Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek
Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is a mesmerizing adventure that takes you through the remote and picturesque landscapes of the Manaslu region in Nepal. It is a hidden gem for trekkers seeking a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience. Spanning around 18-21 days, this trek also combines cultural immersion, breathtaking mountain scenery, and a sense of tranquility. Journey to Arughat The journey begins in Kathmandu, where you'll drive to the starting point in Arughat. From there, you'll also trek through diverse terrain, including lush forests, terraced fields, and deep river valleys. As you ascend, you'll also…
Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek
The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is a mesmerizing adventure that takes you through the remote and picturesque landscapes of the Manaslu region in Nepal. It is a hidden gem for trekkers seeking a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience. Spanning around 18-21 days, this trek also combines cultural immersion, breathtaking mountain scenery, and a sense of tranquility.
Journey to Arughat
The journey begins in Kathmandu, where you’ll drive to the starting point in Arughat. From there, you’ll also trek through diverse terrain, including lush forests, terraced fields, and deep river valleys. As you ascend, you’ll also encounter traditional Gurung and Tamang villages, where you can immerse yourself in their unique culture, traditions, and hospitality.
The Tsum Valley, often referred to as the “hidden valley of happiness,” is one of the highlights of the trek. This sacred valley is renowned for its ancient monasteries, chortens, and prayer flags. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore these cultural treasures and witness the daily lives of the local people, who have preserved their Tibetan Buddhist traditions for centuries.
Journey to Larkya La Pass
Continuing further, you’ll trek alongside the mighty Budhi Gandaki River, passing through picturesque villages such as Samagaun and Samdo. The trail gradually gains altitude, offering stunning views of snow-capped peaks, including the majestic Manaslu, which stands at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet). The highlight of the trek is the challenging yet rewarding crossing of the Larkya La Pass at 5,135 meters (16,847 feet), providing breathtaking panoramic vistas of the surrounding Himalayan ranges.
Accommodations and Facilities
Throughout the trek, you’ll stay in teahouses or guesthouses, where you can enjoy warm meals and comfortable lodging. The facilities become more basic as you venture deeper into the mountains, so it’s advisable to carry necessary trekking gear and a sleeping bag.
Best time to visit during Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek
The best time to undertake the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is relatively stable, and the views are spectacular.
Conclusion and Summary for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek
Overall, this Trek offers an unparalleled blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and physical challenge. It is an opportunity to witness the raw beauty of the Himalayas, experience the rich cultural heritage of the region, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
- Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola
- Mu & Lungdang Gompas in Tsum valley
- Milarepa Piren Phu Cave (pigeon cave), the most sacred cave in the Tsum Valley
- Dephyudonma and Rachen monastery – the oldest monasteries in the Tsum valley
- Trek around Mt Manaslu (8,163 m) – the worlds eighth tallest mountain
- Side trip to Birendra Lake, Punhyen Glacier, or Mount Manaslu Base Camp during the rest day at Samagaun
- Majestic views of glaciers, lakes, rocks, and mountains – Manasalu, Himchuli, Ganesh, and many more on Nepal- Tibet border
- Cross Larkya La Pass ( 5,106m) – one of the longest passes in the Himalayas
- The unique cultural blend of Tibetan Nupri and Gurung inhabitants
- Ancient Buddhist stupas, monasteries, and Tibetan lifestyle
- Less crowded path
- An ancient trading route to Tibet
- Explore the less explored and hidden valleys of the Manaslu region
- Walk to the Tibetan border on the northern side of the Manaslu region
- Visit the antique monasteries, chortens, and gompas in the region
- Witness wide-angle display of Mt. Manaslu, Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal, & Larkye Peak
- Navigate the novel trek routes to the typical Tsum Valley
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA) you will be greeted by a representative from Everest Expeditions Nepal After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc.) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with an Everest Expeditions Nepal display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to the Hotel Shanker or a similar category hotel. After checking in, you will visit the Everest Expeditions Nepal office, meet your trekking leader as well as other participants and make final preparations for the trip. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Everest Expeditions Nepal at The Ship Restaurant Bar & Lounge. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture.
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered as World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Friendship World Treks briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us the opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure.
A 6 hours drive from Kathmandu into the western mountains takes us to Gorkha, the Capital of Medieval Nepal. We drive Kathmandu to Baluwa, and then take a local jeep to Barpak village which is situated upon the hilltop. Barpak is also home to Gaje Ghale, the 2nd World War veteran who also received Victoria Cross from the Queen of Britain.
