Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek

Duration: 26 Days / 25 Nights   |   Based on 4 Reviews
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Style: Trekking
  • Transportation: Tourist Bus / Jeep
  • Meals: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation: Lodge to lodge
  • Group Size: 2-20
  • Max Altitude: 5,160m/16, 924 ft

Highlights of Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek

  • Exploration of a hidden valley in the Nepalese Himalayas
  • Picturesque vistas of the world’s 8th highest peak, Mt. Manaslu (8,156m) and other snow-clad mountains
  • Experience of crossing Larkya La (5,160m), a high Himalayan pass
  • The Budhi Gandaki River Valley and the Marsyangdi River Valley
  • Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist Cultural Villages
  • Natural hot waterfalls, beautiful landscapes, Gurung and Sherpa ethnic people including ancient monasteries
  • Unspoiled culture and tradition Tsum Valley due to no connection with modernity
  • Visiting ancient Buddhist monasteries like Rachen Gompa, Milarepa’s Cave in Nile Village
  • Witnessing Pungyen Gompa, Tibetan Plateaus and rhododendron forests
  • Side trip to Naguala Doyang Pass for the best sightseeing of Manaslu region

A combined trek of Tsum Valley and Manaslu, it is a complete immersion in natural beauty. You will visit at the foothills of Manaslu, the world’s 8th highest peak, and explore the Tsum Valley, a hidden gem in the region. Recently opened for exploration, the valley is home to natural wonders of beauty.

We begin with a drive to Baseri, the beginning place of the trek. Trekking along the beautiful Budhi-Gandaki Valley, we will go to Tsum Valley. The trail is lined with old forests, pastures and picturesque villages. The bounty of Nature will overwhelm you as you come face to face with the mountains and the inherent ambience. Some notable peaks in view are Himal Chuli, Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. You will also cross Larkya-La pass, one of several high passes. Coming off as a cultural shock, your close encounter with the local people and their mores might even leave you with profound thoughts.

The remoteness and centuries of isolation has created a unique culture in this valley. One of the legends is that of the Yeti, believed to be originating here. You will quickly notice the Tibetan influence here, as people are still engaged in trade with Tibet. It might be surprising, but one could easily think they are in Tibet. With some of the finest views of peaks in the Manaslu region, this area is enriched with natural beauty. The trail passes through waterfalls, old monasteries and scenic landscapes – all with mountains of your background view. This place needs special permit for entry, which we will arrange on your behalf.

The accommodation during the trek will mostly be in tiny tea houses that will serve some kind of meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Surprisingly, there are few modern lodges opening along the trail, that provide luxurious stay at it barest. In some days, you will also stay at tented camps.

If you are here in November during the Dhajyang festival, you will see people celebrating the harvest of the year. The best time to visit here is in spring and autumn. You will need a good walking habit and a certain level of physical stamina to complete this trek. Since the trek is above three weeks, there are plenty of options for customizations. Please contact us for setting your preferences. It is a tough one, but a completely rewarding trek. The beauty is captivating and the experience is indeed, priceless!


Day to Day Itinerary

OPEN ALL DAYS Outline Itinerary

As soon as you arrive at Kathmandu, you will be met by our representative and will take you to your hotel. After check in, you can enjoy the free time relaxing or stroll around tourist hub Thamel area until end of the day.

We have our breakfast and start our day. After being introduced with our team including tour guide, trekking leader and director of operations, we head for necessary trekking preparations, getting needed equipments with initiation of Kathmandu sightseeing around world heritage sites. Stay overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

After having your breakfast, you begin your journey to Arughat, the starting point of Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek. The roadway journey moves further by giving you wonderful vistas of the snowcapped peaks of Langtang and Manaslu region. The trade centers and motels on the Prithvi Highway are the memorable aspects of this driving. Following the banks of the Trishuli River until Motel du Mungling and then the Marsyangdi River, you reach Arughat in about 8 hours.

Our trek continues as we cross a bridge above Budhi Gandaki River and proceeds towards Khorsanee. It will be kind of more strenuous while ascending over a large rocky trails crossing river stream and finally getting down to Budhi-Gandaki riverbank. We reach at Dobhan, we witness the strikingly beautiful waterfall and with several ups and downs, we finally arrive at Macha Khola. Overnight stay at local teahouse.

We will go for a steep ascent towards a ridge down to hotspring at Tatopani. We cross suspension bridge followed by stone stairs to Dovan. We will cross a landslide area, enter a large flatter ground, beautiful river valleys. Do several ups and downs to Thado Bharyang and finally arrive at Jagat for overnight stay. We stay overnight at lodge.

Today after having our early meal, we head towards rock trails to Salleri followed by downhill trek to Setibas. Our Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek continues after crossing a suspension bridge and enter large Gurung village towards Philim. We stay overnight at teahouse in Philim.

Leaving behind Philim, we move ahead through a beautiful forest that offers great views of nearby valley. We cross the beautiful gorge that finally takes us at Tsum valley along with picturesque views of snow capped mountains. In the similar way, we follow quite a few ups and downs towards Ripchet, cross the river and finally arrive at Chumling monastery. Overnight stay at Chumling.

Further we cross the suspension bridge with excellent views of Ganesh Himal. And we finally enter Chokkhangparo. During the clear weather conditions, excellent views of Himalchuli is being offered. Overnight stay at Chokhangparo.

