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Tsum Valley Trekking - 18 days

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Trip depart everyday of the year
Price starting from $1,399
USD $ 1,299 per person
Duration
18 days
Max. Elevation
3700.00m
Group size
2+
Level
MODERATE
Transportation
Private vehicles and Public bus(KTM-Sotikhola-KTM)
Best Season
March-June and Sept-Dec
Accomodation
3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Lodge/Guest House during the trekking
Meals
Breakfast basis in city and Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
Starts at
Kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Soti Khola via Arughat-Machha Khola-Jagat via Dovan and Tatopani (Hot Spring)-Lakuwa-Chumling-Chhokangparo-Nele-Milarepa cave-Mu Gompa-Rachen Gompa-Chumling-Philim-Tatopani-Soti Khola-Kathmandu

Highlights

    • Adventure in between massif Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal range of peaks .
    • Daily scenic views of dramatic landscapes of rolling green hills and mountains .
    • On the least explored areas of remote and isolated Tsum valley of happiness .
    • Explore impressive Tsum traditional culture of ancient heritage of Buddhism .
    • Visit undisturbed pristine wilderness around Tsum valley with great scenery .
    • Trek to Mu Gompa the highest settlement of Tsum areas of great importance .
    • Walk from low warm areas to cooler alpine woodland to arid and barren terrain .

    An advantage  of booking trip with Trekking Planner Nepal 

    • All airports pick up drop by private vehicle (for both international and domestic flights)
    • First aid kit box
    • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, T-shirt, cap, duffle bags for porter, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
    • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
    • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trek (very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms). This helps ensure your trek is in the safest hands possible.

Trip Introduction:  18 Days Tsum Valley Trekking


"Tsum Valley is one of the best off-the-beaten-track routes in Manaslu area in Nepal. It is known for its history of Buddhism and spectacular views of the majestic mountains."

Tsum valley trekking; Tsum valley is a divine Himalayan pilgrimage valley in Manaslu area in Nepal. It lies in the northern part of the Gorkha that leads to the border with Tibet. It is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion. This is one of the best valleys known for its mystic beauty.
One of the hidden gems of Nepal, the remote and untouched Tsum Valley is set against the majestic backdrop of the towering mountains. Such as the Ganesh Himal, Sringi Himal, and Boudha Himal ranges.

This hidden secluded restricted area is home to the ancient Tibetan culture and religion inhabited by Tibetan people. The valley is known as the Beyal Kyimolung the valley of happiness. This was first described by Guru Rimpoche in the 18th century. Due to the history and beliefs of the people, the place is considered holy and divine.

One can notice many artistic monasteries built in this valley. The prevalence of Buddhism can be seen in the prayer flags. As it is adorned with Mani walls, monasteries, and stupas that we come across during our journey.

Besides cultural and natural splendor, the richness in diversity of flora and faunas cannot be overlooked. The valley is popular for Himalayan Thar and Blue Sheep. Tsum valley trekking trail route is a very well-preserved destination that will make your vacation rewarding. Trekking Planner provides a relevant itinerary and a well-organized team for discovering this area.

This is indeed an adventurous trek that allows you to explore the Tibetan culture, and witness nature’s beauty. Trekkers may also try other trekking packages we offer like Manaslu Circuit Trek and Tsum Valley and Manaslu circuit trek.

Important Note

Trip departures are available every day of the year.
This trip is fully customizable. We can customize the trip per your need, please contact us.
This trip is available on both Fixed Departure and Private Group Basis.
This trip can be booked privately if you’re traveling solo or with your family.
Have a big group? We can accommodate all of your needs.
We can help you make it fit your budget.
We accept instant bookings and online payment

Itinerary Disclaimer


While it is our intention to adhere to the Tsum Valley Trekking route as described. But there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary. On a few occasions, it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable.

The Trip Details document is a general guide to the trekking tour and region. Any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee. It may be visited or encountered is not a compulsion.  Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations. It is a possibility to vary due to local circumstances.

Local Culture and Religion:

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:

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.

Altitude Sickness

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.

Washing and Toilet facilities:

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.

Accommodation Details for Tsum Valley Trek

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.

Communication on trek

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, water on the trek

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.

Trip Itinerary

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.

Today's walk begins from Soti-khola, here the trail cuts into a steep valley. It lies within a dense forested areas. Which goes through number of small villages tucked in a hillside. From here you reach a wide valley opposite to a large tributary stream.

This stream then enters into the Burhigandaki River. The terraced cultivated field  here belongs to upper village of Lapbesi. From lapbaesi your path descends to a wide, sandy riverbed. It is a winding trail below that comprises of steep, craggy valley side.

You are then in for a climb on the trail that goes to the Machha Khola. This place has a number of tea shops and small lodges. Overnight in 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.

The 8th day of your Tsum Valley Trekking is all about gaining altitude. In doing so you come across massive peaks of well known mountain peaks. Such as the Ganesh Himal peaks towards east and Manaslu in the western direction. From here your walk proceeds through villages and landscapes. The terrain here looks similar to the Tibetan windswept plateau.

Further ahead the walk leads on downhill path to cross a bridge over Smatiking Khola. While crossing over the bridge the views of Ganesh Himal in sight is refreshing. It is also known as Yangra that sits at an elevation of 7,422 m. Next you will be reaching the village of Chokhanparo for overnight stop.

After a wonderful overnight stop at Chokanparo, you make a move on. Today your route leads towards the upper Tsum area at Nele (Ne-lay). It begins with a starting uphill climb onto a wide open valley. It is a windswept terrain with only a few small trees of juniper and willow. It has an amazing adaptability to survive around this rough and arid country.

The walk continues uphill with views of Ganesh and Manaslu Himal. After a wonderful walk and scenic walk you will be reaching at Nele for an overnight stop. While in Nele you get time to visit an old holy mediation cave.

This cave dates back to the 11 th Century dedicated to Saint Milarepa. The saint is famous and popular among Buddhist communities as a poet, singer, and a  tantric guru. The folktales and songs are still remembered by Tibetans and Buddhist followers.

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.

You will prepare to leave the village of Chumling. Today's morning walk is a  downhill descent. You will be following the river downstream with views of waterfalls in your sight. From here you will then reach the village of Samba.

Followed by Tingding Chhupyang till it finally reaches the Philim village. This is a nice farm village that has a school supported by the Japanese people. As Mt Manaslu was first climbed by the Japanese making it one of the favorites among the Japanese. Overnight at a lodge.

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.

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Includes

    • All airport pick up drop by private vehicle
    • Welcome and farewell dinner in Authentic Restaurant
    • 03 night twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation with breakfast at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle (entrance fees extra)
    • Kathmandu to Arughat to Kathmandu public transport(if you want both way private vehicle also available on additional cost)
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit, Manaslu Conservation Area Permit and Special permit for Manaslu and Tsum Valley Area
    • Twin/double shearing lodge accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
    • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking
    • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
    • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment
    • We provide assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size
    • Safe drinking water 
    • All applicable government and local taxes as per the itinerary

Doesn't Include

    • Nepal Visa fee 
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu 
    • Diner and lunch in Kathmandu
    • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
    • Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in city because of early arrival, late departure and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
    • Tips to the trekking crews and drive
    • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control

Complimentary

    • first add kid box
    • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, Ti-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
    • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
    • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trekking(Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible

Excellent Trip with an Amazing Company!

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)!

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