Manaslu & Tsum Valley Trek
Manaslu (8163m) known as Kutang is the eight highest mountain in the world which is located at the western central part of Nepal in Mansiri Himal. In Sanskrit Manasa means “intellect” or “soul” thus the meaning of Manaslu is “Mountain of Spirit”. Manaslu Trek is a beautiful trek with spectacular views of Manaslu including different peaks and close look towards authentic Hindu and Tibetan style villages. The passes through Budhi Gandaki and Larky La(5160m) which is the highest point of the trek makes the journey more adventurous and exciting.
Tsum is said to be a beyul, one of the hidden valleys which Padmasambhava blessed as refuges to be discovered when the planet is approaching destruction and the world becomes too corrupt for spiritual practice. They are valleys reminiscent of paradise, which can only be reached with enormous hardship.
This Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek is one of the most beautiful off the beaten trekking trail of Nepal that is being slowly popular among the trekker. This trekking requires special permits issued by Immigration Department of Nepal.
Trek Route : Arughat – Lapubesi – Tatopani – Philim – Chumling – Chhokang Paro – Nile – Mu Gompa – Rachen Gompa – Gumba Lundang – Lokpa – Ghap – Lho – Samagaon – Samdo – Dharmasala – Bhimthang – Dharapani – Ghermu Phant – Besisahar – Kathmandu
Highlights of Trip
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal. At your arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Himalayan Namobuddha Travel and Treks’ representative will be there to welcome you. The representative will help you to check in your hotel rooms. In the hotel, you will be briefed about your activities during the trip. In the evening you will be welcomed with a dinner in one of the typical Nepali restaurant with cultural programs. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu & Patan
After breakfast in the hotel, we do sightseeing around Kathmandu City. We start our day trip from Thamel, this is the famous tourist street of Kathmandu city. You can shop your needy equipments, then to the famous historical place Kathmandu Durbar Square along with tour of local market and local lifestyle of Nepal. And then we will be visiting Patan Durbar Square and living goddess of Nepal – KUMARI of Patan. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (about 7 hrs)
Today early in the morning we will take our drive through countryside of Nepal towards Arughat via Dhading Besi which will take us through kyorpani. Reaching there hotel checking .Overnight at Arughat.
Day 04: Trek from Arughat to Lapubesi (5-6 hrs)
Today the trail passes through Gurung and Magar villages walking in the upper road along the Budhi Gandaki. Climbing the stairs in a narrow trail then descending to Soti Khola and trekking through shady sal with up and down we reach Lapubesi. Overnight at Lapubesi.
Day 05: Trek from Lapubesi to Tatopani (4-5 hrs)
The trail is up and down, passing through the Macchakhola and Buri Gandaki.. Goat herders passing through this area where the distinctive smoke-browned capes called bokkhu made famous in the book Honey Hunters of Nepal. Continuing with up and down over a couple of ridges we reach Tatopani where we get hot water spouts under the sheer cliffs that provide a delightful evening shower and soft skin due to natural minerals. Overnight at Tatopani.
Day 06: Trek from Tatopani to Philim (5-6 hrs)
The trail ascends over a ridge and cross the Buri Gandaki on a new suspension bridge, circle under cliffs and climb a little to Doban. Crossing the bridge across the Yaru Khola and emerge onto riverflats, enjoying easy up and down to Jagat. You will get opportunity to explore the Buddhist culture through walk. Crossing Nepal’s longest suspension bridge to the east bank and a tiring climb up we reach Philim. Overnight at Philim.
Day 07: Trek from Philim to Chumling (5-6 hrs)
Descend through beautiful forest, crossing two new bridges, circle under a huge bluff on the river then climb steeply on deteriorating exposed stairs. After about 30mins start to traverse north through pines and rhododendrons, still climbing and with very steep slopes. You can explore the old gompa, the traditional houses, orchards, clinic and beautiful stone streets on the way where all the way are lined with artistic chortens and mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with deities and prayers. Overnight at Chumling.
