Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Group Photo

Trip Highlights

Trip Route Ktm - Arughat - Philim - Chhekampar - Mu Gompa back to Samagaon - Larkya La - Ktm
Max Altitude Larkye Pass 5160mtrs
Trip Duration 23 days
Trip Grade 4
Lodging Tea House / Camping Trek
Meals Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Transportation Bus/Car/Jeep
Communication Available
Group Size 2 above PAX
Best Season Sep-Nov to March and April
Per Day Walk 4-5hours
Room Included Included
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is a wonderful combination of rich cultural heritage, unmatched Himalayan Tibetan culture and other different culture as well as newly busy trekking region along the Great Himalaya Trail. Mt. Manaslu Larkye Pass5160m trek is a recently developed trekking trail where Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking group are given special permits to gain entry into this region to undertake the magnificent circuit. Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking can certainly be a great alternative to Annapurna circuit trek. Manaslu Tsum valley trek route provides many tea house trek along the trail; therefore, camping isn’t required unless one goes off the track. As well as Tsum Valley offers really traditional and remote trekking. It has been declared a non-violent conservation area and killing of animals is strictly prohibited. In Nepal, this is an absolute highlight, with strong, friendly, hospitable people, a living Buddhist culture and untouched wildlife because of Buddhist prohibition on hunting. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid and we can agree that their unique culture has remained intact in this spectacular places.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek has attractive views of Shringi Himal 7161mtrs, Himalchuli 7893mtrs, Nagdi Chuli(Peak 29) 7871mtrs, Mt. Manaslu 8163mtrs, Ganesh Himal II 7118mtrs, Simnang Himal 6251mtrs, Saula Himal 6235mtrs, Cheo Himal 6812mtrs, Himlung Himal 7126mtrs and other beautiful peaks, the trek provides a unique landscape, many species of birds, a diversity of plants, mammals, forest vegetation, waterfalls, ancient Gumba, wildlife and flora fauna.

Trip Outline

Day 00: Arrival International Airport Kathmandu 1300m.

Day 00:
Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing.

Day 01:
Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar.

Day 02:
Arughat - Arkhet Bazaar to Sotikhola.

Day 03:
Sotikhola - Labu Besi to Machhakhola.

Day 04:
Machhakhola - Khorlabesi- Tatopani to Dovan.

Day 05:
Dovan - Thulodunga - Jagat to Philim.

Day 06:
Philim to Chumling(first-day entire Tsum Valley Region).

Day 07:
Philim - Gwo to Chhekam Park.

Day 08:
Mu Gompa (Last Camp of Tsum valley).

Day 09:
Trek Back to Rechen Gomba (Inside the Gumpa).

Day 10:
Rechen Gumpa to Chumling.

Day 11:
Chumling to Pewa/Deng.

Day 12:
Pewa/Deng to Ghap.

Day 13:
Ghap - Namrung to Lho.

Day 14:
Lho - Syala to Samagaun.

Day 15:
Samagaun- Rest in Samagaun(Unique village under Mt. Manaslu.

Day 16:
Samagaun to Samdo.

Day 17:
Samdo to Dharmasala.

Day 18:
Darmasala to Larky La Pass to Bhimtang.

Day 19:
Bhimtang - Gho to Tilche.

Day 20:
Tilche - Dharapani - Tal to Chamje.

Day 21:
Chamje - Gyarmu Phant to Bahundanda.

Day 22:
Bahundanda to Besisahar.

Day 23:
Drive to Kathmandu 1300m.

Trip Itinerary

Detail Itinerary

Day 00: Arrival in Nepal Airport 1350mtrs.
Welcome to Nepal Himalayas! We pick up you from Tribhuvan International Airport and drop you ta your hotel. After resting we come there to brief about our program.

Day 00: Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing 1350mtrs.
Half or Full day world Heritage sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley with an expert tour guide or Manaslu Tsum valley trek preparation.

Day 01: Kathmandu-Dhading to Arughat Bazaar 550mtrs/7-8 hours by Drive.
Today morning we leave Kathmandu for our trek to Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek. Drive by local bus to Arughat through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. Arughat is the gate to Manaslu Tsum valley trek and a small town in eastern Dhading and west of Gorkha district; explore the surrounding area and overnight near the Buri Gandaki River Bank.

