ManasluTsum Valley Trekking is a journey around Manaslu combined with the exploration ofthe mystical Tsum Valley. World’s eight highest peak, Manaslu is a beauty beyond description. Also a pilgrimage site, Tsum Valley adds the charm with its traditional Buddhist cum Tibetan culture and lifestyle untouched with modernity.
We drive to Arughat from Kathmandu where the trek commences. Passing through terraced fields and small villages, we walk past BudhiGandaki reaching the village of Lapubesi. The walk to Tatopani crosses forests and small villages, bestows a hot spring bath to relax in the evening. Views of SringiHimal accompanies us on the way toPhilim. PassingChumling and we reach Chhokangparo in the Upper Tsum Valley with towering views of Ganesh Himal, BoudhaHimal and HimalChuli. En route to Nile/Chhule, we pass through PirenPhu(pigeon cave), a sacred location which preserved Buddhist murals, scripts and carved stones where we stop for exploration. Our next stop is the Mu Gompa at 3700m from where we move to RachenGompa, a nunnery. The walk to GumbaLungdang passes through pine and rhododendron forests and crosses the SiyarKhola. We rest here and take a trip to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. The route to Lokpa, our next stop has no proper lodging or facilities, so we start early. From Lokpa to Ghap to Lho, we pass Gurung and Thakali villages. At Samagaon, we take a rest for another day and explore the village.We gradually gain altitude from here to Samdo, Dharmasala and cross the Larke La pass at 5200m to reach Bhimtang which marks the end of the trek.
Majestic views of snowcapped peaks coupled with unique culture and traditional practices makes the trek an outstanding one. Backdrops formed by Ganesh, Sringi, Boudha and other mountains along lush valleys inhabited by people from Tibetan descent who have unique dialect, customs and traditions adds to the charm of the trek.
Day 01:Arriving in Kathmandu (1250m)
Day 02:Free Day in Kathmandu & preparation for permit
Day 03:KATHMANDU TO ARUGHAT BAZAR (600m) BY BUS/JEEP (7-12HRS)
Day 04:ARUGHAT TO LAPUBESI (880m) (5-6HRS)
Day 05:LAPUBESI TO TATOPANI (930m) (4-5HRS)
Day 06:TATOPANI TO PHILIM (1590m) (5-6HRS)
Day 07:PHILIM TO CHUMLING (2360m) (5-6HRS)
Day 08:CHUMLING TO CHHOKANG-PARO (3010m) (3-4HRS)
Day 09:CHHOKANG-PARO - NILE (3361m) - MU GOMPA (3900m ) (5-6HRS)
Day 10:MU GOMPA TO RACHEN GOMPA (3240m) (3-4hrs)
Day 11:RACHEN GOMPA TO GUMBA LUNGDANG (3200m) (5-6hrs)
Day 12:DAY TRIP TO GANESH HIMAL BASE CAMP (4200m) (7-8hrs)
Day 13:GUMBA LUNGDANG TO LOKPA (2240m) (7-8hrs)
Day 14:LOKPA TO GHAP (2160m) (4-5hrs)
Day 15:GHAP TO LHO (3180m) (5-6hrs)
Day 16:LHO TO SAMAGAON (3530m) (2-3hrs)
Day 17:Explore the Sama Gaon
Day 18:SAMAGAON TO SAMDO (3860m) (2-3hrs)
Day 19:SAMDO TO DHARMASALA (4470m)
Day 20:Dharmasala- larke La pass(5200m)- Bhimtang( 3930m) (7-9hrs)
Day 21:Drive to Kathmandu by Jeep via Besishar (8 -9 hrs)
Day 22:Final Departure or onward for next program
Airport Pick up and drop off service by Private Coach.
2 night's accommodation with breakfast at standard Hotel in Kathmandu.
Three time food in a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) while you are on trekking.
Tea House accommodation during the trek.
Professional English speaking trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism) his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments etc.
jeep to go to arughat and back from beshishahar.
Annapurna conservation permits & TIMS Permits.
Tourist service charge, Vat.
One map Manasalu Trekking for the group .
International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
Nepal Travel insurance.
Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
Personal expenses such as phone call, drinks, donation, souvenirs etc.
Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
Tips for guide, porter (it is expected).
