Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley Trek

Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley Trek

Key Infomation

  • Duration:21 Days
  • Trip GradeStrenuous
  • DestinationTIA Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude5,106
  • ActivityCity Tour & Trekking
  • Group Size2-10
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Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley trek is one of the popular and off-the-beaten restricted and well-preserved areas of Nepal that required a special permit to trek. The entire trek is widely popular for its unique culture, lifestyle, numerous mysterious monasteries, caves, Hindu and Buddhist mixed culture, astonishing landscape, scenic, mountain views, valleys, rich and exotic flora, and fauns along with the beautiful Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), the 8th highest mountain on earth. The complete Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trail is covered by the Annapurna mountain range on the western side, Manaslu range on the center, and Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himal range on the eastern side. 

Manaslu region is getting popular among the least explored trekking trails in Nepal that take you from the steamy lowlands which are filled with rivers, dense forest, and rice terraces. The entire trail passes along the Budi Gandaki river with turquoise waters, and amazing waterfalls. Trekking in the Manaslu region offers enchanting mountain sceneries and surprising landscapes. Mt. Manaslu located in the Manaslu Conservation Area is the 8th highest mountain in the world. Manaslu region treks give you the lifetime experience to explore the hidden beauties and the local ethnic people along with their superb hospitality.

The Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trek began from the scenic and beautiful drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola crossing the numerous villages, cities, dense forests, and rivers and following the Budi Gandaki, tracking back and forth across the river in a magical fashion via spidery suspension bridges through the threshold of Tsum valley. From here, you can explore the extraordinary views of the Ganesh Himal, and Shringi Himal range that leads your trail towards the Lokpa village, while from Chekamparo onwards the lush landscape gives way to the alpine region of the Tsum valley. Alongside the trail to Mu-Gompa, you’ll experience the essence of Tibetan Buddhism culture that resembles  Buddhist monasteries, monuments, prayer flags, stupas, chortens, gompas, and many more which add even more sense of wonder and mystique. Returning back from the Tsum valley, the trail goes up and onwards through the mighty Manaslu through dense jungle and through ancient mani walls. The atmosphere changes and enters the cooler climate of the mid-valley where you’ll spend some time acclimatizing at Sama Gaun and Samdo village. You can explore the popular Pungen Gompa, Manaslu Base Camp, and Birendra lake during your acclimatization day. Whereas, acclimatization in Samdo offers a day hike along an ancient trail to the border of Tibet where people used to go for the trending in ancient times. After a night at Dharamsala, the trek climaxes with the rewarding achievement of cresting at Larkey la pass before descending down to the Bimthang. After a day's walk on the western side of Manaslu takes you to another district Manang where you’ll meet the trail of the most popular Annapurna Circuit trek before driving down to the Besisahar.

Highlights of Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley Trek

  • Explore the ancient art, architecture, craft, culture, and religion of Kathmandu valley 
  • Scenic and beautiful drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola 
  • Explore the ancient culture of Tibetan Buddhism, religion, and practices
  • Explore the beautiful traditional villages of Namrung, Chekamparo, Sama gaun and Samdo 
  • Explore the mythical Mu-Gompa in the Tsum valley area 
  • Explore the culture, religion, delicious cuisine, and festivals of the Numbri people in Tsum valley 
  • Discover your spiritual self in the region's most well-known monastery in Lho Gaun - Ribung Gompa and collect the colorful collection of religious artwork
  • Explore one of the least explored trekking trails where you can experience the Tibetan culture, lifestyle, and habits
  • Explore the diverse exotic flora and fauna in the restricted Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Crossing numerous suspension bridges, walking alongside the Budi Gandaki river and dense forest of Rhododendron and biodiversity 
  • Stunning views of Mt. Manaslu, Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, Himlung,  Annapurna Himalayan range, and many more snowy peaks
  • Larkey pass (5,106m), the highest point on the trek 
  • One of Nepal's most complete treks yet one that is serene and peaceful by comparison to some of the busier trails elsewhere 

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Itinerary

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Here is the complete itinerary of our special Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley. If you are looking for your own customized itinerary, feel free to contact us

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal lies in the valley surrounded by beautiful green hills from all sides. If you come through the airways, our representative will be there in the airport terminal with your name to give you a warm welcome. After greeting you, our representative will drop you in your hotel and help you with all the check-in work. If you are arriving through the road, our representative will meet you at the respective destination. 

