Itineraries: 01, Trekking in the Tsum valley with Au tour de Manaslu,
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu (1350 m).
Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Our airport representative will welcome you and give you more details on the program. There are no activities planned for your day of arrival, so check in the hotel, do your work and enjoy your night at the Kathmandu hotel.
Day 02: Visit of Boudhanath and Pashupatinath evening briefing on the trek. Accommodation: night in a standard hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 03: KATHMANDU– ARUGHAT - SETI KHOLA (930 m)
We leave by bus in the direction of Pokhara. The road offers magnificent views of the valley of the Trisuli river, but a little after the road goes away from it, we branch north through beautiful tropical landscapes. In Kathmandu we take direct private vehicle to Seti Khola.
Day 04: SETI KHOLA - MACCHAKHOLA (930m).
We go up the course of Burhi Gandaki, through fields and rice fields, to Macchakola, passing through the villages of Arkhet, Almara and Lapubesi. Number of hours of walking: 4 hours
Day 05: MACCHAKHOLA - JAGAT (1300m).
We continue our progression along the river to Kanigaon and Khola Bensi, at times with beautiful views of the peaks of Ganesh Himal and the valley of Machha Khola. We reach Tatopani fairly quickly, on the same bank of the river, where there is a hot spring, then we cross the Budi Gandaki by a suspension bridge to reach Dobhan (1,300 m). The Budi Gandaki valley then narrows before reaching Jagat. Number of hours of walking: about 6-7 hours
Day 06: JAGAT - LOKPA (1950m).
We leave Jagat passing over a suspension bridge which spans the confluence and the superb waterfalls of the Dudh Pokari khola and the Pahang khola. We are on a balcony trail, sometimes over the river. We cross several villages with traditional dry stone houses and woven bamboo including that of Philim. View of the Ganesh Himal and the Shringi Himal (7,161 m). Himalayan pines adorn the path. We change banks several times and the gorges tighten. We leave the path of the Manaslu tour on which we were for 2 days. We arrive at Lokpa, There are 4 houses. Number of hours of walking: about 6 hours
Day 07: LOKPA - CHUMLING (2340m).
In the morning, we resume our walk and now enter the secret valley of the Tsum, we cross a magnificent forest of pines and rhododendrons in the gorges of the Syar. We arrive at the big market town of Chumling in Botia country, a village made of stones. View of Ganesh Himal, Langju Himal. Superb gompa abandoned in the middle of brambles. An alignment of 14 chortens. Lots of country scenes. Number of hours of walking: about 5 hours.
Day 08: CHUMLING - DOMJE - CHHOKUNG PARO
We always follow the right bank of the Syar khola with ascents and descents. At the confluence of the Syar and the Sarpu we observe a beautiful traditional chorten and pass a suspension bridge. We go up to Chhokung Paro with its suite of chortens. We enter the "Haute Tsum" at the foot of Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal. Number of hours of walking: 5 hours approximately
Day 09: CHHOKUNG PARO - NYLE (3350m).
We cross several Tibetan villages on the plateau of the high Tsum. After passing in front of the village of Nakyu, we take a "Chai" break in Lamagaon. On a cliff, above the village there is the hermitage of Piren Phu where, it is said, Mila Repa meditated, attests to the borrows of her foot in the cave. We discover Chhule and its magnificent stupa then arrive at Nyle after crossing the Syar Khola. Beautiful "medieval" village. Visit to the kagyu lineage monastery, Gonhgie gompa. Number of hours of walking: 5-6 hours
Day 10: NYLE - MU GUMPA (3700m).
Climb to Mu Gompa monastery by a path rich in walls of mani and chortens, last habitation before the border of Tibet. Mu Gompa has a very famous ancient monastery that few foreigners have had the chance to visit. It was founded between 1895 and 1936 by a great lama of Bhutan and restored in 1998. It is a fairly famous Kagyu lineage meditation center which depends on the Kopan monastery near Kathmandu. The main room is dedicated to Chenrezig the Buddha of compassion. Magnificent views of the mountains and the caravan route to Tibet. Number of hours of walking: about 3 hours
Day 11: Acclimatization day:
Days 12: MU GUBBA- LAMAGAON (3302m).
Early departure in the morning, We descend by a path rich in walls of mani and chortens, last habitation before the border of Tibet. Number of hours 4 hours of walking approximately
Day 13: LAMAGAUN- RIPCHET (2470m).
We take the way back to the left bank of the Syar, with many villages, and reach the monastery of Rachen welcoming 60 nuns, school of meditation, supported by a lama from Katmandu. The old monastery is in the Kagyu line, the new one is Gelugpa. We take a different route to go on the left bank of the Syar to visit the big village of Ripchet (entirely destroyed by the earthquake 2015 and practically rebuilt, except the Gompa) located on a superb plateau of cultures with very beautiful views on the mountains.
Number of hours of walking: 6 hours
Day 14: RIPCHET - LOKPA (2240m).
We evolve in the forest then big descent by steps to the Syar khola and the fork with the way to go. Then Nepalese "dishes" to Lokpa await us. Number of hours of walking: 4 hours
Day 15: LOKPA - DENG (1860m).
We evolve on a balcony path, sometimes above the river. We cross several villages including that of Philim. Himalayan pines adorn the trail. We change banks several times and the gorges tighten. We arrive in Deng, a village of Tibetan culture with the first Buddhist temple and chortens. Number of hours of walking: 4 hours
Day 16: DENG - NAMRUNG (2630m).
