Tsum Valley Trek

18 Day(s)

Discover the Enchanting Tsum Valley Trek: A Journey into Nepal's Hidden Gem Introduction to the Tsum Valley Trek Nestled within the majestic Manaslu region of Nepal, the Tsum Valley Trek also offers intrepid adventurers an extraordinary journey into a hidden gem of natural beauty and cultural richness. With its remote location and unspoiled landscapes, this trek also presents a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the enchanting allure of the Tsum Valley. In this overview, we will explore the highlights, challenges, and cultural treasures that await those who embark on this remarkable expedition.  Trek Highlights and Cultural Exploration The Tsum…

Discover the Enchanting Tsum Valley Trek: A Journey into Nepal’s Hidden Gem

Introduction to the Tsum Valley Trek

Nestled within the majestic Manaslu region of Nepal, the Tsum Valley Trek also offers intrepid adventurers an extraordinary journey into a hidden gem of natural beauty and cultural richness. With its remote location and unspoiled landscapes, this trek also presents a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the enchanting allure of the Tsum Valley. In this overview, we will explore the highlights, challenges, and cultural treasures that await those who embark on this remarkable expedition.

 Trek Highlights and Cultural Exploration

The Tsum Valley Trek is a 17-21 day adventure that combines the beauty of nature with an exploration of ancient traditions. As you traverse the trail, you will also get a greeting by breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks, including the majestic Manaslu (8,163m),  Ganesh Himal (7,422m), and the Annapurnas. The trek takes you through verdant forests, charming villages, and serene river valleys, providing ample opportunities to connect with the natural wonders of the Himalayas.

However, what truly sets the Tsum Valley Trek apart is its rich cultural tapestry. The region is also home to the Tsumba people, who have preserved their unique traditions and Buddhist heritage for centuries. Along the route, you will also encounter ancient monasteries, adorned with colorful prayer flags and intricately carved mani stones. You will have the chance to engage with the warm and hospitable locals, learning about their way of life, customs, and spiritual practices. This cultural immersion adds depth and meaning to the trek, making it a transformative experience for many.

Trek Difficulty and Altitude Considerations

While the Tsum Valley Trek is a rewarding endeavor, it is important to acknowledge its challenges. The trail encompasses steep ascents and descents, including the crossing of the formidable Larkya La Pass, reaching an altitude of 5,160 meters (16,930 feet). Adequate physical fitness and previous trekking experience must be to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey. Altitude sickness is also a concern, and acclimatization should carefully observed. Taking regular rest days, staying hydrated, and listening to your body’s signals are essential for a successful trek.

Best Time to Trek and Permits for Tsum Valley Trek

To make the most of the Tsum Valley Trek, it is crucial to choose the right time to embark on this adventure. The ideal periods are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is stable, the skies are clear, and the temperatures are moderate. Winter trekking (December to February) is possible but requires additional preparation due to heavy snowfall.

Additionally, obtaining the necessary permits is a crucial step in planning your Trek. The Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP), the Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit (RAP), and the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) are required for this journey. These permits must acquire through registered trekking agencies or licensed guides, ensuring that you comply with the regulations and support the conservation efforts in the region.

Conclusion and Summary

The Tsum Valley Trek is an unforgettable odyssey that combines awe-inspiring landscapes, cultural encounters, and personal exploration. It offers a chance to escape into a remote world of natural wonders and immerse oneself in the rich traditions of the Tsumba people. However, it is essential to prepare people physically, mentally, and logistically to tackle the challenges of the trek. By embracing the adventure and respecting the environment and local communities, the Trek promises an extraordinary experience that will leave you with lasting memories of Nepal’s hidden gem.

