Tsum Valley Trek, Trekking in Nepal

The Tsum Valley trek is a relatively fresh destination for trekking in Nepal. A colorful and vivid valley on the foothills of the Shringi Himal (7061m) with the views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal Ranges in the backdrop. The Tsum Valley Trek explores the mystical land of the Tsum and Nubri communities which prevail in the cultural brilliance. Along this route are historic monasteries such as the picturesque Rachen and Mu Gompas, while the trails are decorated with Chortens and Mani walls. Along the Manaslu region, the Manaslu Circuit Trek is a unique hike route in Nepal’s Himalayas.

Nepal is known as a Himalayan Country, We offer many trekking destinations in Nepal. We are outdoor specialized in Nepal. Known as a unique country in the world.  We offer Himalayan trekking in Nepal.  Tsum Valley Trek is one of the spectacular treks with rough steep tracks. This trek is culturally fascinating with strong continuing links to Tibet in the upper Budhi Gandaki. The main highlight of this trek is the strong, friendly, and hospitable people you see around, a living Buddhist culture, and untouched wildlife.

The word ‘Tsum’ came from the Tibetan work ‘Tsombo’, which means intense and we can only agree. The main occupation of the people here is agriculture and also the people are poor since they have been avoided by development for centuries. But this means that their unique culture has remained intact. Tsum Valley Trek-A unique Cultural & Mountain view.

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The Tsum Valley Trekking lies in the northern part of Manaslu and it used to be a restricted area until 2008. The people here have their own way of family life, which may be quite surprising and unique for many outsiders. The trek starts and ends in Arughat. First, the trek ascends the Budhi Gandaki Valley with a beautiful view of mixed dense forest, terraced fields, and hill villages. We also pass through the alpine forests, and glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people.

Then our treks pass through the regions of Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat, and Philim. This is also an opportunity to visit ancient Gompas like Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, and Dephyudonma Gompa. Tsum Valley trek is also famous for the attractive views of Himalchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Ngadi Chuli, Sringi Himal, and other mountains. This place is truly a rich blend of Tibetan and Nepalese culture that offers a true adventure for visitors to Nepal.

Tsum Valley  Trek is a great trek to learn the culture and lifestyle of the people residing here. The package is a combination of the Tea house and Homestay. The tea house trek is comparatively the least cost so it is affordable for most of you. So don’t delay and call us to make your dream come true.

The Tsum valley trek begins from the market town of Arughat. We make our way up the tropical, forested hills, and settlements set among paddy fields. Gradually ascending through the valley above the Budhi Gandaki River basin passing the villages of Soti Khola, Machha Khola, Jagat, and Chisopani. Along the way, the landscape will change and the skyline will have views of different mountain ranges.

From Lokpa, the trek officially enters the Tsum Valley while passing villages like Chumling, Chhokang Paro, and the Nile. En route, you can also explore the Rachen Gompa, a local nunnery, which boasts immense history and cultural influence in the surrounding regions. Finally, your Tsum valley trek ends at Mu Gompa. In Mu Gompa, you will explore the revered monastery. This is heavily inspired by the cultures of Tibet in the north.

After a night’s homestay in Tsum Valley, We head back down the picturesque valley stopping over at different locations as we soak in the complete feel of the Tsum region. You will trek down from Mu Gompa to Chumling, Philim, Khorlabesi, Soti Khola, and finally, arrive at Arughat. Your trek ends at Arughat as you drive back to Kathmandu.

Ace Vision Treks/Nepal is a leading operator of treks, tours, and mountain expeditions in Nepal. With our vast knowledge and expertise in the region as well as past experience, we have fine-tuned our approach to guarantee the best trip for our guests.

Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu airport & Transfer to hotel (1300m) 

As you land at Tribhuvan International Airport, you are welcomed by the rugged surroundings of the Kathmandu valley. If the weather is clear, you can see the uneven but beautiful landscape of the valley as you approach down. You will be picked up by an Ace vision representative, and transferred to your hotel. We will also organize a small welcome dinner for you.

