How many days are required for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek?
Actually, the core Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek itinerary takes 21-22 days but to fulfill the desires of modern travelers, the travel companies offer various Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek itineraries like 18 days and even 16 days. If you want to celebrate this trek to the fullest with sound acclimatization, you at least have to allocate 20 days. But, if you love adventure and have comprehensive fitness and stamina, then, you can do this trek either in 18 or even 16 days. So, it’s your choice which with which itinerary you go with.
What is the best season for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek?
The best season for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is Autumn but Spring will equally be mesmerizing. Both Autumn/Fall and Spring will delight you with natural wonders including the absolute wilderness, remoteness, and breathtaking mountain panoramas. Actually, there are no threats of weather extremes like snowfall and rainfall during these two seasons and the atmosphere will completely favor you and your trip and the entire trip will be more relaxed, memorable, and convenient.
What is the highest altitude of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek?
Larkya La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world, (5167 m / 16752 ft ) is the highest altitude of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek. The trek commences from Sotikhola or Machhakhola (930m) passing through Arughat Bazar. In order to get to Sotikhola and Machhakhola, we take a long drive of 7-8 hours from Kathmandu.
Will there be a hot shower, electricity, and Wi-Fi during the Trek?
Previously, a few years back, there was no facility of shower, electricity, or Wi-Fi on the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek but these days, many positive changes have occurred including electricity and Wi-Fi. Yes, you will be enjoying electricity and Wi-Fi throughout the trek. But, for electricity and Wi-Fi, you may have to pay a certain amount. For example, if you use Wi-Fi or change a device, you need to pay around Rs.100-200. Regarding hot showers, there are no modern bathrooms providing a shower and what you will do for show is: you will mostly use a bucket shower and the water will be hot which is provided by the local teahouses where you stay.
What are the symptoms of altitude sickness and how can I prevent it?
People may have various symptoms of altitude sickness but the very common symptoms of altitude sickness are:
- Stomach problems including indigestion
In order to prevent altitude sickness, we need to be very attentive once we go higher, especially, above 4000m. Take care of your meals. It means, having only fresh and well-cooked foods in the mountain. Secondly, along with the foods, you have to have fresh, purified, and boiled water all the time while doing trekking. Do not collect the water from local taps or rivers. Don’t smoke and drink heavily at higher elevations and ascend the high elevation with proper acclimatization. Don’t climb a lot in a day even though you are able to do so. Acclimatization is a must so as to avoid altitude sickness while going above 5000m. Also, don’t delay using general medicine if you have any above-mentioned symptoms so that the problem won’t get worse.
What if I get altitude sickness?
Actually, altitude sickness is not predictable. The mountain is always wild and anything can happen there. So, the most important thing is that we have been well-prepared and if in case you have such problems like altitude sickness, you should immediately respond to it, otherwise, you may have encountered some kind of nightmares. So, if you have altitude sickness follow the following measures:
- Use the right medicine according to the symptoms
- Report your problems to your guide
- Follow your guide
- Use hot soups and plenty of hot water
- Don’t panic/ don’t lose your confidence
- Walk down to a lower elevation
If the above mentioned measures still do not work, then, ask your guide to rescue you for the further treatment
What to do if I am alone and still I want to go for Tsum Valley Trek?
A solo traveler is not permitted to do Tsum Valley Trek. The government of Nepal and the Ministry of Foreign Affair has a clear policy not to allow an individual traveler to enter the area. You need at least people two to obtain the Tsum Valley Trek Permit and must accompany a guide. But, the porter is optional.
Is Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek difficult?
We must say, ‘yes’. Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek are only for those who love high-level adventure into the wild mountains. It is adventurous in the sense that you are going above 5000m and encountering an absolute wilderness and the thrills. At the same time, you are going to cross Larkya La Pass (5167m), one of the highest passes in the world which will really be strenuous and a thrill of a lifetime. And, still, you don’t really find the accommodation and item of food you want. You traveling to one of the most remote areas of Nepal. You also must be cautious about the weather extremes on the trail.
Do I need insurance for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek?
Yes, travel insurance is a must for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek. You must bring authentic travel insurance that can cover all the risks including your rescue evacuation from the mountain and medical expenses.
Is it mandatory to give tips to the guide and porter?
Actually, it is not, but, handing over something extra is expected. So, we suggest preparing at least just a little for your guide and porter. But, it doesn’t mean that you give just a little. You can give them as you wish. Your guide and porter will help you in many ways during your trip.