The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is a trekker’s dream. It has everything the renowned Manaslu Circuit Trek has, plus more! Follow the exotic trail through eye-popping terraced hills and remote valleys where you will interact with some of the kindest, most welcoming individuals. After wandering through Tsum Valley (also known as the Hidden Valley), the trail joins with the Manaslu Circuit Trek path and takes a dramatic upward turn (literally). The Larkya La Pass (5100m) lies ahead of us. The view from the top will be something that sticks with you for the rest of your life. If you are looking for a trail of solitude and pure mountain bliss, the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is the trail for you.
The Manaslu trekking area was opened for trekking in 1995 and the Tsum Valley was opened even more recently, in 2008. Still today, the area is widely unknown to people visiting Nepal. This makes it an awesome destination for remote village trekking. The trail is exceptionally peaceful and full of cultural fascinations.
The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek begins in Arughat, a town with a buzzling bazaar on the side of the Budhi Gandaki River. For the first few days, we meander up through the lively Budhi Gandaki river valley through several forested hills. Breathe in the fresh air of these fir and rhododendron trees. Then, we begin our jaunt through the Tsum Valley. The area feels as if it has escaped the grip of modernity. Enjoy the clean glacial rivers, alpine forests, and brilliant hospitality of the locals. Those living in the area are of Tibetan descent and follow Tibetan Buddhism. They have been living in the area since the 16th century. There are plenty of ancient, mysterious gompas (monasteries) in the area, including Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa. We can also visit Milarepa’s Cave, where a Buddhist saint was said to have meditated for years.
After an amazing time in the hidden Tsum Valley, we start heading for the looming Larkya La Pass. Feel the excitement begin! First, we prepare with some acclimatization and exploration days. We ascend to Pungyen Gompa on one day hike and Manaslu Base Camp (4900 meters), the next. At last, from Dharamsala to Bimtang, we traverse the high pass. It is a challenging hike, but rewarding to say the least. You will get incomparable views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru, the majestic peak of Annapurna II, and more. You will feel like you are at the top of the world for a while. Snap some photos to try and capture the moment before moving down. From here, we descend back to Dharapani where our ride back to Kathmandu awaits.
Book the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek all throughout the year. Though the trek is available anytime, certain seasons provide the best weather. In the springtime (March to May), the rhododendrons are blooming and scenery is lush. During autumn (September to November), skies are clearest and mountain views are best. Summer (rainy season) and winter do not provide the best trekking conditions, but on the other hand, you can enjoy more solitude on the trail. If you have any questions, please contact us!