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Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek

The majestic sight of the eighth-highest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu (8,163m/26,781 ft), Larkya La Pass(5,106m/16,751ft), and an off-the-beaten-path with a richness of culture can entice anyone trekking in the Manaslu and Tsum Valley.

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Best Season Best Season March to May and September to November
Trip Duration Trip Duration 22 Days & 21 Nights
Trip Difficulty Trip Difficulty Moderate to Difficult
Accomodation Accomodation Hotel in city and tea houses & lodges during the trek
 Max. Elevation Max. Elevation 5,106m/ 16,751ft.
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Region: Manaslu Region
Distance: 220km /136.7Miles
Meals Included: All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
Transportation: Private Jeep Kathmandu to Sotikhola & Tal to Kathmandu via Besisahar
Activity Per Day: Approx. 4-6 hrs walking
Start / End Point: Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Nature Of Trek: Tea House (lodge) Trekking
Group Size: 2 - 20 person

Trip Highlights

  • A scenic drive from Kathmandu to Machhakhola.
  • Discover the Manaslu Glacier and the eight tallest mountains in the world- Manaslu, and other peaks like Lamjung Himal, Himlung, Annapurna II, Ganesh Himal, Himal Chuli, Sringi Himal, Boudha Himal, etc
  • Explore the hidden Tsum valley.
  • Cross one of the highest mountain passes “Larkya La Pass” (5,106m/16,751ft) on the route.
  • Trek around the eighth highest mountain in the world- Mt. Manaslu.
  • Trek in the ancient trading route to Tibet.
  • Comparatively quiet, less crowded, and less explored than other trekking regions.
  • The friendly and warm hospitality of indigenous Tsumba, and Nubri communities.
  • Insight into traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture and lifestyle.
  • Several beautiful waterfalls, amazing rivers, green lush forests, and alpine pastures.
  • Several ancient Buddhist monasteries, mani walls, stupas, meditational caves like Milarepa’s Cave, and praying flags along the route.


Manaslu Circuit Trek and Tsum Valley Trek are two separate treks in the Gurkha district of Nepal. These treks will be more exciting and rewarding if combined into a three-week journey. Trekking separately in these treks takes more time and cost. But combining them as a single trek saves our time and costs. Moreover, we explore the more unexplored places on our bucket list at a time. In addition to that, a trekker can experience shifting landscapes and diverse cultures on a single trip. 

Adding six more days in the Manaslu circuit trek takes you to Tsum Valley. It is known as Beyul, one of the Buddhist’s sacred hidden valleys. So, if you have the time, it is highly recommendable that you include the Tsum Valley trek in your trip to the Manaslu region. In fact, the Manaslu region is a hidden gem of the Himalayas. It is still waiting for exploration and visitors from all around the world.

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It is the long adventurous trek in the less explored and less traveled trails of Nepal. This trek teeming with the richness and rawness of nature and culture is suitable for trekkers with past trekking experiences. This trek is the best alternative for those trekkers who want to skip the crowds and travel in peaceful and tranquil nature. 

The trek allows encounters with ancient monasteries, remote Tibetan-style villages, rich wilderness, and hidden valleys. We will be crossing one of the highest mountain passes “Larkya La Pass” (5,106m/16,751ft), and looping around the eighth highest peak of the world, Mt. Manaslu (8,163m/26,781ft). The trek offers really the most striking and jaw-dropping scenery, a wide range of flora and fauna, and the enriched culture of Nepalese and Tibetan ethnic groups.

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  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

    Kathmandu: (1,300m/ 4,265ft)

    After flying through the beautiful scenic views of mountains, varied terrains, and plains, you will arrive in the capital city of Kathmandu.  Our office representative at the Tribhuwan International Airport Terminal will welcome and transfer you to the hotel of Thamel. Once check-in at the hotel, a briefing will be provided for the preparation of the trek in the following days, and answer your questions and queries if any. 

    There is a lot to do and see in Thamel. If you have an early arrival, after refreshments, you can visit our office nearby to meet our team members, stroll around the narrow lively streets of Thamel and enjoy your first meal in a variety of restaurants offering different cuisines with live music.

  • Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Machhakhola

    Kathmandu: (1,300m/ 4,265ft) Machhakhola: (960m/ 3,051ft)

    The trek commences with a drive of 160 km/ 99 miles from Kathmandu to Machhkhola via Sotikhola along the Prithvi Highway, which follows the Trishuli River. It takes about 7 hours by private jeep and 8 to 9 hours by the local bus. During the ride, you can get glimpses of traditional villages, green terraced fields, rivers, waterfalls, lush forests and hillsides, and views of the southern mountains like Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and the Langtang Himal. We stop for our lunch break on our way. Then the ride continues through Sotikhola, Khursang village, Lububesi Gurung village, and finally, we reach Machhakhola. 

  • Day 03: Trek from Machhakhola to Jagat

    Machhakhola: (960m/ 3,051ft) Jagat: (1,340m/ 4,396ft)

    After an early breakfast at Machhakhola, we will start our trek across the bank of Budi Gandaki River towards Jagat. We will traverse through the sub-tropical forests, with some ups and downs, and crossing the Thuro Khola and Machha Khola on a suspension bridge, we will arrive at Tatopani (hot spring), a perfect place to take a break and unwind your soaring body with warm showers. We continue on our path crossing the suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki River to reach Doban.

    We will climb a stone staircase after crossing another suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, descend to the river, and then climb more stone stairs to reach Thado Bharyang below Jagat. Then we cross a river to reach a Tibetan-style settlement of Jagat, the entry point of the Manaslu Conservation Are

  • Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa

    Jagat: (1,340m/ 4,396ft) Lokpa: (2,040m/ 6,692ft)

    After Jagat, we descend and cross the suspension bridge over the Dudh Pokhari River. On the way, we will traverse through some beautiful waterfalls and get a glimpse of the stunning Shringi Himal Range. Then we trek through the village of Salleri and Sirdibas. Eventually, we will be walking along the riverbanks of Budi Gandaki River and crossing the bridge, the valley gets wider towards the larger village of Philim. At Philim, we will get our permits checked at the checkpoint to enter Tsum valley. 

    The trail splits as we pass Ekle Bhatti; one leads to Tsum and the other to Manaslu. We take the trail leading to Tsum valley towards the Lokpa village, located at the confluence of Budi Gandaki and Siyar Khola. Lokpa is the first village of Tsum valley that is still secluded from the rest of the world. The village offers mountain views of the Manaslu range including Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli. It is believed that Guru Padmashamva (founder of Tibetan Buddhism) bestowed his blessing on this remote village centuries ago.

  • Day 05: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling

    Lokpa: (2,040m/ 6,692ft) Chumling: (2,386m/ 7,828ft)

    From Lokpa, we start our trek toward the Chumling village, also known as lower Tsum. Today, we will trek by the south banks of the Siyar Khola and through rhododendrons, juniper, and pine forests. Along the route, we get amazing views of Boudha Himal (6,672m) and Ganesh Himal (7,422m).

    The path then descends to the valley to cross the bridges of Lungwa River and Sarli Khola. After crossing another bridge over the Diyar Khola to the north bank, we start climbing up to reach the village of Chumling. When we arrive at Chumling, we will be greeted by Tibetan Buddhist communities, stone-paved streets, and traditional houses. You can visit the three main monasteries; Panago Gumba, Mani Dhungyur, and Gurwa Gumba at Chumling.

  • Day 06: Trek from Chumling to Chhokangparo

    Chumling: 2,386m/ 7,828ft) Chhokangparo: (3,240m/ 10,629ft)

    Our destination today is Chhokangparo, which is located in the upper Tsum valley, a region of the inner Himalayas, and is about three hours away from Chumling. We will begin our walk along the Syar River and descends to the Domje. From Domje, we cross the river and climb up to Gho village, Chaurikharka and finally we reach the settlement of Chhokangparo. Chhokangparo offers stunning views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal on clear days. You can enjoy Tibetan tea (butter tea), local cuisine, and the hospitality of the locals at Chhokangparo. The locals are members of the Tibetan group “Tsombo.”

  • Day 07: Trek from Chhokangparo to Nile/Chule

    Chhokangparo: (3,240m/ 10,629ft) Nile: (3,361m/ 11,026ft)

    Today’s walk is comparatively shorter and we will reach Nile today. The Nile is the last village in the north upper Tsum Valley which is about a 20 minutes walk across the Shiyar Khola from Chhule.

    The first part of the trek will take you along a leisurely flat trail along the Shiyar Khola’s northern bank. We will pass through the remote villages of Lamagaun, Bursi, Lar, Phurbey, Chhule, and Pungdun along the way.  After passing Lamagaon, we will reach the Milerapa Phiren Phu Cave, also known as Pigeon Cave. Located at the foot of the rugged hill near the village of Burji, the Milarepa cave is the sacred cave of Tsum valley where the Tibetan Buddhist master Milarepa is said to have meditated here, which contains his footprints.

