Tsum Valley Trek

Price starts from

USD 1490

Meal

Breakfast in Kathmandu & Full meals on a trek

Start & End Point

Kathmandu/Kathmandu

Transportation

Private transport

Accommodations

Hotel and Lodge

Hotel & Lodge

Activity

6-7 hours walking

Max Altitude

3,700m/12,174ft

Distance

91 KM

Trip Grade

Moderate

Best Time

March to June & September to December

Overview

Traveling to the Himalayas is a unique kind of experience one could ever think of. The natural landscapes and the views of this region have never failed to impress the trekkers. But Besides that, what if I tell you that the Himalayas also have hidden valleys which has a deep-rooted connection with their own unique and old culture, religion, and history? It will be a much better experience for the trekkers, won't it? So, to experience such kind of adventure trekkers can set off on the ecstatic trek journey to Tsum Valley which stands as one of the extraordinary treks in the Himalayas.

The Tsum Valley Trek takes you through the hidden and unexplored valleys of Nepal's Manaslu region, which gives travelers a captivating and culturally rich experience. The Tsum Valley is located in the Gorkha district's northern region and mainly, this region is recognized for its long history of Tibetan Buddhism, stunning natural surroundings, and distinctive cultural practices.

On this journey, you will be surrounded by the breathtaking majesty of the Himalayas, including the Ganesh Himal, Himal Chuli, and Sringi Himal ranges. The journey is made more alluring by the diverse flora and fauna, which includes uncommon creatures like the elusive snow leopard.

Another main attraction of the Tsum Valley Trek is the distinctive culture and way of life of the Tsumba people along with their heritages. The Tsumbas belong to the Tibetan descent, and they have long maintained their traditions and ways of life. The Mu Gompa, Rachen Gompa, and Nunnery are some of the historic monasteries and prominent heritages you'll tour on this journey. We go through charming Tibetan-style villages like Chumling, Philim, Nile, and Chhokangparo to get a glimpse of all of these cultural legacies. While passing on from village to village, there is no doubt that you will experience the warm welcome of the locals. Therefore, you will explore the area and discover more about their distinctive farming practices and traditional crafts.

The journey starts from Machha Khola and proceeds along the Budhi Gandaki River, gradually climbing through lush woods, terraced farms, and lovely settlements. As you go farther into the valley, you'll be mesmerized by the striking vistas of snow-capped mountains, especially the magnificent Manaslu which is the eighth-highest peak in the world.

Itinerary

Hello and welcome to Nepal, we are delighted to welcome you on this first day in this beautiful country. You will find one of the representatives in the terminal waiting for you with the name card so that you can recognize us. Following the warm greetings by the representative, you will be then led to one of the most comfortable hotels in the city. After getting ample rest in the hotel, you'll be ready for the briefing at our office. We will go through all the details of our Tsum Valley trek during this brief discussion. You're encouraged to ask any inquiries you might have throughout this discussion.

After clearing out all of the confusion of the trek, we will take you out for the typical Nepali dinner with a Cultural program. Furthermore, we are certain that you are going to enjoy spending time with the staff and other trekkers here. After Having dinner, we'll take you to the hotel so you get to spend the night there.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
1,300m/4,264ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

3 Star Hotel 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Dinner 

Today will be an exciting day for you in a valley. We'll start our day trip to the city right after breakfast. The journey takes you to the main attractions in the Kathmandu Valley, which are all accessible by private car, and will take nearly half a day. We will make special stops at four historic locations that have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites on our trip. The tour's major destinations will include Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You can also opt to visit Patan Durbar Square.

After spending hours sightseeing and enjoying the scenery of these locations, we will return to our office to get ready our clothes, packing list, and gear for tomorrow's trek. You might make any further travel preparations by asking a guide if anything is required to be included. You will be given (hiking boots, a sleeping bag, and a down jacket), but you must return them when the trek is completed. When all the preparation is done, you may relax and enjoy the time in one of the nearby cafes or restaurants. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
1,300m/4,264ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

3 Star Hotel

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast 

Today we will take an early and long drive to Machha Khola from Kathmandu. Our drive will go along the Prithvi Highway surrounded by the hilly landscapes. We will travel from the Dhading District, and passing through there we will begin to catch glimpses of Mountain peaks. Traveling for a couple of hours we will go down to Ankhu Khola and then to Arughat which meets Budhi Gandaki River. Driving through the west direction of the Budi Gandaki river bank, we will arrive at Machha Khola. Overnight at the lodge in Machha Khola.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
870m/2,952ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Luch & Dinner 

