Discover the secret land of Tibetan Buddhism,
one of the most remote Himalayan valleys in the world
Known as « the hidden valley », the Tsum Valley was a closed region until 2008. It was once part of Tibet. It is completely different from anything else you will find elsewhere.
A long Buddhist history characterizes it. Milarépa, the Buddhist saint, is said to have meditated in the caves of these mountains. Due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, this sacred valley and its inhabitants have been excluded from developments for centuries. As a result, the unique culture of this region has remained intact. The people of the Tsum Valley or « Tsumbas », of Tibetan origin, have their own ancient form of dialect, art, culture, and religion, which may surprise many foreigners; some families still practice polyandry: a woman marries all the brothers in the family.
Few travelers have visited this high and mysterious valley, which was once an important trade link with Tibet.
2 – 10 persons
The world of travel is huge and there are more than a thousand trekking agencies in the Kathmandu Valley alone. It’s huge! We are very pleased to offer you “this little extra” that you will meet rarely, in order to make your journey more fruitful and more meaningful.
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Trek 100% solidarity
Auronepal Travel and Trek do not offer you a simple hiking package. We give you the opportunity to help at the same time as you enjoy yourself: all the benefits of the trek go to the Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir, a community or an Ashram that takes cares of nearly 250 children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Nepal, providing them with education, accommodation, food, and health, giving them a future and dignity to live.
Trek 100% karma yoga
We are not just a group of people running an agency, we are an organization that shares deep values around karma yoga and mutual understanding with each and every one. Karma yoga is the yoga of selfless service: acting for the good of all without worrying about receiving anything in return, neither gratification nor benefit. All guides and staff are children of the ashram! We are committed to helping everyone to meet their needs and providing the best possible service.
In addition to your trek
In Kathmandu, not far from the Chandragiri Cable Car Base Station, we have a fully-fledged guest house that offers you with all the basic conditions necessary for your stay. You can be accommodated throughout the year and stay with us at the ashram, before or after the trek also. The cost is only 18 euros per day. This includes all meals, plentiful and neat, cooked from the organic products of our farms, tea or coffee twice a day.
We propose you to:
- Attend regular yoga classes free of charge in the morning.
- Participate in free evening meditations or mantra chanting and Bhajans.
- Participate for free in the various festivals and events we celebrate.
- Receive a massage after your trek, service included in the price of some treks – see the « Info and Prices » tab
- Natural care: massages, naturopathy, panchakarma treatment, ayurvedic care…
- Perform a healing session, either individually or collectively, with singing bowls and gongs.
- Hike around the ashram.
We offer you to:
- Seize the opportunity to do something for others by volunteering time in the community.
- Meet with Ramchandra, the founder of the Ashrams.
- Teach children and youth what you know best.
- Taste local cuisine prepared by Nepalese ashram youth.
Before or after your trek, we can prepare you a tailor-made stay and let you enjoy our resources and contacts:
- Tours of the Kathmandu Valley and its diverse cultural and architectural richness.
- Visit Chitwan National Park and discover our Terai Ashram
- Visits to specific parts of Nepal such as Bandipur, Pokhara, Ghandruk, etc.
- Attend cultural performances by the Ashram, known for its yoga dancers and choreographers
- Participate in a mini-retreat with Ramchandra around integral yoga, with spiritual lectures, various yoga sessions, classes, in the Himalayas or the location of your choice.
- Do one or more hikes around our ashrams.
- Make a meal at home.
- Organize campfires with songs and music.
- And finally, participate in the events or celebrations we have throughout the year.
Trekking in the Tsum Valley takes you to the majestic surroundings of the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal mountain ranges. It follows relatively pristine and less beaten paths than the more popular regions.
The valley is located in the northern part of Manaslu, the eighth highest peak in the world – 8163m. In the early days, we, therefore, take the trails of the Tour Treks and the Manaslu Circuit.
The departure and arrival point is Sotikhola, a seven-hour drive from Kathmandu.
The first half of the trekking goes up the Budhi Gandaki valley on good trails through a mixture of dense forest, terraced fields and villages on the hills. Leaving the main Manaslu track for the Tsum valley, we suddenly have the impression of really entering the hidden valley.
