Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trekking

Trip Facts

  • Destination:Manaslu Region, Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Difficult
  • Max Elevation:5200 m.
  • Total Duration:23 days
  • Group Size:2-10

Manaslu circuit trekking exhibits the sensational mountain vistas, fascinating culture, and biological diversity, spanning altitudes from 600 to 5500 meter – one of Nepal’s last Himalayan jewels.

This trek suits best to those who are looking for the challenging but less trodden trekking in Nepal is also a part of the Great Himalayan trail. New tea houses are being built on all around Manaslu trek route nowadays thus we are organizing this trek in tea house mode which used to be a fully camping a few years back. This Manaslu trekking is also becoming the best alternative of classic Annapurna circuit due to the road construction in some sections of Annapurna region.

We start our Manaslu trek from Arughat after the drive from Kathmandu. Trekking along the Budhi Gandaki river, the trail meanders, scrambles and climbs its way along the confines of the valley. Much of the round Manaslu trekking is in the region known as Nupri, an area of strong Tibetan influence with the trade route between the regions. As we trek higher the Hindu culture is being replaced by Buddhist features of Mani walls, Khanyi gates, and Chortens as does the topography changes. This Manaslu circuit trekking region is a natural habitat for many elusive wild animals including the snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, Himalayan Thar, and blue sheep, Keep your eyes open!! Trekking routes at lower Manaslu section are already rebuilt which is being affected by the April 2015 earthquake and we have been running trips as per the regular Manaslu trek itinerary since spring 2016 – once again totally safe for trekking.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
  • Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat (600m)
  • Day 04: Arughat to Soti Khola (700m)
  • Day 05: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870m)
  • Day 06: Maccha Khola to Jagat (2340m)
  • Day 07: Jagat to Chisopani (1660m)
  • Day 08: Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m)
  • Day 09: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m)
  • Day 10: Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m)
  • Day 11: Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m)
  • Day 12: Mu Gompa, sightseeing
  • Day 13: Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3,245m) via Milarepa cave
  • Day 14: Burgi village -Chumling (2,386)
  • Day 15: Chumling to Philim (1,570m)
  • Day 16: Philim to Khorlabesi (970m)
  • Day 17: Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m)
  • Day 18: Soti Khola to Arughat to Kathmandu (1300m)
  • Day 19: Final Departure
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel

Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, our representative will greet you and take you to respective hotels.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. On return to your hotel, you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat (600m)

We will take 7-8 hour's drive from Kathmandu into the western mountains takes us to Arughat via Dhadingbesi, headquarter of the Dhading district - our trek start point. Overnight at Arughat.

Day 04: Arughat to Soti Khola (700m)

We cross the bridge over Budhi Gandaki and begin our trek from the western part of Arughat. The trail to Budhi Gandaki valley now becomes steeper and the trek more difficult as we cross the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge, passing the shops of Arkhet Bazar. Descend to a high, cascading waterfall making a long steep slog up a ridge to Kuerepani. Then from here the trail descends to Soti Khola. Overnight stay at the campsite at Soti Khola.

Day 05: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870m)

Cross the bridge and trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. The trail eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. Climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Overnight at Machha Khola.

Day 06: Maccha Khola to Jagat (2340m)

The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, then reaches Khorlabesi and reach to Tatopani. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Dobhan Khola, the trail climbs on a rugged trail to Duman. Ascending up again to the Budhi Gandaki, we reach at Yaru Khola. We will cross to the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, climb over a ridge, and trek along the river then climb towards the village of Jagat.

Day 07: Jagat to Chisopani (1660m)

We climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large gurung village. We will walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley we reach Chisopani. Overnight at Chisopani.

Day 08: Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m)

We head to the gorge and half an hour walk and descend down to trail going to the Tsum Valley. Climb through pine and rhododendron forests. Then pass Lokpa, descend half an hour towards Lungwa khola and climbing jick jack difficult trail further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons we reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling and visit the old Chumling gompa, and the stone streets of the village.

Day 09: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m)

Cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village. Another continues 2 hours climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting; enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at7140m. Overnight at Chokhangparo.

Day 10: Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m)

We will climb the Chokhangparo carefully and walk past Lamagaon crossing rope suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa. We make a small visit and then we cross the Shiar Khola. We will soon cross the village of Chhule then climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile. We can make a visit to a famous monastery of Chhule which is located in the top of area.

