Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking is a journey around Manaslu combined with the exploration of the mystical Tsum Valley.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking 22 Days
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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking is a journey around Manaslu combined with the exploration of the mystical Tsum Valley. Worlds eight highest peak, Manaslu is a beauty beyond description. Also a pilgrimage site, Tsum Valley adds the charm with its traditional Buddhist cum Tibetan culture and lifestyle untouched with modernity.
We drive to Arughat from Kathmandu where the trek commences. Passing through terraced fields and small villages, we walk past Budhi Gandaki reaching the village of Lapubesi. The walk to Tatopani crosses forests and small villages, bestows a hot spring bath to relax in the evening. Views of Sringi Himal accompanies us on the way to Philim. Passing Chumling and we reach Chhokangparo in the Upper Tsum Valley with towering views of Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli. En route to Nile/Chhule, we pass through Piren Phu (pigeon cave), a sacred location which preserved Buddhist murals, scripts and carved stones where we stop for exploration. Our next stop is the Mu Gompa at 3700m from where we move to Rachen Gompa, a nunnery. The walk to Gumba Lungdang passes through pine and rhododendron forests and crosses the Siyar Khola. We rest here and take a trip to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. The route to Lokpa, our next stop has no proper lodging or facilities, so we start early. From Lokpa to Ghap to Lho, we pass Gurung and Thakali villages. At Samagaon, we take a rest for another day and explore the village. We gradually gain altitude from here to Samdo, Dharmasala and cross the Larke La pass at 5200m to reach Bhimtang which marks the end of the trek.
- Airport pick up & drop by private Vehicle.
- 3 nights standard accommodation in Kathmandu on BB base.
- Farewell dinner in famous Nepali restaurant with Nepali culture dance program
- All permits such as ACAP, MCAP, Manaslu & Tsum Valley Special
- Trekking gear duffel bag, Sleeping Bag & Down Jacket (Refundable)
- First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking professionals guide with Medical Kit Bag his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation etc
- One porter between two person his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation etc
- All nights lodge accommodations while you are on trek
- 3 times meals a day such as Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during the trekking
- Public Bus to SotiKhola from Kathmandu
- Public Bus to Kathmandu from Chamche
- Tourist service charge, VAT
- International airfare, travel insurance and Nepal visa
- Food in Kathmandu
- Personal nature expenses such as all kinds of drinks, beverages, hot shower, donations, shopping etc.
- Tips for staffs
Our Airport Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detail arrangement of the Trek. B&B at the hotel.
Manasalu &Tsum Valley Restricted area trekking permit preparation and briefing of Trek.
After breakfast, you will be introduced with the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring along your passport and three passport sized photos and a copy of your travel insurance policy. You can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last minute shopping. A visit to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu including Swayambhu, Boudha, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square et cetera is also arranged as per request.
Drive to Soti Khola (800m) 4×4 Jeep
Early morning drive to Dhading Bensi, the district headquarter of Dhading and then to Aarughat along rough tracks. At Aarughat we take a jeep and drive to Soti Khola which is an ideal for fresh water bath. Overnight stay at Soti Khola in a small village beside the river.
Soti Khola to Machha Khola (869m) 5 to 6hours
After we cross the bridge, the trail goes through the green Sal forests. Ascending through a ridge overlooking rapids of Budhi Gandaki leads us to Khursane. The last part is a rocky trail up to the Gurung village, Lapubesi. Then we continue along the riverbank treading on sand and rounded stones and cross a suspension bridge to arrive at Machhi Khola village. Overnight stay at MachhiKhola.
Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m )5 to 6 Hours
The trail that passes through small settlements along Khorlabeshi and all the way to Tatopani. Large Gurung settlements are found higher along the trail and we come across herders moving up and down the hills. Passing through Tatopani, we climb a ridge, cross the Budhi Gandaki and further trekking Passing through to Yaruphant and across the Yaru River, the trail eases to Jagat overnight gust house.
