You’ll land at Kathmandu Airport, where our team will be there to entertain you with a lovely welcome. You and the team will head towards your hotel for much-needed rest. Later, you will join a welcome dinner hosted by the team in the evening, where you’ll know everything about the trip. And then you’ll return to the hotel for the night’s rest.
We’ll use the second day to make you feel at home in Nepal by taking you around the important cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu. We will go to places like Swyambhunath Temple, Basantapur Durbar Square, and a couple more. At the same time, the team will arrange tickets, permits, and gear for the exciting trek. After the valuable visit, we’ll leave you back at the hotel for the night.
All excited, we will join a picturesque bus drive of 6-8hrs to Sothi Khola via winding Prithivi Highway. Cornering along the Trishul river and passing by Dhading Besi, we’ll reach Arughat from where it’s two more hours to Sothi Khola, the stop for the day. As we reach Sothi Khola, we’ll check into a teahouse for the night.
The delicious breakfast will power us to leave Soti Khola, the starting point of the trek, for Machha Khola. Following the Soti Khola(River), we move forward in the Budhi Gandaki Valley. Running into several small villages, observing mountains and greenery, we’ll reach Machha(Fish) Khola in the evening. We’ll complete the day there with a delicious meal.
Our paths will now meander towards Jagat from Maccha Khola through a river bed. As the sun pivots, we’ll leave the riversides to reach Kholabesi and Tatopani for short breaks. Throughout the day, there will be excellent views of mountains, rivers, trees, terrace fields to keep us moving in the direction of Jagat. We’ll walk for around 6-7hrs to reach Jagat by dusk. Overnight in Jagat.
We’ll get our permits checked at Jagat before starting the trek. It will begin with a walk over the hill to reach Salleri. A few walks later, the Budhi Gandaki River will meet us again to set us on the way to Lokpa. Then we’ll reach Ekle Bhatti, the point from where we’ll enter Tsum Valley Trek. Walking along the river and villages, we’ll make it to Lokpa, the first village of the Tsum Valley. Overnight in the village.
Promptly in the morning, we’ll head deeper into the Tsum Valley by choosing the way to Chumling. En route, we’ll see clear views of Ganesh Himal and Boudha Himal. Before reaching Chumling, we shall pass through the forest of rhododendron and Gumling Village. From Gumling, we’ll cross the Syar River(Khola) to see us in Chumling. Chumling is a village of three Buddhist gompas; we’ll explore all of them before nightfall.
Now, we shall trace the scenic upper part of Tsum Valley. The walk will be carried out on the sides of the Syar River to reach Domje first and then Gho. We’ll take short breaks at these stops. We will be on the uphill sections during the afternoon to end up in Chekampar, a famous Tibetan village. If the day is clear, we’ll see clear sights of Ganesh Himal and Himalchuli from the village.
From Chekampar, we’ll take the trail to Nile, the northernmost village of the Tsum Valley. The path will see us advancing through the green terrace fields of Lamagaon. A little out of Lama Gaon(Village), we’ll run into Piren Phu(Pigeon) Cave, the sacred cave of the valley. The cave is dotted with prayer flags and Buddhist Murals. After sightseeing the cave, we’ll join the last stretch trek to Nile village via other villages.
Today, we’ll hike around Nile village to spend the first acclimatization day of the trek. Luckily, Mu Gompa(3,700m), one of the biggest gompas in the region, is not too far from the village. Therefore, we’ll set out for the hike to Mu Gompa after breakfast. As we reach there, we’ll come to be around monks and explore the historical gompa. There will be mountain views to capture from the place. After the well-spent day in Mu Gompa, we’ll retrace back to Nile for the night.
Following the day in Nile Village, we have to descend to Chekampar to continue the trek. It will be an easy trekking day with more downhill sections. We’ll revise the beautiful landscapes once again as we take ourselves to Chekampar. Overnight in Chekampar’s teahouse.
Now, we’ll have Chumling, the confluence of Manaslu Circuit Trek and Tsum Valley Trek, waiting on the other side. The trek will be through the same route, which we already walked. So retracing the same trail and things, we’ll end up in Chumling after 6-7 hrs of trek.
As we have completed the Tsum Valley part, we’ll now go on the Manaslu Circuit Trek trail from Chumling. It will be a trek to reach Deng, which is located in the lower region than Chumling. Therefore, we will find this day easy for trekking because of the descending trail. Overnight in Deng.
From the lapses of Deng, we’ll head in the direction of Namrung by keeping the Budhi Gandaki River on one side. Then, we’ll leave the river to do an uphill climb to Rana village. We’ll eventually start to drop from the hill to Shringi Khola’s banks. Crossing the river, we’ll begin the last climb of the day. As the uphill finishes, we’ll reach Namrung to finish the day.
It will be another rest day of the trek to get okay to the high altitudes. We’ll use this day to do a lovely hike to Pungyen Gompa, one of the significant Buddhist Gompas of the region. From the Gompa, we’ll have striking views of nearby glaciers, mountains. Also, we’ll learn so many things about Tibetan culture and lifestyle today. Overnight back in Samagaon.
After already being to Samagaon, we’ll progress to Samdo, another picturesque village of the region. It will start with a quick descent to the riverbed of Budhi Gandaki River. Next, following the river banks via several ups and downs, we’ll safely reach Samdo. From the village, we’ll see vast chains of mountains in the backdrop of the village. Our evening in the village will become special by the ranges.
We’ll rest for the day in Samdo before we go to the highest point of the trek, Larkya La Pass(5,160m). It is necessary to spend at least one day in Samdo before we scale the top. On the day, we’ll hike around the hills and ridges around Samdo. That will help our lungs to function well in the high areas. Overnight will be back in Samdo.
As we are ready to go, we’ll leave Samdo behind in the pursuit of the base point of Larkya La Pass, Dharamsala(4,450m). In between, we will pass by Larke Bazaar, a Tibetan-style market. We will stop there for a short break. After the break, we’ll get back on the trail to finish in Dharamsala. By this time, we’ll gain some altitudes and, thankfully, many mountain views too in Dharamsala. Overnight in the stop.
It will be a long trekking day; therefore, we will start the trek before dawn by slowly moving upwards. The route to Larkya La Pass(5,160m) is steep, rocky, and windy. Though the walk is challenging, the view from the top is equally rewarding. We can witness breathtaking vistas of the Manaslu, Annapurna Region mountains, and widespread landscapes.
After enjoying the top thoroughly, we’ll start descending slowly and carefully to Bimthang. The downhill section can be rocky and loose. It will be more comfortable to walk upon as we are losing altitudes. We’ll reach Bimthang at dusk for the night’s rest.
From Bimthang, we will walk along a descending trail to Tilije. In the course of the trek, we’ll pass via several villages and terrace fields quite easily. We’ll try to capture as many views of the region as we are about to leave the region. Trekking for around 7-8hrs, we’ll step into Tilije village, a Gurung settlement, for the day’s end.
This day will bring us closer to the end of the Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley journey. Firstly, we’ll trek from Tilije to Dharapani via the grounds of Marshyangdi Valley. It will be a cozy trek of 3-4hrs. After that, we’ll set on a shaky jeep drive to Besisahar for 4-5hrs. Overnight in Besisahar.
This will be the end of our time in the rural Manaslu Region as we join a drive to Kathmandu. It will run for about 6-7hrs over a winding and beautiful highway. By the evening, we’ll be back in Kathmandu. We’ll leave you to your hotel for the much-needed rest and sleep.
And it will be your time to depart from Nepal. What an adventure it will be. To bid farewell to you, we will drop you at Kathmandu Airport.