Manaslu Circuit And Tsum Valley (Slow - Normal Trekking Pace)

Region

Manaslu Region

Duration

24 Days

Max Altitude

5106 m

Best Season

Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec.

Activity Per Day

5-6 Hours

Transportation

Tourist Bus, Private Car

Grade

3 Strenous

Min Group Size

2 people

Overview

Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek takes you to the less explored and stunningly beautiful valley of Manaslu and Tsum. The trek is a complete package of adventure, culture and nature. The trek is fascinating as the place and people are withdrawn with the nature and is in completely love with the place as well as their unique culture is wonderful to get insights too. The lush jungles, roaring rivers, huge snowcapped mountains at the backdrop and together with that spectacular landscapes is what you will get to see when you in the area. Moreover, the place might have number domestic animals than the residents itself. On the trail, you will get to see more herds than the people or trekkers unlike Everest or Annapurna trail. The roads are narrow and cut through the cliffs and through these roads journey are made to Manaslu Base Camp and Tsum valley. The sounds of roaring river and chirping birds while passing through the lush jungles will definitely give you the pleasure of being close to the nature. Besides that, happy or smiling faces are always there to welcome you wherever you choose to stop or stay at. Tea houses are there to accommodate you with the limited number of food items but there are served with delight in their eyes. 

Overall, Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trek is a long journey where you get to explore each and every beautiful aspects about this region. Get in touch with Himalayan Social Journey to make a trip of a lifetime.  

Highlights Manasalu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek

  • A picturesque journey from Kathmandu to Sotikhola
  • Mu & Lungdang Gompas in the valley of Tsum
  • Milarepa Piren Phu Cave, the most sacred cave in the Tsum Valley.
  • The legendary Dephyudonma and the Rachen monastery, the ancient monasteries in the Tsum valley.
  • Trekking round the Mt Manaslu (8,163 m) the eighth tallest peak in the world.
  • Detour around Biren Lake, one of the most popular lakes, or Monasteries, Punhyen Glacier, or hike to Mount Manaslu Base Camp during the rest of the day at Samagon.
  • Magnificent display of the glaciers, lakes, rock and mountains of Mt. Manasalu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh and others on the Nepal-Tibet border from the high crossroads of Larkya la Pass.

Trekking route to Manaslu circuit and Tsum Valley

The trekking route from Sotikhola, ascends the Buddhi Gandaki valley via the pine and rhododendron forests, heads up the ridge to Lokpa, the entrance to the wild Tsum valley. We would be in the upper valley of the inner Himalayas from Chhokangparo. Increased trails lead to quiet alpine glow and rough, high-mountain desert in cool bamboo and rhododendron forests. Visiting Piren Phu cave-the most sacred cave, above the Nile and Chhule is the Tibetan region, where the landscape is warm, unpopulated and reminiscent of the Tibetan plateau, with deserted hillsides and steep hills and mountains.

The historic Dephyudonma monastery is seen on the way to Mu Gompa, walking through yak pastures into trans-Himalayan terrain. We will have time to visit Rachen Gompa before entering the main route of Manaslu in Deng. On the arrival in Lho, the Nupri region is inhabited by Tibetan immigrants and is accompanied by flattering colorful flags of prayer and convents. Visit the Birendra Lake on a rest day in Samagoan and climb the larkya La, one of the Himalayan's most dramatic crossing.

Outline Itinerary ( 24 Days )

  • 1

    Arrival in Kathmandu

    You'll be picked up from the airport and taken to your hotel to relax after your flight. Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Dinner
    Activity: Orientation Program

  • 2

    Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu

    After your breakfast, your guide will pick you up at the hotel and escort you to the UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu i.e. Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. Meanwhile, we will prepare your permits and you can make your last minute preparation for the trek. Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel.

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour

  • 3

    Drive from Kathmandu to to Soti Khola (775m/2542ft) – 6 hrs

    A local bus* will take you from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar, from where we will continue to Solti Khola by bus or jeep. 

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Drive 8-9 hrs
    Altitude: 700m 

  • 4

    Trek to MachhaKhola (890m/ 2,965 ft) – 5 to 6 hrs

    On the way up the picturesque, thickly forested Buddhi Gandaki Valley, we proceed to follow the low valley to the north, and we pass a range of small villages on the hillside before we have reached the expanding valley. We follow the glorious Himalayan Mountain. A broad stream joins the Budhi Gandaki River in the opposite location. Walking uphill and downhill routes lead to Lapubesi's small and beautiful (880 m) village. From here our path goes down to the broad and sandy riverbed, which follows a path under the steep and craggy side of the valley. We ascend to MachaKhola for the last time.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6 Hrs
    Altitude: 890m

