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Hiker Himalaya Treks & Expedition

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trip code TVMT-05
Package name Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek
Duration 26 Days
Max. elevation 5130 Meter
Level MODERATE
Transportation private vehicle and comfortable public bus ticket as itinearary
Accomodation Three-star hotel in Kathmandu; and Tea house lodges during the trek
Starts at kathmandu
Ends at kathmandu
Trip route Kathmandu-Barpak-Laprak-Khorlabesi-Philim-Chokhangparo-mu Gompa-Chumje-Samagaon-Bimthang (3590m) via Larkya Pass-Dharapani-Besisahar-Kathmandu
Cost USD 1,887 per person

Highlights

Overview

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking, a blend of both exciting combinations covering nearly all parts of Nepal's Mid-West Himalaya. Located on high Gorkha district, where Old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan Trail passed through this scenic valley. Towards the border of Nepal and Tibet, where the natives of Tsum Valley and Manaslu still follow the Tibetan cultures. Adventure around the highland of Gorkha district beyond Ganesh, Manaslu Himalaya, on a less trekked region of Tsum valley and around Manaslu.

Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit falls within a restricted area of Nepal due to its close border to Tibet. The area was opened for trekkers in 1991 and Tsum Valley trek in 2008 within remote isolation of the Tibetan realm. The valley is enriched with beautiful Gompas/monasteries, an exclusive region for trekking around the hidden Shangri-La, and a paradise. After reaching the highest settlement at Mu Gompa 3,800 m high, then on the trail of Manaslu Circuit. Where walk leads on a scenic valley through a number of lovely villages of Lo-Gaon, Bhi towards Sama-Gaon.

Located directly behind the great Manaslu range of peaks, Mt. Manaslu at 8,163 m towers high as the world’s 8th highest peaks. In between massive Ganesh Himal towards the east with Annapurna Himalaya in the west with Damodar Himal around the north direction. Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trekking starts from mid-hills at Barphak village after a drive from Kathmandu around Gorkha district. Walk follows up and downhill to Khorlabesi to join the main trail of Manaslu Circuit and Tsum valley.

Following Buri Gandaki to the mid-way where Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit separate from the village after Deng. From here into strong Buddhism culture and tradition similar to Tibetan custom, where the language of Manaslu and Tsum resembles. Adventure first leads to the hidden area of Tsum, known as the valley of happiness, an interesting country with isolated villages. Following the trail through Chokanparo, Nile villages to the last settlement at Mu Gompa, located behind massive Ganesh Himal. After a wonderful experience around Tsum Valley exploring remote wilderness and its lovely villages facing tremendous views of snow Mountains. Next adventure towards Manaslu high valley following the main trail of Manaslu Circuit, then reaching at the end Manaslu valley. Right at the base of the high Larke-La Pass, the forms a boundary of the Gorkha and Manang districts. 

The adventure leads to a steep long climb on top Larke-La Pass at 5,106 m high, and then downhill towards the Manang area. Walk back into the dense green forest of rhododendron and pine tree lines to Dharapani village, where the adventurous trek ends. From Dharapani village where the drive takes you to Kathmandu, after a memorable adventure around Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu Valley (1300m):

After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representatives will be there to greet you. Shortly after the welcome, you will be transferred to a good hotel in Kathmandu. You will meet your trekking guide after you've freshened up who will detail you on the trip. You will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine for dinner as a welcome gesture.

Day 2 : Sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley:

After your morning breakfast, you will be taken for a tour of spiritual attractions around Kathmandu Valley. These historic, religious landmarks are world heritage sites and you'll immerse yourself in the different rituals and the cultural diversity found in the capital. The Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath), Lord Shiva Temple (Pashupatinath), Buddhist Shrine (Bouddhanth) is popular destinations where you will find lots of different religious activities and rituals being performed. In the afternoon, you will have an orientation and trip discussion. You should prepare for your trip starting tomorrow.

Day 3 : Drive to Barpak (2000m):

After 6 hours of drive through the hilly roads, you will reach Barpak. The drive takes you through hilly sceneries, and you can experience the lifestyle of people living in the capital of medieval Nepal.

Day 4 : Trek to Laprak (6 to 7 hours)

On this day, you will trek east into the main valley of the Budi Gandaki River. A small ascend takes you to the pass of Gupsi Dada (3000m) where you can enjoy the beautiful panorama of Buddhi, Ganesh Himal, Shringi, and Langtang range. From the pass, you will descend to Laprak which is a beautiful Gurung community.

Day 5 : Trek to Khorlabesi (875m) [7 to 8 hours]:

Trekking eastward to Manaslu main valley, you will descend from Larpak to cross a suspension bridge. A steep climb passing the village of Singla provides magnificent views of Manaslu Himal and the range. You will descend down to Kholrabesi for your overnight stay.

Day 6 : Trek to Jagat (1410m) [6 hours]:

After a short trek along the trail, you will reach Tatopani, a natural hot spring. From there, you cross the suspension bridge of the Budhi Gandaki River and climb on a ridge to Dobhan. You will set the trail on the rugged rail of Duman. The trail can be difficult due to the stone stairs but you are rewarded with the wondrous nature and its scenery. Trekking along the Budhi Gandaki River and a short climb reach the village of Jagat.

Day 7 : Trek to Philim (1590m) [3 hours]:

On this day, you will trek towards Salleri along the rocky ridge. The trail continues to Ghatta Khola, and passes upstream to a long suspension bridge, and reaches Philim. Philim is a large village of Gurung community.

Day 8 : Trek to Chumling (2363m) [7 hours]:

Trekking north of Philim across the forest narrows down to the valley. Soon after crossing the gorge, you will descend down the trail from the lush pine forest. Trailing along the rugged trail through the pine and rhododendrons, you will ascend to Pass Lokpa for the amazing views of the Himalchuli Mountains. You will arrive at Chumling shortly after passing a few villages. There is an old unexplored Chumling gompa along the stone streets in the village.

Day 9 : Trek to Chokhangparo (3010m) [6 hours]:

Crossing the suspension bridge begins the trek from Chumling. You can enjoy the terrific views of the Ganesh Himal. Trekking along the Rainjham and Serpu Khola leads to the unexplored hidden valley of Tsum. A steep climb leads to Chhokangparo which lets you enjoy the amazing views of wondrous Himalchuli (7893m).

Day 10 : Trek to the Nile (3361m) [6 hours]:

Climbing above Chokangparo leads to Rachen Gompa. You will pass through Milarepa's cave. The famous Monk Milarepa meditated here during the 11th century between the mountains. Crossing Shair Khola and continuing the trek through the villages of Phurba, Pangdun reaches Chhule. A small climb upstream through the bridge arrives at the Nile.

Day 11 : Trek to Bhajyo (Chhekya 4030m) [4 hours]:

On this day, you will trek west of the valley climbing up to Mu Gompa. You will get the amazing landscapes of Tibetan Peaks and Ganesh Himal as you will be close to the Tibetan border. Climbing further reaches Bhajyo. You will not find local houses, but few yak farms in the rugged region. You can explore the area after your lunch at Bhajyo.

Day 12 : Acclimatization at Chhekya:

You will rest at Chhekya for acclimatization. Resting for a day grants time for your body to adapt to this climate. You can stroll the rugged highlands around Bhajyo. The place also provides wonderful views of Ngala Dhojyang pass and glaciers of Yamdro valley.

Day 13 : Trek from Chhekya to Rachen Gompa (3240m) [6 hours]:

Today, you will descend to Rachen Gompa. Rachen Gumba is a nunnery in the Shiar Khola Valley since 1905 A.D. It is one of the largest nunneries in the region. You can enjoy the splendid painting of interiors which are filled with Buddhist mural paintings.

Day 14 : Trek to Chumje (3230m) [6 hours]:

You will continue trekking south and descend to Chhokangparo. Trekking down the trail for two hours you will reach the small Gompa, Gho. Trekking northern route in the lower Tsum valley reaches Change.

Day 15 : Trek to Bihi (3130m) [5 hours]:

the northern route, you will pass the village of Dorjon Kharkha and Rana. After crossing a large suspension bridge in the main valley of Manaslu Budhi Gandaki river, and trekking for a while you will reach the village of Bihi for an overnight stay.

Day 16 : Trek to Namrung (2540m):

Today you will trek along a relatively flat terrain initially. The trail slowly ascends through the forest arriving at Namrung. You can enjoy the wonderful panorama of Manaslu and other peaks from the trail.

Day 17 : Trek to Lho (3180m):

You will be trekking Buddhism influenced region again. You will trek along with the spiritual architects and influences along the trail. Climbing through the forest of Lhi serves the spectacular rise of Ganesh Himal. After descending to Sho, you will take another steep climb and reach the campsite, which is on a ridge.

Day 18 : Trek to Samagaon (3530m) [6 hours]:

You will follow the small tributary of Budi Gandaki along the shady fir forest. After a short climb to a plateau reaches the village, Shayla. You will find surrounded by high mountains: Himal Chuli, Peak 29, Manaslu, and the range. You can see large glaciers, snowy summits, and the high standing Ganesh Himal. At the end of the village, stays a monastery of Sama. The village is inhabited by the Tibetans and you can get a rich experience of the Buddhist culture.

Day 19 : Trek to Samdo (3860m) [5 hours]:

Trek down to Budi Gandaki and follow the river north. Taking the left trail leads to Manaslu Base Camp. The Larkya La trail will pass through several Mani walls and leads to a shelf above the river passing the lush forests of Juniper and Birch in Kermo Khalkha. You will climb down the shelf, crossing a wooden bridge, and climb steeply on a promontory between the forks of the Budhi Gandaki river. You will reach Samdo after passing through a large white Kani.

Day 20 : Trek to High Camp (4460m) [5 hours]:

Continuing your walk down the edge, you will cross a wooden bridge and start trekking uphill. You will cross multiple streams and can witness the amazing Larkya Glacier. Going around the valley of Salka Khola and taking a small climb reaches the stone guest house at 4450m. The guest house is more of a shelter and is called a Dharmashala. You will stay at the Dharmashala in Larkya Phedi and camp for the night. Tomorrow you will cross the famous Larkya Pass.

Day 21 : Trek to Bimthang (3590m) via Larkya Pass [8 hours]:

Taking an early start, you will trek across the moraines of the glacier, ascending gradually into the steppe, challenging trail. After the climb, you will reach the Larkya Pass, where you will savor the spectacular views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kanguru, and the huge Annapurna II. After the spectacular views of the sky-high mountains, you will trek to Bimtang along the rugged low land pastures. You will reach Bimtang experiencing the evening mist coming in from Manaslu. It's a wonderful experience you would not want to miss.

Day 22 : Trek to Dharapani (1860m) [7 hours]:

Today you will descend from Bimthang (3590m) to Dharapani (1860m). The trail could be difficult due to the rugged trail and a great descend. From the valley of Burdin Khola, you will pass rhododendron forests reaching Karcher which is the highest cultivating place in the valley. You will descend to the village of Gho. Following the north bank of the river, you will reach Tilje and cross the wooden bridge of Dudh Khola and continue the trail to Dharapani.

Day 23 : Trek to Ghermu (1100m) [7 hours]:

You will descend further into the Marshangdi River, crossing the suspension bridge. Climbing up and away from the river, you will hike through a wide, flat valley and reach the village of Tal (1675m). The village of Tal stays at the foot of a large waterfall, with an amazing climate. Following the trail, you reach Chyamje and trekking up and down along the river, reach Jagat. A steep descent from the Jagat through the Marshyangdi valley reaches Syange by crossing the Marshyangdi River. A short hike reaches Ghermu.

Day 24 : Trek to Besisahar (800m) [4 hours]:

From the Marsyangdi valley, you will trek through the interesting villages of Bhulbhule, Khudi, etc. These villages have terrace fields on the banks of the Marshyangdi River, and the villages are clung very high to the hillsides. You will next walk on a flat trail alongside the left bank of Marsyangdi. A last trek up the rugged trail reaches Besi Sahar and touches the urbanization. You will rest at Besisahar and drive back to Kathmandu tomorrow.

Day 25 : Drive back to Kathmandu Valley [7 hours]:

You will take a drive back to Kathmandu along the banks of Marshyangdi and the Trishuli River. The hour-long drive is filled with picturesque scenery of the high hills, a glimpse of mountains, terrace farming, and villages. After you reach Kathmandu, you can spend the rest of the day resting or stroll around the valley shopping for souvenirs. You will have a grand farewell dinner, enjoy the amazing meals and celebrate the success of the journey.

Day 26 : International Departure:

The amazing, wondrous, long, strenuous journey has officially ended. You will have enough time before your flight to organize photos, trade emails with your companions, or shop/stroll around. Our representative will drop you at the International Airport and say goodbye. As you board your flight and reach the clouds, you will remember trekking above the misty clouds, and you will wish to come back to Nepal for another exciting adventure.

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