Manaslu & Tsum Valleys
The area north of Gorkha is one of the premier trekking areas in all of the Himalaya. Despite being halfway between the heavily touristed areas of Kathmandu and Pokhara, Gorkha has seen surprisingly little trekking traffic to date. This means you’ll be offered access to a more authentic cultural experience than would be possible on the very heavily trekked routes such as Everest and Annapurna.
This area offers moderate to challenging treking in an area that sees few other trekkers, having opened to tourism only in 2008! The area boasts quaint, sturdy villages where traditional culture is very much intact, and dramatic up- close views of some of the world’s tallest peaks, including number eight, Manaslu. Entering this region you’ll be surrounded by the pure Tibetan culture that has been incredibly ingrained into the society for centuries and you’ll get the chance to experience it all first hand.
Trekking Manaslu & Tsum Valleys Sample Itineraries
For those of you looking to get off the beaten path without spending the time in transit out of the major hubs in Nepal, this area is ideal. The culture is unique and while it is firmly grounded in history, the belief system has been maintained as a modern (and vital) piece of today's society. Time spent here, surrounded by the peaks, villages and fabulous trekking, is a wonderful way to truly understand the magic of the Himalayas. Itineraries can be as short as 10 days or as long as 30, they can range from moderate to very challenging and are best in April and October.
Heli-Trekking the Tsum Valley: Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: Depart USA | Day 3: Arrive Kathmandu | Day 4: In Kathmandu | Day 5: Drive to Gorkha | Days 6-14: on trek | Day 15: Picked up by the chopper and fly through the peaks of the Himalayas to Kathmandu | Day 16: in Kathmandu | Day 17: Depart Kathmandu | Day 18: Arrive home
Manaslu via Rupina La Trek: Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: Depart USA | Day 3: Arrive Kathmandu | Day 4: In Kathmandu | Day 5: Drive to Gorkha | Days 6-27: on trek | Day 28: Drive Besi Sahar to Kathmandu | Day 29: in Kathmandu | Day 30: Depart Kathmandu | Day 31: Arrive home