Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trekking offers a spectacular view of Manaslu and beauty of Tsum Valley along the border of Nepal and Tibet, a diverse range of ecosystems and a true rich unique culture. This trip is physically closer to Tibet than any other Nepal trip. The trip is one of the best tea house Trekking with beautiful landscape, rare flora, and fauna and amazing views of Mt, Himalchuli, Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Mt. Ganesh Himal and other mountains. Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit is a glimpse trip combination of unspoiled Nepali and Tibetan cultural with mountains scenery in the remote Himalayan.
Nowadays, you can drive direct Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar about 5 to 6 hours or further to the Sotikhola for the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley. But still, if you may want a visit to Historical Gorkha Palace, then you can start with Gorkha Bazaar too. It is also possible to start from Trisuli Bazaar as an alternative. The Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trekking goes through the Budhi Gandaki River passing different ethnic groups villages, which are involving animal husbandry and traditional cultivation. The part of Tsum Valley is a cultural trip rather than mountain scenery. At the low elevation; you can see some typical thatched huts houses and some influence by modernization. But at high elevation houses have built using mud and stone by indigenous knowledge. You will turn east north side from Ekle Bhatti after Philim village for the Tsum Valley. As Tsum Valley is the recently open trip, there are just a few tea houses facilities but mostly conduct as a homestay. Tsum Valley is declared as a sacred valley, where it is prohibited to kill or sacrificed any animal above the Chhekamparo. The trekking trail goes till Mugumpa via Dhumje, Lama Gaun, Rachen Gumba, Chule Nele. If you add a few days it is possible to visit Gumba Lungdan and Ganesh Himal Base Camp for a side trip. Then you will return back to Lokpa and catch the Manaslu Circuit main trail.
The trail leads us to continue to Budhigandaki valley through the Tibetan villages, Sama Gaon and Samdo, with beautiful mountain scenery and very old Buddhist Chhorten and Monastery most of the trail. During the acclimatization day in Samagaun, you may visit tranquil Birendra Lake and Mount Manaslu Base Camp. Internet service is available here so that if you want to ring your family it is possible. Onwards, you will walk to the Larkya La pass (5,160m) via Samdo and Dharmashala. This is diversity from the Hindu middle hills to the Tibetan high-country dwellers and the awesome mountain scenery of the Manaslu Himal and surrounding peaks combine to make this circuit one of the most fascinating, as well as one of the most challenging.
Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trekking are possible to make shorter and longer as your requirements, most of the trekkers do this trip over the Larka Pass (5,160m) then end at Besisahar or you may continue to combine with Annapurna circuit, Tilicho Lake or Narphu valley as well. It can do minimum 19 days to above 28 days; drive at the begging of trip and end of the trip. There is road contraction till Sotikhola at the begging and at the trip ending point Dharapani to Besisahar. This trek used to organize mostly camping basis/tent camp trek but now a day’s it is possible to simple Teahouse trekking (stay in the lodge). Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trekking offer you the ultimate experience in your lifetime. This trekking includes all the excellent service provided by Nepal Lion Tours & Treks so if you want to test adventure travel in the foot of the Himalaya this package is perfect for you.
If you have time restriction but still want to live a moment in Manaslu region this Manaslu Trekking 12 Days will be great for you or if you are planning for a Manaslu Circuit Trip you can do that too.
First day of the trekking starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (535m) -8 to 9 Hours. After breakfast at the hotel, we will departing from Kathmandu to Arughat in the morning. This is an interesting drive along the scenic Highway. Reaching Arughat take 8-9 hours and. After a rest at the lodge at Arughat, you can walk around the town and explore the surrounding areas. Stay overnight at lodge.
Next we are driving from Arughat to Soti Khola (720m) -1 ½ to 2 Hours & trek to Machhakhola (930m) -6 to7 Hours. Today your trip starts after breakfast at the lodge, the stone paved trail leads towards north of the valley which is along the bank of the Budi Gandaki river. This area has big rice farmland on the way and also small forest where you can see monkeys. You will enjoy your walk through Magar and Gurung village along the way and also few water falls passing through. You can stay overnight at Soti Khola.
Here we will trek from Machhakhola to Dovan/Thulo Dhunga (1,250m) -6 to7 Hours. Today also your trek starts after breakfast. The trail few up and downs from Soti Khola towards north of the valley. There are few farm terraces along the way and also passing through the Sal forest. After a short sandy walk on the bank of the river, the rocky trail leads few up and downs to Machha Khola. You can look around and enjoy the river view then stay overnight at lodge.
After reaching Dovan/Tholu Dhunga we will carry on our trek to Philim (1,570 m) -5 to 6 Hours. We get a grand view of Sringri Himal as we continue up to the village of Philim at 1550m.This is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. The main income source of the people around here are farming. There are several good campsites and we set up camp surrounded by alder, blue pine and poplar trees. Once you arrive at the lodge you are free so can look around yourself then stay overnight at lodge.
Again our trek begins from Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (2,361m)-6 to 7 Hours. Your trek starts after breakfast. The total hours of trek seven today. We take the trail up through Philim and head up over a ridge that leads to Ganesh Himal Base camp and Chumling (Lower Tsum). We camp for the night at Chumling. There are several good campsites like as Chumling. Stay overnight at lodge.
Once you have your foot on Chumling, we continue to Chhekampar (Upper Tsum) (3,010 m) -5 to 6 Hours
Trek Chhekampar to Chhule-Nile (3,361m), visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave -6 to 7 Hours. Chhekamparo is a village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen closer directly to the south where it provides spectacular views of the Baudha, Himal Chuli and some more peaks to the south-west. Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek Chhule-Nile leads to Mu Gompa (3,700 m), where you can trek to Dhephyudonma Gompa (4,060 m) -3 to 4 Hours. We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. We also visit the monastery.
The next trek from Mu Gompa will lead us to Rachen Gompa (3,210 m) -5 to 6 Hours
Trek Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2,405m) -6 to 7 Hours) will be our next destination and 10th trek day.
Trek Dumje to Pewa (1765m) -7 to 8 Hours. Reaching Dumje and following the trail will lead us to Pewa.
12th day of our trek where we will experience Pewa and after that we will follow to reach Ghap (2165m) – 4 to 5 Hours
Another trek day where it will start from Ghap and reaching to Lho (3180m) – 5 to 6 Hours
Trek Lho to Sama Gaon (Ro) (3525m) – 5 to 6 Hours, will be our 14th day of the total trek.
Explore day in Sama Gaun for acclimatization. You can experience all the essence and beauty of being in such a place where culture and nature are the key for peoples living.
Trek Sama Gaun to Samdo (3850m) – 4 to 5 Hours. Reaching Sama Gaun and staying over night, we will follow the trail to Samdo.
Trek Samdo to Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi) (4460m) – 5 to 6 Hours. Next stop is Dharamsala which is a key place to be in.
Trek Dharamsala /Larkey Phadi to Bimtang (3590m) via Larkya La (5,160m) – 7 to 8 Hours. Further, we will reach Bimtang via Larkya La.
Trek Bimtang to Tilje (2300m) – 7 to 8 Hours.
Tilje is the trail which we will follow from the Bimtang.
Trek Tilje to Dharapani (1930m) – 1 ½ to 2 hours and drive to Besisahar (825m)-2 to 3 hours and again drive Beshisahar to Kathmandu -6 to 7 hours