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24 Days Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek

Background  A forbidden region until 2008 AD, the high Tsum valley has always been shrouded in mystery with very little […]

  • trip code

    WT-CODE 780

  • group-size

    2 pax person

  • duration

    24 days/23 nights

  • country

    Nepal

  • maximum attitude

    5,160 mm

  • fitness level

    Challenging

  • start from

    Kathmandu

  • ends at

    Kathmandu

  • meal Accomodation

    Hotels, Lodge, Camp

Background 

A forbidden region until 2008 AD, the high Tsum valley has always been shrouded in mystery with very little information disclosed about the area. High in the Himalayas the ancient valley is regarded as “Beyul Kyimolung” which translates to the valley of Happiness. Holding paramount importance to the Buddhist religion it is said that the Sage Milarepa meditated in the caves of these mountains. Surrounded by the majestic Ganesh and Sringi Himalayan ranges, the region boasts a stunning adventure through unexplored lands. Preserved in its bubble of solitude, the Tsum Valley offers a unique adventure through virgin trails and picturesque landscapes. On its own, the Tsum valley trek is an adventure worthy of every trekker’s bucket list but pairing it with the Manaslu Circuit gives it a another dimension filled with the majestic Himalayas, high mountain passes and base camps.  

 

Taking some time off at the valley to gather permits while also enjoying the stunning UNESCO world heritage sites, we set off on our journey to reach the trail that heads to Arughat Bazaar. The drive goes along the Prithivi Highway. As we admire the roaring Budi Gandaki, we head out to Soti Khola. Be sure to walk on the paved trails that give a picture of the nearby hydropower plant. Enjoy Gurung cuisine at Lapubesi and move towards Maccha Khola. Walking on the forested trails take us to Khorlabesi and another walk leads us to Tatopani. Relax in the hot springs for a while, and finally, arrive at Jagat. Admire the gorgeous view of the Siringi Himal and find yourself in Lokpa. Taste the local alcohol in Ekle Bhatti and head towards Chhokang Paro. Relish at the sight of Ganesh Himal, and slowly proceed towards Mu Gompa. It is the most important monastery in this region and it gives you an insight into the Buddhist culture prevalent in these parts. Walk past the high passes and head back to Chhokang Paro. The next day, head towards the Ganesh Himal base camp and admire the gorgeous snow-laden environment. Head down to visit the Lungdang monastery and we shall now enter the isolated parts of the Tsum valley. The road takes us through Tibetan Buddhism influenced villages like Namrung, Deng, and Samagaon. After visiting the Ribung Gompa, we move towards the Manaslu base camp. Admire the Birendra Lake and proceed to Samdo from here. As we walk past the huge grasslands, we find ourselves at Dharmashala. It is a small resting place before the Larkya La pass. Move towards the quaint settlement in Bimthang and indulge in a downhill trail to reach Tilije. Walk along the Marsayangdi River and arrive at Tal before moving to Shyange. We are now in the Annapurna circuit trek. Here, we shall catch a bus and drive to Kathmandu which marks the end of this amazing journey.   

 

An extended stay in the Himalayas can be as problematic as it is enjoyable. Planning every detail meticulously takes time and effort and loads of information. Bridging the gap between trekkers and an amazing adventure, we here at Miteri Nepal make sure that your trek to the Himalayas will be the one to remember for all the right reasons. Our experienced guides will make sure that you get the value for every rupee that you spend.

 

Trip Facts 

Geography : Hill, Forests, Himalayas

Location : Gorkha

Level of Difficulty : Challenging

Duration of Trek : 24 days

Max Altitude : 5,160

Religions : Buddhism and Hinduism

Ethnic People : Chhetri, Tamang, Tsumbas, Sherpa

Accommodation : Hotel, Camp, Lodge

Transportation : Tourist bus, Private Vehicle

Minimum Pax : 02

 

Trip Highlights:

  • Climbing to the Manaslu base camp and enjoying the views of mountains like Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Annapurna
  • Exploring the amazing Tibetan influenced culture and traditions of the people living in deeper parts of Manaslu
  • Visiting the ancient gompas that decorate the trails like the Mu Gompa and Gumba Lungdang
  • Enjoying the stunning natural views through picturesque landscapes
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

    Touching down at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed by our staff members who will guide you directly to the hotel. Freshening up from the day’s adventure, you will be further introduced to all other members of the trek including your guides for the journey. They will then brief you on the day to day itinerary. With the activities of the day coming to a close, you are free to head down into the local region enjoying the pleasant evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 02: Restricted Area Permit procedure & Kathmandu Sightseeing