    Then we will proceed on through the narrow valleys of fertile land and pastures. There are two gumbas along the route which are richly painted with Buddhist drawings of deities and artistic scripts carved on the stones. After crossing the Shiyar Khola, passing through a few villages, and arriving at a notable circular stupa, we proceed to the larger village of Chhule and enter through an amazing entry gate. From Chhule, we travel upstream, cross a bridge, and climb to the Nile village, where we will spend the night.

  • Day 08: Trek from Nile to Mu Gomba

    Nile: (3,361m/ 1026ft) Mu Gompa: (3,700m/ 12,139ft)

    After breakfast, we hit the trails from the Nile village slowly ascending towards Mu Gumba, the largest monastery of this region, the highest point, and the last habitat place of the Tsum Valley Trek. We trek through some yak pastures and alpine dry terrains. After the 2-hour hike from Nile village, we arrive at the oldest monastery of the Tsum valley, Dephyudonma Gumba indicating the starting of Buddhism in the valley and the valley to be a spiritually Buddhist place itself.

    Mu Gomba is a monastery established by Drupa Rinpoche in 1895, a Bhutanese Lama who meditated in the nearby caves. The monastery holds many religious Buddhist books like Kangyur, an existing statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Buddhist masters of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara. Mu Gumba is at an altitude of 3,700 meters surrounded by high mountains. There are optional hikes above the monastery to get amazing views of the valley and the surrounding stunning mountains. You can also witness the Lungdang glacier from Mu Gumba.

  • Day 09: Trek back from Mu Gumba to Rachen Gomba

    Mu Gompa: (3,700m/ 12,139ft) Rachen Gomba: (3,240m/ 10,629ft)

    It is time to return. Today, we head back from Mu Gumba towards Rachen Gomba and stay the night there. We retrace our steps back through the Chhule village and descend to Phurbe. Further walking along the east bank of Shiar Khola through the plains covered with boulders, we reach Rachen Gomba. Rachen Gomba is the female counterpart to the renowned Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu. It is a nunnery located in the Shiar Khola Valley in the foothills of the mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. Established in 1905, it is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum valley and houses the Ngak-pa nuns. Several paintings about Buddhism and its history can be found inside the gompa.

  • Day 10: Trek from Rachen Gompa to Gumba Lungdang

    Rachen Gomba: (3,240m/ 10,629ft) Gumba Lungdang: (3,200m/ 10,498ft)

    We set out on foot from Rachen Gompa in the direction of Domje, from where we take the trail towards Gumba Lungdang. From Domje, we ascend through the dense forest of rhododendrons and pine trees. Crossing the mani walls with praying flags along the trail, we will reach Gumba Lungdang for the overnight stay.

  • Day 11: Day hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp

    Ganesh Himal Base Camp: (4,200m/ 13,779ft)

    This day will be exciting and memorable. We will take a hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4,900 m). Walking for about 4-5 hours from Gumba Lundang, we arrive at the base camp. After taking in the breathtaking views from the Ganesh Himal Base Camp, we return to Gumba Lungdng.

  • Day 12: Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa

    Gumba Lungdang: (3,200m/ 10,498ft) Lokpa: (2,040m/ 6,692ft)

    Today, we head back to Lokpa. The trail descends towards Domje crossing Laudang Khola. Then, following the Shiar River through a lush narrow gorge, we will reach Ripche. After further descending the steep stairs for a while, we reach Bhatti Ghumlong on the river. Then, we arrive at Lokpa after a slight climb up through the pine forest.

  • Day 13: Trek from Lokpa to Ghap

    Lokpa: (2,040m/ 6,692ft) Ghap; (2,100m/ 6,890ft)

    We leave Lokpa village this morning and continue our trek down the trail until it splits at Philim, where we turn right and cross the bridge over the Budi Gandaki River. From here, we will be traveling through the Manaslu trail, the second phase of our trek. We traverse a narrow valley with several ups and downs and cross the river and pass through a bamboo forest to reach Deng.

    From Deng, we ascend to Rana and eventually Bihi Phedi, a stone-carved settlement. We trek through several gorges and cross the Serang Khola and after a few ascending, we reach Ghap.

  • Day 14: Trek from Ghap to Lho

    Ghap: (2,100m/ 6,890ft) Lho: (3,180m/ 10,433ft)

    From Ghap, we trek to Lho. Walking through the forests of dense fir, bamboo, oaks, and rhododendrons, climbing steep ascents, and crossing suspension bridges, we reach Namrung village with a large barley field all around. After Namrung, the towering mountains begin to take over the scene. Ganesh Himal (7,422 m) and Himal Chuli (7,893 m.) will be clearly visible.

    After lunch at Namrung, we walk past Mani walls, lush terraces, and typical houses exploring the Tibetan-influenced lifestyle of the Nubri people. As you stroll, you will witness all the locals dressed in their traditional Tibetan dress. We head towards the beautiful Lihi village and then to Sho enjoying the views of Simnang Himal (6251m.). We will eventually reach a culturally rich Lho village by traversing the rocky hillside paths. The village offers breathtaking views of Manaslu (8,163m) and Manaslu North (7,157m). 

  • Day 15: Trek from Lho to Sama Gaon

    Lho: (3,180m/ 10,433ft) Sama Gaon: (3,520m/ 11,548ft)

    The next morning the picturesque view of Mt. Manaslu revealed itself and accompanies us adding some strength to trek further toward Sama Gaun. Today’s trails pass through pine and rhododendron forests across the easy trail to Shyala village. The Shyala village has a number of wooden resting places and is surrounded by farmland, high mountains like Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) to the left, Manaslu, and large glaciers to the right. As we move ahead walking for about an hour, we reach Sama Gaun.

    Mountain views lessen as you approach the village, but the yak pastures and traditional settlements will attract you. Sama Gaun is the closest village to Manaslu Base Camp, and the main village of the Nubri people with a large monastery, numerous shops, a health post, a heliport, wi-fi/telephone access, etc.

  • Day 16: Acclimatization Day at Sama Gaon

    Sama Gaon: (3,520m/ 11,548ft)

    To adjust to the higher elevation and prevent high-altitude sickness, we acclimatize at Sama Gaon. Get some rest and relax. Samagaon is unquestionably a fascinating place for acclimatization.

    For those who want to explore, there are optional hikes. We will explore the Sama Gaon to experience the culture and lifestyle of the locals. Another option is visiting Pungyen Monastery south of Sama Gaon with a great view of the glacier and surrounding mountains. Other options are hiking to Manaslu Base Camp or Birendra Lake. Birendra Tal is a glacial lake at a height of 3,450 meters surrounded by thunderous displays of ice blocks falling into the water. 

  • Day 17: Trek from Sama Gaon to Samdo

    Sama Gaon: (3,520m/ 11,548ft) Samdo: 3,690m/ 12,106ft)

    Today will be a shorter walk compared to other days as we are at a high altitude and we need to walk slowly. As we begin our trek towards Samdo, we witness expanded yak pastures up a broad valley with mani walls, chortens, and praying flags. This route brings you close to the Tibetan border and offers stunning mountain views.

    We follow the trail into juniper and birch forests. We will cross the wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River and climb steeply across the river before reaching white Kani, a picturesque village known for yak herding. 

    When you reach a stone entryway, continue going until you reach Samdo village. As we reach Samdo, a village of Tibetan refugees, we will have breathtaking views of the mountains, particularly Manaslu. We will also tour the village of Samdo and the surrounding hills once we arrive there.

  • Day 18: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala

    Samdo: 3,690m/ 12,106ft) Dharmasala: (4,460m/ 14,632ft)

    Today is another exciting day at a high altitude. You must carefully monitor your body signs. You will walk slowly through the rugged terrains of the Manaslu region before arriving in Dharmasala, taking in the scenic views of the Himalayan sequence.

    We will pass through Larke Bazaar, a seasonal Tibetan market, before descending to the Budi Gandaki River. We traverse the wooden bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River as we make our way down the Samdo edge past old Mani walls and through fields. We’ll proceed along the Larke River after passing the Athahra Saya River. We can see some of the Mani walls and prayer flags hung along the path, indicating the proximity of the Larkya La Pass. Many traditional monasteries can be found along the way.  

    We begin ascending, crossing two streams and admiring the magnificent Larkya Glacier. We hike further around Salkha Khola’s valley while taking in the scenery, and then we climb higher to get to the stone guest house (4,450m). The stone guest house, also known as Dharamsala or Larkya La Phedi, is not a lodge but rather a type of communal dormitory.

  • Day 19: Trek from Dharamsala to Bhimtang by Larkya Pass

    Larkya La Pass: (5,135m/ 16,847ft) Bimthang: (3,590m/ 11,778ft)

    The exciting part of the journey awaits us as we trek around the Manaslu circuit, climbing the highest elevation of the trek and crossing Larkya La Pass (5,160m), and descending towards Bhimdang. We will leave Dharamsala early morning after breakfast because the trek will be long. The weather is the most important factor because it determines whether or not the trek becomes more difficult due to strong winds or storms. The walk could be quite challenging in bad weather and snow but it is doable if you walk steadily and cautiously. 