Day 2: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley & Trip meeting| Welcome to Dinner

Today Ace vision Provides full-day city sightseeing for Kathmandu valley a beautiful small valley where all the different cultures from Nepal’s many ethnic groups come together. This cultural fusion can be seen everywhere from architecture to cuisine. The valley is home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We recommend visiting Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath, and one of the three Durbar squares (Patan, Bhaktapur, or Kathmandu). In the evening, we will discuss the essentials of the trek. We will also organize a small welcome dinner for you.

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (550 m), Driving Duration: 8 to 9 hours

Today, we do a road trip from Kathmandu to Arughat. We first arrive at Dhading Bensi, the headquarters of Dhading, before embarking on a dirt road. The bumpy road is a scenic one as we take this route through the hills to Arughat. Arughat Bazar is a market town that spans to both sides of the Budhi Gandaki River.

Day 4: Trek from Arughat Bazar to Soti Khola (710 m), Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

You leave Arughat and cross the Budhi Gandaki River on a suspension bridge. As you walk through farm fields, you head on a trail through the forests. You eventually arrive at Shyanta Bazaar walking through the field of rice and eventually enter a lush forest. From here, you get a great view of Shringi Himal (7061m). You ascend on stone-paved trails through suspension bridges and waterfalls crossing the villages of Arkhet and Kuerepani on the way. Next, you arrive at Soti Khola.

Day 5: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (887 m), Trek Duration: 4 hours

You head further upstream along the Budhi Gandaki River and witness its fierce rapids. You trek most of the way through rock formations, with streams winding around until you get back on the trails sandwiched in between rice fields. You will also cross two waterfalls on your way to the Gurung village of Lapubesi. From here, you walk down along the riverbed before climbing to the village of Machha Khola.

Day 6: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m), Trek Duration: 7 hours

The path from Machha Khola begins with an up and down trail. After crossing a stony ravine, you arrive at Khorlabesi. It is a small village situated amongst the wheat, buckwheat, and tobacco fields. From here, the climb up the valley is steep. You continue along the eastern side of the river and cross the small settlements of Dobhan and Yaru Khola to climb up the rock steps of Tharo Bharyang until you arrive at Jagat.

Day 7: Jagat to Chisopani (1660m), Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

From Jagat, firstly, we head along Budhi Gandaki River to Salleri and then carry on further to Sirdibas. The route to Ghatta Khola widens as you traverse down the picturesque valley. From here, you ascend to Philim, a mini valley that houses a modest police station and even a school. We witness the livelihoods of small Gurung communities as we walk past Philim to Chisopani.

Day 8: Chisopani to Chumling (2386m), Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Today, we will officially enter the Tsum Valley. The forest is dense with coniferous trees and Rhododendron trees scattered around. You will soon arrive at the village of Lokpa. Here, you get a wonderful view of the Himal Chuli and Boudha Mountain Ranges. About two and a half-hour ahead is the village of Gumlung. The path to Gumlung winds around the hilly forest, while Chumling lies further away across Siyar Khola.

Day 9: Chumling to Chhokang Paro (3031m), Trek Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Today you will trek alongside Siyar Khola all the way to Chhokang Paro, which is a Tibetan-Buddhist settlement. From their clothing to their trading activities, everything in Chhokang Paro is a tribute to Tibetan culture on Nepal’s side of the border. The route passes through various ancient monasteries like Tanju and Rainjam monasteries. As you near the village, you get a view of Ganesh Himal (7422m) and the Tibetan Mountain Range further in the background.

Day 10: Chhokang Paro to the Nile (3361 m), Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Leaving Chhokang Paro, you trek to the Nile. On your way, you will see the Milarepa cave. The Buddhist saint, Milarepa, is believed to have meditated in the cave. Another attraction is the Chi Phu Gompa monastery engraved into the hillside. From afar, the monastery isn’t visible as it blends so well with the surroundings. You then, trek along the Siyar Khola until you arrive at the Nile.

