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Tsum Valley Trek - 14 days

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Max. Elevation
5416.00m
Group size
2 min - 14 max
Trip grade
Moderate
Transportation
Kathmandu - Soti khola - Kathmandu by private vehicals .
Best Season
Sept – Dec, March – May
Accomodation
Hotel and Lodge twin sharing bed basis during the trekking.
Meals
All Meals (Lunch , Dinner and Breakfast ) during the Trekking.
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu

Highlights

    • The scenic drive from Kathmandu to Soti khola.
    • Distinctive traditional Tibetan culture and customs. 
    • Stunning views of Mt. Manaslu, Himchuli, Ganesh Himal and other snow-capped mountains..
    • Visit ancient monasteries - Gompa Lungdang, Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa.
    • Visit sacred caves and Buddhist monasteries rich in history and spiritual significance to Tibetans.
    • Deep gorges and pristine landscape of Tsum Valley.
    • High altitude trek to Mu Gompa (3700m) and its monastery.
Tsum Valley Trek offers an interesting feature of local tradition where people you will encounter, with their unique culture and age old lifestyle that they still follow. Tsum valley until this date has closely guarded its distinct and natural treasures of clear streams, teeming vegetation, towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, unspoiled hot springs and ancient relics. The region is still less exposed in comparison to other touristy areas, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths in comparison to the more popular regions.


Tsum Valley Trek is the unique adventurous route which is located at the northern part of Manaslu. Tsum Valley is one of world’s remotest Himalayan Valleys which was also a restricted area until 2008. So, very few adventure travelers have made it to this high and mysterious valley, which used to be an important trade link with Tibet. The region once being part of Tibet looks completely different from what you will find elsewhere. You could experience the overwhelming natural sense and the mountains range here from Tsum Valley. The people of Tsum Valley or the Tsumbas belong to Tibetan origin with their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture and religion. The main religion practiced by the people here is Buddhism. They celebrate festival like Lhosar, Dhacyhang, Saka Dawa, Fanning, many etc. The Tsum people have their own way of family life, which may be quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry. The trek to Tsum Valley takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges.

The trek starts from Soti Khola and ending point is Arughat through a scenic drive in the Middle Hills. The first half of the trek ascends the Budi Gandaki Valley on good paths through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and hill villages. As we leave the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum valley, suddenly we get a feeling of entering truly into the hidden valley. The valley lies between the Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Sringi Himal to the north and Ganesh Himal to the south. Tsum Valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. The people here of this region are very friendly and hospitable in the nature and follow age-old lifestyle and their culture. The local people here are origin from the Tibet. They speak a unique closed to Tibetan. While on the trek, we also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. Then we pass the lower Budi Gandaki regions of Liding, Machha Khola, Jagat and Philim. The local cultivated natural coffee and hot springs will help you to relax on this rigorous trial while you are trekking. We also visit the ancient Gomba of the region such as: Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, Dephyudonma Gompa. Retracing our steps back, we trek through Burgi Village, Chumling, Philim, Khorlabesi, Soti Khola and finally to Arughat from where we drive towards Kathmandu.

Trip Itinerary

Driving west of Kathmandu along Prithivi highway begins our journey. We will drive through forested Middle hills with Trishuli river at our right. The first part of our road heads north towards Dhading Besi (Headquarter of Dhading district) and then dirt road drops to cross Ankhu Khola and then leads us northwest to Arughat on the Budi Gandaki. Budi Gandaki drains the Manaslu – Tsum region. The dirt road winds upwards towards the Gola Bhanjyang where panoramic views of the southern slopes of the Ganesh, Boudha and Manaslu Himal can be visible. We pass through the hydro- electric power plant, terraces, numerous villages, green hills, some pretty waterfalls, fields of rice and millet to Mangaltar, and through lush green forests we arrive at Shanti Bazar. Descending to a high, cascading waterfall makes a long steep slog up a ridge to Kuerepani, from here the trail descends to Soti Khola. WE stay overnight at Soti Khola.

Max. altitude

710m / 2,329 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

Today, we embark trek from Soti Khola after breakfast. The trail gradually rises through Sal forest undulating over forested and terraced ridges passing through two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. The trail is generally narrow, at times clinging to the sides of cliffs. Then we descend down eventually passing through few rice terraces up to Gurung village of Labubesi (885m/2,800ft). Then we climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed and walking along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Heading down again to the river and traversing to Machha Khola village. We spend today’s overnight at Machha Khola.

Max. altitude

870m / 2,854 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

On the following day, we walk through a narrow trail which makes minor ascend and descend. After crossing Thado Khola, we follow a rocky ravine in order to reach Khorlabesi. Continuing our walk, we reach Tatopani where we can find a small trailside hot spring. From Hot spring we climb over another ridge, to cross the Budi Gandaki on a suspension bridge.  Then we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Doban. Before climbing a rugged trail to Duman, we cross suspension bridge over Doban Khola. Ascending up again to the Budi Gandaki, we reach at Yaru Khola. Here also, we have to cross a suspension bridge and climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Thado Bharyang. Further, we cross the west bank of the Budi Gandaki and climb over a ridge trekking along the river and climbing towards the village of Jagat. We stay overnight at Jagat.

