Trip FactsGeneral trp informations
Tsum Valley is known for sensational mountain vistas, unrivaled fascinating Himalayan Buddhist culture and Non-Violent tradition. The trek offers biological diversity, for example, the lower part is covered with lush green forests and flowering rhododendrons in the spring. The gushing Budhi Gandaki River and its tributary river Syar Khola whose source resides in high mountains, cuts gorges and tight valleys. Not to forget the most impeccable scenery you can imagine of far-reaching mountain views with Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.
Among the less known, remote and pristine one, hidden gem, visiting the Tsum Valley as HIDDEN VALLEY OF HAPPINESS, is referred to in ancient Buddhist texts as a sacred pilgrimage site and practice of Buddhism even at the time of warfare and political unrest, prophesied by Guru Padma Sambhava in 8th century. Actually, both enchanted Tsum and Nubri valleys are rich in ancient art, culture and religion with several unique monasteries, artistic Chorterns and Mani walls made up stone slabs inscribed with Buddhist prayers.
Both valleys are considered to have religious significance. Tsum valley primarily because of Yogi Jetsun Milarapa, a legendary Buddhist sage, is said to have meditated in sacred cave, known today as Piren Phug (Pigeon Cave), is near a village called Lamagaun. According to one tale, the sage, who often disguised himself to beg for food in the village, once became victim to the misbehavior of one of the village women who gave him a meager half-piece of bread. Soon thereafter, this woman’s field became totally barren. Today, too, you’ll see a small plot of land in the village in which nothing grows.
The trek spans from 600 meters to 4,000 meters elevation – one of the Nepal’s Himalayan gems. Undoubtedly this Tsum valley suits best to those who are looking for off the beaten track and spiritual adventure trek in Nepal. It is one of the restricted areas in Nepal, and it is mandatory to hire a licensed trekking guide. It is advisable not to miss this trekking route, which is part of the Great Himalayan Trail and easily done staying in the local teahouses.
Tsum Valley trek with attractive perspectives of Shringi Himal 7161m, Himalchuli 7893m, Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) 7871m, Mt. Manaslu 8163m, Ganesh Himal II 7118m and other beautiful peaks. Offering panoramic views of lakes, different species of birds, plants, mammals, vegetation, waterfalls and flora fauna. This region is a natural habitat for many elusive wild animals. Such as the snow leopard, grey wolf, musk deer, Himalayan Thar and Blue-sheep – Keep your eyes open!!
We start our Tsum Valley trek from Soti Khola after a drive from Kathmandu via the Aarughat. Then trekking along the Budhi Gandaki River. The trail meanders, scrambles and climbs its way along the confines of the valley. Much of the Manaslu trekking with Tsum valley is in the region known as Tusm Nubri, an area of strong Tibetan influence with the trade route between the regions. As we trek higher the Hindu culture is being replaced by Buddhist features of Mani walls, Khanyi gates, Chortens and monasteries as does the topography changes.
Tsum Valley Trek officially opened for trekking in 2008. Mt. Manaslu 8163m is one of eight thousander out of eight in Nepal. From Soti-khola to Kathmandu you can drive via public bus/private jeep as your demand. We offer affordable price with local manual and sturdy porters in with Tsum valley at any time of our client’s request You simply need 17-18 days for this Tsum valley from arrival to departure from Kathmandu.
Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit, Tsum Valley Permit and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) fees or Local Govt. Entry Fee
Teahouse (sharing twin or double room)
14 days Trek is accompanied by a well experienced English speaking guide and porters
(Note: - one porter will carry a maximum weight of 25kgs, 1 porter for every 2 guests and 1 Sherpa will accompany every 6 guests). Includes all meals, accommodation, allowance, insurance of guide and porter & porter equipment.
13 nights accommodation in local lodges sharing twin room on full board according to itinerary. (B, L, D)
Bus or Jeep fares Kathmandu – Sotikhola, Sotikhola to Arughat public Bus, Arughat – Kathmandu on Bus or Jeep on your request.
Guide and porters bus fares or Jeep and accommodation.
Salary, insurance, food, accommodation of Guide and Porter.
All government VAT.
