Trekking to hidden treasure Manaslu Tsum valley trek is a 16 days trekking destination on the lap of Manaslu Himal. Situated in northern Gorkha around the Manaslu base camp you will pass through Manaslu circuit trekking trail to reach Tsum Valley. It is also a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage, especially for Buddhist. The valley is rich in ancient art and culture as well as extremely beautiful Himalayan scenery can be seen from Tsum Valley. Tsum valley trek offers an opportunity to explore the beautiful mountains.
Such mountains include Shringi, Ngadi Chuli, Buddha Himal, Annapurna range, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal etc. The ancient villages and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries are untouched and are waiting to be explored. From the forests, teeming with life, at the beginning of the trail, to the barren, rocky highlands above the clouds, you will constantly be amazed.
Tsum valley trek takes the visitors to the hidden valley of Tsum meaning “vivid” home to the direct descendant Tibetan people known as Tsumbas. Meanwhile, The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak a unique dialect. This region is relatively virgin with less beaten paths. Tsum valley creates the world’s one of the few untouched and isolated natural beauties. As the Tsum valley trek has tough geographical conditions, there has been very little development. Because of that, you can still explore the unique cultures centuries old.
Manaslu Tsum valley is one of the moderate difficulty levels of the trek in the Manaslu region of Nepal. It is an ideal trek for the beginners with normal fitness level to explore the isolated villages of Nepal. Similarly, Tsum Valley Trekking is a pure trekking destination in Nepal where modernization and commercialization have not touched the purity of the environment. During the trek, you will stay overnight at the local teahouse and lodges. Remote Tsum valley trek lies 100 Km northwest from Kathmandu offering rich culture and amazing snow-capped mountain ranges.
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- Diversified unspoiled Ecosystems.
- This valley has a unique cultural blend of Tibetan, less tourist, Nepali people, and their lifestyles.
- The fantastic hidden land where Guru Rinpoche and Milarepa visited for meditation in several caves.
- Fantastic views of Mt. Manasalu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh and others, Larkya La Pass. (5,120m)
- Both geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating.
- Customs are almost exclusively Tibetan, several Buddhist Mani walls, ancient Buddhist monasteries and Nunnery, picturesque villages with traditional houses.
Manaslu Tsum valley trek is a hidden treasure trekking destination in Nepal. It is believed to be one of Buddhism’s sacred hidden valleys, where spiritual progress is facilitated, and where you will find old monasteries. Meanwhile, The Tsum valley trekking trail takes you across the Tsum Valley, an undiscovered land located in the remote corner of Nepal and it is new trekking. It is a hidden gem of Nepal located at an elevation from 1,905 meters in Lhokpa to over 5,093 meters at Ngula Dhojhyang pass on the Tibetan border. Additionally, Manaslu circuit trek can also be done with the Manaslu Tsum valley trek.
Best Time for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek
Trekking is suitable all around the year. March, April and May are one of the best times for the Manaslu Tsum valley trek. During these months of the year, you can witness the amazing rhododendron flowers blooming around the trekking region. These months are also the best time for trekking in any part of Nepal. The weather is warm and amazing views of the mountains and the valleys can be seen due to the high visibility during these months of the year. During March to May, the weather is clear with very little rainfall and the flowers blooming in the trails.
September, October and November are regarded as the best times to travel this hidden valley. There is a very low chance of rainfall during these months of the year. Meanwhile, during the month of December, the chances of snowfall are very high. It is neither too hot nor too cold, the sky is blue and views of the snowy mountains are perfectly clear.
Summary of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek
The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Budhi Gandaki. Arughat Bazaar is large, clean and prosperous with hotels and shops selling clothes, food and hardware. You will drive further to reach Soti Khola. The Starting Point of the trek. Macchakhola lies at an elevation of 869 meters above sea level and you will pass through Manaslu Circuit Trekking trail to reach this village. Along the route, you will pass through paved stones along with Mani walls and high overlooks over rivers. Then you will reach the appealing village of Jagat that lies on the west side of Budhi Gandaki river.
The trek throughout is a very pleasant one. You will pass by Ekle Bhatti where the trail separates between Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek. As you trek, you will notice the welcome board and move towards Lokpa. The trek can be good as you can observe the snowy cones of Mt. Ganesh and Mt. Shringi. The route takes you to Gumling where you only capture the serene nature. Shortly, you will cross the Syar Khola again, arriving at the village of Chumling. From Chhokang Paro, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen directly to the south where it provides superb views of the Buddha and Himal Chuli peaks to the south-west.
The Nile is the last village in the top Tsum valley. On the way, we will go to Piren Phu cave which is additionally one of the holiest caves in the Tsum valley. The cave gives a mind-boggling view of Shiar Khola, Rachen Gumba and beautiful settlements in the middle of extensive agricultural land. The Mu Gompa lies on the highest and at the most remote part of the Tsum Valley. At the monastery, you can see monks busy in their daily routine and the breath-taking view of the border of Tibet. You will trek the same route back to Soti Khola from where you will take a drive back to Kathmandu.
Tsum Valley Trekking Trails are strewn with artistic Chortens and lined with Mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. Meanwhile, The people here never slaughter animals, even as a sacrifice to the gods. Similarly, The lush and wild landscape of Tsum valley passes through magnificent deep gorges, hamlets, gompas, chortens and the glittering snow on the apex touching mountain peak. As we leave the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum valley, suddenly we get a feeling of entering truly into the hidden valley.
