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Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek

Trip Overview

The Tsum Valley, also 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 and used to be a restricted area until 2008.

The Tsum valley trrek 26 days ascends the Gandaki River valley, which is fed by many rivers and waterfalls, offering the chance of a plunge into some bathing pools. The strenuous section begins from here. Yaks begin to outnumber people in the rocky landscape. Tsum valley recently opened for trekking which was restricted before. The Valley stands with majestic backdrop of the Baudha Himal, Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and other mountain ranges. It has a long history of Buddhism. The legend believed that Milarepa mediated in the caves of mountain. In Samagoan (3450m) we visit the glacial green lake of Birendra before crossing into mystic Samdo, 15km from the Tibetan border. Here Tibetan monks inhabit sacred monasteries and combined with the views of the Tibetan plateau against stark white Himalayas.The biggest challenge then awaits – crossing the snow bound Larkya La pass (5213m). As we cross, we see snow-covered peaks over 6500m towers above. While descending, once of the snow takes us through alpine then tropical areas, bursting with ferns, bamboo, pine trees, waterfalls and aqua-blue green lakes laced with cotton-white beaches. Finally, Manaslu will disappear as we descend to Beshishar (832m.) This 3 weeks excursion will leave you with a sense of peace and respect for the people of Nepal and its ecological wonders.

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Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at the kathmandu airport our representative from mountain sun valley treks will welcome you and  transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathamandu Sightseeing

Today,we will have a day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Kathmandu to Arughat (570m) / Soti Khola (730m)

Today we take about 3 and half hour comfortable drive to Dhading Bensi and another 4 hours drive to Arughat.We continue another 2 hours by local Jeep to Soti khola. Overnight in Soti Khola.

Day 04: SotiKhola to Machha khola (930m)

The trail goes along the Budhi Gandaki river, you climb again to Almara through beautiful forest trail. The country changes, the broad valley narrows and at times the trail are cut into the steep valley side, which is densely forested. We pass a number of small villages, tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of the valley. Once again descends to the wide, sandy river bed and follow a path, which runs below the stesep, craggy valley side. We have short climb up once again on a trail to Machha Khaola. Overnight in Machhha Khola.

Day 05: MachaKhola to Jagat (1410m)

We continue our journey along the Budhi Gandaki river, we cross the Machha Khola and head upstream to the tiny village of Khorlabeshi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. Above Doban, you can see an impressive series rapids of Budhi Gandaki. We climb short steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. We cross the river on a suspension bridge and another short climb to Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

Day 06: Jagat to Lhakpa (2240m)

After completing with the ACAP procedure, we climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large gurung village. Philim valley is well known for Japanese made school and police station. Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley and walk up north from Gum Pul we reach Lhakpa. Overnight in Lhakpa.

Day 07: Lhakpa to Chumling (2386m)

Walking through beautiful forest with views of narrow valley the trail leads to Chumling. The trail slops upwards gradually to Ekle Bhatti, which is a good view point of the river and the valley around. This day the trail enters into a big forest of pine and Rhododendrons and local tropical bamboos. Following the trail you will also observe tibetan culture enriched with some monuments of peace, Mani Walls, Stupa and Prayers flags, which makes your mind more peaceful and makes day walk more memorable. Overnight in Chumling.

Day 08: Chumling to Chhokang-Paro (3030m)

Classic Tibetan culture, warm hospitality from Local habitants and peaceful nature energizes for trek forward to more beautiful villages Chhonkang- Paro, which is a bit easier day for walking. This walks offers you the wonderful views of several himalayas inclusive of Ganesh himal.Overnight in Chhokang Paro.

Day 09: Trek to Nile (3350m)

Passing via small villages, local school and seeing some of stupa.This day you will also get an opportunity to explore to a retreat of Monk Kongchog who had died after 26 years of meditation at retreat center. Bhuddist monastery, ritual old thank as and the daily pray functions at monastery are the main thing to observe during this day. Overnight in Nile.

Day 10: Excursion to Mu Gompa (3700m) and Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m)

This is the day to visit historical Mu Gompa, walking through narrow valley and enjoying with morning sunrise Mu Gompa can be reached. After Mu Gompa we continue our journey to the Dhephu Doma Gompa. Local residents, Buddhist-Tibetan culture surrounded with rows of stupa and widening mountain vistas gives you more enjoyment and high satisfaction during the trip.Overnight in Nile.

Day 11: Trek to Rachen Gompa (3100m)

On the way back you will explore some of ancient gompas and short study about bhuddhist religion in this unique valley around the Himalaya. The place is preserved by Manaslu Conservation Area project since it has unique cultural value. Here the local have strongly followed the religion and usually have at least one family member as either a monk or a nun admitted in monastery, which will formally follow the tradition of monastery as a disciple.

Day 12: Trek to Gumba Lungdang (3200m)

Leaving the villages of monasteries and wonderful settlement behind we walk through the pine and rhododendron forest continue south until a bridge crosses to the west bank and pass again through Chhokang village then walk down below following the same trail to our previously stayed camp Chumling village.

Day 13: Excursion to Ganesh Himal Base Camp Hike (4900m)

Trek from Gompa Lungdang to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (5000m) and then return back to Gompa Lungdang to camp. The ascent takes 3 -4 hours while descending takes approximately 2 hours. From Ganesh Himal Base Camp you have the best views of the entire Ganesh Himal Range. Overnight in Gomba Lungdang.

Day 14: Gumba Lungdang to Bhi (3130m)

From Gumba Lungdang , we continue on the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley. Pass the village of Dorjon Kharka just before reaching Rana. Cross the large suspension bridge in the main valley of the Manaslu Budhi Gandaki River. Continue towards the Manaslu circuit route. Overnight in Bhi.

Day 15: Bhi to Namrung (2550m)

We gain altitude to take us into alpine territory and increasing mountain views. There are more Mani walls and 3 more crossing of the Buri Gandaki on our route to Namrung, where our permit is checked. Above this village the valley opens out and there are extensive pastures.We camp just above the village we get our first incredible views of the Manaslu North and then of Manaslu main ahead. Overnight in Namrung.

Day 16: Namrung to Lhogaon (3180m)

We will discuss with locals what our best option is to get to the Gompa. Our Sherpas reckon it could be a very nice walk to take the smaller direct trail. We pass thru Lho, a large village at 3150m where there is a lovely little monastery and numerous Chortens and Manis. Looking back Ganesh I is visible. Leaving the village, we follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. At a fork in the trail, we take a detour to the left, which leads up to Honsansho Gompa and the Pungen Glaciers, from where there is a stunning view of Peak 29 and Manaslu. We will camp somewhere around here and explore and acclimatize for the next few days. Overnight Lho Gaon.

Day 17: Lhogaon to Samagaon (3530m)

We head straight towards Peak 29, ahead of us, then follow the lateral moraine of the Pungen Glacier towards Sama. Breathtaking views of the Manaslu, Northern Manaslu (7145m) and the Naike. Surrounded by mountains in a peaceful forest, we take a rest day to acclimatize and relax. Overnight in Samagaon.

Day 18: Samagaon (3530m)

Rest day, explore around the valley. Overnight in Samagaon.

Day 19: Manaslu Base camp Excursion day (4800m)

After Breakfast at Samagaon, we hike up to the north of Pema Choling Monastery. The trail leads through the Glacial Birendra lake and continues into the forest and gently steep up to the impressive Manaslu Glacier to Manaslu Base Camp (4800m.). Trek to Manaslu Base Camp is side trip from Samagaun, which takes around 5 hours to climb up to 4800m. to Base Camp and 3 hours to down to Samagaun. The trail offers amazing views of Manaslu Glacier, Birendra lake and typical village Samagaun. The expedition group generally spends a night here and the local people help to carry all the stuff from Samagaun to Base Camp in the climbing period. While climbing up, as you gain the altitude, the scenery becomes more spectacular with the nearest glacier, Manaslu peak, Naike Peak and the views of surrounding hills. After reaching Manaslu Base Camp at 4800m, we feel like being in the paradise. Walk back to Samagaon. Overnight in Samagaon.

