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Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking - 21 Days

Destination Nepal
Activity Manaslu Treks
Accomodation Tea house during the trek
Duration 21 Days
Region Manaslu Region
Start / End point Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Group size 2 - 40
MAX. ALTITUDE 5,160m at Larkya la pass
MEALS INCLUDED All meals during the trek
TRIP CODE dwt004
BEST SEASON Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
GRADE Strenuous
ACTIVITY PER DAY Approx. 4-6 hrs walking
TRANSPORTATION Domestic flight and private vehicle (Transportation)

About the Trip

Tsum valley and Manaslu Circuit, the complete circumnavigation of the majestic Mount Manaslu (8,156m)-the world’s eight highest mountain crossing over adventurous high pass Larkya La, and cultural heritage of sacred Buddhism, is certainly one of the nature’s call destinations as well as Nepal’s last Himalayan hidden treasures awaiting to explore the less explored valley.


  • The scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola
  • Mu & Lungdang Gompas in Tsum valley
  • Milarepa Piren Phu Cave (pigeon cave), the most sacred cave in the Tsum valley
  • The historical Dephyudonma and Rachen monastery , the oldest monasteries in the Tsum valley
  • Trekking around Mt Manaslu (8,163 m) the worlds eighth tallest mountain
  • Side trip around the Biren Lake, one of the popular lake,or Monasteries, Punhyen Glacier, or hike to Mount Manaslu Base Camp during the rest day at Samagon
  • Majestic view of glaciers, Lakes, rock and mountain of Mt. Manasalu, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Ganesh and many more on Nepal- Tibet boarder from high crossing Larkya la pass
  • The unique cultural blend of Tibetan Nupri and Gurung inhabitants
  • Ancient Buddhist stupas, monasteries and Tibetan lifestyle
  • Side-trip to Birendra Lake Or Incredibly diverse scenery with rich in wildlife
  • An ancient trading route to Tibet
  • Less crowed path than other trekking regions
  • Private transport to and from our hotel in Kathmandu to Kathmandu’s international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
  • Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude.    It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potentially health risks.
  • Medical Kit.
  • Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.


Explore geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating combined Manaslu circuit and Tsum valley trekking for magnificent mountain vistas, dramatic landscapes, terraced hillsides, mysterious canyons, Tibetan culture and a high pass crossing. Visiting the remote upstream of the Budhi Gandaki, reaching Mu Gompa (3700m) for splendid surrounding range of Ganesh Himal, Singri Himal and Boudha Himal, crossing over Larkya La, the highest point of the trek and going down to the Marsyangdi, makes a semi-circular trip around the three peaks of Manaslu.

Tsum valley and Manaslu Circuit, the complete circumnavigation of the majestic Mount Manaslu  (8,156m)-the world’s eight highest mountain, is certainly one of  the nature’s call destinations as well as Nepal’s last Himalayan hidden treasures awaiting to explore the least explored valley. Whereas a less exposed remote and wild hidden Tsum valley was almost nothing known before 2008, unlike the rich cultural heritage and secretive of hilltop monasteries, traditional villages, colorful people, mysterious yaks and hurdles of maniwalls, chortens, lively festivals, historic treasures and picturesque villages being considered to be as Shangri-La of the Himalayas.

Trek starts from Sotikhola, climbs the Budhi Gandaki valley through forest of pine and rhododendron, heads up over a ridge leads to Lokpa, the entrance to wild route to Tsum valley. From Chhokangparo, we will be in upper valley of inner Himalaya. Refreshing forests of bamboo and exotic rhododendron, higher trials are lead to silent alpine glades and rugged, high mountain desert. Visiting Piren Phu cave- the most sacred caves, higher up beyond Nile and Chhule is the Tibetan region, where the landscape is dry, arid and reminiscent of the Tibetan plateau, with barren hillsides and soaring mountainsides. Hiking through yak pastures into Trans Himalayan Terrain, the historical Dephyudonma monastery is observed on the way to Mu Gompa. We will have time for sight trip around Rachen Gompa before rejoining the main Manaslu route at Deng. Upon arriving Lho village is the Nupri region, inhabitant of Tibetan immigrants, flattering colorful prayer flags and monasteries along the way. With visit to Birendra Lake during a rest day at Samagoan,  we climb the larkya La, one of the most dramatic pass crossings in the Himalayas.

The manaslu and tsum trek is one of Nepal’s last Himalayan gems to observe for a sparkling array of panoramic peaks, wide range of scenery, cultural variety and peaceful valleys awaiting the adventurous explorer.  Trekkers visiting Manaslu and tsum are sure to have exceptionally unforgettable experience.

Discovery world Trekking would like to recommend all our valuable clients that they should add an extra day at Kathmandu at weekdays (Not in the weekend) before we start our Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking next day after for Manaslu special permit process where we need your original Passport with Nepali visa at Immigrant Office Nepal and also for official Briefing as proper mental guidance and necessary information just to have a recheck of equipment and goods for the journey to make sure you haven't forgotten anything and if forgotten, then make sure that you are provided with those things ASAP on that very day at our office. On our way, we'll be travelling in public buses but if you want a bit comfortable ride as the road is not that good we can provide you jeep at some extra cost as simple cars can't go there.

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Day to Day Itinerary

day 1
Drive to Arughat (608m)-5 to 6 hrs then drive to Soti Khola (730m/2896ft) – about 2 hrs

After an early breakfast, we will start our trip with drive along the Prithivi highway west from Kathmandu, through the beautiful river view cross the Trishuli River and reach Dhading Bensi through pitched road. We will stop along the way for breaks and lunch. Four to five hours bus drive from Dhading besi takes us Arkhet, driving along the scenic villages, rivers, follow continually Dorandi Khola northwards to Gorkha and Arukhat with observing the Mount Manaslu and Ganesh Himal range on the footsteps of Manaslu where we change next jeep to Arkhet by following the Budhi Gandaki River. Arughat Bazaar is clustered on both sides of the River Budi-Gandaki linked by a suspension bridge, this is the largest settlement in the valley, also a junction to various important places, two hours drive from Arughat takes us to Soti Khola .

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 2
Trek to MachhaKhola (890m/ 2,965 ft) – 5 to 6 hrs

We continue following the low valley to the north, observing the majestic Himalayan Peaks from time to time on our way up the picturesque densely forested Buddhi Gandaki Valley, passing through a number of small villages tucked into the hillside, until we reach a widening of the valley. In Opposite site, a large tributary stream enters the Budhi Gandaki river. Walking a series of ascent and descent leads to the small and beautiful village of Lapubesi (880m). From here our path descends to the wide, sandy riverbed which follows a trail meandering below the steep, craggy valley side. We make a last climb up to reach MachaKhola.

  • Overnight at Lodge.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 3
Trek to Jagat(1400m)-6 to 7 hrs

We cross the river and head up stream to Khola Beni. The route soon have to walk on a dramatic gorge with sculptured rocks of spectacular waterfalls and some landslides. After crossing bridge and heading upstream to the tiny village of Kholabesi, and a natural hot springs at Tatopani (Tatopani means ‘hot water’ in Nepali). From hot spring, we hike up to another trial, then, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb on a wide, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. From here, we cross a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, and climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Thado Bharyang before ascending to the charming village of Jagat, and the Manaslu Conservation area and police check post where we will need to present our trekking permits.

  • Overnight at lodge.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 4
Trek to Lokpa (2040 m)- 6 to 7 hrs

We make an entry into restricted region of Manaslu and Tsum Valley by registering the Permit in checkpoint at Jagat. We climb over a ridge to Salleri. We walk a bit along the riverbank, cross the Budhi Gandaki River on a long suspension bridge. As we continue to walk , the valley widens heading towards Philim. As we pass by Ekle Bhatti, trail get separated toward Tsum and Manaslu. Pass through the welcome board and hike up toward Lokpa. We meet few villages. Rivers become narrow as we meet to the confluence of the Syar Rivers from Tum vallley. We turn right from Tsum valley to reach Lokpa village, first village in Tsum valley that provides a chance to see Manaslu range. From Lokpa, slaughtering of animal is strictly prohibited, it’s complete isolation hidden valley of happiness blessed by Padmashamva centuries ago. Stunning view of Himalchuli and Boudha Himal can be observed from Lokpa village.

  • We spend overnight at Lokpa.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 5
Trek to Chumling (2386 m)- 4 to 5 hrs

After having had breakfast, we start walking from Lokpa village- entrance to wild route to Tsum valley. In the route from Lokpa to Chumling on the clear day, the view of Baudha Himal(6672m) and Ganesh Himal VI is seen very clearly. Trial descends to Lungwa river valley, then climb up through silence tropical forest of dense rhododendron and pine to Gumling. No villages are passed on the way between Lokpa to Gumling. Trial separates at Gumling. We cross again Syar Khola and arrive at the village of Chumling. Late afternoon, side trip to upper part of Chumling to visit monastery is the best for view of Ganesh Himal. Chumling has three monasteries of Panago Gumba, Mani Dhungyur and Gurwa Gumba. There is a telephone service and health post too.

  • Overnight at Chumling.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 6
Trek to Chhokangparo (3,010m)- 5 to 6 hrs

Today, we enter to upper valley, part of the Inner Himalaya. The trial continues along the Syar River down to Domje and then rises over 500 metres to the largest city in Tsum valley. A pretty village of Gho has unusual Gomba. From there we will continue our uphill climbing and then trek to arrive at Chhokangparo. On a clear day we can have magnificent views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal from Chhokangparo. From Chhokangparo, where we will have the opportunity to have hospitality of local people (Tibetan group “Tsombo”) welcoming with traditional Tibetan Chiya (butter tea) and local meal.

  • We spend overnight at Chhokang Paro.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 7
Trek to Nile (3361 m) via visiting Visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way- 4 to 5 hrs

We walk relatively shorter than previous days. Nile, on the western, sun-side of the Shikhar Khola, about 20 minutes walk across from Chhule, is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. As we go up, the valley becomes fertile, narrow, and we see people busy in farming. After passing Lamagaon, there is Piren Phu cave of St. Milarepa where his footprint is still preserved and noticeable in the rock. Piren Phu(pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley on the side of a rugged cliff mountain, with great views of the valley from the cave monastery, near the village of Burji. There are two separate Gumbas attached to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and significant Buddhists paper scripts make this cave one of the most important socio-cultural asset in the valley. Then, we head towards the crossing of the suspension bridge over Shiar River and continue our trek through several villages to finally cross a bridge and arrive at Nile.

  • We spend overnight at Nile.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 8
Trek to Mu Gompa (3700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m)- 3 to 4 hrs

A short walk from Nile along the west bank of the valley close to Tibetan border reaches easily to Mu Gompa, the highest point of Tsum valley trek. We hike up through yak pastures through typical dry and arid Trans Himalayan Terrain. The monastery has rows of Chortens and beautiful mountain views and houses. The historical Dephyudonma monastery connected with the dawn of Buddhism run by Lama, on the lap of the rugged mountains, is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum. There are few drinking facilities.

  • We spend overnight at Mu Gompa.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 9
Trek to Rachen Gompa (3240 m): 3 to 4 hrs

We return down valley through Chhule, and continue down as far as Phurbe. Walking on the east bank of the Siyar Khola and crossing flat boulder-covered plains following the power lines to Rachen Gompa (3240m), where we inspect the ancient Gompa, talk to very friendly nuns or monks.

  • Overnight at Rachen Gompa.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 10
Trek to Gumba Lungdang(3,200m)- 5 to 6 hrs

We trek to south until a bridge crosses to the west bank and pass again through Chhokang Paro then drop below on the previous trail towards Chumling. After about 2hrs, see a small white gompa on the left at Gho (2485m). Descend on a narrow trail passing the gompa on your left and drop to a wooden bridge over the Siyar Khola. Cross the bridge to Domje (2460- has Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and school Then we climb very steeply through pines and rhododendrons until the track starts traversing at a mani wall with prayer flags. Finally, in the pine forest, take a prayer flag marked uphill trail and make a zigzag climb through huge silver pines to reach Gumba Lungdang (3200m), perched on a ridge with small cells for the nuns scattered through the beautiful rhododendrons above. This small gompa with 40 nuns has an intense and engrossing puja from 6.00-7.30pm each night unless the nuns are on holidays or elsewhere, which is for some months each year – enquire in Chhokang-Paro. The mountain views in all directions are amazing and being here was the absolute highlight of our many trips to Nepal.

  • Overnight at Gumba Lungdang.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 11
Trek to Ganesh Himal Base Camp(4,800m)- 7 to 8 hrs

The intact forest wilderness and views make it an outstanding trek even though; altitude gain may cause difficulty in hiking. We traverse down and up through two small valleys, then drop right on dusty or muddy zigzags on a shortcut to regain the lower track and continue up valley through the forest. After passing through a small clear pasture then taking the right-hand descending track and drop to the river, the bridge takes to a steep bank – look for cairns upstream and climb the bank. Traverse through forest on a passable track with many wind-thrown trees , and cross the Laudang Khola to the west bank on a rickety wooden bridge. Climb steeply through pristine pines and rhododendrons on a ridge, stone huts beside a large boulder in a kharka. The track continues between the huts and up. Eventually we emerge into grassy flats behind the lateral moraine of the Torogumba glacier. Continue climbing past seasonal yak huts and several tracks on the moraine wall that give superb views of the mountains. It takes about 4hrs to reach the Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4200m). The return to Gumba Lugdang is very short.

  • Overnight at Gumba Lugdang .
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 12
Trek to Lokpa (2,240m)- Approximately 6hrs.

