On the one hand you have arguably the most memorable and immersive cultural experience on offer to trekkers, a living breathing Buddhist culture that’s been protected from the ravages of the outside world for centuries in its hidden and well protected valley. On the other you have one of the most scenically spectacular and diverse wilderness treks available, complete with the majestic peak of Manaslu standing in serene splendor over the surrounding landscape. In combination the two comprise quite possibly the most complete and rewarding experience currently available to the trekking community, a tour de force of the very best that Nepal has to offer.
Tsum Valley is one of Nepal’s crown jewels of cultural experiences, a sacred sanctuary of Buddhist monasteries and nunneries, spinning prayer wheels, and the deep-throated call of long Tibetan horns rumbling across the distances. It’s a place bathed in the glow of its peaceful inhabitants and their abiding belief in the sanctity of all life, a landscape of patchwork meadows, terraced fields, and the imposing Ganesh Himal ranges adding their own spectacular touch to the much vaunted scenery.
Manaslu is fast gaining in popularity as the area of choice for those seeking an all-round experience of the mountains that encompasses everything that a trekker could hope for in the Himalayas – an adventure-filled journey of layered landscapes ranging from semi-tropical to pure alpine, precipitous trails winding by myriad waterfalls and dense forests of rhododendron and pine, thread-like suspension bridges hanging impossibly high over thundering whitewater rapids, epic mountain scenery and spectacular Himalayan peaks, all rounded out by the classic culmination of a picture perfect and prayer-flag festooned high pass to round out the journey. Throw in the ever-present mule and yak teams delivering the basic necessitates of life through the valley, abundant wildlife waiting to beguile at every turn of the pathway, and the resilient and ceaselessly optimistic inhabitants with their welcoming demeanor, and you truly have one of Nepal's most amazing experiences.
The Manaslu Tsum valley trek begins by following the banks of the Budhi Gandaki, tracking back and forth across the river in spectacular fashion via spidery suspension bridges through to the threshold of Tsum Valley. Beautiful views of the Ganesh Himal and Siringi Himal ranges unfold as the trail leads towards Lopka, while from Chhokoang Paro onward the lush landscapes give way to the alpine regions of the valley and the cultural time capsule that the local Tibetan community represents, with its numerous Buddhist retreats, monuments, and the general air of spirituality that pervades the entire valley's atmosphere - a night spent at one of the monasteries adds even further to the sense of wonder and mystique. The return leg through the valley affords trekkers the opportunity to visit Ganesh Himal Base Camp and its glorious outlook before the trail heads back to the Budhi Gandaki.
The path leads up and onward towards mighty Manaslu through dense jungle and by ancient mani walls until it breaks free of the semi-tropic environment and enters the cooler climate of the mid valley, where time spent acclimating at Sama Gaon allows for basic rest, a climb to Manaslu Base camp, or a less challenging outing to Pungen Gompa and its scenic setting. The village of Samdo a day's further march along also offers a day hike along an ancient trail to the border with neighboring Tibet. After a night at Dharamsala (4460m) the trek climaxes with the rewarding achievement of cresting at Larke La (5160m) before descending to Bhimthang and finally Dharapani for the return journey to either Kathmandu or Pokhara.
It's ready and waiting for you to explore, and Nepal Trekking Experts is the ideal agency to arrange this amazing trek on your behalf, because the entire region is home territory for most of our staff —no one even comes close to being as familiar with all nuances of the area as we proudly are. So get in touch with us and see what we can do to get you on the trail to Tsum Valley and Manaslu. Whether it's our well-planned stock route, or one of your own designs, we can make it happen for you.
Exploring this multi-layered region requires a number of permits, as both Tsum Valley and Manaslu are restricted areas that require a licensed agency and a government-registered guide to lead visitors through the area. A minimum of two people are also required for each party. For more detail please do not hesitate contact us or visit our permit and fees blog.
Day 01: Welcome you at the Airport & transfer to your Hotel.
