Manaslu & Tsum Valley 22 Days
Duration: 22 days
Trip level: strenuous (info?)
Maximum altitude: 5200 m
Accommodation: teahouse/lodge and homestay
Season: March, April, May, September, October, November
The Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek gives you the opportunity to visit a remote region which is visited by a few trekkers each year. 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 starts in the warm rice fields. During the first part of the 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.
The Manaslu and Tsum Valley itinerary begins with a private drive to Macha Khola which is situated 35 kilometres from Ghorka. For the last kilometres, you travel on an unpaved road through the rice fields. From the little village of Macha Khola, you will hike through small 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. During the Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek 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 200 meter steel cantilever pathway has been built, 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 Chokang Paro and Chule-Nile. The gompa above Chule 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 some great views before returning there to spend the night. After an optional morning exploration up the valley to Kalung and Bhajyo at 4030 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 rejoin the trail of the Manaslu. 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 guide to ascend towards the high pass. While crossing Larkya La you will be treated to a spectacular view of the snowy peaks. You will see the famous Himalayan peaks including the Himlung Himal and Annapurna II. After passing the Larkya La, the trail descends steeply downwards. The alpine vegetation will again be replaced by the warm forests of rhododendron. Once descended the last part of the Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek follow the trail of Annapurna Circuit.
Day 01 Private drive Kathmandu to Macha Khola via Arughat Bazaar (930 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 02 Trek to Jagat (1340 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 03 Trek to Lokpa (2240 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 04 Trek to Chumling (2385 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 05 Trek to Chokang Paro (3031 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 06 Trek to Chule Nile (3347 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 07 Trek to Mu Gompa (3700 m – 3 hrs.)
Day 08 Trek to Chokang Paro (3031 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 09 Trek to Lokpa (2240 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 10 Trek to Deng (1860 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 11 Trek to Ghap (2300 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 12 Trek to Lho (3180 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 13 Trek to Samagoan (3530 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 14 Resting day at Samagoan. Optional day hike to Birendra Lake (3760 m) or Pung Gyen Gompa (3870 m – 7 hrs.)
Day 15 Trek to Samdo (3860 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 16 Trek to Larkya Phedi (4460 m – 4 hrs.)
Day 17 Cross over Larkya La pass (5200 m) to Bimthang (3720 m – 8 hrs.)
Day 18 Trek to Gho (2560 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 19 Trek to Tal (1700 m – 5 hrs.)
Day 20 Resting day at Tal
Day 21 Trek to Syange (1080 m – 6 hrs.)
Day 22 Drive by jeep to Besisahar, and touristbus to Kathmandu (8 hrs.)
During the trekking season prices may rise. The final price depends on the trekking season, group size and cost of local transfers.
Please inquire about the price.
We have noticed the ways of travelling 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 Macha Khola; taxi Syange to Besisahar; tourist bus Besisahar to Kathmandu
-Certificate of CO2- emission free for all transport in Nepal
-Licensed and certified mountain guide. Well experienced and English speaking
-Porter service for carrying luggage. One porter for two persons, max. luggage 12 kg. per person
-Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for the mountain guide and porter(s)
-Free use of waterproof bag for your luggage
-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
-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 arises due to a change of itinerary like flight delay, natural calamities, etc.
-Gratitude and tips for mountain guide and porter(s)