Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek

Key Infomation

  • Duration:14 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate
  • DestinationTIA Kathmandu
  • Max Altitude3,700 m
  • ActivityCity Tour and Trekking
  • Group Size2-10
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Off-The-Beaten Trek
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The Tsum Valley Trek, located in the beautiful landscapes of the Manaslu region, is a testament to Nepal's unsurpassed natural beauty and cultural richness. Situated at elevations ranging from 1,905 meters in Machha Khola to the mesmerizing heights of Mu Gompa at approximately 3,700 meters, this trek promises an immersive experience in the heart of the Himalayas. The Tsum Valley, often referred to as the "Hidden Valley," offers a unique blend of ancient traditions, serene monasteries, and panoramic mountain views, making it a coveted destination for trekkers seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure.

Upon embarking on the Tsum Valley Trek, you are greeted by a landscape that seamlessly blends alpine forests, terraced fields, and quaint villages. The journey begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to the trailhead, leading to the charming villages of Machha Khola and Dovan. As you traverse through the diverse topography, the trek takes you to Jagat, a village adorned with traditional architecture and warm hospitality. The trail further unfolds to reveal Lokpa, Chumling, and Chekampar, each offering a glimpse into the unique customs and lifestyles of the local people.

One of the highlights of the Tsum Valley Trek is the visit to Mu Gompa, a Buddhist monastery perched at an altitude of approximately 3,700 meters. The monastery, surrounded by rugged mountains, provides a spiritual retreat and a chance to witness the daily rituals of the resident monks. The journey to Mu Gompa and back to Chekampar is a spiritual and visual feast, offering unparalleled views of the majestic Himalayan peaks.

As you traverse the trail, you encounter the rich tapestry of Tsum Valley's cultural heritage. The region is dotted with ancient monasteries, prayer flags fluttering in the mountain breeze, and stone walls adorned with intricate carvings. The warm smiles of the locals and their genuine hospitality add a personal touch to this trekking odyssey.

The Tsum Valley Trek is a harmonious blend of adventure and cultural exploration, providing a profound connection with nature and a deep appreciation for the resilience of the local communities. Whether standing at the foothills of Machha Khola or gazing upon the serene landscapes from the heights of Mu Gompa, this journey is an unforgettable immersion into the heart of the Himalayas, where each step unfolds a new chapter in the story of Tsum Valley's enchanting allure.

Best Time for Tsum Valley Trek

The best season for the Tsum Valley Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these periods, the weather is relatively stable, offering clear skies, mild temperatures, and spectacular views of the Himalayan peaks. 

Spring brings blooming rhododendrons and lush landscapes, while Autumn provides crisp air and vibrant colors. Whereas, the Winter season (December to February) can be harsh with cold temperatures and snow, while the monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall, making trails slippery and potentially hazardous.

Tsum Valley Trek Difficulty

The Tsum Valley Trek is considered moderately challenging. The trail involves both ascents and descents, often on rugged terrain. Trekkers should be prepared for varying altitudes, with Mu Gompa reaching approximately 3,700 meters. The trek includes long hours of walking each day, and some sections may be strenuous. The remoteness of the region and the lack of infrastructure adds the trek to challenge. However, with proper preparation, including acclimatization days and a reasonable level of fitness, the Tsum Valley Trek can be a rewarding and achievable adventure.

Fitness for Tsum Valley Trek

A good level of physical fitness is essential for the Tsum Valley Trek. Regular cardiovascular exercises such as hiking, jogging, or cycling can help buildup your stamina. Strengthening exercises focusing on the legs, core, and upper body will assist in tackling the varied terrain. Since the trek involves walking at higher altitudes, acclimatization is very important.

Trekkers should consider incorporating uphill and downhill walking into their training routine to simulate the trekking conditions. It is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before embarking on the trek, especially for individuals with pre-existing health conditions.

