Tsum Valley And Manaslu Trek

tsum Valley and Manaslu trek

Highlights

  • Explore the ancient Tsumba and Nubri cultures
  • Trek along the off-beat trails across the foothills of the Mansiri ranges
  • Sublime views of the Manaslu, Shringi, Cheo, and Ganesh Himal ranges
  • Enjoy the biodiversity of the Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Duration25 Days
  • Max. Altitude5160m
  • Trip GradeStrenuous
  • Group Size2 - 10
  • Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu and Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trek
  • Accommodation4-star Hotel in Kathmandu, and Teahouse during the trek

Overview

A sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley in the Gorkha district of Nepal, the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is a hidden gem of Nepal that is a less-frequented trekking destination. Snugly situated against the backdrop of the Ganesh Himal (7422m), the Shringi Peak (7161m), and the Buddha Himal, the valley is home to ethnic Tibetan Buddhist people who have a distinct dialect, customs, and unique traditions that differ from the rest of the populace in the country. As such, the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek are some of the best long-distance off-the-beaten-paths treks that encapsulate the very best facets of both the hidden valley and the Manaslu circuit.

Likewise, the Tsum Valley with Manaslu trek presents a gorgeous landscape to enjoy. The valley is drained by the Shiar Khola, which originates from the western glacier of Ganesh Himal. The east and southern glaciers of the Shringi Peak also drain the Nyak Khola, which later forms a confluence with the Budi Gandaki River upstream. The trek involves a steep ascent of over 1,500 meters from the valley floor.

Likewise, the Tsum Valley and Manaslu trek also present an idiosyncratic cultural opulence to experience. It harbors many historical monasteries, including the Rachen Gumba and the Mu Gompa, nestled on a plateau within the valley’s lap. The valley also harbors the Gumba Lungden, situated at the base of a conical hill against the main slope of the Ganesh Himal.

Rich local cultural community

You will be trekking through the valley’s dense Blue Pine woodlands that cover the terrain like a chartreuse carpet. It is a marvelously beautiful and naturally endearing journey that is simply uplifting. Passing by many ethnic settlements, like Samagaon, Ghap, and Dharamsala among many, you will be in the company of the rich local cultural community and the mountain peaks that shadow the landscape in the most important spectacular of fashion.

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is a completely beautiful journey that presents awe-inspiring landscapes and magnificent mountain views at each step of the way. Paired with the distinct cultural diaspora of the valley’s Tibetan Buddhist communities, the trip is an unforgettable adventure that presents the best attributes for you to experience.

Is this trip the right fit for you?

  • The trek takes 25 days. Involves 5-7 hours of moderate to challenging walking per day. A good fitness level is required.
  • Basic tea house lodges along the route. Most provide dorm room beds and common bathrooms. Very simple amenities.
  • Cold temperatures in higher areas with a chance of snow, rain, and winds. Nights below freezing. Carry proper layered clothing and protection.
  • Travel light with essential gear only.
  • Trekking at high altitude can cause headaches, nausea, fatigue, and other issues above 3000m. Acclimatize properly and descend if symptoms persist.
  • Trek goes through isolated mountain areas with no roads or villages for days. Evacuation is difficult. Good health is a must.

What makes this trip enjoyable for you?

  • The remote and scenic Tsum Valley has fewer crowds than major trekking routes. It feels untouched and pristine.
  • Majestic views of peaks like Manaslu, Ngadi Chuli, and Ganesh are spectacular from high viewpoints along the way.
  • Learning about the unique culture and village life of the isolated Tsum people is eye-opening and meaningful.
  • The sense of adventure in exploring a more untouched hidden valley in the Himalayan region is rewarding.
  • There is a variety of landscapes to discover – rocky gorges, pine forests, snowy trails, icy peaks, carved mani stones, and more.
  • The warm hospitality of local people in tiny mountain villages and tea houses along the way.
  • Visiting ancient hilltop monasteries like Mu Gompa and appreciating the peaceful way of life.
  • The challenge of crossing a high pass like Larkye La (5106m) gives an immense sense of achievement upon completion.

You will also be in the company of our professional guide at High Route Adventure who will make sure that you are comfortable and satisfied at all times with the services. With us, you are guaranteed the best in each aspect, from transportation and meals to the best available lodges and accommodation to professional guidance. It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy a unique part of Nepal that is very different from the more popular treks the country offers.

