Manaslu Trek with Tsum Valley 20-Days

Trip Highlights

Majestic views of snowcapped peaks coupled with unique culture and traditional practices make 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 a unique dialect, customs and traditions add to the charm of the trek.

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 bestow a hot spring bath to relax in the evening. Views of Sringi Himal accompanies us on the way to Philip. 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.

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TOUR DETAILS
  • Duration 20 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Max-Altitude 5,100m
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Medium
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges.

Upon your arrival, our Representative will meet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. 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. 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. B&B at the hotel.

A 7~8 Hrs drive from Kathmandu towards the western hills takes us to Arughat-Sotikhola via Dhadingbesi. we experience views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. From Dhading Besi to Soti Khola will be on a rough road. At Aarughat we take a jeep and drive to Soti Khola which is an ideal for a freshwater bath. Overnight stay at Soti Khola in a small village beside the river. Overnight at Sotikhola

Cross the bridge and trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above big rapids at the Budhi Gandaki. The rocky path then weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky path clinging to the aspect of a cliff. It, in the end, makes its manner down and past some rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. Climb at the back of a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki meanders amongst wide gravel bars. Drop to the sandy river bed and stroll along rounded stones before mountain climbing over a side ridge. Head down once more to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Overnight at MachhaKhola.

Today, our trail makes some mirror ups and downs. After some ups & downs, there is a small hotspring, from where we reached to Tatopani.from there we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budigandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb on a wide, properly-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Dobhan Khola, the trail climbs on a rugged trail to Duman. Ascending up again to the Budhi Gandaki, we reach Yaru Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and once more climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Overnight at Jagat.

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 Philip, 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 Lokpal.

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.

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.

After breakfast nice scenic trails to the 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 the Nile.

The short walk today first takes a downhill to Chhule and further to Phurbe, where Sherpa homestays are available. Walking along the banks of Siyar River, the trail further crosses flat plains along power lines to Rachen Gompa (3240m), a nunnery. Overnight stay at Rachen Gompa.

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 the water here makes it suitable to wash clothes. We stop at chumbling for the night.

It’s a big descending walk from chumbling to lokpa after we cross the suspension a bridge. The trail begins along a rocky ridge with an 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.

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 colourful forest before reaching Namrung. The trail has beautiful views of Sringi Himal and crosses the Budi Gandaki river several times. Overnight stay at Namrung.

With stunning views of Sringi, Ganesh Himal, the trek starts from Namrung and climbs steadily into the alpine which is blessed with marvellous 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.

We pass through gompas, Tibetan settlement, and alpine scenery. After a short the 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.

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 1hour hiking, so both can be combined.

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.

The walkthrough 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 meters, we reach Larke Phedi where we take shelter in a Dharmashala. The walk is short providing plenty of time for acclimatization.

Today’s pass needs, if snow free, 3-5 hours to ascend the 800m/2,600ft to the summit and 3-4 hours to descend the 1,500m/4,900ft to Bimthang. It can be very cold, especially if windy. Snow and ice conditions demand more care and time.
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 descent from here is strenuous, but its an equally rewarding experience. Bumthang awaits the end of a tough day. Overnight at Bhimtang.

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. Karcher, 2785 meters 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 Tiliche.

After crossing a ridge and a stone-paved trail, we pass through 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. where we will take public jeep ride along the dusty & bumpy road to Besisahar and the paved road back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Airport pick up & drop by private Vehicle.
  • 3 nights standard accommodation in Kathmandu on B & B base.
  • All permits such as ACAP, MCAP, Manaslu & Tsum Valley Special entrance permit.
  • Trekking gear Trekking sticks & Sleeping Bag (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.
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Tourist service charge, VAT.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International airfare, travel insurance and Nepal visa.
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal nature expenses such as all kinds of drinks, beverages, hot shower, donations, shopping etc.
  • Tips for Guide porter and Driver.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

FAQs

Majestic views of snowcapped peaks coupled with unique culture and traditional practices make 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 a unique dialect, customs and traditions add 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 a 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 in case there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange an 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 a 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 a 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 traveler’s cheque, 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 equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind.
We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek.
Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • 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,  toothpaste, toothbrush, )

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

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, the tip is the accepted and honored way to say 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- a 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.

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