Manaslu Circuit Trek/Tsum Valley

I am currently living in Patan, Nepal where I am an artist and researcher. I plan to take a break from my work here to trek in the Manaslu/Tsum Valley area. I would like to begin a trek between November 18-21, and will need to be back in Kathmandu by December 8th. This gives me 18-21 days, though the trek need not be that long. I would like to stay in teahouses/lodges. I’ve always carried my own bags in the past, but if my trekking buddy is open to it, I would love to share a porter between both of us to lighten our load and be able to enjoy ourselves a bit more. We will need a guide as well.

I was initially thinking about doing the Manaslu Circuit, but I have been hearing wonderful things about Tsum Valley.

I am a moderately paced trekker. I don’t mind long days, but I also enjoy taking a few photos and short breaks to take in the views and culture. I speak a bit of both Nepali and Tibetan so I usually chat playfully with local people along the route. It makes it more fun. 🙂

If this sounds about your speed, let’s talk plans and meet up!

UPDATE: I met a few great folks to trek with and we head out soon. Happy trekking, everyone! 🙂



4 replies
  1. Hi Joy,

    I arrive in Kathmandu Nov. 20 in the evening. I need to get permits and rent gear, so could potentially depart early afternoon on the 21st. Would that work with your schedule?

    I’ve done some backpacking in Utah, Patagonia, and Japan and consider myself moderate speed. And I do like to take breaks to soak in the scenery!


  2. Hi Joy,

    Your plans and time frame sound very similar to mine. I also have been hearing nice things about the Tsum Valley, and am thinking I should include it. I’ve hiked a lot, and trekked several times in the past here, but like you, am not sure how my body is going to hold up at my increasing age! 🙂 Sharing a porter to make the walk more relaxed and fun could be a good idea! I arrived in Kathmandu yesterday, and am getting up to speed, not rushed to leave, so if you are in the area and want to have a coffee or something one day, let me know. My number is 98030 46354.
    Best, Greg

  3. Hi Joy,

    we are also planning on doing the Manaslu circuit or/and Tsum valley trek. Your dates also match with our dates so would you be interested in planning the trek together? We posted a trip as well and it looks quite similar to your preferences.
    We don’t have experience in trekking in the Himalayas so we would appreciate the company of someone who knows more than we do!
    Hope to hear from you,

  4. Hello Joy,

    There are currently two of us, hopefully doing Tsum Valley for 16days until the 2nd. We are planning to go on the 17th but maybe you are flexible and could also join us? I could do 18th also but am not sure about the other woman…I have an agency here in Pokhara which gives us a very good price..
    If you are interested could you let us know by tomorrow?

    All the best,


  5. Hey again, we could leave on the 18th also in case you wanted to join us. Also, I can forward you the costs if you like..

    best, catharine