Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Public Vehicle
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse or Lodge
  • Group Size: 16
  • Max Elevation: Larke Pass (5213m)

Highlights

  • Raw and unexplored landscapes and biodiversity.
  • Majestic view of Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Ngadi Himal, Sringi Himal, Simrang Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges.
  • A unique blend of Tibetan and Nepalese culture.
  • The Larke pass, Gorges, monasteries, hamlets.
  • Ganesh Himal base camp.
  • Trekking towards Tibet-Nepal border.
     

Description

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is another adventure in your path of the Manaslu circuit. It reaches near the Nepal-Tibet border. A beautiful valley of Tsum offers you Tibetan culture, Buddhism and lots of monasteries. This hidden valley is in the middle of beautiful Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. Passing through Manaslu Conservation Area during this Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek, you will also visit the base camp of Ganesh Himal. Manaslu circuit is popular among trekkers in Nepal.

This trek starts at Sotikhola and ends at Besisahar. It is one of the best trekking circuits in Nepal. It will take 20-21 days to complete this circuit. The government of Nepal permitted trekking of this circuit only in 1999. This trekking route follows an ancient salt trading route through Budi Gandaki. The entire circuit is more than 177 km.

The route follows Kathmandu to Sotikhola, trek to Machhakhola, trek to Jagat-Lokpa-Dumje-Nile and Mu Gumba. After your day at Mu Gumba, the journey starts one again with a trek to Chumling, Deng, Namrung, Lho, and Samagaun. Another acclimatization takes place at Samagaun.

Then, we follow the trails of Samdo, Dharamshala, Larke Pass, Bhimtang, Tilije, Dharapani, and Besisahar. You will finish your journey here and back to Kathmandu. You will have the best trekking experience in this circuit because it is new and unexplored. 

Itinerary

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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek trek starts from here. Pack your bags, have your breakfast and recharge yourself to add a new chapter in your life. A ride from Kathmandu starts when you take a bus to Dhading Besi. Better get a window seat so you can enjoy the green hills, terraces, rivers, and cultivation.

To reach Sotikhola, you will have to travel through Arughat bazar which takes around 6-7 hours. It is a small town with the Newari settlement. Depending upon the road condition, type of vehicle, speed of vehicle it takes another 1-2 hours to reach Sotikhola.

You have to cross Trisuli and Budhi Gandaki River to reach Sotikhola. Gurung and Magar people and their cultivated land will welcome you. You have to stay here.

Estimated time: 6-7 hours drive

  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Sotikhola
  • Altitude: 710m

Machha Khola (Fish River) lies at an elevation of 869 m. You will start trekking from Sotikhola to Machhakhola. Crossing the suspension bridge of Sotikhola through a forest of Sal until you reach a ridge.

Passing through the rocky trails you will reach Khursane. With the incredible view of the Annapurna circuit between Bahundanda and Syange, you will soon reach to rice terraces of Lapubesi.

Lapubesi is a small Gurung village. After this, your path widens and you will follow sandy riverbed below the steep. After walking some time you will reach Khanibesi and see the majestic Ganesh Himal.

Acknowledging all these beauties you will reach Machhakhola. With a number of tea shops and lodges, you can freshen up and stay here. 

Estimated time: 6-7 hours walk

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Machha Khola
  • Altitude: 869m

It is already the 3rd day of Manaslu and Tsum valley trek. From Machhakhola we trek towards Khorlabesi. In order to reach there, you must pass through Tharo Khola. Khorlabesi is again another small but beautiful Gurung Village.

The journey from Khorlabesi includes many high and low Terrence. Walking through this trail you will reach Tatopani. It is a famous natural hot spring and you can enjoy it for some time.

Continuing your trek, you have cross two rivers that are Budhi Gandaki and Yaru Khola. You must climb the stone stairs and reach down again following the trial path. You will now see police check post and by showing your trek permit you are now allowed to ascend towards the astounding village of Jagat.    

Estimated time: 6-7 hours walk

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Jagat
  • Altitude: 1340m

Now you have already shown your permit, so be ready to enter into the restricted area of Tsum valley. It will take you 5-6 hours to reach Lokpa.

Before you reach Lokpa, you will enjoy the morning view of beautiful Shiringi. You will now follow trials along with the river. After crossing the bridge of Ghata Khola, it will take you to Philim village. Philim is a village with cultivated land and generous people. Philim village has a Japanese made school and police station.

As you pass by Ekle Bhatti, you will find two routes, separated towards Tsum and Manaslu. Repeating the ascents and descents of the trek, you will now enter through welcome-board and trek towards Lokpa. The isolated and hidden valley of happiness is another name for Lokpa village. Your destination for today is Lokpa and you will stay here.

