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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking

Manaslu Region Trekking
Trip Grade
Hard
Trip Type
Adventurous Trekking
Maximum Elevation
5160M
Accomodation
Teahouse-Home Stay
Destination
Manaslu Region Trekking
Best Time
Sep-Nov/March-May
Trip Start
Soti Khola
Trip Ends
Dharapani

Overview

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking offers a mesmerizing adventure that delves into the ancient art, culture, and Tibetan Buddhist way of life in the quaint Tsum Valley region of Nepal’s Manaslu Region. This unspoiled trekking route was inaccessible until the 1990s, making it a unique opportunity to explore the wilderness and biodiversity of the Manaslu Valley while immersing in Buddhist culture and heritage.

Starting with a scenic drive to Soti Khola, the trek takes you off the beaten trails and away from the mainstream Manaslu Trekking Routes. You’ll traverse the complete wilderness, passing through remote and beautiful villages, surrounded by the stunning Manaslu Mountain Chain, including Ganesh Himal (7422 m), Himal Chuli (7893 m), Himlung Himal (7126 m), Cheo Himal (6820 m), and Manaslu Himal (8163m). The trek trail winds through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests, and you’ll cross several bridges before reaching the highest point of the trek route, Larkya La Pass (5160 m), after exploring the Tsum Valley Classic Trekking.

During this trek, you’ll encounter many fantastic sites, but two places stand out: Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa. These two monasteries are the most sacred in the Tsum Valley region and provide valuable insight into the cultural practices of the area. Along with breathtaking scenery and incredible biodiversity, you’ll also get to observe the Tibetan culture and way of life. Note that this is a challenging trek with steep climbs and long walking days, so prior trekking experience and physical fitness are necessary. The best seasons for the Tsum Valley Larkya Pass Trekking are from March to May and September to November.

Itinerary

The trip begins with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Our company representative will welcome you at the airport and then you will be transferred to the hotel for your overnight stay.

We will take you to the UNESCO world heritage site Patan Durbar Square for sightseeing. There you can observe the ancient temples and palaces and admire the art and craftsmanship of the medieval period. During this time, we will arrange the permits and other documents required for the trek.

Today you take a scenic drive along the Prithvi Highway from Kathmandu until Dhading Besi. From Dhading Besi, the dirt road takes you to Arughat and then drives up to the west bank of Soti Khola. If you look out from your windowpane, you can see glimpses of the Ganesh Himal range during this drive. Overnight in Soti Khola.

The trek starts as you leave Soti Khola for Lapubesi. The trail gradually ascends through the Sal forests and climbs up to a ridge above Budhi Gandaki River. The trail then passes through numerous waterfalls and drops to the rice paddies before climbing up to the Gurung village of Lapubesi, where you will be staying for the night.

You climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens, and then you descend to the Budhi Gandaki riverbed. You walk along the rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge and head down to the river. Up ahead you cross Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, and make your way to Khorlabeshi. Overnight in Khorlabeshi.

From Khorlabeshi, you trek to Tatopani, where you can experience naturally running hot water. You cross Budhi Gandaki River on a suspension bridge and climb a staircase and then a ridge to reach Dovan. You cross the suspension bridge over Dovan Khola and cross a few more on the way before reaching Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

After checking your permits at the check-post, you climb over the ridge to Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas. You cross a suspension bridge leading to the east bank of Budhi Gandaki River and climb up to Philim with the emerging views of Shringi Himal (7161m). Walking past Philim to the north across a forest, you arrive in Chisapani. Overnight in Chisapani.

The trail gradually descends from Chisapani into a gorge below and leads to a beautiful waterfall. You pass through the blue pine and rhododendron forest to reach Lokpa. Up ahead, you descend through the forest and cross the suspension bridge before finally ascending to Chumling. Here, you can get amazing views of Shringi Himal (7161m) and the Ganesh Himal range. Overnight in Chumling.

You cross the suspension bridge on to the opposite bank and walk ahead enjoying the views of Ganesh Himal (7422m). Walking past Rainjam, you arrive at Serpu Khola and cross a bridge to reach Gho village. The trail then climbs for around 2 hours and takes you to Chhokang Paro in the Tsum Valley. Overnight in Chhekamparo.

Leaving Chhokang Paro behind, you head north to the Nile following the upstream trails of Shiar Khola. On the way, you pass which is one of the most sacred caves in the region, the Milarepa Cave. While walking on this route, you will be accompanied by the scenes of Shiar Khola and the snow-capped mountains like the Ganesh Himal and the Shringi Himal ranges. Overnight in the Nile.

Ascend from Nile to Mu Gompa, near Tibetan border. Walk west bank of Shiar Khola, climb to largest monastery, Mu Gompa. Dhephu Doma Nunnery Gompa home to student monks learning Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight at Mu Gompa.

Easy trek today. Visit Rachen Gompa, also called nunnery gompa, passing Lar village. Cross bridge, retrace along Shiar Khola to Chhekamparo. Enjoy stunning views of Ganesh Himal (7422m) and Shringi Himal (7161m). Overnight in Chhekamparo.

