Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek

Discover the hidden gem of Nepal with the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek, an unforgettable adventure to a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage. Tsum Valley, a pristine region that was off-limits to visitors until 2008, is entirely Tibetan and home to ancient monasteries and hamlets. This majestic trek takes you through the stunning Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges, and as you leave the main trail, you'll feel like you're entering a secret valley. The diverse landscapes you'll traverse include alpine forests, glacial rivers, and breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

Experience the rich culture and traditions of the region, including the unique custom of all brothers marrying a single girl. Explore the historic Buddhist Gompas of the area, such as Milarepa's Cave, Rachen Gompa, and Mu Gompa, and discover the flora and fauna of the lush Himalayan forests. At Destination Unlimited, we take pride in providing licensed, trained, and experienced guides who prioritize your safety and ensure an immersive experience in the Himalayan terrain. Join us for an adventure you'll never forget and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Trip Highlights of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek

The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek in Nepal is a remarkable journey that combines stunning natural beauty, rich cultural experiences, and challenging trekking routes. Here are some of the highlights of this trek:

Tsum Valley Highlights:

  1. Remote and Pristine Landscapes:

    • The Tsum Valley is known for its untouched and serene environment, offering trekkers a chance to explore a less-traveled path in the Himalayas.
  2. Cultural Richness:

    • The valley is inhabited by the Tsumbas, an ethnic group with Tibetan roots. Trekkers can experience the unique culture, traditions, and hospitality of the Tsumbas.
    • Monasteries and Gompas: There are several ancient monasteries in the Tsum Valley, including Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa, which are significant centers of Buddhist learning and meditation.
  3. Sacred Sites:

    • Milarepa's Cave: A sacred cave associated with the famous Tibetan Buddhist saint Milarepa, where he is believed to have meditated.
  4. Scenic Villages:

    • Picturesque villages such as Chhokangparo and Nile offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and a glimpse into traditional mountain life.

Manaslu Trek Highlights:

  1. Manaslu Circuit:

    • The trek circles around Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world, offering breathtaking views of the mountain and its surrounding peaks.
  2. Larkya La Pass:

    • Crossing the Larkya La Pass (5,160 meters) is one of the most challenging and rewarding parts of the trek, providing panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  3. Diverse Landscapes:

    • The trek features diverse landscapes, from lush subtropical forests to alpine meadows and high mountain terrain.
  4. Cultural Experience:

    • The Manaslu region is home to various ethnic groups, including Gurungs and Tibetans. Trekkers can experience the local customs, traditional lifestyles, and vibrant festivals.
  5. Protected Area:

    • The trek passes through the Manaslu Conservation Area, which is rich in biodiversity and home to a variety of flora and fauna, including the elusive snow leopard.
  6. Ancient Monasteries:

    • The region is dotted with ancient monasteries, such as the Sama Gompa and Pungyen Gompa, which offer insight into the spiritual life of the local communities.

Combined Highlights:

  1. Less Crowded Trails:

    • Compared to more popular treks like the Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit, the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek offer a more secluded and peaceful trekking experience.
  2. Cultural Immersion:

    • The combination of Tsum Valley's Tibetan Buddhist culture and the diverse ethnic communities in the Manaslu region provides a deep cultural immersion.
  3. Stunning Mountain Views:

    • The trek offers spectacular views of several prominent peaks, including Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and the Shringi Himal range.
  4. Adventurous Experience:

    • The trek's challenging routes, high-altitude passes, and remote settings make it a perfect adventure for seasoned trekkers looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience.

Overall, the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is a fantastic journey that combines natural beauty, cultural richness, and adventure, providing trekkers with a truly unforgettable experience in the Himalayas.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel - 1,300m
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
  • Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola (700m).8-9 hours by Local bus or Private jeep
  • Day 04: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (869m). 6-7 hours trek
  • Day 05: Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m), 7-8 hours trek
  • Day 06: Jagat to Lokpa (2240m), 6-7 hours
  • Day 07: Lokpa to Chhumling (2386m), 5 hours walk.
  • Day 08: Chhumling to Chhekampar (3011m), 5-6 hours walk.
  • Day 09: Chhekampar to Nile (3310m), 6 hours walk.
  • Day 10: Hike to Mu Gompa (3700) and trek to Chhekampar via Rachen Goma, 7-8 hours Trek
  • Day 11: Chhekampar to Lokpa (2240m), 7-8 hours walk.
  • Day 12: Lokpa to Ghap (2300m), 6-7 hours walk.
  • Day 13: Ghap to Lho (3180), 6-7 hours walk.
  • Day 14: Lho to Sama Gaun (3520m), 4-5 hours walk.
  • Day 15: Rest day: Sama Gaun
  • Day 16: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3860m): 4/5 hrs.
  • Day 17: Samdo - Dharmasala( Larke Phedi) 4460m: 5-6 hrs
  • Day 18: Dharmasala – Larke Pass(5106 m) Bimtang (3,590m), 8- 9 hours walking
  • Day 19: Trek Bimtang to Dharapani (1860m): 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 20: Dharapani - Besisahar (760m): by Drive
  • Day 21: Drive Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by bus: 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 22: Final departure

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 :Arrive Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel - 1,300m Upon your arrival, our representative will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The afternoon will be free for you to get the first taste of Nepali life in Kathmandu. Dinner in the evening.
  • Day 02 :Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation Today we will take a tour around the city of Kathmandu, visiting the major heritage sites such as; Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Patan and Durbar Square. You will be guided and informed by a licensed guide.
  • Day 03 :Drive to Soti Khola (700m).8-9 hours by Local bus or Private jeep After breakfast at Kathmandu Hotel, you will have a beautiful drive towards Sotikhola today. On the way to Arughat, you will be driving on smooth patches of the road until Dhading Besi, from where the road is rather rough on a dirt trail. Finally, passing through the winding hills, you will reach Sotikhola. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Sotikhola.
  • Day 04 :Soti Khola to Machha Khola (869m). 6-7 hours trek After breakfast slowly we get ready for another trekking day, Constantly trekking on an upwards-and-downwards hill trail, you will make your way from Sotikhola through the lush forests of juniper and follow the Budhi Gandaki River towards Machha Khola. Along the way, you will ascent and descent continuously as you trek on the track carved into the mountainside. The course of the views also changes as the open gape of the valleys change directions. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Machha Khola.
  • Day 05 :Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m), 7-8 hours trek Another trekking day start with breakfast, Trekking further on out from Machha Khola, you will make your way winding through the valley towards Khrola Besi. Further from here is Tatopani- the village that has natural hot springs famous for their healing properties. You will then continue on the path from Tatopani, crossing forests until reaching Dovan Khola. You can also see the sandy beaches on the riverside as you continue towards Jagat. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Jagat.
  • Day 06 :Jagat to Lokpa (2240m), 6-7 hours After breakfast we get ready for another trekking day: We will enter Tsum Valley Region, our guide will help you to register our permits at checkpoint, so you officially in beautiful region. On the very first part you will trek a little bit through riverbank. After some up and down through Shridibas Destination of Philim come into your sight. Pass through suspension bridge and stop in Philim for lunch. Explore village of Philim, As you pass by Ekle Bhatti trail get separated toward Tsum and Manaslu. You might feel like it is early to stop in Lokpa (2240m) but next Destination Chumling is far to go further. Overnight in lodge at Lokpa.
  • Day 07 :Lokpa to Chhumling (2386m), 5 hours walk. The trek from Lokpa to Chhumling offers a beautiful journey through diverse landscapes, showcasing the natural and cultural richness of the Manaslu region. This segment typically takes around 5 hours to complete, making it a moderate day’s trek. Over night at Chhumling
    Chhumling is a charming village that offers a blend of cultural experiences and natural beauty. It is surrounded by terraced fields and offers stunning views of the nearby peaks. The village is a great place to interact with the locals and learn about their way of life.

  • Day 08 :Chhumling to Chhekampar (3011m), 5-6 hours walk. The trek from Chhumling to Chhekampar (also known as Chhokangparo) is a scenic and culturally rich segment of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This part of the trek typically takes 5 to 6 hours and involves significant elevation gain as you ascend to the higher-altitude villages of the Tsum Valley.
  • Day 09 :Chhekampar to Nile (3310m), 6 hours walk. The trek from Chhekampar (also known as Chhokangparo) to Nile is a scenic and culturally enriching journey through the upper reaches of the Tsum Valley. This segment of the trek typically takes around 6 hours, involving gradual ascents as you move towards higher elevations and deeper into the valley. Over night at Nile
  • Day 10 :Hike to Mu Gompa (3700) and trek to Chhekampar via Rachen Goma, 7-8 hours Trek This trek involves a visit to the remote and spiritual Mu Gompa, followed by a descent and journey back to Chhekampar, passing through the significant Rachen Gompa. This segment is both culturally and scenically rich, providing a comprehensive experience of the upper Tsum Valley.
  • Day 11 :Chhekampar to Lokpa (2240m), 7-8 hours walk. The trek from Chhekampar to Lokpa is a long and demanding segment, involving significant descents as you move from the higher elevations of the Tsum Valley back towards the lower regions. This journey typically takes 7 to 8 hours and provides a rich mix of cultural experiences and natural beauty.
  • Day 12 :Lokpa to Ghap (2300m), 6-7 hours walk. The trek from Lokpa to Ghap is a captivating journey that takes you deeper into the Manaslu region, showcasing diverse landscapes and cultural highlights. This segment involves a mix of ascents and descents, passing through lush forests, charming villages, and along rivers, providing trekkers with a well-rounded experience. Over night at Ghap
  • Day 13 :Ghap to Lho (3180), 6-7 hours walk. The trek from Ghap to Lho is an enchanting journey through diverse terrains, picturesque villages, and culturally rich regions. This segment of the trek involves significant elevation gain, offering trekkers stunning views of the surrounding peaks and deeper insights into the local Tibetan-influenced culture. Over night LHO.

  • Day 14 :Lho to Sama Gaun (3520m), 4-5 hours walk. After breakfast slowly get ready for for beautiful village, Trekking through the upper reaches of Lho, we will pass the new Gompa and ascend through oak forests to the Tibetan settlement of Shayla. Past grazing settlements, the trail then reaches Samagaon. The village has a distinctive entrance gate, and the people maintain an active trade with co-religionists in Tibet, using several high passes. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
  • Day 15 :Rest day: Sama Gaun Rest Day Hike to Birendra Taal/Pungyen Gompa/ Manaslu Base camp (4400m).
  • Day 16 :Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3860m): 4/5 hrs. The trek from Samagaon to Samdo is a relatively short but rewarding segment of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This trek takes you through picturesque landscapes and culturally rich areas, offering breathtaking views of the mountains and an opportunity to experience the unique Tibetan-influenced culture of the region. over night at Samdo
  • Day 17 :Samdo - Dharmasala( Larke Phedi) 4460m: 5-6 hrs We continue our journey till crossing the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and then again uphill. After crossing the two streams we will witness the Larkya Glacier. We will set up the camp here and ready for tomorrow's crossing of the famous Larkya Pass (5106m).
  • Day 18 :Dharmasala – Larke Pass(5106 m) Bimtang (3,590m), 8- 9 hours walking The long and arduous journey will start early. We will start walking through the glaciers making a gradual ascent to Larkya Pass. From the pass, you will be mesmerized by the views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kanguru and the huge Annapurna II.
  • Day 19 :Trek Bimtang to Dharapani (1860m): 6-7 hrs. We will descend an awesome stature today. At first, from the valley of Burdin Khola, through rhododendron forest, to Karche, the most elevated spot in the valley. Then continue to Dharapani.
  • Day 20 :Dharapani - Besisahar (760m): by Drive We descend to the Marsayangdi River and cross the suspension bridge. Climb up and away from the river and hike through a broad, flat valley to the village of Tal. We continue Drive to Besisahar.
  • Day 21 :Drive Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by bus: 6-7 hrs. It’s a long drive through the Marsayangdi River valley and Trishuli River valley. After reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to the hotel. In the evening we will celebrate our success in a typical Nepali restaurant.
  • Day 22 :Final departure It’s the day to say bid farewell to the beautiful land of Nepal. Our company representative will take you to the airport. In case our country has enchanted you so much you desire to further explore, we are always there to extend your trip.

