Manaslu Tsum Valley trek - 19 Days

Manaslu Tsum Valley trek - 19 Days
Trip Facts
Destination Nepal
Activity Manaslu Treks
Accomodation Hotel/Lodge/Tea House during the trek
Region Manaslu Region
Distance 220km /136.7Miles
Start / End point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Duration 19 Days
Max. Altitude 5,160m at Larkya la pass
Meals Included All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
Group size 2 - 30
Nature of Trek Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season Mar, Apri, May, Sep, Oct, & Nov.
Trip Code dwt004
Activity Per Day Approx. 4-6 hrs walking
Transportation Public Transportation from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via Arughat, & Tal to Kathmandu via Besisahar
Grade Challenging

Tsum Valley Trek with Manaslu Circuit Overview

Tsum valley and Manaslu Circuit circles Mount Manaslu -the world’s eighth highest mountain as it takes you across Larkya La Pass (5,106m/16,751ft) along with several traditional villages and sacred Buddhist heritage. You will also be visiting Tsum valley, which lies inside the Manaslu Conservation Area and is inhabited by the indigenous Tsumba community.

Highlights of Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
  • Mu & Lungdang Gompas in Tsum valley
  • Milarepa Piren Phu Cave (pigeon cave), the most sacred cave in the Tsum Valley
  • Dephyudonma and Rachen monastery - the oldest monasteries in the Tsum valley
  • Trek around Mt Manaslu (8,163 m) - the worlds eighth tallest mountain
  • Side trip to Birendra Lake, Punhyen Glacier, or Mount Manaslu Base Camp during the rest day at Samagaun
  • Majestic views of glaciers, lakes, rocks, and mountains - Manasalu, Himchuli, Ganesh, and many more on Nepal- Tibet border
  • Cross Larkya La Pass ( 5,106m) - one of the longest passes in the Himalayas
  • The unique cultural blend of Tibetan Nupri and Gurung inhabitants
  • Ancient Buddhist stupas, monasteries, and Tibetan lifestyle
  • Less crowded path
  • An ancient trading route to Tibet
Benefits of trekking with Discovery World Trekking
  • Free airport transfer to/from Tribhuvan International Airport to your hotel in a private vehicle
  • Easy booking and reservation system
  • Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom) and online trip briefing
  • 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
  • Easy payment system. 
  • Free excess luggage storage at Discovery World Trekking store during the trek
  • Pulse oximeters for monitoring blood oxygen saturation level at high altitudes. It helps in detecting altitude sickness early.  
  • Medical kit.
  • Sleeping bags and down jackets arrangement if you do not have your own.

Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek Comprehensive

Tsum Valley Trekking route lets you explore geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating regions in the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley. The trail is known for magnificent mountain vistas, dramatic landscapes, terraced hillsides, mysterious canyons, Tibetan culture, and Larkya La High Pass.

You will be visiting Budhi Gandaki River upstream areas, reaching as far as Mu Gompa (3,700m) to catch splendid views of Ganesh Himal, Singri Himal, and Boudha Himal. Your hike passes through Larkya La Pass (5,106m/16,751ft), which is also the highest point of the trek. When you reach the Marsyangdi river, you will have made a semi-circular trip around three Manaslu peaks.

You can consider the Manaslu region as Nepal’s Himalayan hidden treasure, which is still waiting for exploration. Tsum Valley, with its rich cultural heritage and secretive of hilltop monasteries, traditional villages, colorful people, mysterious yaks, mani walls, chortens, lively festivals, and historical treasures - is a Shangri-La of the Himalayas.

Trek starts from Sotikhola, climbsup the Budhi Gandaki valley through pine and rhododendron forest, heads up over a ridge that leads to Lokpa, the entrance to Tsum valley. However, it will take us three days to reach Lokpa. From Soti Khola, we begin ascending - the first day, we will stop at Machha Khola, followed by Jagat, and finally at Lokpa.

From Lokpa, we hike to Chumling, known for its three monasteries - Pango Gumba, Mani Dhungyr, and Gurwa Gumba. After spending a night at Chumling, we head to Chhokangparo via Domje (the largest village in Tsum Valley). Chhokangparo is famous for its magnificent views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal.

You will continue hiking from Chhokangparo in the upper inner Himalayan Valley through refreshing bamboo and exotic rhododendron forests in lower regions. Higher trials pass through silent alpine glades and rugged high mountain desert. You will also be visiting Piren Phu cave- the most sacred cave in the region on your way to Nile from Chhokangparo. From Nile, you will ascend further to Mu Gompa - the highest point of the Tsum Valley Trek. Then we descend back from Mu Gompa back to Lokpa and then continue in Manaslu Circuit Trek.

From Lokpa, you will trek west and reach Deng for the night. On the way, you will be passing through Ghap, Rana, and Bhiphedi villages. The next destination in this trek is Namrung village - the locals at Namrung are Tibetan descendants.

The next day we leave Namrung, and we head to Sama Gaun. On the way lies Lho - which is full of mani wall entrance gates and several Buddhist Gompas. After Lho, we trek via Shyala Village to Sama Gaon, known for Sama Gaon Monastery. We will stop a day at Sama Gaon for acclimatization. During this day, you can choose to visit Manaslu Base Camp, Birendra Lake, or Pungyen Gompa.

Larkya La Pass is not far from Sama Gaon. You just need to trek for a day to Dharmasala. The following day early in the morning, you will hike from Dharmasala to Bhimtang - on the way lies Larkya La Pass (5,160m). The pass is famous for stunning views of Cheo Himal, Kanguru, Himlung Himal, and Annapurna II. It is one of the longest passes in the Himalayas.

By reaching Bhimtang, you are near the end of this trek. From Bhimtang, you will hike to Gho and then Tal. From Tal, you will catch a bus or jeep to Besisahar and then catch a bus to Kathmandu from Besisahar. We are sure that Tsum Valley Trek with Manaslu Circuit will leave an unforgettable experience for the rest of your life.

