Trip Introduction: 26 Days Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking
The 26 Days Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking leads you to the breathtaking adventure of a lifetime experience, a great and wonderful combination on Nepal’s North Mid Western Himalaya region within famous Gorkha district. Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking, an adventure into a perfect wilderness in the harmony of pristine natural surrounding hidden between massive peaks of Ganesh Himal known as Yangri and towering Manaslu (Kutang) range of Mid West Himalayan mountains. Besides awesome dramatic views of landscapes and mountains, the age-old culture and ancient heritage of traditional life of the people of high Manaslu and Tsum valley is totally captivating, where you can visit its lovely villages and monasteries of great interest on this fabulous Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking.
Adventure at first takes you to high beautiful areas of Tsum within ‘Valley of Happiness’ as translated from the Tibetan language which means “Beyul Kyimolung” certainly a beautiful and hidden exotic Himalayan destination, sandwiched between massive Ganesh Himal (Yangri) and Manaslu (Kutang) Himalaya range of peaks. Starting with an exciting overland drive from Kathmandu past Dhading and Gorkha districts to reach warmer valley in Arughat village, where our marvelous walks around Manaslu and Tsum Valley begins following the glacial Buri Gandaki River upstream. The walk leads from low warm semi-tropical climate to reach at cooler alpine areas past nice and interesting villages of Machhakhola-Philim-Jagat and Lokpa to enter the valley of happiness at Tsum. At Tsum with interesting scenic walks visit its heritage villages of colorful culture which is similar to Tibetan with Buddhism religion and tour of old Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa (monastery) of immense interest.
After an enjoyable time at high Tsum Valley, walk leads back to join at Buri Gandaki River on the trail to high Manaslu valley towards Larke-La pass, the highest spot of the adventure above 5,215 m and 17, 110 ft high with a sweeping panorama of snow clad high peaks. The walk follows through a beautiful alpine woodland of tall rhododendron-pines-oaks and fir tree lines past interesting villages of Namrung-Lho and towards Samagaon, where tree lines decline for short high alpine juniper and rhododendron (azalea) bushes on this arctic cold terrain. The culture and age-old traditional life around high Manaslu similar to the people of Tsum of strong Tibetan influence, which is a mere distance to the border of Nepal and Tibet from Samdu and Samagaon, from here adventure lead towards more dry and arid landscapes at Larke Phedi (bottom).
Adventure leads to a scenic and steep climb to reach the top of Larke-La offering amazing scenery of surrounding hills and mountains, and soon our walk ends joining the trail at Manang areas to follow the Marsyangdi River downstream to lower warm areas. Concluding this mesmerizing and overwhelming adventure Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking with an exciting drive back to Kathmandu after a glorious and memorable journey around Nepal North Mid West Himalaya.
Optional activates in Kathmandu before or after 26 Days Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking
We do have the best alternatives to choose from during your spare time within the scheduled time frame. It provides you with one of the best opportunities for you to unite with nature, traditional way of life and age old culture. Besides getting an insight into the Himalayan dwellers you can indulge in various activities. You get to visit; an old age home, ethnic cooking classes, attend a yoga session ,be at the orphanage or a community school. An exciting option to get a different perspective and a refreshing experience while trekking in Nepal.
Outline Itinerary-Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 m / 4,430 ft and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2: Full day in Kathmandu with half day sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 3: Drive to Soti Khola (730 m/2,395 ft) via Arughat (570m/1870ft) 7-8 hrs drive
Day 4: Trek to Machha Khola (930 m / 3,051 ft0 - 06 hrs. walk
Day 5: Trek to Dobhan (1,070 m / 3,510 ft) via Tatopani (Hot Spring) - 06 hrs. walk
Day 6: Trek to Philim (1,570 m / 5,151 ft) 06 hrs. walk
Day 7: Trek to Lokpa (2,240 m / 7,349 ft) - 05 hrs. walk
Day 8: Trek to Chumling (2,386 m / 7,828 ft) - 06 hrs. walk
Day 9: Trek to Chhokangparo (3,031 m / 9,944 ft) - 06 hrs. walk
Day 10: Trek to Nele (3,361 m / 11,027 ft) via Rachen Gompa -05 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Mu Gompa (3,700 m / 12,139 ft) -04 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Chhokangparo (3,031 m / 9,944 ft) -06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Lokpa (2,240 m / 7,349 ft) -06 hrs. walk
Day 14: Trek to Bihi Phedi (1,990 m / 6,529 ft) -06 hrs. walk
Day 15: Trek to Namrung (2,630 m / 8,629 ft) - 05 hrs. walk
Day 16: Trek to Lho (3,180 m /10,433 ft) -05 hrs. walk
Day 17: Trek to Samagaon (3,530 m / 11,581 ft) -05 hrs. walk
Day 18: Trek to Samdo (3,690 m / 12,106 ft) - 04 hrs.walk
Day 19: At Samdo rest day for acclimatization and local excursion.
