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Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek (21 days)

Trip Code:NET-TR-TVMC2

  • Trip Type Lodge/Camping
  • Duration 21 days
  • Grade Difficult
  • Max.Altitude 5135 m.
  • Group Size 2+
  • Travel Mode Land
Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek

Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek

Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek is a moderate to strenuous trek involving long hours of trekking and crossing high Himalayan passes. The trek offers you a rare opportunity to experience both the beauties of both Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit. Trekkers are required to get special permits to enter the Tsum Valley since it falls in the restricted area zone. 
 
Regarded as a heavenly refuge blessed by Padmasambhava himself,  Tsum offers one of the most scenic valleys, villages, streams, teeming vegetation, towering mountain, cascading waterfalls, unspoiled hot springs and ancient relics gompas. The majestic panormas of Baudha Himal, Himal Chuli, Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal will be an eternal attraction for any traveler. Once you enter the Manaslu circuit, you will be awarded with spectacular views of Manaslu Himalayan ranges including Manaslu (8163m), the eight highest mountain in the world. 
 
One of the interesting features of this trek is the people and their unique culture and lifestyle that are completely untouched by any form of modernity. The ethnic inhabitants of Tsum and Manaslu include Nubri, Tsum, Bhotias and Gurung people. Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) is currently overseeing the conservation of local culture and nature in the region. The region is home to many endangered and rare species, e.g., Red Pandas, Assam Macaque, Black lipped pika, Mainland Serow, Himalayan blue pine, rhododendron. 
 
Tsum Valley with Manaslu Trek can be done either during Spring (March, April, May) or Autumn (September, October, November) season. Both teahouse (sometimes home-stay) and camping are available along this trekking region however lodges are of basic standards. 

 Trip code: NET-TR-TVMC2
  Region Manaslu Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 21 days
 Trip Type: Lodge/Camping
 Trip Grade: Difficult
 Min. Group Size 2+
 Max Altitude: 5135 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
 Transportaion: Land
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 2-3 Star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu.
Lodge (Teahouse) or Camping Accommodation during Trek

Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570m.) takes about seven hours. You drive along well paved road up to Dhading Besi along the bank of Khani Khola, Trishuli River and Thopal Khola. It is a beautiful picturesque journey passing through green hill, flowing stream, farming terraces, villages, small market and most of all mountains at far distance. Leaving Dhading Besi you continue your drive along gravel and bumpy path all the way to Arughat Bazaar. Arughat is an old market situated at the bank of Budhi Gandaki River.

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Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (530m.) takes about six hours. You trek over a flat leveled path along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River through mostly terraces, numerous villages, green hills, some pretty waterfalls and green forest. To reach Soti Khola, the trail fluctuates uphill and downhill through forest of Sal, Chilaune and other local vegetation. Soti Khola is a village at the bank of Budhi Gandaki. 

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Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m.) takes about six hours. The zigzag path passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valley until you reach Lapu Besi. This is a village mainly covered by Mongolian inhabitants. Now you again traverse the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola. There is a small market with a few shops and lodges. 

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Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m.) takes about six hours. You cross the Machha Khola [Fish Stream] and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path you reach the single teahouse at Doban. At Lauri, you cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where you camp. 

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Trek from Jagat to Lokpa/Lukuwa (2240m.) takes about six hours. The early part of trek moves gently uphill and then follows a flat leveled path. You cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki before you enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurungs. Form Philim you climb a gradual up hill stopping for lunch at Ekle Bhatti. Lokpa is the first village as you enter the Tsum valley.

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Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (2385m.), takes about 6 hours. En route, we cross Sarti Gorge and Rock Fall.

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Trek from Chumling to Chhokang Paro (3030m.), takes about 6 and half hours. We begin the journey by crossing the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village.  Another continuous 2 and half hours climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. From here, we can enjoy the panoramic views of Himalchuli (7893m) and Ganesh Himal (7140m.).

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Trek from Chhokang Paro (3030m.) to Chule (3350m.) / Nile (3360m.), takes about 7 hours. We begin our journey heading towards Nile from Chokhangparo. We will pass Lamagaon crossing rope suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa, which is also famous as Nunnery Gompa. We will make a small visit there and then we cross the Shiar Khola. Continue walking through the well managed villages with unique settlements and Lar (micro hydro power), Phurbe and Pangdun. Leaving old historic Stupa of Bhudda in a way crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally reach Nile.

