Remote and less crowded trekking area Tsum Valley is hidden gems of Nepal. Remote high Himalayan land Tsum valley is bordering to Tibet. The scenery of the Himalayas is stunning with beautiful forest, scenic landscape, and prevalent Tibetan Buddhist culture. Tsum came from the Tibetan language which meaning is vivid in Nepali. Tsum valley is a combination of natures, cultures, and peoples. Tsum Valley as a holy hidden valley of happiness was described by Guru Rimpoche in the eighth century. There are century’s oldest monasteries. Piren Phu is the oldest monastery where Milarepa meditated. Trekking starts from Arughat and enters first at the Manaslu conservation area. Trekking reaches up to Mu Gumpa via several unique Tibetan style villages. Down to the valley and climb to another part of the trek to reach Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Most of the trekkers love to combine Tsum Valley Trekking with Manaslu Larke Pass.
Our 20 days Tsum Valley Trekking Itinerary includes preparation time and one-day exploration in major attraction in Kathmandu before departure to trekking. The first-day trekking is driving toward Sotikhola. It is an option either taking a private jeep of the drive with the local bus. The local bus is not comfortable and not recommended too. We enter first at Manaslu Conservation Area before reaching Tsum. Newly build local tea houses are in entire the trip but do not expect luxury accommodation. Although our guide will choose the best one among simple. We also will get a chance to accommodate the inside of the monastery in Mu and in Gumba Lungdang. Visit several monasteries and nunneries. The biggest monastery is Mu Gumba which is only for the male monks. Rachen Gumba is another big monastery which is only for a female monk. Piren Phu gumba is the oldest one in the area. The area is surrounded by soaring Himalayas of Buddha Himal, Himal Chuli, Sringi Himal, and Ganesh Himal. If we make a camping trek in this area, we can reach up to a high pass of 5,090 miters till the Tibet border.
Tsum valley is only open for foreigners to visit from 2008. Since it is a newly open trekking area, here are less crowded of trekkers. No airport and no road access. Tsum Valley is also one of the restricted areas by the Nepal government. Special restricted permits need to enter the area. Minimum 2 trekkers need to obtain a trekking permit. If you are single trekkers who want to visit Tsum Valley, Nepal Highland Treks can join with our small trekking group. You also can customize the trekking itinerary either to make it shorter or to make it longer. The best time for Tsum Valley Trekking is from March to May and September to November. Winter season of December to February month still can trek in the area.
Day 01:Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and Overnight 1350m
Day 02:Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing and preparation of Trekking. Overnight at Hotel
Day 03:Drive to Sotikhola via Arughat Bazzar (7/8 Hours - 730m). Overnight at local tea house
Day 04:Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea house
Day 05:Trek Machha Khola to Jagat (1281m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea house
Day 06:Trek Jagat to Philim (1600m, 4-5 hrs.). Overnight at tea house
Day 07:Trek Philim to Chumling (2310m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea house
Day 08:Trek Chumling to Chokangparo (3010m, 4-5 hrs.). Overnight at tea house
Day 09:Trek Chokangparo to Nile (3360m, 5-6 hrs.). Overnight at tea house
Day 10:Trek Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m, 3-4 hrs.). Overnight at tea house
Day 11:Morning exploration and Trek Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3240m, 5-6 hrs.). Overnight at Gompa
Day 12:trek Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2460m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea house
Day 13:Trek Dumje to Gumba Lungdang (5/6 Hours - 3,200m) Overnight at local simple house near Gumpa
Day 14:Trek to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (7 Hours - 4200m) Back to Gumba Lungdang for overnight
Day 15:Trek Gumba Lungdang to Ripchet (7 Hours - 2300m) Overnight at local tea house
Day 16:Trek Ripchet to Philim(1600m, 6-7 hrs). Overnight at local tea house
Day 17:Trek back to Khorla Besi (970m, 6-7 hrs) Overnight at local tea house
Day 18:Trek Khorla Besi to Sotikhola and drive to Arughat. overnight at Hotel
Day 19:Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel
Tsum valley Trekking cost is including local transpiration to and from Kathmandu trekking point. You can choose drive with private jeep to make your comfortable Trekking in Nepal.
Day 1Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel and Overnight 1350mRepresentative from Nepal Highland Treks receive you from international airport and transfer to Hotel in Thamel. Thamel is the touristic place. Major hotels, Restaurants and shops focus on tourist are here. If time permit talk about your trip.
Day 2Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing and preparation of Trekking. Overnight at Hotel After your breakfast, start your sightseeing in Kathmandu with our tour guide. We cover one old king palace, Buddhust stupa and hindu temple. Visit Bhaktapur Durbar squire, Bauddhanath and Pashupatinath. Return to Hotel and stay at trip briefing. Introduce with your guide and porter. Final packing for trekking
Day 3Drive to Sotikhola via Arughat Bazzar (7/8 Hours - 730m). Overnight at local tea housefter your early breakfast in Hotel, drive to Local Bus Park. Local bus drive to Sotikhola is about 8 hours. 3 hours drive with well paved road up to Dhading besi. Another 5 hours drive is through dusty on paved road. You have choice to take private Jeep to Sotikhola in this trekking. Driving route is via scenic green hills and mountain. cross unique Nepalese villages, rivers
Day 4Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola (900m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseAfter your breakfast in Soti, start trekking to Machhakhola. Flat land trekking trail content at starting, we then enter Saal forest. It is hot inside the jungle and some of the trail goes serious uphill. The rough and rocky way reaches at Gurung village Lapu Besi. It will be suitable here for Lunch. Descend trail reach at high suspension bridge at the end of vilalge. Trail again goes keeps down and ups through bank of Budi Gandaki River and reach Machakhola
Day 5Trek Machha Khola to Jagat (1281m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseWe first enter our name and stamp in our Manaslu trekking permits in checking point at end of Jagat village. Beginning of trekking trail is climbing over rocky ridge reach at Salleri village. Than trail became easy and wide up to Ghatte Khola. Another step up hill reaches at Philim (A big gurung village). Leave another trekking trail of Tsum valley and cross bridge of Bugi Gandaki. Reach deng, A small village.
Day 6Trek Jagat to Philim (1600m, 4-5 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseWe first enter our name and stamp in our Manaslu trekking permits in checking point at end of Jagat village. Same checking post check Tsum valley restricted area permit too. Beginning of trekking trail is climbing over rocky ridge reach at Salleri village. Than trail became easy and wide up to Ghatte Khola. Another step up hill reaches at Philim (A big gurung village). Today is short trek to have rest your half day. Walking around at small village Phillim.
Day 7Trek Philim to Chumling (2310m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseAfter your breakfast, start trekking to Chumling. We leave route of Manaslu trekking by taking trekking path toward Tsum valley after few minutes walking from Philim. Reach first village of Tsum Lokpa. Enter to dense forest and cross Tsum Khola bridge to reach Chumling.
Day 8Trek Chumling to Chokangparo (3010m, 4-5 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseTrekking trail is almost all the way flat till base of Chhekangparo village. Than trail leads some serious uphill to reach Chhekamparo. This village is biggest village or the area having onlu home-stay type of accommodation. Exploration of local houses
Day 9Trek Chokangparo to Nile (3360m, 5-6 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseIt is also a short trekking distance today. trekking trail is all flat land. we trek via Piren Gumba to visit oldes monastery of the area. Which story is with Millereppa. continue trekking to Nille village. This is last village of the area. A fresh Tsum Khola is in middle of village.
Day 10Trek Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m, 3-4 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseVery short uphills to Mu Gumba from Nile village. we wll have enough time to visit around the monastery. we also have option to visit a small Nunnery Dhephu Doma Gompa at to of station after serious hiking about 2 hours from Mu Gumba. Exploration evening chanting at Gumba performing by Lama. Mu Gumba is also a school of teaching Lama.
Day 11Morning exploration and Trek Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3240m, 5-6 hrs.). Overnight at GompaVery fresh morning to explore around here. you can see stunning Himalayas with early sunrise. You can view local yaks at their grass land next valley from here. After your breakfast, start trekking down to Rachen Gumba. Rachen Gumba is nunnery which is only of female lama. Exploration Gumba and overnight night at near.
Day 12trek Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2460m, 6-7 hrs.). Overnight at tea houseAll the way trekking down to Dumje via same way. Village is at the side of corner not disturbance from any other part. There are only few houses and one local hospital. Overnight stay at one of the local house. Be prepare for next day serious uphill to Gumba Lungdang
Day 13Trek Dumje to Gumba Lungdang (5/6 Hours - 3,200m) Overnight at local simple house near GumpaWe have to cross almost 700 miter high today to reach Gumba Lungdang. Whole the trail today to do meet any settlement. it is trekking inside forest only. View of Buddha Himal is stunning from on the way. Guba Lungdang is oldest monastery of female lamas. One small but charming monastery lies in between all small houses. All those small houses are separate houses for nun. Overnight stay near at monastery.
Day 14Trek to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (7 Hours - 4200m) Back to Gumba Lungdang for overnightEarly in the morning start trekking to reach Ganesh Himala base camp. It is neccesory to take some dry foods as lunch and enough drinking water. After crossing big forest part cross a River flow from Ganesh Himal. reach at less vegetation area of the base camp. Explore huge mountain very near from you which are all the panoramic Ganesh Himal. Trek back to Gumba Lungdang for overnight
Day 15Trek Gumba Lungdang to Ripchet (7 Hours - 2300m) Overnight at local tea house Same way trekking down to Dumje and take different way to reach Ripchet. Another local big village of the area. After serious downhill, trek than leads almost all flat land inside jungle. Beautiful waterfall on the way is picturesque place.
Day 16Trek Ripchet to Philim(1600m, 6-7 hrs). Overnight at local tea houseTrekking back to Philim today. Trekking with different new way up to Lokpa village than follow the same way back as we trek before in this section.
Day 17Trek back to Khorla Besi (970m, 6-7 hrs) Overnight at local tea houseAll the way down and flat land via small local villages on the way. You also can notice some traditional rice mill one the way. Overnight at bank of River and garden area of Khorlabesi.
Day 18Trek Khorla Besi to Sotikhola and drive to Arughat. overnight at Hotel All the way trekking back to Sotikhola. Day is usually hot to trek inside saal forest. Take local transpiration for another 1 hour to reach Arughat Bazzar. Better hotel than trekking area is available here. Take comfortable shower and relax. be ready for long driving to Kathmandu tomorrow.
Day 19Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel Start driving back to Kathmandu after your early breakfast. it is 3 hours driving in dusty mountain road and another 3 hours drive via well paved highway. Transfer to hotel and rest. Evening dinner with Nepal Highland Treks group in Nepali cultural restaurant.
Day 20Departure Final departure. We will drop you to international sirport. You normally have to be at airport 3 hours before than your flight time.