Trekking in the Tsum Valley

Tsum Valley is known as the Hidden Valley, a land of monasteries and hamlet with totally Tibetan population. It lies on the northern part of Manaslu on the Nepal Tibet border and used to be a restricted area until 2008. Although the region lies within Nepal, the Buddhism influence is very strong in this




Trip Duration

19 days

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Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

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    Tsum Valley is known as the Hidden Valley, a land of monasteries and hamlet with totally Tibetan population. It lies on the northern part of Manaslu on the Nepal Tibet border and used to be a restricted area until 2008.

    Although the region lies within Nepal, the Buddhism influence is very strong in this isolated valley. Traditionally, Tsum used to be a separate area different from both Nepal and Tibet.

    The Tsum Valley region is still less exposed in comparison to other touristic areas, with relatively virgin and less beaten paths in comparison to the more popular regions.

    The Tsum people have their own way of family life, which may be quite surprising for many outsiders. All the brothers in the family are married to a single girl, what you may call a practice of polyandry.

    Compared with other areas, The Tsum Valley and Manaslu area is full of imminent mountains, passes, deep gorges, hamlets, gompas, chortens, and mani walls.

    The trek to Tsum Valley takes you into the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. In the initial days of the trek, we explore the Budhi Gandaki Valley through a mix of dense forest, terraced fields and hilltop villages.

    As we leave the main Manaslu Trail for the Tsum valley, suddenly we get a feeling of entering truly into the hidden valley. While on the trek, we also pass through the alpine forests, glacial rivers, and enjoy the warm hospitality of ethnic people. We also visit the ancient Buddhist Gombas of the region including the Milarepa’s Cave, Rachen gompa, Mu Gompa among others.

    Please find below the program I usually propose for this fantastic trekking.

    Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel, overnight at hotel

    Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar (8-9 hours), overnight at camp

    Day 03: Trek from Arughat to Soti Khola 6-7 hours, overnight at camp

    Day 04: Trek from Sotikhola to Macha khola 6-7, overnight at camp

    Day 05: Trek from Machi khola to Dovan 6 hours, overnight at camp

    Day 06: Trek from Doban to Philm 6 hours, overnight at camp

    Day 07: Trek from Philm to Chimling (Lower chum) 7 hours, overnight camp

    Day 08: Trek from Chiming to Chokhangkarpo (Uppr Tsum) 6 hours, overnight at camp

    Day 09: Trek from Cho khagkarpo to Nile/Chaule, visit Milarepa Piren phu cave on the way, 7 hours, overnight at camp

    Day 10: Trek from Nile Chaule to Mu Gompa 3700m. (visit Buddhist Nigma Gompa) 5 hours, overnight at camp.

    Day 11: Rest Day at Mu Gompa

    Day 12: Trek from Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa 5 hours, overnight at camp

    Day 13: Trek from Rachan Gompa to Dumje 6-7 hours, overnight at camp

    Day 14: Trek from Dumje to flim 6-7 hours, overnight at camp

    Day 15: Trek from Flim to tatopani 6-7 hours, overnight at camp

    Day 16: Trek from Tatopani to Soti Khola 6-7 hours, overnight at camp

    Day 17: Trek from Sotikhola to Aru Ghat Bazar 6-7 hours, overnight at camp

    Day 18: Drive from Arughat Bazar to Kathmandu, 8-9 hours, overnight at the hotel

    Day 19: Transfer to the international airport for departure to your home country.

    Please contact me if you are interested by this beautiful trek. I will be happy to tell you more about it and organise for you what you are looking for, in terms of hike, cultural experience…

    Extra details

    Not included in the price

    – Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

    – Emergency helicopter evacuation

    – International airport departure tax

    – Cargo custom clearance

    – Bar bills & beverage

    – Personal Satellite phone with e-mail & internet permit

    – Talkie talkies permit

    – Extra expenses of personal nature

    – Tips for crew members

    Included in the price

    – Airport Pick up and drop

    – 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with bed & breakfast

    – Land transport Kathmandu /Arughat Bazar / Kathmandu /

    – Lodge and camping accommodation during trek

    – National Park Permit

    – TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Card

    – 3 Meals a day during the trek

    – Dining tent, toilet tent, kitchen tent, shower tent table, chair, mattress during trek

    – All crew members and porters insurance, daily wages, food, accommodation

    – Mule or porter for trek

    – Safe drinking water

    – Emergency medical kit bag

    – All necessary taxes including 13% VAT


    Please get in touch with me for the price. It will vary based on options you will take and which we will discuss together.

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      About the Guide


      I come from the East part of Nepal, between Makalu (8,470m) and Kangchenjunga (8,586m). I am IFMGA/UIAGM fully certified since 2009. I have 20+ experience of climbing in the Himalaya. I’ve climbed Mt Everest (7 times), Mt Cho Oyu in Tibet (2 times), Mt Ama Dablam (8 times), Baruntse (2 times), Island peak (15 times), Lobuche (10 times), Pokhalde (10 times), Mera peak (10 times), Mehera peak (5 times), Chulu far east (3 times), Mt Shishapangma until camp 3, Manaslu until 7200m, and Chulu West, Lhakpa ri and other another few more times.
      I also have extensive experience of climbing in Europe: France, Italy, UK and Norway (where I work for three months during the summer as a glacier guide).
      I'm also a technical mountain rescue coordinator for the 8000's.
      It will be my pleasure to guide you through your journey whether for trekking, peak climbing or any mountaineering expedition. Get in touch and let's discuss about the purpose of your trip.



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