Tsum valley Trek

Many people combine the Tsum Valley with the Manaslu Circuit starting in Arughat Bazaar and ending in Besisahar. Besisahar is also the starting point for the Annapurna circuit. The trail starts low, passing through lush green countryside and small Hindu villages.

Trek to this valley is a journey through the off beaten trail that adorns natural beauty in its original attire. As you open up to the valley, you can see the stunning views of mountains like Ganesh Himal, Sringeri Mountain, and Boudha Mountain. This trek is also an opportunity to be at the base camp of Ganesh Himal. From the base camp, you can see the beautiful views of other mountains too. See more.

Many people combine the Tsum Valley with the Manaslu Circuit starting in Arughat Bazaar and ending in Besisahar. Besisahar is also the starting point for the Annapurna circuit. The trail starts low, passing through lush green countryside and small Hindu villages. You enter Tsum Valley from the main trail and will soon find yourself in beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. Heading east the valley opens up to reveal beautiful landscapes and small Tibetan-style villages. There are basic guesthouses all along the trail so you can choose if you want to camp or stay at the teahouses/guesthouses.

Initially, our trip starts from Kathmandu. We cruise down to Arughat. But our trekking starts and ends from Arughat. We cross half of the route by the banks of Budi Gandaki River. The elegant views of beautiful forest, terraced fields and hilly villages can be seen hiking beside the Budi Gandaki River. In addition, the path goes through alpine forest, pristine glacial rivers and warm friendly peoples. Passing through Machhakhola, Jagat and Philim and other beautiful vibrant villages we reach the gorgeous Tsum valley where we can enjoy its natural beauty. On our way back, we follow the same path to return to Kathmandu.

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Trip Fact: 19 Days

  • Group size:1-12 people
  • Max-Altitude:3,700m/12,174ft
  • Destination:Tsum Valley
  • Fitness level:Moderate
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure from:Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and full-board meal during the trek
  • Best time:September, October, November, December, February, March, April
  • Accommodation:Twin sharing in 2 star to 5 star hotel in city and tea house, lodge, camp and home-stay during trek

 

Trip Highlights

  • Spectacular views of Mt. Ganesh and Manaslu mountains.
  • Exploration of ancient form of Buddhist dialect, art, culture and religion
  • Visit ancient Rachhen Gumba and other monasteries
  • Observe remote local life.
  • Explore Tibetan culture and tradition
  • Wilderness hike to the hidden valley
  • Refreshing bath in natural hot spring

Trip Map

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport - (1360m.)

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar 570m (5-6hrs)

Day 4: Trek from Arughat to Lapubesi 880m (6-7hrs)

Day 5: Trek from Lapubesi to Khorlabesi 970m (5-6hrs)

Day 6: Trek from Khorlabesi to Jagat 1370m (5-6hrs)

Day 7: Jagat to Chisopani (1660m/5,445ft): 4-5 hours

Day 8: Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft): 6 - 7 hours

Day 9: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m/9,903ft): 4-5 hours

Day 10: Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft): 5-6 hours

Day 11: Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft): 3 hours

Day 12: Mu Gompa, sightseeing

Day 13: Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3,245m/10644ft) via Milarepa cave: 5 hrs

Day 14: Burgi village -Chumling (2,386/7,827ft): 5-6 hours

Day 15: Chumling to Philim (1,570m/5,103ft): 6-7 hours

Day 16: Philim to Khorlabesi(970m/3182ft: 6-7 hrs

Day 17: Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 6-7 hrs

Day 18: Soti Khola to Kathmandu (1300m/1,968ft): 4 hrs trek and drive 7-8 hrs

Day 19: Farewell Friends

 

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport - (1360m.)
After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing
The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western cultures influences. Paten and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur cities. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Bouddhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Swyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur. An orientation session for the trek, which commences the following day, will be organized in the evening.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar (570m) 5-6hrs
In Arughat (600m), a pleasant market town straddling the Budi Gandaki River cross the suspension bridge and stay overnight at Lodge.
Included meals:Breakfast 

Day 4: Trek from Arughat to Lapubesi (880m) 6-7hrs
Trek through Gurung and Magar villages staying on the left bank of the Budi Gandaki, which you will be following to its source. Climb on stairs as the valley becomes wilder, prettier and narrower and descend to Soti Khola (710m). There’s a swimming hole in the Soti Khola, popular with locals. Trek on through shady Sal forests then climb up and down for some time an exposed track blasted from the cliff and views way below of wild rapids, descending to Labubesi (880m.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 5: Trek from Lapubesi to Khorlabesi (970m) 5-6hrs
We start our trek to Khorlabesi passing through Machha Khola (930m), side of the Budi Gandaki, up and down again and across sandy river flats. Large Gurung villages are way above while the track passes few houses, like lower Khorla besi (960m) which was largely destroyed by a huge rock. Villagers has built a botanic garden and nice lodge from which he sells his organic coffee
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 6: Trek from Khorlabesi to Jagat (1370m) 5-6hrs
Starting our trail from Khorlabesi on the ridges to Tatopani crossing the Budi Gandaki emerge onto river flats for some rest at Yaru (1140m). Crossing to the left bank with easy up and down we reach to Jagat, a neatly Flag stoned Gurung village.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 7: Jagat to Chisopani (1660m/5,445ft) 4-5 hrs
We start our trail over a rocky ridge to Salleri, after completing with the ACAP procedure and then we descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Philim, a large gurung village. Walking past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley we reach Chisopani.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Chisopani to Chumling (2,386m/7,827ft): 6 - 7 hrs
Descend down to trail going to the Tsum Valley crossing the gorge and beautiful waterfall and enter the pine tree forests Climb through pine and rhododendron forests, the views of Himalchuli mountains at 7893m and Boudha Himal from Lokpa, a small beautiful village Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 9: Chumling to Chokhangparo (3,010m/9,903ft): 4-5 hours
We cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank with the great views of Ganesh Himal crossing bridge we arrive at the Gho Village. Continues climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Chokhangparo to Nile (3,361m/11,058ft): 5-6 hrs
While climbing above Chokhangparo, better to be careful of altitude problems. Walk past Lamagaon crossing rope suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa, which is also well known as Nunnery Gompa too. We make a small visit and then we cross the Shiar Khola. Continue walking through the well managed villages Lar (micro hydro power), Phurbe and Pangdun. Leaving old historic Stupa of Bhudda in a way crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile. If you consider we can make your visit to a famous monastery of Chhule which is located in the top of area.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,174ft): 3 hrs
We walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes to the Mu Gompa. We also visit the monastery. Then after, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Mu Gompa, sightseeing
Today we make a sightseeing of the whole Mu Gompa Region. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. The Gompa lies at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. After exploring the Mu Gompa area, you may also consider the option of getting to the base of Pika Himal (4865m).
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13: Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3,245m/10644ft) via Milarepa cave: 5 hrs
Trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola.Climbing up to the Milarepa's Cave Milarepa Cave (piren phu) is known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke himal.Passing Cave we arrive at Burgi village, a small beautiful village.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14: Burgi village -Chumling (2,386/7,827ft): 5-6 hrs
We descend down to Chhokang Paro watching the beauty of nature. From their we continue descending to Gho further more descend we arrive at the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes you to again Chumling.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15: Chumling to Philim (1,570m/5,103ft): 6-7 hrs
The trail continues to Lokpa on a flat trail we move ahead with gorgeous Samba Falls. Finally arrive at Philim a trail passes through the Phillim village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 16: Philim to Khorlabesi(970m/3182ft: 6-7 hrs
Trek starts descending down to Sirdibas from Philim to Khorlabesi via Jagat and Tatopani a hot spring. If interested, you may dip yourself in the hot spring and relax your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring. If not continue walking up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17: Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m/2,296ft): 6-7 hrs
The trail crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in a rocky ravine. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of Labubesi. Pass the two waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff. We then reach Khursane. Walk along the ridge above Budhi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 18: Soti Khola to Kathmandu (1300m/1,968ft): 4 hrs trek and drive 7-8 hrs
We start our journy back to Kathmandu from Soti Khola via Arughar along the banks of the Budi Gandaki, Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of the road. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 19: Final Departure

Cost Includes

  • Welcome in Airport by garland
  • Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2 star to 5 star hotel with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee
  • Two-way ticket in domestic fixed wings Air craft or local bus or private jeep which ever is necessary
  • Accommodation in tea house during trek, lodge and Home-stay
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking
  • 4 seasonal sleeping bags
  • trekking map for group
  • All necessary paper work & Permits
  • All cost for a staff (A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and one Porter between each two clients while on trek )
  • Salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
  • National Park Fee
  • TIMS
  • First aids kit
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner

Cost Does not Include:

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Client's insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual

Fixed Departure Dates

 

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