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Tsum Valley Trekking

Tsum Valley Trek, Tsum Valley Trekking, Tsum Valley Information, Tsum Valley Information, Trekking in Tsum Valley, Tsum Valley Nepal, Nepal Tsum ValleyTsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern part of Gorkha district of Nepal. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word "Tsombo" which means vivid. The trail heads up the valley of the Budi Gandaki River through wild and unexplored country inhabited mainly by members of the Gurung ethnic groups. Good cup of the local cultivated natural coffee and Tatopani hot springs will help you to relax on this intensive trial.

Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo, where hospitable local people (Tibetan group "Tsombo") welcome you with traditional Tibetan butter tea and local meal. The Tsum Valley is extremely rich in cultural assets. The Tsum Valley is dotted with gompas (Buddhist Monasteries), chortens and mani walls. The longest mani walls (over 250m) are at Dzong and Phurpe. Tsum Valley Trekking Information, Trekking Information, Tsum Valley Trek, Tsum Valley Trekking informationThe valley preserves steps of the great Buddhist Yogi Chyuchin Milarepa and story about Guru Padmasambhava circumbulation. The people here never slaughter animals, even as sacrifice to the Gods. The Tsum Valley is surrounded by the Buddha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south, and Sringi Himal to the North. One of the best trekking to Tsum Valley offers panoramic views of mountains, Tibetan culture, harvesting and life style of Tsum valley people.

Outline - Itinerary:

  • Hotels/Lodges
  • 17 Days Trek
  • Grade: Moderate Plus
  • Food: Included except main meals in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation: 4 Nights Kathmandu and 16 Nights in teahouse lodge
  • Best Season: Spring, Autumn & winter

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Free.
Day 03: Drive  to Arughat by Bus then O/N at Lodge. 6/7hrs.
Day 04: Arughat - Soti Khola (710m.) 4hrs
Day 05: Soti Khola - Machha Khola (887m.) 6hrs.
Day 06: Machha Khola - Jagat (1345m.) 6hrs.
Day 07: Jagat - Lakpa (2240m.) 6hrs.
Day 08: Lokpa - Chumling (2386m.) (Lower Tsum) 4-5hrs.
Day 09: Chumling - Chhekampar (3031m.) (Upper Tsum) (3031m.) 4-5hrs.
Day 10: Chhekampar - Nile (3347m.) visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way.
Day 11: Nile - Chhule, Mu Gompa, visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060m.) 4-5hrs.
Day 12: Mu Gompa-Rachen Gompa, visit Gonhgye Gompa.
Day 13: Rachen Gompa – Dumje (2460m.) 5-6hrs.
Day 14: Dumje – Gumpa Lungdang (3200m.) 4hrs.
Day 15: Gumpa Lungdang – Lokpa. 6-7hrs.
Day 16: Lokpa – Jagat.  6-7hrs.
Day 17: Jagat – Machha Khola. 5-6hrs.
Day 18: Machha Khola – Soti Khola, drive back to Arughat. 6-7hrs
Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu then transfer to Hotel. 6hrs.
Day 20: Kathmandu free.
Day 21: Last minute, transfer to airport for your onward journey.

Note: This trip can be personalized as per your requirements that meet your time frame.

Trekking Cost: USD       Per Person.

Tea-house Lodge Trek Cost Includes:

  • All land transportation by Car, Van, Toyota Hiace or Reserve/Local Bus. (Airport/Hotel/Airport & trekking pick up & drop).
  • 4 Night’s Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at Bed and Breakfast basis.
  • All 3 major meals Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner (provide continental food) and accommodation at best available teahouse Lodge during the trek en-route.
  • One English speaking trekking guide and necessary Porter. (1 Porter between two member)
  • Local transporation by local Jeep or Bus.
  • Life insurance for all support crews and their daily wages.
  • Per member 15 Kg. luggage allow while in the trekking.
  • Restricted area special trekking permit, Manaslu and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (MCAP & ACAP) permit fees.
  • Medical Kit Box for Nepali support crews.
  • All official taxes and service charge.

The Cost Doesn’t Include:

  • Personal transportation except above programs.
  • Major meals lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Personal trekking gears as well as sleeping bags.
  • Personal Nature expenses.
  • Emergency evacuation (If incase).
  • Drinks except tea and coffee.
  • Airfare: To & from your country.
  • Nepal entry visa fees & airport departure taxes.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Tips for trekking crews.


Note for every member:

  1. Guest are require to bring 2pcs of passport size new photos and USD 30 for own expenses to apply the Nepal Visa. (15 days 30 USD & above 40 USD Per Person).
  2. NO visa required for Indian nationality but required Citizenship Card or valid Passport.
  3. Please bring 4 passport size recent photo for Trekking permits and National Park permit.
  4. Nepal visa will issue at your upon arrival in Kathmandu at TIA airport.
  5. Passport must have at least 6 months of validity during the entire traveling period.
  6. There will be a surcharge of 4% if payment made by Credit Card for trip.

Trip Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation must be notified in writing to the office of “Cultural Treks & Expedition”. Cancellation charges shall be levied as follows:
  • More than 15 days before departure: USD 150 Per Person
  • Less than 15 days before departure: Loss of deposit
  • After starting the trip or trek: No refund


Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu leisure and evening brifing about trekking.

