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Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek – 16 Days

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek – 16 Days

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“Mystical and Mythical as well as the Eons’ valley Excursion”

Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is a mystical trekking journey that combines the stunning landscapes and rich heritage of the Tsum Valley in Nepal. This trek offers a unique opportunity to explore the magnificent wonders of rural Nepal and witness breathtaking mountain vistas. The trail is the subsidiary of the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal. However, one can do both trekking as well. Snow Bank Adventure has knitted the best itinerary for a marvelous restricted trekking area.

The major attraction of the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is the exploration of the Milarepa Caves. It is believed that the 8th Eons meditated in the caves of the valley. During the wartime period, the Bonpo People hid in caves and in the mystical Tsum Valley. The place is very mythical as well. One can feel the outer world while being in the valley.

The journey is full of activities like crossing streams, waterfalls, and terraced farmlands. The journey is characterized by the green lush forests and rural Nepalese society. It is the exploration of the secret Buddhist land situated at the edge of secluded valleys. The journey is within the area of Ganesh, Siringi, and Boudha Himal.

Tsum is full of ancient culture. It is popular for its dialect, religion, and art. The place is very secluded as there are very few numbers of visitors. Tranquility and serenity are guaranteed. It is the grandest off-the-beaten trekking region of Nepal within Restricted Trekking destinations. 

Book the Tsum Valley Trek in Nepal with us. Explore the magnificent hidden valley of Nepal. It is the spiritual trekking trail. One can enjoy the magnificent Himalayan Vista, rural Nepal, and the grandeur of natural allures.

Pass the lower Budi Gandaki regions of Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat, and Philim. We also visit the ancient Gombas of the region such as Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, and Dephyudonma Gompa.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at TIA Kathmandu (1,300m/2,464ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03: Kathmandu - Arughat(670/2,198ft) - Soti Khola(710m/2,330ft) 8-9 hrs for 135 km

Day 04: Soti Khola - Machha Khola(890m/2,920ft) 6-7 hrs trek

Day 05: Machha Khola - Jagat(1,340m/4,395ft) 6-7 hrs trek

Day 06: Jagat - Chisopani(1,600m/5,248ft) 4-5 hrs trek

Day 07: Chisopani - Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft) 6-7 hrs trek

Day 08: Chumling -Chokhang paro (3,010m/9,903ft) 4-5 hrs trek

Day 09: Chokhangparo - Nile(3,361m/11,058ft) 5-6 hrs trek

Day 10: Nile - Mu Gompa(3,700m/12,174ft) - Burgi Village(3,245m/10,644ft) 6-7 hrs trek

Day 11: Burgi Village - Chumling(2,386m/7,827ft) 5-6 hrs

Day 12: Chumling - Philim (1,570m/5,103ft) 6-7 hrs trek

Day 13: Philim - Khorlabesi (970m/3,182ft) 6-7 hrs trek

Day 14: Khorlabesi - Soti Khola(700m/2,296ft) 6-7 hrs trek

Day 15: Soti Khola - Arughat - Kathmandu(1300m/4264ft )3-4 hrs trek, 7-8 hrs drive

Day 16: Final Departure

Subsequent to arriving in Kathmandu, a delegate from Snow Bank Adventure will pick you up and take you to your hotel. At night, there will be an appreciated supper hosted by Snow Bank Adventure.

Accomodation: Overnight at hotel

Meals: D

After breakfast, we start our voyage through four astonishing UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These incorporate the compositionally rich Durbar Square, the hallowed Hindu sanctuary of Pashupati Nath, the fascinating 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath), and Bauddha Nath Stupa which is probably the most enthralling stupa on the planet.

Accomodation: Overnight at hotel

Meals: B

After breakfast, we will take the road trip on the four-wheel jeep to Sotikhola. The trip is about 7 hours long depending upon the condition of the road. We will take the Prithvi Highway, Kalupandey Highway, and Benighat Larkey Highway. About 40% of the journey is on the graveled postal road. However, the scenery of the terraced farmlands, villages, and forests seen from the jeep is outstanding. We will spend overnight in Sotikhola on the bank of Budi Gandaki River at the foothill of a gigantic hill.

