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Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek

Destination: Nepal Activity: Trekking & Hiking
Duration: 24 days Group Size: Minimum 02
Max Altitude: 5160 meters Difficulty: Moderate
Accommodation:

1. 3 nights accommodation in 3*** star hotel in Kathmandu

2. Basic Tea House Accommodation in Mountains during the trip

 

Meals:

1. Breakfast in Kathmandu

2. Meals(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) in Mountians during the trip

A restricted area till 2008, the hidden valley of Tsum alongside the Manaslu Circuit has emerged as a popular destination for trekkers heading into the Himalayas. The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek are rewarding not only through the mesmerizing sights of the majestic Himalayas but also through the vibrant and unique culture of the Nubri and Tsumba communities. The trek also entails a close encounter with the Mt. Manaslu (8163m) and crossing the Larkya La pass (5160m).

The journey of Tsum valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek begins from the Kathmandu Valley where we take a day off for permit registration and also enjoying the stunning world heritage sites spread around the valley. The journey then takes us to the town of Arughat Bazaar and then onto Soti Khola where we set up a camp for our first night on the trail. Through the lush green forests, the trail takes us to Machha Khola. The town of Jagat is next on our list as we gradually head deeper into the valley through the vibrant hamlets of Lokpa and Chhokang Paro before resting at Mu Gompa. The rising altitudes are reflected in the barren and snowy landscapes as the journey takes us to the base camp of Ganesh Himal located at an altitude of 4800m. Enjoying the enchanting Himalayan panorama, the journey of Tsum valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek takes us back to Lokpa before making our ascent through Namrung and Sama Gaon to reach Manaslu Base Camp surrounded the panorama of Manaslu Himalayas. Heading back, the trail takes us through Larkya La Pass (5160m) crossing the dramatic and demanding Himalayan pass from Dharmasala to Bimthang. The final few days sees us travel through the vibrant hamlets of Tilije, Tal, and Syange where we bring our adventure to a stop.

An extended stay in the Himalayas is a ton of fun only if you are fully prepared and most of the time you seem to be missing one thing or other. We here at Ace Vision would love to take that burden off your shoulders and enable you to enjoy your adventure to the fullest.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)| Welcome Dinner

Day 02:  Restricted Area Permit procedure & Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03:  Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (608m) by private vehicle and Trek to Soti Khola (700m)

Day 04:  Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m)

Day 05:  Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1300m)

Day 06:  Trek from Jagat to Lokpa (2240m)

Day 07:  Trek from Lokpa to Chhokang Paro (3031m)

Day 08:  Trek from Chhokang Paro to Mu Gompa (3700m)

Day 09:  Trek from Mu Gompa to Chhokang Paro (3031m)

Day 10:  Trek from Chhokang Paro to Gumba Lungdang (3200m)

Day 11:  Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4800m)

Day 12:  Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa (2240m)

Day 13:  Trek from Lokpa to Deng (1860m)

Day 14:  Trek from Deng to Namrung 2540m

Day 15:  Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon (3390m)

Day 16:  Hike to Manaslu Base Camp (4400m)

Day 17:  Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3690m)

Day 18:  Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala 4460m

Day 19:  Trek from Dharmasala to Bimthang(3590m) via Larkya La Pass (5160m)

Day 20:  Trek from Bimthang to Tilije (2300m)

Day 21:  Trek from Tilije to Tal (1680m)

Day 22:  Trek from Tal to Syange (1100m)

Day 23:  Drive from Syange to Kathmandu by private vehicle (Optional: Trek to Besisahar and drive to Kathmandu Next Day)

Day 24:  Departure from Kathmandu

  • 1

    Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)| Welcome Dinner

    After landing at Tribhuvan International Airport our representatives will meet up with you and you will be driven directly back to the hotel. After freshening up you will meet your guides for the journey. With the activities for the day coming to a close you are free to head down to the local markets and, later, you participate in a welcome dinner. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

  • 2

    Restricted Area Permit procedure & Kathmandu Sightseeing

    Today, we take the day to not only tour the UNESCO world heritage sites of Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath spread throughout the valley but also make time to gather our trekking permits. As Tsum valley is a restricted region special permits need to be obtained for trekking and we also take some time to double check all our equipment and make sure we are ready for the travel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

  • 3

    Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (608m) by private vehicle and Trek to Soti Khola (700m)

    The day is a long one and kicks off early as we make our way down towards the Arughat Bazaar heading out of the valley through the bends of Prithvi Highway. The journey takes us through stunning natural landscapes and the roaring Trishuli River before resting at the town from where we begin our trek heading towards Soti Khola. The day ends on the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River and onto the hamlet of Soti Khola. Overnight stay at Soti Khola.

  • 4

    Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m)

    The day begins as we cross the river of Soti Khola over a suspension bridge heading deeper in the lush green forests. With the tranquil river of Budhi Gandaki beneath us the journey continues its ascent, gradually rising through the stunning natural landscapes. Making a quick stop at the stunning hamlet of Khursane, the journey makes its way through the terraced farmlands of Lapubesi before finding the staircases leading all the way to Machha Khola. Overnight stay at Machha Khola.

