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Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek 23 Days

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Group Size:02 - 14 pax

Arrival on:Kathmandu, Nepal


Transportation:Private Car/Bus


Elevation:5,160 m

Duration:23 days

Accomodation:Hotel, Lodge, Tea House

Meal:Full board while on trekking

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Trip Highlights: 

Scenic drive to Soti Khola via Arughat, Different ethnic groups home town, Monasteries, Tsum Valley, amazing view of Mt. Manaslu, Larke Peak, Larke La Pass, Annapurna circuit trail, , Scenic drive To Kathmandu and so on.


Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek 21 Days, Discover the secret Tibetan Buddhist land lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys. Tsum Valley is one of world's remotest Himalayan Valleys which was also a restricted region until recently. The trek to Tsum Valley takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. The region once being part of Tibet looks completely different from what you will find elsewhere. The people of Tsum Valley or the Tsumbas belong to Tibetan origin with their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture and religion. Very few adventure travelers have made it to this high and mysterious valley, which used to be an important trade link with Tibet. In the initial days, we trek the route of Around Manaslu Trek or the Manaslu Circuit Trek. The Tsum Valley lies on the northern part of Manaslu and used to be a restricted area until 2008. The region is still less exposed in comparison to other touristy areas, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths in comparison to the more popular regions. The Tsum people have their own way of family life, which may be quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry.

The trek start and end point is Arughat, a seven hours drive from Kathmandu. The first half of the trek ascends the Budhi Gandaki Valley on good paths through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and hill villages. As we leave the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum valley, suddenly we get a feeling of entering truly into the hidden valley. While on the trek, we also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. Pass the lower Buri Gandaki regions of Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat and Philim. We also visit the ancient Gombas of the region such as: Rachen Gompa,Mu Gompa, Dephyudonma Gompa.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu 1300m

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola 710m 8 - 9 hours

Day 03: Trek to Machha Khola 900m 6 - 7 hours

Day 04: Trek to Jagat 1410m 6 - 7 hours

Day 05: Trek to Philim 1590m 3-4 hours

Day 06: Trek to Chumling  2360m via Lokpa 2240m 6 - 7 hours

Day 07: Trek to Chhekampar 3010m 4 - 5 hours

Day 08: Trek to Nile 3480m 4 - 5 hours

Day 09: Exploration to Mu Gompa 3709m back to Nile 5 - 6 hours

Day 10: Trek to Chumling 2360m 6 - 7 hours

Day 11:  Trek to Deng 1804m 6 - 7 hrs

Day 12: Trek to Namrung 2630m 6 - 7 hrs

Day 13:  Trek to Samagaon 3530m 6-7 hours

Day 14:  Acclimatization day

Day 15:  Trek to Samdo 3860m 4 - 5 hours

Day 16:  Trek to  Dharamsala 4460m 4 - 5 hours

Day 17:  Trek to Bimthang 3720m via Larkya La Pass 5160m 8 - 9 hours

Day 18: Trek to Tilije 2300m 5 - 6 hours

Day 19:  Trek to Jagat 1700m 5 - 6 hours

Day 20:  Trek to Bulbule 900m 6 - 7 hours

Day 21: Drive to Kathmandu: 8-9 hours

Day 22: Kathmandu full day Sightseeing

Day 23: Final departure

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Accommodation for this trip:

Eco Tourism Adventure Pvt. Ltd provides two kinds of accommodation during Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek 23 Days. At Kathmandu, we provide three star hotel rooms with breakfast twin sharing base. During the trek, we provide nice lodge or guest house room with common toilet and bath twin sharing base. If you need a Single room we will charge extra $315 (Kathmandu and trek) but high season not so easy to get single room on the way Manaslu Region.

Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek 23 Days, Eco Tourism Adventure Pvt. Ltd provides different kind of food like Nepali, Continental and Indian with one cup of tea and coffee. We provide welcome dinner Nepali cousin with Nepali culture dance and farewell dinner at K2 steak house (best steak in Kathmandu). Breakfast Kathmandu hotel provide a lot of items you can choose yourself and other guest house you can choose one items in the menu with cup of tea and coffee.

Physical Requirements:

Eco Tourism Adventure Pvt. Ltd, Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek 23 Days is moderate with difficult one day trek basically hikers have to hike per day 4 to 5 hours with day pack except some days are longer hour than 8 to 9. High altitude hike anyway need energy and experience, we have one day’s acclimatization day Samagaon 3530m that absolutely help for your altitude fitness, have a positive attitude, self-confidence and physically powerful determination, and we can achieve the trek successfully. If Around month jogging regularly before this trip is a great idea to improve our power and performance. Past glacier hiking experience would be a great advantage for Larky La Pass 5160m but no climbing technical skill is required for this trip. Before booking this trip it is a great idea to consult with your doctor and if you have any disease better inform us.

Best Time to Travel:

We have two best seasons in the year like autumn and spring, Autumn best month is mid September to mid December and spring best month is mid February to May this two seasons are the best seasons for this trek because of the weather is fine and warm with perfect views but the nights are chilly and can drop to freezing level in higher altitude. Winter season is also good for Tsum Valley & Manaslu Circuit Trek the only problem is cold. Trekking in summer season will be affected by rain but the summer trek could. The trekking routes are not crowded like a spring and autumn.

(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1330m

Arrival at the Airport in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Eco Tourism Adventure Pvt. Ltd. will take your hotel. Today the trek leader will check our equipment to make sure for one last time to get us ready for our adventure. This step will also ensure that if any equipment is found faulty we have the rest of the day to fix it or find equipment that works. After checking in the evening there will be a welcome dinner in a Nepali Restaurant where we will be able to enjoy authentic Nepali cuisine. Hotel Overnight. Included meal: (D)

Day 02: Drive to Sotikhola 710m 8 - 9 hours

Today after breakfast drive to Sotikhola. During the day, we enjoy drive Nepal’s small high way drive with views of the Nepalese landscape along Trishuli River with the beautiful mountain sceneries. About road condition until Dhading Besi is perfect after that until SotiKhola via Arughat is not so nice any we will get Soti Khola at evening. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 03: Trek to Maccha Khola 900m 6 - 7 hours

Today after breakfast, we will start hike around Manaslu circuit trek after the crossing of the small bridge, we trek through the attractive forests, then climb on a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We will hike today via Khorsane, Labubesi and other small village, until Labubesi from Khursane rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. We more climb following a rocky outcrop, where the gorge opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders between extensive gravel bars. We hike along round stones before climbing over a side ridge. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 04: Trek to Jagat 1410m 6 - 7 hrs

Today after breakfast, the narrow trail brings us to Khorlabesi village then after a few more ascends and descends we get to the small Tatopani (hot spring) village. From the Tatopani village, we cross the Budhi Gandaki on a new suspension bridge. Then we hike well crafted stone stair, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Yaru Dobhan. Upon crossing a longest suspension bridge along bank of the Budhi Gandaki River, after we cross one more Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb get to the village of Jagat. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 05: Trek to Philim 1590m 3-4 hours

Today we climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large gurung village. Philim valley is well known for Japanese made school and police station.. Overnight at Philim. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 06: Trek to Chumling 2386m 6 - 7 hours

Today, After Ekle Bhatti cross the gorge and half an hour walk in the right side we get to see the big and beautiful waterfall and enter the pine tree forests. Descend down to trail going to the Tsum Valley. Climb through pine and rhododendron forests. Enjoy the views of Himalchuli mountains at 7893m  and Boudha Himal from Lokpa, a small beautiful village. Pass Lokpa, descend half an hour towards Lungwa khola and climbing jick jack difficult trail further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons we reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling, from where we can view Shringi Himal. Visit the old Chumling gompa, and the stone streets of the village. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 07: Trek to Chokhanpar 3010m 4-5 hours

Cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village.  Another continues 2 hours climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting; enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at7140m. Overnight at Chokhangparo. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 08: Trek to Nile 3361m 5-6 hours

While climbing above Chokhangparo, better to be careful of altitude problems. Walk past Lamagaon crossing rope suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa, which is also well known as Nunnery Gompa too. We make a small visit and then we cross the Shiar Khola. Continue walking through the well managed villages Lar (micro hydro power), Phurbe and Pangdun. Leaving old historic Stupa of Bhudda in a way crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile. If you consider we can make your visit to a famous monastery of Chhule which is located in the top of area. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 09: Exploration to Mu Gompa 3709m back to Nile 5 - 6 hours

Today, we are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. We also visit the monastery. Then after, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa. we make a sightseeing of the whole Mu Gompa Region. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After exploring the Mu Gompa area, you may also consider the option of getting to the base of Pika Himal (4865m).Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 10: Trek to Chumling 2386m 5-6 hours

