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
  • 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 includes Annapurna Massif, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and other alluring peaks on the 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 adventures in 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 the Himalayas of Nepal. Tsum Valley and Manaslu trek take you to spectacular Tsum Valley surrounded by stunning mountain summits and exotic floras.

The marvelous 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, civilizations, celebrations, lifestyles, and traditions which are been for ages. It is truly a blessed hidden valley in 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 visitors since it had its exposure to tourists only after 2008. So, for those who love the serenity and want discovery of the typical Nepali culture and civilization which has a blend of Tibetan lifestyle, Tsum Valley trekking is an absolute destination. One interesting tradition of the people of Tsum Valley is: they practice ‘Polyandry’. It will be completely new for the outsiders. Trekking through the deep forest, and 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 on the bank of the Budi Gandaki River. 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 to 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 the Manaslu Himalayas.

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

Trekkers will be using ordinary local lodge accommodations during their  Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek. The ordinary lodges for accommodation don’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 panoramas in the finest weather during Autumn.

Note:- For More Details and Costomize This Trip Please Contact Us.


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Day 01:Arriving in Kathmandu (1400m)
Arriving in Kathmandu (1400m)

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

  • Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m
Free Day in Kathmandu.

 This is a free day in Kathmandu, you can explore the place you stay. Today, we will prepare the 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 be introduced to your guide in our office then overnight in the same hotel.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1400m
Drive To ARUGHAT BAZAR (600m) From Kathmandu BY BUS/JEEP (7-12HRS)

Early in the morning “Magic Expedition’s” guide will pick you 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) reach Dhading Besi (headquarters of Dhading district) and drive through the village 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 to full drive then stay overnight at the lodge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today we trek to Different trails to Chumling after Ekle Bhatti we will meet two paths one follows to Manaslu region & one is to the Tsum Valley areas, Today we walk 5/6 hours and then stay at Chumling overnight at the lodge.

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

The trek follows Syar Khola and Rainjam and reaches Chhekamparo, which is a Tsum Valley restricted area permit check the post office and big town and then continue the trek to Rachen Gompa. It takes about 6 hours of walking for today then overnight at the lodge.

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Chhokangparo
  • 3010m
CHHOKANG-PARO - NILE (3361m) - MU GOMPA (3900m ) (5-6HRS)

The valley is getting wider and nicer the trekking trail is gradual up to Mu Gompa via local villages with viewing mountain views. It is very nice to walk 5 with snowy mountain views, today we walked about 4 hours and then stayed 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 then crosses the bridge and comes down via Bursi( Melerepa Footprint), lama gaon, and Nakyu village. It takes 6 hours to walk downhill and 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 of 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 the lodge.

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

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

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Ghap
  • 2160m
GHAP TO LHO (3180m) (5-6hrs)

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

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • Lho
  • 3180m
LHO TO SAMAGAON (3530m) (2-3hrs)

We climb through a forest of oaks, fir, and rhododendrons today while entering the 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
Explore the Sama Gaon

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

  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • Tea House
  • BF/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3530m
Trekking From SAMAGAON TO SAMDO (3860m) (2-3hrs)

After breakfast today we continued our trek passing the juniper and birch forest along with the stone hut of Kermo Kharka onwards We trekked for some hours, and we eventually reached Samdo where we stayed 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
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. Our trek continues to 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 the Annapurna trekking trail. Bensisahar is the headquarters 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 documents 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

Necessary Trekking Equipment

To fully enjoy your trek, having the right trekking equipment is essential for both safety and comfort. The trekking equipment necessary depends on the type of trek, the time of year, weather conditions, landscape, and the maximum altitude of the trek. A properly packed trekking backpack is light and also includes multipurpose clothing items. It is important for you not to forget the essential equipment for your safety and comfort on your trek.

Please make sure that you bring sufficiently warm clothes, especially during the winter season (Dec – Feb). Not having the required trekking equipment and clothing will not only significantly decrease the pleasure of trekking, but could also worsen case scenarios that could be life-threatening. It will also be a burden to you if you pack unnecessary equipment. For your ease, the following are the equipment that you have to bring with you. 


  • Trekking Boot: one Pair
  • Socks: 4, Light socks : 3, Sandle: 1


  • Down  or Fiber-filled water and windproof jacket and trouser: 1
  • Fleece Jacket / Pullover: 1
  • Warm cotton trousers: 2
  • Shirt and T-shirts: 4
  • Lightweight cotton long trousers :3
  • Long underwear: 2,  Short underwear: 4
  • Sun hat / Scarft/ Woolen hat :1
  • Lightweight gloves: 1, Raincoat:1
  • Heavyweight glove or mitten with a waterproof: 1


  • Basic first-aid box
  • Diamox tablets to reduce altitude sickness
  • Insect/anti-itch Ointment
  • Non-prescription medicine such as pain reliever, fever reducer, antibiotics, and ointments
  • Prescription medicine traveler's diarrhea, Avmoine 
  • Female Sanitary pads
  • Hand Sanitizer and wet wipes
  • Medicine for Cough and Heartburn (It mainly happens when you go to higher altitudes)
  •  Band-aid
  • Ibuprofen and also paracetamol in case of fever 

Other Equipment

  • Day Pack at Least 25 kg
  • Water Bottle 1
  • Sun Cream 1
  • Sun Glass 1
  • Towel
  • Flashlight with spare bulbs, batteries, lip salve, gaiters.
  • Laundry soap
  • Swiss Knife
  • Sewing Kit, Camera, Film, Cards, and Personal Medical Kit.


