Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek is a wonderful and ecstatic valley trek, both naturally and culturally enriched. This trek is remote and spectacular than many as you get to explore the untouched natural beauty, ancient art and culture while enjoying the majestic mountain views in the backdrop. Isolated from the modern luxuries, the region is ideal for enthusiasts longing for a trip to the unknown.
The 24-day trip begins with your arrival in Kathmandu. After a short stay in the valley, you drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and start the trek to Soti Khola. The trail takes you through the terraced fields, lush forests, suspension bridges, and sprawling Gurung settlements. Along with this trek route, you will be visiting many monasteries such as Mu Gumba, Rachen Gumba, Gumba Lungdang, and many others. The locals of this region are ethnically Tibetan and practice Tibetan Buddhism, which has remained unchanged for centuries. Throughout the journey, you pass alpine landscapes, glaciers, steep hills and enjoy the heartwarming hospitality of the natives. During this trek, you also hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp and Manaslu Base Camp to witness the panoramic views of the Himalayas. The trek package not only allows stunning views of mountain peaks like Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Himlung Himal (7,126 m), Cheo Himal (6,812 m) and the Annapurna II (7,937 m) but also provides valuable insights into the Tibetan way of life. The best time for this trek is between the months of October and December as they provide clear skies and you complete view of the mountains and landscapes.
Alpine Adventure Team is a leading travel and tourism company with its roots deep into the field. We have expert trek guides who speak the local language and will handle every difficult situation. We take care of your travel permits, transport and accommodate you in the finest teahouses/tented camps.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1300m
The trip begins with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Our company representative will welcome you at the airport then you will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Restricted Area Permit procedure
We will be arranging the necessary permits and other documents required for this day while you can go sightseeing. The valley hosts an astonishing number of seven world heritage sites. You can explore several of them and the primary destinations will be Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. These sites are revered in local culture to have upheld the essence and religious beliefs of those residing in the city. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar 608m by private vehicle and trek to Soti Khola 700m
You drive along the Kathmandu–Pokhara Highway for the most part of the journey then, drive towards Arughat Bazaar. All throughout the drive, you can feast your eye with the sceneries of lush hills, gorgeous rivers, and quaint roadside settlements. After a small break at Arughat, you start the trek over a flat leveled path and reach Soti Khola. Overnight stay at Soti Khola.
Day 4: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola 869m
You cross the bridge and climb over a ridge. Passing through various towering waterfalls, green hills and thundering Budi Gandaki River, you make your way to Machha Khola or ‘Fish Stream’’. You also cross villages like Lapubesi and Khani Besi on the way. Machha Khola is a village situated above the stream. The village also hosts a magnificent view of the northern face of Ganesh Himal (7422 m). Overnight stay at Machha Khola.
Day 5: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat 1340m
First, you follow Machha Khola and head up to the tiny village of Khorlabesi. After a short section of the forested path, you reach Dobhan and then descend to the river. After crossing a suspension bridge, you start climbing the high paths to the fields of Jagat. A stone paved trail will lead you to Jagat. Overnight stay at Jagat.
Day 6: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa 2240m
Leaving Jagat, you climb up a hill gradually and then follow the leveled trail. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki River, you get into Philim. Up ahead, you make a gradual uphill climb to Ekle Bhatti and take a right to arrive at Lokpa. You also pass across hot springs on the way. Overnight stay at Lokpa.
Day 7: Trek from Lokpa to Chhokang Paro 3031m
Today, you descend through the beautiful forest and cross three side streams on bridges. Later, you climb towards Chumling and head towards Ripchet. After crossing Siyar Khola, you climb for a few hours and reach the large village of Chhokang Paro. On the way, you also cross Domje and Gho settlements. Overnight stay at Chhokang Paro.
Day 8: Trek from Chhokang Paro to Mu Gompa 3700m
Climbing up from Chhokang Paro, you pass through the Lama settlements and arrive at the Nile. You cross the bridge over Siyar River and reach Chho Syong. Later, you climb uphill to Mu Gompa which is the largest monastery in Manaslu. This gompa was built in 1895 A.D. All along the walk, you will be in the company of scenic displays of hills, rivers, and glaciers with the Manaslu mountain range looming in the horizon. Overnight stay at Mu Gompa.
Day 9: Trek from Mu Gompa to Chhokang Paro 3031m
You wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise over the Himalayas. Then, you trek along the river, pass few villages and visit Ranchen Gompa. This is a nunnery gompa looked after by female monks. You continue the trek passing through the villages like Lamagaon and Ngakyu Leru to finally reach Chhokang Paro.
Day 10: Trek from Chhokang Paro to Gumba Lungdang 3200m
From Chhokang Paro, the trail descends with great views of the valley to Domje. Then gradual uphill trek continues along the river into the dense forest and takes you to Gumba Lungdang. The pasture lands indicate your arrival to your destination for the day. From Lungdang, you can see wonderful views of the Ganesh Himal range. Overnight stay at Gumba Lungdang.
Day 11: Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp 4800m
Today, you hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. The trail goes deep into the forest and gradually stretches along the Torogumba Glacier. The trail to the base camp is rather slippery and also goes along glacial moraines at times. Ganesh Himal is surrounded by snowcapped mountains on all sides. You spend a few hours here enjoying the scenic views and taking photos. Then, you head back to Gumba Lungdang. Overnight stay at Gumba Lungdang.
Day 12: Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa 2240m
You descend to Domje and cross Lungdang Khola on a new swing bridge. The trail takes you through the lovely forest and crosses some deep gorges. After descending on loose stone stairs to Gumlung, you make a final climb through the forest and arrive at Lokpa. On the final leg of the walk, you also pass the Sarti gorge. Overnight stay at Lokpa.
Day 13: Trek from Lokpa to Deng 1860m
From Lokpa, you follow the exposed track until Philim and then cross Budi Gandaki River on a bridge. You enter a narrow gorge with ups and downs and cross another suspension bridge. A few hours later, you arrive at Nyak and begin to follow the Budhi Gandaki River. Finally, you walk through the bamboo forests to Deng. Overnight stay at Deng.
Day 14: Trek from Deng to Namrung 2540m
After a short walk from Deng, you cross a suspension bridge. The trail follows a number of ascents and descents alongside the Budi Gandaki River. You also cross Budi Gandaki several times and walk through the forested trails before reaching Deng. Along the way, you pass places like Bihi, Ghap, and Neaung. Overnight stay at Namrung.
Day 15: Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon 3390m
Leaving Namrung behind, you walk around the village for a good viewpoint of Ganesh Himal (7,429 m) and Himalchuli (7,893 m). Later, you make a steady climb and pass through a forest to Lihi. From there the trail drops and passes through Sho, Lho and Shyala to Sama Gaon. The trail also passes through Buddhist monasteries leading the way to Sama Gaon. Overnight stay at Sama Gaon.
Day 16: Hike to Manaslu Base Camp 4400m
Today, you head towards the Manaslu Base Camp and Birendra Lake. You enjoy the fantastic views of the lake, glacier, and valley. The base camp is an excellent viewpoint to observe the Manaslu Himalayan range and the surrounding landscapes. After exploring the base camp, you return to Sama Gaon. You can spend the rest of the evening interacting with the locals and wandering around the streets. Overnight stay at Sama Gaon.
Day 17: Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo 3690m
You descend to the Budi Gandaki River and follow the bridge over to the side stream. After passing many Mani walls on the way, the trail takes you through the juniper and birch forests. Then you drop down and cross Budi Gandaki River before making a final walk to Samdo. On the final walk, the trail goes through pasture lands and Mani walls welcome you to Samdo. Overnight stay at Samdo.
Day 18: Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala 4460m
Today’s trek starts by crossing a wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki River and then you head upwards. After crossing a few streams you arrive at Larkya Bazaar. the trail continues ahead with Mani walls decorating the pathways. You go around the valley and make your way upwards to arrive at Dharmasala. Overnight stay at Dharmasala.
Day 19: Trek from Dharmasala to Bimthang 3590m via Larkya La Pass 5160m
The trail goes north side of the Larkya glaciers with views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. You walk for a few hours to reach the top of Larkya La Pass (5,160 m), from where you can get the views of Himlung Himal (7,126 m), Cheo Himal (6,820 m), Annapurna II (7,937m), and the Annapurna range as well. You descend down the steep and slippery trail and make your way to Bimthang.
Day 20: Trek from Bimthang to Tilije 2300m
After enjoying the scenic mountain views a ridge in Bimthang. You make your way down towards the pine and rhododendron forest and cross Dudh Khola. Past Hampuk and Yak Kharka lies Kharche, and from here the trail takes you to pass narrow valleys and fields and takes you to Gho. A short walk from Gho brings you to Tilije. Overnight stay at Tilije.
Day 21: Trek from Tilje to Tal 1680m
You climb over a ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail which passes through beautiful villages. After crossing the bridge over Dudh Koshi River, you climb up to Thonje and continue the trek to Dharapani. Up ahead, you cross the bridge over Marsayangdi Khola and pass a few Mani walls before reaching Tal. Overnight stay at Tal.
Day 22: Trek from Tal to Syange 1100m
Continuing the walk along the Marsayangdi riverside, Tal Phedi, and small tea houses you trek down through the lush forest. From Chamje, you descend through the woods and arrive at Jagat. From Jagat, the trail descends slightly and arrives at the small village of Syange. The entire trek will be along the Marsayangdi River leading to Syange. Overnight stay at Syange.
Day 23: Drive from Syange to Kathmandu by private vehicle
A private vehicle will pick you at Syange and take you back to Kathmandu. The drive along the Prithvi highway is accompanied by Trishuli River and heads to Kathmandu. You can spend some time doing souvenir shopping or just relax at your hotel. Later, you join the group for a farewell dinner hosted by the company. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 24: Departure from Kathmandu
The 24-day trip comes to an end. After breakfast, our company representative will take you to the airport 3 hours before your flight schedule. Then you take the flight back home.
Our Trek Package Cost includes;
* Kathmandu Int’l Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per group size.
* 3 nights Accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at standard hotel in Kathmandu.
* Sightseeing tour program as per above itinerary and all entrance fees.
* 3 Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trekking period.
* Best possible lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their foods, accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
* All ground transportation by private vehicle.
* Tsum Valley and Manaslu Restricted Area Permit.
* Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
* All necessary other permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Trek Package Cost does not include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu other than breakfast in hotel.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, Internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver…
Manaslu Circuit Trek offers much more than just the views of the snow-capped peaks & is sure to give you one of the best lifetime trekking experience.
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Ulrich Walser –
Tsum valley Manaslu ist eine der schoensten und abwegslungsreichsten Treckingrouten in Nepal. Ausreichend Lodges zur Unterkunft mit Verpflegung vorhanden, keine Auswirkungen des Erdbebens von 2015 spuerbar. Unsere Empfehlung: ausreichend Zeit fuer Tsum Valley Manaslu einplanen, kulturell lohnenswert. Wir koennen unseren Guide Lawang Tamang bestens empfehlen, spricht gut englisch, kennt gute Lodges und steht fuer weitere Infos gerne zur Verfuegung. Namaste Ulli Walser und Franz Alber, St.Anton am Arlberg . Austria.