“A Himalayan Wonderland, With Ever-Smiling people and Playful Nature”
The sacred Tsum Valley is situated in the western part of Nepal Himalayas which is formed in the northern part of the Gorkha district. Tsum Valley is adjoined by the Tibetan plateau and the name Tsum comes from the Tibetan word ” Tsombo” which means vivid. This Valley is better known publically when the Nepal Govt. opened for foreign visitors in 2008. The Valley offers the majestic background of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, Buddha Himal, and Himal Chuli ranges along its rich ancient art, culture, and religion.
The beautiful and tranquil Valley of Tsum is a rural and hidden valley in the Nepal Himalayas. A real experience, of a true look into the culture and lifestyle of the high Himalayan hills, is exceeding your expectation. Also, you can share a cup of tea with a local family and learn how to prepare the family’s local meal. The beautiful meadow with serenity, the quietness of distant cowbells, and the flags of Buddhist temples flicking in the gentle wind are unbelievable in this land. It will be once in a lifetime opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and enter an ancient world where people smile and welcome you in the Himalayas.
The homestay trip to Nepal Himalayas is the best opportunity to explore, research, and learn about the Mountain and cultural experiences This trip is designed based on Tea House accommodation as you don’t want to expect any luxury. You will sleep at the local home at the best available and basic available meal as local food Dal Bhat (Rice, Curry, and Lentils), local Porridge (Tsampa), boiled potato, bread, noodles, etc. Join this trip confidently as we are dedicated to making your wonderful Himalayan trip to Tsum Valley.
It’s a scenic and thrill-filled experience while on the flight to Kathmandu.
Following your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, You’ll be welcomed to Nepal by a representative of Hiking Himalayas at TIA’s arrival terminal. We’ll transfer you to the hotel in a private car.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, we’ll depart from Kathmandu and head toward Machha Khola(930m), approximately 9 hours by tourist bus. Although the road is bumpy in some parts, you’ll absolutely love the scenery seen from the tourist bus.
We’ll drive upstream the Budi Gandaki through the rice paddies and farm fields and pass through the small hamlet of Kokethar until we reach the village of SotiKhola(730m) after 6-7 hours of driving. We keep driving again through the rice fields and pass through the forested area. As we drive through Lapubesi(840m), Nyauli Jharna the valley begins to widen and we can see Sringi Himal(7087m) also known as Chamar far beyond the valley. After 8-9 hours of driving, we’ll finally reach Machha Khola.
Overnight Stay in Machha Khola.
Today, after breakfast, we’ll trek along the river to Khorla Besi – A Gurung village surrounded by Mt.Manaslu, Shingri Himal, and Kutang Himal. And after passing Khorla Besi, we’ll make our way to the Hot springs of Tatopani(930m). The trail climbs up over another ridge and then crosses the Budi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Now on the eastern side of the river, the trail climbs on a wide well crafted staircase, then across a landslide area over a ridge to Dovan(1000m), a village that has few small shops.
Overnight Stay in Dovan.
After breakfast, we hit the trail and cross the Dovan Khola using the suspension bridge and keep on repeating ascents and descents. We keep on moving with a leveled path, and come to Yaru Khola(1330m), we cross the 93 m long suspension bridge over Yaru Khola and soon reach Tharo Bhanjyag. We’ll cross the Budi Gandaki again, climb a ridge, trek along the river and come to the close-housed village of Jagat(1410m). From Jagat, we’ll ascend along the rocky ridge to Salleri(1440m). With a good view of Shringi Himal(7083m), we’ll continue walking on the side of the cliff. Now, descending through the path with several mani walls indicates we’re entering the Tibetan influence area. We’ll trek through Ghatta Khola and cross a suspension bridge before making our way to Philim(1590m).
Overnight Stay in Philim.
We’ll leave behind the large village of Philim and hit the trail which turns north just above the lowest house in the village and stays fairly level as it traverses millet fields to Ekle Bhatti(1600m). We’ll keep on trekking through the forest until we reach the new bridge. From here, we’ll stick to the right side and ascend through pine forests and grasslands, reaching Lokpa(2240m). From Lokpa, we’ll continue ascending and descending along with the trail and finally reach Chumling(2363m)- The Lower Tsum.
Overnight Stay in Chumling.
After Breakfast, we’ll start our trekking by crossing a suspension bridge and through other villages and their farmlands. We’ll trek past the village of Renjam, cross the suspension bridge over Sarpu Khola, and ascend towards Gho village. After 4-5 hours of trekking, we’ll finally arrive at our resting spot for the day, Chhokangparo(3010m) – the largest village in Tsum Valley.
Overnight Stay in Chhokangparo.
With the morning sunrise, we’ll start our day with breakfast overlooking Himalchuli(7893m) and Ganesh Himal(7140m). After crossing small villages and a primary school we’ll reach Lamagaun, from here, on the right-hand side, you’ll see and visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave – a sacred cave where Saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated. We’ll get back to the trail again by crossing Shiar Khola and trek towards Nile(3361m). You’ll get to see lots of waterfalls, and views of mountains and interact with friendly locals on your way to Nile.
Overnight Stay in Nile.
