Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

  • Destination
    Nepal
  • Region
    Manaslu
  • Duration
    18 Days
  • Transportation
    Drive
  • Max Height
    5150m.
  • Activity
    Trekking
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate
  • Accomodation
    Hotel/Lodge
  • Group Size
    02
  • Best Season
    Sep-Dec & Mar-May
  • Meals
    B.L.D.
  • Start / End Point
    Arughat to Beshi Sahar

Trip Overview

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is a tranquil valley of the Manaslu region of Nepal located at the lap of serene mountains. As the word “Tsum” refers to vivid; the place is bright and spiritual. The positive vibes around the place are incomparable. Therefore, the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is highly regarded among trekking lovers across the globe. It endows the pristine feeling of mountain wilderness and spiritual relief. Nepal High Trek has knitted a beautiful itinerary of Tsum Valley Trek for the trekkers to enjoy this majestic place of Nepal. Don’t miss out to accumulate the momentous and spiritual memory of Nepal’s virgin Himalayan valley.

There are two distinct and popular trekking routes in the Manaslu region of Nepal. They are Manaslu Circuit Trek and Tsum Valley Trek. However, some trekkers prefer to mix both places in one itinerary. The Manaslu Trek takes trekkers to the high-altitude pass that is Larke La Pass (5160 m). Please check our Manaslu Circuit Trekking package for more information. The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is a relatively new trekking destination in Nepal that has gained popularity in recent years.

Where is Tsum Valley Located? Landscape and Vegetation

The Tsum Valley Trek is located in the remote northern part of the Gorkha district in Nepal, near the border with Tibet. The starting point of the trek is usually the village of Arughat, which is about a 7-8 hours drive from Kathmandu. The place is the heartland of Lama and Tibetan origin of people. The place is equally habituated by upper-hilly people. The landscape is of mountain valleys and alpine Himalayan belts.

During the early phase of trekking, trekkers can experience deciduous forests. At high-altitude places, there is alpine vegetation. Budigandaki River is the main river in the area. Moreover, there are numerous streams, waterfalls, and lakes on the way. Overall, the landscape and vegetation of the place are diverse.

Trekking Difficulty and Travel Insurance

 The Tsum Valley Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek. The trek involves long hours of walking on steep and rugged terrain and requires a good level of fitness and stamina. Altitude sickness can also be a concern as the trek reaches a maximum altitude of 4,020 meters. Get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter rescue, medical expenses, trip cancellations, and miscellaneous. In fact, insurance is the basic requirement to get a special permit for Tsum Valley.

Culture and Religion

The Tsum Valley is home to the Tsumba people, who have their own unique culture and traditions. The valley is also known for its many Buddhist monasteries and Chortens (stupas), including the famous Mu Gompa. There are monasteries that showcase the unique blend of both Hinduism and Buddhism. The majority of the people of the area are Buddhists. However, the lower region people follow Hinduism. Even if there are two distinct religious communities, they celebrate Nepal’s common festivals with equal vibrancy. Regardless of the religion, both sets of people celebrate Hindu and Buddhist festivals. The languages people speak in the region are Nepalese and Tibetan. Besides, these two languages some communities speak their own dialect also.

Permits Required for Tsum Valley Trek

 A special restricted area permit is required to trek in the Tsum Valley. The permit can only be obtained through a registered trekking agency, and you must be accompanied by a licensed guide. As for the Manaslu Circuit trek, trekkers need to get the ACAP permit too. Likewise, Tsum Valley Trek requires three permits to complete the trip such as a special restricted area permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), and a Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) permit.

Best time to do Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

The best time to trek in the Tsum Valley is from September to November and from March to May when the weather is dry and the skies are clear. The most appropriate time to do the trek is in the months of September, October, November, December, March, April, and May. During these months, the view is clear and the people of the region are also in a festive mood. The monsoon and winter seasons are not recommended for the trek. Lower Manaslu Scenic Trek is an acceptable and easiest trekking route in the Manaslu region. It’s a local culture and authentic trip to Nepal.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary and Cost

The itinerary of the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek usually consists of 16 – 20 Days. It depends upon the condition of your body. If you are okay with the shorter itinerary, the travel planners can adjust the number of days as per your requirement. However, it is highly advised to follow the regular itinerary of the trekking. It enables a greater trip success rate and ensures safety.

