Tsum Valley Trek

16 Days
  • Moderate
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Gorkha, Dhading
  • Adventure/Active
  • 12+
  • Private and Group
  • Fully Guided
  • Instant Booking
  • 4200m
  • March-May and Sep-Nov

Overview

The Tsum Valley Trek is a lesser-known trail in Northern Nepal that borders Tibet and is surrounded by some of the highest peaks including the Buddha Himal, Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, and Sringi Himal. This trek is rich in cultural and historical significance and has recently become accessible to trekkers. It offers a glimpse into an ancient way of life that remains untouched by the modern world.

The trek takes more than two weeks and is equipped with tea house facilities. It showcases breathtaking natural beauty, cultural landmarks, and religious sites such as monasteries and gumbas. The local residents are largely Tibetans who have their own dialect and traditional dress.

The tranquility and serenity of the region, in addition to the majestic presence of peaks like Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Boudha Himal, make this trek a truly unforgettable experience. The local people are of Tibetan origin and speak their own dialect. Remote Himalayan valleys and untouched beauty make the trek much more pleasant. The valley furnishes us with a fantastic view of the landscapes and the mountains like Ganesh Himal (7,422 m/24,350 ft.), Shringi Himal (7,165 m/23,507 ft.), and Boudha Himal (6,672 m/21,890 ft.).The journey starts from SotiKhola and involves a drive from Kathmandu to the Budhi Gandaki River valley, passing through the picturesque Gurung village of Jagat. To enter the Manaslu Conservation Area, trekkers must show their Manaslu Trek Special Permit at the checkpoint in Jagat.

The Tsum Valley Trek is a unique and protected area, and as such, requires a special trekking permit to visit. This permit is only available to groups of two or more people, and it is not possible for a solo traveler to obtain this permit due to government regulations in Nepal. This requirement is in place to ensure the preservation and protection of this special area and its cultural and natural resources. It is important to note that the Tsum Valley Trek permit is separate from any other trekking permits that may be required in the region

Tsum Valley Trek highlights

  • Embark on a journey through a secluded trail that takes you near the 8th tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Manaslu and the Tibetan border.
  • Discover the historical trade route connecting Nepal and Tibet.
  • Admire the stunning views of Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli which are beautiful beyond description
  • Experience the thrill of adventure in the North Mid-West Himalayas around Manaslu.
  • Be mesmerized by the breathtaking views of lush forests, raging rivers, suspension bridges, waterfalls and monasteries, including Rache Gompa.
  • Immerse yourself in the strong Tibetan Buddhist culture and customs of the high valleys and villages you visit.
  • Explore the serene and beautiful Tsum valley, which is less developed commercially.
  • Encounter different landscapes, learn about ancient Tibetan culture and way of life, interact with diverse ethnicities and visit medieval Tibetan villages.

Itinerary

On this day, we will embark on a drive to Machha Khola. The bus ride will take us out of the city and into the countryside, passing through several towns and rural areas.

Along the way, we will be able to admire the stunning terraced farm fields, dense forests, and crystal-clear blue rivers. The smooth road will eventually come to an end, and we will take an off-road route to reach Machha Khola via Arughat. This scenic drive will be a unique and memorable experience, providing an insight into the rural landscape of the region.

Today, you will continue your trek and head towards the village of Jagat. You will cross a suspension bridge over the Machha Khola and begin your journey. The trail for the day consists of minor ups and downs, taking you to Tharo Khola. Once you cross the Tharo Khola, you will reach Khorla Besi.

As you progress through rocky terrain, you will come across the natural hot spring at Tatopani. From Tatopani, you will cross a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki river and switch to the left bank. You will then climb a well-crafted staircase, cross a small section of forest, and arrive at Doban.

After crossing a bridge over the Doban Khola, you will ascend Duman and then towards Yaru Khola. The trail then descends towards the river, and you will climb stone steps leading to Tharo Bharyang. Finally, after crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki river, you will make your way to the village of Jagat. This day's trek will offer a glimpse into the natural beauty of the region and challenge you with its rocky terrain.

Today, you will embark on a journey to one of the most secluded areas of the Tsum Valley, which is only accessible with a special permit. Before beginning your trek, you will need to show the permit at the checkpoint in Jagat. After having a nutritious breakfast in Jagat, you will set off on a challenging hike that will take you to the village of Salleri.

As you make your way up to Salleri, you will cross a rocky ridge that provides stunning views of the surrounding mountains. From Salleri, you will then descend to the Sirdibas and walk through the lush, verdant valley until you reach the Ghatta Khola. As you trek along the riverbed, you will cross a long hanging bridge that spans the river.

Next, you will make your way to the village of Philim, a large Gurung village renowned for its well-known Japanese-built school. After exploring Philim, you will continue on the Manaslu Tsum Valley trail and make your way to Ekli Bhatti. From there, you will head towards your final destination for the day, Lokpa, where you will spend the night in a cozy lodge.

On the fifth day of the trek, you will make your way from Lokpa to Chumling. The morning will start with a breakfast in Lokpa and a descent towards Lungwa Khola, which will take about 30 minutes of walking. From Lungwa, the trail ahead is steep and challenging, requiring a climb up a zig-zag path for 2 hours through a forest of pine and rhododendron.

After navigating the difficult trail, you will reach the village of Gumlung. From there, you will cross the Siyar Khola and arrive in the village of Chumling. The view of the Shringi Himal is breathtaking from the village. Chumling is home to three monasteries, including Panago Gumba, Mani Dhungyur, and Gurwa Gumba. You will have the opportunity to explore these monasteries and the stone streets of the village.

On day six of your trek, you will continue your journey from Chumling to Chhokangparo. Your journey begins by crossing a suspension bridge over the river and taking in the magnificent views of the Ganesh Himal. As you pass Rainjam, you will walk towards the Serpu Khola river bank, where you will cross another bridge and reach the village of Gho.

You will then embark on a two-hour walk, which includes a climb to Tsum, that will lead you to your final destination, the village of Chhokangparo. Chhokangparo is a tiny village located between two other villages, Paro and Chhekam, and is the starting point of the Upper Tsum Valley. Upon reaching Chhokangparo, you will be able to admire the stunning views of the Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal, Himalchuli, and other neighboring peaks.

On day seven of your trek, you will head to Nile, which is the last village settlement in the Tsum Valley. After having your breakfast at Chhokangparo, you will begin your journey early in the morning. As you climb higher up to Nile, it is important to be cautious of altitude sickness, as you will be reaching an altitude of 3,347 meters.

Along the way, you will visit the Piren Phu cave, which is considered to be the holiest cave in the Tsum Valley and is located near the village of Burji. You will then pass Lamagaon, cross a suspension bridge, and visit the Rachen Gompa. After visiting the gompa, you will cross the Shiar Khola and continue your journey through the villages of Lar, Phurbe, Pangdun, and Chhule. Finally, you will reach Nile after crossing a bridge.

Today, on the eighth day of your journey, you will embark on a short trek to Mu Gumba, which is located on the west bank of the valley. This walk will be characterized by its unique Tibetan landscapes, and you will find that it is a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

After approximately three hours of walking from Nile, you will arrive at Mu Gompa. This is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in the region, and it sits at an altitude of 3700 meters. Surrounded by rows of chortens and majestic mountain vistas, it is an idyllic location that truly showcases the beauty of the region.

From Mu Gompa, you will have the opportunity to view the Lungdang glacier to the east, as well as the high and majestic peaks that surround the area. In addition, you will visit the Dhephu Doma Gompa, which is a 600-year-old monastery that requires a 30-40 minute uphill climb. After exploring the gumba, you will return to Nile for the night, where you will stay in a local lodge.

Today on Day 9 of your journey, you will retrace your steps and make your way back to Chhokangparo. Your day begins with a nutritious breakfast at Nile, followed by a walk of approximately 4 to 5 hours, as you follow the same path you took earlier.