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Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

    You may arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed by one of our airport representatives. He will help you get transferred to your Hotel. There are no planned activities for the day, thus you may check into your Hotel and relax. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

    Altitude: 1350 m
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 2: Restricted Area Permit Procedure and Kathmandu Sightseeing

    The Tsum Valley requires a trekking permit to visit which we arrange on this day. This day is also reserved for a sightseeing tour of the city's major UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will visit the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, the Swayambhunath Stupa and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

    Altitude: 1350 m
    Meals: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola

    You will have a drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola today, passing by Arughat along the way. It takes about 7 hours to reach, and while the road is bumpy, the natural scenery makes up for the rather long ride. You will be driving along the Prithvi Highway for the first part of the journey. Turning off to Dhading, the landscape becomes quite rural and remote and the road also becomes quite bumpy and dirt-laden. Finally, you will reach the Soti Khola. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Soti Khola.

    Altitude: 700 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 4: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola

    From Soti Khola, you will trek to Machha Khola today, trekking through the valley and crossing several streams as you do. The path leads you to the small settlement of Khorlabensi. A little further from here lays Tatopani, a natural hot spring where you can have a short respite and dip yourself in the spring that is believed to have natural healing properties. From Tatopani, the trail then goes towards Machha Khola. Overnight say at the guesthouse at Machha Khola.

    Altitude: 869 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 5: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat

    From Machha Khola, you will then cross a stream after trekking uphill for some time. Along the way, you will reach Dobhan, a settlement of the ethnic Gurung people. Further from Dobhan, the Budhi Gandaki River flows across the valley. The path follows the riverside until you reach the hillocks. Trekking uphill, you will then finally reach Jagat, which is where the permits are required. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Jagat.

    Altitude: 1340 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 6:Trek from Jagat to Lopka

    From Jagat, the path follows the Budhi Gandaki Gorge. You will be following the trail as it winds along many Shankri stones by the riverside. So far, the trail was a prominent part of the Manaslu Circuit, but after leaving Jagat, the trail enters the Tsum valley. The Budhi Gandaki River rages past tall green cliffs and you can enjoy the emerald terrain as you finally reach Lopka. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Lopka.

    Altitude: 2240 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 7:Trek from Lopka to Chumling

    From Lopka, the terrain becomes exceedingly dense with foliage as rhododendron woods cover the trail. On your way to Chumling, you will be in the company of the Ganesh Himal (7422m), the Shringi Peak (7161m), and the Buddha Himal as they tower over the landscape quite magnificently. After about 4 hours of trekking through the pastures and the forest, you will reach Chumling. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Chumling.

    Altitude: 2386 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 8:Trek from Chumling to Chhokang Paro

    The trekking trail is leveled today, going through the green pastures and beneath tall cliffs. The view of the Hiunchuli Himal and the Ganesh Peak shadow over the ravines as you cross the river over suspension bridges. Finally, you will reach Chhokang Paro, a small settlement whose locals mainly rely on animal husbandry and farming for a living. Along the way, you can also see many mules and yaks grazing in the fields, with goats being herded by sheppards. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Chhokang Paro.

    Altitude: 3031 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 9:Trek from Chhokang Paro to the Nile

    From Chhokang Paro, you will be climbing up steep hills of the valley, going above 3,000 meters. It is a rather difficult trek, but with a slow and steady walk, you can overcome the altitude gain. Along the way, you will come across many stone cairns lined with prayer flags and decorated with red colors. Finally, you will reach the Nile where you can enjoy the local culture and lifestyle. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at the Nile.

    Altitude: 3361 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 10: Trek from Nile to Mu Gumba

    The settlement of the Nile and its surrounding environment resembles the Tibetan plateau a lot. Even the traditional rustic houses at Nile are reminiscent of the customary Buddhist colors of red and white, much like the monasteries. After a short trek, you will reach the Mu Gompa. Situated at an altitude of 3,510 meters, the Mu Gompa houses religious books, including the Kyangyur, a life-size statue of Avalokiteshwara. Some of the most striking objects in the monastery are the statues of Buddha Amitabha. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

    Altitude: 3709 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 11:Trek from Mu Gumba to Chhokang Paro

    From Mu Gompa, you will follow the same trekking trail past Nile towards Chhokang Paro, going through the woods and the pastures once again. It is a leveled trek for the most part, and along the way, you can snap glorious pictures of the Ganesh Himal and the Shringi Peaks. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Chhokang Paro.

