Trip Facts

  • Duration:24 Days
  • Trip Grade: Difficult
  • Trip Profile:Manaslu Circuit Trek &Tsum Valley
  • Geography:Mountain/Hills/Forests/valley
  • Location:Gorkha
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Tea house/Lodge
  • Meals:All meals included during the trekking
  • Religious:Buddhism
  • Ethnic People:Tibetan/Nubri/Tsumba
  • Transportation:Tourist bus/Private vehicle
  • Group Size:02-10 Pax

Highlight

  • Trek to the Manaslu Base Camp 
  • Explore Tsum Valley
  • Discover the unique cultural harmony between Tibetans, Tsumba, and Nubri ethnic communities
  • Explore the history-rich villages 
  • Experience the beauty of breath-taking Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Relish the sights of the majestic Mt. Manaslu (8163m) and other mountains

Overview

Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trek is a trip that stretches along the foothills of the Shringi and Mansiri Himal ranges. The Tsum Valley lies north of the Manaslu region and is widely inhabited by Tibetans. Many people who want to explore the distinctive cultures and traditions of Tibetans love this route, which was opened to the public in 2008. 
With the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek by Himalaya Land Treks, you get to explore two picturesque regions (Manaslu and Tsum) and also get to trek to Manaslu Base Camp. Trekking from the low hills to the snowcapped strenuous path Manasalu valley welcomes you with great honour on your journey.
The journey access the vegetation rich Manasalu conservation area. The trail heads forward with the lush green pines forest, coloured with colourful rhododendrons. Adequate peace is what one takes for their whole life, from this solitary trek. Manasalu circuit trekking with Tsum valley trek by the Himalaya Land Treks offers trekkers a chance to enjoy an isolated trekking adventure that is ornamented magnificently by the towering Manaslu (8163m), Annapurna (8091m), and Shringi (7161m) peaks.

Major attractions of Manasalu Circuit and Tsum Valley trek

City of Art- Kathmandu

The trek starts here from the artistic city Kathmandu. Located in the central region, Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. Kathmandu is rich in heritage too. A lot of UNESCO enlisted heritage are located in a single city. Besides, Kathmandu is a city full of art. Each corner is decorated with art either stone or wood or clay or bamboo or anything here in Kathmandu is art.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu seems to be like a dessert after the meal. Though here we start from Kathmandu the sweetness of memory remains alive for a long. One day site visit in Kathmandu takes you to the world heritage area like Pashupatinath, Swyambhunath, Bouddhanath, Patan Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Manasalu Conservation Area

Manasalu conservation area covers an area of 1663km2 and was established in 1997 A.D. Rich in diverged species of vegetation, the region is also home to a lot of endangered species. Highly endangered species such as snow leopards, red panda grey wolf, dhole, Himalayan musk deer, lynx, Asian black bear, Himalayan goral, woolly hare, horseshoe bat, black-lipped pika, blue sheep, mainland serow and Himalayan mouse-hare are found in Manasalu conservation area.  Other species like snow leopard, grey wolf, Himalayan Thar, musk deer, blue sheep and birds like Tibetan snow cocks, Himalayan griffon, koklass pheasants, Eurasian griffon, golden eagle and the crimson horned pheasant, are found in the Manasalu conservation area 

Tsum valley

Tsum is derived from a Tibetan name, ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid. The valley is so underrated and hidden. This mysterious valley is surrounded by Ganesh Himal on its south, Sringi Himal on its north and Baudha and Himal Chuli to its west. Tsum valley is very rich in religious, traditional, cultural and archeological manner. A lot of things are yet left to come out from Tsum. People living there have their own unique culture. Tsum people are called ‘Tsumbas’. The valley is located between two villages Chhekampar and Chumchet. Chhekampar is known as the upper Tsum and Chumchet is known as the Lower Tsum.

Ethnic villages

You trek through the alluring hill landscapes and pass by villages like Tatopani, Dobhan, Philim, and Chumling, Nile, Chhokang Paro, Sama Gaon, Lokpa, Namrung, Lho, Samdo, Dharamsala, Bimthang etc. Each of these villages is very rich in history and culture. There you visit Mu Gompa to know more about the local culture and Buddhism. You will also visit another historic monastery of this region Gumba Langtang.
A diverged classes of people clusters up the village. Each community has their unique tradition and culture. They are always ready to welcome you with warm greetings and a wide smile. They have their way of celebrating festivals. Every ritual shows unity here. Humanity is what each visitors takes from this remote trekking.

Best time to do Manasalu Circuit and Tsum valley trek

The best time for Manaslu Circuit and Tsum valley trek is March-May and September- December. Some parts of the trek may get difficult for beginners so it is recommended for you to have prior trekking experience.

Alternate packages

Apart from this trek package if you want to explore other remote areas of Nepal then you can check into our other remote trek packages with the following link, Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Sanctuary trek, Upper Mustang trek, Langtang Valley trek, etc. Check more from trekking in Nepal page.

With Himalaya Land Treks, you get the most exciting trekking in Nepal and tours in Nepal packages at competitive price ranges. The itineraries are flexible if you want to change certain parts as per your wish. We also provide you with the best guides and staffs.

Itinerary of Manaslu Circuit Trek & Tsum Valley

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft)

Overnight at 3 star Hotel

You arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and meet a Himalaya Land Treks’ representative who will welcome you. Then, they will guide you to your hotel where you refresh and join them again for welcome dinner. There, you will meet your guide who will brief you about the trip.

Day 2: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation

Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast

Today, you prepare for the trip and enjoy the beauty of Kathmandu Valley side by side. After breakfast, you join the guide and head to Swayambhunath Temple. From there, you visit Patan Durbar Square and then Kathmandu Durbar Square. There you have lunch after exploration and head to Pashupatinath Temple. The last stop is the Boudhanath Stupa which offers a brilliant insight into the influence of Buddhism in the valley. After the tour ends, you head to Thamel to buy/rent the necessary items needed for the trip.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (670m/2,198ft) Soti Khola (710m/2,330ft): 8-9hrs drive

8-9 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, you head to Arughat via Prithvi Highway. You drive along with scenic views of the hill landscape and Trishuli River. From Dhading Bensi, you take the road heading north and reach Arughat Bazaar where you have your lunch. After eating and resting for a while, you resume the drive and head to Soti Khola. You drive along with green forests and reach Soti Khola for overnight stay.

Day 4: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m/2,920ft): 6-7hrs

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

You wake up and have your breakfast. Then you head to Machha Khola via sal forests. You ascend to rocky ridges and en-route enjoy the pristine environment of the hills. Then you descend to terraced agricultural fields and walk along the banks of Nauli Khola. You come across Lapubesi and have your lunch there. Afterward, you continue the trek and descend to Machha Khola for overnight stay.

Day 5: Trek from Machha Khola to Dobhan (1,000m/3,280ft): 6-7 hrs

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, you hit the trail leading to Dobhan. You walk along the banks of Thado Khola and reach Khorlabesi, a village renowned for it's coffee and buckwheat production. Then you come across a gorge and the trail gets narrower, filled with gravel. You then reach Tatopani and relax for a bit. Then, you continue till you cross Budhi Gandaki River and ascend to Dobhan.

Day 6: Trek from Dobhan to Philim (1,590m/5,216ft): 6-7 hrs

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, you continue the trek along the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. The valley opens up to lush vegetation and you can see spectacular views of Ganesh Himal. You cross Yaru Khola via a suspension bridge and continue till you reach Jagat, the entry for Manaslu Conservation Area. You show your permits and have lunch there. The trail then goes downhill to Sirdibas and you ascend again to reach Philim for overnight stay.

Day 7: Trek from Philim to Lokpa (2,240m/7,350ft) to Chumling (2,360m/7,743ft): 6-7 hrs

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

You have your breakfast and hit the trail leading to Chumling. You pass by villages like Chisapani and Ekle Bhatti while enjoying the beautiful landscape. You slowly descend to a gorge and then go uphill via a zigzag trail that goes through pine and rhododendron forests. At the end of the trail lies Lokpa. You enter Lower Tsum Valley and continue the trek along Siyar Khola. You cross the Siyar Khola and ascend to Chumling for overnight stay.

Day 8: Trek from Chumling to Chhokang Paro (3,010m/9,875ft): 5-6 hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, you continue the trek along the banks of Siyar Khola. You pass by villages like Tanju and do a quick stop at Danphe Gompa. Then you resume the trek and see magnificent views of Ganesh Himal (7422m) and Shringi Himal (7161m). Then, you ascend to Gho and officially enter Upper Tsum Valley. You walk through settlements full of stone houses and agricultural lands. You reach Chhokang Paro for overnight stay.

Day 9: Trek from Chhokang Paro to Nile (3,480m/11,417ft): 4-5 hrs

4-5 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today you have your breakfast and walk north of the valley. The trail is easier as the valley is mostly flat land. You pass by many monasteries and villages like Ngakyu, Leru, and Burji. En route, you can see amazing views of Langju Himal and the surroundings. Then you cross Siyar Khola and you ascend to Phurbe. There you have lunch and the next stop is Nile. Overnight stay.

Day 10: Exploration day: Nile – Mu Gompa (3,709m/12,169ft) – Chhokang Paro (3,010m/9,870ft): 13km, 6-7 hrs

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today you explore the historic landmarks of Nile. You wake up early and hike up to Mu Gompa, which is more than 70 years old. After exploration, you then head to Dhephu Doma Nunnery, which is the birthplace of light in Buddhism. You head back to Nile after exploring and enjoying the splendid views of Ganesh Himal (7422m). After eating, you head back to Chhokang Paro for overnight stay.

Day 11: Trek from Chhokang Paro to Gumba Lungdang (3,200m/10,496ft): 5-6 hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, you head to the trail leading you to Gumba Lungdang. The trail leads you back to Gho and it continues through Dumje. En route, you can see Mani walls with the magnificent mountains in the background. The trail ascends through pine and rhododendron forests. While enjoying the amazing views, you reach Gumba Langdang, which is more than 100 years old. You attend the afternoon puja and stay overnight.

Day 12: Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Rupchet (2,470m/8,103ft) to Lokpa (2,240m/7,349ft): 7-8 hrs

7-8 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today, after breakfast you descend back to Dumje. You trek along the Langdang Khola, cross it and then walk along Siyar Khola. You pass by big ridges and ascend to Rupchet. This village has abundant agricultural lands and chortens, and you have your lunch here. After eating and resting for a while, you resume your trek. You go downhill to Gumlung and ascend again to Lokpa for overnight stay.

Day 13: Trek from Lokpa to ‘New Bridge’ (1,675m/5,495ft) to Bihi Phedi (1,990m/6,529ft): 6-7 hrs

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, you walk along the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. Then you cross the river and enter a gorge. The trail then goes through bamboo forests and you reach Deng. From there, the next stop is Kutang, which is a Gurung village where you have lunch. You cross a ridge via a suspension bridge that leads you to the watermill. From there you gently descend to Bihi Phedi for overnight stay.

Day 14: Trek from Bihi Phedi to Namrung (2,660m/8,727ft): 4-5 hrs

4-5 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

You have your breakfast and the trail goes along the banks of Serang Khola. The valley widens and you see amazing views of craved Mani stones. Then you walk through bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests. The trail requires you to cross the river a few times and from the southern banks, you ascend steeply to Namrung, where you show permits to enter Manaslu region.

Day 15: Trek from Namrung to Lho (3,180m/10,433ft): 3-4hrs

3-4 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

From Namrung, you enter the Upper Nupri, which is widely inhabited by Tibetans. You start your trek by walking through dense forests and at parts you can also see agricultural lands. En route, you see beautiful views of Ganesh Himal, Ngadi Chuli and Mt. Manaslu. You pass by rustic villages like Lihi and Sho on the way. From there, the trail leads you to a ridge where Lho is located.

Day 16: Trek from Lho to Sama Gaon (3,530m/11,5188ft): 5-6 hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

You have breakfast and hit the trail that goes along the banks of Damonan Khola tributary. After crossing the river, you ascend through pine and rhododendron forests, which lead you to a plateau. From here onwards, you get scenic views of Manaslu, Himchuli and many huge glaciers. Then, you cross Numla Khola and hit the trail full of Mani walls and Chortens. You reach Sama Gaon for overnight stay.

Day 17: Sama: Rest and exploration day: Birendra Tal / Pung Gyen Gompa / Manaslu Base Camp (4,400m/14436ft)

Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today, you wake up at dawn and hike to Manaslu Base Camp. You cross Budhi Gandaki River and ascend to the base camp. You observe the sunrise from there and head back after enjoying it. You have your breakfast and head to Pung Gyen Gompa. There you experience the daily life of monks and the unique architecture. If time allows, you will also visit Birendra Tal. Another choice to spending the day is to hike to the Manaslu Base Camp. Otherwise, you explore the surrounding glaciers.

Day 18: Trek from Sama to Samdo (3,860m/12,660ft): 3-4 hrs

3-4 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, you descend to the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. The trail goes through juniper and birch forests, and it is relatively easier today. En route, you see Mani walls and Chortens. You then cross Mayol Khola and see yaks and goats. This is when you know that you have reached Samdo, which is a village for yak and goat herders. Overnight stay at Samdo.

Day 19: Trek from Samdo to Larkya Phedi/Dharamsala (4,460m/14,628ft): 3-5 hrs

3-5 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Today, after breakfast, you descend again to the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. En route, you see amazing views of Manaslu range. The trail leads to a landscape filled with rhododendrons, juniper, and granite. Syacha Glacier comes into view during this part of the trail. Then, you head towards Larkya Glacier and cross Larkya Phedi to reach Dharamsala for overnight stay.

Day 20: Trek from Dharamsala to Larkya La (5,160m/16,930ft) to Bimthang (3,720m/12,205ft): 7-9 hrs

7-9 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, you gently ascend to the northern moraine of Larkya Glacier. You can see Larkya Himal and Cheo Himal while ascending. At the end of the rocky trail lies Larkya La from where you can see amazing views of Cheo Himal (5812m), Himlung (7126m), and even Annapurna II (7937m). After enjoying the view, you descend to Bimthang. The trail goes through Bimthang Glacier and you reach Bimthang, the summer settlement for herders of Samdo.

Day 21: Trek from Bimthang to Gho (2,515m/8,251ft): 5-6 hrs

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

You hit the trail after breakfast and the trail today descends through Bimthang Plain. Eh route, you can see amazing views of Manaslu, Larkya, and Cheo Himal ranges. You then walk along the banks of Dudh Khola and pass by rustic villages like Hampuk and Kharche. You have lunch at Kharche and resume your trek along with agricultural lands. After climbing a ridge, you reach Gho for overnight stay.

Day 22: Trek from Gho to Dharapani (1,920m/6,300ft): 3-4 hrs

3-4 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

After breakfast, you descend to Dharapani via Annapurna Circuit. The trail first goes through agricultural lands of villages like Tilije. You then enter Marsayangdi Valley and trek along the banks of Marsayangdi River. From here onwards, you walk the trail of Annapurna Circuit and reach Dharapani during lunchtime. The rest of the day, you can explore and discover this unique village. Overnight stay at Dharapani.

Day 23: Drive from Dharapani to Besisahar (760m/2,495ft) to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft): 7-8hrs | Farewell Dinner

7-8 hrs
Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast/Farewell Dinner

Today is the final day in the Himalayan region. Enjoy your breakfast and prepare to head back to Kathmandu. First, you head to Besisahar via a jeep and then board the bus that goes to Kathmandu. You drive along the Prithvi Highway and see scenic views of the hilly landscapes. At Malekhu you stop for lunch while enjoying the views of Trishuli River. You reach your hotel by evening. As the trip comes to an end, you will participate in a farewell dinner.

Day 24: Final departure

Breakfast

Today is the last day of the trip. Before you depart for the airport, let us know your feedback and suggestions on the trip. As per your scheduled flight, our staffs will drop you off at the airport and make sure that you have all your belongings with you. Thank you for choosing Himalaya Land Treks and have a safe flight!

Inclusion

  • Airport pick up and drop off, upon arrival and departure.
  • Pre trek meeting.
  • 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights.
  • City entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • Transport from Kathmandu to Arughat by a private vehicle.
  • Full day city tour in Kathmandu by a private vehicle.
  • All necessary paperwork, Permit (Manaslu region special trekking permit, Tsum valley special trekking permit, MCAP, and ACAP)  
  • Trekking equipment: down-filled sleeping bag, walking poles and a duffel bag.
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging.
  • Private transport from Besisahar to Kathmandu. 
  • Transport From Dharapani to Besisahar.
  • Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on your choice.
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bar and cookies.    
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after dinner.
  • Unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water. 
  • Oxi-meter: To check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation. 
  • All mountain accommodation (Soft, comfort, private room with shared toilet) 
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit.
  • All government and local taxes. 
  • Souvenir: Himalaya Land treks t-shirt and Trekking Route map. 
  • Farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.

Exclusion

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days).
  • Your international flight to and from Nepal.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • The cost incurred during the tour around the city
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Hot showers, Wi-Fi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed whilst on trekking).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet/e-mail, etc.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Tip for guide, porter, and drivers.

Check List

  • Health Requirement arranged 
  • Money:  Cash/Credit Card 
  • Down Sleeping bag provided by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu 
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea.
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Warm Hat, Sunhat/bandana,  Scarf, Sunglass, Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore-tex
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided to each trekker for trekking by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu)
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months
  • T-Shirts 3 or 4
  • Shirt - Long Sleeved
  • Reading/ writing materials
  • Thermals Upper and lower  
  • Extra warm clothing during winter ( December to March) 
     

Fixed Departure Dates

We will easily organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date

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