Discovery World Trekking requests all our valuable clients to add an extra day at Kathmandu on weekdays (office days) before starting Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit trek. We require at least one day to acquire Manaslu special permit, and for the permit application, we require your original passport with a Nepali visa. We will also use this time for a trip briefing, where we will provide you with essential information about the trip and check your luggage (equipment) to make sure you have not missed anything. This trek package includes transport on public buses. For comfort, you can rent a jeep for an extra cost.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking Itinerary

  1. day 1

    Drive from Kathmandu via Arughat to Soti Khola (730m / 2896ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving Hours (160km / 99.4miles) 6-8hrs

    After an early breakfast, we will start our trip with a drive along the Prithivi Highway west of Kathmandu. The scenic ride lets you enjoy the views of terrace farms, raging rivers, beautiful villages, and dense forests.

    You will be crossing the Trishuli River to Dhading Bensi and continue to Arughat, driving along with the scenic villages while continuously following Dorandi Khola northwards to Gorkha. From the road, you get stunning views of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. Our destination, however, is still two hours drive away from Arughat to Soti Khola.

    • Overnight stay at ABC Hotel (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  2. day 2

    Trek from Soti Khola (730m /2896ft) to Machha Khola (890m / 2,965ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.7km /6miles
    Highest Altitude 890m / 2,965ft
    Trek Duration 6 to 7 hrs.

    We continue to follow the low valley to the north, observing the majestic Himalayan peaks from time to time as we hike up the picturesque densely forested Buddhi Gandaki Valley. The route passes through several small villages until the valley widens. From the opposite side of the valley, you will see a large stream flowing into the Budhi Gandaki River. As we continue our journey, we reach the beautiful village of Lapubesi (880m). From Lapubesi, we descend to a meandering path to reach Macha Khola.  

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Everest View
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  3. day 3

    Trek from Machha Khola (890m / 2,965ft) to Jagat (1400m / 4,593ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 22km / 13.7miles
    Highest Altitude 1,400m / 4,593ft
    Trek Duration 6 -7 hrs.

    We cross the Tharo Khola river and head upstream to Khola Beni. The route takes your forward alongside dramatic gorges with waterfall sculptured rocks and some landslides. After crossing a bridge, we reach a tiny village of Kholabesi and then natural hot springs at Tatopani (Tatopani means hot water in Nepali).

    From the hot springs, we catch another trial and cross the Budhi Gandaki River on a suspension bridge. We will then walk past a landslide and reach Dobhan village. From Doban, we cross a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and climb stone stairs to Thado Bharyang before ascending to the charming village of Jagat. Jagat is the entry point of Manaslu Conservation Area, and we will register our permits at a police checkpoint in Jagat.

    • Overnight stay at a lodge.
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Trek from Jagat (1,400m / 4,593ft) to Lokpa (2,040m / 4,493ft )

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 17.5km / 10.8miles
    Highest Altitude 2,040m / 4,493ft
    Trek Duration 6 to 7 hrs

    We make an entry into the restricted region of Manaslu by climbing over a ridge to Salleri. We walk along the riverbanks then cross the Budhi Gandaki River on a long suspension bridge. As we continue to walk, the valley widens towards Philim. As we pass Ekle Bhatti, the trail separates one takes you to Tsum and the other Manaslu. 

    We hike up towards Lokpa across several villages. Rivers become narrower, and we can see the confluence of Syar Rivers from Tsum valley. We trek on the right side of Tsum valley to reach Lokpa village, the first village in Tsum valley that provides clear views of the Manaslu range. In fact, it’s a completely hidden valley blessed by Padmashamva centuries ago. (Padmashamva is one of the founding fathers of Tibetan Buddhism.) You will get stunning views of Himalchuli, and Boudha Himal from Lokpa village.

    • Overnight stay at Lokpa
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Lokpa (2,040m / 4,493ft) to Chumling (2,386m / 6,692ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 6.3km / 3.9miles
    Highest Altitude 2,386m / 6,692ft
    Trek Duration 4 to 5 hrs

    After breakfast, we start walking from Lokpa Village- a wild route entrance to Tsum valley. On a clear day, you can get stunning views of Baudha Himal (6672m) and Ganesh Himal VI from the routes joining Lokpa to Chumling. 

    Our trail first descends to Lungwa river valley, then climbs up through a subtropical forest of dense rhododendron and pine. There are no villages between Lokpa to Chumling. We will be crossing Syar Khola to arrive at the village of Chumling. A side trip to the upper parts of Chumling takes you to a monastery from where you can catch great views of Ganesh Himal. Chumling has a health post and three monasteries - Panago Gumba, Mani Dhungyur, and Gurwa Gumba. 

    • Overnight stay at Chumling.
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Trek from Chumling (2,386m / 6,692ft) to Chhokangparo (3,010m / 9,875ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 8.4km / 5.2miles
    Highest Altitude 8.4km / 5.2miles
    Trek Duration 5-6 hrs

    Today, we enter the upper valley, a part of the inner Himalayas. The trail continues along the Syar River down to Domje - the largest city in Tsum valley. From Domje, we continue climbing uphill to arrive at Chhokangparo. On a clear day, we can get magnificent views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal from Chhokangparo. At Chhokangparo, you will also have the opportunity to experience the hospitality of local (Tibetan group “Tsombo”) people along with Tibetan Chiya (butter tea) and local meals.

    • Overnight stay at Chhokang Paro
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day 7

    Trek from Chhokangparo (3,010m / 9,875ft) to Nile (3,361m / 11,026ft) via Milarepa Piren Phu Cave

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 9.7km / 6miles
    Highest Altitude 3361m / 11,026ft
    Trek Duration 4 -5 hrs

    We walk a relatively shorter distance today. The Nile, on the western side of the Shikhar Khola, is about a 20-minute walk across from Chhule, which is the last village in the north upper Tsum Valley. When you reach Ngakyu Leru, you will notice people farming as the land is fertile. 