Estimated time: 5-6 hours walk

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Lokpa
  • Altitude: 2240m

Please carry your energy bars and snickers today. Today is a long trek in this Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek journey. It will exceed 7 hours. The silence of the tropical forest is waiting for you. Uphill and ridges will be common for you.

If you are lucky enough, you would see Boudha Himal and Ganesh Himal. You will now reach to Ganesh Himal base camp. On continuing further you will find two trails leading towards Ripchet and Chumling. You will follow the route towards Chumling.

You will cross the Syare khola reach Chumling village. Chumling is a beautiful village that lies in the southern part of Shingri himal. It is also called the lower Tsum.

Throughout this journey, you will see the forest covered with Rhododendron. Chumling has three monasteries: The Panago Gompa, Mani Dhungyur and Gurwa Gompa.

You trek towards Dumje village from Chumling. It is quite beautiful and you will rest here today.

Estimated time: 7 hours walk

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dumje
  • Altitude: 2460m

After having your breakfast get ready to explore more about Manaslu trek. From there you will continue the uphill journey to Chhokangparo. It is one of the most exciting parts of Manaslu trek Tsum valley trek.

Local people welcome you with traditional Tibetan chiya that is butter tea and some meal. It is better to take some precautions because you might feel the sigh of altitude sickness once you ascend from Chhokangparo. Keep yourself hydrated.

Now you will head towards the upper part of Tsum. It is beautiful and cold. Uphill, downhill, the dense forest will continue as your companion on this journey. You may also visit Melarepa cave.

After continuing walking you will reach Nile. It is the last village before you reach upper Tsum. It lies on the west side of Shiar Khola. Chule comes before Nile. Nile is 20 km further than Chule. You will stay here at Nile.  

Estimated time: 7 hours walk

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Nile
  • Altitude: 3361m

You will be close to the Tibet-Nepal border when you reach Mu Gumba. It will approximately take you 6-7 hours. It will be a long tiring day. It is a very famous and religious place in this entire circuit. You will continue walking through the west bank of the valley.

Mu Gumba is the largest monastery in this region. Mu Gumba monastery has more than 100 monks. Images of Padmasambhava, a statue of Avalokiteshwara and some religious books are also here in this Gumba.

You feel amazed and influenced by the Tibetan landscape and culture. Towards the east, you will also see Lungdang glacier. The view is enchanting and the prayers are soul-fulfilling. You will stay here today. 

Estimated time: 6-7 hours walk

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Mu Gumba
  • Altitude: 3710m

Today you will adapt to this climate and temperature. You will roam around and explore the Mu Gumba area.

During Monsoon people around here goes up to 5000m to collect Yarsagumba that is a medicinal herb. It is half caterpillar and half-plant in nature. The prize of this medicinal herb is really high.

There are two passes in the east and west part of this region. On the east side, you have Mailatasachin Pass (5093 m) and towards the west side, you have Thapla Bhanjyang (5104 m). You can also walk to the base camp of Pika Himal.

You can also climb to Kalung (3820 m) or Bhajyo (4030 m) and camp there. You can also take permits to go to Tibet and spend some time there.

600 years old Dhephu Doma Gomba (3900 m) is 35-40 minutes’ walk uphill on the western track. They practice Buddhism run by Lama. There are chances that you can also see snow leopard and musk deer.  

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Mu Gumba
  • Altitude: 3710m

Your exploration of Mu Gumba area is over now. This is another stage in the journey of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. Now it’s time to trek to Rachen Gumba. It is in the middle of the Shiar Khola Valley. It will take your 3-4 hours.

You will now enjoy the trek downwards. You will trek down to the valley through Chule. Continue downwards as far as Phurbe. It is a small Sherpa village. There are a few homestays that provide good food.

From 1905 AD Rachel Gumba is here. It is one of the largest nunneries in Tsum valley. The interior of this Rachel Gumba is full of historic murals about Buddhism. At Least one member of the family is either monk or nun in this valley.

Estimated time: 3-4 hours walk

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Rachen Gumba
  • Altitude: 3240m

You will follow the same trial as before. You will trek down to the valley of Chumling.

Leaving all those beautiful villages and landscapes now you will move towards the Lower Tsum.

It is a beautiful and largest village in this area. You will stay here because a proper accommodation facility is available here. 

Estimated time: 7-8 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Chumling
  • Altitude: 2385m

Deng village is small and beautiful village. You will continue to move downwards. It will take you 4-5 hours

While descending you will get a company of Ganesh Himal and Mount Manaslu. It feels like the forest is calling your name and urging you to stay longer.

You will face difficult paths here, be careful. You will cross the Budi Gandaki River. The bamboo forest will be welcoming you. You have cross another river that is Deng River to reach Deng village. 

Estimated time: 4-5 hours walk

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Deng
  • Altitude: 1860m

Following Budi Gandaki River, you will start your journey from Deng village. By crossing the river and walking uphill you will reach to Rana.

From Rana, you will not find the trails straight and easy. This path is most zigzag in Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek trek. It is confusing in most places.

Passing waterfalls and streams you will have to climb the stone steps. Walking after 3 hours you will reach the Shringi Khola suspension bridge. After crossing this bridge you will follow the trials towards Ghap village.

After having lunch here you will follow green fields and enter into a deep forest. You will also see the waterfall here. After crossing the river on the wooden bridge and climbing a few hours you will reach your destination that is Namrung.

Namrung is a door to upper Nuri. It is full of Tibetans’ population.

Estimated time: 6-7 hours walk 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Namrung
  • Altitude: 2630m

You will have to trek uphill from here. Namrung is in low altitude but Lho is in high altitude. This trial is full of Barley fields. Lihi will be the next destination for you and it is full of houses and beautiful chortens.

Himal chuli 7893m is standing straight on the south side of Lihi whereas Ganesh towards east. The trail descends towards the valley of Simnang which will also lead to Hinang River. You can see Ngadi chuli 7873m from the river where you can also see some chortens.

Now it is time to climb up the Shrip. After a steep climb you will reach the ridge where Lho village is waiting for you. For the first time in this entire journey, you can see Manaslu North and Naike himal clearly through this Lho village.

Ribung monastery lies above the Lho village. There is a place called Kani which is perfect for sunrise and sunset view. Since you will stay here it is better to go for sunset in the evening and sunrise in the early morning. 

Estimated time: 3-4 hours walk

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Lho
  • Altitude: 3180m

Today you will only take a short hike to Samagaun which will take you 2-3 hours. While following this route Mount Manaslu is all over you.

Splendid view of Manaslu only makes your walk easier. The trial goes up following Shyala village 3520 m with a dense forest of pine and Rhododendron.

Another 1 hour is a must to reach Samagaun. As you come closer to this village the mountains start disappearing and you will see green pastures, yaks and lots of houses made up of stones. Samagaun is a large village and you will stay here tonight.

Estimated time: 2-3 hours walk

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Samagaun
  • Altitude: 3500m

Due to this altitude, it is almost mandatory to stay here in Samagaun. Today is a day of rest.

The exploration of Samagaun is today’s task. This large and beautiful village needs your whole attention. You can hike to Birendra Tal and Anie Gompa. If you are strong enough and want to use this time other than resting then visiting Pungyen Gompa is best for you. From here you can view various glaciers.

You can also visit Manaslu base camp which would take you 6-7 hours round trip. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Samagaun
  • Altitude: 3500m

In the journey of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, his short but challenging trek passes. It will take you to Birendra Tal 3450 m. Trekking this part is tough during the winter season.

You will have to pass through Manaslu glacier. You will continue to pass and follow the river. Samdo village is also known as the Tibetan Refugee Village. Tibet is only a day walk from here.

You will see Juniper forest all around. But, landscape, culture, and lifestyle will still continue to amaze you. Samdo peak is visible from this village. Stay in this village. 

Estimated time: 2-3 hours walk

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Samdo
  • Altitude: 3860m

After your breakfast at Samdo, get ready and start walking. Wasting time here is not a good idea.

Wide trails will get you to Budi Gandaki River. Crossing this river and following the trail you will see mani wall. You have to climb through the juniper forest. If you are traveling in monsoon you can see lots of Mormont. You will also see Larkya glacier. You can only reach this place: Dharamasala after you climb the valley in front of you. You will have the best view of Mount Manaslu, Samdo, Nagdi chuli, and Simnang himal. You can also see Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and various other majestic mountains.

Dharamasala is seasonal village. Small rooms are available. You set your camp area here along with blue sheep and Himalayan goats. You may also encounter some snow leopards.

Estimated time: 2-3 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Dharamsala
  • Altitude: 4480m

You should start early and ascend towards Larke glacier which only ends to the top of the pass. Crossing this pass could be difficult because of heavy snowfall and strong wind all around.

You will have to climb over the ridge which is not difficult but long. Rocky underfoot as you are in the moraine would create some trouble walking.

