Govt. Regd. #: 2617/075
Group Size
Trip Grade
Tea House
Max. Elevation
5,160m/16,924 ft
All meals
Local Bus / Jeep
Best Season
Mar - May - Sept - Nov

Tsum Valley Trekking route lets you explore geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating regions in the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley. The trail is known for magnificent mountain vistas, dramatic landscapes, terraced hillsides, mysterious canyons, Tibetan culture, and Larkya La High Passks. You will be visiting Budhi Gandaki River upstream areas, reaching as far as Mu Gompa (3,700m) to catch splendid views of Ganesh Himal, Singri Himal, and Boudha Himal. Your hike passes through Larkya La Pass (5,106m/16,751ft), which is also the highest point of the trek. When you reach the Marsyangdi river, you will have made a semi-circular trip around three Manaslu peak.

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.


Trip Outline

Day 01: Kathmandu to Macchakhola
Day 02: Machakhola to Jagat (1410m/ 4625 ft): 6 hrs
Day 03: Jagat to Philim (1,590m/ 5215 ft): 3hrs
Day 04: Philim to Chumling (2363m/7775 ft):6/7 hours
Day 05: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3010m/9903ft): 5/6 hours
Day 06: Chokhangparo to Nile (3361m/11058ft), via Milarepa cave: 6/7 hours
Day 07: Nile to Bhajyo (Chhekya) (4030m/13218ft): 4 hours
Day 08: Rest at Bhajyo (Cheekya)
Day 09: Bhajyo to Rachen Gompa: (3240m/10627ft): 6 hrs
Day 10: Rachen Gompa to Chumje (3230m/10,595ft): 5/6hrs
Day 11: Chumje for Bihi (3130m/10,266ft): 4/5hrs
Day 12: Bihi to Namrung (2540m/8331ft): 6 hrs
Day 13: Trek from Namrung to Lho (3180m/10,430 ft): 4 hrs
Day 14: Trek from Lho to Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft): 5/6 hrs
Day 15: Trek from Sama to Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft): 4/5 hrs
Day 16: Samdo - High Camp (Ekle Bhatti) (4460m/14,628fy): 5hrs
Day 17: High Camp – Bimthang (3,590m/11811ft), 7/ 8 hours walking
Day 18: Trek Bimthang to Dharapani(1860m/6,100ft): 6-7 hrs
Day 19: Dharapani – Kathmandu by drive

Detail itinerary

Around Manaslu & Larkya- la trekking begins with an exciting drive towards Nepal’s Mid West around Gorkha and Dhading region as the ride leads towards high hills with views of fabulous Ganesh II at 7,118 m and Ganesh IV 7,104 m and rolling green hills, passing through many farm villages and towns to reach at Arughat village and then taking another vehicle for the short drive to Soti Khola following the raging Buri Gandaki River to reach our first overnight stop at Soti-Khola a small farm village.

Morning walk leads to slow descent towards river banks with a number of small tea shops and coming across mule trains on its way to Machhakhola and beyond, our journey continues using the Nepalese traditional stone-paved staircase, then crossing over Nauli Khola (stream) with a view of cascading waterfalls and reaching at Khanigaon. From this small farm village with few hours of the walk leads to a bridge over Machha Khola after crossing the suspension bridge a short ascent to reach our overnight stop at Machha Khola village, a small settlement with a stream for fishing

It takes 5 to 6 hrs to reach Jagat from Machha Khola passing throughout the Gurung villages Khorlabesi, Tatopani, Dobhan, Yuru Khola along Budigandaki valley. This trek is perfect for those who want to experience the natural beauty of Nepal and also want to get a glimpse of the local culture and lifestyle.

It is one of the best place to get the prominent view of mountains. At the same time you can explore the tradition, culture, lifestyle of local and practices of different tribes in Nepal. The trail leads through dense forests of rhododendron and oak, which are home to a variety of Birds, wildlife, including Himalayan black bear, snow leopard, and red panda etc.

Morning walk lead off route towards Tsum valley after leaving Manaslu main trail, continue walk towards Tsum valley, entering narrow gorge and then descending to a ridge, as the trek carry’s on with an hour uphill into rhododendron and pine tree lines to reach a neat small village at Lokpa, after a short walk leads to cross a bridge over Lungwa Khola and then on good trail towards Chumling village for overnight stop.

No sooner we cross suspension bridge we get wonderful view of Ganesh Himal. We walk ahead and reach Gho village. Few more hours of walk will take us to Chokhangparo where we will stay for the night

We cross Lama Gaun today to reach Rachen Gompa. Nunnery Gompa is another name of Rachen Gompa. We cross Lar, Phurbe and Pangdung village to arrive at Chule but before that we cross Shiar Khola. Finally, we arrive at Nile where we will halt for the night

We are closer to Tibetan border. We walk through Tibetan land to be at Mu Gompa. We visit this gompa. Here we will spend night here too our highest point of this adventure at Mu Gomba the main destination of the journey, walk continues with a climb around barren landscapes with views of high mountains, after a good walk reaching at Mu Gomba for overnight stop.

Rest day at Mu Gomba to explore the local village and monastery A rest or free day at Mu Gomba for local de-tour of the villages and to interact with the natives of Tsum, this place hardly see few numbers of westerners, at Mu visit the old Mu Gomba which houses antique scrolls, statue and relics this is one of the most famed and important monastery of Tsum and Manaslu region

After the delicious morning breakfast made by monks and nuns, we move to our next monastery destination of Bursi. This is another old monastery that lies on the off-track of Tsum Valley just another side of Bursi Village, widely known as Rachen Gompa. By saying goodbye to the small village like Nyle (Nile), Chule, Pangdun, Phurpey, and Lar we reach another monastery camp of Rachen Gompa. Rachen Gompa also offers lodging and meals facilities for all travels. Although the accommodation facility is the very basis you can feel yourself while exploring the trust and value of the old Buddhist religion which juggles with Tibetan culture.

We start our day a little late, obviously with breakfast. We hike through the same trekking trail we use a few days before. Similarly, we will enjoy our lunch at the riverside lodge at Rinjam with Ganesh Mountian on the horizon.However our dinner and next breakfast in the same hotel in Chumming.

From Chumling leading to higher area to reach BuriGandkai River, coming across small farm villages, with nice rest a short climb and downhill to cross a bridge reaching the river and then a steep climb to reach a rocky ridge top and into bamboo forest area and finally ending at Dyang village for overnight stop and on Manaslu main route.

After Dyang altitude gains slowly, entering the high Himalayan alpine area, the walk continues with a descend towards Bihi Bazaar, a small village near riverside, from here onward with much Tibetan culture, walk leads on the gradual trail with few short ups and down till Ghap village is reached for an overnight stop

From Ghap village on pleasant trail along the bank of Budhi Gandaki River, crossing the river through scattered small farm villages with cultivated farm fields of barley, wheat and millets then reaching at Numrung village with super North Face views of Mt. Manaslu, walk continues passing few villages of Banjham, Lhi, and Sho, then altitude gains with an hour climb to Shrip village, from here few hours of good walk to Lho-Gaon for overnight stop.

After Dyang and Lho-Gaon, altitude gains to a cooler temperature, where tree lines drop for few shrubs, juniper bushes, and Juniper trees, walking gradually on a nice trail with views of snow-capped peaks and finally reaching a large village of Samagaon, which lies on the route to Manaslu base camp.

Morning walk towards last village at Samdo which is on route Tibet border, people here been trading into Tibet since hundreds of years, the trade still exists you can find many Chinese goods, continue morning walk with slow climb on barren dry country overlooking views of snow-capped peaks, walk finally brings at Samdo for overnight stop.

Today a short day walk to Larkyaphedi/Dharmasala crossing rivers, heading towards more dry and barren country, trek to Larkyaphediis not tough except for high altitude walking with few short ups and downs and then completing morning walk at Larkyaphedi, at the base of Larkya-La pass, afternoon free at leisure for short hike after having lunch.

A Big Day! Start early morning to reach the top of Larkya-La pass at 5,214 meters, morning walk leads to a steep long climb with beautiful scenery of surrounding hills and valley and of Mt. Manaslu, Larkya peak, Bouddha Himal, Himalchuli and of Peak 29. After hard effort reaching the top of the pass, festooned with Buddhist prayer flags overlooking fantastic scenery. From here after enjoying a short rest and catching the views a long descend reaching back into greens around the forested area to Bimthang for an overnight stop, after a hard long day walk.

After a tough trek of the previous day, today's leisure walks on downhill most of the way to Gho, located in the middle of an alpine forest of rhododendron, pines, and oaks tree lines then passing several farm areas to reach a small place at Gho. From Gho with pleasant stop in lovely forest surrounding, morning walk much easier on downhill all the way to Manang area at Telje village by the Marsyangdi River, after this nice village an hour climb brings you at a large Dharapani village with many fine lodge, where altitude drops into moderate alpine climate, this village located on famous and popular trekking route of Annapurna Circuit trail.

What's included?

  • All Transport
  • Trekker’s Information Management System(TIMS) card
  • All governmental procedure fees, all permits and local taxes and Porter
  • All meals and accommodation throughout the trek.
  • An experienced English speaking trekking guide possessing valid license issued by the government of Nepal.
  • Highly experienced trekking staffs.
  • Travel and rescue arrangements.

What's not included?

  • Visa fees/ international airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • Hot and cold shower, battery recharge during Everest base camp trek.
  • Personal expenses phone calls, bar bills, extra porters, beverages etc.
  • Personal Everest base camp trekking equipments/gears.
  • Tips for guides, porters and drivers.
  • All others expenses not mentioned in “Trip Cost Includes” section

Elevation Chart & Map

Map of Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek