Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit - 24 Days

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Know before you go
  • Duration 24 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

  • Interactions with the local people and their culture
  • Get the chance to see animals such as Thar, Himalayan Monal, and Snow Leopard.
  • Exploring a multi-layered path that offers everything a trekker may want in terms of scenery and culture.
  • Magnificent mountain panoramas, many waterfalls, and flowing Budhi Gandaki river
  • With its numerous monastery, churches, chortens, and other monuments along the trail
  • Crossing Larkya La Pass, the trek's most difficult and highest point (5,106m)

Tsum Valley, located northeast of Manaslu, is one of the newly prominent trekking areas. The Tsum Valley takes trekkers on a natural as well as a cultural trip to the valley of Tsum in the western region, Gorkha. This trek is an extended version of the Manaslu Circuit Trek, which can be taken as a combination of both treks as the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. 

Our Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with a captivating drive through the greenery hills and the bank of the rivers to Machha Khola, around eight hours from Kathmandu. We continue the trek passing through rhododendron and pine forests that leads to Lokpa via Jagat. The trails cover the forests, terraced fields, and flowing Budhi Gandaki river. Then, we will leave the Manaslu trail and enter the Tsum, the hidden valley. Tsum valley is rich in Tibetan culture and tradition, which is the reward for the extended Manaslu trek. The path retains several prayer flags and mani walls. The towering snow peaks, monasteries,  lifestyle of Tibetan cultural type, numerous waterfalls, and abundant flora and fauna are the major attraction of this trek. In this trek, we will visit the Mu Gompa monastery and Gumba Lungdang, and Ganesh Himal Base Camp. We walk through the Larke La Pass, Sama, Samdo, and a side trip to Rui La pass near the Tibet border and then conclude our trek by arriving at Dharapani. From Dharapani, we will either return to Kathmandu or drive to Pokhara. 

Best Time for Tsum Valley Trek:

Generally, the deal months for Tsum Valley Trek with Manaslu Circuit are Mid- September, October, November, and Mid- December, and after March, April and May. 

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

Itinerary

Day to Day Details

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We will welcome you to the airport and transfer you to your hostel or hotel. Then, in the evening, we will discuss the trekking program and take your original passport and two copies of photos for the permits.

  • 1400m.|4592ft.

The trekking equipment should be proper for the trek, and if you do not have the essential equipment, we suggest you rent or buy it in the trekking shops in Thamel. The rest of the day is free to explore Kathmandu City.

  • 1400m.|4592ft.

We begin our trek today, driving from Kathmandu to Machhakhola. The drive is long in which you can view the green hills, the curvy roads of Nepal, and the fast-flowing rivers.

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

egin our trek by crossing a river and ascending Khorla Besi from Machha Khola. We will move forward, passing through attractive waterfalls and then crossing the suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki river and Yaru Khola. After crossing the suspension bridge, we will walk on a Cantilever trail that leads to Jagat.

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

We move toward our destination for the day, Lokpa capturing the views of Mt. Sringi, crossing the suspension bridges, and walking through the forest areas. From Ekle Bhatti, taking the trail towards the right that leads to the Tsum Valley.

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

With the first glance of Tsum Valley, we begin our trek toward Chumling.

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

There are a lot of suspension bridges in this Manaslu circuit route. We cross the suspension bridge and move along the trail passing through Gompa, Rainjam village, and Gho to reach Chhokangparo.

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

Today there is a significant elevation gain as well as a trail ascent. After breakfast, we walk on the trail, passing Shiar Khola, Lar, Phurbe, Pangdun villages, and several Buddhist monasteries until we reach the Nile via the final bridge.

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

Today we will hike up to Mu Gompa, nearest to the Tibetan Border and the biggest monastery in the area, covered by the rows of chortens. We stay overnight at Mu Gompa.

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

We will trek back to Chhokangparo, taking a slightly alternative route than we went before. We will visit Rachen Gompa on our way to Chhokangparo. Overnight stay at Chhokangparo.

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

Our day starts with a descent to Domje village, followed by a steep hike through dense pine and rhododendron forests to Gompa Lungdang.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3400m.|11152ft.

The climb to the base camp rewards us with the spectacular views of the alpine landscape and the magnificent Ganesh Himal. We return down the trail to Gompa Lungdang after relishing the panorama.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 4900m.|16076ft.

We trek down to Chumling, relishing the beauty of pine and rhododendron forest.

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

We begin our hike through lokpa, crossing the suspension bridge of the Budhi Gandaki River and ascending to Nyak Phedi, then continue the trail leading to Deng.

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

After breakfast, you will hike through dense forests and villages to Ghap. The spectacular views of Shringi Himal are seen from here. You will then cross the Budhi Gandaki again, and Namrung is reached after a final steep ascent for the night's stay.

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

We will gradually ascend and hike through dense forests today. We will arrive in Lho village, which will greet us with spectacular views of Mt. Manaslu. Following the trail, we will arrive at Shyala village. From here, we will have a stunning view of Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli, and Mt. Manaslu. From Shyala, we will gradually ascend through yak pasturelands to Sama Gaun.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 3520m.|11545ft.

We will stay at Samagaon to allow the body to acclimate. The day is spent exploring Pungen Gompa or taking a short hike to Mt. Manaslu Base Camp or Birendra Lake.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We begin our walk by ascending and descending through the trails gradually alongside the Budhi Gandaki river. We'll see a lot of Mani walls and juniper forests. We will then arrive in Kani and then in Samdo.

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

Today we will spend our day hiking to the Rui La Pass(4998m.|16393ft.), Tibetan Border. After enjoying the Himalayas and Fukang Glacier, we will return to Samdo.