Accomodation: Overnight at tea house

Meals: B L D

We will walk on the bank of the Budi Gandaki River all the way to Machha Khola. The trail is comfortable as we don’t need to do much of the uphill walking. The terraced farmlands and the whistling sound of the river as well as the laidback rural Nepalese village lifestyle will help you forget all the pain endured while walking. This is the first day of walking so you will be full of excitement and enthusiasm as well.

Accomodation: Overnight at tea house

Meals: B L D

The trail starts to get difficult from this day onwards. We will have to walk the occasional uphill on this. The crossing of the suspension bridge and sight of the waterfalls along the way will keep us busy and mesmerized. The chill mountain breeze starts to hit you and the Himalayan wilderness feeling will overpower you.

Accomodation: Overnight at tea house

Meals: B L D

Subsequent to finishing with the ACAP method, we move over a rough edge to Salleri, and after that slip to Sirdibas. The valley augments a bit as the trail proceeds up to Ghatta Khola. Proceed upstream to a long straightforward hanging span. Move up to Philim, an enormous Gurung town. Philim valley is outstanding for Japanese made school and police headquarters. Stroll past Philim toward the north over a woodland with the perspectives on the narrowing valley we reach Chisopani.

Accomodation: Overnight at tea house

Meals: B L D

After Ekle Bhatti crosses the chasm and thirty minutes stroll in the correct side we get the opportunity to see the huge and excellent cascade and enter the pine tree backwoods. Dive down to the trail setting off to the Tsum Valley. Move through pine and rhododendron backwoods. Appreciate the perspectives on Himalchuli mountain at 7893 meters and Boudha Himal from Lokpa, a little wonderful town. Pass Lokpa, drop 30 minutes towards Lungwa Khola, and climbing jick jack troublesome trail further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons we reach Gumlung. Intersection the Siyar Khola, at long last land at Chumling, from where we can see Shringi Himal. Visit the old Chumling gompa and the stone avenues of the town.

Accomodation: Overnight at tea house

Meals: B L D

Cross the suspension connect onto the contrary bank. Appreciate the extraordinary perspectives on Ganesh Himal. Stroll past Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another extension we touch base at the Gho Village. Other proceeds with 2 hours move to Tsum takes us to the town of Chhokangparo. Assuming the rainclouds hold back; appreciate the perspectives on Himalchuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at7140m.

Accomodation: Overnight at tea house

Meals: B L D

While moving above Chokhangparo, better to be cautious about height issues. Stroll past Lamagaon intersection rope suspension extension to the Rachen Gompa, which is additionally outstanding as Nunnery Gompa as well. We make a little visit and after that, we cross the Shiar Khola. Keep strolling through the very much oversaw towns Lar (miniaturized scale hydro control), Phurbe, and Pangdun. Leaving old noteworthy Stupa of Buddha in a manner crossing the town of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the extension to at long last touch base at the Nile. In the event that you consider we can make your visit to a renowned religious community of Chhule which is situated in the highest point of territory.

Accomodation: Overnight at tea house

Meals: B L D

We are presently practically near the Tibetan fringe. Stroll toward the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan scenes. Move up to the Mu Gompa. we make a touring of the entire Mu Gompa Region. Mu Gompa is the biggest cloister in the locale. The Gompa lies at the most astounding and most remote piece of the Tsum Valley. In the wake of investigating the Mu Gompa territory. We likewise visit the cloister. At that point, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa. Trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. At long last, we touch base at Burgi village. Move up to the Milarepa's Cave Milarepa Cave (piren phu) is known for its hypnotizing looks at Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal, and Churke himal.

