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A Complete Guide To Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek

The Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek is a special adventure in the Manaslu Region Of Nepal. It’s like a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. This trek has stunning natural beauty, exciting cultural experiences, and some tough trails, making it perfect for adventurous souls who want something off the beaten path.

Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek Trek Overview

Trekking Route

The Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek is a circular trek that circumnavigates the eighth-highest mountain in the world, Mount Manaslu (8,163 meters or 26,781 feet). The journey typically begins from  Soti Khola or Arughat and takes you through a variety of landscapes, including lush forests, terraced fields, high mountain passes, and remote villages. The trail then leads you into the pristine Tsum Valley, known for its Tibetan culture and unique monasteries, before rejoining the Manaslu Circuit for the descent.


  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world.
  • The trek offers panoramic views of other peaks like Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, and others.
  • Tsum Valley is known for its Tibetan-influenced culture, ancient monasteries, and traditional villages.
  • Visit the main village in Tsum Valley, known for its ancient monasteries and friendly locals.
  • Explore the diverse flora and fauna in the Manaslu Conservation Area, including various species of plants, animals, and birds.
  • Challenge yourself with the crossing of Larkya La Pass at an altitude of 5,160 meters, offering stunning panoramic views.
  • Follow the Budhi Gandaki River through picturesque valleys and terraced fields.
  • Visit the Pungyen Gompa, a monastery nestled at the foot of Manaslu.
  • Explore the Rachen Gompa in the Tsum Valley, known for its ancient architecture and religious significance.
  • Experience the hospitality of the local people in traditional villages like Lho and Samagaun.
  • Stay in homestays to immerse yourself in the local culture and lifestyle.
  • Compared to more popular trekking routes, Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley are less crowded, offering a more intimate trekking experience.

Permits and Regulations

Before Starting your Journey  on the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek, it’s crucial to understand the permits and regulations that govern the area:

Manaslu Restricted Area Permit

The Manaslu region falls under restricted territory, and a special permit is required. You can obtain this permit through registered trekking agencies, and it’s typically issued for a minimum of two trekkers.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

The Manaslu Circuit trek also briefly enters the Annapurna Conservation Area, so you’ll need an ACAP permit, which is obtainable in Kathmandu or on the trail.

Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit

For the Tsum Valley section of the trek, a separate restricted area permit is required. Similar to the Manaslu permit, it can be obtained through authorized agencies.


A Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card is mandatory for all trekkers. It helps authorities keep track of trekkers and ensures their safety.

Best Time to Trek

The ideal time to embark on the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek is during the autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May) seasons. During these months, the weather is relatively stable, and the trails are at their most beautiful, with rhododendron blooms in spring and clear skies in autumn.

Trekking Itinerary Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek

A well-planned itinerary is the most necessary thing for a successful trek. Here is the best and most common typical itinerary for the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400 m)
  • Day 02: Sightseeing day in Kathmandu and preparation for trek.
  • Day 03: Drive to Maccha Khola – (869 m)    7-8  Hrs Drive
  • Day 04: Maccha Khola to Jagat  – (1340 m)  6-7 Hrs Trek
  • Day 05: Jagat to Lokpa  – (2240 m) 6-7 hrs Trek
  • Day 06: Lokpa to Chumling – (2386 m)  5-6  hrs Trek
  • Day 07: Chumling to Chhokang Paro– (3031 m)  6-7  hrs Trek
  • Day 08: Chhokang Paro  to Nile  – (3361 m)  5 – 6 hrs Trek
  • Day 09: Day Trip to Mu Gompa Overnight at the Nile – (3700 m)   6 hrs  Hike
  • Day 10: Nile to Chhokang Paro – (3031 m)  5 hrs  Trek
  • Day 11: Chhokang Paro  to Chumling – (2386 m)  5-6 hrs  Trek
  • Day 12:  Chumling to Deng – (1860 m)   6 hrs  Trek
  • Day 13: Deng to Namrung – (2630 m) 6-7  hrs
  • Day 14: Namrung  to Sama Gaun  – (3530 m)  6 – 7 hrs  trek
  • Day 15: Acclimatization Day (Day Trip to Manaslu Base Camp (4400 m 7 Hrs Hike) , Pungyen Gompa Or Birendra Taal Overnight at  Sama Gaun.
  • Day 16: Sama Gaun to Samdo – (3875 m)  3-4 Hrs Trek 
  • Day 17: Samdo to Dharmasala – (4460 m) 3–4 hrs  Trek
  • Day 18: Dharmasala to Bimthang via Larkya Pass(5160 m) & Bimthang – (3590 m)  8–9 hrs Trek
  • Day 19: Bimthang to Dharapani  – (1970 m)  7-8  hrs  Trek
  • Day 20: Dharapani to Beshisahar drive by sharing jeep and drive to Kathmandu same day by private car Or jeep (1400 m.) 6/7hrs
  • Day 21: Departure

Accommodation and Facilities

Accommodation along the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek varies from basic teahouses to more comfortable lodges in some villages. While teahouses provide the essentials, don’t expect luxury accommodations. Be prepared for simple, yet cozy, lodging with shared facilities.

What to Pack

Packing appropriately for this trek is crucial. Here’s a common checklist of essentials.

For details About packing list visit our blog for the trekking packing list section.

– Trekking gear (boots, clothing, backpack)
– Sleeping bag
– Down jacket
– Rain gear
– Headlamp
– Trekking poles
– Water purification tablets
– First-aid kit
– Personal toiletries
– Snacks and energy foods
– Money (in Nepali Rupees)
– Necessary permits and documents

Remember to pack light, as porters and yaks carry most of the load. Your main focus should be on essential items for comfort and safety.

Health and Safety

Prioritize your health and safety during the trek is the most important things. Here are some key tips:

– Acclimatize properly by ascending gradually and taking rest days.
– Stay hydrated and drink purified water.
– Follow the guidance of your guide and heed their advice.
– Be prepared for altitude-related illnesses and know the symptoms.
– Carry a comprehensive first-aid kit and any necessary medications.

Manaslu And Tsum Valley Trek Side Trips:

Pungyen Gompa: A side trip from Samagaon offering panoramic views of Manaslu and the surrounding peaks.

Tsum Valley Exploration: Side trips to Chhokangparo, Nile, and Mu Gompa for a deeper cultural experience.

Hiring a Guide and Porter

While it’s not possible to trek independently at Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek, you have to hire a local guide and porter through the Agency. They provide valuable insights into the culture, ensure your safety, and lighten your load, allowing you to fully enjoy the experience.

The Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley Trek is a trekker’s paradise, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and adventure. With proper preparation, permits, and a sense of adventure, you can embark on this unforgettable journey through the heart of the Himalayas, where you’ll create memories that will last a lifetime. Make sure to respect the environment and local communities to ensure this pristine region remains a treasure for future generations of trekkers.

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