Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley

Manaslu Region, one of Nepal’s less frequented and off-the-beaten places, is an iconic destination for adventures. Located in the west-central part of the landlocked country, Manaslu Region is nothing but a gift of Mother Earth. Have you ever long for a place with nothing but mountains, hills, and woods? That sounds like such a beautiful place. Well, Manaslu Area is more like that!

Yes, Manaslu Region is a place that you should visit very soon if you haven’t yet.

Consider doing Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley. It is an exciting itinerary that takes you around the Manaslu Region the way it ought to be. Starting from Sotikhola, a small village in the Himalayan foothills, the trek leads to breathtaking, picturesque, and worth-reaching areas.

The time will become timeless as you join this scenic trail to the region of the eighth highest mountain globally, Mt Manaslu. Day after day, you will come across numerous beautiful backdrops one after another. Yet, the most satisfying part about this trek is it has everything for you: fabled mountains, greenish landscapes, traditional villages, and sweet as sugar people there and their culture, lifestyle, and more. You can check all of the major highlights of the trek in the following heading below.

Typically, Manaslu Circuit Trek is a 177km long trek that goes around the so-called circuit trail of the region. If you add Tsum Valley, a picturesque valley rich in history, art, and culture, it becomes Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley. And the total distance also gets increased by 55 to 70 Km, so does the trek duration by 2 to 3 days. In total, it will go for about 23 days, excluding three days in Kathmandu. Indeed, it is an excellent itinerary from Great Adventure Treks for those who want to explore the Manaslu Region thoroughly.

Major Highlights Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley

  • Begin the trip with a scenic road drive to Sothi Khola from Kathmandu.
  • Get to walk the trails of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit that are raw and untouched by urbanness.
  • Enter the Manaslu Region gradually to see its natural and cultural wonders.
  • Know the people and their lifestyle, which resembles Tibetan culture.
  • Spend nights in the traditional villages like Sama Gaon, Chumling, Samdo, and more.
  • Explore numerous centuries-old monasteries, gompas, and stupas around the villages.
  • Cross the Larkya La Pass(5,160m), one of Nepal’s most admired mountain passes.
  • Impressions of the striking mountains like Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Hiunchuli, Simrang, Ngadi, and others.

Best Time for Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley

September to November | Autumn

The first best time for Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek is Autumn. As for the season’s weather conditions, Autumn is known as the best time to explore Nepal. You can expect and experience happenings like clear skies and mountains, firm temperature, low precipitation level, warm trekking days, and more in this very season. Likewise, the visibility level of the Manaslu Region is quite vibrant and vigilant. It is a post-monsoon season, so the views look so fresh and pristine.

If you look at the temperature chart of the region during Autumn, the average temperatures seem acceptable. In the lower places of the area like Sotikhola, Philim, Khorla Besi, the weather is around 25 degrees during day hours. You can expect a slightly chilly temperature at night. Moreover, Bimthang, Dharamsala, Samdo, which lie in the high areas, have average temperatures of around 15 degrees and -6 degrees during daylight and dark.

March to May | Spring

Spring is the second but not least time to schedule your Manaslu adventure. As soon as the snow melts by mid-March, you can consider doing the trek even to the higher areas. The temperature slowly ticks back to an average level. You will experience a par temperature of close to 24 degrees in most of the lower regions of Manaslu.

Moreover, the higher areas remain roughly around 18 degrees in the daytime. Also, do not forget that the night and morning hours are comparatively chilly than the day hours. If you have the proper clothes, you can endure the temperature either day or night in Spring. The appealing part of the Spring season is you will walk by newly blossoming flowers. There will be lots of red Rhododendron all over the trails and wildflowers too. Trekking in such serenity with flowers is an imaginary walk in itself.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Pick up from Airport.

Day 02: Half-day city tour of Kathmandu and back to the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Ride from Kathmandu to Sotikhola(710m/2,329ft)

Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola to Macche Khola (900m /2,952ft).

Day 05: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1,410m/ 4,625ft) 6 – 7 hrs. Tea House Accommodation.

Day 08: Trek from Chumling to Chekampar (3,031m/ 9,942ft).

Day 09: Trek from Chekampar to Nile (3,361m /11,025ft).

Day 10: Acclimatization day in the Nile and Explore Mu Gompa.

Day 11: Trek from Nile to Chekampar (3,031m/ 9,942 ft).

Day 12: Trek from Chekampar to Chumling (2,386m / 7,826ft).

Day 13: Trek from Chumling to Deng (7,187m /23,573ft)

Day 14: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2,630m /8,626ft).

