TSUM VALLEY AND MANASLU TREK
TSUM VALLEY AND MANASLU TREK
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Tsum valley and Manaslu Trek unforgettable trek which depicts the splendid beauty of the eighth highest mountain in the world with picturesque scenes, and the delightful Tibetan culture and religion, beautiful narrow alleys of a peaceful valley, the serene sanctuary of sacred Buddhist Gombas and monasteries, with the spinning prayer’s wheels and fluttering prayers flags and ever-loving warm locals. The Tsum Valley and Manaslu trek give the great opportunity to explore Nepal’s jewel of cultural epitome.
Combined Tsum valley and Manaslu Trek are last Himalayan gems that give the chance to explore the spectacular geography and fascinating culture of the Manaslu region with the breathtaking view of the magnificent mountains, great terrains, dramatic landscapes, Tibetan Culture, mystical canyons, and steep passes. The trail encompasses the strenuous path to Budhi Gandaki which will lead to Mu Gomba where one can witness the ever-astounding environment with the fantastic view of the Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal, and Singri Himal. The Larkya La is the highest point of the trek.
Tsum valley trek is popular among the trekkers who want to all-round experience. The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek give the ultimate adventure of the lifetime. The trek takes you through the dramatic landscapes and ever luscious dense forest of the Rhododendron and Pine trees, leading to the trail winding up endless waterfalls, crossing the thread-like suspension bridge hanging over the rumbling whitewater rivers, awesome mountain scenes and splendid Himalayan peaks crowning the environment and the warmth of the locals. The abundance of wildlife waits to amaze you at every turning point of your journey.
The Tsum Valley and Manaslu trek commence from Sotikhola, from the banks of the Kaligandaki River, and leads to the wild entrance of the Tsum valley Lokpa. The brilliant picturesque view of the enormous mountains Ganesh Himal and Siringi Himal unfolds as the path leads forward. As the Trail advances to Chhongkaparo, refreshing bamboo forests and exquisite Rhododendron Forest can be seen in the upper valley of inner Himalayan. The sacred cave of Milarepa Piren Phu cave which holds great significant religious value falls on this trail which is amidst the immense Tibetan Plateau covered with barren lands and huge mountains. Along the way historic Buddhists Gombs can be observed, the Mo Gomba and Rachen Gomba. Spending nights in this Gomba gives an immense sense of tranquility and wonder.
The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is an opportunity to explore the grace of the beautiful culture and incredible natural beauty of Nepal.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT KATHMANDUOur team representative will welcome you at the airport on your arrival. They will escort you to the hotel. You can have a day to yourself. Our team will brief you about the trekking in the evening.
DAY 2: DRIVE TO ARUGHAT (608m, 5-6hr) AND THEN DRIVE TO SOTIKHOLA (730m, 2hr)We will start the journey after the early breakfast taking the Prithvi Highway west from Kathmandu via private vehicle. The road will take us to the beautiful and scenic journey overlooking the amazing Trishuli River through the pitched road. On this 6-hour drive, we will witness the fascinating villages, rivers, and hillside taking us to Gorkha and Arughat where you can observe the magnificent Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. Upon reaching Arughat you will change Jeep for the next destination which is Sotikhola. We will reach Sotikhola in 2 hours' drive.
DAY 3: TREK TO MACCHAKHOLA (890m, 5-6hr)Starting the trekking from the north side of the low valley we can observe the massive alluring Himalayan range on our way while we also pass through the small villages located in the hills. Ascending and descending these small and graceful villages we reach Macchakhola. We stay overnight in Macchkhola.
DAY 4: TREK TO JAGAT (1400m, 6-7hr)Crossing the river and stream we reach the Khola beni. The route starts to become rather dramatic with the immense gorges sculptured with rocks and splendid waterfalls and landslides. Crossing the bridge and heading the upstream will take us to a small village in Khola Besi where we can observe the natural hot spring Tatopani, Tatopani is called "hot water" in Nepalese. As the trail goes we pass through the suspension bridge to cross Budhi Gandaki. Climb ing up and down through the trail we cross yet another suspension bridge and ascend stone stairs called Thado Bharyang which takes us the delightful village of Jagat, we can also see the Manaslu Conservation Area. We stay overnight in Jagat.
