Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek
Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek explore the lesser-visited hidden valleys of Manaslu. This trek also stops at many Buddhist monasteries, Gompas, and stupas in the region.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Medium Group
Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek take you up-close to Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eighth highest mountain in the world. This trek combines the adventure of off-beaten trekking along with the exploration of the Tsum Valley.
The entire trek is full of mountains, deep gorges, passes, gompas, and other Buddhist sites. The trek also offers awesome views of Ganesh, Shringi, and Manaslu Himal ranges.
March-May and September-December are the best months for this trek. The trails in this trek are quite challenging and demand physical fitness. So, it is vital for trekkers to be in good physical shape for the trek.
We, at Eternal Himalaya, will facilitate all the transportation, accommodation, and permit procedures. In addition, we also provide you with best guides and porters for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek.
- Airport picks up and drop by private vehicle.
- 3 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast basis.
- Kathmandu sightseeing by private guide and private transportation
- All ground transportation by private vehicle.
- Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking.
- All necessary paper works, conservation area, and restricted area entry permits.
- All accommodations in hotels, lodges/tea houses during the trek.
- An experienced Government licensed guide and porters.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Farewell dinner with typical Nepali restaurant
- All government taxes.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m), transfer to Hotel.
You will arrive in Kathmandu and our correspondent will greet you at the airport. You will be escorted to your hotel. You can spend the day resting or exploring the city. Meanwhile, you can also prepare for the trek.
Restricted Area Permit procedure & Kathmandu Sightseeing
We take a day off in Kathmandu to prepare for the trek and visit the UNESCO world heritage sites spread around the valley. First, we obtain all the necessary permits for the trek and make adequate preparations before the trek begins. Next, we make our way to some of the most prestigious locations in the city including the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage destinations. Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square are the main stops on the tour on this day.
Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola |730m via Arughat Bazar |570m by private vehicle
We make our way out of Kathmandu heading towards Soti Khola. Exiting the valley, the journey finds the Prithvi Highway following the Trishuli River towards the west. Just before reaching Malekhu the, the journey turns towards the north following the Thopal Khola to reach Arughat Sadak which then takes us all the way to Arughat Bazar followed by Soti Khola.
Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola |930m
We begin our journey making our way out of Soti Khola and onto Machha Khola. The journey is a pleasant one and follows the Budhi Gandaki Khola for its entirety. Through the lush green forests filled with Sal and pine trees, we ascend the Budhi Gandaki valley. Hugging the cliff sides, the trail climbs to the Gurung hamlet of Lapubesi. From here, we head over to Nauli Khola Falls and finally to Machha Khola.
Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat |1300m
Exiting Machha Khola, we once again follow the river further north towards Khorlabesi. Past this quaint village, the trail reaches Tatopani which is an ideal spot for rest because of its hot springs. Taking a dip in the soothing hot springs, we make our way over to Dobhan. Next, we trek towards Yaruphant and then onto Jagat.
Trek from Jagat to Lokpa |2240m
Making our way out of Jagat, the hilly trail clings to the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River to Salleri. Enjoying the beautiful views of the Shringi Himal (7,181m), we make our way down Sirdibas. Following the river through its left bank, we head past the suspension bridge climbing to Ekle Bhatti. Then, we cross the Ghum Pul and reach Lokpa for the night.
Trek from Lokpa to Chhokang Paro | 3031m
One of the easier days of the trek we head out of Lokpa to ascend to Chumling. Through the ancient monasteries, we head past traditional villages crossing the suspension bridge to reach terraced farmlands. Heading further east, we trek to Rainjam crossing Rupchet en route. Crossing the Sarpu Khola, the trail climbs through the Tsum Valley reaching Chhokang Paro.
Trek from Chhokang Paro to Mu Gompa | 3700m
Exiting Chhokang Paro, the trail heads past the terraced farmlands towards Lamagaon. Then, the trail crosses the Siyar Khola to reach Pangdun crossing Phurte en route. Past Chhule, the trail climbs towards the Nile located on the other side of a suspension bridge. The final stretch of the trek takes us through the high Tibetan landscapes to reach the Mu Gompa.