Max. altitude

2,340m / 7,677 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

In Jagat, we have to complete ACAP procedure. In the early part of our trek, we ascend over a rocky ridge to Salleri and then descend down to Sirdibas through flat level path. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge and climb up to Philim.  Philim is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurungs. Philim valley is well known for Japanese made school and police station. Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley we reach Chisopani. We stay overnight at Chisopani.

Max. altitude

1,660m / 5,446 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

Leaving Chisopani, we cross the gorge and walk for about half an hour which offers with a view of big and beautiful waterfall. This day is challenging as it is an ascending path that stretches on almost the entire route. Entering through the pine and rhododendron tree forest, we descend down to the trail which leads us to Tsum Valley.  En route, you can see the panoramic views of Mountains. Continuing our walk, we pass through a small beautiful village called Lokpa. It is along the old trial route. From Lokpa, we have to descend down for half an hour up to Lungwa Khola and then climb on a zigzag trail for further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons until we reach Gumlung. After crossing the Siyar Khola, we finally arrive at Chumling. It is the lower Tsum valley. Chumling is located on the south face of the Shingri Himal from where we can see an eye catching view of Shringi Himal. You can also visit the old Chumling Gompa, and the stone streets of the village.

Max. altitude

2,386m / 7,828 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

After breakfast at Chumling, we carry out our walk towards Chokhangparo by crossing the suspension bridge on the opposite bank of the river. The scenic views of the valley and views of Ganesh Himal amply compensates today’s walk. Then we traverse through rich farming land of maize and potatoes. The houses are classic Tibetan with barricades of firewood on the roof, but without flat roofs as it rains and snows here. Cross a huge slip where rocks and flood cleared the area even up onto the opposite bank, killing five in 1999, but is now covered with a forest of new trees. Up the valley to the east are superb views of several of the 7000-7400m Ganesh Himal, of long suspension bridges on the opposite bank, and far above the perched village of Ripchet (2468m). Passing through Rainjam and crossing Serpu Khola we climb for over two hours on well-graded but exposed track to upper Tsum and the join villages of Chokhangparo, stone houses with a few iron roofs nestled under cliffs. Chokhangparo is situated on a flat land and consists of 2 settlements, Chokhang and Paro. If the weather permits, enjoy the views of Himalchuli (7893m) and Ganesh Himal (7140m). Some households practice polyandry down here. This area is prominent for its Tibetan Buddhist heritage. We stay overnight at Chokhangparo.

Max. altitude

3,010m / 9,875 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

Ascending from Chokhangparo, you might get symptoms of Altitude sickness. So, we recommend you to take precaution for it and drink plenty of water in order to keep yourself hydrated. We head east through small villages and pass a local school. The magnificent view here pauses our trekking and stop for the honor of the amazing nature. Gradually climbing over a ridge of chortens, we pass Lama Gaon (3202m) through the flat fields, looking across the extensive crops and river to the huge courtyard of the Rachen Gompa/ Nunnery Gompa (3240m) with excellent pilgrim accommodation. Thar are often sighted near here. The friendly people speak Tsumba, related to Tibetan, but often little Nepali and are quite unused to visitors. We can also make a small visit and then cross the Shiyar Khola, pass through hamlets of Phurbe (3251m) and Pangdun (3258m) and pass an unusual round stupa before reaching the larger village of Chhule (3347m) through an impressive entrance gate. Then we continue walking through the well managed villages Lar (micro hydro power), Phurbe and Pangdun. We leave old historic Stupa of Bhudda in a way crossing the village of Chhule. The children here all wear the Tibetan dressing gown called chubas and there are many yaks. Heading upstream to cross the bridge and climb to Nile (pronounced Nee-lay). Nile is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum valley. This area is massively deforested. This village is situated on the banks of the Shiar Khola and it consists of large number of households. Both villages are in traditional style with inclusion of livestock compounds into the houses and sheltered verandahs for drying crops. We stay overnight at Nile.


Max. altitude

3,361m / 11,027 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

We have a very short and pleasant walk today. We walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. After about three hours of walk from Nile we reach Mu Gompa through dry Tibetan country, with rows of chortens and widening mountain vistas. Mu Gompa is a very old monastery with over 100 monks and there are no village establishments here. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. It is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. In an ancient period, this Gompa was visited by David Snellgrove (Himalayan Pilgrimage) in 1956. This trail is used to import and export things to and from Tibet. You may come across several yak trains supplying goods to local villages. As we have enough time left after arrival, we can explore around the Mu Gompa. We can also visit the monastery, Dhephu Doma Gompa. The isolated 600 year-old Dhephu Doma Gompa (3900m) is 30 to 45 minutes uphill on the obvious westward track and has two resident nuns who report seeing snow leopards and musk deer and may give you tea. The inside of the Gompa has been repainted by monks from Tibet and there are some ancient Thanka.Or taking a half day walk to the Nunnery and to a small pond a big further up to Nunnery is also a good option. From Mu Gompa there are extensive seasonal yak pastures in all directions, the Lungdang Glacier to the east and high peaks in all directions. After exploring the Mu Gompa area, you may also consider the option of getting to the base of Pika Himal (4865m).


Max. altitude

3,700m / 12,139 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

After breakfast, we leave Mu Gompa and trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, passing through the east bank of Shiyar Khola. After about five hours of walk, we reach Burgi village. Burgi is a small beautiful village. Then we climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave(piren phu). This Cave is known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke himal. In the path you can have the traditional Tibetan Chiya (butter tea) and local meal. We stay overnight at beautiful Burgi Village.


Max. altitude

3,250m / 10,663 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

Continue trekking watching the greenery of nature and descend down to Chhokang Paro again. From their continue descending to Gho. Descending further, we arrive at the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes you to again Chumling.


Max. altitude

2,386m / 7,828 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

After breakfast, we leave Chumling and continue our walk. We move ahead on a flat trail and reach Lokpa. En route you can also enjoy the view of Samba Falls. After a walk for about seven hours, you reach Philim. There you can see the trail which leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. From Philim, we can observe an excellent view of landscape and village itself is live. We spend overnight at one of the lodge in Philim.


Max. altitude

1,570m / 5,151 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

Trek starts today from Philim to Khorlabesi via Jagat and Tatopani.  Descend down to Sirdibas and we finally reach to Jagat. Further descend takes us to Yaruphant. The arid Tibetan climate now gives way to subtropical green vegetation. Continue trekking to Dobhan. Finally arrive at Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. If interested, you may dip yourself in the hot spring and relax your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring. If not continue walking up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi, our rest place for the day.

On a completely descending path. You leave the cultivated region around Philim as you descend along the path that follows the banks of the Budi Gandaki River. At Tatopani  ( Natural Hot spring) you can relax in the warm and revitalize waters of the hot spring. Stay overnight in camp in Khorlabeshi.

Max. altitude

960m / 3,150 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

We cross the Thado Khola following a rocky ravine. Then we descend down to the river and traverse through Machha Khola village. We walk along the Budi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of Labubesi. Passing through two waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff we reach Khursane. You can enjoy the pristine beauty of the waterfalls on both sides of the river.  Walking along the ridge above Budi Gandaki and crossing the Sal forests, we continue our walk and finally, cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola where we will spend our overnight.

Max. altitude

700m / 2,297 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast

On the final day of the trek, we have to walk for about four hours in order to reach Arughat. In the early part of the trail, we climb up the ridge of Kyorpani and then descend down to the cascading waterfall. Then we cross the bridges over Arkhet Khola and cultivated areas, Budi Gandaki Valley, Maltar forest and finally passing by the hydroelectric plant following the stone street before reaching Arughat. While you reach Arughat, our vehicle will be waiting for your pickup. Then you will be driven to Kathmandu which takes about 8 to 9 hours along the Prithivi highway. Marshyangdi and Trishuli River will be on your side throughout the drive with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages. Then you head up to Dhading Besi and Malekhu which is famous for delicious fish. After your arrival at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to hotel.

Max. altitude

1,380m / 4,528 ft.

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge

Meals

Lunch , Dinner , Breakfast
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Includes

    • Airport picks up and transports by private Car/Jeep.
    • Three meals a day (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
    • Tsum Valley special permit with Conservation Area Permit fees.
    • Trekking Lodge (Tea House) accommodation during the trek.
    • Kathmandu to Sotikhola to Kathmandu transportation by private vehicals.
    • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
    • Strong, helpful Sherpa porters with proper safety equipment and walking equipment, his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance (one porter for two people).
    • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
    • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
    • Use of sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, and walking poles (if you don’t have your own, to be returned after trip completed).
    • Government taxes and official expenses.
    • Oxygen meter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) which will ensure your health during the trek.
    • Assistant guide for groups of 5 or more people.

Doesn't Include

    • Nepal entry visa fee (easy to obtain the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $25 USD for 15-day visa.
    • Personal travel and medical insurance.
    • Accomodation in Kathmandu.
    • International airfare.
    • Your personal expenses.
    • All the alcoholic and nonalcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek ( i.e. those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the tea houses)
    • Hot shower and battery charging at the tea houses.
    • Tips for the guide, porter, and driver (tipping is expected)
    • Any other services/expenses not mentioned above as included.
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