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Manaslu circuit via Tsum valley (24 Days)

Manaslu having height of 8,163m is actually the world’s eighth tallest peak falling at the edging of one of the isolated valleys in the Nepal. It is sited at 40km distance from Annapurna region in west-central area of Nepal. In Sanskrit language, Manaslu means "Mountain of the Spirit". And it is flanked between the boundary of Nepal and Tibet. And, Manaslu circuit via Tsum valley will actually present as eye-catching views of Shingri Himal (7161m), Ganesh Himal II (7118m), Himalchuli (7893m), Manaslu (8163m), Ngadi Chuli (7879m) and further more arresting peaks plus you can also see beautiful wide-ranging landscape and range of diverse plants and animals.


The trek is an alternative to Annapurna Circuit Trekking and you will notice number of tea houses during the trek. The word Tsum comes from Tibetan language ‘Tsombo’ meaning vivid and we can observe the culture of the people is really vivid, untouched by outer world. The major fascinations of Manaslu circuit via Tsum valley are geologically amazing, exceptional background, distinctive bio diversity and unusual culture but are counted among the challenging trek. Gurungs, with a sway of a Tibeto-Burman culture following Buddhism are the main groups of people subsisting in this region. Moving further from Manaslu, the inhabitants are totally Tibetan. They are straight children of Tibetan settlers. Their speech, outfit and customs are nearly parallel to Tibetan groups. In low area there are lots of other people with different castes like Brahmans, Newars, Chhetris, Ghales, Tamangs, Gurungs etc.


This 24-days Manaslu circuit via Tsum valley designed by Third Eye Adventure bestows you the opportunity to experience adventurous trek routes in Nepal. The trek offers an incredible intermingle of long-established Tibetan culture, spotless Himalayan fascination and a range of natural diversity.

Trip Facts

Duration: 24 Days
Climbing Destination: Lukla
Grade: Challenging
Mode of trek: Camp/ Lodge
Maximum Altitude: 5,545 meters
Climbing Season: Feb- may, Sept-Nov

Trip Overview

Day 01- Arrive Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Day 02- Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation

Day 03- Drive to Arughat(620m/2034ft)

Day 04- Trek to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft)

Day 05- Trek to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft)

Day 06- Trek to Jagat (1410m/4625ft)

Day 07- Trek to Philim(1590m/5215ft)

Day 08- Trek to Chumling (2363m/7775ft)

Day 09- Trek to Chhokangparo (3010m/9903ft)

Day 10- Trek to Nile (3361m/11058ft)

Day 11- Trek to Mu Gompa (3700m/11136ft)

Day 12- Rest day in Mu Gompa

Day 13- Trek to Rachen Gompa (3240m/10627ft)

Day 14- Trek to Chumje (3230m/10595ft)

Day 15- Trek to Bihi (3130m/10266ft)

Day 16- Trek to Namrung (2630m/8626ft)

Day 17- Trek to Lho (3720m/12201ft)

Day 18- Trek to Samagaon(3530m/11578ft)

Day 19- Trek to Samdo (3860m/12660ft)

Day 20- Trek to Larkya base camp (4460m/14628ft)

Day 21- Trek to Bhimthang (3720m/12201ft)

Day 22- Trek to Dharapani (1963m/6439ft)

Day 23- Trek to Syange (1080m/3542ft)

Day 24- Drive to Kathmandu

Day 25- Fly to Home country

Detail Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrive at Kathmandu (1320m).

Our representative will be at airport with your name card. Once you grab him you will be heartily welcomed by him putting garland on your neck which means welcome to Nepal. Then you will be driven to the hotel by car. Rest and enjoy the day around the town.

Hotel in Kathmandu – B

Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.

