Tsum Valley with Manaslu Trek

Get set for an amazing journey to the Manaslu region and endeavor the beauty that lies in the hidden valleys of the region. The wilderness of Tsum valley nestled in the backdrop of Ganesh, Sringeri and Boudha Himal is beyond any words of description. So are the views of Mt. Manaslu – the eighth highest mountain in the world. Tsum valley with Manaslu trek is all about walking along a rough and steep path in a remote and seclude landscape applauding the beauty of towering peaks in Manaslu region. You will find yourself in the culturally divine highlands that preserve some ancient artistic monasteries within.

Tsum valley with Manaslu Trek takes you to the Nepal Tibet border area which is exquisite; full of mountainous views. It leads you to a land that was once abandoned and has been recently opened for the fellow travelers. As the region lies near Tibet, we can see the influence of Tibetan Buddhist culture here. The path decorated beautifully with colorful prayer flags, mani walls, chortens and stupas depict the Tibetan Buddhist culture that is dominantly prevalent here. The trek offers an opportunity to visit and explore some ancient monasteries namely Mu Gompa, Rachen Gompa and Nunnery temple. The history of these monasteries dates back to century. The monasteries are a home to many monks who live here preserving their culture, custom, and teachings of Buddhism. Similarly, the people inhabited in Tsum and Manaslu region have their own unique culture, custom, tradition and practices, therefore, Tsum valley with Manaslu Trek can also be a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted with people and their lifestyle.

Tsum valley with Manaslu Trek lets you walk inside the Manaslu Conservation area which is a home for many rare species of birds and animals. As the region is completely prohibited for any kind of harm to natural being, you may be a lucky one to get a glance of Blue sheep of Himalayan Thar. Your climb up to the Larkya La pass can be considered as one of the amazing moments of the trek as you will be rewarded with some stunning views of Kang Guru, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal and some peaks in Annapurna massif.

So, stroll along the beautiful rivers like Budhi Gandaki river, Maccha Khola, and Soti Khola to make your way up to Larkya La via a magnificent valley of Tsum. Nepal Intrepid Treks escorts you all the way to Larkya La for astonishing views of Mt. Manaslu and gets you familiar with the mystic and seclude natural glory of Tsum.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport
  • Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation
  • Day 3 Drive to Arughat and trek to Soti Khola
  • Day 4 Soti Khola to Machha Khola
  • Day 5Machha Khola to Jagat
  • Day 6 Jagat to Philim
  • Day 7 Philim to Ripche
  • Day 8 Ripche to Nile/Chhule
  • Day 9 Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa
  • Day 10 Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa
  • Day 11 Trek to Deng
  • Day 12 Deng to Namrung
  • Day 13 Namrung to Lho Gaun
  • Day 14 Trek to Samagaun
  • Day 15 Acclimatization in Samagaun
  • Day 16 Trek to Dharmashala
  • Day 17 Trek to Bhimphedi
  • Day 18 Trek to Tilije
  • Day 19 Trek to Chamje
  • Day20 Drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 21 Farewell

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As you arrive in Kathmandu, a representative from Nepal Intrepid Treks will pick you up at the airport and escort you to a pre booked hotel in Kathmandu. Check in to the hotel and freshen up for a while. Your airport representative will brief you about your travel program ahead. You can ask the representative about you queries related to program if any. If you have enough time, you have an option to walk around the streets of Kathmandu for the day. Spend the night at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast included)

Wake up for an exciting day as your guide will escort you to the UNESCO listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. The tour today is all about art, culture and history that Nepal possesses. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square is an ancient palace built by the Malla kings of Nepal. The palace is grand and artistic. Authentic architecture has been designed in the pillars, windows and building of the palace. The palace is surrounded by various small temples. After exploring the palace and the museum, we head towards Swayambhunath stupa, Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. The day can be an enlightenment of Hindu and Buddhist culture. If you have any left out preparation for the trek, you can arrange it today. Stay at your hotel in the evening. (Breakfast included)

