Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration20 Days
  • Difficulty Level Challenging
  • Places to Visit Manaslu-Tsum Valley
  • Max Altitude 5,135m/16,847ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Machhakhola
  • Ends Besisahar
  • Activity Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek Highlights:

The combination of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remarkable journey in the remote Himalayan region of Nepal. This trek combines the cultural richness of the Tsum Valley with the stunning natural beauty of the Manaslu region. 

  • Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit are less crowded which offers trekkers a more peaceful and authentic trekking experience.
  • Witness the unique Tibetan culture of Tsum Valley, interact with the friendly locals, and visit ancient monasteries.
  • Breathtaking views of the Manaslu massif, the eighth-highest mountain in the world.
  • Off-the-beaten-track experience with lush forests, terraced fields, and pristine rivers and landscapes.
  • Enjoying the diversity in terrain that gives you a genuine trekking experience.
  • The region is home to a variety of wildlife, including snow leopards, red pandas, Himalayan tahr, and various species of pheasants.
  • Crossing the challenging Larke La Pass at an elevation of 5,106 meters.
  • Being less trodden valleys, enjoy the authenticity of comfortable tea houses and homestay options along the trail.

The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek Overview

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek is a culturally rich journey that offers a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience. This epic trek will be the best choice for trekkers who are looking to explore a less crowded and pristine Himalayan region.

This trek is the combination of two fabulous hidden valleys of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Valley. The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Valley are two enchanting hidden gems located in the heart of the Himalayas. It offers a unique opportunity to explore the natural beauty and cultural heritage of both valleys.

The Tsum Valley referred to as the "Hidden Valley of Happiness," is a magical land still very untouched by civilization. It is known for its isolation, unique culture, and warm-hearted local people. On the other hand, the Manaslu Valley offers a different yet equally mesmerizing experience.

The combination of these two valleys in a single trek is a treat for adventure seekers. The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Valley trek is not only about natural beauty and cultural exploration but also about self-discovery. It is a journey that demands determination, but the rewards are immense.

Trip Summary of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek:

The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with the drive from Kathmandu to the town of Machha Khola. The trail cruises through the Budhi Gandaki River valley, terraced fields, and dense forests. As you trek further into the valley, you will pass through several traditional villages inhabited by ethnic groups like the Gurungs, Tamangs, and Tibetans. These villages offer a glimpse into the local way of life, and you can experience their warm hospitality and unique cultural traditions.

Shortly we enter the untouched valley of Tsum Valley which still looks very primitive. Since the valley is less traveled by tourists the development of its infrastructure is not as great as commercial Annapurna or Everest Trekking destinations. However, it gives you the real sense of trekking into the unspoiled valleys and landscapes where genuine culture still thrives. You would be surprised to find the ancient setting in this corner of the world when the rest of the world is flourishing under technology.

After Tsum Valley we gradually enter the Manaslu Valley which is yet another untouched valley. Manaslu will surprise you in different ways where the way of life is still medieval. The trail gradually gains altitude and we will cross the demanding Larke La Pass at 5,106 meters (16,752 feet).

This mountain pass is the highest point of the trek. From Larke La Pass you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The view includes Manaslu, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and many more.

Due to its remote location and restricted access, this classic trek provides a sense of untouched wilderness and a chance to connect yourself to nature. The landscapes vary from tropical, to desert to alpine giving you a diverse topographic experience.

Overall, the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging yet rewarding journey that combines adventure, natural beauty, and cultural experience. It is an excellent choice for trekkers who seek a unique and less crowded trekking experience in Nepal.

