Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek - 23 Days

Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek

Manaslu Trek via Tsum Valley is one of the most fascinating and alluring rural and isolated trekking in hidden Shangri-La of Tsum Valley to the land of monasteries, hamlets with rough steep tracks and less luxurious accommodation. The area is famous for its home stay experience, interaction with locals, breath stopping mountain panorama and the area is less trekked; situated on the north part of Manaslu on Nepal – Tibet is exceptionally popular among adventure trekking holiday seekers. Manaslu region was opened for the trekkers only in 1991 and Tsum Valley was opened for tourist just in 2008. The region is geographically extra spectacular and culturally most fascinating. The inhabitants of upper Bhudi Gandaki, a region known as ‘Nup Ri’ meaning western mountain are direct descendants of Tibetans immigrants and they settled here during early 16th century so the their speech, dress and customs are exclusively similar to Tibetan. The Mountain View in Nup Ri are astonishing and dramatic Larke Pass is thrilling experience.

Tsum valley is yet being discovered and right place to trek for the travelling passionate to discover the different part of world than yours. The valley is a blessed with Himalayan Buddhist pilgrimage site located in northern part of Gorkha district, Nepal. ‘Tsum’ meaning vivid against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Boudha Himal ranges, and this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. It is said that the Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to be meditated in the caves of these mountains. The valley is home of some unique and historic monasteries, mani, kaanis and prayer walls which lie on a pretty highland nestled in the lap of the valley and Gompa Lungdang, situated at the base of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal. The tribes here rejoice many Buddhist festivals, perfume ritual burning of juniper sense to purify the air; place prayer flags for happiness of all the sentient living beings install Mani Walls. The isolated area is left behind so their culture remained as it is as it was centuries ago. The place is really appealing for the wilderness lovers away from the modern society.

Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek can be completed as a teahouse trek aka lodge trek while even Tsum now has several lodges, good home stays facilities and toilets available in most places. There are now phones throughout (although not mobile reception) in case of an emergency. The remote Tsum Valley side-trip should not be missed. In fourteen trips to Nepal this was the complete highlight, with strong, friendly, welcoming locals, a living Buddhist culture and untouched wildlife because of Buddhist prohibitions on hunting. The people are poor, since they have been bypassed by development for centuries, but this means their unique culture has remained ideal and intact. However a road from China is already pegged out and will cause rapid change. Tsum is said to be a beyul, one of the hidden valleys which Padmasambhava blessed as refuges to be discovered when the planet is approaching destruction and the world becomes too corrupt for spiritual practice. They are valleys reminiscent of paradise, which can only be reached with enormous hardship.

Permit for Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek
Special Restricted Area permits are required for Manaslu and a separate one for Tsum. These permits can be obtained only through government registered trekking company in Kathmandu and it require that you have a licensed guide and a party of two or more, although these requirements may be relaxed in the future. The Manaslu fees are: September – November USD 70 for the first week (then USD 10 per day) or December – August USD 50 for the first week (then USD 7 per day). For Tsum the same periods apply but the fee is USD 35 for the first week. You will need a TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System) as well if you are continuing on the Annapurna Circuit through Thorong La Pass, so you’ll need 8 photos for all this. In our experience if you are only circuiting Manaslu your special permit means that a TIMS card is not required.

You will need two more additional permits: MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area) NPR 2000 each and the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) NPR 2000 each for the section from Dharapani to Besi Sahar after you join the round-Annapurna trail.

Accommodation and Meal
Rather than carrying all food and equipment from Kathmandu, you could stay in teahouse and eat there. Wilderness Excursion arranges a local experienced guide for your Manaslu and Tsum Valley for the entire Manaslu and Tsum Valley route, to ensure that immediate benefits flow to this remote area and to get an insiders’ view of the culture.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Meet and greet at airport, transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Get Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek permit, preparation or visit ancient old temples.
Day 03: Drive to Arughat (535m), 6-7 hours drive.
Day 04: Trek to Lapubesi (882m), 6-7 hours walk.
Day 05: Trek to Tatopani (990m), 6-7 hours walk
Day 06: Trek to Philim (1570m), 5-6 hours walk.
Day 07: Trek to Chhumling (2386m), 6-7 hours walk
Day 08: Trek to Chhekampar (3011m), 5-6 hours walk
Day 09: Trek to Nile (3300m), 6-7 hours walk.
Day 10: Visit Mu Gompa and trek to Chhekampar (3011m), 4-5 hours walk
Day 11: Trek to Gumpa Lungdang (3200m), approx. 7 hours walk.
Day 12: Trek to Lokpa (2240m) approx. 7 hours walk
Day 13: Trek to Ghap (2340m), approx. 6-7 hours walk.
Day 14: Trek to Lho (30200m), approx. 6-7 hours walk.
Day 15: Trek to Samagaun, (3520m), approx.4 hours walk.
Day 16: Rest day, Hike to Pun Gyen Gompa/ Manaslu Base Camp or explore surroundings.
Day 17: Trek to Samdo (3860m), 3-4 hours walk
Day 18: Trek to Larke Rest home/Dharmasaala (4460m) 4 hours walk.
Day 19: Trek to Bimtang (3750m), via dramatic Larkey Pass (5100m), 7-9 hours.
Day 20: Trek to Tilche (2300m), approx. 6-7 hours walk
Day 21: Trek to Chyamche (1430m), approx. 4-5 hours walk
Day 22: Drive to Besisahar - drive to Kathmandu.
Day 23: Fly back home or further destination

A short note: For modified trek package as per your interest; please kindly provide us details like group size, nationality, mode of hotels in Kathmandu and transportation you would like to use. The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Package price we have offered online includes 3 nights deluxe twin/double room with breakfast in 3 star category boutique hotel in Kathmandu. International Tour Leaders are encouraged to get complimentary or discounted rate.

Day 01: Join Kathmandu
You can take a direct bus from Kathmandu to Arughat, they have two departures every morning 6am and 8am. In any case, allow a day for travel due to breakdowns and the very rough unsealed road from Dhading to Arughat section, which can become impassable with rain. Alternatively, a 4WD jeep (6h) may get you there more quickly but costs around USD 200 for up to 7 people depending on road conditions (and thus the kind of jeep required). In Arughat (600m), a pleasant market town across the Budhi Gandaki river (also called Buri Gandaki on some maps), walk into town, cross the suspension bridge, turn right and stay there at Arughta. Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 02: Get Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek permit, preparation or visit ancient old temples.
Today we get permits, you can do trip preparation or go visit ancient Hindu and Buddhists old temples such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath (known as a monkey temple among westerners).The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centers of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. We can arrange guided sightseeing on client request. We leave choice on you.

Day 03: Drive to Arughat (535m), 6-7 hours drive.
You can take a direct bus from Kathmandu to Arughat, they have two departures every morning 6am and 8am. In any case, allow a day for travel due to breakdowns and the very rough unsealed road from Dhading to Arughat section, which can become impassable with rain. Alternatively, a 4WD jeep (6h) may get you there more quickly but costs around USD 200 for up to 7 people depending on road conditions (and thus the kind of jeep required). In Arughat (600m), a pleasant market town across the Budhi Gandaki river (also called Buri Gandaki on some maps), walk into town, cross the suspension bridge, turn right and stay there at Arughta. Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 04: Trek to Lapubesi (882m), 6-7 hours walk.
Our first day of trek heads to the north along Budhi Gandaki River and we pass the villages of Santi Bazar, Arukhet and ascend slowly toward Kyoropani near the confluence of Soti River – an ideal place to take a fresh water bath. We walk 6 -7 hours today to Lapubesi. Many now take a bus to Soti Khola to save 3hrs of walking but the road remains untrafficked and passes through pleasant fields and villages. Trek through Gurung and Magar villages on the more scenic upper road where there is a choice, staying on the left bank (true right) of the Budhi Gandaki, which you will be following to its source. It can be hot and humid so wet rice, maize and millet are the main crops and you may see monkeys in the forests. The spotless **Manaslu Lodge and the Market View Lodge at the pretty bazaar town of Arkhet (760m) could easily be your first night if you arrive early enough from Kathmandu. Climb on stairs as the valley becomes wilder, prettier and narrower and descend to Soti Khola (710m) with the ABC Hotel, Satkar, **Samjhana and then Munel through the village over a bridge. Packhorses ply the trail from here on. Trek on through shady sal forests then climb up and down for some time on an exposed track blasted from the cliff and views way below of wild rapids, eventually dropping to the Gurung Labubesi (880m; Lapubeshi). Stay at Laxmi Guest. Depending on the season, you may be offered fiddlehead fern dalbhat and the local mint-flavored achar (pickel) to which some trekkers report allergic reactions. Overnight in Lapubesi. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 05: Trek to Tatopani (990m), 6-7 hours walk
We keep on up-river, climbing sometimes and at other times down on the gravel riverbed, going through Machha Khola (930m) where there is a good lodge Hotel Chum Vally. Continue on the same side of the Buri Gandaki, up and down again and across sandy river flats. The monkeys and langurs in the jungle above can knock rocks down, so watch out. Large Gurung villages are way above while the track passes few houses, like lower Khorlabeshi (960m) which was largely destroyed by a huge rockslip 24 years ago. A survivor has built a botanic garden and nice lodge from which he sells his organic coffee. Shangri La and Manaslu lodges. Goat herders passing through this area wear the distinctive smoke-browned capes called bokkhu made famous in the book Honey Hunters of Nepal. Carry on up and down over a couple of ridges to Tatopani (930m; ‘hot water’) where there are hot water spouts under the sheer cliffs that provide a delightful evening shower and soft skin due to natural minerals. There are two simple lodges close to the springs, which might be smoky, and one further up. Sleep to the sound of water while refusing to think about earthquakes. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 06: Trek to Philim (1570m), 5-6 hours walk.