  • 5

    Trek to Jagat(1400m)-6 to 7 hrs

    The stream to Khola Beni goes over the channel. Soon, a dramatic gorge with sculpted rocks of spectacular waterfalls and some landslides will be the way forward. After passing the bridge and moving upstream to Kholabesi's small village and the Tatopani natural hot springs (Tatopani in Nepal means hot water). We travel from hot spring to another trial and then cross the Gandaki Budhi on a suspension bridge. Go wide, then over a ridge to Dobhan. Skip over a landslide. We cross a bridge over the Yaru Khola from here, climb the stone stairway and continue down to the river, climb the stairs to Thado Bharyang and climb up to the charming village of Jagat.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 6-7 Hrs
    Altitude: 1400m

  • 6

    Trek to Philim (1,590m/ 5215 ft): 3hrs

    After having an early meal in Jagat, we break off on a slate-paved trail. Then we come down to the Budhi Gandaki offshoot and step over it. After 20 minutes, we reach Salleri. This trip continues.

    We are currently following the uphill trial across the Budi River Gandaki. We ultimately hit Philim after passing the glorious village of Gurung, Sirdibas.

    Stay in Philim overnight.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 3 Hrs
    Altitude: 1590m

  • 7

    Trek to Chumling (2363m/7775 ft):6/7 hours

    When we keep the Philim further, we cross a forested land to the North that looks at the valley. We pass the throat before entering the Pine and Rhododendron woods when we reach Ekle Bhatti. Then we walk on a steep path to Gumlung. With picturesque views of the mountains of Himalchuli and Lokpa, we arrive in Chumling and visit the old Chumling gompa and rest for an overnight stay. 

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 6-7 Hrs
    Altitude: 2363 m

  • 8

    Trek to Chokhangparo (3010m/9903ft): 5/6 hours

    After breakfast, we resume our journey through Samalikring Khola suspension bridge. We now climb up to Tanju, where we can visit a monastery.

    The gentle uphill path reached Kowo more. More march. We have a steep ascent from here to Chhokang Paro. The hamlet of Chhokang Paro has a post office, monastery, refreshing hot springs etc.

    Live in Chokhang Paro overnight

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6 Hrs
    Altitude: 3010m

  • 9

    Trek to Nile (3361m/11058ft), via Milarepa cave: 6/7 hours

    As we go upwards, the risk of acute mountain illness may be greater.

    Bit by bit we travel uphill to Milarepa's tunnels, passing Piren Phu, Lamagaon, and Rachen Gompa. It is claimed that Milarepa, the renowned Tibetan priest, has spoken about here. It's a rugged place we should visit Gompas. We 're heading to Shiar Khola, instead.

    Continuing on the route through the hamlets of Phurbe and Pangdun and Chhule, exploring the rituals and lifestyles around Nile, we spend the night.

    Stay in Nile overnight

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 6-7Hrs
    Altitude: 3361m

  • 10

    Nile, day walk to Mu Gompa

    Mu Gompa is one of the oldest existing monasteries in Tsum Valley region of Nepal. Due to its remote access, no human settlement is found in area around Mu Gompa. This Gompa exists at the highest and farthest point in Tsum valley. Yaks carrying goods to and from Tibet can be seen on the way. Overnight at Mu Gompa. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 3700m

  • 11

    Trek to Chhokangparo (3,010m)- 5 to 6 hrs

    Today, the high valley of the Inner Himalayas is joined. The trial runs down the Syar river towards Domje, then enters the largest town in the Tsum valley, more than 500 meters. Gomba is unique in a lovely village of Gho. We begin our climb from there and then we walk to Chhokangparo. A bright day from Chhokangparo we can have wonderful views about Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal. From Chhokangparo, we are offering local people's hospitality with traditional Tibetan Chiya (butter Tea) and local food (Tibet's Tsombo group).

    Mu Gompa is one of the oldest existing monasteries in Tsum Valley region of Nepal. Due to its remote access, no human settlement is found in area around Mu Gompa. This Gompa exists at the highest and farthest point in Tsum valley. Yaks carrying goods to and from Tibet can be seen on the way. Overnight at Mu Gompa. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 3010m

  • 12

    Trek to Chumling (2386 m)- 4 to 5 hrs

    We continue walking from the village of Lokpa to the wild route to the valley of Tsum following a breakfast time. The view from Baudha Himal (6672 m) and Ganesh Himal VI are very clearly seen on the road from Lokpa to Chumling on the clear day. Trial descends into the valley of the Lungwa River, then rises up to Gumling in the darkness of thick rainforests and pines. The path from Lokpa to Gumling is not moved to the villages. At Gumling, the trial is separate. We cross Syar Khola again and arrive in Chumling village. The best way to see the Ganesh Himal late afternoon is to travel sideways to the Chumling upper part of the Monastery. There are three Panago Gumba, Mani Dhungyur, and Gurwa Gumba convents in Chumling.

