Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Max Elevation: 4460m
  • Duration: 21 Days
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Starting Price: $2100
  • Accommodation: $Tea-house

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the hidden and unexplored valleys in Manaslu region
  • Walk through Tibetan border on Nepali side
  • Witness the beauty and antiquity of old monasteries, chortens, and gompas
  • A breath-taking view of Mt. Manaslu, Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Ganesh Himal, and Larkye Peak

Trip Overview

Manaslu and Tsum valley Trek takes you to some astounding places in the remote Himalayan terrain of Nepal. Tsum valley, also referred to as the hidden valley is a major highlight of this trek. Tsum valley is a wonderful valley hidden amidst the Himalayas and enriched with the authentic Buddhism culture and tradition. The valley preserves some ancient monasteries and traditional cultures that dates back to centuries. Situated in the northern section of Manaslu close to the Nepal Tibet border, Tsum valley used to be a restricted area until it was opened for the fellow travelers in 2008. Though the valley lies within the Nepalese territory, the people, their culture, custom lifestyle and religion, everything resembles to that of the Tibetan territory. Tsum is amongst the less explored regions of Nepal that has gained a lot of attention these days. It’s virgin beauty, less explored paths, unique landscapes and the outstanding views of mountains has made this place one of the most demanded trekking routes in Nepal.

Manaslu and Tsum valley Trek – a journey to a hidden valley!

Manaslu and Tsum valley Trek takes you through some of the virgin and less explored places in Nepal. Being a recently opened trail, the route is able to maintain its natural and cultural glory intact. As you traverse deep into the valley, one can observe the dominance of Tibetan Buddhism religion. The prayer flags, mani walls, chortens and gompas, it’s an insightful experience. More relishing is the majestic beauty of Ganesh Himal, Singri Himal, Boudha Himal and the surrounding peaks. Imagine yourself walking through an area full of mountains, high passes, deep gorges, traditional villages, hamlets and gompas! It’s possible only with Manaslu and Tsum valley Trek in Nepal.

How is the trail to the magnificent valley of Tsum?

It’s an off beaten trail that we traverse through. Do not expect luxurious guesthouses because the route is the recently discovered trail. The accommodation is basic and the environment is lush, pristine and virgin. In the initial days of the journey, we traverse into the Budi Gandaki valley and pass the lush forests, traditional villages, hills and terraced farmlands. As we go deep, we diverse from the main route of Manaslu towards Tsum valley. No sooner, we begin to feel the uniqueness and remoteness of the hidden valley. We pass the alpine forests and glacial rivers to get into the valley. The people in here are very traditional and it’s a superb experience to enjoy their hospitality amidst the glories of beautiful Himalayas. In the valley, you can explore some ancient Buddhist gompas that includes Milarepa’s cave, Mu Gompa, Rachen gompa and many other ancient heritages.

So, are you interested in this journey to Tsum valley? Remember Himalayas Hiking for Manaslu and Tsum valley Trek.

Detail ItineraryExpand all

Welcome to the capital city of Nepal! Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is a center of art and culture. It preserves some fantastic forms of cultural, historical and religious heritages in Nepal. A representative from our company will pick you up and the airport and escort you to a pre booked hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu

In the morning, you will be transferred to the bus station in Kathmandu to catch a bus to Arughat. It takes us around six to seven hours to reach Arughat via a bus. We drive pass a stunning landscape full of hills, rivers and countryside terrain to reach there. From Arughat, we take a jeep and drive for around two more hours to reach Soti Khola. Upon arrival, we stay at a teahouse in Soti Khola for the night.

After breakfast, we get set for our actual trekking journey that is starting today. We start walking along the lush and pristine terrain to Maccha Khola at an elevation of 869 meters above sea level. It takes us around six hours to reach Maccha khola. We walk pass the farmlands and few settlement areas on the way to a bigger village that lies near the river – Maccha khola. We stop at the village near Maccha Khola for the night.