Climb above a ridge and cross the Buri Gandaki on a new suspension bridge, circle under cliffs and climb a little to Doban (1070m; Dovan) where there is the Himalayan lodge, alternative place to stay if we skip Tatopani. Shyaule Bhatti lodge is 40mins later then 20mins to Manaslu Santi and Thulodhunga (‘big rock’) lodges where you can take tea and look at the wild gorges ahead. After a landslip and Yaruphant (1140m) cross the bridge across the Yaru Khola (1363m) and emerge onto riverflats at Yaru (1140m) for lunch at the Sandbar Hotel. Look downstream at the massive rockfall that chokes the river. Just past Yaru, cross to the true right bank and enjoy easy up and down to Jagat (1410m), a neatly flagstoned Gurung village where jagat (‘tax’) is collected on Tibetan trade. You will need to show your MCAP permit at an office on the left. In this area, potato, maize and climbing beans are all planted at the same time – the potato for food and to suppress weeds, the maize for food and to supply a trellis for the beans, which are an important source of protein. Marijuana is a major weed problem in season. Walk up the riverbed then climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri (1440m) with views of Sringi Himal (7187m), then descend to Sirdibas (1430m; Setibas, Tara). You’ll see your first signs of Buddhist culture here. Look out for rakshi spirit being distilled from millet beer in roadside kettles on this day. Continue up-river on the left bank, up and down before crossing Nepal’s longest suspension bridge to the east bank and a tiring climb up to prosperous Philim (1590m; Dodang) surrounded by rich fields of maize, potato and millet. There are shops and grocery. Overnight in Philim. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 07: Trek to Chhumling (2386m), 6-7 hours walk
Traverse north out of Philim on the obvious track signposted to the Larkya La, through some pretty forest with views up the narrowing valley. After 1hr climbing enter the increasingly misnamed Ekle Bhatti (1600m; ‘lone teashop’) with at least six bhatti and newly built lodge now, then traverse high above a spectacular gorge, entering a largely uninhabited area of pine trees. Eventually drop to a trail junction going left to Ghap and right to the Tsum Valley, just above Gum Pul (‘bridge’). Climb on a well-graded but exposed track through pines and rhododendrons, looking down on the other trail across the river. If the slopes here have recently had their annual burn there is a real risk of stonefall from the cliffs above, especially if there are goats grazing. Climb on zigzag steps, increasingly exposed, and gain your first glimpses of the narrow lower Tsum Valley, very steep across the Siyar Khola (Shiar Khola) which drains from the very top of the valley. Across the Buri Gandaki is Himalchuli (7893m) above steep cliffs. Walk through a largely intact and peaceful temperate forest into Lokpa (2240m; Lakuwa), surrounded by barley fields with two lodges and extensive camping terraces and a huge stock of Chinese alcohol. Descend through beautiful forest, crossing two new bridges, circle under a huge bluff on the river then climb steeply on deteriorating exposed stairs. After about 30mins start to traverse north through pines and rhododendrons, still climbing and with very steep slopes. The hidden valley of Tsum stretches enticingly ahead. Eventually descend to a deserted bhatti Ghumlong (2130m) on the river. The path straight ahead climbs steeply to Ripchet (2470m; Ripche) in about 1hr; the path to Chumling (2360m) crosses the Siyar Khola on a wooden bridge and up. It is not for those afraid of heights – several locals have fallen to their death from this track while drunk. After about 30mins, below Chumling, take the level track to right (east) for 15mins to arrive at a lodge with 6-8 beds. Make sure you climb up to Chumling and check out the old gompa, the traditional houses, orchards, clinic and beautiful stone streets. This is Buddhist agriculture, with conical pine needle haystacks among the prayer flags. From here on trails are lined with artistic chortens and mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with deities and prayers.Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 08-: Trek to Chhekampar (3011m), 5-6 hours walk
