Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum valley is situated at the Northern Gorkha. Tsum Valley Trek is the trekking in the Manasalu Region of Nepal. The word “Tsum” has been derived from Latin, theTibetan word “Tsombo” which means “vivid”. Tsum Valley Trek offers majestic view of Mt. Manasalu (8163m), Ganesh Himal, Baudha Himal ranges and other various peaks. To discover the undiscovered remote charm of the Manasalu region, Nepal Pioneer Trek brings you this trekking experience. Not just the mountains, but the landscapes around, the Tibetan culture and the hospitality of the locals make the trek more unique and adventurous. You are not to miss the local cultivated coffee. Tatopani (Hot spring) is there to relax in this intensive trial.

The Tsum Valley is extremely rich both in cultural and natural assets. It has a long ancient Buddhist history and value. During the ancient period, The Tsum Valley was also called “Tsum Tso Chuksum”. It means “thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory”. The ancient remains of the Tsum kingdom are still visible today. People believe that the Buddhist saint Milarepa have meditated in the caves of their mountains. This place is still remote, but unique. It has been bypassed from development activities since centuries. The trail heads up the valley of the Budi Gandaki River through a wild and unexplored country inhabited mainly by members of the Gurung ethnic groups. Good cup of the local cultivated natural coffee. Tatopani hot springs will help you to relax on this intensive trial.

The Tsum Valley landscape is dotted with Mani walls, Chortens and Kaanis (gateway Chortens). Chortens are Buddhist religious monuments, also known as Stupa. They are distinct features in Tsum Valley. They are erected to ward off evil spirits from places that are identified as thresholds. The main purpose of these Mani walls is to ask the help of the gods. It is for the well-being of travelers.

The Tsum Valley is surrounded by the Sringi Himal to the North. Ganesh Himal to the south. Buddha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west. Upper Tsum Valley opens from Chhokangparo. Here the local people (Tibetan group “Tsombo”) offers you with traditional Tibetan Chiya (butter tea) and local meals as part of their hospitality and culture. The valley is scattered with Gompas (Buddhist monasteries), Chortens and Mani walls (over 250m). The longest of which are at Dzong and Phurpe. Tsum Valley Trek is safe and highly recommended.


Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 02: Trek preparation day (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat at (570m/1,870ft)

Day 04: Trek from Arughat to Soti Khola at (730m/2,395ft)

Day 05: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola at (930m/3,051ft)

Day 06: Trek  from Machha Khola to Doban at (1,070m/3,510ft) 6-7 hours

Day 07: Trek from Doban to Philim at (1,590m/5,216ft) 6 hours

Day 08: Trek from Philim to Chumling at (1,670m/5,479ft) 7 hours

Day 09: Trek from Chhumling to Chhokangparo at (3,030m/9,940ft) 5-6 hours

Day 10: Trek from Chhokangparo to Nile at (3,361m/11,058ft)

Day 11: Trek from Nile to Mu Gumba at (3,700m/12,174ft): 4 hours

Day 12: Rest day Mu Gumba at (3,700m/12,174ft): 4 hours

Day 13: Trek from Mu Gumba to Rachen Gomba at (3,240m/10,660ft): 5 hours

Day 14: Trek from Rachen Gumba to Dumje  at (2,440m/8,028ft)

Day 15: Trek from Dumje to Philim at (1,590m/5,215ft): 7-8 hours

Day 16: Trek from Philim to Tatopani at (990m/3,248ft) 6-7 hours

Day 17: Trek  from Tatopani to Soti Khola at (710m/2,328ft): 6-7 hours

Day 18: Trek from Soti Khola to Arughat (600m/1,968ft): 6-7 hours

Day 19: Drive from Arughat to Kathmandu (1,300m/4160 ft)

Day 20: Departure for home

Day 1: Arrival day  in Kathmandu (1,300m/4160 ft)

Nepal PioneerTreks representatives would pick you up from the Kathmandu International Airport. Once you arrive at your hotel our manager will come to greet you at the hotel, then brief about the program, on the same evening we would take you for our official welcome dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant where you can enjoy cultural ethnic dance and music. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Trek Preparation

Today, our manager will come to meet you at the hotel at 10.00 AM.  He will brief about the trip in detail, introduce with the guide and provide you all the documents. You will be free in the afternoon and manage your time for trek preparation. Our guide will meet you at your hotel at six O’ clock in the evening then take you for well come dinner. After having dinner, drop you to the hotel and stay over night.


Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570m/1,824ft)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will take a local bus departing from Kathmandu to Arughat in the morning. This is an interesting drive along the scenic Highway. The bus makes two times stop for breakfast and lunch. After a seven hour drive you will arrive in Arughat. After a rest at the lodge at Arughat, you can walk around the town and explore the surrounding areas.  Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 4: Trek to Soti Khola (730m/2336ft)

Today your trip starts after breakfast at the lodge, the stone paved trail leads towards north of the valley which is along the bank of the Budi Gandaki river. This area has big rice farmland on the way and also small forest where you can see monkeys. You will enjoy your walk through Magar and Gurung village along the way and also few water falls passing  through. You can stay overnight at Soti Khola.

Day 5: Trek to Machha Khola (930m/2976ft)

Today also your trek starts after breakfast. The trail few up and downs from Soti Khola towards north of the valley. There are few farm terraces along the way and also passing through the Sal forest. After a short sandy walk on the bank of the river, the rocky trail leads few up and downs to Machha Khola. You can look around and enjoy the river view then stay overnight at lodge.

 Day 06: Trek to Doban (1,070m/3,510ft) 6-7 hours

The trek starts after breakfast. The trail  to Doban involves some steep ascends and descends passing by a few villages and forest. You are going to see the real life of the country people. How do they live and their life style. We climb a well crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban. Doban means confluence of the rivers. There are side trips to explore some hours in the evening then stay overnight at the lodge.

Day 07: Trek to Philim (1,590m/5,216ft) 6 hours

Today, the trail mostly up and down both. It takes about six hour walk. We get a grand view of Sringri Himal as we continue up to the village of Philim at 1550m.This is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. The main income source of the people around here are farming. There are several good campsites and we set up camp surrounded by alder, blue pine and poplar trees. Once you arrive at the lodge you are free so can look around yourself then stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek to Chumling (1,670m/5,479ft) 7 hours

Your trek starts after breakfast. The total hours of trek seven today. We take the trail up through Philim and head up over a ridge that leads to Ganesh Himal Base camp and Chumling (Lower Tsum). We camp for the night at Chumling. There are several good campsites like as Chumling. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek to Chhokangparo (3,030m/9,940ft) 5-6 hours

Today you trek to Chhokangparo. It takes about five to six hours. Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) opens from Chhokangparo. Chhekamparo is a village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen closer directly to the south where it provides spectacular views of the Baudha, Himal Chuli and some more peaks to the south-west. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Chhokang Paro to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft)

The trek starts after breakfast again. While climbing above Chokhangparo, better to be careful of altitude problems. You should hear your body. Walk pass Lamagaon to the Rachen Gompa. Climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave.  Then we cross  the Shiar Khola. Continue walking through the villages of Phurbe and Pangdun. After crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek to Mu Gumba (3,700m/12,174ft): 4 hours

The trek starts after breakfast like as usual days. We are now closer to the Tibetan border. You should follow and walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Lu Gompa. We also visit the Monastery. Then after, we make a visit to the Dhephyudoma Gompa and stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Explore day (3,700m/12,174ft): 4 hours

Today we make a day tour  of the whole Mu Gompa. Mu Gompa is the largest Monastery in this region. The Gompa located  at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After exploring the Mu Gompa area, you may also consider the option of getting to the base of Pika Himal (4865m).Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Trek to Rachen Gomba (3,240m/10,660ft): 5 hours

The trek starts after  breakfast. It takes about five hours walk today in total. Trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. Finally, we arrive at Rachen Gompa again. The Rachen Gumba is a nunnery in the Shiar Khola Valley.  The nunnery is one of the largest in the region is of great importance. Stay overnight there.

