Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking “Adventure around magnificent Tsum within the Valley of happiness with great scenery Explore high Tsum valley villages of the immense and interesting culture of Buddhism religion Enchanting forest of tall rhododendron-magnolia, oaks, pines, birch to arid and barren country Visiting high impressive villages of great interest offering traditional value of ancient culture From remote high Gorkha areas towards a remote isolated country with grand views of peaks In between massive Ganesh and Manaslu range of peaks with fabulous walks with daily views”
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking probably the wildest and exotic destination in all Himalayan regions where the journey takes you time forgotten villages hardly ventured and visited by trekkers and explorers at the marvelous country which is a mere distance to Tibet border. Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking, a unique adventure into the valley of happiness as the name translated from Tibetan origin language known as ‘Beyul Kyimolung’, certainly a country of charm and grace as walk leads you to explore its isolated villages with a similar culture and traditional life of South West Tibet people. Tsum Valley Trekking leads you to unforgettable adventure and long-lasting memories away from the maddening crowd and world of modern civilization a complete hidden world of its own feels you that you are another planet. Starting this wonderful and exciting journey to Tsum Valley trekking, where the drive from Kathmandu leads you to warmer hills and valley of Gorkha district, the original home of ancient Shah royals who ruled Nepal till last few decades. An interesting drive that ends at Arughat and then following the glacial Buri-Gandaki River upstream for few days on the same trail of Manaslu trek, as walk follows through lovely farm villages of Philm-Jagat and then leaving the main trail for absolute wilderness towards remote Tsum valley hidden between massive Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.
As walk progress heading higher into cooler hills and valley with grand scenery of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal with Shingri peaks, where walk follows towards isolated Mu Gompa on the final and highest spot of the adventure, here with time to visit its monastery of past glory enriched with ancient colorful art and crafts with idols of Buddha and another important saint of Buddhism religion.
After a wonderful and most impressive time around Mu and Rachen Gompa the main monasteries of the area, where walk leads back into low warm land back at Soti-Khola and Arughat for the scenic drive to reach into hustle and bustle busy life of Kathmandu with timeless memories and exciting adventure on Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking. If you want a short Manaslu Circuit Trek Package here.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,345 m and then transfer to respective Hotels
Day 02: Kathmandu with an interesting sightseeing tour and preparations for the trek.
Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola730 m via Arughat – 07 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m – 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m – 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Lakuwa 2,2400m – 05 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Chokan-Paro 3,010 m – 05 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Nele 3,361m with a visit to Milarepa cave – 06 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa 3,749m – 04 hours.
Day 11: Rest-Day for a short hike and exploration.
Day 12: Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m – 05 hours.
Day 13: Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Philim 1,590 m – 07 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring) – 06 hours.
Day 16: Trek to Soti-Khola 7 30 m – 06 hours.
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotels – 06 hrs.
Day 18: International departure for homeward bound or to respective countries.
Note: For the Manaslu Trekking, we need special Permits, and do we need a Passport for this so that you should be in Kathmandu a day before starting the trek.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu 1,345 m and then transfer to respective Hotels
On reaching Kathmandu via respective airlines well received by company guides and staff for short drive in the hub of Kathmandu city where your hotels located.After checking into your lovely rooms getting refreshed join in at the Hotel lobby for group briefing regarding treks and other useful information to make your stay in Nepal enjoyable and pleasant.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing tour, trek briefing, and preparations.
Morning after hearty breakfast, as per the given time our city and tour guide will lead you in the heart of Kathmandu city, for exciting historical and heritage tour of old Durbar (royal palace and courtyard) square of historical importance includes Temple of Kumari (Living young virgin Goddess) Kastamandap Temple where Kathmandu name derived from, a temple built with the wood of a single tree, tour of old palace during the reign of Malla and late Shah kings. Tour leads to the famous landmarks of Nepal at Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,500 years old a Buddhist Chaitya or Stupa with all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha, afternoon back to the hotel, after an interesting tour rest of the day free at leisure and preparation for Tsum Valley Trekking. Meals included: Breakfast
Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola730 m via Arughat - 07 hrs.
