Manaslu Trek with Tsum Valley traverse is one of the most mesmerizing and appealing trekking in isolated and remote hidden Shangri-La of Northern Gorkha. This area is known as the land of monasteries, charming hamlets with rough steep tracks and less comfortable accommodation in Tsum Valley. The area is renowned for its home stay experience, interaction with locals, jaw- dropping mountain scenery and the area is less visited; located on the north part of Manaslu on Nepal – Tibet is remarkably popular among adventure trekking holiday fans. Just in 1991 Manaslu region was released for the foreign visitor and Tsum Valley was opened for trekkers just in 2008. The area is geographically extra fabulous and culturally most attractive. The native and locals of upper Bhudi Gandaki, a region known as ‘Nup Ri’ meaning western mountain are direct descendants of Tibetans immigrants and they inhabited here during early 16th century so the their language, dress and traditions are completely alike to Tibetan. The Mountain View in Nup Ri are astonishing and dramatic Larke Pass is exhilarating experience to know your limit.
Tsum valley is yet being explored and discovered it is exactly the place to trek for the rural travelling passionate to discover the unusual part of world than yours. The valley is a blessed with Himalayan Buddhist pilgrimage site located in northern part of Gorkha district, Nepal. The word ‘Tsum’ refers vivid against the majestic background setting of beautiful Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Boudha Himal ranges, and this tranquil Himalayan valley is enriched in ancient art, culture and Himalayan Buddhist religion. It is said that the Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to be meditated in the caves of these mountains. The valley is home of some unique and historic monasteries, mani, kaanis and prayer walls which lie on a pretty highland nestled in the lap of the valley and Gompa Lungdang, located at the base of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal. The tribes here celebrate numerous Buddhist festivals, perfume ritual burning of juniper sense to purify the air; place prayer flags for happiness of all the sentient living beings installed Mani Walls. The remote area is left behind so their culture remained as it is as it was hundred of years ago. The trek is really appealing for the wilderness lovers away from the comfortable zone.
Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek can be accomplished as a lodge trek aka teahouse trek now while even Tsum now has several lodges, fine home stay services and toilets available in most of the places. There are now phone call services throughout and rare mobile reception in case of an emergency. The distant Tsum Valley side-trip should not be missed if you are doing Manaslu. The area draw attention to its complete well features of trek, with strong, friendly, welcoming locals, a living Buddhist culture and untouched wildlife because of Buddhist prohibitions on hunting and killing. The people are poor, since they have been bypassed by development for centuries, but this means their unique culture has remained ideal and intact. However a road from China is already pegged out and will cause rapid change. Tsum is said to be a beyul, one of the hidden valleys which Padmasambhava blessed as refuges to be discovered when the planet is approaching destruction and the world becomes too corrupt for spiritual practice. They are valleys reminiscent of glory and paradise, which can only be reached with enormous hardship.
Permit for Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek
This controlled area permits of Manaslu and Tsum can be obtained from Department of Immigration in Kathmandu. Both Manaslu and Tsum requires separate permit each. Join a registered trekking agency is obligatory to get permits and it is mandatory that you need to be accompanied by licensed guide and a party of two or more foreigners should be in group, although these requirements may be relaxed in the future. The Manaslu Trek Permit Cost are: USD 70 for the first week (then USD 10 per day) for moths of September, October and November and USD 50 for the first week (then USD 7 per day) from December onward till August. For Tsum the same periods apply but the fee is USD 35 for the first week. You will need a TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System) as well if you are continuing on the Annapurna Circuit through Thorong La Pass, so you’ll need 4 photos for all this. In our experience if you are only circuiting Manaslu your special permit means that a TIMS card is not required.
You will need two more additional permits: MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area) NPR 2260 each and the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) NPR 2260 each for the section from Dharapani to Besi Sahar after you join the round-Annapurna trail.
Accommodation and Meal
As there are now lodges and teahouse, you do not need to bring food and camping gear from Kathmandu, you could stay in teahouse and eat there. Wilderness Excursion arranges a local experienced guide for your Manaslu and Tsum Valley for the entire Manaslu and Tsum Valley route, to ensure that immediate benefits flow to this remote area and to get an insiders’ view of the culture.