Continue trekking watching the greenery of nature and descend down to Chhokang Paro again. From their continue descending to Gho. Descending further, we arrive at the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes you to again Chumling. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 11:  Trek to Deng 1804m 6 - 7 hours

Today after breakfast, we begin our trek down to flowing Lokpa then Nayak Phedi and another one small Village. Today we cross twice Budhi Gandaki River to get Deng, about trail today is easier than previous day, we are enjoying a lot short ascend and descend until our distention small village Deng with Sringi Himal view. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 12: Trek to Namrung 2630m 6 - 7 hrs

Today after Breakfast, we cross the Budhi Gandaki and ascend to Rana at 1910m. From Rana get to the Namrung via Bhi Phedi, Gap, Pork Village and Jungle Hotel.  The bridge, we climb a bit to join a trail from Bhi, then head west up Budhi Gandaki valley. The trail also passes through forests and mani where we turn towards a corner that contours to Ghap. Even though there is another route, we take the route through Prok village. Prok village has a viewpoint for a beautiful sight of Siringi Himal. We further cross the Budi Gandaki several times today and come across several gompas en route. The trail follows the river upstream through a dense forest. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrung. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 13: Trek to Samagaon 3530m 6-7 hours

Namrung village is a good viewpoint for Siring and Ganesh Himal and from the village one can also see Mt. Himal Chuli in the south. We climb steadily and pass through forests and reach Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal with Ganesh Himal always close by. We further pass through Sho, Lho and Shyala villages before reaching Sama Village. We enjoy extraordianary views of Mt. Manasly from Lho village and also explore the famous Ribung Gompa. In Shyala village we will be surrounded by high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu and large glaciers straight ahead, and other snow summits to the right, and at the far end stands Ganesh Himal. Today’s journey ends in Samagaon where we spend the night. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 14:  Samagaon - Pungyen gompa - Samagaon: 6 - 7 hours exploration

We spend the day at Samagaon both for rest and acclimatization. Today, we get acquainted with the rich Sherpa culture. We enjoy the sight of thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures and the Sherpa women clad in traditional clothes and ornaments. On a little hill near the Sama village is an old Gompa (Pungyen Gompa), a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year later they met with a lot of resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They were finally successful in 1959. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D

Day 15:  Trek to Samdo 3860m 4 - 5 hours

Today, we descend to the Budhi Gandaki River, that has turned north and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kermo Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can view a large white kani. Finally passing through the kani we find Samdo. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 16:  Trek to Dharamsala 4460m 4 - 5 hours

Even today, we continue our walk down the edge, cross the wooden bridge over Budi Gandaki and begin walking upward. Upon crossing two streams and witnessing the Larkya Glacier we go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again to the stone guest house (4450 m), which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmshala, also known as Larke Phedi. The short walk today also leaves plenty of time for acclimatization and relaxing in the afternoon. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 17:  Trek to Bimthang 3720m via Larkya la 5160m 8 - 9 hours

After a short climb, we reach a valley on the north side of the Larkya Glaciers from where we can enjoy great views of Cho Danda and Larkya Peak. Finally, we walk across moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section of the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the huge Annapurna II. It is a longer day than usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures with the evening mist coming in with Mt. Manaslu looming close by is an overwhelming experience. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 18: Trek to Tilije 2300m 5 - 6 hours

From a ridge at Bimthang, we can enjoy great views of Mt. Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Himlung Himal and Cheo Himal. We descend further and cross a high pasture (Sangure Kharka) followed by a bridge over Dudh Khola. We walk through rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land of the valley at Karche, 2785 meters. We pass across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. A short distance beyond is the village of Gho. Due to yesterday's tiredness we might take an overnight rest at Gho but better lodges are available at Tilije, so Himalayan Glacier recommends we stay at Tilije. Overnight in Tilije Village. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 19:  Trek to Jagat 1700m 5 - 6 hours

We climb over a small ridge and enjoy the stone paved trail as it passes through a beautiful village. We then cross the bridge over Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch, pass a mani wall and reach the Thonje village. At the village, we go through a police checkpoint and continue to Dharapani. We have entered the Annapurna circuit section from Dharapani. Further down, we come across Karte village and after quite a bit of walking we cross a bridge over Marshyangdi Khola. We also come across some mani walls before reaching the village of Jagat, Overnight in Jagat. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 20:  Trek to Bulbule 900m 6 - 7 hours

