In this program from Multi adventure, you will visit the region of central Nepal that lies between Langtang National Park and the Manaslu Conservation Area. Although it is not as frequented as other trekking routes of Nepal, this could easily be one of the lengthiest treks full of unique experiences you can not have elsewhere in Nepal.
This trip introduces you to a remote but beautiful region of Manaslu in the centre-west. You will visit Ganesh Himal region that is known for its beautiful landscapes, little dotted lakes, waterfalls and mountain peaks. And if happen to be here in the spring, you will see sumptuous forests of rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal. You will see expansive views of Shringi Himal, Bauddha Himal, and several other ranges here.
While Ganesh Himal is a beauty apart, your trek in Tsum Valley brings you close to the sacred valleys near the Tibetan border. The people living here practice a unique tradition that belongs to an equally unique culture. The name “Tsum” is derived from “Tsombo” – a term that signifies life and all things living. The villages closely resemble that of their Tibetan legacy; and often contain at least one chorten or monastery or religious site. Predominantly belonging to a sect of Tibetan Buddhism, some sections of the trail near villages and hamlets are are lined with prayer flags and mani walls.
This region boasts 526 species of flora (40 species of orchids alone) and more than 180 varieties of birds. Along the way you might even encounter wildlife such as monkeys, musk deer, gaur, and the Himalayan thar. Other interesting wild animals are the Himalayan thar, gaur, many kinds of monkeys and musk deer. Included in this program is a trek to Manaslu Region. You will come to sections of the popular Manaslu Circuit, and mingle with the trekkers coming from and going to separate destinations. You will share not just the lodges at some point, but also your stories from your own unique perspective. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable adventure in Nepal.
This trip to Manaslu & Ganesh Himal is best booked for September to late December and from mid-March to late June. This is a moderate to challenging activity, requiring you to have some stamina plus a regular walking habit. Book this trip from Discovery Mountain trek to explore the pristine and unspoiled valleys, and gain insight into remote regions of western Nepal.
Day 1: ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU (1365M)
After landing at the Kathmandu airport, Discovery Mountain Trek will take you to the hotel Radisson. We then check-in at the hotel, freshen up and take a rest. In the evening you will have details briefing for your expedition.
ACCOMMODATION TYPE : HOTEL
Day 3: TREK FROM SYABRUBESI TO GATLANG (2240M) 5/6H TREK
We begin the trek from Syabrubesi to Gatlang via Goljung. It takes about six hours of walk today mostly seeing Tamang Culture. Along several points of the trek today you can have wonderful views of nature. Upon reaching Gatlang, you will see that this beautiful village is perched at the side of a terraced hill. Gatlang is also home to a lake (or a large pond) called Parvati Kunda. Stay overnight in a guesthouse or a lodge.
Day 4: TREK FROM GATLANG TO SAMDAND (3270M) 6/7H TREK
After breakfast, we will continue on the ascending trail through pine and rhododendron forests. We arrive at Yuri Kharka and continue to Khurphu Bhanjyang and, after a brief stop, descend to Somdang River at the borders of Dhading and Rasuwa. The beautiful trek today will take you across the Chukarma Falls. Take a brief stop here and trek to the village of Samdang where you will stay for the night.
Day 5: TREK FROM SAMDANG TO PANSEN KHARKA (3430M) 4/5H TREK
After a quick breakfast, we pack the lunch and leave, headed towards Pangsang Pass. It is a vantage point southwest of Samdang, offering sweeping panoramic views of the landscape. To the north lie the peaks of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal Range. Below, the expansive meadow is an ideal location for camping and resting. This point used to be a point in the old trade route with Tibet. Relax, rest, and photograph, and eat your lunch with nearly 270º views of Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu Ranges. On a clear day one can even see a tiny portion of the Annapurna Range from this Pass. Descend to Pansen Kharka for camping tonight.
Day 6: TREK FROM PANSEN KHARKA TO TIPLING (1890M) 5/6H TREK
Leaving behind Pansen Kharka and the wonderful scenic location, we will descend to Tipling. It is a big village with a gompa. The forested path is beautiful and calming when combined with timely breaks. If you’re here in early spring, you will see that the rhododendrons are in full bloom. At Tipling you will see a beautiful atmosphere; and the landscape with views of Ganesh Himal will be impressive.
Day 7: TREK FROM TIPLING TO SERTHUNG (1930M) 3/4H TREK
First we will come down to a river and then ascend to the villages of Shertung and Chalish. At these villages, you can probably have a cultural show depending upon the festival. However, some shows such as shaman-dance and horse-dance. Overlooking the fertile and beautiful valleys, you will trek ahead and stay at Shertung. This village has magnificent views of Ganesh Himal (aka Yangri Peak), Lapsang, and other peaks.
Day 8: TREK FROM SERTHUNG TO LAPAGAON (1850M) 5/6H TREK
The average walking duration today is around six hours with rest along the way. The serene and quiet trek first begins with a descent to a place called Borang. It is perched at the top of a hill, with stone stairs carved along the path in a tiny section. Ahead, it’s mostly unspoiled landscape and villages with more terraced farmlands. Later, come to a river, cross it and arrive at a plateau-like clearing. This is the village of Lapagaun, where we’ll camp for the night.
Day 9: TREK FROM LAPAGAON TO MYANGAL BHANJANG (2780M) 4/5H TREK
Begin with an ascent after a leisurely morning. Today we are headed to Myangal Bhanjyang located at an altitude of 2,780 meters. First, take the road to Mangro Pass at 2,660 meters. Here, take a break and head on a descending route along a dense forest. The shade is calming and the environment will freshen you up. Leaving the forest behind, come out into the open meadow lined by a river. Here you will have splendid views of Ganesh Himal. A little trek further will bring you to Myangal Bhanjyang where we’ll camp for the night.
Day 10: TREK FROM MYANGAL BHANJANG TO YARSA (1880M) 6/7H TREK
The trek today is around seven hours. It’s a challenging trek, and you are advised to start early. The major section of the route is challenging, with a nearly vertical trail for a long time. A vertigo effect is the mark of this section. After this aerial descent, you will arrive at the village of Yarsa. The surreal location is ideal for camping for tonight.
Day 11: TREK FROM YARSA TO KERONJA (2770M) 5/6H TREK
Today the trek is around fiver hours with stopovers. Begin with a quick breakfast and begin with incredible views of Mount Manaslu ahead. Walking on elevated grounds, you will have majestic aerial views of the valleys and lands below. As a measure of things, roughly around 1000 meters down the raging river of Budhi-Gandaki can seen at the valley below. Hike further through this incredible landscape to arrive at Keronja, a large village of the Gurung community. Here, stay overnight in a camp.
Day 12: TREK FROM KERONJA TO JAGAT (1340M) 5/6H TREK
Leaving behind the wonderful location of Keronja, we will pack the bags and the tents, and leave. In the six hour trek today, we will come to the busy village of Jagat. A gradual ascent through a gorge will bring you to a natural hot spring. Here, take a break and continue along the route to arrive at Jagat.
Day 13: TREK FROM JAGAT TO PHILIM (1570M) 4/5H TREK
Today we will be walking to Philim. The trail first descends to a river and then ascends a bit until we arrive at the beautiful village of Saguleri. Here, we will take a break with magnificent views of Mt. Shringi. From there we trek to the village of Sirdibas on to a river called Ghatte Khola. Cross it and ascend to the village of Philim. Stay overnight at a camp.
Day 14: TREK FROM PHILIM TO CHUMLING (2380M) 6/7H TREK
Today we will trek for around seven hours to reach the village of Chumling. Leaving behind Philim, we will head north across a dense forest to Ekli Bhatti. From here, we will cross a gorge and enter another dense forest of pine. Out on the other side through a descending trail, we will enter the popular Tsum Valley. The views of Himal Chuli is great from here. Enjoy the break and then trek further to Ghumlong, to Ripchet, and to the village of Chumling. We will stay overnight at Chumling in a tented camp.
Day 15: TREK FROM CHUMLING TO CHOKHAN PARO (30105M) 4/5H TREK
Start at ease, crossing a suspension bridge. Here we will have magnificent views of the snowcapped peaks ahead, especially those of the prominent Ganesh Himal. Take a break and continue walking to the village of Gho and to the village of Rainjam. Cross the river of Serpu and trek further to the village of Chokan-Paro. Stay overnight at this village.
Day 16: EK FROM CHOKHANPARO TO RACHEN GOMPA (3240M) 5/6H TREK
Start by ascending from Chokhan-Paro. We will head east through small villages lined with magnificent views ahead. Then gently climb over a hill lined by chortens and prayer flags to arrive at Lama Gaun at 3,202 meters. Here you will come across extensive farming on flat lands. From here, you will cross a river to arrive at Rachen Gompa (aka Nunnery Gompa). Where we overnight.
Day 17: ACCLIMATIZE AT RACHEN GOMPA
Today we have rest day here to acclimatize and we explore the some village like Phurbe and pang dun where you will see very old stupa. And you are close to Tibet border from here and same way back to Rachen Gompa.
