Duration

17 Days

Grade

Moderate/Strenuous

Max Altitude

5,100 M

Description

The Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Journey is highly regarded as a valuable addition to the classic Manaslu journey. In addition to the stunning landscapes, mountain views, and wildlife, the highlight of this trek is the rich Tibetan Buddhist culture at its core, making it a truly unique and mysterious experience in Nepal.

Departure Seasons
2023 March - May September - November
2024 March - May September - November
We also do custom private trips according to your time and availability.

Tucked away in the northern region of Gorkha lies a valley that remains largely unexplored, offering a unique opportunity to venture off the beaten path and discover the rich Tibetan culture and stunning mountain vistas that surround it. Known as Tsum Valley, the area lives up to its name, boasting vibrant topography, flora and fauna, and renowned herds of Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep. 

 

This trek eventually joins up with the Manaslu Circuit at Lho, passing through Samagaon, the region's largest and most significant village. The journey continues westward, culminating with a challenging but classic trail that crosses the Larky La Pass at 5,100m, widely considered one of the most dramatic pass crossings in the Himalayas. The trail eventually leads to the old salt routes that continue to serve as the primary trading routes between the Tibetan plateau and Nepal's smaller settlements situated along the great mountain range.

  • Day 01:Welcome at Airport and transfer to your Hotel.
  • Day 02:Free day for trekking preparation
  • Day 03:Drive Kathmandu to Arughat/Soti Khola (700m,7-8 hrs).
  • Day 04:Soti Khola to Machhekhola (869m, 5 hrs).
  • Day 05:Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m, 7 hrs)
  • Day 06:Jagat to Lokpa( 2260m, 6-7 hrs).
  • Day 07:Lokpa to Chumling(2386m, 4-5 hrs).
  • Day 08:Chumling to Chhokangparo(3031m, 4-5 hrs).
  • Day 09:Chhokang Paro to Mu Gumpa(3700m, 6-7 hrs).
  • Day 10:Tibet border (Ngula Dhojyang, 5093m) then return to Mu Gumpa (8-9 hrs)
  • Day 11:Mu Gumpa to Gumba Lungdang(3200m, 6-7 hrs).
  • Day 12:Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp(4900m) and back to Gumpa Lungdang(8 hrs).
  • Day 13:Gumpa Lungdang to Lokpa(6hrs)
  • Day 14:Lokpa to Dovan.(1340m,7hrs)
  • Day 15:Dovan to Soti Khola (700m, 7 hrs)
  • Day 16:Soti Khola to Kathmandu by drive (7 hrs)
  • Day 17:Departure
  • Note:
    * The trek itinerary is a guide only and may be subject to change at short notice
    * In order to obtain your Manaslu restricted access permit, we need your original passport at least 2 working days before departure. 

Initiative Outdoor uses a layering system where different pieces of clothing are worn together or separately to achieve optimum body temperature control. The upper body garments listed here are either synthetic or merino wool garments that retain their insulating properties when wet, or nylon or Gore-Tex layers which help prevent heat loss by cutting wind, rain, and snow.

UPPER BODY LAYERS

EquipmentQuantityComments
T-Shirts – walking2We recommend merino wool, Capilene or other synthetic fabric as they wick away the moisture and dry quickly. No cotton.
T-shirt – sleeping1This can be cotton
Base layers (ie thermal top)1Lightweight or mid-weight long-sleeved t-shirt of merino wool, polyester, Capilene, or Polartec power dry
Top insulating Layers1Mid-weight fleece that can be worn over other layers
Fleece Vest1 
Rain jacket1 
Down Jacket1 

LOWER BODY LAYERS

EquipmentQuantityComments
Underwear Sufficient for the trek (remember you can wash them)
T-shirt – sleepingThermal long johns/long underwear1 
Trekking Trousers2Lightweight quick-dry trousers (no cotton). Zip offs are good
Evening/sleeping trousers1(optional)1 pair of lightweight tracksuit bottoms (sweat pants) or yoga style trousers for evening wear and sleeping in. No jeans.
Hiking Shorts1If no zip-off trousers. Below the knee for ladies
Rain Pants1 

PACKS & BAGS

EquipmentQuantityComments
Day pack1Approx. 35ltrs. We will provide you with a duffle bag for your trekking gear
Sleeping bag with compression sack1Minimum 3 season
Sleeping bag liner1Optional

FOOTWEAR

EquipmentQuantityComments
Hiking boots1Must be well worn and comfortable with ankle support
Socks3 
Flip flops/Camp shoes1Lightweight for evening use

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

EquipmentQuantityComments
Water bottles2One liter each, Nalgene or Sig style or a bladder if preferred
Water purification drops1Cheap and easy to buy in Kathmandu (Piyus)
Lip Balm1With SPF factor
Sunscreen1We recommend SPF 30 or greater
Mosquito repellent1 
Personal first aid kit1To include any prescribed medications
Sunglasses1 
Bandana/Buff1Useful for a variety of purposes.
Flashlight /head torch1Head torch is best as it leaves your hands free + extra batteries
Travel towel1Lightweight and compact
Wash kit Travel size items for the trek & eco friendly if possible
Instant Hand Sanitizer1Alcohol-based for keeping hands clean
Sun hat1 
Warm hat1 
Gloves1 
Trekking poles (Optional)
Trekking snacks Good selection available in KTM
Camera With charger &/or extra batteries
Toilet paper & rubbish bag  
Book/journal  
Pack of cards/travel game1For evening entertainment
Passport photos Always useful and a must-have if you want a local sim card
Photocopies of all your important documents  
A great sense of humor & a positive attitude Essential – don’t come without it!! J

This is a guideline only

Your trek cost includes:

  • Pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • Expert trip leadership and motivated staff for the duration of the trek
  • Airport transfers in Nepal (where applicable)
  • 2 nights accommodation pre-trek & 1-night post-trek in Kathmandu
  • 1-night accommodation pre or post-trek in Pokhara (where applicable)
  • Transportation to and from trek start and finish for you and your trekking team (different budget options available)
  • Basic teahouse/lodge/camping accommodation during the trek on a twin sharing basis
  • During the trek all meals on a full board basis (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) to include tea/coffee during the meals, but excluding any drinks outside of the meal times
  • All permits, conservation area, and restricted area fees
  • Porters
  • Insurance and equipment for Nepali staff
  • Rescue assistance
  • Group medical kit

Your trek cost does NOT include:

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Visa for Nepal
  • Travel insurance (insurance to include evacuation is mandatory. Please make sure you are covered to the correct altitude)
  • Personal expenses such as fizzy drinks, chocolate, gifts, snacks, hot showers during the trek, etc.
  • Meals unless specified
  • Sightseeing
  • Gratuities
  • Excess baggage on internal flights
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Initiative Outdoors

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