Day 20: Trek to Dharamashala (4,470 m /14,665 ft) - 05 hrs. walk
Day 21: Cross Larke La (5,215 m / 17, 110 ft) and trek to Bhimthan (3,790 m) -07 hrs. walk
Day 22: Trek to Tilje (2,300 m / 7,546 ft) -06 hrs. walk
Day 23: Trek to Tal (1,725 m / 5,659 ft) -05 hrs.
Day 24: Trek to Baundanda (1,250 m / 4,101 ft) -06 hrs. walk
Day 25: Trek to Bhulbhule 840m / 2,755 ft 2 hrs and drive to Kathmandu -07 hrs.
Day 26: Final International departure from Nepal.
- Trip departures are available every day of the year.
- This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip per your need, please contact us.
- This trip is available on both Fixed Departure and Private Group Basis.
- This trip can be booked privately if you’re traveling solo or with your family.
- Have a big group? We can accommodate all of your needs.
- We can help you make it fit your budget.
- We accept instant bookings and online payment
Best Season for Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking:
The best seasons for this wonderful adventure from mid-spring and autumn times. From April to May and September to the first week of November months. April and May lively season, days are clear for views and walks but can get colder by late afternoon till night and morning times. The next best season is September to early November, days are bright with crystal clear blue sky. However, colder morning and nighttime can expect snow some times during the walk to Tsum and around Manaslu valleys.
Local Culture and Religions-Manaslu Tsum Valley area:
From Machha-Khola to Jagat village of mixed tribes of hill people a blend of both Hindu and Buddhism religions as well with fascinating cultures. As trek leads higher from Deng onwards entering into Buddhism religion and colorful culture, similar to its Tibetan predecessor, as the native of Tsum and Manaslu valley descended from across the border from Tibet. Where walk takes you to around religious stone walls and spinning wheels and visiting impressive monasteries.
Climate and Weather in Manaslu Tsum Valley:
Climate and Weather, depending upon seasonal wise around mid-spring the weather is fine and clear with more bright sunny days. Can get colder in the late afternoon, night as well in the early morning before the sun reaches the lodge to stay overnights. The temperatures of minimum -05 degrees Celsius to a maximum of + 20 and above.
High altitude gets bright sun with strong UV, trekkers need sun-screen and sun hats. September to early November is bright and beautiful, although the sun reaches late due to the autumn season. However, the day is fine and clear, quite windy afternoon, cold in the night and morning time.
Minimum temperatures of -10 degrees to maximum + 20 degrees, the sunlight is shorter during autumn gets dark soon by 6 p.m.
Altitude Sickness / AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness):
Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness known as AMS, normally happens to some trekkers above 3,000 m high onwards. But on this trek, where altitude gains gradually, nothing to worry as you trek each and staying overnights stops at certain altitude, helps to acclimatize. By the time reaching the highest spot on top Larke-La Pass at 5,106 m, you will be fit and well acclimatize, after visiting Tsum Valley. In case of AMS symptoms in certain cases which is normally a slight to painful headache, feeling nausea. The main symptoms are water in the lungs known as Pulmonary Edema, and Cerebral Edema called water in brain. If these symptoms takes places with severe headache the patient has to be brought down to lower area.
As well immediate evacuation by fastest means of transportation by Helicopter service to nearest best hospitals in Kathmandu.
Travel and Medical Insurance:
Mandatory and most important that all trekkers should purchase Travel & Medical Insurance. This is for one safe precaution, where on travel to remote corners of Himalaya or anywhere in the world, one can encounter delay and interruption on daily schedule. Summarily Himalayan weather can be unpredictable even in best time of the year.
Where weather can change all of a sudden that might need to re-route the trek of delay as well cancellation in certain cases, like road block, political agitation and strikes. Where travel insurance will help and support with extra expenses if occurred. Likewise, for medical insurance a supportive measures in case of unfortunate health condition, and in need of immediate medical attention.
Where Helicopter service might require to bring the victims to safe area as well in good hospitals at Kathmandu.
Washing and Toilet facilities-Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking:
On this trek around cold areas as well with long hours of walks, trekkers will skip washing clothes, except for few smaller inner wear. Due to time permitting and cold by the time ending the day walk, except on rest day with time for washing. The laundry services is not available on this trekking, but can ask for warm water to do your own washing if required.
Toilets in most places around the lodge in the villages, are common with squatting facilities, some toilets like at Dharmasala and Bhim-Phedi will be very basic with common toilets with hole to squat, till you reach Tilje at the end of the trekking.