Major Highlights of Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley

Tsum Valley itself emerges as the major highlight of the trek, earning its designation as the "Hidden Valley." This enchanting valley, set against the backdrop of the towering Himalayan peaks, invites trekkers to discover a world untouched by mainstream tourism. As the trail winds through alpine forests, terraced fields, and quaint villages, Tsum Valley unveils its unique cultural tapestry. 

Tsum Valley is a sanctuary for those seeking an authentic Himalayan experience offering the breathtaking panoramic views of prominent peaks such as Himal Chuli, Shringi Himal, and the Ganesh Himal Range, including peaks like Ganesh I, Ganesh II, Ganesh III, and Ganesh IV, along with occasional glimpses of the massive Manaslu itself, creating a spectacular mountain backdrop for the trek.

The warm smiles and genuine hospitality of the locals add a personal touch to the journey, fostering connections that go beyond the physical landscapes. The remoteness of the valley and its limited accessibility have preserved its cultural heritage, making every step along the trail a journey through time. From the moment trekkers enter Tsum Valley, they are immersed in a world where ancient traditions coexist harmoniously with the rugged grandeur of the Himalayas, making it a truly extraordinary highlight of the Tsum Valley Trek.

Mu Gompa

Mu Gompa, located at a high elevation of roughly 3,700 meters, is a magnificent treasure during the Tsum Valley Trek. This Buddhist monastery is a major highlight of the trek, offering trekkers a spiritual retreat as well as an inside look at the daily life of the resident monks. 

Mu Gompa, surrounded by rough Himalayan scenery, offers a unique backdrop for meditation and idealism. The trek to Mu Gompa and the return route to Chekampar not only highlights the region's spiritual significance, but also rewards travelers with breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks, making it an unforgettable experience.

Highlights of Tsum Valley Trek

  • Explore the ancient arts, architecture, crafts, culture, and religion of Kathmandu Valley. 
  • Scenic and beautiful drive from Kathmandu to Machha Khola 
  • Explore the ancient culture of Tibetan Buddhism, religion, and practices
  • Explore the beautiful traditional villages of Chekamparo, and Nile
  • Explore the mythical Mu-Gompa in the Tsum Valley 
  • Pass through Lokpa, a gateway to Tsum Valley's cultural tapestry, engaging with resilient local communities.
  • Revel in the charm of the Hidden Valley, with ancient monasteries, prayer flags, and authentic Himalayan traditions.
  • In Tsum Valley, you can learn about the Numbri people's history, religion, delicious food, and celebrations. 
  • Explore one of the least explored trekking trails where you can experience the Tibetan culture, lifestyle, and habits
  • Explore the diverse exotic flora and fauna in the restricted Manaslu Conservation Area
  • Crossing numerous suspension bridges, walking alongside the Budi Gandaki river and the dense forest of Rhododendrons and biodiversity 
  • Stunning views of Mt. Manaslu, Himalchuli, Ganesh Himal, Himlung, and many more snowy peaks
  • One of Nepal's most majestic treks yet one that is serene and peaceful by comparison to some of the busier trails elsewhere

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Here is the complete itinerary of our special Tsum Valley Trek. If you are looking for your own customized itinerary, feel free to contact us. 

As soon as you land on the Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our representative will be there to greet you and welcome you. You will then be transferred to your hotel. Get freshen up and stroll around the vibrant streets of Thamel. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Accommodation Kantipur Village Hotel
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

After an early morning breakfast, your city guide will be at your hotel to pick you up for your Kathmandu City Tour.

Visit the famous landmarks like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath, and many more. Explore the unique architechture and get to know more about the in-depth history of the Kathmandu Valley. 

After your whole day city tour, you will get to meet your guide during our welcome dinner and pre-briefing session at an authentic Nepali Restaurant with Cultural Dance performances.

  • Accommodation Kantipur Village Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast and Welcome Dinner
  • TimeFull- Day
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

After early morning breakfast, we'll leave Kathmandu and drive towards our trekking destination. The 6-7 hour drive in a private jeep would be a scenic and fantastic drive as you'll pass through the traditional villages, rivers, forests, and farmlands.

