Manaslu & Tsum Valley

i wanna trek the manaslu & tsum valley around the 22th of october starting from pokhara and looking for some company. i am an unexperienced trekker and it would be my first longer trek. so i would prefer to stay in teahouses. i am a really easy going 25 years old guy from austria and not on a rush. a friend of mine recommended me a really good guide and i will get in touch with him soon to arrange the permits etc. and figure out the costs. if you are interested to trek with me, feel free to contact me: stuana1@gmx.net (facebook).

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  1. Hi Mario, we are a couple from New Zealand planning on starting the manaslu and tsum valley trek around the 20th (see our trip post). We have been contacted by another couple who are also keen to go start around then. Our preference is not to use a guide to keep costs down and as the circuit seems suitable for independent trekking. Anyway let us know if you are keen to get together. I’ll send this message to your facebook too. Cheers Jaimie

  2. Hey Mario and Jamie,
    It looks like we’ve got a good group coming together. Maybe we should get a facebook or email chain going so we can start figuring out some specifics. We’d also be up for going without a guide, but it looks like that isn’t possible because of the permits in the restricted wilderness areas. Are you in KTM Mario? We land in two days if you want to meet up there. Here’s my email again, natekerx@gmail.com Cheers! Nate

  3. Hi guys, we’ll visit the trek information centre tmoro (been closed for the festival), get all the info and can start the chain email. I’ve heard that you no longer need a guide but i’ll confirm tmoro. There’s a possibility that a 32 canadian guy will join but he’s not sure which circuit he’ll do yet. Jaimie

  4. hey guys, sounds great would be nice to trek with you. what i have heard you need a guide and a group of at least 2 people, i wanna check that out tomorrow. for me its fine to go without a guide, if its possible. i am right now in pokhara and wanna start from here, so i could meet up with you guys at the start of the trek. but we can get in touch over skype before.so lets talk tmr again. @ nate, i will add you on facebook. mario

  5. Hi Mario, Jaimie and Nate!
    My name is Dani, 33, from Peru.
    I’m in Kathmandu , looking for cool people to do hiking with!
    Would love to join you for Manaslu!
    Please let me know if its possible, and what your plans are…
    My email is danielacarranza at gmail dot com , and you can find me on facebook with the same email.
    Look fwr to hearing from you! Jaimie, it seems you are in Kathmandu; we could meet tomorrow to chat 🙂 Let me know..
    Cheers,
    Dani

  6. Hey Dani, great to have you on board! That makes it 6 ppl with the possibility of a 7th (32 yr Canadian) which is a nice number. I think the plan is to start on the 20th but everyone is flexible and a couple of us are visiting the info centres today to suss out permits and if we need a guide etc.

    Mario, Nate, Dani, my fb is
    https://www.facebook.com/JaimieBarber and Jo’s is https://www.facebook.com/messages/jo.rowland.

    Maybe all of us in Kathmandu could catch up for meal/ beers tmoro night (17th)?

  7. Hey Dani, great to have you on board! That makes it 6 ppl with the possibility of a 7th (32 yr Canadian) which is a nice number. I think the plan is to start on the 20th but everyone is flexible and a couple of us are visiting the info centres today to suss out permits and if we need a guide etc.

    Mario, Nate, Dani, my fb is
    JaimieBarber and Jo’s is
    jo.rowland.

    Maybe all of us in Kathmandu could catch up for meal/ beers tmoro night (17th)?

  8. Hey guys,
    dinner/drinks tomorrow sounds great, looking forward to meeting whoever is around! Jamie, would you mind picking a time and place?

    p.s. You can find Mimi on facebook at msinios

  9. Hi guys, we got our TIMS cards from the Tourist Information Centre in Kathmandu today for Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley (we entered dates 20/10/13 to 12/11/13 ). You’ll need your passport, travel insurance details, hotel contact details, 2 passport photos each and 2000 rupees per card.

    HOWEVER, they told us we also need special permit for the area ($70/week) and sent us to the immigration office. The immigration office told us we need to go through a trekking agency to get the special permit and that we need either a guide or a porter for the trek plus the special permit takes 1 day (if submitted before 1pm).

    So we could go with your guide Mario but I wonder if the guide will need all our paperwork and $ – which might be hard to organise as the rest of us are in Kathmandu – unless your guide has an office here?

    Anyway will be good to hear from you once you have made your inquiries today.

    @nate, yep we’ll suss a time and place for dinner/drinks and post on here later

  10. hey guys, things are more difficult then expected. my guide told me the costs for the permits are $70 for manaslu, $35 for tsum valley, RS2000 Annapurna Conservation Fee + RS 3000 Manaslu Conservation Fee + $50 for the agency and you need a licensed guide. which he told me is $30 a day for the group. but when he will start from pokhara then i cant go with you guys, because for the special permit they need the name of the travel agency + the name of the guide. have you guys talked to a guide? if i have to go to kathmandu and to all the paper work there, i probably cant start on the 20th of october. have you got any other informations? so now i think about and talk around, maybe i can find some people who wanna start from pokhara. i will decide that tommorrow and will let you know about it. have you spoke to any guides in kathmandu?

  11. Cheers for the info Mario. We spoke to our hostel trekking agency today who quoted pretty much the same prices as you were quoted. They said for around 5 people it would be approximately US$400 each for 20 days which included all the required permits, transport to and from manaslu and a guide.

    All of us in Kathmandu lets meet at 7pm tomorrow (Thursday 17th) at the entrance to Kathmandu Guest House and we’ll go somewhere nearby for drinks /dinner, then the following morning (Friday) we could all meet with the trekking agency and submit our permit applications. According to our hostel this will enable us to leave Kathmandu on the Monday (21st) and maybe start walking on the 22nd.

    If anyone needs trekking equipment and advice check out Shonas, the woman behind the counter is good but the old aussie / Brit guy is really helpful. They were recommended by a friend and also all the guide books.

    Let us know what you end up doing Mario. If you could get to Kathmandu on Friday it could work. We are keen to trek with you.

    Cheers, Jaimie.

  12. Hi Mario and others, we have spoken to another 2 agencies this morning, one of which was really professional and the cheapest (they do many big mountain expeditions inc Everest and came recommended by the Shonas shop people).

    Mario, they will accept scanned copies of your passport and visa page so you don’t have to come to Kathmandu but require an extra $US15 to make that happen. If you are keen we could all meet you at Arughat Bazsar before we start the Trek.

    Their guide costs US$315 total (about $15/day) plus $64 insurance and porters cost $273 total plus $54 insurance. All the other costs are standard.

    Dani from Peru is not coming now but the Canadian, Chris is in and will meet us tonight.

    I will message to your facebook aswell.

    Jaimie