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The Manaslu Circuit Trek is the best all round tea-house hike in Nepal on the Great Himalaya Trail; the new Annapurna Circuit. No camping needed.

22-day Manaslu Trek with Tsum Valley

Thanks to Tomtraveller for sharing his itinerary on Lonely Planet’s Thorntree forum which we are in turn sharing here.

  1. Aarughat – Sotikhola: ~ 5.5 hrs trekking;
  2. Sotikhola – Machhakhola ~ 5 hours leisurely trekking;
  3. Machhakhola – Thulo Dhungga ~ 4 hours trekking;
  4. Thulo Dhungga – Philim ~ 6 hours trekking (checkpoint & 1st night in Tsum valley);
  5. Philim – Chumling (Tsum valley) ~ 8 hrs trekking (800 m. net gain; gross gain ~ 1200m);
  6. Chumling – Chhokang Paro (3031m ) (Tsum valley) ~ 6 hrs trekking (700 m net gain; gross gain ~ 1000 – 1200m);
  7. Chhokang Paro – Mu Gompa (3700 m) (Tsum Valley) ~ 6-7 hrs trekking ( 700m net gain; gross gain ~ 1000 m);
  8. Mu Gompa – Lar (3245) (Tsum valley ~ 3 to 4 hrs trekking. (stayed in Mu Gompa until early afternoon;
  9. Lar – Chumling (2386 m) (Tsum valley ~ 9 hrs trekking, lunch & site-seeing;
  10. Chumling – Pewa (~ 2000 m) (left Tsum valley & start Manaslu trek ~ 5 to 6 hrs trekking;
  11. Pewa – Ghap (2500m) – 5 to 6 hrs;
  12. Ghap – Lho (3180 m) – 5 to 6 hrs (700 m net gain; gross ~ 1000m);
  13. Lho – Sama (Ryo)(3520m) – 3 to 4 hrs. (300m net gain);
  14. Sama (Ryo) – Samdo (3850m) – 3 hr. trek (stop to acclimatise);
  15. Rest day in Samdo – climb towards Lajyung Pass (5120m) on Tibet border;
  16. Samdo – Dharamsala (4460m) – 3 hours trek (stop to acclimate) scout Larkya La;
  17. Dharamsala – Larkya La (5160m) – Bimthang ( 3720m) – 7 to 9 hours. (net gain: 700 m.: net loss 1500m);
  18. Bimthang – Dharapani (1860m – on Annapurna Circuit) – 7 to 8 hrs;
  19. Dharapani – Chamje (1430m) – 4 to 5 hrs;
  20. Chamje – Bhulbhule (840m) – 3 to 4 hrs;
  21. Bhulbhule – Besisahar – 3 to 4 hrs;

Tom adds:

My guide, Karna, is responsible for many of those highlights. He is a long time Nepali friend, and I have hired him or his company multiple times. He started his own trekking company a couple years ago. It’s called, “Mother House Treks and Expeditions“. If it’s appropriate, please link his website. I like to help him out when I can. I am not involved in the travel or trekking business so there’s no personal financial gain for me.

2 Responses

  1. kiran Thapa said on July 5, 2012 at 8:41 am

    in tusum valley , it is possible to do Lodge trekking? My some friend from Usa is making me enqury for 22 days manaslu tea house trekking….

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