Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek- 25 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 : Jeep Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, 720m

Day 4 : Trek from Soti Khola – Machha Khola, 900 m

Day 5 : Trek from Machha Khola – Jagat, 1340m

Day 6 : Trek to Lhokpa in Tsum Valley, 2240m

Day 7 : Trek to Chumling in Tsum Valley 2386m

Day 8 : Trek to Chhokang Paro in Tsum Valley 3030m

Day 9 : Trek to Nile in Tsum Valley 3360m

Day 10 : Trek to Mu Gompa in Tsum Valley 3700m

Day 11 : Trek to Rachen in Tsum Valley, 3240m

Day 12 : Trek to Chumling in Tsum Valley, 2386m

Day 13 : Trek to Deng, 1860m

Day 14 : Trek to Namrung, 2540m

Day 15 : Trek to Lho, 3200m,7-8 hrs

Day 16 : Trek from Lho to Syala, 3500m

Day 17 : Trek from Syala to Sama Gaon, 3541m

Day 18 : Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo, 3875m

Day 19 : Acclimatization day at Samdo 3875m,

Day 20 : Trek from Samdo to Dharamasala/ Larke Phedi 4460m

Day 21 : Cross Larke La Pass, 5160m and descend to Bhimthang, 3590m

Day 22 : Trek from Bhimthang to Gho, 2515m

Day 23 : Trek from Gho to Tal, 1700m

Day 24 : Drive back to Kathmandu via Besisahar

Day 25 : Happy Departure

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
26 November, 2019 20 December, 2019 US $1790 per person Available
15 December, 2019 08 January, 2020 US $1790 per person Available
15 March, 2020 08 April, 2020 US $1790 per person Available
31 March, 2020 24 April, 2020 US $1790 per person Guaranteed
10 April, 2020 04 May, 2020 US $1790 per person Available
22 April, 2020 16 May, 2020 US $1790 per person Guaranteed
14 May, 2020 07 June, 2020 US $1790 per person Available
27 May, 2020 20 June, 2020 US $1790 per person Available
05 June, 2020 29 June, 2020 US $1790 per person Available

Cost Include(s)

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Three nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 21 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek 
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • Restricted Area Permit , TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • All ground transfers Kathmandu.
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

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 : 25 Days

Price : US $1790 p/p

Trip Grade : Challenging

Maximum Height:5213m

Minimum Height:1300m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Sightseeing, Hiking

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Domestic Flights



Best Season:March- May and September- November

Hotel in Kathmandu:2 nights on B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during Trek:Local Lodges 21 Nights

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