Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking -20 Days

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Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking
Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking
Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking
At a Glance
Duration20 Days
Trip GradeStrenuous
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CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude5106m/16751.97ft
Group Size1-10 pax
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
Travel StyleTrekking
Best TimeAugust to November and March to May

Trip Overview

Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking offers a delightful 20-day expedition through the Manaslu conservation area, encompassing both the Manaslu Circuit Trekand the Tsum Valley Trek. This unique Tsum Valley Mansalu Trek package allows travelers to immerse themselves in the breathtaking landscapes of the Tsum Valley, a region deeply rooted in Tibetan Buddhism. It also provides an opportunity to discover the hidden treasures of the Himalayas and behold the magnificent panorama of the Nubri Valley. Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure through the breathtaking valleys of Nepal? If you possess the determination and endurance to explore the paradise-like landscapes, then join us for the Tsum Valley Manaslu circuit trekking experience. The Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek will take you to Tsum Valley, a mythical valley surrounded by pristine woodlands and captivating scenery in the Manaslu Region, before heading to the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Considered a comprehensive trek, it has gained popularity among travel enthusiasts. However, due to its challenging terrain and basic accommodations, only a few backpackers dare venture into this highly admired region.

Highlights:

  • Discover the secluded valley of Tsum, home to numerous Buddhist pilgrimage sites such as Mu Gompa, Milarepa Cave, Nunnery Gompa, and Rachen Gompa.
  • Journey alongside the rushing Budhi Gandaki River, surrounded by lush woodlands and occasional breathtaking waterfalls.
  •  Marvel at the awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan ranges, including the majestic Manaslu (the world's 8th highest summit), Ganesh Himal, Budha Himal, Gorkha Himal, and many other peaks.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the ethnic villages and gain a firsthand experience of their way of life.
  • Challenge yourself by crossing the renowned Larkya La Pass (5106m), one of the most coveted high passes in the world.
  • Indulge in the serenity of Pungen Gompa (4000m), a perfect vantage point to witness the grandeur of Mt. Manaslu.
  • Experience the spiritual ambiance of the valley, which is surrounded by sacred sites and ancient monasteries.
  • Encounter the warm hospitality of the local communities and learn about their traditions and customs.
  • Capture stunning photographs of the picturesque landscapes and unique architectural wonders.
  • Embark on a memorable adventure, exploring the hidden gems of Tsum Valley and creating lifelong memories.

Commence our Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking, or Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, a captivating journey through a picturesque and captivating area inhabited by ethnically Tibetan locals who have preserved their rich heritage from Tibet. This trek offers trekkers a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the traditional lifestyle, culture, and traditions of the indigenous people. Marvel at the majestic beauty of Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Hiunchuli as you traverse through dense forests and verdant meadows, all while encountering the diverse wildlife of the Himalayas.

The biggest accomplishment is a successful ascent across Larkya La Pass, positioned at an elevation of 5,106m, which is the highest point of the whole trek. Moreover, spend some time at Mu Gompa and Milarepa’s Cave to learn about and understand authentic Tibetan Buddhist culture. We’ll encounter prayer flags, chortens, and mani walls, all of which reflect the beliefs as well as the values of Tibetan Buddhism. Aside from these, Tsum Valley flaunts tranquility together with the soul-stirring outlook of Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, Ganesh Himal, and Himlung Himal. After the Tsum Valley exploration, we will go for the Manaslu circuit through Dang, Namrung, Lho, Sayla, Samagaru, Samdo, and Larkey La and circle Mt. Manaslu. From the Pass, if the weather is clear enough, you can even catch a few glimpses of Annapurna Massif and Manaslu from Bhimthang.

After crossing the pass, you will gain access to the Annapurna Conservation Area from Bhimthang, which requires additional permits for the Annapurna Conservation Area. The exceptional preservation of the Manaslu Region and Tsum Valley is unmatched and incomparable to any other region on Earth. So, why delay experiencing this extraordinary blend of nature and culture? Join us today and let your travel aspirations take flight!

The flora and fauna of the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek:

Manaslu Conservation Area is a sanctuary for some of the world's most endangered and stunning animals. The main attractions in terms of wildlife in the Manaslu and Tsum Valley regions are undoubtedly the nearly extinct Red Panda and Snow Leopards. Other magnificent creatures include the grey wolf, Asian black bear, blue sheep, Himalayan musk deer, and tahr. Additionally, there are mainland serow, woolly hare, horseshoe bat, Himalayan goral, black-lipped pika, and Himalayan mouse-hare. The area is also home to over 110 different species of birds, 33 species of mammals, three reptiles, and 11 species of butterflies. The conservation of this majestic wildlife in Manaslu has been a top priority in recent years, leading to the declaration of the Manaslu Conservation Area. Thanks to these efforts, the populations of snow leopards, grey wolves, Himalayan thar, blue sheep, and musk deer have thrived.

The Best Time for Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek

The Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek in the Manaslu Trekking Region offers a well-planned itinerary that covers the entire Manaslu Conservation Area. The trek starts from Machekhola at a low elevation and takes you up to Larkey La, reaching an altitude of 5106m. It's important to note that trekking at high altitudes during the winter season can be challenging due to heavy snowfall and storms. Similarly, trekking at low elevations during the rainy season is not advisable due to heavy rainfall, landslides, and floods. The best seasons for Tsum Valley trekking are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) in Nepal because of the stable weather, pleasant temperature, clear skies, and wonderful scenery. The Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is highly recommended as it provides an opportunity for acclimatization in the sacred Tibetan culture-influenced village of Tsum Valley before embarking on the Manaslu High Pass trek. If you wish to undertake this iconic trek during August, December, or February, it is possible, but favorable weather conditions are crucial for a wonderful experience and clear views of the snow-capped mountains. However, it is not recommended to trek during the rainy and winter seasons.

Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking Itinerary

The Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek is a 20-day adventure itinerary that takes you through the entire Manaslu region in the Manaslu Trekking Area. This meticulously planned itinerary offers a comprehensive package for those who want to explore the Tsum Valley and Manaslu area. Starting from Kathmandu Airport and ending with your departure, this trek begins with a scenic drive to Machhe Khala. From there, you will embark on a journey through various villages such as Jagat (1340m), Lokpa (2240m), Chumling (2386m), Chhokang Paro (3031m), Mu Gompa (3700m), Deng (1860m), Namrung (2630m), Shyala (3500m), Samagaun (3550m), Samdo (3690m), Dharmasala (4450m), and finally reaching the highest point of the trek at Larkya La (5106m). After crossing the pass, you will enter the Annapurna Region and continue trekking through Bhimthang before concluding the trek in Dharapani. Along the way, you will be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring views of the mountains, diverse nature, climate, and cultural experiences. The total distance covered in the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek is approximately 200km, starting from Machhe Khola and ending in Dharapani. This includes a hiking trip to Pungen Gompa (4200m) and Manaslu Base Camp (4800m).

Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek cost for 2024-2025

The cost of the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking varies depending on the size of the group and the services provided. Our comprehensive package for the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit includes a range of services such as a guide, porter, airport pick-up and drop-off, accommodation, food, permits, and more. If you require any additional services, there may be an extra charge. However, at Himalayan Trekking Path, we offer special discounts for returning clients and group discounts for groups of 10 or more people. Please find below detailed information about the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek.

  • Solo travelers can enjoy the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek for a cost of USD 1800.
  • Traveling with a group of 2–6 people? The cost for the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek is USD 1600 per person.
  • For groups of 7–10 people, the cost for the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek is USD 1400 per person.
Itinerary

The Himalayan Trekking Path offers an exceptional and top-notch itinerary for the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek, which includes both the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Treks. Discover the finest itinerary for the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek, complete with comprehensive details on distance, elevation, meals, activities, accommodation, and more. Embark on a remarkable 20-day journey with the Himalayan Trekking Path and indulge in the extraordinary experience of a lifetime.

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Upon your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, you’ll meet and exchange warm greetings with one of our representatives. Afterwards, you’ll be escorted to your hotel where after check-in, you can relax and repose enjoying the amenities offered by your hotel. At the end of the day, you may stroll around the vivid marketplace in Thamel, the tourist hub of the city flooded with lights, restaurants, bars, hotels, shops of all imaginable kinds, music shops, bakeries, and fellow backpackers.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ftMeal: DinnerAccommodation: Hotel

This very day is assigned as a ‘free day’ to traverse the Kathmandu Valley. There are a variety of options available as this time-honoured valley is a UNESCO world heritage site harbouring a total of seven sites which illustrates the historical as well as the cultural triumph of Kathmandu itself. Pay a visit to the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and indulge in the spiritual ambience of the temple area. You may also climb the steps to the sacred Buddhist stupas of Boudhanath and Swayambhunath to explore the classical realms of Tibetan Buddhism. Moreover, you can stopover at the Durbar Square Complexes situated in each sister cities (namely Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur) inside Kathmandu Valley. Embrace the feat of ancient Nepalese architecture and craftsmanship. If still not satisfied then make a trip to Changunarayan Temple, the most ancient structure in existence within Nepal.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ftMeal: BreakfastAccommodation: Hotel

This morning, we’ll set off for a smooth drive down a paved highway till Dhading Besi. We’ll then get going on a bumpy ride via the rugged track to Jyamire and proceed further to Baseri (800m), also known as the organic village due to its pristine atmosphere and natural way of farming. Through a rough journey, we’ll observe some exquisite scenery on the way. These beautiful countryside vistas incorporate vintage settlements, terraced hills, green farmlands, lush meadows and sparkling rivers.

In the pursuit of the fairly easy segment of the trekking trail, we’ll frequently encounter several ups and downs across the woods, then continue on elevated slopes and riverbeds alongside the Budhi Gandaki River. We’ll stay on the windy mountain pathway above the river and advance past a verdant valley, cascading waterfalls and streams, and the and the settlements of Khorsane, Lapubesi, Nauli Khola and Khani Besi to arrive at Machhekhola (930m). 

Max. Altitude: 930m/3051.18ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

We’ll resume our trek on the same side of Budhi Gandaki River. The trail proceeds through the unvaried terrain, comprising woodlands, sandy river flats as well as numerous rise and falls. We may come upon monkeys and langurs in the jungle. We’ll carry on with ascend and descend over a handful of ridges and reach Tatopani (930m). Alleviate your pains by submerging yourself in the hot water of the Himalayan springs as the locals believe the hot water that comes straight out of the ground possesses magical healing properties. We’ll now move past Doban (1,000m), Yaruphant (1,140m) and a bridge over Yaru Khola (1,363m) to Yaru (1,140m). At last, we make an appearance at a quaint Gurung village of Jagat (1,570m).

Max. Altitude: 1340m/4396ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

We’ll advance on the riverbed to ascend over a craggy ridge and enter Salleri (1,440m) where lovely outlooks of Sringi Himal (7,187m) warmly welcome the visitors. Subsequently, we’ll cross a long suspension bridge to Philim (1,590m), a prosperous village encircled by the farmlands of millet, maize, and potato. Heading to the north, we’ll climb uphill to Ekle Bhatti (1,600m). Don’t let the name of the place that translates to ‘lone teashop’ mislead you, as there are multiple teahouses established here. Making our way beyond a dramatic gorge, we’ll enter pinewoods and reach an intersection of trails. We’ll move to the right and traverse the forest of pine and rhododendron. Later, we’ll move up on serpentine steps to the other side of Siyar Khola then push ourselves through tranquil woodland to Lokpa (2,240m).

Max. Altitude: 2240 m / 7,349 ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

Descending via enchanting woods, we’ll negotiate suspension bridges and escalate on steep stairs. Thereafter, we’ll direct our steps up the abrupt slopes across pines and rhododendrons to a defunct teahouse of Ghumlong (2,130m). The trekking route now makes a steep ascent to Ripchet (2,470m) then extends over Siyar Khola via a wooden bridge. We’ll eventually walk up to Chumling (2,470m). It is a picturesque village that encompasses old-fashioned houses, old gompa, orchards, and lovely stone paths.

Max. Altitude: 2386m/7828.084ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

From this point onwards, we can find artistic chortens and mani walls beside the trail as we move forward. We’ll range over a suspension bridge and progress through rich fields of potatoes and maize. We can also notice Tibetan-style houses without flat roofs as the region sees much of the rain and snow. Accompanied by the lovely vistas of Ganesh Himal, we’ll get to Rainjam (2,400m). Here we’ll spot only a single Bhatti with enclosed courtyard. Crossing Serpu Khola, we’ll now forge ahead till we reach Chhokang Paro (3,031m). The valley widens up here and we can discover traditional stone houses together with farmland of buckwheat, potato, maize, and barley. In clear weather, we can catch a glimpse of Himalchuli (7,893m) down the valley.

Max. Altitude: 3031m/9944.226ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

On day nine of our escapade, we’ll move towards the east and pass by few tiny villages to ascend a ridge full of chortens to Lamagaon (3,202m). We’ll negotiate Shiyar Khola then progress beyond the settlements of Phurbe (3,251m), Pangdun (3,258m) and Chhule (3,347m) then proceed uphill to Nile (3,361m). This is the last human settlement north in the upper Tsum Valley while moving on the route to the north. During the course of today’s journey, we’ll visit Milarepa’s Cave (Piren Phu) which is believed to be a meditation site of Milarepa who conveyed Buddhism to Tibet. The cave possesses a high cultural value showcasing stone carved artistic scripts, prayer flags, elegantly painted Buddhist murals and important Buddhists scripts in the paper. Apart from that, we’ll also witness the splendid sights of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke Himal. Following a gradual trek over challenging terrain, we’ll eventually set our foot in Mu Gompa (3,700m). Established in 1895, the monastery is the highest and furthermost location in Tsum valley. You’ll perceive a true serene ambience here. Feel the cool mountain breeze gushing through the valley and the prayer flags fluttering in the very wind.

Max. Altitude: 3700m/12139.11ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

Picking up the trail where we left it off yesterday, we’ll advance via the east bank of Shiyar Khola and leave behind the hamlets of Chhule and Phurbe. After hours of trekking, we’ll land up at a small yet beautiful Burgi village. If you missed the famous traditional Tibetan chiya (butter tea) and local meal earlier, now is the right time to taste it. Staring at the lush greenery, we’ll continue down to Chhokang Paro, then arrive at Gho (2,485m). Descending further, we’ll cross a wooden bridge spanning over Siyar Khola to Domje (2,460m) where the trail splits, one leads to Chumling (2,386m) .

Max. Altitude: 3031m/9944.226ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

On this day, we’ll walk out of the remote Tsum Valley and get ahead on the unlevelled path with numerous ups and downs to Lokpa (2,040m). Succeeding an hour hike, we’ll end up at an intersection; to the left, the track leads back to Jagat. We’ll proceed to the right and pursue the Manaslu Circuit. The trekking trail traverses a suspension bridge and climbs to Nyak Pedi. It will then turn out to be narrow along the Budhi Gandaki River. As we haven’t seen almost any trekkers in the Tsum Valley, we’ll feel Manaslu Circuit a bit crowded which is actually not! Lastly, we’ll enter the vicinity of Deng (1,860m).

Max. Altitude: 1860m/6102.362ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

After a short walk, we’ll come across a suspension bridge. Subsequent to that, we’ll overcome a handful of abrupt ascents and descents adjacent to Budhi Gandaki River. Beyond the villages of Rana (1,980m) and Bihi (2,130m), we’ll cover more distance, cross Serang Khola then climb steeply to Ghap (2,160m). An additional hike from a bridge below Bihi can steer us to Prok (2,380m). Equipped with ACAP office and emergency radio; this settlement also offers a side-trip to Kal Tal (3,685m). Making frequent crosses to and from the north as well as south river bank; we’ll move via the woodland of fir and rhododendron then end up at the primary trail with on well-made staircase. We’ll eventually climb our way out to the other end, the gorgeous Namrung Village (2,630m). We can find many shops, restaurants and lodges here.

Max. Altitude: 2630m/8628.609ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

Through Banjam (2800m), we’ll pass by mani walls, fields and houses then steer into the forest of fir, oak and rhododendron. Afterwards, we’ll ascend to Lihi (2,900m) then make the progress to Sho (2,950m). We’ll advance further to Lho (3,180m). From here, we can spot sublime outlooks of Manaslu (8,163m) and Manaslu North (7,157m). An easy walk past the pinewoods and rhododendron forest will take us to Shyala (3,520m). We can revel in surrounding panoramas at this rural locale.

Max. Altitude: 3500m/11482.94ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

Following an hour easy hike on the standard route, we’ll turn up at large village of Sama (3,520m). From this point onwards, we’ll lose the sight of stupendous Manaslu but gain the access into the realm of grasslands, yaks, and stone houses. Sama aka Samagaon is a lovely village that functions as a starting point for other exciting side-trips. Trekkers on the Manaslu Circuit or Tsum Valley trek often recognize Samagaon as an excellent place to rest and acclimatize.

Max. Altitude: 4200m/13779.53ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

The fourteenth day is allotted as ‘Rest Day’ in order to provide much-needed rest to your worn out feet. According to our physical condition, if our feet agree to go progress ahead; we’ll go for a jaunt nearby. Sama (Samagaon) presents a variety of options for excursions. You can go for a hike to Manaslu Base Camp (5-6 hours walk), Pungyen Gompa (4-5 hours walk) and Birendra Tal (1-hour walk). Admire nature at its best!

Max. Altitude: 4800m/15748.03ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

Refreshed and full of zeal, we pack our bags and navigate through the grazing land of yaks to the wide valley with mani walls and Juniper vegetation. Thereupon, we’ll scale up a ridge, then descend to proceed on a wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. At long last, we’ll roll in inside Samdo (3,875m), a village as pretty as a picture.

Max. Altitude: 3690m/12106.3ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

The trail becomes broad as we make a descent beyond Juniper trees. We’ll cross ravines to climb up the slope of the hill. At the top lies Dharamsala (4,480m), now a seasonal village with one teahouse and tents for trekkers to stay overnight before attempting a strenuous rise to the Larkya La Pass. Prepare yourself for a crowded place with chilling temperatures.

Max. Altitude: 4450m/14599.74ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

Prior to the break of the day, we’ll gradually ascend a ridge beside Dharmasala. The climb itself is not arduous but it is the never-ending rugged trail and abrupt glacial moraine that bother trekkers before their arrival at Larkya La Pass (5,160m) i.e. marked with prayer flags. It is the highest elevation we’ll ever reach in the course of our entire trek. Look out for cairns and metal snow poles for finding a correct route if confused/lost en route.  Discover the snow-clad peaks of Himlung (7,126m), Kang Guru (6,981m), and Annapurna II (7,937m) from the top.  Subsequent to a long and tiring descent on a loose stone trail, we’ll walk in a more level area with grassy moraine. Ultimately, we’ll set our foot at Bhimthang (3,700m). 

Max. Altitude: 5106m/16751.97ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

After an overnight stay at the heavenly settlement surrounded by enchanting vistas of Manaslu, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kung, Kang guru and the Annapurna II; we’ll experience mostly downhill walk. We’ll pass over a glacial stream and go uphill over a side of the moraine. Thereafter, we’ll climb down beyond a blissful forest of rhododendron and pine to Karche then push on the trail to the Gurung Village of Gho (2,560m). A further walk of about three hours down the hill past Tilije (2300m) and Thonje (1,900m) ends at Dharapani (2300 m).

Max. Altitude: 2300m/7545.932ftMeal: Breakfast, Lunch and DinnerAccommodation: Tea House

At the conclusion of the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek, you will return to either Kathmandu or Pokhara from Dharapani using public transportation.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ft.Meal: Breakfast, and LunchAccommodation: Hotel

Today signifies the conclusion of your extraordinary adventure on the Tsum Valley Manaslu circuit Trek. According to your planned schedule, we will guarantee your timely arrival at the airport for your departure. If you have any extra time, feel free to engage in extra activities. We genuinely trust that you have enjoyed your mountain getaway with our experienced local team, and we anticipate the opportunity to see you once more in the future.

Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429.134ft.Meal: Breakfast
Cost Details
Included
  • Private transportation for airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Deluxe bus transportation from Kathmandu to Trailhead (Machha Khola)
  • two-night hotel stay in Kathmandu with breakfast included before Trek
  • Professional and experienced trekking guide
  • trekking porter provided for every two guests
  • guide's salary, food, transportation, accommodation, and insurance covered
  • Assistance with all necessary formalities, such as TIMS and permits (Tsum Valley and manaslu restricted permits), MCAP, and ACAP
  • All  the accommodation in trekking destinations includes full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • complimentary cup of tea or coffee served with every meal
  • seasonal fruit salad provided
  • Duffel bag for carrying personal belongings during the trek
  • All government taxes included
  • Service fee from Himalayan Trekking Path office
  • Medical kits are available for emergencies
  • Experienced and appreciated certificate upon completion of the trek
  • Rescue arrangements made if needed
  • Local Shared Jeep from Dharapani to Besishahar and bus to Kathmadnu
  • Farewell dinner included
  • One-night accommodation in Kathmandu after the trek, with breakfast provided.
Excluded
  • Fees for obtaining a visa for Nepal
  • Cost of international airfare
  • Expenses for drinks and food in Kathmandu
  • Note that drinks are not included in the mountain
  • Requirement of travel insurance for guests, including coverage for rescue services
  • Option to travel from Kathmandu to Machha Khola in a private vehicle for an additional USD 200 one way.
  • Availability of extra activities
  • Possibility of extra accommodation
  • private vehicle from Dharapani to Pokhara
  • Provision to rent trekking equipment such as poles, sleeping bags, and down jackets at a reasonable price in Thamel
  • Tipping is customary and greatly appreciated.