During the trek, we also cross alpine forests, glacial rivers and enjoy the warm hospitality of the ethnic populations. We pass through the lower regions of Buri Gandaki of Liding, Machhakhola, Jagat and Philim. We also visit the old Gombas of the region such as: Rachen Gompa, Mu Gompa, Dephyudonma Gompa.
Day 1: Drive Kathmandu to Soti Khola – Lapubesi – 880m/2,887ft – Drive 7-8 hrs – Trek 2 hrs
Day 2: Lapubesi to Dobhan – 1,070m/3,510ft – Trek 6 hrs
Day 3 : Dobhan to Jagat – 1,342m/4,402ft – Trek 4 hrs
Day 4: Jagat to Lokpa – 2,240m/7,349ft – Trek 6 hrs
Day 6: Chumling to Chokhangparo – 3,030m/9,940ft – Trek 6 hrs
Day7: Chokhangparo to Nile – 3,361m/11,058ft – Trek 6 hrs
Day 8: Nile to Mu Gompa – 3,700m/12,174ft – Trek 3 hrs
Day 9: Mu Gompa to Chokangparo Village – 3,245m/10644ft – via Milarepa cave – Trek 5 hrs
Day 10: Chokangparo village – Chumling – 2,386/7,827ft – Trek 5 hrs
Day 11: Chumling to Philim – 1,570m/5,103ft – Trek 7 hrs
Day 12: Philim to Khorlabesi – 970m/3182ft – Trek 7 hrs
Day 13: Khorlabesi to Soti Khola – 880m/2,887ft – Trek 7 hrs
Day 14: Sotikhola to Kathmandu – 1300m/1,968ft – Drive 7-8 hrs
Day 1: Drive Kathmandu to Soti Khola – Lapubesi – 880m/2,887ft – Drive 7-8 hrs – Trek 2 hrs – Elevation : + 150m = + 492ft
A 7-8 hour’s drive from Kathmandu into the western mountains takes us to sotikhola via Dhadingbesi, headquarter of the Dhading district. Through the dirt road from Dhadingbesi viewing the greenery hills we reach soti khola our trek start point. Sotikhola is a major town in the region and is divided in two parts with the Budhi Gandaki river flowing between them. Puis nous emprunterons à pied la piste longeant la rivière, qui nous mène à Lapubesi. Overnight at lapubesi.
Day 2: Lapubesi to Dobhan – 1,070m/3,510ft – Trek 6 hrs – Elevation : + 250m / – 50m = + 820ft / – 164ft
The narrow trail makes some minor ups and downs and eventually crosses the Tharo Khola, flowing in a rocky ravine, then reaches Khorlabesi. After a few more ups & downs there is a small trailside hotspring, from where we reach to Tatopani. From the Hot spring we climb over another ridge, then cross the Budhi Gandaki on a suspension bridge. Climb on a wide, well-crafted staircase, then across a landslide and over a ridge to Dobhan.
Day 3 : Dobhan to Jagat – 1,342m/4,402ft – Trek 4 hrs – Elevation : + 500m / – 200m = + 1640ft / – 656ft
Crossing a suspension bridge over the Dobhan Khola, the trail climbs on a rugged trail to Duman. Ascending up again to the Budhi Gandaki, we reach at Yaru Khola. Crossing a suspension bridge over the Yaru Khola we climb the stone stairs and then drop to the river and again climb more stone stairs to Tharo Bharyang. Cross to the west bank of the budhi gandaki, climb over a ridge, and trek along the river then climb towards the village of Jagat, nous faisant pénétrer dans le Parc National du Manaslu (Manaslu Conservation Area). Nuit à Jagat.
Day 4: Jagat to Lokpa – 2,240m/7,349ft – Trek 6 hrs – Elevation : + 1,200m / – 300m = + 3,937ft / – 984ft
After completing with the ACAP procedure, we climb over a rocky ridge to Salleri, and then descend to Sirdibas. The valley widens a bit as the trail continues up to Ghatta Khola. Continue upstream to a long simple hanging bridge. Climb up to Philim, a large gurung village. Philim valley is well known for Japanese made school and police station. Walk past Philim to the north across a forest with the views of the narrowing valley we reach Chisopani. Overnight at Chisopani.
