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Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek

Overview The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek is also a captivating and adventurous journey in the Himalayas of Nepal, offering an extraordinary fusion of natural beauty, cultural richness, and challenging trails. Starting from the bustling town of Arughat, the trek diverges into two distinct yet complementary routes. The Tsum Valley, a hidden gem nestled between majestic mountains, unfolds as a mystical sanctuary of ancient Buddhist heritage. The trail meanders through lush forests, terraced fields, and charming Tsumba villages, where warm hospitality welcomes trekkers. The valley is adorned with sacred monasteries, chortens, and mani walls, displaying a unique blend of…


The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek is also a captivating and adventurous journey in the Himalayas of Nepal, offering an extraordinary fusion of natural beauty, cultural richness, and challenging trails. Starting from the bustling town of Arughat, the trek diverges into two distinct yet complementary routes.

The Tsum Valley, a hidden gem nestled between majestic mountains, unfolds as a mystical sanctuary of ancient Buddhist heritage. The trail meanders through lush forests, terraced fields, and charming Tsumba villages, where warm hospitality welcomes trekkers. The valley is adorned with sacred monasteries, chortens, and mani walls, displaying a unique blend of Tibetan Buddhism and local traditions. The sacred Mu Gompa stands as a beacon of spiritual solace, offering insights into centuries-old practices. Trekkers also have the chance to witness traditional festivals that infuse the valley with vibrant cultural celebrations. The stunning views of Ganesh Himal and the Shringi Himal range provide a majestic backdrop to this spiritual adventure.

Leaving the serene Tsum Valley behind, the journey also continues into the rugged and wild terrain of the Manaslu Circuit. This part of the trek encompasses breathtaking alpine landscapes, vast glaciers, and high mountain passes. The challenging trails lead trekkers through remote villages, where diverse ethnic communities reside, each with their distinct traditions and lifestyles. As the trail gradually ascends, the views of Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world, and other towering summits like Himlung Himal and Ganesh II, leave trekkers in awe.

The Larkya La Pass, also one of the highlights of the Manaslu Circuit, presents an exhilarating and rewarding accomplishment for trekkers, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The descent from the pass leads through picturesque alpine meadows and rhododendron forests, completing the circuit and rejoining the Tsum Valley route.

Conclusion and Summary

Combining the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit trek provides an extraordinary and diverse adventure. It caters to both spiritual seekers and adrenaline enthusiasts, immersing them in the natural wonders and cultural richness of the region. This off-the-beaten-path experience offers an opportunity to encounter the unspoiled beauty of the Himalayas while forging connections with the resilient people of Tsum Valley and the ancient traditions that shape their lives. The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek is truly an unforgettable journey of a lifetime.

Trip Highlights

The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek offer a plethora of highlights that make it a truly remarkable and unforgettable adventure:

  • Hidden Gem of Tsum Valley: The secluded and serene Tsum Valley, with its mystical ambiance and ancient Buddhist heritage, offers a rare opportunity to explore a lesser-known region of Nepal.
  • Ancient Monasteries and Culture: Visiting sacred monasteries like Mu Gompa in Tsum Valley provides a unique insight into the spiritual practices and cultural traditions of the local Tsumba people.
  • Scenic Beauty: The trek showcases diverse landscapes, from lush forests and terraced fields in Tsum Valley to rugged alpine terrain and glaciers in the Manaslu region, all surrounded by stunning Himalayan peaks.
  • Views of Ganesh Himal and Manaslu: The trek offers breathtaking views of Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and the magnificent Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world.
  • Cultural Encounters: Interacting with the friendly Tsumba people and experiencing their warm hospitality allows trekkers to immerse themselves in the unique culture of the region.
  • Traditional Festivals: If the trek coincides with local festivals, travelers get the chance to witness colorful and vibrant celebrations that offer a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the area.
  • Challenging Mountain Passes: Crossing high mountain passes like Larkya La presents thrilling challenges and rewards trekkers with stunning panoramas of the Himalayan landscape.
  • Remote Villages: The trek takes trekkers through remote and authentic Himalayan villages, providing a genuine experience of the traditional lifestyle of the people.
  • Spiritual and Personal Growth: The spiritual atmosphere of the monasteries and the solitude of the mountains offer trekkers an opportunity for introspection and personal growth.
  • Less Crowded Trails: Compared to more popular treks in the region, the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit offer a less crowded and more off-the-beaten-path experience, allowing for a deeper connection with nature and culture.
  • Natural Hot Springs: After the demanding trek, a soothing dip in the natural hot springs at Tatopani offers relaxation and rejuvenation.
  • Adventure and Exploration: The combination of the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit treks provides a perfect balance of adventure, cultural exploration, and natural wonders, making it a truly all-encompassing Himalayan experience.

Overall, the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek is a unique and diverse journey that appeals to trekkers seeking both spiritual enrichment and the thrill of conquering challenging mountain passes while being immersed in the breathtaking beauty and cultural heritage of the Himalayas.

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Driving Hours: (160km / 99.4miles) 6-8hrs

After an early breakfast, we will start our trip with a drive along the Prithivi Highway west of Kathmandu. The scenic ride lets you enjoy the views of terrace farms, raging rivers, beautiful villages, and dense forests.

You will be crossing the Trishuli River to Dhading Bensi and continue to Arughat, driving along with the scenic villages while continuously following Dorandi Khola northwards to Gorkha. From the road, you get stunning views of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. Our destination, however, is still two hours drive away from Arughat to Soti Khola.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Soti Khola.

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance: 9.7km /6miles

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hrs.

We continue to follow the low valley to the north, observing the majestic Himalayan peaks from time to time as we hike up the picturesque densely forested Buddhi Gandaki Valley. The route passes through several small villages until the valley widens. From the opposite side of the valley, you will see a large stream flowing into the Budhi Gandaki River. As we continue our journey, we reach the beautiful village of Lapubesi (880m). From Lapubesi, we descend to a meandering path to reach Macha Khola.

Overnight stay at Hotel Everest View

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance: 22km / 13.7miles

Trek Duration: 6 -7 hrs.

We cross the Tharo Khola river and head upstream to Khola Beni. The route takes your forward alongside dramatic gorges with waterfall sculptured rocks and some landslides. After crossing a bridge, we reach a tiny village of Kholabesi and then natural hot springs at Tatopani (Tatopani means hot water in Nepali).

From the hot springs, we catch another trial and cross the Budhi Gandaki River on a suspension bridge. We will then walk past a landslide and reach Dobhan village. From Doban, we cross a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and climb stone stairs to Thado Bharyang before ascending to the charming village of Jagat. Jagat is the entry point of Manaslu Conservation Area, and we will register our permits at a police checkpoint in Jagat.

Overnight stay at a lodge.

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance: 17.5km / 10.8miles

Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hrs

We make an entry into the restricted region of Manaslu by climbing over a ridge to Salleri. We walk along the riverbanks then cross the Budhi Gandaki River on a long suspension bridge. As we continue to walk, the valley widens towards Philim. As we pass Ekle Bhatti, the trail separates one takes you to Tsum and the other Manaslu.

We hike up towards Lokpa across several villages. Rivers become narrower, and we can see the confluence of Syar Rivers from Tsum valley. We trek on the right side of Tsum valley to reach Lokpa village, the first village in Tsum valley that provides clear views of the Manaslu range. In fact, it’s a completely hidden valley blessed by Padmashamva centuries ago. (Padmashamva is one of the founding fathers of Tibetan Buddhism.) You will get stunning views of Himalchuli, and Boudha Himal from Lokpa village.

Overnight stay at Lokpa

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance: 6.3km / 3.9miles

Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hrs

After breakfast, we start walking from Lokpa Village- a wild route entrance to Tsum valley. On a clear day, you can get stunning views of Baudha Himal (6672m) and Ganesh Himal VI from the routes joining Lokpa to Chumling.

Our trail first descends to Lungwa river valley, then climbs up through a subtropical forest of dense rhododendron and pine. There are no villages between Lokpa to Chumling. We will be crossing Syar Khola to arrive at the village of Chumling. A side trip to the upper parts of Chumling takes you to a monastery from where you can catch great views of Ganesh Himal. Chumling has a health post and three monasteries – Panago Gumba, Mani Dhungyur, and Gurwa Gumba.

Overnight stay at Chumling.

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance: 8.4km / 5.2miles

Trek Duration: 5-6 hrs

Today, we enter the upper valley, a part of the inner Himalayas. The trail continues along the Syar River down to Domje – the largest city in Tsum valley. From Domje, we continue climbing uphill to arrive at Chhokangparo. On a clear day, we can get magnificent views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal from Chhokangparo. At Chhokangparo, you will also have the opportunity to experience the hospitality of local (Tibetan group “Tsombo”) people along with Tibetan Chiya (butter tea) and local meals.

Overnight stay at Chhokang Paro

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance: 9.7km / 6miles

Trek Duration: 4 -5 hrs

We walk a relatively shorter distance today. The Nile, on the western side of the Shikhar Khola, is about a 20-minute walk across from Chhule, which is the last village in the north upper Tsum Valley. When you reach Ngakyu Leru, you will notice people farming as the land is fertile.

After passing Lamagaon, you will reach St. Milarepa Piren Phu Cave, where his footprint is said to be preserved in rock. Piren Phu (pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley. There are two separate Gumbas attached to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags, and significant Buddhist paper scripts make Piren Phu Cave one of the most important socio-cultural assets in the valley. Then, we cross a suspension bridge over the Shiar River and continue our trek through several villages to arrive at Nile. Overnight stay at Nile

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance: 7.9km / 4.9miles

Trek Duration: 3 – 4 hrs

A short walk from the Nile along the west bank of the valley close to the Tibetan border leads to Mu Gompa – the highest point of the Tsum Valley Trek. We hike up through yak pastures through typical dry and arid trans Himalayan terrain. The Mu Gompa monastery has rows of Chortens and provides beautiful mountain views. Moreover, you get an opportunity to visit Dhephu Doma Gompa – one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum. Overnight stay Mu Gompa

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in this region with over 100 monks and holds a significant values to the people. We will explore the Gompa (Monastery) and hike above for great views

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Accommodation: Overnight stay Mu Gompa

Trekking Hours: 3-4 hrs

Trek Duration: 6 hrs.

From Gompa, the descent begins. We descend to Rachen Gompa, then Chhule and reach Phurbe. Rachen Gompa lies in the border area of Nepal and Tibet, and it sits surrounded by humongous mountains. But the destination for this day takes you through a forested area and finally at Chhokangparo.

Overnight stay at Chhokangparo

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Duration: 6-7hrs

Our descent from Chhokung Paro continues as we reach Gho. You will be crossing a suspension bridge near Gho and hiking forward to reach Rainjam Village. We leave Rainjam village, descend to Tsum Valley and finally reach Chumling – our destination for the day. Overnight stay at Chumling

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs

Today, you will leave Chumling and continue descending, so today’s journey should be an easier one. You will be moving along the bank of Shair Khola to reach Lokpa Village. On a nice day, you may pass through large flocks of sheep and goats along the path.

The trail after Lokpa descends as we cross the Budi Gandaki on a solid bridge then enters a narrow gorge from where it starts to ascend and descend while gradually climbing through the valley. We cross a river on a suspension to Nupri and then pass through bamboo forests to reach the Gurung village of Deng (1860m). Overnight stay at Deng

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs

From Deng, we climb to Rana (1,910m) Village and hike forward to Bhiphedi (2,130m). The path starts meandering in and out of the valley canyons crossing the Serang Khola before leading us to Ghap (2160m). As we leave Ghap, the valley becomes steeper as we continue a long climb through bamboo and rhododendron forests. After crossing the wild rivers a couple of times, you will reach the Namrung Village – the entry point to the Nupri region. The locals of Namrung Village are Tibetan descendants. Overnight stay at Namrung

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance: 17.7km / 11miles

Trek Duration: 8-9 hrs

We leave Namrung and pass through many Mani wall entrance gates, several Buddhist Gompas, and a few villages. Then the valley opens out, and our route passes through Sho Village. This village has many yaks and is known for excellent views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7,157m).

It is a great day to savor the great mountain views. To trek to Sama Gaon (3530m), we follow the right riverbank enjoying the views of Peak 29. A couple of hours of climbing through the forest brings us to Shyala village, from where we can see Phungi, Manaslu, and Himal Chuli mountains. The Shyala villagers rely on yaks, potatoes, and barley to survive this distinctly Alpine region.

As we hike up, you will see Ganesh Himal towards the east and the Himalchuli and Manaslu in the south. Soon enough, as you look down, you will be able to see two rows of houses that form the central part of Sama Gaon. At the far end of Sama Gaon stands the well-known Sama Gaon Monastery. The Tibetan border is very near from here. We stop at Samagaon for a day to acclimatize. Overnight at Hotel Manaslu

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

To ensure proper acclimatization, we spend a day at Sama Gaon for rest. Sama Gaon lies close to Manaslu Base Camp, and in this village, you can see thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and sculptures. The women here wear a nice silver spoon as jewelry.

Today is a rest day, but you can take optional excursions to explore the surrounding glacial moraine or visit Birendra Lake or Pungyen Gompa. The return side trip to Manaslu Base Camp takes eight hours but is well worth the effort as it provides fantastic views of the Manaslu Glacier and the turquoise Birendra Lake. If you just want to explore Sama Gaon and relax, you can visit the Pung-Gyen monastery, which sits beneath the east face of Manaslu. Higher up the village lies cave Gompa and hot springs. Overnight at Hotel Manaslu

