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Tsum Valley Trekking

around least explored valley of happiness in between Ganesh Himal and Manaslu mountains

Trip Summary

Trip Mode
On Tea House / Lodge
Trek Grade
Moderate to Adventurous
Highest altitude gain
3,700 meters in Mu Gompa.
Trekking duration
16 nights & 17 days
Total Trip
17 nights & 18 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)
March to June and September to November

Trip Highlights

  • Around hidden valley of happiness called as Tsum in Tibetan / local language,
  • Located between Ganesh Himal and world 8th highest Mt. Manaslu,
  • Starting from warm sub-tropical - alpine to arctic climate at above Tsum villages,
  • Exploring hidden treasure of old Tibetan Buddhist culture,
  • Remote villages, interesting old monasteries in the backdrop of mountains.

Trip Overview

Tsum Valley Trekking Adventure in the hidden pockets of Nepal’s North Mid-West Himalaya, a fascinating journey to Tsum Valley meaning valley of Happiness or “Beyul Kyimolung” in local and Tibetan language

Tsum Valley Trekking with View Nepal trek and its team of guide leads you to experience old Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition as it was in past centuries.

Tsum Valley hidden in a remote and isolated region between massive Manaslu and Ganesh Himal mountain range which also touches the border of Tibet.

On this adventure beside unique scenery of mountains and landscapes you will be engrossed with interesting culture as the walk leads through traditional farm villages of Jagat, Dyang, Chumling, Chokhangparo and towards Nile 3,361m with a visit of Milereppa cave (famous 11th C Tibetan Buddhist saint and tantric) walk finally reach at Mu Gompa 3,700 m the highest spot of this journey.

This mystical journey concludes with a drive back to Kathmandu after a memorable experience and enjoyable adventure around Tsum valley trekking.

Tsum Valley Trekking Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Soti Khola 730 m via Arughat 600m – 07 hrs.

Day 03: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m – 06 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Jagat 1,410m – 06 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Dyang 1,800 m – 06 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hours.

Day 07: Trek to Chokhangparo 3,010 m – 05 hours.

Day 08: Trek to Nile 3,361m through Milarepa cave – 07 hours.

Day 09: Trek to Mu Gomba 3,700 m – 04 hours.

Day 10: Rest day at Mu Gomba to explore the local village and monastery.

Day 11: Trek to Rachen Gomba 3,240 m – 05 hours.

Day 12: Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m – 06 hours.

Day 13: Trek to Philim 1,590 m – 07 hours.

Day 14: Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring) – 06 hours.

Day 15: Trek to Soti-Khola 7, 30 m – 06 hours.

Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu for individual activities.

Day 18: International departure homeward bound.

Cost Includes / Excludes

Cost Includes

  1. All arrival and departure transportation airport / hotel / airport.
  2. Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotels on bed / breakfast basis. (Single room supplement at extra cost if required)
  3. Sightseeing tour (if mentioned and added in the itinerary) or as optional.
  4. Full board trek on lodge basis includes (B-L-D) on twin sharing accommodation (Single room supplement at extra cost if required where available).
  5. Full board trekking if camping includes (B-L-D) on twin sharing accommodation (Single tents supplement at extra cost if required). Include separate kitchen unit with cook-kitchen staff accompanied by guides and porters.
  6. Applicable TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) and Manaslu or Annapurna Area Conservation and Special Permit for Manaslu Area.
  7. Service of trekking guides / porters and other field staff with daily wages-medical insurance, meals and transportation allowance.
  8. Welcome dinner in Kathmandu at authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural programs.
  9. Down jackets-sleeping bags (with inner linear) and comprehensive medical kits.
  10. Transportation on Private Vehicle before and after trek with trips briefing with full information and reconfirmation of your international air tickets also.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Visa-International airfare-personal travel / medical insurance.
  • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu, gratitude (tips) hard / soft drinks including tea-coffee etc throughout the trip.
  • Personal trekking gear and medical kit.
  • Emergency evacuation by any means of transportation including Heli services and personal medical kit.
  • Early return from the trip due to personal / medical problem in this case clients should bear his / her own expenses on return from trek and in Kathmandu including expenses of accompanying guide / porters.

Tsum Valley Trekking Detail Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our staff who will transfer you to respective hotels around Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed from jet lag, View Nepal guide / leader will brief on Tsum Valeey Trek including hotels, lodge on route with evening welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese environment.

