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Manaslu TSum Valley with Larke pass Trek

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Package name Manaslu TSum Valley with Larke pass Trek
Duration 22
Max. elevation 5160 m
Transportation <p> <span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Comic Sans MS&quot;;"></span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Poppins, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Public Vehicle | Private Vehicle</span> </p>
Accomodation Star Hotel | Lodge
Starts at Kathmandu
Ends at Kathmandu
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Cost USD 0 per person


Top Reasons to Choose Manaslu Trek

  1. Manaslu Region is a restricted area so many people don’t have the privilege to explore this region
  2. Manaslu (8152m) is eighth highest mountain in the world and also there are many neighbor mountains which are Kang Guru, Annapurna II, Cheo Himal, Himlung Himal, Nemjung and Gyaji Kang. These marvelous peaks have magnificent views and you find yourself as lucky person to have glimpse of those breathtaking views of peaks
  3. You will be at the top of the Larkya La Pass (5,106m) and in front of you, will be the splendid Manaslu Himal and the glory of the Tibetan border to the north.
  4. Manaslu trek provides you with many beautiful scenario of different forests which is worthy to capture in your eyes and camera too. You will see a drastic transform in the scenery in Manaslu Valley, since the geography of the valley is conical, so all the rainfall gets trapped in the ravine giving it its rich ecosystem.
  5. On the Manaslu Trek you will also observe rich vegetation and an abundance of wildlife. yaks, blue sheep, the endangered snow leopard, the Himalayan Tahr, Himalayan marmot and Pika are some of the interesting animals can also be seen in this region.
  6. Monasteries and Gompas are also an attraction of Manaslu region which reflects Buddhism religion of Manaslu region.
  7. Incredible work of art on the mani walls and also prayer wheels can be seen throughout the journey
  8. You can also visit birendra Taal (lake) which is located in the Manaslu glacier and is fresh water with the help of trekking experts on the buffer day at Samagaun.
  9. You can also observe beautiful less populated village through the route, though there are less people in village they have preserve their culture and natural beauty of Manaslu region.
  10. On this journey you will see many beautiful rivers that include Budhi Gandaki, Soti Khola and Machha Khola. The main thing is they all are fast flowing rivers so scene and sound of fast flowing river is just amazing.
  11. You can also extend your trek by exploring the wonderful beauty of Annapurna region. 
  12. You can also do side trip to beautiful Tsum valley which may become your lifetime experiences.

Overview of Manaslu Tsum valley with Larke pass trek

Trekking is always an adventurous thing to do but going for a trek to the eighth highest in the world is the most daring thing you will ever do in your life. Yeah, you read it right Manaslu is the 8th highest mountain in the world and also it takes At least 18 days or more to complete the trek. This is a trek for those people who love to have different experiences in Nepal but still provide jaw-dropping scenery. While doing the trek in Manaslu Tsum you will explore lush forests and deserted and rocky landscapes. You will be mesmerized by the view of those beauties of nature.

Tsum valley With time Manaslu Circuit Trek is getting more famous. It is used as the complement of Round Annapurna Trek due to the availability of roads to Annapurna Circuit Trek. Manaslu Circuit Trek covers the subtropical Himalayan foothill to arid Trans-Himalayan High Mountain with six different types of landscape. The main highlight of this trek is the attractive scenery of Mt.Manaslu (8163m ), Himalchuli with the Annapurna massif, beautiful villages of Samagau and Samdo, 110 species of birds, 33 different mammals, 11 types of butterflies and 3 species of reptiles, and 19 different types of forest. During this trek, we will get close to two different types of ethnic groups of people. The trek begins from Arughat which is at an altitude of 600 meters and goes up to Larke pass at 5016 meters.

During trekking, we can enjoy the inhabitants of local food and hospitality. Tsum valley, the hidden valley is an unexplored place. It is completely isolated from modern development. This place was opened for tourism only in 2007 by the Government of Nepal. This place is so untouched that much religious and archaeological evidence is still the same as it was a thousand years ago. People still practice the polyandry systems (all the brothers from the family get married to the same girl) and they follow unique cultures and traditions. They have their own dialect as well. Tsum valley people’s main festivals are Lhosar and Sake Dawa Dhacyhang. Tsum valley separates Nepal from Tibet. This valley is surrounded by Buddha Himal, Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, and Sringi Himal.

Getting to the Trailhead

Compared with other treks Trailhead of Manaslu Trek is one of the closest treks from Kathmandu. But it’s not that closest to the city area makes it less adventurous, still, it is one of the daring 126km (80miles) drives from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. It takes around 6 hours by jeep and 8+ hours by public bus which is not recommended by us for visitors. In monsoon (September) the road becomes more challenging for trekkers because bus or jeep service may stop at that time because of conditions of the road so that you have to walk from Arughat which adds an extra day.

Accommodation and Meals trek

Teahouse which is run by local people is all we get while trekking in the Manaslu region but if you want to spend your nights in tents it will also accept. You will get dinner, lunch, breakfast, and sound sleep all in the teahouse. Most of the teahouses are comfortable they provide you with two single beds, a mattress and a pillow, but bedroom will be unheated so it is better to take sleeping bag to avoid cold. In the teahouse you will not find a private area for meals and relaxing, there will be a common area for meals and relaxing where a fire would be burned at night and it can be a great place to stay warm. Most of the teahouse provides you with a hot shower which is powered by gas and restroom are mostly shared and can be outside of the teahouses. You can’t expect western food in the Manaslu region all you can get here is tasty and authentic food made by local people.

Telephone and Wi-Fi During Trek

Most teahouses have facilities of wifi so you can be still active on your social media and can communicate with each other via wifi. Local telephone rarely works in Manaslu region but you can call via SAT phone which also available in teahouse but it may take a bit of extra money to call foreign country. We recommend our visitors to take the NTC sim card because NTC has better coverage in the Manaslu region than NCELL. 

Packing List for Tsum valley and larke pass Trek

In Thamel, Kathmandu you can find all items that are necessary for trekking and also you can take those items for rent in reasonable prices. Some basics equipment you must have while trekking in Manaslu Region is:
    • Warm and comfortable clothes
    • Bags (large bag -80L for a porter to carry and medium daypack -40L for you to carry)
    • Shell (top and bottoms to keep off wind/rain)
    • Insulation to keep your body warm
    • Base layer to wick away sweat and when it’s getting hot you can also strip down.
    • Boots: waterproof and comfortable for trekking and light footwear to change in the evenings.
    • Warm sleeping bag and bedrolls to get warm sleep at teahouse, lodges or camps
    • Water bottles and your favourite snacks for the day
    • First aid kit to take care of you and your group in case of emergency
    • Sun protection cream 


Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]

When you arrived at Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Open Trail will be there holding your group name or leader name. He will drop you at the hotel. After checking in, you can take a rest or visit Open Trail’s office in Thamel or you can also do some souvenir shopping in Thamel. In the evening, a welcome dinner is hosted by Open Trail Treks where you will be served with authentic Nepalese cuisine. This is a great introduction to Nepalese food culture.

Day 2 : Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek preparation

Before starting our guided tour to some of the historical and religious sites of Kathmandu we will have our breakfast. After breakfast, we leave our hotel and visit places like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Buddhist Stupa (Buddha Nath), Hindus secret temple Pashupatinath which are listed as the world heritage site. We will end our tour after our visit to Swayambhunath; The Monkey Temple.

After we finish today's tour, we will meet our trekking guide and leader for further discussion and preparation of our trip.

In the evening, we will go to a typical local restaurant for the dinner.

Day 3 : Kathmandu to Soti Khola(710m/2,329ft)

After early morning breakfast, we’ll drive for 7 to 8 hours. In this journey, we drive for 3 hours through Nepal’s most busy highway i.e. Prithivi Highway. This drive offers a fabulous view of greenery, rice paddies, and local villages of the hill region. After 3 hours of drive, we reach Dhading Besi where we have our lunch. From here the pitched road ends but our journey continues through the dirt road till we reach Arughat. As we arrive at Aru ghat we have to change another bus to Soti Khola. This drive takes an hour and a half. Overnight at Soti Khola.