We trek through the mountains in an easterly direction into the main valley of the Budhi Gandaki River. A few hours of climb takes us to the pass of Gupsi Dada (3000m). The Gupsi Dada pass Laprak from Barpak, Enjoy the panoramic views of Buddhi, Shringi, Ganesh Himal and the Langtang range. From there, we descend down to Laprak, a beautiful Gurung village.
Trek further east to Manaslu’s main valley of the Budhi Gandaki river. We descend from Laprak and cross a suspension bridge. Then a steep climb around hillside. Pass the village of Singla while enjoying the magnificent views of the Manaslu Himal, and other Himalayas. Descend down to Kholrabeshi.
After a few more ups & downs, we reach to Tatopani. From the Hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb on over a ridge to Dobhan. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Dobhan Khola, the trail climbs on a rugged trail to Duman. 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. Trek along the Budhi Gandaki river then climb towards the village of Jagat.
Climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Setibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long suspension bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village.
Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley. After Ekle Bhatti cross the gorge, and enter the pine tree forests. Descend down to trail going to the Tsum Valley. Climb through pine and rhododendron forests. Enjoy the views of Himalchuli mountains. Pass Lokpa, climbing further north through pines and rhododendrons. Climb down to Ghumlong, and climbing up to Ripchet. Crossing the Shiar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling. Visit the old Chumling gompa, and the stone streets of the village
Cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjham to Serpu Khola. Now we enter the hidden valley of Tsum. Another steep climb takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting, enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters.
While climbing above Chokhangparo, better to be careful of altitude problems. Walk past Lamagaon to the Rachen Gompa. Climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave. Then we cross the Shiar Khola. Continue walking through the villages of Phurbe and Pangdun. After crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile.
We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. From Mu Gompa, climb further up to Bhajyo and We are quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the Tibetan peaks as well as the Ganesh Himal range. Bhajyo is a remote area there is not any local houses. Only we can see some yak farmhouse. After having lunch we will explore the area.
We take rest at Bhajyo both for acclimatization and sightseeing. Discover the highland around Bhajyo. If the weather is clear, you can also enjoy the magnificent views of Ngula Dhojyang pass as well the glaciers of the Yamdro Valley.
From Bhajyo, we descend down to Rachen Gumba. Established in 1905 AD, the Rachen Gumba is a nunnery in the Shiar Khola Valley. The nunnery is one of largest in the region is of great importance. The interior of the Gumba is splendidly painted with Buddhist mural paintings.
Continue south until a bridge crosses to the west bank then descend again to Chhokangparo. Drop below Chhokangparo on the previous trail for about 2hrs, until a small gompa is reached at Gho (2485m). Then taking the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley, we finally arrive at Chumje via Yaju.
From Chumje, we continue on the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley. Pass the village of Dorjon Kharka just before reaching Rana. Crosss the large suspension bridge in the main valley of the Manaslu Budhi Gandaki River. If interested, walk further up to the village of Bihi.
The initial part of today’s trek is on relatively flat terrain. Soon, the trail moves uphill through the forest path. Thus we arrive at Namrung while enjoying at the same time the magnifiscent views of Manaslu, among others.
From Namrung, we again enter the Buddhism influenced region. Climb through the forest to Lihi. Enjoy the spectacular rise of the Ganesh Himal. Descend to Sho. Another steep climb takes us to our today’s campsite on a ridge.
The Budi Gandaki is far down but we follow a small tributary instead. Walking in the shady fir forest is very enjoyable. A short climb to a plateau and the village Shyala. Huge mountains surround us, Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, other snow summits to the right, at the far end of the valley we have just come from stands Ganesh Himal. At the far end of the village, overlooking the valley stands the well-known monastery of Sama. Sama Gaon is a village inhabited mainly by the Tibetans and lies at the foot of Manaslu.
Descend to the Budi Gandaki, 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. From a stone arch we can see a large white kani, finally passing through the kani we find Samdo.
We continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Cross two streams and witness the Larkya Glacier. Go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again and come to the stone guest house (4450 m) which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larkya Phedi. We camp here today and have a rest to prepare for tomorrow’s crossing of the famous and most awaited Larkya Pass. After a short climb, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers.
After an early start, we soon walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. Savor the spectacular views from the top of the pass. It is a longer day then usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in and Manaslu; it’s an experience not to be missed.
