Tsum Valley Trek

16 Days

The Tsum Valley Trek is one of the most beautiful and off-the-beaten-path trek in Nepal.

The valley often referred to as the “hidden valley”, offering breathtaking scenery, ancient monasteries, and rich Tibetan culture. Tsum Valley is located in Manaslu region near Tibetan border. The Valley offers the best of Tibetan Buddhist culture and the feelings of being in Tibet without physically being in Tibet is just awesome.

Tsum valley was considered as the Restricted area until 2008. Thus the valley offers the virgin trial providing the most authentic experience. Tsum Valley Trekking is no doubt one of the best trekking trial in the world, with its ancient culture, traditions, arts and religion. Every aspect of locals is influenced by Tibetan culture and traditions.

The valley is situated in one of the most remote part of Gorkha in the lap of Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, Boudha Himal and many more mountains and peaks. Tsum valley is considered as hard trekking because mostly our trial will be above 3000 meters elevation and walking duration will be 6-7 hours every day. Even though the walking is long, the pristine beauty and diversity of the region will make you forget the exhausted feelings.

Tsum Valley is also a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhist. As per Legend, The Great Buddhist Saint Milareppa meditated in the caves of Tsum Valley. The Tsum valley is drained by Shear Khola (river) which actually originates from the western glacier from Ganesh Himal and eastern and southern glaciers from Sringi Himal.

Not only the culture and natural beauty, Tsum Valley offers the best of rich wildlife such as Himalayan Thar and Blue sheep. The Tsum Valley Trekking offers exploration of ancient historic Monasteries such as Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, Gompa Lungdan.

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Our Trek to Tsum Valley will start with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Arughat, the gateway to Manaslu area.From Arughat, we follow the Budhi Gandaki River  valley to the north. We pass through several picturesque villages, flora & fauna of Gorkha district. We trek through villages such as Soti Khola, Machha Khola, Jagat and to Lokpa, wich is gateway to the Tsum Valley.

We continue our trial further north to reach Chumling. Chumling houses three ancient monasteries, Pango Gumba, Gurwa Gumba and Mani Dhungyr. From Chumling the dramatic view of Mountains such as Manaslu (8,163m), Himal Chuli (7,895m), Ganesh Himal (7,140m) and many other peaks. We leave Chumling and continue our trekking to Chokangparo via Domje Gaun which is the largest settlement in the region.

From Chukang Paro, we continue ascending further north to the villages of Phurbe and Nile.On the way we pass Milarepa Prien Phu Cave, which is considered as the most sacred cave in the region.

Our trekking to Tsum Valley now takes a trial to Mu Gompa. From Mu Gompa we return to Phurbe and traverse to Ganesh Himal Base Camp at an altitude of 4,800 meters. The exploration of Ganesh Himal Base Camp will end our trip to Tsum Valley. We then follow back our trial via Lokpa, Jagat to reach Arughat. From Arughat we will board the vehicle and continue through the scenic highway towards Kathmandu.

Highlights of Tsum Valley Trek

  • Visit to an ancient monasteries such as Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa that offer a glimpse into the region's spiritual life.
  • The Tsumbas, the residents of Tsum Valley, have their own unique dialect, traditions, and festivals.
  • Majestic views of Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges.
  • A scenic countryside drive offering the best on the way views.
  • Abundant wildlife, Flora and Fauna.


Early morning after breakfast, we will start our journey through a scenic National Highway joining from Kathmandu to other major cities of Nepal. We will reach Arughat Bazaar. On the way you will be greeted with the astonishing view of Mount Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. From Arughat we continue our drive to Soti Khola (730m/ 2,895ft). We will stay overnight at Soti Khola.

After breakfast continue trekking to Machha Khola.We will cross the Soti Khola river and walk passing the villages of Liding, Khursane and to Lapubesi to reach Machha Khola. From Lapubesi we enter the wide valley following the bank of Budhi Gandaki river. We reach Nauli Khola, cross the river and continue alking to reach Machha Khola.

After an early morning breakfast, we will head to our next destination, Jagat. We will experience several ascends and descends. We cross Tharo Khola to reach Khorlabesi and continue further to Tatopani. If you are intrested, you can take a bath in Natural Hot water steam. we continue further north and cross the suspension bridge over Budi Gandaki River. We continue through a stone staircase to reach Tharo Bharyang. From here a easy walk to reach Jagat where we will stay overnight.

After breakfast we will continue to Lokpa. On the way, at the end of Jagat village, we will register our permits then continue ascending over a rocky ridge
to reach Salleri. We will descend to Sirdibas and cross the longest suspension bridge of Nepal to enter Philim. Continuing further north leaving the villages of Ekle Bhatti we reach Lokpa which is a gateway to Tsum Valley Trek. Overnight stay at Lokpa.

