Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek - 21 Days

Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek
Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek
Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek
At a Glance
Duration21 Days
CountryNepal
Trip GradeModerate
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Maximum Altitude5160m
Group Size2+ Pax
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleTrekking
Meal(B/L/D)
AccomodationTea House Accommodation in Mountain and 3 Star hotel in Kathmandu
Best TimeAll Season

The hidden valley, Tsum Valley, is located in the lap of Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal in the Manaslu region of the Gorkha district. The major highlight of the Tsum Valley is its remoteness, off-the-beaten-path and unadulterated views of the snow-capped pinnacles. Apart from the natural scenery, the valley also boasts monasteries, caves and unique culture that will offer the best experience to the trekkers willing to understand the Tsumba and the beauty of the Tsum Valley.

 

Trip Highlights:

 

✔ Enjoy the panoramic views of Manaslu (8163m), Cheo (6812m), Lamjung (6983m), Ngadi (7817m) , Bouddha Himal (6672m) and, glacier moraines.

✔ Hike to Manaslu base camp (4800m), the base camp of the 8th highest peak in the world.

✔ Visit Rachen Nunnery, Mu Gompa and Milarepa cave, three major cultural sights of the region.

✔ Explore the cultural and natural landmark of the Tsum valley.

✔ Cross the challenging mountain pass, Larkya La Pass (5106m).

✔ Explore the Tibetan influenced culture and Lifestyle of the Tsumba, people of the Tsum valley

 

The 21 Days Tsum Valley Trek starts from the beautiful village of Soti Khola. The trekking trail then passes through the Manaslu conservation area, where you will pass through several ethnic village settlements of the region, cross wooden and suspension bridges, visit monasteries, and enjoy acclimatization at some of the magical spots of the area like Samagaun and Samdo that allow you to hike to Manaslu base camp and explore the Tibetan border. Walking inside the conservation area allows you to witness different plant and animal species. As the trail is relatively remote,  the trek can be challenging with steep climbs, rugged terrain, and also the climb to the highest point, Larkya La, at the elevation of 5106m, offering panoramic views of Manaslu, Cheo, Lamjung, Nagdi, Buddha Himal, glacier moraines and many more. Apart from this, Mu Gompa, Rachen Nunnery, Milarepa Cave, are also worth a visit during the trek.

 

Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek 21 Days:

The 21 days Tsum Valley trek organized by the Trekking Guide Team Adventure is one of the best ways to explore the Tsum Valley and Manaslu region. Hence, contact us today to prepare customizable trip to visit the hidden gems of Nepal.

Itinerary
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On this day, we'll drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola at 6:30 a.m. The Tsum Valley trek starts from a small village Soti Khola, located a few Kilometers away from Arughat. On the first day of the trek, you will drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat, which will take around 6-7 hours, during which you can enjoy the views of hills, forests, Trishuli river, terraced fields, small villages and many more. Driving past the small villages, you will arrive at Soti Khola, which offers beautiful views of the snow-capped pinnacles. You can soak in the views and rest after arriving at your lodge.

Your trekking journey officially begins today as you move from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola. At the beginning of the trek, you will cross the suspension bridge over the Soti Khola and continue to trek through the lush Sal forest making your way to the village of Liding, followed by Khursane to Lapubesi and then to Nauli Khola crossing a suspension bridge and walking along the Budi Gandaki River. As your destination gets closure, you will pass through a narrow, steep and rocky gorge which can be quite challenging to walk, but the views from the gorge are worth it.

In short, on the first day of your Tsum Valley trek, you will cross several suspension bridges, walk past Gurung village, see terraced fields and enjoy the rich landscape of the region.

On the second day of your trekking, you will pass through the rich landscape, enjoying the ascending and descending journey. Crossing Thado Khola and walking past the village of Khorlabesi, you arrive at Tatopani, the spot for natural hot spring water. The trail ahead from Tatopani is quite challenging as you will walk on a stone staircase, cross the landslide area and suspension bridge, and continue the uphill and downhill journey along the Budi Gandaki River before arriving at Jagat.