    We start by descending to a small lake after crossing the moraine. As we move south of a steep grassy slope, the trail becomes rough and hazy. We follow the moraine to an edge that is designated by two landmarks. We can feel the direction of our trek thanks to the prayer flags that mark the path. We carefully make our way down to four frozen lakes before beginning the final ascent up a rocky trail to the Larkya La Pass.

    Once you reach and stand at the pass, you will be lured by the panoramic mountain views of Himlung Himal(7,126m.), Cheo Himal (6,820m.), Kang Guru (6,981m), and Annapurna II (7,937m.). After spending some time at the pass, we walk down through moraine, steep and rough trails towards the Bhimtang. As we descend, the trail becomes easier to walk passing through small meadows. As we get closer to the large meadow, the valley widens with Mani walls and tiny houses that signify we’ve arrived at Bhimtang.

  • Day 20: Trek from Bhimtang to Tal

    Bimthang: (3,590m/ 11,778ft) Tal: (1,699m/ 5,574ft)

    This is the last day of your walking on the Manaslu region trails. Today must be an easy trek as the trail descends. As we descend the hill, we will pass through verdant forests teeming with flora and fauna, including rhododendron trees. We descend down to the Budi Gandaki River and reach Karche. The trail then drops to Gho. The valley becomes more agricultural and lush as you pass through fields and trees of oak and rhododendron. Walking through many fields and pastures we reach Tilje village, famous for brandy. As we proceed we reach the villages of Thonje and Dharapani and finally Tal village after walking total hours of about 9 hours.

  • Day 21: Drive from Tal to Kathmandu

    Tal: (1,699m/ 5,574ft) Kathmandu: (1,400m / 4,600ft)

    We will bid farewell to our wonderful and adventurous Himalayan adventure today. We drive back to Kathmandu by a private 4WD jeep. The ride provides a chance to enjoy both hill and mountain landscapes frequently coming into direct view, with the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers. Along the way, you’ll pass some picturesque villages with farming terraces on both sides of the road.

    When you arrive in Kathmandu, check-in in at the previous hotel at Thamel. You can take a stroll for beverages and shop in the evening. It’s a fantastic idea to spend your evening in Kathmandu wandering around Thamel and the surrounding areas for shopping and independently exploring the twisting streets of this tourist hotspot. A few restaurants that serve delicious cuisine and hot coffee are located along the route, with good live music, and service.

  • Day 22: Final Departure

    Kathmandu: (1,400m/ 4,600ft)

    Today, you will depart Nepal with beautiful memories and experiences. Our team will wish you farewell and transport you to the International Airport according to your flight schedule for your flight home. It’s good to be at the airport at least 2 hours before your departure.

    Trekkers’ Paradise hopes to take you on another exciting tour in Nepal. If you want to return to Nepal for yet another tour or trek, contact us to schedule the greatest adventures in a prompt and easiest way. 

Cost Includes

  • All required airport arrivals and departure fees.
  • All transportation fees for the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley  Trek on the private van, including transfer to the airport.
  • All paper works and other government taxes and service charges.
  • 2 nights of twin-sharing hotel accommodations in Kathmandu under the BB plan.
  • 19 nights in the best available room during the trek at Machhakhola, Jagat, Lokpa, Chumling, Chhokangparo, Nile, Mu Gomba, Rachen Gomba, Gumba Lungdang, Ghap, Lho, Sama Gaon, Samdo, Dharamsala, Bhimthang, and Tal.
  • 3 meals each day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trekking.
  • Boiled water, tea, or coffee during the trek
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water.
  • Seasonal fresh fruits and snacks (cookies) on the trekking days.
  • English-speaking professional trekking guide with a government license and his pay.
  • Porters to transport the baggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • All the costs for lodging, flooding, transportation, flights, and other essential gear, and accidental insurance for the guides and porters.
  • Duffel bags and sleeping bags during the trek.
  • Assistance with organizing rescue efforts in case of complex medical conditions
  • A complete medical kit.
  • A trekking route map
  • All municipal and state taxes.
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek.

Cost Excludes

  • Sightseeing at Kathmandu. If you have leisure time and want to extend your stay by spending some time sightseeing in Kathmandu, we can manage it as well.
  • International flight costs to/ from Nepal.
  • Nepal Entry Visa fees for multiple entrances into Nepal upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • Accommodations and meals in Kathmandu after the trek.
  • An additional night’s lodging in Kathmandu due to earlier arrival, departure, or return from the trek than as planned (for any reason).
  • Additional luggage fees during the trek (limit is 9 kg per person).
  • Travel insurance covers, medical, emergency rescue, evacuation, loss, etc.
  • Personal expenses (shopping, snacks, boiled bottles of water, hot and cold beverages, a hot shower, alcohol, a phone call, Wi-Fi charge, a battery recharge price, additional porters, etc.)
  • Personal clothing and gear.
  • Extra costs for any causes that are not under management’s control, such as landslides, weather, route changes because of safety concerns, illness, new government regulations, strikes, etc.
  •  Tips and gratitude for guides and porters (recommended)


Once in a lifetime Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek Roman Charles New York, United States

Once in a lifetime Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek

The Manaslu Circuit Trek is a fantastic adventure that I had the pleasure of experiencing with my family. This trek offers a unique opportunity to explore the remote regions of Nepal and witness the raw beauty of the Himalayas. Our journey began in Kathmandu, where we were met by our experienced guide and company owner.

One of the highlights of the trek was the breathtaking view of Mount Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world. The majestic peak towered above us as we made our way through the rugged terrain. Our trek offer exposure to ancient Tibetan buddhism, well preserved monasteries, view of Manaslu and Birendra Lake. We also had the opportunity to explore local villages and interact with the friendly locals, who welcomed us with open arms in Tsum Valley.

Overall, the Manaslu Circuit Trek with Trekkers Paradise was an unforgettable experience that we will cherish for years to come. It was an opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of modern life and immerse ourselves in the raw beauty of nature. I highly recommend this trek for families looking for an adventure of a lifetime.

Mokesh Popatlal Gada Mokesh Popatlal Gada Mumbai, India

ABC with Trekkers Paradise was heavenly!

In November 2019, we went on a 14 days trek to Annapurna Base Camp, operated by Trekkers Paradise. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly, he made sure we had enough time to rest and was instructing and encouraging us to drink more water and walk slowly but steadily. The entire trek was very well organized and the weather favored us as well. We got to see all the Himalayas that can be seen from the area. One of the best experiences of my life. Must thank guide Lakpa and trekkers paradise for taking me to paradise.

Train Yourself

The best physical condition is required to trek in Nepal’s high altitude. Without some pre-trek training or a good level of basic fitness, trekking can be hard. We suggest running, walking, hiking on the hill, and climbing stairs rather than elevators to prepare for the trek. Include swimming, rowing, and biking in your daily base training. The fitter you are before you depart, the easier the trek will be.

Basic further experience and strength are required for Trekking


  • One should be able to hike for 6-7 hours a day.
  • One should be able to carry 5 kg themselves in a backpack for preparation.
  • We suggest you run about 2/3 miles in the home for the preparation with some load on your back for 1 to 2 months to make your climbing much easier. Or use a treadmill for everyday running and walking.
  • If you have an uphill location/mountain then once a week you should go hiking with a loaded bag pack on your back. If you do not have mountains and high hills then use stairs to go up/down than the elevator.
  • Regular swimming, biking, and rowing are also good ways to maintain your physical strength.
  • Fuel your body well with small but frequent healthy foods and drink plenty of water.
  • Go through a trek grading and know what type of trekking is suitable for you. The treks are graded as easy, moderate, hard, and challenging treks.
  • Go after what you want and what your physical capabilities will allow you to. Do not push too hard yourself. Trekking is not a competition. It is relaxing and rewarding.
  • Walk at a pace you are most comfortable with.  An assistant guide will be always walking at the back of the group so you don’t have to rush to catch up with the faster walkers at the front.
  • Using trekking poles reduces the body and backpack’s weight on the legs and makes walking more easier on inclines.
  • Invest in the comfortable full trekking boot with ankle support and a  sturdy Vibram sole that suit your foot to avoid blisters.


  • Will someone come after my arrival to pick me up at the airport?

    Absolutely, a representative from Trekkers Paradise will be waiting to welcome you outside of Terminal Hall at the airport. He will be holding up a placard of Trekkers Paradise with your name on it. After that, you will be transferred to the designated hotel at Thamel, Kathmandu.

  • Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?

    All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.

  • What is the cost of the visa application process and Visa? Should we apply for a visa from our home country or will we get it at a Nepalese Airport? Which documents are important that I should bring with me?

    After landing, you can obtain a visa at Tribhuwan International Airport, furthermore, it will be easier if you are fill-up the visa form online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) before taking the flight to Nepal. Entry Visa fees- at present are $ 30 for 15 days, $ 50 for 30 days, and $ 125 for a three-month visa on entry to Nepal.

    In case of a visa extension for a longer stay in Nepal, the cost to extend a tourist visa is USD 45 for a minimum of 15 days, plus USD 3 for every extra day.
    In the event of a delay, of less than 150 days, an additional $5 per day will be charged as a late fee.