Today, we leave Kathmandu city and take a drive to Arughat. We drive along the lush hills, rivers and river to Dhading Besi. The highway route till Dhading Besi is concrete and smooth. We enjoy our drive with views of hills, terrace fields, countryside houses on the way. From Dhading Besi, we further drive to Arughat. The way from Dhading Besi to Arughat is quite rough and bumpy. After around four hours of smooth ride and then another four hours of rough ride, we reach Arughat. We get off from our ride and take a local jeep that will lead us to Soti Khola in around one and half hours. We stay at a guesthouse in Soti Khola for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today we initiate our actual trekking journey. The day consists of around six to seven hours walk to Maccha Khola. We take our breakfast and follow our trail. At first, we cross a popular suspension bridge over the Soti Khola and walk through a forest until we reach top of a ridge. We can see and hear the water of Budhigandaki river splashing with its rapids. At Khursane, our trail gets rocky as we pass the stunning waterfall, terraced farmlands and few settlements until we reach a Gurung village popular as Lapubesi. We further climb a cliff and walk along the sandy river bed until we reach Maccha Khola. We even cross some suspension bridges in between. As we reach Maccha Khola, we stay at a guesthouse for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Our trail narrows as we walk ahead towards Khorlabesi. After few ups and downs, we reach a popular place with natural hot springs known as Tatopani. Here we can enjoy a hot water bath to stimulate ourselves for our journey ahead. Leaving Tatopani, we climb up a ridge and cross a suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki river. We climb up the stone paved staircases to Doban which further leads us to the Thado Bharyang. We again climb up a ridge and cross Budi gandaki river and ascend up until we reach the village of Jagat. We stay at a guesthouse in Jagat for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we start our walk along the well paved path in Jagat and climb up through a rocky ridge to reach Salleri. From Salleri, we walk along an easy path to Ghatta Khola. Leaving the river, we walk up stream and cross a long suspension bridge over the river to reach Philim. Philim is a village of Gurung people. As we reach the village, we spend our time exploring around the village and stay at a guesthouse in Philim for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Leaving Jagat, our trail winds up through Philim from where we ascend up over a ridge that takes us to Ripche via Ganesh Himal Base Camp. We stay at a guesthosue in Ripche for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we walk towards Chhokang Paro and then to Nile. Ripche lies at Lower Tsum valley but today we leave the lower Tsum valley behind and open up to Chhokang Paro which lies in Upper tsum valley. Chhokang Paro is a village that consists of two settlements Chhokang and Paro. From here, we can see the Ganesh Himal on south along with the amazing views of Boudha ranges and Hiunchuli. Admiring the scenery, we walk along crop fields of maize and potatoes until we reach the last settlement of the area i.e. Nile. On the way, we come across Piren Phu, which is a sacred cave in tsum valley. It is believed that Guru Milarepa, a famous Buddhist saint had meditated in this place. We can see prayer flags and artistic carving on stone in this place which are very beautiful. We stay at a guesthouse in Nile for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we leave the last settlement of the area i.e. Nile and move ahead to Mu Gompa which is our destination for the day. We cross a suspension bridge over the river and ascend up towards the Tibetan border. We walk in the dry land adorned with chortens, mani walls ans prayer flags until we reach Mu Gompa. Upon our arrival in Mu Gompa, we further hike up to Dherpu Doma Gompa and explore the monastery. After exploring the monastery and taking good photos, we return back down to Mu Gompa where we will be spending our night today. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We return down to valley through Chhule and continue down to Phurbe. We stay at the east bank of Siyar river and cross the flat plains covered by boulders followed by power lines to Rachen Gompa. Upon arrival, we explore the Gompa and interact with the friendly nuns’ in the gompa. We stay at the gompa for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, our trail winds up downhill most of the time. As we continue walking, our trail branche towards Manaslu circuit somewhere in between the Chuling and Philim. We pass variety of terrain today which is quite interesting. We continue walking when we enter a dense lush forest. From here, we leave Tsum valley behind and walk through many ups and downs until we cross a suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki river. Upon our arrival in Deng, we stay at a guesthouse for overnight halt. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

