Tsum Valley Trek takes the visitors to the hidden valley of Tsum meaning “vivid” home to the direct descendant Tibetan people known as Tsumbas, the Tsum Valley is located to the east of Manaslu, on the border with Tibet. This isolated hidden Shangri-La is just opened to trekkers in 2008. It remains relatively untouched, with ancient villages and Tibetan Buddhist monasteries waiting to be explored. Each day you will walk between 5–8 hours, with the high point of the trek being 4,000m above the largest of the monasteries in the valley, Mu Gompa. You will be accommodated in lodges and traditional ‘home stays’ on this trek, rather than in tents. As the Tsum Valley is much undeveloped but with its unique culture and most hospitable people offers us friendly welcome in traditional way to their home can be somewhat rudimentary and you can expect to eat similar food to the locals (Dal Bhat, Chapatis, noodle soup). If you are not prepared to ´rough it´ a little bit, then this trek is probably not the one for you!
The trail to the sacred pilgrimage site of Tsum Vallley heads upper Budi Gandaki River Valley through unexplored countryside inhabited by the Tibetan community and authentic Tsum Villages such as Chhokangparo, where the area is long considered Baeyul or Hidden land offers totally unspoiled culture and tradition of Tsumba with fabulous mountain view of Ganesh Himal Range, Sringi Himal, Bauddha Himal and Himalchuli.The valley is extensively rich in cultural and tradition dwelled with Buddhist monasteries, nunneries, chortens and prayer walls and significant religious monuments, the longest mani walls at Dzong and Phurpe are great attractions.
Tsum Valley Trekking Permit is rock bottom cheap comparatively to other restricted areas and even cheaper than its sister trekking trail Manaslu Trekking trail. Our ‘Tsum Valley Trekking Itinerary’ is provided only as guideline so we can personalize this program as per your needs that suits your time frame. This trip can be combined with Round Manaslu Trek.
Best Season for Tsum Valley Trekking: Spring and autumn
Permit Cost: September-November USD 35.00 per person for the first 8 days. December-August USD 25.00 per person for the first 8 days. You will additional permit that is MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area) Permit that cost NPR 3000 per head.
A 8-9 hour´s drive from Kathmandu into the western mountains takes us to Arughat - Soti Khola via Dhadingbesi, headquarter of the Dhading district. Through the dirt road from Dhadingbesi viewing the greenery hills we reach Arughat then Soti Khola, our trek start point; at bank of Budhi Gandaki river . Overnight in lodge. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
Cross the bridge and trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. Climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Drop to the sandy river bed and walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Overnight at Machha Khola. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, then reaches Khorlabesi. After a few more ups & downs there is a small trailside hotspring, from where we reach to Tatopani. From the Hot spring we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Dobhan Khola, the trail climbs on a rugged trail to Duman. Ascending up again to the Budhi Gandaki, we reach at Yaru Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Cross to the west bank of the budhi gandaki, climb over a ridge, and trek along the river then climb towards the village of Jagat. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
After completing with the ACAP procedure, we climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large gurung village. Philim valley is well known for Japanese made school and police station. Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley and walk up north from Gum Pul we reach Lokpa. Overnight at Lokpa. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
From Lokpa the trail descend half an hour towards Lungwa khola and climbing jick jack difficult trail further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons we reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling, lower Tsum, from where we can view Shringi Himal. Visit the old Chumling gompa, and the stone streets of the village. Stay overnight in Lokpa. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
Cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village. Another continues 2 hours climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting; enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at7140m. Overnight at Chokhangparo. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
We trek through the villages of Ngakyu. Leru, Lama Gaun today. We will visit a cave and pay homage. It is believed that saint Milarepa had meditated here in the cave; (admission fee to visit the cave was NPR 300/U$3) the cave is also known as Piren Phu meaning “Pigeon cave. We continue passing Burji, Phurbe and Pangdun villages, there is magnificent big Buddhist Stups is sighted on the way to Chhule and Nile. Stay overnight in Nile. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
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 after, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa. Today we make a sightseeing of the whole Mu Gompa Region. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After exploring the Mu Gompa area. Stay overnight in Nile. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
Today it is a easy walk to Chhekamparo from Nile. We trek passing through Lar Village visit the Rachen Gompa, which is also well known as Nunnery Gompa too, cross over a suspension bridge and trek to Chhekamparo via same trail back. Stay overnight in Chhekamparo, Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
The trail drops down from Chhekamparo to Gho and then cross Dumje Bridge. We can visit a Amchi, a Tibetan Traditional clinic and there. There is a nun; teaches some 10-21 young nun and runs small Amchi. She welcomes the visitor by Tibetan tea, we walk up about 2-3 hours that takes us to Gumba Lungdang, there basic shelter and meals is provided by monastery. Wilderness Excursion will provide tent and extra meal our clients visitng Gumba Lungdang. Meals included: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.
Your guide will be required for this trip since the track is poorly marked. Circle from the gompa past the nuns’ housing, drop on dusty or muddy zigzags to regain the lower track and continue up valley on a rocky indistinct track through the forest. Cross the Laudang Khola to the west bank on a rickety wooden bridge and climb steeply through pristine pines and rhododendrons on a ridge. There is a hut in a kharka about halfway up, with the track continuing behind it, then up a birch-lined dry creek bed and eventually you emerge into grassy flats behind the lateral moraine of the Toro Gompa glacier. Continue climbing past seasonal yak huts and you will find a track on the moraine wall that gives superb views of the Cirque of mountains. The camp is somewhere about here. It takes about 4hrs to reach the Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4200m). The map shows another base camp on the east side of the glacier, but there appears to be no obvious track between them, so return to Gumba Lungdang in time for the evening puja by retracing your steps. Altitude can make this day difficult for some, but the intact forest wilderness and views make it an outstanding trip. Stay overnight at Monastery.
Today, after breakfast at Lokpa, we walk down to Jagat. The trail goes down to Ghumpul through the pine and rhododendron forest and join to the main Manaslu trail again, We continue walk passin through Eklai Bhatti, Philim, crossing Buddhi Gandaki before reaching Sirdibas and finally to Jagat. Stay overnight in Jagat. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Meals in
From Jagat, the trail goes down to Bagar after walking some 15 minutes then cross the suspension bridge and walk through cantilever bridge that was built after the Nepal earthquake that hit country so badly and cause famous Manaslu trekking trail damage. Contune the jouney via Dovan, Tatopani (hot spring), Khorlabesi and finally I stay overnight in Lapubesi. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Today, it is last day of our trekking in Tsum Valley. We walk to Arughat from Lapu Besi. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
We drive to Kathmandu by local bus. There is no tourist bus available at Arughat. Wilderness Excursion can arrange 4WD private jeep that is more comfortable and safer drive if you would not like local bus that is overloaded sometimes, playing non-stop music. .A farewell dinner is organized by Wilderness Excursion in one of the authentic Nepalese restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu. Meals included: Dinner
- An experienced registered English speaking local trekking guide.
- Assisitant guide to take care of group if above 6 pax
- Porters to carry your main pack during trek (weight limit 25kg per porter)
- All meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
- Round local ground transportation to and from trekking.
- Lodge and home stay accommodation on twin sharing basis during the trek.
- Food, accommodation salary of the guide and porters.
- All necessary Tsum Valley trekking permits.
- Documentation charge and all government taxes.
- Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porters.
- Transfers, accommodation and meals in Kathmandu.
- Hard drinks, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water, laundry service and toiletries.
- Hot shower, hot water, internet, phone calls and personal nature expenses.
- Personal travel insurance, Nepal visa, international air ticket laundry services.
- Rescue operation charge in case of emergency, hiring horse and extra porter.
- Gratitude and tips for your guide and porter.
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There are hundreds of trekking companies in Kathmandu and prices are (often wildly) varied. So we really looked carefully at reviews before choosing Wilderness. And we had a great trip. Our various questions to Pradip before we arrived in town were promptly and truthfully dealt with. My wife and I travelled by ourselves. Our guide Aitel and porter Dorje were absolutely superb and a joy to be with. They helped out way beyond expectations. Their English was not brilliant but that was more than compensated for by their attentiveness and kindness. I would want to walk anywhere with them. Tsum Valley is beautiful (and some of the walking quite challenging) and long may it remain so. The big problem with the early part of the walk - that is also the beginning of the Manaslu trek - is that a road is being built by the Nepalese Army that is threatening to wreck that trek. Hopefully Tsum will not be damaged by it. We were not warned about this road and its progress that seriously impaired the second day of walking. Also there is a very dangerous landslide that we had to cross, at the entry to Chhokangparo, that travellers should also be warned about. We changed the itinerary a little as we went around the valley (due to weather and other trekkers' recommendations) and Wilderness were very relaxed about that and are flexible in sometimes demanding conditions.We liked their approach to this trek - to safety and planning. We thank them for helping us experience Buddhist Tsum and to really enjoy the trip (despite obstacles). We would recommend this company and would hope to use them again. All very best, Anthony & Jan
Trip Note: This trip can be personalized as per your requirements that meet your time frame. The trip price will be according to Deluxe, Standard, Budget and group size so please kindly provide us your details for tailor made program.