Tsum Valley Trek

Overview

Trips Fact

  • Duration 17
  • Max-Altitude: 5,100 m
  • Best Season: Spring (February – May) and Autumn (September – November)
  • Departure From: Kathmandu
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu
  • Group Size: Min. 2 – Max. 12
  • Breakfast: Meal | Breakfast
  • Diffculty: Moderate to Strenuous
Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley is one of the most isolated, unspoiled and visited valleys in the Manaslu Region which sits on the lap of Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal and Bouddha Himal. Opened officially in 2008, Tsum Valley Trek is being a more and more popular trek among domestic and international trekkers and nature lovers. This Trek offers you to observe Tsumbas people of Tibetan origin, ancient art, culture and religion at their original habitat – the Tsum valley.

During your journey, you with an incredible view of Mt. Manaslu (8,163 m) and other pristine snow-capped Himalayan peaks. Experience life-changing moments at every step of your trek – Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna Massifs, Budhi Gandaki River plus Gorge (the world’s deepest gorge), Marsyandi River, and Gorkha Bazaar.

Reaching Upper Tsum Valley, you can indulge with the beauty of traditional villages, with stone houses, barley, maize, buckwheat and potatoes farming in higher altitudes. If you are lucky, you may encounter Himalayan Tahrs, blue sheep and snow leopard. At Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa, you feel blessed being invited and welcomed at the evening prayers.

What a life-changing experience!

Tsum Valley Trek starts begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Aarughat/SotiKhola. Next, you trek passing through the traditional settlements, terraced fields, pastures, dense rhododendron/alpine forests, glacial rivers, frozen lakes, deep gorges and narrow ridges. During your trek, you pass Larkhya La Pass, step on the Manaslu Base Camp and explore Birendra Tal (lake). Gompas, prayer wheels, Mani walls, stone inscriptions with Buddhists mantras and local woodcrafts attract, energize and entertain to accomplish your adventurous trek to the Manaslu Region. Mu Gompa, Gumba Lungdang and Tsum valley further make you trek unforgettable.

Book your Tsum Valley Trek with Lonely Nepal Trek. We promise you to provide the best quality trekking services, security and proper guidance plus assistance. Be ready to collect the most beautiful memories, natural-thrilling moments and life-changing activities.


  • Step on the land of Famous of Himalayan Tahrs, blue sheep and snow leopard
  • Enjoy the lifestyle and culture of Tsumbas of Tibetan origin
  • Trek to Manaslu Conservation Areaencircling Manaslu (8,163 m), the eighth highest summit in the world
  • Offers a uniquely different experience than the Everestand Annapurna regions
  • Meet Himalayan people and their lifestyle, enjoy Tibetan culture, observe Buddhist monasteries, architecture and traditions
  • Comparatively easier, safer, cost-effective than Everest Base Camp Trip
  • Average physical fitness trekkers can easily accomplish
  • Indulge with 3600 dazzling close views of Manaslu massifs
  • Well-experienced licensed guides, strong porters and supportive crew members
  • Physically less challenging journey, and heavenly natural pleasure – Collect lifetime experiences
  • One of the most satisfying treks among all destinations in Nepal

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Itinerary

When you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will meet our representative. He/she will greet you and drive to our luxury Nepali authentic restaurant and assist you to check-in at Thamel. So, please keep your eyes on someone holding a placard with your name or our company’s name – Lonely Nepal.

In the evening, we arrange a short introduction meeting. You will meet your guide, and our trekking expert will provide you with all the detailed information about the trek.

We offer you a welcome dinner and you simply take a rest at the restaurant. Overnight, you stay at our restaurant and restore your energy to accomplish your upcoming adventurous trip to Tsum Valley Trek.

  • Hikking Info: 17
  • Max: 5,100 m

Today our journey to Manaslu Circuit Short Trek starts. After early morning breakfast, we drive you from Kathmandu. At first, we arrive at Dhading Besi (the headquarters of Dadhing district) which takes about 7 hours. On the way, you can enjoy varied landscapes, terraced fields, green forested hillsides, streams and rivers. From Dhading Bazaar, our drive continues on dusty, bumpy and rural roads to Arughat. You see the wonderful mountain views on the backdrop occasionally. When you cross a bridge at Budhi Gandaki River, Aarughat Bazaar welcomes you heartily.