After walking a short distance from Deng, we reach Budi Gandaki river. We cross the river and ascend up the trail until we reach Rana. We pass some small settlements on the way and ascend up until we open up to the Budi gandaki valley. We pass various mani stones that gives us the feeling of entering the Tibetan border area. We can assume that the region has Tibetan Buddhist influence by seeing the mani stones, prayer flags and other Buddhist religion reflecting environment. As we follow our trail we reach the village of Prok. Upon arrival, we explore around the village. We can get an awesome view of Siring Himal, Ganesh Himal and Hiuchuli. We conclude our exploration with an overnight stay at a guesthouse in Namrung. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we take our breakfast and leave for our destination next i.e. Samagaun. Our trail climbs up steep and passes through a dense forest. As we move ahead, we come across a village with chortens and terraced fields of barley known as Lihi. We further pass the village of Sho to reach Lho. We spend our night at a guesthouse in Lho. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Leaving Lho, we pass Shyala village and continue walking until we reach Samagaun. As we reach the village of Sama, we will be blessed with the magnificent views of Mt. Manaslu with other mountains and glaciers. We visit of gompa i.e. Ribung gompa in the village and stay at a guesthouse in Samagaun for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 15 is set aside for acclimatization purpose in Samagaun. We can either walk up to Manaslu Base Camp or explore the places around the village. We can also hike up to a hill where Pungyen gompa for the outstanding views of glaciers. In the evening, we return back to the guesthouse for overnight stay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we pass the grazing area and climb up gradually to the valley. The views of the mountains along our way especially, the Manaslu Himal looks amazing. As we move ahead, the trail leads us to Samdo which is a Tibetan refugee village. The village is remote and is around one way walk from the Nepal – Tibet border. We cross few streams in our way to reach Larkya Bazaar. It used to be a trade centre with Tibet in the past. We climb up steep to reach our stopping point for the day. We stay at a guesthouse in Dharmashala for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We start our day with a climb up to Cho Chanda from where we head up hill towards the steep snow clad pass. The view of Himlung Himal, Che Himal, Kang Guru and Gyagi Kung with Annapurna II from this pass is outstanding. Admiring the views of these alluring mountains from the top, we descend down steep through the rocky moraines to Bhimphedi where we stop at a guesthouse for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We leave Bhimphedi and climb up gently through the paddy fields to Karcha La pass. From here, our trail descends down and we walk through rhododendron and fig forests to Tilije. We stay at a guesthouse in Tilije for the night. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

We start our day with a short climb over a ridge and continue walking along a stone paved trail through a beautiful village. Moving ahead, we cross a bridge over Dudh khola and climb up an arch to Thonje village. On the way, we pass several chortens and mani walls. From a police checkpoint in the village, we continue walking to Dharapani where we join the Annapurna circuit section. We leave Dharapani and descend down to Karte village from where we walk a while to cross Marsyangd khola. We pass mani walls to reach the village of Tal and further descend down to Chamje village. We stay at a guesthouse in Chamje for the nigt. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Today, we take a local jeep from Chamje to Besisahar. At Besisahar, we will have our private vehicle waiting for us. We get into the vehicle and drive back to Kathmandu. Spend your night at a hotel in Kathmandu. (Breakfast and lunch included)

After 20 days long companionship, it’s time to bid you a goodbye! Your guide will escort you to the airport for your journey ahead. Hope you had a good time with us. (Breakfast included)

Cost Includes

  • Free pick up and drop option from and to the airport
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu will be in a 3-star category hotel which is inclusive of breakfast only
  • All the ground transport
  • Three-time meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in best available guesthouses during the trek
  • Hot water for drinking purpose during the trek
  • First aid kit with basic medicines.
  • Necessary documentation and Permit costs to enter into Manaslu conservation area and trek.
  • Professional guide and porter (1 porter will be available to two persons)
  • Expenses related to our staffs (guide and porter)
  • A duffle bag, t-shirt and travel achievement certificate on the behalf of our company
  • Government taxes and office service charge during travel

Cost Excludes

  • Airfare from your homeland to Nepal (International airfare)
  • Visa fees while you enter into Nepal
  • Your travel insurance
  • Lunch and Dinner at the three-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Cold drinks, mineral bottle water or any other kind of beverages. (You can buy it on the trekking route if you want, on your own)
  • Personal trekking equipment and gadgets
  • Tips for driver, guide, and porters (though optional)
  • Personal refreshment and utility expenses like phone calls, internet service and others.
  • Cost that are not mentioned in our cost inclusion section above
You can choose your dates at the time of booking. Thanks!

April/May 2019 16-Day Trek to EBC

Had an extraordinary trek with Nepal Intrepid to Everest Base Camp. I got sick from the food in Kathmandu, and by day 4 I was too dehydrated and weak to continue. One of the guides stayed with me as my group continued so that I can rest. We eventually caught up with the group and made it to EBC! Such excellent and professional guides and porters!

