Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Duration: 24 Days 5 reviews

About Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is a 24 days tea house trek taking hikers up close to the eighth highest mountain in the world – Mount Manaslu at 8,163m, and through the hidden valley of Tsum. It opened in the early 90s and kept nature's beauty secure from the outer world. It is a restricted area so even though it is open for trekkers now the beauty and vibes are full on the way.

The average day walk is 6 to 7 hours. This trek demands a good level of fitness to explore to its core.

The Tsum Valley on the journey has elevations exceeding 3,000 meters, does not requires crossing the Larkya La at 5,160 meters but sometimes takes a walk over snow and ice.

The walk as a whole has roaring rivers and waterfalls, difficult rocky pathways clinging to cliff sides, Gurung villages with terraced rice fields, lengthy suspension bridges (that test one's mental stamina), and mani walls, chortens, and other Buddhist temples, especially on the Tsum Valley route.

The people, culture, and geography of the Tsum Valley, also known as the Hidden Valley, are quite similar to those of Tibet.

The journey really passes quite near the Tibetan border. There is a chance to encounter Buddhist nuns and monks on this walk and visit Milarepa's Cave.

Additionally, keep an eye out for stunning mountain birds like the Lophophorus, which is Nepal's national bird.

There are breathtaking views of Mount Manaslu as well as the Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Ganesh Himal, and Larkye Peak Himalayan ranges.

Likewise, Icefalls and frozen lakes, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru, and the enormous Annapurna II are seen in magnificence from Larkya La pass.

This trek is for people who want to go across various civilizations and varying landscapes all in one trip. A unique experience and stunning sights of snow-capped mountains are rewarded for your determined trip to the Manaslu region. This naturally and culturally enriched valley trekking varies from 1905m in Lhokpa to over 5093m at Ngula Dhojhyang pass on the Tibetan border.

Highlights

  • Attractive views of Himalchuli (7,893m), Manaslu (8163m), Annapurna range, Shringi(7,187m), Ganesh Himal, Poshyop, and other mountains
  • Visit remote parts of Nepal and numerous Gompas which reflect the direct influence of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Enchanting waterfalls, rivers, suspension bridges
  • Beautiful flora and fauna
  • Mix cultures and different landscapes
  • Discover an incredibly complex path that offers every kind of scenic and cultural experience a hiker could desire.
  • One of Nepal's most comprehensive treks offering calm and peace.
  • Raging waters of the Budhi Gandaki in the Manaslu area are breathtaking.
  • Tsum valley's vibrant Buddhist culture, is reflected in its many monasteries, nunneries, chortens, and other structures.
  • Reaching Larkya La pass
  • Tours to Gompa Lungdang, Ganesh Himal Base Camp, Kal Tal, the border with Tibet, Pungen Gompa, and Manaslu Base Camp

Itinerary

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Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1,345m) at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA)

The starting day of your trek includes your arrival in the capital city of Nepal. You stay overnight at Hotel. Also, you have a choice of taking a short walk through the famous busy alleys or streets here such as the Asan, Thamel, and Basantapur areas.

  • Hotel
  • 1,345m

On the second day, you will roam over the Kathmandu world heritages and try some Nepalese cuisines. You also have to pack your essentials for your trek toward the Manaslu region. You stay overnight at the hotel.

  • BLD
  • Hotel

You will start the trek from Kathmandu where you are blessed with sightseeing of heritage sites. After that, you take a road trip to Aarughat Bazaar which is in the Gorkha district and rest there for a day. You can enjoy remote village sightseeing which is on the bank of the river. 

  • BLD
  • Hotel

The next day, you increase your trek elevation from Aarughat Bazaar (620m) to Sotikhola(700m). On the way up to Sotikhola, you will pass by a narrow road, fast-flowing rivers, terraced fields, and a suspension bridge. After 4 hours of hike, you finally take a rest in a hotel or lodge.

