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 the hotel. Then, in the evening, we will discuss the trekking program and take your original passport and two copies of photos for the permits.

  • Hotel
  • 1400m.|4592ft.

We will receive your passport and proceed with the special permit for Manaslu and Tsum Valley. 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.

  • Hotel
  • 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.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • 1400m.|4592ft.

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

If you want to trek to another destination, we are happy to lead you.

  • Breakfast

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Route Map

Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit - 24 Days map

What's Included

  • Complimentary Airport transfer during arrival and departure
  • 3-nights hotel in Kathmandu
  • 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, 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 
  • First aid kit with Oximeter and other basic medications
  • Souvenir: Nepal Nirvana Trails T-shirt and Trekking map
  • Official expenses
  • All local and government tax and VAT.

What's Excluded

  • International flight tickets  and Nepal entry visa
  • Food in Kathmandu 
  • Travel and health Insurance which covers emergency Rescues and evacuations
  • During trekking time personal expenses, snacks, alcoholic beverages, coke, juice, bottled and hot water, WI-FI, battery charging, hot shower, etc.
  • One porter between 2 trekkers is recommended: $430 
  • Private jeep KTM - Machha Khola $200, Dharapani to KTM or PKR $250 (It costs extra per Jeep, One JEEP could share between 6 people maximum)
  • Tips for treks guide, porter (it is appreciated)
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 430

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: $200
Private Jeep from
 Dharapani to KTM or PKR: $250

Upcoming Departures

    
Start DateThursdayJune 27, 2024End DateSaturdayJuly 20, 2024PriceAvailableUS $1059

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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    Joe FrankhamUnited KingdomJanuary 27, 2023

    Amazing experience in the mountains with Nepal Nirvana Trails!😁

    This was my third trek in Nepal and what a trek it was! You first enter Tsum Valley where you get fully immersed in Tibetan culture and get a chance to see what life has been like for the locals for many decades, right up to the present day.
    Then, after leaving Tsum Valley you make your way around mt Manaslu, being greeted with stunning views of the mountain itself and many other surrounding peaks. Here you get to experience Nepali culture, which is a nice contrast to the Tibetan way of life in Tsum Valley.
    My favourite days of the trek were heading up to the Tibetan border, crossing Larke la pass and the absolute must not miss day of the trek, the acclimatisation day hike to Pung gyen gompa, a Buddhist monastery sat at 4300M altitude at the base of Manaslu. Not only do you get to explore the magical monastery, but you are almost completely surrounded in a 360 angle by snow-capped peaks, ranging between 7000 - 8000M. Absolutely stunning!
    Nepal Nirvana were fantastic to deal with from start to finish. From the first meeting in the office to plan the trip, to the flawless execution of the trek, everything went as smooth as possible. Also me and my friend were more than happy with the price 👌
    Our guide, Resham, was a lovely man with a lot of knowledge about the mountains and the surrounding areas. Having done the trek many times before he was always on point when it came to how far we should walk in a day, always found us the best guest houses, and was open to suggestion when we maybe wanted to walk a little bit more or less on a particular day.
    I would fully recommend Nepal Nirvana to anybody looking to trek in Nepal, they really made my experience in the mountains the best it could have possibly been 😁

    Dear Joe, Namaste!
    Thank you for sharing the review of your experience of the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek with the Nirvana Trails team! We are always pleased to guide you with better services. Thank you for the recommendations. We are glad that your experience was wonderful with our guide, Resham. Good luck with your future endeavors, and see you again for more adventures.
    Best Regards,
    Kp Dhital and Nepal Nirvana Trails Team.
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    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.

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