Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek - 18 Days

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Know before you go
  • Duration 18 Days
  • Difficulty Level Strenuous
  • Trip Start and End Macha Khola to Dharapani
  • Best Season Mid- Sep to Mid - Dec and March to May
  • Trip Area Manaslu Region
  • Maximum Altitude 5106m.|16751ft.

Highlights

  • Explore the Manaslu region's lesser-known and hidden valleys.
  • Experience the unique culture of the region, which Tibetan Buddhism has had a significant influence on.
  • Walk along the northern Tibetan border.
  • Explore the historical monasteries, chortens, Gompas, and other monuments.
  • Experience centuries-old Buddhist traditions and architecture.
  • Experience the panoramic view of Larkya Peak, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu, and Mt. Hiunchuli.
  • Follow the new trekking paths toward Tsum Valley.
  • Interacting with the locals and experiencing their way of life.
  • Get an opportunity to observe species such as the Thar, Himalayan Monal, and Snow Leopard.
  • Explore the natural beauty of the Manaslu Conservation Area, including waterfalls, mountain views, and the rushing Budhi Gandaki River.
  • Conquer the hardest and highest point of the hike, Larkya La Pass (5,106m).

One of the well-known treks in Nepal is the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek, which circles Mount Manaslu, an 8,000-meter summit. Tsum Valley is also included in this hike, a lesser-known location protected from excessive tourism. Tsum is one of Buddhism's "Beyul" or precious hidden valleys. Remote villages and significant historical monasteries can be found there. If you have the time, you should add the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum trek to your itinerary for your hiking vacation to the Manaslu region.

Embark on a journey through the stunning Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley on this 18-day trek. The path circumvents through breathtaking mountains, rural villages, and one of the most culturally rich regions of the Himalayas.

At 8,156 meters above sea level, Mount Manaslu is the eighth-highest mountain in the world. In 1956, a team made up of Nepalese and Japanese reached the summit for the first time. The breathtaking Nepal Himalayan scenery is visible while trekking near Manaslu. The mountains of Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, and Himal Chuli may be seen magnificently from Larkya La.

In terms of scenery and terrain, the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek are comparable to the Half Annapurna Circuit in the West. A full camping expedition is no longer required since there are currently several teahouses and hotels in the region. Tsum Valley, situated northeast of Manaslu, is becoming a popular trekking site. Together these treks take you to the Tsum basin in the western portion of Gorkha, where you can experience both natural and cultural attractions. 

Trekking in the Manaslu region has been accessible since 1992. This trek takes you through a restricted region and thus requires a special permit which increases the cost to enter. Other stringent regulations, such as the minimum requirement of 2 trekkers in a group (excluding the guide & porter) and making the arrangements through a certified Nepali trekking company limit the number of tourists who visit the area.

Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek Route

The Manaslu trip begins from Soti Khola village, a few hours up the valley near the settlement of Arughat. The path winds through bamboo forests within the narrow Budhi Gandaki valley. At Deng village, we rejoined the Manaslu Circuit after our trip to Tsum Valley. We travel to the Nupri region, which is home to Tibetan immigrants, from the village of Lho. Just like in the Tsum, there are monasteries, Mani walls, and bright Buddhist prayer flags.

We spend a night at Samagaun and two nights at Samdo villages for essential acclimatization. We can travel by foot from Samagaun to Manaslu Base Camp. A scenic trail leads from Samdo to Tibet, where blue sheep are frequently found. We begin the approach to the Larkya La pass after Samdo Hamlet. Although no prior mountaineering experience is necessary, the Larke La Pass day is hard.

Around eight hours from Kathmandu, we begin our Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek with a mesmerizing drive through the lush hills and along the banks of rivers to Machha Khola. As we continue our ascent to Lokpa via Jagat, we travel through rhododendrons & pine forests. Forests, terraced farmland, and the gushing Budhi Gandaki River are all covered by the routes. The Manaslu trail will thereafter be abandoned when we enter the Tsum, a secret valley. The long Manaslu journey is rewarded with the rich Tibetan culture and tradition of Tsum Valley. The path retains Mani walls and several prayer flags. The primary attraction of this walk is its abundance of flora and fauna, monasteries, Tibetan-style living, countless waterfalls, and towering snow peaks. In this trek, we will stop at Gumba Lungdang, Mu Gompa, Pungen Gompa, and Rui La Pass (Tibetan border) on this trek. We walk through Sama, Samdo, Larke La Pass, and a side trip to Rui La Pass near the Tibet border and then complete our trek by arriving at Dharapani. We will either travel back to Kathmandu from Dharapani or to Pokhara.

Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek is best enjoyed during the spring (March, April, and May) and autumn (September, October, and November) seasons. These months offer the most favorable weather conditions and ensure a memorable trekking experience.

