Tsum valley -Manaslu Circuit trek

Tsum valley -Manaslu Circuit trek

overview

Overview

Tsum Valley Aptly called the “hidden valley”, Tsum valley is located in the remote northern Gorkha region of Nepal. The valley is nestled between BaudhaHimal and HimalChuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south, and SringiHimal to the north. Because of its distant location and inadequate information and promotion, the trekking route to this region was only opened in October, 2007.

‘Tsum’ which is derived from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’ means vivid. True to its meaning, the Tsum valley continues to guard its distinct and natural treasures of clear streams, teeming vegetation, towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, unspoiled hot springs and ancient relics. One of most interesting features of this trek is the people with their unique culture and age-old lifestyles that they still follow.

Prices: Entry Permit Fee:                                        RS.1000 (US$ 13)

TIMS Permit:                                                  20 US$ each person +

Per Person 2-5 Pax 6-9 Pax 10-15 Pax 16 + Pax
CAMPING $1235 $ 1170 $ 1105 $ 1040

itinerary

  • Day 01

    Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (570m.) takes about six and half hours. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway for the first part of the day then drive towards to Arughat Bazaar. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 02

    Trek from Arughat Bazaar passing through SotiKhola (730m.) to SotiKhola or Liding (800m) takes about six hours. You trek over a flat leveled path along the bank of BudhiGandaki River through mostly terraces, numerous villages, green hills, some pretty waterfalls and green forest. To reach Liding, the trail fluctuates uphill and downhill through forest of Sal, Chilaune and other local vegetation. Liding is a village at the bank of  theBudhiGandaki. Stay overnight in camp or simple teahouse.

  • Day 03

    Trek from Liding thru MachhaKhola to Khorlabeshi (930m.) takes about six hours. The zigzag path passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valley until you reach LapuBesi. This is a village mainly covered by Mongolian inhabitants. Now you again traverse the zigzag path to reach MachhaKhola and on to Khorlabeshi. There is a small market with a few shops and lodges. Stay overnight in camp or simple teahouse.

  • Day 04

    Trek from Khorlabeshi to Jagat (1440m.) takes about six hours. You cross the MachhaKhola (Fish Stream) and head upstream to the tiny village of KholaBensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path you reach the single teahouse at Doban. At Lauri, you cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat, where you camp. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 05

    Trek from Jagat to Lokpa/Lukuwa (2240m.) takes about six hours.

    The early part of trek moves gently uphill and then follows a flat leveled path. You cross a suspension bridge over BudhiGandaki before you enter Philim. Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurungs. Form Philim you climb a gradual up hill stopping for lunch at Ekle Bhatti. Lokpa is the first village as you enter the Tsum valley. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 06

    Trek from Lokpa to Rainjam (2600m.) takes six hours. You take an ascending route to reach Chumling stopping for lunch along the way. Chumling is located on the south face of the ShingriHimal. This day you enjoy a pleasant visit to the Gombas of Chumling. This day is challenging as it is an ascending path the entire way. Stay overnight in camp in Rainjam

  • Day 07

    Trek from Rainjam thru Chhokangparo (3010m.) to RachenBompa (3300m) takes five hours. This is a tough and long day of walking but the scenic views of the valley amply compensates for the long walk. Chhokangparo is situated on the flat land and consists of 2 settlements, Chhokang and Paro. From here you can view the Ganesh Himal range. Some households practice polyandry. This area is prominent for its Tibetan Buddhist heritage. Stay overnight in camp in RachenBompa.

  • Day 08

    Trek from RachenBompa thru Nile (3361m.) to Mu Gompa (3700m) takes five hours. Nile is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum valley. This village is situated on the banks of the ShiarKhola and is consists of large number of households. Mu Gompa is home to a very old monastery and there are no village establishments here. It is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. This trail is used to import and export things to and from Tibet. You may come across several yak trains supplying goods to local villages. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 09

    Rest day in Mu Gompa. Today we can take excursions to the many snow covered peaks in the area for the most spectacular views on the trek.  Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 10

    Trek from Mu Gumpa to Chekya (4240m.) takes 7 hours. This day presents you a long and challenging walk. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 11

    Trek from Chekya thru Dhaldang (Dangchet) to Yamdro (4500m) takes 6 – 7 hours. The trail ascends all the way to Yamdro. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 12

    Trek from Yamdro to Bhajyo (4330m), descending the whole way, takes 3 hours. Bhajyo is the last village before entering Tibet. It contains approximately 22 houses and a few yak farms. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 13

    Trek from Bhajyo to Chhule (3347m) takes 6 hours on an entirely descending path. This day you can enjoy the glimpses of the PunchenHimal. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 14

