License No: 237321

Quick Facts

  • Duration:25 Days
  • Trek Style:Hiking & Trekking
  • Group Size:2++
  • Location:Manaslu region
  • Trek Starting Point:Soti khola
  • Trip Grade:Moderate / Challenge
  • Meals:Breakfast, lunch, Dinner
  • Accomodation:Tea house, tourist standard hotel
  • Max-Altitude:5100 m
  • Transportation:tourist coach / local jeep
  • Trek Ending Point:Besi sahar
  • Departure from:Kathmandu

Manaslu Tsum valley

Manaslu Tsum valley trek with Larke pass lies in 100 Km northwest from Kathmandu in lap of Mt. Manaslu.

The Tsum Valley, northeast of the Manaslu Trail (Mountain of Spirit), was opened for trekking for the first time in 2008.

In the Manaslu region, the tsumbas of Tibetan origin speak a unique dialect and still trade north. The valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. It adds a rich extension to the Manaslu trek. A scenic drive through the Middle Hills leads to the Trail Head behind Arughat at Soti Khola.

The Manaslu Tsum Valley Trekking Trail leads through numerous ridges and villages to Philim. Here it goes east into the lower, then wider upper Tsum valley.

Cultivated plants are barley, corn, buckwheat and potatoes. Watch out for Himalayan Tahrs and Bharal (blue sheep); haunted by the illusory snow leopards. Highlights are the village of Chhekampar with its stone houses, slate roofs and the Milarepa cave.

The monastery in Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa in the south is home to nuns of the Ngak-pa sect. Gumba Lungdang is another important nunnery where hikers are greeted at the evening puja. Your 360 ° views are among the best on the hike.

From there, a forest path leads to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. In Lokpa the path flows into the Manaslu district and climbs through the Kutang-Nupri valleys (the western mountains: part of Tibet until the 1840s) populated by another Tibetan community with their own custom and language.

The route is forested and gradually offers a view of Himal Chuli, Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu, with the glaciers flowing down from their flanks.

Visit the Kargyu Chholing Monastery and the Pungyen Monastery in Samagaon. A mountain trail leads to Manaslu Base Camp: the mountain was first conquered by a Japanese team in 1959. Then the path slowly climbs towards Larkya La for two days and passes great views.

The descent leads into the forested Marsyangdi valley and ends on the Annapurna Circuit Trail in the downstream walk to the valley and jeep / bus to Kathmandu.

Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport. Our Staff member meets you and transfers you to the hotel.

Overnight at Hotel.

Morning wake-up and breakfast in hotel.

Our guide will meet you in your hotel and brief you about the upcoming Manaslu Tsum valley trekking. He will guide you through all the formalities and necessary paper-works required for the trekking.

After that, we then do a Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley of famous UNESCO world heritage sites like Boudhanath, one of the largest Stupas in the world; Swayambhunath, a famous monkey temple and Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu temple complex. Apart from Sightseeing, we also get TIMS card and permits for our trekking on this day. In the evening, we do initial preparation for the trekking.

Overnight at Hotel.

After breakfast, we head west on the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway towards Soti Khola village and then turn towards Dhading mountain village. From Dhading Bensi we drive to Arughat, where the streets become lively. Arughat is a huge settlement that is connected by a suspension bridge on both sides of the Budhi Gandaki River. The next two hours drive take us to Soti Khola.

In the first hours we reach Dhading Bensi, the district headquarters of Dhading (1050 m). Manaslu and Ganesh Himal Range, small villages along the Budhi Gandaki River. On the way we see an elegant mountain landscape that resembles the mountain. On this long journey we take a break for several breaks and also for lunch.

Overnight in a Guesthouse.

At the crossing of the bridge, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi.

We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed, we walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village.

Overnight in a Guesthouse.

The path follows the river with small ups and downs that often drop to the gravel bank before crossing the Thado Khola and on to Khorlabesi, where coffee, buckwheat and tobacco are grown. A path from Gorkha flows into the Manaslu course and the GHT path turns east from Manaslu to the Langtang and Everest regions.

