The inhabitants of Tsum have a strong faith in Buddhism. They pray to Buddha, Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava), and some bodhisattvas. One can find prayer flags, khata, or Mani walls installed everywhere around. The locals light butter lamps in monasteries and believe in the reincarnation of Lamas. The great festival 'Losar' is the most prominent is celebrated in the Manaslu circuit.
Travel insurance is important if you plan to trek to the Tsum Valley Trekking area. While trekking to Tsum Valley, you may face various problems. Such as altitude sickness, accidents, harsh weather, and flight cancelation. Get yourself insured and trek in a positive frame of mind.
It is always better to buy travel insurance. You can buy it from any insurance provider in your area. It is preferable to buy insurance from local firms so that you can follow up and file a claim.
While trekking to the Tsum Valley you might experience low oxygen levels as you go higher. As a result, the trekkers tend to experience mild symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness. But, it should be easy to prevent acute mountain sickness. You only need to acclimatize.
Due to the cold climate and longer duration of walks washing generally becomes difficult. Trekkers generally skip washing clothes. Apart from, a few smaller inner-wear. Only during the rest day with time for washing in hand, it can be carried out. The laundry services are not available on this trekking. But you can ask for warm water to do your own washing if required.
Toilets around the lodge in the villages are common with squatting facilities. It is generally a common toilet with a hole to squat. It continues till you reach Tilje at the end of the trekking.
Depending upon the availability, you will be staying overnight in a tea house/lodge. Either option offers basic services with a twin shared/private room and common washroom. You might get services like a hot shower and charging facilities in some villages.
Getting communication facilities during the Tsum Valley Trek is not challenging. But there are a few things to be considered. You will get to use the internet, and Wifi service at the lower altitudes. But, once you reach the high altitudes communication will be a bit difficult. Depending on the kind of network you use, the signal might not be strong due to the high altitude. At your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card. (Most of the places have wifi service available at an extra cost) for good connection.
Electricity for recharge is available in the Tsum Valley region lodges. You can recharge your camera and mobile. But, you need to pay extra for the services.
You can either buy bottled mineral water from local lodges or en route shops. Or fill your bottle with boiled water at an extra cost. Trekking Planner provides water purification pills if you need them. It is always advisable not to drink water directly from the river, tap, or wells in the trekking region. It might appear to be pure and drinkable but might be contaminated, and harmful to drinking.
You will be arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. One of our airport representatives will pick you up at the arrival gate. Soon you will be transferred to your hotel room.
After checking into your rooms you get time to relax. Later in the afternoon you will be meeting your trekking guide. He will brief you about your onward trekking journey in detail. us. In the evening a welcome dinner in a nice and authentic Nepalese restaurant is held in your honor. You will get to enjoy the Folk Cultural program of Nepal along with a nice authentic dinner. Overnight at a hotel.
After an early morning's breakfast you will board a vehicle for a sightseeing tour. You will be exploring the culturally rich capital city of Nepal and its heritage. The main attractions of this sightseeing are the ancient Buddhist stupa of Swayambhunath.
It is also known as the Monkey Temple, known for its unique blend of Hinduism and Buddhism culture. Next you will be heading towards the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in the world. You will notice the Tibetan communities, Sherpas and tourists circumambulating around it.
Similarly you will then visit the Hindu sacred pilgrimage of Pashupatinath Temple. It is an interesting complex which houses several small temples, and ancient heritage. One can observe the open cremation at the bank of holy Bagmati River.
It is a bustling place where you will come across sadhus draped in saffron and holding trident. A great sight to watch and feel divine. Later you will be driving back to your hotel room at the end of the day. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
In the morning you will be a part of an exciting overland drive towards Mid West Nepal. This is Nepal's busy main highway. From here the journey leads to lower warmer mid hills past farm villages and towns. You also get excellent views of snow capped peaks.
You then drive ahead with a few refreshing stops. Soon you will reach Dhading and towards Gorkha areas. Continuing ahead you find yourself in a warm subtropical area in Arughat.
A place known for the raging Burigandaki River. The onward drive continues on a dirt road past farm villages and terraced fields to reach Soti Khola. A nice village to take a stroll and take a look around the small farmlands. Overnight at a lodge.
The trail from this small village leads into interesting farm villages and fields. From here the vegetation changes slowly. You will be walking ahead to cross a stream heading upwards. This leads you upstream towards Khola-Bensi village and at Tatopani 'hot spring'.
This is an opportunity for you to take a hot dip and feel relaxed. After taking a nice short break you continue walking. Soon you will pass through the villages of Dovan and Yaruphant. Following the trail you reach a place called Jagat. It is a moderate sized farm village with many shops and stores. You will be making an overnight stop here Overnight in a lodge.
Today, you will be leaving Jagat behind to reach Lakuwa. The walk leads to higher areas passing through scattered farm villages. You then make a short climb and go downhill. In doing so you will cross over a bridge to reach Nagjet and Philim. This is a large village with spread-out farm houses.
After Philim you walk through farm terraces of golden fields of wheat and barley. Next,a climb on a rocky ridge leads you on top into the bamboo forest area. Overnight at a lodge
Today in the morning the walk heads to our first highlights of the adventure at Tsum. The route enters a narrow gorge with short descend and uphill climb. It then takes you into the rhododendron and pine tree forest.
Walking past the small farm villages you will make a climb above the Lungwa Khola. Next you reach the village of Chumling . This is the place where you will be making your overnight stop.
This morning is exciting and poses a challenging adventure. As you will be walking towards the highest point of the adventure at Mu Gompa. While walking you continue to climb higher within the arid terrain. This terrain offers amazing views of high peaks on the way to Mu Gompa for an overnight stop.
The 11th day of Tsum Valley Trekking is meant for rest and exploration. It is a relaxing day for you to spend time and explore the inner areas around the high valley of Tsum. It is an interesting traditional village. It is home to one of the oldest Mu Gompa with ancient antique idols, and relics. This happens to be one of the most important monasteries of the Tsum and Manaslu area.
This village of upper Tsum is located on the route to the Tibet border. This is least frequented by foreign trekkers and adventurers. It is a great place to enjoy the scenery and culture in complete natural surroundings.
After spending a quality time at Mu Gompa, you prepare for a return journey. The journey leads you to another impressive monastery at Rachen Gompa. The walk from here is set on a nice trail with some short climbs and downhill descents. It then passes few small scattered farm villages of cattle herders to reach Rachen Gompa. The Rachen Gompa is a monumental place that showcases historical and religious artifacts. Not only that, it contains important statues of famous Gurus. Out of which one is dedicated to the Sakaymuni Buddha. Overnight at a lodge.
Today is probably your last day around Tsum valley. The morning walk is a long descent. The trail then passes through farm areas and then back into tree lines. Taking a long downhill walk of 6 hours you will reach Chumling village. You will be making a last overnight stop around Tsum.
Today we are in for a descent after crossing the Budi gandaki river to the destined place of Mache Khola. At first you pass through the villages of Sridibas, Salleri,and jagat. Walk further descends at Yaruphant. From here it goes to the lower area with dramatic change in vegetation. The trail of a good 6 hours walk leads you to the place of a hot spring called tatopani. It is a small farm village with a hot spring for you to enjoy the hot springs and relax.
The locals believe that the spring water has a natural healing power. It is understood that it cures various diseases and wounds. Next you make a move on from here at a gradual pace to reach Mache Khola. Overnight at a lodge.
After a pleasant stop at Mache Khola, The morning walk leads to Soti Khola. It is a walk that is set along the Budhi Gandaki River downstream. After hours of good walking you will reach the Gurung village of Labubesi.
Further ahead you will be passing through nice terraced fields and waterfalls. Reach to Soti Khola for over night.
You will be getting up early in the morning for an overland journey back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathamndu.
Last day in amazing Nepal, the land of Himalayan wonders as per your international flight time for backward bound or to respective countries.
Our staff and guide transfer you to Kathmandu airport after a mesmerizing time and adventure on Tsum Valley Trekking.
TripAdvisor Review of: Excellent Trip with an Amazing Company! I absolutely recommend Trekking Planner! Dipak and his team are truly committed to providing their clients with an incredible experience. They covered all the details from start to finish, and ensured we had the trip of a lifetime. Dipak was highly responsive to our emails during the planning process, responding within 24 hours (often sooner) and providing us with all the info we needed to prepare. He and Prajwal were wonderful hosts during our time in Kathmandu. We did the Tsum Valley trek with Binod (our guide) and Uttam (our porter). They took such good care of us. Binod was a wonderful guide. We learned so much about the area and the culture while on our trek. He was funny, kind, and encouraging (he even literally held my hand when I almost panicked while crossing a particularly steep section of the trail). His positive energy and attitude were contagious, and made the trip extra special. Uttam was a fantastic porter. He was incredibly friendly and warm. The two of them truly went above and beyond for us - we loved the games that they taught us to play during our down time at the teahouses. The four of us became like a little "trekking family" during the course of our 13 days. This is a company that truly cares. I am so grateful we chose them, and we'll definitely go with them again on our next trip to Nepal (which is hopefully sooner rather than later)!
The Tsum Valley is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley. It lies in the northern district of Gorkha, in Nepal. It lies against the majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal and Shringi Himal, and Boudha ranges. This serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture and religion.
The people living in the Tsum Valley are of Tibetan origin. They have their own ancient form of dialect, culture, religion, and art. The settlements are far away from modern mainstream developments.
There are only a few places where hot showers and Wi-Fi are available during this trek. You can get these facilities in places like Chhekampar and Nile village.
Tsum Valley Trek is of Moderate to Adventurous grade. This appears so due to its high altitude that reaches above 3,700 m / 12,139 ft high. Walking is not that difficult but it has various high climbs and steep descents that makes it a bit hard. It also involves a few gradual walking paths.
The guest houses during the trek may cook a delicious range of vegetarian varieties. While on the trekking routes, there aren’t many facilities of varied food items. You will be served with only dal (lentils) – bhat (rice) along with vegetable curries.
Each day dinner and breakfast is provided at a lodge that you stay in. At other times you would be stopping by on the way where you can order your meals as per your choice. Guides will help you to stop by at best possible places to eat.
The Tsum Valley region does not have a well-established infrastructure. The food and meals here are simple. The locals like Tibetan bread, dal bhat, Tsampa porridge, etc.
No, because most of the lodges serve vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid food poisoning. Eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at high altitude is not safe for the stomach.
At the lower altitude villages, the guest houses provide the facilities of hot showers.
Whereas at the higher elevations, warm water in the bucket is provided. For all the above showers you need to pay extra for that. Please be aware that the higher you go the hot shower will be expensive.
The best time to trek Tsum Valley Trek is early-October to November and March to April. These are the prime season for most of the trekking destinations in Nepal. During this time, the weather is very comfortable; neither very cold nor very hot.
Bottled water is available at the lodges and teahouses. You can buy it both at lower elevations and higher elevations by paying cash.
If you are planning to drink normal water all the way during trek you can but with a bit of precautions. You need to purify the water with the purification tablets which is necessary. You can bring your own purifier or can purchase it while in Kathmandu.
While on the trek, you can make use of internet service. These services are available at the lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends from the lodges that you stay in. At the higher altitudes communication can be made only through the phone. This is due to safety reasons.
It generally depends on the kind of sickness you get. If you get sick while trekking to the higher altitude you need to rest at lower altitudes. You will need a rest of day or two for the complete recovery.
If you are on a private or solo trip you can discuss and decide with a guide. All depends upon your undermining health status that you are in.
If you are trekking in a group then this option would be limited. So make sure and discuss with the guide if you can be with the group later on.
You will get good access to electricity while trekking in the Tsum Valley region. You can charge it using electricity or solar energy. This is available at lodges and tea-houses. However you can only get access to the two-pin adapter. Thus it is good to bring a conversion plug or another converter if your device is not compatible.
Your safety is of paramount importance. Hence getting Travel Insurance is compulsory before joining any of our trips. It protects you in case of unexpected events that might occur and impact your travel. There are varieties of Travel insurance policies. Ensure that your insurance policy covers helicopter rescue and medical treatment expenses.
You may or may not get altitude sickness it depends upon the situation. Even if you get it you need not panic. With proper acclimatization and health care it can be avoided. Besides, you will always have the help and guidance of the trekking staff. With their knowledge about mountains you shouldn’t worry at all.
Not finding hospitals while trekking to Tsum Valley is very difficult. Instead there are several health posts along the trail. These health posts provide basic medical facilities to cure general illness. It is advisable to carry your regular medicines with you if you are using it.
It is necessary to be with an experienced and licensed guide. A guide will instruct you and help you explore the best of this trek and take good care as well. Whereas if you go trekking without a guide then you won't get to know the things you need to explore. Besides that you might face several problems on the trail.
Moreover to enhance the comfort of trekking, you might need porters to carry your loads too. Hence trekking with guides and porters is always advisable and a better option.
Yes, of course, with Nepal Trekking Planner you can customize the trek itinerary. We are flexible in our approach. You can design the itinerary according to your requirements and let us know.
Yes, all our trips are guaranteed and run as per the scheduled itinerary. We never cancel the trip due to not having enough participants. We do arrange trips for one person as well as a private trip at an additional minimal cost. You can gather all the required information or inquire while booking with us.