At Arughat, we have lunch and stretch our legs before trekking to Sotikhola. Also, enjoy the beautiful rural villages; dotted houses with thatched roof houses and terraced farming make you feel excited.

After lunch, we keep on driving for more than one and half hours on the bumpy and rustic roads on the west bank of Budhi Gandaki River. Finally, we reach Soti Khola and enjoy the incredible views of Soti Khola’s steep hills. Overnight, we stay and take a rest.

  • Hikking Info: 17
  • Max: 5,100 m

 

Today, having early breakfast, we start trekking from Soti Khola to Machha Khola passing through beautiful green woodland, crossing cascading waterfalls and walking along the riverbeds. On the narrow trails, other traders and caravans of donkeys accompany you occasionally.

When you reach Labubesi – an ethnic Gurung village, you will be surprised after seeing wonderful terraced paddy fields. We continue hiking to Nauli Khola and cross a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River.

Finally, we reach Maccha Khola (Fish Stream) and spend the whole night here.

  • Hikking Info: 17
  • Max: 5,100 m

Today, we leave Machha Khola and walk through the narrow gorges. We come with many ascends and descends while following the trail to Khorlabesi where coffee, buckwheat and tobacco are grown. Further, crossing less populated rural villages, we ascend Tatopani – a hot spring. Keeping the pace further, we land at Dobhan.

Overnight, we stay here at Dobhan.

  • Hikking Info: 17
  • Max: 5,100 m

Today, after a warm breakfast, we head towards Thulo Dhunga and Yara Bagar from Dobhan. Completing several ups and downs and crossing suspension bridges, we reach Jagat – a small village. At Jagat, we submit our Trekking Permit at the Checkpoint of Manaslu Conservation Area (since MCA is a Restricted Area). Then we go down to Salleri and continue trekking up to Sirdibas. Finally, we ascend to Philim and spend overnight here.

  • Hikking Info: 17
  • Max: 5,100 m

From Philim, we catch the trail northward and pass through lush grasses and a narrowing valley to Chisopani. Then, we pass millet fields and Ekle Bhatti (single pub). After that, the trail gradually does down to the gorge and a bridge. We reach Larkya La, and follow a zigzag track through alpine and rhododendron forests leading to Lokpa and the narrow lower Tsum valley.

Again, we follow the trails down to the forest, and then ascend to the Siyar Khola that drains the Tsum valley. Observe the views of Shringi Himal above colourful grain, potato and bean fields. Further, we descend to Gumlung and the Siyar Khola. After crossing the suspension bridge, we go up to Chumling village strolling on the narrow path. You will feel happy when you see classic Tibetan model houses built with sloping roofs to cope with the abundant rain and snow.

Overnight, we stay here at Chumling.

  • Hikking Info: 17
  • Max: 5,100 m

Today, we head towards Chhekampar (the place of wisdom. First of all, we cross the suspension bridge and pass through the lush forest. We continue trek to Tanju and the small Dampje Gompa. You can enjoy glimpses of Ganesh Himal and Boudha peak.

We continue trekking down to Sarphu Khola draining from Syakpa Glacier off Sringi Himal to the north. Ascending for about 2 and half hours, we go passing Gho village to Upper Tsum valley. In the region, you will find magnificent slate chortens, face Ganesh Himal, and herald the linked villages of Chhokang and Paro. These all are collectively known as Chhekampar (place of wisdom). Enjoy the broad valley with the stone houses nestle under cliffs, and barley, maize, buckwheat and potatoes fields.

 

  • Hikking Info: 17
  • Max: 5,100 m

Today, we trek on the shorter and easier route. From Chhekampar, we pass through twin villages: Ngakyu and Leru, and the Rachen Nunnery stand across the river.

