As fascinating as its name, Tsum Valley Trek is one of the most beautiful treks of Nepal. This trek takes you to an exciting journey to the undisturbed and pristine Manaslu Region into the Tsum Valley.
Many travelers call this the hidden valley. Very few travelers knew about the hidden and stunning valleys of the Manaslu Region. The government opened this restricted area for trekking only a decade ago. Now, a decent amount of trekkers visit this region every year.
In your 18 days Tsum Valley Trek with Himalayan Joy Adventure, you will pass through many beautiful villages, walk alongside Budhi Gandaki River and witness the breathtaking Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and other mountains. Your journey to the serene Himalayan Valley with abundant art and culture is sure to become a lifelong memory.
Himalayan Joy Adventure has designed the itinerary for the Tsum Valley trek which starts and ends in Arughat. One can drive from Kathmandu to Arughat then start trek following the Budhi Gandaki River, pass the village of Sotikhola, Labubensi, Machhikhola, Jagat, Filim to Tsum valley. This trail takes you to the altitude of a 3700m, Mu Gompa and descent down following the same trail to Arughat and drives back to Kathmandu. The best season to trek the Tsum Valley is spring and autumn. If the trekkers have plenty of time and want to extend the trekking, we recommend the continuing trek to the Larke-la pass, is also known as Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Altitude: 1400 m
Himalayan Joy Adventure welcomes you at the Tribhuvan International Airport. Our representative will be ready to pick you up upon your arrival at the airport. You will then travel to your hotel room where you can refresh yourself. You can then rest or visit our office. You can also spend your free time visiting Thamel - the tourist hub of Kathmandu. If you need to buy any trekking gear, Thamel is a good market. At the evening, we will host a welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant.
After your morning breakfast, our guide will take you to UNESCO-listed heritage sites of Kathmandu. You will visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. You will witness the unique tradition, arts, and artifacts, and learn about historical, cultural, and religious values that Nepalese have. In the evening, we will drop you at your hotel with enough time to prepare for your trek.
Altitude: 608 m
Travel Hours: 8-10 hours
Distance: 126 km
Today, early in the morning, you will start your travel to Arughat from Gongabu Bus Park.
There are bus and jeep service to Arughat. Shortly after the start of your journey, the road meets the Trishuli River. Then you continue your journey towards Dhading Bazar. The road till Dhading Bazar is pretty good which from there then turns into a bumpy off-road. The beautiful scenery accompanies you throughout the journey. After a few hours, you will drive down to the valley of Budhi Gandaki. Then you will cross Budhi Gandaki River and travel for a while to reach a small town called Arughat. Arughat is situated at the bank of Budhi Gandaki River.
Trek Hours: 6 hours
The first-day trek takes you through the narrow valley of Budhi Gandaki to Soti Khola. You begin the morning with breakfast. Then, you begin your trek following Budhi Gandaki River which you will follow for many trekking days. Throughout the day, you will see small huts lining on the sides of the beautiful trail.
As you march further, the valley starts getting narrower. After passing through several villages, you will reach Soti Khola. It is a small town with a few shops selling clothes and daily goods. There are a few lodges with comfy rooms.
Trek Hours: 6-7 hours
Your trek continues after the morning breakfast. Today, the destination is Machhi Khola, another small town located at the bank of Budhi Gandaki. You will pass through a beautiful village located at top of a huge rock. You will continue your journey through the narrow Budhi Gandaki Valley through a trail carved at the walls of huge stone hills. As you continue your trek, the valley then slowly opens up again. You will have your lunch at Lapu Besi.after your lunch, you will continue your walk until you reach Machhi Khola.
Trek Hours: 6-7 hours
Today, you will spend the entire trekking time walking through a narrow gorge of rocky hills. You will have to do a lot of up and down walk. The settlements start getting thinner and thinner as the vertically sloped rocky hills are not feasible enough for settlements. After a few hours to trek, you reach Tatopani - a natural hot spring. You can enjoy the hot spring and then have lunch there. You will then continue moving alongside Budhi Gandaki River to reach Jagat.
