Tsum Valley Trek

  • Tsum Valley
  • Tsum Valley
  • Tsum Valley

Overview

The Tsum Valley is located in the northern part of Gorkha, which is a sacred pilgrimage place of Buddhists. The Tibetan word Tsombo is the name as Tsum Valley, which means varieties. The trekking in the Tsum valley is a Himalayan journey to explore ethnic and ancient lifestyles, traditions, rituals and rustic geographical surroundings. The virtually untouched Tsum Valley has become a selective trekking destination for the trekkers in Nepal Trekking Holidays, which is culturally loaded and exceedingly striking Himalayan vista as well as forests, gorges, waterfalls and rugged landscape.

The frequent ascend and descend through the Budhi Gandaki is a trail of the Tsum Valley Trek, which is partly combined to the Manaslu Circuit Trekking. Begins from the Sotikhola, the trek continually ascends to the ethnic Gurung villages through the terraced rice fields, lush forests, Monasteries, Chhortens and Mani Walls. The Dzong and Phurpe include the longest Mani walls in this trekking. Several attractive ethnic Gurung villages on the trekking route of the Tsum valley are Philim, Chhokangparo, Mu Gompa, Tatopani and others. As the trail ascends towards the higher altitude, the Himalayan views become crystal clear. They are Himalchuli (7893m.), Manaslu (8163m), Ganesh Himal, Ngadi Chuli or peak 29, Sringi Himal and other neighboring peaks. Different types of flora and fauna are found in this region. The Tsum Valley is divided into two parts: Lower Tsum and Upper Tsum. People in this valley do not sacrifice animals, which is another strong cultural blend and devotion to the belief. The Tibetan lifestyles, costumes, food habits and festivals are major attractions of the Tsum Valley Treks.

All the seasons, especially the spring and autumn are the best seasons for the Trekking to Tsum Valley. It is a distinct and adventure reward for the trekkers in Nepal Trekking Vacations. The local lodges are available for the lodging and local foods, including foreign dishes are available in this trekking. Namaste Treks Company is a leading organizer of the Tsum Valley Trekking with experienced guides and other teams. Please, contact us for more inquiries.

Trip Highlights

Sacred pilgrimage destination Tsum Valley
Full of Monasteries, Chhortens and Mani Walls.
Lush forests and fauna.
Natural hot spring at Tatopani.
Beautiful Himalayan views of Manaslu (8163m), Ganesh Himal, Ngadi Chuli or peak 29, Sringi Himal and others.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m).

Day 02:  Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.

Day 03:  Drive to Sotikhola (710m): 8 - 9 hrs

Day 04:  Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m): 5 - 6 hrs

Day 05: Machha Khola to Doban. 6-7 hrs

Day 06: Doban to Philim (1500m). 5-6 hrs

Day 07: Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum). 6-7 hrs

Day 08: Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum). 5-6 hrs

Day 09: Chhokangparo to Nile/Chhule, visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way. 6-7 hrs

Day 10: Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m). 4-5 hrs

Day 11: Extra day for excursion.

Day 12: Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (5 hours).

Day 13: Rachen Gompa to Dumje (6-7 hours)

Day 14: Dumje to Philim (cross Ripchet) (6-7 hours)

Day 15: Philim to Tatopani (6-7 hours)

Day 16: Tatopani to Soti Khola (6-7 hours)

Day 17: Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar (6-7 hours)

Day 18:  Drive to Kathmandu: 8-9 hrs.

Full itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m).

Welcome to Nepal. Our company representative receives you at the international airport in Kathmandu. Then transfer to the hotel. After a short briefing about the tomorrow’s program, we depart. O/N at Hotel.

Day 02:  Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.

Today, we do city sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley. It includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. They are Hindus and Buddhists’ temples and Stupas, included in the World Heritage Sites. Return back to the hotel and arrange for the upcoming journey to the mountain.  O/N at Hotel.
Day 03:  Drive to Sotikhola (710m): 8 - 9 hrs
In the early morning, we drive North West from Kathmandu to Sotikhola from Kathmandu. It is a long but reward with various views of green hills, River, streams, gorges and traditional villages. Crossing Dhading Besi and Aarughat, we arrive at Sotikhola. O/N at Lodge.

Day 04:  Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m): 5 - 6 hrs

Today, we walk through the sub-tropical forest of Saal and then we walk along the Budi Gandaki River ridge. On our walking through the terraced rice fields, we cross some ethnic Gurung villages like Khursane and Lapubesi. After crossing a bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River, we arrive at Machha Khola. O/N at Lodge.

Day 05: Machha Khola to Doban. 6-7 hrs

We walk through several ascending and descending to reach Doban, but the trail is well stone paved stairs lies at the convergence of the Shiar Khola and Sarpu Khola. With the great views of surrounding, the gradual walk leads to the Doban. O/N at Lodge.

