Nepal: 18days Tsum Valley Trekking

  • Moderate
  • 3,700 M
  • 16 Days Tea House
  • 4 Days Hotel Days
  • 16 Days Trekking Days

Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in the northern Gorkha district of Nepal. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word “Tsombo” which means vivid. The trail heads up the valley of the Budi Gandaki River through a wild and unexplored country inhabited mainly by members of the Gurung ethnic groups. This trek is a comparatively easy trek with no fear of altitude sickness. while trekking we can spot the eye-catching view of landscapes and mountains like Ganesh Himal, Himal Chuli, and Boudha Himal.

You can taste a good cup of locally cultivated natural coffee. Tsum Valley trip starts by drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola, Manaslu route up to Phillim, and then split to Nil Chule to Mo Gompa and the same way back to Kathmandu.

Note: On this Tsum Valley trek, basically we have provided the itinerary to serve our guests with lodge stay. But, we can also organize a camping trek for this trekking region optionally if our guests like to stay out in the tents overnights.

Route Highlight
Area: Manaslu Region,
Difficulty: B (Moderate)
Altitude: 3700m,
Duration: 21 days,
Starting point: Sotikhola
Ending point: Soti Khola
Best season: Sep-Nov, Mar-May,
Maximum group size: 20 pax
Minimum pax/Person: 2 pax


Day to day schedule to Nepal: 18days Tsum Valley Trekking

  • Day 1: Arrive In Kathmandu o/n in a hotel +D

    Arrival & pick up from the international airport in Kathmandu after some refreshment we will invite you for a traditional Nepali dinner.

  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley o/n in a hotell +B

    Sightseeing around in Kathmandu valley, where you will have time to fascinating Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local tradition are highlighted on by guided tour. There’s time to explore the city’s many charms on your own or take a rest while we finalize trekking permits.

  • Day 03: Drive to Maccha Khola (900m, 8/9 hrs) o/n in lodge +B+L+D

    After early breakfast, we start our drive to Machha Khola (Fish River). Machha Khola is a village situated above a stream of the river.

  • Day 04: Trek to Doban (6hrs, 1070m) o/n in lodge +B+L+D

    The trail from Macha Khola to Doban involves some steep ascents and descents. We climb a well – crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban. Doban lies at the confluence of the Shiar Khola, which flows from the east, and the Sarpu Khola, which flows from the west.

  • Day 05: Trek to Philim (6hrs, 1570m) o/n in lodge +B+L+D

    This day the route is a rocky trail, We climb up and down ravines and notched trees. We get good views of Sringri Himal as we continue up to the village of Philimat 1550m. This is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet.

  • Day 06: Trek to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (7 hrs, 2386m) o/n in lodge+B+L+D

    This day we take the trail up through Philim and head up over a ridge that leads to Ganesh Himal Basecamp and Chumling( Lower Tsum).

  • Day 07: Trek to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) (5-6hrs, 3031m) o/n in lodge +B+L+D

    After breakfast, we trek to Chhokangparo, Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo. Chhekamparo is a village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen directly to the south where it provides spectacular views of the Baudha and Himal chili peaks to the south-west. Some households in this village practice polyandry.

  • Day 08: Trek to Nile/Chhule (6hrs, 3347m) o/n in lodge +B+L+D

    From Chhokangparo we trek to Nile/ Chulle. This is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. Nile is on the western, sun-side of the Shiar Khola, about 20 minutes walk across from Chhule, On the way, we pass the Piren Phu cave. Piren Phu (pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley. It is located at the foot of a rugged cliff near the village of Burji. Milarepa, the famous Tibetan saint, was believed to have meditated here. There are two separate Gompas attached to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and significant Buddhists paper scripts make this cave one of the most important socio-cultural asset in the valley.

  • Day 09: Trek to Mu Gompa (4hrs, 3700m) o/n in lodge +B+L+D

    From Nile the trail gradually ascends to Mu gumba, the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gumba is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. Mu Gumba was established in 1895 AD and is situated at an altitude of 3510m.The monastery houses religious books, including Kangyur, a life sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara.

  • Day 10: Rest and hiking around, o/n in lodge +B+L+D

    This day after breakfast, we take a hike up Mu Gumba and reach the base of Pika Himal (4865m). We are quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the Tibetan peaks as well as the Ganesh Himal range. After the day’s excursion, we return to our lodge at Mu gumba.

  • Day 11: Trek to Rachen Gompa (5hrs, 3240m) o/n in lodge +B+L+D

    From Mu Gumba we take the trail to Rachen Gumba, a nunnery. The nunnery is situated in the Shiar Khola Valley in the foothills of the mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. Rachen Gumba has established in the year 1905 AD and is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum valley. It houses nuns belonging to the Ngak-pa sect, which does not allow animal slaughter. The nunnery houses one thousand clay, molded statues of Avalokiteshwara, a brightly colored, carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel.

  • Day 12: Trek to Dumje (7 hrs, 2460m) o/n in lodge +B+L+D

    From Rachen Gompa we proceed towards Dumje, a small village with about seven houses and adjoining cattle shed.

  • Day 13: Trek to Philim (cross Ripchet) (6 hrs, 1570m) o/n in lodge +B+L+D

    This day we trek from Dumje to Philim and cross Ripchet. On the way, we pass one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Lower Tsum Valley, Samba Tingding Chhupyang.

  • Day 14: Trek to Tatopani (6 hrs, 990m) o/n in lodge +B+L+D

    From Phillim we trek to Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. You can relieve your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring.

  • Day 15: Trek to Soti Khola (7 hrs, 710m) o/n in lodge +B+L+D

    From Tatopani we trek to Soti Khola. We pass through terraced fields and tropical waterfalls and finally set up camp at the village.

  • Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu (6/7hrs) o/n in a hotel +B

  • Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu, o/n in a hotel +B

  • Day 18: Transfer to international airport in Kathmandu (B)

What is included?

  • Government licensed trekking guide and porters during trekking
  • 3 meals a day during trekking (B, L, D)
  • Welcome dinner by arrival
  • Trekking special permit and conservation fee
  • Special Manasalu permit and conservation fee
  • Pickup and drop from and to the international airports in Kathmandu
  • Government licensed guide with privet transport during sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
  • Transportation with local bus from and to the trekking starting and ending point

What is excluded?

  • Personal expenses and tips for staff
  • International flight ticket and airport tax
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Any extra services which is not included above
  • Personal insurance for helicopter rescue in case of emergency
  • Entrance fee of the monuments and monasteries
  • Sleeping bag while trekking

Best Seasons Listing

Best Season
Mid of September to Mid of November
March to June

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