The Tsum Valley Trek takes you excursing through the isolated, secluded and scared valley of the Manaslu region. It is a scared Himalayan pilgrimage valley lying amidst the tall entities of the mountains. Also known as the Beyul Kyimolung, this is a serene Himalayan glen that offers spectacular views of the mountains like the Ganesh Himal, the Bouddha Himal and the Sringi Himal among many more snowy peaks. The Valley of Tsum gets its name derived from the Tibetan word “Tsombo” which translates to “Stunning”, and the valley embodies this cognomen to the fullest. The ancient idiosyncratic art and religions of the local people of Tibetan origin is marvelous to experience.
Beginning your trek from Soti Khola, you would be passing through verdant forests and traversing along the Budhi Gandaki River before you reach Labubesi, a dainty Gurung settlement. Ascending the stairs carved from stone, you would be strolling along the west bank of the ebullient river to reach the village of Jagat. The settlement is adorned with opulent monasteries, with their golden spires decorated with colorful prayer flags. At Chumling village, situated on the southern part of Sringi Himal, you can visit various gumbas and stupas that align the terrain. Making your way to the Chhokangparo village, you will be subjected to stunning views of the peaks of Himalchuli (7893m) and Ganesh Himal (7140m). During your Tsum Valley Trek, you will also visit the Ranchen Gompa, renowned as the Nunnery Gompa. You will also get the opportunity to visit the age-old monastery of Mu-Gompa as well as the Dhephu Doma Gompa. The Mu Gompa is a prime monastery in the area located at the base of Pika Himal (4865m).
All along your trekking trails, you would be encountering the unique cultures and traditions of the local people, and will get to have a closer look at their customs and rituals. The Tibetan Buddhist culture of the people residing in those areas can be greatly reflected on the array of temples and places of worship that you will come across your trekking journey. The panoramic views of the mountain vistas along with a terrain that is ornamented vibrantly with a florescent presence of blooming rhododendron flowers, beautiful pine and birch trees all encompassed in a stunning picturesque landscape will present you with an absolutely ravishing worldliness.
Escape Himalaya provides an excellent rendering of services to its customers and we make sure that our customers are getting the optimal context on their trekking journeys. The Tsum Valley Trek package is designed carefully, keeping the satisfaction of our customers in mind, and at the same time, the package also incorporates all of the beautiful natural and cultural quintessence of the Manaslu Region in a relatively short amount of time. Come join us in this ravishing adventure where you can experience aesthetically pleasing magnificence of the mountains, alluring natural winsomeness and have a closer look at the culture, lifestyle and traditions of the people in the Tsum Valley Trek Package with us! We also have alternatives for trekking in the Manaslu Region with our Manaslu Circuit Trek which lets you explore the gorgeous valley in close proximity. We also opt for a customized itinerary as well to suit your needs and requirement should you wish to do so.
- All ground transportation by private vehicle including airport transfers.
- Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff.
- Manaslu and Tsum valley special trekking permits as well as Annapurna and Manaslu conservation fee.
- Down jacket and sleeping bag use while trekking.
- Duffle bag for trekking.
- Escape Himalaya trek T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate.
- First aid medical kit.
- Government taxes and office service charge.
- Meals not specified in the ‘Meal Inclusions’ in the itinerary’
- Travel insurance.
- International airfare.
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- Cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, snacks and other personal expenses.
- Hot shower during the trek.
- Personal trekking equipment.
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers.
Day 01 Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
As you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by one of our representatives from Escape Himalaya. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you will proceed to check-in. There are no planned activities for the day, so you may relax and get to know that lay of the land at the hotel. Overnight Stay at the hotel.