Day 06: Doban to Philim (1500m). 5-6 hrs

We head through the sub-tropical forest and the rugged trail. We are rewarded by the outstanding views of Sringri Himal and continually walk to the Philim. It is a large Gurung settlement with the crops fields beside it. We rest here today. O/N at Lodge.

Day 07: Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum). 6-7 hrs

After breakfast, we trek to Chumling from the Philim village following the ridge of the other side of village that continually leads to Ganesh Himal Base camp and Chumling (Lower Tsum). The views of green hills and lush forests are outstanding. O/N at Lodge.

Day 08: Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum). 5-6 hrs

Today, we head towards the Upper Tsum valley of lower Sun Valley, locally known as the Chhokangparo village. It is a combination of Chhokang and Paro village, situated on the same flat land. The views of Ganesh Himal, Baudha Himal and Himal Chuli are outstanding from here. Some people are still following the polyandry system here.  O/N at Lodge.

Day 09: Chhokangparo to Nile/Chhule, visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way. 6-7 hrs

Today, we trek to Nile/ Chulle from Chhokangparo, which is the last village walking north to the Upper Tsum Valley. Chhule is in about half hour distance from Nile. On the way we pass the Piren Phu cave, locally known as pigeon cave and holy cave in this valley. Milarepa, the famous Tibetan saint, was believed to have meditated here. Then, we gradually walk to Nile/ Chhule. O/N at Lodge.

Day 10: Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m). 4-5 hrs

From Nile/ Chhule, we ascend to the Mu Gompa. On the way, we visit Dhephyudonma Gompa, which is the largest monastery in this region. The library in the Gompa includes lots of religious books. We rest at the near campsite. O/N at Lodge.

Day 11: Acclimatization Day.

On our acclimatization day, we hike up to monastery. It is helpful to be familiar with the local environment and altitude. Paika Himal on the background smiles and attracts the trekkers. Ganesh Himal and surrounding peaks are dazzling on the far horizon. Then we trek down and rest. O/N at Lodge.

Day 12: Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa. 5-6 hrs

Following the Shiar Khola Valley, we trek up to the Rachen Gompa. It is a nunnery, situated near the border of Nepal and Tibet. It was established in the beginning of the 20th century, is one of the largest nunnery in the Tsum Valley. The surrounding areas are also rich in the Buddhist rituals. O/N at Lodge.

Day 13: Rachen Gompa to Dumje. 6-7 hrs

After breakfast, we trek to the Dumje village. It is a small village with few houses adjacent cattle shed. O/N at Lodge.

Day 14: Dumje to Philim and cross Rupchet.  6-7 hrs

After breakfast, we trek to Philim and cross Rupchet. The views are superb of the lush valley, stream and farm lands. O/N at Lodge.

Day 15: Philim to Tatopani. 5-6 hrs

Today, we trek down to the Tatopani village from Philim. We can enjoy the natural hot spring. It is said that it works as a remedy for many types of skin diseases. We rest and enjoy our tiredness with a relief bath. O/N at Lodge.

Day 16: Tatopani to Soti Khola. 5-6 hrs

Following the ridge of the stream and River, we cross the terraced farm lands, lush forest and several ascending and descending. Gradually, we reach to the Sotikhola. It is our last day of the walk. O/N at Lodge.

Day 17:  Drive to Kathmandu: 8-9 hrs

We drive to Kathmandu following the views of green hill scenarios, gorges, terraced rice fields, waterfalls along the Trishuli River. After 8-9 hours drive, we arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to the Hotel. Walk freely in the local market in the evening. O/N at Hotel.

Day 18:  Final Departure.

On your final departure, we bid farewell for your safe flight to the sweet home. Our company representative drops you at the airport. Thank you for letting us to arrange your journey.

Included/Excluded

What is included?

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up and drop by private car/ bus.
  • Kathmandu Valley sightseeing in a private car/bus.
  • 3 night hotel in Kathmandu (2-3 star category)
  • Breakfast, Lunch, dinner and accommodation in package trekking.
  • A licensed trekking guide and a porter (2 people, 1porter)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all trekking staff.
  • Kathmandu –Sotikhola–Kathmandu Jeep drives.
  • TIMS and Tsum Valley entry permit.
  • All government taxes.
  • Trekking Map.

What is not included?

  • Personal expenses, water, chocolate and extra snack.
  • Your travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver.
  • Sightseeing entrance fees in Kathmandu.
  • Rest of expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes.

Trip Information

  • Trip Type: Tsum Valley Treks
  • Trekking Region: Manaslu
  • Trekking Grade: Moderate
  • Activities: Trekking, tour and sightseeing
  • Altitude (min): 710 M.
  • Altitude (max): 4060 M.
  • Best trekking Seasons: Especially Spring and autumn
  • Accommodation: Lodge
  • Transportation: Jeep/Bus
  • Trip duration: 18 Day(s)
  • Trek starts at: Sotikhola
  • Trek ends at: Sotikhola
  • Walking hour: 5-6 hours
  • Group Size: +1 People

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