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whysoscherious,

You Need This Team To Make It To The Top. 100% Mera Peak Summit Success Rate. Looked After From Day 1.

I owe our success in reaching the Mera Peak summit safely to our amazing guide Lal and his amazing team of porters! We were a team of four women and we had a 100% summit success rate.

Lal went above and beyond from Day 1 when I missed my connecting flight to Kathmandu from Guangzhou due to bad weather in China. I finally arrived in Kathmandu late at night, tired and stressed out about my bags since it did not make my flight. As soon as Lal found out that I made it to Kathmandu, he made it to the airport in a flash, waiting to pick me up and take me to the hotel with a warm smile and a big welcome - and this was really late at night! When my airline failed to get my bag in time for the trek, Lal organised my luggage to arrive in Lukla before I even made it to Lukla! My luggage had all my gear and summit clothing, without this luggage I could not have started the trek. It was a huge relief seeing my luggage and it was all thanks to Lal and his efficiency for getting my luggage in time. There would have been no other way.

This was my first time doing a multi day trek, let alone climbing a mountain, I was nervous but Lal made sure I enjoyed the trek and most importantly I was safe. Lal and his team made sure it was their priority to make sure we were well prepared, safe, looked after and most importantly we all make it to the top. Little things like telling us to slow down while ascending to make sure we don't get altitude sickness, while other groups sped in front of us and did not make the summit because they were sick, making sure we were all well fed so that we had all the energy to endure the full 13 days, giving us water when we ran out of our own and believing in us all added up to our successful summit! His porter team Bupendra and Tula Raj all took turns to lead the party and helped us to carry our gear.

Every morning we would wake up and see their smiley faces ready to start the day trekking, while they were getting ready to carry our 50kg bags in tough terrain. Without hesitation, Lal and his porter team always offered a hand when us ladies weren't comfortable going down a steep hill and believe me the passes were insane! They made the trip much more enjoyable and memorable as we all had our funny and scary moments together.

Summit day was unbelievably the hardest and craziest day of my life! One to remember for the rest of our lives but we couldn't have made it without his team, his positivity and his patience. It took us 6 hours to reach the summit and Lal was with us every step of the way - feeding us snacks, opening our water bottles so that we can drink, carried our back packs to putting our polarised sunglasses on our faces to protect us from the sun. His team absolutely went above and beyond! Making the summit was an epic experience and to do it with a team that we grew closely with, who supported and believed in us made the experience even more special.

Lal and his team were always looking out for us and I could not be more grateful. We were constantly surrounded by positive attitude the whole way up and the whole way down, even after our summit day.

Although, we successfully summited and made it to Lukla, Lal did not stop working. Leaving Lukla was such a mess and super stressful as I had an international flight to make. Lal was always alert, always on call to see if there was an available seat for me on any of the outgoing flights.

Lal is honest and professional and I would definitely choose Nepal Intrepid Treks again. What an incredible ascent. I will never forget this trip. Until then my friend!

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Tina N,
Sydney, Australia

Mera Peak 14 day hike & 100% Success Rate!

This was my first trip to Nepal, and thanks to Lal and his amazing team, climbing Mera Peak was an awesome experience. Our group of 4 had a 100% success rate, when a lot of other travelers we met along the way, did not make it to the top.

Nothing was a problem for Lal, we had lost luggage and bad weather delays – which meant he had to reschedule accommodation/flights several times for us. He was so gracious, professional, and incredibly helpful every step of the way (literally!). Both him and our two incredible porters, really made our trip, going above and beyond on so many occasions.

Summit day was tough, but the support of Lal and his team – helped us all get through and make it to the top!

Lal always made us feel safe, supported and that nothing was a problem – and there was always a smile on his face. I would absolutely recommend trekking with Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions, I’m so grateful for the experience, and can’t wait for my next adventure with Lal and his team.

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Lyn K,
Auckland Central, New Zealand

Patan historic and good adventure

Was such an awesome trip and loved getting to try local cuisine. Our guide Amit was very knowledgeable and showed us many spiritual sites which were really cool. A must do if in the Kathmandu area.