  • 5

    Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1300m)

    Beginning the day with a steep ascent up the gorge, the trail makes its way through the lush green forests reaching Tharo Khola. The hamlet of Khorlabesi is next on our way as the trail slowly ascends through the hilly landscapes making its way towards Tatopani. Well known for its hot springs the hamlet is a perfect spot for resting before once again making our way through the lush green forests heading towards Jagat, located on the banks of Budhi Gandaki. Overnight stay at Jagat.

  • 6

    Trek from Jagat to Lokpa (2240m)

    The trail begins with an uphill ascend continuing through the forests before finding flat footings heading towards Philim. Crossing the suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki the trail continues towards the Gurung hamlet. Continuing after a brief rest we reach Ekle Bhatti beyond which the mysterious valley of Tsum begins. The hamlet of Lokpa is the first of the villages in the Tsum Circuit. Overnight stay at Lokpa.

  • 7

    Trek from Lokpa to Chhokang Paro 3031m

    Another strenuous day of trekking lies ahead of us as we make our way towards the hamlet of Chhokang Paro. Enjoying the scenic Himalayan landscapes, the trail takes us to the hamlet of Chhokang Paro which perched atop a hill is a cluster of two settlements Chhokang and Paro. The region shows strong connections with the Tibetan side of things reflected in the cultures and religion followed in the region. Overnight stay at Chhokang Paro.

  • 8

    Trek from Chhokang Paro to Mu Gompa (3700m)

    The rising altitudes are reflected in the landscapes surrounding us as we make our way towards Mu Gompa. The journey takes us through the stunning Himalayan ranges including the majestic Ganesh Himal (7,422m). The journey takes us past the hamlet of the Nile which is also the final hamlet of Tsum valley. Making our way through the steep Himalayan pathways,we reach the end of the valley at Mu Gompa filled with Buddhist artefacts from the inside. Overnight stay at Mu Gompa.

  • 9

    Trek from Mu Gompa to Chhokang Paro (3031m)

    Taking in the stunning Himalayan scenery at Mu Gompa, the journey descends back to the hamlet of Chhokang Paro. The journey down is a pleasant one as we once again enter the lush green forests with the Himalayas guiding our journey. Heading out through the hamlet of Nile the journey rests at Chhokang Paro. Overnight stay at Chhokang Paro.

  • 10

    Trek from Chhokang Paro to Gumba Lungdang (3200m)

    Today, we make our way to Gumba Lungdang which is also our final step before the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. The journey is a pleasant one ascending through the lovely Himalayan landscapes with the rising altitudes. As lush green forests give way to towering Himalayan peaks, the trek takes us all the way to the stunning Gumba Lungdang. Overnight stay at Gumba Lungdang.

  • 11

    Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4800m)

    Today, we make our way to Ganesh Himal Base Camp located at an altitude of 4800m. The trail makes steep ascends through the icy pathways heading towards the camp. Reaching the altitude of 7,422m, the Ganesh Himal is one of the famed snow-capped Himalayas of the region. The Himalayas from the Tibetan side of the border can also be observed from the region. Enjoying the stunning Himalayan scenery,we head back to Gumba Lungdang. Overnight stay at Gumba Lungdang.

  • 12

    Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa (2240m)

    The trail once more begins its descent heading down to Lokpa. With the views of the Himalayas toppled by the hills, the trail begins its way back through the Nepali flat lands ascending and descending through the stunning landscapes. The journey to Lokpa also ensures that we get back on the traditional trail leading towards the Manaslu Circuit. Overnight stay at Lokpa.

  • 13

    Trek from Lokpa to Deng (1860m)

    The trail, today, heads towards the hamlet of Deng. From Lokpa, we set off on a comfortable pace as the trail snakes through the lush green forests. Accompanied by the tranquil Bhote Koshi River throughout the day,we continue through vibrant settlements and hamlets where we get a taste of the local culture and way of life. The final stretch of the journey sees us cross the Budhi Gandaki River on multiple occasions before making our way to Deng. Overnight stay at Deng.

  • 14

    Trek from Deng to Namrung 2540m

    One of the relatively shorter days of the trek, the journey begins as we cross Bhote Koshi making our way towards Rana village. Taking the western route deeper into the valley the journey brings us to the vibrant hamlet of Bihi beyond which the captivating Manaslu Conservation Area thrives. Home to the pristine Himalayan ecosystem, the region also boasts stunning views of Serang Himal (7,161m) as we reach Namrung. Overnight stay at Namrung.

  • 15

    Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon (3390m)

    With the mesmerizing views of Ganesh Himal (7,422m) and Hiunchuli (7,893m), the journey begins to slowly gain altitude as we head out of Namrung hamlet towards Sama Gaon. Crossing the hamlet of Lihi displaying stunning natural and cultural beauty, the trail takes us through the cobbled pathways heading to Lho. Continuing through the Mani stones, the journey reaches its final step as we make our way to Sama Gaon. Overnight stay at Sama Gaon.