We follow the trail to Bahundada village crossing the Marshyangdi Khola once again. The Marsyandi valley opens with its terrace fields and villages clung very high to the hillsides. The trail then descends through rhododendron and and pine forests to Bulbule. Overnight in Bulbule. Lodge Overnight. Included meal: (B,L,D)

Day 21: Drive to Kathmandu: 8-9 hours

The drive from Bulbule to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar offers one an opportunity to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes. The drive is often along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. We also drive by some beautiful villages with farming terraces on both sides of the road. In Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel.  Overnight in Kathmandu. Hotel Overnight. Included meal: (B)

Day 22: Kathmandu full day Sightseeing

Today city sightseeing of Kathmandu valley with city guide (Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath stupa, and Darbar square ). The day in Kathmandu can either be spent in leisure or perhaps we catch up with some last minute shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Hotel Overnight. Included meals: (D)

Day 23: Final departure

Today transfer to international airport the sorry to say good bye.  Included meals: (B)

Cost Includes

  • All airports pick up and transfer.
  • All transport in during trek or end of trek as per Plan.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner at Kathmandu. 
  • Kathmandu City Tours as per above program, inclusive of all entry fees, tour guide, transport.
  • Nice guest house, food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with one cup of Tea and coffee during the trek.
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast at three star hotel in Kathmandu as per as program.
  • Guide, porter (1 porter between 2 people), food, accommodation, salary, equipments, insurance.
  • Group First Aid medical kit.
  • Manaslu Canservation Permit.
  • Manaslu Special Permit and Tusm Valley Permit.
  • TIMS Permit.
  • Eco Tourism Adventure print porter bag for client.
  • Office Service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
  • Drinks (coke, water & alcohol) shower, internet, battery charge during the trek.
  • Travel insurance
  • International air fare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Single room $315
  • Porter extra load more than 13kg per kilo $7.
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips for staffs.

Important documents and items

  • Ø Valid passport,
  • Ø Two extra passport size pictures.
  • Ø Cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport.
  • Ø Bank cards (for withdraw money at Nepal).


  • Ø Trekking boots and spare laces.
  • Ø Hat (worm), buff or scarf and gloves.
  • Ø Waterproof set, poncho or umbrella.
  • Ø Hiking shoes, sandals or thongs (flip-flops).
  • Ø Wool blend socks (for snow), cool-max socks (for warmer weather), underwire
  • Ø Sunhat with strap and wide brim
  • Ø Fleece jacket
  • Ø Wind stopper
  • Ø Quick drying t-shirt(two or three)        


  • Ø Backpack and day pack.
  • Ø Sleeping bag and liner.
  • Ø Map.
  • Ø Water bottle or bladder.
  • Ø Lead head torch.

 Miscellaneous Items

  • Ø Toiletries (in travel size bottles with screw on lid)
  • Ø Quick drying towel.
  • Ø Toilet paper and cigarette lighter.
  • Ø Laundry shop.
  • Ø Sunscreen (SPF 30plus) and lip balm.
  • Ø Polarizing sunglass and hard case.
  • Ø Water purification tablets.
  • Ø Personal Medical Kit.
  • Ø Blister kit (if you doing trek first time).
  • Ø Insect repellent (for lower altitude). 
  • Ø Locks for bag.
  • Ø Stuff sack and Ziploc bag.
  • Ø Gaffer/duct tape for repair.

For treks above 4200m

  • Ø Thermal underwear and down jacket.
  • Ø Gaiters.
  • Ø Micro spikes or Yakrrax (for winter and high pass). 

Optional Equipment

  • Ø Camera, memory card and battery charger or spare batteries.
  • Ø GPS unit.
  • Ø Smartphone or tablet/kindle, books and charger.
  • Ø Small duffle bag (to leave behind Kathmandu).
  • Ø Back cover.
  • Ø Trekking poles.
  • Ø Antibacterial gel or sanitizer.
  • Ø Pocket knife. 


  • Ø Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Ø Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • Ø Blister repair tape.
  • Ø Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Ø Pain killers pills.
  • Ø Anti cough or anti cold medicine.
  • Ø Altitude sickness pills: Acetylzolamide.
  • Ø For Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin. Note: Don't bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Ø Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

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