Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit TrekkingTsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking

  • An exciting combination of scenic views and cultural destinations.
  • Enjoy beautiful views of breathtaking landscapes and mountains.
  • Explore culture and colors in every corner of Tsum Valley, also known as the Valley of Happiness.
  • Adventure into the former hidden nation of Tsum Valley and Upper Manaslu.
  • Take scenic and cultural route to reach the highest point at Larke-La Pass.
  • An exciting journey in the remote North-Midwest Himalayas

‘An exciting adventure around far North Mid-West Himalayas’

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking combine remote regions in the Midwestern Himalayas. This journey takes us to hidden locations of the Gorkha district located between Nepal and China.

Our journey towards Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit trekking is one of the best adventures we can experience. This journey takes less than three weeks. During these three weeks, it takes us to the previously hidden locations in the Tsum Valley. This includes the journey through the Upper Manaslu region following the trail of the Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route. Back in the day, they had yaks, mules, and horses to carry things from Nepal and Tibet through the Tsum and Manaslu valleys. 

The Upper Manaslu in the northern Himalayan region of Gorkha district was closed for centuries. However, they were opened to outside visitors and travelers in 1992. Similarly, Tsum Valley was unknown to the outside world before 2008. After that, foreigners were allowed to experience the natural beauty of the Shangri-La around Tsum Valley. 

This beautiful town, also known as the Valley of Happiness, is mentioned in old Tibetan texts. Famous saints and Gurus of Tibet also mention it as a hidden land. In these texts, Tsum Valley is a land where humankind can flourish, yield high-altitude crops, and rear livestock. 

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek is an exciting journey to experience the ancient Buddhist Culture. In addition to the way people in Tibet have always done things, the hills and valleys here are very pretty. This lovely country lets us discover its hidden beauty, a secret for many years. 

The journey begins in the low farmland of Gorkha. From there, our journey follows the Budhi Gandaki River Upstream. After leaving the farm villages, the next phase is the climb. This climb leads us into the cooler hills. The hills are covered with pine forests and rhododendron trees. After leaving the main trail, this first part of the journey takes us east towards Tsum Valley. 

After leaving the trail, we step into the previously forbidden nation. It greets with the view of beautiful snow-capped mountains and impressive cultures. We continue our journey by crossing several bridges through Chumling, Chokang-Paro, and Nile villages. Here, we get plenty of time to explore these villages, filled with ancient heritages and cultures. 

The trail continues east towards Mu Gompa, leaving the lush vegetation. Mu Gompa is the highest spot on Tsum Valley Trek and a prime religious location. This location is situated in a beautiful location behind the northern face of Ganesh Himal. The Ganesh Himal is also known as Yangra by the Tsumbas. Tsumbas are the natives of this location with centuries of history and culture. 

From this point, our journey continues towards the beautiful Manaslu Circuit. After leaving Tsum Valley, we head to the scenic Manaslu Valley with Mount Manaslu in the background. 

Mount Manaslu is the eighth-highest peak, standing above 8,163m/ 26,781 feet high. A Japanese team first conquered this mountain on May 9, 1965 AD. Nepali guide Gyalzen Norbu Sherpa supported this team. This journey takes us around the highest point of Mount Manaslu through many traditional villages. 

From here, we follow the main villages of Manaslu villages, Lo and Sama-Gaun. We can enjoy the stunning views of the snow-capped Mount Manaslu as we continue our journey. After reaching the end of Manaslu Valley and Gorkha District, we climb to the peak of Larke-La Pass. 

Our path from here consists of a steep and tough journey as beautiful peaks surround us. At this point of our journey, we can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of Mount Manaslu. We can also enjoy the beautiful views of Mount Annapurna and Ganesh Himal towards the east. 

After conquering Larke-La Pass, we descend to Bhimtang. It is a small settlement, perfect for overnight rest after a long journey. 

From Bhimtang, we head towards Tal Besi through Tilije and Dharapani villages. Our final day of trekking follows the Marsyangdi River downstream. After reaching the calm village of Tal Besi, we rest for the night. 

Our journey concludes at Tal village. It is both the starting and ending point of Manang district. After this, we drive back to Kathmandu through the lower farm area of Lamjung and Besisahar town. Our drive continues on the main highway before reaching Kathmandu city.

Once we reach Kathmandu City, our journey concludes, filled with a rich experience of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking. 