Further, climbing a low ridge with chortens, we pass by Lama Gaun, and then Burji village. Then, the trail goes to the southeast bank of the Siyar Khola and joins the trail from Rachen Gompa to Nile shortly before Phurbe.

Phurbe is next village, followed by Pangdun, which features a big prayer wheel in its gompa. The valley gently bends to the north beyond Pangdun. Before the majestic entry gate of the huge village of Chhule, there lies a remarkable circular stupa (Chhu Li, shady side). The 700-year-old two-story Gonhgye Monastery, located 30 minutes to the south of this hamlet, offers spectacular vistas. Bridges span a tributary (with an amazing waterfall ahead) and then the Siyar Khola back to the west bank – and a last short ascent up to the Nile – beyond the settlement.

 

  • Hikking Info: 17
  • Max: 5,100 m

We get up early today for the 2-hour hike up to the 77-year-old Mu Gompa. We then climb for another 3-4 hours up to the little ancient Dephyu Doma Nunnery, which is located on a small peninsula with Ganesh II at 4,000m/13,100ft. The breathtaking views of the western Ganesh Himal come to mind. Mu is the Tsum valley’s highest permanent hamlet. Seasonal Kharkas and passages to Tibet can be found to the north. Return to the Nile for lunch before continuing on to Chhekampar.

  • Hikking Info: 17
  • Max: 5,100 m

Today, we retrace the trail to the small Gompa at Gho. Then, descend to the wooden bridge over the river and continue to Dumje. We follow the trail steeply passing through magnificent pine, oak and rhododendron forest to a mani wall. Then, we reach the 110 years old gompa with nuns perched on a ridge. You observe the views of the mountains in all directions.

 

  • Hikking Info: 17
  • Max: 5,100 m

Today, we follow the trail down back to Dumje. We cross the Lungdang Khola and head towards the southern bank of the Siyar Khola. Crossing deep gorges and new bridges and passing farmland, we reach Ripchet. Ahead, we go down to Gumlng and ascend to Lokpa.

Overnight, we stay here at Lokpa.

 

  • Hikking Info: 17
  • Max: 5,100 m

On this day, our trek returns to Philim for lunch after breakfast at Lokpa. Admiring the reverse views, continue downhill trek to the bank of the river. After crossing a suspension bridge, we walk to Sirdibas.

Overnight, we stay here at Sirdibas.

 

  • Hikking Info: 17
  • Max: 5,100 m

Now, our path drops from the alpine Buddhist zone to the greener subtropical biome, passing through Jagat, Yaruphant, Dobhan and Tatopani. Finally, we reach Khorlabesi where stay overnight and rest.

 

  • Hikking Info: 17
  • Max: 5,100 m

The trek follows the Tharo Khola, which flows through a steep valley. We walk down to the river and follow it to Machha Khola village. Then, we get to the Gurung settlement of Labrubesi after trekking along the Budhi Gandaki River. On the steep Cliffside trek to Khursane, we pass by two waterfalls. Then, through Sal forest, we ascend the ridge above the Budhi Gandaki to the bridge before Soti Khola.

  • Hikking Info: 17
  • Max: 5,100 m

From Sotikhola, we travel down to the Budhi Gandaki Valley, then to Arughat. From Arughat, we drive you to Kathmandu.

On the way, you enjoy the scenic pastoral landscapes, terrace farming, and rows of settlements on both sides of the road. We guarantee that you will be so happy to see distant mountains, close giant hills, rural villages, fast-flowing rivers.

After 7-8 hours of a comfortable journey, we reach Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel. You can take a rest or explore the streets and markets in Kathmandu. Even you can enjoy various cuisines at different restaurants in Thamel – the No. 1 tourist city in Nepal.

  • Hikking Info: 17
  • Max: 5,100 m

On this final day, offering you a delicate breakfast, we transfer to the Tribhuvan International airport via our private transportation. We bid a happy ‘Goodbye’ to you and wish you a safe flight.

  • Hikking Info: 17
  • Max: 5,100 m

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