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Trip Type:
Lodge/Teahouse

Grade:
Strenuous

Altitude:
5,390 m

Transportation:
Land

Best Season:
Spring and Autumn

Group Size:
1+
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Tsum Valley is one of the few unexplored trekking routes in the Himalayas, lying close to Tibet. Referred to as ‘Beyul Kyimolung’, or the ‘holy hidden valley of happiness’, it is one of the most sacred Buddhist places in the Himalayan region. Tsum Valley was opened for trekking as recent as 2007.

Tsum is a name derived from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means ‘vivid’ or ‘lively’. History has it that Tsum was once part of thirteen provinces called ‘Tsum Tso Chucksums’. The people of Tsum Valley are called Tsum who practice Buddhism.

In fact Buddhism began to flourish in the area with the arrival of Guru Padmasambhava (Saint Milarepa) who is said to have meditated in surrounding caves. The relics of those eras can still be found in the region including numerous ancient chortens, maniwalls and monasteries or gumbas. Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba are perhaps the most important Gumbas in the region with thriving communities of monks and nuns. A visit to famous Kyimu Lung, a center of learning and meditation, is another attraction.

The trekking in Tsum Valley offers crystal clear views of Manaslu, Sringi and Ganesh Himal ranges. The highest point of the trek is Ngula Dhojhyang Pass at 5093m.
Among unique tradition of the Tsum Valley is the polyandry system, an ancient practice by locals, along with traditional festivals such as Lhosar, Dhachyhang, Saka Dawa and Faning.

The valley’s alpine landscape and unique ecosystem supports a varied wildlife including Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep. Tsum Valley is also considered a home to the legendary and elusive Yetis. The region is a storehouse of precious herbs and medicinal plants that have been used by Himalayan people for centuries.

Trekking in Tsum Valley is feasible throughout the year and can be done for different duration. We have professional trekking staffs who come from the area and possess thorough knowledge about the local culture, customs and nature.

Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition has been organizing trekking in the Himalayas since 1990. Our professional trekking guides and staffs can help you design customized packages depending on your budget, interests and time frame.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (730m.) via Arughat (570m.) takes about 7 hours. 

Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m) takes about 6 hours. 

Day 03: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m.) takes about 7 hours. 

Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa/Lukuwa (2240m.) takes about 6 hours. 

Day 05: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (2385m) takes about 5 hours. 

Day 06: Trek from Chumling to Chhokang Paro (3030m) takes about 5 hours. 

Day 07: Trek from Chhokang Paro (3030m) to Nile (3361m) takes about 7 hours. 

Day 08: Trek from Nile (3360m) to Mu Gumba (3705m), takes about 3 hours. 

Day 09: Trek from Mu Gumba to Chhokang Paro takes about 7 hours. 

Day 10: Trek from Chhokang Paro to Gumba Lungdang (3542m) takes about 7 hours. 

Day 11: Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Ripchet (2470m) takes 6 hours. 

Day 12: Trek from Ripchet to Philim (1700m) takes 6 hours. 

Day 13: Trek from Philim to Khorlabeshi (930m) takes 6 hours on a completely descending path.

Day 14: Trek from Khorlabeshi to Soti Khola (730m) takes 6 hours. 

Day 15: Drive from Sotikhola to Kathmandu takes 7 hours. 

Day 01: Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (730m.) via Arughat (570m.) takes about 7 hours. 

You drive along well paved road up to Dhading Besi along the bank of Khani Khola, Trishuli River and Thopal Khola. It is a beautiful picturesque journey passing through green hill, flowing stream, farming terraces, villages, small market and mountain views at far distance. Leaving Dhading Besi you continue on a un-graveled road to Soti Khola passing through Arughat Bazaar. Arughat  is an old market situated at the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. Soti Khola is a river on the bank of which is a small settlement featuring few lodges. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m) takes about 6 hours. 

Follow the river bank on a level path passing through jungles, villages and fields. Ever half an hour you will find teashops. The trail features Armala, Liding, Lapubesi and Kani villages before reaching Nyauli Khola where a splendid waterfall exists. The trail is surrounded by high hills on both sides. Maccha Khola is a traditional bazaar famous for local fish dishes. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1350m.) takes about 7 hours. 

The trail follows uphill track alongside Budi Gandaki hemmed in by cliffs on both sides. Within 1hr of walk you will be in small town called Khorlabesi. Tatopani (hotspring) is at a distance of another 1 hour hike from Khorlabesi. Tatopani and Dovan is also separated by another 1 hour of hike. After spending lunch hour in Dovan, we will go gradually up for 2 hrs to be in Yaru. A little ahead of Yaru you will cross around 300m long cantilever bridge which was built right after 2015 earthquake.  From the bridge to Jagat will require almost 1 hour trek. There is a tourist checkpost and Manaslu Conservation Project office in Jagat. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa/Lukuwa (2240m.) takes about 6 hours. 

