Tsum Valley Trek

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Tsum Valley Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Places to Visit Tsum Valley
  • Max Altitude 4,200m/13,779ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Machhakhola
  • Ends Arughat
  • Activity Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

Tsum Valley Trek Highlights

  • Tsum Valley is a remote and culturally rich region located in the northern part of Gorkha District in Nepal.
  • It is often referred to as the "Hidden Valley" due to its secluded location and limited access.
  • Tsum Valley is known for its unique Tibetan-influenced culture and pristine natural beauty.
  • The trek offers stunning views of the snow-capped peaks including Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Buddha Himal.
  • The region is home to several ancient Buddhist monasteries, including the famous Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa.
  • Tsum Valley is culturally significant as it is believed to be the holy pilgrimage site mentioned in ancient Buddhist scriptures.
  • The trek provides an opportunity to interact with the local people who follow a traditional way of life and have preserved their unique customs and traditions.
  • Tsum Valley is less crowded compared to other popular trekking routes in Nepal, offering a peaceful and tranquil environment.
  • The trail passes through lush green valleys, dense forests, and terraced fields, showcasing the diverse landscapes of the region.
  • Wildlife enthusiasts may spot rare species such as the Himalayan Tahr, Blue Sheep, and Red Panda along the trekking route.
  • Tsum Valley also provides a gateway to Manaslu Circuit Trek, allowing trekkers to combine both routes for an extended adventure.
  • The trek requires a special restricted area permit, adding an element of exclusivity to the experience.
  • Tsum Valley Trek is a moderate to challenging trek, suitable for experienced trekkers looking for an off-the-beaten-path adventure.

Tsum Valley Trek Overview 

Tsum Valley is where Nepal and Tibet Meet

Tsum Valley is a remote Himalayan valley located in the Gorkha District of Nepal. It is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and unique Tibetan Buddhist traditions. The valley was opened for tourism only in 2008 and has since gained popularity among trekkers and adventure seekers. It is this untouched enchanting valley that creates a sacred meeting point between Nepal and Tibet.

The Tsum Valley Trek offers a unique and mesmerizing experience, combining stunning natural beauty with rich cultural heritage. Here are some of the captivating aspects that make the trek through Tsum Valley truly beautiful:

This 15-day Teahouse Trek takes you through breathtaking landscapes adorned with snow-capped peaks. The views of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Buddha Himal ranges are simply awe-inspiring. The mountains rise majestically, creating a picturesque backdrop throughout the journey.

The untouched beauty of Tsum Valley is a haven for adventure seekers who prefer to escape the hustle and bustle of more popular destinations. The serenity and tranquility that this region offers enable trekkers to truly connect with the surrounding natural wonders.

Off-the-Beaten-Path Experience while doing Tsum Valley Trek:

Unlike other popular trekking regions in the country, Tsum Valley remains relatively less crowded, offering an opportunity for visitors to explore an intimate experience with nature and the local culture.

With fewer tourists, the trails of Tsum Valley provide a more secluded trekking experience. The absence of large crowds allows travelers to fully appreciate the stunning landscapes, pristine rivers, and majestic mountains that define the region. The sense of solitude and remoteness adds to the allure of Tsum Valley, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a truly immersive adventure.

Tsum Valley also offers the opportunity to support and contribute to the local community. With fewer tourists, the economic impact of visitors is more pronounced, making it easier to directly engage with the locals and contribute to their livelihoods. This creates a mutually beneficial relationship, as travelers gain a more authentic experience while simultaneously supporting the sustainable development of the region.

Tsum Valley is certainly a hidden gem that provides a sense of adventure and exploration. Whether it's the untouched landscapes or the rich cultural heritage, Tsum Valley offers a unique opportunity for trekkers seeking something off the beaten path.

Mu Gompa (3,700 m / 12,139 feet)

The Tsum Valley Trek is indeed a remarkable journey that takes you through stunning landscapes and offers a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the region. The presence of ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, including the renowned Mu Gompa, adds a spiritual and architectural dimension to the trek.