An easier day after yesterday. Cross the suspension bridge just east of the hotel and traverse through rich farming land of maize and potatoes. The houses are classic Tibetan with barricades of firewood on the roof, but without flat roofs as it rains and snows here. Cross a huge slip where rocks and flood cleared the area even up onto the opposite bank, killing five in 1999, but is now covered with a forest of new trees. Up the valley to the east are superb views of several of the 7000-7400m Ganesh Himal, of long suspension bridges on the opposite bank, and far above the perched village of Ripchet (2468m). Your guide may find somebody willing to cook lunch at Rainjam (2400m), a single bhatti with enclosed courtyard. Cross the Serpu Khola and climb for over 2hrs on well-graded but exposed track to upper Tsum and the joined villages of Chhokang-Paro (3010m), stone houses with a few iron roofs nestled under cliffs. The valley opens here into spacious fields of barley, maize, buckwheat and potato, but wheat has been abandoned due to ‘hill bunt’, a disease which turns the heads black and causes total crop failure. Herds of thar often graze the wild cliffs to the north, coming right down to the fields. The Tashi Delek lodge has some 18-bed rooms. If the air is clear Himalchuli (7893m) can be seen down valley.Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 09: Trek to Nile (3300m), 6-7 hours walk.
Most people can climb to 3000m without getting altitude sickness, but the altitude gain in these track notes above Chhokangparo is right at the 300m per day suggested for safety. Watch for signs of altitude sickness and be prepared to rest or retreat if they emerge. Take time to explore the village and climb north to a retreat where Lama Kongchog died after 26 years of meditation. His child reincarnation, found in the village, was subject of the award-winning DVD Unmistaken Child (available in Kathmandu). There are often sighted near here. The friendly people speak Tsumba, related to Tibetan, but often little Nepali and are quite unused to visitors. Head east through small villages and past a local school, climb over a ridge of chortens and past Lamagaon (3202m) through the flat fields, looking across the extensive crops and river to the huge courtyard of the Rachen Gompa (3240m) with excellent pilgrim accommodation. You can pay Rs 300 and get a key for a visit to Milarepa’s Cave (Piren Phu), where the bringer of Buddhism to Tibet is reputed to have meditated. Cross the Shiyar Khola, pass through hamlets of Phurbe (3251m) and Pangdun (3258m) and pass an unusual round stupa before reaching the larger village of Chhule (3347m) through an impressive entrance gate (kani). There is one homestay in Chhule, turn right above the bridge. The children here all wear the Tibetan dressing gown called chubas and there are many yaks. Head upstream to cross the bridge and climb to Nile (3361m; Nyile, pronounced Nee-lay). Both villages are in traditional style with inclusion of livestock compounds into the houses and sheltered verandahs for drying crops. Lobsang Homestay now provides room can be sheltered for some 20 trekkers..Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 10: Visit Mu Gompa and trek to Chhekampar (3011m), 4-5 hours walk
We will leave our bags in hotel behind and visit Mu Gompa as a day trip, we also visit the isolated Dhephu Doma nunnery. Make up valley on the west bank, enjoying sunrise on the narrowing valley walls and yaks being put to pasture. The final climb up to the large Mu Gompa (3700m; Mugumba) is through dry Tibetan country, with rows of chortens and widening mountain vistas. This is a large monastery with over 100 monks and an ancient gompa visited by David Snellgrove (Himalayan Pilgrimage) in 1956. They provide basis accommodation and daal bhat for visitor. Try tsampa (roasted barley flour) for breakfast with tea or even Tibetan butter salt tea. On three sides now are tantalizing views of the border with Tibet, with frequently used passes to the east (Ngula Dhojyang or Mailatasachin Pass, 5093m) and west (Thapla Bhanjyang, 5104m) just out of sight. Some people climb to Kalung (3820m) or Bhajyo (4030m) and camp, making a daytrip to the passes for a view into Tibet. Mingma Lama (enquire in Nile) can organise accommodation and/or horses if you want to do this. It takes about 4hrs to climb to the pass from Bhajyo and 3hrs down. From Mu Gompa there are extensive seasonal yak pastures in all directions, the Lungdang Glacier to the east and high peaks in all directions. In the early monsoon, in pastures at 5000m, many Tsumba collect the most expensive natural medicine in the world, known as yarsagumba. This is the caterpillar of a ghost moth parasitized by a fungus Cordyceps sinensis and is worth USD 25,000/kg in China as an aphrodisiac and cancer cure. The isolated 600 year-old Dhephu Doma Gompa (3900m) is 30-45mins uphill on the obvious westward track and has two resident nuns who report seeing snow leopards and musk deer and may give you tea. The inside of the gompa has been repainted by monks from Tibet and there is some ancient thankas. We trek back to Chhekamro via Rachen Gompa after Mu Gompa excursion. Overnight in Chhekamparo. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 11: Trek to Trek to Gumpa Lungdang (3200m), approx. 7 hours walk.
Continue south until a bridge crosses to the west bank previous trail towards Chumling. After about 1 hrs, see a small white gompa on the left at Gho (2485m). Descend on a narrow trail passing the gompa on your left and drop to a wooden bridge over the Siyar Khola. This is a good place to wash clothes and yourself after the lack of water further up the Tsum. Cross the bridge to Domje (2460m, Dhumje, Tumje) which has a Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and school but no food or lodging. The track onwards climbs just behind the clinic, which may be out of sight so take any clear trail that heads upwards. Climb very steeply through pines and rhododendrons until the track starts traversing at a mani wall with prayer flags. The track is exposed and narrow. Finally, in the pine forest, take a prayer flag marked uphill trail and make a zigzag climb through huge silver pines to reach Gumba Lungdang (3200m), perched on a ridge with small cells for the nuns scattered through the beautiful rhododendrons above. This small gompa with 40 nuns has an intense and engrossing puja from 6.00-7.30pm each night unless the nuns are on holidays or elsewhere, which is for some months each year – enquire in Chhokang-Paro. There is no lodge or formal camping area but permission may be obtained for a limited number of people to sleep on the gompa verandah or to camp in the gompa forecourt and use their kitchen. There is a toilet although you may have to ask for water. The mountain views in all directions are amazing and being here was the absolute highlight of our many trips to Nepal. Overnight in Gumba Lungdang. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 12: Trek to Lokpa (2240m), 6-7 hours walk.
This can be a taxing day so start early. Descend to Domje, where there are no lodges or bhatti, by the upward track. Cross the Laudang Khola on a new swing bridge between the two lowest houses in Domje and stay on the south (true left) bank of the Siyar Khola (contrary to the map). Traverse 10 mins on a new trail through lovely forest until a choice of upper or lower trails – either works, the lower is best. Cross some very deep gorges on new swing bridges to picturesque Ripchet (2470m; Ripche) where there is a home stay and you can get lunch if you ask around. Take time to look around at this perched fertile valley of barley and buckwheat with evocative chortens in the fields backed by pine forest. Descend on steep loose stairs to the deserted bhatti Ghumlong (2130m) on the river, which you passed through some days ago. Climb again through the pristine temperature forest to Lokpa (2240m), enjoy a comfortable bed in the lodge there and maybe a bucket bath in the toilet or camping toilet. Overnight in Lokpa. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 13: Trek to Ghap (2340m), 6-7 hours walk.
Continue from Lokpa down the exposed track until the track from Philim comes in from the left. Turn right, cross the Buri Gandaki on a solid bridge after about 1hr and traverse to a welcome bhatti just around the corner for tea and a last look up the Tsum Valley. Enter a very narrow gorge with loose tracks, up and down, up and down. Cross through bamboo forests to Deng (1800m), inhabited by Gurungs who practice Buddhism. Lodging at Manaslu Trekker Home (10 rooms, Shangri-La. Just beyond Deng recross to the east bank and climb to Rana (1980m) and pass Bihi Phedi (1990m, Himal and Manaslu hotels) with the trail up to the stone-carving village of Bihi (2130m; Bhi). The river roars below. Continue in and out of continuous wild canyons, with a village perched in every conceivable cropping situation, cross the Serang Khola coming from the north and climb steeply again before finally circling into Ghap (2160m; Tsak) past Mountain View lodge where the horses stay, Budhi Gandaki Lodge. The mani walls here and onwards as far as Bimthang often display intricate quality carvings of various Buddhas in meditation, incised in the hard local stone by a family of carvers from Bihi. The Manaslu Thakuri lodge and Kyimolung lodge and camping ground are in Ghap itself and building is underway. A side-trip from a bridge below Bihi can take you up to Prok (2380m), with an ACAP office and emergency radio and an excursion to Kal Tal (3685m; Kalchhuman Lake), then back down to Ghap. There are two lodges in Prok and those who visit really enjoy the experience, including a lake 1200m higher for which a local guide is advised. Overnight in Ghap. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 14: Trek to Lho Village (3180m), 5-6 hours walk.
Enter a beautiful forest of fir and rhododendron with many birds, staying on the south bank, cross north on a bridge with a roaring narrow canyon below then cross back to the south bank on a new swing bridge with grey langurs watching. The main trail now climbs on well-made stairs, but a highly recommended narrow shortcut to the right just after the bridge and along the riverbank is far quicker and through superb pine forest. After about 1hr, climb a zigzag from the river to the neat village of Namrung (2660m) with shops, restaurants and the Thakali, Thakuri and Namrung lodges about the flagstoned square. While waiting for a meal it is worth wandering around the village, where carvings from Bihi have been painted in colors above a gateway. The architecture characteristic of upper Nupri starts here: several houses gathered together about a common courtyard and livestock shelters on the ground floor, with heavy wooden shingle roofs and log stairs to dark verandahs. Pass