Tsum Valley Trek - 18 Days

Tsum Valley Trek
Tsum Valley Trek
  • Destination:Nepal
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About Trip

The remote Tsum Valley is the perfect choice for people looking for an adventure in a hidden corner of the Himalaya. The residents of this highland valley follow a traditional lifestyle with a Buddhist culture. The first section of this journey follows the Manaslu Circuit Trail before branching off to a remote valley with a unique lifestyle and spectacular, mountainous scenery.

Tsum Valley was opened to tourists in 2008. This journey takes trekkers off the beaten path and offers cultural interaction and insights that cannot be found on the busier and more commercialized routes. The path travels through beautiful landscape that will be unforgettable. It is ideal for adventure seekers looking for something unique and is usually combined with the Manaslu Circuit Trek or it can be done on its own.

The gradual rise from a fertile river valley through lush hills allows for proper acclimatization to altitude on the way up to the highlands. Eventually the scenic trails arrive at majestic mountain surroundings with up-close views of the surrounding Himalaya.

The highland valley is surrounded by the snowy Himalayan peaks including Sringi, Baudha, Him Chuli, and the Ganesh Himal Range and more. To the north of the valley is the border of Tibet. The residents in this area have cultural ties Tibet and their customs and traditions adhere to a Buddhist way of life in the tranquil hills. Along the trails are exquisite monasteries, mani prayer walls and prayer flags and other icons of Buddhist faith.

The journey to Tsum Valley begins with a ride through picturesque landscape. We then hike north up Buddi Gandaki River to Lokpa village where we branch to follow the Shyar River. We ascend to Mu monastery in a breathtaking setting and beyond to Rachen nunnery and much more.

The Tsum Valley Trek is ideal for trekkers looking for a thrilling adventure in a relatively unexplored area of the Himalaya with much of the same benefits of natural beauty, biodiversity and cultural richness as the more popular areas but with fewer of the crowds.

There is a lot to explore in the area and it can be easily combined with the Manaslu Circuit, the adventurous Ganesh Himal Trek and the Ruby Valley Trek as well as the classic Annapurna Circuit and more including Nar and Phu villages and beyond. Please let us know if you have the time and interest and would like to extend your journey in this region and beyond. We look forward to guiding you to all of its highlights.

Day to Day Itinerary

01Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

02Trip preparation day (Sightseeing optional ) . Overnight at hotel.

03Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570 mt.) and further drive to Sotikhola. Driving 8-9 hours. Overnight at guest house.

04Soti Khola to Machha Khola (870 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

05Machha Khola to Jagat (1340 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

06Jagat to Lokpa (2240 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

07Lokpa to Chumling (2386 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

08Chumling to Chhokang Paro ( 3030 mt.). Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.

09Chhokang Paro to Chhule/Nile (3360 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

10Chhule/Nile to Mu Gompa (3700 mt.) or Nunnery Gompa. Walking 3-4 hours. Overnight at guest house.

11Mu Gompa to Chhokang Paro. Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.

12Chhokang Paro to Lokpa. Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.

13Lokpa to Jagat . Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

14Jagat to Machha Khola. Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

15Machha Khola to Soti Khola and drive to Arughat. Walking Overnight at guest house.

16Drive back to Kathmandu by bus. Driving 7 hours. Overnight at hotel.

17Leisure day in Kathmandu (Sightseeing optional). Farewell dinner & Overnight at hotel.

18Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.

What's included

    • Pick up & Transfer to and from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to your hotel in Kathmandu.
    • Four nights accommodation at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu (breakfasts included).
    • Transportation to and from trek starting point.
    • Tea-house lodging during the journey.
    • Standard Meals during the journey (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
    • Expert Guide (registered and licensed by the government) with accompanying porters (generally, one porter for every two clients). (Vista Trek covers the porters’meals and accommodations as well as wages, transport,insurance, and essential gear.)
    • Equipment (Sleeping bag, Down jacket, Walking poles).
    • Conservation Area and National Park entry fees.
    • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card.
    • Trekking Map.
    • Medical kit.
    • Government taxes.
    • Our service charge.
    • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu the eve of your international departure.

What's not included

    • International plane ticket to and from Nepal.
    • Major meals in Kathmandu (other than breakfast).
    • Personal Expenses including laundry, telephone calls, bar bills, drinks and snacks.
    • Personal clothing and gear.
    • Travel Insurance.
    • Shower fees at lodges, fees for recharging electronic equipment, and personal expenses along the trail.
    • Tips for Guides, Porters and Staff.
    • Expenses incurred by cancellation and events beyond our control, for example, weather delays, trail detours, political unrest, illness and et cetera.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2Trip preparation day (Sightseeing optional ) . Overnight at hotel.

Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat (570 mt.) and further drive to Sotikhola. Driving 8-9 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 4Soti Khola to Machha Khola (870 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 5Machha Khola to Jagat (1340 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 6Jagat to Lokpa (2240 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 7Lokpa to Chumling (2386 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 8Chumling to Chhokang Paro ( 3030 mt.). Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 9Chhokang Paro to Chhule/Nile (3360 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10Chhule/Nile to Mu Gompa (3700 mt.) or Nunnery Gompa. Walking 3-4 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 11Mu Gompa to Chhokang Paro. Walking 7 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 12Chhokang Paro to Lokpa. Walking 6-7 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 13Lokpa to Jagat . Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 14Jagat to Machha Khola. Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 15Machha Khola to Soti Khola and drive to Arughat. Walking Overnight at guest house.

Day 16Drive back to Kathmandu by bus. Driving 7 hours. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17Leisure day in Kathmandu (Sightseeing optional). Farewell dinner & Overnight at hotel.

Day 18Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.

Trip Note

Our Tsum Valley Trek has set departure dates from both Pokhara and Kathmandu and this trek can be personalized to accommodate your specific wishes and timetable. We can arrange a trek that combines with the Tsum Valley Trek with the Manaslu Circuit for people with more time and interest.

Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable to you and your requirements.

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