Manaslu Tsum valley trek is one of the best Manaslu valley trekking. In just 19 days of time, we will travel through varied landscapes and encounter many unforgettable moments. Beautiful nature and even more beautiful people of the region are sure to win our hearts. Visiting many monasteries and villages on our way, we fall in love with the culture and traditions of people of the region. Also, the amazing mountain ranges, standing tall will inspire us to become strong.

We start our Manaslu Tsum valley trek form the beautiful capital city of Nepal – Kathmandu. On the second day of our trek, we travel to Arughat from Kathmandu which takes 6 hours then to Soti Khola. From there, our actual trek begins, and we trek to Machha Khola on the very next day. From Machha khola to Jagat then to Lokpa, we finally reach Chumling. There are 3 very famous monasteries in Chumling, which we will be visiting during our stay there. Then we continue our trek to Chhokangparo, where we will be rewarded with the astounding views of the beautiful Ganesh himal.

After spending a night at Chhokangparo, we continue on our trek and reach Rachen Gumba on the next. From Rachen Gumba to Mu Gumba, to Rainjam, we finally reach Gumba Lundang. Gumba Lungdang is a large and famous monastery with about 40 female monks. From there, we then trek to Ripchet then to Philim. From Philim we trek to Soti khola, then to Arughat. Finally catching a bus, we return back to Kathmandu. We then spend the next day exploring some of the beautiful places the valley has to offer.

During this trek, we enjoy being lost in the mesmerizing beauty of nature. Beautiful forests, rivers, waterfalls, wildlife and even more beautiful people will make us want to return again to this amazing place. In just 19 days of time, we will rediscover our love for nature. We then return back to our homes, with nothing but beautiful memories and an amazing experience. At the end of the trek, we have an exciting story to pass down through generations.

Best Time to Trek

The best time to enjoy the Tsum valley trek, is during spring season (March to May) and also during autumn season (September to November). It is not advised to trek during the winter season, due to the trail becoming difficult because of snowfall.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Arriving in Kathmandu

    On the very first day our Manaslu Tsum valley trek, you arrive in Kathmandu. Our representatives from Mountain Routes, pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel. They answer your queries regarding the trek, and also explain the trekking route and schedule. Upon reaching your hotel, you freshen up a bit then go around exploring the beautiful city of Kathmandu. You also prepare for your trekking that begins the next day.

  • Day 2 : Kathmandu to Arughat (608 m) then to Soti Khola (730 m) Trip Duration: 6 hours + 2 hours

    Today, on the 2nd day of our Tsum valley trek, we drive from Kathmandu to Arughat than to Soti Khola. It takes us about 6 hours to reach Arughat, then an additional 2 hours to reach Soti Khola. Early after breakfast, we head to Arughat. We take the route along the Prithvi Highway, which is west of Kathmandu. We enjoy the beautiful view of the roaring Trishuli river. From Dhading, we divert from the highway, and take a route passing beautiful villages. We also get to enjoy the beautiful view of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. Upon reaching Arughat, we notice that is a clustered village on both side of Budi Gandaki river. It is connected by suspension bridge. From Arughat, it is a, 2 hours drive to Soti Khola. Upon reaching Soti Khola, we check into our lodge, and rest for the night.

  • Day 3 : Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890 m) Trip Duration: 6 hours

    On the 3rd day of our Manaslu Tsum valley trek, we hike from Soti khola to Machha khola, which takes about 6 hours. We follow the trail towards north, enjoying the beautiful Himalayan peaks. We pass seceral small villages on our way. Continuing our trek through many ups and downs, we reach the beautiful village of Lapubesi (880 m). From there, we continue along the trail to the wide and sandy riverbed. We finally reach Machha Khola, then rest for the night.

  • Day 4 : Machha Khola to Jagat (1400 m) Trip Duration: 6-7 hours

    Today, we trek from Machha khola to Jagat, which takes about 6-7 hours of time. Crossing the river, we head upstream to Khola Besi. We then continue the trail on a dramatic gorge with sculptured rocks of spectacular waterfalls. We can also enjoy the natural hot water spring, Tatopani. From there, we ascend the trail, crossing the landslide area, reaching Dovan. From Dovan, we cross a suspension bridge over Yaru Khola, then climb the stone stairs. Following the trail further, we reach Thado Bharyang finally reaching Jagat. Overnight at Jagat.

  • Day 5 : Jagat to Lokpa (2040 m) Trip Duration: 6-7 hours

    On the 5th day of our Tsum valley trek, we hike from Jagat to Lokpa, which takes about 6-7 hours. Today, we will be trekking on restricted area, so we must have our permits with us. All your permits will be managed by the Mountain Routes, so needn’t worry about it. We follow the trail along the riverbank of Budhi Gandaki, then cross it over a long suspension bridge. Continuing our trek, we reach Ekle Bhatti, from where the trail gets separated towards Tsum and Manaslu. We then continue our trek to Lokpa. Upon reaching Lokpa, we check into our lodge, and spend the night there.

  • Day 6 : Lokpa to Chumling (2386 m) Trip Duration: 4-5 hours

    Today, on the 6th day of our Manaslu Tsum valley trek, we hike from Lokpa to Chumling which takes about 4-5 hours of our time. We will be accompanied by the fantastic views of Baudha Himal and Ganesh Himal. The trail descends from Lokpa to Lungwa river, then climbs up to Gumling. It traverses through beautiful Rhododendron and pine forests before reaching Gumling. From Gumling, we continue our trek, and cross Syar khola before reaching Chumling. Upon reaching Chumling, we have our lunch and set out for a side trip to upper Chumling. We visit three famous monasteries namely Panago Gumba, Mani Dhungyu and Guwa Gumba. Overnight at Chumling.

  • Day 7 : Chumling to Chhokangparo (3010 m) Trip Duration: 5-6 hours

    Today, on the 7th day of our Manaslu Tsum valley trek, we will hike from Chumling to Chhokangparo which takes about 5-6 hours of time. Our trail takes us along the Syar river down to Domje. From there, we climb to the largest village in the Tsum valley – Gho village. Gho village has a very unusual and famous Gumba. After trekking some time from Gho, we finally reach Chhokangparo. We are rewarded with the astonishing views of Himchuli and Ganesh Himal. We then check into our resting place, and spend the night there.

  • Day 8 : Chhokangparo to Rachen Gumba (3300 m) Trip Duration: 6 hours

    We will trek from Chhokangparo to Rachen gumba on the 8th day of our Manaslu Tsum valley trek. It takes about 6 hours to reach Rachen gumba. After following the trail from Chokkangparo, through ups and downs we will reach Rachen gumba. We explore this amazing gumba, and be amazed by the amazing views of the Ganesh Himal range. We will enjoy this amazing view then return to our resting place for the night.

  • Day 9 : Rachen Gumba to Mu Gumba (3700 m) Trip Duration: 6 hours

    We begin our trek from Rachen gumba to Mu gumba, early after breakfast. The trail passes through Nile village which is the last village in the banks of Syar khola. From there, we continue our trek to Mu Gumba. Upon reaching Mu gumba, we can see a very old monastery. It is located at the highest and oldest point in the Tsum valley. It is used as a place to import and export to and from Tibet. Overnight in Mu Gumba.

  • Day 10 : Mu Gumba to Rainjam (2600 m) Trip Duration: 6 hours

    On the 10th day of our Tsum valley trek, we hike from Mu gumba to Rainjam. It takes us about 6 hours to complete today’s trek. The trail today is a descending one, rewarding us with beautiful views of the Punchen Himal. The trail is the same one we used while ascending. Upon reaching Rainjam, we check into our lodge and spend the night there.

  • Day 11 : Rainjam to Gumba Lungdang (3200 m) Trip Duration: 5 hours

    We continue today’s trek from Rainjam to Gumba Lungdang. It takes about 5 hours, and the trail is an ascending one. Gumba Lungdang has a very large and beautiful monastery which has all female monks. There are about 40 monks in this Gumba. From Gumba Lungdang, we can enjoy the spectacular views of the Ganesh Himal range. The sunrise seen over the Ganesh Himal range is something out of this world. Overnight at Gumba Lungdang.

  • Day 12 : Gumba Lungdang to Ripchet Trip Duration: 5-6 hours

    Today, we trek from Gumba Lungdang to Ripchet which takes about 5-6 hours. The trail today takes us to Rainjam, accompanying us with the amazing views of the Ganesh Himal. From there, through ups and downs, we reach the beautiful village of Ripchet. There are about 70 families living in this village. We will be staying at one of the home stays provided by this village.

  • Day 13 : Ripchet to Philim (1600 m) Trip Duration: 5-6 hours

    On the 12th day of our Tsum valley trek, we hike from Ripchet to Philim which takes about 5-6 hours of time. We traverse through dense pine forests in which many beautiful species of birds can be encountered. We may also encounter beautiful Musk deer, if we lucky. Continuing our trek through these forests, we reach Philim. Philim is a small but beautiful village, whose culture and traditions are sure to win our hearts. People of this village teach us the proper way to treat our guests. Overnight at Philim.

  • Day 14 : Philim to Khorlabesi (930 m) Trip Duration: 6-7 hours

    Today, we trek from Philim to Khorlabesi which takes about 6-7 hours of time. Today’s trek is a relatively longer trek than other days. We follow the descending trail through the banks of Budhi Gandaki river. We will come across Tatopani, which is a natural hot spring. We can relax on the hot spring and wash away all our tiredness. From there, after trekking for some time, we finally reach Khorlabesi. Overnight at Khorlabesi.

  • Day 15 : Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (730 m) Trip Duration: 5-6 hours

    Today, we trek from Khorlabesi to Soti Khola. It takes us about 5-6 hours of time to reach Soti Khola. We will walk today enjoying the beautiful villages as we pass through them. Beautiful mountains and waterfalls will make our today’s trek worthwhile. Upon reaching Soti Khola, we check into our lodge and spend the night there.

  • Day 16 : Soti Khola to Arughat (570 m) Trip Duration: 5 hours

    On the 16th day of our Tsum valley trek, we hike from Soti Khola to Arughat, which takes about 5 hours of time. We pass through many villages and cultivated lands, cross many bridges and finally reach Arughat. Arughat Bazar is clustered on both sides of the Budi Gandaki river. This is the largest settlement in the valley. Overnight at Arughat.

  • Day 17 : Arughat to Kathmandu Trip Duration: 7-8 hours

    Today, on the 17th day of our Tsum valley trek, we drive from Arughat to Kathmandu which takes us about 7-8 hours. We start early after breakfast. Starting from Arughat, we first reach Dhading besi and Malekhu. We have our lunch at Malekhu which is very famous for its fresh fish. We will enjoy the tumultuous Trishuli river and the amazing views of mountains on our way to Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we check into our hotel and rest there for a while. We then meet again for dinner and talk about what an amazing experience we’ve had in the last 17 days. We can also enjoy the beautiful night life of Thamel during the night.

  • Day 18 : Exploring Kathmandu

    We will spend the 18th day of our Tsum valley trek, exploring the beautiful city of Kathmandu. There are many major tourist destinations in the capital but we will only explore some selected few. We explore places like Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar square, Patan Durbar square, Swayambhunath temple, and many more. After exploring the beautiful places of Kathmandu, we return to our hotel. A good night’s sleep is all that is left for the night.

  • Day 19 : Departure

    Today is the last day of our Tsum valley trek and also your last day in Nepal. Our representatives from Mountain Routes pick you up from your hotel and drop you at the airport. We will then share goodbyes and bade each other farewell. You will board the plane with nothing but beautiful memories and an amazing experience. Travelling home, you now have an adventurous journey to share with your family and friends.

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek: Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do we go to Tsum valley?

    Getting to Tsum Valley we need to ride from Kathmandu to Soti Khola on a private jeep or bus the ride will take around  7 hours in jeep and 8 To 9 hours in a bus. From Soti Khola our actual trek will begin and the journey to Tsum valley will start.

  • Where is Tsum valley located?

    Tsum valley is located in northern Gorkha in the trans-Himalayan region. Tsum valley is sacred pilgrimage valley which was not opened for outsiders till 2008. The majestic valley lies in the lap of the Himalayas surrounded by Ganesh himal, buddha Himal, Hiunchuli Himal, and Sringi Himal.

  • How difficult is Tsum valley trekking?

    Tsum valley trek comes under moderate grade trek. The routes are not confusing and well maintained. The routes will be less crowded than other trekking regions like the Annapurna circuit and Everest circuit. Being in the proper physical condition is recommended for this trek. Tsum valley trek is for all level of trekkers both normal and novice trekkers can do this trek. However, this trek needs to be treated with respect one needs to be in the perfect physical and mental condition in order to complete this trek. As one needs to walk for 5 to 6 hours a day in the steep terrain.

  • Should I do any training for Tsum valley trek?

    Well a training before a trip is always beneficial but you don’t need specific training you should more

    focus on your diet and exercise. You should start your exercise 1 month before the trek. You can train yourself at home also just focus your training on building Endurance, stamina, and strength. You can start by 30 minutes jogging stretches and a few rounds of pushups. After a few days trying to run for 5kms or brisk walking. If there are hills near your hometown go for hiking 2 3 times with 4 to 5 kgs of backpack this will help you build your strength. Cycling uphill or around the town is also a good idea for building stamina. Take the stairs and try to walk it. Build your core muscle strong and prepare your legs for 6 to 7 hours of hike. Joining a local Gym, swimming club or a climbing gym is also a good idea. Aerobics exercises are also found to be helpful. For a month focus on

    • Increasing endurance and stamina
    • Start Running 5 to 10 km and slightly increase the pace and distance
    • Hike as much as you can especially in hills
    • Make your gut your best friend focus on what you eat cut out Fast foods and start eating healthy
    • Limit the alcohol intake
  • How much de we have to walk per day?

    The trails to Tsum valley trek is quite long and challenging.  On Average, we will be walking 7 to 8 hours per day. but it fully depends on the itinerary and the day of the trek. Some day we will just be walking for 4 to 5 hours and someday for 7 to 8 hours.

  • What about the permits ?

    You will need two kinds of a permit for Tsum Valley Trekking

    • Restrict Area permit
    • Manaslu Conservation Area permit

    All the cost of the permits will be sent to you via mail.

  • What are the main attractions of Tsum valley trek?

    Tsum valley is one of the most culturally rich and ancient valleys of Nepal. Being an isolated place for a long time Tsum valley has a lot to offer. Some of the attractions of Tsum valley trek are

    • Religious arts, architecture and values
    • Gombas(monasteries)
    • Poojas, rituals and festivals
    • Magnificent Views of the breathtaking Mountains
  • How much does my backpack weight?

    Your daysack will not weight more than 5 to 6 kilos as you will only be carrying waters, chocolate bars and cameras all your backpacks will be carried by our porters. But do not bring unnecessary items as it will just hamper the trek. the standard weight that a porter will carry is 25 kgs. If you are on a special project and need more stuff then we can arrange two porters for you. If you are planning to carry your own backpack then we do not recommend you to bring more than 15 kilos.

  • Can I buy my gears at Nepal?

    Of course, you can there are many retail shops of trekking gears in Kathmandu. You can buy quality gears in Thamel. Our guides can assist you while buying the gears this will help you to save the extra cost on unnecessary gears.

  • How is the accommodation?

    Tsum valley trekking as being the remote and restricted circuit we cant expect luxury accommodations. The accommodations are Tea houses and lodges which are operated by the local people. In the remote area taking the goods is very difficult and the only means of transportation is Yaks, donkeys or helicopter however the tea houses provide you with the best of the best. The tea houses offer you warm comfy bed mattress and blanket, WiFi, Hot shower, attached bathroom and sometimes they even have a heater to warm up the dining hall. You can choose a single room or either share your room with a partner.

  • What can I expect in the meal?

    The tea houses offer a variety of meals according to your choice from Local Daal Bhat to European and Chinese foods like noodles, pasta, MOMO, macaroni, pizza, sausages, Tibetan bread, omelette, sandwich, chapati, and many more. All the food meets the standard portion and quality. our guides will always be there to inspect the hygiene and standard of the food and make sure that it reaches the required standard. Our first priority is clients health and safety. You can always pack your favourite snack. But don’t bring too much as you will have enough foods

  • What about the water?

    We recommend drinking 3 to 4 litres of water per day as you will be hiking in high altitudes which will dehydrate our body fast. Do not drink the tap water or direct water make sure you filter it before drinking. You can bring your own purification tablets or life straw to filter the water. Water could be refilled at the tea houses also but it will cost you some amount of money. The tea houses also offer you hot water.