    After passing Lamagaon, you will reach St. Milarepa Piren Phu Cave, where his footprint is said to be preserved in rock. Piren Phu (pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley. There are two separate Gumbas attached to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags, and significant Buddhist paper scripts make Piren Phu Cave one of the most important socio-cultural assets in the valley. Then, we cross a suspension bridge over the Shiar River and continue our trek through several villages to arrive at Nile.

    • Overnight stay at Nile
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day 8

    Trek from Nile (3,361m / 9,875ft) to Mu Gompa (3,700m / 11,026 ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 7.9km / 4.9miles
    Highest Altitude 3,700m / 11,026ft.
    Trek Duration 3 - 4 hrs

    A short walk from the Nile along the west bank of the valley close to the Tibetan border leads to Mu Gompa - the highest point of the Tsum Valley Trek. We hike up through yak pastures through typical dry and arid trans Himalayan terrain. The Mu Gompa monastery has rows of Chortens and provides beautiful mountain views. Moreover, you get an opportunity to visit Dhephu Doma Gompa - one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum. 

    • Overnight stay Mu Gompa
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  9. day 9

    Mu Gompa (3,240m/ 10,629ft) to Chhokangparo (3,010m / 9,903ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 3,240m / 10,629ft
    Trek Duration 6 hrs.

    From Gompa, the descent begins. We descend to Rachen Gompa, then Chhule and reach Phurbe. Rachen Gompa lies in the border area of Nepal and Tibet, and it sits surrounded by humongous mountains. But the destination for this day takes you through a forested area and finally at Chhokangparo. 

    • Overnight stay at Chhokangparo
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day 10

    Trek from Chhokangparo (3,010m / 9,903ft) to Chumling (2,386m / 7,827ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 3,010m / 9,903ft
    Trek Duration 6-7hrs

    Our descent from Chhokung Paro continues as we reach Gho. You will be crossing a suspension bridge near Gho and hiking forward to reach Rainjam Village. We leave Rainjam village, descend to Tsum Valley and finally reach Chumling - our destination for the day. 

    • Overnight stay at Chumling
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  11. day 11

    Trek from Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft) to Deng (1860m / 6,101ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude 2,386m / 7,827ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    Today, you will leave Chumling and continue descending, so today's journey should be an easier one. You will be moving along the bank of Shair Khola to reach Lokpa Village. On a nice day, you may pass through large flocks of sheep and goats along the path. 
    The trail after Lokpa descends as we cross the Budi Gandaki on a solid bridge then enters a narrow gorge from where it starts to ascend and descend while gradually climbing through the valley. We cross a river on a suspension to Nupri and then pass through bamboo forests to reach the Gurung village of Deng (1860m). 

    • Overnight stay at Deng
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  12. day 12

    Trek from Deng (1860m /6101ft ) to Namrung (2,900m / 9512ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Highest Altitude (2,900m / 9512ft)
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs

    From Deng, we climb to Rana (1,910m) Village and hike forward to Bhiphedi (2,130m). The path starts meandering in and out of the valley canyons crossing the Serang Khola before leading us to Ghap (2160m). As we leave Ghap, the valley becomes steeper as we continue a long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forests. After crossing the wild rivers a couple of times, you will reach the Namrung Village - the entry point to the Nupri region. The locals of Namrung Village are Tibetan descendants.

    • Overnight stay at Namrung
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  13. day 13

    Trek from Namrung (2,900m / 9512ft) to Sama Gaon (3,530m / 11,581ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 17.7km / 11miles
    Highest Altitude 3,530m / 11,581ft
    Trek Duration 8-9 hrs

    We leave Namrung and pass through many Mani wall entrance gates, several Buddhist Gompas, and a few villages. Then the valley opens out, and our route passes through Sho Village. This village has many yaks and is known for excellent views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7,157m).

    It is a great day to savor the great mountain views. To trek to Sama Gaon (3530m), we follow the right riverbank enjoying the views of Peak 29. A couple of hours of climbing through the forest brings us to Shyala village, from where we can see Phungi, Manaslu, and Himal Chuli mountains. The Shyala villagers rely on yaks, potatoes, and barley to survive this distinctly Alpine region. 

    As we hike up, you will see Ganesh Himal towards the east and the Himalchuli and Manaslu in the south. Soon enough, as you look down, you will be able to see two rows of houses that form the central part of Sama Gaon. At the far end of Sama Gaon stands the well-known Sama Gaon Monastery. The Tibetan border is very near from here. We stop at Samagaon for a day to acclimatize.

    • Overnight at Hotel Manaslu (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  14. day 14

    Rest day in Sama Gaon (3,530m / 11,581ft)

    To ensure proper acclimatization, we spend a day at Sama Gaon for rest. Sama Gaon lies close to Manaslu Base Camp, and in this village, you can see thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and sculptures. The women here wear a nice silver spoon as jewelry.

    Today is a rest day, but you can take optional excursions to explore the surrounding glacial moraine or visit Birendra Lake or Pungyen Gompa. The return side trip to Manaslu Base Camp takes eight hours but is well worth the effort as it provides fantastic views of the Manaslu Glacier and the turquoise Birendra Lake. If you just want to explore Sama Gaon and relax, you can visit the Pung-Gyen monastery, which sits beneath the east face of Manaslu. Higher up the village lies cave Gompa and hot springs.

    • Overnight at Hotel Manaslu (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  15. day 15

    Trek from Sama Gaon (3,530m / 11,581ft) to Larkya La Phedi (Dharma sala) (4,460m / 14,632ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 18.5km / 11.4miles
    Highest Altitude 4,460m / 14,632ft.
    Trek Duration 5 to 6 hrs

    We start early in the morning from Sama Gaon and head to Samdo. Our hike takes us through the terraced fields alongside old mani walls, across the Budhi Gandaki wooden bridge, and gradually up to the Samdo valley. Another mani wall marks the beginning of the ascent to the Larkya La Pass. We cross two streams and witness the Larkya Glacier. Then, we go around the Salka Khola Valley, climb up once again and come to a stone guest house (4,450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of resting place called Dharmasala, also known as Larkya La Phedi. Today you will enjoy fantastic views of Larkya Glacier and the impressive Manaslu mountain. We rest at Larkya La Phedi and prepare to cross Larkya La Pass the next day.