Trek from Mu Gompa to Chhokang Paro | 3031m
One of the most stunning places to visit in the Tsum Valley, Mu Gompa offers stunning Himalayan views alongside its religious importance. Surrounded by Ngula Dhojyang Pass to the east and Thapla Bhanjyang (5,014m) to the west, this centuries-old monastery is inhabited by over a hundred monks. Taking time to explore the stunning Mu Gompa while also enjoying the mesmerizing natural views, we retrace our steps back to Chhokang Paro.
Trek from Chhokang Paro to Gumba Lungdang | 3200m
Making our way out of Chhokang Paro, we continue our journey through the arid Himalayan landscapes towards Gho. Dropping down to the wooden bridge above the Siyar Khola, we cross over to Dumje. Further up the Tsum valley, the hilly trail climbs through the forests filled with rhododendron trees. We finally head past a series of Mani walls to reach Gumba Lungdang.
Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp | 4800m
One of the longer days of the trek today we make our way towards the base camp of the majestic Ganesh Himal (7,429m). The trail often confusing at places takes us through the banks of Langdang Khola ascending onto the lateral moraine of Torogumba Glacier. Climbing past several seasonal yak huts, we reach the base camp located at an altitude of 4,800m. Enjoying the majestic views of the Ganesh Himalayan Range alongside the Tibetan Ranges, we begin our descent back to Gumba Lungdang.
Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa | 2240m
Retracing our steps through the lush green valley, we drop back towards Lokpa. Past the monastery at Lungdang, the trail drops through the southern banks of Siyar Khola heading past Domje to reach Rupchet. Taking a brief rest at Rupchet, we descend through the terraced farmlands to reach Gumlung. The final stretch of the trek takes us on an ascending route to Lokpat.
Trek from Lokpa to Deng | 1860m
Making our way out of Lokpa, we descend through the hilly trail to meet the one descending from Philim. Crossing the Budhi Gandaki River, we exit the Tsum Valley to reach Sirdibas leading onto the traditional hamlet of Nyak. The final stretch of the trek takes us through the dense bamboo forests towards Deng.
Trek from Deng to Namrung | 2540m
Making our way out of Deng, we climb past the hamlets of Rana and Bihi before crossing the Serang Khola over a suspension bridge. Climbing steeply over to Ghap, we once again find the pine, fir, and rhododendron forests. We continue along this trail to reach Namrung which houses picturesque views and a tranquil environment.
Trek from Namrung to Sama Gaon |3390m
Past Namrung the trail climbs through Mani walls to reach Banjam before ascending through the lush green forests to Lihi. Past Sho, the trail ascends through the Himalayan landscapes reaching Lho which boasts stunning Manaslu (8,163m) and Manaslu North (7,157m). Guided by the majestic Himalayas on the horizon, the journey continues past Shyala to reach Sama Gaon.
Hike to Manaslu Base Camp |4400m
Making our way out of Sama Gaon, the trail ascends through the Birendra Lake. The trail, for its majority, heads alongside the Budhi Gandaki River ascending through the rocky Himalayan landscapes and glacial moraines. Reaching the base camp at an altitude of 4,400m, we take some time off to enjoy the majestic views of Mansiri and Manaslu Himalayan Ranges including the majestic Mt. Manaslu (8,163m) itself. Descending back, we return to Sama Gaon for the night.
Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo |3690m
One of the shorter days of the trek, today, we make our way over to Samdo ascending through the Himalayan landscapes. Exiting Sama Gaon, we head past the Birendra Lake and cross the Honang River to pass through yak pastures and Mani walls. Crossing the Budhi Gandaki River, we ascend through the rocky trails to reach Samdo.
Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala |4460m
Enjoying the picturesque views of the Himalayas, we begin our journey heading to Dharmasala. Making our way out of Samdo, the trail once again finds the now reduced Budhi Gandaki River. Heading through ravines, we reach the abandoned houses which once formed the larger portion of the Larkya Bazaar. The final stretch of the trek takes us on an ascending run before reaching the seasonal settlement of Dharmasala.