Day 08: Trek from Chumling to Chhokang Paro (3-4 hrs)
An easier trail than yesterday, we cross the suspension bridge just east of the hotel and traverse through rich farming land of maize and potatoes. Up the valley to the east are superb views of Ganesh Himal. Crossing the Serpu Khola and climb on well-graded but exposed track to upper Tsum and the joined villages of Chhokang-Paro, Himalchuli can be seen down valley. Overnight at Chhokang Paro.
Day 09: Trek from Chhokang Paro to Nile (3-4 hrs)
Heading east through small villages and past a local school, climb over a ridge of chortens and past Lamagaon through the flat fields, looking across the extensive crops and river to the huge courtyard of the Rachen Gompa with excellent pilgrim accommodation. The trail crosses the Shiyar Khola, passing through hamlets of Phurbe and Pangdun. With some up and downs and crossing bridges we reach Nile. Overnight at Nile.
Day 10: Trek from Nile to Mu Gompa (1-2 hrs)
The trail today is very traditional landscapes where you learn about buddisht tration and culture.The isolated 600 year-old Dhephu Doma Gompa uphill on the obvious westward track and has two resident nuns who report seeing snow leopards and musk deer. The inside of the gompa has been repainted by monks from Tibet and there are some ancient thankas. Overnight at Mu Gompa
Day 11: Trek from Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3-4 hrs)
Returning down valley through Chhule, we trek continuously on the east bank of the Siyar Khola and cross flat boulder-covered plains following the power lines to Rachen Gompa, where it is possible to inspect the ancient gompa if you want and the many young nuns are very friendly. Overnight at Rachen Gompa.
Day 12: Trek from Rachen Gompa to Gumba Lungdang (5-6 hrs)
The trail follows the south until a bridge crosses to the west bank and pass again through Chhokang Paro then drop below on the previous trail towards Chumling.
Ascending very steeply through pines and rhododendrons until the track starts traversing at a mani wall with prayer flags. The track is exposed and narrow. Finally, in the pine forest, take a prayer flag marked uphill trail and make a zigzag climb through huge silver pines to reach Gumba Lungdang. Overnight at Gumba Lungdang.
Day 13: Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Ganesh Himal & Hike back (3-4 hrs)
It takes about 4hrs to reach the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. The map shows another base camp on the east side of the glacier, but there appears to be no obvious track between them, so return to Gumba Lungdang in time for the evening puja by retracing your steps. Overnight at Gumba Lungdang.
Day 14: Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa (7-8 hrs)
Early morning after breakfast we descend to Domje, Crossing the Laudang Khola on a new swing bridge. Again descend on steep loose stairs to the deserted bhatti Ghumlong on the river, which you passed through some days ago. Climb again through the pristine temperature forest to Lokpa. Overnight at Lokpa.
Day 15: Trek from Lokpa to Ghap (4-5 hrs)
The trail continues from Lokpa down the exposed track until the track from Philim comes in from the left. The we cross the Buri Gandaki on a solid bridge after about 1hr and traverse to a welcome bhatti just around the corner for tea and a last look up the Tsum Valley. We enter a very narrow gorge with loose tracks, up and down, up and down. Crossing the new suspension bridge then heading back down to Ghap. Overnight at Ghap.
Day 16: Trek from Ghap to Lho (5-6 hrs)
Crossing the north on a wooden bridge with a roaring narrow canyon below then we cross back to the south bank on a new swing bridge with grey langurs watching. The main trail now climbs on well-made stairs, but a highly recommended narrow shortcut to the right just after the bridge and along the riverbank is far quicker and through superb pine forest. After about 1hr, climb a zigzag from the river to the neat village of Namrung Pass mani walls, fields and houses through Banjam . Overnight at Lho.
Day 17: Trek from Lho to Samagaon (2-3 hrs)
This short day takes you into the mountains with time to enjoy and acclimatize. The views of Manaslu are stupendous. Easy walk to Shyala (3520m, Syal, Syalagaon, Shyaula) up a pine and rhododendron gully with moss and gin-clear stream. Another easy hour to the large village of Sama (3530m, Samagaon, Ro), losing the gigantic views of Manaslu but entering a world of yaks, pastures and houses which seem to have grown from the stones. We will walk at afternoon to the Kargyu Chholing Gompa. Overnight at Samagaon.
