Trip Facts

• Total Days - 19
• Trekking Days - 14
• Hotel in Kathmandu - 4 Nights
• Trek Grade - Moderate / Strenuous
• Altitude Maximum - 3700m
• Type of Trek - Lodge / Home stay
• Best Season - Spring / Autumn
• Walking Time - 5 to 7 hour each day

Tsum valley trek is one of the world’s remotest Himalayan Valleys in the Northern part of the Gorkha district which is the Tibetan Buddhist land lying at the edge of one of the most secluded Himalayan valleys of Nepal. Tsum Valley trek in Nepal is a recently opened trekking route in the Manaslu region of mid-western Nepal. 

The Nepal government officially opened this trekking route in the year of 2008 for foreign tourists and ever since this area has been quite popular among trekkers who like to get off the ‘beaten trail’ and learn about Tibetan Buddhist culture. The local people are mostly Tibetan origin and practice Tibetan Buddhism. 

Tsum Valley Trek Trails are strewn with artistic Chortens and lined with Mani / Prayer walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers.

The Tsum Valley has a long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to be meditated in the caves of these mountains.

Another route is Manasalu trek or Manaslu circuit trek is the most popular trekking route of the Manaslu region and Tsum Valley is situated on the northern part of Gorkha near to Tibetan Border. The development of this sacred valley has been bypassed from the mainstream for centuries because it is located in a remote area and far from the cities. This route was restricted by the government before 2008, which is still on the dark side in comparison to other most popular trekking routes like Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek, Everest Base Camp Trek (Click for more..). so very few advantageous travelers have made this mysterious valley trek. In addition, there are other trekking routes and the hiking routes in the Manaslu region which are in the dark side due to lack of promotion. One can have a good opportunity to witness the typical ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture, religion, and lifestyle of the people who remain unchanged for centuries.

 Furthermore, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact.

This area is still restricted to a limited number of organized groups so independent trekkers are not permitted in this region. 

The sum trek is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating.

The tsum trek starts and ends to Aurughat, Gorkha, which only a few miles away from Kathmandu. During the trek, we will pass through Budhi Gandaki river, alpine forests, Glacier River, with many waterfalls and suspension bridges, through several villages, gompas ( Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, Dephyudonma Gompa) monasteries, mani walls, and stupas, and Milarepa’s Cave. where an individual can see an ever-extending mountain range, like Himalchuli (7,893m), Ganesh Himal (7,140m), Manaslu (8,163m), Churke Himal and the Poshyop Glacier.

Highlights of Tsum Valley trek

  • Artistic Chortens and lined with Mani / Prayer walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers.
  • Different chortens, monasteries, and Gompas which reflect Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Panoramic views of Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Churke Himal, and Poshyop glacier.
  • Passes through the cascading rivers, waterfalls, and many suspension bridges.
  • direct Interaction with locals of the region, lamas and know about their culture and unique way of life.

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath and Patan
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat (640m)
Day 04: Trek Arughat to Soti Khola (700m)
Day 05: Trek Soti Khola to Macha Khola (869m)
Day 06: Trek Macha Khola to Jagat (1340m)
Day 07: Trek Jagat to Lokpa (2240m)
Day 08: Trek Lokpa to Chumling (2386m)
Day 09: Trek Chumling to Chhokhang Paro (3031m)
Day 10: Trek Chhokhang Paro to Nile (3361m)
Day 11: Trek Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m)
Day 12: Trek Mu Gompa to Lamagaon (3302m)
Day 13: Trek Lamagaon to Ripchet (2470m)
Day 14: Trek Ripchet to Philim (1570m)
Day 15: Trek Philim to Khorlabesi (970m)
Day 16: Trek Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m)
Day 17: Trek Soti Khola to Arughat and drive to Kathmandu (1334m)
Day 18: Free Day in Kathmandu
Day 19: Transfer to the airport and departure.

Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: you will be transferred to the hotel by one of our representatives. Welcome Dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m

Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath and Patan: start our tour visiting Swoyambunath, a magnificent Buddhist stupa located on a high hill which is just 10 minutes drive from Thamel followed by a visit of Patan, a true open-air museum with its pagodas, temples, and monasteries.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Arughat (640m): following Prithivi highway up to Benighat and winding road to Dhading Besi followed by a dirt road we have a scenic drive for about 5 hours to Arughat.
Overnight: Lodge
Driving Time: 5 - 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 694m.

Day 04: Trek Arughat to Soti Khola (700m): start our trek following Budhi Gandaki River toward its point of origin. We pass the villages of Magaltar and Simre to reach the Arkhat River. After Arkhat, we ascend slowly towards Kyoropani. Our camp today is near the confluence of the Seti River - an ideal place to take a freshwater bath.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 60m

Day 05: Trek Soti Khola to Macha Khola (869m): the trail descends for a while before we start climbing the mountain ridge again to Almara. Following the forest trail, we arrive at Riden Gaon. The valley here cuts into another side of the river to enter Budi Gandaki. At Lambesi, the trail descends to the sandy river bed of Budi Gandaki.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 169m

Day 06: Trek Macha Khola to Jagat (1340m): our day begins by crossing Machi Khola and Khrola Besi. The trail follows a forested area descending towards Dovan. Below Dovan, there is a huge rapid at Budi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes into a complete transformation.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 ½ hours
Difference in Elevation: + 471m

Day 07: Trek Jagat to Lokpa (2240m): start our day climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village. Philim valley is well known for Japanese made school and police station. Walking past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley we reach Chisopani and continuing our trek turning towards an eastern valley which leads to Tsum valley, we trek to Lokpa.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 - 7 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 900m

Day 08: Trek Lokpa to Chumling (2386m): we continue our trek descending half an hour towards Lungwa Khola followed by a climb for about 2 hours through the forest of Pine and Rhododendron, we reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, we continue to Chumling. In the afternoon, we can visit the old Chumling gompa and the stone streets of the village.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 - 7 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 146m

Day 09: Trek Chumling to Chhokhang Paro (3031m): crossing over the suspension bridge, we continue our trek enjoying the view of Ganesh Himal. We trek through the Gho village to reach Chhokang Paro. Chhokang Paro offers great views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal.
Overnight: Lodge / Home stay
Walking Time: 5 - 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 645m

Day 10: Trek Chhokhang Paro to Nile (3361m): as we will be walking above 3 thousand meters now on, we should slow-down our pace and give our body to acclimatize with gaining altitude. The day begins with a climb following beautiful mani walls. The trail then passes through villages and vast cultivated fields surrounded by stone walls. At this altitude, you see small juniper trees of the Himalayas, type of conifer with pendulous branches found in Nepal and Burma.

We walk through the Rachen Gompa, which is also known as a Nunnery. Continuing our walk through the well-managed villages Lar (micro hydropower), Phurbe and Pangdun and leaving old historic Stupa of Buddha and Chhule we trek to the Nile
Overnight: Lodge / Home stay
Walking Time: 5 - 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 330m

Day 11: Trek Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m): a fairly short walk takes us to Mu Gompa which gives us enough time to explore the Gompa and surroundings. Mu Gompa is one of the largest Gompas in the region located on the ancient trade route of Nepal and Tibet.
Overnight: Lodge / Home stay / monastery stay
Walking Time: 3 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 645m

Day 12: Trek Mu Gompa to Lamagaon (3302m): retracing our steps back to the Nile, Chhule and Phurbe then we cross over the Shiar Khola and follow the west bank of the river to Lamagaon. If time permits, we will visit the cave of Milarepa (Piren Phu).
Overnight: Lodge / Home stay
Walking Time: 5 - 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 398m

Day 13: Trek Lamagaon to Ripchet (2470m): continuing our descend, we retrace our steps back to Chhokang Paro, and Gho then take a direct route to Ripchet through Dumje.
Overnight: Lodge / Homestay
Walking Time: 5 - 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 832 m