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance: 18.5km / 11.4miles

Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hrs

We start early in the morning from Sama Gaon and head to Samdo. Our hike takes us through the terraced fields alongside old mani walls, across the Budhi Gandaki wooden bridge, and gradually up to the Samdo valley. Another mani wall marks the beginning of the ascent to the Larkya La Pass. We cross two streams and witness the Larkya Glacier. Then, we go around the Salka Khola Valley, climb up once again and come to a stone guest house (4,450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of resting place called Dharmasala, also known as Larkya La Phedi. Today you will enjoy fantastic views of Larkya Glacier and the impressive Manaslu mountain. We rest at Larkya La Phedi and prepare to cross Larkya La Pass the next day. Overnight stay at Dormitory /Tent

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance: 24.7km / 15.3miles

Trek Duration: 8 – 10 hrs

We leave Dharmasala very early in the morning because we will be hiking along the longest and the toughest section of this trek. We need to cross the Larkya La Pass (5,160m) before the wind starts blowing strongly at the pass. The trail starts as a gentle climb across the moraine. It descends slightly to a lake and then becomes rough and indistinct as it crosses steep grassy slopes. We continue on the moraine to a ridge marked by two cairns. From here, the prayer flags marking the pass are visible.

We descend to the four frozen lakes then make the final steep climb to the pass. The pass opens outstanding panoramic views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kanguru, Minjung, and the huge Annapurna II. We savor the spectacular views from the top of the pass. Then the descent begins. The trail follows the top of the moraine to the west and makes a set of steep, rough switchbacks as it crosses the moraine, then descends more gently on loose gravel to another grassy moraine at 4,450m. The trail now becomes easier to follow and reaches a small meadow. The valley becomes broader as the trails head down to a large meadow, past a mani wall and a small rest house that marks Bhimtang at 3,590m. Overnight at Guest House.

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance: 10km / 6.2miles

Trek Duration: 4 – 5 hrs.

From Bhimtang, the trail crosses the moraine, descends to the Dudh Khola headwaters, crosses a wooden bridge, then into pine and rhododendron forest to Hompuk (3,430m). The rhododendrons are multi-colored, and the forest is home to sheep, horses, and monkeys. You will also be able to enjoy the panoramic views of Phungi, Manaslu, Manaslu North Peak, Cheo Himal, and Himlung Himal. A 30-minute descent through the forest takes you to Sangore Kharka meadow. You will then cross a landslide before making a steep climb to a ridge decorated with prayer flags. The route ultimately descends to the river bank at Gho (2,575m).

Overnight stay at a lodge

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Trek Distance: 13km / 8miles

Trek Duration: 4 – 5 hrs

The route is full of ups and downs, mostly through fields but occasionally through dense forests. Less than an hour walk through the fields and intermittent rhododendron and oak woods takes you to Tilije – a multiethnic community. You will exit Tilije through a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and follow along its embankment that descends through the scrub forest. As you trek ahead, the walls of the Marsyangdi Valley start to look larger, and finally, the houses of Dharapani appear in the distance. You will then pass Thonje village via a wooden bridge and a chorten-shaped arch, and Dharapani lies across a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi. But your trail continues on the sandy banks of the Marsyangdi River until you reach Tal. The prayer flags, mani walls, and chortens in and around Tal tell you that Tal is a Buddhist village. Overnight stay at a lodge

Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)

Driving Hours: 9 – 10 hrs

In the morning, we take a local Jeep or bus from Tal to Besisahar. It is an approximately 4 to 5 hrs drive that passes through several villages, the towns of Bhulbhule and Khudi to Beshishar. We need to reach Besisahar before 3 p.m to catch the last jeep or local bus to Kathmandu. On our journey back to Kathmandu, the road follows the scenic Marsyangdi River, then meets the Trishuli River as we head east along the Prithvi Highway. Along the way, you will get good views of the lush scenery, terraced farmland, and perhaps some final glimpses of the tall snow peaks.

Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch)

What's Included

Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
Licensed and trained trekking guides,
potters for carrying goods and supplies,

Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) basis during the trek
3 Nights Accommodation in the 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed & Breakfast) on Twin Sharing Basis.
All accommodation during the trek on sharing Basis.
All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
Transportation to and from trail head by Private and Sharing Transport from Kathmandu to Soti Khola and Tal to Besishar and Besishar to Kathmandu.
All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and
equipment for the staffs.

Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)

Trekking staffs wages etc.

Welcome dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.

Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.

Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag

All Government and local Taxes

International Flight ticket re-confirmation.

Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.

Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.

What's Excluded

International Airfares,
Travel/Trekking Insurance,
Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in domestic flights.
Visa fees.
Airport Departure Taxes.
Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
Tips for The staffs.
Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
Meals during stay in the Kathmandu

Extra Domestic Ticket of Jomsom, Pokhara etc.

Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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Trip Facts

Trip Code TMT-20
Duration 20 Day(s)
Activities Trekking
Group Size 2 to 20
Best Season March to May, September to November
Start/End Point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Difficulty Level Challenging
Max Altitude 5416M

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