Manaslu Trek with Tsum Valley - 23 Days


If you have decided for an incredibly adventurous destination, then Tsum valley trek is the one. It is one of the amazing hiking trips to Nepal. The crystal clear landscapes, gigantic white Himalayas, local mountain villages and the breathtaking scenarios are the major attraction of this journey. The spectacular mountain views of Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal, and Shringi Himal can also be enjoyed side by side. 

Well, Tsum Valley isn’t enough only with the Himalayas but also the pine tree forest, rhododendron flower, waterfalls and hot springs on the route catches the attention of the tourists. The people are Tibetan origin and of course, they speak in the Tibetan language. Since this area is culturally rich and influenced by Buddhism, you will find various historic monasteries like Mu Gompa, Rachen Gompa, Lungdang Gompa, etc. These shrines are the center of teaching and learning of Buddhism where monks and nuns live.

 Moving on, after Tsum valley trek you will be heading towards Manaslu. It is the 8th highest mountain in the world at 8,163m above sea level. It is equally stunning and beautiful. Locals believe that the meaning of “Manaslu” resembles the mountain of spirit. The trail of Manaslu is fascinating side by side challenging along Budhi Gandaki river. Nevertheless, the route passes through several waterfalls, lakes, and monasteries leading to your destination which is a worthwhile moment. 

Summing up, Tsum valley trek will be taking about 23 days from arrival to departure. This tour may seem quite rough but after all those challenges, the experiences and memories and worth it. It may be challenging while crossing Laarkya La Mountain Pass at 5,106m but it is not technically difficult. If you are physically fit and can hike continuously for long hours on average in a day, this trek will be hilariously epic for you.


Manaslu-Tsum Trekking route leads ahead Budi Gandaki River valley, which is fed by innumerable rivers and waterfalls, offering the chance of a plunge into some bathing pools. It is getting more and more popular as a new trekking destination but it still sees fewer trekkers compared to the established trekking routes in the Annapurna region.

The circuit is a stunning trek with spectacular views of Mount Manaslu (8163 m) and the Ganesh Himal Range, among others. Along the trail, you encounter an interesting mix of authentic Hindu and Tibetan-style Buddhist villages. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak a unique dialect. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The famous Kyimu Lung, a pilgrimage circuit in the central Trans-Himalaya, is well known for its center of learning and meditation. This circuit traverses the Tsum Valley the Manaslu area in Nepal, and the southern parts of Tibet.

This Valley has a long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to be meditated in the caves of these mountains. Traditionally, the valley was a culturally distinct geographical called “Tsum Tso Chuksum”, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The valley is uniquely rich in wildlife, especially the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep which congregates in herds of 50 to 200. Hunting, fishing is not permitted in the Tsum Valley.

The valley also boasts some unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, which lie on a pretty plateau nestled in the lap of the valley, and Gumba Lungdang, situated at the base of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal. The crossing of the Larkya Pass (5160 m) can be tough when there is snow.

However, the stunning landscape with the mighty Himalayas towering straight above you and the spectacular glaciers make it more than worth the effort. The pass links the Budhi Gandaki with the Marsyangdi valley. The descent passes through beautiful alpine meadows at Bimtang before joining the main Annapurna Circuit route heading to the trailhead at Besisahar.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02:  Explore Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola 7 hrs./700m.

Day 04: Trek to Machhakhola

Day 05: Trek to Jagat 6-7 hrs./1340m.

Day 06: Trek to Philim 3 hrs./1570m.

Day 07: Trek to Chumling 6-7hrs./2386m.

Day 08: Trek to Chhokang-Paro 4-5 hrs./3031m.

Day 09: Trek to Nile 4-5 hrs./3361m.

Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa 2-3 hrs./3700m.

Day 11: Trek down to Chhokang Paro 6hrs./3031m.

Day 12: Trek Down to Lokpa 6-7 hrs./2240m.

Day 13: Trek to Ghap 6hrs./2170m.

Day 14: Trek to Lho 6hrs./3180.

Day 15: Trek to Samagaon 3 hrs./3520m.

Day 16: Trek to Samdo 3hrs./3870m.

Day 17: Trek to Dharamsala 3hrs. /4460m.

Day 18: Cross Larkya-La(5160m.)-Bimthang 8-9hrs./3590m.

Day 19: Trek to Dharapani 7-8 hrs./1963m.

Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu 6hrs.

Day 21: Departure


Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport and transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2
Explore Kathmandu

The next morning after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around the Kathmandu valley. You will visit the center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Hindu Temple and Swyambhunath. These are very ancient and historical pride of Nepal importantly enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the fine arts and historical architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflect the uniqueness and diversity in Nepalese culture. On the journey back to the hotel, you can travel around the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. You can perhaps take a relaxed walk through the famous streets like Thamel.

Day 3
Drive to Soti Khola 700m./ 8 hours.

We can take a bus/Jeep from Kathmandu to Arughat in the morning on the Kathmandu-Pokhara road to Malekhu than turn right to Dhading Besi road. After reaching Dhadingbesi, we will drive up hills to Muralibhanjyang through the beautiful villages than drive downhills to Arughat with Ankhu River view, Mountain views, Jungle, etc. In Arughat, a pleasant market town straddling the Budhi Gandaki riverside. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 4
Trekking from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola.

You will be leaving Soti Khola, The path moves up as it crosses the river with several high glimpses and overlooks. We’ll be passing hot springs at Tatopani on the way. The distance to be covered is 14 km which takes about 5 to 6 hours walking. You will be returning to a guest house for dinner and night stay. Trek through local villages on the more scenic upper road where there is a choice, staying on the left bank (true right) of the Budhi Gandaki, which you will be following to its source. It can be hot and humid so wet rice, maize and millet are the main crops and you may see monkeys in the forests. Trek on through shady sal forests then climb up and down for some time on an exposed track blasted from the cliff and views way below of wild rapids, eventually dropping to the Labubesi. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 5
Trekking from Maccha Khola to Jagat. 6-7 hrs./1340m.

You will have your breakfast at the guest house then proceed with your trek to Jagat. Jagat lies to the west side of the river Budhi Gandaki. Climb over a ridge and cross the Buri Gandaki on a new suspension bridge, circle under cliffs and climb a little to Doban. The Shyaule Bhatti lodge is 40mins later then 20mins to Manaslu Santi and Thulodhunga (‘big rock’) lodges where you can take tea and look at the wild gorges ahead. After a landslip and Yaruphant (1140m) cross the bridge across the Yaru Khola (1363m) and emerge onto river flats at Yaru (1140m). Look downstream at the massive rockfall that chokes the river. Just past Yaru, cross to the true right bank and enjoy easy up and down to Jagat, a neatly flag stoned village where Jagat is collected on Tibetan trade. You will need to show your MCAP permit at an office on the left. It has stone-paved paths. Small villages come across the trail. Small villages come across the trail. Overnight at Jagat.

Day 6
Trekking from Jagat to Lokpa. 2240m./7hrs.

This is the entrance to Tsum Valley. When the trek continues you must cross the river Syar from the valley of Tsum where the valley of Tsum leads to the right. Lokpa Village is the first village in the Tsum Valley Villages that offers fantastic Manaslu views. Food and lodging are reasonable at Lokpa. The distance covered will be 15 km with an altitude of 1340m to 2240m. 6 to 7 hours will be covered by walking.

Day 7
Trekking from Lokpa to Chumling. 2346m./ 6-7 hours.

You will cross the Syar river and walk to the village of ChumlingThe distance covered is 8.4 km with an altitude of 2240m to 2347m. This will take you around 4 hours walking. After 1hr climbing enter the Ekle Bhatti, then traverse high above a spectacular gorge, entering a largely uninhabited area of pine trees. Eventually drop to a trail junction going left to Ghap and right to the Tsum Valley, just above Gum Pul. Climb on a well-graded but exposed track through pines and rhododendrons, looking down on the other trail across the river. Descend through beautiful forest, crossing two new bridges, circle under a huge bluff on the river then climb steeply on deteriorating exposed stairs. After about 30mins start to traverse north through pines and rhododendrons, still climbing and with very steep slopes. The hidden valley of Tsum stretches enticingly ahead. Eventually, descend to a deserted bhatti Ghumlong on the river. The path straight ahead climbs steeply to Ripchet 2470m. in about 1hr; the path to Chumling (2360m) crosses the small river on a wooden bridge and up. After about 30mins, below Chumling, take the level track to right (east) for 15mins to arrive Chumling and check out the old gompa, the traditional houses, orchards, clinic, and beautiful stone streets. From here on trails are lined with artistic chortens and mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with deities and prayers. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 8
Trekking from Chumling to Chhokang Paro. 4-5 hrs./3031m.