Spring (March, April, and May):

  • Spring brings blooming rhododendrons and other wildflowers, painting the landscape with vibrant colors.
  • The weather is generally stable, with mild temperatures and clear skies, providing excellent visibility of the surrounding peaks.
  • Longer daylight hours allow for more comfortable and enjoyable trekking days.

Autumn (September, October, and November):

  • Autumn offers clear skies and stable weather conditions, making it ideal for trekking.
  • The stunning views of the snow-capped peaks against the clear blue skies are simply breathtaking.
  • The temperatures are moderate, and there is minimal precipitation, ensuring pleasant hiking conditions.

Both seasons provide an opportunity to experience the cultural richness of the region, with encounters with local communities and festivals along the way. Ultimately, the choice between spring and autumn depends on your preferences regarding scenery, weather, and cultural experiences.

Likewise, you may also consider Trekking routes like Everest Base Camp Trek, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, and many other packages.

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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First-day, long drive to Machhakhola with green views and rivers. Crossing some of the bigger towns known as Gorkha Bazaar and Aarughat Bazaar, then continue our drive to Machhakhola beside the Budi Gandaki River. 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 869m.|2850ft.

The trek starts after the first mountain breakfast. We begin our trek by crossing the suspension bridge and then continue walking to Tatopani, where there is a natural hot spring. You can take a bath. Then, head to a path leading to Dovan, where we will stop for lunch. And continue uphill to Yarubagar, then cross the suspension bridge over Yaru Khola and the Cantilever bridge reaching Jagat. Stay overnight

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1340m.|4395ft.

Today, we entered the Manaslu conservation area, so the officials checked our trekking permit, and we will move forward on our trek. When we cross the suspension bridge, then uphill to Philim, then gradually walk to Eklebhatti stop for lunch. After lunch continues walking to Lokpa. Stay overnight

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2240m.|7347ft.

 After breakfast, we start walking uphill after crossing the Cantilever Bridge. We will walk through the forest, descend to Siyar Khola Bridge, and ascend to the Chumling. We can see the mountains in front of us like a mirror, such as Ganesh Himal I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, Ganesh IV, Ganesh V, etc. Stay overnight

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2386m.|7826ft.

We start to walk gradually downhill and uphill, then continue to walk to Kowo, and then continue to walk to Chhokangparo. Stay overnight

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3031m.|9941ft.

After breakfast, we headed to today's destination, Nile. Today's path is easy, letting us closer to the mountain view and slowly gaining uphill to the Nile. Stay overnight

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3361m.|11026ft.

Today is our first acclimatization day in the Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek. After the mountain breakfast, we start our hike to Mu Gumpa and visit there. Retracing the pathway, we will stay overnight at Nile.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3700m.|12136ft.

Today, we will hike to Rachen Gumpa and visit there, then continue walking to Chhokamparo stop for lunch, then after lunch, continue to walk to the Chumling. Stay overnight

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2470m.|8101ft.

After breakfast, we walked downhill the same way to Lokpa, crossed the suspension bridge over the Budigandaki River, arrived at the Nyakphedi, then stopped for lunch. After that, we hike to Deng, the viewpoint of the Siringi Himal. Stay overnight

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1860m.|6100ft.

Trek to some up and downhill to the suspension bridge on Budi Gandaki River, then uphill to Rana, and again uphill and downhill to Bihi Phedi. Then, we will continue walking through the landslide to the Ghap. We will stop for lunch at Ghap and start our walk straight to Ghapsya, and then we need to walk uphill through the forest to Namrung. Stay overnight 

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 2630m.|7048ft.

After breakfast, we need to check our permits at the police station, start the walk on the gradual path, and then go uphill to Lihi, where we can see Nadi Chuli, Naike Peak, and other mountain ranges. After that, we can walk some straight and uphill to Lho. Which is the first viewpoint of Mt. Manaslu, and stop for lunch there. After lunch, we will visit the Ridung Gompa and continue walking to Shyla. Stay overnight

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3500m.|11480ft.

When we wake up, we can see the sunrise on Mt. Manaslu and enjoy breakfast. Start to walk uphill beside the glacier to Pungen Gompa. We spend some time in Gompa and then back to Samagaon. In the afternoon, we will visit the Birendra Lake, then return to the hotel in Samagaon. Stay overnight

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3520m.|11549ft.

Today is the short and easy walk to Samdo. When we start trekking from Samagaon, we can see one of the longest mani walls in that area and gradually walk to the Samdo. Stay overnight

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3860m.|12660ft.

Today, we will hike to the Tibet border(Ruila pass) for an acclimatization hike, and back to the Samdo, stay in the same place. Stay overnight

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4998m.|16393ft.

Today, we can walk over the tree line from Samdo, heading to Larke Bazaar, which leads the path to Dharmashala. We will reach Dharmashala, also called Larke Phedi, passing through rugged terrains. Stay overnight

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4460m.|14628ft.