    Altitude: 3031 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 12:Trek from Chhokang Paro to Gumba Lungdung

    From Chhokang Paro, you will make your way towards the Gompa Lungdung today, passing through the rhododendron groves and several pasturelands. A serene nunnery of the Kangin sect, set in the middle of a dense coniferous forest on the northern slopes of Ganesh Himal, the Gompa Lungdung is quite an impressive site. The Gompa is also the site of various special occasions, including the Ngyungne, celebrated in June/July and November/December, the Chhechu in July/August, the DupaChhesie in August/September and the Dashain Tupchen in October/November. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.

    Altitude: 3200 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 13: Trek from Gumba Lungdung to Ripchet

    The sunrise view amidst the Himalchuli, Ngadi Chuli, Ganesh Himal, and the Lumbo Himal ranges from Lungdung Gompa is quite spectacular. After breakfast, you will trek down the hill side until you reach Lungdung Khola. Further from here, the trail takes you through the woods towards the Tsum Chu where the Ripchet village is located. Along the way, you will pass through a gorgeous ravine and woodlands filled with bright yellow birds and monkeys. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Ripchet.

    Altitude: 2470 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 14: Trek from Ripchet to Deng

    From Ripchet, you will trek down the valley towards the Gadhi Khola, cross it via a wooden bridge and then finally rejoin the Manaslu Circuit. As you converge to the Manaslu Circuit Trail, you will find a lot more mules and perhaps other trekkers as well. You will cross the Budhi Gandaki River towards Deng. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Deng.

    Altitude: 1860 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 15:Trek from Deng to Ghap

    Deng is a Gurung village that presents good views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m). From Deng, you will move ahead towards Bihi Phedi to reach Ghap. En route, you will also pass by the small settlement of Prok. Through the pine woods, you will reach Bihi Phedi that has many Mani stone walls. Further from here, the trail crosses the Sereng River that forms a deep gorge. Crossing the river via a suspension bridge, you will reach Ghap. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Ghap.

    Altitude: 2160 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 16:Trek from Ghap to Lho

    Ghap is surrounded by Fir, Rhododendron, Bamboo, and Oak forests. With occasional steep pathways and streams along the way, you will reach Namrung. Ahead from the village lays an extensive barley field that rolls dramatically with the wind. Passing through the field, the path picks up again and leads you towards Lihi. Finally, after trekking through the grasslands, you will reach Lho, a cultural village adorned with Buddhist monasteries and chortens. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Lho.

    Altitude: 3180 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 17:Trek from Lho to Samagaon

    From Lho, the trail picks up the steep ascent uphill towards Shyala. The village of Shyala is deeply rooted in agriculture and wood works. The houses at Shyala are marked with distinct wooden art. Trekking on ahead, you will reach the draining slope of the PungGyen Glacier. Further from here lays Samagaon, a prominent village that is a famous overnight stop for many trekkers who do the Manaslu Circuit. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Samagaon.

    Altitude: 3520 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 18: Acclimatization day in Samagaon (Explore the PungGyen Gumba, 5 hours or visit the Manaslu Base Camp, 6 hours)

    This day is reserved for acclimatization. You can choose to either visit the PungGyen Gompa or have a visit to the Manaslu Base Camp. Either of the options can be carried out according to your choice. Either way, you will get amazing views of the Manaslu ranges and get to enjoy the beautiful landscape. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Samagaon.

    Altitude: 3520 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 19:Trek from Samagaon to Samdo

    The trail to Samdo turns north on the upper regions of the Budhi Gandaki River. With a gradual ascent, you will pass through the confluence of the Larkya River and the River originating from the Samdo Glacier. Thick juniper woods and Birch forests of Kermo Kharka decorate the landscape. Along the way, you will also see a beautifully ornamented Kaani (a gate arch). Finally, you will reach Samdo. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Samdo.

