The Manaslu Circuit with Tsum valley trek is one amazing trekking and hiking destination in the mid western region of Nepal . This trek requires one to be physically and mentally prepared for the high passes as some people might not be comfortable with the higher altitudes. Apart from that, this trek is a perfect amalgamation of cultural and natural diversity one expects from Nepal.
Namaste and welcome to Nepal. After your arrival, Kathmandu, Vertex Holiday’s airport representative receives you at the airport and transfer 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.
After breakfast at the hotel, set out for the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, these include UNESCO listed world heritage sites. Kathmandu is a city of temples and mediaeval arts and architectures. Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, 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.
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.
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.
Beginning the trek from Machha Khola, our trekking route crosses the stream and head to Khorlabesi. Passing it, we reach to 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.
After breakfast, our hike commences through the rugged trail to Sridibas. It is quite challenging trail steep and narrow. Passing Sridibas, we walk through the countryside fine trail. We reach to 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.
After breakfast, we start the trek above the Budi Gandaki River. After some time, we reach to 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.
Exploring the snowcapped Himalayas, we start today’s walk. They include Boudha Himal, Ganesh Himal and many more. The trail is dotted by the 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.
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 of the previous days. Overnight at lodge.
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 facility to the visitors. You can hike to the Ani Gompa if you like. Overnight at Mu Gompa.
Today, the activities vary on your particular interest. One of the recommended itineraries is to take a horse ride towards 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.
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 offer their beauties. Overnight at lodge.
From Chhokangparo, we trek down continually, with some short ascends. 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 to Lho village and take a rest. Overnight at lodge.
It is quite a long walk, but we head with the aim to reach Sama Gaon. It is a cultural center of 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.
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 monastery are 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.
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, again we descend to the River, cross it and climb to Samdo village via Kani. Overnight at lodge.
Another day for acclimatization in Samdo. We set out our hike around the village. The history of this village goes back to the years when salt trade was in practice. Even the people of this part go for 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 hiking helps us to acclimatize properly. Overnight at Samdo.
After breakfast, we descend to 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. Its time to rest. We prepare for the grand excursion for the following day. Overnight at lodge.
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. With 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 an overnight stay. Overnight at lodge.
After breakfast at Bimthang, we set out our tired foot with a gentle descending. Now, the excursion has gone easier with the decreasing altitude. The fig and rhododendron forest dominate the trail. With a relaxed walk through the lower altitude forest and fields, we reach to Tilije. Overnight at lodge.
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.
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. Sattale, 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.
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.
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Having a good memorable trekking experience with Vertex Holiday, our airport representative drops you at the airport for your departure.
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