Welcome to Tsum Valley Home Stay!
Tsum Valley Home Stay works with the communities of the Tsum and Manaslu areas to provide culturally authentic accommodation for visitors in local houses, tea houses, monasteries, nunneries and temple houses.
We strive to provide opportunities for economic advancement of communities in these remote locations, whilst respecting, and avoiding damage to, their unique culture and traditions.
Nepalese have a deep-rooted tradition of, ‘guests are equivalent to the gods.’ Our vision is to help reinforce this tradition with our Home Stay program.
- 14 Days Tsum
- 17 Days Tsum
- 11 Days Manaslu with Larke La (Pass)
- 17 Days Tsum and Manaslu
- 19 Days Tsum and Manalsu
- 21 Days Tsum and Manaslu
- and more.....
This itinerary includes 2-days of bus transportation from and to Kathmandu and 12 days of hiking (6-7 hours per day). The first 3 days follow the Budhi Gandaki River. Then, from Dhodang (Sirdibas), you will be taken to east valleys of the Shiar River which is fed by glacial rivers from Ganesh, Sringi, and the mountains bordering Tibet. The trek starts from Arughat or Soti Khola and reaches Mu Gonpa (4000m). Returning from Mu Gonpa , the trek finishes at Arughat or Soti Khola.
Tsum only opened to foreign visitors in 2008, which means there are several villages and places of interest that await exploration. We appreciate intrepid trekkers and their desire to enjoy natural and cultural wonders. 17 days Tsum adds on visits to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (approximately 3800m), a visit to the serene Gonpa Lungdang Nunnery, and return via Ripchet village.
You will enjoy drastic changes in the Himalayan geography while following the Budhi Gandaki River. From Dhodang or Philon, the trail bifurcates to the western side between Himalchuli, Buddha, and the mountains bordering Tibet. This further takes you into the Kutangi and Nubripa ethnic communities, providing the chance to see their traditional way of life and architecture. The Tibetan Buddhist- dominated villages of Lihi, Shyo, Lho, Sama and Smado are still culturally intact, but are already struggling to integrate with globalization. You will visit the glacial lake Birendra Taal, just below the world’s eighth highest mountain, Mount Manaslu (8163m). Crossing Larke pass (5100m) is a challenging as well as rewarding experience! The trip finishes at Chamje or Dharapani from where you can continue to the classic Annapurna trek or return back to Kathmandu or Pokhara via Besi Sahar.
This follows an ancient salt-trade route now vibrantly used by herb traders. Caravans of donkeys transport surprising loads on their backs, giving people a relief from this physical burden. This trek covers the main foot trail to Tsum until Mu Gonpa and returns to Lokpa, continuing to Manaslu valley to cross Larke La pass or returning back to Arughat from Samdo (the valley’s highest dwelling place, at an altitude of 3600m).
Two extra days will provide the opportunity for us to take you to less visited and off-the-beaten-trail locations. Our visitors often wish to return due to a lack of time, but we encourage a single extended visit to provide a lifetime experience! For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
As the motor road stretches higher and higher up, we still believe that a deeper sense of travel can be achieved with longer time. In 21 days Tsum and Manaslu, you will not miss the major important sites, villages, monasteries and nunneries. After all, you will also make the Larke La! For a detail itinerary, please contact us.