Manaslu Traverse: Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trek

23 days trip | price enquiry
(full inclusive package, see price includes and excludes for details)

Embark on a journey of a lifetime through the mystical realms of the Manaslu Traverse: Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Larkya La Trek! Picture yourself traversing ancient trading routes, exploring deep into remote northern Gorkha, Nepal. Our 20     day adventure begins in the Machha Khola, nestled in the bosom of nature at 608 meters above sea level.

As we ascend, the landscape transforms into a kaleidoscope of wonders, revealing the hidden treasures of Tsum Valley. Enveloped by majestic peaks like Baudha Himal, Himal Chuli, and Ganesh Himal, this sanctuary holds secrets untold. Traverse through emerald valleys adorned with magenta amaranth, witness yaks grazing in meadows, and marvel at cascading waterfalls that sing ancient tales.

But it's not just nature that captivates; it's the people and their way of life. Encounter the resilient spirits of Tibetan-origin people, their ancient culture and while we travel through traditional villages and hamlets. You may have an opportunity to amidst celebrations like Lhosar (Buddhist New Year), Dhachyang (Tibetan horse riding festival) and Saka Dawa (Buddha’s birthday), as well as a vivid and colourful annual Mask dance, immerse yourself in their vibrant festivities. Journey past ancient gompas and mani walls, where whispers of Buddhist chants echo through the valleys.

Manaslu Travers can reward you equally wonderful flora and fauna experience of the high Himalaya as well as culture and adventure. You could encounter as many as fifty varieties of medicinal plants and herbs, whilst trekking, and possibly enjoy sightings of musk deer, Himalayan Tahr, Blue sheep, Goral or even the particularly elusive snow leopard, if you are lucky!, roaming freely in their natural habitat. As we tread along the trails, the mighty Manaslu (8163m), the world's 8th highest mountain, dominate throughout the journey and watches over us, a silent guardian of this untamed wilderness.

But our adventure doesn't end there! Brace yourself for the challenging and exciting pass of Round Manaslu, the Larkya La, an off-the-beaten-track alternative to the neighbouring Annapurna Circuit, in the central-west of Nepal, which was opened for tourism only relatively recently and is declared a restricted area. Traverse through Gurung, Tibetan Buddhist villages, where fluttering prayer flags and Buddhist chants echo through the valleys in the trek.

Many believe that this trail, which follows old Himalayan trade routes, getting popular and will one day become as popular as the far more famous Annapurna Circuit. In addition to the breathtaking backdrop of towering Himalayan peaks including Baudha, Rupina La, Ganesh, Peak 29, and the Mt. Manaslu, the high point of the trek is crossing the impressive Larkya La (5134m), a gateway to surreal landscapes and cultural marvels. You will also witness the munificent efforts of local monks, preserving wildlife sanctuaries and carving a path towards harmony between man and nature.

The Ganesh range and Shringi Himal, Peak 29 and Mt Manaslu dominate the scenery with their size, though the Buddhist villages with their great stone carvings, chortens and paintings are equally beautiful. During the tough traverse back to the main trail, after crossing Larkya La and circuiting Manaslu the trail drops down to the Marshyangdi Valley and joins the main Annapurna Circuit at Dharapani, following the Marshyangdi valley on to Jagat where make our final camp. Following morning we will say goodbye to our trekking team and bid farewell to the wilderness and return to Kathmandu, our hearts are filled with tales of adventure and spirits renewed.

Itinerary at a glance

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel and welcome briefing. Overnight in hotel.
Day 02: Early morning, drive to Machha Khola (870m.) via Dhading Besi (612m.), Arughat Bazaar (608m), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 03: Trek to Jagat (1410m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 04: Trek to Lokpa (2240m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 05: Trek to Chumling (2386m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 06: Trek to Chhokang Paro (3031m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 07: Trek to Chhule (3347m.) or Nile (3361m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 08: Trek to Mu Gompa (3700m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 09: Trek to Rest Day at Mu Gompa (3700m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 10: Trek to Rachen Gopmpa (3200m.) or Lamagaon (3302m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 11: Trek to Repchet (2470m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 12: Trek to Pewa (1620m.) or Dyang (1865m), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 13: Trek to Ghap (2160m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 14: Trek to Lho (3150m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 15: Trek to Samagaon/Sama Gompa (3530m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 16: Trek to Samdo (3690m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 17: Acclimatisation Day at Samdo and day for an excursion/ rest Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 18: Trek to Dharmashala [Larkya Phedi] (4470m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 19: Cross the Larkya La (5135m.) & descend to Bamthing (3720 m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 20: Trek to Gho (2560m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 21: Trek to Tal (1700m) via Daharapani (1860m.), Overnight at lodge [B L D]
Day 22: Early morning drive to Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel [B L]
Day 23: Transfer to airport for international departure [B]