Day 01Arriving in Kathmandu (1250m) Arrival in Kathmandu.Our Airport Representative will meet you at the TribhuwanInternational Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detail arrangement of the Trek. B&B at the hotel.
Day 02Free Day in Kathmandu & preparation for permit After breakfast, you will be introduced with the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring along your passport and three passport sized photos and a copy of your travel insurance policy. You can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last minute shopping. A visit to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu including Swayambhu, Boudha, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square et cetera is also arranged as per request.
Day 03KATHMANDU TO ARUGHAT BAZAR (600m) BY BUS/JEEP (7-12HRS) The scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat takes around seven hours. The Arughat Bazaar is alongside the BudhiGandaki River and is a well facilitated town. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Day 04ARUGHAT TO LAPUBESI (880m) (5-6HRS) The trail passes through Gurung and Magar villages as we follow the BudhiGandaki towards its source. Rice, maize and millet fields pass along the way. As we climb further, stone stairs guide us into the valley and we follow the descent to SotiKhola. Further on, we pass sal forests and climb along a rough stone track and eventually drop to Lapubesi, a Gurung village where we stay overnight.
Day 05LAPUBESI TO TATOPANI (930m) (4-5HRS) Today, the trail takes ups and downs and passes through the riverbed as we cross the Machhakhola. Further on, similar trail that passes through small settlements alongKhorlabeshi and all the way to Tatopani. Large Gurung settlements are found higher along the trail and we come across herders moving up and down the hills. Overnights stay at Tatopani.
Day 06TATOPANI TO PHILIM (1590m) (5-6HRS) The trail ascends through a ridge to cross the BudhiGandaki over a suspension bridge. Climbing to Doban, we move further to Yaruphant and cross the Yaru River. The trail eases to Jagat, another Gurung village in a flat area. As we pass this agrarian village, we climb a rocky ridge and reach Salleriwhci rewards with views of Mount Sringi. Descending to Sirdibas, a traditional Buddhist village, we move further to cross the longest suspension bridge in Nepal and climb up to Philim, our stay for the night.
Day 07PHILIM TO CHUMLING (2360m) (5-6HRS) North of Philim, we climb along forest areas for about an hour and reach Ekle Bhatti. Moving higher along pine forests, we reach a scenic gorge and drop to a junction. We take the right trail that leads to Tsum Valley. The first glimpses of Tsum along with mountain vistas make for a pleasurable retreat. Through the forest trail, we reach Lokpa, a small village with lodges and terraces to camp in. We descend further to cross a river and take a steep climb. Views of the hidden valley start appearing as we descend further to Ghumlong and climb again to Ripchet. A short walk from here takes us to Chumling, a traditional Buddhist village set beautifully with an old monastery, traditional houses, prayer flags, stone paved streets, mani walls and the like. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Day 08CHUMLING TO CHHOKANG-PARO (3010m) (3-4HRS) After crossing the suspension bridge, the trail passes through maize and potato fields. Crossing the valley across a scenic ridge, we climb for more than two hours to reach a small settlement under the cliffs, ChhokangParo.
Day 09CHHOKANG-PARO - NILE (3361m) - MU GOMPA (3900m ) (5-6HRS) We ascend along the scenic trails towards Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in the region, and the highest farthest point in Tsum Valley. The five hour walk to Mu Gompa (3710m) shows a different world, a flat bowl like valley surrounded by mountains. Overnight stay in a tented camp.
Day 10MU GOMPA TO RACHEN GOMPA (3240m) (3-4hrs) The short walk today first takes a downhill to Chhule and further to Phurbe, where Sherpa homestays are available. Walking along the banks of Siyar River, the trail further crosses flat plains along power lines to RachenGompa (3240m), a nunnery. Overnight stay at RachenGompa.
Day 11RACHEN GOMPA TO GUMBA LUNGDANG (3200m) (5-6hrs)After crossing the river to pass through ChhokangParo, we drop towards Chumling. Walking for about two hours, we come across a white monastery and drop to SiyarKhola. Crossing the wooden bridge to Domje, the trail further ascends through rhododendron and pine forests. Prayer flags and mane walls mark the nearing of GumbaLungdang, a nunnery with an amazing view of mountains all around. Overnight stay in a tent.
