Tsum Valley and Manaslu Larkya La Pass Trekking is one of the fantastic journeys to the cultural villages through varied landscapes and valleys dominated by the snow capped mountains. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the typical lifestyle of people living in remote areas and their cultural practice while enjoying a beautiful walk through lush vegetation, ancient monasteries, arid valleys and gorgeous mountain sights. Manaslu region was opened for travelers in 1992 and Tsum Valley was recently opened in 2008. And since then, trekking to Manaslu Larkya Pass and Tsum Valley has been the favorite route for travelers and reviewed as one of the satisfying journeys of a lifetime.
The major attractions of trekking to Tsum Valley and Larkya Pass is the perfect blend of culture and adventure, as much as there are monasteries and remote social life of people to understand, there are tiring walk and long hour adventure walk in high elevation too. It is an ideal route to witness the beauty of diverse nature, varied landscapes, mixed ethnic people and their typical cultural practice.
Trekking to Tsum Valley and Manaslu Larkya La Pass starts with 7-8 hours drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola , where we stay overnight and enter Budi Gandaki Valley through colorful villages, beautiful waterfalls, lush vegetation, long mani walls, chortens and monasteries and natural hot-spring. After Jagat, we start ascending to reach the junction near Lokpa, from where we take our first course to enter Tsum Valley. We hike until Mu Gompa passing through several ancient Buddhist monasteries and small settlements encountering with local people and Buddhist monks learning about the socio-economic aspects of the area.
From Mu Gompa, we retrace our path back to Chonkang Paro and soon join to Larkya La Pass trekking route at Bhi Phedi. We continue through Buddhist villages and more monasteries along the way and reach Sama Gaon for a day rest and acclimatization. We will visit Manaslu Base Camp for acclimatization. From Sama Gaon, we slowly ascend towards Dharmasala and stay overnight before crossing the Larky La Pass (5160m). We start slowly in the very early morning for the pass and then descend towards Bhimtang village and later to Dharapani to meet the Annapurna Circuit Trails. We will try to enjoy the local jeep in uneven roads from Tal to Besisahar and next day drive to Kathmandu.
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu : Picked Up from the airport and transfer to the Hotel Drive: 30 minutes | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Welcome Dinner
Day 2Free Day in Kathmandu Optional: Join our free walking tours – starts at 10am – Walk to Monkey Temple – Visit National Museum – Kathmandu Durbar Square – finish before 4pm
Walk: 1.5 hours | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m / 2329 ft) Drive: 8 – 9 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 4Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m / 3051 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 5Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m / 4625 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 6Trek from Jagat to Philim (1570m / 5151 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 7Trek from Philim to Chumling (2386m / 7828 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 8Trek from Chumling to Chokang Paro (3030m / 9941 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 9Trek from Chokang Paro to Nile (Visit Milarepa Cave)Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 10Trek from Nile to Mu Gompa (Dheron Nunnery and View of Phuchyun Valley)Walk: 3 – 4 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 11Trek from Mu Gompa to Lar (Visit Rachen Monastery)Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 12Trek from Lar to Gumba Lungdang (3200m / 10948 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 13Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa (2240m / 7349 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 14Trek from Lokpa to Ghap (2400m / 7874 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 15Trek from Ghap to Lho Gaon (3180m / 10433 ft)Walk: 5 – 6 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 16Trek from Lho Gaon to Sama Gaon (3530m / 11581 ft)Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 17Rest and Excursion day at Sama GaonWalk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 18Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo (3875m / 12713 ft)Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 19Trek from Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m / 14633 ft)Walk: 4 – 5 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 20Cross Larkya la pass (5160m / 16929 ft) and descend to Bhimtang (3590m / 11778 ft)Walk: 8 – 9 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 21Trek from Bhimtang to Tilje (1800m / 5905 ft)Walk: 7 – 8 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 22Trek from Tilje to Tal (1700m / 5577 ft)Walk: 6 – 7 hrs | Accommodation: Local Teahouse | Meals: B, L, D
Day 23Drive from Tal to Besisahar to Kathmandu Drive: 9 – 10 hrs | Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: B, L, D
Day 24Free Day in Kathmandu (Contingency Day)Accommodation: Hotel | Meals: Breakfast
Day 25Final Departure | Other Travel Plan
FREE WALKING TOUR: This is an optional walking adventure on the outskirts of Thamel area, which will surprisingly take you to popular Buddhist shrine – Monkey Temple (original name Swayambunath Stupa) and Kathmandu Durbar Square (House of Virgin Living Goddess) after a quick peek at the National Museum. It is around 6km walk, takes 1.5 hrs walk starting and ending from/to Thamel. It is a guided tour; however the entrance fees to these heritage sites must be pay by travelers themselves. [Monkey Temple – Rs 200, Kathmandu Durbar Square – Rs 1000, National Museum – Rs 150]. We start at 10am in the morning (after breakfast) and finish before 4pm (time can vary).
SAFETY CONCERN: Your safety is our top concern while organizing outdoor and adventure plans. Our leaders and crew members are experienced professionals who will make sure that the trip is safely in course. We truly understand the need of information flow and risk management to provide the best experience. Our trekking arrangement includes the proper clothing, supplies of equipment and gears, high altitude prevention measures and remedies to provide the carefree adventure in the Himalayas.
STANDARD TRIP: Standard itinerary and route plans are typically designed considering the necessary number of days to complete the trek for average fit travelers and level of altitude gain on the trek (and multiple other factors) which can be modified as per the interest, time, experience and budget plan of travelers. On the given adventure plan, we have included the most important items necessary for the trip and the cost for it and quoted to provide a general idea of the cost of the trip with minimum number of days required to complete the trip.
CUSTOMIZE TRIP: We can organize a trip to every style and provide our service as required by the travelers. There are few items like leader, permits etc, which are mandatory to provide from the agency whereas there are also several alternatives to design the trip as suited. Any customization of the standard itinerary will change the trip price accordingly. We always like to hear what you have to say. We are always happy to assist your valuable travel holidays in your manner with the best information that suits your way of traveling.
ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU
We need to have 4 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu (before and after the trip) for preparation, rest, and contingency. We provide twin sharing room at Hotel Nepalaya on BB Plan for your trip. If you choose to book your own accommodation in Kathmandu, 60 USD per person is discounted from trip price.
If you prefer to select your own accommodation, then you are free to do so and find a place suitable to your interest. Alternatively, you can suggest a name, and we shall book that place for you.
GROUP SIZE: All of our adventure trips are accompanied by specialized local leaders, guides, porters and assistant guides (as required) who will always ensure your safety and comfort at every part of the journey. We found that the group size of 8 is the optimal size to run these trips, however we can organize a trip plan for any group size upon the request.
Group of More than 8: We also have a good experience of handling big groups of volunteers, employees, students, and able to organize a trip plan upon request. Please kindly submit your group size information, and we will garnish a proper trip plan and price for you.
It is your travel plan; you can choose what you want to do, of course with a lot of information first. Feel free to submit and share your travel ideas, and we shall get back to you with more thoughts in no time.