After breakfast, we continue with our trekking journey. Our trail undulates up and down with some challenges today. Leaving the village near Maccha khola, we cross Tharo Khola and continue walking towards Khorlabesi. Khorlabesi is a beautiful Gurung village in the region. From here, we climb up steep to Tatopani. Here, you can enjoy hot water bath in the natural hot springs which acts as an ailment. Further, we climb up a ridge and cross Budi Gandaki river to reach Doban. We again cross a suspension bridge and climb up the stairs to reach Thado Bharyang. From here, we make our final ascent up to Jagat village. It’s a wonderful village as well as an entry point of Manaslu conservation Area. Overnight at a teahouse in Jagat

Today, we enter into the Manaslu Conservation Area. The guide will register your permits in the checkpoint and you will be able to enter into the area. Diverging from the main track of Manaslu, we enter into the restricted section of Tsum valley. After entering into the conservation area, we walk along a river bank for a while and undulate up and down via the settlement of Shridibas to Philim. We explore the village and walk pass Ekle Bhatti. From here, we walk towards the Tsum valley and hike up to Lokpa. Overnight at a teahouse in Lokpa

Leaving Lokpa, we head towards Chhumling today. It’s only around five hours hike but the walk can be quite challenging. There are no any lodges or shops in between hence make sure to carry some snacks or energy bars if you think it’s essential for you. The trail traverses up and down through the pristine tropical forests to a suspension bridge. From here, the trail goes through Ripchet and then to Chhumling. After entering Chhumling, we walk towards the upper section of Chhumling. Here, we can visit and monastery and get some stunning views of Ganesh Himal. Overnight at a teahouse in Chhumling

After breakfast in Chhumling, we cross a suspension bridge and get into the opposite bank of the river. As we walk pass the trail, we will be rewarded with some amazing views of Gaensh Himal. We pass Rainjam to Serpu khola. We cross a bridge over the river to reach Gho village. In the village, we can see some teahouses where we can rest an enjoy a cup of tea. Leaving Gho village, we climb up steep for another two hours to a traditional village of Chekampar in Tsum valley. On a clear day, we can get some amazing views of Hiunchuli and Ganesh Himal from the village. Overnight at a teahouse in Chekampar of Tsum valley.

It’s an easy day walk from Chhekampar to Nile. We walk for around five to six hours today but we explore many interesting components. As we climb up Chhekampar, we may have altitude issues hence be careful with the symptoms. Leaving Chhekampar, we hike up through Phurbe and Pangdun to Nile. We leave an ancient stupa od Buddha on the way to Chhule. We climb upstream and cross the village to reach Nile in Tsum valley. Today, we even visit the famous Milarepa cave which is the ancient cave where Milarepa had meditated century back. Overnight at a teahouse in Nile of Tsum valley

After an energizing breakfast in the guesthouse, we get ready for a hike to Mu Gompa. Mu Gompa is an ancient gompa in the valley that lies very close to the Tibetan border. We walk along the western flank of the valley and climb up enjoying the Tibetan landscapes to Mu gompa. We visit the monastery and follow a trail that leads us to Dhephu Doma Gompa. From the gompa, we descend down for lunch. After lunch, we walk back to Chekampar. On the way, we visit Rachen gompa which is a Buddhist nunnery in that region. Overnight at a teahouse in Chekampar of Tsum valley.

From Chekampar, we retrace our steps back via same path that we had taken earlier. We walk along the same tropical forests and the path that undulates up and down to Lokpa. Overnight at a teahouse in Lokpa.

Leaving Lokpa, the trail descends down to Gumpul and reconnects with the main trail of Manaslu section. We climb up to reach to the top of a stunning gorge. We cross the gorge and enter into tha area full of alpine forests. We walk pass the forests of pine and rhododendron to a junction at new bridge. From here, we follow a trail that takes us to Ghap. We follow Budi gandaki river and enter into a narrow gorge that goes up and down with river crossings. After crossing a suspension bridge, we enter into a trail full of bamboo forests. Then we hike up to a village of Deng and continue ascending up towards Ghap. Overnight at a teahouse in Ghap

Our day starts with an easy walk that goes up through the forests of bamboo and rhododendron along the Budi gandaki rver. On the way, we come across a hydroelectric plant that will lead us to Namrung. From here, we continue ascending up through the streams and glaciers to Sho. At Sho, we spend few hours for lunch and continue ascending up until we open up to the village of Lho. When at Lho, we are already at an elevation of 3180 meters. At here, we can enjoy some incredible views of Mt. Manslu. We can also visit some gompas on the way. Overnight at a teahouse in Lho

Today is a short day walk via Shyo to Sama Gaon. we leave Lho and follow a trail that goes through the forests of blue pine, juniper and rhododendron. We walk through a wide and flat land with a distant view of Sama gaon on sight. we walk for around four to five hours to reach Sama gaon. Sama gaon is a beautiful traditional village on the Manaslu circuit trail. It preserves some old monasteries and monuments with ancient tradition of local people. Overnight at a teahouse in Sama Gaon.

