Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek is one of the long treks in the western Nepal that has been blessed with the view of the mystic peaks, the grandeur green landscape and the rich Buddhist religion and the unique cultures. In this trek, we can enjoy the awesomeness of some of the most popular peaks including Mt. Manaslu (8,163m)- the eighth highest peak in the world along with the Annapurna ranges, Ganesh Himal (7,422m) as well as several others. As this trek goes close to the Tibetan border, we can witness the mix of both Nepalese and as well the Tibetan culture.

Explore the beauty of the vast Manaslu Massif as the trekkers enjoy the diverse landscape that the land has to offer. The lavish Rhododendron and juniper forest show us the tranquility of nature. We move inside and outside the BudhiGandaki and Marsyandi valley with the view of the eloquent villages and the harsh rivers flowing underneath.

On the cultural side, The Manaslu Circuit with Tsum valley trek is dominated by the Buddhist culture. Along the way, trekkers can witness the cultural Buddhist chortens and well as the prayer flags which embodies the sanctity of the religion. There are many monasteries that we can visit on this trek. As Tsum region was restricted till 2008, this uncharted land has more or less retained much of its culture making it one of the cultural gem of Nepal.

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek is a 27 days’ trek that takes the trekkers as high as 5,106m in Larkya La so the difficulty is nothing to smirk at. We recommend a good physical condition and high stamina along with a good health. Considering this, the optimum time to take on this epic journey to the Manaslu region would be either Spring (March-May) or the Autumn (November – December).

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the exquisite beauty of the Manaslu circuit
  • Cross the Larkya Pass (5,106m)- the highest point of the trek
  • Visit the uncharted Tsum Valley and experience the culture and natural beauty of the region
  • Enjoy the scenic route through the verdant forests with the view of the mystic mountains
  • Relish the natural scenery of the mountains, hills, and rivers while experiencing the local culture and lifestyle

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Kathmandu – Barpak (2,000m)
  • Day 04: Barpak – Laprak (2,220m)
  • Day 05: Laprak – Khorlabesi (875m)
  • Day 06: Khorlabesi – Jagat (1,410m)
  • Day 07: Jagat – Philim (1,590m)
  • Day 08: Philim – Chumling (2,363m)
  • Day 09: Chumling – Chhokhangparo (3,010m)
  • Day 10: Chhokangparo – Nile (3,361m)
  • Day 11: Nile – Bhajyo (4,030m)
  • Day 12: Excursion in Bhajyo
  • Day 13: Bhajyo – RachenGompa (3,240m)
  • Day 14: RachenGompa – Chumje (3,230m)
  • Day 15: Chumje – Bihi (3,130m)
  • Day 16: Bihi – Namrung (2,540m)
  • Day 17: Namrung – Lho (3,180m)
  • Day 18: Lho – Samagaon (3,530m)
  • Day 19: Samagaon – Samdo (3,860m)
  • Day 20: Samdo – High Camp (4,460m)
  • Day 21: High Camp – Bimthang (3,590m)
  • Day 22: Excursion in Bimthang
  • Day 23: Bimthang _ Dharapani (1,860m)
  • Day 24: Dharapani – Ghermu (1,100m)
  • Day 25: Ghermu – Besisahar (800m)
  • Day 26: Besisahar – Kathmandu
  • Day 27: Departure

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

    You will arrive in Nepal via Tribhuvan International Airport after which you will be transported to your hotel. After a briefing about the trek, you will have lots of time to enjoy the bustling city. Thamel is one of the places you can visit that has the best night life around with numerous restaurants and lights all around.

  • Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

    There are a lot of historical and religious places that you can visit in the valley. This includes Pashupatinath – the holy temple for Hindu, Swoyambhunath – the monkey temple and Boudhanath. Along with these three, we will also visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square. Reaching back at the hotel, you will get packing for the next day.

  • Day 03: Kathmandu – Barpak (2,000m)

    It’s a drive to Barpak. We can enjoy this road trip with the view of the hills and Trishuli river. The winding roads and countryside is a beautiful sight. Along the way, we can stop at Gorkha and Baluwa for lunch. 7 hours of drive.

  • Day 04: Barpak – Laprak (2,220m)

    It’s an uphill trek alongside the BudhiGandaki valley until we reach the hilltop of GupsiDanda. We then walk alongside the view of the Shringi and Ganesh Himal. Then, the trail descends until we reach Laprak- our destination for the day. 5 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 05: Laprak – Khorlabesi (875m)

    Walking alongside the great BudhiGandaki river we eventually reach a long suspension bridge taking us across. Descending through a steep trail with the view of the eloquent Mt. Manaslu we reach the village of Singla. Another stretch and we reach Khorlabesi. 6 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 06: Khorlabesi – Jagat (1,410m)

    This might be a refreshing day as we will be stopping in Tatopani and enjoy the natural hot spring that this place offers. After replenishing the stamina, we ascend to Dovan. We have to cross the Yaru river and after which we reach the land of Jagat. 6 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 07: Jagat – Philim (1,590m)

    With the view of the SringiHimal to accompany us, we ascend to the village of Salleri. Moving on, we pass through Sridibas- a Buddhist village with various chortens and prayer flags. Crossing a long suspension bridge we reach Philim where we stay for the night. 6 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 08: Philim – Chumling (2,363m)

    The trek is relatively easy as we will be walking under the shadow of the thick forests. As we move out of the forests, we will be trekking beside the BudhiGandaki until we reach Lokpa where we rest for a while. Uphill trek with the view of the mountains and we finally rich Chumling – a Buddhist village. 6 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 09: Chumling – Chhokhangparo (3,010m)

    We start our trek today by walking uphill through the hillside. A suspension bridge will take us over the river. It’s an entry to the Tsum Valley. Through the pine and oak forest, we can have a relaxing walk. Eventually, we reach Chhokhanparo. 5 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 10: Chhokangparo – Nile (3,361m)

    This day we will start by going north east and cross the lush pine forests. Along the way, we can visit the Milarepa cave monastery. As we walk through the pleasant landscape, we reach Nile. One of the major attraction of this village is the Mu Gompa. This is the largest monastery in the area. Similarly, there’s PirenPhu cave that we can visit. 6 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 11: Nile – Bhajyo (4,030m)

    From Nile, it’s an uphill trek. Along the way, the view of the majestic mountains like Mt. Mansalu and Sringi glistens making the view even more admirable. Through the green landscape, we reach Bhajyo which is very close to the Tibetan border. 4 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 12: Excursion in Bhajyo

    This is a perfect day for acclimatization as we have been walking nonstop for days. Instead of relaxing our muscles, we will hike around the place. Sunrise is something that we can’t miss, especially as it hits the mountain peaks.

  • Day 13: Bhajyo – RachenGompa (3,240m)

    We descend downhill towards RachenGompa. This is a nunnery and monastery established more than a century ago. Passing Mu Gompa we trek downhill. Then, we also move alongside the Siyar river. The monastery seems to have historical importance in the area. 6 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 14: RachenGompa – Chumje (3,230m)

    The walk is relatively easy with occasional ups and downs. Crossing a wooden bridge, we reach Chhonkangparo. Then we move downhill to Gho. Moving north with the view of the dazzling Ganesh and SringiHimal, we reach Chumje. 5 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 15: Chumje – Bihi (3,130m)

    We descend to the Lower Tsum through the northern route. The routes are easy to walk with few rocky trails. We take a break at DorjonKharka and reach Rana. Cross the long suspension bridge and we enter the valley of ManasluBudhiGandaki. Eventually, we reach Bihi. 5 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 16: Bihi – Namrung (2,540m)

    Initially, the trail goes slightly uphill until we reach Tibetan refugee camp. Then we enter the forest and through the casual ups and downs, we reach Namrung village. This village has a police checkpoint where we might have to show our special permit. 6 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 17: Namrung – Lho (3,180m)

    In Namrung we can visit the NamlaGompa early in the morning. After our breakfast, we head out for Lho. We walk through the verdant forests until we reach the village of Lihi. Then we walk through the rocky trails and reach another village- Sho. From there, it’s a slight ascend till we reach Lho. Throughout our trek we will be entertained by the view of the Annapurna Range including Mt. Himchuli and Annapurna South. 5 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 18: Lho – Samagaon (3,530m)

    The trail initially goes downhill until we reach the river at the bottom of the hill. Then, we have to climb the small ridge reaching the forests. Cross it and we will reach the Tibetan village of Shyala. After a quick break, we continue on. We trek on and reach suspension bridge that takes us across the Numala river. Cross it and we reach Samagaon, our stop for the day. 6 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 19: Samagaon – Samdo (3,860m)

    We move uphill the BudhiGandaki valley. Through the juniper forests, we reach the wide-open lands. A peaceful walk and we again come across a narrow path leading to the village of Samdo. The village of Samdo is full of old houses with the view of the exotic mountains. We can even find Buddhist chortens around the village. 4 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 20: Samdo – High Camp (4,460m)

    The trek is challenging as we have to ascend a lot. We climb uphill and cross the Great BudhiGandaki river. Crossing the LarkyaGlaier we will reach Dharamsala (also known as LarkaPhedi) where will rest for a while. Then it’s another relentless upward stretch until we reach High camp. 7 hours of walk. BLD Included.

  • Day 21: High Camp – Bimthang (3,590m)

    The morning view from the high camp is truly mesmerizing. Its upward climb with the view of the great mountains like Annapurna II (7,938m), HimlungHimal, CheoHimal (6,820m) and others we take some great pictures for our album. Then we carry on and reach Larkya La (5,106m). The view from the pass is something to behold. Crossing the pass we start descending through the rocky terrain until we reach Bimthang where we rest for the day. 7 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 22: Excursion in Bimthang

    This is the day we use for acclimatization. However, the village of Bimthang is blessed with various points where we can take awesome pictures. The mountains look big and majestic from here and the landscape is something to brag about. BLD included.

  • Day 23: Bimthang _ Dharapani (1,860m)

    It’s an easy descent through the BurdinKhola valley. Karch La is the only pass we will cross this day. As we trek downhill through the lushness of the Rhododendron forests, we may enjoy the sounds of the birds singing and chirping in the background. We pass the Tilije village and after crossing the DudhKhola we reach Dharapani. 7 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 24: Dharapani – Ghermu (1,100m)

    We descend downhill while being accompanied by the mani and Buddhist chortens. ReachinThonje we have to show our permit at the police checkpoint. Crossing the long suspension bridge over the Marsyangi River we reach the village of Tal. Then it’s another pleasant walk through to Jagat. Descending the Marsyangdi valley we reach Ghermnu. 7 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 25: Ghermu – Besisahar (800m)

    Trekking alongside the Marsyangdi river we can enjoy the green landscape. The walk is pleasant and easy. We cross the Bhulbhule village and reach Besisahar where we end our trek. 4 hours of walk. BLD included.

  • Day 26: Besisahar – Kathmandu

    After our breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. Even though the sight from the windows shows for some great views of the villages, rivers and country side, you will probably sleep all the way through. Reach the hotel and you can take a nice shower and enjoy the bustling city and nightlife at Thamel. 7 hours of drive. BLD included.

  • Day 27: Departure

    At long last, the journey has come to an end. Our representative will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport depending upon the time of your flight from where you will go homeward bound.

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trekking Map