    • Overnight stay at Dormitory /Tent
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  16. day 16

    Trek from Dharamsala to Bhimtang (3,720m / 12,205ft) by crossing Larkya la Pass (5,160m / 16,929ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 24.7km / 15.3miles
    Highest Altitude 5,160m / 16,929ft
    Trek Duration 7 - 8 hrs

    We leave Dharmasala very early in the morning because we will be hiking along the longest and the toughest section of this trek. We need to cross the Larkya La Pass (5,160m) before the wind starts blowing strongly at the pass. The trail starts as a gentle climb across the moraine. It descends slightly to a lake and then becomes rough and indistinct as it crosses steep grassy slopes. We continue on the moraine to a ridge marked by two cairns. From here, the prayer flags marking the pass are visible. 

    We descend to the four frozen lakes then make the final steep climb to the pass. The pass opens outstanding panoramic views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kanguru, Minjung, and the huge Annapurna II. We savor the spectacular views from the top of the pass. Then the descent begins. The trail follows the top of the moraine to the west and makes a set of steep, rough switchbacks as it crosses the moraine, then descends more gently on loose gravel to another grassy moraine at 4,450m. The trail now becomes easier to follow and reaches a small meadow. The valley becomes broader as the trails head down to a large meadow, past a mani wall and a small rest house that marks Bhimtang at 3,590m.

    • Overnight at Punkar Guest House (room with attached bathroom)
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  17. day 17

    Trek from Bhimtang (3,720m / 12,205ft) to Gho (2,550m / 8,367ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 10km / 6.2miles
    Highest Altitude (3,720m / 12,205ft)
    Trek Duration 4 - 5 hrs.

    From Bhimtang, the trail crosses the moraine, descends to the Dudh Khola headwaters, crosses a wooden bridge, then into pine and rhododendron forest to Hompuk (3,430m). The rhododendrons are multi-colored, and the forest is home to sheep, horses, and monkeys. You will also be able to enjoy the panoramic views of Phungi, Manaslu, Manaslu North Peak, Cheo Himal, and Himlung Himal. A 30-minute descent through the forest takes you to Sangore Kharka meadow. You will then cross a landslide before making a steep climb to a ridge decorated with prayer flags. The route ultimately descends to the river bank at Gho (2,575m).

    • Overnight stay at a lodge
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  18. day 18

    Trek from Gho (2,550m / 8,367ft) to Tal (1,700m / 5,577ft)

    Itinerary Facts
    Trek Distance 13km / 8miles
    Highest Altitude 2,550m / 8,367ft
    Trek Duration 4 - 5 hrs

    The route is full of ups and downs, mostly through fields but occasionally through dense forests. Less than an hour walk through the fields and intermittent rhododendron and oak woods takes you to Tilije - a multiethnic community. You will exit Tilije through a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and follow along its embankment that descends through the scrub forest. As you trek ahead, the walls of the Marsyangdi Valley start to look larger, and finally, the houses of Dharapani appear in the distance. You will then pass Thonje village via a wooden bridge and a chorten-shaped arch, and Dharapani lies across a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi. But your trail continues on the sandy banks of the Marsyangdi River until you reach Tal. The prayer flags, mani walls, and chortens in and around Tal tell you that Tal is a Buddhist village.

    • Overnight stay at a lodge
    • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  19. day 19

    Drive from Tal (1,700m /5,577ft) to Besisahar then Kathmandu

    Itinerary Facts
    Driving hours 9 - 10 hrs


    In the morning, we take a local Jeep or bus from Tal to Besisahar. It is an approximately 4 to 5 hrs drive that passes through several villages, the towns of Bhulbhule and Khudi to Beshishar. We need to reach Besisahar before 3 p.m to catch the last jeep or local bus to Kathmandu. On our journey back to Kathmandu, the road follows the scenic Marsyangdi River, then meets the Trishuli River as we head east along the Prithvi Highway. Along the way, you will get good views of the lush scenery, terraced farmland, and perhaps some final glimpses of the tall snow peaks.

    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch)

What is included in Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek Package?

  • Transportation from Kathmandu via Arughat to Soti Khola (trek start) and from Tal (trek end) to Besisahar, then back to Kathmandu by local bus.
  • All standard meals (19 Lunches, 18 Dinners, and 19 Breakfasts) during the trek
  • Accommodations at best tea houses/ lodges in trek regions (Generally twin sharing rooms) for 18 days.
  • Government licensed English-speaking Discovery World Trekking trek leader/ guide and porter to carry your luggage. For every two trekkers, we assign a porter. The luggage weight limit per trekker is 9 kg.
  • Guides and porter cost, their meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
  • Manaslu & Tsum Valley Special Permits with Conservation Area Permits, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
  • All government, local taxes, and official expenses
  • Rescue operation arrangements in case of complicated health conditions
  • Souvenir - Company's T-shirt & cap
  • Discovery World Trekking trek achievement certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek
What is excluded?
  • International flight costs.
  • Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per person)
  • All accommodations and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the journey
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses - shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, hot shower, alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, laundry, extra porters, etc
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Tips for guide and porters
  • Additional costs or delays caused due to circumstances beyond our control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • All costs and expenses not listed in "cost includes" are counted as excludes

Official Tsum Valley Trekking Map

Route Map

Equipment list for Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek

We recommend the following clothing, accessories, and equipment list for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking. This is just a reminder list that we have gathered for your comfort and convenience. Please bring only the essentials to the trip, as your luggage weight limit is 9 kg. 

