Manaslu and Tsum Valley Camping Trek 27 days

Trip Highlights:

  •            Sandwiched between two great Himalayan ranges, Manaslu and Ganesh, the Tsum Valley is one of the hidden gems 
  •            A new trekking and climbing holiday in an unexplored part of Nepal
  •            23 days trekking walking for 6-8 hours each day
  •            A treking holiday to the hidden hidden valley of Tsum
  •            Views of Himalayan giants Manaslu and Ganesh
  •            Visits to Pashupatinath, Boudhanatha and Swayambhu in Kathmandu
  •            13 days fully supported camping trek with spectacular mountain views
  •            Visits to local homes of traditional villages, sacred caves, monasteries

 


Trip Cost Includes:

  •             All land transportation in private vehicles.
  •             Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu in star hotels (3 Nights)
  •             Best available lodges and guesthouses during the trekking days (1 Night)
  •             Tented camping Nights (22 Nights)
  •             26 Breakfast, 25 Lunch and 25 Dinner
  •             Guided city tour with all entrance fees in sightseeing places in Kathmandu
  •             An English speaking knowledgeable trekking guide
  •             The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek 
  •             Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  •             Annapurna Conservation Park permit and TIMS permit for trekking.
  •             Down Jacket and sleeping bag that has to be returned later
  •             City Map and T Shirt

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1300 meters)

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure. In the evening you will be briefed about your daily tour activities and will be invited for welcome dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour to Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swoyambhunath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square

Our city tour includes the World Heritage Sites of Pashupatinath, one of the most famous Shiva temples in all of Asia where you’ll meet Hindu ascetics who have renounced all possessions; Bouddhanath, the spectacular and serene center of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal with streams of prayer flags fluttering in the wind; and Swayambunath, the Monkey Temple perched on a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley with panoramic views of the city. And Kathmandu Durbar Square, a palace square of the ancient time.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar; Hike to Liding 860m (Drive Time:8 Hrs & Hiking Time 1-2 Hrs)

In the morning, we will begin our drive to Arughat, a village on opposite sides of the Buri Gandaki River. Stopping for lunch along the way, we can see the changing landscape, terraced hillsides, and roadside towns as we make our way out of the Kathmandu Valley to the northwest. As we near Arughat, we get our first views of Manaslu and the Himalayas. Arughat Bazaar is large and prosperous, with shops selling cloth, food and hardware.

From Arughat Bazaar where the road ends, we begin our hike entering a remote region that can only be accessed on foot or by helicopter. Nepal remains a special place due to the isolation imposed by its extreme geography. The start of Tsum Valley still lies 4 days walk ahead of us. We will find our full team waiting for us at our campsite with a lovely waterfall view.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Lididng to Khola Besi (Elevation: 3,150 feet / 960 meters; Hiking time: 6-7 hours)

We follow the river to Machha Khola. Machha Khola is a village named for the small stream below, with good fishing. The trail then begins to have more short and steep ascents and descents, and from Macha Kola to Kholabesi, we mostly follow along the river, finally climbing about 30 minutes up to camp.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Trek from Kholabesi to Jagat  (Elevation: 4,626 feet / 1410 meters; Hiking time: 7 hours)

We start our day with some short ups and downs, and head upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs coming from the rocks give this town its name, Tatopani which means hot water in Nepali language. We then climb a stone staircase over a ridge to Doban, which lies at the confluence of two rivers, one flowing from the east and the other from the west. Our campsite is still further along in a spacious flat field near to the Budhi Gandaki river. From Jagat we enter the Manaslu Conservation Area.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa (Elevation: 6,693 feet / 2040 meters; Hiking time: 6 hours)

Climbing a rugged rocky trail, we go up and down the ravines with good views of Sringri Mountain as we head up to the village of Philim. Philim is a Gurung village with fields of corn and millet and herds of sheep. On the way to Lokpa is a big climb: a steep stretch on switchbacks, then a break to contour along the ridge, before climbing again through pine trees.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Trek from Lokpa to Trek to Upper Chumling (Lower Tsum) Elevation: 7,792 feet / 2375 meters; Hiking time: 7 hours