This trek will lead you from the lower valley to the upper valley. The path continues down the Syar River to Domje and then climbs over 500 meters to Chhokang Paro, the largest city in the Tsum valley. The distance here will be covered by about 10.2 km. It will take 5 hours.

Day 9
Trekking from Chhokang Paro to Mu Gompa. 6--7 hours.

You will be continuing your trek from Chhokang Paro to the Nile to Mu Gompa. On this trip, Mu Gompa is the northern point and is home to a large monastery. In Monastery we will find the rooms and we can spend the night with monks. The distance covered will be 15 km with an altitude of 3031m to 3700m. You will welcome by tsampa porridge and Tibetan butter salt tea. On three sides now are tantalizing views of the border with Tibet, with frequently used passes to the east (Ngala Dhojyang or Mailatasachin Pass, 5093m) and west (Thapla Bhanjyang, 5104m) just out of sight. Some people climb to Kalung (3820m) or Bhajyo (4030m) and camp, making a day trip to the passes for a view into Tibet. From Mu Gompa, there are extensive seasonal yak pastures in all directions, the Lungdang Glacier to the east, and high peaks in all directions. In the early monsoon, in pastures at 5000m, many Tsumba collects the most expensive natural medicine in the world, known as yarsagumba. The isolated 600-year-old Dhephu Doma Gompa (3900m) is 30-45mins uphill on the obvious westward track. The inside of the gompa has been repainted by monks from Tibet and there are some ancient thankas. Overnight at Mu-Gompa.

Day 10
Trekking from Mu Gompa to Chhokang Paro

This destination to Chhokang Paro will be going through Rachen Gompa. Rachen Gompa is a monastery and you will also visit the sacred cave i.e. Piren Phu. The distance covered will be 16km with an altitude of 3700m to 3031 m with 6 hours of walking.

Day 11
Trekking from Chhokang Paro to Gumba Lungdang.

The distance covered will be 12 km with an altitude of 3031m to 3200m. it takes 6 hours by walking and night stay at Gompa

Day 12
Trekking from Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa through Ripchet.

The distance covered will be 20km with an altitude of 3200m to 2240m with a walking distance of 7 to 8 hours. Overnight stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 13
Trekking from Lokpa to Deng.

The distance covered will be 9km with an altitude of 2240m to 1860m with 4 to 5 hours of walking. After taking hot Breakfast, you will Continue from Lokpa down the exposed track until the track from Philim comes in from the left. Turn right, cross the Buri Gandaki on a solid bridge after about 1hr, and traverse to Nyak Phedi. Enter a very narrow gorge up and down, up and down. Cross to the suspension bridge. After about 2hrs reach to Deng (1800m), Night stays at Mountain Lodge.

Day 14
Trekking from Deng to Namrung.

Today we will enter a beautiful forest of fir and rhododendron with many birds, staying on the south bank, cross north on a bridge with a roaring narrow canyon below then cross back to the south bank on a new swing bridge with grey langurs watching. The main trail now climbs on well-made stairs. After about 1hr, climb a zigzag from the river to the neat village of Namrung (2660m) with shops, restaurants about the flag-stoned square. The distance will be 17km long with an altitude of 1860m to 2630m. this will take 7 hours by walking and then night stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 15
Trekking from Nemrung to Sama Gaun.

Pass mani walls, fields, and houses through Banjam, enter the fir, rhododendron, and oak forest before climbing to Lihi (2900m). Most people from here onwards wear traditional Tibetan dress, with the children in small chubas. There are some particularly fine paintings in the kani (gate arches) that you pass before Sho. A leisurely walk onwards, in and out of gullies to Lho (3180m; Lho Gaun) with the excellent views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m) from the mani wall at the far end of the village and from the gompa on the hill to the west. The views of Manaslu are stupendous. Easy walk to Shyala (3520m) up a pine and rhododendron gully with moss and gin-clear stream. Enjoy 360° views from here. Another easy hour to the large village of Samagaon offers great views of Manaslu, a beautiful old Monastery, a typical Tibetan village, and many mountains. Day-long acclimatization trips can be taken from here to Pungyen Gompa or to Manaslu Base Camp (4900m) An afternoon walk to the Kargyu Chholing Gompa is recommended. Overnight at Guest House. The distance covered will be 17 km with an altitude of 2630m to 3520m. Walking 7 hours and night stay at Mountain Lodge.