Today is the first day of our actual trek journey to Tsum Valley as it follows the trail through several ups and downs. First, you'll start with an uphill climb along the Doban River and head towards the junction of the Budi Gandaki River. We will then follow the path of Sal Forests accompanied by the large river to Thado Khola and then onto the Khorlabesi. Further on the route, you will get to see coffee, Buckwheat, and Tobacco fields on the way to Tatopani. Heading to Taopani, you will soon leave the forested area and you'll enter a narrow gorge. Here you will have lunch and make your final way to Doban where you will be staying overnight.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
1,070m/3,510ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Similarly, as yesterday, you will be heading upwards which will be accompanied by the Dobhan River. You will approach the junction of the Budi Gandaki River. After walking for a while, we will reach Thulo Dhunga. From here, we will cross an old suspension bridge of the Yaru River and head towards Thado Bharyang. The trail then finally climbs to the settlement of Jagat. Here you will have lunch and finally make your way to Philim via Sirdibas village. Overnight at the lodge in Philim.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
1,590m/5,216ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today from Philim we will go upwards from Budi Gandaki valley to Chumling settlement. On the way, you will pass through small paths which will take you to Chisapani village. From here, you will enter the Lower Tsum Valley and continue upwards alongside the River. Passing through several fields you will enjoy the views of the gorgeous Shringi Himal. The trail again descends to Gumlung village and finally, ascends to Chumling village where we will stay overnight.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
2,386m/7,827ft)
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today you will again climb upriver alongside the Shiar village. You may take in the views of the Ganesh Himal from the visible ridge while walking along the trail. Moving forwards you will pass by the Tibetan-styled villages such as Ripchet Village. Shortly here on the path have lunch and then again head towards Ramjam village. Finally going upstream from here along the Serpu Khola, we will reach the Chhokangparo settlement. Overnight at the lodge in Chhokangparo.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
3,030m/9,940ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Since we are going along the river in a broad, flat valley, our trip path is rather simple today. While walking along the path, we will pass through Piren Phu, one of the region's holiest caves. It is said that Saint Named Milerpa had done his meditation in this cave. Further, we will continue our journey by passing through Burji, Phurbe, and Pangdun villages and encountering several Buddhist stupas before arriving on the Nile. Overnight at the lodge in the Nile.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
3,361m/11,058ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch  & Dinner 

After a long trekking journey, we are now close to the Tibetian border. For the scenic views of Tibet, we will move on to the western side of the valley. Shortly after we will also climb the Mu Gompa (the largest monastery in the region at the highest altitude). From here, you can enjoy the sights of the Yak Pastures which encircle the Gompa in a very charming way. You will also get to see the fabulous views of Longnang Glacier from this spot. Along with it, we will also explore Dhephu Doma Gompa (the oldest monastery in the region). After fully exploring the area, we hike down to Mu Gompa for an overnight stay.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
3,700m/12,174ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today, for a full day we will explore the highest and most isolated part of the Tsum Valley trek. After breakfast, we will again visit Mu Gompa and take blessings. Eventually, we will then head out to the base of Pika Himal. From here, you can enjoy the fabulous views of Tibetan peaks as well as the peaks of Nepal such as the Ganesh Himal Range. Exploring for quite a bit of time here, we will then descend down to Mu Gompa. Overnight at Mu Gompa where all of the facilities will be arranged.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
3,700m/12,174ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

After having Breakfast at Mu Gompa, we will trek continue our trek towards Shiar Khola Valley where the holy nunnery Rachen Gompa is located. This Nunnery is located right on the base of the Himalayas on the border between Nepal and Tibet. First, you come down to Chhule and eventually to Phurba. You will then soon arrive at Rachen Gompa as you keep traveling along the Shiar Khola. Here in this Gompa, you will see different kinds of statues and murals which represent the Buddhist culture with its important history. Overnight at the lodge in the village.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
3,240m/10,660ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

After enjoying the filling breakfast in Rachen Gumba we will go downhill along with the Shiar River to Lamagaon. The rugged trail on this path will bring you to Chekampar village. From here you will walk through the monastery and the bridge to eventually reach Dumje village. Dumje is a small village which consists of only 8 houses. After relaxing for a while you can go to explore the Lungdang Gompa area and come back for an overnight stay.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
2,440m/8,028ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today we will retrace our steps back by trekking downhill. The path along the Shiar River will take you down to Lokpa village. The walk will then continue through trees and via a waterfall before reaching Philim Village. Finally, we will go along a path that runs alongside the Budhi Gandaki River until we get to the lovely town of Philim. Overnight at the lodge in Philim.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
1,590m/5,215ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today is a relatively easier trekking day as you have to retrace the paths towards Tatopani village alongside Doban River. You will keep on descending alongside the doban river which goes past the Jagat village to finally reach Tatopani. A refreshing plunge in the natural hot spring will make you feel better as soon as you arrive in this place. You will discover other people also taking a dip in the water. Overnight at the lodge in Tatopani.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
990m/3,248ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Maccha Khola is the last point of our Tsum Valley trek, so you will certainly enjoy these final trekking hours. Heading from Tatopani, you will head towards Machha Khola through the lower Jagat on a rocky path. Soon after you will also cross a suspension bridge and go through the forest to reach Yarubagar. From here, you will then cross several streams which will ultimately take you to Maccha Khola. Upon reaching Machhakhola, you will celebrate this multiple-week journey with fellow trekkers and the locals. Overnight at the lodge in Maccha Khola.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
710m/2,328ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

Lodge 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

We will take a 4-wheel drive back to Kathmandu now that our trekking days have officially come to an end. As the new route has been constructed to Arughat Bazaar you will go through the dusty road. As we continue, the road is gravel as we approach Dhading Besi. From there, you may have a pleasant drive through the Pitched Road. Once we pass the Trisuli River, the vehicle will then keep traveling along the Prithvi Highway.

After you finally arrive in Kathmandu, we will take you to your accommodation. Here, you will relax for a bit before going on to the local markets to pick up some souvenirs. When everything is done, we'll go out for a meal so that we can spend our last moments and think of the fun moments we had on our wonderful Tsum Valley trek journey. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Maximum Altitude
Altitude
1,300m/4,264 ft
Loding Level
Accommodation

3 Star Hotel 

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Today is the final day of your trip to this lovely country. You will be dropped off at the airport 3 hours before your flight. But before that, we will exchange our warmest regards with you and give best of luck for your future. Meanwhile, we will also exchange emails and other social media profiles to stay connected forever. Lastly, A representative from Trek Ways Nepal will drop you off at the airport bidding you farewell. We sincerely hope that once you return home, you'll think about visiting Nepal once more. Till then, keep yourself safe!

Single Supplementary
Meals

Breakfast

Include

    • Airport pick - up and drop by private vehicle
    • 3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
    • Tims permits (Trekking Information Management System)
    • Manaslu Trekking permit (MCAP)
    • Private transport to Machha Khola and return to Kathmandu 
    • All meals during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
    • Safe drinking water (Medicated safe and proof)
    • Fresh fruits after dinner (while on a trek)
    • 3 cups of tea/coffee per person per day (during the trek)
    • Lodges on a trek with 4 nights hot shower (Provided with attached bathroom & toilet)
    • Gov. licensed and well-trained English-speaking guide and his entire expenses
    • A porter (One porter for every 2 members) and his entire expenses
    • Insurance of Guide and Porter
    • All required local tax and Gov tax
    • Down jackets and sleeping bags (Rental basis)
    • Trekking route map
    • Duffel bag (To put your trekking stuff in it)

Exclude

    • Nepal arrival visa
    • Meals in the city except for breakfast and above mentioned special dinner
    • Monument entrance fees while on the Kathmandu city tour
    • Your personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke, and entire beverage, etc
    • Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
    • Tips and any other extending trips and extra accommodation.
    • Any other feature that is not mentioned in the “Includes” column.

Date & Cost

August,2024

Start & End Date Status Cost Handle
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September,2024

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Useful info

Clothes

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Rain coat
  • Lightweight Down jacket (Provided)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Lightweight trekking trousers
  • Hiking shorts (if trekking in the summer)
  • Thermals (top and bottom, merino ideal)
  • Two to three trekking t-shirts/shirts
  • Fleece or warm mid-layer
  • Waterproof thick gloves
  • Glove liners
  • Hiking socks and lighter walking socks
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Spare underwear
  • Buff or similar to cover your neck and face
  • One pair of worn-in, waterproof hiking boots
  • One pair of lightweight trainers (for the camp, in the evenings)
  • 4 season sleeping bag (Provided)

Extra Clothes for Winter

  • Extra warm layers (add an extra warm item to all key items above)
  • Extra set of thermals (pair to walk in, pair to sleep in)
  • Merino trekking socks
  • Merino glove liners
  • Gaiters
  • Hand warmer

 