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high-altitude trekking)

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Manaslu Tsum Valley Hike Trip Information

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek Start

You will arrive in Kathmandu at least two days before the trek. Please make sure you have an extra office day (weekday) before the trip departure date. We need one day to acquire a special permit for the Manaslu trek, and to apply for this permit, we require your passport with a Nepal visa. 

In the meantime, we will conduct a trek briefing that includes guide introduction and luggage check. On the third day, we drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola - the trek start point.

Local transport (KTM via Arughat to Soti Khola, then Tal to Besisahar back to Kathmandu) is included in the package. You can rent a private jeep at an extra cost.

Free Airport Pick Up

We offer free Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) pick-up and drop-off service. Upon your arrival at TIA, you will find a Discovery World Trekking representative holding a pamphlet with your name on it. After greeting you at the airport, they will take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. While on your trip back home, our representative will transfer you from the hotel to the airport.   

Accommodation details during The Tsum Valley Trek Tour

Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek includes 18 nights of lodge to lodge stays at the best available lodges in trek regions. Three nights hotel stay in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required but not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and tastes. 

Hot showers and Wi-Fi are available in trek regions for an extra cost.

Meals on Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary

Tsum Valley Trek takes pace in high elevations around the world’s 8th highest peak, which means your body needs enough carbohydrate, protein, and other nutrients. You will get enough nutritious food in trek regions, but you will have limited choices. 

We provide 19 breakfasts, 19 lunches, and 18 dinners during the trek. 

Some of the popular menu items are -

Nineteen breakfasts - Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati, Local Tsampa porridge, Eggs, Pancakes, Muesli Breads, Fruits, Vegetables, Hot Drinks (varieties of teas and coffees, hot chocolates, etc.)

Nineteen lunches - Dhal, Bhat, Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni dishes, Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Desserts, (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc

Eighteen Dinners - Dhal, Bhat, Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni, Tenduk Spaghetti, Noodles Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable Curry, Potato items, Vegetable and Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Raman, Desserts (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks, Steaks, etc 

We will provide you with fresh, hygienic, tasty, and nutritious food. The menu consists of traditional, Asian, and western cuisine, but as we go up, the menu gets shorter. We highly recommend you to take liquids - green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup(must) at high altitudes in addition to fresh vegetable items.

Though plenty of non-veg items will be available at trek regions, we do not recommend them because the meat might not be hygienic. We highly encourage you to avoid dairy, alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, hot chocolates, as experts suggest avoiding such items during high elevation treks.

All personal bills (alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/ lodges or cafes except standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.

Best Time for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek

The best time for Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit trek is from March to May and September to November.

March to May - Spring

It is a perfect season for Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek. During this time, you get stunning views of Mt. Manaslu and regional glaciers. Temperatures start increasing from the mid of March, and with clear skies, snow peaks appear at their best. 

On the trails, you will find the rhododendron flowers blooming in a variety of colors. Winter snow melts away by the end of March, clearing the route to cross Larkya La Pass. Daytime temperatures in lower lands (from Sotikhola to Ghap) can reach up to 24°C, and in upper mountains (from Lho to Bhimtang) up to 18°CThe nighttime temperature in high lands can drop to -4°C.

September to November - Autumn

Autumn is also a perfect season for the Tsum Valley and the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This is a peak tourist season due to the favorable weather. Generally, the monsoon ends by the end of August. From mid-September, the weather is stable, the skies become clear, letting you enjoy the stunning mountain views. 

Tourists also come to trek during autumn because Nepali festivals - Dashain, Tihar, Chhat- fall in this season. 

Daytime temperature in low lands (from Sotikhola to Ghap) may reach 25°C, and in high mountains (Lho to Bhimtang), it reaches up to 15°C. The nighttime temperature in high regions falls to -6 °C. From December, the temperature dips, and snowfalls start in high trek regions. Lodge at Dharmasala closes during this time, and crossing Larkya La pass is almost impossible due to heavy snowfall.

The weather in the mountains are unpredictable and change quickly.

Acclimatization

Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek package provides a rest day in Samagaun (3530m) for proper acclimatization to prevent the risks of acute mountain sickness. 

Starting the trek from Soti Khola (730 m), we trek in low elevations for several days while exploring isolated Tsum Valley before heading to Samagaun. It provides plenty of time for our body to cope automatically with the existing high-altitude environment and helps in reducing the risk of altitude sickness.

Altitude sickness is preventable but can be life-threatening if you ignore the symptoms. Our trekking leaders and guides have extensive first aid training and are well-experienced in the Himalayas. We use oximeters to monitor your oxygen level, and it helps in early altitude sickness detection. We guarantee that your well-being will be in reliable hands. 

Your trek leader or guide will suggest precautions against altitude sickness. The best way is to take your time while trekking and drink plenty of water - at least 4 liters a day. If altitude sickness is severe, the only cure is to descend immediately. Please note that your trek leader has the authority to continue the trek or stop climbing based on the overall condition of the team. It is essential to understand that some persons are more vulnerable than others.

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical, and Health

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit is a challenging trek. We explore the isolated section of Tsum Valley and spend a day for rest in Samagaun 3530m before heading to Larkya La Pass to continue in the Manaslu circuit.

Our day-to-day trekking itinerary in lower lands (below 3500m) is 5 to 7 hrs, and in the high mountains (above 3500m), the trek is generally 3 to 4 hrs a day. We will take regular breaks to take in the stunning mountain views. 

Trekking at higher altitudes is physically more demanding than trekking at lower altitudes. This remote mountain journey involves long climbs, steep descents, and straightforward roads.

Past hiking experience would be an added advantage, although no technical experience and skills are necessary. Trekkers who can hike 5 to 6 hours a day at a decent pace with a light day pack can complete this trip.

Some days require longer walking hours, so you must be reasonably fit and prepared for long days. Exercising regularly for a couple of weeks before the trip will enhance your stamina. Please remember the fitter you are, the more joy you will get from the trek.  