Day 14: Trek to Dumje (2,440m/8,028ft)

Today has also continued trekking and cross a bridge to descend down to Chhokangparo again. From Chhokangparo. Continue descending to Gho. Descending further, we arrive at the bridge over the Shiar Khola. Cross the bridge to Dhumje. The trek today approximately five to six hours, then stay overnight at lodge.

Day 15: Trek to Philim (1,590m/5,215ft): 7-8 hours

Today, you trek starts after breakfast. Trek from Dumje,  along the lower Tsum Valley. The trail continues to Lokpa then south on a flat trail. Enjoy the gorgeous Samba Falls. Finally arrive at Philim after 6 or 7 hours long trekking. A trail passes through the Phillim village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Explore in the evening, yourself and stay overnight at lodge.

Day 16: Trek to Tatopani: (990m/3,248ft) 6-7 hours

Today you trek from Jagat to Tatopni. It takes about six to seven hours walk in total. Descend down to Yaru. The arid Tibetan climate now gives way to subtropical green vegetation. Continue trekking to Dobhan. Finally arrive at Tatopani. There is a natural hot spring at Tatopani. If interested, you may dip yourself in the hot spring and relax your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 17: Trek to Soti Khola (710m/2,328ft): 6-7 hours

Today trek both up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi. Your walk about six to seven hours today. The trail crosses the Tharo Khola flows in a rocky ravine. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Walk along the Budi Gandaki River to reach to the 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 Budi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, cross the bridge finally to arrive at Soti Khola. Explore in the evening by looking around, then stay overnight at lodge.

Day 18: Trek to Arughat (600m/1,968ft): 6-7 hours

Today you trek to Arughat. This is the last day trek. It takes about six to seven hours walk. The trail climb up to the ridge of Kyorpani. Descend down to the cascading waterfall. Trekking further arrive at Arkhet. Cross the Arkhet Khola. We are now leaving the Budi Gandaki Valley. Arrive at Saint Bazar, pass through the forests to Maltar. Finally, passing by the hydroelectric plant following the stone streets, we arrive at the Arughat Bazar. Take some times to explore the town in the evening then stay overnight at lodge.

Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Your bus journey by bus start after breakfast. The bus journey from Arughat to Kathmandu takes  8 hours. It is an interesting drive through the countryside. Driving to Gorkha is a pretty much dusty  road and well paved road to Kathmandu through Prithivi highway after Khaireni. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 20: Departure day

Today departure for home. Our driver drops you to the Tribhuvan International airport for your final departure for home. We wish, you have a nice and safe journey back home.

Trip Includes:

  • Two nights accommodation in Kathmandu with twin sharing at tourist standard hotel (Bed and Breakfast)
  • All Ground  transportation.
  • Full board meal 3 times a day (B+L+D) during the trek days including tea & coffee (served in a cup).
  • English speaking trekking guide who has been authorized by the government and necessary number of porters (According to the group size) with their insurance, salary,accommodation and meals.
  •  welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu with Cultural show.(Ethnic music and dance)
  • All the necessary official documents , TIMS Permit, Trekking Permit etc.
  •  Sleeping bags and down jackets if necessary.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Trekking Route map.
  • Insurance of Guide and Porters.
  • All require local and government tax.

Trip Excludes:

  • Nepal Visa fee and International flight.
  • Meal except Breakfast in Kathmandu.
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea / coffee, snacks, battery re-charge, laundry service, etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears.
  • Tips to guide and porters.
  • Cost raised by flight cancellation, emergency rescue charges , landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control.
  • Monument entrance fees.

: Sun Glasses

: Scarf Face Mask

: Fleece Bennie

: Sunscreen

: Cap stick

: Hand Towel

: Cold weather Down Jacket

: Wind Stopper

: Rain Coat

: Fleece Jacket and Trouser

: T-shirt (short or long selves)

: Trekking Trousers

: Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom(two pairs)

: Trekking Boots

: Socks and under wears

: Head torch

: Snow Gaiter(depends on trekking region)

: Camel Pack or water bottle

: Trekking Poles

: Day Pack minimum 25 L with side pocket to keep bottle

: Spare batteries for Camera

: Down Jacket

: Sleeping Bag


Fixed Departures