Tsum Valley & Manaslu

Duration

27 Days

Grade

Moderate (3)

Altitude

** m / ** ft

Service Level

Basic

Rating

Overview

The Tsum Valley, also known as the Hidden Valley a land of monasteries and hamlets with totally Tibetan population lies on the northern part of Manaslu on the Nepal-Tibet border and used to be a restricted area until 2008. Although the region lies within Nepal, the Buddhism influenced region is a world of its own. Traditionally, Tsum used to be a separate area different from both Nepal and Tibet. The Tsum Valley region is still less exposed in comparison to other tourist areas, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths in comparison to the more popular regions. The Tsum people have their own way of family life, which may be quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry. Compared with other areas, The Tsum Valley and Manaslu area is full of imminent mountains, passes, deep gorges, hamlets, gompas, chortens, and mani walls.
The trek to Tsum Valley takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. In the initial days of the trek, we explore the Budhi Gandaki Valley through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields, and hill villages. As we leave the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum valley, suddenly we get a feeling of entering truly into the hidden valley. While on the trek, we also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. We also visit the ancient Buddhist Gombas of the region including the Milarepa's Cave, Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa among others.

Trip Itinerary

01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

02 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

03 Drive to Barpak (2000m/6560ft)

04 Barpark to Laprak (2200m/7216ft): 6-7 hrs

05 Laprak to Khorlabeshi (875m/2870ft): 7-8 hrs

06 Khorlabeshi to Jagat (1410m/ 4625 ft): 6 hrs

07 Jagat to Philim (1,590m/ 5215 ft): 3hrs

08 Philim to Chumling (2363m/7775 ft):6/7 hours

09 Chumling to Chokhangparo (3010m/9903ft): 5/6 hours

10 Chokhangparo to Nile (3361m/11058ft), via Milarepa cave: 6/7 hours

11 Nile to Bhajyo (Chhekya) (4030m/13218ft): 4 hours

12 Rest at Bhajyo (Cheekya)

13 Bhajyo to Rachen Gompa: (3240m/10627ft): 6 hrs

14 Rachen Gompa to Chumje (3230m/10,595ft): 5/6hrs

15 Chumje to Bihi (3130m/10,266ft): 4/5hrs

16 Bihi to Namrung (2540m/8331ft): 6 hrs

17 Trek from Namrung to Lho (3180m/10,430 ft): 4 hrs

18 Trek from Lho to Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft): 5/6 hrs

19 Trek from Sama to Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft): 4/5 hrs

20 Samdo - High Camp (Ekle Bhatti) (4460m/14,628fy): 5hrs

21 High Camp – Bimthang (3,590m/11811ft), 7/ 8 hours walking

22 Rest day at Bimthang

23 Trek Bimthang to Dharapani(1860m/6,100ft): 6-7 hrs

24 Dharapani - Ghermu (1100m/3608ft): 7 hrs

25 Ghermu - Besisahar (800m/2625 ft): 4 hrs

26 Drive Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by bus: 7/8 hrs

27 Farewell, friends

Inclusion

  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestic flights (Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara)
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
  • Porter service
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Sherpa outdoor Adventures trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Exclusion

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