Trek Hours: 6 hours
In the early part of your trek, you will move gently uphill to continue your trek through a flat path. After crossing a suspension bridge, you enter Philim. Philim is a small and beautiful Gurung village. You can have your lunch in Philim. After the lunch, you continue your trek with an uphill climb to Ekle Bhatti. Trekkers who do not stop at Philim have their lunch at Ekle Bhatti. Then you continue your trek to finally enter the Tsum Valley at Lokpa.
Trek Hours: 4 hours
It’s day 08 of your Manaslu Valley Trek. You begin the day with a hearty breakfast. Then, you choose an uphill climbing route to Chumlung. The trek is about 4 hours and you enjoy the beautiful views of Shringi Himal again and again. You can stop midway for lunch and continue your ascent to Chumlung Village. You can also visit a beautiful gumba in Chumlung.
Trek Hours:5-6 hours
Today, you continue your Manaslu Valley Trek from Chumlung. You have about 500-meter ascent to do this day. The trek offers you scenic views of the valley. After about 4-5 hours of walk, you will reach Chhokangparo. Chhokangparo is a beautiful settlement on the flat land. It has two villages called as Chhokang and Paro. You can find Tibetan group “Tsombo” here with their Tibetan-influenced culture and tradition. Chhokang-Paro is the gateway to Upper Tsum Valley.
Trek Hours: 3347 m
Altitude: 5-6 hours
Today, the journey takes you from Chhokang-Paro to Nile. On the way, you pass through the sacred Piren Phu cave. The cave sits at the bottom of a rugged rocky cliff near the famous Milarepa Gumba.r You can visit the gumba as well. The gumba has Buddhist murals painted on the walls, scripts crafted on the rocks, and prayer flags.
Then, you continue your trek to Chhule from where it’s half an hour walk to Nile. Nile is a small village at the at the bank of Shiar Khola.
Max Altitude: 3700 m
Trek Hours: 8-9 hours
Today, you can leave your rucksack at Nile and hike to Mu Gompa. Mu Gompa is a popular monastery of Tsum Valley. You can see the Tibetan border on the three sides and also Mailatasachin Pass (5093 m). From here, you can continue your trek to the west for about half an hour to reach the isolated 600 years-old Dhephu Doma Gompa.
Then, you will return to Nile, collect your rucksack and begin descending down to Chhokang-Paro.
Trek Hours: 6-7 hrs
Today, it’s about 6 hours walk from Chhokang-Paro to Lokpa. You will return through the same trail that you had used while going up. The total descent is about 800 vertical meters.
Walking Hours: 7 hrs
Today, you begin your trek from Lokpa to wind up the walk at Dovan. You walk through the exposed track until the junction comes from where the trail to Philim and Larke-La-Pass separates. We follow the trail to Philim. As you move further, you arrive at Sirdibas from where you descend further to arrive at Jagat. From Jagat, you continue your descend to Yaruphant. From Yaruphant, it’s a short distance walk to Dovan.
Trek hours: 6-8 hours
Today, in your trek to Dovan from Labubensi, you will witness many Gurung villages and lifestyle of local people. You have a lot of up and down to do on the trail. On the way, you will pass through Tatopani(the natural hot spring). You can take a bath if you want.
After that, you will continue your journey through a narrow gorge with thin human settlements to Machhi Khola. You will continue your walk to end the day at Laurens.
Trek Hours: 5 hours
Altitude: 640 meters
You will retrace the through the same trail that you used a few days ago. You will walk for about 5 hours today. You will pass through the beautiful villages of Kyoropani, Arkhet, Simre, and Morder to finally arrive at Arughat.
Arughat is the starting and ending point of your Tsum Valley Trek. On day 16, early in the morning, you will travel to Kathmandu by bus/jeep. After your arrival at Kathmandu, we will transfer you to your hotel room.
We will drive you to the airport terminal. Himalayan Joy Adventure wishes you a safe journey and happy life ahead. We will be happy to working with you again.
Every day the world is facing a big issue of environmental pollution and in Nepal as well. Our field staffs are quite conscious about environmental pollution at any time and we encourage to all. We would suggest to our guest to use boiled water or water purification pills than buying a bottle of water, it helps to avoid plastic bottles which can takes long time to disappear. During the trek, if possible you can order same items food in a group which minimizes the fuel used and to make campfire is almost forbidden. We would encourage being a responsible traveler so, just leaving foot-print on the trail and bring out all non-biodegradables which you had.