Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek
Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is a fantastic journey in around Manaslu, it is providing opportunity to do two trekking trails at once. Manaslu is worlds eight highest peaks and Tsum Valley known as the Hidden Valley a land of monasteries and hamlets with totally Tibetan population lies on the northern part of Manaslu on the Nepal-Tibet border. The Tsum valley is still less exposed in comparison with other trekking trails, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths in comparison with more popular trekking trails in Nepal. In Tsum Valley area there are still very basic accommodations (Teahouse/Lodges) facilities for those who wish to make a teahouse trekking.
The people have their own way of family culture, Polyandry structure is practice in this area- All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl. The Tsum Valley and Manaslu area is full of imminent mountains, passes, deep gorges, hamlets, Buddhist monasteries, Chortens, and Mani walls. The Tsum valley trek offer great views of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Buddha Himal ranges.
We drive to Arughat from Kathmandu where the trek commences. In the initial days of the trek, we explore the Budhi Gandaki Valley through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and hill settlement. As we leave the main Manaslu Trail from Lokpa for the Tsum valley, suddenly we get a sentiment of entering truly into the hidden valley. While on the trek, we also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people.
We also visit several ancient Buddhist Gompas of the region including the Milarepas Cave, Rachen gompa, Mu Gompa among others. After the Tsum valley the trek path join with Manaslu Circuit trek and end at Annapurna route, Besi Sahar.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Arughat (670m) Soti Khola (710m): 135km, 8-9 hrs drive
Day 04: Soti Khola trek to Machha Khola (890m): 6-7 hrs
Day 05: Machha Khola trek to Dobhan (1,000m): 6-7 hrs
Day 06: Dobhan trek to Philim (1,590m): 6-7 hrs
Day 07: Philim trek to Lokpa (2,240m) then Chumling (2,360m/7,750ft): 6-7 hrs
Day 08: Chumling trek to Chhekampar (3,010m): 5-6 hrs
Day 09: Chhekampar trek to Nile (3,480m): 4-5 hrs
Day 10: Exploration day: Nile – Mu Gompa (3,709m) – Chhekampar (3,010m): 6-7 hrs
Day 11: Chhekampar trek to Gumba Lungdang (3,200m): 5-6 hrs
Day 12: Gumba Lungdang trek to Ripchet (2,470m) – Lokpa (2,240m): 7-8 hrs
Day 13: Lokpa trek to ‘New Bridge’ (1,675m) then Bihi Phedi (1,990m): 6-7 hrs
Day 14: Bihi Phedi trek to Namrung (2,660m): 4-5 hrs
Day 15: Namrung trek to Lho (3,180m): 3-4hrs
Day 16: Lho trek to Sama Gaon (3,530m): 5-6 hrs
Day 17: Sama: Rest and exploration day: Birendra Tal / Pung Gyen Gompa / Manaslu Base Camp
Day 18: Sama trek to Samdo (3,860m):3-4 hrs
Day 19: Samdo trek to Larkya Phedi/Dharamsala (4,460m): 3-5 hrs
Day 20: Dharamsala trek over the Larkya La (5,160m) to Bimthang (3,720m): 7-9 hrs
Day 21: Bimthang trek to Gho (2,515m): 5-6 hrs
Day 22: Gho trek to Dharapani (1,920m): 3-4 hrs
Day 23: Dharapani trek to Ghermu (1100m): 7 hrs
Day 24: Ghermu trek to Besisahar (800m): 4 hrs
Day 25: Besi Sahar drive bus to Kathmandu: 7/8 hrs
Day 26: Final departure