The trail drops down from Chhokang Paro and crosses Domje Bridge. You cross Dhampa Gompa and descend along the gorge of Shiar Khola to reach the village of Rupchet. The trail then goes down steeply and takes you to Lokpa, which is situated at the confluence of Shiar Khola and Budhi Gandaki River. Overnight in Lokpa.

You cross the new bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and ascend alongside the river with the view of Shringi Himal (7161m) to reach Nyak. The trail then descends steeply until reaching the Gurung village of Deng. A Mani wall welcomes you to the traditional village, situated in the lap of the amazing Shringi Himal (7161m). Overnight in Deng.

WE cross Budhi Gandaki River and climb to the bridge. From here, you climb a little further to Bihi, pass through the lush forests, and cross Budhi Gandaki several times on the way ahead. The trail then follows the river upstream through the dense forest and makes one last steep climb to reach Namrung. The peaks of the Himal Chuli range look astonishing from Namrung.

After crossing Budhi Gandaki River, you trek through the forest and pass through the stone arch to reach Lihi. Then you cross the bridge over Hinang Khola and pass through the village of Sho to finally reach Lho village. Mesmerizing views of Manaslu Himal (8163m) start to appear as you reach Lho Village.

After passing through Shalya village, you head down to the river that originates from the glacier of Punggen. Trekking ahead, you pass through many Chortens and Monastaries and then cross a ridge to reach the fields of Samagaon, a beautiful village nestled in the lap of the amazing Manaslu Himal (8163m).

After long days of trekking, you take some rest today and get adjusted to the high altitude. This, however, doesn’t mean that you stay idle. You can take a short hike and visit the Punggen Monastery or visit the Birendra Tal to utilize your day. Overnight in Samagaon.

Today you enjoy a relatively pleasant and interesting trekking experience. After crossing a suspension bridge, you head through the juniper and birch forests and later cross another bridge and climb up across Budhi Gandaki before reaching Samdu village. If you continue trekking ahead, you arrive at the ruins of Larkya Bazaar, which used to be an important market once. Overnight in Samdu or Larkya Bazaar.

Crossing the wooden bridge over shrinking Budhi Gandaki River, you trek ahead through the Mani walls and prayer flags. After crossing a few streams ahead, you trek upwards to the stone house known as Dharmashala, also known as Larkya Pass Base Camp. Overnight at the base camp.

Today you cross the frozen Larkya La Pass (5160m), which is the highest point on this trek. Through ice and snow, you walk on the moraine trail of Larkya Glacier to reach the top of the extraordinary pass. From the top, you can get stunning views of Manaslu Himal range along with the views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Larke Peak (6249m), and Cheo Himal (6820m). Up next, you cross a moraine and climb down to another grassy moraine to finally reach Bhimthang, where you stay for the night.

Today’s walk is mostly downhill. You cross a glacial stream and climb over the side of a moraine and descend into the rhododendron and pine forest. You follow the descending trail which hugs Dudh Khola to reach Goa. Inhabited by the Gurung community, Goa hosts amazing views of Phungi Himal (6538m) and Manaslu Himal (8163m). Overnight in Goa.

This is the last day of trekking. First, you cross the wooden bridge and walk through the deep pine forest until reaching Tilche Gurung village. From Tilche, you cross a bridge over Dudh Khola and pass through several checkpoints before reaching Dharapani. Here, you meet the trails of the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek. Overnight in Dharapani.

From Dharapani, a private jeep will take you to Besisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung district. Passing through many villages and lush hills, you follow the Marsyangdi River throughout your drive to Besisahar. You can spend the evening enjoying the success of your trek and exploring Besisahar.

You take the long drive back to Kathmandu today. The picturesque route will allow you to forget the aches in your body. Upon arrival, you check into your hotel and take some rest. Later, you can head out and explore the markets or chill out at the bars in Thamel.

Today our company van will take you around the valley for sightseeing. You will be observing the ancient durbars and temples in the UNESCO listed world heritage sites Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You can also shop for souvenirs in these areas as there are many authentic Nepali handicrafts available. In the evening, you join the group for a farewell dinner hosted by the company.

The trip comes to an end today. After a fulfilling breakfast at the hotel, our company representative will drop you at the airport.

What's Include in Cost

    • Airport pick up and drive according to itinerary and plan.
    • Hotel in Kathmandu according to program.
    • Manaslu Special Permit.
    • Tsum Valley Special Permits.
    • Manaslu Conservation Entrance Permits.
    • Annapurna Conservation Area entrance Permits.
    • TIMS cards: Trekking Information Management System.
    • Food and accommodation during the trip: B/L/D.
    • Hot drinks- Teak, Coffee, etc during the trek.
    • Trained-Licensed Holder trekking guide.
    • Porters and guide with their wages.
    • Insurance for guide and porters.
    • Local Airport Serviec.
    • All land transportations according to program and Itinerary.
    • Applicable Nepal government tax.

What's Excluded in Cost

    • Nepal entry visa.
    • International flights and airport tax.
    • Travel insurance.
    • Personal expenses, Hot water and Mineral water during the trekking.
    • Hot shower and Laundry service.
    • Chocolate, juice and Bar Bills.
    • Internet and Battery charge
    • Alcoholic drinks with mineral water.
    • Emergency evacuation and tips.

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FAQ

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

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