Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek- 26 Days

Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek is an exciting and challenging trek into remote regions of Nepal where few travelers have reached.  North of the Manaslu Circuit Trail is the magnificent Tsum Valley where time seems to have stood still for centuries. The eighth century Guru Rimpoche called it 'Beyul Kyimolung', meaning, ‘the holy hidden valley of happiness’.  

The Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek, starts at Arughat Bazaar, the same as for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The Manaslu Circuit Trek passes through small Hindu villages surrounded by green terraced fields. The trail follows the Budhi Gandaki River to its glacial head waters, high in the Himalayas. There are stunning views of Mt. Manaslu. While on the Manaslu Circuit Trail there are cozy tea-houses for accommodation.
The trail to TsumValley branches off the Manaslu Circuit toward the north. As you follow the rugged, steep narrow trails through pine and rhododendron forests, deep gorges, clear glacial rivers, waterfalls and hot springs you will be convinced that it is indeed the 'holy hidden valley of happiness'. 

The geographically isolated Tsum Valley stretches up to the border of Tibet. This isolated valley is a sanctuary for ancient Tibetan Buddhism which in turn prohibits hunting, making this area a natural wildlife sanctuary.    Development projects have not touched this area, but the upside of this is that the inhabitants though very poor, have a rich culture that has been preserved for centuries.  This fascinating land has a wealth of centuries-old monasteries, gompas, chortens, and mani walls.  Some of the ancient Buddhist Gombas of the region include the Milarepa's Cave, Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa.  Another highlight of the trek is the long grueling ascent on rough, exposed terrain to Larkya La, 5215 m, known as 'victory hill'. The view from the top of Larkya La is stunning; you are surrounded by snowy giants of the Himalayas.   

There are no guest-houses in the Tsum Valley, as few trekkers have ever reached there, but the friendly villagers open their homes for home-stay, which is the perfect way to get in inside look at their way of life and their ancient Tibetan-Buddhist traditions. You will be welcomed with Tibetan hospitality and served Tibetan butter tea and simple local food.


Trip Highlights

  • few trekkers venture into the remote Tsum Valley
  • ancient trading route with Tibet
  • remote villages of Tsum Valley with ancient Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan-Buddhist culture of the indigeonous Tsumba community
  • experience a (likely snow-covered) Himalayan high pass, Larkya La, 5213m, and impressive views of Himlung Himal, 7125m, Cheo Himal, 6820m, Kang Guru, 6981m, and Annapurna II, 7939m
  • magnificent views of mountains on Nepal-Tibet border: Himalchuli, 7893m, Shringi Himal, 7187m, Ngadichuli, 7871m  and Manaslu, 8163m.

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Drive to Arughat, 640m: 8 hrs