mani walls, fields and houses through Banjam (2800m, Banzam) with Nubri Trekkers Inn. Enter the fir, rhododendron and oak forest before climbing to Lihi (2900m; Li, Ligaon) with the Lihi Hotel in 1hr, then onto Sho (2950m, Syogoan) where there is a bhatti but no lodges yet. The platforms in the fields are where people keep overnight watches to chase bears from their crops. Most people from here onwards wear traditional Tibetan dress, with the children in small chubas like dressing gowns, asking for shim shim (Tibetan for candy). Some have impeccable English due to an Australian aid project. There are some particularly fine paintings in the kani (gate arches) that you pass before Sho. Shrip (3000m) boasts the Nupri Eco-hotel. A leisurely walk onwards, in and out of gullies to Lho (3180m) with Tashi Delek lodge, Lho Majesty Cottage Lodge. Pity about the wedding-cake stupa donated from Taiwan which dominates this otherwise picturesque village focused on yak herding. There are excellent views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m) from the mani wall at the far end of the village and from the gompa on the hill to the west. Overnight in Lho. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 15: Trek to Samagaun, (3520m, approx. 6 hours walk.
Today; it is a short day of 2-3 hours walk takes you into the mountains with time to enjoy and acclimatize. The views of Manaslu are stupendous. Easy walk to Shyala (3520m, Syal, Syalagaon, Shyaula) up a pine and rhododendron gully with moss and gin-clear stream. Enjoy 360° views from here due to a fire and extensive deforestation and extensive building including the lodges on the trek under construction, currently Manaslu Pik 21 Hotel and Gurkha Manaslu Homestay. Another easy hour to the large village of Sama (3520m, Samagaon, Ro), losing the gigantic views of Manaslu but entering a world of yaks, pastures and houses which seem to have grown from the stones. Only potatoes and barley can be grown at this altitude. There are several lodge in Samagaon. Overnight in Sama. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day16: Rest day, Hike to Pun Gyen Gompa/ Manaslu Base Camp or explore surroundings.
Rest days to get physically acclimatized. We can spend the day exploring surroundings such as, Birendra Taal (lake), Buddhist monasteries, Samagaun, a big Tibetan cultured community and a side trip to Pun Gyen Gompa or Manaslu Base Camp but this both side trips requires almost a full day for each. We will see a marvelous view of Manaslu. Day-long acclimatization trips can be taken from here to Pungyen Gompa or to Manaslu Base Camp (4900m) An afternoon walk to the Kargyu Chholing Gompa and Birendra Lake is recommended. Stay overnight at same place. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 17: Trek to Samdo (3860m), 3-4 hours walk
Another short day because of the altitude, with time to go via the iceberg-covered Birendra Tal (3450m) under the Manaslu Glacier, wade the exit stream depending on the time of year and drop down to pick up the main trail from Sama to Samdo. Easy walking through yak pastures up a broad valley with long mani walls, marmots in April but not November standing on their burrows. Finally leave the tree line behind, although low-lying juniper is all around, climb to a ridge and drop to cross the Buri Gandaki on a wooden bridge. It takes some time to reach the white kani above but immediately behind is Samdo (3860m), a very picturesque village dedicated to yak herding, so much so that there are more animal and fodder shelters than human accommodation. Lodges are Chez Kyrang, Yak Lodge and Tibetan Twins, comfortable although likely to be cold at this altitude. Side valleys and Samdo Peak call out for afternoon wandering but take a jacket as cold wind can come up at any time. The Larkya La trail is ahead up valley and left. You can see the main track for Tibet over the Larjyang La (Lajyung Bhanjyang, 5098m) sloping up to the right from the Larkya La trail and you can make an excellent afternoon acclimatisation walk of 4-5hrs return to 4500m up this trail, seeing lots of blue sheep and yaks and entrancing views, but the pass itself is a full day trip. The first village and road in Tibet is about 2hrs beyond the pass with access currently blocked by China even for locals. There is a lot of Chinese and Tibetan alcohol and food for sale in Samdo. Overnight in Samdo. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 18: Trek to Larke Rest home/Dharmasaala (4460m) 4 hours walk.