Accomodation: Overnight at tea house

Meals: B L D

Keep trekking viewing the greenery of nature and plummet down to Chhokang Paro once more. From their keep dropping to Gho. Dropping further, we touch base at the extension over the Sarpu Khola. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes you to again Chumling.

Accomodation: Overnight at tea house

Meals: B L D

The trail proceeds to Lokpa. After lunch south on a level trail, we push forward. Appreciate the dazzling Samba Falls. At long last land at Philim following 6 or 7 hours in length trekking. A trail goes through the Phillim village that prompts the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.

Accomodation: Overnight at tea house

Meals: B L D

Trek begins today from Philim to Khorlabesi by means of Jagat and Tatopani. Dive down to Sirdibas and we at long last reach to Jagat. Further plummet takes us to Yaruphant. The parched Tibetan atmosphere presently offers an approach to subtropical green vegetation. Keep trekking to Dobhan. At last touch base at Tatopani. There is a natural aquifer at Tatopani. Whenever intrigued, you may plunge yourself in the natural aquifer and loosen up your worn-out muscles by absorbing yourself the underground aquifer. If not keep strolling all over from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi, our rest place for the afternoon.

Accomodation: Overnight at tea house

Meals: B L D

The trail crosses the Tharo Khola streaming in a rough gorge. Head down again to the waterway and navigate to Machha Khola town. Stroll along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung town of Labubesi. Pass the two cascades on a precarious rough trail on a bluff. We at that point reach Khursane. Stroll along the edge above Budhi Gandaki and cross the Sal woods. At last, cross the scaffold to touch base at Soti Khola.

Accomodation: Overnight at tea house

Meals: B L D

Move up to the edge of Kyorpani. Slip down to the falling cascade. Trekking further touches base at Arkhet. Cross the Arkhet Khola. We are presently leaving the Budhi Gandaki Valley. Land at Sante Bazaar; go through the woodlands to Maltar. At last, going by the hydroelectric plant following the stone lanes, we touch base at the Arughat Bazar. Back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli waterways with amazing perspectives on green slopes, mountains, cultivating porches, and towns on the two sides of the street. To praise the fruitful fulfillment of our voyage, we will have a goodbye supper at night.

Accomodation: Overnight at hotel

Meals: B L D

Our adventure in Nepal reaches an end today! A Snow Bank Adventure delegate will drop you off at the air terminal roughly 3 hours before our booked flight. On our approach to home, you will have a lot of time to design your next experience in the magnificent nation of Nepal.


Meals: B

Cost Include

  • Airport transportation
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by private vehicle
  • Professional government registered tourist guide
  • Accommodation 3 nights in Kathmandu with Bed and breakfast
  • Kathmandu to Soti by Private Jeep
  • Soti to Kathmandu by Private Jeep
  • Transportation from the starting  and ending point of trekking by private vehicle
  • Three meals and tea, coffee during the trek
  • Safe drinking water( treated with chlorine and iodine)
  • Permit of a trek(TIMS, Conservation, and National park fee)
  • All types of necessary government  paperwork and government taxes
  • Guide and porter(meals, wages, Insurance & transpiration )
  • An English speaking  government registered guide and porter
  • Trekking equipment like a raincoat, sleeping bag, down jacket, and walking pole

Cost Exclude

  • Personal expenses
  •  Personal & medical insurance
  •  Rescue evacuation by Helicopter in Emergency case
  • Beverage and Bar bills( soft drinks, hard drinks, and mineral water)
  • Boiled water
  •  Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu except for welcome and  farewell dinner
  • Electronic devise recharge
  • Wifi during the trek
  • Tips


The country Nepal spread from the east to west. It lies between Chain and India. The land area of Nepal is 1,47,181km2. It is the second biggest country in water sources. The current population of Nepal is 2,90,00,000. Among them 34% < 15yrs, 61% from 15-64yrs, 5% > 64yrs & 1,800 births/day. More than 125 languages and local dialects are spoken but Nepali is the most speaking language in Nepal. English is understood in tourist and trekking areas. Many trekking and tour guides can speak other western and eastern languages. Religions: Hindus are 81%, Buddhists are 9%(especially living in high Northern regions), Muslims are 4.5%, and Christians are1.4%. Land area:-1,47,181km2 Low Terai 20.1%, Middle Hills 56.2%, High Himalaya 23.7%, Arable land 16.8%, Forest 25.4% Time Zone: Nepal is 5’45” ahead from GMT and 15 minutes faster than Indian Time.

