Manaslu Trek and Tsum Valley Trek , Package Cost & 20 Days Itinerary

Overview

The Manaslu Valley Trek 2017/2018 is more remote and spectacular than many, with rough steep tracks and limited accommodation during the trek. It is culturally fascinating with strong continuing links to Tibet in the upper Buri Gandaki (called Nupri ‘the western mountains’) and the Tsum Valley, and even has the Larkya La (5100m) as a challenge. The views of Mt Manaslu, eighth highest mountain in the world, are marvelous and close.
 
There is limited backup in case of an emergency and it is probably not a good place to go if you have a fear of heights, since tracks can be narrow and hang out over the valley in places. The trek around Manaslu can be done as a lodge trek except for the night before the Larkya La (although a tent should be carried in case the simple lodges are full elsewhere) while Tsum requires a tent or home stays organised in advance and there are only two lodges at present (and very few functioning toilets and no showers/bathrooms) but every year they have better then better  facilities  accommodation and foods 
 
The remote Tsum Valley side-trip should not be missed. In nine trips to Nepal this was the absolute highlight, with strong, friendly, hospitable people, a living Buddhist culture and untouched wildlife because of Buddhist prohibitions on hunting. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid and we can only agree. The people are poor, since they have been bypassed by development for centuries, but this means their unique culture has remained intact.
 
My Clients (Nepal guide Info team ) said : “Tsum Valley was FANTASTIC. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting it to be very different from where we’d already been but as soon as we made that right turn off the main track it suddenly seemed we were entering a hidden valley full of untouched forest so beautiful we called it the Garden of Eden.”
 
I guided this route in May 2012 with another two couples, and two porters. We took 18 days (11 days for the Manaslu part and 7 days for Tsum) although it can be done in more or less. In particular, there are lots of ways to see Tsum Valley – this is what we did. The skies would be clearer in September-October.
 
Hassles and costs: A special Restricted Area permit is required for Manaslu and a separate one for Tsum. These permits require that you have a registered guide and a party of two or more. The Manaslu fees are: September – November $US70 $US50 for the first week (then $US10 per day) or December – August $US50 for the first week (then $US7 per day). For Tsum the same periods apply but the fee is $US 35 for the first week. In addition, you will need a TIMS card (Trekker’s Information Management System), so you’ll need 8 photos for all this. In addition, you will need to pay both the Manaslu Conservation Area Park (MCAP) fee (Rs2000) and the Annapurna Conservation Area Park (ACAP) fee (Rs2000) for the section from Dharapani to Besisahar after you join the round-Annapurna trail. So you might as well farewell tour guides in Dharapani and add the round-Annapurna leg, exiting down the Kali Gandaki as we did, making it a 35 day trek in total.
 
Shangri-La Maps have just released a 1:100,000 map of the Tsum Valley, available in Kathmandu, which covers the Manaslu trail from Arughat Bazar to Ghap and all the Tsum Valley, although with some mistakes (eg there are no hot springs at Lokpa).
 
Lodges are often local bhattis with only dal bhat on offer and hard beds above the smoky kitchen, although you can raise porridge, tsampa, noodles, omelette and roti at most places.
 
While simple, they are clean and friendly for the most part. There are small shops in most villages with limited stock (soap, toilet paper, batteries, bottled water, biscuits, noodles, beer, whisky). Fleas can be an issue.
 
There are signs in most villages pointing Awards to Larkya La, with times to the next village that are usually accurate. The Tsum is similarly marked. Since many people don’t know where there are lodges, and since there were neither maps nor track notes for Tsum before, here is some current information which we hope will make the route more popular and so help improve the number and standard of the lodges.

Itinerary

Tsum Valley Trekking details Itinerary: 2017/2018
 20 Days Tsum Valley Trekking Option one (01)
Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel ,Manaslu Tusm valley trekking briefing with officially arrangements Nepal Guide Info Team Thamel Kathmandu StayOvernight at Kathmandu.
 
Day 02: After breakfast, our tour guide will take to for historical monuments sightseeing in Kathmandu valley such as Boudhhanath: visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa than visit Pashupatinath temple : the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. Kathmandu durbar square: you will enjoy with different Hindus Temple , Goddes Kumari, legend of Kathmandu valley. Nepal Guide Info Team representative will make Tsum valley trekking permit with your original passport. Overnight at Kathmandu
 
Day 03: Kathmandu drive bus to Arughat (535m)
 
Day 04: Arughat trek to Liding (860m)
 
Day 05: Liding trek to Machhalkola (930m)
 
Day 06: Machhalkola trek to Jagat (1410m)
 
Day 07: Jagat trek to Lakpa (2040m)
 
Day 08: Lakpa trek to Chumling (2361m)
 
Day 09: Chumling trek to Chhokangparo (3010m)
 
Day 10: Chhokangparo trek to Chhule-Nile (3361m)
 
Day 11: Chhule-Nile trek to Mu Gompa (3700m)
 
Day 12: Mu Gompa trek to Rachen Gompa (3240m)
 
Day 13: Rachen Gompa trek to Dumje (2440m)
 
Day 14: Dumje trek to Gumba Lungdang (3200m)
 
Day 15: Gumba Lungdang trek to Ripchet (2468m)
 
Day 16: Ripchet trek to Dobhan (1070m)
 
Day 17: Dobhan trek to Soti khola (720m)
 
Day 18: Soti Khola trek to Arughat (535m)
 
Day 19: Arughat drive back to Kathmandu by private jeep or local bus. overnight at Kathmandu
 
Day 20: After breakfast, Relaxing/shopping with own activities , Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition,s representative will drop to Kathmandu international airport for onward journeys or if you have time to stay in Nepal will arrange any other trip such as Chitwan Junlge safari tour, Lumbini tour, , river rafting etc.

Detail Itinerary

28 Days Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking Option (02).
 
Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel ,Manaslu Tusm valley trekking briefing with officially arrangements from Nepal Guide Info Teams StayOvernight at Kathmandu.
 
Day 02: After breakfast, our tour guide will take to for historical monuments sightseeing in kathmandu valley such as Boudhhanath: visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa than visit Pashupatinath temple : the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here you see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. Kathmandu durbar square: you will enjoy with different Hindus Temple , Goddes Kumari, legend of Kathmandu valley. Nepal Guide Info Teams representative will make Tsum valley trekking permit with your original passport. Overnight at Kathmandu
 
Day 03: Kathmandu drive bus to Arughat (535m)
 
Day 04: Arughat trek to Liding (860m)
 
Day 05: Liding trek to Machhalkola (930m)
 
Day 06: Machhalkola trek to Jagat (1410m)
 
Day 07: Jagat trek to Lakpa (2040m)
 
Day 08: Lakpa trek to Chumling (2361m)
 
Day 09: Chumling trek to Chhokangparo (3010m)
 
Day 10: Chhokangparo trek to Chhule-Nile (3361m)
 
Day 11: Chhule-Nile trek to Chho Syong (4000m)
 
Day 12: Chho Syong trek to Dupchet (4180m)
 
Day 13: Dupchet trek to Chhemdo (4110m)
 
Day 14: Chhemdo trek to Chhekya (4240m)
 
Day 15: Chhekya trek to Sangti (5066m)
 
Day 16: Sangti trek to Yamdro (4510m)
 
Day 17: Yamdro trek to Bhajyo (4030m)
 
Day 18: Bhajyo trek to Thongbu (4560m)
 
Day 19: Thongbu trek to Lungdang (4240m)
 
Day 20: Lungdang trek to Rachen Gompa (3240m)
 
Day 21: Rachen Gompa trek to Dumje (2440m)
 
Day 22: Dumje trek to Gumba Lungdang (3200m)
 
Day 23: Gumba Lungdang trek to Ripchet (2468m)
 
Day 24: Ripchet trek to Dobhan (1070m)
 
Day 25: Dobhan trek to Soti khola (720m)
 
Day 26: Soti Khola trek to Arughat (535m)
 
Day 27: Arughat drive back to Kathmandu by private jeep. overnight at Kathmandu
 
Day 28: After breakfast, Relaxing/shopping with own activities , Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition’s representative will drop to Kathmandu international airport for onward journeys or if you have time to stay in Nepal will arrange any other trip such as Chitwan Junlge safari tour, Lumbini tour, , river rafting etc.
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25 Days Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking Option (03) 2017/2018
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, meet and greet, transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Rest, preparation or visit ancient old temples in Kathmandu, get permits.
Day 03: Drive to Arughat (600m) 6-8 hours by bus or jeep.
Day 04: Trek to Lapubesi (882m), 5-6 hours walk.hours walk.
Day 05: Trek to Tatopani 990m, 6-7 hours walk.
Day 06: Trek to Philim (1570m), 5-6 hours walk.
Day 07: Trek to Chhumling (2386m), 6-7 hours walk.
Day 08: Trek to Chhekampar (3011m), 5-6 hours walk.
Day 09: Trek to Nile (3310m) 4-5 hours walk.
Day 10: Excursion Mu Gompa (3700m) and trek to Lama Hotel, 6-7 hours walk.
Day 11: Trek to Dumje (2460m), approx. 5-6 hours walk.
Day 12: Trek to Gumpa Lungdang (3200m), 4-5 hours walk.
Day 13: Trek to Lokpa (2240) approx. 7 hours walk.
Day 14: Trek to Ghap (2300m), 6-7 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Lho (3180m), 5-7 hours walk.
Day 16: Tre to Sama Gaun, (3520m), 5-6 hours walk.
Day 17: Rest acclimatization day, explore surrounding beauty.
Day 18: Trek to Samdo (3780m), 3 -4 hours walk.
Day 19: Trek to Larke Rest home/Dharmasaala (4460m) 4 hours walk.
Day 20: Trek to Bimtang (3750m), via Larkey Pass (5100m), 8-9 hours.
Day 21: Trek to Gowa (2515), 6-7 hours walk.
Day 22: Trek to Chyamje 1430, 7 hours walk.
Day 23: Drive to Besisahar. Overnight in Besisahar.
Day 24: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 25: Fly back to home.
Note: This trip can be personalized as per your requirements that meet your time frame. The trip price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size so please kindly provide us your details for tailor made program Namaste .

Include/Exclude

Trip Cost Includes 2017/18
Airport-hotel-airport pick and drop by private car/van
2 nights room in peace, clean and standard hotels in Kathmandu, B&B service.
Well experienced, government registered, fluent English speaking and friendly guide and Porters .
All meals: lunch, breakfast and dinner during the trek.
Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trek.
Group first aid kit and water purifiers.
Lodge and home stay during the trek and all ground transportation
Food, accommodation salary of the guide & porters.
Manaslu special Trekking permit and MCAP permit.
All transportation, ACAP permit and Tsum Valley special permit
Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition Office service charge, government tax and vat etc.
Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porters.
Trip Cost Excludes
Hard drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
Laundry service, toiletries and personal nature expenses.
Hot shower and hot water, internet and phone calls
Personal insurance, Nepal visa fee, international air ticket.
Rescue operation charge in case of emergency and laundry services.
Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.
Note: This trip can be personalized as per your requirements that meet your time frame. The trip price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size so please kindly provide us your details for tailor made program Namaste