    Mu Gompa is one of the oldest existing monasteries in Tsum Valley region of Nepal. Due to its remote access, no human settlement is found in area around Mu Gompa. This Gompa exists at the highest and farthest point in Tsum valley. Yaks carrying goods to and from Tibet can be seen on the way. Overnight at Mu Gompa. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 4-5 hrs
    Altitude: 2386m

  • 13

    Chumling to Deng (1800m)

    Following a meal, we start on the wild path from Lokpa to the Tsum valley. On the clear day road from Lokpa to Chumling the views from Baudha Himal (6,672 m) and Ganesh Himal VI are clearly visible. Through a shadow with dense rainforests and pines, the court descends into the Lungwa Rivers Valley and then climbs up to Gumling. It does not move to the villages on the way from Lokpa to Gumling. The trial is separate in Gumling. We cross Syar Khola and come back to the village of Chumling. Late afternoon, the only way to see the Ganesh Himal is to head later to the peak of the mountain, Chumling.

    Mu Gompa is one of the oldest existing monasteries in Tsum Valley region of Nepal. Due to its remote access, no human settlement is found in area around Mu Gompa. This Gompa exists at the highest and farthest point in Tsum valley. Yaks carrying goods to and from Tibet can be seen on the way. Overnight at Mu Gompa. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 1800m

  • 14

    Trek to Ghapsya, 2397M. (5-6 hrs)

    Most part of today’s trek is uphill. After your morning breakfast, you begin the uphill climb to Rana Village. You pass through several teahouses and view the amazing landscapes on the way. You will reach Ghapsya after about 5-6 hours of walk.

    Overnight stay at a teahouse in Ghapsya.

    Mu Gompa is one of the oldest existing monasteries in Tsum Valley region of Nepal. Due to its remote access, no human settlement is found in area around Mu Gompa. This Gompa exists at the highest and farthest point in Tsum valley. Yaks carrying goods to and from Tibet can be seen on the way. Overnight at Mu Gompa. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 2397m

  • 15

    Trek from Ghapsya to Lihi (3000m)

    Just a few minutes after the trail descended into a smaller side valley, then went up to Lihi, the high Buddhist village of about 3000 meters, with its new and old monasteries, Kami gates, big chortens, mani walls and a wide flash of priests. The way around the south side of the valley was also a lot easier now as well.

    Mu Gompa is one of the oldest existing monasteries in Tsum Valley region of Nepal. Due to its remote access, no human settlement is found in area around Mu Gompa. This Gompa exists at the highest and farthest point in Tsum valley. Yaks carrying goods to and from Tibet can be seen on the way. Overnight at Mu Gompa. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 3000m

  • 16

    Trek to Sama Gaun (3520m), 4-5 hours walk.

    Today, it's a short walk through Shyo to Sama Gaun (3520). Check out the blue pine forests and juniper pine forests and soon we walk across the very broad flat sand and see the lovely Sama Gaun at a distance of 3520 metres. Sama gaun has monasteries, religious monuments and locals as one of the attraction in this trekking. Rest in Sama Gaun overnight's lodge

    Mu Gompa is one of the oldest existing monasteries in Tsum Valley region of Nepal. Due to its remote access, no human settlement is found in area around Mu Gompa. This Gompa exists at the highest and farthest point in Tsum valley. Yaks carrying goods to and from Tibet can be seen on the way. Overnight at Mu Gompa. (B)

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 4-5 hrs
    Altitude: 3520m

  • 17

    Rest Day at Sama, Acclimatisation

    Today is the day of rest and acclimation, as acclimatization of AMS (High Mountain Sickness) is quite critical. The height increases and the breeze is now reduced. Walking higher and resting lower is usually a smart option, but you can get enough water to drink.  Sama Gaun offers a long walk of a few days when you feel nice and heavy. Pungyen Gompa day walk, Manaslu base camp and Birendra Lake excursion is very popular for day trips. Sama Gaun Overnight.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Rest Day
    Altitude: 3520m

  • 18

    Trek to Samdo (3780m), 3 -4 hours walk

    We descend to the north-facing Budhi Gandaki River and follow it through the side stream to the bridge! The left side of the trail leads to the base camp in Manaslu. As the valley begins to rise, the Larkya la Trail passes a range of mani walls. It's an simple walk across a river plateau, moving through the Kermo Kharka Juniper and Birch Forests. We fall from the rack, cross Budhi Gandaki across a wooden bridge, steeply ascend up a promontory between two bifurcations. A big white Kani can be seen from a stone bridge. We finally move by Samdo (3780 m) through the kani. Overnight at Samdo .

