Manaslu circuit with Tsum valley trek is like the 2 best treks combined together to make the best trek in the country. This is no doubt the best trek in Nepal you would ever experience and which is accessible. The encircling of the world’s 8th highest mountain Manaslu is accompanied by the most isolated valley that is known as the valley of happiness, which means serenity and bliss at the same time.
However, you may require slightly over 3 weeks of time and some experience of hiking. Beautiful things will not come at ase and so is the same with Manaslu circuit with Tsum valley. In these 3 weeks of time you will ride on some challenging off road and traverse through variety of terrains. You would begin below 1000 meters and climb to one of the highest walkable passes in the world namely Larke La that shoots above 5000 meters. The culture as well varies and is very significant, the higher we go the significant becomes the culture as well as practices.
You would as well be happy and surprised to see that people are prohibited from stuttering any animal for any purpose. This is the result of fragile ecosystem that has to be maintained at all times. The entire Manaslu circuit as well as Tsum valley is connected to the world only on foot, which makes it rural and in its very natural state. People spend most of their times either managing logistics for the day or get busy doing the religious rituals. Probably this is one of the main reasons why there are a lot of monasteries, nuns and monks in the region. This trek in Nepal despite being very close to the capital is in it purest form unaltered by tourism or modern world. Inquire more about Manaslu circuit with Tsum valley or book with us today at an unbeatable price!
|Trip Code: BT-111||Total Duration: 22 days|
|Destination: Off The Beaten Trails||Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec|
|Trip Grade: Moderate||Group Size: Min. 2 Pax|
|Max Elevation: 4.030m|
We would start early in the morning by boarding a vehicle to Arughat. This bus or van ride would take around 7 to 8 hours. Half of the way is nice and black topped, whereas half of the road is bumpy and off road. Once we reach Arughat we would call it a day and get ready for Manaslu circuit trek. Overnight in Arughat. Meal plan B,L,D.
The first day of the trek shouldn't be much tough on your legs and hence we would walk only for around 4-5 hours with a lot of breaks in between. The trail is gradient in the beginning but beyond Arkhet it gets steep. We would make our way through beautiful villages and rice terrains of indigenous gurung community. Keep your eyes open for plenty of monkeys in the forest in between Arkhet and Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola. Meal plan B,L,D.
Initially we climb through beautiful Sal forest and further on the face of a cliff and along the budhi Gandagi river. We pass several Gurung villages and amazing rice terrain. Keep your eyes open for beautiful display of indigenous culture. Overnight in Machha Khola. Meal plan B,L,D.
We would embark on the same trail left behind on the previous day. We would walk on lush green hills and cross the budhi Gandaki river for several times before we reach our final destination. On our way we would as well meet Tatopani, natural hot water springs. This section of the trail however is very isolated and we would only see few scattered houses in most of the case. Overnight in Jagat. Meal plan B,L,D.
On this day we leave behind the ACAP area behind and walk towards broader trail to Salleri towards the restricted area of Tsum. We cross a stream on simple wooden bridge and walk towards the first noticeable village of Phillim. Further down Phillim, across a forest and towards the narrowing valley is Chisopani. Overnight in Chisopani. Meal plan B,L,D.
This is one of the most beautiful hikes in Tsum valley trek. Immediately after leaving Ekle Bhatti behind we make our way through a profound waterfall. After the waterfall we walk almost majority of our time through beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron. We would as well see Himalchuli and Buddha himal towards the halfway through the trek and Shingri himal from Chumling. Keep your eyes open for beautiful rhododendron blossom. We would visit Chumling gompa whilst our stay in Chumling. Meal plan B,L,D.
We walk past few streams and cross them over the suspension bridges. Nothing on the way is captivating except the marvelous weather and bypassers. The village of Gho is interesting and so is Chokangparo which is 2 hours away from Gho. The view of Himalchuli and Ganesh himal is the best if the weather permits. Overnight in Chokangparo. Meal plan B,L,D.
Be careful as the altitude kicks in beyond this point. You would see an amazing suspension bridge linking Lama Gaun and Rachen Gompa. Along way we see beautiful and well managed village. The nature is no doubt very beautiful but lookout for gompas made out of local resources. Overnight in Nile. Meal plan B,L,D.
There is only one trail that climbs up to Mu Gompa. We are very close to Tibetan border on this day and we walk on Tibetan plateau extension in Nepal. Once we reach Mu Gompa we visit the monastery and the other monastery as well. Overnight in Mu Gompa. Meal plan B,L,D.
Tsum valley is huge and located on high elevation and in all of this valley this gompa is located in the highest point of the valley. Mu is the largest of all the monasteries in the entire valley. Walking up to the monastery and exploring and getting back at the village is a whole day trip and worth doing. Overnight in Mu Gompa. Meal plan B,L,D.