Today we will head towards Chumling village. Witness the mesmerizing view of Ganesh Himal and Boudha Himal. Continue passing several villages and river
streams we reach Chumling. We will have an enough time to explore the three monasteries in the village, The Pango Gompa, Mani Dhungyur and Gurwa Gompa.

Early morning after breakfast we head towards Chhokangparo. Chokangparo is nestled in the flat land of upper Tsum Valley.

Nile village is the last village of upper Tsum valley. We trek through the village of Chule to reach Nile which is situated at the bank of Shair Khola. On the way we visit Phiren Phu Cave, which is believed to be adobe of Milareppa as he meditated in the partucular cave. We can see his footprints imprinted on
the cave.We continue through vast Tibetan alike landscape and cross suspension bridge at Shair Khola we will reach Nile village.

We will start our trekking to Mu Gompa. Our trial gradually ascends. On the way we visit Dhephyudonma Gompa situated at elevation of 4,060 meters. This
monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in the region. Eventually we reach Mu Gompa, the largest Monastery in the region which was firmed on 1895. Later
continue our trial to via several Yak Pastures and tiny settlements to reach Mu Gompa.

Early morning we head towards Rechen Gompa. Rechen Gompa is situated in the Shair Khola valley bordering Nepal & Tibet. Rechen Gompa was built in 1905 and is housing Ngak-Pa Nuns. Overnight stay at Rechen Gompa.

Continue the trial to south to Gho Gompa. From here descend towards wooden bridge on Siyar Khola. Cross the bridge to reach Domje village. From Domje we will continue further east enjoying pine, juniper and Rhododendron forests passing several mani walls and prayer flag until we reach Gompa Lungdang.

Today we will explore the base camp of Ganesh Himal. A 3-4 hours walk will lead us to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Later we retrace the trial back to Gumba Lungdang.

We will descend to Domje and head south to reach Lokpa. The flora and faouna of the area is just an aspiring. Cross suspension bridge to reach Ripche. From Ripche we will slightly descend to Ghumlung and gradually ascend to reach Lokpa where we will stay overnight.

We will continue our trekking to Jagat after an early morning breakfast. Walk pleasantly crossing several suspension bridges. We will reach Sirdibas village, continuing further we reach Jagat for overnight stay.

Today we will descend to Lapu Besi. we will trek via Machha Khola and cross the suspension bridge to reach Lapu Besi for overnight stay.

Today we will retrace our trial back to Arughat Bazaar. Today's walk will be relatively easy as we will trek in descent trial and the distance is short aswell. We follow Budhi Gandaki river to reach Soti Khola and will board Jeep to Arughat Bazaar where we will stay overnight this day.

After an early breakfast board your vehicle to return back to Kathmandu. The scenic Prithivi Highway gives you the best feelings.

Cost Includes

  • Arrival/ departure transfers, sightseeing tour, and an outstation trip to Gorkha as mentioned above using private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Twin-sharing failing dormitory accommodation in the best available guesthouse lodges while trekking.
  • Three-time meals a day followed by tea/coffee on trekking.
  • Experienced local English-speaking guide throughout the trek with his salary, equipment, meals, and insurance.
  • Required number of porters to carry your luggage with his salary, equipment, meals, and insurance. (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Necessary trekking permits, detailed pre-trip meetings, and comprehensive first-aid kit.

Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare and visa fees.
  • Accommodation, Lunch and dinner wishlist in Kathmandu.
  • Your travel insurance covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • Personal trekking gear, personal expenses, bar bills, telephone, wifi in lodges, hot water, hot shower, and beverages.
  • Any kind of extra expenses occur due to unforeseen situations like flight cancellation, natural calamities, or political disturbances)
  • Tips for trekking crew (not mandatory but highly appreciated)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the new Covid-19 policy for traveling to Nepal?

Nepal is fully open without any restrictions. Nepal Government has issued a new advisory regarding travel restrictions on 01 March 2022 rescinding all previously issued restrictions. No need for quarantine to enter Nepal. The following criteria should have to be followed while traveling to Nepal:
1) Travelers must show documents regarding the last dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to Nepal’s arrival. If you are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated, you must bring a negative PCR/RT result, checked not more than 72 hours prior to your arrival. 2) The government of Nepal has removed the compulsion of PCR tests while traveling to Nepal, however, re-confirm with any other country you enter for transit. 3) You need a Covid-19 Crisis Management Coordination (CCMC) generated QR Code. You can either print the bar code or take a screenshot, and keep it safe while traveling to Nepal.

