Tsum Valley Trek

Trek through the historic Sacred Himalayan valley, experiencing traditional mountain lifestyles. 16 days.

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Tsum Valley Trek

Trek through the historic Sacred Himalayan valley, experiencing traditional mountain lifestyles. 16 days.

The Tsum Valley was a restricted area until it opened for trekking in 2008 and it’s remained a hidden gem. As one of the eight sacred Buddhist valleys in the inner Himalayas, mainstream development has bypassed the villages and its unique culture still remains intact. Not only is the valley dotted with ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom and historic monasteries, but it offers a unique diversity of wildlife including the Himalayan Tahr and Blue Sheep. Your cultural adventure includes:

  • 16 days of trekking
  • 15 nights of accommodation on the trek
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Local, professional English-speaking guide
  • Assistant leader on 4:1 basis
  • Porter on 2:1 basis
  • All meals during the trek
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • Transfers to/from Kathmandu city
  • Airport transfers

Perfect for:
Hikers looking for a unique natural and cultural experience, away from civilisation.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival and overnight in Kathmandu

Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), your host will pick you up via private vehicle and drop you at your hotel. After checking in, you will have a 5:00 pm pre-departure meeting with the guides to run through the final plans and arrangements for the upcoming trek.

Finish your first day with a team dinner to get to know everyone before you head to Soti Khola tomorrow.

Day 2: Kathmandu - Arughat

Your trip sets off from Kathmandu with a seven-hour drive west towards Aurghat.

The drive offers beautiful views of the surrounding landscape, so make sure you stay awake! You will drive through Dhadingbesi, the headquarter of the Dhading district and along the Budhigandaki River.

Upon arriving in Arughat, you will enjoy a traditional dinner with your host before your trekking begins!

7 hours of driving

Day 3: Arughat - Soti Khola

Your first day of hiking will set off from Arughat, on a more urban route as you pass through the local market, Arkhet Bazaar and eventually reaching a waterfall outside of the town.

As you leave the hustle and bustle of the town, the trail will descend into Soti Khola where you will spend the night.

5 hours of hiking

Day 4: Soti Khola - Maccha Khola

The trek from Soti Khola passes through the forest, up and down rocky trails, until the valley opens out. You will follow the Budhi Gandaki and traverse into the Machha Khola dinner where your dinner and overnight awaits you.

6 hours of hiking

Day 5: Maccha Khola - Jagat

You will begin the day with a trip to the natural hot springs, Khola Besi, where you’ll be able to take some time to relax. Your afternoon trek will take you across suspension bridges, along rocky trails and around the foothills of mountains like Shringi Himal, before reaching Jagat for your overnight.

6 hours of hiking

Day 6: Jagat - Chisopani

Today, the trek will start with a climb up to Philim, a large Gurung village which is the headquarters of the Manaslu conservation area. You will have the opportunity to visit the police station as well as the Japanese built school if you wish.

Once you’ve spent enough time here, you continue on to Chisopani (1660m) for the night.

4 hours of hiking

Day 7: Chisopani - Chumling

The natural landscape of this trek really starts to take centre stage as you start the day visiting a major waterfall in the area before the trail leads you into the pine and rhododendron forests. This part of the trail boasts exquisite views of Mount Himalchuli, Boudha Himal and Shringi which you’ll definitely want your camera handy for.

6 hours of hiking

Day 8: Chumling - Chokhangpro

As you’re almost a week into your trip, your guide will up the ante with suspension bridges and steep climbs, rewarded by views of Mount Ganesh Himal and Himalchuli Himal. You’ll spend a night in the Tsum village of Chokhangpro (3010m).

6 hours of hiking

Day 9: Chokhangparo - Nile

As you start to climb above 3000m, your guide will slow down your pace and make the hike a bit easier as you adjust to the thinner air. You’ll have the opportunity to visit famous monasteries and the historic Stupa of Buddha. Once your cultural appetites have been satisfied, you’ll spend the night in Nile (3360m).

6 hours of hiking

Day 10: Nile - Mu Gompa

You’ll spend the day walking through the Tibetan landscapes on the border and visiting monasteries along your hike. Eventually, you’ll reach Dhephu Doma Gompa (3990m), a isolated 600-year old settlement where you can meet two residing nuns for a cup of tea.

4 hours of hiking

Day 11: Acclimatisation at Mu Gompa

Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region and situated at the highest and most remote part of the Tsum Valley. This makes it the perfect place for your acclimatisation day as you explore the monastery and hike to the nearby viewpoint of Mount Pike Himal (4865m). You’ll spend one more night here before beginning the descent back into the valley.

Day 12: Mu Gompa - Burgi Village

As we trek back through Chule and Phurbe, you will arrive at Burgi Village (3245m) nearby the Milarepa cave. If you’re still feeling adventurous, your guide will take you up the Milarepa cave, famous for its mesmerising glimpse of the Poshyop Glacier, Mount Kipu Himal and Mount Churke Himal.

5 hours of hiking

Day 13: Burgi Village - Chumling

Hiking further into the valley, the nature will regain its greenery and eventually you’ll cross a bridge over the Sarpu Khola, the river made from the Syakpa Glacier. Once you reach the lower end of the valley, you’ll reach Chumling (2386m) for your second night in the village and a chance to see your hosts again.

5 hours of hiking

Day 14: Chumling to Philim

The trek will continue onto Lopka, but not before stopping at the beautiful Samba Falls for a quick photo opportunity. The trail will continue up to Mount Ganesh Himal Base Camp where you’ll be able to swap stories with other trekkers who are heading up to the summit. Your day will finish in Philim (1570m) where you will spend your night.