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Trek from Chule (3350m.) / Nile (3360m.) to Mu Gumba (3705m.), takes about 6 hours. Today, we are very close to the Tibetan border. We will walk to the Mu Gompa and explore the valley. We also visit the monastery and Dhephu Doma Gompa.

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Trek from Mu Gumba to Dumje (2440m.) via Rachen Gumba (3240m.), takes about 7 and half hours.

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Trek from Dumje to Bihi (2130m.) which takes about 6 to 7 hours. En route, we will cross villages called Lokpa (2240 m.) and Deng (1860 m.). Deng is particularly famous for Gurung culture and tradition as well as Mani Wall. From here, we can observe magnificent view of Mt. Siringi.  

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Trek from Bihi to Namrung (2900m.) takes about five hours. In the beginning, you trek almost a flat leveled path and then the trail moves uphill all the way to Namrung through forest. From here, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu, rock hills, a green valley and ridges. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries; a water turbine, hydro electricity power house, Mani walls, Chortens and prayer flags can be seen fluttering in the sky. The typical houses remind you of Tibetan architecture.
 
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Trek from Namrung to Lho Gaon (3100m.) takes about four hours. You trek over a winding path moves through the inner Himalayan range. On the way, you can enjoy mountain views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak, and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. As you go up the vegetation decreases. You come across Mani walls, Chortens, prayer flags and monasteries. Before you reach Lho Gaon, you pass a Tibetan village and Lihi Gaon. You can catch panoramic views of Mt. Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Dwijen Himal, Saula Himal, Lajing peak and others from Lho Gaon. 
 
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Trek from Lho Gaon to Sama Gaon (3390m.) takes about four hours. You follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As you continue on the main trail you soon reach the fields of Sama Gaon, 3500m. You camp at Sama Gompa, 20 minutes beyond the village near the Tibetan border.
 
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Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3690m.) takes about four hours. You trek gently uphill all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometers away from Samdo. But visitors are not allowed to pass the border. This is an excellent view point for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdi Chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other majestic peaks.
 
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Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m.) takes about three hours. The trail is rocky and zigzags all the way to your destination. Before you reach Larkya La Phedi, there is a market called Larkya Bazaar (market) where seasonal fairs are held for the local folks. People bring goods from Tibet to sell it here. You will also find a Dharmashala at Larkya La Phedi.

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Trek from Larkya La Phedi via Larkya La (Pass) (5135m.) to Bimthang (3590 m.) takes about seven hours. Early in the morning you begin to trek a steep ascent until Larkya La through a rocky and windy path. From here, you can enjoy the views of Larkya peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Crossing this pass, you follow a steep downhill path through rock and ice. On the way, you will encounter many icy lakes. Bimthang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses.

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Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m.) takes about eight hours. Crossing this high pasture you descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, you have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, you descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. Walking down you cross a stream to reach Tilje. Leaving Tilje, you trek uphill for nearly 45 minutes and reach Dharapani crossing a bridge over the Marshyangdi River.

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Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1800m) takes about six hours. You trek all the way over a descended path along the bank of Dudh Khola (river) and Marshyangdi River. On the way, you walk through pleasant villages such as Taal is an attractive village with a pretty waterfall and you can enjoy the sight of lush green hills. Eventually, you come across Jagat is a stone village situated on a shelf, that juts into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley.
 
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Trek from Jagat to Ngadi (930m) takes about four hours. You can view rice fields, terraces and waterfalls up to your walk to Bhaundanda. Further descend to Ngadi.

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Drive from Ngadi to Kathmandu takes about eight hours. It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of road. 


The price includes the following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • Trekking permits for Tsum Valley and Manaslu
  • Entry permits for Manaslu Conservation and Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Trekking Guides and Sherpas
  • Necessary porters (One porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) 
  • Camping/Lodge accomodation during the trek
  • Necessary camping equipment such as tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, down jackets, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Cook and kitchen helpers
  • Cooking fuel
  • Camping charges
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipments for all trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on last day 
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.) 

The price does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note:  There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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