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Fixed Departure – Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Nepal

Fixed Departure – Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

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Trip Overview

The Manaslu/Tsum Valley is one of the Himalaya’s remotest areas, accompanied by the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Siringi Himal and Boudha ranges. Literally, Tsum means vivid, and lies in the heart of the most isolated and hidden Himalayan valley. The trails have scattered artistic chortens, monasteries, nunneries, prayer flags and are lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers.

It is one of Nepal’s most beautiful valleys, cut off from the southern lowlands of Nepal by deep forested gorges and swift flowing rivers, and from Tibet in the north by snow-covered passes. The surprisingly flat valley floor provides for some 4,000 inhabitants of almost exclusively Tibetan origin with their own ancient dialect, art, culture and religion.

Start by following part of the Manaslu Circuit trek then continue north to the Tsum Valley which was a restricted area until 2008 and is still largely unvisited, it is relatively untouched.

 

DEPARTURE DATES
13th March 2022
17th April 2022
18th September 2022
16th October 2022
13th November 2022
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Barpak
  • Larkya La Pass at 5106m
  • Peaceful Buddhist monasteries
  • Stunning views of mountains including Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli
  • Crystalline rivers, glacial lakes and pristine waterfalls
  • Hidden caves along the way
  • Beautiful pine, juniper and rhododendron forests
Itinerary

International Airport Arrival transfer in Kathmandu.

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our airport representative will be waiting to welcome you with your name written on a placard. Depending on traffic, you will be at your hotel within 20 minutes or so. 

You have time to relax and enjoy the ambience and comfort of the hotel until your evening Group Meeting with your fellow group members. This is when your tour leader collects your insurance details and discuss how the trip will run for the coming days. 

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Hotel Traditional Stay or Similar
  • Meals Included: None

UNESCO World Heritage Sightseeing, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple.

Today is spent visiting some of the major World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu.

Boudhnath; one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world. The stupa is raised according to Tibetan philosophy, but before the construction of the 118-foot stupa, the site was a resting point for every Tibetan merchant passing through Nepal.

Next visit Pashupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu temples in the world dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath, which means Lord of all animals, inside the temple there exists the statue of four-faced six-foot lingam, phallic object as a symbol of Shiva, resting in the middle of a rimmed, disc-shaped structure, phallic symbol of Shakti – a concept or personification of divine feminine creative power.

Sightseeing of Swayambhunath Stupa- on top of a conical hill, reached by climbing few steps, where panoramic view of Kathmandu city can be witnessed. The Buddhist pilgrimage center –  Swayambhunath Stupa, situated on the top of a hill, west of Kathmandu, is one of the most popular, holy and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal.

Notes:
  • Accommodation: Hotel Traditional Stay or Similar
  • Meals Included: Breakfast in Hotel

Drive from Kathmandu to Barpak

You start out from your hotel by private jeep and drive through the hills leading you to Barpak. You can expect a dusty and bumpy drive as the road passes the beautiful rural communities of Gorkha, small towns, green terrace farms and lush hills. Barpak is a typical Gurung village, its primary residents ex-Gorkha soldiers. Hence, it is commonly known as Ex-Gorkha Army’s town. The beautiful landscape and the close-knit community lend great vibes to the whole village.

An interesting fact: Barpak used to be a trail for trading salt between Tibetans and the Newars of Kathmandu as early as 1400 BCE.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 1900 Meters
  • Drive Duration: 7-8 Hours. Approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: Breakfast in Hotel

Trek from Barpak to Laprak

You start with a steep ascent that leads to a mesmerizing view of the Ganesh Himal and Buddha Himal in the distance. During the spring, you can witness the hills covered with lush trees and bright red rhododendrons.

The Gurung village of Laprak proudly maintains its language, traditions and culture. Houses are traditionally built of stone and the rooftops is covered by wood and the wide range of agriculture practiced makes them largely self-sufficient.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2200 Meters
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 Hours. Approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Laprak to Khorla Besi

After breakfast and lunch in Laprak, we descend to the river, cross a suspension bridge and climb up to Singla (2,300 m.) on the side of a mountain. After the village of Singla, we make a steep descent, walk down the steps, through rice and millet fields. We reach Khorla Besi where we can swim in the fresh mountain water near the mouth of the two rivers.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 970 Meters
  • Trek Duration: 7 Hours. Approx.,
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Korla Besi to Jagat

We walk along the river and reach the first georges. We cross bridges one after the other from one bank to the next and reach the village of Tatopani, where we find hot water springs with water coming down from the mountains. When we reach Jagat, we cross the checkpoint.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 1370 Meters
  • Trek duration: 7-8 hours
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Jagat to Lokpa   

We make an entry into the restricted region of Manaslu and Tsum Valley by registering the Permit at the checkpoint at Jagat. We climb over a ridge to Salleri. We walk a bit along the riverbank, cross the Budi Gandaki River on a long suspension bridge. As we continue to walk, the valley widens heading towards Philim. As we pass by Ekle Bhatti, the trail gets separated toward Tsum and Manaslu. Pass through the welcome board and hike up toward Lokpa. We meet in a few villages. Rivers become narrow as we meet at the confluence of the Siyar Rivers from Tum valley.

We turn right from Tsum valley to reach Lokpa village, the first village in Tsum valley that provides a chance to see the Manaslu range. From Lokpa, slaughtering of an animal is strictly prohibited, it’s complete isolation hidden valley of happiness blessed by Padmashambav centuries ago. The stunning view of Himalchuli and Boudha Himal can be observed from Lokpa village.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2040 Meters
  • Trek duration: 6-7 hours Approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Lokpa to Chhokangparo via Chumling

Today, on the 6th day of our Manaslu Tsum valley trek, we hike from Lokpa to Chumling which takes about 4-5 hours of our time. We will be accompanied by the fantastic views of Buddha Himal and Ganesh Himal. The trail descends from Lokpa to Lungwa river, then climbs up to Gumling. It traverses through beautiful Rhododendron and pine forests before reaching Gumling. From Gumling, we continue our trek, and cross Syar khola before reaching Chumling. Upon reaching Chumling, we have our lunch.

After lunch in Chumling, we will hike to Chhokangparo which takes about 5-6 hours of time. Our trail takes us along the Syar river down to Domje. From there, we climb to the largest village in the Tsum valley – Gho village. Gho village has a very unusual and famous Gumba. After trekking some time from Gho, we finally reach Chhokangparo. We are rewarded with the astonishing views of Himchuli and Ganesh Himal. We then check into our resting place, and spend the night there.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 3010 Meters
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours Approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek Chhokangparo – Nile with visit to Milareppa Piren Phu Cave

We walk relatively shorter than previous days. The Nile, on the western, sun-side of the Shikhar Khola, about 20minutes walk across from Chhule, is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. As we go up, the valley becomes fertile, narrow, and we see people busy in farming. After passing Lamagaon, there is Piren Phu cave of St. Milareppa where his footprint is still preserved and noticeable in the rock. Piren Phu(pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley on the side of a rugged cliff mountain, with great views of the valley from the cave monastery, near the village of Burji. There are two separate Gumbas attached to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and significant Buddhist paper scripts make this cave one of the most important socio-cultural assets in the valley.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 3361 Meters
  • Trekking Duration: 4-5 Hours Approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Day excursion trip to Mu Gompa and Dhephyudonma Gompa

We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. We also visit the monastery. Then after, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa. Today we make a sightseeing of the whole Mu Gompa Region. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After exploring the Mu Gompa area. Stay overnight in Nile.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 3700 Meters
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 Hours Approx.
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Nile to Chumling

Today after having breakfast at Nile village you, will trek back to Chumling (2386 m). You will approximately walk for 6-7 hours. You will retrace the trail and passing through Rachen Gompa you will reach Chumling for overnight stay.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2386 Meters
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours Approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Chumling to Deng

Leaving Chumling behind, we will trek through subtropical forests, small villages, and rivers. The trail will take us to Salleri and descend the Sirdibas. From here, we will trek and reach Ghatta Khola and continue trekking until we reach a suspension bridge. We will cross the bridge and reach Philim. Further, trekking in the north, we will reach Ekle Bhatti and descend to a grassy slope. We will then cross Budhi Gandaki River a few times and pass by bamboo forests to reach Deng.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 1860 Meters
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 Hours Approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Deng to Namrung