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Once you arrive at Kathmandu from Nepal International Airport, you clear the immigration and collect the baggage. As you head outside the terminal, our staff guide will receive you on your transfer to your hotels. Once you reach your hotel room, you can rest before joining other trekking members. After this, we begin our briefing with other Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek members. This briefing explains every necessary detail about the trek. It includes the nature of the walks, landscapes, climate, and local cultures. 

We provide a welcome dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurant in the evening. This serves as an act of goodwill and introduction to Nepali foods. Once the dinner is over, you head back towards the Hotel. 

    You have a free day in Kathmandu for trek preparation. You can buy or rent necessary gear at reasonable prices on this day. Furthermore, you can also take a short tour around Kathmandu. As the capital of Nepal, the city is filled with historical and religious sites.

    Many of these sites are among World Heritage sites. After this, you can rest for the day and pack for the early departure. You can leave unnecessary items in your Hotel. Along with this, we recommend you leave your valuables at hotels for safekeeping.

      The journey starts early in the morning, roughly 6 hours to Machha-Khola. When we reach a distance of 156 Km/ 97 miles, we will have breakfast in a vehicle. The journey continues with a drive on the main highway towards Malekhu town. This town is located beside The Trisuli River. 

      After this, we head towards Dhading district on a widening road. Then, we slowly head downhill towards Arughat town. This town is located by the Budhi Gandaki River in Gorkha District. We then continue our journey on a dirt road towards Machha-Khola. 

      The journey for the day ends with a short hike on an easy path to Khola Besi. We will then stay in a nice lodge for the first overnight stay of the trek.

        Our first day of trekking starts with a good breakfast. After a good meal, we follow the narrow river George. The journey consists of an uneven path followed by a descent towards Tatopani. This is a location with a natural hot spring. The name Tatopani suggests this. Tato in Nepali translates to hot, and water translates to water. The name of this location translates to hot water and is associated with the spring. From this point, we cross a bridge and then ascend to Dovan. 

        Once we reach Dovan, we stop for lunch and cross another suspense bridge above Yaru Khola. The journey from this point is easier because of the paved stone stairs. We ascend on our journey till we reach Tharo Bhanjyang. 

        The climb leads over a ridge of Tharo Bhanjyang, where you can enjoy beautiful scenery as you walk. Then, we head for the day's last climb towards Jagat Village for an overnight stop. Jagat is a lovely village and the main entry point towards the restricted areas of Tsum Valley and Upper Manaslu.

          After a comfortable night in Jagat Village, the journey on this day takes you through forested paths and streams. We walk past rural villages and climb towards the rocky ridge of Salleri. Then we walk downhill to Sirdibas. Once we reach there, the valley slowly widens towards the Ghatta Khola River, following upstream. We then cross a long bridge towards Philim, a large Gurung Village. From there on, the trail heads north gradually. After a few hours of walking, we reach Ekle Bhatti, a small settlement. At this point, the trail enters a gorge towards a grassy slope. 

          From here, we cross the Budhi Gandaki River, heading east. Then, the gorge widens to a valley surrounded by bamboo forest after we reach Deng Khola. We then have lunch after crossing this river. In the afternoon, we take a long walk towards Lokpa. From this point, the route branches off the Manaslu Circuit trail towards Tsum Valley Trek. 

          You can see a welcome board to Tsum Valley when we reach this point. From here, the trail gets narrower as we walk over the Sayer Khola as our route heads further into Lokpa. Once we reach our destination, we stay at a good lodge for an overnight stay. 

            Our journey for this day starts with a descent to Luangwa Khola. Then, the trail heads east through pines and rhododendron trees as we reach Gumlung. We then cross Sayer Khola. 

            From here, we adventure through a landslide section towards Canti-lever. This type of bridge uses cantilever scaffolding hanging at the edge of a rock cliff edge. After we cross the bridge, we go through a short climb towards the village of Chumling. Chumling is the first village in Tsum Valley. Here, we enjoy the comfort of a homely lodge and guest house with a grand view of Shringi Himal. After checking into the Hotel, we visit the old Chumling Gompa/Monastery and explore the nice cultural village. 

              After departing from the first village of Tsum Village, we journey towards the inner areas of Tsum towards Chokang-paro. The morning journey is filled with monuments of Chorten and Mani prayer walls made from stone slabs. These slabs are engraved with Buddhist deities and Tibetan prayers. The trail leads us across the suspension bridge and past maize and potato farms. Here, we can witness houses made in the classic Tibetan style. 

