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Tsum Valley Trek

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Trip Code : DH/Er-02
Destination : Tsum Valley
Duration : 21 days
Grading : Easy-Moderate grading info
Best Season : September, October or November and March, April and May
Tsum valley trek is a holy Himalayan valley located in the northern part of Gorkha district of Nepal. Tsum Valley is amongst the most disconnected Himalayan valleys. This becomes additionally a constrained region until currently. Tsum is derived from the Tibetan word “Tsombo” which means bright. The track leads you up into the beautiful surroundings of Ganesh Himal, Budhi Gandaki River. Throughout the trek, you will witness wild and uncharted places, home to Gurung ethnic groups. The region was once part of Tibet, which looks totally different from what you will find elsewhere. The general population of Tsum or Tsumbas, welcome you with traditional Tibetian China (butter tea) and with any local meal, which represents Tsum culture. The Tsum people never kill animals, even as a sacrifice to the gods. The sun valley is highly rich in cultural, traditional assets. The Tsum Valley lies on the northern part of Manaslu and was a compelled district until 2008. The Tsum Valley conserves steps of the great Buddhist Yogi Chuchin Milarepa and story about Guru Padmasambhava.

As we leave the essential Manaslu way in the Tsum valley, all of a sudden we get a feeling of coming into the completely different valley. You will witness cold waterways, and experience the warm friendliness nature of local people. We furthermore go to authentic Gumbas (Buddhists Monasteries) of the region which includes: Ranchen Gumba and Dephyudonma Gumba. Each day you will walk between 5-8 hours, with the highest point of the trek being 4,000m above the largest monasteries in the valley, Mu Gumba.
Short Itinerary
Day 01: Arriving in Kathmandu
Day 02: Tsum Valley Restricted area trekking permit preparation and briefing of Trek
Day 03: From Kathmandu to Arughat (600m)7to8 Hrs drive
Day 04: Trek from Arughat(600m) to Soti Khola(700m)
Day 05: Soti Khola (700m) to Machha Khola(870m)
 Day 06: Trek from Machha Khola (870m) to Jagat(2340m)
Day 07 Trek from Jagat(2340m) to Lokpa
Day 08: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling(2386m)
Day 09: Trek from Chumling (2386m) to Chhokangparo(3010m)
Day 10: Trek from Chhokangparo(3010m) to Chhule/Nile(3361m)
Day 11: Trek from the Nile(3361m) to Mu Gumpa(3700m)
Day 12: Trek from Mu Gumpa (3700m) to Rachen Gumba
Day 13: Trek from Rachen Gumpa to Dumje
Day 14: Trek from Dumje to Gumpa Lungdang (3,200m)
Day 15: Trek from Gumpa Lungden (3,200m) to Ripchet
Day 16: Trek from Ripchet to Dobhan(1070m)
Day 17: Trek from Dobhan(1,070m) to Soti Khola (700m)
Day 18: Drive from Sotikhola(700m) to Arughat(1300m)
Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 20: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 21: Kathmandu Departure




  • Tatopani
  • Old Gumba (Buddhists Monastery)
  • Beautiful surroundings of Ganesh Himal and Budhi Gandaki River
  • Conserves steps of the great Buddhist Yogi Chuchin Milarepa
  • Ranchen Gumba and Dephyudonma Gumba
  • Off the beaten track trek with spectacular views of the mountains.
  • Encounters with the most hospitable people living within a strong Buddhist Culture.
  • The untouched wildlife and unspoiled villages are home to fantastic ancient art.
  • Cultural Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Valley
  • Remote wilderness of Tsum Valley
  • Great cultural and Spiritual Experience
  • Stunning view of Budigandaki river.

Day 1 : Arriving in Kathmandu

After you arrived in Kathmandu, there you will meet our Airport Representative and you will be transferred to your hotel by our private visitor vehicle. At night you will be welcomed with traditional Nepali meal.

Day 2 : Tsum Valley Restricted area trekking permit preparation and briefing of Trek

Today, it is a rest day or preparation day. Tsum Valley Trekking permit is comparatively cheaper than others in restricted areas and also cheaper than Manaslu Trekking Trail. The expedition can be shared with Round Manaslu Trek.

Day 3 : Kathmandu- Arughat

Starting off from Kathmandu it will take 7 hours to drive, which takes us straight into the western mountains of Arughat. You can travel Arughat from Kathmandu in four different ways: Plane, Bus, Private vehicle, and motorbikes. This journey holds some of the most captivating scenery and views.

Day 4 : Trek from Arughat(600m) to Soti Khola(700m)

After breakfast, today we will take a drive from Arughat to Soti Khola. On the way, you can see local people working in their field. You can also enjoy the scenic beauty of Soti Khola. Overnight at Soti Khola.