Trip Highlights

  • Walk through off-the-beaten-path of Manaslu Region
  • Get a deeper insight into the less explored Tsum Valley
  • Visit different chortens, monasteries, and Gompas
  • Experience direct influence of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Catch the panoramic views of Hiunchuli, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Poshyop Glacier
  • Traverse through the cascading rivers, waterfalls, and many suspension bridges
  • Encounter the locals of the region, lamas and know about their unique way of life
  • Drive to Arughat from Kathmandu and to Kathmandu from Chamje.
  • Views of the 8th tallest mountain in the world – Manaslu (8156m). Also known as “Spirit Mountain”. It was first climbed in 1956.
  • A rich history and home to Brahmin, Chhetri, Tamang, Magar, Tibetan and Gurung castes.
  • Home of the fabled and elusive snow leopard and red pandas as well as the hardy Yak.
  • The extensive and hidden Tsum Valley slowly climbs higher and higher into the mountains.
  • Forests of pine, oak, spruce and the spectacular rhododendron forests in pink flower (springtime).
  • Understanding of Tibetan Buddhism and its peaceful, compassionate and loving traditions.


Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Everest Expeditions Nepal who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Everest Expeditions Nepal’s office. We may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Everest Expeditions Nepal at Resturant For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Dinner

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites; including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Everest Expeditions Nepal briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Included meals: B

A 7-8 hour’s drive from Kathmandu into the western mountains takes us to Arughat via Dhadingbesi, headquarter of the Dhading district. Through the dirt road from Dhadingbesi viewing the greenery hills we reach Arughat, our trek start point. Arughat is a major town in the region and is divided in two parts with the Budhi Gandaki river flowing between them. Overnight at Arughat.

Included meals: BLD

We cross the bridge over Budhi Gandaki and begin our trek from the western part of Arughat., we follow the stone-paved street north through the bazaar. We pass through the hydro- electric power plant, fields of rice and millet to Mangaltar, and through forests we arrive at Shanti Bazar. The trail to Budhi Gandaki valley now becomes steeper and the trek more difficult as we cross the Arkhet Khola on a suspension bridge, passing the shops of Arkhet Bazar. Descend to a high, cascading waterfall making a long steep slog up a ridge to Kuerepani. Then from here the trail descends to Soti Khola. Overnight stay at the campsite at Soti Khola. Overnight at Soti Khola.

Included meals: BLD

Cross the bridge and trek through the beautiful Sal forests, then climb onto a ridge above huge rapids on the Budhi Gandaki. The rocky trail then weaves its way up and down, past two tropical waterfalls on a steep, rocky trail clinging to the side of a cliff. It eventually makes its way down and past a few rice terraces, then up and around to the Gurung village of Labubesi. Climb behind a rocky outcrop, where the valley opens and the Budhi Gandaki meanders among wide gravel bars. Drop to the sandy river bed and walk along rounded stones before climbing over a side ridge. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Overnight at Machha Khola.

Included meals: BLD

The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, then reaches Khorlabesi. After a few more ups & downs there is a small trailside hotspring, from where we reach to Tatopani. From the Hot spring we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Dobhan Khola, the trail climbs on a rugged trail to Duman. Ascending up again to the Budhi Gandaki, we reach at Yaru Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Cross to the west bank of the budhi gandaki, climb over a ridge, and trek along the river then climb towards the village of Jagat.

Included meals: BLD

After completing with the ACAP procedure, we climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large gurung village. Philim valley is well known for Japanese made school and police station. Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley we reach Chisopani. Overnight at Chisopani.

Included meals: BLD

After Ekle Bhatti cross the gorge and half an hour walk in the right side we get to see the big and beautiful waterfall and enter the pine tree forests. Descend down to trail going to the Tsum Valley. Climb through pine and rhododendron forests. Enjoy the views of Himalchuli mountains at 7893m  and Boudha Himal from Lokpa, a small beautiful village. Pass Lokpa, descend half an hour towards Lungwa khola and climbing jick jack difficult trail further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons we reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling, from where we can view Shringi Himal. Visit the old Chumling gompa, and the stone streets of the village.

Included meals: BLD

Cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village.  Another continues 2 hours climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting; enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at7140m. Overnight at Chokhangparo.

Included meals: BLD

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: BLD

We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. We also visit the monastery. Then after, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa.

Included meals:BLD

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: BLD

Trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. Finally we arrive at Burgi village. The Burgi village is a small beautiful village.  Climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave Milarepa Cave (piren phu) is known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke himal.

Included meals: BLD

Continue trekking watching the greenery of nature and descend down to Chhokang Paro again. From their continue descending to Gho. Descending further, we arrive at the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes you to again Chumling.

Included meals:BLD

The trail continues to Lokpa. After lunch south on a flat trail we move ahead. Enjoy the gorgeous Samba Falls. Finally arrive at Philim after 6 or 7 hours long trekking. A trail passes through the Phillim village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.

Included meals: BLD

Trek starts today from Philim to Khorlabesi via Jagat and Tatopani.  Descend down to Sirdibas and we finally reach to Jagat. Further descend takes us to Yaruphant. The arid Tibetan climate now gives way to subtropical green vegetation. Continue trekking to Dobhan. Finally arrive at Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. 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, our rest place for the day.

Included meals: BLD

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: BLD

Climb up to the ridge of Kyorpani. Descend down to the cascading waterfall. Trekking further arrive at Arkhet. Cross the Arkhet Khola. We are now leaving the Budhi Gandaki Valley. Arrive at Sante Bazaar; pass through the forests to Maltar. Finally, passing by the hydroelectric plant following the stone streets, we arrive at the Arughat Bazar. Back to Kathmandu along the banks of the 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 at Nepali Resturant in Kathmandu where we can pick our meal from their carefully crafted menu that offer a wide range of choices. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: BLD

Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Everest Expeditions Nepal will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Included meals :B

What's Included

1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3/4/5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast) & Other Destination Based on Trekking Area.
6. All accommodation during the trek.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from trail head.
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
14. Welcome and Fare well dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
15. Trekking Duffle Bag
16. Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
17. Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
18. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
19. All Government and local Taxes
20. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
21. Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.

What's Excluded

1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
domestic flights.
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu and Pokhara.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Trip Information

The Tsum Valley Trek is a popular trekking route located in the Manaslu region of Nepal. It is a remote and culturally rich area, often referred to as the “hidden valley.” Here is some information about the Tsum Valley Trek:

  1. Trek Duration: The trek typically takes around 17-21 days to complete, depending on the itinerary and the pace of the trekker. It includes both the Tsum Valley and the Manaslu Circuit.
  2. Trek Difficulty: The Tsum Valley Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek. It involves long and steep ascents and descents, as well as crossing high mountain passes. Previous trekking experience and a good level of fitness are recommended.
  3. Permits: To trek in the Tsum Valley, you need two permits: the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit (RAP) and the Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit (RAP). These permits are obtained through a registered trekking agency or a licensed trekking guide. Additionally, you will need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) as the trail joins the Annapurna Circuit for a portion.
  4. Accommodation: Along the trekking route, you will find teahouses and lodges providing basic accommodation and meals. The facilities may vary in quality, especially in the more remote areas. It is advisable to carry a sleeping bag suitable for cold temperatures.
  5. Highlights: The Tsum Valley Trek offers breathtaking mountain scenery, diverse flora and fauna, and an opportunity to explore the unique culture and traditions of the Tsumba people. You will pass through charming villages, ancient monasteries, and encounter warm and friendly locals. The trek also provides panoramic views of mountains like Manaslu (8,163m), Ganesh Himal (7,422m), and the Annapurna range.
  6. Altitude Considerations: The Tsum Valley Trek involves reaching high altitudes. Proper acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude sickness. It is recommended to follow a gradual ascent, take rest days, stay hydrated, and listen to your body’s signals.
  7. Best Time to Trek: The best time to trek in the Tsum Valley is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer stable weather conditions, clear skies, and moderate temperatures. Winter trekking (December to February) is possible but requires extra preparation and can be challenging due to heavy snowfall.
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