We go down Chhokangparo to the monastery at Gho(2,485m). Continuing on a narrow trial through the village to cross the Shiar Khola and head to nearby Dhumje(2,440m). Then trial climbs up steeply through pine and rhododendron to reach a Mani wall with prayer flags. Leaving Gomba Lungdang , we pass through Domje and get back to Lokpa. The trial will drop back through the George that forms the entrance into Tsum valley along the Syar River.

  • We spend overnight atb Lokpa.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 13
Trek to Ghap(2,380m)- Approximately 7 hrs

The descent trial through the exposed route, we cross the Buri Ghandaki on a solid bridge then enter a narrow gorge ascending and descending while gradually climbing through the valley. Crossing the river again on a suspension to Nupri and then through bamboo forests to Deng (1860m), inhabited by Gurung villagers. Crossing the river and climbing to Rana (19100m) and then reach Bhiphedi (2,130m). We meander in and out of the valley canyons to cross the Serang Khola before finally arriving at into Ghap (2160m).

  • Overnight lodge at Ghap.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 14
Trek to Lho (3,180m)- Approximately 6 hrs

Leaving Ghap, the valley becomes steeper and long climb through bamboo and rhododendron crossing the wild river a couple of times to reach the village of Namrung, entry into Nupri region. The people here are descendants of Tibetan migrants many centuries ago. We continue on passing the entrance gate of Mani walls, Buddhist Gompas to the villages. Beyond here the valley opens out and soon passes through the Tibetan village of Sho. The village has many yaks and there are excellent views of Manaslu (8163m) and Manaslu North (7157m) at the end of the village.

  • Overnight lodge at Lho.
  • Included Meals (B, L, D).
day 15
Trek to Sama Gaon (3,530m)- Approximately 4hrs

This is an easy day and we enable to savor the great mountain views. Trek to Sama (3530m), we follow the right bank of the river with views of Peak 29 ahead. A couple of hours climbing through the forest brings us to the village of Shyala, offering views of Phungi, Manaslu and Himal Chuli. The villagers rely on yaks, potatoes and barley for their crops in this distinctly alpine region. As we hike up, the peaks of Ganesh Himal towards the east and the huge peaks of Himalchuli and Manaslu in the the south can be seen. We look down into a little dip where two rows of houses form the main part of Sama. At the far end of the village, overlooking the valley stands the well-known monastery of Sama Gaon, Tibetan border is very near from here. We stop at Samagaon for the next two nights which will further help with acclimatization.

  • Overnight lodge at Sama Gaon.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 16
Rest day in Samagaon (3,530m)

To ensure proper acclimatization to the altitude, we have schedule a rest day at Sama Gaon. The beautiful village of Sama Gaon is one of the highlights of the trek with excellent mountains views, the close to Manaslu base camp. Ponder at the thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and pictures. We see women wearing a nice silver spoon as jewelry at Sama Gaon. Today is rest day but our guide take an optional excursion side trip to explore glacial moraine surrounding attractions with sightseeing to Birendra Lake or Pungyen Gompa. Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. Return side trip to Manaslu base camp takes eight hours. Those wishing though side trip but well worth the effort with the Manaslu Glacier and the turquoise lake beneath with mountains as far as the eye can see. If you want to just explore surrounding viewpoints and relaxed day, this Tibetan village gives the opportunity to visit the Pung-Gyen monastery which sits beneath the east face of Manaslu. Higher up again is a cave Gompa and hot springs.

  • Overnight lodge at Sama Gaon.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 17
Trek to Larkya La Phedi (darma shala) (4,460m) - 5 to 6 hrs

We start an early in the morning walk from Sama Gaon to head towards Samdo. We continue our walk down the edge through some fields to some old mani walls and cross the wooden bridge over the Budi Gandaki and climb gradually up the valley. Another mani wall marks the beginning of ascent to the pass and cross two streams and witness the Larkya Glacier. Go around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again and come to the stone guest house (4450 m) which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called Dharmasala, also known as Larkya La Phedi. Today we will be rewarded with the views of Larkya Glacier with the fantastic views of Manaslu looking particularly impressive. We came here today and have a rest to prepare for tomorrows crossing of the famous and most awaited Larkya Pass.

  • Overnight lodge at Larkya La Phedi/Dharmasala.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 18
Trek to Bimtang (3,590m) via crossing the Larkya la pass (5160m )- 7 to 9 hrs

We leave Dharmasala very early in the morning as it is the longest and toughest section of trekking around Manaslu crossing the Larkya la pass 5160m before the wind starts blowing strongly and possible storms appear on the pass. The trail starts gentle climb across moraine; it descends a little to a lake and then becomes rough and indistinct as it crosses to the south of steep grassy slopes. The trail stays on the moraine to a ridge marked by two cairns; from here the prayer flags marking the pass are visible. Descend to the four frozen lakes then make the final steep climb to the pass. From the pass of summit, there are outstanding panoramic view on clear day of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Kangguru, Menjung and the huge Annapurna II on the horizon. Savor the spectacular views from the top of the pass. Bhimtang is long but beautiful. On the descent from the pass the trail follows the top of the moraine to the west and makes a set of steep, rough switchbacks as it crosses the moraine then descends more gently on loose gravel to another grassy moraine at 4,450m. The trail now becomes easier to follow and reaches a small meadow. The valley becomes wider as the Trails heads down to a large meadow, past a mani wall and a small rest house that marks Bimthang at 3,590m.

  • Overnight lodge at Bimtang.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 19
Trek to Gho (2,515m) - 4 to 5 hrs

From Bimtang, the trail starts to cross over the side of the moraine and descend to the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, and crosses a wooden bridge, then into pine and rhododendron forest to Hompuk (3,430m) with a rock shelter. The rhododendrons appear in a wide range of colors, sheep, horses and monkeys fill the forest. The panoramic view of Phungi, Manaslu, Manaslu north peak, Cheo Himal and Himlung Himal, are clearly visible. 30 minute descent in the forested area reach the meadow of Sangore Kharka. Then cross a landslide before making a steep climb to a ridge decorated with prayer flags. It makes a descent to the river bank at Gho(2,575m).

  • Overnight lodge at Gho.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 20
Trek to Tal (1,700m) - 4 to 5 hrs

The route continues down with a few ups, mostly through fields, but also through some dense forest. Less than an hour walk through fields and intermittent stands of rhododendron and oak to arrive at Tilije, a very mixed of ethnic community settlement. Exit the village through a stone arch, cross the Dudh Khola and follow along its embankment descending through scrub forest. The walls of the Marsyangdi Valley loom larger and finally the houses of Dharapani appear in the distance. Pass through Thonje via a wooden bridge and through a chorten-shaped arch, and Dharapani lies across a long suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi. Trial downs to tal-on the sandy banks of the Marsyangdi River. The prayer flags, mani walls and chortens of Tal represent to the last Buddhist village on the trek.

  • Overnight Lodge at Tal.
  • Included meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
day 21
Drive to Besisahar (4 to 5hrs) then Kathmandu (7hrs) at the same day

In the morning, we leave Tal for Besisahar on local Jeep or Bus. Approximately 4 to 5 hrs drive passing the villages, marshyandi river, town of bhulbhule and khudi then all the way to Beshishar. We need to reach Besisahar at least before 3p.m to catch up last jeep or local bus to Kathmandu. On a journey back to Kathmandu, the road follows along the scenic Marsyangdi River Valley and then meets the Trishuli River as we head west along the Prithvi Highway. Along the way, we will have good views of the lush scenery and terraced farmland and perhaps even some final glimpses of the mountains.

  • Overnight at your own selected hotel at Kathmandu.

What is Included?

  • Transport from Kathmandu to Arughat to soti khola and from Tal to Besisahar then back to Kathmandu by local bus.
  • Tea House/lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • All Standard Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the Trek.
  • Official DWT (Government registered and licensed) Expert Leader Guide, 1 assitant guide for 12 or baove trekkers, with accompanying porters (generally, 1 porter per 2 trekkers) to assist withcarrying gear during the trek. (We cover the porters’meals, lodging, salary, transport,insurance, equipment, and other essentials.)
  • Manaslu & Tusm Valley special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees.
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
  • All Government and local taxes.
  • Assistance in arranging emergency rescue (funded by travel insurance)
  • Discovery World Trekking Certificate of Completion.
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu the eve of your international departure

What is Excluded?

  • International Flight.
  • All meals and Accommodations in Kathmandu.
  • All Personal Expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, bar bills, beverages, snacks.
  • Personal clothing and gear
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Extra shower fees at lodges along the trail, battery re-charge fees, and incidental expenses along the trail.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters.
  • Any additional costs or delays cause by events beyond our control. e.g. landslides necessitating trail diversions,weather delays,political unrest, illness, et cetera.

Route Map

Route Map

Equipment Checklist

Equipment list for Tusm Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking

It is recommended to consider following list of clothing and accessories equipments while packing for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking. These are just a reminder and essential to have list of these equipment items prepared by focusing on comfort, convenience and enjoyable of your holiday. We understand that you may have your own personal preference for clothing which may be equally as suitable. We never recommend to our clients to bring over equipments which are unnecessary for the trek. Porter help carrying luggage has weight limit and not allow over 20 kg in trek. These equipments are also available in Kathmandu for buying or hiring.

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes
  • Light weight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves
  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Light weight cotton pants
  • T- Shirt (bring Light weight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants
Foot wear
  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pairs of thick light socks)
Essential gear
  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high-altitude trekking)
  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Deodorant floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror
Personal accessories
  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Trip Information

Getting there

Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. An overnight hotel in Kathmandu is required upon arriving in Nepal. Arughat/soti khola is the gateway to Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking reached by travelling 7/8 hours from Kathmandu by Local bus/Private Jeep that departure an early morning and stay overnight at the Soti Khola. The cost of Private Jeep has excluded in the package.

Free transfer

Discovery World Trekking provides free airport arrival and departure transfer on any flight for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking. We do your special welcome as it is our first meeting and greeting in Nepal with our team, it does not matter which flight you take to arrive in Nepal, the smiling representative crew from Discovery World Trekking awaits your arrival at airport and you will be greeted warmly with a traditional offering of a Khada or marigolds garland (symbolizing purity, goodwill, auspiciousness and compassion), then free hassle transferred to hotel. For taking advantage of free airport transfer opportunity, the full flight details of arrival and departure is requested to submit in advance by mail.


19 Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking.Package starts and ends at Besishar, although, two nights accommodation in Kathmandu is required, including before and after the trek, which has excluded in this package as Kathmandu has an excellent range of hotels for all budgets. Furthermore, accommodation in Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking package includes eighteen nights at mountain local lodges popularly known as tea houses/Lodge (eating and sleeping at same place) during the trekking. Tea houses on the trek are fairly basic, simple but perfectly comfortable. Bathrooms and washing facilities in most of the places usually is shared; but there will be a homely environment with warmth hospitality of local people. The accommodation is almost twin sharing basis- bed with mattresses, blanket and pillows. Hot showers will be available at an extra cost. Discovery World Trekking has good public relation with local service providers in Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit trek; the company makes sure prior arrangement of the accommodation.


Meals in Kathmandu have excluded in the package as variety of Nepalese and international cuisine are available to taste during your stay. Three meal items of nineteen breakfasts,nineteen lunch and eighteen diners during the trekking are included in the package. The foods are given more emphasis on fresh, hygienic, tasty and nutritious with the best selection menu available on tea house or lodge. The menu is the blend of traditional local, Asian and western cuisine. We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must) etc at high altitude for health benefit.

Best Season

While planning to trek in Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking, we consider to climate conditions, particularly weather.making the trek throughout the year is possible as each season has different exceptional attractions and advantages offer for trekking in Manaslu region. In the high mountain region, temperature considerably depends upon an altitude range – higher the altitude, lower the temperature.

January – February

The coldest time is from early January through early February, after late February which climate becomes warmer gradually. Temperatures may be cold at night,drop around minus 5 degree celcious at high altitude. daytime is pleasantly and relatively warm during the sunshine. Despite colder climate conditions, skies are usually very clear, mountain views are at their best. Maybe, there will be snow on the ground. The trials are also much less busy at this time.


From the month of March marks the beginning of trekking season. By April, the trek route throughout the Himalayas will be rewarding with different full blossom rhododendron of red, pink and white even at an elevations of over3,000 metres. The weather is favorable with sunny and cooler in the days, with clear sky, and the environment is dry. Snow Mountains have their best visibility. Temperature starts rising by the middle of March and by mid May. The later you leave, the warmer the days will be.


May to June is also the perfect time for trekking. Alpine plants will bloom all at once. The rainfall in Nepal begins generally from the last week of June and continues up to the second week of August. Weather is cool at his time. Sky is very clear and you can enjoy the clearest views of mountains.


The peak of monsoons is in July and August. Mid-July through the end of the month will be blooming peak of flowers. The valleys are flooded with greenery and flowers and their beauty is beyond the description. The nights are comparatively colder than the days ranging its temperatures (between 5c to 10 c during the nights) and (between 10c to 23c during the day). The morning is usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon and disappearing at night but you will often see the sun during the day. Late August, rainfall will begin to decrease and the signs of fall become rapidly obvious in the mountains. The valleys are green and the experience is totally different. The farmers are busy in the fields, some of the main festivals and colorful events are celebrated.


This is high tourist season with the best favorable weather and perfect climate condition. The bright sun makes for pleasant daytime temperature and night reveals spectacular starry skies. The monsoons are over in the early of September; mark the beginning of trek season and fine days will continue with the most stable weather from mild to warm days. The rainy season is no longer there. Daytime temperatures can reach 20c in the high altitude, with clear sky and superb view of mountains. The nights are colds with temperatures may go down around 5c. In September, A lively festival attracts thousands of trekkers. When the brilliant greens fed by the monsoon fade to golden/amber against the crystal blue skies, and grains are ripen in the enclave. The environment is clean and lowlands are lush. The greatest festival occasion in Nepal also falls like Dashain, Tihar, during these seasons.

