Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trekking (#3 of 26)
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The old, uncut forest between Bimthang and Kharche was such a site to see. It reminded me of the Hoh rain forest in Olympic National Park, Washington State, USA. This Nepal forest had its share of huge firs and hardwoods, draped in moss, with a rich and diverse under story of incredibly green plants. The maples were bright yellow and gold.

90% + of the trekkers on this trek, both Manaslu and Tsum valley, were camping. The camping groups were quite large – 12, 14, 16 – way to big in my opinion. These groups were from western Europe, mainly French, Belgium, and German with some from the UK. In a few cases, they would overwhelm a teahouse (the camping staff choosing for their clients to eat in the tea house dining area rather than setup their dining tent.). In these instances, we were usually forced into the teahouse kitchen, which was fine with me. Fortunately, these large groups moved slow so it was easy to get away from them! I was surprised at the number of large camping groups doing Tsum Valley or Manaslu; however, we didn’t run into anybody that was doing both. In spite of the large camping groups, it was still easy to find solitude and get away from these groups, especially during the day. The bottlenecks usually happened in the evenings where they camped just outside the lodges. Fortunately, in the Tsum valley, the homestays weren’t big enough to accommodate the campers so they had their own camping sites.

There’s a hotel building boom happening on the Manaslu Circuit. Many of the lodges that we stayed at were brand new. Next spring, most of the villages will have twice as many tea houses, and by next fall, they will have even more. If the lodging situation at Dharamsala is resolved and more lodging capacity is built in the nearby area, this trek will easily replace the Annapurna Circuit.

23 Days Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trekking Suggested Itinerary

March-04 Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (535m) -8 to 9 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse/ hotel
March-05 Day 02: Trek Arughat to Soti Khola (720m) -6 to 7 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse
March-06 Day 03: Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m) -6 to 7 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse
March-07 Day 04: Trek Machha Khola to Thulo Dhunga(1,250m) -6 to7 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse
March-08 Day 05: Trek Dhunga to Philim (1,570 m) -5 to 6 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse (enter in Restricted Area Trekking)
March-09 Day 06: Trek Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (2,361m)-7 to 8 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse
March-10 Day 07: Trek Chumling to Chhekampar (Upper Tsum) (3,010 m) -5 to 6 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse
March-11 Day 08: Trek Chhekampar to Chhule-Nile (3,361m), visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way -6 to 7 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse
March-12 Day 09: Trek Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3,210 m) -5 to 6 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse or home stay
March-13 Day 10: Trek Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2,405m) -6 to 7 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse or home stay
March-14Day 11: Trek Dumje to Pewa (1765m) - 4 to 5 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse or home stay
March-15 Day 12: Trek Pewa to Ghap (2165m) - 6 to 6 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse or home stay
March-16 Day 13: Trek Ghap to Lho (3180m) 5 to 6 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse or
home stay
March-17 Day 14: Trek Lho to Sama Gaon (Ro) (3525m) - 5 to 6 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse or home stay
March-18 Day 15: Explore day in Sama Gaon for acclimatization stay overnight at Teahouse or home stay
March-19 Day 16: Trek Sama Gaun to Samdo (3850m) - 4 to 5 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse or home stay
March-20 Day 17: Trek Samdo to Dharamsala High Camp (Larkya Phedi) (4460m) - 5 to 6 Hours stay overnight at tented camp
March-21 Day 18: Trek Larkey Phadi to via Larkya La (4930m) to Bimphedi (3590m) - 7 to 8 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse
March-22 Day 19: Trek Bimphadi to Tilje (2300m) - 4 to 5 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse
March-23 Day 20: Trek Tilje to Chyamje (1430m) - 5 to 6 hours walk stay overnight at Teahouse stay overnight at Tea House (enter in Annapurna main Trekking Trail)
March-24 Day 21: Trek Chyamje to Bahumdanda (1310m)-5 to 6 Hours stay overnight at Teahouse
March-25 Day 22: Trek Bahumdanda to Besisahar (825m)-5to 6 hours stay overnight at Hotel
March-26 Day 23: Drive Besisahar to Kathmandu -5 to 6 hours stay overnight at Teahouse (then your own destination or Visit somewhere as your interest) It is just normal itinerary; it will be fixable as your welling and
Permits required (and our cost/person) :
Tsum Valley (7 days) $ 35 USD
Manaslu Trek Permit: 140 USD
Manaslu Conservation Area 2000 rupees
Annapurna Conservation Area 2000 rupees
( No TIMS card required with these 4 permits)

KTM to Arughat (through Gorka): 5 hrs to Gorka on bus (with lunch stop); 4 hrs from Gorka to Arughat on bus (some other trekkers took direct bus from KTM to Arughat but it took same amount of time; that bus was on a rough dirt road for longer )




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