    Altitude: 3875 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 20:Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala

    The trekking trail from Samdo to Dharamsala is relatively short and easy. You will move along the trail through the AthahraSaya River and alongside the Larkya River. Trekking through the Taka Choeling Gumba, you can get good views of the Naike range as you gradually climb uphill. Finally, you will reach the Larkya Bazaar. Just a few miles from here is Dharamsala. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Dharamsala.

    Altitude: 4460 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 21: Trek from Dharamsala to Bimthang via the Larkya La Mountain Pass

    From Dharamsala, you will be trekking to the base of the mountain pass. The Larkya La Mountain Pass is one of the tallest mountain passes in the region. With a steady ascent, you will make your way up the pass. You will have to wake up quite early for this, preferably at 2 in the morning. From the top, you can get breath-taking views of the entire valley, as well as mesmerizing vies of the Manaslu Peaks. From the top of the pass, you will begin your gradual and slow descent towards Bimthang. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Bimthang.

    Altitude: 3590 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 22:Trek from Bimthang to Tilije

    Bimthang is a yak herder settlement that is used by the local herders to store their yak cattle during the winter months. You will follow the trail south of Bimthang to Kharche, passing through the woodlands and pastures. Along the rock-strewn terrain, you will trek towards Tilije, a Ghale Gurung village where the ethnic Manangi and Chhetri people reside. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Tilije.

    Altitude: 2300 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 23:Trek from Tilije to Chyamje

    From Tilije, you will follow the path towards Chyamje, going through the terrace farms and fields of agriculture. The views of the mountain peaks make the journey quite lovely. The trek follows the Marsyangdi River and continues along thickly scattered villages en route to Chyamje. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Chyamje.

    Altitude: 1430 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Day 24: Chyamje via Besisahar to Kathmandu, 9 hours driving

    From Chyamje, you will bid the Manaslu Peaks goodbye. From here, you will have a drive back to Kathmandu. The drive offers the beauty of the diverse landscape in central Nepal. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.

    Altitude: 1350 m
    Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel
  • Day 25: Departure

    Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped off at the airport for your departure.

    Meals: Breakfast

Tailor Made Holiday

You can change the itinerary, services, accommodation, and duration of this trip to suit your needs, budget. The choice is your.  Let us help you tailor-make your precious Vacation.

Inclusion

What's included ?

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • 4-star accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Transfer from kathmandu to sotikhola and chyamje to kathmandu by local Bus.
  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)
  • Porter service to carry your main luggage during the trek (2 trekkers : 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance, equipment etc.
  • Manasalu conservation area permit,Tsum valley spacial permit and Annapurna conservation area permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Farewell dinners
  • First Aid kit, Pulse Oximeter and essential medicines (Paracetamol, Diamox etc.) carried by the Trek Leader
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trek completion)
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's not included ?

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control

Notes

Accommodation in Manaslu Region

Accommodations in Kathmandu, and on the path area unit are enclosed within the package price. You will be staying at 4-star or similar deluxe hotels in Kathmandu and twenty-one nights at the best available teahouse during the trek.

Since the high Mt. Manaslu Trekking region was open for visitors, explorers, and adventurers in 1991, where very few trekkers were aware of this beautiful region. It is a raw and pristine country, where trekkers had to have their own camping equipment and food to carry. As there were no lodges or inns for travelers, at present the area getting more attention and popularity. Slowly villagers built lodges to cater to the requirement of trekkers' comfort. Most lodges en route to Dharapani villages are simple with basic facilities, but the rooms are clean with a large dining hall. As well as a warm and friendly environment serving meals as per the menu and season-wise.

Most rooms are on twin sharing basis with common bathrooms and toilets or washrooms, with a large dormitory where 5 to 10 people could share. A few places like Jagat, Namrung, Lo, and Sama-Gaon do have attached baths but on very limited. At the base of Larke-La Pass called Phedi as well as Dharmasala the lodge and guest-house of minimum facilities, serving simple beds and foods as well warm refreshments. Sometimes during peak times of trekking, the place can get crowded, and spend nights in the tents of a lodge.

Meals on Manaslu Region

In every lodge on the route, Manaslu trekking with nice cozy restaurants with simple food menu or La Carte served. Where trekkers can choose the main meals, snacks, and drinks as well as some homemade bakery products in a few lodges.

