Tsum Valley Trek

19 Days

Tsum valley trek is one another newly explored trekking destinations in Nepal, located in northern Gorkha district. Tsum valley was developed as trekking destinations only in 2007. Tsum valley, a remote and isolated mountain valley nestled between Boudha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south and Sringi Himal to the north. It is a popular mountain valley for home stay and also popular for diverse ancient arts, Buddhist monasteries, Chhorten, mani walls each has a different story to tell. In addition, you will also pass through beautiful villages of various ethnic groups mainly gurung, Sherpa, Tamang, Chhetri, Bramhin and others, therefore, you will have an opportunity to explore the diverse and blend of culture and rituals and be amazed with the warm and sincere hospitality of them, enjoy with the local dishes and delicacies. 

Likewise, you will also pass through terraced farm field, steamy forest which are full of flora and fauna including the beautiful rhododendron flower and also cross a couple of mountain passes namely the Ngula Dhoj Hyang (5093 m) and Yamdro Pass (5326 m), pass through rocky and sloppy hills and be amazed with the dazzling views of the mountains 
Tsum valley trekking begins with one day drive from Kathmandu to Arughat in Gorkha district and continues along with Soti Khola, Machha Khola and continues through Philim, Chumling, and finally the trail takes you to Chhokangparo, the upper Tsum valley and after making an excursion around, the trail takes you back along Nile, Rachen Gompa, Dumje, Philim and finally get back to Arughat Bazaar and then catch a bus to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary:

  • Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu
  • Day 02: From Kathmandu drive to Arughat Bazaar (8 9 hours)
  • Day 03: Arughat to Soti Khola (6 7 hours)
  • Day 04: Soti Khola to Machhe Khola (6 7 hours)
  • Day 05: Machha Khola to Doban (6 7 hours)
  • Day 06: Doban to Philim (6 hours)
  • Day 07: Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (7 hours)
  • Day 08: Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) (5 6 hours)
  • Day 09: Chhokangparo to Nile/Chhule, visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way (6 7 hours)
  • Day 10: Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m) (4 hours)
  • Day 11: Extra day for excursion
  • Day 12: Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (5 hours)
  • Day 13: Rachen Gompa to Dumje (6 7 hours)
  • Day 14: Dumje to Philim (cross Ripchet) (6 7 hours)
  • Day 15: Philim to Tatopani (6 7 hours)
  • Day 16: Tatopani to Soti Khola (6 7 hours)
  • Day 17: Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar (6 7 hours)
  • Day 18: From Arughat Bazar drive to Kathmandu (8 9 hours)
  • Day 19: Depart Kathmandu

Cost Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by private car / van/ Haice. (Depend on group size).
  • Kathmandu city tours, tour guide and private car / van
  • Three night´s accommodation in Kathmandu twin sharing bed with B/B plan Hotel three star category accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner with cup of tea & coffee during trek)
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • Manaslu route map
  • Seasonal fresh fruits after dinner
  • Thin Air Adventure’s down sleeping bag for during trek (If necessary)
  • All necessary land transport by Car/ Haice and local bus for trek
  • An experience and helpful guide (trained by Ministry of tourism) two clients a porter. Their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments
  • Special trekking permit for Manaslu and Tsum valley one/one  week.
  • Conservation area permits Annapurna and manaslu.
  • First aid medical kit bag.
  • All program according to itineraries on full board.
  • Rescue service arrangement
  • All government and local taxes and office service charge.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing entrance fee in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance, medical insurance and helicopter rescue.
  • International airfare and departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa
  • All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water, Coke, Fanta, juice, etc.
  • Hot and cold showers during the trek
  • Personal shopping, laundry, internet, battery charge in camera, phone call and donation in Monastery and temple.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Tips for trekking staff (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on price including section