Today, we spend our day in Sama gaon. As we have already gained much height and are rising upwards in coming days, acclimatization is a must for us hence we spend our time exploring some wonderful locations around Sama gaon. There are many options for exploration today. We can hike up to Pungyen gompa, Manaslu base camp and spend our time around the Birendra lake. In the evening, we return back to our guesthouse in Sama Gaon. Overnight at a teahouse in Sama Gaon.

From Sama Gaon, we descend down to Budi Gandaki river and turn towards north. We follow the trail and cross a bridge over the stream. We further walk up to the Manaslu Base Camp and follow path that passes through several mani walls. As we pass the mani walls, the valley begins to widen. We walk along an easy path above the river and pass the forests of birch and juniper to Kermo Kharka. From here we drop down and cross Budi Gandaki river to climb up steep to reach Samdo. Overnight at a teahouse in Samdo

Today, we continue walking down to the edge. We cross a bridge over Budi Gandaki river and start climbing upwards. We cross two streams on the way to the valley of Salka Khola. On the way, we can witness some striking views of Larkya glacier. From Salka Khola, we climb up to a guesthouse made up of stone. It is not a lodge but a sheltering site called Dharmashala. The place is also popular as Larkya Phedi. It’s the highest sleeping point of our entire trekking journey. Let your body relax to accommodate with the rising elevation. We sleep early to gather strength for tomorrow. Overnight at a teahouse in Larkhya Phedi

A short climb up from Larkya Phedi and we reach a valley on the northern side of Larkya glaciers. From this point, we can enjoy some astounding views of Cho Danda and Larkya peak. We walk ahead and cross the moraines of the glacier. We ascend up gradually until we arrive at the last and steep section of the pass. finally, we reach Larkya La pass. From the pass, we can relish some spectacular views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kusum Kanguru and a huge portion of Annapurna II. As we cross the pass, we descend down to the pastures in Bimthang. Overnight at a teahouse in Bimthang.

From Bimthang, we descend down and cross a vast pasture at Sangure Kharka. We follow a trail that leads us to a bridge over Dudh khola. We cross the bridge and walk along the forested area towards a narrow valley. We then walk pass the cultivated farmlands of Karche to climb up a ridge. From the ridge, we descend down to the village of Gho. Overnight at a teahouse in the village of Gho

Leaving Gho, we cross a long suspension bridge over a river to come out of Gho. We follow an easy trail that goes up steep towards a small ridge. We walk easily along a stone paved path and pass a beautiful village. We cross a bridge over Dudh khola and climb up to pass mani walls and chortens to Thonje village. From the village, we pass the police checkpoint and join the trail of Annapurna circuit at Dharapani. From Dharapani, we further descend down to Chyamje. Overnight at a teahouse in Chyamje.

Today, we end our walking journey and take a local jeep that will drive us back to Besisahar. From Besisahar, we take a micro bus that will drive us back to Kathmandu. It’s around eight hours’ day drive today. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu

Finally, it’s time for departure. You will be transferred to the airport few hours before your scheduled flight.

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin sharing basis including breakfast.
  • Government license holder experienced, trekking guide (trained in Wilderness First Aid& altitude sickness) and porters (1 porter for between 2 trekkers basis) with their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing, and medicine.
  • Trekking Map
  • Twin sharing Tea house/Lodges Accommodation during the trekking
  • Daily Meals are chosen from the Menu (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Trekking Permit.
  • TIMS Trekking Permit (Trekking Information Management System) Card for the Manaslu With Tsum Valley Trek.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Ground transportation during the trek.
  • Welcome/Fare well Nepali Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and all Government Taxes.
  • Local Mobile Phone SIM Card.

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare/Airport tax.
  • Alcoholic, hot shower.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  • Personal trekking gears.
  • Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in Price Includes section.

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