Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek

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Manaslu Tsum Valley is said to be one of the hidden charms of Nepal. The awe-inspiring lovely landscapes of this region are something that will surpass the imaginations of trekkers beyond expectations. Tsum Valley is also locally known as the Beyul Kyimolung, the blessed hidden valley of harmony and contentment, initially described by Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) in the eighth century. As per legends, Milarepa meditated in the caves of Piren Phu and nunneries centuries old, as old as the sun, are found hereabouts. Remote though this area is, the landscapes are simply magnificent. Since this is a newly discovered trail, the Tsum valley trek area sees fewer footfalls & is ideal for trekkers who want the trails all to themselves, but the time will come when the Manaslu region will be a magnet & overshadow the Everest region. Nepal’s foreign exchange coffers will probably rake in dollars in the days ahead.

Even though the little fanfare for the Tsum valley is not enough due to the expensive permit fees as felt, the attractive ridgelines are less heralded but with more classic mountain beauty; and this is not all, the olden culture of the local folks are a great area of interest for trekkers heading to this region. This is more or less a hidden valley, but nature reveals itself on every twist of the trails, & backpackers enjoy the bliss of the unknown on the discovery of this wonderful valley. The valley is surrounded by Bouddha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south and Shringi Himal to the North. The trekking to this region varies from the height of 1905m to as high as 5093m. since most of the local folks hereabouts are mostly Tibetan, we see people celebrating Lhosar, Dhacyhang, Saka Dawa, Fanning and many other interesting festivals. Trekking in this region is not only venturing into the unknown, we also have fun indeed when interacting with the local people and get to know more about the region & it’s [depends on how you look at it] the superstitions that can send a cold chill through the spines of your body. 

Our trek begins from Arughat with a drive from Kathmandu and then the trail continues towards the land of Soti Khola, Machha Khola, Dovan, Philim, Chumling and a number of pretty villages as we hike the length of the region. We acclimatize ourselves at different heights so that we get used to the thin air which may create problems for our trekker friends. Trekking far-flung Tsum Valley withA One Nepal Treks’ is an exclusive experience of discovering the unknown from the known; the drawn skyline that you see when hiking through the Tsum valley is the kind that inspires poets and painters. Come over to Nepal and discover yourself in an avatar you’ve never known…


Trip duration: 20 Days

Grade: Moderate

Activity: Sightseeing/Pilgrimage & Trekking

Starts in: Kathmandu

Ends in: Kathmandu

Trek type: (Fully Organized Trek or Camping Trek)

Accommodation: Hotel and Camping

Meals: Nutritious meals are provided on the trail

Transportation: Private car or tourist bus

Maximum altitude: 4,060m

Important: Entrance without a licensed guide in this area is strictly prohibited.

Details Intinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu – 1345m.

Our office reps will be on standby with our vehicle to receive you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and our signboard will be displaying Sublime Trails outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel. This will be your first overnight in the ancient valley of temples (probably the most in the world) in the capital city of ancient Kathmandu (B/fast, Hotel and airport pickup included)

Day 2: Orientation and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley

Kathmandu is the traditional soul of Nepal and has been a well-known destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city is a neat combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath. 

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area nearby your hotel. Your first Overnight at your hotel in the valley of cows that roam free, you probably won’t see this in any other city in the world.(Breakfast, Tour guide, Hotel, private drive are Included)

Day 3: From Kathmandu drive to Arughat Bazaar (8-9 hours)

We take an 8-9 hr bus ride to Arughat Bazaar in Gorkha district. The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Buri Gandaki. Arughat Bazaar is large, clean and prosperous with hotels and shops selling cloth, food, and hardware. Overnight camp.(Service include: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Drive)

Day 4: Arughat to Soti Khola (6-7 hours)

From Arughat Bazar we trek to Soti Khola. Along the way, we enjoy great views of Shringri Himal. We trek through Gurung and Magar villages, past fields and cascading waterfalls, till we reach Soti Khola. We set up camp on the banks of the Soti Khola (‘khola' means river in Nepali). Overnight camp.(Service include: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Staffs)

Day 5: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (6-7 hours)

We trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (Fish River). Machha Khola is a village situated above a stream with the same name. We camp for the night by a wide campsite.(Service include: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)

Day 6: Machha Khola to Doban (6-7 hours) 1070 m.

The trail from Macha Khola to Doban involves some steep ascents and descents. We climb a well – crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban. Doban lies at the coming together of the Shiar Khola, which flows from the east, and the Sarpu khola, which flows from the west. Overnight camp.(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)

Day 7: Doban to Philim (6 hours)

The route climbs on a rugged rocky trail. We climb up and down ravines and jagged trees. We get good views of Sringeri Himal as we continue up to the village of Philim at 1550m.This is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. There are several good campsites and we set up camp surrounded by older, blue pine and poplar trees.