As you walk forward, you will cross four frozen lakes, wouldn’t it be exciting? Colorful prayer flags are all over the pass. From the top of the pass, you will see Himlung 7126 m, Annapurna II 7937m, Kang guru 6981m and several others above 6000m.

Now you should step downwards. Be careful because the trail can be full of ice and snow. Through all these forest, mountain, glacier, waterfall you will trek towards Bhimtang. The view of Manaslu is unexplainable from this place. 

Estimated time: 7-9 hours

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Bhimtang
  • Altitude: 3720m

Trek towards the lower valley starts from here. Don’t get excited you are descending really low after all these altitudes. Be careful.

Continue your path along with the river and reach Hompuk village. A coniferous forest full of Rhododendron can persuade you to delay your journey but you shouldn't stop there. Follow the trials alongside the Dudh Koshi River.

Enjoy this height, vegetation, and scenery because from this stop you will decrease your altitude. Karche section is the landslides section so be extra attentive. From here you will steep and descends.

You will be now in Gho village. Continue from here to Tilije your final destination for today. Tilije is a Gurung village that is famous for brandy and you must taste it and have proper rest. 

Estimated time: 7-9 hours walk

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Tilije
  • Altitude: 2300m

This is the last day of trekking in this trek of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. You will drive towards Besisahar. Through the forest of shrubs, you will enter into Marshyangdi valley.

Before you join the busy settlement of Dharapani, you will join the newly constructed road. There is a police checkpoint before you reach Dharapani. From Dharapani either bus or jeep will take you to Besisahar.

After a long, tiring but satisfying journey to Manaslu Circuit, you will be in Kathmandu. Last day of the journey, you will dive along the river banks of Marshyangdi and Trisuli.

Terraces, rivers, hills, mountains, and landscapes will continue to amaze you. Final farewell to beautiful Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek.

Estimated time: 2-3 hours walk and 7-8 hours drive

  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1320m

What to Expect

  • Airport Pickup and Drop
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Local Bus Ticket (Kathmandu to Soti Khola)
  • Local Bus Ticket (Dharapani to Kathmandu)
  • English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation
  • All Trekking Permits (ACAP, MCAP, Tsum Valley Permit and Manaslu Special Permit)
  • Daily seasonal fresh fruits after dinner 
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • All Government and Local taxes
  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (WiFi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, Water, Shower, and Tea / Coffee)
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Drivers

Useful Information

Best Time for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Trekking in the winter season is best if you want cold weather and snow everywhere. September to early December is the best time for you.  March to April is another best time for you. The climate is clear and you can view everything. The mountains, rivers, forests, glaciers, lakes, just everything. The places that you have to miss due to the extreme cold, you can also visit this time. 

Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek Permits and Regulations

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek route is only opened in 1991. There are still a few legal obligations that you need to take care of. Special Restricted Area Permit is essential for Manaslu. A separate permit is also essential for Tsum. These permits obliged you to have a registered guide and a group of two or more. 

  • Fees include $US 100 for the first week (September-November) and then $US 15 per day. 
  • If you are traveling in (December-August) then fees of $US 75 compulsory for the first week then $US  10 per day.

For Tsum Valley, fees of $US 40 are essential for the first week as above. Trekkers’ Information Management Card (TIMS) is compulsory if you want to continue on Annapurna Circuit. If you are only traveling to the Manaslu circuit then this card is not required.

You will have to pay NPR 3000 for Manaslu Conservation Area Park if you belong to other countries beyond SAARC. For SAARC, the cost is NPR 1000 and NPR 100 for Nepalese citizens. Same prices for the Annapurna Conservation Area Park also.

Food and Accommodation

It is one of the remote trekking sites so prepare yourself to few tea houses and lodges. Rooms may not be big and clean enough.
When you stay in the village you will get proper food and clean rooms. You will get food as per their menu. Don't expect varieties in food and rooms.  You will get a chance to taste some Gurung as well as Tibetan food items.

Trek Difficulties

  • You will have to travel from 710m to 5106m so prepare yourself for altitude sickness issues.
  • You must walk 6-7 hours daily.
  • You may encounter snow leopard and other animals, don’t walk alone at night.
  • The remoteness of this trial only adds more difficulties.
  • Lodging and fooding may not be as you expected.

FAQs

What is Trekking, and how it is different than Hiking and Climbing?

Trekking is an activity of walking the natural landscapes (especially the side of the mountain) with a specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. Trekking is generally a multi-day walk, where you stay overnight at trails. 