November- December

November is the busy season, the clearest month, with crisp and sparkling days. The daytime temperatures are generally the most stable, with clear sky, magical views, from mild to cold climate conditions, and the environment is dry. Nights will be very cold. From December, temperature begins to decrease, skies are usually very clear, mountains views are at their best but the trials are also much less busy at this time. At high altitude, it may experience the snow. This is the Christmas holiday season.

Weather in the Himalaya can be exactly unpredictable and change quickly; temperature can vary vastly from day to night.


Our 19 daysTsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking package spends three to four nights over 3500m above the sea level, where there is somehow at the risk of being affected by altitude sickness also called acute mountain sickness. Altitude sickness is preventable however if the symptom, causes and remedies of altitude sickness are left ignored, it can be very serious and even life -threatening. This trip allows ascending slowly but consistently. Our itinerary ensures that we take the time to acclimatize safely. Our Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking is designed to facilitate a rest day at Sama Gaon for proper acclimatization. All Our trekking leader and guide have extensive first aid training and well -experienced at high altitude Himalaya we urge to communicate with your group leader and guide to monitor effectively yourself the symptoms, we guarantee your health with utmost safety and security. Your trek leader or guide suggests that the precautionary way of getting rid from altitude sickness is to take your time and drink plenty of water at least 4 liters a day. After being severely affected, the only cure for altitude sickness is to descend immediately. Please note that your group leader has ultimate responsibility to decide or stop your ascent based on your overall condition if symptoms persist. It is essential to keep in mind some are more vulnerable than other.

Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health

19 days Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking is a challenging grade trek in Manaslu region. The hiking is generally 6 to 8 hrs a day, taking regular breaks to capture the stunning mountain views. Trek routes on Manaslu involves long ascents, steep descents and straightforward following a good trials but this is high mountain journey have to walk along the remote trials in the Himalaya. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable your experience will be. To accomplish trek, past hiking experience would be additional advantage although no technical experience and mountaineering gear and skill is necessary. Trekkers who are preferably able to hike 6 to 8 hours a day at a reasonable pace with a light day pack can take part in our short Manaslu Circuit Trekking. Even some days require walking longer hours too. Definitely, a reasonable level of fitness is required for long day hiking. Trekking in higher altitude is physically demanding than trekking in the lower altitudes.
To join our 19 days Manaslu Circuit Trekking, all participants should be in good health condition with normal physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence, and strong determination. It is very important to make sure you are as healthy as possible before starting trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.


We use a variety of transportation including private minivans, taxis, and local transport etc. we may use other modes of transportation where it is deemed necessary.

Trekking group/single

The group will be generally 2 to maximum up to 12 paxes on trek. The group of ten and above will be accompanied by a leader, who will be supported by an assistant guide and porters. We also organize single private trek in Manaslu with your own holiday timeframe and this will be lead by one of our highly competent and well experienced guide. We do not charge a single supplement fee if you are a solo trekker.

A typical day in Trek

Every day will be rewarding with a unique experience of trekking, climbing enjoying scenery, taking photos and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, we are accompanied by experienced, friendly and qualified expert Sherpa’s sharing information and historical facts about the places as we trek. We will also be accompanied by the porters who carry our luggage’s. However, we will be carrying our small regular day bag pack of necessary items. The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7AM to 8AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk. After trekking for three to four hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after about an hour of rest.The afternoon walk is generally shorter; about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will have free time to explore nearby places. Dinner is served around 6PM to 7PM. After dinner and before going to bed, we indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing we enjoy on board games like monopoly, cards and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.

Communication on trek

During Manaslu Circuit Trekking, there is mobile phone coverage almost on the lower parts of the routes. There will be limited data signal but it relies on which network you use. Upon your request, we provide you separate local SIM card for good access to chatting up, talking to family and surrounding friends through your cell phone. In the mountains, there is only one mobile operator’s coverage however foreigner operator cannot support for inter-national roaming.

Electricity and battery recharge, water on trekking

Most of the tea houses and lodges on Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking has hydroelectricity and some of high altitude places have solar power. You can charge your personal electronic devices. Some of lodges will charge fee for this because of limited electricity. For drinking water, packed water bottled that is unrecyclable nature has an immensely negative impact on the environment we visit, we suggest you to take a water purification pills and use on filling local boiled water instead of purchasing packed mineral water. Boiling water on local lodges may take some charge.

Extra personal expenses on trekking

Discover World Trekking believes flexibility in packages without hiding any information and cost for trip. We provide possible extra personal expenses that are excluded in the package. All meals during trekking and transfer required for Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking are included except the meals and accommodation in Kathmandu. Trekkers need to bring personal spending money with them to cover costs for accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, snacks while trekking (to buy from local shops along the trail), tips to Discover World Trekking crew members (a member who involves in your trip such as guide and porters), souvenirs, hot shower, mobile and battery charge, mineral water. The Nepalese Rupee is a closed currency, which means you cannot bring the currency in or out of the country. We recommend bringing cash (dollar), which can be exchanged for Rupees in Kathmandu, or bringing a cash card you can use to withdraw from an ATM (bear in mind your bank may charge for this service).

Travel Insurance Policy

This trip grade is ranked the Strenuous difficult as it entails risk of high altitude trekking, potential altitude sickness and other unforeseen events including sudden climate changes.

Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for The Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking. All the members of trekking the must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for trekking members.

We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don’t directly get involved in the sale of insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper or absence of travel insurance policy.Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for the trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help etc. Please insure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.

Passport and visa

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival spot at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at some borders land crossings into Nepal (including boarders with India and Tibet). In addition, Visa can be extended at the central immigration office.; Visa application requires a passport at least six months of validity, one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa fee is US$40 for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. The visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, intended stay in Nepal. We also recommend the list of entry few days before, and date of exit a few days after in case you encounter any delays or problems en route. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice.

Citizens of china as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get free visa.These countries are not entitled to get a visa on arrival spots such as Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan cannot receive visas on arrival. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Money exchange

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100-112 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.

The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.Despite having security advantage of traveller's cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.


The weight limit for your luggage ,Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage .Two people will be assigned one porter , combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs.We never overload our porters. but a should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what the essentials,You can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at Discovery World Trekking store for free.


Safety of our valued clients is the paramount concern of Discovery World Trekking while joining any trip with us. We take serious care and consideration on selective use of accommodation, modes of transport and other equipments during undertaking Around Manaslu trek.

Responsible Travel

We take strongly and seriously our commitment to environmental sustainability for protecting fragile ecosystems, on where we visit. Without any doubt, positive contribution of tourism to the community has brought many advantages in terms of wealth generation, employment opportunities, infrastructure, health care and education etc. With an increase of tourists arrival, negative impact has noticeable on the community and the environment. We highlight the positive aspect of tourism with minimization of negative impact.
Furthermore, Discovery World Trekking works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco friendly trips about most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travelers and communities.