Day 20: Samagaon to Samdo (3690m)

We cross a high plateau and skirt around the ridge of the lateral moraine. We then climb a terraced hillside to reach one of the most remote permanent settlements in Nepal. Samdo is only a day’s walk from Tibet by the Lajyang La pass (5098m). Overnight in Samdo.

Day 21: Samdo to Dharamshala (4470m)

Crossing the tundra, it winds its way to the foot of the immense Larkya glacier which pours out of the Manaslu. Everywhere you look are mountains, as spectacular as they get and Manaslu is particularly impressive. The once large Bhudi Gandaki is now merely a stream as we continue to follow its course ever upwards. After crossing to the East bank of the river, we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley which is called Sumdu. Above the village we cross the stream which runs down the Gya La (pass), the pass to Tibet, and there are the ruins of another village Larkya Bazaa, which is village thrived on trade with Tibet over the nearby Gya La, a trade which is now much diminished. We continue another couple hours to Dharmasala. Overnight in Dharmashala.

Day 22: Dharamshala to Larkya pass (5106m) to Bhimthang (3720m)

We first head towards Cho Chnda, then we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers. There are views of Cho Danda and then of Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the top the panorama is magnificent: Overnight in Bhimthang.

Day 23: Bimtang to Tilije (2300m)

The route gets easier. We start with a gentle descend through paddy fields towards the small Karcha La pass and descend through fir tree and rhododendron forests to Tillije. Overnight in tilije.

Day 24: Tilije to Dharapani – Trek and drive to Beshisahar (760m)

Today the trail runs gently downstream of the river passing the village of Dharapani. We catch local jeep and drive to Beshisahar. Overnight in Beshisahar.

Day 25: Beshisahar to Kathmandu (1400m)

After breakfast we drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 26: Departure

Transfer to airport for final departure.

Equipment List

Accessories:
Sleeping bag 
Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
Water bottles
Toiletries
Small wash towel
Rain coat

Personal Clothing items
Head:
Sun hat or scarf
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection

Upper Body:
T-shirts
Weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or pullover
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)

Hands:
Lightweight gloves
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

Lower Body:
Underwear
Hiking shorts
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Personal Hygiene:
Personal hygiene supplies;
Two tubes lip sun cream, at least 1 large tube regular sun cream (min. factor 30), some after-sun lotion in case you do get a sunburn
One toothpaste/brush set;
One hand sanitizer gel
1 (fast drying) synthetic towel

Medical Supplies:
Personal prescription medications; Please let your leader know about any medical issues before the climb.
Small personal first-aid kit; (Simple and Light): first-aid tape, plasters (Band-Aids),alcohol-free wipes for cuts, personal medications, etc. (The leaders will have more extensive first-aid kits)
One skin blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills (Imodium) (one regular package)
Anti-headache medication (Aspirin or Ibuprofen) (one regular package)
One small bottle cough and/or cold medicine.
One course antibiotics for chest infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One course antibiotics for stomach infection, available locally at chemist shop or pharmacy with no doctor’s prescription.
One small bottle anti-altitude sickness medication: Diamox (Acetylzolamide), available locally, for more about this medication, please contact us or your doctor
One small bottle of water purification tablets (needs to contain silver-ions AND chlorine) or a water filter or UV sterilizer.
Earplugs
Extra prescription glasses/contact lens. Contact lens wearers, please bring glasses in case of emergency.

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Duration 26 days
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Group Size + 2
Difficulty Moderate
Max Elevation 4060m
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