Tsum Valley Trek - 19 Days
Tsum Valley trekking into the northwest of Kathmandu is a new trekking route into the sacred valley. Tsum valley is a rich in cultural and heritage aspect and also famous for adventure trekking to the base of Mount Manaslu.
Tsum, the word is derived from the Tibetan word "Tsombo" which means vivid in English. So the word describes as the valley as bright and glowing. Tsum valley is rich in Tibetan Buddhist culture. Also the Tsum valley is unexplored and lonely for a long time. The ethnic Gurung Community has dominated this area and follow the Tibetan Buddhism. Being on the border of Nepal and China, this area is considered as sensitive part and some restrictions are still here. Tsum valley trekking is to fall under the restricted area trekking so special permit is required for trekking.
The main attraction of the Tsum valley trek is the upper part of the Tsum valley which is wilderness and rich in own customs and cultures. The welcome drink Tibetan tea and local meal give you the amazing taste of a remote area of the Himalayas. The age old monasteries, Mani wheels, flyers and Chorterns are the additional things you will enjoy during Tsum valley trekking. The sacred valley has high religious important and local people never slaughter animals, even sacrifice to the gods.
Tsum valley trekking is getting popularity day by day. The trekking routes are developing and tea houses are built on the major places. Now you can do tea house trekking in this area. Tsum valley trekking is possible all year round but the best time to trek here is Spring and Autumn season.
Trekking duration: 19 days
Starts from: Kathmandu
Ends in: Kathmandu
Grade: Moderate grade trek
Maximum altitude: Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m)
Culture: Gurung, Chhetri and Tibetan Culture
Mode of Trip: Camping Trekking or Tea House.
Himalayan sights: Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna Himalaya range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Fishtail, Hiunchuli & Lamjung Himal.
Tsum valley Trekking Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu airport, you will greeted by our representative and transfer to hotel, overnight stay in hotel.
Day 2: Drive 8 to 9 hours from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar and stay in a guest house.
Day 3: Trek from Arughat to Soti Khola, takes about 6-7 hrs
Day 4: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola, takes about 6-7 Hrs
Day 5: Trek from Machha Khola to Doban, takes about 6-7 hrs
Day 6: Trek from Doban to Philim, takes about 6 hrs
Day 7: Trek from Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum), takes about 7 hrs
Day 8: Trek from Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum), takes about 5-6 hrs
Day 9: Trek from Chhokangparo to Nile/Chhule, visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way, takes about 6-7 hrs
Day 10: Trek from Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m) , takes about 4 hrs
Day 11: Extra day for excursion
Day 12: Trek from Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa, visit Gonhgye Gompa (Nyigma-pa Buddhist sect) (5 hrs)
Day 13: Trek from Rachen Gompa to Dumje, takes about 6-7 hrs walking
Day 14: Trek from Dumje to Philim (cross Ripchet), takes about 6-7 hrs
Day 15: Trek from Philim to Tatopani, takes about 6-7 hrs
Day 16: Trek from Tatopani to Soti Khola, takes about 6-7 hrs
Day 17: Trek from Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar , takes about 6-7 hrs
Day 18: Drive from Arughat Bazar to Kathmandu, takes about 8-9 hrs. In the evening fairewell dinner in Nepali restaurant
Day 19: Transfer to airport for final departure to your destination
- All airport/hotel transfers
- 3 night hotel in Kathmandu
- All accommodation and meals during the trek
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (necessary porters) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- Tsum Valley special permits
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- Airport departure tax
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters