Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Duration: 22 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 22 Days
  • Trip Grade Fairly Strenuous
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End KTM/KTM
  • Group Size 2-12
  • Max. Altitude 5160

Highlights

  • One of the most adventurous trekking trails in the Himalayas with off-beat and steep routes
  • Enjoy a peaceful trek because the trail is not crowded at all
  • Explore a restricted part of the Himalayas in Nepal
  • Witness jaw-dropping mountain panoramas and diverse landscapes
  • Come across a range of flora & fauna, trek through lush forests of rhododendron & pine
  • Explore around Mt. Manaslu (the eighth highest mountain in the world) and the hidden Tsum valley
  • Visit ancient monasteries and hike to Manaslu base camp
  • Get to see the lifestyle of the natives and learn about their values

Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek Holidays

If you plan to make your holiday more adventurous and enjoy being in the mountains, the Tsum Valley- Manaslu Trek can be one of the options for you. The Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek is adventurous, culturally enriching, gleaming with flora & fauna, and lets you enjoy unspoiled mountain sceneries. You explore this hidden valley with our expert team and enjoy excellent service, a friendly crew & a safe journey.

Manaslu with Tsum Valley is one of the most adventurous and immersive trekking routes in the Himalayas of Nepal. Regardless of all the challenges, the trek is quite popular among adventure junkies. The trek combines the Manaslu trail with the hidden Tsum valley. It is a tea house trekking around the eighth-highest Mountain in the world, the Mountain Manaslu.

The fact that the Manaslu Tsum Valley is one of the least explored trails in the Himalayas makes the venture even more intriguing. Unlike the famous EBC and ABC trek, the Manaslu Tsum Valley Hiking route is not crowded. Even the basic tourist infrastructure is inadequate so that you can experience a raw trekking experience, and the trail takes you very close to the Tibetan border.

Manaslu trail was opened in 1995, and Tsum Valley opened in 2008 for foreign visitors. Today, these parts of Nepal fall under the restricted area of Nepal. It means that foreign trekkers have to obtain a special travel permit from the government of Nepal to trek in the Region. The restricted area permit is only issued if you are walking with a registered Nepali trekking company like Outfitter Himalaya, so there's no way you can trek alone in the Manaslu & Tsum valley.

During the Manaslu with Tsum Valley trek, you get to see the rich Tibetan Buddhist cultural heritage of the natives. As the Region was protected from the outside world for a long time, not much has changed in the daily lifestyle of the locals. In a way, the Manaslu-Tsum Valley trek is also like traveling back in time. You get to embrace simple living and uncomplicated sentiments.

And, like the cherry on the top, diverse wilderness, stunning landscapes, and majestic Himalayan Mountains make the overall trekking experience in Tsum Valley far more tempting. The ancient monasteries, nunneries, mani walls, prayer wheels, and sculpted rocks along the way add a further divine aura to the journey. The intimate encounters with the inhabitants, their simple yet fulfilling life, and strong values will blow your mind.

Offbeat & less crowded Himalayan Trekking trail

Manaslu & Tsum Valley trek route offers off-the-beaten trails in the Nepal Himalayas. Most trekking routes involve steep uphill walks following rough, forested paths. Because of all the hurdles this trek poses, expensive restricted area permits, and strict regulations, only a few trekkers visit this Region every year, making the trail less crowded. If you love walking in peace and embracing solitude, want to escape into the Mountains and enjoy peace and serenity, then you'll love Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek in Nepal.

Unspoiled landscapes & excellent mountain views

Manaslu with Tsum Valley Adventure Holidays route is heaven for trekkers looking for breathtaking landscapes and stunning mountain views. As the Region is close to the Tibetan border, you can also witness Tibetan landscapes from some points. You can look out for beautiful mountain birds, including the Lophophorus (Called Danphe in Nepali, the national bird of Nepal).

Likewise, the lush green hills, waterfalls, glaciers, lakes, and verdant valleys sprinkle more beauty into the Region. Mountains like Manaslu (8,163 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Chulu West (6,419 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Shringi Himal (7,083 m), Baudha Himal (6,672 m), Himlung Himal (7,126 m), Kang Guru (6,981 m), etc are seen along the trail. The landscape changes from dense forests, rivers & hills to pastures, moraines, & barren hills.

