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Trip Code: NHT141
Trip Grade: Moderate, Strenuous
Max Elevation: 5220 m
Total Duration: 21 days
Best Time: March - May and Sept - Nov
Group Size: Min. 2 People
Set off for a journey to applaud the beauty that lies in the eighth highest mountain of the world i.e. Mt. Manaslu along with a hidden gem in the region known as “Tsum” valley. The glittering snow on the apex touching mountain peak is magnificent and the lush and wild landscape of Tsum valley will leave you in awe. Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek is a recently opened trail that has gained attraction of many travel lovers however the travellers in the region are very less owing to its difficult terrain and very simple accommodation facility.
Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek is a delightful journey that lets you walk along the Nepal-Tibet border enjoying the culturally divine highlands settlements and appreciating the artistic monasteries built in those serene and quaint environment. The dense forests in the region can be a home to many rare and endangered animals and the region is completely banned for hunting, fishing and animal slaughtering. You may get a glimpse of Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep if lucky. Strolling along the rapids of Budhi Gandaki River, Machha Khola and Soti Khola is an amazing experience with the mountains like Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Hiunchuli on our view.
The biggest achievement of Tsum valley and Manaslu Trek is a climb up to Larkya La Pass which is (5220 metres) which is the highest point of our trek. From here, you can get some fascinating views of mountains like Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, Himlung Himal along with some rare views of Annapurna massif. Enjoy the cultural vibrancy that can be found nowhere but in Tsum valley. Visit Mu Gompa, Rachen Gompa and Nunnery temple to get some insights about Tibetan Buddhist culture. The prayer flags, chortens, Mani walls; everything we encounter on our trail during our journey gives a resemblance of Tibetan Buddhist culture. The lifestyle and tradition of the people residing in the valley is unique and traditional. The people in the region have been able to preserve their uniqueness intact without any influence of outer world till date.
Are you excited about your journey to Tsum valley with Manaslu circuit trek? Join Nepal Hiking Team to relish your vacation is a wonderful way.
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Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM) Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Our airport representative will welcome you and explain the program further. There are no planned activities for the day, so check into the hotel. Enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 02 - Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Today, we start our sightseeing tour in Kathmandu Valley which includes the cultural heritages in Kathmandu valley i.e. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Enjoy the artistic palace, art, culture, paintings and history of Nepal. Overnight at Hotel (Breakfast included).
Day 03 - Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft) via Arughat, duration: 8-9 hrs.
You will be picked up by your guide from your hotel, at around 8 a.m. in the morning. We drive for 8 hours to Arughat. Four hours journey from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi (The district headquarter of Dhading (1050m) is a comfortable drive but the rest four hours, from Dhading Besi to Arughat, we will be driving on a rough road. We further drive for 1.5 hrs to Soti Khola in a public jeep. Overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 04 - Soli Khola to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft) Duration: 5-6 hrs.
Today, we follow a trail with constant ups and downs. We walk through the forest and continue upstream along the Budhi Gandaki. Then, we descend to a wide, sandy riverbed and continue along a winding mountain path overlooking the river. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 05 - Machha Khola to Philim (1590m/5215ft) Duration: 6 hrs.
The route climbs ona rugged rocky trail. We climb up and down ravines and notched trees. We get good views of Sringri Himal as we continue up to the village of Philim at 1550m.This is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. There are several good campsites and we set up camp surrounded by alder, blue pine and poplar trees. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 06 - Philim to Ripche (2470m/8101ft) Duration: 6 hrs.
We take the trail up through Philim and head up over a ridge that leads to Ganesh Himal Base camp and Ripche (Lower Tsum). We stay at the night at Ripche. Overnight in local teahouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 07 - Ripche to Nile/Chhule (3360m/11020ft), visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave, 8-9 hrs.
From Ripche we trek to Chhokangparo then Nile. Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo.Chhekamparo is a village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen directly to the south where it provides spectacular views of the Baudha and Himal Chuli peaks to the south-west. Some households in this village practice polyandry. From Chhokangparo we trek to Nile/Chulle. This is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. Nile is on the western, sun-side of the Shiar Khola, about 20 minutes walk across from Chhule. On the way we pass the Piren Phu cave. Piren Phu (pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley. It is located at the foot of a rugged cliff near the village of Burji. Milarepa, the famous Tibetan saint, was believed to have meditated here. There are two separate Gompa attached to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and significant Buddhists paper scripts make this cave one of the most important socio-cultural asset in the valley. Overnight in local teahouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 08 - Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3700m/12136ft), visit Dephyudonma Gompa, 5 hrs
From Nile the trail gradually ascends to Mu Gumba, the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gumba is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. Mu Gumba was established in 1895 AD and is situated at an altitude of 3510m.The monastery houses religious books, including Kangyur, a life sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara.
Dephyudonma Gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley and is situated in the rugged mountains, a 2 hr walk from the village of Chhule and Nile. The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley. The monastery is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangi sect. There are a few campsites and drinking water facilities. Overnight in local teahouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 09 - Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3240m/10630ft) Duration: 05 hrs.
From Mu Gumba we take the trail to Rachen Gumba, a nunnery. The nunnery is situated in the Shiar Khola Valley in the foothills of the mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. Rachen Gumba was established in the year 1905 AD and is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum valley. It houses nuns belonging to the Ngak-pa sect, which does not allow animal slaughter.
The nunnery houses one thousand clay, moulded statues of Avalokiteshwara, a brightly colored, carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. The interior is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history. Overnight in local teahouse.(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 10 - Trek to Deng (1860m) Duration: 7 - 8 hours walking. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Trek to Deng (1860m) Duration: 7 – 8 hours walking. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 11 - Trek to Namrung (2900m/9512ft) Duration: 5 hrs.
We scramble steeply up onto a spectacular trail and descend to cross the river. We pass through some small settlements and ascend to an impressive valley where we encounter various Mani stones (prayer stones) carved into wayside rocks, a sign that we are entering a Tibetan territory. In the afternoon, we make an excursion to the small settlement of Prok. It is a two hour round trip. Overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 12 - Namrung to Lho Gham (3180m/10430ft) Duration: 3-4 hrs.
We continue our trek from Namrung. We steadily climb up into the alpine where we see the first glimpse of Manaslu North and Manaslu. The stunning view of Manaslu is awe inspiring. Overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included).
Day 13 - Trek to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft) Duration: 6 hrs.
We pass the stone gate and a long Mani stone wall of the village, with full view of Peak 29 ahead. We can also make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier to get a close up view of Manaslu. The trial follows a lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier towards Sama. After another 20 minutes walk, we reach Sama Gompa where we stop for a night halt. Overnight at the Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 14 - Acclimatization day at Samagaon
This day has been set aside for acclimatization. An option for full or half day walks has been set aside. Full day walk is towards Manaslu Base Camp (approximately 6-7 hour round trip). Alternatively, there are half day walks either to the glacier across the valley or to Birendra Ta. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 15 - Samagaon to Samdo (3690m/12103ft) Duration: 3 hrs
Crosses pasture areas and gradually ascends to the valley. Fantastic views of the mountains, especially Manaslu, are ahead of us as we reach Samdo (3860m), a Tibetan refugee village. This remote village is only a day’s walk from the Tibetan border. In the afternoon we will explore the village and the surrounding hills. Stay overnight at a guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 16 - Samdo to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft) Duration: 4 hrs
After crossing a couple of streams, we’ll reach the Larkya Bazaar. This is a village which thrived from trade with Tibet years ago. After a steady climb, we will arrive at our lodge at 4450m. It is the last overnight stay before the pass. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 17 - Trek to Bhimphedi (3590m/11775ft) via Cross Larkya La pass (5220m/17121ft) Duration: 8 hrs.
We climb Cho Chanda and slowly head uphill towards the steep snowed-up pass. The panorama from the top is magnificent: Himlung Himal (7126meter), Cheo Himal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6981meters) and the Annapurna II (7937meters). Then, we descend steep, through moraines to Bhimphedi. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 18 - Trek to Tilje (2300m/7544ft) Duration: 5 hrs.
With a gentle climb through the paddy fields, we head towards Karcha La pass. The trial descends through fig trees and rhododendron forests to Tilje. Overnight at the guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 19 - Trek to Chamje (1410m/4625ft) Duration: 6-7 hrs
We climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a Chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani.
Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall then short descend to Chamche village. Stay overnight at Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
Day 20 - Drive to Kathmandu (1337m) Duration: 8 hrs
We catch a local jeep to Beshisahar and then drive to Kathmandu in a private car. Stay overnight at Hotel (Breakfast and Lunch Included).
Day 21 - Farewell
Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport.
- All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
- Manaslu and Tsum valley special trekking permits as well as Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fee.
- Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking
- Duffle bag for trekking
- Nepal Hiking Team T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medical kit
- Government taxes and office service charge
- Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- Cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot shower during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
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