About Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek
The Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek is an exhilarating journey that takes you around and up close to the world's 8th highest mountain, Manaslu (8163 M), with an extension to the beautiful hidden valley of Tsum. The combination of these two treks is one of the best ways to explore the natural and cultural wonders of the Manaslu Region.
The trek starts in the Lower Manaslu region, inhabited by the Gurung people. Views of the majestic mountains can be seen from the very first day of the trek. You will walk through beautiful terraced fields and settlements of the Gurung people. Their unique and rich culture, along with traditions like Bon, Shamanism, and Nature Worshipping, can be observed during the trek.
Trekking along hills, and rivers, and passing through different villages, you will enter the Tsum Valley, a Buddhist paradise and home to the Tsumba people. This beautiful sacred valley lies between various gorgeous mountain ranges like the Shringi, Ganesh, Kipu, and Thaple. One of the unique features of this valley is the practice of non-violence (Ahimsa) which prohibits the killing or sacrificing of animals.
Afterward, you will trek back along the same trail to join the Manaslu Circuit Trek and continue trekking to Tilje, crossing Larke La (5160 M). The upper Manaslu region is inhabited by the Nubri people. Within a couple of day's trek, you will be greeted by the majestic Manaslu alongside other peaks.
During the trek, you will pass by villages where time still stands in the past. You will be visiting centuries-old monasteries situated in exotic locations where Buddhist teachings run deep. Each day you will be greeted by picturesque landscapes. The trek passes through beautiful mixed forests, mostly of pines and rhododendrons, and you will constantly see mani walls, chortens, and colorful prayer flags along the trails inscribed with Buddhist mantras. Most of the time, you will be trekking through the ancient salt trading routes used by the locals.
The Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek offer breathtaking views of various mountain ranges like Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, Samdo Himal, Chulu, Annapurna, and Cheo Himal. Among all these mountains, the view of the iconic Manaslu (8163 M), the world's 8th-highest peak, will be the most dominant. You will also explore some amazing side trips to Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Base Camp, Mu Gompa, etc. Various types of wild animals like Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr, and Himalayan Marmot can be seen along the trail. You will frequently cross paths with Yaks and Mules as well.
Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary
Our 25-day Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary starts from Barpak and ends at Tilje. The best part is that our itineraries are flexible and can be tailored to your needs. Just leave us a message, and our experts will help you craft a perfect itinerary, ensuring a top-notch experience with safety.