(Note: We will provide the best available Local Lodges during the adventure based on the room availability. please also expect that some of local lodges in higher elevation may not have attached bathrooms and extremely basic services. Hence, clients will have to adjust on common bathrooms as well. However, we will try our best to allocate the rooms with attached bathroom wherever available).
What's not included?
Nepal visa fee.
Travel insurance / Medical evacuation and Helicopter Rescue in case of emergency.
Personal trekking Equipment not mentioned.
Tips for trekking staffs and driver.
Any beverages, including mineral water, alcohol drinks, soft drinks etc. unless otherwise specified.
Any items of personal nature such as telephone bills, laundry, bar bills.
Services like accommodation, meals & transfers etc. in Kathmandu except listed in inclusion.
The prices do not include: undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with prior notice.
Sightseeing, dinner transfers, entrance fees in Kathmandu.
Cost of Showers during trekking.
Any other items not mentioned in the cost inclusion.
Fleece liner, down jacket, rain poncho etc.
Internet & Battery Charge.
International arrival Kathmandu 1350m
30 Minutes Hotel in Kathmandu B&B
Welcome to Nepal!
Upon arrival you will be greeted by Bodhi Adventures representative by marigold garland at the Kathmandu airport and transferred to your beautiful hotel. You will meet your leader and your local professional and qualified guide at 5 pm this afternoon and have a full briefing on your Manaslu adventure.
Enjoy your dinner on your own this evening.
Manaslu trek preparation, issue restricted area permit, Kathmandu 1350m
Full Day Hotel in Kathmandu B & B
World Heritage Sightseeing in Kathmandu if you choose to, rest in your hotel, and prepare your equipment for the Manaslu Trek.
Kathmandu – Soti khola via Arughat
7-8 hrs Teahouse Lodge B,L,D
Leave early morning for the long drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola, the starting point of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Enjoy the drive through the Nepalese countryside, and through Arughat - a Gorkha community. Stop for lunch and try your first delicious Dal Bhat. Stay overnight in Sotikhola by the Budhi Gandaki River. (If you choose public bus then by 6:30am you have to be in public bus stand but if you choose a Private Jeep then you’ll be picked up in your hotel).
Sotikhola to Machhakhola 869m
5-6 hrs Teahouse Lodge B,L,D
Today on the Manaslu trek through shady Sal forests, and maybe spot some Gray Langoor monkeys. Following the Budhi Gandaki watercourse, we proceed up and down the steep rocky trails often having to let trains of loaded mules pass as they transport supplies between villages. Always remember to step to the ‘mountain side’ to let them pass on narrow trails. After passing through the villages of Lapubensi and Khanibensi foothill settlements, we finally arrive at the large Gurung town of Machhakhola.
Machhakhola to Jagat 1400m
7-8 hrs Teahouse Lodge B,L,D
We start our trek crossing Machhakhola (means fishy river) small stream by next to the mule loading station. The trail follows the Budhi Gandaki to Khorlabesi 970m. where espresso coffee beans grow, and then Tatopani (hot spring) 990m. where a hot spring gushes from under a sheer bluff. It then continues on the eastern bank of the Budhi Gandaki to Dovan 1070m. where we stop for lunch, then Thulo Dunga, and Yaru Bagar 1170m. The trail then crosses the Budhi Gandaki back and forth on suspension bridges to reach the entry gateway to the Manaslu Conservation Area, the Gurung town of Jagat, with it’s lovely flag stoned village square. There is a conservation area office, where restricted area permits are checked. It is also located close to the Tibetan border, so one starts to see the Tibetan Buddhist influences of prayer flags, Chortens (Stupa) and Mani walls (Prayers inscribed in slates and fixed in walls).
Jagat to Lokpa (2,240m/7,349ft)
6-7 Hrs Teahouse Lodge B,L,D
This day will take you finally into the entrance of Tsum Valley. The trail will cross the Budhi Gandaki River on a long suspension bridge and then up the side of the mountain to the village of Philim. From here, the villages become few and far between. The river continues to narrow until it comes to the confluence of the Syar Khola from Tsum valley, where Tsum Valley leads to the right. The village of Lokpa is the first of the Tsum Valley villages, which offers great views of Manaslu. Trekking time is 6-7 hours. The food and lodging at Lokpa is very adequate, and the store here is well stocked.
