Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking-
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking is a delightful adventure filled with ancient art, culture, and lifestyle of the Tibetan Buddhist culture of the quaint Tsum Valley Trekking in the Manaslu Region Trekking of Nepal. This is an unspoiled Manaslu Trekking Route as Trekking in Manaslu Area was restricted until the year 1090s. This trek does not only provide an opportunity to Explore Manaslu Valley’s splendid biodiversity and wilderness but also allows observing the Buddhist culture and heritage.
The journey starts with a scenic drive to Soti Khola from where the trek begins. The trail leads you on off the beaten trails and away from the mainstream Manaslu Trekking Routes. You trek in the complete wilderness around the remote and beautiful villages surrounded by the magnificent Manaslu Mountain Chain like Ganesh Himal (7422m), Himal Chuli (7893m), Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), and Manaslu Himal (8163m). On the way, you pass through the beautiful rhododendron and pine forests and cross many bridges. The highest point on this trek route is the Larkya La Pass (5160m), which you cross after exploring the Tsum Valley Classic Trekking. There are many fantastic sites to visit during this adventure, but the two places that stand out are Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa. These two monasteries are the most sacred monasteries in the Tsum Valley Region Trek and provide valuable insight on the cultural practices followed in the area. Along with breathtaking sceneries and incredible biodiversity, you also get to observe the Tibetan culture and way of life. This is a difficult trek with many steep climbs and long walking days, so you need to be physically fit and have past trekking experience for this trek. The best seasons for Tsum Valley Larkya Pass Trekking are from March to May and September to November.
The trip begins with your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). Our company representative will welcome you at the airport and then you will be transferred to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Our company van will take you to the UNESCO world heritage site Patan Durbar Square for sightseeing. There you can observe the ancient temples and palaces and admire the art and craftsmanship of the medieval period. During this time, we will arrange the permits and other documents required for the trek.
Today you take a scenic drive along the Prithvi Highway from Kathmandu until Dhading Besi. From Dhading Besi, the dirt road takes you to Arughat and then drives up to the west bank of Soti Khola. If you look out from your windowpane, you can see glimpses of the Ganesh Himal range during this drive. Overnight in Soti Khola.
The trek starts as you leave Soti Khola for Lapubesi. The trail gradually ascends through the Sal forests and climbs up to a ridge above Budhi Gandaki River. The trail then passes through numerous waterfalls and drops to the rice paddies before climbing up to the Gurung village of Lapubesi, where you will be staying for the night.
You climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens, and then you descend to the Budhi Gandaki riverbed. You walk along the rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge and head down to the river. Up ahead you cross Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, and make your way to Khorlabeshi. Overnight in Khorlabeshi.
From Khorlabeshi, you trek to Tatopani, where you can experience naturally running hot water. You cross Budhi Gandaki River on a suspension bridge and climb a staircase and then a ridge to reach Dovan. You cross the suspension bridge over Dovan Khola and cross a few more on the way before reaching Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
After checking your permits at the check-post, you climb over the ridge to Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas. You cross a suspension bridge leading to the east bank of Budhi Gandaki River and climb up to Philim with the emerging views of Shringi Himal (7161m). Walking past Philim to the north across a forest, you arrive in Chisapani. Overnight in Chisapani.
The trail gradually descends from Chisapani into a gorge below and leads to a beautiful waterfall. You pass through the blue pine and rhododendron forest to reach Lokpa. Up ahead, you descend through the forest and cross the suspension bridge before finally ascending to Chumling. Here, you can get amazing views of Shringi Himal (7161m) and the Ganesh Himal range. Overnight in Chumling.
You cross the suspension bridge on to the opposite bank and walk ahead enjoying the views of Ganesh Himal (7422m). Walking past Rainjam, you arrive at Serpu Khola and cross a bridge to reach Gho village. The trail then climbs for around 2 hours and takes you to Chhokang Paro in the Tsum Valley. Overnight in Chhokamparo.
Leaving Chhokang Paro behind, you head north to the Nile following the upstream trails of Shiar Khola. On the way, you pass which is one of the most sacred caves in the region, the Milarepa Cave. While walking on this route, you will be accompanied by the scenes of Shiar Khola and the snow-capped mountains like the Ganesh Himal and the Shringi Himal ranges. Overnight in the Nile.
A short ascend from the Nile takes you to Mu Gompa, situated closer to the Tibetan border. Walking on the west bank of Shiar Khola enjoying the Tibetan landscapes, you climb up to Mu Gompa, which is the largest monastery in the region. The Dhephu Doma Nunnery Gompa in Mu Gompa is home to many young student monks who live in the monastery to learn practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Overnight in Mu Gompa.
Today is an easy day of trekking. You trek passing through Lar village to visit Rachen Gompa, which is also known as the nunnery gompa. Up ahead, you cross a bridge and then retrace your way alongside Shiar Khola to reach Chhokamparo. Amazing views of Ganesh Himal (7422m) and Shringi Himal (7161m) can be seen from Chhokmparo. Overnight in Chhokamparo.
The trail drops down from Chhokang Paro and crosses Domje Bridge. You cross Dhampa Gompa and descend along the gorge of Shiar Khola to reach the village of Rupchet. The trail then goes down steeply and takes you to Lokpa, which is situated at the confluence of Shiar Khola and Budhi Gandaki River. Overnight in Lokpa.
You cross the new bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and ascend alongside the river with the view of Shringi Himal (7161m) to reach Nyak. The trail then descends steeply until reaching the Gurung village of Deng. A Mani wall welcomes you to the traditional village, situated in the lap of the amazing Shringi Himal (7161m). Overnight in Deng.
