Tsum Valley Trek

18
Days

Trip Facts

Highlights of the Treks

  • Visit Mu Gompa very old Buddhist monastery
  • experience pure traditional Tibetans culture
  • Visit Milarepa Cave and Gomba Lungdang
  • Breathtaking Himalayan views of Himalayas

Tsum Valley Trek Highlights
Visit Mu Gompa very old Buddhist monastery
experience pure traditional Tibetans culture
Visit Milarepa Cave and Nunnery monastery Gomba Lungdang
Breathtaking Himalayan views of Himalayas

Tsum Valley Trek is “off the beaten path” trek in the mysterious valleys of Tsum, at the Nepal – Tibet boarder in the Manaslu Region. Perfectly set with majestic backdrop of the Ganesh Himal (7422 meters), Shringi Himal (7161 meters), Boudha Himal Range, this placid valley is also rich in Tibetan culture and has several ancient monasteries. Still intact, the unique culture of Tsum Valley due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, can also be experienced to full on Tsum Valley Trek.

Like most of the treks in Nepal, Tsum Valley Trek starts through terraced villages and gradually climbs on to alpine meadows and pastures. Aarughat, Soti Khola, Machha Khola, Jagat and Phillim are the villages before the trek enters the higher lands inhabited by people from Tibetan origin. After Phillim, increasing numbers of mane walls and small chortens mark the trek’s entry into the Tibetan Buddhist villages of Manaslu Region. Tsum Valley offshoots from the main trail after Phillim and extends all the way up to Tibetan border. The valley is enclosed by Ganesh Himal Range, Boudha Himal and Shringi Himal and offers a stunning mountain panorama. Old and important monasteries of Manaslu Region, like Mu Gompa and Gomba Lungdang adds a spiritual feel to the already scenic valley of Tsum.

We can trek along the Tsum Valley staying in using basic tea house and Home stay this days; you will not require fully camping trek to Tsum valley for small groups. Visit Himalaya treks offer tea house, home stay base trek to Tsum Valley or still wanting to do longer version Tsum valley combining with Manaslu Circuit Trek  Please let us know for cost details for Tea house, Home stay base trekking to Tsum valley.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1335 meters).

    A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks with the company’s display board will greet you outside the arrival terminal and transfer you to your Hotel. (Overnight at Hotel)

  • Day 02: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation.

    A half day guided tour to several of historical and spiritual attractions enlisted under the World Heritage Sites. The trek leader will meet the group for a meeting and provide a detailed briefing on the trek. All the required information regarding the trek would be provided. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

  • Day 03: Drive to Sotikhola (530 meters).

    We leave early in the morning for Sotikhola via Arughat. We stay on a highway in the morning but most part of the driving is done on the dusty newly built roads. We camp at Sotikhola.(8 to 9 hours drive) (Overnight at Camp. Breakfast, Dinner included)

  • Day 04: Trek to Machha Khola (930 meters) .

    The trek heads north and follows the Budhi Gandaki River for the whole day. The trek stays close and follows the Budhi Gandaki River all way up to the base of the Larkya pass, and crosses and re-crosses the river several times through suspension bridges. The trail undulates through Lapu Beshi, then continues on the sandy banks of the river, and finally reaches Machha Khola. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 05: Trek to Jagat (1120 meters).

    The trail stays relatively easy in the morning and goes through Khorlabesi. A brief stop at Tatopani, to check out the hot spring is followed by a steep climb through Dobhan. The trail drops down into the banks of the Yaru Khola at Yaru Beshi, campsite for the day and is followed by couple of good climbs until Jagat, a small village by the banks of Budhi Gandaki River. (5-6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 06: Trek to Lhokpa (2240 meters).

