Tsum Valley Trekking: Explore The Rich Culture.

Hotel, Lodge and Tea house
Manaslu Region
Start / End Point
Arughat/Arughat OR Besisahar
19 Nights 20 Days
Max. Altitude
Meals Included
Group Size
Nature of Trek
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season
March-May August-November
Trip Code
Activity Per Day
5-6 hrs
Jeep / bus

Tsum Valley Trekking: Explore The Rich Culture. Overview

Only opened to trekkers in 2008, Tsum Valley Trek is one of the most remote treks in Nepal. It is a sacred valley located in northern Gorkha with the magnificent backdrop of Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal. Generally, the Manaslu region is less explored by trekkers than the Annapurna circuit. So, this trail is usually less crowded but the historically enriched culture with untainted flora and fauna has made it one of the most popular treks recently. This path leads us to a Tibetan border and the people of this trade are greatly influenced by the Tibetan culture. The people of this region are involved directly with Tibet in terms of trade.

Tsum Valley Trekking



    • A Sacred Site
    • People of Tibetan origin mostly inhabit Tsum Valley. They speak a unique dialect and follow Buddhism as their dominant religion. The valley is filled with monasteries and chortens, reflecting their centuries-old culture.
    • Also, it is believed that the Buddhist saint Milarepa meditated in the caves nearby the valley. Hence, the valley also serves as a holy site for Buddhist pilgrims.
    • Due to its less popularity, only a few trekkers tread on this trail. Besides, the lack of modernization has contributed to the preservation of its culture and tradition.
    • However, trekkers will have the necessary facilities for food and lodging during the Tsum Valley Trek. In many scenarios, hikers will be spending the nights in homestays. But that will only help them to explore the local culture and cuisines.
    • People also love:
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A Lesser Known Trail!

    The trekking route in the Manaslu region only opened in 2008. The trail goes along the historic salt-trading path on the bank of the Budi Gandaki River. The trekking route is a part of the Manaslu Conservation Area.

    It provides a mixture of natural beauty with cultural magnificence and thus has garnered quite a popularity among trekkers. However, fewer trekkers engage in this trek compared to other treks.

    Tsum valley trek follows an off-beaten path that goes through some stunning scenarios and quaint cultural villages. Due to fewer trekkers on the route, the food and lodging facilities are limited. Moreover, the trek has fewer varieties of food due to a lack of transportation provisions.

    However, more and more tea houses are being built, which makes sure that there is no shortage of food. Furthermore, accommodation and food are a little bit more expensive in the Manaslu region than in other trekking routes.

    Explore the Rich Culture

    The trail also entails walking across numerous monasteries, chortens, and prayer wheels. Tsum valley is a culturally rich area that enshrines some ancient Buddhist traditions.

    The Tibetan culture greatly influences the inhabitants of this area. So, this trek offers a sneak peek into the lives of communities living in the Himalayas.

    Additionally, the Manaslu trek with Tsum valley is only moderately challenging. However, it is not for beginners so you should not try it if you’re not fit. As it mostly encompasses narrow off-beaten paths and steep inclines, we only recommend this to adventurers who have trekked a few times.

    That being said, it is certainly not among the most challenging treks. Also, the chances of altitude sickness are significantly low in this region.


Exploring a Hidden Civilization

Shear Khola, originating from the Glacier of Ganesh Himal and streams from glaciers of Sringi Himal, irrigate the valley. The valley also inhabits animals like the Blue Sheep and Himalayan Thar. Historic monasteries like Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba are located in the valley along with Lungdang Gumba, which sits at the base of a hill.

Tsum Valley Trek takes you through pine forests, rigorous rivers, beautiful waterfalls, stunning villages, gompas, and monasteries. Furthermore, it also provides some incredible views of mountains like Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, and Manaslu.

You can do this trek at any time of the year. However, we recommend the months of March through May or September through November. Any other time, it is either too hot or too cold.

We will take care of your entire food and lodging and make sure that you’ll smoothly complete this trek. Additionally, we provide an experienced guide that will accompany you throughout Tsum Valley Trek.

You can combine Manaslu Circuit Trek with Tsum Valley Trek for the Manaslu-Tsum Valley Trek. Also, we can traverse through Larkya La Pass and combine it with the Tsum valley. You will find Tsum Valley Trekking itinerary given below.

