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Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek Overview

Key Information


16 Days


Classic / Easy

Best Season:

Spring, Autumn

Maximum altitude

3700 m


Hotel / Homestay


Private Vehicle

Nestled in the heart of the Gorkha district in western Nepal, the Tsum Valley is a hidden gem that awaits your exploration. Located at an altitude ranging from 2,000 to 3,500 meters (6,600 to 11,500 feet), this serene valley is part of the Manaslu Conservation Area, established in 1998.

A Unique Cultural Experience

The Tsum Valley is home to 33 villages, comprising 529 households and a population of approximately 1,810. The indigenous people of this valley, known as the Tsumbas, have a rich cultural heritage that sets them apart. The Tsumbas practice both Bon and Buddhism, offering a unique blend of spiritual traditions that enrich the cultural tapestry of the valley.

Trekking in Tsum Valley

Embarking on a trek in the Tsum Valley with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks promises an unforgettable journey through steep, rugged landscapes interspersed with quaint settlements. The lower part of the valley is particularly steep, with fewer settlements, creating an aura of seclusion and tranquility.

Meet the Tsumbas

The Tsumbas, of Tibetan origin, are warm and welcoming. They speak their dialect, Tsumke or Tsumba, which has strong influences from the Tibetan language. As you trek through their villages, you'll witness their traditional way of life, largely centered around farming. The Tsumbas cultivate crops like potatoes and millet and raise yaks, which are integral to their livelihoods.

Why Choose Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks?

At Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks, we pride ourselves on offering professional and friendly service, ensuring that your trek through the Tsum Valley is not only adventurous but also culturally enriching. Our experienced guides will lead you through this majestic valley, sharing insights into the local traditions, flora, and fauna.

Join us for an extraordinary trekking experience in the Tsum Valley, where every step brings you closer to nature and a vibrant cultural heritage. Let Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks make your journey through this mystical valley a memory to cherish forever.

Key Highlights 

  • Scenic Journey: Begin your adventure with a picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Arughat, setting the stage for an unforgettable trekking experience.

  • Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Tibetan culture and lifestyle as you traverse through the valley, encountering vibrant monasteries and encountering locals.

  • Natural Splendor: Journey through lush forests, alongside cascading waterfalls, and past mystical caves, encountering diverse flora and fauna along the way.

  • Accessible Trek: Enjoy a relatively moderate trek with minimal risk of altitude sickness, allowing you to fully savor every moment of your Himalayan adventure.

  • Wildlife Encounters: Keep an eye out for elusive Himalayan wildlife, including blue sheep and Himalayan tahr, adding an element of excitement to your trekking experience.

  • Spiritual Oasis: Explore ancient Buddhist monasteries adorned with prayer flags and mani walls, offering moments of tranquility and reflection amidst the rugged landscape.

  • Panoramic Views: Marvel at the breathtaking vistas of towering peaks such as Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli, framed by verdant pine, juniper, and rhododendron forests.

Why Choose Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks:

  • Seamless Booking: Our easy booking and reservation system streamline the process, ensuring a hassle-free experience from start to finish.

  • Exceptional Communication: Benefit from multi-channel communication options, including Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, and Zoom, ensuring prompt assistance at every step of your journey.

  • Comprehensive Support: Enjoy peace of mind with our online trip briefing post-booking, providing valuable insights into the trek itinerary, essential equipment checklist, and what to expect along the trails.

  • 24/7 Assistance: Our dedicated team is available round-the-clock via phone (+977- 9840055491), ensuring prompt assistance in case of any queries or emergencies during your trek.

  • Safety Measures: Prioritize your well-being with our provision of pulse oximeters to monitor oxygen levels at high altitudes, along with a comprehensive medical kit for any unforeseen health concerns.

  • Convenience: Benefit from our easy payment system and complimentary airport-to-hotel transfers upon arrival and departure, ensuring a seamless transition to and from your trekking adventure.

Embark on Your Tsum Valley Adventure:

Experience the allure of Tsum Valley as you embark on a journey through its ancient heritage, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality. From the bustling streets of Kathmandu to the tranquil depths of the Himalayas, let Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks be your trusted companion on this unforgettable odyssey.

Join us for an enriching adventure and create memories to last a lifetime. Contact us today to book your Tsum Valley trekking experience!

Tsum Valley Trek Itinerary

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Bed And Breakfast

Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be warmly welcomed by a member of Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks. After a brief introduction, you'll be transferred directly to your hotel, where you can relax and recover from your journey. The evening is yours to explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu.

Bed and Breafast

Take a full day to explore the rich cultural and historical heritage of Kathmandu. Visit iconic landmarks such as Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhanath Stupa. Immerse yourself in the local markets and try some traditional Nepali cuisine.


Embark on a scenic 9-hour drive to Maccha Khola, a charming village nestled at an altitude of 900 meters. As you wind through picturesque landscapes, you'll witness the gradual transition from the bustling city to the serene beauty of rural Nepal. Overnight stay at a cozy lodge.


Begin your trek towards Jagat, a quaint village situated at an elevation of 1,410 meters. The trail takes you through lush forests, crossing suspension bridges and providing stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Experience the warmth of Nepali hospitality with an overnight stay in a local homestay


Continue your trek to Lokpa, a village perched at an altitude of 2,040 meters. The trail offers diverse landscapes, from terraced fields to dense forests. Immerse yourself in the local culture and spend the night in a homestay, enjoying the authentic Nepali way of life.


Today's trek takes you to Chunling, a charming village surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. The trail ascends through picturesque landscapes, and you'll have the opportunity to interact with locals and learn about their traditional way of life. Overnight stay in a homestay.


Embark on a trek to Chhekampar, a higher-altitude village offering panoramic views of the Himalayas. The trail winds through alpine meadows and traditional Tibetan-style villages. Immerse yourself in the unique culture of the region and spend the night in a homestay.


Continue your journey to Nile, a quaint village surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The trail takes you through rugged terrain and ancient monasteries, providing a glimpse into the spiritual side of the region. Enjoy the hospitality of your homestay hosts and soak in the tranquility of the surroundings.


Today's trek leads you to Mu Gompa, a significant monastery in the region. Explore the monastery and enjoy the serene atmosphere amidst the mountains. The trek offers stunning vistas, and you'll spend the night in a homestay, surrounded by the peaceful ambiance of the high Himalayas.


Descend to Dumje, a charming village at an altitude of 2,440 meters. The trail takes you through picturesque landscapes and traditional villages. Experience the local way of life and spend the night in a homestay, reflecting on the incredible journey so far.


Continue your trek to Ripchet, a village known for its unique culture and stunning views. The trail offers a mix of forested paths and open landscapes. Immerse yourself in the local traditions and spend the night in a homestay.


Descend to Do Van, a village surrounded by terraced fields and lush greenery. The trail takes you through charming landscapes, providing a contrast to the higher-altitude regions. Enjoy the warmth of Nepali hospitality with an overnight stay in a homestay.


Continue your descent to Soti Khola, a village situated at an altitude of 720 meters. The trail winds through diverse terrain, offering a mix of forested paths and riverside views. Spend the night in a homestay, relishing the simplicity and beauty of rural Nepal.


Complete your trek with a journey to Arughat, a vibrant town at an elevation of 535 meters. The trail takes you through quaint villages and terraced fields. Celebrate the conclusion of your trek with a comfortable overnight stay in a homestay.

Bed and Breakfast

Embark on a scenic 7-8 hour drive back to Kathmandu, reflecting on the incredible landscapes and experiences of the trek. Upon reaching Kathmandu, check into your hotel and enjoy a well-deserved rest with a BB plan.

Bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes of Nepal as you depart from Kathmandu. Cherish the memories of your trekking adventure and the warm hospitality of the Nepali people. Until next time, Nepal!

Tsum Valley Trek Cost Includes?

  • Airport Pick-Up and Drop-Off: We understand the importance of a smooth transition into your adventure. Therefore, we provide seamless airport transfers to and from your accommodation.

