Trekking in a tranquil Tsum valley where the culture is of another world with the local folks who practice the polyandry system of marriage and  deny the gods that sacrifice which harms the fauna in the region…this is a special trip in the wilderness where nature & religion combine to give you a venture that warms the soul with memories that last for a pretty long time.

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 cosy 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 North…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)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m) via Arughat: 8- 9 hours Drive
  • Day 04: Trek Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870m) : 6-7 hours
  • Day 05: Trek Maccha Khola to Jagat (2340m) : 6-7 hours
  • Day 06: Trek Jagat to Chisopani (1660m) : 4-5 hours
  • Day 07: Trek Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m) : 6 - 7 hours
  • Day 08: Trek Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m) : 4-5 hours
  • Day 09: Trek Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m) : 5-6 hours
  • Day 10: Trek The Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m) : 3 hours
  • Day 11: Trek Mu Gompa, sightseeing
  • Day 12: Trek Mu Gompa to Burgi Village via Milarepa cave (3,245m) : 5 hours
  • Day 13: Trek Burgi village -Chumling (2,386) : 5-6 hours
  • Day 14: Trek Chumling to Philip (1,570m) : 6-7 hours
  • Day 15: Trek Philim to Khorla Besi (970m) : 6-7 hours
  • Day 16: Trek Khorla Besi to Soti Khola (700m) : 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)

    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 on 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 building were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and are being renovated. Overnight in Kathmandu.
    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (710m) via Arughat: 8- 9 hours Drive

    The third day marks the official start of your journey; we will be traveling to Soti Khola from Kathmandu. So, have an early sleep the previous night, we have an early bus to catch.
    Highlights of Day3
    • Drive to Soti Khola early in the morning, enjoy views of mountains sceneries and Nepalese countryside-paddy fields, hills and typical villages.
    • Un-paved but graveled road from Dhanding Bensi to Arughat, while we enjoy smooth ride from till Dhading Bensi, the road onwards is a little bump, but scenic nonetheless.
    • Overnight in Soti Khola at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 04: Trek Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (870m) : 6-7 hours

    Yes, on the way to Maccha Khola, a 6-7 hours walk, today!
    Highlights of Day 05
    • Cross a bridge after which the trail leads through a Sal forest. Climb a ridge above Budhi Gandaki River to reach Khursane.
    • Trek to the Gurung village of Labubesi on a rocky trail and along the way we pass two waterfalls. Pass few rice terraces and continue on a path which ascends to Labubesi.
    • Again, descend towards the Budhi Gandaki River until we come across a suspension bridge. On the other side of the bridge is our destination Machha Khola village. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

    Highlights of Day 06
    • Many ups and downs and narrow paths to reach Tharo Khola and Khorla Besi
    • Enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani.
    • Cross a suspension bridge over the rich Dobhan Khola.
    • Uneven and rough trails to Duman.
    • Beautiful view of rivers and uneven but scenic paths.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 06: Trek Jagat to Chisopani (1660m) : 4-5 hours

    Highlights of Day 07
    • Walk across a rock ridge to reach Sallri and then Sirdibas.
    • Climb up until you reach the hanging bridge to reach a large Gurung Village called Phillim
    • From Phillim a short walk across the forest to reach the final destination for that day Chisopani. View of narrowing valley. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

    Highlights of Day 08
    • After walking for a bit, you will see a big beautiful waterfall
    • Travel through the enchanting pine tree forest and rhododendron forests, with the Himalchuli and Boudha Himal as a backdrop.
    • Pass Lokpa a small village to climb a difficult trail for two hours to reach Gumlung.
    • From Chumling you can view the breathtaking Shringi Himal and visit the Chumling gompa. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 08: Trek Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m) : 4-5 hours

    Highlights of Day 09
    • With the Ganesh Himal as your backdrop walk across the suspension bridge to reach Rainjam and Gho. The view along the way makes your forget your tiredness.
    • A long, difficult climb to reach Chhokangparo, with the most amazing view of Ganesh Himal and Himalchuli. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

    Highlights of Day 10
    • When traveling from Chokhangparo, pack some altitude sickness medicine in case you face sick because of high altitude.
    • Along the way you will come across ancient stupa of Buddha, a climb upstream will lead to your final destination for the day at the Nile. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 10: Trek The Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m) : 3 hours

    Highlights of Day 11
    • Walk north towards the Tibetan border and follow the trail on the left side of the river.
    • Pass through manu mani walls and chorten along the way.
    • A steep climb up to reach Mu Gompa.
    • Gain around 400m during the climb. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 11: Trek Mu Gompa, sightseeing

    Highlights of Day 12
    • You will get a chance to experience the culture and lifestyle of the people up close.
    • Visit the largest monastery in the region, Mu Gompa which is nested in the peak of Tsum Valley
    • Visit Dephyudonma Gompa, the oldest gompa in the Tsum Valley. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

    After visiting all the local stops at Mu Gompa, the next day you will commence your trekking.
    Highlights of Day 13
    • Hike through Chule and Phurbe to arrive at a small village called Burgi Village.
    • Explore the Milarepa Cave. Also known as Piren Phu(Pigeons Cave) it is named after Tibetan saint Milarepa who used the cave to meditate. Inside the cave footsteps of Milarepa is seen carved on the rocks along with painted murals and artistic scripts.
    • Continue on the trail enjoying the beautiful views of Poshop Glacier, Kipu Himal, and Churke Himal.. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

    Highlights of Day 14
    • Enjoy the greenery around you with the most amazing scenes of mountains as your backdrop, climb down to Chhokang part to reach to Gho.
    • Reach back at Chumling, taking in all the nature you might have missed while climbing up.Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

    Highlights of Day 15
    • Come back down until you reach the small village of Philim.
    • It will be a long journey to reach Philim from Chumling, but all the exhaustion disappears once your eyes lay on the beautiful mountains and greenery that follows. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

    Highlights of Day 16
    • A trek of almost 7 hours to reach Khorla Besi, and along the way, a quick stop is made at Tatopani. You can enjoy and go for a dip in the hot springs at Tatopani to relax your tired body.
    • After a relaxing time at Tatopani, climb down to reach the last stop of the day, that is Khorla Besi. Overnight at guesthouse.
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 16: Trek Khorla Besi to Soti Khola (700m) : 6-7 hours

    Highlights of Day 17
    • Follow the trail along the Tharo Khola to reach the Machha Khola village enjoying the view from both sides.
    • Along the path, you will cross two waterfalls which is a sign that you are close to reaching Khursani.
    • Take the path above Budhi Gandaki and cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola, to rest for the day.Overnight at guesthouse.
    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.
    Highlights of Day 18
    • Climb down passing the hydroelectricity plant, to arrive at the initial destination at Arughat Bazar.
    • Head back to Kathmandu, enjoying the beautiful landscapes and greenery passing the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers.
    • Take rest and freshen up before you head out to enjoy the last day at Kathmandu. Overnight at guesthouse.
    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. 
  • Three nights’ accommodation in a standard twin shared room at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • 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, duffel bag, and Manaslu Region Trekking map
  •  Exclusive Medical Kit Bag (carried by your trek leader)
  • Travel and rescue arrangement.
  • All Government and Local taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • International air fares/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. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.

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Fixed Departure Dates and Cost

The quoted costs are 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.

Trip Status

  • Available - Trip is available to run if minimum group size is filled
  • Guaranteed - Trip is Guaranteed to run
  • Limited - Only a few spaces available
PRICE FROM US$ 1459 (Per Person)
Total: US$ 1459

Trip Facts

  • Trip Code ACTE-17
  • Trip Duration 19 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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