    You should bring the following essential documents on the trip:

    • Valid Passport: must be valid for up to 6 months.
    • Travel insurance: you need to provide a copy of the insurance paper to Trekkers Paradise before you start the trek.
    • Flight Tickets.
    • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s bank, insurance, family contacts
    •  COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing a full dose of vaccination
  • When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

    The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and March to May when the weather remains favorable and dry with clear blue skies with good visibility of the mountains and its surroundings, which makes trekking easier.

  • What type of trekking permits do I need for the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley Trek?

    Both the treks are restricted areas of Nepal, so you need the following permits:

    • Special Restricted Area Permit for Manaslu (Manaslu RAP)
    • Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP Permit)
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP Permit)
  • How long does the trek take to complete?

    The trek can be completed within 21 days however the length of the trek depends on the weather, and the trekker’s ability to walk.

  • Is the trek difficult?

    The trek is of a longer duration of 21 days in the higher elevation so it’s a moderately challenging trek but worthwhile to do. The physical condition of the trekker has a lot to do with the Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley  Trek difficulty. This trek is one of the most challenging treks in Nepal that takes you through the remote villages of the Himalayan region of Manaslu & Annapurna.


  • Is the trek safe?

    The only potential hazard during the trek is the possibility of altitude sickness to reduce the chances of it we suggest a single day for acclimatization. You will also be guided by an experienced trekking guide and assisted by local porters, who are there to take care of you during your trek.

  • What are the facilities available in case of emergencies during the trek?

    In case you suffer from altitude sickness or any other problems, we will offer you the doctor’s prescribed medicines according to the type of problem facing you. We will descend you and incise of extreme cases, you will get rescued by helicopter.

  • What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?

    • Take off your shoes before entering a temple or one’s home
    • Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple
    • Taking photographs inside most temples is considered illegal
    • Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, including Nepali people.
    • Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel.
  • Are Trekkers Paradise’s staff insured?

    Yes, all the staff of Trekkers Paradise including guides and porters are insured to recover any kind of casualties.

  • What is the weather like during the trek?

    Normally, the nights at the high altitude are chilly with the temperature dropping as low as -6°C. During the day, the weather is sunny with a moderate temperature ranging from 10°C to 25°C. From March to May (Spring), it is neither too cold at higher elevations nor too hot at lower elevations. During the early Spring, different colorful rhododendrons start blooming on the forest trails.

  • Do you need a guide during the trek?

    Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek lies in the restricted region of Nepal. So, it is compulsory to trek with an experienced guide. No one is allowed to trek solo or without a guide in this region.


Accommodation during the trek

For accommodation, we provide one room for two customers having either two single beds or a master bed in some of the best hotels in the cities.

Manaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley is a teahouse trek so you can find some teahouses and lodges with good services on the trekking routes during your trekking days. But as you ascend higher they become more basic. Rooms are basic, almost every room consisting twin-bedded with two beds with a mattress, a pillow, and blankets. You can share a room with a fellow trekker with whom you feel at ease.

Although, each lodge has its own set of standards, please do not anticipate luxurious accommodations, particularly in the mountains. Most teahouses offer hot showers, boiled drinking water, extra blankets, charging stations, and WIFI for an additional fee. The price of teahouses is determined by the location and the facilities/services they offered.

Meals during the trek

In addition to accommodation, all the meals including breakfasts, lunch, and dinner are served during your stay in Kathmandu and the trekking journey. Usually, breakfast and dinner are served at the same hotel where we stay overnight and lunch is served en route to our destination during the trek.

The services are basic, with some of the popular western, Asian, or Nepalese menus being the most popular and consumed. The most popular and common menu items include the Dal-Bhat set, which consists of rice, lentils, and vegetables, as well as meat, rice, and noodle items, spaghetti, pasta, momo(dumplings), Tibetan bread, chapatti, local tsampa porridge,  potatoes, sandwiches, macaroni dishes, pizza, Sherpa stew, steaks, vegetable curry and so forth.

However, you cannot compare them with the choices available in large cities. Usually, local agricultural products are used to prepare meals. Other ingredients are purchased from the market if they cannot grow at a particular elevation.

Breakfast and dinner orders are taken in advance to save time; breakfast orders are taken the night before and dinner orders are taken as soon as you arrive at the teahouse. Depending on your schedule for the day, your typical day will begin. Breakfast is served in your lodge each morning, after which you leave for the next stop. A guide will notify the next tea house or lodge of your arrival each day. Around noon, you’ll stop for lunch at any nearby lodge on the way. You will arrive at your destination shortly after lunch. You can unwind or explore the nearby attractions when you arrive. You will dine around 7 to 8 pm.