Day 02: Free day for trekking preparation
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700 m, 7-8 hrs).
Day 04: Soti Khola to Machhekhola (869 m, 5 hrs).
Day 05: Machhakhola to Jagat (1340 m, 7 hrs)
Day 06: Jagat to Lokpa (2240 m, 6-7 hrs)
Day 07: Lokpa to Chumling (2386 m, 5 hrs)
Day 08: Chumling to Chhokangparo (3031 m, 4-5 hrs)
Day 09: Chhokangparo to Mu Gumpa (3700 m, 6 hrs)
Day 10: Mu Gumpa to Chhokangparo (5 hrs)
Day 11: Chhokangparo to Gumpa Lungdang (3400 m, 7 hrs)
Day 12: Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp 4900m then back to Gumpa Lungdang (8-9 hrs)
Day 13: Gumpa Lungdang to Ripchet (2470m, 4 hrs)
Day 14: Ripchet to Deng (1860 m, 6 hrs)
Day 15: Deng to Namrung (2630 m, 7 hrs)
Day 16: Namrung to Sama (3520 m, 7 hrs)
Day 17: Acclimatization day. Hike to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungen Gumpa.
Day 18: Sama to Samdo (3860 m, 3 hrs)
Day 19: Acclimatization day. Explore the Tibet Border Rui La (4998 m, 8 hrs)
Day 20: Samdo to Dharmasala (4460 m, 5 hrs)
Day 21: Dharmasala to Larke La 5160 m then descend to Bhimthang (3590 m, 8 hrs)
Day 22: Bhimthang to Dharapani (1960 m, 8 hrs)
Day 23: Drive back to Kathmandu/Pokhara (9/10 hrs)
Day 24: Departure
Note:- Above itinerary is just a guideline. If you are not satisfied please feel free customize your own & talk to us.
Welcome at Airport and transfer to your Hotel. Introduce about program then enjoy your first night in cultural diversity Kathmandu.
Today you can spend however you prefer, we recommend that you enjoy our diversified cultural capital - the ever-changing city of Kathmandu. This day is also your last chance to make the necessary preparations for your trek.
We head out from Kathmandu for the long drive to Soti Khola, driving through Arughat along the way on the dusty road. Soti Khola is set on the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River, our companion and guide through the Manaslu valley whose source we'll eventually touch on when we ascend to the pass of Larkya La.
The trek commences with an easy day of walking on the route to Machha Khola, (the name means 'fish river') with pleasant views of the surrounding jungle and occasional waterfalls adding their own soothing sound bite to the hike.
We ease through Khorlabesi during the early part of the day and make our way to Tatopani, famed for its natural hot springs. A steep climb takes us up to Dobhan as we enter the Manaslu Conservation area and on to the scenic village of Jagat and its rugged setting and narrow paved lanes.
A series of striking suspension bridges dominate our path today as we steadily make our way up the trail past numerous waterfalls towards the Gurung village of Philim and its pretty setting. From there the trail climbs again and branches away into Tsum Valley, with the striking image of Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal drawing our attention as we make our approach to Lopka to end our day on the trail.
Lush jungle and three more suspension bridges usher us in to the mystical Buddhist valley, and after an initial sharp climb the rest of our hike to Chumling is a fairly leisurely one that allows us to relax and take in the beauty of the valley.
Glorious views of the Ganesh Himal serve as our backdrop during the day as we steadily ease higher along the Shiar Khola, a minor tributary of the Budhi Gandaki, a small Tibetan monastery along our path reminding us of the valley's strong Tibetan influences. The day finishes off with our arrival at Chhokangparo, the largest settlement in the valley.
With the tributary still acting as our guide we make our way deeper and higher into the valley, following the ancient trade route to Tibet as we make our way past chortens , stupas, mani walls, monasteries and nunneries, all reminders of the close cultural and historical bonds to Nepal's mystical neighbor to the north — not for nothing is Tsum Valley known as 'Little Tibet'. We can pause briefly to inspect Milarepa cave before our arrival at the monastery of Mu Gompa where we'll stay the night and enjoy the hospitality of the resident monks — truly one of the cultural highlights of the trek.
We retrace our steps from Mu Gompa as far as the village of Lar then take an alternate route back to Chhokangparo via Rachen Gompa, home to the valley's most famous nunnery.
Our day begins with a descent to the village of Dumji, after which we change direction and take a steep trail through dense pine and rhododendron forests until we reach Gompa Lungdang and its serenely situated monastery below Ganesh Himal.
The ascent to the base camp takes approximately four hours, perhaps a little less, and once there our efforts are rewarded with some of the finest views on offer of towering Ganesh Himal and the surrounding alpine wilderness. After a suitable amount of time to savor the view we retreat back down the trail to Gompa Lungdang.
Our return path takes the alternative route towards Ripchet, which gives us a new and rewarding perspective on the landscape as we make overnight.
As we leave behind our stay in the magical Tsum Valley our attention refocuses on the trail through the Manaslu region and our ultimate goal of Larke La pass. Our old friend, the Budhi Gandaki River, greets us and leads us westward towards Pewa and on up the steep sided valley to Deng.
An undulating trail leads us steadily through forests until we arrive at Ghap, then continues gaining altitude steadily as we trail by the tumbling white water of the river close at hand. A final steep climb leads us into Namrung.
The lower temperate forests give way steadily as we break free of the tree line and hike higher into the mountains, the lush greens of the lower valley giving way to the muted browns and grays of the Himalayan terrain and the vivid blue skies one only experiences at altitude. Our first destination for the morning is the scenic village of Lho with its gorgeous views of Manaslu and Rebung Gompa perched atop a hillside nearby. From Lho we hike to the equally impressive village of Shyala and its own spectacular vistas, then climb steadily through yak pasturelands to Sama Gaun.
Sama Gaun is our temporary home for the day as we give our bodies time to acclimate to the altitude, and the choice is a good one as the village provides multiple choices for day excursions, including a short excursion to the pretty lake of Birendra Taal nearby, the highly rewarding and dramatic hike to Manaslu Base camp, or the alternative walk to Pungen Gompa and its serene setting amidst the mountains.
Onward and up is the motto of the day as we put our heads down determinedly with the goal of Larke La ever nearer. The trail leads us on a short and gradual climb alongside the river then begins to steepen as it leads us up to Samdo around midday. There is plenty of time in the afternoon to explore and perhaps hike to a higher altitude briefly to help in the process of acclimatization.
Another rest day to help acclimate, with the rare option to spend the day on a return hike to the border with Tibet at the pass of Rui La (4998m). The views of the Himalayas and Fukang Glacier add another level to the day's journey.
Our trek to the high altitude camp of Dharmsala brings us to the very threshold of Larke La, with snow more evident and the air feeling thinner with each step towards our destination. Another brief hike to higher ground is recommended to help our bodies get used to the altitude and sleep better during the night.
The typical method for crossing Larke La is to head out before daybreak, our head mounted lights bobbing in the dark as we clamber up the path in the cold morning air, our breath apparent in the glow of the lamps. The trail to Larke La is a deceptive one of constant switchbacks, promising everything one minute and snatching it away the next as one false ridge leads to another. Finally we catch a glimpse of the first prayer flags and our goal is finally attained as we stumble wearily to the marker and pose proudly for our cameras to mark the achievement. After pausing to luxuriate in the accomplishment and take in the magnificent views we begin the descent to Bhimthang and put our trekking poles to good use to spare our tired legs and knees from the steep descent to the arid valley below.
With views of Manaslu to our left and the Annapurna ranges to our right we descend from Bhimthang through yak pastures to the first signs of the Dudh Khola's headwaters trickling down the slope. A bridge across leads to a path which gradually leaves behind the alpine climate and takes us down through familiar rhododendron forests to a narrow valley of terraced fields and patchwork crops. We reach the small and picturesque village of Tilje then make our way uphill to Dharapani, the major trekking confluence in the region and modern starting point for trekkers heading out on the Annapurna Circuit and their goal of reaching Thorong La pass. With time and intent we too can head in the same direction.
A long day's driving by local transport to either Pokhara or Kathmandu.
Farewell and drop-off at the airport, or the opportunity to join another of our programs.
This was a wonderful experience from start to finish. I chose Nepal Trekking Experts because they are local to Manaslu and because of excellent reviews and everything went wonderfully. Rajesh was a prompt and excellent communicator over email, set me up with a trekking partner who was a great match, met me at the airport, was very hospitable and helpful all the time I was in Kathmandu, organizing gear rental, going out to dinner. Kedar and Resham were our guide and porter and they did an outstanding job- experienced, safe, and also a lot of fun to hang out with. Kedar has over 20 years experience and so much familiarity and local knowledge of the region, knowing best places to stay and eat, less crowded tea houses, safety on the trail, showing us edible plants, and joking with us. Resham also has years of experience, was always looking out for our well-being, prepared fruit for our dessert every evening, was incredibly positive and cheerful, and hardworking- he was also our ‘monastery guide’ and they both were very accommodating of our desire to visit every monastery! We often had fun playing a Nepali card game in the evening and really felt we made new friends. We added on the Annapurna circuit impromptu at the end and they were very flexible and accommodating. The guides helped us get set up in our hotel in Pokhara as well and Rajesh also sent our luggage there. The trek is also stunningly beautiful and culturally fascinating. Overall I wholeheartedly recommend them- a company that really goes the extra mile, is very well organized, professional and supportive. I would definitely trek with them again. Namaste and muri muri dhanyabat to all!
Ons verblijf en de Tsum valley- Manaslu trekking was tot in de puntjes verzorgd. Vooraf was het emailcontact met Rajesh Neupane helder en duidelijk. Hij kwam ons persoonlijk van het vliegveld ophalen en bracht ons naar een fijn Hotel (Dream city) met rustige binnentuin, goede bedden en vriendelijk personeel in de Thamel. Gids Kedar en porter Krishna zijn fijne mensen, altijd opgewekt en met op de juiste tijd de juiste adviezen. We konden echt merken dat Kedar jarenlange ervaring heeft. Nepal trekking Experts is door ons harte aanbevolen!
We are a family of 5 and Could not rate these guys highly enough. Rajesh is a great communicator and goes beyond what is expected to make sure your trip goes smoothly. From Rajesh organising our trip, waiting At the airport for nearly two hours to welcome us into Nepal to taking us out to dinner and finally making sure we were safely back on the plane to go home once our Trek was over. Bikram our fantastic Guide would have to be one of the most experienced guides on Manaslu. We had no problems on our 3 week Trek but if anything had happened you knew that Bikram would handle it. He was lovely with the kids. Our two porters were also marvellous. Gautam who is a character would run ahead in the morning and make sure we got good rooms in a good tea house. In his pare time he was giving locals hair cuts, fixing electrical problems, teaching the kids new card games, he is a man of many talents. Finally the prices nepaltrekkingexperts charge for the Trek is very very good! There are a lot of costs including very high prices for meals as you become more remote. All your trekking permits, meals, transport your guide and porters etc are included in the price. If you want a quality experience don’t go looking for a bargain. At the end of the trip my husband and I thought we should have paid more than we did for our Trek. Finally take cards on your trek and tip your guide and porters well, they deserve it. Cheers Helen, Tim, Solita, Ben and Inti
I cannot compliment Rajesh and his team enough. I arranged my trek at short notice and was not sure that I was prepared. Rajesh was very supportive in the run up - offering advice on what to bring and setting aside time on my arrival to help me buy some trekking items in Kathmandu. I was met at the airport, even though my flight was 3 hours delayed and Rajesh took time to explain everything and to help me get organised before the trek started. Our guide, Bikram,for the trek was excellent. Completely professional, really knowledgeable on pretty much everything, easy to talk to and very safety aware. It's important to know that in Tsum valley and some of the tea houses on Manaslu, the cooking is not always ideal and the guides need to help out in the kitchens to make sure that food is prepared properly and noone gets sick. We were extra lucky with Bikram because he was also an excellent cook - often preparing meals himself. At every meal stop he would disappear into the kitchen,sleeves rolled up, chopping veg and helping out the cooks. We ate VERY well on this trek. There were a few challenging areas on the trekking route, including some landslide affected areas and high altitude - Bikram took time each night to explain what to expect each day and how to get through safely. He was careful to walk with everyone in the group throughout the day to make sure we were all doing ok. Some of our group opted for a shared porter and this was a really good decision. One porter, in particular, Ram, was like having an assistant guide and a good friend. His humour, card playing, singing, conversation and ad hoc Nepalese lessons got me through some of the tougher days on the trek and made the long evenings shorter. He came with our group even on the acclimatization days when the other porters were resting - just in case someone in the group got tired and needed to turn back early. Between Bikram and Ram I always felt completely safe on the trek and looked forward to each day. I would not hesitate to take another trek with the same team or to recommend to a friend.
I started chatting with Rajesh through Facebook and he came across as very customer-centric and trustworthy. He never assumed or pressured me into getting anything - instead always clarifying and asking me very detailed questions. I felt that his quote was very reasonable as well. It is also to be noted that he has a true passion for trekking in the Manaslu Region. We arrived in KTM pretty late into the night but he still provided a pretty comfortable ride to our hotel. The next day, he briefed us on how our trek would go, in lots of detail. He helped us with getting our gear and getting our NPRs as well. Our guide for the trek was Thakur (Dandapani) Neupane, whom I felt was kind and amicable. He was kind enough to let us stay at his home in a village near Arkhet Bazaar. He took very good care us throughout the whole trip. Thakur also assisted us in navigating some dangerous areas during the trek. In short, it was a great experience and would wholeheartedly recommend Nepal Trekking Experts to anyone wanting to go on a guided trekking trip in Nepal.
>> for english look below please Поскольку я уже пользовалась услугами менеджера Раджеша Ньюпане и этот опыт был положительным, я обратилась именно в агенство " Nepal Trekking Experts", чтобы получить помощь в организации для меня треккинга, Сделав свой выбор я не ошиблась! Раджеш великолепно справился с работой. Он разработал нужный для меня маршрут (Цум долина - Ганеш химал - Манаслу), учтя все мои пожелания, подготовил необходимые документы и предоставил квалифицированных гида и портера. Меня удивляет способность Раджеша правильно подбирать персонал! Его гиды и портеры в походах всегда надежны, заботливы, грамотны и без вредных привычек. Опытный персонал "Nepal Trekking Experts", адекватные цены на его услуги, надежность, что еще надо! - нет необходимости искать других агентов. Я и в будущем буду пользоваться их услугами! В этом треке меня сопровождал гид Раджу Дахал. Несмотря на молодость, Раджу работал профессионально, в трудных ситуациях действовал надежно, обеспечивая мою безопасность. Я несколько лет хожу в походы в Гималаи и, если это позволяют условия трека, не пользуюсь услугами гида,. Но с Раджу Дахал можно идти в любой трек, он идеальный попутчик! I applied to the agency "Nepal Trekking Experts" in order to get help in organizing the trekking for me, because I already had a positive experience in cooperation with manager Rajesh Newpane. And again I was not mistaken in making my choice! Rajesh did a great job. He developed the necessary route for me (Tsum Valley - Ganesh Himal - Manaslu), taking into account all my wishes, prepared the necessary documents and provided qualified guide and a porter. I was amazed at Rajesh's ability to choose the right persons! His guides and porters in treks are always reliable, caring, competent and without bad habits. Experienced staff from "Nepal Trekking Experts", adequate prices for its services, reliability, what else is needed! - there is no need to look for other agents. I will use their services in the future! In this trek I was accompanied by guide Raju Dahal. Despite his youth, Raju worked professionally, in difficult situations acted reliably, providing my safety. I have been going on trips to the Himalayas for several years and, if the conditions of the trеk permit, I do not use the services of a guide. But with Raju Dahal you can go to any trеk, he is a perfect companion!
In short : I can’t imagine a trekking company giving a better service ! If you want to trek in Nepal, contact them and you’re 100% sure satisfaction ! My wife, two kids and I just completed the Manaslu and Tsum valley trek with « Nepal Trekking Experts » and we had a wonderful time. I first contacted Rabin and Rajesh Neupane many months ago to know the feasability of this trek for a family like us. Since the beginning of emails exchange, they were trustable and honest. While offering us there services, they also shared with us some concerns about the kids on such a big trek. We thought about it and decided to move forward. They supported us through all the project with a service that went beyond our expectations. They provided us a totally adaptable itinerary. As we were trekking with kids, we wanted to be able to decide every night where we want to go next day therefore adapting the pace with the kid's energy. So Rajesh and Rabin, provided us a guide with exact knowledge of the trail and an itinerary with a certain amount of days that could be adapt, fitting exactly our needs. When Rajesh came to pick us up at the airport, we immediately knew we were in good hands. The next day we discussed details at his office with a drink in a friendly atmosphere. Rajesh is an experienced guide that owns his company, not a company owner that rarely goes in the mountains, therefore he can discuss the itinerary with you and he gives excellent advises. You’ll notice the difference when you’ll meet him. He then took care of all the permit issues (which was little more complicated than normal because of the kids) and we were able to meet our guide and porter the following day. During this meeting, I remember a sentence that Rajesh said that totally illustrate the way he runs his business : Raj speaking to our guide and porter: « Make them (us) feel that Nepal is the best place to spend there holiday, make there stay here memorable, make them want to come back, again and again. » Our guide Bikash Maharjan was exceptional ! He spoke excellent English, knew the trail by heart (he knew many places not even on the map and also the exact time to reach all the different places, other trekkers also noticed how precisely he knew the way), was always making sure everything was OK for us on the trail and at the tea house, selected the best accommodation option every night… he was excellent ! Our porter Saroj Lamichhane was way more than a porter ! He was funny with the kids, taking care of us (sometimes going in front to ensure a good spot for the night or ordering food in advance for hungry/tired kids…). By the way he his also an excellent Nepaly traditional singer ! Unlike many porters we met during the trek, Saroj was part of the team. Rajesh, we can tell you they made us feel that Nepal is the place to spend holidays, yes our trek was memorable and yes we will come back trekking with you guys ! On top of that « Nepal Trekking Experts » was less expensive than the other company I contacted ! What can I say more ?
We had an amazing trip with Nepal Trekking Experts on the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek for 20 days in November 2016. In preparation for the trek Raj and Rabin were flexible and organised from the outset. Both are incredibly hospitable, knowledgeable and eager to share their advice on everything from what to bring, to our plans for after the trek. We knew we were in safe hands! During our trek, Rabin was incredibly professional, helpful and flexible. It was wonderful to have such an experienced local guide, who knew the height of every mountain we could spot and always ensured we stayed and ate in wonderful tea houses along the route where we experienced amazing hospitality. Rabin always did his best to ensure we were having the best trip possible and it was a fantastic way to spend 3 weeks!
Respect the privacy of local people and kindly ask for permission before photographing them or their children
Appreciate and respect the local culture and customs
For your own personal safety always stay on the uphill side of a trail when being passed by donkeys.
In landslide zones either traverse them quickly or climb over and around if at all feasible
Smoking and drinking alcohol at altitudes above 3000 meters is not recommended
Drink a minimum of three liters of water per day
Remain aware of symptoms related to altitude sickness and be honest about any signs with yourself and your guide
Even when not mandated there are always benefits to using the invaluable services of a guide on a trek