Tsum Valley Trekking

Tsum Valley Trekking

Tsum Valley is one of the world’s remotest and sacred Himalayan Buddhist pilgrimage Valleys in nepal which was restricted region until it was opened for trekking in 2008. It is situated in the trans-Himalayan region behind Mt. Manaslu and set against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal (7,422m), Sringi Himal (7,187m) and Buddha Himal (6,672m). Literally, Tsum comes from the Tibetan word “Tsombo”, which means vivid. Lots of people residing in this Valley are direct descendants of Tibetan immigrants (Tibetan). Their language, costumes and culture are almost exclusively Tibetan. This serene Himalaya valley is extensively rich in ancient art, culture and religion dwelled with Buddhist monasteries, nunneries, chortens and prayer walls and significant religious monuments, the longest Mani walls at Dzong and Phurpe are great attractions.

The famous Kyimu Lung, a pilgrimage circuit in the central Trans-Himalayas, is well known for its center of learning and meditation. This circuit traverses the Tsum Valley; Manaslu area in Nepal, and southern parts of Tibet.The Tsum Valley has long history of Buddhism.The Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to be meditated in the caves of these mountains.

Tsum Valley is one of the hidden gems in Nepal.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. It remains relatively untouched by the modernization with ancient villages and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries waiting to be explored. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley is much undeveloped but rich in its unique art, culture, tradition and warm hospitality of ethnic people. Even these days, some families practise polyandry (having more than one husband at a time) is another strength tradition which may be quite surprising for many outsiders.

Tsum Valley Trekking Itinerary

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meet and greet at the international airport and transfer to hotel. Short briefing of trip. Check in to hotel and rest for refreshment .Overnight at Hotel, Kathmandu.

After breakfast, pick up from hotel and proceed to the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu especially UNESCO world cultural heritage sites which includes Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square for the experiences of beautiful fusion of religion, culture history.These heritage monuments reflect centuries old culture, arts and architecture of Nepal which are medieval charms of Malla Dynasty. After tour, drop off to hotel and make a preparation for Manaslu trek, including all permits and trekking equipments. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.

After breakfast, pick up from hotel and drive to Arughat by Public vehicle for about 06 hours through the scenic highway.Then, drive further to Soti Khola by local public vehicle for about one and half hour (1.5 hrs). Overnight at Tea house, Soti Khola.

After breakfast, start the trek to Machhakhola for about 05-06 hrs. The trail passes through forest, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valleys until it reaches Lapu Besi; a village inhabited by Gurung ethnic group and finally reaches Machhakhola. Overnight at Tea house, Machhakhola

After breakfast, start the trek to Jagat for about 05-06 hrs. After crossing the Machha Khola (Fish Stream), the trail heads upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest trail, the trail head towards single teahouse at Doban. It crosses the suspension bridge at Lauri and then climbs up to the fields of Jagat. Overnight at tea house, Jagat.

After breakfast, start the trek to Chisapani for about 04-05 hrs. The trail ascends up a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descends down to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. The trail continues upstream to a long simple hanging bridge and climbs up to Philim; a large Gurung village. Philim valley is well known for Japanese made school and police station. The trail head towards the north of Philim across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley and finally reaches Chisopani. Overnight at Tea house, Chisopani.

After breakfast, start the trek to Chumling. After Ekle Bhatti, the trek crosses the gorge and goes on the right side for half an hour which offers the view of big and beautiful waterfall and then enters into the pine tree forests. Then, the trek descend down to the trail going to the Tsum Valley and climbs through pine and rhododendron forests. Enjoy the views of Himalchuli Mountains ( 7,893m) and Boudha Himal from Lokpa; a small beautiful village. After passing Lokpa, the trek descend down to Lungwa khola for half an hour and then ascend up the jick jack difficult trail towards north for  further two hours through pines and rhododendrons to reach Gumlung. After crossing the Siyar Khola, finally the trail reaches Chumling, from where view of Shringi Himal can be observed. Visit the old Chumling gompa, and the stone streets of the village. Over night at Tea house, Chumling.

After breakfast, start the trek to Chokhangparo for 04-05 hrs. The trek crosses the suspension bridge and offers a great views of Ganesh Himal. Then, the trek crosses another bridge from Rainjam to Serpu Khola and reaches Gho village. The trek further continues to ascend up to Chokhangparo village for about 02 hours. Enjoy the views of Himalchuli (7,893M) and Ganesh Himal (7,140m). Overnight at Tea house, Chokhangparo.

