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Manaslu and Tsum valley trek

Trip Overview

Manaslu and Tsum valley trek takes you around the great eight thousander Manaslu massif along the exploration of hidden Tsum valley near Nepal-Tibet border. Tsum valley was restricted area for the outsiders till 2008, and in the short period of time, Manaslu and Tsum valley trek has established itself as the unique and remarkable homestay trekking site offering the magnificent views of snow capped mountains along the wonderful opportunity to explore the Tibetan culture, religion and tradition on the high lands of northern Nepal.

Manaslu and Tsum valley trek initiates after the strolling around Kathmandu valley in the UNESCO world heritage sites that reflects the cultural importance along the architectural brilliance. Then in the following day we take a drive towards Arughat which is the starting point of our trek. During the starting days of our trek, we experience the magnificence of Budhi gandaki valley by passing through beautiful dense forests, river banks, terrace farms and small Gurung settlements along the way. After properly acclimatizing and trekking for a couple of days we head towards the hidden Tsum valley leaving Manaslu trail behind. Tsum valley offers the spectacular views of Ganesh Himal range, Manaslu range, Tibetan and Buddha Himalayan ranges. Also visit to the ancient monasteries reflects the local Tibetan influences Buddhism along the warm hospitality of local inhabitants. It is often considered as the place with many stupas and monasteries. And visiting these landmarks would embrace you in its beauty along the feeling of peace and tranquility. They have been following their unique and quite surprising traditions since ages. Regarding the trekking style, Manaslu and tsum valley trek is the home stay trek which takes you even closer to the local communities. You will be learning about their lifestyle, how they cook the food and other simple yet exciting things that surely makes your trip a memorable one.

Join our 23 days of Manaslu and tsum valley trek adventure that requires good level of physical fitness and passion towards trekking, walking and exploring. Icicles adventure treks and tours ensure you will experience the trip of the lifetime.

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Price Includes

  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Three nights twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including temple/monument entry fees and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available teahouse/lodge accommodation local teahouse  (twin sharing ) during the trek
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide (6 trekkers : 1 assistant guide)  and porters (2 trekkers : 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and accidental insurance
  • Kathmandu to Arughat and Beshishahar to Kathmandu transportation in private vehicle
  • Manaslu trekking and  valley special permit fee (Manaslu region is in restricted zone, we need special permit to visit this area)
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
  • Icicles Adventure T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Manaslu Trekking Special permit, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • First aid medical kit
  • All government taxes & office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal Visa Information)
  • International and domestic airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • Alcoholic drinks and cold drinks
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc)
  • Personal equipments and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

Manaslu and Tsum valley trek Day to day Itinerary

Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).

As you land at Tribhuvan International airport (Kathmandu Airport), finish your custom formalities (visa, etc.) and get to the airport waiting terminal; you will find our representative waiting to greet you. He/she will be holding Icicles Adventure Treks and Tours signboard. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private vehicle. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft): Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast we start a guided tour to several medieval and spiritual sites in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. Later after sightseeing program, we will introduce you with your trekking guide and have a small pre-trip meeting. You can also take an opportunity to hire/buy any last minute trekking equipment or bargain for your souvenirs at the many stores. You are advised to pack your things and be set up for your actual Everest base camp trekking adventure that will begin the next day. Overnight in hotel. (Breakfast Included)

Day 03 - Drive to Arughat by Jeep our bus (640m) - 8 hrs

Your trekking staff will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning, from where we will head to Arughat, the starting point of the trekking. From Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi is a 3.5-hour comfortable drive after which there is a 4-hour bumpy and winding dirt road to Arughat. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 04 - Trek to Seti Khola (775m) - 6 hrs

Follow the Budhi Gandaki River towards its point of origin. We pass the village of Morder and Simre to reach the Arkhat River. After Arkhat we ascend slowly toward Kyoropani. Camp today nears the confluence of Seti River – an ideal place to take a fresh water bath overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 05 - Trek to Machha Khola (900m) - 5.5 hrs

The trail descends slowly until you climb again to mountain ridge to Almara. Pass the forest trail to arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budhi Gandaki. At Lambesi, the trail follows down to the sandy river bed of Budhi Gandaki. Camp tonight at Machha River.  Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 6: Doban to Philim (6 hours)

The route climbs ona rugged rocky trail. We climb up and down ravines and notched trees. We get good views of Sringri himal as we continue up to the village of Philim at 1550m.This is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. There are several good campsites and we set up camp surrounded by alder, blue pine and poplar trees. Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 7: Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (7 hours)

We take the trail up through Philim and head up over a ridge that leads to Ganesh Himal Base camp and Chumling( Lower Tsum). We camp for the night at Chumling. There are several good campsites at Chumling. Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 8: Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) (5-6 hours)

From Chumling we trek to Chhokangparo. Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo.Chhekamparo is a village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen directly to the south where it provides spectacular views of the Baudha and Himal chuli peaks to the south-west. Some households in this village practice polyandry. Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 9: Chhokangparo to Nile/Chhule, visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way (6-7 hours)

From Chhokangparo we trek to Nile/ Chulle. This is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. Nile is on the western, sun-side of the Shiar Khola, about 20 minutes walk across from Chhule.

On the way we pass the Piren Phu cave. Piren Phu (pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley. It is located at the foot of a rugged cliff near the village of Burji. Milarepa, the famous Tibetan saint, was believed to have meditated here. There are two separate gumbas attached to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and significant Buddhists paper scripts make this cave one of the most important socio-cultural asset in the valley.

Beautiful views can be had of the Shiar Khola, Rachen Gumba, the mountains and settlements amidst vast agricultural land. Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 10: Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m) (4 hours)

From Nile the trail gradually ascends to Mu gumba, the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gumba is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. Mu Gumba was established in 1895 AD and is situated at an altitude of 3510m.The monastery houses religious books, including Kangyur, a life sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara.

Dephyudonma Gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley and is situated in the rugged mountains, a 2 hr walk from the village of Chhule and Nile. The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley. The monastery is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect. There are a few campsites and drinking water facilities. Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 11: Extra day for excursion

we take a hike up Mu Gumba and reach the base of Pika Himal (4865m).We are quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the Tibetan peaks as well as the Ganesh Himal range. After the day’s excursion we return to our camp at Mu gumba. Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 12: Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (5 hours)

From Mu Gumba we take the trail to Rachen Gumba, a nunnery. The nunnery is situated in the Shiar Khola Valley in the foothills of the mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. Rachen Gumba was established in the year 1905 AD and is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum valley. It houses nuns belonging to the Ngak-pa sect, which does not allow animal slaughter. The nunnery houses one thousand clay, moulded statues of Avalokiteshwara, a brightly colored, carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. The interior is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history. Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 13: Rachen Gompa to Dumje (6-7 hours)

From Rachen Gompa we proceed towards Dumje, a small village with about eight houses and adjoining cattle shed. Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 14 - Trek to Ghap (2,100m) - 6 hrs

Follow the trail upstream of Deng River – a tiny village of 4 houses. We walk through a newly built rock tunnel from here, thus avoiding the traditional steep climb. At Ghap, the Tibetan culture begins with Mani stones and chortens all around Overnight at guesthouse, Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 15 - Trek to Lho (3,200m) - 6 hrs

After crossing the wooden bridge over Budhi Gandaki we follow the path lined with houses that are interspersed with cultivated fields. At Namru, there is a police check post again. After Namru, across the Hinan river originating from Linda Glacier and continue on to Sho. Naike peak, Manaslu north (7,774m) and Manaslu (8,150m) are visible from here. Tonight we camp near a spring at Lho gaon – a small village. Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 16- Trek to Samagompa (3,500m) - 6 hrs

You will pass the stone gate and long Mani stone wall of the village after Lho with full view of Peak 29 ahead. You can make a side excursion to Pungen Glacier from here to get a very close up view of Manaslu. Follow the lateral moraine of Pungen Glacier toward Sama. From the village of Sama, it takes another 20 minutes to reach Sama Gompa for night halt. Overnight at guesthouse Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 17: Trek to Samdo (3690m) 3 hrs

The trail crosses grazing areas and gradually climbs the valley. We have fantastic views of the mountains especially Manaslu and reach Samdo (3860m), the last permanent settlement in the valley. This remote village is only a day’s walk from the Tibetan border. In the afternoon there will be time to explore the village and surrounding hills. Overnight at guesthouse Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 18: Trek to Dharmashala (4450m) 4 hrs

Leaving the village we cross a stream to deserted Larkya Bazaar. Years ago this village thrived off trade with Tibet. Climbing steadily we reach a lodge at 4450m, which is the last campsite before the pass. Approximately 4 hours walking. Overnight at guesthouse, Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 19 - Cross Larkya La (5,215m) and trek to Bhimthang (3,590m) - 8 hrs

We first climb towards Cho Chanda and then slowly head steeply uphill towards the snowed-up pass. From the top the panorama is magnificent: Himlung Himal (7,126m), Cheo Himal (6,820m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru (6,981m) and the Annapurna II (7,937m). The descent is steep, through moraines, towards Bhimthang. Overnight at guesthouse Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 20 - Trek to Tilje (3,900m) - 5 hrs

The route gets easier. We start with a gentle climb through paddy fields towards the small Karcha La pass and descend through fig tree and rhododendron forests to Tilje. Overnight in local teahouse. , (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 21 - Trek to Tal (1,725m) - 5 hrs

Follow the trail downstream of Marshyangdi River, passing through the scattered villages to reach Tal village for overnight stay. Overnight at guesthouse, (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 22: Trek to Chamje. Overnight at guesthouse, (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)
Day 23: Drive to Kathmandu 9/10 hrs

We catch local jeep to Beshisahar then drive by private car to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, inclusive (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 24: Final Departure.

Today your Manaslu Circuit Trekking trip comes to an end. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Icicles Adventure Treks and Tour will take you to the airport for your flight back home. We hope Nepal has captivated you to come back again! (Breakfast included)

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