To join the trek, all participants should be in sound health along with a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.

Trekking Group/Single

Due to permit requirements, we need at least two trekkers for this trip. If you are a solo traveler, we can form a team for you. Discovery World Trekking can handle all group sizes, and we add one assistant guide for teams with 12 or more members. If you have your team, the bigger your team is, the more discount you can get.  

A typical day on Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek

Every day you will be rewarded with a unique trekking experience- enjoying the scenery, taking photos, and exploring the local villages. During the trek, our experienced, friendly, and qualified Sherpas/guides will be sharing information and historical facts about the places you are trekking. Porters will carry your luggage. However, we expect you to carry a small backpack to keep your valuables and important documents.

The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s hike. After trekking for three to four hours, we will serve you lunch around midday while on the route to the next destination, and we continue after about an hour of rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter- about two to three hours. 

Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. Then, you can explore nearby places before dark. We serve dinner around 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner and before going to bed, you can indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief you about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, you can enjoy playing monopoly, cards, or watching available mountaineering documentaries. Most foreigners indulge in light and fun Nepalese language learning from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.

Communication during Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek

During the Tsum Valley and  Manaslu Circuit Trek, you can use internet service at lodges for an extra service charge. But once we reach high altitudes, communication will be through the phone.

We communicate with all our trek teams through the trek leader at least once a day to ensure that each trek member is safe and comfortable. You can easily buy a local sim card in Kathmandu, but the mobile signals may not be strong enough at high altitudes. 

Wi-Fi is available in lodges/tea houses and comes at an extra cost.

Extra personal expenses during the trek

Our valuable clients are responsible for meals and accommodations in Kathmandu. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels that suits every budget and taste. In addition, trekkers need to bring personal spending money for various things -including travel insurance policy purchase, visa processing, snacks, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs, etc. We recommend you bring cash (major currencies) and exchange them for Nepali Rupees in Kathmandu. 

Electricity and battery recharge, water during the trek

Throughout the lodges at the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit trek regions, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available but comes with extra cost. 

During the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shops or fill your water bottle with boiled water that you can buy in tea houses/ lodges. We suggest you to use water purification pills. 

You shouldn't drink water from rivers, taps, and wells in the trekking regions because the water might not be drinkable as it seems.

Travel Insurance for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek grade is challenging and comes with high altitude trekking risks such as - potential altitude sickness, landslides, and other unforeseen events.

Travel insurance is compulsory for this trek. All trekking members must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking before starting the trek. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation - including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at the highest trek altitudes (up to 6000m).

We can recommend insurance companies based on our clients' experiences, but we do not sell insurance policies. Trekkers are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book the trek. In emergencies, we will use your insurance policy and documents for quick and effective rescue and cover medical costs.

Before buying travel insurance (Don't just believe what insurance companies say on their website.), make sure to call insurance companies and recheck if they have policies that cover heli-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m in addition to medical costs.

Passport and Visa

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter Nepal. On-arrival visa is available at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and entry and exit points along the Nepal border.

A visa application requires a passport with at least six months of validity, one passport-size photo, and visa fees. The current visa cost is US$50 for 30 days that you can pay in cash (major currencies). Children under ten will get a free visa.

Citizens of China and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) get free visas.

Citizens from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan may not receive on-arrival visas. If you are a citizen of these countries, contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Visa regulation can change without prior notice. So please visit https://www.immigration.gov.np/ for recent visa information.

We recommend you add a few extra days in addition to your trek duration so that you will not miss your international flight back home in case of trek delays. 

Money exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.

(1 USD = ~ 120 NPR).

You can exchange most foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. These institutions display ongoing exchange rates visibly. If you are carrying INR (Indian Rupees), only INR notes of 100 and 2000 are legal in Nepal. 

Despite having the security advantage of a traveler's cheque, we advise you for cash exchange to avoid hassles like lengthy processes and high bank commission rates. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. Several of those ATMs are open round the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount from ATMs is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facilities at banks and financial institutions, they charge a service fee of four percent or more.

Most established Asian banks will not accept foreign notes that are old, torn, or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean crisp notes.

How much luggage can I bring to Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The luggage weight limit is 9 kg per trekker. We assign one porter to carry luggage for two trekkers. Porters will not carry more than 18 kg of luggage. We expect you to bring a small backpack with you for your valuables.  

Please bring only the essentials to the trek. You can leave excess luggage at your hotel or the Discovery World Trekking store for free.

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek Safety

Discovery World Trekking guarantees clients' safety, security, and satisfaction. Your safety is our primary concern. We are always ready to face any situation and carry all necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have completed extensive first aid training.

If a trekker gets altitude sickness, based on the situation, your trek leader has the authority to decide whether to continue or descend immediately. We deploy a rescue helicopter to bring you back from high elevations (funded by insurance) in case of emergency. Further, we trek as a group to ensure everyone's safety.

Responsible Travel

We strongly believe that our environment has to be protected from the negative effects of tourism and try our best to preserve the environment. Discovery World Trekking works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly trips that meet the expectation of both travelers and local communities in trek regions.

Discovery World Trekking Crew

During the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek, our well-experienced guides/Sherpas accompany you to make your journey comfortable and memorable. All guides have government-issued trek certificates and years of experience in trekking/hiking. 

Porters will carry your luggage. For every two trekkers, we assign a porter. Each porter will carry no more than 18 kgs of combined weight. So your luggage limit is 9 kg. If you require we can arrange one porter per person.

Our crew members are local people from the high Himalayas. So their physical endurance at high altitudes is very high. All our staff members are precious to us. We pay them well and take care of their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging. They receive medical care when ill or injured. 

We always make sure our staff members are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy. Our team members have: 

  • intensive Wilderness First Aid Certificate
  • government-issued Trekking Guide Certificate
  • fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • conservation and Biodiversity training
  • rock climbing experience

Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping. Tipping is at the traveler's discretion and should reflect the quality of service provided. We advise you to tip collectively at the end of the trip. 

