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Tsum Valley Trek

Trip Facts:

Destination
Nepal
Group Size
Max People: 2-12
Region
Manaslu
Trip Duration
16 days
Activities
Trekking / Hiking
Meals
B/B in Kathmandu & full board (B/L/D) during trekking
Accommodation
Hotel / Lodge
Max Elevation
3700 at Mu Gumba
Best Month
Spring / Autumn
Trip Grade
Moderate to Strenuous
Trek Starts / Ends
Kathmandu
Transportation
Private Vehicle

Overview

Set out on a newly opened adventure with the Tsum Valley Trek, located in the northern region of Manaslu. This trek, restricted until 2008, reveals a pristine and unexplored realm rich with Tibetan influences in religion, art, lifestyle, monasteries, and prayer flags. The journey begins with a scenic drive to Machha Khola, followed by a trail that winds through vibrant rhododendron and pine forests, and past numerous waterfalls, all while offering stunning views of the Himalayas. The trek is notable for its unique blend of diverse lifestyles, cultures, vegetation, geography, and landscapes, as trekkers witness the transformation from a sub-tropical to a semi-arid region.

As you progress along the Tsum Valley Trek, the changing climate and weather enhance the adventure. Throughout the trek, the majestic views of Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges come into view intermittently. The trail also leads to significant monasteries such as Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa, providing an opportunity to immerse yourself in Tibetan culture and traditions. This trek is exceptional for its less-touristy experience, featuring unbeaten paths, unexplored Gompas, and untold stories that make the journey truly unique.

Join the Himalayan Dream Team for an unforgettable Manaslu and Tsum Valley Trek, exploring one of Nepal's hidden gems. The Tsum Valley's less exposed trails offer a unique adventure with stunning landscapes and rich cultural immersion. Whether you are an experienced trekker or an inquisitive traveler, the Tsum Valley Trek promises a remarkable experience with its diverse geography, rich cultural heritage, and breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

Trip highlights:

  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola.
  • Trek in an area that was restricted until 2008.
  • Discover the arid beauty of the Tibetan region.
  • Visit Buddhist monasteries and Gompas along the trail.
  • Enjoy the stunning waterfalls en route.
  • Marvel at picturesque Himalayan views.
  • Explore Mu Gompa, Rachen Gompa, and the Milarepa cave.
  • Cross Nepal’s first cantilever bridge.
  • Immerse in Tibetan and Buddhist lifestyle, culture, art, and religion.
  • Experience a conservation area with unique and elusive wildlife.
  • Traverse diverse landscapes including mountain trails, pine and rhododendron forests, valleys, and rivers.
  • Interact with monks and lamas in the Buddhist monasteries.
  • Admire Mount Manaslu, the 8th highest mountain in the world.
  • Visit the meditation cave of the ancient Buddhist scholar Milarepa.
  • Meet locals with a culture closely tied to Tibet, many having migrated from Tibet long ago.
  • Get a glimpse across the border into Tibet.
  • Walk over high suspension and cantilever bridges with raging rivers below.

Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary

Details Outline

Himalayan Dream Team will pick you up at the international airport in kathmandu for your transfer to the hotel. As a welcome you will have a typical Nepalese dinner with some of the staff members. Learn about momo's and Dal bhat and do not forget to try our typical Nepalese drink with great mood of cheers.

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m

After breakfast, we'll take you on a tour of Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa, all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Durbar Square offers insights into the lives of royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath Temple holds great significance as a pilgrimage site for Hindus. Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa, one of the world's largest stupas, are both iconic landmarks.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Your Manaslu Circuit Trek begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Machhakhola. After breakfast, pack your bags and prepare for the journey. We'll start our drive along the Prithvi Highway, passing through Malekhu and following the Trishuli River to Dhading, about 30 km away.

The route includes bumpy roads and highways, offering incredible views of snow-capped mountains like Ganesh Himal and Mt. Manaslu. Passing through Arughat and Gola Bhanjyang, you'll reach the beautiful settlement of Soti Khola. After another 1.5 hours of driving, we'll arrive at Machhakhola.