From Lokpa we split from the main Manaslu Circuit trail to head into the eastern corner of the Manaslu Conservation Area. Going down to the river and crossing a bridge, we hug the base of the ridge to find the narrow Sardi Gorge, the gateway to Tsum and a place of legend. Here, a Buddhist saint once subdued a demon witch. We can still see the rock where she is trapped as well as a large painted prayer on the rock across the river ushering us into Tsum Valley. After passing between the massive rocks, we have a steep climb up the ridge.  The trail then becomes more gradual in a pine forest with a final climb to Upper Chumling village and our first night in Tsum.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Trek from Lower Tsum to Choekampar (Upper Tsum) Elevation: 9,875 feet / 3010 meters; Hiking time: 6 hours

Today is a tough and long day of walking but the scenic views of the valley compensates for the long walk. From today onwards, we enter an area with deep spiritual roots. We will pass a series of Buddhist chortens as well as long walls of rocks carved with prayers. Wrapping along the ridge line, we have time to visit prayer wheels and religious sites. After lunch, it’s a difficult climb for 2-3 hours on switchbacks to secluded Upper Tsum. The valley shifts from steep-sided terrain and opens into a wide swathe of fields growing barley and wheat with small villages and monasteries into the distance. Choekam and Paro, actually two separate villages side-by-side, are situated on a flat stretch of land. From our campsite, we have gorgeous views of mountains including the Ganesh Himal range and Bauddha Himal.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Trek from Upper Tsum to Nile (Elevation: 11,027 feet / 3361 meters; Hiking time: 4 hours)

In todays trek we pass through Piren Phu (Pigeon Cave)  which is a sacred cave located at the foot of a rugged cliff near the village of Burji. Milarepa, the Tibetan saint famous for writing 10,000 songs, was believed to have meditated here. Two separate temples are attached to the rocky cave. 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. While trekking, we gain beautiful views of the Shiar River, Rachen Monastery, the mountains, and settlements amidst vast agricultural land. We also pass a sacred chorten built hundreds of years ago to protect people from disease. The valley is fertile and has large houses. Nile is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek from Nile to Mu Gompa (Elevation: 12,319 feet / 3700 meters; Hiking time: 3 hours)

Gradually ascending, we pass lines of stone chortens and climb up to Dephyudonma Gumba (4060m). The first and oldest monastery in Tsum, its history is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley in the 13th century. Today a small community of Buddhist nuns resides here. We then contour around to meet the trail and arrive at Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gompa is the highest settlement in the Tsum Valley. It was established in 1895 and houses religious books, a life sized statue of Avalokiteshvara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara. A few young monks live here.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Trek from Mu Gompa to Bhajyo (Elevation: 13,484 feet / 4110 meters; Hiking time: 6 hours)

Following an old trade route to Tibet, we climb high out of Mu Gompa. In places, the trail becomes narrow and crosses exposed scree slopes. In an hour, we reach a small bridge and from there the trail is stable and broader again as we climb into high summer grazing pastures and trading areas. Herds of Himalayan Blue Sheep frequent the hillsides here, and caravans of yaks may pass us on their way to Tibet to trade before the winter snows. The trail is open and the land is dry. We camp in the summer grazing pastures, surrounding by rocky mountainsides.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Trek from Bhajyo to the Tibetan Border (Elevation: 16,503 feet / 5030 meters; Hiking time: 6-7 hours)

With a packed lunch, we head out early in the morning to make our push for the Tibetan border, following a trail used for centuries to cross the Himalayas. After an initial climb, the trail becomes more gradual at Pama, and then begins a long climb up to the border. As we gain altitude, it becomes more challenging, and reaching the windy pass may give you both a sense of relief as well as a sense of accomplishment as you find yourself surrounded by mountains. We string prayer flags to celebrate and then begin the descent. Heading down is much easier, but we still have a long way back to our camp at Bhajyo.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Trek from Tibetan Border to Rachen Gompa (Elevation: 10,630 feet / 3240 meters; Hiking time: 6-7 hours)

