The Tsum Valley Trek is a hidden gem among the trekking routes of Nepal. The Tsum Valley is an important pilgrimage route and is located to the north west of Kathmandu in a Gorkha Region. This trek takes you into one of the most secluded hidden valleys in the Himalayas which until recently was a restricted region and is completely different in both culture and topography to any other region of Nepal. The people of the Tsum Valley or Tsumbas are of Tibetan origin with their own ancient dialect, culture and Buddhist religion and this route was once a very important trade link with Tibet.
This valley is one of the least explored areas of Nepal and allows trekkers to experience the natural beauty and culture of the area in it’s pristine and peaceful state without the hustle and bustle of tourists on the busy trekking routes. The Tsum Valley trek is unsurpassed in it’s majestic natural beauty with several mountain peaks such as Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and others.
As an area with a long history of Buddhism the valley is dotted with gompas (Buddhist Monasteries), Chortens and mani walls. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in the caves of these mountains and the valley has stories of both Milarepa and Guru Padmasambhava.
Also rich in wildlife particularly the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep which can be seen in large herds, hunting and fishing is not permitted in the Tsum Valley making it a great location to see these wild animals.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m/4429ft)
Day 2: Full day Sightseeing Tour of Kathmandu
Day 3: Drive to Arughat (600m/1,968ft) 8 hrs
Day 4: Trek to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft) 5-6 hours
Day 5: Trek to Maccha Khola (870m/2,952ft) 6-7 hours
Day 6: Trek to Jagat (2340m/7676ft) 6-7 hours
Day 7: Trek to Chisopani (1660m/5,445ft) 4-5 hours
Day 8: Trek to Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft) 6-7 hours
Day 9: Trek to Chokhang Paro (3,010m/9,903ft) 4-5 hours
Day 10: Trek from Chokhang Paro to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft) 5-6 hours
Day 11: Trek to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft) 3 hours
Day 12: Rest day in Mu Gompa for acclimatization
Day 13: Trek to Burgi Village (3,245m/10644ft) via Milarepa cave 5 hours
Day 14: Trek to Chumling (2,386/7,827ft): 5-6 hours
Day 15: Trek to Philim (1,570m/5,103ft) 6-7 hours
Day 16: Trek to Khorla Beshi (970m/3182ft) 6-7 hours
Day 17: Trek to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft) 6-7 hours
Day 18: Trek to Arughat (4 hrs) then drive to Kathmandu (150km/7-8 hours)
Day 19: Departure from TIA
You will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. Your Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary. There will be a welcome dinner tonight where you will enjoy local cuisine and folk dance. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Today you will be going for sightseeing around the world heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Durbar square, Bouddhanath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Today we will be driving to Arughat which nearly takes about 8 hours. The drive is divided to two parts. First you will be driving to Dhading Besi, the district headquarter of Dhading district, for 4 hours. From there, it’s another 4 hours drive to Arughat. Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Arughat.
After crossing the bridge over the Budhi Gandaki we begin our trek west of Arughat. Passing through pretty farmland and forest before arriving at Shanti Bazar. From here the trail becomes steeper and more difficult. The steep ascent to Kuerepani is made more pleasant by a high cascading waterfall before we descent to Soti Khola. Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Soti Khola.
Today we trek through beautiful Sal forest before climbing up onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. The rocky trail weaves it’s way up and down past beautiful waterfalls while clinging to the side of the cliff before descending down to the Budhi Gandaki and onto Maccha Khola. Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Macha Khola.
After crossing the Macchi River and Khrola Besi we come across a hot spring called “Tatopani” (meaning hot water in Nepali). Many trekkers stop for a while and take a dip at the hot spring. From here the trail is through a forested area before arriving at Dovan. Below Dovan there is a huge rapid on the Budhi Gandaki. As we ascend the scenery changes before arriving at Jagat. Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Arughat. Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Jagat.
After having breakfast in the morning, we resume our trek and follow an uphill trail before crossing the suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River. Then we reach a traditional Gurung village called Philim. From Philim, we again climb uphill through a forest with views of the narrowing valley before reaching Chisopani. Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Chisopani.
This morning after we cross the gorge beyond Ekle Bhatti we will see a beautiful waterfall before entering pine forest. From here we descend down the trail to the Tsum Valley. As we climb through rhododendron and pine forest we can enjoy views of Himalchuli (7893m) at a small village called Lokpa. Past Lokpa the trail zig zags through pine and rhododendron forest before reaching Gumlung. From here we cross the Siyar Khola before arriving in Chumlung from where we get great views of Shringi Himal. Chumling is a quaint village with stone streets and an old monastery (Chumling Gompa). Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Chumling.
After leaving today we cross a suspension bridge while enjoying fantastic views of Ganesh Himal. We walk past Rainjam and another bridge over the Serpu Khola before arriving at Gho Village. From here it’s another 2 hours of climbing to the village of Chokhangparo from where if the weather is clear we have amazing views of Himalchuli (7893m) and Ganesh Himal (7140m). Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Chokhang Paro.
This morning we climb above Chokhangparo past Lamagaon before crossing the rope suspension bridge to Rachen Gompa, where we have a short visit. From here we pass through the villages of Lar, Phurbe and Pangdun, a historic stupa of Buddha before crossing another bridge to arrive at Nile. Here we can visit the famous monastery of Chhule located above the village. Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Nile.
At this point we are very close to the Tibetan border and the landscape is now very Tibetan. After a pleasant walk through the valley we climb up to Mu Gompa where we visit the monastery. From here we visit Dhephu Doma Gompa before spending the night at Mu Gompa. Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Mu Gompa.
Today we explore around the Gompa area and acclimatize for the rest of the day. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the area. It lies at the highest and most remote area of the Tsum Valley. We have the opportunity to walk around the local area and experience the culture and interact with the locals. This is a great opportunity to the traditional Tibetan culture. Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Mu Gompa.
As we trek through Chhule and Phurbe following the east bank of the Shiar Khola we arrive at the beautiful village of Burgi. From here we climb up to Milarepa’s Cave (Piren Phu) from where we can experience amazing views of the Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke Himal. Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Burgi Village.
After descending down to Chokang Paro we keep descending to Gho and then to the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. From here we trek along the lower Tsum Valley before arriving in Chumling. Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Chumling.
It’s a long day walking today but after passing through Lokpa and lunch we can stop to enjoy the beautiful Samba Falls before arriving at the gorgeous village of Philim. From Philim village there is a trail that goes to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Philim.
We leave Lokpa village and descend along the trail downhill. The scenery is now subtropical green vegetation which is a stark contrast of the arid topography of the Tsum Valley. We cross the Budhi Gandaki River and arrive at the hot water spring (Tatopani). We can enjoy a dip in the hot spring to rejuvenate us after our long trek after which we head towards Khorlabeshi where we spend the night. Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Khorla Beshi.
We return to Soti Khola today after a day of mild trekking. Several wonderful waterfalls can be seen along the trail today making the trekking very pleasurable. Overnight stay at Guesthouse Lodge in Soti Khola.
A short trek from Soti Khola takes us to Aru Ghat from where we started our trek. From there we travel by vehicle back to Kathmandu. Tonight we have a farewell dinner where we can recount stories of our adventure with local cuisine. Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.