Tsum Valley Trek

  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:12 Days
  • Trip Grade:Challenging

Trip Highlights

  • Walks through a remote area with only a few trekkers on the trail
  • Explore the ancient trading route with Tibet
  • Visit Rache Gompa,
  • Majestic Himalayan Vistas at the border of Nepal and Tibet
  • Experience the ancient Tibetan culture and lifestyle

Tour Overview

Situated in the far northern side of Gorkha, Tsum Valley is one of the hidden gems of Nepal. The Tsum Valley Trek trail started recently in 2008. Thus, remains untouched by modernization in its natural as well as cultural beauty.

The trek commences from Soti Khola and the first half of the trek leads through the Budhi Gandaki Valley. Then, you walk along the mix paths of dense forest, terraced fields, and hilly villages. As you leave the main Manaslu trail towards Tsum Valley you will get feeling of entering into a truly hidden valley. Magnificent Boudha Himal and Himchuli (west), Sringi Himal (north), and Ganesh Himal (south) surround this beautiful valley.

During this wonderful trek, you can see the colorful prayer flags, mani walls, monasteries, and stupas. You will also visit Rachen Gompa during your trek. The people here are mostly of Tibetan origin who speak their own unique dialect. All in all, Tsum Valley is a well-preserved destination; which offers to experience rich Buddhist culture along with spectacular mountain views.

Likewise, if you want to do longer version then you can combine Tsum Valley with Manaslu Circuit Trek. You can complete this trek without camping arrangements; as you will find enough teahouses for food and accommodation facilities during the trek.

Detail Itinerary

Today your guide will pick you for approximately 8-9 hours of drive to Soti Khola. The drive takes through the paved roads, and the drive is pleasant until the first hours of Dhanding Bensi. After then the drive continues through on the rough surfaces till Arughat Bazaar. From Arughat, you will drive for another half an hour to Soti Khola (700 m). Overnight stay at Soti Khola.   

Today is the first day of actual Tsum Valley Trek. You will cross a bridge over the river and continue your trek through beautiful Sal forests. From here you will climb a ridge above Budhi Gandaki River and trail leads to Khursane village. Passing through waterfalls and walking on the steep rocky trail you will reach Labubesi, a traditional Gurung village.

Again from here you will continue your climb down to the sandy river bed. Here you will reach to the side where you will cross down the river over a suspension bridge. After 6/7 hours of walk, you will reach Machha Khola (870 m) for an overnight stay.

Today slowly gaining altitude, the trail leaves behind Machha Khola (Fish River) and takes to Jagat (2,340 m). Crossing a log bridge over the river you will climb up and down a steep and narrow path and reach Khorlabesi, a charming Gurung settlement at 970 m.

Finally, after 5-6 hour of walk passing through several Gurung villages of Tatopani, Yuru Khola. And Dhovan you will reach Jagat for an overnight stay. Jagat is the main entry point into the Manaslu Conservation Area (MCA).

Today you will start your trek ascending over a rocky ridge to Salleri and descending to Sirdibas on the flat trail. The trail opens up and continues up to Ghatta Khola. You will cross a small hanging bridge and climb up to Philim. It is a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurung communities.

Continuing the trek through pine and rhododendron forests< you will descend to the trail which leads you to Tsum Valley. Enjoying the panoramic mountain views, after 6/7 hours of walk you will reach a small beautiful village of Lokpa (1,980 m). Overnight stay at Lokpa.

Today you will trek along the old trade route to Tibet. You will descend for a half an hour to Lungwa Khola and then climbing on the zigzag trail. Further, walking for two hours north through pine and rhododendron forests you will reach Gumlung village. You will trek for 6/7 hours to reach Chumling from Lokpa. Finally, after crossing the Siyar Khola, you will reach Chumling (2,386 m) for an overnight stay.

Chumling is a beautiful village located on the south face of Shingri Himal. This village will reward you mouthwatering view of Siringi Himal. Rest of the time you can explore the village and visit the ancient Chumling Gompa.

Today after breakfast at Chumling you will head towards Chhekampar (3,010 m). You will start the trek crossing the suspension bridge on the opposite bank of the river. You will enjoy the scenic view of Ganesh Himal throughout the trek. Crossing the Serpu Khola over the bridge you will arrive in the village of Gho.

Finally, after 6/7 hours of climb, you will reach the village of Chhekampar. From this village, you can enjoy the majestic views of Himchuli (7,893 m) and Ganesh Himal (7,140 m). Overnight stay at Chhekampar.

Today you will ascend from Chhekampar, you might feel the altitude. So we recommend you to drink plenty of water in order to keep yourself hydrated. Walking through flatlands, you will reach Lama Gaon (3,2020 m). Continuous walk across the crop fields and river you will arrive at the huge courtyard of Rachen Gompa/ Nunnery Gompa (3,240 m).

Further, crossing the Shiyar Khola and passing through the hamlets of Phurbe and Pangdun, you will reach the large settlements of Chhule (3,347 m). In Chhule village, you will notice the old historic stupa of Buddha. Heading towards upstream and after crossing the bridge you will make the last climb to Nile (3,360 m).

Nile is the last settlement heading north in the Upper Tsum Valley. It lies on the banks of Shiar Khola and consists of a large number of houses. Overnight stay at Nile.

Today after having breakfast at Nile village you will trek back to Chumling (2,386 m). You will approximately walk for 6-7 hours. You will retrace the trail and passing through Rachen Gompa you will reach Chumling for an overnight stay.

After breakfast at Chumling, you will continue your trek. Walking on the flat trail you will reach Lokpa village. On the way, you can enjoy the view of Samba Falls. After 6/7 hours of walk, you will reach Philim (1,570 m). You can see the trail which leads to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. You will spend a night at Philim village.

Today after breakfast, you will leave Philim and start your trek. From here, you will descend to Sirdibas and finally reach Jagat. The continuous downhill walk will lead you to Yaruphant. You will notice a change in the landscapes as the arid Tibetan climate is changed to subtropical green vegetation. Finally, after 5-6 hours of walk, you will reach Dovan (1,150 m) for an overnight stay.

Today you will continue your trek from Dovan to Tatopani where you can enjoy the natural hot water bath. Further, descending and following the bank of the Budhi Gandaki River you will reach Khorlabeshi.

After crossing the Thado Khola you will descend through Maccha Khola to Gurung village of Labubesi. Passing through two waterfalls on a steep rocky trail you will reach Khursane. Passing through Sal forests, you will continue your walk and finally, after 7-8 hours you will arrive at Soti Khola (700 m). Overnight stay at Soti Khola.

Today early in the morning after having breakfast at Sotikhala you will drive to Arughta first and then back to Kathmandu. It will take around 8-9 hours to reach Kathmandu (1,300 m). The drive will take you through Prithvi Highway.

Throughout the drive, you will see beautiful flowing Marshyangdi and Trishuli river. Along with this, you will also get the splendid view of mountains, green hills, small waterfalls, farming terraces, and villages. Continuing your drive to Malekhu and Dhading Besi you will reach Kathmandu. Upon your arrival at Kathmandu, our guide will transfer you to the respective hotel.

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Additional Info

Best Time for Tsum Valley Trek

The classic Tsum Valley Trek is best to do during spring and autumn. During the Spring (March-May) season the weather is clear and calm as you will get the opportunity to view High mountain including Mt. Manaslu. Spring is also the perfect season for rhododendron bloom, you will see the whole trail turns into a beautiful garden with colorful rhododendron flowers.

Another perfect time is Autumn (September-November) after the monsoon. During this time, you will get the clear majestic view of Himalayas and be part of the biggest festival of Nepal as well.

Besides, Winter and monsoon are also good to join Tsum Valley Trek but this is more challenging due to the slippery, wet trail and lot of snow. However, with good trekking equipment and preparation will make it easy to trek Tsum Valley even in the monsoon and winter season.

Difficulty Level of Tsum Valley Trek

The Tsum Valley Trek is one of the most challenging yet rewarding treks in Nepal.  Although you do not require previous trekking experience, it’s not easy too. As you need to walk 6-8 hours per day on the rocky trail with steep descents and long climbs. So, if you are physically and mentally fit, the trekking journey will be more comfortable and enjoyable. So, if you have previous trekking experience this may advantage for you.

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