- Manaslu and Tsum Valley Treks
- 21 days
- Min 2 Max+ 12
- Soti Khola
- Besi Sahar
Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek lure thousands of trekkers every year, providing them with an opportunity to witness the geographically astounding and culturally enriched regions of Manaslu. The fascinating art, the remarkable hospitality of the Buddhist locals, their culture and traditions are something worth experiencing. Mt. Manaslu which is known as the “mountain of the spirit” lies at an altitude of 8165 m above the sea level. Climbing above the floating clouds amidst the mesmerizingly giant Himalayas, the trekkers feel an overwhelming sensation beneath their skin. Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek is a newly opened trekking trail that takes us to the remote villages of the region through rough trails.
Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek give you an opportunity to witness the culturally diverse areas along with the beautiful landscapes including the peaks of Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Himlung and Cheo Peaks. Tsum valley requires good physical fitness and at least three days to successfully complete the trek. Most of the trails here are untouched and not many tourists are aware of this trip which makes it even more exclusive and fascinating. The remote Tsum Valley is named after a Tibetan word “Tsumbo” which means vivid and we can only agree. Tsum Valley consists of its own distinct features that treasure lush vegetation, clear streams, natural hot springs, splashing waterfalls and much more. The valley lies between Baudha Himal, Chuli to the west, Sring Himal to the north and Ganesh Himal to the south. The trekkers are amazed by its ancient arts, religions, costumes, handicrafts and the warm hospitality from the ethnic groups. The area has numerous untouched wildlife because the Buddhists living here prohibit any external intrusion and mainly hunting. The area is well maintained and conserved by the local people, allowing only organized trekking groups special permits to gain entry into this region to explore this circuit.
The highest point is the Larkya La Pass that lies at an elevation of 5230 m and it is the main highlights of the Manaslu region. The Chum valley and Manaslu circuit is one of the majestic Himalayan ranges and consists of cultural diversities and natural scenery with high altitude exotic glacier lakes. Buddhism is the main culture in the Manaslu and Tsum Valley which is followed by the majority of people and they celebrate festivals like Lhosar, Dhacyhang, Saka Dawa, Fanning etc. The trekkers will experience something extraordinary and will get to witness a spiritually enlightening festival if they come across any of the Buddhists celebrations. However, you can also get a better insight of the Buddhism culture and tradition by visiting Mu Gompa (3,700 m) which is one of the famous monasteries in the area. Trekkers who have a willingness to try an innovative adventure enriched with culture and tradition along with fantastic views of the mighty mountains, Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek is the life-changing trek for them!
Day 1: Arrival to Kathmandu
on your arrival representatives from Malung treks will be there at the airport to give you a warm Nepali welcome and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Sotikhola: 700m/23 1,33ft via Arughat Driving time: 11 to 12hrs
Day 3: Sotikhola to Machha Khola: 869m/286,77ft Trekking period: 6 – 7 Hours
Day 4: Machha Khola to Jagat: 1340./442,2ft Trekking period: 6 -7 hours
Day 5: Jagat to Philim:1,590m/524,7ft Trekking period: 3 to 4hrs
Day 6: Philim to Chumling: 2363m/779,79ft Trekking period: 6 to 7 hours
Day 7: Chumling to Chhokangparo: 3010m/993,3ft Trekking Period: 5 to 6 hours
Day 8: Chokhangparo to the Nile: 3361m/1,109,13ft or Mu Gomba via Milarepa cave Trekking times: 6 to 7 hours
Day 9: Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa: 3240m/1,069,2ft Trekking period: 5 to 6hrs.
Day 10: Rachen Gompa to Dumje: 2440m/805,2ft Trekking period: 5 to 6hrs.
Day 11: Dumje to Deng: 3130m/1,032,9ft Trekking period: 7 to 8hrs.