Today we will again cross Budi Gandaki several times before we reach Namrung. On the way, we will have an opportunity of seeing magnificent view of the mountains along with many historical gompas.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2630 Meters
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 Hours Approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon

Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. We enjoy extraordinary views of Mt. Manaslu from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 3530 Meters
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 Hours Approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Acclimatization Day at Sama Gaon

We spend the day at Sama Gaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu; Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 3530 Meters
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo

After breakfast in Sama Gaon, we’ll descend to the Budhi Gandaki River and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. We’ll pass several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. The mountain views along this route are amazing and get you close to the Tibetan border. Drop down and cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge, and then climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. We’ll come to a stone archway and continue walking until we find the village of Samdo.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 3860 Meters
  • Trekking Duration: 4-5 Hours Approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala 

After breakfast in Samdo, we’ll pass a seasonal Tibetan market called Larke Bazaar and descend to the Budi Gandaki River. Cross the wooden bridge and begin walking upward, crossing two streams while witnessing the Larkya Glacier. We’ll head around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to Dharamsala, also known as Larke Phedi. Along the route, we’ll see many traditional monasteries.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 4460 Meters
  • Trekking Duration: 4-5 Hours Approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Larkya Phedi-Bimthang via Larkya La Pass

After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 5160 Meters
  • Trekking Duration: 9-10 Hours Approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Trek from Bimthang to Tilije

After breakfast in Bimthang, head out to a nearby ridge where we can enjoy great views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. Keep descending on the trail and cross a high pasture followed by a bridge over the Dudh Khola River. From here, walk through a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche. Pass through lush fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho where some trekkers choose to stay the night, but we’ll continue walking until we get to Tilije.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 2300 Meters
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 Hours Approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House
  • Meals Included: None

Trek from Tilje to Chamje

Today is our last trekking day. After breakfast, trek downwards to Marshyang valley where you can see Annapurna Circuit Trek. Continue the trekking route through impressive vistas till we reach Chamje where is a popular stop place on the Annapurna Circuit route. Spend the rest of the day exploring Chamje.

Notes:
  • Altitude: 1410 Meters
  • Trekking Duration: 7-8 Hours Approx
  • Accommodation: Basic Tea House

Drive Chamje – Besi Sahar – Kathmandu 

Goodbye, to your memorable trekking route. This morning, we will take a drive through the rugged road to Besisahar. After that, follow the paved road, we drive to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, your drive will be so much exciting as we will pass through the impressive Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Notes:
  • Distance: 176 kms Approx
  • Duration; 9-10 Hours Approx
  • Accommodation: Hotel Traditional Comfort or Similar
  • Meals Included: Farewell Dinner

International Airport Departure Transfer

As per airlines regulation, travelers need to check in to their respective airlines counter at around 2.30 hours before the scheduled flight time.

Your booked airport transfer will be at your hotel, ready to take you to the airport. Depending upon the traffic on the road, the drive from your hotel to airport may take around 30 minutes or more.

Notes:
  • Meals Included: None
Services Included
  • International airport arrival and departure by private vehicle.
  • Local Jeep/Bus transfer from Chamje to Besi Sahar
  • Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by Private Vehicle
  • English Speaking Tour Leader throughout the trip
  • 02 Night Accommodation in Hotel Traditional Stay on Bed and Breakfast Basis
  • 01 Night Accommodation in Hotel Traditional Comfort on Bed and Breakfast Basis
  • Service of Assistant Guide from pax size of 05 and Abov
  • Tea House Accommodation on Room Only Basis – Sharing
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • Manaslu National Park Entry Fee
  • Manaslu Special Region Permit
  • Guide Insurance
  • Entrance and Monumental Fees as per itinerary – Patan Durbar Square/Swayambhunath/Boudhanath/Pashupatinath
Services Excluded
  • All meals during trek
  • All meals which are not mentioned as included in the package
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature as bar Bills, laundry, telephone calls and personal gratuities etc.
  • Any item not mentioned in the cost includes.
  • Any unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Royal Mountain Travel
Impact Footprints
  • Accommodation at tea houses help serve the local economy
  • Exploration of natural and cultural heritage
  • Permit fees for Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation Areas to curtail overexploitation and maintain authenticity.
  • Source of income for the porters who are also insured for the trek