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Manaslu Tsum Valley-18 days

Duration 18 days
Max-Altitude 5215m /17,053 ft
Transportation Jeep/Bus
Grade moderate
Accommodation Lodge/Guesthouse
Meals Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner
Best Season Sep, Oct, Nov and March, April ,May
Communication 9843138264
Group Size 2+
Start/End Kathmandu/Kathmanud
Activity Manaslu Treks

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek with Larke pass lies in 100 Km northwest from Kathmandu in the lap of Manaslu Himal. Mt Manaslu is an eighth highest mountain in the world. Manaslu Base camp combine with Tsum valley trekking offers an excellent view of Shringi (7,187m), Ngadi Chuli (7,871m), Buddha Himal, Himal Chuli (7,893m), Annapurna range and Ganesh Himal.

Manaslu Himalayan ranges are a source of the Budi Gandaki River. Furthermore mu Gomba, Gumba lungdang, Lho, Sama Gaun, and Samdo village are the top famous places for side trips and in the meantime, you will have incredible views of Manaslu Himalayan ranges. You can hike to Pungyen Monastery where you can see an impressive view of Mt. Manaslu glacier and Himalchuli and Birendra Lake. Moreover, there are some pristine lakes (Dud Kunda Lake) along the Larke la pass.

Since we cross Larkya La pass to do Manaslu Trek, it’s wise to choose the best time. If you’re wondering about when to go Manaslu Trek or Tsum valley addon Nubry valley Manaslu. Hiking except for wintertime in Nepal Himalayas are always amazing. Except for winter, the weather is warm and the trail is rocky. During winter time from Samagauon to Bhimthang, you’ll get difficult to trek due to cold temperature and trail gets snow cover. So expect wintertime, we can do Manaslu tsum valley trek but for the best weather stays March to April and September to December, mark as the best season for Manaslu Treks.

Day 01: Drive to Soti Khola (700mt)

Day 02: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m)

Day 03: Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m)

Day 04: Trek to Lokpa (2240m), 5-6 hours walk.

Day 05: Trek to Chhumling(2386mt)

Day 06: Trek to Chhekampar (3011m), 5-6 hours walk.

Day 07: Trek to Nile (3310m), 6 hours walk.

Day 08: Hike to Mu Gompa (3700) and trek to Chhekampar via Rachen Goma, 6-7 hours walk.

Day 09:Trek to Lokpa (2240m), 7-8 hours walk.

Day 10:Trek to Ghap (2300m), 6-7 hours walk.

Day 11:Trek to Lho (3180), 5-7 hours walk.

Day 12:Trek to Sama Gaun (3520m), 4-5 hours walk.

Day 13: Rest day, Hike to Birendra Taal/Pungyen Gompa/ Manaslu Base camp (4400m).

Day 14: Trek to Samdo (3780m), 3 -4 hours walk.

Day 15: Trek to Larke Phedi (4460m) 4 hours walk.

Day 16: Trek to Bimtang (3750m), via Larkey Pass (5100m), 8-9 hours.

Day 17: Bimtang to Dharapani

Day 18: Back to Kathmandu from Dharapani

Day 01: Drive to Soti Khola (700mt)
It will take about seven hours to reach Arughat from Kathmandu. Our journey will begin early in the morning after breakfast. You’ll drive along the Highway  through beautiful paddy fields, Warm villages following Budi Gandaki River, Kyoropani to the Budi Gandaki junction and the Soti Khola. Overnight at a lodge/teahouse in Soti Khola.

Day 02: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m):
The next morning after enjoying the delicious breakfast, you will start your trek through the rocky, small and narrow path from Soti Khola to Machha Khola. Although the path is rough, you will be the witness of the stunning scenery of the countryside view that will be more engaging. Overnight at a lodge in Maccha Khola. 

Day 03: Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m):
We resume our journey from Machha Khola following Tharo Khola through the narrow path and finally to Khorlabesi. After a few times will reach the most popular hot-spring, Tatopani. We can relieve our stress and tiredness by taking a hot bath in Tatopani. Then we will cross the Suspension bridge of Budi Gandaki River to reach Thado Bharayag. Walking along the river we will reach Jagat village. Overnight at a lodge/teahouse in Jagat.

Day 04: Trek to Lokpa (2240m), 5-6 hours walk.
Today we will enter into restricted region of Tsum Valley. Guide will register your permit in checkpoint at Jagat. On the very first part you will trek a little bit through riverbank. After some up and down through Shridibas settlement of Philim come into your sight. Pass through suspension bridge and stop in Philim for lunch. Explore village of Philim and Japanese made school there. As you pass by Ekle Bhatti trail get separated toward Tsum and Manaslu. Pass through the welcome board and hike up toward Lokpa. You might feel like it is early to stop in Lokpa (2240m) but next settlement Chumling is far to go further. Overnight in lodge at Lokpa.