Jagat to Lokpa (2390m) 6 hours
Jagat, another big Gurung village in a flat area. As we pass this agrarian village, we climb a rocky ridge and reach Salleri which rewards with views of Mount Sringi. Descending to Sirdibas, a traditional Buddhist village, we move further to cross the longest suspension bridge in Nepal and climb up to Lokpa North of Philim, we climb along forest areas for about an hour and reach Ekle Bhatti. Moving higher along pine forests, we reach a scenic gorge and drop to a junction. We take the right trail that leads to Tsum Valley our stay for the night on Lokpa.
Lokpa to Chumling (called Lower tsum) (2390m) 5 hours
Now we start trekking of Tsum Valley. The first glimpses of Tsum along with mountain view make for a pleasurable retreat.. Views of the hidden valley start appearing as we descend further to Ghumlong and climb again to Ripchet. A short walk from here takes us to Chumling, a traditional Buddhist village set beautifully with an old monastery, traditional houses, prayer flags, stone paved streets, mani walls and the like. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum valley) (3031m) 5 Hours
After crossing the suspension bridge, the trail passes through maize and potato fields. Crossing the valley across a scenic ridge, we climb for more than two hours to reach a small settlement under the cliffs, Chhokang Paro.
Chhokanparo to Nile/ Mu Gumpa (3360)7 hours walk
After breakfast nice scenic trails to Nile we have lunch there left our big bag on tea house again day trip to mu gumpa,then we ascend along the scenic trails towards Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in the region, and the highest farthest point in Tsum Valley. The five hour round trip walk to Mu Gompa (3710m) shows a different world, a flat bowl like valley surrounded by mountains. Overnight stay in Nile
Nile to rachen Gompa 3240m (4 hours walk)
The short walk today first takes a downhill to Chhule and further to Phurbe, where Sherpa home stays are available. Walking along the banks of Siyar River, the trail further crosses flat plains along power lines to Rachen Gompa (3240m), a nunnery. Over night stay at Rachen Gompa.
Rachen Gompa to Chumling(2386m) 6 hours
After crossing the river to pass through Chhokang Paro, we drop towards Chumling. Walking for about two hours, we come across a white monastery and drop to Siyar Khola. The abundance in water here makes it suitable to wash clothes. We stop at chumling for the night.
Chumling to Dang (1860m) 7 to 8 hours.
It’s a big descending walk from chumling to lokpa after we cross the suspension bridge .The trail begins along a rocky ridge with emerging view of Sringi Himal. We pass through Ghatta Khola and continue to we pass through farms growing maize, millet, potatoes and vegetables. Passing through an uninhabited gorge, and walking on the trails at the bank of Budhi Gandaki, we cross bamboo forests to the Deng river. Overnight stay at small Deng village beside the Deng river.
Deng to Namrung (2660m) 6 to 7 hour
Shortly beyond Deng, the trail climbs to Rena. After passing some houses, the trail elevates high above the river and then drops into the Sringi valley passing numerous Tibetan Mani lined walls and colorful forest before reaching Namrung. The trail has beautiful views of Sringi Himal and crosses the Budi Gandaki river several times. Overnight stay at Namrung.
Namrung to Lho Gham (3180m) 5 hour
With stunning views of Sringi, Ganesh Himal, the trek starts from Namrung and climbs steadily into the alpine which is blessed with marvelous mountain views. The village of Namrung marks the beginning of the region of pure Tibetan inhabitants. Passing through forests, villages and barley terraces, the first stunning glimpses of Manaslu gets visible which accentuates at Lho village. We stay overnight at Lho village and enjoy the sunrise and sunset view from the lodge or a gompa.
Lho Gham to Samagaon (3520m) 4 hour
We pass through gompas, Tibetan settlement and alpine scenery. After a short trek we reach Sama Gaon where we stop. The retreat is both for rest as well as acclimatization. Its also a day to get acquainted with Sherpa culture and tradition. Set at the foot of the pastures, the village has a distinctive Tibetan architecture which ripens through the 500 years of settlement. Entrance gates to villages are common here, and you can also notice Chinese brandy on sale or see village women weaving wool into gowns. Hike up to a gompa above town or wander the streets of Sama Gaon. Overnight stay at a mountain lodge.
Samagaon (rest day)
Trek to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa and Birendra Tal.Trek to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa and Birendra Tal. Descending to the Budhi Gandaki river and following it towards the north until we reach a bridge, we take a left and head to the Manaslu Base Camp. Pungyen Gompa is a 3-4 hours hiking and Birendra Tal is a 1 hour hiking, so both can be combined.
Samagaon to Samdo (3860m) 4 hour
The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls in the valley and leads to juniper and birch forests. Descending back to Budhi Gandaki and crossing a small bridge, we climb to ’kane’, the entrance to Samdo. A village with 3 valleys converging upon it, Samdo is known for traditional yak herding and it depicts the traditional Tibetan lifestyle – rearing sheep and goats, training horses and planting barley.
Samdo to Larkya Phedi (4480m) Pass 5hour
The walk throught ridges, crossing wooden bridges over Budi Gandaki continues. After crossing two streams, we come across the Larkya glacier after which a dramatic gorge is reached. Upon climbing to 4450 metres, we reach Larke Phedi where we take shelter in a Dharmashala. The walk is short providing plenty of time for acclimatization.
Larkya Phedi to Bimthang (3720m) – climb the Larkya La (5100m) 8 to 9 hour
A short climb leads us to the north side of Larkya Glacier. The place provides great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. The climb to the Larkya La (5100m) pass is gradual in the beginning but steepens towards the end. Stunning panorama of different ranges can be seen from the pass. A challenging day over the high Larkya La. The steep decent from here is strenuous, but its an equally rewarding experience. Bimthang awaits the end of a tough day. Overnight at a tented camp.
Bimthang to Tilje (2300m) 6 to 7 hour
With outstanding views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal with the inspiring forest and valley below, the descent from Bimthang crosses over high pasture land, Dudh Khola and rhododendron forest. Karche, 2785 metres is the highest cultivated land in the area which leads to a steep climb over a ridge. The village of Gho is a rest option though better lodges are available at Tilje.
Tilje – Chamche (1410m) 6 to7 hour
After crossing a ridge and a stone paved trail, we pass throught a beautiful village. Tibetan settlement can be seen along the way. We descend into the Marsygandi Valley and from Dharapani, meet up with the classic Annapurna trail. Walking across Karte village and crossing the Marshyangdi Khola, mani lined walls welcome us to the village of Tal and further move to Chamche. Overnight stay at Chamche.
Drive back to Kathmandu via Beshishahar
Drive back private jeep.The drive from here to Kathmandu is mostly along the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers and passes through Beshishahar, the district headquarter of Lamjung. In the evening, celebration over the successful completion of the trip is done over dinner. Overnight stay in Kathmand.
Majestic views of snowcapped peaks coupled with unique culture and traditional practices makes the trek an outstanding one. Backdrops formed by Ganesh, Sringi, Boudha and other mountains along lush valleys inhabited by people from Tibetan descent who have unique dialect, customs and traditions adds to the charm of the trek.
All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange additional activity for your time in Nepal.To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of china as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.
Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller’scheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank. Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes
Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipments however these are the necessities list we prepared keeping keeping your comfort and utility in mind.
We never recommend our clients to bring over equipments which are not necessary for the trek.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
- Headlight with extra batteries
- Sunglass with UV protection
- Face/body wipes
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavy weight winter gloves
- Hiking shirts
- Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
- Hooded rain jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants
- T- shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
- Polypropylene underwear
- down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
- Water proof jacket and pants
- Hiking Boots that been worn in
- Thick wool socks (Take a extra pairs of thick light socks)
- Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
- Thermal bottle
- Water purification
- Trekking pole
- Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
- Toiletries (toilet papers, tooth paste, tooth brush, )
- Medium size drying towel
- Tooth brush
- Deodorant/ floss
- Bio degradable bar soap
- Nail clippers
- Small mirror
- Cell phone
- Extra items
- First aid kit
- Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
- Notebook and pen
The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.