Today, we need to wake up at 3:00 am, have breakfast, and then start the walk over the Larke pass 5106 m. After the pass, we can see an incredible view of mountain peaks such as Himlung Himal (7126 m), Cheo Himal 6812 m, Larke Peak 6249 m, Annapurna II 7937 m, then downhill we can see Kal Tal then continue down to Bhimtang. Stay overnight

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5106m.|16751ft.

Today, we start to walk downhill, and then we cross the bridge of the Milky River (Dudh Khola), walk on the pine forest to the Yak Kharka, then continue down to the Surki Khola (karche) 2700 m, and stop for lunch. After having lunch, we will continue walking from Goa to Tilche. After walking for a while, we will cross the suspension bridge on the Milky River and then walk on the road to Thonche, from where we need to cross the bridge on the Marshyangdi River. We arrived at Dharapani. Stay overnight

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1960m.|6428ft.

Today, we can have an early breakfast, then take a jeep to kathmandu through Besisahar. We will arrive in kathmandu in the late afternoon.

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    What's Included

    • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
    • Fresh fruit seasonal available
    • Accommodations during the treks
    • English-speaking and first-aid trained Local trekking Guide
    • Guide insurance, meals, accommodations, equipment, transportation, etc.
    • All applicable ACAP, MCAP, and MANASLU and TSUM Valley Restricted permits
    • KTM to Machha Khola and Dharapani to KTM or Pokhara bus service
    • Sleeping bag if needed (It’s refundable)
    • Water purifications tablet
    • Souvenir: Nepal Nirvana Trails T-shirt each and Trekking map 
    • First aid kit with basic medication
    • Official expenses, all local and government tax and vat

    What's Excluded

    • International flight tickets and Nepal entry visa
    • Food and Hotel in Kathmandu (except farewell dinner)  
    • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency Rescues and evacuations
    • Personal expenses such as snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, bottled water, Wi-Fi, hot shower, battery charging, etc.
    • Private Jeep KTM - Machha Khola $230, Dharapani to KTM or PKR $290 (One Jeep could share between 6 people maximum) 
    • One porter between 2 trekkers is recommended, $350 for each porter (One porter can carry a maximum of 25 kg)
    • Tips for treks guide (it is appreciated at the end of treks)

     

    Add-Ons & Options

    The package provides an affordable way for budget-conscious trekkers to explore the Manaslu Region. However, there is also the option to enhance your experience with add-ons to the package.

    Porter Service

    You have the option to include a porter in addition to your guide. The porter carries a load of up to 20 - 25 kilograms. You can share the heavier belongings with the porter, allowing you to trek more comfortably and with the guidance of your trekking guide. 

    One Porter Costs: USD 350

    Private Transportation

    We offer sharing bus/jeep transportation between KTM - Machha Khola and Dharapani to KTM or PKR with the package.

    Alternatively, you can opt for private transportation for an additional fee, which covers the journey from KTM - Machha Khola and the return trip from Dharapani to KTM or PKR.

    Private Jeep from KTM - Machha Khola: $230
    Private Jeep from
     Dharapani to KTM or PKR: $290

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    Client Reviews

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      Sammy MUnited KingdomMarch 23, 2024

      Amazing Experience - Highly Recommend!

      The Tsum Valley and Manaslu circuit trek with Nepal Nirvana and my guide Redham was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Kp at Nepal Nirvana was extemely responsive and helpful when organising the trek, it was amazing! My guide Redham made this trip particularly special. He is such a kind, knowledgeable, and supportive man, and always went over and above to make sure everything was just right for me over all 18 days. He was great company the entire time and always knew how to cheer me up. I couldn't have asked for anything more from my guide and you will be lucky to have him!

      Dear Sammy, Namaste!
      Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with our Guide, Resham at the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. We are glad to hear about your experience of the trek and your satisfaction with the logistics handled by the company. Wish to see you again for more adventures and provide our services.
      Best Regards,
      Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
      WhatsApp: +977 9841380469

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      ChristosNetherlandsOctober 19, 2023

      Totally recommended!

      We did the Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek (18 days) with the guide Resham and I can definitely recommend both the agency and Resham!
      First of all, the agency and KP took all necessary steps to inform and prepare us about the trek and its peculiarities. Overall, organization and communication with the agency and KP was top notch! I felt like that everything was well taken care of.
      In addition, guide Resham was one of the best guides we could wish for. Truly knowledgeable about the route and other treks, good communication of English, safety-oriented, and most importantly a nice and fun person! I would definitely suggest Resham and KP to any friends wanting to do a trek in Nepal.

      Dear Christos, Namaste!
      Thank you for choosing us for the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek of 18 days and reviewing our service at TripAdvisor. We are glad your experience was wonderful with our guide, Resham. Thanks for the recommendations of the trek. We wish to see you again for more adventures and provide our services.
      Best Regards,
      Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
      WhatsApp: +977 9841380469

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