Tsum Valley trek has been discovered not long ago which makes this region raw, undiscovered and worth traveling to. The upper Tsum valley which is a part of the central Inner Himalaya opens up from a place called Chhokangparo, where the hospitable locals of Tibetan group “Tsombo” welcome you with traditional Tibetan buttered, salted tea and local foods. The old tales told that they have seen or found the signs of Methi, commonly referred as the ‘Yeti‘, so this amazing valley can be your quest for the raw and absolute wilderness adventure destinations, to be in the off beaten and time withered route of Tsum.
The trip to Tsum Valley begins with the sightseeing in the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu and by driving to Soti Khola the next day. Following Soti Khala trail, we witness beautiful rhododendron forests, pine forests, conifer forests, and various waterfalls along the way. The view of the Himalayas hide and seeks time and again throughout the trail.
We also visit monasteries like Rachen Gompa, and explore the Tibetan culture and traditions. Some of the mountains that can be witnessed during the trek includes Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. This region is less exposed thus is a less-touristy area which makes the trails unbeaten, the Gompas unexplored and the stories unheard.
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.
After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.
Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking essentials.
After the morning breakfast we leave for Sotikhola, the starting point of our trek. From Kathmandu to Dhading Besi is a 3-hour comfortable drive after which will be a 5-hour bumpy and winding dirt road to Sotikhola. The total drive for the day will approximately be 8 hours.
Today we start walking to Machha Khola. The trail is full of ups and downs and goes through narrow and rocky terrain. We come across many beautiful waterfalls. Before reaching Machha Khola, we pass through Labubesi village which is a Gurung community. After walking for almost 6 hours, we arrive at our destination for the day which is Machha khola (River).
After crossing Machha River and Khorla besi, there is a hot spring called Tatopani. The trail follows a forest reaching Dovan, below which flows the massive Budi Gandaki. As the elevation increases, the rapids and the scenery undergoes a complete transformation.
The early morning trek makes us climb through a rocky ridge up to Salleri from where we descend down towards Sirdibas. The valley widens as the trail takes us to Ghatta khola and then upstream towards the Gurung village, Philim. Walking towards the northern direction through the forest, we reach Chisopani. Leaving Chisopani, we cross the gorge and walk for around half an hour only to arrive at the beautiful waterfall. We then walk into the pine and rhododendron forests, descend down the trail towards Tsum Valley to Lokpa.
Today is a tough day as the altitude increases and the trail is mostly an ascent too. The panoramic views of the Himalayas hides and seeks time and again throughout the trail. We walk down beautiful villages of Lungwa Khola and then ascend through pine forests to Gumlung. After crossing the Siyar Khola, we finally reach Chumling, the lower Tsum valley, famous for Chumling Gompa and the stone paved streets of the village.
The trek starts with crossing the suspension bridge today. We walk on the other side and enjoying the views of Ganesh Himal walk towards Rainjam towards Serpu Khola. We cross one more bridge and head towards a village named Gho. We walk further 2 hours to finally walk to the upper Tsum valley and reach Chokhangparo.
Today there is a strong rise in altitude and the ascent in the trail too. We walk past Lamagaon crossing suspension bridge towards Rachen Gompa, also known as Nunnery Gompa. After making a visit to the Gompa we return back on the trail. We pass through Shiar Khola, Lar, Phurbe and Pangdun village, many Buddhist monasteries, cross the final bridge before reaching Nile. There is a monastery at Chule nearby to Nile which can be visited after resting at Nile.
The trail today takes us closer to the Tibetan border. We walk through the west bank of the valley through Tibetan landscapes. After walking for around 3 to 4 hours we finally reach Mu Gompa.
Today we spend the day resting and exploring the Mu Gompa, the other Tibetan landscapes and the most remote area of this Tsum valley. Mu Gompa is the largest monastery in the region. After completing the exploration at Mu Gompa, we can also consider walking to the base of the Pika Himal (4865 m).
Today we walk back the trail to Chhule and Phurbe. On the east bank of Shiar Khola, we arrive at Burgi village. This village is small and beautiful. We climb up the Milarepa cave famous for the mesmerizing view of the Kipu Himal, Churke Himal and Poshyop glacier.
We walk back the trail enjoying the dense pine and rhododendron forests, descending down to Chokhangparo and then walking towards the lower Tsum Valley Chumling.
The walk today will be of 5 to 6 hours. Descending down to Lokpa, enjoying the gorgeous Samba Falls, we finally reach Philim.
We walk down towards Sirdibas then to Jagat and further descend to Yaruphant. The Tibetan arid climate can be seen gradually changing over to the subtropical green vegetation. We continue descending down towards Dovan and finally reaching Tatopani. There is a hot water spring at Tatopani, if preferred one can take a dip into it to relax the tired muscles. We further walk down and finally reach Khorlabesi.
The trail today is mostly a descent. We walk down the trail, cross suspension bridges, walk back to Machha Khola, walk along the Budhi Gandaki river, pass the Gurung village of Lapubesi, the waterfalls, a village names Khursane, walk across the pine forests, cross the bridge and finally arrive at Sotikhola.
We will be driving back to Kathmandu in the morning. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.
The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.
Two clients share one porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.
Baggage weight limit
The weight limit for Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flights is 15 kg or 33 pounds. This is combining both the duffel bag and the daypack. If you exceed this limit, you will have to pay an additional fee. When this happens, sometimes the airline sends your bag in later flights and this can be very problematic for many reasons. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.
- 4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek.)
- Duffel bag
- Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; We can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek.)
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
- Sun hat
- Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Neck warmer
- Liner gloves
- Heavier shell gloves
- Lightweight expedition thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
- Synthetic sports bras (For women)
Lower Body – Legs
- Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
- Nylon hiking shorts
- Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
- Water/windproof trousers
- Casual pants
- Liner socks
- Heavyweight socks
- Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
- Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
- Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)
First Aid Kits
Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
- Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
- Anti-infection ointments
- Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
- Sunscreen (SPF 40)
- Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
- Water bottle/bladder
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)
- Adjustable trekking poles
- Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
- Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
- Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.
- Double or twin sharing accommodation in three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included.
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private tourist vehicle.
- All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).
- Guesthouse (basic) accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms.
- Licensed English speaking trekking guide.
- The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two client.)
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- 4WD Jeep drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola and back to Kathmandu.
- All special trekking permits & fees.
- Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu.
- Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show.
- All our government taxes, Tourist service charge and Vat.
- Official expense.
- Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
- Travel insurance.
- Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
- Alcoholic and cold drinks.
- Personal trekking Equipment.
- Tips for trekking guide.