Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek is a popular, off-the-beaten-path, and well-preserved trekking area in the Manaslu Region of Nepal that requires a special permit. The whole trek is very popular because of the unique culture and way of life, the many mysterious monasteries and caves, the mix of Hindu and Buddhist culture, the amazing landscape, the beautiful mountain views and valleys, the rich and exotic flora and fauna, and the beautiful Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), which is the 8th highest mountain on earth. The complete Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trail are covered by the Annapurna mountain range on the west, the Manaslu range in the center, and the Ganesh Himal and Langtang Himal Range on the eastern side.
The Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trek begins with a spectacular and breathtaking drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola, passing through several towns, cities, lush woods, and rivers and following the Budi Gandaki, tracking back and forth over the river in a stunning fashion via spidery suspension bridges through the threshold of Tsum valley. From here, you may take in the breathtaking vistas of the Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal ranges, which will take you to Lokpa village. From Chekamparo forward, the verdant environment gives way to the alpine zone of the Tsum valley. You'll encounter the core of Tibetan Buddhism culture along the Mu-Gompa trail, including Buddhist monasteries, monuments, prayer flags, stupas, chortens, gompas, and many more that add to the sense of awe and mystery. When coming back from the Tsum Valley, the trail ascends and continues through the formidable Manaslu, passing over ancient mani walls and thick jungle. As the environment shifts, you'll find yourself in the mid-cooler valley's climate, where you'll spend some time at Sama Gaun and Samdo village acclimatizing. During your acclimatization day, you can tour the well-known Pungen Gompa, Manaslu Base Camp, and Birendra Lake. While in Samdo, acclimatization includes a day journey along a historic trail to the Tibetan border, a destination where people once traveled for trending. The hike culminates with the satisfying accomplishment of cresting at Larkey la pass before descending to the Bimthang after spending the night in Dharamsala. You can drive down to the Besisahar district after a day of walking on the western side of Manaslu, where you'll come across the route of the most well-known Annapurna Circuit trek.
Major Highlights of Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Conservation Area
In 1998, the Manaslu Conservation Area was created, covering a large part of the Gorkha region. These areas are known for their well-known trekking and travel routes. This region is home to over a thousand different species of flowering plants, over one hundred other bird species, butterflies, animals, reptiles, etc. Frog species such as Amolops formosus, Ombrana sikkimensis, Nanorana Liebigii, and Duttaphrynus Himalayans as well as mammals like musk deer, snow leopards, blue sheep, and Himalayan tahr, are the predominant species that can be found in this region. This area is a popular place to visit because it has rivers, glaciers, mountains, and many different kinds of ecosystems. Here, we can see beautiful views of mountains like Manaslu and many others, spend time in nature, and learn about the culture of the local people.
Larkey Pass (5106 m)
Larkey Pass, at an elevation of 5106 meters above sea level, connects the Bhimtang valley trip to the Manaslu base camp walk. It may be the world's longest trekking pass. The Manaslu and Annapurna conservation areas are connected by the Larkey Pass. Larkey Pass, part of Manaslu's journey, has been popular with adventurers, but now everyone can access it. Trekkers can ascend the pass at will and descend if things go wrong.
Highlights of the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek
- Explore the ancient arts, architecture, crafts, 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 gaon, and Samdo
- Explore the mythical Mu-Gompa in the Tsum valley area
- In Tsum Valley, you can learn about the Numbri people's history, religion, delicious food, and celebrations.
- 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 the dense forest of Rhododendrons and biodiversity
- Stunning views of Mt. Manaslu, Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, Himlung, Annapurna Himalayan range, and many more snowy peaks
- One of Nepal's most complete treks yet one that is serene and peaceful by comparison to some of the busier trails elsewhere
Best season for Manaslu Circuit Trek
This trek is best in early October through November and March through April. This is peak trekking season in Nepal. Rhododendrons will be in bloom, the sky will be clear, the scenery will be nice, and the weather will be comfortable.
Fitness for Manaslu Circuit Trek
This is a hard trek that is also known as one of the hardest treks in Nepal. You must trek many times to prepare for the Manaslu Valley Trek (6-7 hours minimum per day). The Manaslu journey is recommended for experienced trekkers who are familiar with Himalayan paths. Cycling, jogging, and swimming improve your core and increase stamina. Walk often to practice long-distance trekking.
Difficulty of the Manaslu Circuit Trek
The Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek is a hard trek that should only be done by trekkers with a lot of experience. The walk is hard, and it takes you through a remote area with few things to do. There are numerous ascents and descents along the trail's steep, rocky, and forested slopes. Similarly, trekkers must survive on minimal necessities and face high heights.
This is one of the most popular trek packages that Footprint Adventure puts together. We can customize the packages and itineraries according to your group's needs and preferences. For further inquiries, you can check out the complete guidebook for Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek, or feel free to contact us.