TSUM VALLEY TREKKING

  • DURATION19 Days
  • DIFFICULTY-LEVELModerate
  • GROUP SIZE2-14
  • MAX ALTITUDE3700

Highlights

  • Go on a guided sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Lovely drive from/to Kathmandu
  • Trek through dense forests and remote villages
  • Visit ancient monasteries
  • Learn the lifestyle and culture of Tsumbas
  • Get to see breath-taking sceneries and mountain views

Trip Overview

"In a quest for adventurous and off-beaten trekking in the Himalayas with unspoiled and less-crowded trails? Then Tsum Valley Trek is the answer for you."

Tsum Valley Trek takes you on a magical journey to the hidden valley of Tsum. The land of Tibetan Buddhism, Tsum Valley, is one of the most isolated valleys in the Himalayas. The off-beaten route and the fine remote villages along the trail make the journey adventurous. It is a sacred valley and a pilgrimage site as well. The culture, art, and architecture you will get to see during the Tsum Valley Trekking are unlike any other part of the Himalayas.

Tsum Valley was long closed for the outsiders. In 2008, the valley opened for international visitors. Despite being untouched and unspoiled, only a handful of trekkers trek in Tsum Valley because of the challenging terrain. Trekking in Tsum Valley requires previous trekking experience and good physical fitness. The locals here are of Tibetan origins and have their dialect & called Tsumbas. On the way, you will visit many ancient nunneries, chortens & monasteries, including the Mu Gompa and Rachen Gompa.

Located east of Manaslu, the Tsum Valley trek takes you above 4,000 meters. Get to see breath-taking views of the Himalayan Mountains along the way. As the region is close to the Tibetan border, you get to see Tibetan peaks and mountains. Tsum Valley Trekking is a strenuous trek for those looking for a distinct and adventurous venture. The trail goes through lush forests crossing rushing rivers and streams on thrilling suspension bridges and passes by cascading waterfalls. You can also combine the Tsum Valley with Manaslu Larke La Pass Trek.

Major Attractions of Tsum Valley Trekking

Go on a guided sightseeing in Kathmandu

The sightseeing involves a visit to famous tourist sites in Kathmandu like Monkey Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhnath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. The Kathmandu Day Tour will be guided by our professional tour guide who will brief you about the monuments and Nepali culture.

Lovely drive from/to Kathmandu

The drive from Kathmandu to Arughat Bazar is long and scenic. You will get to see excellent views during the ride. Lush green hills and rivers will accompany you throughout the drive. Likewise, also see terraced fields and beautiful waterfalls. Likewise, another long drive from Soti Khola takes you back to Kathmandu.

Trek through dense forests and remote villages

The trail goes through forests of rhododendron, pine, oak, juniper, fir, etc, along with terraced fields & pastures. You will cross thrilling bridges and streams on the way. Pass by remote mountain villages like Soti Khola, Machha Khola, Jagat, Chisapani, Chumling, Chhokangparo, Nile, Mu Gompa, Burgi Village, Philim, Khorla Besi, and many others.

Visit ancient monasteries

The trail takes you across many monasteries, chortens, stupas, and prayer flags. Some of the ancient monasteries you will visit on the way are Dhephyudoma Gompa (4,000 m), Mu Gompa (3,700), and Rachen Gompa (3,240 m). All of these monasteries house antiques, paintings, statues, and manuscripts.

Learn the lifestyle and culture of Tsumbas

The locals of Tsum Valley are known as Mumbai. They are said to be the descendants of Tibetans. Their dress, language, customs, values, and practices resemble Tibetans. Likewise, you will get to see the lifestyle and culture of people from other communities as well. As Tsum Valley Trek is a teahouse trek, you will live closely with the locals and get to have intimate interaction with them.

Get to see breath-taking sceneries and mountain views

Tsum Valley Trekking offers panoramic views of different Himalayan mountains like Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m), Mt. Himalchuli (7,893 m), Shringi Himal (7,161 m), Boudha Himal (6,672 m), etc. Likewise, the landscape along the trail is also outstanding. You will see stunning views of Lungdang Glacier.

Itinerary

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Our airport representative will wait for you at the airport on your arrival day. He will take you to the hotel and brief you about the surrounding. You can rest and spend the remaining day as per your wish. Take plenty of rest to get rid of jet lag.

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  • Kathmandu

Visit different monuments in Kathmandu today. You will be accompanied by our professional tour guide. The tour takes to UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Learn about Nepali art and architecture and taste some delicious Nepali assortments. In the late afternoon, meet with your trek guide and prepare for the trek.

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  • Kathmandu

The drive to Arughat is long. From Kathmandu, follow Prithivi Highway and go along the Trishuli River. Witness verdant hills, waterfalls, terraced fields, and small settlement areas on the way. The drive passes by Dhading Bensi and takes you to Arughat Bazar, from where you can see views of Mt. Manaslu and Ganesh Himal.