After breakfast, start the trek to Nile for about o5-06 hrs. The trek climb up above Chokhangparo ( better to be careful of altitude problems) and reaches Rachen Gompa after crossing the rope suspension bridge at Lamagaon. Rachen Gompa is also well known as Nunnery Gompa too. After a short visits to this Gompa, the trek crosses the Shiar Khola and continues passing through the well managed villages Lar (micro hydro power), Phurbe and Pangdun. Leaving old historic Stupa of Bhudda in a way crossing the village of Chhule, the trek climbs upstream and crosses the bridge to reach Nile. Visit a famous monastery of Chhule which is located in the top of area. Overnight at Tea house, Nile.

After breakfast, start the trek to Mu Gompa for about 03 hrs, which is almost close to the Tibetan border. Trek to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa and visit the monastery. Then, visit the Dhephu Doma Gompa. Overnight at Tea house, Mu Gompa.

After breakfast, explore the Mu Gompa and its surroundings. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in this region which lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After exploring the Mu Gompa area, head towards the base of Pika Himal (4,865m). Overnight at Tea house, Mu Gompa.

After breakfast, start the trek back to Burgi village through Chule and Phurbe on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. The Burgi village is a small beautiful village. The trek climb up the Milarepa’s Cave (piren phu) which is popular for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke himal. Overnight at Tea house, Burgi village.

After breakfast, start the trek to Chumling for about 05-06 hrs. The trek continues offering the greenery view of nature and descend down to Chhokang Paro and then to Gho. Descending further, the trek reaches at the bridge over the Sarpu Khola.Then, the trek goes along the lower Tsum Valley and reaches Chumling. Overnight at Tea house,Chumling.

After breakfast, start the trek to Philim for about 07-07 hrs. The trek continues to Lokpa for lunch. After lunch, the trek goes on south flat trail up to Philim enjoying the gorgeous Samba Falls en route. The trail passes through the Phillim village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Overnight at Tea house, Philim.

After breakfast, start the trek to Khorlabesi for about 06-07 hrs via Jagat and Tatopani. The trail descend down to Sirdibas and reaches Jagat. Then, it further descends to Yaruphant where the arid Tibetan climate gives way to subtropical green vegetation.The trek continues to Dobhan and finally reaches Khorlabesi via Tatopani. There is natural hot spring water at Tatopani, if interested hot bath can be taken in the hot spring to relax the tired muscles. Overnight at Tea house, Khorlabesi.

After breakfast, start the trek to Soti Khola for about 06-07 hrs. The trail crosses the Tharo Khola following in a rocky ravine, head down again to the river and traverses Machha Khola village. The trail goes along the Budhi Gandaki River and reaches Gurung village of Labubesi. Then, the trek passes two waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff and reaches Khursane. Then after, the trek goes along the ridge above Budhi Gandaki  River and crosses the Sal forests and bridge to reach Soti Khola. Overnight at Tea house, Sotikhola.

After breakfast, drive to Arughat by Local bus and then drive further to Kathmandu by public bus retracing the scenic highway along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, terraced farms and villages on both sides of the road. After reaching Kathmandu, transfer to hotel. Check in to hotel and rest for refreshment. In the evening, Farewell dinner in a typical nepali restaurant with cultural dance performance to celebrate the successful completion of journey. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.

Leisure day. Enjoy the free time by shopping at souvenir shops or hanging around Thamel (Tourism hub city).

Leisure until departure.Transfer to the International Airport to board the flight.

Tsum Valley Trekking Cost

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop off service from Airport and Hotel by private vehicle.
  • Welcome drinks (non-alcoholic) and farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with a cultural dance show
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with private vehicle and Tour guide.
  • All Heritage monuments entrance fees.
  • All accommodation in 3-star category hotels on bed and breakfast basis in Kathmandu whilst Tea House accommodation on full board basis (all meals) during the trek.
  • Kathmandu – Arughat overland round transportation by Public vehicle and local public vehicle from Arughat – Soti Khola.
  • Medical supplies (First aid kit carried by Trekking leader)
  • Sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and trekking poles (To be returned after the trek).
  • All the necessary trekking permit fees (Tsum Valley special permit), official service fees, government and local taxes.
  • Highly experienced, friendly, government licence holder guide and porter with salary, accommodation, food, transportation and insurance.
  • Arrangement of helicopter service (Under the rescue or emergency situation), which will be paid travel insurance company.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • International airfare.
  • Trekking and medical insurance(Compulsory).
  • Lunches and Dinners not mentioned above.
  • All personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc).
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Tea House, early arrival or late departure, early return or late return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
  • Tips for the guides, porters and drivers (tips is expected).

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