Tsum Valley Trekking

  • Trip Destination: Nepal
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  • Total Duration: 16 Day(s)
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  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Tsum Valley Trekking

Tsum Valley trekking located in the northern part of Gorkha district, Tsum Valley derives its name from the Tibetan word Tsombo meaning vibrant. Historically, the valley was said to be a part of Tsum Tso Chucksums which translates to united thirteen provinces. The Tsum valley today represents its history and association with Tibet beautifully with artistic monasteries, stupas and mani walls decorating the entire valley. Tsum Valley is also famous for being the place where Milarepa, an important figure in Buddhism was said to have meditated in several of the caves.

Tsum valley trekking is one of the newly opened trekking destination in Nepal. Tsum Valley is surrounded by Buddha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south and Sringi Himal to the North. Global Adventure Trekking arranges trips to this valley all year round. The trek begins with a day long drive to Arughat from Kathmandu. Gorkha is the home of warrier and connected through Gorkha Bazaar, Trishuli Bazaar and Dhading Besi. The trail then heads up toward north the valley of the Buddhi Gandaki river towards Philim through wild and unexplored country inhabited mainly by the members of the Gurung ethnicity. On your way to Philim, you will see many waterfalls and have birds for your companion as you walk into the forest. Lokpa is the first village you pass after reaching the valley of Tsum. Dhoban, Lamagaun, Burji, Chule, Nile, Dhumje are other villages that you will come across on your trek to Tsum Valley. Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in the area and Gumba Lungdang, the oldest nunnery in the valley are two attractions of this trek. While Mu Gompa is located at the highest point in the Valley, the nunnery is a combination of sixteen houses, the main building of which houses murals of many Buddhist deities and life size statue of Guru Padmasambhav, Yara and Buddha. Another attraction, Kyimo Lung is a famous pilgrimage circuit in the central Trans- Himalaya, well known seat of learning and meditation. The circuit traverses across Tsum Valley and southern parts of Tibet.

People living in the Tsum Valley are mostly of Tibetan origin and have their own dialect. Deeply religious, the locals are mostly followers of Guru Padmasambhava. They are also hospitable and greet visitors with traditional Tibetan tea which is made of butter and salt tastes completely different to regular Chiya. Polyandry is still practiced among the locals who celebrate festivals like Losar (New Year), Saka Dawa (month to abstain from sins), Dhachyang and many others. Tsum Valley has been able to maintain its unique culture and this is one of the main reasons why a visit to Tsum Valley is a must; to experience a back-in-the time feeling. So, come aboard this journey with Global Adventure Trekking who puts in hundred percent dedication to make every trip a memorable one.

Trip Highlights

Staying overnight in local village
Overnight staying at Rachen Gumba as a guest and touring the complex and helping to teach english.
Lovely night at Mu Gumba in Lamas room and make a kihe up to view point.
Cross the Larke La in a perfect weather amazing views of Mountain, lake, Rock and Peaks.
Experience the life of trans himalayan section.
Volunteering to help some local villagers in their field with the harvest.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 : 01 Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar/Arkhet Bazar 545m.

Day 02 : Arkhet Bazar to Lapubensi 6 hrs

Day 03 : Lapubensi to Dovan - (1410m) 7 hrs:

Day 04 : Dovan to Philim - (2240m) 7.5 hrs

Day 05 : Philim to Chumling - (2390m) 3 hrs

Day 06 : Chumling to Lama Gaun - (3010m) 4 hrs.

Day 07 : Lama Gaon to Mu-Gumpa - (3700m) 4 hrs.

Day 08 : Leisure day at Mu Gumpa.

Day 09 : Mu Gaon to Rachen Gumpa and Chhokamparo - (3031m) 5 hrs

Day 10 : Chhekamparo-Lokpa 6hrs.

Day 11 : Lokpa - Jagat 6hrs.

Day 12 : Jagat - Mahhakhola 6 hrs.

Day 13 : MachhaKhola - Arkhet Bazar 6 hrs.

Day 14 : Drive back to Kathmandu

Cost Include

    • Restricted area Trekking permit/Special permit.
    • Land transportation to and from
    • Accommodation in lodges/tented camp during the trek
    • A guide and required number of porter (s), Essential equipment.
    • Airport pick up and drop.
    • Safe Drinking Water
    • Insurance of Guide and porters.
    • Full board Meals while in the trekking
    • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System)

Cost Exclude

    • Personal expenses and all kind of drinks if you choose the tea house trek.
    • Insurance and Tips
    • Emergency evacuation by Helicopter, Airport tax and custom clearance
    • Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, road blockade etc.

Detail Itinerary

Day 0101 Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar/Arkhet Bazar 545m. After breakfast, we drive along the Prithivi highway approximately 70 kilometer from Kathmandu & cross the Trishuli river then 18 kilometer to reach to Dhading Benshi where we will have lunch. It is black topped road till Dhading Benshi for 3 hours drive then further next 3 hours drive will be bumping road. Driving along the scenic villages, rivers & can be observable mt. Ganesh Himal & Manaslu. Overnight at lodge. All meals included.

Day 02Arkhet Bazar to Lapubensi 6 hrs It is first day of our trek and we follow the bank Budi Gandaki river through classic Gurung villages & farming field. It could be a hot day because of low elevation. Overnight at lodge. All meals included.

Day 03Lapubensi to Dovan - (1410m) 7 hrs: Today also stars trekking with following the same river with gorges of Budi Gandaki river and less cultivated region. North face of Ganesh Himal can be view from here. Trails lead gradually ascending. Today we entered the restricted area from Jagat. Overnight at lodge. All meals included.

