• View stunning mountains, including Manaslu and Ganesh Himal
  • Wonder at the Poshyop Glacier
  • Take fascinating pictures of prayer flags and mani walls
  • Follow (some of) the footsteps of Milarepa
  • Feel privileged to enter this hidden valley, so near to Tibet

At a glance

Avg. Distance per day
6 km
Starting Point
Ending Point
Average Time
6 hrs
Highest point
5219 m
Tsum Valley Trek


Tsum Valley Trek is truly unique. This valley is a very secluded one, situated in the Manaslu Region, near the Tibetan border and is recently opened up for trekkers. And for this reason, a special permit is required to go there. As most of the route is over 3,000m, and the walking days are 5 to 7 hours long, the right level of fitness is required. These two week the trek can be combined with Manaslu Circuit Trek in this region, or, as here, as a stand-alone trek. Starting with a 7-hour drive from Kathmandu, the trek proper starts at Arughat, Sotikhola, a market town for Gorkha and Dhading districts.

The list of what you will encounter Tsum Valley Trek is amazing – pine Forests, riverbanks, waterfalls, suspension bridges, Buddhist gompas, mani walls (stone walls with Buddhist mantras carved into them), delightful villages and Milarepa’s Cave! Milarepa considered one of Tibet’s most famous yogi and poet; he traveled the area setting an example of how to live a Buddhist live circa 1051 when he was born. Those who love Buddhist culture will enjoy visiting the Tsum Valley and meeting monks and nuns and every-day people who practice this philosophy. As well as the mountains, of course! Himalchuli (7,893m), Ganesh Himal (7,140m), Manaslu (8,163m), Churke Himal and the Poshyop Glacier are just some of the giants found in this hidden valley. This trek is almost like a pilgrimage in itself, with a fantastic backdrop of giants.


Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Trek to Arkhet Bazar
Day 03: Trek from Arkhet Bazar to Machha Khola
Day 04: Trek from Machha Khola to Yaru khola
Day 05: Trek to Lokpa
Day 06: Trek from Lokpa to Chumling (Lower Tsum)
Day 07: Trek to Chhokangparo (Upper Tsum)
Day 08: Trek to Nile/Chhule
Day 09: Trek to Mu Gompa
Day 10: Trek to Rachen Gompa
Day 11: Trek from Rachen Gompa to Dumje
Day 12: Trek to Philim
Day 13: Trek to Tatopani
Day 14: Drive to Arughat Bazar
Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu

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