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Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking

24 Days
Adventure around both sides of high and remote pockets of Gorkha district

  • Hotels in Kathmandu and best available local lodges on treks
  • Moderate to Adventurous walks
  • On top Larke-La Pass at 5,106 m / 16, 752 feet
  • Interesting tour, scenic trek with exciting drives
  • Nepal Far North Mid-West around Gorkha district to Manang area
  • 19 Nights & 20 Days with drives both ways
  • 24 days

Trip Highlights

  • A wonderful combination of both scenic areas of Tsum with Manaslu valleys.
  • Enjoy the dramatic changes of landscapes, vegetation and climate to culture
  • Explore the Himalayan Shangri-La of Tsum known as the valley of happiness
  • Walk to isolate Mu Gompa and then on scenic main trails of Manaslu circuit.
  • On top highest point of the adventure at Larke-La facing grand mountain views

Overview

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking is one of the raw and newly opened regions of the Mid-West Himalayas of Nepal. An exciting adventure of great combination visiting the most secluded country, the wildest country of Nepal.

The areas around Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit trekking fall within the ancient Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route. In early time caravan of yaks, mules laden with goods. From both sides of the Nepal and Tibet border, passed through this highland of Tsum and Manaslu valley.

The high region Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trekking was closed to the outside world for more than four decades. Manaslu valley flung its door open in 1992 for visitors to enter its scenic surroundings enriched with age-old cultures.

Similarly, Tsum Valley opened its territory as late as 2008 onwards but remains comparatively untouched by its ancient villages. As well its old impressive monasteries and yet to be explored around Tsum the valley of happiness.

Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit falls within restricted areas of Nepal and is protected by MCAP or Manaslu Conservation Area Project. 

To enter the restricted areas of the high valleys of Tsum and Manaslu, where a special permit is required. Interested travelers and adventurers must be accompanied by a guide from reputed agencies registered by the Government of Nepal Tourism Department.

Adventure of great feat, having much exciting time visiting these beautiful country adorned with fascinating cultures of bygone days. 

Both valleys are enclosed by the snow-mountain range of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal massif, which makes the adventure worth a visit. Truly a journey of once in a lifetime experience away from the maddening crowd of modernization.

Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trekking begins after an interesting drive from Kathmandu to low warm areas of the Gorkha district. Located Nepal Mid-West or the Central region of the country, as walk head north towards cooler hills.

As climb and walk progress through several nice farm villages and lovely forested areas, then slowly entering the highland.   

The first part of the adventure leads North-East towards Tsum, also known as the valley of Happiness. The word comes from an ancient language called Beyul Kyimolung’ of Tibetan origin. The Tsum and Manaslu valleys villages with strong Tibetan influence, as you witness on these wonderful walks.

On leaving the main trail of Manaslu Circuit for some days, heading east from Lokpa village to enter Tsum valley. An amazing wild country with nice villages intact with their heritage cultures as were past hundreds of centuries.

The Tsum people called Lobas, are of Tibetan origin with similar Buddhist religion and traditional way of farm life. As well as raising livestock of yaks, sheep, and horses known as Tibetan ponies, all villages are adorned with monasteries. 

The walk leads as far to Mu Gompa at the near northeast end of Tsum Valley. Located on the northern backside of massif Ganesh Himal, with an array of peaks that borders Tibet. Explore places of great historical, cultural and religious interest at Mu Gompa and its surrounding villages.

On completing the visit to inner Tsum Valley, the adventure leads to our next destination of the Manaslu Circuit route.

Reaching back at Lokpa village to enter the high Manaslu valley, walk through the lovely scenic villages of Namrung and Lho-Gaon. The walk leads further west reaching the main village at Sama-Gaon an interesting and exciting place to explore.

Sama-Gaon is situated on the vantage point where the trail leads to Mt. Manaslu base camp and around its scenic viewpoints. As well on route Tibet border and towards our destination to Larke-La Pass, a great place to enjoy an extra day.

From Sama-Gaon on the road towards Larke-La base at Dharmasala, walking through the village of Samdo, then at Phedi or Dharmasala. Spending the last day around Manaslu Valley and Gorkha areas, as the morning climb reaches you on top Larke-La Pass.

The highest point of the adventure is at 5,106 m, which forms the boundary of the Manaslu, Gorkha, and Manang districts.

