Tsum Valley Trek - 18 Days

About Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek is an adventurous trek that leads to the hidden and exotic Tsum Valley traversed only by a handful of visitors. Tsum Valley is one of the most secluded valleys of Nepal's Himalayas. Located in the Upper Manaslu region, near the Tibetan border, Tsum Valley Trekking let you observe ancient culture and religion that is highly influenced by Tibetans. This place is also a pilgrimage site. During the Tsum Valley Trek 18 Days, you get to see stunning landscape and Himalayan mountains views like Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Boudha Himal (6,692 m), Shringi Himal (7,161 m), Mt. Himalchuli (7,853 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m), Churke Himal (6,224 m), etc.

Tsum Valley Trek is a perfect option for anyone looking for something extra in the Himalayas along with the tranquil trail. The trek takes you to Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa, where you get to see old paintings, manuscripts, sculptures, murals, etc. As Tsum Valley is a restricted area, the flora and fauna are well protected. To know more about Tsum Valley Trek cost or any other information regarding the package, feel free to contact us anytime.

Variation & Custom Itinerary

If you have some extra days on your hand in Nepal, then we highly suggest you add Manaslu Circuit Trek or Manaslu Base Camp Trek. Likewise, we also offer a tailor-made itinerary for the Tsum Valley Trek package. You can create your itinerary as per your time and requirements.

Highlights

  • Adventurous and trodden trail
  • Explore hidden Tsum Valley
  • Get to see exotic flora and fauna
  • Trek through fine mountain villages
  • Get to see the daily lifestyle and culture of locals
  • Visit ancient Mu-Gompa and Rachen Gompa
  • Spend time in natural hot spring in Tatopani
  • Witness gorgeous landscape and stunning views of Himalayan mountains like Manaslu, Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, Boudh Himal, etc

Itinerary

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Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you meet with one of our team representatives near the terminal gate. He will take you to the hotel. Rest for a few hours, and later, in the evening, meet with other team members over welcome dinner.

  • Hotel
  • Welcome dinner

After having a warm breakfast, you go on a guided sightseeing tour of different UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will visit monuments like Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the evening, you prepare for the trek and do last minute shopping if needed.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast only

After having early morning breakfast, you drive to Arughat following the Soti Khola. During the drive, you get to see beautiful views of lush green hills and rivers. Passing by Dhading Bensi, you continue driving, enjoying stunning views of Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. Soon, you reach Soti Khola for a night stay.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Crossing Soti Khola, you come across a beautiful waterfall. The trail moves along a lush forest of sal and ascends to a ridge. You reach Khursane and descend through terraced fields to reach Lapubesi. From here, the trail drops down to the Budhi Gandaki River bed and crosses Nauli Khola on a suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Following a narrow trail, you trek and cross Tharo Khola. From here, you walk on a rocky ravine and reach Khorla Besi. The trail then passes by Tatoapni and ascends to a ridge. You will cross Budhi Gandaki River on a suspension bridge and ascend towards Dobhan. Further, you will cross a few more suspension bridges and beautiful villages before reaching Jagat.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Registering your permits, you ascend to Salleri and drop down to Sirdibas. As you move further, the valley widens up and the trail continues to Philim. Philim is a big Gurung village with a school and police station.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Leaving Philim behind, you reach Ekle Bhatti and cross a gorge. Passing by a lovely waterfall, you walk through lush pine forests and descend towards Tsum Valley. Further, the trail ascends through dense forests of rhododendron and pine offering striking views of Mt. Himalchuli and Boudha Himal. From Loka, the trail descends to Lungwa Khola and ascends through another dense forest to reach Gumlung. You cross Siyar Khola and reach Chumling.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail continues crossing a suspension bridge. You get to see beautiful views of Ganesh Himal on the way. Further, you cross Serpu Khola and reach Gho village. From here, you walk for a couple of hours towards Chokangparo that welcomes you with outstanding views of Himalchui and Ganesh Himal.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail passes by Milarepa Piren Phu Cave. It is a very famous cave, where a Tibetan saint called Milarepa was believed to be meditated. You can see two monasteries attached to the cave, where you can see Buddhist murals, artistic scripts, etc. Further, you cross a suspension bridge over Shiar Khola to reach Nile.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail from Nile will take you close to the Tibetan border. Walking along the west bank of the valley enjoying the gorgeous Tibetan landscape, you ascend to Mu Gompa. Here you will visit ancient Mu Gompa and Dhephu Doma Gompa.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

After having a warm breakfast, you trek toward Rachen Gompa. The trail descends through Chule and continues towards Phurbe. Further, walking on the east bank of the Siyar Khola, you cross a flat boulder path. Rachen Gompa dates back to 1905 AD.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

The trail moves to the south. You cross a bridge and pass by Chokangparo village again. From here, the trail descends to Chumling and Gho village. Further, descending along a narrow trail, you pass by a gompa and cross a wooden bridge over Siyar Khola. You will then cross another bridge and reach Dumje.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

After having a warm breakfast, you begin trekking towards Philim. The trail passes through small villages and lush forests. After a few hours of walk, you pass by Ripchet and reach back to Philim.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

From Philim, the trail descends to Tatopani. You walk through lush forests and small settlement areas enjoying stunning landscape views. Upon reaching Tatopani, you get to spend time in the natural hot spring. 

