The Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek lets you fully appreciate and immerse yourself in the beauty of Mount Manaslu- the fifth highest mountain in the world. Walk on trails that go through many hidden villages and dainty settlements and observe the unique culture and traditions of the people in close proximity. The beautiful environments of the trek lets you be lost in the magical natural setting like never before. The mystical forests and emerald woodlands make for a perfect respite away from the monotonous lifestyle in the cities. The natural landscape of the Manaslu region is unprecedented and presents a wonderful array of natural and traditional blend. The hidden gem of the region, the Tsum Valley, is a beautiful destination that is both opulent in the customs of the people and is shrouded in a pretty canopy of emerald patina. The glittering snows of the mountains and the ivory peaks along the trails add such a gorgeous enhancement to the trekking journey. The terrain encompasses lots of ups and downs along with difficult trekking paths. Because of this, it usually receives fewer travelers in this part of the region than others, but that only makes it all the more appealing to undergo. The awe-inspiring Tsum Valley is sure to leave you in a trance because of its beauty and its magnificence. The Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek is a recently opened trekking trail and has quickly managed to get lots of attention from travelers from all over because of its best elements and aspects. The simple accommodation facilities, combined with authentic Nepali customs and traditions, their hospitality and their warmth makes for a joyous trekking journey.
The Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek is a delightful trekking package that lets you walk along the Nepal-Tibet border. The prepossessing area around the border is rich in diverse cultures of the ethnic people and you can look at many small and large Gumbas and chortens along the trail. The prayer-flags draped along the spires of the monasteries tend to sway gently in the wind, making the journey a memorable event. The serene environments along the trail are beautiful respites. The dense forests and emerald woodlands along the Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek are quite fascinating to go through and are home to many endangered species of rare flora and fauna. The region has also a complete ban on hunting, fishing and animal slaughtering. While on the trekking trail, you can sometimes catch glimpses of animals like the elusive Himalayan Thar and the Blue Sheep. Stroll along the ebullient flow of the Budhi Gandaki River, the jovial Machha Khola and the Soti Khola as you walk on paths that are ornamented beautifully with natural hue. Look at views of mountain peaks like the Manaslu peak, Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and the Hiunchuli along the trek.
One of the major culminations of the Tsum valley Manaslu Trek is the climb that you will be able to do to the Larkya La Pass which has the altitude of 5220 meters. It is the highest point of the trek. From the pass, you can get mesmerizing views of cerulean peaks like the Cheo Himal, Kang Guru Peak, the Himlung Himal and rare views of the Annapurna massif. Enjoy the cultural vibrancy that is found on the trails. The traditional aspect of the trek is idiosyncratic to the Tsum Valley and cannot be found anywhere else. Visit the Mu Gompa, the holy Ranchen Gompa and the Nunnery Temple where you can get insights at the Tibetan Buddhist lifestyle and their culture. The perseverance of the people’s culture and their ritual has evaded time and modernization and as you witness these phenomenons, it feels like you have been transported back in time.
We also have alternate packages for you for the Manaslu region. Our Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you excursing through the far off valleys of the region. The individual Tsum Valley Trek highlights the valley and its aspects. Join our Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek and experience a wonderful trekking experience like no other! Let us accompany you in this amazing adventure!
- Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
- Day 02: Preparation for the Trek and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
- Day 03: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft) via Arughat, Duration: 8-9 hours
- Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m/2953ft), Duration: 5-6 hours
- Day 05: Machha Khola to Philim (1590m/5215ft), Duration: 6 hours
- Day 06: Philim to Ripche (2470m/8101ft), Duration: 6 hours
- Day 07: Ripche to Nile/Chhule (3360m/11020ft), Visit the Milarepa Piren Phu Cave, Duration: 8-9 hours
- Day 08: Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3700m/12136ft), Visit the Dephyudonma Gompa, Duration: 5 hours
- Day 09: Mu Gompa to Ranchen Gompa (3240m/10630ft), Duration: 5 hours
- Day 10: Trek to Deng (1860m), Duration: 7-8 hours
- Day 11: Trek to Namrung (2900m/9512ft), Duration: 5 hours
- Day 12: Namrung to Lho Gham (3180m/10430ft), Duration: 3-4 hours
- Day 13: Trek to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft), Duration: 6 hours
- Day 14: Acclimatization day at Samagaon
- Day 15: Trek to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft), Duration: 6-7 hours
- Day 16: Trek to Bhimphedi (3590m/11775ft) via Crossing the Larkya La Pass (5220m/17121ft), Duration: 8 hours
- Day 17: Trek to Tilje (2300m/7544ft), Duration: 5 hours
- Day 18: Trek to Chamje (1410m/4625ft), Duration: 6-7 hours
- Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu (1337m), Duration: 8 hours
- Day 20: Farewell
- All airport/hotel transfers
- Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff
- Surface transfer from Kathmandu – Arughat by private jeep and Arughat to Soti Khola by local jeep. Similarly transport from Dharapani – Beshisahar by public jeep and Beshisahar – Kathmandu by private car
- All necessary permits including Annapurna and Manaslu conservation, and TIMS card fees
- First aid medical kit
- Government taxes and office service charge
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- Cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, snacks and other personal expenses
- Hot shower during the trek
- Personal trekking equipments
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
You may arrive at the airport at any time. One of Escape Himalaya’s representatives will be there to welcome you and help you get transferred to your hotel. You will also be given more information about plans and programs further. As you do not have any other planned activities for the day, you may just relax at the hotel for the remainder of time. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 02: Preparation for the Trek and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
