Explore Manaslu, one of Nepal’s most geographical and cultural destinations, with a tranquil environment off the busy trails of Manaslu and Tsum Valley
Days: 23-Difficulty: 5 of 3 (Challenging)
Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek will take you closer to the eighth highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu 8163 meters. During the trek, you will visit one of the hidden gems of Nepal, Tsum Valley. This valley is both naturally and culturally enriched. The lush and gorgeous landscape of Tsum Valley will leave you wondering. Similarly, Tsum Valley trekking is also regarded as the sacred Himalayan pilgrimage trekking that will take you to the Gorkha district in the northern part of Nepal.
The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is relatively a new trekking trail in the Himalayas of Nepal, which is gaining lots of attraction for travelers. The towering several snow peaks, enchanting monasteries, Mystical lifestyle of Tibetan cultural type of living life, hundreds of waterfalls, and fascinating flora, and fauna are the main attraction of this adventure Tsum Valley Trek. However, the difficult terrain and minimum accommodation availability have made the journey more challenging. Only a handful of trekkers visit this region every year, which makes Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek from Kathmandu to Kathmandu -23 days perfect for someone looking for solitary as well as an adventure at the same time.
Ascending along the Budhi Gandaki River, you will go through several mysterious villages resided by people from the Tibetan community. During your Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek, you will get to experience the warmth of Tibetan Buddhism, and become a part of daily life. As the entire region is untouched by modernization, you will get to taste the quite peculiar nature of civilization.
So, you don’t have to be a skilled climber but Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek require some level of fitness to enjoy the trails. Because of the snowy conditions over Larke-pass, it wouldn’t be good to do this trek during winter (January and February) and in the monsoon season (July and August). Early spring and autumn would be the best times to do this trip. If you are looking to do this trip and yet want to shorten the trip duration check our Manaslu Circuit Trek and Manaslu Cultural Trek
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 02: Free day sightseeing and trek preparation
Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola (7,50m), 7/8 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola (9,30m), 5/6 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Jagat(1,340m), 5/6 hrs
Day 06: trek to Lokpa (1,830m), 5/6 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Dumje (2,460m), 5/6 hrs
Day 08: Trek to Nile- Chule (3,361m), 6/7 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Mu Gompa (3,700m), 6/7 hrs
Day 10: Exploration day around Mu Gompa (3,700m)
Day 11: Trek to Rachen Gompa (3,300m), 6/7 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Chumling (2,360m), 6/7 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Deng (1,800m), 5/6 hrs
Day 14: Trek to Namrung (2,630m), 6/7 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Lho (2,980m) via Hinang Gumpa (3,200m), 6/7 hrs
Day 16: Trek to Samagaun (3,540m) via Shyala the 360-degree view spot
Day 17: Acclimatizing day at Hike to Punhyen Gompa 3/4 hrs
Day 18: Trek to Samdo (3,865m), 5/6 hrs
Day 19: Trek to Dharamsala 360-degree (4,480m), 5/6 hrs
Day 20: Cross the Larke pass (5,106m) trek down to Bimtang (3,720m), 7/8 hrs
Day 21: Trek to Gho (2,500m) 5/6 hrs
Day 22: Trek to Dharapani for an hour and drive to Kathmandu, 7/8 hrs
Day 23: International departure
Join us on the Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek in 2022/2023
Customize your trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” personally. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste, for more information please email us at email@example.com/
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and after completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel. Please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions placard when exiting the arrivals hall. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your journey in the evening at your hotel lobby. And your free time. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street.
Today after breakfast we will start our tour of major historical sites of Kathmandu with our professional tour guide. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Historic Sites and as we visit the places, the more diverse cultural milieu of the valley welcomes us with warm hospitality. Such as the Palace Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath), and the Buddhist Temple (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. . After returning from the tour there will be a pre-trip discussion with our trek leader and other team members. The trek guide will give you a brief orientation about your trek. And the rest of the time you can visit Thamel and shop for necessary equipment and other essentials.
We will leave Kathmandu and head west to take 9hrs of drive to Soti Khola via Prithvi Highway. From Malekhu we will head north and follow 30km of rough road along Trishuli River to Dhading Besi which is the headquarters of Dhading district. We will take 35km of dirt road northwest to Soti Khola. This bustling Bazaar is divided into two flanks by Budhi Gandaki River flowing in between them.
We continue our trek following river, climbing sometimes and at other times down on the gravel riverbed. After crossing suspension bridge and climbing on ridge we make our way to Laphubesi. Another few hour of walk from here following the river bank, ups and downs will lead us to Macha Khola.
The slender trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, reaching Khorlabesi. After some ascending and descending we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on an airy suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat.
Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in this region with over 100 monks and holds a significant values to the people. We will explore the Gompa (Monastery) and hike above for great views
After breakfast we begin our day by descending to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a headland between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we reach the village of Samdo
The thundering Budhi Gandaki river trickles to a stream as we cling to its course as hike high up. This rewards us with amazing mountains from all sides. Manaslu stands in a league of its own. After crossing to the east bank of the river, we reach the last permanent settlement in the valley, which is called Sumdu. High Above the village we cross a stream, which runs down from the Gya La (Pass), the pass to Tibet. We come to the wreck of an abandoned village, known as Larkya Bazaar. We assume this village thrived as a trading point, with Tibet lying over the Gya La. The exchange seems to have dried up leading to the migration of the settlers. Nearing the Larkya Glacier, we reach a lodge at 4450m, which has been built to cater to travelers crossing the Larkya La.
After a brief climb, we reach a glen on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are fantastic views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kusum Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a pretty lengthier day than usual to Bhimtang, but to walk into these lower pastures with the eventide fog setting in and with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an irresistible experience to remember
Today, from a crest at Bimthang, we get to savor lovely views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high meadow (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, at 2785 meters. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping circle to a river bank at 2580m. A brief distance beyond is the village of Gho
We climb a small rim and enjoy a cobbled path through a charming colorful village. We then cross the Dudhkhola bridge and climb up through the chorten-shaped arch, crossing the Mani wall and reaching Thonje village. In the village, we pass the police station and head towards Dharapani. If we are not aware; We have just entered the Annapurna Circuit from Dharapani. After a lunch stop at Dharapani we grab our jeep for the last night trek to kathmandu via Bensishahr.
Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been our pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned. Today is the last day of the journey, saying goodbye to the trekking and the Nepal tour is ending today! No plans except to trade emails and organize photos with travel buddies. If you have more time you can go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenirs for your family. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)
- All meals (B, L, D) whilst on the trek with tea & coffee
- 3 nights standard hotels and 19 nights teahouse/lodges
- All entrance fees for sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Trekking permit and conservation area permit
- Local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
- 1 porter for every 2 trekkers throughout the trek
- Arrival and departure transfers in Kathmandu
- All transportation as mentioned in the itinerary
- Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket 'if required' (return after completing the trek)
- Employee equipment, insurance, and allowances
- High altitude medicine and first aid kit
- Helicopter rescue arrangement (If necessary)
- Group farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant
- International airfare & Nepal Visa
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Single accommodation (available on request, Kathmandu only)
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
- Personal expenses - Drinks & Souvenirs
- Personal trekking gears
- Gratuities for staff
A daily average walking hour is 5-7 on this trek. Unlike other famous trekking regions of Nepal, Manaslu and Tsum valley is still considered off the beaten so a basic sense of adventure is required on this trek. Previous experience in trekking is not required but you need to be fit and comfortable walking 5-7 hrs every day carrying your day pack.
No previous experience of trekking is required but you should be moderately fit and have fun walking and adapting to high altitude conditions. Having previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not mandatory to participate for this trip. To fully participate in this journey, all passengers must be in good physical health. We strongly advise you to prepare for your trip by exercising regularly, walking, running or going to the gym. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the hiking experience will be. All of our travel itineraries have been designed with each aspect in mind and given enough time for adaptation.
The best season for Trek is from March to November. In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain, etc.)
Autumn/Fall (Sept to Nov)
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day.
Spring (March to May)
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white floras offering surreal experience along the trek. Spring season offers warm temperatures, blossoming flora and temperate days.
It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.
At, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions; Our emphasis is always on maintaining small groups so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. We only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you are to join our’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of the group varies, the minimum no of persons required to operate the trip is 2 and the maximum is 12 people.
(Manaslu area) To trek in this region, you need to be in a group of at least 2 accompanied by a licensed guide. The reason; the Manaslu region falls under a controlled area as per the Government of Nepal. This region is categorised as a restricted area
If you want to travel something that is not included in our travel list, we are ready to tailor a trip to your exact needs. In short, we will do our best to get you on the journey you want, when you want it.
You will only carry your day pack carrying the essential items (Water, Cameras, Extra Fleece, Rain jacket, Sunscreen, Snacks, Valuable Items, etc.) that you may need during the walk. The rest of your stuff will be carried by the porter. We provide 1 porter for every 2 participants and we also provide a duffel bag to put your trekking gears.
Staying hydrated is important during any physical activity but especially at altitude where it is generally recommended to drink at least 3 liters per person per day.
We urge you not to buy bottled water on the trek as it contributes to the growing problem of plastic pollution in Nepal.
Teahouses sell almost boiled water. Nepali Rs.150-300 per liter but (cost increases when traveling) which does not require treatment. It’s also perfect for bedtime refills as it can double as a hot water bottle.
Alternatively, all teahouses will provide free cold water on request. Although it is not good to drink without treatment, it is important to note that we recommend that you bring a reusable bottle and use an effective form of water treatment.
We have a deep passion for alpine adventure and the outdoors, and with the small business group on board we have worked on the most isolated trails we are proud to be successful in every region of Nepal and this is all due to our diversity and qualified team of guides. So your journey will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter for every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide for every 4 participants.
Manaslu region falls under a controlled area as per the Government of Nepal. The region is categorized as a restricted area but trekking and climbing are allowed. To trek in this region, you need to be in a group of at least 2 accompanied by a licensed guide.
So solo trekking for individual trekkers is prohibited in the Manaslu region.
In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.
(Manaslu ane Tsum Valley area) does not require large logistics accommodation for hiking as there are many clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, usually a bed with pillows and blankets, but there is a wonderful view from your window. All teahouses / lodges have ample warm dining room lounges. The rooms are very basic. Blankets are usually provided by the teahouse but we will provide warm sleeping bags for everyone. Bathrooms are often shared and in many places, toilets are squat type. Please note that some of these are very basic and require a sense of adventure.
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. Especially when traveling in groups, we always pair up to share a room with people of the same sex and age. If in the case of single by default, customers do not have to pay for a single supplement. Please note that trekking, due to limited rooms in teahouses / lodges, is sometimes not possible for singles.
All meals are included in the trek and we will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Tea houses range from traditional Nepali dal bhat, and momo (dumplings) to Indian food to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served at the tea house / lodge where you are staying and lunch will be on the way.
In Kathmandu, breakfast will be provided only to give maximum flexibility in deciding where and with whom to have lunch and dinner.
If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in advance and we will be sure to send your message to your staff. For a gluten-free diet, we recommend that you bring extra foods, especially for breakfast, as your options for breakfast will be limited.
Daily wake-up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided the night before during the briefing time. The timetable for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.
Tea will be served at your room or tent as a wake-up call. After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the Camping where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. We will arrive at our destination by tea-time and the camp evening will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.
We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu.
Clothing and Footwear:
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others
-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.
-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens
Toiletries and hygiene:
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Basic first aid kit
Trekking is an all-inclusive journey which means you only need cash for your personal expenses and food in Kathmandu. At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation with as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical, or emotional. . All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be provided to you hassle-free before your arrival. On the walk, you will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio. On the trek, we offer you an open/select menu option which means you can choose your food directly from the menu.
Our itinerary is designed keeping in mind every aspect like customization, good campsites, real-life experiences, etc. (Down jacket, sleeping bag, and waterproof duffel bag), all the necessary permits for the trek, guide, and support staff, transfers, and transportation Kathmandu, etc. are included. The cost is mentioned in the inclusion
- Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
- Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
- Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
- In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
- Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
- Drink at least three liters of water a day
- Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
- Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
- However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.
Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Therefore, the trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.