Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Duration22 Days
Trip GradeChallenging
CountryNepal
Maximum Altitude5160 M
Group Size1-12
StartsKathmandu
EndsKathmandu
ActivitiesTrekking/ Hiking
Best TimeMarch to May & September to December

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Highlights

  • Manaslu Circuit and Annapurna Circuit trek
  • Reaching close to the Tibetan border from Nepal
  • Chortens and mani walls decorated with prayer flags and wheels
  • Stunning view Mt. Manaslu 98,163m), Himalchuli (7,893m), Ngadi, Ganesh Himal (7,422m), Larkya Peak (6,249m) and many more
  • Tsum Valley as the hidden gem of the Northern Himalayas
  • Popular monasteries like Piren Phu (Milarepa’s Cave), Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa
  • Crossing Larkya La Pass (5,160m

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Overview

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is the best remote trek in Nepal. It is the closest trekking region to the Kathmandu Valley. This trek leads you towards Mount Manaslu (8,156 m).

Tsum Valley lies between Ganesh Himal, also called Yangri, and Mt. Manaslu (Kutang), the eighth-highest peak in the world. Trekking to Manaslu and Tsum Valley takes you completely away from the crowds.

The avid trekkers choose the Tsum Valley Manaslu trek after the Everest Base Camp trek and Annapurna Circuit trek. It is full of the natural and cultural diversity of the Northern Himalayas. So, it has been a growing tourist destination of Nepal.

Manaslu Tsum Valley hiking shows you the typical lifestyle, culture, and tradition of rustic mountain villages. The ancient monasteries decorated with prayer flags and wheels are strong evidence of Tibetan Buddhist culture in the region.

Mani walls and chortens in almost every village of Tsum Valley always welcome the trekkers. During the trek, you can observe extensively wealthy cultural heritage, perfectly rustic hamlets, and jovial people celebrating colorful festivals.

Manslu Tsum Valley region extends between sub-tropical and alpine regions. Therefore, it houses large varieties of flora and fauna. Apart from the snow-capped peaks of the Manaslu region and Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), you see the dense pine, oak, fir, and rhododendron forests. Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) is the home for the Himalayan birds like Lophophores. While walking along the less frequented rugged trails, you see animals like Himalayan Thar, snow leopards, etc. Similarly, the glacial lakes and icefalls hanging from the peaks all above 6,500 m make another appeal to explore them.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek  Routes

The magical Manaslu Tsum Valley trek starts from Soti Khola. To reach Soti Khola, you have a couple of options. First, you can drive through the Kathmandu-Gorkha-Aarughat route. Secondly, the Kathmandu-Dhadingbesi-Aarughat route can also be followed.

First few days, you will go around Tsum Valley, the abode of the Tibetan Buddhist and Bon religions. Here in this valley, you explore Mu Gompa, Rachen Gompa, and Piren Phu. The valley of 18 small villages is populated by nearly 4,000 people of Tibetan origin.

You can also customize this voyage to Manaslu Base Camp trek as well. To reach the base camp of Mt. Manaslu, you spend a day at Samagaun. Here, you will explore of Birendra Lake and Sama Gompa which are a few hours’ distance.

Manaslu Tsum Valley trek takes you to one of the highest human settlement areas of the world. Dharamshala (4,480 m) is the highest-placed Himalayan village in the Manaslu Circuit trek. From here, you go across Larkya La Pass (5,160 m).

Larkya La Pass is one of the most challenging Himalayan passes in the world. However, the rewards you get after reaching the top are beyond description! This pass connects your Manaslu Tsum Valley trek to the Annapurna Circuit trek.

From Talbesi, you catch a private vehicle for the retreat driving to Kathmandu Valley. In this way, you start the Magical Manaslu Tsum Valley trek from MCAP and end at ACAP. The journey of more than 3 weeks becomes a lifelong memory one can hardly gain!

Best Time for Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek:

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek would be done throughout all seasons of the year. However, winter is not as appropriate as the rest of the other seasons. The best time for the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek is spring.

In this season, the entire Manaslu region is decorated with colorful flowers. Flower species of rhododendrons and other flowers cover the entire Manaslu Tsum Valley region. It seems as if a bride is beautified for the wedding day!

Besides, it is an excellent plan for discovering the remote trekking trail of Nepal in spring. There are low avalanche risks, landslides, and other hurdles due to harsh climatic conditions. In this season, the days are warm while the nights and mornings are cool.

In fine weather with clear skies, you can have a crystal view of the snow-capped peaks like Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Hiunchuli, and others. In addition, the lush valleys and dramatic landscapes unleash their gorgeousness to the fullest.

Cultural and Religious Attractions of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Manaslu region has two major ethnic groups: Nubri and Tsum as the permanent settlers. That is why, these valleys are named Nubri and Tsum Valley respectively. These Himalayan valleys had been divided by the Chhikur River.

Gurung ethnic community is the dwellers of Nubri Valley. Most of the people will be engaged in foreign employment. Hence, you can find the influence of foreign customs and customs here in this valley.

On the other side, Tsum Valley is almost completely distant from the modern world and its discoveries. The Bhotias (Bhutias), which are of Tibetan origin, are the dominant settlers of this hidden valley. They follow the Bon religion which is the indigenous religion of the Tibetan Autonomous Region.

Gurung and Sherpa are the other ethnic communities living in the Manaslu Tsum Valley region. These people follow Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition. You can find chortens, mane walls, and monasteries in this region.

There are many ancient monasteries like Rachen Nunnery, Mu Monastery and Gumba Lungdang Nunnery. A stroll around the Buddhist cultural villages like Chumling, Chhule, Chhekamparo, and Nyile helps you witness unique culture and tradition.

Pirren Phu (also called Milarepa’s Cave or Pigeon Cave) is the most sacred Buddhist shrine in Tsum Valley. It is said that the Chinese saint and scholar, Milarepa meditated and got enlightened in the Nepalese Himalayas.

Milarepa’s Cave is located near Burji Village where you can see three separate caves. A life-size statue of Saint Milarepa who was born in around 1052 lies nearby the natural rocky cave. You can still observe the footprints of Milarepa, the statues of Avaloketeshwara, Buddha, and Tara.

How difficult is Manaslu Tsum Valley trek?

Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is a challenging trekking in Nepal in the Northern Himalayas. You have to spend the same nights above 2,500 m. It means there is a possibility for AMS like altitude sickness. You can avoid altitude sickness by applying simple preventive measures. Walking slowly, drinking enough water as well as having enough rest and hygienic food help you avoid this problem.

Next, you have to walk for about 6 hours every day along the rugged trails going steeply up and down. Trekking along such steep trails is another challenge to face. The last but not the least, you have to go across Larkya La Pass (5,106 m). Crossing one of the high passes of the Nepalese Himalayas is not that easy. Specially, if you travel to this region in the winter season, the high pass is blocked by heavy snowfall. Therefore, it becomes more challenging in this time of the year. But the rewards you get after winning over this pass are incredible.

Itinerary
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The representative of our agency receives you at the Kathmandu Airport on arrival. Then, he or she relocates you to the hotel. In the spare time, you can take a side trip around Thamel. In the evening, the team member gives you all the details regarding Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley trek.

 

You begin the journey towards Soti Khola right after having breakfast. Driving through the Prithvi Highway up to Dhading and then across Dhadingbesi, you reach Aarughat. From here, you have to drive for about 2 hours to reach Soti Khola.

The scenery of the snowy peaks of Manalsu and Ganesh Himal Range makes your trip more memorable. The gurgling rivers, small trading centers and villages close to the green forests are also beautiful to see.

 

The trip continues uphill and downhill along the densely forested Budhi Gandaki River Valley. You can also enjoy the glimpses of mountains. You go across some high altitude villages situated at the top of hills on the way. Walking past a beautiful village Lububeshi (880m), you reach Machha Khola for the night stay.

 

Today’s trek starts by following the narrow trail moving uphill and downhill showing the captivating sights all around. You will go past a couple of Gurung ethnic villages: Khorlabesi and Tatopani. You can take a short pause at Tatopani to experience the natural hot water spring.

Then, you walk past the Yura Khola and Dobhan to get to Jagat village. Jagat is the entry point of Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP).  Enjoying the stunning view of Chamar Peak (7,165m) and a few waterfalls, you reach Sirdibas. It is a Buddhist village boasting mani walls, prayer flags and wheels.

Walking past the Ghatte Khola suspension bridge, you reach Philim at the end. Philim is also a Gurung Village of Manaslu region that is used as a stop by the trekkers.

After breakfast, you start the trip by following the steep trail along a ridge. This is the traditional trail to Ganesh  Himal Base Camp trek. On fine days, Buddha Himal (6,692m) and Himalchuli (7,893m). Finally, following the other track, you reach Chumling located at Lower Tsum Valley.

You can take a side trip around Chumling to observe three monasteries: Panago Gumba, Mani Dhungyar and Gurwa Gompa. You can also enjoy the 360-degree view of Ganesh Himal (7,422m) from upper part of Chumling village.

 

Today, you trek towards upper part of Tsum Valley region along the Syar Khola Valley. Then, you walk past Dumje, which is the largest mountain city in the entire Tsum Valley. By crossing a unique Gompa of Gho Village, you reach Chhekamparo.

Chekamparo is a pure Tibetan Buddhist village made up of two small settlements: Chekam and Paro respectively. You can see Himchuli and Ganesh Himal with the sips of Tibetan traditional tea. The local people of Chhekamparo welcome their guests providing the traditional tea made up of cheese and salt including organic food.

 

The trail leads you northwards of the Upper Tsum Valley across Chulchule and Nile villages. Moving through the cultivated lands, you reach Lamagaun. Before you reach Burji Village, you visit Piren Phu (Pigeon’s Cave or Milarepa’s Cave).

According to a legend, the Chinese scholar and saint, Milarepa completed his penance in this natural cave. You can still find the footprints of Saint Milarepa and two gompas, Buddhist paintings, stone inscriptions and manuscripts in the cave.

After relishing the peaceful environment, you move towards Mu Gompa, the oldest monastery of Manaslu region. You spend the night at the monastery that runs a guesthouse for the trekkers.

 

You have a few things to do for acclimatization here. First of all, exploration of Mu Gompa, which is the largest gompa of this region. It is the largest monastery of Tsum Valley region. Located in the Trans-Himalayan Terrain, Mu Gompa was established in 1855 AD.

The monastery contains a full size of Avalokiteshwara and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara. There are many ancient religious books and row of chortens. You can have the breathtaking view of the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau.

You can also ascend to pasturelands for yak grazing. Next, you can hike to Dophyudonma Monastery. This shrine is the landmark related to the beginning of Buddhism in Tsum Valley. This is one of the oldest monasteries in the region having a row of chortens. From here, you can  see the splendid view of mountains of Manaslu region.

 

After breakfast, you will descend towards Chumling vai Chhekamparo for the night station. During the trek, you enjoy the natural beauty and cultural variety. You feel it quite easier to descend while cherishing the spectacular view of the landscapes, villages situated on top of hills and monasteries en route. Playing “hide and seek” with Ganesh Himal and Himchuli, you reach Chumling after 6 hours.

 

Following the trail you used a couple of days earlier, you descend towards Lokpa. The scenery of the Himalayas and the green forests are lovely that you will quickly cover the distance.

 

You follow the same trail that you did previously from Lokpa to Philim. After that, you go across a bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River and move along the narrow windy trail. Again, you cross a suspension bridge over the river and walk further towards Nyak village.

Finally, following the Budhi Gandaki River banks, you reach Deng across the bamboo forests. Deng is a Gurung village providing enchanting vistas of the peaks of Shringi Himal (7,165m).

 

Don’t forget to relish the amazing sunrise view of Shringi HImal from Deng while having breakfast. Thereafter, following the trail that goes past Rana Bridge and dense pine forests, you get to Bihi Phedi.

There are mani walls, mystic stone idols of gods and goddesses reflecting the dominance of Buddhist followers there. Finally, by walking across a suspension bridge over the Sereng Khola, you reach Ghap.

 

You move further along the rugged path that passes through the dense forests of pine, fir, oak and rhododendron that shelter different species of birds. You have to cross a few suspension bridges and steep uphill and downhill track, you reach Namrung village.

Then, you go past the path made of stone stairs and barley fields to reach Lihi. Exploring the traditional architectural beauty of Lihi, you move forward crossing a suspension bridge. In the course of walking, you have the view of Lidanda Glacier and Simnang Himal (6,251m).

Moving ahead slowly along the rugged trail for two hours, you reach Lho. It is a beautiful village having mani walls, prayer flags and chortens. It is famous for some Buddhist monasteries including Nyingma Rinjung Gompa plus majestic appearance of Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.

 

After having breakfast, you move ahead to Shyala by crossing the terraced agricultural fields and wooden houses. Then, walking past by the Pungen Glacier, you reach Samagaun located in a flat valley.

This village has a cluster of houses with neat and clean courtyards in the middle of fields planted with different crops. The environment of Samagaun and its people look really busy with the flock of trekkers in peak climbing season.

As it is close to Manaslu Base Camp (4,800m), thousands of adventurous trekkers spend the night here. They make the necessary preparation over this village. You will witness the stunning vistas of the landscapes and snowy peaks of Manaslu region.

 

Today’s track moves towards the northern part of the upper Budhi Gandaki Valley until Samdo. On the way, you go across the confluence of the Larke River and a small tributary of the Budhi Gandaki River. You also see the Samdo Glacier from where the holy Budhi Gandaki River originates .

Following the trail other than to Manaslu Base Camp trek, you move further along the juniper and birch forests. Leaving Kermo Kharka behind and going across some suspension bridges and the appealing landscapes, you reach Samdo village.

 

You begin the journey along the Atharha Saya (1,800) River and then, through the banks of the Larke River. During the walk, you can enjoy the exciting view of Naike Peak (6,416m). Then, you cross a bridge followed by mani walls and stone huts to reach Larkya Bazaar.

It is a seasonal market to sell the products of the region. En route, you can have a wonderful sight of the Syacha Glacier, some pasturelands and dense forests. Sometimes, you might see some blue sheep perhaps! In the end, you get to Dharmasala, which is the highest human settlement area of Manaslu region.

 

This is the most exciting and challenging day of the entire Manaslu Tsum Valley trek itineray. You are going to cross Larkya La Pass (5,160), which is the highest pass of the entire trip. The trail gradually ascends along the Larkya Glacier and offering you the wonder full view of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak (6,249m).

Larkya La Pass is a vantage point in the whole Manaslu Circuit. You can see the snowcapped peaks of Manslu region including Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) Massifs.

After doing with the mesmerizing view of the Northern Himalayas, you descend gradually. As the trail is slippery along the Salphudanda Glacier section and some cliffs, you must be quite careful. By the end of the trekking duration, you reach Bhimthang for the night rest.

 

After breakfast, you begin the journey ahead following the gradually descending trial. Enjoying the jaw-dropping vistas of the snowcapped peaks like Himlung, Cheo, Gyagi Kunj, Kanguru and Annapurna II, you continue the journey.

Then, moving through the dense forests, you have the best picturesque of Mt. Manaslu and the surrounding peaks. Following the banks of the Dudh Khola River, you may have a rare sight of grey monkey (Langur) in the surrounding. Today’s trekking ends at Gho after walking for about 7 hours.

 

Moving along the lovely dense forests, you reach Tilje, a stop of Manaslu Circuit trek. This beautiful village is situated on the Marsynagdi River banks. Crossing this village, you reach Dharapani, which is a large village en route Annapurna Circuit trek.

Enjoying the flow of the Marsyangdi River and the natural waterfalls, you walk up to Talbesi. It is also a famous stopover of Annapurna trek that has a few lodges to serve the trekkers.

 

After having breakfast, you start trekking through Annapurna Circuit trail. On the way, you go past Karte Village that is situated on a flat valley. The trail goes past some teahouses, mani walls, cultivated farming plots and waterfalls.

You might meet the flocks of tourists and local people moving up and down, so the trail looks quite busy today.  After about 6 hours, you reach Jagat to end the voyage of the day. You can celebrate the successful completion of the Tsum Valley Manaslu trek without any mishaps and bitter experience.

 

After breakfast, you begin driving towards Kathmandu. Leaving the small city centers, green forests and the amazing view of the Himalayas, you arrive in Kathmandu. Then, the crewmember takes you to the hotel.

You can go for shopping or spend the remaining time by relaxing at the hotel. In the evening, we offer you farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant.

 

According to the flight schedule, the representative of the company escorts you up to the Kathmandu Airport.

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Included
  • Nepal Trekking Routes arranges Pick up and Drop service for Travelers
  • 2 Nights of Three-star Hotel accommodations during the Kathmandu stay with Breakfast Plan
  • Three-time meal with a cup of hot drink during the trek
  • Transport service for trekking starting point and from trekking ending point
  • Private transport service during the Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Professional Trekking Guide and Porter service(2:1) Two Traveler=One porter
  • All kinds of paperwork for trekking permits of Manaslu region and Annapurna region
  • Our Staff are fully insured by a block policy
  • Trekking pole Down Jacket and sleeping page will be provided if required
  • Certificate of appreciation from Nepal Trekking Routes.
  • Helicopter Evacuation service (Your travel insurance needs to be responsive for the Price)
  • Farewell dinner in a typical traditional Nepali Restaurant
Excluded
  • International flight ticket is not cover
  • Traveler travel insurance
  • Heritage entry fee during the sightseeing
  • Hotel accommodations not mentions in the include sections
  • Tips for trekking and tour crew
FAQs

The average itinerary of Manaslu Tsum Valley trek ranges from 15 days to above. To reach Soti Khola to formally begin the trek, it is around 204 kilometers from Kathmandu. It takes nearly 9 hours while driving along the blacktopped and off-road. If you want to extend the proposed itinerary, it becomes longer. On the other side, you can also cut it short to limit to the shorter time. You can settle this matter by consulting with Nepal Trekking Routes.

 

Nepal Trekking Routes is committed to provide the best tour and trekking package at the most reasonable price. Trekking duration, the quality of services and the crewmembers are the factors to determine the cost. To know about the overall cost of Manaslu Tsum  Valley trek cost,

 

To do Manaslu Tsum Valley trek, you are obliged to have these permits;

TIMS Card

Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit

Manaslu Region Restricted Area Permit

Manaslu Conservation Area Project Entry Permit

Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit

To know about the cost of these permits, you can contact Nepal Trekking Routes via phone calls, emails, WhatsApp and online booking services.

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