Tsum Valley Trek

14 Days

Tsum Valley is a less beaten and explored trekking trail, considered one of the most remote areas of Nepal. The region is still far behind in infrastructure like electricity, internet, and transportation. However, the Tsum Valley trek takes you to the High Himalayan region where the majestic mountains can be explored, and their beauty felt. The trek not only offers a unique blend of natural beauty but is also rich in culture and has deep spiritual significance. Tsum Valley is considered a sacred pilgrimage site steeped in Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

The trek starts from the bustling town of Arughat, a 5-6 hour drive from Kathmandu. From Arughat, trekkers embark on a journey that transports them back in time as they traverse ancient trade routes, traditional villages, and serene mountain landscapes. The trail gradually ascends along the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River, passing through lush forests.

The Tsum valley is inhabited by the indigenous Tsumbas who have preserved their unique culture and way of life for centuries. Trekkers are welcomed with warm hospitality as they interact with locals, visit monasteries, and witness traditional ceremonies and festivals. The spiritual significance of the Valley is evident in its numerous ancient monasteries, chortens, and mani walls adorned with prayer flags and inscriptions. Trekkers often take the opportunity to meditate and experience the profound spirituality of the valley. Mu Gompa is one of the magnificent landmarks of the region, perched atop a hill overlooking the valley. This ancient monastery, dating back to the 9th century, serves as a spiritual center for Buddhist monks and pilgrims. 

Accommodation along the trek ranges from basic teahouses providing trekkers with an authentic cultural experience and a chance to savor traditional Nepalese cuisine. As a professional trekking company that has organized the Tsum Valley trek several times, we recommend having proper trekking gear and clothing to make the journey meaningful. Our itinerary allows enough time for acclimatization. However, we are flexible in changing the itinerary if extra days are needed for rest. Spring and autumn seasons are perfect for undertaking the Tsum Valley Trek.


Day 1:
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft)
Day 2:
Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 3:
Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola (700m/2,297ft)
Day 4:
Trek from Soti Khola to Machha Khola (869m/2,851ft)
Day 5:
Trek from Machha Khola to Jagat (1,340m/4,396ft)
Day 6:
Trek from Jagat to Lokpa (2,240m/7,349ft)
Day 7:
Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (2,386m/7,828ft)
Day 8:
Trek from Chumling to Chhokang Paro (3,031m/9,944ft)
Day 9:
Trek from Chhokang Paro to Nile (3,361m/11,027ft)
Day 10:
Trek from Nile to Mu Gompa (3,700m/12,139ft) and explore
Day 11:
Trek from Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa (3,240m/10,630ft)
Day 12:
Trek from Rachen Gompa to Dumje (2,440m/8,005ft)
Day 13:
Trek from Dumje to Philim (1,570m/5,151ft)
Day 14:
Trek from Philim to Khorlabesi (970m/3,182ft)
Day 15:
Trek from Khorlabesi to Soti Khola (700m/2,297ft)
Day 16:
Drive from Soti Khola to Kathmandu


Service Includes

  • Ground Transportation: All necessary ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Kathmandu Hotel: Three nights Kathmandu hotel accommodation with B&B mode
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing: A day sightseeing at Kathmandu, visit some of the popular UNESCO World heritage sites
  • Welcome dinner: Welcome dinner with the presence of trekking staffs and admin team
  • Permit: Necessary trekking permit including national park, TIMS card and local permits
  • Guide: A professional and experienced trekking guide, fluent in English and first aid trained too.
  • Trekking mode services: Accommodation in local tea house and lodge, three course of meals in each day with hot water, tea and coffee as needed
  • Trekking map: A trekking map
  • Medical kit: A group medical kit box

Service Exclude

  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Meals, during your stay in Kathmandu
  • Alcoholic beverage
  • Bottled water and cold drinks
  • Internet card (wifi)
  • Laundry services
  • Extra services that not mentioned in the above included list

FAQs about Tsum Valley

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What permits are required for the Tsum Valley Trek?

  • Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit (RAP): This special permit is mandatory for entering the Tsum Valley region.
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): Required as the trek starts within the Manaslu Conservation Area.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): Required if the trek extends into the Annapurna region.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Card: Not required for the restricted areas as the RAP covers the information tracking.

How long does the Tsum Valley Trek take?

  • The typical duration for the Tsum Valley Trek is around 17 to 21 days, depending on the specific itinerary and pace of the trekker. This includes travel days to and from Kathmandu and possible acclimatization days.