Trip Overview

The remote Tsum Valley has only been open to trekkers since 2008. In the past few years several teahouses and pleasant homestays have also been opened along this route. The Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley in close proximity to Tibet. Its unspoiled natural beauty and its pristine culture make this trekking area unique. Tsum comes from the Tibetan work ‘Tsombo’, which means “vivid”; the significance of which is abundantly clear as you gaze upon the sparkling mountain vistas. Against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and Baudha Himal ranges, this serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. Trails are strewn with artistic chortens and mani walls carved with deities and prayers.

The Buddhist saint Milarepa is believed to have meditated in the mountain caves and the ancient remains of the Tsum Kingdom are still visible today. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its people have been bypassed by mainstream development for centuries, and the unique culture of this valley has remained intact.

Program Itineary

Tour days

Day 01: Arrive to Kathmandu (1300 m)

Our company representative will pick up you from international airport and you will be transferred to hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: City tour

Our city guide will take you to historical places around Kathmandu valley which is also listed on world heritage sites by UNESCO. In the evening you will be given general information about trekking regarding Do and Dons during trekking and daily routine / schedule of trekking will be given to you by our tour guide every day.

Trek days

Day 03: Drive to Aarughat (608 m)

We start trekking from Aarughat. This is a beautiful small market and is located on the bank of Budhi Gandaki River, it can be reached after 6-7 hours driving from Kathmandu via Dhading Bensi valley. At first we follow the Prithivi highway and then we turn to our right taking the branch road to get to Aarughat and stay here for one night.

Day 04: Trek to Soti Khola (700 m)

We start walking n the morning after having breakfast crossing the suspension bridge, and old part located near both sides of the bridge. We walk through the hotels and lodges of Aarughat bazar and register our trek permit then we follow the rough road which is heading toward north after walking of 5-6 hours we will reach to Soti khola where we set out second day camp.

Day 05: Trek to Machha Khola (869 m)

On this day we again step ahead toward north. On the way we can see the beautiful terrace rice field local houses beautiful waterfalls as well as Mt. Yaru and Ganesh himal. Observing the rural scenery Machha khola can be reached after waking of 5-6 hours. It is a small village where we can find shops and few lodges.

Day 06: Trek to Dovan (1070 m)

We cross the small Machhakhola River which flows from uphill and we walk toward the Dovan following the local trail. On the way there is hot spring at Tatopani, It’s a small village at the bottom of the cliff having 7-8 houses, where we can take bath on natural hot spring. After 6-7 hours walking Dovan can be reached where we set our camp for this night.

Day 07: Trek to Jagat (1340m)

From Jagat we step forward following the local trail which is lightly up and up to Yaru bagar and the from the right side of the Gandaki river we head forward to Jagat the trail goes parallel with the river gandaki. Jagat is the entrance point of Manaslu Conservation Area from where the restricted area starts. This place can be reached in 5- 6 hours walking. It is almost the central village with primary school and few shops and lodges.

Day 08: Trek to Lokpa (2240m)

Jagat is in Manaslu conservation area. The trail from here gradually ascends to the Salleri village from the right edge of Gandaki River. In salleri there are few local lodges and the trail goes continue to sirdibas (1430 m) an unique village and the again continue to Fillim village and then it again gradual ascends up crossing through the village Ekle Bhatti and Thangurmu village.after six seven hour walking Lokpa village can be reached.

Day 09: trek to Chumling (3230m)

This day we follow the trail which goes up through beyond philim and head up over a ridge that leads to Ganesh Himal Base camp and Chumling village which is the lower part of Tsum valley. We have to walk through up and down trail to get to Chumling.

Day 10: Trek to Chhokung Paro (3013 m)

This day we will step forward to Chhokung Paro, the upper Tsum valley. The trail descend to the river and then ascend after crossing the river Samatikring khola then it goes in gradual ascending up to the place Chhokung Paro village.

Day 11: Trek to Nile (3361 m)

From this vChhokangparo we go to Nile, which is last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. The trail goes through the villages Ngakyu Leru, Lama Gaun and then following the river finally reach to Nile. On the way to Nile there are two separate Monasteries attached to the rocky cave and we can see many prayer flags around here.

Day 12: Trek to Mu Gompa (3700 m)

This day our walk gradually ascends up to Mu Gumba. It is the biggest as well as located at highest place monastery of this area. We follow the trail beside the river Syar khola which is level walk and cross through the chosyong. After around 5-6 hours walking we reach to Mu Gomba.

Day 13: Explore around Mu Gompa

We do short hike up Mu Gumba We can visit to this monastery and it offers us to see religious books, including Kangyur, a life sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara. This was built on 1895 AD. And we also visit to the base of Pika Himal (4865m) and in the evening we come back to Mu gompa.

Day 14: Trek to Rachen Gompa (3240m)

This day we return down to following the trail, crossing through Nile village we come down Rachen Gompa, it is an old monastery which was built 107 years ago. In side this monastery one thousand clay, moulded statues of Avalokiteshwara, a brightly colored, carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. The monastery house is decorated by meaningful wall paintings.

Day 15: Trek to Chumling (3230m)

Visiting the area we head down to Domje a village situated at 2460 meter crossing via Choking Paro village and then we head continue down to Chumling following the same trail which we have already walked.

Day 16: Trek to Philim (1570m)

Following the trail which goes several up and down nearby Ganesh Himal Base Camp upto Lokpa and then it goes gradual down to the village Philim, village which is the village where some important government offices secondary school some shops. We have chance of seeing beautiful Himalayan range and daily schedule and living way of local people.

Day 17: Trek to Dovan (1070 m)

From Philim the trail desends down to the up the suspension bridge of the river. It goes through Sirdibass and salleri and we arrived to Jagat the check post of Manaslu conservation area. From there we head to Yaru phant a river bank camp site and after half an hour walking we get to Dovan.

Day 18: Trek to Machha khola (869 m)

On this day we walk further dowards to south. On the way we can see the beautiful terrace rice field local houses beautiful waterfalls as well as Mt. Yaru and Ganesh himal. Observing the rural scenery Machha khola can be reached after waking of 5-6 hours.

Day 19: Trek to Soti Khola (700 m)

This day we follow the trail, which goes slightly descend and crossing the bridge we walk through river bank then we walk through the Labu bensi finaly we reach to Soti khola.

Day 20: trek to Aarughat (608 m)

We start walking through rough road in the morning after having breakfast. Crossing the suspension bridge, we walk through the hotels and lodges and come down to Aarughat bazar toward south which comes after walking of 5-6 hours.

Return To Kathmandu

Day 21: Drive to Kathmandu (1300m)

This day we take a bus and drive to kathmandu following the same driving route which we have used in the beginning of our journey. It can be reached after 6-7 hours driving to Kathmandu via Dhading Bensi valley.

Tour days

Day 22: Reserve day

This is the day for looking around city and also for buying something as per your interest. We will have farewell dinner all together in Kathmandu on this evening.

Day 23: Departure

This day we will come to hotel and take you to airport on your given flight time for the final departure to home with wishing you a nice journey.

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Trek Duration: 23 Days

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