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Heli-Trekking the Valleys and Peaks of Manaslu & Tsum

Manaslu was only opened to trekkers in the 1990s, and still sees relatively little traffic. Most treks here require three weeks of trekking and a month door-to-door. By using a helicopter exit, we reduce door-to-door time to just over two weeks.

The chopper ride back to Kathmandu takes you over the imposing Rupina La, a 15,450’ pass with dramatic close-up views of several peaks in the Manaslu massif. The trekking is challenging, nights are spent in tents, but the mountain views are superb and the finale unforgettable.

Spindrifts off of Mt. Everest & Makalu
Chopper View of the Himalayas: Machhapuchare to Manaslu
North Face of Manaslu
Small Town (Samagaon) at foot of Manaslu
Heli-Trekking the Manaslu Valley: Sample Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1 & 2: Kathmandu | Day 3: Drive to Arughat, camp | Day 4-10: On trek to Sama Gaon | Days 11 & 12: Day hikes to spectacular viewpoints | Day 13: Chopper back to Kathmandu | Day 14: Depart

This itinerary is highly customizable. This valley offers a variety of places to detour to remote villages, rarely traveled paths and scenic lookouts, many of which can be used as pick up points for the helicopter too. This area allows you to take your time getting out into the mountains and leaving your exit to a helicopter means that treks once requiring 3 weeks can be done is less than half that time!

Check Out a Custom Heli-Trekking Tsum Itinerary & the Clients that Loved it!

Jane and Elizabeth are ATC alums that have been a joy to work with. They reached out to us in search of another trek in Nepal and were looking for access to Buddhist culture, village life, great trekking and strong views - they knew Tsum was right for them! Prepped, ready to go and excited, they were off on their adventure, but when a small incident left one of them with discomfort walking - the entire itinerary was up in the air. Thankfully, our staff was able to not only accommodate their new limitations but help them to still have a wonderful trek through this remote valley. Check out their itinerary, see some of their picture and hear what they had to say about their once in a lifetime journey!


  • Way off the beaten path locations
  • Unique close up views of the mountains
  • Experience old world Nepali Culture

Check Out Our Other Heli-Trekking Sample Itineraries:

  • Heli-Trekking the Everest Region

    • Walk through the roots of the tallest mountains on earth and finish up eye level with the peaks on the roof of the world.

  • Heli-Trekking the Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang

    • The only part of Nepal on the northern side of the Himalaya and in the rain shadow, this last bastion of living Tibetan Buddhism was once very isolated and can now be explored on foot and by air!

Interested in your own Custom Heli-Trekking Itinerary? Get in touch! We're more than happy to put together a proposal for you!