Cost Includes

  •  All airport transfer by private transportation
  •  Private Jeep to Arughat or Sotikhola
  •  Private Car  to kathmandu from Besisahar
  •  Accommodation in Kathmandu 2-3 star
  •  Accommodation during the trekking basic lodge
  •  Meals during the trekking  standard by Menu
  •  Farewell Dinner
  •  Tea-house lodge- Basic Tea-house
  •  1 Guide Licensed English-speaking guide Experience knows about First Aid
  •  First Aid Kit
  •  2 clients 1 Porter
  •  All necessary documents and permits for trekking ( Including Special permits)
  •  Sleeping bags and other necessary equipments, sleeping bags
  •  Staff insurance, medication and equipment
  •  All Govt. and Local Taxes
  •  Trekking Certificate from Destination Unlimited

Cost Excludes

  •  International airfares
  •  Travel/trekking insurance
  •  Nepal entry visa fees
  •  Personal expenses, Emergency Expenses, road blocked, snakes, desert.etc
  •  Mountain rescue charges in case needed
  •  Bottled drinks on trek (cold and alcoholic)
  •  Additional food during the trekking
  • Lunches and dinners when not trekking
  •  Drinks hot and cold.
  • Anything which hasn't mention in the email.
  •  Tips(Tipping are expected)

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek: Important Notes

Permits and Regulations

  1. Restricted Area Permits:

    • Trekkers need a special restricted area permit for both the Tsum Valley and Manaslu regions. This must be arranged through a registered trekking agency in Nepal.
    • Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP): Required from Jagat to Sama Gaun.
    • Tsum Valley Permit: Required if entering Tsum Valley.
  2. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP):

    • Required for trekking within the Manaslu Conservation Area.
  3. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP):

    • Needed for the areas around Dharapani after crossing the Larkya La Pass.

Best Time to Trek

  1. Spring (March to May):

    • Stable weather, clear skies, blooming rhododendrons, and moderate temperatures.
  2. Autumn (September to November):

    • Clear views, stable weather, and ideal trekking conditions.
  3. Monsoon (June to August) and Winter (December to February):

    • Monsoon brings heavy rains and slippery trails.
    • Winter can be extremely cold with heavy snowfall, making the trek challenging and sometimes dangerous.

Trekking Essentials

  1. Physical Fitness:

    • The trek is strenuous and requires good physical fitness and stamina.
    • Acclimatization is crucial due to high altitudes.
  2. Gear and Equipment:

    • Proper trekking gear, including sturdy boots, warm clothing, sleeping bags, and trekking poles.
    • Bring a first-aid kit, water purification tablets, and sufficient snacks.
  3. Guides and Porters:

    • Hiring experienced guides and porters is recommended, not only for carrying heavy loads but also for navigating the trails and ensuring safety.
  4. Accommodation and Food:

    • Tea houses and lodges are available along the route, offering basic accommodation and meals.
    • It’s advisable to carry some extra food supplies for remote areas.

Health and Safety

  1. Altitude Sickness:

    • Be aware of symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and take necessary precautions.
    • Ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and consider carrying medication like Diamox.
  2. Travel Insurance:

    • Comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and emergency evacuation is essential.
  3. Communication:

    • Mobile networks are sporadic. Consider carrying a satellite phone or using communication services provided by trekking agencies.

Environmental and Cultural Respect

  1. Leave No Trace:

    • Practice responsible trekking by minimizing waste, using reusable items, and disposing of trash properly.
  2. Cultural Sensitivity:

    • Respect local customs, traditions, and religious sites.
    • Seek permission before taking photographs of people or sacred places.
  3. Wildlife and Flora:

    • Do not disturb wildlife and be mindful of the conservation efforts in the Manaslu and Tsum Valley regions.


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Key Information

  • Trip Cost US$ 1800
  • Trip Duration 22 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Strenuous
  • Trip Style Trekking
  • Accomodation Hotel + Lodges
  • Max Altitude 4460m
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No of people Price P.P
1-1 Pax US$ 1800
2 US$ 1800
4 US$ 1700
6 US$ 1600