You'll explore the best landscapes from your window seat. En route, you'll stop at a few places for a short break, lunch break, and tea break according to your requirements. In the early evening, we'll arrive in Machha Khola and we stay nearby the Budi Gandaki river. The trail goes up to the Dovan but sometimes in the early season of autumn, it may get affected due to the landslides caused by a monsoon. 

  • Accommodation Standard Teahouse
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,100 m

Another amazing day starts with crossing a beautiful river on the side of the Machha Khola following the Budi Gandaki river and reaching a place called Khorlabesi, where you'll see a small natural hot spring. This part is also inhabited by the Gurung community people, where you'll notice shepherds clad in a typical smoke-browned cape called Bokkhu. Furthermore, you'll reach Dovan for lunch before climbing up for the Jagat. 

Furthermore, you'll cross a landslip and Yaruphant and continue morning towards the Jagat. At Yaru, you'll cross a cantilever bridge to reach Jagat, a beautiful neatly flagstoned Gurung village. At this village, you'll have to verify your permits at the check post. From this day, you'll hike inside the restriction zone of the Manasalu region. Overnight stay at Jagat.

  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a delicious breakfast at Jagat, we follow the Budi Gandaki river and ascend along a terraced hillside and reach the small hamlet of Saguleri and Sirdibas. From this village, you'll see the majestic view of Mt. Shringi Himal (7,187 m). Furthermore, you'll pass through the small village and continue walking upstream. The trail will take us to Philim. Crossing a bridge, we will trek for around a couple of hours and reach Lokpa. Overnight stay at the traditional teahouse at Lokpa. 

  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m
  • Maximum Altitude1,350 m

What's Included

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle during international arrival and departures
  • 3x nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast (Kantipur Village Hotel) or similar category
  • Kathmandu city tour with an experienced guide and private vehicles 
  • Welcome dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurant with a traditional cultural performance 
  • The best available teahouse and homestay accommodation during the trekking
  • All the ground transportation (Kathmandu to Machha Khola/Dovan by Private Jeep)
  • Full board meal ( Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner), 3x tea/coffee, and 1x soup per day during the trekking
  • An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed trekking guide for the entire trek 
  • Experience porter ( one porter for two clients)
  • Staff costs include their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation for the entire trek 
  • Carry Me Bag for responsible waste collection throughout your trek.
  • A trekking/Duffel bag will be provided ( to be returned at the end of the trip)
  • Footprint Adventure t-shirt, trip completion certificate, trekking map from the company side 
  • All the necessary permits and paperwork (Special permit for Manaslu Region, Special Permit for Tsum Valley, MCAP, ACAP, and TIMS Card)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes along with company service
  • Nepalese visa fee. Details of visa fees in Nepal, here
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance, emergency transfer, and medical expenses 
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s) (expected)
  • Things that are not mentioned in the included list

Additional Info

High Altitude Sickness

Mu Gompa, situated at around 3,700 meters, is the highest point you reach during this trek, which means there is a partial chance of getting altitude sickness. However, it's essential for you to acclimatize gradually to the increasing elevation. Allow your body to acclimatize days in your itinerary, maintaining a steady pace during the trek. Stay well-hydrated, avoid overexertion, and pay attention to any symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, or fatigue. If symptoms persist, consult your guide and descend to lower altitudes and seek medical attention promptly.


As you will be trekking in the Manaslu and Partly Annapurna Conservation Area, you need the following necessary permits to trek the region:

  1. Manaslu Conservation Area Permit (MCAP): Rs. 3,000 per person
  2. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): Rs. 3,000 per person
  3. Trekkers Information System Card (TIMS): Rs. 2,000 per person
  4. Manaslu Tsum Valley Restricted Area Permit:
  • USD 40 per person/ week (During September- November)
  • USD 30 per person/week (During December- August)
  • USD 7 per person/ day (beyond 1 week)

According to the new rule of NTB, the Nepal Government has mandated the hiring of a guide or a porter to trek at higher altitude regions to reduce the potential risks and add extra safety and assurance throughout the trek. We provide you with a licensed guiding expert and porter for your trek so that you don't have to worry about anything.

