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Trip Overview

The Tsum Valley Trek is an adventurous ‘off the beaten path trek’ in the Manaslu region of Nepal. Situated near the Tibetan border, it is one of the most secluded valleys. Traditionally, the Tsum valley was a distinct geographical area called Tsum Tso Chucksums, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. It lies against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh, Sringi, and the Boudha Himal ranges. This serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The region was once a part of Tibet. Therefore, it is different from elsewhere in Nepal. The local people, known as Tsumbas, are of Tibetan origin and speak their dialect.

This valley remained hidden from the outside world until the year 2008. Therefore, it is still not as exposed. The region is still the least visited, virgin, and off the beaten. Being one of the remotest Himalayan valleys, therefore it remains relatively untouched. Moreover, the ancient villages and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries are yet to explore. To date, very few trekkers have made it to this mysterious valley. The Tsum people have their way of family life, which may be quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to the same girl.

We begin our trek with a drive from Kathmandu, following the Soti Khola to Arughat. Then climb up the upper Budi Gandaki River Valley through the unexplored countryside. The region offers an unspoiled culture and tradition with a fabulous mountain view. We also pass through the alpine forests and glacial rivers, enjoying the warm hospitality of ethnic people. Cross over the lower Budi Gandaki regions of Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat, and Philim. Besides Tsum Valley Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek is equally off the beaten with the least number of visitors.

Tsum Valley Trek

Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat.
  • Walk ‘off-the-beaten path’ of the Manaslu region.
  • Experience the distinctive traditional Tibetan culture and customs.
  • Visit sacred caves and Buddhist monasteries.
  • Enjoy the stunning views of Mt. Manaslu, Himchuli, and Ganesh Himal.
  • Traverse through the cascading rivers, waterfalls, and suspension bridges.
  • Learn about the unique culture and way of life of the locals.

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-218
  • TRIP NAME: Tsum Valley Trek
  • DURATION: 19 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • BEST SEASON: February, March, April, May, September, October, November,
  • MAX ALTITUDE 3700m(Mu Gompa)
  • ACCOMMODATION 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and in trekkers lodge/tea house while on trek
  • WALKING HOUR 5-6 hrs
  • TRIP ROUTE: Kathmandu-Arughat-Soti Khola-Machha Khola-Jagat-lokpa-Chumling-Chokangparo-Nile-Mu Gompa-Rachen Gompa-Dumje-Gompa Lungdang-Lokpa-Jagat-Machha Khola-Arughat-Kathmandu

Itinenary Details

  • Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

    Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, depending on your arrival time, you will have the option to stroll around the local street and tourist market of Thamel. Tonight there will be a welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with folk dance and cultural performances.
    Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Kathmandu to Aarughat(600m/6-7hrs)

    Today we start our journey towards Aarughat, which is about 128 km from Kathmandu, and it will take approximately 6 hours. The drive goes past several small villages and towns through the Nepalese countryside. Arughat Bazaar is a cluster of buildings on both sides of the Budi-Gandaki river, connected by a suspension bridge. Arughat is the largest settlement in the valley and is also a junction to various important places. Overnight in Aarughat.

  • Day 3: Aarughat - Soti Khola(710m/4-5hrs)

    After breakfast, we begin our trek past ever-changing picturesque paddy fields and Gurung villages. Today the hike is gentle, with views of Shringi Himal down to Soti Khola. Our camp will be among the landscapes of the famed Honey Hunters. The foothills of central Nepal have, for generations, been famous for their twice-yearly harvests. Men gather from the surrounding villages to conduct the adventurous task of collecting the honey of the Apis Laboriosa (honey bee) from the cliffs that are their home. Overnight in Soti Khola.

  • Day 4: Soti Khola - Machha Khola(870m/5-6hrs)

    After breakfast, we continue on our journey towards Machha Khola. Today the trail passes through a densely forested valley with several small villages and reaches Machha Khola. Overnight in Machha Khola.

  • Day 5: Machha Khola - Jagat(1,350m/7hrs)

    This morning we continue our journey towards Jagat. The trail passes through remarkable villages and farmlands, and the vegetation changes slowly. After crossing the bridge, we head upstream to the tiny hamlet of Kholabesi and the hot springs of Tatopani. We further climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase and cross to the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki, ascend over a ridgeline, and finally trek along the river valley towards the village of Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

  • Day 6: Jagat - Lokpa(2,240m/6hrs)

    Today we continue further to Lokpa. The early part of the trek is a gentle uphill hike, followed by a flat path across the suspension bridge over the Budi Gandaki and entering a Gurung inhibited Philim village. We continue further and reach Lokpa village, the first village in the Tsum valley region. Overnight in Lokpa.

     

  • Day 7: Lokpa trek to Chumling(Lower Tsum)(2,600m/5hrs)

    Today we ascend towards Chumling village. Chumling village is situated facing south of the Shingri Himal. Today we will visit the village Gompa and explore the village area.
    Overnight in Chumling.

  • Day 8: Chumling to Chokhangparo(Upper Tsum)(33,10m/5hrs)

    Today our destination is the village of Chhokangparo. We cross over the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank with great views of Ganesh Himal. The trail passes Sarpu Khola and arrives at Gho Village. Finally, a steep climb of about 2 hrs will bring us to Chhokangparo village in the Upper Tsum Valley. Overnight in Chokhangparo.

  • Day 9: Chokhangparo to Nile(3347m/5hrs)

    Today we trek north towards Nile, the last village in the Upper Tsum valley. We pass through numerous Gompas and Chortens along the way. We continue along past Phurbe and Pangdung and eventually reach Nile. Overnight in Nile.

  • Day 10: Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa(3700m/5hrs)

    From Nile we follow the old Tibet trade route to reach Mu Gompa. Mu Gompa is the largest Gompa in this region, it contains religious scriptures and statues of Guru Rimpoche and Aviloketeshwor. We will also visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m). It is the oldest monastery in the Tsum valley. It is about 2 hrs walk from the village of Chule or Nile. Overnight in Nile.

  • Day 11: Mu Gompa - Rachen Gompa(3240m/5hrs)

    After breakfast, we head towards Rachen Gompa, a Buddhist nunnery. It is the largest nunnery in the Tsum valley, it lies in the Shiar Khola Valley, in the foothills of the mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. It houses one thousand statues of Aviloketeshwar, a throne, a pillar and a large prayer wheel. The interior is painted richly with murals about Buddhist philosophy.
    We return down the valley through Chhule and continue down as far as Phurba. Walk on the east bank of the Shiar Khola and cross flat boulder-covered plains following the power lines to Rachen Gompa. Overnight in Rachen Gompa.

  • Day 12: Rachen Gompa – Dumje(2460m/5-6hrs)

    The trek from Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2460) will take about 6 hrs. From here, we will follow a different trail and reach Dumje. Overnight in Dumje.

  • Day 13: Dumje – Gumpa Lungdang(3200m)

    The hike from Dumje to Gumpa Lungdang is an uphill ascend. It will take about 5 hrs to reach Gumpa Lungdang. Overnight in Gumpa Lungdang.

  • Day 14: Gumpa Lungdang – Lokpa(2,240m)

    Today we wll hike downhill towards Lokpa. It will take about 6-7 hours to reach Lokpa. Overnight in Lokpa.

  • Day 15: Lokpa – Jagat

    After breakfast at Lokpa, we hike down to Jagat. The trail goes through dense rhododendron forests and joins the main Manaslu trail. We hike past the villages of Ekle Bhatti, Phillim, Sirdibas and finally reach Jagat. Overnight in Jagat

  • Day 16: Jagat – Maccha Khola

    Today we will retrace our steps back to Machha Khola. Overnight in Machha Khola.

  • Day 17: Machha Khola – Aarughat

    Today is the last day of your Tsum Valley Trek. After breakfast, we head towards Aarughat. The hike is easy and mostly downhill. Overnight in Aarughat.

  • Day 18: Drive to Kathmandu

    After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 19: Departure

    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

What's Included
  • All transfers by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in 3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu and in local village lodges /tea houses during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and all meals while on the trek.
  • English speaking local trekking guide along with porter (one porter for every two members) during the trek.
  • Meals, wages, transportation, insurance and trekking gears for guide, porter and trekking staff.
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP/RAP/TIMS).
  • All Government taxes and service charges.
What's Not Included
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance recommended.
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to natural forces, political situation or early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.

Review

EDhan (America)

My Name is EDhan from California, America. I am a retired management consultant. Basically, this visit to Nepal exceeded my expectations. We came here through Tibet and Bhutan. Here in Nepal, I like the neighbourhood and friendly people. My wife every day used to go for morning walk and used to tell me the story about the local people, whatever she sees every day. Especially, the guide was most knowledgeable and made it possible and get a sense of not only historical and religious value of some of the places but also some of the other places how the people live over there day to day.

The company was able to manage all the services smoothly and made the memorable trip in Kathmandu. Do not be afraid of Earthquake; the government has done very good job, lots of cleaning up and reconstructions are going on. There are many places to go without facing any problems. Feel free to make a trip to Nepal nothing to afraid of and you will feel the completely different and unique. Thanks to Sixth Sixth and an entire team making an incredible trip in Nepal and I will come back next time.

Margo Boston (America)

Hi, My Name is Margo Boston, America. We were planning the trip to visit Nepal Bhutan and Tibet through our local agency. In the beginning, we asked so many questions about safety, especially after the earthquake but we realised that after visiting Nepal it is completely safe & worthful to visit.

We are very glad to see the beautiful country. Everything was perfect and great to see the Hinduism and Buddhism and combinations of religious and cultural aspects in the tiny little city. The trip plan, all the staff activity including cultural show was great.

Lori (America)

Hi, My Name is Lori, and I came to do the trip with my daughter. After the earthquake had happened we were confused, what should we do, should we go or should we not go for Nepal Trip and finally we decided to come after the consultation, and we had a wonderful time there. The tour guide and driver and all the staff were done magnificent job. There is so much to see and worthful to visit. The hotel was excellent, the food was great, we enjoyed our time. The Buddhist and Hindu temple were fascinating. Our guide was brilliant and enhanced all experience and knowledge he passed all the knowledge to us and shared the ideas. I encourage you to visit Nepal it is one of the incredible places around the world.