Manaslu trek was officially opened to tourists in 1991, which offers a unique opportunity to experience the relatively “untouched” region. This epic trip circumnavigates the entire massif with an insight into the cultures of ethnic Nepalese tribes and peoples of both Hinduism, Buddhism religion, but mountaineering expeditions have had long access to the area. In 1950 a party led by H.W. Tillman trekked from Thonje to Bimtang and col. Jimmy Roberts crossed the Larkya La (Pass) looking for an interesting mountain to climb. Manaslu (8,163m) was attempted by Japanese Expeditions each year from 1952 until 1956 when the first ascent was made. Having become known as "Japanese Mountain" much of the information about the area was available in Japanese. The Japanese continued to dominate the climbing scene of Manaslu until 1971.
The remote Tsum Valley is one of the hidden gems of Nepal. Tsum Valley is known as the Beyul Kyimolung, the holy hidden valley of happiness, first described by Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) in the eighth century. Milarepa meditated in the caves of Piren Phu and there are centuries old nunneries.
The Tibetan Buddhist culture is still very prevalent in Tsum and the scenery is just stunning, with beautiful forests and countryside, with Ganesh Himal towering above the valley. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid and after visiting Tsum, you can only agree.
Manaslu Tsum valley is a restricted area and there are certain formalities required by the government of Nepal in obtaining a special permit. This trek is a mercifully light trek and even at the best time of the year, you will be meeting smattering of groups. Since 2010 this has become Nepal's newest 'tea-house' trek with the building of a lodge below the Larkya La pass (5,213m). Some lodges are currently still a little basic, so it remains for the adventurous. Though, without the need to camp, it's a fine trip for those seeking an unspoiled, tranquil Himal.
Manaslu Tsum valley trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating circumnavigating Ngadi Chuli (7,871m) Himal-Chuli (7,893m) and Boudha (6,672m). Much of this trek is in a region of strong Tibetan influence. We cross the Larkya- La (5,213m) and descend to the Marshyangdi River and further trek down to Besisahar from where we will drive back to Kathmandu.
We combine the Tsum Valley with the Manaslu Circuit; our trekking begins from the Arughat, Dhading. You start low, walking through green countryside, and passing through many villages inhabited by various ethnic groups along the Buri Gandaki River. You enter the Tsum Valley going right from the main trail and you soon enter a beautiful forest with pines and rhododendrons. Heading eastwards, the valley opens up to reveal a beautiful countryside and small Tibetan-style villages. The trail goes behind the Mt. Manaslu and Himculi to cross Larkya La pass (5,213 m) and Rupina La (14,450'). The landscape becomes more barren; topography resembling the Tibetan landscape. The trek is rewarded by descent into the Marshyandi valley with a delightful walk along the river and villages and concluding our trip at Nadi/Beshishar nearby Lake City of Nepal, Pokhara. The trek is the only type that physically puts you closer to Tibet and its remote people.
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu, Transfer to hotel and trek briefing
Day 2City sightseeing, Packing & Preparations
Day 3Drive to SotiKhola (700m), 12 hours
Day 4Trek to Doban (1310m), 5 hrs
Day 5Trek to Philim (1570m), 4 hrs
Day 6Trek to Chumling(2386m), 5 hrs
Day 7Trek to Chhokang Paro (3031m), 4-5 hrs
Day 8Trek to Chhule /Nile (3347m), 5 -6 hrs
Day 9Trek to Mu Gompa (3700m), 3 – 4 hrs
Day 10Trek to Domje (2460m), 5 hrs
Day 11Trek to Lokpa (2240m), 5 hrs
Day 12Trek to Ghap (2397m), 5 hrs
Day 13Trek to Lho (3180m), 5 hrs
Day 14Trek to Samdo (3,875m), having lunch at Samagoan, 6 hrs
Day 15Acclimatization day, hiking up to TIBET border
Day 16Trek to Larkya Rest House (Dharmasala) at (4460m), 3 – 4 hrs
Day 17Trek over Larkya La Pass (5213m) and to Bimtang (3630m), 6 -7 hrs
Day 18Trek to Dharapani (1965m), 6 hrs
Day 19Drive to Beshisahar (5/6 hours), and continue drive to KTM (7hrs)
Day 20Kathmandu, free and easy day, shopping and rest
Day 21Int’l departure for onward flight to home
This kind of trek is challenging but doesn’t really require previous trekking and mountaineering experiences and also doesn’t require any technical experience. But if you have any previous experiences would be really helpful. Your fitness is really important for this trek; therefore we strongly suggest preparing yourself in good physical condition. You need to be trained at least for about 3 to 5 months to prepare yourself as a strong candidate.
You can go to the fitness center every morning for about 1.5 hours, do hiking every weekend with increasing weights on your pack, manage some time for cycling for a couple of hours for 2 or 3 times a week. However, at the high altitude, there might be little symptoms of altitude illness like mild headache, fatigue, etc. but take it as normal and just drink enough water (4 – 5 liters) every day. On this trek, you need to be able to hike 4 – 8 hours over hilly terrain up to 5,500m of altitude with a daypack.
If you have any previous experiences would be helpful but if you don’t have is also not an important matter of issue. This trek will introduce you to trekking in the Himalayas and also about the local cultures, traditions, and local people. Even if you are around the age of 65 years, you can be a candidate for this trek.
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Manaslu summit climb expedition - Aug-Oct 2022. Unfortunately we were unlucky with the weather due to crazy amounts of snow and avalanche risk and weren't able to summit but I had a great adventure thanks to Dream Himalaya. Dawa Sherpa and Tendi Sherpa did everything in their power to help our expedition succeed. Dawa Sherpa runs a fantastic company and I would highly recommend his services for any adventure from climbing to trekking in Nepal. He happily answered all my questions in advance of the trip promptly and thoroughly. Tendi Sherpa is an excellent certified mountain guide (IFMGA) which is strong, communicates well and is a pleasure to climb with. All the services provided were fantastic. Base camp was amazing. Comfortable single
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