The cost of the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek ranges from 900 $ to 2000 $. The price varies according to the style of trekking and the kind of services included in the trekking package. Therefore, consult with the trekking planners before finalizing the trip.

Accommodation and Meals on the Route

Accommodation along the Tsum Valley Trek is basic and limited. Teahouses and lodges are available in some villages, but in more remote areas, camping is the only option. Nowadays, almost every overnight destination has lodged. Trekkers can get a good sleep in the basic teahouses. In some cases during peak season, trekkers might have to sleep in the dining area.

As for the meals, you can get a diverse range of food items ranging from Western cuisine to local dishes. The choice of meal items is limited in high-altitude places.

Monasteries of Tsum Valley

The Tsum Valley is known for its many Buddhist monasteries and Chortens (stupas), which hold great significance in the local culture and religion. Here are some of the notable monasteries in the Tsum Valley:

Mu Gompa: Mu Gompa is the largest and most famous monastery in the Tsum Valley. It is located at an altitude of 3,700 meters and takes about four days of trekking to reach the village of Chhokangparo. Mu Gompa is home to about 80 monks and features a large prayer hall, a school, and a library with ancient Buddhist scriptures.

Rachen Gompa: Rachen Gompa is a Nyingma-pa monastery located in the village of Chhule-Nile. It was founded in the early 20th century and is home to about 70 nuns. The monastery features a large prayer hall, a school, and a retreat center.

Gumba Lungdang: Gumba Lungdang is a small monastery located at an altitude of 3,200 meters. It is perched on a hill overlooking the Shiar Khola and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The monastery is home to about 30 monks and features a prayer hall and a small library.

Dephyudonma Gompa:

Dephyudonma Gompa is a small monastery located in the village of Chhokangparo. It is home to about 12 monks and features a prayer hall and a small library. The monastery is known for its beautiful frescoes and thangkas (Buddhist paintings on silk).

Milarepa’s Cave: Milarepa’s Cave is a meditation cave located in the village of Chhokangparo. Besides It is said to be the cave where the famous Tibetan Buddhist yogi and poet, Milarepa, meditated during his stay in the Tsum Valley. The cave can be visited on a day hike from Chhokangparo.

Serang Gompa: The monastery is one of the ancient monasteries nearby one of the caves of the valley. According to the myth, the monastery is the place where there is a trace of ancient religious tolerance between Hinduism and Buddhism. The place has paintings of Buddhist origin and is also famous due to its sacredness to Hindus. The Hindu sage Shringi once meditated there. Therefore, the monastery is the symbol of perfect harmony between two of the biggest religions of the Nepalese people.

Can I do Larke La Pass Trek after Tsum Valley Trek?

Yes, you can do Larke La Pass Trek after Tsum Valley Trek. Interestingly, the itinerary of both of these trekking is similar for the initial few days. Therefore, our travel planners can knit the itinerary of the Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek for you. You need to get an additional permit of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Remember that the Larke La Pass trekking takes trekkers to an altitude of up to 5100 m. Therefore, it is more challenging than the regular Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek in Nepal.

Is it possible to do Solo Trekking in Manaslu Tsum Valley?

No, it is not possible to do solo trekking in the region. In fact, you are not allowed to do solo trekking in any of the restricted trekking regions of Nepal. The Manaslu region is also not an exception. You must do the trekking in a group (at least 2 trekkers) and a licensed trekking guide.

Overall, Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek in Nepal is the perfect trekking trip to do in Nepal. If you are in search of a tranquil, untainted, and spiritual place to hike; try walking on this trail. Nepal High Trek operates the trekking trip in the area with a team of locals. In the restricted and relatively new trekking trail; it is of utmost necessity to include the help of locals. Moreover, these locals are regulars and have more than a decade of experience in the field of Nepal Trekking. Relish the chance to visit the Tsum Valley of Nepal with the highly experienced team of Nepal High Trek.

Details Itinerary

On your arrival to Kathmandu at TIA, a representative of Nepal High Trek& Expedition will warmly welcome you to Nepal. He/She will guide you towards the room of the hotel of Nepal booked for you. Arrival day can be either rest day or sightseeing day of Kathmandu valley. The night will be at the hotel with a discussion about the tour and enjoying the delicious dinner.

Today, we will start our trek to Manaslu Tsum Valley. We will drive to Sotikhola from the capital city of Kathmandu.  We will drive through the route of Dhading Besi via Arughat bazaar and then reach Sotikhola. Our journey will take around eight hours for our bus to get there. After going there we stay overnight there.

Early morning after breakfast we walk to Khrola Besi. We move to Tatopani and enjoy the natural hot spring. We will follow the trail through the forest. Then we will reach Dovan and to Jagat. We will stay the night at tented accommodation.

From Jagat, we climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri and descend to Sirdibas to reach Ghatta Khola. We will continue upstream to a long simple suspension bridge and reach the Gurung settlement of Philim. From there we trek further to Chisopani where we stay a night.

After having breakfast, we walk towards Ekle Bhatti and enter into the pine forest. We descend towards Tsum Valley. From there we enter into the dense forest of pine and rhododendrons. By looking at the magnificent Himalayan ranges, we will reach Chumling where we stay overnight.

Today, we walk uphill and descend to cross the bridge. We will pass through Rainham and reach the valley of Tsum. Chhokangparo is known to be the largest village of Tsum valley. There we will enjoy with people and stay overnight at tented accommodation.

From Chhokanparo, we walk forward for Lama Gaun. We will cross the monasteries and Gompa. We will climb the Milarepa’s Cave and visit Buddhist meditation centers. We will trek through Phurbe and Pang and reach the village of Nile. We stay overnight at tented accommodation in the Nile.

Early morning after breakfast, we ascend to Mu Gompa passing through monastery of Tsum Valley. Mu Gompa is located at the highest point of Tsum Valley. So we hike around this village exploring Kalung and visit Dhephyudonma Gompa. We stay overnight by enjoying at tented accommodation.

From Mu Gompa, we trek back to Chhule and Phurbe which is on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. We arrive at the beautiful village of Burgi then climb up to the Milarepa Cave. It is well known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier and Mount Churke. We will stay overnight at tented accommodation at Burgi village.

From Mu Gompa, we trek back to Chhule and Phurbe which is on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. We arrive at the beautiful village of Burgi then climb up to the Milarepa Cave. It is well known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier and Mount Churke. We will stay overnight at tented accommodation at Burgi village.

After having breakfast we continue walking through the greenery of nature then descend down to Chhokang Paro. Descending continuously to Gho, we reach Chumling. We will enjoy ourselves with the people and we stay overnight at tented accommodation in Chumling.

Early morning after having breakfast we continue to Lokpa and move ahead on a flat trail ahead overlooking the gorgeous Samba Falls. We can take some photos. We will reach Philim unknowing after about six hours. We stay overnight at tented camp in Philim.

From Philim, we again move towards Jagat and Tatopani and reach Khorlabeshi. Again we descend down to Sirdibas and arrive at Jagat. Then we continue trekking through Tatopani and arrive at Kholabeshi where we stay overnight at tented accommodation.

Today, we will cross Tharo Khola following in a rocky ravine. Then we head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola of Gurung village of Labubeshi trekking along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach Soti Khola. We will stay overnight at tented accommodation.

After completing the whole Tsum Valley trekking, we will catch a bus and drive back to Kathmandu from Sotikhola. The drive will be about 8 hours. In the evening, we can join the farewell dinner with our trekking team. We stay overnight at a hotel at Kathmandu.

After having a relaxing night at Kathmandu, finally, the day of returning back to our home country and busy schedule has come with the ending of our interesting tour over to the highlands of Nepal. Nepal High Trek & Expedition will organize a small farewell program at the airport and will help for any inconvenience that may arise during the departure. We wish your a better journey ahead.

  • Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car.
  • Hotel In Kathmandu: Two night’s standard Hotel in Katmandu.
  • During the trek three times meal (Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner)
  • Trekking permit: ‘Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.Manaslu special permit and ACAP permit.
  • All necessary paper works.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by the tour guide, syambhu, Bouda, Pashupatinath.
  • Kathmandu to Arughat, Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • Four times tea or coffee
  • During the trek fresh fruit.
  • Government register expert and knowledgeable trekking Guide
  • One porter for two guests to carry belongings  And Their well-paid Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Adventure Certificate of Nepal High Trek.
  • Nepal High Trek’s  down jacket and sleeping bags (if you needed)
  • The arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Trekking map and poles
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner.

Cost does not include on:

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu).
  • Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • All the Food in Kathmandu. Also in the case of early return from mountain (due to any reason) Than the scheduled Itinerary.
  • All the expenses in mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay or canceled flight)
  • Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than scheduled Itinerary.
  • All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, a bottle of water, hot water, shower.
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

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