Day 05: Trek to Chhumling(2386mt)
Today our plan is to make Chhumling from Lokpa and it is only 4-5 hours of hike but it is demanding and there no any lodges in between so don’t forget to carry energy bar or snickers. Trail completely passes through silence of tropical forest. You will encounter numerous up and down until you arrive small suspension bridge. Trail gets diverted from this bridge toward Ripchet and Chumling. You will cross the bridge and walk pass by small stone wall made by the side of trail. Chumling is not that far from this point. There are few teahouses by main trail. Late afternoon you can make small side trip to upper part of Chumling, there are few teahouses too. There is monastery at the upper end of village you can go for view of Ganesh Himal. Personal hygiene is not that good so use hand sanitizer every thirty minutes or whenever possible. Depending on season fields might be covered by barely or buckwheat. Big Chorten on middle of field helps to enrich the view of small valley. Stay there for overnight.

Day 06: Trek to Chhekampar (3011m), 5-6 hours walk.
The day begins with a cross over a suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. We rejoice the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Villag having local teashop. Another continues 2 hours climb to Tsum takes us to the stunning traditional village of Chhokangpar. Weather permitting; enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at7140m. Stay overnight at Chokhangpar in Tashi Delek lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Nile (3310m), 6 hours walk.
Today it is easy walk of 5-6 hours to Nile from Chhekampar. We may visit Milarepa Cave (locals called it Piren Phu). The entrance fee was NPR 300 as of 2015. Though it is an easy walk to Nile; we may feel altitude as we go higher so it is recommended to walk gently above Chokhangparo, better to be careful of altitude problems. We hike through Phurbe and Pangdun. Leaving old historic Stupa of Buddha in a way crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile. If you consider we can make your visit to a famous monastery of Chhule which is located in the top of area.

Day 08: Hike to Mu Gompa (3700) and trek to Chhekampar via Rachen Goma, 6-7 hours walk.
After a nice breakfasts; we go hiking to make a exploration day to famous and religious Mu Gompa without taking our luggage. 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. We descend down to hotel for lunch and get our baggage and trek down to Chhekamparo via Rachen Gompa a Buddhist nunnery and retrace back to Chhekamparo

Day 09: Trek to Lokpa (2240m), 7-8 hours walk.
It is same way back to Lokpa via Chumling again though there is an alternative trail via Ripchet that detour at the bridge. Here, we will be following the trail into forest again that takes 6 to 7 hours. Spending a night at Lokpa we will arrange to shift towards Deng. Stay overnight at guesthouse.

Day 10: Trek to Ghap (2300m), 6-7 hours walk.
The trail goes down to Gumpul where we reconnect with main Manaslu trail. Crossing on the top of stunning gorge and entering the mainly unoccupied area of pine trees previous to drop to a trail junction at New Bridge, we will be following the trail towards the left to Ghap, the Budhi Gandaki and then entering into its narrow gorge on an up-and-down trail with river crossings. After a suspension bridge the trail enters bamboo forest and rises to the village of Deng, hike further towards Rana and Bhi Phedi then to Ghap that takes approximately 7-8 hours depending on your pace and stamina to walk. Overnight in guest house at Ghap.

Day 11: Trek to Lho (3180), 5-7 hours walk.
Today; it is an easy starts in the beginning, then we will rise up through the bamboo tree and the woodland of Rhododendron along the Budhi Gandaki River. The hydro electric plant will take us to Namrung. We might have lunch break here. Then resume trekking to Lhogaon from Namrung. We are ascending quietly by passing from the outsized stream gracefully downward from the Lidanda Glaciers. At Sho (3,000m), we will take some time for lunch. Arriving at Lho at the elevation of 3180 meter, we are taking pleasure from that breath taking scenery of Manaslu. We will put our camp in Lho (3,180m), viewing amazing small Gompa. Stay overnight in a tented camp.

Day 12: Trek to Sama Gaun (3520m), 4-5 hours walk.
On this day; it is short walk to Sama Gaun (3520) via Shyo. Walk through the blue pine and juniper pine woodland and soon we walk through very wide and flat fiend and can see the beautiful Sama gaun (3520m) in distance. Sama gaun is one of the attraction in this trek having monasteries, religious monuments and locals. Overnight stay in lodge at Sama gaun

Day 13: Rest day, Hike to Birendra Taal/Pungyen Gompa/ Manaslu Base camp (4400m).
Today, it is rest and acclimatization day as it is very important to get acclimatized considering AMS (Altitude Mountain Sickness). The elevation goes higher and air becomes thinner now. It is always suggested to hike in higher and sleep in lower that makes you properly acclimatized, to drink more water is recommended. Hike slow and gentle walk is always wise. If you feel fine and strong; Sama Gaun offers several day long hike. Day hike to Pungyen Gompa, Manaslu Base Camp and Excursion to Birendra Lake is very popular to do day excursion. Overnight at Sama Gaun

Day 14: Trek to Samdo (3780m), 3 -4 hours walk.
Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo ((3780m). Overnight in Samdo.

