Tsum Valley Trek

Trip Fact:
  • Duration 15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • DestinationNepal
  • Max Altitude2386m
  • AccommodationHotels in Kathmandu and Guest houses/lodges during trekking
  • MealsBreakfast in Kathmandu and All meals during the trekking
  • Trip Start/EndArughat
  • Group Size2-30 pax
  • Best SeasonMarch, April, May, September, October and November are the best months.

The Tsum Valley in Nepal is a quiet, hidden place near the Tibet border. It feels a lot like Tibetan Buddhist areas and is different from other parts of Nepal.

People weren't allowed to visit until 2008, so not many hikers go there. But it's just a 7-hour drive from the city of Kathmandu.

If you hike there, you'll mostly be at high places, above 3,000m. The walks can be long, 5 to 7 hours a day, so you need to be fit.

You'll walk through forests, see big rivers and waterfalls, cross bridges, visit villages, monasteries, and even a special cave.

You'll also see big mountains and glaciers.

If you love Tibetan culture and mountains, Tsum Valley is a great place to see local people and their way of life, with beautiful mountain views.

You can visit Tsum Valley on its own or add it to another hike called the Manaslu Circuit Trek if you have more time.

Highlights of Tsum Valley Trek

  • Spectacular mountain views of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Buddha Himal ranges.
  • Tsum Valley is a hidden gem with a rich cultural heritage influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Opportunity to visit ancient Buddhist monasteries and gompas like Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa.
  • Encounter with friendly and warm-hearted local people who follow traditional farming and herding practices.
  • Witness unique Tibetan-influenced architecture, prayer flags, and mani walls.
  • Encounter diverse Himalayan flora and fauna, including rare and endangered species.


Our Tsum Valley Trek Package is perfect for adventurous souls seeking a trek off the beaten path, cultural enthusiasts wanting to delve into Tibetan-Buddhist practices, and nature lovers looking to bask in the untouched beauty of the Himalayas.

Whether you're a solo traveler seeking a spiritual journey in the group, a couple looking for a memorable adventure, or a group of friends wanting to explore the less-traveled paths of Nepal, this package is tailored to ensure an unforgettable experience for all.


Our package stands out for its focus on providing a holistic experience. We offer personalized services, a flexible itinerary to accommodate your interests and pace, and an unwavering commitment to safety and responsible tourism. With our experienced guides and dedicated team, we ensure that your journey through Tsum Valley is enriching, enjoyable, and safe.


Welcome to the vibrant city of Kathmandu! As you step off the plane at Tribhuvan International Airport, our team from Dream Heaven Adventure will be there to greet you with warm smiles and transfer you to your hotel. Take some time to rest and relax after your journey and prepare for the exciting adventure that lies ahead. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Hotel
  • 1400m

After a delicious breakfast, get ready for a full day of exploration in the historical and spiritual heart of Nepal, Kathmandu Valley. Accompanied by our knowledgeable guide, you'll visit some of the most iconic attractions in the city. Explore the ancient temples of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath, experience the rich cultural heritage of Kathmandu Durbar Square, and marvel at the intricate architecture of Swayambhunath Stupa. Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance and cultural wonders of the valley. Overnight at the hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1400m

After enjoying a delicious breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu, it's time to embark on your adventurous journey towards Machha Khola. Our experienced driver will pick you up from the hotel, and you'll board a comfortable vehicle for the scenic drive. The road meanders through picturesque landscapes, offering glimpses of terraced fields, rolling hills, and quaint villages along the way. As you leave the bustling city behind, you'll witness the gradual transition to the serene countryside.

The drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola takes approximately 6-7 hours, covering a distance of around 140 kilometers. The journey is an adventure in itself, as you pass through winding mountain roads and cross several rivers and suspension bridges. The views of the Trishuli River and its gorges will leave you in awe of nature's grandeur.

Upon reaching Machha Khola, a small village situated on the banks of the Budhi Gandaki River, you'll be greeted by the tranquil ambiance and warm hospitality of the locals. After settling into your guesthouse or lodge, take some time to relax and soak in the natural beauty that surrounds you. Overnight stay in Machha Khola.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 570m

Today marks the beginning of your trekking adventure as you leave Machha Khola and make your way towards Jagat. After a hearty breakfast, you'll lace up your trekking boots, pack your essentials, and set off on foot, immersing yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of the Budhi Gandaki Valley.

The trek from Machha Khola to Jagat takes approximately 5-6 hours, covering a distance of around 16 kilometers. The trail winds through terraced fields, lush forests, and charming Gurung and Magar villages. As you ascend and descend along the rugged terrain, you'll be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of cascading waterfalls, towering cliffs, and the ever-present sound of the rushing river.

Passing through the villages of Khorlabesi and Tatopani, where you can take a refreshing break and soak in natural hot springs, the trail gradually leads you to Jagat. This village, situated at an altitude of 1350 meters, welcomes you with its rustic charm and traditional architecture. Take the opportunity to explore the village, interact with the friendly locals, and learn about their unique way of life.

As the day comes to a close, you'll settle into a cozy guesthouse or lodge in Jagat, where you can rest and rejuvenate for the adventures that lie ahead. Overnight stay in Jagat.

With the completion of Day 4, you'll have experienced the thrill of both a scenic drive and the beginning of your trekking journey, setting the stage for further exploration of the captivating Manaslu region in the days to come.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today's trek takes us deeper into the mountains as we head towards Lokpa. Walking for approximately 6-7 hours, we traverse through lush forests, cross suspension bridges, and marvel at the majestic waterfalls that dot the landscape. The beauty of the surroundings captivates us, and we can feel ourselves getting closer to the heart of the Himalayas. Upon reaching Lokpa, we settle into our accommodation and enjoy a well-deserved rest. Overnight at a guesthouse or lodge.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • 2240m

Today's trek takes us to the charming village of Chumling. Walking for about 6-7 hours, we ascend further into the Himalayas, surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain vistas. The trail meanders through lush forests, picturesque valleys, and traditional villages, allowing us to immerse ourselves in the local culture and way of life. Chumling welcomes us with its traditional stone houses and warm hospitality. We settle into a cozy guesthouse or lodge and savor the tranquility of this remote mountain village. Overnight stay in Chumling.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
  • 2386m

Our trek continues as we leave Chumling behind and make our way towards Chekem Paro. Walking for approximately 6 hours, we traverse through rugged terrains and ascend to higher altitudes. The trail rewards us with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, including the majestic Ganesh Himal. Along the way, we encounter traditional Buddhist monasteries and prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze, adding a spiritual touch to our journey. We reach Chekem Paro, where we rest and recharge in a guesthouse or lodge. Overnight stay in Chekem Paro.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today's trek takes us to the enchanting village of Mugompa. Walking for about 5 hours, we continue our ascent, reaching higher altitudes and experiencing the pristine beauty of the Himalayas. The trail offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls, and remote mountain landscapes. As we arrive in Mugompa, a hidden gem nestled amidst the mountains, we are greeted by its serene atmosphere and the warmth of the local community. We spend the night in a guesthouse or lodge, surrounded by the grandeur of the Himalayas. Overnight stay in Mugompa.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is a well-deserved rest day in Mugompa. After days of trekking, we take the opportunity to explore the area, engage with the locals, and soak in the unique cultural heritage of this remote village. We can visit the ancient monasteries, interact with the Buddhist monks, and witness their daily rituals and prayers. The peaceful ambiance of Mugompa allows us to reflect on our journey so far and prepare ourselves for the remaining trek ahead. Overnight stay in Mugompa.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Leaving Mugompa behind, we retrace our steps and begin our descent towards Chumling. Walking for approximately 6 hours, we descend through lush forests and picturesque landscapes. The trail offers different perspectives of the mountains and valleys, showcasing the natural beauty of the region. As we arrive back in Chumling, we reunite with familiar surroundings and enjoy the hospitality of the locals. We spend the night in a guesthouse or lodge, reminiscing about the incredible experiences of our trek. Overnight stay in Chumling.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Today's trek takes us to the village of Philim. Walking for about 6 hours, we descend further into the lower valleys, passing through terraced fields and charming villages. The trail offers glimpses into the traditional agricultural practices of the locals and the vibrant rural life of the region. Philim welcomes us with its warm hospitality and traditional architecture. We settle into a guesthouse or lodge and enjoy the serene ambiance of this picturesque village. Overnight stay in Philim.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Continuing our descent, we trek towards Khorla Bensi. Walking for approximately 5 hours, we traverse through scenic landscapes, following the path along the river. The trail presents us with stunning views of terraced fields, cascading waterfalls, and lush greenery. The peaceful ambiance and soothing sounds of nature accompany us on our journey. As we reach Khorla Bensi, we settle into a cozy guesthouse or lodge, enjoying the tranquility of this riverside location. Overnight stay in Khorla Bensi.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

Today marks the final day of our trekking adventure. We make our way from Khorla Bensi to Arughat Bazaar, the starting point of our trek. Walking for about 5 hours, we pass through vibrant villages, interacting with locals and witnessing their daily activities. The trail winds through beautiful landscapes, allowing us to soak in the last glimpses of the stunning natural surroundings. As we arrive in Arughat Bazaar, we celebrate the successful completion of our trek. Overnight stay in Arughat Bazaar.

  • Tea House
  • Breakfast, Lunch Dinner
  • 970m

After breakfast, we bid farewell to the tranquil mountains and begin our journey back to Kathmandu. We board a bus or jeep for the scenic drive, which takes approximately 6-7 hours. Along the way, we can reflect on the incredible experiences, memories, and friendships forged during our trek. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we return to our hotel and take some time to rest and rejuvenate. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • 1400m

As your adventure with Dream Heaven Adventure comes to an end, we provide transportation to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure flight. Our team bids you a heartfelt goodbye, wishing you safe travels and cherishing the memories shared throughout this incredible journey. Depart with a sense of fulfillment and a deep connection to the breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage of Nepal. Until we meet again!

  • Breakfast

If you have limited time and are unable to follow the complete itinerary, it is possible to complete the Tsum valley trek in a shorter duration of 10 days. However, please note that this condensed version will require longer trekking hours each day and may not allow for ample time to explore the surrounding areas in depth.

Cost Details


  • Car/van/hiace transportation for airport pick-up and drop-off.
  • 3 nights' accommodation in Kathmandu with bed and breakfast.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Full-day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with a tour guide and transportation provided.
  • Experienced English-speaking trekking guide with a valid government license, including salary, insurance, flight, food, and lodging.
  • Trekking porter with salary, insurance, transportation, food, and lodging (1 porter for every 2 trekkers).
  • Arrangement of all required paperwork, trekking permits, and TIMS card.
  • Comprehensive medical kit.
  • Trekking equipment for the trekking staff.
  • Inclusion of all government and local taxes.
  • Transportation provided by local bus (additional cost for private jeep if required).


  • Nepal visa ( can be obtained in TIA, Kathmandu).
  • International airfare and entry fees for sightseeing during the city tour.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Additional accommodation nights in Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, bottled water, and hot showers.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks, as well as hot water.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusive cost.

Good to Know

Best time to Trek Tsum Valley

The best time to trek in the Tsum Valley is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer the most favorable weather conditions and are considered the peak trekking seasons in Nepal. Here's a breakdown of what you can expect during these months:

Spring (March to May): This is a popular time for trekking in the Tsum Valley. The weather is generally mild and stable, with clear skies and warmer temperatures. The rhododendrons and other wildflowers are in full bloom, adding vibrant colors to the landscape. The days are longer, allowing for more trekking hours. However, be prepared for occasional showers, especially in late spring.

Autumn (September to November): Another excellent time for the Tsum Valley trek is during the autumn season. The weather is typically dry, with clear skies and moderate temperatures. The visibility is excellent, offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The autumn months are also culturally significant, with festivals like Lhosar and Dhachyang taking place in the region. It's important to note that this is the busiest time for trekking in Nepal, so the trails and teahouses may be more crowded.

While spring and autumn are the ideal seasons, it's important to consider your personal preferences and priorities when choosing the best time for your Tsum Valley trek. If you don't mind colder temperatures and want a quieter experience, you can also consider trekking during the winter (December to February). However, be prepared for colder temperatures, snowfall at higher elevations, and the possibility of some trekking routes being closed due to snow.

On the other hand, trekking during the monsoon season (June to August) is not recommended, as the region receives heavy rainfall, which can lead to slippery trails, landslides, and limited visibility. The monsoon season is generally not ideal for trekking in Nepal.

Ultimately, the best time to trek the Tsum Valley depends on your preferences, fitness level, and tolerance for different weather conditions. It's advisable to check weather forecasts and consult with local trekking agencies for the most up-to-date information before planning your trip.


  • Q1. How difficult is the Tsum Valley Trek?

    The Tsum Valley Trek is not too easy, but also not too hard. You don't need to be a mountain climber, but it helps if you're fit and used to walking a lot. The high places and long walking days can be tough. If you've trekked before, that's good. The weather and how fast you go can also make a difference.

  • The accommodation during the Tsum Valley Trek mainly involves teahouses and lodges in the villages. These are basic with shared rooms and common toilets, providing meals and a warm bed to sleep in. While they are comfortable enough for resting after a long day of trekking, they aren't luxurious. In Kathmandu, however, you can expect a variety of options from budget to luxury hotels.

  • It's advisable to avoid drinking water straight from the taps or streams during the trek. Instead, opt for bottled, boiled, or treated water. Most teahouses offer boiled water, or you can use water purification tablets or a water filter. Always stay hydrated, especially at higher altitudes.

  • Yes, you'll need to obtain the Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP) and the Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit. These permits are mandatory for trekking in this region and can be arranged by the trekking agency.

  •  The Tsum Valley lies within a restricted area in Nepal, and solo trekking in this region is not permitted according to the regulations laid down by the Government of Nepal. A minimum of two trekkers accompanied by a licensed guide is mandatory.

  • To pack for the Tsum Valley Trek, think about dressing in layers. Bring warm clothes like thermals, a fleece and a down jacket, strong boots for walking, stuff for the rain, gloves, a hat, and sunglasses for the sun. You'll also need a good sleeping bag, poles for walking, snacks that give you lots of energy, a water bottle you can use again, stuff to make water safe to drink, a simple first aid kit, toiletries, and a headlamp. We will give you a full list of things to bring oce the trip booked.

  • Yes, obtaining travel insurance for the Tsum Valley Trek is highly recommended. The insurance should cover emergency evacuation, hospitalization, medical treatment, and trip cancellation costs. The terrain is rugged and remote, and medical facilities along the trek are basic at best. In case of serious illness or injury, a helicopter evacuation might be the only option, which can be costly without insurance.

  • Internet during the trek can be hit or miss. Some villages might have Wi-Fi in their teahouses, but it might not be fast. It's a good idea to let your family and friends know that you might not be able to get in touch for a few days while you're trekking.

  • Yes, altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is a concern while trekking in the Tsum Valley. As you ascend above 2,500 meters (8,200 ft), your body needs to acclimatize to the decreasing amount of oxygen. Symptoms of AMS include headache, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath. Our itinerary allows sufficient time for acclimatization, and your guide will be trained to detect any signs of altitude sickness. If you feel unwell, inform your guide immediately. In severe cases, it may be necessary to descend or even organize a medical evacuation.

  • On the trek, you'll get to eat a mix of Nepali and Tibetan foods, as well as common global dishes like pasta, noodles, soup, bread, and eggs. Dal Bhat, a dish made of lentil soup and rice, is a typical Nepali food that most trekkers like to eat. It's a balanced meal and you can usually get more for free if you're still hungry. Make sure to eat enough foods with carbohydrates because you'll need lots of energy for the trek.

  •  The Tsum Valley Trek is a moderately difficult trek, requiring 5-7 hours of walking each day, sometimes on steep and rugged paths. Therefore, a good level of cardiovascular fitness is needed. If you lead an active lifestyle, you should be fit enough to enjoy the trek. Nevertheless, it's advisable to start a regular exercise regimen involving cardio (like running, cycling, swimming), strength, and endurance workouts at least a few months before your trek.

  • Charging facilities are available in most of the teahouses on the Tsum Valley Trek for a small fee. However, electricity can be unreliable, and power outlets may not always be in your room. It's advisable to bring a portable charger or extra batteries for your devices.

  • Tipping is not compulsory but is a well-accepted practice in Nepal’s trekking industry. It's a way of showing your gratitude and appreciation for the team's hard work. The amount of the tip generally depends on your satisfaction with the services provided.

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