Travel in the Special Areas of Nepal

Manaslu region and Tsum valley are restricted areas of Nepal. The trekker has to obtain restricted area permits (RAP) from the government of Nepal, which is only possible with the help of a registered Nepali trekking company. Not only that, solo trekking is not allowed in the regions, and trekkers have to be in a group (at least two people) - not including a guide & porters) to participate in Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trip.

Explore ancient monasteries

The Tsum Valley trek route lets you explore the Piren Phu and Milarepa caves. Both of these caves are sacred. The legendary Buddhist sage is believed to have meditated in these two caves. Likewise, the Region has many significant ancient monasteries like Mu Gompa, Rachen Gompa, Pungyen Gompa, and Lungdang Gompa, along with small stupas, chortens, sculpted stones, prayer wheels, etc.

Trail teeming with wilderness

Fishing or hunting animals is prohibited in the regions, which has resulted in wealthy wildlife in the Region. The trail is in the Manaslu Conservation Area so you can see many plants & flowers. This conservation area is home to numerous exotic wildlife, including snow leopards, Himalayan tahr, red foxes, blue sheep, brown bears, etc, along with diverse species of birds.

Cross, The Larkya La, passes over 5,106 meters

Crossing Larkya La pass is the most challenging part of the Manaslu with the Tsum Valley trek. With a height of 5,106 meters, it is one of the longest passes in the Nepalese Himalayas. The pass is located between Dharmashala and Bimtang. The route to the top of the pass is steep and rocky. Once you reach the top, you get rewards with jaw-dropping mountain scenery and find yourself amidst clouds.

Hike to Manaslu Base Camp or Birendra Lake

During your acclimatization day in Sama Gaon, you have two hiking options. One takes to Manaslu base camp and another to Birendra Lake. The Manaslu base camp is the lap of the eight highest mountains in the world, Mt. Manaslu. It is situated at 4,800 meters and offers a sensational mountain landscape.

Birendra Lake is a freshwater lake located near Punhyen Glacier. Brown hills and snow-capped mountains surround the turquoise color of the lake. The scenery is heavenly. The lake is situated at 3,691 meters.

Manaslu & Tsum Valley Trek difficulty

Manaslu and Tsum Valley trails are arduous. It is one of the most demanding treks in the Himalayas that takes you far away to remote Tsum Valley and crosses the high Larkya La pass (5,106 m). The trek requires a high level of fitness and previous trekking experience. So, Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek Adventure is for fit trekkers with high endurance and persistence.

Trekking through lush forests of rhododendrons & pine, you have to cross many narrow suspension bridges over rushing rivers. You walk constantly on uphill and downhill paths. On average, 6-7 hours of walking (in a day) is needed during the trip. The terrain is uneven, rocky, and rugged. Likewise, you also walk on a glacial path at some point.

Apart from the terrain, the Region itself is very remote. The trekking route has basic teahouses and teashops with limited snacks. The meals are usually Nepali or Tibetan dishes with few other options. You may have to go a few days without using the Internet. All these small things make the overall trekking experience more challenging.

Preparation for the Manaslu & Tsum Valley trek

If you wish to have a smooth trekking experience, proper preparation is a must, from packing all the essentials to getting your body and mind ready for the trek. Our team will give you a packing list once the booking is confirmed. It would help if you carried even the most minor things like toilet paper, toothpaste, lip balm, moisturizer, etc.

  • Now, getting your body & mind ready involves
  • Strengthening your muscles
  • Building long walking habits
  • Increasing your stamina and
  • Working on your endurance

You can go on short hikes, train in the gym, or do cardio activities like jogging, swimming, cycling, etc. Combining these will help you better prepare various aspects of your body & mind.

Itinerary

We at Outfitter Himalaya have offered a detailed itinerary for the Tsum Valley and Manaslu with Larke la Pass. It is 22 22-day itinerary that covers both Tsum Valley and the Manaslu, and it is best for those who have long holidays and want to spend the holiday in the Himalayas of Nepal.
You have the option to do only Manaslu or Tsum Valley as well. The 22-day program includes your arrival and departure days from Nepal and a day tour in Kathmandu. However, the program is customizable. So let us know your requirements, as we are always here to make the trek plan for you.

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We welcome you at the airport and escort you to the hotel in a private vehicle. Our team will help you settle in the hotel and quickly brief you about the day program before leaving you to unpack.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

We'll spend the day exploring many historical sites in Kathmandu with our local experienced guide, who will explain about the monuments. The tour involves visiting palaces, courtyards, temples, monasteries, and museums.

Later in the afternoon, We will meet you in our office and introduce the trek guide, who will give a short briefing about the trek, and we will begin preparation. You have time to do the last-minute shopping and final packing.

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  • Max. Altitude1345

After breakfast, we begin the ride to Soti Khola. It is a long drive with gorgeous scenery. We pass by Arughat before reaching Soti Khola.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude700

It is our first day of the trek. From Soti Khola, we walk through small settlement areas and lush forests to Machha Khola. On the way, we pass by Khorlabesi. The trail also offers beautiful views of green hills and rivers.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude870

From Machha Khola, we cross Tharo Khola and reach Khorla Besi. It is a small Gurung village. From here, we steeply ascend to Tatopani and walk over a ridge. The trail crosses the Budhi Gandaki River and climbs multiple staircases to Doban. We then trek towards Thado Bharyang and walk along a river to Jagat.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1340

From Jagat, we enter the restricted area. We registered our permits at the checkpoint. We'll walk along a river bank and descend to Shridibas. The trail takes us to Philim, where we take a small break for lunch. We cross a suspension bridge and walk to Ekle Bhatti. There are two further trails; one leads to Manaslu and the other to Tsum Valley. We hike to Lokpa.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2040

It's a short walk from Lokpa to Chumling. However, the route is demanding. There must be a lodge between the trails to stop and have food.

After continuous ups & downs, we cross a suspension bridge and walk towards Ripchet. From here, the trail crosses another bridge and walks past small stones to Chumling. We can see excellent views of Ganesh Himal.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2390

The trail from Chumling continues to Domje, and we move towards Chhokong Paro. On the way, we come across several streams. The trail presents striking views of Shringi Himal. In Chhokong Paro, you can see Tibetan-style homes and meet friendly locals.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3030

It's an easy day. From Chhokong Paro, we hike to Phurbe and Pangdun. We then crossed Chhule village and gradually ascended upstream. The trail further crosses a bridge and reaches the Nile. Here, we visit a famous monster.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3360

We begin the day with a hike to Mu Gompa. It is a religious ancient monastery. We are very close to the Tibetan border on this day. The trail along the valley's west bank offers Tibetan landscapes and mountain views. After visiting Mu Gompa and Doma Gompa, we descend to Chhokong Paro to spend the night.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3700

After having breakfast, we'll trace our way back to Chhokang Paro. The trail passes by small monasteries and mani walls. We walk through small settlement areas and reach the sacred Milarepa Cave. From here, the trail takes us to Rachen Gompa. Following a downstream route, we reach Chhokong Paro.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3030

Leaving the Chhokong Paro, we walk, relishing views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal. The trail passes by Gho village and leads us across Seru Khola. We pass by Rainjam and continue trekking. Further, we cross a suspension bridge and reach Chumling for a night's stay.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2390

The trail between Chumling and Deng offers beautiful views of Lumbo Himal, Lapuchen Himal, and Dwijen Himal. We'll be trekking in the lower Nubri region called Kutang. It's home to natives who are pure Tibetans. Before reaching Deng, we walk past lush forests.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1860

The trail from Deng gradually goes through dense forests to Ghap village. From here, we keep ascending past a river. The final ascent is steep and leads us to Namrung. The scenery along the trail is fantastic.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2630

We go beyond the tree line into high mountains today. Leaving the lush green valley, we now see muted browns and grays of the Himalayas around us. The trail takes us to Lho village.

Here, we will see a superb view of Mt. Manaslu and visit Rebung Gompa (if possible). The trail then ascends to Shyala village and goes to Sama Gaun via yak pastures.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3520

We take a rest day in Sama Gaon. It's essential to avoid altitude sickness. We explore the village and get plenty of rest. We have multiple hike options today. We can visit Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Base Camp, or Birendra Lake.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3520

The trail from Sama Gaon descends to the Budhi Gandaki River and turns north to a bridge over a side stream. We then walk past several mani walls, and the valley opens up.

Further, we walk by juniper and birch forest to Kermo Kharka. The trail then descends and crosses Budhi Gandaki. We follow a steep uphill route to Samdo.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3875

We will keep walking down the edge and cross a wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail then ascends and crosses two streams.

