Manaslu Valley Trek is more remote and spectacular than others trek of Nepal, with rough steep tracks and limited accommodation. It is culturally fascinating with strong continuing links to Tibet in the upper Budi Gandaki (called Nupri ‘the western mountains’), Tsum Valley and even has the Larkya La (5100m) as a challenge. The views of Mt Manaslu, eighth highest mountain in the world, are marvellous and close. The trek around Manaslu can be done as a lodge trek (although a tent should be carried in case the simple lodges are full elsewhere) while Tsum requires a tent. If you are planning to do trek in the Manaslu region, one should not miss to do the Tsum Valley Trek which is Absolute highlight, with strong, friendly, hospitable people, a living Buddhist culture and untouched wildlife because of Buddhist prohibitions on hunting.
Name of the Trek: Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek
Best Season: September to December & March to May
Trekking Type: Camping
Grade: Moderate - Strenuous
Trek Duration: 18 Days
Maximum elevation: 4060 m
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Meeting at airport on arrival by our staff and transfer to the hotel. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, lies in a broad valley at the edge of the Himalayan Range. Its art and architecture are an interesting blend of Hindu and Buddhist influences. Overnight Hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu
Explore the fascinating city of Kathmandu, with its temples and markets, or take an optional excursion into the Kathmandu Valley. Overnight Hotel.
Day 03: Drive - Arughat Bazaar by bus (7-8 hrs) and trek to Arkhet Bazar (2 hrs)
We take a 7- 8 hrs bus ride to Arughat bazaar in Gorkha district. The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Buri Gandaki. Arughat Bazaar is large, clean and prosperous with hotels and shops selling cloth, food and hardware. From the bus stop we trek for two hours to Arkhet bazaar. We pass through Gurung and Magar villages and terraced fields along the way. Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.
Day 04: Arkhet Bazar - Machha Khola (6 hrs)
From Arkhet Bazaar we take the trail to Machha Khola. Machha Khola is a village situated above a stream with the same name where we will stay overnight in lodge/teahouse.
Day 05: Machha Khola - Yaru khola (6 hrs)
From Macha Khola we trek to Yaru Khola. The village of Yaru Khola at 1,330 m near the Buri Gandaki river. The river meanders serenely among gravel bars. Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.
Day 06: Yaru khola - Lokpa (6-7 hrs)
We trek to Lokpa which is the first village as you enter the Tsum Valley. The local people are farmers and grow potatoes, gucchi mushrooms and soya beans. Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.
Day 07: Lokpa - Chumling (Lower Tsum) (4-5 hrs)
From Lokpa we trek to Chumling Tanjo. We can see the Baudha Himal (6672m) and Ganesh Himal VI on a clear day. Chumling has three monasteries: Panago Gumba, Mani Dhungyur and Gurwa Gumba. Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.
Day 08: Chumling - Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) (7 hrs)
From Chumling we trek to Chhokangparo. Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo, where hospitality local people (Tibetan group “Tsombo”) welcome you with traditional Tibetan Chiya (butter tea) and local meal. Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.
Day 09: Chhokangparo - Nile/Chhule, visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way (4-5 hrs)
From Chhokangparo we trek to Nile/ Chulle. This is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. Nile is on the western, sun-side of the Shiar Khola, about 20 minutes' walk across from Chhule. On the way we pass the Piren Phu cave (pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley. It is located at the foot of a rugged cliff near the village of Burji. Milarepa, the famous Tibetan saint, was believed to have meditated here. 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 Buddhists paper scripts make this cave one of the most important socio-cultural asset in the valley. Beautiful views can be had of the Shiar Khola, Rachen Gumba, the mountains and settlements amidst vast agricultural land. Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.
Day 10: Nile/Chhule - Mu Gompa (3700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m) (4-5 hrs)
Dephyudonma gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley and is situated in the rugged mountains, a 2 hr walk from the village of Chhule and Nile. The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley. The monastery is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect. Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.
Day 11: Mu Gompa-Rachen Gompa, visit Gonhgye Gompa (Nyigma-pa Buddhist sect) (5 hrs)
The trail ascends to Mu Gumba, the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gumba is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum Valley. Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.
Day 12: Rachen Gompa - Dumje (6-7 hrs)
Rachen Gumba is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum Valley, with 80 nuns currently studying. It was established in 1905 AD. It houses the nuns belonging to Ngak-pa sect, which does not allow animal slaughter. Dhumje is a small village with about eight houses and adjoining cattle shed. Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.
Day 13: Dumje - Philim (cross Ripchet) (7-8 hrs)
From Dumje we trek to Philim and cross Ripchet. On the way we witness one of the most beautiful falls in the Lower Tsum Valley, Samba Tingding Chhupyang. Phillim, at 1550m, is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. The trail that climbs through the village and heads up over the ridge leads to Ganesh Himal Base camp. Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.
Day 14: Philim - Tatopani (7-8 hrs)
We trek to Tatopani (hot spring) where you can relieve your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring. Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.
Day 15: Tatopani - Lapubeshi (6-7 hrs)
From Tatopani we trek to Lapubeshi, a Gurung Village. We pass through terraced fields and tropical waterfalls. Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.
Day 16: Lapubeshi - Arughat Bazar (5-6 hrs)
As we make our way from Lapubeshi to Arughat Bazar, we come to the last leg of our journey. Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.
Day 17: Drive Kathmandu by bus (6-7 hrs)
From Arughat Bazaar we drive back to Kathmandu where you will be taken to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu
Transfer to airport to board the flight for onward journey.
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Single room supplement: US$ 230/-net extra per person
The above cost includes the following services:
✓Airports pick up and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu transfers
✓03 nights at 3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B basis
✓World Heritage sites for Sightseeing Tours during your stay in cities
✓All land Transport Including Cities to Cities, from hotel to starting and ending point of trek
✓Lodges/ tea house/ Camping accommodation in double occupancy or family bed room during the entire trek and climb
✓Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the entire trek and climb
✓Services of a trained and Professional license holder English speaking trekking guide (leader)
✓Required number porters to carry your luggage (one porter for every 2 guests) during the trek
✓Expenses for all Staff including their salary, insurance, domestic airfare, transportation, food and accommodation
✓Warm Clothes and Shoes for porters during the trek
✓Medical First Aid Kit (carried by your guide)
✓Guide with experience of First Aid treatment, AMS safety training certified
✓All necessary paper work; trekking conservation/ National Park/ TIMS Card/ Special permits fee as per the itinerary
✓Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle
✓Entrance fee in all monuments during tour
✓All government taxes, 24.3% VAT & service charges.
The above cost doesn't include the following services:
* International and Domestic Airfare not listed in the Itinerary
* Nepal entry visa fee which can be issued on your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport
* Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
* Emergency Rescue, Evacuation cost or any types of travel, Personal interest items insurance fee
* Any item of personal nature such as beverages, hot cold drinks, laundry, telephone call, battery charges, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
* Personal trekking Equipment
* Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
* Personal climbing equipment
* Personal climbing guide if requested
* Food and accommodation if clients stock due to flight cancellation
* Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 15 kg of luggage, a cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
* Tips for trekking, tour staff and driver (Tipping is expected)
* Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Cost Includes' section.
Travel insurance coverage for high rescue & evacuation, Medical treatment, loss of belongings and trip cancellation is strongly recommended.
The price does not include: undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with prior notice.
LIST OF EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING REQUIRED:
Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking sticks, Toiletries (Soaps, Sanitizers)
Bring Items/Snacks with you:
Strong water bottle/ Thermal flask, Sun/Snow Glasses, Sun hat, Sun Cream, Torch Light with extra batteries, Mask, Lip balm, chocolates, dry food, Walking Stick, Cameras (chargers and batteries), Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks. Your own regular medicine etc.
Casual wears & comfortable trekking shoes, warm clothing for nights & mornings, Raincoats, Towels, Warm jacket, Fleece Jacket, Thermal inner wear, warm trousers(wind proof jacke ) and shirts, woolen gloves, Sun Hat, Woolen socks(some pears)