Tsum Valley Trek

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Trip Duration 10 Days
Group Size 2-12 people
Maximum Altitude Mu Gumpa (3,700m/12,136ft)
Difficulty Grade Moderate
Start & End Point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
Best Seasons Mar-May, Sept-Nov

Trip Highlights of Tsum Valley Trek

  • Amazing Landscapes and vegetation.
  • Stunning mountain views.
  • Trek through the silent and green routes.
  • An excellent way to explore Buddhism.
  • Peaceful trekking experience.
  • We walk through the off-the-beaten-path of the Manaslu region.
  • The most beautiful view of Mount Ganesh Himal. We also see Hiunchuli, Manaslu, Churen Himal, and Poshyop Glacier.
  • Tsum Valley is a Great cultural and spiritual experience.

Overview of Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek in the Manaslu region is a remote trek area of Nepal. It is a restricted trekking area where one needs a Special permit from the government to visit. We will walk in the land of Tibetan Buddhists with their distinct art, culture, and religion. This fantastic trekking route is one of the Buddhist pilgrimage sites.

This fantastic Tsum Valley trek has natural beauty and cultural values. Furthermore, it is also a virgin trek. It started in 2008 for tourism but has yet to be much explored. The incredible Himalayas surround it. Also to that, the green forest areas add charm to the place.

The Tsum Valley Trek starts with a breathtaking 7 hours drive from Kathmandu to Arughat. Along with that, you get to enjoy sightseeing in Kathmandu City as well. Furthermore, Trek has the correct paths combined with dense forests. We will trek in the terraced fields and hill villages.

Also, this Trek leads you to the Budi Gandaki River Valley. It goes through the less-explored community of Tsum Villages. The Valley is fertile with ancient culture and tradition. It has Buddhist monasteries, Chortens, prayer flags, monuments, etc.

The most extended Mani walls at Dzong and Purple are among the main highlights of the Tsum Valley trek.

Enjoy the Trek in the Sacred Himalayas Valley.

This Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley in northern Gorkha, Nepal. ‘Tsum’ comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo,’ which means vivid. The Valley is Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal. We can also see the Sringi Himal and Baudha Himal ranges. This serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion.

The local people are Chortens of Tibetan origin and speak a unique dialect. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls. It is in thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers.

The famous Kyimo Lung is a pilgrimage circuit in the central Trans-Himalaya. It is well-known for its centers of learning and meditation. This circuit traverses the Tsum Valley, the Manaslu area in Nepal, and the southern parts of Tibet.

Visit the best monasteries.

During the Tsum Valley trek, the shiny mountains always spotlight exploration. The creation is one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful creations. Mountain peaks hold a very superior value, especially in Nepal. Here are many peaks that are the world’s highest part of the country.

To be exact, Nepal has 8 of the ten highest ones in the world. And apart from them, hundreds of others still exist. And besides the mountain peaks, the valleys are beautiful too. Tsum Valley Trek is one of the most popular ones. It was a restricted area and opened for trekking in 2008. Nowadays, the Valley has been receiving an increasing number of visitors every year.

Also, It goes through unique places like Soti Khola, Jagat, and Chisopani. The bio-diversity and vegetation of these places are beyond beautiful. You can observe rare species of plants and flowers. Tsum Valley trek goes with mesmerizing rivers and lakes. Buddhism stands for peace, lacking in many of your lives these days.

And what better place can you find to restore your inner peace and harmony than the gorgeous Valley? We can also visit Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, and Dephyudonma Gompa in the Tsum Valley trek.

Mu Monastery

Mu Monastery was established in 1895 AD. It is with the Lama Sherab Dorje Drukpa Rinpoche of the Drukpa Kagyu sect. To be here is quite a long ten-hour walk from Chhekam in the Tsum Valley Trek at an altitude of 3510m.

The monastery has been undergoing restorations since 1998. It has new buildings now for the monks. This monastery has religious books, including Kangyur, a life-size statue of Avalokiteshwara. Here are also the images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara.