Especially around main villages like Jagat, Lo, and Sama Gaon including at the end of the trek at Dharapani village. Most meals are served as per the menu from breakfast with muesli-oats for porridge, fresh oven-made bread served with jam, honey, or butter with eggs as per one choice, from boiled, omelet, scramble to poach, or sunny-side-up. Lunch served from Nepalese famous Dal / Bhat sets (boiled/steamed fine rice with lentil soup of variation, includes veg or meats if available with some hot/spicy sauce). Includes Fried / Boiled Noodle Soups veg or meats, as well as eggs, in a few lodges serves Continental, Mexican, Italian, Indian, Chinese to local Nepalese set meals. The menu includes snacks, like French Fries (fresh Potato chips), local Tibetan or normal bread, as well instant noodles. Dinner is always lavish one can order from the menu or set meals best for large groups, to save time and fuel energy.

After dinner, a choice of desserts from fresh fruits was available, with some bakery products like cakes, pies, or hot custards. Followed by hot drinks of choice from tea-coffee-hot chocolate to hot lemon with honey.

 Best Time for Visit around Manaslu Region

Nepal for all seasons, however for trekking around Mt. Manaslu high region best time is in spring from March to May months. Lively with wildflowers in bloom around mid-hills forested area, especially the rhododendron flowers from tall trees to bush. Most days are clear for pleasant walks as well for views of snow-capped peaks, late afternoon can get cloudy with cold morning and night times. Another great time is in the autumn/fall season, from September to November months, most days are crystal clear. For excellent views of the high snow mountain range as well for nice day walks, with much colder morning and night time.

But with a clear bright starry night sky, could snow around high areas on route trek and crossing high Larke-La Pass.

 Entry permits & Requirements

The Manaslu region and Tsum Valley, which was officially opened to foreign visitors from the year 1991. The area falls in a restricted zone and travelers must obtain Trekking Permit from the Department of Immigration in addition to the TIMS (Trekkers Information Management Systems) card to enter the region.

Whether you join in for Manaslu Circuit or Tsum Valley, the region of Manaslu to Tsum Valley falls within Manaslu Conservation Area, which was established in 1998 with an area that covers about 1,663 sq. km. Where trekkers need MCA (Manaslu Conservation Area) permits, and as well after crossing Larke-La Pass to reach the other side at Dharapani in Manang, where ACAP fee is applied (Annapurna Conservation Area Project). But for Tsum Valley ACAP permit is not required unless you merge your adventure with the Manaslu Circuit trek. The Manaslu Conservation Area with the fee collected helps to maintain walking trails, and conserve its fertile and pristine environment from destruction, as most villagers higher up and lodge use kerosene oil or LPG gas to cook food for trekkers, where burning of wood is not allowed to save from deforestation.

Where trekkers should follow Eco-Tourism or Responsible Tourism rules and respect local culture, as well as not disturb its exotic flora and fauna. Enjoy the adventure, taking photographs for memories and leaving your footprint only.

Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization

Altitude Sickness and acclimatization are the main major topics that all trekkers and adventurers have to encounter on high-altitude treks and adventures. Where all trekking involves high passes like on Manaslu with Larke-La at 5,106 m / 16,752 feet high. Very important to know when traveling to high Himalayan destinations.

Altitude Sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), the symptoms can get to some trekkers from above 2,000 m to 3,000 m high, people with well acclimatized sometimes can catch AMS above 3,000 m to 5,000 m high.

To avoid AMS, a rest day is very necessary at a certain height like around 2,800 m or above 3,000 m spending a few days to support acclimatization. Enough rest and taking a short hike around, as well as drinking much fluid like water, a cup of black or green tea, or lemonade can overcome high altitude sickness or AMS.

Where some can take protective measures using Diamox or Acetazolamide tablets which prevent and reduce symptoms of AMS and can lower headache in high altitude walks and climb. The common symptoms are mild headache, lack of appetite, feeling nausea, dehydration as well as lack of sound sleep. Critical and severe cases are when one gets the symptoms of HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) which is water in the brain and HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema), a symptom with some water in the lungs.

