Tsum Valley is known as Hidden Valley. It lies on the northern part of Manaslu on the Nepal-Tibet border. The lifestyle of the local may surprise most of us as all the brothers in the family are married to a single girl; you may call this a practice of polyandry. Each trekking in Nepal will give you a different experience here. You will be walking along the Nepal-Tibet border in this Tsum valley Manaslu circuit trek.
However, you can do Tsum valley trek at once and do the rest of Manaslu circuit trek next time or vice-versa. But it’s not a good idea to trek the same region twice if we can do at once too. But if you don’t have 18-19 days of holidays to spend on trekking then its also better to do just one either Tsum valley only or Manaslu circuit only.
You will be enjoying the view of the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. The dense forests in the area are homes to many rare animals. You won’t be able to hunt, fish and animal slaughtering. If you are lucky, you will get to see Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep.
We shall start our journey of Tsum valley Manaslu circuit trek from Soti Khola, and we will be following the Budigandaki River as you start hiking up. Along the way, we will be able to admire different types of flowers. Most of the time, you will also be seeing monkeys.
Some path will be tough as there are rocky trails. We will also be able to visit the ancient monastery. You will be getting an opportunity to see the magnificent view of the holey lake, Ganesh Himal. We will be planning a special trip for you to trek to Tsum Valley Manaslu circuit trek. Kindly contact us for more details.
Today we will take early morning drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. Although the road will be quite dirty and bumpy, you will catch the best landscape views from your window seat. The landscapes of the rice fields, waterfalls, and greenery through the villages are amazing to watch. Overnight at Guesthouse in Soti Khola.
The way from Soti Khola to Machha Khola is considerably rocky and small. The charming countryside views will keep you interested throughout the trail with your fantastic walk.
You will follow the trails with many rivers, waterfalls, forests, towering hills and the beautiful villages of the region. The tropical vegetation adds beauty as you cross magnificent suspension bridges to reach Machha Khola. Overnight in Machha Khola.
Today, you will start trekking across the road on the bank of Burdi Gandaki river until you will reach Tatopani’ hot water’. You can take warm baths and relax your body. After boiling water leisure, you will cross a new suspension bridge over Bhurdi Gandaki river to reach Doban.
After cross a long cantilever bridge at Yaru you will reach Jagat, a beautiful Gurung village. There is a checkpoint to check the permit because, From this day, you will be walking in the restricted area of Manaslu region. Overnight at Jagat.
Today after breakfast, we will start our trek towards Lokpa. On the way, we will see the beautiful Gurung village called Philim. Philim valley is well known for the school and police stations made by Japanese. After crossing the long suspension bridge and forests, we will reach Lopka. Today’s trek is nor that harder because we will be walking the only for 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at Lopka.
Today’s trail starts from Lokpa towards Lungwa Khola, and after crossing the jacking trial for two hours, we will reach Gumlung. We will walk through the beautiful rhododendron and pine forests. After crossing the Siyar Khola finally, we reach Chumling also lower Tsum. From where we can see the beautiful view of Shringi Himal. We will visit the old Chumling Gompa and explore the village. Stay overnight at Chumling.
Starting after crossing the suspension bridge, we can see the beautiful views of Ganesh Himal. Walking again further, we will reach Gho village after crossing the suspension bridge back. Continue trekking to Tsum takes us to the town of Chhokangparo. We can enjoy the tremendous panoramic views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal from here. Overnight at Chokhongparo.
We will start trekking through the village of Ngakyu. We will visit Milarepa Cave. It is believed that saint Milarepa had done meditation here on the cave. We also have to pay the admission fee of around 300 NPR. We continue our trek towards after crossing the villages Burji, Phurbe, and Pangdun. On the way to the Nile, we will also see the big Buddhist stupas. Overnight at the Nile.
Today will visit around Mu Gompa and further trek to Chhokangparo. Today we will do sightseeing around Gompa. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies remote area and highest part of the Tsum valley. We will also visit Dhephu Doma Gompa. After exploring the Gompa and area, we will be back at Chokhongparo to stay. Overnight at Chokhongparo.
Today we will trek down to Chumling from Chekampar. We will walk approximately 7 hours today. We will be trekking through the village Dumje. After crossing the suspension bridge through downhill trail, we will reach Chumling. Overnight at Chumling.
We will start walking towards small Gompa at Gho, and after crossing the wooden bridge of Siyar Khola, we will reach Domje. And then after passing the Ripchet village, we will reach Deng. Overnight at Deng.
After crossing Budi Gandaki River’s suspension bridge, and climbing Rana, and Bihi we will continue via the Serang Khola. Further walk towards north of the river, takes you to Ghap. The Mani walls here present delicate carvings of various Buddhas in meditation.
Further crossing a beautiful forest with many birds, cross north on a wooden bridge along a narrow canyon. Arrive in the picturesque village of Namrung after about two hours climb up from Ghap. Overnight in Namrung.
The trail from Namrung goes through the beautiful small barley fields and stone houses with impressive mountain views. From Lihi, you can encounter the 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains, including Mount Manaslu (8,163m).
And cross Hinang Khola and visit large Gompa at Lho village on the way to Shyala. After Crossing Shyala and Punggen Glacier, you will reach Sama Gaon. Sama Gaon is a most beautiful village, of Manaslu circuit trek. Furthermore the breathtaking views the Manaslu Range can be seen from Sama Gaon. Overnight in Sama Gaon.
Today is the rest day in Sama Gaon to get acclimatized and relax the body from daily high altitude walks.
You can spend the day exploring the surroundings of Sama village and visit Birendra Tal, Manaslu Base Camp, Pema Chyoling Lhakang, and Punggen Gompa. Overnight in Sama Gaon.
Today we will walk uphill of Birendra Tal (3,450m) and the Manaslu Glacier. The walk through extended yak pastures up a broad valley with long mani walls and a variety of birds are worth taking a slow step. After crossing white Kani we will reach Samdo village.
If you reach early, you can explore the nearby villages or take a short hike to Samdo Peak. Overnight in Samdo.
Descend past Samdo on a full trail, sinking to cross the Budhi Gandaki River. Pass the path to Tibet to the right and climb left past a Mani wall, and juniper forests to reach Dharamsala.
The village is also known as Larke Phedi. Dharamsala is a beautiful village that offers the best views of the whole of the Manaslu Himal Range. Overnight in Dharamsala.
This is a special day as you will walk to the essential point of the trek, Larkya La Pass. Today’s climb is long and goes through rocky terrain. Descend past four frozen lakes and do a final climb up to Larkya La (5160m), marked by prayer flags.
From the top of the pass, you can view an astonishing panorama of Manaslu Himal Range, Himlung, Tibet, Kang Guru, and Annapurna Range. Afterward, you incline down to the west, for around 3 hours towards Bimthang. Overnight in Bimthang.
The last day of the trek, you will walk down through the lush forests full of flora and fauna, including rhododendron bushes until Tilije. From there, you will continue your walk towards Dharapani and then to Tal.
After finishing your trek in Manaslu today, you will take a 7-8 hours long bus drive back from Tal to Kathmandu.