Reach Kathmandu via respective airlines, at the airport received by our guide and staff for short transfer to you hotel in the heart of Kathmandu.
After getting refreshed meet with other members of Tsum valley and Manaslu circuit trekking for group briefing and short meeting, where our guide / leader provides you with information regarding the treks, hotels, cultures with do’s and don’ts to make your time in Nepal with more enjoyable.
Evening depart for group dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurants where you will be entertained with Nepalese folk music and dance programs.
Today in Kathmandu for interesting sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley where you will be engrossed visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites as Kathmandu and adjoining cities steeped with ancient monuments of both Hindu and Buddhism religions.
Tour includes Old Durbar Square with ancient Royal palace and courtyard within historical monuments in the midst of the city and then visit old Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2, 500 years old history, located on a hillock west of the city.
From here tour takes you to important Hindu temple at Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva, an interesting place to witness Hindu pilgrims on prayer and worship, after Pashupatinath short drive to interesting site of Bouddhanath.
Bouddhanath Stupa an important pilgrimage site for Buddhism followers with many monasteries; Bouddhanath area known as the Vatican of Buddhism and Little Tibet.
After a wonderful and interesting day tour back to hotel with time for trek preparations.
Morning overland journey to reach Nepal Mid-West, to reach at Arughat, a large farm town located within Gorkha district and then continue further to Soti Khola a moderate size farm village following Buri-Gandaki River.
As drive continues for short hour from Arughat and Soti-Khola heading past spread-out farm villages within cultivated terrace of Lapbesi village, then drive meanders below a steep, craggy valley side with slow climb to Machha Khola for overnight stop, a village with many teashops and small lodge, Maccha Khola means a Fish Stream.
From Machha Khola (Fish stream) walk upstream to Khola-Besi village and at Tatopani a place with natural 'hot spring', time permitting enjoy refreshing break here and then continue walk as valley turns into narrow to cross over suspension bridge, after a short period enter into forest then reach a small village of Dovan located on high shelf of Buri-Gandaki River.
As journey progress over field near Lauri stream crossing over a bridge with climb to a high ridge then descend into a valley around Yara Khola (stream), walk for another hour to reach at Jagat.
Jagat, nice and interesting typical hill farm village; where one can notice the local of various tribes from Magar, Gurung, Chettries, Brahman, to Manaslu Bhotia (Tibetan looking tribes) with some Newar people, who runs most of the lodge and shops.
From Jagat, morning walk leads to higher area past scattered farm villages with short climb and down to cross again over a bridge towards 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 reach at Lakuwa and Chisapani on leaving from the main trail of Manaslu trekking route.
As walk continues then enter within first village on route to Tsum valley, 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 Lunwa Khola to reach at Chumling village for first night stop around Tsum Valley.
From Chumling onward into Tsum Valley area as altitude gains slowly with views of Ganesh Himal peaks and Manaslu towards west, as walk proceeds where villages and landscapes changes into Tibetan windswept plateau.
Morning walks leads on downhill path to cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola, with views of Ganesh Himal also known as Yangra at the height of 7,422 m high, and then reach at Chokhangparo village for overnight stop.
After nice and pleasant overnight halt in Chokangparo, walk towards upper Tsum area to reach at Nele (Ne-lay), start climb within wide open valley within windswept landscapes where only few small trees of juniper and willow survives around this harsh and arid country.
Walk continues uphill facing views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal, after a wonderful and scenic walk reach Nele for overnight stop, on route Nele as time permitting for interesting short visit to old holy mediation cave of 11th Century Saint Millerepa, famous and popular among Buddhist as poet, singer, tantric guru his folk-tales and songs are still remembered by Tibetans and Buddhist followers.
Staying at Nile for overnight, where morning walks takes to our first main highlight of the adventure at Mu Gompa, walk leads to climb within high barren country facing grand views of high peaks on-route to Mu Gompa.
At Mu Gompa explore around its pristine and unexplored areas within high Tsum valley visit around its weather beaten villages with tour of interesting old Mu Gompa that treasures ancient, antique idols and scrolls, statue and relics, this is an important monastery within Tsum valley and around Manaslu area.
The village of upper Tsum beyond Mu Gompa located on route to Tibet border, on least ventured region by trekkers and adventurer, here enjoy the scenery and culture in complete natural surroundings and then return back on same route to Nile for overnight stop.
After marvelous time at Nile and Mu Gompa, return journey with long day walks to reach at the end village of Tsum valley, as morning trail leads to long descend to Chumling village heading past farm areas and then back into tree lines, after a long downhill walk of more than six and seven hours to reach Chumling village for last overnight stop within Tsum valley area.
On leaving the last village of Tsum Valley at Chumling, where walk heads to reach within high Manaslu valley on route to Larke-La pass, as walk lead past scattered farm villages with climb through terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, to reach a rocky ridge top covered within bamboo forest area towards Eklai Bhatti means a lonely Inn.
After short rest walk to higher region within upper Manaslu, where route diverts North West to reach our overnight stop at Deng a small nice village.
Morning walks towards high cliff walls, and then past dramatic section to reach around farm village, where houses and terrains changes with more strong Tibetan culture of Buddhism religion similar to Tusm villages, after few hours walks reach at Bihe, a small village, from here notice fields with buck wheat, wheat, barley and potatoes as staple crops. From Bihe onward into much cooler region then follow rows of Mani prayer stone walls as walk leads to Ghap a nice village for possible lunch stop.
After Ghap altitude gains walking into woodland with steep climb to enter a wide open valley, then cross over a large stream flowing from the glacier of Lidana.
On walks enjoy view of Manaslu local name is Kutang with Pang Phuchin 6,335 m, Saula Himal 6,235 m with many unnamed peaks of above 6,000 m.
As walk heads with last climb of the day to reach at Namrung for overnight stop, also known as Sho Namru.
From Namrung, adventure leads into a wide spread farm fields within Yak herder camps walking in the heart of scenic and beautiful Manaslu valley, as walk lead to high, scenic valley and then reach at Lho Gaon for overnight stop, a nice lovely village in the backdrop of towering Mt. Manaslu. At Lho village with time to explore around villages and visit monastery decorated with many Chorten and Mani walls includes views of Ganesh Himal towards east.
From Lo-Gaon morning with slow climb within views of Peak 29 and Manaslu, after few hours reach a small village of Shala enjoy views of Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli peaks.
As route heads further west to reach at Sama-Gaon village, offers closest views of Mt. Manaslu, this is a large village of Upper Manaslu, the local are mostly farmers cultivating buck wheat, barley which are the main crops of high altitude, also raise potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
Villagers of Manaslu valley originally migrated from Tibet South West around more than 400 years, as you can notice the custom and culture of impressive Buddhist religion and heritage similar to its Tibetan predecessor.
The trade between local villages of Tsum and Manaslu still exists which takes a day walk to reach the frontier of Nepal and Tibet, which was once an active Trans Himalayan Salt Trade route between the two countries.
Today, rest and a free day for acclimatization before climb towards Larke-La high pass, at Sama-Gaon explore the village of typical Tibetan style and heritage and visit its old Monastery.
After pleasant rest and at Sama-Gaon, walk to the last village of Gorkha and Manaslu valley to Samdo, as slow climb begins heading into much barren country facing beautiful views of surrounding landscapes.
Walk continues then reach at Samdo the last village of Manaslu and Gorkha district, a moderate size village with more than fifty houses where nearly two hundred villagers lives around this high harsh and dry country.
On leaving Samdo village, walk to far end of Manaslu valley with grand views of snow-capped peaks includes Mt. Manaslu, as walk head across icy streams to reach the base of Larke-la Pass at Phedi, which means bottom of a hill and a pass, also called Dharmasala (travelers rest house / shade). At Larke Phedi afternoon free for short walks and preparations for next early morning long climb to cross over high Larke-La pass to reach Manang area.
Morning from Dharmasala, early start with climb over moraine of rocks and boulders heading past ablation of north Larke glacier, with morning views of Cho Danda with Larke Peak, as walk continues with gradual climb to reach on top Larke-la festooned with thousands of colorful Buddhist prayer flags. At the top of Larke-La Pass with sign board with name and its exact height marked with thousands of Buddhist colorful prayer flags, enjoy panorama of Himlung, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru and Annapurna II includes views of Manaslu range of peaks. From the top long descend towards a valley at Larcia, and walk further for another hour on moraine ridge to Tambuche at 3, 900 m, to reach the bottom of the pass, and then walk to Bhim-Phedi for overnight stop after a long, hard day reaching at Manang area.
Bhim-Phedi also called Bhimthang, located within beautiful surrounding of forest on a wide green valley with number of good lodges adorned with prayer Mani walls.
From Bhim-Phedi or Bhimthang rest of the journey easy with nice downhill includes short climb to reach at Tilje unto Dharapani, morning walk starts on gradual path into dense woodland.
Enjoy last day walk of the adventure as morning heads on nice, pleasant trail downhill within cool shade of forest to Tilje, a lovely village, located near Masrsyangdi River for last overnight stop around high hills of Manaslu and Manang areas.
Morning with last short climb to reach large village at Dharapani, a spread-out village, located on the junction of Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit route. From Dharapani taking a long exciting drive to reach Kathmandu as ride takes towards lower warm farm country, further down around Lamjung area on winding downhill to Syange and then reach Besisar, headquarter town of Lamjung district, with time here then on good road to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu, transfer to your respective Hotels.
After a great and wonderful experience in Nepal with amazing time in high Himalayan mountains with exciting adventure on Tsum valley and Manaslu Circuit trekking, and with last day in Nepal, our staff or guide transfer you to airport for your flight homeward bound or to next port of call.
From 5-6 hours on the average, the longest hour’s walks will be on crossing Larke-La towards Manang area. Some of the day can be much shorter or longer, depending one fitness, as well enjoying views and visiting nice villages of great cultural interest.
Certainly, although we have mentioned best season for the trek, but sometimes, even in high and best time of the year weather can change suddenly. As the Himalayan weather can be unpredictable sometimes, and if it’s too much snow on the trail to Larke-La Pass. It could lead to long delay and might have to re-route back for safe precautions.
Minimum 2-3 person for this trek, as it falls within restricted region of trekking, as per the rules requires minimum of 2 people.
The larger group of 6 to 10 person group, will be the best for this trekking, to make the adventure more enjoyable.
Yes, it is possible to buy bottled water on route trekking around most village’s stores, shops and in lodge restaurants. But we are against the bottle water due to eco-trekking, and responsible tourism.
Where plastic bottle can be a big problem and a hazard, unless it can be re-cycled for proper us. The best is to refill every night and day from your own water bottle.
Certainly, most villages do have hydro power and some settlements around remote areas, where electricity run by solar power.
All can charge their electronic gadgets on paying a small fee for each items and per hour, the price differs from one villages to another.
Depending upon the size of the group and trip cost, Trekking Planner provides four-wheel drive, good for hilly rough roads.
But in some cases to bring the cost down with minimum number of trekkers in the group like 2 or 3 people. Using coach and bus to Arughat and then in local jeep or similar to Machha-Khola, where trek starts.
Similar same applies on the way back from Dharapani at the end of the trekking.