Tech

  • Powerbank
  • Universal plug adaptor
  • Charging cables
  • Phone / iPod /Kindle

Toiletries

  • Biodegradable wet wipes
  • Hand gel
  • Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountain
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen & lip block
  • Personal medication

First Aid Kit, including:

  • Anti-Diarrhoea Tablets (Imodium)
  • Painkillers
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Rehydration Sachets
  • Blister Plasters
  • Vaseline - to rub on feet to reduce friction
  • Diamox for (only after consultation with a medical professional)

OTHER ITEMS

  • Trekking poles
  • Crampons
  • Travel towel
  • Two water bottles (one litre each)
  • Metal SIGG bottle (useful to fill with hot water to use as a hot water bottle at bedtime)
  • Water purification tablets, such as Lifestraw or SteriPEN
  • Crampons or chained spikes that will fit any boot, if you don't have crampon-suitable boots (for winter departures between December and March)
  • Day pack with rain cover (30 litres +)
  • Duffel bag (for the porters to carry overnight kit) (Provided)

 

 

Frequently Asked Question

The best and suggested time to trek to Tsum Valley are Mid-September to Mid December (Autumn) and March to late May (Spring). However, this trek is possible year around with proper equipment. We suggest you to trek during the best time of year.

Yes, you need a sleeping bag sleeping bags rated -10°C (14°F) to -20°C (- 4°F) as per the trekking season you plan. Also, our guide can provide you with an extra blanket if needed at the teahouses. It is always good to have a liner which you can buy here in Kathmandu or you can bring from home.

If you plan to trek from December to March then you should bring it with you. 

Yes, you can buy gears in Kathmandu at better price than your home but quality may not be the same. There are some branded items like Rab, North Face, Black Yak, Marmot etc. There are local brands as well. You can rent sleeping bags and down jackets but the other items you need to buy.

It is suggested to follow our standard itinerary. However, you can walk faster and finish the trek earlier but it is your own risk.

If you get sick, we will take you down if you can walk. Or you can take a horse down (you need to pay extra for a horse ride). If you have basic altitude symptoms then we will stop for the day and see how you feel. If you feel better then we will continue up otherwise we will take you down. If you are serious then we will take you down by helicopter to Kathmandu.

If you need to take helicopter rescue down to Kathmandu then we will coordinate with helicopter company who will deal with your insurance.

Unfortunately, you cannot buy insurance here in Nepal. You need to buy from your home country that should cover trip cancelation, trip interruption, helicopter evacuation, medical and health expenses etc.

Tipping is not in our culture but guides, Sherpa and porter expect tipping. You can tip at the end of the trip.

 

Yes, all of our guides speak English fluently. Do not expect guide as a native speckers but good enough for Nepalese standard. Beside English our guide speaks Spanish.

Yes, our Guides are certified and have a Government certificate. Also, first aid trained, skilled, and has leading capacity with knowledge of locals.

Yes, we do have our staff yearly insured. Also, we do provide full trekking gear initial phase and they are well-equipped.

Porter will carry max 25kg (12.5kg each).
 

Yes, you can have your own porter which cost USD25 per day.
 

Yes, we do provide you a duffel bag. Your entire trekking gears will go in to the duffel bag which porter will carry.


 

Yes, you can leave your suitcase either in our office or in the hotel. Hotel in Kathmandu has free luggage store room. We can help you in this.

es, you can have your own private room but you need to pay extra USD250.

Yes, you need to buy toilet paper along the way. They won’t have toilet paper in their toilet.

In the village there are rest rooms but not along the way. You need to find private spot along the way for emergency use.

 

There are menu available with a variety of choices. You can pick up any items as per your choice but please be vegetarians. Meats are not suggested as they are not fresh. There are bread, eggs, potato, rice, Pasta, noodles, macaroni, different soups and Dal Bhat (lentil and rice with curry) available along the trek.


 

Yes, we do serve hot and fresh food. They will start preparing and serve once you order your meal.

Not. There are veg meals available and we do suggest you go for veg meals.

 

No, it is not a problem. You can still have options but you must tell my guide if you are vegan.

Yes, you need to tell us what food you should not eat so our guide can let it know in the lodges.
 

No, you van not use running water because they are not safe. You need to boil them or purify them.


 

Yes, it is provided which is medicated proof and safe to drink. Our guide will carry purified tablets and add in to your bottle in front of your eye.

 

Yes, you can buy water bottle along the way but you need to pay for that.


 

Yes, you can have boiled water but you need to pay extra.

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