Tsum Valley Trek in Manaslu Area
Tsum Valley is a remote valley in the Manaslau region of Gorkha district, Nepal. It is known for its mystery, myth, and magic beauty hidden inside this valley. Guru Rinpoche (Padmashambhava) gave the name of this valley as Beyul Kyimolung, which means the holy hidden valley of happiness. It is also believed that yogi Milarepa has also meditated in the mountainous caves of Tsum. The meaning of Tsum Valley derived from the word Tsombo which means vibrant and the people of this valley is called Tsumba and they have their own language. Because of its remoteness and the forbidden area declared by Nepal Government, the normal progress of this sacred valley and the people were overlooked.
Tsum Valley Trekking was started only in 2008 by Nepal Government and it requires special permit to enter in this area with a compulsory licensed trekking guide. The valley is in between the Bauddha Himal, Chuli to the west, Sringi Himal to the north and Ganesh Himal to the south side. The ancient Tibetan Buddhism, culture, and religion is still well preserved in Tsum. The valley is also rich for the festival like Sakadawa and Fakngying and also with various old monasteries, nunneries, Gombas, cave, and Maniwalls. Several teahouse and guest houses have been made in this trekking trial so it is completely your choice either to do camping trek or stay in this guesthouse/ homestay with basic facility.
The Tsum Valley Trekking is generally combined with Manaslu Circuit Trek which starts from Arughat Bazaar simultaneously passes through Arkhet Bazaar, Machha Khola, Yaru Khola, Chumling, Chhokangparo village, Nile/Chhule, Milarepa Piren Phu cave, Mu Gompa, Rachen Gompa, Dumje, Philm, Tatopani, Lapubesi, and finally return to Arughat. People who want to combine this trek with Manaslu rejoins the Manaslu main circuit from Deng and cross high mountain pass of Larkey-La at 5300m and finally ends the trek at Besisahar (the begining point of Annapurna Circuit Trek).
Itinerary in Details of Normal Route
Day 01: Arrived at International Airport of Kathmandu. You will be picked up by our airport representatives. Check in at Hotel in Thamel. Stay overnight in Hotel. 1350m
Day 02: Sightseen of Kathmandu. Explore Kathmandu’s World Heritage Site and trekking preparation day. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat bazzar to Soti Khola. Take a local bus or combined jeep to Soti Khola generally takes 8/9 hours. Overnight a Guest House at Soti Khola. 710m
Day 04: Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola takes 5/6 hours walking upstream of Budi Gandaki River. Overnight in Maccha Khola at lodge. 910m
Day 05: Trek from Macchakhola to Philim takes about 6 hours walking through with the view of Sirngi Himal. Philim is a Gurung Settlement with corn fields. Overnight in lodge at Philim.1570m
Day 06: Philim to Chumling: 6/7 hours of walk from Philim leads us to Chumling village. We have to pass from Ekle Bhatti and cross the gorge, and enter into the forest surrounded by pine trees and further descend down to trail Tsum Valley. Enjoy the views of Himalchuli. Passing through Lokpar and climbing further we arrived to Ripchet. We cross the Shiar Khola to arrive at Chumling. Main attraction of the village Old Chumling Monastery and the village. Overnight in Chumling in lodge or homestay. 2386m
Day 07: Chumling to Chokhangparo also known as Lower Tsum Valley from where we can lead to upper Tsum. Chhekamparo is a village situated on flat land and made up of two parts Chhekam and Paro village. From this mountain valley, Ganesh Himal range can be seen directly to the south. The view of Himalchuli 7893m and Baudha Himal can be seen from this village. Overnight in lodge/homestay. 3031m
Day 08: Chokhangparo to Nile/Chule: It takes 6/7 hours to arrive in Chulle. The main attractions on the way are Piren Phu Cave ( a sacred Cave in Tsum Valley) or also known as Milarepa Cave ( a Tibetan monk of 8th century was believed to be meditated in this cave). There are two separate Gomba attached to this cave. This place is enriched with richly painted Buddhist murals, holy scripts carved in the stone makes it an important holy site for Buddhist. We continue walking through the village of Phurbe, Pangdun, Chule, and finally, arrive to Nile. Overnight in Lodge/Homestay.