You would be having a tour of the Kathmandu Valley today. You would be visiting the sites that are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List, starting from the holy temple of Pashupatinath. It is one of the most sacred temples for the Hindu people and is located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. You can sometimes see the cremation ceremony being performed at the banks of the river as well. On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, the temple sees the visit of thousands of devotees. Next on the tour is the Kathmandu Durbar Square. You would be able to look at intricate carvings and opulent Nepali architecture on old Palaces, temples, deities and statues in the Durbar Square area. The site does well to reflect Nepal’s rich monarchial days of the past. Moving on to the next site, you would be visiting the Swayambhunath temple. Located atop a hill west of the city, Swayambhunath is a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site. The stupa consists of a dome at the base and a cubical structure painted with the all-knowing peaceful eyes of Buddha looking in four directions. The stupa houses many artifacts inside and the golden tiers above the pentagonal Toran are majestic to look at. And lastly on the tour is a visit to the Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world. After the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour, you would be returning back to your Hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel, breakfast included.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft) via Arughat, Duration: 8-9 hours
You will be picked up at your guide at around 8 in the morning. Driving for around 8 hours, you will be reaching Arughat today. It takes around four hours to reach the village of Dhading Besi from Kathmandu, during which the drive is mostly comfortable. The views of the surrounding terrains are also quite beautiful and full of sights of the emerald hills and terrace farms. Dhading Besi is the headquarters of Dhading that lies at the elevation of 1050 meters. The rest of the drive from Dhading Besi is subjected to rough roads. Furthermore, you will be driving for 1.5 hours to Soti Khola in a public Jeep. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Arughat, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m/2953ft), Duration: 5-6 hours
Today, you will be following a trail that moves up and down many times. You will be walking through forests and will continue upstream along the Budhi Gandaki River. Then, as you descend to a wide sandy riverbank, you will continue along the winding mountain path that overlooks the river. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Machha Khola, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05: Machha Khola to Philim (1590m/5215ft), Duration: 6 hours
Today’s trail climbs through rugged rocky paths. Climbing up and down the trail, you will be walking along ravines and beautiful alpine vegetations. You can get good views of the Sringi Himal as you continue up to the village of Philim. The village lies at the elevation of 1,550 meters. It is a large Gurung village and has fields of corn and millet. There are several good campsites and you can set up camp here, surrounded by alder and blue pine trees. Overnight stay at Philim, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06: Philim to Ripche (2470m/8101ft), Duration: 6 hours
You will be taking a trail up Philim today and will be heading over the ridge that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Further along the trail, you will be reaching Ripche. It is also called the Lower Tsum. You will be staying a night at Ripche. Overnight stay in the local teahouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07: Ripche to Nile/Chhule (3360m/11020ft), Visit the Milarepa Piren Phu Cave, Duration: 8-9 hours
From Ripche, trekking to Chhokangparo will be done. From there, you will continue on to Nile. Upper Tsum valley (part of the inner Himalaya) opens from Chhokangparo. It is a small village situated on a flat land and makes up two settlements of Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal Range can be seen directly to the south where it provides spectacular views of the Bauddha and Himal Chuli peaks to the south-west. Some of the houses in this village practice polyandry. From Chhokangparo, you will be trekking to Nile/Chhule. This is the last village heading north in the Upper Tsum Valley. Nile is on the western, sun-side of the Shiar Khola, about 20 minutes walk across Chhule. On the way, you will also be passing the Piren Phu cave. The cave, also called the Pigeon cave, is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum Valley. It is located at the foot of a rugged cliff near the village of Burji. Milarepa- the famous Tibetan saint, was believed to have meditated here. There are two separate Gompa attached to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and significant Buddhists paper scripts make this cave one of the most important socio-cultural asset in the valley. Overnight stay at the local Tea-House, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08: Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3700m/12136ft), Visit the Dephyudonma Gompa, Duration: 5 hours
From Nile, the trail gradually ascends to Mu Gumba- the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gumba is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. It was established in 1895 AD and is situated at an altitude of 3510m.The monastery houses religious books, including Kangyur, a life sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara. Dephyudonma Gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley and is situated in the rugged mountains; 2 hours walk from the village of Chhule and Nile. The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley. The monastery is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangi sect. There are a few campsites and drinking water facilities. Overnight stay at the local teahouse, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09: Mu Gompa to Ranchen Gompa (3240m/10630ft), Duration: 5 hours
From Mu Gumba, you will be taking the trail to Rachen Gumba, a nunnery. The nunnery is situated in the Shiar Khola Valley in the foothills of the mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. Rachen Gumba was established in the year 1905 AD and is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum valley. It houses nuns belonging to the Ngak-pa sect, which does not allow animal slaughter. The nunnery houses one thousand clay-molded statues of Avalokiteshwara, a brightly colored and carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. The interior is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history. Overnight stay at the local teahouse, Breakfast, lunch and Dinner Included.
Day 10: Trek to Deng (1860m), Duration: 7-8 hours
Today, you will be trekking to the settlement of Deng. It requires around 7 to 8 hours of walking, and the path is adorned with many natural sights and beautiful sceneries of the landscape. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Deng, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11: Trek to Namrung (2900m/9512ft), Duration: 5 hours
You will be scrambling steeply up onto a spectacular trail and will descend to cross the river. Passing through some small settlements, you will ascend to an impressive valley where you can encounter various Mani stones (prayer stones) carved into wayside rocks, a sign that we are entering a Tibetan territory. In the afternoon, you will make an excursion to the small settlement of Prok. It is a two hour round trip. Overnight stay at the guesthouse, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 12: Namrung to Lho Gham (3180m/10430ft), Duration: 3-4 hours
Continuing your trek from Namrung, you will steadily climb up into the alpine hills where you can see the first glimpses of Manaslu North. The stunning view of Manaslu is awe inspiring. Overnight stay at the guesthouse, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 13: Trek to Samagaon (3500m/11480ft), Duration: 6 hours
You will be passing the stone gate and a long Mani stone wall of the village, with full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can also make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier to get a close up view of Manaslu. The trial follows a lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier towards Sama. After another 20 minutes walk, you will reach Sama Gompa where you shall stop for a night halt. Overnight stay at the guesthouse, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 14: Acclimatization day at Samagaon
This day has been set aside for acclimatization. An option for full or half day walks has been set aside. Full day walk is towards Manaslu Base Camp (approximately 6-7 hour round trip). Alternatively, there are half day walks either to the glacier across the valley or to Birendra Ta. Stay overnight at guesthouse, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 15: Trek to Dharmashala (4450m/14596ft), Duration: 6-7 hours
The trail crosses grazing areas and gradually climbs the valley. Fantastic views of the mountains, especially Manaslu are adorned all along the trail. It leads to Samdo (3860m), a Tibetan refugee village. This remote village is only a day's walk from the Tibetan border. After crossing a couple of streams, you will reach the Larkya Bazaar, a village that thrived off trade with Tibet years ago. You will reach a lodge at 4450m, after a steady climb. It is the last night before the pass. Overnight stay at the guesthouse, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 16: Trek to Bhimphedi (3590m/11775ft) via Crossing the Larkya La Pass (5220m/17121ft), Duration: 8 hours
You will climb Cho Chanda and slowly head uphill towards the steep snowed-up pass today. The panorama from the top is magnificent- Himlung Himal (7126meter), Cheo Himal (6820meters), Gyagi Kung, Kang Koru (6981meters) and the Annapurna II (7937meters). Then, you will be descending steeply through moraines to Bhimphedi. Overnight stay at the guesthouse, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 17: Trek to Tilje (2300m/7544ft), Duration: 5 hours
With a gentle climb through the paddy fields, you will be heading towards the Karche La pass. The trial descends through fig trees and rhododendron forests to Tilje. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Tilje, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 18: Trek to Chamje (1410m/4625ft), Duration: 6-7 hours
You will be climbing over a small ridge and can enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. Then, crossing the bridge over Dudh Khola, you will climb up through a Chorten-shaped arch, pass a Mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, you can go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. You will have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, you will come across the Karte village and after quite a bit of walking, you will cross a bridge over the Marshyangdi Khola. You will also come across some Mani walls before reaching the village of Tal, situated at the foot of a large waterfall. A short descend to Chamche village will then follow. Overnight stay at the guesthouse, Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu (1337m), Duration: 8 hours
Catching a local jeep to Beshisahar, you will be driven back to Kathmandu in a private car. Overnight stay at the Hotel, Breakfast and lunch Included.
Day 20: Farewell
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, one of Escape Himalaya’s representatives will drop you off at the airport from where you will depart.
A Magical Trek at Manaslu
Thank You Escape Himalaya for an amazing trek that exceeded absolutely every expectation! One of the most amazing treks that me and my wife went through. The Tsum Valley was one of the most culturally rich and diverse trekking destination that we’ve been through. Escape Himalaya’s care and their concern for our well-being and safety is something that really shone through the trekking journey. Our guide, Rajendra, was most apt and professional. Our accommodations, the small and lovely tea-houses, were a joy to be in. The people at the villages, their traditions and the small chortens that we came across, it was a splendid sight! We both loved every moment of the trek. Props to Escape Himalaya for this amazing trek and for their impeccable arrangement! Definitely coming back for another trek and we are most definitely to be going with Escape Himalaya! They are the perfect travel agency!