Trekking in Nepal is an ode to most of the world’s highest mountains. Compared to different classic treks in Nepal, the Manaslu Circuit trek has been noted as the best one. The walk circumnavigates around the world’s eight tallest mountains at 8,163 meters. Along with unparalleled Himalayan views from Larkya Pass (at 5,100 meters), this trek offers intimate encounters with the lives in Manaslu and their ancient culture. Manaslu Tsum Valley trek is physically demanding but at the same life traditionally enriching and scenically uplifting.
The wonderful experience of wandering the off-beaten trail of the mountains is second to none. Passing the vast array of the mountain valley, you get to live within the river gorges and striking snowscapes. Wandering in the subtropical forests, you often encounter the rear and unique animals that are not seen elsewhere. Along with the beauty of nature, the Tibetan Buddhism culture you witness during the trek will be life-changing. The remote and yet happy lifestyle of people in Manaslu is a lesson to the whole world. This Manaslu Circuit and TSUM Valley trekking can be life-changing.
Being one of the closest treks from Kathmandu, we start Manaslu and TSUM Valley trek after 126kms of drive to Soti Khola. Then, we walk above the mighty Budi Gandaki region on steamy lowlands with stunning terrace farms. The views of the turquoise river and waterfalls are seen all around. In the classic Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa, we learn to chant some Buddhist mantras and observe nuns’ lives from a close distance. Looking for Himalayan thars and snow leopards, we climb at Lokpa. Here, the views of Himal Chuli and Ngadi Chuli greet us as we walk to the Ganesh Himal Base. The final and yet most challenging climb to Larkya La pass brings our Manaslu trek to an end. We will then be joining the Annapurna Circuit trail and getting back to Kathmandu.
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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek Highlight
- The relatively peaceful and well-connected trekking destination of Nepal bestows an undisturbed feel of nature.
- Strolling in the wilderness and remoteness of Manaslu and yet sheltering in the new and comfortable local lodges.
- Exploring the unknown land above Budi Gandaki that offers a long river gorge, cascading waterfalls, a thrilling suspension bridge, and an exciting view
- Passing via the subtropical jungle that homes some unique and rare Himalayan wildlife and flowers
- A challenging hike on the premises of the mountains that takes us above 5000 meters at Larkya La
- Unbelievable views of the mountains in the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu regions like Ganesh, Cheo, Himal Chuli, and Himlung, and dozens of other
- A distinct cultural experience in the higher Manaslu region, especially in the Tsum Valley, where the Buddhism followers inhabit
Today, we drive about 130kms away from Kathmandu towards the east. Driving along the beautiful Trishuli river, we reach Dhading Besi in a couple of hours. The further drive is accompanied by stunning views of green hills and Nepalese villages. In about seven hours, we will be crossing Arughat and heading to Soti Khola.
Overnight in Soti Khola
Our actual walks to the Manaslu mountain begin on the fourth day. After breakfast, we ascent on a beautiful trail above Sal forests. Waking beyond the terraced ridges, multiple small and large waterfalls welcomes us.
Further walk on a narrow path takes us to the Labubesi village, an extensive and exciting Gurung settlement in the way. After crossing Nauli Khola, we walk in a broad valley path to reach Machha (Fish) Khola.
Overnight in Machhe Khola
Get ready for another exciting day in the mountains. We walk along the gorge of Kali Gandaki before heading up to the Khorlabesi. In a short while, we will reach Tatopani (a hot spring made by nature). Then, it’s uphill to the ridge of Dobhan. We further get down to cross another exciting suspension bridge before climbing to Tharo Bharyang. On the way, you might spot some Langur monkeys in the forest. Thereafter, it’s a short walk to Jagat.
Overnight in Jagat
Getting into Manaslu’s restricted region, we complete our paperwork. Then, we walk to Salleri before our path climbs us to Philim. From Ekle Bhatti, we start the ascent to the village of Lokpa. Here, we meet Syar River before we get to the very first village in Tsum. In the evening, we visit the Lokpa, the isolated valley of happiness. Local’s believe that Padmashamva blessed this village centuries ago.
Overnight in Lokpa
We wake up with the mesmerizing Himalchuli and Baudha peak before us. We being the day by walking down to the forest before taking the steep ascent. The classic Tibetan-style local accommodation might delight you.
Overnight in Chumling
This is a relatively easy day on the premises of the Himalayas. In the morning, we start the walk by crossing a suspension bridge. Now, another short walk to Tanju brings us to Gompa that oversees the best view of Ganesh and Baudha Peak. Now we walk for a couple of hours towards the Upper Tsum Valley. As the valley approaches, the magnificent slate views from Chhekampar’s cliffs will welcome us.
Overnight in Chhekampar
On the 9th day, we explore the beauty and culture and the Upper Tsum. On the vast flat land, we head to the north of the valley. Waking via Kaye, we soon get to Lama Gaon and Burji. Now, we visit Milarepa’s Cave, the so-called Pigeon Cave, and Chi Phu before getting to the Nile shortly. The Rachen Nunnery has a little school that prepares little kids for their future.
Overnight in Nile
This is our second day to explore the Tsum Valley. We start with two and a half house walk to Mu Gompa. Mu is an unusual settlement at a very high altitude. After some cultural insight into this Gompa, we get to an 856-year-old Nunnery at 4,000m. Here, the view of Ganesh Himal in the west is stunning. In the evening, we walk back to the Nile.
Overnight in Nile
After amazing days in the Upper Tsum Valley, now is the time to walk downwards. After breakfast, we begin the descent on Phurba and follow Siyar Khola. Soon, we reach the Rachen Gompa areas, an essential part of the visit.
Overnight in Rachen Gompa
Today, we walk on the south, getting closer to the mountain. In the morning, we retrace our path to Chumling. On a rather uphill trail, we reach Gumba Lungdang. We attain the night puja from 6.00-7.30pm and sleep in the Dharamshala. Get to bed early and be prepared for tomorrow’s walk.
Overnight in Gumpa Lungdang
This is the treks’ most strenuous, adventurous, and exciting day. We wake up quite early to join a dusty path above the valley. After a couple of hours, we cross Laudang and enter into a wider Kharka. We continue our footsteps to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. At 4800m above sea level, between the highest mountain, you feel out of the world.
Overnight in Gumpa Lungdang
Since we have already explored the mountain at its base, it’s time to walk towards lower elevation. In the morning, we retrace the same path to Gho. Only then, we walk to the river of Shiar before getting to Dhumje. The course goes up in the pine forest before Gomba Lungdang. On the same day, we will be able to walk down to Lopka village.
Overnight in Lokpa
In the morning, the trail descends to Budi Gandaki before we climb on the forested area. Shortly later, you get to the village of Deng. This traditional Gurung village lies just next to the Bamboo forest. Now, we climb to Bhiphedi, our last stop before rising to Ghap (2160m).
Overnight in Ghap
After breakfast in the morning, we begin to walk in the thick forest, crossing multiple rivers on the way. In a short while, we get to Namrung village that takes us to the Nupri region. Descendants of Tibetan migrants mainly inhabit Nupri. We then walk beyond small Gombas before getting into the tiny Tibetan village of Lho.
Overnight in Lho
We wake up with the stunning Manaslu before our eyes. After breakfast, we start with a relatively easy trail that leads the village of Shyala. Passing along the farms of potatoes, we hike with Himalchuli and Manaslu ahead of us. After a few hours of uphill walk, two rows of houses welcomes us to Sama Gaon. This monastery of Sama Gaon holds a massive significance in the life of locals over the place. We can see that the Tibetan border is quite close to this village.
Overnight in Sama Gaon
This is a fun and relaxing day after weeks of the walk. We encounter Yak and Dzopkyo herds on the way to Kargyu Chholing Monastery. This 500 years old monastery is an example of fine woodwork. We can see the eight temple buildings with an image of Guru Rinpoche. Beyond this, we can walk to Birendra Tal right next to Manaslu Glacier. After some beautiful mountain views from Base Camp, we walk to Pungyen Nunnery. Exploring some caves and rivers, we get to the lodge over Sama Gaon.
Overnight in Sama Gaon
In the morning, we head to the village of Samdo. Walking down the edge, we cross Budi Gandaki one more time. Now, the uphill walk shows us the Larkya Glacier before we get to Salka Khola. After a couple of hours, we walk to the base of Larkya pass, also called Dharmasala. The views of Larkya Glacier and Manaslu still accompany us.
Overnight in Larkya La Phedi
We begin today’s walk to Larka pass very early in the morning. Firstly, the trail goes on the north of the Larke Glacier and rises to Larke Peak. Here, the Larke and Pawar Peak look mesmerizing with the glacier on the north. With dozens of more peaks seen from the top, we stop for a while before getting to the Kechakyu Glacier. From Dangboche Kharka a downhill path leads us to Bimthang, a summer grazing area.
Overnight in Bhimthang
It’s a rather relaxing day in the mountain as we walk beyond the Bimthang on a stony glacier. With the last glimpse of Larke, Manaslu, and Nadi, we walk on the bank of the Dudh Khola. First, we get to Sangura Kharka and walk on a terraced field to the village of Gho. Here, you can witness true Gurung culture among the locals.
Overnight in Gho
After breakfast, we cross the village of Tilje and head to the Marsyangdi Valley. On the west bank of Thonje, we cross the river on a long bridge. Now, joining the Annapurna trek route, we walked on a somewhat leveled path to Dharapani. Since we reach our hotel early, we stroll around the place to enjoy the evening.
Overnight in Dharapani
Firstly, we drive to Besishar, Lamjung’s headquarters, in quite a rough patch. After a short stop in this town, we being our drive to Kathmandu. A fun drive along the riverbank of Marsyangdi and Trishuli lasts about seven hours.
In the evening, the only activity planned is farewell dinner. We enjoy a final meal together and remember the days from the trek.
Overnight in Kathmandu