On top of Larke-La rewards a stunning panorama of the surrounding giant mountain range with Manaslu and Damodar Himal. Includes Annapurna Himalayas as far as Himlung Himal towards the west. From this high spot a long descent to Manang areas reaching the base of the pass and at Bhimthang. A nice settlement situated amidst forest surroundings adorned with Buddhist monuments of Stupa and prayer walls.

Slowly trek comes to an end heading downhill to the village of Dharapani, located on the roadside and Annapurna Circuit trail. Enjoying the last overnight around the mountain village at Dharapani, an exciting long drive brings you to Kathmandu. After a great mesmerizing experience and adventure around Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trekking.

Why Choose Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek, understands that no trip is the same and is open to adapting accordingly. Traveling could be a headache if you do not understand the local regulations.
Utilizing our expertise and connections to all the local bodies that control traveling and touring in Nepal, we guarantee safe and sound trek in Nepal accompanied by professional guides with well over 10 years of guiding experience. 

Therefore, we welcome you to Nepal. Book with us now to enjoy a lifetime experience that is bound to fill you with joy and fulfillment.  We are always open for inquiries if any please feel free to contact us.

Short Itinerary

Day 01:         Arrival in Kathmandu.
Altitude1,350 m/ 4,428 feet. Overnight Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02:         Trek Preparation & Sightseeing in Kathmandu Durbar
Square, Swayambhunath Stupa.
Altitude: 
1,350 m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu) Meals: Breakfast only.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03:         Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola.
Altitude: 700 m/ 2,296 feet. Drive approx. 8 hours by Bus.
Overnight at Guesthouse or local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 04:         Trek to Machha Khola.
Altitude: 930 m/ 350 ft. Approx. 6 hour walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Day 05:         Trek to Jagat.
Altitude: 1,340 m/ 4,395 feet. Approx. 6 hour walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 06:         Trek to Lokpa via Deng (1,800 m).
Altitude: 2,240 m/ 7, 350 feet. Approx. 6 hour walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 07:         Trek to Chumling via Chisapani.
Altitude: 2,386 m/ 7,827 feet. Approx. 6 hour walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 08:         Trek to Chokhanparo 3, 010 m / 9,903 feet.               
Altitude: 3,010 m/ 0,903 feet. Approx. 6 hour walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 09:         Trek to Nile 3, 361 m / 11, 058 feet. Approx. 06 hours.
Altitude: 3,361 m / 11,058 feet. Approx. 5 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 10:         At Nile for Hike to Mu Gompa 3,700 m / 12,174 feet.
Approx. 07 hours round trip.
Altitude: 3,700 m/ 12, 174 feet. Approx. 7 hours walks both ways.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 11:         Trek back to Chumling.
Altitude: 2,386 m/ 7,827 feet. Approx. 7 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 12:         Trek to Lokpa.
Altitude: 2,240 m/ 7350 feet. Approx. 6 hour walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 13:         Trek to Namrung.
Altitude: 2,630 m. / 8,626 ft. Approx. 6 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Day 14:         Trek to Lho-Gaon.
Altitude: 2,957 m / 9,698 ft. Approx. 4 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 15:         Trek to Sama Gaon.
Altitude: 3,530 m/ 11, 582 feet. Approx. 7 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 16:         Rest Day at Sama Gaon.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner
Day Hike either Manaslu Base Camp, Bhirendra Tal or Pungyen Gompa.

Day 17:         Trek to Samdo.
Altitude: 3,865 m/ 12,677 feet. Approx. 4 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Day 18:         Trek to Dharmasala.
Altitude: 4,460 m / 14,628 feet. Approx. 4 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 19:         Trek to Bhimthang via Larke-La Pass.
Altitude: 5,106 m / 16, 752 feet at Larke-La. Bhimthang at 3, 700 m/ 12,201 feet.
Approx. 8 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 20:         Trek to Gho 2,560 m – 05 hrs.
Altitude: 2,560 m / 8399 feet.
Approx. 5 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner. 8398.95

Day 21:         Trek to Dharapani.
Altitude: 1, 800 m / 5,904 feet. Approx. 7 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 22:         Drive from Dharapani to Kathmandu via Besisar.
Altitude: 1,350 m. / 4,428 feet at Kathmandu. Drive approx. 8 hours.
Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu.
Meal Included: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 23:         In Kathmandu free day for individual activities.
Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu on Bed and Breakfast only.

Day 24:         Final International Flight Departure for Homeward Bound.
Meals: Breakfast only

Detailed Itinerary

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Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 feet. Overnight at Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
Meal Included: Welcome Dinner in a nice typical Nepalese Restaurants.

On first arrival in Kathmandu at Nepal International Airport received by our staff and guide, with warm Nepali traditional welcome. After, getting organized and then a short transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.

At the hotel check into your lovely rooms with refreshing rest after a jet-leg.
Then join in with other members of the group, for briefing at meeting halls or garden.
Our guide and leader will provide you with useful information regarding the trek, standard of lodge, foods and so on. If in doubt, can ask questions to make yourself at ease, after briefing enjoy the dinner in a typical Nepalese Restaurant.

Moring after a hearty breakfast, as per the time informed by our guide and staff our tour guide will meet. A short drive and walk in the heart of Kathmandu city, where the famous old Durbar Square located. An ancient palace and courtyard of earlier kings from Malla to former Shah Period. Interesting areas adorned with temples and old palace, as well with resident of famous Living Goddess the Kumari. Includes a temple of Kasthamandap, where Kathmandu name derived from, meaning a temple built from the wood of a single tree.

The temples and monuments of Durbar Square, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After an interesting tour, a short drive leads west of the city to another famous landmark of Nepal. The Swayambhunath Stupa of Buddhist monuments, located on a hillock, one can enjoy views of Kathmandu city and the valley.

The Stupa one of the oldest in Nepal and probably in the world of more than 2,600 years of history. After an impressive morning tour back to hotel, rest of the day preparation for the wonderful Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Altitude: 700 m/ 2,296 feet. Drive approx. 8 hours by Bus.
Overnight at Guesthouse or local lodge.
Meals Included: Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner.

Depart for wonderful adventure to Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit, taking a Local transportation. A long drive takes you beyond Kathmandu valley towards the Gorkha district.

Located Nepal Mid-West around Gandaki Zone, a country of low and mid-hills, heavily cultivated farm areas. The drive follows Nepal’s main busy highway for some hours and then diverts heading north to Arughat town.

Arughat town is situated on low farm areas close to the raging Buri Gandaki River, from here another few hours of drive on the dirt country road to Soti-Khola for an overnight halt.

Soti-Khola a small farming area slowly growing into a town, as the motorable road has been connected.

Altitude: 930 m/ 350 feet. Approx. 6-hour walk.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meals Included: Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner.

Start the first-day trek of the adventure, heading due north following the Buri Gandaki upstream. The morning walk leads to a short climb for a few hours past smaller farm villages then end the day at Machha Khola.

A moderate size farm village with a number of simple and basic lodges for an overnight stop. The name Machha Khola means a Fishing stream.

Altitude: 1,340 m/ 4,395 feet. Approx. 6 hour walk.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meals Included: Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner.

From Machha Khola, after a pleasant overnight stop, the second-day walks lead to cooler hills. On leaving the low sub-tropical heavily farmed areas, the route follows slow ups and downs. Walking through a patch of forest reaching Tatopani, a place with a natural hot spring, enjoy the refreshing bathing as time permits.

Walk to Khola Besi and then to Dovan, a nice farm village for a short refreshing stop and continue the climb. As the day ends reach a nice moderate size hill village at Jagat for an overnight halt.

At Jagat, with time a short walk around to observe the local cultures, a blend of Hindu and Buddhism religions.

Altitude: 2,240 m/ 7, 350 feet. Approx. 6 hour walks
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

After a pleasant time at Jagat, from here onwards starts the Restricted Area of Tsum Valley & Upper Manaslu. After Jagat all foreign visitors need to obtain a special permit to enter Tsum Valley & Upper Manaslu till Dharapani villages is reached. The walk leads to climbing and then crossing a bridge to Nagjet and Philim villages, a lovely farm area.

As route leads past the neatly tended farm terraces reaching a cool shade of the forest on reaching Deng. From here onwards into strong Buddhism culture,
as walk follows higher area, past Deng. Slowly the long day trek comes to an end on reaching at Pewa and then at Lokpa for an overnight stop.

Altitude: 2,386 m/ 7,827 feet. Approx. 6 hour walks
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

From here onwards entering the hidden valley of Tsum, morning walk to a narrow river gorge. Leads to a short descent, and then with steep up reaching a forested path lined with rhododendron and pine trees. The walk continues past smaller farm villages. Then to a gradual uphill as walk heads east above a stream then reaching at first village of Tsum in Chumling overnight halt.

