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Tsum Valley-Manaslu Heli Trek 15 Days

USD $1500/Person
Trip Code : HH/FT-01
Accomodation : Includes if required
Duration : 15  Days
Grading : Moderate grading info
Max Altitude : 5160
Activity : Treking
Starts at : Kathmandu-Tsumvalley Heli fly
End at : kathmandu
Trip Route : Fly to Tsum Valley then Deng-Sama-Dharmashala-Bhimthang-Dharapani-Kathmandu
Best Season : March to May in spring and September to December in the automn

Overview

Time is precious and priceless for everyone, To use our time properly in positive manner, Respecting the value of our client’s time, We are able to exert energy to work more efficiently and gain more knowledge and experiences of majestic views of Ganesh Himal and Explore the exotic Tsum Valley as well as the scenic route of Manaslu  trekking regions in Nepal, Touch The Himalaya trekking company has  designed an unique Itinerary of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek for those  clients who does not have enought time but like to explore  Both(Tsum-Valley and Manaslu  Region) within 12 Days instead of  its  regular 21 Days of normal trek route. We providing Heli charter service from Kathmandu to the remote and rugged Tsum Valley with  amazing magnificent Himalayan views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna  and more  snowcapped  mountains and Iconic villages on the  way by flying. 
Explore  a day in  Tsum Valley area then  continue  to the Manaslu trail and  amazing adventure over Larke La pass 5160 meters.  The journey takes about 11-12 Days of hiking in unique off-the-beaten path region in northern Nepal with soak in breathtaking views of over 8000 meter mountains. Gushing waterfalls, high altitude lakes, colorful prayer flags and ever changing spectaculars landscapes to immerse in the peaceful fusion  of Nepalese and Tibetan culture as we pass through friendly villages and  visit secluded Buddhist monasteries tucked away in the  valley carved out by  glaciers. This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our clients because this pristine area is becoming more and more popular these days.
 
We at Touch The Himalaya Treks and Expedition, Running with a team of Guides, and crews  who are locally from Manaslu region having over 10/15 years of experience in trekking around Manaslu  who knows every corner of the region,  will provide excellent  guiding and hospitality service to our clients.
By organizing Manaslu trek we again achieved Certificate of Excellence of the Year 2016 from the most recognized social site TripAdvisor

TRIP HIGHTLIGHTS

  • Amazing magnificent Himalayan views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna and more snowcapped mountains and Iconic villages by flying.
  • Amazing magnificent Himalayan views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna, etc.
  • Fusion of Unique Nepali and Tibetan culture in the local area.
  • Breathtaking high altitude pass, Larkya La (5160 mtr)
  • Iconic villages such as, Mu Gompa, Lho, Samagaun, Bhimthang, etc.
  • Beautiful Monasteries high altitude lakes, glaciers sustaining views of mountains.
  • Lots of flora and fauna
  • Of the beaten paths and an amazing experience.
  • Unspoiled and non-commercialized trekking route.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Check Into hotel.


  • Airport pick up and hotel transfer
  • Rest of the day is free at leisure
  • Overnight stay at your hotel in Kathmandu
You will be warmly welcomed at the airport by our office representative and then you will transfered to hotel.

Day 2: Trek preparation and Kathmandu Sightseeing


  • Hotel breakfast
  • Pick up by our team and head to our office for your trek briefing and preparation
  • Afternoon sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Kathmandu Durbar Square
    • Swayambunath Monkey Temple
  • Drop of at your hotel
  • Overnight in Kathmandu
 
Our staff will give brief explanation about the program .  you will visit  cultural heritages, which includes some of the famous world heritages sites like, Swyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square....

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Mu-Gumpa (3,700m) by Helicopter and explore Tsum-Valley


  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • Pick up by our team and transfer to the airport.
  • A scenic Heli  flying of  half an hour to Tsum  from where we begain this trek  of the Manaslu Region.
  • Explore Mu Gumpa, and Ganesh Himal base camp
  •  Dinner and overnight stay in Mu-Gompa  Monastary.
Traveler’s note: TSUM VALLEY”  Tsum literally means vivid. This is taken as a hidden valley which lies in Gorkha District 150km west from the capital Kathmandu. The destination is full of natural beauty with the shear khola(river), big flat landforms ,hills and mountains seen from every corners of the valley. The trekking permits opened very recently in 2008, which gives an opportunity to see hidden beauty of flora & fauna. With the co-operation and pleasing nature of local people, the area has been declared as non-violence & Buddhism in 2012.Due to the reason, you will see the close view of Himalayan Thar & Blue ship moving around in huge groups. So far the history is concerned, it has got 700 years of past history with Mani, Chaitya, chorten with Tibetan origin of people living since the past.Another special features of this area,Lera Gompa,Rachen Gompa_only ladies Buddhist monks(Aani),Mu Gompa_only gents monks(Dhawa).It is highly believed that Guru Milerapa had a tough meditation in same area which is proved by footprints available there which it tooks 15 minutes walking from the Burji Gaun.The Culture,dress,food and festivals of local people taken the public attentions. The panaroma view of Ganesh Himal Sringi Himal and naked hills makes more interesting. The famous kyimu lung a pilgrims circuit in the central trans Himalaya which is a popular centre of learning and meditations, transverse the Tsum valley and Manaslu Area in Nepal.
 

Day 4: Mu Gompa trek down to Chumling (2,386m) 6/7 Hours


  • Breakfast and departure
  • Today we head back to Chumling to continue our trek westwards
  • The trail is mostly downhill and easy going
  • Dinner and overnight stay back in Chumling village

Day 5: Chumling trek to Deng (1,860m) 5/6 hours walking.


  • Breakfast and departure
  • We retrace our steps back towards Philim
  • Here we head towards the direction of Ghap
  • Following the trail until reaching Deng village
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Deng
Traveler’s note:   Today our destination  is Deng.  where  You can try local food with good test . On proceeding further you cross the Siyar Khola bridge and reach a junction where the trail separates to Tsum valley on your right. Like this we walk and reach Deng and we will spend over night there.

Day 6: Deng trek to Namrung (2,630m)


  • Breakfast and departure
  • Starting by heading down to the riverside
  • After crossing the bridge an upwards climb takes us to Ranagoan
  • From here we trek further to Bihi Phedi
  • The trail splits in to two and we take the right side trail to Ghap
  • After passing through Ghap village we climb up to Namrung
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Namrung village
 
Traveler’s note: Today we get clear views of the Ganesh, Shingri and Kutang Himal.

Day 7: Namrung trek to Lho (3,180m) 4 Hours walking.


  • Breakfast and departure
  • Permit check post and start the trail towards Lho
  • Following the path through Lihi Gaon
  • Continue downwards to Sho Goan
  • It’s not long before we reach the village of Lho
  •  Lunch ,Dinner and overnight stay in Lho village.
 
Traveler’s note: The eight highest mountain the world, Mt Manaslu comes in sight today! Today is the first day to see Manaslu and specially the real exciting view of Larke gonna start from today. and also  we  gonna  see most of the locals clad in traditional Tibetan dress while walking in the way to Lho. from this day we will move towards the high quite altitude, So  it is  recommended  to walk  walk slowly and check your body signs by bring carful.  

Day 8: Lho Trek to Samagau (Ryo) (3520 m) 4 hrs walking.


  • Breakfast and departure
  • Today is a short trek as we head gradualy up towards Sama (Ryo)
  • Stopping in Shyala to take in the amazing 360 degree Himalayan view
  • We head further until reaching Sama (Ryo)
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Sama (Ryo) Village
 
Traveler’s note: Sama is localy more known as Samagaon, gaon meaning village. Today incredible views await of the,  Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Nadi Peak, Naike Peak, Kutang Himal and the Pangbuche Himal. Shyala is the first town we gonna have today which is one of the best view point of this region to see 360 degree only mountain from town.