Beginning our return today, we hike to Rachen Gompa, a nunnery established in 1905. One of the largest nunneries in Tsum Valley, Rachen is home to more than 80 nuns belonging to the Ngakpa sect, which does not allow animal slaughter. The nunnery also houses one thousand clay-mold statues of Avalokiteshwara, a brightly colored carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. The interior is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history. We camp in the closest village to Rachen, where we can enjoy a little homemade Nepali sake to celebrate our return to lower altitude and the comforts of a village.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Trek from Rachen Gompa to Chumje (Elevation:10,595ft/3,230m; Hiking Time: 5-6hours)

Continue south until a bridge crosses to the west bank then descend again to Chhokangparo. Drop below Chhokangparo on the previous trail for about 2hrs, until a small gompa is reached at Gho (2485m). Then taking the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley, we finally arrive at Chumje via Yaju.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Trek from Chumje for Bihi (Elevation:10,266ft/3,130m; Hiking Time:  4-5hours)

From Chumje, we continue on the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley.  Pass the village of Dorjon Kharka just before reaching Rana. Crosss the large suspension bridge in the main valley of the Manaslu Budhi Gandaki River. If interested, walk further up to the village of Bihi.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16:  Trek from Bihi to Namrung (Elevation: 8,331ft/2,540m; Hiking Time: 6 hrs)

The initial part of today's trek is on a relatively flat terrain. Soon, the trail moves uphill through the forest path. Thus we arrive at Namrung while enjoying at the same time the magnifiscent views of Manaslu, among others.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17:   Trek from Namrung to Lho (Elevation: 10,430 ft/3,180m; Hiking Time: 4 hrs)
From Namrung, we again enter the Buddhism influenced region. Climb through the forest to Lihi. Enjoy the spectacular rise of the Ganesh Himal.  Descend to Sho. Another steep climb takes us to our today's campsite on a ridge.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18:   Trek from Lho to Samagaon (Elevation: 11,578 ft/3,530m; Hiking Time:  5-6 hrs)
The Budi Gandaki is far down but we follow a small tributary instead. Walking in the shady fir forest is very enjoyable. A short climb to a plateau and the village Shyala. Huge mountains surround us, Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, other snow summits to the right, at the far end of the valley we have just come from stands Ganesh Himal. At the far end of the village, overlooking the valley stands the well-known monastery of Sama. Sama Gaon is a village inhabited mainly by the Tibetans and lies at the foot of Manaslu.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19:   Trek from Sama to Samdo (Elevation: 12,660 ft/3,860m; Hiking Time: 4-5 hours)

Descend to the Budi Gandaki, 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. At the top is a stone arch, followed later by a white kani at the entrance to Samdo: a village of clustered houses nestled behind a ridge. An afternoon walk to a viewpoint on the Pana Danda (on a pass to Tibet); or better, towards Samdo Peak to the northeast will offer the finest views of Manaslu

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20:   Trek from Samdo to  High Camp (Ekle Bhatti) (Elevation: 14,628ft/4460m; Hiking Time: 5 hours)

We continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Cross two streams and witness the Larkya Glacier. Go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again and come to the stone guest house (4450 m) which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larkya Phedi. We camp here today and have a rest to prepare for tomorrow's crossing of the famous and most awaited Larkya Pass. After a short climb, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21:   Trek from High Camp to Bimthang (Elevation: 11,811ft/3,590m; Hiking Time:  7-8 hours )

After an early start, we soon walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. Savor the spectacular views from the top of the pass.  It is a longer day then usual to Bimthang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in and Manaslu.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22:   Rest day at Bimthang (Elevation: 11,811ft/3,590m)

Today we rest and discover the area surrounding Bimthang as well the cultural life of the mountain people.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23:   Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (Elevation:6,100ft/1,860m; Hiking Time: 6-7 hours)

