Tsum valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek
Trip Highlights of Tsum valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek
- Ancient villages and Tibetan Buddhist culture of Tsum valley
- Rugged trail, Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa
- Manaslu region diversity: flora and fauna
- The technical Larke Pass (5160m)
- Connects Manaslu region and Annapurna region
Overview of Tsum valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek
Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek is a world-class adventurous trek in the Manaslu region of Nepal. It combines two distinct destinations- the Tsum valley and the Manaslu circuit. This trip is a perfect amalgamation of cultural exploration in the hidden gem of the Tsum valley and adventurous Larke pass trekking.
Tsum valley and Manaslu Circuit trek begin from Soti Khola. Then it heads forward through the Budi Gandaki Riverbank. The trail is pretty rough, and frequently you walk up and down. First, you approach the hidden Tsum valley. The demarcation of this holy land by the central government has not stopped flourishing the Tibetan Buddhists’ values.
Several ancient Gompas lie in this sacred valley. Local people love the customary values where people do not sacrifice animals. Retracing through the same rugged trail, it directs to the Larke pass through various villages of ethnic groups. Again, the grand views of the snowy peaks and walking through culturally valuable communities contribute to becoming your Manaslu Round trek spectacular.
Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek is highly demanding: your physical fitness, acclimatization, and high dedication. The trek connects the Annapurna region after crossing this technical session. Manaslu Larke Pass (5160m) is the most technical section with the steep route of this trek.
Vertex Holiday organizes Manaslu and Tsum valley trek with a complete arrangement. Our itinerary is expertly designed, and you scramble through the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP). Please, contact us for your excellent Manaslu trekking holidays.
Itinerary of Tsum valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek
Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m), transfer to hotel.
Namaste and welcome to Nepal. After your arrival, Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative, will receive you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. After getting refreshed, a short briefing and orientation will be conducted by trekking leaders. The evening is reserved for a wonderful dinner at a Nepalese restaurant with the Nepali cultural program. Overnight at the hotel.
Full day Cultural Tours in Kathmandu valley/ Trip Preparation and briefing.
After breakfast at the hotel, set out for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, which includes UNESCO-listed world heritage sites. Kathmandu is a city of temples and medieval arts and architecture. Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square in Kathmandu are the major attractions. However, there are, in total, seven world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at the hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m): walk approx 8/ 9 hrs.
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Aarughat through the Prithvi Highway and later through the bumpy road. The green hill sceneries that can be seen during the road trip are awesome. We can begin the trek from here, but due to the road extension, we drive further to Soti Khola and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m): walk approx 5-6 hrs.
The foothill excursion begins today. After breakfast, our trek commences, following the trail at the bank of the Budi Gandaki River. We usually ascend to the forest and walk through it, and again descend to the bank of the river. Numerous suspension bridges are there to cross. Reaching Machha Khola, we take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m): walk approx 5-6 hrs.
Beginning the trek from Machha Khola, our trekking route crosses the stream and heads to Khorlabesi. Passing it, we reach Tatopani ( hot spring). We can enjoy the natural hot bath, which takes away our tiredness. The trail goes through the sub-tropical forest, descends to the River, and reaches the juncture known as Dobhan. Walking a short time through the bank of the river, we ascend to Jagat and rest. Overnight at lodge.
Jagat to Chisopani (1660m). 4-5 hrs
After breakfast, our hike commences through the rugged trail to Srinivas. It is quite a challenging trail, steep and narrow. Passing Sridibas, we walk through the fine countryside trail. We reach the Ghatta Khola, which is an old form of mill run by the water. From there, we walk to Philim, which is a large village inhabited by the Gurung ethnic people. We continue our trek continues to Chisopani. Overnight at lodge.
Chisopani to Chumling (2386m). 6 - 7 hrs
After breakfast, we start the trek above the Budi Gandaki River. After some time, we reach Eklai Bhatti for a tea break. Then the trail goes through the sub-tropical forest. We gradually hike up to Lho and stop for lunch. Then we descend to the stream and again ascend to the ridge of the hill. We reach the stream, cross the bridge, and head towards Chumling. We find a local lodge, which offers basic accommodation and food. Overnight at lodge.