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 3-4 hrs
    Altitude: 3780m

  • 19

    Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (14,633 feet / 4,460 m)

    You will pass a Tibetan Seasonal market named Larke Bazaar after breakfast at Samdo and will go down to the River Budi Gandaki. Cross the wooden bridge and start to walk up, cross two streams and the Larkya Glacier. You will go through the Salka Khola valley and climb again to the Larke Phedi Dharamsala. You will see many traditional monasteries along the route.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 4460m

  • 20

    Trek from Dharamsala to Bimthang (11,778 feet / 3590 m) via Larkya La Pass (5601m)

    Following a hearty breakfast at Dharamsala, you'll go up to the north-facing valley of the Larkya Glacier from which the great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak can be enjoyed. You pass the moraines of the glacier, gradually climbing, which in the last section of the pass becomes steeper. You'll end up with a rewarding walk into a dull low pastures in the evening with Mount Manaslu in the distance. From there you can see a lot of Himal, the Cheo Himal and the massive Annapurna II.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 3590m

  • 21

    Trek from Bimthang to Tilije (7,546 feet / 2,300 m)

    Head to a nearby hill after tea, and catch spectacular views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. Go down on the trail and follow a high path and a bridge over the river Dudh Khola.

    Travel through a woodland of Rhododendron from here and take a road across a narrow valley to the highest cultivated field of the Karche region. Cross the green fields before going over a hill steeply. The trail leads from the crest of a wide arc to the bank of the river. The village of Gho is a short distance further away, but you'll walk until you get to Tilije.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 2300m

     

  • 22

    Trek to Dharapani and drive to Besisahar (760m)

    We leave the village of Tilije at the crossing of the Dudh Khola Bridge. We 're going to follow the riparian path. We 're heading down into the Marshyangdi Valley through the Shrubs Forests. Again, we 're going to cross the Dudh Hola. We'll go through the walls to reach the village of Thonje.

    It's not that far from the village of Thonje, Dharapani. After crossing the Marsyangdi River Bridge, we will reach it. Before we reach Dharapani, we will pass a police checkpoint.

    We'll go to Besisahar from Dharapani by jeep or bus. Day in Besisahar. Overnight.

    Accommodation: Guest House
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Trek 5-6 hrs
    Altitude: 760m

  • 23

    Drive back to Kathmandu from Besisahar

    Our last day of the trip is today. We drive the Marsyangdi and Trishuli Rivers. We power the Riverside. We will admire the lovely terraced grounds, numerous sceneries, ponds, mountains and hills along the way.

    We 're trying to get to Kathmandu. Goodbye finally to the lovely ride. Over night at  Himalayan Suite Hotel.(B)

    Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
    Meal: Breakfast
    Activity: Drive 7-8hrs

  • 24

    International Flight back home

    After breakfast, you shall be transferred to the Airport for your flight back to home. Fare the well!

    Meal : Breakfast

Include

  • Airport pick up & drop
  • Three star category hotel in Kathmandu (Himalayan Suite Hotel or similar category) in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
  • All meals, accommodation,insurance and other expenses of trekking crew
  • Accommodation in lodge with breakfast during the trek
  • Necessary permit and national park fees
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by car
  • All necessary equipment ( Sleeping bag, jacket and trekking pole) during the trek.
  • Transportation by bus KTM- Sotikhola-Besisahar-KTM

Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner during the trip which cost is about $ 4-7
  • Personal equipments and clothing
  • City sightseeing entry fee and your insurance
  • Thirty minute special massage at Himalayan Suite Spa
  • Private transportation
  • Personnal expenses and tips to the crew

Departures Dates

Trip Dates Trip Costs Actions
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13 Jan, 2022 - 06 Feb, 2022
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Best time to do the trek

The monsoon that is almost everywhere in Nepal is in the fall (October-Nember) between the mid-June and the end of September, the most popular season is the summer, where the skies are washed and the wetter looks are superior, springs (March-May) are another common time for trekkers. Likewise, most people are unwilling to walk during the winter when the temperature in high elevation is too cold and snow can block high passes. The trail is unworkable and dangerous during the summer / mountain season.

Trekking Journey

The trek begins on a spectacular drive to the ancient village of Baluwa, Barpak or Laprach, following the lush Daroundi Valley, and ascending to the Mamche Danda (2800 m), offering a wide range of Himalayans such as the Ganesh Himala, Buddha Himal, Shringi Himal, and the Himal Lamjung. You could take a snap of the beautiful area from Mamche Danda to Pusu Danda before heading down to Laprak. Finally, Laprak's trek from Barpak is sufficient to reach the Budigandaki River. The trip will help the acclimation process and shape the legs and lungs with the help of the fresh mountain breeze.