Day 9: Sama (Ryo) Acclimatization day


  • Breakfast
  • A well-deserved acclimatization day is planned today
  • After breakfast we can take a hike to get more used to the high altitude
    • Option 1: hike around Birendra Lake and Manaslu Base Camp
    • Option 2: hike up to the Pungen Gumpa
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Sama (Ryo)
Traveler’s note: Samagaun is a village development committee in Gorkha District in the Gandaki Zone of northern-central Nepal. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 665 and had 179 houses in the village. Today is an acclimatization day, we can hike around Birendra lake/Manaslu Base camp or Pungen Gumpa etc. discuss with guide which one gonna be best one according your fitness and desire.

Day 10: Samagau-Trek to Samdo (12,713 feet / 3,875 m) 3/4hrs walking.


  • Breakfast and departure
  • It’s a relatively short trek today up to Samdo
  • Due to the high elevation we take it slowly while climbing upwards
  • By lunch time we reach Samdo village
  • In the afternoon we can rest or take a hike up to Samdo Peak
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Samdo
 
Traveler’s note: the views of Mt Manaslu from Samdo Peak are just incredible is you have the stamina it is worth hiking up there. Samdo is a well-known Tibetan refugee camp. After spending a hole day and 2 night on samagau we start our treks towards the samdo  or close to hiking options . samdo has excellent views of Manaslu along with other Himalayan ranges including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo, and possibly Kang Guru behind the pass. Here we can many kinds of  beautiful mountain birds like the Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal), .we can see yak, houres,  mountain mouse, bluesheep etc.

Day 11: Samdo to Dharamsala (14,633 feet / 4,460 m) 4/5hrs walking.


  • Breakfast and departure
  • Today we head to the foot of the Larya La, Dharmasala
  • The trail leads us slowly upwards until reaching our overnight stop
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Dharmasala
 
Traveler’s note: tomorrow we face our first pass the Larkya La at 5,160 meter, better take a good night rest and prepare your camera batteries. Did you know that Dharmasala is also known as Larkya Phedi ? After  breakfast, today we move through the samdo to Dharamsala you will pass a seasonal Tibetan market called Larke Bazaar beside to the Budi Gandaki Rive.  you'll see many traditional monasteries. While walking towards the dharamsala . we will do shorter hike leaves time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon in dharmsala.

Day 12: Dharmasala to Bhimtang (3,590m) via Larkya La Pass (5,160m) 7/8 hours walking.


  • Early breakfast and departure
  • The trail goes slowly up until reaching the Larkya La pass
  • At the Pass we take a break to enjoy the amazing views
  • After finishing our crossing the trail leads downhill to Bhimtang
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Bhimtang village
 
Traveler’s note: from the Larkya La Pass we get some amazing views of the Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kung, Kang Guru and the Annapurna II. All above 6,000 meter mountains!  Today is one of the crucial and most waited day of the trip for great view and adventure.  (7-8 hrs) Once you got in Bhimthang, it might be best accommodation of the trek and right place to celebrate great success of Larke La.

Day 13: Bimthang to Tilije ( 2,300 m/7,546 feet ) 5/5hrs. walking


  • Breakfast and departure
  • We hike downhill for the most part of the day
  • After a good 4 hours we reach the village of Ghoa
  • From here we continue downwards to Tilje
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Tilje village
Traveler’s note: waking up early today allows for an amazing sunrise view from the teahouse. After  passing the top peek of  the world  we are in the bimthang by having and we are starting our next journey towards the tilije .tilije is the beautiful village with beautiful people of there local culture  . In tilije we can have  good hotels and we can find free wi-fie after crossing the mountain.

Day 14: Tilije trek to Dharapani and drive to Besisahar by jeep. 6/7 hours.


  • Breakfast and departure
  • Following the trail  down to Dharapani.
  • The path leads us through pine forests and several small villages
  • Lunch in Dharapani arrange jeep  to Besisahar.
  • After Lunch Drive to Besisahar.
 
Traveler’s note:  This  is our last day of massive  Tsum-Valley and Manaslu circuit trek,  after arrive Besisahar by 4 hours driving,  get into the  town, good food and drinks  then  plan for the further days.

Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu or Pokhara by Tourist Bus 5/6 hrs. driving.


  • Breakfast and departure
  • Drive to your destination:
 
Traveler’s note: Guide  and porters will drive back to kathmandu, if  our clients would have time  we recommend them  to spend few nights in Pokhara,  which is a beautiful touristic town of Nepal.  so we transfer to pokhara or if no time then together drive back to kathamndu.

                                                                                                                   Have an wonderful trekking

What's included

  • Airport pick up and drop off by Car, jeep, Hiace or Bus. Depends on the number of arrives.
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner according to the suitability of our client’s time.
  • Beginning two nights stay on arrival in Kathmandu in tourist standard hotel with breakfast included (twin share basis)
  • Fly from Kathmandu to Mu-Gumpa (3,700m) by Helicopter and way back to Kathmandu or Pokhara by Tourist Bus
  • All necessary trekking and restricted area permit & fees, (Entry Permit, Manaslu conservation area permit, Annapurna conservation permit, Manaslu Restricted area special permit and TIMs cards).
  • OPTIONAL: Three meals a day during the trek (If of required, we provide meal during the trekking)
  • OPTIONAL: All accommodation during trek (If of required we arrange all accommodation)
  • An experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, first aid trained Manaslu special trekking guide and assistant guide (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • An expert Manaslu local porter (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Duffel bag, (to be returned after trip completion), complementary trekking maps. If needed down jacket and sleeping bag will be provided in rent.
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, transport, food and accommodation.
  • Rescue arrangements if necessary.
  • Basic First-aid kit (carried by your trekking guide)
  • All government and local taxes for Trekking, Agency service charge and government tax/vat.
  • Achievement Certificate

What's not included

  • International airfare and Nepal visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than in the scheduled itinerary
  • Meal and accommodations in mountain. (can be arranged by company as per the package agreement )
  • Personal insurance which covers medical, emergency evacuation, loss or theft of property.
  • Personal gears and equipment.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, Wifi, etc
  • Entry fees and costs in sightseeing (temples, monasteries, etc)
  • Tips and gratitude provided to guide and porter.

Good to Know

  • Unspoiled and non-commercialized trekking route.
  • Of the beaten paths and an amazing experience.
  • Lots of flora and fauna
  • Beautiful Monasteries high altitude lakes, glaciers sustaining views of mountains.
  • Iconic villages such as, Mu Gompa, Lho, Samagaun, Bhimthang, etc.
  • Beautiful high altitude pass, Larkya La (5160 mtr)
  • Fusion of Unique Nepali and Tibetan culture in the local area.
  • Amazing magnificent Himalayan views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna, etc.

