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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking

Trip Overview

Key Information

Group Size

2-12

Meal

Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Grade

Moderate & Adventurous

Accomodation

Hotel (Twin Room)

Transportation

Private Car

Best Months

Feb-May/Sep-Dec

Max Elevation

5106 m

Starts/Ends

Kathmandu/Kathamndu

Trekking Style

Tea House

Acclimatization

1 Day

Wi-fi

Everyday

Activity Per Day

6-7 Hours

Trekking Region

Manaslu Region

Tsum Valley Trek with Manaslu Circuit Observation

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Mount Manaslu – the eighth highest mountain in the world as it takes you along the Larkya La Pass (5,106m/16,751ft) along many traditional villages and sacred Buddhist sites. You will also visit the Tsum Valley, which lies within the Manaslu Conservation Area and is home to the indigenous Tsumba community. 

Highlights of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola
  • Mu and Lungdang Gompas in Sum Valley
  • Milarepa Piren Phu Cave (Pigeon Cave), the most sacred cave in Tsum Valley
  • Dephyudonma and Rachen Monastery - the oldest monasteries in Tsum Valley
  • Trek around Mount Manaslu (8,163m) – the eighth highest mountain in the world
  • A side trip to Birendra Lake, Punhyan Glacier, or Mount Manaslu Base Camp during a rest day at Samgaon
  • Magnificent views of glaciers, lakes, cliffs and mountains on the Nepal-Tibet border - Manasalu, Himachuli, Ganesh, and many more
  • Cross Larkya La Pass (5,106 m) - (This day start early morning) One of the longest passes in the Himalayas
  • A unique cultural blend of Tibetan Nupri and Gurung inhabitants
  • Ancient Buddhist stupas, monasteries, and Tibetan lifestyle
  • Less crowded road
  • Ancient trade route of Tibet

Benefits of trekking with Mountain Magic Trek

  • Free airport transfer from Tribhuvan International Airport to your hotel by private vehicle
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Multi-channel communication (email, WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber) and online travel briefing
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977-9843601808
  • Easy payment system.
  • Free extra luggage storage during the trek at the Mountain Magic Treks Store
  • Pulse oximeters for monitoring blood oxygen saturation levels at high altitude. This helps in early detection of altitude sickness.
  • Medical kit.
  • Arrange sleeping bags and down jackets if you don't have your own.
  • Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek Comprehensive

The Tsum Valley Trekking Route lets you explore the Manaslu Circuit and the geographically beautiful and culturally fascinating areas of the Tsum Valley. The trail is known for its magnificent mountain views, dramatic landscapes, terraced hills, mystical gorges, Tibetan culture, and Larkya La High Pass.

You will visit the upper reaches of the Budhigandaki River, reaching Mu Gompa (3,700m) for panoramic views of Ganesh Himal, Singari Himal and Buddh Himal. Your hike starts from Larkya La Pass (5,106m/16,751ft), which is also the highest point of the trek. After reaching the Masryangdi River, you have circumnavigated the three peaks of Manaslu.

You can consider the Manaslu region as a hidden treasure of Nepal's Himalayas, which is still waiting to be explored. With its rich cultural heritage and hilltop monasteries, traditional villages, colorful people, mysterious yaks, gem walls, chortens, lively festivals and historical treasures, the Tsum Valley is the Himalayan Shangri-La. 

The trek starts from Sotikhola, climbs through pine and rhododendron forests up the Budhigandaki valley, and climbs over the cliffs leading to Lokpa, the gateway to the Tsum valley. However, it takes three days to reach Lokpa. From Soti Khola we start the climb – the first day we will stop at Machha Khola, then Jagat and finally at Lokpa. 

From Lokpa, we trek up to Chumling known for three monasteries – Pango Gumba, Mani Dhungir and Gurwa Gumba. After a night at Chumling, we drive to Chokangparo via Domje (the largest village in Tsum Valley). Chokangparo is famous for the magnificent view of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal.

You will continue trekking from Chokangparo in the Upper Inner Himalaya Valley through fresh bamboo and exotic rhododendron forests in the lowlands. High trials pass through silent alpine glades and rugged high mountain desert. On the way to the Nile from Chokangparo you will also visit Piren Phu Cave, the most sacred cave in the region. From Nile, you will reach Mu Gompa - the highest point of the Tsum Valley trek. Then we descend from Mu Gompa back to Lokpa and then proceed to Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Deng will be reached at night by walking west from Lokpa. On the way, you will be passing through Ghap, Rana, Vifedi villages. The next destination on this trek is Namrung village - the locals of Namrung are of Tibetan descent. The next day we leave Namrung and go to Samagaon. On the way is Lho - which is full of gem wall entrances and many Buddhist gompas. After Lho, we trek through Shyala village to Sama village, known for the Sama village monastery. We will stop one day at Sama village for the surroundings. On this day, you can visit Manaslu Base Camp, Birendra Lake, or Pungyen Gompa. 

Larkya is not far from the village of La Pas Sama. You only need to trek to Dharamshala for one day. Early the next morning, you will trek from Dharamshala to Bhimtang – passing Larkya La Pass (5,160m) on the way. This pass is famous for its stunning views of Cheo Himal, Kanguru, Himalung Himal and Annapurna 2. It is one of the longest passes in the Himalayas.  

By reaching Bhimtang, you are nearing the end of this trek. After walking from Bhimtang, one reaches Gho and then the lake. One can catch a bus or jeep from Tal to Besisahar and then a bus from Besisahar to Kathmandu. We are sure that Tsum Valley Trek with Manaslu Circuit will leave you with an unforgettable experience for the rest of your life.

 Mountain Magic Treks requests all our valued customers to add an extra day in Kathmandu on a weekday (office day) before starting Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek. We need at least one day to get Manaslu special permit, and for permit application, we need your original passport with Nepalese visa. 

We will also use this time for a Manaslu Tsum valley Trek briefing, where we will provide you with essential information about the trip and check your luggage (equipment) to make sure you haven't missed anything what to bring on mountains. This trek package includes transportation in public buses. For comfort, you can hire a jeep for an additional cost.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking Itinerary

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Day 1 : Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (730 m / 2896 ft) via Arughat
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 730

After breakfast, we will begin our journey with a drive along the Prithvi Highway west of Kathmandu. The scenic ride lets you enjoy views of terraced farms, raging rivers, beautiful villages and dense forests. 

You will cross the Trishuli River and continue to Dhading Bensi and Arughat, continuing along the Dorandi River to the north of Gorkha with picturesque villages. From the road, you can see a beautiful view of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. But our destination is two hours away from Arughat to reach Sotikhola.

Day 2 : Trek from Soti Khola (730 m / 2896 ft) to Machh Khola (890 m / 2,965 ft)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 890

We continue to follow the lower valley to the north as we climb up the lushly forested Buddhgandaki valley, occasionally observing the majestic mountain peaks. The route passes through many small villages until the valley widens. 

On the opposite side of the valley, you will see a large stream flowing into the Budhigandaki river. As we continue our journey, we reach the beautiful village of Lapubesi (880m). From Lapubesi we descend to the footpath to reach Machakhola.
 

Day 3 : Trek from Machh Khola (890 m / 2,965 ft) to Jagat (1400 m / 4,593 ft)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 1400

We cross the Tharokhola River and head towards Khola Beni. The route takes you along dramatic gorges with waterfall sculpted rocks and some landslides. 
After crossing the bridge we reach the small village of Kholabesi and then the natural hot springs of Tatopani (Tatopani means hot water in Nepali).

From the hot spring, we take another test and cross the Budhigandaki river on a suspension bridge. Then we cross the landslide and reach Dobhan village. From Doban, we cross a suspension bridge over the Yaru river and climb the stone steps on the Thado ladder before heading to the charming village of Jagat. Jagat is the entry point to the Manaslu Conservation Area, and we will register our permits at the Jagat police station

Day 4 : Trek from Jagat (1,400m / 4,593ft) to Lokpa (2,040m / 4,493ft)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 2040

We enter the restricted area of ​​Manaslu by climbing Salleri Rock. We walk along the river bank then cross the Budhigandaki river on a long suspension bridge. As we walk, the valley widens towards the film. As we cross the Bhati, the road diverges, one taking you to Tsum and the other to Manaslu. 

We continue towards Lokpa, passing several villages. The rivers become narrower, and we can see the confluence of the Syar Rivers from the Sum Valley. We hike to the right side of Tsum Valley to Lokpa Village, the first village in Tsum Valley that offers clear views of the Manaslu mountain range. In fact, it is a completely hidden valley blessed by Padmashamava centuries ago.  

(Padmashamava is one of the founders of Tibetan Buddhism.) You will get stunning views of Himalachuli, and Buddhist mountains from Lokpa village.

Day 5 : Lokpa (2,040m / 4,493ft) to Chumling (2,386m / 6,692ft)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 2386

After breakfast, we start our walk from Lokpa village - the wild way entrance to Tsum Valley. On a clear day, you can enjoy panoramic views of Buddh Himal (6672 m) and Ganesh Himal VI from the routes connecting Lokpa to Chumling. 

Our trail first descends into the Lungwa River valley, then climbs up through a dense subtropical forest of rhododendron and pine. There is no village between Lokpa and Chumling. We will cross Syarkhola and arrive at Chumling village. A side trip to the upper reaches of Chumling takes you to a monastery from where you can catch the best views of Ganesh Himal. Chumling has a health post and three monasteries namely Panago monastery, Mani Dhungyur and Gurwa monastery. 
 

Day 6 : Trek from Chumling (2,386m / 6,692ft) to Chokangparo (3,010m / 9,875ft)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3010

Today, we enter the Upper Valley, a part of the Inner Himalayas. The trail continues along the Syar River to Domje, the largest town in the Tsum Valley. After reaching Chokangparo from Domje, the uphill climb continues. 
On a clear day, one can see panoramic views of Himalachuli and Ganesh Himal from Chokangparo. In Chokangparo, you will also have the opportunity to experience the hospitality of the local (Tibetan group "Tsombo") people along with Tibetan tea (butter tea) and local food.
 

Day 7 : Trek to Chokangparo (3,010m / 9,875ft) to Nile (3,361m / 11,026ft) via Milarepa Piren Phu Cave
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3361

We walk a relatively short distance today. The summit is about a 20-minute walk from Chule, the last village in the upper Tsum Valley in the north, on the west bank of the Nile River. When you reach Ngakyu Leru, you will see people farming as the land is fertile. 

After crossing Lamagaon, you will reach Saint Milarepa Piren Phu Cave, where his footprints are said to be preserved in the rock. Piren Phu (Pigeon Cave) is one of the most sacred caves in Tsum Valley. Two separate monasteries are attached to the rocky cave. 

Richly painted Buddhist murals, exquisite artistic scripts carved on rocks, long prayer flags, and important Buddhist paper scripts make Piren Phu Cave one of the valley's most important socio-cultural assets. Then, we cross the suspension bridge over the Shire River and continue our trek through several villages to reach the Nile. 
 

Day 8 : Trek from Nile (3,361m / 9,875ft) to Mu Gompa (3,700m / 11,026ft)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3700

A short walk from the Nile on the west side of the valley near the Tibetan border leads to Mu Gompa - the highest point of the Tsum Valley trek. We walk across the normally dry and arid Himalayan terrain through yak pastures. Mu Gompa Monastery has rows of Chortens and offers beautiful mountain views. Furthermore, you get the opportunity to visit Dhefu Doma Gompa - one of the oldest monasteries in Sumatra.
 

Day 9 : Mu Gompa (3,240 m / 10,629 ft) to Chokangparo (3,010 m / 9,903 ft)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3010

Descent starts from Gompa. We reach Rachen Gompa, then Chule and Phurbe. Rachen Gompa is located in the border region of Nepal and Tibet, and it is surrounded by huge mountains. But this day's destination takes you to the jungle and finally to Chokangparo. 
 

Day 10 : Trek from Chokangparo (3,010m / 9,903ft) to Chumling (2,386m / 7,827ft)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 2386

Our descent from Chokung Paro continues as we reach Gho. You cross the suspension bridge near Gho and trek ahead to reach Rainjam village. We leave Renjam village and descend into Tsum Valley and finally reach Chumling – our destination for the day. 

Day 11 : Trek from Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft) to Deng (1860m/6,101ft)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 1860

Today, you will leave Chumling and continue the deThe road after Lokpa descends as it crosses the Budhigandaki on a paved bridge and then enters a narrow gorge from where it begins to rise and fall and gradually ascends through the valley. We cross the Jholunge River at Nupri and then pass through a bamboo forest to Gurung Village (1860m) in Deng. scent, so today's journey should be easy. You will reach Lokpa village through the banks of Sherkhola. On a good day, you may pass by large herds of sheep and goats on the way.

Day 12 : Trek from Deng (1860m/6101ft) to Namrung (2,900m/9512ft)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 2900

From Deng, we climb to the village of Rana (1,910 m) and walk to Vifedi (2,130 m). Crossing the Serang River, the trail meanders in and out of the canyon, before taking us up to Ghap (2160m). As we leave Ghap, the valley rises as we continue a long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forests. After crossing wild rivers twice, you will reach Namrung village - the entry point of Nupri region. The locals of Namrung village are of Tibetan descent.

Day 13 : Trek from Namrung (2,900 m / 9512 ft) to Sama Gaon (3,530 m / 11,581 ft)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3530

We leave Namrung and pass several gem wall entrances, several Buddhist gompas and a few villages. Then the valley opens up, and our route passes through the village of Sho. The village has many yaks and is known for its excellent views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7,157m). 

It is a perfect day to savor the great mountain scenery. To trek to Sama village (3530m), we follow the right river bank enjoying the view of peak 29. A few hours of climbing through the forest brings us to the village of Shyala, from where we can see the mountains of Fungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli. Shayala villagers rely on chawni, potatoes and barley to survive in this unique alpine region.

  As we ascend, you will see Ganesh Himal to the east and Himalchuli and Manaslu to the south. Soon, if you look down, you will see two rows of houses forming the center of Sama village. Next to Sama village is the famous Sama village monastery. The Tibetan border is very close from here. We stop at Samgaon for a day to acclimatize.
 

Day 14 : Rest day at Sama village (3,530m / 11,581ft)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 3530

To ensure proper acclimatization, we spend a day at Sama village for relaxation. Sama village is located near Manaslu base camp, and in this village, you can see thousands of gem stones with Buddhist scriptures and sculptures. Women here wear fine silver spoons as jewellery. 

Today is a day of rest, but you can take optional excursions to explore the surrounding glacial moraine or visit Birendra Lake or Pungyen Gompa. The side trip back to Manaslu base camp takes eight hours but is worth the effort as it offers spectacular views of the Manaslu Glacier and the turquoise Birendra Lake. If you want to visit Sama Village and relax, you can visit Pung-Gyan Monastery under the eastern face of Manaslu. At the top of the village there are cave gompas and hot springs.
 

Day 15 : Trek from Sama village (3,530m / 11,581ft) to Larkya La Phedi (Dharamshala) (4,460m / 14,632ft)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 4460

We start early in the morning from Sama villa ge and proceed to Samado. Our walk takes us through terraced fields along the old mani walls, across the Budhigandaki wooden bridge, and gradually to the Samdo Valley. Another gem wall marks the start of the climb to Larkya La Pass. 

We cross two streams and witness the Larkya Glacier. Then, we go around the Salka river valley, climb up once more and reach the stone guest house (4,450m), which is not a lodge but a kind of rest stop called Dharamshala, also known as Larkya La Phedi. Today you will enjoy spectacular views of the Larkya Glacier and the impressive Manaslu Mountains. We rest at Larkya La Phedi and prepare to cross the Larkya La Pass the next day.
 

Day 16 : Trek from Dharamsala to Bhimtang (3,720 m / 12,205 ft) via Larkya La Pass (5,160 m / 16,929 ft)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 5160

We leave Dharamsala early in the morning as we will be trekking the longest and most difficult section of this trek. We have to cross the Larkya La Pass (5,160m) before the pass winds down.

The trail begins as a gentle climb across the moraine. It descends slightly to the lake and then becomes steep and undulating as it traverses steep grassy slopes. We continue on the moraine to a ridge marked by two cairns. From here, prayer flags marking the pass are visible.
We descend to four frozen lakes then reach the final steep climbing pass. The pass offers great panoramic views of Himalung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kanguru, Minjung and the mighty Annapurna II. We savor the spectacular views from the top of the pass. Then the descent begins. 

The trail follows the top of the moraine to the west and makes a set of steep, rough switchbacks as it crosses the moraine, then descends more gently on loose gravel to another grassy moraine at 4,450m. The trail now becomes easier to follow and leads to a small meadow. The valley widens as the trails lead down to a large meadow next to the Mani Wall and a small rest house that marks Bhimtang at 3,590m. 
 

Day 17 : Trek from Bhimtang (3,720m/12,205ft) to Gho (2,550m/8,367ft)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 2550

From Bhimtang, the trail crosses a moraine, descends to the Dudhkhola headwaters, crosses a wooden bridge, then reaches Hompuk (3,430 m) in a pine and rhododendron forest. The rhododendrons are multicolored, and the forest is home to sheep, horses, and monkeys. 
You can also enjoy the panoramic view of Phungi, Manaslu, Manaslu North Peak, Cheo Himal and Himalung Himal. A 30-minute descent through the forest takes you to the Sangore Khark grassland. You will then cross a landslide before making a steep climb to a ridge decorated with prayer flags. The route finally descends to the river bank at Gho (2,575m).
 

Day 18 : Trek from Gho (2,550m / 8,367ft) to Tal (1,700m / 5,577ft)
Food Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Accomodation Lodge
Elevation 1700

The route is full of ups and downs, mostly through fields but sometimes through dense forests. Less than an hour's walk through fields and interspersed rhododendron and oak forests takes you to Tilije - a multi-ethnic community. You will leave Tilije through a stone arch, cross the Dudkhola and follow along its embankment which descends through the scrub forest. 

The walls of the Masryangdi valley start to loom large as you move forward and finally the houses of Dharapani can be seen in the distance. You then cross a wooden bridge and a chorten-shaped arch to reach Thonje village, and the long suspension bridge over Masryangdi falls into the Dharapani. But your path continues along the sandy banks of the Masryangdi River until you reach the lake. The prayer flags, mani walls and chortens around the lake and its surroundings tell you that the lake is a Buddhist village. 

Day 19 : Lake (1,700m/5,577ft) to Besishahr and then Kathmandu
Food Breakfast/Lunch
Elevation 1700

In the morning we board a local jeep or bus from the lake to Besishahr. It is about a 4 to 5 hour drive that goes through many villages, Bhulbhule and Khudi towns to Beshishar. You have to reach Bensishahr before 3 pm to catch the last jeep or local bus to Kathmandu 
On the way back to Kathmandu, the road follows the scenic Masryangdi River, then joins the Trishuli River as it heads east along the Prithvi Highway. Along the way, you'll get good views of lush scenery, terraced farmland, and perhaps some last glimpses of towering snowy peaks.
 

Service Includes on Price

Cost Includes

  • Transport from Kathmandu via Arughat to Sotikhola (trek start) and Tal (trek end) to Besishahr, then return to Kathmandu by local bus.
  • All standard meals during the trek (19 lunch, 18 dinner and 19 breakfast)
  • Accommodation in excellent tea houses/lodges in trek areas (usually twin sharing rooms) for 18 days. 
  • Government licensed English-speaking Mountain Magic Treks  leader/guide and porter to carry your luggage. For every two trekkers, we appoint a porter. Baggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg.
  • Guide and porter costs, including their food, insurance, salary, accommodation, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Special permit including Manaslu and Tsum Valley Conservation Area permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruit every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Provision of rescue operations in case of complex medical conditions
  • Souvenir – Company t-shirt and cap
  • Mountain Magic Treks Achievement Certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek

Cost Excludes

  • International flight costs.
  • Nepal entry visa fee at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Excess Baggage Charge (limit is 9 kg per person)
  • All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu before and after the trip
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses – shopping, lunch, boiled bottled water, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone calls, battery recharge charges, laundry, extra porters, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance covering emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (mandatory).
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Additional costs or delays due to circumstances beyond our control, for example, landslides, weather conditions, itinerary modifications due to safety concerns, illness, changes in government policies, strikes, etc.

All costs and expenses not listed in "Cost Included" are counted as exclusions

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FAQs

What is Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek, the eighth highest mountain in the world, is a spectacular journey within the vast mountain range. This is an off-the-beaten-path trek to the untouched northern Himalayan range in the west-central region of Gorkha district in Nepal. 
 

What is Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is a wonderful blend of trekking within the vast mountain range above 8000 meters at an altitude of 1905 meters and visiting and exploring the hidden Tsum valley and monasteries, Tibetan Buddhist culture and traditions. 
 

What is the Tsum Valley Trek

The Tsum Valley, also known as the "Valley of Crowds," is a trek that explores the long history of the Buddhist saint Milarepa. Tsum Valley is an area surrounded by high passes - Ngula Fhoj Hyang (5093 m) in the west and Yamcho Pass (5326 m) in the north 

It is a trip to the remote area to meet the distinctive and unique culture, settlements of Tibetan and Buddhist way of life. And get to know the unique natural resources of the valley.

How difficult is Manaslu Circuit, Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek and Tsum Valley Trek? Is it possible?

Manaslu Circuit, Manaslu Tsum Valley and Tsum Valley Trek is a moderately difficult trek. Not to forget, the physical condition of the traveler has a high impact on this circuit and trek

What are the main importance/highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek

The main importance/highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek are:

  • Deep intuitive knowledge of Tibetan and Nepalese people.
  • A panoramic view of Manaslu Himal, Ganesh Himal, Himchuli Himal and others.
  • Scenic and off-the-beaten-track treks to pristine nature, rare and endangered wildlife and culture
  • Step up to the 5106m tall Larkya La Pass.
  • Peaks above 6500 meters can be seen
  • View of Birendra Lake and Blue Lake.
     
What are the main attractions/advantages of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Highlights of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek are:

  • Close range view of majestic scenery like Mount Ganesha, Himchuli Himchuli and others.
  • Scenic and off-the-beaten-track treks to nature, rare and endangered wildlife and culture.
  • Deep intuitive knowledge of Tibetan and Nepalese people.
  • Peaks above 6500 meters can be seen.
  • View of Birendra Lake and Blue Lake.
  • Camping at Manaslu Base Camp at an altitude of 4800 meters. 
What is the main significance of the Tsum Valley trek
  • Close range view of majestic scenery like Mount Ganesha, Himchuli Himchuli and others.
  • Scenic and off-the-beaten-track treks to nature, rare and endangered wildlife and culture.
  • Deep intuitive knowledge of Tibetan and Nepalese people.
  • View of Birendra Lake and Blue Lake.
How is Manaslu special and different from Everest, Annapurna and other destinations

First, let's clarify that Everest is located in central Nepal with Mahalangur Himal in the northeast, Annapurna in the north-central and Manaslu in the northern Himalayan range.
The Manaslu trek, an expedition from the Larkya pass, offers views of the world's highest mountain at 5170 meters and the Annapurna base camp.

Compared to the trails in the Annapurna and Everest trekking regions, the Manaslu trek has access to centuries-old monasteries.

The Manaslu region is less crowded and isolated from the Everest and Annapurna regions.
The Everest trek starts at an altitude of 2000m and Lukla at 2800m, Annapurna at 2710m and Manaslu Sotikhola at 700m.

The people of Manaslu Padayatra region are comparatively very primitive and culturally and traditionally dressed.

Season and trekking trail/route

How is the climate of Manaslu

Manaslu has tropical, subtropical, sub-alpine, temperate, alpine and arctic climatic conditions.
 

When is the best season/time to plan a Manaslu trek

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best seasons for Manaslu trek.

Spring offers spectacular rhododendron blooms and snow-capped high mountains.
Autumn offers beautiful festivals.

Where is the start and end point of Manaslu circuit

The starting and ending points of the Manaslu circuit are Sotikhola (700 m) and Besishahr (760 m) respectively.
 

Where is the start and end point of Manaslu Tsum Valley

The starting and ending points of the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek are Machakhola (930m) and Dharapani (1860m) respectively.
 

Where is the start and end point of the Tsum Valley trek

The starting and ending point of the Tsum Valley trek is Soti River (700m).

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How long is the Manaslu Circuit Walk?

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What is the total duration of the Manaslu circuit trek?

The Manaslu Circuit trek takes around 14 days where trekkers and climbers spend 10 days walking on an average of 6 hours a day.

How long or last is the Manaslu Tsum Valley hike? 

or

What is the total duration of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek?

The Manaslu Tsum Valley trek lasts or runs for about 21 days where the traveler has to walk for 16 days with an average of 6 hours a day.

How long is the Tsum Valley hike?

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What is the total duration of the Tsum Valley trek?

Tsum Valley trek goes or stays for 14 days where travelers have to walk for 12 days with an average of 6 hours.

Are the trails crowded?

No, the trail is rather isolated and only a few hikers have visited this trek.
 

What is the lowest and highest altitude of Manaslu circuit trek

Manaslu Tsum Valley trek lowest altitude 700m, Soti River and highest altitude 5106m, Larkya La Pass above sea level.
 

What is the lowest and highest elevation of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Starting from Sotikhola at an altitude of 700 meters, this trek is located in Chisapani at an altitude of 5,445 meters above sea level.  
 

What is the lowest and highest altitude of Tsum Valley trekking route

The lowest altitude starts from Sotikhola at an altitude of 7000 meters and the highest altitude starts from Mu Gompa at 3700 meters above sea level. 
 

Will I get altitude sickness while hiking

The trek starts from Sotikhola at an altitude of 700 meters and reaches Larkya La Pass at an altitude of 5106 meters. Hence, the chances of getting altitude sickness are high. Additionally, altitude sickness depends not only on the high altitude but also on the individual's physical and mental condition.
 

Why does altitude sickness occur

Altitude sickness occurs when barometric pressure decreases with increase in altitude and reduced availability of oxygen. Barometric pressure is the air pressure around you.
 

What are the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness

Signs and symptoms of altitude sickness usually appear within 12 to 14 hours of marking high altitude. Common/Acute Symptoms and Symptoms of Altitude Sickness Also Known as "Mountain Sickness": 

Acute signs and symptoms
 Serious signs and symptoms
 
Headache
 Loss of coordination and trouble walking
 
Dizziness, nausea, vomiting
 Constant cough with pints of sputum
 
Shortness of breath
 Constant headache, no response to painkillers
 
Loss of appetite and fatigue
 Loss of consciousness
 
Loss of energy
 Yellow or blue discoloration of the skin 

How can I protect myself from altitude sickness

Here are some things you can do to prevent altitude sickness:
First of all, good physical fitness and strong mental fortitude helps a lot in altitude sickness. Apart from this, we have listed five very effective and best ways to avoid altitude sickness:
Your body works extra hard when you reach higher altitudes where there is less oxygen. 

All you need to do is drink at least five liters of water per day to prevent your body from getting dehydrated.
Do not hike or trek more than 1000 feet after reaching 10000 feet altitude. 

Give your body proper rest, do well to sleep at lower altitudes and slow down your high altitude trek to adjust to the weather changes.
First of all, avoid alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco and other drugs like sleeping pills. Instead, take the proper medicine prescribed by the doctor.
Pack your bag with healthy snacks that contain carbohydrates, as your body needs more calories at high altitude.
 

How much should I pay for a Manaslu Conservation Area permit

If you are a SAARC citizen you have to pay NRs. 1000 per person and for other international citizens, they charge NRA. 3000 per person.
 