Altitude: 3,010 m/ 0,903 feet. Approx. 6 hour walks
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

After first overnight around Tsum region, having breakfast morning walk leads
further east. Adventure continues through cultivated farm terraces villages facing
views of Ganesh, Sringi and Manaslu Himal.

Walk then heads downhill to cross a bridge above Smatiking Khola / stream to
reach at Chokan-Paro for overnight stop. A nice moderate traditional farm village
facing views of stunning landscapes with snow-capped peaks.

Enjoy the afternoon exploring the village of strong Buddhism culture and custom
adorned with prayer monuments.

Altitude: 3,361 m / 11,058 feet. Approx. 5 hours walks
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Start the morning overlooking great scenery of dramatic landscapes, after a
pleasant overnight. From this nice village walk leads closer to our main highlight
destination of Tsum Valley to Nile and Mu Gompa. Enjoy the scenic morning walk
and take a side trip to interesting cave of 11th saint and guru Millerepa of Tibet,
stayed here for mediation. From this tranquil spot, follow the trail on windswept
terrain, then reaching into a wide open scenic valley.

From here into dry, arid landscapes similar like Tibetan terrains, where green
vegetation and tall trees fades for smaller juniper bush. Walk continues along
with grand views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal.

Finally the day long walk completes reaching at Nile for overnight stop in a nice
Simple lodge. Probably the best overnight accommodation and food provided
around Tsum area, due high and harsh conditions.

Altitude: 3,700 m/ 12, 174 feet. Approx. 7 hours walks both ways.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

At Nile for another overnight halt, morning from Nile take a hike to Mu Gompa,
our final end of Tsum Valley adventure. Having breakfast start the morning with
gradual climb on dry windswept country, facing dramatic scenery of surrounding
beautiful landscapes and of snow peaks.

The walk finally reaches Mu Gompa the highest spot before Larke-La Pass,
having rest visit the oldest monastery of Tsum. Treasures ancient relics with idols
of Lord Buddha, famous saints and Gurus. Explore around Mu Gompa the highest
and remote part of Tsum Valley. Interested people can take a short visit of
Dhephu Doma Gompa, a nunnery.

After an interesting time at Mu Gompa, head back to Nile for overnight stop, on
achieving our first goal and highlight of the adventure.

Altitude: 2,386 m/ 7,827 feet. Approx. 7 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

After an exciting visit of Mu Gompa and at Nile walk towards Chumling, return walk leads south then cross a bridge to the west bank. Walk past Chokan Paro then downhill to join on main trail to Chumling for last overnight stop around Tsum Valley area.

Altitude: 2,240 m/ 7350 feet. Approx. 6 hour walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Morning start walk to reach back at Lokpa, on gradual ups and down as route leads close to main route of Manaslu, walk continues heading further down on leaving Tsum valley. Journey follows with short descend past Domje then back reaching at Lokpa village for overnight stop.

Altitude: 2,630 m. / 8,626 ft. Approx. 6 hours walk.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meals Included: Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner.

From Lokpa, back into forested ridge lined with tall rhododendron, pine, and fir trees. A slow and steady downhill to Bhi Bazaar, situated near the riverside, after a pleasant stop. The walk continues heading towards farm areas with nice cultivated terraces of millets and barley and then reaching Namrung. After checking into the best available lodge, enjoy the grand views of Mt. Manaslu North Face with an array of peaks.

Altitude: 2,957 m / 9,698 ft. Approx. 4 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Adventure today leads into the high Manaslu valley on entering one of the prettiest and charming village of Lo Gaon. Having goof breakfast, then setting off for the long enjoyable scenic trek to Lo-Gaon. As walk follows to a slow gradual climb, and within cool shade of forest lined with pine and rhododendron trees.

Trek heads high above the Buri Gandaki River, and then on winding up past few summer settlements of cattle herder. Then finally ending the enjoyable pleasant day walk on reaching at nice large village of Lo-Gaon.

Lo-Gaon is a beautiful village within the shadow of majestic Mt. Manaslu with a contrast of green forest and white snow peaks. Enjoy the picturesque scenery of wonderful landscapes and snow peaks.

Altitude: 3,530 m/ 11, 582 feet. Approx. 7 hours walk.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meals Included: Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner.

Enjoy the morning picturesque scenery of wonderful landscapes and snow peaks, as the walk continues heading due west.

Adventure follows on gradual uphill trail around Upper Manaslu through a number of farm villages and Yak herder camps. An interesting walk on high Manaslu valley, enclosed by high rocky cliff and snow peaks.

The view of Mt. Manaslu and Sringi Himal remains constant for some hours as walk finally comes to an end on reaching at Sama-Gaon.

Sama-Gaon, the main village of high Manaslu valley as well one of the highlights of the adventure. Check into a nice lodge, with time to browse around the village and witness the local fascinating culture of Buddhism.

Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meals Included: Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner.
Day Hike either Manaslu Base Camp, Bhirendra Tal, or Pungyen Gompa.

A free day as well to support acclimatization, a perfect height at 3,550 m for a local short hike. Several best places for interested and eager trekkers and adventurers, one can enjoy a day hike to Manaslu Base Camp.

A long full day walk of more than 6 hours both ways, the best hike is to Bhirendra Tal. A glacial pond on route Manaslu base camp, a walk of a few hours uphill facing grand views of Mt. Manaslu.

One can enjoy the rest day with a leisure walk exploring the village and visiting the old Pungyen Gompa.

Altitude: 3,865 m/ 12,677 feet. Approx. 4 hours walk.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.

Adventure gets more exciting on reaching the high scenic Manaslu valley, from Sama-Gaon walk get interesting.

The route follows windswept terrain where tree lines disappear for high-altitude shrubs and bushes.

The valley gets narrow as the trek leads towards a mountainous country facing grand views of wonderful landscapes. A short half-day walk to Samdo but taking it slow due to the rise of altitude.

After a pleasant trek of some hours and then a short steep up to Samdo for lunch and overnight halt. Samdo is the last village before reaching the other side of Larke-La Pass to the Manang areas.

The village with more than forty houses with typical Tibetan style for more than two hundred inhabitants.

Rest of the afternoon explore this last village of Samdo located on route Larke-La Pass and to the Tibet border.

Altitude: 4,460 m / 14,628 feet. Approx. 4 hours walk.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meals Included: Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner.

Walk today a short on pleasant trail to the highest overnight stop on route Larke-La with overnight at Dharmasala. The route leads at the end of Manaslu valley and the last of the Gorkha district. The base of Larke-La pass of Manaslu area, a place with few huts that serve as lodge and guest-house.

In high times of trekking season this place is crowded with trekkers. Where some groups have to spend on tented camps provided by the lodge owners. In the early days, it was known as Larke Bazaar, where the market was held with buyers and sellers. Merchants, and traders from across the country as far from Tibet and Manang region used to sell and exchange their products.

At Dharmasala arriving at lunchtime, and for an overnight stop.
Rest of the afternoon relax and prepare for the adventure Larke-La Pass.

Altitude: 5,106 m / 16, 752 feet at Larke-La 3, 700 m/ 12,201 feet at Bhimthang Approx. 8-hour walk. Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.

Today reaching the final highlight of the adventure, after an early breakfast, and carrying pack lunch for the long day’s walk. Start the climb before break of dawn, heading towards a high slope on rocky gravel path above the lodge of Dharmasala.

Climb contours on winding steep uphill path, after hours of strenuous walk reaching on top of Larke-La Pass. The top is adorned with prayer flags and a signpost with the name of Pass and heights.

Every hard effort rewards you with an astonishing panorama of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayan peaks. Includes views of Himlung, Cheo Himal, and Kang Guru, as far as Ganesh Himal Far East direction.

After a tough climb, a long downhill takes you to the other side of Phedi at Bhimthang for an overnight stop. A long descent through moraine and Larcia glacier then reach Tambuche, the base of Larke-La Pass on Manang side.

From the bottom walk to Bhimthang overnight after a long, hard day, a lovely spot amidst green forest surroundings.

Altitude: 2,560 m / 8399 feet.
Approx. 5 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner. 8398.95

After a tough climb crossing the pass and long descent of previous day, today a pleasant walk from Bhimthang to Gho for overnight.

On leaving Bhimthang with downhill reaching a valley of Burdin Khola / stream, which is also the base of Mt. Manaslu west flank. From this high ridge facing grand views of Mt. Manaslu with Annapurna-II towards south west.

Continue walk over Dudh Khola, as walk follows down into a narrow valley amidst dense forest, then reaching Gho for overnight stop. Situated within a forest clearing, a perfect spot for overnight after a tiring day crossing Larke-La pass.

Altitude: 1, 800 m / 5,904 feet. Approx. 7 hours walk.
Overnight at Guesthouse / Lodge-Tea House.

Enjoy the last final trek around Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit adventure, although a long walk to Dharapani village. But an easy pleasant downhill trek compared to the previous tough day, start early having a good breakfast.

Walk heads towards a forested path with a few short ups and down to a small settlement of Gho. After a refreshing stop, continue to walk into the cool shade of the dense forest to Tilje, a nice village above Masrsyangdi River.

Stopping at Tilje for a possible lunch break, the last phase of the walk with a short climb over a bridge. Afternoon walk to a bridge and then a short climb to our final overnight destination at Dharapani village. Located on the famous and popular Annapurna and Manaslu Circuit route, a lovely village for the last day.

Dharapani offers many good lodges with nice rooms, having a comprehensive food menu to enjoy the last day party.

Altitude: 1,350 m. / 4,428 feet at Kathmandu.
Drive approx. 8-9 hour sharing jeep or Bus. Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu.

Final day around the Himalayan hills of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayas, an exciting drive to Kathmandu. Having a good breakfast, board on a local vehicle, depending upon the size of a group.

A long overland journey but interesting winding downhill to low warm farm areas of Lamjung district. As drive stops for short while at Besisar, the headquarters town of Lamjung. From Besisar on a good road, then joining on the main Pokhara and Kathmandu highway at Dumre town.

Drive more than four hours from Dumre town on winding uphill to the outskirt of Kathmandu valley. Finally drive ends on reaching your hotel, arriving by late afternoon or evening time. After a most mesmerizing adventure of a lifetime experience on Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek.

A free day in Kathmandu after a tough long walk around Manaslu with classic adventure around Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit. Enjoy the day relaxing with individual activities or join in for another exciting tour.

Meal Included: Breakfast Only.

Last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, after a great memorable adventure around Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek. Our staff transfer you to the international airport terminal, and then bidding farewell to the guide and staff. As you head for the smooth flight homeward bound.

Trip Inclusion

Inclusion

  • Airport pick up, drop by private vehicles.
  • 04 night’s standard twin- sharing accommodation in a 3 starts hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 19 nights twin sharing accommodation during trek.
  • Guided sightseeing tours with private vehicle in Kathmandu. (Entrance Fee Extra)
  • Local Transportation Jeep/ Bus Kathmandu –Soti Khola & Dharapani – Kathmandu. (If you want both ways private vehicle also available on additional cost).
  • Three meals a day, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Tea/ Coffee in during the meals time.
  • MACP & ACAP permits & Manaslu & Tsum valley special permit as well.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly license holder guide.
  • Porter (02 Guest = 01 porter) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment and accident insurance for all staff.
  • Welcoming Dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with culture performance.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag. (if necessary)
  • Company Duffle Bag, T- shirt.
  • A self-sufficient medical first aid Kit containing vital medications.
  • Company branded 01 water bottle.
  • Local and government taxes.

Exclusion

  • All kind of beverage.
  • Dinner and Lunch in Kathmandu.
  • Personal travel and health insurance, insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs.
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips if extended
  • International airfare.
  • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu, about visa information visit here.
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out our control.

Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek total duration of 23 nights and 24 days, a flexible itinerary leaving rooms for acclimatization and climb preparations. Especially walking at high altitudes, where trekkers should be in perfect physical fitness with sound health.

Some days are tough and tiring going over Larke-La pass, as well on the final day to Dharapani village.

We have set and planned this program for athletic types of people who can cover a long-distance walk in good time. Most lodges on the route to Dharapani village are simple and basic, with a common bathroom and toilets.

The meals are served according to the menu list of foods available seasonal-wise, meat products are quite rare. Due to Buddhism religion where raw and fresh meats are not available. Even though if available will be old and stale, and not fit for a hygienic reason, however, all foods are cooked in a healthy manner and hygienic.

Drinking waters are available in each lodge, which is boiled and filtered and safe for drinking. Bottled water is available, we do encourage plastic bottled water as it created waste and garbage. As we are committed to Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism, one can buy only in emergency situations.

Best Seasons:

The best seasons for Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trekking, is in spring and autumn, spring begins from March to May. Autumn starts from September to November, the spring season with longer days due to much sunlight hours.

Days are mostly bright with sunshine for clear views and pleasant walking can get cloudy in the late afternoon. Chances of light rains and snowfall around higher elevations sometimes, the temperature drops in the early morning and night times.

During springtime, the hills are bright with wild flowers in bloom especially the rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal.

The next best season is autumn from September to November, days are much clear for views and walks. But days are much short due to sunlight hours, pleasant and peak times for trekking around the Himalayas.

Much colder morning and late afternoon till night time, chances of snowfall on higher elevation sometimes.

Culture, Religion & History:

The lower warm areas of the Gorkha district where Manaslu high valley is located, are of mixed tribes of hill people. Gurung, Magar, Hindu Bharamins, Chettries, and Newars with some Bhot migrated from high Manaslu and Tsum areas.

The culture and religions are mixed with Hinduism and Buddhism around low land to mid-hills till Jagat and Philim villages.

But from Jagat village onwards the native of high Tsum & Manaslu valley till Dharapani in Manang are interwoven to strong Buddhism religion.
Follows the ancient heritage and culture similar to its Tibetan predecessor, as the border to Tibet is at a mere distance.

The people of higher Tsum Valley & Manaslu are known as the Bhotia people, which means descendent from Tibet. Most villages around higher areas of Tsum and Manaslu from Namrung onwards have monastery, with rows of prayer walls and spinning wheels.

The Manaslu region, where the ancient Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route passed to and from Nepal / Tibet. Yaks and pack animals laden with goods from the good side of the country.

The base of Larke-La pass at present known as Dharmasala or Phedi in the early days was called Larke Bazaar. Where traders, merchants from Tibet, Gorkha, and Manaslu as far from Manang use to visit on the market day.

The Manaslu comes from the Sanskrit word meaning Soul or mind of the god or holy spirits. For Manaslu natives calls Kutang means land that has been blessed, to raise livestock and a good farm field.

Mt. Manaslu stands as the world’s 8th highest peak at 8,163 m and 26, 781 feet, the first ascent by Japanese Expeditions. Which was conquered on May 9th, 1956 with the support of Nepalese guide Gyalzen Norbu Sherpa.

Since then it remained closed for outside visitors and flung its door open from 1991 onwards. Trekkers can enter and enjoy the walk around Manaslu, on obtaining a special permit, as Manaslu is a restricted region.

Due to its close border with Tibet / China, as well as to control the main flow of trekkers. As well to retain and preserve the country’s pristine environment, the area is under the protection of the Manaslu Conservation Area Project.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

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Why is Tsum Valley and Manaslu Area Restricted region?

There are several regions in Nepal listed as Restricted Areas like Tsum and Manaslu, due to its close frontier with Tibet / China.

Where trekkers require a special permit to enter the Restricted Areas, which should be accompanied by Government Regisrated local company guides. The other reason is to control the mass flow of tourists and to protect its fragile environment.

How hard and tough is the trek?

The only tough day is long hours of walk for someday, the trail are well established for safe trekking. The hardest part of trekking is a long climb to Larke-La pass, and then long stretch of downhill.

The climb of Larke Peak is mentioned of TD grade, which means a climb of some technical difficulty. But possible taking much time and following the expert guide, the climb is straightforward like any other alpine peak climb.

Are there electricity on route trekking in the lodges?

Most large villages like Jagat, Namrung, Sama-Gaon, and Samdo do have hydroelectricity power. Some villages and lodges have their own private solar power as well so that you can charge your electronic gadgets and items.

Do we have to pay extra for showers and charging our electronic items?

Yes, for using hot/cold showers as for charging electronic items one needs to pay a fee. The price differs from one village lodge to another, first ask your guide if the cost is reasonable

How many nights at Tsum Valley?

From Day 07 to Day 12 for 4 nights and 5 days, walking from Lokpa to Lokpa the start and end of Tsum valley region.

How much extra money to carry on the treks?

Depending upon own expenses for extra snacks, soft drinks or having a beer as well buying local souvenirs on treks. Average of US $ 300 to 500 per person, the money required for tipping the guide, staff, and porters also at the end of the trek.

What happens if someone is very sick on treks?

For mild sickness, our guide carries First Aid and a comprehensive medical kit, for serious unfortunate accidents and illness. Immediate evacuation by fastest means of transport to nearest medical center or hospitals.

The best and fastest means is using Helicopter Services that is why all trekkers have to purchase Medical and Travel Insurance in case of emergency situations.

Is Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit a popular trekking?

Tsum Valley is not as popular as Manaslu Circuit, but slowly gaining popularity with few groups of interested trekkers and adventurers. Where small number of group seldom ventures in good time of the year.

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