Our path then leads into a lush, narrow gorge that restricts the course of the river. Behind it is a landslide with a dice path just before the hot springs in Tatopani triple. The path then climbs a ridge before crossing the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge (to avoid a huge cliff and waterfalls). A good flight of stairs leads to a landslide before a last ridge climbs up to jagat.

Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Today’s trek involves ascending to higher altitudes.

Enjoy the views of Sringi Himal as you make your way to Deng.

Overnight in Deng.

Trek through lush forests and cross the Budhi Gandaki River multiple times.

Pass through quaint villages and experience the unique culture of the region.

Overnight in Namrung.

As you gain altitude, the landscape changes and you enter a more alpine region.

Trek through the Tibetan-style village of Lihi and witness stunning views of Manaslu.

Overnight in Samagaun.

Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Take a rest day to acclimatize to the higher altitude.

Optionally, hike to the Pungyen Gompa for a better view of Manaslu and the surrounding peaks.

Continue trekking along the Budhi Gandaki River.

Reach Samdo, a Tibetan refugee village with captivating mountain views.

Overnight in Samdo.

Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Trek through the barren landscape and observe the changes in vegetation.

Reach Dharmasala, also known as Larkya Phedi.

Overnight in Dharmasala.

Overnight in a Guesthouse.

This is a challenging day as you cross the Larkya La Pass, the highest point of the trek.

Enjoy breathtaking views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kang Guru, and Annapurna II.

Descend to Bimthang for the night.

Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Trek through rhododendron forests and small settlements.

Pass through picturesque landscapes and encounter yaks grazing in the meadows.

Overnight in Gho.

Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Enter the mystical Tsum Valley, a hidden gem in the Manaslu region.

Trek through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests.

Overnight in Chumling.

Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Trek through quaint villages like Chhokang Paro with its unique stone houses.

Explore the Milarepa Piren Phu Cave, an important spiritual site.

Overnight in Chhokang Paro.

Hike to Mu Gompa, the largest and highest monastery in the Tsum Valley.

Enjoy the stunning mountain views and the peaceful surroundings.

Return to Chhokang Paro for the night.

Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Descend back into the lower regions of the Manaslu trek.

Pass through beautiful landscapes and charming villages.

Overnight in Philim.

Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Follow the Budi Gandaki River and retrace your steps back to Soti Khola.

Enjoy your last night in the mountains.

Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Take a scenic drive from Soti Khola back to Kathmandu.

Celebrate the successful completion of the trek.

Overnight in a Guesthouse.

We have reserved this day for you to do some final shopping for your loved ones back home and take rest to regain your strength for the final departure.

Overnight at Hotel.

After breakfast a staff member will pick you up from the hotel and transfers you to the airport for the final departure. We wish you a pleasant and safe flight back home and hope to see you soon again.


  • Airport Pick-up and drop Service
  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu (twin sharing basis) with breakfast
  • Guided Tour of Kathmandu valley with an experienced tour guide
  • Sightseeing charges and Entry fees
  • Accommodation during the trek (teahouse / guesthouse / homestay)
  • All meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Transportation (tourist coach / local bus / private vehicle)
  • Experienced licensed English-speaking trekking guide
  • Local government Entry Permit of Rs. 2000 (started in 2018)
  • Insurance of the Guide and Porter
  • Special Manaslu Area Trekking Permit
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System) Trekking Permit Card
  • Medical kits carried by the guide
  • All necessary paper works, office service charge and all Government Taxes


Optional Add-Ons:

  • Porter (cost: 20 USD per day, carries 15 – 20 kg load. Porter’s accommodation, transport and meal is paid by the company)
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (in case you don‘t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)


  • Travel and rescue insurance (Essential: Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ m)
  • International airfare and Visa costs (you can get a Visa upon arrival at the Airport)
  • Domestic Flight
  • Personal interest items or gears
  • Tips to guide / driver / porter
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Beverage and Drink Items / Other Extra facilities like hot shower during trek
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in “What’s Included” section
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