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

Our trek to the Dharmsala takes us to the edge of Larke La, crossing wooden bridges. While descending to Dharmasala, we will have the opportunity to see the enchanting Larkya Glacier.

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

On our way to Larke La, we catch a glimpse of the prayer flags. We arrive at Larke La after 3 -4 hours of walking. You can get a great view of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak from the top. We continue our journey by crossing glacier moraines and gradually descending to Bhimtang from here.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5160m.|16924ft.

We will leave Bhimthang and travel through pasture land. Walking across bridges and through the rhododendron forest to the terraced field, we will arrive in Tilije village. From Tilije, we head toward Dharapani, the ultimate point to start Annapurna Circuit.

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

Today, after breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu or Pokhara. We will travel along the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers, passing through hills and villages. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner with the guide and NNT team.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Farewell Dinner
  • 1400m.|4592ft.

We will drop you at the airport for the international flight.

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    Route Map

    Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit - 24 Days map

    What's Included

    • Airport transfer during arrival and departure complimentary
    • Standard meals on the treks (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) and a cup of tea or coffee 
    • Fresh fruit each day seasonal available
    • Available accommodations during the treks 
    • English-speaking Licensed trekking guide and his salary, food, equipment, and insurance included
    • All applicable ACAP, MCAP, TIMS, and MANASLU and TSUM Valley Restricted permits
    • KTM to Machha Khola and Dharapani to KTM or Pokhara bus service
    • Sleeping bag down jacket if needed (It’s refundable)
    • Nepal Nirvana Trails T-shirt, Trekking map, and Water purifications drop Complimentary
    • First aid kit with Oximeter and other basic medications
    • Farewell Dinner in a fine Restaurant 
    • Official expenses
    • All local and government tax and vat.

    What's Excluded

    • International flight tickets  and Nepal entry visa
    • Hotel and Food in Kathmandu 
    • Travel and health Insurance which cover emergency Rescues and evacuations
    • During trekking time personal expenses, snacks, alcoholic beverages, coke, juice, water, WI-FI, etc.
    • Porter (OPTIONAL)If you need $22 per day for one porter between 2 trekkers is recommended
    • Private jeep ( OPTIONAL) KTM - Machha Khola $230, Dharapani to KTM or PKR $290 (It costs extra per Jeep, One JEEP could share between 6 people maximum)
    • Tips for treks guide, porter (it is expected)

    Upcoming Departures

        
    Start DateSundayMarch 05, 2023End DateTuesdayMarch 28, 2023PriceAvailableUS $1790
    Start DateMondayMarch 13, 2023End DateWednesdayApril 05, 2023PriceAvailableUS $1790
    Start DateSaturdayMarch 18, 2023End DateMondayApril 10, 2023PriceAvailableUS $1790
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    Start DateThursdayMarch 30, 2023End DateSaturdayApril 22, 2023PriceAvailableUS $1790

    Useful Info

    • Respect locals' privacy by requesting permission before photographing them or their children.
    • Respect and appreciate the local culture and customs.
    • When being passed by animals,every time remain on the uphill side of the pathway for your safety.
    • Always move together with the guide.
    • We do not recommend smoking or drinking alcohol at elevations higher than 3000 meters.
    • Always drink at least three to four liters of water per day.
    • Maintain an awareness of altitude sickness symptoms and be honest with yourself and your guide about any signs.
    • A minimum of two trekkers is required 

    Client Reviews

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    • M
      MayaIsraelAugust 16, 2022

      Tsum valley and manaslu trek

      Manaslu and tsum valley trek with nepal nirvana trails was an amazing experience. Everything was very organized and thought throught. KP took care of everything in an amazing and personal way, considering every one of the company needs.
      Thanks you very much my friend hope to see you and your family again soon.

      Dear Friend, Namaste!
      Thank you for taking your valuable time to write review and recommendations. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your trek. Wish to see you again for adventures.
      Best Regards,
      Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.

    • J
      JulianGermanyJune 26, 2022

      Awesome and safe trekking at a reasonable price

      When a friend approached me to go do Manaslu & Chum Valley with him and a few other guys, I made a snap decision and decided to join. The only issue: We were starting in two days. That was not a problem for KP from Nirvana Trails though. We met at his office and managed to organise all the document, book an extra seat on the bus and lent me a sleeping bag - all easily on time. Our group met half way to the starting point of the trek coming from Kathmandu and Pokhara. KP came with the Kathmandu crew, while our guide Resham picked up the others from Pokhara. The trek itself was fantastic! Resham looked after all of us and allowed us to change the schedule according to our hiking style in the beginning; but took over once we reached 4000m to make sure we all acclimatized well. We saw everything from sand and rivers, forests and fields, hills, valleys, snow and mountains. It was 30 degrees in the beginning and got below zero on the higher ends. And we saw Manaslu, a ton of 7000ers, monastries and villages. And we even climbed to the border to Tibet and a high plateau. At the end of the trek the guys left back for Kathmandu (Jeep and Bus were organised) while I decided to continue onto the Annapurna Circuit by myself. KP was so nice to allow me to keep the sleeping bag for this trek as well and just bring it to his Kathmandu office when I am back. Brilliant service, super nice people, and (maybe most importantly) incredibly cheap. All the people we met on the way paid a lot more for the same experience, while KP managed to keep the price low for us without any drop in comfort.
      If you are in Nepal and looking to do a trek: Give Nirvana Trails a shot! I can't wait to be back in Nepal and try a 6000er peak. And I know who I am going to have it organise for me!

      Dear Julian, Namaste!
      We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. We look forward to see you again for more adventures.
      Best Regards,
      Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.

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