|Lowest Altitude||Approximately 606 meters Arughat|
|Duration||18 Days Trip,16 Days trek|
|Group Size||Minimum two to Maximum Fifty|
|Best Season||March-May, September-November|
|Cost||$1290 per person|
Tucked away in a remote corner, Tsum Valley is a hidden gem of Nepal. Converted to a trekking destination from a restricted region recently in 2008, it has been visited and loved by many trekkers since then. Apart from its thrilling exuberance, Tsum valley possesses a great holy significance, which is showcased by the numerous ancient monasteries, chortens, and Gompas.
The trek begins from Arughat, following the trail led by Budhi Khola. You will cross many rivers, like the Maccha Khola, Yaru Khola, and Soti Khola on your trek. As you make your way through forests and waterfalls, you enter the the lower Tsum valley through Chumling, and are greeted by a number of Monasteries. From the largest to the oldest, this trek covers most of the monasteries of the region, like the Mu Gompa, Rachen Gompa, etc. You then head back to AaruGhat through Philim and Jagat, and drive back to Kathmandu.
Tsum valley has a lot of unexplored depth to itself, which can be very satisfying to adventure seekers. Moreover, the natural beauty and long-held cultural heritage add to the already grand demeanor of Tsum Valley.
Day one: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day two: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar
Day three: Trek to Maccha Khola
Day four: Trek to Yaru Khola
Day five: Trek to Lokpa
Day six: Trek to Chumling
Day seven: Trek to chhokangparo
Day eight: Trek to Nile/Chule
Day nine: Trek to Mu Gompa. Visit Dhephyudonma Gompa.
Day ten: Trek to Rachen Gompa
Day eleven: Trek to Dumje
Day twelve: Trek to Philim via Ripchet
Day thirteen: Trek to Jagat
Day fourteen: Trek to Maccha Khola
Day fifteen: Trek to Soti Khola
Day sixteen: Trek to AaruGhat Bazaar.
Day seventeen: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day Eighteen: We drive you to airport on the basis of your scheduled flight.
Note: We customize itinerary as per your interest to manage your specific requirements.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar
The way unwinds away from the valley, leading to Arughat Bazar, on the bank of Dudh koshi. The road is bumpy, but very scenic, and also crosses an interesting bridge on the way. Once at Arughat, you are introduced to your porters and trekkers, and start on a scenic and short trek to Arkhet Bazar.
Day 03: Trek to Maccha Khola
Along the bank of Budhi Gandaki river, the path Zigzags through forests, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valleys to Lapu Besi, which is majorly inhabitated by Mongolians. You proceed towards Maccha Khola, passing a gorge with a nearly vertical wall, and terraced fertile fields. The lodge here is basic, but well-facilitated with a proper menu and dormitory.
Day 04: Trek to Yaru Khola
Trekking along the banks of Budhi Khola, you’ll soon see Yaru Khola, meandering serenely on gravel bars. Lying at 1,300 meters, there is a good campsite in this area.
Day 05: Trek to Lokpa
The first village of Tsum Valley on your way, Lokpa is covered in potato, gucchi mushroom and soya bean cultivation.
Day 06: Trek to Chumling
If you are lucky enough for the sky to be clear, you can see good views of Baudha Himal and Ganesh Himal. Chumling is famous for its three monasteries: Panago Gumba, Mani Dhungyur and Gurwa Gumba. With good campsites and telecommunication services, it makes for a comfortable stay here.
Day 07: Trek to chhokangparo
Upper Tsum valley opens from chhokangparo, and the very hospitable Tibetan group, Tsombo (major inhabitants of this place) welcomes you with Tibetan Chiya (Butter Tea).
Day 08: Trek to Nile/Chule
En route, you visit Milarepa Piren Phu. Located on the foot of a rugged cliff, this cave is considered very sacred. There are two stupas adjoining the cave, with Budhhist Murals, detailed inscriptions, and colorful prayer flags, that impart special social significance to the Tsum Valley. With views of rivers, Gumbas, and mountains, you reach Nile.
Day 09: Trek to Mu Gompa. Visit Dhephyudonma Gompa.
In about two hours, you reach the Dhephyudonma Gompa. It’s the oldest monastery in the Tsum Valley, dating back to as early as the dawn of Buddhism in this valley.