DAY 5: TREK TO LOKPA (2040m, 6-7hr)Registering the permit in Jagat check post we enter the restricted region of Tsum Valley and Manaslu circuit. Crossing the riverbanks and ridges we head up to the trail which takes us to the village of Lokpa. We can see other small villages on our way up to Lokpa. The splendid view of Boudh Himal and Himalchuli welcomes us in Lokpa. We stay overnight in Lokpa.
DAY 6: TREK TO CHUMLING (2386m, 4-5hr)On our trekking trial up to Chumling from Lokpa clear view of Boudha Himal and Ganesh Himal can be seen. Descending through the trail we can observe the dense Rhododendron Forest and pine trees on the route to Gumling. There are no known Villages between Lokpa and Gumling. After crossing the river of Syar Khola we reach Chumling. Chumling has a very peaceful environment with the monasteries around. You can have a side visit to monasteries like Panago Gumba, Mani Dhungur, and Gurwa Gumba. We stay overnight in Chumling.
DAY 7: TREK TO CHHOKANGPARO (3010m, 5-6hr)Entering the inner Himalayan passing the Syar River the trail continues to the place called Domje, and the Gho. From Gho we climb uphill and trek to Chhokangparo. Chhokangparo has the best view of the stunning Ganesh Himal and Himalchuli. One can experience the great hospitality from the local tribe 'Tsombo' in Chhokangparo. We stay overnight in Chhokangpro.
DAY 8: TREK TO NILE (3316m, 4-5 hr)We continue our journey to the Nile visiting the Milarepa Piren Phu (pigeon cave). Passing the village called Lmaogoan we reach the Piren Phu cave of Milarepa where still today we can see his footprints preserved and noticeable in the rock. Piren Phu cave is one of the sacred caves of Tsum valley which holds great religious importance until today. We can see the picturesque view of the cave. The cave is a masterpiece with the two separate Gumba attached to the cave richly painted in Buddhist murals, Buddhist scripts, long prayer flags, and excellent artistic scripts carved on the walls. After continuing the journey through the trail, we arrive at the Nile. We spend overnight in the Nile.
DAY 9: TREK TO MO GOMBA (3700m, 3-4hr)Mo Gomba is the highest point of Tsum valley trek. Hiking through the yak pastures and typical dry terrain we can see the monasteries. The beautiful rows of Chhortens and the incredible view of Himalayan can be overlooked. On the way to Mo Gomba, we can visit the Dephyudonma monastery, which connected with the dawn of Buddhism. It is historical and one of the oldest Gomba nestled on the lap of mountains. After visiting the Dephydonma we can carry on with our journey and reach Mo Gomba. We spend overnight in Mo Gomba.
DAY 10: TREK TO RACHEN GOMBA (3240m, 3-4hr)As our journey continues, we reach the Rachen Gomba passing the Siyar Khola. We can see the ancient Gomba in the Rachen Gomba. We spend overnight in Rachen Gomba.
DAY 11: TREK TO GUMBA LUNGDANG (3200m, 5-6hr)Descending through Dumji taking the steep trail through the mesmerizing dense forest of Rhododendron and pine forest we reach to Gumba Lungdang. The monastery is situated below the Ganesh Himal and one can find the tranquility and peach there while nun performing the daily rituals every evening. It is the must-visit destination for every trekker. We spend overnight in Gumba Lungdang.
DAY 12: TREK TO GANESH HIMAL BASE (4800m, 7-8hr)The next destination is the Ganesh Himal Base. Reaching the base camp from Gumba Lungdang will take approximately 4 hours. The efforts will be rewarded with the massive beauty of the gigantic Ganesh Himal and gorgeous wilderness. The view and the environment will give you pure bliss. After savoring the beauty to the most we head back to Gomba Lungdang. The return trip will not take much time. We spend overnight in Gomba Lungdang.
