Manaslu & Tsum Valley 23 Days
Duration: 23 days
Trip level: strenuous (info?)
Maximum altitude: 5200 m
Accommodation: teahouse/lodge and homestay
Season: March, April, May, September, October, November
The Manaslu massif is located north of the city of Ghorka, next to the Annapurna mountain range. Tsum Valley is close to the Tibetan border. During this trek you will enjoy the best what remote teahouse trekking has to offer. The Manaslu circuit which starts in the warm rice fields. During the first part of Manaslu trek you will pass a wild gorge next to the roaring Bhuri Gandaki river. In this you will turn north towards the Tsum Valley. The Tibetan Buddhist culture is still very present in Tsum and the scenery in the area is stunning with its beautiful forests. The countryside is overshadowed by the towering Ganesh Himal. In Tsum valley you will pass by ancient villages and Buddhist monasteries waiting to be explored. After this remote and tranquil exploration you will join the Manaslu circuit again. Passing by waterfalls, subtropical forests and eventually you will cross the Larkya La pass at 5200 meters altitude. After descending you will join a few days the Annapurna Circuit with its comfortable teahouses.
Compared to Manaslu circuit the accommodations in Tsum can be somewhat rudimentary and you can expect to eat similar food as the locals like dal bhat, and noodle soup.
The Manaslu trek itinerary begins with a day drive to Soti Khola which is situated 35 kilometers from Ghorka. The last kilometers you travel on an unpaved road through the rice fields. From the little village of Soti Khola you will hike through Hindu villages and open wide trails. Here it is warm and tropical and you will pass through several bamboo forests. The closer you get to the swirling Burhi Gandaki, the more you walk into a gorge. Once into the canyon you will hike past high rock walls and beautiful waterfalls. You cross the Burhi Gandaki river regularly by suspension bridges, and during other parts of this trek you will hike right beside the river. The earthquake of April 2015 destroyed a critical part of the trail. This section of the circuit was restored by donations of foreign foundations in 2016. A 200m steel cantilever pathway has been build, and both trekkers and locals can safely travel along the trail again. At Philim you walk into the Lower Tsum Valley at Lokpa. From there on you will spend seven days in the Tsum, working your way from Lokpa through the village of Chumling to the upper valley. After entering the Tsum valley you will soon find yourself in beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. Heading east the valley opens up to reveal beautiful landscapes and small Tibetan-style villages. The upper valley is relatively wide and flat at Chhokangparo and Chhule-Nile. The gompa above Chhule is particularly fine and worth visiting as it is also an excellent viewpoint. Mu Gompa is located in a remote position a couple of hours walking beyond Nile. You will be able to visit the gompa, and walk high above it to get have some great views before returning there to spend the night. After a morning of exploration up the valley to Kalung and Bhajyo (4,030 meters) you will descend to Rachen Gompa. This is the biggest monastery in the valley, with a beautifully painted interior of Buddhist murals. After this impressive visit you trek back down the valley and re-join the trail of the Manaslu Circuit. Starting from the village of Samagoan the mountain slopes are overgrown with birch and juniper. From here on it is still a couple of days of hiking to the Larkya La pass. From Larkya Phedi you will leave early in the morning with your Manaslu guide to climb the high pass. While crossing Larkya La you will be treated to a spectacular view of the snowy peaks. You will see the famous Himalaya peaks including the Himlung Himal and Annapurna II. After passing the Larkya La, the trail descents steeply downwards. The alpine vegetation will again be replaced for the warm forests of rhododendron. Once descended, the last part of the Manaslu trek follows the trail of Annapurna Circuit.
Day 01 Private drive Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat Bazaar (730 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 02 Trek to Macha Khola (930 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 03 Trek to Jagat (1340 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Lokpa (2240 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Chumling (2385 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek to Chokang Paro (3031 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 07 Trek to Chule Nile (3347 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Mu Gompa (3700 m – 3 hrs.)
Day 09 Trek to Rachen Gompa (3240 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 10 Trek to Chumje (3230 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 11 Trek to Bihi Phedi (3130m – 5 hrs.)
Day 12 Trek to Namrung (2540m – 6 hrs.)
Day 13 Trek to Lho (3180 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 14 Trek to Samagoan (3530 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 15 Resting day at Samagoan for acclimatization. Optional day hike to Birendra Lake (3760 m) or Pung Gyen Gompa (3870 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 16 Trek to Samdo (3860 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 17 Trek to Larkya Phedi (4460 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 18 Cross over Larkya La pass (5200 m) to Bimthang (3720 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 19 Trek to Gho (2560 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 20 Trek to Tal (1700 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 21 Resting day at Tal or extra buffer day for Larkya La
Day 22 Trek to Syange (1080 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 23 Drive by jeep to Besisahar, and touristbus to Kathmandu (8 hrs.)
Sherpa Heritage Trails shows you a starting price. During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and, if applicable, cost of local flight.
The starting price for Manaslu & Tsum Valley 23 days is:
€ 555,00 per person ( party of 4 persons)
€ 795,00 per person ( party of 2 persons)
We have noticed the ways of traveling and booking are changing rapidly. Many customers book a hotel or a guesthouse themselves prior to their journey. However, we would happily like to arrange accommodation for you. We have excellent contacts with various hotels and guesthouses and will be able to offer a good price rate for any budget.
When you arrive at the International Airport we will pick you up and bring you to your accommodation. Here we will give you a short briefing about the trek. In addition we will give you advice about hygienic food, customs, and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
-Pick up and drop off from Kathmandu International Airport to hotel
-Private drive to Soti Khola; taxi Syange to Besisahar; tourist bus Besisahar to Kathmandu
-Certificate of CO2- emission free return for all transport in Nepal
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide
-Free use of waterproof bag ( only available with porter service)
-MCAP (Manaslu Area) fee, Manaslu trekking permit, ACAP (Annapurna area) fee, Tsum Valley restricted area permit and local taxes
-Support of the Sherpa Heritage Trails head office in Kathmandu
-International flight to Kathmandu
-Nepal entrance visa
-Accommodation and all meals in Kathmandu
-Lodging and food during trek
-Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 10 kg. per person
-All beverage bills, hot shower, internet services, laundry and battery charge during trek
-Personal travel insurance
-Rescue operation charge in case of an emergency
-Any cost that arise due to change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide (and porter)