6 hours of hiking

Day 15: Philim - Khorlabesi

As you continue back into the valley, you will pass back through Jagat and Tatopani until you reach the hot springs; a welcome break after two weeks of hiking.

6 hours of hiking

Day 16: Khorlabesi - Sotikhola

Your final full day of trekking will follow the Budhi Gandaki River along rocky ravines and down waterfalls before crossing into the Sal forest and into Soti Khola. Here, you can enjoy your final dinner with your fellow hikers and celebrate the trip with your guides.

6 hours of hiking

Day 17: Soti Khola - Arughat - Kathmandu

As you leave the Budhi Khola valley, you’ll stop by a hydroelectric plant nestled into the hillside which will give you an idea of the conversational priorities of the Gurung villages. Once you’ve left the hillside and returned to Arughat, your car will take you to Kathmandu where you can head back to your hotel.

4 hours of hiking, 7 hours of driving

Day 18: Last day in Kathmandu

Enjoy a well deserved lie in and breakfast in at your hotel. You can spend your last day exploring the city or take the transfer back to the airport, and back to reality.

Accommodation

Generally, most adventures to Nepal are based in remote areas where the accommodation will be basic. There are different star hotels available in the city area but during the trek we will be staying at tea houses. They have dorm rooms, shared toilets and common areas. There’s no heating, so you need a sleeping bag. Wifi is often available for a small cost, and many places offer hot showers for a small surcharge.

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay at the centrally situated Kathmandu Resort Hotel. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television and wifi. Should you wish to treat yourself to a more comfortable place in Kathmandu, just let your host know and they will upgrade you to stay at the renown Kathmandu Guest House. The hotel is located in the heart of Thamel, close to the shopping centres and the heritage sites. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television, 24/7 room service, and a balcony to look over the city.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu - Deluxe Room Payable Before Departure
Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu £55.00
Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu £65.00
Additional Night in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Additional Night in Kathmandu £25.00

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Location

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Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha, Nepal. Until 2008, the valley wasn’t open to trekkers, and most of the local people of Tibetan origin. 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.

Kathmandu is famed for its World Heritage sights which include the holiest Hindu temples and one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Despite the 2015 earthquake which brought devastation to parts of the city, the heart of Kathmandu is as intoxicating and exciting as ever.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • International airport tax
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance (incl. helicopter evacuation)
  • Tips for guides (optional)
  • Late check out in hotels

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8. Tsum is a restricted area, therefore permits are only given to a minimum of two trekkers.

Nepal has a huge variety in different foods. Your guide will help you experience the vast array of foods available but ultimately you can pick what you like at a variety of prices. We recommend trying the Dal Bhat - a spiced mixture of lentils and rice - as it is the traditional Nepali day-to-day dish (not to mention it’s extremely healthy and affordable)

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

You’ll hike from 4 to 6 hours a day, averaging around 10km per day and gradually ascend from 1050m to 4130m. While the trail is generally good, there are some more challenging uphill sections of the journey.

Much of the trek is within the capabilities of people with good fitness. Still, it is important to note that trekking at altitudes above 3000m/10,000ft is more demanding on the body than walking at low elevations.

When you trek in the mountains, there always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. The symptoms can vary from one person to the next – from a headache to breathing heavily or numbness in your fingers – and if you find any of these symptoms, you must descend the mountain. Your guide will always be around to help and instruct you to avoid any danger.

When you trek in the mountains, there is always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. The symptoms can vary from one person to the next – from a headache to breathing heavily or numbness in your fingers – and if you find any of these symptoms, you must descend the mountain. Your guide will always be around to help and instruct you to avoid any danger.

Your host recommends you pack the following:

  • 1 pair rucksack/backpacks
  • 2 pair lightweight trousers
  • Sunglasses
  • 1 small daypack (20-30l)
  • Trainers
  • Money belt
  • Sunhat / warm hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • 1 Torch / flashlight
  • 1 Swiss army knife
  • 1 Swimming costume
  • 1 pair shorts
  • Underwear (including thermals)
  • Personal medication / first aid kit
  • 1 Washing kit
  • 1 pair of strong walked-in mountain boots
  • 1 four-season sleeping bag (comfortable to -15c)
  • 1 down jacket / All-weather anorak
  • 1 water bottles (1 ltr.)
  • 1 pair waterproof gaiters / over trousers
  • 1 Inner sleeping sheet
  • 1 Medium sized towel
  • 1 Fleece/warm sweater
  • 1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
  • 2 Long sleeve cotton or (polypropylene) shirts
  • Warm waterproof gloves
  • 3 Pair heavy wool sock, 2 pairs light socks
  • Cotton headscarf/bandana
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Sunblock / lotions
  • Water purifying tablets (if you don’t want to buy bottled water)

Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley are best trekked from September to December and March to May, in order to miss both the monsoon and colder seasons. Any time between these months is a good time to go on this trek!

Yes, of course. We work with some of the best leaders in the industry. Every single one of them is government licensed.

In order to ensure guides’ high standard of performance, the host provides them with top-notch in-house training that covers, Leave No Trace (LNT) principles, advanced wilderness first aid, hyperbaric chambers, oxygen system, mountain rescue and incident management.

Yes, of course. Just send any enquiries to the host and they will create a bespoke itinerary that suits your needs. Alternatively, have a look at our shorter itineraries.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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