Required fitness level for this trek

Our daily trekking itinerary is 5-7 hours in lower altitude of 3500m and normally lasts from 3-4 hours daily on high mountains altitude excess of 3500 m. Steeper slope trekking is physically difficult than low latitudes trekking. This is a distant mountain trip, with long ascents, steep descents and straight roads after a straight trekking trails. For trekking, past hiking experience will be an added benefit, as it requires no technical knowledge and skills. Trekkers who can travel with a light day pack five to six hours a day at a respectable pace can take part on this journey.

Some days take longer hours of trekking so you need to be reasonably fit and ready for long days. Daily workouts and jogging a few weeks before the trip are a good time to enhance our endurance. In order to participate in the trek, all participants should be in good health with normal physical fitness and have a strong attitude, belief and determination. Before undertaking the trip it is very important to ensure that you are as fit to trek for long hours as possible. Before booking the trek, participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart and lung disorders and blood disorder should notify us.

Lodging and meals during the trek

All accommodations are on twin-sharing room BB basis. Single room will be served on request with paying the supplementary. During the trek at Lodges/Tea houses the room will be sharing basis usually with attached bath room in lower altitude but note that it might be difficult to find with attached bath room at higher altitude.

Mostly during lodge trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese fresh produce (Dal bhat, vegetation, curry ...) rice, lentil, along with more widely accepted cuisineYou may select from the menu of the lodge according to your preferences and at the moment our guide would be present with you to help you taste the food and decide what to eat if you have if you find the meals difficult to choose. From the teahouse, or from the lodge table, breakfast and dinner is served, while lunch is provided on the way to the next stop.

Wi-Fi and Connectivity

The internet service is available at lodges with an extra cost. You can contact your family and friends via lodges, but communication at high altitudes is via the safety phone. For any assistance during the trek, you will always be linked to Kathmandu's HSJ office. Often, the signal may be not very good before the high altitude, depending on the type of network you use. On your request, a separate local sim card can be issued for your good access to the connection (most of the places now have wireless internet services at extra costs).

Electricity and Charging of your electronic devices

Electricity for the camera and the handheld battery charge is accessible in the lodges. However extra cost shall incur. Most lodges are equipped with hydropower and some have solar panels.You can charge all your devices staying overnight in one of chosen lodges or tea houses.

Availability of drinking water during the trek

Water can be bought from nearby lodges and shops during a hike and boiled water can be filled at additional expenses. In the drinking water, a water purification pill is recommended.

Obtaining Trekking Permits

You need Manaslu special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees, Himalayan Social Journey will take care of all the necessary paperwork.

Please dont forget to bring your 4 PP sized photos for the TIMS and Permits.

List of Equipments you will need for trek

Clothing

·         Trekking boots

·         Short-sleeved Trekking shirts

·         Trekking pants and jackets

·         Thermals underwear

·         Long-sleeved Trekking shirts

·         Insulating down jackets

·         Woolen cap

·         Trekking Gloves

·         Raincoats

First Aid

·         Diamox tablets

·         Sanitary pads / Tampons

·         Anti-nausea Medicines

·         Band-aids

·         Mosquito and insect repellents

Toiletries

·         Soap

·         Toilet Paper

·         Shampoo

·         Sunscreen

·         Moisturizer

·         Hand sanitizer

Accessories

·         Sunglasses

·         Sleeping bag

·         Cameras

·         Batteries

·         Water Bottle

·         Solar Chargers

·         Hot water Thermos

Important Documents

·         Passport

·         Travel Permits

Drinking water during the trek

The Manaslu trek is physically exhausting and drinking a lot of water is a must. The first several days at low altitudes can be hot, so expect a lot of water to be needed. At cooler, higher altitudes, you can feel less thirsty, but drinking lots of water allows you to acclimate. Planning to have at least two liters of water when trekking every day is a smart way to start. Filling up water is quick. Taps in, out or in guesthouses mean that there are plenty of places to fill your bottles and/or your water bladders.This could be where you stay, a lunch stop, or a shared public tap used by locals. Use an efficient sterilization method to make sure your water is safe and not contaminated in anyway.Bottled water is available to buy throughout the trek, but we would advise against this for a number of reasons.You do not need them if you use sterilization method. Environment concerns are there and also buying water is expensive up in the mountains. 

Travel insurance

We suggest taking out an insurance plan for your individual accountability, accidents and illnesses during the service.Regarding the type of activity, you may be asked to show a certificate of insurance for help and support, sanitation and search. This service is private and not free in Nepal, the helicopter will not take off until it is convinced to pay for the insurance.

Extra Expenses

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days.

As for the tips, A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 25 for the guide per traveller and USD 25 for porter between two travellers if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for Tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever / how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

Luggage per one person

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 10-12 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your daypack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets etc.