Day 03: From Kathmandu drive to Arughat Bazaar (6-7 hours): We take an 8-9 hrs bus ride to Arughat Bazaar in Gorkha district. The village of Arughat is in two parts, on opposite sides of the Buri Gandaki. Arughat Bazaar is large, clean and prosperous with hotels and shops selling cloth, food and hardware.

Day 04: Arughat to Soti Khola (6-7 hours): From Arughat Bazar we trek to Soti Khola. Along the way we enjoy splendid views of Shringri Himal. We trek through Gurung and Magar villages, past fields and cascading waterfalls, till we reach Soti Khola.We set up camp on the banks of the Soti Khola(‘khola' means river in Nepali).

Day 05: Soti Khola to Machha Khola (6-7 hours): We trek from Soti Khola to Machha khola (Fish river). Machha khola is a village situated above a stream with the same name. We camp for the night by a wide campsite.

Trekking in Tsum valley, Tsum Valley Trek, Tsum Village Nepal, Tsum Valley Trekking, Trekking arranger, best trekking operator in NepalDay 06: Machha Khola to Doban (6-7 hours): The trail from Macha Khola to Doban involves some steep ascents and descents. We climb a well – crafted staircase over a ridge to Doban. Doban lies at the confluence of the Shiar Khola, which flows from the east, and the Sarpu khola, which flows from the west.

Day 07: Doban to Philim (6 hours): The route climbs ona rugged rocky trail. We climb up and down ravines and notched trees. We get good views of Sringri himal as we continue up to the village of Philim at 1550m.This is a large Gurung village with fields of corn and millet. There are several good campsites and we set up camp surrounded by alder, blue pine and poplar trees.

Day 08: Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (7 hours): We take the trail up through Philim and head up over a ridge that leads to Ganesh Himal Base camp and Chumling( Lower Tsum). We camp for the night at Chumling. There are several good campsites at Chumling.

Tsum Village, Tsum Village Trekking, Trekking in Tsum Valley, Tsum Valley TrekDay 09: Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) (5-6 hours): From Chumling we trek to Chhokangparo. Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo.Chhekamparo is a village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements Chhekam and Paro. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen directly to the south where it provides spectacular views of the Baudha and Himal chuli peaks to the south-west. Some households in this village practice polyandry.

Day 10: Chhokangparo to Nile/Chhule, visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way (6-7 hours): From Chhokangparo we trek to Nile/ Chulle. This is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley. Nile is on the western, sun-side of the Shiar Khola, about 20 minutes walk across from Chhule.

On the way we pass the Piren Phu cave. Piren Phu (pigeon cave) is one of the most sacred caves in the Tsum valley. It is located at the foot of a rugged cliff near the village of Burji. Milarepa, the famous Tibetan saint, was believed to have meditated here. There are two separate gumbas attached to the rocky cave. Richly painted Buddhist murals, excellent artistic scripts carved on stones, long prayer flags and significant Buddhists paper scripts make this cave one of the most important socio-cultural asset in the valley.
Beautiful views can be had of the Shiar Khola, Rachen Gumba, the mountains and settlements amidst vast agricultural land.

Day 11: Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m) (4 hours): From Nile the trail gradually ascends to Mu gumba, the largest monastery in the region. Mu Gumba is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. Mu Gumba was established in 1895 AD and is situated at an altitude of 3510m.The monastery houses religious books, including Kangyur, a life sized statue of Avalokiteshwara, and images of Guru Padmasambhava and Tara.

Dephyudonma Gumba is one of the oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley and is situated in the rugged mountains, a 2 hr walk from the village of Chhule and Nile. The history of this monastery is directly associated with the dawn of Buddhism in the valley. The monastery is run by Lama Serap of Nile Ladrang from the Kangin sect. There are a few campsites and dinking water facilities.

Day 12: Day for excursion around the area:
We take a hike up Mu Gumba and reach the base of Pika Himal (4865m).We are quite close to Tibet and get a good view of the Tibetan peaks as well as the Ganesh Himal range. After the day's excursion we return to our camp at Mu gumba.

Day 13: Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (5 hours): From Mu Gumba we take the trail to Rachen Gumba, a nunnery. The nunnery is situated in the Shiar Khola Valley in the foothills of the mountains bordering Nepal and Tibet. Rachen Gumba was established in the year 1905 AD and is one of the largest nunneries in the Tsum valley. It houses nuns belonging to the Ngak-pa sect, which does not allow animal slaughter. The nunnery houses one thousand clay, moulded statues of Avalokiteshwara, a brightly colored, carved throne and pillar, and a large prayer wheel. The interior is richly painted with murals about Buddhism and its history.

Day 14: Rachen Gompa to Dumje (6-7 hours): From Rachen Gompa we proceed towards Dumje, a small village with about eight houses and adjoining cattle shed.

Day 15: Dumje to Philim (cross Ripchet) (6-7 hours): From Dumje we trek to Philim and cross Ripchet. On the way we pass one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Lower Tsum Valley, Samba Tingding Chhupyang.

Day 16: Philim to Tatopani (6-7 hours): From Phillim we trek to Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. You can relieve your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring.

Day 17: Tatopani to Soti Khola (6-7 hours): From Tatopani we trek to Soti Khola. We pass through terraced fields and tropical waterfalls and finally set up camp at the village.

Day 18: Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar (6-7 hours): As we make our way from Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar, we come to the last leg of our journey.

Day 19: Drive Arughat Bazar to Kathmandu (8-9 hours): We drive to Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

Day 20: Kathmandu free.

Day 21: Last minute, transfer to airport for your onward journey.

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