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Tsum Valley Trek


19 days

Starting at

Kathmandu Airport

Ending at

Kathmandu Airport

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Lodge & Home stay


all meals during the trek


Tsum Valley


Trekking and Cultural exploration

Tsum Valley Trek: A Journey Through Ancient Art and Culture

The Tsum Valley Trek offers a serene and vivid Himalayan experience, rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. The valley is inhabited by people of Tibetan origin who speak a unique dialect. The trails are adorned with artistic chortens and lined with mani walls, composed of thousands of stone slabs carved with deity drawings and prayer inscriptions.

Discover the Unique Beauty of Tsum Valley trek

The famous Kyimu Lung pilgrimage circuit, renowned for its centers of learning and meditation, traverses the Tsum Valley, the Manaslu area in Nepal, and parts of southern Tibet. This valley is also rich in wildlife, notably the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep, which can be seen in large herds. Hunting and fishing are prohibited, ensuring the preservation of its natural beauty.

Highlights of the Tsum Valley Trek

  • Local Lodges Experience: Stay and dine in traditional lodges, immersing yourself in the local culture.
  • Scenic Journey: Enjoy a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and back in a private jeep.
  • Moderate Trekking: This relatively moderate trek minimizes the risk of altitude sickness and takes you through beautiful pine, juniper, and rhododendron forests.
  • Natural Wonders: Trek through waterfalls, rivers, and caves while experiencing the Tibetan culture and lifestyle.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Spot endangered animals like blue sheep and Himalayan Thar.
  • Historic Monasteries: Visit ancient gompas and Buddhist monasteries, adorned with prayer flags and mani walls.
  • Stunning Views: Enjoy magnificent views of Ganesh Himal and Himalchuli.

Historic Monasteries

The Tsum Valley is home to unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, located on a picturesque plateau in the valley, and Gumba Lungdang, set against the slopes of Ganesh Himal. These monasteries offer a glimpse into the rich spiritual heritage of the region.

19 days Outline itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. Pickup and transfer to hotel. In Kathmadu. Rest of the day at leisure
Day 02: In Kathmandu. Explore Kathmandu own. Obtain Special trek permit.
Day 03:Drive to Aarughat (6 hours) and then further to Soti Khola (730m/2,896ft) – 2 hours drive.
Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola (890m/2,965ft 6/7 hours walk)
Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1,400m/4,593ft 6/7 hours walk)
Day 06: Trek to Lokpa (2,040m/6,692ft 6/7 hours walk)
Day 07: Trek to Chumling (2,386m/7,828ft 5/6 hours walk)
Day 08: Trek to Chhokangparo (3,031m/9,944ft 5/6 hours walk)
Day 09: Trek to Nile (3,361m/11,026ft 4/5 hours walk)
Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa (3700m/12,139ft), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m/13,320ft 3/4 hours walk
Day 11: Trek to Rachen Gompa (3,240m/10,629ft 3/4 hours walk)
Day 12:  Trek to Gumba Lungdang (3,200m/10,498ft 5/6 hours walk)
Day 13: Excursion to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4,200m) 7/8 hours walk)
Day 14: Trek to Lokpa (2,040m/6,692ft 6/7 hours walk.
Day 15: Trek to Jagat (1,400m/4,593ft 6/ hours walk)
Day 16: Trek to Lapubeshhii (900m/2,952ft 7/8 hours walk)
Day 17: Trek to Arughat Bazaar (535m/1,755ft 4/5 hours walk)
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu (6/7 hours drive)
Day 19: Departure


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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu.

Greetings and pickup at airport in Kathmandu. Transfer to city center hotel. In Kathmadu. Rest of the day at leisure

Day 02: In Kathmandu. Explore Kathmandu own. Obtain Special trek permit.

Free day to rest, last minute shopping or do local excursion. Sightseeing tour with professional tour guide can be organized upon request at extra cost.

Day 03:Drive to Aarughat (6 hours) and then further to Soti Khola (730m/2,896ft) - 2 hours drive.

After breakfast, drive to Aarughat and Sothi Khola passing by a beautiful river view of the Trishuli river. In the first few hours, we will reach Dhadingbeshi which is the district headquarters of Dhadhing (1050m). You will stop for multiple times for lunch and toilet break. From Dhadingbeshi, the roads are pretty rough so it would be slow drie. Along the way you see beautiful mountain scenery like Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal range, small villages following the Budhi Gandaki river. Arughat being a large settlement, it is clustered on both sides of Budhi Gandaki river connected by a suspension bridge. The next two hours’ drive will take us to Soti Khola.

Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola (890m/2,965ft 6/7 hours walk)

Cross the bridge and trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. We then reach to Khursane. 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.

Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1,400m/4,593ft 6/7 hours walk)

After breakfast trek through a fertile land as there are be a few ups and downs walk. Cross Tharo Khola (river) that takes you to Khorlabesi, you then gradually begin to gain elevation. As you trek, you pass through a natural hot spring called Tatopani. You continuing trek through the valley as it gets narrower but naturally very beautiful. As you climb the ridge and then cross the Budhi Gandaki river via a suspension bridge you witness picturesque villages, when you further 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. Then you reach the appealing village of Jagat that lies on the west side of Budhi Gandaki River.

Day 06: Trek to Lokpa (2,040m/6,692ft 6/7 hours walk)

Before heading to Lokpa, register your permits of Manaslu and Tsum valley at the entry checkpoint. Climbing a ridge over Sallery and walk along the river bank crossing the Budhi Gandaki river via a long wide suspension bridge. Continuing to trek, the valley opens up as we head towards Phillim. The trek throughout is a very pleasant one. You will pass by Ekle Bhatti where the trail separates between Tsum and Manaslu. As you trek, you will notice the welcome board to the region. The rivers here begin to narrow down as you meet the convergence of the Shiar river from the Tsum valley. Taking a right turn, the trail takes you forward, eventually reaching the Lokpa village. This village is the first village in the Tsum valley that gives us the opportunity to view the beautiful Manaslu range. This village is isolated, and is a hidden valley of happiness blessed by Padmashamva centuries ago.

Day 07: Trek to Chumling (2,386m/7,828ft 5/6 hours walk)

We take the trail up through Lokpa village head up over a ridge that leads to Ganesh Himal Base camp and Chumling (Lower Tsum). The route takes us descending down to the Lungwa river valley as we climb through the dense tropical forests of rhododendron, juniper and pine. The route takes us to Gumling where we only capture the serene nature. Shortly, you cross the Shiar Khola again, arriving at the village of Chumling. As the day slowly comes to an end, you will have spare time to visit the monasteries of Chumling; The Panago Gompa, Mani Dhungyur and Gurwa Gompa. This village includes telephone service as well as health post.

Day 08: Trek to Chhokangparo (3,031m/9,944ft 5/6 hours walk)

From Chumling you trek to Chhokangparo which is upper Tsum valley, you are actually in the part of the Inner Himalaya. Chhokanparo 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 chuli peaks to the south-west. Some households in this village practice polyandry. In this village, you will be welcomed by hospitable locals with Tibetan tea (butter tea) and local meals. If favorable weather, you will enjoy the views of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal.

Day 09: Trek to Nile (3,361m/11,026ft 4/5 hours walk)

The Nile village is on the western side and is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. It is on the sunside of the Shiar Khola and about twenty minutes’ walk from across Chhule. Asyou trek, you will pass the Piren Phu cave which is also known as the piegeon cave. This 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. The famous Tibetan saint called Milarepa was believed to have meditated in this cave as his footprint is imprinted on the cave. The route further is a very pleasant trek, as you walk pass thorugh green meadows and the landscape become fertile and narrow. There are two separate monasteries that are attached to the rocky cave. It is abundantly painted with Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on the stones and long prayer flags and Buddhist paper scripts are in it that makes it one of the most important socio cultural asset in the valley. Crossing the suspension bridge over the Shiar Khola, you arrive to Nile.

Day 10: Trek to Mu Gompa (3700m/12,139ft), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m/13,320ft 3-4 hours walk)

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. Dephyudonma Gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley and is situated in the rugged mountains, a 2 hr walk from the village of Chhule and Nile. The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley. The monastery is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect.

Day 11: Trek to Rachen Gompa (3,240m/10,629ft 3/4 hours walk)

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 was 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, moulded statues of Avalokiteshwara, a brightly colored, carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. The interior is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history.

Day 12: Trek to Gumba Lungdang (3,200m/10,498ft 5/6 hours walk)

After trekking south, you cross a bridge to the west bank passing through the Chhokangparo again. We descend down the old trail towards Chumling and approximately two hours later we will witness a small white gompa on the left at Gho (2,458m). You descend to a narrow trail that passes through a Gompa over a wooden bridge of Shiar Khola. When you cross the bridges that take you to Domje. Dumje has a Tibetan herbal medicine clinic and a school. Further with a steep climb through pine, juniper and rhododendron forest, the trail traverse at a mani walls with many prayer flags. Walking through many colorful prayer flags is absolutely stunning. Finally, in the forest, there is a prayer flag that marks the uphill trail and makes a zigzag climb though a big silver pine to reach the Gompa in Lungdang. Rhododendrons will be seen blooming everywhere in spring time. This Lungdang Gompa has forty nuns and an intense puja from 6 to 7.30 pm every night is not to be missed. From the monastery a beautiful and astonishing views of the mountains can be seen.

Day 13: Excursion to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4,200m) 7/8 hours walk)

Today trek to Ganesh Himal Base camp, this is a full day excursion. The route crosses through two small valleys dropping on the muddy meanders on a shortcut to regain the lower track and continue up the valley via a thick and dense forest. You will cross a small pastureland taking a right turn and then descend to the river. The suspension bridge takes you to the river bank. Now the trail becomes challenging but not risky. You then climb through steep rhododendron and pine forests eventually takes you to the Kharka via ridge. Reach to Ganesh Himal Base camp via Torogumba Glacier, enjoy a brief time here before you return to Gumba Lungdang for overnight stay.

Day 14: Trek to Lokpa (2,040m/6,692ft 6/7 hours walk.

Descend to Dumje as you trek to Philim and cross Ripchet. On the way you pass one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Lower Tsum Valley, Samba Tingding Chhupyang.

Day 15: Trek to Jagat (1,400m/4,593ft 6/ hours walk)

As you descend down to Jagat, you will be rejoining the Budhi Gandaki river. As we trek, we will get a few glimpses of the mountains. Walking through forests and terrains, gives you an easy pleasant trek. Taking breaks in between, we will reach Sirdibas. After crossing a few suspension bridges, you will finally reach Jagat.

Day 16: Trek to Lapubeshhii (900m/2,952ft 7/8 hours walk)

After an early morning breakfast you descend to Lapubeshi, an easy and pleasant day. Trekking down to Machha Khola you will cross again a suspension bridge over the Nauli Khola. As you trek on the sandy river bed of the Budhi Gandaki, you will finally reach the Lapubenshi; a small beautiful Gurung village.

Day 17: Trek to Arughat Bazaar (535m/1,755ft 4/5 hours walk)

After breakfast trek to Aarughat, you trek through Budhi Gandaki river up to Soti Khola. From Soti Khola you will drive to by a jeep to Arughat Bazaar. After a couple of hours of drive, You will reach the Arughat Bazaar. In this town, there are small cafes and shops where we can explore. Trekkers may wish to rest at the lodge or explore this town.

Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu (6 hours drive)

Followed by an early morning breakfast, you drive back to Kathmandu. The drive is scenic and beautiful as you drive on a private Jeep. The houses dotted on the hills and greenery makes this driving pleasant. Once you reach to Kathmandu, you are transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 19: Departure.

Free time until departure. Transfer to airport. Depart Kathmandu.

Min - Max (Persons) Adult Price
2 - 3 $1,575.00
4 - 5 $1,490.00
6 - 9 $1,330.00
10 - 15 $1,300.00
Single - Supplement $90.00


  • 01. All meals and accommodation in nice lodges, Home stay with local during the trek
  • 02. Service of guide, Sherpa assistant for bigger group above 5 person
  • 03. Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.),
  • 04. Accident insurance for staffs and porters.
  • 05. Conservation entry permit as per programme
  • 06. Arrival and departure transfers.
  • 07. Private Jeep from Kathmandu to Aarughat, Aarughat to Kathmandu
  • 08. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu using centrally located Hotel with daily breakfast  


  • 01: Personal clothing, equipment and sleeping bag.
  • 02: Personal accident and health insurance.
  • 03: Emergency evacuation and oxygen cost, and medical-box.
  • 04: Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips.
  • 05: Sightseeing tours and all major meals in Kathmandu
  • 06: Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned in the programme.


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