Day 5: Lokpa to Chumling – 2,386m/7,827ft – Trek 5 hrs – Elevation : + 650m / – 500m = + 2,132ft / – 1,640ft
After Ekle Bhatti cross the gorge and half an hour walk in the right side we get to see the big and beautiful waterfall and enter the pine tree forests. Descend down to trail going to the Tsum Valley. Climb through pine and rhododendron forests. Enjoy the views of Himalchuli mountains at 7893m and Boudha Himal from Lokpa, a small beautiful village. Pass Lokpa, descend half an hour towards Lungwa khola and climbing jick jack difficult trail further two hours north through pines and rhododendrons we reach Gumlung. Crossing the Siyar Khola, finally arrive at Chumling, from where we can view Shringi Himal. Visit the old Chumling gompa, and the stone streets of the village.
Day 6: Chumling to Chokhangparo – 3,030m/9,940ft – Trek 6 hrs – Elevation : + 800m / – 150m = + 2,624ft / – 492ft
Cross the suspension bridge onto the opposite bank. Enjoy the great views of Ganesh Himal. Walk past Rainjam to Serpu Khola crossing another bridge we arrive at the Gho Village. Another continues 2 hours climb to Tsum takes us to the village of Chhokangparo. Weather permitting; enjoy the views of Himalchuli at 7893 meters and Ganesh Himal at7140m. Les Stupas et Chortens sont innombrables tout au long du chemin, de même que les drapeaux et banderoles de prières. Nous sommes véritablement en pays bouddhiste. Overnight at Chokhangparo.
Day7: Chokhangparo to Nile – 3,361m/11,058ft – Trek 6 hrs – Elevation : + 500m / – 150m = + 1,640ft / – 492ft
While climbing above Chokhangparo, better to be careful of altitude problems. Walk past Lamagaon crossing rope suspension bridge to the Rachen Gompa, which is also well known as Nunnery Gompa too. We make a small visit au grand monastère de Lamagaon and then we cross the Shiar Khola. Continue walking through the well managed villages Lar (micro hydro power), Phurbe and Pangdun. Leaving old historic Stupa of Bhudda in a way crossing the village of Chhule, climb upstream and cross the bridge to finally arrive at Nile. If you consider we can make your visit to a famous monastery of Chhule which is located in the top of area.
Day 8: Nile to Mu Gompa – 3,700m/12,174ft – Trek 3 hrs – Elevation : + 350m = + 1,148ft
We are now almost close to the Tibetan border. Walk to the west bank of the valley through the Tibetan landscapes. Climb up to the Mu Gompa. We also visit the monastery. Then after, we make a visit to the Dhephu Doma Gompa. Night in Mu Gompa.
Day 9: Mu Gompa to Chokangparo Village – 3,245m/10644ft – via Milarepa cave – Trek 5 hrs – Elevation : – 500m = – 1,640ft – Milarepa Cave : 150m = 492ft
Trek back through Chhule and Phurbe, on the east bank of the Shiar Khola. Finally we arrive at Burgi village. The Burgi village is a small beautiful village. Climb up to the Milarepa’s Cave Milarepa Cave (piren phu) is known for its mesmerizing glimpses of Poshyop Glacier, Kipu Himal and Churke himal.
Day 10: Chokangparo village – Chumling – 2,386/7,827ft – Trek 5 hrs – Elevation : + 150m / – 800m = + 492ft / – 2,624ft
Continue trekking watching the greenery of nature and descend down to Chhokang Paro again. From their continue descending to Gho. Descending further, we arrive at the bridge over the Sarpu Khola. Trekking along the lower Tsum Valley takes you to again Chumling.
Day 11: Chumling to Philim – 1,570m/5,103ft – Trek 7 hrs – Elevation : + 600m / – 1,400m = + 1,968ft / – 4,593ft
The trail continues to Lokpa. After lunch south on a flat trail we move ahead. Enjoy the gorgeous Samba Falls. Finally arrive at Philim after 6- or 7-hours long trekking. A trail passes through the Phillim village that leads to the Ganesh Himal Base Camp.