Overnight at Arughat.

Day 4 : Soti Khola to MachhaKhola(890m/2,120ft)

Today we trek through Sal forest after having breakfast. The trail goes through several ups and downhill that passes through the rice terraces and follows the Budhi Gandaki River. After we reach the Gurung settlement at Lapubesi we will go for a small climb through the rocky trail and arrive at the sandy bank of Budi Gandaki, where the rivers get wider. Further following the sandy bank and climbing uphill and descending downhill, we will get to Machha Khola.

Overnight at Machha Khola.

Total Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

Day 5 : Maccha Khola to Jagat (1,410m/ 4,625 ft)

Our trek today begins with some uphill and downhill through the rocky trail to the Khorla Besi. During the walk, we can enjoy the fantastic view of Mt.Manaslu and other mountains. The same up and downhill trail continues to Tatopani. From Tatopani, we climb over to Dovan and cross the suspension bridge. The rest of our trail weaves its way up and down for many times. We will again cross another suspension bridge over Yaru Khola to reach Jagat.

Overnight at Jagat.

Total Trekking Time: 6 hours

Day 6 : Jagat to Chisopani (1,660m/5,445ft)

The trail continues to the valley after crossing the suspension bridge and ascending downward will bring us to the Gurung settlement at Philim. A very well-known school sponsored by Japanese is located in Philim. As we trek passing the philim and through the small forest of the narrow valley we arrive at Chisopani.

Overnight at Chiso pani.

Total Trekking Time: 4 -5 hours

Day 7 : Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft)

Today we trek by Eklebhatti following the northern side of Budhi Gandaki River. We climb through Pine and Rhododendron forest. As we reach the Lakpa, we are reward with the magnificent view of Himalchuli (7893m) and Buddha Himal. Further, we descend to the Lungwa Khola and climb to Chumling passing through the tall Pine forest. From Chumling, we can see the fantastic view of Shringi Himal. We can go on a sightseeing trip to the Chumling Gumpa and around the village.

Overnight at Chumling

Total Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

Day 8 : Chumling to Lamagau (3,302 m)

We trek further passing villages, beautiful waterfall, jungle, and Wheat terraces to reach the small settlement of Gho. In between this walk, we can see the fantastic view of Ganesh Himal. Another two hours of uphill through the Pine and Rhododendron forest will take us to the village of Chhokangparo. The wide valley of Chhokangparo offers us magnificent view of Himalchuli(7893m) and Ganesh Himal (7140m). We spent the night at Lamagau.

Total Trekking Time: 5 hours

Day 9 : Lamagau to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft): 3 hours

We might start to feel altitude from this area. This area is located at the alpine tundra region. We can see lots of alpine tundra family’s plants. We trek further from here and cross the river twice, through the steady uphill to the Mu Gompa. At this point we are very close to Tibetan border.

Overnight at Mu Gompa.

Total Trekking Time: 3-4 hours

Day 10 : Mu Gompa, explore around

We spend our day exploring around Mu Gompa. Mu gompa has the spectacular view of the valley and the surrounding mountain. It is located at the highest part of Tsum valley. We can spend time communicating with the monks. and we also visit the Chephudoma Gompa.

Day 11 : Mu Gompa to Chhokangparo (2386/7,827ft)

We trek back passing through the settlement of Chhule, Phurba, Bhurgi village. As we arrived at Burgi village we can visit the Milarepa’s cave. From the cave, we can enjoy the amazing scenery of Kipu Himal and Churke Himal and also the T-sum valley. We trek further through the valley to Chhokangparo.

Total Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 12 : Chhokangparo -Lokpa (2,386/7,827ft)

We descend down through some pine trees down to the Sarpu River and cross the suspension bridge over the river. Then we trek further through the beautiful greenery scenery, fields some small settlement to the Chumling. Further, we drop down to the river, ascend up through the pine and rhododendron forest and we again drop down to the small village of Lokpa.

Overnight at Lokpa.