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  • Arughat Bazar

Today is the first day of the trek. From Arughat Bazar, you head towards Soti Khola. The trail goes through a forested path, passing by small settlement areas. The lovely landscape views along the way will keep you motivated.

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  • Soti Khola

From Soti Khola, begin trekking, passing by lovely waterfalls and rivers. The trail goes through sal forests and ascends to a ridge above the Budhi Gandaki River. Reach Liding (750 m) and walk on a rocky trail to Khursane. Further, the trail descends to rice terraces and takes you to Lapubesi. The path opens up and drops down to the sandy river bed. Continue trekking on a downhill route to Nauli Khola and cross it over a suspension bridge to reach Machha Khola.

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  • Machha Khola

After a few ascend and descend, the trail crosses Tharo Khola to reach Khorla Besi. Gradually pass by the natural hot spring of Tatopani and continue trekking on a narrow route to a ridge. Cross Budhi Gandaki River on a thrilling suspension bridge and ascend to Doban. Further, the trail climbs to Yaru Khola and follows a series of the staircase to Tharo Bharyang. Pass by a stone-paved trail with mani walls and reach Jagat.

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  • Jagat

In Jagat, you will complete the ACAP procedure and begin trekking on an uphill trail to Salleri. The trail then descends to Sirdibas, and the valley widens as you move towards Ghatta Khola. From here, continue ascending and cross a hanging bridge. Further, ascend to Philim and follow the trail north across the forest to reach Chisapani.

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  • Chisapani

Cross a gorge and walk for an hour to reach a beautiful waterfall. The trail goes through lush forests of rhododendron and pine. Descend following the route that leads to Tsum Valley. Pass by Lokpa village and continue walking towards Lungwa Khola. Further, climb on a zigzag route passing by dense forests to Gumlung. Cross the Siyar Khola and reach Chumling. On the way, you will see stunning views of mountains, including Shringi Himal.

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  • Chumling

Crossing a suspension bridge, you traverse through rice & paddy fields. The trail goes through lush forests, offering superb views of the Ganesh Himal. Pass by Rainjam and cross Serpu Khola. The trail ascends for around a couple of hours and takes you to Chhokangparo. You can see views of Mt. Himalchuli and Ganesh Himal from this village.

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  • Chhokangparo

From Chhokangparo, the trail heads east through remote villages and a local school. Ascend over a ridge and pass by Lamagaon (3,202 m). The trail further ascends to Milarepa Cave and crosses Shiar Khola. You will pass by hamlets of Phurbe (3,215 m) and Pangdun (3,258 m). Further, trek towards the Chhule village (3,347 m) and cross a bridge. The trail from here ascends to Nile for a night's stay.

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Wake up early and have breakfast. Begin ascending along the west bank, enjoying the gorgeous sunrise. The trail follows narrow valley walls up to the pasture and takes you to Mu Gompa. It is a large monastery with over 100 monks.

Visit Dhephyudoma Gompa (4,000 m) and climb to Kalung (3,820 m). You can see beautiful yak pastures all around you and the Lungdang Glacier in the east. Further, visit Rachen Gompa and spend the rest of the day exploring around Mu Gompa.

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  • Mu Gompa

Visit Dhephyudoma Gompa (4,000 m) and climb to Kalung (3,820 m). You can see beautiful yak pastures all around you and the Lungdang Glacier in the east. Further, visit Rachen Gompa and spend the rest of the day exploring around Mu Gompa.

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  • Mu Gompa

The trail descends to Chhule and Phurbe villages. You will be following the same trail and reach Burgi village. It is a small fine village. On the way, see stunning views of the mountains.

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  • Burgi Village

The trail descends to Chhokangparo. Pass by small villages and pastures. Even though you will be retracing the trail, the views will look completely new and refreshing.

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  • Chumling

Leaving Chhokangparo behind, descend to Gho village. The trail further drops down to a Sarpu Khola that you will cross over a bridge. Trek back to Chumling through lush forests and reach Lokpa. Pass by gorgeous Sama Falls and reach Philim for the night stay.

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  • Philim

Descend to Sirdibas and continue trekking towards Jagat. From here, trek and reach Yaruphant. The trail then winds through verdant forests and reaches Dobhan. Further, walk to Tatopani, where you will take a small break to relax in a natural hot spring and continue trekking towards Kholabesi.

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  • Khorla Beshi

Cross Tharo Khola and descend to a river. Passing by Machha Khola village, you will walk along the Budhi Gandaki River to reach Labubesi. Further, pass by two cascading waterfalls and trek on a steep rocky trail along a side of a cliff. You will reach Khursane and walk above Budhi Gandaki River. Cross sal forests and a bridge before reaching Soti Khola.

