“Beyul Kyimolung”, the hidden valley of happiness, or as we know it, Tsum valley, is believed by the Buddhists to be a blessed place of refuge when the planet becomes too corrupt for spiritual practice. A restricted area until 2008, the sacred valley located in northern Gorkha is rich in ancient art and culture of the Tsumba community. The hidden Shangri-La of nature is built inside a bubble of solitude indifferent to the outside world. The Tsum Valley Village has its own unique culture, dialect, and way of life, many of which come across as a surprise to the visitors.
The journey into the valley reminiscent of paradise begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola via the town of Arughat. Gradually climbing through the farming hamlets of Lapubesi and Khorlabeshi, you reach the village of Jagat, which signals the beginning of special permit region. You move away from the mainstream Tsum Valley Trekking Route and towards the off the beaten trail which emits an exciting air of discovery. Trekking In Tsum Valley through forests of pine and rhododendron surrounded by the majestic Himalayas and gurgling streams, you reach the villages of Chisapani, Chumling, and Chhokangparo. Chasing the trail through the windswept country of Upper Tsum Valley– surrounded by the panorama of Ganesh Himal Range and Shringi Himalayan Range, you reach Nile village. A visit to Piren Phu, where Buddhist saint Milarepa meditated in the 11th century, falls on the way along with Rachen Gompa- an ancient nunnery. Close to the Tibetan border, you trek to the west bank of the valley enjoying Tibetan landscapes on the way before climbing up to Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in the Manaslu region which is often described as cryptic by the travelers. The many monasteries decorated with prayer flags and Mani stones are the highlights of Tsum valley that will leave you awe-inspired by the true virtues of Tibetan Buddhism. You later follow the same trail back to Kathmandu, ending Tsum Valley Trek with an everlasting memory.
Day : 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) and transfer to hotel in heart of Thamel, Kathmandu
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, our office representative will guide you to your hotel. You will be briefed by your guide regarding the trek. An evening stroll around the Thamel area before dinner will conclude your evening. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu.
Day : 2
Sightseeing Kathmandu Durbar square and Narayanhiti Museum / special permit preparation day, O/N in hotel.
Before heading to the Himalayas, we visit some of the premium destinations within Kathmandu. The Kathmandu Durbar Square located in the heart of Kathmandu is filled with buildings constructed in pagoda style with intricately carved exteriors. An area of historical importance highlighting the culture and art of the society, the heritage dates back from the 15th to 18th century. We then head to Narayanhiti Museum. The museum, previously a palace privy only to the Shah Royals, provides a sneak peek into the lavish and elevating life of the Royal family. In midst of all this travel, we also take some time to gather special permits essential for our travel to Tsum valley. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day : 3
Drive to Sotikhola by public bus or private jeep (700m), 6/7 hrs.
After breakfast, we will leave Kathmandu for Sotikhola on a private jeep. We travel along Prithvi Highway for the first part of the journey and then follow the highway towards Arughat Bazaar located near Budhi Gandaki River. Enjoying the cool breeze and mesmerizing landscapes, we follow the Budhi Gandaki River upstream through bumpy roads to reach Sotikhola. Overnight in Sotikhola.
Day : 4
Trek to Lapubesi (884m), 5 hrs.
Crossing the bridge above Budhi Gandaki River in Sotikhola, we move onwards through dense and shady forests of Sal to reach Lapubesi. The zigzagging trail weaves up and down through terraced farmlands, little hamlets and green hills, and past two thundering waterfalls before making its way up to the Gurung hamlet of Lapubesi. Overnight in Lapubesi.
Day : 5
Trek to Khorlabeshi (970m), 5 hrs.
Chasing the trail through meandering pathways, we reach Machha Khola, which hosts beautiful views of the peaks of Ganesh Himal Range. Trekking alongside the ever zigzagging and thunderously gurgling Budhi Gandaki River will make for an authentic experience. The trail drops to the sandy riverbed followed by some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses Tharo Khola to reach Khorlabeshi. Overnight in Khorlabeshi.