NOTE: This trek requires a special permit, as it is a restricted area. Trekking with a licensed guide is mandatory, and organized treks are recommended to ensure safety and proper guidance.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593 feet) – transfer to Hotel
  • Day 02:In Kathmandu: City tour to World Heritage Sites
  • Day 03:Drive to Machha Khola (869m / 2,851 feet) from Kathmandu
  • Day 04:Trek to Jagat (1345m / 4,412 feet)
  • Day 05:Trek to Lokpa (2240m / 7,349 feet)
  • Day 06:Trek to Chumling (2386m / 7,828 feet) (Lower Tsum)
  • Day 07:Trek to Chhokang Paro (3031m / 9,944 feet)
  • Day 08:Trek to Nile (3347m / 10,980 feet) via Milarepa Cave
  • Day 09:Trek to MU GOMPA (3,700m/12,139 feet) and descend to Rachen Gompa (3,240m/10,629 feet)
  • Day 10:Trek to Chumling (2386m / 7,828 feet)
  • Day 11:Trek to Deng (1,860m/6,102 feet)
  • Day 12:Trek to Namrung (2,540m/8,333 feet)
  • Day 13:Trek to Samagoan (3,520 m/11,548 feet)
  • Day 14:Acclimatization day and morning excursion to Birendra lake & Free Afternoon
  • Day 15:Trek to Samdo (3,875 m/12,713 feet)
  • Day 16:Trek to Larke Phedi or Dharamsala (4,460 m/14,632 feet)
  • Day 17:Cross Larke La Pass (5,106 m/16,751 feet) and Trek to Bhimthang (3,700 m/12,139 feet)
  • Day 18:Trek to Dharapani (1,960 m/6,430 feet)
  • Day 19:Drive to Besisahar
  • Day 20:Drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 21:Departure day - Transfer to International Airport

Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek Detailed Itinerary

Once you arrive at Kathmandu airport, your group leader or our representative will be there to receive you and welcome you to Nepal. Shortly after, you will be transferred to your hotel located in the lively town of Thamel. This tiny town is known for its colorful alleys lined with shops, restaurants, and guesthouses. Upon checking in, your leader will briefly discuss the initial trip itinerary regarding the city tour or any other activity if you have any.

If by any chance you arrive early, it will give you ample time to explore the beautiful town of Thamel where you can enjoy a great fresh coffee, try local cuisine, or do your last-minute shopping.

PLEASE NOTE: As per Nepal Government regulations, to access restricted mountain areas like Tsum Vally and Manaslu, we require your original passport and passport-sized photos to swiftly secure the Special Trekking Permit. It is a golden ticket to unseen vistas and untouched valleys away from the maddening crowd. So, we will be collecting these documents upon your arrival at the hotel.

  • Altitude: 1400m/4593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

This morning your Trek Leader will introduce you to our City Tour Guide who will be guiding you to this half-day city tour.

After a hearty breakfast, we'll start our city tour and head over to Pashupatinath, one of the most sacred Hindu temples in Nepal. It's dedicated to Lord Shiva and located along the Bagmati River which has special significance. We can walk around parts of the large complex and observe some of the rituals happening, but non-Hindus cannot enter the main temple area unfortunately. Still, it's quite interesting to see the activities around the various shrines and small temples on-site.

The area may seem chaotic at first, but try taking it in from an observation deck across the river. From up there you get a broad view of all the colorful buildings and can appreciate the overall atmosphere more peacefully. 

After Pashupatinath Temple, we will visit Boudhanath stupa, one of the largest Buddhist monuments in the world. As we approach, you'll see the giant white dome and gilt spire rising over the area. When we get closer check out the all-seeing Buddha eyes painted on all four sides keeping watch!

We can join local pilgrims and devotees walking along the perimeter spinning the prayer wheels as we go. The whole zone feels very tranquil and spiritual. Sit for a while near the stupa base and watch the maroon-clad monks as they perform their rituals while soaking in the positive energy this place seems to have.

  • Altitude: 1400m/4593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Welcom Dinner

Today we will start early for Machha Khola to skip the traffic or any road uncertainty. This 8/9 hours drive to Machha Khola in the Manaslu region takes you on an exhilarating ride along winding mountain roads with breathtaking views. Our scenic drive starts as we depart Kathmandu, passing through small villages and getting a glimpse into local life as farmers tend to their fields and sellers bring their wares to tiny roadside markets. The atmosphere becomes more rustic and tranquil as we leave behind the bustle of the capital city.

After a few hours, we arrive at the town of Aroghat and switch to a 4WD vehicle to navigate the rugged dirt roads that zig-zag high above the Budhi Gandaki River. The slopes tower above, at some points almost straight up and down, covered in a lush green forest. We may have to cross a few landslide zones where it looks like the already narrow road could crumble right into the river below! But no need to worry, our experienced drivers are used to navigating these risky mountain passages.

The last uphill push brings us right to the entrance of the Manaslu Conservation Area, where attractive teahouses show up. We will eventually pull into Machha Khola, our stop for the night. We can celebrate our arrival in this remote outpost with local food and hot local tea. 