Day 4 : Trek to Soti Khola, 775m: 6 hr

Day 5 : Trek to Machha Khola, 900m: 6-7 hrs

Day 6 : Trek to Jagat, 1340m

Day 7 : Trek to Lhokpa in Tsum Valley, 2240m

Day 8 : Trek to Chumling in Tsum Valley 2386m

Day 9 : Trek to Chhokang Paro in Tsum Valley 3030m

Day 10 : Trek to Nile in Tsum Valley 3360m

Day 11 : Trek to Mu Gompa in Tsum Valley 3700m

Day 12 : Trek to Rachen in Tsum Valley, 3240m

Day 13 : Trek to Chumling in Tsum Valley, 2386m

Day 14 : Trek to Deng, 1860m

Day 15 : Trek to Namrung, 2540m

Day 16 : Trek to Lho, 3200m,7-8 hrs

Day 17 : Trek to Sama Gaon, 3541m, 5-6

Day 18 : Trek to Samdo, 3872m, 4-5 hrs

Day 19 : Acclimatisation day at Samdo

Day 20 : Trek to Larke Phedi, 4500m, 4-5 hrs

Day 21 : Cross Larkya La Pass, 5215m, and decend to Bhimphedi, 3590m, 8-9 Hours

Day 22 : Trek to Tilje, 3900m, 5-6 hrs

Day 23 : Trek to Jagat, 1300m, 5-6 hrs

Day 24 : Trek to Bhulbule, 1314m, 6hrs

Day 25 : Drive to Kathmandu, 1300m, 7-8 hrs

Day 26 : Depart Kathmandu

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
24 October, 2017 18 November, 2017 USD 2000 per person Available Book Now
12 November, 2017 07 December, 2017 USD 2000 per person Available Book Now
21 November, 2017 16 December, 2017 USD 2000 per person Available Book Now
15 March, 2018 09 April, 2018 USD 2000 per person Available Book Now
05 April, 2018 30 April, 2018 USD 2000 per person Available Book Now
12 April, 2018 07 May, 2018 USD 2000 per person Available Book Now
10 May, 2018 04 June, 2018 USD 2000 per person Available Book Now
12 September, 2018 07 October, 2018 USD 2000 per person Available Book Now
04 October, 2018 29 October, 2018 USD 2000 per person Available Book Now
12 October, 2018 06 November, 2018 USD 2000 per person Available Book Now
24 October, 2018 18 November, 2018 USD 2000 per person Available Book Now
12 November, 2018 07 December, 2018 USD 2000 per person Available Book Now
21 November, 2018 16 December, 2018 USD 2000 per person Available Book Now

Cost Include(s)

  • Transportation from airport-hotel-airport
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, 3 nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) Hotel Shakti or Hotel Holy Himalaya
  • Special Manaslu /Tsum permit fees/ Manaslu Conservation Area Permit
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permit & All required permits and Official Documentation
  • Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff
  • English Speaking experienced Sherpa, Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder guide
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Person basis, Max 25 KGS per porter from Pokhara – whole Trek
  • Full board basis during 22 days trekking: Lodge / Home Stay: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea Coffee and Bed
  • Travel and rescue arrangement in case of emergency
  • Trip crew medical supplies (first aid kit)
  • Transportation Kathmandu to Arughat by private vehicle
  • Transportation Besi Shar to Kathamndu by private vehicle
  • Trip crew medical supplies (first aid kit)


Cost Exclude(s)


  • International roundtrip Airfare
  • Nepal visa fee: US$ 30
  • Travel & Health Insurance- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (HIghly recommended).
  • Lunches & Dinners in Kathmandu
  • Any Alcoholic Drinks, Cold Drinks, Mineral Water, Beverages
  • Tips for guide, Cook, Sherpa and Porters Yak men and Donkey men (tips are anticipated)
  • Any Other Cost which is not mentioned in Cost Includes Items above
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary
  • Excess baggage charge(s)


The Tsum Valley, located east of Philim near the Tibetan border is as isolated and untouched as any in Nepal, first opened to foreign trekkers in 2008, home to a small indigenous group known as Tsumbas, and surrounded by mountains that include Himalchuli to the west and the Ganesh Himal to the south.

Why do the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

When trekking into extremely remote regions, it is important to have trek with an experienced company. Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.

The Best Time of Year for the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley

The best seasons for Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley trekking are Spring (February to late April) and Autumn (late September to late November).

Temperatures on the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley

The temperatures at night will drop to around 5 C, and during the day will climb to around 25 C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 C to 20 C. You should be prepared with proper protection from the sun as well as layers of clothing that can be added or taken off easily.

Manaslu Circuit  and Tsum Valley Accommodation

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions. Accommodation is included in the cost of your package and Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

On the Manaslu Circuit there are simple but cozy tea houses.  Although it some companies run camping trips, the guesthouses are appreciative of your business, and their warm welcome will certainly be a special part of you trip.  The Tsum Valley does not recieve enough visitors to warrant guest houses, but 'home stays' are available, and again, a great way to experience the rich culture of the Tsumba's.

Drinking Water on the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley

You will be provided with boiled water during the trek. While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. As additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.

Fitness/Health on the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley

The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. Please read Altitude Advice.


When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority;your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives.Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.


Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.


Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 26 Days

Price : US $2000 p/p

Trip Grade : Challenging

Group Size:2-12 persons

Maximum Height::5213m

Starting / Ending:Kathmandu

Hotel in Kathmandu:3 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek:local lodges 22 nights (22 breakfasts, 22 lunches, 22 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included

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