Manaslu opened to foreigners in 1991, inviting trekkers to enjoy the breathtaking views of the three lofty mountains, Manaslu (8,163m) Peak 29 (7,871m)and Himal Chuli (7,893m).
The region has innumerable flora and fauna. Dotted with old and traditional villages, life seems to have not changed in hundreds of years. The Tibetan Bhuddist culture is apparent at every turn, epitomised in the iconic monastry at Samagown Monastry.
The latest trek, opened in 2008, the Tsum Valley is a secret Himalayan pilgrimage area situated in a trans-Himalayan region of Gorkha, just over the hill from Tibet. Subsequently the traditions, language and ecomony provides possibly the strongest example of Tibetan culture within Nepal. The Tsum valley exhibits excellent displays of Buddhist art, traditional monasteries occupied with monk & nuns and retreat places of the great religious master Milarepa. Against a backdrop of agricultural life, and the roaring sound of the Buddhi Gandaki river this area is a cultural dream.
The basic Tea House and homestay accommodation of these areas are one of the highlights, as you enjoy the intimate hospitality of these warm and friendly people.
Trekking Options in Manaslu & Tsum
Around Manaslu 19 days (Moderate)
The trail rises and falls enclaved by the towering peaks on either side. Leading up to the high Larkya pass (4,500m), it links with the eastern part of the Annapurna circuit. A place of natural
beauty, cultural and religious importance.
Tsum Valley 22 days (Moderate)
Criss crossing the rivers of the Tsum valley through tall Rhododendrum & pine forests and open terraced fields, stopping at many traditional villages along the way. Panoramic views of the high peaks Ganesh Himal and Sringri Himal.
Manaslu and Tsum valley 24 days (insert level)
Beginning in Manaslu the route then forks up the Tsum Valley, taking in the cultural highlights. Returning via the high Larkya La pass (5213m) to take in the Annapurna range.