Tsum Valley is one of Nepal’s remotest valleys located amidst the mountains. The access to the region was recently provided, however, it is still considered one of the restricted regions. The trek takes around the majestic Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges. Predominantly Tibetan, the region is closer to Tibet in terms of culture and lifestyle.

The people of Tsum Valley or popularly known as the Tsumbas belong to Tibetan origin. Due to its discreet nature and lesser inflow of tourists, the region still remains untouched. It was only opened in 2008. You’re required to obtain a special permit to enter the region. The older lifestyle, culture and traditions are still intact.

The trek begins and ends at Arughat. The trail passes through multiple suspension bridges, mixed dense forest and unbeaten path along the Budhi Gandaki River. The ancient Gombas of the region such as: Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, Dephyudonma Gompa are the sights to see.

Is This Trip for me?
Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Poses challenge for the amateurs. It may require fair level of fitness. Maximum altitude remains around 4000 m – 4500 m and the hike requires around 5-6 hours a day.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport. Star Standard meals at Kathmandu!

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu / Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 Drive to Arughat 8-9 hours
Day 3 Trek to Soti Khola 730 m (2,395 ft) 5-6 hours
Day 4 Trek to Machha Khola 930 m (3,051 ft) 4-5 hours
Day 5 Trek to Dovan 1,070 m (3,510 ft) 4 hours
Day 6 Trek to Philim 1,070 m (3,510 ft) 5-6 hours
Day 7 Trek to Chumling/Lower Tsum 1,670 m (5,479 ft) 6-7 hours
Day 8 Trek to Chhokang Paro/Upper Tsum 3,030 m (9,940 ft) 6 hours
Day 9 Trek to Nile via Milarepa Cave 3,361 m (11,058 ft) 6-7  hours
Day 10 Trek to Mu Gompa 3,700 m (12,174 ft) 3-4 hours
Day 11 Rest Day
Day 12 Trek to Rachen Gompa 3,240 m (10,660 ft) 4-5 hours
Day 13 Trek to Dumje 2,440 m (8,028 ft) 6-7 hours
Day 14 Trek to Philim 1,590 m (5,215 ft) 7-8 hours
Day 15 Trek to Tatopani 990 m (3,248 ft) 6-7 hours
Day 16 Trek to Soti Khola 6-7 hours
Day 17 Trek to Arughat 6-7 hours
Day 18 Drive to Kathmandu 8-9 hours
Day 19 Depart from Kathmandu

  • Arrival airport pick and drop.
  • Dinner in one of the finest diners in Kathmandu before and after the trek.
  • 2 Nights at ★★★★★ hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Entire land commute during the trip
  • Standard Tea-house/ Lodge during the trek.
  • (B,L,D) Meals during the trek.
  • 1 Certified Guide (Licensed & First Aid Trained)/1 Porter (For two)
  • TIMS Card/ National Park entry fee
  • Special permit for Tsum valley and Manaslu
  • All the Gov. and Local taxes as per applicable
  • Trekking Map and Group medical kit box (Diamox and First Aid Medicine)
  • Trip Completion Certificate
  • Arrangement of Rescue/Medical Helicopter service; covered by your Insurance agency.
  • Visa & Processing Fee
  • International flight fares
  • Meals other than during the trek and before/after complimentary dinner
  • Mineral water and refreshments during the trek
  • Travel insurance (Cover Helicopter evacuation and Trip Cancellation charges)
  • Guide/Porter Tipping


We completed the 11 day Annapurna base camp trek. It was our first time to Nepal and I am glad we booked our trek through Caravan Outdoors.

They took care of everything (airport pick up, accommodations, park pass, etc..) there was no thinking required on our part. It was fantastic! Our guide and porter were very nice and answered any questions we had. ~Jennifer Smith (Winnipeg, Canada)

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Additional information

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Responsible Tourism

Being a responsible tourism stakeholder, we strive to offer our utmost help to the under-privileged and impoverished community. We work along with the Pioneer Foundation, a non-profit entity based in Kathmandu.

Currently, we help raise fund and donate it to help build schools and shelters at the Earthquake stricken regions of Central Nepal province. You can join the cause help donate or volunteer to teach at the primary level schools. Visit Community Center for more information.

