Tsum Valley Trek in the Manaslu region is a remote trek area of Nepal. It is the restricted area trekking where one needs a special permit from the government to visit. We will trek in the land of Tibetan Buddhists with their distinct art, culture, and religion. This amazing Tsum Valley is one of the Buddhist pilgrimage sites.
This fantastic trek is filled with natural beauty and cultural values. Furthermore, it is also a virgin trek. As it was opened in 2008 for tourism, it has not been much explored. The incredible Himalayas surround it. In addition to that, the green forest areas add charm to the place.
Tsum Valley Trek starts with a breathtaking 7 hours drive from Kathmandu to Arughat. Along with that, you get to enjoy the sight-seeing of Kathmandu City as well. Furthermore, Trek has the right paths combined with dense forest, terraced fields, and hill villages. Also, this trek leads you to the Budi Gandaki River Valley through the less explored community of Tsum Villages. The valley is fertile with ancient culture and tradition with Buddhist monasteries, Chortens and prayer flags, monuments, etc. The most extended Mani walls at Dzong and Purple is one of the main highlights of Tsum Valley.
Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha, Nepal. ‘Tsum’ comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, which means vivid. Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Baudha Himal ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak a unique dialect. Trails are strewn with artistic Chortens and lined with mani walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The famous Kyimo Lung, a pilgrimage circuit in the central Trans-Himalaya, 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.
For an extension, you can combine the Manaslu Trek with Tsum Valley Trek so that you have ample days to enjoy your holidays further and explore additional spots that change your perspective beyond your daily life limits. Also known as Manaslu Circuit Trek, this route takes 2 weeks of your life and adds a noble experience to your timeline for lifelong. People have never regretted getting into the Manaslu region, but in fact, have asked for another trek around even more beautiful places that exist in the country. This trekking package of ours is completely organized and has been well–planned. Booking the trip is just a click away, and there is nothing that you should really be worrying about thereafter
discover the unique lifestyle in Nepal inspired by the Tibetan Buddhists in the deepest valleys of the country where cultures are still well – preserved. The Tsum Valley Trek takes to some of the most isolated places in the country and through remote settlements meant for relaxation purposes. As you get into the community, you’ll find everything else and yourself with a completely different experience. 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 alluring trekking packages in the country. Nepal is rich in all kinds of natural beauties. From lush vegetation forests to rough rocky trails, developing crowded cities to isolated settlements, rain shadow areas to the land of snow and ice, everything is a part of the country that makes its visitors delighted to have the options.
in Tsum valley trek the shiny mountains are always spotlighting the exploration of any kind. The creation is known to be one of the most beautiful things Mother Nature has ever made. Especially in the context of Nepal, mountain peaks hold a very superior value as numerous peaks that are the world’s highest are a part of the country. To be exact, 8 of the 10 highest ones in the world are owned by Nepal. And apart from them, hundreds of others still exist. And besides the mountain peaks, valleys are equally beautiful too, among which Tsum Valley is one of the most popular ones. It was a restricted area previously until it was allowed for trekking in 2008. Ever since then, the valley has been receiving an increasing number of visitors every year.
In addition to that, It also goes through amazing places like Soti Khola, Jagat, and Chisopani. The bio-diversity and vegetation of these places are beyond beautiful. You can observe the rare species of plants and flowers — also, the mesmerizing rivers and lakes in the Tsum Valley trek. Buddhism stands for peace, which is lacking in many of your lives these days. And which can be the better place to restore your inner peace and harmony than the gorgeous Tsum Valley. We can also Also visit Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, Dephyudonma Gompa in Tsum Valley.
Mu Monastery was established in 1895 AD with the Lama Sherab Dorje Drukpa Rinpoche of the Drukpa Kagyu sect. To be here is quite a longs ten hours walk from Chhekam in the Tsum Valley and is situated at an altitude of 3510m. The monastery has been undergoing restorations since 1998 and new buildings are now being constructed for the monks. In this monastery, there have religious books, including Kangyur, a life-size statue of Avalokiteshwara, and 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 celebrating in this monastery: Ngyungne, which celebrates in September/October by fasting for world peace, and Yaarney, which involves the reading of sacred texts and rituals. Campsites and clean drinking water facilities are available for tourists.
We can offer the short Tsum valley trek in a 1o days trip if you have a lack of time. the itinerary follows the lower Manaslu trail. Our trek starts from Arughat [530m/1739ft], a place about seven hours of drive from Kathmandu city. Most of the time during the initial phases of the trek, you’ll find yourself surrounded by lush forests of Rhododendron, Pines, and Oak. The green atmosphere inevitably elevates your mood, ultimately forcing positive vibes in your body, Thus making it the best week of your lifetime. With friends or your family, or even with newly made acquaintances, the trip proves itself unregretted and leaves no residue to grief over. Apart from the Buddhist culture, the Tsum valley 10-day trek offers its travelers fantastic views of mountains like Ganesh Himal Range, Sringi Himal, Buddha Himal, and Himalchuli.
