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Tsum Valley Trekking

18 days

Trip Summary:

Overnights:Hotels and in local Lodge or camping.

Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous 

Highest point:  3,700 m

Activities: cultural  trek

Trekking duration 15 Days 

Total Trip: 18 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Season: Mar to Jun and Sep to Oct

Group size: +2

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adventure into the valley of happiness at Tsum between Manaslu and Ganesh mountains


“A scenic and cultural journey into the hidden Tsum Valley of Happiness
Exploring remote traditional farm villages between massive Manaslu and Ganesh Himal
Daily super views of Mid West Himalaya mountain within Buddhist culture and old heritage
Enchanting forest of tall rhododendron-pines and fir tree lines of pristine surrounding
Visiting villages and monasteries of old Tibetan origin custom and culture” 


Tsum Valley Trekking, where you will be in the midst of giant mountains of Mid West Himalaya within ancient Buddhist culture of Tibetan custom and heritage, as the area located close to Tibetan frontier where Tsum villagers still practices their old way of living with interesting traditions in the harmony of pristine natural surroundings.

Life Himalaya Trekking invites travelers to explore this new hidden Shangri-la around Tsum Valley, known as the valley of Happiness or Beyul Kyimolung in local Tsum language of Tibetan origin.

Truly a valley of Happiness set in perfect harmony with the nature, lost and forgotten from the outside world of modernization.  

Our Tsum Valley Trekking leads you with exciting overland drive from former kingdom of Kathmandu and then heading into rural villages of mid hills around Nepal Mid West Himalaya at Burigandaki River area where our adventure starts heading into hidden valley of Tsum away from main trekking tails for a week in perfect wilderness of mountains and cultural villages with interesting monasteries of Mu and Rachen Gompas treasured with historical and religious artifacts of immense interest.

After achieving our goal being in the high valley of Tsum in the backdrop of mighty Ganesh Himal and Manaslu range of peaks, return journey leads back following the glacial Burigandaki River downstream passing lovely farm village to warmer areas for the drive back to Kathmandu.

Our overwhelming adventure with memorable moments of Tsum Valley Trekking concludes in Kathmandu. 

Brief itinerary:          

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola 730 m - 05hrs
Day 04:  Trek to Machha-Khola 930m - 06 hrs
Day 05:Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Lakuwa 2,2400m - 05 hrs
Day 07:  Trek to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.

Day 08:  Trek to Chokhan-paro 3,010 m - 05 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Nele 3,361m after a visiting Milereppa cave - 07 hours.

Day 10:   Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m - 04 hours.

Day 11:  Rest day at Mu Gompa visit local village and monastery.
Day 12:   Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m - 05 hours.

Day 13: Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.
Day 14:  Trek to Philim 1,590 m - 07 hours.
Day 15:  Trek to Tatopani (Hot Spring) - 06 hours.

Day 16:   Trek to Soti-Khola 7 30 m - 06 hours.

Day 17:   Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 18:  International departure for home ward bound.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. 

At Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport on fresh arrival where you will be warmly received by Life Himalaya Trekking staff and then with transfer to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, after refreshment our guide / leader will brief you on Tsum Valley Trekking, with related information of the trip, includes welcome dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant with culture programs.

Day 02:  In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.

A free day in Kathmandu after your long flight from home countries, morning tour of Kathmandu at places of interest around world heritage sites with time in the afternoon preparations for Tsum Valley Trekking.

Day 03: Drive to Soti-Khola 730 m via Dhadingbesi and Arughat - 07hrs.

Tsum Valley adventure begins with an exciting overland drive on Nepal’s busy highway for few hours, and then our route diverts from the main road to reach at Dhading Bhesi a large town. From Dhading heading towards Gorkha areas at Arughat town by the River Burigandaki, from here taking another vehicle with interesting ride towards mid hills following Bhuri-Gandaki River and farm villages to reach at Soti-Khola village.

Day 04:  Trek to Machha-Khola 930m - 06 hrs.

From this village, starting our walk following Buri Gandaki River upstream through many farm villages, crossing over Nuali khola with views of waterfalls and then cross a stream to Machha Khola for overnight stop. The village name as Machha Khola means “Fish stream”.

Day 05: Trek to Jagat 1,410m - 06 hrs.

After pleasant overnight at Macha-Khola, morning walk follows Buri-Gandaki River upstream, to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding path to reach at Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,” an opportunity for hot bathe as time allows. After a nice rest walk carries on passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages to reach at Jagat for overnight stops, Jagat a moderate size farm villages with shops and stores.

Day 06: Trek to Lakuwa 2,2400m - 05 hrs.

From Jagat, morning starts heading higher areas passing farm villages and with few short ups and downhill walks to cross a bridge to reach at Nagjet and Philim, a large lovely village with terrace farm houses. After Philim trekking past farm fields of wheat’s and barley, then climb on a rocky ridge into bamboo forested area to reach our overnight stop at Lakuwa, after leaving behind Manaslu route.

Day 07:  Trek to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.

After Lakuwa village as our route diverts on leaving Burigandkai River, heading towards Tsum valley of happiness, as walk enters a narrow gorge with short down and uphill climb in the forest of lovely rhododendron and pine tree lines, as the walk leads past small farm villages then climbing above Lungwa Khola to reach at Chumling village for first overnight in Tsum Valley.

