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Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum valley lies on the route of a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley in northern Gorkha district. The Tibetan Buddist influence in the valley is strong and offers a quite different experience to many other areas of Nepal. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word “Tsombo” which means vivid. This holy hidden place is the valley of happiness first described by Guru Rimpoche (Padmashamvaba) in the eight century. 

This part of the inner Himalaya is extremely rich in cultural assets, Buddhist monasteries, ancient walls and.  The Tibetan style hospitality and life style welcomes you with traditional Tibetan Chiya (butter tea) and a local meal. The people in this valley never kill animals, even as sacrifice to the gods. The valley is surrounded by Buddha himal and Himal chuli to the west, Ganesh himal to the south and Sringi Himal to the north.

The trail heads up the valley of the Budi Gandaki River through wild and unexplored country inhabited mainly by members of the Gurung ethnic community, from Arughat, Machhakhola Jagat and Philim.

This trek is suited to people with a high level of fitness and a keen interest in remote adventure.

As with all our treks, we can be flexible with the itinerary and can adjust many details according to your time, availability and special interests


Trip Facts

  • Trip duration: - 16 days from Kathmandu
  • Highest point: - Mu Gumba [3709m/12169ft]
  • Best season: - October, November, March to May
  • Meal: - Breakfast in Kathmandu & Full board on Trek
  • Physical rating: -

  • Day 01 Arrival at Tribhuvan International airport Kathmandu. Pick up by Sherpa Brothers treks representative, transfer to hotel check in and welcome drink from receptionist. Rest and briefing about trip, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast
  • Day 02 Half day sightseeing around  world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and preparation for the trip.  In the evening welcome dinner offer from Sherpa Brothers treks at typical Nepalese cultural restaurant, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast
  • Day 03 Drive Kathmandu to Arughat [608m / 1995 ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours
  • Day 04 Trek to Lapubesi [884 m / 2900 ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 6 hours
  • Day 05 Trek to Khorlabesi [970m / 3182ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 5 - 6 hrs
  • Day 06 Trek to Jagat [1340m / 4625 4395ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 07 Trek to Lokpa [2240m / 7350ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours
  • Day 08 Trek to Tsumling (Lower Tsum) [2386m / 7828ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours.
  • Day 09 Trek to Chhekangpar (Upper Tsum) [3031m / 9944ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 6 hours.
  • Day 10 Trek to Nile [3361m / 11027ft] Chhule [3347m / 10981ft], visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way, O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours.
  • Day 11 Trek to Mu Gompa [3709m / 12169ft], visit Dhephyudonma Gompa [4060 m / 13320ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 4 hours.
  • Day 12 Extra day for excursion
  • Day 13 Trek to Rachen Gompa [3240m / 10630ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 5 hours.
  • Day 14 Trek to Dumje [2460m / 8071ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours.
  • Day 15 Trek to Philim (cross Ripchet) [1570m / 5151ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours
  • Day 16 Trek to Khorlabesi [970m / 3182ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 7 hours.
  • Day 17 Trek to Soti Khola [700m / 2297ft], O/N in tea house : Approx 6 hours
  • Day 18 Drive to Kathmandu 9 hours rest, free time and last minute shopping in Kathmandu, O/N in hotel with bed and breakfast
  • Day 19 As per flight time, pick up from hotel and drop 3 hour earlier to international airport for home departure
Cost Included

  • Accommodation and food during  16 days trekking period
  • Professional and experience license holder trekking guide salary, insurance
  • Porter salary, equipments and insurance
  • Transportation to Arughat and back to Kathmandu with private vehicle
  • Standard 3 star category hotel with delux bb in Kathmandu for 3 nights
  • MCAP permit  (Manasalu Conservation Area Project)
  • Tsum valley restriced area permit
  • Airport receive and departure 3 times
  • Trip route map
  • Duffel bag for packing daily trek gear
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Half day word heritage sites sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
Cost Excluded

  • Personal nature expense
  • Bar and beverage bills
  • Personal insurance
  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu
  • Unforeseen accidental rescue
  • Days beyond the itinerary
  • Tips for staff
Additional Info

Physical Grading Level

Two circles indicate the moderate grade trek. It usually requires 5-6 hours walk every day. The highest altitude level of the trip is around 4060 m/13320 ft and the trail itself if not altitude demanding however participant must be physically fit with positive attitude. Past trekking, Hiking and jogging or regular exercise from couple of weeks prior of the trip is worth to enhance your walking strength and stability. Participants with pre- existing medical problem should inform to SBT at the time of  booking the trip.

Accommodation and Food on Trip

 4 nights in 3 star hotels with Deluxe BB in Kathmandu, 12 days standard twin sharing tea accommodation and food during the trip. This trek has recently been opened for foreigner, tea house accommodation and food is not much facilitated like Annapurna and Everest region but truly typical style.
Maximum 5 people can go in a group for the tea house trek and beyond 5 will tented accommodation.

Travel Insurance

Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. take every care to make our treks safe and enjoyable. All our routes are scouted to ensure the trails are safe and the facilities along route are of an acceptable standard. In addition, we have vast experience of trekking at altitude and are trained to deal with Acute Altitude Sickness. However, due to terrain, weather and altitude, risk is not always predictable in the Himalaya. To ensure you have a worry free time with us, personal travel insurance is essential to cover the cost of unforeseen accident, illness or rescue. The costs involved can be large and personally overwhelming in the unlikely event of accident or injury.
All Nepalese staff, guides and porters employed by Sherpa Brothers Pvt. Ltd. are covered locally but we regret that we cannot offer insurance for our clients.
Sherpa Brothers Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. is not liable should anything go wrong due to unforeseen circumstances.
When choosing an insurance policy be sure to confirm with your insurer that your policy covers adventure holidays and trekking at high altitude. Some insurers makes special exception for these types of trip so please read the small print and contact your insurer if you are unsure.

  •  Required gears check list
  • Down jacket – 1
    Sleeping bag – 1
    Light warm walking trouser – 2
    Sun glass – 2
    Walking pole – 1
    Hat – 1
    Phillips jacket – 1
    Windproof jacket – 1
    T- shirt – 3
    Walking boot – 1
    Gloves – 2
    Day bag – 1
    Water bottle – 1
    Torch light – 1
    Warm socks – 4
    Sun cream – 1
    Lip guard – 1
    Tooth brush – 1
    Face wash soap – 1
    Flip flap/ Sandal – 1
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