Chumling to Chokhangparo (3010m). 4-5 hrs
Exploring the snowcapped Himalayas, we start today’s walk. They include Boudha Himal, Ganesh Himal, and many more. The trail is dotted by a rocky landscape. After a couple of hours, we reach Dumje. There we cross the bridge and head towards the Chokhangparo through the steep rocky trail. This is a Tibetan Buddhist-influenced village with still intact traditions. Nobody sacrifices animals or birds in this valley. Some ancient monasteries have increased the spiritual aspect of the village. Overnight at lodge.
Chokhangparo to Nile (3361m) via Milarepa cave. 5-6 hrs
Today the trail is wide and flat, with a stream flowing near the trekking route. T On the way (probably in Burgi), we take a short tea break. Then we move towards the Milarepa cave. It is one of the most ancient caves in the Tsum valley, which dates back around 2500 years ago. Saint Milarepa had meditated around the caves in this place. Then we return to Burgi and head towards Nille, where we can find more facilities than on the previous days. Overnight at lodge.
Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m). 3 hrs
After breakfast, we begin to head forward through the bank of the stream. We see the perfect blend of the breathtaking Himalayan views, hills, and flatlands along with the cultural prosperity. We pass potatoes and buckwheat fields. Mu Gompa is a step ahead to reach. The gompa also offers food and accommodation facilities to visitors. You can hike to the Ani Gompa if you like. Overnight at Mu Gompa.
Rest day-We spend a rest day in Mu Gompa.
Today, the activities vary on your particular interest. One of the recommended itineraries is to take a horse ride toward the Tibetan border. But it takes from early morning to late evening. The whole day’s journey is extremely tiresome. Instead of this, we can spend the day exploring the monasteries and Chhortens around Mu Gompa. Overnight at Mu Gompa.
Mu Gompa to Chokangparo: 5-6 hrs
Today, we return back from Mu Gompa. On the way, we visit the Rachen Gompa, where nuns live. After exploring, we gradually descend to Chhokangparo. The Himalayan view at the backdrop offers their beauty. Overnight at lodge.
Chhokangparo to Lho. 5-6 hrs
From Chhokangparo, we trek down continually, with some short ascend. Then we trek down to the Budi Gandaki River. It is still challenging to descend through the rugged trail. The trail goes through the rocky boulder. Steadily, we reach Lho village and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
Trek from Lho to Samagaon (3,530m): walk approx 6-7 hrs.
It is quite a long walk, but we head with the aim of reaching Sama Gaon. It is a cultural center for the local people. On the way, we pass a picturesque Syala village. We stop for a short break. Then we continue our hike, enjoying the green hill sceneries and the Himalayan views at the backdrop. The beautiful Sama Gaon is there ahead. Overnight at lodge.
Samagaon - Pungyen Gompa exploration: walk approx 6/7 hrs.
It is an exploration day. It helps us to acclimatize, and the excursion goes better in the Himalayas. There are various Buddhist prayers scripted stones, Chhortens, and monasteries located in the village. The ancient Pungyen Gompa is our hiking destination today. It was once destroyed and later rebuilt. It was after some time of the unsuccessful attempt of the Japanese expedition. After exploring the Gompa, we go back to Sama Gaon and rest. Overnight at lodge.
Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3,860m): walk approx 4 - 5 hrs.
After breakfast, we trek down to the River and take a north trail. Crossing the stream, we ascend and reach the juncture. One of the trails leads to the Manaslu base camp. Splitting the trail, our trek goes to Samdo through the widening trail. On the way, we pass several Chhortens and Mani walls. Walking through the birch forest, we again descend to the River, cross it, and climb to Samdo village via Kani. Overnight at lodge.
Rest day at Samdo for acclimatization.
Another day for acclimatization in Samdo. We set out on our hike around the village. The history of this village goes back to the years when the salt trade was in practice. Even the people of this part go shopping in Tibet. It is a form of trade exchange. The views of Mt. Manaslu, Himchui, Simrang, Kang Guru, Larke peak, and others can be explored. As the altitude is nearly 4000 meters, this hike helps us to acclimatize properly. Overnight at Samdo.
Trek from Samdo - Dharamsala to Larkya Base Camp (4,460m): walk approx 4 - 5 hrs.
After breakfast, we descend the River and cross over the wooden bridge. We leave the river, and our hike ascends, where we cross a couple of glacial streams. The Larke Glacier is visible from there. Passing the Salka Khola valleys, we see a stone guest house. It is known as Dharmasala, located at the bottom of Larke La. It’s time to rest. We prepare for the grand excursion for the following day. Overnight at lodge.
Dharamsala – Cross Larkya la [5,160m] and trek to Bimthang (3,720m): walk approx 8/9 hrs.
This is a big day for us to cross over the Lrkya La (5160m). We get up early in the morning, pack our belongings, and have breakfast. Due to the altitude and Himalayan surroundings, the morning is usually chilling. Leaving Dharmasala, our trek ascends on a steep trail. After a hard climb, we reach the top, and the picturesque Himalayan sceneries make us anesthetized that we forget the tiredness. Mt. Manaslu (8156m) and the surrounding snow-covered peaks are extremely mind-blowing. Our day-packed lunch is a source of our energy. After taking photographs, we continue descending to Bimthang, which is our place of overnight stay. Overnight at lodge.
Trek from Bimthang to Tilije (2,300m): walk approx 5/6 hrs.
After breakfast at Bimthang, we set out on our tired feet with a gentle descending. Now, the excursion has gone easier with the decreasing altitude. The fig and rhododendron forests dominate the trail. With a relaxed walk through the lower altitude forest and fields, we reach Tilije. Overnight at lodge.
Trek from Tilije to Tal (1,700m): walk approx 5/6 hrs.
After breakfast, we follow the stone-paved trail and pass the ethnic inhabitants. Our trek continues with a descend, and then we cross the Dudh Khola and reach the Thonje village. Here we meet the Annapurna round trail. Leaving the Manaslu region, we walk in the Annapurna region and steadily walk to Dharapani. Hiking on the bank of the Marshyangdi River, we reach to Tal, beautifully located beside the wonderful waterfall. Overnight at lodge.
Trek from Tal to Syange (1080m): walk approx 6/7 hrs.
After breakfast, we continue descending to Syange from Tal after passing the checkpoint of ACAP. The trail is fine, with stone-paved steps in many sections. Seattle, Chamje, Jagat, and Srichaur are some of the villages we pass. Though there is a wide road extension in the Annapurna region, we take a drive on the following day from Syange. Overnight at lodge.
Drive Syange to Kathmandu. Drive 8-9 hrs.
Today, we drive back to Kathmandu. It’s a scenic drive through the Prithvi Highway. After your arrival at Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Note: If you are going for the jungle safari tour in Chitwan, you drive to Chitwan and enjoy the safari trip. We offer 2 Nights/3 Days package for your wonderful holidays in Nepal.
Having a good memorable trekking experience with Vertex Holiday, our airport representative drops you at the airport for your departure.
- Airport and hotel transfer by our company vehicle
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at star category hotel in Kathmandu
- For the city tour- we provide a private vehicle and one professional city guide.
- Best available twin-sharing accommodation during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinner
- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner During the Trek
- One highly experienced, helpful, and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people max: 25kgs) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
- Surface transfer from Kathmandu – Arughat by bus and Arughat to Soti Khola by local jeep. Similarly, transport from Beshisahar – Kathmandu by bus.
- All necessary paperwork, including Annapurna and Manaslu conservation area permits and TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) card fees
- Comprehensive First aid medical kit
- Government taxes and our office service charge
- All kinds of personal order food
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: for more, you can see in travel info button
- Drinks (hot and cold), snacks, and other personal expenses
- Hot shower during the trek
- Rescue charge
- Personal trekking equipment
- Gratuities and Tips for trekking staff
- Comprehensive Medical Kit
- Duffel bag for Luggage
- Seasonal fruits for snacks
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