Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek Highlights:
“Adventure of scenic sides of high and far North Mid-Western Himalaya range
Exciting views of Ganesh Himal and Manaslu Mountain range on daily walks
Explore hidden country of Tsum and its remote village around valley of happiness
A journey of great combination with scenic valley of Tsum and high Manaslu area
Enjoy experience around forgotten isolated villages around Tsum valley with grand views
Walk on high trail of Manaslu with nice farm villages and crossing high Larke-La Pass”
Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek an interesting and exciting adventure around Far North Mid-West of Nepal and within remote wild country of northern areas of Gorkha district where we have combined both and the best of region of central Himalaya.
Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trekking lead you to most fascinating and wildest region where you will be incomplete ambiance within pristine and hidden valley of Tsum where the native knows by ancient Tibetan name as “Beyul Kyimolung” which means Valley of Happiness.
Tsum and the valley of happiness will be our first visit which is east from the Manaslu area and behind massive bulk of Ganesh Himal also known as Yangri in local language of Tsum and Manaslu region.
Walk leads after a great long and interesting drive from the capital Kathmandu to reach low warm areas around heavy agricultural farm villages of Gorkha district at Arughat town and then starting walks from Soti-Khola village, where walk follows on the same trail of Manaslu route, past Jagat and Philm to reach the first village of Tsum at Chumling.
From Chumling enter into windswept territory to reach remote and impressive villages of Chokan-Paro with Ni-le having exciting time facing outmost views of high snow capped peaks then reaching our first highlight of the adventure on reaching at Mu Gompa, a place with old monastery enriched with ancient artifacts and tall idols of Lord Buddha and other famous Gurus.
Enjoying marvelous moments where walk leads to visit another nice village of Rachen with its monastery which is worth visiting before joining our treks on the main trail of Manaslu at Lokpa and Namrung villages.
Adventure leads behind great Tsum valley of happiness as walk enter the main wide trail of Manaslu with superb panorama of Manaslu range of peaks as journey continues from one place to another to reach at major village in Sama-Gaon situated on route to Larke-La pass and towards Manaslu base camp.
At Sama-Gaon exploring local cultures and interesting traditional life of Manaslu villagers where walk leads at the valley rim of Manaslu, next morning climb high to the top of Larke-la pass with overwhelming panorama of surrounding great peaks.
Slowly walk leads to long descend back into green lush vegetation with tall trees of rhododendron and pines at Bhimthang a wonderful spot within forested surrounding and then downhill to reach at Dharapani village where walk completes taking a drive back to low warm area at Besisar headquarter town of Lamjung district.
From Besisar a scenic and exciting overland brings you at Kathmandu to conclude our most remarkable and fascinating adventure with awesome experience on Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trekking.
Best Seasons for Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trekking:
From March to May and September to early November months of the year, where March to May longer days with much sun-light hours till late afternoon with clear days for excellent views of snow capped peaks and pleasant walks, can get cloudy with light rains and can snow on higher elevation sometimes.
March to May where hills are alive with seasonal wild-flower in bloom especially rhododendron of various species from tall trees to bush, September to early November another best time for clear views of peaks and walks but shorter days and sunlight hours due to autumn or fall season.
Much colder nights and morning including around shades can snow sometimes around higher hills with more freezing temperatures with chances of snow on Larke-La pass.
From mid November onward Tsum and Manaslu villagers migrates to low warm areas to escape the cold and harsh winters, where most villages will be deserted and lodges will be closed from November onward till March and April months.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via various international airlines and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest and world heritage sites.
Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola past Arughat town 710 m -07 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola 900m -06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,340 m-06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Lokpa 2,200m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Chokan-Paro 3,010 m – 05 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Ni-le 3,361m after a visit of Milereppa cave – 06 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m – 04 hrs.
Day 11: Rest day at Mu Gompa visit local village and monastery.
Day 12: Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m – 05 hrs.
Day 13: Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Lokpa 2,200m – 06 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Namrung 2,630 m-06 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Lo-Gaon 3,180 m – 06 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Sama-Gaon 3,530 m/11,578 ft – 06 hrs.
Day 18: Trek to Samdo 3,860 m – 05 hrs
Day 19: Trek to Dharamsala /Larke Base Camp 4,460m /14, 628 ft – 04 hrs.
Day 20: Climb /cross Larke-La pass 5,160 m /16, 924 ft descend to Bhimthang 3,720 m -08 hrs
Day 21: Trek to Ghoa 2,940 m -05 hrs.
Day 22: Trek to Dharapani 1,963 m (04 hrs) with 2 hrs drive to Besisar for overnight.