Some of the most striking objects in the monastery are the statues of Buddha Amitabha. There are two special occasions celebrated in this monastery. The one Ngyungne, which celebrates in September/October by fasting for world peace. Another Yaarney involves the reading of sacred texts and rituals. Campsites and clean drinking water facilities are available for tourists.

Itinerary of Tsum Valley Trek

DAY
01

Day 01: Drive From Kathmandu to Soti Khola and further Machha Khola

On our Tsum Valley trek day, we will drive to Soti Khola from Kathmandu. We pass through Dhadingbesi, which takes 7-8 hours on a local bus.

We can further go to Machha Khola with a local bus or Jeep. We enjoyed the lovely terraces of rice fields, then went to the Gurung village of Labubesi. We drive with a good view of the Machha Khola village. We will be staying overnight at Machha Khola.

Multiple 7-8 hrs by bus, 5 hrs by jeep
Accommodation Guesthouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Machha Khola (930m)
DAY
02

Day 02: Trek to Jagat

After a short walk of our Tsum Valley trek, we will pass the Tatopani, a place with a hot spring waterfall. From there, we will climb over another ridge and cross the Budhi Gandaki.

We climb the staircase; we reach Dobhan. Crossing a bridge over the Dobhan Khola, the trail climbs to Duman. Climbing up again to the Budhi Gandaki, we will reach Yaru Khola.

The climbing and crossing of the bridge happen at the Yaru Khola and Tharo Bharyang. Cross the west part of the Budhi Gandakii; we will reach the village of Jagat.

Walking Day 5-6 hrs
Accommodation Guesthouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Jagat (1,290m)
DAY
03

Day 03: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa

Today, after breakfast, we will start our Tsum Valley trek journey. We start climbing over a rocky, narrow path to hills to Salleri. After Salleri, we will then climb down to Sirdibas.

Our trek journey will continue to Ghatta Khola and the open valley will get too close to us. After crossing the suspension bridge, we will climb the small hill to reach Philim.

The valley is well known for its small schools made by the Japanese, and here is the police station. We cross the Philim to the north along the forest with the views of the narrow valley.

We climbed along with forest areas for about an hour and reached Ekle Bhatti. Moving higher along pine forests, we get a scenic gorge and drop to a junction. We took the right trail that led to Tsum Valley, our stay for the night on Lokpa.

Walking Day 4-5 hrs
Accommodation Lodge
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Lokpa (1,660m)
DAY
04

Day 04: Trek from Lokpa to Domje

After Ekle Bhatti crosses the valley, we walk half-hour on the right side. Then, we saw the big and beautiful waterfall and entered the pine forest. After the short walk on today’s Tsum Valley trek, down the hill, we reach Tsum Valley.

We can enjoy the views of pine and rhododendron forests. We appreciate the best view of the Himalchuli Mountains at 7893m. Not only that, but we can have a look over a small, beautiful village.

We climb down the hill for half an hour towards Lungwa Khola. Then we climb Jick Jack and a problematic path two hours north. We reach Gumlung, passing the pine and rhododendrons forest.

By crossing the Siyar Khola, we finally arrive at Chumling. We get a chance to view Shringi Himal from Chumling. We can visit the old Chumling Gompa and the streets of the stone village.

Walking Day 7 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Domje (2,500m)
DAY
05

Day 05: Trek from Domje to Nile

We cross the suspension bridge on the opposite bank of the river. We get a chance to enjoy the views of Ganesh Himal. We cross another bridge after the short walk from the Rainjam to Serpu Khola. We arrive at the Gho Village.

If we continue to climb Tsum for two hours, we can reach the Village of Chhokangparo. If the weather is in our favor, we can enjoy the views of Himchuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at 7140m. After enjoying such an attractive view, we will cross Chokhangparo. We need to be careful of the altitude problem while climbing above Chokhangparo.

