Manaslu – Tsum Valley Trek
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Overview

Tsum valley, also known as Beyul Kyimolung is a secret holy valley of bliss, as described by Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) in the 8th century. And now, 13 centuries later, Tsum Valley still stands as the valley of bliss in every sense. Nepal Eco Adventure’s Manaslu -Tsum Valley Trekking will take you on an adventure to the seventh heaven.

Faraway and isolated, Tsum Valley was opened to the tourists only in 2007 AD. Being so secluded and far-flung for so long, this region has sustained its image as a mysterious and enchanting valley.

Tsum Valley lies in the historical district of Gorkha. During Tsum Valley Trek, we will explore two beautiful and remote villages, Chumchet and Chhekampar. The word “Tsum” means vivid in the Tibetan language.

The view of the western mountains, especially Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world is absolutely spectacular. The view of mount Buddha, Mount Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south and Sringi Himal to the north is also absolutely gratifying. Tsum Valley Trekking has exactly the right amount of adventure and thrill of it. The highest elevation we will climb during Tsum Valley Trek will be Ngula Dhojhyang Pass at 5,093m. It is located in the Nepal-Tibet border. We will cross the Larkya La Pass at 5,100m as well. The silver mountains loom over the beautiful, mystical valley of Tsum, in all directions.

We will walk through the desolate and uncharted country of “Tsumbas”, mainly inhabited by the Gurungs inclined towards the Tibetan Buddhism. The region has very long story of Buddhism and we will pass through ancient Gompas and Chortens of huge historical and religious importance. It is believed that Milarepa, celebrated Buddhist saint meditated in the caves of Tsum Valley.

The trails are decorated with artistic Chortens and Mani Walls made of innumerable stone slabs engraved with drawings of mythical deities and prayers. The locals celebrate Lhosar, Dhacyhang, Saka Dawa, Faning among others. The tradition and lifestyle of the locals are highly influenced by ancient Tibetan Buddhism.

One of the most restricted regions of Nepal, the arrival of tourists is highly controlled by government officials. One must acquire a special permit to enter the region. The archeological and religious relics of this region are unexplored so far.

A bonus of Manaslu-Tsum Valley Trek – the locals have claimed to encounter the Yeti several times here! We will relish in the natural hot spring of Tatopani, which is believed to have healing properties.

A special feature exclusively offered by Nepal Eco Adventure’s Tsum Valley Trekking is you will get a chance to visit and have private lessons with the Buddhist Lama. You can learn the basic teachings of Buddhism. We will also help coordinate a special blessing ceremony and meditation for interested clients.

So, go on an adventure with Nepal Eco Adventure’s Tsum Valley Trekking and experience the life in Trans Himalayan Region!

Trip Highlights of Manaslu – Tsum Valley Trekking

Panoramic view of the Manaslu and Ganesh Himal – Refreshing bath in natural hot spring – Rachhen Gumba –Ngula Dhojhyang Pass – Exotic Wildlife – Chance to encounter Yeti!

Itinerary

Day 1
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m)

We will start the day early after breakfast. We take a drive from Kathmandu to Dhadingbesi on a nice, paved road enjoying the views of the hilly areas, terraces, fields and rivers. The drive from Dhading Besi to Arughat is a little rough one on rocky trails. From Arughat another 2 more hour drive to Soti Khola and spend your first night on the local lodge.

Day 2
Day 02: Trek to Machhakhola (870m)

We start the day early to reach our destination which will take about 6-7 hours. After crossing a popular suspension bridge of Soti Khola, we trek through Sal forests to reach a ridge above the splashing rapids of the Budhi Gandaki River. After reaching Khursane, the trail becomes rocky, passing through waterfalls and cliffs. We make our way past terraced rice fields and up to a Gurung village of Labubesi. we climb behind a rocky cliff where the valley opens up. Walking through a sandy river bed, climbing over stone ridges and then again moving down to the river and crossing the suspension bridges, we climb behind a rocky cliff where the valley opens up. Walking through a sandy river bed, climbing over stone ridges and then again moving down to the river and crossing the suspension bridges, we reach Machcha Khola village and overnight at tea house.

