Tsum Valley Trek

  • Duration 20
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Meals Tea House
  • Accommodation Tea House
  • Max. Altitude 3700
  • Activity Trekking , Hiking & Exploring
  • Group Type Private
  • Group Size 2+
  • Best Season Spring / Autumn / Winter
Highlights
  • Tatopani
  • Old Gumba (Buddhists Monastery)
  • Beautiful surroundings of Ganesh Himal and Budhi Gandaki River
  • Conserves steps of the great Buddhist Yogi Chuchin Milarepa
  • Ranchen Gumba and Dephyudonma Gumba

Tsum Valley Trek Overview

Tsum valley trek is a holy Himalayan valley located in northern part of Gorkha district of Nepal. Tsum valley is amongst the most disconnected Himalayan valleys. This becomes additionally a constrained region until currently. Tsum is derived from Tibetan word “Tsombo” which means bright. The track leads you up into the beautiful surroundings of Ganesh Himal, Budhi Gandaki River. Throughout the trek you will witness wild and uncharted places, home to Gurung ethnic groups. The region was once part of Tibet, which looks totally different from what you will find elsewhere. The general population of Tsum or Tsumbas, welcome you with traditional Tibetian chiya (butter tea) and with some local meal, which represent Tsum culture. The Tsum people never kill animals, even as sacrifice to the gods.The tsum valley is highly rich in cultural, traditional assets. The Tsum valley lies on the northern part of Manaslu and was a compelled district until 2008. The Tsum valley conserves steps of the great Buddhist Yogi Chuchin Milarepa and story about Guru Padmasambhav.

As we leave the essential manaslu way for the Tsum valley, all of a sudden we get a feeling of coming into completely different valley. You will witness cold water ways, and experience the warm friendliness nature of local people. We further more go to authentic Gumbas (Buddhists Monasteries) of the region which includes: Ranchen Gumba and Dephyudonma Gumba. Each day you will walk between 5-8 hours, with high point of the trek being 4,000m above the largest monasteries in the valley, Mu gumba.

 

Day to Day Itinerary
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After you arrived in Kathmandu, there you will meet our Airport Representative ( Nepal Guide Info team ) and you will be transferred to your hotel by our private visitor vehicleAt night you will be welcomed by traditional Nepali meal.

Today, it is rest day, or preparation day. Tsum valley Trekking permit is comparatively cheaper than others restricted areas and also cheaper then Manaslu Trekking Trail. The expedition can be shared with Round Mansalu Trek.

Starting off from Kathmandu it will take 7 hours of drive, which takes us straight into the western mountains of Arughat. You can travel Arughat from Kathmandu in four different ways: Plane, Bus, Private vehicle and motorbikesThis journey holds some of the most captivating scenery and views.

 After breakfast, today we will take a drive from Arughat to Soti Khola and then towards Maccha Khola. Along the route you will see local people working on their field. You will also see the scenery of Soti Khola and Maccha Khola.

You are still out of restricted area of Manaslu and Tsum. Leaving Maccha Khola we will follow the track which has small ups and downs before crossing the Thulo River. Continuing to trek and after few hours of walking we cross Budi Gandaki River on a suspension bridge, before climbing on a rugged trail to Duman. From Budi Gandaki River we will reach Yaru Khola. From there we trek along the west bank of Budi Gandaki River to reach the village Jagat.

From Jagat, we will follow the trail and climb over a ridge Salleri and after that drop to Siridibas. Our tour guide will register your permit in checkpoint at Jagat. On the very first Part we continue to walk through riverbank. As we pass through suspension bridge and stop in Philim for lunch. From here we head north passing through Chispani with breathtaking waterfall. We will also explore village of Philim and Japanese made school there. After few hour of walking, we will reach our destination Lokpa. Lokpa have some of the great views of Himalchuli and Boudha Himal.

