Tsum Valley Trek

15 Days

The Tsum Valley Trek is a hidden treasure in the Himalayas, offering a unique and culturally rich trekking experience in Nepal. Nestled in the northern part of the Gorkha district, this remote valley has remained relatively untouched by modernization, preserving its pristine landscapes and centuries-old Tibetan culture.

The trek takes you through picturesque villages, lush forests, terraced fields, and alongside the majestic Budhi Gandaki River. It’s a journey that offers breathtaking views of towering peaks like Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and the stunning Buddha Himal.

One of the defining aspects of the Tsum Valley Trek is its cultural richness. The region is dotted with ancient monasteries, chortens, and mani walls, where trekkers can immerse themselves in Tibetan Buddhism. The people of Tsum are primarily of Tibetan descent, and their warm hospitality is both genuine and heartwarming.

Trekking in the Tsum Valley requires a special restricted area permit, making it a less-crowded and more exclusive trekking destination. The best times to embark on this adventure are during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons when the weather is stable, and the views are at their most spectacular.

The Tsum Valley Trek offers a blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and tranquil serenity, making it an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Himalayas.


Your journey begins as you arrive at the bustling Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. After a warm Nepali welcome, you'll be transferred to your hotel. Take this opportunity to rest and recover from your journey or explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu.

Today, you'll embark on a cultural adventure in Kathmandu. Visit three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Swayambhunath Stupa, known as the Monkey Temple; Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred Hindu site; and Boudhanath Stupa, a majestic Buddhist monument. In the afternoon, attend a pre-trek briefing where you'll meet your trekking guide and fellow trekkers. Use this time to finalize trekking permits and make any necessary preparations for the upcoming journey.

Depart Kathmandu early in the morning for the scenic drive to Arughat, the starting point of your trek. From Arughat, continue your journey by jeep to Soti Khola. As you traverse the winding mountain roads, you'll catch glimpses of the breathtaking landscapes that await you. Arriving in Soti Khola, settle into your accommodations and prepare for the trek ahead.

The trek begins in earnest today as you follow the path along the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail meanders through picturesque forests and leads you through traditional villages. Along the way, you'll cross suspension bridges that span the river and experience the rhythm of life in these remote areas. Your destination for the day is Machha Khola, where you'll spend the night surrounded by the tranquility of the Himalayas.

The trek continues along the Budhi Gandaki River, offering spectacular views of the river and surrounding landscapes. Passing through the charming villages of Tatopani and Dobhan, you'll gradually ascend through terraced fields and lush forests. Finally, you'll arrive in Jagat, a village characterized by Tibetan culture and distinctive stone houses. Here, you'll have the opportunity to interact with the friendly locals and gain insight into their way of life.

Today, you'll enter the heart of the Tsum Valley. As you journey deeper into the valley, crossing suspension bridges and following the river's course, you'll pass through the village of Philim, known for its rich Tibetan culture and traditional stone houses. Your destination, Lokpa, offers a breathtaking view of the Tsum Valley, where you'll spend the night and immerse yourself in the serene surroundings.

Your trek continues with a trail that leads you further into the Tsum Valley. Along the way, explore ancient monasteries and gompas, each holding its unique cultural and spiritual significance. Chumling, a picturesque village with stunning vistas, is your destination for the day. Here, you'll have the opportunity to relax and reflect on your journey so far.

Leaving Chumling, you'll ascend through lush forests, terraced fields, and suspension bridges. The journey rewards you with panoramic views of peaks like Ganesh Himal and others. Upon reaching Chokhangparo, you'll experience the serenity of this village and immerse yourself in the Tsum culture.

Today, your trek takes you deeper into the Tsum Valley. You'll visit the ancient Rachen Gompa, a monastery inhabited by nuns. The trail offers remarkable views of the surrounding mountains. Upon reaching the village of Nile, explore its unique monasteries and unwind in this peaceful Himalayan setting.

Spend a day exploring Mu Gompa, one of the prominent Buddhist monasteries in the region. You'll hike to the border of Tibet, where you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. Gain insight into Tibetan Buddhist culture and customs as you explore the monastery. In the evening, return to Nile for a well-deserved rest.

Retrace your steps as you descend back to Chumling, enjoying the familiar surroundings. Take this opportunity to reflect on the unique experiences and interactions you've had in the Tsum Valley. Chumling welcomes you once again for an overnight stay.

Your trek takes you further downhill, descending to Tatopani. Here, you'll have the opportunity to soak in the natural hot springs, providing a well-deserved respite for your tired muscles. Take in the serene atmosphere of Tatopani as you relax in this peaceful Himalayan setting.

Your trek takes you further downhill, descending to Tatopani. Here, you'll have the opportunity to soak in the natural hot springs, providing a well-deserved respite for your tired muscles. Take in the serene atmosphere of Tatopani as you relax in this peaceful Himalayan setting.

Follow the trail along the river as you make your way back to Soti Khola. Pass through lush forests and traditional villages, reliving the memories of your journey. Celebrate the successful completion of your Tsum Valley Trek as you settle into your accommodations in Soti Khola.

Bid farewell to the Tsum Valley as you embark on the scenic drive back to Kathmandu. As you traverse the winding mountain roads, reflect on the extraordinary landscapes and experiences you've encountered during your trek. Upon reaching Kathmandu, check into your hotel and enjoy a well-deserved rest.

Day 16 :

Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some free time in Kathmandu for last-minute shopping or exploration. As your adventure in Nepal comes to an end, you'll be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure, carrying with you cherished memories of your Tsum Valley journey.

Please note that this itinerary is a general guide and may be subject to variations based on factors such as weather conditions, the pace of the group, and other unforeseen circumstances. Always follow the guidance of your trekking guide for a safe and enjoyable adventure in the Tsum Valley.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter.

Frequently asked Questions

What is the Tsum Valley Trek, and where is it located?

The Tsum Valley Trek is a captivating trekking adventure in Nepal, located in the northern part of the Gorkha district. It is a remote and culturally rich region nestled deep within the Himalayas.

How long does the Tsum Valley Trek typically take to complete?

The standard duration of the Tsum Valley Trek is around 16 to 18 days, depending on the specific itinerary and pace of the trekking group.

What are the major highlights of the Tsum Valley Trek?

Some of the major highlights of the Tsum Valley Trek include stunning mountain views, encounters with Tibetan culture, visits to ancient monasteries and gompas, picturesque villages, pristine landscapes, and natural hot springs.

What about battery charging and hot shower facilities?

Yes, you can charge batteries en route. Charger should be brought. There are hot shower facilities as well. You may have to pay certain amount for both ($1-$2). Negotiate. Also, hot water facility could be free at lower elevation.

Do I need a special permit for the Tsum Valley Trek?

Yes, trekking in the Tsum Valley requires a special restricted area permit in addition to the regular trekking permits for Nepal. You can obtain these permits through a registered trekking agency.

What about internet access?

Yes. Internet can be accessed in most places. Sometimes, there might be some technical problems. Internet in Nepal is not as fast as you are used to and at times you can just lose connection.

When is the best time to undertake the Tsum Valley Trek?

The ideal times for the Tsum Valley Trek are during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. These periods offer stable weather conditions and clear skies, providing the best views of the surrounding peaks.

Is the Tsum Valley Trek suitable for all levels of trekkers?

The Tsum Valley Trek is moderately challenging and suitable for trekkers with some prior trekking experience. While it doesn’t involve technical climbing, it includes a mix of ascending and descending trails, so a reasonable level of fitness is recommended.

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