How much should I pay for Annapurna Conservation Area Permit

If you are a SAARC citizen you have to pay NRs. 1000 per person and for other international citizens, they charge NPR 3000 per person. In addition, if you are visiting Tsum Valley as a side trip you need to add USD 35 per person for one week.

ow much should I pay for Manaslu restricted permit

In autumn from September to November, travelers pay USD 100 for the first seven days and an additional USD 15 for each extended day.
During winter, spring and summer from December to August, a traveler has to pay USD 100 for the first seven days and an additional USD 15 for each extended day.
 

Is it possible to apply for Manaslu trekking permit in person

No, you need a two-person minimum to apply for a permit.
 

Do we need a trek leader and porter for Manaslu Circuit Trek, Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking and just for Tsum Valley Trek

Manaslu falls in the restricted area. According to the government of Nepal and related agencies, you must have a licensed professional guide. However, hiring a porter is up to you.
 

Where are the benefits of travel insurance

Traveling is not an easy task. There are many things to worry about when you travel. Some of the lesser burdens and benefits of travel insurance are as follows:

  • Emergency medical and hospital expense benefits.
  • trip cancelled.
  • Luggage and gear security
  • Emergency repatriation
  • 24-hour service support
  • Accidental disconnection
  • Covers legal obligations 
  • Personal accident
  • Housing back up
Where and how can I get my visa

You can get your tourist visa on arrival at the Immigration Office, Tribhuvan International Airport. Visas obtained on arrival at points of entry and exit are called tourist visas. The visa to enter Nepal is tourist visa 'on arrival'. 
 

How long can I stay in Nepal on a tourist visa

Tourist visas in Nepal are generally available for 15, 30 and 90 days.
 

How much does it cost for the visa

Visa costs vary by visa duration and validity.

  • Visa duration: 15 days, cost: 30 USD
  • Visa duration: 30 days, cost: 50 USD
  • Visa duration: 90 days, cost: 125 USD 
     
How can I extend my visa? How much does it cost to extend a visa

You can extend your visa through the immigration office. The cost for a visa extension for a minimum of 15 days is USD 45 and USD 3 for additional days on a per day basis. 
 

What type of accommodation is available during the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek

3 star to 5 star hotels are available in big cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. Whereas, accommodation like teahouses/lodges/camping is available in general village areas.
 

What kind of meals and snacks do we get on the course

There is no organized infrastructure in Manaslu area. Therefore, the food and cuisine here is simple and local like Tibetan bread, dal rice, Tsampa porridge, etc.
 

How is the drinking water in Manaslu area

Generally, water costs USD 2 (NRS 200) per bottle at lower altitudes and USD 4 (NRS 4) at higher altitudes.
 

Which is better, teahouse or camping

Camping is more expensive than teahouses. Camping food and meals are referred to by the traveler while teahouse food and meals depend on the stock available.
 

How about staying in a trekking lodge or teahouse in Manaslu area

Staying at a trekking lodge or tea house helps to experience the local lifestyle of the people with local food and taste.
 

How to prepare for the walk
  • The following are important to prepare for the trek: 
  • Join the walk
  • Be mentally strong and determined
  • Prepare the right gear
  • Obtain a restricted area permit
  • Carry a first aid kit
Can we customize the trek

Yes, you can customize the trek with advance information.
 

What is my accommodation on this trekking

A simple tea-house is a local style, sharing a bathroom with a squat toilet. It is possible that you have to sleep in the dining hall only in Dharamshala. There is a teahouse, and the dining room becomes a bedroom if there are many walkers. 
 

What food is available on this hike

The most common food item is the highly nutritious dal-bhaat (lentil soup and rice). In addition, there will be vegetable curries and pickles, the quantities are unlimited. In some places, you can get noodles, momos and more foods that are local to that village.
 

How challenging is the Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek

High physical and mental health is essential. There are no exceptions. High altitudes are extremely taxing on your cardiovascular system but can be accomplished safely with a professional guide or porter, or both. You will gradually get used to it. They are trained to know how to take care of you.
 

Can I Trek alone

The Government of Nepal legally requires you to do this trek with at least 2 people and a guide or porter, or both.
 

What is the condition of electric battery charging

Villages have either solar power or local hydropower but you will be charged a small fee for this service.
 

Should I pack a sleeping bag

yes A sleeping bag is a must. You can bring your own or you can rent one from High Venture Plus, to return to us. Our bags are also good -20c.
 

How do I pay for things on the trek

Villagers only accept Nepali rupees, they cannot use foreign currency. You need a large number of small denomination bills.
 

Do I need insurance

We strongly recommend that you have insurance that covers medical expenses as well as emergency evacuation by helicopter. You should ensure that your insurance company covers the expenses above the 5000 meter altitude range.
 

Do I need climbing equipment

We are hiking, not hiking, so no technical equipment is required
 

What phone service is available

Cell phone coverage at high altitudes is almost non-existent. However, V-SAT is a dish network with land-line phone service available in most villages so communication with the outside world is possible.
 

Is there an airport pickup service by the company

You will be greeted by a Mountain Magic Treks representative holding a pamphlet with your name on it outside the arrival lounge at Tribhuvan International Airport. He will take you to your chosen hotel in a private vehicle.

Additional Information

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking Information

Start the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking

Please arrive in Kathmandu at least two days before the trek is as possible. Please make sure you have an extra office day (weekday) before the travel departure date. We need one day to get special permit for Manaslu trek, and to apply for this permit, we need your passport with Nepal visa. 
Meanwhile, we will conduct a trek briefing which includes guide introduction and luggage check. On the third day, we drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola - the trek start point.

Local transport (Arughat to Soti Khola via KTM, then back to Kathmandu via lake to Bensishahr) is included in the package. You can rent a private jeep at an additional cost. 

Free airport pickup

We provide free Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) pickup and drop off service. Upon your arrival at TIA, you will find a Mountain Magic Treks representative holding a placard with your name on it. After greeting you at the Kathmandu Nepal airport, they will take you to your hotel by the private vehicle. On your way back home, our representative will transfer you from the hotel to the airport.  

Accommodation details during the Tsum Valley trek trip

Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek includes 18 nights lodge to lodge stay at the best lodges available in the trek areas. Three nights hotel stay in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required but not included in the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and tastes. 

Hot water and Wi-Fi are available in the trek areas at an additional cost.

Food on Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary

The Tsum Valley trek takes you to high altitudes around the 8th highest peak in the world, which means your body needs enough carbohydrates, proteins and other nutrients. You will find enough nutritious food in the trek areas, but you will have limited options. 
We provide 19 breakfasts, 19 lunches and 18 dinners during the trek to Tsum Vally.

Some of the popular menu items in Tsum Valley Trekking route are –

Nineteen Breakfast - Oatmeal, corn flakes, jam, butter, cheese, French toast with honey Tibetan bread or chapati, local tsampa porridge, eggs, pancakes, muesli bread, fruits, vegetables, hot drinks (various types of tea and coffee, hot chocolate , etc.) 

Nineteen Lunchs- Lentils, Bhat, Vegetables, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steak, Sandwiches, Momo (Dumpling), Macaroni Dishes, Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Potatoes, Vegetables, Salads, Pizza Mushrooms, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawns), Desserts, (Rice Pudding, Apple Pie), etc. 

Eighteen Dinners - Lentils, Bhat, Vegetables, Tibetan Roti, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steak, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni, Tenduk Spaghetti, Noodles Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Potato Stuffing, Vegetable and Salad Pizza (TT) , Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Shrimp), Korean Ramen, Desserts (Rice Pudding, Apple Pie), Hard Drinks, Steaks, etc.
 
We will provide you with fresh, clean, tasty and nutritious food. The menu consists of traditional, Asian and Western dishes, but as we move up, the menu gets shorter. We recommend you take fluids - green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup (of course) in addition to fresh vegetables at high altitude.
 
Although many non-vegetarian items will be available in the trek areas, we do not recommend them as the meat may not be hygienic. We encourage you to avoid dairy, alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items, hot chocolates, as experts recommend avoiding such items during high altitude trekking. 

Apart from standard meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner with seasonal fruits) all personal bills (liquor, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks) at tea houses/lodges or cafes are excluded from the package.

Best time for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking

The best time for Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek is March to May and September to November. 

March to May - Spring

This is the perfect season for Soom Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek. During this time, you will have stunning views of the Manaslu Mountains and the regional glaciers. Temperatures begin to rise from mid-March, and the snow-capped peaks are at their best with clear skies.

Along the trails, you will find rhododendron flowers blooming in different colors. At the end of March the winter snow melts, clearing the way to cross the Larkya La Pass. The daytime temperature can reach up to 24°C in the lowlands (from Sotikhola to Ghap) and up to 18°C ​​in the upper hills (from Lho to Bhimtang). Night temperatures can drop to -4 degrees Celsius in the highlands. 

September to November - Autumn

Autumn is also the best season for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek. This is the tourist season due to the favorable weather. Generally, the monsoon ends by the end of August. From mid-September, the weather is stable, the sky clears, allowing you to enjoy stunning mountain views.

Since Nepali festivals such as Dashain, Tihar, Chhath etc. are held in this season, tourists come to trek in autumn as well. 

Daytime temperatures can reach up to 25°C in the lowlands (from Sotikhola to Ghap) and up to 15°C in the highlands (from Lho to Bhimtang). In the higher regions, the night temperature drops to -6 degrees Celsius. From December, the temperature drops, and snowfall begins in the higher trekking areas. The lodge at Dharamsala is closed at this time, and it is almost impossible to cross the Larkya La Pass due to heavy snowfall.

The weather in the mountains is unpredictable and changes quickly.

Acclimatization

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek Package offers a rest day at Samgaon (3530m) to create a suitable environment to avoid the risk of acute mountain sickness.

Starting the trek from Soti Khola (730m), we trek at lower altitudes for several days exploring the Tsum Valley before proceeding to Samgaon. This gives our body enough time to automatically cope with the existing high-altitude environment and helps reduce the risk of altitude sickness. 
Altitude sickness is preventable but can be life-threatening if you ignore the symptoms. Our trekking leaders and guides have extensive first aid training and are well experienced in the Himalayas. We use oximeters to monitor your oxygen levels, and this helps detect altitude sickness early. We guarantee that your well-being will be in trusted hands.

Your trek leader or guide will suggest precautions against altitude sickness. The best way is to take your time while trekking and drink plenty of water - at least 4 liters a day. If altitude sickness is severe, the only treatment is to descend immediately. Please note that your trek leader has the authority to continue the trek or stop the climb based on the overall condition of the team. It is important to understand that some people are more vulnerable than others.

Trip Grade: Fitness level, medical, and health

Tsum Valley and Manaslu circuit is a challenging trek. We explore an isolated section of the Tsum Valley and spend a day resting at Samgaon 3530m before heading to Larkya La Pass to continue on the Manaslu Circuit. 

In the lowlands (below 3500m) our daily trek is 5 to 7 hours, and in the high mountains (above 3500m) the trek is usually 3 to 4 hours a day. We will take regular breaks to take in the stunning mountain views.

High altitude trekking is more physically demanding than low altitude trekking. This rugged mountain trek includes long climbs, steep climbs and straight roads. 

Although no technical experience and skills are required, previous hiking experience would be an added advantage. Trekkers who can walk for 5 to 6 hours a day at a decent pace with a light day pack can complete this trek. 

Some days require hours of long walking, so you should be reasonably fit and prepared for a long day. Exercising regularly a few weeks before your trip will increase your stamina. Please remember that the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the trek. 

To join the trek, all participants must be in good health with a positive attitude, self-confidence and determination. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases must inform us before booking the trek.

Trekking Group/Solo

Due to permit requirements, we require at least two trekkers for this trip. If you are a solo traveler, we can make a team for you. Mountain Magic Treks can handle all group sizes, and we add an assistant guide for teams with 12 or more members. If you have your own team, the bigger your team, the more discounts you can get.

A typical day in Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek

Every day you will be rewarded with a unique trekking experience - enjoying the scenery, taking photos, and exploring the local villages. During the trek, our experienced, friendly, and qualified Sherpa/guides will share information and historical facts about the places you are trekking.

Porters will carry your luggage. However, we do expect you to carry a small bag to keep your valuables and important documents.

The day starts with a hot cup of tea/coffee in the morning. After breakfast, we started from 7am to 8am depending on the duration of the day's trek and the nature of the day's trek. 

After three to four hours of trekking, we will have lunch at noon on the way to the next destination, and after resting for about an hour, we will continue. Afternoon walks are usually shorter - about two to three hours.

Once we reach our overnight lodge / tea house / tent, we have extra dietary food. Then, you can explore nearby places before dark. 

We have dinner from 6pm to 7pm. After dinner and before going to bed, you can have a friendly chat and discuss the day's experience. The trek leader/guide will inform you about the next day's plan. After this briefing, you can enjoy playing Monopoly, cards or watching the available mountaineering documentaries. Most foreigners read books from our team to learn Nepali language in a light and fun way or before going to bed for a good sleep.

Communication facilities in Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking route

During the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can use the internet service at the lodge for an additional service charge. But when we reach higher altitudes, communication will be through phone.

We communicate with all our trek teams through the trek leader at least once a day to ensure that each trek member is safe and comfortable. You can easily buy a local SIM card in Kathmandu, but the mobile signal may not be strong enough at high altitudes. 

Wi-Fi is available in lodges/tea houses and comes at an additional cost.

Additional personal expenses during the trek

Our valued customers are responsible for food and accommodation in Kathmandu. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels to suit every budget and taste. 
Also, trekkers need to bring personal spending money for things like purchase of travel insurance policy, visa processing, snacks, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, tips for trekking team members, souvenirs, etc. Cash (major currencies) and exchange them for Nepali Rupees in Kathmandu.

Electricity and battery recharge, drinking water during the trek

Throughout the lodges in the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek areas, electricity is available for recharging cameras and mobile batteries but comes at an additional cost.

