Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek

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Manaslu Trek
Best time to visit
SEP TO MID DEC and FEB TO MAY
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  • Transportation
    Drive
  • Difficulty
    Challenging
  • Accomodation
    Lodge
  • Altitude
    4,460m
  • Duration
    25 Days
  • Activities
    -

Overview

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is the most popular trek. It is the classic trek in Nepal that offers a lifetime experience journey trekking through a huge and spectacular valley with stunning views of Manaslu (8,156m), and crossing the famed Larkya La to the contrasting region of Sama.

The regions & villages through which we trek are predominantly Buddhist, and the remote areas surrounding Manaslu base camp are amongst Nepal’s most beautiful, and with restricted access, we see only a limited number of trekkers.

We travel to the borderlands with Tibet and experience Tibetan-style culture, great mountain views, and extensive forests on this stunning circuit trek of the Manaslu region and you can also explore the culture and tradition.

Brief Itinerary for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m)
Day 04: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (900m)
Day 05: Maccha Khola to Jagat (1,410m)
Day 06: Jagat to Lokpa(2,240m) 6 hr
Day 07: Lokpa to Chhumling (Tsum Valley). 2,386m (5/6 hrs)
Day 08: Chhumling (TsumValley) to Chhekamparo 3031m (5/6 hrs)
Day 09: Chhekampar to Nile 3,361m (5/6 hrs)
Day 10: Nile to Mu Gompa3,798m 3 hr
Day 11: Mu Gompa to the Nile 3,361m (6/7 hrs)
Day 12: Nile to Chhekamparo 3,031m 6 hrs
Day 13: Chhekamparo to Lokpa 2,240m 6 hrs
Day 14:  Lokpa to Deng (1,804m)
Day 15: Deng to Namrung (2,630m)
Day 16: Namrung to Lho (3,100m)
Day 17: Namrung to Samagaon (3,530m)
Day 18:  Rest day at Samagaun
Day 19:  Samagaon to Samdo (3,860m)
Day 20:  Samdo to Dharamsala (4,460m)
Day 21:  Dharamsala to Bimthang (3,720m)
Day 22: Bimthang to Tilije (2,300m)
Day 23:  Tilije to Tal (1,700m)
Day 24:  Tal to Syange (1,080m)
Day 25: Syange to Kathmandu:
Day 26: Final departure

Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m)

You will be picked up by our airport representative and transferred to the hotel. You can have refreshment at the hotel and explore around city.

Day 02Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

Today, we will drive you to Bhaktapur for sightseeing. It is one of the oldest heritage site of Kathmandu valley where you can see the ancient Bhaktapur Durbar Squareand others old temple as well. After that you will be taken to BoudhanathStupa which is the most popular and huge Buddhist temple of Nepal. Having finished it, we will drive you to Hotel and prepare for the next day’s trip

Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m)

We drive to Sotikhola along with the mountain sceneries. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarter of Dhading (1050m)but the drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be on a rough road which continues till Sotikhoal.

Day 04Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (900m)

Cross the suspension bridge to the left bank, pass the forested area, follow the path that looks like it is carved in the rock and you will reach doban khola and finally arrives at Machha Khola where we spend a night.

Day 05Maccha Khola to Jagat (1410m)

On the next day we start our trip to Jagat and trail makes some minor ups and down .After few ascending and descending, we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat.

Day 06Jagat to Lokpa(2240m) 6 hr

We move from Jagat to Lokpa after breakfast. The way ascends slowly and arrives at a small village called Philim.From here the way descends down to the river and on the way to it you can see different types of flowers, wild animals mainly monkey along with beautiful scenery of Chumling peak. At the end of the day, we will arrive at Lokpa and stay a night at lodge.

Day 07Lokpa to Chhumling (Tsum Valley). 2386m (5/6 hrs)

The entire way is a bit difficult due to rocky trail. From here, we have to move through rocky trail to Chhumling which takes around 5 hours. On the way, you can see old monasteries and Chhumling peak very well. We will reach to Chhumling at the end of the day and stay overnight there at lodge.

