|Trip Code: NHN 2935||Duration: 12 Days Trekking|
|Region: Manaslu||Maximum Altitude: 3,790 M. / 12,507 Ft.|
|Start: Kathmandu – Soti Khola||End: Dhading Besi – Kathmandu|
|Best Season: Sep – Nov, March – May||Trekking Type: Tea House / Camping|
|Group Size: Min 2||Price From: $ 950 /Person|
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking is significantly considered to be a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage trekking into a mesmerizing valley situated in northern part of Gorkha district, Nepal. The word ‘Tsum’ refers to the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid. The trekking trail to Tsum valley ascends higher along Budhi Gandaki river through mysterious villages inhabited by Tibetan community. The intermingled culture with dialect will, of course, let you taste a quite distinctive flavor of civilization untouched by the flame of modernization. Valley has its distinct and natural treasures of clear streams, teeming vegetation, mountains, cascading waterfalls, along with natural hot springs and ancient residue of natural serenity and infatuation.
This trek would appeal to anyone who is looking for a challenging trek in a remote region of the Nepal Himalaya. The trail passes through a geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating area with scenery similar to the classic Annapurna Circuit although the trails are not as popular with trekking groups.
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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (8,20 m. / 2,706 ft) – 07 hrs. Drive.
Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Machhakhola (8,70 m./ 2,871 ft.) -06 ½ hrs. Walk.
Day 03: Trek from Machhakhola to Jagat (1,380 m. /4,554 ft. ) – 06 hrs. Walk.
Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Chumling (2386 m. / 7,873 ft. ) – 06 hrs. Walk.
Day 05: Trek from Chumling to Chhokang Paro ( 3,031 m. / 10,002 ) – 05 hrs. Walk.
Day 06: Trek from Chhokang Paro to Nile ( 3,361 m. / 11,091 ft. ) – 04/05 hrs. Walk.
Day 07: Day trip to Mu Gompa ( 3,790 m. / 12,507 ft ) Stay overnight in Nile – 04 hrs. Walk.
Day 08: Trek from Nile to Chumling ( 3,361 m. / 11,091 ft. ) – 04/05 hrs. Walk.
Day 09: Trek from Chumling to Jagat (1,380 m. /4,554 ft. ) – 05 hrs. Walk.
Day 10: Trek from Jagat to Lapubesi ( 8,84 m. / 2,917 ft. ) – 07/08 h Walk
Day 11: Trek from Lapubesi to Soti Khola (8,20 m. / 2,706 ft.) – 03 hrs. Walk. Then drive to Dhading Besi 07 hrs.
Day 12: Drive from Dhading Besi back to Kathmandu – 03 hrs. Drive.
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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola ( 8,20 m. / 2,706 ft. ) – 07 hrs. Drive.
Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat. This takes around 6 hours travelling via Prithvi highway. Before reaching Malekhu we turn north to Dhading Besi. Then we drive via Arughat Bazar to Soti Khola which takes around 1 hrs. Stay Overnight.
Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Machhakhola ( 8,70 m. / 2,871 ft. ) – 06 1/2 hrs. Walk..
In the morning after having breakfast, we start our trek from Soti Khola. We pass through small villages and forests to Laphubesi. The valley opens and our trail drops to the gravelled banks along Budhi Gandaki River. Before reaching the village of Machha Khola we can have nice views of Ganesh Himal. Stay Overnight.
Day 03: Trek from Machhakhola to Jagat ( 1,380 m. / 4,554 ft. ) – 06 hrs. Walk.
Crossing Machha Khola via a small village called Khorlabesi we reach a natural hot spring named Tatopani. Then we pass a short section of forests and a village called Dobhan. We hike through farming terrace and tropical villages to Jagat. Jagat is the entry point of the restricted area where permits be checked. Stay Overnight.
Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Chumling ( 2,386 m. / 7,873 ft. ) – 06 hrs. Walk.
In Jagat, we have to complete ACAP procedure. In the early part of our trek, we ascend over a rocky ridge to Salleri and then descend down to Sirdibas through flat level path. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge and climb up to Philim.
Entering through the pine and rhododendron tree forest, we descend down to the trail which leads us to Tsum Valley. En route, you can see the panoramic views of Mountains. Continuing our walk, we pass through a small beautiful village called Lokpa. It is along the old trial route. From Lokpa, we have to descend down for half an hour up to Lungwa Khola and then climb on a zigzag trail for further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons until we reach Gumlung. After crossing the Siyar Khola, we finally arrive at Chumling. It is the lower Tsum valley. Chumling is located on the south face of the Shingri Himal from where we can see an eye catching view of Shringi Himal. You can also visit the old Chumling Gompa, and the stone streets of the village.
Day 05: Trek from Chumling to Chhokang Paro ( 3,031 m. / 10,002 ft. ) – 05 hrs. Walk.
From here altitude slowly gains with the mountain views of Ganesh Himal peaks, as the villages and landscapes looks similar to Tibetan windswept plateau. Morning walks with downhill to cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola, with views of Ganesh Himal also known as Yangra at 7,422 m high, walk slowly leads at Chokhan-paro village for overnight stop.
Day 06: Trek from Chhokang Paro to Nile ( 3,361 m. / 11,091 ft. ) – 04/05 hrs. Walk.
