Trip Details
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Food: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Group Size: 15
  • Max Elevation: 5200m
Highlights
  • A 8-9 hours drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola
  • Magnificent walk via dense rhododendron and other diverse vegetations
  • Awe-inspiring rural landscapes and valleys
  • Historical and holy caves and monasteries
  • Picturesque ethnic settlements and their unique culture
  • Core wilderness among the giant mountain summits
  • Adventurous Larkya La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world
  •  Unique Dialects, blend of Tibetan and Nepal culture and civilization
  • Breathtaking mountain panorama include Annapurna Massif, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and other alluring peaks on Tibetan side

Are you willing to undertake the trip to the less beaten and virgin trail and unburned valley by the flame of modernization? If you are passionate to experience thrilling adventure into the core Himalayas of Manaslu , Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek is one of the rewarding choices for travelers who come to experience the core wilderness of Himalayas of Nepal.Tsum Valley and Manaslu trek takes you to spectacular Tsum Valley surrounded by stunning mountain summits and exotic floras. The marvellous valley is situated in the northern part of Manasalu adorned by Buddha Himal, HimalChuli, Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal. Previously and still now, Tsum Valley was a significant trade link to Tibet. Since the valley is the border to Tibet, the visitors will be delighted in exploring the distinct dialects, civilization, celebrations, life style and traditiona which are being for ages. 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 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 and Manaslu Trek.

Tsum Valley Manaslu Trek begins from  Sotikhola/ Machhakhola after a long country drive from Kathmandu –Arughat- Sotikhola/ Machhakhola ( 7-8 hours). Sotikhola is a small town located at the bank of Budi Gandakiriver. The initial part of the trail for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek ascends into the Budhi Gandaki Valley following good paths via a deep forest, magnificent terraced fields, and picturesque traditional settlements. After we leave the main Manaslu Trail and forward for Tsum valley, the trekkers will begin to experience the incredible snow-fed mountain summits around them. Now, in fact,  the trekkers really do not like to leave this extraordinary valley located in the lap of Manaslu Himalayas.

While we are on the trek, we also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people and local organic food items. Also experience the lower Budi Gandaki regions of Liding, beautiful villages Machhakhola, Jagat and Philim during this trek. Likewise, we also go to explore  the ancient monsteries of the region including RachenGompa, Mu Gompa, DephyudonmaGompa any many others. The trek, eventually, ends at the BesiSahar. From Besisahar, we take another drive back to Kahtmandu or optionaly,  drive to Pokhara for another trip.

Trekkers  will be using ordinary local lodge accommodation during their  Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek. The ordinary lodges for accommodation doesn’t mean that it is not convenient to stay, but, certainly, it will not be like the accommodation in major developed cities. The foods are offered by the same local lodges. Certain items of local and other types of  foods are mentioned with their cost on the menu. 

The best climate for Tsum Valley Trek is Autumn( Sep-Nov). You will be able to catch astonishing mountain panorama in the finest weather during Autumn.

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arriving in Kathmandu (1400m)

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

  • Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

 This is free day in Kathmandu, you can explore around the place you stay. Today, we will prepare Manaslu & Tsum valley special permit. We need your original passport to issue the special permit for Manaslu & Tsum Valley Trekking. In the evening, you will introduce with your guide in our office then overnight in the same hotel.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

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. Ascending and the final descent, finally takes us to Arughat Bazar. It takes 9/10 hours full drive then stay overnight at lodge.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Arughat
  • 600m

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

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Lapu Besi
  • 880m

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

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Tatopani
  • 930m

Continue to the Philim Gaun the trekking trail follows slowly ascending to Yuru Khola then reaches to Jagat. Jagat is the main checking post of the Manaslu restricted area permit and then hike to Sirdibas village, Ghatekhola and reach to Philim Gaun, this is a big Gurung village. Explore the Gurung Village and Overnight There.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Philim
  • 1590m

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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Chumling
  • 2360m

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.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Chhokangparo
  • 3010m

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 to walk 5 with snow mountain views, today we walk about 4 hours then stay overnight at Gompa.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Mu Gompa
  • 3900m

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

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Rachen Gompa
  • 3240m

The Trekking Path follows the way to Sarpu Khola. After 6 hours walking, we reach Gomba Lungden where we stay overnight there.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Gumba Lungdang
  • 3200m

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

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Ganesh Himal Base Camp
  • 4200m

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

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Lokpa
  • 2240m

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

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Ghap
  • 2160m

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

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Lho
  • 3180m

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 onwards we pass the different village and start climbing to reach the village of Samagaon where we stay for Overnight.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Samagaon
  • 3530m

Today we will have many choices for the acclimatization Visit to Birendra Tal ( lake), Monastery and in option can Hike to Manaslu Base camp full day or possible to Hike to Punggen Gompa 5/6 hours

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3530m

After breakfast today we continue our trek passing the juniper and birch forest along with the stone hut of Kermo Kharka onwards our trekking for some hours, we eventually reach Samdo where we stay overnight.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Samdo
  • 3860m

As always after completing our breakfast we carry on our trek descending the trail from Samdo. After passing through a stone archway continue ascents over the huge Larke La Glacier and get to the hill where there is the viewpoint. From thereafter walking some hours we reach Dharamsala. We stay overnight at a local guesthouse in Dharmasala.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Dharmasala
  • 4470m

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. Our trek continues descend to a small village called Bhimtang where we stay overnight.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Bhimtang
  • 3930

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

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Lodge
  • Besisahar
  • 840m

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

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

The Last Final Day we will help you to drop you at the International Airport to depart from Nepal.

  • BF
  • NON
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m

What to Expect

  • Airport 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

Useful Info

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 the total trip price for a cancellation made 7 days prior to the original departure date.
0% refund of total trip price for a 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.