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Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek (21 days)

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Trip Code: NET-TR-TVMC2

  • Trip Type Lodge Trek
  • Duration 21 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude 5135 m.
  • Min. Group Size 2+
  • Travel Mode Land
Mount Manaslu

Mount Manaslu

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. 

overview

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

itinerary

Early morning after breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m) takes about 6 hours.

You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day then drive towards to Arughat Bazaar.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Arughat Bazaar to Lapubesi (844m) takes about 6 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.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Lapubesi to Dovan (1070m) takes about 6 hours.

On the right side of the trail flows Budi Gandaki River whilst on the left you can witness waterfalls and hot spring. Along the way you will come across many teashops and small towns. Now you again traverse the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Dovan to Philim (1570m) takes about 6 hours.

Follow the shore of Budi Gandaki as you gradually ascend to Yaru. Cross the cantilever bridge perched on a rock. The uphill trail makes its way through hills and beautiful valleys featuring almost 300m long stretch of big etched rock. Afterwards you pass through beautiful villages such as Salleri, Sirdibas, and Ghattekhola before crossing a long suspension bridge to reach Philim.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Philim to Chumling (2386m) takes about 7 hours.

Chispani and Eklebhatti are two major spots you will cross leaving Philim. Further you take a right turn before Gampul to arrive at Lokpa. The stretch from Lokpa to Chumling is a path of dense forests. Chumling is a nice village that offers splendid views of Ganesh Himal range.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Chumling to ChhokangParo (3031m) takes about 5 hours.
 
For 2 hours you will on a horizontal path keeping Sher khola on your right. Follow a uphill trek over a cliff to be quickly replaced by pine forest to reach ChhokangParo.
 
Stay overnight in lodge.
 

Trek from Chhokang Paro to Nile (3361m) takes about 6 and half hours.

The trail ahead of Chhokang Paro is gradually uphill. On the way we will pass through a sacred spot where Milarepa is said to have meditated and a footprint of Milarepa he left behind as flew away. The trail continues to ascend gradually all the way up to Nile.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Nile to Mu Gumba (3705m) takes about 2 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.

Stay overnight in Mu Gumba.

Trek from Mu Gumba (3705m) to Chhokang Paro (3031m) takes about 7 hours.

From Mu Gomba the trail goes downhill. The views to your left is of Ganesh and Buddha Himal. On the way we will observe Rachen Gomba followed by lunch in Lamagaon. Another 1.30 hrs trek from here will reach Chhokang Paro.

Stay overnight in lodge.

Trek from Chhokang Paro to Ripchet (2470m) takes about 5 hours.

You will start a downhill trek to Gho village and cross Shiar Khola then gradually ascend to Ripchet through forest path.

Stay overnight in 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 price includes the following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Trekking permits for Tsum Valley and 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 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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    Jessica, Kate & Neli

    Manaslu circuit was a truly amazing experience.

    A massive thank you to everyone at Nepal Environment treks and expedition. Our trek around the Manaslu circuit was a truly amazing experience. 
     
    Our guide was excellent and very kind. Our porters were extremely helpful  and kept us entertained throughout. 
     
    We hope to return to Nepal one day and will definitely be in touch !
     
    Jessica, Kate & Neli

    Ilona Mostova & friends,
    Ukraine

    Round Manaslu

    Many many thanks to Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition for great service and great journey around Manaslu!!! Special thanks to our guide Buddhi for great assistance and kindness- he is the best guide ever! Good luck and more clients! 
     
    We will recommend you to all our friends! 
     
    Ilona Mostova 
    Andrii Ostrykov 
    Tetyana Lutsenko 
    Oleksii Lebediev 
    Dmytro Cherkaskyy 
    Kyiui, Ukraine 

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