FAQ

Climate of Manaslu
Manaslu region is best described as Sub-Tropical Monsoon general predictable and pleasant. The monsoon is approximately from the end of June to the third week of September. 80 percent of rainfall is by this durations and remaining of the year is dry. Spring and autumn are the best seasons for the trekking, peak climbing, expedition and others. It has been classified into between four and six seasons, which are as follows.
Best time for Tsum Valley-Manaslu Trek
The best time to trek Tsum Valley-Manaslu  is during autumn i.e from September to November. During this time the views of Himalayas are clear with fewer chances of rainfall. Similarly, Spring months i.e from March to May is also a good time for trekking to Manaslu. This is the time when the beautiful floras cover the dense forest. It offers you a magical experience while trekking. Winter months like late December, January and February are the less preferred time for Tsum Valley-Manaslu trek. Because the Larkya La pass (5160.M) is dangerous during extreme snow condition.
How long does the trek goes for?
Generally the trek depends on your interest and places that you want to do trekking. You can accommodate day hikes, cultural visits to local villages, and relaxing rest days on your trek. The trekking is depending upon your holiday.
What permits I need for the Tsum Valley-Manaslu Trek?
Permit must be organized through a registered trekking agent . 2 & 3 you can get yourself from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu, but much less headache to let your agent arrange. Note, the TIMS card is not required when you purchase a restricted area permit.You’ll need to provide passport & photographs.Because of the Restricted Area Permit, the Government of Nepal can track how many trekkers a company is sending to these areas, estimate the number of staff sent with them and the approximate income to the trekking company and then tax accordingly. Hence few companies will offer permit only without a guide
Is there any ATMs facility available during Manaslu trek?
There is no ATM facility available during the Manaslu circuit trek. You can get ATM  facility before and after the trek in Arughat and Besishar but not during the trek. Thus you have to take enough money from Kathmandu before you start the trek.
What types food will be available?
We’ll be serving traditional trekking food such as dal bhat (the Nepali national dish of rice, dal and vegetables), pasta, soups, potatoes, bread, fruits, eggs. We’ll try where possible to use fresh local goods. We’ll serve portions big enough to match your calorific needs. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know.
Is internet and battery charge service available?
Battery charge and internet facilities are available in the transit houses where the travelers are needed to pay the charge for using these service. If the traveler has a local sim card then it would be easier for him/her to use the mobile internet service.
What about insurance?
Insurance is significant factor for the safety of travelers to use against the unforeseen circumstances. The insurance should cover emergency helicopter transportation cost and accidental issues. Mostly we suggest insurance in case of emergency evacuation which will be reliable and safety of the traveler.
Does the company gives pick up service?
Yes pick up and drop off service is available 24/7 in our company . The representative of our company will be there to receive our clients outside the arrival of TIA (Tribhuvan Internation Airport) holding the name of him/her in the brochure. They will guide our clients towards the booked hotels in private transportation. 
Does your company gives Helicopter service?
Yes offcourse, we provide Helicopter service to our clients in both way i.e. drop off and pick up service from the mountain.
Can I trek solo?
Trekking solo in Tsum Valley-Manaslu is forbidden. You have to trek in a group or with a partner. if you are unable to find a trekking partner, please keep on touch we can make some arrangement.
Why do I need a guide and porter for Tsum Valley-Manaslu Trek?
Tsum Valley-Manaslu trek is restricted area trek where you need a special permit from Nepal government immigration department. Guide and porters are very important during your Tsum Valley-Manaslu trek. Guides know the different trekking trails. Not only that guides explain about community and cultures their lifestyles. The guide will book your accommodation and everything in advance even during high season. You will have good communication with local people with guides. On the other hand, you can also hire guides cum porter where guides carry your baggage and also do guiding as well.
What are the tips for avoiding altitude sickness in Tsum Valley-Manaslu trek?

There are some tips to which our company would like to guide for the travelers to avoid altitude sickness.

  • Avoiding the drinks which contains the caffeine added, smoking and alcohol
  • Travel slowly concerning your health
  • Drinking more amount of water i.e. minimum 3-4 liters per day
  • Being familiarized with the environment and having a healthy foods and beverage
  • Continuing with Diamox if needed, it is carried for the backup
  • We prefer Garlic soups to sustain the environment
Is trekking poles necessary?
While travelling through the rough roads trekking poles helps to walk easily for the trekkers. We prefer to use it for the travelers because it balances your body and legs to travel safely.
Is it difficult to trek in Tsum Valley-Manaslu ?
The travelers are not need to do vertical climbing so there is no any need of ropes and ice picks. The travelers should be healthy in order to walk and stay in the evolving climate. As long as the traveler can sustain in the environment and walk for 6-7 hours per day the trekking is no more difficulty. The potters are also available for sharing the bags during the trip. The potters availability will be according to the travelers concern.
What if I don’t feel well during the trek?
We prefer our clients to take a personal health kit as a safety of their health. If dizzy or weak is felt then the guide will be there to help you. The traveler must take a rest and keep themselves warm until the medical support is available.  If no any progress them the guide will carry the patient down. Helicopter rescue is given for the serious issues.
Is there the availability of gear in Nepal?
Yes, definitely. Our company will assist you to the shops where knock-off gears will be available in Kathmandu. The gears will be also available in rent in case the trekkers don’t want to buy.