Day 14: Trek Ripchet to Philim (1,570m): leaving behind the Tsum valley, we trek back to the Manalsu trail and continue to Philim, enjoying the view of the green valley and waterfalls.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 - 7 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 900m

Day 15: Trek Philim to Khorlabesi (970m): we continue our descend via Jagat enjoying mostly downhill trek through Yaruphant, Dovan, and Tatopani to Khorlabesi.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 - 7 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 600m

Day 16: Trek Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m): following Budi Gandaki River and walking through several small Gurung villages, we trek to Soti Khola.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 270m

Day 17: Trek Soti Khola to Arughat and drive to Kathmandu (1334m): we trek back to Arughat following the Budi Gandaki River which takes about 5 hours through the villages of Kuerepani, Arkhet Bazaar. Then, we drive for about 5 hours back to Kathmandu.
Overnight: Lodge
Walking Time: 4 - 5 hours
Driving Time: 5 - 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 645m

Day 18: Free Day in Kathmandu
Overnight: Hotel

Day 19: Transfer to the airport and departure.

Cost Includes

  • Transfers airport / hotel /airport
  • Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing BB basis
    Transport, guided visits & entry of the monuments in Kathmandu
  • Private Jeep Kathmandu - Arughat - Kathmandu
  • Trekking permits: TIMS, and conservation entry fee (MCAP)
  • Special permit for Tsum Valley region
  • A professional English speaking tour / trekking guide and a porter
  • Meals full board during the trek (BLD)
  • Drinks (tea / coffee only)
  • Accommodation in Lodge / home stay during the trek.
  • Your international flight re-confirmation.
  • All necessary documents and government tax
  • Insurance for all staff (including guide, porters, assistant guide)


cost Excludes

  • International Flights
    Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident / repatriation helicopter / medical care)
  • Alternative / additional transportation (flights / vehicles), Accommodation in case of bad weather, flood, landslide, heavy rain, strike, road blockade, flight cancellation etc.
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, cold drinks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, telephone, Hot shower etc.
  • Tips for tour/trekking staff and drivers.

NOTE: The price of the tour will be adjusted according to the group size.

Trekking Gear:

Srl.

Description

Qty.

Remarks

01

Day back-pack

1
02 Gore-Tex Jacket

1

03 Down Jacket

1

04 Fleece Jacket

1

05 Micro Fleece

1

06 Trekking pants(Trousers)

2

07 Hiking shoes (Boots)

1

08 Runners (sport shoes)

1

09 Trekking Socks

3

10 Rain poncho

1

11 Sun-glasses

1

12 Water bottles

2

13 Thermal underwear(long)

1-2

14 T- shirts

2-3

15 Sunscreen/lotion

1

16 Flip flop (sandal)

1

17 Towel

1

18 Hat(Baseball cap)

1

19 Pristine drops (Water purifier)

1

20 Head light/flash light

1

21 Sleeping Bag

1

22 Gloves

1

23 Wind Proof Trouser (s)

1

24 Personal medical kid

1

25 Toiletries

1

Weather Report for Tsum Valley Trek

Nepal Climate

Climate:
From the eternal snow of the high peaks to the extensive tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.

Spring: March to late May: In this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom, lots of different types of flowers can be seen at this time of the year. Temperature is mild, end of the cold winter and approaching warm and hot summer. Temperatures vary between 10 ° C to 28 ° C but can rise up to 30 ° C. Between 2000 and 3000m, temperature rarely drop below 0 ° C. However, few frosts or snowfalls are possible in March above 4000 m.

The summer/monsoon period: It interrupts the majority of trekking from late June to late August. Some of the trekking regions "trans-Himalayan", Dolpo and Mustang, however, remain protected from monsoon prevailing rest of the country. They are the only channels available in Nepal in the summer.

Autumn: mid September – mid December - Perfect temperature and weather for trekking. Brings cooler days, but clear skies. Above 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.

In winter: mid-December - mid-February - Nights are generally cold, dry climate, Above 3000m, temperature drop down to 0 ° C to - 15 ° C at night, the days are often sunny.

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