Manaslu & Tsum Valley Trek

Manaslu circuit with Tsum valley is the two best treks combined together to make an outstanding trekking destination. This is one of the latest additions when it comes to trekking destinations in Nepal and comparatively one of the best in the recent days. It is a must do trek for any keen walker.

The trek is long and demands physical ability but on the other hand the beautiful landmark is combined with one of the most unique cultures in the entire country. Until very recently and for past half decade there were not even a single teahouse or lodge. This rapid yet nominal development in the region shows Manaslu circuit trek with Tsum valley growing as one of the classic treks which is yet serene and not crowded.

Manaslu being one of the eight highest mountains in the world and being able to get 360 degree view encircling it in itself is an awe inspiring moment which very few people will live up to. In addition, going from village after village in rural settlement where people are completely unaware of the existence of the outerworld makes the trek more content.

Day 01

Kathmandu – Arughat

We would start early in the morning by boarding a vehicle to Arughat. This bus or van ride would take around 7 to 8 hours. Half of the way is nice and black topped, whereas half of the road is bumpy and off road. Once we reach Arughat we would call it a day and get ready for Manaslu circuit trek. Overnight in Arughat.  Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 02

Arughat – Soti Khola (4 – 5 hours)

The first day of the trek shouldn’t be much tough on your legs and hence we would walk only for around 4-5 hours with a lot of breaks in between. The trail is gradient in the beginning but beyond Arkhet it gets steep. We would make our way through beautiful villages and rice terrains of indigenous gurung community. Keep your eyes open for plenty of monkeys in the forest in between Arkhet and Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola.  Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 03

Soti Khola – Machha Khola (5 -7 hours)
Initially we climb through beautiful Sal forest and further on the face of a cliff and along the budhi Gandagi river. We pass several Gurung villages and amazing rice terrain. Keep your eyes open for beautiful display of indigenous culture. Overnight in Machha Khola.  Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 04

Machha Khola – Jagat (5 – 7 hours)

We would embark on the same trail left behind on the previous day. We would walk on lush green hills and cross the budhi Gandaki river for several times before we reach our final destination. On our way we would as well meet Tatopani, natural hot water springs. This section of the trail however is very isolated and we would only see few scattered houses in most of the case. Overnight in Jagat.  Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 05

Jagat – Deng (5 – 7 hours)
You will walk through a variety of terrain on this day, which is very captivating. The primary climb past Jagat brings you to a viewpoint from where Singri himal range is an absolute marvel. Further down the trail we get out permits checked back to back at 2 points and enter a beautiful lush green forest past Philim. This is the very section of the trail from where trail for Tsum valley gets separated. Several ups and downs and crossing of Budhi Gandaki river we reach our final destination of the day. Overnight in Deng. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 06

Jagat – Deng (5 – 7 hours)
You will walk through a variety of terrain on this day, which is very captivating. The primary climb past Jagat brings you to a viewpoint from where Singri himal range is an absolute marvel. Further down the trail we get out permits checked back to back at 2 points and enter a beautiful lush green forest past Philim. This is the very section of the trail from where trail for Tsum valley gets separated. Several ups and downs and crossing of Budhi Gandaki river we reach our final destination of the day. Overnight in Deng. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 07

Namrung – Samagaun (5 – 7 hours)

The walk begins with easy uphill and not too difficult. We cross several short streams and small patches of villages of Barcham, lihi  and Sho, but the most significant one is Lho. Manaslu dominates the view of entire Lho. You can as well take a short time to explore the village and observe the handmade religious architecture. It takes around 3 and half hours to Lho and from here our final destination is another 2 and half hours away. Overnight in Samagaun. Meal plan Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 08

Samagaun all day

Taking a day off in Samagaun is a part of acclimatization. This beautiful village nestled on the laps of Manaslu himalaya has several places worth exploring. There are gompas, shrines and local infrastructures worth exploring. There is a natural hot water spring as well which is enjoyed by trekkers in the region. Overnight in Samagaun. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 09

Samagaun – Dharmashala ( 5 – 7 hours)

The trek begins easy and on the grassy grazing land often referred as Kharka. From here, in around 2 hours we reach the first village of Samdo; settlement of Tibetan fled refugees. This is an ideal place to relax a bit and see the surrounding. After catching our breath, we move on with our journey. Lookout for splendid view of Manaslu himal. In another 3 hours, looking on the north face of Manaslu and Larkya peak we make it to Dharmashala. Overnight in Dharmashala.  Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 10

Dharmashala- Larkya pass – Bimthang ( 9 – 11 hours)
This is the longest and the toughest day in the entire Manaslu circuit trek. The day is going to be long so we would start before the first light. The hike in no doubt is tedious but on the top awaits the most beautiful of the himalayan grandeur. On the way down you will be greeted by beautiful views of Bimthang village and several turquoise colored lakes. The highest point of the trek as well is Larkya La pass. Overnight in Binthang.  Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 11

Bimthang – Goa ( 4 – 6 hours)

We start strolling down Bimthang valley and towards the end of the valley we first cross a glacial melt, climb down a moraine and climb up a moraine. The west face of Manaslu is still still impressive. From this point there is a sudden change in the topography. We traverse through forest of Pine and Rhododendron. The descend is at first steep and then more gradient. Ovenight in Goa.  Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 12

Goa – Syange ( 5 – 7 hours)
Today our trail would meet the Annapurna circuit trek and we would walk steep downhill on the deepest part of Marsyangdi gorge. Overnight in Syange.  Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 13

Syange – Besisahar ( 5 – 7 hours)

We would follow the trail adjacent to Marshyangdi river and walk through more warm weather. We would make our day through rice field and scattered houses all the way to Besisahar.  Overnight in Besisahar. Meal plan B,L,D.

Day 14

Besisahar – Kathmandu

We would board a bus back to Kathmandu. Once we complete this 7 hour ride back to Kathmandu we would transfer you to your hotel/hostel and hence our Manaslu circuit trek would come to end.  Meal plan B.