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Discovering the Hidden Gems of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek

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Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek
Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek

Traversing Tranquility: Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek

The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek are classic treks in Nepal. The trek includes a visit to Tsum Valley, a restricted area until the Nepal Government opened for trekking in 2008. Combined with Tsum Valley, the trek will be 6 days longer than the normal Manaslu Circuit trekking. It’s also good to note that Mount Manaslu is the world’s eighth-highest mountain at 8,156m above sea level. In 1996, a Japanese and Nepalese team climbed to the summit for the first time.

About Tsum Valley

Geographically, the Tsum Valley is situated in the northern Gorkha district of Nepal and is considered a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley.

The Tsum Valley owns its ancient culture, art and religion. In other words, the people here are culturally and religiously rich. Along the trails, you will encounter artistically crafted chortens and mani walls constructed from stone slabs, which feature intricate carvings and art drawings of deities, along with inscriptions of prayers.

The local community, which has resided here for centuries, is predominantly of Tibetan origin and speaks a unique local dialect closely resembling the Tibetan language.

The Tsum Valley has a long history and is influenced by Buddhism. The people believe that the Buddhist saint Milarepa took meditations in the caves of nearby mountains. That’s why there are some unique and historical old monasteries in the valley, such as Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, which lie on a pretty plateau nestled in the lap of the valley, and Gumba Lungdang, situated at the base of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal.

Geography of the Tsum Valley

In addition, the valley offers impressive views of Himalayan ranges such as the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. 

The Tsum Valley was remote and inaccessible, so mainstream development activities have isolated this sacred valley and the local community. However, it is the main reason the unique cultures and traditions of the local community have remained intact. In other words, the Tsum Valley is so far safe from Western cultural influence.

Flora and Fauna

Equally and uniquely, the Tsum Valley is rich in flora and fauna. If you go in during spring between March and April, you will see different colourful flowers blooming in the valley. On the other hand, the valley is rich in wildlife as you will see different kinds of wild animals such as Himalayan Thar, Blue sheep, and red pandas. Importantly, hunting and fishing are strictly prohibited in the Tsum Valley.

While planning for the Manaslu Circuit trek, if you have 6 days more time than a normal Manaslu trek, it will be well worth adding the Tsum Valley to your trekking holiday in the Manaslu region. However, if you have no time for a longer trek option for Tsum Valley, you will do a normal Manaslu Circuit Trek.

After you visit Tsum Valley, you follow the main track to the Manaslu Circuit. While trekking around Manaslu, you will see the spectacular landscape of the Nepal Himalayas. The view from the Larkya la pass is impressive. In addition, from the pass, you will see superb views of Himlung, Himal Culi, Cheo Himal, and other mountain ranges. 

Tour Details

Manaslu’s unique environment and exceptionally rich biodiversity have made this region the finest tourist destination of Nepal for many years. Moreover, the region consists of varieties of cultural diversities, natural scenery of the majestic Himalayan ranges, high-altitude romantic glacier lakes and fascinating flora and fauna; all these natural and cultural features of this region have made it one of the most popular tourist destinations of Nepal and is a restricted area requiring a special trekking permit to get entry into the region for foreigners.

restricted area

Departure & Return Location

Capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu (Google Map)

Departure Time

07-08 AM

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up and transfer
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu as per the above itinerary.
  • 3 nights twin sharing accommodation at hotel Kathmandu Suite Home
  • English speaking guide and strong porter(s) - 1 porter for 2 trekkers
  • Surface Transfer to and from Kathmandu on Private jeep.
  • Accommodation at tea house lodges with meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
  • Trek permits including Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation Permits

Price Excludes

  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • International air fare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal visa.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Any beverages
  • Personal equipment (sleeping bag, down jacket etc.).
  • Staff tipping

Complementaries

  • Trekking Duffle Bag
  • Trekking Map
  • Company T-Shirt
  • Farewell Dinner
What to Expect
  • Pristine Mountain views
  • Impressive view of Mt. Manaslu
  • Rich Cultural heritage
  • Sama Gompa, Larkya La pass and Amazing waterfalls
  • Hidden cultural treasure of Tsum valley
  • Unforgettable experience to a visit to Manaslu Base Camp

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival day in Kathmandu.

Upon arrival, one of our Airport Representatives will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel, including breakfast.

Day 2Kathmandu Free Day

Preparation of special trek permits; a day tour will be arranged ( sightseeing places will be Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swoyambhu & Kathmandu Durbar Square). Overnight at hotel with B.B. plan.

Day 3Drive Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (550m).

Drive to Arughat (550m) by public bus or hire a 4-wheel jeep (it is your choice to travel by public bus or private jeep). We’ll drive through along the Prithivi highway and Kalu Pandey road on the concrete road to Dhading Bensi (a 3-4 hour drive); we may stop for lunch here. The drive starts again with a bumping road until arriving at Arughat (3 hour’s drive) with a scenic view of the landscape, villages, river, Mt Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. This place lies on the Buddhigandaki river’s bank (‘The Old River’).

Day 4Trek to Soti Khola (720m)

Our first day trek starts from Arughat to Soti Khola by following the Budhigandaki river. It is a 5 hours easy walk. This day could be hot/warm due to low elevation.

Day 5Trek to Machha Khola (930m)

The trek starts by following the Buddhigandaki river (old river), and the trail gradually goes up with the river gorges. It is a 5-6 hours easy walk.

Day 6Trek to Doban (1390m)

This place is situated at the confluence of 2 rivers, the Shiar Khola and Sarpu Khola. Today’s walking is moderate to strenuous, involving some steep ascents and descents. It is 6-7 hours of walking.

Day 7Trek to Philim (1760m)

Today we will walk through some hamlets and scattered houses in Gurung villages (Gurung is one of an ethnic group among the many ethnic groups of Nepal). When we approach the village of Philim, we will see a good view of Sringri himal. It is 6 hour’s walking.

Day 8Trek to Chumling (Lower Tsum) - 2275m.

Today we walk through crossing a small stream by following an easy path, and the trail gradually ascends to Lokpa. Then finally, we arrive at Chumling with involvement of the ascents and descents trail. It is 6- 7 hours of walking.

Day 9Trek to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) - 3030m.

This place is situated on flat land. It is like a hidden treasure! This place offers a great view of Ganesh Himal and Boudha himal. It is a 5- 6 hour walk.

Day 10Lokpa 1800m.

After 2 hour’s excursion around the valley, trek back to Lokpa (1800m). 5-6 hours walking.

Day 11Trek to Deng (1860m)

After easy climbing, we will reach Chautara, from where we can see good views of Shringi Himal to the north. After that, we will cross suspension bridges and walk through the pine forest on the way ahead. It is 6 hour walk.

Day 12Trek to Namrung (2560m)

When we trek ahead westwards, the same local houses seem like dry-stone structures, and Tibet influences the architecture of houses. We will see many Mani walls, chorten, buckwheat and barley fields. It is a 5- 6 hour walk.

Day 13Trek to Sama (3620m)

Today we will leave Namrung by crossing a small river called Therang Khola. As we walk for a while, we will see a waterfall. Finally, as we arrive at Lho (3180m), we will enjoy the view of Mt. Manaslu and its surroundings. It is 6 hour walk.

Day 14Rest day

Explore the village and gompas or visit Birendra Kund for reflections on Mt. Manaslu and its northern icefall.

Day 15Trek to Samdo (3875m)

Samdo is a Tibetan refugee settlement of about 40-50 houses. Today we walk through the grassy Khakas (yak pasture land) parallel to the Budhi Gandaki river. After about an hour of walking, we will reach the summer herding area of Kermo Kharaka, where we can see an excellent view of Mt. Manaslu. It is a 3-4 hour walk.

Day 16Trek to Larkey Phedi (Dharmasala)- 4460m.

The trail descends to a river by crossing a bridge over the Gyala Khola. Today we will see a view of Larkye Peak and the North face of Mt. Manaslu. It is a 3-4 hour walk.

Day 17Trek to Bimthang (3590m) via Larkye Pass (5135m)

Today is the longest and toughest day of the trek and the day to see the magnificent views of the Himalayas, including Mt. Himlung, Cheo Himal, Gyagi Kang and Annapurna III. It is about 8 hours of walking.

Day 18Trek to Tilje (2300m) or Dharapani

Today we may see a good view of the west face of Mt. Manaslu if the weather is good enough. The trail descends steeply down through rhododendron and pine forest. It is 6- 7 hours of walking.

Day 19Kathmandu

Drive to Benshisahar (35 km, bumpy road) and another 175 km drive to Kathmandu through the nice highway. Overnight at the hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 20Departure

Transfer to the airport to board your flight back home.

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Anna Smith

Couple Traveller

This year we made our 4th time visit in Nepal with Nepal Hiking and their super professional team! This time we had been to Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley. It was really excellent adventure with stunning views, long treks, white mountains and we met people from all over the world.

Firstly, in Kathmandu we stayed in super new hotel Kathmandu Suite Home with big roof top terrace, hot shower, clean rooms and excellent breakfast. Then we were dropped off by jeep to Soti Khola from were we started our trek. We spent 16 days in the mountains. Every day it was different scenery. First week till Chhekampar it was very hot and humid in the beginning, then only hot. Then, with altitude, it became colder but never it was extremely cold.

Our guide Mahindra did the best for us. We were always served hot tea and all meals earlier than other guests in the guesthouses; he used to run ahead early morning to make room reservation for us.

Nature was perfect there. It was nice to make a small side trip to Tsum valley – this helped us with acclimatization. We made another side trips to Pung Guing Gompa, the Tibetan Border near Samdo and monastery in Chhekampar. Food in the lodges was tasty and we had no problems when asked something another than Dal Bhat.

Till Dharmasala it was possibility to charge cameras and phones, but there were no phone connection for international mobile phones. Only in Deng we received unlimited WiFi connection in the price of US$ 3 and we could speak with our children. Hot boiled water usually for additional payment; shower as well. We took shower till Dharmasala. And Dharmasala is not so bad as described in internet. It has nice camp area with two small hotels and warm tents. Views are very nice there.

We drank not-purified water all the time directly from pipe lines, it was tasty and we had no problems. We spent US$ 200 for tea, shower and hot water. But we do not drink any alcohol.

It was excellent adventure for us which gave us so many pleasure! Thanks to all team of Nepal Hiking! We are thinking about our 5th trip and as usual with Mr. Tilak and his team!

23 October 2023

Sergio

Group Traveller

Thank you for arranging a fantastic trekking holiday for us. Overall, it was well-organized and enjoyable. I have one suggestion to improve your services for future clients.
Check with clients about their physical fitness levels when planning the treks. In our case, we could walk an additional 2-3 hours each day, which would have allowed us to visit more places. This could enhance the itinerary options.
Apart from that, everything was excellent. I am already looking forward to planning another trip to Nepal, and I will naturally turn to you for assistance organizing it.
Thank you once again for a memorable experience.

3 May 2023
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