Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek 22 Days
Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek is one of the most adventurous and immersive trekking routes in the Himalayas. Regardless of all the challenges, this trek is quite popular among adventure junkies. The trek combines the Manaslu trail with the hidden Tsum valley. It is a 22 days tea house trekking around the eighth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu.
Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek is adventurous, culturally enriching, gleaming with flora & fauna, and lets the trekkers enjoy unspoiled mountain sceneries. Explore this hidden valley with our expert team and enjoy great service, a friendly crew & a safe journey.
The fact that the Manaslu with Tsum valley is one of the least explored trails in the Himalayas makes the venture even more intriguing. Unlike the famous EBC trek and ABC trek, Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking route is not crowded. Even the basic tourist infrastructure is not adequate, so you can expect a raw trekking experience. 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 permit from the government of Nepal, and solo trekking is not allowed. The restricted area permit is only issued if you are trekking with a registered Nepali trekking company, so there's no way you can trek alone in the Manaslu & Tsum valley.
During the Manaslu with Tsum Valley trekking, you get to see the rich Tibetan Buddhism cultural heritage of the natives. As the region was protected from the outside world for a long time, nothing much has changed in the daily lifestyle of the locals. In a way, Manaslu and 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 makes 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.
Manaslu & Tsum Valley trek attractions
Offbeat & less crowded trail
Manaslu & Tsum Valley trek route offers off-the-beaten trails. Most parts of the trekking route 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 handful of trekkers visit this region every year, making the trail less crowded. If you love walking in peace and embracing solitary, then you'll love Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek.
Unspoiled landscapes & mountain views
Manaslu with Tsum Valley trekking route is heaven for trekkers looking for breathtaking landscapes and stunning mountain views. As the region is closely located to the Tibetan border, you get to witness Tibetan landscapes from some points too. You can look out for beautiful mountain birds, including the Lophophorus (otherwise 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.
Trek in the restricted area 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 Manaslu region and trekkers have to be in a group (at least two people)- not including a guide & porters) to participate in Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek.
Explore caves & ancient monasteries
The Tsum valley trekking route lets you explore the Piren Phu and Milarepa caves. Both of these caves are sacred. The legendary Buddhist sage is believed to be 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 Manaslu region. This has resulted in wealthy wildlife in the region. The trail is in the Manaslu Conservation Area, so you can hope to see many plants & flowers. This conservation area is home to numerous exotic wildlife, including snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, red fox, blue sheep, brown bear, etc along with diverse species of birds.
Cross Larkya La pass
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 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 suited at 4,800 meters and offers a sensational mountain landscape around it.
Birendra Lake is a freshwater lake located near Punhyen Glacier. The turquoise color of the lake is surrounded by brown hills and snow-capped mountains. The scenery is heavenly. The lake is suited at 3,691 meters.
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