Leaving Jagat you will find an easy trail to negotiate decorated by a waterfall. In 1hr you will enter beautiful Salleri village followed by Sirdibas. The trail goes via Ghatte khola village to a point where there is a suspension bridge. 20 min uphill walk after the bridge will take you to Philim bazaar, which is the second district headquarters of Gorkha district. From here you will descend for almost 2 hrs to reach Gampul (new bridge) via Chisopnai, a good lunch spot. Leaving bridge you take right turn on an uphill trail to arrive at Lokpa. Lokpa exists in the middle of a jungle. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (2385m) takes about 5 hours. 

With a short time of leaving Lokpa you will reach Syar Khola. From this point onwards, the trail ascends all the way to Chumling and involves climbing a steep Cantilever bridge and stone steps through a jungle path. You will see Ganesh and Boudha Himal ranges from Chumling. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Chumling to Chhokang Paro (3030m) takes about 5 hours. 

Early morning we begin our trek in earnest. The first 2 hours of trek is on a level path and makes it way around fields and houses until Gho. Then we take a steep path on a hill for almost 3 hrs to finally reach Chhokang Paro which offers great views of Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal and Rubinala peaks. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Chhokang Paro (3030m) to Nile (3361m) takes about 5 hours. 

The trail ahead of Chhokang Paro is gradually uphill to Lamagaon. On right side you will spot Ganesh Himal, on your backside is Rubinala peaks and on the left is a sacred spot where Milarepa is said to have meditated and a footprint of Milarepa left behind as he flew away. The trail continues to ascend gradually all the way up to Nile. Stay overnight at lodge/home stay.

Day 08: Trek from Nile (3360m) to Mu Gumba (3705m), takes about 3 hours. 

On both sides of the trail is covered by forested. We will visit a nunnery which is a 1 hr trek and a lake. There is a monks hostel in Mu Gumba which is used as tourist accommodation. Today, we remain very close to the Tibetan border. Stay overnight at Mu Gumba.

Day 09: Trek from Mu Gumba to Chhokang Paro takes about 7 hours. 

From Mu Gomba the trail goes downhill. The views to your left are of Ganesh and Buddha Himal. On the way we will observe Rachen Gomba followed by lunch in Lar. In Lar you can spend 1 hr exploring one of the most popular Rachen Gumba. Another 1.30 hrs trek from here will reach Chhokang Paro. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Chhokang Paro to Gumba Lungdang (3542m) takes about 7 hours. 

Today we will make 2 hrs downhill trek to Gho and then cross Shyar Khola. From there it is a 5 hrs uphill trek to Gumba Lungdang. Stay overnight at in Gumba.

Day 11: Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Ripchet (2470m) takes 6 hours. 

The trail descends for four hours through jungle and hill until you reach Dumje. The path ahead is gradually up for 3 hours to Ripchet. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Ripchet to Philim (1700m) takes 6 hours. 

Again we will be covering a steeply downhill section via Cantilever bridge. It takes around 4 hrs to be in Lokpa where we will have lunch. After lunch we carry on downhill trail for 30 minutes followed by 1.30 hrs uphill journey to Philim. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Trek from Philim to Khorlabeshi (930m) takes 6 hours on a completely descending path. 

You leave the cultivated region around Philim as you descend along the path that follows the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River. At Tatopani you can relax in the warm and rejuvenating waters of the hot spring. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Khorlabeshi to Soti Khola (730m) takes 6 hours. 

This day you pass through some villages. You can enjoy the pristine beauty of the waterfalls on both sides of the river. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 15: Drive from Sotikhola to Kathmandu takes 7 hours. 

This is a picturesque journey. While driving, you head up to Dhading Besi and Malekhu and Malekhu, which is famous for delicious fish. En route, you can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city, Kathmandu.

The price includes the following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • Trekking permits for Tsum Valley
  • Entry permit for Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Trekking Guide/s and Sherpa/s
  • Porter/s (One porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in lodges (tea houses) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking poles if required.
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • Insurance and equipment's for all trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • One farewell dinner with live cultural show at authentic Nepali restaurant
  • Souvenirs (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.) 

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

Tsum Valley Trek

(5/5)

We did the trek to Tsum valley. We had a fantastic time. Thank you so much! Hari is a fantastic guide and made the trip so fun- hiking with us,