Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek

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Starts at: Soti Khola Ends at: Dharapani
Trek Region: Manaslu Transport: Public Bus
Duration: 21 Days Trip Grade: Challenging
Max Altitude: 5167 m / 16752 ft (Larkya Pass) Accommodation: Teahouse / Homestay

Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek Highlights

  • Explore the less explored and hidden valleys of the Manaslu region
  • Walk to the Tibetan border on the northern side of the Manaslu region
  • Visit the antique monasteries, chortens, and gompas in the region
  • Witness wide-angle display of Mt. Manaslu, Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal, & Larkye Peak
  • Navigate the novel trek routes to the typical Tsum Valley

The Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek is a 22 day tea house trek taking hikers up-close to the eighth highest mountain in the world – Mount Manaslu at 8,163m, and through the hidden valley of Tsum.

Having only opened in the early 1990’s (and the Tsum Valley section much later) this has the feel of an exploratory trek, far off the beaten trail and far from crowds of trekkers.

With average day lengths of 7 hours, it is a demanding trek and a high level of fitness is required to fully enjoy the adventure.

On the Tsum Valley section of the trek, altitudes are over 3,000m and trekkers do have to cross the Larkya La at 5,160m, often through snow and ice, and sometimes fixed ropes may be necessary.

The trek itself takes in thundering waterfalls and rivers; challenging rocky trails clinging to cliff faces; Gurung villages with rice and millet terraces; long and mentally challenging suspension bridges; mani walls, chortens, and other Buddhist shrines, particularly on the Tsum Valley section.

Known as a hidden valley, the people, culture and landscape of the Tsum Valley is closely related to that of Tibet.

In fact the trek goes very close to the Tibetan border. On this part of the trek there is opportunity to meet Buddhist monks and nuns and visit Milarepa’s Cave.

And do look out for the beautiful mountain birds such as the Lophophorus, which is the national bird of Nepal.

As far as mountain views go, there are stunning views of Mount Manaslu, and the Himalayan ranges of Simrang, Hiunchuli, Ngadi, Ganesh Himal and Larkye Peak.

From Larkya La there are spectacular views of icefalls and frozen lakes, Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru and the massive Annapurna II.

This is a trek for those who would love to experience changing landscapes and different cultures over the course of one trip. Stamina is required, but this is rewarded by stunning views of snow-capped mountains and a unique experience.

Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Soti Khola (Drive)

Soti Khola – 700 m / 2296 ft – 8 hrs

Day 2: Soti Khola to Maccha Khola

Maccha Khola – 930 m / 3051 ft – 6 hrs

Day 3: Maccha Khola to Jagat

Jagat – 1340 m /4396 ft – 6 hrs

Day 4: Jagat to Lokpa

Lokpa – 2240 m / 7349 ft – 5 hrs

Day 5: Lokpa to Chumling

Chumling – 2386 m / 7828 ft – 5 hrs

Day 6: Chumling to Chekampar

Chekampar – 3031 m / 9944 ft – 6 hrs

Day 7: Chekampar to Nile

Nile – 3361 m / 11026 ft – 6 hrs

Day 8: Day Trip to Mu Gompa

Nile – 3700 m / 12139 ft – 6 hrs

Day 9: Nile to Chekampar

Chekampar – 3031 m / 9944 ft – 5 hrs

Day 10: Chekampar to Chumling

Chumling – 2386 m / 7828 ft – 5 hrs

Day 11: Chumling to Deng

Deng – 1860 m / 6102 ft – 6 hrs

Day 12: Deng to Namrung

Namrung – 2630 m / 8628 ft – 6 hrs

Day 13: Namrung to Lho

Lho – 2957 m / 9701 ft – 4 hrs

Day 14: Lho to Sama Gaun

Sama Gaun – 3530 m / 11581 ft – 4 hrs

Day 15: Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Manaslu Base Camp or Pungyen Gompa)

Sama Gaun – 4400m / 14435 ft – 7 hrs

Day 16: Sama Gaun to Samdo

Samdo – 3865 m / 12680 ft – 3 hrs

Day 17: Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Tibet Border)

Samdo – 5000 m / 16404 ft – 8 hrs

Day 18: Samdo to Dharmasala

Dharmasala – 4460 m / 14632 ft – 4 hrs

Day 19: Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya Pass

Bimthang – 3590 m / 11778 ft – 10 hrs

Day 20: Bimthang to Dharapani

Dharapani – 1970 m / 6463 ft – 7 hrs

Day 21: Dharapani to Kathmandu (Drive)

Kathmandu – 1300 m / 4265 ft – 10 hrs

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Plan Your Trip


  • 20 nights accommodation in mountain teahouses
  • Guide for 21 days
  • Kathmandu Soti Khola, Dharapani Kathmandu local bus
  • Manaslu and Annapurna conservation area permit
  • Restricted area permits
  • 21 x breakfast, 21 x lunch and 20 x dinner while on the trek
  • One Porter for 21 days USD 402 (Optional)
  • Private Jeep USD (Optional)


The checklist gives you an idea of trekking equipment and clothing needed for the Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek.

Manaslu Circuit Tsum Valley Trek Map

Manaslu and Tsum valley trek map

Tsum Valley Trek | Manaslu Circuit Trek

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