During the trek, you can buy packed mineral water from local lodges and shops along the way or fill your water bottle with boiled water which you can buy from tea houses/lodges. We suggest you use water purification tablets. 
You should not drink water from rivers, streams and wells in trekking areas as the water may not be potable.

Travel Insurance for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking

The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit trek grade is challenging and comes with high altitude trekking risks like – possible altitude sickness, landslides, and other unforeseen events. 

Travel insurance is mandatory for this trek. All trekking members must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Mountain Magic Treks before starting the trek. The policy should cover medical and emergency repatriation - including helicopter rescue and evacuation at high altitude (up to 6000 meters). 

We may recommend insurance companies based on our clients' experience, but we do not sell insurance policies for tourist from Nepal. Trekkers are requested to send their detailed insurance information after booking the trek. In case of emergency, we will use your insurance policy and documents for quick and effective rescue and cover medical costs.

Before buying travel insurance (don't just believe what insurance companies say on their website.), call the insurance companies and double check if they have policies that cover heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m in addition to medical costs. 

Passports and Visas

All foreigners except Indian citizens must have a valid visa to enter Nepal. On-arrival visas are available at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and entry and exit points at the border with Nepal.

A visa application requires a passport with at least six months validity, a passport-size photograph, and a visa fee. The current visa cost is US$50 for 30 days which you can pay in cash (major currencies). Children under ten will get a free visa. 

Citizens of China and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get a free visa.

Citizens of Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan may not obtain an on-arrival visa. If you are a citizen of these countries, contact your local Nepalese embassy. 

Visa rules are subject to change without prior notice. So please visit https://www.immigration.gov.np/ for current visa information.

We recommend you to add a few extra days to your trek duration so that you will not miss your international flight back home in case of flight delay.

Currency exchange

Nepalese Rupee (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.

(1 USD = ~120 NPR).

You can exchange most foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and Thamel. These institutions display the current exchange rates visually. If you carry INR (Indian Rupees), only INR notes of 100 and 2000 are valid in Nepal. 
Although traveler's checks have the security advantage, we advise you to exchange cash to avoid hassles like lengthy procedures and high bank commission rates. You can withdraw cash (in rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel. Many of these ATMs are open 24 hours a day. 

If you are using your foreign card, the maximum processing fee of Rs 35,000 from an ATM is Rs 500. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions, they charge a service charge of four percent or more.

Most established Asian banks do not accept old, torn or defaced foreign notes. Please make sure you have new, clean crisp notes.

How much luggage can I bring on the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek?
Baggage weight limit is 9 kg per trekker. We hire a porter to carry luggage for two trekkers. Porters are not allowed to carry more than 18 kg of luggage. We hope you bring a small bag with you for your valuables.

Please bring only essential items on the trek. You can leave extra luggage free of charge at your hotel or at the Mountain Magic Treks Store.

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek Safety

Mountain Magic Treks guarantees the safety, security and satisfaction of customers. Your safety is our primary concern. We are always ready to face any situation and carry all necessary gear, tools, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have completed extensive first aid training.

If a trekker develops altitude sickness, depending on the circumstances, your trek leader has the right to decide to continue or descend immediately. We deploy a rescue helicopter to bring you back from high altitudes (funded by insurance) in an emergency. Moreover, we trek as a group to ensure everyone's safety.

Responsible travel

We strongly believe that we should try our best to protect our environment from the negative effects of tourism. Mountain Magic Treks works with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly trips that meet the expectations of both travelers and local communities in the trek areas.

Mountain Magic Treks Crew

During Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek, our well-experienced guides/Sherpas are with you to make your trip comfortable and memorable. All guides have trek certificate issued by the government and years of experience in trekking/hiking 

Porters will carry your luggage. For every two trekkers, we appoint a porter. Each porter shall carry a combined weight not exceeding 18 kg. So your baggage limit is 9 kg. We can arrange a porter per person if you need it.

Our crew members are local people of high Himalayas. So their physical endurance at high altitude is very high. All our employees are precious to us. We pay them well and take care of their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging. They receive medical care when sick or injured. 

We always ensure that our staff members are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy.

Our team members are: 

  • Advanced Wildlife First Aid Certificate
  • Trekking Guide Certificate issued by Govt
  • Fluency in speaking English and other major languages
  • Conservation and Biodiversity Training
  • Rock climbing experience
  • Tipping

Nepalese culture accepts tipping. Tipping is at the traveler's discretion and should reflect the quality of service provided. We advise you to tip collectively at the end of the trip. 

Booking and payment process

Mountain Magic Treks is a Government of Nepal authorized and bonded trek and tour operator. We have been providing our services for over a decade. Our company is a member of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAN) and Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). 
Hence, you can book a trip with Mountain Magic Trek with confidence. We require ten percent of the travel cost for travel bookings. You can pay by bank transfer, Western Union, or online from our website.
 
We request you to email your other required documents like passport copy, passport size photographs, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight details within one week of travel booking.

You can pay the rest of the travel expenses in cash or by bank transfer or credit card after you arrive in Nepal. Furthermore, we will email you payment details and payment modes.

Last-minute bookings

Booking in advance is best, but for those who cannot for whatever reason, Mountain Magic Treks has a special provision for last-minute bookings. In case of last-minute booking, you need to clear 100% of the travel payment 2 days before the travel departure. We need one office day to get the special Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek permit. 

We do our best to operate treks at any time, but in the case of last-minute bookings, you cannot hold us responsible for delays due to changes beyond our control - such as bad weather or unavailability of accommodation. Contact us at 977- 9843601808 (Revati) or email info@mountainmagictreks.com for details. 

Travel extension

After completing the trek, you may want to stay a few more days in Nepal. During this time, we can arrange other activities for you - such as exploring Kathmandu and its surroundings, Chitwan Jungle Safari, paragliding, rafting, or canoeing. 

Feetback

After the Tsum Valley and Manaslu circuit treks, Mountain Magic Treks will host a farewell dinner. After dinner, we will provide you with a printed Manaslu Tsum Valley trek achievement certificate. This is a good time to give us your feedback. 

Useful information

Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu, but we can accommodate your special requests and schedule. Please review your scheduled departure dates, and let us know if they do not suit you. We can rearrange a trek at your convenience. 
The itinerary listed above is a general guideline. It may rarely require modification due to circumstances beyond our control such as inclement weather and landslides.

Trekking Equipment List

Trekking Equipment List:

If it’s too much to carry from your home country some of the necessary equipment can be hired or bought in Kathmandu around Thamel as well.

Most of the equipment is general and standard lists for all seasons while on trek, but may differ as per the season and duration of trekking and areas of your chosen trip.

  • Reading/writing material

  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium, or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea

  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular

  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.

  • Health requirements arranged

  • Money: cash/credit card

  • Down Sleeping bag and Down Jacket provided by Mountain Magic Treks in Kathmandu 

  • Lightweight Towel

  • Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day

  • Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal

  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm

  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best

  • Warm Hat

  • Sunhat/bandana

  • Sunglasses

  • Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore-tex

  • Scarf

  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided to each trekker for trekking by Mountain Magic Treks in Kathmandu)

  • Sewing Kit

  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants

  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)

  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such a combination

  • Running shoes or sandals for the evening

  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months.