  • Ground Transportation: Say goodbye to transportation worries. All ground transportation as outlined in the program is included, allowing you to focus solely on soaking in the breathtaking landscapes.

  • Three Meals a Day: Fuel your trekking adventures with delicious and nourishing meals. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, complete with a refreshing cup of tea or coffee to energize you for the trails ahead.

  • Accommodation: Rest assured in comfortable lodges or provided tents, meticulously chosen to complement your trekking experience. Your accommodation aligns with the specific requirements of your chosen trek type.

  • Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu: Before and after your trek, unwind in the comfort of a cozy hotel room for three nights in Kathmandu, ensuring a well-deserved rest before and after your adventure.

  • English-Speaking Guide: Explore the wonders of the Himalayas with the guidance of our experienced English-speaking guides. Their expertise and knowledge enhance your trekking journey, providing valuable insights along the way.

  • Government and Local Taxes: We take care of all necessary government and local taxes, ensuring compliance and peace of mind throughout your trek.

  • National Park Fees: Entrust us with the hassle of park fees. The Manaslu National Park Fees (MCAP) are included in your package, allowing you to focus on the beauty surrounding you.

  • Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS): Leave the paperwork to us. We handle all aspects of the TIMS registration, streamlining the administrative process for you.

  • Porter Services: Our porter services ensure your belongings are taken care of during your trek. With a porter ratio of 1:2 (one porter for two guests), you can trek with ease, knowing your essentials are in good hands.

  • General Equipment for Porters: We equip our porters with the necessary gear to ensure their comfort and safety throughout the adventure trip.

  • Guide and Porter Salary: We value the hard work of our guides and porters. Their salaries are covered in your package, ensuring fair compensation for their dedicated service.

  • Insurance Coverage: Safety is paramount. Our guides and porters are comprehensively insured during the trekking journey, providing added peace of mind for you and your companions.

  • Additional Services: Have specific needs or requests? We're here to accommodate. Additional services are available upon guest demand, ensuring a personalized trekking experience tailored to your preferences.

Tsum Valley Trek Cost Excludes?

  • Trekking Equipment: Personal trekking gear is not included in the package. However, we can provide recommendations and assistance in acquiring the necessary equipment for your journey.

  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, phone usage, and laundry services are not included in the package.

  • Emergency Rescue and Travel Insurance: We highly recommend obtaining personal travel insurance to cover emergency rescue, trip cancellation costs, accidents, health issues, as well as loss, theft, or damage to personal effects. Your safety is our priority, and adequate insurance ensures you're prepared for any unforeseen circumstances.

  • Tips: While tipping is at your discretion, it's customary to show appreciation for exceptional service. Tips for guides, porters, and other staff are not included in the package but are greatly appreciated for their hard work and dedication.

Tsum Valley Trek Altitude Profile

Tsum Valley Trek FAQs

Tsum Valley Trek is a mesmerizing journey through the remote Tsum Valley region of Nepal, renowned for its unspoiled natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and spectacular mountain vistas.

The Tsum Valley Trek typically takes around 17 to 21 days to complete, depending on the specific itinerary and pace chosen.

The best time for Tsum Valley Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally stable, and the skies are clear, offering stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

Yes, a special restricted area permit known as the "Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit" is required for Tsum Valley Trek, in addition to the standard trekking permits for Nepal.

Tsum Valley Trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty. While it does not involve any technical climbing, trekkers should be prepared for long days of walking at high altitudes and varying terrain.

The highest point reached during the Tsum Valley Trek is the Ngula Dhojhyang Pass, standing at an elevation of approximately 5,093 meters (16,710 feet).

Yes, there are basic teahouse lodges and guesthouses available along the trekking route in Tsum Valley, providing simple accommodation and meals to trekkers.

Highlights of the Tsum Valley Trek include exploring traditional Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, encountering unique cultural practices of the local Tsumba people, and enjoying panoramic views of towering Himalayan peaks such as Ganesh Himal and Sringi Himal.

