28 days
Trip Level
Group Size
5218 m

There are three significant valleys between Ganesh Himal and Annapurna Himal in the mid-west of Nepal. Tsum Valley is one of the central valleys. Tsum Valley, Nupri Valley, and Katung Valley are the three significant valleys, although each has unique features and was opened for trekking in 2008. Thus, Manaslu Trek via Tsum Valley offers a wide range of experiences.

It is an unparalleled tourist destination, but it is also a destination that is unique in terms of cultures and monasteries with antique art treasures. The Manaslu Circuit Trek is the alternative to the Annapurna circuit, which includes the Nupri and Katung valleys.

Manaslu Circuit Trek via Tsum Valley involves religious and cultural aspects and allows one to observe flora and fauna. Despite the beautiful massif Himalayas and the Larkya La Pass, it attracts travelers and inspires them to stop along the Nepal-Tibet border for a while. Here, it provides essential information about what you must do in the Tsum Valley and Manaslu trek.

The journey begins in Arughat Bazaar and goes through the Manaslu Conservation Area, passing between subtropical and alpine climates. As a result, it enables exploration from the lowlands to the high alpine meadows. It then takes a different path to the Tsum Valley from Ekle Bhatti. The Tsum Valley is the home of the Tsumba people, and you will experience their unique culture and religion. After that, retrace the same to rejoin the Manaslu Circuit route.

Manaslu Trek via Tsum Valley: Highlights

Explore unmatched Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit
Combintation of cultural and natural diversities

Discover the ancient monasteries and Buddhist Shrines
Trek around Manaslu challenging crossing of the Larkya La
Manaslu Trek with Tsum Valley: Fast Facts
Trek Duration 24 days
Max. Altitude 5218 meters
Trek Difficulty Strenuous
Accommodation Basic Tea-houses
Trek Starts/Ends Arughat/Bansi Shahar
Manaslu Trek via Tsum Valley Route Map

Manaslu Circuit Trek via Tsu Valley Itinerary

Days Destination Altitude in Meters Duration
1. Drive to Arughat 710 6h00
2. Lapu Bensi 900 6h00
3. Dovan 1370 6h00
4. Philim 2240 5h00
5. Lokpa 2240 5h00
6. Tsumling 2390 4h30
7. Tsekamparo 3010 4h30
8. Nile 3240 4h00
9. Mu-gompa 3700 3h00
10. Lamagoan 3500 4h00
11. Tsumling 7h00
12. Deng 6h00
13-21 En route Manaslu Circuit
21-24 Kathmandu via Annapurna Circuit

Getting to the trailhead

The Tsum Valley and Manaslu circuit trailhead are the same places nearest to Katmandu. That said, it’s still an adventurous 126 kilometers, about 6 hours of a jeep (recommended) or 8 hours of public bus driving from Katmandu to Soti-Khola. If the road conditions are complex, you may need to walk in Arughat, which adds another day, often at the tail end of the monsoon in September.

Permits & Regulations

You’ll need a trekking permit to access both Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek because they are in a restricted area. In addition, solo trekkers are not permitted, as a minimum group size of two individuals is required.

Customization is normal

Do you have any special requirements for this trek? If anything needs to change, such as the duration of an excursion or services, please get in touch for the personalized itinerary.


Day 1: Arrival day (1,300 m)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will be greeted and welcomed by our agency’s representative in front of the Arrival gate with the Display board of Himalayan Exploration Treks then transfer to your Hotel.

Day 2: Free day and trek preparation.

During the free day in Kathmandu, you may have a chance to visit the heritage site of Kathmandu Valley, followed by a pre-trip departure meeting regarding upcoming trekking peak climbing, where you meet the trek guide and other team members. They will brief you about the team formation, equipment, and nature of peak climbing and other necessary information

Day 3: Kathmandu – Arughat (710 m) 8h00 drive.

The day of the departure to the Arughat is by local bus. A drive through the countryside of Nepal will enjoy mountain scenery, forests, beautiful landscapes, and villages and get to Arughat in the late afternoon.

Day 4: Arughat – Labubensi (900 m): 6h00 walk.

On the trek’s First day, I walked through the newly constructed rough road to Sotikhola. Then, we cross a bridge and trek through the forests along the Budi Gandaki River, passing by several villages, rice fields, and waterfalls, and get to Labu Bensi.

Day 5: Labu Bensi – Doban (1370 m) 6h00 walk.

After breakfast, we will depart for Doban, following the same river, passing through several villages, and crossing over the bridge several times along the trail in the same river.

Day 6: Doban – Philim (1570 m) 6:00 walk

As we arrive in Jagat stop for checking permit and cross a bridge walk along the bank of the river with an easy trail. Finally, cross a bridge over Budi Gandaki and climb to Philim village.

Day 7: Philim – Lhokpa (2240 m) 6h00 walk.

As usual as on other days, after breakfast, the trail leads an easy trail up to the Ekle Bhatti, a junction to the Manaslu circuit trek and Tsum Valley Trek; we catch up the side way to get to the village of Lokpa, which is considered as lower Tsum

Day 8: Lokpa – Chumling (2390m) 5h00 walk.

Today starts the trek by descending to a stream, then climbs up into pine and rhododendron forests with zigzag and difficult trails to get to another settlement and cross a stream to get Chhumling

Day 9: Chumling – Chhekhangparo (3010m) 4h00 walk.

The trails gradually ascend through pine forests and cross suspension bridges over the stream; enjoy a great view of Ganesh Himal and get to Chhekangparo.

