Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Price inclusive $ 1500
15 days

“on the hidden pockets of North Mid West Himalaya between Manaslu and massive Ganesh Himal”

Highlights: 

“Adventure around Nepal North Mid West Himalayan on the least visited valley of Tsum
Tsum the valley of Happiness with glorious views of massive bulk of Ganesh Himal and Mt. Manaslu.
Exploring its hidden cultural villages of Tibetan Buddhism origin and monasteries
Fascinating scenery with traditional life of Tsum people located close to Tibet border”

Trip Profile:

Trip Mode:                       Hotel-Lodge or camping on treks.
Trek Grade:                     Moderate and Adventurous with high altitude walks.
Activities:                         Sightseeing tour- interesting drive and scenic trekking.
Highest Altitude:            4,700 m at Mu Gompa.
Trek duration:                14 Nights and 15 Days (With drive both ways)
Total Trip:                       17 Nights and 18 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
Season:                            April to October includes Monsoon months as well (April- October best months with clear blue sky)

Introduction:

Nepal Holiday Organizer offers travelers a brand new destination away from mainstream trekking trails, purely on scenic and pristine surroundings at Tsum Valley, on the hidden areas of Nepal North Mid Western Himalaya where trekkers often or seldom visits on this unknown Shangri-la.

Tsum Valley Trekking a picturesque country beneath great massive bulk of mountains behind and between Ganesh Himal and Manaslu range of mountains, since Tsum Valley was opened for visitors in 1998 very few people have traveled the region, due to its remotes of high altitude terrain where the ancient caravan route to Tibet are still active among local Tsum people.

The word Tsum comes from Tibetan language as “Beyul  Kyimolung” meaning “Valley of Happiness”, where you can observe the local traditional way of life of simple living in the harmony of happiness within its pristine environment of windswept landscapes and high hills in the shadow of giant snow capped mountains.

Our adventure starts with an exciting overland drive towards Nepal Mid West at Dhading and Gorkha districts past many interesting towns and villages of mid hills and then walking from warm areas of Arughat-Sotkhola-Maccha-khola-Philim and Jagat, and then leaving behind the Manaslu route, as walk proceeds to complete wilderness into Tsum valley.

Around Tsum Valley exploring its traditional villages of immense Tibetan culture, religions and custom visiting its ancient and interesting monasteries of Mu and Rachen Gomap with spectacular panorama of high mountains and then heading back to road head at Soti-Khola for the drive back to Kathmandu, after an enjoyable and mesmerizing adventure holiday on Tsum Valley Trekking.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu 1,300m and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat – 07 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Machha khola 930m – 06 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m – 06 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Lakuwa 2,2400m – 05 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Chokhan-paro 3,010 m – 05 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Nele 3,361m after a visiting Milereppa cave – 07 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m – 04 hours.
Day 11: Rest day at Mu Gompa visit local village and monastery.
Day 12: Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m – 05 hours.
Day 13: Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Philim 1,590 m – 07 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring) – 06 hours.
Day 16: Trek to Soti-Khola 7 30 m – 06 hours.
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu for international flight homeward bound.

Details Itinerary

Day 01: Reach Kathmandu after your international flight.
On arrival in Kathmandu received by Nepal Holiday Organizer staff and guide for short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where you will join with other members of Tsum Valley Trekking, our guide or group leader will brief with information regarding trekking - hotels-culture with do’s and don’ts, includes welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with culture programs.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast our tour guide will receive you for sightseeing tour around interesting part of Kathmandu, as Kathmandu city a blend of modernization and old lively cultures where you can witness medieval period villages and way of life of the locals as it was for past hundreds of years. Kathmandu valley steeped with ancient history-old traditions full of world heritage sites of Buddhism and Hinduism temples / monasteries.

After an interesting tour afternoon free at leisure preparation for Tsum Valley Trekking.

Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola 730 m via Dhadingbesi and Arughat - 07hrs.
Tsum Valley Trekking begins with an overland drive on busy highway for few hours, and then our route diverts from the main road to reach at Dhading Bhesi a large town. From Dhading heading towards Gorkha areas at Arughat town by the River Burigandaki, from here taking another vehicle with interesting ride towards mid hills following Bhuri-Gandaki River and farm villages to reach at Soti-Khola village.

Day 04: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m - 06 hrs.

From this village, starting our walk following Buri Gandaki River upstream through many farm villages, crossing over Nuali khola with views of waterfalls and then cross a stream to Machha Khola for overnight stop. The village name as Machha Khola means “Fish stream”.

Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs.

After pleasant overnight at Macha-Khola, morning walk follows Buri-Gandaki River upstream, to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding path to reach at Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,” an opportunity for hot bathe as time allows. After a nice rest walk carries on passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages to reach at Jagat for overnight stops, Jagat a moderate size farm villages with shops and stores.

Day 06: Trek to Lakuwa 2,2400m - 05 hrs.

From Jagat, morning walk leads to higher areas passing scattered farm villages with short climb and downhill to cross over a bridge to reach at Nagjet and Philim, a large village with spread-out farm houses. After Philim walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Lakuwa on leaving the main trail of Manaslu trekking route.

Day 07: Trek to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.

After Lakuwa village and leaving the Burigandkai River for a week, our walk heads towards Tsum valley into the valley of happiness, as our route enters narrow gorge then with short descend and uphill climb into rhododendron and pine tree forest walking past small farm villages then climbing above Lungwa Khola to reach at Chumling village for first overnight in Tsum Valley.

Day 08: Trek to Chokhan-paro 3,010 m - 05 hours.
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 09: Trek to Nele 3,361m after a visiting Milarepa cave - 07 hours.

After Chokan-paro heading closer at upper Tsum area to Nele (Ne-lay) starting with a climb onto open valley and windswept country with few small trees that survives around this arid terrain.

Walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal, after a pleasant walk reach at Nele on the way with visit to an old cave of 11th Centaury Saint Milarepa famous and popular among Buddhist as poet, singer, tantric guru his folk-tales and songs are still remembered by Tibetans and Buddhist alike.

Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m - 04 hours.

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 for overnight stop.

Day 11: Rest day at Mu Gompa to explore the local village and monastery.
Rest with free day at Mu Gompa to visit villages and interesting old Mu Gompa with ancient antique scrolls, statue and relics this is one of the most important monastery of Tsum and Manaslu area.

Day 12: Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m - 05 hours.

After an interesting and wonderful time at Mu Gompa return journey visiting another impressive monastery of Rachen Gompa, walk leads on nice path with few short climbs and downhill passing few small villages of cattle herders to reach at Rachen Gompa for overnight stop, afternoon visit Rachen monastery.

Day 13: Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.
Today our last day at Tsum valley, as the morning walk leads to a long descend to Chumling village passing farm areas and then back into tree lines, after a long downhill walk of 6 hours reaching at Chumling village for last overnight stop around Tsum.

Day 14: Trek to Philim 1,590 m - 07 hrs
From Chumling village, morning walk downhill following river downstream with views of waterfalls then reaching villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till our walk ends at Philim village for overnight stop.

This is a nice farm village with school supported by Japanese (as Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is a favorite among Japanese)

Day 15: Trek to Tatopani 1, 240 m - 06 hours.
From here onwards on warmer area with paddy fields, after a breakfast walk leads to Tatopani following Buri Gandaki River through several small villages of Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar and Jagat. Walk further descends at Yaruphant, then to lower area with dramatic change in vegetation, finally ending six hours walk to our overnight stop at Tatopani a small farm village with hot spring as Tatopani in Nepali means 'hot water', afternoon enjoy the hot springs and relax. The local believes that the spring water have a natural power to cure various disease and wounds.

Day 16: Trek to Soti Khola 730 m - 06 hours. 
After a nice time at Tatopani and hot spring, morning walk leads to Soti Khola walking along the Budhi Gandaki River downstream, after hours of good walk reaching at Gurung village of Labubesi, from here walk further through terraced fields and waterfalls to reach our last overnight stop at Soti-khola.

Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu via Arughat - 07 hrs.
With enjoyable overnight at Soti-Khola village, our last day on the mid hills of Mid West Himalaya morning taking vehicle for long interesting overland ride to Kathmandu following Burigandaki River downstream heading towards Arughat which is the last village of Gorkha area. From drive continues to Kathmandu passing through Dhading then on the good road most of the way to reach at Kathmandu, after a fascinating trip Tsum -The Valley of Happiness trekking.

Day 18: International departure for home ward bound.
As per your flight time Nepal Holiday Organizer guide and staff transfers you to airport after a memorable and enjoyable time in Nepal, a country of Himalayan wonders.

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