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Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek

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Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit trek is combined trek of Tsum Valley and Manaslu circuit trek of Nepal. This trek takes you in the hidden sacred Himalayan religious valley Tsum located at the northern side of Gorkha and foothill of Mt. Manslu crossing Larkya La pass.

Tour Details

Trip Highlight

Sacred Himalayan pilgrimage

Age old Buddhist monasteries, Gompa and Mani walls

Circulation around the Majestic Mt. Manaslu

Unique Tibetan type culture and exotic villages

Sensational Mountain vistas

 

Trip Facts

Trek Grade: Moderate

Number of Trekking Days: 24 days

Accommodation Type: Hotel and tea house

Maximum Altitude:  5160m

Transportation: Bus/Private Jeep

Trip Type: Trekking

 

Trip Overview

Tsum Valley and Manaslu circuit trek is the complete circulation of the majestic Mount Manaslu 8,156m – the world’s eight highest mountain passing across the high pass Larkya La additionally the sacred Himalayan religious Tsum valley.

Tsum valley is flanked in between Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal, and Singri Himalayan range. It is the home of Tibetan origins and supposed to be living antique of Tibetan art, culture and religion. Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage, where the footprints of Tibetan Yogi ‘Milerepa’ and ‘Guru Rimpoche’ blessed the valley as Beyul.

The harsh geographic setting on this Highland, despite the hard life people, looks happy and quite devoted towards the Buddhist religion. The Valley reserves many Buddhist monasteries and makes you a feeling of trekking around Tsum valley is like sinking in the Buddhist world.

A remote and rugged, physically demanding Manaslu Circuit trek offers the sensational mountain vistas, unworldly landscape, culturally enriching and scenically amazing. Manaslu Circuit trek leads across lush foothills ridge and down into the valley of Budi Gandaki with their terraces of rice, and millet then roughly northward through that valley, tucked against the outline of Ganesh Himal and into the series of gorges.

Tsum Valley and Manaslu circuit trek begin after a long drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar and further 2 hour Jeep drive to Soti Khola. Beyond the Soti Khola approaching through the several ups and down of Budi Gandaki valley through pine and rhododendron forest within few days, we enter to the awaited awesome Tsum valley after the Lokpa which is our first part of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek. From the Chokangparo, the trail leads into Upper Tsum valley high mountain desert, exploring the Piren Phu cave the sacred cave connected with great Tibetan Yogi ‘Milerepa’ we go up higher valley beyond the Nile and Chhule is reminiscent of the Tibetan plateau and climate here is dry and arid landscape. Further heading to the north along the Yak pastures into Transhimalayan terrain, the historical Dephu Doma monastery is encountered on the way to Mu Gompa. A day hike up to Bhajyo and back to Mu Gompa, by next day on returning we visit Gumba Lungdang and a day hike to Ganesh Himal viewpoint and rejoin to Manaslu route at Deng. The beauty of nature and unique culture found during Tsum Valley area etched lifetime memory. The second part Tsum Valley and Manaslu circuit trek begin after leaving the Deng along the Namlung, Syala and the next is Samagaon, where we take a rest day and explore the Birendra Lake.

From the Samagaon a half day’s trek leads to the highest village in the Budi Gandaki valley is Samdo. After the Samdo, the trail switches to westward up a major subsidiary glen to gain Larkya La 5160m. It then plunges steeply in the full view of Choe Himal, Himlung Himal, Kang Guru and with the occasional view glimpse of Annapurna summits above the vast walling crest, to the flat meadowland of Bhimtang. Bhimtang is flanked on one side by an extensive glacial moraine, on the other side by birch-clad mountain slopes.

Leaving the Bhimtang the Manaslu Circuit Trek continues along the banks of Dudh Khola, the milky river that spills into the Marsynagdi at Dharapani on the Annapurna Circuit. Now the trek crosses and re-crosses the Marsyangdi on the trail shared with trekkers heading up the valley towards Manang. We go down the valley to the Tal through Gho, Tiliji, Dharapani and Dharapani and drive back to Kathmandu.

Cost Include following services;

  • All airport pick up and drop/hotel transfers
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in a 3-star hotel (Hotel Moonlight) in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Guesthouse accommodation during trekking in the mountains
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during trek
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
  • All necessary staff with experienced leader (guide), assistant guide( 4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits (ACAP, special permit for Manaslu)
  • Travel and rescue arrangements
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Does Not Include

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters

 

Practical Information

Accommodations

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu and during trek there will be very basic tea house facilities.

Meals

Three-time meals during trek on the fallboard basis and only breakfast will be served in Kathmandu. Each day on trek dinner and lunch are taken in where we stay the night and lunch will be taken in a tea house on the way. Food will be basic meal Dal Bhat and Tibetan bread and potatoes, for breakfast Tsampa, porridge and simple basic local food.

Physical Condition & Level of participant

You will be trek 5-6 hours usually but some days even up to 8 to 10 hours especially while crossing the Larke pass, and the trek is not so far technical. A good physically fit is an utmost requires for this trip.

When to Travel

The best month to Manaslu Circuit Trek is March to May in spring and September to mid-December during the autumn season.

Acclimatization

 Manaslu circuit trek itinerary is designed in such way that, every trekker gets acclimatized properly and it is planned with high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Gaining altitude too fast causes the serious medical condition even leads to dead. Higher the altitude lesser the oxygen, the amount of Oxygen varies on the level of altitude, for instance at an altitude above 5000m to sea level is differing up to 50%. Based on this fact, our itineraries are designed with sufficient time for acclimatization.

Trekking Gear and Equipment

This is a guideline equipment list to help you pack for your adventure. The item listed here below may vary according to destination, season and the trek duration. The basic list of gear and equipment is as below;

Clothing

Other Essential Items

Trekking boot and spare laces

Light shoes/trainers

Down jacket

Fleece and Sweaters

Shirts x 3

Trekking trousers x 2

Rain/wind jacket

Sun hat

Woolen hat/balaclava

Gloves

Underwear incl. thermals

Socks x 3 pairs

Kitbag and padlock

Small rucksack/backpack

4to 5 season sleeping bag

Sleeping bag liner

Water bottle x 2 – 1 ltr. Capacity

Torch, batteries, and bulbs

Medical kit/First aid kit

Small knife and sunglass/goggles

Suncream, lip guard

Towel and washing kit

Toilet paper and lighter

Passport and trek permit

Optional

Camara and binoculars

Books, notes and pen

altimeter

Gaiters

Trekking pole/walking sticks

 

For more detail, you can go through Trek Gear Info.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmanu TIA and transfer to Hotel

Day 2Kathmandu to Soti Khola drive 10 hours 700m

Day 3Soti Khola to Machha Khola 6 hours 900m

Day 4Machha Khola to Jagat 7 hours 1340m

Day 5Jagat to Lokpa 5-6 hours 2240m

Day 6Lokpa to Chumling 6 hours 2386m

Day 7Chumling to Chekampar 5-6 hours 3031m

Day 8 Chekampar to Nile 5-6 hours 3361m

Day 9Day trip to Mu Gompa 5-6 hours 3361m

Day 10Nile to Chekampar 5-6 hours 3031m

Day 11Chekampar to Chumling 6-7 hours 2386m

Day 12Chumling to Deng 7 hours 1860m

Day 13Deng to Namrung 8-9 hours 2630m

Day 14 Namrung to Lho 4 hours 3957m

Day 15Lho to Samagaon 4 hours 3530m

Day 16Acclimatization day in Samagaon

Day 17Samagaon to Samdo 3865m 4 hours

Day 18Acclimatization Day in Samdo

Day 19Samdo to Dhramashala 4 hours 4460m

Day 20Dharmashala to Bhimtang 9-10 hours 3590m

Day 21Bhimtang to Tilje 6 hours 2300m

Day 22Tilje to Tal 4 hours 1669m

Day 22Tal to Kathmandu (Drive) 9 hours

Day 23Free Day in Kathmandu

Day 24Depart from Kathmandu

Map

Tsum valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek Map

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