With the rising sun, we’ll have breakfast, and start trekking toward Mu Gompa. We’ll follow the Shiar Khola, and ascend towards Mu Gompa which will only take about 3-4 hours. We’ll visit Dhepu Doma Gompa(4060m)after lunch. Dhepu Doma Gompa is a 600-year-old gompa that is also the highest-altitude gompa in the region.
Overnight Stay in Mu Gompa.
Today, we’ll spend the rest of our day in exploring Mu Gompa. This area is home to blue sheep, pika, yaks, etc. You can hike to Chhyosing Glacier, which is quite an adventure. This area is home to some colorful high-altitude flowers.
Overnight Stay in Mu Gompa.
After breakfast, we’ll hit the trail, cross the Phuchun Khola, and trek through Chhule, Pangdun village. We’ll arrive in Rachen Gompa(3240m) after around 3-4 hours of trekking. Mostly, today’s trek is going to be downhill and will be easy for most of the parts. The Rachen Gompa is the largest monastery in the valley. We’ll visit the gompa after some rest.
Overnight Stay in Rachen Gompa.
After breakfast, we’ll head towards Dumje following the same trail. We’ll trek through Lamagaun, Chhekam parka, and cross the bridge over ShiarKhola, finally reaching Dumje(2440m). We’ll reach the village of Dumje in about 4-5 hours.
Overnight Stay in Dumje.
From Dumje, we’ll head towards Philim. The trail ascends through some gorges and passes over multiple bridges, making our way to the beautiful village of Ripchet(2470m). We’ll now descend to Ghumlung(2130m) and ascend through pine and rhododendron forests, reaching Lokpa(2240m). We’ll pass the Samba falls and reach the village of Philim(1570m).
Overnight Stay in Philim.
We’ll hit the trail after breakfast, crossing the villages of Salleri, Jagat, and Dovan following the same trail, and making our way to Tatopani. We’ll get rid of the exhaustion by dipping ourselves in the hot springs of Tatopani(975m).
Overnight Stay in Tatopani.
Today will be the last trek of our trip. We’ll cross various villages, terraced agricultural fields, and waterfalls on our way to the Gurung village of Machha Khola.
Overnight Stay in Machha Khola.
Leaving footprints in the trails and preserving the memories of the Tsum Valley Trek, we’ll drive towards Kathmandu. You’ll enjoy the curvy roads of Nepal’s hills and its greenery along the way. We’ll drop you off at the hotel and the day is over. You could do some last-minute shopping and packing, send a few postcards home, or even go down for a stroll to Thamel, an internationally known hub for tourists in Asia.
Overnight stay at Kathmandu.
After breakfast, we’ll visit Swayambhunath Stupa, said to be 2000 years stupa on a hillock that offers a breathtaking view of Kathmandu City. We will then proceed to visit Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath. After lunch, we’ll visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan (Lalitpur) – which is the oldest of the three major cities in Kathmandu Valley – famous for its Buddhist monuments and Hindu temples, and you can catch the traditional artisans working with wood, stones, and metals.
After we finish Sightseeing, You’ll be gifted with an evening farewell dinner in a traditional way and many other surprises, for they’ve had a quality time with you.
Overnight Stay in Kathmandu.
Our Nepalese support team will take you to the airport for your flight home. (Or stay longer for short tours such as drive at National parks, do some wild-water rafting, a Tibet tour, or even mountain biking, etc – please don’t hesitate to let us know). We would be glad to help you. Thank you for doing this venture with us & it’s been wonderful knowing you over the weeks. Please do stay in touch in the months ahead. Bon Voyage & take care!!!
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Not satisfied with this regular itinerary? Make your own.
The following date can be changed according to your preference. We are available all time of the year to make your Dream Trip turn into Reality.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for Tsum Valley Trekking. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list; rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel necessary for your comfort and convenience. However, we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
Sun hat or scarf
Light or warm fleece hat.
Light and expedition weight thermal tops
Fleece jacket or sweater
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
Hiking shorts (4)
Lightweight cotton long pants
Light weight thermal bottoms
Fleece or wool pants
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C
Headlamp and batteries
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
Small wash towel
Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
Books (Highly Recommended)
With more than 20+ years of experience in the tourism industry, our agency is registered under the Ministry of Tourism. It is also a license holder of NMA, NTB, and NRB. We also provide you with local guides, who are used to the surroundings, so you won't face any difficulties in the trek.
The Tsum Valley Trek is considered to be moderately challenging. You need to have a good physique to complete this trek without any difficulties.
Yes, you'll need a local guide to trek this trail and at least two members must be in your group.
Based on your satisfaction and the guides' behavior you can tip the guides. We suggest you tip up to 15% of the total trip cost to the guides.
As the Tsum Valley lies in Manaslu Conservation Area, you'll need Manaslu Conservation Area Permit to complete this trek.
The best seasons for trekking this trail are Autumn(September, October, and November) and Spring(March, April, and May). The days are sunny and warm during these seasons and the sky will be clear with some amazing views.
This, Tsum Valley Trek is an Off-beaten trail with unique culture, Buddhist monasteries, and sacred caves.
The wi-fi services in this area may not be trustworthy. So, we suggest you to get a sim card and use it for internet connectivity,