              These houses consist of barricades of firewood on the rooftop. They serve as the status of wealth. This is because firewood is scarce in barren areas of upper Tsum Valley. This valley also extends Tibet's South West Plateau, with similar dry landscapes. 

               Our trip takes us through some areas that used to look different but now have new trees growing. We'll walk towards the northeast and see a pretty view of Ganesh Himal and other mountains. We'll cross some long swinging bridges and take a break for lunch in Ripchet and Raynham villages. 

              This is an isolated location with a guest house with an enclosed courtyard. It is designed to defend against the strong, cold wind. After lunch, we walk uphill for a few hours until we reach Chokang-Paro. This beautiful village is filled with stone houses perched under high cliff walls. Here, you can enjoy the comfort of a pleasant lodge. You can also explore the village, facing beautiful views of Himal-chuli peaks across the valley.


                After a pleasant overnight stay at Chokang-Paro village, our morning begins by exploring the villages of Chokang and Paro. We continue our journey past several similar villages. After this, we climb a ridge with a prayer monument to Chorten. 

                We then walk towards Lama-Gaon, located on a flat field surrounded by crops. This village is located close to Rachen Gompa. We then continued our walk with an option to explore saint Millerepa, an 11th-century poet and a singer who meditated on Piren Phu cave. This cave is well-preserved and restored. From here, we walk across Shyer Khola. We then follow a trail passing through the hamlets of Phurbi and Pangdun. Then we come across Chhule Village. We then enter an impressive gate called Kani and cross a bridge. After this, we climb to the Nile (Nyile) for an overnight stay in a nice lodge. This village is decorated in traditional Tibetan-style design. They feature livestock and sheltered verandahs for drying crops.

                  Our journey this day begins with a few-hour hike to Mu Gompa. Mu Gompa is the main destination of this journey and the highlight of the adventure. Our morning walk takes us to climb into a wide and wide landscape on the Tibetan plateau. After this, we take a walk towards the remote settlement of the Mu Gompa area. Besides how folks in Tibet do stuff, the hills and valleys here look nice. This nice country lets explorers find its hidden beauty, which was kept secret for a long time. We stay overnight in a simple guest house run by monks and nuns. 

                  At Mu Gompa, we hike around the scenic viewpoints and interact with local villagers. Furthermore, you will also get plenty of time to explore this traditional village. Very few foreigners visit this area. The first foreigner to visit this place was the late David Snellgrove. He was a pioneer and explorer from around 1956. You can walk to Dhephyu-Doma Gompa, a nunnery in an isolated spot. It faces beautiful scenarios.

                    After spending time at Mu Gompa, we begin our return journey. The return journey takes us another to visit the settlement of Rachel Gompa. We take a walk after breakfast and head down a short climb. Then, we journey through Yak herders and temporary shelters past Lar village. We take another short walk to an overnight stop at Rachen Gompa. After an afternoon of exploring, you can enjoy a comfortable stay at a small lodge or a guest house.

                      After an enjoyable time at Mu and Rachen Gompa, we take an easy and moderate walk to Chumling. The trail for this part of the journey follows past Dumje and over a suspension bridge to Chokang Paro. From this point, we retrace our journey to Chumling. We follow the same scenes and enjoy glorious views at Chumling. We check our previous lodge for a last overnight stay around the Tsum Valley Trekking area.

                        On our 12th day of the journey, we head down towards mild hills to reach Dyang. Dyang is a lovely farm village past Lokga at the end of the Tsum Valley area. Our morning walk follows the same route we ascended but with a slight difference. Our trail follows Lokpa before we reach Dyang village for an overnight stay. Here, we will have plenty of time to explore the hills village across many crop fields and terraces.

                          After enjoying a good breakfast, we head towards the high and scenic valley of Manaslu. We begin our journey from Dyang and walk towards culturally significant trek sections. Our trail then follows across the Budhi Gandaki River and a small climb over the bridge. Then, we join a route coming from Bhi and head west up the valley through lush forested areas. 

                          Although there is another route, we take the trail through a park and a small mountain village to enjoy the views. We enjoy the views of Siringi Himal as our walk continues across Budhi Gandaki and several Gompa. Our journey follows a river upstream through dense forest and a narrow gorge. As we continue our journey, we are rewarded with the view of vegetation growing thinner. This is one of the best ways to experience the Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA). Our walk eventually ends after a last climb to Namrung. Namrung is a lovely village with beautiful scenery and good lodges. There, we check into nice rooms and take a break surrounded by beautiful views of snow-capped peaks.


                            After having a good breakfast, we enjoy a short walk to a wonderful viewpoint. From this viewpoint, we can take wonderful views of Siringi Himal and Ganesh Himal. It includes Mount Himal Chuli towards the south. Our morning walk leads to a slow climb through forests to Lihi. This is a nice village with Buddhist monuments and barely any terraces. As the trail drops to the cross side, we can enjoy the views of Ganesh Himal. Then we journey towards the Sho village before stopping at Lo-Gaun overnight. 

                            Lo-Gaan is a lovely village with a monastery/ Ribung Gompa and nice lodges. We can also enjoy beautiful views of the majestic Manaslu Himal. Our walk on this day lasts less than 5 hours before we stop for the night.

                              After Lo Gaon, the tree line fades for short juniper bushes. Our journey then leads towards the beautiful views of mountainous peaks. Our day finally ends at Sama Gaon for the overnight stop. This is a large mountain village between the route to the Manaslu base camping trek and Larke-la pass. It is also located near the Tibet Border.

                                On this day, we take a rest at Sama Gaon. This palace is ideal for acclimatization before climbing towards the Manaslu base camp. At Sama Gaon, we take a day to explore this interesting village. This village is filled with Tibetan culture and traditional ways of life. We also visit other breathtaking places. These places include Birendra Tal, a glacial take situation before Manaslu Base Camp. You can hike up to a small hill near Sama-Gaon if you are energetic. There, we can explore Pungyen Gompa/Monastery. 

                                  After a pleasant day at Sama Gaon, we trek towards Samdo, which is close. We can easily make this trip in a few hours. However, thin air and high altitude make the hike slower. 

                                  The route slowly leads to Samdo village. This village is the last village before crossing over Larke-la pass. We stay at Samdo for an overnight rest. We can enjoy strong Tibetan influence because of its close border to Tibet. This is also the area where small trades happen.

                                    From Samdo, we walk towards more barren areas. Then, our adventure begins, crossing Gya La Khola. We then ascend to the ridge where there is a ruins of a village known as Larke Bazaar. This village was once assumed to thrive in Tibet over the nearby Gya La. This trade has now diminished. 

                                    Our journey nears Larke Glacier before we finally reach Dharmasala. It is a small place with few simple lodges, a perfect spot to rest before climbing the Larke-La. We stop at Dharamsala for lunch and an overnight stop. We can relax after lunch to marvel at the beautiful scenarios.

                                      We resume our journey to Larke Phedi to the top of Larke-la Pass at 5106 meters. We start with a gradual winding uphill to reach the highest point of our adventure.

                                      The morning climb of this day leads past the valley on the northern side of Larke Glacier. Once we reach there, we will see the magnificent views of Cho Danda and Larke Peak. We finally walk across the moraines of the glacier. Then, we make a gradual ascent deeper in the last section at the top of the pass. 

                                      We can view the beautiful Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II. After a brief break at the highest spot, we descended over the snow to reach the valley trail of Larcia. 

                                      After another hour on a moraine ridge, the path to our journey leads to Tambuchhe at 3900 meters. We take a short walk overnight to stop at Bhimthang, a beautiful place on a wide valley with many Mani walls. We stay overnight in a beautiful lodge.

                                        The journey of this day is an easy trek towards the Dharapani. We trek past a thick forested area filled with pines and rhododendron trees.

                                        From Bhimtang, we descend towards the valley of Burden Khola, the base of the west side of Manaslu. We can have a breathtaking view of Manaslu in the southeast and Annapurna II in the southwest.

                                        The journey then leads to Dudh Khola, and we descend into a narrow valley. Our journey then concludes with an overnight stop surrounded by forest. 

                                          Our journey on this day consists of the walk downhill to the forest past a summer settlement. We then climb towards terraced fields towards Karche La. After this, we descend towards the Marsyangdi River

                                          After a few hours of walking, we reach Tilije village. We then reach the Dudh River downstream while passing a few villages. 

                                          Then, we ascend for an hour before crossing the bridge. After this, we will join the main trail of the Annapurna circuit at Dharapani village. 

                                            On the morning of our 22nd day, we drive back to Kathmandu on a downhill road towards Lamjung district. Then, we head towards Bhesisar town, the town headquarters of Lamjung. 

                                            Then we drive on a nice road on the main highway of Kathmandu. The drive follows the Trishuli River upstream for a few hours before we arrive in Kathmandu. You can then move to a hotel. You will have an afternoon free. You can spend the afternoon as you please. 


                                              This is our last memorable day in Nepal after a wonderful experience on the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit trekking. You will transfer to Kathmandu International Airport. Then you will travel back to your home.


                                                Route Map

                                                Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking map
                                                What's Included
                                                • Airport pick-up and drop via private vehicle
                                                • Three nights at Standard Hotel in Kathmandu with Twin sharing Basis with B&B service
                                                • Transportation to and from Kathmandu on Tourist Bus
                                                • If there are more than three people in the group, we will arrange you with a private transport
                                                • You will travel via local jeep before transferring by bus from Chamje or Tal to Beshishar
                                                • An experienced guide with government license holder
                                                • Helpful porter with adequate equipment. You will get one porter for two people.
                                                • We provide guides and porters with salary, food, accommodation, and insurance.
                                                • We provide Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek on a sharing basis.
                                                • We provide a duffel bag for packing your things for the trek.
                                                • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS)
                                                • Manaslu Special Permit (MSP)
                                                • Annapurna Conservation Permit (ACP)
                                                • Manaslu Circuit Permits (MCP)
                                                • We cover government taxes and official expenses.
                                                What's not Included
                                                • Foods (you need to pay for your food during the trek)
                                                • Flight to Kathmandu, Nepal
                                                • Tips for porters ($70-$100) and guides ($80-$100)
                                                • Nepalese Visa Fee ($50)
                                                • Travel Insurance including emergency evacuation by helicopter
                                                • Food and drinks ($20-$30 per day)
                                                • In some places: hot water, wifi, battery charging  ($2 - $5 per day)
                                                • Drinking water (price will vary upon the altitude)
                                                Useful Information

                                                Insurance policy for Medical and Travel:

                                                Your insurance policy should cover medical insurance for illness and evacuation through helicopter. It should include other expenses for treatment at your respective hospitals. 

                                                Additionally, it should cover travel insurance against bad and unfavorable conditions. It should also cover insurance against delay or cancellation of domestic flights in a mountainous area. 

                                                Your travel and medical insurance must cover the times when you break the journey in the middle of the trip. The reasons for this can vary, ranging from sickness, personal problems, domestic problems, etc. 

                                                Guide and Porters for 23 Days Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking: 

                                                You will be accompanied by our expert guide, who is well aware of the area of the trek route on the trek or climbs. We have a professional and veteran guide team to lead the trek and ensure your comfort. They are knowledgeable and offer you various information about the country. The information they provide ranges from history, culture, geography, flora and fauna. 

                                                All our guides have gone through basic medical training. This training includes high altitude symptoms or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Therefore, they can help you with simple medical First Aid. For severe conditions, we will take you to a safe area or the nearest hospitals through various means of quick transportation. 

                                                Our guides are also well-versed in Eco-trekking and Responsible Tourism. They are committed to keeping the environment on trekking routes in clean and prestine. 

                                                We have a team of regular porters hired between Kathmandu-Pokhara in Lukla at the start of the trekking. We always have a team of strong and cheerful porters to carry your heavier luggage. Each porter can carry up to 15 Kg to 25 Kg. We do not allow underage or overage porters. This includes every porter below 16 years and above 50 years. 

                                                Porters and guides are looked after by the company and given good wages. Along with this, they are also provided with medical insurance and travel insurance. It also includes all warm gear along with meals during the trek.

                                                Information of AMS and Precaution Measures:

                                                High Altitude or Acute Mountain sickness (AMS) is a set of symptoms that anyone can experience on high-altitude adventure walks. 
                                                This occurs because of the high pressure and low oxygen levels after one crosses a certain height limit. The symptoms include:

                                                • Feeling of uneasiness
                                                • Shortness of breath
                                                • Light headache
                                                • Nausea
                                                • Dizziness
                                                • Lack of good sleep
                                                • Lower appetite 

                                                We include itinerary days with space for acclimatization at high elevations to avoid these symptoms. These consists of short walks, sleeping, and resting at the checkpoints. 

                                                Another good way to avoid these symptoms is to ascend slowly and steadily. By doing this, we can slowly catch one's breath. We recommend drinking at least two to three letters per day to aid in Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

                                                At high altitudes, we take adequate rest with short and slow hikes. This allows us to take in beautiful views and aid in acclimatization. Sleeping and resting at low altitudes also helps in avoiding AMS. 

                                                One of the best ways to prevent altitude sickness is slowly ascending and stopping at a specific altitudes for overnight stay. It is also a good idea to take it easy for one or two days to get used to the altitude. This is useful in situations when you cannot make a high ascent. 
                                                We recommend you to bring medication from home and any other prescription from the doctor. This includes:

                                                • General medication for diarrhea
                                                • Headache
                                                • Fever
                                                • Cold-flu
                                                • Constipation
                                                • First-aid medications for cut wounds and burns

                                                What to Bring During 23 Days Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking?

                                                Clothing and footwear

                                                • Trekking boots that are warm, waterproof, breathable and cover/ fix the ankle
                                                • Sport Sandals with lost toe/ Sneakers
                                                • Flip flops, Sun cap, Wool/ Fleece hat/ two pairs of gloves/mittens (1 thin and 1 thick)
                                                • Bandana/ neckerchief, Fleece jackets (1 thin and 1 thick)
                                                • Thermal underwear (merino wool), preferably two sets (one for walking and other for sleeping). We recommend you buy these things at home.
                                                • Several pairs of trekking socks since washing them during the trek is impractical.
                                                • 2 or more pieces of quick-drying sports T-shirts (such as Polartec PowerDry)
                                                • Down jacket, Windstopper, Hooded Windproof warm jacket
                                                • Trekking Trousers, Warm Synthetic Pants/ Ski Pants, Rain Poncho
                                                • Sun Screen, Sun Glasses, Trekking Pole, Water Bottle

                                                Equipment for 23 Days Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking

                                                ** We will provide Duffel bags for the trek on the Day 2. They should be returned after the trek.

                                                ** 20 to 30 liters of a backpack with rain cover (drinking system is optional)

                                                ** Sleeping bag. The temperature can get as low as -5 C. We will provide woolen blankets on the lodges at high altitudes. You can also rent sleeping bags in Kathmandu at $1 to $2 per day.

                                                ** A good quality headlight with new batteries. Having spare batteries is recommended.

                                                ** Category 3-4 sunglasses with a hard case, trekking poles, and a 0.5 or 1-liter thermos.

                                                ** Sealed packaging for documents and money

                                                ** A sitting mat (optional)

                                                ** Power bank

                                                ** A roll of dense garbage bags of 50 liters. You will pack your inventory in garbage bags to protect them from moisture and dust.

                                                ** signifies that the product can be bought in Kathmandu.

                                                Personal usage

                                                • Towel preferably light and quick drying - Washing accessories- Disinfection wipes
                                                • Antibacterial gel - Moisturizing hand cream - Sun cream with a high factor
                                                • Lip balm with sun protection - Reusable water bottle - Snacks, nuts, chocolate

                                                Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking FAQs

                                                • Tsum Valley is a new location and a Himalayan Shangri-la. It was opened to the outside world in 2008. This location had remained forbidden for decades. However, it is still a part of Nepal's far north-western region. Similarly, Upper Manaslu was restricted to outside visitors before 1992. It was opened to outsiders in 1992, and it is the location where Tsum Valley lies. These locations remain as restricted areas of Nepal. Trekkers require special permits to enter these once-forbidden countries.

                                                  Along with the special permits, trekkers must also obtain Manaslu Circuit Area Permit(MCAP) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fees.

                                                • Tsum Valley and Manaslu are restricted to protect their environment and surroundings. The restriction prevents the mass flow of trekkers. Another reason is that the Northern Tsum Valley and Upper Mustang areas are close to the border of Nepal and Tibet/ China.”

                                                • The primary religion of Tsum Valley and Upper Manaslu is Tibetan Buddhism. This form of Buddhism is also known as Mahayana the Greater Wheels. Tibetan Buddhism is observed throughout the Himalayas, with prayer wheels and monasteries being common sights.

                                                • In the past, the food and accommodation were simple. However, the influx of visitors has increased the quality of food and accommodation. There are many good lodges for accommodation and varieties of food on the menu. You can rest in simple, clean rooms with large dining halls while being served in a lively environment. 

                                                  However, there are few attached bathrooms because of the location and cold weather, which causes plumbing to freeze. This is especially the problem in higher areas. You can still find basic and simple accommodation at Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa.

                                                  You can choose your meals from À la carte or set meals for a group with more than four members. Furthermore, we recommend you set meals like Nepali Dal-Bhat, served with mild vegetable curry and pickles. 

                                                  Choosing a Set Menu saves time and energy, making it a great way to support Responsible Tourism and Eco-Trekking.