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
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
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.