  • T-Shirts 2 or 3

  • Shirt - Long Sleeved

  • Pants - lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)

  • Thermals upper and lower

  • Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March) layered clothing - thermals.

Booking Terms and Conditions

Mountain Magic Treks Pvt.Ltd Term & Conditions:

Please read Mountain Magic Treks Pvt. Ltd. Terms and Conditions carefully prior to trip booking. Trekking or mountaineering in the higher elevations of the Himalayas is one of the most adventurous endeavors which carries the risk of AMS, injuries, or even death. Mountain Magic Treks is always concerned about trekkers' comfort, safety, and health while meandering at higher altitudes. We contribute great effort to reduce or control the risk and hazard, but sometimes nature’s curse or fluctuating climate in the Himalayas is beyond our control and we are not responsible for it.
If you are a keen adventure lover and are ready to follow the hereby mentioned terms and conditions, then you are heartily welcome at the Mountain Magic Treks Pvt.Ltd office, Galko Pakha, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Booking Terms and Conditions:

1. All package bookings are handled by Mountain Magic Treks Pvt. Ltd, an authorized adventure company based in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu.

2. The term "trip" formally refers to walking, sightseeing, treks, tours, mountaineering, expeditions, or holidays in the mystical land of Nepal.

3. Mountain Magic Treks faithfully includes all amenities in the package's estimated price.

4. Please go through the itinerary page or trek inclusion/exclusion pages for the details of the cost transparency. The trek cost may vary from one package to another, and some packages don’t include the cost of the following:

Personal travel insurance, medical assistance, and helicopter evacuation.

Visa, passport, and transit point expenses.

Extra meals, entertainment activities, accommodation and transportation costs are not included in the itinerary.

Extra baggage and gratuity

5. For trip confirmation, travelers must pay 20% of the total trip cost up front.

6. You can pay the booking confirmation amount either by credit card or wire transfer. Both payment options are subject to additional bank service fees of up to 4% on top of the sum.

Pay deposit by wire transfer:
Pay to:
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Paying Bank: Himalayan Bank Ltd
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Bank Street Address: Karmachari Sanchaya Kosh Building, Tridevi Marg, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
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 Mountain Magic Treks Pvt. Ltd
Account Number: 0570010152240
Paying Bank: Mega Bank Nepal Limited
Account Type: Local Currency (Nepali.)
Address: Thamel Branch, Kathmandu, Nepal
SWIFT CODE: MBNLNPKA
Bank service charges related to submitting a deposit are the responsibility of a client:
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(Bank service charges related to submitting a deposit are the responsibility of the client)

7. The trip will be booked once the payment is made by the travelers. We will send you the confirmation letter via email and guarantee that you will receive all of the services listed in the itinerary.

8. The final payment must be submitted at the Mountain Magic Treks office or at the hotel where you will be staying before the tip departure. Otherwise, you will not be legitimate for the trip and no final documentation will be disclosed before payment.

9. Regarding the trip cancellation, we offer a free trip cancellation service upon submission of a trustable reason before 90 days of the departure date with adequate evidence and written reasons. 

10. If you cancel the trip 60 days prior to the departure date, then a 75% cancellation fee will be levied from the booking amount.

11. An 85% cancellation fee will be levied if you cancel the trip before 30 days of the trip's departure date.

12. The company will be unable to refund the earlier paid (20%) booking fee if you cancel the trek before 15 days of departure.

13. There will be no payment refund if you voluntarily leave or cancel the trip once it has started, but if you are forced to leave due to unforeseen immediate circumstances, then payment can be refunded after proper discretion.

14. We guarantee your safe and successful trip; however, the company reserves the right to cancel the trip if there will be no minimum number of travelers. The company will postpone or manage alternative trips in this condition.

15. If the company cancels the trip due to any unforeseen circumstances which are beyond our control (i.e. natural disaster, flight cancellation, strikes, wars, riots, quarantine, government intervention policy, weather conditions), we will refund after deduction of the minimum operating cost involved.

16. If you want to change your booking date, the booking amendment request must be made 90 days prior to the original trip departure.

17. If trekkers demand to change the departure date prior to 60 days of the final departure, US $ 50.00 per person will be charged as a cancellation fee. The cost of the trip may also be increased if the market price soars higher during the postponed trip date.

18. The policy of our company is that trekkers must have an insurance policy contract if they want to trek with Mountain Magic Treks. The policy must feature medical coverage, air ambulance, helicopter evacuation facility, and flight cancellation insurance if possible.

19. Mountain Magic Treks and Expedition organizes various adventurous trips, which have a high-risk factor and demand more physical stamina and training. If you can’t accomplish the trek due to your physical inability or sickness, we are not obliged to refund the payment.

20. During the trip, there may be hindrances, obstacles, or circumstances such as political riots, insurgencies, accidents, climate change, or natural disasters. Make sure you are ready to deal with all of these problems.

21. The trip route, accommodation and modes of transport may be changed without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances. It is for your convenience and safety, so I hope you will display flexible human nature in this context.

22. While changing the route, transportation, accommodation, or itinerary due to the above circumstances, we may charge an additional fee or lower the cost as per the total expenses of the entire trek.

23. Mountain Magic Treks holds all the authority to decline, accept, detain, or retain any member of the trip if we find anyone suspicious or indisciplined. If you want to trek with Mountain Magic Treks, you must accept our leadership during the whole trip.

24. Mountain Magic Treks has contracted with a network of companies, the government of Nepal, and individuals to assist the travelers during the trip. These third parties are qualified to perform the duties as contracted. We are not liable in the event of loss, damage, or irregularities if the third parties don’t perform their duties properly.

25. Mountain Magic Treks is not liable for any law or rule violations committed by travelers in any country.

26. This agreement is governed by the laws of the Government of Nepal. No individual, including employees, representatives, or guides of the company, can alter the terms and conditions.

27. In exceptional circumstances, these terms and conditions may be waived by submitting a written request to the director. Only the director of the company has all the rights to amend them.

28. Travelers must be physically and mentally fit for the trek. It is compulsory to bring health certificates along with proper legal documents for trip approval if asked.

29. Mountain Magic Treks is not liable for any additional costs or compensation incurred as a result of a flight being canceled or delayed due to weather or other factors. We can manage alternative arrangements on special requests, which may require additional extra cost.

30. We have displayed authentic, genuine, and accurate information on our official website and brochure. If you notice any errors, incomplete or incorrect information, please notify us as soon as possible.

Please read all the terms and conditions mentioned above before making the bookings. You must abide by these conditions if you fancy trekking in the Himalayas with Mountain Magic Treks Pvt. Ltd.

Trip Reviews (1)

Mountain Magic Treks

Angel Vuchev

10th Jun, 2022

We went with a few friends back in September 2017 and we were delighted by the services provided by Rewati and his team of guides and porters. Definitely would recommend and visit again!

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