Date & Price

All ACCESS-HIMALAYA adventure travel trips are small group departures and therefore places can fill quickly. To avoid disappointment, we suggest you book your trip as soon as possible.

Reference Start Date End Date Availability Price pp Trip Info  
TVM241 2024-08-10 2024-09-01 L GB£  0 PG LT Book Now
Reference Single Room Lodge Room Single Tent Sleeping Bag Fleece Liner Down Jacket
TVM241 N/A N/A N/A Free Hire Free Hire Free Hire

Price Includes

... in Lodge Trek

Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, bed & breakfast basis, (accommodation in twin room unless otherwise arranged) – see itinerary above for dates - accommodation facilities/details outlined below
All three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
All internal transportation as stated in itinerary (see itinerary above)
All lodge accommodation on trek – twin room with clean beds and mattresses, toilet facilities may be outside – no attached bathroom, unless specifically arranged, and where available.
Annapurna Conservation Area entrance permit
Trekking Permits (TIMS) for Annapurna area  
Experienced English speaking government licensed guide/s
The required number of local porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests on lodge treks)
Staff and porter insurance
Guided world heritage sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with private tourist vehicle (2 or 3 sites - Durbar Square/s and Swayambunath (Monkey temple)) (English speaking licensed guide & private transport only)
Lunch on the overland travel (see itinerary)
Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
Free gift of Access-Himalaya trekking kit bag for each member of group (to be distributed on arrival in Kathmandu)
Free hire of four seasons Sleeping Bag and fleece liner for trek (should be returned after the trek).
Free airport pick and drop


Price Excludes

... in Lodge Trek

Your personal equipment
International flights
Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond our control
Your travel insurance, (Make sure the policy covers helicopter rescue and evacuation service)
Medical examination and vaccination costs
Personal expenditure, including bar bills, laundry, telephone calls, tips, shower/bathroom facilities on the trek etc.
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and elsewhere-apart from trek (see itinerary)
Heritage sights/Monastery/Temple entrance fees
Trek and Tour crew and driver gratuity/tips at end of tour/trek
Any others expenses which are not mentioned in 'Price Includes' section

Availability Explained

  • A AVAILABLE - Trip date is available and open for bookings. Go for it!
  • G GUARANTEED - Trip is reached minimum numbers and this is 'Guaranteed to Run'
  • L LIMITED - Trip is 'Guaranteed to Run' and there are a very limited number of available places remaining. Immediate booking is recommended.
  • C CLOSED - Trip has reached maximum numbers and it is unavailable. Please Contact Us to enquire about other trip departure dates or booking this trip as a private departure

