Tsum Valley area that is considered to be a holy Himalayan pilgrimage valley geographically perched in northern Gorkha district of Nepal. 'Tsum' is a derivation from the Tibetan word 'Tsombo', which means ‘vivid’. Stories of yore say that Tsum valley was a distinct geographical area called 'Tsum Tso Chucksums', which means ‘thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory’. Whatever be the history of this ancient valley, we enjoy & experience the wonderful festivals of Lhosar, Dhachyhang, Saka Dawa & Fanning among a host of other ancient festivities celebrated hereabouts. Tsum 

 The Valley is well protected by three high passes- the Ngula Dhoj Hyang (5093m) to the west and Yamdro Pass (5326m) to the north. As we walk the trails, we come across areas speckled with creative chortens lined with mani walls and carved with artworks of deities inscribed with prayers that seem to be odes to the gods for departed souls of loved ones. The local folks are of Tibetan lineage and practice the ancient Bon religion. 

As you enter The Upper Tsum valley (a part of the Inner Himalaya) which starts from Chhokangparo, the congenial local folks (a Tibetan group of the "Tsombo") welcome you with traditional Tibetan Chiya (butter tea) and a local meal cooked in a natural hearth that’s cozy to be around, especially in the winters. This Valley is tremendously rich in cultural possessions and some lucrative deals are sometimes struck up here with the local folks by impressed trekkers looking for a memento to take home. The trip begins at Arughat and the trail goes by the meandering Budi Gandaki River until it reaches the first higher levels of Tsum Valley with superb vistas of the Ganesh Himal and other surrounding peaks. 

The holy valley conserves the steps of the great Buddhist Yogi Chyuchin Milarepa and the story about Guru Padmasambhava circumambulation is sometimes told late into the nights. The local folks hereabouts are known to never slaughter animals, even if it’s for appeasing the gods. And the gods seem to appreciate this act as the fauna are found full & plenty in this region. This quiet but otherwise stunning Valley is surrounded by the Buddha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south, and Sringi Himal to the Nort seemingly protecting this peaceful valley from the penetrable powers of evil.

Trip Highlights:

  • A day in Kathmandu visiting Cultural Heritage Sites
  • Trek through beautiful natural setting including terrains, hills and forests
  •  Amazing view of Ganesh Himal and Himalchuli from Chhokangparo
  • Explore the Chumling gompa
  • Mesmerizing view of Shringi Himal from Chumling
  • VIsit the largest monastery of Tsum Valley, Mu gompa
  • Dephyudonma Gompa, the oldest gompa in the Tsum Valley
  • Explore Milarepa Cave also known as Piren Phu(Pigeons Cave)
  • Bath in Tatopani, a hot spring on the way to Khorla Besi

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264ft)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft) via Arughat: 8- 9 hours drive
  • Day 04: Trek Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870m/2,952ft): 6-7 hours
  • Day 05: Trek Maccha Khola to Jagat (2340m/7676ft) : 6-7 hours
  • Day 06: Trek Jagat to Lokpa (2,040m/6,692ft) : 5-6 hours.
  • Day 07: Trek Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m/7,828ft) :6 - 7 hours
  • Day 08: Trek Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,031m/9,944ft) : 4-5 hours
  • Day 09: Trek Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m/11,026ft) : 5-6 hours
  • Day 10: Trek The Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m/12,139ft) : 3 hours
  • Day 11: Rest in Mu Gompa and sightseeing
  • Day 12: Trek Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3,245m/10644ft) via Milarepa cave : 5 hours
  • Day 13: Trek Burgi village -Chumling (2,386/7,827ft) : 5-6 hours
  • Day 14: Trek Chumling to Philip (1,570m/5,103ft) : 6-7 hours
  • Day 15: Trek Philim to Khorla Besi (970m/3182ft) : 6-7 hours
  • Day 16: Trek Khorla Besi to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft) : 6-7 hours
  • Day 17: Drive back from Soti Khola to Kathmandu: 7-8 hours
  • Day 18: Farewell; Flight Home
  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264ft)

    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner.
    Overnight at hotel.
    Included Meals: Welcome Dinner.