Day 12: Deng to Namrung: 2630m/867,9ft Trekking period: 6 - 7 hours
Day 13: Namrung to Samagaon: 3,520m/1,16 1,6ft Trekking period: 6 to 7 hours
Day 14: Acclimatisation day at Samagaon: 3520m/1,16 1,6ft
Day 15: Samagaon to Samdo: 3,875m/1,278,75ft Trekking period: 4 - 5 hours
Day 16: Samdo to Dharmashala: 4,460m/1,471,8ft Trekking period: 4 - 5 hours
Day 17: Dharmashala to Bhimthang: 3,590m/1,184,7ft Trekking period: 8 to 9 hours
Day 18: Bhimthang to Tilije: 2300m/759,33ft Trekking period: 5 to 6 hours
Day 19: Tilije to Jagat: 1301m/249,00ft Trekking period: 5 - 6 hours
Day 20: Jagat to Kathmandu:1300m/4,290ft Driving period: 8 to 9hrs.
Day 21: Departure
Malung treks and expedition bids you farewell with all the best wishes until we se
ItineraryDay One : Kathmandu to Sotikhola: 700m/2,310ft via Arughat
Driving time: 9 to 10hrs
We drive to Sotikhola early in the morning from Kathmandu. We make our way through a few bumpy roads filled with adventure and thrill that will keep us from dozing off in the bus. It is an 10 to 11 hours’ drive to Sotikhola, which offers us a splendid mountain scenery of the Nepalese countryside along with lush greenery.
Day Two : Sotikhola to Machha Khola: 869m/286,77ft
Trekking period: 6 – 7 Hours
Making our way through the Sai forests, we climb onto a ridge above the splashing Budhi Gandaki. The trail continues along a rocky path as we climb uphill and downhill passing through two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of the cliff. The trail is a fun-filled, thrill-full journey that explores every path of the region.
On our way, we walk past the scattered Gurung villages in Labubesi. The trail descends towards the sandy river bed right before climbing steeply over a ridge. From here, we make our way down the river and walk across a swinging suspension bridge to reach the Machha Khola village where we will spend our first night in a tea house.
Day Three : Machha Khola to Jagat: 1340m/442,2ft
Trekking period: 6 -7 hours
After an early morning breakfast, we step upon a narrow trail as we cross the Tharo Khola River and make our way towards Khorlabesi. The trail goes up and downhill as we come across a small hot spring in Tatopani, which is absolutely delightful. The route continues over another ridge, crossing the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. We then come across a well-crafted staircase, after which we move past a landslide area over a ridge to Dobhan. Walking along another ridge over the splashing Yaru Khola we climb the stone stairs and then descend to a river and climb few more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. The trek from here takes us up to the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki as we climb over a ridge after which we walk along a river and then climb towards a small village at Jagat (1410 m) in a tea house.
Day Four : Jagat to Philim: 1,590m/524,7ft
Trekking period: 3 to 4hrs
Our journey continues as we embark upon a rocky ridge to Salleri, from where the trail descends to Setibas. As we make our way up to the Ghatta Khola, we feel the valley widening a bit. From here, we make our way upstream passing through a long suspension bridge, leading us to Philim, a large Gurung village. We spend the night at a tea house.
Day Five : Philim to Chumling :2363m/449,79ft
Trekking period: 6 to 7 hours
We witness the valley narrowing down as we walk past Philim to the north, across a forest. After crossing the Ekle Bhatti, we walk alongside a gorge and enter a dense pine tree forests. The trail descends down as we make our way to the Tsum Valley. We enjoy the views of the ever-mesmerizing Mt. Himalchuli as we walk through the pine and rhododendron forests. We reach at the Pass Lokpa as we climb further north through pines and rhododendrons, leading us to Ghumlong followed by Ripchet. We cross the Shiar Khola and finally arrive at our destination for the day, Chumling. We explore a few old Chumling gompa and walk in the stone streets of the village. Overnight in Teahouse.
Day Six : Chumling to Chhokangparo: 3010m/993,3ft
Trekking Period: 5 to 6 hours
Walking across a suspension bridge onto the opposite bank, we make our way alongside the Rainjham and Serpu Khola. We come across incredible views of the Ganesh Himal on our way, which leads us to the village of Chhokangparo. If the weather permits, we get to enjoy a crystal clear view of the peak of the Himalchuli which lies at an altitude of 7893 meters. We stay the night in a Teahouse.
