Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek

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Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek

Don’t you want to discover the less beaten ad virgin trail and unburned valley by the flame of modernization? If you are keen to do so, Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek is one of the best choices for travelers who come to Nepal. Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek is also considered as one of the remote areas trekking which was a restricted area trekking till 2008. Tsum Valley trekking takes you to a mesmerizing valley surrounded by stunning mountains. It is located in the northern part of Manasalu surrounded by Buddha Himal, Himal Chuli, Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal. Actually, Tsum Valley was an important trade link to Tibet. Since it had a good connection to Tibet, the dialect in language, art, architecture, civilization, the culture will be unique to the visitors. It is truly a blessed hidden valley into the lap of the Himalayas. Most of the people’s religious and cultural practices are of Tibetan origin. People of Tsum valley still connect to Tibet more than to the cities of Nepal to supply their needs.

Relatively, Tsum Valley is less beaten and unspoiled by the footsteps of the visitors since it had its exposure to the tourist only after 2008. So, those who love the serenity and want discovery on the typical Nepali culture and civilization which has a blend to Tibetan lifestyle, Tsum Valley trekking is an absolute destination. One interesting tradition of the people of Tsum Valley is: they still practice ‘Polyandry’. It will completely new for the outsiders. Trekking through the deep forest, witnessing classical settlements, terraced fields, and mountains will be a fabulous experience while doing Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek.

Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek commences from Arughat after a long drive from Kathmandu –Arughat ( 7-8 hours). Arughat is a city located at the bank of Budi Gandaki river. The first half of the trek ascends the Budhi Gandaki Valley on good paths through a mix of deep forest, terraced fields, and traditional settlements. As we leave the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum valley, suddenly we have a feeling of entering truly into the both naturally and culturally enriched 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 Budi 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. The trails end at the Besi Sahar.


  • 23 Days
  • 5200 m
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Autumn and Spring
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu

Permit and Regulation

Because of the Restricted trekking route, the Permit of this region is different from the normal trekking region like Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang. According to the Government Regulation, the Permit of Manaslu trekking region is quoted Offseason and Peak season. The rate of the permit in Peak season starts from March to May and Sep to November is 70 U.S dollars for 7 days. The rate of the permit for offseason is quoted 50 u.s dollars for 7 days. To process the permit you need to have at least 4 passport size of Photo and on arrival, you need to show an original passport to the government to grant the Permit. The Tims card is not necessary but it is compulsory to take MCAP ( Manaslu conservation Area Permit ) and ACAP ( Annapurna Conservation Area Permit ). Individual trekker and traveler are not allowed in this trekking route so that for the permit there must be at least 2 groups of trekkers with government register guide and there Travel insurance is compulsory.

When is the best Season For Manaslu Trek

Even though the best trekking season in Nepal is March to May and Sep to Nov. We like to give some hence to the trekker to choose their month of Adventure. Since the trek starts from the Low altitude Arukhet 700m to the High altitude Larke Pass 5160m definitely there will change the range of temperature of climate. Find some hence of the weather condition.

January And February: The winter time in Nepal. Mostly trekkers said Few people and very quiet during trekking and it is cold and icy and the sky is clear. On this month Changing weather pattern is difficult to say. So there is need of Crampons for descending the Pass. Need to bring a tent to some places.

March: Good weather not too cold at high up and not to warm at down below. The beautiful Rhododendrons can see from Deng up to Shyala.

April: Getting Hot in weather in Lower. The beautiful Rhododendrons can see from Deng up to Shyala.

May: The month is hot and sweaty. The last of the Rhododendrons bloom can be seen.

June and July and August: Start Moonsoon no trekker can be seen and very few lodges is in activity.

September: The end of Moonson but still the possibility of Haze and rain. Begin to start good weather for trekking from the mid of September.

October: Best time and Magnificent for the Trekking Time.

November: It is cold higher up but still best month for the trekking.

December: Getting cold but best view with the clear sky.

Different travelers have different minds; it means different perspectives on travel. Accordingly, considering such different preferences for traveling according to their budget and time frame, this trip program also can be customized.

Teahouse trekking?

Tea house trekking takes you to the mountain where you stay every overnight at guest house. Food and accommodations are provided according to your choice at the guest house.

Carrying my stuff when trekking?

We will employ our porters to carry up to 12kgs of weight for each trekker. This is included in the price of each trek. We provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers in accordance with the guidelines set out by the International Porter Protection Group. If you would like more weight to be carried, please let us know. In general, 12kg is more than sufficient. If you have unnecessary stuff that are not required during the trekking days in the mountain, you can leave at the hotel till you come back. They will store it safely.
Normally each porter will carry 2 peoples rucksacks and he will simply tie them together using rope (this does not harm any of the rucksacks). If you are trekking with a friend or loved one, and there is space in one rucksack for both your possessions, then please feel free to share the same rucksack but please ensure that it weighs less than 24kg.
It is helpful if you do not put things that you may need during the day in your large rucksack as you will not be walking with your porter at all times.

Can I drink the tap water?

We don’t recommend you to drink the tap water in the mountains since it is not safe. To help prevent contamination of the environment, we discourage tourists from drinking from plastic bottles especially when in the mountains. Non-plastic bottle options include:

1) Drinking boiled water from teahouses.
2) Drinking ginger and lemon tea to reduce the need for water consumption.
3) Purifying tap/river water using a chloride pump, iodine, or chlorine tablets. The taste of the tablets is not appetizing, so it is recommendable to use a dissolvable vitamin tablet to add flavor.

Altitude sickness?

The more you ascend to higher altitude, the more oxygen will be less. Normally, no traveler will be suffered from altitude sickness below 4ooo m. high. But this is not the case always. Those who lack good stamina, physical fitness, those who drink a lot and smoke will likely to suffer altitude sickness.
Mild and common symptoms include headaches (also a symptom of dehydration), low appetite, and restless sleep. More moderate symptoms include vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhoea. Many compare altitude sickness to the sensations of having a hangover. Severe symptoms include blue lips and fingernails, severe difficulty breathing, poor coordination, fatigue, and drowsiness. To avoid altitude sickness, we recommend you to descend down to the lower altitude, hydrate sufficiently and maintain nutrition. In case you have these above-mentioned symptoms, inform to our guide since he will be far more experienced than you.

Travel insurance?

It is required to have travel insurance that covers your rescue in case you have suffered any kind of sickness in high altitude including altitude sickness. We hope everything will be fine during the trekking days but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may occur. Many standard policies cover you for trekking to high altitudes, such as on the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trek, but it is very important to check this before you go. Here is a list of insurance companies that we have collected information on (however it is your responsibility to confirm that the information on our website correct):
We recommend companies such as Ensure and Go, Virgin Money, and The Post office, as they currently cover the altitudes of all our treks.
For more information please see our information section.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you choose to cancel the service(s) that you have paid to Magic Adventure, we will refund your payment in accordance to the following schedule:
75% refund of total trip price for a cancellation made 14 days prior to the original departure date.
50% refund of total trip price for cancellation made 7 days prior to the original departure date.
0% refund of total trip price for cancellation made 3 days or fewer days prior to the original departure date.
Please note that you can transfer your bookings to another trip if desired less any costs incurred by us in organizing you trip.

What to Take During Trekking?



Trekking Boot: one PairDown  or Fiber filled water and windproof jacket and trouser: 1
Socks: 4, Light socks : 3, Sandle: 1Fleece Jacket / Pullover: 1

Other Equipment

Warm cotton trousers: 2
Down Jacket: 1Shirt and T-shirts: 4
Day Pack at Least 25 kgLightweight cotton long  trouser :3
Water Bottle 1Long underwear: 2,  Short underwear: 4
Sun Cream 1Sun hat / Scarft/ Woolen hat :1
Sun Glass 1Lightweight gloves: 1 , Raincoat:1
TowelHeavyweight glove or mitten with a waterproof: 1
Flashlight with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.


Laundry soapNoteBook and Pen
Pocket KnifeToilet articles
Sewing Kit, Camera, Film, Cards and Personal Medical Kit.Toilet Roll




Day 1:Arriving in Kathmandu (1250m)

Arriving in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) “Magic Expedition” representative will welcome and transfer to Selected Hotel then stay Overnight at there on B/B plan.


Day 2: Free Day in Kathmandu.

Free day in Kathmandu, you could explore around yourself. Today we will prepare Manaslu & Tsum valley special permit. We need your original passport to issue the special permit for Manaslu & Tsum Valley Trekking. At evening introduce with your guide in our office then overnight in the same hotel.



Early in the morning “Magic Expedition’s” guide will pick up at your hotel and take you to the bus station and then drive to Arughat by local bus. Via Trisuli River (famous for white water rafting) and reach to Dhading Besi (Headquarter of Dhading district) and drive through the village with seeing mountains the road is off-road after Dhading Besi. It takes 9/10 hours full drive then stay overnight at lodge.


Day 4: ARUGHAT TO LAPUBESI (880m) (5-6HRS)

The trek start from Arughat following Budigandaki river and rice field, local houses also view of the Ganesh Himal mountains and beautiful scenery .6 hours walking to labubunsi and stay there overnight at lodge.



We trek to Dovan6/7 hours walking via Machhakhola, Khorlabensi, Tatopani (Natural Hot spring). Tatopani there is few lodges overnight at lodge.


Day 6: TATOPANI TO PHILIM (1590m) (5-6HRS)

Continue to the fhilim Gaun the trekking trail follows slowly ascending to Yuru khola then reach to Jagat (Jagat is main check post of the Manaslu restricted area permit and then hike to Sirdibas village, Ghatekhola and reach to Philim gaun; this is big Gurung village. Explore the town and stay there overnight at lodge


Day 7: PHILIM TO CHUMLING (2360m) (5-6HRS)

Today we trek to Different trail to Chumling after Ekle Bhatti we will meet two paths one is following to Manaslu region & one is to Tsum valley areas, Today we walk 5/6 hours then stay at Chumling for overnight at lodge.



The trek following Syar khola and Rainjam and reach to Chhekamparo, this is Tsum Valley restricted areas permit check post office and big town and then continue trek to Rachen Gompa. It takes about 6 hours walking for today walking then overnight at lodge.


Day 9: CHHOKANG-PARO - NILE (3361m) - MU GOMPA (3900m ) (5-6HRS)

The valley is getting wider and nice the trekking trail is gradual up to Mu Gompa via local villages with viewing mountain views. It is very nice walk 5 with snow mountain views, today we walk about 4 hours then stay overnight at Gompa.


Day 10: MU GOMPA TO RACHEN GOMPA (3240m) (3-4hrs)

After exploration around Mu Gompa we trek down to RACHEN GOMPA. The trail leads same route to Phurbe and then cross the Bridge and come down via Bursi( Melerepa Footprint), lama gaon and Nakyu village. It takes 6 hours walking don hill then stay overnight at home stay.


Day 11: RACHEN GOMPA TO GUMBA LUNGDANG (3200m) (5-6hrs)

The trial follows the same way to Sarpu Khola and we trek to Gompa Lungden .6 hours walking then stay overnight at Gompa.


Day 12: DAY TRIP TO GANESH HIMAL BASE CAMP (4200m) (7-8hrs)

Explore around Ganesh Himal Base camp then back to Lungdang for overnight at home stay.


Day 13: GUMBA LUNGDANG TO LOKPA (2240m) (7-8hrs)

Trek Back to Lokpa through same trail and mostly descending and forest walk. 6/7 hours walking then stay overnight at lodge.


Day 14: LOKPA TO GHAP (2160m) (4-5hrs)

Today we will catch main trail of Manaslu circuit and follow the same river of Budi Gandaki with jungle walk to Deng.


Day 15: GHAP TO LHO (3180m) (5-6hrs)

Today we trek to Lho it takes 7 hours walking via jungle with view of Ganesh Himal and others mountains. Overnight in Lho at tea house.


Day 16: LHO TO SAMAGAON (3530m) (2-3hrs)

We climb through a forest of oaks, fir and rhododendrons today while entering closely packed houses of Lihi. Further, our trail leaves the Lihi village and enters another village of Sho (2960m) where we get some spectacular views of Mount Manaslu North (7157m) and Naike Peak (5515m). Walking further will bring us to the settlement of Shrip. We then climb through a trail some time to reach the village of Samagaon where we stay overnight.


Day 17: Explore the Sama Gaon

Today we will have many choices for the acclimatization; - Visit to Birendra Tal ( lake), Manastery and local town. - Hike to Manaslu Base camp full day -Hike to Punggen Gompa 5/6 hours


Day 18: SAMAGAON TO SAMDO (3860m) (2-3hrs)

Our route passes the juniper and birch forests and the stone hut of Kermo Kharka today. Trekking further for some hours, we eventully reach at Samdo where we stay overnight.



Today, we descend on a wide and gentle trail from Samdo. We pass through a stone archway. We climb gently over the huge Larkya Glacier and get to the ridge where there is a viewpoint t the edge of a huge gorge. We reach Dharmasala after trekking for some hours. We stay overnight at a local guesthouse in Dharmasala.


Day 20: Dharmasala- larke La pass(5200m)- Bhimtang( 3930m) (7-9hrs)

Today, we leave Dharmasala crossing several moraines. We descend past four frozen lakes and reach Larkya La from where we can witness the tremendous views of Himlung Himal (7126m) and others including Annapurna II, Gyaji Kung, Cheo Himal, and Kang Guru. We further descend along the grassy moraine to a small meadow called Bhimtang where we stay overnight.



Drive 6 hours to Besnisahar by local jeep via Annapurna trekking trail. Bensisahar is Headquarter of lamjung district. Overnight in Besishar in guest house.



Today, in the morning, we drive back to Kathmandu from Besishar. It takes approximately 7 hours to arrive at Kathmandu. We celebrate the farewell dinner together with “Magic Expedition” Team. You stay overnight at standard hotel.


Day 23:Final Departure or onward for next program.

“Magic Expedition” will provide free transportation to international Airport By private car to your home or other destination.

Different travelers have different minds; it means different perspectives on travelling. Accordingly, considering such different preferences of travelling according to their budget and time frame, this trip program also can be customized. 

  • Airpor Pickup and Drop.
  • 2 Night Hotel with Breakfast at Kathmandu.
  • 19Night Lodge with full board meals during trek.
  • All necessary document like tims and permit
  • Transportation as per the itinerary.
  • English speaking experience trekking guide.
  • Porters according to the requirement.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenditure like Hard and cold drinks, Laundry, telephone etc.
  • Guide / Porter Tips.

1 review for Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek

  1. Lia Savage

    Fantastic trek into the Tsum valley, arranged by magic expeditions. Being an older lady trekking on her own it was lovely to have an enthusiastic and encouraging guide, Dhana who made my trek very special, made me feel very safe and gave me the confidence to do this trek. I highly recommend this trek. Views were beautiful and even more awesome toward the end of the valley. I have done many treks in Nepal and this would have to be one of the best. More than happy to give further information but you cannot go wrong with this company.
    Lia Savage From Western Australia

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