Day 15: Trek from Namlung to Samagaon (3,530m/11,578ft).

Day 16: Exploring Pungyen Gompa (3,530m/11,578ft)

Day 17: Trek from Samagaon — Samdo (3,860m/12,661ft)

Day 18: Rest Day in Samdo (3,860m/12,661ft).

Day 19: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. (4,450m/14,596ft).

Day 20: Trek from Dharamsala to  Larke La pass (5,160 m / 16,924 ft) and then to Bimthang (3,590m / 11,7776ft).

Day 21: Trek from Bimthang to Tilije (2,300m/ 7,544ft).

Day 22: Trek from Tilije  to  Dharapani and drive to Besisahar (825m / 2,706ft).

Day 23: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu

Day 24: Free and shopping day at Kathmandu.

Day 25: Final departure.

Detailed Itinerary of Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum valley

Day 01: Pick up from Kathmandu Airport and Drive to the hotel.

Notable Altitude: 1,400m(Kathmandu)

You’ll receive the warmest welcome once you land at Kathmandu Airport. The team of ours will guide you towards your hotel. There will be no specific plans for the first day. You will take a rest in your hotel to make yourself home in Kathmandu. However, you can go on an evening excursion around the city. Later, you end up in the hotel for nightfall.

Day 02: Half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

As you are in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital and historical city of Nepal, you will have a full day for sightseeing. You will get to go around the famous heritage sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and others. The day will come to an end once you have done visits to must sites. Afterward, you will be on the way back to the hotel for the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Scenic Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola

Drive Duration: 8-9 hours

Drive Distance: 160Km

Notable Altitude: 700m/2,896ft (Sotikhola)

You will leave Kathmandu’s hustle and bustle to begin the trek. The bus will pave its way in the direction of Soti Khola, the starting point of Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley. It will need 8 to 9 hours to reach you there but don’t think it will be a boring ride. You will see lots of fresh views of the countryside of Nepal.

Firstly, you will reach and drop in Arughat Bazaar, a happening hillside town. Arughat is a transit place for every Manaslu Region trek. From there, you will have a two hours ride to Sotikhola by joining a jeep. After arriving at the village that is right by a river, you will rest. It will be a basic teahouse for the night.

Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola to Macche Khola

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Notable Altitude: 900m/2,965ft(Macche Khola)

It will be the first trekking day of Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek. So after having breakfast in the lodge, you will slide yourself out of Soti Khola by traversing a bridge. Eventually, you will head into a Sal forest. Moving along the river bed of the Budhi Gandaki River, you will end up in Khursani and Labubesi, respectively.

Having rested in one of those stops, you will join the trail yet again. En route to Macche Khola, you will come across several pristine waterfalls and streams. It will not be a difficult trekking day as you will reach Machha Khola(900m) by the evening. You will spend the night in a tea house there.

Day 05: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Notable Altitude: 1,340m/4,593ft(Jagat)

Jagat(1,340m), a village and entrance to Manaslu Conservation Area, will be waiting to welcome you today on the other side. For that, you will leave the Maccha Khola after breakfast. After leaving the village and joining the river bed trail yet again, you will reach Khola Besi. From there, you can view Ganesh Himal perfectly.

You can also take a quick relaxing hot spring bath in Tatopani.

After the bath, you will climb a ridge called Dobhan, and from there, the trail goes down to the river. Stepping upwards through stone stairs, you will reach Thado Bharyang before getting to Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

Day 06: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Notable Altitude: 2,040m/4,493ft(Lokpa)

We will approach Lokpa now by getting the trek permits approved at Jagat. The trek will start with a climb just over the hill. Next, you reach the riverbanks of Budhi Gandaki River yet again. As you get near to Lokpa, the valley will get broader and more beautiful from Philim. After some hours of the trek, you will reach a place where two trails meet. You’ll follow the one that goes to Lokpa for now. Lokpa is the first settlement that you will visit in Tsum Valley. Make yourself comfortable in the village and call it a day there.

Day 07: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Notable Altitude: 2,386m/6,692ft(Chumling)

After some morning hours in Lokpa, you will join the trail that goes deeper into the Tsum Valley. If the day is clear, you will see clear views of Boudha Himal and Ganesh Himal. Besides mountains, you will trek through a tropical forest that is dense with pine and rhododendrons. You will reach Gumling before heading to Chumling. Crossing the bridge over a river, you will get to Chumling before the dark. So you can go around to explore the Chumling village, which is home to three old Buddhist monasteries. Overnight back in the hamlet.

