Tsum Valley Trekking

The Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in northern Gorkha district of Nepal. Tsum comes from the Tibetan word “Tsombo” which means vivid. The trail heads up the valley of the Budi Gandaki River through wild and unexplored country inhabited mainly by members of the Gurung ethnic groups. Good cup of the local cultivated natural coffee and Tatopani hot springs will help you to relax on this intensive trial.

Upper Tsum valley (part of the Inner Himalaya) open from Chhokangparo, where hospitable local people (Tibetan group “Tsombo”) welcome you with traditional Tibetan Chiya (butter tea) and local meal. The Tsum Valley is extremely rich in cultural assets. The valley is dotted with gompas (Buddhist monasteries), chortens and mani walls. The longest mani walls (over 250m) are at Dzong and Phurpe. The valley preserves steps of the great Buddhist Yogi Chyuchin Milarepa and story about Guru Padmasambhava circumbulation. The people here never slaughter animals, even as sacrifice to the gods. The Tsum Valley is surrounded by the Buddha Himal and Himal Chuli to the west, Ganesh Himal to the south, and Sringi Himal to the North.


1: Arrive Kathmandu
2: From Kathmandu drive to Arughat Bazaar (8-9 hrs)
3: Trek Arughat to Soti Khola (6-7 hrs)
4: Trek Soti Khola to Machha Khola (6-7 Hrs)
5: Trek Machha Khola to Doban (6-7 hrs)
6: Trek Doban to Philim (6 hrs)
7: Trek Philim to Chumling (Lower Tsum) (7 hrs)
8: Trek Chumling to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum) (5-6 hrs)
9:Trek Chhokangparo to Nile/Chhule, visit Milarepa Piren Phu Cave on the way (6-7 hrs)
10: Trek Nile/Chhule to Mu Gompa (3700 m), visit Dhephyudonma Gompa (4060 m) (4 hrs)
11: Extra day for excursion
12: Trek Mu Gompa to Rachen Gompa, visit Gonhgye Gompa (Nyigma-pa Buddhist sect) (5 hrs)
13: Trek Rachen Gompa to Dumje (6-7 hrs)
14: Trek Dumje to Philim (cross Ripchet) (6-7 hrs)
15: Trek Philim to Tatopani (6-7 hrs)
16: Trek Tatopani to Soti Khola (6-7 hrs)
17: Trek Soti Khola to Arughat Bazar (6-7 hrs)
18: From Arughat Bazar drive to Kathmandu (8-9 hrs)
19: Departure from Kathmandu to home country

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