Trek from Dharamsala to Bimthang |3590m via Larkya La Pass |5160m
One of the longest and perhaps the most challenging days of the trek, today, we cross the majestic Larkya La Pass (5160m). The Himalayan pass gives little comfort through its steeply ascending arduous trails but does offer mesmerizing Himalayan views including Annapurna II (7,937m), Himlung (7,126m), and Kang Guru (6,981m). Ascending through the lateral moraines of the Larkya Glacier, we reach the summit of the Larkya La Pass all while enjoying the frozen glacial lakes en route. Taking some time off to enjoy the Himalayan panorama, we descend through the snowy trails to reach Bimthang.
Trek from Bimthang to Tilije |2300m
Crossing the Bimthang Glacier we make our way through a series of Mani walls to reach the lush green forests. Descending through the banks of the Dudh Khola, we head past the hamlet of Hampuk to reach Kharche for a brief stop. Dropping to the Gurung village of Goa, we follow the northern banks of the Dudh Khola to reaching Tilije.
Trek from Tilije to Tal |1680m
Making our way out of Tilije, the trail steeply descends alongside the Dudh Khola to enter the Marsayangdi Valley. Heading past Thonje, the trail climbs up to meet the main Annapurna Circuit trail heading past the Marsayangdi River atop a suspension bridge to reach Dharapani. After taking a brief stop, we head past the Kabre following the lush green forests alongside the river to reach Tal.
Trek from Tal to Syange |1150m
The final day of our trek and we begin our journey making our way towards Syange for the night. The journey is a pleasant one following the Marsayangdi River for its entirety. Following the lush green hamlets, the trail descends through Jagat to reach Syange which brings our adventure to a close.
Drive from Syange to Kathmandu by private vehicle| Farewell Dinner
The final day of the journey and we make our way back to the capital city. Exiting Syange, the journey follows the graveled pathways to reach Besisahar. Finding the Prithvi Highway, we once again follow the Trishuli River while enjoying the picturesque hilly landscapes all the way to Kathmandu. Back at the city we, make our way directly to the hotel where a lovely farewell dinner awaits us.
Departure from Kathmandu
Our representatives will drop you back to Tribhuvan International Airport just in time for your flight back home. We hope you had a lovely time with us and we look forward to seeing you again.
Highlights of the Trek
Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek explore the lesser-visited hidden valleys of Manaslu. This trek also stops at many Buddhist monasteries, Gompas, and stupas in the region. One can enjoy the views of mountains like Mount Manaslu (8163m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Shringi (7161m), Larkya (6249m), and Ganesh Himal (7422m). Similarly, the culture and lifestyle of the Tsum and Nubri communities is also an attraction on the trek.
Itinerary of the Trek
The trip starts from Kathmandu with a drive to Soti Khola via Arughat Bazaar. Next, your trek starts from Soti Khola to Machha Khola through the narrow trails. Then, passing Budi Gandaki valley, you head to Lokpa via Jagat. Passing Chumling village, you reach Chhokang Paro and trek to Mu Gompa. Further, you retrace your way back to Chhokang Paro and head to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Then, you return to Lokpa and trek to Namrung passing Deng village. Trekking through Sama Gaon, you head to the Manaslu Base Camp. Ascending on a snowy path you trek to the top of the Larkya La Pass (5160m). Furthermore, you head to Syange passing Tilije, Tal, and Bimthang. Finally, you head back to Kathmandu.
- Journey to the hidden valley of Tsum
- An authentic experience through the arid Himalayan landscapes
- Experience the unique culture and vibrant way of life of the Tsumba community
- Trek along the foothills of the Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), the eight tallest mountain of the world
- Cross the Larkya La Pass (5160m), and visit the Ganesh Himal and Manaslu base camps
- Observe the Himalayas in the Manaslu, Larkya, Himlung, and Shringi ranges
Geography : Hills/Forests/Mountains
Location : Gorkha
Level of Difficulty : Challenging
Duration of Trek : 24 days
Max Altitude : 5,160 meters
Religions : Buddhist and Tibetan-Buddhist
Ethnic People : Tsumba, Nubri
Accommodation : Guest House/Camping/Teahouse
Transportation : Tourist bus/Private Vehicle
Minimum Pax : 2
Minimum Pax: 2
Almost all prices displayed are calculated amount with lowest possible margin for operator. Though we always try to customize trip a bit with travelers request. Lets talk.