    Since the Tsum valley is a restricted area, a special permit needs to be procured so that we don’t face any problems throughout our journey. Alongside gathering the permit, we shall tour around the stunning Kathmandu Valley while enjoying the pleasant UNESCO world heritage sites. Beginning with the stunning Swayambhunath that is perched atop the hill, our journey winds down to the Hindu heritage Pashupatinath temple, which is filled with pilgrims. For the cultural side, the journey heads to Kathmandu Durbar Square as we enjoy the cultural heritages alongside the stunning architectures depicting the ancient way of life. The day comes to an end at the stunning Boudhanath monastery as we enjoy the mesmerizing sunset.  

  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar 570m by private vehicle and trek to Soti Khola 730m

    The first day of our trip begins with a drive that goes towards Arughat Bazzar and later goes towards the camp at Soti Khola. Making our way through the winding bends of the Prithvi Highway, the journey follows the Trishuli River at west to Malekhu. Following the Thopal Khola towards the north, the journey takes us through the Arughat Sadak to the picturesque town, Arughat. After a short rest, we begin our trek by heading towards Soti Khola. Follow the stunning Budhi Gandaki River further north through lush green forests to finally arrive at Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola.

  • Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola 930m

    Exiting the Soti Khola Hamlet, the trail once again drops down to the Budhi Gandaki Khola and follows the stunning river through lush green forests to reach the Gurung settlement called Lapubesi. Enjoying the hilly landscapes, the trailheads in and out of vibrant trails before reaching the Nauli Khola falls. Accompanied by the Budhi Gandaki Khola for the entirety of the journey, the trail reaches Machha Khola River. Overnight in Machha Khola.

  • Day 05: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat 1370m

    Beginning our day early, we begin our journey by following the lush green forests towards Khorlabesi. Past the quaint hamlets, the journey takes us alongside terraced farmlands to reach Tatopani which offers a calming respite from our long days of travels. Taking a dip in the hot water springs at Tatopani, the journey takes us to the hamlet at Yaruphant by crossing Dobhan on the way. The final stretch of the journey takes us alongside the stunning Jagat village. This small settlement is a busy hub for trekkers in the Manaslu region. Overnight in Jagat.  

  • Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa 2240m

    One of the longer days of the trek, today we begin our journey by heading over to Lokpa for the night. Exiting Jagat, the trail once again drops to the river banks following the hilly ridge to Salleri. As the majestic views of Sringi Himal (7,187m) adorn the horizon the trail climbs over to Sirdibas. The very first of the traditional Buddhist hamlets on the journey, it gives us a lovely introduction to the ancient culture and way of life. Past Philim, the journey takes us over to the cluster of hotels at Ekle Bhatti before dropping down to Ghum Pul and then over to Lokpa. Overnight in Lokpa 

  • Day 07: Trek from Lokpa to Chhokang Paro 3031m

    Exiting Lokpa, the journey heads over to Chumling by trekking through stunning terraced farmlands and pleasant hilly landscapes. As the majestic Ganesh Himalayan Range breaks into the horizon, the journey reaches Ripchet before turning east towards Rainjam. The final stretch of the trek takes us over the suspension bridge over at Shrepu Khola before crossing over to Chhokang Paro. Overnight in Chhokang Paro.

  • Day 08: Trek from Chhokang Paro to Mu Gompa 3700m

    Today, we make our way over to the stunning Mu Gompa. Enjoying the picturesque hilly landscapes, we make our way over to Lama Gaon by heading past the Shiyar Khola to reach Phurte. Enjoying the lush green forests, the trail reaches Pangdun by continuing onto Chule before breaking into the hamlet at the Nile. Trekking through the uninhabited lands, the journey guides us through its final stretch to Mu Gompa. From here, we can catch unblemished views of the Manaslu Mountain and other accompanying peaks. Overnight in Mu Gompa.

  • Day 09: Trek from Mu Gompa to Chhokang Paro 3031m

    One of the most important monasteries around the region, the high monastery of Mu Gompa offers stunning Himalayan views alongside the religious and cultural importance it boasts off. Accommodated by the majestic Ngula Dhojyang Pass to the east and Thapla Bhanjyang (5,014m), the monastery serves as an abode to enjoy the ancient way of life. Taking ample time to tour around the stunning Gompa, we make our way back to Chhokang Paro for the night by retracing the steps through the pleasant hilly trail. Overnight in Chhokang Paro.