We cross the Kutang region, populated by Gurung practicing Buddhism. Many villages and landscapes punctuate the day: pine and bamboo forest, rivers, streams, villages of Rana, Ghap, Bihi before reaching the beautiful stone houses of Namrung. Number of hours of walking: 7-8 hours
Day 17: NAMRUNG - LHO (3180m).
We will start the day with a short visit to Namila Gumba, from where we will climb along the Budhi Gandaki gorge. Enjoying magnificent views of the Manaslu range, we will pass through various villages such as Lihi, Lamagaon and Sho before reaching Lho. The village of Lho offers a breathtaking view of Manaslu (8163m) and also houses a large Gompa with more than 100 student monks. Overnight in Lho. Number of hours of walking: 4-5 hours
Day 18: LHO-SAMA GOMPA (3520m).
Still along the Budi Gandaki, we pass through many villages inhabited by the Bhotias, of Tibetan origin, notably those of Namrung, Shyala, Pung Gyen Gumba to reach the glacial plateau where the beautiful village of Samagaun is located. After Syala, Pung Gyen Gumba the beautiful view emerges on the summit of Manaslu (8,163 m) and we are dominated by the Himalchuli (7,893 m) and the Ngadi Chuli. We also have a beautiful view of the Ganesh Himal. Number of hours of walking: about 4-5 hours.
Day 19: Acclimatization day.
We visit the beautiful Tibetan village of Pok and the monastery Pungen glacier. Number of hours of walking: 5 to 6 hours
Day 20: SAMA GOMPA (3400m).
Acclimatization day. We visit the superb Tibetan village of Samagaon, the monastery and the cells of the nuns then for those who are in good shape, possibility of going up to the base camp of Manaslu, we make a small hook towards the lake of Birendra Kund (3 570 m ) located at the foot of Manaslu. Before discovering the Sama Monastery (Sama Gompa), Number of walking hours: 4-5 hours
Day 21: SAMA GOMPA - SAMDO (3875m).
We continue our progression towards the long wall at Mani of Kermo Manan and the village of Samdo (3,780 m) located very close to the Tibetan border, not far from the confluence of Sama Chu with Budhi Gandaki, and which shelters a community of Tibetan refugees. A caravan trail also joins Tibet via the Lajyung pass (5,096 m). Number of hours of walking: 4 hours
Day 22: SAMDO - DHARAMSALA (4460m).
Acclimatization day at altitude. It is possible to discover the surroundings of Samdo before continuing our progress towards Dharamsala. A stone hut only. Highest camp of the trip, the night will be cold. Number of hours of walking: 4 hours
Day 23: DHARAMSALA - LARKYA LA (5,150 M) - BIMTANG (3590m).
Early departure in the morning, going up the course of the Larke Khola. The progression is first easy, then becomes much steeper at the end of the ascent of the Larkya pass, whose altitude varies quite significantly depending on the sources, from 4,910 meters to 5,220 meters. In any case, we have a superb view of the Tibetan border peaks, such as Cheo (6,812 m), Nemjung (7,140 m) and Himlung (7,126 m), as well as on Kang Guru (7,010 m) , Gyaji Kang (7,036 m) and even Annapurna II (7,937 m). On the other side of the pass, we often descend on snow, then scree, to reach Larcia, then Tabuche and the glacial valley of Bimtang, from where we see the West face of Manaslu. Number of hours of walking: 8-9 hours
Day 24: BIMTANG - TILIJE / Darapani (2300m).
We descend the valley of the Dudh Khola river to the village of Tilije, inhabited by the Gurung ethnic group. We still cross alpine hamlets, then find wooded areas and the first villages. Number of hours of walking: 7 hours.
Day 25: DARAPANI / BESI SAHAR - KATHMANDU
Departure by jeep on the road by Jeep, which will take us from Darapani to Besisahar 4 hours by road and Then, Besisahar to Kathmandu in about 7-8 hours by road. Transfers: by vehicle (6 hours drive)
Day 26: KATHMANDU - Journey security in Kathamandu free day.
Day 27: Departure to France:
This day we will come to the hotel and bring you to the airport at your given time for the final departure at home wishing you good luck.
An exceptional route that takes you first to the secret Tsum valley, then to the Manaslu tour. The Tsum is a small region open to tourism only since 2007. It is a wild valley with authentic Tibetan villages with a deeply rooted Buddhist culture. You climb up to the magnificent Mu Gompa monastery (3700m) at the foot of imposing peaks over 7000m. You descend to the fork of Lokya by following another path. From there, you begin the itinerary of the Manaslu tour.
This tour is also not very frequented. The originality of this route is a gradual rise in altitude. You start from a tropical environment to reach the high mountains via the Larkya pass 5150m. A wide variety of landscapes, dwellings as we go up in altitude. You follow the gorges of the mighty Burhi Gandaki river. Then the rice fields, the Gurung villages with ancestral traditions still very present. Monasteries, mani walls, prayer wheels, chortens line your route. You climb through bamboo, pine and rhododendron forests. Then the mountain pastures and their herds of yaks. The landscape becomes alpine, the high peaks are there: Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Chéo Himal, Himlung Himal. After passing the larkya pass 5150m, you descend to the heavily wooded valley of the Marsyangdi river.
The trek is done in a lodge.