Trip Info (Tour/Trek Styles) Explained

  • PG Private Group: This style of trip is organized for specific groups of people (families, friends,school and college students, colleagues, business associates etc.), and is closed to outsiders. If you are interested in this particular trip departure date then please get in touch with us.
  • OA Open to All: This trip departure is open to all. However, if you are interested in this particular trip departure date but want your own private group, then please get in touch with us. 
  • LT Lodge Based Trip/Trek: This trip/trek is lodge (teahouse) based. All accommodation, including food, is provided in local lodges. Occasionally however, where a large group is concerned we may choose to send our own cook along, as well, to take care of your food hygiene and to cook some special additional items.We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s) and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.
  • CT Camping Based Trip/Trek: This trip/trek is camping (tent) based. We will provide one 3-man tent for every two people, also single tents, where requested, on payment of supplementary costs. All food and drinks are provided by our experienced cook and his kitchen team. We provide all necessary documentation, including permits, and arrange all internal transport. We provide trekking guide, assistant guide(s), cook, kitchen crew, food and drink, and porters/animals for transport of your gear. You merely carry a daysack with essentials, including water.
  • GAP Guide, Accommodation & Porter only: In this trip neither food nor transportation is included. Clients are responsible for food and local transportation, and our responsibility is to provide insured guide, insured porter, and all necessary permits. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control.  Clients pay for their own accommodation. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, We can arrange hotels and international airport transfer, on request.
  • SG Self Guided/Budget Trip: This trip is specially designed for low-budget travellers who prefer fairly basic facilities with reduced services. It is a pre-requisite that a porter is hired for any self-guided trip, which is an ideal set-up for those who enjoy independent travel with minimum cost.  We have added support to minimise the hard work of planning and costing, and we will be available to help in the unlikely event of an emergency. We will arrange all documentation (including permits), before you arrive in Nepal, so that you are free to get on with your adventure, relying only on your porter to help you on your way. All additional costs are the responsibility of the clients, including charges incurred as a result of delays or cancellation of services beyond our control. Hotel accommodation, local transportation and international airport transfers may be arranged, on request.
  • Food on LodgeTrek
    On lodge treks clients are provided with three meals a day - breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Menus will be fairly standard, according to the region visited, but will vary in style from place to place, according to availability of ingredients, and in more remote areas choice will be relatively restricted ... read more..
  • Travel Insurance
    It is a strict condition of joining an Access-Himalaya adventure holiday that you must be insured against all medical and personal accident risks, including repatriation if necessary. Helicopter evacuation, in the unlikely event of your being injured or taken seriously ill on trek, is very costly - an average rescue ... read more..
  • Nepal Visa and Passport
    All visitors to Nepal require a passport (valid for at least 6 months after your return to your home country) and an entry visa. A visa application should be obtained from the Nepalese Embassy, in London (click here to download Nepal visa application form ), or in your own country ... read more..
  • Travel Money
    Travellers' cheques are no longer accepted in Nepal, so please do not bring these as your currency. However, ATM facilities are widely available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other large towns, so a Visa, or other internationally-recognized credit/debit card, would be useful. Larger shops accept payment by credit/debit card, although they ... read more..
  • Arrival in Nepal
    At Kathmandu airport you should proceed through Immigration (you apply for your Visa here) to the baggage collection area. Once you have collected your baggage you should move on to the Customs officers to have your baggage cleared and chalked up, before leaving the Arrivals lounge. Immediately outside, you will ... read more..
  • Getting Around in Kathmandu
    Your first day in Kathmandu is usually dedicated to settling in, and exploring the city. The next morning may include a sightseeing tour to Pashupatinath, Boudanath or the Monkey Temple (Swayambunath). During your free time, the best way to explore your environs is to walk, as this enables you to ... read more..
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
    It is our policy to use Nepali-owned accommodation, always, as we feel this is an aspect of fair trade, and the hotels we use in Kathmandu are comfortable, clean, efficient and friendly.  Most hotels are also family-run; we visit, and stay in the hotels ourselves, to ensure that facilities are ... read more..
  • Accommodation on lodge treks
    Accommodation will be in simple lodges offering twin-bedded rooms with standard foam mattresses (if you require additional comfort you might consider taking along Thermarest or similar self-inflating mattresses). Toilets are mostly of the squat type, situated outside the main building. Toilet paper is not provided, so you should bring this ... read more..
  • Trekking Clothing & Equipment Guideline
     The following is a guideline, not a prescription: we hope it will help you find your way through the minefield of items of clothing and equipment which fill the catalogues of outdoor adventure outfitters! Jacket x 1This should be breathable, wind-proof and waterproof (not showerproof), with attached hood. Suitable fabrics to ... read more..

If our fixed departure dates are not convenient for you or your group, we can also arrange private departures on all of our small group tours. Private group departures will follow the same itineraries as our usual small group tours, or itineraries may be tailormade to suit your own convenient tour date/budgets.

Itineraries may be tailor-made to suit your dates. So if you can’t find a date to suit you or if you want to have your very own tour just with your friends or family then we can help you.

Customised Private Groups:

For most of our usual tours, or itineraries, where there is a group numbering 2 or more, we can customise and organise private group trip(s) where we design the itinerary and activities exclusively for you, according to your requirements and budgets, such as Honeymoon, Anniversary, Family, Scouts, School, College, Fundraising or Charity trips. Find out more about our private group tours.

To enquire about booking a private departure of this tour or about organising your own private group tour, please fill in the form below and we will get back to you shortly with details.

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