Tsum Valley Trekking

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Tsum Valley Trekking, a magnificent journey into remote and isolated country beyond Nepal
North Mid West Himalaya, sandwiched between great range of mountains of Manaslu and
Ganesh Himal, Tsum known as valley of Happiness in local native language of Tibetan origin.

A fascinating adventure that leads you into hidden areas and Shangri-la of Himalaya away from
maddening crowd of modern civilization into pristine wilderness of mountains-windswept
beautiful country with impressive local culture of Tsum valley.

A perfect adventure destination for people who bored walking on mainstream trekking trails on popular routes, as this trip allows you being in complete tranquil in the harmony of interesting colorful culture and ancient traditions as it was past hundred of centuries.

Tsum Valley Trekking, commence with an interesting overland journey into Nepal Mid Western areas of Gorkha district, where walks at first leads on same tracks of Manaslu route and then on leaving the raging Buri-Gandaki River heading into unknown and hidden areas at Tsum valley.

Walk leads into nice lovely farm villages and forest filled with enchanting rhododendron-magnolia-oaks and pines trees, as walk proceeds leaving the green vegetation and tree lines behind for wild windswept country similar to dry Tibetan landscapes which is close beyond Mu Gompa our final destination around Tsum Valley.

With ample to explore within beautiful Tsum and its traditional villages exploring the areas with tour of impressive monasteries of Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa, then heading back to the road head at Soti-Khola for scenic and exciting drive back to Kathmandu with fond memories and magnificent adventure on Tsum Valley Trekking.

Trip Facts

  • Trip Mode : Hotel - lodge and home stay or camping opitions.
  • Total Trip : 18 Nights & 19 Days
  • Higest Point : 3,730 m / 12, 309 ft high at Mu Gompa within Tsum valley.
  • Trip Grade : Moderate and Adventurous.
  • Season : March to June and September to November Best in October to March with clear views but cold in the night and morning times (March to May when wild-flowers are in full bloom)
  • Trekking : 14 Nights & 15 Days (Soti-Khola to Soti-Khola)

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola 845 m via Arughat around Gorkha district- 06 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Machha-Khola 930m - 06 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Lakuwa 2,2400m - 05 hrs
Day 07: Trek to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Chokhan-paro 3,010 m - 05 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Nele 3,361m after a tour of Milarepa cave - 06 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa 3,749m - 04 hours.
Day 11: Rest-Day for acclimatization at leisure for hike around.
Day 12: Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m - 05 hours.
Day 13: Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Philim 1,590 m - 07 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring) - 06 hours.
Day 16: Trek to Soti-Khola - 06 hours.
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to your respective hotels.
Day 18: In Kathmandu free and spare day for individual activities.
Day 19: International departure for home ward bound.

Day 01:            Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.

On reaching Kathmandu via various respective airlines, walk to airport terminal exit, here our guide and staff receives you with warm greeting and then transfer into car or coach (depending upon group size) for short drive into the heart of Kathmandu city.


On reaching your hotel check into your rooms, after rest and refreshment join in the main hall or lobby to join with other members of Tsum Valley Trekking for briefing of treks with do's and don'ts.


Evening includes welcome group dinner in a nice restaurant introducing you with typical Nepali cuisine with folk dance program of all parts of Nepal as entertainment.


Day 02:            In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning activities starts after breakfast, where our city guide will accompany you to interesting World Heritage Sites in our wonderful sightseeing tour, which helps you to gain knowledge regarding local culture and traditional life of Nepalese people as it was for many past centuries.

Tour leads around Kathmandu Durbar Square teemed with local life around historical sites and monuments, then heading due west at Swayambhunath Stupa (popularly known as Monkey Temple where large numbers of monkeys found around).


One of the oldest monuments of Nepal dates back more than 2,500 years old overlooking views of Kathmandu valley and the city from this hillock Buddhist Chaitya or Stupa.


After with lunch in local restaurant as the tour continues to holy Hindu Temple of Pashupatinath towards east of the city, one of the holiest Hindu sites, where great festival takes place in the month of February known as Shiva Ratri. 


From here visit Bouddhanath huge Stupa, a Buddhist landmark the area also known as 'Little Tibet' due to strong Tibetan influence in religion-culture and traditional way of life.


Our marvelous tour completes and then back into your hotel, afternoon free at leisure with preparation for Tsum Valley Trekking next morning. 


Day 03:            Drive to Soti-Khola 845 m via Arughat around Gorkha district- 06 hrs.
Morning traveling by coach or in private vehicles (depending upon group size), where drive leads on interesting and exciting Kathmandu & Pokhara highway to reach at Arughat town and beyond to Soti-Khola village.


On drive views of mountain and scenic landscapes as journey leads past number of farm villages and towns and then ending the drive at Soti Khola small farm village for first overnight stop within Nepal Mid West region.


Day 04:            Trek to Machha-Khola 930m - 06 hrs.
First day walk from Soti- Khola leads to a short climb for a while with rest of the walk on gradual winding uphill trail through terraced farm fields and villages.

As our route enters into cool forested area in a gorge following torrential glacial Buri-Gandaki River upstream, as the path follows with a climb in the cool shade of rhododendron and oaks forest after a good walk of near six hours reaching a moderate size village at Maccha-Khola for overnight stop. (Name of the village means a fish stream)

Day 05:            Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs.

After pleasant overnight at Macha-Khola, morning walk follows Buri-Gandaki River upstream, to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding path to reach at Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,” an opportunity for hot bathe as time allows.


After a pleasant stop, walk to Dovan and Yaruphant villages and then at Jagat for overnight stops, Jagat a moderate size farm villages with shops and stores.


Day 06:            Trek to Lakuwa 2,2400m - 05 hrs.

From Jagat, morning walk leads to higher areas passing scattered farm villages with short climb and downhill to cross over a bridge to reach at Nagjet and Philim, a large village with spread-out farm houses. After Philim walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Lakuwa on leaving the main trail of Manaslu trekking route.


Day 07:            Trek to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.

After Lakuwa village and leaving Buri-Gandkai River for a week, our walk heads towards Tsum valley into the valley of happiness, as our route enters narrow gorge then with short descend and uphill climb into rhododendron and pine tree forest walking past small farm villages then climbing above Lungwa Khola to reach at Chumling village for first overnight in Tsum Valley.


Day 08:            Trek to Chokhan-paro 3,010 m - 05 hours.
From here altitude slowly gains with the mountain views of Ganesh Himal peaks, as the villages and landscapes looks similar to Tibetan windswept plateau. Morning walks with downhill to cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola, with views of Ganesh Himal also known as Yangra at 7,422 m high, walk slowly leads at Chokhan-paro village for overnight stop.


Day 09:            Trek to Nele 3,361m after a visiting Milarepa cave - 06 hours.

After Chokan-paro heading closer towards upper Tsum area to Nele (Ne-lay) starting with a climb onto open valley within windswept country exists only few small trees that survives around this arid terrain.


Walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal, after a pleasant walk reach at Nele on the way with visit to an old cave of 11th Centaury Saint Milarepa famous and popular Buddhist poet, singer, tantric guru his folk-tales and songs still remembered by Tibetans and Buddhist alike.


Day 10:            Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m - 04 hours.

Morning walk starts on reaching our highest point at Mu Gompa of the adventure, as walk continues with a climb on high arid terrain offering views of high peaks on the way to Mu Gompa for overnight stop.


Day 11:            Rest day at Mu Gompa to explore the local village and monastery.
Rest and free day at Mu Gompa to explore the village with visit of old Mu Gompa enriched with ancient antique scrolls, statue and relics this is one of the most important monastery of Tsum and Manaslu area.


Day 12:            Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m - 05 hours.

After an interesting and wonderful time at Mu Gompa return journey visiting another impressive monastery of Rachen Gompa, walk leads on nice path with few short climbs and downhill passing few small villages of cattle herders to reach at Rachen Gompa for overnight stop, afternoon visit Rachen monastery.


Day 13:            Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.
Today our last day around Tsum valley, as morning leads to long descend to reach Chumling village pastg farm areas and then back into tree lines, after a long downhill walks reaching at Chumling village for last overnight stop within Tsum areas.


Day 14:            Trek to Philim 1,590 m - 07 hrs
From Chumling village, morning walk downhill following river downstream with views of waterfalls then reaching villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till our walk ends at Philim village for overnight stop.

This is a nice farm village with school supported by Japanese (as Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is a favorite among Japanese)

Day 15:            Trek to Tatopani 1, 240 m - 06 hours.
From here onwards into warmer area of paddy fields, after a breakfast walk leads to Tatopani following Buri Gandaki River past small villages of Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar and Jagat.

Walk further descends to Yaruphant, then he towards lower area with dramatic change in vegetation, finally ending our long day walk at Tatopani for overnight stop, a small farm village with hot spring as Tatopani in Nepali means 'hot water', afternoon enjoy in the hot springs and relax. The local believes warm spring water have a natural power to cure various diseases.

Day 16:            Trek to Soti Khola - 06 hours. 
After a nice time at Tatopani and hot spring, morning walk leads to Soti Khola walking along Budhi Gandaki River downstream, after hours of good walk reaching Gurung village of Labubesi, from here walk further past terraced fields and waterfalls to reach our last overnight stop at Soti-khola.

Day 17:            Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Morning drive back to Kathmandu on same interesting highway with exciting time as drive leads through rural farm villages and towns with views of mountains after six hours journey reaching in Kathmandu, then transfer to your respective hotels.

Day 18:            In Kathmandu free and spare day for individual activities.
A free and relaxing day in Kathmandu, relax and enjoy with individual activities shopping souvenirs or join in for another exciting sightseeing tour.

Day 19:            International departure for homeward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal the country of Himalaya wonders, depart from the hotel as per your international flight for homeward bound or to your next destination country, our staff transfer you with farewell garland or Buddhist silk scarf 'Khada' for your safe and good journey, after a wonderful memories of Tsum Valley Trekking.

Grand panorama of Ganesh and Manaslu Himalaya that surrounds beautiful Tsum valley
Exploring cultural and traditional Tsum villages similar to Tibetan Buddhist culture and origin
Walking into enchanting forest covered with tall rhododendron and magnolia tree lines
Daily views of mountains walking into remote and isolated valley of happiness at Tsum.