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Tsum Valley Trek

Key Points

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Max Altitude: 5104 m
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenous
  • Group -Size: 2-15 pax
Trip Overview

The Tsum Valley has been hidden heritage of Nepal. The name Tsum derived from Tibetan word (Tsombo), which means (vivid) or known as the Beyul Kyimolung,  means the holy hidden valley of Happiness. Tsum valley is located in the northern end of Nepal in Gorkha district, surrounded by the Buddha Himal / Himal Chuli to the west; Ganesh Himal to the south; and Sringi Himal to the north. The inhabited of the Tsum valley is Tsumbas, an indigenous community. So the Tibetan Buddhist culture is extremely prevalent over here. This serene valley Tsum holds a history of ancient Himalayan civilization styles culture, art, tradition, religion, customs, and thinking. Tsum Valley is abundant in ancient art, culture, and religion and this valley housed mani walls, Chortens & Kaania. Chortens is also known as Stupas or religious monuments of Buddhism.


Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet with our friendly representative at the arrival terminal of only International airport. And, then you will be transferred to your hotel. You check-in at your Hotel and then after short rest you can go to explore market area of Thamel – where you can eat your supper, change money, buy some stuffs from supermarket, or buy trekking gears – if you need to do. Later we take you to our office for the trip briefing. Overnight at your hotel. Delay of any kind will postpone the events for next day according to feasibility.

You start the day with delicious breakfast served at your hotel. The sightseeing involves tour of two religious and cultural sites of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa.

Pashupatinath Temple: It is one of the most celebrated Hindu temples in South-Asia. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. This place is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. The Bagmati river flowing besides the temple is religiously and spiritually significant for Hindus where cremation of dead body takes place. Pashupatinath temple holds the most of prominence during Shivaratri – Shiva’s birthday and thousands of pilgrims gather in the night to celebrate the day.

Boudhanath Stupa: It is one of the biggest Stupas in terms of size and height in Nepal and located in east of Kathmandu in the ancient trade route between India-Nepal and Tibet. The site is peaceful and culturally filled with intermixed influence of Tibetan and Sherpa roots. Stupa built in the trading route between Kathmandu and Tibet has four pairs of eyes directed towards all four directions. It is believed to be influenced by Mahayana Buddhist philosophy.

After short tour of city, we return to hotel and prepare for the trek. Overnight will be spent at hotel.

Early morning after breakfast, you start the day by long drive – yet enjoyable and adventurous – to Machhakhola, the gateway to Manaslu trekking. We drive on a highway that stretches on the central hills of Nepal and boasts spectacular views. The long drive goes past several small towns and dotted villages where you will come across with full of rural Nepalese life. We drive alongside beautiful River Trishuli for some distance and drive across it to go towards Machhakhola via Arughat Bazar. Overnight local lodge.

After breakfast, we will start our walk following the trekking route consisting of some ups and downs. After some ups and down, we will reach natural hot spring named as Tatopani. From here, we will continue our walk passing through some local settlements in the way. We will be crossing some bridges on the way enjoying the beautiful view of hilly landscapes, rivers, forest and some villages and their culture. Upon reaching Jagat, we will check into the lodge and overnight at the local lodge.

After breakfast, we will carry out the MCAP permit procedure and start our walk climbing the rocky ridge to Salleri and then to Sirdibas. We will continue our walk crossing beautiful village Philim. There are some markets in Philim and you can get some things you need here. We will walk past Philim across the forest, and we will reach Lokpa. Overnight at local lodge at Lokpa.

After breakfast, we will start our walk descending towards Lungwa Khola. From here we will ascent up through pines and rhododendron forest till Gumling. Here, we will cross the Siyar Khola and we will be there at Chumling which is also known as lower Tsum. Here we will get the awesome view of Shringi Himal. We can also make a visit to Chumling Gomba and explore through stone streets of village. Overnight at local lodge.

We will start our day crossing the suspension bridge and continue our walk enjoying the stunning views of Ganesh Himal. We will reach Gho village after crossing another suspension bridge. After some walk from Gho Village we will reach Chhokang Paro from where we get an awesome view of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal. Overnight at llocal lodge at Chhokang Paro.

After breakfast, we will continue our walk through the trial passing through the Ngayyu village, Leru Village and Lama Gaun. We will also get to explore a cave which is believed to be meditation place of Milarepa Saint which is named as Piren Phu(Pigeon Cave). We will continue our walk and upon reaching Nile, we will check into the lodge and overnight at the local lodge.

After breakfast, we will start our walk through the west bank of the valley enjoying the Tibetan landscapes. We will climb up to the Mu Gomba. We will explore the Gomba which is the largest monastery in the area which lies in the most remote and highest part of Tsum Valley. Overnight at local lodge at Mu Gomba.

After breakfast, we will start our walk returning towards Chhokang Paro. We will be passing through Lar village and Rachen Gomba which is also known as Nunnery Gomba. We will cross the suspension bridge and trek to Chhokang Paro through the same trial. Overnight at the local lodge at Chhokang Paro.

We will be returning to Philim today. We will follow the same trial today enjoying the awesome view on the way. Upon reaching Philim, we will check into the lodge and get refreshed. You can also explore around the village in the evening if you feel like. Overnight at the local lodge at Philim.

Today will be the final day of our walk and we will be returning to the Machha Khola through the same trial we followed during the first part of the trek. We will enjoy the vistas of landscapes, river, river basins, forests, and explore the cultural lifestyle of the local people during our walk. Overnight at the local lodge at Machha Khola.

The drive is long today. You drive past Aarughat, Dhading-besi and arrive Kathmandu – Pokhara highway at Malekhu. After long camp nights you finally get to sleep at a luxurious hotel in Kathmandu. Enjoy the city life again.

After breakfast at your hotel, we take you to the mysterious Kathmandu city tour. This historical, cultural, and spiritual city unveils the social and historical mysteries to visitors. You will walk through the narrow lanes of the ancient Kathmandu – the center of power – that includes markets of Ason, Glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupas inside the family courtyard. Visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square – the administrative quarter of Malla Kings (fourteenth to eighteenth century), and Shah Kings who ruled Nepal from 1768 until 2008. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”. After the tour, return to your hotel and overnight in Hotel.

As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu three hours prior to the flight time and it's time to go.

What is Included?

    • Airport Pick up and Drop.
    • 3 star standard (Nepal’s standard) hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu.
    • Tea house (Lodge) accommodation
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) three times a day
    • Tea Coffee (3 times a day).
    • A professional trekking guide, Porter (Helper) and assistant guide for group size above 5 trekkers
    • Four Wheel Jeep (Kathmandu – Soti Khola | Soti Khola - Kathmandu)
    • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipment, all transport for Trekking Staff
    • Kathmandu Cultural and Historical sightseeing with a Tour guide, Private transportation, and entrance fee.
    • Trekking Permit (TIMS) | Tsum Valley special permits.
    • ACAP and MCAP permits
    • Down Jacket, a sleeping bag, Fleece liner and a duffel bag.
    • All government taxes

What is Excluded?

    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen expenses.
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
    • International airfare
    • Travel Insurance
    • Tips for Guide Porter & Driver 
    • Anything that is not mentioned in Inclusion

Equipment Checklist

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipments can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.


  1. Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  3. Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  4. Glacier glasses-
  5. Headlamp
  6. Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).


  1. A pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. One pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  6. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  7. Long shirts(2)

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Two pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. Two pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  4. One pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  5. Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  6. One pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  7. One pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  8. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.


  1. Two-four pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  2. Two-three pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  3. One pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  4. One pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  5. One pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  6. One pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  4. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  5. One small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.


  1. Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  2. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  3. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  4. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  5. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  6. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  7. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  8. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  9. Two bandanas.


  1. One pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill
  2. Favorite snack foods
  3. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight
  4. Binoculars
  5. One light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use
  6. Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
  7. A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip
  8. One small stainless steel thermos


All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

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