Day 3
Day 03: Trek to Jagat (1340m)

The next day, From Machhakhola we follow a narrow trail that takes us to Tharo Khola and finally to Khorlabesi. After a few ascends and descends, we reach a popular hot-spring, Tatopani. We will spend sometime here and can enjoy the natural sauna in the hot -spring and relieve all our tiredness and stress of the trek.we climb another ridge and cross the Budhi Gandaki on another suspension bridge. After this, we climb a staircase and then cross a landslide and a ridge to reach Doban. After crossing a suspension bridge, we again climb stone staircase then go down to the river and climb some stairs again to reach Thado Bharyang. Then we cross the west bank of Budhi Gandaki, climb over a ridge, walk along the river to reach the village of Jagat where we spend the night.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek to Lokpa (2,240m)

Today we will hike on a rocky and rugged trail. We will climb up and down the ravines. From here, we can have a beautiful view of Sringri Himal, as we hike up to reach Lokpa at 2249m. It takes about 6-7 hour hiking. We spend night at Local lodges.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek to Dumje (2,460m)

Today the trek will be around 7 hour long. We will trail uphill from Lokpa and head up over a ridge that takes us to Ganesh Himal Base Camp and from there to Chumling. Chumling is located on the south of Shingri Himal, and is also known as lower Tsum.Then continue for the few more hour then you reach Dumje. Overnighta Local lodge.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek to Nile- Chule (3,361m)

After breakfast we will trek to Chule which will take us 7 hours. This is the last village leading north into the Upper Tsum Valley. Nile is situated on the west side of the Shiar Khola, which is about 20 minutes’ walk across from Chule. We can visit the Piren Phu cave on our way to Tsum, which is located at the foot of a rocky cliff near the Burji Village. We can have the most beautiful view of the surrounding Shiar Khola, Rachen Gompa, mountains and the farming land. The trek will be around 7 hours long. Overnight at Local Lodge.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek to Mu Gompa (3,710m)

We will hike uphill to Mu Gompa, the biggest monastery of the region. It is situated at the highest and farthest point of the Tsum Valley. Built in the 1800s this monastery houses important religious books, Kangyur, a life sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Tara and Guru Padmasambhava. The trek will be around 4 hours long for the day. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 8
Day 08: Exploration day around Mu Gompa

We will visit the whole day around the area and go for small climbs in the snow peaked mountains. We can reach the base of Pika Himal. We get a spectacular view of Tibet and the beautiful peaks on the Tibetan region and the Ganesh Himal. Overnight at Local Lodge.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek to Rachen Gompa (3,240m)

From here we will take the trail to reach Rachen Gompa. It is a nunnery situated in the Shiar Khola Valley, in the footsteps of mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. It was established in the early 1900s and is one of the largest and important village in Tsum and whole of Nepal. It is home to nuns of the Ngak-Pa sect. there are 1000 magnificent clay statues of Avalokiteshwara. The trek will be around 5 hours long. Overnight at Local Lodge.

Day 10
Day 10: Trek down to Chumling (2385m)

The hike down to Chumling will take around 7-8 hours. Chumling is a big village of on this area. Overnight at Local Lodge.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek to Deng (1860m)

We will go downhill today with beautiful view of Ganesh Himal and Manaslu accompanying us. where you will have lunch and continue our trip from a steep gorge and then descend through grassy slopes to cross the Budhi Gandaki and then cross bridges from west to east bank and back again. As the trail widens, we pass through bamboo forests to reach the Deng Khola. After crossing the river, we reach the tiny Deng village where we spend the night.We rejoin the Manaslu from Lokpa then we continue to trek to Deng. Overnight at Local lodge.

Day 12
Day 12: Trek to Namrung (2630m)

We take a brief walk from Deng and then we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to reach Rana. From here we climb for a while and then head west to Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail passes through forests and painted Mani stones and a corner from where we reach Ghap. Then we take the trail through Prok village which allows us to witness the beautiful view of Siring Himal. We follow the river, crossing it at many places and pass through dense forests and Gompas along the way. After crossing the river at a gorge, the trail becomes leveled and after a last steep climb, we reach Namrung where we stay the night. Namrung is the best viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal as well as Mt. Himal Chuli.

Day 13
Day 13: Trek to Lho (3180m)

From Namrung a steep climb and passage through forests take us to Lihi, a village well known for its chortens and barley terraces. After crossing the side valley of Simnang, we pass through Sho and then reach Lho where we spend the night. Late afternoon visit the local monastery after you reached there.

