Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek 23 Days

Trip Facts

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate
  • Group Size: Minimum 2
  • Trip Type: Teahouse Trek
  • Season: Mach - May | Sept - December
  • Food: As Per Itinerary
  • Transport: Bus & Private
  • Max Elevation: 5,215m | 17,109ft

Highlights

  • Explore the remote and hidden valleys of Tsum and Manaslu
  • Witness the breathtaking views of Mount Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Bouddha Himal, Himal-Chuli Peak, and Annapurna Himalayas
  • Immerse yourself in the ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture and traditions
  • Visit the sacred monasteries of Mu Gomba and Rachen Gomba
  • Trek through diverse climatic zones, from sub-tropical to alpine and arctic
  • Experience the unique and undisturbed traditional villages along the trekking route
  • Cross the challenging Larkya-La pass at an altitude of 5,214m
  • Enjoy the serene and untouched beauty of the Tsum Valley, known as the "Hidden Valley of Happiness"
  • Marvel at the enchanting landscapes adorned with rhododendron, magnolia, birch, and pine forests
  • Encounter warm and hospitable locals, experiencing their way of life and hospitality along the trek

About Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek 23 Days

Experience the extraordinary adventure of the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek with Nepal Spirit Adventure. This remarkable journey takes you through the remote and mesmerizing landscapes of the Mid-West Himalayas, nestled between the majestic Mount Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. Our expert guides will lead you on a thrilling exploration of the hidden valleys of Tsum and Manaslu, creating an unforgettable trekking experience in one of the last Shangri-las on Earth.

The Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek is a perfect blend of high mountains, wilderness, and ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture. Starting from the warm sub-tropical region, you'll gradually ascend through diverse climatic zones, following the glacial Buri-Gandaki River along the upper Manaslu trail. Leaving the main route, you'll venture into the untouched wilderness of the Tsum Valley, where traditional villages and monasteries preserve the rich heritage of Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

As you traverse the Tsum Valley, you'll discover the hidden treasures of this sacred land, including the Mu Gomba and Rachen Gomba, surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks. The serene ambiance and untouched beauty of this region will transport you back in time, immersing you in the ancient culture and traditions that have remained unchanged for centuries.

The trek continues through picturesque mountain villages like Dyang, Samagaon, and Samdu, offering breathtaking views of Mt. Manaslu, Bouddha Himal, Himal-Chuli Peak, and Ganesh Himal. The highlight of the journey is reaching the magnificent Larkya-La pass at 5,214m, the highest point of the trek, before descending through lush forests adorned with rhododendron, magnolia, birch, and pine trees.

The Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek concludes at Dharapani village in the Manang district, where you join the Annapurna circuit route. From there, you'll make your way back to the vibrant city life of Kathmandu, cherishing the memories of this incredible adventure.

Join Nepal Spirit Adventure on this awe-inspiring trek and be captivated by the beauty, spirituality, and tranquility of the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit. Our dedicated team of cheerful guides and staff will ensure your safety and make this journey a truly remarkable experience.

Tsum Valley trails

Tsum Valley, also known as the "Hidden Valley of Happiness", is a remote and enchanting valley located in the Manaslu region of Nepal. It is renowned for its untouched natural beauty, ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture, and serene atmosphere. Tsum Valley is nestled between majestic mountains, including the world's eighth-highest peak, Mount Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal.

The valley has been relatively isolated from modern development and remains untouched by mass tourism. This has helped preserve its unique traditions, customs, and religious practices. Tsum Valley is home to several ancient monasteries, including Mu Gomba and Rachen Gomba, which hold significant religious and cultural importance.

Trekking through the Tsum Valley offers a truly immersive experience. The trail takes you through traditional Tibetan villages, where you can interact with friendly locals and witness their way of life. The landscapes vary from lush green forests to high alpine meadows, providing stunning views at every turn.

Exploring the Tsum Valley allows you to connect with nature, spirituality, and yourself. It is a journey that combines adventure, cultural exploration, and tranquility, making it a memorable and rewarding experience for trekkers.

Why Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek with Nepal Spirit Adventure?

  • Experienced guides and staff
  • Well-organized Customize trek itineraries
  • Quality accommodations and services
  • Safety and security measures
  • Customizable trip options
  • Excellent customer reviews and feedback
  • Competitive Pricing
  • Local expertise and knowledge
  • Support for sustainable and responsible tourism
  • Personalized attention and assistance

Acclimatization Days

Acclimatization during the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek is crucial to ensure the safety and well-being of trekkers. The trek involves gaining significant altitude, and proper acclimatization helps the body adjust to the decreasing oxygen levels at higher elevations.

During the trek, there are designated acclimatization days incorporated into the itinerary. These rest days are strategically placed at key locations to allow trekkers to adapt to the altitude. It is essential to spend these days wisely by staying active and undertaking short hikes to higher elevations, which helps the body gradually acclimatize.

The acclimatization days also provide an opportunity to explore the surrounding areas, interact with the local communities, and immerse oneself in the unique culture and traditions of the region. It is recommended to follow the advice of the trekking guide regarding activities, pace, and hydration during these rest days.

Manaslu Trek

Itinerary

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On arrival at Kathmandu International, Tribhuban Airport meet Nepal Spirit Adventure's airport pick crew then a transfer to respective hotels downtown in the hub of Kathmandu (Thamel) as per your arrival time, you can visit the old market overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Location: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1315m
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle

Today you have a complete rest day in Kathmandu while our staff is prepared to get the Manaslu and Tsum Valley trek permit. You may also take our regular city tour of Kathmandu, it is available according to your interest.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Location: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1315m

Today we drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola through Dhading Beshi and Arughat. The road deteriorates and is quite rough and bumpy from Dhading to Arughat. This afternoon we follow a trail through the woods heading upriver along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River and then across the mountains from where we have frequent views down to the river far below. Long hours bus journey, overnight stay in a teahouse of Machha Khola.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Machha Kola
  • Altitude: 870m
  • Transportation: By Bus

After Macha-Khola, walk to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on a winding path reaching Tatopani “Hot Spring” an opportunity for a hot bath, after a nice stop walk continues passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages, and finally walk ends at Jagat village after crossing a short suspension bridge, a moderate size village with shops and stores.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Jagat
  • Altitude: 1410m
  • Walking Hours: 5 - 6 Hours

Breakfast, from Jagat, leading to a higher area following the Buri Gandaki River, coming across small farm villages of Sidibas Bazaar, with nice rest a short climb and downhill to cross a bridge reaching Nagjet, then climb to Philim village, a large spread-out farm village.

From the Philim trek onwards through terraces of golden wheat and barley, the climb reaches a rocky ridge top and into the bamboo forest area and finally ends at Dyang village for an overnight stop. From here onward air gets cooler with a touch of Tibetan culture.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Dyang
  • Altitude: 1800m
  • Walking Hours: 6 Hours

Morning walks leadoff route towards Tsum valley after leaving Manaslu main trail, continue to walk towards Tsum valley, entering a narrow gorge and then descending to a ridge, as the trek carry’s on with an hour uphill into rhododendron and pine tree lines to reach a neat small village at Lokpa, after a short walk leads to cross a bridge over Lungwa Khola and then on the good trail towards Chumling village for an overnight stop.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Chumling
  • Altitude: 2386m
  • Walking Hours: 5 - 6 hours

From here on you can feel clean fresh mountain air as the altitude gains slowly around Tsum Valley, offering wonderful views of snowcapped mountains and amazing country landscape similar to Tibetan terrain, morning trek leads downhill to cross a suspension bridge and then heading on the opposite side of Smatiking Khola with views of Ganesh Himal (Yangra) at 7,422 m then walk slowly reach at Chhekhampar village for an overnight stop.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Chhekampar
  • Altitude: 3010m
  • Walking Hours: 5 - 6 hours

After a pleasant overnight at Chhekampar getting closer to the upper Tsum area at Nile ( Ne-lay), a morning walk with a climb on an arid and barren valley with only a few trees of juniper, pine, and rhododendron, and junipers bushes. 

The walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal range, after a good walk reaching the Nile, on route visit to 11thcentaury Saint Milarepameditation cave, Milarepa a poet, singer, and a tantric guru his folktales and songs are still remembered by Tibetans, Nomads, and farmers to this day.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Nile
  • Altitude: 3361m
  • Walking Hours: 7 hours

The morning walk starts at the highest point of this adventure at Mu Gomba the main destination of the journey, the walk continues with a climb around barren landscapes with views of high mountains, and after a good walk reaching Mu Gomba for an overnight stop.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Mu Gomba
  • Altitude: 3700m
  • Walking Hours: 4 hours

A rest or free day at Mu Gomba for local de-tour of the villages and to interact with the natives of Tsum, this place hardly see few numbers of westerners, at Mu visit the old Mu Gomba which houses antique scrolls, statues,s and relics this is one of the most famed and important monasteries of Tsum and Manaslu region.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Mu Gomba
  • Altitude: 3700m
  • Walking Hours: 3 - 4 hours

After a great enjoyable time around the high areas of Tsum Valley at Mu Gomba, the return trek leads towards another interesting monastery at Rachen Gomba, as the walk leads to a few short climbs and downhill with beautiful surrounding views of the mountain range, passing a few small villages of cattle herders to reach at Rachen Gomba for overnight stop, afternoon visit the old and interesting of Rachen monastery.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Rachne Gomba
  • Altitude: 3240m
  • Walking Hours: 5 - 6 hours

Last day around the Tsum Valley area, the morning walk on the long downhill to Chumling village, most of the walk is on the same route passing several farm areas and farmhouses and back to the forest, after the downhill walk reaching back to Chumling village for an overnight stop.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Chumling
  • Altitude: 2386m
  • Walking Hours: 5 - 6 hours

From Chumling leads to a higher area to reach the BuriGandkai River, coming across small farm villages, with nice rest a short climb and downhill to cross a bridge reaching the river and then a steep climb to reach a rocky ridge top and into the bamboo forest area and finally ending at Dyang village for an overnight stop and on Manaslu main route.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Dyang
  • Altitude: 1800m
  • Walking Hours: 5 - 6 hours

After Dyang altitude gains slowly, entering the high Himalayan alpine area, the walk continues with a descent towards Bihi Bazaar, a small village near the riverside, from here onward with much Tibetan culture, the walk leads on the gradual trail with few short ups and down till Ghap village is reached for an overnight stop.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Ghap
  • Altitude: 2160m
  • Walking Hours: 4 hours

From Ghap village on a pleasant trail along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River, crossing the river through scattered small farm villages with cultivated farm fields of barley, wheat, and millets then reaching Numrung village with super North Face views of Mt. Manaslu, the walk continues passing few villages of Banjham, Lhi, and Sho, then altitude gains with an hour climb to Shripvillage, from here few hours of the good walk to Lho-Gaon for an overnight stop.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Lho Gaun
  • Altitude: 3180m
  • Walking Hours: 5 - 6 hours

After Dyang and Lho-Gaon, altitude gains to a cooler temperature, where tree lines drop for a few shrubs, juniper bushes, and Juniper trees, walking gradually on a nice trail with views of snow-capped peaks and finally reaching a large village of Samagaon, which lies on the route to Manaslu base camp.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Samagaon
  • Altitude: 3530m
  • Walking Hours: 4 - 5 hours

Morning walks towards the last village at Samdo which is on route Tibet border, people here have been trading in Tibet for hundreds of years, and the trade still exists you can find many Chinese goods, continue the morning walk with a slow climb on barren dry country overlooking views of snow-capped peaks, walk finally brings at Samdo for an overnight stop.

  • Meals: Breakfas, Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Samdo
  • Altitude: 3860m
  • Walking Hours: 5 - 6 hours

Today a short day walk to Larkyaphedi/Dharmasala crossing rivers, heading towards more dry and barren country, trek to Larkyaphediis not tough except for high altitude walking with few short ups and downs and then completing the morning walk at Larkyaphedi, at the base of Larkya-La pass, afternoon free at leisure for a short hike after having lunch.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Larkyaphedi
  • Altitude: 4460m
  • Walking Hours: 4 - 5 hours

A Big Day! Start early morning to reach the top of Larkya-La Pass at 5,214 meters, morning walk leads to a steep long climb with beautiful scenery of surrounding hills and valley and of Mt. Manaslu, Larkya Peak, Bouddha Himal, Himalchuli, and Peak 29. 

After hard effort reaching the top of the pass, festooned with Buddhist prayer flags overlooking fantastic scenery. From here after enjoying a short rest and catching the views a long descent reaching back into greens around the forested area to Bimthang for an overnight stop, after a hard long day walk.

  • Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Bhimthan
  • Altitude: 5215m
  • Walking Hours: 8 - 9 hours

After breakfast in Bimthang, head out to a nearby ridge where you can enjoy great views of Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal, and Cheo Himal. Keep descending on the trail and cross a high pasture followed by a bridge over the Dudh Khola River.

From here, walk through a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until you reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche. Pass through lush fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho where some trekkers choose to stay the night, but you'll continue walking until you get to Tilije. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Tilije
  • Altitude: 2300m
  • Walking Hours: 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast trek with a pleasant stop in the lovely forest surrounding, morning walk is much easier downhill all the way to the Manang area at Telje village by the Marsyangdi River, after this nice village an hour's climb brings you to a large Dharapani village with many fine lodges, where altitude drops into moderate alpine climate, this village located on the famous and popular trekking route of Annapurna Circuit trail.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Location: Dharapani
  • Altitude: 1860m
  • Walking Hours: 5 - 6 hours

On the last day in the Himalayan countryside, the morning drive leads downhill passing many nice villages of Chamje-Jagat- Syange- Bulbule following Marsyangdi River all the way to a large town of Besishar, headquarter town of Lamjung district.

From here a few hours’ drive brings you to Dumre on Pokhara –Kathmandu highway and then interesting drives reach you back to Kathmandu, after a great memorable time in the high mountains with Nepal Spirit Adventure's excellent services.

Transportation Option: You may feel tired after such a long trek and high hill pass you will be happy to take a private transfer from Dharapani to Kathmandu, we can organize a private vehicle as per travel requirements paying by extra cost just let us know.

  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Location: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1315m
  • Transportation: By Bus

After a wonderful time at Tsum Valley and Manaslu trekking with the grand service of Nepal Spirit Adventure, as per your international flight time transfer to Kathmandu international air terminal for final departure homeward bound or to the next respective countries.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle
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Cost Details

  • Private transfers between the airport and hotels
  • 3-nights hotel on a twin share basis in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Bus transportation: Kathmandu to Machha Khola and Dharapani to Kathmandu
  • All the lodge accommodations during the Tsum Valley & Manaslu circuit trek
  • Food: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek
  • Special Tsum Valley and Manaslu trekking permit with Manaslu & Annapurna conservation fee
  • Expenses for an experienced English-speaking trek guide and a Sherpa porter (including Salary, insurance, equipment, food, and lodge). One porter is provided for two trekkers.
  • Trekking equipment: 4-season sleeping bag feather-down jacket and duffel bag
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • Coordination of services for emergency and rescue operations
  • Government and company service charge
  • International flight tickets and Nepal visa fees
  • Travel insurance with rescue operation coverage
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, hot showers, heater, phone calls, and lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Tipping
  • Any additional nights stay in hotels in the event of an early return from the trek or an extended stay in Nepal
  • Additional tours in Kathmandu
  • Personal trekking equipment

Dates & Prices

Departure note

Departure dates are not convenient for you; you may select alternate trip departure dates as per your comfort holidays, we are pleased to open a new trip date, we can organize a private trek at any time of the year.

 

Departure DateStatusPriceNote  
24 Jun, 2024 - 17 Jul, 2024AvailableUS$1390Confirm
27 Jun, 2024 - 20 Jul, 2024AvailableUS$1390Confirm

Useful Information

Highly Take Care Upon Your Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Nepal at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, our airport representative will receive you as per your flight landing hours with your name on the display board of Nepal Spirit Adventure then transfer you to your respective hotels in Kathmandu.

Afternoon or evening time we will review and discuss much information regarding your trip itinerary and include/exclude services as per the trip itinerary chosen, at the same time introduce your guide who will help you with the final preparation for your trek as well as your may have a question and answer about the trip.

Available Teahouse in Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek 

We provide accommodation in tea houses (mountain lodges). A Tea House is a combination of a guest house, restaurant, and social hang-out. The rooms are with twin beds, most bathrooms are common with squatting (Asian) toilets or of western comfort with sitting toilets. Most Tea Houses/lodges have running water facilities. We may have hot water for showers but with extra charge in using hot showers.

Food Condition in Trek-route 

As per your booking trek to Tusm Valley Manaslu circuit trek, full board meals are included (breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided). We provide food from these local lodge/tea houses as per choices on the menu. Breakfast and dinner provided at the same tea house/lodge while lunch would be on the trail.

Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, seasonable vegetables, noodles, potatoes, and soups.

Some lodge serves Western foods such as pizza, pasta, and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks, and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses restaurants. A variety of cereals, bread, and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast.

Safe Drinking Water

Along the trek, safe drinking water is very important while we are on a high altitude journey, we recommend that one should drink at least 3-4 liters of water a day (this helps from de-hydration and altitude problems AMS).

As long as possible we recommend you buy sealed packed mineral water and can buy it from every local shop and lodge. Remember! River, spring, and tap water is free, we should not recommend you directly drink it even water looks very clean, can not drink it by adding water purification pills or a filter then will be suitable to drink.

You can buy also boiled water from every lodge. Boiled water and sealed packed water cost $1-2$ dollars per letter and its cost also depends on where we are from the sea level. So, you need to prepare and packed the extra cost for all the table drinks.

 Required Health and Fitness

Health and physical fitness is the most important part of travel and participating in trekking and hiking, If you do not have previous trekking experience as required, you can start with morning walking exercise or cycling for weeks or month before/after booking the trip with us, if you have previous trekking and climbing experience it will add a plus point on the trek chosen, most of the trek is non-technical effort walks.

The highest height gain on this trip is at 5,115m in Larka La Pass above sea level. The walk involves lots of ups and down, walking through local villages, farmlands, terraces, and riverside as long as you have energy walking for 4- 6 hours a day, and if you are qualified for the trek but still require moderate health and fitness. We strongly advise travelers to consult their medical doctor before traveling and do a regular check-up and hand the report to us while booking a trip with us.

High Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness often known as acute mountain sickness (A.M.S.) in general may occur when people ascend too quickly normally at altitudes of over 3,000 m. Most people will feel some effects of altitude, shortness of breath, and possibly light-headedness, which is fairly common.

Acute mountain sickness is very different and normally involves a severe headache, sickness, and loss of awareness. In almost every potential case there are enough warning signs to take appropriate action.

When symptoms of altitude sickness develop, please tell your trekking guide will advise you to deal with your problem. Generally, overexertion and dehydration contribute to altitude sickness.

Requirement water drink: at least 3-4 liters of water every day besides tea and coffee which act as diuretics.

What is the best time to do the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The best time to do the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The weather is generally favorable with clear skies and stable conditions for trekking.

How difficult is the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek?

The Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek. It involves long hours of walking and gradual ascents to high altitudes. Good physical fitness and prior trekking experience are recommended.

Is it necessary to hire a guide and porter for the trek?

While it is not mandatory, hiring a guide and porter is highly recommended for the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek. A guide will provide valuable insights, ensure your safety, and navigate the route. A porter can carry your heavy backpack, allowing you to trek more comfortably.

Is altitude sickness a concern during the trek?

Yes, altitude sickness is a concern during the trek as you will be trekking to high altitudes. It is important to acclimatize properly, drink plenty of water, take rest days, and ascend gradually to minimize the risk of altitude-related illnesses. Your guide will monitor your health and provide guidance.

How do I book the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek with Nepal Spirit Adventure?

To book the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek with Nepal Spirit Adventure, you can visit our official website and fill out the booking form. Alternatively, you can contact us directly via email or phone to inquire about availability, pricing, and the booking process.

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