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Manaslu & Tsum Valleys

The area north of Gorkha is one of the premier trekking areas in all of the Himalaya. Despite being halfway between the heavily touristed areas of Kathmandu and Pokhara, Gorkha has seen surprisingly little trekking traffic to date. This means you’ll be offered access to a more authentic cultural experience than would be possible on the very heavily trekked routes such as Everest and Annapurna.

This area offers moderate to challenging treking in an area that sees few other trekkers, having opened to tourism only in 2008! The area boasts quaint, sturdy villages where traditional culture is very much intact, and dramatic up- close views of some of the world’s tallest peaks, including number eight, Manaslu. Entering this region you’ll be surrounded by the pure Tibetan culture that has been incredibly ingrained into the society for centuries and you’ll get the chance to experience it all first hand.

Beautiful views of Tsum Valley -Dhawa Gyanjen Tsumba
Ganesh Himal
Machhapuchare (Fish Tail)
Ganesh Himal
Lo Gaon and Manaslu
Trekking Manaslu & Tsum Valleys Sample Itineraries

For those of you looking to get off the beaten path without spending the time in transit out of the major hubs in Nepal, this area is ideal. The culture is unique and while it is firmly grounded in history, the belief system has been maintained as a modern (and vital) piece of today's society. Time spent here, surrounded by the peaks, villages and fabulous trekking, is a wonderful way to truly understand the magic of the Himalayas. Itineraries can be as short as 10 days or as long as 30, they can range from moderate to very challenging and are best in April and October.

Heli-Trekking the Tsum Valley: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Depart USA | Day 3: Arrive Kathmandu | Day 4: In Kathmandu | Day 5: Drive to Gorkha | Days 6-14: on trek | Day 15: Picked up by the chopper and fly through the peaks of the Himalayas to Kathmandu | Day 16: in Kathmandu | Day 17: Depart Kathmandu | Day 18: Arrive home

Manaslu via Rupina La Trek: Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Depart USA | Day 3: Arrive Kathmandu | Day 4: In Kathmandu | Day 5: Drive to Gorkha | Days 6-27: on trek | Day 28: Drive Besi Sahar to Kathmandu | Day 29: in Kathmandu | Day 30: Depart Kathmandu | Day 31: Arrive home


  • Way off the beaten path
  • Unique Rupina La Crossing
  • Traditional Nepali Culture

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 Our Other Sample Nepal Itineraries:

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    • Come explore what the Dalai Lama has called the last bastion of living Tibetan Buddhism.

  • Trekking Everest

    • The valley leading to Everest (also called the Khumbu) offers a variety of treks ranging from one week to three, all providing wonderful exposure to the indigenous Sherpa culture and access to the biggest mountains on earth.

  • Trekking East Nepal

    • Remote, rarely traveled and absolutely beautiful! This corner of the Himalaya boasts fabulous views, tribal villages and unique experiences that can be done in a week or up to a month.