There will be no activities planned for you. You can take a rest and if you want to explore nearby you can go and explore yourself as well.

  • Accommodation Kumari Boutique Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

After breakfast, you will be taken to visit some of the famous landmarks of Kathmandu such as  Boudhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Patan Durbar Square. They all are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and protected areas as all of them are historically, culturally rich, and ancient. You will get to explore these heritage sites with our experienced city tour guide. You will get a chance to know about the historical facts, stories, and all the information related to these sites. 

Swyambhunath Stupa is one of the self-sprung Buddhist and Hindu temples, also called the monkey temple. You will enjoy the stupas, temples, shrines, monasteries, and many more things to explore. Similarly, Boudhanath Stupa is one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in Asia and it's an important pilgrimage center for Tibetian Buddhism. Likewise, Pashupatinath Temple is Nepal's biggest Hindu temple that lies on the bank of the Bagmati River, where people worship Lord Shiva shine. Watching the Hindu cremation rites at the bank of the Bagmati river might be a very new experience for you. Patan Durbar Square is one of the three royal squares in the valley. Built in the medieval era, the Durbar Square used to be the Malla ruler's royal palace and was later used by Shah Kings. 

After your amazing whole-day city excursion, you will get back to your hotel. After that, we will go to one Nepali Cultural Restaurant where you will get both delicious Nepali food along with an amazing cultural performance. You will meet your trekking guide, there will be a short briefing session about your trekking and the guide will basically answer all your queries. 

  • Accommodation Kumari Boutique Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast & Welcome Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

After early morning breakfast, we'll leave Kathmandu and drive towards our trekking destination. The 6-7 hour drive in a private jeep would be a scenic and fantastic drive as you'll pass through the traditional villages, rivers, forests, and farmlands. You'll explore the best landscapes from your window seat. En route, you'll stop at a few places for a short break, lunch break, and tea break according to your requirements. In the early evening, we'll arrive in Machha Khola and we stay nearby the Budi Gandaki river. The trail goes up to the Dovan but sometimes in the early season of autumn, it may get affected due to the landslides caused by a monsoon. 

  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time7-8 hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,1100 m

Another amazing day starts with crossing a beautiful river on the side of the Machha Khola following the Budi Gandaki river and reaching a place called Khorlabesi, where you'll see a small natural hot spring. This part is also inhabited by the Gurung community people, where you'll notice shepherds clad in a typical smoke-browned cape called Bokkhu. Furthermore, you'll reach Dovan for lunch before climbing up for the Jagat. 

Furthermore, you'll cross a landslip and Yaruphant and continue morning towards the Jagat. At Yaru, you'll cross a cantilever bridge to reach Jagat, a beautiful neatly flagstoned Gurung village. At this village, you'll have to verify your permits at the check post. From this day, you'll hike inside the restriction zone of the Manasalu region. Overnight stay at Jagat.

  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,340 m

After a delicious breakfast at Jagat, we follow the Budi Gandaki river and ascend along a terraced hillside and reach the small hamlet of Saguleri and Sirdibas. From this village, you'll see the majestic view of Mt. Shringi Himal (7,187 m). Furthermore, you'll pass through the small village and continue walking upstream. The trail will take us to Philim. Crossing a bridge, we will trek for around a couple of hours and reach Lokpa. Overnight stay at the traditional teahouse at Lokpa. 

  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,240 m
  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,385 m
  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,030 m
  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,360 m
  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,700 m
  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,030 m

As like another day, the day began with a delicious breakfast and hiking further across a ridge taking us to the village of Dumjee, after which we descend to Lokpa, then cross, using a large suspension bridge the Budi Gandaki river. After crossing a hillside, we encounter Pewa after crossing the Budi Gandaki river again. The trail then enters an amazing part of the gorge, surrounded by orchids on the top. After that, a steep climb to the west side of the valley will lead us through bamboo forests to Deng, where we overnight.

  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,860 m

After your breakfast, you'll cross the bamboo forest, cross the suspension bridge and climb Rana village and Bihi Phedi. Between this point, you'll encounter white-faced monkeys and lower alpine forest before crossing small landslides and reaching the Ghap village. When you are crossing the landslide area, you must be extra careful and have to listen to the guides and crew members for your safety. 

After an hour's walk in the lower alpine village, you'll ascend up for like 2 hours to reach the beautiful Namrung village. The place is popular for the best teahouses, coffee shops, and other glossary shops along with you'll see the large apple farm near Namrung. Overnight stay at this beautiful Namrung village. 

  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude2,630 m

Our trek starts after a delicious breakfast at Namrung village. The trail goes through Gurung villages and in the dense forest to Sho village. It is an exciting and interesting trek where possible to hear the roaring of deer and birds in the deep jungle. Onward from Sho, the trail is gentle up in the middle of the apple orchard and old-style mountain villages. 

You will have a close Mountain View from Sho village then pass Lho village and also stop at Ribum monastery and explore it before climbing to the Shyala. The trail ahead to Shyala is slightly climbing up into the pine forest to Shyala village. Around 10 basic guest houses are available plus gorgeous sights of panoramic mountain views including Manaslu, Himchuli, Ngadi Chuli and many more other beautiful snow-capped mountains. 

  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time5-6 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,410 m

This day is the shortest day of the entire trek, as you start a day a little bit late as compared to other days and start moving towards the Sama Gaun after a delicious breakfast. Walking on the picturesque view of Mt. Manaslu and other beautiful snow-capped mountains. Passing the rhododendron forest, and alpine vegetation. You'll cross a big suspension bridge before touching the Sama valley. 

Once you enter the village, mountain views fade, however, the yak pastures and typical settlements will attract you. Sama Gaun is the principal village of the Nubri people which holds a large gompa, many shops, a health post, heliport, telephone/wifi access, etc. On this day, you've options to go to the Pungen Gompa, Manaslu Base Camp, and Birendra Tal. Birendra Tal is just 30 min walk from the Sama Gaun but Pungen Gompa and Manaslu Base Camp is almost like a full-day excursion. So, you can choose one of these and Birendra Tal on the same day. 

  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time1.5 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,500 m

Today we follow along the Budi Gandaki river and as the valley widens we pass juniper and birch forests until reaching Kermo Kharka. There, the trail descends and passes a wooden bridge; we then reach Samdo after walking through the White Stone Kani. Today can be a bit windy and sometimes exposed but with stunning views of snow-capped mountains in your surroundings. Overnight stay at Samdo Gaun. 

  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time3-4 hours
  • Maximum Altitude3,865 m
  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • TimeFull Day
  • Maximum Altitude4,500 m

You’ll see an awesome sunrise view on the nearly massive peaks then the trek starts. The trek starts on yak pasture with semi-mountains landscapes. After crossing a suspension bridge and short ascends take us to a junction known as Larkya Bazaar which used to be a trade center between Tibetan people and local people. The trek continues climbing- up with an exceptional view of Giant snow-capped mountains and the north side of Mt. Manaslu to Dharamsala.

  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time3-4 hours
  • Maximum Altitude4,460 m

Today is one of the tough, challenging, and equally exciting days in entire your Manaslu Tsum valley trek. As it is the most difficult day of your entire trip, we need to start the trek early morning from Dharamsala. The trails ascend on an off-beaten track with a view of the giant Himalayas with a deep valley and glacier. As you ascend higher the Himalayan view gets closer and closer to us. The trail continues, passing stunning frozen lakes at bottom of the mountains and the trail became tougher as we came close to the summits of Larkya La Pass because rapidly gaining of altitude in a short period. The summit is located at the ridge between the base of two massive giant peaks and it is decorated with a multi-color of Tibetan prayer flags. After spending half an hour at Larkya Pass and taking photographs, trek on down with the superb view of mountains, lakes, and huge glaciers. The trail is often slippery from summits to the bottom but more slippery in springs. As we trek descending, we back to lush and green at Bimthang. Bimthang is located at the base of the massive Himalayas and it offers awesome sunrise and sunrise view of the Himalayas including the west face of Mt. Manaslu. 

  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time8-9 hours
  • Maximum Altitude5,106 m

Our trek drops down after passing through the meadows to the Dudh Khola river where we cross it via a wooden bridge. We then descend further into rhododendron, Oak, and pine forests before climbing to a ridge decorated with prayer flags. We then drop again to the riverbank at Goa, where the trail crosses rice fields, rhododendron, and oak forests before reaching Tilje. You can take a jeep or walk an hour to reach Dharapani or we can stay here if we didn't get the jeep to go to the Dharapani. 

  • Accommodation Standard Guesthouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time6-7 hours
  • Maximum Altitude1,940 m

We walk for an hour descend and a pleasant trail from Tilije to Dharapani and your Jeep is ready there to take you to the Besisahar, Lamjung. The jump on the jeep from Dharapani, a scenic drive that offers picturesque sights of a thundering waterfall, deep gorge, and villages then pass the rice terrace to Besisahar. It would be like a 3-hour drive to reach Besi Sahar. A private car/jeep will be there to take you to the Kathmandu for next 5 hours of scenic and beautiful drive to Kathmandu. 

  • Accommodation Kumari Boutique Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Time1 hr trek & 8-9 hours drive
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

Your journey in Nepal comes to an end today. We will transfer you to International Airport for your final departure. Please note that you have to be at the airport before 3 hours of flight time. 

  • MealsBreakfast

What's Included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3 Night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with BB plan (Kumari Boutique Hotel)
  • Kathmandu city tour with an experienced guide and private vehicles 
  • Welcome or farewell dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurant with traditional cultural performance 
  • Best available teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All the ground transportation ( Kathmandu to Machha Khola/Dovan by Private Jeep, Dharapani to Besi Sahar in Private Jeep, and Besi Sahar to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus)
  • Full board meal ( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek 
  • An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed trekking guide for the entire trek 
  • Experience porter ( one porter for two clients)
  • Staff costs include their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation for the entire trek 
  • A trekking/Duffel bag will be provided ( to be returned at the end of the trip)
  • Footprint Adventure t-shirt, trip completion certificate, trekking map from the company side 
  • All the necessary permits and paperwork (Special permit for Manaslu Region, Special Permit for Tsum Valley, MCAP, ACAP, and Tims Card)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes along with company service 
  • Nepalese visa fee. Details of visa fees in Nepal, here
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance, emergency transfer, and medical expenses 
  • 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)
  • Things that are not mentioned in included list 

Dates & Price

Departure DateTrip StatusPrice 
dateSeptember 10, 2022 - September 30, 2022StatusAvailablepriceUS$2490
dateSeptember 20, 2022 - October 10, 2022StatusAvailablepriceUS$2490
dateSeptember 30, 2022 - October 20, 2022StatusAvailablepriceUS$2490

Additional Info

High Altitude Sickness

Manaslu Circuit & Tsum ValleyTrekking would be a lifetime memory in your life. If you are not fit we will not recommend doing this trekking. While you are going toward the high place, you may have high altitude problems so you drink a lot of water, liquids, and garlic soups and enough calories are good for high altitude. If you have other serious problems you have to be admitted to the hospital soon in this case you call the helicopter for rescue and our staff will help you with needful rescue and evacuation, if you get sick while trekking in the Manaslu region. If you have medical insurance the rescue helicopter payment will be covered by the insurance company so medical insurance is necessary to do this trekking.

Trekking Grade 

Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley Trekking is a pretty long trek that goes right into the high mountain country, so it is physically quite strenuous and involves approx 5-6 hours of trekking along the way every day. The trail contains numerous uphill, downhill, and rocky terrain needed to hike alongside the Budi Gandaki river and needs to cross the numerous suspension bridges. So, you must be aware of the mountain terrain, lifestyle, culture, and way of life. Besides this, your guide and crew members will explain these things while trekking as well. The Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trek doesn't require prior experience and hiking knowledge but if you've it would be a plus point for you. With proper guidance, well enough rest, food, and water will help you achieve your goal. 

Weather

The Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trekking's best season starts from mid-September till November which is also called the autumn season end and from the beginning of March until the end of May, which is also called the spring season. During these seasons, the weather normally looks clear during the morning, they remain stable and you can experience the beautiful view of the mountains. You can trek during the late monsoon and early winter as well with the proper preparation and guidance. 

Food

We will provide freshly cooked food from the local guest house or restaurant. You will have breakfast and dinner at the lodge and lunch available along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks during the trek. We provide seasonal fruits as dessert during the entire trek. Besides this, you can also try some local food from Numbri people, Gurung people, and other ethnic groups. 

Transportation

Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trekking start your transfer from Kathmandu airport to Hotel then Kathmandu Hotel to Machha Khola/Dovan and Dharapani to Besisahar to Kathmandu by jeep or private vehicles. All the tours and city excursions will be done in all the private vehicles as well. 

Telephone and Internet

There are few places available for Telephone and Internet. You can get an internet password from the hotel counter for telephone and internet cost would be extra. The mobile network on the Manaslu side will be more accessible whereas, in Tsum valley, you have to stay without net and telephone communication. 

Electricity

Most of the lodges/ guest houses take an additional charge for battery charging. There is normal electricity available in most of the places on the Manaslu side and a few places on the Tsum valley side as well. There is electricity or solar power where you can recharge your camera batteries, laptop, mobile, etc. which costs you an extra amount which is not much.

Drinking-Water

The bottled water is available along the trail until the last village of the Manaslu and the Tsum valley trek. You can buy boil water from the lodge or tea houses or you can use Iodine or water purifying medicines to purify the water. 

Accommodation 

In Kathmandu, you will get 4 to 5-star standard hotel or resort accommodation. During the trekking part,  rooms will be basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. You will have a private room but the bathroom will be outside. There are some guest houses with attached bathrooms as well but they will cost extra. The normal, comfortable and clean, and neat rooms will be available for the entire trekking. 

Group Leader and Crew

We promise we will provide Trained Experienced with honesty with local Trekking Guide and Sherpa staff when there are 8 or more members in the Group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members.

Trekking Equipment

It's not necessary to spend a lot of money on extra equipment and clothing before your trip. The majority of these gears can be bought at reasonable rates in Thamel, Kathmandu. All you need is proper trekking gear, essential things in the trekking, and other needful stuff for the high-altitude long trek. To know more about the packing list for trekking in the Manaslu region, go through this link.

Trekking Days

The time schedule is very important for enjoying the trip with the Guide porters and trekkers. Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours we stop for lunch around midday. The afternoon’s walk.  The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, doing a bit of washing, or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free.

Customize Itinerary

As per your time schedule if there is no suitable date for trekking departure from Kathmandu so please mention your suitable time and date then we will organize your great trip to Manaslu Trekking.

Trip Extensions

In addition to Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trekking, we can organize a trip to Annapurna Region, Everest Region, Mustang trekking, Mountain flight, adventure sports, jungle safari, and city tour in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Lumbini along with Nepal Cultural Tour, Tibet tour, Bhutan tour, India tour, Tanzania Tour extension as per your time limit.

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