Tsum Valley / Manaslu Trek
The Tsum Valley recently introduced to the foreigners is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in a Trans Himalayan region of Gorkha. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid.
The Tsum Valley’s acquaintance with Tibet, natural beauty and its pristine culture make this trekking unique. Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Baudha Himal ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak a unique dialect. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with Mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with deities and prayers.
The Tsum valley has a long history of Buddhism as Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in the caves of there mountains. Traditionally Tsum valley was a culturally distinct geographical area called ‘Tsum Tso Chuksum’, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today. Because of its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries so the unique culture of this valley has remained intact till now.
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley(swoyambunath, Bhaudanath, Pashupatinath & Patan Durbur square) with our tour guide.
Drive to Arughat 600m a pleasant market town straddling the Buri Gandakiriver
Arughat to Lapubesi 890m. 6-7hrs
Trek through Gurung and Magar villages on the untrafficked road following Buri Gandakiriver, eventually the trail drops to the Labubesi.
Lapubesi to Tatopani 930m. 4-5hrs
Continue up and down on the gravel riverbed, passing through Gurung villages and reach to ridges of Tatopani where there are hot water spouts under the sheer cliffs that provide a delightful evening shower.
Tatopani to Philim 1590m 6-7hrs
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 surrounded by rich fields of maize, potato and millet.
Philim to Chumling 2340m 6-7hrs
The hidden valley of Tsum stretches enticingly ahead from here as the trail eventually descend to a lone Bhatti Ghumlong on the river then climbs steeply to Chumling.
Chumling to Chhokangparo 3000m 5-6hrs
Cross the Serpu Khola and climb on well-graded but exposed track to upper Tsum and the large village of Chhokangparo with stone houses nestled under cliffs without a single iron roof.
Chhokangparo to Nile 3360m 4-5hrs
Trail goes through hamlets of Phurbe and Pangdun an unusual round stupa before reaching the larger village of Chhule through an impressive entrance gate then head upstream to cross the bridge and climb to Nile villages.
Nile to Chhokangparo 3145m 6-7hrs
Trek up valley on the west bank to Mu Gompa through dry Tibetan country, with rows of chortens, Gombas and widening mountain vistas. Continue south until a bridge crosses to the west bank then descend again to Chhokangparo.
Chhokangparo to Gumba Lungdang 3210m 5-6hrs
Trek down through Dhumje which has a Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and school then climb steeply on an indistinct track through pines and rhododendrons until the track starts traversing at a mani wall with prayer flags and reach Gumba Lungdang.
GumbaLungdang to Lokpa 2240m 7-8hrs
Long day walk up and down hill through picturesque Ripchet and Bhatti Ghumlong on the river then reach to Lokpa
Lokpa to Ghap 23890m 7-8hrs
Another long day leaving Tsum valley behind and entering Nupri through bamboo forests to Deng and further gentle walk bring to Ghap.
Ghap to Lho 3145m 4-5hrs
Enter a beautiful forest of fir and rhododendron climbing on well-made stairs to the architecture characteristic of upper Nupri and finally a leisurely walk onwards, in and out of gullies to Lho.
Lho to Samagaon 3510m 3-4hrs
This short day takes you into the mountains with time to enjoy and acclimatize. Easy walk to Syala and further to the large village of Samagaon.
Samagaon to Samdo 3860m 3-4hrs
Climb to iceberg-covered lake under the Manaslu Glacier then into yak pastures up a broad valley with long mani walls, marmots in all directions standing on their burrows and finally reach to Samdo a very picturesque village dedicated to yak herding.
Samdo to Dharamsala 4470m 3-4hrs
Trek through juniper with many marmots crossing two ravines on narrow tracks to reach the Larke Bazar and further an easy walk bring Dharamsala.
Dharamsala to Bimtang 3700m 7-9hrs
Climb steadily over the ridge of the Larke Glacier to the left up to Larkya La 5100m marked by prayer flags then descend over the moraine to the west, on the right side of a deep gully and eventually reach the Bimtang.
Bimtang to Dharapani 7-9hrs
Climb steeply over a ridge and drop to Gurung Gho the first real village since Samdo. The valley becomes more agricultural as you pass fields and copses of oak, rhododendron, staying on the north bank until Tilje then follow Marsyangdi Valley and reach to Dharapani
Dharapani to Besisahar
Follow the Annapurna round trail to Besisahar
Besisahar to Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu with regular bus or a private vehicle for about 6 hrs.
Free day in Kathmandu
You have a free day in kathmandu for shopping and farewell dinner at the evening with us.
Departure to Airport and bye bye Nepal
Check-list of personal equipment:
– Good standard trekking boots
– Camping shoes/thongs
– Down Jacket
– Trekking trousers
– Shorts (both casual and for treks)
– Swim wear
– Sun Hat
– Woollen Hat
– Nylon Windbreaker
– Strong Rucksack
– Sleeping Bag
– Water Bottle
– Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
– Toilet paper
– Sun block
– Travel Towel
– Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
– Camera & lenses
– Memory cards
– GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
– Book/music player/pack of cards
– A plastic bag for waste
– Energy/snack bars
The following equipment are needed during the Climbing period: –
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore – Tex Jackets)
1. We try to make free of tension our clients from arranging the necessary things and include as much as possible while in Nepal and let them just to enjoy the holiday.
2. Arrival/departure transfers
3. 2-3 star category hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu for 4 night/Pokhara
4. Guided city tour by private vehicles and entrance fees
5. Equipment: Trekking tents, Dining tent, Kitchen Tent, Toilet Tent, Table and chairs, Mattresses during the trekking.
6. Meals during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
7. First Aid and Eco trained English speaking Guide and Cook, Sherpa, Kitchen helper & necessary porters
8. Insurance, food & daily allowance of the trek staffs
9. Ground transportation as per the itinerary
10. All necessary paper works, permits and other logistic work
11. Travel & Rescue arrangements support
12. All government and local taxes.
13. Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
14. Welcome or farewell dinner
Trip cost excludes:
1. Entry visa fees and International airfare
2. Lunch / dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
3. Personal equipment and gears during the trek
4. Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
5. Travel/medical and rescue insurance
6. Optional trips and sightseeing if extend
7. Tips for guides and other staffs.