Day 12DAY TRIP TO GANESH HIMAL BASE CAMP (4200m) (7-8hrs) Passing through small pasture lands, a monastery and crossing the Laudang River, the trail further ascends through pine and rhododendron forests. Climbing along the pines, we further pass the lateral moarine of Torogumba Glacier, and through passing along seasonal yak huts and moraine wall, we reach the Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4200m). We return back to GumbaLungdang via a shortcut. Overnight stay in a tent.
Day 13GUMBA LUNGDANG TO LOKPA (2240m) (7-8hrs) Today, we descend all the way to Lokpa (2240m). The trail passes through Domje and crosses LaudangKhola and further moves on through the settlement of Domje. Forest trail continues on for some time and we cross a gorge to reach Ripchet valley, a fertile farming village. After descending to Ghumlong on the river, we further ascend through temperate forests to reach Lokpa. Overnight in a lodge.
Day 14LOKPA TO GHAP (2160m) (4-5hrs) With the last glimpses of Tsum valley, we move on through Philim and cross the BudhiGandaki and further passing through Nupri to the Gurung village Deng. Further we cross BihiPhedi and move to Bihi, a stone carving village. Across the SerangKhola, we take a steep climb and take a circling path towards the end to reach Ghap.
Day 15GHAP TO LHO (3180m) (5-6hrs) The five hour walk today passes through fir and rhododendron forests in the beginning. Through pine forests that leads to a river, we climb further and come across Namrung village with Thakali settlement. Several Tibetan Buddhist settlements pass along the way separated by terrace fields and rhododendron and oak forests till we reach Lho, another typical Tibetan settlement. Overnight stay in a lodge.
Day 16LHO TO SAMAGAON (3530m) (2-3hrs) We pass through gompas, Tibetan settlement and alpine scenery. After a short trek we reach SamaGaon where we stop. The retreat is both for rest as well as acclimatization. Its also a day to get acquainted with Sherpa culture and tradition. Set at the foot of the pastures, the village has a distinctive Tibetan architecture which ripens through the 500 years of settlement. Entrance gates to villages are common here, and you can also notice Chinese brandy on sale or see village women weaving wool into gowns. Hike up to a gompa above town or wander the streets of SamaGaon. Overnight stay at a mountain lodge.
Day 17Explore the Sama Gaon Trek to Manaslu Base Camp or PungyenGompa and Birendra Tal. Descending to the BudhiGandakiriver and following it towards the north until we reach a bridge, we take a left and head to the Manaslu Base Camp. PungyenGompa is a 3-4 hours hiking and Birendra Tal is an hours hiking, so both can be combined.
Day 18SAMAGAON TO SAMDO (3860m) (2-3hrs) Samagaon to Samdo (3860m).The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls in the valley and leads to juniper and birch forests. Descending back to BudhiGandaki and crossing a small bridge, we climb to 'kane', the entrance to Samdo. A village with 3 valleys converging upon it, Samdo is known for traditional yak herding and it depicts the traditional Tibetan lifestyle - rearing sheep and goats, training horses and planting barley.
Day 19SAMDO TO DHARMASALA (4470m) The walk throught ridges, crossing wooden bridges over Budi Gandaki continues. After crossing two streams, we come across the Larkyaglacier after which a dramatic gorge is reached. Upon climbing to 4450 metres, we reach LarkePhedi where we take shelter in a Dharmashala. The walk is short providing plenty of time for acclimatization.
Day 20Dharmasala- larke La pass(5200m)- Bhimtang( 3930m) (7-9hrs) A short climb leads us to the north side of Larkya Glacier. The place provides great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. The climb to the Larkya La (5100m) pass is gradual in the beginning but steepens towards the end.Stunning panorama of different ranges can be seen from the pass. A challenging day over the high Larkya La. The steep decent from here is strenuous, but its an equally rewarding experience. Bimthang awaits the end of a tough day. Overnight at a tented camp.
Day 21Drive to Kathmandu by Jeep via Besishar (8 -9 hrs) The drive from here to Kathmandu is mostly along the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers and passes through Beshishahar, the district headquarter of Lamjung. In the evening, celebration over the successful completion of the trip is done over dinner. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
Day 22Final Departure or onward for next programDeparture from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle. You can also opt for another package with Green Valley Nepal Treks and extend your stay.
Program will be modify depending on guest instrest.