Day 11: Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m)

We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. We also visit the monastery. Then after, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa.

Day 12: Mu Gompa, sightseeing

Today we make a sightseeing of the whole Mu Gompa Region. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After exploring the Mu Gompa area, you may also consider the option of getting to the base of Pika Himal (4865m).

Day 13: Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3,245m) via Milarepa cave

Trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. Finally we arrive at Burgi village. The Burgi village is a small beautiful village. Climb up to the Milarepa's Cave Milarepa Cave (piren phu) is known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke himal.

Day 14: Burgi village -Chumling (2,386)

Continue trekking watching the greenery of nature and descend down to Chhokang Paro again. From their continue descending to Gho. Descending further, we arrive at the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes you to again Chumling.

Day 15: Chumling to Philim (1,570m)

The trail continues to Lokpa. After lunch south on a flat trail we move ahead. Enjoy the gorgeous Samba Falls. Finally arrive at Philim after 6 or 7 hours long trekking. A trail passes through the Phillim village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.

Day 16: Philim to Khorlabesi (970m)

Trek starts today from Philim to Khorlabesi via Jagat and Tatopani. Descend down to Sirdibas and we finally reach to Jagat. Further descend takes us to Yaruphant, continue trekking to Dobhan and finally arrive at Tatopani, a hot spring. Then continue walking to reach Khorlabesi, our rest place for the day.

Day 17: Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m)

The trail crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in a rocky ravine. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of Labubesi. Pass the two waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff. We then reach Khursane. Walk along the ridge above Budhi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola.

Day 18: Soti Khola to Arughat to Kathmandu (1300m)

Climb up to the ridge of Kyorpani. Descend down to the cascading waterfall. Trekking further arrive at Arkhet. Cross the Arkhet Khola. We are now leaving the Budhi Gandaki Valley. Arrive at Sante Bazaar; pass through the forests to Maltar. Finally, passing by the hydroelectric plant following the stone streets, we arrive at the Arughat Bazar. Back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of the road. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 19: Final Departure

We are saying good bye as your journey to Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3-4 hours before your scheduled flight our representative will take you to the airport. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

  1.  Airport pick and drop.
  2. All meals during trek (not in city).
  3. Accommodation during trek (local lodge)
  4. Trekking permits.
  5. English speaking local expert guide, porters.
  6. National park fees.
  7. Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS Card).
  8. Transportation .
  9. Equipment clothing for porter & staffs.
  10. Insurance for all staff & porters.
  1. Nepal visa
  2. Lunch & dinner during the stay in the hotel.
  3. Hot shower battery charges.
  4. Personal expenses (e.g. phone calls, laundry, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, souvenirs, etc).
  5. Tips for the staffs because this is the sign of the guest happiness.
  6. Extra baggage charges.
  7. Personal gears & clothing (available on hire).
  8. Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking.
  9. Your Travel insurance.
  10. Emergency evacuation charges, if required.

★★★ NOTICE ★★★
★ The given itinerary is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. This trekking can be modified according to your time and needs. Trekking price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and Group size so if you provide details about it we will be pleased. please fell free to asked .★

You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

Very Knowledgeable, Enthusiastic and Experienced guide

Narayan Pandey is a very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and experienced guide. If you're looking for a personal guide or a guide for your group to the Himalaya mountains of Nepal then you can not do any better than this man. Narayan Pandey with Trekking tour.
 
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Tracey Quinn,
Sydney, Australia

Very Experienced Guide

Narayan is a very experienced guide and someone you can trust from the start. He was a great help for me while I was in Nepal. I recommend him 100% good luck!
 
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Yaiza Ibañez,

Beautiful country, great people, an amazing experience!

Spent about a month in Nepal last year with San trekking. It was such a beautiful experience. Trekking in Pokhara in the Annapurna region and mountain flight was just out of this world. Their team took great care of us. Beautiful country, great people, an amazing experience!

John Smith,
South Korea

What a wonderful journey it was!

San Trekking provided us with a amazing trekking experience. Narayan took care of our each and every need. Their concern for our health, safety and well being was a credit to the company. I highly recommend this team for your next travel tour in Nepal. Cheers!

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Paris, France

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