Can I get on arrival visa in Nepal?

On-arrival visa also called tourist visas facilitates multiple entries. One can get Tourist visas (On arrival visas) at TIA or any surface Entry/Exit Points established under the Department of Immigration.

Is this trip for me? How fit do I have to be for this trek?

This trek is suitable for every traveler with average health conditions. You need to be moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required for this trek. Lightweight training like swimming, jogging, cycling, etc comes very handy. It is recommended to hike at least 2 hours a day can really build stamina and increase the lung capacity which you are going to need while hiking at a higher altitude. Also, we suggest you consult with your physician before traveling if you have any medical conditions.

What extra documents do I need?

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, three passport-sized photos, and a copy of your passport.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

Yes, a professional and experienced representative from High Altitude Nomads will be at the airport. He/she will greet you and transfer you to your hotel.

What kind of accommodation can I expect in this trip?

We will provide a nice 3-star centrally located hotel for your accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast included. While trekking, we use the best possible teahouse lodges providing basic accommodation and meals. We will provide single/ double rooms, occasionally dormitory rooms. We suggest bringing your own sleeping bag for trekking.

What kind of meals is available during our trek?

Nowadays food menus in tea house lodges have developed and provided a wide range of eateries to hungry trekkers. The local items as Dal, Bhat (lentils, rice, curry, pickle), momos (Tibetan-style dumplings filled with veg, chicken, buff, or cheese), noodle soup, American-style breakfast with tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot beverages, and much more.

Is it a problem, if I am a vegetarian?

Mostly the tea house serves vegetarian meals, which is also good for you while trekking in the mountain. We recommend consuming vegetarian foods to avoid food poisoning.

What about safety and security while trekking?

One has to take proper care of their belongings and ensure every personal possession is secure. It is important to secure your belongings, especially when you are sharing a room with another trekker.

What mode of transportation is used in this tour?

We use comfortable, private air-conditioned tourist vehicles for our entire tours. We have an exciting range of fleets for the transportation of our valued guests. We are just starting our initiative of sustainable tourism by using electric vehicles where able it is possible.

What is the usual group size for this tour ?

We believe in a small group tour. Every group consists of a minimum of 2 and not more than 10.

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

The best times to travel to Nepal for any kind of tour are Spring (March to June) and Autumn (September to November). The clear skies and sunny day with the best mountain view makes this time most favorable for all kind of tours, trekking, and expedition-related programs.

Is your staff insured?

Yes, all our trekking crew including guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters are well insured.

Is Altitude Sickness a risk in Nepal?

According to Medical News Today – Altitude sickness occurs when a person travels to a high altitude without gradually acclimatizing. It is most prevalent at 8,000 feet or higher and results from a shortage of oxygen.
The risk of Altitude sickness in Nepal depends on where you are going. Most of the cultural and historical sites in Nepal lie between 800-1600 meters and the National park in the terai region is even lower. This means you are not going to get any Altitude sickness in this area. The possibility of altitude sickness arises if you are trekking to mountains above 2000-2500 meters. Even though good preparations, enough acclimatization, proper diet, and moving gently can be really effective.

What if I fall sick while trekking?

Your safety is our foremost priority. Our professional guides will be at your disposal 24/7 throughout your trip. Our every trekking staff are well trained in emergencies in mountains. Our staff will be well equipped with the necessary first-aid kit. In any emergencies, our guide will keep us updated and if needed we shall arrange an emergency evacuation as soon as possible.

Can I charge my gadgets in the trek?

You can get this facility at guesthouse lodges by paying an extra charge.

How long do we walk each day trekking?

Most of the trekking days in the Himalayas need 6-7 hours of walking. It includes a number of breaks and stopping for lunch somewhere along your trekking route. Our itinerary is designed to make your daily walk shorter as the altitude rises, helping your body to acclimatize.
On the major day of trekking or while crossing high-mountain passes, we might need to walk for 10-12 hours depending on our speed of walking.

Do I have to carry my own luggage on trekking?

Normally our cost includes a porter to carry your luggage. Porters typically carry 20-25 kg on tea house trekking and 25-30 kg on a camping trek. We recommend you carry your most needed items, fragile items yourself. For shorter treks (2-3 days), you can take the most necessary items in your backpack (carry yourself) and just have a guide.

What is the ratio of guides and porters in each group?

Normally we use one guide for guests up to 5 Pax. For more than 5, there will be an assistant guide at your disposal. For every two people, there will be 1 porter, and the ratio of trekkers and porters be 2 trekkers:1 porter.

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Tsum Valley Trek