Day 23: From Besisar drive to Kathmandu -05 hrs.
Day 24: International departure for homeward bound.
On fresh arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal international airport received by staff and guide with short transfer into the heart of Kathmandu city around exciting areas at Thamel where your hotels situated, here our guide will brief about treks and other necessary information regarding your stay and of the treks.
At evening group welcome dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural program to give you the glimpse of local culture with music and dance while having your dinner.
A free day in Kathmandu after breakfast join in our exciting and interesting sightseeing tour led by our expert city guide to show you the historical wonders of Nepal within world heritage sites, after a great and enjoyable tour with time for trek preparations.
Morning overland journey on scenic and exciting highway on Kathmandu and Pokhara main road following Trisuli River, and then route diverts to reach around low warm farm areas of Gorkha and Dhading districts to reach at farm town in Arughat, where drive follows Burigandaki River for few hours to reach end of the drive at Soti-Khola for overnight stop in a nice farm village located next to Soti stream that joins into Burigandaki River.
Starting first morning walk with climb for few hours heading past nice hill village within farm area and views of cascading waterfalls, walk continues on winding ups around cultivated terrace fields of Lapbesi on mid hill village as walk descend to a wide, sandy riverbed and follow a path that meanders below a steep, craggy valley side.
Trek continues with climb towards Machha Khola for overnight stop, a small farm village with teashops and nice simple small lodges for overnight stay, where Maccha means Fish hence the name as Machha Khola (stream).
From Machha-Khola walk through farm villages with nice cultivated fields, where vegetation changes gradually as altitude gains slowly with cooler air, morning walk lead to cross a stream where Machha Khola (Fish stream) name comes from.
From here walk upstream towards Bensi village a place with natural hot spring known as ‘Tatopani’ in Nepali.
As walk continues where valley becomes turns narrow and crossing over bridge to reach at Doban located on a high shelf of Burigandaki River, with refreshing stops walk leads across Lauri stream to cross again over bridges and then descending into an open valley of Yara Khola, then walk for another hour to reach Jagat village for overnight stop.
Jagat a nice looking farm village of moderate size after Arughat; people are of mix race with Magar, Chettries, Brahman, Manaslu Bhotia (Tibetan looking tribes) and some Newar people.
From Jagat village, morning heads to higher hill around rural farm villages where trail descend to cross a bridge towards Nagjet and then walk past Philim, a nice farm village with scattered houses.
After Philim walk leads around farm terraces of golden agriculture fields of wheat, barley, as climb leads above rocky ridge within a forest of bamboo to reach at Dyang village and then adventure leads further to reach a small farm village at Lokpa, where Manaslu and Tsum valley separates on next day walks.
After Lokpa village, walk heads to our first highlights of the adventure at Tsum known as the valley of happiness, as our route enters narrow gorge then with short descend and uphill climb into rhododendron and pine tree forest walking past small farm villages then climbing above Lungwa Khola to reach at Chumling village for first night stop around Tsum Valley.
From here onward enter new fresh country and away from main trekking trails of Manaslu as walk leads towards Tsum in the valley of happiness, walk further past farm lands and smaller villages facing views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal, as walk ends on reaching a nice village at Chokan Paro for overnight stop.
From here onward adventure takes you into heart of Tsum valley, where morning head towards high area at Ni-le village within wide exposed valley, a dramatic scenery of dry and windswept terrain similar to Tibetan landscapes.
Entering a country where tree lines drop for few short juniper and willow trees, journey continues with grand views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal range of peaks, walk finally completes reaching at Ni-le village with time to explore a meditation cave of great Buddhist saint ‘Guru Milereppa’ of 11th century.
Today a short walk to reach at the end our trip at Tsum Valley reaching Mu Gompa, with an old impressive monastery, walk leads to a climb within high, dry exposed terrain with views of high peaks then slowly walk ends on reaching at Mu Gompa for overnight stop.
A complete rest day where you can enjoy walk exploring within exciting high country, where only few trekkers often visits around remote areas of Tsum Valley, here observe traditional and cultural village with an interesting old monastery / Gompa of Mu enriched with ancient idols, statue and religious relics.
After an interesting and exciting moment around high Tsum valley, walk heads to visit Rachen Gompa, as walk follows on gradual trail with short few ups and downs with panorama of snow capped peaks, heading into yak grazing summer pasture to reach at Rachen Gompa and its moderate size village for overnight stop.