Day 08:  Trek to Chokhan-paro 3,010 m - 05 hours.

From here altitude gain gradually along with views of Ganesh Himal, as the villages and landscapes becomes much similar to Tibetan windswept plateau. Morning with downhill to cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola, with views of Ganesh Himal also known as Yangra of 7,422 m high, as our walk slowly leads at Chokhan-paro village for overnight stop.

Day 09: Trek to Nele 3,361m after a visiting Milereppa cave - 07 hours.

After Chokan-paro heading closer at upper Tsum area to Nele (Ne-lay) starting with a climb onto open valley and windswept country with few small trees that survives around this arid terrain.Walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal, after a pleasant walk reach at Nele on the way with visit to an old cave of 11th Centaury Saint Milarepa famous and popular among Buddhist as poet, singer, tantric guru his folk-tales and songs are still remembered by Tibetans and Buddhist alike.

Day 10:   Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m - 04 hours.

Morning walk starts on reaching the highest point at Mu Gompa and main destination of this adventure, as the walk continues to climb on high arid terrain offering views of high peaks on the way to Mu Gompa for overnight stop.

Day 11:  Rest day at Mu Gompa to explore the local village and monastery. 

Rest with free day at Mu Gompa to visit villages and interesting old Mu Gompa with ancient antique scrolls, statue and relics this is one of the most important monastery of Tsum and Manaslu area.

Day 12:   Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m - 05 hours.

After a wonderful time at Mu Gompa, our return journey leads to another impressive monastery of Rachen Gompa, walking on nice pleasant path with few short ups and downhill passing few small villages of cattle herders to reach at Rachen Gompa for overnight stop, afternoon visit Rachen monastery.

Day 13: Trek back to Chumling 2,386 m - 06 hours.

Our last day at Tsum valley with a walk back to Chumling, morning walk leads to downhill to Chumling village past nice farm villages reaching back into tree lines, after a long descend reaching at Chumling village for last overnight at Tsum valley area.

Day 14: Trek to Philim 1,590 m - 07 hrs

From Chumling village, morning walk downhill following river downstream with views of waterfalls then reaching villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till our walk ends at Philim village for overnight stop.A lovely farm village with school supported by Japanese (as Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is a favorite among Japanese)

Day 15: Trek to Tatopani 1, 240 m - 06 hours.

From here onwards on warmer area with paddy fields, after a breakfast walk leads to Tatopani following Buri Gandaki River through several small villages of Nagjet, Sidibas Bazaar and Jagat. Walk further descends at Yaruphant, then to lower area with dramatic change in vegetation, finally ending six hours walk to our overnight stop at Tatopani a small farm village with hot spring as Tatopani in Nepali means 'hot water', afternoon enjoy the hot springs and relax. The local believes that the spring water have a natural power to cure various disease and wounds.

Day 16: Trek to Soti Khola 730 m - 06 hours. 

After a refreshing overnight at Tatopani with hot spring, morning our last day walk leads to Soti Khola walking along the Budhi Gandaki River downstream, after few hour of good walk reaching at Gurung village of Labubesi, from here head further past terraced fields and waterfalls to reach our last overnight stop at Soti-khola.

Day 17:  Drive back to Kathmandu via Arughat - 07 hrs. 

After an enjoyable and last overnight stop around Gorkha district at Soti-Khola village, our last day of this fantastic adventure around Nepal’s Mid West Himalaya, concludes with an interesting overland drive to Kathmandu following Burigandaki River downstream heading towards Arughat and then heading towards Dhading district as the drive continues to Kathmandu on the good road most of the way to Kathmandu, after a fascinating trip on Tsum Valley trekking.

Day 18:  International departure homeward bound.

Last day in amazing Nepal and its massive Himalaya, after a memorable and fabulous time around Tsum Valley Trekking, Life Himalaya staff transfer you to Kathmandu international airport for your flight back home or to next respective countries.

Cost Include 

  • Airport picks up and drops.
  • Complete departure information, About trek,Permits,  guide, altitude sickness and reconfirmation and extend visa service(if necessary) and extra tour service before the trek starting.
  •  star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Private transportation pick up and drops. 
  • Private 4 wheels Jeep, Land cruiser from KTM to trek starting point.
  • Best Lodge accommodation & full board meals throughout the trek
  • .breakfast lunch and dinner included chosen from lodge menu.
  •  twin share accommodation during the trek.
  • As per group size experience, government licensed holder trek guide, helpful and friendly strong, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance for all staff. (5 trekkers 1 assistant guide)
  • Warm Down jacket and four seasonal sleeping bag will be provided during the Manaslu circuit trekking (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after the trip).
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permits).
  • Special permit for Mt. Manaslu Tsun Valley trek.
  • Conservation trek permit fee & Manaslu valley trekking trail map. Life Himalaya trekking duffel bag and T-shirts
  • First Aid kits for the staffs and the groups.
  • Services coordination for emergency and rescue operations .
  • Government taxes & office service charge.
  • Farewell dinner at reputed rest.

    Cost exclude

    • Meals not quantified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
    • Travel insurance
    • International airfare
    • Nepal entry visa charge.
    • All beverage and others personal expenses.
    • Snacks and other personal expenses
    • Hot shower during the trek
    • Tips four crew
    • extra night hotel and tours
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