Destination: Manaslu / Annapurna Region
Duration : 23 days
Best Season : Mar-May; Sep-Dec
Grade : Moderate to Strenuous
Max. Altitude : 5140m
The Tsum Valley is situated in the trans-Himalayan region of Gorkha, which was once a former kingdom of Nepal. Due to historical and geographical ties with Tibet this area shares some of its unique landscape, and the valley itself is rich in culture, art and religion. The trails are lined with mani walls carved with deities and prayers and the buddhist saint Milarepa is said to have meditated in the caves which can be found carved into the surrounding mountains. The ancient remains of the Tsum kingdom can still be found against the majestic backdrop of the Himalayan ranges which include Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Baudha Himal.
Day 1. Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. (1300 m/4265 ft)
Day 2: Free day in Kathmandu. Hotel.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar.
Day 4: Trek to Liding along the Soti Khola River.
Day 5: Trek to Machha Khola.
Day 6: Trek to Doban .
Day 7: Trek to The village of Philim.
Day 8: Trek to Chumling (Lower Tsum). (Tsum Valley entry)
Day 9: Trek to Chhokang paro Village (Upper Tsum).
Day 10: Trek to Nile/Chhule and visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave
Day 11: Trek to Mu Gompa (12140 ft) and visit Dhephyudonma Gompa
Day 12: Rest and exploration day
Day 13: Trek to The Rachen Gompa
Day 14: Trek to Rachen Gompa to Chumling
Day 15: Trek to Pewa
Day 16: Trek to Ghap
Day 17: Trek to Lho
Day 18: Trek to Samagaon
Day 19: Rest day
Day 20: Trek to Samdo
Day 21: Trek to Larkya Phedi
Day 22: Trek to Bimtang (3590 m)- cross Larkya La Pass (5213 m)
Day 23: Trek to Tilje (2300 m)
Day 24: Trek to Chamje (1430 m)
Day 25: Trek to Nagdi (920 m)
Day 26: Trek to Bulbule and drive to Kathmandu
Day 27: Rest day
Day 28: Transfer to the Kathmandu International Airport for our departure.
Tsum Valley Permit Cost:
A special Restricted Area permit is required for Manaslu and a separate one for Tsum. These permits require that you have a registered guide and a party of two or more. The Manaslu fees are: September – November $US70 for the first week (then $US10 per day) or December – August $US50 for the first week (then $US7 per day). For Tsum the same periods apply but the fee is $US35 for the first week. In addition, you will need a TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System), so you’ll need 8 photos for all this. In addition, the Manaslu Conservation Area Park (MCAP) fee (Rs2000) and the Annapurna Conservation Area Park (ACAP) fee (Rs2000) also required.
- Camera, chargers, personal medical kit, ID/passport, diairy/notebook, Nepalese currency etc....
- Warm inner layer/base layer set
- Goretex jacket and trouser
- Feather/down or any warm jacket
- Trekking shoes
- Warm socks (few pairs)
- Water bottle/camelbak
- Trekking poles
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- 3 nighst hotel in Kathmandu
- 3 meals food and lodge accommodation during trek
- Trekking permits and TIMS
- Tsum Valley special permit
- All ground transportation as per itinerary by private coach.
- Meals in city
- Drinks and beverages
- Personal nature expenses
- Medical and rescue evacuation
- Single supplement
- Additional service activities
- Crew tips