Discovery World Trekking Crews

During the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well experienced guides / sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable.All guides are well trained licensed with prior experience they have spent years rekking / climbing the peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage .Two people will be assigned one porter , combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs.We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide with 8 members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalaya remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitude without being affected. All our staff are very valuable to us , they are well paid and we take care of their insurance ,clothing, food and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with sleeping gear we also provided them food and warm drinks.

  • Intensive wilderness first Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Conservation and biodiversity
  • Rock climbing

Most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

Booking and payment process

Discovery world trekking is a government authorized, registered, licensed and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 87657/068/069. We are member of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, book Discovery World Trekking trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 percent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival and departure flight detailed can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from booking date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer ,western union and online payment directly from our website.. Remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when your arrival in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward necessary modes of payment details as per your convenient by mail.

Last minute booking

Most of the client book Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit Trekking advance, it will not be messy, and provide sufficient time to be prepared for them. Clients who are delay in booking Trek due to many reasons, however, they are eager to confirm booking trips within a short span of time. Discovery World Trekking has offered special provision of last minute booking with regard to Manaslu Circuit Trekking. Under this condition, the last minute booking with 100% percent trip payment within 2 days are accepted. We are always ready to operate trek possible anytime. For last minute booking, it is advised that the company always tries the best but not responsible for external factors causing delayed beyond the control of company management. For this, you could contact us for more information at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us.

Trip extension

After complete of Manaslu Circuit Trekking, With an extra days in Nepal, you will free time to explore and visit for a tour of Kathmandu valley sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, another trek and much more!


After complete of Tusm Valley Manaslu Circuit Trekking, there will be farewell dinner hosted by Discovery World Trekking, and company provides company t-shirt, digital printed certificate of trek achievement along with key ring. We expect nothing in return but comment and complaint about our services and team performance. As a service provider, we give much more consideration on about our overall performance that is ever significant for us to evaluate. Your feedback helps us to execute plan in the field with the better way by improving weaknesses as well as continuing strength aspects. We encourage you to share your real feeling and experience through the popular social networking sites on trip advisor.


Manaslu and Tsum valley trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu, and can be tailored to accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review our designated departure dates for this trek and if they do not suit your timeframe, then let us know how we can arrange a trek that is convenient for you.
The itinerary listed above is a general guideline; please be advised that it might be necessary to modify it due to external factors beyond our means including and not limited to the following: unstable weather, accessibility and availability of lodging and campsites, unforeseen governmental, trail and ecological conditions and other circumstances beyond our control. Although, it is improbable that changes will occur that would significantly alter the original itinerary, we cannot be held accountable for the results of delays or changes beyond our control. In the event of an Itinerary adjustment or need to redirect to other trails and areas, the Lead Guide will ultimately make the final choice on the best rerouting after consulting with the group members and keeping in mind the interests of the party as a whole. If an alteration is necessary, then we will certainly do everything we can to diminish the effects.

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Trip Reviews

Everest high passes trek
5 - Excellent

I recently traveled to Nepal to complete Everest base camp and the high passes trek. From start to finish Discovery World Trekking looked after us. Everything was well organized and very easy. We had issues with altitude sickness but our guide and porter took great care of us and made sure we were safe but also completed our trip. It was very affordable with comfortable accommodation. Our guide and porter were amazing, keeping our spirits high and catering to all of our needs. We are very happy we used Discovery World trekking and would not hesitate to use them again. Amazing experience!!

Treated like part of the family
Huy N
5 - Excellent

Paul from Nepal says he founded DWT on family principles - and that was exactly our experience - nothing was ever too hard for them to make the trip more enjoyable for all of us. From the initial booking experience in Australia right through to our end of trek celebration dinner in Kathmandu - every little detail was covered. Our guide Milan was awesome - we came from within a days walk of his village and met his cousin along the way. Milan met us at the airport and made us feel welcome right from the start and helped us understand the cultural differences in the different places we trekked through. Our young (22 years) porters Prabhat and Amrit were ever present and fun to be with - Paul was helping them cover their local college education - just part of the fab family experience we had with DWT. Oh, and yes, the trekking around Manaslu Circuit was amazing - including a day trek to Manaslu Base Camp and we caught the famous Larkya La Pass at 5100 meters in good weather - something I will never forget. Physically demanding but so so worth it!

Manaslu Circuit Trek
5 - Excellent

We had an amazing time doing the Manaslu circuit trek in mid September. Paul and his team were very professional and looked after us very well. Our guide Milan went to every length possible to make our trip as enjoyable and safe as possible. His smiling face greeting us every morning made my day. Our porters Ombrit and Provat were very professional and were always looking out for us. Overall had an amazing experience and am looking forward to doing another trek with discovery in the future!

Manaslu Circuit Trek
5 - Excellent

Me and my sister trekked the Manaslu circuit with DWT in march . I am halfway through my 3rd decade of trekking in the Himalayas and have always done so as an independent trekker. This was my first go at trekking with a guide, and i was not overly enthusiastic about it to be honest. However; it turned out to be a great experience. Paul organized everything on very short notice and we where ready to go the day after my sister arrived in Nepal. Our guide, was just as professional as well as being a very very nice guy. They both turned out to become good friends and we are now planing to do more trips togheter in the future. I still prefer to walk independently but trekking with DWT has shown me that using a trekking company can be an equally good experience. I do not hesitate to give DWT my very highest recommendations.

