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Tsum Valley Trek in Nepal

18 Days
5 - Excellent ( Based on 1 travel review )

  • Hotels in Kathmandu and best available local lodges on treks
  • Moderate to Adventurous walks
  • At Mu Gompa 3,700 m / 12,174 feet high
  • Interesting tour, scenic trek with exciting drives
  • Nepal Far North Mid-West around Gorkha district
  • 14 Nights & 15 Days with drives both ways.
  • 18 days

Overview

Experience the trek like never before, Tsum Valley Trekking in Nepal takes you on an exploration adventure. Tsum is the Valley of Happiness as it means from an old Tibetan languageknown as ‘Beyul Kyimolung’.

Truly, a Shangri-La, hidden behind the massif mountain range of Ganesh and Manaslu Himalayas.

Located around Far North Mid-West, on the eastern side of the Manaslu range within the district of Gorkha. Tsum valley is one of the remote hidden land around the Himalayas, enclosed by towering peaks. 

The trek is fairly new and takes travelers through remote and isolated settlements in the Himalayas.

The Tsum valley a restricted region opened in 2008. However, it did not take long enough to be one of the highly demanded trekking destinations.

 By the adventure seekers from around the world due to its raw and pristine location and away from mainstream routes.

Tsum Valley Trek is an exploration of serene vegetation, pristine rivers, waterfalls, suspension bridges, fascinating settlements, and ancient Gompas. The trek mostly revolves above an elevation of 3, 000 m with 5 to 7 hours of walks per day. It offers a magnificent view of Himalayan ranges such as Ganesh Himal (7,140 m), Himal-Chuli (7,893 m), and Churke Himal. Includes Mount Manaslu (8,163 m), which is the world’s 8th highest peak, and the local name is Kutang.

On top of that, the valley is home to some of the highly endangered wildlife as well as diverse flora. Himalayan Thar, Yak, and Blue Sheep are some of the wildlife that Manaslu Conservation Project Area has to offer.

Tsum Valley Trekking is an exclusive adventure toward hidden pockets of Mid-West Himalayas on the northern side of Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.

The adventure starts with an overland journey from Kathmandu to low warm sub-tropical farm areas of the Gorkha district. Where walk follows the glacial Budi-Gandaki River upstream, towards high cooler hills covered in a lovely alpine forest.

From Jagat hill village entering the Buddhist country, as climb leads past Deng and Lokpa villages reaching Chumling. The first settlement around Tsum the valley of happiness, on leaving the main trail of Manaslu Circuit.

As the walk progresses reaching the nice villages of Chokang Paro and Nile to Mu Gompa the highest spot of the trip. At Mu Gompa, ample time to explore its scenic and cultural sites facing grand views of towering snow peaks.

An interesting and mystical land, truly a Shangri-La for some travelers to experience its amazing wilderness. Reminds you of an old classic novel the ‘Lost Horizon’, enjoy the tour of the old monastery and nearby nunnery.

After a great marvelous time around Tsum Valley, return journey on the same scenic route to low warmer farmland. Finally ending the wonderful walk at Soti-Khola, taking an interesting drive to Kathmandu.  At Kathmandu our memorable adventure of great fabulous experience around Tsum Valley Trekking completes.

Trip Highlights:

  • An adventure around the hidden path to Tsum valley of Happiness.
  • Walk through remote villages of Nepal Far North Mid-West Himalayas.
  • On least ventured trails beyond Manaslu and massive Ganesh Himal range.
  • Explore the forgotten country of Tsum valley enriched with immense cultures.
  • Dramatic scenery throughout the walks from green hills to arid scenic terrain.

Short Outline Itinerary

Day 01:         Arrival in Kathmandu.
Altitude1,350 m/ 4,428 feet. Overnight Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02:         At Kathmandu Preparation day & Sightseeing in Kathmandu Durbar
Square, Swayambhunath Stupa.
Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 ft. (Kathmandu) Includes: Breakfast only.
Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03:         Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola.
Altitude: 700 m/ 2,296 feet. Drive approx. 8 hours by Bus.
Overnight at Guesthouse or local lodge.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 04:         Trek to Machha Khola.
Altitude: 930 m/ 350 ft. Approx. 6 hour walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 05:         Trek to Jagat.
Altitude: 1,340 m/ 4,395 feet. Approx. 6 hour walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 06:         Trek to Chisapani.
Altitude: 1,660 m / 5,444 ft. (Chisapani)
Approx.
05 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Day 07:         Trek to Chumling.
Altitude: 
2,380 m/ 7,806 feet.
Approx. 06 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 08:         Trek to Chokang-Paro.
Altitude: 
2,380 m/ 7,806 feet.
Approx. 05 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse. Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Day 09:         Trek to Nile.
Altitude: 
3,361 m / 11,058 feet.
Approx. 05 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Day 10:         Trek to Mu Gompa.
Altitude: 
3,700 m/ 12,174 feet.
Approx. 04 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Day 11:         At Mu Gompa acclimatization and exploration.
Altitude: 
3,700 m/ 12,174 feet. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 12:         Mu Gompa to Burgi via Milarepa Cave.
Altitude: 
3,245 m / 10,644 feet at Burgi.
Approx. 05 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Day 13:         Trek to Chumling.
Altitude: 
2,386 m / 7,827 feet.
Approx. 05 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Day 14:         Trek to Philim village.
Altitude: 
1,570 m / 5,103 feet.
Approx. 05 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse. Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Day 15:         Trek to Khorlabesi.
Altitude: 
970 m / 3, 182 feet.
Approx. 5 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

Day 16:         Trek to Soti Khola.
Altitude: 
700 m /2,962 feet.
Approx. 06 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Day 17:         Drive to Kathmandu.
Altitude: 
1,350 m/3,182 feet.
Approx. 07 hours drives. Overnight at Tourist Standard Hotel.
Includes: Breakfast and Lunch only.

Day 18:         International Flight Departure for Homeward Bound.
Meals: Breakfast only.

Detailed Itinerary

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Altitude: 1,350 m/ 4,428 feet. Overnight at Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
Meal Included: Welcome Dinner in a nice typical Nepalese Restaurants.

On first arrival in Kathmandu at Nepal International Airport received by our staff and guide, with warm Nepali traditional welcome. After, getting organized and then a short transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city.

At the hotel check into your lovely rooms with refreshing rest after a jet-leg.
Then join in with other members of the group, for briefing at meeting halls or garden.
Our guide and leader will provide you with useful information regarding the trek, standard of lodge, foods and so on. If in doubt, can ask questions to make yourself at ease, after briefing enjoy the dinner in a typical Nepalese Restaurant.

Meal Included: Breakfast only. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Moring after a hearty breakfast, as per the time informed by our guide and staff our tour guide will meet. A short drive and walk in the heart of Kathmandu city, where the famous old Durbar Square located. An ancient palace and courtyard of earlier kings from Malla to former Shah Period. Interesting areas adorned with temples and old palace, as well with resident of famous Living Goddess the Kumari. Includes a temple of Kasthamandap, where Kathmandu name derived from, meaning a temple built from the wood of a single tree.

The temples and monuments of Durbar Square, listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After an interesting tour, a short drive leads west of the city to another famous landmark of Nepal. The Swayambhunath Stupa of Buddhist monuments, located on a hillock, one can enjoy views of Kathmandu city and the valley.

The Stupa one of the oldest in Nepal and probably in the world of more than 2,600 years of history. After an impressive morning tour back to hotel, rest of the day preparation for the wonderful Tsum Valley Trek.

Altitude: 700 m/ 2,296 feet. Drive approx. 8 hours by Bus.
Overnight at Guesthouse or local lodge.
Meals Included: Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner.

Depart for wonderful adventure to Tsum Valley Trekking, taking a private car, comfortable tourist standard bus, or coach. As per the size of a group, a long drive takes you beyond Kathmandu valley towards the Gorkha district.

Located Nepal Mid-West around Gandaki Zone, a country of low and mid-hills, heavily cultivated farm areas. The drive follows Nepal’s main busy highway for some hours and then diverts heading north to Arughat town.

Arughat town is situated on low farm areas close to the raging Buri Gandaki River, from here another few hours of drive on the dirt country road to Soti-Khola for an overnight halt.

Soti-Khola a small farming area slowly growing into a town, as the motorable road has been connected.

