Tsum Valley Trek takes you deep in the remote valley of Manaslu. For the adventure seekers who are accustomed to the rough and isolated trail, this is the ideal choice. Though it’s quite challenging and long, it is a very rewarding trek. The trekking experience will be different from the one you get while trekking in the classic routes of Nepal.
Tsum valley is also named as ‘Beyul Kyimolung’. This means the holy hidden valley of happiness. Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) in the 8th century interpreted this meaning. Also, the valley is said to be named from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’, meaning ‘vivid’.
During the trek, you will mostly accommodate in local’s house. They will treat you well- welcoming with the best hospitality. The local practice follows diverse Tibetan Buddhism. The lifestyle of the people in this region has been relatively unchanged for centuries. During the trek, you circumnavigate Mount Manaslu through the Tsum Valley. The trail was opened to foreigners only in the year of 1995. And the Tsum Valley was only opened in 2008. Even now, the trail gives a very peaceful vibe.
Only a few visitors know of this mysterious and magical place. The trek merges the beauty of lush, dry grazing pasture, and the green flat land. You stare up at the Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal Ranges, and Sringi Himal. In the initial days, we trek along the Budhi Gandaki Valley that is comprised of dense forests, pleasant villages, and terraced fields.
Throughout the trek, you pass the alpine landscapes and glacial rivers. You get to visit the ancient Buddhist Gombas such as Milarepa’s Cave, Mu Gompa, and Rachen Gompa. It is believed that the Buddhist saint Milarepa meditate in one of these mountain caves.
The best month to do the Tsum Valley Trek is October and December. During this time, you can witness the clearest skies. The other best time is March to May when nature is all filled with colourful blooms. It is possible to trek in other months as well. But it will be hard and needs enough preparation. Winter trek accompanied by the thick month is the most difficult time for the trek.
Tsum Valley trek takes one into the remote valley at a higher altitude. With the minimum facilities, it isn’t going to be an easy walk. One needs to walk for about 5 to 6 hours each day on a steep path. You will need a very strong physical condition and sound health.
Your journey to the Tsum Valley begins as you arrive in Kathmandu. After brief sightseeing in the valley, we drive to Soti Khola via Arughat. This is where our trek beings. We walk to the villages of Machhakhola, Jagat, and then to Chisopani. Then, we walk to Chumling, Chhokang Paro, Nil, and then to Mu Gompa. After exploring the village, we trek to Burgi, Chumling, Philim, and Khorlabesi. Then, we get to Soti River and Arughat before we drive back to Kathmandu. This is where the journey comes to an end.
As you arrive at International Airport, our representatives will receive you. After welcoming in Kathmandu, they will escort you to the hotel. After checking-in at the hotel, get some rest. After refreshment, you can explore the area around the hotel. Thamel is the major touristic hub of Nepal is that worth exploring. In the evening, we will brief you on the journey. We will enjoy a welcome dinner together and have a typical Nepalese cuisine. Later, you can also enjoy the nightlife of the place. Overnight in Kathmandu
After breakfast in the morning, the sightseeing trip commences. You will drive you to the destination in a private vehicle with a professional tour guide. Kathmandu, also known as the city of temples has different UNESCO world sites that are worth exploring. Here is the list of heritages we will visit: Swayambhunath Stupa: First thing in the morning, we drive towards Swayambhunath Stupa. This place is also known as “Monkey temple”. From the top, you can witness the entire Kathmandu Valley below your feet. The place has many small stupa, a pond, and other monuments. Pashupatinath Temple: It is a significant Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is located right on the Bagmati Riverbank. Though you cannot go inside the temple, you can witness the monuments and the other activities from the eastern bank. It also has a square pagoda style temple that was built on a single-tier plinth. Boudhanath Stupa: This is the holiest Buddhist site in Valley. It was built back in the 5th century with four eye pairs of Lord Buddha in four directions. The eyes are said to keep an eye on the people. The site was rebuilt after the destruction of the 2015 earthquake. Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet and other parts of the world visit the place. You can spin the prayer wheels as you walk around the Stupa. Bhaktapur Durbar Square: Lastly, we visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square. It has a Royal Residential Quarter, a five-storied temple in Pagoda style, Bhairavnath temple, Batsala temple, Duttatraya temple, 55 window palace, and a museum. After the tour, we will drive back to the hotel. You can complete if there is any last-minute shopping in the Thamel area. Pack your bags and get prepared for the journey. Overnight in Kathmandu