Where the victim should be brought down to safe and secure places with a medical team or doctors to attend, the fastest means is emergency evacuation by any means of immediate and fast transportation where available. In Nepal Himalaya, the quickest emergency evacuation by Helicopter services is to bring the victims back to Kathmandu for further treatment.

Drinking-Water on the Route of Manaslu Region

Safe drinking water is the most important part of daily life as well for trekking, safe drinking water is available at every lodge and restaurant on a trek to the Manaslu region.  Three main types of safe drinking water available on the trek, which are fresh from the creek or spring, but one needs to have a good water filter, as Himalayan water contains heavy minerals like iron, magnesium, and bicarbonate.

Mineral or bottled water is available in every store, shop, and restaurant of the lodge, but can be very expensive as you reach higher areas the price will be almost double what you pay in lower villages. To be in good shape and healthy and keep fit as per medical advice on high altitude, one needs to consume a minimum of 2 liters per day. The best to buy a liter or more from the lodge on a route around local lodges and restaurants, where you will be served boiled and filtered water which is very safe.

Travel Insurance

All trekkers and adventurers must purchase Travel as well as Medical Insurance for travel around Nepal Himalaya, including Mt. Manaslu higher region. It is very important and necessary to obtain travel and medical insurance for your own safety purposes and benefits. As you never know what circumstance lies ahead, can get very sick from diarrhea, altitude sickness /AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), as well as sudden accidents in unavoidable situations. Where patients need to be evacuated immediately by any means of quick transport like Helicopter service is the fastest way to reach medical help.

Where all your medical bills including the service of the Helicopter, will be reimbursed by your insurance company, depending upon the nature of the insurance policy. Another reason for travel insurance is just in case the trip can be obstructed by bad weather if the pass gets heavy snow. Where the trek needs to be re-routed to another destination or might get canceled, your travel insurance comes in handy in these types of situations.

Safe, Secure Trips

Our first topmost priority is maintaining safeness and security to create an enjoyable holiday for all visitors, booked with High Route Adventure Adventure as well for our field staff, guides, and porters. From the moment of the first arrival where you feel safe and get pleased with our dedicated staff and guides. In taking off your needs and requirements while in Kathmandu and throughout your adventure around high Himalayan destinations, including the Manaslu trek.

Guided by an honest and reliable guide and staff, and can communicate easily to gather information about the trekking region. Our guide is well versed in various knowledge of the area, offering much information from flora/fauna, and culture. Including religion and villager’s history and background.

Whether in Kathmandu on tours or up in the mountains, where all clients on every trip of ours feel very secure to enjoy memorable Himalayan holidays with us.

FAQs of Tsum Valley And Manaslu Trek

  • Can I go to Manaslu trekking without any hiking experience?

    It is advised not to trek in higher altitudes like the Manaslu trekking route without any prior experience in trekking. While you don’t have to be a professional athlete to climb up the Manaslu trail, you do need some level of physical fitness and awareness. Trekking without any prior experience can lead to fatigue and tiredness. This can cause you to not be able to adapt to the surroundings and can also result in altitude sickness. On top of that, you will have to walk for an extended period (at least 15 days) covering 10- 12 km per day which can be tiring for non-trekkers and can seriously dampen your mood for the trip.
  • What are the health requirements to trek in Nepal?

    Travelers need to have a moderate level of physical fitness, even if you want to be involved in short treks. Especially, while traveling to higher altitudes, it is necessary to have some sort of experience and a level of physical fitness so that your fatigue doesn’t ruin the whole mood of the trip. There are some lower altitude treks with leveled routes which can be enjoyed by children and elders as well. It is better to consult with your doctor and take proper vaccines for diseases that can be prevalent in Nepal. Health insurance is also a must-have, especially if your trekking destination is at a height above 5000m. Also, be prepared with your prescribed medications beforehand if you have any as it is possible that medication provided outside the country may not be available in Nepal.
  • What kind of food are available during the trek?

    The types of food you will get during treks depends on the trekking destination. If you are planning to trek at places around Kathmandu, then you will have no problem finding proper traditional meals and also other snacks along the way. If your trek destination is at a higher altitude then you will be getting home-cooked meals that include Dal, Bhat (rice), and Tarkari. Food from homestays and tea houses are of good quality and also nutritious so you do not have to worry. But, it is better to be wary while eating meat products and alcohol while in higher altitudes.
  • What is the best weather for trekking in Nepal?

