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Trip Type:
Camping / Lodge

Grade:
Strenuous

Altitude:
5,390 m

Transportation:
Land

Group Size:
1+

Best Season:
Spring and Autumn
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Tsum Valley – Manslu Circuit Trek is located in the northernmost part of Gorkha district.  Since the trekking trail falls under ‘controlled’ region, trekkers will be required to obtain special trekking permit to enter the area.

Tsum Valley is popularly known as the ‘hidden valley’, owing to its remoteness and years of isolation from the outside world. In Tibetan dialect ‘Tsum’ literally means ‘lively’ and the inhabitants are called Tsumba people. The locals are devout Buddhists and follow the teachings of Guru Rinpoche. Tsum valley continues to preserve its ancient Buddhist culture and natural treasures of streams and rivers, towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, and mountain hot springs. The unique and peculiar culture, custom and lifestyle of local Tsumba people, who closely resembles their neighbor Tibetans, are a major attraction. Tsum Valley is also considered a home to the legendary and elusive Yetis.

Manaslu trek on the other hand is one of the toughest and most rewarding trekking trails under the shadow of Mt. Manaslu (8156m), the eight highest mountain in the world. Trekking in Manaslu will involve crossing several high Himalayan passes including Larkya La pass (5213m). Along the trek, you will have crystal clear views of Manaslu Himal, Baudha Himal, Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal ranges.

Although Tsum Valley and Mansalu can be approached as independent trekking trails, we have combined the two beautiful routes to offer you the richest experience of the Himalayas, local culture and nature. Our first leg of the trek covers the Tsum Valley before finally joining the regular route of Manaslu Trek.  

The trek will be a mix of camping and lodge, however home-stay facilities are also available at different points along the trail. The lodges are of very basic standards, but serve locally sourced hygienic dishes.

Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition offers both regular packages and customized trekking itineraries depending upon your interest, time schedule and budget. Our experience and professional trekking guides and support assistants will ensure that you have a trekking experience worth a lifetime.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700m).

Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Macchikhola (970m).

Day 03: Trek from Macchikhola to Jagat (1340m) via Tatopani.

Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa (2240m).

Day 05: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (2386m).

Day 06: Trek from Chumling to Chhoking Paro (3031m).

Day 07: Trek from Chhoking Paro to Lar (3245m) takes five hours.

Day 08: Trek from Lar to Mu Gompa (3709m) via Nile.

Day 09: Trek from Mu Gompa to Chhekya (4240m) takes about 6 hrs. (Camping).

Day 10: Trek from Chhekya to Bhajio (4030m) takes 6 hours (Camping).

Day 11: Trek from Bhajio to Nile takes about 6 hours.

Day 12: Trek from Nile to Ripchet (m) takes 7 hours.

Day 13: Trek from Ripchet to Deng (1860m) which takes about 6-7 hours.  

Day 14: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m) takes about five hours. 

Day 15: Trek from Namrung to Shyala (3500m) via Lho Gaon (3200m) takes about 6 hours. 

Day 16: Trek from Shyala to Sama Gaon (3390m) via Pung-gyen Gumpa (4800m) takes about 5 hours. 

Day 17: This day is for acclimatization. 

Day 18: Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3690m.) takes about 3 hours.

Day 19: Trek from Samdo to Dharmashala (4460m) via Larkey bazaar takes about 4 and a half hours.  

Day 20: Trek from Dharmashal to Bimthang (3590m) via Larkya La (Pass) (5106m) takes about 7 hours. 

Day 21: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m.) takes about four hours.

Day 22: Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1300m) takes about six hours.

Day 23: Trek from Jagat to Nagdi (930m) takes about four hours.

Day 24: Drive Nagdi to Kathmandu takes about 7 hours.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700m)

After breakfast drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (730m) via Arughat (570m) takes about 7 hours. You drive along well paved road up to Dhading Besi along the bank of Khani Khola, Trishuli River and Thopal Khola. It is a beautiful picturesque journey passing through green hill, flowing stream, farming terraces, villages, small market and mountain views at far distance. Leaving Tari Besi you continue to Soti Khola by graveled road passing through Arughat Bazaar. Arughat  is an old market situated at the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. Soti Khola is a river on the bank of which is a small settlement featuring few lodges. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Macchikhola (970m)

After breakfast we start our trek following Budi Gandaki. The trek duration from Soti Khola to Macchikhola is 6 hrs. We will pass by Lapubesi where you will see the remnants of previous landslide. A big waterfall appears near Nyauli Khola. Follow the river bank to reach Macchikhola in 2 hrs. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Macchikhola to Jagat (1340m) via Tatopani 

The trek is a gradual uphill to Tatopani. There is a natural hot spring in Tatopani and another hour from here will reach Dovan. We stop here for lunch. From thence we see a big landslide as we gradually climb up to Yaru. Watch the amazing sight of Budi Gandaki River passing under a rock. Another one and a half hours trek through a section caved in by rocky mountains on both sides via cantilever bridge to arrive at Jagat. Jagat is a checkpoint and an entrance to Manaslu conservation area. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa (2240m)

The trail follows a cliff to Salleri passing through beautiful villages such as Ghattekhola, Sirdibas on the way. Cross a long metal bridge and then reach Philim, which is second district headquarters of Gorkha district. Lunch will be served in Chisopani (Eklebhatti). After lunch we continue trek around cliff for one hour to reach Gampu which is junction for Manaslu and Tsum Valley.  Another 45 minutes climb up to Lokpa which is surrounded by forests. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (2386m)

After breakfast we go downhill for 20 minutes and then steep descend through a cantilever path carved against cliff. Today it takes around 5 hrs to reach Chumling where both lunch and dinner will be served. Enjoy beautiful views of Ganesh Himal range from Chumling. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Chumling to Chhoking Paro (3031m)

The trail ahead is horizontal till Kwo and thereafter it is a steep uphill climb all the way up to Chhoking Paro. On your right is Ganesh Himal and Rubinala on your behind. There is a monastery you can visit in the old village of Chhoking Paro. Beautiful views of Ganesh Himal, Baudha Himal and Rubinala peaks are visible from the village. There is a big settlement of Bhotia people. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Chhoking Paro to Lar (3245m) takes five hours.

The trail makes gradual ascent to Lama Gaon in two hours. Here we will visit Milarepa Cave and his footprint. We then cross a river to Lar where will have our lunch and dinner. After lunch  we visit Rachen Gumba, a big monastery where many monks reside. It is often visited by Rimpoche on various occasions.  Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Lar to Mu Gompa (3709m) via Nile.

It takes about 4 hrs to reach Mu Gompa from Lar. We will visit monastery and villages of Phurbe and Pangdung on the way. Within 3 hrs we reach Nile for lunch and then continue our trek uphill for another 3 hrs.  Mu Gompa hosts a big hostel for monks where tourists are also allowed occasionally. We will explore Ani Gomba, a nunnery, in late afternoon and return to Mu Gompa. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Mu Gompa to Chhekya (4240m) takes about 6 hrs. (Camping)

Today we will follow the trail to Tibetan border side which was once a trade route between Tibet and Tsum valley inhaitants. We will be able to see Tibetan mountains today. If you want to stay in Chhekya, you can stay in Camp. 

Day 10: Trek from Chhekya to Bhajio (4030m) takes 6 hours (Camping)

After breakfast the trail will explore near the Tibet border surrounded by mountains and cliffs. We will carry pack lunch for our journey ahead. Bhajio is the last village before entering Tibet. It contains approximately 22 houses and a few yak farms. 

Day 11: Trek from Bhajio to Nile takes about 6 hrs

Today we will return the same route we came up. 

Day 12: Trek from Nile to Ripchet (m) takes 7 hours 

We continue our downhill journey. Lunch will be at Chhoking Paro. After lunch one and a half hour climb down and cross Syar Khola and then climb up the forested path to Ripchet. 

Day 13: Trek from Ripchet to Deng (1860m) which takes about 6-7 hours. 

Follow the downhill trail passing the cantilever bridge midway. You will cross Lokpa village before reaching Gampul. Next the trail turns uphill through forest to Deng. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m) takes about five hours. 

