Tarakeshwar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

Trip Overview

Maximum Altitude:
5167 m
Trip Region:
Best Season:
Sep-Dec, Mar-May
22 Days
Price from
  • 1 Person $1790
  • 2 Person $1280
  • 3 Person $1260
  • 4-7 Person $1210
  • 8-10 Person $1100

Package Price

22 Days

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  • Adventure in the heart of world’s 8 th highest Mt. Manaslu and beyond.
  • Explore the amazing ancient heritage cultures of Tsum and Manaslu Valleys.
  • Fascinating scenery of towering snow-capped peaks with rugged mountains views.
  • Charming traditional villages adorned with prayer monuments and monasteries.
  • Walk from remote Tsum Valley of Happiness to the highest point at Larke-La Pass.


Tsum Valley and Manaslu, both of these fascinating high country falls within restricted areas in Nepal. At one time, Tsum Valley and upper Manaslu were forbidden for foreign visitors. Then in 1992, the upper region of Manaslu was open for foreign visitors and trekkers.

Similarly, Tsum Valley flung its door open in 2008, and these marvelous adventure trekkers require a special permit. Includes MCA (Manaslu Conservation Area) entrance tickets, this makes the northern Gorkha district a special area around the Himalayas.


Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking involves drives both ways to start the walk, and after completing the adventurous treks. The walk begins from a lower warm farm village of paddy areas, following the Buddhi-Gandaki River upstream, crossing exciting bridges. The trail leads to climb to reach a cooler hill covered in lovely forests of pines and rhododendrons trees. Walking from one exciting village to another then reach Jagat from here starts the restricted areas of Tsum Valley and Manaslu.

The first part of the adventure leads east toward remote Tsum, known as the Valley of Happiness. As the walk progresses our route diverts from the main Manaslu trail towards Tsum at Lokpa, Chumling, and Chokang-Paro. Then reach the last village at Nile to reach the main high destination of Tsum Valley at Mu Gompa.

The highest point around Tsum Valley at 3,700 m and 12,139 feet, enjoy the dramatic scenery of snow peaks. Located behind the massif Ganesh Himal, explore the monastery interiors of great cultural and religious of Buddhism.

On completing the end of Tsum Valley, after exploring lovely villages steeped with the traditional heritage of farm life. Our next adventure leads towards the main trails of Manaslu Circuit, situated in between the towering Manaslu and Ganesh Himal ranges.

The trail leads through lovely woodland to reach Lo-Gaon, an interesting village within high scenic Manaslu Valley. An exciting, scenic walk takes you to Sama- Gaon, located in the heart of Manaslu Valley. Have time in Sama-Gaon with rest days for acclimatization and exploring its viewpoints, which is en route to Manaslu base camp. From Sama-Gaon towards our final goal of the adventure to cross the high Larke-La Pass at 5,106 m. The walk follows through the last village of Samdo to Dharmasala at the base of Larke Pass.

The next early morning walk follows steep undulating ups to reach the top of Larke-La Pass amidst an incredible panorama of the giant mountain range. Facing the spectacular views of surrounding Himalayan peaks, a long downhill walk brings you to Bhimthang around Manang areas.

From Bhimthang is a lovely walk down to Dharapani village, where our adventurous walks complete with an exciting drive to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, our adventure concludes after a marvelous experience on Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking.


Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trekking is an exciting and worth the adventure of a lifetime experience. There is various wonderful thing to expect on this adventurous walk around Manaslu, the world’s 8th-highest peak. The first impression of these adventures is the beautiful scenery of landscapes with rolling green hills and Valleys. Walk from the lower warm country of paddy fields to high green hills covered in lovely forests.

Line with tall rhododendrons, oaks, pines, and fir trees as the walk progresses toward higher country. The tree lines fade for short alpine bushes of juniper and azalea (dwarf rhododendrons). An amazing journey where the trails follow the Budi-Gandaki River upstream to its glacial source around scenic high Manaslu Valley. Close en route to Mt. Manaslu base camp on walk offers majestic views of the Mid-West Himalayas. Includes Manaslu, Ganesh, and Sringi Himal and walking through lovely traditional farm villages. Encountering Buddhist prayer monuments and monasteries, the villagers greet you with a cheerful smile.