Day 14
Day 14: Trek to Samagaun (3500m)

After crossing the Shyala village, we reach the Sama village where one gets to witness the amazing views of Mount Manaslu and explore the famous Ribung Gompa. The breathtaking view of the high mountains along with glaciers is the highlight of the trip. We stay in Samagaon for the night.

Day 15
Day 15: Acclimatizing day at Samagaun

This day is set aside to rest and acclimatize to the increasing altitudes. We stay in Samagaon and explore the surrounding areas or visit Birendra Tal and Anie Gompa. The main attraction of the day is the Pungyen Gompa with a spectacular view of the glaciers but it rather log day only recommended for the fit hikers. It is situated on a hill near Samagaon. We hike up to the Gompa named after the two peaks of Manaslu which means bracelet. It was destroyed when the Japanese first tried to summit the peaks. It was believed that the expedition to reach the summit might have angered the Gods. After the detour, we come back to Samagaon and spend the night there.

Day 16
Day 16: Trek to Samdo (3860m)

We follow the Budhi Gandaki River up to a stream which we cross on a suspension bridge. From here we take the trail on the right to Larkya la. It is a fairly easy trail, passing through Mani walls and juniper and birch forests. We again cross a bridge over Budhi Gandaki and continue forward. From a stone arch, we can see a kani and after crossing it, we reach Samdo where we spend the night.

Day 17
Day 17: Trek to Dharamasala (4480m)

We start our day trip by crossing a wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and begin a hike upwards. After crossing a few streams and seeing a glimpse of the Larkya glacier, we go around a valley and make our way upwards again to reach a guesthouse called Dharmashala. This short walk to Larke Phedi provides enough time and rest to acclimatize for the further trek.

Day 18
Day 18: Cross the Larke pass (5213m) trek down to Bimtang (3720m)

On this day, we make a short climb and reach a valley on the north side of Larkya glacier with exquisite views of Larkya peak. We ascend the moraines of a glacier which becomes quite steep at the end before reaching the pass. From here we can enjoy the breathtaking views of Himlung, Cheo, Kanggru and the Annapurna. It is a longer walk than other days and you reach the guesthouse among the low pastures at the dim lights of dusk. When we finally reach Bhimtang, the exquisite view of Mount Manaslu makes every step worth it.

Day 19
Day 19: Bimtang to Tilije (2300m)

After enjoying the splendid views of the mountains from a ridge in Bhimtang, we make our way down towards a high pasture and then a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forests, narrow valleys and fields before making a climb to the river bank that leads to the village of Gho. A short walk takes us to Tilije with better accommodation options where we spend the night.

Day 20
Day 20: Trek to Dharapani and drive to Besishar (760m)

We move in a stone paved path passing through a beautiful village and then cross a bridge over Dudh Khola, move past an arch and Mani walls to get to the Thonje village. After passing through a police checkpoint we make our way towards Dharapani from where we enter the Annapurna circuit section. From Dharapani we take Jeep or bus from Dharapani to Beishar, which takes 4-5 hours. We spend a our last night of the trek at Besishar.

Day 21
Day 21: Drive back to Kathmandu from Besishar

We drive along the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli River, witnessing the beautiful scenery of rice fields, terraced farms, rivers and valleys and refreshing views of the hilly areas and mountains. After a few hours’ journey we reach Kathmandu where we will say goodbye. Hope you had a great time with our staff!

What is Included

  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Fresh fruit every evening after the dinner.
  • Trekking lodge (Tea House) accommodations during the trek.
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful porters with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
  • All necessary permits for the trek.
  • Bus from Kathmandu to Sotikhola and Bus back to Kathmandu from Besishar.
  • Shared Jeep from Dharapani- Besishar.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance company.
  • Use of Sleeping bags, Down Jacket, Duffel bag and Walking Poles will be provided (if you needed, to be returned after the trip)
  • Nepal Eco Adventure branded t-shirt and cap.
  • Government taxes, service charge and official expenses.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 6 + person.

What is Excluded

  • Accommodation and meals whilst you are in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (You can easily issue visa on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu). $40 USD for 30 days visa.
  • Your Trekking and medical insurance (compulsory).
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Laundry, telephone and personal trekking equipment.
  • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.

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  • 21 days Manaslu – Tsum Valley Trek
  • Strenuous
  • Minimum 02 persons
  • March-July September-December
  • 5200m
  • Bus

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