  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

    Today, we go on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. We start the program after breakfast, first visiting the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. Though non-Hindus are not allowed inside the main premises of the temple we are allowed to visit the cremation site and surrounding areas. We then head to Boudhanath, considered one of the largest stupas in Asia due to the massive mandala that surrounds the main dome. The smell of Himalayan incense and locals doing kora(making clockwise rounds of the stupa) gives you a little insight into Buddhist culture. Our next stop is Swayambhunath also known as the Monkey Temple, located on top of a hill. The stupa is similar to Boudhanath, but here the stupa is surrounded by many temples and shrines. Some of the temples date back to the medieval Lichchhavi period. Our final stop is Kathmandu Durbar square which is a fine example of Newari architecture. The premises of the Durbar square house many temples and royal palaces, however, most of the temples and buildings were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and are being renovated.
    Overnight at hotel.
    Included Meals: Breakfast.

  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft) via Arughat: 8- 9 hours drive

    We set off early today for Sotikhola. During the drive, we enjoy views of the Nepalese countryside along with the mountain sceneries. We will be driving on a paved road from Kathmandu to Dhading Bensi, the district headquarter of Dhading (1050m)but the drive from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat will be on a rough road. Upon reaching Arughat, a major town in the region we drive further towards Sotikhola.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Soti Khola.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 04: Trek Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870m/2,952ft): 6-7 hours

    Today, we trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach Khursane upon which the rocky trail weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We further climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens up and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Dropping to the sandy river bed, we walk along with rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. We head down again to the river and cross another suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola village.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Macha Khola.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 05: Trek Maccha Khola to Jagat (2340m/7676ft) : 6-7 hours

    The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola and reaching Khorlabesi. After a few more ascends and descends we come across a small Hotspring in Tatopani. From the hot spring, we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. At this juncture, we climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Upon crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola, we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Crossing the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, we climb over a ridge, trek along the river and then climb towards the village of Jagat.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Jagat.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 06: Trek Jagat to Lokpa (2,040m/6,692ft) : 5-6 hours.

    The early morning trek makes us climb through a rocky ridge up to Salleri from where we descend towards Sirdibas. The valley widens as the trail takes us to Ghatta Khola and then upstream towards the Gurung village, Philim. Walking towards the northern direction through the forest, we reach Chisopani. Leaving Chisopani, we cross the gorge and walk for around half an hour only to arrive at the beautiful waterfall. We then walk into the pine and rhododendron forests, descend the trail towards Tsum Valley to Lokpa.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Chisopani.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 07: Trek Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m/7,828ft) :6 - 7 hours

    The day begins with a trek from Lokpa village which is an entrance to a wild route to Tsum Valley. Although the actual entrance begins from a deep slender and a narrow gorge. Depending on the weather, if favorable, on the way we will be blessed by the amazing view of the Boudha Himal (6,672m) and Ganesh Himal. The route takes us descending down to the Lungwa river valley as we climb through the dense tropical forests of rhododendron, juniper, and pine. The route takes us to Gumling where we only capture the serene nature. Shortly, we cross the Syar Khola again, arriving at the village of Chumling. As the day slowly comes to an end, we will have spare time to visit the monasteries of Chumling; The Panago Gompa, Mani Dhungyur and Gurwa Gompa. This village includes telephone service as well as health posts.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Chumling.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 08: Trek Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,031m/9,944ft) : 4-5 hours

    The trek starts with crossing the suspension bridge today. We walk on the other side and enjoying the views of Ganesh Himal walk towards Rainjam towards Serpu Khola. We cross one more bridge and head towards a village named Gho. We walk further 2 hours to finally walk to the upper Tsum valley and reach Chokhangparo.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Chokhangparo.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 09: Trek Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m/11,026ft) : 5-6 hours

    While climbing above Chokhangparo, better to be careful of altitude problems. Walk past Lamagaon crossing rope suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa, which is also well known as Nunnery Gompa too. We make a small visit and then we cross the Shiar Khola. Continue walking through the well-managed villages Lar (micro hydropower), Phurbe and Pangdun. Leaving old historic Stupa of Buddha in a way crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at the Nile. If you consider we can make your visit to a famous monastery of Chhule which is located at the top of the area.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Nile.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 10: Trek The Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m/12,139ft) : 3 hours

    We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. We also visit the monastery. Then after, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Mu Gompa.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 11: Rest in Mu Gompa and sightseeing

    Today we spend the day resting and exploring the Mu Gompa, the other Tibetan landscapes and the most remote area of this Tsum valley. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. After completing the exploration at Mu Gompa, we can also consider walking to the base of the Pika Himal (4,865 m).
    Overnight at guesthouse in Mu Gompa.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 12: Trek Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3,245m/10644ft) via Milarepa cave : 5 hours

    Trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. Finally, we arrive at Burgi village. The Burgi village is a small beautiful village. Climb up to the Milarepa's Cave Milarepa Cave (piren Phu) is known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal, and Churke himal.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Burgi Village.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 13: Trek Burgi village -Chumling (2,386/7,827ft) : 5-6 hours

    Today we walk back the trail to Chhule and Phurbe. On the east bank of Shiar Khola, we arrive at Burgi village. This village is small and beautiful. We climb up the Milarepa cave famous for the mesmerizing view of the Kipu Himal, Churke Himal, and Poshyop glacier.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Chumling
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 14: Trek Chumling to Philip (1,570m/5,103ft) : 6-7 hours

    The trail continues to Lokpa. After lunch south on a flat trail, we move ahead. Enjoy the gorgeous Samba Falls. Finally arrive at Philim after 6-7 hours long trekking. A trail passes through the Phillip village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Philip.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 15: Trek Philim to Khorla Besi (970m/3182ft) : 6-7 hours

    We walk down towards Sirdibas then to Jagat and further descend to Yaruphant. The Tibetan arid climate can be seen gradually changing over to the subtropical green vegetation. We continue descending down towards Dovan and finally reaching Tatopani. There is a hot water spring at Tatopani if preferred one can take a dip into it to relax the tired muscles. We further walk down and finally reach Khorlabesi.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Khola Besi.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 16: Trek Khorla Besi to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft) : 6-7 hours

    The trail crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in a rocky ravine. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of Labubesi. Pass the two waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff. We then reach Khursane. Walk along the ridge above Budhi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola.
    Overnight at guesthouse in Soti Khola.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

  • Day 17: Drive back from Soti Khola to Kathmandu: 7-8 hours

    Early morning, we will drive back to Kathmandu for about 8 hours and you will transfer to the hotel. Getting refreshed, you will be invited for the farewell dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant hosted by Adventure Club.
    Overnight at hotel.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Farewell Dinner.

  • Day 18: Farewell; Flight Home

    Adventure Club Trek will manage a farewell drive to the international airport for your final flight departure. Meeting you and serving you was a wonderful experience over the weeks. We are sure you enjoyed a wonderful holiday in beautiful Nepal. We hope you will remember us in the years ahead.
    Included Meals: Breakfast.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfer by private tourist vehicle. 
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast (3 nights)
  • Best available twin sharing Teahouse or  lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu including temples’ / monuments’ entrance fees and private vehicle
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Surface transfer from Kathmandu – Arughat by private bus /jeep and Arughat to Soti Khola by local jeep and return back to Kathmandu
  • Government licensed, English speaking guide trained in wilderness first aid
  • Porters to carry your luggage during the trek (1 porter for 2 trekkers)
  • Assistant trekking guides walking with the group to support as necessary (1 assistant guide for 4 trekkers)
  • Staff costs including their, Food, salary, accommodation, transportation and medicine.
  • Insurance covering all staff, including porters as per state law.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion).
  • All necessary paper works (Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fees, special trekking permit for Tsum valley)
  • Complimentary Adventure Club Trek T-shirt, and Manaslu Region Trekking map
  • Duffel bag for trekking 
  •  Exclusive Medical Kit Bag (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement.
  • All Government and Local taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • International airfares/flights (fares and flights can be arranged upon the request)
  • Personal expenses (alcoholic drinks, bottled water, cold drinks)
  • Personal travel insurance and medical bills
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for guide, porters, and drivers (tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)

Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.

Pre-Trip Meeting 

Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. A pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have better preparation for the trekking.

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Fixed Departure Dates and Cost

The quoted costs Tsum Valley Trek is per person but don't include international flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.

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Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-17
  • Trip Duration 18 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Tea House Trek
  • Accomodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
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