From Lokpa we will take after the trail that drops down towards Lungwa stream. Trail completely passes through thick rhododendron and pine forest toward Gumling. You will encounter numerous up and down until you arrive at small suspension bridge.  Trail gets diverted from this bridge toward Ripchet and Chumling. The old Chumling Gumba and the stone street of the Chumling truly win every travelers heart. There is monastery at the upper end of village you can go for view of Ganesh Himal.

From Chumling, we will be heading to Chhokangparo. Chhokangparo is located on a flat land and made up of two settlements Chekkam and Paro. We will take the trail that heads towards the suspension bridge and afterward proceed with trek towards the Gho town. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen specifically toward the south where it gives tremendous perspectives of the Baudha and Himal chuli tops toward the south-west.

We should be cautious about elevation problem, while moving above Chokhangparo. This is the last town travelling north in the upper Tsum valley. From Chhokangparo we will take after the trail trip high up towards Ranchen Gompa. We will visit for brief time and after that we cross the shiar Khola, which leads us to Nile a small valley.

From Nile we head towards Mu Gumpa, the biggest religious community in the area. It is located at the most amazing and most remote point in the Tsum valley. We are close to Tibetan border. Mu Gumba monastery has religious books Kangyur.

From Mu Gompa we will take the trail to Rachen Gumba, a religious community. We will continue to trek through the east bank of Shiar River. Rachen Gumba is one of the biggest religious communities in the Tsum valley. Along the way we will find remains of several ancient Gombas.

We will keep on heading south and afterward cross a bridge toward the west bank towards Chhokang Paro. After walking for several hours through a narrow trail and drop to a wooden bridge over Siyar Khola to finally arrive at Dumje.

After the breakfast, we will take a path that climbs steeply through thick forest loaded with pines and rhododendron. From that point we will keep on following the tough zigzag trail to at last touch base at Gumba Lungdang. This is another extraordinary chance to remain overnight in Monastery.

From Gumba Lungden we will trek Philim and cross Ripchet. On the way to Ripchet we can witness one of the most stunning waterfalls in the lower Tsum valley, Samba Tingding Chupyang. The village of Ripchet is rich for its good farming lands, which is situated on the top of the Tsum valley.

From Ripchet we will keep on trekking over the trail that goes through a few towns with great views of appealing scenes and surrounding high mountains. We will trek until we get to our destination Dobhan. It is located at the intersection of Shair River that flows from east. Today trek is a direct trekking with couple of tough and downhill trips.

After breakfast, we head toward Soti Khola. The trail from Soti Khola consists a few ups and down. From that point we will carefully descend finally arriving at Soti Khola. We will go through excellent terraced farmlands and tropical waterfalls among our trek.

This is our last day of the trek. We will begin trekking once again to the edge of Kyorpani. Our trail now drops from that point as we keep on trekking along waterfalls and delightful valleys. We will land at Arkhet bazaar and after that to Arughat Bazaar. Today we will trek along Budi Gandaki valley and through thick forest filled rhododendron and pine trees.

After the magnificent Tsum valley trekking, we will drive from Arughat Bazaar towards Kathmandu. It takes around seven hours to reach Kathmandu.

You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. After breakfast you will leave for a whole day visiting around Kathmandu valley. You can visit holy Pashupatinath Temple and swyambhunath, incredibly old and essential enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Our airport representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight Schedule.