Lokpa to Chumling (2,386m/7,828ft)
4-5 Hrs Teahouse Lodge B,L,D
Lokpa may be the entrance to Tsum Valley, but the real entrance lies beyond the village in a deep narrow gorge. The trail from Lokpa drops down to the river valley and then up again to Gumlung. There are no villages between Lokpa and Gumlung. There is a small tea shop at Gumlung with is a welcome site. At Gumlung, the trail divides. Cross the Siyar khola and walk to the village of Chumling. Chumling has two places to stay, along with a gombe. Trekking time 5-6 hours.
Chumling to Chhokang Paro (3,030m/9,940ft)
6-7 Hrs Teahouse Lodge B,L,D
Today’s trek will go from the lower to the upper valley. The trail follows along the Siyar Khola down to Domje and then rises over 500 meters to the largest city in Tsum Valley: Chhokang Paro. The trek takes between 6-7 hours. Of special interest is the pretty little village of Gho above Dumje. It has an unusual Gomba, and there is a store where you can buy tea and drinks. Spend the night in Chhokang Paro.
Chhokang Paro to Nile (3,361m/11,026ft)
5-6 Hrs Teahouse Lodge B,L,D
From Chhokang Paro to Nile, you will pass through a number of villages. This trail is the ‘highway’ through Tsum Valley. The valley is fertile here, although narrow, and you will be able to see the residents farming. Just past Lamagaun is Piren Phug or the Cave of St. Milarepa where his footprint is preserved in the rock. The trail continues upwards to the village of Nile. The trek 4-6 hours, with the trip to Piren Phug taking anywhere from 60-90 minutes. The cave is located on the side of the mountain, with great views of the valley from the cave monastery.
Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,139ft)
3 Hrs Teahouse Lodge B,L,D
Mu Gompa is the northern most point on this trip, and is home to a large monastery. This monastery has rooms for visitors where you will spend the night with the monks. Today’s trek is shorter, only about 3-4 hours.
Mu Gompa to Rachen Gumba (3,240m/10,629ft)
5 Hrs Teahouse Lodge B,L,D
This day will take you from one monastery to another that is under the same Lama. Rachen Gompa is a large monastery, and the return trek will take around 3-4 hours. If you were unable to visit Piren Phug on day 7, this day will offer a second opportunity to visit this religious holy site.
Optional trail you also can walk visiting Dhephu Doma (Nunnery Gompa) takes extra 2 hours.
Lama Gaun – Lungdang (2,386/7,828ft)
7-8 Hrs Teahouse Lodge B,L,D
This trek is a long day, as you will leave the upper valley and at Domje, take the trail to Gumba Lungdang. Here is another gumba that allows visitors to spend the night. The views of the Ganesh Himal Mountains are outstanding from this point. There is no village from Domje to Gumba Lungdang. Trekking time is 7-8 hours
Gumba Lungdang to Lokpa (1,570m/5,150ft)
7-8 Hrs Teahouse Lodge B,L,D
Another long day of trekking as you leave Lungdang to Lokpa; passes through Domje and back to Lokpa. The trail will drop back through the gorge that forms the entrance into Tsum Valley along the Siyar Khola. Spend the night again at Lokpa. Trekking time is 7-8 hours.
Lokpa to Filim (1,860m/6,102ft)
5 Hrs Teahouse Lodge B,L,D
This day we retrace the same trail to Filim.
Filim to Machhakhola
6 Hrs Teahouse Lodge B,L,D
Retracing the trail to Machhakhola
Arughat to Kathmandu 1350m
6-7 hrs Teahouse Lodge B,L,D
Here in Arughat you will catch a private Jeep or public bus to Kathmandu. Be dropped off at your hotel, and have a good night rest after completing the Manaslu Tsum Valley Pilgrimage Trek. Namaste.
Rest day in Kathmandu
Fullday Hotel in Kathmandu B&B
Rest day after long treacherous adventure in the Mountain.
Final Departure to sweet back home.
See you next time.