    The trail once again enters the sandy banks for a brief period. The path gets steep near Sirdibas and after crossing a dramatic suspension bridge, another good climb leads to a beautiful village of Phillim, the biggest village until the pass. The trail steadily loses height and enters Tsum valley. A relatively comfortable path follows and a final brief climb ends at Lhokpa. Ganesh Himal (7422 meters) and Shringi Himal (7161 meters) appear on opposite directions at Lhokpa. (5-6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 07: Trek to Chumling (2368 meters).

    After three suspension bridges in the morning, a steep ascent follows for the rest of the day. At the end of the day, the ascent starts to turn into a gradual nice walk and reaches Chumling. It is a short day as the trek enters into higher elevations. (4 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 08: Trek to Chhokangparo (3010 meters).

    The day’s trek is relatively on an easy terrain as the trek heads higher into Tsum Valley. The trail follows one of the tributaries of the Budhi Gandaki River and follows it for most part of the day. After passing a small monastery, the trail crosses another tributary and slowly starts to ascent. The climb ends at Chhokangparo, the biggest settlement of Tsum Valley. Several mountains can be viewed from this village. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 09: Trek to Mu Gompa (3700 meters).

    An easy trek leads through several small villages of Leru, Ngakyu and finally Lamagaun. After a brief visit to the Milarepa Cave, the trail continues on the riverbed and passes villages of Lar, Phurbe, Pangdun and reaches the twin village of Chule and Nile. Still staying with the river, the trail now starts to slowly climb through a narrow valley. A final brief steep climb leads out of the valley and ends the day at Mu Gompa. There are no options of teahouses and the night would be spent inside the monastery with very modest mode of accommodation. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 10: Trek to Chhokangparo (3010 meters).

    The trek retraces back on the same route until the village of Lar and then takes a different route back to Chhokangparo via Rachen Gompa. However, the terrain is similar to the one taken the day before. (5-6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 11: Trek to Gomba Lungdang (3200 meters).

    The trail now descends down to the village of Dumje and a long steep climb in a different valley follows. The terrain slowly turns easier but still continues to climb and only ends at Gomba Lungdang. Ganesh Himal (7422 meters) stands tall and close to the monastery adding an edge to the already serene environment. The place also has no teahouses around and similar mode of accommodation that of Mu Gompa would be repeated. (5 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 12: Trek to Lhokpa (2240 meters).

    The trek once again retraces back on the previously travelled route back to Chumling via Dumje. Still continuing on the same route the day’s trek finally ends at Lhokpa. (6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 13: Trek to Jagat (1120 meters).

    The trek continues to return via the same route taken before. (6-7 hours)(Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 14: Trek to Machha Khola (930 meters).

    The trek continues to return via the same route taken before. (5-6 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 15: Trek to Sotikhola (530 meters).

    The trek continues to return via the same route taken before. (6-7 hours) (Overnight at Camp)

  • Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu.

    We drive back to Kathmandu and enjoy the afternoon with the luxuries of the cities. (7-8 hours drive) (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

  • Day 17: Free day at Kathmandu.

    A leisure day in Kathmandu which can used for an early morning mountain flights to Everest or can extended into further more tours to Chitwan, Lumbini etc. (Overnight at Hotel. Breakfast included)

  • Day 18: Departure.

    A representative from Visit Himalaya Treks Pvt. Ltd. will check your flight tickets and transfer you to the airport before two hours from your flight with a hope of seeing you again in the future. (Breakfast included)

  • Note:

    ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUESTS ACCORDING TO YOUR CONVENIENCE.

Includes

  • Arrivals and departure transport by car (We will collect you from the Kathmandu international airport) and transfer to Hotel.
  • Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath and Pasupatinath) with city guide and necessary transport.
  • 4 nights accommodation (2 persons per room) in Kathmandu in a 3* standard Hotel with breakfast.
  • All land transportations (a private car/bus).
  • All meals and hot drinks during the trek.
  • Salary, insurance, food, accommodation for guides and porters.
  • A porter to carry your luggage on treks (Per person 15 kilogram luggage).
  • National Park entry fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).
  • Group First Aid Kit.
  • Government taxes and service charge.