At Jagat, you will register your permits for Manaslu and Tsum Valley at the checkpoint and continue your journey to Lokpa. Today's trek is scenic and passes through the terraced hillside and village settlements of Salleri, Sirdibas, and Philim. Enjoying the views of the Himalayas, you enter Ekle Bhatti, register at the checkpoint and continue to walk alongside the Budi Gandaki River to arrive at Lokpa.
From Lokpa, you can enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and soak in the tranquil atmosphere.

Today you will officially enter the Tsum Valley as you walk to Chumling, also known as the lower Tsum Valley. The Lokpa to Chumling trek initially descents to the Lungwa River valley and then passes through the lush forest of rhododendron and juniper and the small village settlement of Gumling. Ahead on the trail from Gumling, you will walk along the Shiar Khola to arrive at Chumling. Upon arriving at Chumling, you can visit three different monasteries, Panago Gumba, Mani Dhungyur Gumba and Gurwa Gumba located in the area.

Beginning the day early, you will walk to the upper Tsum Valley, known as Chekampar. Enjoying the views of Himchuli, Buddha Himala, and Ganesh Himal, walking past the village of Domje crossing several streams, you arrive at Chekampar, which offers majestic views of the Himchuli, Shringi, and Ganesh Himal.

Today's trek is interesting because of the Milarepa cave, the holiest cave of the Tsum valley, built into the rock face. Inside the cave, you can see the footprints of the Tibetan Buddhist Master, Milarepa, Buddhist shrines and paintings. During the trek, you will walk in the green meadows and lush landscape. You will also see Gumbas with magnificently pained Buddhist murals. From Chhule, Nile is just 20 minute walk after crossing a suspension bridge on the Shair Khola to arrive at the Nile village.

Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region, which is worth a visit as it exhibits several religious books, the statue of Avalokiteshwara and portraits of Padmasambhava and Tara. Apart from Mu Gompa, there are other several beautiful monasteries like Rikang Gumba, Dhephu Gumba and Nunnery. Walking along the Shyan River and steep trail, enjoying the views of the Ganesh Himal, you arrive at Mu Gompa. Feel free to explore the monasteries and soak in the majestic views.

Today, you will trace your way back to Chekampar, walking past the villages, monasteries, mani walls, and the sacred Milarepa cave. Following the Shiar Khola downstream, you arrive at Chekampar.

You will be walking through the same trail, walked on the 6th day of the trek. Enjoying the views of farmlands covered with barley, maize, potato and buckwheat, you will leave Upper Tsum Valley and head towards Daphne Gompa and then to Chumling.

Initially, on the trail, you head down to Lokpa after crossing the first suspension bridge for the day. Following the rocky ridge, enjoying the views of Sringi Himal, you pass through farmlands and bamboo forests until you arrive at Deng River.

The walk from Deng to Namrung is magical and cultural as you will cross several streams, and suspension bridges, walk in the forested trails, see many mani stone and Buddhist landmarks and walk past the ethnic settlements of the region like Prok and Ghap to arrive at Namrung.

The walk from Namrung to Lho is comparatively challenging as you will be walking on terrains and climbing steep ridges to entering that forested trail before arriving at Lihi. The village of Lihi has many chortens decorated with colourful prayer flags. Ahead from Ligi, the trail descends to Simnang Valley, entering the Sho village and then to Lho.

Walking along the river course of Budi Gandaki River, you will trek towards the Shyala village, enjoying the views of the majestic Manaslu, crossing the suspension bridge over Numla Khola, originating from the Pungen Glacier. Today, you will also explore the Pema Chyoling Lhakang Monastery, located against the moraines of the Manaslu glacier. From Samagaun village, the views of the Manaslu range, Larkya Peak and Naike Peak are astounding.

Today is the rest day or acclimatization day in Samagau. However, you can take a side trip to Pungyen Gompa or Manaslu base camp to understand the culture and beliefs of the locals and to enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayas. Manaslu is the 8th highest mountain in the world, and summiting its base camp will definitely make your trip wholesome.

On today's trail, you will walk over the Manaslu Glacier and on the junction of Birendra Tal and Manaslu base camp. As you move further, the valley opens to the woodlands of birch and juniper before reaching Kani, the entrance of Samdo.

It’s the second acclimatization of the trip. Today you can either rest all day long, or walk up to the Tibet border. You can also explore the village of Samdo and learn about their culture, lifestyle and tradition.

Your most awaited day is coming near as you trek to Larkya Phedi, Dharmashala. It will take around 4 hours to arrive at Dharmashala from Samdo and passes through fields, and the Budi Gandaki river, where crossing a few streams is mandatory. Enjoying the views of the monasteries, hanging glaciers, and mani walls, you arrive at Dharmasala.

The day is finally here. Today you will cross the most challenging and demanding Larkya La pass. Initially, on the trail, you will cross the moraine and continue your walk through the steep and rough path, making your way to the frozen lake. Once you are at the top, you can enjoy the panoramic views of Himlung, Annapurna, Cheo and Kang Guru mountain ranges.

After spending some time in the mountain pass, you will head to the west through rough bends and cross the moraine to arrive at a valley that opens to a large meadow and offers views of mani walls and small houses of Bimtang.

Today is the last day of the trek. However, you will enjoy the trek as much as you did on the first day. Initially, you will cross the moraine, suspension bridge and walk through the lush forests of pine and rhododendron, enjoying the views of Manaslu, Cheo, Phungi, and Himlung Himal. Continuing the walk, you will walk past Sangore Kharka, Tilije, the river bank at Gho, lush forest, fields, and suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi river to arrive at Dharapani.

Your memorable 21 days trip comes to an end today. After breakfast, you will leave Dharapani and drive to Besisahar. During the drive, you can enjoy the views of terraced fields, the village area, and the Marsyangdi river. From Besisahar, you will catch another bus to Pokhara or Kathmandu and wrap up your epic trek with the Trekking Guide Team adventure team.

 

Note 1: The above itinerary is flexible and can be customized as per the request of the client. Please let us know what changes and adjustments you want to have and we will organize them according to it. The cost depends upon the number of pax in the group. If you have more pax then the cost will be reduced.

Note 2: 

   There should be at least 2 tourists to issue special permits.

   - You should be in Kathmandu 2 days prior to the trekking day for permit preparation day.

Cost Details
Included
  • Your meal (breakfast-lunch-dinner) during the trek. (Vegetarian Food).
  • One experienced English-speaking trekking guide and 1 porter for each two tourists. (Porter will carry up to 20 kg in total. He will put all your stuff in a duffel bag).
  • All Land Transportation from Kathmandu to Sotikhola by local sharing bus. (If you want private transport from Kathmandu to Sotikhola you will have to pay the additional cost of USD 240) Note: Trekking starts from Kathmandu to Sotikhola.
  • Transportation from Dharapani to Besisahar by local sharing jeep and Besisahar to Pokhara/Kathmandu by local sharing bus.
  • Annapurna Conservation Permit.
  • Manaslu Conservation Permit.
  • Manaslu special permit.
  • Tsum Valley special permit.
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS).
  • Insurance for Guide.
  • All accommodations During the trek in available Lodge /Tea Houses. Run by a Nepalese family, with basic accommodation and an outside toilet.
  • Our service charge.
  • Farewell Dinner.
Excluded
  • Nepal visa fee which is you will pay open arrival in Kathmandu $30 USD.
  • Equipment: Sleeping bag (-15 Celsius), down jacket, trekking shoes, personal towel, torch light, gloves, trekking stick, warm clothes, sun glass, sunscreen, socks, some medicine for headache, fever, handiplast, bandage, pain killer, stomach ache, diarrhea, dimox, etc. (You can hire or buy sleeping bag easily in Kathmandu).
  • Personal travel Insurance. The Insurance must cover medical, accidental, natural disasters, emergency evacuation, and trip cancellation expenses along with baggage and gears lost, theft, or damages.
  • Breakfast, Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Airport - Hotel - Airport transfer.
  • Kathmandu accommodation.
  • Drinks, Tea, Coffee, Hot chocolate, soup.
  • Emergency Rescue evacuation.
  • Tipping (Tips) for guide and porter.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate and dessert.
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Laundry service.
  • Internet call.
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