Manslu Tsum Ganesh Himal Or Mustang -Nar Phu to Upper Annapurna


I am heading to Nepal and am currently planning for one of the hikes below in early March 2020

1) Manaslu -Tsum valley- Ganesh Himal- Dharapani- Manang – Tilocho Lake (if the trail is open) – Yak Kharka – Thorung La – Jomsom. You can leave after Dharapani for Kathmandu if you dont want to continue to Annapurna.

2) Jomsom- Mustang – Nar Phu – Koto – Manang- tilocho (depending on wearher) – thorung la – jomsom. Again, you can leave after Koto for Kathmandu if you dont want to proceed to Annapurna.

The treks in total (including Annapurna) will take atleast 4 weeks.

Please let me know if you are interested. I haven’t finalised anything but seeking someone who has been to Himalayas before to join me.

Please get in touch. I can send details including a rough trail map and am open for alterations.




8 replies
  1. Hey Priya,This is Ananth here. I’ve trekked extensively in the Nepal and Indian Himalaya (check my profile out for my trekking history in the region), but have never gotten around to doing the Manaslu Circuit and it remains high on bucket list of treks to do; I’m very interested in the Tsum Valley bolt-on as well. I can’t imagine being in the area and not visiting the culturally rich and picturesque Tsum Valley (which is just a few extra days of walking).

    The dates you have posted actually work great for me, though I would prefer a later start by a few days – we can work on specifics later, I guess.

    In terms of a guide, I’m not particular about much aside from the cost. From my experience in Nepal, you get essentially the same quality of guide unless you have a prior recommendation or pay a hefty premium. If you have someone in mind and are particular about her/him, I’m good with that. If not, I’m open to discussion.

    A few quick questions – Is this your first time trekking at altitude? And your first time in the Himalaya? Do you spend much time outdoors and trekking in particular back home? Just trying to get a gauge of your experience level so that we’re not out of sync here.

    • Hi Ananth,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      I will be able to confirm the dates by January end. Highly likely it will be late Feb – early March start as I am taking a few weeks off from work.
      I grew up in Sikkim and Meghalaya so have spent just over 30 years in Himalayas. I have been hiking since I was 10. I hike frequently in Britain ( where I live), Europe (Dolomites, Haute Route, French and Swiss Alps, Carpathians, Fjords to name a few),Canadian rockies. I have been to Goechala and Everest base camp via Gokyori and Chola pass.
      Regarding tour company, I am flexible as long as they guarantee good homestay/tea house thats possible during the trail.

  2. Hey Priya,

    Great stuff! Sounds like you’re more than geared up to be in the mountains. 😀

    And I apologise; I misread your dates as January 27th when I said that they worked perfectly for me. But, end Feb, early March works for me too. The dates I have in Nepal are between the 4th of February to the 19th of March. So, If we were to start the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trek late Feb, it should give me plenty of time to get back to Kathmandu to make my flight. I’ll wait for your update on dates. I unfortunately will not have the time to go on the Manang to Jomsom trek via the Tilicho route; it’s a trek I’ve been looking to do for some years now. But, in mid-March I would be very cautious with the route as it is remote and many sections are avalanche and rockfall prone. A good guiding company is essential! Just my two cents. 🙂

    Regarding the guide/tour company arrangements, lets discuss further once we fix on dates? I do a bit of freelance guiding myself in Nepal, and have plenty of Nepali friends who run trekking companies there. So, I’m sure we’ll be able to get a good guide for the trek. 🙂

  3. Hi Priya,
    Interested in trekking the other option you mentioned – already trekked Manaslu and Tsum Valley so not currently keen on doing that one again as too many other treks to explore. Also looking into other trekking options within Nepal to see what works out. Already have confirmed leave off for all of March but no flights booked yet. Would be nice to see your provisional plan for Mustang, Nar Phu etc.

    • Hi Np,
      I have dropped you an email. Please let me know your thoughts.


  4. Hi,
    Replied – check out your email.

  5. Hi Priya, I am from India and willing to trek in Nepal. I have done some treks within India near Uttarakhand. Will it be possible to share ur itinerary? I am planing only after 8th March.

  6. Hi, I’m interested in trekking Upper Mustang! Which dates are you planning to go that route? I have trekked in Ladakh which has a similar climate to Upper Mustang. I have also trekked Langtang Valley, Helambu, and in the Annapurnas.