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KATHMANDU - SOTI KHOLA - DOBHAN - CHUMLING - NILE - GUMBA LUNGDANG - SAMA - BIMTHANG - DHARAPANI

Why Budget Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek?

  • It is Alternative trekking route in Manaslu trekking to skip road,
  • It is restricted area trekking route to explore natural beauties,
  • This trek is suitable for researcher, students and Photographer,
  • It is where you explore century’s back Tibetan traditions and Their fascinating culture,
  • Enjoy amazing scenery, landscapes, Flora, Faunas and Sky touching high mountains,
  • Step your feet on the top of Larka La pass situated at 5,160 m,
  • Observe magical high Mountain View from Larkya La Pass,
  • Unique experience of trekking in to the sacred high Himalaya region,
  • Collect various memories from the mountain including culture and superstitions.

Recently, the Manaslu region received a lot of attention from those who like to travel and those who seek adventure. Besides that, it is mainly curiosity which draws people to Budget Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek. Still, to the day, this region is untouched and in its original state. The number of visitors allowed in the area, therefore, is limited. On the other hand, because this region is isolated with quite some off-the beat trails, they're not that many people who venture out to this lifetime adventure.

Budget Manaslu and Tsum valley trek were just recently opened to the public. It offers an exciting combination of natural beauty and cultural diversity. However, as you journey with you will also find a rich diversity in the flora and fauna as well as in the climate.

Inside the Manaslu trekking region, you will encounter a Conservation Area. This is the home to many exotic plants and animals. With some luck, you will see some of the rarest animals of Nepal.

Mt. Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world.

On this trek, you come to appreciate the grandeur of this mountain, as well as the lush environment with the snow-capped mountains as a magical backdrop.

Budget Manaslu and Tsum valley trek are a blessing for all people who seek peace and happiness in the nature of Nepal. Besides its stunning nature, the Manaslu region is vibrant and exciting in its culture. Along the way, you will see colorful prayer flagsMani wallsChortens, and Stupas. This gives the traveler an insight into Tibetan Buddhist culture. Here you can find the remembrances of Buddhist influence on the region. However, the people living here are from a different ethnic group, which enhances the cultural experience for the trekker.

Lastly, you find people of the Gurung, Rai, Magar, Limbu in this region. They are very traditional and live from agriculture. They also have their own unique dialect, culture, custom, dresses, dance, and songs.

The real gem of this trek, however, is hidden in the Valley of Tsum. Concealed among the mountains, you discover preserved and untouched cultural uniqueness. You will see monasteries and Gompas of distinctive and religiously divine architecture. Buddhists left behind various myths about this valley. Whether you are looking at the caves, monasteries, places or people – you will see a valley like no other.

If you like to walk between the lushness of Rhododendron and pine forests, relish the cultural splendor with the backdrop of the Himalayas it’s time to get into your hiking boots!

The Manaslu region will show you some of the best of what Nepal’s nature and cultural richness has to offer.

Manaslu Trek Permit Price/Cost-

Manaslu trekking is a newly opened restricted path. The cost of Manaslu trekking price is relatively quite high, but trekking season and trek duration will determine the price of the permit. Manaslu trek is connecting route to Annapurna conservation area and it is restricted area, thus, there has to be 3 different types of permit issued by the Nepal tourism board, Department of immigration from Nepal.

Manaslu trekking Restricted Permit

  • Trek permit costs $70 US for initial seven days and $10 US each extra day during September to November
  • Manaslu trek Entry permit costs $50 US for initial 7 days and $7 US every additional day during December to August.

Conservation Area Permit (MCAP)

  • For SAARC Nationalities permit cost- 200 NPR($2 US) per person
  • Except SAARC Nationalities permit cost- 2,000 NPR ($20 US) per person

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

  • For SAARC Nationalities permit cost- 200 NPR ($2 US) Per person
  • Except SAARC Nationalities permit cost- 2000 NPR ($20 US) Per person

T-sum valley Restricted trek permit

  • Every week the permit cost $35 US per person

Budget Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek Outline

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival day 1300 m/ 4264 ft (1.3 km),

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing tour in a private car/jeep,

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti khola 710 m/ 2330 ft (0.71 km)Via- Arughat 6,70 m/2198 ft (0.67 km): 135 km, 7-8 Hour Drive,

Day 04: Trekking from Soti Khola — Machha Khola 890 m/2,920 ft (0.89 km): 14 km,

Day 05: Machha Khola — Dobhan 1,000 m/3,280 ft (ca. 1 km):11 km,

Day 06: DobhanPhilim 1,590 m/5,216 ft (1.59 km): 10 km,

Day 07: PhilimLokpa 2,240 m/7,350 ft (2.24 km) — Chumling 2,360 m/7,750 ft (2.36 km): -10 km,

Day 08: Trek from ChumlingChhekampar 3,010 m/9,850 ft (ca. 3 km): 10 km,

Day 09: Chhekampar — Nile 3,480 m/11,415 ft (3.48 km): 8 km,

Day 10: Exploring day: Nile to Mu Gompa 3,709 m/12,169 ft (3.71 km) — Chhekampar 3,010 m/9,870 ft (ca. 3 km): 13 Km,

Day 11: ChhekamparGumba Lungdang 3,200 m/10,496 ft (3.2 km): 12 km,

Day 12: Trek from Gumba Lungdang — Ripchet 2,470 m/8,100 ft (2.47 km) — Lokpa 2,240 m/7,348 ft (2.24 km): 14 km,

Day 13: Trek from Lokpo to New Bridge 1675 m/ 5500 ft (1.68 km): 9 km, 6 to 7 hrs walks,

Day 14: Trek from Bihi Phedi to Namrung 2,660 m/8,727 ft (2.66 km): 8 km,

Day 15: NamrungLho 3,180 m/10,430 ft (3.18 km): 4 km, 3-4 hrs to walk,

Day 16: Trek from Lho to Sama Gaon 3,530 m/11,578 ft (3.53 km) — 8 km, 5-6 hrs,

Day 17: Exploration day: Visit Birendra Tal / Pungyen Gompa / Manaslu Base Camp,

Day 18: Trek from SamaSamdo 3,860 m/12,660 ft (ca. 4 km) — 8 km, 4 hrs to walk,

Day 19: Trek frok Samdo the Larkya Phedi/Dharamsala 4,460 m/14,628 ft (4.46 km) — 7 km, 3-5 hrs to walk,

Day 20: Dharamsala to Bimthang 3,720 m/12,201 ft (3.72 km) via Larkya La 5,160 m/16,930 ft (ca. 5 km)- 12 km, 7-9 hrs to walk,

Day 21: Trek from Bimthang the Gho 2,515 m/8,250 ft (2.51 km) — 12 km, 5-6 hrs,

Day 22: Trek from Gho to Dharapani 1,920 m/6,300 ft (ca. 2 km): 8 km,

Day 23: Dharapani to Kathmandu 1,300 m/4,264 ft (1.3 km) via Besi Sahar 760 m/2,495 ft (0.76 km): 190 km 8 hrs,

Day 24: Final departure from Kathmandu, Nepal.

What's included?

  • Airport picks up & drop,
  • Transportation,
  • Breakfast Lunch & Dinner during your trek,
  • Tea House accommodation during your trek,
  • 2-night Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Government license holder mountain Guide
  • Annapurna National park permit,
  • Manaslu special permit,
  • (TIMS) Trekkers Information Management System
  • Guide & Porter Salary
  • Guide and Porter insurance during your trip,
  • Duffel bag if needed

What's not included?

  • Your Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu,
  • Your travel insurance,
  • Emergency rescue operation,
  • International flight,
  • Departure tax,
  • Personal expense,
  • Nepal entry visa fee,
  • Bar bills,
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drinks,
  • Tip for Guide & Porter,

Day by Day Itinerary

On your arrival day in Kathmandu Nepal, our airport representative will be waiting you at the TIA Airport with your name, as it is easy to find each other in the airport, when you meet each other our official man takes you to your hotel on a private vehicle. When you checked in to your hotel, you can have rest you may need after many hours of flights and if you are interested to explore the area by evening time than our guide will take you around. Overnight at Kathmandu Hotel

Your day 2nd is one of the best parts of your trip that you will see so many unique cultural and historical temples, local market, way of living around local area and other so many things. There are many places around Kathmandu valley to visit but in general the popular Hindu temple, Pashupatithan, Sywambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar square a & Bauddhanath are the major places. Overnight stay at Kathmandu Hotel.

Today you going to experience the off road drive on a zigzag roads though the massif mountains and rivers, it is about 5 hour drive from Kathmandu to Aarughat as it is really nice drive passes many typical villages, farmlands, rivers, bridges and popular High Moutian view The Manaslu, however after 5 hour drive you reach at Aarughat than take another short drive along Budi Gandaki river to Sotighola where you will stay overnight at Tea House/Lodge. Your food, dinner and Breakfast will be provided in a same tea house.