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melissabartonnn,

Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp 19days

Unreal experience! I opted for the longer trek as I wanted to see as much as possible in the time I had. I'm so glad I did.
My wonderful Guide Prem Karki and my assistant guide Lukpa were sensational! We laughed so much on the trek, with these 2 guiding us there was never a dull moment. Our success in reaching the Lakes and Everest Base Camp are purely down to their hard work and dedication. Plus I was lucky enough to meet another 6 legends who also opted for this unreal trek. We are now all the best of mates.
The trekking was hard at times and and some days were super easy. We had rain, snow, sunshine and everything in between. Each day we witnessed another insanely beautiful mountain and watched the landscape change the higher we went.
The Gokyo Lakes were stunning, I'm so glad we opted for this trek. The pictures attached are unfiltered!
Everest Base Camp was great! Such an amazing feeling to finally get there. We just sat and took it all in. Photos don't do it justice.
All the villages and places we stayed along the way were awesome! These tiny lodges and tea houses in the middle of the mountains were so cosy and the food is delicious. We met quite a few Sherpas who had summited Everest and we spoke to them at length about their expedition. Great bed time stories :)
Do yourself a favour and get on board this trek, you wont regret it!

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Jade C,
Orange, Australia

Everest Base Camp & Gokyo 925-1010/2019

Kamal, Tilak and Prince were our guide. They have done an excellent job in ensuring we had everything we needed - water, wifi, food and so on. They explained Nepalese culture and identified the peaks for us as we were asking for the names every day, it is one of the most precious thing about having the locals with us. The tour was a huge success and thank you guys and team for making it happen, it would not be the same without you. I had really enjoyed every moment on the trek. Highly recommend the agent and guides to anyone considering paying a visit to the beautiful Himalayas.

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olivieryiu,

Perfection EBC trekking

Professional risk control on EBC trekking. About airplane change the landing place on lukala or change the trekking schedule, your team also can find good guest house and restaurant.

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Iverroce Tu,

Wonderful experience

It was wonderful experience in my life. Our guide Kamal is professional, patient, and kindly. In this trekking journey still had some situation from uncontrollable mother nature. But this team also can control and change it perfectly. If you will come to Nepal to explore, don't miss Nepal Intrepid Treks and Expeditions!

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Nora H,

Our Visit to Nepal

I dont know where to Start. There are barely any bad points to talk about. The service was exceptional and everbody was so polite and friendly. Everything was well organized. The places we used to rest and eat where always nice and clean. The employees and shepards where dedicated for their jobs and tried to accomplish our goals in the best way possible. I want to send my best wishes Lal, Ram, Tulla and Santos.

Best Regards
Luca & Ludovico

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Bahadir E,
Koenigswinter, Germany

Unforgettable solo trek in Nepal

I did the Mardi Himal trek with Nepal Intrepid Treks as a solo hiker in November 2019. I learned that I would be traveling in the region on business only a few weeks in advance, and after some research I reached out to Lal for help in customizing an add-on personal trip that worked for my tight schedule and my desire to do a beautiful and challenging trek in the iconic Annapurna region. Mardi Himal was the perfect trek:
- It offered epic views of Annapurna South and Fishtail nearly the entire time, getting closer and closer each day until High Camp and Base Camp when you’re right in between them and it feels like you can reach out and touch them!
- It offered a good balance of physically demanding sections and relatively easy sections, as well as spots to catch your breath, have some masala tea and take in the scenery.
- It offered great elevation gains, so that you can experience firsthand the way the environment, weather, and level of exertion changes as you climb higher and higher.
- The trekking camps were comfortable and the meals were very good. The people who ran the camps as well as the other guides and trekkers were lovely.

Lal put together my entire itinerary, including a couple nights in nice hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and a yoga class at a beautiful retreat outside Pokhara. He ensured that every detail was covered during my stay, and he was in touch throughout to make sure everything was going smoothly. As an experienced hiker and marathon runner we were able to shorten the trek to 5 days by combining some days for greater distance each day; this was great for me both for the level of difficulty I was seeking as well as my tight schedule. My guide Nisan and my porter Prabin were skilled, knowledgeable, professional, extremely helpful and attentive, and fun to be around (not to mention they were great sports about the fast pace).

I’m beyond thrilled with the experience and the service level of Nepal Intrepid Treks. I will definitely come back for a longer trek, and I recommend them to anyone seeking an unforgettable experience in the Himalayas. Thank you Lal, Nisan, Prabin, and the entire Intrepid team for being excellent guides in every sense of the word, going above and beyond to make my unique solo trip a success and a truly life-changing experience.

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dietrich325,
New York City, New York

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