Govt. Regd. #: 2617/075
Group Size
2-12
Trip Grade
Difficult
Accommodation
Tea House
Max. Elevation
5,160m/16,924 ft
Meals
All meals
Transportation
Local Bus / Jeep
Best Season
Mar - May - Sept - Nov

The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is more remote and spectacular than many, with rough steep tracks and less than luxurious accommodation. It is culturally fascinating with strong continuing links to Tibet in the upper Buri Gandaki (called Nupri ‘the western mountains’) and the Tsum Valley and even has the Larkya La (5160m) as a challenge. The views of Mt Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, are marvelous and close. Discover the secret Tibetan Buddhist land lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys. Tsum Valley is one of the world's remotest Himalayan Valleys which was also a restricted region until recently. The region once being part of Tibet looks completely different from what you will find elsewhere. The people of Tsum Valley or the Tsumbas belong to Tibetan origin with their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture, and religion. Very few adventure travelers have made it to this high and mysterious valley, which used to be an important trade link with Tibet. In the initial days of Manaslu Tsum Valley trek, we trek the route of Around Manaslu Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The Valley lies on the northern part of Manaslu and used to be a restricted area until 2008.


Trip Outline

Day 01: Kathmandu to Macchakhola
Day 02: Machakhola to Jagat (1410m/ 4625 ft): 6 hrs
Day 03: Jagat to Philim (1,590m/ 5215 ft): 3hrs
Day 04: Philim to Chumling (2363m/7775 ft):6/7 hours
Day 05: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3010m/9903ft): 5/6 hours
Day 06: Chokhangparo to Nile (3361m/11058ft), via Milarepa cave: 6/7 hours
Day 07: Nile to Bhajyo (Chhekya) (4030m/13218ft): 4 hours
Day 08: Rest at Bhajyo (Cheekya)
Day 09: Bhajyo to Rachen Gompa: (3240m/10627ft): 6 hrs
Day 10: Rachen Gompa to Chumje (3230m/10,595ft): 5/6hrs
Day 11: Chumje for Bihi (3130m/10,266ft): 4/5hrs
Day 12: Bihi to Namrung (2540m/8331ft): 6 hrs
Day 13: Trek from Namrung to Lho (3180m/10,430 ft): 4 hrs
Day 14: Trek from Lho to Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft): 5/6 hrs
Day 15: Trek from Sama to Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft): 4/5 hrs
Day 16: Samdo - High Camp (Ekle Bhatti) (4460m/14,628fy): 5hrs
Day 17: High Camp – Bimthang (3,590m/11811ft), 7/ 8 hours walking
Day 18: Trek Bimthang to Dharapani(1860m/6,100ft): 6-7 hrs
Day 19: Dharapani – Kathmandu by drive

Detail itinerary

journeys overnight in hotel Starting early morning to begin this adventure to Manaslu with an overland drive heading to warmer areas of mid-west Nepal, passing farm villages and towns as the drive reaches Arughat a large village of Gorkha district located near Buri-Gandaki River. From here transfer in a jeep or similar vehicle to reach Soti-Khola for overnight stop, a small farm village by the Sotikhola (stream)

From this farm village, start the first day walk following Buri Gandaki River upstream passing streams and farm villages, then cross a bridge over Nuali-khola with views of beautiful waterfalls, walk leads on stone steps to cross another bridge to reach Machha-Khola for overnight stop, village named as Machha-Khola meaning “Stream of Fishes”.

After Maccha-Khola, walk to reach at Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding path reaching at Tatopani “Hot Spring” an opportunity for a hot bathe, after a nice stop walk continues passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages, and finally walk ends at Jagat village after crossing a short suspension bridge, a moderate size village with shops and stores

From Jagat, leading to higher area following Buri Gandaki River, coming across small farm villages of Sidibas Bazaar, with nice rest a short climb and downhill to cross a bridge reaching at Nagjet, then climb to Philim village, a large spread out farm village, from Philim trek onwards through terraces of golden wheat’s and barley, as the climb reaches a rocky ridge top and into bamboo forest area and finally ending at Dyang village for overnight stop.From here onward air gets cooler with touch of Tibetan culture

Morning walk lead off route towards Tsum valley after leaving Manaslu main trail, continue walk towards Tsum valley, entering narrow gorge and then descending to a ridge, as the trek carry’s on with an hour uphill into rhododendron and pine tree lines to reach a neat small village at Lokpa, after a short walk leads to cross a bridge over Lungwa Khola and then on good trail towards Chumling village for overnight stop

From here on you can feel clean fresh mountain air as the altitude gains slowly around Tsum valley, offering super views of snowcapped mountains and amazing country landscape similar to Tibetan terrain, morning trek lead downhill to cross a suspension bridge and then heading on the opposite side of Smatiking Khola with views of Ganesh Himal (Yangra) at 7,422 m then walk slowly reach at Chokhangparo village for overnight stop

After a pleasant overnight at Chokangparo getting closer to upper Tsum area at Nile ( Ne-lay), morning walk with climb on arid and barren valley with only few trees of juniper, pine and rhododendron and junipers bushes. Walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal range, after a good walk reaching at Nile, on route visit to 11thcentaury Saint Milarepa meditation cave, Milarepa a poet, singer and a tantric guru his folktales and songs are still remembered by Tibetans, Nomads and farmers to this day.

Morning walk starts to our highest point of this adventure at Mu Gomba the main destination of the journey, walk continues with a climb around barren landscapes with views of high mountains, after a good walk reaching at Mu Gomba for overnight stop

Rest day at Mu Gomba to explore the local village and monastery A rest or free day at Mu Gomba for local de-tour of the villages and to interact with the natives of Tsum, this place hardly see few numbers of westerners, at Mu visit the old Mu Gomba which houses antique scrolls, statue and relics this is one of the most famed and important monastery of Tsum and Manaslu region

After a great enjoyable time around high areas of Tsum valley at Mu Gomba, return trek leads towards another interesting monastery at Rachen Gomba, as the walk leads to few short climb and downhill with beautiful surrounding views of mountain range, passing few small villages of cattle herders to reach at Rachen Gomba for overnight stop, afternoon visit the old and interesting of Rachen monastery

Last day around Tsum valley area, morning walk on long downhill to Chumling village, most of the walk is on the same route passing several farm areas and farm houses and back to forest, after downhill walk reaching back at Chumling village for overnight stop

From Chumling leading to higher area to reach BuriGandkai River, coming across small farm villages, with nice rest a short climb and downhill to cross a bridge reaching the river and then a steep climb to reach a rocky ridge top and into bamboo forest area and finally ending at Dyang village for overnight stop and on Manaslu main route

After Dyang altitude gains slowly, entering high Himalayan alpine area, walk continues with a descend towards Bihi Bazaar, a small village near river side, from here onward with much Tibetan culture, walk leads on gradual trail with few short ups and down till Ghap village is reached

From Ghap village on pleasant trail along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River, crossing the river through scattered small farm villages with cultivated farm fields of barley, wheat and millets then reaching at Numrung village with super North Face views of Mt. Manaslu, walk continues passing few villages of Banjham, Lhi and Sho, then altitude gains with an hour climb to Shrip village, from here few hours of good walk to Lho-Gaon

After Dyang and Lho-Gaon, altitude gains to cooler temperature, where tree lines drops for few shrubs, juniper bushes and Juniper trees, walking gradually on a nice trail with views of snowcapped peaks and finally reaching a large village of Samagaon, which lies on route to Manaslu base camp

Morning walk towards last village at Samdo which is on route Tibet border, people here been trading into Tibet since hundreds of years, the trade still exists you can find many Chinese goods, continue morning walk with slow climb on barren dry country overlooking views of snowcapped peaks, walk finally brings at Samdo

Today a short day walk to Larkya Phedi/Dharamsala crossing rivers, heading towards more dry and barren country, trek to Larkyaphediis not tough except for high altitude walking with few short ups and downs and then completing morning walk at Larkya Phedi, at the base of Larkya-la pass,

Trek to Bimthang (3,720m) 8 hrs overnight in lodge A Big Day! Start early morning to reach the top of Larkya-la pass at 5,214 meters, morning walk leads to a steep long climb with beautiful scenery of surrounding hills and valley and of Mt. Manaslu, Larkya peak, Bouddha Himal, Himal Chuli and of Peak 29. After hard effort reaching at the top of pass, festooned with Buddhist prayer flags overlooking fantastic scenery.

After a tough trek of previous day, today a leisure walk on downhill most of the way to Gho, located in the middle of alpine forest of rhododendron, pines and oaks tree lines then passing several farm areas to reach a small place at Darapani


What's included?

  • All Transport
  • Trekker’s Information Management System(TIMS) card
  • All governmental procedure fees, all permits and local taxes and Porter
  • All meals and accommodation throughout the trek.
  • An experienced English speaking trekking guide possessing valid license issued by the government of Nepal.
  • Highly experienced trekking staffs.
  • Travel and rescue arrangements.

What's not included?

  • Visa fees/ international airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • Hot and cold shower, battery recharge during Everest base camp trek.
  • Personal expenses phone calls, bar bills, extra porters, beverages etc.
  • Personal Everest base camp trekking equipments/gears.
  • Tips for guides, porters and drivers.
  • All others expenses not mentioned in “Trip Cost Includes” section

Elevation Chart & Map

Map of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek