Would you like to trek amidst some of Nepal's most thrilling scenery? Would you also like to explore a remote valley in which the residents maintain their ancient Tibetan religious and cultural practices going back many centuries? If so, this challenging trek could be an excellent choice for adventurers who also possess plenty of stamina and an excellent level of fitness. Our route brings us on a large semi-circular path around Manaslu, the world's eighth-highest peak (8163mt/26,783ft), In addition, a few days into the trek we will leave the main path, heading east for a week in the unspoiled Tsum Valley, which was only opened to visitors in 2008. After returning to the main path, we will conquer the stunning pass called Larkya-La (5100mt/16,732ft) en route south to Dharapani, where we meet up with the Annapurna Circuit Trail and soon catch our ride back to Kathmandu.
The rewards of this trek are many. Basically this route brings adventurers about as close as one can come to Tibet without actually going there. The section of trail near Larkya-La parallels the border with Tibet, and the views are phenomenal: the peaks seen looking west from Larkya-La is among the most spectacular in all of Nepal: Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kung, Kang Guru and Annapurna II (ranging in height from (6981mt/22,375 ft to 7937mt/26.040ft). An extraordinary culture experience will be yours as well. The isolated Tsum Valley, lying under the majestic Ganesh and Sringi Himal northwest of Kathmandu, is home to about 4000 people of the Tsumba indigenous ethnic group, many of whom still maintain their ancient Bon religion.
After your arrival in Kathmandu we will provide the special passes needed for trekking into this restricted region, and also review the clothing and trekking gear demanded by the challenges and conditions we can expect to encounter over the coming three weeks. We then drive to Arughat, where we finally hit the trail, which runs dramatically alongside the Buri Gandaki River. If you like spectacular waterfalls, enjoy crossing rivers on suspension bridges, and hiking among some of the world's most legendary mountain peaks, then you will be "in your element" for sure! Upon reaching Philim, we leave the main trail, heading east into Tsum Valley, overnight at Chumling.
We will then spend nearly a week experiencing the cultural and scenic riches of this amazing place. Returning to the main trail at Deng, we head north, beginning a gradual ascent towards Larkya-La. As we get closer to the Pass, to promote acclimatization we will spend two nights at charming Samagaon. From here a worthwhile side-trip may bring us to Birendra Tal (a beautiful glacial lake) and several interesting monasteries: the large Kargyu Chholing Gompa as well as Pungyen Gompa. The path to Manaslu Base Camp also begins at Samagaon, and we may well see porters heading there. We finally cross Larkya-La on the twentieth day of our adventure, and then head southwest to overnight at Bintang. Finally we wind our way south via Gho to Dharapani, where we soon catch our ride back to Kathmandu. If one were to look for a challenging trek offering the "best of everything", this one would certainly be an excellent candidate, offering breathtaking Himalayan vistas, the crossing of a spectacular high pass, and a unique cultural experience.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02:Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation.
Day 03:Drive to Soti Khola (670m) via Arughat (710m) : 8-9 hours
Day 04:Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m) : 6-7 hours
Day 05:Trek Machha Khola to Jagat (1,440m) : 6-7 hours
Day 06:Trek Jagat to Lhokpa (2,240m) : 6- 7 hours
Day 07:Trek Lokpa to Chumling (2360m) : 6-7 hours
Day 08:Trek Chumling to Chhekamparo (3010m) : 5-6 hours
Day 09:Trek Chhekampar – Nile (3480m) : 4 -5 hours
Day 10:Trek NIle to Mu Gompa (3709m) with a visit to Dephyudonma Gompa : 5 hours
Day 11:Trek Mu Gompa to Chumling (2,386m) : 05 hours
Day 12:Trek Chumling to Deng (1,860m) : 7 -8 hours
Day 13:Trek Deng to Namrung (2,540m) : 6 -7 hours
Day 14:Trek Namrung to Lho (3,180m) : 3-4 hours
Day 15:Trek Lho to Sama Gaon (3,530m) : 5 - 6 hours
Day 16:Rest and exploration day: Birendra Tal / Pungyen Gompa / Manaslu Base Camp
Day 17:Trek Sama to Samdo (3860m) : 3 -4 hours
Day 18:Trek Samdo to Larkya Phedi to Dharamsala (4460m) : 3-5 hours
Day 19:Dharamsala – Cross Larkya La (5160m) to Bimthang (3720m) : 7-9 hours
Day 20:Trek Bimthang to Tilje (2,300m) : 5- 6 hours
Day 21:Trek Tilije to Tal (1,700m) : 5 -6 hours
Day 22:Trek Tal to Syange (1080m) : 6 hours
Day 23:Drive Syange- Besi Sahar (760m) to Kathmandu (1300m) : 7- 8 hours
Day 24:Farewell, Flights home
The above information is a guide and standard template of our services. Our trips can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Dinner Included
Day 02Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek preparation.The exciting day begins with a cultural tour to various mediaeval sites in Kathmandu. You will drive to visit the UNESCO listed world heritage sites - Pashupatinath Temple (the biggest Hindu shrine), Boudhanath (largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal), Swayambhunath (a fine Buddhist stupa at the hill top of Kathmandu) and the Kathmandu Durbar Square (an open museum and abode of Kumari). Coming back from the sightseeing, you will take part in a short briefing and trip preparation. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast included
Day 03Drive to Soti Khola (670m) via Arughat (710m) : 8-9 hoursAfter breakfast at hotel, we prepare to depart. First the road is fine at Prithvi Highway. Then we take a side road via Dhading besi, from where off-road begins. We continually drive about 8 hours to Soti Khola, enjoying the countryside hilly sceneries along with the terraced rice fields. Passing Aarughat, we reach to Soti Khola. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 04Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m) : 6-7 hoursThe first day of trekking, we begin the trek through the bank of the Budi Gandaki River. Sometimes we also walk through the woodland and sometimes through the sandy beach. Above the River, we walk through the winding path before reaching to Machha Khola. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 05Trek Machha Khola to Jagat (1,440m) : 6-7 hours From Korlabesi there is a steep ascent to a ridge then down to a hot spring and a stone structure that marks Tatopani. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Buri Gandaki the trail climbs a stone stairs to Dobhan. The trail gets quite rugged and starts by climbing to two teashops at Duman, then crosses a landslide area and after some ups and downs through ravines it reaches a large field. There is
some scrambling over gravel slopes until a descent to the wide river valley. After crossing a suspension bridge the trail ascends a set of stone stairs, drops to the river and ascends once again to Thado Bharyang. Once over the river, the trail continues for a while before climbing to Jagat. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 06Trek Jagat to Lhokpa (2,240m) : 6- 7 hours At Tatopani there are hot springs where the porters will no doubt take the opportunity to have a quick wash. After Tatopani the trail crosses to the left bank of the Buri Gandaki over a suspension bridge. After a section through forest we reach the village of Doban. At this point the Buri Gandaki descends an impressive series of rapids and further up the valley the river opens up and meanders across a broad. gravel bed. At Philim is the check point to enter Tsum Valley where our permits will be reviewed, this is our first night in Tsum. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 07Trek Lokpa to Chumling (2360m) : 6-7 hours From Lokpa we trek to Chumling Tanjo. We can see the Baudha Himal (6672m) and Ganesh Himal VI on a clear day. Chumling has three monasteries: Panago Gumba, Mani Dhungyur and Gurwa Gumba. There are also several good campsites. There is a telephone service and health post too. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 08Trek Chumling to Chhekamparo (3010m) : 5-6 hours From Chumling we trek to Chhokangparo. Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo, where hospitality local people (Tibetan group “Tsombo”) welcome you with traditional Tibetan Chiya (butter tea) and local meal. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 09Trek Chhekampar – Nile (3480m) : 4 -5 hours While climbing above Chokhangparo, better to be careful of altitude problems. Walk past Lamagaon to the Rachen Gompa. Climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave. Then we cross the Shiar Khola. Continue walking through the villages of Phurbe and Pangdun. After crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 10Trek NIle to Mu Gompa (3709m) with a visit to Dephyudonma Gompa : 5 hours Dephyudonma gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley and is situated in the rugged mountains, a 2 hr walk from the village of Chhule and Nile. The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley.The monastery is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect. There are a few campsites and drinking water facilities. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 13Trek Deng to Namrung (2,540m) : 6 -7 hours After breakfast, we pass the stone gate and a long Mani wall (the longest Mani wall of this region) to the Lho village. Peak 29 can be seen from the closer distance. Even the stunning view of Mt. Manaslu (8156m) which the world’s eighth tallest peak is also can be seen. If you like to explore more, then you can hike to the Pungen glacier. After that, we walk steadily to Sama Gaon. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included,
Day 14Trek Namrung to Lho (3,180m) : 3-4 hours From Namrung, we again enter the Buddhism influenced region. Climb through the forest to Lihi. Enjoy the spectacular rise of the Ganesh Himal. Descend to Sho. Another steep climb takes us to our today's campsite on a ridge. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included,.
Day 15Trek Lho to Sama Gaon (3,530m) : 5 - 6 hours The Budi Gandaki is far down but we follow a small tributary instead. Walking in the shady fir forest is very enjoyable. A short climb to a plateau and the village Shyala. Huge mountains surround us, Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, other snow summits to the right, at the far end of the valley we have just come from stands Ganesh Himal. At the far end of the village, overlooking the valley stands the well-known monastery of Sama. Sama Gaon is a village inhabited mainly by the Tibetans and lies at the foot of Manaslu. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included,.
Day 16Rest and exploration day: Birendra Tal / Pungyen Gompa / Manaslu Base Camp After breakfast, we begin our excursion from Sama Gaon. We pass various picturesque villages of the Manaslu circuit route. After a 4-5 hrs walk, we reach to Samdo, a beautiful village of the Tibetan refugees. Here, we are very close to the Tibetan border. It takes only a day to be there. Enjoy your stay with the Tibetan refugee families. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included,.
Day 17Trek Sama to Samdo (3860m) : 3 -4 hours Samdo is located over 3800 meters. If you feel it is necessary, we can take a rest here one more day. Exploring the ethnic culture and traditions of the villagers is awesome. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included,.
Day 18Trek Samdo to Larkya Phedi to Dharamsala (4460m) : 3-5 hours After breakfast, we proceed towards the stream, cross the suspension bridge and reach to Larkya Bazaar. The villagers have an influence of the Tibetan culture and habitations. Then we climb up to Dharmasala and head further to Larkya base camp. overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included .
Day 19Dharamsala – Cross Larkya La (5160m) to Bimthang (3720m) : 7-9 hours This is a huge day in Manaslu Circuit trek. The Larke pass remains snow covered most of the time, which is also a challenging part of the trek. Through the steep rocky trail, we reach at the top (5160m). The spectacular views of Annapurna II (7937m), Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyagi Kung and Kang Kuru (6981m) can be explored from there. Then we trek down to Bimthang through the steep descend route. Take a rest there with high pass celebration. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included .
Day 20Trek Bimthang to Tilje (2,300m) : 5- 6 hours It’s a steady climb down through the paddy field and forest. Passing the Karcha La, we walk through the rhododendron forest, gradually to the village of Tilije. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included,.
Day 21Trek Tilije to Tal (1,700m) : 5 -6 hours Descending from Tilije, we walk through the stone paved trail and beautiful tiny settlements. We cross the Dudh Khola and reach the Thonje village. Then we walk through the Annapurna Circuit route and continue to Dharapani. Crossing the Marshyangdi River, we reach to Tal and a cascading waterfall lies at the backdrop. Overnight at Teahouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included,.
Day 22Trek Tal to Syange (1080m) : 6 hours The last day of the trek, we walk from Tal to Syange. We check-out from the ACAP office. The trail is stone stepped at the beginning and reach to Chamje. Through the steep climb down trail, we reach to Syange after passing Jagat. Overnight at Tea house. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included,.
Day 23Drive Syange- Besi Sahar (760m) to Kathmandu (1300m) : 7- 8 hours Concluding the trek at Syange, we drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar. It’s a long drive through the Marshyangdi River valley and Trishuli River valley. After reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. Getting refreshed, you will be invited for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by Adventure Club. Overnight at hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included,.
Day 24Farewell, Flights home Having a good memory with Adventure Club Trek, our representative manages a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meals: Breakfast included.
The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights, if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule, if the schedule dates are not suitable for you please contact us and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs.If any individuals / group don't want to join our other group we can comply to your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.
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NOTE: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are travelling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.
Best Time to Trek to Tsum Valley and Manaslu
Best months are September, October & November during the Autumn season and after mid March, April & May during the spring season are consider as the best seasons for doing this trek. Regarding monsoon season at summer time we do not suggest to try this route from June till August. But at autumn months weather is perfect: there is no rain, and it is warm enough.
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We organised the trek of 20 days with Birendra before we left Australia. The planning with Birendra was faultless and he met us at the airport.
The guides and porters were reliable, honest and very helpful.
The trek was suburb - we had trekked a year earlier to EBC / Three passes also organised with Birendra, and the fact that we used him again is probably the best indication of how we trusted the company.
The trek started 1 December, which is the start of winter. We did have a heavy fall of snow (60-90cm in a day) which prevented us going over the pass and we needed to trek back the way we came - whilst a little disappointing, the trek was far prettier and more interesting than EBC. The trek is predominantly in areas with farming villages, and is not as "touristy" as the Everest valley. There is also a better mix of forest, waterfalls, mountains, wildlife, and local culture as it has a bigger range of altitude.
Surprisingly, the accommodation / teahouses was superior to the Everest valley as well, and the day to day snacks and drinks were better priced as well.
We had a case of altitude sickness, and the support provided by Birendra, and his guides in managing the issue, getting them to lower ground, and shuffling the itinerary was without any trouble and what could have been a major problem was just a part of the adventure.
The weather temperatures were much more comfortable than we expected given the time of year - other than for the two snowing days, the daytime temperatures were comfortable in T Shirt. At night it would not have been colder than -10C.
Eight of us travelled, ranging in age from 14 to 50. The trek was very doable for all.
Start from $1927 USD
Trip Code:ACT 46
Best Month :March - May and Sept -Nov
Activities :Cultural excursion, Trekking
Max.Altitude :5,220 M at Larkya La pass
Trek Style:TH (Teahouse /Lodge)Show All