Altitude Chart

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

Cost Includes
  • Airport-hotel-airport pick and drop by private car/van
  • 2 nights room in peace, clean and standard hotels in Kathmandu, B&B service.
  • Well experienced, government registered, fluent English speaking and friendly guide and Porters .
  • All meals: lunch, breakfast and dinner during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits during the trek.
  • Group first aid kit and water purifiers.
  • Lodge and home stay during the trek and all ground transportation
  • Food, accommodation salary of the guide & porters.
  • Manaslu special Trekking permit and MCAP permit.
  • All transportation, ACAP permit and Tsum Valley special permit
  • Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition Office service charge, government tax and vat etc.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porters.
Cost Excludes
  • Hard drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Laundry service, toiletries and personal nature expenses.
  • Hot shower and hot water, internet and phone calls
  • Personal insurance, Nepal visa fee, international air ticket.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency and laundry services.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.
    Note: This trip can be personalized as per your requirements that meet your time frame. The trip price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size so please kindly provide us your details for tailor made program Namaste
Departure Dates
  • We have daily departures for this trip from beginning March to May and from frist -September to mid-December. You can type in the number of passengers to book a reservation and select a date that is convenient for you. Due to group size, we never cancel a trip once you’ve made a reservation. If you would rather join the group, we will add more travelers on the selected date. You can let us know once you make a reservation or earlier.
Useful Info
Nepal Guide info (Nepal Planet Treks and Expedition ) Health and Insurance advise for 2022
Manaslu & Tsum Valley Trekking
Traveling in the desolate mountainous regions is always a risky job. Weather usually remains unpredictable in these regions and the risk of avalanche and natural calamities always prevails. It is equally likely that you might be the victim of High altitude sickness. Also, there exists the chance of physical injuries while following the difficult route. In these cases, you will have to bear the cost of expensive emergency treatment and rescue if you have not already made travel insurance with any of the secure travel insurance companies. Major costs that will be covered by travel insurance include helicopter rescue cost and treatment costs.
So, Nepal Planet Treks & Expedition (Nepal Guide Info) advise you to get insured before joining the trekking package. Read well all the terms and conditions of the insurance company that is offering travel insurance and notify them of the trekking itinerary and activities that we are offering at Nepal Planet Treks & Expedition ( Nepal Guide info ) so that complication may not arise in future if in case you need to claim your insurance. Your insurance should cover emergency helicopter rescue and medical expenses if you are taking the climbing and expedition package. If you are intending to join the trekking in urban areas, insuring for helicopter rescue will not be compulsory. Since Helicopter Rescue is impossible in Tibet, you need not insure yourself for helicopter rescue while trekking in Tibet. It is better if your insurance policy covers such conditions like trip cancellation because your deposits will not be refunded in case of cancellation.
Remember to bring the insurance certificate along with you if you are insured.
Although we do not provide insurance service, we have mentioned some of the leading travel insurance companies from across the globe below:
For Travelers from USA and Canada:
  • Online Global Health insurance www.onlineglobalhealthinsurance.com
  • Insure My Trip.com www.insuremytrip.com
  • Access America www.accessamerica.com
  • HCC Medical Insurance Services www.mnui.com
  • Good Neighbor Insurance www.gninsurance.com
  • Travel Assist www.travelassistnetwork.com
For Travelers from England:
  • First Assist Services Limited http://firstassist.co.uk
  • Harrison Beaumont www.hbinsurance.co.uk
  • Buy cheap travel insurance www.insureandgo.com
For Travelers from Europe and Slovenia:
  • Assistance CORIS www.coris.ci
For Travelers from Australia and New Zealand:
  • Cover More Travel Insurance www.covermore.com.au
  • CGU Insurance Limited www.cgu.com.au
  • World Care Travel Insurance salesw@worldcare.com.au
FAQs
  • The Tsum Valley Trek is a relatively untouched trekking route in the Manaslu region of Nepal. It takes you through beautiful landscapes, traditional Tibetan villages, and ancient monasteries.

  • The trek usually takes around 14 to 18 days, depending on the specific itinerary and side trips.

  • The best time to do the trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is clear and the views are stunning.

  • While it’s not mandatory, hiring a guide is highly recommended for this trek, as the trails can be remote and less traveled. A porter can also be helpful to carry your belongings, allowing you to enjoy the trek without the burden of a heavy backpack.

  • Accommodation along the trekking route is basic, with tea houses and lodges offering simple rooms with shared facilities. It’s advisable to carry a sleeping bag for extra warmth and comfort.

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