Tsum Valley Trek


As the Tsum Valley Trek has only been opened for tourism for a few years, this trek offers authentic traditional culture combined with breathtaking beauty and big mountain views.  Tsum Valley is believed to be one of Buddhism’s sacred hidden valleys, where spiritual progress is facilitated, and where you will find old monasteries and thriving communities of monks and nuns. For centuries, people in the valley have depended on subsistence agriculture, grazing herds of yak, and trading with Tibet. The trails curve past square chortens and walls of stones hand-carved with Buddhist prayers. People still grow barley and tend to their yaks.

A little bit more about the climb

The Tsum Valley is situated in trans-himalayan region of Gorkha, Nepal, a sacred himalayan pilgrimage valley. The Valley stands with majestic backdrop of the Baudha Himal, Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal and other mountain ranges. This trek offers rich culture, ancient art,religion and beautiful views.




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Day 1

Arrive Trivubhan Airport.  After you have cleared immigration and customs you will be met by our team and transferred to your hotel. You will have free time to relax and enjoy yourself.

Day 2

After breakfast we begin a guided tour of Pashpatinath, Bhouda Stupa, Swyamboudh Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. After lunch we have a pre trip briefing. After this there is time for last minute shopping items, etc.

Day 3

Early morning drive by tourist bus to Arughat Bazaar, where we stop for snacks and then drive by jeep to Soti Khola.

Day 4

Soti Khola to Machha Khola (930m/3,051ft, 6-8hrs) We walk through forest and villages passing streams and waterfalls in the lush green valley. We stop for lunch at Lapubesi before carrying on to Machha Khola. The trail is narrow and steep and can be challenging in places.

Day 5

Maccha Khola to Jagat (1,350m/4,429ft, 6-8hrs) We walk upstream to Khola Bensi before continuing to Tatopani. The trail can be exposed and challenging in places.  We then walk through forest and cross the river on a suspension bridge before heading into Jagat.

Day 6

Jagat to Lokpa via Philim (2,240m/7,349ft, 6-7hrs). At first we trek gently uphill before following a flat levelled path. We then cross a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki before reaching Philim, which is a large village mainly inhabited by Gurungs. We continue on to Lokpa where we stay overnight.

Day 7

Lokpa to Chumling (2,386m/7,828ft, 4-5hrs). The trail today is rough and rocky underfoot and has steep ascents and descents. We trek through forest and through a narrow gorge, which then opens out on to a beautiful vista of Shringi Himal and waterfalls cascading down the mountain. Chumling is on the south face of the Shingri Himal.

Day 8

Chumling to Chokung Paro (3,030/9,941ft, 5-6hrs). Weather permitting we enjoy views of the Ganesh Himal range. The area is known for its strong Tibetan Buddhist heritage. Polyandry used to be practiced in this area but this is less so now a days.  Marriages tend to be arranged but young people today have some say in who they marry, families arranging partnerships of their choice.

Day 9

Chokang Paro to Nile (3,361m/11,027ft, 4-5hrs). It is generally an easier walk today, with much to see on the way; settlements, chortens, mani walls and Gompas. A visit to Milarepas cave and Gonhgye monastery above Chhule are worthwhile. Nile is the last village heading north in the upper Tsum Valley and situated on the banks of the Shiar Khola.

Day 10

Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,139ft, 3hrs).  Mu Gompa is home to a very old monastery. This trail is a trade route to and from Tibet. You may come across several yak trains supplying goods to local villages. We can visit the nunnery and small pond. The mountain views in this area are beautiful.

Day 11

Mu Gompa to Rachen Gumba (4-5hrs). Great views of the mountains and the valley can be enjoyed from here.

Day 12

Rachen Gumba to Chumling (6-7hrs). Again we enjoy views of Baudha Himal and Himalchuli.

Day 13

Chumling to Phillim (6-7hrs).

Day 14

Phillim to Dobhan (6-7hrs).

Day 15

Dobhan to Lapubesi (7-8hrs).

Day 16

Lapubesi to Arughat.

Day 17        

Arughat to Kathmandu.

Day 18

Transfer to Airport for onward journey.

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