Altitude: 930 m/ 350 feet. Approx. 6-hour walk.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meals Included: Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner.

Start the first-day trek of the adventure, heading due north following the Buri Gandaki upstream. The morning walk leads to a short climb for a few hours past smaller farm villages then end the day at Machha Khola.

A moderate size farm village with a number of simple and basic lodges for an overnight stop. The name Machha Khola means a Fishing stream.

Altitude: 1,340 m/ 4,395 feet. Approx. 6 hour walk.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meals Included: Breakfast-Lunch and Dinner.

From Machha Khola, after a pleasant overnight stop, the second-day walks lead to cooler hills. On leaving the low sub-tropical heavily farmed areas, the route follows slow ups and downs. Walking through a patch of forest reaching Tatopani, a place with a natural hot spring, enjoy the refreshing bathing as time permits.

Walk to Khola Besi and then to Dovan, a nice farm village for a short refreshing stop and continue the climb. As the day ends reach a nice moderate size hill village at Jagat for an overnight halt.

At Jagat, with time a short walk around to observe the local cultures, a blend of Hindu and Buddhism religions.

Altitude: 1,660 m / 5,444 ft. (Chisapani) Approx. 05 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge. Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

After a pleasant time at Jagat, from here onwards starts the Restricted Area of Tsum Valley & Upper Manaslu. After Jagat all foreign visitors need to obtain a special permit to enter Tsum Valley & Upper Manaslu.

The walk leads to climbing and then crossing a bridge to Nagjet and Philim villages, a lovely farm area. As route leads past the neatly tended farm terraces reaching a cool shade of the forest on reaching Deng. From here onwards into strong Buddhism culture, as walk follows higher area, past Deng. Slowly the long day trek comes to an end on reaching at a small farm village of Chisapani for an overnight stop.

Altitude: 2,380 m/ 7,806 feet. Approx. 06 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse. Includes: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

From here onwards entering the hidden valley of Tsum, morning walk to a narrow river gorge. Leads to a short descent, and then with steep up reaching a forested path lined with rhododendron and pine trees. The walk continues past smaller farm villages. Then to a gradual uphill as walk heads east above a stream then reaching at first village of Tsum in Chumling overnight halt.

Altitude: 2,380 m/ 7,806 feet. Approx. 05 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse. Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner

After first overnight around Tsum region, having breakfast morning walk leads
further east. Adventure continues through cultivated farm terraces villages facing
views of Ganesh, Sringi and Manaslu Himal. Walk then heads downhill to cross a
bridge above Smatiking Khola / stream to reach at Chokan-Paro for overnight
stop. A nice moderate traditional farm village facing views of stunning landscapes with snow-capped peaks.

Enjoy the afternoon exploring the village of strong Buddhism culture and custom
adorned with prayer monuments.

Altitude: 3,361 m / 11,058 feet. Approx. 5 hours walks.
Overnight at Guesthouse / local lodge.
Meal Included: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Start the morning overlooking great scenery of dramatic landscapes, after a
pleasant overnight. From this nice village walk leads closer to our main highlight
destination around Tsum Valley towards Nile and Mu Gompa. Following on
windswept terrain, then reaching into a wide open scenic valley.

From here into dry, arid landscapes similar like Tibetan terrains, where green
vegetation and tall trees fades for smaller juniper bush. Walk continues along
with grand views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal.

Finally the long day walk completes reaching Nile for overnight stop in a nice
simple lodge. Probably the best overnight accommodation and food provided
around Tsum area, due high and harsh conditions.

Altitude: 3,700 m/ 12,174 feet. Approx. 04 hours.
Overnight at Guesthouse. Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Enjoying a pleasant time and overnight in Nile village, morning from Nile a short
day hike to Mu Gompa. Reaching our final destination at the end of Tsum Valley
morning walk leads with gradual climb on a dry windswept terrain.

As walk continues facing dramatic scenery of surrounding beautiful landscapes
and of snow peaks. After hours of exciting trek, then finally ending the walk on
reaching Mu Gompa the highest spot of the trip. Having rest then transfer to a
simple huts, which serves as a guest house for overnight stop.

