CIRCUIT OF NEPAL’S BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS & VALLEYS
▪ Traverse of Manaslu and Tsum Valley
▪ Cross the Larkya La Pass at 16,850 feet
▪ Land of Buddhist gompas & mani walls
▪ Ancient home of the Yeti
▪ Big time Himalayan mountain views!
This is a truly unique and little-traveled itinerary linking the sacred Tsum Valley with the trekking circuit around Mount Manaslu.
The relatively low altitudes of the Tsum Valley make this an ideal first time trek and a stunning exploratory opportunity for Himalayan connoisseurs. A sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in the Gorkha region of Nepal, the Tsum Valley was only opened to trekkers late in 2007 and very few foreigners have set foot in this magical region close to the Tibetan border. ‘Tsum’ comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak their own dialect. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is said to have meditated in the caves of these mountains, and the entire valley is a ‘beyul’ or secret land, believed to help all on their road to enlightenment. Due to the remote isolation of Tsum, the unique culture of this valley has remained largely intact, and we take our time to absorb as much Himalayan magic as possible as we travel through this ancient and virtually unexplored land.
To make this trip even more exciting and adventurous, we have decided to link the Tsum Valley with our classic circuit trek around Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world. We will pass through remote Buddhist hamlets as we work our way up to the foot of Manaslu’s North Face. We will then cross the Larkya La Pass (16,925 feet) before joining the traditional Annapurna Circuit Trail and return to Kathmandu. This is a Himalayan trek worthy of the ‘Epic’ title!
Manaslu & the Sacred Tsum Valley Trek (Camping Trip) is part of our Epic Himalayan Journey Series. These “gourmet” trips represent the ultimate trekking offerings of the great Himalayan Range. In addition to the listed group dates, we are also able to arrange this incredible trek starting on any day of the week during the months of April, May and September through early November for groups of 2 to 12 people. Please contact us with any questions or to receive a detailed day to day Trip Itinerary.
Day 1: Welcome to Nepal! Arrive in Kathmandu, met upon arrival and transfer to group hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing and free day in Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. 2,360 feet. Camp.
Day 4: Trek to Lapubesi. 2,920 feet. 4 to 5 hour trek. Camp.
Day 5: Trek to Tatopani. 3,050 feet. 4 to 5 hour trek. Camp.
Day 6: Trek to Philim. 5,215 feet. 5 to 6 hour trek. Camp.
Day 7: Trek to Chumling. 7,740 feet. 5 to 6 hour trek. Camp.
Day 8: Trek to Chhokang-Paro. 10,000 feet. 3 to 4 hour trek. Camp.
Day 9: Trek to Nile. 11,025 feet. 3 to 4 hour trek. Camp.
Day 10: To Mu Gompa. 12,140 feet. 1 to 2 hour hike. Camp.
Day 11: Trek to Rachen Gompa. 10,630 feet. 3 to 4 hour trek. Camp.
Day 12: Trek to Gumba Lungdang. 10,500 feet. 5 to 6 hour trek. Camp.
Day 13: Day trip to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. 13,780 feet. 7 to 8 hour hike. Camp.
Day 14: Trek to Lokpa. 7,350 feet. 7 to 8 hour trek. Camp.
Day 15: Trek to Ghap. 8,860 feet. 4 to 5 hour trek. Camp.
Day 16: Trek to Lho. 10,430 feet. 5 to 6 hour trek. Camp.
Day 17: Short trek to Samagaon. 11,580 feet. 2 to 3 hour trek. Camp.
Day 18: Trek to Samdo. 12,660 feet. 2 to 3 hour trek. Camp.
Day 19: Trek to Dharamsala. 14,695 feet. 2 to 3 hour trek. Camp.
Day 20: Across the Larkya La Pass (16,925 feet) to Bimthang. 12,200 feet. 8 to 9 hour trek. Camp.
Day 21: Trek to Dharapani. 6,100 feet. 7 to 8 hour trek. Lodge.
Day 22: Return to Kathmandu. 7 hour drive. Hotel.
Day 23: In Kathmandu for independent activities. Hotel.
Day 24: Transfer to the Kathmandu International Airport for our departing flights.