Tsum Valley Trekking- 18 Days

Tsum Valley Trekking is a thrilling journey into a hidden Himalayan valley north of the Manaslu Circuit where time seems to have stood still for centuries.  Few travelers have reached the Tsum Valley which remained a restricted area until 2008.  Tsum comes from the Tibetan word ‘Tsombo’ meaning vivid. When you see the magnificent Ganesh Himal towering above the beautiful forests of the Tsum valley you will understand how it got its name. This is much shorter than the 26 day Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley Trek.

Geographically isolated, the Tsum Valley is a sanctuary for ancient Tibetan Buddhism. The Tsum Valley inhabitants, though very poor, have a rich culture that has been preserved for centuries. This fascinating land has a wealth of centuries-old monasteries, gompas, chortens, and mani walls(stone slabs with deities and prayers chiseled into them) are relics of the ancient Kingdom of Tsum that reigned in this valley.  Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) described the remote Tsum Valley in the eighth century as the holy hidden valley of happiness. The Buddhist saint Milarepa is said to have meditated in the caves of Piren Phu and you will even see his footprint.  Ancient nunneries including Rachen Gumba and Mu Gumba preserve the Tibetan Buddhist heritage.  

The valley is rich in wildlife. You will see herds of  Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep.The valley is drained by the Shear Khola, which originates from the western glacier of Ganesh Himal and east and southern glaciers of Sringi Himal and meets the Budhi Gandaki at Nyak.  

The Tsum Valley Trek, starts at Arughat Bazaar, the same as for the Annapurna Circuit Trek and passes through small Hindu villages and green terraced fields of the lowlands following the Budhi Gandaki River. On the Manaslu Circuit Trail there are cozy tea-houses for accommodation. The Tsum Valley trail branches off to the north-east of the Manaslu Circuit into the beautiful forested Tsum Valley Rugged, steep narrow trails lead through pine and rhododendron forests, deep gorges, clear glacial rivers, waterfalls and hot springs. There are stunning views of Mt. Manaslu. There are no guest-houses in the Tsum Valley, as few trekkers have ever reached there, but the friendly villagers open their homes for home-stay, which is the perfect way to get in inside look at their way of life and their ancient Tibetan-Buddhist traditions. You will be welcomed with ‘Tsumban’ hospitality and served Tibetan butter tea and simple local food. The Tsum Valley trek returns back to Arughat the same way.


Trip Highlights


  • Shortest Trek into the Tsum Valley
  • few trekkers in the remote Tsum Valley
  • remote villages of Tsum Valley
  • ancient Buddhist monasteries
  • Tibetan-Buddhist culture of the indigeonous Tsumba community
  • magnificent views of mountains on Nepal-Tibet border: Himalchuli, 7893m, Shringi Himal, 7187m, Ngadichuli, 7871m and Manaslu, 8163m.


Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu, 1300m

Day 2 : Preparation Day in Kathmandu

Day 3 : Drive to Arughat, 640m: 8 hrs

Day 4 : Trek to Soti Khola, 775m: 6 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Machha Khola, 900m: 6-7 hrs

Day 6 : Trek to Jagat, 1340m, 7-8 hrs

Day 7 : Trek to Lhokpa in Tsum Valley, 2240m, 6hrs

Day 8 : Trek to Chumling in Tsum Valley, 2386m

Day 9 : Trek to Chhokang Paro in Tsum Valley, 3030m

Day 10 : Trek to Nile in Tsum Valley, 3360m

Day 11 : Trek to Mu Gompa in Tsum Valley, 3700m

Day 12 : Trek to Rachen in Tsum Valley, 3240m

Day 13 : Trek to Chumling in Tsum Valley, 2386m

Day 14 : Trek to Philim, 1570m, 5-6 hrs

Day 15 : Trek to Khorlabesi, 970m, 7hrs

Day 16 : Trek to Soti Khola, 775m, 7hrs

Day 17 : Soti Khola-Kathmandu by road (Private transport), 7-8 hrs

Day 18 : Departure from Kathmandu

Cost Include(s)

  • Transportation from airport-hotel-airport
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, 3 nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) Hotel Shakti or Hotel Holy Himalaya
  • Special Manaslu /Tsum permit fees/ Manaslu Conservation Area Permit
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permit & All required permits and Official Documentation
  • Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff
  • English Speaking experienced Sherpa, Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder guide
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Person basis, Max 25 KGS per porter from Pokhara – whole Trek
  • Full board basis during 14 days trekking: Lodge / Home Stay: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea Coffee and Bed
  • Travel and rescue arrangement in case of emergency
  • Trip crew medical supplies (first aid kit)
  • Transportation Kathmandu to Arughat by private vehicle
  • Transportation Besi Shar to Kathamndu by private vehicle
  • Trip crew medical supplies (first aid kit)

