Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek offers an immersive 21-day tea house adventure that gives hikers the opportunity to witness the majestic Mount Manaslu up close, which stands proudly as the eighth-highest peak in the world, soaring to an impressive altitude of 8,163 meters. This awe-inspiring journey also unveils the enchanting secrets of the secluded Tsum Valley, making it an expedition of unparalleled beauty and discovery.
The Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek stands as a true gem among the country’s cultural treasures, offering extraordinary captivation into a sacred sanctuary brimming with Buddhist monasteries and nunneries. Here, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the cadence of spinning prayer wheels and the resonant echoes of long Tibetan horns, their melodies carrying across vast distances.
The amazing journey leads you to a place where you will feel the friendliness and warmth that the locals radiate, and their deep belief in the sacredness of all beings permeates every inch of this mystical land. Surrounded by this spiritual atmosphere, you will discover a landscape filled with colorful meadows and carefully crafted terraced fields.
On the Tsum Valley section of the trek, altitudes are over 3000m and trekkers have to cross the Larkya La at 5,160m, often through snow and ice, and sometimes fixed ropes may be necessary to cross the Larkya La. Tsum Valley is known as a hidden valley and the people, culture, and landscape of the valley are closely related to that of Tibet. As a matter of fact, the trek goes very close to the Tibetan border, which gives you an opportunity to meet Buddhist monks and nuns and also visit Milarepa’s Cave.
The Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley trek, allows you to witness the beautiful mountain views, which include, Mount Manaslu, and the Himalayan ranges of Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Ganesh Himal, and Larkye Peak. From Larkya La, you will see the spectacular views of ice falls and frozen lakes, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru, and the impressive Annapurna II.
Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek Permits
Manaslu Special Permithttps://www.immigration.gov.np/page/trekking-route-and-permit-fee (available from Nepal Immigration in Kathmandu and Pokhara)– It costs $100 from September to November for the first seven days, plus $15 for each additional day and $75 from December to August for the first seven days, plus $10 per additional day per person. Also, a minimum of two people and a licensed guide are mandatory to obtain the Manaslu Circuit Trekking permit.
Manaslu Conservation Area Project(MCAP)– It costs 3000 INR per person and can be obtained from the Tourism Board in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Annapurna Conservation Area Project(ACAP)– It also costs 3000 INR per person, which can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Best Seasons For the Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek
Spring Season(March-May)– Spring season, generally known for new beginnings, freshly bloomed buds, chilly weather, and fresh nature is the season that is suitable for the trek. The mountain views are great, the trails are good and the weather is perfect for exploring. If you travel in this season, you will be able to experience everything at its best.
Autumn Season(September-November)-The peak season for tourism in Nepal, falls within the autumn season. The weather is the best, with clear skies and cool warm weather, making this season best suited for traveling at a higher altitude and lower altitude as well. Another big merit to traveling during this season is that you will be able to explore Nepali culture and take part in the main festivals of Nepal i.e.; Dashain and Tihar.
DAY 1: Arrival At Kathmandu Airport
DAY 2: Kathmandu-Soti Khola
DAY 3: Soti Khola-Maccha Khola
DAY 4: Maccha Khola-Jagat
DAY 5: Jagat-Lokpa
DAY 6: Lokpa-Chumling
DAY 7: Chumling-Chhokangparo
DAY 8: Chhokangparo-Nile
DAY 9: Nile-Mu Gompa
DAY 10: Mu Gompa-Chhokangparo
DAY 11: Chhokangparo-Chumling
DAY 12: Chumling-Deng
DAY 13: Deng-Namrung
DAY 14: Namrung-Sama Gaon
DAY 15: Rest Day in Sama Gaon
DAY 16: Sama Gaon-Larkya La Phedi(Dharmasala)
DAY 17: Dharmasala-Bhimtang via Larkya La Pass
DAY 18: Bhimtang-Gho
DAY 19: Gho-Tal
DAY 20: Tal-Besisahar-Kathmandu
DAY 21: Departure
The Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek is an extraordinary 21-day journey, that will take you through pristine landscapes and the rich cultural tapestry of the Himalayas in Nepal. This trek combines two remarkable regions: the Manaslu Circuit and the hidden gem of the Tsum Valley, creating an experience unlike any other.
The journey begins in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, where you’ll soak in the vibrant culture and prepare for your epic trek. From there, the trail leads you through picturesque villages, lush forests, and terraced fields as you make your way to the remote village of Soti Khola. The trek unfolds with each passing day, taking you through quaint settlements like Chumling and Chhokangparo, where you’ll immerse yourself in the unique Tibetan-influenced culture.
One of the highlights of this adventure is the visit to Mu Gompa, a sacred Buddhist monastery nestled amidst the mountains. The trek also offers ample opportunities for cultural exploration, with visits to monasteries, chortens, and encounters with warm-hearted locals who will welcome you with their hospitality.
As you ascend to higher altitudes, you’ll be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of Himalayan giants like Manaslu, Phungi, Cheo Himal, and more. The challenging but rewarding journey continues through diverse terrain, including river crossings, forests filled with multi-colored rhododendrons, and serene meadows.
The climax of the trek arrives at Larkya La Pass (5,135m), where you’ll stand atop this high mountain pass and soak in the breathtaking vistas before descending to Bhimtang. The trail eventually leads you back to civilization, passing through charming villages like Gho and Tal.
- Explore the less explore and hidden valleys of the Manaslu region.
- Witness the grandeur of the eight highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu, standing at 8,163 meters.
- Explore the hidden gem of Tsum Valley.
- Immerse yourself in the rich Tibetan-influenced culture.
- Enjoy breathtaking vistas of the Ganesh Himal mountain range.
- Visit the antique monasteries, chortens, and gompas of the region.
- Witness the panoramic view of Mt. Manaslu, Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal and Larkye peak.