Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek

Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek

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.

Tour Package Overview


Pokhara (820m) - Arughat (608m)

Ascent/Descent : 212m descend Kms : 200kms Duration : 7hrs drive
1
Day

Arughat is 200 km from Pokhara.


Arughat (608m) – Seti Khola (700m)

Ascent/Descent : 92m ascent Kms : 7kms Duration : 3/4hrs
2
Day

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.


Seti Khola (700m) - Kholabesi (970m)

Ascent/Descent : 270m ascent Kms : 12kms Duration : 6hrs
3
Day

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.


Kholabesi (970m) - Jagat (1340m)

Ascent/Descent : 370m ascent Kms : 11kms Duration : 5/6hrs
4
Day

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.


Jagat (1340m) - Lokpa (2240m)

Ascent/Descent : 900m ascent Kms : 12kms Duration : 6hrs
5
Day

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.


Lokpa (2240m) – Chukung Paro (3031m)

Ascent/Descent : 791m ascent Kms : 14kms Duration : 7hrs
6
Day

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.


Chukung Paro (3031m) – Nile (3361m)

Ascent/Descent : 330m ascent Kms : 10kms Duration : 5hrs
7
Day

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.


Nile (3361m) - Lama Gaun (3302m)

Ascent/Descent : 339m ascent 59 descent Kms : 13kms Duration : 7hrs
8
Day

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.


Lama Gaun (3302m) - Chumling (2386m)

Ascent/Descent : 916m descend Kms : 10kms Duration : 5hrs
9
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.


Chumling (2389m) - Deng (1860m)

Ascent/Descent : 562m descend Kms : 12kms Duration : 6hrs
10
Day

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.


Deng (1860m) - Namruung (2630m)

Ascent/Descent : 770m ascent Kms : 12kms Duration : 6hrs
11
Day

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.


Namrung (2630m) - Lho (3180m)

Ascent/Descent : 770m ascent Kms : 12kms Duration : 5hrs
12
Day

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.


Lho (3180m) - Sama Gaun (3520m)

Ascent/Descent : 340m descend Kms : 7kms Duration : 4hrs
13
Day

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.


Explore Day

Ascent/Descent : 880m ascent 880m descend Kms : 10kms Duration : 5/6hrs
14
Day

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.


Sama Gaun (3520m) - Samdo (3875m)

Ascent/Descent : 355m ascent Kms : 6kms Duration : 4hrs
15
Day

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.


Samdo (3875m) – Dharamsala (4460m)

Ascent/Descent : 585m ascent Kms : 7kms Duration : 5hrs
16
Day

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.


Dharamsala (4460m) - Bhimtang (3580m)

Ascent/Descent : 740m ascent 870m descend Kms : 13kms Duration : 9hrs
17
Day

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.


Bhimtang (4460m) - Dharapani (1963m)

Ascent/Descent : 1627m descend Kms : 14kms Duration : 7hrs
18
Day

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.


Dharapani (1963m) - Jagat (1300m)

Ascent/Descent : 663m descend Kms : 10kms Duration : 5hrs
19
Day

We will walk down through the road and stop at Chamche for lunch. It is a 45 mins walk to Jagat.


Jagat (1300m) - Pokhara (820m)

Ascent/Descent : 480m descend Kms : 200kms Duration : 7/8hrs drive
20
Day

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.



We provide bagpacks, crampons, and maps. Price Includes: Guide, assistants, 3 meals per day, afternoon tea & snacks, accommodation for the duration of the trek(2 persons per room).

However, during high season one room per two clients may not be always available. If this should happen we request our clients to be flexible and share a triple or room with four beds. Annapurna Park entry and TIMS fees, staff insurance, transport to and from the trailhead, two nights' accommodation pre and post the trek and a complimentary massage after the trek from Seeing Hands, a blind organization. (proud to introduce one of our product) and can supply 75 liters backpack for the main trekking stuff, light crampons, gaiters and trekking map.

Assistant - (maximum weight to carry is 10 kg for female assistant guide and 13 kg for male assistant guide).

Doesn't include: Soft beverages, air tickets & client insurance.

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Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek

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.

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