Mu Gompa, located in the remote region of Upper Nubri, is one of the oldest and most significant monasteries along the Tsum Valley. It is perched on a hilltop at an elevation of approximately 3,700 meters (12,139 feet). The monastery holds immense religious importance for the local Tibetan Buddhist communities and is a place of pilgrimage for devotees.

The architecture of Mu Gompa and other monasteries in the region reflects the unique blend of Tibetan and Nepali artistic styles. The structures are often adorned with intricate woodwork, colorful murals depicting Buddhist deities and legends, and beautifully crafted statues. These monasteries serve as living museums, preserving ancient relics, scriptures, and artifacts that provide insights into the rich cultural and religious heritage of the area.

As you explore these monasteries, you'll encounter a peaceful ambiance. Moreover, the monasteries act as centers for both learning and meditation. They offer an opportunity for trekkers to engage with Buddhist philosophy and gain a deeper understanding of the local culture.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu, The Capital City (1,400 m / 4,593 feet) Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 02:Cultural Sightseeing tour and trek Briefing / Welcome Dinner.
  • Day 03:Drive to Machha Khola (869m / 2,851 feet)
  • Day 04:Trek to Jagat (1345m / 4,412 feet)
  • Day 05:Trek to Lokpa (2240m / 7,349 feet) WE ENTER TSUM VALLEY
  • Day 06:Trek to Chumling (2386m / 7,828 feet) (Lower Tsum)
  • Day 07:Trek to Chhokang Paro (3031m / 9,944 feet)
  • Day 08:Trek to Nile (3347m / 10,980 feet) via Milarepa Cave
  • Day 09:Trek to Mu Gompa (3700 m / 12,139 feet) and hike to Dhephu Donma nunnery Gompa (4060m)
  • Day 10:Trek to Chhokang Paro (3031m / 9,944 feet)
  • Day 11:Trek to Gumba Lungdang (3200m / 10,498 feet)
  • Day 12:Hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4200m / 13,779 feet) and trek back to Gumba Lungdang
  • Day 13:Trek to Lokpa, 6-7
  • Day 14:Trek to Lapubesi (884 m / 2900 feet)
  • Day 15:Drive to Kathmandu via Arughat, 8/9 hrs drive- overnight at Hotel
  • Day 16:Departure Day - Transfer to international Airport.

Tsum Valley Trek Detailed Itinerary

  • Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by your Trekking Group Leader or a Company Representative who will transfer you to your hotel.
  • Your Hotel is located in the Center City of Kathmandu at Thamel, a vibrant colorful Town
  • Check in and relax after your journey.
  • You can explore the vibrant streets of Thamel for your last-minute shopping or to try out some organic Coffee.
  • Try some Local Cuisine in the Evening.

PLEASE NOTE: As per Nepal Government regulations, to access restricted mountain areas like Tsum Valley, we require your original passport and passport-sized photos to swiftly secure the Special Trekking Permit. It is a golden ticket to unseen vistas and untouched valleys away from the maddening crowd. So, we will be collecting these documents upon your arrival at the hotel.

  • Altitude: 1,400 m / 4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
  • Meals: Welcome Dinner
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

Today: it’s an exploration day. Your leader will introduce you to our professional City Tour Guide who is an expert and will guide you to the most pious Hindu and Buddhist religious places that are listed in the world heritage sites. He is a professional and will shed light on the entire mysticism of its existence.