Starting this wonderful journey to Tsum Valley with morning drive on the main road for few hours, and then over Trisuli River to reach at Dhading Besi, a hill town, from here on the dirt / rough road to Arughat bazaar.

From here transfer to another vehicle taking a rough drive on dirt road to Soti Khola passing several villages and farm areas, with views of Mt. Manaslu driving ups and downs till Soti Khola is reached for overnight stop.

From this village, first day walk starts on a good trail following Buri Gandaki River, passing farm land and villages, and then crossing a bridge over Nuali khola with nice views of waterfalls.

Walk leads on neat stone steps with another bridge to cross to reach Machha-Khola for overnight stop, this village named as Machha- Khola which means a Fish streams.

Morning walk follows Buri-Gandaki River upstream, to Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding trail to Tatopani “Hot Spring”. At Tatopani time permitting enjoy the refreshing hot bathe, after a fine stop walk carries on passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages, following Buri Gandaki River to Jagat village after crossing a short suspension bridge. Jagat a nice village with lodge, shops and stores that makes this village important for travelers to stop for overnight.

From Jagat continue walk to higher area still following Buri Gandkai River, coming across small farm village of Sidibas Bazaar, a lovely neat village with rest here a short climb and downhill to cross a suspension bridge to reach at Nagjet. From here climb up to Philim, this is quite a large village with scattered farm houses, after Philim trek onwards through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then climb a rocky ridge top into bamboo forest to our overnight stop at Dyang village.

At Dyang ending Manaslu route, from here onward on the hidden trail to Tsum mystical valley as the walk enters narrow gorge. Journey continues with an hour uphill into rhododendron and pine tree forest reaching a small village at Lokpa.

After a short break, walk leads to cross a bridge over Lungwa Khola and then on the path towards Chumling village for overnight stop, first day at Tsum Valley area.

From here feel the clean fresh mountain air as the altitude gains slowly, reaching around Tsum area with views of snowcapped mountains and landscape similar to Tibetan windswept plateau.

Morning trek leads downhill to cross a suspension bridge and then to Smatiking Khola, overlooking fantastic views of Ganesh Himal (Yangra) at 7,422 m, a slow and steady walk reaches our overnight stop at Chokhangparo village.

After a pleasant overnight at Chokangparo walk leads to upper Tsum area at Nile (Ne-lay), on the open valley into a dry and arid country, with few surviving trees of juniper and pines. Continue walk uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal range, after a good walk reaching at Nile with a visit of 11th centaury Saint Milarepa meditation Cave, who was a poet, singer and a tantric guru his folktales and songs are still remembered by Tibetans, Nomads and farmers to this day.

Morning walk starts towards highest point of this trek at Mu Gomba our main destination, climb uphill in high and dry barren terrain with views of snowcapped peaks towards North, East and West, after a good day walk reaching at Mu Gomba for overnight stop.

A leisure or free day at Mu Gomba for local exploration around villages and to interact with the locals, people of Tsum hardly see western trekking visiting this area, tour of old Mu Gomba which houses antique scrolls, statue and relics. This is one of the most famed and important monastery of Tsum and Manaslu region.

After an enjoyable time in high Tsum area and at Mu Gomba return journey leads to another interesting monastery of Rachen Gomba. Walk on gradual path, with short climbs and downhill enjoying the views of mountain range and passing cattle herder’s shades and finally at Rachen Gomba for overnight stop, here visit the old monastery of Rachen.

Today last day around Tsum valley area, morning walk descend to Chumling village, on the same earlier route passing farm houses and back into woodlands of rich vegetation.

After downhill walk of 5-6 hours reaching at Chumling village for last overnight stop in Tsum area.

Morning walk leads to a descend through a gorge and then climb to Ekalai Bhatti or Dyang and towards Buri Gandaki River, after a steep climb to the ridge top, heading downhill passing many farm villages and farm fields and then back into thick forest as the walk leads further down to Philim village for overnight stop.

From Philim onward, using the same route to Soti-Khola with long descend on stone steps to Buri-Gandaki River, after hours of good walk reaching hot spring of Tatopani for overnight stop, with time for refreshing bathe in the hot spring.