We wake up early in the morning for breakfast at the hotel. Then, we will begin our drive towards Arughat. Driving towards the west of the valley on the blacktopped Prithvi Highway, we drive towards Seti Khola. After we cross the Trishuli River, we drive to Dhading Besi. A bumpy drive of around three hours takes us to Arughat. On the way, you witness the beautiful landscape, terraced fields, countryside lifestyle, rivers, and waterfalls. This is a tiny town that is settled by the Newar ethnic community. Resting in Arughat, we drive towards Soti Khola. We cross a bridge over Budhi Gandaki River and pass small villages of Gurung and Magar ethnic groups. As we drive along the field of millet and Paddy, we reach Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola
Today, we begin our journey as we walk from MacchaKhola. After a few ups and downs of a rocky trail, you get to cross a suspension bridge. Then, we pass a beautiful Sal forest. We cross the tropical forest and waterfalls as we walk along the passing terraces. Then, we walk to the village of Lapubesi. The village is settled by the traditional Gurung community. Resting for some time, we walk uphill on the bank of the Budhi Gandaki till Khanibesi. Here, the North-east view of the waterfall with a background of Ganesh Himal pleases you. Then, you descend towards the village called Macchakhola. Macchakhola has a hot spring where we can enjoy a relaxing dip after a tough day of the walk. Overnight in Macchakhola
Today, you will commence walking in a narrow path following the Budhi Gandaki. We walk in a zigzag path and cross a suspension bridge above Khorlabesi. Here, you can get a fantastic view of the Ganesh Himal. Further walking in ascending and then descending trails, you cross several suspension bridges. Passing a landslide area, small hamlets, rock falls, and a stone step on a rocky trail, you reach Jagat. Here, the prodigious view of Sringi Himal, chortenes, and mani walls representing the Himalayan culture will welcome you. Overnight in Jagat
The walk for the day begins as we descend on the path along with stone steps. We first arrive at a riverbed and slide up on terraced farmlands to reach Saguleri. As you walk, savour the striking views of Singri Himal (7,187m) from Saguleri. Chasing the path located on the left, you trek to a deep gorge. The towering rock walls pass some settlements such as Ghatte Khola & Philim. Along the route, you can see the Chortens, Gompas, and the Mani walls. Walking on a forested land takes you to Chisopani. Chisopani has some beautiful tea house that serves a delicious dinner. Overnight in Chisopani
Exiting out of the village, you arrive at Ekle Bhatti. Walking on the right of the cascading waterfall, we enter inside the pine forest. A few ups and downs across the trail, we reach the beautiful village Lokpa. We can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Boudha Himal. We walk on a downhill trail for a few hours before we reach the riverbed of the Lungwa River. We walk on an uphill trail to the snaky route. Walking in a forested region leads to Gumlung. Now, we cross a suspension bridge right over Siyar River. Then, we reach Chumling- also called “Lower Tsum”. Let’s savour the view of Shringi Himal. In the evening, we can explore the old Chumling Gompa. Overnight in Chumling Gompa
Today, we walk along the field of Potato and Maize. Enjoying the view of Gompas, and Ganesh Himal, you arrive at Gho Village. On the path, we come across the unique settlement of Ripchet. There are stone houses with iron roofs. We enjoy the walk in the spacious fields of barley, buckwheat, maize, and potatoes. We might also see the herds of Thar that are grazing in the wild cliffs. We walk to the north on an important Gompas. Climbing for a couple of hours takes us to Chhokan Paro. Here, you can witness the outstanding view of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal. Overnight in Chookang Paro
We slide on a ridge to Lamagaon. Initially, we cross a primitive suspension bridge before we arrive at the famous Rachen Gompa. It is also locally known as the Nunnery Gompa of this region. Visiting in the monastery, we can interact with the nuns of the gompa. We cross the Shiar Khola and walk to the Lar Village. We walk to cross the small hydropower plant. We simultaneously cross the village of Phurbe and Pangdun to observe the signs of Himalayan Buddhism. Then, we cross the village of Chhule. Then, we cross the village of Chhule. The trek continues on the upstream. After crosses the bridge over it, we finally arrive at the Nile. Overnight in Nile