Day 08 Chhumling (TsumValley) to Chhekamparo 3031m (5/6 hrs)

Today, we trek to Chhekamparo which may takes around 5/6 hours. The way is up and down. You can visit the very old monastery on the way to it. Most of the habitant of this region is Buddhist. We will reach to Chhekamparo at the end of the day. It is a huge Sherpa village where you can get sufficient lodges for accommodation. We spend a night there at lodge.

Day 09Chhekampar to Nile 3,361m (5/6 hrs)

We trek to Nile after breakfast. The way is easy today due to flat. You can see the good view of Ganesh Himal along with old Buddhist monasteries. We continue our journey to Nile which may take around 5/6 hours. we stay overnight there at lodge.

Day 10Nile to Mu Gompa3798m 3 hr

After breakfast, we start the trek to Mu Gompa which takes about 3 hours. Today, the way is easy
and we can see the good views of Ganesh Himal along with old monasteries. We stay a night there.

Day 11 Mu Gompa to Nile 3361m (6/7 hrs)

Mu Gompa is a small village located on the elevation of 3798m. Today, we will hike to Chhemdo Lake which is situated at the hight of 4110m. You can see the magnificent view of the holey lake, Ganesh Himal along with old monastery and Tibet boarder. This is the last destination of Tsum valley trek. After that, we will return back to Mu Gompa and trek to Nile which may take approximately 6/7 hours. We stay a night at Nile. 

Day 12Nile to Chhekamparo 3031m 6 hrs

We will return back to Chhekamparo through the same way which may take about 6 hours. The way is easy and only flat and down and finally arrives at Chhekamparo.

Day 13Chhekamparo to Lokpa 2240m 6 hrs

From here, we descend down to Lokpa through the same way which takes around 6 hours and stay a night at Lokpa.

Day 14Lokpa to Deng (1,804m)

Lokpa is a small village and from here we trek to Deng.We continue walking upstream to a long suspension bridge in Phidim, a large Gurung village from where the trail turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays on a fairly level trail as it crosses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti. The route now enters a steep, uninhabited gorge. At this point, we descend to the grassy land slopes, cross the Budhi Gandaki, then trek along the west bank for a while, then cross to the east bank and then back again. As we continue through the trail the valley widens and we pass through bamboo forests to the Deng where we spend a night.

Day 15 Deng to Namrung (2630m)

From here the trail crosses the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana at 1910m. We continue our journey through forests and mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Even though there is another route, we take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung where we stay overnight.

Day 16Namrung to Lho (3100m)

Another attraction place for  the best view of manaslu (80163m) and Late afternoon  trip to Monasteries Overnight at Lho.

Day 17Namrung to Samagaon (3530m)

After having spent a night there, we climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We enjoy extraordianary views of Mt. Manaslu from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). We stay a night there.

Day 18Rest day at Samagaun

Sama gaun is small beautiful village where we spend another night for acclimatization. Today, we explore around Samagaon and visit an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu.

Day 19Samagaon to Samdo (3860m)

From Samagaun, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river and finally arrive at Samdo. We stay a night there.

Day 20Samdo to Dharamsala (4460m)

The trail descends at the beginning and, crosses the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begins walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi where we spend a night.

Day 21Dharamsala to Bimthang (3720m)

After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience and stay a night there.

Day 22Bimthang to Tilije (2300m)

As usual, we start the trek after breakfast with the views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola continue  through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We go pass the Guha village and finally arrive at Tilije where we spend a night.

Day 23Tilije to Tal (1700m)

We climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. We spend a night at Tal.

Day 24Tal to Syange (1080m)

We follow the trail to Chyamje village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and and pine forests to Syange. Overnight in Syange.

Day 25Syange to Kathmandu:

We catch aJeep and drive to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers one an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes. The drive is often along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers and by the evening we arrive in Kathmandu and stay a night at hotel.

Day 26Final Departure

Today is you final departure and a representative from Himalayanabode will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.

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