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a Nepal government-authorized and bonded trek and tour operator. We have been providing our services for more than a decade. Our company is a member of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). 

Therefore, you can book trips with Discovery World Trekking with confidence. We require a ten percent trip cost for trip booking. You can pay by bank transfer, western union, or online from our website.

We request you to email your other necessary documents like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight details within a week of booking the trip.

You can pay the remaining trip cost in cash or by bank transfer or credit card after arriving in Nepal. Furthermore, we will also email you payment details and modes of payment.

Last-minute booking

It is best to book in advance, but for those unable to do so for whatever reason, Discovery World Trekking has a special provision for a last-minute booking. In the case of a last-minute booking, you need to clear 100% of the trip payment 2 days before trip departure. We require one office day to get special Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek permits.

We do our best to operate treks at any time, but in case of last-minute booking, you cannot hold us responsible for delay due to changes beyond our control - such as bad weather or unavailability of lodging. Contact us at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us at [email protected] for details.

Trip extension

After completing the trek, you may want to stay a couple of days extra in Nepal. During this time, we can arrange other activities for you - such as exploring places in and around Kathmandu, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, or canoeing. 

Feedback

After the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek, Discovery World Trekking will host a farewell dinner. After dinner, we will provide you with a printed trek achievement certificate. It is also a great time to give us your feedback. 

USEFUL INFO

Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu, but we can accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review your designated departure dates, and if they do not suit you, let us know. We can re-arrange a trek at your convenience. 

The itinerary listed above is a general guideline. It may rarely require modifications due to circumstances beyond our control, such as bad weather and landslides.

Although it is improbable that changes will occur that would significantly alter the original itinerary, you cannot hold us accountable for delays or consequences that may arise because of delays. 

If itineraries need adjustments or the trek team needs to redirect to other trails and areas, the lead guide has the authority to make the decision, keeping in mind the interests of the trek team as a whole.

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Discovery World Trekking

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Paige
5 - Excellent
10/15/2018

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful experience with Discovery World Trekking. Paul made a modified itinerary for us and we had our own private tour with Dil (guide) and Milan (porter). Both Dil and Milan were very very friendly, knowledgable, and fun to be around. They were always on point with service, making sure we were comfortable, interpreting, and making the trip safe and enjoyable. I would highly recommend asking for them! Paul explained everything before we departed, and even picked us up from the airport when we arrived to Kathmandu so there was no hassle.The hotel that he provided (Tibet Guest House) for the first two nights before the trek and the last night after returning was in a great location in Thamel and had excellent included breakfast (ask for the Norbu special!) and comfortable air conditioned rooms. Only two blocks from his shop, and next to all the shopping and restaurants.Getting to the first town was our only real complaint: There was a little confusion regarding transportation, and I must confess we did not like taking the 'local' bus 8 hours to the first town because it was dirty, crowded, and seemed very unsafe-so don't expect a luxury private tour bus with a bathroom if you go on this trek! Transportation on the way back was slightly better-a jeep to the first town and a mini bus back to Kathmandu (also not private, but much better than local bus). Kathmandu is a big, dirty, overcrowded city with tons of pollution-so that was definitely a culture shock. Thamel is more charming than the surrounding areas though.The trek itself was incredible- very little tourists compared to EBC or Anna Purna, and we wereoften the only guests at the Tea Houses. Again, do not expect luxury on this trek. Some of the tea houses were very simple, if not slightly shabby. But all served excellent food, and some of the newer ones had more clean and comfortable rooms and beds. They are in the process of building lovely new wooden houses all along the trek though, so this time next year things should be more upscale.The Nepalese are very friendly and accommodating, and anytime we ordered food on the trail they never failed to offer us more and make sure we were well fueled for the day ahead. I loved that they all had gardens on site and literally picked our lunch when we ordered it.The views were stunning; a real photographers paradise-so long as the rain and clouds were not obstructing the views. Morning time was the best for viewing, but we came at the end of monsoon season (middle September-early October) so I'm sure the rain/clouds would have been less of an issue had we come a few weeks later. Also, a landslide fatally injured a group of Trekkers just one day ahead of us-so I strongly recommend not coming during monsoon season when these natural events are bound to happen. Dil was always stopping and questioning locals and making phone calls to keep abreast of any hazards or set backs, so we felt safe in his hands.The trek itself was physically laborious, and my boyfriend and I are both avid gym goers and hikers who are in excellent condition. The temperature changes and altitude are not to be taken lightly, and we saw many sick or exhausted Trekkers extricated daily by helicopter who were not in shape enough or who were not as careful about what they ate or drank. So please be aware that this is not just a walk in the park. I confess that the 10 hour day going over Larke Pass was one of the hardest days of my life! Totally worth it though, don't get me wrong.Paul took us to dinner and made customized certificates for us when we returned from the trek, and helped us with bartering for goods on our last day in Kathmandu. He was very receptive to any feedback or concerns we had, and is a very professional business man who treats his clients and employees like good friends. I would definitely recommend using D.W.T. for any treks in Nepal!

Treated like part of the family

Huy N
5 - Excellent
09/22/2019

Paul from Nepal says he founded DWT on family principles - and that was exactly our experience - nothing was ever too hard for them to make the trip more enjoyable for all of us. From the initial booking experience in Australia right through to our end of trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu - every little detail was covered. Our guide Milan was awesome - we came from within a days walk of his village and met his cousin along the way. Milan met us at the airport and made us feel welcome right from the start and helped us understand the cultural differences in the different places we trekked through. Our young (22 years) porters Prabhat and Amrit were ever present and fun to be with - Paul was helping them cover their local college education - just part of the fab family experience we had with DWT. Oh, and yes, the trekking around Manaslu Circuit was amazing - including a day trek to Manaslu Base Camp and we caught the famous Larkya La Pass at 5100 meters in good weather - something I will never forget. Physically demanding but so so worth it!

