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The Manaslu Circuit Trek is the best all round tea-house hike in Nepal on the Great Himalaya Trail; the new Annapurna Circuit. No camping needed.

Manaslu trek update Sept 9 2015

Expeditions are going in generally via Dharapani on the Annapurna side or by helicopter. It seems possible, but there is still high risk of landslides now while the monsoon continues. The monsoon is projected to end around 20th September. Once the rain stops, landslides generally dry up and settle, and the risk reduces. The original riverside route is still not recommended. The alternative high route on the east side of the Budigandaki is recommended but accommodation is an issue here as there is no tea-house accommodation yet.

Tsum Valley is still inaccessible.

The author will be visiting Samdo this week by helicopter and returning by foot. Then of course clearer information will be available.  It still seems however that the route will be open only for the adventurous and able and ‘first time’ or ‘leisure trekkers’ should find an alternative trek this season.

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  1. Arthur Das said on September 16, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    We are planning the trekking next month. We like to try do the normal route, starting in Arughat. Any information about the route will be very welcome.
    I think the best way is now doing a tent trek.
    Any suggestions will be great.
    Arthur.

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  2. Oliver said on January 11, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Any news on the situation? Is it possible to trek the Manaslu/Tsum circuit this spring? Is the route opened and safe?
    Thanks!

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    • admin@manaslu said on January 12, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      Hi Richard,

      Despite the newly restored trails in major landslip sections, couple of trekkers including few with us trekked after the monsoon of 2015, September. However, a girl from UK could not make part of the landslide before reaching my home town, Chhokangparo, she decided to stop at Dumje until other friends caught her up after visiting part of the valley.
      Locals, cattle are using the trails more frequently though porters and donkeys may not fully pass the whole trekking trail. We have a plan to trek in this spring.

      Hope the new year of 2016 will treat us better!

      Best,
      Sonam

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      • admin@manaslu said on January 13, 2016 at 11:53 am

        Thanks Sonam (he’s from http://www.tsumvalleyhomestay.com/ and leading the relief effort in Tsum)
        I take this to read possible, but a little bit tricky/risky in some sections. So for Spring 2016, ok for small, independent trekkers who are adventurous but not for groups? Is that fair to say?
        Thanks,

        reply: if the group are very experienced with mountain terrain like for instance, it leaves me a little doubt for some Canadian, for example, folks to make a go.

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  3. Dalya said on February 5, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Hi,
    What is the situation for the Mansalu-Tsum valley trek at the moment?
    Is it possible for trekking? what is the snow condition?
    If cattle can pass up than I can understand trekkers can walk it?
    We intend to walk there, and to begin in 10 days…
    any information will be grate

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