Day 02: Arughat Bazaar-Arkhet Bazaar to Sotikhola 710mtrs/ 5-6 hours.
The first day we cross the large metal suspension bridge and walk through Gurung, Magar and Newar villages on the lightly travelled vehicle road viewing the Buri Gandaki River. We will be following this valley to the ultimate source of the Buri Gandaki past beautiful waterfalls, where fields of wet rice, maize and millet are the main crops and sometimes we can see monkeys in the forest. After this place, we walk through Mangaltar, Arkhet Bazaar and continue to Kuerepani. We climb on stairs as the valley becomes wilder, prettier and narrower and descend to Soti Khola 710mtrs. We camp today near the Buri Gandaki River overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Sotikhola-Labubensi-Khanebensi to Machhakhola 869mtrs/ 5-6hours.
The trek begins through shady sal forests then climbs up and down for some time to Labubensi 884mtrs. Follow the Buri Gandaki river and through the Gurung village Khanibensi and continue up-river, sometimes climbing and at other times down in the jungle. Crossing near steep cliffs we have to be careful when walking this path. Sometimes it may be a problem of traffic with trekkers and donkeys where there is a very narrow trail. “Safe Side” means give a turn to donkey if they are coming through from another side. Finally, we reach Machha Khola Gurung village near Fish River (Machha Khola) and Buri Gandaki. Overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Machha Khola-Khorla Bensi-Tatopani to Dovan 1070mtrs/4-5 hours.
The starting point crosses the Machha Khola then passes below large Gurung villages that are far above the track. We pass a few houses, like lower Khorla Bensi 960mtrs which was largely destroyed by huge rocks 22 years ago. Here they sell their own organic coffee. Continuing up and down over a couple of ridges to Tatopani (hot spring) 930mtrs where there are hot water spouts under the sheer cliff. Walk up the river to a ridge and cross Buri Gandaki on a rickety suspension bridge and arrive in Dovan 1070mtrs.Overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Dovan-Jagat-Sirdibas to Philim 1750mtrs/ 6-7hours.
After breakfast pass Thulo Dunga and Yaruphant and cross to the left bank of the Buri Gandaki. We will reach a neatly flagstoned Gurung village of Jagat, a place for Tibetan trade and checkpoint of The Manaslu Conservation Area Project Permit. Leaving Jagat, after 10 minutes we cross the suspension bridge of the Dudha Pokhari Khola and walk slightly uphill to Salleri then walk through Nepali flat and gorgeous view of Sringi Himal 7161mtrs. We climb up and down to Sirdibas and cross a Buri Gandaki suspension bridge and climb up to Philim around 45 minutes. Overnight at lodge view of the Himalayas.

Day 06: Philim- Ekle Bhatti- Lokpa to Chumling 2386mtrs/ 7-8hours.
Leaving Philim we are walking mountain flat through Eklebhatti and continue through the forest for about an hour to the new bridge. Taking the left-hand trail across the suspension bridge will take you to Larke Pass on the Manaslu route. We stay to the right which takes us into lower Tsum Valley. The trail climbs up to tall pine trees and beautiful grasslands hugging the mountainside then reaches the gate of Tsum Valley in Lokpa. This is the lunch after that there no place to eat before Chumling, 3-4 hours up and down to Chumling, Overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Chumling-Renjam-Gho to Chhekam park 3031mtrs/ 6-7hours.
Crossing the suspension bridge at the corner of Chumling, the trail goes through small villages and the rich farming land of maize and potato as well as buckwheat. The houses are classic Tibetan with barricades of firewood and roof terraces along a mountainside trail until Renjam. We will cross the Sarpu Khola on a suspension bridge and climb up to Gho. Gho is the final place to have something to eat before we push up to Chhekampara. Some simple food is available here before we walk uphill to Chhekampara. After 2-3 hours you will reach the biggest village in Tsum Valley, and overnight at a simple lodge.

Day 08: Chhekam Park-Lamagaon-Chhule to Mu Gumpa 3700mtrs/ 7-8hours.
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek trail leads us to explore the joined villages of Chhokang and Paro and climbs north to a retreat where Lama Kongchog died after 26 years of meditation. His child reincarnation, found in the village, was subject of the award-winning DVD “Unmistaken child”. Our trek leads to the East passing small villages and past a local school. Climb over a ridge of Chortens and past Lamagaon 3302mtrs through the flat fields, looking across the extensive crops and fast flowing river to the huge courtyard of the Rachen Gompa 320mtrs. This nunnery monastery is managed by the main Kathmandu Kapan Monastery. We can walk up to visit Milarepa Cave, one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum Valley. The great Buddhist Yogi Chyuchin Milarepa, the famous Tibetan saint, was believed to have meditated here. Again cross the Shiar Khola t the village of Phurbe 3251mtrs. Further up to Chhule and have lunch there and after that follow the Shiar Khola and take way to left and up to Mu Gompa. Overnight at the Monastry, Mu Gompa with Spectacular Mountains and valley view.

Day 09: Mu Gompa- Chhule-Pangdun to Rachen Gompa 3240mtrs/ 3-4 hours. 
We return to our trek back through Yak grazing centre and cross the Phuchun Khola and following Shiar Khola to Chhule, Pangdun village passing through Chhortens, past crops fields then left to Rachen Gompa, heading back down the valley we arrive at Rachen Gompa, the biggest nunnery/monastery in the valley and houses nuns belonging to the Ngak-pa sect. Established in the year 1905 AD, The interiors of this monastery are richly painted with murals depicting Buddhism and its history as well as a brightly colourful carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel and overnight at Rachen Gompa.

Day 10: Rachen Gompa-Lamagon-Chhekam Park-Gho to Chumling 2386mtrs/5-6 hours.
After breakfast we head across the river to Lamagaon and walk down to Chhekampara Continuing on a small gompa is reached at Gho 2485mtrs. Following the mountain high way to the right to the Shiar Khola and trail continue to cross to the Chumling overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Chumling - Lokpa to Pewa 1750mtrs/5-6hours.
After breakfast, we descents to Siyar Khola and cross old suspension bridge then walk inside the pine and rhododendron forest to the Lungdang Khola cross Box Bridge then will reach Lokpa, which is a first and last place to have hungry lunch. Having hungry lunch again we descent through grassland, pine and rhododendron forest to the main trekking trail of Manaslu circuit and gateway to Tsum valley. We cross the very old box bridge of Buddhi Gandaki River then reach Nyak Phedi continue to cross again to the right side of Buddhi Gandaki River and again cross left to Buddhi Gandaki River then will reach Pewaovernightt at lodge.

Day 12:
Pewa-Deng-Rana-Bihi Phedi to Ghap 2165mtrs/ 5-6hours.
These days the trail enters a steep uninhabited gorge and descends through grassy slopes dotted with tall Pine trees via Budhi Gandaki. Beyond Deng, we recross to the east bank and climb up to Rana 1980mtrs and stay on the trail up to Bhi Phedi 2130mtrs. The river roars below except one place where a rock fall has created a huge dam, continue in and out of canyons across the Serang Khola then reach a village after that again cross an old suspension bridge over the Buri Gandaki. After some minutes you will reach the village of Ghap. Overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Ghap -Namrung-Lihi to Lho 3180mtrs/ 5-6hours.
This day walk through beautiful rhododendron forests with many birds, staying on the south bank, cross north on a wooden bridge with a deafening narrow ravine below then cross back to the south bank on a second old wooden bridge with Langur monkeys. The trail climbs up on well-made stairs to Namrung which is a quite good place with hydropower. Here is a trekking permit checkpoint and view of Sringi Himal and Ganesh Himal on our way to Lihi (place for lunch) Lamagaun (viewpoint of Himalchuli) and continue walking then will reach Lho, which is good place for trekkers due to Ribung Gompa and excellent view of Mt. Manaslu 8163mtrs and other snow peaks from the mani wall at the far end of the village and from the Gompa on the hill to the west. Overnight at lodge.

Day 14: Lho-Syala to Samagaun 3525mtrs/ 3-4 hours. 
This short day takes you into the mountains with time to enjoy and acclimatize. Easy walk to Shyala 3510mtrs up a pine and rhododendron gully with moss and a crystal clear stream. Enjoy 360-degree views from here due to a fire and extensive deforestation.  Another easy hour to the large village of Samagaun 3520mtrs, losing the gigantic views of Mt. Manaslu but entering a world of yaks, pastures and houses which seem to have grown from the stone under Mt. Manaslu.

Day 15:
Rest day in Samagaun 3525mtrs.
This is a full day of rest and relaxation so you can wash your clothes and read your book and take a hot shower or choose to acclimatize for Larkya Pass 5135mtrs. This day you can hike to Punggyen Gomba, Manaslu Base Camp, as well as Monastry of Sama village and, can visit Birendra Tal on a day hike. Overnight at lodge.

Day 16: Samagaun to Samdo 3875mtrs/ 3-4hours.
Short day walk because of the high elevation. The trail goes through via the iceberg-covered Birendra Tal 3450mtrs under the Mt. Manaslu glacier, wade the exit stream depending on the time of year and drop to pick up the main trail from Sama to Samdo. Easy walking through yak pastures up a broad valley with long mani walls, marmots in all directions standing on their burrows. Eventually, leave the tree line behind, although low-lying juniper is all around, climbing to a ridge and drop to cross the Buri Gandaki on a wooden bridge. It takes some time to reach the white Kani above but immediately behind is Samdo 3875mtrs. From the path passing through Samdo, you can see the main track for Tibet over the Lajyang La 5098mtrs sloping up to the right-hand valley. The Larkye La trail is ahead and left. The track to Tibet is currently closed but stocks of timber are being carried up to Samdo by yak in expectation of resumption of trade. The nearest Tibetan town is only one day away from Samdo. Overnight at lodge. 

Day 17: Samdo-Larkye Bazaar to Dharamsala 4460mtrs/ 3-4 hours.
The trail descends through fields to an old mani wall and stone curve before dropping to the Budi Gandaki River and crossing on a wooden bridge. This place shows up on maps as the mythical Larka Bazaar, from here people go to Tibet by way of Lajyang Bhanjyang 4998mtrs as well as Gyala Bhanjyang 5375mtrs which used to be a flourishing market, but there is nothing remaining there now. Another mani wall marks the start of the ascent to the pass where the trail starts climbing through juniper; the huge Larkya Glacier coming from Mt. Manaslu 8163mtrs can be seen from here. Stay on the ridge to the right to find a trail that crosses over the top of two ravines. The trail climbs up the side of a gorge to a viewpoint at the edge of a huge gorge at 4000mtrs. Near the Larkya Glacier, we reach Dharamsala (Larkya Phedi, Larkye Rest house) where there is a small lodge. Overnight at Dharamsala 4460mtrs.

Day 18: Dharamsala - Larkye Pass 5160mtrs to Bimthang 3590mtrs/7-8 hours.
The days climb gradually over the ridge behind Dharamsala and beside the large lateral moraine of the Larkye Glacier. The climb is not very difficult but it is long and rocky underfoot, particularly as you top the moraine. Look for cairns and metal snow poles which assist route finding. Descend past four frozen lakes and make a final tiring climb to the left up to Larkya La 5160mtrs, the top is marked by prayer flags hanging on snow poles. It takes about 3-4 hours to reach the pass and it can be very cold and windy with some risk if you pass in the late afternoon. The peaks to the west are Himlung Himal 7126mtrs near Tibet and Kang Guru 6981mtrs, Annapurna II 7937mtrs range and other peaks. A long descent on loose gravel gives way to a welcome more level area on a grassy moraine, where the angle eases. The trail now runs left of the large lateral moraine, rocky at times, in a widened and beautiful valley all the long way to very scenic Bimtang 3590mtrs “plain of sand” a descent of 1400mtrs in about 3-4 hours. Overnight at lodge.

Day 19:
Bimthang - Yak Kharka-Karche-Gho to Tilije 2300mtrs/6-7hours.
After breakfast, we start to walk and after 25 minutes we cross the Kechakyu Khola Glacier and enter the rhododendron forest. If you are in the season of March and April will see the paradise of rhododendron forest with different colours. The view of the back of Mt. Manaslu 8163mtrs is equally stunning. The way is rapidly down along the true right bank of the aptly name Karche 2700mtrs, which is the place to have lunch after the 3-4hours walk. Then continue steeply over a point and drop to Gurung village Gho 2515mtrs the first real village after the Samdo. The valley becomes more agricultural as you pass through fields, copses of oak and rhododendron and overnight at the old Gurung village Tilije.

Day 20: Tilije - Dharapani - Tal to Chamje1430mtrs/ 5-6hours.
Exit the village through a stone archway, cross the Dudh Khola and follow along with it as it is descending through the scrub forest. The walls of the Marsyangdi Valley loom larger and finally join the Annapurna circuit trail at Dharapani village which is the checkpoint of ACAP permit. We descend to follow the Marsyangdi Gorge pass through Thonje via a wooden bridge and through a Chorten-shaped arch and Dharapani lies across a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi. Then we reach Katre 1850mtrs and Tal 1700mtrs for a well-deserved lunch. After lunch, we should walk around 2 hours to Chamje. Overnight at lodge.

Day 21: Chamje - Jagat - Ghermu to Bahundand 1310mtrs/ 5-6 hours.
From Chamje we should walk along the road and continue to Jagat until the Syange. After Syange we cross the Suspension bridge of Marshyangdi River and trail passing through rice terraces, along with a steep vertical cliff, lush forests, and some Gurung villages, past high waterfalls then climb up the hill at Bahundanda 1310mtrs.Overnight at the lodge on the top with panoramic view.

Day 22: Bahundanda - Nadi Bazaar - Bhulbule to Besisahar 760mtrs/ 5-6hours.
This day is the last walk in the mountains and our trail goes all the way down to Ustabensi and across the old suspension bridge of Nagdi Khola on the left side and continues to Ngadi Bazaar, a Gurung and Tamang settlement. After 40 minutes we will reach Bulbule following the Marsyangdi River and stop for lunch. After the lunch, we can decide whether to walk all the way to Besisahar or overnight at the lodge and take a bus to Kathmandu next morning which is dependent on clients. If we walk to Besisahar we can take walking trail left to the Marsyangdi River passing through the Gurung village Simal Chaur, Badagaun, Khasur, Bhanjakhet and again cross a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River to the right side then walk 30 minutes to Besisahar and overnight at hotel.

Day 23: Besisahar to Kathmandu 1350mtrs/ 6-7 hours by Drive.
Besisahar is a district headquarters of Lamjung District. Here we can get a private and local bus as well as can catch mini to Kathmandu through Prithvi Highway and follow the Marshyangdi River passing several Gurung, Magar and other villages to reach Dumre Bazaar. Continue on the highway to Muglin and alongside the highway follow the Himalaya rafting river Trishuli River. We arrive back in the capital city of Kathmandu and your hotel.

Package Services

Service included
  • 2 Nights hotels in Kathmandu (before trek).
  • Full day Kathmandu valley sightseeing with a tour guide and private car.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees.
  • Bus Ticket to Arughat local bus.
  • Transportation along the trek.
  • Local Bus or Private Car back to Kathmandu.
  • Drop to Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Three meals a Day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner along the trek with Tea or Coffee).
  • Lodge accommodation on the way (simple one).
  • An Experience Guide and Helper (carry luggage 2 trekkers 1 helper and including their salary, equipment, insurance, lodging and food)
  • Equipment; Down Jacket, Sleeping Bags, Rain Coat (after trek return).
  • Legal Documents (MCAP permit, Tsum valley permit, Manaslu restricted area permit and ACAP).
  • Some dry fruits.
  • 13% Gov VAT.
  • Token of Love by the company.
  • Farewell Dinner.

Service does not include
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and other places.
  • Travel insurance in cases in trekking.
  • Cold drinks such as; Coke, Mineral Water, Beer etc.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, bar bill, telephone, extra helper, battery charge shower, boiled water and some donation).
  • Tips for Guide and Helpers.

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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek reviews

Michael Sytsma,
An amazing Manaslu and Tsum valley circuit trek
I worked with Chandra at Himalaya Guide Nepal Pvt.Ltd. and he did an excellent job helping me plan the trip and managing all the paperwork despite the holidays. They picked me up at the airport and set me up in an excellent hotel on the north side of Thamel, and I was very happy about this. This trek itself was absolutely amazing, and Raju my guide was excellent. He helped me a great deal with communication and finding all the fun things to do at each location along the way as well as being very knowledgeable of the history, geology and botany of the region. The trail itself is challenging but in excellent condition, and I had no concerns for anything along the way. The tea houses that Raju selected were excellent, and the return to Kathmandu went well. Overall this was an excellent trek with an excellent company which I will highly recommend.

Skip and Nancy Moss

"Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek"

Trekking in Nepal is magical. What makes it magical is not only the place but the people you meet and the friends you make along the way.In October and November 2012 we spent three weeks trekking with Chandra Gurung as our guide in the Manaslu and Tsum Valley region of the Himalaya. Every day he guided us through small villages, high valleys, and below the beautiful peaks. He watched over us on the trails, made sure we had good food at each stop and kept us healthy and safe. He is a very competent guide and speaks English fluently. His medical training was needed when we had stomach and virus problems, and he always put his client wishes and happiness first.
His infectious laugh made a long journey easy, and we became very good friends. His knowledge of the area and familiarity with the locals provided us a wonderful cultural experience as we stayed with families and local teahouses. We can heartily recommend him as a well educated, warm, and friendly guide who will do everything possible to make your trekking in Nepal a perfect experience. We look forward to the day that we can return and trek with our friend in Nepal.

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