Day 10: Trek to Rachen Gompa
You climb gradually to Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in this region, located at the highest point of Tsum Valley. From here, you hike up to Rachen Gompa, and also visit the Gonhgye Gompa (Nyigma-pa Buddhist sect).
Day 11: Trek to Dumje
The trek winds to the valley with houses of stone rooves, especially slate. Barley harvest is an important trend in this region.
Day 12: Trek to Philim via Ripchet
Today is a beautiful day of trek along green dense forests and tiny old houses. You cross one of the prettiest waterfall of this region, Samba Tingding Chhupyang. Crossing Ripchet, you reach Philim, and have yourself surrounded by small monasteries, chortens, prayer flags fluttering in the sky, graves and typical houses.
Day 13: Trek to Jagat
You cross the Budhi Khola, and the trek which was initially flat, goes downhill to arrive at Jagat.
Day 14: Trek to Maccha Khola
The trail today is quite exposed and challenging in places, with steep cliffs, narrow rocky paths, and high suspension bridges. The river gains its turbulence, after the Dovan region, meandering across a broad gravel bed. After several ascents and descents, reach Maccha Khola. The lodge here is basic, but well-facilitated with a proper menu and dormitory.
Day 15: Trek to Soti Khola
You pass a gorge with a nearly vertical wall, and terraced fertile fields, to Lapu Besi, which is majorly inhabited by Mongolians.The path then Zigzags through forests, villages, streams, pretty waterfalls and green valley, to Soti Khola.
Day 16: Trek to AaruGhat Bazaar.
You tread on a narrow path, passing several big villages, with houses painted in unique little drawings The path stretches out to a vast green land, and levels out along the banks of Budhi Khola.
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu
The way unwinds away from Budhi Khola, towards Kathmandu.The road is bumpy, but very scenic, and also crosses an interesting bridge on the way.
We drive you to airport on the basis of your scheduled flight.
We customize itinerary as per your interest to manage your specific requirements.
The Cost Includes:
- A guide
- Special trekking permit for Manasalu.
- Entry permits for Manasalu Conservation Area
- Entry permits for Annapurna Conservation Area
- Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card
- Necessary transportation
- All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for our guide during the trek
- Accommodation in teahouses (lodges)
- Rescue help (It is provided by your insurance company)
- First aid kits
- Insurance and equipment for the Nepali staffs
- Necessary Equipment (Sleeping bag, Down Jacket)
The Cost Excludes:
- Expenses of Personal Nature such as drinks and beverages, etc.
- All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for you during the trek
- Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) for you during the trek
To enjoy your trip more you need to be comfort and breathability all day long, for that you need to put emphasis on equipment’s that are necessary. The following list includes items that are necessary which can also be hired.
- Backpack: During your trip you need to be careful to make the weight of your clothing equipment down to minimum. Your packed trek bag, should weigh no more than 15 kilograms (33 pounds.)
- Sleeping Bag: Sleeping bag rated to at least 15-degrees Fahrenheit (Optional/ Sleeping bag is provided by us if necessary)
- Duffel Bag
- Flash Light (Head lamp)
- Sun glass
- Water purifier
- Trekking boots
- Lightweight sandals
- Woolen socks (3 pairs)
While packing your clothes, you need to be careful to not to pack heavy clothes. It’s rather good to go on layers than in bulky clothes.
- Hat (For warmth)
- Lightweight long sleeve trekking shirts
- Long sleeves are good for sun protection. Light weight makes for easy wash material
- Fleece Jacket or pullover
- Underwear (4 pairs)
- Fleece or wool trouser/ Pants
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Thermal Clothing (As per the Season)
- Lightweight rain Jacket
- Warm Gloves or mittens
- Sports bra
- Sun block
- Toilet articles and towel
- Small Knife
- First-aid kit (containing all drugs prescribed to you)
- Batteries backup
Accommodation: You would be accommodated at Nagarjun homestay with facilities of hot water, western toilets, electricity, television, free WIFI during Kathmandu stay. And offered to stay at teahouses with facilities granted by teahouses during trek.
Meal: You would be offered breakfast, Nepali meal at homestay during time at Kathmandu while on trekking you would be provided Nepalese meals three times a day during trek.