Trip Overview

Tsum Valley Trek takes 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 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 to 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 ‘homestays’ on this trek, rather than in tents. As the Tsum Valley is much undeveloped but with its unique culture most hospitable people traditionally offer us a friendly welcome 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 for you!

The trail to the sacred pilgrimage site of Tsum Valley 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 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 culture and tradition dwelled with Buddhist monasteries, nunneries, chhortens 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 compared to other restricted areas trekking routes and even cheaper than its sister trekking route to Manaslu Circuit. Our ‘Tsum Valley Trekking Itinerary is provided only as a guideline so we can personalize this program per your need and preference that suit your schedule and budget. This trip can be combined with the Round Manaslu Trek.

When is the best season to trek to Tsum Valley?

Spring and autumn 
Permit Cost: September-November USD 40.00 per person for the first 8 days. December-August USD 30.00 per person for the first 8 days. You will need an additional permit an MCAP (Manaslu Conservation Area) Permit that costs NPR 3000 per head.


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Day 01:Drive to Machha Khola (877m) from Kathmandu; about 8 hours drive.

A 8-9 hour´s drive from Kathmandu into the western mountains takes us to Arughat - Soti Khola – Machha Khola via Dhadingbesi, headquarter of the Dhading district. Through the dirt road from Salyantar viewing the greenery hills we reach Machha Khola, our trek start point; at bank of Budhi Gandaki river . Overnight in lodge. Meals included: Lunch and Dinner.

Cost Includes:

  • An experienced registered English-speaking local trekking guide.
  • Assistant guide to take care of group if above 6 pax
  • Porters to carry your main pack during trek (weight limit 25kg per porter)
  • Meals: 12 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, and 12 Dinners during the trek.
  • Round local ground transportation to and from trekking.
  • Lodge and homestay accommodation on a 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.

Cost Excludes:

  • 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.

Dates & Prices

We are local tour operator based in Kathmandu so we guaranty small private group departures any dates that suits your date and time. Please kindly contact us for your customized departure date, itinerary and the price. Thank you and Namaste!

Start Date End Date Availability Price  
29 June, 2024 11 July, 2024 Guaranteed US$ 899
Rated 5/5 based on 1 reviews
  • Tsum Valley Trek April 2019
    United Kingdom

    Tsum Valley Trek April 2019


    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

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Tsum Valley Trek Map

Useful Info

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.

Trip Price: US$ 899
  • Trip Duration 13 Days
  • DestinationNepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip StyleTrekking
  • AccomodationLodge and Home Stay
  • Transportation: Local Bus, Jeep
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Max Person: 15 People
  • Min Person: 2 People
  • Best season to trek: Sept, Oct, Nov, Mar, April, May
  • Highest Point: 4060m
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