  • Day 10: Trek from Chhokang Paro to Gumba Lungdang 3200m

    Exiting Chhokang Paro, the trail ascends through the picturesque hilly landscapes by heading towards the hamlet at Gho. Past the wooden bridge above the Shiyar Khola, the trail gradually makes its way towards Dumje. The trail now goes deeper into the Tsum valley. Through the lush green forests adorned with rhododendron and pine trees, the journey takes us through a series of Mani walls and later breaks into the stunning hamlet of Gumba Lungdang. This amazing Gumba gives you a deep insight into the culture and tradition prevailing here. Overnight in Gumba Lungdang.

  • Day 11: Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp 4800m

    One of the more enjoyable sections of the day, the journey takes us to the foot of the majestic Ganesh Himal (7,429m) today. Through the banks of Ladung Khola, the trail quietly ascends through the alpine climate leaving behind the treelines for the snowy trails. Heading through the glacial moraines of the Torogumba glacier, we climb past several summer settlements used by Yak herders to reach the Ganesh Himal Base Camp at 4800m. The Ganesh Himal base camp showcases an impressive range of the Himalayas, which begins with the Langtang Range and slowly moves towards Tibet. Taking ample time off to enjoy the stunning Himalayan views we descend back to Gumba Lungdang. Overnight in Gumba Lungdang 

  • Day 12: Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa 2240m

    One of the more enjoyable sections of the trek, today the trail descends back to Lokpa which involves retracing our steps through the stunning hilly landscapes once more. Dropping down to the Lungdang Monastery, we follow the western banks of the Shiyar Khola by heading past the hamlet at Domje to reach Ripchet. Take some time off here and walk amidst the stunning terraced farmlands of the hilly trail. Walk to Ghumlong and finally climb the uphill road to Lokpa. Overnight in Lokpa.

  • Day 13: Trek from Lokpa to Deng 1860m

    Exiting the hamlet at Lokpa, the trail climbs over to meet the one descending from Philim before crossing the stunning Budhi Gandaki River once again leading onto the hamlet of Sirdibas. As the Tsum valley slowly starts to narrow down, the hilly trail reaches Nupri and exits the high valley completely. Heading back to the lush green forests once more, we gradually climb over to Deng for the night. This small village is inhabited by people of Tibetan communities and you can find slight variations in their way of life. Overnight in Deng.

  • Day 14: Trek from Deng to Namrung 2540m

    Today we make our way directly to Namrung for the night. The journey is a pleasant one and crosses the Rana and Bhi villages before climbing the suspension bridge to take us above the stunning Shiyar Khola. Upon our arrival at Ghap, the trail once again enters the lush green forests adorned with rhododendron trees before breaking into Namrung. A short stay in Prok is recommended to have lunch and admire the Siringi Himal. The trail meanders down a narrow gorge before finally stopping at Namrung. Overnight in Namrung.

     

  • Day 15: Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon 3390m

    Heading further up into the Himalayan wilderness, today we make our over to Sama Gaon. The traditional hamlet offers our very first views of the majestic Manaslu range in addition to its cultural landscape. Following a series of Mani walls past Namrung, the journey climbs towards the hamlet of Banjam and then onto Lhi following the hilly landscape north. The road allows us to explore the Ribung Gompa as well.  Past the quiet hamlet of Sho, we head over to Lho which serves as a viewpoint to the Himalayan Ranges. Taking some time off to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Himalayas the trail ascends past Shyala reaching Sama Gaon for the night. Overnight in Samagaon.

  • Day 16: Hike to Manaslu Base Camp 4400m

    The most awaited stretch of the journey, today we make our way towards the Manaslu Base Camp which sits at an altitude of 4400m. An ascending journey, for the most part, the trail kicks off with scenic views of the Birendra Lake and follows the Budi Gandaki River further up north. Through the glacial moraines, the Himalayan trail twists and turns deeper and deeper into the Himalayan valley before finally stopping at the Manaslu base camp. Boasting unparalleled views of the Manaslu Himalaya ranges alongside Langtang, Ganesh and Tibetan ranges the region does justice to the majestic Mt. Manaslu (8,163m) the eighth tallest mountain in the world. After spending some time at the base camp, we make our way back to Sama Gaon. Overnight in Sama Gaon.

  • Day 17: Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo 3690m

    Exiting the hamlet of Sama Gaon, we begin our journey by ascending through the rugged Himalayan landscapes. A largely uninhabited section of the trail, today we make our way over to Samdo. Retracing our steps back to the Birendra Lake, once again we trek through stunning grasslands finding the banks of Budi Gandaki River. The trail takes us to Kermo Kharka as well and gives an amazing view of a white Kani. Crossing the river atop a wooden bridge, the trail takes us through its final stretch over to Samdo for the night. Overnight in Samdo.

  • Day 18: Trek from Samdo to Dharmashala 4460m

    Following the rocky Himalayan trail out of Samdo, the trail descends to the banks of the Budi Gandaki River. Reduced in volume, the river is a stable water source here in the Himalayas. Past the river, the journey finds the ruins of houses which once served as a trading point with Tibet forming the Larkya Bazaar. The settlement at Dharmasala is a seasonal one and often closes during the winter when the temperature here in the Himalayas drops below zero. Overnight at Dharmashala.

  • Day 19: Trek from Dharmashala to Bimtang 3590m via Larkya La Pass 5160m

    The longest day of the trek sees us walk on the northern part of the Larkya glaciers.

    Exiting Dharmasala, the trail guides us through the arduous Himalayan landscapes accommodating the majestic Himalayan views on the way. Crossing the lateral moraines of the Larkya Glacier, we reach the summit marked by seas of prayer flags surrounding a Himalayan crest. We take some time off to enjoy the exquisite Himalayan view. Even though the summits of the Annapurna and Manaslu Ranges cover the horizon, the Tibetan mountains can be traced to the far north. Overnight in Bimtang.

  • Day 20: Trek from Bimtang to Tilje 2300m

    Tibetan mountains can be traced to the far north. Overnight in Bimtang.

     

    Making our way through the Bimtang glacier, the trail takes us past lateral moraines once again finding the lush green forests which dominate the majority of the hilly landscapes. Following the Dudh Koshi River down the valley, we reach the quiet hamlet of Hampuk and then onto Karte where we make a brief stop. Past the hamlet of Gurung Gho, the trail quietly descends over to northern banks of Dudhkoshi River to Tilje. There are small lodges and teahouses in Tilje which makes it an ideal spot to rest. Overnight in Tilje.

  • Day 21: Trek from Tilje to Tal 1680m

    An early start to the day, we make our way over to the hamlet at Tal which is located on the banks of the stunning Marsayangdi River. Following the Dudh Koshi River once again, the trail guides us over to Thonje. Gradually ascending through the lush green forests, we meet up with the classic Annapurna Circuit trail before crossing the Marsayangdi River atop a suspension bridge to reach Dharapani. The final stretch of the trek takes us past Kabre reaching the hamlet of Tal for the night.

  • Day 22: Trek from Tal to Shyange 1150m

    An entire day of following the stunning Marsayangdi River the journey takes us over to Shyange. The hamlet also serves as a trailhead for those seeking to get into the Manang Valley. Descending through the forested trail, we make our way through vibrant hamlets to reach Jagat for a brief rest. The final stretch of the journey follows a similar pattern through the river banks and over to Shyange drawing the curtains on our Himalayan adventure. Overnight in Shyange.

  • Day 23: Drive from Shyange to Kathmandu by private vehicle

    The final day of the journey begins early as we make our way out of Shyange following the graveled road over to Besisahar. Making a brief stop at the picturesque town, the journey follows the stunning Trishuli River heading towards Kathmandu. Through the familiar bends of the Prithvi Highway, we break into the capital city heading directly to our hotel where a lovely farewell dinner awaits us. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 24: Departure from Kathmandu

    Our representatives will drop you back to the Tribhuvan International Airport just in time for your flight back home. We hope you had a lovely time with us and we look forward to seeing you again.

whats included

    • Bus transfer- Kathmandu/Soti Khola/Besishahar/Kathmandu.
    • Twin sharing tea house accommodation during trek.
    • Chame to Besishahar by local jeep transfer sharing with other people
    • Trekking permit-TIMS cards, ACAP, MCAP and Manaslu and Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit.
    • English Speaking guide and all his expenses like salary, meals, accommodation and transfer
    • 3 times meals- breakfast, lunch and dinner during trekking
    • All the government taxes and company service charge.

whats Excluded

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    • Airport pick up and departure transfer
    • Hotel accommodation and meals- lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Any kind of drinks – coke, mineral water, hot water, tea, coffee, beer, whisky.
    • Travel insurance in case of emergency for rescue helicopter and other medication.
    • Upgrade accommodation like room with private toilet.
    • Porter for carrying backpack.
    • Expenses of personal natures like internet, telephone, WiFi, Laundry, hot shower etc
    • Tips for guide and porter
    • All the cost not mention on above cost includes.

     

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