Manaslu Circuit Trek
5 - Excellent

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful experience with Discovery World Trekking. Paul made a modified itinerary for us and we had our own private tour with Dil (guide) and Milan (porter). Both Dil and Milan were very very friendly, knowledgable, and fun to be around. They were always on point with service, making sure we were comfortable, interpreting, and making the trip safe and enjoyable. I would highly recommend asking for them! Paul explained everything before we departed, and even picked us up from the airport when we arrived to Kathmandu so there was no hassle. The hotel that he provided (Tibet Guest House) for the first two nights before the trek and the last night after returning was in a great location in Thamel and had excellent included breakfast (ask for the Norbu special!) and comfortable air conditioned rooms. Only two blocks from his shop, and next to all the shopping and restaurants. Getting to the first town was our only real complaint: There was a little confusion regarding transportation, and I must confess we did not like taking the 'local' bus 8 hours to the first town because it was dirty, crowded, and seemed very unsafe-so don't expect a luxury private tour bus with a bathroom if you go on this trek! Transportation on the way back was slightly better-a jeep to the first town and a mini bus back to Kathmandu (also not private, but much better than local bus). Kathmandu is a big, dirty, overcrowded city with tons of pollution-so that was definitely a culture shock. Thamel is more charming than the surrounding areas though. The trek itself was incredible- very little tourists compared to EBC or Anna Purna, and we wereoften the only guests at the Tea Houses. Again, do not expect luxury on this trek. Some of the tea houses were very simple, if not slightly shabby. But all served excellent food, and some of the newer ones had more clean and comfortable rooms and beds. They are in the process of building lovely new wooden houses all along the trek though, so this time next year things should be more upscale. The Nepalese are very friendly and accommodating, and anytime we ordered food on the trail they never failed to offer us more and make sure we were well fueled for the day ahead. I loved that they all had gardens on site and literally picked our lunch when we ordered it. The views were stunning; a real photographers paradise-so long as the rain and clouds were not obstructing the views. Morning time was the best for viewing, but we came at the end of monsoon season (middle September-early October) so I'm sure the rain/clouds would have been less of an issue had we come a few weeks later. Also, a landslide fatally injured a group of Trekkers just one day ahead of us-so I strongly recommend not coming during monsoon season when these natural events are bound to happen. Dil was always stopping and questioning locals and making phone calls to keep abreast of any hazards or set backs, so we felt safe in his hands. The trek itself was physically laborious, and my boyfriend and I are both avid gym goers and hikers who are in excellent condition. The temperature changes and altitude are not to be taken lightly, and we saw many sick or exhausted Trekkers extricated daily by helicopter who were not in shape enough or who were not as careful about what they ate or drank. So please be aware that this is not just a walk in the park. I confess that the 10 hour day going over Larke Pass was one of the hardest days of my life! Totally worth it though, don't get me wrong. Paul took us to dinner and made customized certificates for us when we returned from the trek, and helped us with bartering for goods on our last day in Kathmandu. He was very receptive to any feedback or concerns we had, and is a very professional business man who treats his clients and employees like good friends. I would definitely recommend using D.W.T. for any treks in Nepal!

Manaslu Circuit trekking with DWT
5 - Excellent

Paul and DWT made for an epic trekking adventure around the Manaslu circuit! The process was easy from start to finish. Paul responded quickly to all emails and inquiries, and met us at the airport with our guide Laxman. Permits were all arranged ahead of time and we were briefed on our trek. A few hiccups with transportation (which was not under anyone's control), were quickly and seamlessly resolved by our amazing guide. This was a private trek for only my friend and myself, which gave us a great opportunity to spend time with our guide Laxman and our porter Kishna. Laxman was a great source of information and knew many of the guesthouse owners and lunch stop proprietors along the way which was very helpful. Kishna, our porter, had an infectious laugh and was always smiling and many times, went ahead to secure us the very best spots. The weather was perfect and our pass crossing was flawless. Nothing but good things to say about this crew. I look forward to hopefully seeing them again in the future. They do many treks throughout Nepal.. check them out!

Manaslu Circuit trekking with DWT - outstanding
5 - Excellent

I just returned home after an incredible holiday with Discovery World trekking. We completed the Manaslu circuit trek and I have to say it was it was a truly incredible experience. DWT came recommended to me from a friend and I made contact with several trekking companies. We chose to go with DWT as Paul would consistently get back to us and return emails or answer questions extremely promptly. We couldn't have been happier with the experience and I'm glad we chose to go with them. All aspects of the trek were organized and smooth, from the moment we cleared customs Paul was there to pick us up from the airport and made sure we were comfortable and oriented. Our guide, Dil, was fantastic. We met him the day before the trek and were comfortable with his expert guidance and experience. Our porter was a guide in training and was similarly awesome. By chance we were the only 2 on the trek and the private experience was fantastic. The Manaslu area is beautiful and seemed to be less crowed then some other trekking routes which I think made the trip more authentic and memorable. I was very impressed with the quality (and amount) of food even during the more remote sections of the trek and I can't say enough about how nice 3 hot meals a day was during the trek. The entire experience of work with Paul and DWT went beyond my expectations for sure and the service continued even after we had completed the trek and were enjoying Kathmandu. I would certainly recommend this trek and especially company to anyone and I will absolutely use this company for my Himalaya trekking in the future.

Excellent and trustworthy guide around Manaslu!
5 - Excellent

We did the Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley with a guide, Milan, from Discovery World Trekking, who really did a great job to make us happy. He saved us from food poisoning by avoiding one or two lodges, and he helped us making decisions about the itinerary (in which we had one extra day, so we were able to be flexible). We felt that our guide could be fully trusted in his advice, and in the end, we had the most amazing trip we could imagine. The owner, Paul, is also very helpful, and you can message him anytime if you have any questions.

Manaslu Circuit Trek
5 - Excellent

I just had a brilliant trip with Discovery World Trekking. The organization was very helpful with all the planning as Paul arranged airport pickup, transportation, trekking permits, guide and porters, was easy to contact, answered all our questions in no time and gave good advice on things that might be useful to take along or not necessary. The scenery, landscape, nature along the trek was stunning and very diverse during the entire trip, I have never seen anything as impressive before. We learned a lot about local culture as well, especially because of our awesome guide and porters who answered all our questions , were always prepared and helpful, made sure everyone adjusts well to the altitude and enjoys the trip. It has been a wonderful experience and I would definitely recommend Discovery World Trekking and the Manaslu Circuit for your next Nepal adventure if you want to experience unique nature and a less crowded alternative to other treks :) Thanks to everyone :)

Great Time on Manaslu Circuit with DWT!
5 - Excellent

A friend and I did a two-week Manaslu Trek with Discovery World Trekking starting in mid-March. I would not hesitate to recommend the company to other travelers/trekkers, and I would certainly go through them again for any treks requiring a guide. Paul (the owner) is extremely professional and safety-oriented, and he chose a guide (the AMAZING Sundeep) who was perfectly suited to us. Moreover, the trek pricing was transparent, reasonable, and a good value. My friend and I walked into the DTW office in Thamel after searching for a highly-reviewed trekking company online. Paul helped us put our “dream trek” (Manaslu) together with less than 48 hours before we needed to start in order to have enough time for the trek. We had tried to do a lot trek research online, and we felt stressed about permits, transport, etc. I wish we’d just gone straight to DTW, as everything was so much more hassle-free after that. And I really can’t say enough good things about our guide, Sundeep- competent, able to make us smile after a long day of walking, very informative about the area (and not afraid to admit if he didn’t know something), always watching out for us (hacking steps in ice or telling us to eat more garlic soup :) ). Also, I celebrated my birthday during the trek, and Sundeep carried a chocolate bar all the way from KTM for me! It was like gold out there :) Thank you so much to Sundeep, Paul, and everyone else at DTW! I hope to return for more trekking, and I’d love to trek with Discovery World again!


Is trekking to Manaslu Circuit difficult?

No, basically you do not need any ropes or ice picks. Moreover, there is no vertical climbing. No matter who you are, as long as you are reasonably fit, can walk for 5-6 hours a day and trek/hike few uphills, Discovery World Trekking will guide you to reach Manslu Circuit trek.

How safe is Manaslu Circuit trekking?