Total Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 13 : Lokpa to Ghap

We descend down passing through the forest of Pine and Rhododendron and cross the river. After crossing the river we pass through the southwest side of Budhi Gandagi River. The trek for today is flatter. The trail moves gentle uphill passing through the forest.Rest of the trail we follow mostly will be flat but some places has small uphill. Overnight at Ghap.

Overnight at Namrung.

Day 14 : Ghap to Lho (3180m/10,430 ft)

Today we begin our day with the easy ascending. We pass through the villages, scenic beauty of the terraces, monasteries, forest. Majestic view of the mountain will be with us in the trek today. A steep ascent takes us to the village of Lho. As we arrived at Lho, we can visit the monastery of Lho. Next morning at Lho we will be rewarded with the majestic view of Mt. Manaslu.

Overnight at Lho.

Total Trekking Time: 4 hours

Day 14 : Trek from Lho to Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft)

The spectacular view of the mountain including Mt.Manaslu makes our morning delightful. As usual, we follow the trail through the Fir forest to the small settlement of Shyala. At shyala, Ngadichuli, Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal and Mt.Manaslu incircle us. Further, we steadily descend down through the forest of Fir to the village of Samagaon. Samagaon is inhabited by Tibetan having unique culture, lifestyle and language.

Overnight at Samagoan.

Total Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 16 : Rest day at Samagaon

Sama gau is one of the biggest and the beautiful village of this region. Sightseeing around the village will be the great introduction of the life of the inhabitant people here. As we gain the height of 3500 it is better for us to have a acclimatization day. Samagaon also have a plenty of places for sightseeing. We can trek up to the Birendra lake or to the base camp of Manaslu. Overnight at Samagaon.

Day 17 : Samagaon to Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft)

We drop down to the sandy bank of Budhi Gandagi River and follow the southwestern side of river. During today’s trek, we pass through some very long main wall (prayer wall), Juniper forest at Kermo Kharka. As we get higher, we reach above the tree line but we can still see the alpine tundra family’s plants. We will have a feeling of being engulfed by the mountain during the todays whole trek. Small steep uphill through the treeless barren takes us to the village of Samdo.

Overnight at Samdo.

Total Trekking Time: 4-5 hours

Day 18 : Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m/14,628fy)

We descend down to the small river, cross the bridge and start to ascend steady uphill. Today we might feel the thin air from Samdo. We won’t trek long distance as trekking through the thin air make us feel the less energetic than before. We trek to the small shelter called Dharamshala at Larkya Phedi where we spent the night. We rest here and be prepare for tomorrow to cross the hardest and the most challenging part of our trek.

Overnight at Dharmasala.

Total Trekking Time: 5 hours

Day 19 : Ddharmasala to Bhimthang (3,590m/11811ft) Via Larkya La pass 5160M/16,924ft

We set up early to pass through the glacier. The trail ascends gently to the top of the Larke pass. During today’s trekking, we can enjoy the breathtaking view of Cheo Himal, Kanggru and Annapurna II. After taking nap and capturing memories in camera, we descend down through the steep trail to the Bhimthang. Bhimthang is a small settlement with some teahouses.

Overnight at Bimthang.

Total Trekking Time: 7-8 hours

Day 20 : Trek Bimthang to Dharapani (1,800M/5,904ft)

We descend down to the valley of Burdin Khola through Rhododendron forest. We pass settlement of Karche, Gho and Tilije and forest of Rhododendron, Fir and Pine to reach Dharapani. We will spend overnight at Dharapani.

Total Trekking Time: 6-7 hours

Day 21 : Dharapani to KTM Via Besisahar (760m/2,493ft)

Here we take a bus to get back to Besi Sahar. After reaching Beshi shahar we Change bus to back Kathmandu.

Day 22 : Farewell

Today is the last day of your adventure. We can have breakfast together if you want. After breakfast, if you have time from your flight you can do shopping or you can go for the sightseeing. If you want to go for sightseeing, then feel free to inform us a day earlier and we will provide you a car. A representative from Open Trail Treks will then drop you to airport 3 hours before your flight.


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