  1. Arrival in Kathmandu
    At your arrival in Kathmandu, a member of our team will greet and receive you at the airport. You will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will brief on your arrival about the trip. The rest of the day is yours. The evening we be spent enjoying complimentary local dinner one of the finest local diner with cultural program
  2. Drive to Arughat
    You’ll leave from Kathmandu to Arughat early morning. You may spend a total of 8 to 9 hours on the road till Arughat. Arughat is a small village connecting the remote Manaslu region to Kathmandu. You will spend a night at here.
  3. Trek to Soti Khola
    After a hearty breakfast, you will head for Soti Khola following the Great Budhi Gandaki River. The trail leads to Arkhet Bazar and to Kuerepani. You will reach Soti Khola after a while. Upon reaching you can consider relaxing and preparing for the next day’s trek.
  4. Trek to Machha Khola
    You may visit the Soti Devi Temple early morning. After a breakfast, you move owards Machha Khola via a Gurung village, Lapubesi. After a while, you’ll reach Khadbesi and Machha Khola. From Machha Khola, you can catch the wonderful sight of Ganesh Himal.
  5. Trek to Dobhan
    After crossing the suspension and wooden bridge, you’ll walk through Khorlabeshi. Ganesh Himal will be very much visible from this part of the trail. You’ll reach Tatopani, the Hot Springs; where you can take a brief rest. After a while, you’ll reach Dobhan for the overnight stay.
  6. Trek to Philim
    The first stop of the day will be made at Yaruphant. After a brief walk, you’ll reach Jagat. Jagat offers a view point of Sringi Mountain. You’ll reach Philim via Sirdibas. Upon reaching, you will get to witness the Gurung village and wonderful glimpses of Sringi Mountain. If you still have enough time on hand, you can consider visiting the Chhyoling Sandu Gumba.
  7. Trek to Chumling (Lower Tsum)
    From here, you’ll ascend towards Ekle Bhatti. After crossing few suspension bridges, you’ll arrive at Chumling, also known as lower Tsum
  8. Trek to Chhokang Paro (Upper Tsum)
    From Chumling, you’ll ascend towards Dhampa Gompa and reach Kowo after. Climbing uphill, you’ll arrive at Chhokang Paro. You will get to visit the Galdang Gumba, a cave and micro hydropower. You’ll spend the night at Chhokang Paro.
  9. Trek to Nile via Milarepa Cave
    The trek will start with an uphill hike. You’ll reach Ngayaku Leru and pass by the Lama settlements. You will also get to visit Milarepa cave and Sarphu Stupa. Walking along the Tsum valley, you’ll reach Rachen Gompa, Lar, Pangdun and finally at Nile. A micro hydropower at Nile is a site to see.
  10. Trek to Mu Gompa
    Eyeing on the Mani walls, we take a steep ascent for Mu Gompa. We cross the bridge over Shiar River and reach Chho Syong. Dephu Doma and Nunnery Gompa lies here. Climbing ahead, we reach Mu Gompa. This is the highest point of our Tsum Valley trek.
  11. Rest Day
    Today is the rest day. You can consider taking a small hike around the place or the nearest monastery.
  12. Trek to Rachen Gompa
    You will trace your journey back to Rachen Gompa via Nile. Rachen Gumba is a nunnery on the village. You can consider spending the night there.
  13. Trek to Domje
    Descending from Rachen Gompa, the trail leads to Chhokang Paro via Ngakyu Leru. After a brief descent, you’ll reach Domje and cross the suspension over Sarpu River. You will spend a night at Domje.
  14. Trek to Philim
    You’ll follow a lower route to Philim which also leads towards the Ganesh Himal Base Camp. The trail passes through several ups and downs from Gumlung along the rocky falls. You’ll reach at Sarti Gorge and cross the suspensions to enter in Lokpa. After heading down the trail, you’ll reach Philim.
  15. Trek to Tatopani
    From Philim, you’ll hike downhill towards Tatopani. If you wish, you can rest at Tatopani’s hot spring to ease your fatigue too. You’ll spend the night at Tatopani.
  16. Trek to Soti Khola
    Today, the hike will be easier. Following the Budhi Gandaki River, you’ll move down through Machha Khola, Khanibesi, and Lapubesi After a brief hike, you’ll reach Soti Khola.
  17. Trek to Arughat
    Today is the last day of the trek. You’ll move through Kuerepani and Arkhet Bazar to reach Arughat. You’ll spend the night at Arughat.
  18. Drive to Kathmandu
    From Arughat, you’ll catch a bus back to Kathmandu. The ride may last well over 8 hours. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you’ll be transferred to your hotel.
  19. Depart from Kathmandu
    You will be transferred to the Airport to catch your flight back home.
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Trips Details

Trip Length 19 days
Trek Length 15 days
Activities Trekking, Sightseeing
Max. Altitude 3,361 meters (11,058 ft)
Trek Style Tea-house (Lodges)
Meal Full board on trek
★★★★★ Hotel ( Kathmandu)
Standard BB Lodges on Trail
Transportation Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus
Best Month February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November
Group Size 2-10 Persons
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