We have been trekking incessantly for more than 2 weeks. Still one more week to trek in the mountains. Therefore, a rest day would prove a blessing for the tired muscles. Also discover the area surrounding Bimthang as well the cultural life of the mountain people.
We will descend a great height today. Initially, from the valley of Burdin Khola, through rhododendron forests, to Karche, the highest cultivating place in the valley. Then we descend to the village of Gho. While staying on the north bank of the river, we trek into Tilje. Leave the Tilje Village, and cross the Dudh Khola. Cross a wooden bridge back to the northern side of the Dudh Khola. Continue to Dharapani.
The remainder of our trek follows trails used on the first few days of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. We descend to the Marsyandi River and cross the suspension bridge. Climb up and away from the river and hike through a broad, flat valley to the village of Tal (1,675m), situated at the foot of a large waterfall.
The trail continues on to Chyamje. From Chyamje, trekking up and down along the river, we reach Jagat.
A steep trail descends from Jagat through the Marshyangdi valley. Cross Marshyangdi River at Syange and walk to Ghermu.
The Marsyandi valley opens and on its banks’ terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides are the age-old work of the Nepalese farmers. We cross several interesting villages such as Bhulbhule, Khudi, etc. Then we walk on a flat part alongside the left bank of the Marsyandi. A last walk up for reaching Besi Sahar, a dusty and busy place that marks the end of our trek and the beginning of the civilization.
A 7 to 8 hours’ of picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of road. In Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day resting or catching up on some last minute shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner at The Ship Restaurant Bar & Lounge where we can pick our meal from their carefully crafted menu that offer a wide range of choices.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Everest Expeditions Nepal will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3/4/5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast) & Other Destination Based on Trekking Area.
6. All accommodation during the trek.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from trail head.
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
14. Welcome and Fare well dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
15. Trekking Duffle Bag
16. Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
17. Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
18. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
19. All Government and local Taxes
20. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
21. Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu and Pokhara.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is a popular and scenic trekking route in Nepal. It takes you through remote valleys, ancient Buddhist monasteries, and stunning mountain landscapes, including close-up views of Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world. Here is some information about the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek trip:
Duration: The typical duration of the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is around 18-21 days, depending on the itinerary and individual preferences. This includes the trekking days and additional days for acclimatization and rest.
Permits: To trek in the Tsum Valley and Manaslu region, you will need two permits:
- Manaslu Restricted Area Permit: This permit is required to enter the Manaslu Conservation Area. As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, the permit cost for the Manaslu region was US$70 per person for the first week, and US$10 per person per day for each additional day.
- Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit: In addition to the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, you also need a separate permit to enter the Tsum Valley. The permit cost for the Tsum Valley was US$40 per person for the first week, and US$7 per person per day for each additional day.
Please note that permit costs may have changed, and it is always advisable to check with the local authorities or your trekking agency for the most up-to-date information regarding permits and costs.
Trekking Itinerary: The trekking itinerary may vary depending on the tour operator or individual preferences. However, a common itinerary for the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek includes the following major stops:
- Kathmandu (starting point)
- Soti Khola
- Machha Khola
- Dharamsala (also known as Larkya Phedi)
- Kathmandu (ending point)
This is a general outline, and the actual itinerary may include additional stops, rest days, or variations based on your preferences.
Difficulty: The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is considered a challenging trek and requires a good level of physical fitness. The trail involves steep ascents, descents, and high-altitude sections. Proper acclimatization and preparation are crucial for a successful trek. It is recommended to have prior trekking experience at high altitudes.
Accommodation and Facilities: Along the trekking route, you will find teahouses and guesthouses that provide basic accommodation and meals. However, the facilities become more basic and limited as you go deeper into the Tsum Valley and higher into the mountains. It is advisable to carry necessary trekking gear and equipment, including a sleeping bag, as the availability of blankets may vary.
Best Time to Trek: The best time to undertake the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these months, the weather is relatively stable, with clear skies and moderate temperatures. However, it is essential to check the weather conditions before planning your trek, as weather patterns can vary.
Trekking Guide and Agency: Due to the restricted area permits and the challenging nature of the trek, hiring a licensed guide and trekking agency is highly recommended. They will assist you with the necessary permits, logistics, accommodation, and provide local insights throughout the trek.
As always, it is crucial to do thorough research and consult with a reliable trekking agency for the most up-to-date information, permits, and guidance based on the current conditions and regulations.
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