From Soti khola we cross the bridge and trek through the sal trees following the small trail up to the massif ridge ,as it is best spot to explore th valley and Budigandaki river after than recently we reach at Khursane after short walking on a rocky trails small ascending and Descending. There are some beautiful waterfalls along the path , the path takes you up on the side of massif mountain to the top than trek down to the rice fieldthan very soonn you reach at Labubesi.

After Labubesi, still we have to go up on a rocky path outcrop, where there is wide valley of budi Gandaki than we walk around the enormous stone before climbing the cliff of the mountain we than trek down to the suspension bridge to machha khola. It is beautiful lovcal area where we will stay and eat at tea house.

We begin the trek after early breakfast. The first part of the day we will follow the river, with some climbs and descends and the trail most of the time drops to the gravel bar just before passing the Thado Khola than to Khorlabesi. Khorla besi is a popular village where they grow and sale buckwheat, tobacco and coffee. It is also a place where the trail from Gorkha will join than the trail turns to the east from Mt. Manaslu to the Langtang similarly Everest and Arun valley.

After all thr trekking trail enters towards lush green narrow Gorge, after some walk there you reach to the massif landslide area as it is unsafe area with a small trail before reaching hot spring known as a Tatopani. Trekking route from Tatopani goes straight up to the ridge than we cross Budi Gandaki river than we follow the straicase leads up to the landslide area than to last climbs to Reach Dobhan. Stay overnight at Dovan.

We leave Dobhan Khola and trek up to east bank of Budi Gandaki River than to Thulo dunga. we follow the wide valley and bank or river flowing towards Yaruphant, when we pass this village we cross a old bridge than trek to Thado Bharyang. The trekking path takes us to the west bank of budi Gandaki River than walk continue beyond the valley to Jagat, it is where you should check in your permit for further up trek of Manaslu. We follow the cliff side trail from here than cross stream to Salleri, it is great spot to see Massif Shringi Himalto the north than we trek steeply down to sirdibas than we walk towards the suspension bridge –cross the bridge than trek to the east bank of the river than final climbs for the day to Philim. We stay in this traditional village tonight where you can visits chholing sandu gompa and picturesque farming field.

Crisscross North side of philim village we follow the trail to grassland and trek to narrow valley than to Chisapani. After chisapani and eklebhatti we trek slightly onward to the lower place –see stunning water falls thought the Deep Gorge before reaching New Bridge from where trails leads to Larke la.

Trekking to the right east side from new bridge the trail goes in a Zigzag way thought the blue pine and rhododendron forest than reach to lokpa likewise after short walk we reach Tsum valley, it is a mixed traditional village where about 4000 people used to stay.

We follow the trail to siyar khola after Descebdig throught the forest , streams and some steep staircase trail. After climbing south part of sitar khola that will takes you to the spectacular t-sum valley. There are so many prayer flags on the top ridge than descend to the stream again cross the stream than ascents to Chumling village as it is a best traditional villages where you can see the classic house with slope roof top. Stay at chumling.

The first part of day begins with crossing Suspension Bridge than walk in to the forest over the landslide. The route of walking today goes beyond the Forest mostly but the first part you going to see a small water ambitious prayer wheel, dense forest and stunning wilderness. Trekking slowly goes ahead to Tanju through the monastery. Continue trek to Dumje as it is best sport to see the massif Ganesh Himal and Baudha peak.

The trekking path drops to pass the Sharphu khola than you can see Syakpa Glacier of Shringi Mountain than you follow the trekking path to the top of the hill to Gho which is in upper Tsum valley. The beauty of the area and towering snow cap mountain views inspire you to walk always exciting thus you reach after short walk to Chhokang, paro and to Chhekampar, it is known as a place of wisdom. Chhekampar is truly stunning villages where there are well maintain farm land growing corn, buckwheat, potatoes, barley and some vegetable. You will stay at Chhekampar overnight at Tea House.

From chhekampar village we walk along the village school at kaye than gradual walking to Leru & Ngakyu , after this place trek continue goes beyond the Rachen Nunnery located near the river than trail goes slightly down to the ridge passes some buddiest chirtain than to Lama Gaon.

However, today is relatively easy day that the route to walk goes beyond the burja village, Milarepa cave, Footprint of Milarepa , elephant shape stone and magical towering mountain views. It is almost downhill trail to walk today passing so many Buddhist chortains, forest, cave and magical verdant forest. Overnight at Nile

Start your day as early as possible than trek to old mu Gompa which is one of the oldest gompa in this area and next 3 to 4 hours hike takes you to even more old gompa build 856 years ago called Dephyu Doma Nunnery as it is located on the top of slope at 4000 m high.