If you book your expedition with Footprint Adventure, we will obtain all the necessary permits for Tsum Valley Trek for you.

Accommodations on Tsum Valley Route

In Kathmandu, you will get 4 to 5-star standard hotel or resort accommodation. Whereas, the accommodations along the Tsum Valley Route predominantly consist of teahouses and basic lodges. Your rooms will be basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets. You will have a private room but the bathroom will be outside. There are some guest houses with attached bathrooms as well but they will cost extra. The normal, comfortable and clean, and neat rooms will be available for the entire trekking. 


All your ground transportations like airport pickup and drops will be done in a private vehicle. Whereas, the drive to Machha Khola and vice-versa will be handled in a sharing basis or private jeep according to your preferences.

Food and Drinking Water

Teahouses along the Tsum Valley route provide meals, though the menu may be more limited compared to urban areas. We highly recommend carrying energy snacks to supplement your diet. We provide seasonal fruits as dessert during the entire trek. Besides this, you can also try some local food from Numbri people, Gurung people, and other ethnic groups. Hydration is crucial, and while teahouses offer water, consider using water purification tablets or a filtration system. 

Internet, Electricity and Network

Expect limited internet connectivity along the trail. Electricity in teahouses may be available only during specific hours, often relying on solar power. Bring a portable charger for your devices, and conserve energy whenever possible. Mobile network coverage can be occasional, so inform your family and friends about potential communication challenges. Embrace the opportunity to disconnect and immerse yourself fully in the natural and cultural beauty of the Tsum Valley.


Q1. Will I be able to do this trek? Will my guide take good care of me?

The Tsum Valley Trek is considered moderately challenging. Your ability to complete it depends on your fitness, acclimatization, and preparation. 

We provide you with  experienced guides trained to prioritize your safety and well-being. You must Communicate openly with your guide about your fitness level and concerns, and they will tailor the trek to your capabilities while ensuring a secure and memorable journey.

You must need the following documents for the Tsum Valley Trek besides the trekking permits: 

  • Passport with few copies 
  • 2 PP size photographs for trekking permits. 
  • Your mobile phone, charger, headphone, and universal adapters. 
  • Money for the trip 
  • Personal medicine and doctor’s precipitation if needed when you travel to a different country.
  • Travel insurance 
  • Round Trip flight tickets
  • Currency, Credit/Debit Cards

For more detailed informations about the packing lists, visit here.

Yes, there are alternative routes and side trips that can be explored based on your preferences and time constraints. We can easily extend the routes to monasteries like Rachen Gompa, venturing towards Ganesh Himal Base Camp for more panoramic views, or even opting for variations in the Manaslu Circuit Trek to enhance the overall trekking experience.

The Tsum Valley Trek is considered moderately challenging. The trail involves both ascents and descents, often on rugged terrain. Trekkers should be prepared for varying altitudes, with Mu Gompa reaching approximately 3,700 meters. The trek includes long hours of walking each day, and some sections may be strenuous. The remoteness of the region and the lack of infrastructure adds the trek to challenge. However, with proper preparation, including acclimatization days and a reasonable level of fitness, the Tsum Valley Trek can be a rewarding and achievable adventure.

Yes, the Tsum Valley Trek is widely considered worth the journey. This trek offers a unique and enriching experience, combining the pristine beauty of the Himalayan landscapes with the cultural richness of the Tsum Valley. Travelers are rewarded with encounters with ancient monasteries, picturesque villages, and stunning vistas of the Himalayan peaks. The trek's remote and less commercialized nature adds to its allure, providing a sense of authenticity and tranquility. For those seeking a trek that goes beyond the ordinary, the Tsum Valley Trek is indeed worth the exploration.

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