Excludes

  • Nepal entry Visa Fee.
  • Personal Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
  • Personal expenses like beverages (mineral water, alcohol, soft drinks), telephone bills, laundry, bar bills, personal tips etc.

Gear List

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.

You must bring the following items:
Hiking boots
Socks
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Baselayer shirts
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Waterproof jacket
Sunhat
Warm hat
Sunglasses
Thermal gloves
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Antibacterial handwash
Small towel
Daypack,25/30Litres
Trekking poles
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*

Medical
Small, personal first-aid kit. (Simple and light)
Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
1 skin-blister repair kit
Anti-diarrhea pills
Anti-headache pills
Cough and/or cold medicine
Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
Water purification tablets or water filter
1 set of earplugs
Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu or request we will provide it.

Faqs

How do I know that your company is a legit company?
On the home page of our website, under the section, company profile, all the legal documents are present.
What happens if I have to cancel or postpone my booked trip?
On cancellation, depending on time duration before the cancellation of the trip, cancellation charge will be charged. A trip can be postponed up to a year.
How far in advance can I book?
A trip can be booked as far as one year in advance. We do not book more than one year ahead because of possibility of huge fluctuations in the international exchange rate.
Can I customize trips to make them suit me?
We always try to be flexible with our trips for our client’s convenience. We are open to changes on the trips as long as the proposed itinerary does not harm your own chances of acclimatization on the trips.
Before a trek: What do I need to bring for the trek?
On confirmation of a trek, full lists of required gears would be sent to you or please view our Gear List section on website.
What kind of insurances do I need?
Proper travel insurance is necessary before confirming a trek. At times of emergency cases like evacuation, it will cover your expenses. Make sure to consult with your insurance company about the coverage of the insurance that you have bought.
How do I prepare myself for the physical requirement of the trek?
An average physical fitness should be maintained on prior of booking a trek. Any sort of illness or recent medical problems should be mentioned while booking a trip. Most of our itineraries are prepared to give you a maximum time to acclimatize and pace setting on the treks would be done according to your convenience.
How long will be an average day on the trek?
On average, a day on a trek would be 5-6 hours long. The longest day can be up to 10 hours and 3 hours is the shortest day. It all depends on the region that your are trekking.
How safe are the treks?
Our main objective is your safety. Safety is never compromised and all our guides are properly trained and equipped to take care clients’ safety in even the wildest region of the country.
Is there any arrangement made for emergency while on trekking Tour?
In case of severe sickness or accident (which is least expected), you will be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred for the use of such emergency services, please make sure that your travel insurance covers you for both- medical as well as emergency evacuation costs.
On a trek: How are the food and the logistics on the trek?
All the lodges used on the treks are frequently used and trusted by our company. We take our clients review very seriously and never repeat any lodges with complaints on their food on lodge/ tea house trek. On Camping Trek our trekking cook will provide food cooked in our own camp.
I m a Vegetarian, is that a Problem?
It is not a problem at all because in a mountain tea house / lodges serve vegetarian food as well and our guide well take care at the time and on a camping trek our cook will care well for the vegetarian food.
How is the standard of the lodges that we use on treks?
Most of the lodges in the mountains are quite basic. On few major towns or settlements, when possible we provide the best lodges possible. There are luxury lodges but it’s not included on the standard treks.
What is the stander of gears use on camping trek?
We use stander quality of (Camping Gears) like tents, dining tents, mattress, etc on a camping trek, Also we provide proper warm jacket, trouser, shoes for the porters too.
Will I be able to charge my mobile and camera during the trek?
Lately, most of the teahouses on the trekking routes have electricity. So, charging your gadgets is not a problem at all. However, on some teahouses which run on solar power, you would have to pay additional fee (US$ 1 to 3 approx.), in order to get your gadgets charged.
Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
Now a day’s most of the major village cell phone is work however such a remote place cell phone does not work but land line phone is available. You can use land line Local phone to call to your relatives.
Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in trekking?
You can’t use credit card on a trekking unless in a certain luxuries hotel.
Can I use foreign currency in the place I visit in trekking?
Well! You may use foreign currency during the trekking but exchange rate may not meet correct rate as city so we recommended you to take enough Nepali currency from Kathmandu where you can exchange.
What opportunities will I have for shower along the trek?
Most of the place they have shower heated by gas and some places headed by solar so you can have shower paying extra cost. However in Camping trek our staffs will provide hot water in bucket for wash and shower.
What safety measures are in place? What safety equipment do your guides carry with them on trek to deal with sickness/accidents?
In every trekking our guide carries first aid kit with basic requirement tools and some medicine for preventing out in an emergency condition.
Is Visit Himalaya's staff insured?
All our staffs are fully covered by Insurance and high altitude evacuation if necessary.
Do I get refund if trek finished earlier then the schedule?
After conformation your trip we manage our field staff giving them a full wages of the trip duration so you won’t get refunds. If any case you drop from the trip by illness or any case there will be not any refundable.
Do you use yaks/porters on the trek or do we carry all of our own gear?
We provide 2 in sharing porter for carry your gears in Tea house trek (Lodge Trek) and such a demanding camping trek we use Yak, Mules, for carry the loads. Our porter carry 20 to 25 kilograms so we suggest each person‘s good weight 10 to 12 Kilograms. You need to carry your own day pack with your valuable items.
Will there be a place to store items/clothing not required for the trek?
Yes either you can store same hotel as you stayed or we can store your goods with us safely in our office free of cost.
Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?
Yes you can obtain your Nepal Visa upon arrival in Kathmandu Nepal. More details of Nepal visa please follow the link given. Nepal Visa Information.
How much luggage is allowed on treks?
The luggage must not exceed up to 20 kilos. A trekking helper (porter) carries a baggage of less than 15 kilos. This bag can be received at the end of each day’s trek and you should carry the rest of the weight as a day bag with all your money and valuables inside it.
About Tipping and Suggestion:-
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 25 to USD 900 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs.
The best time to Visit Nepal - October to November
October to November also referred as the autumn season, this is the time of the year with the clear blue skies and green and lush valleys, easily making it the best time in the year to visit Nepal. Adding to the weather is also the festive season that falls in these months, Tihar, the festival of lights (also known as the festival of the brothers and sisters) being the highlight of the many festivals. The temperature can be hot in the days with clear sky with no rains and can be very pleasant for the views of the mountains.
December to February
December to February it is winter in Nepal in these 3 months in Nepal. High altitude trekking can be unbearable because of the freezing cold, with many treks with high passes being close at this time of the year. This could be easily the best time to visit and do some moderate treks like Annapurna Base Camp, Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang Trek etc if a quiet, peaceful and less people on trails is your priority. The weather remains calm, rainfall is rare during these months and trekking is still very much possible and enjoyable as well.
March to May
March to May The spring season falls during this time and is easily the busiest time of the year in some parts, Everest Trekking trail in particular being the busiest region. The days can get really hot, at times temperature crossing 30 degrees Celsius mark but the jungles with blossoming colourful Rhododendrons and other flowers with towering snow capped pinnacles at the background are an absolute delight to watch. March to May, along with October to November are the best months to trek in Nepal.
June to September
June to September The worst time to trek in Nepal as heavy rains, floods and landslides are common until mid September. However, places like the Upper Dolpo and upper parts of Mustang are the places to be at this time of the year because of the least rainfall in these areas. Apart from these areas, all other areas are a nuisance to trek during these times because of the rains and the problems like leeches, muddy trails, cancelled flights.

Notes

Trip cost will vary depending on numbers of travelers, duration/days of trek, standard of hotel in Kathmandu before & after the trip. Please contact us to GET a Custom Quote.

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