Discovery World Trekking guarantees 3S for the clients: safety, security and satisfaction. The team members of Discovery World Trekking will be carrying all the necessary gear, equipment and first aid kits and they have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick on high altitude, the leader will decide whether to continue the trek. In case of emergency, Discovery World Trekking have rescue helicopter to bring you back from the higher elevation. Moreover, Discovery World Trekking also provides oximeter to monitor oxygen level at high altitude and offers regular health check-up facilities.

Which is the best time of the year to Manaslu Circuit trek?

Spring (March to May) and Fall (October to November) are the best seasons to trek Manaslu Circuit trek to explore clear view of Himalayas. The temperature is cold between December and February but the visibility is still good. Trekkers choose this season because there are few tourists on the trails. Admittedly, Discovery World Trekking can make it happen in any season you want with all the safeties and fun.

How to avoid altitude sickness in Manaslu Circuit trek?

  • Cut off caffeinated, alcoholic and smoking items. 
  • Drink at least 4 liters of water a day. 
  • Trek slow.
  • Don't skip the acclimatization days.
  • Better to continue with Diamox (if any symptoms shows up). 
  • Drink Garlic Soup.

How long do I need to walk per day during my trek to Manaslu Circuit

The hiking will be 5-7 hours a day depending upon the landscape and destination.

Do I need any permits before starting the trek to Manaslu Circuit trek?

You need Manaslu special permit with Conservation Area Permit, and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fees, Discovery World Trekking will help you with all the necessary paperwork and let you enjoy your holidays to the fullest.

Do I need Travel Insurance to trek in Manaslu Region?

You need travel insurance prior to booking the trek which must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for trekking members. You should provide it to us before you start your trekking.

What about the Insurance of guides and porters?

Discovery World Trekking ensures the expenses for insurance of its guides, porters and all the crews along with meals, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.

Is there any luggage limit for porter?

Discovery World Trekking will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 18 kgs of luggage (maximum 9 kg for each trekker). Please be sure your porters are not overloaded because they do not carry only your equipment but also lift your spirit to reach new heights, and your love, affection and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination.

What is the weather condition at Manaslu Circuit trek?

Month Temperature  Weather and Nature 
January  Max -5°C at daytime to min -10°C at night and morning  Coldest month 
February  Max 15°C at daytime to min 8°C at night and morning  Mild and humid, good visibility 
March  Max 10°C at daytime to min -6°C at night and morning  Frozen lakes begin to thaw out, streams begin to fill and new buds begin to sprout 
April  Max 12°C at daytime to min 4°C at night and morning  More colorful month because of red, green, white, blue and pink rhododendrons 
May  Max 18°C at daytime to min 4°C at night and morning  Warmest month 
June  Max 25°C at daytime to min 10°C at night and morning  Humid, as the rain and clouds often overshadow the hot sun 
July  Max 22°C at daytime to min 8°C at night and morning  Wettest month 
August  Max 20°C at daytime to min 6°C at night and morning  Monsoon makes the trail lush, dense and gorgeously green but quiet slippery 
September  Max 21°C at daytime to min 7°C at night and morning  Fresh and pleasant climate 
October  Max 15°C at daytime to min -2°C at night and morning  Stable weather condition and best month to trek 
November  Max 13°C at daytime to min -3°C at night and morning  Cold and dry weather 
December  Max 12°C at daytime to min -8°C at night and morning  Driest month 

What documents do I need for trekking to Manaslu Circuit trek?

You need to submit the following documents after the advance payment deposit and all the documents should be sent via email.

  • A copy of passport,
  •  Passport size photos, 
  • Flight details, 
  • Copy of travel insurance (it has to cover heli rescue and medical evacuation).

What is the accommodation on the trails of Manaslu Circuit trek?

For the Manaslu Circuit trek, you will be staying at teahouses/lodges, generally offering twin sharing room and healthy local foods. The toilets are outside the room or the house in a squat form. Hot showers/running water are available at extra cost in most of the places.

Is meal easily available on the trek to manaslu Circuit trek?

the meal on this trek is very convenient but not as in cities. Along with Western meals, chapati, rice, local tsampa porridge, Tibetan bread, various soups like Sherpa stew steaks, Momo (dumplings), Tenduk, noodles and thukpa are amazing himalayan cuisines for the trekkers. Discovery World Trekking will arrange meal in special areas for its clients.

What types of liquid do I need to drink at high altitude?

Garlic soup is must while trekking. Discovery World Trekking recommends trekkers to drink green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon and ginger tea. However, it is better to avoid alcohol and alcoholic beverages, caffeinated items and hot-chocolates at high altitude.

Is the drinking water safe in the trek to manaslu Circuit?

Bottled water is easily available at low cost. But you can not use plastic bottles in manaslu region. So, they do not sell plastic bottled mineral water. You need to drink mineral water or boiled or filtered water in those areas. It is better to use water purification drops and tablets which you can either bring from your own country or buy in Kathmandu. Discovery World Trekking also provide water purifier pills.

Do I need to bring medicines for trekking to manaslu Circuit trek?

If you are allergic to specific medicines, it is better to consult your doctor and bring your own. Discovery World Trekking regards its clients as its family. So, Discovery World Trekking will facilitate you with medical kits and other safety concern to avoid altitude sickness and other probable sicknesses.

I am a vegetarian. Am I supposed to get enough meal on my trek?

Discovery World Trekking won’t recommend non-veg items because the meat in such places may not hygienic and healthy. Discovery World Trekking also encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume them during the trek. So, our packages are suitable for both vegan and vegetarians.

Is there pick service by the Company?

You will see personal representative of Discovery World Trekking welcoming you outside the arrival lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport with your name pamphlets on her/his hand. S/he will take you to your selected hotel on private transportation conveniently.

Is there a cancellation or refund policy?

Discovery World Trekking offers cancellation and refund facilities. You need to visit Discovery World Trekking’s tour packages for more information.

What is the booking and payment method for manaslu Circuit trek?

You need to pay 10% in advance and rest of the amount can be paid after your arrival in Nepal. We accept Credit Card, however, you will be charged extra amount as service fee by the bank. So, Discovery World Trekking recommends you to pay in Cash to enjoy the benefit of discount. Any currency is accepted.

Is tipping necessary for porter and guide?

Your porters are a big reason why you got a chance to feel something very few can have. Apart from guiding and carrying your necessities and being mindful of your safety, they want to see you happily succeeded more than anyone like family and help you successfully complete the trek safely. So, your tips reflect gratitude towards them. So, tipping is a recommended culture for porters and guide in Nepal as a gesture of thankfulness.

Can I buy the gear in Nepal?

Discovery World Trekking will introduce to dozens of shops selling knock-off gear in Kathmandu. You can also barter those gears at the knock-off places but be sure you keep the receipt safely. Moreover, you can rent the needed gears if you do not want to buy them.

Is internet access available in manaslu Circuit trek?

Yes, most guesthouses offer Wi-Fi, for a small charge

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