Today’s walk will pass the Lamagaon crossing rope suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa. It is well known as nunnery Gompa also. We will visit for a short time, and then we cross the Shiar Khola. We continue to walk through the well-managed villages. We pass Lar (micro hydro power), Phurbe, and Pangdun village.

We leave the old historic Stupa of Buddha on the way, crossing the village of Chhule. We will be climbing upstream and crossing the bridge. We finally arrive at the Nile. We can visit Chhuto, a famous monastery of Chhule, at the top.

Walking Day 6 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Nile (3,675m)
DAY
06

Day 06: Hiking from Nile to Mu Gompa

We are almost close to the Tibetan border on our Tsum Valley trek. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. We also visit the monastery. Then, after, we see the Dhephu Doma Gompa.

Walking Day 4 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Mu Gompa (3,700m)
DAY
07

Day 07: Trek from Nile to Chumling

We continue the path to reach Lokpa today on our Tsum Valley trek trail. After lunch, we move ahead on the flat route on the south. By enjoying the beautiful Samba Falls, we finally arrive at Philim after 6 to 7 hours of trekking. A trail passes through the Phillim village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.

Walking Day 7 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Chumling (2,475m)
DAY
08

Day 08: Trek from Chumling to Sallery

Today, we wake up with morning tea for a quick, substantial breakfast. Then, we will pack our bags and be ready to go downhill to Sallery village. Before we reach Sallery village, there are several villages we will cross. Some of the best Mountain Viewpoints are along the Tsum Valley trekking trail.

Walking Day 7 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Sallery (2,000m)
DAY
09

Day 09: Trek from Sallery to Machhakhola

We will trek from Sallery to Machhakhola through Jagat and Tatopani. We climb down to Sirdibas, and we finally reach Jagat. We rise down further, which takes us to Yaruphant. After crossing the dry climate of Tibet, we get to subtropical green vegetation. We continue our trek to Dobhan and finally arrive at Tatopani.

There is a hot spring at Tatopani. You can enjoy the hot spring by dipping yourself into it. Relax your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring. If not, you can continue walking up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi. Here you can rest for a day. The path crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in the rocky gorge.

It would help if you moved towards the river and traversed to Machha Khola village. It would help if you walked along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach the Gurung village of Labubesi. You should pass the two waterfalls on the steep rocky path on the side of a vertical rock, and then we get to Khursane.

You must walk along Budi Gandaki’s edge and cross the Sal forests. Finally, crossing the bridge to arrive at Machha Khola would be best.

Walking Day 6-7 hrs
Accommodation Teahouse
Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Altitude Machhakhola (970m)
DAY
10

Day 10: Drive from Machha Khola to Kathmandu via Arughat

Walk 4 hours and drive 7-8 hours. You need to climb to the edge of Kyorpani and climb down to the falling waterfall. Further trekking leads to Arkhet and crosses the Arkhet Khola. By crossing the Arkhet, we are also leaving Bundi Gandaki Valley.

We arrive at Sante Bazaar by passing through the forests at Maltar. Finally, we pass by the hydroelectric plant following the stone streets. We arrive at the Arughat Bazar.

After we reach Arughat Bazaar, we will continue the path back to Kathmandu. We pass along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers.

The route has impressive views of green hills, mountains, and farming terraces. There are villages on both sides of the road. We will be having a farewell dinner to celebrate the completion of our journey to Kathmandu.

Multiple 4 hrs trek, 7-8 hrs drive
Meals Breakfast & Lunch
Altitude Kathmandu (1,400m)

Fixed Departure Dates

Note: We can run a trip for solo travelers, couple, friends and family with children. Our private trips are running everyday. If you are looking for a group joining trip please contact us.