Day 10: Chhekhangparo – Nile (3240m) 4h00 walk.

The trail leads you to Lama gaon, then cross several suspension bridges along the trail by experiencing the local villages and antic monasteries with their treasure of arts upstream to the Nile

Day 11: Nile –Mu Gumpa (3700m) 4h00 walk

The trail goes gradually uphill walk to the west bank of the valley in barren landscapes. We were very near the Tibet border when we arrived in Mu Gompa.

Day 12: Exploration day in Mu Gompa

We spent the whole day visiting the Mu Gompa area. There is the largest monastery in the valley. The monastery is situated on the top of the Tsum Valley; afterward, there is no settlement, only a barren Tibetan plateau.

Day 13: Mu Gompa – Rachen Gompa (3500 m) 5h00 walk.

After the excursion to Mu Gumpa, we descend back on the same trail, followed by Shiar Khola Phurbe, then turn our way to Rachen Gompa, just opposite the site of Lama Gaon.

Day 14: Rachen Gompa – Chumling 5h00 walk.

The trail comes up to Phurbe, then crosses a bridge to get to Lama Gaon and the same way to Chumling.

Day 15: Chumling – Deng (1810 m) 6h00 walk.

The trails descend through the same route to Ekle Bhatti, which crosses a suspension bridge opposite the bank of Tsum Valley. The trek follows the Manaslu Circuit Trek, passing through the small settlement of Pewa and then getting to Deng.

Day 16: Deng – Namrung (2630 m) 6h00 walk.

As usual, as on other days, we head to Namrung. After a short walk, cross a suspension bridge in Deng, crossing over small settlements Rana and Bihi, and a pleasant walk to Ghap. We cross the Budi Gandaki River several times and encounter many monasteries on the trail. Finally, cross over a bridge and walk a little to climb to Namrung.

Day 17: Namrung – Samagaon (3530 m) 6h00 walk.

After breakfast, we left the Namrung early morning, an important viewpoint for Ganesh Himal and Siringi Himal in Nubra valley. The trail leads to Samagaon, passing by several Tibetan villages with their primitive culture and peoples, Chhortens, monasteries, and massive views of Manaslu en route.

Day 18: Samagaon – Acclimatization day!

Samagoan is an ancient Tibetan village where we spend a day for rest and acclimatization. The village is enriched in culture and typical settlements. It is considered the first base camp for the Manaslu expedition. On this day, you can explore Birendra Lake, Pungen monastery, and the village.

Day 19: Samagaon – Samdo (3860 m): 4h00 walk.

Today, we walk along the Budi Gandaki River in the Tibetan plateau, passing by several mani walls en route. Finally, we get Samdo.

Day 20: Rest Day in Samdo.

On your rest day in Samdo, set up your proper acclimatization. The day allows you to discover the desert valley on the Tibet border and hiking opportunities above the village.

Day 21: Samdo – Dharamsala (4460 m) 4h00 walk.

Exploring the wilderness of the Tibet border, we continue walking to Larkya Base Camp, known as Dharamshala. Today is a short day trek to Dharmashala. Enough time for acclimatization. The stone made the house not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmashala.

Day 22: Dharamsala – Bhimthang (3800 m) 8h00 walk.

A short climb after we enter a valley on the north side of Larkya glacier. Horizontally, a walk along the alpine valley leads Larkya – La at 5,218 m, rewarding the pristine mountain scenery of Annapurna and Ganesh Himal range, then a long descent to Bhimthang.

Day 23: Bimthang – Tilije (2300 m) 6h00 walk.

As usual as other days, we start our trek in the early morning. Once again, enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, and Himlung Himal. We descend towards Tilje, passing through high pastures, rivers, and rhododendron forests. Finally, get to Tilije.

Day 24: Tilije – Tal (1700 m) 6h00 walk.

After exploring the upper Manang villages that lead you to join the Annapurna Circuit Treks part at Dharapani, passing by beautiful villages, stone paved trails, mani walls, and Chhortens, take a trail along Marsyangdi River to Taal.

Day 25: Taal – Bahun Danda (1340 m) 6h00 walk.

After crossing a suspension bridge, come across Chamje. The trail goes along the Marsyandi River valley, opening beautiful landscapes, villages, and dense pines to Shyange. Then, once across a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River, take a trail in the Marijuana field at Ghermu Phant. Walk through the small villages, waterfalls, and steep vertical rock face-climbing to Bahun-Danda.

Day 26: Bahun-Danda – Bensishahar (900 m) 6h00 walk.

On the last day of the walk to Bensi Shahar, pass by the small village of Ngadi in Marsyangdi Valley, get to Bulbule, and walk along the road to Beshishahar.

Day 27: Bensi Shahar – Kathmandu (1350 m) 6h00 drive

This is a scenic drive passing through several villages, rice fields, vegetation, the river as well as beautiful mountains and gets in Kathmandu in the afternoon.

Day 28: Final Departure

A representative from Himalayan Exploration Treks will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Kathmandu International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 3 hours before the flight.
Hotel and Airport transfer
Accommodations in Kathmandu with breakfast
All accommodations and all meals during the treks
All necessary documentation and permits
All ground transportation (as per mention in itinerary)
Professional guide and porters
A First Aid Kits
Applicable Government Taxes
International Airfare
Nepal Visa fee (advice to take accurate amount)
Meals in Kathmandu (except breakfast)
Personal Expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
Travel Insurance
Guide and Porter gratuity

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