Tsum Valley Trek

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Best Season: All Year Round

Max Altitude: 3700 m

Group Size: Min 2 Pax

Transport: Private and Comfortable Drive

Trip Grade



18 Days

Trip Overview

Tsum Valley, located in northern Gorkha, is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley. Ancient art, culture, and religion abound. The locals are Tibetans who speak a dialect of their own. The untouched beauty of one of the most isolated Himalayan valleys adds to the enjoyment and pleasure of the trek. The landscapes and mountains such as Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and Boudha Himal are all visible from the valley. Because access was prohibited until 2008, the Tsum valley does not have the same level of publicity as other trekking sites. Many holy monasteries, such as Rachen Gompa and Mu Gompa, are located in the valley since it is rich in Buddhist culture. Not only is the culture wonderful, but the biodiversity is as well, with numerous woods, rivers, caverns, and other natural wonders.

The trek begins with a picturesque drive to Arughat, which is followed by a trip to Soti Khola. We'll ascend the Budhi Gandaki valley upstream, passing through a variety of green terrains and numerous communities. We'll pass through rhododendron and pine forests on our journey. We will continue our trip from Jagat to Lokpa, where the trail will take us to Tsum valley, which is home to Tibetans. Many prayer flags and mani walls will be visible along the road, indicating Buddhist culture. Along the way, we'll see glacial rivers, stunning waterfalls and the natural splendor of the valley. On the route, we'll stop by the Piren Phu cave, which is one of the valley's most revered caverns. We may spot native wildlife along the journey, such as Himalayan Thar or blue sheep. 

We will stop at monasteries along the trip, such as the Mu Gompa and the Rachen Gompa. We will arrive in Gumba Lungdang after over multiple suspension bridges, where we will spend the night before trekking to the Ganesh Himal base camp. This thrilling journey to the camp is truly worthwhile. Then it's back on the trail to Lokpa and then down to Jagat. The next day, we will drive back to Kathmandu through Arughat Bazaar after passing over several bridges and villages. The Tsum Valley Trip is an adventure journey that takes you off the main path to learn about Tibetan culture, see natural beauty and have a nice trek.

Tsum Valley provides trekkers who are captivated by Tibetan culture as well as mountains. It provides the chance to see Tibetan Buddhist people in their villages, monks and nuns in their various religious orders, and stunning Himalayan views in an almost pilgrimage-like trek into this hidden valley.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

When you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport, a Firante representative will receive you and bring you to your accommodation. You can either unwind in your hotel or take a stroll through Thamel for some last-minute shopping and sightseeing.

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu – Solti Khola via Arughat

We'll start our trek after an early morning meal with a lovely drive to Arughat, then on to Soti Khola. We will pass through a wonderful river view of the Trishuli river as we go west on the Prithivi Highway from Kathmandu. We will pass through spectacular alpine scenery like as Mt. Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal range, as well as little communities along the Budhi Gandaki river.

Day 3: Trek from Soti Khola – Machha Khola

We'll be crossing the Soti Khola with a beautiful view of the river and waterfalls. Then, on our journey to Liding, we'll walk through the gorgeous Sal woodland, climbing onto a ridge over the Budhi Gandaki river's massive rapids (750m). We will continue down to Nauli Khola, over a suspension bridge, and eventually arriving at Machha Khola.

Day 4: Trek from Machha Khola - Jagat

We will start our journey across a rich landscape with a few ups and downs after an early morning brunch. We will start to gain altitude gradually. At Tatopani, which means "hot water" in Nepali, we will trek past a natural hot spring. Continuing on our journey, we will walk along the valley as it narrows, but nature's beauty never ceases to fascinate us. We will pass via paved stones and mani walls along the way. Then we will arrive in Jagat, a charming village on the west bank of the Budhi Gandaki River.

Day 5: Trek from Jagat – Lokpa

We'll register our Tsum valley permits at the entry checkpoint before heading to Lokpa. As we continue on our journey, the valley widens up as we approach Phillip. The journey is enjoyable from start to finish. We'll cross via Ekle Bhatti, where the trail divides into Tsum and Manaslu. We'll see the welcome board as we trek, so we'll head towards Lokpa. We'll pass through a few communities along the way. The trail continues us forward after a right bend, eventually leading us to Lokpa village. This village is the first in the Tsum valley to provide us with a view of the magnificent Manaslu mountain. This settlement is located in a remote location and is a secret valley of joy that was graced by Padmashamva centuries ago.

Day 6: Trek from Lokpa – Chumling

The day starts with a trek from Lokpa village, which is the starting point for a rugged journey to Tsum Valley. Depending on the weather, we may be treated to a spectacular view of the Boudha Himal (6,672m) and Ganesh Himal along the way. As we rise through deep tropical forests of rhododendron, juniper, and pine, the trail descends to the Lungwa river valley. Shortly after, we will cross the Syar Khola to reach the village of Chumling.

Day 7: Trek from Chumling – Chhokang Paro

Today's destination is Chhokang Paro, and we'll start our journey early in the morning. From Chhokang Paro, the upper Tsum valley opens up. It is a village made up of two communities, Chhokang and Paro, that is located on flat land. On our route, we will enjoy beautiful views of Ganesh Himal from the south, as well as spectacular views of Boudha Himal and Himalchuli peaks to the southwest.

Day 8: Trek from Chhokang Paro – Nile

The Nile settlement is located on the western side of the upper Tsum Valley, and it is the last village to the north. It's on the Shiar Khola's sunny side, about a twenty-minute walk over Chhule. The Piren Phu cave, commonly known as the pigeon cave, will be passed as we trek. It is one of the most holy caves in the Tsum Valley which is located near the village of Burji, at the bottom of a rocky cliff. 