There are two main trekking seasons in Nepal. Spring (From 3rd week of February to 1st week of May) and autumn(From 3rd week of September to 1st week of December ). These seasons are common to all trekking routes. The Everest and Annapurna regions are very crowded from march-April and mid-October to the end of November. The weather is warm with flowers in rain shadow areas during the monsoon seasons. But the flooding and landslide can be damaged to the mountain road which can make major delay in time schedule. Leeches also found in lower trails during monsoon that can make uncomfortable while walking. The trekkers can explore all year round in Mustang but are cold from December to the beginning of March. Likewise, Dolpo can be visited from mid of August to the first week of October. Poon Hill and Helambu like short treks can do during the winter( December to February) but it is cold at night. It is also possible for Annapurna, Manaslu, and Everest Base camp treks but the weather is very cold which makes the treks too tough.   The biggest season of tourist from October to December which is the best time to capture mountain views. There is also good temperature and clear sky after the monsoon.  The Middle Hills and Terai regions ( Chitwan National Park and Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha) are the best time to explore in winter.  

There are different races of people inhabitant in Nepal. So that they are having different culture and also celebrating different festivals throughout the country. You can found differ in culture and festivals by their religion too. The Hindu celebrates Dashain and Tihar which is held in October and November. Likewise, Buddist celebrates Loshar at different times. Gurungs and Tamangs are enjoying January and Sherpas are celebrating the month of February. But you can found some common festivals like holly(color’s festival) celebrating in every religion which held at end of February and March. You can get a chance to observe some cultural festivals like Indrejatra and  Janai Purnima in August and Shiva Ratri in February. So many other festivals are celebrating throughout the country.


A six-month valid passport with some blank pages for a stamping visa is required. Do not forget to check your passport where correctly stamped arrival, departure, passport number, and visa date to avoid the possibility of complications. VISA Nepal provides an arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport. But you should complete the visa form with a recent passport size photo and pay the visa fee in foreign currency, preferably USD. Other major currencies are also acceptable. A single entry visa fee cost is 15 days USD 25.00 30 days USD 40.00 90 days USD 100.00  A foreigner can stay a maximum of 150 days in a calendar year.  They can be extended visas from the Immigration Office in Kathmandu or Pokhara. A minimum extension is USD 30.00(to be paid in Nepalese rupees) for 15 days.  Visa applications can be pre-registered online. Read the requirements and have a photo and all requested details available before starting the process.   Spare passport size photos and Document copies  Better to bring 6-8 recent passport size photos and some copies of your passport for use on the visa application, visa extensions, and Trekking permits.          

Our guides are trained in first aid, carry a comprehensive medical kit, and can deal with most of the problems encountered on treks. However, in the case of a serious accident outside help needs to be available. That’s why comprehensive insurance is essential. Trekking is not possible without full insurance cover, which you can purchase in your home country. You need to have full, personal, travel insurance that covers personal belongings, trip cancellation plus medical, rescue, and evacuation insurance(for air ambulance and helicopter rescue services). You must carry the company’s insurance policy certificate with you, it must include your name, address, policy number, the contact numbers, and procedure for the company’s rescue department.

In case of a serious trekking accident, the insurance company will be contacted and they will take over the rescue process. Sending in the necessary ground or air support. Without it, your trekking teams would have tried to carry you out, possibly exacerbating your’s injuries. We will not risk that. Snow Bank Adventure’s staff are covered by our own full accidental and medical insurance.

Trekking entry permits are required to each of Nepal’s National Parks and Conservation Areas. The entry permits cost range from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 3000 per entry and additional permits are required for Restricted Region Treks. We can manage all types of permits. There are five Restricted Regions which is close to the Tibetan border were opened for outside in 1990. The treks only can do with a professional guide and a minimum of two trekkers. Your original passport and extra photos are required to make permits for Upper Dolpo, Mustang, Nar-Phu, Tsum Valley, Manaslu, and Kanchenjunga trekking. The fees are according to height and range from USD 90.00 - USD 500.00 for a week or 10 days then stiff daily amounts.

Credit cards are only accepted in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. You have to make ready Nepalese Rupees to spend during the trek. That’s why you have to take a sufficient amount of Nepali Rupees on your trek. Your personal expenses should be only for hot showers, charging batteries, additional drinks, and snacks, the cost rising with altitude. You can make a ceremony with your trekking team at the end of the trek.

Regular walking or jogging activities for a few months before your trip will ensure high altitude trekking. People who trek so quickly and climb too high in a day may suffer Acute Mountain Sickness( AMS) so we call trekkers slow and steady walking. Stops for rests and do not carry more than 5 kg with you. Pre-fitness and stamina are required for trekking in Nepal. Spend at least two nights in the city before going to the trekking destination which gives time for acclimatization as well as easy to arrange necessary trekking permits.

We prefer the group size from 1-10 pax but more can be accommodated on request. There must be 2 persons accompanied by a registered guide in the Restrict Regions( Upper Dolpo, Mustang, Nar-Phu, Manaslu, and Kanchenjunga). Anyone who is reasonably fit and can walk for 5-6 hours a day in a hilly country can trek in Nepal. We suggest children up to 15 years stay below 3500m and above 15 years can tackle the higher routes.

A delegate from Snow Bank Adventure will meet you outside the terminal building and pick you up and take you to your hotel. We use cars or minibusses as the means of transportation in cities. For trekking, we use flights, local buses, minibusses or jeeps depends on the distance, terrain, and size of the group. There is a limitation on luggage up to 15 kg per person on small planes.

We provide selected 2-3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a bed and breakfast basis. During the trek, local people built simple and clean Teahouses on their properties and offer choice able good, safe and hot food with printed menus. We provide full board meals and lodging, tea or coffee, and safe drinking water during the treks. The cost of Wifi, charging your device and batteries, bottled drinks, snacks, and curios is not included in your package.

There are countless shops that sell all types of the trekking gear in both Kathmandu and Pokhara. Top brands and high-quality gears are available in selected shops.

The kit is best packed in plastic bags inside the duffle bag to ensure dryness.

Bring a spare bag

Bed: Teahouse provide a bed sheet and pillow and can usually offer duvets.

Sleeping bag: lightweight with stuff bag ( ideally rated at - 10oc/ 14of for high altitude nights)

Boots with good treads and ankle support for long treks, Spare walking shoes, spare laces

Hiking poles and Headtorch

Windproof Jacket

Down jacket ( for high altitude treks)

Thermal underwear on high altitude treks

Socks (thick and thin)

Shirt: 2-3 piece

Long trousers

Tracksuit Layers of warm tops( 2-3 piece)

Rain gear ( top with hood, pants can be useful)

Hat Scarf and gloves ( especially for high altitude treks)

Handkerchiefs and Tissues

Sunglasses ( particularly important for possible snow work)

An additional items Duffle bag and a day pack( plus inner plastic bags for waterproofing)

Sunscreen Toothbrush and paste, razor, Soap, and a face cloth can be useful Small towel (quick drying)

Personal medication and bandages Biodegradable soap and pegs for clothes

Ankle and knee guards

Leech oil to control leeches from May to October

Toilet paper

Book Diary, notebook, pen and pencil

Camera, Batteries, charger, and cards

spare batteries

The short treks need fewer clothes than longer treks

Camera cards and batteries are only available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. We advise carrying a set of camera batteries even if you have a charger. Nepal uses 220 volts through standard European round 2 or Indian round 3 pin plug sockets. Bring an adapter if you need one. Power outages are common everywhere.