The Nile village is on the western side and is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. It is on the sunside of the Shiar Khola and about twenty minutes’ walk from across Chhule. The route further is a very pleasant trek, as we will be walking pass green meadows and the landscape become fertile and narrow. The farmers will be busy farming. There are two separate monasteries that are attached to the rocky cave. and Crossing the suspension bridge over the Shiar Khola, we will soon arrive at Nile. Overnight stay in Nile.
Day 07: Day trip to Mu Gompa ( 3,790 m. / 12,507 ft. ) Stay overnight in Nile – 04 hrs. Walk.
Morning walk starts on reaching the highest point at Mu Gompa and main destination of this adventure, as the walk continues to climb on high arid terrain offering views of high peaks on the way to Mu Gompa. It is the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gompa is located at the highest and the farthest point in the Tsum Valley and the historical Dephyudonma monastery connected with the dawn of Buddhism run by Lama, on the lap of the rugged mountains, is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum valley.
Day 08: Trek from Nile to Chumling ( 3,361 m. / 11,091 ft. ) – 04 hrs. Walk.
We trek back to Chumling starting in Nile.
Day 09: Trek from Chumling to Jagat ( 1,380 m. / 4,554 ft. ) – 05 hrs. Walk.
Today we also just walk back from Chumling to Jagat.
Day 10: Trek from Jagat to Lapubesi ( 8,84 m. / 2,917 ft. ) – 07/08 hrs. Walk.
After an early morning breakfast, we will be descending to Lapubensi. The trek today will be at ease and pleasant as we will walk through terrains and cross several bridges. Trekking down to Machhakhola we will yet again cross a suspension bridge over the Nauli Khola. As we trek on the sandy river bed of the Budhi Gandaki, we will finally reach the Lapubensi; a small beautiful Gurung village. Overnight stay in Lapu Bensi.
Day 11: Trek from Lapubesi to Soti Khola ( 8,20 m. / 2,706 ft.) – 03 hrs. Walk. Then drive to Dhading Besi ( 5,80 m. / 1,914 ft.) – 07 hrs Drive.
Today is the nice day of walking as you see the beautiful villages and villagers are engage in their daily activities. While walking, you can see the stunning views of mountains and gorgeous waterfalls from the both side of river which makes your walking worthy. When we arrive in Soti Khola we will eat lunch and then we start our drive to Dhading Besi.
Day 12: Drive from Dhading Besi back to Kathmandu. 03 hrs. Drive.
After breakfast we move to Kathmandu. On the way back to Kathmandu we reach Malekhu. It is famous for the delicious and fresh fish. While returning you can enjoy the superb view of Mountains, sacred Trishuli River, terrace farming as well as stunning green sceneries.
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☛ Pickup / Drop international airport by private tourist vehicle.Car, van or bus. (Depend on size of group)
☛ Transportation to Kathmandu / Sotikhola by Local Bus.(if you like to drive by Private Tourist vehicle ask us.)
☛ Transportation to Syange / Kathmandu by Local Bus.(if you like to drive by Private Tourist vehicle ask us.)
☛ Manaslu Conservation Area Fee.
☛ Special permit fee. For restricted area.
☛ Special permit fee. For Tsum Valley restricted area.
☛ Annapurna Conservation Area Fee
☛ TIMS (Trekking information management system) Fee.
☛ Lodge trek with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation in tea house lodge.
☛ Service of English speaking trekking guide and Porters. (We will provide one porter for two Persons and the maximum weight carried by porter is 25 Kg. in total).
☛ Accommodation, meals, transportation, equipment’s, and allowances of guide and porter.
☛ Insurance of Guide and Porters.
☛ All applicable government taxes and service charge.
☛ Any accommodation, meals and other services in Kathmandu.
☛ Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
☛ Bottle Drinks (Mineral waters, any cold drinks and alcoholic drinks) during your trek
☛ Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver, laundry, bar bill, Telephone calls etc.
☛ Nepal Visa fee.
☛ Any other cost not mention above in cost includes.
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Just wanted to throw out a small plug for Ganesh and Gabish – a father and son owned trekking company in Nepal. In 2013, Susanne and I were lucky enough to have Ganesh as a guide for our quiet two week hike through the Tsum Valley. He really is fantastic at his job and has an amazing singing voice (a bonus on long days of hiking)!!! Many trekking providers are not owned by their guides, so your money does not always go into the pockets of those that work the hardest. If any of you guys out there are considering a holiday to Nepal or know someone who is, you should get in touch with Ganesh and Gabish at Nature Hike Nepal – http://www.naturehikenepal.com – and hopefully Ganesh will be free to show you around !! – Dan and Sussanne
We trekked with Ganesh in November of 2014 when we did the Everest Base Camp trek for our honeymoon. What an amazing experience! Ganesh was so knowledgeable, friendly and trustworthy.
His English is great and he is a very good communicator. He took such good care to make sure we had a wonderful experience. When we started the trek, Ganesh was our guide. By the time we finished the trip, Ganesh was our friend. I’ve recommended Ganesh to several friends that visited Nepal after us and they all share the same feedback about Ganesh. He is fantastic!! – Mary Messer