Tsum valley trek is a grand and exclusive adventure exploring hidden villages of “Tsum-The Valley of Happiness”. The word Tsum is derived from the Tibetan language “Beyul Kyimolung” meaning “Valley of Happiness”. Certainly, it proves like its name untouched and unspoiled by modernization.
|Duration||18 days |
|Max Elevation||3,700 m|
|Best Time||Oct-Dec & Mar-Jun|
|Activities||Trekking,Culture,Flora & Fauna|
|Trekking Permits||MACP permit, ACAP permit, TIMS Card, Special permit|
|Accommodation||Hotels,lodges & tea house|
|Region||Manaslu, West Nepal|
|Other information||Unique & historical monastries|
Trek to Tsum-The Valley of Happiness leads you to explore fascinating cultures interwoven of the Tibetan Buddhist religion. This area is opened for travelers from 2008 and still retains its old-time glory of ancient traditions. Our walk leads to the highest spot at Mu Gompa exploring the ancient monasteries of Mu and Rachen. Also, we’ll visit the cave of 11th-century saint Milarepa.
After a wonderful and glorious time in the high valley of Tsum, our return journey leads back on the same trail. On the way back you’ll observe & explore more of the hidden area of Tsum Valley. An overland drive from Sotikhola to Kathmandu concludes this marvelous Tsum Valley trek.
Our Social Activities
We are also coordinating for free volunteering in Nepal as well and we are supporting to needy people of Nepal through our trekking agency. If you want to help students back on the mountain region then you may check those of our social activities on the free volunteering page.
On arrival in Kathmandu received by Pristine Nepal staff and guide for short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where many hotels, restaurants, departmental stores, cafes, bars, pubs, trekking gears shops, travel agencies and other many more things are available.
The morning after breakfast our tour guide will receive you for a sightseeing tour around interesting part of Kathmandu, as Kathmandu city a blend of modernization and old lively cultures where you can witness medieval period villages and way of life of the locals as it was for past hundreds of years. Kathmandu valley steeped with ancient history-old traditions full of world heritage sites of Buddhism and Hinduism temples/monasteries. After an interesting tour afternoon free at leisure preparation for Tsum- The Valley of Happiness trekking.
Tsum-The Valley of Happiness trekking adventure begins with an interesting and exciting long overland drive on Nepal’s busy highway to reach at Dhading Besi a large town headquarters of Dhading district, after Dhading heading to Arughat town by the River Burigandaki, from here taking another vehicle for rough and interesting ride towards mid hills following Bhurigandaki River past few farm villages to reach at Soti Khola village.
From this village, starting our walk following Budi Gandaki River upstream through many farm villages, crossing over Nuali Khola with views of waterfalls and then cross a stream to Machha Khola for an overnight stop. The village name as Machha Khola means “Fish stream”.
After a pleasant overnight at Macha Khola, morning walk follows Budi Gandaki River upstream, to reach Khorla Beshi a small farm village from here on winding path to reach at Tatopani village with “Hot Spring,” an opportunity for hot bathe as time allows. After a nice rest walk carries on passing Dovan and Yaruphant villages to reach at Jagat for overnight stops, Jagat a moderate size farm villages with shops and stores.
From Jagat, morning walk leads to higher areas passing scattered farm villages with short climb and downhill to cross over a bridge to reach Nagjet and Philim, a large village with spread-out farm houses. After Philim walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat’s and barley, then a climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to our overnight stop at Lakuwa on leaving the main trail of Manaslu trekking route.
After Lakuwa village and leaving the Budi Gandaki River for a week, our walk heads towards Tsum valley into the valley of happiness, as our route enters narrow gorge then with short descend and uphill climb into rhododendron and pine tree forest walking past small farm villages then climbing above Lungwa Khola to reach at Chumling village for first overnight in Tsum Valley.
From here altitude slowly gains with the mountain views of Ganesh Himal peaks, as the villages and landscapes look similar to Tibetan windswept plateau. Morning walks with downhill to cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola, with views of Ganesh Himal also known as Yangra at 7,422 m high, walk slowly leads at Chokhan-paro village for an overnight stop.
After Chokan-paro heading closer at upper Tsum area to Nele (Ne-lay) starting with a climb onto the open valley and windswept country with few small trees that survive around this arid terrain. Walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal after a pleasant walk reaches Nele on the way with a visit to an old cave of 11th Century Saint Milarepa famous and popular among Buddhist as poet, singer, tantric guru his folk-tales and songs are still remembered by Tibetans and Buddhist alike.
Morning walk starts on reaching the highest point at Mu Gompa and main destination of this adventure, as the walk continues to climb on high arid terrain offering views of high peaks on the way to Mu Gompa for an overnight stop.
Rest with a free day at Mu Gompa to visit villages and interesting old Mu Gompa with ancient antique scrolls, statue and relics this is one of the most important monasteries of Tsum and Manaslu area.
After an interesting and wonderful time at Mu Gompa return journey visiting another impressive monastery of Rachen Gompa, walk leads on a nice path with few short climbs and downhill passing few small villages of cattle herders to reach at Rachen Gompa for an overnight stop, afternoon visit Rachen monastery.
Today our last day at Tsum valley, as the morning walk leads to a long descend to Chumling village passing farm areas and then back into tree lines, after a long downhill walk of 6 hours reaching at Chumling village for last overnight stop around Tsum.
From Chumling village, morning walk downhill the following river downstream with views of waterfalls then reaching villages of Samba, Tingding Chhupyang till our walk ends at Philim village for an overnight stop.This is a nice farm village with school supported by Japanese (as Mt. Manaslu was first climbed by Japanese so this area is a favorite among Japanese).
From here onwards on the warmer area with paddy fields, after a breakfast walk leads to Tatopani following Budi Gandaki River through several small villages of Nugget, Sidibas Bazaar, and Jagat. Walk further descends at Yaruphant, then to the lower area with a dramatic change in vegetation, finally ending six hours walk to our overnight stop at Tatopani a small farm village with hot spring as Tatopani in Nepali means ‘hot water’, afternoon enjoy the hot springs and relax. The local belief that the spring water has a natural power to cure various disease and wounds.
After a nice time at Tatopani and hot spring, morning walk leads to Soti Khola walking along the Budi Gandaki River downstream, after hours of good walk reaching Gurung village of Labubesi, from here walk further through terraced fields and waterfalls to reach our last overnight stop at Soti-Khola.
With an enjoyable overnight at Soti-Khola village, our last day on the mid hills of Mid-West Himalaya morning taking a vehicle for the long interesting overland ride to Kathmandu following Budi Gandaki River downstream heading towards Arughat which is the last village of Gorkha area. From drive continues to Kathmandu passing through Dhading then on the good road most of the way to reach at Kathmandu, after a fascinating trip Tsum -The Valley of Happiness trekking.
Last day in amazing Nepal country of Himalayan wonders, as per your international flight time depart from the hotel where Pristine Nepal staff transfer you to the airport, after a greatly enjoyable and memorable time around Tsum -The Valley of Happiness trekking with quality services and guidance of Pristine Nepal.