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Henrry and Friends
5 - Excellent
03/12/2013

We had a wonderful trekking Tusm Valley and Manaslu circuit. It was spectacular. beautiful landscapes and authentic Tibetan traditions with the monasteries remote highland villages and the views were amazing. Our guide Laxman and porters are an excellent, high standred services, DWT's Crews are always making sure we are doing well, Thank you so much Paul for organizing best trekking i have ever had ,if you are looking to plan trip in Nepal,we highly reccomend Discovery World Trekking,

FAQ’s

How safe is this trekking?

Discovery World Trekking guarantees clients' safety and security. We are always prepared to face any situation - by carrying necessary gear, equipment, and first aid kits. Our crew members have completed extensive first aid training. We also carry oximeters to monitor oxygen levels at high altitudes.

If a trekker falls sick at a high altitude, the trek leader will decide whether to continue the trek or descend taking into consideration the interest of the group as a whole. In emergencies, Discovery World Trekking deploys a rescue helicopter (funded by insurance) to bring you back from the higher elevation. 

How to avoid altitude sickness during the trek?

You can take the following steps to decrease the risk of altitude sickness.

  • Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic, and tobacco. 
  • Drink at least 4 liters of water a day 
  • Trek slow at your own pace
  • Don't skip the acclimatization days
  • Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms show up). 
  • Drink garlic soup

Do I need any permits before starting the Trek?

You require Manaslu Special Permit along with Conservation Area Permit, in addition to Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). Discovery World Trekking will help you with all the necessary paperwork so that you are at peace.

Do I need travel insurance to trek in the Manaslu region?

Travel insurance is compulsory and must cover medical and emergency repatriation- including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at the highest altitudes.

What about the insurance of guides and porters?

All Discovery World Trekking staff members have insurance coverage, and in addition to salary, we also cover their meals, lodging, transportation, and necessary equipment costs during the trek.

Is there any luggage limit for porter?

Discovery World Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry combined 18 kgs of luggage (maximum 9 kg for each trekker). 

What is the weather condition at Manaslu region?

MonthTemperature Weather and Nature 
January Max -5°C at daytime to min -10°C at night and morning Coldest month 
February Max 15°C at daytime to min 8°C at night and morning Mild and humid, good visibility 
March Max 10°C at daytime to min -6°C at night and morning Frozen lakes begin to thaw out, streams begin to fill and new buds begin to sprout 
April Max 12°C at daytime to min 4°C at night and morning More colorful month because of red, green, white, blue, and pink rhododendrons 
May Max 18°C at daytime to min 4°C at night and morning Warmest month 
June Max 25°C at daytime to min 10°C at night and morning Humid, as the rain and clouds often overshadow the hot sun 
July Max 22°C at daytime to min 8°C at night and morning Wettest month 
August Max 20°C at daytime to min 6°C at night and morning Monsoon makes the trail lush, dense, and gorgeously green but quite slippery 
September Max 21°C at daytime to min 7°C at night and morning A fresh and pleasant climate 
October Max 15°C at daytime to min -2°C at night and morning Stable weather condition and best month to trek 
November Max 13°C at daytime to min -3°C at night and morning Cold and dry weather 
December Max 12°C at daytime to min -8°C at night and morning Driest month 

What documents do I need for this Trek?

You need to email us the following documents after the advance deposit.

  • A copy of your passport
  •  Passport size photos 
  • Flight details
  • Copy of travel insurance (Insurance must cover heli rescue and medical evacuation).

What are accommodation arrangements during the trek?

You will be staying at teahouses/lodges, generally offering twin sharing rooms and healthy local foods. The toilets in squat forms are often outside the room or the house. Hot showers/running water are available at extra cost in most lodges.

Is meal easily available during the Trek?

The meal on this trek is very convenient, but options are limited compared to cities. Along with western meals, chapati, rice, local tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, various soups like Sherpa stew steaks, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles, and thukpa will be available. Discovery World Trekking will arrange meals in special areas for its clients.

Is the drinking water safe in Manaslu trekking regions?

Bottled water is easily available at a low cost, but you can not use plastic bottles in the Manaslu region. So, you need to bring a water bottle and fill it with filtered or boiled water. It is better to use water purification drops (or tablets), which you can bring from your own country or buy in Kathmandu. Discovery World Trekking also provides water purification pills.

Do I need to bring medicines for the Trek?

If you are allergic, it is better to consult your doctor and bring your own medicine during the trek. Our team also carries medical kits for safety.

I am a vegetarian. Will I get enough meals during the trek?

Discovery World Trekking does not recommend non-veg items at trekking regions because the meat in such places may not be hygienic. We also strongly advise you to avoid dairy and cheese items along with alcohol. So, our packages are suitable for all - vegans, vegetarians, and non-vegetarians.

Is there an airport pick-up service by the company?

You will see a Discovery World Trekking representative welcoming you outside the Tribhuvan International Airport arrival lounge holding a pamphlet with your name on it. S/he will take you to your selected hotel in a private vehicle.

Is there a cancellation or refund policy?

Discovery World Trekking has cancellation and refund policies. Please visit our terms and conditions page for more information.

What are the booking and payment methods for the Trek?

For booking confirmation, we require a 10% advance, which you can pay by bank transfer, western union, or online through our site. You can pay the rest of the trip cost in cash, by bank transfer, western union, or using a credit card. We will email you payment details- including modes of payment available. 

Is tipping necessary for porters and guides?

Porters and guides form a big part of your successful trek. So tipping is a way to appreciate their service to you. However, it is totally at your discretion. 

Can I buy the gear in Nepal?

Discovery World Trekking can introduce you to dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. Moreover, you can rent the gear if you do not want to buy them. Similarly, you can purchase equipment in Kathmandu at a reasonable price.

Is internet access available during the Trek?

Yes, most guesthouses/lodges offer Wi-Fi for a small charge.

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