Solo trekking

Single Supplementary

There will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement" of USD 300. Important:  Please note that during the trek there are some lodges which won't have sufficient rooms to provide private accommodation. So, even if you purchase single supplement you will end up sharing a room for some days of the trek.

Travel and Transportation Modes

On Land: Touring to and from city destinations is done on a private vehicle such as a car, jeep or microbus. Luxury tourist buses, which are only hired by the company for the most part, make the long distance travel. You will may have to take a public bus on some trip, but you do not need to worry about your protection or comfort because you ride with our guides and support staff in a group.

This Tour with HSJ

Guides and Porters

Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. You will be provided with the professional and an experienced English speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over 10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

Other Programs and complimentary services with this trip

• Welcome and Farewell dinner
• Yoga Classes
• Spa services

How do we make sure you get the best experience of this trek?

We are your completely flexible travel partner. Want to follow different route? We have you covered. Have extra time in Nepal? Excellent! We have more add-on tours like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu and so on. Would like to customize the trip? Well, why not? Give us your ideas and we will prepare complete itinerary for you. Do you want to use different standard of accommodations than provided in the itineraries? Of course! You absolutely can. From your arrival until you departure, your wishes are our command. Feel free to make the request.

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who cannot, for whatever reason, make a last minute reservation special arrangement for Himalayan Social Journey. In the case of last minute reservation, 100% tour payment will be approved within 24 hours. We try to operate a trek at any time but we are not liable for the delay in case of last-minute reservation, because of uncontrolled changes such as weather and the availability of accommodation.

Feedbacks

Throughout the years of business, we have always put the customers feedback as our inspiration towards making our company great travel partner. With many ups and downs, and good and not so good feedbacks we have reached where we are now. At the end of the trek, while you are with the crew during farewell dinner, we would appreciate if you give us your valuable feedback, account of good and bad experiences, recommendations and also your honest rating to our trip advisor page.

Important Information

This package of Manaslu Trek is 24 Days long. The number of days can vary depending on the routes and transportation modes, offers and packages you choose.

Guide is more than just someone that helps you with navigation, guide with knowledge of locality, way of life and also being responsible to attend to your other needs like finding you comfortable accommodation. Having a porter will help you carry your gears and belongings and you can travel at your pace while enjoying your trek. A guide can arrange for permits and TIMS for you and dealing with all other technical aspects of trekking.

 

Our daily trekking itinerary is 5-7 hours in lower altitude of 3500m and normally lasts from 3-4 hours daily on high mountains altitude excess of 3500 m. Steeper slope trekking is physically difficult than low latitudes trekking. This is a distant mountain trip, with long ascents, steep descents and straight roads after a straight trekking trails. For trekking, past hiking experience will be an added benefit, as it requires no technical knowledge and skills. Trekkers who can travel with a light day pack five to six hours a day at a respectable pace can take part on this journey.

Some days take longer hours of trekking so you need to be reasonably fit and ready for long days. Daily workouts and jogging a few weeks before the trip are a good time to enhance our endurance. In order to participate in the trek, all participants should be in good health with normal physical fitness and have a strong attitude, belief and determination. Before undertaking the trip it is very important to ensure that you are as fit to trek for long hours as possible. Before booking the trek, participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart and lung disorders and blood disorder should notify us.

The tea houses provide you with a bathroom attached to each room at lower altitudes. But the facilities are minimal as you walk upwards. 

Most of the time, you'll find a double room and a common toilet. Two beds with mattresses, pillows and warm blankets are available in the house. Single room is available on extra charge. Warm shower would also incur extra cost.

All the teahouses prepare healthy food and drinks. They serve both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Also, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available in the teahouses. Meat and Alcohol are not recommended during the trek. 

The internet service is available at lodges with an extra cost on Tsum Valley and on the Manaslu Trek circuit. You can contact your family and friends via lodges, but communication at high altitudes is via the safety phone. 

For any assistance during the trek, you will always be linked to Kathmandu's HSJ office. Often, the signal may be not very good before the high altitude, depending on the type of network you use. On your request, a separate local sim card can be issued for your good access to the connection (most of the places now have wireless internet services at extra costs).

Electricity for the camera and the handheld battery charge is accessible in the lodges of The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit trek by charging all lodges. Most lodges are equipped with hydropower and some have solar panels. Water can be bought from nearby lodges and shops during a hike and boiled water can be filled at additional expenses. In the drinking water, a water purification pill is recommended.

You need Manaslu special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees, Himalayan Social Journey will take care of all the necessary paperwork.

Please dont forget to bring your 4 PP sized photos for the TIMS and Permits.

Prior to booking the trek, you need travel insurance covering medical and urgent repatriation and helicopter rescue and evacuation costs for trekking members at high altitudes. Until you continue your trekking you should submit it to us.

