The Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek offers a chance to trek around Mt. Manaslu while exploring the beauty of the Tsum Valley. Trekking around these regions have been opened recently, therefore these areas are some of the hidden gems of Nepal.
The Tsum valley is in the north of Kathmandu. The people of the region follow identical Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan culture. In the Tibetan language “Tsum” means vivid. As the name goes valley is pure, pristine and holy. The legendary valley is home to ancient art and culture. The trails to Tsum are scattered with brilliant Chortens and lined with Mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs adorned with paintings of deities and inscribed with holy prayers.
Those that have explored the region that trekking around Manaslu reminds them of the Annapurna Circuit, but the region nevertheless is much more distinctive and less explored. This trail takes visitors through spectacular natural landscapes and culturally rich local people.
The trek is recommended for those seeking a physically challenging trip in the Nepalese Himalayas mixed with a chance to explore the treasures of the Tsum Valley.
DAY 1 – Arrival at Kathmandu
After your trip to Kathmandu, We will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. On the way you could have your first impress about Nepalese culture. Change of sceneries guaranteed. Sounds, smell, rickshaws, colours, streets…
DAY 2 – Drive to Arughat (640 m) / 7 hours
It is a long way through Nepal on roads both tarred and earth-surfaced, but you won’t be disappointed. You will discover the beautiful countryside of Nepal. Lush greeneries, villages, farms, rivers, lifestyle of local people in the streets and the panoramic view on the Himalaya range.
DAY 3 – Trek to SotiKhola (775 m) / 6 hours
This first trekking day will be on a flat rough road to SotiKhola. It will be a good training before to start the trail, which is going up to 5,215 meters of altitude.
DAY 4 – Trek to MachhaKhola (900 m) / 5 – 6 hours
The trail goes through the Sal Forest, leads several suspension bridges and goes near two tropical waterfalls before to reach a hillside rocky path, which goes through few rice terraces. During this day, the wooden landscape will radically change to leave sheer cliffs.
DAY 5 – Trek to Doban (1,000 m) / 6 – 7 hours
The trail follows the river, with minor ups and downs to Khorlabesi: where coffee, buckwheat and tobacco are grown. The trail is going toward the Langtang and Everest regions.
We will walk through lush narrow gorge that constricts the river’s progress and pass by the triple hot spring spouts in Tatopani and we will have to cross the BudhiGandaki on a suspension bridge.
DAY 6 – Trek to Philim (1,590m) / 6 – 7 hours
After having followed the trail along the riverbank and crossed it, we will have a view on the ShringiHimal (7,187 m) and the first signs of Buddhism culture will appear. Philim is a prosperous village inhabits by Gurung and provides and in the middle of a maize and millet’s grassland there is a Gompa (Buddhism Temple) named «ChholingSandu»
DAY 7 – Trek to Chumling (2,360 m) / 6 – 7 hours
The trail will bring us through lush grasses and scrub up the exquisite narrowing valley to the village of Chisopani and then the millet fields of EkleBhatti. The trail then gradually descends, beneath a spectacular waterfall, into the gorge. Afterward the track rises up through blue pines and rhododendrons, to Lokpa and the narrow Lower Tsum Valley.
Descend through forest, crossing streams, before tackling a long and steep climb up the south side of the SiyarKhola gorge that drains the Tsum Valley. The high point is marked by flags and offers a view across the ShringiHimal above colourful grain, potato and bean fields. The houses of the village are built with sloping roofs to cope with the abundant rain and snow.
DAY 8 – Trek to Chhokangparo (3,010 m) / 5 – 6 hours
Today we will walk into new forest growing over a recent landslide and a lush forest, inhabited by white-faced langurs. We will pass by the DampheGompa with hundreds of small ceramic statues of Chenresig (Buddha of Compassion). Afterward you will enjoy the view on the Ganesh Himal and Baudha Peak. We are entering in the Tsum Valley. Once upon arrival at the village, you could enjoy the view of Himalchuli (7,893 m).
DAY 9 – Trek to Nile/Chhule (3,361 m) / 4 – 5 hours
Because it is a short trekking day, we will have a time to visit that the trail provides on the way. Firstly we will join a local school (depending of the activity, you could visit it and share a short time with kids). Also, we could visit two chapels and two caves, renowned for an impression of Milarepa’s footprint and a rock in the shape of an elephant. To keep enjoying the Tibetan culture, we will visit the retreat monastery Chi Phu, clings to the slopes higher up the LangjuHimal. Further, there is the Rachen Nunnery, established in 1905, is enclosed within spacious walls that form the outer residential cells for the nuns. The original small monastery is decorated with murals depicting the history of Buddhism. Moreover a large and imposing new temple has been built within the grounds: spacious, light and decorated with acrylic paintings and bright hangings. The inner wall houses numerous deities in tall glass fronted cases. After enjoying other stupas on the way, we will reach a 700 year old two storeyed Gonhgye Monastery, with superb views in a background.