Starting our fabulous adventure to Tsum Valley trekking taking a long and exciting overland journey to reach warmer areas of Gorkha district at Arughat a moderate size town with sub-tropical temperature, where our drive continues on the road for an hour to reach our first overnight stop at Soti-Khola a small farm village, slowly turning into a town due to motorable road facilities. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m - 06 hrs.
The first-day walk starts following Buri-Gandaki River upstream heading into a gorge covered within the dense forest as walks lead to a climb into cool the shade of forests after a nice and pleasant trek of about six hours then arriving at our overnight stop at Machha-Khola. A moderate size farm village, where name Maccha means Fish and Khola for a stream, a popular place for fishing silver craps and other varieties of fish that found in this Himalayan stream. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs.
From this fishing villages, morning leads following Buri-Gandaki River upstream for few hours, as walk leads past Khorla Beshi a small farm village and on winding trail to reach at Tatopani village with natural “Hot Spring,” as per time permits enjoy the warm refreshing bathe then walk uphill to Jagat village for other overnight stops. This is a nice village with many shops and stores including the fair number of simple good lodges to stay in. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06: Trek to Lakuwa 2,2400m - 05 hrs.
With wonderful overnight stop and pleasing time at Jagat, morning walk leads towards our destination heading to Tsum high valley, as the walk continues towards high areas through many small farm villages and then a short climb with downhill crossing over the suspension bridge to reach Nagjet and Philip, a large village with scattered farmhouses. From Philip walk into farm areas with golden fields of wheat’s and barley, as walk heads to a climb on towards rocky ridge within the bamboo forest to reach Dyang village. From here onward leaving the main trail of Manaslu trek, where our trail leads further north towards remote Tsum valley areas as walk progress within the isolated country then reaching at Lakuwa village with cooler air for the overnight stop. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 07: Trek to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.
From Lakuwa village after leaving Buri-Gandaki River for the week, as morning walk leads into a more interesting village of Tsum areas which is known as the valley of happiness with views of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. The walk leads further North East heading into the narrow gorge with short down and uphill climb entering within a forest of rhododendron and pine trees and then walking past few scattered farm villages where climb leads above Lungwa Khola (stream) towards overnight stop at Chumling village right in Tsum Valley. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 08: Trek to Chokan-Paro 3,010 m - 05 hours.
After a pleasant overnight stop at Chuling morning walk gains, much altitude as our route leads behind North of Ganesh Himal, venturing within country, walk leads as tree lines drops towards arid and barren landscapes where villages are similar to Tibet traditions and culture as it this area is close to Tibet border once an ancient Trans Himalayan Salt Trade trail. Slowly walk leads into windswept terrain and then cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola, with views of Ganesh Himal, where local calls Yangra of Tibetan origin, that towers high above 7,422 m, as the walk continues to reach at Chokhan-Paro village for the other overnight stop. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 09: Trek to Nele 3,361m with the visit of Milarepa cave - 06 hours.
From Chokan-Paro onward adventure gets nearer and higher into upper Tsum areas as walk leads past Nele (Ne-lay), and then climb leads into a scenic wide and open valley within a dry and arid country. Walking uphill from here onwards with grand views of snow-capped peaks as walk leads to Nele with time for the short interesting visit to an old cave of saint Milarepa a popular and famous poet, singer, tantric Buddhist guru of 11th Century, where Tibetans still retain his folk-tales, poetry, and songs. After an interesting tour and visit of Milarepa holy meditation cave another hour of good walk brings you to Nele for the overnight stop in this quaint sleepy village. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m - 04 hours.
Today which is a short day walks to Mu Gompa the highest spot of the adventure, morning walk leads to a climb into wild terrain similar to Tibetan plateau of dry and arid windswept country. After a scenic high altitude walks reaching the remote and isolated small village of Mu Gompa area, situated on route Tibet border. At Mu, with time to visit it, impressive old monastery enriched with ancient treasures of idols of various Guru’s and Buddha’s includes age-old scripts and religious books with fine Thangka paintings on walls and ceiling of the monastery. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11: Rest-Day for a short hike and exploration.
At Mu Gompa rest day to explore this fascinating area where less number of trekkers often visits this amazing wild country, hike to scenic viewpoints and make friends with local and explore around time forgotten village. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12: Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m - 05 hours.
