Tsum Valley Trek

Duration: 18 Days
Price: US $1098
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Grade Strenuous
  • ActivityTeahouse Trekking
  • TransportationPublic Vehicle
  • AccomodationLodge to lodge
  • Min Person2
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Tsum means "The Valley of Vivid". The valley occupies an area of about 1662 square kilo meters. To get to the Tsum Valley it requires 4-6 days hiking from Arughat, nearby town which is 7-8 hours drive from Kathmandu. Tsum Valley has long history of Buddhit Saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in this sacred valley surrounded by giant rocks and mountains. During his travel over the 84 years he had meditated in Piren Phu. Milarepa,born in 1052 AD. It is believed the Milarepa went to a woman's house as a beggar but the old woman from Burji Village did not know that it was great saint and she treated badly by giving him a gait a piece of buck wheat bread later her half of her field became barren. Even today, amidst the fertile land of Burji, there is small plot that remains barren.

As the area is Non-Violence, people are peace loving and religious in Tsum Valley. They give equal right to even animal and all the sentient beings. This is one of the most unique identities of Tsum Valley. Tsum Valley's practices towards non-violence gives an important message of peace of global community for better world. The people from Tsum Valley are called Tsumba and they never slaughter animals not even as sacrifice to the God's customary in many parts of the world. You will witness the real and ideal Tibetan Buddhist culture is still very predominant in Tsum and the scenery is just gorgeous, with beautiful forests and countryside, with Ganesh Himal soaring high above the valley.

Many people combine the Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek, also starting in Arughat Bazaar and ending in Besisahar, some people still combine Annapurna circuit with this trek and trekking itinerary will be some 27-35 days long depending on your time and interest. You can already catch a jeep further north from Dharapani onwards. Others proceed back to Arugath the same way, a circuit is not possible. If you You start low, walking through green countryside, and passing small Hindu villages. You enter the Tsum Valley going right from the main trail and you soon enter a beautiful forest with pines and rhododendrons, heading eastwards, the valley opens up to reveal a beautiful countryside and small Tibetan-style villages.

