Tsum Valley Trek

14 Days

starting from $1300

$ 999

5 / 5

based on 1 Reviews

Grade:

Moderate

Group Size:

2+ pax

Transport:

Car, Bus, Jeep

Altitude:

3,700m (Mu Gumba)

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation:

Hotel and Local Lodges

Starts At:

Kathmandu

Ends At:

Kathmandu

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Highlights of the Tsum Valley Trek

  • Spectacular views of Mt. Ganesh and Manaslu mountains.
  • Exploration of ancient forms of Buddhist dialect, art, culture, and religion
  • Visit ancient Rachhen Gumba and other monasteries
  • Observe remote local life.
  • Explore Tibetan culture and tradition
  • Wilderness hike to the Hidden Valley
  • Refreshing bath in a natural hot spring along the way

Overview

Tsum valley trek is famously known as a “hidden valley”, with unique characteristics of mystery, myth & majestic beauty. This is a swashbuckling trek that takes you into the true wild. Till recently, the Tsum valley was one of the most secluded and unexplored areas. It is situated in the central Himalayas in the Manaslu region. The valley is extremely close to Tibet and you can definitely feel the large influence of Tibetan Buddhism on the lives of the people here. The trek’s starting point, Soti Khola is a mere seven-hour drive from Kathmandu and thus you will not need to book unreliable flights to get going.

Most of the trek passes through forests of pine and rhododendron, alongside glacial rivers, and with views of waterfalls. There are old villages with several temples, monasteries, prayer walls, stupas, and much more. The Tibetan Siddha Milarepa who is the first Tibetan to have been able to achieve enlightenment within one lifetime is said to have meditated in a cave here also.

The mountains seen during the Tsum Valley trek include Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, Mt. Manaslu, and many other smaller peaks a large portion of which are above 7000m. The valley was restricted until 2008 but has opened itself to tourism and has become a must-do trek in Nepal.

If you are interested in exploring mountain culture and the legends and beliefs of Tibetan Buddhism while being surrounded by massive Himalayan massifs, the Tsum Valley trek is definitely for you. If you have more time, you can add the Manaslu Circuit trek along with the Tsum Valley trek also.

Best Season for the Tsum Valley trek

It is best to go on the Tsum Valley Trek either in the spring (March–May) or fall (September–November). The weather is more stable, making travel more pleasant, at this time of year. In April, vibrant flowers will cover the entire Manaslu region. Spring is when flowers start to bloom, adding a beautiful visual element to your trip.

Most people visit the Manalsu region in the fall to hike the region’s famous trails also. When it comes to fall months, October is without a doubt the most thrilling and exciting. Manaslu’s pristine beauty draws many tourists every October, making it the busiest month of the fall season. In consequence, there will be a swarm of hikers and backpackers filling the trails and lodgings in the area.

A large portion of the trail is inaccessible during the winter and monsoon, and the weather makes for a miserable trek experience at either time.

Can I do the Tsum Valley Trek?

The Tsum Valley trek has been classified as a moderate to difficult trek. A large portion of the trek happens in altitudes above 3000m and you will be expected to hike for an average of seven hours every day. The trails here are quite wild also but with fit enough lungs and legs, you should be fine.

As a beginner trekker, you might find some portions of the trek quite challenging but if you have previous experience with longer treks in high altitudes you should not face any problems. The highest altitude reached on this trek is at Mu Gompa at 3700m altitude however some day trips might be higher.

Check out our itinerary for Tsum Valley Trek  below or just send us an  email and we’ll tailor-make an itinerary based on your requirements.

Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary

01 DAY

Arrival in Kathmandu - (1,400m)

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, you’ll be greeted by a representative from Glorious Himalaya who will transfer you to your hotel. After checking in, take some time to refresh yourself.

Your guide will visit your hotel, introduce himself, and give a briefing about your upcoming Tsum Valley trek.

He’ll also check your trekking gear. Any missing items can be purchased in the Thamel area. Spend the night at the hotel.

 

02 DAY

Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and trek preparation

Today, we’ll explore the sights of Kathmandu Valley. After breakfast, a private vehicle will pick you up from your hotel. Our itinerary includes UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.

We’ll start early with a visit to Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu site with a vast temple complex and a riverside cremation ghat. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it’s an important pilgrimage destination.

Next, we’ll head to Bouddhanath, home to a grand stupa known as “Khasti Chaitya.” This imposing structure is one of the world’s largest stupas, surrounded by monasteries and Tibetan restaurants offering authentic cuisine.

Swayambhunath, or the Monkey Temple, is our next stop. Legend says it was formed when Manjusri drained an ancient lake. The site features a park, shrines, and three significant statues.

Our final destination is Kathmandu Durbar Square, boasting the impressive Kaal Bhairav statue, temples, and the Hanuman Dhoka museum. Take a leisurely stroll through this historic area and enjoy the ambiance.

After the tour, we’ll return to the hotel, concluding our day of exploration.

03 DAY

Drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola (890m) - 8 hrs drive

At 6 am, your guide will collect you from your hotel and transfer to the bus station. From there, we’ll embark on a scenic drive to Machha Khola via Prithivi Highway, along the Trishuli River. After reaching Soti Khola, we’ll change a vehicle for the remaining journey to Machha Khola.

Expect a mix of paved and off-road driving, which is about 8-9 hours. Spend a night at a local teahouse in Machha Khola.

04 DAY

Trek to Jagat (1340m) - 6 hrs Trek

After having breakfast, we head for Jagat following the same river and passing some gorges of Budi Gandaki River and some lesser cultivated areas. The trekking trail starts from here and goes through beautiful woodlands. After some time the narrow path goes up and down a few small hills, crosses the Tharo Khola, which flows through a rocky gorge, and ends up in Khorlabesi.

After a few more ups and downs, we reach a small hot spring next to the trail. From there, we can get to Tatopani. The trail goes up a rough path to Dovan after crossing a suspension bridge over the Dovan Khola. As we walk on, we cross another suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola and climb the stone stairs to reach Tharo Bharyang. We cross to the west side of the Budhi Gandaki, climb over a ridge, walk along the river, and then climb up to the village of Jagat.

05 DAY

Trek to Lhokpa (2,240m) - 6 hrs Trek

Hanging on to the same river, we will be heading to Lhokpa, about a 6-7 hour trek. The trail goes through narrow valleys and green vegetation. The trek can be good as you can observe the snowy cones of Mt. Ganesh and Mt. Shringi. Overnight at a local tea house with all meals.

06 DAY

Trek to Chumling (2,390m) - 5 hrs Trek

The day kicks off with a trek from Lokpa village, marking the pathway to Tsum Valley. However, the actual entry point to Tsum Valley lies within a deep, slender, and narrow gorge leading to Lokpa. Along this path, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of Boudha Himal (6,672m) and Ganesh Himal.

As you continue, the route descends into the Lungwa River valley, winding through a dense forest teeming with rhododendron, juniper, and pine. Eventually, you’ll reach Gumling, and shortly after, Syar Khola, close to Chumling village. The short trek allows ample time to explore the three main monasteries of Chumling: Panago Gompa, Mani Dhungyur, and Gurwa Gompa.

07 DAY

Trek to Chokangparo (3,030m) - 6 hrs Trek

From Chumling we trek to Chhokangparo. Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo.Chhokamparo is a village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen directly to the south where it provides superb views of the Baudha and Himal Chuli peaks to the south-west. Some households in this village practice polyandry. Overnight at a local teahouse lodge with full board meals.

08 DAY

Trek to Nile (3,360m) - 5 hrs Trek

Trekking to the Nile takes about 4/5 hours. The trail ascends through the local villages, wider cultivated land, and partly through pine forest. After 4-5 hours we will be at Nile where we can visit the Milarepa cave monastery which is about 45 minutes’ walk from the campsite. Overnight at a local tea house with all meals.

09 DAY

Hike to Mu-Gumpa (3,700m) and back to Nile for overnight stay - 3 hrs hike

From Nile, the trail gradually ascends to Mu Gumba, the largest monastery in this area. Mu Gomba was established in 1895 AD and is situated at an altitude of 3510m. The monastery houses religious books, including Kangyur, a life-sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara. Dephyudonma Gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley and is situated in the rugged mountains, a 2 hr walk from the village of Nile.