Your tour guide for the day will meet you at your hotel. Your first stop will be Nepal’s most important Hindu sight, Pashupatinath. This site sits on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and is used as a cremation ground. Our next stop will be Bodhnath, the largest Buddhist stoupa in Asia. This is your chance to see some of the thousands of pilgrims who gather to walk around the dome each day. Climb up to one of the many rooftop cafes for lunch and be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the entire square. After lunch we turn to the medieval temples in Patan’s Durbar Square. Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley, it’s filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. Our last stop for the day is the Buddhist temple Swayambhnath, mobbed by monkeys and soaring above the city on a hilltop, the ‘Monkey Temple’ is a fascinating, chaotic jumble of Buddhist and Hindu iconography. This is a great place to enjoy your day, so enjoy the view and maybe catch a sunset before heading back to your hotel for dinner. In the evening you will have a meeting with your trekking guide who will make sure you are prepared, explain how your trek will run and also answer any questions you may have.

Hotel in Kathmandu - B

 

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (620m) about 8 hours.

Today we long drive by local bus or private jeep to Arughat. This is an interesting drive throughout highway and off road.  Until Dhading besi we drive paved road after that we take off road uphill and downhill. During our driving we will stop for lunch in local restaurant for Daal Bhat, noodle soup or fried noodle.

Tea House in Arughat- B, L, D

Day 04: Trek from Arughat to SotiKhola (710m) about 5 hours.

Our first trekking day, we follow the off road till Sotikhola experiencing village lifestyle. We follow Budhi Gandaki River with scenic view of cliffs and water falls on another side.

Tea House in SotiKhola- B, L, D

Day 05: Trek from SotiKhola to Machha Khola (900m) about 7 hours.

After having breakfast we cross the suspension bridge and walk through the sal forest on to a ridge above high rapid of Budhi Gandaki River. Then we enter to the rocky cliffy trail toward Lapubeshi by passing some waterfalls and scene of waterfalls on another side. We further climb rocky trail towards Machha Khola following the River bank.

Tea House in Machha Khola- B, L, D

Day 06: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m) about 7 hours.

After breakfast we again follow narrow trails which make some up and down, after crossing Tharo Khola we reach at Khorlabesi. Then we walk some more up and down to Tatopani (hot spring) where we can take quick wash. The trail divert to the left bank of river by crossing the suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki.After that the trails lead toward to jagat.

Tea house in Jagat- B, L, D

Day 07: Trek from Jagat to Philim(1590m) about 4 hours.

At the beginning of the day starts uphill to the rocky ridge to Salleri and descend to Setibas. The valley takes you to the suspension bridge and climb up to Philim, which is big Gurung village.

Tea House in Philim- B, L, D

Day 08: Trek from Philim to Chumling (2363m) about 7 hours.

Today we are entering Tsum vally from Manaslu circuit trail. The trail passes through pine and Rhododendron forest doing up hills and downhills. After crossing the Shiar Khola finally arrive at Chmling.Visit the old monastery in Chumling.

Tea House in Chumling- B, L, D

Day 09: Trek from Chumling to Chhokanparo (3010m) about 6 hours.

After crossing the suspension bridge and reaches to the opposite side we could see gorgeous view of Ganesh  Himal. Walk through rainjham and Serpukhola, now we enter hidden tsum Vally. Then we steeply climb to Chhokanparo.

Tea House in Chhokanparo- B, L, D

Day 10: Trek from Chhokangparo to Nile (3361m), via Milarepa cave about 7 hours.

Today we walk through Lamagaon to ranchen Gompa. On the way we climb up to the Milarepa cave then we cross the Shiar Khola, passing few villages finally arrives Nile.

Tea House in Nile- B, L, D

Day 11: Trek from Nile to Mu Gompa (4030m) about 4 hours.

Now we are almost close to the Tibetan border. We walk through west bank of the valley enjoying the views of Tibetan landscapes. We climb up to the Mu Gompa (very old monastery) more closely to Tibet now. We stay at monastery’s guest house

Tea House in Mu Gompa- B, L, D

Day 12: Rest in Mu Gompa.

Today we do some excursion to the many small peaks for the spectacular views. We can go half day till Nunnrey or full day to Bhajyo with packing lunch.

 Tea House in Mu Gompa- B, L, D

Day 13: Trek from Mu Gompa to Ranchen Gompa (3240m) about 5 hours.

