Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum valley (25 Days)

  • Manaslu Tsum Valley
  • Manaslu Tsum Valley
  • Manaslu

The Manaslu trek is more remote and spectacular than many other treks and is sometimes called the best all-round trek in the Nepal. Manaslu is a great tea-house trek that is certainly becoming a great alternative to the Annapurna Circuit trek. The Tsum Valley, also known as the Hidden Valley, takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Boudha Himal ranges. It is a land of monasteries with a totally Tibetan population. The valley lies on the northern part of Manaslu along the Nepal/Tibet border. The Tsum valley region is less exposed to tourism compared to other areas in Nepal and so has changed little. The Manaslu trek will take you through a mix of dense forest, hill villages and terraced fields. As we enter the Tsum valley you can enjoy the warm hospitality of the ethnic people of this area, all whilst walking through alpine forests and past glacial rivers.


Trip Overview

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1320m).Our representative will be at airport with your name card. Once you grab him you will be heartily welcomed by him putting garland on your neck which means welcome to Nepal. Then you will be driven to the hotel by car. Rest and enjoy the day around the town.

Hotel in Kathmandu – B

Day 02: Your tour guide for the day will meet you at your hotel. Your first stop will be Nepal’s most important Hindu sight, Pashupatinath. This site sits on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and is used as a cremation ground. Our next stop will be Bodhnath, the largest Buddhist stoupa in Asia. This is your chance to see some of the thousands of pilgrims who gather to walk around the dome each day. Climb up to one of the many rooftop cafes for lunch and be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the entire square. After lunch we turn to the medieval temples in Patan’s Durbar Square. Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley, it’s filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. Our last stop for the day is the Buddhist temple Swayambhnath, mobbed by monkeys and soaring above the city on a hilltop, the ‘Monkey Temple’ is a fascinating, chaotic jumble of Buddhist and Hindu iconography. This is a great place to enjoy your day, so enjoy the view and maybe catch a sunset before heading back to your hotel for dinner. In the evening you will have a meeting with your trekking guide who will make sure you are prepared, explain how your trek will run and also answer any questions you may have.

Hotel in Kathmandu – B

Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (620m) about 8 hours. Today we long drive by local bus or private jeep to Arughat. This is an interesting drive throughout highway and off road. Until Dhadingbesi we drive paved road after that we take off road uphill and downhill.During our driving we will stop for lunch in local restaurant for Daal Bhat, noodle soup or fried noodle.

Tea House in Arughat- B, L, D

Day 04: Trek from Arughat to SotiKhola (710m) about 5 hours. Our first trekking day, we follow the off road till Sotikhola experiencing village lifestyle. We follow Budhi Gandaki River with scenic view of cliffs and water falls on another side.

Tea House inSotiKhola- B, L, D

Day 05: Trek from SotiKhola to Machha Khola (900m) about 7 hours. After having breakfast we cross the suspension bridge and walk through the sal forest on to a ridge above high rapid of Budhi Gandaki River. Then we enter to the rocky cliffy trail toward Lapubeshi by passing some waterfalls and scene of waterfalls on another side. We further climb rocky trail towards Machha Khola following the River bank.

Tea House in Machha Khola- B, L, D

Day 06: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1410m) about 7 hours. After breakfast we again follow narrow trails which make some up and down, after crossing Tharo Khola we reach at Khorlabesi. Then we walk some more up and down to Tatopani(hot spring) where we can take quick wash. The trail divert to the left bank of river by crossing the suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki.After that the trails lead toward to jagat.

Tea house in Jagat- B, L, D

Day 07: Trek from Jagat to Philim(1590m) about 4 hours.At the beginning of the day starts uphill to the rocky ridge to Salleri and descend to Setibas. The valley takes you to the suspension bridge and climb up to Philim, which is big Gurung village.

Tea House inPhilim- B, L, D

Day 08: Trek from Philim to Chumling (2363m) about 7 hours.Today we are entering Tsum valley from Manaslu circuit trail. The trail passes through pine and Rhododendron forest doing up hills and downhills. After crossing the Shiar Khola finally arrive at Chmling.Visit the old monastery in Chumling.

Tea House in Chumling- B, L, D

Day 09: Trek from Chumling to Chhokanparo (3010m) about 6 hours.After crossing the suspension bridge and reaches to the opposite side we could see gorgeous view of Ganesh Himal. Walk through rainjham and Serpukhola, now we enter hidden Tsum Valley. Then we steeply climb to Chhokanparo.

Tea House in Chhokanparo- B, L, D

Day 10: Trek from Chhokangparo to Nile (3361m), via Milarepa cave about 7 hours. Today we walk through Lamagaon to ranchenGompa. On the way we climb up to the Milarepa cave then we cross the ShiarKhola, passing few villages finally arrives Nile.

Tea House in Nile- B, L, D

Day 11: Trek from Nile to Mu Gompa (4030m) about 4 hours.Now we are almost close to the Tibetan border. We walk through west bank of the valley enjoying the views of Tibetan landscapes. We climb up to the Mu Gompa (very old monastery) more closely to Tibet now. We stay at monastery’s guest house

Tea House in Mu Gompa- B, L, D

Day 12: Rest in Mu Gompa.Today we do some excursion to the many small peaks for the spectacular views. We can go half day till Nunnrey or full day to Bhajyo with packing lunch.

Tea House in Mu Gompa- B, L, D

Day 13: Trek from Mu Gompato RanchenGompa (3240m) about 5 hours. Today we descend all the way down to RanchenGompa. The Gompa was establishing in 1905 AD and it is a nunnery in the Shiar khola valley. It is the largest nunnery of this region with its importance. This is painted with Buddhist mural paintings.

Tea House in RanchenGompa- B, L, D

Day 14: Trek from RanchenGompa to Chumje (3230) about 6 hours.Today we continue south until a bridge crosses to the west bank then descend again to Chhokangparo. Drop down to Chhokangparo on the previous trail for about 2hrs, until a small gompa is reached at Gho (2485m). Then taking the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley, we finally arrive at Chumje.

Tea House in Chumje- B, L, D

Day 15: Trek from Chumje to Bihi (3130m) about 7 hours.From Chumje, we continue on the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley.  Pass the village of DorjonKharka just before reaching Rana. After crossing the large suspension bridge in the main valley of the Manaslu Budhi Gandaki River arrive Bihi Village.

Tea House in Bihi- B, L, D

Day 16:Trek from Bihi to Namrung (2630m) about 7 hours. After morning breakfast we cross the Budhi Gandaki after short walk from Deng and follow the north bank and then climb to Rana at 1980m. Then head west up the BudhiGandaki valley. Crossing various streams and rivers we drop into the Sringi Valley. After a few ups and downs in forests passing many mani walls, we head to Prok village from where we could see stunning view of Siringi Himal. We cross the River many times with monasteries en route until passing many arrive at Namrung.

Tea house in Namrung- B, L, D

Day 17: Trek from Namrung to SamaGaon (3530m) about 7 hours. After early morning stunning view of Mt Ganesh Himal, Mt siringi and Mt Himal Chuli on the south we head toward Samagaon. We climb up and pass through forest arrive Lihi where we can observe many Chortens and beautiful barley terrace fields. We pass through Lho and Shyala village during our walking. From Lho we could see picturesque view of Mt. Manaslu. Further more to Samagaon we can see Glaciers and other mountains as well.

Tea House in Samagaon- B, L, D

Day 18:Rest and acclimatisation at Samagaon. We will walk around the village and visit monastery which is Buddhist monastery where you can visit. We can see the rich Sherpa culture in this village. We can hike up to the ridge for the views of the mountains and the village.

Tea House in Samagaon- B, L, D

Day 19: Trek fromSamagaon to Samdo (3860m) about 5 hours.The trail drops down to the Budhi Gandaki River to cross the side stream. The trail leads towards north and follow in to a bridge over a side. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to wider. It is an easy walk through the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. Then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can see a large white kani which we do have to cross to get Samdo. If you have extra day we can enjoy by hiking to Tibet border and rest again at Samdo.

Tea House in Samdo- B, L, D

Day 20: Trek from Samdo to Dharamshala or Larkya la B.C. (4460m) about 5 hours. The trails lead st down to the BudhiGandaki River to cross the wooden bridge. After short walk through the valley the trail leads up to the LarkyaPhedi. It is also called Dharmasala because there is a huge stone a kind of Shelter. Evening walk around the hill to get acclimatise and overnight at Larkya rest house.

Tea House in Larkya La B.C. – B, L, D

Day 21: Trek from Larkya la B.C.toBhimthang (3720m/12201ft) via Larkya pass (5160m/16924ft) about 9 hours. Today is the big and tough day of trekking. After short climb we reach north side of Larkya glacier. We walk across the moraines of the glacier and a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to get to the pass. From the top of the pass we can see gorgeous view of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. From the pass we steeply all the way down to Bhimthang.

Tea House in Bhimthang- B, L, D

Day 22: Trek fromBhimthang to Dharapani (1963m) about 8 hours. The trail descends into a rhododendron forest towards narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche (2785m). On the way one can enjoy the view of Manaslu, Annapurna and many more mountains. From here we cross a slide, then go across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. Then after the trail continue through the fields, over a stream, passing through the houses and fields interspersed with rhododendron and oak forests to Tilje. Then we walk further to Dharapani Annapurna circuit section.

Tea House in Dharapani- B, L, D

Day 23: Trek fromDharapani to Syange (1080m) about 6 hours. Today last day of trekking, we walk down to Syange following off road by enjoying the waterfall seen. Tea House in Syange- B, L, D

Day 24: Drive from Syange to Kathmandu about 9 hours. We take long drive to Kathmandu today. If we take local vehicle we need to change it in Beshisahar and if private we direct head to Kathmandu. Rest, leisure and shop. In the evening we will have farewell dinner at authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural program.

Hotel in kathmandu- B

Day 25:Our agency’s representative will greet you at your hotel and offer you a Khada (a kind of cloth which is worn on your neck). Wearing Khada means good luck and protection. Afterwards you will be taken to the airport. See you next time.

Note of above Itinerary:

The above itinerary can be customised at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. We can follow accordingly.


Day 01- Arrive Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)

Day 02- Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation

Day 03- Drive to Arughat(620m/2034ft)

Day 04- Trek to SotiKhola (710m/2328ft)

Day 05- Trek to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft)

Day 06- Trek to Jagat (1410m/4625ft)

Day 07- Trek to Philim(1590m/5215ft)

Day 08- Trek to Chumling (2363m/7775ft)

Day 09- Trek to Chhokangparo (3010m/9903ft)

Day 10- Trek to Nile (3361m/11058ft)

Day 11- Trek to Mu Gompa (3700m/11136ft)

Day 12- Rest day in Mu Gompa

Day 13- Trek to RachenGompa (3240m/10627ft)

Day 14- Trek to Chumje (3230m/10595ft)

Day 15- Trek to Bihi (3130m/10266ft)

Day 16- Trek to Namrung (2630m/8626ft)

Day 17- Trek to Lho (3720m/12201ft)

Day 18- Trek to Samagaon(3530m/11578ft)

Day 19- Trek to Samdo (3860m/12660ft)

Day 20- Trek to Larkya base camp (4460m/14628ft)

Day 21- Trek to Bhimthang (3720m/12201ft)

Day 22- Trek to Dharapani (1963m/6439ft)

Day 23- Trek to Syange (1080m/3542ft)

Day 24- Drive to Kathmandu

Day 25- Fly to Home country


Trip Start Dates

We will organise this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us today for a customised departure date.


Whats Included/Excluded

Cost Includes

  • Transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as per itinerary
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner) including the coffee and tea.
  • Accommodation in tea houses or in tents as per itinerary during the trek.
  • Accommodation including breakfast at 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara per itinerary.
  • Highly experienced Government licensed guide and necessary porters during the trek.
  • Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Government / Local taxes, Tourist service charge, guide / porter insurance and salary, general equipment, national park and conservation area fees.
  • Respective region ( Manaslu) trekking map. TIMS Card & Trek Permit
  • Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC).

Cost Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Major meals, lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Any type of personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone and laundry.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue) – you may easily obtain the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu.
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects.  We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.
  • Tips & Gratuities



Pricing Per Person

As this trekking region is in a restricted area, there are certain rules that must be followed. Depending on the area, there is a limit to the number of trekkers per season, but for most restricted trekking routes a minimum of 2 people is required. All participants must pay for and receive a special restricted area trekking permit, and the trip must be organised through an official, registered trekking company.


Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please  contact us at [email protected] or If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: +977-9851175534
Trip Summary

Duration: 25 Days

Grade: Moderate to Challenging

Maximum Altitude: 5,231m

Best Season: March – may, Sep – Nov

Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu, Teahouse Lodging during Trek

Meals: As stated in itinerary

Transportation: Car

Are you looking for a Tailor made trip? Your enquiry is greatly appreciated and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
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