  • BLD
  • Hotel
  • 700m

The next day, on the fifth day of the Trek. It is the final road hike with Maccha Khola as the destination. After 5 hours of trek, you rest at the hotel. The route passes through densely forested Budhi Gandaki valley and several small villages also observing the Himalayas peaks.

  • BLD
  • Hotel
  • 870m

 For day 6 you head up towards Jagat. On the way, you can enjoy a natural hot spring, Tato Pani. It takes about 6- 7 hours of trek to reach Jagat which resides at an elevation of 1340m. 

  • BLD
  • Hotel
  • 1,340m

You go through the numerous villages while hiking up to Lokpa. The Syar Rivers' junction is seen from the Tsum Valley as the rivers get narrow. To get to Lokpa village, the first settlement in Tsum valley that offers unobstructed views of the Manaslu mountain, we travel down the valley's bank.

  • BLD
  • Hotel
  • 2,240m

The route to Chumling from Lokpa is filled with stunning views of Baudha Himal (6672m) and Ganesh Himal VI. You pass through the Lingwa river valley and climb to a dense rhododendron forest and after many hours of walking settle down in Chumling.

  • BLD
  • Tea House
  • 2,420m

Today, we go across the inner Himalayan region's higher valley. The route continues down to Domje, the biggest city in the Tsum Valley, following the Syar River. We continue to ascend from Domje till we reach Chhokangparo. Chhokangparo offers stunning views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal on clear days. Along with Tibetan Chiya (butter tea), traditional cuisine, and the hospitality of the locals are all available to you in Chhokangparo.

  • BLD
  • Tea House
  • 3,140m

The highest point of the Tsum Valley Trek, Mu Gompa, is reached after a short hike from the Chhokanparo along the west side of the valley near the Tibetan border. Through the usually dry and dusty Himalayan environment, we trek up through yak farms. The Mu Gompa monastery offers stunning mountain views and a number of chortens. You also have the chance to visit Dhephu Doma Gompa, one of the Tsum's oldest monasteries.

  • BLD
  • Tea House
  • 3,700m

The next day, you cross the Shikhar river on the upper north Tsum valley. In addition, you get the opportunity to visit historically important places cross a suspension bridge over the Shiar River, and go on through a number of villages until you reach the Nile.

  • BLD
  • Tea House
  • 3,361m

As we approach Gho, we resume our trek from the Nile. To go to Rainjam Village, you will have to cross a suspension bridge close to Gho and continue walking. After leaving Rainjam Village and traveling through Tsum Valley, you arrive in Chumling, where you will spend the rest of the day.

  • BLD
  • Tea House
  • 2,420m

Today's travel should be simpler since you will be leaving Chumling and continuing downward. To go to Lokpa Village, you will be traveling along the Shair Khola's bank. You could come across sizable herds of sheep and goats along the trail on a sunny day. then, you pass Deng(Gurung village) and walk till you reach Bhi-Phedi.

  • BLD
  • Tea House
  • 1,900m

Before taking us to Ghap, the trail begins to meander in and out of the valley canyons and crosses the Serang Khola (2160m). The valley steepens as we make our way out of Ghap and begin the hard climb through bamboo and rhododendron trees. You will arrive at Namrung Village, the gateway to the Nupri area, after crossing a few raging rivers.

  • BLD
  • Tea House
  • 2,630m

You travel through many Mani wall entrance gates, numerous Buddhist Gompas, and a few villages as we depart Namrung. The valley then widens, and Sho Village is on the way. This town is renowned for its stunning views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North and has a large number of yaks (7,157m). Likewise, the climb and descent through different villages lead you to Samagaon. You will see two rows of houses which is a central part of Samagaon.

  • BLD
  • Tea House
  • 3,540m

An acclimatization day !!! Thousands of mani stones with Buddhist writings and sculptures can be seen in Sama Gaon. Samagaon is a settlement close to Manaslu Base Camp. Today is a day of rest, although you can go on optional excursions to see Birendra Lake or Pungyen Gompa or explore the nearby glacier moraine.

