Tsum Valley Trek is the best trekking package in Manaslu region of Nepal to explore the remote, less beaten, virgin and hidden valley settlement (Tsum valley), rich in Tibetan buddhist culture and tradition. “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, custom 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 region in Nepal, and southern parts of Tibet. The Tsum Valley has long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in the caves of these mountains.
Tsum Valley is one of the hidden gems in Nepal. The region is still less exposed, relatively with virgin and less beaten paths in comparison of other tourist and more popular areas. It remains untouched by the modernization with ancient villages and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries is 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.
Hence, Tsum Valley Trek is one of the best trips to explore the unspoiled himalayan nature, tibetan buddhist culture and tradition.
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Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu
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.
Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour – B
After breakfast, pick up from hotel and proceed to the sightseeing tour in Kathmandu especially UNESCO world cultural heritage sites which include 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.
Day 03 : Drive Kathmandu – Soti Khola (720 m, 08-09 hrs) Via Arughat (530 m) – B/L/D
After breakfast, pick up from hotel and drive to Arughat by Public vehicle for about 07 hours through the scenic highway. Then, furthermore drive to Soti Khola by local public vehicle for about one and half hour (1.5 hrs). Overnight at Tea house, Soti Khola.
Day 04 : Sotikhola – Trek to Machhakhola (869m, 05-06 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Machhakhola for about 05-06 hrs. The trek 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.
Day 05 : Machhakhola – Trek to Jagat (1,340m, 05-0 6 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Jagat for about 05-06 hrs. After crossing the Machha Khola (Fish Stream), the trek heads upwards the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The trek is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest, the trek heads towards single teahouse at Doban. It crosses the suspension bridge at Lauri and then climbs the fields of Jagat. Overnight at tea house, Jagat.
Day 06 : Jagat – Trek to Chisopani (1,660m, 04-05 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Chisapani for about 04-05 hrs. The trek ascends a rocky ridge upto Salleri, and then descends down to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trek continues up to Ghatta Khola. Then, the trek continues upwards a long simple hanging bridge and climbs Philim up, a large Gurung village. Philim valley is well known for Japanese made school and police station. The trek heads towards the north of Philim across a forest with the views of narrow valley and finally reaches Chisopani. Overnight at Tea house, Chisopani.
Day 07 : Chisopani – Trek to Chumling (2,386m, 06- 07 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Chumling. After Ekle Bhatti, the trek crosses the gorge and goes on the right side trail for half an hour which offers the view of big and beautiful waterfall and then enters into the pine tree forests. Then, the trek descends down to the trail heading towards Tsum Valley and climbs up 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 descends down to Lungwa khola for half an hour and then ascends up the jick jack difficult trail towards north for further two hours through pines and rhododendrons forest to reach Gumlung. After crossing the Siyar Khola, finally the trek reaches Chumling, from where view of Shringi Himal can be observed. Visit the old Chumling gompa. Overnight at Tea house, Chumling.
Day 08 : Chumling – Trek to Chokhangparo (3,010m, 04-05 hrs) – B/L/D
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 and ascends upto Chokhangparo village for about 02 hours. Enjoy the views of Himalchuli (7,893M) and Ganesh Himal (7,140m). Overnight at Tea house, Chokhangparo.
Day 09 : Chokhangparo – Trek to Nile (3,361m, 05- 06 hrs) – B/LD
After breakfast, start the trek to Nile for about o5-06 hrs. The trek climbs 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 on a way crossing the village of Chhule, the trek climbs upstream, crosses the bridge and reaches Nile. Visit a famous monastery of Chhule which is located in the top of area. Overnight at Tea house, Nile.
Day 10 : Nile – Trek to Mu Gompa (3,700m, 03 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Mu Gompa for about 03 hrs, which is almost close to the Tibetan border. The trek goes on the west bank of the valley through Tibetan landscapes. Then, it ascends the Mu Gompa up and visit the monastery, and then visit the Dhephu Doma Gompa. Overnight at Tea house, Mu Gompa.
Day 11 : Mu Gompa Exploration – B/L/D
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, the trek heads towards the base of Pika Himal (4,865m). Overnight at Tea house, Mu Gompa.
Day 12 : Mu Gompa – Trek to Burgi Village (3,245m, 05 hrs) via Milarepa cave – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek back to Burgi village through Chule and Phurbe in the east bank of the Shiar Khola. The Burgi village is a small beautiful village. The trek ascends upto the Milarepa Cave (piren phu) which is popular for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke himal and then reaches Burgi Village. Overnight at Tea house, Burgi village.
Day 13 : Burgi village – Trek to Chumling (2,386, 05-06 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Chumling for about 05-06 hrs. The trek continues offering the greenery view of nature and descends down to Chhokang Paro and then to Gho. It further descends and 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.
Day 14 : Chumling – Trek to Philim (1,570m, 06-07 hrs) – B/L/D
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 the south flat trail upto Philim enjoying the gorgeous Samba Falls en route. The trail passes through the Phillim village and leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Overnight at Tea house, Philim.
Day 15 : Philim – Trek to Khorlabesi (970m, 06-07 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Khorlabesi for about 06-07 hrs via Jagat and Tatopani. The trek descends 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.
Day 16 : Khorlabesi – Trek to Soti Khola (700m, 06-07 hrs) – B/L/D
After breakfast, start the trek to Soti Khola for about 06-07 hrs. The trek crosses the Tharo Khola following a rocky ravine, heads down again to the river and traverses Machha Khola village. The trek goes along the Budhi Gandaki River and reaches Gurung village of Labu besi. 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, crosses the Sal forest and bridge and reaches Soti Khola. Overnight at Tea house, Sotikhola.
Day 17 : Drive Soti Khola – Kathmandu via Arughat – B/D
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 authentic nepali cuisine and cultural dance performance to celebrate the successful completion of journey. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 18 : Leisure – B
Leisure day. Enjoy the free time by shopping at souvenir shops or hanging around Thamel (Tourism hub). Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu.
Day 19 : Departure – B
Leisure until departure. Transfer to the International Airport to board the flight.
Your safety is paramount concern while traveling with Galaxy World Travels Services. Please note that your Trekking leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to maintain the above itinerary. However, weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters etc. can affect this adventure travelling in remote mountainous regions. As a result, it will compel us to change the previous itinerary. So, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan. But, please be prepared to be flexible if require.
1. Pick up and drop off service from Airport and Hotel by private vehicle.
2. Welcome drinks (non-alcoholic) and farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with authentic nepali cuisine and cultural dance show
3. Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour with private vehicle and local Tour guide.
4. All sightseeing heritage monuments entrance fees.
4. All accommodation in 3-star category hotels on B/B plan in Kathmandu whilst Tea House accommodation on full board basis (all meals) during the trek.
4. Kathmandu – Arughat overland round transportation by Public vehicle whilst Arughat – Soti Khola by local public vehicle.
5. Medical supplies (First aid kit) carried by Trekking leader.
6. Sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag and trekking poles (to be returned after the trek).
7. All the necessary trekking permit fees (Tsum Valley special permit), official service fees, government and local taxes.
8. Highly experienced, friendly, government licence holder guide and porter with salary, accommodation, food, transportation and insurance.
9. Arrangement of helicopter service for the rescue of emergency situation which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
1. Nepalese visa fee.
2. International airfare.
3. Trekking and medical insurance(Compulsory).
4. Lunches and Dinners not mentioned above.
5. All personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc).
6. Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or Tea House due to early arrival or late departure, early return or late return from mountain due to any reason than the scheduled itinerary.
7. All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
8. Tips for the guides, porters and drivers (tips is expected).