(Service include: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)

Day 8: Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (7 hours)2630 m.

We take the trail up through Philim and head up over a ridge that leads to Ganesh Himal Basecamp and Chumling (Lower Tsum). We camp for the night at Chumling. There are several good campsites at Chumling.(Service include: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)

Day 9: Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) (5-6 hours)3010 m.

From Chumling we trek to Chhokangparo. Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo.Chhekamparo is a village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen directly to the south where it provides superb views of the Baudha and Himal chuli peaks to the south-west. Some households in this village practice polyandry. Overnight camp.(Service include: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)

Day 10: Chhokangparo to Nile/Chhule, visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way (6-7 hours)

From Chhokangparo we trek to Nile/ Chulle. This is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. The Nile is on the western, sun-side of the Shiar Khola, about 20 minutes walk across from Chhule. On the way, we pass the Piren Phu cave. Piren Phu (pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley. It is located at the foot of a rugged cliff near the village of Burji. Milarepa, the famous Tibetan saint, was believed to have meditated here. There are two separate gumbas attached to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and significant Buddhists paper scripts make this cave one of the most important socio-cultural asset in the valley.

Fantastic views can be had of the Shiar Khola, Rachen Gumba, the mountains and settlements amidst huge agricultural land. Overnight camp.

(Service include: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)

Day 11: Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m) (4 hours)

From the Nile, the trail gradually ascends to Mu gumba, the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gumba is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. Mu Gumba was established in 1895 AD and is situated at an altitude of 3510m.The monastery houses religious books, including Kangyur, a life-sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara. Dephyudonma Gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley and is situated in the rugged mountains, a 2 hr walk from the village of Chhule and Nile. The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley.

The monastery is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect. There are a few campsites and drinking water facilities. A good place to camp out for the night.

(Service include: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)

Day 12: Extra day for exploring

We take a hike up Mu Gumba and reach the base of Pika Himal (4865m).We are quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the Tibetan peaks as well as the Ganesh Himal range. After the day's excursion, we return to our camp at Mu gumba.

(Service include: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)

Day 13: Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (5 hours)

From Mu Gumba we take the trail to Rachen Gumba, a nunnery. The nunnery is situated in the Shiar Khola Valley in the foothills of the mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. Rachen Gumba has established in the year 1905 AD and is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum valley. It houses nuns belonging to the Ngak-pa sect, which does not allow animal slaughter. The nunnery houses one thousand clay, molded statues of Avalokiteshwara, a brightly colored, carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. The center is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history. Overnight camp.

(Service include: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)

Day 14: Rachen Gompa to Dumje (6-7 hours)

From Rachen Gompa we proceed towards Dumje, a small village with about eight houses and adjoining cattle shed.

(Service include: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)

Day 15: Dumje to Philim (cross Ripchet) (6-7 hours)

From Dumje we trek to Philim and cross Ripchet. On the way, we pass one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Lower Tsum Valley, Samba Tingding Chhupyang. Overnight camp.(Service include: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)

Day 16: Philim to Tatopani (6-7 hours)

From Phillim we trek to Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. You can relieve your weary muscles by drenching yourself in the hot spring. Overnight camp.

(Service include: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)

Day 17: Tatopani to Soti Khola (6-7 hours)

From Tatopani, we trek to Soti Khola. We pass through terraced fields and tropical waterfalls and finally set up camp in the village.(Service include: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)

Day 18: Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar (6-7 hours)

As we make our way from Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar, we come to the last leg of our journey. Overnight camp.(Service include: Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner)

Day 19: From Arughat Bazar drive to Kathmandu (8-9 hours)

We drive to Kathmandu. This day is free for you to do your own things at leisure. In the evening, we visit a well known Nepali kitchen for a good Nepalese dinner. As we enjoy our dinner, we will be entertained to a thrilling cultural dance performed by the local belles. This is a complimentary outing arranged on behalf of A One Nepal Treks for the good welfare of our respected guests. Overnight at your hotel.(Service include:Breakfast+Lunch+Dinner+Hotel+Drive)

Day 20: Depart Kathmandu for that place we like calling ‘home’’

Our support team will have a vehicle on standby to take you to the airport for your flight home. Sayonara! We hope to see you again someday my friend.(Breakfast and airport drop included)

Cost Includes

  • All Airport pick up and drop.
  • 3 nights your standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 16 days in standard Camping/tea-houses in the mountain during the trek.
  • All 3 meals per day during the trek [B+L+D] and a cup of tea with every meal.
  • The standard bus between Kathmandu / Trek start, Ending place / Kathmandu.
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide, assistant trek guide as per the bigger size of a group of trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and lodging
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Trekking area related map.
  • Trip certificate.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fee ( Nepal provides on arrival visa in Immigration, bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs,)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Extra calculate for additional programs as per above itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Local donation & Tips for guides and porters.
  • Personal expenses (Pot of tea, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)

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Trek highlights:

Medium/hard class of newly popular trekking of Nepal. Based on Tea-house stay in the familiar atmosphere with local people. Lodge/Tea house available at all of trekking part. Buddies-Hindus- Christians people with military service, tourism business, agriculture, animal husbandry.Colorful culture and massive Mountains. Heavy colorful forest with the verity of flora & fauna. Really memorable high picks could have seen are Mt Dhaulagiri 8167m, Mt Annapurna I 8091m, Mt Manaslu 8163m and several of beautiful peaks.

Safety – Health- facility:

Our first goal is “first safety” for all of our clients and staff. We have smartly experienced friendly and knowledgeable workers team. All they are well trained and must of they are license holder Guides. We arrange first aid. Also, the area has the health post on every 2 days, and the main hospital is not farther than maximum 5 hrs, from any part. We can use a quick drive on the rough road, carried by the people, take a horse ride, and arrange the Helicopter at our needed as per the emergency encase. The physical walk is 6 hours average per day with a mini bag with your valued things average 2-5 kg.

Your Personal Travel Insurance:

We highly advised you to make your travel insurance during Nepal trip from your own country. It is a condition upon joining any of our trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs).we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

Tent camp/Local lodge during the Trek:

All accommodations for Manaslu-Tsum valley Trek are on Camping/tea house/Home-stay twin sharing room basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on the standard of hygiene, standard and clean of tourist standard available. There are mostly same styles of accommodations during our trekking. All the lodging and meal cost has controlled by management community at in the area.

Meals and Water:

During our Trek, we can enjoy typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines, as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, and Indian.), are from the menu as per local supplement. Lodge has well-trained cook basically attention for clean, hygienic, fresh and nice testy foods. We can even enjoy hot chocolates, the variety of bread, variety of drinks, and snacks. You could have able to buy bottled water from every settlement. Even we would like to support you to pay for local purifying water cheaper with that’s help to controlled plastic pollution. Also, the boiled water or running fresh water with your peals or filtering is much recommended.

What to bring with you:

Raincoat, bag cover, round sun hat. Half paint for rain, waterproof walking boot, Suntan lotion, sunglass, light waterproof gore tax set, a pair of sleepers, some t-shirt, If you have your private light sleeping bag/If Not we will provide, walking stick, your regular drug and necessary you things.

Environmental sensitive:

The region belongs to "MCAP"(Manaslu conservation area project).Offers subtropical -subalpine and Alpine, vegetations, and rich of faunas. We are considering a ‘zero impact’ policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live in the traveled places. We enforce a number of do’s and don’ts. We also work alongside “KEEP” in order to maintain our environmental concerns

Best Season:

For all Season. Even Sep to Dec and Feb to May are best.

Permits and Entry fees:

Yes, you need permits for the Manaslu Trek. There is a Restricted Area Permit which is perhaps a little out of date but is to do with the border with China/Tibet being easily accessible from here. Anyhow, this keeps the numbers down.

  • The rules state min. 2 people + registered guide+registered company.
  • MCAP & ACAP permits Rs. 2000 each
    You need both as the check for ACAP and MCAP stand for Annapurna / Manaslu Conservation Area Project.Your booking company manages well.
  • TIMS card required.USD 10 by Govern authorized company, where you booked.
  • Tsum valley permits:
    Approximately: Sep to Nov US$35 for first 7 days, Dec to Aug US$25 for first 7 days. Days in Tsum don’t count against your Manaslu permit. But double check at the time you go!

Hotels in Kathmandu:

we provide 2-star hotel as per plan and cost.Let us advise as per your choice. 5 stars hotels are in Kathmandu: Hyatt Regency, Yak &Yeti, De’l Annapurna, The Everest Hotel, The Malla hotel, and others 4,3, 2,1 stars hotels.

Booking Policy:

Confirm your trip at least two months before, with 25% of the payment and a copy of your passport. One group leader or agent will be free of service charge above 12 of paying the person in a group.(tax, flight, and monuments fee is not free).

Booking Guideline: Click Here:

Fixed Departure

Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price for:1-4 person of Group. Price for:5-10 person of Group.
Every day as Per clients date.   USD 1,500 per Person. USD 1,450 Per Person.


Manual Notes:

The cost will be valued by: Your standard of hotels, service, group size and other extra activities. Please kindly let us know.

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