Day 12: Philim to Khorlabesi – 970m/3182ft – Trek 7 hrs – Elevation : + 200m / – 800m = + 656ft / – 2,624ft
Trek starts today from Philim to Khorlabesi via Jagat and Tatopani. Descend down to Sirdibas and we finally reach to Jagat. Further descend takes us to Yaruphant. The arid Tibetan climate now gives way to subtropical green vegetation. Continue trekking to Dobhan. Finally arrive at Tatopani. There is a hot spring at Tatopani. If interested, you may dip yourself in the hot spring and relax your tired muscles by soaking yourself in the hot spring. If not continue walking up and down from Tatopani to reach Khorlabesi, our rest place for the day.
Day 13: Khorlabesi to Soti Khola – 880m/2,887ft – Trek 7 hrs – Elevation : + 100m / – 200m = + 328ft / – 656ft
The trail crosses the Tharo Khola flowing in a rocky ravine. Head down again to the river and traverse to Machha Khola village. Walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach to Gurung village of Labubesi. Pass the two waterfalls on a steep rocky trail on the side of a cliff. We then reach Khursane. Walk along the ridge above Budhi Gandaki and cross the Sal forests. Finally, cross the bridge to arrive at Soti Khola.
Day 14: Sotikhola to Kathmandu – 1300m/1,968ft – Drive 7-8 hrs
Climb up to the ridge of Kyorpani. Descend down to the cascading waterfall. Trekking further arrive at Arkhet. Cross the Arkhet Khola. We are now leaving the Budhi Gandaki Valley. Arrive at Sante Bazaar; pass through the forests to Maltar. Finally, passing by the hydroelectric plant following the stone streets, we arrive at the Sotikhola Bazar. Back to Kathmandu along the banks of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli rivers with splendid views of green hills, mountains, farming terraces and villages on both sides of the road. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Best Time to Travel
The best months are September, October & November during the Autumn season and March, April & May during the spring season. Regarding monsoon season at summer time we do not suggest to try this route from June till August.
Included in the Cost
- All ground transportation by private vehicles, including transportation from the airport to the Ashram.
- All accommodations during the trek.
- Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in the ashram on the preparation day, the day before the trek.
- Farewell dinner and overnight stay at the ashram on the night of return.
- All meals AND water during the tek.
- All carrying charges.
- All costs for the Auronepal trek leader (first aid and training in eco-technology and English) and a Sherpa assistant.
The guide helps each person during the trek.
- All necessary paper works and permits
- Travel & Rescue arrangements
- Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
- All government and local taxes if necessary
- Auronepal trek Kit Bag
Not Included in the Cost
- International airfare to and from the city of origin.
- Nepal Visa fee.
- Excess baggage charges
- Lunch, meals and overnight stays on the days before the preparation day and after the return from the trek.
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses during the trek – Phone calls, laundry, bar bills… or extra porters
- Tips for guides and porters.
- Extension of stay fees.
Conditions and Comforts
We will be accommodated for the nights in local tea houses and guest houses. In these places, accommodation provided by lodges and guest-houses is in good hygienic conditions. We maintain standard comfort in every matter based on enforceable conditions such as weather calamities. All the prices of the rooms and accommodations are included within the trip package.
All Meals on a full board basis will be provided during trekking in the mountains. Three meals a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menus but the meals in this particular route are expected great meals. Each day dinner and breakfast is taken in the same place you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to the destination in a tea shop. Pay attention, please, this region of Tsum valley doesn’t have developed tourist infrastructure (and it is the main attraction of this region), so the choice of the meal is poor enough. Mainly you can take Tibetan bread, dal bath, tsampa porridge other simple local food. Be ready for this.
On the trek, toilet facilities are available nearby your room most of the time and in some places, you might be able to get the attached rooms in established trek routes.
The Auronepal Team
Auronepal trek only employs and trains Nepalese leaders and local staff. By employing and training local people they put something back into their communities. Auronepal trek currently trains all their Guides in the following courses and your Tsum Valley Trek leader will be one of the fully train Trek Leader.
Our operation is smooth as safety concern;
The leader of the trek will be one of the 4 certified trek guides of the Auronepal team. He will be assisted by another of the 4 guides, or a guide in training. In doing so, if one becomes ill or is injured, the trek can continue and go to completion, as planned.
Our trekking team will also be made up of one porter for each group of two trekkers.
Our group starts from 2 and maximum it goes up to 10 which is a good team to communicate and facilitate in every manner.
Responsible tourism practice
Trekking is gently in the Himalayas during the recent days, areas like Everest, Annapurna & Langtang. We, therefore, do our best to reduce the minimal impact on each trip to the mountain and all Auronepal trek trips aim for « zero footprints » impact on the natural environment and the people who live off its resources.
We enforce a number of do’s and don’ts for our customers and staff when out in the wilderness. Auronepal trek Trekking and Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) had done some cleanup campaigns in the past and support its other environmental awareness activities.
It is a condition upon joining any of Auronepal trek’s trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs).
Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
The trek in these highlands of the Tsum valley requires most of the time, 6 to 8 hours of walking per day.
We, therefore, suggest that you regularly do fifteen kilometers of walking or jogging, 3 to 4 times a week for 3 months. Try at the same time, 2 or 3 times during this period, to walk or run every day of the week before the start of this wonderful trek, especially as you will be walking at high altitude for several days.
For all treks at altitude, we invite you to have a positive attitude and a good determination in order to have a great tolerance for difficult conditions that may arise. A simple walk in good weather can quickly become an ordeal in rain or snow.
In these times where the climate keeps on going upside down, we are not immune to difficult passages or even unexpected tests!
It is essential that participants with pre-existing problems or medical conditions make them known to Auronepal Travel & Trek at the time of booking.
All medical or evacuation costs that may be incurred during the trip are the responsibility of the trekker.
Auronepal Travel & Trek reserves the right to require a medical certificate if necessary.
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Customized Treks and Trips
Auronepal Travel Trek is very happy to offer you truly tailor-made treks and trips.
We love to concoct you the best possible program according to your dreams, aspirations and possibilities… and we love to make you benefit from our resources and offer you some unusual adventures often unknown to the general public.
We listen to the group and the situation.
And we never fail, whenever possible, to phone our Nepalese guide friends to find out the current conditions of a route.
Our vision of « tailor-made » thus goes as far as making new proposals during the trip, to better adjust to the weather… or to avoid too much traffic on a particular route… or simply because an opportunity arises…
Prepare your trip
A complete page, with a lot of information, is dedicated to this subject:
Prepare your Trek
Your Arrival in Nepal
If you wish, a representative of Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir will pick you up at the airport, which will cost you about 15 euros.
Otherwise, taxis are parked in front of the arrivals area. All drivers know the address: Thankot, checkpost Chandragiri 6, Kathmandu.
If necessary, you can contact us on +977 (0)14312157 or (0)14312085).
The ashram is 1h – 1h30 from the airport depending on traffic.
On arrival, an organic meal and a comfortable room will be waiting for you.
You can stay as long as you like at the ashram in Kathmandu… and even visit the Terai ashram…
If you would like to know more about staying at the ashram, you can visit the following page:
Independent Stays at Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir
A whole page is dedicated to this subject:
Visa for Nepal
Things to carry along the trek
- Trekking boots to keep your ankles and feet dry
- Multiple pairs of socks (thick and thin) for both warm and cold climates
- Long thermal pants or underwear (keep in mind you will want to dress in layers, so you can shed a layer when it gets too hot)
- Waterproof pants
- A scarf
- Mittens and gloves (pack at least two pairs in case one pair gets wet)
- Down jacket
- Tracksuit pants or yoga pants for relaxing in the evening
- Lightweight, waterproof shorts
- A cap
- Long and short sleeve t-shirts
- A light windbreaker jacket or a waterproof jacket
- Simple first aid kit
- Hand sanitizer
- Trekking poles. (It really helps to lighten the work of the knees during long stairs.)
- Sleeping bag (5°)
- A head torch and spare batteries
- Lip balm to prevent windburn
- Wet wipes
- Matches or a lighter
- Pen and notebook
- Playing cards