Tsum Valley Trek Highlights
- Picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Arrughat
- Encounter wildlife animals like blue sheep and Himalayan Thar
- Delightful easy trek without the fear of altitude
- Experience Tibetan culture and lifestyle
- Prayer flags and Mani walls song the route
Tsum valley is one of the most secluded valleys situated in northern Gorkha near the Tibetan Border. Commonly the local people are of Tibetan origin, speak their dialect, and have their ancient art, culture, and religion.
The trek is more enjoyable and pleasant being one of the remotest Himalayan valleys and with its untouched beauty. The valley is filled with the stupefying view of the landscapes and the mountains like Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and Boudha Himal.
As Tsum valley was restricted until 2008 it is not much exposure as other trekking destinations. It comprises many religious monasteries as the valley is rich in Buddhist culture.
The journey starts with the scenic drive to Arughat. From Arughat we will have to climb up the Budi Gandaki valley. Now we’ll pass from Jagat to Lokpa through blooming rhododendron and pine forests.
Continuing the trek we will pass by glacial rivers, beautiful waterfalls, and Piren Phu cave. Encounter the beauty of local wildlife like blue sheep and Himalayan Thar. After crossing some Monasteries, suspension bridges we will reach Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Now we descend back towards Arughat Bazaar and back to Kathmandu.
TSUM valley trek is an adventurous one that takes you through the off beaten route. This trek is once in a lifetime experience.
Tsum Valley Trek Short Itinerary:
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat then to Soti Khola (730m/2,896ft), 6-8 hrs
Day 02: Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (890m/ 2,965ft), 6-7 hrs
Day 03: Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1,400m/ 4,593ft), 6-7 hrs
Day 04: Trek from Jagat to Lokpa (2,040m/ 6,692ft), 6-7 hrs
Day 05: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (2,386m/ 7,828ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 06: Trek from Chumling to Chhokang Paro (3,031m/ 9,944ft), 5-6 hrs
Day 07: Trek from Chhokang Paro to the Nile (3,361m/11,026ft), 4-5 hrs
Day 08: Trek from Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/ 12,139ft), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4,060m/ 13,320ft), 3-4 hrs
Day 09: Trek from Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3,240m/ 10,629ft), 3-4 hrs
Day 10: Trek from Rachen Gompa to Gumba Lungdang (3,200m/ 10,500m), 4-5 hrs
Day 11: Trek from Gumba Lungdang to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4,200m/ 13,780ft) , 5-6 hrs
Day 12: Trek from Gumba Lundang to Lokpa (2,040m/ 6,692ft), 6-7 hrs
Day 13: Trek from Lokpa to Jagat (1,400m/ 4,593ft), 6-7 hrs
Day 14: Trek from jagat to Lapu Bensi (900m/ 2,952ft), 7-8hrs
Day 15: Trek from Lapu Bensi to Arughat Bazaar (535m/ 1,755ft), 4-5 hrs
Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu from Arughat (126 km/ 78miles), 7-8 hrs
Our journey begins with a scenic drive to Arughat. After a view hours, we’ll Dhading Bensiand then further to Arughat. Arughat is clustered on both sides of the Budhi Gandaki river connected by a suspension bridge. Overnight at Soti Khola.
After having a hot breakfast we will walk through the beautiful Sal forest and climb onto a ridge above the huge rapids of the Budhi Gandaki. The trail follows down to Nauli Khola and finally arrives at Machha Khola. Overnight at Machha Khola.
Today we will cross Tharo Khola and slowly begin to gain elevation. Now we ascend to the Budhi Gandaki river and finally arrive at Yaru Khola. Now finally we’ll reach Jagat’s west side of Budhi Gandaki River.
Today we will register our permits for Manaslu and Tsum valley. Now we will pass by Ekle Bhatti and eventually reach the Lokpa Village. Lokpa is the first village of Tsum valley. Overnight at Lokpa Village.
The day starts with descending to the Luangwa river valley and climbs through the dense tropical forests of juniper, pine, and rhododendron. Now the route takes us through Syar Khola and finally Chumling. Overnight at Chumling.
Today our trek leads us to Chhokang Paro which is a village situated on flat land and made up of two settlements. Our trek continued through Rainjam to Serpu Khola and after two hours of the climb, we finally reached Chhokan Paro. Overnight at Chhokang Paro.
After having delicious breakfast at Chhokang Paro our trail leads us through the green meadows and the th4,060e landscape becomes fertile and narrow. Now after crossing the suspension bridge over the Shiar Khola we will reach the Nile.
After early morning breakfast, our trail leads us to Mu Gompa which is located at the highest and the farthest point in Tsum Valley. And the historical Dephyudonma monastery is connected with the dawn of Buddhism run by Lama. Overnight at Lodge.
After breakfast, we will head to Rachen Gompa which is situated in the foothills of the mountains that border Nepal and Tibet. Now walking through the Siray Khola and crossing flat boulder-covered plains we’ll reach Rachen Gompa. Overnight at Rachen Gompa.
Today our trek starts from a small white Gompa and descends a narrow trail. After crossing the bridge of Domje we will have a steep climb through pine, juniper, and rhododendron forest. Finally, after reaching Gumba Lundang we’ll enjoy our night.
Today our trek starts with the delicious breakfast and passes through two small valleys, pasture, and descend to the river. Now the trail becomes slightly challenging and after a few hours of Climb, we’ll reach Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Overnight at Lodge.
Today we will return to Lokpa. Our trail descends to Domje and walks by a beautiful dense forest and another deep gorge and swinging bridges to Ripoche. After a few hours of walking, we will reach Lokpa. Overnight at Lodge.
Today our trek ascends down to Jagat through the same Budhi Gandaki river. Walking through the forests and terrains we’ll reach Sirdibas. After a few hours of walking from Sirdibas, we will reach Jagat. Overnight at Lodge.
After having an early morning we will continue to descend through terrains and cross bridges. After crossing the sandy river bed of the Budhi Gandaki we will finally reach Lapu Besi. Overnight at Lodge.
Today we will have a short trek to Arughat Bazar. After trekking for a couple of hours we will reach Bushi Gandaki river and Soti Khola. From Soti Khola we will take a jeep and finally at aright Bazaar. Overnight at Arughat bazar.
After having breakfast we will drive back to Kathmandu. The drive will be scenic as we will be passing by the beautiful Trishuli river. Also, the greenery of the hills will be eye-pleasing. We will be driving west towards Kathmandu via the Prithivi Highway. Overnight at Kathmandu