Day 19: TREK FROM CHUMLING TO BIHI (1585M) 6/7H TREK
The trek today is under five hours. From Chumling, we continue our way to the north in the lower Tsum valley. Crossing the large suspension bridge will leads us towards a gushing river, from where we will trek to Bihi. The village of Bihi is located at an altitude of 3130 m where we’ll camp for the night.
Day 20: TREK FROM BIHI TO LIHI (1920M) 6H TREK
The trek today is around six hours. Start by crossing the Budhi-Gandaki river and through a hamlet with sparse farming. This is the hamlet of Namru, an isolated location of Tsum Valley. Take a break here and see the quietness, and then head along further to arrive at Hinan River. Cross it and trek to a place called Sho. At Sho, it’s time for another break – with excellent views of some peaks of the Manaslu Mountain Range. A little trek further will bring you to Lihi where we will set up camp for the overnight stay.
Day 21: TREK FROM LIHI TO SAMAGON (3500M) 6H TREK
The village of Samagaun at 3,530 meters has splendid views of Mount Manaslu and other peaks in the distance. This village has several chortens as well as a couple of mani walls. The trek today is around six hours at an easy pace.
Day 22: TREK FROM SAMAGAON TO PUNGYEN GOMPA TO SAMAGON 4/5H TREK
At this altitude, it is a necessity to acclimatize for the body. Let the oxygen level replenish, and get ready for the trek ahead in the coming days. Enjoy a day of rest but do take a hike to the monastery of Pungyen Gompa before returning to Samagaun for the overnight stay.
Day 23: TREK FROM SAMAGON TO SAMDO (3855M) 4/5H TREK
The village of Samdo, where we will be staying for the night, has beautiful closeup views of Manaslu peak. Walking around four hours from Samagaun, we cross forests and grasslands to reach Samdo at an altitude of 3,875 meters. Here, we rest and relax for the night.
Day 24: ACCLIMATIZE AT SAMDO
It is a day of rest at Samdo. At higher altitudes, it is necessary for the body to acclimatize according to the environment. Let the oxygen level replenish, and get ready for the trek ahead in the coming days. Enjoy a day of rest but do take small hikes around to see wonderful views of the surroundings, as little walks help you acclimatize better.
Day 25: TREK FROM SAMDO TO DHARAMSALA (4350M) 4/5H TREK
In the morning pack your bags and leave the village of Samdo. First, cross Budhi-Gandaki river and continue on the uphill trail. Cross two more streams, see the Glacier of Larkya, climb higher, and reach Dharmashala at 4,350 meters. The walk, although not too easy, is short today with just four hours in total. Overnight at Dharmashala.
Day 26: TREK FROM DHARAMSALA TO BIMTHANG (3725M) VIA LARKYE LA PASS (5165M) 7/8H TREK
Leaving behind Dharmashala, the route turns north and ascends to a moraine. Trek further along the ascending trail to the pass of Larkya-La, the highest point of the trek at 5,165 meters. Rest for a while, enjoy the mountain views, capture some great shots and then give your cameras a break! It’s time to move on. Descend gradually via pastures to Bimthang, a picturesque village at 3,725 meters. Put down your bags and prepare for sleep after a long day of trek at Bimthang.
Day 27: TREK FROM BIMTHANG TO DHARAPANI (1960M) 6/7H TREK
It is one of the longest days of this program with around nine hours of trek. However it is an easy to average trek today. First you will cross a pass and descend to Dudh-Koshi. Then you will walk through dense forests of pine and rhododendron. Later with amazing views of the Marshyangdi Valley below, you will arrive at Tilje. Take a break and trek further to Dharapani, a point Annapurna Circuit. Stay overnight at Dharapani.
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- Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
- 3 -star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek with Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
- Welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu.
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
- An experienced, English speaking guide, government-license holder.
- Porter service : 2 participants-1 porter.
- Assistant guide: 4 participants- 1 assistant guide.
- Staff costs including their salary, equipment, insurance, food and accommodation.
- Down jacket and sleeping bag : to be returned after your trip completion.
- Multi adventure duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take.
- Energy Supplies: Dry fruits, Snickers, Mars, Bounty on your Trek.
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits : National Park and TIMS.
- Medical kit: carried by your trekking assistant guide.
- Gamow Bag for your safety and security.
- All government and local taxes
- Personal insurance for Nepalese team for your trekking.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST
- Nepalese visa fee.
- Excess baggage charge.
- International flights.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
- Tips for guide, porter and driver.
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure.
- Also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary.
- Personal expenses laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower.