Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek - 22 Days

The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek is an incredible journey around Manaslu (8163 meters), the 8th highest mountain in the world, and through Tsum Valley, a secluded majestic area also known as the Hidden Valley.  Because the Manaslu region was just opened to foreigners in 1995, it is thought of as an untouched territory, still vastly unknown by trekkers visiting Nepal.  On top of that, the Tsum Valley was opened to foreigners in 2008! For those wanting an off-the-beaten-path trek with a true wilderness feel, the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek is a perfect choice.

After a pleasant drive to Arughat, we embark on our journey.  Walking through the Budhi Gandaki Valley, we are closed in by rugged cliffs, with vegetation clinging onto their sides.  We then trek through the quintessential hilly region landscape – dense, mixed forests, terraced agricultural fields, and charming villages.  We soon notice a drastic change in scenery and feel.  We’ve entered the Hidden Valley.

 The people here, known as Tsumbas, have a different way of life than any other group in Nepal.  They are heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, so there are plenty of Gompas to visit throughout the trek, including Rachen Gompa, a nunnery nestled in the mountains. Another sacred spot on the trek is Milarepa’s Cave.It is said that the Buddhist saint Milarepa used to meditate in the caves of these mountains. In the final days of the trek, we ascend the Larke Pass (5135 meters), where you’ll drop your jaws at the flawless, rugged peaks before your eyes. After descending to Jagat, we end the trek and drive back to Kathmandu. Take a chance on the Tsum Valley Manaslu Circuit Trek if you’re looking for isolated high-alpine trails, and have an appreciation or interest in the unique mountain culture of Nepal.

. The residents of the area are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants who settled here during early 16th century. Consequently, their dialect, dress and customs resemble those of Tibetans north of Nepal. The mountain views in the area are sensational and iconic, and you will find them nowhere else in the world.

The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek can be done throughout the year, but the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) offer the best weather.  During the spring, the flowers are blooming, adding color to the trail.  In the fall, the skies are usually clearer. The trek requires moderate fitness. Junket Nepal arranges the trek with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code
  • Duration22 Days
  • GradeModerate to Strenuous
  • DestinationNepal
  • Min Pax02
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Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
  • Day 02: Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
  • Day 03: Drive to Arughat (600m), 6-8 hours by bus or jeep.
  • Day 04: Trek to Lapubesi (882m). 5-6 hours.
  • Day 05: Trek to Tatopani (990m), 6-7 hours.
  • Day 06: Trek to Philim (1570m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 07: Trek to Chhumling (2386m), 6-7 hours.
  • Day 08: Trek to Chokang Paro (3011m), 5-6 hours.
  • Day 09: Trek to Mu Gompa (3700m), 6-7 hours.
  • Day 10: Trek to Chokang Paro via Rachen Gompa, 6-7 hours.
  • Day 11: Trek to Lokpa (2240m), 7-8 hours.
  • Day 12: Trek to Ghap (2300m), 6-7 hours.
  • Day 13: Trek to Lho (3180m), 5-7 hours.
  • Day 14: Trek to Samagaun (3520m) – 6 Hours
  • Day 15: Rest and acclimatization day.
  • Day 16: Trek to Samdo (3860m). – 4 Hours.
  • Day 17: Trek to Larke BaseCamp/Dharmasala (4460m). – 4 Hours
  • Day 18: Trek to Bimtang (3750m) via Larke Pass (5135m) – 8 Hours
  • Day 19: Trek to Dharapani (1963m). (Long day downhill walk).
  • Day 20: Trek to Jagat (1300m) – 6-7 Hours.
  • Day 21: Drive to Besi Sahar – Kathmandu.
  • Day 22: Final Departure.

Cost Includes:

  1. Transportation to and from Tribhuvan Airport.
  2. Three nights in a 2-3 star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.
  3. Transportation from Kathmandu to Arughat and from Besi Sahar to Kathmandu.
  4. Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
  5. Local guest house accommodation in mountain.
  6. Government-authorized, experienced guide and porters.
  7. Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for guides and porters.
  8. Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  9. All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)
  10. First Aid Kit.
  11. Maps
  12. Service charge and government taxes.
  13. Langtang National Park entry fee.
  14. Annapurna Conservation Area permit & Manaslu Conservation Area Permit.
  15. Tsum Valley Permit.
  16. Post-trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu.

Cost Excludes:

  1. International airfare.
  2. Meals in Kathmandu (besides breakfast).
  3. Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.
  4. Shower and electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek.
  5. Alcoholic drinks, chocolates, tea and coffee.
  6. Tips for guide and porter.
  7. Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary .
  8. Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)

Outline Itinerary

01 Days Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

You will be picked up from Tribhuvan Airport by a member of Junket Nepal and taken to your hotel. We give you all the necessary information about your trek and clear up any questions you might have. Overnight at hotel.

Usefull Info

Usefull Info

Trekking preparation and Physical Condition:

Physical Fitness is an important part to have trekking adventure in Nepalese Himalayas. To be fully prepared to gain lifetime experience of walking in the mountains, explore Himalayan vista with combined cultural experience can accomplished by exploit inspired adventure seekers who can walk 4 to 6 hours ascends and descends per day. We generally prefer short and easy trek for first time trekkers and moderate to adventurous trekking for experienced trekkers as per preferences.

Preparation for trekking has not any hard and fast rules and regulations. We recommend all trekkers to maintain their physical fitness level a couple of months before the trek. The fitness activities might be jugging, walk through steps (Uphill and Downhill), join a fitness club etc. while achieving the adventure experience of trekking, physical fitness as well as mental fitness plays vital role, every trekkers should also have to be mentally prepared.

Accommodation and Meals during the Trek:
Almost popular trekking regions in Nepal are filled with sophisticated tea house lodges which offer standard room accommodation and hygienic foods. Every trekker can choose varieties of foods; Nepali, Continental, Indian etc from the menu. Apart from the popular trekking routes where the tea houses are not available, we will provide camping accommodation and prepare meals by our team members. In cities, you can choose any (non star to 5 star categorized) hotel to stay before/after begin the trip as per your budget and requirement.

Grades of Trekking:
A Himalayan country Nepal amazingly presents several world’s high mountains including world’s top Mt. Everest, other mountains above 8000m from sea level and several snow-capped peaks. Grades of trekking determines as per altitude level, duration of the trek, level of difficulties, wilderness in trails and many more factors. Basically we classify the grades as; Easy, Moderate, Strenuous & Adventurous. Easy trekking is suitable for beginners, and gradually all grades trails offers unique taste of adventure for all adventure seeking trekkers.

High Altitude Sickness:
High altitude Sickness is totally unusual and unexpected sickness which means effect of high altitudes while in a trekking. It attracts more if we ascend so quickly in the mountains. As we know that prevention is better than cure, we don’t have to gain altitudes too quickly, acclimatize with altitude by slow and steady walk with numbers of reserve days would be a good idea.

The symptoms of high altitude sickness are; loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, difficult to pass urine, headache, irregular breathing, Nausea, mild weakness, hands and face swelling etc.

In case of such sickness while you are in mountain with our team, every trekker needs to follow the instructions provided by your guide, guides from Junket Nepal (P) Ltd always are well aware about such sickness and basic treatment procedure. Immediately descend from the altitude is one of the major treatment of high altitude sickness. Drink a lot of water, take some garlic soup, you may also take Diamox 250mg and other modes of cure. If the situation would be out of control situation with serious sickness, we will arrange immediate emergency evacuation by horse or helicopter depending upon the situation.

Best Season for Trekking:

Generally 2 seasons in an annual year are considered as a peak season of trekking and mountaineering in Nepal which are autumn – September, October & November and spring – March, April & May. During the season view of mountain will be clear. Some adventure seekers who want to walk not facing other large groups, peaceful environments can also choose December – February. June-August months are monsoon season which ruins long trekking trips but one can choose short hiking trips.

Types of Trekking:

Types of trekking can be categorized in 2 different parts;

I) Tea house trekking; available in several popular trekking regions of Nepal. This type or trek generally operated by using tea house lodges for meals and accommodations during the entire trekking. Tea house lodges are not well sophisticated as hotels and resorts in cities but they provide simply the best services and facilities.

II) Camping Trekking; required to set up tented camps for the less beaten trekking regions where those tea house lodges are not available. During the camping trek, our crew team will carry all camping equipments, meals and essentials.

Trekking Permits:
Trekking permits are essential before entering into every trekking trails. Your trip detail should have to be registered.  Types of trekking permits are as follows:

I) TIMS (Trekkers Information Manual System): It is required for your safety provided by an umbrella organization of trekking agencies - Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN). It helps to keep record of every trekkers in mountains and control illegal trekking operators by keeping your details (Name, Nationality, Date of Birth and Passport Number)

II) National Park/Conservation Area Permits: Every trekking trail are joined with at least one national park or conservation area project where we have to issue permit and have to pay certain royalty for Conservation area project. For example; Annapurna Conservation Area Project required for Annapurna region trekking, Sanagmatha National Park permit required for Everest region trekking etc.

III) Special Permits: It is compulsory for restricted area’s trekking in Nepal. Nepal government has listed some important trekking trails in their restricted area lists such as Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Lower Dolpo, Manaslu Circuit, Makalu Circuit etc. such permits are need to be issued from department of immigration of Nepal. This permit’s royalty rates are generally higher than national park/conservation area fees and TIMS differ from season of trek and its duration.  Please contact us for full extent of information about royalty lists for special permits.

Trekking Safety and Security:

Safety and security is one of the major factors while in Nepalese mountains for trekking adventure where we might face unusual sickness, problems, injury and so on. First of all be sure you have chosen best company for your trekking holiday that’s why you will get experienced and knowledgeable trekking staffs. Guidelines from trekking leader plays vital role to be safe from such unusual problems. We generally provide experienced guides who are well trained having high level of knowledge about altitude sickness and other possible problems as well as basic treatment procedure to be safe from the problems.





Trip Note

Junket Nepal is not responsible for any problems due to weather, damages of property, etc. However, we will manage and support you to the best of our abilities with any problem that may arise. It is best to book flights to and from Kathmandu with a several day margin to avoid missing a flight back to your home country.

Certificate & Parthers

Nepal GovernmentNepal Tourism BoardTAANNepal Mounataineering Association Himalayan Resue Association Lovely Planet Trip Advisor