If you have decided for an incredibly adventurous destination, then Tsum valley trek is the one. It is one of the amazing hiking trips to Nepal. The crystal clear landscapes, gigantic white Himalayas, local mountain villages and the breathtaking scenarios are the major attraction of this journey. The spectacular mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal, and Shringi Himal can also be enjoyed side by side.
Well, Tsum Valley isn’t enough only with the Himalayas but also the pine tree forest, rhododendron flower, waterfalls and hot springs on the route catches the attention of the tourists. The people are Tibetan origin and of course, they speak in the Tibetan language. Since this area is culturally rich and influenced by Buddhism, you will find various historic monasteries like Mu Gompa, Rachen Gompa, Lungdang Gompa, etc. These shrines are the center of teaching and learning of Buddhism where monks and nuns live.
Moving on, after Tsum valley trek you will be heading towards Manaslu. It is the 8th highest mountain in the world at 8,163m above sea level. It is equally stunning and beautiful. Locals believe that the meaning of “Manaslu” resembles the mountain of spirit. The trail of Manaslu is fascinating side by side challenging along Budhi Gandaki river. Nevertheless, the route passes through several waterfalls, lakes, and monasteries leading to your destination which is a worthwhile moment.
Summing up, Tsum valley trek will be taking about 23 days from arrival to departure. This tour may seem quite rough but after all those challenges, the experiences and memories and worth it. It may be challenging while crossing Laarkya La Mountain Pass at 5,106m but it is not technically difficult. If you are physically fit and can hike continuously for long hours on average in a day, this trek will be hilariously epic for you.
Manaslu-Tsum Trekking route leads ahead Budi Gandaki River valley, which is fed by innumerable rivers and waterfalls, offering the chance of a plunge into some bathing pools. It is getting more and more popular as a new trekking destination but it still sees fewer trekkers compared to the established trekking routes in the Annapurna region.
The circuit is a stunning trek with spectacular views of Mount Manaslu (8163 m) and the Ganesh Himal Range, among others. Along the trail, you encounter an interesting mix of authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist villages. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak a unique dialect. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The famous Kyimu Lung, a pilgrimage circuit in the central Trans-Himalaya, is well known for its center of learning and meditation. This circuit traverses the Tsum Valley the Manaslu area in Nepal, and the southern parts of Tibet.
This Valley has a long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to be meditated in the caves of these mountains. Traditionally, the valley was a culturally distinct geographical called “Tsum Tso Chuksum”, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The valley is uniquely rich in wildlife, especially the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep which congregates in herds of 50 to 200. Hunting, fishing is not permitted in the Tsum Valley.
The valley also boasts some unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, which lie on a pretty plateau nestled in the lap of the valley, and Gumba Lungdang, situated at the base of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal. The crossing of the Larkya Pass (5160 m) can be tough when there is snow.
However, the stunning landscape with the mighty Himalayas towering straight above you and the spectacular glaciers make it more than worth the effort. The pass links the Budhi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley. The descent passes through beautiful alpine meadows at Bimtang before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route heading to the trailhead at Besisahar.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Explore Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola 7 hrs./700m.
Day 04: Trek to Machhakhola
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 6-7 hrs./1340m.
Day 06: Trek to Philim 3 hrs./1570m.
Day 07: Trek to Chumling 6-7hrs./2386m.
Day 08: Trek to Chhokang-Paro 4-5 hrs./3031m.
Day 09: Trek to Nile 4-5 hrs./3361m.
Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa 2-3 hrs./3700m.
Day 11: Trek down to Chhokang Paro 6hrs./3031m.
Day 12: Trek Down to Lokpa 6-7 hrs./2240m.
Day 13: Trek to Ghap 6hrs./2170m.
Day 14: Trek to Lho 6hrs./3180.
Day 15: Trek to Samagaon 3 hrs./3520m.
Day 16: Trek to Samdo 3hrs./3870m.
Day 17: Trek to Dharamsala 3hrs. /4460m.
Day 18: Cross Larkya-La(5160m.)-Bimthang 8-9hrs./3590m.
Day 19: Trek to Dharapani 7-8 hrs./1963m.
Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu 6hrs.
Day 21: Departure