While it's not mandatory, hiring a guide or porter for the Tsum Valley Trek is highly recommended, especially for those unfamiliar with the terrain, culture, and language of the region.

Altitude sickness is a potential risk during the Tsum Valley Trek due to the high elevations involved. It's essential for trekkers to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Yes, the Tsum Valley Trek can be customized to accommodate varying trekking durations, route preferences, and specific interests, such as cultural experiences or wildlife sightings.

The Tsum Valley region is home to diverse wildlife, including Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Snow Leopard, and various species of birds such as Griffon Vultures and Himalayan Monal.

Yes, the Tsum Valley Trek can be combined with other treks in the nearby Manaslu region or with cultural tours in Kathmandu and Pokhara, offering a comprehensive Himalayan adventure experience.

What kind of packing list is recommended for the Tsum Valley Trek? A: A packing list for the Tsum Valley Trek typically includes essential trekking gear such as sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, a first aid kit, and a water purification system.

Yes, trekkers should be respectful of local customs and traditions, including asking for permission before taking photographs of people or religious sites, removing shoes before entering monasteries or homes, and refraining from littering or disturbing the natural environment.

Tsum Valley Trek Additional Information

Embarking on a trek into the breathtaking Himalayas requires careful preparation and the right equipment. While we understand that personal preferences vary, we've compiled a comprehensive checklist to ensure you have the essentials covered. Our goal is to make your trekking experience safe and enjoyable, allowing you to focus on the region's stunning vistas and unique culture.


  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat insulating hat or wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves


  • Hiking shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-Shirt (preferably lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants


  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (with an extra pair of lightweight socks)

Essential Gear

  • Backpack or daypack (size depends on whether you take a porter or not)
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best for high-altitude trekking)


  • Medium-sized drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Floss
  • Bio-degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal Accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera

Extra Items

  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binoculars

Trip Information We offer a complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off service from/to Tribhuvan International Airport to/from your hotel in Kathmandu. Share your flight details with us to take advantage of this service and ensure a smooth arrival and departure experience.

Preparing for Your Journey Arriving in Kathmandu at least two days before your trek allows us to obtain necessary permits and conduct a trip briefing if needed. We'll drive you to Sotikhola via Arughat to kick off your adventure.

Accommodation During the trek, enjoy lodge-to-lodge stays at carefully selected accommodations, ensuring comfort and hygiene. Rooms with attached bathrooms are prioritized where available.

Food Indulge in nutritious meals throughout your journey, with various local, Asian, and Western cuisine options. Fresh vegetables and beneficial liquids are recommended for high altitudes.

Best Time to Trek March to May and September to November offer the best weather and trail conditions for your adventure.

Trip Grade This moderate-grade trek requires a reasonable level of fitness. Our experienced guides ensure your safety and comfort throughout the journey.

Trekking Group Private and group treks are available. Solo travelers needn't worry as we can arrange partners. Discounts are available for larger groups.

A Typical Day Each day promises unique experiences, from trekking to exploring local villages. Our guides and porters ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey.

Communication Stay connected with internet services available at lodges and mobile phones for safety.

Extra Personal Expenses Cover miscellaneous costs such as souvenirs and tips. Bring cash (major currencies) for convenience.

Safety Your safety is our priority. We provide necessary gear and first aid kits and are prepared for emergencies.

Responsible Travel We advocate for environmental protection and sustainability, ensuring a positive impact on local communities.

Tipping Tipping is at your discretion and reflects the quality of service received.

Booking and Payment Book with confidence through our trusted, licensed agency. A 10% advance payment confirms your booking.

Last Minute Booking Special provisions are available for last-minute bookings, with full payment required 24 hours before departure.

Trip Extension Extend your adventure with additional activities after completing the trek.

Feedback Share your feedback with us to help improve our services for future adventurers.

Your Himalayan adventure awaits! Prepare well, embrace the journey, and create unforgettable memories with Himalayan Adventure Intl Treks.

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