Tsum Valley Trekking

Duration: 18 Days
At a Glance
  • Duration 18 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End KTM/KTM
  • Group Size 2-12
  • Max. Altitude 3700


  • Trek to hidden Shangri La, Tsum Valley in the restricted Manaslu region
  • A very distinct trekking route with centuries-old monasteries, caves used by renowned sages for meditation, massive mani walls, lush rhododendron forests & vast pastures
  • Untouched, unspoiled, & not crowded offbeat Trail
  • Come across diverse vegetation and alpine animals.
  • The region strongly influences Tibetan Buddhism and touches the Tibetan border.
  • Stunning mountain views and breathtaking landscapes
  • Locals host the trekkers in their homes.
  • Hike to Ganesh Himal base camp

Tsum Valley Trekking 18 Days

If you are on a quest to explore the untouched parts of the Himalayas, far from the mainstream trekking routes, then Tsum Valley is the answer. Located east of the Manalsu, bordering Tibet, Tsum Valley is a hidden Shangri La rarely discussed.

The Tsum Valley Trekking Trail was long prohibited from entering, and it only opened to travelers in 2008. Home to Tsumbas, the direct descendant of Tibetans, the Tsum Valley offers a raw, unspoiled trekking experience.

We have an adventurous 18-day excursion to Tsum Valley, fully guided and supported by professional crew members who ease the venture and make it more meaningful.

Being part of the Manaslu region, you can also do the Tsum Valley trek with the Manaslu circuit.

Even though the starting point of the trek is situated only 7 hours away from Kathmandu, only a few trekkers approach the Manaslu region for trekking because of its isolation and lack of adequate tourist infrastructure.

Tsum Valley is a restricted area within the Manaslu Conservation Area. Solo Tsum Valley Adventure (without a guide and registered local trekking) is prohibited.

Moreover, you have to trek in a group of a minimum of two people, and it is mandatory to have a trekking guide. All these factors and expensive trekking permits keep the crowd away from the Tsum Valley walking trail. Trekking in the Tsum Valley is a privilege only a few travelers have.

During the Tsum Valley Adventure Holidays, you can explore untouched and unspoiled ancient villages and Tibetan Buddhist roots.

Look forward to old monasteries such as Mu Gompa, Dhephu Doma & Gumba Lungdang. The friendly and very welcoming locals host the trekkers.

Being so close to them gives you a first-hand experience of their customs and practices. The nunneries, chortens, and prayer wheels along the way express the region's cultural abundance.

Tsum valley Hiking Trip offers a very different trekking experience than the famous Everest or Annapurna base camp trek. The scenery is quite distinct, too.

The overnight stays in villages like Chumling, Chhokangparo, Nile, and Gumpa Lundang are fabulous. You'll take a side hike to Ganesh Himal base camp, walking on thrilling glacier moraine.

Tsum Valley Trek Adventure is for experienced trekkers who can adjust without modern convenience and are not afraid to go offbeat. It is an incredible trek that will give you lifelong memories, teach you a lot, and shape you as a strong individual.

You will have the Trail to yourself. There was no disturbance, no crowd at all. There will be just you, your thoughts, and vast mountain vistas.

Book the Tsum Valley trek early with Outfittr Himalaya to have ample time to prepare for the trek. Our travel consultants will help you with booking and further information about the trek.

Attractions of Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley is an Offbeat and less crowded trekking route.

Tsum Valley trail is sometimes less explored by trekkers, so it has seen less growth. There is no crowd, even during peak trekking season. You can enjoy tranquil trekking and solitude.

The Tsum Valley Hiking route could be more balanced, meaning many hurdles and challenging sections. This trek is perfect for experienced trekkers aware of high-altitude mountainous terrain or have previous trekking experience in the Himalayas.

Explore a hidden Shangri La and its reach Tibetan Buddhism cultural heritage.

Tsum Valley is known as a hidden Shangri La. Only a few travelers even know about this valley. Tucked in the lap of the Himalayan mountains, a trek to Tsum Valley presents you with a magical venture.

Tsum Valley remains unexplored and unspoiled. You will get to experience authentic, raw trekking.

Likewise, the residents of this valley are called Tsumbas. They are descendants of Tibetans and are connected to their roots. Practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, you'll get to see the unique cultures and traditions of the locals.

Visit ancient monasteries, including Mu Gompa.

One of the divine essences of Tsum Valley is its centuries-old monasteries and many stupas, prayer wheels, mani walls & chortens scattered around the trekking route.

All the major villages of the Trail have a monastery; among them, the most important are Mu Gompa, Doma Gompa, Ranchen Gompa, and Gumpa Lundang. And the best part is you will visit most of these monasteries while trekking with us.

The Mu Gompa was established in 1895 AD by Lama Sherab Dorje Drukpa Rinpoche of the Drukpa Kagyu sect. Located at 3,510 meters around Nile village, the hike to this monastery is outstanding. You can see religious books, statues, and images of safes & deities in the monastery.

Witness stunning mountain panoramas and diverse landscapes.

The Tsum Valley trek offers close views of some of the most stunning Himalayan mountains, such as Manaslu (8,163 m), Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Himalchuli (7,893 m), Boudha Himal (6,672 m), and Shringi Himal (7,083 m).

The Tsum Valley Adventure Trail is awe-inspiring. You get to behold views of diverse sceneries as you go from Machha Khola (2,920 m) to Ganesh Himal base camp (4,200 m). You will see lush river valleys and green hills, vast meadows & glacier views as the trek progresses.

Trek in the restricted Manaslu Conservation Area

Manaslu region is a restricted area in Nepal and demands particular restricted area permits to trek. Tsum Valley is located inside the Manaslu region.

The Tsum Valley region is protected under the Manaslu Conservation Area. The Trail winds through forests and pastures to the alpine zone. On the way, you will see many species of plants, flowers, animals, and birds. The forests range from subtropical to alpine.

Adventurous side excursions during the acclimatization days

We have two acclimatization days in our Tsum Valley trek itinerary. One is in a Nile village, and you hike to Mu Gompa & Doma Gompa here.

Likewise, on the second rest day, we will visit Gumpa Lundang and walk to the Ganesh Himal base camp. Both these rest days are essential for acclimatizing our bodies and allowing us to explore the far-stretched points.

Locals host you in their houses.

During the Tsum Valley trek, accommodation mainly includes a homestay and lodges/teahouses. You spend nights in locals' houses, which gives you a close insight into the local lifestyle and practices.

You will be amazed by their simple living and kind heart. The locals are welcoming and very hospitable. You will love their company during your resting time.

Tsum valley trek difficulty

  • The Tsum Valley trek is demanding. Experts rate it strenuous.
  • The Tsum Valley Trek Program in the Himalayas is perfect if you dare to challenge yourself physically and mentally.
  • You have to walk 5 to 7 hours a day each day on the steep, rough mountainous Trail.
  • Likewise, you will spend many days climbing 3,000 meters. Hence, reasonably good physical fitness with high endurance and willpower is a must for this trek.
  • The Trail begins through subtropical forests and gradually ascends along the Budhi Gandaki River. You will walk past beautiful waterfalls and cross many hanging suspension bridges.
  • There are many steep uphill climbs along the way. Once you leave behind the treeline, it is mostly walking on pastures and rocky, narrow trails.

Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness is a significant concern during the Tsum Valley trek. Even though the chance of trekkers getting altitude sickness is minimal, thanks to our well-designed itinerary and ample acclimatization days, you still have to be careful while trekking.

Refrain from doing anything (like drinking alcoholic drinks, smoking, not getting enough sleep, not eating a proper diet, or ascending more than 500 meters a day) that may trigger symptoms of altitude sickness.

If you suffer from altitude sickness during the Tsum Valley trekking in Nepal, our expert mountain guide will give you first aid. He will ensure you get rid of all the symptoms before ascending further.

Below are some of the early symptoms of altitude sickness (acute mountain sickness):

  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea & vomiting

Tsum Valley Trek preparation

To prepare for the Tsum Valley trek in the Himalayas, you can hike or participate in other cardio activities such as swimming, cycling, and jogging.

Similarly, go on long walks regularly with a backpack weighing 5 kg. It will help you build your walking habit. You can focus on strengthening your core and add cardio to the routine for gym bodies. You have to improve your stamina, strength, and walking.


Here is the detailed program for the 18-day Tsum Valley Trek. The 18-day program is a guideline itinerary that includes your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal and a day tour in Kathmandu.

Find the detailed itinerary of the trek. The itinerary for the Tsum Valley Trek is customizable to your needs and desires. So, feel free to contact us anytime regarding the itinerary you want.

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The airport representative of Outfitter Himalaya will welcome you to Tribhuvan International Airport and assist with the luggage.

We will use a private vehicle to escort you to the hotel in Thamel. We have pre-booked the rooms, so they will be ready for you to check in immediately.

In the evening, you can rest and meet other team members.

  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

Today, we will go sightseeing and make trekking permits. Because of the restricted area permit, We need your passport to apply for the special trekking permit.

One of our expert tour guides will accompany you while visiting monuments. You'll see the Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhnath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple.

In the late afternoon, we have a briefing in our office, and we'll hand over duffel bags to you with some other company merch to use during the trek. The trek guide will brief you on the venture and help you with the final packing.

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  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1345

After breakfast, we will begin our journey to Soti Khola, where the Tsum Valley trek begins.

The drive is smoother than half the way and gets bumpy from Arughat onwards. We can see rushing rivers, lush green hills, and mountains on the way.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude700

Leaving Soti Khola, we cross many suspension bridges and walk through lush rhododendron forests.

The Trail also ascends via terraces and small villages to Machha Khola. The Trail is abundant in vegetation and offers beautiful landscapes.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude839

The Trail ascends to Tatopani (930 m) and climbs over a ridge. After crossing the Budi Gandaki on a shaky suspension bridge, we walk on stone stairs following a narrow valley trail.

The Trail passes by Doban (1,000 m), and we walk for an hour before reaching Shyaule Bhatti. Further, we walk on a landslide area and follow a rough trail to Jagat.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1640

We will register our permits in Jagat and leave the village. Following an uphill rocky ridge, we reach Salleri and descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens and continues to Ghatta Khola.

We will walk upstream on a long suspension bridge and ascend to Philim. Then, we will trek through a lush forest and climb north from Gum Pul to Lokpa.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2040

The Trail descends for an hour to Lungwa Khola. We'll ascend through rhododendron and pine forests for a few hours.

We will reach Gumlung and cross Siyar Khola before reaching Chumling. Along the Trail, we can see stunning mountain landscapes.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2390

Today, we begin the day by crossing a hanging bridge on the opposite bank. We can see gorgeous mountain views of Ganesh Himal. Trekking through Rainjam, we crossed another bridge over Serpu Khola and arrived at Gho village.

From here, we will walk for two hours to enter Tsum Valley. Our first village will be Chhokangparo. On a clear day, the view of Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal from this village is excellent.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3030

Leaving Chhokangparo, walk to Ngakyua. Further, walking past remote settlements such as Leru and Lama Gaun, we will stop by Milarepa cave.

The Trail then continues to Burji, Phurbe, and Pangdun villages. Then, walk past Chhule and finally reach the Nile for an overnight stay.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3360

We have an acclimatization day. Acclimatization days are good opportunities to explore the area and hike to hidden corners. We will walk to Mu Gompa on this day, following the valley's west side.

Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in Tsum Valley. After this place, we will ascend to Doma Gompa and return to the Nile to spend the night.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3700

We trek back to Chhokangparo, following the same Trail. On the way, we will pass Lar village and stop by Rachen Gompa.

The Trail offers superb mountain views. Before reaching Chhokangparo, we'll cross a suspension bridge.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3030

The Trail descends to Gho village and crosses the Dumje Bridge. We will stop at Amchi, a traditional Tibetan nunnery.

We will have some delicious Tibetan tea before trekking further. We must travel for another 2-3 hours before Gumpa Lundang arrives.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude3200

Today, we take another acclimatization day and hike to the Ganesh Himal base camp. The Trail needs to be better marked. We have to follow in the footsteps of our mountain guide carefully.

After passing by a few houses, we will walk along a dusty zigzag route. The Trail continues through the lush forest, crosses Lundang Khola via a wooden bridge, and steeply ascends to a ridge.

We will then trek to grassy flats, walk past the Toro Gompa glacier moraine, and climb to the base camp of Ganesh Himal.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude4200

We begin the day with a scrumptious breakfast and start descending toward Ghumpul.

The Trail descends through rhododendrons and pine forests and rejoins the Manaslu trail again. We pass by remote villages and relish the fantastic scenery of Lokpa.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2040

Leaving Jagat, we descend to Philim. We will walk along the Budi Gandaki River and ascend and descend towards Philim.