In the evening, explore the area and enjoy the stunning mountain views before resting at the lodge. Dinner will be provided, and you'll spend the night at the lodge, ready to begin your trek the next day.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
930 m
Walking Hours
8/9 hrs

Today our trekking day starts with a steep descend via the hundreds of stone stairs to the BudhiGandaki. We cross it by a spectacular suspension bridge. Again we follow the river that allow us to see the beautiful river valley and at the horizon the snow capped mountains like Buddha himal and SirangiHimal. On this day we formally enter the Mansalu Conservation area and end up in our overnight destination, Jagat. .

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
1330 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

Today’s journey begins as we leave Jagat, heading towards Sirdibas (1430m; Setibas, Tara). Here, you’ll encounter your first signs of Buddhist culture. The trail follows the left bank of the river, involving some ups and downs, before crossing Nepal’s longest suspension bridge to the east bank.

After a challenging climb, we reach the thriving village of Philim (1590m; Dodang), surrounded by lush fields of maize, potatoes, and millet. From Philim, we head north on a well-marked trail towards Larkya-La, passing through beautiful forests with views of the narrowing valley.
The path eventually brings us to a junction where we take the right fork towards the Tsum Valley. Ascending zigzag steps, we catch our first glimpses of the steep lower Tsum Valley and the Shiar Khola. Across the Buri Gandaki River, the majestic Himalchuli (7893m) rises above steep cliffs. Our day concludes as we walk through a serene temperate forest, arriving at Lokpa (2240m; Lakuwa), a village surrounded by barley fields and offering a comfortable lodge and toilet facilities.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2240 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Today, you'll trek along the old trade route to Tibet. Start with a half-hour descent to Lungwa Khola, followed by a zigzag climb through pine and rhododendron forests. Enjoy views of the Himalchuli (7893m) and Boudha Himal as you cross the Siyar Khola river. Chumling is a beautiful village on the south face of Shingri Himal, offering stunning views of Siringi Himal. Explore the village and visit the ancient Chumling Gompa.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2386 m
Walking Hours
7 hrs

Begin the day crossing a suspension bridge and trekking through a tropical landscape. Enjoy great views of Ganesh Himal. After Rainjam, descend to Sarpu Khola, which originates from the Syakpa Glacier of Sringi Himal (7101m). Ascend for 2-5 hours to Upper Tsum Valley, reaching the communities of Paro and Chhokang. The gorge opens up, revealing stone houses and fields of maize, barley, potatoes, and buckwheat. Admire the view of Himalchuli (7893m) to the west.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3030 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

Experience a significant rise in altitude today. Pass Lamagaon and cross a suspension bridge to Rachen Gompa (Nunnery Gompa). After visiting the Gompa, return to the trail and pass through Shiar Khola, Lar, Phurbe, and Pangdun villages, with many Buddhist monasteries along the way. Cross the final bridge before reaching Nile, where you can visit the nearby Chule monastery after resting.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3360 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

Approach the Tibetan border as you trek along the west bank of the valley through Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to Mu Gompa and visit the monastery. Afterward, visit the Dhephu Doma Gompa for more cultural insights.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3700 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

After breakfast we trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. Finally we arrive at Burgi village, which is a small but beautiful village. Climb up to see the Milarepa's Cave Milarepa Cave ('piren phu') known for its mesmerizing glimpses of the Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke himal.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
3245 m
Walking Hours
4/5hrs

Today's trail leads you through lush greenery as you descend to Chhokang Paro. Continue descending to Gho and cross the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. Trek along the lower Tsum Valley to return to Chumling.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
2386 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

After breakfast, continue trekking to Lokpa. After lunch, follow a flat trail south. Enjoy the scenic Samba Falls before arriving in Philim. The trail through Philim village leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
1570 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

Descend towards Sirdibas and then to Jagat, continuing to Yaruphant. Notice the climate change from Tibetan arid to subtropical green vegetation. Continue descending to Dovan and finally reach Tatopani, where you can relax in a hot spring. Continue down to Khorlabesi.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
970 m
Walking Hours
6/7 hrs

After a hot breakfast, follow the trail to Machha Khola, descending alongside the Budhi Gandaki River. Cross suspension bridges and enjoy the views before arriving at Machha Khola, the endpoint of your trek.

Food
Breakfast-Lunch- Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Highest Altitude
869 m
Walking Hours
5/6 hrs

In the morning, drive back to Kathmandu. The road is newly built and unpaved in the beginning, leading to a bumpy ride until Dhading Besi. From there, the drive continues on a concrete road, but still a mountain road, so it won’t be as smooth as in the cities. An experienced driver will ensure a safe and comfortable private transfer to Kathmandu.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Highest Altitude
1335 m
Walking Hours
8/9 hrs

After breakfast or lunch, depending on your flight time, we will transfer you to the international airport or if you leave by evening you can put your luggage at the Hotel and enjoy the city one final day.

 

If you're interested in extending your stay in Nepal, you might want to consider pre-booking a day's sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley or a multi-day excursion to the wildlife reserve at Chitwan. For further information, please don't hesitate to reach out to our office.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel

Not satisfied with this itinerary?

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preference and specification.

Service Included on Trip Cost

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and transfer to and from the international airport in Kathmandu
  • Authentic Nepali-style welcome dinner upon arrival in Kathmandu
  • Hotel accommodation with bed and breakfast provided in Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu with private transport and guide, entree fees
  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner), including seasonal fruits
  • Experienced, first-aid trained, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide
  • All equipment and local transport according to program
  • All necessary paper works; trekking permits (ACAP, MCAP and special permit for Manaslu)
  • Porter (s) during the trek for luggage carrying (1 porter for every 2 clients)
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary by private vehicles
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International flights
  • Nepal visa fee for 30 days and 2 passport sized pictures, see: Nepal Visa
  • Lunch and dinners not mentioned in program
  • Travel and rescue insurance (*please make sure your insurance covers emergency transport from mountains)
  • Extra costs in case of unforeseen changes in the planned program (e.g. weather conditions)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for local staff
  • Other then which not mention in includes section

Tsum Valley Trek Altitude Profile

FAQs

What is the Tsum Valley Trek?

The Tsum Valley Trek is a remote and culturally rich trek located in the Manaslu region of Nepal. It offers trekkers a unique experience of exploring traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture and picturesque landscapes, including monasteries, mani walls, and stunning views of the Himalayas.
 

The Tsum Valley Trek typically takes around 18 to 21 days to complete, depending on the itinerary and pace of the trekker. This includes days for acclimatization and exploring the valley.
 

The best time to trek in the Tsum Valley is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These periods offer clear skies, moderate temperatures, and the best views of the mountains.
 

Trekkers need to obtain several permits: the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, the Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit, the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP), and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).

The Tsum Valley Trek is considered a moderately challenging trek. Trekkers should have a good level of fitness and some prior trekking experience. The trail includes steep ascents and descents, and the altitude can be demanding.

Accommodation on the Tsum Valley Trek primarily consists of teahouses, which are basic lodges run by local families. Facilities are simple, with communal dining areas, shared bathrooms, and limited electricity.

Essential items to pack include a sturdy pair of trekking boots, warm clothing (including layers), a sleeping bag, trekking poles, a first aid kit, water purification tablets, and personal hygiene items. A detailed packing list is recommended.

While it is possible to trek independently, hiring a guide and porter is highly recommended for the Tsum Valley Trek. Guides provide valuable knowledge about the region and ensure safety, while porters help carry heavy loads, making the trek more manageable.

To prepare for high altitudes, it is important to acclimatize properly by taking rest days, staying hydrated, and ascending gradually. Trekkers should also be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and be prepared to descend if necessary.

Teahouses along the trail offer a variety of meals, including traditional Nepali dishes such as dal bhat (rice and lentils), as well as Tibetan and international options like noodles, soups, and pancakes. Vegetarian options are widely available.

There are no ATMs or banking facilities along the Tsum Valley Trek route. Trekkers should carry enough Nepalese rupees to cover their expenses for the duration of the trek.

Mobile phone coverage is limited and unreliable in the Tsum Valley. Some teahouses may offer basic internet access for a fee, but it is best to be prepared for limited connectivity.
 

The Tsum Valley is predominantly inhabited by the Tsumba people, who practice Tibetan Buddhism. The culture is rich in traditions, and trekkers can visit ancient monasteries, chortens, and observe local festivals and rituals.

The Tsum Valley is home to diverse wildlife, including Himalayan tahr, blue sheep, pikas, and various bird species. Rarely, trekkers might spot the elusive snow leopard. Conservation efforts are in place to protect the region's biodiversity.

Yes, it is essential to have travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and emergency evacuation. This ensures that trekkers are protected in case of accidents, illness, or other unforeseen events during the trek.

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