Day 02 Drive to Soti Khola (710m/2328ft) via Arughat (695m/2280ft), Duration: 8-9 hrs
On this day, you will have a drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola, which takes around 9 hours. During our drive, the Nepalese countryside, along with the surroundings of enormous mountain sceneries, will presents a captivation sight. Upon reaching Arughat, the main city in the area, we will drive further to Soti Khola. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 04 Trek to Machha Khola (900m/2952ft), Duration: 5-6 hrs
Leaving Soti Khola, we will move along rising and falling routes. Passing verdant forests and moving along the Budhi Gandaki, we will also walk down to the open river beach. We will notice rice terraces on the way and walk to Labubesi, a Gurung settlement. Then, trekking ahead to Machha Khola, we will have a conclusion of the trek there. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 05 Trek to Jagat (1340m/4395ft), Duration: 6 hrs
We will move ahead from Machha Khola and traverse along the Tharo Khola in order to reach Khorlabesi. En-route, we will also traverse through Tatopani, a natural hot spring. We will then traverse along the Budhi Gandaki through a suspension bridge. After that, we will walk across a landslide over a ridge to Dobhan. Also, ascending the stony stairs and strolling down to the river, we will climb again to make our way up to Tharo Bharyang. Strolling on the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki River, we will climb ahead and finally reach Jagat village. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06 Trek to Lokpa (2,240m), Duration: 6 hours
We will walk ahead from Jagat to Lokpa on this day, which takes approximately 6 hours. We will also get to see natural hot springs at Tatopani where we can have a dip and be refreshed. After moving from Tatopani, we will traverse the Budi Gandaki River via a suspension bridge. Then, we will climb through the woods and arrive at a settlement named Doban. Walking ahead, the river opens up and we will stroll across a big gravel bed. We will finally reach Lokpa. It has the check point allowing entrance to Tsum Valley where our entry permits will be checked. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 07 Trek to Chumling (2386m), Duration: 4-5 hours
We will ascend from Lokpa on this day, to reach Chumling which takes around 5 hours. Chumling is situated on the south part of the Shangri Himal. At Chumling, we can enjoy excursing around monasteries. We have a challenging route that ascends and stretches more or less on the complete route. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08 Trek to Chhokang Paro (3031m ), Duration: 5-6 hours
This is the eighth day of our trek and we will climb for 6 hours on this day. We will leave Chumling and traverse a river via the suspension bridge where the amazing views of the Ganesh Himal will captivate us. We also pass the village of Rainjam and by means of a bridge, we will traverse along the Serpu Khola to get to Gho Village. From Gho, walking for around two hours, we will make way up to the Chhokangparo village located on a flat ground and trudge through two settlements- Chhokang and Paro. Here the views of Himalchuli (7893m) and Ganesh Himal (7140m) is quite mesmerizing. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 09 Trek to Nile in (3360m), Duration: 4-5 hours
We will, on this day, trek to Nile from Chhokang Paro. Nile is the last settlement before heading north to the upper Tsum valley. It is located on the shores of the Shiar River and it consists of lots of houses. It is situated at the highest point in the Tsum valley. We will also get to the Rachen Gompa, which is also renowned as Nunnery Gompa too, before reaching Nile. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10 Trek to Mu Gompa (3700m), Duration: 3 hours
Walking ahead from Nile, we will trek to Mu Gompa on this day. To this point, we are close to the Tibetan border. Then, strolling to the west part of the valley, we will be passing all the way through the striking Tibetan scenery. We will also ascend to the Mu Gompa and visit the age-old monastery. Mu Gompa is a prime monastery in the area, set at the base of Pika Himal (4865m). We will then visit the Dhephu Doma Gompa. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11 Trek to Rachen (3240m), Duration: 4 hours
We will be walking all the way down on this day. On the way, we will get to enjoy the sights of the Punchen Himal. We will continue descending and reach Rachen. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 12 Trek to Chumling (2386m), Duration: 6-7 hours
Departing from Rachen, we will continue the trek, observing the lush landscapes and move down to Chhokang Paro, retracing our way. We will also carry on walking to Gho and keep on descending to traverse Sarpu Khola through a suspension bridge. Walking ahead on the lower Tsum Valley, we will get back to Chumling. We will trek for around 7 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 13 Trek to Lokpa (2240m), Duration: 5-6 hrs.
From Chumling on this day, we will descend and pass by rather thick woodlands of pine trees which are a home for a lot of species of birds. Walking further on, we will reach Lokpa, which takes approximately 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 14 Trek back to Jagat.
We will walk ahead from Lokpa to reach Jagat on this day. Jagat is a stone village set on a ridge. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 15 Trek back to Lapubesi (884m), Duration: 6-7 hrs.
Leaving Jagat, we will trek for around 7 hours to reach Lapubesi, which lies 884m high. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 16 Trek to Soti Khola and drive to Arughat Bazar.
Leaving Lapubesi, we will traverse on several the bridges and reach the cultivated regions and settlements before arriving at Soti Khola. Then, we will drive to Arughat from where we began our trek. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 17 Drive back to Kathmandu.
Enjoying the views of the hills, florescent meadows, verdant woods, and stunning mountain landscapes, we will drive back to Kathmandu. As we reach Kathmandu, you will be transferred to hotel. Overnight at hotel, Breakfast included.
Day 18 Departure
Today marks the end-day for the trekking trip. You will be escorted by one of our Escape Himalaya representative to the airport from where you will depart.