Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trekking
Manaslu region may not have the aura of Everest or Annapurna, but the majestic mountain of Manaslu (8163m) has a remote charm that calls on all trekkers to discover the undiscovered. Lush forests, terraced hillsides, mysterious canyons, gargantuan summits, and Tibetan Buddhist culture are the major highlights of the trek. So long beyond the horizon, the Tsum Valley is astonishing and secretive. Hilltops monasteries, traditional villages, colorful people, enigmatic yaks, and hundreds of Mani walls, Chorten, and Kani gates add to the compulsive blend.
The Manaslu trekking route might be one of the closest mountain adventures to Kathmandu. It’s a kaleidoscope of colors, vegetation, landscapes, and climates. The sensational mountain vistas and unworldly landscapes will be etched into your memory forever.
Manaslu circuit is not only limited to different geography but is also rich in culture along with biological diversity. Situated near the border of Nepal and Tibet, you get to experience both Nepalese and Tibetan culture. Experts consider the Manaslu Circuit Trek among the best treks in Nepal. Despite its recent rise in popularity, the Manaslu Trek remains remote and off-the-beaten-path compared to the better-known tea-house treks in Nepal. The trek takes you around Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest mountain at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft).
The Tsum area can be divided into three distinct zones. The lower entry region is wild, forested, and steep-sided, as one would expect of a lost world. The main populated zone of Upper Tsum is generally flattish, with a gentle upward slope going north. The valley here is quite wide but is hemmed in by amazingly sheer-sided cliffs. Most of the villages are found in this fertile zone, where potatoes, buckwheat, winter wheat, and barley are grown, along with mustard. The fields are separated by dry stone walls for protection against livestock. Walnut and apple trees prosper in the climate of the valley. Higher up beyond the Nile and Chhule is the Tibetan region, where the landscape is dry, arid, and reminiscent of the Tibetan plateau, with barren hillsides and soaring, strangely eroded mountain sides.
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- Off-Road Drive
- Less Visited Trek, and hence, few places could be less comfortable
- Initial uphill for 2 days
- Lharke Pass and less visited trail in Tsum Valley
|1||Welcome to Kathmandu! Dinner with cultural show||Kathmandu||1340m|
|2||Drive from Kathmandu to Soti khola via Arughat||Sotikhola||815m|
|3||Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola||Maccha Khola||800m|
|4||Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat||Jagat||1370m|
|5||Trek from Jagat to Philim||Philim||1570m|
|6||Trek from Philim to Lokpa||Lokpa||2240m|
|7||Trek from Lokha to Chumling||Chumling||2386m|
|8||Trek from Chumling to Chhokang Paro||Chhokang||3031m|
|9||Trek from Chhokan Paro to Nile||Nile||3361m|
|10||Trek from Nile to Mu Gompa||Mu Gompa||3700m|
|11||Rest day/ Side trip to Monateries||Mu Gompa||3700m|
|12||Trek from Mu Gompa to Rachen||Rachen||3240m|
|13||Trek from Rachen to Domje||Domje||2460m|
|14||Trek from Domje to Lokpa||Lokpa||2240m|
|15||Trek from Lokpa to Ghap||Ghap||2165m|
|16||Trek from Ghap to Lho||Lho||3180m|
|17||Trek from Lho to Sama Gaon/Ro||Sama Gaon||3525m|
|18||Day trip to Manaslu Base Camp (via Birednra Tal)||Sama Gaon||3525m|
|19||Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo||Samdo||3850m|
|20||Acclimatization Day in Samdo||Samdo||3850m|
|21||Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala||Dharamsala||4460m|
|22||Trek from Dharamsala to Bimtang via Larkya La (5135m)||Bimtang||3590m|
|23||Trek from Bimtang to Dharapani||Dharapani||1860m|
|24||Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu||Kathmandu||1340m|