Day Seven : Chokhangparo to the Nile: 3361m/1,109,13ft, or Mu Gomba via Milarepa cave
Trekking times: 6 to 7 hours
Extra precaution is required today as climbing above the Chokhangparo hits trekkers hard with the altitude sickness. We make our way past the Lamagaon to the Rachen Gompa amidst the lush greenery. From here, we climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave followed by the Shiar Khola. The trail brings us to a small scattered village of Chhule, after which we climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at the Nile. Chhule-Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m-5km-3 hours walk). We are only a few steps away from touching the Tibetan border from here. We climb to the west bank of the valley admiring the Tibetan landscapes that move alongside us and does not leave our sight. We climb up to the Mu Gompa from where we make our way to Bhajyo, a remote area which only has yak farmhouse and no local houses which is quite fascinating. As we walk up the trail we now see amazing Tibetan peaks as well along with the Ganesh Himal range. After having our lunch, we explore the area. Overnight at a Teahouse.
Day Eight : Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa: 3240m/1,069,2ft
Trekking period: 5 to 6hrs.
After an early breakfast, we continue our trek descending down to Rachen Gumba which was established in 1905 AD. Rachen Gumba is one of the largest nunneries in the Shiar Khola Valley and holds a great importance in the region. The interior of the Gumba perfectly painted with Buddhist mural paintings which reflect the culture and tradition of the Buddhist ancestries. Overnight at a Teahouse.
Day Nine : Rachen Gompa to Dumje: 2,440m/8,052ft
Trekking period: 5 to 6hrs.
The trail continues south until we come across a bridge that crosses to the west bank. From here, we descend to Chhokangparo which is followed by a descent to the previous trail for about 2 hours. We come across a small gompa at Gho (2485 m). We then take the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley and we finally arrive at our destination, Chumje via Yaju, Overnight in Teahouse.
Day Ten : Dumje to Deng: 1,860m/6,138ft
Trekking period: 7 to 8hrs.
After a night at Chumje, we continue our trek embarking upon the northern route in the lower Tsum Valley. We make our way towards a village of Dorjon Kharka before reaching Rana. We swing our way across a large suspension bridge before reaching the main valley of the Manaslu Budhi Gandaki River. As per your interest, we can customize our schedule and walk further up to the village of Bihi. We spend the night at a Teahouse.
Day Eleven : Deng to Namrung: 2,630m/8,679ft
Trekking period: 6 - 7 hours
After an early morning breakfast, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and climb to Rana which lies at an altitude of 1910 m. We pass through dense forests and mani stones admiring its aura that surrounds us through every step. The Prok village which is our next stop has a splendid view of the mighty Siringi Himal. We follow the trail which goes up a river through a dense forest. After crossing the river, we come across an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge and the forest becomes less dense. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb, we reach at Namrung (2630 m).
Day Twelve : Namrung to Samagaon: 3,520m/1,16 1,6ft
Trekking period: 6 to 7 hours
At Namrung, we get to witness the beautiful mountain peaks that surround the area including Mt. Siring, Mt. Ganesh Himal and Mt. Himal Chuli which lies in the south. En route, a steep climb to Lihi, we pass through a dense forest which is followed by a drop moving past a valley Simnang. Along our way, we step in the village of Lho from where we get an amazing view of Mt. Manaslu, and we also get to explore the famous Ribung Gompa. As we make our way through the lush greenery, we come to Shyala village, which surrounds us by mountains that provide us with an opportunity to take photos of the beautiful Samagaon. We spend the night here at 3530 m height.
Day Thirteen : Acclimatisation day at Samagaon: 3,520m/1,16 1,6ft
A day for acclimatization gives us an opportunity to explore and learn about the local culture of Samagaon village and its people. The trails of the village are filled with mani stones with Budhhists prayers and texts carved in it and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments set the ancient and antique ambiance of the region. We climb up from Samdo which leads us to one of the trade passes to Tibet, offering us a mesmerizing view of the mighty Himalayas including Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Larkye Peak, Cheo and possibly Kang Guru. En route, we will pass numerous types of wildlife and birds. We also visit an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa) that lies on a little hill near the Sama village which has splendid views of the glacier.
Day Fourteen : Samagaon to Samdo: 3,875m/1,278,75ft
Trekking period: 4 - 5 hours
After an early morning healthy breakfast, we descend down to the Budhi Gandaki River as we join the Larkya la Trail and pass several mani walls. From here we observe the valley beginning to widen up. The trail gets easier to pass as we continue walking above the river passing through the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. The trail descends to the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and steeply climbs onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch here, we can enjoy the view of a large white kani. Finally making our way through the kani, we reach our destination, Samdo (3860 m).
Day Fifteen : Samdo to Dharmashala: 4,460,/1,471,8ft
Trekking period: 4 - 5 hours
A bridge over the Budi Gandaki leads us to an ascending trail towards Larkya Glacier. En route we stumble upon two streams. We make our way around the valley of Salka Khola and climb up again to a stone guest house (4450 m). It’s a gentle and short walk up to Dharmashala, leaving us plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Overnight in Dharmashala. (4460 m).
Day Sixteen : Dharmashala to Bhimthang: 3590m/1,184,7ft
Trekking period: 8 to 9 hours
After a healthy breakfast, we make our way to a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we get to witness mesmerizing views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. To get to our destination, we climb across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper in the last section of the pass. This is the highest point of the trek that lies in an elevation of 5160m. We take pictures of the outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. To walk up to Bhimthang is longer relatively, but walking into the beautiful low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu, is an unforgettable experience which makes the trekking look short and we reach Bhimthang in no time. Overnight in Bimthang (3700 m).
Day Seventeen : Bhimthang to Tilije: 2,300m/7,590ft
Trekking period: 5 to 6 hours
We spend some time in Bhimthang admiring the incredible views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. After that, the trail descends further more crossing a high pasture followed by a swinging bridge over Dudh Khola. We then make our way through the fruity smell of the rhododendron forests that leads us towards a narrow valley. We pass across fields before taking a steep climb over a ridge takes us to the sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A few more uphill climb finally takes us to our destination, Tilije, where we spend the night at an elevation of 2300m.
Day Eighteen : Tilije to Jagat: 1300m/4,290ft
Trekking period: 5 - 6 hours
After an early morning breakfast, we climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through villages. We experience the authentic local culture of the village and continue our journey crossing over the bridge over the flowing Dudh Khola. The trail from here ascends through a chorten-shaped arch, subsequently passing a mani wall and reaching the Thonje village at last. We continue a gradual walk along the river crossing a few bridges until we reach the village of Tal that is situated at the foot of a large waterfall. still tal we will go greadualy climb down hill to the Chamje and here to we head our final destination to the Jagat at guest house.
Day Nineteen : Jagat to Kathmandu: 1,300m/4,290ft
Driving period: 8 to 9hrs.
After our breakfast, we take a 2- 3 hours by local Jeep, and by car 5 to 6 hours ride back to Kathmandu, from where you will be escorted back to your hotel. Rest and relax until the evening. You will then be joining a farewell dinner with the team.
Annapurna conservation permit
Tsum Valley and Manaslu special Permit
Fluent English speaking trekking and climbing guide
Porters to carry your luggage, food, tent and necessary things
Food, Breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea coffee during the trekking part
Accommodations during the trekking part
Transport by land and flight
Insurance for trekking crews
Airports pick up and drop - 2 times on arrival and departure
First aid kit for trekking crews
Personal equipment for trekking gear
Personal insurance for travel to Nepal
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
Emergency rescue evacuation
Bar bills, mineral water on trek
Hot shower/battery charge for camera during trek
AccommodationKathmandu 3*** Base hotel and Tea house, home stay and camping tents during the trek.
MealsBreak fast in Kathmandu and breakfast, lunch and dinner with tea or coffee .