Equipment List

TREKKING EQUIPMENT LIST FOR MANASLU TREKKING & TSUM VALLEY 2017/2018
Nepal Planet Treks ( Nepal Guide info )has always been keen about safety on the journey. We have prepared Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trek in Nepal. The following list should help you with your packing. Generally, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 16 KG.
You must bring the following items:
• Hiking boots, Trekking Socks
• Trekking trousers
• Waterproof (trousers / jacket)
• Base layer shirts
• Fleece jacket
• Sunhat and Woolen hat
• Sun protection (including total bloc for lips)
• Sunglasses
• Gloves
• Head torch (spare bulb and batteries)
• Water bottles 1 Litres
• Antibacterial hand wash
• Small towel
• Daypack (25-30 Liters)
• Trekking poles
• Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season (up to – 20ºC)
• Down Jacket
• Personal First Aid Kit
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag etc are available on hire in Kathmandu.
We will provide you the complete equipment list details with include/ excludes in confirmation of the Trekking route and the season you are trekking in Nepal. Trekking equipment list will not vary much but need some additional precaution to stay safe, healthy and enjoy the trekking holiday in Nepal.
Nepal Guide info (Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition ) Health and Insurance advise for 2017/2018
Manaslu & Tsum Valley Trekking
Traveling in the desolate mountainous regions is always a risky job. Weather usually remains unpredictable in these regions and the risk of avalanche and natural calamities always prevails. It is equally likely that you might be the victim of High altitude sickness. Also, there exists the chance of physical injuries while following the difficult route. In these cases, you will have to bear the cost of expensive emergency treatment and rescue if you have not already made travel insurance with any of the secure travel insurance companies. Major costs that will be covered by travel insurance include helicopter rescue cost and treatment costs.
So, Nepal Planet Treks & Expedition (Nepal Guide Info) advise you to get insured before joining the trekking package. Read well all the terms and conditions of the insurance company that is offering travel insurance and notify them of the trekking itinerary and activities that we are offering at Nepal Planet Treks & Expedition ( Nepal Guide info ) so that complication may not arise in future if in case you need to claim your insurance. Your insurance should cover emergency helicopter rescue and medical expenses if you are taking the climbing and expedition package. If you are intending to join the trekking in urban areas, insuring for helicopter rescue will not be compulsory. Since Helicopter Rescue is impossible in Tibet, you need not insure yourself for helicopter rescue while trekking in Tibet. It is better if your insurance policy covers such conditions like trip cancellation because your deposits will not be refunded in case of cancellation.
Remember to bring the insurance certificate along with you if you are insured.
Although we do not provide insurance service, we have mentioned some of the leading travel insurance companies from across the globe below:
For Travelers from USA and Canada:
Online Global Health insurance www.onlineglobalhealthinsurance.com
Insure My Trip.com www.insuremytrip.com
Access America www.accessamerica.com
HCC Medical Insurance Services www.mnui.com
Good Neighbor Insurance www.gninsurance.com
Travel Assist www.travelassistnetwork.com
For Travelers from England:
First Assist Services Limited http://firstassist.co.uk
Harrison Beaumont www.hbinsurance.co.uk
Buy cheap travel insurance www.insureandgo.com
For Travelers from Europe and Slovenia:
Assistance CORIS www.coris.ci
For Travelers from Australia and New Zealand:
Cover More Travel Insurance www.covermore.com.au
CGU Insurance Limited www.cgu.com.au
World Care Travel Insurance salesw@worldcare.com.au
For Travelers from South Africa:
Travel Insurance Consultants Pty. Ltd www.tic.co.za

 

Manaslu Circuit is a challenging trek around Manaslu the world’s eighth highest mountain and crossing Larkya La pass. This trek includes a visit to Tsum Valley, this is one of Buddhism’s sacred hidden valleys called “Beyul” with important ancient monasteries and remote villages. Tsum valley was only opened for trekkers three years ago and therefore is a new place to explore with little impact from tourism.
This trek would appeal to anyone who is looking for a challenging trek in a remote region of the Nepal Himalaya. The trail passes through a geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating area with scenery similar to the classic Annapurna round although the trails are not as popular with trekking groups.
The trek starts at the town of Arughat passing through bamboo forests and Gurung villages in the narrow Buri Gandaki gorge. After Lho village we enter the Nupri region inhabited by Tibetan immigrants where you will see colorful prayer flags, mani walls and monasteries along the way.
After Samdo village we start the approach towards the Larkya La pass, crossing this high Himalayan pass is a challenging day although would be a good objective for a fit hill walker with no previous mountaineering experience. The view from the Larkya La is superb where we will see Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal mountains. Nepal guide Info Teams Organized more 10 group every trekking seasons

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