Your first stop will be the Lar village, where you will visit the Rachen Gompa, also known as the Nunnery Gompa. The area surrounding the gompa is adorned with beautiful prayer flags and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. As you continue your trek, you will cross a suspension bridge and make your way back to Chhokangparo, following the same trail as before.

This trek provides a shorter day compared to the previous days, allowing you to take in the magnificent views and reflect on your journey so far.

Today, your destination is the Lungdang Gompa, the largest monastery in the region. Your journey begins from Chhokangparo, where you will first drop down to Gu and then trek to Dumje. This area, located between Rachen Gompa and Lungdang Gompa, is known for its traditional Tibetan clinic, Amchi, which you will visit along the way.

As you walk towards Lungdang Gompa, the stunning landscapes and vegetation of the region will be on display. The trail will take you four hours to complete, with views of the magnificent Ganesh Himal and surrounding peaks along the way.

Upon arriving at the monastery, you will find basic shelter and meal facilities provided by the Lungdang Gompa, allowing you to rest and recharge before the next leg of your journey.

Today, you will embark on a journey to explore the Ganesh Himal Base Camp, starting from Lungdang Gompa. The trail begins with a descent through a series of steep, muddy zigzag paths leading to a lower altitude. From there, you will hike uphill through a rocky terrain and cross the Laudang Khola by a wooden bridge.

As you continue your journey, you will be surrounded by a stunning forest of rhododendron and pine trees, and eventually reach a hut in Kharka. From there, the path takes you to a flat grassy area surrounded by the moraine of Toro Gompa glacier and seasonal yak huts. Further ahead, you will encounter a magnificent moraine wall that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

The Ganesh Himal Base Camp lies in this region and is the perfect place to admire the stunning vistas of the Ganesh Himal range and other neighboring peaks in the Langtang region. After a day of exploring, you will return to Lungdang Gompa in the evening.

Today marks your final day of trekking. Your destination for the day is the village of Lokpa. After a hearty breakfast at Lungdang Gompa, you will begin your journey back to Lokpa. The trail takes you through dense forests of pine and rhododendron trees as you walk down the mountains.

The walk to Lokpa is a 6-7 hour journey, and you will have the opportunity to enjoy breathtaking views of the Langtang region's majestic mountain ranges. Along the way, you will marvel at the beauty of your surroundings and be inspired by the peacefulness and serenity of the region.

Upon arrival in Lokpa, you will check into one of the local lodges for the night. You will have the chance to reflect on your journey and savor the memories you've made during your adventure in the Tsum Valley. After a well-deserved rest, you will be ready for the next leg of your journey.

After enjoying a hearty breakfast at Lokpa, it is time for you to start your journey towards Jagat. Today's trek will take you through the stunning forests of pine and rhododendron, where you can appreciate the breathtaking beauty of the natural landscape.

As you continue your trek, you will come across the Ghumpul, where the trail will join the main Manaslu route. Your journey will then take you through Eklai Bhatti, Philim, and over the Budhi Gandaki river. Crossing the Budhi Gandaki river will bring you closer to your destination, Sirdibas. From there, it's a short walk to Jagat.

Throughout your journey, you will be surrounded by the awe-inspiring beauty of the waterfalls, the exotic wild flora and fauna, and of course the majestic snow-capped mountains. After a long day of trekking, you will finally reach Jagat, where you will spend the night in one of the local lodges.

Today on Day 14, your destination is Soti Khola. Your journey starts with a descent from Jagat towards Machhakhola. The trekking path to Machhakhola is relatively easy and offers stunning views of the mountains and waterfalls along the way.

During the journey, you will pass through Gurung and Brahmin villages, adding to the cultural richness of your trek. You will also encounter rice terraces and the village of Lapubesi. The trail will require some uphill and downhill climbs, as well as walks through the sal forest.

Eventually, after a day of exploring and taking in the natural beauty around you, you will arrive at Soti Khola. Here, you will spend the night at a lodge, allowing you to rest and refresh for the next day's journey.

Today marks the conclusion of your incredible journey in the Tsum Valley region. After a delicious breakfast, you will embark on a scenic bus ride to the bustling city of Kathmandu. The route to the capital city takes you through the charming towns of Dhading Besi and Malekhu, where you will be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, rolling hills, and lush green fields dotted with terraced farms.

As you approach Thankot, which serves as the gateway to the Kathmandu valley, you will be awestruck by the picturesque landscapes that unfold before you. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will warmly greet you and escort you to your hotel, where you will be able to reflect on the memories of your incredible journey in the Tsum Valley.

Includes/Excludes

Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop by car/van/bus
  • TIMS cards
  • Entry permit
  • Meals during trek (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
  • Experienced local guides and porters
  • All accommodation during the treks
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit) with regular check up of oxygen saturation

Excludes

  • Any food, deserts and accommodation during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Travel medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and International air fare.
  • Personal equipment.
  • Tips for guide and Porter (Tipping is expected)
  • Personal expenses such as: Alcoholic beverages, hot shower, water bottle, cold drinks, hot water, battery charge and donation. etc.
  • Extra night food and accommodation due to any reason.
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on ‘price included’ section

FAQs

Trek difficulty

Tsum Valley Trek is a moderate walk. Length, highest point, season, topography, and altitude all affect the ultimate score. It’s not as difficult as other hikes, but you should still be fit. The trek is good for youngsters and seniors. The trek has no age limit. The track features difficult ascents and descents. The trail has several stone stairs, which might be tiring. Higher altitudes have snowy paths. AMS sufferers may struggle at Ganesh Himal Basecamp 4,200maltitude.

Running, swimming, and climbing for a month before your vacation will assist you reach the peak. Avoid the winter if you can, as you’ll likely have to trek in heavy snow. Hiking with large goods might cause shoulder ache, so employ a porter. The rewarding views are yours if you train and prepare for the voyage.

Best Seasons

Autumn (September, October, November) is a great season to visit the Tsum Valley due of the mild temperatures, soft winds, and limited precipitation. The sun is bright, the skies are blue, and the mountain view is spectacular. The clear night sky lets you admire the stars.

Beginning in early September, pleasant to warm temperatures replace the monsoons. In the highlands, daytime highs can reach 20 degrees Celsius and nighttime lows of 5 degrees. Grain ripens on terraced fields as monsoon greens fade to golden/amber, giving a stunning contrast against brilliant blue skies. Green, safe lowlands. Dashain and Tihar, Nepal’s two biggest festivals, coincide with your visit.

In December–February, many people visit the Tsum Valley. Winter in the Tsum Valley Walk zones may be frigid, but the thrill is worth it for adventurous hikers. Tsum Valley may reach -10°C. December through early February is coldest, with temperatures increasing after late February. Bright, sunny days. Winter is a terrific season to go hiking since there are less people and the snow-capped mountains are more beautiful. Beginners shouldn’t travel now, but seasoned hikers should be fine.

People and Lifestyle

Along the way, you’ll see a number of Tamang villages. Speaking with warm locals is a great way to learn about Tamang beliefs and practices in all areas, including religion. On the trail to Tsum Valley, you’ll pass through a number of villages, each with its own history and way of life. The Tamanags and Sherpas that live there have Tibetan cultural influences, and their villages reflect this. You’ll learn about the traditions of a people who have gone without modern conveniences for generations.

Recommended Gears for the Trek

The Tsum Valley Trek can be appropriate and pleasant if you are geared up with a proper packing list. Therefore, being prepared with the packing list prior to the trek comes in handy.

The necessary packing list for the trek are mentioned under the following points:

Clothing

  • Jackets (Windproof or Down)
  • Waterproof outerwear
  • Thermal wears
  • Woolen hat or cap
  • Pair of gloves
  • Shoes
  • Tracksuits and trouser
  • Trekking boot
  • Towel

Equipment

  • Bags
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Camera, binocular and mobile phones
  • Extra batteries or power bank
  • Water purifier tablets
  • Headlamp and torch
  • Trekking Sticks
  • Lighters
  • Whistle
  • Toilet papers and tissue papers

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