DAY 10 – Trek to Mu Gompa (3,709 m) / 3 – 4 hours
We will start the day with a short walk to Mu Gompa, which is 77 years old. A steep climb allows you to reach the 856 year oldDephyuDoma Nunnery (place of the birth of light) which is superbly situated at 4,000 m on a small promontory, which provides a very serene ambiance and boasts beautiful and high himalayas in the surrounding. Mu is the highest permanent settlement in the Tsum Valley.
DAY 11 – Acclimatisation day
Depending to our physical condition (sickness altitude or fatigue muscles) and to our wishes, you will have the chose to have a rest in Mu Gompa and explore the surrounding area or to climb with the guide to the border sight between Nepal and Tibet via Nguladhojyang pass with the elevated 5093m. If you visit this top then you will see beautiful landscape of Tibet plateau around Kerung, which is the boarder of Nepal & Tibet along the SyabruBenshi (it takes about 8/9 hours).
DAY 12 – Trek to Bhajyo (4,030 m) / 3 hours
Today we will climb further up to Bhajyo. We will be 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 farm house.
DAY 13 – Trek to RachenGompa (3,240 m) / 6 hours
The trail will be easier as it is going down to RachenGumba. Established in 1905 AD, the RachenGumba is a nunnery in the ShiarKhola Valley. The nunnery is one of largest in the region and has a splendidly painted interior with Buddhist mural paintings.
Day 14 – Trek to Deng (1860m) / 7 – 8 hours walking
Trek from Rachen Gompa to Deng, It takes about 7hours walk.
Day 15 – Trek to Namrung (2900m/9512ft) / 5 hrs.
Today, We scramble steeply up onto a spectacular trail and descend to cross the river. We pass through some small settlements and ascend to an impressive valley where we encounter various Mani stones (prayer stones) carved into wayside rocks, a sign that we are entering a Tibetan territory. In the afternoon, we make an excursion to the small settlement of Prok. It is a two hour round trip.
Day 16 – Trek to Lho Gham (3180m/10430ft) / 3-4hrs.
We steadily climb up into the alpine where we see the first glimpse of Manaslu North and Manaslu. The stunning view of Manaslu is awe inspiring.
Day 17 – Trek to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft) / 6 hrs.
We pass the stone gate and a long Mani stone wall of the village, with full view of Peak 29 ahead. We can also make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier to get a close up view of Manaslu. The trial follows a lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier towards Sama. After another 20 minutes walk, we reach Sama Gompa where we stop for a night halt. Overnight at the Guesthouse (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included).
DAY 18 – Trek to Stone Hut (4,500 m) / 5 hours
Today we will climb a terraced hill on the opposite bank of BudhiGandaki River and pass through a small village of forty houses check-by-jowl. A permanent settlement, where 200 villagers lives all year long, isolated and far from everything. We keep walking to Stone Hut.
DAY 19 – Acclimatisation day in Stone Hut
We are over 4000 meters of altitude,we need to have a rest day to acclimate our bodies to the reduction of the air. We will stay in the Stone Hut village to explore the area, relax, meet local people and share time with them to understand their lifestyle.
DAY 20 – Trek to Bhimphedi (3,590 m) – via Larkya La (5,215 m) / 7 hours
We will first climb towards Cho Chanda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed-up pass. From the summit the panorama on the others highermountains is beautiful: HimlungHimal (7,126 m), CheoHimal (6,820m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6,981m) and the Annapurna II (7,937m). The descent is steep to Bhimphedi.
DAY 21 – Trek to Tilje (3,900 m) / 5 hours
Today is a nice walk, which gradually climb to Karcha La Pass through paddy fields. Afterward the track descendsthrough fig tree and rhododendrons forest. The colourful of the wild flora is mixing perfectly with the natural mountain environment around us.
DAY 22 – Trek to Tal (1,725 m) / 5 hours
Approaching the end of the trek and being near to the valley we will meet lot of villagers on the trail, who come from the city with «doko» on their heads full of supplies. Men as women carry those woven bamboo baskets to their villages. We will cross the Marsyangdikhola River on a suspension bridge and follow it to Tal.
DAY 23 – Trek to Jagat (1,300m) / 5 hours
For this last trekking day, we will firstly go up to the mountain pass, which closes the Manaslu circuit and follow a path carved in the cliff. As on the first way, we will spend the night on Jagat Village.
DAY 24 – Drive to Kathmandu – via Besishahar / 8 – 9 hours
After more of a trekking week in the mountain it will be time to go back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the beauty of the countryside, green hills and thundering rivers. The bus will drop you to your hotel and it will be a free time if you want to visit the surrounding area or have a rest.
DAY 25 – Fly back home
We will transfer you to the airport and hoping you spent a beautiful time with us.
- All the transportation between airport and hotel
- 2 nights in a 3-4 star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- Private Transportation to Arughat and from Jagat to Kathmandu
- 22 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
- An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters