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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking

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KEEP WALKING - NEPAL

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking

2018 & 2019 - March 2 to 23 & October 26 to Nov 17

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Overview

This 18-day trek takes you through the most unique and remote villages in the Tsum Valley of Nepal. True to its meaning Tsum valley holds a distinct geographical identity and resources with clear streams, lush vegetation, high mountains, waterfalls, perfect hot springs and ancient relics. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin with traditional mountain village lifestyle. The genuine hospitality of the villagers will create a truly unforgettable experience. This trek is especially suitable for those who want to get off the beaten track. The trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with Mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The Buddhist saint, Milarepa, is believed to be meditated in one of the caves in the Tsum valley. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries. As a result, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact.

 

Ang Tshering Sherpa

 

Ang Tshering Shepa,

Family business woner/manager
Keep Walking Nepal

 

 

Trip Summary

Day 1 – arrive Kathmandu: meet-and-greet
Day 2 – guided tour of Kathmandu and surrounds
Day 3- drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (approx. 7 - 8 hrs)
Day 4 – trek to Liding (approx. 5-6 hrs)
Day 5 – trek to Machha Khola (approx 6 -7 hrs)
Day 6 - trek to Yaru kharka (approx.7 - 8 hrs)
Day 7- trek to philim (approx.6-7 hrs)
Day 8- trek to chumling (approx. 5-6 hrs)
Day 9 – trek to Chhekampar (approx 6-7 hrs)
Day 10– trek to chhule or nile (approx 6- 7 hrs)
Day 11–trek to mu gumba (approx 6-7 hrs)
Day 12– trek to rachen (approx 5-6 hrs)
Day 13– trek to dumje ( approx 6-7 hrs) Day 14– trek to gumba lungdan (approx 5-6 hrs)
Day 15– trek to Ripchet (approx 6- 7 hrs)
Day 16– trek to Philim (approx. 7 - 8 hrs)
Day 17– trek to Khorla Bensi (approx 7- 8 hrs)
Day 18–trek to Laapu Bensi (approx 6-7 hrs)

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Cost: USD $3135 per person
Includes:
Airport pick up and transfer by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
4 nights' hotel accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast on twin sharing
Overland drive from Kathmandu – Arughat Bazaar –Kathmandu
Accommodation during the trek in tents on twin sharing
Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek
Highly experienced a local trek leader and necessary Sherpa guides, porters, cook, kitchens during the trek and their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance.
Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS).
Manaslu Conservation Area entry Permit
Special trekking area permit
All camping equipment
First Aid medical kit
Duffle Bag
Sleeping bag
Down Jacket

 

Daily Movements

Days Avtivities
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu. Your group leader will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel where there will be a short arrival briefing and then trek briefing at 5 pm. At the same time your group leader will distribute sleeping bag,down jacket and kit bag.  Evening meal with the keep walking family. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 2

Kathmandu sightseeing. After breakfast half day sightseeing tour of the 2 major attractions in Kathmandu. We will visit Boudha Stupa (the second largest Buddhist stupa in the world) and Pashupatinath (one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River). Afternoon at leisure for last minute shopping or you may like to explore Durbar Square or the extensive handicraft shops in Thamel.

Day 3

Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (710m) approx. 7 - 8 hrs. We set off early today for Arughat (608m), the hot, enclosed, deep valley heading north upstream along the Budhi Gandaki River.  During the drive, you enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the distant Himalayan peak of Ganesh Himal .We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, district headquarter of Dhading (1050m) but the drive from Dhading Bensi to Arughat will be on a rough road.  Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in Gorkha District, overnight camp at Arughat

Day 4

Trek to Liding Walk approx. 5-6 hrs. Today is the first day of the trek. We follow the trail climbing gently through the terraced rice paddies to Mangaltar, with its typical houses, neatly colored by red earth and black paint, with comfortable patios at ground level. The settlement at Arkhet is the second main bazaar of the region en route north from mangaltar. The trail continues upstream to a ridge where there is a large rock overhang called Chhepare Danda, which means 'rock in the shape of lizard'. The trail passes through Naya Bazaar (new bazaar) and Soti Bazaar, a village noted for its crystal clear waters and natural pools.Our next stop for overnight stay will be at Liding, also known as Khursan bari. It is a pleasant village overnight at camp

Day 5 Trek to Machha Khola (1750m) Walk approx. 6 -7 hrs. After Liding, the trail gently descends into sal forest. En route you will come across an overhanging rock called Hawa Danda, meaning ' windy hill'. Located high above the river, it catches the invigorating breeze here. In places the trail is literally carved into solid rock, being only about one meter wide, so you need to watch your step and beware of any mule caravans. Once again there is a fleeting glimpse of the majestic Ganesh Himal.After 3 hrs.Walk we arrive at Lapubesi , village inhabited by Gurung and Ghale ethnic groups of people. Here you will find a health post and tea shops often sell yogurt, milk and curd. Our next stop will be at Machha Khola Bazaar, located at the confluence of the Machha Khola and the Budhi Gandaki. It is a welcoming place to spend overnight camp at Machha Khola.
Day 6 Trek to Yaru Kharka (1330 m) Walk approx 6 to 7 hrs. the trail is quite exposed and challenging in some places with overhanging cliffs. En route you will see some traders, porters, mule, caravans and local people walking through. After a short section of forest path you will reach the single teahouse at Doban. Above Doban, the Budi Gandaki descends on an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, overnight camp at Yaru kharka.
Day 7 Trek to Philim (1835m) Walk approx.6-7 hrs. The trail after yaru kharka ascend to the confluence of the Bhudi gandaki and passes through a rocky zone.  We crossed the suspension bridge and continue walk to Jagat where you will find the Manasalu conservation office check point. The trail eventually reaches a ridge overlooking Salleri village which is located in a fertile zone. The shining summit of Shringi Himal peak can again be seen directly to the north as the trail ascends to another ridge. The peak separates the tsum valley and the Kutang valley (lower Manaslu).
The trail crosses the Budhi Gandaki River on a long suspension bridge, heading for Philim. To reach Philim requires a stiff climb up on numerous steps. Most of the local speak three languages; Nepali, a local dialect and Tibetan. People here follow both the Hindu and Buddhist cultures. Overnight camp at philim
Day 8 Trek to Chumling (2285m) Walkapprox. 5-6 hrs. From philim village the trail descends to reach a wooden bridge. The Sardi Gorge is an interesting place, where the Siyar Khola flows rapidly through a narrow canyon. We climb and follow the trail dotted with grass, pine and many rhodendron trees .You will see a spectacular vista opens up the southeast ridges of the shringi Himal. Nyangtongsa is one of the rest places along this trail, but teashops are few far between along here until the hamlet of Tharong, perched high above the rocky terraces. Chumchet, Gompa and Yaarchyo are villages clinging to the highest elevation on the northern slopes of Shringi Himal, which is also known as Chamar Himal. The trail cuts through the forest and over rock slides to reach a creek, which you can either cross on the bridge or use the boulders. Chumling is a small settlement located on the north-facing slopes, overlooking the Siyar River below that flows in an east-west direction. Overnight camp at chumling
Day 9 Trek to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) (3010m) Walk approx. 5- 6 hrs. Today we walk through thetrail strewn with artistically decorated Mani walls, khnyis and colorful local Gompas (monasteries) most of them built away from the settlements. Cascading waterfalls can be seen from the trail above Siyar Khola. Walnut and apple trees are seen in the valley. The Khanyi gateway chortens are one of the main architectural features in Tsum, they are built to ward off evil spirits. From the next settlement, Tamba, you can also see Dumje village across the valley and the trail to Gumba Lugndang and Ganesh Base Camp. Lama Jhyusa, a clump of three houses, means 'special place for high Lamas'. It is strategically located at the confluence of three rivers- the Sarphu Khola, originating from the eastern glaciers of Shringi Himal; the Siyar river from the east; and the Lungdang Khola, draining the glaciers of Ganesh Himal from the south. This place offers a view of Ganesh II and the conical hills of Elung Chuli and Ghala Chuli from left to right.Overnight camp at chhokangpar
Day 10 Trek to Chhule-Nile, en route visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave (Walk approx. 6- 7 hrs.). From Chhokang Paro the trail passes beside many Mani walls to Kaye, and the Chhekam primary school with its long buildings and large playing ground. Many Mani walls adorn this trail. The villages of Ngakyu and Leru are not too far ahead. This productive valley has been widely cultivated, growing wheat, buckwheat, mustard and potatoes.
Lamagaon village, also known as Nga, is 1hr walk from Ngakyu-leru. The famous scared Milarepa's Cave is up in the rocky foothills about a 50 m climb above. There is an impression of Milarepa's footprint and his meditation place has been made in Gompa. The retreat is near a row of stupas. Because part of this cave is used by snow-cock pigeons, it is also known as Piren Phu or Pigeon's cave. Offering butter lamps here is believed to give merit to all sentient beings. From the Langju Khola moraine area, the trail passes long Mani walls inscribed with Buddhist scriptures 'Om Mani Padme Hum'. Overnight camp at chhule
Day 11 Trek to Mu Gompa (3800m) Walk approx. 5-6 hrs. Chhule literally means the 'river side'. If time allows, you can climb up to Gonghe Gompa, perched high above the village. From here, there is a spectacular view of upper Tsum, with the meandering Siyar River. After the bridge at Rholmi the trail goes through alpine vegetation and ascends gently into more arid landscapes. Yak herders and local people are encountered coming and going to nearby Tibetan border markets. Trekking at this higher altitude can be exhausting The Dhephu Doma nunnery and the nearby Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in Tsum, should not be missed. Camp at Mu Gompa
Day 12 Trek to Rachen Nunnery (3210m) Walk approx. 5-6 hrs. From Mu it is necessary to retrace the route to Phurbe and then follow the left trail to the village of Lar. High across the valley, a spectacular moraine drops from the Langju Himal to the rushing torrent of the Siyar Khola. In Lar is the Buddha primary school, the first school in Tsum built after the visit of king Birendra. The sturdy houses of Lar have relatively large compounds for the livestock. Well-built stone walls protect the fields from the wind while thorny bushes keep the livestock out. Close to Lar is the famed Rachen Gonpa, the largest nunnery in Tsum, with its red tin roof. Overnight camp at rachen
Day 13 Trek to Dhumje (2405m) Walk approx. 6- 7 hrs. Following the left bank of the Siyar River, we head through the pasture lands of Ngakharken to the bridge at Ngyorang. Dzong village has around ten households; surprisingly a VSAT telephone is available nowadays there. The local Gompa is on top of a big rock covered with trees and has recently been renovated. It is run by Nga Landrang, who often conducts the rituals during the festivals in this Gonpa throughout the year.
The trail again follows long Mani walls near the Saki Lungba River. Along here the village of Chokkang Paro is framed by the peaks of Baudha and Himalchuli, seen to the far west. Gho, down the valley, is a small village with four households and limited cultivation. The newly built Khanyi, in pagoda-style, dominates the village. Lower down the valley, across the bridge over the Siyar Khola, is Dumje. There is a small clinic here run by nuns from Gumba Lungdang. Overnight camp at dhumje
Day 14 Trek to Gumba Lungdan (3310m) Walk approx. 5-6 hrs. Our trail today initially climbs steeply up through dense rhododendron and pine forests. Ganesh III (7110m) soon pops into view before us while, to the west, an inspiring vista of the distant Manaslu range also appears. The valley we are now entering has the feel of a secret amphitheater, containing a circle of numerous soaring Himalayan giants, including Ganesh I (7429m), Ganesh II (7111m), Ganesh IV (7052m) and Ganesh III (7110m). We camp near an ancient Buddhist nunnery (800+ years old) that clings to a vertiginous hillside with a sweeping panorama of the Ganesh amphitheater. Known as Gumba Lungdang, it is the most remote nunnery of all Tsum valleys. Overnight camp at gumba lungden
Day 15 Trek to Ripchet (2500m) Walk approx. 6- 7 hrs. We descend today back to Dumje before following the shaded trail along the lush banks above the Shiar Khola. We traverse two old wood cantilever foot bridges high across deep side canyons before arriving at our camp near Ripchet...a ridgetop village boasting an abundance of good farmland. The narrow and winding stone-lined trails through the village take many unexpected turns and are fun to explore. Overnight camp at ripchet
Day 16 Trek to Philim (1570m) Walk approx. 7 - 8 hrs. From Ripchet, we descend through verdant forests and across several streams as we make our way back through Lokpa, the confluence of the Shiar Khola and Budhi Gandaki rivers, and officially exit Tsum valley. We camp in the slope side village of Philim, sometimes meeting other trekkers headed up to the Manaslu region. Overnight camp at philim
Day 17 Trek to Khorla Bensi (960m) Walk approx. 6 -7 hrs. Our trail continues to descend along the Budhi Gandaki valley, passing through the village of Tatopani where a hot water shampoo and rinse feels very refreshing. We camp at Khorla Beshi, where the owner grows coffee and many other fruit trees. Overnight camp at khorla besi
Day 18 Trek to Laapu Bensi (880m) Walk approx. 6 -7 hrs. We proceed downstream, passing a huge landslide on the opposite side of the valley and walking on sandy beaches along the shore of the Budhi Gandaki. Later, we gradually climb to a grassy camp at Lapubeshi, complete with a simple but refreshing cool water shower. Overnight camp at lappu besi
Day 19 Trek to Arughat Walk approx. 5 -6 hrs. Today you walk through cultivated areas and villages while enjoyingthe pristine beauty of the waterfalls on the route. You cross over the bridges before you finally reach Arughat Bazaar.Overnight camp at Arughat
Day 20 Drive to Kathmandu (1330m) approx. 7 - 8 hrs. After breakfast we drive you back to Kathmandu through Dhading Besi and Malekhu bazaar. En route, you enjoy the mountain scenery and spectacular views of the Himalayan mountain range. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city of Kathmandu&reach Kathmandu.
Day 21 Free day in Kathmandu, hotel Optional sightseeing tour takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. The formalities of the trip conclude after breakfast unless further arrangements have been negotiated.
Day 22 Transfer to Airport for your onward destination A representative from Keep Walking will make departure transfer for you toTribhuvan International Airport as per your flight departure time.

** There are some important matters to note for this tour exerience and our staff will aprise you of them on arrival.

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