Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek - 24 Days

Trek Route Summary

Moderate to Demanding
Maximum elevation:
5160 m / 16751 ft at Larkey Pass
Destination :
Region :
Manaslu Region
Activity :
Manaslu Treks
Duration :
24 Days
Distance :
236.5 Kilometers/147miles (Soti Khola to Dharapani)
Group Size :
Min 02 and Max 10 (For solo, we offer a private package)
Nature of Trek :
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season :
March, April, May, June, September, October and November
Activity Per Day :
About 5-6 hrs walking
Transportation :
Private Transportation (Kathmandu Airport-Kathmandu hotel-Kathmandu Airport, Kathmandu-Soti Khola, Syange-Kathmandu)
Accommodation :
Hotel in Kathmandu, Local Lodge / Teahouse during the trek
Start / End Point :
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Required Permits :
Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP), Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP), Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
Attractions :
Kathmandu (World Heritage Sites), Soti Bazaar, Jagat, Tsum valley, Rachen Gompa Sama Gaun, Birendra Lake / Manaslu Base Camp, Larkey La, Dharapani, Flora and Fauna inside Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation Areas

Trip Highlight

  • Trek Tsum Valley, less crowded, virgin land following off the beaten paths.
  • Get immense opportunity to explore looming massifs, many passes, unfathomable gorges, Mani walls, chortens, lush hamlets and gompas such as Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba.
  • Ramble around the majestic Himalayas including Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal and Sringi Himal.
  • Climb up to Larkya La Pass (5220 meters) that offers the 360-degree panoramic views of the mountain ranges and lush valley.
  • Explore Tibetan Buddhist culture.

Trip Overview

Home to stunning wildlife and thriving ecosystem, Tsum Valley is an outlandish place for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. From the breathtaking Himalayan views of the world’s eight highest mountain- Mt. Manaslu (8,163m) to the refreshing natural trekking trails within the flourishing Tsum Valley of north-western Nepal, you can expect to experience a whole lot of excitement and exhilaration during our Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek.

Located at the northern Gorkha of Nepal; the exhilarating trekking trail advance across the rugged but picturesque landscapes to the culturally fascinating Tsum Valley i.e. sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley. Furthermore, the trail is adorned with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers.

Tsum valley renders heavenly backdrop of the gracious Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal, next to Himal Boudha ranges. Precisely, Tsum is a Tibetan word that translates into vivid and the name is utterly befitting for this serene Himalayan valley due to its elegant classic art, culture, and religion; majorly influenced by Buddhism. Moreover, most of the natives belong to Tibetan origin and speak distinct dialect.

We kick start the escapade with a liberating but sensational sightseeing tour around the historic UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as  Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar Square; situated within the vicinity of the Kathmandu valley. After exploration of these delightful classic landmark sites, we shall make our way towards the enchanted Manaslu region.

On the very next day, we take an 8-hour long bus drive to a place called Arughat and begin our initial trekking experience with an exciting hike to Seti Khola. From here onward, the trail goes through densely forested regions brimming with exotic rare animals and birds.

So, be prepared to witness Mother Nature at its best while heading through Machha Khola, Philim, Chumling, Chhokangparo and Nile villages one after another. Additionally, trekkers can also explore an ancient cave called ‘Milarepa Piren Phu’ where the Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to mediate and reside; then, we and visit Dhephyudonma Gompa on the ninth and tenth day of their trek.

However, our trek can become a bit challenging in some instances while crossing the Larkya La Pass which is elevated up to 5,215 meters above sea level. So, you might have to prepare yourself accordingly for such exhaustive phase during the trek.

Alongside the prepossessing outlooks of the majestic Mt. Manaslu, the valley also flaunts exquisite wildlife including the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep that flock together in herds of 40 to 250. Also, beware of the fact that hunting and fishing is not permitted in the Tsum Valley.

The valley showcases some of its appealing gems in the form of, remarkable and historic monasteries such as Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, which is positioned on a nice-looking plateau based in the lap of the beautiful valley; accompanied by Gumba Lungdang i.e. situated at the foot of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal.

Last of all, if you want to experience this trek then we highly recommend you to book this trip during autumn and spring seasons as the weather will mostly remain stable and unchanging throughout these monthly periods.

Contact Holy Mountain Treks to book this trip today!

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlight Overnight
Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu, pick up and transfer to hotel Kathmandu
Day 2 Kathmandu Exploring and permit organization day Kathmandu
Day 3 Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat (700m/2296 ft) 6-7 hrs drive Soti Khola
Day 4 Trek to Machha Khola (870 m/2854 ft) 5-6 hrs Machha Khola
Day 5 Trek to Jagat (1340m/4395 ft) 6 -7 hrs Jagat
Day 6 Trek to Philim (1,590m/ 5215 ft): 3hrs Philim
Day 7 Trek to Chumling (2363m/7775 ft):6/7 hours Chumling
Day 8 Trek to Chokhangparo (3010m/9903ft): 5/6 hours Chokhang Paro
Day 9 Trek to Nile (3361m/11058ft), via Milarepa cave: 6/7 hours Nile
Day 10 Trek to Bhajyo (Chhekya) (4030m/13218ft): 4 hours Bhajyo
Day 11 Rest at Bhajyo (Cheekya) Bhajyo
Day 12 Trek to Rachen Gompa: (3240m/10627ft): 6 hrs Rachen Gompa
Day 13 Trek to Chumje (3230m/10,595ft): 5/6hrs Chumje
Day 14 Trek to Bihi (3130m/10,266ft): 4/5hrs Bihi
Day 15 Trek to Namrung (2540m/8331ft): 6 hrs Namrung
Day 16 Trek to Lho (3180m/10,430 ft): 4 hrs Lho
Day 17 Trek to Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft): 5/6 hrs Samagaon
Day 18 Trek to Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft): 4/5 hrs Samdo
Day 19 Trek to Dharmasala (4460m/14,628ft): 5hrs Dharmashala
Day 20 Trek to Bimthang (3,590m/11811ft), via Larkya La pass (5220m/17121ft)- 7/ 8 hours walking Bimthang
Day 21 Trek to Dharapani (1860m/6,100ft): 6-7 hrs Dharapani
Day 22 Trek to Syange 5/6 hours trek Syange
Day 23 Drive to Kathmandu via Bensishahar Kathmandu
Day 24 Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

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Welcome to this diverse country. Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to your respective hotel by one of the representatives of Holy Mountain Treks.

There will be small group meeting in the hotel after you get freshen up. There is not any organized program today. So, you can visit a tourist hub, Thamel in the evening.

Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

Overnight at:Kathmandu

 A scheduled tour is ahead. We are going to explore historical, cultural and religious sites of Kathmandu valley. A private vehicle/tourist bus will pick up you and heads towards Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple). After exploring Swyambhunath and viewing the city from hilltop, we head towards Kathmandu Durbar Square- one of the Hisoric Royal Palace of the valley then to Bouddhanath- the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and Pasupatinath- one of the biggest Hindu shrine respectively.

After fishnishing our exploring program, we head to our hotel and get ourselves prepared for the upcoming adventurous trek- Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek. Our experienced trekking guide will suggest us the necessary gears for the trek. You will have last minute to buy them. 

Stay overnight at Kathmandu.

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at:Kathmandu

After the breakfast in the hotel, you will be picked up for the long drive before trekking.  Initially, we will via Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway, but later leaving it, we turn towards Dhading Besi.  Further traversing passing the rural settlements, we reach to Arughat. Subsquently, we head towards Soti Kahola, getting the scene terraces, and lush hills viewing panoramic scene of   Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Langtang Himal. Eventually, we reach to Soti Khola and spend overnight there.

Stay overnight at Soti Khola

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Soti Khola

Our epic journey begins from this day after having the breakfast.  We begin our journey passes following Budhi Gandaki river.  The trek passes having the magnificent views of the landscapes, some gradual ascends and descends, rocks, astonishing waterfalls and dense forest of Sal trees.

We get our lunch in a Gurung village named Lapubesi. After the lunch, we again march passing some settlements, offshoots of Budi Gandaki river and their bridges towards Machha Khola. On the way, we shall have the magnificent views of the Sringi Himal (7187 m).

Stay overnight at Machha Khola

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Machha Khola

Our journey follows the gorge reaching the river today. Further trekking encountering some ups and downs, passing Tharo Khola and Khorlabesi, we reach at Tatopani, a small hot spring where we take a short break

After an hour’s hike, we reach our lunch place-Dobhan. After exploring magnificent waterfalls, we head towards Yarubagar. Passing some streams, wooden bridges. Further encountering some wooden and suspension bridges, we enter the Manaslu Conservation Area.

Marching via the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, passing the settlements and forested hills, we reach the village of Jagat to spend overnight.

Stay overnight at Jagat

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Jagat

We break ground our journey following a slate-paved trail after having an early meal in Jagat. Then we descend to offshoot of the Budhi Gandaki, and pass it. Continuing the journey for 20 minutes we reach at Salleri.

We follow the uphill trial over the Budi Gandaki river now. Passing the magnificent Gurung settlement, Sirdibas, we reach at Philim eventually.

Stay overnight at Philim

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Philim

Keeping the Philim beyond, we head northward crossing a forested land viewing the valley. Upon reaching Ekle Bhatti, we pass gorge before entering pine and rhododendron woodlands. Then we continue following a steep trail to Gumlung. Having the picturesque views of Himalchuli mountains, passing Lokpa and crossing Shiar Khola, we arrive at Chumling eventually where we visit the old Chumling gompa and halt for overnight stay there.

Stay overnight at Chumling

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Chumling

We restart our journey after breakfast traversing a suspension bridge over Samalikring Khola. We ascend towards now for Tanju where we can explore a Monastery there.

 Further marching via the gentle uphill trail hit at Kowo. From here we have a steep uphill way for Chhokang Paro. Chhokang Paro is an alluring Tibetan hamlet having a post office, monastery, refresh hot spring and more.

Stay overnight at Chokhang Paro

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Chokhang Paro

As we are heading towards the higher elevation, may have the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness.

Walking gradually, passing Piren Phu cave, Lamagaon,and Rachen Gompa, we hike uphill for Milarepa’s Cave. Milarepa is famous Tibetan saint, was believed to have meditated here. We can explore gompas attached to the rocky cave there. Then we head crossing Shiar Khola.

Continuing the journey passing Phurbe and Pangdun and Chhule hamlets, exploring the lifestyles and rituals therearound, we reach Nile and spend overnight there.

Stay overnight at Nile

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Nile

Forthwith, we are abreast to Tibetan border.  We head on the way over the west tier of the valley observing the Tibetan sceneries.

Postliminary, we ascend to Mu Gompa and further to Bhajyo.  We have the picturesque views of the Ganesh Himal range and Tibetan peaks. Bhajyo is an isolated range where we do not find any settlements except some yak farm houses.

Stay overnight at Bhajyo

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Bhajyo

This day is scheduled as an acclimation day. We shall explore therearound too. This day offers the panoramic views of glaciers of the Yamdro Valley and Ngula Dhojyang pass.

Stay overnight at Bhajyo

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Bhajyo

We head downward for Rachen Gumba today. This nunnery was instituted in 1905 AD and is situated in the Shiar Khola Valley. Rachen Gumba is one of the principal Gumba with great reputation therearound. You can explore marvelously dyed with Buddhist fresco canvases in the inland of the Gumba.

Stay overnight at Rachen Gompa

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Rachen Gompa

Our 13th day begins heading Chumje.  We keep our journey southward reaching a bridge.

We then head to Chhokang Paro via western bank. Further marching for a couple of hours we land at Gho, a trivial Gompa. From the Gho, we track the northern trail in the lower Tsum Valley. Eventually, we reach at Chumje passing Yaju for our overnight stay.

Stay overnight at Chumje

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Chumje

Our journey heads towards Bihi today. For this we linger the journey following the northern trial in the junior Tsum Valley.

Then we pass the hamlets of Dorjon, Kharka and Rana, encounter a large suspension bridge, and pastureland as well as a valley of Manaslu and reach the village of Bihi and spend overnight there. 

Stay overnight at Bihi

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Bihi

Our hiking begins walking on a smooth topography. Subsequently, we head uphill following the path via forest. Throughout the journey, we shall have the magnificent views of Himalayas including Manaslu.

Stay overnight at Namrung

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Namrung

After breakfast we march following the trial which leads to inner Himalayan range.  As we are heading upwards, the topography changes and we experience truncated shrubbery and sterile lands.

Passing several monasteries, mani walls, prayer flags, chortens, having the picturesque views of the mountain peaks Dwijen Himal, Mt. Manaslu, Saula Himal, Gorkha Himal, and several others, we finally reach the village of Lho.

Stay overnight at Lho

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Lho

We head towards Samagaon today. Initially we march passing the ‘stone gate’, several mani walls and colourful prayer flags. Waalkig via shady fir forest, we head upward for the village of Shyala. Magnificent views of the mountain ranges such as Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Peakk 29 and many more can be observed on the way. Further chasing the trail via lateral glacial deposit of Pungen Glacier, we reach at Sama Gaon finally.

Stay overnight at Samagaon

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Samagaon

Our 18th day’s journey begins climbing an uphill gradually. On the trial, we have to pass the forsaken tracks of the blowy valley. We reach Samdo after trekking approximately three hours. We are too close to Tibetan boarder now. It is only 4 kilometers away from here.   

Moreover, we shall have an amazing panoramic view of the mountain ranges including Mt. Manaslu, Manaslu Glacier, Manaslu ice fall, Ngadi Chuli, Simnang Himal, Samdo Chuli and several others.

Stay overnight at Samdo

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Samdo

We are reaching at Dharmasala (4460m/14,628ft) today. For this, we head passing the high hills and leaving Budi Gandaki River behind.  On the way we pass a stream to deserted Larkya Bazaar before reaching Larkya La Phedi (Dharmasala), the last campsite before passing an adventurous Larkya La.

Stay overnight at Dharmashala

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Dharmashala

The most important day of the trek is ahead today. We are reaching at the highest altitude of the trek today.  

Initially, we march uphill for Cho Danda as well as Larkya Peak via Larkya Glacier. Further heading steeply uphill, we reach a popular pass named Larkya La pass (5220m/17121ft).  We shall have 360-degree panoramic scene of the mountain ranges including Cheo Himal (6,820m), Himlung Himal (7,126m), Kang Kuru (6,981m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Gyagi Kung, and many more.

Enjoying the astonishing views from the Pass, we descend to Tanbuche and further to Bimthang following steep via moraines.

Stay overnight at Bimthang

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Bimthang

You shall get great difference in the vegetation today because we will descend a boundless elevation. Following the valley of Burdin Khola, passing the forests full of rhododendron trees we reach at Karche.  Further descending to the village of Gho, and Tilje villages and crossing Dudh Khola, we finally reach Dharapani and stay overnight there.

Stay overnight at Dharapani

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Dharapani

This is the last day of our trek. We will follow the trial of the Annapurna Circuit Trek today for Syange. Crossing the bridges over the Marsyandi River, passing several villages as Tal, Chyamje and Jagat we reach Syange eventually where we spend our overnight.

Stay overnight at Syange

Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Syange

After inhaling our first meal of the day, we catch a local jeep for Bensishahar. Having the magnificent views of the terraced fields, encountering the bumpy road, we reach to Bensishahar.

A private vehicle awaits us for Kathmandu. Following the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway, viewing the high hills, farmhouses, agricultural fields, terrains, and rivers, we reach Kathmandu.

Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. You are invited for a farewell dinner in a cultural restaurant at Thamel. You have last minute to buy Nepalese cultural souvenirs for your beloved ones in the shops of Thamel.

Stay overnight at Kathmandu

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at:Kathmandu

pleased having such wonderful trekkers.

You will be shifted to Tribhuvan International Airport before 3 hours of your scheduled flight using a private vehicle/tourist bus.

Hoping the affirmative recommendations, we bade good bye!!!!

 Included meals: Breakfast

Altitude Chart

Manaslu with Tsum Valley Trek

Price Includes

  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Three nights’ twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in deluxe Kathmandu Sunny Hotel or similar hotel in Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including temple/monument entry fees and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available teahouse/lodge accommodation local teahouse  (twin sharing ) during the trek
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide (6 trekkers : 1 assistant guide)  and porters (2 trekkers : 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and accidental insurance
  • Kathmandu to Arughat and Beshishahar to Kathmandu transportation in private vehicle
  • Manaslu trekking and  valley special permit fee (Manaslu region is in restricted zone, we need special permit to visit this area)
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
  • Holy Mountain Treks T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • Manaslu Trekking Special permit, Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • First aid medical kit
  • All government taxes & office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal Visa Information)
  • International and domestic airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • Alcoholic drinks and cold drinks
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc)
  • Personal equipments and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

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