Tsum Valley Trekking

Trip Overview
  • Duration 17 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate or Grade B (**)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrek
  • Major AttractionPirenPhu(pigeon cave), RachenGompa
  • Best TimeApril-May-June, September-October-November

Highlights

Besides the Ganesh Himal, other snow mountains stand close by beside the Ganesh Himal, towering above the valley. The valley is a pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists where locals speak their dialect. Viewpoints and passes along the trail offer amazing views of the mountains above and the valleys below. 

Tsum Valley Trekking is a sacred trek to the pilgrimage valley of Tsumbackdropped with Ganesh, Sringi, and Boudha range at its backdrop. Rich in its traditional art, culture, and religion, the valley dwellers are primarily of Tibetan origin. Trails pass through monasteries, artistic Chortens, mani walls, and other embellishments to this remote hidden paradise which also recounts tales of the yeti.

After preparing the permit for the restricted area in Tsum Valley, we drive to Soti Khola the next day, where our trek begins. Up the stream, we walk to MachhaKhola. Then through some steep climbs and descents, we reach Doban. A rocky trail continues till Philim, with SringiHimal as the backdrop. We subsequently pass Chumling and go to Chhokangparo in the Upper Tsum Valley, where we see towering views of Ganesh Himal, Boudha Himal, and HimalChuli. En route to Nile/Chhule, we pass through PirenPhu(pigeon cave), a sacred location that preserved Buddhist murals, scripts, and carved stones where we stop for exploration. Our next stop is the Mu Gompa at 3700m, from where we move to RachenGompa, a nunnery, and further on to Dumje. From Dumje to Philim, we pass Samba TingdingChhupyang, a spectacular waterfall. Philim to Tatopani is a six hours walk where you can relax in the hot spring. We returned the next day to SotiKhola and Drove to Kathmandu.

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Arrival in Kathmandu. Our Airport Representative will meet you at the TribhuwanInternational Airport. We will arrange a drop at the Hotel by private tourist vehicle. You can either take a rest or meet us at our office and know the detailed arrangement of the Trek. B&B at the hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

After breakfast, Mountain Rock Treks and Expedition will introduce you to the trek leader/guide at the hotel. This pre-trip meeting is for briefings on the trek and other necessary details. Please bring your passport, three passport-sized photos, and a copy of your travel insurance policy. Then, you can use your free time to rest or explore around for some last-minute shopping. A visit to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu, including Swayambhu, Boudha, Pashupatinath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, et cetera, is also arranged as per request.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Early morning drive to DhadingBensi, the district headquarter of Dhading, and then to Aarughat along rough tracks. At Aarughat. We take a jeep and drive to SotiKhola, ideal for fresh water baths. Overnight stay at SotiKhola in a small village beside the river.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 800m

After we cross the bridge, the trail goes through the greenSaalforests. Then, ascending through a ridge overlooking the rapids of BudhiGandaki leads us to Khursane. The last part is a rocky trail up to the Gurung village, Lapubesi. Then we continue along the riverbank, treading on the sand and rounded stones, and cross a suspension bridge to arrive at MachhiKhola village. Overnight stay at MachhiKhola.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6 to 7 hours walk

The trail passes through small settlements alongKhorlabeshi and to Tatopani. Large Gurung settlements are found higher along the trail, and we come across herders moving up and down the hills. Passing through Tatopani, we climb a ridge, cross the BudhiGandaki and further ascend to Doban.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6 Hours

Passing through to Yaruphant and across the Yaru River, the trail eases to Jagat, another Gurung village in a flat area. As we pass this rural village, we climb a rocky ridge and reach Salleriwhci, rewarded with views of Mount Sringi. Then, descending to Sirdibas, a traditional Buddhist village, we move further to cross the longest suspension bridge in Nepal and climb up to Philim, our stay for the night.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6 hours walk

North of Philim, we climb along forest areas for about an hour and reach Ekle Bhatti. Moving higher along pine forests, we reach a scenic gorge and drop to a junction. We take the right trail that leads to Tsum Valley. The first glimpses of Tsum and mountain vistas make for a lovely retreat. Through the forest trail, we reach Lokpa, a small village with lodges and terraces to camp. We descend further to cross a river and take a steep climb where views of the hidden valley start appearing. We dive further to Ghumlong and climb again to Ripchet. A short walk takes us to Chumling. A traditional Buddhist village set beautifully with an old monastery, traditional houses, prayer flags, stone-paved streets, mani walls, and the like. Overnight stay in a lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7 hours walk

After crossing the suspension bridge, the trail passes through maize and potato fields. Then, crossing the valley across a scenic ridge, we climb for more than two hours to reach a small settlement under the cliffs, ChhokangParo.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6 Hours walk

We ascend along the scenic trails towards Mu Gompa, the largest monastery in the region and the highest farthest point in Tsum Valley. The five-hour walk to Mu Gompa (3710m) shows a different world, a flat bowl-like valley surrounded by mountains. Overnight stay in a tented camp.

  • Tented camp.
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7 hours walk

The PirenPhu cave is a pigeon cave and lies among the most sacred in Tsum Valley. Located near Burji village, at the foot of a cliff, legends of the cave connect to Milarepa, a Tibetan saint. Two gumbas cling to the cave, which is well decorated with murals, carvings on stones, prayer flags, et cetera, and is the most famous site.

  • Tented camp/Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 5 hours walk

  • Tented camp/Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Today's short walk takes a downhill to Chhule and further to Phurbe, where Sherpa homestays are available. Walking along the Siyar River banks, the trail also crosses flat plains along power lines to RachenGompa (3240m), a nunnery. Overnight stay at RachenGompa.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6 hours walk

After crossing the river to pass through ChhokangParo, we drop towards Chumling. Walking for about two hours, we come across a white monastery and drop at SiyarKhola. The abundance of water here makes it suitable to wash clothes. Finally, we stopped at Dumje for the night.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 7 hours walk

The trail crosses Ripchet and passes mesmerizing waterfalls along Lower Tsum Valley to reach Philim.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

It’s a relaxing walk from Philim to Tatopani as we slowly descend along a steady trail. People believe that the hot water springs at Tatopani cure diseases and relieve the body of any ailments. You can enjoy dipping in hot water. Overnight stay in a lodge.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6 hours walk

Through terraced fields and farming villages along the lowlands, the trail passes a few waterfalls to reach SotiKhola, from where we take a drive back to Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner

Departure from Kathmandu. A drop from the hotel to the airport 3 hours before the scheduled flight time in a private tourist vehicle. You can also opt for another package with Green Valley Nepal Treks and extend your stay.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

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