Tsum Valley Trekking
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Facts of this Trip

Duration 16 Days
Trip Grade Difficult
Max Altitude 3361 M
Trip Type Tea house Trek
Accommodation *** Hotel/ Tea house on Trail
Meals Full board on trek
Transportation Private Vehicle
Season Feb to Jun and Sep to Nov
Group Size Minimum 2 pax

Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley was a restricted area until it was opened for trekking in 2008. The Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha, Nepal. Literally “Tsum” means vivid. Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal, and Boudha ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and speak unique dialect. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and lined with main walls made of thousands of stone slabs carved with drawings of deities and inscribed with prayers. The famous Kyimu Lung, a pilgrimage circuit in the central Trans-Himalaya, is well known for its center of learning and meditation. This circuit traverses the Tsum Valley the Manaslu area in Nepal, and southern parts of Tibet.
The Tsum Valley has long history of Buddhism. The Buddhist saint Milarewa is believed to be meditated in the caves of these mountains. Traditionally, the valley was a culturally distinct geographical called “Tsum Tso Chuksum”, which means thirteen provinces ruled as a single territory. The ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries. As a result, the unique culture of this valley has remained intact.
The valley is drained by the Shear Khola, which originates from the western glacier of Ganesh Himal and east and southern glaciers of Sringi Himal and meets the Budhi Gandaki at Nyak.
The valley is uniquely rich in wildlife, especially the Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep which congregates in herds of 50 to 200. Hunting, fishing is not permitted in the Tsum Valley. The valley also boasts some unique and historic monasteries, including Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba, which lie on a pretty plateau nestled in the lap of the valley, and Gumba Lungdang, situated at the base of a conical hill against the main slope of Ganesh Himal.


Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at the Tribhawn International airport, Kathmandu our representative from Alfresco Adventure Travel wait for you outside at Arrival gate with your Name card. Our team will welcome and collect your baggage at the airport. By formal introduction with the representative and transferred to your hotel. Our representative will brief on your arrival about the preparation of trekking have a short time gathering with your trekking guide and support staff. In the evening you will enjoy complimentary welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with Nepalese cuisine. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

Kathmandu full day city Tour.

After early morning breakfast, we have a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu valley is well known as living museum, art and cultural hub of the ancient historical city. We visit Swayambhunath Stupa. Swayambhunath stupa is popularly known as monkey temple, which is isolated on a hilltop in Kathmandu and is also one of the famous historical and religious site for both Hindus and Buddhist community. It provides excellent views of the Kathmandu valley. Then we drive to Boudhanath Stupa, which is one of the largest stupas in the world and one of the important religious site for Buddhist around the world. Finally, we drive at Pashupatinath Temple is the biggest temple of Lord Shiva in south Asia. It is a close distance from Boudhanath Stupa and located at the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath Temple is the ultimate pilgrim site for Hindus throughout the world. All those three sites were listed in UNESCO World Heritage sites. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3

Drive Kathmandu to Soti Khola. (700m) (7-8 hours)

After breakfast, we drive from the hotel to Soti Khola on our private vehicle, which takes around 7-8 hours. Overnight at Soti Khola.

Day 4

Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola. (869m) (5-6 hours)

After breakfast, we will start our trekking from Soti Khola to Machha Khola, which takes around 5-6 hours of Gentle walk alongside the famous Budi Gandaki River. The main inhabitants of Machha Khola village are the Gurung communities with their own tradition, culture and they have good hospitality. Overnight at Machha Khola Village.

Day 5

Trek Machha Khola to Jagat (1340m) (6-7 hours)

After breakfast, we Trek Machha Khola to Jagat, which will take around 6-7 hours of the gentle walk along with few upward-downward walks then crossing the Tharo Khola, we reach Khorlabesi. After walking a few hours then we will reach the natural hot spring (Tato pani in Nepali). After spending some time at Hot spring we continue our journey again until we finally reach Jagat after a long trek. Overnight at Jagat.

Day 6

Trek Jagat to Lokpa (2240m) (7-8 hours)

After Breakfast, we trek Jagat to Lokpa, which will take around 7-8 hours of the gentle walk with equally ascending and descending narrow trails passing through the bridge. We climb over a rocky edge to Salleri and then down to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village. Philim valley is well known for school and police station built by Japanese. Walk past MCAP point to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley and walk up north from Gum Pul we reach Lokpa. Overnight at Lokpa.

Day 7

Trek Lokpa to Chumling. (2386m) (4-5 hours)

After breakfast trek Lokpa to Chumling which takes around 4-5 hours. From Lokpa the trail descends around 30 minutes towards Lungwa Khola and ascending through little difficult trail further two hours north through beautiful pines and rhododendrons forest we reach Gumlung. While ahead to the clumling we will crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling, lower Tsum, from here we can see the magnificent view of Shringi Himal. And after that Visit the old Chumling gompa and the stone streets of the village. Stay overnight in Chumling.

Day 8

Trek Chumling to Chhokang Paro (3031m) (5-6 hours)

After breakfast trek Chumling to Chhokang Paro which takes around 5-6 hours of trek, then Cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village. Another continues to climb for two and a half hours to Tsum, the trail takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. If the weather is clear; enjoy the views of Himalchuli 7893m and Ganesh Himal 7140m. The main inhabitants of the chhokang Paro village are the pure Buddhist followers. Overnight at Chokhangparo.

Day 9

Trek Chhokang Paro to the Nile (3361m) (5-6 hours)

After breakfast Trek Chhokang Paro to the Nile, takes around 5-6 hours of walk. We trek through the villages of Ngakyu, Leru, and Lama Gaun today. We will visit a holy cave at the Lama gaun. It is believed that saint Milarepa had meditated here in the cave; (certain admission fee is required) the cave is also popularly known as Piren Phu meaning “Pigeon cave”. After visiting the holy cave we continue our trek passing Burji, Phurbe and Pangdun villages, there is beautiful magnificent big Buddhist Stupa is located on the way to Chhule and Nile. Arrive at the Nile, and overnight.

Day 10

Hike Nile to Mugompa (3709m) then trek back to Rachel Gompa. (3240m) (7-8 hours)

Early morning breakfast then hike to Mu Gompa with our packed lunch, which will take around 3 hours from the Nile to reach the Mu Gompa, excursion around the Mu Gompa and Dhephu Doma Gompa for around 1 hour. Mu Gompa is the oldest monastery in the region, and we are now almost close to the Tibetan border. The Gompa is situated at the high altitude and remote part of the Tsum Valley. After the excursion around the Gompas, we trek down towards Rachen Gompa which will further take around 4 hours including the time for our packed lunch on the way. The total time from Nile to Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa will take around 7-8 hour all together. Stay overnight at Rachen Gompa Village.

Day 11

Trek Rachen Gompa to Chumling. (2386m) (5-6 hours)

After Breakfast, we return downwards from Rachen Gompa to Chumling, which takes around 5-6 hours of trek. This is the same route which we took previously on the way to Tsum valley; hence the attractions are the same as previous. Arrive at Chumling and overnight.

Day 12

Trek Chumling to Philim (1,570m/5,103ft): 6-7 hours

The trail goes through Lokpa, Enjoy the gorgeous Samba Falls. The trail is no much difficult as previous, the trail consists of mainly gentle and easy trails. Finally, arrive at Philim after 6 to 7 hours of long trekking.

Day 13

Trek Philim to Khorlabesi (970m/3182ft: 6-7 hours

Today we trek from Philim to Khorlabesi via Jagat and Tatopani. Hike down to Sirdibas and we finally reach to Jagat. Furthermore descend takes us to Yaruphant. Now from here, we pass arid Tibetan type climate to subtropical green vegetation from where we continue trekking to Dobhan, then arrive at Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. If interested, you may dip yourself in the hot spring and relax your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring. If not then continue walking up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi.

Day 14

Trek Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 6-7 hours

Our trail passes the Tharo River flowing in a rocky ravine. Descend down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village, from where we walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of Labubesi. Along the trail we will pass beautiful waterfalls and the trail is steep rocky on the side of a cliff. We then reach Khursane. Walk along the edge above Budhi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola.

Day 15

Drive Soti Khola to Kathmandu. (6-7 hours)

We are at the end of our Tsum valley trekking here, so finally we drive back to Kathmandu from soti Khola. It takes us around 6-7 hours of long drive. Finally arrive at Kathmandu, check in to the hotel and Overnight.

Day 16

Final Departure

Today is your last day with us in Nepal. You will escort to the airport for your onward destination with the unforgettable moment of your life from the Tsum valley Trek. If you have more days in Nepal remain after this trek you may have different options to travel or tour in Chitwan or Pokhara. Our office representative came to your hotel for pick up and drop you at the airport.

Price & Dates

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Trip Cost Includes

  • Arrival and Departure by comfortable Private vehiclet
  • All necessary paperwork, Restricted area trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • 3 star accommodation in Kathmandu on BB plan (with breakfast)
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek (Include breakfast, lunch, Dinner)
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner in typical Nepal restaurant with Nepal food
  • All land transportation is arrange as pre the itinerary in a comfortable vehicle
  • City tour in Kathmandu with expert guide by private vehicle
  • All entrance fees and government and local charges for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced English spoken and government certified trekking leader, guide and assistant trek leader or guide
  • Poter service (2 trekkers = 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their salary, insurance and allowance
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader or guide)

Trip Cost Exclude

  • Your Medical and Travel insurance
  • Personal Belong items
  • Personal expenses, shopping, Beverage bills and so on.
  • Tips for staffs

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