The Tsum Valley & Manaslu trek is remote and spectacular, with rough steep tracks and limited accommodation. It is culturally fascinating with strong continuing links to Tibet, and with the Larkya La (5,100m) as an exciting challenge. The close views of Mt Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world, are breathtaking. You should not miss the remote Tsum Valley side-trip with its untouched wildlife. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word 'Tsombo', which means vivid. There is limited backup in case of an emergency and it is probably not a good place to go if you have fear of heights, since tracks can he narrow and hang over the valley in places. The trek around Manaslu can be done as a lodge trek except for the night before the Larkya La. The remote Tsum Valley side-trip should not be missed. In nine trips to Nepal this was the absolute highlight, with friendly hospitable people, a thriving Buddhist culture and untouched wildlife. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid and we can only agree. The people are poor, since they have been bypassed by development for centuries, but this means their unique culture has remained intact.
Arughat is 200 km from Pokhara.
We start the trek slowly. We walk through a flat road. We walk through sub-tropical forest and pass through small villages along the way. We will get a distant view of Ganesh Himal along the trail.
We start walking gentle uphill trail through the forest. Along the way there will be lots of donkey passing the trail. We will reach Lapubeshi after walking for 2 ½ hours and it will take us another 2 hours to reach Machi Khola.. We will have our lunch there. We get to see beautiful waterfall and walk along the riverside of Budi gandaki.
We reach Tatopani (Hot spring) on the way and cross a bridge over the budi gandaki river. It is a gentle uphill and downhill walk until Dovan. Dovan is a small village with a few schools. After walking for 1 ½ hour from Dovan we will reach a cliff where we should be more careful as there are rocks falling out. After crossing a bridge we will arrive Jagat. Jagat is a restricted area. It is a small village where different ethnic group suvh as Gurung, Shahi, Chhetri and Thakuri lives.
After Jagat, we enter Tsum valley and walk through the gentle trail for ½ an hour until we reach a bridge. Once we cross the bridge we will climb uphill and downhill until Chisapani (Eklebhatli). We will have lunch there. We continue to walk through the forest and climb uphill until we reach Lopkha.
We will pass through many bridges today. First we start with a gentle walk and after passing the bridge, we climb steep uphill through the forest for 2 hours. The trail is narrow and we walk downhill to cross the bridge. We will walk uphill again until chumling village where we stop for lunch. We will walk gently and climb uphill to chukurparo where we will have good views of Ganesh himal 2 and 6, Tipu Himal.
We head towards north and walk through the gentle trail and pass through Lama Gaun and then we continue to walk further to Nile village. We pass through sub tropical mountains and walk close to Tibet. The villagers goes to Tibet for shopping.
Two hours of gentle walk and half an hour steep climb will reach us to Mu Gumba. If you are interested to visit Nunney can walk further an hour climb. Mostly there is no people in Gomba and we have to be very careful with doggies. After visiting Mu Gomba. We walk the same route back down to Nile village. We will cross the river and visit Ranchen Gomba which is famous for old arts. It is believe that if one perform a rituals then their wish will be fulfilled. After visiting the Gomba we will cross a bridge and reach our destination for the day.
We walk gently for 2 hours to Chhokang Paro. After that we will cross the Chhokang Paro village walking steep down through the pine forest. An hour of gentle walk will take us to Chumling.
We will walk same downhill trail to Lopka, where we will stop for lunch. We continue to walk down all the way until we cross the bridge after which we will follow the Budi gandaki river through the forest. The trail is zigzag upto Deng.
We will climb steep uphill and gentle walk until Bhi phedi. And then cross the bridge and climb steep stairs uphill through the forest. We will get to see different wild animals and if we are lucky enough we might even see deers as well. Spectacular mountain views is offered from here.
We will see a nature made bridge from a big stone. We will walk through another bridge closeby the stone made bridge. It is a gentle walk until we reach to the next bridge. A gentle up and downhill walk will reach us to Lho where we will have an excellent view of Manaslu.
It is a gentle uphill walk. We pass through the bridge, forest and the Shyala village with paranomic mountain views. We walk through the road until Sama Gaun. We will see the beautiful view of Manaslu.
We will either walk to Birendra lake or to the Manasulu view point (from here we can have a close view of the mountains) or we can walk to Manaslu Base Camp (where we can see Birendra Lake and Manaslu view point). Carrying a packed lunch is recommended.
Today will be a gentle walk. Walking slowly and drinking enough water is highly recommended. Before Samdo village we will climb steep uphill for 20 mins. After lunch we will do side trip to Samdo view point to Acclimatize.
Today we will be walking slowly. It is a slow steep up. We will see Manaslu mountain, blue sheep and wild animals on the way through Dharmsala. Dharmasala is not a village but has a basic tea house for the trekkers.
Today we start walking very early at 4 in the morning. We will walk slowly gradual uphill to Larka pass for 4 hours. We will carry packed lunch. After the pass we have to be careful as we will walk steep zigzag down as the trail is slippery. While walking down we recommend to support each other. After 4 hours we will reach Bhimtang.
We will walk downhill through the river. Along the way we will see beautiful view of mountains. We will stop at Surki khola for lunch and walk down to Dharapani. We will cross Marsyandi river and enter the Annapurna region.
We will walk down through the road and stop at Chamche for lunch. It is a 45 mins walk to Jagat.
It is the last day of our trek. We will take a local jeep to Besishar and from there you can drive either to Pokhara or Kathmandu.
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The Manaslu Valley Trek is more remote and spectacular than many, with rough steep tracks and limited accommodation. It is culturally fascinating with strong continuing links to Tibet in the upper Buri Gandaki (known as “western mountains” in Nupri) and the Tsum Valley, and Larkya La (5100m) provides a challenge. The views of Mt. Manaslu the eighth highest mountain in the world are marvelous and close.
There is limited backup in case of an emergency and it is probably not a good place to go if you have fear of heights, since tracks can he narrow and hang over the valley in places. The trek around Manaslu can be done as a lodge trek except for the night before the Larkya La.
The remote Tsum Valley side-trip should not be missed. In nine trips to Nepal this was the absolute highlight, with friendly hospitable people, a thriving Buddhist culture and untouched wildlife. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid and we can only agree. The people are poor, since they have been bypassed by development for centuries, but this means their unique culture has remained intact.
Trek Duration: 18 -20 days
Trail Open: Oct – Nov and Apr - May
Level of Difficulty: Challenging
Highest Point: 5200m.