Includes/Excludes

What's Included?
  • Trekking guide certified and licensed by the Government and got training on high altitude sickness and first aid.
  • Trekking porter from Kathmandu 1 porter for 2 trekkers basis
  • Trekking staff, food, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, and clothing.
  • Local Tea houses, also called guest houses/ lodges, twin sharing during your journey.
  • Your daily meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). You can choose your meals from the menu; different types of food are available.
  • Local transportation from Kathmandu to Machha Khola and back to Kathmandu by local bus and private jeeps are available, adding the extra cost; let us know before you book the trip.
  • Tsum Valley Special Trekking Permit fee
  • The guide will carry a primary medical supply first aid kit.
  • Above the Himalayan duffel bag. ( If you need to, please let us know before you book the trip and remind us before you arrive in Kathmandu so that it is easy for us to prepare.)
  • All the trip information and details for the trek.
  • Above the Himalayan Gifts and Trekking certificate after finishing your trek.
  • We offer you 1 dinner in Kathmandu in a Nepali restaurant
  • Government taxes and service charges.
What's Excluded?
  • Services in Kathmandu.
  • Nepal Visa fee: you can get a Nepal visa upon arrival at the Airport.
  • International Airfare/Airport tax, Kathmandu tour entrance fees.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  • Personal expenses include laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages, bar bills, and camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance should cover rescue and medical
  • Personal trekking gears
  • Gratitude to the trekking/tour staff and driver
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in the Price Include section.

Essential Information - Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley trek 10 days

We can offer the short Tsum Valley trek on a 1o day trip if you lack time. The itinerary follows the lower Manaslu trail. Our tour starts from Arughat [530m/1739ft], about seven hours from Kathmandu city. During the initial phases of the trek, you’ll find yourself wrapped in lush forests of Rhododendrons, Pines, and Oak.

The green atmosphere inevitably elevates your mood. It ultimately forces positive vibes into your body. Thus making it the best week of your lifetime. The trip proves unregretted With your friends, family, or even new acquaintances. Besides the Buddhist culture, the Tsum Valley 10-day trek offers its visitors great views of mountains.

You can view peaks like the Ganesh Himal Range, Sringi Himal, Buddha Himal, and Himalchuli. The stunning views of these mountains will make your journey unforgettable. The sunrise and sunset in the sacred mountains of a virgin place are to die for. Suppose you want to take a break from your daily stressful life and enjoy some time in peace. Then, the Tsum Valley trek is perfect for you.

Tsum Valley Trek cost

Our entire board Tsum Valley trek cost for 10 days is USD 1650. We can offer the seasonal cost. September, October, November, March, April, and May are the best seasons to experience the trek. The weather is very comfortable, neither cold nor scorching during this time. This is the best Tsum Valley trek route to get cultural values.
Consequently, bringing new energy and fresh perspectives to your life. So, the Tsum Valley Trek is one of the best treks in the country. If you travel in the off-season, we have a special discount on the cost.

Packing list for the trek

The journey to the Tsum Valley trek area is long and high-altitude, so we must pack accordingly. The main thing to remember is you need enough warm clothing for this trek. The total luggage you can make is 15 kg for our porter per person. Porter carries 30 kg total.

You can use our duffle bag if you don’t have one, or if you have more luggage, you can store it in a Kathmandu hotel. It would help if you had a small day pack to carry your daily usage items such as water, a camera, sun lotions, and extra layers.

  • Trekking or hiking boots with good ankle support and a nice sole.
  • A rucksack or duffle bag for a porter
  • Good sleeping bag with -20 degrees Celsius and sleeping bag liner
  • Base layers of light, wicking material (Long & Short sleeve)
  • Mid-layer shirt or light fleece
  • Mountain fleece/light Primaloft or down jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (lightweight)
  • Shorts 2 pairs for the lower part of the trek
  • Trekking Socks Wool socks (bring a few teams of varying thickness)
  • Three-quarter length or full-length trekking trousers (mid-weight)
  • The thermal inner base layer
  • Warm gloves and hat
  • Good quality sunglasses
  • Sunblock and lip salve
  • Sunhat and woolen cap for the night
  • Trekking poles/sticks
  • 2 Drinking Water Bottles (1 liter) – We will fill the bottle each day
  • Water purification tablets/iodine
  • Small first aid kit, e.g., plasters, paracetamol, antiseptic wipes, etc
  • Extra clothes and trainers after. These are helpful while you make an evening walk from the lodge.
  • Flashlight, with spare batteries
  • In addition, it’s helpful to have a pair of trainers or other comfortable shoes for walking around the city.