Manaslu Region of Nepal
Manaslu Region is one of the least explored trekking trails of Nepal. It is one of the most adorable treks in the Himalayas. The most popular trek in the Manaslu region includes the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Meanwhile, Larkya La Pass is the highest point of the Manaslu Circuit trek. Trek along the less travelled trails through rural Nepal with epic views that have to be seen in all their glory. Similarly, With few visitors encountered along the way, this region offers a very different experience from treks in the Everest and Annapurna regions which receive the largest number of trekkers. However, the trek around Manaslu touches unspoiled regions since it was off-limits until recently. Now open to organized trekking parties only, the area offers a good mix of cultural diversity and fantastic mountain scenery.
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Your Arrival Time (?) Our office representative will meet and greet you at Kathmandu Airport and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. At 06:00 PM: In the evening we will meet for a coffee and will brief you the details of your trek program.
Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Prepratation
At 10:00 AM: You will visit for a full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath. Besides sightseeing, you can do the required shopping for your trek.
Drive to Soti Khola
At 07:00 AM: We take an 8-9 hrs bus or private jeep ride to Arughat Bazar. The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Buri Gandaki. Arughat Bazaar is large, clean and prosperous with hotels and shops selling clothes, food and hardware. We will drive further to reach Soti Khola. The Starting Point of the trek.
Trek to Macchakhola
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, we will walk towards Macchakhola. We will walk through the Manaslu circuit trail to reach Macchakhola for the dinner. The distance is long but the trail is easy to reach Macchakhola.
Trek to Jagat
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, we will move towards Jagat. We will walk through the bank of Budhi Gandaki river to reach Jagat. We will also cross some Georges of Budhi Gandaki River as well as less cultivated areas.
Trek to Lokpa
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, we will be heading to Lokpa which is about 7-8 hours trek. The trail goes through narrow valleys and green vegetation. The trek can be good as you can observe the snowy cones of Mt. Ganesh and Mt. Shringi.
Trek to Chumling
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, we will leave for Chumling walking for about 3 hours. Still not leaving the same river, we will be walking on the bank of Budi Gandaki River on the same way for Manaslu round trekking. After enjoying lunch on the way, we will hike through a wild lesser-known route of Tsum valley. The trail mostly goes through the forest and some Gurung villages.
Trek to Chhokang Paro
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, we trek to Chhokang Paro. Chhokam Paro 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 superb views of the Baudha and Himal Chuli peaks to the south-west. Some households in this village practise polyandry.
Trek to Mu Gumba
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, We will head for Mu Gompa which is the final destination of our trekking. Basically it will take 3-4 hrs from the Nile to Mu Gompa. We need to go through wide mountain vistas and numerous chortens. The Gompa lies on the highest and at the most remote part of the Tsum Valley. At the monastery, you can see monks busy in their daily routine and the breath-taking view of the border of Tibet. After exploring Mu Gompa, we will then head back to the Nile.
Trek to Chhokang Paro
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, We will trek down for Chhokang Paro about 5-6 hrs. This day we can enjoy glimpses of the Punchen Himal which is unique in shape. This day we continue our descent by retracing the path from our ascent.
Trek to Lokpa
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, we will decent trekking to Lokpa. On the way, we will explore the beautiful village of Philim. We will have a decent trail all the way to Lokpa while crossing several pine and fir forests on the way. Many wildlife can also be seen on the way.
Trek to Jagat
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, We continue our decent trekking from Lokpa to Jagat. We will explore Gurung village on the way to Jagat. Walking about 2-3 hours from Lokpa to Jagat we will have many southwest, waterfalls, and many species.
Trek to Macchakhola
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, we will move towards MacchaKhola.The trekking trails are easy as we are descending towards Machhakhola for 5-6hrs passing the Gurung and Brahmin village and crystal clear waterfalls make the trekking more fun.
Trek to Soti Khola
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, we will move towards Soti Khola. This is the last day of trekking where we will have decent trekking from Machhakhola to Soti Khola.
Drive to Kathmandu
At 07:00 AM: After breakfast, we will drive towards Kathmandu in a private vehicle. After reaching Kathmandu you will be transferred to the hotel. You will get a shopping time and we will have a farewell dinner.
You will be free until your flight time; we will drop you at Kathmandu airport 3 hour before your flight.
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- All arrival and departure at Kathmandu airport as mentioned.
- Private transfer (Kathmandu/Arughat/Soti Khola/Arughat/Kathmandu) as mentioned in the itinerary.
- 2-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per the trek itinerary.
- Daily breakfast throughout the trip.
- Lunch and Dinner from trek start day to trek end day.
- All necessary paper works. (National Park Entry Permits and TIMS Card)
- English speaking licensed trek guide.
- Porter during the trek. (Can carry 20KG Baggage of 2 people)
- Lodge or Tea house accommodation during the trek.
- One local SIM card (returnable) during your stay.
- All government and local taxes.
- Guide and Porter’s salary, food and accommodation during the trek.
- Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your traveller’s insurance company.
- Sleeping bag, duffle bags and trekking route maps – if necessary.
- Farewell Nepali dinner on your last night.
- Personal expenses.
- Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
- Nepal visa cost. (You will require 2 passport size photos and 30 USD)
- International flight ticket.
- Travel health insurance. (Recommended)
- Tips for the guide, porter and driver.
- Sweet things like dessert/chocolate.
- All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Hot shower/batteries charge/heater during the trek.
- Any other expenses which are not mentioned in including section.