  • Altitude: 869m / 2,851 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 9/10 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 160 km
  • Transport: PRIVATE VEHICLE

Since Manaslu and Tsum Valley is a valley of SUSPENSION BRIDGES - Today we will cross at least 6 suspension bridges. With 1.5 hr. of undulating trail through a rustic setting and alongside the Budigandaki River we will get to the village of Khorlebesi. Next 1 hour of easy beautiful trail through landslides and undulating steps trail we will get to Tatopani (Natural Hot Spring). Crossing a few suspension bridges and walking through the landslide trails we will reach Dovan for lunch. 

After lunch, we will further walk the stunning valley trail crossing the 3rd and 4th suspension bridges. Eventually, we will come to the 5th suspension bridge which is a highlight of today as this bridge is built on the wall. This wall bridge is really fascinating to walk with the river gorge view. Now the Budi Gandaki valley opens up and you will witness the wider version of the river valley. Finally crossing the 6th suspension bridge we will come to our destination Jagat where we will spend overnight.

  • Altitude: 1345m / 4,412 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 14.5 km

The scenic hike today begins along mountain trails, where we encounter a series of eye-catching suspension bridges spanning the rivers and streams. The architectural achievement that each bridge represents in this remote region impresses us as we carefully make our way across it.

Continuing on the gradual ascent, we pass captivating waterfalls and get to the charming Gurung village of Philim. We admire the bright colors and textiles of the GURUNG village houses in Philim as we rest. Shortly we will continue with our hike.

Tsum Valley, a highly renowned hiking trail, is found further up the trail as the trail increases in elevation. The twin peaks of Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal can be seen as we venture through rugged terrain towards Tsum Valley. With a sense of awe, we progress to our overnight stop, the village of Lopka.

  • Altitude: 2240m / 7,349 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 12 km

Today we will start leisurely. After breakfast, upon beginning our hike, we are surrounded by a lush jungle that transports us into a natural paradise. After crossing three more intriguing suspension bridges, we will gain a deeper understanding of the mystical Buddhist atmosphere of the Tsum Valley.

Primarily, the terrain sharply ascends, getting our blood pumping. But soon the grade levels out, allowing us to easily follow the trail at a relaxed pace. Without the strain of a strenuous climb, we’re now able to fully enjoy the surrounding beauty in this hidden Himalayan valley.

As we go deeper into the valley we feel like we are in the medieval era with so untouched environment. Tsum Valley gives us a different face of Nepal which simply surprises us. The beauty and tranquility make us lose ourselves in the peaceful Tsum Valley spreading out before us. Soon we get to our destination of Chumling for an overnight stay.

  • Altitude: 2386m / 7,828 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7 km

Today as we walk we will be treated to the majestic views of snow-capped Ganesh Himal serving as the backdrop for our day's journey into the valley. We gradually ascend along the Shiar Khola (river), a lively tributary flowing into the powerful Budhi Gandaki River - the major water source nourishing this region.

Along the way we come across an ancient Tibetan Buddhist monastery, adorned with waving prayer flags and set against the towering Himalayan cliffs. Ancient monasteries, all the prayer flags, and the ancient rituals remind us of the strong Tibetan cultural influences in these valleys for generations.

Continuing through rhododendron forests and green hillsides, we arrive at Chhokang Paro. Also known as the "abode of strong men", this is the largest settlement in the tucked-away valley. The friendly villagers welcome us as their guests, and with a hot Tibetan tea we will enjoy the valley surrounded by stunning mountain vistas

  • Altitude: 3031m / 9,944 fee
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9 km

This morning we begin our hike tracing the same flowing tributary and the rugged trails that were used for the ancient Salt Trade with Tibet. We now get deeper into this ancient mountain valley. Passing prehistoric chortens, colorful stupas, stone Mani walls (prayer walls) imprinted with Buddhist mantras, we feel transported back into time. We witness the very traditional culture and untouched spiritual ties this region retains with the mystical lands to the north.

We will be very clear about how the valley earned its title "Little Tibet". On our way, we will also visit Milarepa’s Cave which is today’s highlight. The cave is the famed retreat of the revered Tibetan saint Milarepa as he pursued spiritual enlightenment centuries ago.

By afternoon we approach Nile village to see locals busily spinning prayer wheels and chanting. After lunch, we will simply explore the village and relax for the rest of our afternoon. 

  • Altitude: 3347m / 10,980 feet)
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9 km

After a hearty breakfast, we set out on the refreshing high-altitude trek towards the ancient Mu Gompa monastery, nestled at 3,700m (12,139 feet). We steadily make our way up the mountainous terrain. Fueled by spectacular views of the valley and anticipation of exploring this epicenter of Tibetan culture we cruise further. 

Upon reaching the carved wooden gates, an assembly of saffron-robed monks welcomes us inside. We spend the afternoon engaging with the monks, joining in their rituals, witnessing their debates, and touring the richly decorated interiors. Descending from the spiritual heights of Mu Gompa, we follow the circuitous trail downwards to reach the small village of Rachen Gompa.

Once again, we will visit the next ancient Rachen monastery. Here we rest our legs after the long but rewarding day at an elevation of 3,240m (10,629 feet), ready to continue our Tsum Valley adventure tomorrow.

  • Altitude: 3,700m
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 15 km

After exploring the captivating Tsum Valley and its hidden Himalayan villages, we prepare to fall back, retracing our steps on the same mountain trail that brought us to the remote Buddhist settlement of Chumling.

While we absorbed stunning vistas of peaks and valleys on the way up, our attention was focused on reaching our overnight destination. Now we have the luxury of leisurely hiking back without a fixed night's lodging place in mind. This allows us to fully take in the sweeping landscapes from different perspectives in the returning afternoon light.

We pause frequently along the way to appreciate sights we may have rushed past days before, whether it’s a towering waterfall or a serene hill decorated with fluttering prayer flags. We reflect on the warm hospitality shown in tiny villages and mountain monasteries carved into the hillside like aerie eagle’s nests.

  • Altitude: 2386m / 7,828 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 13 km

From Chumling we retrace our trail back until to the settlement of Lokpa. From Lokpa we bid farewell to Tsum Valley and then once again will get back to Manaslu Circuit Trail and following the Budhi Gandako River, we head out to our next destination Deng. 

After Lokpa we will cross a bridge and walk the forested trail of Pine that will lead us to a small settlement of Nayak. Soon the trail descends to the New Bridge and we will walk a beautiful woodland trail of Pine, Ferns, Bamboo, Oak, and Magnolia. After crossing a few more suspension bridges we for another 1.5 hours which will lead us to the windy valley, a basic settlement of Deng - we will spend overnight.

  • Altitude: 1,860m/6,102 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 13 km

Walk from Deng to Namrung is basically all through the lush green Pine forest. Today we begin our hike with up and down trail that will lead us to the suspension bridge. After the bridge the trails ascend for 25/30 minutes and the rest of the trail goes smoothly and easily, the final cliff trail will take us to the village of Bihi Phedi. Shortly we will be walking an undulating trail that will take us to Gap for lunch. Gap is a very beautiful settlement with all the farming lands. 

After crossing a few more suspension bridges and village en-routes like Gapsya and Lunga Chhyuda we will take a new trekking trail. This trail was made after the tragic 2015 earthquake that seriously devasted the Manaslu Region. Shortly we will descend down to Namrung - a small settlement with its own basic hydro plant - which literally means you can have an electric shower. 

  • Altitude: 2,540m/8,333 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 16.5 km

From Namrung we will start with an easy trail that will eventually take us to the wide Himalayan meadow trail. This means the valley now starts opening up to you. Pass the village and farmlands our trail climbs up to the ridge with basic settlement. As we walk the view of Himalchuli and Nayke Peak unfolds before us and we will reach the big village of Lhi. Walking further to the village of Sho we will see Manaslu "The Spirit Mountian". Sho is an extended village with ample farmlands. 

After walking an effortless trail we will reach Lho where we will have lunch. Taking in the peaceful surroundings over a leisurely lunch, we brace for a more challenging and varied landscape ahead. As we depart Lho, refreshed from our break, the terrain soon transforms. After lunch, we don't walk on an even trail to Namrung - the trail switchbacks with descends, and steep climbs, and then becomes gradual. After crossing a few suspension bridges and walking the varied terrain we will walk the open Himalayan meadow trail that will finally lead us to Namrung. 

Since now we are above 3000m we will see more alpine plants and junipers. Samagoan is an ancient city with many ancient unique architectural houses.

  • Altitude: 3,520 m/11,548 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 18 km

Today is our rest day. After breakfast, we start casually for our excursion to Birendra Lake, located at the base of the Manaslu mountain. At Samagoan you are literally surrounded by the mountains and it's magical to be in a paradise like this. Here the Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world dominates the entire horizon. The hike to the lake is 2 hours in total - two ways. After lunch, you will have a free afternoon to enjoy some leisure time in the village or relax as you please.

Going to Manaslu Base camp is OPTIONAL - your Trek Leader is best at making any decisions over any side excursions. As the designated leader of this trekking group, your guide has taken on the responsibility of making important decisions that will impact the safety, well-being, and experience of everyone on the team. While they possess expertise regarding the route and environment, it is still crucial that they give full consideration to the unique needs, limitations, and concerns of individual members as well as the group dynamic as a whole. 

  • Altitude: 3,520 m/11,548 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today is a very relaxing short hike to Samdo. Leaving Narmrung with an amazing view of Manaslu we walk an easy trail. We walk the most attractive valley which opens wider with an effortless route ahead. Walking past the Mani Wall (Prayer wall) we trek on a very simple undulating trail with few hill bumps. After crossing a wooden bridge half an hour of easy hike will take us to Samdo. 

Samdo looks very ancient. It's a small settlement and the Tibet border isn't far from this village. You can very well witness the Tibetan Buddhist influence in the region with all the prayer flags, Stupas, and morning/evening rituals. After lunch, it's great to go out on an excursion hike to acclimatize for the upcoming Larke Pass. Your Trek Leader will organize a suitable acclimatization hike depending on the weather and other circumstances.

  • Altitude: 3,875 m/12,713 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7 km

One of the most amazing hikes we will be doing today - walking this trail to Dharmasala in the Alpine zone completely surrounded by mountains is simply magical. We start our hike with a short descent that will take us to the suspension bridge. After the bridge, the trail ascends to the ridge and shortly we will start walking the gradual trail with the most amazing view of the Manaslu range. Soon Dharmasala or Larke Base Camp will be on our view at a distance. Due to altitude, we will hike very slowly in this alpine thin-air environment. Dharmasal is pretty basic with very few lodges (teahouses).

We kindly ask everyone to maintain realistic expectations regarding the quality of the rooms, food, and heating facilities.

  • Altitude: 4,460 m/14,632 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 3/4 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 5.5 km

Crossing Larke La Pass

Elevation:5,106 meters or 16,751 feet

  • The pass connects the Manang District and the valley of the Marsyangdi River to the lush vegetation of lower Mustang on the other side
  • Regarded as one of the longest High-Mountain Pass people used it for trading during the Salt Trade Era.
  • The ascent to the pass is a more gradual climb than steep but takes a while to get to the summit.
  • Trekkers need to be well-acclimatized before attempting the pass to avoid altitude sickness
  • The trail cruises through glacier moraine, boulders, small ice lakes and gravels. 
  • Outstanding high mountain views from the top on a clear day, including the Manaslu, Himalchuli Annapurna range, and many more.

The Trek to Bhimthang

  • Bhimthang is a paradise to give yourself a break after a hard day's walk through the Larke La. The descent to Bhimthang after crossing the pass is a steep 3-hour hike down a gravelly trail, so extra precautions should be taken. Trekkers should proceed slowly and carefully on the uneven and potentially slippery terrain, using trekking poles for balance and stability. 
  • Offers spectacular close-up views of the mountains Manaslu and Himalchuili.
  • The settlement of Bhimthang itself is a picturesque village with stunning wide meadows picturesque fields, grazing animals, beautiful teahouses, etc.
  • Provides a serene overnight stop to aid recovery after crossing Larke La Pass
  • Altitude: 5,106 m/16,751 feet
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 8/10 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 14 km

Today we will bid farewell to the Manaslu Region and spend overnight at the famous Annapurna Circuit Trail. Trek from Bhimthang to Dharapani is one of the most beautiful hikes through woodland. The forest setting on the way is simply magical, it's very dramatic. As you walk this beautiful forested trail you will see the entire range of Manaslu and other peaks including the landscape to the other side. After a few hour's walk, we get to the most beautiful settlement of Surki. We will hike further to the settlement of Goa for Lunch. 

After lunch, another 2 hours of easy walk will take us to the village of Dharapani.


Dharapani is a village located at an altitude of 1,960 meters along the Annapurna Circuit trekking route. Situated between the Marshyangdi River and the towering Annapurna mountain range, Dharapani offers trekkers stunning views of the Himalayan peaks. Dharapani is a scenic place to rest and acclimatize while doing the Annapurna Circuit Trek trek.

In Dharapani, rustic teahouses line the stone pathways where locals sell handicraft items and trekking gear for trekkers. The village has basic lodging and food facilities catering to the needs of tired trekkers completing their 8+ hour hike from Chame or Bhimthang. 

  • Altitude: 1,960 m/6,430 feet)
  • Accommodation: Local Teahouse
  • Walking Hour: 8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 22 km

We will drive the rugged mountain roadway in a 4WD which is thrilling and well as very exciting. 

  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Walking Hour: 6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Transport: PRIVATE JEEP

We will leave the hotel earliest to drive back to Kathmandu. This will be yet another exhilarating drive. 

  • Accommodation: 3 Star hotel
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: PRIVATE VEHICLE

Airport transportation will be arranged to align with your flight schedule. In Nepal, you are required to arrive at the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight time. Your group leader will meet you at the international airport to assist with check-in and any other needs.

  • Accommodation: HOME
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airport Transfer

The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your Group Leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.

What's Included
  • PERMITS: All Essential permits and MANASLU and TSUM VALLEY SPECIAL PERMIT required to legally trek in these regions are procured before arrival.
  • PICKUP AND DROPS: Roundtrip airport pickup and drop-off facilities for both domestic and international flights are included.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Twin-sharing hotel accommodation in both KATHMANDU at three-star hotels on a bed-and-breakfast basis.
  • WELCOME DINNER: A traditional Nepali-style welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Kathmandu.
  • SIGHTSEEING: A half-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu’s two most sacred UNESCO World Heritage sites with entrance fees included.
  • TAXES: All applicable local and national government taxes are covered.
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip PRIVATE VEHICLE ground transportation between destinations as per the itinerary.
  • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation for assistant guide, porter, and other trek staff as required.
  • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yaktrax, Trekking Poles, etc. are provided.
  • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
  • DRINKING WATER: Properly filtered and boiled water for drinking is provided each morning and evening. Trekkers are advised to carry reusable water bottles/bladder bags that can hold at least 3 liters.
  • GLORIOUS FOOD: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with hot beverages are provided throughout the trek duration.
  • TREK LEADER AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: An experienced trek leader holding legitimate licensing leads the group, along with assistant guides based on group size. Groups of 3 or more are typically assigned at least 1 assistant guide.
  • PORTERS: The porter to trekker ratio is 1:2 - meaning 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. However, for groups larger than 4 trekkers, an additional porter is provided specifically to assist with hot water supply during the trek.
  • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: Insurance coverage, wages, and allowances for all trek staff are included.
  • SAFETY CONCERNS: Emergency equipment including oxygen cylinders and a comprehensive medical kit is available at all times during the trek.
  • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Trekkers receive a duffel bag, t-shirt, multi-functional headwear, baseball hat, trekking map, and completion certificate to take home.
What's Excluded
  • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
  • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
  • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
  • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
  • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
  • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
  • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
  • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
  • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
Essential Trip Information

Tsum Valley:

Tsum Valley, also known as the "Hidden Valley," is a remote and secluded valley in the district of Gorkha. It was opened to the outside world only in 2008, making it a relatively new destination for trekkers. The valley is known for its ancient Buddhist monasteries, traditional Tibetan culture, and stunning natural beauty. Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage site, and it holds significant religious and cultural importance for the local people.

The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek offer a unique and memorable experience for trekkers who are seeking solitude and tranquility. The highlights of this trip are the visit to the untouched Tsum Valley and crossing the Larke La Pass. This remote hidden valley provides ample opportunity for cultural exploration and spiritual discovery.

Mu Gompa:

The Tsum Valley is adorned with several magnificent ancient monasteries. All these monasteries offer a glimpse into the rich Buddhist heritage of the region. One such monastery is Mu Gompa, a significant religious center with precious artifacts and ancient scriptures. Here, you can witness the monks with their daily rituals chanting the melodic Tibetan mantras.

Rachen Gompa:

Another notable monastery in the Tsum Valley is Rachen Gompa. This gompa or monastery is known for its beautiful architecture and serene ambiance. As you enter the monastery you will sense the tranquility which is indeed very meditative. This serenity dissolves you into the spiritual atmosphere giving you real peace of mind. Here you can gain a deeper understanding of the profound teachings of Buddhism.

Dhephu Doma Nunnery Gompa:

Dhephu Domja Nunnery Gompa is yet another gem in the stunning landscapes of the Tsum Valley. This is a sanctuary for nuns offering them a place for spiritual practice and also enlightenment. Here, you can witness the nuns dedicating themselves to their meditation and prayers and blissfully accepting a life of compassion and wisdom.

Visiting the untouched Tsum Valley and its adorned monasteries during the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek is a truly enriching experience.

Manaslu Circuit:

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is another renowned trekking route named after Mount Manaslu. Manaslu is the eighth-highest mountain in the world, which towers at a height of 8,163 meters (26,781 feet). This trek is a favorite among travelers due to its challenging terrain and stunning natural beauty.

Larke La Pass 5,106 meters (16,751 feet):

The highlight of the Manaslu Circuit Trek is undoubtedly the crossing of Larke La pass. Situated at an elevation of 5,106 meters (16,751 feet), this mountain pass offers an unforgettable experience. It takes you around the majestic peak of Mount Manaslu with breathtaking mountain views, deep valleys, and picturesque landscapes.

As you embark on this trek, you will be surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas. The trail takes you through remote villages, where you can experience the unique culture and traditions of the local people. You will have the opportunity to interact with friendly villagers and gain insights into their way of life.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a challenging adventure that passes through rugged terrains, steep ascents, and descents. It indeed delivers a very rewarding experience for those seeking an adrenaline rush. However, the efforts are well worth it as you will be rewarded with breathtaking views and solitude.

The Manaslu Conservation Area, which covers an area of 1,663 square kilometers (641 square miles), is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species. This trek provides a unique opportunity to explore the rich biodiversity of the region. It also allows you to witness rare wildlife in their natural habitat.

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a remarkable adventure that offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural experience, and physical challenge. It is a journey that will create memories of a lifetime.

The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek Permits Information:

The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek require Four Mandatory Permits due to their remote and restricted nature. Those are Restricted Area Permits also known as Special Trekking Permits for both Tsum Valley and Manaslu issued by the immigration office in Nepal. Next are MCAP and ACAP Permits.

Here are the permits typically required:

1. Restricted Area Permit (RAP):

This Restricted Area Permit or SPECIAL TREKKING PERMIT is the primary permit needed for both Manaslu Valley and Tsum Valley.

This means you would require TWO separate Special Permits for both Manaslu and Tsum Valley. Any legally registered trekking agency in Nepal has every right to obtain these permits.


  • The cost for the Manaslu Special Permit from September to November is around USD 100 per person for the first week and USD 15 per day per person thereafter. However, from December to August, the Special Permit cost is USD 75 per person for the first week and USD 10 per day per person thereafter, payable in Nepali currency.
  • The cost for the Tsum Valley Special Permit during September-November is around USD 40 per person for the first week and USD 7 per day per person thereafter. However, from December to August, the Special Permit cost is USD 30 per person for the first week and USD 7 per day per person thereafter, payable in Nepali currency.

Besides Restricted area Permits you would also require the following Permits for Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek.

2. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP):

This permit is essential as the trek passes through the Manaslu Conservation Area. It's available from the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or the entry points along the trekking route. The cost is approximately USD 25 or equivalent to NPR 3000.

3. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP):

As the trek ends in the Annapurna region, an ACAP is necessary, depending on your specific route. The cost is about USD 25 or equivalent to NPR 3000 and can be obtained from the same places as the MCAP.

4. Trekking Information Management System (TIMS):

The TIMS permit has been temporarily discontinued since COVID-19. While definitive details on the permit's implementation are still uncertain, it is expected to be required again starting in mid-2024.

However, the TIMS permit costs around USD 15 or NPR 2000 equivalent. Trekkers can obtain this permit from the TAAN (Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal) or Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara once it is officially relaunched. 

However, when you trek with Nepal Pyramids, we simplify the permit process. All these essential permits will be obtained before you arrive in Kathmandu.

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