After nice refreshing time at Tatopani, retracing journey back to Soti-Khola passing many farm villages and past Machh-Khola and the follow raging Buri Gandaki to Soti-Khola for overnight stop.

Morning drive back to Kathmandu leading past Buri Gandaki reaching at Dhadingbesi and towards Trisuli River, after Trisuli River on the main busy highway to Kathmandu for another 3-4 hours to Kathmandu, at Kathmandu transfer to your hotels with afternoon free.

A free or leisure day in Kathmandu for own individual activities and souvenirs shopping, for interested people one can book for sightseeing tours around Kathmandu-Bhaktapur and Patan cities at places of interest, as Nepal is steeped with historical and World Heritage Sites.

Last day in Nepal with wonderful experience trekking Tsum Valley, as per your flight time View Nepal Treks staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.

Trip Reviews

  • Amazing experience with View Nepal Treks View Nepal Treks Clients

    We had an amazing experience with View Nepal Treks & Expedition.We found this company through searching in internet and started to communicate with Mr. Bhupendra, He was so helpful and answer our questions without any hasitation and finally booked our Nepal trip and travel with them. He arranged a great guide with excellent English with full information and I enjoyed the flexibility in my trip. In our trip The guesthouses and hotels chosen were all comfortable and the food was always fresh and good. The communication was great, and we were well taken care of Pick up, flights etc, which was  always on time. Also I was lucky to have met so many other inspiring people on the track which was a extra bonus. The highlight was the guide and staff were always happy to help us with a smile as  a close friend. We enjoyed the travel in Nepal Himalayas a lot and feel easy when I am in the mountains. Thank you Mr.Bhupendra for making my trip so special which I Never forget, hope to see you again soon.
    Anna & Herma
    The Netherlands

    Review submitted -December 11, 2016
  • Trekking in Manaslu! Manaslu trekkers

    Trekking in Nepal with View Nepal Treks!!

    Around Manaslu trekking & Larkya-la is more of an exploration than just trekking, leading you to experience a memorable, wonderful and enjoyable adventure.

    Martin , USA Review submitted -December 4, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

This journey starts with moderate walk uphill and downhill, includes few gradual path involves high altitude above from 2,000 m to 3,800 meters high, as altitude wise it is one of the safest trek without problem of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Our itinerary set with rest day for proper acclimatization.
This trek leads from warm sub-tropical climate to cooler temperatures as the walk progress above 2,000 meters, with mild alpine climate with morning and night time cooler but the day is bright and sunny sometimes the afternoon can get windy with wind-chill factor. Can be cold as season wise, autumn and winter months can get cold above 3,000 m with strong UV. In spring and summer above ,3000 m with 15°-18° C average and minimum of 0° to 5° C, autumn / winter day time 15°-16° C and can get below -5° C during morn / night time.
One of the safest trekking despite high mountains, chance of altitude getting AMS is bare minimum, starting with slow moderate walk with rest day in between for acclimatization. If some people get sick with other problem or diarrhea which is normal due to change of foods, air and environment, we do carry medical kit on every trek as our guide have enough medical experience, they will advice what is best and in case of serious illness and accidents, emergency evacuation is necessary by any means of transport including helicopter service to reach nearest hospital.
Normally Satellite and local Cell phone works, when deep gorge and valley like in the river valley and forested area, it won’t work properly, in case if your cell does not work there are few villages with facilities of Landlines (STD /ISTD) available along every lodge on route.
On leaving Kathmandu starting from Soti-Khola for overnight, the lodges are simple with rooms to accommodate 2 people in a room, however if one requires private / single room can be arranged at extra cost. The rooms in most places are simple and basic but nice, cozy with warm dining rooms, hot / cold shower available in some lodges with clean toilet facilities. Foods varies to seasonal vegetables, it is better to stick with vegetarian meals rather than fresh meat products for safe and hygiene wise this is way avoids medical problem on trek, however eggs items are ok. Breakfast of cereal, porridge, corn flakes with milk, eggs (variation as per your choice) and toast, Tibetan bread, pancakes. Lunch simple bread with mild vegetable curry and salad with seasonal fruits, dinner Nepali Dal-Bhat (boiled rice-lintel soup with vegetable) Chinese Fried veg / egg noodles, pasta, Indian Pilau rice, chappati (bread) for birthday and anniversary please let us know in advance so that we can order the lodge to bake cakes on special request.

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