Today, we walk close to the border in Tibet. Hence, we trek mostly on the Tibetan landscapes. Initially, we walk on the west of the valley. Following a gentle uphill climb, you reach Mu Gompa. Mu is the highest land during the trek exhibiting the high Himalayan lifestyle and culture. You can see the monasteries and a stunning view of yak pastures. The Longnang glacier appears as crystal clear water. You get to explore the highland monastery, before hiking up to Dhephu Doma Gompa. After some rest, you can trek back to Mu Gompa. Overnight night Mu Gompa
Today, you have a rest and visit day at Mu Gompa. Initially, you can take a short hike to visit Mu Gompa. This is the largest place at Tsum Valley and the centre of the culture. You can witness the lifestyle, culture, and language of the monk at the place. Also, the nearby surrounding provides the demanding views of mountain peaks of either side of Tibet and Nepal. Here, the prodigious view of Ganesh Himal is visible. After some time, you hike to the Pika Peak base camp. Then, you walk back to Mu Gompa for the night. Overnight in Mu Gompa
Today, we start retracing our way back to Burgi Village. You follow the path along the Shiar Khola and arrive at Burgi. This is a small yet very beautiful village that is full of unique lifestyle. Climbing from the village, you arrive at Milarepa’s Cave. Here, the exceptional glimpse of Kipu Himal, Poshyop Glacier, and Churke Himal awaits us. At the day end, we hike back to Burgi. This is a small settlement where we can stop for dinner and a night stay. Overnight in Burgi Village
We wake up early in the morning to enjoy the clear views of Himalayan Vista. After breakfast, we follow the downhill path to reach Chhokang Paro. Then, we continue the descending trail to Chumling. En-route, the view of cultivated land and the mountains accompany us. We walk across many beautiful remote villages. After a few hours of walk, we stop in a village for lunch. When the body feels relaxed, we continue our trek. Since the path is mostly downhill, it’s quite easy to trek. We further continue to Chumling. The place has some beautiful places for the night stop. Overnight in Chumling
Today, we cross a suspension bridge that is situated over the Shiar River. We follow the zigzag path and walk through the beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. Further descend takes you the beautiful Samba waterfall. Then, we follow the Budhi Gandaki River trail to the village of Philim. Enjoying the landscape at Philim village, we stop for the night. Overnight in Philim
Initially, we descend on the path to Budhi Gandaki River. A few hours of the trek takes you to Jagat. Here, we walk on the steps made up of stone to pass Yaruphant. The further walk takes us to the place called Tatopani. You can either have some rest or even dip yourself in a hot spring. A bath in a natural hot spring relaxes your tired muscles. Take your time to walk down to Kholabesi. Overnight in Kholabesi
Today's walk begins after breakfast in the morning. We descend on the trail after crossing a suspension bridge. On the way, we pass the villages of Maccha Khola, and Khanibeshi. After some rest, we further continue to Lapubesi, you follow the rocky trail on the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. The walk is accompanied by a beautiful forest and waterfalls. You will reach the Soti Khola once you cross the suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki River. Overnight in Soti River
Today is our last day of walk on the Tsum valley trail. Descend towards the Arughat passing the beautiful waterfall. On the path, we cross the Arkhet Khola over a bridge. From Mangaltar, we can see the forests, small villages, and terraces. As you arrive in Arughat, you rest for sometime before driving back to Kathmandu. As you arrive in Kathmandu, you drive to the Hotel. After checking-in, you can take the time to refresh yourself. You can also stroll around the streets of Thamel. In the evening, we will together enjoy a farewell dinner at the authentic Nepali restaurant. We share our experience of hiking as a team. Overnight in Kathmandu
It is your last day in this nation of Himalayas. In the morning, you can enjoy your last Nepalese breakfast in the hotel. If you have time, you can also do some last-minute shopping. If your flight is in the evening, you can also visit the classic Garden of Dreams which is suited right outside the Thamel. As per your flight time, pack your belongings and check-out from your hotel. Our representative will be waiting for you outside the hotel. He/ She will take you to the airport on a private vehicle. The staff will leave you at the International Airport- three hours before you take off. We wish you a very safe journey back home.
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