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Tsum valley - Ganesh Himal - Manaslu Circuit Trek (23 days)

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Trip Code: NET-TR-TVGM1

  • Trip Type Lodge Trek
  • Duration 23 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude 5390 m.
  • Group Size 2+
  • Travel Mode Land
Mount Manaslu

Mount Manaslu

Tsum Valley – Manslu Circuit Trek is located in the northernmost part of Gorkha district.  Since the trekking trail falls under ‘controlled’ region, trekkers will be required to obtain special trekking permit to enter the area.
 
Tsum Valley is popularly known as the ‘hidden valley’, owing to its remoteness and years of isolation from the outside world. In Tibetan dialect ‘Tsum’ literally means ‘lively’ and the inhabitants are called Tsumba people. The locals are devout Buddhists and follow the teachings of Guru Rinpoche. Tsum valley continues to preserve its ancient Buddhist culture and natural treasures of streams and rivers, towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, and mountain hot springs. The unique and peculiar culture, custom and lifestyle of local Tsumba people, who closely resembles their neighbor Tibetans, are a major attraction. Tsum Valley is also considered a home to the legendary and elusive Yetis.
 
Manaslu trek on the other hand is one of the toughest and most rewarding trekking trails under the shadow of Mt. Manaslu (8156m), the eight highest mountain in the world. Trekking in Manaslu will involve crossing several high Himalayan passes including Larkya La pass (5213m). Along the trek, you will have crystal clear views of Manaslu Himal, Baudha Himal, Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal ranges.
 
Although Tsum Valley and Mansalu can be approached as independent trekking trails, we have combined the two beautiful routes to offer you the richest experience of the Himalayas, local culture and nature. Our first leg of the trek covers the Tsum Valley before finally joining the regular route of Manaslu Trek.  
 
The trek will be a mix of camping and lodge, however home-stay facilities are also available at different points along the trail. The lodges are of very basic standards, but serve locally sourced hygienic dishes.
 
Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition offers both regular packages and customized trekking itineraries depending upon your interest, time schedule and budget. Our experience and professional trekking guides and support assistants will ensure that you have a trekking experience worth a lifetime.

overview

 Trip code: NET-TR-TVGM1
  Region Tsum Valley Region
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 23 days
 Trip Type: Lodge Trek
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 2+
 Max Altitude: 5390 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) Accommodation during Trek

itinerary

Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (730m.) via Arughat (570m.) takes about 7 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 mountain views at far distance. Leaving Dhading Besi you continue on a un-graveled road to Soti Khola passing through Arughat Bazaar. Arughat  is an old market situated at the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. Soti Khola is a river on the bank of which is a small settlement featuring few lodges.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m) takes about 6 hours.

Follow the river bank on a level path passing through jungles, villages and fields. Ever half an hour you will find teashops. The trail features Armala, Liding, Lapubesi and Kani villages before reaching Nyauli Khola where a splendid waterfall exists. The trail is surrounded by high hills on both sides. Maccha Khola is a traditional bazaar famous for local fish dishes.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m.) takes about 7 hours.

The trail follows uphill track alongside Budi Gandaki hemmed in by cliffs on both sides. Within 1hr of walk you will be in small town called Khorlabesi. Tatopani (hotspring) is at a distance of another 1 hour hike from Khorlabesi. Tatopani and Dovan is also separated by another 1 hour of hike. After spending lunch hour in Dovan, we will go gradually up for 2 hrs to be in Yaru. A little ahead of Yaru you will cross around 300m long cantilever bridge which was built right after 2015 earthquake.  From the bridge to Jagat will require almost 1 hour trek. There is a tourist checkpost and Manaslu Conservation Project office in Jagat.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Jagat to Lokpa/Lukuwa (2240m.) takes about 6 hours.

Leaving Jagat you will find an easy trail to negotiate decorated by a waterfall. In 1hr you will enter beautiful Salleri village followed by Sirdibas. The trail goes via Ghatte khola village to a point where there is a suspension bridge. 20 min uphill walk after the bridge will take you to Philim bazaar, which is the second district headquarters of Gorkha district. From here you will descend for almost 2 hrs to reach Gampul (new bridge) via Chisopnai, a good lunch spot. Leaving bridge you take right turn on an uphill trail to arrive at Lokpa. Lokpa exists in the middle of a jungle.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (2385m) takes about 5 hours.
 
With a short time of leaving Lokpa you will reach Syar Khola. From this point onwards, the trail ascends all the way to Chumling and involves climbing a steep Cantilever bridge and stone steps through a jungle path. You will see Ganesh and Boudha Himal ranges from Chumling.
 
Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Chumling to Chhokang Paro (3030m) takes about 5 hours.

Early morning we begin our trek in earnest. The first 2 hours of trek is on a level path and makes it way around fields and houses until Gho. Then we take a steep path on a hill for almost 3 hrs to finally reach Chhokang Paro which offers great views of Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal and Rubinala peaks.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Chhokang Paro (3030m) to Nile (3361m) takes about 7 hours.

The trail ahead of Chhokang Paro is gradually uphill to Lamagaon. On right side you will spot Ganesh Himal, on your backside is Rubinala peaks and on the left is a sacred spot where Milarepa is said to have meditated and a footprint of Milarepa left behind as he flew away. The trail continues to ascend gradually all the way up to Nile.

Stay overnight at lodge/home stay.

Trek from Nile (3360m) to Mu Gumba (3705m), takes about 3 hours.

On both sides of the trail is covered by forested. We will visit a nunnery which is a 1 hr trek and a lake. There is a monks hostel in Mu Gumba which is used as tourist accommodation. Today, we remain very close to the Tibetan border.

Stay overnight at Mu Gumba.

Trek from Mu Gumba to Chhokang Paro takes about 7 hours.

From Mu Gomba the trail goes downhill. The views to your left are of Ganesh and Buddha Himal. On the way we will observe Rachen Gomba followed by lunch in Lar. In Lar you can spend 1 hr exploring one of the most popular Rachen Gumba. Another 1.30 hrs trek from here will reach Chhokang Paro.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Chhokang Paro to Gumba Lungdang (3542m) takes about 7 hours.

Today we will make 2 hrs downhill trek to Gho and then cross Shyar Khola. From there it is a 5 hrs uphill trek to Gumba Lungdang.

Stay overnight at in Gumba.

Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (5000m).
 
After breakfast start an uphill trek for 5 hrs to reach Ganesh Himal Base Camp. From Ganesh Himal Base Camp you have the best views of the entire Ganesh Himal Range.  In the evening you can return to Gumba Lungdang which takes about 3 and a half hrs. If anyone wants to stay in Ganesh Himal Base Camp, then they need bring camping gear along. The ascent takes about 3 hours while descending takes approximately 2 hours.
 
Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Ripchet (2470m) takes 6 hours.

The trail descends for four hours through jungle and hill until you reach Dumje. The path ahead is gradually up for 3 hours to Ripchet.

Stay overnight at lodge.

Trek from Ripchet to Deng (1860m) which takes about 6-7 hours.

Follow the downhill trail passing the cantilever bridge midway. You will cross Lokpa village before reaching Gampul. Next the trail turns uphill through forest to Deng.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m) takes about five hours.

20 minutes after you leave Deng you will cross Budi Gandaki and then the trail goes uphill via Rana to Bihi. On your right is Siringi range and Prok village while on left is a sight of huge rocky hills.  From Bihi to stone bridge via Gaap village the trail is horizontal. The trail ascends from Gaap village through jungles of Himalayan pine and bamboo up to Namrung.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Namrung to Shyala (3500m) via Lho Gaon (3200m) takes about 6 hours.

For 45 minutes straight you take a horizontal trail through buckwheat fields and then 30 minutes uphill trek to Lihi. You will gradually walk uphill for 2 hrs and 30 minutes to Lo witnessing great Manaslu and Himchuli ranges. After taking lunch in Lho, continue trek for another 1.30 hrs up to Shyala.

Stay overnight in lodge with beautiful views of mountains.

Trek from Shyala to Sama Gaon (3390m) via Pung-gyen Gumpa (4800m) takes about 5 hours.