The best months of trekking are Spring March, April and May, as the weather is bright and calm in these months and you can see high mountains, with Manaslu full of snow. Spring and May are the best months. Rhododendron is ideal for the spring season; all the rhododendrons turn into a wonderful garden and you can see them.

Autumn is another strong season for the Manaslu tour. The perfect months for trekking after monsoon in Nepal are September, October and November. During these months you have a beautiful view of the Himalayas and their people, because you can be part of Nepal 's biggest festivals in the fall.

Clothing

·         Trekking boots

·         Short-sleeved Trekking shirts

·         Trekking pants and jackets

·         Thermals underwear

·         Long-sleeved Trekking shirts

·         Insulating down jackets

·         Woolen cap

·         Trekking Gloves

·         Raincoats

First Aid

·         Diamox tablets

·         Sanitary pads / Tampons

·         Anti-nausea Medicines

·         Band-aids

·         Mosquito and insect repellents

Toiletries

·         Soap

·         Toilet Paper

·         Shampoo

·         Sunscreen

·         Moisturizer

·         Hand sanitizer

Accessories

·         Sunglasses

·         Sleeping bag

·         Cameras

·         Batteries

·         Water Bottle

·         Solar Chargers

·         Hot water Thermos

Important Documents

·         Passport

·         Travel Permits

There will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement" of USD 300. Important:  Please note that during the trek there are some lodges which won't have sufficient rooms to provide private accommodation. So, even if you purchase single supplement you will end up sharing a room for some days of the trek.

Indeed, it is secure and not risky trek. While there is always the possibility of avalanche because it is in mountainous areas, this is usually not dangerous. It's not a complex walk, the pitch is not rough, no tough moves, no sharp hits. That said, accidents can occur on any walk, so caution is of course required. A responsive acclimatization is important.

Yes, Himalayan Social Journey is flexible travel partner. It is possible to organize the private trip or private group trip to Manaslu. The minimum people for the group is 2 however supplementary charge will be applicable for the solo traveler wanting to do private trip.

You will also have the option to share the room with another solo traveler depending on your and their consent and interest.

In the average, you will be walking for 5-6 hours each day during the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek.

Insurance of the guide and porter is covered by the company. All our guides and porters are properly insured.

Yes, children are allowed to do the trek, however it is safe to not bring children under the age of 12 to do the trek as they may find it difficult and not able to walk. This could affect your trekking experience as well.

No, there is no age limit to do the trek. If the person is healthy and physically fit, they can do the trek.

Liquid needs and usage of our body is about 3-5 liters a day (13-21 cups). Several findings suggest that drinking carbohydrate and electrolytes (such as sports drinks) in a liquid is safer than moisturizing water at altitude alone. There is also a study done on the effect of tea in reducing the fatigue and mood boosting. Results have been positive. This being said apart from water, you can drink green tea, masala tea, and ginger tea and garlic soup

The Tap water supplied along the trails are considered safe for drinking and local people drink it without treating, however for the foreigners, it is best that the tap water be only drunk after purification. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the last alternative, you can also purchase bottled water at the lodges but this is not recommended. It is very important that you drink at least 3 liters of pure water daily during the trek.

You may have to apply and obtain necessary TIMS and Permits yourself if you are trekking solo or independently. If you are hiring trekking agency or guide, this will be taken care for you.

No, the company does not provide trekking poles, you will have to manage it on your own or our guide can help you buy it when you are in Nepal. The pair of trekking poles cost from $10-$15.

Yes, we do provide sleeping bags. The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

FAQ's

You can get a visa in Kathmandu airport upon your arrival at USD 30 (or equivalent in other major currencies) for a 15 days visa, USD 50 for a 30 days visa and USD 125 for a 90 days Multiple visas, and you can also extend it later on if you wish. They have newly installed technology (visa machine) which makes it no longer necessary to have a passport photo. Important! Please bring 3 photos for your trekking permit, TIMS and for others.

Besides trekking packages and tour operation, we arrange international air tickets to the major airports of all over the world. Himalayan social journey travel agency is the one-stop travel solution company; we offer all travel related product at the best possible rates with excellent services.

Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Do not stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.

Some major currencies (USD, AUD and EURO) are accepted for both visas and in general. There are plenty of ATM's in both Kathmandu and Namche and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

Generally, the orientation meeting is scheduled in the Kathmandu hotel at 4 or 5 pm and this will be informed by our representatives after your arrival. The tour starts with an orientation meeting and ends up after the scheduled trip after the breakfast.

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels

For each tour date, there will be several separate groups. Each group will have a maximum of 14 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage.

The cost of our trip is based on a twin-sharing basis so there will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation or you are a solo traveller, you'll find the option for "single supplement". Additional cost will be applicable as a Single Supplementary Charge for the single room during the trip.

No refund will be made for 20% deposit amount in case of cancellation of trip for any other else reason. Having paid the full amount of any trip, you will get your money back but still, cancellation charge (20%) is invoiced to you. And for the voucher holders, since you have purchased the voucher from the deal companies, we have to follow their cancellation policy. But for both the conditions, we are flexible to postpone your trip in any later days. Written notification of your cancellation should be made to cancel any trip.

Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour/tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

All the breakfast during your trip is included but the lunches and dinners are not except welcome dinner in the first day at the local restaurant. Meals during Kathmandu stay and trekking days cost from $5 to $8 per item depending on what you choose to eat.

There will not be any problem for vegetarian, most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at a high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.

You have to manage yourself for the drinking water. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the alternative, you can also easily purchase bottled water at the lodges. The bottled water costs USD 2$ - 4$ per litre. It is very important that you drink at least 3 litres of pure water daily during the trek.

The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on an average, but within this short distance, the altitude of the land rises from 60 m up to 8,848 m. Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general, Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Summer starts from June last to August. These are also the monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from late September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is generally dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20C to 30C (68F to 86F). Winter starts from December until February. The mornings and evenings are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 10C to 20C (59F to 68F). At higher altitudes, it is cold during the winter months.

The trip hotel in Kathmandu does provide free storage services. So you can store your luggage and clothing that are not required for the trekking and you can collect it after your Trek and Tour.

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides carry local sim cards both Nepal Telecom and N-cell in order to update the whereabouts and situation of our every client. You may pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too. Also, we have kept a satellite phone at Dingboche, which has a poor connection to the network of phones. Our guides use it during the case of emergency and also clients can use them by paying its rental fee. During the tour there will be easy access for International cal through cyber and communication Center. You will get Wi-Fi connection too in some of the places in the mountains for the extra cost. 

Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters! You can also buy the adapters in the supermarkets or electronic shops in the Kathmandu. Our guide can help you with it.

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days. You may have to pay for Wi-Fi, electricity and hot showers too (up in the mountains during the trek). Hence allocating the allowance for each day accordingly would suffice. 

  • Daypack (rucksack)
  • Backpack (a porter will carry it) Recommended size: about 50-litre capacity (10-12 KGS per person) if you are travelling with a friend you can share one pack between the two of you.
  • Well-worn hiking boots or shoes
  • A pair of sandals
  • Sleeping Bag (HSJ will provide if you do not have your own)
  • A one-litre hard water bottle to be filled up along the trekking trail
  • Warm jacket Light-weight cotton clothing
  • Waterproof jacket (a fold -away windcheater is fine)
  • Light sweater
  • Bath towel
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Knee supports (optional for the downhill portions of the trek)
  • Trekking pole
  • Water purification (Himalayan Social Journey will provide
  • water purification tablet)
  • Small First-aid-kit (Himalayan Social Journey will also provide one)
  • Headlamp (preferable) or Flashlight (torch)
  • Camera
  • Loose stomach and nausea medicine
  • Toiletries for the trek (toilet paper, soap, Towel shampoo etc...)

If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too : https://hsj.com.np/voucher-redemption

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you make extra hotel arrangements by contacting [email protected] And if you'll be spending extra time in Nepal please let us know. We will book your extra night accommodation at same trip hotels, Hotel Holy Himalaya , Himalayan Suite Hotel, Hotel Mulberry, Aloft Hotel, and Gokarna Forest Resort for your convenience. 

If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding (100pp), Bungy jump (70pp), Mountain flight (USD 180pp), Heli Tour (USD 800pp –based on 5pax) Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can book by contacting us at [email protected] For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at [email protected]

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 50-60 for guide and porter if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever /how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

If you are considering to donate, School supplies (pens, notebooks, coloured pencils, etc...). These gifts can be directly turned over to our company when you arrive in Kathmandu. And we will manage them to distribute through our proper channels.
As for your the need of much of your trekking clothes and tour supplies and gears, they can be easily purchased in Kathmandu near our hotel at good prices. Bring hiking boots/shoes from your country. The Nepali ones are not recommended. Your guide will assist you to get anything you may need here.

We are committed to providing the best services which will give you a once in a lifetime journey. We perform our duties honestly & seriously to make your journey very smooth & pleasant. However, the entire programs in Nepal are conducted strictly under the rules and regulation of their policies. So in this case, we will give options to choose a different itinerary for an enjoyable holiday. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

The size of the duffel bag that we provide is 60-70 liter.

Yes, you will have free access to the power in the city areas however with your ascends to the mountain and as you climb to higher altitudes, extra charge would be applicable for the use of power supply or wireless internet connections.