The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley. The monastery is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect. After visiting Mu-Gumpa, we trek back to the Nile.

10 DAY

Trek to Chumling (2,390m) - 6 hrs trek

We begin our hike early in the morning along the same route we climbed. Today is a long day of the trek and we make our way through the forest trail now. Lunch can be had at Chokang Paro where we stayed on our climb up. Today the trek is very long as we descend quite a bit down all the way to Chumling where we stay for the night.

11 DAY

Trek to Philim (1570m) - 6/7 hrs trek

Continuing our descent through the same trail we came back up, we leave Chumling after an early breakfast. We stay at Philim today, one of the villages we passed by earlier when climbing.

12 DAY

Trek to Machha Khola (890) - 8 hrs trek

Today is the second last day of trekking. After breakfast, we start from Philim and make the 6-7 hour descent to Machha Khola. The trekking route will lead us down to Lapubensi. The descent will be pleasant, with the real excitement from crossing the suspension bridges. Along the way to Lapubensi, you’ll pass through charming villages such as Yaruphant, Dovan, Tatopani, and Khorlabesi before reaching Machha Khola.

13 DAY

Drive back to Kathmandu - 7/8 hrs drive

Today, we grab a local jeep or bus after breakfast and drive to Kathmandu via Soti Khola. We drive through most of the same route descending from Hanuman Danda and grabbing lunch there. Today is the last day we will see the beautiful hills and Himalayas so we enjoy the scenic drive back to Kathmandu. You will be dropped off at your hotel. In the evening, you will celebrate a farewell party with the company representatives.

14 DAY

Farewell from Nepal

After the Tsum valley trek is over, it’s time to leave Nepal and go back home. We’ll pick you up three hours before your international flight and take you to the airport. We hope that the time you spend with us in the Central Himalayas will give you memories that you will remember for the rest of your life. You are welcome to stay longer in Nepal if you want to, and the country has a lot of history and culture to offer. Glorious Himalayas hopes your flight goes well and wishes you a safe trip.

Trip Includes

  • Airport pick-ups and drop-offs by private vehicle.
  • 3 nights of 3-star standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu city inclusive of breakfast.
  • 1-day Kathmandu sightseeing tour guided by a city tour guide with private transport.
  • 10 nights of twin-sharing local lodges accommodation while on the trek.
  • Full board meals while on the trek. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • All the essential trekking permits and official paperwork for the trek.
  • An experienced and government-certified trekking guide for the trek.
  • Supporting porters to carry your belongings during the trek. (1 porter for 2 guests)
  • Kathmandu to Machha Khola and Machha Khola to Kathmandu transports by local bus and jeep.
  • Waterproof duffel bag and sleeping bag to use for the trek. (provided on request)
  • First aid medicine with an oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen level while on the trek.
  • Trip achievement certificate after successful trip completion.
  • Nepalese cuisine farewell dinner program at a typical restaurant with a cultural show.
  • All government taxes and company service charges.

Trip Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa and international flights
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Your personal expenses such as hot shower, charging, use of WIFI while on the trek.
  • All kinds of beverages. (alcohol, mineral bottled water, cold and hot drinks)
  • Entrance fees for Kathmandu sightseeing.
  • Tips to the guide and porters.

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Choose a Private Trip

If you’d prefer to share this with your own group of friends, we’ve got good news, it’s also available as a Private Adventure!, Our Private Adventure specialists are on hand to give you a quote or talk through some different options. Feel free to give them a call on +9779843760242 or Email us at info@glorioushimalaya.com

 

 

 

 

Traveller’s Review


In Spring 2013 I made a trip to Tsum valley in Nepal using service of Glorious Himalaya trekking company. The trip lasts about 3 weeks. Experience was perfect – very good service, that came up to my expectations. We had perfect guide (it’s necessary in that area), who helped us to communicate with domestic people, provided us good information about places of interest, history, geography etc. of the region.

sergey

Sergey and my wife
Moscow, Russia

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