  • Fabulous Breakfast in the hotel itself.
  • Meet up at 9 am for the tour.
  • Visit Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath.
  • Getting together for trek briefing as per the time given by your leader.
  • Distribution of company's trek equipment.
  • Welcome Dinner at Thamel Restauring and get to know one another.
    • After an early breakfast, embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola, which offers beautiful views of the countryside.
    • Along the way, you'll pass through picturesque villages, terraced fields, and lush landscapes.
    • Arrive at Machha Khola and check in at a teahouse for a good night's rest.
    • Altitude: 869m / 2,851 feet
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Walking Hour: 9/10 Hours DRIVE
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Begin your trek today, following the Budi Gandaki River.
    • The trail passes through tropical forests and remote villages.
    • Reach Jagat, a charming village with a Tibetan-influenced culture. You'll stay at a teahouse here.
    • Altitude: 1345m / 4,412 feet
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Distance: 14.5 km
    • Continue your trek along the river, passing through terraced fields and rhododendron forests.
    • Arrive at Lokpa, a peaceful village with breathtaking mountain views. Stay overnight at a teahouse.
    • Altitude: 2240m / 7,349 feet
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Walking Hour: 6 Hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Distance: 12 km
    • Today's journey takes you to Chumling, the gateway to the Lower Tsum Valley.
    • The trail offers stunning vistas of the Ganesh Himal and the Shringi Himal ranges.
    • Explore the village and interact with the locals to learn about their unique culture.
    • Altitude: 2386m / 7,828 feet
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Distance: 7 km
    • Continue your ascent as you trek to Chhokang Paro, a picturesque village in the Tsum Valley.
    • Enjoy the tranquility and rich cultural experiences in this remote region.
    • Altitude: 3031m / 9,944 feet
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Distance: 9 km
    • Today, you'll visit the Milarepa Cave, an important pilgrimage site. It's a place of spiritual significance.
    • Continue your trek to the Nile, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and dense forests.
    • Altitude: 3347m / 10,980 feet
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Walking Hour: 4/5 Hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Distance: 9 km
    • Explore the ancient Mu Gompa, an important Buddhist monastery in the region.
    • Visit the Dhephu Donma Nunnery Gompa, where you can interact with the resident nuns and learn about their way of life.
    • Enjoy the serene atmosphere and incredible mountain scenery.
    • Altitude: 3700 m / 12,139 feet
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Return to Chhokang Paro and soak in the beauty of the Tsum Valley once more.
    • Altitude: 3031m / 9,944 feet
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Walking Hour: 5/6 Hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Continue your journey, reaching Gumba Lungdang, a remote village offering stunning mountain views.
    • This village is an ideal place to experience the local culture and hospitality.
    • Altitude: 3200m / 10,498 feet
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Walking Hour: 6 hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Embark on an adventurous hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Ganesh Himal range.
    • After capturing memories and experiencing the majestic mountains, return to Gumba Lungdang for the night.
    • Altitude: 4200m / 13,779 feet
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • We retrace our trail back.
    • Begin your descent as you trek back to Lokpa.
    • The trail offers different perspectives of the landscapes you've already explored.
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Continue your journey towards Lapubesi, walking through serene forests and charming villages.
    • This will be your last night in the mountains, so make the most of it.
    • Since it is a last-night fun activity follow along with Tipping
    • Altitude: 884 m / 2900 feet
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Walking Hour: 6/7 Hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu through Arughat, enjoying the scenic beauty along the way.
    • Upon reaching Kathmandu, check in to your hotel and relax.
    • You can do some last-minute shopping or explore the city's vibrant streets.
    • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    • Enjoy your final breakfast in Nepal and, depending on your flight schedule, you will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure.
    • Accommodation: Fly Back Home

    The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your Group Leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.

    What's Included
    • PERMITS: All Essential permits + SPECIAL PERMIT required to trek in the region.
    • PICKUP AND DROPS: Airport pickup and drop facilities on both Domestic and International flights are included.
    • ACCOMMODATION: Three-star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu on a Bed / Breakfast basis.
    • WELCOME DINNER: Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
    • SIGHTSEEING: Half-day guided city sightseeing to two most sacred World Heritage Sites with a paid entrance fee.
    • TAXES: All Government and Local tax.
    • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: All Ground transportation to and from the preferred destination as per the itinerary – PRIVATE VEHICLE.
    • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation for all staff as required.
    • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak-Track, Trekking Poles etc.
    • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
    • DRINKING WATER: Properly boiled hot water for drinking is provided every evening and morning – so it’s wise to have bottles equivalent to 3 liters or bottles along with a Rehydration Bag (camel bag).
    • GLORIOUS FOOD: All Meals (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast with hot beverages) during the trek.
    • TREK LEADER: An accomplished Trekking Group Leader (Legitimate Guiding License Holder) and assistant guide.
    • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: All Ground Staff and their Allowances + their insurance.
    • SAFETY CONCERNS: Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive comprehensive medical kit on all trips.
    • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Take away the Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt, Buff (multi-functional head-wear), and trekking Map.
    What's Excluded
    • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
    • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
    • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
    • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
    • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
    • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
    • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
    • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
    • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
    • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
    • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
    Essential Trip Information

