Manaslu Circuit Trek / Tsum Valley

Manaslu Circuit Trek / Tsum Valley

Before arriving in Nepal I had a plan to do the Manaslu Circuit Trek, after hearing about its remoteness (compared to other treks in the area), cultural beauty and natural scenery…it seemed the obvious choice. I knew in order to do the trek though you needed a licenced guide as well as the required permits to enter the region. I have always been quite independent when traveling so the idea of hiring a guide was not something I was looking forward to. When I arrived at the Touch The Himalaya office in Thamel I was greeted by Madan, the owner. He was very clear and concise about all the expenses, permits and explanations about the trek. Mandan was really helpful in organizing our trek promptly, considering our semi time sensitive schedule and within 2 days we had a guide and our permits! We met our guide, Thakur, the following day. The day before we were scheduled to leave we had the unique opportunity of attending our guide’s family wedding in Kathmandu! We of course obliged and since we had an extra day to spare we happily attended the wedding as honorary guests.

Our first night on our trek we had the privilege of staying with Thakur’s family as his family home is at the start of the Manaslu trekking route. Over the next few weeks we had an incredible experience trekking through the Himalayas with our amazing guide who was able to share knowledge about the surrounding cultures, flora, fauna and religion of the Manaslu region. At the end of our trekking adventure I had an extra night in Kathmandu and Thakur invited me over to his family home for my final dal bhat meal in Nepal. All I can say is that I was so surprised by the professionalism, honesty and generosity of Thakur and am thankful I went with Madan’s agency. A lot of things I mentioned above were not expected of my guide but he went above and beyond to deliver me an incredible adventure. I would recommend Touch The Himalaya to anyone looking to go on a trek in Nepal. And make sure to ask for Thakur as your guide!

-Jeremy S (Canada)

Date of experience: May 2018

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