Trip Highlights of Tsum Valley Trek

  • Tsum Valley Trek rewards an off the beaten and wilderness quality trekking experience where people you will meet, with their unique culture.
  • Tsum valley until this date has closely guarded its distinct and natural treasures of clear streams, teeming vegetation, towering mountains, cascading waterfalls. 
  • Centuries old lifestyle that they still follow, and ancient relics, religious monuments, Buddhist monasteries, chhorten, stupas and mani walls
  • The region is still less exposed in comparison to other touristy areas, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths in comparison to the more popular regions.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Join Kathmandu (1360m),
  • Day 02: Get permits, preparation or sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Day 03: Drive to Soti Khola (710m) from Kathmandu; 7-8 hours drive.
  • Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola (887m); 6 hrs walk.
  • Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1345m) 6-7 hrs walk.
  • Day 06: Trek to Lakpa (2240m), 6 hrs walk.
  • Day 07: Trek Chumling (2386m) (Lower Tsum); 4-5 hrs walk.
  • Day 08: Trek to Chhokangparo (3031m), 4-5 hrs walk.
  • Day 09: Trek to Nile (3347m) via Milarepa Cave, 5-6 hrs walk.
  • Day 10: Excursion Mu Gompa (3700 m) and Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m) 5-6 hrs. walk.
  • Day 11: Trek to Chhekamparo (3031m), 4-5 hrs walk.
  • Day 12: Trek to Gumpa Lungdang (3200m), 6 hrs walk.
  • Day 13: Ganesh Himal Base Hike
  • Day 14: Trek to Lokpa, 6-7 hrs. walk.
  • Day 15: Trek to Jagat, 6-7 hrs walk.
  • Day 16: Trek to Lapubesi 6-7 hrs walk.
  • Day 17: Trek to Arughat, approximately 6-7 hrs walk.
  • Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu from Arughat, 7-8 hrs drive.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 :Join Kathmandu (1360m), Flying to Kathmandu is thrilling with the views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost delighted, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time.I will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. I will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities. No Meals included.
  • Day 02 :Get permits, preparation or sightseeing in Kathmandu Today; it is rest day, or preparation. We get permits and arrange rest of things for our trek to Annapurna Circuit, you have choice for a guided tour to some of the most chronological and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Boudhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we get our equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants. If you would like to; we can remove day 02 in Kathmandu but we recommend you to spend your second day considering acclimatization, Kathmandu is 1350m from sea level. Overnight in Kathmandu. Overnight stay in Kathmandu. Meals included: Breakfast.
  • Day 03 :Drive to Soti Khola (710m) from Kathmandu; 7-8 hours drive. A 7 hour's drive from Kathmandu into the western mountains takes us to Arughat via Dhadingbesi, headquarter of the Dhading district. Through the dirt road from Dhadingbesi viewing the greenery hills we reach Arughat, Arughat is a major town in the region and is divided in two parts with the Budhi Gandaki river flowing between them. We still continue to Soti Khola, our trek start point. Overnight at Soti Khola in trekking lodge. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 04 :Trek to Machha Khola (887m); 6 hrs walk. Cross the bridge and trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. Climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Drop to the sandy river bed and walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Overnight at Machha Khola. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 05 :Trek to Jagat (1345m) 6-7 hrs walk. The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, then reaches Khorlabesi. After a few more ups & downs there is a small trailside hotspring, from where we reach to Tatopani. From the Hot spring we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Dobhan Khola, the trail climbs on a rugged trail to Duman. Ascending up again to the Budhi Gandaki, we reach at Yaru Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Cross to the west bank of the budhi gandaki, climb over a ridge, and trek along the river then climb towards the village of Jagat. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 06 : Trek to Lakpa (2240m), 6 hrs walk. After completing with the ACAP procedure, we climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large gurung village. Philim valley is well known for Japanese made school and police station. Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley and walk up north from Gum Pul we reach Lokpa. Overnight at Lokpa. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 07 :Trek Chumling (2386m) (Lower Tsum); 4-5 hrs walk. From Lokpa the trail descend half an hour towards Lungwa khola and climbing jick jack difficult trail further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons we reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling, lower Tsum, from where we can view Shringi Himal. Visit the old Chumling gompa, and the stone streets of the village. Stay overnight in Lokpa. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 08 :Trek to Chhokangparo (3031m), 4-5 hrs walk. Cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village. Another continues 2 hours climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting; enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at7140m. Overnight at Chokhangparo. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 09 :Trek to Nile (3347m) via Milarepa Cave, 5-6 hrs walk. We trek through the villages of Ngakyu. Leru, Lama Gaun today. We will visit a cave and pay homage. It is believed that saint Milarepa had meditated here in the cave; (admission fee to visit the cave was NPR 300/U$3) the cave is also known as Piren Phu meaning “Pigeon cave. We continue passing Burji, Phurbe and Pangdun villages, there is magnificent big Buddhist Stups is sighted on the way to Chhule and Nile. Stay overnight in Nile. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 10 : Excursion Mu Gompa (3700 m) and Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m) 5-6 hrs. walk. We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. Then after, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa. After exploring the Mu Gompa area. Stay overnight in Nile. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 11 :Trek to Chhekamparo (3031m), 4-5 hrs walk. Today it is a easy walk to Chhekamparo from Nile. We trek passing through Lar Village visit the Rachen Gompa, which is also well known as Nunnery Gompa too, cross over a suspension bridge and trek to Chhekamparo via same trail back. Stay overnight in Chhekamparo, Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 12 :Trek to Gumpa Lungdang (3200m), 6 hrs walk. The trail drops down from Chhekamparo to Gho and then cross Dumje Bridge. We can visit a Amchi, a Tibetan Traditional clinic and there. There is a nun; teaches some 10-21 young nun and runs small Amchi. She welcomes the visitor by Tibetan tea, we walk up about 2-3 hours that takes us to Gumba Lungdang, there basic shelter and meals is provided by monastery. Wilderness Excursion will provide tent and extra meal our clients visitng Gumba Lungdang. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 13 :Ganesh Himal Base Hike After breakfast, pack your day sack loaded with water, napkins, snacks, camera and toiletries we set off for Ganesh Himal Base Camp excursion for this day. This day hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp takes whole day (6-7 hours). We stay overnight in camp.
  • Day 14 :Trek to Lokpa, 6-7 hrs. walk. We trek to Lokpa today via Ripchet village, walk down to Dunje from Gumba Lungdang and walk through the pine forest and reaching Ripchet and trail goes down steeply and retrace the same way back to Lokpa. Stay overnight in Lokla. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 15 :Trek to Jagat, 6-7 hrs walk. Today, after breakfast at Lokpa, we walk down to Jagat. The trail goes down to Ghumpul through the pine and rhododendron forest and join to the main Manaslu trail again, We continue walk passin through Eklai Bhatti, Philim, crossing Buddhi Gandaki before reaching Sirdibas and finally to Jagat. Stay overnight in Jagat. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Meals in
  • Day 16 :Trek to Lapubesi 6-7 hrs walk. From Jagat, the trail goes down to Bagar after walking some 15 minutes then cross the suspension bridge and walk through cantilever bridge that was built after the Nepal earthquake that hit country so badly and cause famous Manaslu trekking trail damage. Contune the jouney via Dovan, Tatopani (hot spring), Khorlabesi and finally I stay overnight in Lapubesi. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 17 :Trek to Arughat, approximately 6-7 hrs walk. Today, it is last day of our trekking in Tsum Valley. We walk to Arughat from Lapu Besi. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Day 18 :Drive to Kathmandu from Arughat, 7-8 hrs drive. We drive to Kathmandu by local bus. There is no tourist bus available at Arughat. Wilderness Excursion can arrange 4WD private jeep that is more comfortable and safer drive if you would not like local bus that is overloaded sometimes, playing non-stop music. .A farewell dinner is organized by Wilderness Excursion in one of the authentic Nepalese restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu. Meals included: Dinner

Cost Includes

  • All airport shuttles by private car or van as per group size.
  • 3 Nights deluxe room in 3 star category hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast basis on double occupancy basis.
  • An experienced, registered, English speaking friendly local trekking guide.
  • Assistant guide to take care of the group and porters as per group size.
  • Porters to carry your main pack (weight limit 25kg/porter.
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Local bus transfer for Kathmandu - Soti Khola - Kathmandu. 
  • Lodge and home stay accommodation during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation salary of the guide and porters.
  • All necessary Tsum Valley trekking permits.
  • Office service charge, government tax and vat etc.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porter.

Cost Excludes

  • Hard drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water, laundry service and toiletries.
  • Meals and guided sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Hot shower, hot water, internet, phone calls and personal nature expenses.
  • Personal travel insurance, Nepal visa, international air ticket laundry services.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency, hiring horse and extra porter.
  • Advance deposit transfer fee to book your trek.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide and porter. (Tipping is not mandatory but only expected by your guide and porter).

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Trip Note

The given cost are per person and exclude international flights. Given below are the departure dates available for online booking. If the given date is not favorable then please contact us and we will happily customize your trip on dates more appropriate for you.

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