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Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Price starting from

$2,070 USD 1,887

per person

Duration

26 days

Max. Elevation

5130m

Group size

Min 2 Pax

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
private vehicle and comfortable public bus ticket as itinearary
Best Season
March-may, September-November
Accomodation
Three-star hotel in Kathmandu; and Tea house lodges during the trek
Meals
Breakfast in Kathmandu; and three meals per day (breakfast+lunch+dinner and cup of tea/coffee) 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

Highlights

  • The scenic drive from Kathmandu to Barpak.
  • Culture sightseeing.
  • Mu Gompas in Tsum valley.
  • Milarepa Piren Phu Cave (pigeon cave), is the most sacred cave in the Tsum valley.
  • The historical Dephyudonma and Rachen monastery, are the oldest monasteries in the Tsum valley.
  • Trekking around Mt Manaslu (8,163 m) the world's eighth tallest mountain.
  • Side trip around the Biren Lake, one of the popular lakes, or Monasteries, Punhyen Glacier, or hike to Mount Manaslu Base Camp during the rest day at Samagaon.
  • Majestic view of glaciers, Lakes, rock, and mountains of Mt. Manasalu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh, and many more on Nepal- Tibet border from high crossing Larkya la pass.
  • The unique cultural blend of Tibetan Nupri and Gurung inhabitants.
  • Ancient Buddhist stupas, monasteries, and Tibetan lifestyle.
  • Side-trip to Birendra Lake or Incredibly diverse scenery rich in wildlife.
  • An ancient trading route to Tibet.
  • Less crowded path than other trekking regions.

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.

Important Note

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Trip Itinerary

Day

1
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Inclusions

  • Airport picks up and drops by the private vehicle.
    • Three-night accommodation Three-star hotel in Kathmandu breakfast/WIFI included (Twin share base).
    • Kathmandu sightseeing comfortable touristic van with a tour guide. 
    • Professional English-speaking trekking guide with first aid kit.
    • Porter during the trek (1 Porter between 2 people).
    • Stuff, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment.
    • Three times meals during the treks (breakfast, lunch dinner cup of tea/ coffee), and 3 times a cup of tea.
    • Public bus Kathmandu to Barpak.
    • All special permits for Manaslu & Tsum valley region.
    • Tea house accommodation during the trek.
    • Annapurna conservation area permits.
    • Manaslu Conservation area permits. 
    • The public bus transports Besi Sahar to Kathmandu.
    • Farewell dinner Nepali Nepali Local food.
    • Tourist’s service charge, vat.
    • International airfare & Nepali visa fee.
    • Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu.
    • personal expenses (phone. Call, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, trekking person equipment, etc...).
    • Travel insurance.
    • private transportations Kathmandu to the trek start point and trek endpoint to Kathmandu.
    • Donation and entrance fee during a sightseeing tour.
    • Tips for staff (it is expected).

    Complimentary

      • Welcome dinner in a famous Nepali restaurant with a Nepali culture dance program.
      • Manaslu area trekking map.
      • Seasonal Fruits during the trek.
      • Sleeping bag during the trek, (refundable after the trek).
      • Trekking Pools (to be returned after completion of the trip).
      • Certificate of achievement.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Compared to other popular areas of trekking Tsum valley and Manaslu Circuit is fairly newly opened areas for trekking. 1991 Manaslu has been allowed for outside visitors since 1991 and Tsum Valley late during 2008. Buts all travelers require special permits to enter around this restricted region of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit.

    Starts with a moderate walk with a climb to Barphak village and downhill to join the main trail of Manaslu Circuit and Tsum valley. The walking trail is well maintained by villagers, the only hard section is going steep uphill for some hours for a few days, on reaching Manaslu and Tsum Valley, walk-on gradual ups and downs. The only tough steep climb is on the day crossing high Larke-La pass, where the climb is of more than 3-4 hours till you reach on top of Larke-La pass at5,106 m and 16,752 feet high. From the pass, a long descend to Bhimthang and then on the gradual downhill with a few short climb to Dharapani village where the walk ends then drive back to Kathmandu.

    Mt. Manaslu is listed as the world's 8th highest mountain with a series of satellite peaks such as Bauddha and Himal Chuli peaks above 7,000 m high, Mt. Manaslu is 8,163 m and 26, 781 feet high. Located Nepal Far North Mid-West Himalaya, on Old Himalaya Trans Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan Route Trails of Nepal and Tibet / China.

    At present motorable has extended till Machha-Khola and close to Barphak village which saves two days of trekking duration, and after crossing high Larke-la pass, on entering Manang area, the motorable road meets at Dharapani village at the end of the trek. Where one drives back to Kathmandu or stays overnight at Besisar town before heading to Kathmandu.

    As per the season, normally morning and late afternoon till night time it gets much cold, including on shady places away from sun-lights. In the high trekking season from March to May, the weather is fine and clear with sunny days, maximum temperatures of + 20 to + 25 degrees Celsius, minimum of - 5 to - 10 degrees Celsius, especially from Sama village till Larke-La Pass. Where the wind-chill factor adds colder.

    In autumn/fall which is one of the best and high seasons, + 16 to + 20 degrees Celsius, minimum of - 10 to - 15 degrees Celsius, especially from Sama and Samdu village till Dharapani is reached with coldest wind-chill factor on crossing Larke-La Pass. However, walking keeps you warm as well inside the cozy lodge, after ending a nice scenic trek of the day.

    During the high season gets more trekkers during spring and autumn, due to the restricted trekking zone, where trekkers must obtain a special permit to enter the high Manaslu valley. Where visitors need to pay a special extra fee that makes less number of trekkers than other normal mainstream trekking destinations of Nepal Himalaya. At present, it is getting more popular where the number of trekkers has increased over the years.


    Normally, all trekkers are aware of traveling around Asian and developing countries, the only major problem trekkers can find is altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). However, some trekkers can get sick like diarrhea and from high altitude walks for normal symptoms rest for a few days till the victims' recovers and is able to continue walking.

    But in a severe and serious situation, the only way of fast and immediate emergency rescue is by helicopter service, to reach the nearest hospital and medical care. In this emergency case where victims have to bear all the expenses to be claimed from their health and medical insurance.

    Barphak village lodges of homely type with nice simple huts but clean rooms and food menu is limited. But from Jagat to Sama-Gaon the lodges are much better with good food with a long list of food menus. Around Tsum valley the lodges are simple and basic, with normal good meals, but as you reach large villages foods of various choices from Continental, Indian, Chinese, and Tibetan with typical Nepalese foods. Most lodges have common baths and toilets due to harsh terrain and cold climate.

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