary in detail.

          Once on the trek, our group realized that we were trekking at different paces. This was not a problem for the Alpine Ramble team, who ensured that we could all trek at our own pace, enjoy the beautiful surrounds, and arrive safely at our destination each day.

          Dil did not trek with us but was always able to be contacted by Whatsapp, text or calls wherever we had internet/mobile reception (which admittedly wasn't often in the Manaslu/Tsum Valley area - the remoteness is one of the best features of this trek!). When we did get in touch with Dil he responded immediately and was extremely helpful.

          We were lucky to have two amazing porters. In particular, Sujal Gurung was outstanding: he was one of the most helpful and humble people I have ever met. Unfortunately, I had not realized just how tough the trek would be on my knees and I struggled with knee pain from about the second day. This slowed me down greatly, but Sujal walked with me every day, ensuring that I was never alone. He let me have breaks where needed and even tried to give me knee massages to ease the pain. I spent more time with Sujal than with our guide and, despite being employed as a porter, Sujal was able to teach me many things about Nepali culture. His love for Nepal is infectious, as is his personality! Sujal was happy to help with everything - not just carrying bags, but helping with the small things like bringing us our meals, finalising packing, getting hot water for drink bottles at night, even taking my drink bottle out of my bag so I didn't have to remove the whole backpack to take a drink! No job was too big or too small for Sujal, and he did everything with a smile. We were even privileged enough to enjoy his musical entertainment - singing Nepali songs throughout the trek!

          The trek itself was harder than I had anticipated, with every day involving steep rocky paths up and down (even if the final destination for the day was 200m higher than the starting point, there would be both steep ascents and descents)! 

          We got to see some very beautiful and isolated places, as well as traditional Nepalese villages. The highlight of the trip for me was staying at a nunnery with two Tibetan nuns near Mu Gompa. We couldn't speak Tibetan with the nuns but they were kind, keeping us warm by the fire and cooking for us...and allowing us to sleep in a beautiful and very isolated temple overnight. 

          Dharapani was a challenge - not only was it freezingly cold at night (the water in my bottle froze and my tent did not zip up properly), the toilets were disgusting (I strongly urge against using the provided toilets...you might slip on something undesirable while trying to squat.

          On the hardest day, the day we crossed Larke Pass, Sujal was like an angel for me: I was freezingly cold and tired, walking very slowly (far behind the rest of my group) and seriously considering whether exhaustion and cold were a good enough reason to call a rescue helicopter. Sujal didn't let me give up, and at times showed more faith in me than I had in myself. He walked slowly with me, reassuring me that we would go bitter (slowly) and we would be successful at Larke Pass. All the other travelers attempting the pass that day seemed to have passed me and I could hardly believe this was true. Despite my doubts, Sujal did not ever despair, even carrying me where I felt I could walk no longer. In the end Sujal's faith in me won out: we successfully reached Larke Pass (maybe 6 or 7 hours after we departed) , and I was overcome with tears of relief, happiness, and gratitude: in a strange country where I knew no one, a stranger had treated me with such great care and shown so much faith in me, making me feel as though I was on a journey with a friend of many years or a family member who had complete faith in me - and was right! It is hard to describe the feeling in words, but please know that it was this feeling of trust, feeling like I was cared for/about, the positive bouncy energy of Sujal's youth and his incredible strength that got me up and over the pass. 

          Back in Kathmandu Dil arranged for a tour of the city for me - unfortunately, it was very quick, as I was soon flying back home. The guide was extremely knowledgeable in the areas of Nepalese culture, history, and religion. He had piqued my curiosity and made me want to learn and understand more - perhaps by returning to Nepal one day. 

          I am so grateful to both Dil and Sujal for making my trip to Nepal a happy one. They both exhibited a sense of warmth, care, and humility that is not common, especially in the competitive tourism market. These are things that can't really be quantified in monetary terms, and it was this, perhaps more so than the majesty of the Himalayas, that made my trip truly special and made the goodbye at the airport extremely difficult and sad for me. Hopefully, though, it is a 'see ya later' rather than a 'goodbye', as I would love to return to Nepal and see my Nepalese family again. 

          I can only hope that those of you reading this review choose Alpine Ramble and have the same wonderful experience as I did.
        • Myriam Leonardy - November 10, 2017

          We had an amazing and very authentic experience hiking through this remote and breathtakingly beautiful part of the country. The Alpine Ramble team was ever so attentive to our every need. The team that guided us through the trek was well supported by the team in Kathmandu. Overall, a great adventure and experience.

           

        • Louise - January 10, 2017

          Our trip with Alpine Ramble Treks was most spectacular. The guides and porters went absolutely beyond what I expected to make this trip safe and as comfortable as possible. The hike itself was pretty tough in terrain, length, elevation, some of the accommodation and at some places risky due to landslides, but stunning in natural beauty, people and culture. Dil's love for his business and the mountains have attracted equally loving people who supported us during our trekking. Their entire focus was on making us happy, from the moment we lay contact by email to even after we have arrived home safely. I highly recommend this professional yet personal company.

           

        • Griffin H - December 12, 2016

          Alpine Ramble is very professional and Dil is incredibly kind and helpful. Our trek in Manaslu and Tsum Valley was a wonderful experience. Highly recommend Alpine Ramble!

          Griffin

          USA