Day 11: The Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m), Trek Duration: 3 hours

Today is a relatively shorter trekking day. You will cross a couple of suspension bridges, and pass the villages of Sengum and Sho Syong to arrive at Mu Gompa. The trail itself is pleasant, a gradual ascent of around three hours through the drylands with Chortens and Mani stones keeping you company. Mu Gompa is the largest Monastery in the region. The Gompa offers a great panoramic view of the mountains ahead.

Day 12: Sightseeing & Acclimatization at Mu Gompa (3700 m)

Today, we explore and get acclimatized to the altitude. From Mu Gompa, we can walk out of the Tsum valley into Dephu Doma Gompa. This Gompa is around 600 years old and is only a 45-minute hike from Mu Gompa. We can also visit the monastery, Dhephu Doma Gompa. It is surrounded by grassy meadows all around. You may also take the other option of trekking to Pika Himal. From here, you get a view of the Himalayas bordering Tibet and Ganesh Himal.

Day 13: Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (2386 m), Trek Duration: 5 hours

Today, we get back down along the east bank of the Siyar Khola. You will retrace the same way you walked to Mu Gompa. The trek is mostly downhill so this trek will not be too difficult. After about five hours of walking, we reach Burgi village.

Day 14: Burgi village to Chumling (2386 m), Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours

You make your way back to Chhokang Paro and then back to Gho monastery for the second time. You enter back into the lower regions of Tsum arriving again at Chumling. You will walk past the smaller villages of Kowo and Tanju on the way. The trek initially will go downhill and go uphill for a while before doing downhill again to reach Chumling.

Day 15: Chumling to Philim (1570 m), Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Before we head to Philim, we arrive at Lokpa over level ground. The trek is pleasant but takes it easy on your knees. The trail is a mild descent over a long period. The village of Philim is a beautiful blend of different landscapes and the lifestyle of the villagers. It is a Gurung villager and is a viewpoint for Shringi Himal (7161m).

Day 16: Trek from Philim to Khorlabesi (970 m), Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

We trek back along the same path we came but today we plan to stop by Khorlabesi. We cross Sirdibas, Jagat, and Tatopani as we start to see more and more green vegetation around us. The trail follows the Budhi Gandaki River and you descend most of the way while the last stretch of the trek is an up and down the trail.

Day 17: Trek from Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700 m), Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours

Today is the last of our long days of descent. The overall descent is not much and the trek today should be fairly pleasant. We will pass Lapubesi and other Gurung villages on the way. The trail from Lapubesi is rocky for a while. The Budhi Gandaki flows below us as we cross the tropical forests arriving at Soti Khola.

Day 18: Trek from Soti Khola to Arughat (550 m), Trek Duration: 3 to 4 hours

We pass back through the now familiar sights of farmed terraces, cultivated hillsides, waterfalls, and suspension bridges. The trek down back to Arughat is downhill and does not get very steep. We cross bigger villages and towns during our travel to the small settlements at higher altitudes. At Arughat, we can celebrate the successful completion of the Tsum Valley Trek.

Day 19: Drive from Arughat Bazaar to Kathmandu, Drive Duration: 7 to 8 hours

We drive back the picturesque road through Gorkha and Dhading districts back to Kathmandu. We catch the last mountain glimpses of the trip as well as the last experience of the hilly terrain of Nepal. Your trip commences once you arrive in Kathmandu. Feel free to do some souvenir shopping in Kathmandu if you are not tired out by the trek.

Day 20: Transfer to the international airport for your final flight departure

Our trip comes to a close. A representative of Ace Vision will accompany you and transfer you to the airport. We thank you for trusting us and giving us an opportunity to give your insight into one of the most pristine regions of Nepal. We hope we meet again and travel to another region in the future.

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