Tsum Valley Trekking: Explore The Rich Culture. Photo

Tsum Valley Trekking: Explore The Rich Culture.

  1. day 1

    Arrival at Airport

    Highest Altitude 1400m

    After arriving at the airport in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up in a car and take you to your hotel. Later in the evening, we will have a briefing program about the trek.

      • Overnight stay at Hotel in Kathmandu
      • Included Breakfast
  2. day 2

    Kathmandu Sightseeing (Optional)

    Highest Altitude 1400m

    After having breakfast, we start our guided tour of Kathmandu sightseeing. We will visit many of the World Heritage Sites, including Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Pashupatinath, and Durbar Squares. These places are of vital historical and cultural significance.

    The temples are sacred sites for Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Similarly, the durbar square areas represent the various kings and rulers throughout Nepal’s rich history. We will have lunch during the day along with dinner in the evening before returning to our hotel.

      • Overnight stay at Hotel
      • Included Breakfast
  3. day 3

    Kathmandu to Arughat Bazaar (577m)

    Trek Duration 7 hours of bus ride

    We begin early as we drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway and then enter a branch road at Malekhu. Then, we travel across colorful villages and farmlands for a total of 7 hours to reach Arughat Bazaar.

      • Overnight stay at Hotel
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  4. day 4

    Arughat Bazaar to Soti Khola (730m)

    Highest Altitude 730m
    Trek Duration 6 hours

    After having breakfast, we begin our trek along a flat path on the bank of Budhi Gandaki River. The trail mostly consists of villages and farmlands as you walk for about 6 hours to reach Soti Khola.

      • Overnight stay at Hotel 
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day 5

    Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m)

    Highest Altitude 890m
    Trek Duration 6 hours

    We start our trek in the morning after breakfast. We hike through more verdant forests and vibrant villages. We will reach Lapu Besi, which is a village inhabited by Gurungs. From there, we walk further along the zigzag path to reach Machha Khola after 6 hours.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day 6

    Machha Khola to Jagat

    Trek Duration 7 hours

    We begin early and start hiking upstream towards the small village of Khola Besi and then to the hot springs at Tatopani. We then cross a suspension bridge to the other side and walk through a forest. After crossing Doban and reaching Lauri, we will cross another bridge and start climbing uphill. Finally, we will reach Jagat after 7 hours of hike.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day 7

    Jagat to Chisopani (2375m)

    Highest Altitude 2375m
    Trek Duration 4-5 hours

    We now enter the Annapurna Conservation Area as we climb along a ridge to Salleri, and hike downhill to Sirdibas. We further walk across a hanging bridge and ascend to Philim. We walk northwards from the Gurung village to reach Chisopani.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  8. day 8

    Chisopani to Chumling (2385m)

    Highest Altitude 2385m
    Trek Duration 7 hours

    We cross a canyon, pass a gorgeous waterfall, and enter a beautiful pine forest.  Enjoying the views of Boudha Himal and Himalchuli mountains, we climb through the pine and rhododendron forests. After about 7 hours of ascending and descending, we finally arrive at Chumling. The village of Chumling is famous for the Chumling Gompa and the view of Shringi Himal.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  9. day 9

    Chumling to Chokhangparo (3010m)

    Highest Altitude 3010m
    Trek Duration 4-5 hours

    After crossing a suspension bridge, we will walk to Serpu Khola and cross yet another bridge to reach Gho village. From there, we will ascend for another 2 hours to reach Chokhangparo.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  10. day 10

    Chokhangparo to Nile (3360m)

    Highest Altitude 3360m
    Trek Duration 5-6 hours

    Climbing further, we hike past Lamagaon and cross a suspension bridge to reach the Rachen Gompa. We will visit the Gompa and then walk through the villages of Phurbe and Pangdun. We further cross the village of Chhule to finally arrive at Nile.


      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  11. day 11

    Nile to Mu Gompa (3700m)

    Highest Altitude 3700m
    Trek Duration 3 hours

    We have now arrived quite close to the Tibetan border. We will only hike for 3 hours on this day as we trek through the valley and ascend to Mu Gompa.