Apart from basic accommodation and facilities, the surrounding scenery is
Impressive, overlooking views of Ganesh Himal and array of peaks.

Altitude: 3,700 m/ 12,174 feet. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

After a continues walks of several days, enjoy a free rest day in Mu Gompa on the
highest spot of the adventure. Tour of the oldest monastery around Tsum Valley,
the interior of the Mu Gompa treasures valuable ancient relics and idols.

Observe the statue of Lord Buddha and idols of famous saints and Gurus with
vibrant religious paintings. Explore around Mu Gompa the highest and remote
part of Tsum Valley. Interested people can take a short visit of Dhephu Doma
Gompa, a nunnery.

Altitude: 3,245 m / 10,644 feet at Burgi. Approx. 05 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse. Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

On reaching the main highlight of the adventure, after a pleasant overnight stop at Mu Gompa for two nights. Return journey leads further from Nile to a small farm village of Burgi, before reaching Burgi. Enjoy a side trip to an interesting cave of 11th saint and guru Millerepa of Tibet, who stayed here for mediation.

Millerepa a renowned Buddhist saint lived his whole life as a hermit meditating and staying in caves.

From this tranquil and interesting spot head downhill to and uphill to Burgi small village for overnight halt.

Altitude: 2,386 m / 7,827 feet. Approx. 05 hours.
Overnight at Guesthouse. Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

After an exciting visit of Mu Gompa, Nile and Burgi villages walk towards Chumling, return route heading south to cross a bridge on the west bank.

Walk leads through Chokan Paro, and then downhill to join the main trail at Chumling for last overnight stop around Tsum Valley area.

Altitude: 1,570 m / 5,103 feet. Approx. 05 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse. Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Morning walk to Lokpa and then downhill to Philim nice farm village, the route leads to gradual ups and down. Then reaching on the main trail of Manaslu trail as walk continues heading further down leaving Tsum valley area.

The trail follows past Deng then at Philim village for an overnight stop, where the climate is mild. A lovely spread out village with neat tended farm terraces.

Altitude: 970 m / 3, 182 feet. Approx. 5 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse. Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

From Philim down to Jagat village for possible lunch stop, after a refreshing break walk continues on downhill. As altitude drops along with change of vegetation and landscapes, reaching warmer low farm areas at Kholabesi. A small farm village for overnight stop, before ending our walk at Soti-Khola.

Altitude: 700 m /2,962 feet. Approx. 06 hours walks. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Includes: Breakfast. Lunch & Dinner.

Enjoy the last day walk of the adventure, as route leads into a cool shade of forest
to Tatopani. A place with natural hot-spring, time permitting enjoy the hot bathe
relaxing the muscles after a long downhill walk.

From Tatopani another few hours of pleasant walk to Soti-Khola for last overnight
in the comfort of a nice simple lodge.

Altitude: 1,350 m / 4,428 feet at Kathmandu. Includes breakfast and lunch.
Drive approx. 07 hour sharing jeep or Bus. Overnight in Hotel at Kathmandu.

Final day around the Himalayan remote farm villages of Gorkha district, leaving Soti-Khola, after breakfast. Depending upon the size of a group and types of vehicles. A long overland journey but interesting on winding road through farm areas of Gorkha and Dhading districts. As drive leads past Arughat towns and farm village and then joining the main Kathmandu highway.

Drive continuers with last uphill on the outskirt of Kathmandu valley, then finally reaching Kathmandu city and back to your hotel. Arriving by late afternoon or evening time. After a most mesmerizing adventure of a lifetime experience on Tsum Valley Trek.

Meal Included: Breakfast Only.

Last day in Kathmandu and Nepal, after a great memorable adventure around Tsum Valley Trek. Our staff transfer you to the international airport terminal, and then bidding farewell to the guide and staff. As you head for the smooth flight homeward bound.

