Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley

The Manaslu Valley Trek is remote and spectacular with rough steep tracks and limited accommodation. It is culturally fascinating with strong continuing links to Tibet in the upper Buri Gandaki (called Nupri ‘the western mountains’) and the Tsum Valley and even has the Larkya La (5100m) as a challenge. The views of Mt Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world, are marvellous and close.

Mount Manaslu is the eighth tallest mountain in the world coupled with a chance to observe cultural, natural and biological diversity of the region. Despite being a popular destination, Manaslu Trekking is restricted and requires a special permit. Trekking in Manaslu allows you to explore the majestic height and splendorous sight of Mount Manaslu accompanied with a rich diversity in flora and fauna and a wide cultural spectrum which includes strong influences from Tibet mixing with typical and diverse Nepalese culture and ethnicity.
Trip Code: MCTV22
Starts: Soti khola
Finishes: Dharapani
Duration: 23 Days
Difficulty: Hard
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 16
Seasons: Mar-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 5215m/ 17109.6ft
Trip Views: 1287
Activities: Trekking
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Breakfast: 22
Lunch: 19
Dinner: 19
Private Vehicle
Hotel: 3 Night(s)
Teahouse: 17 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 2 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Mount Manaslu (8,156m) is the eighth highest peak in the world from where 10 peaks of over 6,500m can be seen.
  • Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu were the first to climb Mount Manaslu on 9th May 1956 as a part of Japanese Expedition Team.
  • Manaslu and Tsum Valleys are the valleys reminiscent of paradise which can only be reached with enormous hardship.
  • Tsum is said to be a beyul, one of the hidden valleys which Padmasambhava blessed as refuges to be discovered when the planet is approaching destruction and the world becomes too corrupt for spiritual practices.
  • This trek features all the great aspects of the classic trek in Nepal: epic scenery, spectacular suspension bridge crossing and even the Larkya La Pass (5,160m).

 

Why this Trip

  • Manaslu Circuit is off the beaten trek that takes you to remote places of Nepal offering you beautiful sceneries and wildlife. It is a half camping trip in a most comfortable way.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : KATHMANDU ARRIVAL (1350M)
    As soon as the airplane lands, you’ll sense the beginning of an adventure. Our representative will be at the airport to greet you and escort you to the hotel. Savor the taste of hustle and bustle in Kathmandu, where everyone would seem busy but never too busy to greet you with a smile. In the evening, we will brief about the itinerary and later we will go for a nice dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel;

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Guided Kathmandu tour
    • Delicious Momo
    • Traditional dinner
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    Kathmandu valley is an ancient city with diverse cultures and traditions. It has a significant part in the history of Nepal. Home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it has been chosen as a cultural and historical site of study and excursions throughout history. We’ll observe some of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu throughout a day. Overnight stay at the hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Delicious Momo
    • Food and wine tour (Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE TO SOTIKHOLA
    In the morning, we gear up for adventure that awaits us. We take a drive all the way to Arughat. From Arughat we pass through hydroelectricity project, well cultivated -rice/millet fields until Maltar. Buri Gandaki valley now appears narrow and steep; trail crosses through Arkhet Khola and finally reaches Sotikhola. Overnight stay at Sotikhola;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Drive to Sotikhola
  • placeDAY 4 : TREK TO MACHAKHOLA
    This day is the start of our trek. After having breakfast, we trek towards Gurung village Labubesi (880m). Leaving Labubesi behind we further trek to Machhakhola (900m), from where we can have access to the area of Ganesh Himal. Overnight at a teahouse in Machhakhola;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 5 : TREK TO JAGAT
    Leaving Machhakhola and passing through Khrolabesi, we reach a hot spring called Tatopani. Here we can relax for some time but we need to continue our trek to Jagat (1410m) along with beautiful forests. We will reach at Dovan after few hours, below which flows the massive Budi Gandaki River. As the elevation increases, the trails and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation. Jagat is a humble village with average accommodation teahouses and above average sceneries. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Jagat;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO PHILIM
    From Jagat, we will climb over the ridge to Salleri (1440m); which has wonderful views of Mt. Shringi (7187m). We descend through Sirdibas and again climb up to Philim (1590m) surrounded by rich fields of maize, potato, and millet. Overnight at a teahouse in Philim;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 7 : PHILIM TO CHUMLING
    On this day, we transverse from pretty forests with views of the narrowing valley. We climb up for a short time before we reach Ekle Bhatti (1600m) then meander high above a spectacular gorge, entering woods of pine trees. Later we go down to a junction that has two ways to Ghap and Tsum. We take right and head towards Tsum valley. We walk for a decent amount of time and reach Lokpa (2240m), surrounded by barley fields. After the further walk we reach Chumling. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Chumling;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • trek
  • placeDAY 8 : CHUMLING TO CHHOKANG PARO
    After breakfast, we will cross the suspension bridge from the east of the hotel and pass through well cultivated farming land of maize and potatoes. We can find traditional Tibetan houses on the way. Up the valley to the east are superb views of several of the 7000m-7400m mountain peaks such as Mt. Ganesh. We will also encounter long suspension bridges, and we will reach the perched village of Ripchet (2468m). We will cross the Serpu Khola and climb for 2hrs to upper Tsum and the joined villages of Chhokang-Paro (3010m). Overnight stay at a teahouse in Chhokang Paro;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 9 : CHOKKANPARO TO NILE
    We will depart from Chhokanparo to Nille after breakfast. We head east through small villages and past a local school, climb over a ridge of Chortens and past Lamagaon(3202m) through the flat fields, looking across the extensive crops and river. We will visit the huge courtyard of the Rachen Gompa Nunnery (3240m). This Gompa only allows women to enter. Then we will cross the Shiar Khola, pass through hamlets of Phurbe (3251m) and Pangdun (3258m) and pass an unusual round Stupa before reaching the larger village of Chhule (3347m) through an impressive entrance gate (kani). The children here all wear the Tibetan dressing gown called chubas and there are many yaks. We will then head upstream to cross the bridge and climb to Nile (3361m). Overnight stay at a teahouse in Nile;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 10 : NILE TO MU GUMBA
    We leave Nile at dawn after breakfast, enjoying the sunrise on the narrowing valley walls, yaks being put to pasture and a day with just a light Pack. The final climb up to the large Mu Gompa (3700m) is through dry Tibetan country, with rows of Chhortens and widening mountain vistas. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. We pass through Kalung, Chhule, Phurbe, and Rachen Gompa. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Mu Gumba;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 11 : MU GUMBA TO CHOKKANPARO
    After beautiful morning sunrise with 360-degree view of the mountains around us, we'll gradually bid farewell to our destination and return back Nile and eventually to Chokkang paro. It's going to be consideribly an easy day compared to all other days of the trip. Overnight at a teahouse in Chokkang Paro;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 12 : CHOKKANPARO TO LHOKPA
    On this day, we start our journey to return back from the trek, we head for Lhokpa and stay overnight there;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 13 : LHOKPA TO DENG
    After breakfast, we will continue from Lokpa down the exposed track until the track from Philim comes in from the left. We will then turn right, cross the Buri Gandaki on a solid bridge and traverse to a welcome Bhatti just around the corner for tea and a last look up the Tsum Valley. We will then enter a very narrow gorge with loose tracks, up and down, up and down. We will cross to the east bank (true left) at one point and then back again to the west bank on a sloping suspension bridge. Then we will enter Nupri (‘the western mountains’) through bamboo forests to Deng (1800m), inhabited by Gurungs who practice Buddhism. There are quite a few lodges here after the Mani wall. Overnight stay at Deng;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 14 : DENG TO NAMRUNG
    We leave Deng after breakfast and climb to Rana (1980m) and pass the trail up to Bhi (2130m; Bhi). The river roars below except one place where a rock fall has created a huge dam. We will continue in and out of canyons, cross the Serang Khola coming from the north and climb steeply again before finally circling into Ghap (2160m; Tsak). From Ghap, we will enter Namrung. Overnight stay at Namrung;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 15 : NAMRUNG TO SYALA
    From Namgrung, we will depart for the scenic village of Syala. Syala is a beautiful village that offers a 360-degree view of mountains and hills. Overnight at Syala;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 16 : SYALA TO SAMA GAON
    In the morning we can see the glorious sunrise from the Syala and after breakfast, we head for Sama Gaon which is around 2-3 hours of walk. After reaching upon our tea house, we’ll rest a bit and leave our bags behind and start walking up towards Manaslu Base Camp for acclimatization. Overnight stay at Sama gaon;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 17 : SAMA GAON TO SAMDO
    From Sama Gompa, we will head towards Samdo via Kargyu Chholing Gompa and pass through rivers, juniper and rich forests and stone huts of Kermo Kharka. From Kemo Kharka trail gets rougher, crosses the Buri Gandaki and after a long walk, we will reach the Samdo (3860m). Overnight at Samdo;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 18 : SAMDO TO DHARAMSALA
    On this day, we descend on a wide trail from Samdo passing through many fields and rivers. We will reach Dharamsala (4470m). Overnight stay at a teahouse in Dharamsala;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 19 : DHARAMSALA TO BHIMTANG
    This day’s trail is going to be gentle climb beside a moraine. The trail becomes rougher and indistinct as it crosses the moraine to the south steep and grassy slope. We will cross through the Larke Pass (5100m) and reach Dangboche Kharka. Later we head towards Bhimtang spend a night there;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 20 : BHIMTANG TO TILJE
    The trail drops from Bimtang and crosses glacier stream. After climbing over the glacier we enter rhododendron forest to reach Hompuk (3430m). We will then pass through Karache, Gho and finally reach Tilije (2300m). Overnight at Tilije;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Trek
  • placeDAY 21 : DRIVE TO BESISAHAR
    Before we hop onto a jeep and reach Besisahar we will walk for an hour or so until we reach Dharapani and check out from Manaslu and Annapurna conservation area. Overnight at Beshisahar;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • trek and drive
  • placeDAY 22 : DRIVE TO KATHMANDU
    After Breakfast, we head towards Kathmandu. We pass through Trishuli River and picturesque villages which takes about 5-7 hours to arrive in Kathmandu Valley. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will be transferred to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Drive to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 23 : DEPARTURE
    Our representative will meet you at the hotel and escort you to the airport depending on your flight schedule. The airport Check-In time is 3 hours prior to the flight time.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • -

    Activities:

    • Airport Drop
    • Souvenir
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private vehicle
    • Standard/Deluxe room in Kathmandu on twin/double sharing with breakfast
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by a professional guide
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need)
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
    • Authorized English speaking guide along with Porters for the trek
    • Equipment clothing for porters including their insurance
    • All applicable government tax
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation
    • All necessary paperwork and Special Trekking Permit, Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS)
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader

     
  • Complimentary
    • Arrangement of tea, coffee during the trek
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Map of Manaslu region
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Sim service (zero balance)
    • Photos and videos of the trip (if requested)
    • Certificate of appreciation (if requested)
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

     
     


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. Is this a popular trek ?
    Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek is a restricted area and requires special permit. It is little bit hard to do this trek so you must be fit, strong and healthy while doing this trek and also Manaslu circuit trek is restricted which required special permit.
  • 6. Is Travelling in Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can proudly boast as one of the safest countries in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful especially towards women. Locals are very respectful and welcoming toward women and tourist in general and our guides will make sure you are comfortable and safe while trekking in remote areas.
  • 7. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    Manaslu Manang and Tsum Valley Trek is trekking region and mostly we spend our night at Guesthouse. In Guesthouse, you can get pasta, noodles, bread, soup etc. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek. As you trek higher it’s better to avoid meat because non-vegetarian is heavy meals which may cause food poisoning so we avoid it.
  • 9. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and to drive towards Sotikhola we will use jeep. We also drop and pick up from the starting and ending point of trek on private car or Jeep depending on the number of travellers.
  • 11. What is the best season for trekking in Manaslu Manang and Tsum Valley Trek ?
    Spring season (March to June) and autumn season (September to December) are the best time to do this trek, in winters it is difficult to trek in snow and harsh cold.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange helicopter for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 13. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking in Manaslu Manang and Tsum Valley is a little bit hard and tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal innerwear to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 15. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
  • 16. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 17. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It is easier and cheaper.
  • 18. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    In some villages, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly. Our guide also provided with a mobile phone in case of emergency you can call from his mobile and make a call.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide’s schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really do not recommend this to our clients unless there is an emergency case. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 21. How many hours do I have to trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 7-9 hours a day. But it should not be taken as certain thing because the hours of walk depends on clients' speed. So it is really relative.
  • 22. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 23. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    You cannot use the credit card during the trek. You have to withdraw the money before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 24. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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