      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  12. day 12

    Exploring Mu Gompa

    We will spend this day exploring the Mu Gompa Region. The largest monastery in the Gompa Region holds quite a significance among Buddhists. We can also visit the base of Pika Himal, which stands at 4865 meters.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  13. day 13

    Mu Gompa to Burgi Village (3245m)

    Trek Duration 5-6 hours

    We trek back along Chuule and Phurbe as we finally arrive at Burgi village. We will climb to the sacred Milarepa’s Cave and witness some fantastic views of Kipu Himal, Churke Himal, and Poshyop Glacier.


      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  14. day 14

    Burgi Village to Chumling (2386m)

    Trek Duration 5-6 hours

    Descending to Chhokang Paro, we will enjoy watching the verdant hills. We reach the village of Gho and cross the bridge over Sarpu Khola. We finally reach Chumling after hiking along the Tsum Valley.


      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  15. day 15

    Chumling to Philim (1750m)

    Highest Altitude 2385m
    Trek Duration 6 to 7 hours

    We continue the trail to Lokpa and tread along a flat path. We arrive at Philim after 6 to 7 hours.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  16. day 16

    Philim to Khorlabesi (970m)

    Trek Duration 7 hours

    We begin from Philim as we trace back our steps through Jagat and Tatopani. We can also try the hot spring in Tatopani to relax our muscles. After about 7 hours of hiking, we finally reach Khorlabesi.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  17. day 17

    Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (730m)

    Trek Duration 7 hours

    We cross the Tharo Khola and reach the Machha Khola village. Walking along the Budhi Gandaki for about 7 hours, we will then arrive at Soti Khola.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  18. day 18

    Soti Khola to Arughat to Kathmandu

    Trek Duration 4 hours walk + 7-8 hours drive

    We leave the Budhi Gandaki Valley as we cross the Arkhet Khola and pass by the hydroelectric plant. After 4 hours of walking, we will reach Arughat. We will then return to Kathmandu which will take 7-8 hours of drive.

      • Overnight stay at a lodge.
      • Included meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  19. day 19

    Arughat to Kathmandu

    After breakfast, we take the 7-hour bus drive from Arughat to Kathmandu.

      • Overnight stay at a Hotel.
      • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch)
  20. day 20


    Our representative will take you to the airport for your final departure.


    •  Professional English-speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation, etc.
    • 13 nights of accommodations while you are trekking.
    • 3 times meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trekking.
    • Private Jeep to SotiKhola from Kathmandu.
    • Public Jeep from Chamche to Besisahar.
    • Private Jeep from Besisahar to Kathmandu.
    • Medical Kit Bag on every trip.
    • Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which your Travel Insurence Company will pay.
    • Sleeping bag and trekking Sticks, if necessary ( return after the trek).
    • All special trekking permits for the Manaslu region.
    • ACAP entry permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project).
    • MCA permit (Manaslu Conservation Area Project).
    • All Government taxes, VAT, and service charges.


  • International airfare & Nepal visa fee.
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu.
  • Your Travel Insurance(Compulsory).
  • Your Personal expenses, entrance fees, and & personal expenses
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porter.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including section.

Tsum Valley Trekking Route Map

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Why choose North Nepal Travel and Trek for Manaslu Circuit Trek?

Our team consists of local guides who are best trained, certified, and have many years of experience. They are easy to communicate with and friendly. You will definitely love their service and friendly nature. They are trained to efficiently handle any bad situation due to any circumstances.

Our travel package can be customized per your need and the number of days you have for trekking. Our package includes all the charges for food, accommodation, guide, porter, permits, and many more. We will also be taking care of our guide's and porters' insurance, food, housing, and medical care. Our valuable trekkers’ and our staff’s satisfaction is our top priority.


What are the things to carry with you for Manaslu Circuit Trekking?

  • A backpack
  • Smartphone: Smartphones can be convenient for the purpose of navigation using navigation apps, or you can also carry a trekking map.
  • Water filters or some water purifying tablets: It can save money for your travel.
  • Sleeping Bag: You should definitely carry a small sleeping bag for you as the temperature at higher altitudes will be very cold.
  • Hiking shoes, socks, towel, and stick
  • Warm and Light Jackets, yoga pants
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, lotion, Cap, tissues, Sanitizer, etc.

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