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01 :Arrival Kathmandu it’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your Hotel. Welcome drinks will be served and over night at Kathmandu Hotel.
  • Day 02 :From Kathmandu drive to Arughat Bazaar (8 9 hours) We take an 8 9 hrs bus ride to Arughat Bazaar in Gorkha district. The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Buri Gandaki. Arughat Bazaar is large, clean and prosperous with Hotels and shops selling cloth, food and hardware.
  • Day 03 :Arughat to Soti Khola (6 7 hours) From Arughat Bazar we trek to Soti Khola. Along the via Kali Gandaki valley way we enjoy splendid views of Shringri Himal. We trek through Gurung and Magar villages, past fields and cascading waterfalls, till we reach Soti Khola. We set up camp on the banks of the Soti Khola(‘khola´ means river in Nepali).
  • Day 04 :Soti Khola to Machhe Khola (6 7 hours) We trek from Soti Khola to Machha khola (Fish River). Machha khola is a village situated above a stream with the same name. We camp for the night by a wide campsite.
  • Day 05 :Machha Khola to Doban (6 7 hours) The trail from Machhe Khola to Doban involves some steep ascents and descents. We climb a well – crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban. Doban lies at the confluence of the Shiar Khola, which flows from the east, and the Sarpu khola, which flows from the west.
  • Day 06 :Doban to Philim (6 hours) The route climbs on rugged rocky trail. We climb up and down ravines and notched trees. We get good views 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. There are several good campsites and we set up camp surrounded by alder, blue pine and poplar trees.
  • Day 07 :Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (7 hours) 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 at Chumling.
  • Day 08 :Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) (5 6 hours) From Chumling we trek to Chhokangparo. Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open 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 directly to the south where it provides spectacular views of the Baudha and Himal chuli peaks to the south west. Some households in this village practice polyandry.
  • Day 09 :Chhokangparo to Nile/Chhule, visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way (6 7 hours) From Chhokangparo we trek to Nile/ Chulle. This is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. Nile is on the western, sun side of the Shiar Khola, about 20 minutes walk across from Chhule.
    On the way we pass the Piren Phu cave. Piren Phu (pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley. It is located at the foot of a rugged cliff near the village of Burji. Milarepa, the famous Tibetan saint, was believed to have meditated here. There are two separate gumbas attached to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and significant Buddhists paper scripts make this cave one of the most important socio cultural asset in the valley.
    Beatiful views can be had of the Shiar Khola, Rachen Gumba, the mountains and settlements amidst vast agricultural land.
  • Day 10 :Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m) (4 hours) From Nile the trail gradually ascends to Mu gumba, the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gumba is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. Mu Gumba was established in 1895 AD and is situated at an altitude of 3510m.The monastery houses religious books, including Kangyur, a life sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara.

    Dephyudonma Gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley and is situated in the rugged mountains, a 2 hr walk from the village of Chhule and Nile. The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley. The monastery is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect. There are a few campsites and drinking water facilities.
  • Day 11 :Extra day for excursion we take a hike up Mu Gumba and reach the base of Pika Himal (4865m).We are quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the Tibetan peaks as well as the Ganesh Himal range. After the day´s excursion we return to our camp at Mu gumba.
  • Day 12 :Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (5 hours) From Mu Gumba we take the trail to Rachen Gumba, a nunnery. The nunnery is situated in the Shiar Khola Valley in the foothills of the mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. Rachen Gumba was established in the year 1905 AD and is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum valley. It houses nuns belonging to the Ngak pa sect, which does not allow animal slaughter. The nunnery houses one thousand clay, moulded statues of Avalokiteshwara, a brightly colored, carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. The interior is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history.
  • Day 13 :Rachen Gompa to Dumje (6 7 hours) From Rachen Gompa we proceed towards Dumje, a small village with about eight houses and adjoining cattle shed.
  • Day 14 :Dumje to Philim (cross Ripchet) (6 7 hours) From Dumje we trek to Philim and cross Ripchet. On the way we pass one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Lower Tsum Valley, Samba Tingding Chhupyang.
  • Day 15 :Philim to Tatopani (6 7 hours) From Phillim we trek to Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. You can relieve your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring.
  • Day 16 :Tatopani to Soti Khola (6 7 hours) From Tatopani we trek to Soti Khola. We pass through terraced fields and tropical waterfalls and finally set up camp at the village.
  • Day 17 :Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar (6 7 hours) As we make our way from Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar, we come to the last leg of our journey.
  • Day 18 :From Arughat Bazar drive to Kathmandu (8 9 hours) We drive to Kathmandu.
  • Day 19 :Depart Kathmandu Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as game drive at National parks, do some wild water rafting, a Tibet tour or even mountain biking).

Useful Info

If the above schedule does not meet your need and interest, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip is possible to conduct in any time if the group size has two or more pax.

Key Information

  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
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