Trip Facts

Grade: Adventure/ Sternuous
Daily Walk Duration: 4 - 9 hours
Altitude: Max. 5220m
Group Size: 2 - 15 Pax
Season: March to May, October to December

Description

The Manaslu trek is more popular after this remote and spectacular Tsum Valley area is opened officially. Though the area is in difficult narrow, rough, steep, ridge, rocky tracks, its close links to Tibetan culture and its existing stage is the main attraction to any explorer or trekker to gain new experiences.
 
Different face of Mt. Manaslu, eighth highest mountain in the world, other named and unnamed mountains close views are breathtaking. Local people are nice, friendly, hospitable, a living Buddhist culture and untouched wildlife are another things to see. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word 'Tsombo', which means vivid. 
 
Drive to Arughat via Dading by bus or private jeep over winding road with view of terraced rice field. First half journey will be bit busy due to main western highway but less traffic. Driving over graveled unpaved road with puddles or landslide due to monsoon can be bumpy and rough joyride. Local houses along the road and activities of local people are quiet amazing experience. Trek begins from low land by Soti Khola river bed with hot and humid. Field covered with rice, maize, millet close to village. Trekking through wild bush, jungle with steep up and down, narrow to broaden ridge trails between rocky hills are quite common. Also you can see wild bee hive on the high rocky cliffs,  langoors peeping on you surprisingly and gracefully flowing noise of river will definitely enchant you.  In between you will come across in villages of Gurung, Magar, Chetri, Bramin tribes with little tea-shops will cold drinks bottle in cold water will attract you to stop by Chautara (resting place under  Banyan or Sal trees) will be so relaxing and experience local kids or ladies by the Dunge Dhara (stone tap) or local people chatting loudly. Slates and stone houses with cattle shade underneath are typical village houses. 
 
Smooth trek through Lami Chautara, Chisapani, Ekle Bhatti.  Easy walk up to Gampul where trail separate for Larkya pass and Tsum valley. We take upper route entering narrow, ridge route to the forest. Continue until Lokpa (2240m) for lunch stop.  After descend rocky forest route on the side of Siar Khola sometime steep narrow slope across until bridge over Siar Khola and head steep up by the ridge to Chumling (2360m). Opposite you see Ripchet village at 2470m and upper above separate route to Chumchet and Chumling village with Gompa. Beautiful open view from Chumling of Ganesh Himal range around 7000m and  above steep cliffs, Puchen Himal.  If time allow explore above route to stone paved street of Chumling village, carved old small monastery (gompa).
 After Chumling, you will experience Buddhist area as you see Mani walls (Stone slates paved with picture of Buddhist icons or special Pray), stupa and prayer flags fluttering. After the top big rock and entering the stone Welcome gate is the Tsum valley area. You see big farming land and only can trek between stone walls protecting farm land. The valley opens here into spacious fields of barley, maize, buckwheat and potato. You see Chhokamparo village with black stone houses with many new lodges.  
 
Excursion to Rinchen gompa who associate with Kapan gompa of east north of Kathmandu valley is a school for nuns. Mu Gompa is another monastery close to Tibet border and return to Larkya route crossing the suspension bridge over Shiar khola. Trek continue to Deng, Lho with excursion to Ribung monastery which is link with Maisoor monastery and continue trek up to Syala through pine and rhododendron gully with moss and glacier stream. Once cross over the pass Syala, arrive at plateau with excellent surrounded mountain views of Manaslu (8163m), Himchuli, and Manaslu North (7157m). After descend through Pungyen glacier river crossing new bridge continue trek to the large village of Sama Gaon. A big school supported by foreign aid and continue walk through yak pastures, potato, barley field and stone houses. Sama is one of the biggest traditional village with river canal flowing in between. Another excellent close view of Mt. Manaslu and other mountains.
 
Possible excursion trek to Pungyen Gompa or to Manaslu Base Camp (4900m) or  Birendra Tal (3450m) which is a glacier lake, under the Manaslu Glacier. A better view of Manaslu and depending on the time of year lake can be frozen and possible to see avalance.
Continue trek, easy walking through yak pastures up a broad valley with long Mani walls, marmots in all directions standing on their burrows to Samdo and finally ascend to the highest area to cross the Larkya La (pass) over rocky terrain marked with poles is the longest day trek, ending at Bhimthang and continue to Dharapani and trek and drive back to Kathmandu
 
NOTE: All trips can be customized as per your interest, fitness level and schedule.
Day 1-3: Drive to ARUGHAT BAZAAR. Start trek by crossing river to SOTI KHOLA, continue to JAGAT by Buri Gandaki river (main check post before entering restricted area zone) - very open high ridge a large Gurung village, PHILIM at 1590 meter.
Day 4-6: View of corn, millet field around. Lodges with better facilities. Trek on right uphill to LOKPA, only few lodges. Next day to Tsum valley, after CHUMLING through Kowo - Gho to CHHOKANG PARO.
Day 7-8: Continue to Ranchen Gompa, Lar, Pangdun, Chule and Nile. Further trek to Chu Syang to Mu Gompa with extra excursion and return to Lokpa.
Day 9-12: Further down hill to croos Buri Gandaki river to NYAK, PEWA, DENG, GHAP, NAMRUNG, LHO, SYALA for best 360 degree view of HIMALAYAS To SAMA GAON (known as RO), big village with pasture land, yak cattle around.
Day 13-14: Extra excursion day take you to MANASLU BASE CAMP TO PUNGYEN GLACIER, BIRENDRA TAL (GLACIER LAKE) at 3450 meter chances to see avalance.
Day 15-16: Trek further to SAMDO by crossing glacier river black and white river confluence. SAMDO is the main villages link with northern border, Tibet trade connecting Rhee village crossing LAJYANG LA, 5098 meter.
Day 17-18: Trek to left route towards base DHARAMSALA and continue long tiring day though LARKYA PASS of 5220 meter. Excellent view of Himalayas. Reaching to BIMTHANG after pass is a relief.
Day 19-20: Trek to DHARAPANI (by crossing the longest suspension bridge over DUNA and MARSYANGDI RIVER. Trek and drive back via Syange, Bulbule to Dumre and PRITHVI HIGHWAY either to Kathmandu or Pokhara.

If wishing to travel at other times alternative itineraries are available.

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Trek Grading

The Following Is Designed to be a Rough Guide to help you select the trek that suits you best.

Moderate/Reasonable

More remote country, often camping in the wild, the occasional 7 or 8 hour day (camp to camp) but not more than 5 days consecutive walking. Altitude gains of up to 600m. a day.

Adventurous/Vigorous

Up to 9 days consecutive walking including high passes up to 4500m. (With snow covering), but more typically on passes of 3650-4300m. Again, occasionally a 7 or 8 hour day, but usually 5 or 6 hours. A long way from any road!

Challenging / Strenuous

Only one of our treks, "A Himalayan Summit" fully merits this grade. This is purely on account of its altitude, 6000m. Given the time for acclimatization, this is well within the grasp of the fit and healthy.

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