Cost Exclude(s)

  • International roundtrip Airfare
  • Nepal visa fee: US$ 30
  • Travel & Health Insurance- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (HIghly recommended).
  • Lunches & Dinners in Kathmandu
  • Any Alcoholic Drinks, Cold Drinks, Mineral Water, Beverages
  • Tips for guide, Cook, Sherpa and Porters Yak men and Donkey men (tips are anticipated)
  • Any Other Cost which is not mentioned in Cost Includes Items above
Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
31 October, 2016 17 November, 2016 USD 1400 per person Available Book Now
10 November, 2016 27 November, 2016 USD 1400 per person Available Book Now
24 November, 2016 11 December, 2016 USD 1400 per person Available Book Now
10 March, 2017 27 March, 2017 USD 1400 per person Available Book Now
22 March, 2017 08 April, 2017 USD 1400 per person Available Book Now
02 April, 2017 19 April, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
12 April, 2017 29 April, 2017 USD 1400 per person Available Book Now
21 April, 2017 08 May, 2017 USD 1400 per person Available Book Now
05 May, 2017 22 May, 2017 USD 1400 per person Available Book Now
20 May, 2017 06 June, 2017 USD 1400 per person Available Book Now
13 September, 2017 30 September, 2017 USD 1400 per person Available Book Now
22 September, 2017 09 October, 2017 USD 1400 per person Available Book Now
05 October, 2017 22 October, 2017 USD 1400 Per Person Available Book Now
12 October, 2017 29 October, 2017 USD 1400 per person Available Book Now
20 October, 2017 06 November, 2017 USD 1400 per person Available Book Now
31 October, 2017 17 November, 2017 USD 1400 per person Available Book Now
10 November, 2017 27 November, 2017 USD 1400 per person Available Book Now
24 November, 2017 11 December, 2017 USD 1400 per person Available Book Now

The Tsum Valley, located east of Philim near the Tibetan border is as isolated and untouched as any in Nepal, first opened to foreign trekkers in 2008, home to a small indigenous group known as Tsumbas, and surrounded by mountains that include Himalchuli to the west and the Ganesh Himal to the south.

Why do the Tsum Valley Trek with Annapurna Foothills Treks?

When trekking into extremely remote regions, it is important to have trek with an experienced company. Annapurna Foothills Treks has been running trekking and climbing expeditions for over 10 years. Annapurna Foothills Treks reaches for the highest standard of ethical business practices.

The Best Time of Year for the Tsum Valley Trek

The best seasons for Tsum Valley trekking are Spring (February to late April) and Autumn (late September to late November).

Temperatures on the Tsum Valley Trek

The temperatures at night will drop to around 5 C, and during the day will climb to around 25 C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 C to 20 C. You should be prepared with proper protection from the sun as well as layers of clothing that can be added or taken off easily.

Tsum Valley Trek Accommodation

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy four nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions. Accommodation is included in the cost of your package and Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

On the Manaslu Circuit there are simple but cozy tea houses. Although it some companies run camping trips, the guesthouses are appreciative of your business, and their warm welcome will certainly be a special part of your trip. The Tsum Valley does not recieve enough visitors to warrant guest houses, but home stays are available, and again, a great way to experience the rich culture of the Tsumbas.

Drinking Water on the Tsum Valley Trek

You will be provided with boiled water during the trek. While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. As additional precaution, we suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets to add to the water.

Fitness/Health/Safety on the Tsum Valley Trek

The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Environmental Responsibility:

Annapurna Foothills Treks practices and teaches the Leave-No-Trace principles. Moreover, we are committed to protecting the land and culture of the indigenous people. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. Annapurna Foothills Treks believe that given the proper information most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.


It is really difficult to head straight up to high altitude for the first time even if you follow the recommended 400m-a-day-rule. Our itinerary is planned to allow rational acclimatization and avoid altitude sickness. Please read Altitude Advice.

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy. Annapurna foothills Treks has an agreement in Kathmandu that guarantees payment for helicopter evacuations. We will pay a cash deposit to the helicopter operator and collect the money from you once you have been rescued. Before leaving on the expedition, we will make sure your policy specifically covers mountaineering or alpinism otherwise you may have a difficult time settling the large claim.


Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 18 Days

Price : US $1400 p/p

Trip Grade : Moderate

Group Size:2 - 12 Persons

Maximum Height:3700m



Hotel in Kathmandu:3 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek:Local lodges 14nights: 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 13 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included

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