    The best weather for trekking in Nepal is during autumn and spring. These are the time when the skies are clear and the trekking trails are pleasant. While autumn is the time when the weather for trekking is perfect, the spring season boasts a vibrant environment with blooming flora. These seasons are the times when there is less chance of rain which is why the tracks are dry and less dangerous. It is also a bonus that the trekking routes are well equipped as the weather is loved by many tourists so there is a high turnover of travelers in most of the trekking destinations.
  • What kind of clothes are needed for trekking?

    While trekking in lower altitude, you will require soft cotton clothes that don’t let sweat be trapped inside and also lets some air in. It is better to have thin fleece jackets and also waterproof trekking gears if you are traveling to areas which are prone to unexpected drizzles. While trekking to higher altitudes, make sure to dress warmly. It is better to have warm jackets, thermal tops, and trekking pants along with good quality hiking boots. Woolen hats that cover your ears and waterproof gloves are a must, especially if your trek includes colder heights.
  • What kind of shoes should I have?

    Good quality hiking and trekking boots will take you a long way while trekking in Nepal. Make sure to get yourself a pair of good trekking boots with good ankle support and comfortable sole. It is better to avoid heavy boots which will only weigh you down, quite literally. It should help you to stay away from leather shoes which have slippery soles with no grip and also too heavy to handle.
  • Is there any tourist police during the trek?

    Yes, there is a special unit of police namely tourist police working under the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). These individuals are dispatched to ensure a safe and pleasant stay for travelers and to protect from theft, robbery, and misuse of natural resources. You will find tourist police patrolling in most of the famous trekking destinations. Their main job is to patrol tourist destinations, provide information regarding those destinations, responding to complaints, taking action against those complaints and protecting travelers from security issues. You can find more information regarding the Tourist Police at the official website of the Nepal Tourism Board at https://www.welcomenepal.com/plan-your-trip/tourist-police.html.
  • How does your company organize the emergency rescue?

    Rescue operations are organized once we have proper information about your whereabouts and severity of the danger. In situations where you have to acclimatize, we will organize either porter to carry you down or emergency helicopter evacuation. Also, for extreme conditions like accidents helicopter rescue operations can be organized, especially while you are traveling to higher altitudes. We only proceed forward with the request once our travel guides or our clients themselves have informed us about the critical condition. Make sure you have working travel insurance so that you can claim the money for the evacuation later on.
  • How many liters of water should I be carrying in our day pack?

    The average requirement of water while you trek, in higher or lower altitude is four cups (roughly one liter) per hour. In colder regions, you only need to have two cups in an hour. As for how much you should be carrying, make sure you have at least one liter of water in your day pack. In Nepal, many trekking routes are filled with teahouses which offer drinking water to the travelers. If you are traveling to higher altitudes where water resources are rare, you can carry more than one liter. But, be aware to keep your travel baggage light so that it is not a nuisance during the trek. Also, make sure the water is boiled or filtered properly. You can also carry portable water purifier and other purifying tablets to make sure that you can consume safe drinking water.
  • What currency should I take during the trek?

    Since Nepalese Rupee is the official currency of Nepal, you must have an ample amount of cash with you when traveling to Nepal. You can easily exchange foreign currency into Nepalese at the exchange counters in the Tribhuvan International Airport or various authorized dealers in the major cities. While trekking in higher altitudes, you might not be able to find exchange counters as easily; so, you must carry enough Nepalese Rupees.
  • What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?

    The symptoms of altitude sickness include dizziness, nausea, and difficulty in sleeping, fatigue, and headache. You can also experience loss of appetite, rapid pulse, and shortness in breath. If you feel any of the mentioned sickness then immediately inform your tour guide or someone responsible and start climbing down to lower altitudes if you can. The symptoms can have a varying effect on different people. Most commonly felt symptom is shortness of breath. So, be mindful and keep out for these symptoms.
  • How many kilos to carry for potter?