Walk beyond Samdo on a broad trail, dropping to cross the much-reduced Budhi Gandaki at 3850m. Leave the trail to Tibet to the right and climb left after a mani wall, traversing through juniper with many marmots in April but not November when they hibernate. Cross two ravines on narrow tracks, very icy towards winter. There is no Larke Bazar despite what many maps assert; at one time traders from Namche Bazar came through Tibet to trade in this area and maybe some of the scattered stone shelters you will pass were part of that market. Dharamsala (4460m; Larke Phedi, Larkya Resthouse) is now a seasonal place with dark stone rooms and tents for at least 50 people and a dirt-floored but efficient dining hut. Even toilets are available. In 2012 this entire place opened 1 October and closed for winter on 24 November, so check in Samdo before counting on staying here. The camping area is filthy with toilet trenches, rubbish and blowing toilet paper so be careful where you get your water and boil it well if camping. The views are marvellous. A large herd of blue sheep call the tussock-covered hills home and we saw snow leopard prints in fresh snow around the toilets.. Overnight in Dharmasaala. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 19: Trek to Bimtang (3750m), via dramatic Larkya Pass (5160m), 8-9 hours.
Note that if snow has fallen overnight and there have been high winds, then there may be less snow as you climb making the pass still crossable. Climb steadily over the ridge behind Dharamsala and beside the large lateral moraine of the Larke Glacier. The climb is not difficult but it is long and rocky underfoot, particularly as you top the moraine. Look for cairns and metal snow poles which assist route finding. Descend past four frozen lakes and make a final tiring climb to the left up to Larkya La also spelled Larke La (5160 m), marked by prayer flags. It takes about 3-5hrs to reach the pass and it can be very cold and windy with a risk of exposure if under-equipped or ill. The peaks to the west are Himlung (7126m) near Tibet and Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m) in the Annapurna Range. Trek west on a high moraine ridge exposed to wind for some distance, on the right side of a deep gully, then drop steeply on loose scree, eventually traversing left on more steep scree. There are several places where snow or ice would make this treacherous and some groups fix a rope on the steepest piece. Make a long descent on loose gravel to a welcome more level area with grassy moraine, where the angle eases. The track now runs left of the large lateral moraine, rocky at times, in a widening and beautiful valley all the long way to very scenic Bimthang (3720m; ‘plain of sand’), a descent of 1400m in about 3hrs. The views during the descent are huge – icefalls and mountains in all directions, a medial glacial lake (Pongkar Tal) between the Pongkar and Salpudanda Glaciers, and the joining of these two glaciers with a third glacier to form the Bhimdang Glacier whose lateral moraine towers over Bimthang. Overnight in Bimthang. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 20: Trek to Tilche (2300m) approx. 6 hours walk
Walk south below Bimthang behind the moraine wall for some time before crossing the Bhimdang Glacier, which can be loose underfoot. Climb up the far moraine wall quickly to avoid stone-fall and enter some of the best forest in Nepal. If you are in rhododendron season, the mauves, reds, pinks and whites are stunning amongst the huge pines and the views of the back of Mt Manaslu are superb. Descend rapidly along the true right bank of the aptly named Dudh (‘milk’) Khola through a bhatti at Hompuk (3420m) in a forest clearing. Gentle riverside walking continues rapidly to Karche (2700m; Kharche, Surki Khola, Suti Khola) for lunch after about 3.5hrs. This would be a great place to spend a night, with Saat Kanya Hotel or Himalayan Cottage cottage. In the next hour you will see many signs of a glacial flood, with tree trunks smashed and banks undermined, the track becoming quite rough. Climb steeply over a ridge and drop to Gurung Goa (2560m, Gho), the first real village since Samdo. There are new lodges here, lunch if continuing. The valley becomes more agricultural as you pass fields and copses of oak and rhododendron, staying on the north (true right) bank until Tilche (2300m). Overnight in Tilche. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 21: Trek to Chamje (1430m), 6-7 hours walk.
Exit the village through a stone curve, cross the Dudh Khola and follow along it`s descending through scrub forest. The walls of the Marsyangdi Valley loom larger and finally join Annapurna circuit trail of Dharapani village which is check point of ACAP permit and we descent to follow the Marsyangdi Gorge pass through Thonje via wooden bridge and through a Chorten-shaped arch and Dharapani lies across a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi. Then will reach Katre 1850mtrs and Tal at the elevation of 1700mtrs for hungry lunch. After lunch we continue walk around 2 hours for day camp in Chamje over night at lodge. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Day 22: Fly back home or further destination
After breakfast we take a local jeep to Besisahar is a District Headquarter of Lamjung District. We can get private and local bus as well as can catch mini bus to Kathmandu through Prithivi Highway and follow the Marshyangdi River passing several Gurung, Magar and other villages to reach Dumre Bazaar continue follow high way to Mugling and along the high way follow Himalaya rafting river Trishuli River then back to Capital city of Kathmandu 7-9 hours Overnight in Kathmandu hotel. Meal included: Breakfast and lunch.

