Manaslu Circuit Alternative Trail after Road Construction!

  • Aug 17, 2022
  • Karna Rana

Are you concerning for road construction at Manslu Trekking route? Are you looking for update information about Manslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trekking trail after road building?? 

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As the plan of the Nepal government to connect India and China (Tibet) by road, a highway has been built in 2010 route passing through Tsum Valley, Gorkha. From the 180 km total length of the road, 80 kilometers have been built so far. By the road construction, the first part of Manaslu Trekking has been affected. There are direct 2 bus services available from Machhakhola to Kathmandu through the Gorkha Bazaar. Even though the road track has opened to the Sirdibas below the Philim Village. The small vehicle (Jeep) can drive to the Jagat.

As you know Manaslu trekking is one of the “Off the Batten Trekking trails” in the world.  The trekkers from different corners of the world come here for a peaceful environment with mountain scenery, unspoiled culture, and Mother Nature. Even road is the best thing for the local people to make their life better but for the trekkers, road construction is not good for walking through the dusty and noisy. For a win-win game for locals and trekkers, the alternative trail of Manaslu has been developed from Arughat to Manabu village (700m), (there is a direct bus from Kathmandu to Manabu every day, you may take direct or drive to Arughat), Yarsa (1877m) Kashigaun (1800m), Kashigaun to Karauja (2074m) and on the fourth day join the main trail of Manaslu at Dobhan from Karauja (2074m) or Rumchet. The Manaslu alternative trail goes through the rural village’s inhabitants of Gurung and Ghale ethnic with their unique culture, live hood dating back centuries, and breathtaking mountains scenery.

There are basic homestay facilities available in every house, which can host up to 3 to 4 trekkers with basic accommodation and Nepali meal “Dal-Bhat”, bread, Noodles, Potatoes, and egg. For the bigger group, more than 4 people suggested bringing a tent and mattress for this part. As you are trekking in a remote area of Nepal, please try to accommodate whatever is available in the local area. This trip would be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. Here is the complete Guide to Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek, this will very helpful for you. 

Here is a List of Manaslu Region Trek:

  1. Manaslu Circuit Trek -14 Days
  2. Short Manaslu Circuit Trek -11 Days
  3. Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek -26 Days
  4. Tsum Valley Trek -14 Days with Gumba Lungdan
  5. Manaslu Circuit Side Trip -23 Days

There is another route to the Manaslu Circuit Trek from Barpak and Larpak village via Singla Pass (3050m). Barpak is EP center of devastating in 2015; it is the homeland of Victoria crosses winners Gaje Ghale.

According to the server team and our experience after the field visit, Nepal Mother House suggests the following Alternative Route for the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trip. You never regret taking this route to Manaslu Trekking. Here are itinerary for the alternative trekking trail.

Short Manaslu Circuit Trek Suggested Itinerary -11 Days

Day:  Arrival at Kathmandu.
Day: Trekking preparation and permit paperwork day.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (535m) -6 to 7 Hours & Again drive Arughat to Machhakhola (930m) – 2 ½ to 3 Hours
Day 02: Trek Machha Khola to Jagat (1,340 m) -5 to 6 Hours
Day 03: Trek Jagat to Deng (1,865m) - 6 to 7 Hours
Day 04: Trek Deng to Namrung (2,660m) – 7 to 8 Hours
Day 05: Trek Namrung to Sama Gaon (3,525m) - 7 to 8 Hours
Day 06: Explore day in Sama Gaon for acclimatization, may visit Manaslu Base Camp (4,400m), Birendra Lake, or Pung Gyen Gumba (3,870m).
Day 07: Trek Sama Gaun to Samdo (3,850m) - 4 to 5 Hours
Day 08: Trek Samdo to Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi) (4460m) - 5 to 6 Hours
Day 09: Trek Dharmashala to Bimphedi (3,590m) via Larkya La (5,160m) - 8 to 9 Hours
Day 10: Trek Bhimtang to Dharapani (2,130m) via Tilje (2,300m) - 7 to 8 Hours
Day 11: Drive Dharapani to Beshisahar for 3 to 4 hours. Again drive back to Kathmandu (1,350m) -6 to 7 hours
Day: Your own destination.

You may click the link for more details about the 11 Days Short Manaslu Circuit Trek.

[II] Manaslu Circuit Trek  With Tsum Valley Alternative Route after Road Construction - 26 Days

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu Airport and Transport to Hotel.
Day 02: Trekking preparation and permit paperwork day.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (535m) -5 for 6 Hours, and again drive Arughat to Soti Khola (720m) -1 ½ to 2 Hours, stay overnight at Teahouse
Day 04: Trek Sotikhola to Kashigaun (1800m) – 7 to 8 Hours, having Lunch at Yarsa village (1877m) –to avoid the road construction by taking an alternative trail.
Day 05: Trek Kashigaun to Rumchet - 8 to 9 Hours, Having Lunch at Karauja (2074m)
Day 06: Trek Rumchet to Dobhan (1070m) - 5 to 6 Hours
Day 07: Trek Doban to Philim (1,570 m) -5 to 6 Hours
Day 08: Trek Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (2,361m)-6 to 7 Hours
Day 09: Trek Chumling to Chhekampar (Upper Tsum) (3,010 m) -5 to 6 Hours
Day 10: Trek Chhekampar to Chhule-Nile (3,361m), visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way -6 to 7 Hours
Day 11: Trek Chhule-Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4,060 m) -3 to 4 Hours
Day 12: Trek Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3,210 m) -5 to 6 Hours
Day 13: Trek Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2,405m) -6 to 7 Hours
Day 14: Trek Dumje to Lokpa (cross Ripchet) (1,570 m) -6 ½ to 7 ½ Hours
Day 15: Trek Lokpa to Deng (1865m) - 4 to 5 Hours
Day 16: Trek Dang to Ghap (2165m) - 4 to 5 Hours
Day 17: Trek Ghap to Lho (3180m) – 5 to 6 Hours
Day 18: Trek Lho to Sama Gaon (Ro) (3525m) - 4 to 5 Hours
Day 19: Explore day in Sama Gaon for acclimatization, May Visit Manaslu Base Camp (4,400m) for 3 to 4 Hours, or Phungen Gumba (3,870m) for 3 to 4 Hours,
Day 20: Trek Sama Gaun to Samdo (3850m) - 4 to 5 Hours
Day 21: Trek Samdo to Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi) (4460m) - 4 to 5 Hours
Day 22: Trek Larkey Phadi to Bimtang (3590m), via Larkya La (5,160m) - 7 to 8 Hours
Day 23: Rest and explore the day at Bimtang before Back to Kathmandu.
Day 24: Trek Bimtang to Dharapani (2130m) - 7 to 8 Hours
Day 25: Drive to Beshisahar for 3 to 4 hours. Again drive back to Kathmandu -6 to 7 hours
Day 26: Your own destination.

You may go through the link for more details about the 26 Days of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek.

[III] Manaslu Trekking Alternative Route after Road Construction - 16 Days

Day 00: Arrival at TIA in Kathmandu.
Day 00: Trekking preparation day, Permit and paperwork, and Guide introduction.
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Baluwa (755m) -9 to 10 Hours public bus drive/Private Jeep.
Day 02: Trek Baluwa to Barpak (1950m) - 5 to 6 Hours
Day 03: Trek Barpak to Laprak (2100m) – 6 to 7Hours.
Day 04: Trek Laprak to Singla (3050m) -4 to 5 hours stay overnight at Teahouse or homestay
Day 05: Trek Singla to Hot spring/Tatopani (990m) -5 to 6 hours stay overnight at Teahouse or homestay
Day 06: Trek Tatopani to Philim (1,570 m) -5 to 6 hours stay overnight at Teahouse (Enter in Manaslu Restricted Area).
Day 07: Trek Philim to Ghap (2165m) - 6 to 6 hours stay overnight at Teahouse
Day 08: Trek Ghap to Lho (3180m) 5 to 6 hours stay overnight at Teahouse
Day 09: Trek Lho to Sama Gaon (3525m) - 5 to 6 hours stay overnight at Teahouse
Day 10: Explore a day in Sama Gaon for acclimatization, may visit Manaslu Base Camp. Stay at Teahouse
Day 11: Trek Sama Gaun to Samdo (3850m) - 4 to 5 hours stay overnight at Teahouse
Day 12: Trek Samdo to Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi) (4460m) - 5 to 6 Hours at Tea house
Day 13: Trek Sharmashala via Larkya La (4930m) to Bhimtang (3590m) - 8 to 9 Hours at Teahouse   (Exit from Manaslu Restricted Area).
Day 14: Explore day at Bhimtang (3590m)
Day 15: Bimphadi to Tilje (2300m) - 6 to 7 hours stay overnight at Teahouse
Day 16: Trek Tilje to Dharapani (2130m) - 1 ½ to 2 hours and drive to Beshisahar for 3 to 4 hours. Again drive back to Kathmandu -6 to 7 hours (Enter in Annapurna main Trekking Trail)

[IV] Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek Suggested Itinerary -18 Days

Day 00:  Arrival at Kathmandu.
Day 00: Trekking preparation and permit paperwork day. 
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (535m) -6 to 7 Hours & Again drive Arughat to Machhakhola (930m) – 2 ½ to 3 Hours
Day 02: Trek Machha Khola to Doban (1,070m) -6 to7 Hours 
Day 03: Trek Doban to Philim (1,570 m) -5 to 6 Hours
Day 04: Trek Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (2,361m)-6 to 7 Hours
Day 05: Trek Chumling to Chhekampar (Upper Tsum) (3,010 m) -5 to 6 Hours
Day 06: Trek Chhekampar to Chhule-Nile (3,361m), visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave -6 to 7 Hours
Day 07: Trek Chhule-Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4,060 m) -3 to 4 Hours
Day 08: Trek Mu Gompa to Dumje (2,405m) /Rimchet (2,470m) -6 to 7 Hours
Day 09: Trek Dumje to Pewa (1765m) -7 to 8 Hours 
Day 10: Trek Pewa to Ghap (2165m) - 4 to 5 Hours 
Day 11: Trek Ghap to Lho (3180m) – 5 to 6 Hours
Day 12: Trek Lho to Sama Gaon (Ro) (3525m) - 5 to 6 Hours
Day 13: Rest day in Sama Gaon for acclimatization and Explore
Day 14:  Trek Sama Gaun to Samdo (3850m) - 4 to 5 hours
Day 15: Trek Samdo to Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi) (4460m) - 5 to 6 Hours
Day 11: Trek Dharamsala /Larkey Phadi to Bimtang (3590m) via Larkya La (5,160m) - 7 to 8 Hours
Day 17: Trek Bhimtang to Dharapani (2,130m) via Tilje (2,300m) - 7 to 8 Hours
Day 18:  Drive to Besisahar (825m)-2 to 3 hours & again drive Beshisahar to Kathmandu -5 to 6 hours
Day 00: Your own destination.

If you require more information, please feel free to contact us at any time at Nepal Mother House Treks.  As we are locals from Gorkha, we are more than happy to share our experience with you.

Karna Rana

Karna Rana

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