The route around Tsum Valley and Manaslu is all uphill climbs with short down and gradual winding paths to enjoy. The exciting part of the adventure, apart from the views and the impressive cultures, is crossing a unique bridge. Which is attached to a high rocky wall edge above the Buddhi-Gandaki River. This type of bridge, called a Cantilever, is new in Nepal and around the Himalayas. Interesting to know about Manaslu Circuit High Valley, in the early days it was one of the major Trans Himalayan Caravan and Salt Trade Route of Nepal and Tibet. The trade still exists but in small ways than in the past before the 1960’s. The walking trails are a straightforward route through lovely woods and farm areas. After Jagat enters Upper Manaslu and Tsum Valley then reaching Manang, crossing high Larke-La, on exploring the highland villages interwoven with Buddhism religion.



On arrival in Kathmandu at Nepal International Airport received by Himalayan Friendly staff and guide. A short drive to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. At the hotel check into your lovely rooms with refreshing rest after a jet-leg. Our guide and leader will provide useful information regarding trek, local lodge, foods etc.

MEALS Breakfast

Free day in Kathmandu for optional tour of Kathmandu city world heritage sites of few hours. Rest of the day preparation for the wonderful Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek.

MEALS Breakfast

Depart for Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit, taking a private car, comfortable tourist standard bus, or coach. As per size of a group, a long drive beyond Kathmandu valley to reach Gorkha district. Located Nepal Mid-West around Gandaki Zone, a country of mid-hills and heavily cultivated farm areas. After Arughat town few hour drive on dirt road to Soti-Khola and the drive ends reaching Machha Khola. A moderate size farm village with a number of simple and basic lodges for an overnight stop. The name Machha Khola means a Fishing stream.

MAX ALTITUDE 900 m / 2,952 feet
MEALS Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

From Machha Khola, after a pleasant overnight stop, first day walks head to cooler hills. Leaving the low sub-tropical farmed areas, the trail follows to short ups and downs. Walking through forest to reach Tatopani, a place with a natural hot spring, time permitting enjoy the refreshing bath. The walk continues to Khola Besi and Dovan, a nice farm village. Climb starts for few hours to reach Jagat, a moderate size hill village for overnight stop. Explore the nice village and its culture, a blend of Hindu and Buddhism religions.

After Jagat, enter the Restricted Area of Tsum Valley & Upper Manaslu.   From Jagat, foreign visitors need a special permit to enter Tsum Valley & Upper Manaslu till Dharapani village at Manang. The trail climbs to cross a bridge to Nagjet and Philim villages. The walk continues through well-tended farm terraces then into a cool forest to Deng. From here onwards within Buddhism culture, as walk follows higher area. Slowly the long day walk ends reaching Pewa and Lokpa for overnight stop.

MEALS Breakfast with Lunch and Dinner

From Lokpa enters the Tsum Valley, morning walks leads to a narrow river gorge. A short descent, and then a steep up reaching a forested path, lined with rhododendron and pine trees. The walk continues past smaller farm villages with gradual climb to reach above from the stream. The day finally ends on reaching the first village of Tsum at Chumling overnight halt.

MEALS Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After a first overnight in Tsum areas, having breakfast morning walk heads further east. The route follows through cultivated farm terraces and villages with views of Ganesh, Sringi and Manaslu Himal. A short downhill to cross a bridge above Smirking Khola/stream to reach Chokanparo for overnight stop. A nice moderate traditional farm village with lovely views of the snow-capped peaks. Enjoy the afternoon, exploring the village of strong Buddhism culture and custom adorned with prayer monuments.

MEALS Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Start the morning with grands scenery of beautiful landscapes, from Chokanparo, the walk leads closer towards our first main highlight. Enjoy the scenic walk with a side trip to an interesting cave of 11 th saint, and Tibetan Guru Milarepa, who stayed here in mediation. From this tranquil spot, follow the trail on a windswept terrain, to reach an open scenic valley. As walk continues with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal. Finally, the day completes reaching Nile for overnight stop in a nice simple lodge. Probably the best overnight accommodation and food around Tsum Valley.

MEALS Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Staying another night in Nile, as Mu Gompa, does not have good lodge accommodation with only simple food. From Nile, after breakfast start the morning hike with climb towards dry windswept country. Walk within dramatic scenery of surrounding beautiful landscapes with views of snow peaks. After few hours of steady walk reaching Mu Gompa, having refreshing rest visit the largest monastery of Tsum. Treasures ancient relics with idols of Lord Buddha, and famous saints and Gurus. Explore around Mu Gompa the highest and remote part of Tsum Valley. Interested people can enjoy a short visit to Dhephu Doma Gompa, a nunnery. After an interesting time at Mu Gompa, then walk back to Nile for overnight stop, on achieving the first highlight of the adventure.

