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Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek

Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek - 27 Days

Trip Facts

Group Size
+2 People above
Trip Grade
Hotel/Mountain Lodge
Max. Elevation
Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola 730m.
  • Multiple tribe culture and tradition exploration.
  • Ancient settlement ( Philim, Samagaon, Shamdo).
  • Tibetean Bhotia tribe in upper provience.
  • Breathtaking view of Mt Manaslu 8163m.
  • Base camp visit of 8th highest mountain Mt Manaslu 8163m.
  • Larkya La pass 5200m crossing.

Trip Overview of Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek

The Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek is a popular and challenging trekking route in Nepal that combines the stunning Manaslu Circuit and the culturally rich Tsum Valley. This trek takes you through remote villages, lush forests, and high mountain passes in the Manaslu region, providing breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

Key highlights of the Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek:

  1. Manaslu Conservation Area: The trek begins in the Manaslu Conservation Area, a region known for its diverse flora and fauna, including the elusive snow leopard.
  2. Tsum Valley: Tsum Valley is a hidden gem of cultural significance. It is home to ancient Buddhist monasteries, chortens, and Mani walls. The valley has a unique Tibetan-influenced culture and is believed to be a sacred pilgrimage site.
  3. Larke Pass: The trek includes crossing the challenging Larke Pass (also known as Larkya La Pass), which stands at an altitude of around 5,160 meters (16,930 feet). It offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.
  4. Remote Villages: Throughout the trek, you will have the opportunity to visit remote villages inhabited by different ethnic groups, such as the Nubri and Tsum people.
  5. Scenic Beauty: The trail offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks, including Manaslu (8,163 meters), Ganesh Himal, and Himlung Himal, among others.
  6. Tea Houses and Homestays: Accommodation is available in tea houses and homestays along the trail, providing a chance to experience the local lifestyle and hospitality.

It's important to note that the Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek is a restricted area trek, and a special permit is required to enter this region. Additionally, due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, it is recommended for experienced trekkers with a good level of physical fitness. Trekkers should be prepared for altitude variations and be aware of the potential risks associated with high-altitude trekking.

Before embarking on this adventure, ensure you are well-prepared, have all the necessary permits, and go with a reputable trekking agency or experienced guide to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. Always check the latest information and guidelines regarding trekking in Nepal before planning your trip, as regulations and requirements may change over time.


Once you arrive in Nepal, you need to go through the custom formalities. Then, you will be greeted by our representative. You will be transferred to the deluxe hotel where you will have pleasant stay. A guide will provide you with briefing regarding your package.

Take early breakfast and participate in the adventurous Kathmandu Tour. You will be taken through UNESCO sites in Kathmandu including Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Bouddhanath (Nepal’s largest Stupa), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (Ancient Royal Residence). Get plenty of opportunities to learn about the time-forgotten culture that prevails in Kathmandu.

The journey from Kathmandu to Sotikhola involves driving through scenic landscapes and can be an adventurous experience. Sotikhola is a popular starting point for the trek to Manaslu We will head north from Arughat Bazar and set our camp at the bank of Budhi Gandaki River.

Note: Before starting your journey, ensure that you have enough fuel, carry some snacks and water, and have a fully charged phone. Additionally, it's always a good idea to check with locals or travel agencies for the most up-to-date information on the road conditions and any potential risks along the route.

Leave the camp and follow the bank of Budhigandaki River. Pass through small villages, hills, and forests of pine and rhododendrons to the Soti River. Proceed further to Machhakhola. Liding village exists at the bank of Budhigandaki River. Stay overnight in a teahouse in Machhakhola.

Leave Macchkhola and walk through a forest that is rich in colorful local birds. We will walk out of the forest of sal and chilaune and take a stroll through dispersed settlements to reach pasture land. Moving further, we will walk through Lapu Besi and take the steep downward trail to Khorlabesi. Khorlabesi is a large village that is inhabited by Gurung ethnics. Descend to Tatopani (hot water) before climbing up the hill to once more meet the Budhigandaki River. Cross the river on a suspension bridge and make it Dovan from where we will cross another bridge at Lauri before making it to Jagat.

The officials will check for our trekking permit at Jagat. This was the chief Maoist stronghold during the insurgency period. Follow the river for a brief before making a steep ascend to Salleri (1440m). Enjoy the majestic views of Sringi Mountain before descending to Sirdibas. Sirdibas offers an excellent opportunity to witness the Buddhist culture. Cross the suspension bridge and make ascend to the Gurung village of Philim. Pass through Ekle Bhatti to reach Lokpa. This is the first village in Tsum Valley. Stay overnight in Lokpa.

Agriculture is the chief occupation of people from Lokpa. Pass through the barley terraces in Lokpa and descend through the forest. Cross the bridge and follow the steep stone steps uphill to the north before descending to Ghumlong (2130m). Continue walking through Ripchet and we will arrive at the Siyar River. Crossing the log bridge, we will climb uphill to Chumling. Get a majestic view of the south face of Shingri Mountain. . Overnight stay at a Guesthouse.

Leave Chumling and cross the suspension bridge from where the trail takes us through crop fields to the forest. The path offers striking views of Ganesh Himal at several points. Follow the trail to Rinjam and cross Serpu River. Moving further, we will ascend to Upper Tsum. We will reach Chhokangpar or Chhekampar which consists of two villages named Chhokang and Paro. The village offers a close-up view of Ganesh Mountain. Overnight stay at a Guesthouse.

Chances of High Altitude Sickness prevail from Chhekampar onwards. We will visit the death place of great saint Lama Kongchog. Local people speak Tsumba language in this region. Head east and follow ascending trail to Rachen Gompa. Visit the nearby Milarepa cave. Crossing the Shiyar River, we will walk through the villages of Phurba and Pangdun to arrive at Chhule. We will make the final ascend for the day to the Nile.

We will visit Dhephu Doma Nunnery before heading towards Mu Gompa. No males are allowed inside this nunnery. Walking along mani walls and Chortens, we will head to Mu Gompa. This is one of the oldest monasteries in Tsum valley. Kalung and Bhajyo are other places of interest near Mu Gompa. Enjoy the sight of Lungdang glacier from Mu Gompa. This is the farthest Gompa in Manaslu.

We will explore Rachen Gompa and head south from Gompa. A brief hike will take us to the bridge. We will cross the bridge and descend to Chhokang Paro. Moving further, we will arrive at Chumling. The trail continues to lower down to Gho. We will stop by the small Gompa and descend to the Siyar River from where we will reach Dumje.

The trek offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan landscape, diverse culture, and a challenging yet rewarding experience. Here's an overview of the trekking route that covers both Domje and Lokpa.The trek from Domje to Lokpa is part of the Manaslu Circuit, and you will pass through various villages, lush forests, and beautiful landscapes during this section of the trek.

On the 7th day, you will trek to Deng (1,804m) from Jagat which consumes 7 to 8 hours. In this trek, you have to move downward through the verdant land where you will pass the Budhi Gandaki. The trek will go behind the west bank at times to pass the east bank but it may take time to return. As you carry on the hiking inside the dense bamboo forests you will arrive at Deng. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

On the next day, you will trek to Namrung (2,630m) which takes 6 to 7 hours from Deng so, you will go behind the route of Prok village which will offer the best view of those attractive Siringi Himal and Ganesh Himal. You then, further pass the Budi Gandaki for numerous times and monasteries too. After passing through the remarkable river, it rumbles downward. The narrow ravine, forest, and enjoyable hike take you to Namrung. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

From Namrung you will continue the trek to Lho (3,180m), which takes 4 to 5 hours. You still have a moderate small piece of trail to arrive at Lho. The trail goes down and passes the valley of Simnang Himal and you can view the artistic painting, a beautiful village, and an open valley. The last ascending steep with the excellent outlook of Mount Manaslu will lead you close to Lho. In Lho, you will get time to look at the celebrated Ribung Gompa. Overnight stay at a Guesthouse.

On the 10th day of an itinerary, you will trek to Samagaon (3,530m) from Lho which takes 4 to 5 hours. The village is enclosed by immense mountains like Ngadi Chuli, Himal Chuli, and Manaslu with huge glaciers. Aiming the large Chorten, you will move downward which draws the outline of Sama. Finally, at the end of the village, you will arrive at Samagaon. Samagaon is considered an ancient gompa. Overnight stay at a Guesthouse.

Manaslu Base Camp is located in Nepal and is a popular trekking destination for adventure enthusiasts. It sits at the foot of Mount Manaslu, which is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 feet). The trek to Manaslu Base Camp offers stunning landscapes, diverse flora and fauna, and a unique cultural experience as you pass through remote villages inhabited by the indigenous people of the region, mostly of Tibetan origin. Overnight stay at a Guesthouse.

On this particular day, you will take a gradual descending for the Samdo (3,860m) consuming 4 to 5 hours from Samagaon. The Larkya Ls trail Passes with many mani walls will start to expand. It is a trouble-free trail on a shelf over the river crossing the Juniper plus the forests of Kermo Kharka. From a stone arch, you will observe the huge white Kani, and crossing that Kani you will arrive at Samdo (3,860m), Overnight stay at a Guesthouse.

On the 13th day, you will carry on the trek by walking downward where you will pass the wooden bridge above Budi Gandaki and then, moves upward. As you cross the streams and the Larkya Glacier you will arrive at the Salka Khola. Dharmasala is like a guest house made up of stone and provides protection. . Overnight stay at a Guesthouse.

On this day you will head from Dharamsala / Larkya B.C to Bimthang. Here, you will have an opportunity to view the Cho Danda and Larkya peak. From the last section of the pass, you will get to see the stupendous views of Choe Himal, Himlung Himal, and Kangguru. You will spend a long day in Bimthang (3,720m) after the hike of 8 to 9 hours. As you are staying in Bimthang, it is our request to you to walk in the Manaslu for experiencing the mist. . Overnight stay at a Guesthouse.

The trek from Bimthang to Dharapani is a part of the famous Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit is one of the most popular and classic treks in the world, offering diverse landscapes, stunning mountain views, and a rich cultural experience.

The drive from Dharapani to Besisahar in Nepal is a scenic journey that takes you through the beautiful landscapes of the Annapurna region. Here's an overview of the drive:

  1. Distance: The distance from Dharapani to Besisahar is approximately 50 to 60 kilometers (31 to 37 miles) by road.
  2. Time: The drive can take around 3 to 5 hours, depending on road conditions, weather, and traffic.

The drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu is a popular route that takes you from the Annapurna region back to the capital city of Nepal. Here's an overview of the drive:

  1. Distance: The distance from Besisahar to Kathmandu is approximately 175 to 185 kilometers (108 to 115 miles) by road, depending on the specific route taken.
  2. Time: The drive usually takes around 5 to 8 hours, depending on road conditions, weather, and traffic. The duration can vary based on factors such as the condition of the road, the season, and the speed of the vehicle.
  3. Route: The main route from Besisahar to Kathmandu follows the Prithvi Highway. It takes you through scenic countryside, terraced fields, and charming villages.
  4. Road Conditions: The Prithvi Highway is one of the major highways in Nepal and is generally well-maintained. However, there might be some rough patches and narrow sections, especially in rural areas. During the monsoon season, landslides and road closures are possible, so it's essential to check the weather and road conditions before you start your journey.

You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport by Tourist Link Treks & Expedition. You receive a Nepali-style farewell treat. Manager Hom will say goodbye to you at the farewell.

What's included?

  • All necessary grounded transportation by private vehicle including airport transfer
  • Sightseeing at Kathmandu Valley includes all entry fees, tour guide, and private vehicle
  • Two-night accommodation with breakfast at 3-star category Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Best available twin-sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek
  • Three daily meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • One highly experienced helpful and friendly guide (English speaking and Government licensed holder guide)
  • Porter service (2 Trekker: 1 Porter) their food, accommodation, Salary, equipment, and staff insurance
  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion
  • Trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • All necessary paperwork and Special permits (Manaslu area permit, ACAP, and MCAP) Please bring 3 passport size photographs
  • All Local/Government Taxes and office service charge
  • Medical Supplies (First Aid Kit will be available)
  • Farewell dinner before departure
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which your travel insurance Company will pay

What's not included?

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Snacks and other expenses
  • International airfare to & from home town
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Hot showers during the trek
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, bar bills and extra porters
  • Tips and donations for guides and porters.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend

Fixed Departures

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Essential Information

Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek what you need know ?

When to Go?

March to May and mid-September to November are ideal times to go on trekking in Nepal. However, you can do the trek throughout the year, excluding harsh winter and heavy monsoon period for better experiences. Read more...

Gear Checklist

Gears and equipment assure your safety and smooth trekking experiences as you enter the Himalayas. With essential equipment, you can add some of the other specific ones which most probably will come handy in the trek. A reliable preparation from your side is a positive step for successful trekking and climbing expedition. Read more...

Food, drinking water, and accommodation facilities

The menu for everyday foods gets slimmer with a significant rise in altitude. One can always find a warm tea and basic local staple in the lodges or teahouses operating here. Natural drinking water sources, as well as Drinking water taps, are available throughout the trail. Accommodations might lose even some of the basic facilities as we move higher up in the trails of Himalayas. Read more...

Trip Permit

To enter and trek the protected and restricted segments of Nepal, you will have to take special permits from the government of Nepal for the sole purpose of preserving the people and nature of these areas. Read more...

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is one of the primary concern while trekking in the areas of higher altitude. You must be prepared and act quickly if the symptoms appear during the trek. Using some prevention techniques, you can slow down and minimize the symptoms of Altitude sickness up to some extent. Read More...

Physical condition and experience requirements

Different types and levels of trekking might require a certain minimum fitness level to accomplish. With the guides, you can make up for the segments of lacking experience of trekking. Nepal also offers a lot of different varieties of the trek which the trekkers of any age or physical condition can do. Selection of optimal trekking program is best for both parties. Read more...


Weather in the Higher Himalayas is always unpredictable. Regular monitoring and contact help us to be safe from any unforeseen change of weather in most cases. With the presence of a licensed guide, you can take correct destinations and make the most of the trek. Read more...

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