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Tsum valley - Manaslu Combine Trek is a strenuous trek that will test the physical fitness of every adventurer. At the end you will be rewarded with one of the most mesmerizing spectacles that you have ever witnessed.
Though the Larkya La is not a difficult pass, the trek around Manaslu is harder than most in Nepal. In many places the walls of the Buri Gandaki valley are perpendicular, so you cannot walk along the bottom of the valley. The trail is rough and steep and it often literally hangs on a bluff high above the river. The trek is remote and has no rescue facilities or opportunities to bail out if you are tired.
The trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating. The inhabitants of the upper Buri Gandaki, a region known as Nupri ('the western mountains'), are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants. Their speech, dress and customs are almost exclusively Tibetan. The mountain views in Nupri are sensational and the crossing of the Larkya La is one of the most dramatic of any pass in the Himalaya.
|Region||Tsum Valley Region|
|Trip Duration||23 days|
|Min. Group Size||2+|
|Max Altitude:||5135 m.|
|Best Season:||Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
|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. Stay overnight in lodge/local house.
Trek from Arughat Bazaar passing through Soti Khola (730m.) to Liding (800m) 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 Liding, the trail fluctuates uphill and downhill through forest of Sal, Chilaune and other local vegetation. Liding is a village at the bank of the Budhi Gandaki. Stay overnight in lodge/local house.
Trek from Liding thru Machha Khola to Khorlabeshi (930m.) 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 and on to Khorlabeshi. There is a small market with a few shops and lodges. Stay overnight in lodge/local house.
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. Stay overnight in lodge/local house.
Trek from Lokpa to Rainjam (2440m.), takes about 6 hours. Stay overnight in lodge/local house.
Trek from Rainjam to Rachen Gumba (3340m.), takes about 6 hours. Stay overnight in lodge/local house.
Trek from Rachen Gumba (3340m.) to Mu Gumba (3705m), takes about 5 hours. Stay overnight in lodge/local house.
Trek from Mu Gumba to Bjahyo (4030.), takes about 6 hours. Stay overnight in lodge/local house.
Rest day at Bajhyo. Explore Tibet landscape.
Trek from Bajhyo to Nile (3161m) takes 6 hours. Stay overnight in lodge/local house.
Trek from Nile to Dumje (2440m) takes six hours. As you follow the descending route you will pass by fairly dense pine forest where many species of birds inhabit the forest. Stay overnight in /lodge/local house.
Trek from Lokpa to Bihi Phedi (1900m) takes 6 hours. This day you pass through some villages. Stay overnight in l9dge/local house.
Trek from Bihi Phedi to Namrung (2630m) takes six hours. Stay overnight in lodge.
Trek from Namrung to Lho (3180m) takes five hours. Stay overnight in lodge.
Trek from Samaryo to Samdo (3875m) takes five hours. Stay overnight in lodge.
Trek from Samdo to Dharmashala/Larke Phedi (4460m) takes four hours. Stay overnight in lodge.
Trek from Dharmashala to Bhimthang (3590) takes seven hours. Today you will be crossing over one of the highest passes on this route called Larkey La Pass (5160m). From here you will be able to beautiful views of Manaslu Himalayan ranges. Stay overnight in lodge.
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. Stay overnight in lodge.
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. Stay overnight in lodge.
Drive from Jagat 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.
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