Day 23: Fly back home or further destination
Depart to home. Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.

Trip Cost Includes

  • All airport transfer by private car or van as per group size.
  • 3 Nights deluxe room in 3 star hotel with breakfast on double occupancy basis.
  • 1 Well experienced registered, English speaking local friendly guide.
  • 1 Assistant guide to take care of the group and porters as per group size (above 6 pax)
  • 1 Sharing porter between 2 trekkers to carry your main pack (weight limit 23 kg)
  • All meals: lunch, breakfast and dinner during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trek.
  • Group first aid kit and water purifiers.
  • Lodge and home stay accommodation during the trek and all ground transportation
  • Food, accommodation salary of the guide and porters.
  • Manaslu special Trekking permit and MCAP permit.
  • ACAP permit and Tsum Valley special permit.
  • Office service charge, government tax and vat etc.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porter.
  • All local government tax and vat service charges.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Bar bills, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Meals in Kathmandu except breakfast.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmanadu, can be arranged in request.
  • Laundry service, toiletries and personal nature expenses.
  • Hot shower and hot water, internet and phone calls
  • Personal insurance, Nepal visa fee, international air ticket.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency and laundry services.
  • Advance deposit transfer fee to book your trek.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.
# Start Date End Date Status
1 02 Oct, 2017 22 Oct, 2017 Available book know
2 17 Oct, 2017 08 Nov, 2017 Available book know
3 30 Nov, 2017 19 Nov, 2017 Available book know
4 03 Mar, 2018 26 Mar, 2018 Available book know
5 15 Mar, 2018 07 Apr, 2018 Available book know
6 07 Apr, 2018 30 Apr, 2018 Available book know
Packing list or Eqipment for Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trekking
 
Footwear
  • A waterproof trekking boot with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek, 
  • Trail shoes or trainer or casual shoes, for walking or strolling around(optional)
  • 2-3 Pairs of warm socks for colder areas depending on trekking duration.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
  • Sandal or flip flop to take shower and walk around, 
  • 2-3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene Liner socks to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.
Leg wears
  • Trekking/hiking casual trousers and short, Thermal leggings for colder areas
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers and Waterproof trousers.
Body
  • Selection of hiking/trekking T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Thermal and warm shirts, possibly fleece shirt for colder areas.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Hard shell jacket with hood and hard shell pants if trekking in colder months/winter.  
  • Windbreaker or waterproof jacket for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights and mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)
Head/Hands
  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Warm gloves
  • Buff and higher and colder place, it is important for this trek. 
  • Large handkerchief/bandana for neck
  • head lamp/torch with spare batteries
Personal Trekking Equipment 
  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries., rain cover for yourself and luggage, multi-purpose pocket or hiking knife.
Optional items
  • Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS. 
  • Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.
For water 
  • Two water bottles one liter each is fine or preferably camel bag water bottle. Water treatment tablets: Iodine, Dioxide tablets, Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste if necessary.

Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.
 
Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade, 
 
Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
This above list is only an advice for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands. If you have questions please email at: info@wildernessexcursion.com
 
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Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek (and Langtang too) March – April 2014

Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek (and Langtang too) March – April 2014My brother and I completed the Manaslu / Tsum Valley Trek with Pradip in April. We found Wilderness Excursion; a Kathmandu based Adventure Travel Agency in the internet and took a gamble as we knew nothing about this trekking company. Pradip, Founder Manager and also a trekking guide answered all our questions for the trek we required. It was a great gamble! Pradip was very well organized, knowledgeable about the area and a lot ...

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  • Max. Altitude: 5160m.
  • Difficulty: Medium hard
  • Type of Trek: Teahouse Trek
  • Transportation: Local bus or jeep
  • Best Season: Spring & Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax

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