Day 08: Trek from Chumling to Chekampar

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Notable Altitude: 3,031m/9,944ft(Chekampar)

The trail from Chumling to Chekampur will be through a forest that is lush and dense. You may see some Langur around the woods jumping here and there. Out of the forest, you will see a gompa arriving, Damphe Gompa. You will take a break there for a while. And then, you will join trekking to hit an elevation of 3,000m for the very first time in the trek. From the gompa, you will descend towards Sarphu Khola to cross a bridge over the river. And Chekampar will finally come up after a slight ascend. Overnight in a teahouse of Chekampar.

Day 09: Trek from Chekampar to Nile

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Notable Altitude: 3,361m/9,944ft(Nile)

On this day, you will make it to a few of the major highlights of Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek. Firstly, you will reach to explore Rachen Gompa shortly after leaving Chekampur and joining an uphill. The gompa is one of the oldest in the region. The rest of the valley will look breathtaking as you move to Piren or Milarepa Cave, a holy cave in the area. After that, you will find your way to Nile village for the evening.

Day 10: Rest day and Explore Mu Gompa

It will be a rest day in Nile village. But you will not be resting at all as you have to do a day hike to Mu Gompa(3,700m), the biggest gompa of the trek. You will spend around 4 hours completing the round hike. As you reach this historical place, you will find 100 monks living around. And that makes it such a lovely place to spend a rest day. After the visit, you will get back into Nile Village for a rest.

Day 11: Trek from Nile to Chekampar

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Notable Altitude: 3,031m/9,944ft(Chekampar)

After an eventful day around Nile, you will trace back to Chekampar to move further on the trek. The trail is through the same region, and you will be doing more downhill treks than uphills. Aas you find the way back to Nile, your overnight will happen in the village’s teahouse.

Day 12: Trek from Chekampar to Chumling

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Notable Altitude: 2,386m/6,692 ft(Chumling)

You will keep doing the same thing today, retracing. This time you will be retracing back to Chumling from Chekampur. The conjunction of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek is at Chumling. That is why you will return to Chumling after exploring the Tsum Valley. You will lose some elevation by the time you reach there. Overnight in Chumling.

Day 13: Trek from Chumling to Deng

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Notable Altitude: 1,860m/5,917ft(Deng)

From Chumling, you will start to descend lower towards Deng Village. As you slide down, you will see peaks like Manaslu and Ganesh Himal on a clear day. You will not have any hard time while trekking today as you have to walk for just 4 hours which is primarily a downfall. You will make your way to Deng by traversing through a bamboo forest. Overnight in the village.

Day 14: Trek from Deng to Namrung

Trek Duration: 5–6 hours

Notable Altitude: 2630m /8626ft(Namrung)

You will meet the Budhi Gandaki River once more as you move to Namrung from Deng. Passing by the river, you will start an uphill trek which will end at Rana. Then you have to descend from the ridge to land on the bank of Shringi Khola(River). There will be a final uphill trek from the bank to Namrung village. You will pass through several wooden bridges and the Gap Village before getting to Namrung. Overnight in Namrung.

Day 15: Trek from Namrung to Samagaon.

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Notable Altitude: 3530m /11,578ft(Samagaon)

Your time in Deng will come to an end as you leave it for Samagaon. The trek will start by climbing a steep track that goes through a forest. Eventually, you will come up in Lihi, a village with beautiful terraces. From the village, you can look at numerous peaks of the Manaslu Region. Simang Himal, Ganesh Himal, and more peaks will come up at the view on the day. Likewise, you’ll subside from the village through some other communities to finally make it to Samagaon. You will spend the night in Samagaon.

Day 16: Rest Day in Samagaon and Exploring Pungyen Gompa

You will get a little lucky here as you do not have to leave this beautiful mountain village yet. Instead, you wander around the hamlet to explore the near and dear places of the area. One of them is the Pungyen Gompa, an old gompa perched on a hilltop. You will get to enjoy great mountain and landscape views too. It will be a day to put into your memory. Back to Samagaon for the night.

Day 17: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo .

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Notable Altitude: 3875m /12,713ft(Samdo)

S for Samagaon and S for Samdo; it will be time to get to Samdo following a rewarding rest day in Samagaon. Descending to the riverbank of Budhi Gandaki, you will get deeper into the valley. The mountains will become more real and alive as you move along the route. It will take you a couple of hours to reach Samdo. Overnight in Samdo’s teahouse.

Day 18: Rest Day in Samdo.

Samdo will host another rest day, making it the third one in Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley. On the day, you will hike to the viewpoints that are near the village. The hike will make you comfortable with the heights, and you will also observe mountain ranges in between. Moreover, the village is an exceptional place for Himalayan Bird Watching as well. After doing all of that, you will get back to Samdo for the nightfall.

Day 19: Trek from Samdo  to  Dharamsala/Larkya Phedi.

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Notable Altitude: 4,450m /14,5796ft(Dharamsala)

Now you will walk to approach Dharamsala, which is also known as Larky La Phedi. En route to the place, you will walk by a Tibetan market, Larke Bazaar, before falling to the riverside. You will get the sights of Larkya Glacier along with traditional monasteries as you move to Dharamsala. From the river, you will join an uphill path to reach Dharamsala. Night in Dharamsala.

Day 20: Trek from Dharamsala  to  Larke La Pass and then descend to Bimthang.

Trek Duration: 8-9 hours

Notable Altitude: 5,160m/16,924ft(Larkya La Pass)

From Larkya La Phedi or Dharamsala, you will move upwards to the famous mountain pass and the highest point of Manaslu Circuit Trek. It will be a long trekking day as you also have to descend to Bimthang after the mountain pass for the night. So you will try to ascend Larke La Pass early in the morning.

The trail to the top is a little challenging and rough, thanks to the terminal moraines. But the climb and hardship appear worthy as you get to see the view from the top, which is simply breathtaking. How not when you are witnessing peaks like Manaslu, Annapurna, Kang Guru all at once. Afterward, the pinpoint, you will descend to Bimthang through a rough and rocky track. You have to walk slowly and carefully to the village. You can have the mountain panorama from Bimthang as well. And this way, it will become an end to a beautiful day in Bimthang’s teahouse.

Day 21: Trek from Bimthang to  Tilije.

Trek Duration: 7-9 hours

Notable Altitude: 2,300m/7544ft(Tilije)

After being in the Manaslu Region for over 20 days and exploring it thoroughly, you will start to head back home. In that stretch, you will descend to Tilije village from Bimthang. You will pave through the way that is by greenfields, terraces, and villages. Most of the trek will be a descending one and hence an easy-peasy one. After walking for around 7 to 9 hours, you will enter the Gurung settlement, Tilije, for the night’s stay.

Day 22: Trek from Tilije to  Dharapani and Drive to Besisahar

Trek Duration: 3-4 hours

Drive Duration: 4-5 hours

Notable Altitude: 825m/2,706ft(Besisahar)

As you are heading closer and closer to the end of the expedition, you will trek from Tilije to Dharapani through the Marshyangdi Valley. By noon, you will reach Dharapani by hiking side by side of the Dudh Khola River. And from there, you will attend a jeep drive to get to Besisahar. The ride will be a bumpy one which will last for 4 to 5 hours. As you reach Besisahar, you will feel like you are back in civilization. Overnight in Besisahar.

Day 23: Drive from Besisahar to Kathmandu

Drive Duration: 6-7 hours

Notable altitude: 1,400m/4,500ft(Kathmandu)

Through the winding roads, you will drive back to Kathmandu from Besisahar. It will be the last day of the trip. As you reach Kathmandu, you will enter your hotel in Kathmandu for a rest after doing the Manaslu Adventure successfully. What an adventure and sense of relief it will be!

Day 24: Free and Shopping day at Kathmandu

You can have a free day in Kathmandu to do some leftover touring of the city. Shopping is also not a bad idea in Kathmandu. Farewell dinner with the team will bring an end to the day. Night in Kathmandu

Day 25: Final Departure

The team will assist you in taking you to the airport for your departure. And this way, you will bid a farewell to the team and Nepal.

  • Pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3-star level hotel.
  • Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu to Sotikhola  transportation  via Besishar (Jeep)
  • A professional Sherpa Guide with Government License.
  • Sherpa porter who will carry your baggage(2 people 1 sherpa porter).
  • Food during Trekking(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ).
  • All Accommodation during Trekking(Tea House/ Camping).
  • Manaslu restricted permit
  •  Manaslu Conservation Area permit(MSAP)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • Tsum Valley Restricted Permit (Optional: if you want to go to the Tsum Valley)
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management system card).
  • Necessary Equipment( sleeping bag and Down Jacket).
  • Food, salary Transport, clothing for Guide and Porter.
  • Insurance for Guide and Porter.
  • Emergency Rescue Help (covered by your travel insurance).
  • Drive to Besisahar from Dharapani.
  • Drive to Kathmandu from Besisahar.
  • All program as per itinerary.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Final departure to airport.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Any kinds of Drinks( soft and Hard Drinks)
  • Visa, international flight ticket
  • Personal Nature expenses
  • Tips for Staffs
  • Rescue and Evacuation cost
  • Any special Accommodation.

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Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley

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