It tests the trekker's physical ability, stamina, endurance, and also the psychological capacity. Trekking is different from hiking as trekking is a rigorous and challenging activity, whereas hiking is mainly a leisure activity. Hiking generally ranges from a single day walk. 

Climbing, on the other hand, is a much more challenging that requires various technical skills like abseiling, rope fixing, among others. A climber is much riskier requires specialized equipment, as well as rigorous training.

How many hours should I walk daily?

The trekking hours depend upon the trekking routes you choose. In general, a trek like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, Kanchenjunga treks requires five to six hours of walking on average. The duration also depends on your pace too. 

It is not advisable to trek more than 600m altitude in a day. Starting your trek early is key to avoiding the midday heat and arriving at your destination early. This leaves you enough time to rest, acclimatize, and explore the region.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

The level of difficulty depends on the trekking route such as Everest region treks, Annapurna region treks, and other remote area treks. It is also subjective to each individual and their level of endurance. A basic level of fitness is necessary to trek the high altitude region of Nepal with considerably challenging trails. 

Also Read: Manaslu Circuit Trek Difficulty 

Some regular exercise, including cardiovascular activities including but not limited to hiking, cycling, swimming, is a must. Trekkers must have a healthy heart, lungs, and joints. You must start the training regime at least two weeks before the trek.

Is Trekking recommended for all age groups of travelers?

Trekking in Nepal is ideal for all age groups. Trekking can be fun for children as well as for people in their seventies. You can choose the trek based on the difficulty level and suitability.

However, with children, you need to be extra careful in the high altitude regions as they cannot express their pain and fatigue properly. For older people, treks can get customized with accommodating enough rest, acclimatization, and cultural exploration.

You can opt for Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, as it is one of the most popular easy treks in Nepal. This trek is suitable for all age groups with children and family as well. 

Also Read: Top 10 Best Short Treks in Nepal

What is the minimum duration for trekking?

The minimum duration of trekking depends upon the trek destination and trail type. There are many treks that last around 3-8 days. 

These treks are short and specially designed for beginners. The trek journey can get modified by increasing or decreasing the rest and acclimatization days.

Do I need to get some training before doing Everest Base Camp Trek or any other trekking in Nepal?

Yes, a training regime at least two weeks before the Everest base camp trek is ideal. The training should consist of practice hikes, cardiovascular endurance (aerobic exercise), strength training, and mental strength exercises.

What are the basic tips for beginner trekkers who don’t have any experience?

The essential tips for beginners trekkers who don't have any experience are:

  • Walk at a slow but steady pace
  • Do not rush in your trek
  • Acclimatize and hydrate regularly
  • Pack all your necessities properly
  • Start early on your trek
  • Pre-book your trip

How safe is the water to drink?

The tap water in Nepal is unsafe to drink. The trekkers need to boil their water, use water purification tablets, or bottled water. In high altitude conditions, you need to boil water longer than at lower elevations. 

If you choose to carry or buy bottled water, you should always check if the bottle cap is properly sealed and not tampered. Water purification tablets and drops like Piyush, Water guard use chlorine solution to purify waters. 

You can use any of these methods and drink lots of water to reduce dehydration and cope with altitude sickness.

Where are we staying each night during trekking?

Nepal is famous for the teahouse treks. There are tea houses, lodges, guest houses all along the trails. You will stay at these accommodations each night on your trekking adventure. 

These accommodation facilities provide twin beds, a pillow, and a warm fuzzy blanket. You might find it challenging to find proper accommodation facilities along with the remote off the beaten treks. You might have to camp in such conditions. 

What is Teahouse Trekking Nepal?

The teahouses trekking means staying in a teahouse or lodge every night in your trekking journey. The tea houses offer necessary facilities of lodging and meal and allow trekkers to carry a minimum amount of gear. 

A teahouse can range from comfortable lodges, like in the Solu Khumbu region to a small bamboo hut in the remote trails of western Nepal.

Which are the permits required for trekking? Can I apply as an individual?

A TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems) card is a necessary trekking permit required for any trekking activity in Nepal. Besides that, you will need area-specific trekking permits at varied costs based on the region. 

For example, you will need an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) if you want to do the Annapurna Circuit trek permit and a Sagarmatha National park permit for the EBC trek. You can get the TIMS card and other area-specific permits at the office of the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu.

Is Travel Insurance compulsory while you travel to Nepal?

Yes, travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers traveling to the region. You must get an excellent travel insurance package that covers both the medical and emergency evacuation cost. A travel insurance package of a minimum of USD 100,000 is ideal.

What if I get sick in the mountains?