Day : 6
Trek to Jagat, (1340m), 6 hrs.
The trek to Jagat signals the start of special permit region. The windy path out of Khorlabeshi will take us to Tatopani village with natural hot spring. An opportunity to take a dip into the warm water of the Himalayas is something you don’t get to do every day. We climb on a ridge to cross Budhi Gandaki River, and circling under the cliffs brings us to Dobhan. Crossing Dobhan Khola, we follow the trail into Tharo Bharyang after crossing Yaru Khola. Trekking upwards alongside the west bank of Budhi Gandaki River will take us to Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
Day : 7
Trek to Chisapani, (1600m), 4-5 hrs.
Today’s trek will be arduous for some as the trail climbs up and down frequently. We walk upwards along the riverbed before climbing over a rocky ridge to Salleri. It is in Salleri where we will get a chance to witness the majestic Himalayas with mesmerizing views of Shringi Himal (7187m). We then descend to Sirdibas which will provide us with our first chance to witness the Buddhist culture. Also, the distillation process of ‘rakshi’, along the way can be of an interest to some. Continuing along the river bank brings us to one of the longest suspension bridges of Nepal and past that into the prosperous Gurung hamlet of Philim. Looking at the picturesque views of the narrowing valley and crossing the forest north of Philim, we reach Chisapani. Overnight in Chisapani.
Day : 8
Trek to Chumling, (2385m), 5-6 hrs.
Leaving behind Chisapani and Ekle Bhatti, we follow the trail high above a spectacular gorge past thunderous waterfalls and into the pine forests. We climb on the winding steps through forests of pine and rhododendron alive with the sounds of wildlife and vegetation. Before we climb through the temperate forests into Lokpa, we will be able to get glimpses of lower Tsum valley. Lokpa, on the other hand, sports mesmerizing views of the majestic Buddha Himal (6692m), Shringi Himal (7187m), and Ganesh Himal Range. Descending towards Lungwa Khola and weaving our way through pine and rhododendron forests, we reach Sarti Gorge. Ascending on the steep trail alongside Shiar Khola, we finally arrive in Chumling for the overnight stay.
Day : 9
Trek to Chhokangparo (3031m), 6 hrs.
Enjoying the great views of Ganesh Himal (7442m), we walk past Rainjam and Serpu Khola crossing several bridges over Shiar Khola to reach Gho Village. Another 2 hours climb uphill through the well-graded trail will take us to the combined villages of Chhokang and Paro, collectively called Chhokangparo. The region is famous for practicing polyandry, the system of marrying all the brothers of one family to a single girl. Overnight in Chhokangparo.
Day : 10
Trek to the Nile (3361m), 5 hrs.
The trail slowly gains altitude as we go deeper into the valley of happiness. The trek to the Nile will give us the first peek into the unique lifestyle of the Tsumbas. En route, we visit many monasteries, including the age-old nunnery of Rachen Gompa, which gives us insights into the spiritual way of living under the shade of beautiful mountains. The heavy influence of Tibetan culture can be seen all around as we carry on our journey past ridges and into the village of Nile. Overnight in the Nile.
Day : 11
Trek to Mu Gompa (3700m), 3-4 hrs.
Trekking out of Nile to the west bank of the valley takes us closer to Nepal-Tibet border. Enjoying the mesmerizing Tibetan landscapes through rows of prayer flags and mountain vistas, we reach Mu Gompa. The 600 years old monastery, sheltering more than 100 monks, provides tantalizing views of the majestic Himalayas and the valley of upper Tsum. Decorated with ancient scrolls, antique statues, and relics, this is one of the most important and the largest monasteries of Tsum valley and entire Manaslu region. Located at the highest point of Tsum valley, the place was once an important trade route for Nepal and Tibet. Overnight in Mu Gompa.
Day : 12
Trek to Chhokangparo, (3031m), 5-6 hrs.