DAY 13: TREK TO LOKPA (2240m, 6hr)We head down to Chhomakparo to reach Gho through the slim trail of the village passing the Shiar Khola. The Trail continues through the thick Pine and Rhododendron Forest as we reach Mani where we can see the beautiful prayer flags. We pass through Gomba Lungadang, Dumje to reach Lokpa. we spend overnight in Lokpa.
DAY 14: TREK TO GHAP (2380m, 7hr)Ascending and descending through the up and downs of the route we pass through the Gurung villages. Crossing the river through the suspension bridge and passing the bamboo forest. Rambling in and out of the canyon we finally reach Ghap. We spend overnight in Ghap.
DAY 15: TREK TO LHO (3180m, 6hr)The trail becomes lofty as we ascend the long bamboo forests and the rhododendron forest. After crossing the wild rives we enter the Nupri region, the village of Namrung. This region is mostly occupied by the Tibetan migrants. Many Buddhists Gomba and the entrance gate of Mani walls can be seen on the way before we reach the beautiful Lho village. We spend overnight in Lho.
DAY 16: TREK TO SAMA GAON (3530m, 4hr)We trek to Sama Gaon following the bank of the river and climbing the forest for a couple of hours to reach Shyala village. Hiking our way up we can see the Ganesh Himal on the East and Himalchuli and Manaslu on the south. Upon the arrival in Sama Gaon, we can see the very well-known monastery of Sama Gaon standing tall overlooking the valley. The Tibetan border is very near to this place. We spend overnight in Sama Gaon.
DAY 17: ACCLIMATIZATIONIt is the rest day to ensure the proper acclimatization of the altitude. You can relax and ponder in the beauty of Sama Gaon. It is the highlight of the trek. With so many marvelous views that will take your breath away, you can just enjoy the fascinating scenes of the Sano Gaon. Explore the mesmerizing glaciers, go sightseeing in the Birendra Lake and Pungyen Gomba, enjoy the mani stones engraved with beautiful Tibetan scripts. Above the Pungyen Gomba, there are hot springs. You can have a relaxing day in Sama Gaon. We spend yet another night in Sama Gaon.
DAY 18: TREK TO LHARKYA LA PHEDI (DHARAMSALA) (4460m, 5-6hr)Walking through the edge of the fields passing the gates of mani walls crossing the wooden bridge, crossing the two streams, and witnessing the fantastic Larkya La glaciers we pass the Salka Khola and make to the stone guest house, called Dharamshala also known as Larkya La Phedi. We spend overnight in Larkya La Phedi.
DAY 19: TREK TO BIMTANG (3590m, 7-9hr) via Larkya La PassLarkya La Pass 5160m is the toughest and longest section of the entire trek as the powerful wind blows through the area and there are high chances of the storm on the pass. We need to cross the pass to reach Bimtang. Even though the path is a little tough compared to other areas of the trek, surely, you will be served with the absolute beauty of Mother Nature to take all your wearies. The trail becomes much easier as we come close to beautiful Bimtang. We spend overnight in Bimtang.
DAY 20: TREK TO GHO (2515m, 4-5hr)The trail takes you to the headstream water of Dudh Khola, as we cross the wooden bridge, we can see the thick pine and Rhododendron Forest adorning in a variety of colors. The panoramic view of Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Phungi, and Cheo Himal is unmissable. After crossing the ridge surrounded by fluttering prayer flags and small landslide we make up to Gho. We spend overnight in Gho.
DAY 21: TREK TO TAL (1700m, 4-5hr)The trail follows the dense forest as we go up and down and passing the fields. As we progress, we can acknowledge the ethnic community settlement, further passing by the scrub forest we see Marshyangdi valley looming over at the distance. While we walk some more the serene chhortens, prayer flags, mani walls welcome us as to the Tal. We spend overnight in Tal.
DAY 22: DRIVE TO BESISAHAR (4-5hr) THEN DRIVE TO KATHMANDU (7hr)We leave Tal early in the morning on the local jeep or bus. The drive will take 4 to 5 hours taking us through the Marsyangdi River, villages, Bulbulle, Khudi to Besisahar. Then we will take the jeep or bus to Kathmandu. On the way back to Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway, we will get the scenic view of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli River as well as the luscious beauty of terrace farming to hills and also few mountains. The drive will take almost 7 hours.
DAY 23: SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDUYou can explore the Kathmandu city as there as so many tourist sites to see. You can either relax or you can walk around the city to observe some famous places. You can also do shopping. We stay overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 24: DEPARTUREAfter breakfast, our team will drop you to the airport at your scheduled time. We hope to see you again.
- An opportunity to explore the cultural and scenic beauty
- Milarepa Piren Phu cave the most sacred cave in the Tsum Valley
- Historic monasteries and Gomba
- View of the Mt. Manaslu the eighth tallest mountain in the world
- The sight of Ganesh Himal and Singiri Himal
- Rhododendron and pine forests
- An ancient trading route to Tibet
- The unique blend of Tibetan and Gurung culture
- Nepal-Tibet border from high crossing
- Destination: Nepal
- Region: Manaslu Region
- Accommodation: hotel, lodge or tea house
- Duration: 24 days
- Group size: 2-30 people
- Starting/ Ending Point: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
- Max altitude: 5160m, Larkya La Pass
- Best Time to trek: March, April, May, September, October, and November
- Difficulty: Challenging
- Activity per Day: 4-6 hour walk
- Transportation: Private vehicle
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Pick up and drop from Tribhuwan Airport
- Trekking passes and permit
- TIMS card (Trekking Information management System) permit
- Accommodation for the trek
- Food and meal 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Transportation service (by road and by air; domestic)
- Government certified guide
- Tents for camping
- Camping gear and equipment for the group
- Salary, food, and accommodation for staff
- One night, bread and breakfast in Pokhara
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
WHAT IS EXCLUDED
- Lunch and dinner in Pokhara and Kathmandu
- Tips for the staff
- Emergency evacuation
- Airfare for international flight
- Nepal entry visa fee
- All personal expenses
RECOMMENDED TREKKING GEARS
Trekking without any necessary gear can be very harmful and won’t be easy. No one wants to get hurt in a remote and distant area where there’s no proper health care. So to make your trekking safer and as well as trouble-free, we have enlisted some of the necessary gears that you need to acknowledge before heading for trekking is the highlands.
NECESSARY TREKKING GEARS
Here are some of the trekking gears which will be there to assist us while climbing any kind of mountain trails weather be steep or narrow. These trekking gears are extremely useful and are handy so make sure you have it in your checking list.
- Trekking sticks
- Quick-drying pants and shorts.
- Jackets and thermal suit to outcast cold
- Rainwear (jacket and pants.
- Duffle bags
- Plastic boots and crampons
- Mountaineering ice axes
- Climbing helmets (optional)
PERSONAL ITEMS CLOTHING
It’s very necessary to wear the outfit according to the situation and place. So here are some of the essential clothing gears required for trekking.
- Warm, insulated jacket or vest
- Fleece pants
- Warm hat
- Bandana (if necessary)
- Boots or shoes suited to the terrain
- Socks (synthetic or wool)
- Extra clothing (beyond the minimum expectation)
- Spare plastics or Ziplock bags to distinct clean clothes and dirty clothes.
It’s very essential to take your own health and hygiene from the new weather condition. So here are some of the apparatus that might be needed while the trekking period.
- Sanitation trowel (if no washroom)
- Baby wipes
- Sun Hat
- Toilet Paper
- Urinary products
- Sanitizers and alcohol wipes
To capture moments, to withdraw money, and to trek in a very efficient manner here are some technical gears that should be packed.
- Diaries and Journal to write experiences in words
- Books/GPS navigators
- Credit cards/ATM cards