    Spiritual Significance of Tsum Valley:

    Tsum Valley is believed to be a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage site mentioned in ancient Buddhist scriptures. It is considered a hidden gem with spiritual significance and is often referred to as the "Hidden Valley of Happiness."

    The beauty of the Tsum Valley Trek lies not only in its stunning landscapes but also in the harmonious blend of nature and culture. It's a journey that offers both physical challenges and soulful encounters, leaving trekkers with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for the wonders of this Himalayan gem.

    Remote and Untouched Wilderness:

    Tsum Valley is relatively remote and less explored compared to other popular trekking regions in Nepal. As a result, the area has retained its pristine beauty, with untouched forests, meadows, and terraced fields. It's a refreshing escape from the bustling cities and a chance to immerse yourself in the serenity of nature.

    The Tsum Valley trek leads you through dense forests filled with rhododendron, pine, and oak trees. The vibrant colors of blooming rhododendron flowers during the spring season add to the beauty. Along the trail, you'll encounter several cascading waterfalls, their crystal-clear waters glistening in the sunlight.

    This untouched Valley is dotted with traditional Tibetan-style villages where the local Tsumba people reside. These villages offer a glimpse into their unique way of life and cultural practices. The traditional stone houses, prayer flags fluttering in the wind, and terraced fields create a charming and authentic atmosphere.

    The valley is renowned for its ancient monasteries and sacred sites, which hold deep religious and cultural significance. The Mu Gompa, perched atop a hill, is a major highlight. Its intricate architecture, colorful murals, and panoramic view from the monastery make it a truly remarkable site.

    Warm Hospitality of Tsumba People of Tsum Valley:

    The people of Tsum Valley are known for their warm hospitality and welcoming nature. The local inhabitants, predominantly of Tibetan origin, are known as Tsumbas. They have a deep-rooted tradition of hospitality and are known to be friendly and kind-hearted towards visitors. When you visit Tsum Valley, you can expect to be greeted with genuine warmth and openness.

    Tsumbas are accustomed to receiving trekkers and tourists who come to explore the region's natural beauty and cultural sites. They often extend their hospitality by offering comfortable accommodations, delicious local cuisine, and a glimpse into their traditional way of life.

    As a guest in Tsum Valley, you might be invited into the homes of the locals, where you can experience their warm hospitality firsthand. They are likely to share their meals with you, provide a comfortable place to rest, and engage in friendly conversations.

    However, it's important to respect the local customs and traditions while enjoying their hospitality.

    Permits required for Tsum Valley Trek:

    As Tsum Valley lies in a restricted area of Nepal, trekkers are required to obtain special permits to enter the region.

    There are basically TWO permits required for the Tsum Valley Trek and those are

    • Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit (Tsum RAP) and
    • Manaslu Conservation Area Project permit (MCAP)

    The Tsum Valley Restricted permit cost from September to November is USD 40 for the first week and USD 7 per day per trekker beyond one week. However, the cost of RAP from December - August is USD 30 and USD 7 per day per person beyond one week. The special permit fees are uniform and apply equally to all nationalities, including citizens of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) member countries.

    However, the Manaslu Conservation Area Project (MCAP) costs NPR 3000 for all foreign nationals and NPR 1000 for SAARC nationals.

    Additionally, a registered trekking agency and a licensed guide are mandatory for trekking in the region.

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