Explore the Tsum Valley, a land of monasteries accompanied by the eighth tallest mountain in the world (Mt. Manaslu). The lush landscape and the glittering snow on the peak are sure to make you astonished. This recently opened trek route has been gaining lots of popularity among many adventure seekers and travel lovers. Though, the difficult terrain and very simple accommodation facility have made it a bit challenging for travelers to perfectly enjoy the trip.
The Tsum Vally Manaslu Trek offers you a pleasant trip to walk along the Nepal-Tibet border, adoring the ethnically sacred highlands villages and relishing the gorgeous monasteries in this tranquil environment. The walk along the dense forest on the trail will give you the chance to encounter many endangered animals, such as Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep; however, hunting and fishing are restricted in these areas. Also, you will get to witness the pristine rivers of Nepal like Budhi Gandaki River, Maccha Khola, and Soti Khola and enjoy the view of the majestic Himalayas like Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Himchuli.
Likewise, we will be challenging the altitude while climbing more than 5000 meters to reach Larkya La Pass (5220 meters), which is the highest point of the trek. From this point, you can get enchanting views of mountains like Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, Himlung Himal accompanied by the giant Annapurna massif. Besides, enjoy the unique culture of the Tsum Valley and encounter gorgeous prayer flags, Chortens, and mani walls, which reflect the Tibetan Buddhist culture. Due to the recent opening of the trail, the region’s culture and tradition have still been intact.
Exploring the Budhi Gandaki River Valley
Walking between the borders of Nepal and Tibet
Crossing Larkya La over 5215 meters
Trekking around the world’s eighth tallest mountain- Mt. Manaslu
Visiting the Milarepa Piren Phu Cave
Experience the unique blend of Tibetan and Nepalese culture
- All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Three daily meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Finest twin sharing room for accommodation during the trek
- A highly experienced, supportive, well-informed, pleasant, well-trained Government License holder guide who speaks English fluently with all his salary, food and drinks, accommodation, transport, and insurance paid for
- Manaslu and Tsum valley special trekking permits as well as Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fee
- Down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek, if required (to be returned after the trip)
- Duffle bag for trekking
- T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
- First aid medical kit
- Government taxes and office service charge
- Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa
- Cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, snacks, and other personal expenses
- Hot shower during the trek
- Personal trekking equipment
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
On your arrival, our airport representative will welcome you and transfer you to the respective hotel. On your way to the hotel, our representative will give you a brief explanation on the further trip. After you check in the hotel, you can simply rest or enjoy roaming around the streets of Thamel.
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
This day is scheduled to explore the beauty of the Kathmandu Valley. We will be visiting the major UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nepal. Firstly, we will Kathmandu Durbar Square located at Basantapur, where you will visit Kumari Temple, Hanuman Dhoka Museum, the statue of Kaal Bhairab (the god of destruction), Taleju Vawani (the temple opened once a year on the 9th day of Dashain). Also, you will visit one of the biggest Hindu Temple of Nepal – Pashupatinath, the famous monkey temple- Swoyambunath and one of the largest stupas in the world – Boudhanath. After we finish sightseeing around Kathmandu, we will move towards Bhaktapur, which was the royal capital, and the whole city is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here you will visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, traditional houses, and traditional Newari museums. Then, we will go to Nagarkot hill, which is one of the best destinations to view the whole Kathmandu Valley. Finally, we will visit Lalitpur, where we will learn about Nepalese history. The evening is left free for your activities.
Drive from Kathmandu to Maccha Khola (900m)
Today, we will drive to Machha Khola along the Prithvi Highway. We will be driving along the gorgeous Trishuli River to reach Dhading Beshi. The initial part of our drivers will be on a well-paved road. On our way, we will get to witness Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. We will reach Maccha Khola within nine hours of drive.
Trek to Jagat (1400m)
After crossing the river, we will move upstream to Beni Khola. The route soon joins with a dramatic valley with sculptured rocks of gorgeous waterfalls. Then, we will cross the bridge to Kholabesi from where we will move towards Tatopani. From Tatopani, we will cross a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki and ascend to Dobhan. From Dubhan, Jagat is only a couple of hours on foot.
Trek to Lokpa (2040m)
At the checkpoint of Jagat, we will register the permit and enter the restricted area of Manaslu and Tsum Valley. Then, we will cross over a ridge to Salleri. Continuing the trek, we will pass by Ekle Bhatti from where the trail separates toward Tsum and Manaslu. We will be taking a route to Tsum. This route will take us to Lokpa, a remote hidden valley blessed by Padmashamva. We will get to enjoy Himalchuli and Boudha Himal from the village.
Trek to Chumling (2386m)
From Lokpa, we will be walking towards Chumlig- our final destination for the day. The trail to Chumling goes downwards to Lungwa river valley, then ascends through a dense forest of rhododendron and pine to Gumling. From Gumling, we will cross the Syar Khola to reach the village of Chumling, where we will visit the monastery from there we can get a stunning view of the Ganesh Himal.
Trek to Chhokangpro (3010m)
Today, we will be moving toward the upper valley. The trail moves along the Syar River down to Domje and then ascends to the largest village in Tsum Valley- Gho. From here, we will continue our trek through steep hills to Chhokangparo. Chhokangpro is famous for a gorgeous view of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal.
Chhokangpro to the Nile via Milarepa Piren Phu Cave
The trek today will be shorter than previous days. The Nile is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. On our way to the Nile, we will pass through lama gaon, which is popular for the Piren Phu cave of St. Milarepa, where its footprint is still conserved. Piren Phu is the most sacred cave in the Tsum Valley located on the side of a rugged cliff with spectacular views of the valley. Enjoying the stunning view from the cave, we will head towards the suspension bridge over the Shiar River to reach the Nile, where we will be spending the night.
Trek to Mu Gompa (3700m)
Mu Gompa is a short walk from the Nile along the west bank of the valley. We walk through pasture lands through classical dry and arid Himalayan landscape. Walking for approximately four hours, we will reach Mu Gompa, which is the largest monastery of the region standing at the highest and remotest region of the Tsum Valley.
Trek to Rachen Gompa (3240m)
From Mu Gompa, we descend to Rachen Gompa. Walking down the valley through Chhule, we will move down to Phurbe. Walking on the east bank of the Siyar Khole and passing flat boulder-covered plains, we will reach Rachen Gompa. Rachen Gompa is one of the oldest monasteries of the region with magnificent Buddhist mural painting on the inside.
Trek back to Chumling
We will move south from Rachen Gompa and pass through Chhokang Paro and then descend towards Chumling. Crossing the Siyar Khola, we move through the rhododendron and pine forests to return to Chumling.
Trek to Lokpa
We descend to Chhokangparo to the monastery at Gho(2485m). Continuing through the trail, we will cross Siyar Khola and move towards Dhumje(2440m). The trail then ascends steeply through the rhododendron forests and reach Lokpa.
Trek to Ghap
The trail from Ghap moves down through the exposed route to Buri Gandaki. After crossing the Buri Gandaki, we will enter a narrow gorge while steadily rising through the valley. From here, we will move towards Nupri and then pass through the bamboo forests to reach Deng. Crossing through a few more rivers, we will eventually reach Ghap, our destination for the day.
Trek to Lho (3180m)
Departing from Ghap, the trail becomes steeper, and we will pass through bamboo and rhododendron forests to reach the village of Namrung. The inhabitants of this village are the descendants of the Tibetan migrants, so you can see the Tibetan influence culture and lifestyle. Beyond, the trails move through the Tibetan village of Lho from where we can get an outstanding view of the Manaslu(8163m) and the Manaslu North (7157m).
Lho to Samagaon (3530m)
The trek today will be quite easy. We will be enjoying the trek with great mountain views. As we hike up from Lho, we will be able to witness the Ganesh Himal towards the east and giants Himalchuli and Manaslu in the south. Walking for four hours, we will finally reach Samagaon, where we will stay overnight.
Acclimatization Day at Samagaon
This day is planned for us to get accustomed to the high altitude environment. So, we will be exploring the village and hike around the village. Today, we will explore glacial moraine, visit Birendra Lake or Pungyen Gompa. For those wanting to enjoy natural beauty, Birendra Lake would be the ideal choice. The lake looks gorgeous with its reflecting surface. However, for those wanting to visit Buddhist monasteries, it is recommended to visit Pungyen Gompa. Pungyen Gompa offers you the opportunity to learn about Tibetan Buddhism on this monastery decorated lavishly.
Trek to Larkya La Phedi (4460m)
We will commence an early morning walk from Samagaon to Samdo. The trails pass through a wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki River and old mani walls and then slowly up the valley. Passing through a couple of streams, we will see the Larkya Glacier. Then, we will move around the valley of the Salka Khola and then ascend to the stone guest house known as Larkya La Phedi or Dharmasala.
Trek to Bimtang (3590m) via Larkya La Pass (5220m)
We will depart from Dharmasala in the early morning and move towards Larka La Pass, the highest elevation of our trip. Today is the longest and most challenging part of the whole journey. The trail starts with an easy climb across the moraine, then falls towards a lake from where the trail gets rough and indistinct crossing through steep grassy slopes. Along the trail, we will pass through four frozen lakes and then do the final climb to the pass. From Larkya La Pass, we will get some bewitching views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, Menjung, and the giant Annapurna II on the distance. Relishing the view, we continue our trek to Bimtang. On the descent from the pass, the trail passes through the top of the moraine to the west and makes a set of steep, rough bends as it crosses the moraine then descends more gently on loose gravel to another grassy moraine at 4,450m. As the trail heads down to a vast meadow, the valley becomes wider, and we arrive at Bimtang.
Trek to Dharapani (1860m)
Today, we will descend a great height. Initially, the trail passes from the valley of Burdin Khola to the rhododendron forest, then to Karche, the highest cultivating place in the valley. From here, we descend to the village of Gho. Moving along the northern bank of the river, we will trek towards Tilje. From Tilje, we will cross the Dudh Khola and continue our trek to Dharapani.
Dharapani to Kathmandu
This is the end of our trek. Today, we will catch our bus and return to Kathmandu. From Dhayapani, we will drive for approximately nine hours. Our journey to Kathmandu follows along the gorgeous Marsyangdi River Valley and then meets the Trishuli River as we head west along the Prithvi Highway. Along the way, we will have good views of the lush scenery and terraced farmland and perhaps even some final glimpses of the mountains.
Day Twenty One:
This is the day we will bid you goodbye. Our airport representative will transfer you to the Tribhuwan International Airport before three hours of your scheduled flight.