20 minutes after you leave Deng you will cross Budi Gandaki and then the trail goes uphill via Rana to Bihi. On your right is Siringi range and Prok village while on left is a sight of huge rocky hills.  From Bihi to stone bridge via Gaap village the trail is horizontal. The trail ascends from Gaap village through jungles of Himalayan pine and bamboo up to Namrung. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Namrung to Shyala (3500m) via Lho Gaon (3200m) takes about 6 hours. 

For 45 minutes straight you take a horizontal trail through buckwheat fields and then 30 minutes uphill trek to Lihi. You will gradually walk uphill for 2 hrs and 30 minutes to Lo witnessing great Manaslu and Himchuli ranges. After taking lunch in Lho, continue trek for another 1.30 hrs up to Shyala. Stay overnight in lodge with beautiful views of mountains.

Day 16: Trek from Shyala to Sama Gaon (3390m) via Pung-gyen Gumpa (4800m) takes about 5 hours. 

After breakfast take 45 minutes and then turn left from here. 2 hours trek from here with a combination of uphill and horizontal path will reach you Pung-gyen Gumpa.  Along the trail you can enjoy spectacular views of Himchuli, Manaslu I & II and Shyaula peak. Return all the way down to Sama Gaon for 2 hrs. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 17: This day is for acclimatization. 

This day you will visit Birendra Lake which is at the bottom of the Manaslu glacier. This trail will also take you to Manaslu Base Camp. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 18: Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3690m.) takes about 3 hours.

Follow the horizontal path which is windy while enjoying great views of Samdo, Manaslu and Naike peaks. Cross Budi Gandaki River and walk uphill for 15 minutes to Samdo. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 19: Trek from Samdo to Dharmashala (4460m) via Larkey bazaar takes about 4 and a half hours. 

Today you will see many beautiful mountain peaks and rock hills such as Samdo, Manaslu, North face, Pawar, Peri, Larkey La and Naike peaks along the trail. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 20: Trek from Dharmashal to Bimthang (3590m) via Larkya La (Pass) (5106m) takes about 7 hours. 

Early in the morning you begin 4-5 hrs steep ascent until Larkya La through a rocky and windy path and another 2-3 hrs to Bimthang. Along the way you can enjoy the views of Larkya peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna Chuli, Cheo Himal, Mt. Himlung and Himlung glacier, Punker glacier and Punker lake, Mt. Kimlung and Kimlung glacier.  Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 21: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m.) takes about four hours.

Crossing this high pasture you descend the valley of the Burdin Khola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, you have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, you descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. Walking down you cross a stream to reach Tilje. Leaving Tilje, you trek uphill for nearly 45 minutes and reach Dharapani crossing a bridge over the Marshyangdi River. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 22: Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1300m) takes about six hours.

After breakfast you will gradually climb down an easy trail and reach Taal in one and a half hours. Taal was also formed after a landslide and has a big waterfall nearby. Taal lies at the border of Manang District. The trail further goes downhill to Chyamje where you will have lunch. Chyamje also has a waterfall. After lunch 2 hrs trek will reach Jagat, which hosts a natural hotspring. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 23: Trek from Jagat to Nagdi (930m) takes about four hours.

After breakfast descend for 45 minutes and then cross Marshyangdi River over suspension bridge. You will now reach Ghermu Phat which is a Gurung settlement. In no time you will reach Bahun Danda where you will have lunch. Within one and a half hours trek you reach Nagdi which hosts Marshyangdi Hydropower. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 24: Drive Nagdi to Kathmandu takes about 7 hrs

After breakfast start your journey back to Kathmandu. You will follow Marhsyangdi River passing through a long tunnel. You will witness rafting in Trisuli River with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of road.

The Trip includes following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Special trekking permit for Manaslu Area
  • Entry permits for Manaslu & Annapurna Conservation Areas
  • Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Trekking guide
  • Porter/s (one porter carries up to 25 kg of luggage for 2 persons)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) 
  • Accommodation in lodges (tea houses) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking poles if required
  • All land transportation before and after the trek
  • Insurance and equipment for trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • One farewell dinner with live cultural show at authentic Nepali restaurant
  • Souvenirs (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.) 

The Trip does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

Our trek around Manaslu, the Tsum Valley and Nar-Phu Vally

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Thanks to all of you for making our trek around Manaslu, the Tsum Valley and Nar - Phu Valley so memorable.

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