Manaslu Tsum valley trek is spectacular remote trek with rough steep trail and less luxurious accommodation. The marvellous and close view of Mount Manaslu worth your effort through the steep trail. Likewise, this trek is culturally fascinating since Tsum Valley links with the culture of Tibet. The festivals in this region are influenced by Tibetan culture. Hence, people celebrate their own unique festivals like Lhosar, Dhacyhang, Saka Dawa and Fanning. Accommodation is basic but generally clean, and no bed bugs. No need for tents as teahouses & lodges available on the circuit, & homestays in Tsum. During this trek, one can visit multiple Gompas in Tsum valley and can visit the primitive villages.
The remote Tsum Valley trek should not be missed. This region offers the living Buddhist culture and untouched wildlife since Buddhists prohibit hunting. ‘Tsum’ was named after ‘Tsombo’ meaning vivid in Tibetan word. Due to the remoteness of this region, the unique culture of Tsum Valley has remained intact. Since, Manaslu Tsum Valley trek walks you through the two different restricted areas- Manaslu and Tsum, you’ll have to buy two permits; one for Manaslu and other for Tsum separately during this trek. This permit specifies the requirement that this trek must be done with a guide in compulsion and trekkers should be in the party of two or more. In addition to this, you must buy the Manaslu conservation area project (MCAP) permit and Annapurna conservation area project(ACAP) permit.
You can ask for the Tibetan speaking guide if you wish to immerse into the culture of Tsum Valley.
After early morning breakfast, we will drive towards Sotikhola. The drive will be along the Prithvi highway until we reach Benighat and turns right to Dhading highway crossing the bridge over Trishuli river. Then, we will drive to Sotikhola via Arughat in Gorkha. The drive will be around 7 hours. From Sotikhola, we’ll trek further for 1 hour to Lapubeshi. we’ll stay overnight at Guest-house in Lapubeshi.
The actual Manaslu Tsum Valley trek starts from today. After early morning breakfast, we start our trek towards Dovan. During our trek today, we’ll pass through terraced fields and tropical waterfalls. The trek will be around 6 hours. we’ll stay overnight at Guest-house in Dovan.
The trail from Dovan to Sirdibas follows the east bank to a 93m suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola. After that, the trail ascends up on stone stairs and descend back to the river before climbing to Thado Bharyang. At Thado Bharyang, we cross the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki river and ascend up a ridge and follows the river gently upwards to the village of Jagat. Further, we’ll Walk on to Salleri, via a cliff-side trail which offers the views of Shringi Himal (7,187m/23,580ft) to the north. We will finally descend to Sirdibas. Overnight stay in Sirdibas.
Sirdibas is the place from where Tsum valley starts and hence, Nepal government officers are going to check our permit. We will start our trek to Lokpa leaving Sirdibas. Following the trail alongside the Shyar Khola, we will finally reach Lokpa after 6 hours of trek. Overnight stay at Lokpa.
The trekking distance from Lokpa to Chhekampar is approximately 13 Kms and the trek today will take around 6 hours. Chhekampar has linked villages of Chhokang and Paro. At Chhekampar, the valley broadens and we can spot mount Himal Chuli in the west. we’ll stay overnight at lodge in Chhekampar.
The trekking distance from Chhekampar to Nile is approximately 14 Kms and we will complete this trekking distance in about 6 hours. The trail from Chhekampar to Nile passes through small villages and a local school. After that, the trail rises up to a ridge with chortens. Right after that, the trail passes through Lamagaon at an elevation of 3,020m. We can spot the huge courtyard of the Rachen Gompa nunnery across the river. Further, the trail crosses the Shyar Khola and joins the path from Rachen Gompa to Nile. After trekking for a while, you’ll reach Nile. Overnight stay at Nile.