Descending through Chhule and Phurbe on the eastern bank of Shiar Khola, we reach Burgi village. A visit to Piren Phu follows, where the famous saint Milarepa meditated in the 11th century. The cave is also known for mesmerizing views of Poshyop Glacier and Churke Himal (6224m). Continuing on the trek through the luscious green temperate forests, we reach Chhokangparo for the overnight stay.
Day : 13
Trek to Lokpa (2240m), 5-6 hrs.
Today will be our last day in Tsum valley as we trek out of Chhokangparo and follow Shiar Khola downstream to cross it at Sarti Gorge. Few monasteries and Chortens are passed on our way to Lokpa. Enjoying the views of Ganesh Himal Range, we come our way through the pristine temperate forests to reach Lokpa. Overnight in Lokpa.
Day : 14
Trek to Jagat, 6.30 hrs.
Descending to warmer climate ensues trekking through paddy fields. We follow Budhi Gandaki River downstream through several little hamlets of Thangurmu and Ekle Bhatti. Continuing the journey in and out of canyons, forests, and villages, we move downwards to Jagat. Enjoying the mesmerizing views along the way, we pass the village of Philim, situated on the foothills of Ganesh Himal Range. Then, descend through Sirdibas and Salleri will finally take us to Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
Day : 15
Trek to Lapubesi, 6-7 hrs.
Chasing the trail downwards, we cross Tharo Khola and head down alongside Budhi Gandaki River until we reach Machha Khola. Continuing to walk alongside the river, we reach the Gurung hamlet of Lapubesi, packed with vibrant Gurung culture and traditions. Overnight in Lapubesi.
Day : 16
Trek to Sotikhola, 5 hrs.
Retracing our steps past thunderous waterfalls, we reach Khursane. Following the trail through dense and cool Sal forests accompanied by the roaring sound of Budhi Gandaki River will be a fitting end for the journey. Passing through terraced farmlands, we reach Sotikhola for the overnight stay.
Day : 17
Drive to Kathmandu from Sotikhola by public bus or private vehicle, transfer to hotel.
After spending two weeks on the foothills of the marvelous Himalayas, we drive back to Kathmandu. For one last time, we head downwards alongside Budhi Gandaki River and out of Arughat. Then following Prithvi Highway, we reach the ever-hustling and bustling city of Kathmandu. You will be transferred to your hotel for the overnight stay.
Day : 18
Sightseeing at Patan durbar square, Bungmati, and Khokana O/N in Kathmandu.
Today you will spend your day in Kathmandu by traveling to Patan Durbar Square filled with Newar culture and architecture. The square is filled with temples and monuments displaying the cultural heritage passed down from generations to generations. After having our fill of ancient culture and art, we head to Bungmati and then Khokana. The historic village of Bungmati is home to Rato Macchindranath, often described as the patron deity of Patan. Home to woodcarvers and crafters, the tap-tap of chisel chirping away the wood follows you throughout the village. We end our journey at the village of Khokana, a medieval Newa town. Journeying through the city is like looking at old photos and reliving the memories. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day : 19
Free day or your personal activity day in Kathmandu, O/N in hotel.
Today you will have a free day for yourself to choose and do what you want. You can go souvenir shopping in the vibrant alleys of Thamel and Asan to take back authentic Nepali gifts for friends and family back home. You can also use the day to pack your luggage and prepare for the departure. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day : 20
Final departure from Kathmandu for your further destination.
Our office representative will drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport, from where you will board the next plane home.
Airport pick up and drive according as per program.
Hotel-Accommodation in Kathmandu according to program.
Tsum Valley Trekking- Special Permits.
Manaslu Conservation Entrance Permits.
TIMS cards: Trekking Information Management System.
Food and accommodation during the trip: B/L/D.
Hot drinks- Teak, Coffee, etc during the trek.
Trained-Licensed Holder English Speaking trekking guide.
Porters and guide with their wages.
Insurance for guide and porters.
All land transportation according to program and Itinerary.
Applicable Nepal government tax.
Nepal entry visa- USD 40.00 for one month.
International flights and airport tax.
Personal expenses, Hot water and Mineral water during the trekking.