Tsum Valley Trekking takes you to northern Gorkha behind the great Mt Manaslu, where there is a secret hidden valley which used to belong to Tibet. The inhabitants, called ba, have lived in such isolation that their ancient Tibetan Buddhist way of life, art and language has remained unchanged for centuries. The Valley Trek branches off the Manaslu Ciruit Trek to the northeast and stretches up to the border of Tibet. The valley is surrounded by mystery, myth and majestic mountains such as Ganesh Himal, 7140m, Sringi Himal, 7187m, Himalchuli, 7893m. Manaslu, 8163m, and Boudha Himal, 6672m.

The Tsum Valley trek follows an ancient trading route with Tibet. The region was restricted until 2008 and even yet, very few adventure travelers have made it to this mysterious land. The Tsum people’s traditional family life may be quite surprising for many outsiders. Most of the brothers in one family marry a single girl, a practice called polyandry. Although the Tsum Valley is underdeveloped, the warm hospitality of the Tsumba people means you will not need to camp as you will be welcomed into their traditional homes to share simple typical food; dal bhat (lentil soup and rice), chapatis, flat bread, and thukpa (noodle soup). If you are not prepared to ´rough it´ a little bit, then this trek is probably not the one for you!

The trek starts and ends at Machha Khola, an eight-hour drive from Kathmandu. Most of the 14 days involve trekking at altitudes over 3000m for 5 to 7 hours; so a fairly good level of fitness is required. Half the route is spent on the main Manaslu Trail following the banks of Bhudi Gandaki River. We enjoy elegant views of beautiful dense forest, terraced fields, pristine glacial rivers and hilly villages where friendly locals are happy to chat with you. But, when we leave the main trail to enter the Tsum valley, suddenly there is a feeling of entering into the mysterious valley which is immensely rich with ancient Buddhist Gombas, nunneries, chortens and prayer walls, religious monuments, and endless mani walls.

The Buddhist saint Milarepa was supposed to have meditated in mountainous caves in this valley. Because of its detachment and inaccessibility, this sacred valley still feels like famous saints and Monk are living there.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01Arrive Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel.
  • Day 02Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.
  • Day 03Drive Kathmandu to Machha Khola, 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 04Maccha Khola to Jagat, 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 05Jagat to Chisopani, 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 06Chisopani to Chumling, 5-6 hrs.
  • Day 07Chumling to Chokhangparo, 4-5 hrs.
  • Day 08Chokhangparo to Nile, 5-6 hrs.
  • Day 09Nile to Mu Gompa, 5-6 hrs.
  • Day 10Mu Gompa, sightseeing, 5-6 hrs.
  • Day 11Mu Gompa to Burgi Village via Milarepa cave, 5-6 hrs.
  • Day 12Burgi village –Chumling, 5-.6 hrs
  • Day 13Chumling to Philim, 6-7 hrs.
  • Day 14Philim to Khorlabesi, 7-8 hrs.
  • Day 15Khorlabesi to Machha Khola trek 2 hours, same day drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 16Transfer to the airport for departure
Detail Itinerary

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops
  • Tsum valley trek special permit for 1 week
  • Manaslu Conservation area project (MCAP) permits
  • Accommodation 2 nights in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu to Machha Khola Transportation by Jeep
  • Machha Khola to Kathmandu by jeep
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, coffee) during the trek
  • Required trekking staff
  • Salary, food, and insurance for the trekking staff and porters

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory)
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Entrance free for historical places during sightseeing.
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, and mineral water
  • Personal trekking equipment

Trip Photos

Tsum Valley Trek map

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