  • BLD
  • Tea House

We leave Sama Gaon early in the morning and travel to Samdo. We stroll through the terraced fields next to the ancient mani walls, across the wooden bridge spanning the Budhi Gandaki, and then gradually climb to the Samdo valley.

  • BLD
  • Tea House
  • 3,875m

The climb up to the Larkya La Pass begins at another mani wall. After navigating two streams, you arrive at the Larkya Glacier. Then, you cross the Salka Khola Valley, ascend once more, and arrive at a stone guest house (4,450 m), also known as Larkya La Phedi or Dharmasala, which is not a lodge but more a type of resting spot. You will have stunning views of the Larkya Glacier and the magnificent Manaslu peak today. The next day, we get ready to cross Larkya La Pass while taking a nap in Larkya La Phedi.

  • BLD
  • Guest House

The trek begins with a gradual climb across the glacier. Following the slope, we arrive at a hill with prayer flags. You begin the final, difficult climb to the pass after going to the four ice lakes. La Larkya Pass resides at an elevation of 5160m. It’s the highest altitude throughout your whole trek. The pass provides stunning panoramic views of the enormous Annapurna II, Kanguru, Minjung, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. From the top of the pass, we enjoy the breathtaking views. Then take a trail leading downward to Bhimthang. 

  • BLD
  • Tea house

On day 20, you trek down to Tilije village (2300m) to the high pasture from the rocky terrain of the Himalayan region. 

  • BLD
  • Lodges
  • 2,300m

Through a stone bridge, you will leave Tilije and go down the Dudh Khola's embankment as it drops through the scrub forest. The houses of Dharapani eventually become visible in the distance as you continue walking, and the walls of the Marsyangdi Valley start to become larger. You will next cross a wooden bridge and a chorten-shaped bridge to pass Thonje village before arriving at Dharapani. But until you reach Tal, your route continues along the Marsyangdi River's sandy banks.

  • BLD
  • Lodge / Hotel
  • 1,700m

Last trekking day. You will hike through the tal region and reach syange village.

  • BLD
  • Lodge / Hotel
  • 1,200m

Finally, you drive for 5 to 6 hours from syange village to Kathmandu. 

  • BLD
  • Hotel

Your Manaslu tsum valley trek is officially ended here.

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    What’s Included

    • Airport pick up & drop by private transport.
    • Guided tour in Kathmandu (Private car + tour Guide)
    • 3-night standard accommodation on a B/B plan at Hotel Nepalaya or a similar category in KathmanduTransportation by local bus from
    • Kathmandu to Aarughat (trekking starting point) and at the end from Syange to Kathmandu.
    • Guide during the trek (his salary, food, insurance, accommodation, transportation)
    • Your food 3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek in the guest houses.
    • Porters (their salary food, insurance, accommodation, 1 porter for two clients)
    • Your accommodation in the mountain(Normal but neat & clean on twin sharing basis) in the teahouse during the trek
    • Permit fees (MCAP, ACAP, Manaslu, Tsum valley restricted)
    • Medical kits
    • Sleeping bag & Down jacket during the trek (need to be returned after finishing your trek)
    • Rescue Arrangements for emergency evacuation (just in case you have any problem in the mountain during your trek rescue help from our company but money is paid by your insurance company, need personal insurance)
    • Register your name in the embassy
    • Last Night's cultural/Farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant
    • All Government tax
    • All bar bills during the trek (soft drinks, hot drinks & alcoholic drinks)
    • Monument entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
    • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner)
    • Travel insurance is required for emergency rescue and evacuation.
    • Sweets, Cigarettes, Telephone bills, hot shower, Battery Charge, Wi-Fi, Heater Charge, and your personal expenses, and equipment during your trek beyond I mentioned above in a price included a section
    • Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances is beyond Himalaya Hub Adventure.
    • Tips for field staff (Driver, Guide, porter)

    Useful Information

    Note - Manaslu Trek is consider as a restricted trekking route, so you need minimum 2 people for this trip or you need to buy an extra permit, single travellers are not permitted to this trail.

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