The Tsum Valley, also known as the Hidden Valley, a land of monasteries and hamlets with Tibetan population, lies on the northern part of Manaslu on the Nepal-Tibet border and used to be a restricted area until 2008.
The trek ascends the Gandaki River valley, which is full of many rivers and waterfalls, offering the chance of a plunge into some bathing pools. The Valley stands with a majestic backdrop of the Baudha Himal, Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and other mountain ranges. It has a long history of Buddhism. The legend believed that Milarepa meditated in the caves of the mountain. The biggest challenge then awaits—crossing the snow-bound Larkya La pass (5213m). As we cross, we see snow-covered peaks over 6500m towers above. While descending, one of the snow takes us through alpine then tropical areas, bursting with ferns, bamboo, pine trees, waterfalls and aqua-blue green lakes laced with cotton-white beaches. Finally, Manaslu will disappear as we descend to Beshishar (832m.)
Destination: Manaslu, Nepal
Trip Routes: Kathmandu - Soti Khola - Machha Khola - Jagat - Lhakpa - Chumling - Chhokang Paro - Nile; Mu Gompa and Dhephyudonma Gompa - Rachen Gompa - Gumba Lungdang; Ganesh Himal Base Camp - Bhi - Namrung - Lhogaon - Samagaon; Manaslu Base Camp - Sambo - Dharamasala - Bhimthang; Larkya Pass - Tilije - Beshisahar; Dharapani - Kathmandu
Activities: Trekking and Sightseeing
Season: February to May and September to December
It is always a good idea to involve yourself in doing physical exercises before trekking. Not that you have to be all athletic and muscular to trek. An average level of physical fitness will make the journey less stressful.
Availability of drinking water is not the problem. The problem is the cost of it at higher altitude. As you gain height, the price of water rises up to 2-3$ per liter.An alternative way of getting drinking water is by having your water bottles filled in tea houses. Tea houses will provide you boiled water for about 1$ per liter. They are completely safe for drinking.
Food is not of any concern while trekking. You will get all kinds of cuisines. For breakfast, tea houses will provide you with eggs cooked in your preferred style along with pan cakes, bread butter, roti, and so on.Various other dishes like pizza, pasta, momo, chowmein and many more are also available. The most preferred dish is Dal Bhaat. It is a typical Nepali meal. Rice is served with vegetable curry, lentils, tomato chutney and meat curry.
Trekking is an extreme sport and does come with a lot of risks. Some unavoidable risks are avalanche, heavy rainfall, earthquake, landslide and other such natural calamities.You might fall and injure yourself or catch some viral flue. The deadliest risk of trekking is AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness. This sickness occurs when a great altitude is gained and the body fails to adjust to the changing pressures associated with it. Anyone can fall a victim of the sickness and if not treated in time, it can be fatal.
There is no such hard and fast rule that you must have one. But it is highly advisable to travel with them. Some of the treks cannot be trekked without a guide most of them are the restricted ones.
Showers are available at the teahouses. They will usually be shared bathrooms in most teahouses, especially the higher up you go. You will have to pay for a hot water shower per person.