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Today, you move back to Soti Khola. The trail gradually descends to Soti Khola through dense alpine forests and villages.

  • Teahouse
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner

After having a warm breakfast, you drive back to Kathmandu. It is going to be a long and scenic drive. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you move to the hotel. Rest for the remaining day and dine as per your wish.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & lunch

It is an extra day in Kathmandu to let you explore the local market and do shopping. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast & farewell dinner

It is time to fly back to your home. You will be transferred to the airport as per the flight departure time. In the meantime, make sure to pack all of your belongings carefully.

  • Breakfast only

Useful Information

Tsum Valley Trek route

Tsum Valley Trekking begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. From here, you begin trekking towards Machha Khola. The trail passes through lush forests and small villages like Jagat, Philim, Chumling, and Chokangparo to take you to the Nile. Here, you visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave and gradually ascend to Mu Gompa, the highest point of the trek. Further, the trail passes by Rachen Gompa, Dumje, Philim, and Tatopani. You reach back to Soti Khola and drive back to Kathmandu that marks the end of the trip.

Tsum Valley Trek map

Tsum Valley Trek map will present you with a picturesque overview of the trail that you will be following during the trek. The map is designed following our Tsum Valley Trek itinerary, therefore if you custom made the itinerary, the map will also change. You can see all the major villages and highlights marked on the map.

Tsum Valley Trek difficulty & Altitude Sickness

Tsum Valley Trek 18 Days is a moderate trek that requires 6 to 8 hours of walk each day. The trail is rugged, steep, and involves trodden parts at some places. Previous trekking experience with little technical climbing knowledge is needed to go on Tsum Valley Trekking. Likewise, you have to be in good health along with strong physical fitness and endurance to join this adventurous trip. There can be the risk of altitude sickness during this trek, however with our professionally designed itinerary including ample rest days and attention towards our guests makes the journey smooth.

Best time to go on Tsum Valley Trek

The best time to go on Tsum Valley Trek is during spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November). These are the ideal months to go on trekking in the Manaslu region because of stable weather, clear sky, and moderate climate. Likewise, monsoon (June to August) and winter (December to February) is not a good time to go on Tsum Valley Trekking because of the slippery trail and unclear views.

Accommodation & Meals

Tsum Valley Trekking is a teahouse trek. The services in this part of the Himalayas are very basic as only a handful of travelers visit this region. Teahouse offers small rooms with double beds and a shared washroom usually. The rooms can get cold during the night, therefore a nice sleeping bag is recommended to carry along the trek.

Meals will be served as per the menu of the teahouse. The Tsum Valley Trek package includes three meals a day. The menu mostly includes Nepali, Tibetan, Continental, and Indian dishes. Dishes like dhal, bhat & tarkari, momo, soup, toasts, cornflakes, pudding, pie, pasta, meat, egg, tenduk, etc are available.

Communication & Electricity

On Tsum Valley Trek 18 Days, you can find internet service at some lodges mostly in the villages in lower elevation. Likewise, the cellular network can be found at some places until a certain altitude. After reaching a high altitude, your team leader will contact the management office in the city using a satellite phone to report the day and the team members. For better service, we suggest you carry a local SIM Card that we can provide you on your request. You can get electricity to charge your batteries throughout the Tsum Valley Trek, however you may have to pay a few bucks. You can see both hydroelectricity and solar power in the villages.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is must to have to join Tsum Valley Trekking. As Tsum Valley Trek is a high altitude trek in the remote Himalayan region, there can be many unforeseen events. Therefore, having travel insurance will always have your back in an emergency. Your travel insurance must include air evacuation and hospital bills. Other things like flight cancellation and loss or theft of property are also advised to have in the insurance.

Guide & Porter

During the Tsum Valley Trek, you will be guided by our experienced and professional guide who has already mapped the Tsum Valley before and led many groups successfully. Likewise, you also get accompanied by porters. Our guides are well-trained and certified under several categories from first aid to rock climbing that ensures your safety during the trip.

Environmental Contribution

To protect the fragile Himalayan environment, we have been running sustainable and eco-friendly tours. Our itineraries are designed considering exo-tourism. Likewise, we also run a small organization that provides education to children from marginal mountain families. While traveling with us, you will be contributing immensely to support sustainable travel and locals' lives.