While following the trails of Manaslu Tsum Valley trek; above Chokhangparo, we leave behind Lamagaon and arrive at Rachen Gompa. We climb up towards Milarepa’s cave crossing Shar Khola through culturally rich villages of Pangdun and Phurbe. In this way, we climb upstream, cross the bridge and eventually reach at Nile for overnight stay.

Now as we are close to Tibetan border, we trek enjoying the fantastic views of Tibetan landscapes, climb up towards Mu Gompa and ascend further towards Bhajyo. We get to explore spectacular sceneries of Ganesh Himal Range while walking along this off the beaten isolated areas while walking to Bhajyo or Chhekya. Overnight stay at Bhajyo.

Acclimatization is the major part of our Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek and we will be properly acclimatizing at Bhajyo while going for short hike and sightseeing around Naguala Doyang pass. Our second night at Bhajyo.

Leaving behind Bhajyo, we go for a downhill trek towards Rachen Gompa or monastery built more than a century ago that holds great religious importance for Buddhist followers. It is a largest nunnery in the region that offers spectacular insights into art, culture and architecture.

Today after having our early meal, we head towards south of the trail crossing a bridge, descend towards Chokhand paro, visit another monastery along the way and cros yaju before arriving at Chumje.

Further, continuing our Manaslu Tsum Valley trekking journey, we head north through beautiful village of Dorje Kharka, a pasture land, arrive Rana, cross a large suspension bridge above Budhi-Gandaki river and finally trek to small Bihi village for overnight stay.

We start our day walking along the flat terrain followed by few uphill trails along the forest walk. In this way, at the end of the day, we finally arrive at Namrung village for overnight stay.

Upon arrival at Namrung, we step into the local Buddhist village and soon we ascend through forested lands enjoying the views of Ganesh Himal and descend to Sho. Later, a steep climb takes us at Lho.

Today we enjoy a walk through forests, beautiful village of Shyala from where great views of snow-capped mountains. From Manaslu to Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli, and other glacier lands, we enjoy the view and make our way towards monastery at village of Samagaon. Overnight stay at Samagaon.

Today will be our acclimatization and rest day at Samagaon. But it won’t be a complete rest day, as we go for a hike towards Pungyen Gompa. Another ancient monastery with lots of cultural exploration opportunity.

We will trek downhill today towards Budi-Gandaki following the river stream. There will be forest walk, the valley starts to widen and trail will become easy as we cross the river on suspension bridge and finally arrive at Samdo at the end of the day.

We will be leaving Samdo today and continue our trek towards bridge, cross two river streams, view Larkya Glacier, and arrive at Dharmasala which is not exactly a tea house or lodge but a common shelter which is also commonly known as Phedi in Larkya. We stay overnight at Dharmasala and prepare for tomorrow’s Larkya-La pass crossing.

Today will be a challenging day for us as we will be crossing moraines of glacier, steeper only in the Larkya-La Pass. Therefore upon arrival at Larkya-La pass, excellent views of snow-capped peaks is being offered from Annapurna range to Manaslu. Later we descend towards Bimthang and stay overnight passing through low pasture lands.

Enjoying the natural views along with cultural exploration, we cross through wooden bridge, pass through rhododendron forests and slowly descend and ascend to arrive at river bank at Gho. Then we proceed towards fields and finally reach Tilije at the end of the day.

Today we will be heading towards Tal making our way through stone-paved trekking trails, crossing the bridge over Dudh Khola. From there, we enter the Annapurna Circuit trekking trail, further descend towards Marchyandi khola and finally arrive at Tal. Overnight stay at Tal.

After having our early meal, we cross Marshyandi river passing large settlements at Chamje and Jagat that offers great local cultural insights with natural landscape views, terraced farmlands, walking through rhododendron forests. Today would be last day of our trek and we will make the most out of it. Overnight stay at teahouse in Syange.

Today we drive back to Kathmandu from Syange after the completion of our Manaslu & Tsum Valley trek. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will go to your hotel. In the evening, you are invited for a farewell dinner hosted for you.

We will take you to the Airport for your scheduled flight ahead.

Trip Map

Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek map

Cost Details

  • Pick up/drop from/to the Kathmandu Airport and hotel.
  • Two nights’ accommodation at 3 Star hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast (arrival and night before departure)
  • All the three permits (Manaslu Restricted Area, Manaslu Conservation Area and Annapurna Conservation Area) plus TIMS Card
  • Map of Manaslu Region
  • Ground transportation facilities
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at a cultural restro
  • Trekking information as listed in the itinerary
  • Full board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
  • A registered trekking guide
  • A trekking porterfor a group of two trekkers at the least
  • First Aid Tools Box
  • Food items, accommodation and local taxes for the guide and the porter(s)
  • Hiring down jacket, sleeping bag and other trekking gears which must be returned after the completion of the trek
  • Travel and rescue insurance (which is a must for doing an adventurous journey) covering both medical and emergency evacuation charge
  • On-Arrival Visa fees in Nepal
  • Gratuity (tips) for guide, porters and driver
  • Additional night accommodation and meals in Kathmandu due to early Nepal arrival, late departure and return without completing the trekking itinerary (your own reasons)
  • Altitude chamber or oxygen
  • Personal expenditure like phone calls, bar bills, battery recharging, extra porter, mineral and boiled water, shower, heater, laundry, etc.
  • Additional side trips or sightseeing tour
  • Air ticket fare to and from Nepal

Useful Info

Please contact us for price details and customizations.

Clients' Reviews

  • Tiziana Rossino
    Tiziana Rossino, Swaziland

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