We trace our way back on the same trail that we took on our way up until Sihar Khola. The village is small and beautiful and close to Sihar Khola. Once we reach Burgi we rest our bags and climb up to Milarepa cave, a cave where Tibetan guru is believed to have meditated. You can as well see the footstep of the sage printed on a rock. Overnight in Burgi. Meal plan B,L,D.
We embark on the same trail that we took upward. The trek in majority downhill and it would take around 6 - 7 hours to Chumling. Meal plan B,L,D.
In between Chumling and Philim our trail branches towards Manaslu circuit. You will walk through a variety of terrain on this day, which is very captivating. Further down the trail we get out permits checked back to back at 2 points and enter a beautiful lush green forest. This is the very section of the trail from where we leave Tsum valley behind. Several ups and downs and crossing of Budhi Gandaki river we reach our final destination of the day. Overnight in Deng. Meal plan B,L,D.
The trail is not very difficult until the very last moment of the trail. However, on this day you will see the transition in houses, culture and crops. The structure of homes are made out of rocks over the houses made out of mud and concrete in the lower area, the crops change from rice and wheat to potato and buckwheat and culture reflect to that of Tibet. You walk through a lot of prayer flags, mani (prayer wheels) and Kani (spiritual and religious gates). The final hour climb to Namrung is tiring. Overnight in Namrung. Meal plan B,L,D.
The walk begins with easy uphill and not too difficult. We cross several short streams and small patches of villages of Barcham, lihi and Sho, but the most significant one is Lho. Manaslu dominates the view of entire Lho. You can as well take a short time to explore the village and observe the handmade religious architecture. It takes around 3 and half hours to Lho and from here our final destination is another 2 and half hours away. Overnight in Samagaun. Meal plan Meal plan B,L,D.
Taking a day off in Samagaun is a part of acclimatization. This beautiful village nestled on the laps of Manaslu himalaya has several places worth exploring. There are gompas, shrines and local infrastructures worth exploring. There is a natural hot water spring as well which is enjoyed by trekkers in the region. Overnight in Samagaun. Meal plan B,L,D.
The trek begins easy and on the grassy grazing land often referred as Kharka. From here, in around 2 hours we reach the first village of Samdo; settlement of Tibetan fled refugees. This is an ideal place to relax a bit and see the surrounding. After catching our breath, we move on with our journey. Lookout for splendid view of Manaslu himal. In another 3 hours, looking on the north face of Manaslu and Larkya peak we make it to Dharmashala. Overnight in Dharmashala. Meal plan B,L,D.
This is the longest and the toughest day in the entire Manaslu circuit trek. The day is going to be long so we would start before the first light. The hike in no doubt is tedious but on the top awaits the most beautiful of the himalayan grandeur. On the way down you will be greeted by beautiful views of Bimthang village and several turquoise colored lakes. The highest point of the trek as well is Larkya La pass. Overnight in Binthang. Meal plan B,L,D.
We start strolling down Bimthang valley and towards the end of the valley we first cross a glacial melt, climb down a moraine and climb up a moraine. The west face of Manaslu is still still impressive. From this point there is a sudden change in the topography. We traverse through forest of Pine and Rhododendron. The descend is at first steep and then more gradient. Ovenight in Goa. Meal plan B,L,D.
Today our trail would meet the Annapurna circuit trek and we would walk steep downhill on the deepest part of Marsyangdi gorge. Overnight in Chamje. Meal plan B,L,D.
We would follow the trail adjacent to Marshyangdi river and walk through more warm weather. We would make our day through rice field and scattered houses all the way to Syange. Overnight in Syange. Meal plan B,L,D.
We would board a vehicle on off road track to Besisahar. Once in Besisahar we immediately board a vehicle back to Kathmandu. Once we complete this 7 hour ride back to Kathmandu we would transfer you to your hotel/hostel and hence our Manaslu circuit trek would come to end. Meal plan B.
- All government and local taxes
- TIMS Card Permit
- Manaslu Region Special Permits
- ACAP Permits
- 2 nights accommodation in Dormitory Nepal
- A comprehensive medical kit (with the guide)
- Best available transport to trek put in destination and back
- Trekking Guide (guide pays for his own expenses)
- All accommodation in the trek
- All accommodation in National park
- 3 time meal while on trek and in National Park
- Sleeping bags and down jackets (to be returned after the trek)
- All Ground Transportation (best available local transport)
- Personalized video montage of your trek published on Youtube (if no technical issues)
- Certificate of trek Completion
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Food / drinks / Accommodation
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water etc)
- Additional food
- Tips for guide
- Down Jacket, Sleeping bag or any trekking gear or equipment
- Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included