Most of the day there is possible to recharge cell phones and camera batteries without cost but some parts of trekking should be paid for recharging your devices.

Most routes have cell phone availability at least near villages. The popular routes are better supplied.

Cards are only available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and at the airstrip village of Juphal in the Dolpo region. We advise you to purchase a SIM card on arrival. NTC and NCL networks are available in Kathmandu, Everest, and Annapurna trails. Dolpo uses the Hullo network. Manaslu currently has poor reception, but landlines are available.

 Malaria is prevalent in the lowland  Terai regions from March to September. If you are touring in the Terai during this time it is recommended that you bring prescribed medication. Bring any necessary personal medication with you. Include sunscreen, lip guard and plasters, etc which can buy in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Acute Mountain Sickness is caused by your body’s reaction to a shortage of oxygen. Some people start to feel the effects of altitude sickness from 2800 meters. The symptoms are first noticeable in the brain or lungs and include headache, loss of appetite, nausea, coughing, and fatigue. Admit to your symptoms rest, don’t continue climbing higher to sleep. If the condition gets worse while resting, descent to a lower altitude. Rest until you feel better and then continue upwards slowly. Stop your trek not your life if necessary. Tell your guide if you are not feeling well and act on his advice. The prescription drug, Diamox can assist with the prevention of AMS symptoms. It is a diuretic that increases respiratory rate and breathing depth(also urine flow), assisting acclimatization by reducing headaches, nausea and improving sleep. Take 1/2 a tablet 125mg or 250mg in 12 hours(fingers and feet may tingle, don’t worry)

With the range in altitudes in the Himalayas, weather prediction is notoriously difficult expect the unexpected. Beautiful days, warm in the sun is followed by colder nights. From 1000-3500m temperatures may be 5o to 20oc, higher up they may be -10o to 20oc and above 5000m -15o to 20oc. Wind chill causes temperatures to plummet. Winter temperatures are commonly 10oc lower. Rain or snow can arrive without warning, throughout the year.

The cities, villages, and trails are everywhere safe. Courtesy and kindness are universal.

Nepal is unique where you could found lowland 75m - 8,848m Mt. Everest in a distance of only 200 km. Nepal is a multi-racial, multi-cultural, and multi-language country. It has also beautiful nature, ice-capped giants of high Himalaya, a lot of waterfalls, unique wildlife and so many species of flora and fauna. Its gentle and friendly people offer visitors a warm and sincere welcome. Nepal is the homeland of the Buddha. It offers so many adventures like a tour, trekking, rafting, jungle safari, paragliding, and boating, etc. So Nepal is a dreamland of people spread all over the world. Snow Bank Adventure wants a chance to design your first trip which will be memorable in your lifetime. We (Snow Bank Adventure) believe in an Eco-friendly nature and request that you join us in our efforts to improve our trekking routes and environment in every possible way. That’s why we request you not to do:- * Do not discard cigarette buds or matches and be very conscious of the dangers of fire. * Drop tissues, sweet papers, packets, or plastic items for correct disposal. Do not throw items into Teahouse fires or ovens, it may be offensive on religious grounds. Do not squat behind bushes or rocks anywhere near a stream. Dig a hole and cover it properly before leaving

Trip Fact

based on 5 reviews
accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu/Tea House during Trek
Height: Mu Gompa(3700m/12174ft)
Best Season: Spring and Autumn
Grade: Easy
Trip Duration: 16 Days
Trek Duration: 13 Days
Transportation: Car/Jeep
Trip Type: Trekking
Activities: Sightseeing & Trekking in Himalaya

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