Day 5 : Soti Khola (700m) to Machha Khola(870m)

Today, after early morning breakfast, we will continue to drive to Machha Khola from Soti Khola through native vibrant settlement and scenic surrounding. As you reach to Machha Khola, you will explore the Machha Khola and stay overnight at Machha Khola.

Day 6 : Trek from Machha Khola (870m) to Jagat(2340m)

You are still out of the restricted area of Manaslu and Tsum. Leaving Maccha Khola we will follow the track which has small ups and downs before crossing the Thulo River. Continuing to trek and after few hours of walking, we cross the Budi Gandaki River on a suspension bridge, before climbing on a rugged trail to Duman. From Budi Gandaki River we will reach Yaru Khola. From there we trek along the west bank of the Budi Gandaki River to reach the village Jagat.

Day 7 : Trek from Jagat(2340m) to Lokpa

From Jagat, we will follow the trail and climb over a ridge Salleri and after that drop to Siridibas. Our tour guide will register your permit in the checkpoint at Jagat. On the very first Part, we continue to walk through riverbank. As we pass through suspension bridge and stop in Philim for lunch. From here we head north, passing through Chispani with breathtaking waterfall. We will also explore the village of Philim and Japanese made school there. After a few hours of walking, we will reach our destination Lokpa. Lokpa have some of the great views of Himalchuli and Boudha Himal.

Day 8 : Trek from Lokpa to Chumling(2386m)

From Lokpa we will take over the trail that drops down towards Lungwa stream. Trail completely passes through thick rhododendron and pine forest toward gambling. We’ll walk through numerous up and down and arrive at the small suspension bridge.  Trail gets diverted from this bridge toward Ripchet and Chumling. The old Chumling Gumba and the stone street of the Chumling truly win every traveler's heart. There is a monastery at the upper end of the village you can go for a view of Ganesh Himal.

Day 9 : Trek from Chumling (2386m) to Chhokangparo(3010m)

From Chumling, we will be heading to Chhokangparo. Chhokangparo is located on a flat land and made up of two settlements Chekkam and Paro. We will take the trail that heads towards the suspension bridge and afterward proceeds to trek towards the Gho town. You can observe the beautiful view of Ganesh Himal range from the valley toward the south where it gives tremendous perspectives of the Buddha and Himal Chuli tops toward the south-west.

Day 10 : Trek from Chhokangparo(3010m) to Chhule/Nile(3361m)

We should be cautious about the elevation problem while moving above Chokhangparo. This is the last town traveling north in the upper Tsum valley. From Chhokangparo we will take after the trail trip high up towards Ranchen Gompa. We will visit for a brief time and after that, we cross the sheer Khola, which leads us to the Nile in a small valley.

Day 11 : Trek from the Nile(3361m) to Mu Gumpa(3700m)

From the Nile, we head towards Mu Gumpa, the biggest religious community in the area. It is located at the most amazing and most remote point in the Tsum valley. We are close to the Tibetan border. The mu Gumba monastery has religious books Kangyur.

Day 12 : Trek from Mu Gumpa (3700m) to Rachen Gumba

From Mu Gompa, we will take the trail to Rachen Gumba, a religious community. We will continue to trek through the east bank of the Shire River. Rachen Gumba is one of the biggest religious communities in the Tsum valley. Along the way, we will find the remains of several ancient Gombas.

Day 13 : Trek from Rachen Gumpa to Dumje

We will keep on heading south and afterward cross a bridge to the west bank towards Chhokang Paro. After walking for several hours through a narrow trail and drop to a wooden bridge over Siyar Khola to finally arrive at Dumje.

Day 14 : Trek from Dumje to Gumpa Lungdang(3,200m)

After the breakfast, we will take a path that climbs steeply through thick forest loaded with pines and rhododendron. From that point, we will keep on following the tough zigzag trail to at least touch base at Gumba Lungdang. This is another extraordinary chance to remain overnight in the Monastery.

Day 15 : Trek from Gumpa Lungden (3,200m) to Ripchet

From Gumba Lungden we will trek Philim and cross Ripchet. On the way to Ripchet, we can witness one of the most stunning waterfalls in the lower Sun Valley, Samba Tingding Chupyang. The village of Ripchet is rich for its good farming lands, which is situated on the top of the Tsum valley. 

Day 16 : Trek from Ripchet to Dobhan(1070m)

From Ripchet we will keep on trekking over the trail that goes through a few towns with great views of appealing scenes and surrounding high mountains. We will trek until we get to our destination Dobhan. It is located at the intersection of Shair River that flows from east. Today trek is a direct trekking with a couple of tough and downhill trips. 

Day 17 : Trek from Dobhan (1,070m) to Soti Khola (700m)

After breakfast, we head toward Soti Khola. The trail from Soti Khola consists of a few ups and down. From that point, we will carefully descend finally arriving at Soti Khola. We will go through excellent terraced farmlands and tropical waterfalls among our trek.

Day 18 : Drive from Sotikhola(700m) to Arughat(1300m)

This is our last day of the journey. From Soti Khola we begin our journey by jeep, once again to the edge of Kyorpani. Our trail now drops from that point as we keep on driving along waterfalls and delightful valleys. We will land at Arkhet bazaar and after that to Arughat Bazaar. Today we will drive along the Budi Gandaki valley and through a thick forest filled rhododendron and pine trees. Overnight at Arughat.

Day 19 : Drive back to Kathmandu

After the magnificent Tsum valley trekking, we will drive from Arughat Bazaar towards Kathmandu. It takes around seven hours to reach Kathmandu.

Day 20 : Leisure day in Kathmandu

You would surely like to see as much of Kathmandu as possible. After breakfast, you will leave for a whole day visiting around Kathmandu valley. You can visit the holy Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, incredibly old and essential enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Day 21 : Kathmandu Departure

Our airport representative will drop you at the International Airport as per your flight Schedule.

What's included

  •  Airport Pick up and Drop BY Private Vichaels..
  •  Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
  •  Accommodation and Food during the trek( Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner and Tee / Coffe each meal).
  •  National park entry permits and TIMS Permit.
  •  Guide/ Porter/ Other supporting Staff during the treak and necessary Equipment Insurance and ground transport for Staff.
  •  Medicine kit.
  •  All Nepal Government Tax and Service Charge.
  • Tsum valley special permit.
  • Transport from Kathmandu to Soti khola and Soti khola form Kathmandu.

What's not included

  •  Drink bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks), cigarettes.
  •  Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  •  Client’s personal insurance.
  •  Personal Equipment.
  •  All personal expenses.
  •  Rescue charge.
  •  Tips, donations and Temple/ Monastery entry fee.
  • Excess baggages charges in domestic flights. .

Published on : June 21, 2018

Zum zweiten Mal habe ich jetzt mit Charming Guide Adventure Trek eine Trekkingtour gemacht. Durch Mustang 2011 und die Manaslu Runde mit Tsum Valley 2014. Beide Male war es ein großartiges Erlebnis, was nicht zuletzt der Kompetenz und Umsicht von Hari und einer Crew zuzuschreiben war. Sowohl Hari als auch seine Crew verstehen es bestens eine Gruppe bei Laune zu halten und haben somit beide Male dafür gesorgt dass die Touren in der einzigartigen Landschaft Nepals in bester Erinnerung bleiben. Ich kann Hari Kumar Kathri als Organisator und Guide nur bestens empfehlen.

Peter Schmidt, Traunsteiin


Client Reviews

2019 haben wir einen Nepaltrip mit Hari und sein Team verwirklicht. Hari hat uns im Vorfeld geführt, denn wir können zwar die Annapurna umrunden, aber auch möglichst viel in den Seitentälern wandern. Er hat für uns eine Route durch das Nhar-Phu-Tal und auch zum Tilicho-See aus dem und dem Krieg für uns genau richtig. Die Vorbereitung, die Umsetzung, die Kunst wie Hari auf unsere Wünsche Wünsche ist ist Krieg - wir Ebene mit Hari auf jeden Herbst eine weitere Tour.


Köln, Deutschland

In May 2019, my father and I, did a trekking in Mustang with Hari Kumar Khatri as a guide and the “Mannschaft”: Nabin, Biman, Shatiman and Harkha. The trekking lasted about 20 days and we basically always slept in tends: sometimes outside the houses of the villagers and sometimes in the middle of nowhere.
Unfortunately, especially in the southern part of the Upper Mustang, people are building many roads which are literally destroying the landscape. But thanks to the knowledge of Hari of this territory, we were able to avoid the majority of the roads consequently avoiding other tourists and the traffic.
Overall, the trekking was very well organized. I really appreciated the fact that we were able to adapt the itinerary according to our preferences even during the trekking! I must add that Hari is not only a good guide but also a great cook!
This was my second trek with Hari and once again I really enjoyed it and I would for sure recommend him as a guide to somebody interested in doing a trekking in Nepal.
Thank you Hari and the Mannschaft for the great trekking and happy moments!
Valentina and Reto



Wir (2Pers.) haben im Oktober/November 2019, mit Nabin als Guide, den Manaslu Trekk und das Tsum Valley gemacht. Organisation und Durchführung der Reise waren top.Die Kommunikation im Vorfeld mit Hari hat auch bestens geklappt. Es war ein unvergesslicher Urlaub und ich werde bestimmt nochmal nach Nepal kommen und dann auch wieder mit dieser Agentur unterwegs sein.
Liebe Grüße an das ganze Team




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