  • Notebook and Pen
  • Toilet articles
  • Toilet Roll

For additional information, you can check our article  Trekking Gears Checklist

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 for the Manaslu trekking region is quoted Offseason and Peak season. The rate of the permit in the 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 the offseason is quoted at 50 u.s dollars for 7 days. To process the permit you need to have at least 4 passport sizes 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 trekkers and travelers are not allowed in this trekking route so for the permit, there must be at least 2 groups of trekkers with a government register guide and their Travel insurance is compulsory.

When is the Best Season ForTsum Valley and  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 the climate. Find some hence of the weather conditions.

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

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

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

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

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

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 the best month for trekking.

December: Getting cold but best viewed 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 a 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 is not required during the trekking days in the mountain, you can leave it at the hotel till you come back. They will store it safely.

Normally each porter will carry 2 people's 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 drink 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 a 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, and physical fitness, and those who drink a lot and smoke will likely 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 diarrhea. Many compare altitude sickness to the sensation 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 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 at 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 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 is correct): We recommend companies such as Insure 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 with the following schedule:
75% refund of the 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 the 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 your trip.


How many days are required for the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek?

The core Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek itinerary takes 21-22 days but to fulfill the desires of modern travelers, the travel companies offer various Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek itineraries like 18 days and even 16 days. If you want to celebrate this trek to the fullest with sound acclimatization, you at least have to allocate 20 days. But, if you love adventure and have comprehensive fitness and stamina, tan, you can do this trek either in 18 or even 16 days. So, it’s your choice which itinerary you go with.

What is the best season for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek?

The best season for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek is Autumn but Spring will equally be mesmerizing. Both Autumn/Fall and Spring will delight you with natural wonders including the absolute wilderness, remoteness, and breathtaking mountain panoramas. There are no threats of weather extremes like snowfall and rainfall during these two seasons and the atmosphere will completely favor you and your trip and the entire trip will be more relaxed, memorable, and convenient.

What is the highest altitude of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek?

Larkya La Pass, one of the highest passes in the world, (5167 m / 16752 ft ) is the highest altitude of Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek. The trek commences from Sotikhola or Machhakhola (930m) passing through Arughat Bazar. To get to Sotikhola and Machhakhola, we take a long drive of 7-8 hours from Kathmandu.

Will there be a hot shower, electricity, and Wi-Fi during the Trek?

Previously, a few years back, there was no facility for shower, electricity, or Wi-Fi on the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek but these days, many positive changes have occurred including electricity and Wi-Fi. Yes, you will be enjoying electricity and Wi-Fi throughout the trek. But, for electricity and Wi-Fi, you may have to pay a certain amount. For example, if you use Wi-Fi or change a device, you need to pay around Rs.100-200. Regarding hot showers, no modern bathrooms provide a shower and what you will do for the show is: you will mostly use a bucket shower and the water will be hot which is provided by the local teahouses where you stay.

What are the symptoms of altitude sickness and how can I prevent it?

People may have various symptoms of altitude sickness but the very common symptoms of altitude sickness are:

  • Headache
  • Lightheadedness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Stomach problems including indigestion

To prevent altitude sickness, we need to be very attentive once we go higher, especially, above 4000m. Take care of your meals. It means, having only fresh and well-cooked foods in the mountain. Secondly, along with the food, you have to have fresh, purified, and boiled water all the time while trekking. Do not collect the water from local taps or rivers. Don’t smoke and drink heavily at higher elevations and ascend the high elevation with proper acclimatization. Don’t climb a lot in a day even though you can do so. Acclimatization is a must to avoid altitude sickness while going above 5000m. Also, don’t delay using general medicine if you have any above-mentioned symptoms so that the problem won’t get worse.


What if I get altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is not predictable. The mountain is always wild and anything can happen there. So, the most important thing is that we have been well-prepared, and if in case you have such problems as altitude sickness, you should immediately respond to it, otherwise, you may encounter some kind of nightmares. So, if you have altitude sickness follow the following measures:

  • Use the right medicine according to the symptoms
  • Report your problems to your guide
  • Follow your guide
  • Use hot soups and plenty of hot water
  • Don’t panic/ don’t lose your confidence
  • Walk down to a lower elevation

If the above-mentioned measures still do not work, tan, ask your guide to rescue you with the further treatment

what to do if I am alone and still want to go for Tsum Valley Trek?

A solo traveler is not permitted to do Tsum Valley Trek. The government of Nepal and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have a clear policy not to allow an individual traveler to enter the area. You need at least people two to obtain the Tsum Valley Trek Permit and must accompany a guide. But, the porter is optional.

Is Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek difficult?

We must say, ‘yes’. Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek are only for those who love high-level adventure into the wild mountains. It is adventurous in the sense that you are going above 5000m and encountering an absolute wilderness and the thrills. At the same time, you are going to cross Larkya La Pass (5167m), one of the highest passes in the world which will be strenuous and a thrill of a lifetime. And, still, you don’t find the accommodation and items of food you want. You traveling to one of the most remote areas of Nepal. You also must be cautious about the weather extremes on the trail.

Do I need insurance for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek?

Yes, travel insurance is a must for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek. You must bring authentic travel insurance that can cover all the risks including your rescue evacuation from the mountain and medical expenses.

Is it mandatory to give tips to the guide and porter?

It is not, but, handing over something extra is expected. So, we suggest preparing at least just a little for your guide and porter. But, it doesn’t mean that you give just a little. You can give them as you wish. Your guide and porter will help you in many ways during your trip.






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