    A porter can carry a maximum load of 30 Kg depending on the individual. Some will carry less but the weight of the load can vary as per the trekking route, destination, and the porter himself. Most porters carry loads around 15 to 20 Kg but make sure to have a talk with them beforehand and inform them about the weight they are supposed to carry. The official guideline given by Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) is 25 Kg per porter. Making people carry more than 30 Kg, even if they are willing to, can be taken as rude or inconsiderate so, be mindful of this fact.
  • What can I expect on a teahouse trek?

    Teahouse trek is one of the best ways to enjoy the ravishing nature along with the rich culture and traditions of the people in Nepal. The simple food and lodging on the teahouse treks allow travelers to experience a simple lifestyle. You also get a chance to witness the unique lifestyle of people living in and around the teahouses. These people offer genuine, down-to-earth, and surreal hospitality. All in all, tea house treks are the best way to enjoy the natural beauty and remoteness of Nepal while gaining the best experiences in the world.
  • Is there any age limit for trekking in Nepal?

    There is no age limit from the government of Nepal for trekking in Nepal. However, there can be considered or benefits from the travel agency if you are of below 7 years or over the age of 70.
  • Can I hire an extra porter on the trek?

    You will have to provide us with prior information if you need extra porters. It is almost impossible to appoint new porters once you are already in the mountain regions or already in higher altitude. If you want, you can hire extra porters personally while still in lower altitudes. For example, if you are traveling to Mt. Everest then you will have to hire extra porters in Lukla.
  • Is a trekking permit needed?

    While most of the popular trekking sites do not need trekking permits, there are many trek destinations which require permits. Most of the protected sites like conservation areas, national parks, and wildlife reserves need permits to enter and travel through. Likewise, there are destinations which require restricted area permits to travel as well. A TIMS card is a must-have as a basic trekking permit for traveling in Nepal. You can get a TIMS card from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu after filling the necessary application form.
  • Can I buy or rent a sleeping bag in Nepal?

    Yes, you can rent or buy sleeping bags in Kathmandu. There are many shops located around Kathmandu, mainly in Thamel which provide you sleeping bags, travel bags as well as trekking equipment on rent. These sleeping bags are cheap and easily affordable and are available in different variations as well. In Nepal, buying your sleeping bags can be more fruitful because many travelers complain about getting rashes or allergies from used sleeping bags.
  • What types of insurance should I need to have before coming to Nepal? Can I get insurance there?

    Travel insurance is a must if you are traveling to Nepal. These insurances help you to cover the costs of numerous travel issues on a trip. Your travel insurance must cover medical services as well as emergency helicopter services. Likewise, your insurance must also cover issues like theft, flight delays, and trip cancellations. No, you will have to get insurance in your home country. This way, you can receive the maximum benefits of travel insurance and you also get to choose from several packages.
  • How long do I walk each day?

    On average, a person should walk around 15 km in a day while on a trek to higher altitudes in Nepal. Although 15 km might seem like a small number, most of the treks in Nepal are very challenging so, it can be quite tiring depending on the trek destination and trekking route. Likewise, the duration of the trek is around 6-7 hours per day which also depends upon the trekking trail and destination. In some days, you might even have to walk for 9-10 hours. Make sure to travel slowly and have ample time to acclimatize so that you do not fall prey to Acute Mountain Sickness.
  • What is the accommodation during the trek?

    During most of the treks, your accommodation will be small lodges or teahouses. In higher altitudes, tea houses are cheaper and offer basic facilities. They provide a simple meal along with warm beds. These tea houses are known for their hospitality and good service even in such high altitudes. In lower altitudes and places around Kathmandu, you will find proper hotels which provide quality service and accommodation facilities. In camping treks, you will have to sleep in camps and tents with the assistance of our guides and porters. During the peak seasons, it is better to have a prior reservation and in extreme conditions, you may have to share a room with strangers.
  • Do you arrange domestic and international flight tickets?

    Yes, we do have provisions to arrange domestic and international flight tickets for you. All we will need is prior information from you along with your travel destination and other details that are required for a flight. After you provide us with all the necessary information, we will book the flights on your behalf.
  • Can you assure me that your staffs are taken care of?

    We believe that our staffs are an integral part of our company and are our foremost representatives. As such, we make sure that all our staff members are satisfied with our treatment. Especially in our Himalayan adventures, we equip them with proper insurance services as well. From food and company benefits to a friendly work environment, we take care of every single matter to make sure our staffs are taken care of.

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