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Tsum Valley Trekking

Manaslu Region
Trip Grade
Moderate
Trip Type
Trekking
Maximum Elevation
3700M
Accomodation
Local Teahouse/Home Stay
Destination
Manaslu Region
Best Time
Set-Dec/March-May
Trip Start
Soti Khola
Trip Ends
Soti Khola

Overview

Tsum Valley Trekking: “A Journey to the Hidden Valley of Happiness”

Tsum Valley, also known as “Beyul Kyimolung” or the hidden valley of happiness, is a sacred refuge for spiritual practice believed by Buddhists to exist when the world becomes too corrupt. Located in northern Gorkha, this valley was a restricted area until 2008 and is rich in ancient art and culture of the Tsumba community.

The journey to Tsum Valley is a trekking adventure that begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola, passing through the town of Arughat. As you climb through the farming hamlets of Lapubesi and Khorlabeshi, you’ll reach the village of Jagat, which marks the beginning of the special permit region.

Moving away from the mainstream Tsum Valley Trekking Route, you’ll embark on an off-the-beaten-path trail that emits an exciting air of discovery. Trekking through forests of pine and rhododendron, surrounded by the majestic Himalayas and gurgling streams, you’ll reach the villages of Chisapani, Chumling, and Chhokangparo. These villages are home to the Tsumba community, which has its own unique culture, dialect, and way of life that will surprise visitors.

Continuing on the trail through the windswept country of Upper Tsum Valley, surrounded by the panoramic views of Ganesh Himal Range and Shringi Himalayan Range, you’ll reach Nile village. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Piren Phu, where Buddhist saint Milarepa meditated in the 11th century, and Rachen Gompa, an ancient nunnery.

Close to the Tibetan border, you’ll trek to the west bank of the valley, enjoying Tibetan landscapes along the way before climbing up to Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in the Manaslu region. This cryptic monastery will leave you awestruck with its many monasteries decorated with prayer flags and Mani stones, showcasing the true virtues of Tibetan Buddhism.

As you follow the same trail back to Kathmandu, you’ll have everlasting memories of your Tsum Valley Trekking experience, filled with beautiful scenery, cultural richness, and spiritual discovery.

Itinerary

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.

Before heading to the Himalayas, we visit some of the premium destinations within Kathmandu. UNESCO heritage site are well prioritized but it depends on program that we made with you.

After breakfast, we will leave Kathmandu for Sotikhola or Machhakhola private jeep to Machhakhola and by public bus to Sotikhola.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.<

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.

Wewill drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport, from where you will board the next plane home.

What's Include in Cost

    • 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.

What's Excluded in Cost

    • Nepal entry visa- USD 40.00 for one month.
    • International flights and airport tax.
    • Travel insurance.
    • Personal expenses, Hot water and Mineral water during the trekking.
    • Hot shower and Laundry service.
    • Chocolates, juice, Coke-Fanta and Bar Bills.
    • Internet and Battery charge.
    • Emergency evacuation.

Fixed Departure

Equipment

  • Airport pick up and drive according to itinerary and plan.
  • 1 night hotel in Kathmandu on B/B plan.
  • 1 night hotel in Pokhara on B/B plan.
  • TIMS cards: Trekking Information Management System.
  • Tourist Bus: KTM-POK-KTM
  • Porters and guide with their wages.
  • Insurance for guide and porters.
  • Entry fee of Annapurna Conservation area.
  • Local airport tax and land transportations according to program.
  • Applicable Nepal government tax.

Advisory

  • Non-bio degradable materials are not allowed to dispose in the trekking route randomly.
  • Proper follow of the guidance provided by the leader/guide of the trek.
  • Alcoholic beverages and other intoxicating substances are highly discouraged.
  • There might be the chances of bad weather so be prepared for the inconvenience caused by the unpredictable weather.
  • Try to be mentally and physically prepared before this trek with few short hikes before this trek is highly recommended.

Inportant Things Required

  • Passport
  • Few passport size photos for TIMS and other official documents
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Snow goggles
  • Personal handbag and luggage
  • Snacks and sweets like chocolate bar (if required)
  • Warm clothes, down jacket and multilayered clothes
  • Trekking shoes
  • Some personal items and sunscreen/sun cream
  • Water bottle and hat

FAQ

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

Review

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