MEALS Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After an exciting visit to Mu Gompa, from Nile walk to Chumling, return journey leads south to cross a bridge on the west bank. The trek continues past Chokanparo, with downhill to reach Chumling for last overnight stop around Tsum Valley.

MEALS Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Morning walk leads back to Lokpa, following gradual ups and down trail, then heading further down past Domje. Then end the day walks reaching Lokpa village for overnight stop.

MEALS Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

From Lokpa, back into forest, lined with tall rhododendron, pine, and fir trees.  A slow and steady walk lead downhill to Bhi Bazaar, situated near the riverside, having short stop. The walk continues towards farm areas with nice cultivated terraces of millets and barley, then reaching Namrung. A lovely village for overnight stop with grand views of Mt. Manaslu North Face, with array of peaks.

MEALS Breakfast with Lunch and Dinner

Adventure today leads towards high Manaslu Valley around lovely village of Lho Gaon. Having good breakfast, then set off for an enjoyable scenic trek to Lo-Gaon. The walk follows with gradual climb, within cool shade of forest of pine and rhododendron trees. Trek leads high above Buri Gandaki River, and then on winding up through summer settlements of cattle herder. Finally, the walk completes reaching Lho-Gaon, one of the best and large village around Upper Manaslu. Located beneath the North Face of Mt. Manaslu, have time visit the Ribung monastery of Lho-Gaon.

MEALS Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Adventure follows on gradual uphill trail around Upper Manaslu walk past number of farm villages and Yak herder camps. An interesting walk on the high Manaslu valley, enclosed by high rocky cliff and snow peaks. The view of Mt. Manaslu and Sringi Himal remains constant throughout the walks till the day ends reaching Sama-Gaon. The main village of Upper Manaslu Valley as well one of the highlights of the adventure. Check into a nice lodge, with time
to explore the village to observe the local impressive Buddhism culture.

MEALS Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day Hike either near Manaslu Base Camp, Birendra Tal or Pungyen Gompa. A rest day for acclimatization, before heading towards high Larke-La Pass. At Sama-Gaon, several best places to enjoy a long and short day hike, like walk en route near Manaslu Base Camp. The best moderate hike of few hours is visiting the Birendra Tal. A glacial pond en route to Manaslu base camp. One can enjoy the rest day with a leisure walk exploring the village and visiting an old Pungyen

MEALS Bed and Breakfast with Lunch

Adventure gets more exciting on reaching high and scenic Manaslu Valley, from Sama-Gaon, morning walk follows around the windswept terrains. The tree lines drop for high-altitude shrubs and bushes, as the valley becomes narrower. The trail leads towards wonderful landscapes to reach Samdo of few hours walks but gets slower, due to altitude. After a pleasant trek of few hours with short steep up to reach Samdo for lunch and overnight halt. Samdo, is the last village before reaching the other side of Larke-La Pass at Manang areas. The village with more than forty houses with typical Tibetan style for more than two hundred inhabitants. Rest of the afternoon explore this last village of Samdo located en route to Larke-La Pass and Tibet border.

MEALS Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Walk today is short and pleasant to the highest overnight stop at Dharmasala. The walk leads at the end of Manaslu Valley and Gorkha district to the base of Larke-La pass. The walk follows around the river bed, crossing few streams to reach Dharmasala for lunch and overnight stop. It is also called Larke Phedi, the bottom of Larke-La Pass which form the boundary of Gorkha and Manang districts. Dharmasala, a place with few lodge and guest-house, during high times of trekking season. This place gets crowded with trekkers, where some groups have to spend on tented camps. In the early days, it was a known as Larke Bazaar, busy market was held with buyers and sellers. Merchants, and traders from across the country as far from Tibet and Manang region used visit to sell and exchange their products. Rest of the afternoon relax and preparation for the adventure to cross Larke-La Pass, early next morning.

MEALS Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today towards the final highlight of the adventure, after an early breakfast, and carrying pack lunch for the long day. Start the climb before dawn, heading up towards a high slope on a rocky gravel path above, the lodge of Dharmasala.

Climb contours on winding steep uphill path, after hours of strenuous walk reaching Larke-La Pass. The top adorned with prayer flags and a board with the name of Pass and exact altitude. For the hard effort rewards with a grand panorama of Manaslu and Annapurna Himalayan peaks. Includes views of Himlung, Cheo Himal, and Kang Guru, as far as Ganesh Himal in the Far East direction.  After a tough climb, a long downhill to reach western side of Phedi at Bhimthang for an overnight stop. A long descent leads through moraine with Larcia glacier to Tambuche, the base of Larke-La Pass on Manang side.  From the bottom walk to Bhimthang overnight after a long, hard day, a lovely spot amidst green forest surroundings.

MEALS Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After a tough climb crossing Larke-La pass with long downhill walk of previous day. From Bhimthang to Gho is a short and pleasant walk for overnight stop before ending the trek at Dharapani. From Bhimthang the route heads downhill to the valley of Burdin Khola/stream. Which is also the base of West Flank of Mt. Manaslu. From the high ridge with fabulous views of Mt. Manaslu and Annapurna-II peaks. The walk continues over Dudh Khola, with downhill to reach a narrow valley, amidst dense forest. After good day morning walk reaches Gho for overnight stop. Situated within a forest, a perfect spot for overnight after a long day crossing over Larke-La pass.

MEALS Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After a refreshing morning breakfast, walk downhill through lovely cool forest to lovely Tilje village. From this nice place a short climb over a bridge above Masrsyangdi River to Dharapani village. Located on a motorable road-head, at Dharapani our wonderful adventurous walks end. From here taking the comfort
of local jeep or four-wheel drives, an interesting drive on a mountainous dirt tracks.

The journey heads downhill past Tal, Chamje and Jagat villages with winding downhill to Syange. From the drive follows the Masrsyangdi River till a large town Bhesishar is reached for overnight stop. Bhesishar is a headquarters of Lamjung district that extends to Tal Besi.

From Bhesishar depart from a nice hotel, then board in a car, coach as per size of group. The drive from here on a good road, to join the main Pokhara and Kathmandu highway at Dumre town. Driving for more than four hours from Dumre town on winding uphill to the outskirt of Kathmandu valley. Then finally the journey completes on reaching your hotel. Arriving by late afternoon or evening time. After a most mesmerizing adventure of a lifetime experience on Manaslu Circuit Trek.

As time for your international flight Himalayan Friendly staff and guide transfers you to Kathmandu, Nepal International Airport. Bidding farewell to guide, staff and Nepal, check into airport terminal. After a great mesmerizing adventure on Manaslu Circuit with excellent services of Himalayan Friendly.




  • Airport pick-up and drop
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Three times meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Soti to Machha Khola (trek start) and from Dharapani (trek end) to Kathmandu by public bus
  • Best available twin sharing accommodation during the trek
  • Licensed, experienced, English-speaking trekking guides
  • Porters for carrying luggage and supplies
  • Manaslu special trekking permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System
  • Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees
  • First aid medical kit
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking
  • Duffel bag use while trekking by carrying your porter


  • International airfares
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Visa fee
  • Drinks (Cold and alcoholic)

Useful Info

Accommodation While in Kathmandu:

Himalayan Friendly provides the best accommodation in the comfort of a tourist standard hotels in Kathmandu. On a 3 Star category Hotels (Kathmandu suite home) in the hub of Kathmandu in Thamel.

One can upgrade the accommodation for 4 or 5 star deluxe standard hotels, on request. When booking with Himalaya Friendly. Which will be at extra cost.

The hotel in Kathmandu is booked according to our standard itinerary days, in Kathmandu normally will be for 3 overnights. Please remember while in Kathmandu it will be on Bed and Breakfast basis. Includes welcome or farewell dinner only.

Lodge Accommodation

At the beginning of the trekking around overnight villages with simple lodges, with basic room accommodation. But clean and cozy on a twin-sharing basis, depending upon trekking seasons.

Higher up from Jagat, Deng, and Namrung facilities are good with tourist standards. In Lo and Sama-Gaon, the rooms are good with better rooms. Most lodge provides a large dining room to keep the rooms warm. But from Sama-Gaon and Samdo at Dharmasala, the lodge offers minimum facilities. Sometimes, trekkers need to sleep in tents close to the lodge, but from Bhimthang onwards to Dharapani, the lodge is better with standard accommodation.

For Tsum Valley, this route is newly open few groups of trekkers seldom venture. The lodge accommodation and food are simple and basic till the Nile. At Mu Gompa, spend the night in a dormitory around the monastery premises provides simple meals.

Around Tsum and Manaslu Circuit, only a few places have attached baths and toilets. Most lodges have common toilets and bathrooms this is due high altitude and cold climate. The plumbing systems and pipelines freeze in the morning, late afternoon, and nighttime. Nearly all lodges have common baths, one needs to pay extra for using hot showers. The price differs from one village to another, best to ask the price beforehand.

Food In Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

The food in Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking one can find the best almost throughout the trekking. Starting from Machha-Khola, where lodge accommodation are simple but offers good food menu. But limited choices of food items as per one’s delights with varieties of refreshing hot and cold drinks to enjoy. As trek heads onwards to higher hills, at Jagat village the entrance to Upper Restricted Areas.

The food are nice with comprehensive food menu of various choices from continental, Chinese, Tibetan, Indian and Nepali foods. In some places one can enjoy Japanese, Mexican or Korean food items also. But some few places in overnight stops the foods are simple due to the nature of landscapes terrains.

As well availability of fresh seasonal vegetables and meats products, but one can enjoy the simple meals. Especially, the popular and famous Nepali Dal Bhat, a nutritious meals that keeps you stuffed for long hours.

But around Namrung, Lo and Sama-Gaon to Samdo the foods are the best as this villages are quite large.

Where most trekkers stays for overnights with nice foods along with grand views of majestic Mt. Manaslu. The food in Dharmasala, located on the base of Larke-La pass, the food menu is limited.

Where all trekkers gets crowded to cross over the Larke-La Pass, one has to suffice in whatever is available on time. For big groups of more than 4 person is best to have a set meal which saves time and fuel energy. The rest of the places like Gho and Dharapani till Bhesisar Town the foods are good and the best.

Packing List 

Himalaya Friendly is always safe for our clients on trekking and hiking. Trekking Equipment List which the trekkers will need during their trekking.


  • Insulated Jacket
  • Down Jacket
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket and pant
  • Thermal inner dress
  • Trekking pants and trousers
  • Trekking shirts
  • Breathable underwears

Head and Hand

  • Scarf or cap
  • Warm hat
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses ( recommend a UV protection)
  • Lightweight gloves( recommend a thermal gloves)
  • Windproof and waterproof gloves


  • Slippers
  • Trekking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Warm woolen socks
  • Gaiter

Personal items

  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Soap
  • Sanitaizer
  • 1 to 2 towel
  • Body moisturizer
  • Sunscreen cream
  • Toiletries
  • Wet wipes
  • Small mirror
  • Lip balm

Other gears

  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking poles
  • First Aid kits
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars



1 .) How safe is Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit trek?

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek are safe from moderate to adventurous walks. The first part of the adventure begins in low warm farm areas, where elevation gains slowly and gradually. On steep uphill having rest in between, taking care of being breathless. As the altitude rises reaching higher areas to Mu Gompa at 3,700 m, most trekkers will be acclimatized by then. Apart from taking precautionary measures, our guide will be carrying a comprehensive medical kit. Just in case of unfortunate incidents and accidents or being sick from food or tiredness. Our guides are well-trained in First Aid and have gone through basic medical training and workshops.

After visiting Tsum Valley and Mu Gompa, the trek takes you to scenic Manaslu Valley, and at Sama-Gaon. Enjoy the rest day for acclimatization, before the climb to Larke-La Pass the highest point of the adventure. Walking slowly and having good rest will make the treks safe and enjoyable. If having some problems with your health let the guide know, so he can take extra care. Nevertheless, Tsum
Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek are very safe. As long as one is careful with
altitude and walking on rough tough sections and narrow trails.

Acclimatization at high altitudes is best to climb high and sleep at low altitudes, which is the technique applied by most mountaineers.

2 .) What should be the level of fitness for Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek?

As this trek to Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit involves high-altitude walks with steep climbs some days. Trekkers joining this trek should be physically fit with sound medical  health. Beginners trekking around Nepal Himalayas must be aware of much ups and downhill. Where all trekkers need some physical exercise before or after booking the trip. Simple daily exercise like walking for an hour, swimming, aerobics, Zumba, and jogging. As well as walking up and down stairs.

Check with your family doctor and get advice from the medical expert on how to cope with the Himalayan trail. So that one can enjoy the trek without finding difficult to cover the whole exciting adventure.

3 .) Can I or Can I not leave my luggage in Kathmandu whilst on the trek?

Yes. You absolutely can.

Trekking in Kathmandu? No worries! Leave your luggage at the hotel and enjoy a hassle-free adventure. The friendly hotel staff will keep your belongings safe and sound for free. So, say goodbye to heavy loads and hello to carefree trekking!

4 .) Is someone going to pick me up at the airport?

When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our Himalayan Friendly crew will be there to greet you with open arms. They’ll make sure your transition from the airport to your hotel is super smooth. We’re all about starting your journey on a positive note, so you can count on our dedicated team to assist you at every step.

Price from
  • 1 Person $1790
  • 2 Person $1280
  • 3 Person $1260
  • 4-7 Person $1210
  • 8-10 Person $1100

Package Price

22 Days

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