Trip Introduction: 26 Days Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking 2022,2023- Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking is a tranquil trek for you to explore the unspoiled beauty and unearth hidden corners of the mountains.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking Trail Journey is an adventurous exploration trek to unearth the hidden corners of the mountains of Mid-West Nepal. Also known as “the valley of Happiness" coined from the old Tibetan “Beyul Kyimolung” this trekking circuit is a tranquil trail.
Located in the historical Gorka district the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Route is a perfect wilderness hideout for avid adventure seekers. Lapped between Ganesh Himal known as Yangri and towering Manaslu (Kutang) range of Mid-West Himalayan Mountains is dramatic.
The inhabitants of this trekking region continue to follow their age old cultural traditions that remain unchanged for centuries. Strangely not many people dare to trek the Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek region. It is because of its extreme aloofness, the strenuous routes, and lack of adequate facilities.
Closed for decades to the outside world it still preserves its best kept secrets alive and on the offer to the visitors around the world. Tsum Manaslu Valley Trekking region is gem of a trekking destination that let you explore the unspoiled beauty of the region that is adorned with cascading waterfalls, green meadows, and panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains. You get excellent views of Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), and Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), etc.
The Budhi Gandaki River upstream areas, is no less than a heaven's hideout. Besides that you will hike through to the Larkya La Pass (5,106m/16,751ft), which is also the highest point of the trek.
Trekking here guarantees you a peep in to its rich cultural heritage, high monasteries, traditional villages, and colourful people. As mysterious yaks, mani walls, lively festivals, is undoubtedly the - Shangri-La of the Himalayas by all means.
26 days Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking - The journey
The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking "the valley of happiness" trek starts from Soti khola. Following an ascending trail you will reach the Budhi Gandaki valley that passes through pine and rhododendron forest.
From there heading upwards keeping up over a ridge is your prime target for reaching the destined place called Lokpa. This very point is also known as the gateway to Tsum valley. However, it will take us three days to reach Lokpa.
Reaching Lokpa takes around three days, first day is spent at Machha Khola, followed by Jagat, and finally at Lokpa and then to the Tsum Valley. The Tsum Manaslu Valley trekking region is an interesting place with scenic walks written all over it. Here visiting the heritage villages that follow a mix of Tibetan and Buddhism religion is fabulous.
Besides that a tour Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa (monastery) is a divine feeling to bask under. You will then join the Budi Gandaki River and tread on a higher trail following the Manaslu valley for reaching the Larke-la-pass. This is the highest point of the adventure that has an elevation of 5,215m. The sweeping panoramic views that you get from here of the snow clad peaks are monumental.
The walk the then follows through beautiful alpine woodland of tall rhododendron-pines-oaks and fir tree lines. The trek then goes past the interesting villages of Namrung-Lho and then towards Samagaon.
The tree lines starts to fade giving way to short high alpine vegetation of juniper and rhododendron (azalea) bushes on this arctic cold terrain. The culture and age-old traditional life followed since ages is timeless which is inspired by the strong Tibetan influence.
The villages of Samdu and Samagaon here lie in close proximity and share borders with Tibet. Be prepared as the adventure from here on is set on a parched and arid landscape at Larke Phedi (bottom).
An exciting part of fulfilling adventure trek leads you to a scenic and steep climb for making it to the top of Larke-La. This is a place no less than a heaven as its offers splendid vistas of the surrounding hills and the mountains.
Having covered lots of ground to reach here is worth reliving exploring and spending time gazing at these natural wonders. Later you will join the trail that reaches you towards the limit of the Manang area. You then follow the Marsyangdi River downstream to the lower warm areas.
Once here you get the accomplished feel of the overwhelmingly exciting Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking. Treasuring that feeling deep down into your hearts you will board a Kathmandu bound vehicle. These glorious Himalayan trek moments will always be memorable that you made with Trekking Planner while trekking in Nepal.
Best Time for trekking in the Tsum Manasaly Valley Trekking trail
The best time for Tsum Manaslu Valley Trekking is from March to May and September to November.
March to May - Spring
This is one of the best seasons to trek in the Tsum Manaslu Valley. During this time, you get stunning views of Mt. Manaslu and regional glaciers.
The skies are crystal clear giving you the perfect views of the snow clad peaks. Moreover you will find an array of blooming rhododendron flowers and its colourful variations.
Temperature ranges from: Max.24°C to Min -4°C.
September to November - autumn
Autumn is the second best season for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking. The obvious reasons are the presence of clear suitable weather and the festivals that take place in Nepal.
This is a peak tourist season the weather is stable, the clear skies presents stunning mountain views from all the corners. This is the season when Nepal rejoices and celebrates its biggest festival Dashain, Tihar, Chhat.
Temperature ranges from: Max 23°C to Min-6 °C.
Tsum Valley Manaslu Trekking Trip Grade and Difficulties
The Tsum Manaslu Valley Trek is a strenuously challenging trek. Due to its variations it poses difficulties as one has to constantly walk from lower altitudes to the higher trekking trails. Trekking at higher altitudes is physically more demanding than trekking at lower altitudes.
Some days require longer walking hours. To achieve this goal you need to be physically fit with mental preparedness for walking long. Hence advance preparations of couple of weeks before the trip will not only boost your stamina but increase your chances of successfully completing it.
However trekkers with chronic medical conditions related to heart, lung, and blood disease should not attempt this challenging trekking trail.
Communication Facilities Tsum Valley Manaslu Trekking
You will be getting uninterrupted supply of internet services at the tea lodges but you have to pay extra to get this facility. However as we reach higher altitudes internet During the Tsum Manaslu Valley Circuit Trek, you can use internet service at lodges for an extra service charge.
But once we reach high altitudes, you won’t be getting the internet services at will. Instead you can make a call by making use of your mobile phone. For that you can purchase a local sim card while in Kathmandu before you go up into the mountains. However the signals might be weak as you constantly go higher up into the mountains.
Electricity and battery recharge, an availability of clean water during the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek
During the entire throughout the lodges at the Manaslu Tsum Valley Circuit trek regions, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available but comes with extra cost.
During the trek, you can purchase bottled mineral water from the local lodges or tea houses. If you want fill your water bottle from the running water tap its your choice of interest. The water may appear to be clear but we suggest you to use water purification pills to be on a safer side.
Accommodation facilities while trekking in Manasalu Tsum Valley Area;
We have a best network of star hotels in Kathmandu. During your Tsum Valley Manaslu trek, the rooms in which you will be staying are quite basic in nature. You normally get just a bed with a pillow and blankets. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge.
We will accommodate you and your group in local lodge available each day. You stay in single rooms where possible, but more often than not you will have to share. It is fairly reasonable and wise to stay in Lodge rather than organizing a camping trek.
Food facilities during the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking
Meals are all inclusive and are available all along the trail. You can find a considerable variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer).Meals is prepared by our cook. We provide three tasty and nutritious meals daily along with drinks.
A Typical day on Manaslu Tsum Valley trek
Every morning after packing our bags and having a good breakfast, we set out on a day's walk. After walking at a steady pace of about 3-4 hours we stop for lunch at around the midday.
The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remaining half of the afternoon can be spent in exploring the village, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book
There will be some days when we might arrive at our destination by lunchtime giving us an entire afternoon to do activities of our choice or just relax. Generally after dinner, the evening is often spent by playing cards and reliving the day's adventures. Later we will be heading off to bed for a getting a well-deserved sleep.