We will descend a great height today. Initially, from the valley of Burdin Khola, through rhododendron forests, to Karche, the highest cultivating place in the valley. Then we descend to the village of Gho. While staying on the north bank of the river, we trek into Tilje. Leave the Tilje Village, and cross the Dudh Khola.  Cross a wooden bridge back to the northern side of the Dudh Khola. Continue to Dharapani.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24:   Trek from Dharapani  to Ghermu (Elevation:3,608ft/1,100m; Hiking Time: 7 hours)

The remainder of our trek follows trails used on the first few days of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. We descend to the Marsyandi River and cross the suspension bridge. Climb up and away from the river and hike through a broad, flat valley to the village of Tal (1,675m), situated at the foot of a large waterfall. The trail continues on to Chyamje. From Chyamje, trekking up and down along the river, we reach Jagat.
A steep trail descends from Jagat through the Marshyangdi valley. Cross Marshyangdi River at Syange and walk to Ghermu.

Overnight: Tented Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 25:   Trek from Ghermu to Besisahar (Elevation: 2,625 ft/800m; Hiking Time: 4 hours)

The Marsyandi valley opens and on its banks terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides are the age-old work of the Nepalese farmers. We cross several interesting villages such as Bhulbhule, Khudi, etc. Then we walk on a flat part alongside the left bank of the Marsyandi. A last walk up for reaching Besi Sahar, a dusty and busy place which marks the end of our trek and the beginning of the civilization.

Overnight: Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26:   Drive Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by bus: 7-8 hrs

After breakfast, leave the village and descend to cross a bridge over the river to meet the road from where a bus or jeep can be taken to Besi Sahar from where we drive 170km along the banks of Marshyangdi and Trisuli Rivers with great views of green hills, farming terraces with local farmers and mountains. 

You spend the last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 27: Airport Transfer

Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
Meals: Breakfast

 

IS THIS NOT WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ? DESIGN YOUR OWN TRIP

You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.

 

The springtime from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for this Trekking. So please email us or call us at +977 9841414582 for your desired departure dates in these months

Best Months for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking
The springtime from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for this Trekking.


Maximum Altitude: 5030 meters at Tibetan Border

 

Disclaimer

Your safety is our most important concern while traveling with Eve Holidays. Please note that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather conditions, health condition of team member, unexpected natural disasters and delay or cancellation of flights can affect the itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary but your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns, without any pre consultation with clients. So please be prepared to be flexible if required.

 

Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.

15 days - US $ 25.00 for 15 days single/multiple entry.
30 days - US $ 40.00 for 30 days single/multiple entry.
90 days - US $ 100.00 for 90 days single/multiple entry.
 
There is no visa fee applicable to the passport holder of member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for 30 days. Indian nationals do not currently need a visa to enter Nepal. 

 

Weather

Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict.  Spring season ( March to May) and Autumn ( September to November ) is considered the best months for Trekking. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July, August) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a good choice for botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.


Experience Required

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.

 

Acclimatization

All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.

 

Packing  List

It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.

To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack.  Around base camp you will need your down jacket.


Trekking Guides

All our trekking guides have received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Centre in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP).


Accommodation

In Kathmandu we use standard rooms at star hotels with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in tented camps.


Meals

While on trekking, meals are provided at Guesthouses and Lodges on the way in Kathmandu breakfast is provided in the hotel where you will stay. We make it sure that the food we provide is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.


Means of Transportation

We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing in Kathmandu and all land transportation. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs. For Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight we use domestic airlines. 


Vaccination

No vaccinations are compulsory in Nepal, but we do recommend you are covered for Diphtheria, TB, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus. We also do recommend for a dental check-up prior to travelling and you should know your blood group in case of emergency in your travel.

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on your tour, you need to inform us.


Communication while trekking

There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you. Any international calls made you can pay to the guide


Insurance Coverage

One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss). We don't arrange or sell insurance.

 

Departure Dates

The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.


Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult us regarding any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at  +977 9841414582