Day 16
Acclimatization day

You will be staying at Sama Gaun and you have the option to visit three different places here. You will be spending a whole day ay Sama Gaun. Since this is an acclimatization day, the three places are:
Option1: Hike to Pungen Gompa and back to Sama Gaun.
Distance: 14 km. Altitude: 3520 meters – 4050 meters – 3520 meters. Walking for 6 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.
Option 2: Hike to Birendra Tal and back to Sama Gaun.
Distance: 4.3 km. Walking for 2 hours. Night Stay at Mountain Lodge.
Option 3: Hike to Manaslu Base Camp and back to Sama Gaun. Distance: Around 17 km. Altitude: 3520 meters – 4400 meters – 3520 meters. Walking 7/8 hours.

Day 17
Trekking from Sama Gaun to Samdo. 3hrs./3870m.

You will be having your breakfast and lunch at Sama Gaun residence. The distance covered will be 9 km with an altitude: 3520 meters – 3875 meters. It takes about 3:30/ 4 hours walking. Easy walking through yak pastures up a broad valley with long mani walls Finally leave the treeline behind, although low-lying juniper is all around, climb to a ridge and drop to cross the Buri Gandaki on a wooden bridge. It takes few minutes to reach the white stupa above and immediately behind is Samdo (3870m), a very picturesque village dedicated to yak herding, so much so that there are more animal and fodder shelters than human accommodation. Side valleys and Samdo Peak call out for afternoon wandering. The Larkya La trail is ahead up the valley and left. You can see the main track for Tibet over the Lajyung Bhanjyang, 5098m) sloping up to the right from the Larkya La trail and you can make an excellent afternoon acclimatization walk of 4-5hrs return to 4500m up this trail, seeing lots of blue sheep and yaks and entrancing views, but the pass itself is a full day trip. The first village and road in Tibet are about 2hrs beyond the pass with access currently blocked by China even for locals. There is a lot of Chinese/ Tibetan drinks for sale in Samdo. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 18
Trek to Dharamsala 3hrs. /4460m.

After hot Breakfast, Descend beyond Samdo on a broad trail, dropping to cross the river and Pass the trail to Tibet to the right and climb left after a mani wall. Cross two ravines on narrow tracks, very icy towards winter. There was Larke Bazar (market) from Tibet to trade in this area. After gradually climb to the north-west side you will reach Dharamsala (Larke Phedi, Larkya Resthouse) is now a seasonal village with freezing rooms and tents. The views are marvelous. You will see a large herd of blue sheep and some Himalayan animals in this place. Overnight at Camp. The distance will be 6 km. Altitude: 3875 meters to 4460 meters.

Day 19
Trek from Dharmashala to Larkya La Pass (5105m.) to Bhimtang. 7 hours.

Today we have to note that if snow has fallen overnight and there have been high winds, then there may be less snow as you climb making the pass still crossable. Climb steadily over the ridge behind Dharamsala and beside the large lateral moraine of the Larke Glacier. The climb is not difficult but it is long and rocky underfoot, particularly as you top the moraine. Descend past four frozen lakes and make a final tiring climb to the left up to Larkya La (5160m), marked by prayer flags. It takes about 3-5hrs to reach the pass and it can be very cold and windy with a risk of exposure if under-equipped or ill. The peaks to the west are Himlung (7126m) near Tibet and Kang Guru (6981m) and Annapurna II (7937m) in the Annapurna Range. There are several places where snow or ice would make this treacherous and some groups fix a rope on the steepest piece. Make a long descent on loose gravel to a welcome more level area with grassy moraine, where the angle eases. The track now runs left of the large lateral moraine, rocky at times, in a widening and beautiful valley all the long way to very scenic Bimthang (3720m; ‘plain of sand’), a descent of 1400m in about 3hrs. The views during the descent are huge – icefalls and mountains in all directions, a medial glacial lake (Pongkar Tal) between the Pongkar and Salpudanda Glaciers, and the joining of these two glaciers with a third glacier to form the Bhimtang Glacier whose lateral moraine towers over Bimthang. Overnight at Guest House. The distance will be 15 km. Altitude: 4460 meters to 5160 meters to 3590 meters. Walking 8/9 hours

Day 20
Trek from Bhimtang to Dharapani through Tilje. 7-8 hrs./1963m.

Today we will walk south below Bimthang behind the moraine wall for some time before crossing the Bhimtang Glacier, which can be loose underfoot. Climb up the far moraine wall quickly to avoid stone-fall and enter the beautiful forest. If you are in rhododendron season, the mauves, reds, pinks, and whites are stunning amongst the huge pines and the views of the back of Mt Manaslu are superb. Descend rapidly along the true right bank of the aptly named Dudh Khola through Hompuk (3420m) in a forest clearing. Gentle riverside walking continues rapidly to Surki 2700m. for lunch. In the next hour, you will see many signs of a glacial flood, with tree trunks smashed and banks undermined, the track becoming quite rough. Climb steeply over a ridge and drop to Goa (2560m) the first real village since Samdo. The valley becomes more agricultural as you pass fields and copses of oak and rhododendron. Then you will each to Tilje village, Pass under a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and descend rapidly towards the Marsyangdi Valley to the north bank and climb up to join the main round-Annapurna trail, over the Marsyangdi River on a long suspension bridge. Turn left into Dharapani (1963m). Overnight at Guest House with a clean hot shower. The distance covered will be 22km with an altitude of 3590m to 1963m. this will cover 8 to 9 hours of walking distance and night stay at Mountain Lodge. There is another option too i.e. Bhimtang to Tilje with is 22km with an altitude of 3590m to 2300 meters. It will take you 7 hours to walk.

Day 21
Drive to Kathmandu via Besisahar. 8-9 hours.

Today we will take transport ( Jeep) on way to Besisahar with the views of Marshyangdi river, waterfalls, villages, mountains. It takes about 4/5 hours to Besisahar. Then, we will drive for Kathmandu, after 2 hrs drive, the road will meet the regular Prithvi highway (KTM-Pokhara) at Dumre than continue to drive through the bank of popular Trisuli River. The last part of driving is uphills for a couple of hours then you will reach Kathmandu Valley. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 22
Departure to an International Airport

Our Representatives will drop you to Kathmandu International Airport for your onward destination and hoping to see you next time.

Cost Included

  • Airport picks up and drops by tourist car
  • Welcome dinner at typical Nepali Restaurant
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley by tourist vehicle
  • 3 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu with Breakfast
  • One English Speaking Govt. License holder Trekking Guide
  • Trekking Permit and TIMS permit
  • Trekking Porters (2 clients = 1 Porter)
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner with hot drinks during treks
  • First Aid Kit and Trekking Duffel Bag for Porters
  • Tea House accommodation during the trek
  • All necessary land transport by tourist vehicles
  • Nepali staff salary, food, accommodation, Insurance, equipments.
  • Sleeping Bags and Down Jacket (to be return after trek)
  • Government Taxes and paper works.

Cost Excluded

  • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fee
  • Food in Kathmandu accept Breakfast
  • Personal expenses: (Laundry, phone calls, dry foods, cold drinks, bar bills)
  • Temple/Monastery entrance fees
  • Extra night of Accommodation and extra days of the trek
  • Travel Insurance and rescue flights
  • Late arrival and late departure extra night
  • Additional activities (Safari-Bungee-Paragliding-Rafting and so on..)
  • Tipping to Nepali staff (Guide and Porters)

What We Need?



It is always best to be prepared and gain some knowledge about the place you are going to. If you do so, you are always on the safe side. Thus, the trek will be held in the hilly region of Nepal which is surrounded by the huge Himalayas and snow-capped mountains. We suggest you please wear and carry warm clothes including caps, gloves, proper gripping boots or shoes. Always carry your gear during the trek. Also, make sure you are carrying a backpack that can carry basic belongings. Since the destination is quite beautiful but the wind is quite harsh which may affect your skin. Thus, carry a cold cream or any suitable cream or balm with you. We assure you this will come in handy at times.

Day pack for your personal important things
Good Trekking Boots & Camping shoes/sandal
Socks-polypropylene, Down Jacket
Fleece-shirts, trekking trousers
Shorts, Swimwear, Sun Hat, Woolen cap
Nylon Windbreaker, Gloves, Snow Gaiters
Sleeping Bag, Rain cost
Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
Toiletries/soap, Toilet paper, Sunblock
Travel Towel, Wet-wipes
Personal Medication, Sunglasses
Camera & lenses, Memory cards
GPS Tracking Units may be helpful, Altimeter
Book/music player/pack of cards
A plastic bag for waste, Energy/snack bars
Trekking stick and, water bottle

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Trip Facts

  • Tourist Vehicle
  • 2-20
  • 5106m.
  • Hotel and Tea House Lodges
  • Moderate
  • Kathmandu Airport
  • Kathmandu Airport
  • Autumn & Spring
  • Trained Trekking Guide
  • Trekking
  • 3 Meals a Day
  • English