    Trek from Chhule to Rainjam (2600m.) takes 5 hours. This day you continue your descent by retracing the path from your ascent. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 15

    Trek from RachenGomba to Tumje (3200m.). Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 16

    Trek from Tumje to Bihi  (2130m.). Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 17

    Trek from Bihi to Namrung (2900m.) takes about five hours

    In the beginning, you trek almost a flat leveled path and then the trail moves uphill all the way to Namrung through forest. From here, you can enjoy the spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu, rock hills, a green valley and ridges. Namrung is a Buddhist village where there are monasteries, a water turbine, hydroelectricity power house, Mani walls, chortens and prayer flags can be seen fluttering in the sky. The typical houses remind you of Tibetan architecture. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 18

    Trek from Namrung to Lhogaon (3100m.) takes about four hours.

    You trek over a winding path moves through the inner Himalayan range. On the way, you can enjoy mountain views of Rupinala pass, Mt. Manaslu, GorkhaHimal, DwijenHimal, SaulaHimal, Lajing peak, and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. As you go up the vegetation decreases. You come across mani walls, chortens, prayer flags and monasteries. Before you reach LhoGaon, you pass a Tibetan village and LihiGaon. You can catch panoramic views of Mt. Manaslu, GorkhaHimal, DwijenHimal, SaulaHimal, Lajing peak and others from LhoGaon. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 19

    Trek from Lhogaon to Samagaon (3390m.) takes about four hours.

    You follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As you continue on the main trail you soon reach the fields of SamaGaon, 3500m. You camp at SamaGompa, 20 minutes beyond the village near the Tibetan border. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 20

    This is a day for rest at Samagaon to give you some acclimatization. You can hike to Manaslu Base Camp for excellent views of Samdo (Pang phuchuli); Nagdichuli, SimnangHimal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and you can see BirendraKunda is an ice lake nearby the Manaslu Base Camp. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 21

    Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3690m.)  takes about four hours.

    You trek gently uphill all the way to Samdo through a desert path and windy valley. The Tibetan border is just four kilometers away from Samdo. But visitors are not allowed to pass the border. This is an excellent view point for Mt. Manaslu, Samdo (Pang phuchuli), Nagdichuli, SimnangHimal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and several other majestic peaks. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 22

    Trek from Samdo to Larkya La Phedi (4460m.) takes about three hours. The trail is rocky and zigzags all the way to your destination. Before you reach Larka La Phedi, there is a market called Larkya Bazaar (market) where seasonal fairs are held for the local folks. People bring goods from Tibet to sell it here. You will also find a Dharmasala at Larkya La Phedi. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 23

    Trek from Larkya La Phedi to Larkya La (Pass) (5135m.) to Bimthang (3590 m.) takes about seven hours. Early in the morning you begin to trek a steep ascent until Larkya La through a rocky and windy path. From here, you can enjoy the views of Larkya peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratnachuli, CheoHimal and many other snow capped mountains and peaks. Crossing this pass, you follow a steep downhill path through rock and ice. On the way, you will encounter many icy lakes. Bimthang is a broad and level ablation valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 24

    Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (1860m.) takes about four hours. Crossing this high pasture you descend the valley of the BurdinKhola to the area of the Base Camp for the West side of Manaslu. From a ridge at 4150 meters, you have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the DudhKhola, you descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. Walking down you cross a stream to reach Tilje. Leaving Tilje, you trek uphill for nearly 45 minutes and reach Dharapani crossing a bridge over the Marshyangdi River. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 25

    Trek from Dharapani to Jagat (1800m) takes about six hours.

    You trek all the way over a descended path along the bank of DudhKhola (river) and Marshyangdi River. On the way, you walk through pleasant villages such as Taal  is an attractive village with a pretty waterfall and you can enjoy the sight of lush green hills. Eventually, you come across Jagat is a stone village situated on a shelf, that juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 26

                    Trek from Jagat to Nagdi (850m.) takes about four hours.

    A steep trail descends from Jagat through Marshyangdi valley. You cross Marshyangdi River at Syange and walk through Ghermu Path (Ghermu field). This part of the trek is pleasant through a flat leveled path with views of green valleys and villages at some distance. Past this Ghermu field and a village, your trail goes uphill for nearly half an hour to reach Bahundanda. At this point, you descend all the way to Nagdi. Stay overnight in camp.

  • Day 27

    Trek from Jagat to Nagdi (850m.) takes about three hours.

    A steep trail descends from Jagat through Marshyangdi valley. You cross Marshyangdi River at Syange and walk through Ghermu Path (Ghermu field). This part of the trek is pleasant through a flat leveled path with views of green valleys and villages at some distance. Past this Ghermu field and a village, your trail goes uphill for nearly half an hour to reach Bahundanda. At this point, you descend all the way to Nagdi.

    On the same day drive from Nagdi to Kathmandu. It is a picturesque drive on the way back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and colorful villages on both sides of road.

     

prices

Per Person on Twin Sharing in US$ Suppliment
1 2-3 4-6 7-9 10-14 15 & ABOVE Single Room Half Board Full Board

include/exclude

cost include
  • Warm welcome with garlands/flower by our guest relation officer on arrival counter of Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu.
  • Transfer from international airport to the hotel by AC/Non AC car/van/coach as per group size.
  • Luggage van extra for large size group.
  • A cell/satellite phone is provided on arrival to communicate between the group & agency.
  • Welcome drinks (tea/coffee/juice as per guest request).
  • 04 nights’ accommodation with bed and breakfast in 5 star deluxe hotels on twin sharing basis.
  • Ground transfers according to the tour itinerary.
  • One full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with international language speaking guide. One way transfer by flight and one way by deluxe ac coach to/from trekking starting point including local transfers (private transfers are according to the group size)
  • Three course of delicious and hygienic meals (tea/coffee, breakfast, lunch & dinner) each day as per the best availability during trekking. (Veg. & Non Veg.)
  • Fresh fruits as per availability in the route of Trekking.
  • Twin sharing camping/lodge accommodation in the trekking route. (If a group size is 10+ one additional Sherpa is provided to arrange everything along the way)
  • Travel crews include; sirdar, guide, assistant guide, sherpa, cook, kitchen boy, porter depends on trek type and group size. (Guides are well trained for group management and high altitude treatment from Govt. authorities / Private colleges as well as years of experience)
  • Trekking equipments including two men tent, kitchen tent, dining tent, toilet tent, shower tent, shower bag, table and chair, sleeping bag, mattresses and pillows etc. (only for camping trek)
  • Food, accommodation, allowances, equipments, transfers, insurance and all necessary expenses of travel crews.
  • Trekking permit ( TIMS) National Park & Conservation fees.
  • First aid kit box / Gamoe Bag / and other supplement equipments for quite remote and high altitude areas such as; Upper Dolpa, Nar-Fu, AmphuLapcha, TashiLapcha, Manaslu round, Upper Kanchenjunga, Makalu high pass, Round Dhaulagiri, Khaptad, Api-Saipal etc. (depends on group size).
  • International and domestic air ticket reconfirmation and new ticket endorsement on doorstep.
  • 24 hours emergency rescue services by helicopter from any parts of the country. (but not included in tour cost)
  • Trek memorial souvenir.
cost exclude
  •                 Nepal entry & re-entry visa fees.
  • Extra flight & Airport Taxes (Domestic & International).
  • Entry fees for the sightseeing places in Kathmandu.
  • Personal equipments and clothing.
  • Expenses of personal nature like; shopping, alcoholic drinks etc.
  • Travel insurance, rescue expenses and medical expenses.
  • Donations, Tips & Gratuities.
  • Extra porters if asked by the group.
  • Other expenses beyond our control i.e. landslides, natural calamities, road blockade, political disturbance, flight cancellation etc.
  • Extra services not mentioned in trek itinerary.
  •  Extension Options:
  • Extensions of Trekking in Annapurna region
  • Ultralight Mountain flight in Pokhara
  • Wildlife Safari in Chitwan N. Park or Bardia N. Park.
  • River Rafting in Kaligandaki or Seti or Trisuli
  • Pokhara tour / one night stay at Bandipur Village

Fixed Departure Dates

Scenic Nepal Tour (06 D/05 N)- KTM-Chitwan Park / Pokhara

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

VEHICLE ALLOCATION

Pax Travelling Vehicle Type
2 – 3 ADULTS Toyota / Ford Figo / Tata Indica / Nissan Car
4 – 10 ADULTS Toyota Hi–Ace 13 Seated With Roof For Baggage.
11–14 ADULTS Toyota Or Nissan Jumbo Hi–Ace 16 Seated With Roof For Baggage.
15–21 ADULTS Japanese Costar Bus -24 Seated
22–30 ADULTS Deluxe Tata Mini Bus -35 Seated
31–35 ADULTS Deluxe Coach -40 Seater

HOTELS WE USE

Properties Kathmandu
Luxury Hyatt  Regency / Dwarikas Village
5 Star Deluxe SoalteeCrawn Plaza /Yak & Yeti / Annapurna / Radission
5 Star Everest / Shangri – La / Hotel Malla
4 Star Airport Hotel / Grand / Vaishali / Royal Singi
3 Star Manaslu  / Manang / Samsara Resort
Standard Hotel Thamel / Moonlight / Hotel Harati

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