From here, we will walk downhill and cross a suspension bridge over the Budhi Gandaki River.

Further, passing by Sirdibas via Ghatte Khola, we walk on a rocky path to Jagat for the night stay.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1340

The Trail descends to lower Jagat. We then walk on a rugged path and cross a suspension bridge.

Further, the Trail descends through lush forests to Yarubagar. The route then becomes rocky and descends through dense forests.

We cross multiple bridges and keep walking via the forested path to Machha Khola.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude870

Arughat Bazaar, the drive gets comfortable.

We get to enjoy the beautiful landscape until we reach Kathmandu. The Ganesh Himal range view is also superb during the start of the drive.

We will leave you in the hotel to rest and unpack. Spend the remaining day shopping and meet the team late for a farewell dinner.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Max. Altitude1340

The trek has ended. You can either extend your trip with us or leave for your home country today.

Our airport team will drop you at the international airport terminal for your home flight.

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Tsum Valley Trekking map


  • Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • 3-night Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Transportation from Kathmandu - Sotikhola -Kathmandu by local bus
  • Meals during the trek as per the itinerary
  • Conservation entry permits, restricted area permits, and TIMS permit
  • 14 nights' accommodations in lodges/tea houses/homestay/local houses on trek
  • A Guide and Porter (A porter for every two trekkers)
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and porter
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (Pay by Travel insurance company)
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket if necessary and duffel bag and return after the trek
  • Seasonal fruits after dinner while on the trek
  • T-shirt & trekking map
  • A farewell dinner
  • First Aid & Oximeter
  • Official expenses and service charge


  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel insurance
  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu
  • The entire bar bills & soft and hot drinks
  • Entrance fees while visiting Kathmandu
  • Tips for the Guide and Porter
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Add-Ons & Options

Upgrade Transport to Private Jeep

Day 03: There is an option to upgrade the transportation to a private jeep instead of the local bus drive on day three from Kathmandu to Sotikhola. The Jeep cost US $180.00, and 6 passengers can drive on one Jeep.

Day 17: There is an option to upgrade the transportation to a private jeep instead of the local bus drive on day 17 from Machhakhola to Kathmandu. The Jeep cost US $300.00, and 6 passengers can drive on one Jeep.

Group Departures

We at Outfitter Himalaya offers small group trek to Tsum Valley. Find the fixed dates below to join the group trip and book your most suitable date.

The size for the group trek would be from 2 person to 12 people. If you are more than 12, contact us for the discounts and booking process.

If the offered dates are not suitable for you, or want to have private trip, Proceed booking from the right bar on your own date.

Start DateEnd DatePriceStatus 
Start DateStarts: MondayAug 26, 2024End DateEnds: ThursdaySep 12, 2024PricePrice Per PersonUS$1300StatusAvailable

Essential Info

Guide and Crew for the Tsum Vally Trek

    We provide a well-trailed trekking guide and a porter for each of the two trekkers in our Tsum Valley Trek Cost. Our guides are trained and know the trail well.

    We provide a city guide for the city sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and a trekking guide for the whole trek; we provide additional/assistant guides for more than eight people.

    Transportation on Tsum Valley Trek

    Transportation from Kathmandu to the trek start point (Soti Khola) and from the trek end point (Machha Khola) to Kathmandu is included in our price and is on a local public bus.

    It is the best way to experience the local style of travel. However, it may be uncomfortable, too, so we have provided an option to upgrade it to a private Jeep, which you can add on when booking.

    Accommodations on Manaslu Circuit Trek

    The Tsum Valley Trekking Cost includes a total of 17 nights of accommodation. Three nights are in tourist-standard 3-star hotels in Kathmandu, and 14 nights are in tea houses/guest houses/Homestayes.

    • The most common accommodations are tea houses, guest houses, and homestays. These basic lodges provide meals and a place to sleep for trekkers.
    • They are typically family-run establishments where the locals offer a warm welcome and a glimpse into their unique culture.

    Meals & Drinks on Tsum Valley Trek

    • The Tsum Valley Trek package includes 47 meals (17 breakfasts, 15 lunches, and 15 dinners) served in hotels/lodges.
    • You have breakfast, dinner at the Lodges, and lunch at the Lodge along the trail.
    • We advise you to bring water purification pills or medicine when you come for them, or you can also buy bottled or boiled water.

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