We can see Larkya Glacier as we walk towards Salka Khola. From here, we walk on an uphill trail that leads to a stone guest house at 4,460 m. It's called Dharmshala or Larkya Phedi.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4460

From Larkya Phedi, we ascend and reach the north side of Larkya Glacier. The views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak are surreal.

We walk across moraines and follow a steep uphill route to the top of the Karkya Lass. The Larke Pass has outstanding views of Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Mt. Kang Guru, etc. We then descend to Bimtang for the night's stay.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude5160

Leaving Bimtang, we cross a stony glacier and soon begin walking through rhododendron & pine forests. The trail descends along the west bank of Dudh Khola and passes by Hompuk & Sangure Kharka.

We reach Kharche and trek through the lush forest to Tilje. The trail drops down to Marsyangdi Valley and passes by Thonje. We'll cross the Marsyangdi River and reach Dharapani.

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  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1860

After having breakfast, we'll drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu. The ride is long and offers beautiful landscapes. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we drop you at the hotel. The remaining day is free. You can shop and relax. In the evening, we have a farewell dinner with the team.

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It's your last day in Kathmandu. We pick you up from your hotel lobby three hours before the flight departure time and drop you at the airport.

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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek map

Inclusions

  • Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the above itinerary
  • 3 - Night Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Transport by local bus Kathmandu - Soti khola and Dharapani - Kathmandu
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) on the trek
  • Conservation entry permits, restricted area permit, and TIMS permit
  • 18-night accommodations in lodges/tea houses on the trekking
  • A guide and porter (1 porter for every two trekkers)
  • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (Pay travel insurance company)
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket, and a duffel bag (return after the trek)
  • Seasonal fruits after dinner while on trek
  • Trip completion certificate
  • Company T-shirt & trekking map
  • A farewell dinner
  • First Aid & Oximeter
  • Official expenses and service charge

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu
  • The entire bar bills, hot and cold drinks, water, internet, and telephone charge
  • Entrances fees on Kathmandu Tour
  • Tips for the guide and crews
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Add-Ons & Options

Upgrade Transport to Private jeep

Day 03 of the Itinerary

There is an option to upgrade the transportation to a private jeep instead of the local bus drive on day 3 from Kathmandu to Sotikhola. The Jeep cost US $180.00 and 6 maximum passengers can drive on one Jeep.

Day 21 of the Itinerary

There is an option to upgrade the transportation to a private jeep instead of the local bus drive on day 21 from Dharapani to Kathmandu. The Jeep cost US $300.00 and 6 passengers can drive on one Jeep.

Group Departures

We at Outfitter Himalaya offers small group trek to Manaslu-Tsum Valley. Find the fixed dates below to join the group trip and book your most suitable date.

The size for the group trek would be from 2 person to 12 people. If you are more than 12, contact us for the discounts and booking process.

If the offered dates are not suitable for you, or want to have private trip, Proceed booking from the right bar on your own date.

Start DateEnd DatePriceStatus 
Start DateStarts: MondayApr 22, 2024End DateEnds: MondayMay 13, 2024PricePrice Per PersonUS$1500StatusAvailable

Essential Info

Guide and Crew

You will have a city tour guide for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu on day 2 of the itinerary. You will have an experienced trekking guide throughout the trek, and you also have an assistant guide when there are more than 8 trekkers in the group. We provide a porter to carry your luggage while on trek and there will be a porter for each 2 trekkers. A porter carries about 20-22 KG, which means 10-11 KG from each trekker.

Accommodation during the Manaslu-Tsum Valley Adventure

A total of 21 nights of accommodations are included in our Tsum Valley Manaslu Holiday package cost. The 3 nights are in a 3-star standard hotel in Kathmandu and the rest of the 18 nights are in lodge/guest house/home stays in the trekking trails.

Best time to do the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking

The best time to do the Manaslu Tsum Valley trek autumn season (September, October, November, and the first half of December) and spring (March, April, May, and first half of June).

Meals and drinks on Tsum Valley Trek in Himalayas

A Total of 59 Meals (21 Breakfast, 19 Lunch & 19 Dinners) are included in our package cost.

Daily breakfast is included in the hotel in Kathmandu and breakfast, lunch, and dinners are included while on the trekking.

We provide a cup of tea or coffee with breakfast and all the drinks such as tea, coffee, drink water, cold drinks, hot drinks, or alcoholic drinks are not included in our package cost, however, these drinks are available in the lodges/guest houses along the trekking trails and you can buy them.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Booking

The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is available with Outfitter Himalaya at the best cost. We offer both fixed departure and private trips. There should be a minimum of 2 trekkers to operate the trek, So contact us if you are single and looking to join a group trek, as we might have people booked already, and you can join them. Find the fixed departure dates on the page and book a suitable date. Private departures are available daily; please check availability for your desired dates.

Permits required do the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

There are a few permits that you are required to have in the Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek Adventure, which is as follows:

Manaslu Conservation Area Permit

  • The Tsum Valley-Manaslu trail is located in the Manaslu Conservation Area (MCAP), and you need to be permitted to enter this region; the permit costs NPR 3000.00 (Approximately- US $30.00).

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit

  • Some part of the Tsum Valley-Manaslu trail is located in the Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP), and you need to be permitted to enter this region; the permit costs NPR 3000.00 (Approximately- US $30.00).

Tsum Valley Trekking Permit

The Trail from Jagat to Tsum Valley of the program is under restricted areas and needs special trekking permits; the permit cost is below.

  • From September to November, per person is US$ 40.00 for the first week and US$7.00 per day for additional days beyond a week, and from December to August, per person is US$ 30 for the first week and US$7.00 per day per extra day after one week or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

Manaslu Trekking permit

The trail from Jagat to Larke Lass and Bhimtang is under restricted areas and needs a trekking permit; the permit cost is below.

  • From September to November, US$ 100.00 per week per person, and after 7 days, US$ 15 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency. From December to August, US$ 75 per week per person, and after seven days, US$ 10.00 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

Trekkers Information management System (TIMS)

The Nepal Government has applied the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) on all the trekker routes in Nepal. So, trekkers have to have a TIMS permit to trek in the Manaslu-Tsum Valley region, and it costs NPR 2000.00 ( Approx US $20.00).

Note: All these trekking permits are included in the trip cost, and we will apply and obtain these permits once you book the journey with us. They will be provided to you before starting the trek.

Packing list for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekk

The equipment is vital in making your Trek successful in Manaslu Tsum Valley. So, you must pack your gear carefully, fill it up with only what you need, and carry what you need for the trekking.

To help you pack your gear, we have given a list of tips you should take advantage of while packing for the Trek in Nepal.

General

Four seasons sleeping bag (we provide one if you do not have one).

  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep all your gear, which the porter will carry.
  • Daypack for yourself to keep your things, such as a camera, water, and things you need for the day.
  • A small lockable bag to keep the extra stuff, which you do not use on the Trek, can be held at the hotel in Kathmandu.
  • A down Jacket (we provide you one if you do not have
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of lightweight, warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2 pieces
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • A fleece jackets
  • Raincoat (if you are traveling in monsoon time)
  • A pair of trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • Some pairs of warm socks
  • A pair of Light to medium-weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair of light trekking shoes or sandals for camp/lodges
  • A water bottle
  • Head/torch Light
  • A medium-size towel
  • Walking poles (optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • We recommend consulting your doctor for medication and suggestions before booking a trek.

Miscellaneous but Important

  • A passport and extra passport photos (2 copies), these additional passport photos are necessary to obtain the trekking permits.
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm at least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun cream with SPF 40
  • Water purification Iodine tablets (optional)
  • The toiletry kit includes toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Note: We advise you to have your own sleeping bag and down as they fit well when you use them. However, We at Outfitter Himalaya provide duffel bag, down jacket and sleeping bag to use on trek when you book a trek with us, which have to be return once the trek is completed. And, you should have the rest of the equipment yourself; you can also buy these equipments in Kathmandu at a good price.

FAQs

  • Q1. Where is Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking located?

    Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking is located in the Gorkha district of Nepal, in the western part of the country. It is a remote and less-traveled trekking destination in Nepal, known for its scenic beauty, unique culture, and challenging terrain.

  • Generally, a budget of USD 10 to 15 per person per day is sufficient for basic expenses such as purchasing water, tea or coffee, snacks, hot showers in the mountains, and lunch or dinner in Kathmandu.

    However, if you wish to buy souvenirs, you should bring additional money. It is recommended to rely on something other than credit cards while on the trek, as they may not be accepted in remote areas. Carrying enough cash, preferably in Nepali currency, is advisable to cover your expenses during the trek.

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