Day 09: Chule to Mu Gompa: From Chule the trail leads us to Mu Gumba, the largest and highest utmost point located in Tsum Valley which was established in 1895 AD. The Mu Gumba contains the statue of Avalokiteshwara, Guru Padmasambhava, and Tara-Female Bodhisattva of Tibetan Buddhism. There is another Gompa which is oldest monasteries in the Tsum Valley, two hours walk from Chule village. It is near to Nepal-Tibetan border. Overnight in Lodge/Homestay. 3700m
Day 10: Trek from Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa: it is a nunnery which is situated in Shiar Khola Valley in the foothills of Nepal and Tibet. It was established in 1905 AD and is the largest nunneries in Tsum Valley and belongs to Nagpa sector of the Tibetan Buddhism. The interior of this Gompa is richly painted with murals about Buddhism. Overnight in the teahouse. 3240m
Day 11: Rachen Gompa to Gompa Lungdang : Gompa Lungdang is the largest Gompa in Tsum Valley. 5/6 hours of trek. Lunch at Lungdang. Possibility to hike to Ganesh Himal Base Camp. Overnight in Lungdang. 3200m
Day 12: Gumba Lungdang to Ranchen to Ripchet. Now we move backward to Aarughat Bazaar walking by Rancehn village. Enjoy a scenic view of Siyar river and Lapuchen Himal and stay overnight in Ripchet village. 2470m.
Day 14: Descend down more passing through pine forest and Budi Gandaki river basin to reach Philim. 7/8 hours of trek. Overnight in Philim. (1700m) via Lokpa.
Day 15: Philim to Khorlabeshi (930m). From Philim we start our walk again to back to Khorlabesi. 7/8 hours of trek. Overnight in Khorlabeshi.
Day 16: Khorlabeshi to Soti Khola: Trek further down to Soti Khola. 6 hours of trek. (730m).
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 18: Shopping day
Day 19: Transfer to international airport for your sweet home.
If you want to visit Tsum Valley with Mansalu Circuit Trek, you have to follow the following itineary after Rachen Gompa.
Itinerary of Tsum Valley Trek Including Manaslu Circuit Trek From Deng, the route joins with Manaslu Circuit Trek.
Day 11: Rachen Gompa to Deng takes 7 hours of walk. Overnight in Deng.
Day 12: Deng to Namrung 6h ( 2600 m) Now we are in the path of the main circuit of Manaslu more clear views of mountains. We can see the view of Manaslu North 7774 meters and Manaslu (8150 meters) and Nyak Peak. You will be passing through small bamboo and pine forest before arriving the lodge at Namrung. Overnight in a Tea House.
Day 13: Namrung to Lho Village (3100m 4h) You have to climb through the forest of oaks and first enter small Lihi village and then continues to the village of Sho (2960m) where you will find the spectacular view of Manaslu North (7157m) and Naike peak (5515m). Furthermore climbing you will enter the village of Lho where there is a Buddhist monastery and the Lho village itself is surrounded by many Mani Walls, Gumpas, and ancient small houses. Overnight in Tea House.
Day 14: Lho to Samagaon and rest day 4h (3540 m): Short trek to Samagaon from Lho as we gain altitude. You can get good views of Himalchuli, Peak 29, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal on the way to Samagoan. Explore the Samagaon village. Overnight in tea house.
Day 15: Rest day Acclimatization day in Samagaon. Excursion day in Samagaon. Hike around Birendra Tal formed by Mt. Mansalu and a short side trip to Pung–gyen Gompa is worthy and rest for acclimatization.
Day 16: Samagaon to Samdo (4h of trek 3800m)Trek to the village of Samdo which is popular for Buddhist culture and tradtion and the ancient village with Tibetan influences as Tibetan border is only a day walk from this village.
Day 17: Samdo to Dharmasala (4460 m) 4h: From Samdo village you will today reach to Dharmasala and stay overnight to cross the Larkey Phedi. The view of Mt. Manaslu is more clear. Stay overnight in Dharmasala.
Day 18: Larkey Phedi to Larkey–La pass (5135m), cross the pass and reach Bimthang (8h) 3700 m: Start your trek early in the morning having good breakfast and walk slowly on a first gentle climb and then in rougher trial. The final steps climb to Larkya La with the views of Himlung Himal, Cheo Himal, Gyaji Kang, Kang Guru and Annapurna II. . Descend down steeply and slowly to the yak pasture of Bimthang.
Day 19: Bimthang to Dharapni (1900m) 6h: Trek to Dharpani further descend down to Dharpani village the traditional route of Annapurna trial and stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 20: Drive from Dharapani and then to Besisahar finally to Kathmandu.
Day 21: Rest day in Kathmandu.
Day 22: We will leave you to the international airport of Kathmandu for your final departure.
If the above itinerary doesn’t suit to your holiday schedule or you want to change the itinerary or combines with any other travel plans, then please let us know and we’ll be happy to create a suitable itinerary especially for you.