“Tsum Valley Trek”
Tsum valley trek is a brand new trek. Saying that, it opened gate to international visitors only after 2008.Trekking to this inner region of Manaslu requires an additional permit over the MCAP. Tsum is well (Beyul Kyimolung) known as the valley of happiness and is considered as one of the holiest lands for the followers of Buddhism.
Tsum valley trek is a grade 3 trek and often considered as a side trek to the Manaslu circuit. However, Tsum can be slowly explored as well. The initial trail follows the same trail followed by the circuit.
The people of Tsum valley are referred as Tsumbas and there are around 4000 Tsumbas around the world. These people are the descendants of Tibetans and practice a form of Tibetan buddhism. More than the mountains, you would see how people enjoy their life, community and the nature. Furthermore, you would as well soon uncover the fact that Tsumbas are religious people from countless chortens, gompas, prayer flags and the mani walls in the region.
Tsum valley trek is as well considered as a pilgrimage to the followers of Buddhism. This beautiful valley which boasts the views of Ganesh Himal, Buddha Himal and Singri Himal was once believed to have been meditated in by Guru Mirelapa. As a result, the trails are strewn with several chortens, beautiful mani walls and stone slabs carved with drawings of deities.
Make Tsum valley trek your next adventure destination in Nepal !
- Day 01: Arrival in Nepal
- Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation
- Day 03: Kathmandu – Arughat
- Day 04: Arughat – Soti Khola (4 – 5 hours)
- Day 05: Soti Khola – Machha Khola (5 -7 hours)
- Day 06: Machha Khola – Jagat (5 – 7 hours)
- Day 07: Jagat – Chisopani
- Day 08: Chisopani – Chumling
- Day 09: Chumling – Chokangparo
- Day 10: Chokangparo – Nile
- Day 11: Nile – Mu Gompa
- Day 10: Mu Gompa all day
- Day 13: Mu Gompa to Burgi village via Milarepa cave
- Day 14: Burgi village – Chumling
- Day 15: Chumling – Philim
- Day 16: Philim – Khorlabesi
- Day 17: Khorlabesi – Soti Khola
- Day 18: Soti Khola – Arughat – Kathmandu
- Day 19: departure your destination
Day 01: Arrival in Nepal
Welcome to Nepal ! A representative from Karma Eco Trek will receive you at the airport and drop you at your hotel. On this day you will not do much but relax and go around your hotel location. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation
Thank you for choosing Tsum valley trek as your next adventure destination! If you booked this trek long time back your permits are ready before you arrive but if it is a last minute booking you permits will be made on this day. While the back office is busy making permits on the back end, you will get involved in sightseeing some UNESCO world heritage sites. Some time in the day, you will as well do last minute preparation, packing and purchase if necessary. In the evening you will meet your guide and your guide will brief you about the trek.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Arughat
You would start early in the morning by boarding a vehicle to Arughat. This bus or van ride would take around 7 to 8 hours. Half of the way is nice and black topped, whereas half of the road is bumpy and off road. Once we reach Arughat we would call it a day and get ready for Manaslu circuit trek. Overnight in Arughat.
Day 04: Arughat – Soti Khola (4 – 5 hours)
The first day of the trek shouldn’t be much tough on your legs and hence you would walk only for around 4-5 hours with a lot of breaks in between. The trail is gradient in the beginning but beyond Arkhet it gets steep. You would make our way through beautiful hamlets, villages and rice terrains of indigenous gurung communities. Keep your eyes open for plenty of monkeys in the forest in between Arkhet and Soti Khola. Overnight in Soti Khola.
Day 05: Soti Khola – Machha Khola (5 -7 hours)
Initially you climb through beautiful Sal forest and further on the face of a cliff and along the budhi Gandagi river. We pass several Gurung villages and amazing rice terrain. Keep your eyes open for beautiful display of indigenous culture. Overnight in Machha Khola.
Day 06: Machha Khola – Jagat (5 – 7 hours)
You would embark on the same trail left behind on the previous day. You will walk on lush green hills and cross the budhi Gandaki river for several times before we reach our final destination. On your way you will come to Tatopani, natural hot water springs. This section of the trail however is very isolated and we would only see few scattered houses in most of the case. Overnight in Jagat.
Day 07: Jagat – Chisopani
On this day you would now leave behind the ACAP area behind and walk towards broader trail to Salleri towards the restricted area of Tsum. First, you will cross a stream on simple wooden bridge and walk towards the first noticeable village of Phillim. Further down Phillim, across a forest and towards the narrowing valley is Chisopani. Overnight in Chisopani.
Day 08: Chisopani – Chumling
This is one of the most beautiful hikes in Tsum valley trek. Immediately after leaving Ekle Bhatti behind you make our way through a profound waterfall. After the waterfall you walk almost majority of your time through beautiful forest of pine and rhododendron. You would as well see Himalchuli and Buddha himal towards the halfway through the trek and Shingri himal from Chumling. Keep your eyes open for beautiful rhododendron blossoms of the season. Once in chumling you will visit Chumling gompa.
Day 09: Chumling – Chokangparo
You will walk past few streams and cross them over the suspension bridges. Nothing on the way is captivating except the marvelous weather and bypassers. The village of Gho is interesting and so is Chokangparo which is 2 hours away from Gho. The view of Himalchuli and Ganesh himal is the best if the weather permits. Overnight in Chhukung Paro.
Day 10: Chokangparo – Nile
Be careful as the altitude kicks in beyond this point. On the trail, you would see an amazing suspension bridge linking Lama Gaun and Rachen Gompa. Along way you cannot miss to see beautiful and well managed village. The nature is no doubt very beautiful but lookout for gompas made out of local resources. Overnight in Nile.
Day 11: Nile – Mu Gompa
There is only one trail that climbs up to Mu Gompa. You are very close to Tibetan border on this day and you will also have the opportunity to walk on Tibetan plateau extension in Nepal. Once in Mu Gompa you would visit the monastery and the other monastery as well. Overnight in Mu Gompa.
Day 10: Mu Gompa all day
Tsum valley is huge and located on high elevation and in all of this valley this gompa is located in the highest point of the valley. Mu is the largest of all the monasteries in the entire valley. Walking up to the monastery and exploring and getting back at the village is a whole day trip and worth doing. Overnight in Mu Gompa.
Day 13: Mu Gompa to Burgi village via Milarepa cave
We trace our way back on the same trail that we took on our way up until Sihar Khola. The village is small and beautiful and close to Sihar Khola. Once we reach Burgi we rest our bags and climb up to Milarepa cave, a cave where Tibetan guru is believed to have meditated. You can as well see the footstep of the sage printed on a rock. Overnight in Burgi.
Day 14: Burgi village – Chumling
You embark on the same trail that we took upward. The trek in majority downhill and it would take around 6 – 7 hours to Chumling.
Day 15: Chumling – Philim
On our way back we wouldn’t stop in Chokangparo but in Philim. This beautiful village is worth exploring although you would trace back the same way in here. Overnight in Phillim.
Day 16: Philim – Khorlabesi
Almost the same way back to Jagat and further to Tatopani. This time you have an option of taking a bath in natural hot spring and wash away your tiery muscles. You will see change in landscape from dry and arid to more subtropical. Overnight in Khorlabesi.
Day 17: Khorlabesi – Soti Khola
Another day following the same trail up as there is no alternative to the route. Overnight in Soti Khola.
Day 18: Soti Khola – Arughat – Kathmandu
Downhill all the way to Arughat from Soti Khola. The trek on this day would sum up within 4 hours and since there is very less to do in Arughat, you would catch a bus to Kathmandu. The bus ride takes around 7 – 8 hours. Once you reach Kathmandu and your guide will transfer you to your hotel/hostel and hence, your Tsum valley trek officially comes to end.
Day 19: departure your destination
- Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle (depends on the group size).
- Welcome dinner at typical Nepalese restaurant in Kathmandu.
- 2 nights hotel accommodation at 3 star category in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast.
- A comprehensive medical kit.
- Highly an experienced Trekking Guide, Assistant Guide, Cook, assistant cook & Porters.
- All accommodations on the trails & full board meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or any one item from the menu ).
- Best available local lodges/Teahouse in mountain.
- Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staffs.
- Both way private bus/jeep transportation from Kathmandu to Aarughat/Sotikhola-Aarughat to Kathmandu.
- Certificate of trek Completion.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu hotel.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water etc).
- Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival (4 copies of passport size photo).
- Nepal entry visa fee & airport tax during the departure.
- In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides etc the extra charge should be borne by themselves.
- Tips for trekking staffs.
- Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included.