Today you first cross Budhi Gandaki River and climb to the bridge. From here, you climb a little further to Bihi, pass through the lush forests, and cross Budhi Gandaki several times on the way ahead. The trail then follows the river upstream through the dense forest and makes one last steep climb to reach Namrung. The peaks of the Himal Chuli range look astonishing from Namrung. Overnight in Namrung.
After crossing Budhi Gandaki River, you trek through the forest and pass through the stone arch to reach Lihi. Then you cross the bridge over Hinang Khola and pass through the village of Sho to finally reach Lho village. Mesmerizing views of Manaslu Himal (8163m) start to appear as you reach Lho. Overnight in Lho.
After passing through Shalya village, you head down to the river that originates from the glacier of Punggen. Trekking ahead, you pass through many Chortens and Monastaries and then cross a ridge to reach the fields of Samagaon, a beautiful village nestled in the lap of the amazing Manaslu Himal (8163m). Overnight in Samagaon.
After long days of trekking, you take some rest today and get adjusted to the high altitude. This, however, doesn’t mean that you stay idle. You can take a short hike and visit the Punggen Monastery or visit the Birendra Tal to utilize your day. Overnight in Samagaon.
Today you enjoy a relatively pleasant and interesting trekking experience. After crossing a suspension bridge, you head through the juniper and birch forests and later cross another bridge and climb up across Budhi Gandaki before reaching Samdu village. If you continue trekking ahead, you arrive at the ruins of Larkya Bazaar, which used to be an important market once. Overnight in Samdu or Larkya Bazaar.
Crossing the wooden bridge over shrinking Budhi Gandaki River, you trek ahead through the Mani walls and prayer flags. After crossing a few streams ahead, you trek upwards to the stone house known as Dharmashala, also known as Larkya Pass Base Camp. Overnight at the base camp.
Today you cross the frozen Larkya La Pass (5160m), which is the highest point on this trek. Through ice and snow, you walk on the moraine trail of Larkya Glacier to reach the top of the extraordinary pass. From the top, you can get stunning views of Manaslu Himal range along with the views of Himlung Himal (7126m), Larke Peak (6249m), and Cheo Himal (6820m). Up next, you cross a moraine and climb down to another grassy moraine to finally reach Bhimthang, where you stay for the night.
Today’s walk is mostly downhill. You cross a glacial stream and climb over the side of a moraine and descend into the rhododendron and pine forest. You follow the descending trail which hugs Dudh Khola to reach Goa. Inhabited by the Gurung community, Goa hosts amazing views of Phungi Himal (6538m) and Manaslu Himal (8163m). Overnight in Goa.
This is the last day of trekking. First, you cross the wooden bridge and walk through the deep pine forest until reaching Tilije Gurung village. From Tilije, you cross a bridge over Dudh Khola and pass through several checkpoints before reaching Dharapani. Here, you meet the trails of the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek. Overnight in Dharapani.
From Dharapani, a private jeep will take you to Besisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung district. Passing through many villages and lush hills, you follow the Marsyangdi River throughout your drive to Besisahar. You can spend the evening enjoying the success of your trek and exploring Besisahar. Overnight in Besisahar.
You take the long drive back to Kathmandu today. The picturesque route will allow you to forget the aches in your body. Upon arrival, you check into your hotel and take some rest. Later, you can head out and explore the markets or chill out at the bars in Thamel. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Today our company van will take you around the valley for sightseeing. You will be observing the ancient durbars and temples in the UNESCO listed world heritage sites Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You can also shop for souvenirs in these areas as there are many authentic Nepali handicrafts available. In the evening, you join the group for a farewell dinner hosted by the company. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
The trip comes to an end today. After a fulfilling breakfast at the hotel, our company representative will drop you at the airport.
- Airport pick up and drive according to itinerary and plan.
- Hotel in Kathmandu according to program.
- Manaslu Special Permit.
- Tsum Valley Special Permits.
- Manaslu Conservation Entrance Permits.
- Annapurna Conservation Area entrance Permits.
- TIMS cards: Trekking Information Management System.
- Food and accommodation during the trip: B/L/D.
- Hot drinks- Teak, Coffee, etc during the trek.
- Trained-Licensed Holder trekking guide.
- Porters and guide with their wages.
- Insurance for guide and porters.
- Local Airport Serviec.
- All land transportations according to program and Itinerary.
- Applicable Nepal government tax.
- Nepal entry visa- USD 40.00 for one month.
- International flights and airport tax.
- Travel insurance.
- Personal expenses, Hot water and Mineral water during the trekking.
- Hot shower and Laundry service.
- Chocolats, juice and Bar Bills.
- Internet and Battery charge
- Alcoholic drinks with mineral water.
- Rescue in emergency.
- Sleeping bag (–15° is ideal)
- Silk liner, Backpack
- Wool socks, light trekking pants and camp shoes.
- Woolen thermals, Sweater, Fleece-Shirts.
- Wind-Waterproof jacket and pants.
- Pants for cold and high elevations.
- Winter hat,
- Gloves and cap.
- Water purifier pump, tablets.
- Water bottle and Trekking poles.
- Hand sanitizer.
- Walking poles, UV protected Sunglasses.
- Head lamp, reading materials.
- Camera with extra batteries.
- Day pack: rain jacket, some cereal bars.
- Duffle bag, Gators for the snow.
- Toiletries-toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, floss etc.
- Personal First aid kit set.
- Copies or original official document- Passport, Insurance paper, Auto size photographs.