After early morning breakfast, we start for the walk up to Mu Gompa. The trail walks you through the dry countryside with rows of chortens and broadening mountain vistas. You can spot exciting views of the Tibetan border on the three sides. Likewise, we will spot three passes frequently used for trade by the Tsumbas. From Mu Gomba we can spot seasonal yak pastures. The Lungdang Glacier is seen at the east and high peaks are spotted in all directions. Mu Gompa is the biggest monastery at the area and this would be the farthest point you’ll reach during your Manaslu Tsum Valley trek. Overnight stay at Mu Gompa.
After early morning breakfast, we start our trek from Mu Gompa to Burgi. During this trek, we will cross Chhule and Phurbe. Finally, we will reach the small beautiful Burgi village. We will ascend to the Milarepa’s Cave, explore around and trek down to Burgi Village and stay overnight at lodge.
After having early morning breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek through green hills and walk down to Chhekampar. From Chhokang and Paro, we will continue our journey towards Gho. Finally, we will descend further and cross the bridge over Sarpu Khola. Continuing our trek we’ll finally reach Chumling and stay overnight at lodge.
After having early morning breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek from Chumling. The trails from Chumling to Philim first leads towards Lokpa. Today, we will encounter the Samba Waterfall on the way. Trekking for about 7 hours we will finally reach Philim and stay overnight at the lodge.
After early morning breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek leaving Philim. Later, we start our descent along the trail following the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River. When we reach Khorlabeshi, we can relax in the warm water and ease our muscles with the hot spring water bath. we’ll stay overnight in Khorlabeshi.
After we have our morning breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek from Khorlabeshi. On our trail, we will pass through some villages and can encounter the pristine beauty of the waterfalls. Finally, we will reach Sotikhola and stay overnight at lodge.
Today we’ll take a drive to Kathmandu. The picturesque drive will be on an unpaved road till Dhadingbesi, then you drive along the well-paved road. The road from Dhadingbesi first leads to Benighat and you’ll then ride on Prithvi Highway along Trishuli river to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Tsum valley trek is a secretly kept jewel of Himalayas inhibited by Tibetan descendants. All the villages practice a usual lifestyle of farming trade and ecotourism business. Tsum valley is located between Ganesh Himal range and Shringi Himal rangewhich is low populated and has a great influence of Tibetan lifestyle and Buddhism. Every village is a heritage full of Tibetan Buddhism related infrastructures such as Monasteries, Prayer walls, Chhortens and Meditation caves preserved very well for centuries. Tsum valley stretches all the way to Nile village from Chhekampar, rich in flat agricultural land that yields several types of grains and vegetables.
Wild animals like deer, Mountain goat and marmots are commonly seen as villagers do not practice hunting and their culture doesn’t allow killing of animals. The trekking trails are well maintained and trekkers friendly. Locals of Tsum valley are very warm and welcoming and many of them can speak basic English also. Mu Gumpa is the last spot to visit in Tsum valley which is as close as 15 kilometers to the border of Tibet. Tsum is also home to more than 100 residential monks and nuns who study and practice Tibetan Buddhism in different monasteries and Nunnery.
Tsum is located in remote area; you can expect basic facilities for eating and sleeping. Their guest houses and home stays are little, clean and basic. WIFI and hot shower are available only in some particular tea houses and food is simpler.
You need Manaslu conservation area permit, Annapurna conservation area permit and Manaslu area special permit. If you are trekking in Tsum valley, you will need another special permit for Tsum Valley.
Here is the link for detailed information about permit.
You cannot trek alone in Manaslu since Manaslu resign is restricted zone; which requires at least two trekkers and certified trekking guide to do this trek. However, if you do not have a trekking partner, you can join the group in registered trekking agency.
No, you don’t need to carry any tent or mattress to do Manaslu and Tsum valley trek, since Manaslu resign is serves you fully as a tea house trek?
Manaslu circuit trek generally takes two weeks to be completed. But customize the trip as per your schedule; we finish it shorter/longer than supposed.
As Manaslu circuit trail follows the terrain from five hundred metres till 5200 meters, there differently are many steep slopes to walk past, which makes Manaslu trek fairly a strenuous trek in terms of physicaldifficulty.
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