The Tsum Valley trek is an excellent gateway that takes you on a cultural journey and is famously known as ‘the hidden valley.’ The name itself comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo,’ meaning vivid, which perfectly encapsulates your trekking experience.
You will get a warm welcome by snowy peaks like Mt. Ganesh and Manaslu. From the first day of the trek itself, the rocky terrains and stone ridges will add the challenge and thrill you’ve been seeking. The swift-flowing rivers and the gushing waterfalls will dot your journey as you weave into thick oak and pine forests and out to terraced farmlands.
The trek itself will include 13 days of walking and 15 days in total. It will also take you to the natural hot springs of Tatopani, where you can enjoy a hot soak that promises unparalleled relaxation. Walking alongside cliffs and tackling the ever-changing landscape beneath you, you are sure to have a trekking experience that you won’t be able to forget easily.
If natural beauty is not stunning enough, this trip offers places of huge spiritual and cultural significance. Whether it is exploring the Pigeon cave or visiting the Mu Gompa, established in 1895 AD, there is never a shortage when it comes to sights. The various gompas along the way have an array of ancient murals and scriptures that will transport you not just physically but through the rich history itself.
The best time for this trek is during Spring and Autumn. This trek is of moderate difficulty, so you don’t need too much trekking experience. However, it is best to avoid trekking during the rainy season for your safety. The skies will also be much clearer and offer a better view during these seasons.
With Nepal Social Trek & Expedition, you can be confident that our trained professionals are fully prepared to guide you in your trails. Whether it is history, culture, or architecture, our guides will be packing along their stories to ensure that you can truly understand the land you will be trekking on. We also have porters and first aid kits handy so that we can ensure that all you have to do is enjoy your trek and marvel at the beauty around you.
For a trip that combines a spiritual, aesthetic, and cultural trekking experience in one, the Tsum Valley Trek is a perfect choice.
Why You’ll Love Tsum Valley Trek!
- Exploring the hidden valley of Tsum with its rich natural and cultural beauty
- Magnificent views of Mt. Ganesh and Manaslu
- Visiting a wide variety of Gompas such as the Rachhen Gompa, Mu Gompa, Mani Dhungyur, Gurwa Gompa, and The Panago Gompa
- Exploring one of the most sacred caves of the valley, the Piren Phu cave(Pigeon cave)
- Immersing yourself in the Buddhist culture, art, and history
- Relaxing and rejuvenating in the natural hot springs of Tatopani
Is Tsum Valley Trek Right For You?
- The Tsum Valley Trek can be quite demanding. You will be walking for 5-7 hours per day for two weeks. So you need to be mentally and physically prepared.
- Although this is a moderate difficulty terrain, we recommend maintaining some degree of physical fitness prior to this trip.
- The lodges in the more remote areas have the necessary amenities. You will have clean, cozy rooms and hygienic food, but you may need to bring any additional materials on your own.
- The highest elevation on this trek is 3700m. As we will not be crossing very high passes, there is less risk of altitude sickness. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you need to seek medical advice before booking this trek. However, we have a comprehensive first aid kit and a trained staff on board to take care of your safety.
- The weather can be quite unpredictable. Depending on your travel time, you might want to have preparations for such unforeseeable events.
The following are the permits required for the Tsum Valley trek:
Tsum Valley Trekking Permit
Compared to other trek routes, the Tsum Valley Trekking Permit is super cheap. The costs are as follows:
- USD 35 per person for the first 8 days from September to November.
- USD 25 per person for the first 8 days from December to August.
- USD 30 per person for the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP).
Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card
This permit is mandatory for all trekkers traveling in Nepal. For this permit, you will need to carry some passport-sized photographs and a photocopy of your passport. The costs are detailed as follows:
- USD 20 for individual trekkers
- USD 10 for trekkers in groups
- USD 6 for individual trekkers from SAARC countries
- USD 3 for group trekkers from SAARC countries.
Day to Day Itinerary Table – Tsum Valley Trek
|Day||Itinerary||Altitude (m)||Duration (hours)|
|1||Arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu||-|
|2||Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat (Drive)||710 - 670||9|
|3||Soti Khola to Machha Khola (Trek)||870||2020-06-07 00:00:00|
|4||Machha Khola to Jagat (Trek)||2340||2020-06-07 00:00:00|
|5||Jagat to Chisopani (Trek)||1660||2020-04-05 00:00:00|
|6||Chisopani to Chumling (Trek)||2386||2020-06-07 00:00:00|
|7||Chumling to Chokhangparo (Trek)||3010||2020-04-05 00:00:00|
|8||Chokhangparo to Nile (Trek)||3361||2020-05-06 00:00:00|
|9||Nile to Mu Gompa (Trek)||3700||3|
|10||Mu Gompa to Burgi Village via Milarepa cave (Trek)||3245||5|
|11||Burgi village to Chumling (Trek)||2386||2020-05-06 00:00:00|
|12||Chumling to Philim (Trek)||1570||2020-06-07 00:00:00|
|13||Philim to Khorla Besi (Trek)||970||2020-06-07 00:00:00|
|14||Khorla Besi to Soti Khola (Trek)||700||2020-06-07 00:00:00|
|15||Soti Khola to Arughat (Drive) to Kathmandu||600||8|
- You might want to carry a universal adapter for your charging needs as we go to more remote places. You can also purchase this in shops at Kathmandu itself.
- As the weather can be unpredictable, you should pack a down jacket to get comfortable even if it gets cold or rains.
- ATMs and credit card acceptance are scarce in higher altitudes, so remember to have some cash handy for your purchases.
- You might need to carry some passport size photographs for your permits along the way.