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  • Soti Khola

Today, you will drive back to Kathmandu. The drive will be long and scenic. Upon reaching Kathmandu, head to the hotel and freshen up. Stroll on the lively streets of Thamel and do shopping. Later in the late evening, meet with the team members over farewell dinner.

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  • Kathmandu

This amazing adventurous journey comes to an end. Check-out of the hotel as per your flight departure time. Our team representative will drop you at the international airport.

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What's Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • 3 night hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Transportation from Kathmandu-Arughat -Kathmandu by bus
  • Meals during the trek as per the itienrary
  • Conservation entry permits, restricted area permit and TIMS permit
  • 16 nights’ accommodations in lodges/tea houses/home stay/local house on trek
  • A Guide and porter
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and porter
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket if necessary and duffel bag
  • All the government Tax, VAT and Service charge

What's Excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your Travel insurance
  • Meals while you are in Kathmandu
  • The entire bar bills & soft and hot drinks
  • Entrances Fees while visiting Kathmandu
  • Tips for the guide and porter
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Useful Information

Extra nights in Kathmandu

The extra night hotel in Kathmandu for pre or post of Tsum Valley Trek is available at US $55.00 per night, which includes breakfast and airport transfers. Let us know if you are planning to arrive in Nepal earlier or stay in Nepal later than the scheduled dates and need extra nights.

Electricity and Battery Charge on Tsum Valley Trek

Electricity is available in Kathmandu and most of the villages of Tsum Valley Trek to charges your camera/mobile batteries. However, you may have to pay a little fee to recharge these batteries.

We strongly suggest you bring spare/extra batteries to use in case of unavailability.

Guide and crew on Tsum Valley Trek

We provide a tourist guide for a day tour in Kathmandu on day 02 and a trained trekking guide for the whole trek who handles the logistics and guide you and your team on Tsum Valley Trek.

We provide Sherpa (assistant guide) when there are 8 or more members in the group. We also provide porters to carry your main luggage, there is 1 porter for every 2 members, and a porter carries about 20 - 22kg, which means 10 - 11 KG from each trekking section.

FAQs

No, International flights to arrive in Nepal and to return from Nepal are not included in our price and itinerary of Tsum Valley Trek. You need to book the international flights yourself.

No, we provide porters to carry your main luggage on Tsum Valley Trek. You simply carry a day bag pack with a water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek.

Yes, however tipping for all services provided on Tsum Valley Trek is always a matter of personal discretion. However please be aware that tipping is considered to be an of their normal remuneration, and they may approach you for payment, and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.

To give you an idea, US $ 5 from each member (group) for tour guide and the US $3 from each member for a driver on day 2 and a total of US $130.00 from each member of the group for the trekking part to divide to guide and porters (it depends on the size of the group you traveling). Our trek guide will give you a clearer idea of when the trek come to end).

Yes, you need some money for your expenses on Tsum Valley Trek, and it depends largely on your habit.

Most of the meals are included in the price. So, you only need money for table drinks (alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages), snacks, souvenirs, hot shower (you have to pay in some places), etc...

If you do not drink alcohol and sopping then UD $12-15 per day per person should be enough for these expenses.

Yes, you need to have travel insurance when you come for Tsum Valley Trek. In case of a serious sickness or any injury on a trek, we do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. You will be entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy.

Yes, you need to have some permits do to Tsum Valley Trek, you are required to have a Manaslu conservation area entry, TIMS (Trekkers information management system) permit, and a Special trekking permit from the government. We apply and get all these permits for you once you book the trek.

We provide a good 3-star hotel for 3 nights in Kathmandu and simple lodge/teahouse accommodation for the rest of the 14 nights on Tsum Valley Trek. The rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets on trek lodge/guest house. Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary.

The hotel we provide:

  • Hotel in Kathmandu: Hotel Moonlight: 3 nights
  • Hotel on Trek Routes: Simple Mountain lodge: 15 nights

Notes:

  • Accommodation mostly will be on double/twin share, and a single room is available in Kathmandu hotels.
  • Hotel upgrade in Kathmandu is available. There are luxury 4 - 5 star hotels available in Kathmandu so, let us know if you want to upgrade the hotel in Kathmandu.

We provide a total of 50 meals (18 breakfast, 16 lunch, and 16 dinners) on Tsum Valley Trek, and these meals are provided in hotels/lodges. You have breakfast and dinner at the lodge where you stay overnights and lunch at the lodge available along the trail.

You have a wide variety of Nepali and Western meals and drinks such as coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer) as well. However, these drinks are not included in the cost. So you can buy them yourself at the available lodge/guest house.

