Manaslu Trek with Tsum Valley
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.