After an exciting and interesting time at Mu Gompa, morning walk downhill to reach another old and impressive monastery of Rachen, as walk carries on pleasant path with few short down and climb past Yak herders shelters to at Rachen Gompa for overnight stop, afternoon with time to explore its ancient and interesting Rachen monastery and the village. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13: Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.
With marvelous time around remote and almost forgotten areas of upper Tsum within a valley of happiness in the harmony of pristine wilderness and tranquility, morning leads to long downhill to reach at Chumling village back into tree lines this will be last overnight stop around Tsum valley. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14: Trek to Philim 1,590 m - 07 hrs
From Chumling village, walking with long descend into the warmer country back into green farm fields as our route leads downhill following the same river downstream with views of waterfalls, and then walking past Samba, Tingling Chhupyang village to reach at Philip a large farm village for the overnight stop. Philip a typical hill farm village with primary school supported by Japanese (Mt. Manaslu was first summated by Japanese and this village around on route Manaslu a favorite and popular among Japanese travelers) Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15: Trek to Tatopani 1, 240 m - 06 hours.
Morning walks to more descend back into much warmer place and into paddy fields, as our journey leads down to Tatopani following the raging Buri Gandaki River downstream past many widespread farm villages of Nugget, Sidibas Bazaar, and Jagat. Walking further past Yaruphant, and then back into sub-tropical places within a green forest and farmland a dramatic change in vegetation and landscapes with the warm climate, walk finally ends reaching Tatopani for the overnight stop, a village with natural hot spring. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16: Trek to Soti Khola 730 m - 06 hours.
After a refreshing and pleasant time at Tatopani enjoying time at hot spring, our last day walk leads to Soti Khola, as walk follows Budhi Gandaki River downstream, after a pleasant trek of few hours reaching at Gurung village of Labubesi, from here walks leads beyond terraced fields with views of waterfalls and then completing the last day trek at Soti-Khola for overnight stop before heading back to Kathmandu. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotels - 06 hrs.
After a marvelous experience and adventure on high hills and the remote isolated village at Tsum valley, where morning drive brings you back at Kathmandu, at Kathmandu where our wonderful adventure concludes, with an afternoon free at leisure or last day shopping souvenirs and handicrafts. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 18: International Departure for Homeward Bound.
Last day in Nepal in the country of high Himalayan mountains with fascinating culture, after a memorable experience and great scenic adventure on Tsum Valley trekking, as per your international flight time our staff transfers you to the airport for the flight homeward bound or to your next port of call and respective countries. Meals included: Breakfast
THE PACKAGE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SERVICE
- Airports pick up and drop off, upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu.
- Pre-meeting before the trek.
- 3 Night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (3 Star hotel )
- Helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, well English speaking trained, government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodations, and insurance
- Food during the trek (full board with breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee)
- A strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people - porter will carry a maximum of 25 kilos )
- Seasonal fresh fruits as Available
- Guesthouse accommodation during the trek.
- 1 Well Plan Trekking T-shirt
- Kathmandu – Macha -Khola - Dharapani - Kathmandu transportation on a public vehicle
- Manaslu Special trekking permit fee.
- Manaslu Conservation Area entrance permit fee.
- Annapurna Conservation Area entrance permit fee.
- Worst case, help with all rescue and evacuation arrangements.
- First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
- All applicable taxes as per the government rules and regulations.
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant
OPTIONAL ADDONS(Available during check-out)
- Private Jeep
THE PACKAGE EXCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SERVICE
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Katmandu).
- Your Travel and rescue insurance.
- Your personal expenses. (Phone call, Wifi, Laundry service, bar bills, battery recharge, a bottle of water or hot water, Mineral water, Hot shower, etc.)
- All the alcoholic drinks and bar bills.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Extra Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival or late departure. early arrive from the mountain (due to any reason) Than the scheduled Itinerary.
- Services not mentioned in the 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )
- Kathmandu lunch and Dinner
- Tips for the guide and porter.