When trekking in the remote mountain areas, you will only get elementary medical facilities available or none at all. You can find the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) health posts run by western volunteer doctors at Pheriche and Manang in the Everest and Annapurna region, respectively. 

The doctors provide consultation and services if necessary. If you get severely ill or accidents, then you might as well need a helicopter evacuation back to Kathmandu or Pokhara.

How high is the chance to get altitude sickness? How will a guide help?

The chance to get altitude sickness is exceptionally high in these Himalayan regions. A guide will help you to acclimatize appropriately, which is a crucial step to avoid altitude sickness. The guide can also help you to recover in case you get altitude sickness or with any emergencies. 

How to avoid altitude sickness?

The primary key to avoid altitude sickness is to acclimatize properly. You should not gain more than 600m in altitude in the high altitude regions. Expert trekkers advise to take it slow and not to trek in a rush. 

Regular hydration with at least 5 liters of water is a must. You can also take precautionary tablets under the supervision of a medical professional if needed.

Why is the domestic flight specially to and from Lukla or Jomsom delayed?

The domestic flight to and from Lukla gets delayed frequently due to unfavorable weather conditions. The weather around the high altitude regions is quite unpredictable. 

Lukla airport is also one of the smallest airports in the world. The short runway means that multiple flights cannot land at the same time and can even cause unwanted delays.

Who will carry my backpack?

You can hire a porter for the high altitude trek. They will carry all your luggage that might include your trekking and sleeping equipment. Hiring a porter significantly reduces the weight off your back. 

You can carry a light daypack consisting of water, a camera, snacks, and rain gear. The heavy luggage will get carried by a porter. Some guides work as porters, as well. 

What are the food items that we can eat in the teahouse?

For breakfast, the tea houses provide a regular bread toast along with hot tea or coffee. For lunch and dinner, the staple dish of “Dal Bhat” gets served on the tea houses. The Dal Bhat is highly nutritious, with a balance of carbohydrates and protein. 

It consists of if rice, cereal, vegetables, lentils, spinach, meat, and pickles. Some tea houses do serve a limited variety of western cuisines like pizza, burgers, and pasta, as well. 

What are the services that we get from each teahouse?

The tea houses provide lodging and meal facilities. They provide a twin bedroom with a pillow and a fuzzy blanket. You will have to share a shared bathroom with fellow trekkers. The toilets are generally of squat style. 

Besides that, you will get all the meal facilities in the tea houses as well. You can get all the meals of the day i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the tea houses. The food might not be fancy but provides you with excellent nutrition and adequate energy for the trek. 

How safe is Nepal for solo woman traveler?

Nepal is generally safe for women travelers. The Nepalese society is quite conservative and has a specific idea of modest clothing. Dressing modestly by covering thighs and shoulders will save you from unwanted gaze on the streets. 

Female travelers should not travel alone, especially at late nights. You should also choose your guide wisely after a thorough background check. If you keep these things in your mind, you will remain safe while traveling in Nepal.

How much money should I bring for trekking?

A general estimate of $25 per day per person on average would be enough for trekking in Nepal. The food and accommodation costs are generally paid upfront and costs around $2 - $3 per bed. This also includes the food costs that are available provided in the teahouses. 

If you wish to take hot water showers or recharge electronic gadgets, it might cost you a couple of bucks more. If you are a budget traveler, spending frugally might get the costs down to $15. Overall, the rough estimate of $25 is ideal for the trek.

Are there any ATMs on the way to trekking routes?

There are no ATMs along the trail in the high altitude region. The last ATM can is in Namche and Lukla if you are trekking the Everest Base Camp region. You will have to use the ATM in Kathmandu and Pokhara and carry the necessary cash along with you in the trek. 

How much weight can one porter carry?

A porter generally carries 10kg per client, and they carry for two clients, which means they can carry a maximum of 20kg. However, it is advisable to reduce the amount of luggage and only take the necessary ones.

How many tips should we give to guide and porter?

The general unwritten but widely followed rule is to tip 15 percent of the total cost spent trekking. If you are trekking solo, the rule of thumb is to tip $5 per day or equivalent for guides and $2 to $4 per day or equivalent for porters. 

For group trekking, you can tip $10 per day for guides and $5 per day for porters. You can also tip as you wish based on the weight carried and the service provided.

What are the best seasons for trekking in Nepal?

The best time for trekking is the Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November). During spring, wildflowers, including rhododendrons bloom all over the trails. The clear skies and stable weather is the major attraction of the trek.

The autumn months of September to November is famous for its soothing climate and favorable temperatures. In addition to these perks, autumn is also a festive season with vibrant festivals Dashain and Tihar falling at this time of the year. 

