Tsum valley trek

Tsum valley trek

attractions Attraction
Rhododendron forests, Several Buddhist monasteries, Views of Ganesh Himal and Himal Chuli
nature Accomodation
timer Duration
16 days
restaurant_menu Food
Public Bus and Jeep
Group Size
1 - 25
diversity_1 Group Type
temple_hindu Culture
Tibetan Culture

Tsum valley trek overview:

The Tsum Valley is a remote and hidden valley located in northern Gorkha, Nepal. It is a land of ancient art, culture, and religion, and its people trace their origins to Tibet. The valley is home to several monasteries, including the Rachen and Mu Gompas, and is rich in biodiversity. The trek to the Tsum Valley is a moderate-difficult hike that offers stunning views of the Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and Boudha Himal mountains.

The trek begins with a scenic drive to Arughat, followed by Soti Khola. From Soti Khola, the trail follows the Budhi Gandaki valley upstream, passing through forests of rhododendron and pine trees. The first stop is the village of Lokpa, the gateway to the Tsum Valley.

From Lokpa, the trail continues north to Chumling, home to three famous monasteries. The next day, the trail heads to Chhokangparo, past Domje village, the largest in the Tsum Valley. As the trail ascends, the sub-tropical forests give way to alpine pastures and high mountain deserts.

The trail then passes Milarepa Prien Phu Cave, the most sacred cave in the region, and then Phurbe to reach the Nile. After spending a night at the Nile, the trail continues north to Mu Gompa, the northernmost point of the trek.

From Mu Gompa, the trail returns to the south, passing Rachen Gompa and Domje. The trail then heads to Ganesh Himal Base Camp (4,800m) before returning to Lokpa and Arughat. From Arughat, a local bus takes hikers back to Kathmandu.

The highlights of the Tsum Valley Trek:

  • The opportunity to experience Tibetan culture and religion
  • The stunning views of the Ganesh Himal, Shringi Himal, and Boudha Himal mountains
  • The diverse wildlife, including blue sheep and Himalayan tahr
  • The ancient monasteries and caves
  • The challenging but rewarding hike

Trip info:

Trek Start:

  • Typically starts in Soti Khola or Arughat.
  • Requires obtaining necessary permits, including the Manaslu Restricted Area Permit.
  • The trail takes you through remote villages and pristine landscapes.


  • Teahouses and lodges available along the route.
  • Private rooms with attached bathroom, where ever available.
  • Basic amenities like beds, blankets, and shared bathrooms.


  • Teahouses offer meals such as Dal Bhat, and rice dishes, while lower altitude also has western food menu.
  • Limited menu items, especially at higher altitudes.
  • Carrying energy bars and snacks is advisable.

Typical Day:

  • Begin early in the morning for the best weather and views.
  • Trek for around 6-8 hours a day, with breaks.
  • Reach a teahouse for the night to rest and explore the local culture.


  • Limited mobile network coverage, especially in remote areas.
  • Some teahouses might offer slow and unreliable Wi-Fi.

Electricity and Water:

  • Charging devices may have an additional cost.
  • Hot showers might be available for an extra fee.
  • Carry purification methods for safe drinking water.


  • Tipping is appreciated to show gratitude for good service.
  • You can tip guides, porters, and teahouse staff if you're satisfied.

Trek Season:

  • The optimal time for the Manaslu Circuit trek is during the autumn months of September to November with clear weather and the spring months of March to May with blooming rhododendrons.
  • Winter is colder with potential snowfall.
  • Summer/Monsoon brings rain and landslides, making it less suitable.


  • For Beginners:
    • Requires good fitness levels and preparation.
    • The trail includes various terrains, from gentle slopes to steep ascents.
    • Our guide will support and encourage you, but stamina and endurance are essential for long and strenuous walks.
    • Some sections involve longer and more strenuous walks, especially at higher altitudes, so be prepared.
    • More acclimitization is needed to be safe from altitude sickness in higher altitudes.
  • For Advanced Hikers:
    • For experienced hikers and trekkers, the Manaslu Circuit offers a challenging adventure.
    • The trail presents a mix of terrains, from moderate inclines to steep ascents and descents.
    • You'll encounter remote and less-traveled paths, providing a sense of true wilderness.
    • The journey rewards with pristine landscapes and a deep sense of accomplishment.
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Mohan Subedi

Mohan Subedi is the founder of Hinepal Treks. He is a professional trek and adventure guide.

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