Tsum Valley Trekking

Trip Facts

  • Cost Start FromContact Us
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • TransportationNA
  • DestinationNepal
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About Trip

Tsum Valley Trekking is a sacred trek to the pilgrimage valley of Tsumbackdropped with Ganesh, Sringi and Boudha ranges at its backdrop. Rich in its traditional art, culture and religion, the valley dwellers are mostly from Tibetan origin. Trails pass through monasteries, artistic chortens, mani walls and other embellishments to this remote hidden paradise which also recounts tales of the yeti.

After preparing the permit for restricted area in Tsum Valley, we drive to Soti Khola the next day where our trek begins. Up the stream, we walk to MachhaKhola, then through some steep climbs and descents, we reach Doban. A rocky trail continues on till Philim, with SringiHimal as the backdrop. We subsequently pass Chumling and reach Chhokangparo in the Upper Tsum Valley where towering views of Ganesh Himal, BoudhaHimal and HimalChuli can be seen. En route to Nile/Chhule, we pass through PirenPhu(pigeon cave), a sacred location which preserved Buddhist murals, scripts and carved stones where we stop for exploration. Our next stop is the Mu Gompa at 3700m from where we move to RachenGompa, a nunnery, and further on to Dumje. From Dumje to Philim, we pass Samba TingdingChhupyang, a spectacular waterfall. Philim to Tatopani is a six hours walk where you can relax in the hot spring. We return back the next day to SotiKhola and Drive to Kathmandu.

Trip Highlights

Besides the Ganesh Himal towering above the valley, other snow mountains stand close by. The valley is a pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists where locals speak their own dialect. Viewpoints and passes along the trail offer amazing views of the mountains above and the valleys below. 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive Kathmandu
  • Day 02:Tsum Valley Restricted area trekking permit preparation and briefing of Trek.
  • Day 03:Drive to Soti Khola (800m) 4×4 Jeep
  • Day 04:Soti Khola to machha Khola (6 to 7 hours walk)
  • Day 05:Machha Khola to Doban ( 6 Hours)
  • Day 06:Doban to Philim ( 6 hours walk)
  • Day 07:Philim to Chumling ( called Lower tsum) – 7 hours walk
  • Day 08:Chumling to Chhokangparo ( Upper Tsum valley) 6 Hours walk)
  • Day 09:Trek to Nile/Chgule ( 7 hours walk)
  • Day 10:On the route pass the Piren Phu cave (5 hours walk)
  • Day 11:Rest day and explore around.
  • Day 12:Mu Gompa to rachen Gompa ( 6 hours walk)
  • Day 13:Rachen Gompa to Dumje – 7 hours walk
  • Day 14:Dumje to Philim
  • Day 15:Philim to Tatopani – 6 hours walk
  • Day 16:Tatopani to Soti Khola ( 6 to 7 hours walk) Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu 4*4
  • Day 17:Final Departure or onward for next destination

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrive KathmanduArrival in Kathmandu.Our Airport Representative will meet you at the TribhuwanInternational Airport. A drop to the Hotel by private tourist vehicle is arranged. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detail arrangement of the Trek. B&B at the hotel.
  • Day 02Tsum Valley Restricted area trekking permit preparation and briefing of Trek.After breakfast, you will be introduced with the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring along your passport and three passport sized photos and a copy of your travel insurance policy. You can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last minute shopping. A visit to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu including Swayambhu, Boudha, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square et cetera is also arranged as per request.
  • Day 03Drive to Soti Khola (800m) 4×4 Jeep Early morning drive to DhadingBensi, the district headquarter of Dhading and then to Aarughat along rough tracks. At Aarughatwe take a jeepand drive to SotiKhola which is an ideal for fresh water bath. Overnight stay at SotiKhola in a small village beside the river.
  • Day 04Soti Khola to machha Khola (6 to 7 hours walk)After we cross the bridge, the trail goes through the greenSaalforests. Ascending through a ridge overlooking rapids of BudhiGandaki leads us to Khursane. The last part is a rocky trail up to the Gurungvillage,Lapubesi.Then we continue along the riverbank treading on sand and rounded stones and cross a suspension bridge to arrive atMachhiKhola village. Overnight stay at MachhiKhola.
  • Day 05Machha Khola to Doban ( 6 Hours) The trail that passes through small settlements alongKhorlabeshi and all the way to Tatopani. Large Gurung settlements are found higher along the trail and we come across herders moving up and down the hills. Passing through Tatopani, we climb a ridge, cross the BudhiGandaki and further ascend to Doban.
  • Day 06Doban to Philim ( 6 hours walk)Passing through to Yaruphant and across the Yaru River,the trail eases to Jagat, anotherGurung village in a flat area. As we pass this agrarian village, we climb a rocky ridge and reach Salleriwhci rewards with views of Mount Sringi. Descending to Sirdibas, a traditional Buddhist village, we move further to cross the longest suspension bridge in Nepal and climb up to Philim, our stay for the night.
  • Day 07Philim to Chumling ( called Lower tsum) – 7 hours walk North of Philim, we climb along forest areas for about an hour and reach Ekle Bhatti. Moving higher along pine forests, we reach a scenic gorge and drop to a junction. We take the right trail that leads to Tsum Valley. The first glimpses of Tsum along with mountain vistas make for a pleasurable retreat. Through the forest trail, we reach Lokpa, a small village with lodges and terraces to camp in. We descend further to cross a river and take a steep climb. Views of the hidden valley start appearing as we descend further to Ghumlong and climb again to Ripchet. A short walk from here takes us to Chumling, a traditional Buddhist village set beautifully with an old monastery, traditional houses, prayer flags, stone paved streets, mani walls and the like. Overnight stay in a lodge.
  • Day 08Chumling to Chhokangparo ( Upper Tsum valley) 6 Hours walk)After crossing the suspension bridge, the trail passes through maize and potato fields. Crossing the valley across a scenic ridge, we climb for more than two hours to reach a small settlement under the cliffs, ChhokangParo.
  • Day 09Trek to Nile/Chgule ( 7 hours walk) We ascend along the scenic trails towards Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in the region, and the highest farthest point in Tsum Valley. The five hour walk to Mu Gompa (3710m) shows a different world, a flat bowl like valley surrounded by mountains. Overnight stay in a tented camp.
  • Day 10On the route pass the Piren Phu cave (5 hours walk)The PirenPhu cave is a pigeon cave and lies among the most sacret in Tsum Valley. Located near Burji village, at the foot of a cliff, legends of the cave is connected with Milarepa, a Tibetan saint. Two gombas cling to the cave which is well decorated with murals, carvings on stones, prayer flags et cetera and is the most important site in the valley.
  • Day 11Rest day and explore around.
  • Day 12Mu Gompa to rachen Gompa ( 6 hours walk) The short walk today first takes a downhill to Chhule and further to Phurbe, where Sherpa homestays are available. Walking along the banks of Siyar River, the trail further crosses flat plains along power lines to RachenGompa (3240m), a nunnery. Overnight stay at RachenGompa.
  • Day 13Rachen Gompa to Dumje – 7 hours walkAfter crossing the river to pass through ChhokangParo, we drop towards Chumling. Walking for about two hours, we come across a white monastery and drop to SiyarKhola. The abundance in water here makes it suitable to wash clothes. We stop at Dumje for the night.
  • Day 14Dumje to PhilimThe trail crosses Ripchet and passes mesmerizing waterfalls along Lower Tsum Valley to reach Philim.
  • Day 15Philim to Tatopani – 6 hours walkIt’s a relaxing walk from Philim to Tatopani as we slowly descend along a steady trail. The hot water springs at Tatopani is believed to cure diseases and relieve the body of any ailments. You can enjoy dipping in the hot water. Overnight stay in a lodge.
  • Day 16Tatopani to Soti Khola ( 6 to 7 hours walk) Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu 4*4 Through terraced fields and farming villages along the lowlands, the trai passes a few waterfalls to reach SotiKhola from where we take a drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Day 17Final Departure or onward for next destination Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled time of flight is arranged in a private tourist vehicle. You can also opt for another package with Green Valley Nepal Treks and extend your stay.

Trip Note

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