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 the towering Manaslu (Kutang) range of the 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 the lack of adequate facilities.
Closed for decades to the outside world it still preserves its best-kept secrets alive and on offer to visitors around the world. Tsum Manaslu Valley Trekking region is a gem of a trekking destination that lets 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 area 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 into its rich cultural heritage, high monasteries, traditional villages, and colorful people. With mysterious yaks, mani walls, and 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 which passes through pine and rhododendron forests.
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 Buddhist religion is fabulous.
Besides that, a tour of Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa (monastery) is a divine feeling to bask in. You will then join the Budi Gandaki River and tread on a higher trail following the Manaslu Valley to reach the Larke-la-pass. This is the highest point of the adventure and has an elevation of 5,215m. The sweeping panoramic views that you get from here of the snow-clad peaks are monumental.
The walk 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 start 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 nearby 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 a fulfilling adventure trek leads you to a scenic and steep climb to make it to the top of Larke-La. This is a place no less than heaven as it offers splendid vistas of the surrounding hills and 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 their colorful 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, and the clear skies present stunning mountain views from all the corners. This is the season when Nepal rejoices and celebrates its biggest festivals Dashain, Tihar, and 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 strenuously challenging. 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 preparations of a couple of weeks before the trip will not only boost your stamina but increase your chances of 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 an 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, availability of clean water during the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek.
During the entire 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 to fill your water bottle with the running water tap it's your choice of interest. The water may appear to be clear but we suggest you use water purification pills to be on the safer side.
Accommodation facilities while trekking in the Manasalu Tsum Valley Area.
We have the best network of star hotels in Kathmandu. During your Tsum Valley Manaslu trek, the rooms in which you will be staying are quite basic. 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 a 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 the 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 are prepared by our cook. We provide three tasty and nutritious meals daily along with drinks.
A Typical day on the 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 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 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 playing cards and reliving the day's adventures. Later we will be heading off to bed to get a well-deserved sleep.
Best Seasons for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking.
The best times are from March to May in the spring season with September to early November months during autumn.
March to May much longer sunlight hours where green hills are bright and beautiful with wildflowers in full blooming times, especially the rhododendrons of various species, makes the trek more interesting and very special.
Most days are clear from morning till late afternoon but can get cloudy sometimes with a chance of snow around higher elevations and cold in the morning and nighttime (without wind-chill factors).
September to early November during the autumn/fall season most days are crystal clear from morning till mid-afternoon, days are shorter and with sunlight hours, much colder with freezing temperatures in the morning and night as well in shades above 1,800 m high (not adding extra wind-chill factor).
Local Culture and Religion-Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking.
Around Nepal's Far North Mid-West region of Gorkha district within Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit trek, populated by various mix tribes of people in the lower warm farm area with Magar, Gurung, Tamang and Bharamins, Chettries including Dalits and some few Newar people.
Where one can witness both Hindu and Buddhism religions of various interesting cultures around low warm villages to mid hills, higher up around Tsum Valley and Manaslu from Dyang onward dominated by people of strong Tibetan and Mongolian origin with immense cultures of Buddhism religion.
Interesting to explore around Tsum Valley and on the trails of the Manaslu high route interwoven with Buddhist religion and interesting cultures which are similar to Tibetans across the border from high Tsum and Manaslu Valley.
Climate and Weather-Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Area.
Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May to the first week of June will be the best time during spring times when days are longer with enough sunlight hours.
Morning and night time as well in shade can be cold and much freezing temperatures around higher areas above 2,000 m.
Other months from September to November are another great times for treks around Kanchenjunga base camp and other areas of the Himalayas, when days are clear for views and to summit the top of the peak, although much colder months of autumn season with extreme cold during the morning and night time, where sunlight is much shorter.