Physically condition & experience requirements
For physically fit person of all ages with sound health who have done moderate to strenuous walk and activity before or at present. This type of treks involves long ups and downs and the length of walking will be from 5 - 7 hours every day with rest and break in between. The whole trip goes from a week to two weeks or more in the high altitude. This trip is for well experience people who have done previous long high hills or mountainous trekking in and around Himalaya or other mountainous areas on rough terrains, this trip involves walking in snow and ice conditions sometimes and encountering high of over 4,000 meters passes, as for moderate people can join on this type of trips as long they are super physically fit and a mind with positive and determinations. Past hiking experience is a must but no technical skill is required for this trip .participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood diseases should inform well plan trekking before booking the trek .we also recommend that you consult your doctors before the trip.
Accommodations on the trek
In Kathmandu, we use the deluxe hotel to ensure a comfortable stay and relaxed environment before and after your adventure. All breakfasts are included at the hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are generally twin share - depending on group size and room availability, the triple share may be offered to your request. A single supplement room is available at an additional cost. And on request single supplement will be charged US$200.well plan trekking will arrange clean and comfortable rooms with attached washrooms; however, teahouse in some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities .also note that single rooms are available the trekking regions at the lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
Meals during the trek
In the city, only breakfast is included on the trip itinerary. While on the trek, we provide good quality food in sufficient quantities from Tea Houses/Mt. lodges. We provide all meals on full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea & coffee) from the teahouse menu during the trekking period. Various meals including noodles item, soups, bread, rice item, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes item, pasta, the fresh vegetable so overall you have a different choice of food on the trek.
Staying hydrated is important when undertaking any physical activity but particularly so at the altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3-4 liters per person per day. We strongly encourage you not to buy bottled water on the trek as this contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal’s trekking areas.
All tea houses will provide cold water free of charge if requested. Although this should not be drunk untreated, we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle with a wide opening (Nalgene or similar) with you and use a SteriPEN to treat it with. A SteriPEN is a handheld UV water purifier – small, lightweight and battery powered so easy to pack for a trek. In Nepal’s trekking regions most of the bottled water isn’t strictly ‘mineral water’ anyway but is UV treated, so it’s exactly the same technology. It’s quick to use, far more effective than purification tablets, and the water is ready immediately. It’s fine to use a SteriPEN on non-boiled water so long as it isn’t cloudy or full of sediment (which is uncommon in these regions).
TRAVEL & MEDICAL & TRAVEL INSURANCE
Before you book any of our trips we strongly suggest that you buy medical and travel insurance to make you stay and while traveling in Nepal Himalaya or neighboring countries, which will help and support you, in case medical and travel problem arise and situation beyond companies control. If such situation arises with emergency evacuation, where your medical bills on using transportations services by Helicopter or other means of which you can directly claim from your insurance, which is to be paid by you or by your insurance company on the spot.
Where Well Plan Treks will obtain a strong letter of the incidents occurred so that you can claim from your insurance agents. In case of mishaps and accidents or severe illness, we will contact your insurance company if it is okay to use Heli or other immediate life-saving process and transportation to nearest medical post and hospitals, where your insurance company will directly pay related expenses accordingly as per situations and conditions of the victims. For all trips with us, we need your contact address as well of you next to kin, family members, close relatives or friends in case of emergency purpose.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to May, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good, the days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT LIST
This list is a guide to help you pack for your trip. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel necessary for your comfort and convenience .we also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.
- A warm hat that covers your ears
- Sun hat
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- Fleece jacket or sweater
- Fleece wind –stopper jacket
- Waterproof shell jacket
- Down vest and /or jacket (optional)Hands
- Lightweight gloves (water /windproof)
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Hiking trousers
- Fleece or woolen trousers
- Lightweight thermal bottoms
- Lightweight cotton pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric )shell pants Feet
- Thin lightweight inner socks
- Heavy poly or wool socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and sandals)
- Sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C de 14 degrees F)
- Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)Toiletries
- Toothbrush /paste
- Multi-purpose soap
- Nail clippers
- Medium-sized quick-drying towel
- Face and body moisturizer
- Small mirror
- Female hygiene products
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue/toilet roll
- Antibacterial hand wash
- Small, personal first-aid kit (simple and light)
- A cough and /or cold medicine
- Anti –altitude sickness pills; Diamox or acetazolamide
- Stomach antibiotic
- Reading book
- Trail map /guidebook
- Journal and pen
- Travel game(chess, backgammon, playing cards etc)
- Modest swimsuit