INClUSIONS

Includes

  • Airport pick up, drop by private vehicles.
  • 03 night’s standard twin- sharing accommodation in a 3 starts hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 15 nights twin sharing accommodation during trek.
  • Guided sightseeing tours with private vehicle in Kathmandu. (Entrance Fee Extra)
  • Local Transportation Jeep/ Bus Kathmandu –Soti Khola & returning back to Kathmandu.
  • (If you want both ways private vehicle also available on additional cost).
  • Three meals a day, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Tea/ Coffee in during the meals time.
  • MACP & Tsum valley special permit as well.
  • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly license holder guide. Porter. His food, accommodation, salary, equipment and accident insurance for all staff.
  • Welcoming Dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant with culture performance.
  • Four seasonal sleeping bag. (if necessary)
  • Company Duffle Bag, T- shirt.
  • A self-sufficient medical first aid Kit containing vital medications.
  • Company branded 01 water bottle.
  • Local taxes.

Excludes

  • All kind of beverage.
  • Dinner and Lunch in Kathmandu.
  • Porter Service, Do you need a porter? Ask to our trek expert.
  • Personal travel and health insurance, insurance for helicopter evacuation.
  • Tipping to staffs.
  • Personal mountaineering gears
  • Optional trips if extended
  • International airfare.
  • • Visa fee, you obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu.
  • • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out our control.

Tsum Valley Trek total duration of 17 nights and 18 days, a flexible itinerary leaving rooms for acclimatization and climb preparations. Especially walking at high altitudes, where trekkers should be in perfect physical fitness with sound health.

Some days are tough and tiring going over uphill and downhill.
We have set and planned this program for all types of people who are interested for an adventure. Trekking around remote areas of Himalayas and can cover a long-distance walk in good time. Most lodges on the route are simple and basic, with a common bathroom and toilets.

The meals are served according to the menu list of foods available seasonal-wise, meat products are quite rare. Due to Buddhism religion where raw and fresh meats are not available. Even though if available will be old and stale, and not fit for a hygienic reason, however, all foods are cooked in a healthy manner and hygienic.

Drinking waters are available in each lodge, which is boiled and filtered and safe for drinking. Bottled water is available, we do encourage plastic bottled water as it created waste and garbage. As we are committed to Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism, one can buy only in emergency situations.

Best Seasons:

The best seasons for Tsum Valley Trekking are in spring and autumn, spring begins from March to May. Autumn starts from September to November, and the spring season with longer days due to much sunlight hours.

Days are mostly bright with sunshine for clear views and pleasant walking can get cloudy in the late afternoon. Chances of light rains and snowfall around higher elevations sometimes, and the temperature drops in the early morning and night times.

During springtime, the hills are bright with wildflowers in bloom especially the rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal.

The next best season is autumn from September to November, days are much clear for views and walks. But days are much short due to sunlight hours, pleasant and peak times for trekking around the Himalayas.

Much colder morning and late afternoon till night time, chances of snowfall on higher elevation sometimes.

Culture, Religion & History:

The lower warm areas of the Gorkha district are populated with mixed tribes of hill people. Gurung, Magar, Hindu Bharamins, Chettries, and Newars with some Bhot migrated from high Manaslu and Tsum areas.

The culture and religions are mixed with Hinduism and Buddhism around low land to mid-hills till Jagat and Philim villages.

But from Jagat village onwards the native of high Tsum valley, interwoven to strong Buddhism religion. Follows the ancient heritage and culture similar to its Tibetan predecessor, as the border to Tibet is at a mere distance.

The people of higher Tsum Valley are known as the Bhotia or Tsumbas people, which means descendent from Tibet. Most villages around higher areas of Tsum Valley have monasteries, with rows of prayer walls and spinning wheels.

Tsum Valley is also an ancient Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route between Nepal and Tibet.

Tsum valley was closed to outside visitors till it was opened in 2008 onwards. Trekkers can enter and enjoy the walk around Tsum Valley, by obtaining a special permit, as Tsum Valley is a restricted region.

Due to its close border with Tibet / China, as well as to control the main flow of trekkers. As well to retain and preserve the country’s pristine environment, the area is under the protection of the Manaslu Conservation Area Project.

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  1. A Great Tsum Valley Trek
    (4 months ago)
    I joined MCT Team for Tsum Valley Trek before the Pandemic or Covid-19 few years ago. My trekking experience was delightful. From accommodations to meals and transportation, all were well organized. Every necessary things was well arranged. I am coming for another great adventure next year and certainly going to choose MCT Team. Thanks for everything!
    Paul Sanders
    from United States (US)

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