Some additional items

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Face/Body Wipes
  • Small Locks
  • Portable Charger
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Face/body wipes
  • Biodegradable washing liquid
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, floss, etc.)
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of your passport

Why trekking in Tsum Valley?

Tsum Valley trekking is the best way to explore the hidden Mountains of Nepal. You get the best opportunity to get connected to nature. You also get to explore the lifestyle of the local people of this little world. This has always been quite famous to date.

It is highly rich in natural beauty and bio-diversity. One can enjoy the beautiful scenery of mountains, rare plants, and wildlife. The green and pollution-free environments are enough to add memories to your life.

Spectacular mountain views

The mountain views on the Tsum Valley trek are stunning and so adorable. You want to look at them. The days are sunny and bright, and there are no clouds. So, it makes it easier for you to get amazing views of the mountains.

The Tsum Valley trek route is comfortable and exciting at the same time. Flowers and rare plants surround the valley. The entire way has fantastic sceneries and mountain views. It keeps your trek exciting and memorable.

Basic local accommodations and a variety of local food.

You can get comfortable and cozy accommodations to take a rest. Most such accommodations have a great view in them. Also, you will get to enjoy a variety of local food. You also get to enjoy the rarest flora and fauna during this Tsum Valley trek.

Trekkers can view unique and rare wildlife, birds, and plant species. This is another primary reason why people go on a trek to Tsum Valley trek. It is just a peaceful place. Nature, in its various forms, surrounds you. It is the best place to have clean, fresh, and unpolluted water.

Waterfalls and rice terraces

There are many waterfalls along the way. You can take a break and jump in those waterfalls. Plus, they had a lot of beauty in your pictures. You can enjoy the waterfalls while trekking in the summer and rainy season. You can chill and relax in these beautiful waterfalls and forget any stress.

Some attractions along the Tsum Valley trek

Shiar Lookout

The line of Shiaar Gorge Lookout overlooks the spectacular Ngak cliffs. The roaring Budhi Gandaki flows at the bottom of the gorge. The lookout is an hour’s walk from the junction of the trail leading to Manaslu.

Lokpa

This is the first village on our Tsum Valley trek when we enter during our journey. Before the Philim-Chhekampar trail’s construction, the path to Chhekampar passed over the mountains. The route passed through the village of Anga Sejong. Some settlements have emerged along with parts of this trail. The people here are primarily farmers and grow potatoes, Gucchi mushrooms, and soya beans.

Sardi Gorge

The small two streams of the Sardi Khola and Shiar Khola meet about 200m downstream from a wooden bridge. The alder-covered banks of the river provide a peaceful resting place at noon. It offers an overnight campsite under overhang cliffs.

When we cross the bridge, the trail ascends to the Sardi Danda. The old route to Sardi Danda climbs through dense forest. The forest has many varieties of rhododendrons. We can also get the best view from here, the Thieastern views of the Sringi Himal range.

Ghumlung

This is the forest name, and here we can find the old trail meets the new course. Afterward, we will trek to the Chumchet village, Chyata Khola, and Ripchet. The town has a settlement of about 50 households. Along the trail, we can get spectacular views of Baudha Himal (to the west) and Ganesh Himal (to the east).

Lungbhu

This small place of Lungbhu lies at the base of a vertical cliff along the Dhamja Khola in the Tsum Valley trek. If you plan to camp here, this is the best place, which is scenic and wide open.

Accommodation

During the Tsum Valley trek, accommodation is an essential lodge/ tea house trek. If we compare the tea houses in Everest and Annapurna regions, it is much more critical here. You will sleep in a bare room with a bed, mattress, bed cover, and pillow. It would help if you had your sleeping bag, and it is better to have a liner.

The facilities are pretty bare at the lodge. Some places have no electricity but solar power in the dining room. You can charge your battery for cell phones and cameras at an extra cost.

Health and Fitness

The main things to do on the Tsum Valley trek in Nepal need your positive thinking. You need to be able to walk 5/6 hours on the rocky trail. You can be fit for the tour by doing small exercises in your home country before you arrive here. The more stamina you build up, the easier it is to trek in this region.

You can do running, cycling, Zumba, or some yoga practices to boost your stamina. You will walk 5 to 7 hours daily, so prepare your legs. The best exercise you can do at home is squats and lunges.

Trekking Dates: You can do this Tsum Valley trek on any date. The best time for the Tsum Valley trek is from February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, and December for 2 to 12 people. The rainy season is unsuitable for the trek as the views are not great, and sometimes landslides can happen.

Your trekking luggage: You will have one porter for two trekkers to carry your luggage. The maximum weight per trekker is 15 kg, as we never overload our porters. You only take your valuables in your backpack. It includes your sleeping bag and down jacket. You can leave other items that are not required on a trek in our office or at your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Equipment Renting and Buying: We advise bringing your clothing and gear from your home. However, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek-related equipment.

Manaslu Tsum valley trek

You can combine the Manaslu Trek with the Tsum Valley Trek for an extension. This way you have ample days to enjoy your holidays further. You can explore more spots that change your perspective beyond your daily life limits. This trek is also known as the Manaslu Circuit Trek. This route takes two weeks of your life and adds a noble experience to your timeline life.

People have never regretted getting into the Manaslu region. They have asked for another trek around even more beautiful places in the country. This trekking package of ours is completely organized and has been well–planned.

Booking the trip is just a click away. There is nothing that you should be worrying about. After that, discover the unique lifestyle in Nepal inspired by the Tibetan Buddhists. Explore the deepest valleys of the country where cultures are still well–preserved.

The Tsum Valley Trek takes you to some of the most isolated places in the country. It passes through remote settlements meant for relaxation purposes. As you enter society, you’ll discover everything else and yourself with a completely different perspective.

The ambiance seems out of the world, unlike any place on Earth. There are a thousand reasons why the Tsum Valley Trek has been one of the most tempting trekking packages in the country. Nepal is rich in all kinds of natural beauty.

It has lush vegetation forests and rough rocky trails. It has developed crowded cities into isolated settlements. It has rain shadow areas to the land of snow and ice. Everything is a part of the country, which makes visitors delighted to have the options.

Tsum Valley is the best trek in the Manaslu region.

The Tsum Valley trek lies in the Manaslu region. It is high up near the Tibetan border. The whole area has a definite Tibetan Buddhist feel to it. It is pretty different from the surrounding countryside. The Tsum Valley trek was a restricted area until 2008. Tsum Valley is relatively un-trekked by hikers. Yet the starting point is only a 7-hour drive from Kathmandu.

Most of the days have trekked at altitudes over 3,000m. This is a moderate-grade difficulty trek. The walking days stretch from 5 to 7 hours. With the altitude and walking days, you need a good fitness level for this Tsum Valley trek.

We will trek through pine forests. We go along raging rivers with cascading waterfalls and incredible suspension bridges. It gives us immense pleasure walking through fascinating villages. We pass several gompas, monasteries, mani walls, and stupas, not to mention Milarepa’s Cave.

Enjoy the best view of Mount Himalchuli (7,893m), Ganesh Himal (7,140m), Manaslu (8,163m), Churke Himal, and the Poshyop Glacier. Suppose you like the Tibetan culture as well as the mountains. In the Tsum Valley trek, you can witness Tibetan Buddhist people in the villages.

There are monks and nuns in their respective religious orders. This trek into this hidden valley has spectacular views of the Himalayas. We can arrange the Tsum Valley trek separately. Or you can do Tsum Valley with the Manaslu trek if you have more time.

Trek Permit

It would help to have a special permit for this Tsum Valley trek. And it costs USD 40 for all foreigners and SAARC members. It is also accessible for internal tourists.

However, this cost might change in some months. Also, there might be fluctuations in certain seasons if you need the price on an exact day. Please get in touch with us; we will provide the information as soon as possible.

However, the general average cost of the Manaslu Trekking permits is around USD 30 to USD 35 daily. It covers your food, accommodations, and travel costs. Please let us know if you want to know any significant details. We can customize it for you and provide the most affordable price.

Why Trekking in Tsum Valley?

Tsum Valley trek is a new route with fewer tourists and a more culturally rewarded trek. It has only a few trekkers on the trail. The trek starts, and the endpoint is Soti Khola, an Eight hours drive from Kathmandu.

The starting part of the trek ascends the Budhi Gandaki Valley on good paths. It passes through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields, and hill villages. When we meet the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum Valley, we start truly entering the hidden valley.

During the walking, we will pass through the alpine forests and glacial rivers. We enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. On our Tsum Valley itinerary, we will walk in the lower Buri Gandaki. We walk in Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat, and Philim regions. We can visit different ancient Gombas in the region. There are Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, and Dephyudonma Gompa.

We walk through the off-the-beaten path of the Manaslu region. It provides a deeper insight into the less explored Tsum Valley. We visit different Chortens, monasteries, and Gompas. They reflect the direct influence of Tibetan Buddhism.

Enjoy the best panoramic views of Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Churke Himal, and the Poshyop glacier. We pass through cascading rivers, waterfalls, and many suspension bridges. Encounter the region’s local lamas and learn about their unique way of life.

The religion of Tsum Valley

The Tsum Valley trek is a Buddhist village with a long Buddhist history. People believe the Buddhist saint Milarepa meditated in these mountains’ caves. The valley is also known as ‘Tsum Tso Chuksum’. It means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory.

We can also visit these ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom now. As this is a remote part of the country and not easily accessible. The development and other facilities are just starting here. As a result, they still have a unique culture and lifestyle not touched by Western influence.

Climate

The Tsum Valley trek has four distinct climatic zones. They are sub-tropical (between 1000m and 2000m), excellent temperate (between 2000m and 3000m), sub-alpine (between 3000m and 4000m), and alpine (above 4500m). So, we can get a big difference in the Temperatures between these zones. Winters are frigid from December to February.

The temperatures in the upper subalpine and alpine regions drop below freezing. Snowfall occurs for up to six months. The lower part of the trekking trails are sub-tropical and cool temperate areas. They are pretty warm. Summers are hot in the lower regions, with daytime temperatures between 22°C and 34°C.

But, summer temperatures in the sub-alpine and alpine regions rarely exceed 10°C. The monsoon starts in June and stays until the last week of September. The rest of the year, Tsum Valley trek areas are mostly dry. The average rainfall is around 1900mm per annum.

It has more rain in the southern part of the valley, and it is generally wetter than in the upper part. Clear skies from October to December and April to June provide superb views of the surrounding mountains.

Tsum Valley Trek Route Map

While you are on the trail of the Tsum Valley trek, having an excellent trekking map is essential. Manaslu Tsum Valley is a spectacular remote trek in Nepal. The Manaslu Tsum Valley trek map provides detailed information. It offers significant things, such as insight and clear pictures of the mountains.

You can buy a different map for this trek. The most popular maps are the Himalayan Map House maps and the Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek maps. You can purchase it in Kathmandu, Pokhara, or online.

The Tsum Valley trek trail map route follows the banks of the Budhi Gandaki. The path tracks back and forth across the river. It passes through spidery suspension bridges to the Tsum Valley threshold. We can add the route map of the Nar Phu Valley Trek or Annapurna Circuit Trek for the longer-time itinerary.

Enjoy the best route in the Western part of Nepal in a beautiful hidden valley in Nepal’s western Himalayas. Tsum Valley opened for tourists only in 2008.

March to May – Spring

This season is the best time to trek in the Tsum Valley Trek. The weather is very favorable throughout the trek. You can see stunning views of Mt. Manaslu and glaciers. From mid-March, temperatures start increasing to hot and with clear skies. You can see snow mountains at their best at that time.

In April & May, the low land starts getting hot, and the high in the mountains is neither cold nor hot in the daytime. Nighttime is comparatively more complex than daytime. It is the primary season for an expedition in Nepal and Mount Manaslu. The rhododendron flowers will bloom at their best in various colors on the journey.

September to November – Autumn

This season is also one of the perfect seasons for the Tsum Valley trek. This season is the primary trekking season in Nepal due to the favorable weather. When the monsoon slowly ends, a perfect trekking climate sets itself. The temperature goes up to 20 degrees in the daytime and falls to 5 degrees during the nighttime.

During this time of the year, we can enjoy the clear sky and a fantastic view of the mountains on our Tsum Valley trek. We highly recommend it as it’s the best time for the Tsum Valley trek, usually between mid-September and the end. This time is the festival season in Nepal. The main festival of Nepal, Dashain and Tihar, lies in October and November.

As winter slowly begins, snowfalls begin in the Manaslu region, and it is eventually tough to trek. Nights will start to get colder. Until November, the trail is busy. It is the most apparent month with sparkling days. The daytime temperatures are warm and stable. We can see the clear blue sky in the early morning, and the mountain is phenomenal.

Colder in the hills starts in December. The temperature will start to get out, and it begins to snow. We can still get the best view in December. It is a good time for the trek and great for Christmas and New Year’s break in the Tsum Valley trek.

January and February are icy, and we must consider a higher-altitude hike. The weather is frigid and snowing, so it can block some high-pass trails. It is always hard to predict mountain weather. The temperature may change quickly from day to night.

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Marcia Pobete
Spain
Tsum valley trek - Less travel area of Nepal
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We liked The landscapes of the Tsum Valley trek, which were terrific. It is in the Manaslu region, and it offers a lot to visitors.

It is a lot more different with less pollution and population. The services we got from Above The Himalayas were superb. Their price was reasonable, and the help we got before planning the trip was the best.

The Helambu trek mountain views and trekking trail local culture were fantastic. All in all, the l experience was beautiful and more than expected.

The guides and porer were so enthusiastic and caring. We highly recommend our Guides, Sitaram and Porter Bikram, for the Tsum valley trek.

Marcia Pobete

Spain

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Natalie Wise
Australia
Tsum valley trek is best trek ever
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The Tsum Valley trek gave us spectacular views of mountains and waterfalls, and we enjoyed walking in rhododendron forests.

It restricts area and less travel area, so peaceful and relaxing. We found the trek was easy to moderate, and anybody can do this trek.

We had a great time with our guide and felt comfortable with him. We will contact you again Above the Himalayas for our next trek to Nepal.

Natalie Wise

Australia

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Feliz Marquis
USA
Tsum Valley Trek - Best trip ever
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Puru and Sam did a great job of helping organize the Tsum Valley trek at the last minute to put me in touch with local Buddhist historians and teachers in the Manaslu trek regions.

Sam is a very knowledgeable and caring guide with a knack for conversation and the ability to find good places to stay for reasonable rates. His knowledge of the trails and villages was impeccable.

Puru had quick responses from the beginning and helped me to feel very much at ease on this trip. I highly recommend this trekking company to anyone looking to be treated concerning their needs and wants.

Thanks for the great experience, guys, and I will see you next time I am in the country.

Feliz Marquis

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Danny Cohen
Australia
Tsum valley - A trek in the hidden paradise
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Above the Himalaya, Trekking took care of every detail for our Tsum Valley trek. The arrangements were easy to set up from home in Australia.

We appreciated our guide and porter, who made this trip a success. They were Very professional and communicative. I look forward to doing the Everest base camp trek with these guys on our next visit.

Danny Cohen

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