The stunning views of these mountains will make your journey unforgettable. The sunrise and sunsets in the sacred mountains of a virgin place are to die for. So, if 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.
With/without acclimatization hikes around Kathmandu valley, an airbus helicopter flight takes you to rock bottom of the valleys of eighteen hundred rivers. you’ll start walking on age-old rock-carved paths along the Budhi Gandaki River. subsequent day is already a wide-ranging Tsum within the border of Tibet-China. After exploring 3-4 days within the valley, you’ll be chopper (helicopter) bent Kathmandu.
12 & 14 Days Tsum valley itinerary
This itinerary takes an equivalent route and process for 10 days except you’ll have enough time to urge back by walk to the closest motorable road head, Soti Khola. We will drive for 2 days and the actual hiking days are 12. (6-7 hours per day). the primary 3 days follow the Budhi Gandaki River. Then, from Dhodang (Sirdibas), you’ll be taken to the eastern valleys of the Shiar River, which is fed by glacial rivers from Ganesh, Sringi, and therefore the mountains bordering Tibet. We will start our hiking from Soti Khola and reaches Mu Gonpa (4000m). coming back from Mu Gompa, the trek finishes at Arughat or Soti Khola.
You will enjoy drastic changes within the Himalayan geography while following the Budhi Gandaki River. From Dhodang or Philon, the trail bifurcates to the western side between Himalchuli, Buddha, and therefore the mountains bordering Tibet. This further takes you into the Kutangi and Nubripa ethnic communities, providing the prospect to ascertain their traditional way of life and architecture. you’ll visit the glacial lake Birendra Taal, slightly below the world’s eighth highest mountain, Mount Manaslu (8163m). Crossing Larke pass (5100m) may be challenging also a rewarding experience! The trip finishes at Chamje or Dharapani from where you’ll still the classic Annapurna trek or return back to Kathmandu or Pokhara via Besi Sahar.
Tsum only opened to foreign visitors in 2008, which suggests there are several villages and places of interest that await exploration. 17 days Tsum adds on visits to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (approximately 3800m), a visit to the serene Gonpa Lungdang Nunnery, and a return via Ripchet village. This follows an ancient salt-trade route now vibrantly employed by herb traders. Caravans of donkeys transport surprising loads on their backs, giving people relief from this physical burden. This trek covers the most foot trail to Tsum until Mu Gonpa and returns to Lokpa, continuing to Manaslu valley to cross Larke La pass or returning back to Annapurna round trekking route.
Two extra days will provide the chance for us to require you to less visited and off-the-beaten-trail locations. Our visitors often wish to return thanks to a scarcity of your time, but we encourage one extended visit to supply a lifetime experience!
21 Days Tsum and Manaslu
As the motor road stretches higher and better up, we still believe that a deeper sense of travel is often achieved with longer time. In 21 days Tsum and Manaslu, you’ll not miss the main important sites, villages, monasteries, and nunneries. After all, you’ll also make the Larke La.
Our full board Tsum valley trek cost for 18 days is USD 1690. If we make just 10 days trip it will be much cheaper. We can offer the seasonal cost also September, October, November, March, April, and May are the best seasons to experience Tsum Valley Trek. During this time, the weather is very comfortable; neither very cold nor scorching. Tsum valley trek is the best route to gets 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 offseason time we have a special discount on the cost.
Tsum valley trekking is the best way to explore the hidden Mountains of Nepal, You get the best opportunity to get connected to nature and 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 sceneries of mountains, rare plants, and wildlife, green, and pollution-free environments are enough to add memories to your life.
The mountain views are stunning and so adorable. You just want to look at them. The days are sunny and bright and there is no presence of clouds, so it makes it easier for you to get amazing views of the mountains.
The trekking route of Tsum valley trek is comfortable and exciting at the same time. It is surrounded by flowers and rare plants. The entire route is surrounded by great sceneries and mountain views. It keeps your trek interesting and memorable.
You can get comfortable and cozy accommodations to take a rest. Most of 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 trek. Trekkies can get views of that amazing and rare wildlife, birds, and plant species. Definitely, this is another major reason, why people go on a trek to Tsum valley trek. It is just a peaceful place. You will be completely surrounded by nature in its various forms. It is the best place to have clean and fresh and not-at-all polluted water.
There are many waterfalls in the way. You can just take a break and jump in those waterfalls. Plus they had a lot of beauty to your pictures. While you are trekking in the summer and rainy season You can enjoy the waterfalls. You can chill and relax in these so beautiful waterfalls and forget any kind of stress.
The Tsum Valley is a Buddhist village that has a long history of Buddhism. People believe the Th Buddhist saint Milarepa did a meditation in the caves of these mountains. The valley was called ‘Tsum Tso Chuksum’, which 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. As the development and other facilities are just starting here, As a result, They can still have a unique culture and lifestyles not touch by Western influence.
The Tsum Valley trek has four distinct climatic zones: sub-tropical (between 1000m and 2000m), cool 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 very cold from December to February. The temperatures in the upper subalpine, and alpine regions drop below freezing and snowfall occurs for up to six months. While the down part of the trekking trails sub-tropical and cool temperate regions are quite warm. Summers are hot in the lower regions, with daytime temperatures between 22°C and 34°C.
However, summer temperatures in the sub-alpine and alpine regions rarely go above 10°C. The monsoon is starting in June and stay 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 is generally wetter than in the upper[part of the valley. Clear skies from October to December and April to June provide magnificent views of the surrounding mountains
The line of Shiaar Gorge Lookout overlooks the spectacular Ngak cliffs. which is at the bottom of the gorge flows the roaring Budhi Gandaki. The lookout is an hour’s walk from the junction of the trail leading to Manaslu.
This is the first village when we enter our Tsum Valley trek. Before the construction of the Philim-Chhekampar trail, the path to Chhekampar used to pass over the mountains through the village of Anga Sejong. Some settlements have emerged along with parts of this trail. The people here are mostly farmers and grow potatoes, Gucchi mushrooms, and soya beans.
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 peaceful noon resting place or overnight campsite under overhang cliffs. When we cross the bridge, the trail starts ascending to the Sardi Danda. Sardi DandaThe old trail to Sardi Danda ascends through dense forest with many varieties of rhododendron. We can also get the best view from here which is the Thieastern views of the Sringi Himal range.
This is the forest name and here we can find the old trail meets the new trail. Afterward, we will trek to the Chumchet village, Chyata Khola, and Ripchet, 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).
This small place of Lungbhu lies at the base of a vertical cliff along the Dhamja Khola. If you are planning camping here this is the best place which is scenic and wide open.
Tsum valley is a new trekking route with fewer tourists and more culturally rewarded trek. It has only a few trekkers on the trail. The trek start and endpoint is Soti Khola, an Eight hours drive from Kathmandu. The starting part of the trek ascends the Budhi Gandaki Valley on good paths through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields, and hill villages. While we will meet the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum valley, We will start entering truly into the hidden valley. During the walking, We will pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. On our Tsum valley itinerary, we will walk in the lower Buri Gandaki regions of Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat, and Philim. We can visit different ancient Gombas of the region such as Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, Dephyudonma Gompa.
Walking through the off-the-beaten-path of Manaslu region to get a deeper insight into the less explored Tsum Valley.
visit different Chortens, monasteries, and Gompas which reflect the direct influence of Tibetan Buddhism. Enjoy the best panoramic views of Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Churke Himal, and Poshyop glacier. Passing through the cascading rivers, waterfalls, and many suspension bridges. Encounter with the locals of the region, lamas, and know about their unique way of life.
The Tsum Valley region lies in the Manaslu region, high up near the Tibetan border. The whole area has a definite Tibetan Buddhist feel to it and is quite different from the surrounding countryside. The Tsum valley was a restricted area until 2008, Tsum Valley is relatively un-trekked by hikers, yet the starting point is only 7 hours drive from Kathmandu. Most of the days have trekked at altitudes over 3,000m. This is moderate grade difficulty trek With the altitude and walking days stretching from 5 to 7 hours. We suggest you to have a fairly good level of fitness for this trek.
We will trek through pine forests, along raging rivers with cascading waterfalls and incredible suspension bridges. It gives us immense pleasure trekking through fascinating villages and to 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.
If you are fascinated by Tibetan culture as well as mountains, Tsum Valley offers them the opportunity to witness Tibetan Buddhist people in their villages. There are monks and nuns in their respective religious orders and the spectacular views of the Himalayas in an almost pilgrimage like trek into this hidden valley. We can arrange the Tsum valley trek separately or can do Tsum valley with the Manaslu trek if you are having more time
edition in Nepal and for Mount Manaslu. On the journey, the rhododendron flowers will be blooming at their best with a variety of colors.
We can still get the best view in December and it is a good time for the trek and great for Christmas and New Year break. January and February are really cold and need to think about higher altitude trek. as the weather is very cold and snowing, some high pass trail can be blocked. It is always hard to predict the mountain weather and the temperature may change quickly from day tonight.
Duration: 18 Days from arrival to Departure in Nepal
Max. Altitude: 3,700m/12,136ftat Mu Gumpa
Best Travel Time: September, October, November, March, April, and May are the best seasons to experience Tsum Valley Trek
Trip Snippets: 18 days, 3 night’s hotels, 14 nights’ Lodges, Breakfast in Kathmandu, three meals a day ( breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek are included.
Departure Dates: We can offer this trek on any dates during the months Feb, March, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, November, and December for a group of 2 to 12 people.
Equipment rental: We advise you to bring all of your clothing and gear from home, however, in Kathmandu, there are many shops to buy and rent trek-related equipment.
Your trek Backpack/duffle bag: Our porters will carry your baggage on the trek; the maximum weight per trekker is 15 kg. If you have any items not required on a trek can be stored in our office or your hotel in Kathmandu.
Trek Grade: Moderate
Day 01: - Greetings at Kathmandu Airport, transfer to hotel.
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. Where you will have your time to settle in and freshen up after your long flight, We have a short meeting about the trek itinerary and preparation for the special trekking permits. If you arrive late today we have a meeting the next day early morning.
Day 02: - A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
Today we offer you a city tour of Kathmandu after your breakfast. You can visit the Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient, and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath might make you feel calm and peaceful back to the hotel, you can explore the local areas, gullies, and lifestyle.
Day 03: - Drive From Kathmandu to Soti Khola
On this day, we will be driving ahead to Soti Khola from Kathmandu through Dhadingbesi, which takes about 7-8 hours for a local bus. We will reach our starting point of Trek Soti Khola, enjoying the greenery of Dhadingbesi on the way after a short drive. We will be staying at Arughat overnight.
Day 04: - Soti Khola to Machha Khola
Crossing the bridge and trekking through the beautiful Sal forests, we then climb above the ridge, the Budhi Gandaki. We are trekking downhill with the view of l waterfalls on a steep, rocky path. Eventually, We enjoy the nice terraces of rice fields, then to the Gurung village of Labubesi. Walk down the river bank with rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Trekking down to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. We will be staying overnight at Machha Khola.
Day 05: - Trek to Jagat
After a short walk, we will pass the Tatopani, a place with a hot spring waterfall. From there, we will climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki. 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 kind of climbing and crossing the bridge happen at the Yaru Khola as well as Tharo Bharyang.Cross the west part of the BudhiGandakii; we will reach the village of Jagat.
Day 06: - Trek from Jagat to Chiso pani
Today we start climbing over the ridge of Salleri and then descend to Sirdibas. This is a little bit wide valley and from there the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village. There are schools made by the Japanese and a small police station. When we pass the Philim in the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley we reach Chisopani.
Day 07: - Trek to Chumling
After having breakfast, We will trek to Chumling passing by Chisopani. Walking through the pine and rhododendron forests with the view of Himalchuli mountains and Boudha Himal from Lokpa, we will descend towards Lungwa Khola. When we cross the Siyar Khola, finally, we will arrive at Chumling.
Day 08: - Chumling to Chokhangparo
Today we are trekking to the Chokhangparo from Chumling. On the way, we will enjoy great views of Ganesh Himal Mountain and walk until we reach Gho Village. from here we are heading toward Chhokangparo, which is 2 hrs walk from Gho village.
Day 09: - Chokhangparo to Nile
We will make a short visit to Lamagaon crossing rope suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa from Chokhangparo and then cross the Shiar Khola. We will walk the small village of Lar, Phurba, and Pangdun, we will cross the town of Chhule, climb upstream, and cross the bridge to arrive at the Nile finally.
Day 10 - Hiking from Nile to Mu Gompa
We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. We also visit the monastery. Then, we visit the Dhephu Doma Gompa.
Day 11: - Visiting Mu Gompa for the rest of the day
Today we will enjoy sightseeing of Mu Gompa for the rest of the days.
Day 12: - Mu Gompa to Burgi Village through Milarepa cave
Today we are heading towards Burgi village through Milarepa cave from Mu Gompa. Climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave; we reach Burgi village, which is a small beautiful village.
Day 13: - Trek from Burgi village to Chumling
Today we are on the returning trek to Chumling.
Day 14: - Chumling to Philim
Continuing the trail, We are trekking to Philim. We will meet the small trail through the Philim village which goes to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
Day 15: - Philim to Khorlabesi
Today we are trekking down to the Jagat and Tatopani same route when we start. when we arrive at Tatopani you can enjoy the hot spring waterfall. The trails are mostly up and downhill till Khorlabesi, we will rest at the place and stay overnight.
Day 16: - Khorlabesi to Soti Khola
Today we are trekking down to Sotikhola and stay overnight in Soti Khola.
Day 17: - Soti Khola drive to Kathmandu
On this day, we will get back to Soti Khola and Arughat and drive our way back to Kathmandu and take some rest or roam around the city and enjoy it.
Day 18: - Farewell departure
Today we drop you at the International airport to catch your flight back to your home.
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