The monsoon and the winters are generally avoided because of the risks and the challenges.  

Also Read: Best Time to Visit Nepal

What are the basic criteria for physical fitness?

Many people assume that they need to have an athletic strength to complete treks in Nepal, which is not true. A basic level of fitness with good stamina can easily lead you to success in the trails of Nepal. 

Some cardio (aerobic) exercises, including hiking, cycling, swimming, tai chi, etc. can help you gain fitness before the start of your trek. One important thing to consider is that the treks are not a race, so you need to maintain a gentle pace with sufficient breaks and acclimatization. 

If your fitness levels are on the higher side, you will enjoy the treks more and find more energy for extra activities.

Can I do trekking solo without a guide and porter?

Yes, you can trek solo in Nepal without a guide or a porter on many routes. If you come well prepared with a map or traveling a well-trodden path, you can trek pleasantly in solitude.

However, some restricted trails like Manaslu Circuit Trek do require a guide by compulsion. But there are risks of traveling without a guide mostly related to health issues and freak weather conditions. 

Also Read: Manaslu Circuit Trek Without Guide

Can you list out the packing list for trekking?

The packing list for trekking in Nepal are as follows:

Clothing

  • Trekking pants and jackets
  • Rainproof pants and jackets
  • Thermals underwear
  • Pair of Gloves
  • Short-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Long-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Woolen cap/ beanies
  • Insulating jackets
  • fleece-lined jacket
  • Lightweight Sweaters 
  • Trekking boots

First Aid

  • Band-aids
  • Anti-nausea Medicines
  • Sanitary pads/ Tampons
  • Mosquito repellent spray or ointment

Toiletries

  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo 
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer

Accessories

  • Cameras
  • Water Bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Chargers
  • Extra Batteries

Important Documents

  • Passport
  • Photo
  • Travel Permits

Can I recharge my camera batteries, phone, and other electronic batteries?

Yes, there are facilities for charging electronic gadgets like cameras, phones, and other electric batteries at an added cost. However, the charges are on the higher side, and charging time gets limited. Hence, carrying a solar-powered charger or power bank is a good option.

Can I get trekking gears and equipment on rent?

Yes, you can get any trekking gears and equipment on rent. The famous street of Thamel in Kathmandu is popularly known as “backpacker’s alley.” You can get all kinds of trekking gears and equipment, including sleeping bags, down jackets, trekking boots, for rent. 

There are many gears of knock-off brands that work surprisingly well. But you should always stay away from substandard stuff that might cause you nuisance along the trek.

Is laundry services available in teahouse?

There are a few laundry services available in places like Namche. However, in the high altitude region, these facilities get scarce. You will have to wash your clothes on your own in the sink. You can use a small amount of warm water to wash your clothes.

What is the weather like in Nepal?

There are five distinct seasons in Nepal. The summers are hot and wet, and the monsoons are wet with chances of landslides. The winters are cold with freezing temperatures in the high mountains. These seasons are not the best time to trek the region. 

The peak trekking seasons in Nepal are the autumn and the spring season. The autumn months come after the monsoon, and thus trekkers can enjoy the stable weather with perfect trekking temperatures. 

The spring is when the trails look its best. The beautiful wildflowers, including rhododendron bloom all over the trails and the scenic environment, makes the trek quite pleasant.

What types of trekking shoes or boots do I need to bring?

You will require waterproof, sturdy hiking boots for trekking the Himalayas in Nepal. There are various shops in and around Thamel in Kathmandu that lets you buy or rent specialized trekking shoes.

Trekkers do not necessarily require crampons, but if you are trekking on a snowy trail, crampons fitted trekking boots helps you get past the snow with ease. 

How will the travel company solve the problem in case of an emergency?

The guides and porters are adequately trained and skilled in handling emergencies. The travel agency is in communication with the team leader at all times through a mobile or a satellite phone. 

You will get immediate first aid and all necessary help if required. Helicopters are at standby positions in case the conditions get worse, and you need an emergency helicopter evacuation.

Are there any other outdoor activities besides trekking in Nepal?

Nepal is an adventure-lovers delight. There are many outdoor activities, including bungee jumping, paragliding, zip-lining, rafting, rock climbing, canoeing, jungle safari, and others in Nepal. You can choose the best one according to your desire and schedule.

How expensive or costly is to do trekking?

While the cost may vary according to the trails, in general, the cost of trekking ranges around $1000-$2500 on average, excluding the international flight costs. This cost includes food, accommodation, permits, guide/porter, and other fees.

Which were the trekking routes damaged by an earthquake in 2015?

The popular routes Annapurna Base Camp trek and the Everest Base Camp trek was not much affected by the earthquake in 2015. However, the pristine Langtang and Manalsu trekking region were severely affected. 

The landslide after the earthquake swept away many teahouses in the Langtang region, and more than 300 lives were lost. The quick rebuilding process led by the local community ensured that all the trekking routes get restored and repaired immediately. 

These trails are safer than ever for a trekking adventure. Trekking has since resumed in the Langtang region.

Where the most popular places to do trekking in Nepal?

There are many trekking trails in Nepal. Some of the famous trekking trails include the Everest Base Camp Trek in the Everest region. The Annapurna Circuit trek in the tranquil Annapurna region is also quite popular. 

The Upper Mustang trek, Manaslu trek, Langtang trek are also quite popular. Besides these, many off the beaten trekking routes are gaining popularity as well.

Does my guide carry a simple medical kit for general treatment?

Yes, the professional guides do carry a simple medical/ first aid kits. They are well trained and are adept at performing simple first aid if necessary. However, if the condition worsens, you will need professional medical help or even evacuation.

Do I need to carry a sleeping bag or not?

Although a warm blanket gets provided at the teahouses, carrying a sleeping bag is always a good option. The trails can get busy, and in freezing conditions, a single blanket might not be enough, and an extra blanket might not be available. Hence, a sleeping bag helps you get a good night's sleep after a long day of the trek.

What is the basic equipment do I need to bring for trekking?

The essential equipment you need to bring for trekking includes standard trekking gears and clothes, first aid kits, toiletries, and other accessories. The trekking gears and clothes include waterproof trekking jackets, sturdy boots, waterproof pants, gloves, and others. 

For first aid, you can pack band-aids, insect repellents, anti nauseant tablets, etc. You can also bring other accessories like a camera, charger, power banks, and others. 

Should I bring a tent or a mattress?

Since you will be staying in tea houses along the trek, a tent or a mattress is not necessary. The tea houses along the trail provide the facilities of bed, mattress, and blankets. 

However, if you wish to camp outside or want to trek the off the beaten remote trails, then you might need to bring your tent or mattress as the tea houses are scarce in these remote regions.

Where can I leave my personal stuff in Kathmandu when I am trekking?

You can leave your stuff in the guest houses and hotels where you will be staying in Kathmandu. These guesthouses have a unique service designed for trekkers who need to store their belongings while they go on a trek in the Himalayas. 

You can ask the caretaker to handle your backpack with care and also put up a large and visible name tag on the bags to avoid misplacement. The guesthouses readily agree to store your stuff as they can serve you further after your return from the trek.

How experienced is my trekking guide?

All our guides have been around the trekking scene for quite a while and are highly experienced. They are well equipped with proper knowledge regarding the trails and are quite pleasant and friendly. 

In case of any emergencies, the guides will prove to be a great helping hand as they are well versed in first aid. Many of them are fluent in English and other languages like French and German.

Are guides and porters insured in case of accidents while trekking?

Yes, all the guides and porters are duly insured with proper insurance in case of any accidents while trekking

Do guides and porters have proper gears?

Yes, guides and porters are well equipped with proper gear for the trek. The guides and porters are also provided with special medical/ first aid kits for emergency conditions.

Should I bring my personal medicine?

If you need to have certain medicines regularly, then you should bring your medicines on the trek. Besides that, you should also consult your doctor for any medication that you might need along the trek.

Do I need extra days in case of flight cancellation?

Adding a couple of days to your holidays is always a good idea. The flights in the Himalayan region are notorious for frequent delays or even cancellation based on the unfavorable weather conditions. A few additional days to your trekking adventure ensures that you can relax and trek without any hassle.

What is the visa cost for Nepal?

The new provision states that foreigners visiting Nepal on a 15-day multiple-entry tourist visa will have to pay $30 in fees. For a 30-day multiple-entry tourist visa, the cost is $50. The 90-day visa multi-entry tourist visas cost around $125.

Read More: The Complete Nepal Visa Guide 

Can I apply for the Nepal visa online?

Although most of the tourists apply for a visa on arrival, you can apply for the Nepal visa online in advance, as well. You can apply for the Nepal visa at most 15 days ahead of arrival in Nepal. The things required are the address of the hotel, a recent digital version of a passport-sized photo, and the filled application form online

Once you complete the submission process online, you can print out the confirmation receipt. You can display it to the Immigration officer upon your arrival at the airport and pay the proper amount to get your visa.

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