Day 18: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (2-3 hrs)
After having breakfast our trail lead toward Manaslu Base Camp. We will take descend trail to Budhi Gandaki River and follow a bridge over a side stream. We will pass through Larkya La Trail pass and then to Kermo Kharka. Again, we will cross wooden bridge in Budhi Gandaki river and passes through large white Kani to Samdo. Overnight in Samdo.
Day 19: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (2-3 hrs)
The trails descend beyond Samdo on a broad trail, dropping to cross the much-reduced Budhi Gandaki at 3850m. Pass the trail to Tibet to the right and climb left after a mani wall, traversing through juniper with many marmots in April but not November when they hibernate. Cross two ravines on narrow tracks, very icy towards winter. Overnight at Dharmasala.
Day 20: Trek from Dharmasala to Bhimthang (7-9 hrs)
Today we make a long descent on loose gravel to a welcome more level area with grassy moraine, where the angle eases. The trail now runs left of the large lateral moraine, rocky at times, in a widening and beautiful valley all the long way to very scenic Bimthang The views during the descent are huge – icefalls and mountains in all directions, a medial glacial lake (Pongkar Tal) between the Pongkar and Salpudanda Glaciers, and the joining of these two glaciers with a third glacier to form the Bhimdang Glacier whose lateral moraine towers over Bimthang. Overnight at Bhimthang.
Day 21: Trek from Bhimthang to Dharapani (7-8 hrs)
The trails follow the south ,below Bimthang behind the moraine wall for some time before crossing the Bhimdang Glacier, which can be loose underfoot.
We pass under a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and descend rapidly towards the Marsyangdi Valley through scrubby forest. Cross back to the north bank just below Thonje and climb up to join the main round-Annapurna trail, over the Marsyangdi Khola on a long suspension bridge. Turn left into Dharapani. Overnight at Dharapani.
Day 22: Trek from Dharapani to Ghermu (7-8 hrs)
Today the trail mostly descends via beautiful Taal village & Tibetan village.Trek along through the off road and bank of Marsyandi river and small water fall we reach Ghermu via Jagat. vernight in Ghermu.
Day 23: Trek from Ghermu to Besisahar (about 4-5 hrs)
Our trail via Ngadi from where we can see still enjoy the scenery of Annapurna ranges, Khudi and Ngadi peak. Then walking the off road with waterfalls on some place reache to Bahundanda, a place where people of Brahmin are more than others caste. Continuing the walk the area gets city area to the Besisahar. Overnight in Besisahar.
Day 24: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu (7-8 hrs)
Today we will take a ride from Besisahar to Kathmandu via Prithivi Highway. Enjoying the ride with greenerary and local settelements beside river we reach Kathmandu.
Day 25: Free day in Kathmandu
This day you will have free day on your own. In the evening, Himalayan Namobuddha Travel and Trek will take you for a farewell lunch or dinner in one of the finest restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu
Day 26: Departure day
Today is your departure day. Himalayan Namobuddha’s representative will drop you to Airport 3 hours before scheduled flight. It’s time to bid Nepal farewell visit and appreciate your visit to our country Nepal. Hopefully we shall meet again.
Note: Above itinerary can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Please let us know whether you would like to make shorter or longer or any other further changes in above itinerary. We will provide you details accordingly.
Airport drop + Pick up by private transportation
Standard Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
Welcome dinner in typical cultural restaurant in Kathmandu.
Private transportation during sightseeing in Kathmandu.
License holder experienced tour guide during sightseeing and his salary, meal, transportation etc.
Local License holder trekking guide during the trek and his salary, accommodation, food, transportation, insurance etc
Local trekking porter and his salary, transportation , meal, accommodation and insurance
Full board meal during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
All necessary ground transportation during the trek.
All necessary trekking permit, special permit and paper works.
Farewell lunch / dinner in Kathmandu.
Guided Trekking Maps
Entrance fees for sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Meals in Kathmandu which are not mentioned above
All personal expenses such as bar bills, beverage, snacks etc.
Extra shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
Personal clothing and gears.
Tips to guide (Expected but not mandatory)
Cost raised by cancelation, landslide, weather, political unrest, illness which are not under our control.
Emergency Helicopter rescue (to be covered by your insurance company)
Services which are not mentioned above.
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