Tsum valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek

  • Trip Price: $1900 pp $1850
  • Trip Price: $1900 pp
  • Total Duration:21 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate, Strenuous
  • Max Elevation:5220 M
  • Max Group Size:Min. 2 Pax
  • Best Time:March - May & Sept - Nov
  • Trip Mode:teahouse/lodge
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  • The captivating beauty of Mt. Manaslu, the world’s eighth highest mountain
  • Tsum valley, the hidden jewel of Nepal
  • The enchanting mountains, wild terrain, and fascinating landscapes
  • Unique and authentic Tibetan Buddhism religion
  • Explore Piren cave, a sacred cave in Tsum valley
  • Visit Mu Gompa, Rachen gompa and gompa Lungdang
  • The local and traditional people with a unique culture, tradition, and lifestyle
  • The warm hospitality of locals
  • Make a circuit trek around Mt. Manaslu
  • Walk past various interesting villages, lush forests, hills, and verdant valleys
  • Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Cross Larkya La at 5220 meters, which is the highest point of the trek
  • Airport transfers–pick up and drop
  • All ground transportation
  • Your accommodation in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu with a breakfast plan
  • Your accommodation in the best guesthouses available (on twin sharing basis) during the trek with breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the trekking journey
  • All paper works
  • National park and heritage sites enter tickets
  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) and trekking permits
  • A licensed, English-speaking, professional guide along with a porter (1 for two clients)
  • All the costs of guide and porter including accidental insurance
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bags (to be returned to us after the trek)
  • T-shirts, route map, and a travel completion certificate
  • All applicable government taxes and service charges.
  • First aid kit
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu
  • International airfare
  • Visa costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal refreshment items like cold drinks, snacks, etc.
  • Personal utility items like laundry, telephone expenses, electricity charges, etc.
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Tips for guides and porters

Overview

Tsum valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek is a perfect way of celebrating the natural lure of enchanting valleys hidden in between the wilderness of mountains. We take through some remote and unspoiled sections of Nepal and lets us enjoy the natural essence that lies within. Trekking to the Manaslu region is inarguably a memorable journey that combines the raw appeal of the world’s eighth highest peak–Mt. Manaslu with the lushness of forests, verdant valleys, traditional villages, and the Buddhism religion’s spirit.

During the trek, you will walk around the Mt. Manaslu appreciating the region’s geographical splendor. In a proper sense, this trek is a super combo of two interesting treks, namely Tsum valley Trek and Manaslu Circuit Trek. Manaslu Circuit Trek was opened for trekkers in 1995, and Tsum Valley was unknown to the world till 2008. Though open for travelers, the trail receives a few enthusiastic travelers owing to its remote terrain. Thanks to its off the beaten track, the region can still preserve its natural and cultural heritage intact.

The tales of Tsum valley

Tsum valley is an ancient territory hidden in the shadows of mountains. Veiled in the impressive surrounding of Ganesh Himal, Singri Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges, the valley lay near to the Tibetan border and was a restricted area until 2008. Inhabited by Tibetan origin people, the valley is sparsely populated by Tsum people who have their own unique culture, custom, lifestyle, and dialect.

Buddhism religion is dominant in the valley. There are many caves, monasteries, and gompas in the valley that date back to the century. Because of its remoteness, the valley can still preserve all the ancient heritages that this place possesses. The valley is less exposed to outsiders and differs greatly from the rest of the world—the virgin land, off beaten tracks, and Buddhism’s aura of religion. A trip to the valley is enlightening. The prominent mountain pass, gorges, hamlets, gompas, and monasteries, Tsum valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek, is an enriching experience.

An interesting fact–Did you know?

Polyandry is still in practice in Tsum valley. They marry brothers of the same family to a single lady! It sounds weird, but it is a fact.

The adventure of crossing Larkya La pass in the Manaslu Circuit Trek 

Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek is an astonishing journey that takes you close to Mt. Manaslu. Mt. Manalsu, which stands tall at an elevation of 8163 meters, is the world’s eighth highest mountain. The adventure starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Macchakhola. From here, we slowly and gradually traverse upward to enter the Tsum valley. We walk past villages like Jagat. Chisapani and Chumling to Chokhangparo.

In Tsum valley, we explore the ancient villages, caves, and gompas such as Milarepa’s cave, Mu Gompa, Rachen Gompa. after exploring the valley, we come out of the valley ahead towards the Larkya La at an elevation of 5160 meters. We pass various villages, farmlands, forests, and hamlets to the pass. As we reach the pass, we will see some incredible views of Mt. Manaslu with other peaks in the surrounding. Climbing up the pass can be a tough task, but proper acclimatization and right walking techniques may help you accomplish the journey.

Heaven Himalaya for the Manaslu Region Trek

Heaven Himalaya helps you in each step of your journey. From proper itinerary planning to food, accommodation, transportation, permits, and another related service, we take care of all. So, if you are planning on visiting Nepal and opting for Tsum valley with Manaslu Trek, make sure you give us an opportunity. We assure you you will not regret your choice.

Itinerary Expand all

A representative from our team will wait for you at the arrival terminal of Kathmandu airport. Make sure you look after a person with your nameplate! The representative will welcome and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. As you check into the hotel, the representative will give you a synopsis of our plans. Tonight, spend your time at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu includes a guided tour around the art, historical, and cultural monuments around the Kathmandu city that has been listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Site charts. Today, after breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up for a city tour ahead.

The tour starts from Kathmandu Durbar Square, a historical palace that dates back to the 16th century during the Malla reign in Nepal's medieval period. The palace is an enormous complex with a palace, courtyards, and temples. The structure is beautifully crafted with various wood, metal, and stonework. We explore the periphery of the palace and visit a museum inside the palace.

After exploring the palace, we head to Swayambhunath stupa, a large stupa placed on a hilltop surrounded by various Buddha statues and monasteries. Next, we drive to Pashupatinath temple, the oldest Hindu temple with many temples and statues that date back to ancient times.

At Last, we head to Boudhanath stupa, a huge stupa placed on a three-layered Mandela. We visit all these beautiful heritage sites and end our day with a drive back to your hotel. Tonight, spend your time at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Get set for a long drive today. After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer you to a vehicle that will drive you to Macchakhola. The first half of the trip is smooth along a blacktopped concrete road till Dhading Besi, and from Dhading Besi, the trail is graveled with difficulties.

So, get ready to shake your body with some moves as you drive along the bumpy road to Macchakhola. However, the road, the route will offer some classic pictures of the countryside landscape of Nepal. Tonight, spend your time at a guesthouse in Maccha Khola.

After breakfast, we start our trekking journey in the Manaslu region of Nepal. Initially, we cross Maccha Khola and climb up gradually towards the tiny village of Khola Besi and then to the natural hot spring at Tatopani. As we move ahead from Tatopani, we come across a forested area. We walk through the forests' wilderness to Doban and continue up along the stone-paved staircases to Thado Bharyang. Next, we cross the west bank of Budhi Gandaki and climb up over a ridge. Finally, we follow a beautiful trail along the river to the village of Jagat. Tonight, spend your time at a guesthouse in Jagat.

Leaving Jagat, we move ahead to enter the restricted section of Tsum valley. We stop at a checkpoint in Jagat and show our permits, register them, and enter the valley. Enjoying the captivating views of Shingri Himal, we follow a trail along a river. We walk up and down along the path that undulates up and down until we reach the village of Philim. We cross a bridge over a river to enter Philim and stop there for lunch.

After lunch, we make our way along with the village, exploring the people, lifestyle, and the amazing terrain around. We come to acro that dispatch erse into two routes, i.e., one lead to Manaslu Circuit trek and another to Tsum valley. We walk until we reach Chisopani, which is the halting station for the day. Tonight, spend your time at a guesthouse in Chisopani.

After breakfast in Chumling, we make our way uphill to a ridge. From the top of the ridge, we can observe some spectacular views of Ganesh Himal. We walk ahead to Ganesh Himal Base Camp and spend some time enjoying the mountains' close-up views. Leaving the base camp, we walk ahead towards the village of Chumling.

Chumling is a beautiful and large village that lies in the lower Tsum valley. It lies south of the beautiful Singri Himal. The walk for the day blesses us with some incredible views of Ganesh Himal and Singri Himal. Tonight, spend your time at a guesthouse in Chumling.

Today, we leave Chumling and head towards Chokhang Paro. We walk past a scenic trail with small settlements and impressive views of Ganesh Himal on the way. The cultivated farmlands full of maize and potatoes plants, classical Tibetan style stones, houses with flat roofs and colorful prayer flags, mani walls, and stupas on the way make our walk even more interesting and awakening.

We follow the Syar river trail that goes down to Dumje and climbs up steeply to the largest city of Tsum valley, i.e., Chhokang Paro. Chokhang Paro lies in a flat and comprises two settlement areas, Chokhang and Paro. Tonight, spend your time at a guesthouse in Chokhangparo.

After breakfast, we get set to leave Chokhangparo. In the morning, before breakfast, we can explore the surrounding of the place. Leaving Chokhangparo, we walk past various villages and follow a trail developed as a highway along the Tsum valley. As the valley is fertile, we can see the locals engaged in farming for a livelihood.

We cross Lamagaon on the way and continue to a sacred cave of St. Milarepa known as Piren cave. The cave has footprints of St. Milarepa preserved in it. After exploring the cave, we follow the trail uphill until we reach the village of Nile. Tonight, we spend our time at a guesthouse in the Nile.

It’s an interesting day to walk towards the Nepal-Tibet border area. In the morning, we leave the Nile and follow a trail towards the west to Mu Gompa. A gentle climb uphill from the Nile brings us to Mu Gompa at an elevation of 3700 meters.

At gompa, we can get some insights into preserving Tibetan Buddhist culture and religion. It is a beautiful ancient monastery with 100 monks. The gompa also offers some spectacular views of Tibetan landscapes in the surrounding. The Lungdung glacier and lofty peaks surrounding the area are impressive. Tonight, we spend our time at Mu Gompa.

After exploring the caves, gompas, and villages in the Tsum valley, it’s time we mark our journey for a circuit trip around Mt. Manaslu. Today, after breakfast, we descend to the village of Chumling.

We retrace our steps back, following the same path that we had taken earlier. Enjoying the splendid views of the mountains, we drop to lower Tsum, i.e., Chumling village. Tonight, we spend our time at a guesthouse in Chumling.

Leaving Chumling, we descend steeply to the village of Deng. The trail downhill is full of amazing mountain views of glittering snow-clad mountains. Relishing the stunning views of Ganesh Himal and Manaslu Himal, we make our way down along a steep grassy slope.

Walking can be difficult, and we should be careful as we move down to the Budi Gandaki riverbed. We cross a bridge over the river and follow a wide route full of bamboo trees. We walk past a forest to the Deng river. We cross the river and enter the village of Deng. Tonight, we spend our time at a guesthouse in Deng.

We walk through Deng's farmlands and village and cross a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River.  We follow the trail that continues along an enchanting route to climb up to Rana. From here, the trail further climbs up and continues west towards the Budhi Gandaki valley.

We pass various forests and mani stones on the way to Ghap. We then head towards Prok village, enjoying some amazing views of the Singri Himal on sight. We follow a trail beside the river and cross it many times along the forests and gompas on the trail. Finally, we do a steep climb along the way to reach Namrung. Tonight, spend your time at a guesthouse in Namrung.

Namrung is a beautiful viewpoint from where one can enjoy some interesting views of mountains like Singri Himal, Ganesh Himal and Mt. Hiunchuli, etc. We enjoy our breakfast with amazing views of these mountains in the backdrop. Beholding the beauty of these mountains, we make our way towards Lho. We climb up steep along a forested area to Lihi. As you move ahead of Namrung, you can notice the change in vegetation that turns more alpine. Even the dominance of Buddhism religion gets more intense.

People of Tibetan origin mostly inhabit the region ahead of Namrung. At Lihi, you can see beautiful Chorten and fields full of the barley crop. Here, you will get a glimpse of Manaslu Himal, and the view of Mt. Manaslu will follow you along with the Lho village. Tonight, spend your time at a guesthouse in Lho village.

Today, we leave Samagaon and proceed with our trek. We cross Shyla village on the way to reach Sama Gaon. The trail today passes through some amazing landscapes.

One can get some undisturbed close-up views of Mt. Manaslu from Sama Gaon. At Sama gaon, we can explore the famous Ribung gompa. Tonight, spend your time at a guesthouse in Sama Gaon.

It’s a beautiful day in Samagaon. Today, we don’t move forward with our trek. We stay in Samagaon and explore the surrounding areas. As we are already at heights and are moving forward to a higher elevation region, we stay in Samagaon today to acclimatize ourselves to rising elevation.

We have two options for the day–Manaslu base camp, Pungyen gompa, and Birendra Tal. We can hike to any of these attractions today. In the evening, we return to Samagaon for an overnight stay. Tonight, spend your time at a guesthouse in Sama Gaon.

After breakfast, we climb uphill along a deserted path and windy valley to Samdo. We follow the Budhi Gandaki River and cross a bridge to take a trail that leads us to Larkya La. The trail passes through a charming forest full of rhododendron, juniper, and birch trees. The mani walls on the way add to the charm of the trail. Moving ahead, we climb up to Samdo, a place that is just 4 km away from the Tibetan border.

We can see a Tibetan refugee village with some adorable views of Mt. Manaslu, Simnang Himal, Ngadi Chuli, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu icefall, etc. Tonight, spend your time at a guesthouse in Samdo.

Today, we start our day with a delicious breakfast. Then we walk along the trail to cross a wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. After crossing the bridge, we hike up towards Dharamshala. On the way, we get some outstanding glimpse of the Larkya glacier.

Upon reaching Dharamshala, we have our lunch and walk to Larkya Phedi to acclimatize ourselves for the journey ahead. Tonight, spend your time at a guesthouse in Dharamshala.

Today is one of the most awaited days of our Manaslu Circuit Trek because we will cross Larkya La, which is the highest point of our trek. So, we start our day early. It’s a challenging way up to Larkya La, but a sincere effort up the steady path can help us successfully reach the pass.

From the pass, we can enjoy some enchanting views of mountains like Mt. Himlung, Mt. Kang Guru, Annapurna II, etc. After a successful ascent up to the pass, we descend for around three hours to Bhimphedi. On the way down, we will see some magnificent views of icefalls and mountains. Tonight, spend your time at a guesthouse in Bhimphedi.

From Bhimphedi, the trail descends through to the pastures and continues towards a bridge over the Dudh Khola River. We cross the bridge and walk through rhododendron forests, river valley, and farmlands. Then we do a quick climb up to the village of Gho.

Further, we continue through the trail until we reach Tilije. Tonight, spend your time at a guesthouse in Tilije.

Early in the morning, after breakfast, we descend through a stone-paved path along with a village to Thonje village. We cross a police checkpoint on the way to Dharapani, the point that joins the route with the route of Annapurna Circuit. From Dharapani, we take a jeep that will drop us at Besisahar.

From Besisahar, we take another vehicle that will drive us back to Kathmandu. Tonight, spend your time at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Today, fly home from Kathmandu or continue your travel to some other destinations around the globe. We will drop you at the airport three hours before your scheduled flight. We hope you had a great time with us. Thank you, and have a safe journey home.

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Reviews

Best Days of My Life

I and my colleagues visited Nepal back in the year 2017. I was not an experienced hiker but anyway chose Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a trekking agency in Nepal. It was like a challenge for me to trek to the 4000 m altitude, but Mr. Ram helped us in every way possible. He was there from the start of our trekking journey in Pokhara to our end days in Kathmandu. Ram kept pushing me forward and even waited for me to catch the other team. He guided me from choosing plain food to meditating. Although I was a victim of altitude sickness and couldn't enjoy the trek to the fullest, I am very grateful to have chosen him.

Annapurna Base Camp is a beautiful place in the Himalayas. The Gurung Village, Poonhill, Pokhara every place was just outstanding.
I have now developed a hiking attitude, and I have been training for the EBC trek now. I can't wait to visit the Himalayas again.

Charlotte Brown,
TrustPilot Indonesia

Perfectly Organized Upper Mustang Trek

All thanks to Mr. Ram for organizing the Upper Mustang, trekking perfectly from beginning to end. I, along with my bunch of friends, had a delightful experience with the Heaven Himalaya team. For us, it is the best trekking agency in Nepal. The guides and porters were very flexible and took care of everything around us.

I recommend everyone to try these young guys to go hiking in Nepal.

Helen Seka,
Google England

Wonderful Trekking Experience

My wife and I visited Upper Mustang and were lucky to have chosen Heaven Himalaya. We had a wonderful experience trekking in Upper Mustang. As soon as we landed in TIA, we were welcomed by Ram. He was very easy and responsive to work with. He explained all the queries we had and gave a brief description of the tour. As we were watching videos and reading blogs about Upper Mustang, we had a lot of expectations about the place and the trekking agency we were working with. We had a private 18-day tour with a porter. And to be honest, we found everything beyond our expectations. The hills, mountains, monasteries were all amazing, especially Lo Manthang is a great place to visit. Our guide was also equally supportive and friendly. The team made our trek more enjoyable. While writing this, it reminded me of the days we had on the trails. Thank You again for the wonderful experience. Best wishes to Jason and Esha. We will definitely love to return and probably do the Everest base camp Trek this time.

Jason Lee,
Google England

Trip of a lifetime- Annapurna Circuit Trek

Heaven Himalaya Team offers a magnificently arranged trekking involvement in Nepal. Ramhari answered instantly to all my messages. They make a solid effort to make your vacation in Nepal an extraordinary one and genuinely went well beyond my desires.

I couldn't remember the name of the guide but my boy, you were more than amazing. I wish you good luck in the days to come.

Everything from pickup to trekking in the mountains was very professional with excellent service.

So, I strongly suggest everyone and will trek with Heaven Himalaya again in the future.

Glorious Experience in EBC Trek

We did an EBC trek with Ram and his team back in April 2019, and it was a glorious experience. Ram is a very knowledgeable, resourceful, and very helpful guide. 2 of us got unwell during the trek, and he was very prompt and took care of us in any way that was available.

We enjoyed our chat and his sense of humor along the trail and at the teahouses. He even got us a special breakfast and pickle salad at Namche Bazaar and always fulfilled the strange request with our dietary needs. EBC trek is amazing. With Ram, it is even more spectacular. Thanks for the amazing trip. Looking forward to island peak climb in the future.

Thein Thein,
Brisbane, Australia

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