Day 04Dovan to Philim - (2240m) 7.5 hrs we are trekking bank of the Budi Gandaki narrow valley and more cultivated than previous day. This day we will see the massive view of Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal. All meals included.

Day 05Philim to Chumling - (2390m) 3 hrs With following above the same river as passing days & do not confused that we are still same way for the Manaslu round trekking. After lunch we will be separated towards to wild route of Tsum valley. Today mostly, we trek through forest. There are two villages of Gurung where we do camp. All meals included.

Day 06Chumling to Lama Gaun - (3010m) 4 hrs. Gradually climbs up the trails through pine forest to Chhekampar. It begins trekking between the ranges of Ganesh Himal. It is the forbidden valley regarding living things that not to be made disfigurement. All meals included. This day we have to move ascent through the local villages and wider cultivated land, partly pine forest. After 3 hrs walk we reach at Lama Gaon. We visit this afternoon Milarepa cave monastery above 45 minutes from the campsite. All meals included.

Day 07Lama Gaon to Mu-Gumpa - (3700m) 4 hrs. This day, we follow along the Shiar Khola {stream}. The people of the Tum valley are called gurung but they follow Tibetan culture. There are couples of villages where we do mostly lunch here. We have to cross the bridge to get Nile. And trek continue gradually ascending to reach Mu Gumpa, it is the last settlement of the Tsum valley. All meals included.

Day 08Leisure day at Mu Gumpa. crews staying at camp and guide will bring you to the border sight. This is the trade route between Nepal and Tibet via Nguladhojyang pass with the elevated 5093m. It is your choice either go to there or not. If you visit this top then you will see beautiful landscape of Tibet plateau around Kerung which is the boarder of Nepal & Tibet along the Syabru Benshi. Our kitchens crews will be provided you pack lunch this day if you are interested go to boarder sight. It takes about 8/9 hours. All meals included.

Day 09Mu Gaon to Rachen Gumpa and Chhokamparo - (3031m) 5 hrs This day, we follow trail back down same trail till Phurbe then we do not cross the bridge because we toward to Rachen Gmpa which is the next face of the Lama Gaun where we had stayed before. All meals included.

Day 10Chhekamparo-Lokpa 6hrs. After taking our hot breakfast in the monring, we will descend through the green forest to Philim. And we will stay overnight at lodge with full board meals prepared by our expert staff. From the Rachen Gompa, trails following above the river {Shiar Khola}till to be joined the next trail which followed up for Lama Gaun at village 3219m. All meals included.

Day 11Lokpa - Jagat 6hrs. After breakfast in the morning, we will get ready for trek to Jagat. It is about 6 hours trek to reach Jagat from Lokpa. All meals included.

Day 12Jagat - Mahhakhola 6 hrs.The trekking trails are easy as we are descending. passing the gurung and Brhamin village and crestail clear water falls makes the trekking abck more fun. Stay overnight at guest houses with full board meals.

Day 13 MachhaKhola - Arkhet Bazar 6 hrs.Today is our last day of the trek. So, we will move towards Arkhet to get the vehicles for Kathmandu. Stay overnight at guest houses with full board meals.

Day 14Drive back to Kathmandu After our hot breakfast, we will take a 6/7 drive from Arkhet to reach Kathmandu. And transfer to hotel for your rest. Stay overnight at hotel.

Map of Tsum Valley Trekking

Trip Note

  • Before you go
  • Recommended vaccinations: Nepal does not officially require any immunizations for entry into the country, but the further off the beaten track you go, the more necessary it is to take precautions. Travelers who have come from an area infected with yellow fever are required to be vaccinated before entering the country.
  • Plan ahead and schedule your vaccinations as some require more than one injection, while others should not be given together. Note that some vaccinations should not be given during pregnancy or to people with allergies.Discuss your requirements with your doctor before you go.
  • Diphtheria tetanus Vaccinations for these two diseases are usually combined and are recommended for everyone. After an initial course of three injections (usually given in childhood), boosters are necessary every 10 years
  • Influenza Flu is considered by many to be the most common vaccine-preventable illness in travellers. This vaccine is annual and based on the hemisphere of residence and travel destination.
  • Malaria: It is get rid of from Nepal however you are suggested to have malaria pills or some vaccination.
  • Safety/ security: It is vital to walk slowly at altitude, especially when climbing any hill. The situation in Nepal has always been tourist friendly. Travel to and within Nepal is a safe and enjoyable experience provided sensible precaution is taken. Tourists are advised to use the services of registered and reputed travel/trekking company. By using the services of government registered service providers, you will be ensuring the most comfortable and reliable holiday possible. These demonstrations are usually nonviolent and not directed towards foreigners.
  • Equipment: We suggest all to have good equipment for the trekking and Expediting. Most people brings their personal equipment from their home country, beside there are many shop for buying and rental in Kathmandu. You are requested to check our trekking equipment list just to make sure.
  • Water: GAT suggest you all to drink the treated (iodinated) water along the trekking, however the test of the water is not friendly. We do not encourage you to buy the bottle water due to environmental pollution.
  • Guide and porter hospitality: We assured for the Nepalese local hospitality during the trekking. Our Guide and porters are from the country side and they all are very familiar with locals and friendly with you.
  • Insurance: Our Guide and porters are insured by the company and GAT provides them the best equipment varies from one to another trekking destination. However clients should have their travel insurance them-self the evacuation cost should bears by the insurance company.
  • Tipping: Tips are not mandatory however guide and porters always expect tips at the end of trek and you can collect 3-4 USD per day per person. It is depends on your personal choice and the services they delivered.


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Facts of Trip

Max. Elevation: 5100m.

Specialty Categories: Hikking and Trekking

Group size: 2+ pax.

Type of trekking: Tea house/Camping

Best Season: Spring & Autumn

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