Return journey having wonderful time at high Tsum valley, where walk leads to lower area at Chumling where trail follows into tall tree lines and green vegetation at Chumling the last village of Tsum Valley.
With fabulous moments around Tsum valley where morning walks leads to join at Manaslu route, as journey continues for few hours on steep sided within scenic valley, coming across rows of Mani prayer stone walls as walk leads to Ghap a nice village with possible stop for lunch break.
After Ghap enter into alpine woodland as trail meanders to climb as valley opens out and crossing a large stream flowing from Lidana peak glacier.
On walks views of Manaslu the local name is Kutang (Manaslu) with Pang Phuchin 6,335m, Saula Himal 6,235m with range of unnamed peaks, walk from here on slow uphill as altitude gains slowly heading past farm village to reach at Namrung for overnight stop, this village with other name as Sho Namru.
With pleasant stop at Namrung, morning heads into spread out farm field with Yak herder huts and shelters, Manaslu valley people are much engaged in farming during summer.
From here walk leads to high and scenic valley all the way to Lo-Gaon a nice village for overnight stop, an attractive villages of high Manaslu valley, at Lo-Gaon enjoy close views of towering Manaslu North Face.
At Lo-Gaon, visit the village old interesting monastery with numerous chhorten and Mani walls facing views of Ganesh Himal in the east.
From Lo-Gaon morning walk on gradual path as altitude gains gradually with slow climb facing views of Peak 29, after hours of scenic walks enter into a small forest area at Shala village offers excellent view of Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli.
Walk for few hours further as day ends on reaching at Sama-Gaon a village, with super close views of Mt. Manaslu.
After rest at Sama-Gaon, today a short walk of few hours to reach last village of Gorkha and Manaslu valley, start the trek with slow climb as altitude gains slowly then taking time with short break to enjoy surrounding wonderful views of peaks and dramatic terrains.
As walk continues finally ending at Samdo village with short climb to reach a small flat plateau where the village located, moderate size village of more than forty houses with about two hundred villagers living this high harsh country.
From Samdo farewell to the last village of upper Manaslu valley within Gorkha district as walk leads at the end of valley, with view of peaks includes towering Mt. Manaslu.
As walk continues crossing few icy streams to reach at Larke Phedi means bottom of the pass, also known as Dharmasala means ‘travelers rest house / shade’, where in early days also called Larke Bazaar, (where trade and bartering was held between merchant-traders of Gorkha-Manaslu-Manang people and Tibetans on this remote isolated spot).
At Larke Phedi afternoon free for short walks and preparations for next early morning long climb and descend crossing high Larke-La pass to reach Manang areas.
Early start from Larke base at Phedi walk lead to steep climb past Dharmasala in snow conditions tough to find the right trail), walk continues over ablation section north of Larke glacier, facing views of Cho Danda with Larke Peak, and then ascent gets steeper to reach on top of Larke-la, festooned with thousands of Buddhist colorful prayer flags.
From the top of Larke-La panorama of Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II includes series of Manaslu peaks, and the descend back into tree lines through Larcia, as walks leads on moraine ridge to Tambuche at the bottom of Larke-la pass, where short walk takes you at Bhimthang for overnight.
Bhimthang a wonderful spot situated on a wide green valley with number of lodges adorned with prayer Mani walls, surrounded by green tall trees of rhododendron-pines and oaks.
From Bhimthang rest of the walks is much easier on downhill path with short ups on route to Ghoa and Dharapani villages, morning enjoy views of peaks then on gradual path and into thick alpine woodland.
Walk into beautiful forest to reach a small clearing in the middle of a forest at Ghoa for overnight stop, a cattle and yak herders summer pasture with temporary settlement.\
After Ghoa today will be the last day walk of the adventure on reaching at large Dharapani village as walk follows downhill trail through forest to reach a nice village at Tilje village, a nice place by the raging Marysangdi River.
From Tilje with short stop climb for short while after crossing over a bridge to reach at nice village of Dharapani located on the junction of popular Annapurna and Manaslu circuit route with the district of Manang.
After refreshing break at Dharapani drive following Masrsyangdi River downstream to reach low warmer farm area and at large area of Besisar, a headquarter town of Lamjung district with overnight stops in a nice lodge and hotels.
Ending our adventure at the foot hills of Manaslu where morning drive takes you to Kathmandu as drive leads around nice farm villages and town then on main road to reach Kathmandu, the transfer to your respective hotels with afternoon free for own individual activities with farewell dinner.
Last day in Nepal a country of high Himalaya with colorful culture, our guide and staff transfer you to the airport for your international flight homeward, after a grand memories and experience on Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trekking.