Once you reach at the top of the Old Gompa there is magnificent view of Ganesh Himal II than trek back to Nile for Lunch Break and continue trek to Chhekampar. Stay overnight at Chhekampar

We follow the same trail until we reach to Gho than we follow the trail towards the bride cross the bridge than slowly trek to Dumje as it is popular place for herbal Tibetan medication school.

From Dumje, we follow the trail steeply up to the ridge about 3 and half hour passing the dense forest of Rhododendron, oak, pine and stunning wilderness along the trail. Trekking to Gumba Lungdang today is one of the best day because we will see 110 years old gompa where thare are about 20 nuns used to live and if anybody interested to stay at Gompa they might give you the balcony to sleep but assured that is that access or not for all kind of visitors. Overnight stay at Gompa in Gumba Lungdang.


We follow the downhill path to Dumje than we cross the stream called sagdang khola. After crossing Sangdang khola than to the south bank trekking route than trek to Siyar khola. There are two trail we follow the lower one goes steep down in to the gorge than climb up to Ribbon gaon of Ripchet.

After Ripchet village we still continue the trek passing some Buddhist Chortens, Buckwheat, potatoes and barley field, it is a stunning village after this we trek up to Gumlung than to Lokpo passing some forest and massif landscapes.

Descend on the trail back to Dumje, turn left to cross the Langdang Khola and take the south bank trail down the Siyar Khola and shortly the lower of two trails that crosses deep, impressive gorges on new bridges to the climb to the high fertile land and ribbon village of Ripchet. Several chortens adorn barley and buckwheat fields that have been cut from surrounding pine forest. Beyond the village, steep stairs lead down to Gumlung on the river before the trail climbs back through the forest to Lokpa.

There is a junction after short descending from Lokpa where the trails meets up from Philim. We have to cross Budi Gandaki river than to the narrow gorge take us slightly up and down than cross river than to the forest of beautiful bamboo than we reach to Deng(1,800 m).

Deng is a popular entrance place to go to Kutang and Nupri, it is a specific Gurung residence area where they practice Tibetan Buddhism and they have also their own culture , language and trade across the Tibet through the pass. After this beautiful village we trek continue to Rana than cross the log bridge over the small stream than descending to Bihi Phedi.

Tibet. The trail crosses to the east bank and zigzags up to Rana. A short series of vertical switchbacks then lead to a log-bridge tributary crossing and an isolated water mill before the trail descends gently to the lodge at Bihi Phedi, high above the river.

From Bihi the trails rise up along the river at the beginning than trail drops down to Serang Khola(Stream), we trek continue ahead through the basalt walls, rocks and Waterfalls. After crossing all of these you follow the trail towards northeast crossing bridges than trek to Ghap (2250 m).

From Ghap you follow the route going steeply up through the forest of rhododendron, Bamboo, Oak and Fir Than back to the north river bank by sheer walls and cross again to the south bank over wooden made bridge, further more we hike steep up about 1 hrs than reach at Namrung. It is where you have to check your trekking permit at the entrance of the village.

After early breakfast at the lodge the route of trekking today goes thought the forest with various plant and landscapes. It takes us Lihi as it a popular Tibetan inhabited area who speak their own dialogue, own culture and Festivals.

The view while you are heading towards Lho going to be just indescribable that the Ganesh himal in the east and Himlachuli in the south including so many others peaks and landscapes.

The trekking route now drops in a very low altitude area than enters a small valley and cross the Hinang Khola, where the triail goes up to Himal chuli base camp too. Trek continue to Sho 2960 m and the impressive view around while you are walking than pass a massif prayer wheels along the trail than steep up to shrip, Staying today at Lho and enjoy the mesmerizing sunset view over Manaslu, which is 8th highest peak in the planet.

Lho is already high area village thus; the valley of Budi Gandaki now is quite far in the north side of the trail, passes Buddhiest chortain and walls with mantras than trail droops to Damonan Khola. The route after this goes smoothly through the forest similarly, the short walk after this takes you to Plateau than do Shyala(3,520 m). The view from Shayal is just magical 180 degree views and stunning landscapes. Especially the Mt. Manaslu(8,156 m), Ngadi Chuli(7,873 m), Himal Chuli (7,893 m) and many snow cap peaks and Glacier.

Afterwards, you follow the trail through the bridge of Numla khola that will connect the Pungyen Glacier than to Gompa of Pungyen and walk towards the wide valley passes the school, large shape of Buddhiest Chortain, after few hours walking though the forest, crossing bridges, school and many other cultural things you reach at Sama gaon. The view of Manaslu and Naike peaks are easily visible from here.