After breakfast take 45 minutes and then turn left from here. 2 hours trek from here with a combination of uphill and horizontal path will reach you Pung-gyen Gumpa.  Along the trail you can enjoy spectacular views of Himchuli, Manaslu I & II and Shyaula peak. Return all the way down to Sama Gaon for 2 hrs.

Stay overnight in lodge.

This day is for acclimatization.
 
This day you will visit Birendra Lake which is at the bottom of the Manaslu glacier. This trail will also take you to Manaslu Base Camp.
 
Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3690m.) takes about 3 hours.
 
Follow the horizontal path which is windy while enjoying great views of Samdo, Manaslu and Naike peaks. Cross Budi Gandaki River and walk uphill for 15 minutes to Samdo.
 
Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Samdo to Dharmashala (4460m) via Larkey bazaar takes about 4 and a half hours.
 
Today you will see many beautiful mountain peaks and rock hills such as Samdo, Manaslu, North face, Pawar, Peri, Larkey La and Naike peaks along the trail.
 
Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Dharmashal to Bimthang (3590m) via Larkya La (Pass) (5106m) takes about 7 hours.

Early in the morning you begin 4-5 hrs steep ascent until Larkya La through a rocky and windy path and another 2-3 hrs to Bimthang. Along the way you can enjoy the views of Larkya peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Cheo Himal, Mt. Himlung and Himlung glacier, Punker glacier and Punker lake, Mt. Kimlung and Kimlung glacier.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m.) takes about 8 hours.
 
From Bimthang, take a 20 minute downhill trek and then cross a river fed by three glaciers. Follow all the way down through rhododendron forest enjoying Manaslu views on your left until Yak Kharka. The trail ahead gradually descends to Surki Khola and you will step on to easy trail to beautiful Goa village where you will have lunch. After lunch, 1 hr flat level path to Tilije and another 1.30 hrs down to to Dharapani.
 
Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1800m) takes about 4 and a half hours. 
 
The trail ahead crosses Marsyangdi River and then follows left trail for one hour to the beautiful village of Taal. There is a big waterfall in Taal. From Taal, you will climb down for 1.30 hrs to Chyamje which also features a huge waterfall. Trek for another hour to arrive at Jagat. 
 
Stay overnight in lodge.

Drive from Jagat to Kathmandu takes about 8 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. 


SERVICE INCLUDES/EXCLUDES

The Trip includes following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Special trekking permit for Manaslu Area
  • Entry permits for Manaslu & Annapurna Conservation Areas
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Trekking guide
  • Porter/s (one porter carries up to 25 kg of luggage for 2 persons)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges (tea houses) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking poles if required
  • All land transportation before and after the trek
  • Insurance and equipment for trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • One farewell dinner with live cultural show at authentic Nepali restaurant
  • Souvenirs (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.) 

The Trip 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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    AdminJennifer Susan Parsons ,
    UK

    Our Trek Around Manaslu, The Tsum Valley And Nar-Phu Vally

    Thanks to all of you for making our trek around Manaslu, the Tsum Valley and Nar - Phu Valley so memorable.
     
    To Nava for your professionalism and help with giving us itinerary we wanted and making the arrangements- you made our lives easier. To all our porters for their hard work and willingness to walk the extra hour so we could carry where we wanted. To Ram, our Manaslu add Nar-Phu porter for carrying both our heavy packs over 2 high passes while we were panic and sweating with our tiny light weight bages.
     
    And especially to Ram, who looked after us so well for 29 days that we feel like we have made a really good friend Ram, you were the perfect guide for us- thanks for teaching us “call break”, for your good humour, for always finding us a bed for the night (even when it seemed impossible) and for asking extra chilli with our Dal Bhat. You gave us lots of great idea for the next trek so we will be sure to look you up next time we will in Nepal. 
     
    Thanks again to everyone at Nepal Environmental Trekking for making this trip a really memorable one! 
     
    Jennifer Susan Parsons 
    Christopher James parsons 
    United Kingdom(UK) 

    Michel & Chantal,
    France

    Trek To Round Manaslu!

    We come holiday from the trek Round Manaslu, and we are completely satisfied by the services provided by Nepal Environmental Trek: good organization, and a very nice team( guide and porter): professional, careful for us, kind- A wonderful trip! 
     
    Michel & Chantal 
    Toulouse, France 

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