Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek takes you across a wild trail that lies off-the-beaten path. Visit the remote and sacred Tsum Valley that was off limits for outsiders a decade ago.
Lying untouched by modernity, Tsum Valley known as the ‘Hidden Valley of Happiness’ is a storehouse of ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture and religion.
Visit ancient monasteries like Mu Gompa, which was established in 1895 AD and is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries still active in the Nepal Himalayas.
During your Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek interact with locals whose lifestyle and culture seem more Tibetan than Nepalese.
The culture as well as the landscape that you encounter during this trek will leave you inspired and awestruck. Pristine waterfalls, fast-flowing rivers, pine forests and villages filled with mani stones, chortens and slate roofed houses, under the backdrop of snow-covered peaks will make you pause and reach for your camera several times.
The trail along the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley takes you to the foothills of the eighth highest peak in the world Manaslu (8,163m). An acclimatization hike from Sama Gaon brings you close to this towering peak. Enjoy some panoramic views of peaks and glaciers during the hike.
You reach above 5,000 metres while crossing the Larkya La pass. The pass at 5,165 metres is the highest point of your trek.
Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek Route
Your Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek begins with an adventurous drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola.
Begin your trek from Soti Khola walking through narrow canyons and paths carved on steep rock faces. Oftentimes the trail is empty and it feels great to be the only people on the trail.
Stopping by the villages of Lokpa, Chumling, Chekampur and Nile will give you an insight into the unique lifestyle of the ‘Tsombas’, the inhabitants of the Tsum Valley.
Milarepa, the great Buddhist saint is said to have wandered and meditated at this sacred valley. A rest day at Nile lets you visit the nineteenth century Buddhist monastery of Mu Gompa.
Walk along the classic Manaslu Circuit route, under the shadow of Manaslu (8,163m), the eight highest peak in the world. From Sama Gaon, get a close perspective of this magnificent mountain.
Tsum Valley and Manaslu Trek itinerary includes the crossing of Larkya La, a high mountain pass is a physical as well as mental challenge.
Your trek ends at Dharapani, from where you make the final journey to Kathmandu.
Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek Difficulty
Graded moderate to difficult, this Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek is for experienced trekkers and hikers who are used to walking on rough terrain.
The highest point you will reach is Larkya La Pass at 5165 metres. No technical climbing is involved but there may be some steep ascents on a rough trail.
High level of physical fitness is a must as you have to walk for long hours each day.
Maximum time spent walking on the trail is 9 hours and minimum 4 hours. On average you walk 5 to 6 hours daily.