We advise you to bring water purification pills/medicine while coming for the Tsum Valley Trek since you have normal water for free and use the medicine and drink, or you can simply buy bottled/boiled water to drink.

You need to have a moderate level of fitness is required with daily trekking from between 3 hours to 8 hours to do Tsum Valley Trek. You reach an altitude of 4700 meters on the trek so, you need to be physically fit, healthy and strong stamina and desire to complete the trek. If you have previous trekking experience that would be benefitted.

If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider before book Tsum Valley Trek.

No, solo travelers cannot do Tsum Valley Trek as it is a controlled area for trekking, and you need to have special trekking permits from the government of Nepal, and there should be a minimum of 2 people to apply for these special permits.

However, we have fixed some dates for the small group trek for Tsum Valley Trek, and we may have some people already, and you are welcome to join us for the trek. Let us know when you are planning for the trek then we see if you can join our fixed group trek.

The Tsum Valley Trek is available and doable throughout the year. However, the autumn season (from mid-September till mid-December) and spring season (from the beginning of March until the end of May) are the best time to do Tsum Valley Trek in terms of weather and temperature.

We provide private transport for airport transfers and sightseeing tours in Kathmandu and local bus transport from Kathmandu - Arughat - Kathmandu.

However, private jeep/van transport is available on request to drive from Kathmandu to Arughat and return. Let us know if you want to upgrade the transport private to have a more comfortable drive.

Yes, we arrange free airport transfer services once you book the Tsum Valley Trek. The airport transfer services provided only if you arrive and depart on our scheduled dates or you book extra nights from us.

Important Note on Arrival: There can be many people around you to support you to carry your luggage or to put your luggage in the vehicle when you exit from the airport, and they ask for money as a tip at the end (these people do not belong to us).

So, be careful of them, and we advise you not let them to carry your bag/luggage. We suggest you take your bag/luggage yourself until you put them on our vehicle as there are many trolleys that you can use free of cost.

We wish that no one gets AMS or any other sickness while on Tsum Valley Trek. However, there is always a risk of AMS (Altitude mountain sickness) while going on a high mountain trek. So, we have to be careful about it.

Our guide will provide you information to avoid the AMS while on the trek. However, if in case if you or any member of the group get AMS then we do everything to bring you back safely.

What we do in this situation is depends on the situation and the place where people get sick as such if you get AMS and still able to walk up then we take a day rest (while others continue the trek) with one of the porter/guides, and we see how the situation will improve, and we can continue the trek from next day if the situation gets better.

If there is not any improvement or even it gets worse, we do not have other option rather return the same trail as descend to avoid AMS or if the situation gets worse and you neither can go up nor down then we rescue/evacuate and bring you back to Kathmandu to visit a doctor.

The cost of evacuation by helicopter is expensive in Nepal and it is almost impossible to pay by the people. So, we strongly suggest you buy an insurance policy that covers the evacuation in the worst situation.

Yes, you can add some extra tours/activities on our Tsum Valley Trek as you can add a mountain flight tour in the morning of day 2 before the Kathmandu tour starts.

Furthermore, if you have some extra days then you can add on Chitwan Jungle safari, Pokhara tour, Lumbini tour or if you want to extend your holidays in other countries then you can add Tibet Lhasa Tour in Tibet or Bhutan Tour in Bhutan

Equipment is very important to have a comfortable and successful Tsum Valley Trek. So, you need to pack your gear carefully and pack only the things that you need and should not pack anything that you do not need for the trek.

To help you to pack your gear for Tsum Valley Trek, we have given some lists that you should not miss while you pack.

General

  • Four seasons sleeping bag (we provide you one if required and it to be returned after the trek).
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep all your gear and this will be carried by the porter.
  • Daypack for yourself to keep your things such as camera, water, things that you need for the day and this is carried by you.
  • A small lockable bag to keep the extra stuff that you do not use on the trek and can be kept at the hotel in Kathmandu and get a return after you return from the trek.
  • A down Jacket (we provide you one if you do not have and it is returned at the end of the trek).
  • Shade hat
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • A pair of light-weight warm gloves
  • T-shirts 2 pieces
  • Lightweight thermal tops
  • A fleece jacket
  • Raincoat (if you are traveling in monsoon time)
  • A pair of trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • Some pairs of liner warm socks
  • A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots
  • A pair of light trekking shoes or sandals for camp/lodges
  • A water bottle
  • Head/torch Light
  • A medium-size towel
  • Walking poles (optional)

Medicines and First Aid Kits

  • We recommend consulting with your doctor for medication suggestions to take for these regions.

Miscellaneous but Important

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies) - these extra passport photos are necessary to obtain the trekking permits.
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm at least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  • Sun cream with SPF 40 is recommended
  • Pocket knife
  • Water purification Iodine tablets (optional)
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc