Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek

Trip Facts

  • Duration 23 Days
  • Trip Difficulty strenuous
  • Max. Altitude 5,160m
  • Start and End -
  • Best Time March – June / August - December
  • Accommodation Teahouse / Homestay

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the antique monasteries, chortens, and gompas of the region.
  • Rich culture and tradition, and gorgeous sceneries.
  • Explore the hidden valleys of the Manslu region and walk to the Tibetan border on the northern side of the Manaslu region.
  • Get to witness stunning views of Mt. Manaslu, Hiunchuli, Ngadi Chuli, Ganesh Himal, and Larkya Peak.

The eighth highest mountain of the world is Mt. Manalsu (8,163m). Tsum Vally and Manaslu Trek takes you closer to this mountain, and you will visit one of the hidden gems of Nepal, Tsum valley. You will be wonder by the natural and cultural heritage of Tsum valley, along with lush and gorgeous landscape. This trekking is considered as the sacred Himalayan pilgrimage trek, which will take you to the Gorkha district to the northern direction.

Commonly, the attractions of the trek are: towering several snow peaks, enchanting monasteries, mystical lifestyle of Tibetan cultural type of living life, fascinating flora and fauna, and numbers of waterfalls. However, the difficult terrain and minimum accommodation availability have made the trek more challenging. Very few trekkers visit this site per year, and this trek is perfect for those who are looking for solitary as well as an adventure at the same time.

Following and ascending along the Budi Gandaki River, the trek takes you through several mysterious villages resided by people from the Tibetan community. During the trek, you will experience the warmth of Tibetan Buddhism, and become the part of daily life. You will get to taste a quite unusual nature of civilization, which is untouched by modernization.

As far as mountain views, one can view the stunning views of Mount Manaslu, and the Himalayan ranges of Hiunchuli, Simrang, Ganesh Himal, Ngadi, and Larkey Peak. From Larkya La there are spectacular views of icefalls and frozen lakes, Kangguru, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, and the massive Annapurna II.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome you at the airport & transfer to your Hotel.

Day 2: Free day for trekking preparation.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola (930m.) – 9 hrs.

Day 4: Machhakhola to Jagat (1,340m) – 7 hrs

Day 5: Jagat to Lokpa (2,240m) – 7 hrs.

Day 6: Lokpa to Chumling (2,386m) – 5 hrs.

Day 7: Chumling to Chhokangparo (3,031m) – 5 hrs.

Day 8: Chhokangparo to Mu Gumpa (3,700m) – 6 hrs.

Day 9: Mu Gumpa to Chhokangparo – 5 hrs.

Day 10: Chhokangparo to Gumpa Lungdang (3,400m) – 7 hrs.

Day 11: Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4,900m) then back to Gumpa Lungdang. – 9 hrs.

Day 12: Gumpa Lungdang to Ripchet (2,470m) – 4 hrs.

Day 13: Ripchet to Deng (1,860m) – 6 hrs.

Day 14: Deng to Namrung (2,630m) – 7 hrs.

Day 15: Namrung to Sama (3,520m) – 7 hrs.

Day 16: Acclimatization Day. Hike to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungen Gumpa.

Day 17: Sama to Samdo (3,860m) – 3 hrs

Day 18: Acclimatization day. Explore the Tibet Border Rui La (4,998m) – 8 hrs.

Day 19: Samdo to Dharmasala (4,460m) – 5 hrs.

Day 20: Dharmasala to Larke La (5,160m) then descend to Bhimthang (3,590m) – 8 hrs.

Day 21: Bhimthang to Dharapani (1,960m) – 8 hrs.

Day 22: Drive back to Kathmandu/Pokhara – 10 hrs.

Day 23: Departure

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Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1: Welcome you at the airport & transfer to your Hotel.

    Our representative will welcome you at the airport. He / She will escort you and help you to reach your booked hotel in a private vehicle. We will shortly introduce about the program then you can enjoy your first night in cultural diversity Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Free day for trekking preparation.

    Today, we recommend you to enjoy your day in diversified cultural capital – the ever-changing city of Kathmandu. Also, we will make the necessary preparations for our trek. Overnight stay at Hotel.

  • Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola (930m.) – 9 hrs.

    We suggest you to drive directly to Machha Khola rather than staying in Soti Khola and walking on the road the next day, because the road has been extended beyond Soti Khola. Passing through the Arughat and Soti Khola on the dusty road along the way, we leave Kathmandu for the long journey of about 150km. Machha Khola is situated on the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River, the source of which we will eventually encounter as we ascend to the Larkya La pass, with our companion and guide through the Manaslu valley.

  • Day 4: Machhakhola to Jagat (1,340m) – 7 hrs

    During the early part of the day, we walk through Khorlabesi and make our way to Tatopani, famous for its natural hot springs. A steep climb takes us up to Dobhan. We enter the Manaslu Conservation area and on to the scenic village of Jagat. Before we reach Jagat we will pass through rugged setting and narrow paved lanes. Overnight at Jagat.

  • Day 5: Jagat to Lokpa (2,240m) – 7 hrs.

    As we steadily make our way up the trail, a series of striking suspension bridges dominate our path. The trail past numerous waterfalls towards the Gurung village of Philim. From Philim, we ascends again and branches away into Tsum valley, with the wonderful views of Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal. The views draw our attention as we make our approach to Lokpa, the last destination of today’s plan. Overnight at Lokpa.

  • Day 6: Lokpa to Chumling (2,386m) – 5 hrs.

    Three suspension bridges and lush jungles usher us in to the mystical Buddhist valley. At the beginning, we will take an initial sharp climb but the rest of our journey, we will hike fairly leisurely to Chumling. Today’s hike is simple and allows us to relax which takes us in the beauty of the valley.

  • Day 7: Chumling to Chhokangparo (3,031m) – 5 hrs.

    As we steadily ease higher along the Shiar Khola, glorious views of the Ganesh Himal serve as our backdrop during the day. Shiar Khola is a minor tributary of the Budhi Gandaki. In our route, we will find a small Tibetan monastery which remind us of the valley’s strong Tibetan influences. With our arrival at Chhokangparo, the largest settlement in the valley, we will complete our today’s journey.

  • Day 8: Chhokangparo to Mu Gumpa (3,700m) – 6 hrs.

    We make our way deeper and higher into the valley, following the ancient trade route to Tibet, with the tributary still acting as our guide. The trail past stupas, chortens, monasteries, mani walls, and nunneries. All these things are the reminders of the close cultural and historical bonds to Nepal’s mystical neighbot to the north. Before our arrival at the monastery of Mu Gompa, we can pause briefly to explore the Milerapa cave.  We will stay at Mu Gompa and enjoy the hospitality of the resident monks – truly one of the cultural highlights of the trek.

  • Day 9: Mu Gumpa to Chhokangparo – 5 hrs.

    We retrace our steps from Mu Gompa as far as the village of Lar. From Lar, we take an alternate route back to Chhokangparo via Rachen Gompa. Rachen Gompa is home to the valley’s most famous nunnery. Overnight stay at Chhokangparo.

  • Day 10: Chhokangparo to Gumpa Lungdang (3,400m) – 7 hrs.

    We begin our trek with a descent to the village of Dumji. Next, we change our direction and take a steep trail through dense rhododendron and pine forests. We will follow the lush path until we reach Gompa Lungdang and its calmly situated monastery below Ganesh Himal.

  • Day 11: Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4,900m) then back to Gumpa Lungdang. – 9 hrs.

    It takes about approximately four hours to reach the base camp and we will follow the ascent path. After we reach base camp, our efforts are rewarded with some of the finest views of towering Ganesh Himal and the surrounding alpine wilderness. We spend a suitable amount of time to savor the view and we return back down the trail to Gumpa Lungdang.

  • Day 12: Gumpa Lungdang to Ripchet (2,470m) – 4 hrs.

    We will take an alternative route towards Ripchet on our return journey. The alternative route provides us a new and rewarding perspective on the landscape. Overnight at Ripchet.

  • Day 13: Ripchet to Deng (1,860m) – 6 hrs.

    After the completion of magical Tsum Valley trek, we refocuses on the trail through the Manaslu region and our ultimate goal of Larke La pass. On our returning journey from Tsum valley to Larkey la, the Budhi Gandaki River greets us again and leads us westward towards Pewa. We take up the steep route before we reach to Deng valley. Overnight at Deng.

  • Day 14: Deng to Namrung (2,630m) – 7 hrs.

    Before we arrive at Ghap, an undulating trail leads us steadily through forests. As we trail by the tumbling white water of the river, we will gain altitude steadily. A final steep climb leads us into Namrung. Overnight at Namrung.

  • Day 15: Namrung to Sama (3,520m) – 7 hrs.

    As we hike towards mountain region at altitude, the lower temperate forests give way steadily as we break free of the tree line. The lush greens of the lower valley giving way to the muted browns and grays of the Himalayan terrain and the vivid blue skies. Our first destination of today’s journey is the scenic village of Lho with its wonderful views of Manaslu. From Lho, we can also see the Rebung Gompa settled atop a hillside nearby. Again, we trek to the equally beautiful village of Shyala, then climb steadily through yak pasturelands to Sama Gaun. Overnight at Sama Gaun.

  • Day 16: Acclimatization Day. Hike to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungen Gumpa.

    Today, we give our bodies’ time to acclimate to the altitude in Sama Gaun. The village provides multiple choices for day excursions, i.e. the highly rewarding and dramatic hike to Manaslu Base Camp, or the alternative walk to Pungen Gompa, and a short excursion to the pretty lake of Birendra Taal nearby. Overnight at Sama Gaun.

  • Day 17: Sama to Samdo (3,860m) – 3 hrs

    We begin a hike onward and up as we put our heads down determinedly with the goal of Larke La ever nearer. The route takes us on a gradual and short climb alongside the river and after that it begins to steepen as it leads us up to Samdo around noon. We have an enough time in the afternoon to explore and perhaps hike to a higher altitude shortly which help in the process of acclimatization.

  • Day 18: Acclimatization day. Explore the Tibet Border Rui La (4,998m) – 8 hrs.

    Today is another rest day to help acclimate at higher altitude. We will walk to the border with Tibet at the pass of Rui La. From the top of Rui La, one can enjoy with the wonderful views of the Himalayas and Fukang glacier.

  • Day 19: Samdo to Dharmasala (4,460m) – 5 hrs.

    The more we climb up to the higher altitude, it brings us to the very threshold of Larke La. The more we step towards our destination, there will be evident of more snow and a thinner air. Next, we recommend you to do a short hike to higher altitude as it help our bodies get used to the altitude. It also helps to sleep better during the night.

  • Day 20: Dharmasala to Larke La (5,160m) then descend to Bhimthang (3,590m) – 8 hrs.

    Early morning, we start our trek to cross the Larke La before daybreak. Our head mounted lights move up and downs in the dark as we clamber up the trail in the cold morning. Our breath evident in the glow of the lamps. The trail to Larke La is an ambiguous one of persistent switchbacks, promising everything in a moment and seizing it away the next as one false ridge leads to another. Finally we catch a glance of the first prayer flags and our mission is finally accomplish. We stumble wearily to the marker and sit proudly for our cameras to capture the achievement. After stopping and spending the time at the pass to observe the magnificent views we begin the descent to Bhimthang. We put our trekking poles to good use to spare our tired legs from the steep descent to the dry valley below.

  • Day 21: Bhimthang to Dharapani (1,960m) – 8 hrs.

    We descend from Bhimthang with views of Manaslu to our left and the Annapurna ranges to our right. We pass through yak pastures to the first signs of the Dudh Khola’s headwaters flowing down the slope. We cross a bridge in our path which gradually leaves behind the alpine climate. The route takes us down through familiar rhododendron forests to a narrow valley of terraced fields. After we reach the small and picturesque village of Tilje, we make our way uphill to Dharapani. It is the major trekking junction in the region and modern starting point for trekkers heading out on the Annapurna Circuit. Overnight at Dharapani.

  • Day 22: Drive back to Kathmandu/Pokhara – 10 hrs.

    A long day’s driving by jeep/bus to either Pokhara or Kathmandu.

  • Day 23: Departure

    Our representative will leave you at the airport before 3 hours to capture your schedule flight towards your home or a next destination. Thanks for visiting Nepal. Enjoy!!!

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FAQs of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek

  • 1. How difficult is Manaslu Trek?

    The difficulty level of the Manaslu trek is average, neither it is moderate nor is it strenuous. But you have to ascend and descend continuously throughout the trail which test your limits and tolerance. Manaslu region offers mentally and physically challenging trek, suitable for adventure seekers. A regular hiker can easily complete it without any problem. However, it can be a challenging trek for absolute beginners. You might need to prepare for the trek by doing some workouts and jogging before you leave for the trek. The difficulty can depend upon some factors like physical fitness, trekking gears and equipment, the weight you carry, the condition of the trail (snow), food choice, acclimatization, and so on.
  • 2. How about food and beverage in the Manaslu region?

    You will find the healthy and freshly made food in this region where both vegetarian and non-vegetarian items can be served. But for remainder, try to avoid meat items which is not a healthy option in the Himalayas. You can choose continental foods like Spaghetti, Pizza, and many more. The commonly available foods are Chowemin, Mo:Mo, veg curry, and soups including some Tibetan foods. Commonly, you can also try typical Nepali food, “Dal Bhat”. In beverage item, you can choose from soft drinks to hard drinks. Also, you can find a wide variety of hot drinks. So, choose wisely and enjoy your drinks. You can even try the Nepali wine ‘Raksi’.
  • 3. Do I need to hire a Guide for the Manaslu Trek?

    Manaslu region is a restricted area of Nepal, to visit this region a guide is necessary and compulsory. The Manaslu restricted region cover the area from Jagat to Larkya La pass. The situation can get ugly while trekking in a restricted and rural area, where a guide can be a helpful during the trip.
  • 4. Why is the Manaslu region a restricted area?

    Manaslu region is less popular than Everest and Annapurna region. It holds its distinct tradition, culture, religion, norms, and values. To preserve its distinctive culture and tradition, it is considered as a restricted area. Also, it helps to raise the standard, and lifestyle of people. The Manaslu region (Upper Manaslu) is isolated from the modern world. During trekking, we explore the rural areas which are inside the Manaslu Conservation Area. Everything is uncertain in rural areas, so, for your safety it is listed as arestricted area. Similarly, this is a diplomatic area for the political issue due to the nearby Tibet border.

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