At high altitudes, we strongly advise drinking hot liquid drinks in addition to fresh vegetable foods and fruit drinks. Drink plenty of water, not all a once but regularly on a time intervals.

It is best to avoid smoking cigarettes, consuming alcohol, non-vegetarian foods like meat, caffeine-containing foods, hot chocolate, and dairy and cheese products on high-altitude treks. These things increase the chances of getting altitude sickness and diarrhea.

Safe Drinking Water

The availability of drinking water is not an issue.  Bottled mineral water is available in most places for purchase, but there is no provision to dispose of plastic bottles. We encourage guests to do what they can to protect the environment. We do not recommend purchasing single-use plastic bottles. You can buy or bring your own Nalgene bottles on the trek which makes the trail free from bottles and rubbish.

Filling your water bottles in tea houses is another option for getting drinking water. Several guesthouses have the Euro-guard filters water.  Boiled filter water is also available in tea houses that are completely safe to drink but may be inexpensive for the duration of the trek.

River water is generally full of glaciers and sand and may be contaminated with animal urine and toilet run-off, so do not drink it. The tap water in the lodges is piped from high up, away from rivers and clean glaciers, so it is better, but it still must be treated.

Use iodine drops (3 per liter) locally known as Lugols solution, available at Thamel supermarkets in Kathmandu. The chlorine-based tablets are another choice, but they do transmit a taste to the water. Alternatively, you could purchase a Steripen, which uses UV to kill the bacteria but a bit fragile to carry during the trek.

The best option is the water purification tablet Aquaprove, which uses cutting-edge technology. Most importantly, it works against all pathogens in impure water. It’s light, simple to use, has no taste, and is all-natural.

Waste Management during the trek

Leave No Traces, Only the Footprints! Pack out your own waste. We practice responsible eco-tourism and organize eco-friendly trips to support sustainable tourism.

The trekking trail in Nepal has suffered significant damage as a result of not having a strong policy of waste management. Act and travel responsibly. We prefer that all of our clients bring their trash and keep them in a container or bag, and dispose of it properly at a specific spot or dustbin.

Safety and Health Precaution during the trek

Besides geographical protection, Trekkers Paradise has taken safety in following things to make travel as safe as possible making the most out of it without any worry!

  • Our guides have received extensive wilderness first-aid training.
  • Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience and can help you if there is any kind of uneasiness and assure happiness & satisfaction are guaranteed.
  • We’ll have High-quality masks & Gloves with sanitizers for everyday use throughout the journey for the Trekkers Paradise team assisting you.
  • Encouragement and inspiration can be a regular occurrence.
  • Food and accommodation in the mountains would be rechecked for additional hygiene.

How to avoid acute mountain sickness?

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is the most deadly risk of trekking. Anyone can get a victim of this sickness when their body is exposed to a higher elevation in a short period of time and the body is unable to adapt to the changing atmospheric pressures. As you ascend higher, the oxygen and air pressure decrease. Our bodies are capable of handling the change, but they require time to gradually adapt. If it is not treated in time, it can be severe and result in death. You can take a few preventative measures to avoid it.

  • Not to climb too high too fast.
  • Climb slowly and attain the height gradually.
  • Take it easy and climb at your own comfortable pace.
  • Reduce your walking hours as you reach 2000 meters and walk slowly.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get plenty of rest. If you feel like your body needs more rest, get it.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.
  • Meditation and warm-up exercise each day before starting the trek.
  • Allow an acclimatization day for every 1000m of elevation gain.

There are two more serious but less common severe forms of altitude sickness. Both have the potential to be fatal. You must descend immediately to receive medical care.

High-altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) causes the lungs to swell with excess fluid, which makes breathing difficult even when at rest. You experience extreme exhaustion, weakness, and perhaps a sense of suffocation. A dry cough, nose breathing, shortness of breath, fever, chest tightness, rapid heart rates, congestion, swelling, and fainting are the symptoms of HAPE.  If HAPE is not promptly treated by lowering the altitude or using oxygen, it can be fatal.

High-altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) is characterized by an accumulation of fluid on the brain that results in swelling. Confusion, poor coordination, and possibly violent behavior could occur. Hallucinations, loss of consciousness, fever and fatigue, photophobia, hypertension, coma, shortness of breath, and inability to walk are some more symptoms of HACE. HACE can result in death if it is not treated immediately.

The early signs of altitude sickness can be relieved by immediately descending. However, if you are experiencing severe acute mountain sickness symptoms, you should see a doctor.

The drug acetazolamide can ease heavy breathing and lessen the effects of altitude sickness. You may also be given the steroid Dexamethasone. But you are never recommended to take such drugs as far as possible until the situation is harsh.


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