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
  • Free Day
  • 1320m

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
  • Free Day
  • 1320m

Early morning Bus 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 freshwater baths. Overnight stay at SotiKhola in a small village beside the river.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 6 hrs
  • 700m

After we cross the bridge, the trail goes through the green Saalforests. 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 hours walk
  • 869m

The trail passes through small settlements along Khorlabeshi 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
  • 1070m

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
  • 1570m

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
  • 2386m

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
  • 3031m

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
  • 3361m

The Piren Phu 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
  • Free Day

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
  • 3240m

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
  • 2460m

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

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • 1570m

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
  • 990m

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
  • 6-7 hours
  • 700m

Drive back to Kathmandu by local bus. The program will end. You can also opt for another package with Mountain Rock Treks and extend your stay.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 6-7 hours
  • 1320m

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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Cost Details

Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop off service by Private Coach.
  • Three nights' accommodation with breakfast at a standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • one full-day guided city tour.
  • Three-time food in a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while trekking.
  • Tea House accommodation during the trek.
  • We provide a Professional English-speaking trekking guide (trained by the  Ministry of tourism) with his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc.
  • Local Bus to go to Sotikhola and back.
  • Manaslu conservation permits & TIMS.
  • Tourist service charge, Vat.
  • One map of  Manasalu Trek for the group.

Excludes

  • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
  • Nepal Travel insurance.
  • Entrance fees of sightseen places.
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
  • Personal expenses include phone calls, drinks, donations, souvenirs, etc.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events, i.e., road wrecks, flight delays, etc.
  • Tips for guide, porter (expected).

Dates & Price

The above itinerary can be re-designed as per your interest & preferences. Let us know whether you would like some changes on the trek.

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Essential Info

Accommodation for Tsum Trekking

The climb to Manaslu is a teahouse hike. Every night, you'll spend the night at the tea house, which will be modestly furnished with two single beds. There are frequently public bathrooms outside of teahouses. The only location with heat is the dining room. Food is provided at teahouses. You'll stop for lunch at teahouses along the way.

Pickup and drop-off at the airport are free.

At Tribhuvan International Airport, we provide complimentary airport pickup and drop-off. When you arrive, a booklet with your name on it will be handed to you by our trekking agent. As a welcome gesture, they will greet you with a floral garland or a khada. They will then take you to your hotel in a private vehicle.

We will pick you up from your hotel in Kathmandu and drive you to the airport for your international flight when you return home after your visit.
 

Best Time for Tsum Trek

The ideal months to visit Tsum Valley are March to May and September to November. The weather will be more consistent this time of year, making the voyage more enjoyable. Be a part of this exciting adventure because we, Mountain Rock Trek and Expeditions, are an Our guests' safety and comfort are our top priorities as a group of hardworking individuals. If you go with us, we will assure you that this vacation will become a lifelong memory. Please contact us anytime for further information on the Tsum Valley trek cost or the Tsum Valley trek itinerary.

The weather in the alpine and hilly regions has altered dramatically due to global warming. As a result, we are experiencing some difficulties with terrible weather, heavy rain, landslides, highway closures, aircraft delays, and even cancellations for a day. We weren't always able to make it on time due to traffic. Because we can't forecast the weather or other circumstances, it might happen at any time of year. As a result, if feasible, we recommend adding an extra supplement the day before your international departure. If all goes well, you'll have a lovely day seeing any of the old city's noteworthy sites.

Tsum Valley trek in the Spring

In Nepal, spring is known as Basanta Ritu. The beginning of the year brings the hidden greenery of the hills and woodlands. It's a fresh start for nature, with flower buds filling the woodland walkways.

Avalanches, landslides, and floods are unlikely during this season. March, April, and May are all part of the spring season.

In March

Since March is the season's first month, the entire area welcomes spring. Because the winter has just ended, fresh flower buds may be observed on the woodland walks in the lower region. During this month, the trails will be calm and tranquil, enabling you to experience the natural splendor. You will be able to shoot stunning photographs of nature without being disturbed. This month is ideal for people seeking serenity as well as beautiful surroundings. During this time of year, the frozen lakes begin to thaw, flooding the streams. In addition, many villages that had to go down to the city in the winter will be returning.

 

Temperature and weather on Tsum Valley Trek

The weather is calm, and the temperatures are warm, allowing for a clear view of the surroundings. In March, look forward to brilliant blue skies and bright, sunny days.

The air is chilly, and the temperature rises with elevation. In the upper elevations, the temperature ranges from 2 to 8 degrees Celsius throughout this month. The temperature will remain frigid for this entire month, despite the end of the winter season. The lower sections, on the other hand, are warmer than the upper ones.

In April

By April, the entire Manaslu region would be carpeted with vibrant blooms. The second month of the season, when the flowers have bloomed, adds to the taste of your journey. The paths will be crawling with hikers from around the world this month. The views of the hills, landscapes, and valleys are stunning along the route.

During May

May signals the conclusion of the spring season. On the slope, you'll observe the final blooming of spring flowers. As the month transitions from spring to summer in late May, there is a chance of pre-monsoon rain.

In May, you may enjoy both spring and the monsoon at the same time. The roads are just as packed from mid-April to mid-May, so there is less solitude. However, towards the end of the month, the crowd had thinned. Because the expedition takes place in May, both hikers and climbers use these paths. The most significant time to climb Manaslu is now.

During the spring, the difficulty level is moderate. The weather can be severe between early March and May, but everything else is good. It is appropriate for hikers with little technical knowledge because no snow gear is required. 

An autumn trek to Tsum Valley Trek

Autumn is the busiest season for trekking on the Manalsu region's trails. In Nepal, it is also known as Sharad Ritu. New types of flowers have bloomed along the woodland walk after the monsoon has stopped. People celebrate the country's largest festival at this time. Because there is no harvesting in the autumn, farmers are also free. In this season, the region of Manaslu exudes a delightful air of dramatic beauty.

The optimum time to hike Manaslu is in the autumn. Autumn is defined by September, October, and November.

In September,

September heralds the start of the lovely autumn season. The month marks the beginning of the shift from the monsoon to autumn. As a result, you may get some light monsoon rain in the first week of September, but it will dry out by the middle of the month. The monsoon rains have left the woodland trails alive with new and rare plant species. It has also washed away contaminants, giving the ecosystem a new lease of life.

In October,

In the autumn season, October is the most exciting and entertaining month. During this period, people celebrate the major holidays of Dashain and Tihar. It is, without a doubt, the most fantastic time to hike Manaslu.

It's also autumn's busiest month, with the Manaslu region's rare and untouched splendor on display. There will be a lot of trekkers visiting these locations. Thus, the routes and lodges will be packed.

In November,

November marks the end of the autumn season. This month marks the beginning of the shift from fall to winter. As the days pass, it becomes colder and dryer.

It is the most OK month to walk the Manaslu Circuit. November is the driest month of the season, with no rain or snow. However, compared to the other months of the season, this is the most incredible month. You get to enjoy the hike while walking comfortably and without sweating. Throughout your journey, you will be surrounded by breathtaking vistas of nature, which will keep you on edge with their magnificence.

Cancellation policies

If you cancel up to 24 hours before the event, you will receive a full refund. To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the activity's start time. You will not receive a refund if you cancel less than 24 hours before the start of the activity. Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience's start date will be denied. Cut-off timings are determined by the experience's local time.

FAQs

  • Q1. HOW DIFFICULT IS THE MANASLU TSUM TREK? 

    The Tsum Valley Trek is a somewhat challenging hike. This high-altitude hike also entails climbing uphill and downhill on steep, narrow trails. As a result, you should plan and acclimate to avoid altitude sickness on the trip. This breathtaking excursion may be had for a modest fee. The Manaslu Trip is a moderately difficult trek appropriate for both beginners and experts. Traveling on the Manaslu Circuit Trek at the best time may be exciting and pleasant. However, there will be several challenges on this journey.

  • Because trekking in the Manaslu region is limited, trekkers should use a government-approved guide and agency to get Manaslu region permits to hike.

  • You'll need the Manaslu conservation area, Annapurna conservation area, and Manaslu special permits if you're walking the Manaslu circuit. However, if you want to combine Tsum Valley with other activities, you'll need a Tsum Valley special permit. Please check our blogs for additional information.

  • On the Manaslu Tsum Trek, there is wifi and phone service.

    Wi-Fi is available at the majority of tea shops. If you need to contact relatives or friends back home, tea shops provide SAT phones for a small price that may be used to call home. The local phone is hardly functional on this adventure. Nepal Telecom offers better coverage than Ncell in the Manaslu region.

  • The Manaslu tsum trek takes you through a relatively new and underdeveloped rural Nepal region. You'll spend a lot of time in nature, away from the daily grind, because settlements are few and far between.

  • Apart from Gumpa Lungdang and Dharmasala, you will have access to electricity at all locations where you may charge your batteries. For a full charge, it will cost you a few dollars.

  • No special training is required for the Manaslu trip. However, having some trekking experience before visiting Nepal can put you in a better position because Nepal's landscape is rough and challenging to navigate.

  • Vomiting, fever, headache, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, weakness, frequent waking, difficulty breathing, feeling too cold, diarrhea, and other altitude symptoms might occur.

  • There are basic tea houses throughout the entire Manaslu Circuit Part and homestay services in the Tsum Valley, where you can stay and eat, as Manaslu is a recently opened tea house trek. You must stay at both the tea house and the homestay. However, in modern times, tea houses are also present in Tsum Valley.

  • Homestay is a type of travel or study abroad program that enables guests to book accommodations with local families. Any lodging used by the locals is quite poor. and must stay with local families and eat in local restaurants. Additionally, lodging in a tea house is significantly better; you have a separate room as well as a shared or private bathroom and toilet. Today, however, the Tsum Valley section also offers the option of a tea house.

  • You can purchase a bottle of mineral water for each tea house along the Tsum Valley Trek for clean drinking water. However, it would be preferable to use any instruments (SteriPEN Ultra/Filter/Iodine Tablets/chlorine) to purify water due to environmental concerns. Every tea shop sells raw water, which you can filter on your own. Or you have the option to purchase boiling filter water. The same goes for drinking water and toilet paper, all of which are extra costs.

Client Reviews

  • Best valley in middle of Himalayas

    We had a Great Time in Manaslu, Tsum valley is one of the best options to explore Tibetan culture and tradition. Visiting the monastery and Ganesh Himal base camp is the best way to explore this trek.

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    DanialGermanyJune 20, 2022
  • Excellent guidance

    Excellent guidance throughout. In addition, you can sense that they care about their staff. I've had the impression of working with a highly competent agency since I landed in Kathmandu. They make me feel welcome and content when I'm there.

    D
    Dariana GorczanyNew ZealandJanuary 18, 2022
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