Day 15: Trek to Larke Phedi (4460m) 4 hours walk.
Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larke Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4460 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. This is the highest altitude we sleep. he short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala.

Day 16: Trek to Bimtang (3750m), via Larkey Pass (5100m), 8-9 hours.
After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larke Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larke 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. Overnight in Bimthang.

Day 17: Bimtang to Dharapani
Today, we descend to Dhud Khola. We cross through the forest full of Rhododendron and pine to reach Dharapani, where we put off for night stay. As the last walking day of the Manaslu Circuit, you will have plenty of scenery to enjoy throughout the trail. Overnight at a teahouse/lodge in Dharapani.

Day 18: Back to Kathmandu from Dharapani
We will catch a Bus from Dharapani to Besisahar. Again we drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu. After the successful trek, we will transfer you to your hotel. Rest for a while and join us for a farewell dinner. 

Cost Included

  • All land transportation ( Trekking starting and ending point)
  • Tea house/Lodge Accommodation including  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during  Trekking.
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System “TIMS” (Trekking permit).
  • Manaslu and Tsum Valley Special Permits
  • National Park fees and  Conservation fees – permits, fees.
  • A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder professional  English Speaking guide.
  • Porter ( 1 for each 2 Trekker )  while on trek (Maximum weight for a porter is 25 Kg)
  • Himalayan Sanctuary Adventure Duffel Bag
  • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of H S A staffs
  • All government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner at the end

Cost Excluded

  •  Nepalese visa
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees and Tour Guide 
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls,hot and cold drinks, Tea, Coffee,WiFi, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters,etc)
  • Services not mentioned in the ‘What Is Included’ section
  • Tips for guides and porters
  • Extra night accommodation if required

This equipment list is only a guideline. You need to bring the listed items, however, you can choose from your preferred brands using your expertise. you can also shop the below  equipment and clothing at a reasonable price at stores in Thamel, Kathmandu. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas

General

  • Sleeping bag
  • Rucksack bag
  • Down Jacket
  • For Head and Neck
  • Hat to keep the heat of the sun off from your ears and neck
  • Lightweight Balaclava
  • UV protection Glacier glasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • A neck warmer

Hand

  • 1 pair of liner gloves
  • 1 pair warm gloves (preferably woolen)
  • 1 pair of shell gloves
  • Body
  • Light thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof shell jacket
  • 2 women sports bras (Synthetic)

Legs

  • 2 pairs of nylon hiking shorts
  • 4 Underwear
  • 2 pairs of lightweight long underwear
  • 1 pair softshell pants
  • 2 pairs trekking pants
  • 1 pair of cotton pants

Feet

  • 4 pairs of liner socks
  • 3 pairs of heavy weight socks
  • 1 pair of lightweight socks
  • 1 pair of waterproof trekking boots
  • 1 pair of light trekking shoes
  • Medicines and First Aid Kits
  • Excedrin for headaches
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for diarrhea
  • Diamox 125 mg for altitude sickness

Miscellaneous

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Pocket knife
  • Water purification Iodine tablets
  • Toiletry kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand wipes
  • Liquid hand sanitizer
  • Towel

1. Can I trek the Manaslu Trek independently ?
No, you can’t trek the Manaslu Tsum Valley  Trek independently or alone. According to the Nepal Government, minimum of two trekkers are compulsorily required to make Manaslu  trek permit. You can’t trek alone due to safety and restricted region.

2. Why Manaslu  Trek is restricted ?
You are not the alone to ask the question about why Manaslu  Trek is restricted. One major reason behind this restricted region is that Nepal Government especially Nepal Tourism Board and other concerned governing bodies where they jointly aim to preserve this place for making it attractive to trekkers from all around the world. Another reason is to ensure security to trekkers while passing open border point – Larkya La Pass, Rui La Pass and Tsum Valley which shares the border with Tibet. Hence, Manaslu Treks is termed as a restricted region in Nepal.

3. How difficult is Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek ?
To answer this question, you should know your physical fitness level. You should also be able to walk 6 – 7 hours a day. There is one special day, where you have to walk before sunrise to avoid storm at Larkya La. Because guide has a strict deadline to pass the Larkya La before noon which should be operated according to the itinerary. Similarly, at some point like Larkya La Pass (5160m), there is a step down which makes a little harder to pass due to the icy path. In that case, you can use crampon on boots to pass the icy path to reach Bimthang. Larkya La Pass is the highest point as well as the longest day in Manaslu Circuit Trek. If you complete this day, then another path is quite easy to trek down around the Annapurna Region. If you have a willing power or dedication to complete the Manaslu  trek. Then, it’s not that much difficult. In between the trekking, the guide will suggest you take a different level of walking pace depending on your destination. This will make your trekking a lot more physical friendly.

4. If I am alone. Can I join with other trekkers for a permit ?
Yes, you can join with other trekkers for a special trekking permit. For that, you must be flexible in terms of duration. In peak season, you will easily find another trekker for a permit. Whereas in low season, it’s quite difficult or time-consuming to find other trekkers who are heading to Manaslu for that particular month.

5. How is transportation from Kathmandu to Soti Khola start point ?
From Kathmandu to Solti Khola start point, you will be traveling to hill-side via Prithvi Highway until Malekhu. After that, you will follow the narrow off-road till to Soti Khola. It’s quite a long off-road journey of about 7 – 8 hours. You have two options to get Soti Khola start point. Take a morning local bus from New Buspark, Kathmandu. Expect some crowd, local gossips, too many stops and opportunity to make new local friends as well as an adventure while traveling from the local bus.

6. Do we need Travel Insurance ?
Yes, you need travel insurance to overcome the unforeseen circumstances such as; Bad weather (Snow, Storm, Landslides and other natural disasters), Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), food poison and physical accident.

7. What sort of trekking clothing and equipment do we need for Manaslu Trek ?
We have listed the trekking clothing and equipment you need for Manaslu Tsum Vlley Trek. 

8. What kind of food and accommodations can be found in Manaslu Trek ?
Around Manaslu Trek, there are new as well as old teahouses which were built after the earthquake. So, don’t expect to get luxurious accommodations. You will get a room with a comfortable bed and shared a bathroom with a hot shower facility (private expenses). Nowadays, you can also get connected to wifi from teahouses (private expenses).Don’t forget to take caution before drinking water. You can refill the safe drinking water (private expenses) from every teahouse situated around Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek.

9. Which is the best season for Manaslu Circuit Trek ?
The best seasons for Manaslu  Trek are March, April, May and the last week in September to mid-December. Peak season is in October. Low season is the monsoon (June to September) due to rain and haze weather. In December to late February to early March, there is a probable chance of winter snow and lodge will be closed mainly in Laryka Phedi, Bhimthang.

10. What happens If I or my friends get sick while trekking Manaslu Circuit ?

If you get sick while trekking, you can ask the guide for normal precautions. If that doesn’t help, try to go to a lower altitude for treating altitude sickness. And, the situation get worse such as; some sort of physical accident then our guide will help you to evacuate from trekking via rescue flight.

11. What will be lodging and food like in Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek ?
With the increase in popularity of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, many new teahouses and lodges have been opened in the trail. So, accommodation is available in tea houses if you follow the standard trail. Although, if you like, we can arrange for accommodation in camps. Lodging and food cost in Manaslu and Tsum Valley is never constant. The rate differs from one tea house to the other and the price is also different according to season. Also, you will find the price of food to be higher with increase in the altitude. It is because mules and yaks are the only means of transport available at these high-altitude areas. The staple food- Dal Bhat is cheapest in lower altitude areas while potatoes and tsampa (a local food) is cheapest at high altitude areas. It is because rice is not locally grown at these high-altitude areas.

12. Is there internet facility in Manaslu Trek ?
You will get better experience of internet browsing till Arughat Bazaar while you can also get internet facility at Samagaon. You can also find satellite wifi in Samdo. However, cell phones from NCell GSM Network and Nepal Telecom will work only as far as Arkhet which is near Soti Khola. 

13. Do I need insurance for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek ?
Yes, you need insurance for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. Your insurance should cover medical evacuation in case you need an emergency rescue. You should read their terms and conditions carefully and know about the highest elevation limit for coverage by insurance. 

14. Is Manaslu trekking difficult ?
Manaslu received significant number of tourists only since 2010. Previously, there was no proper trail and camping was the only possible form of accommodation. However, there has been lots of changes since then. These days, tea house trekking is possible in Manaslu. If you have high level of stamina and will to explore the rich cultural aspects of highland, Manaslu, Trek is not an impossible activity for you. Difficulty of any trek can be calculated based on average walking hour per day, maximum altitude that you will reach, the terrain that you will pass through and the remoteness of the area.

15. Can I go for Manaslu  Trek with Kids ?
You can go to Manaslu  Trek with kids if your kids are fond of traveling, rejoice outdoor experience and has previous trekking experience. 

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