  • 16

    Hike to Manaslu Base Camp (4400m)

    An early day as we begin an early morning ascent to the Manaslu Base Camp. The journey is strenuous at times and also offers views of the gigantic Himalayas constantly guiding us. The snowy summits of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), Serang (7,161m), Ganesh Himal (7,422m), and Himalchuli (7,893m) alongside numerous other peaks give the journey a unique Himalayan feel. Enjoying the remarkable Himalayan view, the journey heads back to Sama Gaon. Overnight stay at Sama Gaon.

  • 17

    Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3690m)

    Today is one of the easier and shorter days of the trek as we head out of Sama Gaon towards Samdo. We begin with a descent through the forests to reach the tranquil banks of Budhi Gandaki. Further ahead, the journey takes us to towards the widening valley before continuing onto Kemp Kharka. Once more, the journey descends towards Budhi Gandaki crossing the river and then entering the forest filled with pine and tress to Samdo. Overnight stay at Samdo.

  • 18

    Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala 4460m

    Today, we make our way to Dharmasala which is also known as the Larkya La B.C. as it is the last stop before we cross the dramatic Himalayan pass over to Bimthang. The journey heading out of Samdo takes for about 3 hours reaching the Larkya Bazaar before descending towards Budhi Gandaki. Enjoying the mesmerizing views of Larkya Glacier, the final stretch of the trail takes us through Syacha Glacier. Overnight stay at Dharmasala.

  • 19

    Trek from Dharmasala to Bimthang(3590m) via Larkya La Pass (5160m)

    Today, we make our way over to the hamlet of Bimthang through the Larkya La Pass. Located at an altitude of 5160m, the Himalayan pass is one of the most dramatic and scenic mountains passes up in the Himalayas. Through the northern edge of Larkya Glacier, the trail ascends to the glacial moraines leading up to the summit. Mt.Himalchuli (7,893), Ganesh Himal (7,422m), Mt. Manaslu (8163m), and countless other Himalayas form a mountain panorama as we reach the summit of Larkya La Pass which is also the highest point of the trip. Later, we descend to Bimthang through the forested trails. Overnight at Bimthang.

  • 20

    Trek from Bimthang to Tilije(2300m)

    The beginning of the descent, we make our way towards Tilije once again reaching the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. Through the hamlet of Sangure Kharka, the journey heads deeper into the lush green forests adorned with pine and sal trees before clearing to reveal the hamlet of Kharche. The hamlet of Gho is located just beyond the river as we make our way over the suspension bridge and stop at Tilije. Overnight stay at Tilije.

  • 21

    Trek from Tilije to Tal (1680m)

    The journey takes us towards Tal descending through the dense forests adorned with pine and fir trees. Bidding goodbye to the mesmerizing Himalayas, we begin our pleasant journey through the hilly landscapes. The journey down is a lovely one avoiding the steeper sections of the trail altogether heading in and out of countless settlements boasting a unique way of life. Overnight stay at Tal.

  • 22

    Trek from Tal to Syange (1100m)

    The final day of the trek, we make our way heading out of the hamlet of Tal and then onto Syange. Much like the previous day, the way to Syange is filled with lush green forests filled with a wide variety of floras and faunas. Also, do not forget to keep an eye out on the occasional wildlife. The adventure comes to a close as we reach Syange for and celebrate the successful completion of the trek with a lovely Himalayan dinner. Overnight stay at Syange.

  • 23

    Drive from Syange to Kathmandu by private vehicle (Optional: Trek to Besisahar and drive to Kathmandu Next Day)

    The final day of the trek, we head back to the Kathmandu Valley. Through the tranquil bends of Prithvi Highway accompanied by the Trishuli River,the drive takes us through stunning Hilly landscapes on our way back. Back in Kathmandu, we make our way to the hotel and rest. Alternatively, we can also trek to the picturesque city of Besisahar and then head back to Kathmandu the next day.

  • 24

    Departure from Kathmandu

    Once again our representatives will drop you back at Tribhuvan International Airport just in time for your flight back home. We hope you had a lovely time with us and we look forward to seeing you again.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • All ground transfer as per itinerary
  • 3 Night Accomodation in kathmandu with Breakfast at Three star (3***) hotel
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with professional english speaking guide & Private vehicle
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
  • Lodge or teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Annapurna Conservation Area's Permits
  • Special Permits for Manaslu 
  • Special Permits for Tsum Vallery
  • Manaslu Conservation Area's Permits
  • TIMS card 
  • Rular Municipality Entrance Fees
  • An experienced English speaking trekking guide
  • Porters to carry luggage (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Staff food, accommodation, salary & insurance
  • Welcome or farewell dinner
  • All governmental procedure

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Your travel insurance (compulsary) 
  • Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu for 60 days visa from date of issue.
  • You will require 2 passport size photos
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drink, cold drink, laundry
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Personal trekking Equipments
  • Tips for trekking crews
  • Sightsseeing and Monuments fees
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on price includes sections
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