Day 9: Trek from Nile – Mu Gompa

Following an early morning breakfast, we will leave the Nile and ascend the trail to Mu Gompa. It is the region's largest monastery. Mu Gompa is situated in the Tsum Valley's highest and farthest point. The trail takes us through yak pastures and typical Trans Himalayan terrain, which is dry and parched. Rows of Chortens, as well as lovely mountain views and residences, can be found at the monastery.

Day 10: Trek from Mu Gompa – Rachen Gompa

Following the paths from Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa, a monastery, we will depart shortly after breakfast. It is located in the Shiar Khola Valley, at the foothills of the Nepalese-Tibetan mountains. We will return down the valley, passing past Chhule and on to Phurba. Following the power lines along the east bank of the Siyar Khola and across flat boulder-covered meadows to Rachen Gompa.

Day 11: Trek from Rachen Gompa – Gumba Lungdang

We will cross a bridge to the west side after hiking south, going through the Chhokangparo once more. We will descend the old trail towards Chumling, where we will see a small white gompa on the left at Gho, about two hours later. We will follow a small track that leads to a Gompa and then to a wooden bridge that spans the Siyar Khola. The track begins to traverse at a mani wall with many prayer flags hung after a difficult ascent through pine, juniper, and rhododendron forest. Finally, in the forest, a prayer flag indicates the upward trail, which leads to the Lungdang Gompa by a zigzag ascent past a large silver pine. Rhododendrons will be blooming in abundance. Beautiful and amazing view can be seen from the gompa.

Day 12: Trek from Gumba Lungdang – Ganesh Himal Base Camp

We will be trekking to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp today, which will be a great day. The woodland environment and vistas along the path make for an enjoyable and exciting trek, despite the fact that the altitude change may make breathing and hiking difficult. The route passes through two tiny valleys, taking a shortcut through the muddy meanders to reclaim the lower track and continue up the valley over a dense and thick forest. After a few of hours of climbing, we will arrive at the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. We'll return to Gumba Lungdang after recognizing and respecting the work it took to get here, as it's a short trip.

Day 13: Trek from Gumba Lungdang – Lokpa

We shall be returning to Lokpa today. We'll journey down to Domje via the upper track, which will take us across the Laudang Khola. We'll stay on the south bank of the Siyar Khola after crossing an insecure swing bridge between the lowest two houses in Domje. We will descend down the stairs to Bhatti Ghumlong, which we had passed through few days before. We'll be climbing up through a pine forest and eventually after a while we will reach Lokpa.

Day 14: Trek from Lokpa – Jagat

We will re-join the Budhi Gandaki river as we descend down to Jagat. We'll get a few peeks of the mountains as we trek. Walking through woodlands and terrains is a relaxing and enjoyable experience. We'll arrive in Sirdibas after taking a few breaks. We'll arrive in Jagat after crossing a few suspension bridges.

Day 15: Trek from Jagat – Lapu Bensi

We will descend to Lapu Bensi after an early morning brunch. We will travel across terrains and traverse severely bridges on today's hike, which will be easy and enjoyable. We'll pass a suspension bridge across the Nauli Khola on our way down to Machha Khola. We will arrive in Lapu Bensi, a small lovely Gurung settlement, after trekking through the Budhi Gandaki's sandy riverbed.

Day 16: Trek from Lapu Bensi – Arughat Bazaar

We'll take a short hike back to Arughat Bazaar today. To begin, we will hike for a few hours down the Budhi Gandaki River, which will lead us to Soti Khola. We'll take a vehicle from Soti Khola to Arughat Bazaar. We will arrive in the Arughat Bazaar after a couple of hours of driving. There are tiny cafes and businesses in this town that we can visit here.

Day 17: Drive from Arughat Bazaar – Kathmandu

We'll be travelling back to Kathmandu after an early morning breakfast. The drive will be spectacular, as we will pass by the lovely Trishuli river. The greenery of the hills will also be attractive to the eye. The Prithivi Highway will take us west towards Kathmandu. We will arrive in Kathmandu shortly, and you will be escorted to your hotels.

Day 18: Final Departure

Today will be the day for departing Kathmandu after a successful completion of the trip with sweet memories. You will be picked up and dropped off at the airport by our employees. In Nepal, you must arrive at the airport within three hours of your scheduled departure time.

Cost Includes

  • Pick-up and drop service by a private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in a star category hotel in Kathmandu 
  • Kathmandu-Arughat-Kathmandu transportation by private vehicle
  • Necessary documents and permits including MCAP Permit, Tsum Valley Restricted Permit and TIMS card
  • Experienced English-speaking trekking guide, assistant guide and porters and the expenses for their flights, food, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment and so on
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek(with tea and coffee)
  • First aid Medical kit
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • All government and local taxes (including 13% VAT and 10 % service charge)
  • Transportation on private vehicle as agreed on the itinerary

Cost Excludes

  • Visa Fees and International airfare, excess baggage charge and airport tax
  • Travel insurance and medical evacuation
  • Entrance fees during sightseeing
  • Extended stay in Kathmandu due to any reason other than programmed itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, beverages, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, personal equipments and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (expected and not mandatory)


Firante Treks and Expedition Manages for best and comfortable accommodation and also provides you hygienic food. Standard (3 Star) are booked in the cities such as Kathmandu and Pokhara, whereas a tyical trek lodge will be booked on remote areas. 

Luxurious rooms from 5 Star hotels are also made avaiable on demand in the cities on additional cost but remote regionss dont have such facilities.

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