Further on, the trail crosses a bridge over the Numla Khola that drains the Pungyen Glacier from Manaslu. Later a trail leads left to Pungyen Gompa. Continue down the broad valley, past a school, to a large chorten, beyond which a yellow kani leads to rows of houses with front courtyards that form the main part of Sama. The Kargyu Chholing Monastery stands above the far end of the village against a forested moraine. Only the upper sections of Manaslu and the Naike ridge are visible from the village.

Today is one of the best trekking days of this trip. You are resting but a part you are also exploring the region with your small day bag pack. There are two major things to see the Manaslu base camp and Birendra Tal.

This village is center of Nupri where you can visit traditional architect and their old culture and customs. The have also some farming where they grow potatoes, Barley flourish and also they make wool from the sheep and goat.

The very old monastery made before 500 years ago is really unique and eye catching paints than we hike to Birendra tal 3450 m Just below Manaslu Glacier. The striking views will obtain from Birendra Tal.

Or, if you are more interested to explore the base of Manaslu than follow the trail towards samdo , cross the bridge than steep walking towards the hill than reach to Manaslu base camp, It is relatively long walking day, so if you are fit and storng enough than you are suggested if not you better to explore the cultural area and Gompas.

From Sama you trek down to Budi Gandaki river that has turn North side and cross the beautiful lake and several Mani walls. The route of trekking from here is relatively easy through the Birch and juniper forest surrounded by Kermo Kharka. There is also a big stone wall which separated the two different village Sama and Samdo villagers.

You are heading down to Budi Gandaki river again than cross the river by wooden made Bridge than steep up walking convergence of the river with the mayol khola in to the Northwest of Samdo Glacier.

Once you reach at the top of the hill there is a massif stone roguish with some farming field before reaching the beautiful samdo village. It is a popular area for Summer grazing , yak and Goat herding region.

After crossing some zigzag trail and flags along the trek , you will have such a great oppertuniy to get up close view of Samdo peak(6335m) and mysterious Galcier in the eastside. Samdo is the last village before Gho in Manag district. It is a fibulas local village where there are so amny uniqueness and natural attractions.

Trekking journey today starts with the steep descend passing the farming field of Northern village and cross over the budi Gandaki River. We follow the trail across the river towards panda Danda valley than trek continue goes through the forest on a westward trekking trail than reach to Syacha Khola valley.

From Syacha Khola trails ascend gradually than you reach near by the Larkya Glacier past the Phedi of Larkya La, it is also known as a Dharmasala.

Dharmasala is a very remote area where the tea houses are simply made by stone structure. If you are trekking in high season you have to stay in a sharing tent as they have not enough Tea House.

Although, the view from Dharmasala is just heavenly made especially the two Larke (6,249 m) & Naike (6,291 m) peak are just indescribable.

Today is one of the best trekking days that you ascends about 800 m/ 2600 ft to the summit of Larkya La pass than descend about 1500 m/4900 ft to Bhimtang. It is probably the coldest day because you have to cross very high pass, especially when there are lots of snow is really difficult to cross the pass.

Trekking route from Dharmasala, to the summit of Larkey la rise up smoothly but it is quite long day to reach other sides after the pass.

There are sort of point with lots of Buddhiest prayer flags, the 2nd one is the summit and it is where you can sit and take such mesmerizing views of Annapurna and Manaslu both.

After the picturesque view from Larkey lathe trail drops steeply down to Bhimtang, it is such lovely local village and have still stunning snow cap mountain views.

Here you are trekking after your breakfast. The first part of the day you are descending about 1200 m across the Bhimtang village than trail drops to the Glacier and then trek continue over the moraine and goes thought the beautiful forest. The magnificent views in the background are just magical such the view of Manaslu, Nadi, himal Chuli and other many mighty peaks.

Now the trail descends towards west bank of Dudh Khola than we follow the small trail down to Karche(2,700 m) after this we trek beyond the landslide , farming field and a short climb to the ridge than another short walk takes you to the beautiful local village The Gho.

Pass some terrace field and local farmland after the breakfast, to the very old village called Tilje(2,300 m)than we cross the east bank of the river than trek steeply down to Marsyangdi river valley after that trekking to Thoje and we cross Marsyagdi river before reaching the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu region in Dharapani.

It is your last walking day of your budget Manaslu trek ,when you reach at Dharapani you can enjoy your time walking around the village and how shower makes you feel so much better.

From Dharapani, we will take jeep to Besi sahar than to Kathmandu on a paved road. It is quite long drive but still it is scenic and picturesque.

On your flight time from TIA Airport Kathmandu to your home I will manage private transport to Airport for your onward flight to next touring destination or back home.

Departure Dates

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