Today we descend all the way down to Ranchen Gompa. The Gompa was establishing in 1905 AD and it is a nunnery in the Shiar khola valley. It is the largest nunnery of this region with its importance. This is paintaid with Buddhist mural paintings.

Tea House in Ranchen Gompa- B, L, D

Day 14: Trek from Ranchen Gompa to Chumje (3230) about 6 hours.

Today we continue south until a bridge crosses to the west bank then descend again to Chhokangparo. Drop down to Chhokangparo on the previous trail for about 2hrs, until a small gompa is reached at Gho (2485m). Then taking the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley, we finally arrive at Chumje.

Tea House in Chumje- B, L, D

Day 15: Trek from Chumje to Bihi (3130m) about 7 hours.

From Chumje, we continue on the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley.  Pass the village of Dorjon Kharka just before reaching Rana. After crossing the large suspension bridge in the main valley of the Manaslu Budhi Gandaki River arrive Bihi Village.

Tea House in Bihi- B, L, D

Day 16: Trek from Bihi to Namrung (2630m) about 7 hours.

After morning breakfast we cross the Budhi Gandaki after short walk from Deng and follow the north bank and then climb to Rana at 1980m. Then head west up the Budhi Gandaki valley. Cossing various streams and rivers we drop into the Sringi Valley. Ater few ups and downs in forests by passing many mani walls. Then we head to Prok village from where e could see stunning view of Siringi Himal. We cross the River many times with monasteries en route. After few up and down and at end steepy up we arrive at Namrung.

Tea house in Namrung- B, L, D

Day 17: Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon (3530m) about 7 hours. 

After early morning stunning view of Mt Ganesh Himal, Mt siringi and Mt Himal Chuli on the south we head toward Samagaon. We climb up and pass through forest arrive Lihi where we can observe many Chortens and beautiful barley terrace fields. We pass through Lho and Shyala village during our walking. From Lho we could see picturesque view of Mt. Manasalu. Furhter more to Samagaon we can see Glaciers and other mountains as well.

Tea House in Samagaon- B, L, D

Day 18: Rest and acclimatization at Samagaon. We will walk around the village and visit monastery which is Buddhist monastery where you can visit. We can see the rich Sherpa culture in this village. We can hike up to the ridge for the views of the mountains and the village.

Tea House in Samagaon- B, L, D

Day 19: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3860m) about 5 hours.

The trail drops down to the Budhi Gandaki River to cross the side stream. The trail leads towards north and follow in to a bridge over a side. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to wider. It is an easy walk through the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. Then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can see a large white kani which we do have to cross to get Samdo. If you have extra day we can enjoy by hiking to Tibet border and rest again at Samdo.

Tea House in Samdo- B, L, D

Day 20: Trek from Samdo to Dharamshala or Larkya la B.C. (4460m) about 5 hours.

The trails lead st down to the Budhi Gandaki River to cross the wooden bridge. After short walk through the valley the trail leads up to the Larkya Phedi. It is also called Dharmasala because there is a huge stone a kind of Shelter. Evening walk around the hill to get acclimatize and overnight at Larkya rest house.

Tea House in Larkya La B.C. - B, L, D

 

Day 21: Trek from Larkya la B.C. to Bhimthang (3720m/12201ft) via Larkya pass (5160m/16924ft) about 9 hours.

Today is the big and tough day of trekking. After short climb we reach north side of Larkya glacier. We walk across the moraines of the glacier and a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to get to the pass. From the top of the pass we can see gorgeous view of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. From the pass we steeply all the way down to Bhimthang.

Tea House in Bhimthang - B, L, D

Day 22: Trek from Bhimthang to Dharapani (1963m) about 8 hours.

The trail descends into a rhododendron forest towards narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche (2785m). On the way one can enjoy the view of Manaslu, Annapurna and many more mountains. From here we cross a slide, then go across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. Then after the trail continue through the fields, over a stream, passing through the houses and fields interspersed with rhododendron and oak forests to Tilje. Then we walk further to Dharapani Annapurna circuit section.

Tea House in Dharapani- B, L, D

Day 23: Trek from Dharapani to Syange (1080m) about 6 hours.

Today last day of trekking, we walk down to Syange following off road by enjoying the waterfall seen. Tea House in Syange- B, L, D

Day 24: Drive from Syange to Kathmandu about 9 hours.

We take long drive to Kathmandu today. If we take local vehicle we need to change it in Beshisahar and if private we direct head to Kathmandu. Rest, leisure and shop. In the evening we will have farewell dinner at authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural program.

Hotel in kathmandu- B

 

Day 25: Farewell day.

Our agency’s representative will greet you at your hotel and offer you a Khada (a kind of cloth which is worn on your neck). Wearing Khada means good luck and protection. Afterwards you will be taken to the airport. See you next time.

Note of above Itinerary:
B=Breakfast
L=Lunch
D=Dinner

Cost Includes

  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as per itinerary
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including the coffee and tea.
  • Accommodation in tea houses or in tents as per itinerary during the trek.
  • Accommodation including breakfast at 3 star hotels in Kathmandu as per itinerary.
  • Highly experienced Government licensed guide and necessary porters during the trek.
  • Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Government / Local taxes, Tourist service charge, guide / porter insurance and salary, general equipment, national park and conservation area fees.
  • Special permit for both Tsum valley and Manaslu circuit since both are restricted area.
  • Respective region (Manaslu) trekking map. TIMS Card & Trek Permit
  • Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC).

Cost Excludes

  • International airfares
  • International Airport Departure Tax.
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Major meals, lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue) - you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport - Kathmandu.
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects.  We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance. 
  • Tips & Gratuities

 

Normally we have open date.We do operate from 1 person group to 20 person group in one time. If there is people more than 20 person then we divide it on to two group. For the price you could mail us on info@thirdeyeadventure.com

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Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is one of the essential parts to craft before you travel so that you shall be protected against wide-ranging expenses likely to gain due to health issues or accidents which include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, treatment costs etc.

Accommodations 
There are two sorts of accommodations during the trek. You will stay two nights in Kathmandu in a 3-star hotel while during your trek you will stay in typical teahouse or lodge or guest house or hotel with unheated rooms with foam mattresses in wood beds. We make available attached bathrooms as much as feasible; still there are some places which can only offer shared washing and bathroom facilities.

Meals 
During the trek, you can get pleasure from typical Nepali cookery, diverse cultural cuisines as well as international food including Tibetan, Italian, Continental, Indian, etc. You will have your breakfast at the same teahouse or lodge where you spent your night while lunch will be dished up en-route to destination; and dinner will be served at the place where you will spend the night.

Equipments necessary for your trek:
1) Fro head and face-Sun hat or scarf, Sunglasses with UV protection cream 
2) Upper Body: - T-shirts, Light expedition thermal tops, pullover or Fleece jacket, Fleece Wind-Cheater jacket, Waterproof shell jacket 
3) Lower Body: - Under Garments, Lightweight cotton long pants, Hiking shorts, Light and trip weight thermal bottoms, Waterproof (if possible breathable fabric), Fleece or wool pants (seasonal),
4) Feet: - Thin inner socks, Thick warm woolen socks, Camp shoes (sneakers or sandals), Hiking boots, Gaiters for hiking to the base camp in winter
5) Hands: - Heavyweight gloves or mittens, Lightweight gloves, 
6) Accessories: - Sleeping bag, Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries, Trekking Bags, Basic First Aid Kit, Trekking Poles, Water bottles, Toiletries 
7) Extras/Luxuries – Binoculars, book, Guide book, Journal & Pen, Walkman etc

Acclimatization 
High altitude sickness is likely to occur. The fraction dispersion of hemoglobin with oxygen resolves the substance of oxygen in our blood. When we reach around 2,100 m high above sea level the diffusion of oxyhemoglobin begins to drop. Nevertheless, the human being has both.

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